Features

Features

  • Few sheep breeders can rely on such an income from their pedigree Texel flock to support a family, but one who can, and fairly successfully at that, is Robert Laird, who farms 420 upland acres at Cambwell, Biggar.

  • RECENTLY SCOTLAND'S Rural College alerted sheep farmers to an increasing threat from Maedi Visna (MV), an incurable viral disease of sheep.

  • THERE ISN'T always a set prescription as to why people decide to work with certain breeds of sheep.

  • A TESTING and fast moving sheep created a challenging trial at Lairg, but reliable dogs, handled well, surmounted the problems and put John McKillop's Joe and Joe McKenzie's Tweedie ahead of the rest.

  • WINNING a champion ticket at the Highland is something many dream of, but for one Highland pony breeder it has taken 42 years to achieve.

New Products

New Products

  • THE POSITIVE impact on feed efficiency of Harbro's Rumitech in beef and dairy diets has led to its addition to Clover Lamb Feeder finishing pellets this season.

  • A NEW Schmallenberg vaccine - SBVvax - is now available from Merial Animal Health after receiving approval for use in sheep and cattle in the UK.

  • NEW PRODUCT for feeding hay or silage from JFC Manufacturing, of Oswestry, Shropshire.

  • AN IMPROVED lamb colostrum is available this season from Nettex - its easy-mix, premium lamb colostrum, Ultra Concentrate, has been fortified with ewe milk for the 2014 lambing season.

  • A NEW design of milking sleeves, with adjustable cuffs keep arms dry and suit all hand sizes, is available from Dairy Spares.

Dairy

Dairy

  • THE genetic superiority of genomic young sires is continuing going by the latest rankings which features no fewer than nine elite sires exceeding £600 for the newly revised Profitable Lifetime Index (£PLI).

  • A NEW leader, along with an increased number of proven Holstein sire rankings dominated by bulls which transmit improvement to their daughters' health and fertility have emerged in the first proof run based on the revised Profitable Lifetime Index (£PLI).

  • Higher milk prices have boosted margins in the latest results reported by Kingshay in its new Dairy Costings Focus, but the gap has widened between the best and worst herds in efficiency of milk production.

  • CHANGES ARE afoot in the world of dairy cattle breeding where DairyCo Breeding+ is soon to launch a revised Profitable Lifetime Index (PLI).

  • A COMPREHENSIVE surveillance scheme to help control bovine virus diarrhoea (BVD), in UK beef and dairy herds will be launched next month.

Beef

Beef

  • With feed barley prices currently trading at about £95 per tonne ex-farm, livestock producers have the chance to dramatically cut feed costs whilst also maximising output by shortening finishing times.

  • SELECTING the right replacement heifers is no easy task when there are so many health issues and performance figures to consider, but it can be made simpler by drawing up a list of heifers born during the recent calving season along with their birth date and their dam before weaning.

  • A COMPREHENSIVE surveillance scheme to help control bovine virus diarrhoea (BVD), in UK beef and dairy herds will be launched next month.

  • A NEW partnership between the ABP Food Group (ABP), one of the largest beef processors in Europe, and Genus, a leading animal genetics company, aims to develop more sustainable and higher quality beef in the market place.

  • JOHNE'S IS a growing problem for many cattle herds up and down the county, but the Welsh Black cattle breed appears to have come up with a template to control levels of this dibilitating disease.

Sheep

Sheep

  • NO fewer than 209 home-bred grass-fed, undresssed shearling rams were forward for the ninth on-farm ram sale from William and Carole Ingram, Logie Durno, Pitcaple, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, where a top price of £1025 was achieved for a Durno Hybrid, purchased by Sandy Smith, Haughton, Glenkindie.

  • With feed barley prices currently trading at about £95 per tonne ex-farm, livestock producers have the chance to dramatically cut feed costs whilst also maximising output by shortening finishing times.

  • FEW BREEDS of sheep can boast the hardiness or the longevity of the hill or Lairg-type Cheviot which, coupled with the breed's shape, carcase and skin, ensures an ideal ewe for much of Scotland's hard, heather hill and upland ground.

  • AN INSTANT attraction as a teenager has led to a full blown love affair with the Beltex breed for an Ayrshire-based breeder who now sells a large number of pedigree and cross-bred rams and picks up a number of top titles in show rings across the country.

  • WHEN LOOKING back over springtime losses on the hill, a pattern can emerge.

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