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Did you know you can get specialist advice on animal health and welfare, as part of an Integrated Land Management Plan (ILMP)?  FAS can help fund an adviser to visit your business and provide you with a specialist advice plan in any two of the following areas:

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    News

    Cow eating hay or straw

    Securing straw supplies this year and next

    Given the generally lower grass and silage yields this year livestock producers are looking to fill the gap and whole-crop cereals and straw are a key alternative. Arable farmers are…

    Prolonged dry spell – what can be done?

    We’ve had calls from across the country for what can be done in the face of the continued dry weather.  We asked a few experts for their advice: David Lawson,…

    Dairy cows in lush pasture in Cornwall, UK with blue ocean in background

    Sub-Acute Ruminal Acidosis in the Dairy Herd

    Acute acidosis is a metabolic disease characterised by unexplained diarrhoea, inappetence, lethargy, bloating and, in extreme cases, death.  It is caused by a sudden drop in rumen pH usually below…

    Mid-Season Management of Slurry

    With many farmers now preparing grassland for second cut silage, this article provides a reminder of some basic principles of nutrient management and considers how to make the best possible…

    North East Organic Farming Discussion Group – Craibstone Visit (Event Summary)

    This was the second meeting of year two of the North East Organic Farming Discussion Group. We started with a farm tour of Craibstone led by Stewart Rae the Farm…

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    Events

    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…

    Venues: Corskie Farm Event Tags: North east Topics: Animal welfare and Farm business

    Sutherland Monitor Farm meeting – December

    The next meeting of the Sutherland Monitor Farm will be held courtesy of Jason and Victoria Ballantyne. For further information and to book your place, please contact Willie Budge or…

    Venues: Clynelish Farm Event Tags: North Topics: Animal welfare and Farm business

    Borders Monitor Farm meeting – November 2018

    Address: Whitriggs Farm, Denholm, Hawick, TD9 8QR The next meeting of the Borders Monitor Farm meeting is taking place courtesy of Robert, Lesley and Stuart Mitchell, Whitriggs Farm, Denholm. For…

    Angus Monitor Farm meeting – November

    The next meeting of the Angus Monitor Farm meeting is taking place courtesy of Robert, Alison and Rory Stodart. For further information and to book your place, please contact the…

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    Publications

    Beef Cattle Housing

    A guide to help you through the ins and outs of keeping your cattle in and out.

    Animal Welfare Updates May 2018

    Publication Type: Animal Welfare Updates Topics: Animal welfare

    Animal Welfare Updates – April 2018

    Publication Type: Animal Welfare Updates Topics: Animal welfare

    TN694 – Alternative Forages for Sheep: Fodder Beet

    TN694 – Alternative Forages for Sheep: Fodder Beet  

    Animal Welfare Updates March 2018

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    Downloads

    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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