FOLLOWING A decade of investigation, trials and tribulations, the Herdwick Sheep Breeders Association (HSBA) has attained Protected Designation of Origin (PDO), for its sheep, enabling breeders to target new markets.
ACHIEVING A compact calving period of 12 weeks can have a significant impact on beef producers' margins, according to the latest advice from Eblex which claims that extending this period can cost producers in the region of £3.35 per day in feed costs for the empty cow and lost income from calf growth.
SCOTLAND'S 'OTHER' major buyer of the annual wool clip reckons he will be paying between 85 and 100p per kg for wool when his season starts and says the British Wool Marketing Board got its sums and marketing all wrong last year, writes Ken Fletcher.
SCOTLAND MAY have enjoyed two relatively dry weeks, but the risk of liver fluke remains ever present on many units with the result that livestock farmers are being urged to consider a plan of attack now, should this year's summer be as wet and cold as that of 2012.
LIVER FLUKE and Schmallenberg have had serious implications on the overall health and financial fortunes of many sheep flocks on both sides of the Border during the early part of 2013 and these diseases are likely to cause just as many problems in the near future.