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Farm Management Handbook 2021/22

The 42nd edition of the Farm Management Handbook is an essential tool for any progressive farm business, providing a comprehensive and up-to-date source of information for farmers, crofters, rural professionals,…

A red and white calf with a yellow ear tag looking directly at the screen.

Technical Note (TN746): Management of Nutrition Around Calving in the Suckler Herd

1 September 2021

Summary Nutrition and body condition of the suckler cow has a very important role to play in ensuring the cow successfully delivers and rears a calf every year. Nutrition around…

Technical Note (TN745): Metabolic Profiling in the Suckler Herd

1 September 2021

Introduction to Metabolic Profiling Metabolic profiling involves blood testing cows at key times of the production cycle to assess nutritional status. It is often used as a management tool in…

Beef Heifer and calf

Technical Note (TN744): Management of Replacement Heifers into the Suckler Herd

1 September 2021

The goal of breeding heifer management is to produce a healthy, productive animal that produces a calf annually as part of the herd. This technical note will focus on managing…

Podcast – Livestock Monthly: Beef (July 2021)

8 August 2021

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In the latest of our livestock monthly podcasts episodes hosted by Beef Specialist Robert Ramsay of SAC Consulting, we talk beef with George Baikie, Head of SRUC Farms.  

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A Guide to Feed Budgeting

Forward planning forage supplies helps understand whether you will have enough conserved forage to meet the livestock demand – this is becoming more critical as weather is fluctuating more from…

New Entrants case study Archie Patterson, Plan Farm, Bute

Archie Paterson is a new entrant to farming. He’s the son of a shepherd, who always dreamed of farming in his own right. In order to make his dream a…

Croft & Small Farms: A Season with Cattle – Bull Hire for Crofters

Small herds are very common in the crofting counties and co-operation is key to their success. An important co-operative measure is the sharing of bulls and many make use of…

Avoiding Accidental Pregnancies In Young Heifers

17 June 2021

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  Every year we hear stories of unwanted pregnancies in heifer calves, an issue that creates a lot of work, cost and is a potential animal welfare issue.  As we…

Grassland Management and Silage Making at Glensaugh

11 June 2021

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In this podcast Malcolm MacDonald speaks to Donald Barrie, farm manager at Glensaugh research farm, and Lorna Macpherson of SAC Consulting’s livestock team about grazing management and how to make…



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