• Award winning beef finishing unit achieves full potential using a data driven approach

    2 May 2018

    Doug and Pam Dear, along with Doug’s parents run Osgodby Grange in Selby.  The family have owned the farm since 1919, with Doug a fourth generation farmer at the site. Along with two full time members of staff, Taylor and Stephen, they farm over 1,000 acres and contract finish 1,500 head of cattle under the company D & P Custom Feeding.  The farm has grown substantially from its original 55...

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  • Bullish or sluggish? Your guide to bull fertility

    10 Apr 2018

    by Hugh Thomson BVM&S CertCHP MRCVS As this year’s spring calf-crop land the attention is drawn back to the male population as we look optimistically towards another breeding period. Bull fertility is still too often the downfall of suckled calf production and every year brings another horror PD session for someone... So how can we ensure that our stock bulls are fertile?There are never a...

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  • BEEF SUCKLER - Risk of grass staggers

    5 Apr 2018

    Harbro Technical Director, Willie Thomson discusses the increased risk of staggers associated with rapid grass growth in his latest Press & Journal column

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  • BEEF - Glasgow Vet School finishing performance trial

    20 Mar 2018

    Keith and Margo Stewart, along with their sons Keith Jnr and Chae, operate Cocklarachy, a breeding and finishing unit in Aberdeenshire. The farm was originally bought by Keith’s grandfather in 1933 and has expanded over time, acquiring an additional unit to become the 600 acre site it is today. The arable side of the business is run as a mix of cropping and grass and there are currently around...

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  • BEEF - Changing to Maxammon gives real benefits

    26 Jan 2018

    At Harry Milne’s beef breeding and finishing unit in Aberdeenshire they made the move from feeding a beef blend to using a Maxammon based feeding system just after harvest in 2016. With a surplus of barley it made sense to use the home-grown cereal for feeding to the cattle, with the overall objective to reduce feed costs and reduce the amount of bought-in protein. Maxammon provided the ideal s...

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