Features

Features

  • AN AYRSHIRE farmer and his wife have set up a fully operational feed mill in Coylton.

  • WHEN is farming like midwifery?

  • MANY farmers have tried different breeds of sheep, but for the Wallace family at Mains of Collin just outside of Auchencairn in Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotch Mules have been the mainstay of their sheep enterprise for as long as they have farmed at The Mains.

  • DESPITE a dwindling number of Border Leicester breeders producing fewer tups, there's one Greyface breeder that believes the Border cross Blackface female has more to boast about than Scotland's most popular cross-bred sheep, the Scotch Mule.

  • MANY farmers have tried different breeds of sheep, but for the Wallace family at Mains of Collin just outside of Auchencairn in Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotch Mules have been the mainstay of their sheep enterprise for as long as they have farmed at The Mains.

New Products

New Products

  • RUMINANT livestock farmers can now bolster their use of cost effective, home-grown cereals in cow diets thanks to the development of a growing range of versatile 'alkalising' ration ingredients, from FiveF Alka Limited.

  • A Dumfries-based company, Britmilk, has been awarded exclusive UK rights to market an award-winning colostrum feeding system for calves.

  • SWISS shearing equipment manufacturer, Heiniger, has introduced a comb that promises to reduce the effort required from both the machine and its user.

  • AN ACCIDENT in 2012, could have changed crofting couple, Don and Cara Cameron's lifestyle completely when Don lost his arm while cleaning a baler.

  • BEST new product award wen to Premier Livestock Handling for the Unistock manual cattle squeeze.

Dairy

Dairy

  • CONTRARY to popular belief, dermatitis and sole ulcers are one of the most heritable characteristics of all the health traits in dairy cattle but they and the £320 average cost of treatment can be avoided by selecting better sires according to Dr Evgenij Telezhenko.

  • A Dumfries-based company, Britmilk, has been awarded exclusive UK rights to market an award-winning colostrum feeding system for calves.

  • FOR a dairy heifer's lifetime performance, her health and management during the first six months of life are more important than genetic merit, according to calf rearing specialist at Synergy Farm Health, vet Kat Bazeley.

  • MORE than 12 months have passed since the dairy-bred calves on the SRUC Crichton Royal Farm, in Dumfries, moved into their new accommodation and an improvement in growth rates has been evident, Katrina Henderson, a veterinary investigation officer with SAC Consulting has reported.

  • THE benefit of growing heifers quickly is long established as an industry must for dairy profitability, with every extra month of first calving above 23 months costing £100/head

Beef

Beef

  • The substantial improvements to margin which can be collectively achieved by making small changes to a farm business are highlighted in an Orkney monitor farm video launched by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) this month.

  • FARMERS are being reminded to monitor lactating suckler cows for magnesium deficiency at turnout - it's a time when they're particularly vulnerable to grass staggers.

  • REHYRDRATION post-calving is crucial to support quick cow recovery and the importance of administering a balanced rehydration supplement immediately after calving should not be over looked.

  • IT'S a busy time now for farmers with spring calving herds but once calving is over, thoughts will turn to turnout and bulling, specifically getting cows back in calf again for next spring.

  • WITH surplus potatoes available at extremely attractive prices compared to their relative feed value, many livestock producers could make good use of this opportunity.

Sheep

Sheep

  • INNOVATION IS key to boosting the perfomance of lamb according to new research by AHDB Beef & Lamb.

  • WHEN is farming like midwifery?

  • GANGRENOUS mastitis is a serious condition in sheep affecting 1-2% of a flock, many of which die or are put down at a later date, while their lambs suffer severe growth check, according to NADIS' latest health bulletin for Scotland.

  • SELECT Sheepware, a flock management software tool is now available as an app, providing users the opportunity to record and monitor their flock's details wherever and whenever they have their smart phone.

  • WITH more than 80% of sheep flocks hit by blowfly strike every year, compromising the welfare of more than 500,000 animals, producers need to take action against this disease which is at its worst from June until September-October.

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