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    News

    Beef Efficiency Scheme – 2018 events

    Autumn events to help farmers and crofters optimise winter nutrition and grazing availability In response to concerns that this year’s weather conditions will result in Scottish farmers and crofters facing…

    African Swine Fever (ASF)

    The disease is spreading in Europe (1). It has been confirmed in wild boar and feral pigs as well as in commercial and backyard pigs in Central and Eastern Europe….

    Water – Waste not, want not!

    Even before we entered the driest six month period since 1984 this summer, water use on farms was starting to be mentioned as one of the assessment criteria to be…

    Cattle in grass field

    Grassland webinars

    With 2018 proving a particularly challenging year in terms of grass growth, a series of webinars from Scotland’s Rural College has been created to help farmers get the most from…

    Know the score

    Sheep examination can help to maximise your productivity  A new technical note illustrates how to perform the simple physical examination, the results of which allow farmers to adjust management and…

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    Events

    Beef Efficiency Scheme: Stranraer

    Autumn events to help farmers and crofters optimise winter nutrition and grazing availability In response to concerns that this year’s weather conditions will result in Scottish farmers and crofters facing…

    Beef Efficiency Scheme: Newton Stewart

    Autumn events to help farmers and crofters optimise winter nutrition and grazing availability In response to concerns that this year’s weather conditions will result in Scottish farmers and crofters facing…

    Beef Efficiency Scheme: Castle Douglas

    Autumn events to help farmers and crofters optimise winter nutrition and grazing availability In response to concerns that this year’s weather conditions will result in Scottish farmers and crofters facing…

    Lothian Monitor Farm meeting – December 2018

    The next meeting of the Lothians Monitor Farm meeting is taking place courtesy of Bill Gray and Peter Eccles, Prestonhall and Saughland Farms, Pathhead. For further information and to book…

    Morayshire Monitor Farm meeting – December 2018

    The next meeting of the Morayshire Monitor Farm meeting will be held courtesy of Iain Green. For further information and to book your place contact Samantha Stewart on 01343 548787…

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    Publications

    A group of beef cows and calves standing in a grassland field

    Animal Welfare Updates September 2018

    Publication Type: Animal Welfare Updates Topics: Animal welfare
    Cow eating hay or straw

    Managing Straw Supplies

    Managing Straw Supplies  

    TN702: Body Condition Scoring of Mature Sheep

    TN702: Body Condition Scoring of Mature Sheep

    Animal Welfare Updates August 2018

    Publication Type: Animal Welfare Updates Topics: Animal welfare

    Feed budgeting

    Feed budgeting

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    Downloads

    TN702: Body Condition Scoring of Mature Sheep

    Body Condition scoring (BCS) of sheep is a quick and simple management tool to assess the body reserves of sheep throughout the year.
    Condition scoring is a physical rather than visual examination of sheep. Flocks are often made up of different breeds which have varying frame sizes, fleece cover and genetics, and sheep may have gut fill or a full fleece. Therefore it is extremely difficult to assess the body reserves of a mature sheep visually.

    Feed budgeting

    On the basis that fodder and concentrate feeding is going to be more expensive this winter, pre-planning will be even more valuable than usual. For that reason, it is best to calculate feeding days available in order to judge what to do next using our handy guide.

    Sheep Record Keeping Do’s and Don’ts

    Info note – Hot weather July2018

    Information Note – Summer 2018: Hot weather and potential risks to livestock health and welfare

    Beef Cattle Housing

    Housing for cattle in the Scottish climate is required to provide stock with protection against extreme weather and to reduce damage to pastures from out-wintering. Design of livestock buildings should firstly support good health and welfare for the stock. They should be designed to facilitate efficient management, be operated safely and with least stress on the animals. The design should also aim to minimise pollution risk and visual impact on the surrounding environment.

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