• A RECORD 43 breed stands – 31 breed societies and 13 individual breeders/companies – will be on display at NSA Scotsheep 2016.

  • A Scotland v England test match, an inter-district challenge between 10 Scottish districts and an exciting new open competition will keep sheep shearing enthusiasts glued to their seats at NSA Scotsheep.

  • THE NEXT generation of sheep farmers will be very much to the fore at this year’s Scotsheep event, to be held at Blythbank, Blythbridge,  Peebles-shire, on Wednesday, June 1.

  • FORAGE analysis can help farmers predict the likely performance of stock fed on conserved feed but when they are on grass forecasting growth rates is far more difficult, according to Dr John Vipond, senior sheep consultant with SRUC. In this article, he gives some pointers to consider:

  • REDUCING parasite contamination on pasture and remaining vigilant for nematodirosis will be high on sheep farmers' agenda this April, while beef and dairy farmers should concentrate on preventing parasitic disease in youngstock, according to the latest NADIS Parasite Forecast, sponsored by Merial Animal Health.

  • FIVE liver fluke 'surveillance farms' established by the Farming Against Liver Fluke action group have shown how the mild, wet weather of recent months has led to an extended liver fluke challenge.

  • A NEW labour saving feed block is being introduced specifically formulated to support stock grazing on marginal land.

  • THE National Sheep Association is forging ahead with plans for NSA Sheep 2016, working to a theme of 'Adding value to the sheep industry' - and this year NSA members get even more value, as it's free for them to attend.

  • COCCIDIOSIS in lambs has a significant economic impact on flocks as, apart from the obvious losses as lambs die, there are hidden losses due to reduced growth rates even in lambs that may not have shown obvious clinical signs, said NADIS in a pre-lambing briefing.

  • JOINT-ILL has historically been a major economic drain on Scottish sheep farms, not the least of which is the added cost of treatment.