Features

Features

  • THE next generation coming up through the ranks is key to the continued success of any breed in farming, and at Home Farm, Cairness, up in Fraserburgh, there are two young men keen to contribute to exactly that.

  • THERE can be no doubting the spellbinding, magnetic lure of the Royal Highland Show which continues to this day, even for those who have been exhibiting for decades.

  • FEW farms are as qualified to hold an event focussing on beef production in Scotland than Mains of Mause, in Perthshire.

  • FOR many, sheep shearing may appear to be a male dominated sport, both in the shearing shed and on the boards at competitions.

  • KEEPING up with tradition but still trying to move with the times is a challenge faced by auction marts the length and breath of Scotland, and for one as historic and well established as Wallets Marts, in Castle Douglas, it's a challenge they contend with and some.

New Products

New Products

  • SWISS shearing equipment manufacturer, Heiniger, has introduced a comb that promises to reduce the effort required from both the machine and its user.

  • AN ACCIDENT in 2012, could have changed crofting couple, Don and Cara Cameron's lifestyle completely when Don lost his arm while cleaning a baler.

  • 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.

Dairy

Dairy

Beef

Beef

  • The substantial improvements to margin which can be collectively achieved by making small changes to a farm business are highlighted in an Orkney monitor farm video launched by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) this month.

  • FARMERS are being reminded to monitor lactating suckler cows for magnesium deficiency at turnout - it's a time when they're particularly vulnerable to grass staggers.

  • REHYRDRATION post-calving is crucial to support quick cow recovery and the importance of administering a balanced rehydration supplement immediately after calving should not be over looked.

  • IT'S a busy time now for farmers with spring calving herds but once calving is over, thoughts will turn to turnout and bulling, specifically getting cows back in calf again for next spring.

  • WITH surplus potatoes available at extremely attractive prices compared to their relative feed value, many livestock producers could make good use of this opportunity.

Sheep

Sheep

  • A third lamber Lleyn ewe with her five lambs as taken by Alistair Mitchell, of his mum, Lesley Mitchell, with the new arrivals, after they popped out on April 3 at Whitriggs Farm, Hawick, in the Border

  • A BEAUTIFUL sunset captured by Linda Dick during the busy lambing time at Hamildean, Peebles, shows what a great start farmers are having to their hill lambin

  • WITH surplus potatoes available at extremely attractive prices compared to their relative feed value, many livestock producers could make good use of this opportunity.

  • AN ACCIDENT in 2012, could have changed crofting couple, Don and Cara Cameron's lifestyle completely when Don lost his arm while cleaning a baler.

  • TEXEL breeders will soon be at the forefront of the UK sheep breeding industry thanks to the establishment of a network of Texel phenotyping farms and the collection of data for the development of novel estimated breeding values (EBV) and genomic indexes.

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