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

  • POTASH is often blamed for killing cows which succumb to grass staggers - it renders the magnesium in pasture less available and staggers may result so careful use of potash in spring and autumn when stock are susceptible is key.

  • IODINE deficiency can cause many problems for cattle and sheep but too much iodine can also lead to trouble - so investigation before supplementation is the watchword, writes Alwyn Jones, of SAC Consulting Veterinary Services, St Boswells.

  • SOME difficult decisions face farmers and crofters in the north and west of Scotland this winter to ensure their cattle reach the spring in fine fettle.

  • Whistlestop guide to grass staggers.

  • THE most severe version of BVD, type 2, has been identified in Poland in a dairy herd and could be an issue for cattle that have been imported into the UK.

  • The substantial improvements to margin which can be collectively achieved by making small changes to a farm business are highlighted in an Orkney monitor farm video launched by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) this month.

  • FARMERS are being reminded to monitor lactating suckler cows for magnesium deficiency at turnout - it's a time when they're particularly vulnerable to grass staggers.

  • REHYRDRATION post-calving is crucial to support quick cow recovery and the importance of administering a balanced rehydration supplement immediately after calving should not be over looked.

  • IT'S a busy time now for farmers with spring calving herds but once calving is over, thoughts will turn to turnout and bulling, specifically getting cows back in calf again for next spring.