Features

Features

  • 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.

  • HETHPOOL in the College Valley maybe isn't the most accessible of places, but it's ideal for breeding Cheviot sheep, as far as farmer Bill Elliot is concerned.

  • 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.

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 an overall type merit (TM) of +3.64, De-Su BKM McCutchen leads both the latest UK and International indexes issued by Holstein UK.

  • DAIRYCO'S latest spring block-calving index, released in April, remains unchanged at the top as the Jersey sires Danish VJ Tester, Danish VJ Link and Danish DJ Holmer, retain their lead postitions.

  • TWO Canadian Enforcer sons have retained the top two places in the latest DairyCo young genomic sire index in April, based on Profitable Lifetime Index (£PLI).

  • SPECIALIST dairy breeds show stability this month, reflecting the significantly smaller population sizes and slower genetic turnover compared to their Holstein counterparts, according to the latest Profitable Lifetime Index (£PLI) rankings from DairyCo.

  • A CANADIAN bull has topped the recent DairyCo daughter-proven Profitable Lifetime Index (£PLI) ranking after heading up the UK's first ever genomic ranking three years ago.

Beef

Beef

  • MANAGING worm burden challenges in young calves could help farmers reap the economic benefit of targeting heifers to calve at 24 months.

  • A WORLD first is being claimed for the latest version of the much-used anti-inflammatory drug, Finadyne, which allows it to be used as a pour-on.

  • THE body which administers the sale terms for most pedigree beef cattle, the National Beef Association, has completed a revision of its terms and conditions of sale which make them more robust and workable for purchasers and vendors.

  • 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.

Sheep

Sheep

  • 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.

  • A NEW diagnostic blood test for sheep scab infestation has been developed at the Moredun, with work now being carried out by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA).

  • HETHPOOL in the College Valley maybe isn't the most accessible of places, but it's ideal for breeding Cheviot sheep, as far as farmer Bill Elliot is concerned.

  • Having previously worked alongside his family in its sheep and beef enterprise at Otterburn in Northumberland, Peter Hedley set out to go his own way when the family business was broken up.

  • IT'S BEEN around a long time, but remains a real threat to sheep flock profitability - it's the threat posed by the gut worm, nematodirus battus, according to *NADIS' latest livestock health bulletin for Scotland.

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