THIS YEAR may be the year of the goat in China, and Scotland's Year of Food and Drink, but for many Scottish livestock farmers, it is the 'Year of the Bull Sales', with UA celebrating its 150th anniversary selling pedigree bulls.
ENTHUSIASM and passion for a breed are traits that can't be underestimated in sheep farming and when they go hand in hand with experience and skills handed down through generations, they are quite often second to none.
Ensuring sufficient returns to make ends meet on any hill farm is never easy, but you can sleep easier at night when you rely on a breed of sheep that commands a premium in market place whether selling store, prime or breeding stock.
JOHNES is a serious problem and will spread further unless dairy farmers wake up to the seriousness of this debilitating disease which not only affects cow health but also milk yields and overall returns.
BERWICKSHIRE pedigree Aberdeen-Angus breeders, John and Marion Tilson and their daughter, Wanda Hobbs, Wedderlie, Gordon, Duns, were announced as winners of the '2014 Scotch Beef Farm of the Year', at AgriScot.
WAGYU BEEF is renowned the world over for its superior eating quality, taste, tenderness and of course premium prices - but the integrity of its meat will have to be guaranteed in future if it is to continue to be known as the very best.
CAREFUL management of ewe nutrition to ensure a body condition score of 2.5-3.0, from pre-tupping right throughout the majority of pregnancy, is vital to ensure successful foetal growth and development.