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Magnesium boost could reduce slow calving risk

Magnesium boost could reduce slow calving risk

Published: Friday, 14th February 2020

Farmers are being advised to increase the level of magnesium in minerals given to suckler cows before calving after new research found they absorb less than previously thought.

The study will look into the feasibility of re-establishing sugar beet in eastern Scotland

Sugar beet to make a comeback?

Published: Monday, 10th February 2020

A Rural Innovation Support Service (RISS) group facilitated by SAC Consulting is to look into the feasibility and steps required to re-establish sugar beet and its processing in eastern Scotland.

Robert Ramsay, SAC Beef Consultant and Lesley Wylie, SAC Beef Consultant

SAC Consulting strengthens Beef and Sheep Team

Published: Friday, 29th November 2019

SAC Consulting has strengthened its beef and sheep team with the appointment of two Beef Consultants.

Research looked at opportunities for increasing the number of sheep processed in Scotland

Counting sheep

Published: Tuesday, 19th November 2019

The Scottish sheep industry needs to process more animals at home and develop markets outside of the European Union in order to meet future challenges, new research has found.

Farmers are being advised to consider delaying weaning

Spring calving warning

Published: Wednesday, 30th October 2019

After a summer of exceptional grass growth, beef cows across the country are generally in very good condition. 

Reducing calf losses and early disease detection will be discussed at an open farm event

Free calf health and management advice for dairy farmers

Published: Friday, 4th October 2019

Dairy farmers will learn about reducing calf losses, the impact of early disease detection, calf nutrition and maximising growth performance at an open farm event organised by SRUC.

Farmers are being advised to take steps to combat summer mastitis

Beware summer mastitis

Published: Friday, 30th August 2019

A beef expert at Scotland’s Rural College has highlighted the importance of checking cattle following reports of large numbers of summer mastitis cases.

Borders farmer Graham Lofthouse, one of the speakers at Maximising Live Lambs. Picture: QMS

Maximising Live Lambs

Published: Monday, 27th May 2019

A Scottish sheep farmer who achieved “phenomenal” lamb loss results of only 6 per cent last year – around 10 per cent below the national average – will be among the speakers at a free industry event.

East logan dry cows

Free ‘transition’ cow management advice for dairy farmers

Published: Monday, 25th March 2019

Dairy farmers will learn about the importance of effective cow transition management at an open farm event organised by Scotland’s Rural College.

Gavin Hill with students at the beef cattle demonstration at AgriScot

Weighing up beef benefits

Published: Monday, 13th November 2017

An interactive beef demonstration at AgriScot this month is set to highlight the herd management and profitability benefits of regularly weighing cattle.

Professor David Hume

World-leading livestock scientist honoured by SRUC

Published: Friday, 3rd November 2017

An Edinburgh-based scientist who – in the words of Bill Gates – has helped turn the city into “a world capital for livestock health and genetics”, has received an honorary fellowship from SRUC.

Two men pose with award

Lutz Bunger receives prestigious EAAP Leroy livestock science award

Published: Wednesday, 11th October 2017

Lutz Bunger, Emeritus Professor at SRUC, has been awarded the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) prestigious Leroy Award 2017 for his outstanding contribution to livestock science.

Cows in barn

SAC Consulting calls on farmers to take action following wet summer

Published: Wednesday, 13th September 2017

SAC Consulting, part of Scotland’s Rural College, is calling on all livestock farmers in areas affected by wet summer weather to plan for the coming winter to ensure adequate feed levels.

Crichton dairy cow and calf

Scotland’s Rural College Urges Farmers to be Alert to Danger of Newly Calved Cows

Published: Wednesday, 8th April 2015

Experts from SRUC warn those working with livestock to take care. The spring calving period for Scotland’s beef herd has started and already people have been injured by cows with new born young.

Will 2015 be different for Farmers? - Wooler Meeting to Focus on New CAP, Business Planning and Market Updates

Published: Friday, 31st October 2014

With the harvest over and the autumn sales running their course this is a time for farmers to look forward.

Ewe Management Event - Automated Shedder and Weigh Crate

Innovation in Ewe Management: Science into Practice

Published: Wednesday, 29th October 2014

A recent Innovation in Ewe Management event, organised at Alyth by SAC Consulting, used the lessons learned from SRUC research to focus on practical ways to improve sheep flock efficiency and returns.

Beef Cattle the Focus of NE Farm Event, Featuring the “Great Beef Debate"

Published: Wednesday, 15th October 2014

A free event on Tuesday 4 November at Easter Auquharney, Hatton near Peterhead will explore ways to improve the production efficiency and business returns of beef finishers.

John Vipond, Senior Sheep Consultant

John Vipond Shares Sheep Industy Award for Outstanding Contribution

Published: Wednesday, 2nd April 2014

SRUC’s Senior Sheep Consultant Dr John Vipond recently became a joint winner of the George Hedley Memorial Award, presented for services to the sheep industry by the National Sheep Association.

Kirkton sheep

Report Highlights Potential to Improve Sheep Meat Supply Chain Efficiencies

Published: Thursday, 21st November 2013

Iain Riddell and Kev Bevan from SAC Consulting led a pilot project identifying opportunities for the Scottish sheep sector to add value, reduce waste and become more competitive and profitable.

Sheep handling

Animal Keeping for Smallholders Course at Balfron a Good Start to the Series

Published: Wednesday, 6th November 2013

Ten budding smallholders spent the afternoon practicing catching, turning and weighing sheep in Balfron recently.

Cows standing in field

Moniaive Event for Beef Farmers - Health and Efficiency of Beef Calf Production

Published: Wednesday, 23rd October 2013

What a difference a year makes for farmers! Silage clamps have been filled and hay stores refilled. Meanwhile calves and lambs have performed well, with good grass and the sun on their backs.

calves, success stories, knowledge scotland

SRUC Updates Advice on Avoiding Long Bone Deformity in Calves

Published: Monday, 30th September 2013

Experts at Scotland’s Rural College have revised their advice to farmers encountering Long Bone Deformity in their calves.

Campbeltown Consultants Welcome Ayrshire Cattle Breeders

Published: Wednesday, 29th May 2013

John Forster SAC Consulting’s man at the end of the Kintyre peninsular was one of those welcoming a visit to Argyle by over 100 members of the Ayrshire Cattle Society.

Shepherd in the snow

SRUC Advice on Feeding Under-Pressure Pregnant Ewes

Published: Wednesday, 6th February 2013

Pregnancy scanning is as important to sheep farmers these days as expectant families. Scanning results can help save costs and reduce lamb losses.

Attention to Detail at Longtown Farming Event – Free Meeting Focusses on Efficient Sheep and Beef Production

Published: Wednesday, 30th January 2013

In the last twelve months Cumbrian farmers have been buffeted by weather on all fronts. Rain at home made the harvesting of grain and grass a nightmare and encouraged battalions of pests and diseases.

Ewe with sucking lamb

SRUC Winter Care Advice to Sheep Farmers

Published: Wednesday, 12th December 2012

Experts from SRUC, Scotland’s Rural College, are reminding sheep farmers of the next steps in their winter feeding programme.

Ewe energy requirements graph

Important Ewe Nutrition Steps For Winter

Published: Wednesday, 28th November 2012

SAC Consulting, a Division of SRUC, is advising sheep farmers to take important ewe nutrition steps for winter, in preparation for successful lambing next Spring.

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