• MISSING OUT on just 10% of early growth potential in black and white bulls, or continental-cross beef cattle could increase finishing times by 14 days and feed requirements by a minimum of 220kg, according to KW nutritionist, Dr Anna Sutcliffe. 

  • A project to develop a ScotEID multi-species database to allow movement data to be electronically transferred through Scottish auction marts using electronic identification is being pushed ahead by The Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland (IAAS).

  • BUYING A good breeding beef bull is a skill like many others in farming, but no matter how good your choice if you handle him badly once you get him home you won't get the best from your expensive investment.

  • A MILD winter and high rainfall can only mean one thing this coming year - there will be a high risk of chronic liver fluke burdens in livestock in western regions of the UK, especially in Scotland.

  • IT'S WET and it's mild - the ideal conditions for the snail that causes liver fluke to survive the winter and cause real issues in the spring for Scottish livestock, according to NADIS' latest health bulletin.

  • DURING the last few years beef producers have seen a dramatic rise in lameness in intensively finished cattle as a result of the infection digital dermatitis.

  • RECENT research has led to new recommendations for dairy cow foot trimming, writes Helen Carty, at Veterinary Investigations Officer at SRUC Ayr.

  • SOME CLEAR evidence that Scottish farmers value calf pneumonia vaccination for its impact on lifetime productivity was identified in a survey at last winter's AgriScot event.

  • THE abundance of seemingly 'fresh' overwintered grass could lead to an upsurge in grass staggers this spring.