Features

Features

  • 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.

  • FEW LIVESTOCK farmers have the time or the inclination to take a 'real holiday' from the daily grind of tending to cattle and sheep - instead most prefer two or three days at the Highland catching up with friends old and new over the judging of their preferred breeds and the inevitable drammie or three to follow.

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

  • 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.

  • A RECORD setting genomic sire has been added to Genus ABS' Holstein line up.

  • DAIRY FARMS relying on the Genus ABS Reproductive Management Service (RMS) make more than £111 per cow than the average National Milk Record (NMR) herd, solely due to better fertility.

Beef

Beef

  • 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.

  • FOR ANY herd, a breeding bull is a significant financial investment.

  • WEIGHT LOSS and reduced performance due to liver fluke disease in housed and out-wintered beef cattle is likely to be reaching peak levels about now, according to the January NADIS Parasite Forecast, sponsored by Merial Animal Health.

Sheep

Sheep

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

  • While many young people aspire to farming on their own, eventually getting that lucky break and a farm tenancy, can seem like a dream come true but that initial step up the ladder is only the first of many hurdles.

  • Store lamb values fell just short of £12 per head but for almost double the number sold at Craven Cattle Marts opening show and sale at Skipton, last week, where a strong entry of 4087 cashed in at £56.73, compared to last year's average of £68.18 for 2231.

  • 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.

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