Features

Features

  • 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.

  • RECENTLY SCOTLAND'S Rural College alerted sheep farmers to an increasing threat from Maedi Visna (MV), an incurable viral disease of sheep.

  • THERE ISN'T always a set prescription as to why people decide to work with certain breeds of sheep.

  • A TESTING and fast moving sheep created a challenging trial at Lairg, but reliable dogs, handled well, surmounted the problems and put John McKillop's Joe and Joe McKenzie's Tweedie ahead of the rest.

  • WINNING a champion ticket at the Highland is something many dream of, but for one Highland pony breeder it has taken 42 years to achieve.

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

  • CALVES are most at risk of lungoworm infection this autumn if they remain unvaccinated during their first grazing season and in the absence of an appropriate parasite control programme, according to the NADIS Parasite Forecast, sponsored by Merial Animal Health.

  • 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.

  • BVD monitoring using the latest testing strategies is helping farms in Scotland to eradicate the disease and proving that elimination is an achievable target for all UK producers.

  • CLOSTRIDIAL disease is a common cause of sudden death in cattle of all ages.

Beef

Beef

  • THE crossing of different breeds to make the best use of the type of farmland available, is common practice in the UK sheep industry, but could also be the way forward for upland beef producers.

  • CALVES are most at risk of lungoworm infection this autumn if they remain unvaccinated during their first grazing season and in the absence of an appropriate parasite control programme, according to the NADIS Parasite Forecast, sponsored by Merial Animal Health.

  • 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.

  • BVD monitoring using the latest testing strategies is helping farms in Scotland to eradicate the disease and proving that elimination is an achievable target for all UK producers.

  • CLOSTRIDIAL disease is a common cause of sudden death in cattle of all ages.

Sheep

Sheep

  • FARMERS who purchase rams at this year's Cydectin Kelso Ram Sale, are reminded to manage their performance post-sale to maximise returns from their investment.

  • THE FRUSTRATION faced by many farmers in the battle against sheep scab means it remains a major source of economic loss and to be listed by NSA members as a priority for the sheep sector.

  • NO fewer than 209 home-bred grass-fed, undresssed shearling rams were forward for the ninth on-farm ram sale from William and Carole Ingram, Logie Durno, Pitcaple, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire, where a top price of £1025 was achieved for a Durno Hybrid, purchased by Sandy Smith, Haughton, Glenkindie.

  • With feed barley prices currently trading at about £95 per tonne ex-farm, livestock producers have the chance to dramatically cut feed costs whilst also maximising output by shortening finishing times.

  • FEW BREEDS of sheep can boast the hardiness or the longevity of the hill or Lairg-type Cheviot which, coupled with the breed's shape, carcase and skin, ensures an ideal ewe for much of Scotland's hard, heather hill and upland ground.

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