• With autumn rapidly approaching and the time for housing cattle getting closer, it is time to think about vaccination to reduce pneumonia over the winter.

  • ENTHUSIASM and passion for a breed are traits that can't be underestimated in sheep farming and when they go hand in hand with experience and skills handed down through generations, they are quite often second to none.

  • Ensuring sufficient returns to make ends meet on any hill farm is never easy, but you can sleep easier at night when you rely on a breed of sheep that commands a premium in market place whether selling store, prime or breeding stock.

  • Forget so called easycare types of sheep, there is little to beat the Blackface when it comes to surviving on next to nothing and producing valuable breeding females such as the Highland Mule.

  • Few sheep breeders can rely on such an income from their pedigree Texel flock to support a family, but one who can, and fairly successfully at that, is Robert Laird, who farms 420 upland acres at Cambwell, Biggar.

  • RECENTLY SCOTLAND'S Rural College alerted sheep farmers to an increasing threat from Maedi Visna (MV), an incurable viral disease of sheep.

  • THERE ISN'T always a set prescription as to why people decide to work with certain breeds of sheep.

  • A TESTING and fast moving sheep created a challenging trial at Lairg, but reliable dogs, handled well, surmounted the problems and put John McKillop's Joe and Joe McKenzie's Tweedie ahead of the rest.

  • WINNING a champion ticket at the Highland is something many dream of, but for one Highland pony breeder it has taken 42 years to achieve.

  • FEW LIVESTOCK farmers have the time or the inclination to take a 'real holiday' from the daily grind of tending to cattle and sheep - instead most prefer two or three days at the Highland catching up with friends old and new over the judging of their preferred breeds and the inevitable drammie or three to follow.