Features

Features

  • 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.

  • 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.

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

  • A UK stud bull looks set to lead the world of dairy genetics after the first of his progeny have starred in league tables around the globe - and he is only two years old.

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

  • A NEW sampling device which will measure the somatic cell count of individual cows, is being launched by Lely for its Astronaut robotic milking system.

  • 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.

  • A COLLAR-BASED monitoring system is being launched which, it is claimed, can detect pre-clinical symptoms of health problems in cattle, thus revolutionising animal health on farms.

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

  • 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.

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