Features

Features

  • SCOTTISH LIVESTOCK farmers who aspire to increase their profits can make this a reality by increasing utilisation of their grass.

  • 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.

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

  • WITH silage analysis, averages can hide a lot of problems on farms, farmers are being warned.

  • ALL dairy farms, irrespective of yield have the potential to reduce costs by increasing milk from forage and in doing so help protect themselves from increasing milk price volatility.

  • 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.

Beef

Beef

  • AFTER a difficult calving, a calf can quite often suffer from a degree of acidosis.

  • NOW is the ideal opportunity to review pre-calving management with a view to getting the spring calves off to the best possible start.

  • FAILING to creep feed suckled calves can substantially cut performance and profitability, claims KW nutritionist, Sean Roddy.

  • ACTION now will help ensure your cattle will go out to spring pastures free of liver fluke that could potentially cause big problems in the autumn.

  • ERADICATING bovine virus diarrhoea (BVD) from your farm will not only have substantial health benefits for your livestock, it will also result in a healthier bank balance at the end of the year.

Sheep

Sheep

  • LOOKNG 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.

  • IT'S A statement borrowed from the telly, but the makers are claiming that OrlDen's fox repellent oil for lambs is so good that 'In surveys, 10 out of 10 foxes said they hated it'!

  • ADVANCED Nutrition has launched a new high energy supplement for in-lamb ewes named Superior Ewe Nuts.

  • SHEEP farmers are being urged by Scotland's Rural College to check the quality of the silage they are feeding pregnant ewes as lambing dates grow closer.

  • IT IS one of the most persistent and debilitating problems that sheep farmers face and one of the most difficult to get rid of which has serious welfare implications for affected animals.

Farmer Right-hand Column