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Beef bulls have a major impact on the quality of the UK suckler herd as all suckler cows are sired by a beef bull.
Studies over several years at SAC and on commercial farms have demonstrated the benefits that can be obtained from out-wintering pregnant suckler cows.
The prevention of infectious disease to livestock farm herds and flocks is more important as margins tighten and exotic diseases threaten.
Both biodiversity and animal health are important issues on livestock farms. Carefuly integrated farm management can benefit both wildlife and livestock and reduce diffuse pollution.
Some persistent problems found in Scottish beef handling systems could be overcome by fairly simple modifications to the existing facilities.
Constructing a new handling system is a major and long-term investment and it pays to design the system correctly from the start.
Most of the habitats that we value for their biodiversity have been maintained or created by human management practices, and in particular, grazing by domestic livestock.
Effective ventilation is crucial. In cattle and sheep buildings it is usual to rely on natural ventilation to create the required internal climatic conditions for housed livestock.
Lameness in every dairy herd can be split into three main categories: claw horn (hoof) lesions, skin lesions and non-foot lameness.
Guidance on the causes of the disease, treatment and control measures
Guidance on cost effective treatment programmes
Guidance on managing risks of major diseases in cattle for sale
Corrals are a relatively low cost option for over-wintering cattle and improve animal welfare and stock performance.
Guidance for producers in all aspects of improving the cleanliness of cattle for slaughter.