• 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.

  • 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.

  • SELECTING the right replacement heifers is no easy task when there are so many health issues and performance figures to consider, but it can be made simpler by drawing up a list of heifers born during the recent calving season along with their birth date and their dam before weaning.

  • A COMPREHENSIVE surveillance scheme to help control bovine virus diarrhoea (BVD), in UK beef and dairy herds will be launched next month.

  • 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.

  • JOHNE'S IS a growing problem for many cattle herds up and down the county, but the Welsh Black cattle breed appears to have come up with a template to control levels of this dibilitating disease.