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    Lighting for Cows

    As the shortest day approaches it seems appropriate to think about the day length that your cows are experiencing.  Research has shown that both quantity and quality of light in the cow shed can affect milk yield and fertility.

    Scottish Government opens events on winter nutrition and grazing availability to all farmers and crofters across Scotland

    In response to concerns that this year’s weather conditions will result in Scottish farmers and crofters facing feed and fodder shortages this winter, Scottish Government is allowing all farmers and…

    Culling Within The Dairy Herd

    Over this past year, farmers’ have experienced extreme weather conditions which have led to grass and fodder shortages rolling over into the coming winter in many parts of the country.…

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    Mycotoxin Risk with High Dry Matter Silages

    Grass silages on average this year are much higher in dry matter and protein and slightly lower in fibre, which means intake potential is up to 15% more than that…

    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…

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    Getting Greener Grass: How to make the most of the grazing season (Melrose) – A Soil Association event

    With the combination of snow and drought last year, it’s likely that by the end of February your feed stocks will be getting low. But how can you get your…

    Getting Greener Grass: How to make the most of the grazing season (Lockerbie) – A Soil Association event

    With the combination of snow and drought last year, it’s likely that by the end of February your feed stocks will be getting low. But how can you get your…

    Getting Greener Grass: How to make the most of the grazing season (Perth) – A Soil Association event

    With the combination of snow and drought last year, it’s likely that by the end of February your feed stocks will be getting low. But how can you get your…

    Getting Greener Grass: How to make the most of the grazing season (Inverurie) – A Soil Association event

    With the combination of snow and drought last year, it’s likely that by the end of February your feed stocks will be getting low. But how can you get your…

    Getting Greener Grass: How to make the most of the grazing season (Inverness) – A Soil Association event

    With the combination of snow and drought last year, it’s likely that by the end of February your feed stocks will be getting low. But how can you get your…

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    Publications

    Milk Manager News January 2019

    Milk Manager News January 2019

    Publication Type: Milk Manager News Publication Year: 2019 Topics: Livestock and Dairy Cattle

    Fodder beet: alternative feeding for sheep

    Publication Type: Podcast Publication Year: 2019 Topics: Livestock and Sheep

    AgriBusiness News January 2019

    AgriBusiness News January 2019

    Publication Type: Agribusiness News Publication Year: 2018 Topics: Livestock, Crops and Soils, Rural Business, and Discussion Groups

    AgriBusiness News December 2018

    AgriBusiness News December 2018

    Publication Type: Agribusiness News Publication Year: 2018 Topics: Livestock, Crops and Soils, Environment, Rural Business, and Discussion Groups
    Cow eating straw

    Animal Welfare Updates December 2018

    Publication Type: Animal Welfare Updates Publication Year: 2018 Topics: Livestock, Beef Cattle, and Sheep
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    Milk Manager News November 2018

    Case Study: Hardens Farm – Using a RAM pump to provide alternative watering to grazing cattle

    John Anderson farms at Hardens Farm which lies within the Lower Tweed Priority Catchment. The farm steading is located at 200 m above sea level, has a weak main supply with fields that rise to 300 m which are located a distance of 900 m from the steading in two different directions. In order to provide an alternative watering source for grazing cattle, John installed a RAM pump system.

    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.

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    Sheep Record Keeping Do’s and Don’ts

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