• IT'S NO secret that the price of sexed dairy semen is around double that of a conventional straw.

  • "Grass is full of energy and, if it's managed correctly, it's as good a feed as anything you will ever get out of a bag." These were the words of Charlie Morgan, one of the UK's top grass experts, speaking to farmers at a recent Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) Grazing for Growth meeting.

  • WHILE THE falling price of milk is bringing some groups of dairy farmers onto the streets in protest, every producer is also having to take a long hard look at their costs.

  • 'WHEN YOU are building a future dairy cow, you have to put the foundations in properly' - that's how Wim Bosma, farm manager at the Edinburgh University Veterinary School's dairy farm at Langhill, views the unit's aim of producing 10,000 litre cows from heifers that calve on average at 24 months.

  • KIRKCUDBRIGHT dairy farmer, David Yates, has recently completed a trial feeding a new additive which has resulted in a significant improvement in feed conversion efficiency (FCE) and better fertility in his 500-cow Holstein herd at Meikle Firthhead, Castle Douglas, in South-west Scotland.

  • 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.

  • DESPITE the recent drop in farm-gate milk prices, it is still well worth pushing for the extra litres this winter, with one of the best milk price to feed cost ratios now possible.

  • THE genetic superiority of genomic young sires is continuing going by the latest rankings which features no fewer than nine elite sires exceeding £600 for the newly revised Profitable Lifetime Index (£PLI).