Features

Features

  • With autumn rapidly approaching and the time for housing cattle getting closer, it is time to think about vaccination to reduce pneumonia over the winter.

  • 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.

  • Forget so called easycare types of sheep, there is little to beat the Blackface when it comes to surviving on next to nothing and producing valuable breeding females such as the Highland Mule.

  • 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.

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

  • COW comfort, cubicle cleanliness and attention to detail at all times were the key factors in the judge's choice of the Cogent 'Scottish Dairy Farm of the Year 2014', won this year by David Hamilton and his team at Meldrum, Blairdrummond.

  • THOSE WORRIED about forage quality this winter can now turn to a new liquid product, LactoBoost from Trident Feeds, which allows a lactose-rich whey to permeate feed.

  • NEWS THAT sampling of this year's harvest by Alltech has shown high levels of mycotoxins in grain and straw, will sound alarm bells for many - and leading dairy farmer, Gilmour Lawrie, learnt the hard way that it's a risk not worth taking.

  • IT'S NO secret that the price of sexed dairy semen is around double that of a conventional straw.

  • "Grass is full of energy and, if it's managed correctly, it's as good a feed as anything you will ever get out of a bag." These were the words of Charlie Morgan, one of the UK's top grass experts, speaking to farmers at a recent Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) Grazing for Growth meeting.

Beef

Beef

  • 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.

  • THE value to Scottish livestock producers of having strong brands and robust quality assurance schemes is without question, according to Uel Morton, Quality Meat Scotland chief executive.

  • AN open day focussing on beef cattle finishing held this week saw beef producers gather to discuss how things can be improved throughout the supply chain.

  • "Grass is full of energy and, if it's managed correctly, it's as good a feed as anything you will ever get out of a bag." These were the words of Charlie Morgan, one of the UK's top grass experts, speaking to farmers at a recent Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) Grazing for Growth meeting.

Sheep

Sheep

  • "Grass is full of energy and, if it's managed correctly, it's as good a feed as anything you will ever get out of a bag." These were the words of Charlie Morgan, one of the UK's top grass experts, speaking to farmers at a recent Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) Grazing for Growth meeting.

  • MASTITIS has been an increasing problem in the UK sheep flock for a number of years, but tackling it should be easier in future thanks to new research being undertaken by the British Texel sheep Society.

  • 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.

  • Forget so called easycare types of sheep, there is little to beat the Blackface when it comes to surviving on next to nothing and producing valuable breeding females such as the Highland Mule.

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