Animal welfare

Buzzing About Grassland

Species rich grassland meadows are an important part of our farming landscape; providing habitats for birds, pollinators, and areas of nutritionally low fodder to manage sheep condition on. Join us...

Paddock Grazing For Profit

A practical day discussing  paddock grazing and the benefits it can bring, optimising animal performance from pasture. The importance of functional genetic traits will also be discussed. Speakers include Murray...

Worming Your Way To Profit

A practical workshop on a hill farm looking at effective ways of treating fluke and worms. It will cover diagnosis, control, different treatments, and pasture management.  Can you change things...

Here Comes Summer – Getting It Right With Seasonal Lets

Hazel Laughton and Jennifer Brown from SAC Consulting gave an overview of the new ScotMoves legislation for moving cattle to seasonal lets within business ownership, what is required for seasonal...

Winter Feed Budget For All Grass Wintering

All Grass Wintering is a way of rationing grass over the winter with electric fencing for in lamb ewes. It is a long rotation - over 100 days from 3 weeks after tupping until 3 weeks before lambing. This spreadsheet will help understand whether it would be possible on your farm with using a farm average grass cover in the late autumn. It predicts pasture covers under zero, moderate and high grass growth scenarios. This helps plan for the worst (zero grass growth). Most Scottish farmers will grow an average of 5 kg DM/ha/day grass growth over the winter. The target is to make sure there will be enough grass available at lambing time - aim for 1500 kg DM/ha, if the covers fall below this target under zero grass growth use the back-up feed required calculation.

Where To Put Stock Bulls Post Mating?

Having a short mating period means finding somewhere to keep bulls when mating ends.  Keeping them together in a group runs a very high risk of them damaging themselves unless...

Publication Type: Animal Welfare Updates Topics: Animal welfare

Safety In Large Cattle Pens

I was recently asked to visit a farm to discuss the safety of staff when working in large pens of cattle.  The shed used to be a cubicle shed but...

Simple Things Make The Difference

A farmer approached a shed where his tractor man was agitating slurry before going into the tanker to spread it.  The man started to stagger, collapse and it was clear...

BVD/Mucosal Disease Outbreaks

Since the start of Scottish eradication programme and as a result of the widespread use of BVD vaccines it is rare to see ‘outbreaks’ of mucosal disease through the Dumfries...

Publication Type: Animal Welfare Updates Topics: Animal welfare

Care When Stacking Bales

All of us will be horrified with the recent headline “13 on farm deaths this year up to just the 5th March”!  While machinery still accounts for the majority of...

Publication Type: Animal Welfare Updates Topics: Animal welfare