A PROACTIVE approach to protecting herds against Haplotype for Cholesterol Deficiency (HCD) - the new genetic defect that affects the survival rate of calves in the Holstein breed - has been launched by Genus ABS through its Genetic Management System (GMS).
QUALITY Meat Scotland (QMS) has produced a short video to promote the importance of safety when working with cattle at calving, including a range of steps which can help reduce risk of injury or loss of life.
LAIRG-TYPE North Country Cheviots bucked the trend at their annual tup-fest in their homeland this week, when a strong performance throughout the sale resulted in a record average of £1067 for 262 sold - last year, 292 averaged £903.
A new date for the Lanarkshire Holstein Club's annual calf show and showmanship competition's at Lawrie and Symington's Lanark Auction Market, last weekend, saw Andrew Neilson of the Overside herd from Strathaven, win the showmanship section while a calf from family's herd scooped the overall calf award under the watchful and expert eye of Jim Boyd, Letterickhills.
A NEW centre record of 8000gns was achieved at the annual Holstein bull sale hosted on behalf of the Border and Lakeland Club at Carlisle, where 50 bulls cashed in to average £2823.06 with a 75% clearance.
FODDERLETTER Farms provided the star attractions at Aberdeen and Northern Marts' annual show and sale of weaned and sucked calves at Thainstone, winning both the champion heifer and bullock titles with home-bred Limousin cross calves
MORE than 1100 store cattle were sold at a show and sale at Caithness Livestock Centre, Quoybrae, where WB Ironside, Haster Farm, Wick, secured the overall championship with a 25-month-old Charolais cross heifer.
TOP end rams of all breeds sold relatively easily at Dingwall and Highland Marts multi-breed sale at Dingwall, where the overall champion, a Texel shearling from R Mackay, Clyth Mains, Occumster, led the trade, selling for £1550.