Features

Features

  • 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.

  • ALL sheep farmers strive for an easycare type of sheep, but there is no such thing - especially at lambing - when you are constantly striving to maximise productivity and end returns.

  • 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.

New Products

New Products

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

  • 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.

Dairy

Dairy

  • 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.

  • LOW-COST liquid co-products may not contain the true feed value that milk producers and beef farmers expect them to have, with other types of feed often required to supplement the diet as a result.

  • MILK producers of all breeds and crosses with spring-calving herds can look to the new Spring Calving Index (£SCI) to help with their sire selection.

  • ONE of the most influential sires in the Genus ABS dairy catalogue, Pictson Shottle, has been retired from the active bull line-up following a 15-year career.

  • THE genomic young sire list is where considerable excitement lies when it comes to Holstein genetics and the December index run, published by DairyCo, demonstrates the fast pace of change.

Beef

Beef

  • FAST finishing and good grades are key to the profitability of the beef enterprise at the Gilchrists' family farms near Dunbar, East Lothian, a finalist in the 2014 Scotch Beef Farm of the Year.

  • LOW-COST liquid co-products may not contain the true feed value that milk producers and beef farmers expect them to have, with other types of feed often required to supplement the diet as a result.

  • 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.

Sheep

Sheep

  • ORPHAN lambs can pay their way and do just as well as those raised by the ewe, however, they require good management and a quality diet to do so.

  • 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.

  • AN independent and blind trial conducted by the Althnorthumbria Veterinary Group, has found that Cosecure soluble glass lamb boluses were the 'best in class' for profit and weight gain.

  • DO you have sheep on your farm which lose condition for no obvious reason?

  • LOOKING AT sheep worming options for 2015, an overriding priority is to use a minimal number of treatments with maximum efficacy when they are given, according to Zoetis vet, Andrew Montgomery.

Farmer Right-hand Column