• 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.

  • WEANING CATTLE can be an extremely stressful and noisy period for all types of cows and calves, but farmers should use this time as an opportunity to assess individual cow productivity and future herd management.

  • TWO NEW, high quality, FEMAS assured wheat distillers' feeds for dairy cows, beef cattle, youngstock, sheep and pigs have been unveiled with both available through Trident's extensive network of feed merchants.

  • "We ONLY need a broken arm or hand caused by a cow kicking and one of these new Ritchie Calving gates will pay for itself," so says Brechin farmer, Graeme Mather.

  • TWO NEW product ranges have been launched by Zintec Agri to help the livestock farmer in the shape of ZinCaps and diet-Liquid Feed.

  • LAMENESS IS becoming a growing problem on many dairy units due to the increasing importance of digital dermatitis (DD) related infections that appear to be affecting the hoof rather than just the skin and are difficult to treat.