Beef

  • BEEF - Maximising output with a Stabiliser herd

    17 Jan 2018

    The Norrie family run Denhead of Arbirlot Farm in Arbroath, a family business owned by brothers Douglas and Frank, with Frank’s son Robin now handling most of the day to day management. The farm has been in the family since the nineteenth century and has been evolving ever since, with the most notable advance being the introduction of cattle in the mid-1980s in an area that is known for being m...

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  • BEEF SUCKLER - Improving conception rates with Super Suckler

    17 Jan 2018

    The Smith family run Towiemore farm in Keith. The business is managed by brothers Colin and Graham, along with Graham’s two sons Ryan and Lewis, both of whom have studied at SRUC. Colin and Graham are second generation farmers and since taking over the business they have acquired farms nearby to make up the 500 acre unit they run today. Their herd comprises of 40 suckler cows along with 180 Sim...

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  • BEEF SUCKLER - Preparing the farm for the Winter months

    17 Jan 2018

    Writing for our January 2018 Suckler Update, regular guest columnist John Paterson from Hartbush Farm, Dumfries looks at preparing for the winter months. Hartbush has been a typical south west Scotland farm over the summer, starting warm in June but then becoming very wet towards the latter stages while everyone was trying to harvest. Fortunately we managed to get our silage in reasonable orde...

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  • BEEF SUCKLER - Time for some pre-calving tips

    17 Jan 2018

    As we look ahead again to the calving season, it is essential to understand and as far as possible control the factors that impact on the health and performance of the cow. Nutrition, health and good management are clearly understood as the key elements driving fertility, with feeding also contributing significantly to calving ease and calf performance. As a result of the wet weather this summ...

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  • BEEF - Genetics and Nutrition are key for Mains of Gallery

    25 Aug 2017

    The Gammie family made the move from Kingswells on the outskirts of Aberdeen down to Fordoun, Laurencekirk in 1971 where father Ronald and his three sons Norman, Douglas and Alastair now farm four units at Hatton Mains, Mains of Gallery, Davo Mains and Easter Tulloch. An acreage of 2450 is farmed, with 1100 owned and 1350 farmed under contract. In addition to the 705 acres of grass, a mix of...

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