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SRUC Shines at the Scottish Smallholder Festival

Published Wednesday, 1st October 2014 in Veterinary Services news

Jennifer Brown at the Smallholder Festival 2014.

Once again Scotland’s Rural College attended the annual Scottish Smallholder and Grower Festival in Lanark market this month.

This year staff also gave a number of educational presentations to festival goers in the main rings. Sheep for Beginners by Jennifer Brown, proved very popular, as did Caroline Robinson’s two talks; Goat Health and Welfare and Backyard Poultry – Common Ailments and Welfare Concerns.

The Scottish Smallholder & Grower Festival is Scotland’s only national smallholder event; it is aimed at all those with an interest in the productive use of small land holdings. As well as livestock showing, it features a number of competitions, including Young Shepherd of the Year and many organisations host stands on food, drink, crafts and gardens.

SRUC Vet, Caroline Robinson, says: “The event was a great success. SRUC’s stall was busy as usual, with dozens of queries answered, a large amount of literature on welfare and biosecurity given out and almost fifty new sign-ups to our bulletins detailing free courses in good welfare and husbandry.”

Out of the many people who visited the SRUC stand a number of common interests were noted. Many visitors were interested in Scottish Government Welfare Codes for laying hens, pigs and sheep and SRUC’s own literature was also a hit, especially Biosecurity for Smallholders and Technical Notes on Body Condition Scoring in Sheep.

Caroline says: “There were also plenty of queries on grassland management, animal health planning, local SAC Consulting office contact details and our commercial lambing courses. All in all, a brilliant day. I am sure we’ll be back next year!”

Picture Caption: In the picture above you can see Jennifer with our very last client of the day – a commercial farmer with a query about his new membership of SAHPS!

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