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Beef: Input Costs

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Sustainable Beef Systems

Policy changes, disease (including foot-and-mouth disease) and economic pressures have led to a dramatic decline in both the number of beef cattle and beef cattle holdings over the last 25…

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Stock Talk – Performance in Beef Herds

In this podcast we hear from Sascha Grierson, SAC Consultant and Economist, and Colin Mason, SAC Veterinary Investigation Officer. They talk to Robert Ramsay about...

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Agribusiness News September 2023 – Sector Focus: Bull Fertility

Improving fertility with semen testing Performance of suckler herds has never been more important as increased input costs continue to put pressure on businesses and...

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Stock Talk – Cattle Foot Health with Hoof GP

In this podcast we will hear from Graeme Parker aka the Hoof GP. Graeme tells us his story about his background and how his ‘Hoof...

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Salmonella Dublin in Beef Herds

Although Salmonella Dublin is commonly more associated with dairy herds than suckler herds, problems can still occur, particularly around calving time. On farms, which experience...

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Protein Feed Prices Rising

While cereal prices have eased slightly, protein prices have risen, mainly due to the increase in soya but also due to limited short-term availability of...

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Technology to Improve Business Performance and Resilience – Beef

In this series of three fact sheets an arable, beef and sheep farmer have been interviewed to find out what key pieces of farm technology...

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Winter Management for Calving Heifers at 3 years old

We revisit Billy Graham at Craigdarroch Farm as the heifers come down from the hill for scanning. We will discuss the pregnancy scanning results and...

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Acorn Toxicity

Oak trees are reported to have produced many more acorns this year compared to 2021.  These can be attractive to livestock after a period of...

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Minimise Waste and Maximise Efficiency This Winter

With rising costs facing producers this year SAC Consulting vet Tim Geraghty and SAC Consulting beef specialist Calum Smith discuss options to maximise efficiency this...

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Silage Analysis Update 2022

The nutritional value of silage is determined by several factors such as grass variety, cutting date, weather, wilting period etc.  Therefore, silage should be analysed...

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Westerwold And Italian Ryegrass Catch Crops

The dry conditions in large parts of the country this summer are proving difficult to establish good catch crops for winter forage. This is unless,...

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Profiting From Terminal Sire EBVs at Thistleyhaugh

In this video, Duncan Nelless explains how being involved in the RamCompare project has clearly demonstrated that differences in Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) between rams...

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Common Grazings – The Risks of Being Out of Office

Having a ‘regulated’ or ‘in office’ Common Grazing means that there is a committee in place. In this short video, we outline the benefits of...

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Setting up Deferred Cattle Grazing

In this short video, Robert Ramsay from SAC Consulting covers the principals and benefits of setting up a ‘deferred grazing’ system for suckler cows to...

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Improve Your Grassland Productivity With Weed Control

In this video we hear Poppy Frater, Grassland Specialist at SAC Consulting, and Colin Taylor, Taylor Technologies, discuss two weeds most important to established grassland in...

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Agribusiness News July 2022: Beef

A welcome lift in prices The finished beef price has lifted in June to 453p/kg deadweight, a lift of around 8p from May.  A tightening...

Read more >

Heat Stress At Bulling In Spring Suckler Herds

With temperatures starting to reach 20 degrees plus it is important to make sure that beef cattle have plenty of shade and cool fresh water,...

Read more >

Planning for high fertiliser prices in a beef system

The fertiliser price over the last six months has been on an upward trajectory and as we enter the main growing season hope of prices...

Read more >

Agribusiness News March 2022

The March 2022 edition of Agribusiness News is now available to download.  Along with the regular monthly articles on policy, beef, potatoes, sheep and milk,...

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Spring Grazing & Fertiliser – The Proof is in the Planning

In this webinar SAC Consulting specialists Lorna Galloway and Poppy Frater discuss soil health, good nutrient management practices and strategic grazing plan options to reduce...

Read more >

Organic Newsletter January 2022

This months newsletter is now available. Production without Antibiotics in the Organic Dairy Sector Pre-lambing rotation in 2022 White Clover Oxford Real Farming Conference Highlights...

Read more >

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Select by an area of interest

Stock Talk – Performance in Beef Herds

In this podcast we hear from Sascha Grierson, SAC Consultant and Economist, and Colin Mason, SAC Veterinary Investigation Officer. They talk to Robert Ramsay about...

Read more >

Agribusiness News September 2023 – Sector Focus: Bull Fertility

Improving fertility with semen testing Performance of suckler herds has never been more important as increased input costs continue to put pressure on businesses and...

Read more >

Stock Talk – Cattle Foot Health with Hoof GP

In this podcast we will hear from Graeme Parker aka the Hoof GP. Graeme tells us his story about his background and how his ‘Hoof...

Read more >

Salmonella Dublin in Beef Herds

Although Salmonella Dublin is commonly more associated with dairy herds than suckler herds, problems can still occur, particularly around calving time. On farms, which experience...

Read more >

Protein Feed Prices Rising

While cereal prices have eased slightly, protein prices have risen, mainly due to the increase in soya but also due to limited short-term availability of...

Read more >

Technology to Improve Business Performance and Resilience – Beef

In this series of three fact sheets an arable, beef and sheep farmer have been interviewed to find out what key pieces of farm technology...

Read more >

Winter Management for Calving Heifers at 3 years old

We revisit Billy Graham at Craigdarroch Farm as the heifers come down from the hill for scanning. We will discuss the pregnancy scanning results and...

Read more >

Acorn Toxicity

Oak trees are reported to have produced many more acorns this year compared to 2021.  These can be attractive to livestock after a period of...

Read more >

Minimise Waste and Maximise Efficiency This Winter

With rising costs facing producers this year SAC Consulting vet Tim Geraghty and SAC Consulting beef specialist Calum Smith discuss options to maximise efficiency this...

Read more >

Silage Analysis Update 2022

The nutritional value of silage is determined by several factors such as grass variety, cutting date, weather, wilting period etc.  Therefore, silage should be analysed...

Read more >

Westerwold And Italian Ryegrass Catch Crops

The dry conditions in large parts of the country this summer are proving difficult to establish good catch crops for winter forage. This is unless,...

Read more >

Profiting From Terminal Sire EBVs at Thistleyhaugh

In this video, Duncan Nelless explains how being involved in the RamCompare project has clearly demonstrated that differences in Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) between rams...

Read more >

Common Grazings – The Risks of Being Out of Office

Having a ‘regulated’ or ‘in office’ Common Grazing means that there is a committee in place. In this short video, we outline the benefits of...

Read more >

Setting up Deferred Cattle Grazing

In this short video, Robert Ramsay from SAC Consulting covers the principals and benefits of setting up a ‘deferred grazing’ system for suckler cows to...

Read more >

Improve Your Grassland Productivity With Weed Control

In this video we hear Poppy Frater, Grassland Specialist at SAC Consulting, and Colin Taylor, Taylor Technologies, discuss two weeds most important to established grassland in...

Read more >

Agribusiness News July 2022: Beef

A welcome lift in prices The finished beef price has lifted in June to 453p/kg deadweight, a lift of around 8p from May.  A tightening...

Read more >

Heat Stress At Bulling In Spring Suckler Herds

With temperatures starting to reach 20 degrees plus it is important to make sure that beef cattle have plenty of shade and cool fresh water,...

Read more >

Planning for high fertiliser prices in a beef system

The fertiliser price over the last six months has been on an upward trajectory and as we enter the main growing season hope of prices...

Read more >

Agribusiness News March 2022

The March 2022 edition of Agribusiness News is now available to download.  Along with the regular monthly articles on policy, beef, potatoes, sheep and milk,...

Read more >

Spring Grazing & Fertiliser – The Proof is in the Planning

In this webinar SAC Consulting specialists Lorna Galloway and Poppy Frater discuss soil health, good nutrient management practices and strategic grazing plan options to reduce...

Read more >

Organic Newsletter January 2022

This months newsletter is now available. Production without Antibiotics in the Organic Dairy Sector Pre-lambing rotation in 2022 White Clover Oxford Real Farming Conference Highlights...

Read more >

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