VETS have reported what is believed to be the first ever UK case of the deadly MRSA bug in pigs.
SUFFOLK ram lambs were a strong trade at the Northern Area Sale, Stirling, on Friday (25 July), with prices hitting 20,000gns three times and the average rising by £366.09 on the previous year’s sale to £2,237.97 for 145 lambs sold.
Shows and events
AFTER three days of judging more than 3,000 sheep across more than 40 breeds in blazing heat, it was a Charollais which took top honours in the sheep section for the second year running.
WITH temperatures touching 30 degrees celsius and not a drop of rain, the crowds turned out in force for this week’s four-day Royal Welsh Show. Catch up with all the latest show news, reports, pictures and videos here.
On the farm
The thriftiness and easy-care attributes of Stabiliser cattle are being exploited to maximise profitability in innovative ways by two beef producers in the south west of Scotland. Rog Wood reports.
Profit From Grass
The point in the grass growing season of ‘peak growths and ensuing high quality’ has now passed and attention now needs to turn to management to ensure quantity and maximise quality.
WITH an established commitment to British agriculture, Morrisons is keen to promote sustainable suckler/finisher systems not dependent on subsidies.
TB in cattle
THE British Veterinary Association (BVA) has confirmed its support for the second year of the pilot culls in England, following changes made by Defra to improve the policy.
New products and research
New research has found a sheep’s experiences soon after birth can shape its later behaviour and also that of its offspring.
The rising cost of fertiliser and feed has encouraged livestock farmers to look at alternative forage crops. Herbal leys are a popular choice for many.
Maximising performance from forage through careful grazing management, reseeding and soil testing is the main focus of Bicton College’s farm in Devon, reports Farmers Guardian.
Advice and handy hints
Foot trimming on a regular basis is a crucial factor in tackling lameness, and as a result, many dairy farmers are now choosing to pick up cow’s feet themselves. Louise Hartley talks to independent lameness expert Owen Atkinson for his top tips on foot trimming.
The vet column
Whatever the market conditions for sheep, the returns will always be greater if the flock is healthy. Louise Hartley asks John Macfarlane for his advice on making sure vaccinations are stored properly and administered correctly.
Pit your skills against our professional livestock judge. The winner will recieve £250, plus a body warmer and beanie hat, and five runners-up will each win a body warmer and beanie hat.
Flocks and herds
Rhydian Thomas is the current European Young Shepherd of the Year and member of the National Sheep Association’s (NSA) Young Ambassador Group. Together with his father, he has made some interesting management changes to his farm over the last few years.