• CONTRARY to popular belief, dermatitis and sole ulcers are one of the most heritable characteristics of all the health traits in dairy cattle but they and the £320 average cost of treatment can be avoided by selecting better sires according to Dr Evgenij Telezhenko.

  • A Dumfries-based company, Britmilk, has been awarded exclusive UK rights to market an award-winning colostrum feeding system for calves.

  • FOR a dairy heifer's lifetime performance, her health and management during the first six months of life are more important than genetic merit, according to calf rearing specialist at Synergy Farm Health, vet Kat Bazeley.

  • MORE than 12 months have passed since the dairy-bred calves on the SRUC Crichton Royal Farm, in Dumfries, moved into their new accommodation and an improvement in growth rates has been evident, Katrina Henderson, a veterinary investigation officer with SAC Consulting has reported.

  • THE benefit of growing heifers quickly is long established as an industry must for dairy profitability, with every extra month of first calving above 23 months costing £100/head

  • THE first few weeks of a calf's husbandry is to be the key area looked at an on-farm discussion event planned for North-east dairy farmers at the Monitor Farm, Mains of Culsh, New Deer, next Wednesday (June 24).

  • A NEW youngstock health initiative launched at the recent Beef Expo aims to improve the health of the nation's youngstock.

  • BEEF from the dairy herd will be a featured topic at NBA Beef Expo 2015.

  • CALVING heifers at two years of age has been well documented to improve productivity and overall dairy herd margins, but a new report from America claims calving Holsteins at 22 months at a weight of 570-590kg, will not only boost herd health but ensure higher future milk yields.

  • CURRENT milk price pressure is having untold damage on farmers balance sheets.