Features

Features

  • CONSTANTLY ADAPTING to suit the ever changing market is the name of the game in the Ewing family who, since moving from Ireland some 20 years ago, have switched from the dairy game to the world of pedigree and commercial cattle, with a few diversifications up their sleeve for good measure.

  • Few pedigree units have hit the headlines more than Jim Innes and sons, James and George’s Strathbogie Texel flock, but forget the numerous five-figure prices achieved, it’s the arable and beef cattle enterprises on this mixed farm that have always provided the real bread and butter .... up until now.

  • With an ever changing and evolving agricultural industry, there’s no doubt that planning and investing for the future is essential, and that’s certainly a top priority for the Wilson family, at Clackmae Farm, Earlston.

  • INFESTATIONS WITH lice can cause production losses due to reduced feeding time and damaged hides. 

  • OVINE PREGNANCY toxaemia – commonly known as twin lamb disease – is a common disease of pregnant ewes which occurs following a period of severe energy shortage.

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Dairy

Dairy

Beef

Beef

  • FOR ANY herd, a breeding bull is a significant financial investment.

  • WEIGHT LOSS and reduced performance due to liver fluke disease in housed and out-wintered beef cattle is likely to be reaching peak levels about now, according to the January NADIS Parasite Forecast, sponsored by Merial Animal Health.

  • RUNNING A successful 150-head Aberdeen-Angus cross Simmental suckler herd depends on many things, foremost of which is 'maximising output at minimal hassle,' according to Alistair Watson who farms 520 acres with father, Ken and stockman, Stewart Spence, near Kirkwall, in Orkney.

  • THE AFBI beef research programme in Northern Ireland has measured methane emissions from cattle under a range of production systems, to address the major uncertainties associated with greenhouse gas emissions, particularly from hill systems.

  • A SIGNIFICANT export of semen from five UK Limousin bulls arrived in Australia in November, when sold to Tim Keys for his Keystone Genetics business based in North-east Victoria.

Sheep

Sheep

  • LAST SPRING saw a higher number of mastitis cases being reported, probably related to the poor spring and cold weather.

  • FEW SHEEP farmers can claim not to have experienced some cases of vaginal prolapse in ewes.

  • CONTAGIOUS PUSTULAR Dermatitis virus, or orf as its better known, can be a major problem on many sheep units and in severe cases can cause death, however, its effects can be reduced by thorough cleaning and disinfection of lambing accommodation along with the use of a live vaccine, according to the latest NADIS Sheep Health Bulletin.

  • USING A two-stage feeding system for his breeding flock has helped ease management for William Morison, South Bogbain, Keith, providing him with easily lambed ewes with plenty milk and lambs with vigour.

  • LAMBING TIME has started for many early lambing flocks and preparation is essential.

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