Animal health and welfare is a subject of great public concern. It is a Scottish Government policy to maintain and improve farm animal welfare standards and, as a result, animal health and welfare is the subject of a considerable body of legislation. This is supported by a number of Codes of Recommendations for the Welfare of Livestock and an element of cross-compliance requirements applied to certain support payments.
It is important to ensure that the Legislation and Welfare Codes are regularly revised to take into account the changes and developments in the Scottish farm livestock industry and relevant research findings as they become available. The livestock industry must stay informed of changes to the Legislation and the Welfare Codes.
The Farm Advisory Service proposes to address animal health and welfare issues through a programme of awareness raising events, seminars and articles, to improve animal health and overall welfare standards throughout Scotland.
Podcast: Cattle handling systems on common grazings
In this podcast we hear from Dr Simon Turner of SRUC Dr Turner did a roadshow on cattle handling systems on Common Grazings in Lewis, Uist and Skye. Listen to Janette…read more >
Feed and Forage Factsheet
Challenging and unpredictable weather have highlighted the importance of planning feed stocks in preparation for whatever the weather might throw at you! This factsheet provides a logical flow to the forage and feed planning process. All with the aim of informing early intervention, reduce risk of sudden diet changes or expensive feed purchases in late season and ultimately to provide peace of mind that feed supplies can match demand and cost effective livestock performance targets.read more >
Slurry lagoons – more than just a hole in the groundFebruary 6, 2019
Benefits of Colostrum PasteurisationFebruary 4, 2019
Lighting for CowsDecember 7, 2018
Mycotoxin Risk with High Dry Matter SilagesOctober 11, 2018
Beef Efficiency Scheme – 2018 eventsSeptember 18, 2018
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