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 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.

  • Dairy farmers from across the region met in Carlisle, recently, for the inaugural NMR Herds Competition for Scotland and Northern England.

  • UNCERTAINTY in the future of the dairy industry has been enough to put some farmers off milk production, but the Picken family, which has just upped herd numbers by nearly 300 following investment in a rotary parlour and new housing units, remains positive prices will once again improve and stabilise.

  • Major investment of any sort has to be questionable on dairy farms when milk prices, for many, are below the cost of production and yet, there can be no doubting the physical and financial benefits of the brand spanking new parlour and cubicle shed at Carskerdo.

  • SINCE THE downturn in the farm-gate milk prices, Scotland's peripheral milk producers in the Highlands and Islands have borne the brunt of he cut.

Beef

Beef

  • 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.

  • FAILING to creep feed suckled calves can substantially cut performance and profitability, claims KW nutritionist, Sean Roddy.

  • ACTION now will help ensure your cattle will go out to spring pastures free of liver fluke that could potentially cause big problems in the autumn.

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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