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

  • "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.

  • WHILE THE falling price of milk is bringing some groups of dairy farmers onto the streets in protest, every producer is also having to take a long hard look at their costs.

  • 'WHEN YOU are building a future dairy cow, you have to put the foundations in properly' - that's how Wim Bosma, farm manager at the Edinburgh University Veterinary School's dairy farm at Langhill, views the unit's aim of producing 10,000 litre cows from heifers that calve on average at 24 months.

  • KIRKCUDBRIGHT dairy farmer, David Yates, has recently completed a trial feeding a new additive which has resulted in a significant improvement in feed conversion efficiency (FCE) and better fertility in his 500-cow Holstein herd at Meikle Firthhead, Castle Douglas, in South-west Scotland.

  • AS WE approach the four-year anniversary of the beginning of the Scottish BVD eradication programme (stage one launched in September 2011), great strides have been made in the control of this widespread cattle disease, writes Neil Laing, of Clyde Vets in Lanark, part of the XL Vet Group.

Beef

Beef

  • 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.

  • FIRST OF all, analyse all your home grown bulk forage for feed value, and work out how many tonnes you have, and do the same with any home grown cereals/straw you may have (I have provided a table at the end to help you do this).

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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