Livestock and crofting

Livestock handling

Handling systems for cattle and sheep are often labour intensive and a mis-match of old and new.  For moreinformation about options available to you, see our livestock handling systems and common grazings page

New technology

As part of our Common Grazings discussion group, members expressed a desire to learn more about how new technology could support their croft.  The group took a trip to SRUC's Research Farm at Kirkton and Auchtertyre to find out more - you can see the equipment they used in the video below.

If you're interested in this area, here are a couple of papers into further research being done:

For more information on CAGS grants see the Rural Payments website here.  To find out what's eligible under CAGS then see here.

Sheep scab on common grazings

Sheep scab is a highly contagious disease with serious animal welfare implications and significant economic costs. It is therefore essential that all sheep put on common grazings are free from scab and are regularly checked for ectoparasites.  This page will take you through the steps for how to diagnose, prevent and treat scab

Quality Meat Scotland note on group membership

Common Grazings are often the engine room of livestock production in Crofting Counties. Find out about group Membership for QMS to make this product 'Scotch' - QMS Cattle and Sheep Assurance Scheme

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