Keeping with the theme of Love Lamb Week (1-7 September), this week’s QMS podcast, available to download now, focusses on sheep health and performance.

Join Ed Hill and Niall Blair for a varied discussion on seasonal health trends, health scanning and marketing of cull ewes.

Ed Hill is a large animal vet and director with Thrums Vet Group in Kirriemuir and works across Angus and Perthshire. Ed has been with Thrums for just over five years and takes a special interest in sheep health and production, in which he is studying for his certificate in advanced veterinary practice. Ed also helps run the family farm of 200 ewes and a small herd of pedigree Longhorn cattle in Glen Isla.

Niall Blair is a cattle and sheep farmer at East Cammock Farm, Glen Isla. East Cammock is an upland farm extending to around 250ha. The farm currently runs approximately 400 cheviot/cheviot mule ewes along with a herd of pedigree Saler cows.

Bruce McConachie, QMS Interim Head of Industry Development said: “This is the perfect time to get a grasp of your flock health. This podcast encourages farmers to take post-weaning ewe ‘MOTs’ a step further and delve a little deeper to analyse your cull ewes. I would encourage everyone to download the podcast to learn ways in which you can improve flock health to boost performance.”

The QMS podcast series focusses on initiatives which can help Scottish farmers improve the productivity, profitability and sustainability of their businesses.

Listen to the new podcast available through Apple Podcast, Buzzsprout, and Spotify, as well as via the Quality Meat Scotland website and social channels.