• 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.

  • FOR ANY herd, a breeding bull is a significant financial investment.

  • 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.

  • RUNNING A successful 150-head Aberdeen-Angus cross Simmental suckler herd depends on many things, foremost of which is 'maximising output at minimal hassle,' according to Alistair Watson who farms 520 acres with father, Ken and stockman, Stewart Spence, near Kirkwall, in Orkney.

  • THE AFBI beef research programme in Northern Ireland has measured methane emissions from cattle under a range of production systems, to address the major uncertainties associated with greenhouse gas emissions, particularly from hill systems.

  • A SIGNIFICANT export of semen from five UK Limousin bulls arrived in Australia in November, when sold to Tim Keys for his Keystone Genetics business based in North-east Victoria.