• Dairy farmers from across the region met in Carlisle, recently, for the inaugural NMR Herds Competition for Scotland and Northern England.

  • UNCERTAINTY in the future of the dairy industry has been enough to put some farmers off milk production, but the Picken family, which has just upped herd numbers by nearly 300 following investment in a rotary parlour and new housing units, remains positive prices will once again improve and stabilise.

  • Major investment of any sort has to be questionable on dairy farms when milk prices, for many, are below the cost of production and yet, there can be no doubting the physical and financial benefits of the brand spanking new parlour and cubicle shed at Carskerdo.

  • SINCE THE downturn in the farm-gate milk prices, Scotland's peripheral milk producers in the Highlands and Islands have borne the brunt of he cut.

  • Outwith Kintyre's dairy farmers, peripheral industries are also struggling, with local machinery dealers feeling the pinch and only three months into the year.

  • RECENT STUDIES have highlighted the value of disinfecting foot trimming equipment which can cut the spread of bacterial infection by up to 68%.

  • There is no doubt 2015 will be problematic for Kintryre dairy farmers, but First Milk's Paul Flanigan is confident for the future.

  • MILK QUALITY is becoming increasingly important as many milk buyers are changing their payments schedules to reflect increased incentives for better milk quality and this article reviews some of the Scottish Government funded research work into the compositional aspects of milk quality.

  • SCOTLAND is making progress towards eradicating BVD, but everyone still has a part to play to ensure we achieve success.

  • Dairy farming in Kintyre is far from rosy, but by producing better quality milk, individual producers can do to a lot to help themselves when there is 6p per litre of a difference between the best and worst milk in the Campbeltown area.