MAKING sure dairy farmers have the right knowledge and skills to carry out their jobs as efficiently as possible is central to a new service in Scotland.
?THERE was a brisk trade at the sale of Bluefaced Leicester females at Hawes, peaking at £5,000 for a gimmer hogg from the Hewgill flock, from Messrs Lord, Stainmore.
Shows and events
As the Lamma show continues to evolve, so too does the diversity of exhibitors. And grassland and livestock equipment is no exception, with continuing growth of exhibitors year on year.
Helping sheep farmers move forward will be the theme for the third NSA central region winter fair, and will be reflected throughout a busy schedule of events of attractions. Katie Jones takes a look at what visitors to the event can expect.
On the farm
Selling high quality pedigree and cross-bred rams to commercial flocks has added value to the farm business at Sittinglow Farm. Chloe Palmer finds out how the Buckley family has developed a small pedigree flock into a thriving enterprise.
OF all the key performance indicators (KPIs) used to measure the performance of a herd, one of the most straightforward – a calf per cow per year – can be one of the most effective, claims vet Keith Cutler from the Endell Veterinary Group based in Salisbury, Wiltshire.
THE last article in our Maize Matters series highlights predicted yield and quality results for this season and covers disease challenge, storage issues and revised seed rates.
Benchmark Animal Health
?The second article in the Benchmark Animal Health series covers enzootic abortion in sheep and introduces a recently-launched vaccine, which is licensed to use on pregnant ewes in cases where flocks experience an abortion storm at lambing time.
TB in cattle
CONCERNS have been raised about the implications for vets and farmers of new TB testing arrangements due to come into place in April, as intrigue surrounds the Government tender process.
New products and research
A study from researchers at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) looking at how goats express subtle positive emotions could lead to greater understanding of animal welfare.
Lamb losses are very costly and reducing losses by just 1 per cent could help boost returns this season. They can occur at any stage of lamb development and knowing where you are losing lambs is essential to be able to put management decisions in place to address the issue.
Regular blood testing and a targeted approach to key nutrient supplementation is helping one Eden Valley stock producer tackle increasingly changeable trace element needs and reduce costs on his 2,400 hectare (6,000 acre) farm. Farmers Guardian reports.
Advice and handy hints
Whether it is between father and son, manager and staff or with salesmen, negotiation takes place on farms every day. Louise Hartley reports from Dairy Co’s negotiation and influencing skills workshop held in Boroughbridge.
The vet column
With the new year just beginning and grim weather outside, now is a good time to look over your livestock health plan. Louise Hartley gets some top tips from vet, Kirsty Ranson of the Westmorland Vet Group.