Beef

  • Options for harvest

    17 Jun 2020

    By Alistair Stewart, Harbro Beef and Sheep specialist The prediction is there will be plenty of feed barley this harvest and it will be discounted. This is firstly due to the wet autumn which reduced winter wheat sowing, resulting in an increased area of spring barley being drilled. More recently, COVID-19 has forced closures of distilleries and the subsequent drop in demand for malting barley...

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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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  • 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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