FEW LIVESTOCK farmers have the time or the inclination to take a 'real holiday' from the daily grind of tending to cattle and sheep - instead most prefer two or three days at the Highland catching up with friends old and new over the judging of their preferred breeds and the inevitable drammie or three to follow.
Higher milk prices have boosted margins in the latest results reported by Kingshay in its new Dairy Costings Focus, but the gap has widened between the best and worst herds in efficiency of milk production.
A NEW partnership between the ABP Food Group (ABP), one of the largest beef processors in Europe, and Genus, a leading animal genetics company, aims to develop more sustainable and higher quality beef in the market place.
WEIGHT LOSS and reduced performance due to liver fluke disease in housed and out-wintered beef cattle is likely to be reaching peak levels about now, according to the January NADIS Parasite Forecast, sponsored by Merial Animal Health.
While many young people aspire to farming on their own, eventually getting that lucky break and a farm tenancy, can seem like a dream come true but that initial step up the ladder is only the first of many hurdles.
Store lamb values fell just short of £12 per head but for almost double the number sold at Craven Cattle Marts opening show and sale at Skipton, last week, where a strong entry of 4087 cashed in at £56.73, compared to last year's average of £68.18 for 2231.