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17 July 2017

July Milk Managers News

Latest edition of Milk Managers News

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17 July 2017

Davidson's Feeds Newsletter

The latest newsletter from Davidson's Feeds.

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13 July 2017

Dairy Knowledge Exchange Managers

Exciting opportunity to work with Scottish or Welsh dairy farmers.

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12 July 2017

Student Seeks Placement

Vet student looking for farm experience in Fife

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10 July 2017

F&D Collaborative Innovation Fund

HIE and SE are investing £650,000 into a new Food and Drink Collaborative Innovation Fund.

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03 July 2017

#Farm24 is back!

24 Hours in Farming is to agriculture what World Book Day is literature – a set day in the year for everyone in the industry to get behind...

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02 July 2017

Save money through harnessing ammonia release technology

FiveF believes alkaline feeding solutions are revolutionising the way dairy farmers feed high yielding dairy cows, enabling milk producers to maximise their use of home-grown feed crops. Farmers Guardian July 2017

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30 June 2017

Relief Milker Required

Family farm in Lanarkshire looking for relief milker.

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29 June 2017

Tesco Future Farmer Foundation - Apply now!

The programme aims to support and inspire young people in UK and Irish farming.

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20 June 2017

DAIRY - THE GREEN, GREEN GRASS OF HOME

As the days lengthen and conditions start to warm up, the potential of utilising quality grazing into dairy rations becomes a welcome consideration again... Harbro 2017

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19 June 2017

How To Secure Finance for SAYFC members

Interested in learning “How to secure finance? but not sure where to start.?

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18 June 2017

General farm worker required for dairy farm

General Farm Worker required for dairy farm in Ayrshire

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18 June 2017

WANTED - Strategic Dairy Farm

WANTED, an AYR Calving, 365 housed herd in Northern England or Scotland to act as a Strategic Dairy Farm.

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07 June 2017

Part time farmer worker and relief milker

AVAILABLE: Part Time General Farm Worker and Relief Milker Renfrewshire Area

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07 June 2017

FOR SALE

18 Straws Sandyford Triclo Sexed Semen 75% Ayr. Genus Stored

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03 June 2017

EU Adjustment Aid - Scheme Re-opens

Guidance notes for EU Adjustment Aid Scheme.

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01 June 2017

Bluetongue Preliminary Outbreak Assessment

A Preliminary Outbreak Assessment on bluetongue virus has been produced following the detection of two bluetongue BTV-8 positive cattle in Northern France. See Bluetongue Guidance leaflet attached.

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19 May 2017

Slurrycell does it!

Slurrycell is a management tool designed to reduce costs and enhance fertilising qualities of your slurry.

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17 April 2017

Remove PI's from Scottish Herds

Nigel Miller stresses the importance of removing PI's from Scotland’s herds to assist in eradicating BVD. Find his blog here...

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09 April 2017

Continental cross bull calves wanted

Continental cross bull calves, weaned and ideally dehorned and vaccinated, from 10 weeks of age upwards required.

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29 March 2017

Davidsons Animal Feed Newsletter

Davidsons Feed Latest Newsletter

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20 March 2017

Calf Housing Monitoring Kit

Cheap monitoring kit can accurately test calf housing conditions...

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20 March 2017

7 steps to better calf nutrition

Find out how to get the most out of your dairy heifer calves...

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15 March 2017

Herdsperson Opportunity Aberdeenshire

Opportunity on 120 spring calving herd

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14 March 2017

Silage for sale

Pit and round bale silage for sale.

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14 March 2017

Experienced dairy person required

Experienced Dairyperson required with AI & Foot trimming skills.

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09 March 2017

Student Seeks Summer Work Placement

Student seeks work placement for Masters in Animal Welfare...

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09 March 2017

Aberdeen Zoology Student searches for Farm Placement

Aberdeen Student is on the hunt for summer placement...

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07 March 2017

Harbro Milk Matters Feb'17

Harbro Milk Matters February Update..

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07 March 2017

Improve your processes, reduce tax & increase cash flow

R&D tax credits can help dairy farmers in the current economic climate.

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28 February 2017

Grassland Toolkit 2017

An essential guide to making the most out of your grass?

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27 February 2017

Dairy Person Required

Dairy Person Required in South West Scotland (Machars)

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26 February 2017

R&D Relief for Corporation Tax

Your company could be entitled to claim back up to 32% of qualifying R&D expenditure

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23 February 2017

General farm worker required in Lanarkshire

Person required to join team of three, duties include milking cows, feeding young stock and general farm duties.

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20 February 2017

Herdsmans Opportunity in Stirlingshire

An opportunity has arisen for a herdsman to join a team in Stirlingshire.

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17 February 2017

Transporter Authorisation Changes

Type 1 Transporter Authorisation forms are no longer renewed automatically.

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16 February 2017

Job Vacancy - Organic Dairy Farm, Dumfries

Multi-skilled individual required for busy organic dairy farm...

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15 February 2017

Part Time Work Available

General farm worker required for forward thinking pedigree Holstein herd in South Ayrshire.

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12 February 2017

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust Centenary Award

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust’s ‘Centenary Award - now open for applications

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10 February 2017

Cultivation Leaders Application - NOW OPEN!

SAYFC is pleased to deliver Cultivating Leaders again in 2017

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08 February 2017

Scotland sees success of BVD eradication scheme as cases drop

Scotland is well on track to eradicate BVD from its national herd, according to recent figures reported by the Farmers Weekly...

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07 February 2017

Grassland Regenerator

Optimise the profitability of your grassland

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07 February 2017

Agricultural Minimum Wage - Changes

A single minimum level of  pay for agricultural workers has been agreed by the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB) and will come into effect from the 1st April 2017...

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30 January 2017

Woodchip Pad Information

Improved design and management of woodchip pads

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28 January 2017

Dairy Equipment for Sale

Second hand parlour and bulk milk tank for sale

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28 January 2017

Fife student seeks farm experience

I am interested in a career in Veterinary Medicine and so require experience on a farm.

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25 January 2017

Canadian Colostrum Specialists offer new opportunity for Scottish Dairy Farmers

With great excitement, The Saskatoon Colostrum Company Ltd.(SCCL) and T.P. Niven Ltd. present a unique offer for the Scottish dairy industry...    

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25 January 2017

Bovine Viral Diarrhoea in dairy herds – get rid of that PI

BVD damages herd productivity and hits your profits. ScotGov updates the Scottish Dairy Hub on the importance of 'Getting rid of that PI'...

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23 January 2017

Calling all dairy farmers

Will Towning is in his final year studying International Business. With family connections in dairy, he has decided to use the industry as a model for his dissertation. He is looking for dairy farmers to fill in his short survey...

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23 January 2017

Unique Automation Products for the Dairy Industry

Three unique Automation Products brought to the dairy industry in the U.K, Irish Republic and European market with more to come in 2017...

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15 January 2017

Farmer Mental Health Research

University of Glasgow have developed an online mental health tool to support farmers. This tool was designed with support from National Farmers Union Scotland and RSABI

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12 January 2017

ScotMoves - What you need to know...

All the latest info you need on the new Scottish Movement System - ScotMoves, which is now LIVE...

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12 January 2017

Surefoot Slip Resistant Slats

Slipping is a major welfare concern, and injuries from falls can be a significant financial loss to farms.

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30 December 2016

Job opportunity on farm in Glasgow area

Great opportunity for a person with dairy experience to work on a 500 cow dairy farm

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30 December 2016

Grassland Dairy Position near Dumfries

Opportunity for an eager person to join an expanding grazing spring calving dairy near Dumfries, Scotland. Position available for Full Time & Seasonal Workers.

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20 December 2016

The Hub helped in a time of uncertainty...

Bryce took over the farm when the industry was full of uncertainty - he explains how the Hub helped his business...

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14 December 2016

Relief milker in Ayrshire seeks work

Young stockman experienced with both milking cows and sheep, based in Ayrshire looking for work as a relief milker.

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13 December 2016

How can the Hub help you?

Dairy farmer, Jill Bathgate speaks to the Hub exclusively on how they have helped her and her business in the last quarter...

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06 December 2016

GB MILK HYGIENE

AHDB update on bactoscan levels over the past month...

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06 December 2016

UK dairy industry ready to rise up to challenge of Brexit

"Dairy UK said the industry could become more ’resilient, competitive and profitable’" was the key message to come out of a seminar last week in London. Alex Black reports.

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05 December 2016

Dairy Technology - the essential guide

So many different technologies to choose from, but which one is most suited to you and your farm business?

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02 December 2016

Opinion: Taking Care of your Farm Staff

"If you have good staff working on your dairy farm,consider how you can retain them for as long as possible" writes Joe Rowe, Managing Director of Farm Solutions...

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01 December 2016

Cow Signals Training

In collaboration with Premier Nutrition, SAYFC is delighted to bring FREE Cow Signal Training courses to SAYFC members...

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22 November 2016

Could compost bedding improve cow hoof health?

"Sawdust could be best employed as a bedding material in open-plan barns rather than cubicles, according to an Austrian dairy trial."

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21 November 2016

BVD Testing - Are you up to date?

Are you and your herd up to date with the latest BVD testing methods?

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21 November 2016

BIG DATA HELPS DEVELOP NEW BREEDING TRAITS

National Milk Records has shared 9 billion rows of data gathered via routine milk recording with AHDB Dairy, which heralds the starting point for developing exciting new breeding traits

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08 November 2016

Scottish Farmers – now is the time to stand up and be proud!

Open your gates for next year’s Open Farm Sunday on 11th June and proudly show the public all that you achieve and the breadth of goods and services you deliver.

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04 November 2016

What does the dairy industry hold for young farmers?

Colin Ferguson, West Region Agri Affairs rep for SAYFC, reviews the dairy sector for the next generation...

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04 November 2016

Conference Grant Scheme

ADHB have recognised the importance of dairy farmers' personal development & are offering funding for individuals to attend selected conferences in 2017...

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02 November 2016

Beyond Brexit: A Policy Framework for Scottish Agriculture

"The referendum vote to leave the EU has created significant uncertainty in the UK and Scottish food and farming sectors." NFUS sets out initial policy thinking in their paper 'Beyond Brexit: A Policy Framework for Scottish Agriculture'...

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27 October 2016

IMPROVING THE VALUE OF BULL CALVES

Is there an opportunity to make a premium on your dairy bull calves?

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25 October 2016

Looking for temperature control equipment?

ICS Cool Energy is one of the leading specialists in temperature control equipment.

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18 October 2016

Digital Dermatitis - Control & Prevention

With increased instances of Digital Dermatitis in September - November, AHDB update us on some prevention and control measures..

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17 October 2016

Mineral Supplements - do you know what your feeding?

Feeding a variety of minerals to improve your cows performance can prove highly beneficial, but did you know that over supply can also have a negative impact?

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14 October 2016

Dairy Industry Leader writes exclusively for the Hub

George Jamieson, Milk Policy Manager at NFU Scotland, is our first contributor in a series of specially commissioned articles...

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12 October 2016

SAYFC Survive & Thrive - resilience within the dairy sector

Supported by Scottish Dairy Hub, AHDB Dairy, SAOS, SRUC and guest Tony Evans a one day event at Cricton Royal Farm, Dumfries for YF was organised...

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10 October 2016

The Cost of Rearing

AHDB Dairy funded a survey of 102 dairy farms across England, Scotland and Wales to find out what the actual cost of rearing is...

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09 October 2016

Transition Diet linked to Calf Health

For Farmers September Feeding Focus looks at Transition diets and how it is "key in optimum production of colostrum in both terms of quality and quantity"...

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06 October 2016

Trace Elements in Livestock - Field Lab

Are you interested in looking at trace elements in livestock?

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04 October 2016

BPS exchange rate increase?

The exchange rate to be used to calculate support to be delivered through Scotland’s new Basic Payment Scheme is €1= £0.85228...

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30 September 2016

Calf coats can help boost growth rates

With chilly mornings and darker evenings fast approaching, is it time to think about investing in calf coats? Research has highlighted positive results...

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29 September 2016

Alternatives for dairy replacement rearing

Agribusiness consultant Charles Skelton highlights to readers the considerations which must be thought about when rearing replacement heifers...

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24 September 2016

On farm help with antibiotic screening and somatic cell counting

Calibre understand the importance of testing and creating and managing a healthy heard.

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21 September 2016

Intelligent Precision Farming

Looking to improve your precision grassland management? Take a look here...

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15 September 2016

Mandatory Origin Labelling

The Government is being urged to consider introducing mandatory origin labelling for meat and milk in processed products...

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15 September 2016

Harbro Progress Monitor

Independent Dairy Consultant, Hugh Kerr gives an update on where dairy is in the current climate...

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09 September 2016

EU DAIRY AID FOR VOLUME REDUCTION UPDATE

UPDATED INFORMATION ABOUT THE EU MILK REDUCTION SCHEME

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02 September 2016

NFUS Farming with Dyslexia

If Einstein was a farmer... Who would do his paperwok? If you are like Einstein and have difficulty reading, writing, organising and remembering instructions. Speak to someone. Farming with Dyslexia are working to make life easier.

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31 August 2016

Vacancy for FT General Farm Worker

F-T general farm worker required near Dumfries, for award-winning Brown Swiss herd.

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25 August 2016

Farmer Guide to Calf Pneumonia

Feed For Farmers Farmers Guide to Calf Pneumonia - update on causes and prevention

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24 August 2016

Managing Heat Detection

Managing Heat Detection in cattle has it's challenges. DairyCo explains the following in their recent update: - Establishing the importance of first service policy - Understanding the hormonal control of oestrus (heat) - Optimising and observing oestrus behaviour - Improving heat detection practice.

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19 August 2016

Mycotoxin Threat in Silage

"Dairy farmers in Scotland need to plan for an on-going struggle with feed-borne mycotoxins and the associated threat to animal health and performance, according to a leading veterinary scientist"

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17 August 2016

Herdsman Required

Herdsman required for progressive, modern, forward thinking farm.

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15 August 2016

NFUS Six-Point Vehicle Check

Farmers and crofters are urged to take five minutes to check the road worthiness of their vehicles and trailers before driving on public roads, say NFUS...

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08 August 2016

Alltech E-CO2 Offers New Tool

Improving water efficiency on farm could save you a significant sum of money...

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05 August 2016

Young stockman seeks full time career in farming

Ayrshire stockman looking for work as a relief milker.

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04 August 2016

New Technologies Have Identified Potential Biomarkers Of Mastitis

Analysis of milk using new technologies has identified potential biomarkers of mastitis enabling real-time diagnostics and targeted therapeutics...

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03 August 2016

Young Farmer needs your help and signature!

Suzanne Cole of Faringdon Seniors Young Farmers’ Club has created an online petition in a bid to see fairer prices for all UK farmers...

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24 July 2016

Whey Feed Opportunity?

Cheese company looking to dispose of whey for no charge and welcome any offers to take it.

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24 July 2016

General Farm Worker Position

Dairy farm near Lockerbie seeks general farm worker.

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23 July 2016

Union Seeks Further Clarity on EU Dairy Package Commitment

A €500 million dairy package, announced by the European Commission this week, is a positive step in the right direction to assist the sector, however NFU Scotland believes that further clarification is needed as to how the schemes will work.

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20 July 2016

SUSPENSION OF VELACTIS FOLLOWING ADVERSE EVENTS IN DAIRY CATTLE

NFUS have issued a Business Guide Update today following the suspension of Valactis due to adverse events in dairy cattle...

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18 July 2016

#DECISIONS4DAIRY: HYGIENIC QUALITY

In the first of a series of articles under the #Decisions4Dairy – Optimising Revenue theme, AHDB looks at the value of good hygienic quality to milk buyers, and some key facts that farmers should bear in mind when looking to optimise their revenue.

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15 July 2016

ARE YOU ENTITLED TO THE R&D TAX RELIEF OR CREDIT?

Determining the eligible R&D activities is the area that companies find the most difficult. Contrary to what people may think, R&D is not just about white coats and test tubes, or carrying out ground-breaking research. It can include a much broader range of activities...

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15 July 2016

Consultation on the Scottish Government Response to the introduction of the UK Apprenticeship Levy

This consultation asks for views on options for the use of its share of UK Apprenticeship Levy funding being transferred to the Scottish Government.

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12 July 2016

Dairy Market Lift Merits Immediate Milk Price Move (NFUS)

NFU Scotland is calling on all milk purchasers to immediately pass a fair share of higher market returns back to producers....

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11 July 2016

Accelerate Calf Performance

Trials of new product Axcelera-C show that: 1. Calves grow faster. 2. Have faster rumen development through solid food intake. 3. Calves can wean earlier with reduced growth check at weaning. 4. Reduces the incidence and severity of nutritional scouring.

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08 July 2016

£100 Million support from Barclays Bank

Barclays are showing their support for British Agriculture by opening up a multi-million pound loan fund to help boost the industry...

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04 July 2016

ForFarmers ruminant newsletter: Transition cow management

Focus on transition cow feeding improves lactation performance...

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03 July 2016

Pour-on anti-inflammatory approved to treat mastitis fever

Cattle farmers could significantly reduce the time taken to treat the fever associated with acute mastitis by swapping injections for a newly approved pour-on, according to MSD Animal Health. (Farmers Weekly)

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02 July 2016

Local Milk is Miles Better - P&J Campaign

Do you know the amount of miles your milk travels to get to the supermarket? North East paper the Press and Journal have dedicated a campaign to 'Local Milk is Miles Better' to highlight the issues surrounding "milk mileage madness", at a time when local processing plant Muller closes its doors...

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02 July 2016

Young Farmers Launch 'Are Ewe Okay?'

SAYFC highlight the triggers of poor mental health, and how to recognise the signs and where to find support in their new campaign 'Are Ewe Okay?'

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27 June 2016

SAYFC launches skills training programme

A NEW agricultural and business training programme, “Cultivating Futures”, was launched by the Scottish Association of Young Farmers’ Clubs at the Royal Highland Show to offer members a range of skills and training opportunities over the next 12 months...

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24 June 2016

Scottish Dairy Hub signs Dyslexia Pledge

Along with seven other organisations, the Scottish Dairy Hub took part in the NFUS Dyslexia pledge at the Royal Highland Show....

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16 June 2016

Agricultural Professional Practice PgDip

Are you looking to develop key skills required for professional practice in Agriculture?

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15 June 2016

ForFarmers’ launch TRANSLAC nutrition programme

Correct nutritional management of the transition cow is critical for improving milk production in the following lactation and minimising the risk of metabolic problems and maximising calf health.

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13 June 2016

Colostrum Collection for SCCL: easy and valuable

Do you have excess 1st and 2nd colostrum?

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12 June 2016

Job Opportunity in Stirlingshire

An opportunity has arisen to join a team, milking 300 cows in Stirlingshire.

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12 June 2016

Future Farming Foundation - Now Open!!

There is nothing quite like the Future Farmer Foundation ... You will meet some amazing people... The programme is free... Its a fantastic Opportunity for the Next Generation...

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11 June 2016

Contract Heifer Rearing

In the current market, more and more farmers are now considering joint ventures - contract heifer rearing offers opportunities for all...

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06 June 2016

Opportunity on Lanarkshire Dairy Farm

430 cow pedigree Holstein Herd seeks herdsman

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06 June 2016

Top Tips on Reducing Cattle Feed Costs

Better grassland management seems to be the answer to reducing your cattle feed costs...

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05 June 2016

Are you valuing your Scottish Soils?

What can take 500 years to replace 25 mm (1 inch), yet we lose 2.9 million tonnes each year? “Valuing Your Soils”, is newly published guidance, which will help Scottish farmers, crofters and land managers protect and manage their most valuable resource....

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26 May 2016

Morrisons' Scottish dairy move

MORE Scottish milk will find its way onto the shelves of the Morrisons supermarket chain from this week onwards....

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25 May 2016

Union Asks Retailers to Drive Demand for Milk

Following a successful farmer-led campaign in Devon, NFU Scotland has written to the nation’s biggest supermarkets asking them to reposition fresh milk in their Scottish stores as a healthy alternative to fizzy drinks....

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21 May 2016

Want to know how the EU Machine works?

Fancy heading to Brussels to hear about the latest EU policy developments? Benefit from meeting representatives of selected member organisations as well as participate in a farm visit? If yes to all of these, this is the Study Trip for you!!

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20 May 2016

New team at Scottish Government

Tuesday saw the announcement of a new team at SG. In a change to cabinet briefs and titles, Fergus Ewing MSP has been appointed Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity while the new Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform is Roseanna Cunningham MSP...

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18 May 2016

Checking Up on Tractor Safety

Are you looking to improve safety, reduce maintenance costs and comply with legislation? Do you need a helpful reminder to carry out some essential tractor maintenance pre-checks before the day starts?

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16 May 2016

The EU Referendum

The EU Referendum will take place on Thursday 23 June, which coincides with the first day of the Royal Highland Show 2016. For any member attending the Highland, NFU Scotland strongly recommends they register for a postal vote.

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29 April 2016

Milk, Cereals, Oilseeds and Potatoes Levy Payers - AHDB Activity Report Out

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has published a report on the ‘Activity Review’ it undertook last autumn and winter to listen to levy payers’ views on challenges facing their businesses and priorities for AHDB activity.

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20 April 2016

Specialist Knowledge available from the Hub

In a recent article, published by the Press and Journal, Jo and Nick McKenzie describe the benefits of contacting the Scottish Dairy Hub. Go on, give the Hub a call! We're here to help Scottish Dairy Farmers...

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05 April 2016

AHDB Natural Service Management Factsheet

Fertility is one of the major factors affecting the efficiency of any dairy herd. It can account for one of the major costs of production and also represents an area where significant improvements can be made...

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01 April 2016

Jimmy Goldies presentation

Jimmy Goldies presentation on Producing Profitable Litres - March 2016

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31 March 2016

Dairy building construction video

A short detailed video showing the installation of profile 6 fibre cement sheeting. The video highlights the airflow path of a number of different ventilation options; the crank crown ridge, open protected ridge and spaced roofing...

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20 March 2016

Looking for savings on your utility bills?

Business Cost Consultants (BCC) is one of the UK’s leading independent energy management consultants. Specialising in finding business cost savings on gas, electricity, water, fixed and mobile telecoms....

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17 March 2016

AHDB Dairy Strengthens Commitment to Market Development

Plans to explore dairy market development were confirmed yesterday when the AHDB Dairy board agreed a total budget of up to £3.5m over the next three years for future activity. This provisional budget represents an extra £1.8m in total over the three years compared with the draft market development budget which went out for consultation....

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02 March 2016

Taking care of cow comfort makes you successful

Listen to Andrew and Anna, doing a great job in Alberta! They are successful because they take care of cow comfort. Three tips from Andrew: - a stress-free calving line - a straw yard where the cows go 4 weeks before calving - Deep beds

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24 February 2016

Making Big Decisions

Different Options were considered and discussed when managing your herd with low milk prices at the recent Woodhead Meeting at Auchincruive.

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03 February 2016

The latest news from Lantra Scotland

Get up to speed with all the latest news from Lantra Scotland - Scotlands training organisation for new skills and business development in agriculture and the environment

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18 January 2016

Scottish Dairy Site now live!!

Pop across to the new Scottish Dairy site to find out about the ‘made with 100% Scottish Milk’ brand

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11 January 2016

Be alert for out of season grass staggers...

Experts from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) are alerting farmers of an increased risk of cows suffering from magnesium deficiency, due to this winter’s weather.

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11 January 2016

Dairy market recovery rests on three key events

The past year saw one of the most sustained periods of low prices seen since world markets crashed in 2007/08 yet the market has remained stubbornly over-supplied. A recovery in prices to more sustainable levels for the whole supply chain is needed but, when this will happen, and how quickly, relies on a combination of three key events: a reduction in milk production, the sale of excess stocks and a rise in demand. (AHDB Dairy Article)

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09 January 2016

Milk fat and protein ratio could unlock herd efficiency

Interpreting herd milk butterfat-to-protein ratio could drive improvements across dairy units this New Year

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07 January 2016

Average size of Scottish dairy herds increase to a record high

According to SDCA the total dairy cow population has increased by 2,552 to 175,835 and to a record average herd size of 180 milking cows...

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21 December 2015

Milk offering premium prices to farmers expected to raise £900,000

Supermarket schemes offering dairy farmers a premium for their milk have been heralded as a success by Devon MPs, as estimates suggest they have already generated £900,000 for the sector.

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12 December 2015

IBR Causes Prolonged and Significant Milk Yield Reduction

Dairy cows that have been exposed to the virus that causes Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR) have been shown in a new study to produce 2.6 litres per day less milk throughout the entire lactation, despite showing few or no signs of the disease (i.e. being sub-clinically infected)

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25 November 2015

Fertility in Dairy Herds - Managing Heifer Fertility

Rearing dairy heifers from birth until their first calving is one of the most costly operations on a dairy farm and it is also one of the most crucial to get right as the cost of getting it wrong can be considerable...

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24 November 2015

New Dairy Efficiency Index

Selecting bulls for efficient feed-to-milk conversion could be worth hundreds of pounds per cow, according to a unique breeding index.

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18 November 2015

Free monitoring service helps keep transition cows in good health

Looking to improve health and performance of your cows? With the help of Premier Nutrition’s free TMS monitoring service, which flags up where changes to nutrition or management may be needed you could make some positive changes in your Dairy herd...

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17 November 2015

Body Condition Scoring your Cows

Looking to start Body Condition Scoring your cows?

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16 November 2015

3 Qs of colostrum management

Colostrum is vital to the newborn calf as it contains antibodies to provide immunity and it is also rich in essential nutrients to provide energy for growth. The 3 Qs of colostrum: Quantity Quality Quickly

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09 November 2015

Effective use of water on a dairy farm

AHDB Dairy have put together this booklet to increase awareness on the catergories of water used on dairy farms, and highlight some of the opportunities where water and money might be saved. It also covers the different sources of water and treatment processes that may be needed, and common analysis terms.

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29 October 2015

Dairy Herd Management System Gets Royal Award

A global dairy equipment company has been presented with an award by the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace, in recognition for research and development in the field of dairy farming.

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29 October 2015

Housing Cows, it’s as easy as A,B,C

Comfy cows are happy cows. But is your housing supplying the right environment this winter to allow cows to express their yield potential?

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20 October 2015

A Milk Appreciation

When was the last time you drank a simple glass of milk? Perhaps you view it more as an ingredient for cooking or to splash in your tea rather than a product of beauty with its own strengths and qualities? Listen to the BBC Food Programme...

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19 October 2015

Simple changes to keep your business afloat

Longer term, the whole industry is working to ensure that we grow more resilient to volatile prices. Meanwhile, we are all part of Dairy Scotland. As individual businesses you can weather storms by working smart. Download our latest leaflet to find out more.

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18 October 2015

Fertility in Dairy Herds: Breeding for fertility - When cows should be inseminated?

National Animal Disease Information Service (NADIS) provides an indepth report describing when cows should be inseminated...

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13 October 2015

Farmer Guide - Growth Rate Targets

Read how to set realistic growth rate targets from birth to 3rd lactation...

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09 October 2015

Milk pool celebrations

Dairy farmers, milk processors and M&S staff recently came together to help celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of their industry-leading milk pool. Winners included W.S Millar & Son for Best Herd Mobility, JF Cobb & Son (Northground Dairy) for Lowest Antibiotic Use and Jeremy Bown for Highest Herd Health.

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06 October 2015

Positive Dairying in the global marketplace

Face the reality of global markets - and the price volatility that goes with them…that’s the message from independent agricultural economist Séan Rickard, speaking at the OMSCo conference this week...

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18 September 2015

New Entrants Start up Grant

It is a priority for the Scottish Government to support a new generation of farmers in agriculture. Providing support for businesses in the critical early stages will make it easier for new entrants to access development capital.

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17 September 2015

Calling All Business Leaders Outwith Agriculture

Dairy industry professionals are calling on business leaders from outside agriculture to help the dairy sector...

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17 September 2015

ForFarmers - Cost-effective source of protein

Locally produced brewery co-products could help dairy producers to reduce their feed bills, according to ForFarmers’ Brian Doran...

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16 September 2015

Bluetongue virus (BTV-8) in France

Bluetongue (BTV-8) in France and international disease monitoring monthly report: July - August 2015

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31 August 2015

EU regulations increase across dairy industry

EU regulations on the 12th August 2015 have seen the reduction in permitted levels of Quaternary Ammonium Compounds (QAC) in food products across the dairy industry. Maximum Residue Levels (MRL) has been lowered from 0.5mg/kg to 0.1mg/kg, which has raised a number of questions between customers and suppliers....

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30 August 2015

Making the Most of Manure

SRUC experts are advising farmers to make better use of their slurry and manure to increase profitability and reduce their environmental impact. Read more here...

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17 August 2015

Checklist When Handling Cattle

The Do's and Don'ts of Handling Cattle...Have a look and see if you are working with cattle responsibly?

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13 August 2015

Fertility in Dairy Herds

What does poor fertility cost? The National Animal Disease Information Service tells us more...

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10 August 2015

Feeding Focus - Silage Update

Good quality forage is the cornerstone of profitable milk production, providing a cost effective source of nutrients, i.e. energy and protein. Against a backdrop of low milk prices, many producers will be looking to maximise production from forage this year. Read ForFarmers silage update here.

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06 August 2015

A Guide To Farm Safety

Almost all accidents on farm are related to only four causes: 1. Falls 2. Animals 3. Transport 4. Equipment Read the NFUS case studies and safety tips guide.

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05 August 2015

The Future of Scottish Agriculture - A Discussion Document

This discussion document published by the Scottish Government outlines a vision for the future of Scottish agriculture, in order to encourage discussion and feedback from stakeholders and the public, with a view to helping to inform future policy directions.

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04 August 2015

Ventilation Calculator

Air circulation is crucial for health and welfare in livestock buildings, yet 60-80% of housing in the UK is not adequately ventilated.

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27 July 2015

Making The Most Out Of Grass

Last year’s Dairy innovator of the Year winner, Thomas Irwin gives his opinion on how moving to a grass based system could transform the Scottish Dairy Farm...

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