Beef Cattle

In 2014, Scottish cattle farmers generated a turnover of £837m, some 27.5% of all Scottish agricultural output, from the sale of animals for meat production and breeding.  71% of the cows in Scotland are beef cows and only 29% are dairy cows.  This is the highest ratio of beef to dairy cows among the countries of UK and Europe. (QMS)


Video: Forage crops for an organic system

Forage crops can provide a range of benefits, including business resilience against variable fodder supplies, low cost out-wintering and opportunities to expand farm output. We recently filmed three case studies…

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Podcast: Making a mark at the markets

In this podcast, Ross Mackenzie talks to Ian Tolmie, Managing Director of Dingwall and Highland Marts who gives valuable advice for those new to livestock marts, and what they should…

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New Entrant Case Study: Jenny McKerr

Jenny McKerr was brought up in Paisley; she studied agriculture at SAC and then worked in the beef industry before purchasing a farm, along with her husband Stephen. Their goal…

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Feeding Beef Cattle & Sheep

With good nutrition, animals are healthier and more of their genetic potential can be achieved. Nutrition is the biggest driver of flock or herd performance. This practical guide will give…

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Podcast: Antibiotics and livestock

Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) – and more particularly, antibiotic resistance – is one of the greatest threats to human health globally. Food producing animals account for 37% of antibiotic use in…

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Common cattle and sheep identification breaches and tips to help with compliance

Scottish Government statistics from cross compliance inspections have revealed that cattle identification and registration (SMR 7) and sheep and goat identification (SMR 8) are the most commonly breached requirements. This…

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