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Sheep Abortions – What you need to know

In this video, Megan Fergusson, Veterinary Investigation Officer at SRUC talks about the main causes of sheep abortions – Toxoplasmosis and Enzootic Abortion (EAE) and...

Read more >

Reduce Risk Of Scald In Lambs This Season

Scald is caused by bacteria (Dichelobacter nodosus) in the grass and leads to damage to the soft tissue between the toes of lambs. It can...

Read more >

Grazing Principles for Productive Flocks

In this webinar recorded 26th May, Poppy Frater and Daniel Stout of SAC’s GrazeUp discuss the core principles of effective grazing management to optimise pasture...

Read more >

Improving Silage To Reduce Costs

Improving silage quality provides an alternative resource of nutrients to livestock that may have otherwise been supplied in concentrate feed. Ruminants have evolved to eat...

Read more >

Forage Crop vlog: Michael Shannon Yield Analysis

This vlog from Thankerton Camp shows how the yield analysis of the 3 forage crops was calculated in preparation for the cattle being introduced mid-November....

Read more >

Forage Crop vlog – Introducing Stuart McWhirter

Introducing Stuart McWhirter, Kenmure, Newton Stewart. Stuart gives us a background to his farming enterprise in the South West and how he uses forage crops...

Read more >

Best Practice Procedures For Making Baled Silage

There are a number of important steps during the silage making process which can influence nutritional of the end product, impacting on livestock performance and...

Read more >

Forage Crop vlog – Introducing Robert Anderson

The first of this years farmer vlogs comes from Robert Anderson, Corskellie, who gives us a run through of his families farming enterprises and use...

Read more >

Forage Crop Ground Preparation

Good ground preparation of forage crops is a large contributor to their yield potential, with a fine, firm seedbed, with the correct pH and nutrients...

Read more >

Introducing Our Forage Crop Vlogs

Introducing our forage crop vlog series!  We have three fantastic farmers, who have kindly agreed to allow us to follow them and their forage crops...

Read more >

Ensiling Potatoes And Grass Silage

The recent cold weather and lack of grass growth has meant some farms will either have silage fields that are being grazed or simply not...

Read more >

Bloat In Orphan Lambs

A year of high numbers of lambs being born, inevitably means orphan lambs being reared.  One of the most common reported problems for these lambs...

Read more >

Improving Baled Silage Quality: What’s it Worth?

When buying or selling silage bales, nutritional value is rarely taken into account, but the variation in quality can be huge.  Having an analysis to...

Read more >

Sustainable Sheep Systems – “Ewe are what ewe eat” (video)

Ewe nutrition in the 8 weeks pre-lambing is essential to ensure the ewe receives sufficient energy and protein to support the growth of the unborn...

Read more >

More Sheep Issues To Look Out For In This Extreme Weather

Poppy Frater gives us tips on what to look out for in your sheep during this period of snowy weather.

Read more >

Forage Stocktake

Now is a good time to assess silage and straw stocks to ensure that you have enough to see you through to spring turnout.  Take...

Read more >

The Importance Of Vitamins – Vitamin D

Vitamin D is critical for normal development and growth.  The primary function of vitamin D is to increase blood plasma calcium and phosphorous to a...

Read more >

Wormers And The Soil

I have seen several videos recently telling farmers to reduce their use of wormers or cut them out altogether to reduce their impact on soil...

Read more >

Using The Scan Results For Better Nutrition

As triplets require greater feeding in the lead up to lambing than those with fewer lambs and singles are at risk of oversized lambs if...

Read more >

Managing and Reducing Straw Wastage

With straw looking to be relatively scarce coupled with price variance across the regions this guide will help farmers better manage straw supplies and help...

Read more >

Alternative Bedding For Lambing

Straw traditionally is the choice bedding for lambing sheds and pens however straw shortages mean you may need to be prepared to find an alternative....

Read more >

Livestock Grazing Beet: Feat. Dr Jim Gibbs

The third and final podcast in our fodder beet for livestock series. This podcast focuses on the health of livestock grazing beet and we are...

Read more >

Barnside Farm – Becoming Organic, Rotational Grazing, and Mob Grazing

In this podcast SAC Consultant Malcolm Macdonald caught up with Charley and Andrea Walker from Barnside Farm. They discussed their farming system, why they became...

Read more >

Ruminant Nutrition

Ever wondered what your animal requires and when?  The best way to feed them?  What minerals they need?  If so then this webinar is for...

Read more >

A year at Oakwood mill – How Giles Henry manages his cattle

This video gives an insight into how Giles manages his cattle through the year for low cost and high performance.  

Read more >

Planning Feed Supplies For The Winter

Malcolm Macdonald spoke to nutritionists Karen Stewart and Mary Young along with beef specialist Robert Ramsay about planning feed supplies for the winter. Karen, Mary...

Read more >

Forages and Feeds: Dealing With A Forage Shortage

This video is the sixth in our winter feed planning series covering assessing your forage stocks and their quality, as well as what to do...

Read more >

Forages and Feeds: Assessing The Ration

This video is the fifth in our winter feed planning series covering assessing your forage stocks and their quality, as well as what to do...

Read more >

Forages and Feeds: Formulating Rations

This video is the fourth in our winter feed planning series covering assessing your forage stocks and their quality, as well as what to do...

Read more >

Forages and Feeds: Assessing Your Forage – Part 2

This video is the third in our winter feed planning series covering assessing your forage stocks and their quality, as well as what to do...

Read more >

Forages and Feeds: Assessing Your Forage – Part 1

This video is the second in our winter feed planning series covering assessing your forage stocks and their quality, as well as what to do...

Read more >

Forages and Feeds: Assessing Forage Stocks

This video is the first in our winter feed planning series covering assessing your forage stocks and their quality, as well as what to do...

Read more >

Rotational Grazing: A Discussion

This year, four farmers from across Scotland have been documenting their experience using rotational grazing methods on video. You can follow the whole series on...

Read more >

Alternative Bedding

Bedding livestock on straw is common place on most farms in Scotland but straw is not the only option. 

Read more >

Wet Straw

Recent wet weather in some parts has seen straw in field stacks soaked by rainwater, bales immersed in water and even straw bales washed away...

Read more >

Cause And Prevention Of Mites In Feedstuffs

Grain/feed mites can occasionally cause issues in grain they are not often easy to spot until they are in large numbers and where populations are...

Read more >

Measuring Grass – Is It Worth It?

Is measuring grass necessary for running a beef and sheep farm?  No, but if you want to make the most of your resources it certainly...

Read more >

Rotational Grazing Vlog: Weaning Lambs at 90day

  These lambs have grown at 325g/day from birth, an exceptional growth rate for twins. Jamie has shown us the leader-follower system in previous videos...

Read more >

Rotational Grazing Vlog: Cattle doing well after a wet august at Oakwood Mill

          Although grass is doing well and cattle are thriving (1.35 kg/day liveweight gain), rainfall is starting to increase poaching risk....

Read more >

Lamb Finishing Options

There are a wide range of options for finishing lambs in Scotland. The choice of system will largely depend on the weight and type of...

Read more >

Keeping Lambs Growing

As lambs get bigger, they get less efficient at growing – an increasing amount of feed is needed solely for their maintenance.  The contribution of energy dense...

Read more >

Rotational Grazing Vlogs – Adapting the grazing management to stretch grass supply

    Grass growth at 50kg dry matter per hectare per day and farm average cover at 1900 kg dry matter per hectare indicates that...

Read more >

Rotational Grazing Vlog: Moving steers through rotationally grazed paddocks and clover after rain

    Giles Henry at Oakwood Mill, Scottish Borders Thankful for June rainfall, Giles shows us the yearling steers during their paddock shifts and gives...

Read more >

Rotational Grazing Vlog: Adapting to slow grass growth and pre-mowing with dairy cows

    The farm has received some much-welcomed rain so is greening up well. William has had to adapt the grazing management quite a lot...

Read more >

Rotational Grazing Vlog: Permanent pasture responding well to Leader-follower rotation

    Cows and Calves follow behind the ewes and lambs at Scholland Farm on Shetland. Increase kg/ha 40%. A top tip for temporary electric...

Read more >

Rotational Grazing Vlog: Leader Follower Grazing

    Leader-follower grazing is where a priority group graze the best grass and the follower group tidy up behind them. In this video Jamie...

Read more >

Rotational Grazing Vlog: Adapting the Grazing platform – a surplus of grass

    William discusses the use of dry cows and taking paddocks out for silage to deal with excess grass.  

Read more >

Rotational Grazing Vlog: Adapting grazing in cooler May conditions on Shetland

    Grass growth on Scholland Farm has been slow due to cool may conditions. Therefore, the ewe and lamb grazing has been adapted and...

Read more >

Rotational Grazing Vlog: An update after some rain

  Forest farm was getting quite dry, in this video, William returns to the heifers following 10 mm of much needed rain.  

Read more >

Opportunities To Control Rushes 

Rushes are a major challenge to beef and sheep producers across the country.  Rushes are an indicator of poor fertility, poor drainage and low soil pH.  However,...

Read more >

Handling And Stacking Silage Bales

When making silage bales it worth taking extra care around handling, wrapping and stacking of bales to avoid costly nutrient losses and some harmful moulds...

Read more >

Getting started with rotational grazing in the dairy herd

Getting Started with Rotation Grazing for the Dairy Herd Rotational grazing involves using small fields sizes, (or paddocks) to move stock frequently to provide a...

Read more >

More in QuickFAS Sheep

Select by an area of interest

Sheep Abortions – What you need to know

In this video, Megan Fergusson, Veterinary Investigation Officer at SRUC talks about the main causes of sheep abortions – Toxoplasmosis and Enzootic Abortion (EAE) and...

Read more >

Reduce Risk Of Scald In Lambs This Season

Scald is caused by bacteria (Dichelobacter nodosus) in the grass and leads to damage to the soft tissue between the toes of lambs. It can...

Read more >

Grazing Principles for Productive Flocks

In this webinar recorded 26th May, Poppy Frater and Daniel Stout of SAC’s GrazeUp discuss the core principles of effective grazing management to optimise pasture...

Read more >

Improving Silage To Reduce Costs

Improving silage quality provides an alternative resource of nutrients to livestock that may have otherwise been supplied in concentrate feed. Ruminants have evolved to eat...

Read more >

Forage Crop vlog: Michael Shannon Yield Analysis

This vlog from Thankerton Camp shows how the yield analysis of the 3 forage crops was calculated in preparation for the cattle being introduced mid-November....

Read more >

Forage Crop vlog – Introducing Stuart McWhirter

Introducing Stuart McWhirter, Kenmure, Newton Stewart. Stuart gives us a background to his farming enterprise in the South West and how he uses forage crops...

Read more >

Best Practice Procedures For Making Baled Silage

There are a number of important steps during the silage making process which can influence nutritional of the end product, impacting on livestock performance and...

Read more >

Forage Crop vlog – Introducing Robert Anderson

The first of this years farmer vlogs comes from Robert Anderson, Corskellie, who gives us a run through of his families farming enterprises and use...

Read more >

Forage Crop Ground Preparation

Good ground preparation of forage crops is a large contributor to their yield potential, with a fine, firm seedbed, with the correct pH and nutrients...

Read more >

Introducing Our Forage Crop Vlogs

Introducing our forage crop vlog series!  We have three fantastic farmers, who have kindly agreed to allow us to follow them and their forage crops...

Read more >

Ensiling Potatoes And Grass Silage

The recent cold weather and lack of grass growth has meant some farms will either have silage fields that are being grazed or simply not...

Read more >

Bloat In Orphan Lambs

A year of high numbers of lambs being born, inevitably means orphan lambs being reared.  One of the most common reported problems for these lambs...

Read more >

Improving Baled Silage Quality: What’s it Worth?

When buying or selling silage bales, nutritional value is rarely taken into account, but the variation in quality can be huge.  Having an analysis to...

Read more >

Sustainable Sheep Systems – “Ewe are what ewe eat” (video)

Ewe nutrition in the 8 weeks pre-lambing is essential to ensure the ewe receives sufficient energy and protein to support the growth of the unborn...

Read more >

More Sheep Issues To Look Out For In This Extreme Weather

Poppy Frater gives us tips on what to look out for in your sheep during this period of snowy weather.

Read more >

Forage Stocktake

Now is a good time to assess silage and straw stocks to ensure that you have enough to see you through to spring turnout.  Take...

Read more >

The Importance Of Vitamins – Vitamin D

Vitamin D is critical for normal development and growth.  The primary function of vitamin D is to increase blood plasma calcium and phosphorous to a...

Read more >

Wormers And The Soil

I have seen several videos recently telling farmers to reduce their use of wormers or cut them out altogether to reduce their impact on soil...

Read more >

Using The Scan Results For Better Nutrition

As triplets require greater feeding in the lead up to lambing than those with fewer lambs and singles are at risk of oversized lambs if...

Read more >

Managing and Reducing Straw Wastage

With straw looking to be relatively scarce coupled with price variance across the regions this guide will help farmers better manage straw supplies and help...

Read more >

Alternative Bedding For Lambing

Straw traditionally is the choice bedding for lambing sheds and pens however straw shortages mean you may need to be prepared to find an alternative....

Read more >

Livestock Grazing Beet: Feat. Dr Jim Gibbs

The third and final podcast in our fodder beet for livestock series. This podcast focuses on the health of livestock grazing beet and we are...

Read more >

Barnside Farm – Becoming Organic, Rotational Grazing, and Mob Grazing

In this podcast SAC Consultant Malcolm Macdonald caught up with Charley and Andrea Walker from Barnside Farm. They discussed their farming system, why they became...

Read more >

Ruminant Nutrition

Ever wondered what your animal requires and when?  The best way to feed them?  What minerals they need?  If so then this webinar is for...

Read more >

A year at Oakwood mill – How Giles Henry manages his cattle

This video gives an insight into how Giles manages his cattle through the year for low cost and high performance.  

Read more >

Planning Feed Supplies For The Winter

Malcolm Macdonald spoke to nutritionists Karen Stewart and Mary Young along with beef specialist Robert Ramsay about planning feed supplies for the winter. Karen, Mary...

Read more >

Forages and Feeds: Dealing With A Forage Shortage

This video is the sixth in our winter feed planning series covering assessing your forage stocks and their quality, as well as what to do...

Read more >

Forages and Feeds: Assessing The Ration

This video is the fifth in our winter feed planning series covering assessing your forage stocks and their quality, as well as what to do...

Read more >

Forages and Feeds: Formulating Rations

This video is the fourth in our winter feed planning series covering assessing your forage stocks and their quality, as well as what to do...

Read more >

Forages and Feeds: Assessing Your Forage – Part 2

This video is the third in our winter feed planning series covering assessing your forage stocks and their quality, as well as what to do...

Read more >

Forages and Feeds: Assessing Your Forage – Part 1

This video is the second in our winter feed planning series covering assessing your forage stocks and their quality, as well as what to do...

Read more >

Forages and Feeds: Assessing Forage Stocks

This video is the first in our winter feed planning series covering assessing your forage stocks and their quality, as well as what to do...

Read more >

Rotational Grazing: A Discussion

This year, four farmers from across Scotland have been documenting their experience using rotational grazing methods on video. You can follow the whole series on...

Read more >

Alternative Bedding

Bedding livestock on straw is common place on most farms in Scotland but straw is not the only option. 

Read more >

Wet Straw

Recent wet weather in some parts has seen straw in field stacks soaked by rainwater, bales immersed in water and even straw bales washed away...

Read more >

Cause And Prevention Of Mites In Feedstuffs

Grain/feed mites can occasionally cause issues in grain they are not often easy to spot until they are in large numbers and where populations are...

Read more >

Measuring Grass – Is It Worth It?

Is measuring grass necessary for running a beef and sheep farm?  No, but if you want to make the most of your resources it certainly...

Read more >

Rotational Grazing Vlog: Weaning Lambs at 90day

  These lambs have grown at 325g/day from birth, an exceptional growth rate for twins. Jamie has shown us the leader-follower system in previous videos...

Read more >

Rotational Grazing Vlog: Cattle doing well after a wet august at Oakwood Mill

          Although grass is doing well and cattle are thriving (1.35 kg/day liveweight gain), rainfall is starting to increase poaching risk....

Read more >

Lamb Finishing Options

There are a wide range of options for finishing lambs in Scotland. The choice of system will largely depend on the weight and type of...

Read more >

Keeping Lambs Growing

As lambs get bigger, they get less efficient at growing – an increasing amount of feed is needed solely for their maintenance.  The contribution of energy dense...

Read more >

Rotational Grazing Vlogs – Adapting the grazing management to stretch grass supply

    Grass growth at 50kg dry matter per hectare per day and farm average cover at 1900 kg dry matter per hectare indicates that...

Read more >

Rotational Grazing Vlog: Moving steers through rotationally grazed paddocks and clover after rain

    Giles Henry at Oakwood Mill, Scottish Borders Thankful for June rainfall, Giles shows us the yearling steers during their paddock shifts and gives...

Read more >

Rotational Grazing Vlog: Adapting to slow grass growth and pre-mowing with dairy cows

    The farm has received some much-welcomed rain so is greening up well. William has had to adapt the grazing management quite a lot...

Read more >

Rotational Grazing Vlog: Permanent pasture responding well to Leader-follower rotation

    Cows and Calves follow behind the ewes and lambs at Scholland Farm on Shetland. Increase kg/ha 40%. A top tip for temporary electric...

Read more >

Rotational Grazing Vlog: Leader Follower Grazing

    Leader-follower grazing is where a priority group graze the best grass and the follower group tidy up behind them. In this video Jamie...

Read more >

Rotational Grazing Vlog: Adapting the Grazing platform – a surplus of grass

    William discusses the use of dry cows and taking paddocks out for silage to deal with excess grass.  

Read more >

Rotational Grazing Vlog: Adapting grazing in cooler May conditions on Shetland

    Grass growth on Scholland Farm has been slow due to cool may conditions. Therefore, the ewe and lamb grazing has been adapted and...

Read more >

Rotational Grazing Vlog: An update after some rain

  Forest farm was getting quite dry, in this video, William returns to the heifers following 10 mm of much needed rain.  

Read more >

Opportunities To Control Rushes 

Rushes are a major challenge to beef and sheep producers across the country.  Rushes are an indicator of poor fertility, poor drainage and low soil pH.  However,...

Read more >

Handling And Stacking Silage Bales

When making silage bales it worth taking extra care around handling, wrapping and stacking of bales to avoid costly nutrient losses and some harmful moulds...

Read more >

Getting started with rotational grazing in the dairy herd

Getting Started with Rotation Grazing for the Dairy Herd Rotational grazing involves using small fields sizes, (or paddocks) to move stock frequently to provide a...

Read more >

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