• Leptospirosis is a common infection in dairy and beef herds which can be suppressed by avoiding grazing cattle with sheep and is spread most often during the spring and early summer while cattle are at pasture, points out the National Animal Disease Information Service (*NADIS).

  • PRODUCING quality silage is a top priority for many farmers across the country to feed stock over the winter months, and for Kenny Christie, of Easter Whyntie, it forms the main part of the diet of store cattle bought in for finishing, writes Kayley Kennedy.

  • A SOIL sampling project carried out by Watson Seeds last autumn throughout areas in the south and east of Scotland, from the Borders to Aberdeenshire, has highlighted major issues with pH levels.

  • A LOW cost system with forage at its heart has underpinned the sheep cheese business run by Wigtownshire producer, Alan Brown, for the last 25 years.

  • THE LESSONS from last year could not have been more stark in terms of urging silage makers to aim for the highest quality silage to cut feed costs on dairy farms which are under pressure from low milk prices.

  • TWO-THIRDS of maize growers could have achieved an average yield 10% higher last year by selecting better varieties, according to a recent Kingshay survey of maize growers.

  • SILAGE MAKERS are being urged to 'keep it clean' when harvesting this year's grass crop.

  • THE LAUNCH of Ireland's new Pasture Profit Index (PPI) aims to help farmers there with their selection of grass varieties, but it should also encourage UK farmers to make better use of their Recommended Lists.

  • FARMERS SHOULD carefully consider when to take heavy machinery onto wet ground as the soil compaction it creates can lead to the loss of nearly a quarter of spring grass yields, a grassland researchers have warned.

  • PEEBLES-SHIRE farm manager, Chris Blyth, has been taking a bottom-up approach to maintaining grassland productivity on a farm that suffered from water-logging and wet fields.