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.
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.
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
WITH prime beef values much on a par with rates this time last year and feed prices remaining low, the first of the back-end weaned calf sales have held up well, albeit with some reductions for the heavier types.