SAMUEL WHARRY, Harphall, Carnlough, has been appointed chair of the AgriSearch sheep advisory committee in succession to upland farmer Ian Buchanan, Dungiven, who stepped down after the maximum permissible term of service.
TWO NEW, high quality, FEMAS assured wheat distillers' feeds for dairy cows, beef cattle, youngstock, sheep and pigs have been unveiled with both available through Trident's extensive network of feed merchants.
DUNBIA HAS renewed its export marketing arrangement with Beltex this month, offering a bonus of up to 50p/kg throughout the 2013/14 season on selected lambs destined for top end mainland European markets.
SHEEP FARMERS have struggled more than most financially over the past year due to the poor weather and horrendous feed bills, but there is still money to be made in the sector if producers look to rely more on grass than concentrate feeds.
FORGET THE huge increase in feed prices and last year's horrendous wet weather which left many sheep farmers struggling to make ends meet – lambs can be finished solely off grass even in swamp like conditions in Scotland – by selecting the Hampshire Down as a terminal sire.
TOO MANY lambs are too lean and fail to 'hit spec' according to Kathy Peebles, Quality Meat Scotland's livestock development manager, who urged producers to finish their lambs better thereby ensuring a quality end product with improved end prices.