• WAGYU BEEF is renowned the world over for its superior eating quality, taste, tenderness and of course premium prices - but the integrity of its meat will have to be guaranteed in future if it is to continue to be known as the very best.

  • THE value to Scottish livestock producers of having strong brands and robust quality assurance schemes is without question, according to Uel Morton, Quality Meat Scotland chief executive.

  • AN open day focussing on beef cattle finishing held this week saw beef producers gather to discuss how things can be improved throughout the supply chain.

  • "Grass is full of energy and, if it's managed correctly, it's as good a feed as anything you will ever get out of a bag." These were the words of Charlie Morgan, one of the UK's top grass experts, speaking to farmers at a recent Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) Grazing for Growth meeting.

  • FIRST OF all, analyse all your home grown bulk forage for feed value, and work out how many tonnes you have, and do the same with any home grown cereals/straw you may have (I have provided a table at the end to help you do this).

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.