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16 July 2024

Tackling Health Challenges in Dairy Bred Calves Webinar

Poor nutrition in dairy calves in the first few weeks of life can greatly increase the risk of health issues. In this webinar, Lorna MacPherson from SAC Consulting will highlight the importance of elevated milk feeding – how much should you be feeding and why? Get a great insight into postmortem results from SRUC vet Colin Mason and how the latest calf health research findings can help fine tune dairy heifer rearing systems.

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15 July 2024

HDRF Conference 2024 - Next Generation

The Hannah Dairy Research Foundation is delighted to announce the sixth Conference in the Next Generation Dairying series, which will be held at the Moredun Research Institute, Edinburgh, on Monday 18th and Tuesday 19th November 2024 (“lunch to lunch”). The theme for this year’s Next Generation Data-Led Dairying Conference revolves around the use of data in the dairy sector. In an era where “Artificial Intelligence” has revolutionised the acronym AI for farmers, the opportunities offered by the collection, processing and use of detailed information are substantial. So, perhaps, are the risks. There are significant challenges to be overcome if the full potential of data-based decision-making is to be realised. How should the data be gathered in the first place? How much data is needed, and can there be an excess that hinders rather than helps? Who owns the data? How should it be processed and interpreted to obtain maximum benefit? Who takes responsibility if things go wrong? How far down the AI route should we go? Where in the dairy foods chain could data use have most (and least) impact? Eminent international scientists, engineers and computer experts will address these issues and others in afternoon and morning sessions, lunch-to-lunch. We will also hear from those “in the field”, the users of data in farm and financial management, in veterinary healthcare, in product safety and quality control and in high level policy development. Short scientific presentations and posters from younger Scottish and international scientists will complement the plenary talks. All speakers will be challenged to include a clear statement “The impact of the research to farmers is ..” The venue is once again the Moredun Research Institute and, whilst virtual engagement will be possible, we strongly encourage active participation, face to face. Attendance will be free and by invitation only, with expressions of interest opening soon. Competitively-awarded travel grants will be available within the UK. The social programme will feature a Conference Dinner in Edinburgh on the Monday evening.

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15 July 2024

The UK Farm Assurance Review - Survey

An independent review of UK farm assurance has been jointly commissioned by the NFU, NFU Cymru, NFU Scotland, the Ulster Farmers' Union (UFU) and the AHDB, who also all form part of the UK Farm Assurance Review leadership group which has overall responsibility for the delivery of the Review. The industry-wide, UK-wide Farm Assurance Review is focused on repurposing farm assurance. It aims to seek feedback from all farmers, crofters and growers about all farm assurance schemes with a view to significantly revising farm to fork assurance, making it fit for the future. The Review will examine • How farm assurance can deliver value back to scheme members • How standards are developed to meet the evolving needs of members, the markets they serve, sector diversity and in appreciation of the global marketplace • How assurance members are engaged with (including the development of standards), inspected and how technology is used in assurance now and in future • How assurance schemes can and should fit with regulation and government schemes to best serve members Four independent commissioners will be responsible for setting the terms of reference and a timeline to ensure the process provides clear outcomes to the industry.

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11 July 2024

AHDB Dairy Market Weekly

AHDB Dairy Market Weekly daily deliveries

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10 July 2024

Job Opportunity - Shetland Dairies

Job opportunity in Shetland to assist in the production of dairy products. Full and PT options are available. Summer work options for Students Hourly rate - £13 per hour Core hours 6am - 1pm with a 5 day working week More information below

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09 July 2024

NEW DAIRY CONTRACT LEGISLATION COMES INTO FORCE

After more than a decade of campaigning by the NFU Scotland and other UK farming unions calling out unfair practices in the dairy supply chain, new legislation on dairy contracts has come into effect. The new legislation called the ‘Fair Dealings Obligations (Milk) 2024' (FDOM24) came into force on 9 July meaning all new milk contracts made from 9 July 2024 need to be compliant with the regulations while any existing milk contracts now have a 12-month transition period before they must new legislation requirements by 9 July 2025. It is hoped that the new regulations will establish transparency and accountability across the dairy supply chain by stopping contract changes being imposed without agreement. There will also be a system in place to enable farmers to verify the calculation of variable prices.

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09 July 2024

Guidance Notes for the Fair Dealing Obligations (Milk) Regulations 2024

These guidance notes are intended to help the industry understand the new rules.

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05 July 2024

Scottish Agricultural Awards 2024 - still time to enter....

The awards aim to showcase the outstanding work of farmers, agricultural individuals, and businesses who are driving the industry forward and ensuring the sustainability and success of Scottish agriculture. Entries close Thursday 11th July.

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02 July 2024

Empowering the next generation with the Milk Every Moment campaign

Milk Every Moment is a new campaign from AHDB Dairy designed to highlight the benefits of milk to young students involved in sport. Launching on 8 July, the campaign will position milk as a timeless staple in the fridge—not just a beverage but a nutritional powerhouse! The campaign underscores milk’s affordability and the fact it is a natural source of seven essential vitamins and minerals (vitamins B2, B5, B12, calcium, iodine, potassium and phosphorus), aiming to capture market share from high-sugar energy drinks and milk alternatives. Other key messages will be to highlight milk as a natural source of high-quality protein, which supports muscle growth and maintenance, and its rich calcium content, which helps maintain normal bones. Working in partnership with British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) the campaign will provide students with information on milks role in a healthy balanced diet and the BUCS Rugby Union National Championships will now be known as The Milk Cup! More information here -

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02 July 2024

Red Tractor Dairy Sector Board Update - July

Read the latest from the Red Tractor Dairy Sector Board

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01 July 2024

A Stressful Situation with Dairy Farmer Rory Christie

Have a listen to latest FarmStrong Podcast with dairy farmer Rory Christie. In the second episode of Blether Together, hear from Rory Christie. Rory is a partner in the Dourie Farming Company Ltd., a dairy and piggery business that he runs with his brother Gregor in Wigtownshire, Southwest Scotland. Rory, founder of the co-operative The Milk Suppliers Association (MSA), oversees the dairy farm where 1100 dairy cows calve in February and March each year and spend the majority of the year outside. Gregor takes care of the pig side of the operation which is an indoor Danish-like system.

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01 July 2024

On the Hoof Podcast - Heat Stress in Dairy Cattle

On the Hoof podcast 📣Ep: 68 - ‘Heat Stress’ in dairy cattle🐄Host Alison Braddock, Marketing & Business Development Manager asks Colin Mason, Centre Manager & VIO Dumfries, about the impact of heat stress 🔥

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01 July 2024

FAS Milk News July 2024

Read the latest Milk Agribusiness News from the Farm Advisory Service

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29 June 2024

Dumfries: Data drives dairy decisions - AHDB Event

Wednesday, 31 July 2024 6:30pm - 9:00pm Hetland Hall, Carrutherstown, Dumfries, Dumfries and Galloway DG1 4JX

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28 June 2024

Ayrshire: Data drives dairy decisions - AHDB Event

Join AHDB at Ayrshire Food Hub as we discuss how using data on a farm can help make informed decisions to help with the profitability and sustainability of a dairy business. Registration and dinner will be available from 6.30pm with presentations starting at 7pm. The event is free to attend, At this meeting we will discuss how data is used to make more informed management decisions on the farm. Dinner will be available on arrival at 6.30pm.

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27 June 2024

AgriScot Update June

Read the latest news and updates from AgriScot - Listen to the podcast with Stephen Young of Scotland Land and Estates - Only 2 weeks left to nominate or enter for the Scottish Agriculture Awards

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26 June 2024

South West Scotland Holstein Club Herd Competition

HERDS COMPETITION Closing Date for entries: *Monday 29th July* Judge : Mr John Jamieson, Woodhead Farm, Annan Competition Kindly Sponsored by Harrison & Hetherington

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21 June 2024

First Milk Festival of Regenerative Farming - Sat 20th July

First Milk Festival of Regenerative Farming First Milk are celebrating our commitment to farming with nature this summer with a ‘Festival of Regenerative Farming’ and we’d love you to join us. At First Milk we care about our planet. It is our home, and we work with nature every day to produce tasty, wholesome and nutritious dairy food, united by a single commitment – to enrich life every day to secure the future. We do this by farming regeneratively, following principles to restore and regenerate the soil and wider ecosystem. It is where food production has a positive impact, complementing the local and global environment. The First Milk Festival of Regenerative Farming is set to show all we do both on our farms and in our factories to meet our climate and biodiversity obligations and be part of the climate solution. As well as showcasing our regenerative practices, we are hosting a variety of our customer and supplier trade stands, supported by some of the fantastic local food and craft vendors the areas have to offer; not forgetting plenty of fun activities for all the family. Whilst having lots of fun we will also be supporting our nominated charity this year, Dementia UK. We would love you to be involved. If you would like a stand on the day, please contact myself by Monday 10th June equally if you are unable to join us, I’d be grateful for an email back so that I know what level of interest I have. • Saturday 20th July - Myremill Farm, Maybole, Ayrshire, KA19 7JG 10am until 4pm.

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06 June 2024

Busting the Myths on Calf Milk Replacers

Join SRUC for an informative discussion on the latest calf milk replacer research, helping you decide on the best milk replacer for your heifer rearing system. Topics for discussion include: Comparing different milk replacers with the University of Nottingham Calf Milk Replacer Calculator. Whey versus skim milk powders - which is best? Interpreting product labels - what to look for in a quality milk replacer. Speakers: Dr Jessica Cooke, Volac Milk Replacers Ltd. Dr Lorna MacPherson, SAC Consulting

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05 June 2024

Muller acquires family run Yew Tree Dairy

Major milk processor Muller is to purchase West Lancashire-based Yew Tree Dairy, which currently has around 100 Scottish dairy farming suppliers.

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04 June 2024

Scottish Dairy Supply Chain Map

Want to understand the Scottish Dairy Supply Chain? SOAS has released the latest Scottish Dairy Supply Chain - one of the 20 key food and drink sector maps! The dairy supply chain involves feed mills, agricultural merchants, dairy equipment suppliers, vets, dairy farmers and milk processors. Farmers and processors align themselves in different committed milk pools Outputs include fresh liquid milk, cream and other further processed dairy products, e.g., cheese, yoghurt and butter

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04 June 2024

Digital Dairy Chain News

Keep up-to-date with the latest project news, events and sector developments below…

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03 June 2024

Find the Scottish Dairy Hub at the Royal Highland Show

Come visit us at the Royal Highland Show 📌Drop in sessions: Thursday 10am - 12noon & 2pm - 4pm Look forward to seeing you there!

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03 June 2024

Study of Precision Livestock Farming (PLF) tools on greenhouse gas emissions on Scottish Dairy Farms

This study is the first of its kind to demonstrate the realistic emissions reductions possible for Scottish dairy farmers if they adopt and utilize PLF technologies for improvement of farm management and efficiency. Although this modeling was based on average Scottish farm data, a similar modeling framework could be used across European dairying systems to evaluate the effects of implementing PLF technologies on emissions. However, it must be noted that changes are farm specific and the extent to which the reduction in GHG emissions could be achieved varies greatly between individual farms and systems. Despite the indicative nature of this modeling, it is a useful tool to demonstrate to industry and farmers that PLF tools can not only improve an animal’s fertility, health, or production as intended, but that they can have a positive impact on total emissions and product emissions, by improving efficiency and resilience in some scenarios and enterprises.

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01 June 2024

Slurry Storage: What are the options?

Thinking about a new slurry store? Scotland`s Farm Advisory Services (FAS) weigh up the pros and cons of different options to consider in this article from the May edition of Milk Manager News.

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01 June 2024

The June Agricultural Census 2024 goes live

From June, farmers are being asked to provide information to the June Agricultural Census. The agricultural census helps the Scottish Government better understand the farming sector in Scotland. Information farmers provide is vital to ensure an accurate picture of farming in Scotland. Farmers who have been selected will receive a request to complete their census online or on paper

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01 June 2024

Celebrating 10 years of the Scottish Dairy Hub

This month NFU Scotland Leader Magazine celebrated 10 years of the Scottish Dairy hub supporting the Scottish Dairy Sector

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31 May 2024

Scotland's Farm Advisory Service (FAS) on the road.....

FAS are on the road this summer! We will be attending multiple events across Scotland in May and June. Why not come along to see us? Just look for the FAS banner! 🚜

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30 May 2024

Open Farm Sunday - Find a dairy farm near you

Vis­it a farm on Open Farm Sun­day, 9th June 2024 and find out about the sto­ry behind our food and how farm­ing affects our every­day lives. Each Open Farm Sun­day event is unique. Activ­i­ties range from machin­ery dis­plays, trac­tor and trail­er rides, through to demon­stra­tions, nature walks and much more! Please note many farms will ask for you to book a place pri­or to attend­ing — if this is the case for the farm you would like to vis­it, please fol­low the book­ing instruc­tions. If you are no longer able to attend, please con­tact the farmer and release your tick­ets so that oth­er peo­ple can take your place.

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29 May 2024

📌KNOWLEDGE TRANSFER AND INNOVATION FUND (KTIF) OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS UNTIL 24 JUNE

The Knowledge Transfer and Innovation Fund (KTIF) promotes skills development and knowledge transfer in the primary agricultural sector. A new round of funding is now open and will close on the 24 of June. You can apply for up to £200,000 per project this year (Knowledge Transfer will attract 75% funding).

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29 May 2024

World Milk Day - 1st June

In 2001, World Milk Day was established by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations to recognize the importance of milk as a global food, and to celebrate the dairy sector. Each year since, the benefits of milk and dairy products have been actively promoted around the world, including how dairy supports the livelihoods of one billion people. This year’s theme will focus on celebrating the vital role dairy plays in delivering quality nutrition to nourish the world. Dairy is an accessible, affordable, and nutrient-dense food, and an essential part of balanced diets across the world. Catch up on the activities on our social media channels and use our hashtags #WorldMilkDay & #EnjoyDairy. We continue to encourage short videos from farmers that showcase sustainability practices in place on your farm or at your company. You can help by developing these short videos, and sharing them on social media as we re-introduce dairy farmers to the world. Videos can be sent directly to milkday@emergingag.com or via WeTransfer. Videos should be 15-30 seconds long, filmed using a camera or mobile device, and in Landscape mode or shot using 1:1 dimensions for easy sharing across all social channels.

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27 May 2024

South West Scotland Holstein Club Stockjudging

Join the South West Holstein Club at their annual Stock Judging at Bretonhall Farm, Chapelknowe, Canonbie, DG14 0YD. Wednesday 5th June, 7.30pm

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27 May 2024

Embryonics DIY AI Course Ayrshire

Embryonics DIY AI Course Ayrshire • 22nd – 24th July 2024 in Ayrshire

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27 May 2024

Herdsman Foot Trimming 24th - 26th June - Lanarkshire

Herdsman Foot Trimming course: • 24th – 26th June 2024 in Lanarkshire

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24 May 2024

AHDB - Dairy Market and Prices Overview

UK wholesale prices Updated 24 May 2024 Indicative average prices for butter, skimmed milk powder (SMP) and mild Cheddar cheese on UK wholesale markets. Bulk cream prices are weighted average prices on agreed trades within the reporting period

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23 May 2024

AHDB Dairy - GB milk production passes the spring peak with a whimper

Latest AHDB Dairy Market Report There was a downturn in GB daily milk deliveries in the week ending 11 May, suggesting we have passed the peak. According to the latest data, the highest daily figure was 36.92m litres on 8 May* alongside the 7-day rolling average which appears to have peaked at 36.54m litres*. In 2023 the spring flush was reported as being subdued meaning that we are annualising on an already weak picture. Deliveries data for the month of May so far (to 11th May 2024) suggests that production is back 2.1% year-on-year.

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21 May 2024

AHDB & QMS Baselining Pilot

Environment baselining pilot Get independent data about your farm business and natural landscape that will empower your business success, while helping the industry to redefine how farming is seen on the environmental stage. The Environment Baselining Pilot project aims to generate a baseline of environment and carbon data across the four AHDB and QMS levy sectors, to support our national industry reputation and explore what actions farmers can take to improve efficiency and soil health, whilst working to enhance their environmental impact. Participating farmers will: 1. Have a genuine interest in the environment and reducing their carbon footprint 2. Be willing to participate in the project for 5 years 3. Attend pilot project meetings and technical events

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20 May 2024

Long-term trends in breeding choices on the dairy farm

AHDB Dairy Report Over the last ten years, we have seen changes in the output of the dairy herd, with industry strategies moving to reduce dairy bull calves and a significant increase in dairy beef. BCMS data allows us to see the impact of these initiatives in calf registration numbers Steady decline in Holstein registrations Holstein Friesian (HF) has consistently been the most popular calf breed on the dairy farm since 2014. However, the number and share of calves born to dairy dams that are registered HF has been steadily reducing over the same period. In 2014, 516,000 HF calves were registered to dairy dams, making up 38% of the total calves registered to dairy in that year. By 2023, that number had reduced to 317,000 HF calves, representing 22% of the output of the dairy dams in that year. Digging into these numbers, it is not surprising to see that this change was primarily driven by a large reduction in the number of bull HF calves registered. In 2023, 59,000 bull HF calves were registered, an almost fourfold decrease from the 225,500 in 2014. Registrations of HF heifers have also declined in the last ten years, albeit in a much steadier manner. They have declined from a peak of 297,000 in 2015 to 258,000 in 2023. This follows the trend of gradual, long-term decline in the population of the milking herd, due to improvements in productivity, meaning that fewer replacement heifers are required to come into the dairy herd to maintain milk yields, alongside some reduction in herd numbers as producers have exited the industry.

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16 May 2024

HOLSTEIN SCOTTISH OPEN DAY

annual open day, this year by the kind permission of the Forsyth Family @ Baltier Farm in Wigtownshire, D&G.

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14 May 2024

What does it take to be a winner at British Dairying Cream Awards?

The latest Kite Podcast discusses the Cream Awards with last year's Young Farmer category winner, Charlotte West, and David Cotton, Chair of the judging panel. Charlotte describes her experience entering the family business and how her decision to focus on and prioritise the farm team helped to create structure & improve understanding, positively impacting not only the team but animal health. David outlines why awards such as the Cream Awards are so important to not only individuals but the wider farm team and how the new categories reflect the changing dairy sector. He discusses with Becki what the judges are looking for, as well as how the judging process works and why Charlotte stood out during this process. Plus, a reminder: there’s still time to put in an entry, with the deadline at the end of May.

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10 May 2024

Applications open for dairy entrepreneurs

Applications are now open for the 2024 Entrepreneurs in Dairying for anyone involved in, or looking to be involved in, the dairy industry. The course starts in October and provides aspiring dairy producers with commercial experience and learnings in people development, financial skills, business management, taxation and business structures including partnerships, joint ventures and tenancies. Now in its twelfth year, the course has seen over 450 applicants complete it, all from varying backgrounds within or related to the industry. Applications must be submitted by 30 August 2024. There are a limited number of subsidised spaces available.

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08 May 2024

FUNDING - Collaborative R&D Competition

Are you interested in applying to Round 2 of the Digital Dairy Chain Collaborative Research & Development Grant Competition, run by Innovate UK? Would you like to find out more about the process or discuss your project idea? Then why not book a confidential 20 minute online Q&A session with our panel of funding experts and DDC team members. The sessions are to be held on: 21 May - 11am to 1pm 22 May - 11am to 1pm To book, please email: info@digitaldairychain.co.uk

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02 May 2024

Job Vacancy - Full Time Milker - South Ayrshire

🐮🐄 JOB VACANCY 🐄🐮 • Full Time Milker • 400 Holstein Friesians • 50 Point Boumatic Rotary Parlour • 12 Days On 2 Days Off/ We are willing to be flexible • Twice Daily 4.30am & 3pm • Uniform Agri Computer Package/ Training will be given. We are looking for an experienced and dedicated dairy person to join a family run business in Coylton, South Ayrshire. The successful candidate must be a team player; enthusiastic; have good communication and organisational skills and attention to detail will be important. Good time keeping and reliable is a must. Please contact Jill on 07908064928

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01 May 2024

Agribusiness News May 2024 – Milk

Read the latest SRDP Agribusiness News May 2024 – Milk What spring flush? Milk volumes are well down on this time last year. Weather impacts on grass growth has curtailed the seasonal rise in milk volumes. Commodity market prices show little change and no sign of significant improvement in milk price in the short-term. Milk production data The latest milk production data from AHDB shows that GB milk output for March was 1,086m litres (provisional), 11.4% more than February’s volume. Daily deliveries were 35.67m litres for the w/e 13th April, just 0.3% above the previous week but 2.2% down on the same week in 2023. UK production for March was 1,322m litres, 12.0% more than the previous month but no change from March 2023.

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29 April 2024

Catrine Show

This weekend - Catrine Show Run by local farmers. It has dairy, beef, sheep, horses-jumping and show ponies, baking and handicrafts competition along with a lot of other family fun 🐄 Team Dairy🐄 Take a look at the Dairy section for Catrine Show, our judge this year is the one and only David Robb from South Palmerston! Judging will commence at 10am

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25 April 2024

AHDB Dairy Market Weekly

AHDB latest UK milk deliveries data

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24 April 2024

Cattle identification and traceability: Consultation

The Scottish Government is seeking your views on changes to cattle identification and traceability in Scotland. The introduction of bovine electronic identification (EID) has been a longstanding industry request. EID is seen by many in the farming sector as an opportunity to modernise and improve on efficiencies whilst supporting competitiveness within the supply chain. Furthermore, EID could also be used to improve on-farm management practices as well as on-farm automation. The technology provides additional health and safety benefits in being able to read cattle at a safe distance. As set out in the Vision for Agriculture, the Scottish Ministers recognise that the development and the introduction of new technologies will play an important role as we look to modernise the farming sector for a more sustainable future. Therefore, we have, to date, supported and funded an industry-led bovine EID pilot focusing on the potential use of ultra-high frequency (UHF) technology across Scotland. Use of low frequency (LF) EID for identification of sheep is already required.

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22 April 2024

PSF Animal Health & Welfare – Cattle

Join FAS on Tuesday 21st May to hear from SRUC vet, Helen Carty discussing the Preparing for Sustainable Farming animal health and welfare options for cattle. The options available provide the opportunity to test and prevent diseases within your herd, improving the health of your cattle will improve their overall performance. Under the PSF scheme, there are four interventions for cattle which Helen will discuss to allow you to determine which two interventions are most important for your business to investigate further in 2024.

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19 April 2024

Could you be this years Royal Highland Show Dairy Champion?

New for this year is a Scottish Milk and Cream category at the Royal Highland Show 2024. Are you a producer of a dairy product? Why not enter into the #rhs2024 Scottish Dairy Championships now to have your products judged by some of industry's best! Get mooving fast as online entries close 20th May!

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18 April 2024

Can you help? SRUC is looking for 40 dairy farmers to participate in a project

Can you help? SRUC is looking for 40 dairy farmers to participate in a project looking a specific strains of STEC. The aim of this project is to better understand whether the STEC strains found in Scottish dairy cattle are similar (or not) to those found in beef cattle, deer, sheep, and human cases. This will increase our knowledge about these bacteria and help us understand whether dairy cattle play any role in the cases of human STEC infection that are reported each year. What will you be doing on-farm? On those farms that sign up to the project, we will carry out two main activities: 1. We will collect dung samples from the ground in the shed or field where the milking herd is kept. The number of samples depends on the number of cows in the group. For example, from a group of 50 cows, we would collect 47 samples, and from a group of 100 cows we would collect 81 samples. 2. We will ask the farm owner or manager to complete a short questionnaire about the milking herd. This will include questions such as the age at first April 17 th, 2024 Page 2 of 2 calving, the average milk yield, calving interval, over-wintering of sheep, and contract-rearing of heifers. This can be completed on paper with us on the day, or we can send it by email if the owner/manager prefers. When will this happen and how long will it take? We plan to visit farms on Mondays/Tuesdays between May and September 2024. The amount of time spent on a farm will depend on the number of samples we need to collect. The questionnaire is short – just one page – so we estimate that we might be on a farm for 1-2 hours, depending on sample numbers needed. What will you do with the samples and information you collect? The samples will all be tested for STEC bacteria. First, we will look for O157 STEC specifically, and then for other STEC, which are not the O157 strain. All the O157 STEC bacteria we find, and a subset of the non-O157 STEC, will be sent away for genetic testing so that we can see if they are related to any of the strains found in beef cattle, deer, sheep, or human cases. We will use the information from the questionnaire to help guide next steps in this area of research. For example, if none of the farms that we sample from have over-wintering sheep then in future we may collect samples from farms that do have over-wintering sheep, giving us more information about types of STEC that are shared between sheep and dairy cattle. Who will get the results of this work? The results of the project will be reported to Scottish Government, who are funding the work, together with Food Standards Scotland. When we report results, they will be combined into overall summary results, and will be anonymised. No individual farm will be identified in the results, and no location information that could identify an individual farm will be presented in the report to Scottish Government and Food Standards Scotland. All producers who volunteer for the project will receive a summary of the project findings at the end of the project, once all sampling and analysis is completed. If any individual producer would like to receive their own results, they can request this. We would then provide the results at the end of the project, once all sampling and analysis is completed.

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15 April 2024

Transforming the Dairy Supply Chain Event

Hosted by the Digital Dairy Chain, this free event will showcase the support and funding available to anyone with an idea or solution to address a challenge faced by the dairy supply chain. You will hear from a variety of ongoing projects that have received Innovation Voucher funding on how they have developed new concepts with the support of the Digital Dairy Chain team. Find out more about the new products, processes, and services these projects aim to deliver. There is also the opportunity to find out about some of the larger research projects which the researchers from the University of Strathclyde have been working on with First Milk. This will be an informal and friendly event with time for discussions and idea sharing. We look forward to welcoming you along! Lunch will be provided as part of the event. Venue - Technology & Innovation Centre, George St, Glasgow - 10am - 1.30pm

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15 April 2024

How do better cows lead to better grades?

South west dairy farmer Rory Christie has successfully played a part in a global dairy project put in place by the Gates Foundation. Entitled ‘Better Cows lead to Better Grades’, the worldwide project started at Scotland’s Rural College, in Edinburgh. There, Raphael Mrode, a Nigerian scientist and expert in the genetics of dairy and meat cattle, and Mike Coffey, a UK scientist, were studying ways to breed smaller cows that would require less feed, and therefore less land to graze on, and also produce more milk than larger cows. Their team was able to identify the genetic traits that led to healthier cows with higher milk production. They bred cows with those traits and monitored their offspring to see how they reproduced. Through using the matchmaking service on his herd, Rory has added 1000 litres per cow. The dairy genetics programme has now been rolled out in Kenya, where more milk from smaller cows is ensuring high quality milk from small herds is playing a vital role in improving health and nutrition.

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11 April 2024

Curious about clover event - CARLISLE 11th APRIL 2024

AHDB are launching a Curious about clover? campaign in April to raise awareness of the benefits of clover in farming practices, and its positive impact on the environment and livestock nutrition. The day will feature expert speakers and cutting-edge research to help understand the value of clover, dispel some myths, and find ways it can be of benefit to farmers. The event will start at 10.30 prompt and will run until 16.30. Breakfast (from 9.45am), lunch, and afternoon refreshments will be provided so booking is essential.

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10 April 2024

Heifer Rearing: Maximising Potential and Minimising Costs - Easy Wins and Tough Challenges

Interested in hearing more about maximising heifer survival and how calf nutrition and health impacts performance of heifers in their 1st lactation? Come along to Laigh Tarbeg to hear about their heifer rearing system, having moved away from being a flying herd. Other subjects that will be discussed on the day include the influence of nutrition in early life on future performance, improvements to SRUC’s Crichton Farm heifer rearing system, managing the calf housing environment and minimising health challenges in heifers at grass. Speakers include: • Colin Mason, SRUC Veterinary Services • Lorna MacPherson, SAC Consulting • David Bell, SAC Consulting • Alan Walker, Armour Veterinary Group Laigh Tarbeg Farm Laigh Tarbeg Farm Ochiltree KA18 2RL

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09 April 2024

Maintaining silage storage systems

It is important to carry out routine inspections and annual maintenance checks on your clamps and collection systems to ensure they remain impermeable and free from any structural defects. The best time to carry out these checks is when the clamp is empty before first cut silage is taken.

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08 April 2024

Embryonic Course - DIY AI - ABERDEEN

DIY AI Courses 8th - 10th April 2024 - DIY AI - Aberdeen

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08 April 2024

Carbon Literacy for rural industries: April 2024 course

Develop the skills to measure and reduce carbon emissions in your business with a recognised qualification designed specifically for agricultural, food, and land-based businesses.

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08 April 2024

Consultation on Cattle Identification and Traceability in Scotland

The consultation on cattle identification and traceability in Scotland is now live. This consultation will seek views on various topics surrounding cattle identification and traceability. The consultation will also seek views on the industry proposal for the introduction of Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) technology. We are keen to hear from a wide range of interests including cattle keepers, markets, abattoirs, Scottish local authorities and other industry bodies and representatives. The consultation document is supported by a partial BRIA (Business and Regulatory Impact Assessment) which contains information including options to consider, trade, and estimated costs of equipment and tags. Please use the links below to access the consultation document and the partial BRIA. https://www.gov.scot/isbn/9781836010388 - Consultation Document https://www.gov.scot/isbn/9781836010463 - BRIA Document

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04 April 2024

AHDB Milk price changes

Aligned milk cools, while cheese contracts get a boost in April price announcements Prices on retailer aligned milk contracts have cooled following growth in recent months. Tesco and Co-op announced a further price hold in April, while M&S and Sainsbury’s lowered their pricing by -0.7ppl and -0.1ppl respectively as production costs tracked lower in the previous quarter. All eyes will be firmly on production volumes as we head into the spring flush, with fears of a negative impact of the ongoing wet weather on milk supplies. On non-aligned liquid contracts, milk prices have generally seen an uptick in April. Paynes Dairies and Muller Direct have both announced an increase of 1.0ppl with Crediton increasing their price by 0.75ppl. Freshways continue to hold their price, meaning no change has been made since November 2023. The changes announced on cheese contracts were in line with those of non-aligned liquid contracts. All processors on the AHDB league table made a positive change in April, with the exception of Saputo who have held in April after a good uplift in March. Leprino and Belton both moved their prices up by 1.0ppl. Lactalis, First Milk, South Caernarfon Creameries and Wyke Farms all moved their prices up between 0.7-0.8ppl. Wensleydale and Barbers made slightly smaller changes in April at 0.53ppl and 0.50ppl respectively. Manufacturing contracts have seen mixed movements in April. Arla Direct increased their price by 0.84ppl and Pattemores made a smaller upward movement of 0.5ppl. However, Arla UK adjusted their price marginally down (-0.04ppl) reportedly on the back of quarterly currency movements.

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01 April 2024

Latest Agricultural Wages Order comes into effect on 1 April

The 28th Agricultural Wages order comes into effect on 1 April

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28 March 2024

Funding Opportunities in the Dairy Industry

The Digital Dairy Chain have compiled this list of potential funding opportunities available to the dairy sector.

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28 March 2024

AHDB Farm visit at Nether Garrel - 10th April, 10.30am

Magic Day is the day that grass supply matches grass demand. Join AHDB for a farm walk to hear Mark Jones (farm manager at Nether Garrel), Joey Malone and other team members talk about how they manage the cows, grass and grazing on their farm. Andre Van Barneveld, grass specialist from Graise Consultancy will be AHDB speaker on the day and talking about the value of grass and the ground rules for establishing legumes • The real value of grass • Soil pH, management, and conditions • When to reseed, spring v autumn • Overseeding techniques • Direct drilling • Weed and pest control • Organic nitrogen sources • Management of clover in an organic system

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27 March 2024

Collaborative R&D Growth Funding Competition: Opens 6th May

The Digital Dairy Chain - Collaborative R&D Growth Funding Competition This competition will see significant investment in innovation projects with a focus on improving productivity and sustainability in advanced, high value dairy production. Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will work with the Digital Dairy Chain to invest up in projects, within the region of Cumbria, South and West Scotland. Your project activities can solve challenges at any point in the dairy value chain, including dairy farming, milk transport and logistics, as well as processing of milk and manufacture of other dairy products. Your project should demonstrate a realistic potential to support business growth, scale-up and job creation in Cumbria, South and West Scotland. The 2024 competition will offer over £1 million pounds of funding for innovative dairy sector projects. The application window will run from 6th May until 19th June 2024. More details and Q&A event detail will be available soon.

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24 March 2024

Latest Agricultural Wages Order comes into effect on 1 April

The 28th Agricultural Wages order comes into effect on 1 April. The guide which details the minimum hourly rates of pay and other terms and conditions for agricultural workers in Scotland can be found by clicking on the link below

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23 March 2024

Milk Contract Regulations - Update

The dairy fair dealing contract regulations were supported by the Conservatives and UK Labour MPs in the Legislation Committee on Tuesday. his is one step closer to becoming law✍️

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22 March 2024

Red Tractor cease plans for the Greener Farms Commitment

In a joint response to the news that Red Tractor has ceased plans for the Greener Farms Commitment, the four UK Farming Unions .

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22 March 2024

AHDB Dairy Retail Markets Update

designed to provide a dynamic overview of the latest GB retail market data for the dairy sector. It breaks down spend, volume sales as well as average prices by dairy product and allows you to see these changes over time.

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21 March 2024

Kite Podcast - Eucolait and global dairy dynamics

This week, after Chris’ milk market report, Will is joined by Erik Elgersma, founder and director of Strategic Analysis Services BV and John Allen, Kite Director to discuss their key take homes from the recent Eucolait workshop. John and Erik summarise the subdued short-term and more positive long-term dairy outlook around the world. They discuss the need to think about food as a strategic asset and focus on food security. Plus, how we must prepare for living and farming through climate change and move away from the globalisation of dairy, towards more regionalised supply and price management. They also discuss the need for traders to rely more on market signals rather than market sentiment.

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19 March 2024

AHDB Meeting - Ayrshire: Mastitis causes, symptoms, prevention and treatment

Join AHDB in Ayrshire for a discussion on how reducing mastitis in your dairy herd can produce more high-quality milk, increase your herds saleable milk yield, improve cow welfare and reduce antibiotic use. Treating mastitis can be incredibly costly and affect saleable milk yields. Understanding the causes, symptoms, prevention, and treatment can help you achieve continuous improvement in mastitis control and udder health on farm. Using data available on farm to identify patterns of mastitis, James will share how you can use this information to achieve continuous improvement in mastitis control and udder health on farm. Come along and hear from the team at Millands Farm, on how they have been working with James Breen from Map of Ag to reduce the number of mastitis cases in their herd. We will also discuss the protocols on Millands farm at drying off and what small changes were initially made to help reduce the number of new infections.

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18 March 2024

Industry-wide Assurance Review officially launched

An industry-wide review of farm to fork assurance has been officially launched with the announcement of the independent commissioners panel which will oversee the review.

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09 March 2024

The Scottish Beef Calf Scheme is changing from 2025

The Scottish Beef Calf scheme is changing - from 2025 onwards. There will be a target calving interval to qualify for payment. The Scottish Beef calf scheme is changing - from 2025 onwards it is likely there will be additional qualifying conditions to meet. Calves born from a mother who has an above target calving interval will have a reduced or possibly no payment. The target calving interval to meet is yet to be set, and we still do not know all the details, but some principles are clear: Calving Interval will be the metric used. It will be on a per animal basis not per herd. The target is likely to become more challenging over time. The following is not yet clear: What the calving interval will be when first launched. If there will be any derogations. Exact payment arrangements.

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08 March 2024

HYB - The Sue Cope Bursary

HYB Bursary Following the loss of the Holstein UK CEO Sue Cope in 2022, the Board of Trustees have launched a bursary in her memory. Having successfully competed in YMA herself for a number of years, and a previous winner of the President’s Medal Award, Sue was a great supporter of the next generation and one of her earliest roles in the company was as National YMA Coordinator. The bursary is to support Holstein Young Breeders who have an interest in furthering their skillset within the dairy industry. The money provided could be used towards a training course, management programme or to gain a wider knowledge of international farming practices. The bursary is open to all Holstein Young Breeders aged between 18 and 26 on the 1st January of the corresponding year and they must be a current resident within the UK. The young breeder must be interested in taking part in a study course, or similar, related to the dairy industry and applicants will be assessed on merit.

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07 March 2024

JOB VACANCY - Dairy, Beef & Sheep Unit - Scottish Borders

Join the team at Clackmae Farm, Scottish Borders Full details in the video - see link below Contact Alec - 07885866157 or email - clackmae@btconnect.com

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06 March 2024

Cutting the Cost of Veterinary Medicines - Webinar

SRUC Veterinary Services are hosting a webinar entitled ‘Cutting the cost of veterinary medicines’ on Wednesday 6th March at 7pm. The most expensive medicine is one which doesn’t work or causes harm to your livestock. The incorrect use of a veterinary medicine could cost you thousands of pounds. In this webinar we will cover the safe storage and administration of medicines, including highlighting common pitfalls and looking at some cautionary tales where medicine use went wrong! To make sure you don’t experience your own medicine related disaster, register to attend our webinar.

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06 March 2024

AHDB Webinar - Update on Bluetongue - BTV-3 - Wed 6th March

For an update on the current Bluetongue (BTV-3) situation, join us for a session with industry experts. 📆Wed 6 March ⏰6:00pm

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04 March 2024

Agribusiness News March 2024 – Milk

FAS - Agribusiness News March 2024 – Milk

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04 March 2024

AHDB Dairy Market Update

Milk prices continue the upward trajectory in March with processors reacting to the increasing returns from the market during the last few months. For March, announced price increases were generally smaller than those announced for February. Positive to steady moves on the retail aligned contracts by most of the producers. Sainsbury’s saw an increase of 0.03ppl while M&S hold on to their price from last four months. Co-op Dairy Group and Tesco are holding steady after price increases last month.

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04 March 2024

British Farming Awards 2-24

British Farming Awards 2024 are open for entries The British Farming Awards are back for 2024 and open for entries and nominations. The aim is to shine a light on the phenomenal work taking place across the industry and the driving forces behind it. In its 12th year, the event is Supported by Morrisons and will celebrate the diversity and resilience of UK farmers and their businesses. Alongside our core farming sectors – arable, beef, dairy, sheep and beef – we also recognise the importance of sustainable farming practices, innovations within agri-tech and those who have diversified successfully. The awards also champion the role of family farms, new entrants and agricultural students, all of which are vital to the future of the industry.

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01 March 2024

Milk Contracts - Kite Podcast

Worth a listen 👂 Kite Consulting Podcast this week covering the new the Milk Contract Legislation (The Fair Dealing Obligations (Milk) Regulations 2024) that was laid in Parliament on the 21st February.

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01 March 2024

Considerations for Growing Maize Silage

FAS Article on Growing Maise - In southwest Scotland in particular we are hearing of an increased area of maize being planned for the 2024 season. This is predominantly due to the low availability of other seeds and farmers looking to introduce high quality forage into their rations to reduce the reliance on purchased feeds. The acreage of maize planted has dropped over the last 10 years due to the high establishment costs, cold wet summers which restricted yield and wet autumn conditions which made harvest tricky. There is no doubt that maize is a fantastic addition to a milking cow diet, but there are some key considerations to bear in mind.

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29 February 2024

Farm-scale renewables: Solar Panels and Battery Storage

Organised by FAS, join them at Park Farm, near East Kilbride to see the new 270kW solar panel and 100kW battery storage system being installed on the unit. Stephen Hamilton from Ember Energy will be on hand to talk about the installation, the technology and the economics behind it. Not an event to be missed, a great chance to learn about innovative solutions that could reduce your energy bills, maximise your self sufficiency and save you money.

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28 February 2024

Working safely with livestock and farm vehicles

HSE's latest campaign highlights advice for working safely with livestock, as well as simple vehicle safety tips, to help keep everyone on the farm safe

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28 February 2024

Arla Foods Engineering Apprenticeship - Lockerbie Dairy & Creamery

Location: Lockerbie, GB What does this program involve In your 4 years as an Apprentice Engineer, you will get hands- on experience at one of our manufacturing sites. You will be part of a team of Engineers, working with cutting edge technology to keep Arla at the forefront of the manufacturing industry. We support you to become a qualified Engineer with a mix of practical and classroom based learning in partnership with Kirklees College. At the end of the 4 years, you will graduate with an OAL L3 in Food and Drink Engineering Maintenance (Multiskilled), Level 3 Health and Safety Award, and your 18th Edition Regulations Certificate. The best bit? You will earn as you learn! Your salary will increase year on year as you progress and develop. So what do our engineers actually do? Our Engineers are problem solvers. They are responsible for maintaining, fixing and installing machinery that allows us to create tasty, healthy, high quality products. If a machine breaks down, we can’t get products to our customers. As an Arla Engineer, you will save the day and make sure that the nation get Cravendale milk in their tea each morning, Skyr yoghurt in their breakfast bowl, and Anchor butter on their toast. What you’ll need to be a successful Engineering Apprentice An inquisitive nature. Our Engineers are expert problem solvers! Achieved a minimum of 5 GCSE Grade C’s/4 or above (or equivalent) Grades must be A*-C/9-4 for Maths and A*-C/9-4 for English, plus a Science subject which would be desired and two other subjects Please note, you will need to be 18+ to apply for this role. This is due to the hands-on nature of the role. A love of learning. You will learn on the job and in the classroom.

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28 February 2024

EDEN Dairy Technologist Apprenticeship (two roles)

Type: Apprenticeship (two year programme) Location: Lockerbie Dairy Ref: 91455 Arla are excited to be recruiting two dairy apprentices for their milk and cheese manufacturing facility in Lockerbie. Further information: In your two years as an Apprentice Dairy Technologist, you will become an expert in all things dairy and food manufacturing. You will learn what it takes to deliver high quality, tasty products to some of the nation’s favourite retailers, in a fast moving industry. At the end of the two years, you will graduate with a level 5 Foundation Degree in Dairy Technology at Reaseheath College in partnership with The University of Chester, via a mix of practical and classroom based learning. You will also gain a Level 3 award in Health & Safety, Food Safety, and HACCP along with a breadth of experience across all core elements of food manufacturing. The best bit? You will earn as you learn! Your salary will increase year on year as you progress and develop. Requirements: • Achieved a minimum of 5 GCSE Grade C’s/4 or above (or equivalent) • Grades must be A*-C/9-4 for Maths and A*-C/9-4 for English, plus a Science subject which would be desired and two other subjects • Please note, you will need to be 18+ to apply for this role. This is due to the hands-on nature of the role. • A love of learning. You will learn on the job and in the classroom • As part of your application process we require evidence of GCSE grades or predicted grades

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27 February 2024

Heifer Rearing: Maximising Potential and Minimising Costs - Easy Wins and Tough Challenges

Tuesday 27th February 2024 11am – 2pm | Kirvennie Farm, Wigtown Newton Stewart, DG8 9DQ Join SAC Consulting at Kirvennie Farm by kind permission of Graham Armstrong where we will hear how they successfully rear heifer calves for their extensive grass-based system. In contrast we will also hear about SRUC’s Crichton Farm where the historic calf rearing policies are being challenged to enable 11,000 litre cows to be produced from calves reared on a grass-based system.

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27 February 2024

Over £125k between top-performing dairy farms and bottom 50%

There is over a £125,000 difference between the top-performing dairy farms and the bottom 50%, according to new data from AHDB, who revisited and updated data from 2017 and 2018 for beef and lamb, dairy and cereals and oilseeds sectors. The 'Characteristics of top Performing Farms 2024' analysis revealed a "gulf in farm income" between farms from the top 25% and bottoms 50% of each sector, AHDB said.

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27 February 2024

ANIMAL TRANSPORT SHORT JOURNEYS TEST

Anyone transporting livestock further than 40 miles, where the journey is less than 8 hours you will need to hold: Transporter authorisation A Certificate of Competence BMR are hosting Animal Transport- Short Journeys Testing at Dumfries 07 March 2024. For more details contact the BMR office on 01896 758091

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25 February 2024

UK Dairy Expo Youth Training Day

UK Dairy Expo Youth Training Day - A great opportunity for all our young breeders to brush up on some skills before show season starts!!! For more information contact Glyn Lucas - details below.

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22 February 2024

FAIR AND TRANSPARENT DAIRY CONTRACTS FOR ALL AFTER MORE THAN A DECADE OF CAMPAIGNING

More than a decade on from the NFU’s SoS Dairy Campaign, and the UK farming unions first calling out unfair practices and abuses of power in the dairy supply chain, new legislation being laid in Parliament today (21 February) will ensure fair and transparent contracts for all dairy farmers in the UK. In response to ongoing campaigning by the UK farming unions, the government held an industry-wide consultation in 2020 which found unfair practices within the supply chain linked to buyers having the power to set and modify the terms of a contract with no negotiation with the producer and little notification.

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21 February 2024

AHDB Event - Setting up heifers for a long and productive life

21st Feb 2024 10:30am - 2:00pm The Green Hotel, 2 The Muirs, Kinross, Perth and Kinross KY13 8AS Rearing dairy heifer calves is the second-largest annual expense for dairy farms, accounting for about 20% of production costs. Yet heifers produce no income until they reach their first lactation and, often, no profit until their second lactation. However, with the best management, they will repay the investment in rearing costs with higher milk production and a longer productive life.

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21 February 2024

Improving herd fertility at Potstown Farm

Managing increased cow numbers with the same level of staff can put constraints on herd fertility rates. Addressing this challenge has been a key focus for Potstown Farm in Lockerbie whose multi-pronged approach has seen a 10% increase in pregnancy rate.

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19 February 2024

Digital Dairy Chain February Newsletter

Read the latest new from the Digital Dairy Chain

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18 February 2024

Agri Business News Audio - FAS

Worth as listen - February 2024: A spotlight on farm economic data, soil management, the importance of calf management in the dairy sector and applying for farm tenancy.

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17 February 2024

Stride Lameness Survey

Stride is a new industry-wide dairy mobility initiative committed to helping drive improvements in dairy cow mobility. The partners in the initiative are Ceva, HerdVision, IVC Farm Vets, Neogen and Zinpro in association with CowManagement magazine. Lameness continues to be a significant cost to the UK dairy industry, a top three cause of ill health in dairy cows and a key welfare issue. This survey aims to identify the opinions of dairy farmers to cow mobility and their approach to lameness. These responses will help the whole industry to find practical and sustainable solutions to support producers. We will also be hosting on-farm events later in the year. If you complete the survey you will have the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win one of 40 prizes supplied by the partners. You can also opt to receive a free copy of the survey results and regular free copies of CowManagement magazine.

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16 February 2024

3. The application window for slurry storage and irrigation lagoons opened on Thursday 15 Feb 2024 - close on Friday 19 April 2024.

The Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) application window for all schemes are now open. This means this is the last year slurry storage funding will be an option through AECS.

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15 February 2024

First Milk announces acquisition of BV Dairy

First Milk has today announced that it has completed the acquisition of BV Dairy (Blackmore Vale Farm Cream Limited). BV Dairy is a successful manufacturer of specialist chilled dairy products based in Dorset. It services customers throughout England, Wales and Scotland, offering a comprehensive end-to-end solution to customers across food manufacturing and food service, as well as offering co-manufacturing to exciting growth markets such as the home meal solutions and gut health sectors, offering considerable opportunities for the future.

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15 February 2024

The Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) is open again for applications.

Those upgrading slurry storage to meet new requirements or erecting irrigation lagoons urged to apply before 19 April deadline. Scottish Government has indicated that this will be the final year that support for slurry storage will be available. £4 million being made available for successful applications received before 19 April 2024.

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11 February 2024

How to be a Dairy Judge

Check out this great guide on how to be a dairy judge.

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05 February 2024

Job Vacancy - Rerrick Park Farm, D&G

New Opportunity Due to continued farm development we now have positions available at Rerrick Park Farm We require milking team members/general farm workers/scraper operators to assist with the milking and day to day running of the farm – all full time positions.

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04 February 2024

Working with Slurry or liquid digestate?

NetRegs offer a free online course for Scottish businesses to help you keep on the right side of the general binding rules (GBRs)

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01 February 2024

Agribusiness News February 2024 – Milk

FAS Agribusiness News - February 2024

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30 January 2024

A December to remember: dairy sales soar at Christmas

In the two weeks leading up to Christmas, shoppers spent more than £593 million on total dairy products (including cows’, plant, and other animal), and cows’ dairy equated to 94% of these total dairy volume sales, a 2-percentage point increase on the previous year (2w/e 23 December 2023, NIQ Homescan Panel).

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29 January 2024

Bovine TB – roll out of the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test

The use of new PCR tests to confirm TB infection is to be expanded following the success of the test in an initial rollout. The Animal and Plant Agency’s (APHA) use of the post-mortem TB PCR test has cut the waiting time for results to just three weeks for slaughterhouse cases and non-bovine farmed animals, helping to remove herd movement restrictions sooner. The previous waiting time using the culture method could be up to 22 weeks.

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26 January 2024

Interested in becoming fully trained in Artificial Insemination?

Interested in becoming fully trained in Artificial Insemination? There are spaces available in Ayrshire, Scotland, taking place from the 8th-13th February. Please get in touch with lmaxwell@semex.com for more information.

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25 January 2024

Speciality Food Magazine promoting Scottish Cheeses to the rest of the UK.

Speciality Food Magazine published a focus piece earlier this week promoting Scottish Cheeses to the rest of the UK. Great article highlighting The Fine Cheese Makers of Scotland group which is supported by the Scottish Dairy Growth Board. Morgane Lambert, UK Sales Development Manager at SDGB, hopes buyers will realise “instead of having to go through the maze, and expense, and risk of importing from the EU, they can look at what the rest of Britain has to offer. The high quality of the milk in Scotland does makes a difference to the cheese.

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23 January 2024

Bluetongue virus – Latest situation: Chief Vet urges vigilance

The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has urged farmers to remain vigilant for bluetongue virus after the disease was found in Kent, Norfolk and Suffolk. Active surveillance in Kent and Norfolk Temporary Control Zones has now identified further cases in cattle and sheep. Temporary control zones have been put in place around the affected farms in Kent and Norfolk, restricting the movement of susceptible animals except under licence. In the EU - Bluetongue disease is causing massive problems in the Netherlands – they have lost more than 35,000 animals, with reports of milk production down by 3 – 5 litres per day. There is currently no evidence that there is circulating virus. Surveillance is ongoing. Bluetongue does not affect human health or food safety.

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23 January 2024

AHDB and NFU to commission independent review of farm assurance

The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) and AHDB have announced the next steps for a jointly-run independent review of farm to fork assurance. Both organisations believe now is the right time to conduct a robust and transparent review to ensure assurance schemes are fit for purpose in the modern farming environment, for both their members and for home and international markets.

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22 January 2024

FAS Milk Manager News January 2024

Along with the regular articles on milk and cereal market updates, this month FAS also have articles on colostrum quality from heifers, sourcing finance, selecting beef bulls for use on dairy, spring block calving and the cost benefits of whole-herd routine foot trimming.

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22 January 2024

Dairy herds fall but Scottish dairy cow numbers at highest level for a century

Once again the number of dairy herds in Scotland has declined to 794. However, the average herd size is now 227, up 6 from last year and we have reached 180,648 cows – the highest number for a century. Commenting on the latest figures from the Scottish Dairy Cattle Association, Tracey Roan, Dairy Policy Manager said: “The figures are very much following the trend over the last 10 years which is a decrease in the number of dairy herds but increase in cow numbers and herd size. Looking at the figures on a county basis, Dumfriesshire has just taken over Ayrshire to be the largest dairying county, followed by Wigtownshire and then Kirkcudbrightshire. Roxburghshire is home to the largest average herd size of 626. Ayrshire saw the biggest decrease with a net loss of 6 herds followed by Dumfriesshire with a net loss of 4 herds. However, there was a net increase of 3 herds in Aberdeenshire and Wigtownshire, respectively. Janette Mathie, the secretary of the SDCA said: “2023 was a challenging year for Scottish dairy farmers, with reductions in milk prices, labour issues and the cost-of-living crisis but there is optimism and resilience with new dairies due to start up during 2024 and dedication in producing high quality milk and dairy products and breeding superior dairy cattle"

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18 January 2024

Methane-suppressing feed additive approved for use in the UK

Almost two years after gaining EU approval, a methane-reducing feed additive called Bovaer, produced by the Swiss-Dutch company dsm-firmenich has received approval for the use in the UK.

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15 January 2024

Training Courses with Embryonics

The following training courses are available with Embryonics • Herdsman Foot Trimming 16th – 18th April, 2024 – first day theory done via Zoom at Stranraer, Wigtownshire • Mobility Scoring 19th April, 2024 again at same farm Stranraer, Wigtownshire Women in Agriculture funding available for above.

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15 January 2024

Let's Eat Balanced 2024

AHDB bold and exciting Let’s Eat Balanced campaign launched on 1 January with three brand new TV ads showcasing British beef, lamb and dairy. Appearing on mainstream TV and digital channels, the ads are also showing in cinemas for the first time. Eight major retailers will feature the campaign in-store and online and over five million packs will have our Let’s Eat Balanced sticker applied in January. The campaign is estimated to reach 92% (42 million) of all adults. Social ads will appear over 48 million times and the press ads have a shared readership of more than 1.6 million.

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12 January 2024

Is DIY AI one of your goals for 2024?

Semex UK are running AI Courses Please register your interest for a course near you here - https://semex.formstack.com/forms/diy_ai #buildyourbestbusiness

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11 January 2024

Tractor/Stock person - Dumfries & Galloway, South West Scotland

An opportunity has arisen for a Tractor/Stock person to join a team on a modern Dairy Farm. T

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08 January 2024

🐮 South West Scotland Holstein Clubs - Fantasy 5 Winter Herds Competition 🐮

Fantasy 5 Winter Herds Competition 🐮 Open to ALL BREEDS, Pedigree and Non Pedigree. Week commencing 29th January, with the awards dinner being held on Friday 2nd February Ernespie Farm.

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08 January 2024

Job Vacancy - Programme Associate – Ayrshire (SmartSTEMS & Digital Dairy Chain

Purpose of Role SmartSTEMs are part of a large project titled “Digital Dairy Chain” taking place over the next five years in South west Scotland. Their part in this project is to engage with schools and host events across this area ensuring young people are aware of the options available to them locally and the role STEM has to play in the industry. As part of this, they are hiring a member of staff who will be leading on the activities in these respective areas which includes liaising and creating partnerships with local organisations and farmers as well as organising and facilitating both virtual and face-to-face events with schools.

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05 January 2024

AHDB UK Milk Deliveries

Daily deliveries GB Daily Deliveries Table Week Ending 20231230.

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03 January 2024

Job Vacancy Calf Rearer – South Lanarkshire

J A Hewitt & Sons Excellent rate of pay performance related bonus scheme Experienced Calf Rearer required to join the team as a key member of a modern and progressive dairy unit in the Biggar area of South Lanarkshire in Central Scotland.

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03 January 2024

Job Vacancy - Stock Person/General Farm Worker

Stock Person/General Farm Worker Roadhead Farm urgently require a Stock Person/General Farm Worker to assist on our busy dairy farm

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17 December 2023

🚜 Job Vacancy - General Farm Worker Required

🐮🚜 Job Vacancy - General Farm Worker Required GFW required for dairy farm in Renfrewshire. Driving license essential. Part-time or full-time options available. Please call 07939235272 for more details.

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17 December 2023

General Farm Worker on Dairy Farm, Kilmarnock

03/01/2024 - POSITION NO LONGER AVAILABLE Based outside Newmilns, close to Kilmarnock, Ayr and Glasgow Looking for an experienced member of staff for 200 cow block calving herd at Newmilns in Ayrshire Modern 16:32 parlour and facilities

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15 December 2023

Farming For the Future: Planning for Profit and Nature Event

*Farming For the Future: Planning for Profit and Nature 📍Thursday 15th February 2024 at 9.30am 📍An in-person conference at The Creebridge Hotel, Newton Stewart Join Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Unesco Biosphere, Propagate and NFU Scotland to hear from, and talk with farmers, advisors, policy influencers and researchers about how we can farm in the future for profit and nature.

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13 December 2023

SRUC Survey - Tag loss and retention

Can you help? SRUC are carrying out a survey to gather evidence that helps them to quantify aspects of tag loss and retention and to explore connections between tag losses and the wider farm environment.

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12 December 2023

Latest News from the Digital Dairy Chain

December 2023 Newsletter As 2023 draws to a close the Digital Dairy Chain team are taking stock of everything this project has achieved so far, whilst also planning how we keep building on this next year. Our focus remains firmly on facilitating and supporting collaboration, innovation and business growth.

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12 December 2023

Control of DairyPro and PigPro moves from AHDB to BASIS

Management of DairyPro and PigPro moved from AHDB to BASIS, a registered charity, on Monday, 4 December 2023

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09 December 2023

Full time herdsperson required on a spring calving dairy unit

A great opportunity has arrived for someone who has an interest in dairy cows, calf rearing and rotational grazing in South Ayrshire, Prestwick.

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05 December 2023

Funding Support for Rowan Glen

Net Zero funding helps Rowan Glen to take sustainable step forward with £142,000 funding from SOSE Net Zero Accelerator Funding.

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04 December 2023

Semex International Dairy Conference 14th - 16th January 2024 Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

Great line up speakers for this years Semex International Dairy Conference 14th - 16th January 2024 Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow

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04 December 2023

Job Vacancy - First Milk: Engineering Stores Controller

The purpose of the role is to effectively maintain the site stock control system, ensuring engineering spares and equipment are at optimum levels. Co-operating with other departments for ordering, receipt and distribution of parts. Co-ordinating and assembling ‘Job in a box.’ Location Lake District Creamery Closing date 15 December 2023 Department Engineering

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01 December 2023

Job Vacacny - First Milk: Facilities Support Operator

The role will require a hands-on person, who has the ability to think on their feet, react positively to short notice changes of work load whilst ensuring that the base standards required do not slip. Location Lake District Creamery Closing date 15 December 2023

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30 November 2023

SRUC: Reader in Dairy Agritech

Job Title: Reader in Dairy Agritech Role: Full-time, fixed term (3 years) Salary: £45,476 – £52,619 Location: SRUC Barony Campus, Dumfries Ref: ASWF/AGR/022/23 Job Description SRUC is unique in Scotland and one of the largest organisations of its kind in Europe. Our ambitious and exciting vision is to work at local, national and international levels, leading innovation and sustainable development in agriculture and rural sectors. An exciting opportunity has become available for a Reader at our Dairy Research Centre in Dumfries.

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29 November 2023

Heifer Rearing Event - Radstone Hotel, Larkhall, 29 Nov 11am

Maximising Potential and Minimising Costs - Easy Wins and Tough Challenges

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28 November 2023

Heifer Rearing Event - SRUC Crichton, Dumfries, 28 Nov 10.30am

Maximising Potential and Minimising Costs - Easy Wins and Tough Challenges

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27 November 2023

Farming skills for the next generation

At #AgriScot23, Rural Affairs Secretary Mairi Gougeon announced over £500,000 to help women and young people develop new agricultural skills and further their careers within the farming sector.

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26 November 2023

Training Courses

Still a couple of places left on the following Embryonics Ltd course

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23 November 2023

A.I Courses with Semex UK

Interested in becoming fully trained in Artificial Insemination? SEMEX UK have spaces available on an up-and-coming course in South West Scotland. Please get in touch with lmaxwell@semex.com for more information.

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23 November 2023

AHDB - Dairy exports: better Q3 but flat year to date

With falling domestic commodity prices and a challenging retail environment, export has become an even more important channel for UK dairy producers. The government committed in May to a new £1 million programme of support to aid British dairy exporters. Ahead of this support coming online, how have UK exports fared in the year to date?

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22 November 2023

AgriScot - Scottish Dairy Hub & Kite Seminar 1-2pm

The Scottish Dairy Hub and Kite Consulting will be running their popular question and answer seminar at AgriScot. David Keily, Senior Consultant at Kite will be co-chairing this year’s debate with Tracey Roan, Manager of the Scottish Dairy Hub.

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22 November 2023

Scottish Dairy Hub & Kite Consulting Seminar Panlesit revealed

We are looking forward to co hosting our popular Dairy Seminar at AgriScot with Kite Consulting.

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22 November 2023

Former Arla Vice President Graham Wilkinson to join AHDB as new CEO

AHDB has announced the appointment of Graham Wilkinson as its new chief executive officer

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20 November 2023

Careers event focused exclusively on DAIRY!

The Digital Dairy Chain, @SmartSTEMs and @H_HGroup are hosting the UK’s first careers event focused exclusively on DAIRY! There are many career routes for young people. High Schools in Cumbria & south/west Scotland are advised to book a place - email donna.walton@smartstems.org

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16 November 2023

JOB VACANCIES - Stranraer, South West Scotland

JOB VACANCY Due to expansion - 2 job vacancies on our dairy farm near Stranraer, South West Scotland. 1. Student/ trainee who would like to learn on the job with a great team of people 2. Someone who is experienced in both tractor driving and general cow management including milking

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10 November 2023

Milk Manager News November 2023

FAS November edition of Milk Manager News. Along with the regular articles on milk and cereal market updates, this month we also have articles on optimal lighting for dairy cows, reducing energy costs, causes of poor milk production, the power of benchmarking and the low-down on winter dysentery.

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09 November 2023

AHDB - Funding Your Future - Online events

Join your sector council live on Thu 9 Nov to hear about the proposed levy increase and how it will be used to benefit the sector and industry. Each session will include a live Q&A so not to be missed! Dairy Sector is at 12noon

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08 November 2023

LATEST RUMA TARGETS TASK FORCE REPORT REVEALS UK LIVESTOCK SECTORS CONTINUE TO MAKE POSITIVE PROGRESS ON ANTIBIOTIC USE TARGETS

The latest RUMA Targets Task Force 2 (TTF2) progress report has been released today, which summarises the third year of progress against the current set of antibiotic use targets which span 2021-2024. The report highlights where targets are already being achieved or sustained, and where challenges still remain. The Veterinary Medicines Directorate’s (VMD) UK-Veterinary Antibiotic Resistance Sales Surveillance (2022) Report was also released today, and shows that UK antibiotic sales for food-producing animals have reduced by 59% since 2014, to 25.7 mg/kg. This represents the lowest sales to date. Sales of Highest Priority Important Antibiotics (HP-CIAs) in food-producing animals remain at very low levels at 0.12 mg/kg in 2022 and account for less than 0.5% of total sales.

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07 November 2023

DIGITAL DAIRY CHAIN AWARDS £2M TO GROUNDBREAKING PROJECTS

The Digital Dairy Chain has announced the successful winners of the 2023 Collaborative Research & Development Grant Competition, run by the UK's national innovation agency, Innovate UK.

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02 November 2023

Holstein Young Bursary - Open for applications

Following the loss of the Holstein UK CEO Sue Cope earlier this year, the Board of Trustees have launched a bursary in her memory. Having successfully competed in YMA herself for a number of years, and a previous winner of the President’s Medal Award, Sue was a great supporter of the next generation and one of her earliest roles in the company was as National YMA Coordinator. The bursary is to support Holstein Young Breeders who have an interest in furthering their skillset within the dairy industry. The money provided could be used towards a training course, management programme or to gain a wider knowledge of international farming practices. The bursary is open to all Holstein Young Breeders aged between 18 and 26 on the 1st January of the corresponding year and they must be a current resident within the UK. The young breeder must be interested in taking part in a study course, or similar, related to the dairy industry and applicants will be assessed on merit.

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01 November 2023

MSD Animal Health Roadshows

The MSD Animal Health Roadshows are coming your way! Join them to hear all about the new technology, pharmaceuticals and products available to keep your herd healthy at every stage in their life-cycle. 8th November - Kilmarnock 9th November -Castle Douglas (Yates, East Logan)

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31 October 2023

Digital Dairy Chain Innovation Voucher Scheme Project

Great to see the Digital Dairy Chain Innovation Voucher Scheme bringing an idea for innovative calf environment monitoring system into reality.

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31 October 2023

Agricultural Census results

The latest 2023 figures released by The Scottish Government show mixed findings across Scottish agriculture.

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30 October 2023

Next Generation Dairying Conference - 20th - 21st November

The fifth Next Generation Dairying Conference at the Moredun Institute is on the Nov 20th and 21st November.

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27 October 2023

Animal Health and Welfare Interventions Funding

Part of Scottish Government Preparing for Sustainable Farming, farmers can for up to £750 in the first year, and £500 in the second year, giving a maximum of £1250 per keeper over two years to improve the health and welfare of their cattle and sheep, regardless of the size of their business or current health status

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25 October 2023

South West Scotland Dairy Show 2023

South West Scotland Dairy Show Judge - Euan Lawrie, Grangehall Wallets Mart, Castle Douglas Wednesday 25th October @ 7pm

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25 October 2023

Regional Food Fund is now accepting applications

The Scottish Government Regional Food Fund is now accepting applications for the 4th round!

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25 October 2023

AMPE and MCVE costs updated to reflect Q2 inflation change

AHDB Dairy Market Update In the second quarter of 2023, processing costs for dairy products eased in some respects, thereby increasing the value of AMPE and MCVE.

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19 October 2023

AHDB Webinars - Helping you and your calves breathe easy this winter

AHDB are hosting a series of calf pneumonia webinars this November featuring industry experts and farmers to help you learn how to prevent the disease, reduce costs and lessen the impact on your teams. Pneumonia is the leading cause of calf deaths on dairy and beef farms, and the increased effort, veterinary care and lower growth rates can be disheartening for you and your teams. Not only that, it affects your bottom line as each incident can cost up to £500 per animal, and treatment plays a significant role in the use of antibiotics on-farm. You’ll learn about everything you need to prevent and treat pneumonia – from housing and stress management to vaccinations and painkillers – to stop it happening in the first place, reduce your costs and help you breathe easier this winter. The first 200 levy payers to register can choose to receive a delegate pack containing a thermometer, calf thermometer, new calf housing guide, and calf health scorecard. We’ll even send you a cuppa and biscuit to enjoy while you watch our webinars.

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19 October 2023

Scottish Holstein Young Breeders success at ABAB Calf Show

Great to hear Chris Walkland singing the praises of the HYB - Holstein Young Breeders Scottish team at this years successful All Breeds All Britain Calf Show on Kite Consulting Podcast

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18 October 2023

West of Scotland Dairy Show 2023

West of Scotland Dairy Show Wednesday 18th October, 7pm at Ayr Market Judge: Stephen Dennison, Denmire Holsteins Entry forms are available from Julie, entries due Wednesday 11th October

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18 October 2023

Scottish Government have confirmed their position on small splash plates

Scottish Government has confirmed that it doesn't deem dribble bar adaptors (small splash plates) as a low emission spreading technology.

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17 October 2023

Do you have a story to share?

AHDB We Eat Balanced campaign returns on 8 September until 22 October to help protect long-term consumer attitudes towards naturally produced 'British' meat and dairy and reinforce how they help form part of a healthy and sustainable diet. The term 'British' and the Union Flag will be showcased in our We Eat Balanced marketing campaign for the first time this autumn.

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16 October 2023

This Farming Life to return for an astonishing seventh series

We know millions are continuing to watch and enjoy the current run of This Farming Life

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13 October 2023

Kite Consulting Podcast

The #KitePodcast🎧 this week discussing the AHDB levy increase, influencing sector priorities, delivering value back to farms & changing the narrative on dairy emissions and Agricultural Journalist & Marketing Analyst Chris Walkland

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12 October 2023

Embryonic Courses - DIY AI & Foot Trimming

Embryonic are hosting the following courses in Scotland • DIY AI 30th October – 1st November 2023 in Montrose, Angus – 1 space available • Herdsman Foot Trimming 11th – 13th December 2023 in Kirkcudbright, Dumfries

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10 October 2023

Got an idea?

Are you developing a technology that could benefit the dairy sector? Or have you thought of a solution to a challenge facing the dairy sector? Then we want to hear from you. You could have up to £10k to develop your idea with the Digital Dairy Chain innovation vouchers. Don’t hang around, the deadline for entries is the 16th November. Successful applicants will receive: ✅£1-10K of match funding for research resources ✅Business support to help develop your concept ✅Help to fast-track concepts to demonstration & testing ✅Access to follow on research funding & investment advice

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09 October 2023

AgriScot - Entries open for dairy cattle classes

Agriscot’s renowned Dairy Competition will be back this November 2023, bringing breeders from all across the UK and Ireland, to compete for the largest prize fund of any event in the UK, £25,000 New for this year is an increased prize money pot for each class as well as introducing a new category, Best Udder, kindly sponsored by Harrison & Hetherington.

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07 October 2023

AHDB Farming Food for You Resources

Through AHDB education work, AHDB is committed to increasing children’s understanding of where and how their food is grown, reared and produced. Their 'Farming Food for You' posters are popular with farmers, children and teachers as a simple but effective way to showcase life on the farm with facts about dairy farming.

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07 October 2023

Farmers Weekly Awards 2023: Dairy Farmer of the Year comes to Scotland

Scottish Dairy farmer William Baillie of Hillhead Farm, Lanarkshire, is Farmers Weekly‘s 2023 Dairy Farmer of the Year. William Baillie’s ability to be clear and focused on what he wants to do, combined with strong technical performance, attention to cow welfare and profitable farming, made him Dairy Farmer of the Year.

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06 October 2023

AGRI-ENVIRONMENT CLIMATE SCHEME (AECS) 2024

The Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS) will open again for applications in 2024. The application windows are as follows: 1.1. Slurry storage: Will open in early 2024, details will follow shortly. 1.2. Stand-alone Organic conversion and maintenance: 1st February 2024 –31st July 2024 1.3. Agri-environment: 1st February 2024 – 10th June 2024 If you are applying for Organic conversion and maintenance as part of a single application with agri-environment management, it must be submitted by the 10th of June deadline.

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04 October 2023

Scottish Agricultural Awards 2023: Finalists Revealed

Congratulations to all the finalists and good luck to our Scottish Dairy Farmers -

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04 October 2023

Milk price changes - AHDB

The latest publicly announced milk price changes as reported by the processors. Overview Mixed movements for October milk prices: Announcements for changes to milk prices in October were mixed with liquid milk contracts relatively steady but cheese contracts easing.

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28 September 2023

Challenging the Norm: Future Dairy Systems Workshop - 28th September

Is your business equipped to tackle the challenges of the modern dairy industry? This one-day conference brings together a wide range of experts from SAC Consulting, researchers, farmers and industry representatives to discuss the changes we can expect to see over the next 10 years and how dairy farmers can adapt to help meet the Scottish Government's net zero targets, while continuing to build business resilience.

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21 September 2023

Recruiting Overseas Workers Seminar – 21 September

Scotland Food & Drink will be hosting a 1-hour webinar on Thursday 21 September at 10am looking at recruiting overseas workers. It will be joined by expert speaker Mark Templeton, Director and Head of Immigration at Anderson Strathern.

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20 September 2023

Ben Strugnell Post Mortem Dissection Event - 5th October

Informative evening featuring independent vet Ben Strugnell BVM&S Cert MRCVS performing both lamb and calf post mortem dissection discussing common causes of fatality. Expert advice from suppliers in attendance and special offers on the night. In association with AHDB.

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13 September 2023

GB Calf Week 13-20 September 2023

The GB Dairy Calf Strategy is a cross-industry campaign, spearheaded by AHDB and the NFU, and aims to ensure that all dairy-bred calves are reared with care and for a purpose – as part of either the dairy or beef supply chains.

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11 September 2023

On the Hoof - GB Calf Week 2023 - Podcast - SRUC

This podcast is a Scotland special edition for GB calf week. with AHDB Dairy, NFU Online and SRUC.

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09 September 2023

Do you know where your Scottish Cheeses come from?

Check out our Cheese Map of Scotland.... Scotland's location, geography, climate and farming practices all combine to allow Scotland`s cheesemakers to produce some of the best cheeses in the world with some of the best milk in the world!

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08 September 2023

JOB VACANCY on family run dairy farm in South West Scotland

Small family farm looking for an enthusiastic team member. Experience in milking or general farm work preferred with additional training where required.

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07 September 2023

Full Time Milking Staff Required - Dumfries & Galloway

Fantastic opportunity to join a young friendly team of staff milking 500 cows on a 20/40 herringbone parlour in Dumfries & Galloway, South West Scotland.

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04 September 2023

THE UTILISATION AND IMPACT OF ROBOTICS ON LARGE SCALE DAIRYING

Ali Cook, who manages the 1600 cow dairy herd for the Forrest family near Annan was a Nuffield Farming Scholar in 2022. His study on the utilisation and impact of robotics on large scale dairying is available online.

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01 September 2023

Value of water survey

The ‘Value of Water’ Action Team is seeking your feedback about how, together, we can build better and more sustainable water futures for everybody in Scotland. The Team comes from two universities (Dundee and Stirling), as well as Scottish Water, SEPA and Veolia and is funded by Scotland’s ‘Hydro-Nation Chair’.

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01 September 2023

FAS Agribusiness News September 2023

September edition of FAS Agribusiness News. N e w s i n b r i e f 2023 weather not favouring farmers It has been a very variable growing season this year, with a cold and dry spring, followed by a June heatwave then a washout July and August. Not ideal for crops, and that is seen in the fields.

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31 August 2023

AHDB - Open farm meeting at Potstown Farm, Dumfries - 31st August

31st August – Open farm meeting at Potstown Farm, Middlebie, DG11 3EP 10 – 2.30pm

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31 August 2023

GB Calf Week 13 - 20 September

GB Calf Week taking place from 13-20 September, is a week-long campaign by AHDB on dairy beef genetics and TB calves.

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29 August 2023

Smart choices for better breeding - AHDB Workshops - 5th, 6th & 7th September

The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) are launching a new dairy breeding and genetics campaign, hosting multiple workshops to help farmers access and analyse their dairy herd’s genetic potential. AHDB will help farmers discover the untapped potential in their herds at on farm workshops, including Stranraer on 5 September, Dumfries on 6 September and Larkhall on 7 September.

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29 August 2023

AHDB We eat balanced campaign to champion `British` meat & dairy

The term ‘British’ will be included in our We Eat Balanced marketing campaign for the first time this autumn, thanks to new UK rules. We Eat Balanced is back on 8 September to reinforce the importance of British meat and dairy in helping to form part of a healthy and sustainable diet.

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28 August 2023

Royal Countryside Fund rolls out Farm Resilience Programme in Ayrshire, Aberdeenshire & Orkney

Farmers in North Ayrshire, West Aberdeenshire and Orkney will have the opportunity to benefit from free business support via the RCF’s flagship 2023/24 Farm Resilience Programme which gets underway this autumn.

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25 August 2023

ScotGov Animal Health and Welfare funding now open

Funding to help improve the health and welfare of cattle and sheep, as announced at our AGM in February, is now available for farmers and crofters. Up to £1250 is available over two years to support a review of a flock or herd, and help farmers consider health and welfare interventions that improve performance.

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25 August 2023

AHDB Dairy Market Weekly

Indicative average prices for butter, skimmed milk powder (SMP) and mild Cheddar cheese on UK wholesale markets. Bulk cream prices are weighted average prices on agreed trades within the reporting period. Product specifications are available to download at the bottom of the page. for more details click on the link below

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24 August 2023

Omsco Rebrand

Organic farmer-owned dairy co-operative Omsco has announced plans for a major rebrand as Organic Herd.

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24 August 2023

Q2 dairy trade review: mixed bag for exports and imports

AHDB key trends - Total UK dairy export volume for Q2 2023 was up 7.1% on Q2 2022 at 335.7 Kt. Total UK dairy import volume for Q2 2023 was down 14.2% on Q2 2023 at 293.9 Kt. Powdered and condensed milk exports increased significantly by 42.0% to 48,648 t. Domestic availability, prices, demand, margins, production, inflation are key factors in influencing trade flow.

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23 August 2023

AHDB Ayrshire Meeting - Carbon is Cash - 23rd August

Open farm meeting and pub lunch at Low Ballees Farm, West Kilbride KA23 9PG

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21 August 2023

Young Farmers Upskilling Workshop - Milking and Mastitis

Free event being run by the Farm Advisory Service with Young Farmers. Find out the "Why?" behind the milking routine, after this interactive workshop you will understand how the cow's udder and milking parlour work together to milk her efficiently and with minimal risk of teat damage and bacteria entering the udder.

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10 August 2023

Gold Cup Open Day - Holeshouse Farm, Ayrshire

The Logan Family from Holehouse Farms, Ayrshire will host the Gold Cup Open Day after being crowned the 2022 competition winners at Dairy-Tech.

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09 August 2023

SAC Dairy Beef Calf Systems – Managing Nutrition and Infectious Disease

RESCHEDULED WEBINAR Looking to understand more about dairy beef calf systems? Join SAC expert teams on Wednesday 9 Aug as they discuss effective management of nutrition and health planning when rearing beef calves from the dairy herd.

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09 August 2023

Applications open for RABDF dairy course

Business training course, Entrepreneurs in Dairying, run by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers, has opened to applicants ahead of its start in October. Open to anyone involved in, or looking to be involved in, the dairy industry, the course is designed to equip applicants with varying knowledge that will be of use to them throughout their career.

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08 August 2023

Lasted AHDB Scottish News

YOUR AHDB SUMMER UPDATE

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03 August 2023

Scottish Dairy Hub hits Dumfries Show

Pop in for a chat with Dairy Hub manager Tracey Roan. Following Defra's announcement on the new dairy contract regulations set to come into force, the Scottish Dairy Hub will be on the NFU Scotland - Dumfries and Galloway region stand at Dumfries Agricultural Show on Saturday from 11am - 1pm. Please call in for a chat with Tracey.

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03 August 2023

Dairy Market Weekly Update

Milk price changes Updated 3 August 2023 The latest publicly announced milk price changes as reported by the processors. Published by AHDB

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03 August 2023

Slurry Bugs

Even wondered about Slurry Bugs.....

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02 August 2023

Wigtown Show - 2nd August 2023

Wigtown Show is South West Scotland's oldest agricultural show.

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01 August 2023

Digital Dairy Chain - August Newsletter

August 2023 Newsletter - Stuart Martin, Programme Director Welcome to the August issue of the Digital Dairy Chain newsletter. Read on to discover what’s new and exciting in the project, as well as some key dates for your diary.

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31 July 2023

Dumfries & Galloway Farmers - Can you help?

Embryonics are looking for a host farm for a DIY AI in Dumfries 20th – 22nd September 2023

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27 July 2023

Stress-free stockmanship with Temple Grandin - AHDB Webinar

Join AHDB for this webinar with world-renowned scientist and animal behaviourist Dr Temple Grandin, who has revolutionised livestock handling systems worldwide.

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19 July 2023

How do you consistently and successfully grow clover in West of Scotland?

On farm meeting - Ardyne Farm, Dunoon on Wednesday 19th July 2023 With fertiliser prices high it is understandable that farmers are interested in more cost-efficient production especially through a natural source such as clover. Including clover into your grassland management can help utilise the soil conditioning, nitrogen fixation and extra home-grown forage potential.

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19 July 2023

Come speak to us.....

It`s Show Season..... Scottish Dairy Hub Manager, Tracey Roan will out at the following Shows 🐮Stranraer Agricultural Show - 26th July 🐮Wigtown Agricultural Show - 2nd August 🐮 Dumfries Agricultural Show - 5th August Visit the @NFU Scotland - Dumfries and Galloway region and NFU Mutual Ayr and Stranraer and NFU Mutual Dumfries & Stewartry stands for a chat on all things dairy.

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18 July 2023

TECHNICAL APPRENTICESHIP RURAL LAND USE AND MANAGEMENT SRUC

INTRODUCTION TO TECHNICAL APPRENTICESHIP RURAL LAND USE AND MANAGEMENT As we head into 4iR, rapid technological growth and interconnectivity is changing the way we live, and the way we work. Agriculture faces exciting challenges and opportunities which our new HND/degree level technical apprenticeship programme, the first of it’s kind for the land-based sector in Scotland, aims to support.

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11 July 2023

DEFRA publish further details on milk contracts

New regulations to promote fairness and transparency for dairy sector The government has today (11 July) outlined more detail on regulations set to come into force later this year which will ensure supply contracts in the dairy sector are fair and transparent, with farmers being paid a fair price for their produce.

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07 July 2023

Advanced Dairy Management Course - Newton Rigg, Penrith

This course delivers advanced dairy management training for dairy herd managers. Whether you are already managing a dairy, or would like to in the future, the course will provide essential skills and knowledge to allow you to thrive within a modern dairy farming industry. Location: Penrith Time: Two days/month for 6 months (see dates below), 9.30am- 4.00pm £1,450.00 Dates: Starts October 2023, for exact dates see details below

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06 July 2023

The Scottish Agriculture Awards - Nominate now......

The Scottish Farmer (Celebrating their 130th anniversary), AgriScot and the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS) are proud to announce the launch of the Scottish Agriculture Awards. The Scottish Agriculture Awards are set to be a prestigious celebration of the best in Scottish agriculture, recognising excellence and innovation across a range of categories. The awards aim to showcase the outstanding work of farmers, agricultural individuals, and businesses who are driving the industry forward and ensuring the sustainability and success of Scottish agriculture.

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06 July 2023

Milk price changes

AHDB Milk Price Changes Updated 6 July 2023 The latest publicly announced milk price changes as reported by the processors.

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04 July 2023

Latest News from AHDB

Global dairy growth slumps to record low Tuesday, 4 July 2023 Growth in global milk production has slowed to its lowest level on record, according to the International Farm Comparison Network (IFCN). Milk production had been growing steadily at around 2.5% per year but this fell to 0.4% in 2022. This was despite a large number of European and North American dairy farms making a profit in 2022, according to IFCN’s provisional results* from typical farms around the world.

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29 June 2023

AHDB Forage for Knowledge

Latest grass growth commentary from AHDB - Piers Badnell, Pasture for Profit Consultant. Some rain has arrived for nearly everyone, but unfortunately in most cases not enough. One of my local clients had 38mm in a thunderstorm but regrettably most of that will have run off and not soaked in.

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22 June 2023

Royal Highland Show 2023

See what’s on at The Royal Highland Show!

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14 June 2023

Calf Rearer Job - Nr Biggar South Lanarkshire

Experienced Calf Rearer required to join the team as a key member of a modern and progressive dairy unit in the Biggar area of South Lanarkshire in Central Scotland

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12 June 2023

Top tips for managing cows in hot weather

With most of the country recently experiencing dry and warm conditions, it’s important to consider the affect heat can have on livestock. AHDB have pulled together top tips for cattle and sheep to prevent heat stress.

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11 June 2023

LEAF Open Farm Sunday - 11th June

Vis­it a farm on LEAF Open Farm Sun­day, 11th June 2023 and find out about the sto­ry behind our food and how farm­ing affects our every­day lives. Each LEAF Open Farm Sun­day event is unique and there many dairy farms to visit! Activ­i­ties range from machin­ery dis­plays, trac­tor and trail­er rides, through to demon­stra­tions, nature walks and much more!

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05 June 2023

DISPERSAL SALE OF THE BALCURVIE HERD

M & G Struthers Bankhead of Balcurvie Farm, Windygate, Fife, KY8 5RY WEDNESDAY 14th JUNE 2023 (10.30am) To be held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, Cumbria CA1 2RS (adjacent to J43, M6 Motorway)

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01 June 2023

Job Vacancy - Isle of Bute

An exciting opportunity has arisen to join an existing team on a busy family run dairy farm on the Isle of Bute. Experience preferred but not essential as full training can be given. This is a Full time, permanent position. Someone looking to do an apprenticeship in agriculture/dairy may be considered

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30 May 2023

Successful ‘Cows and Carbon’ beef event to be held in Fortrose

Practical advice on maximising efficiency and driving suckler herd profitability will be offered to farmers at a technical beef day in the Highlands next month. Following last year’s hugely successful beef event at Cairnborrow Farm near Huntly, which attracted more than 150 delegates, SAC Consulting is thrilled to build on the conversation around ‘Cows and Carbon’ by announcing a follow-up event.

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29 May 2023

UK Dairy Day 2023 - National Show Judges

UK Dairy Day, the UK’s leading free-to-attend dairy trade event, is held at the International Centre in Telford, TF3 4JH on Wednesday 13th September 2023. Established in 2014, UK Dairy Day is an event to attend for anyone connected to the dairy industry providing an opportunity to network, share knowledge, learn and most importantly, do business.

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29 May 2023

Gold Cup 2023 Entries are now OPEN!

The search is on for the Best Dairy Farming Business as 2023 Gold Cup Entries Open The search is on for the best dairy farming business in the UK as applications open for the prestigious 2023 NMR/ RABDF Gold Cup competition. The Gold Cup competition, sponsored by NMR, is the UK's top national dairy award that recognises dairy businesses for all-around excellence. It was first launched in 1920 and has been won by some of the country's most influential dairy farmers.

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17 May 2023

Job Vacancy - World Wide Sires - UK Business Development Manager

Job Title: UK Business Development Manager Working Hours: Full Time

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16 May 2023

AHDB - Heifer transition meeting near you

Achieving a successful 2nd calving

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15 May 2023

FarmingUK Team | Dairy News

Fall in number of GB dairy farmers amid high input costs

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15 May 2023

Thermoduric Bacteria

Diversey Agriculture And NMR - Advice On Reducing The Challenge Of Thermoduric Counts In Raw Milk

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13 May 2023

Scottish Dairy Hub hits the show road

The Scottish Dairy Hub will be out and about at various shows throughout the summer ☀️

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10 May 2023

Ear Tagging - SRUC survey

Can you help? SRUC are keen to gather evidence that helps them quantify aspects of tag loss and retention and to explore connections between tag losses and the wider farm environment.

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10 May 2023

Action Johne’s initiative role transfers to AHDB

Dairy farmers and vets know Johne’s disease can have a terrible impact on herd health. Since the launch of the Action Johne's Initiative in 2015, the dairy industry has worked together to reduce the impact of this menacing disease through the implementation of the National Johne's Management Plan.

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10 May 2023

Milk Manager News – May 2023

FAS Milk Manager News

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10 May 2023

Farmers Weekly Awards 2023: Dairy Farmer of the Year comes to Scotland

William Baillie of Hillhead Farm, Lanarkshire, is Farmers Weekly‘s 2023 Dairy Farmer of the Year. William Baillie’s ability to be clear and focused on what he wants to do, combined with strong technical performance, attention to cow welfare and profitable farming, won him Farmers Weekly Dairy Farmer of the Year.

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02 May 2023

Collaborative R&D and Growth Competition

ONE MONTH UNTIL THE APPLICATION DEADLINE!

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27 April 2023

Digital Dairy Chain at Ayr Country Show - 13th May

Ayr Country Show 13th May 2023 9am - 5pm The Digital Dairy Chain team will be joining SRUC in their marquee for a day of milk-themed experiments for young & old to enjoy!

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27 April 2023

Achieving a successful second calving - AHDB Events

Almost a fifth of milking heifers fail to reach their second lactation; the point at which they would recoup their rearing costs

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27 April 2023

General Farm Worker on Dairy Farm, SW Scotland

General Farm Worker, Parton, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

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26 April 2023

DAIRY MANAGER

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an enthusiastic and hardworking individual to manage a new robotic dairy unit based near Stranraer in South West, Scotland

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26 April 2023

DIY A.I Four Day Course - 4th, 5th, 9th & 10th May

This four-day course is Semex certified and delivered using qualified veterinarians and trainers. By investing in DIY training and equipment, you can save between £600 and £800, based on 100 cows in the first year, over the cost of using a technician

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24 April 2023

AHBD Strategic Dairy Farmer

Become AHDB next Strategic Dairy Farm and take your farm business to the next level

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24 April 2023

JOB VACANCY - Dairy Herd Manager

Ernespie Farm, Castle Douglas are looking for someone with a passion for Holstein cows to take responsibility for the management of the dairy herd.

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20 April 2023

JOB VACANCY - Dairy Herd Manager

Family dairy enterprise looking for Dairy Herd Manager of 400 cow herd , milked 3 times a day

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20 April 2023

Milk Recorder - Central Scotland

full time, employed milk recorder vacancy - Central Scotland

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17 April 2023

The Digital Dairy Chain’s ‘Collaborative R&D and Growth Funding Competition’ NOW OPEN

This competition will see up to £2 million invested in innovation projects with a focus on improving productivity and sustainability in advanced, high value dairy production.

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26 March 2023

Milk Relief Worker looking for work opportunities

Experienced farm worker looking for new work opportunities.

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20 March 2023

JOB VACANCY - Dairy Herdsperson

Family dairy enterprise looking for Herd Manager of 650 cow herd, milked 3 times a day and averaging 11,800

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14 March 2023

Weaned Heifer Calves For Sale

10 AAX/BBX Weaned heifer calves 8-12 weeks old

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13 March 2023

Milk Manager News March 2023

Along with the regular articles on the milk market and cereals market update, this month FAS also have articles discussing management of heifers at grass, preventing silage slippage, a new environmentally friendly technology, efficient feeding of protein and luxury uptake of potassium.

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09 March 2023

JOB VACANCY - Self Employed Milk Recorder Vacancies

The CIS are advertising various self-employed milk recorder vacancies in Scotland.

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07 March 2023

Dairy Innovation Workshops running throughout March

The Food Ethics Council have set up 3 dairy innovation work shops. They provide advice on the ethics of food and farming, with a mission to facilitate a shift towards a fair food system that respects people, animals and planet.

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06 March 2023

Trainee Technician Job Opportunity - McCaskie

McCaskies are looking to fill three vacancies!

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06 March 2023

Field Service Technicians - Job Opportunity McCaskie

McCaskie's are looking to recruit two Field Service Technicans.

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27 February 2023

February Dairy Market Outlook

AHDB reports on the latest market update for the Dairy Market.

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14 February 2023

VOLUNTEERS WANTED - Antimicrobial Resistance projext

Would you be interested in taking part in a project to help understand the link between antimicrobial use and antimicrobial resistance on farms in Scotland? Researchers at the James Hutton Institute would like to invite ‘conventional’* dairy farmers to join them in this project.

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10 February 2023

Digital Dairy Chain Project Offers Support, Funding and Business Development Opportunities

Digital Dairy Chain, a UKRI Strength in Places funded project, aims to put Cumbria and South West Scotland on the world map as a leader in advanced, sustainable, and digitally connected dairy manufacturing.

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06 February 2023

JOB VACANCY

TW Cattle Services are looking for a new team member!

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03 February 2023

Milk Price crash a major disappointment

NFU Scotland is aware of the significant milk price cuts announced in recent days.

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02 February 2023

Why the regulated UK Emissions Trading Scheme could impact farmers in future

The UK Emissions Trading Scheme is part of the compulsory carbon market and currently applies to energy intensive industries including the power generation sector and aviation. Now this regulated carbon market scheme is established, the UK government wants it to evolve to include greenhouse gas removals, potentially impacting farmers.

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31 January 2023

UK - Dairy farmers encouraged to capitalise on cutting carbon

British Dairying Newsletter reports on how Dairy farmers can capitalise on cutting carbon on their farms, creating a win for the environment and a farm's bottom line. according to Mole Valley Farmers' Head of Nutrition, Dr Chris Bartram.

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24 January 2023

Soil Association Blog on AECS Funding and Organic Farming Support

Soil Association Head of Policy in Scotland, David McKay. The Scottish Government has suspended the area cap for payments for conversion to, and maintenance of, organic farming

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20 January 2023

Scottish Government Launches Agri-environment Award and Slurry Storage Funding

A total of 680 rural businesses with projects that protect the environment and mitigate the impacts of climate change will share more than £14 million this year from the Agri-Environment Climate Scheme (AECS).

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19 January 2023

UK - Three finalists shortlisted for prestigious Royal Dairy Innovation Award

The three finalists shortlisted will be vying for the prestigious title when it is judged at this year's Dairy-Tech event on 1 February at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire. The finalists have been selected from more than 25 entries made by an online submission to the RABDF.

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13 January 2023

Milk Manager News January 2023

The January 2023 edition of Milk Manager News is now available.

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11 January 2023

Milk prices under pressure from weaker markets

As we enter a new year, farmgate milk prices look set to change direction after a year of record-breaking price increases. With one exception, announced changes to milk prices for the beginning of this year have all been downwards – the first reductions we’ve seen for almost 2 years.

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09 January 2023

Benefits of Drinking Milk Blog from Dairy UK

Dairy UK recently discussed the nutritional benefits of cows milk and dairy products.

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05 January 2023

Dairy exports in growth according to AHDB

AHDB's first analysis of the year highlights an uplift in exports.

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04 January 2023

Questionnaire on calf rearing UK

A student is looking to gather information on calf rearing in the UK through an online survey.

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21 December 2022

FAS Connect Sustainable Dairy Group Trip to Northern Ireland

The FAS Connect’s Sustainable Dairy Ayrshire Group visited some dairy farms in Northern Ireland, including the CAFRE herd & Technology Demonstration Farms. Read about their trip & what they learned here

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20 December 2022

Autumn flush pushes milk production forecast into growth

Read AHDB's recent milk market analysis.

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19 December 2022

Dairy Policy Manager Vacancy

NFU Scotland are looking for a policy manager to cover all things dairy!

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12 December 2022

Milking herd has smallest contraction since 2017

The GB milking herd totalled 1.66 million head, a contraction of 13,500 head (0.8%) on October 2021. A small uplift in the 2-4year old category of 7,600 head (1%) was not enough to offset the decline seen in all other adult categories, resulting in the overall decline.

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10 December 2022

75th British Cattle Breeding Conference Tickets On Sale

The 75th British Cattle Breeding conference at Telford Hotel and Golf Resort, Shropshire (Monday 23rd to Wednesday 25th January) will bring together expert knowledge, experience and opinion from across the industry in the UK and beyond.

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07 December 2022

November milk production continues upward trajectory

Read about AHDB's lasted report on delivery data.

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02 December 2022

November Silage Update

Read an update from SAC on the latest silage analysis!

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02 December 2022

UK Dairy Exports see Growth in Q3

The third quarter of 2022 (Jul-Sep) has seen a recovery in milk production as higher prices ease pressure on farm margins

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30 November 2022

Halloween saw a 2% uplift in sales of butter and spread this year

Halloween helped with the uplift in sales for butter, spreads, cream and sour cream according to AHDB!

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29 November 2022

Mastitis in Dairy Cows

Getting a handle on mastitis can help you produce more high-quality milk and increases your herd’s saleable milk yield.

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24 November 2022

Further price rises pose a threat to meat and dairy demand

AHDB's Retail Insights Team give an overview of the retail market over the last 12 weeks.

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24 November 2022

Carbon markets - why should I care and what is their value?

From changing agricultural policy, to net zero commitments, and other tangible on-farm benefits, there are many reasons why farmers should be interested in carbon markets.

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17 November 2022

Cow’s milk remains the most value-for-money, no alternative

In an unsettled economic climate and a cost-of-living crisis AHDB’s Susie Stannard and Patty Clayton give an overview of dairy milk prices in comparison to alternatives.

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15 November 2022

Milk Manager News

November 2022 edition

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22 October 2022

DAIRY HUB SEMINAR PLANS REVEALED

For Agriscot 2022

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18 October 2022

Can you help with a farm survey

on the reduction of ammonia emissions

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15 October 2022

GB Calf Week 16–23 November 2022

The GB Dairy Calf Strategy is a cross-industry campaign

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24 September 2022

General Farm Worker Required

For family dairy farm in Renfrewshire

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24 September 2022

Consultations

Scottish Agricultural Bill

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24 September 2022

Area Sales Manager - Scotland

Home Based, Ayrshire, Dumfries, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Wigtownshire

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10 September 2022

Digital Dairy Chain project vacancy

Programme Director for Digital Dairy Value Chain – Dumfries

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30 August 2022

Vacancy for General Farm Worker

In South Lanarkshire

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27 August 2022

LAUNCH OF 2022/23 SCOTTISH RURAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME

The Scottish Rural Leadership Programme is led by Scottish Enterprise, in partnership with Highland and Islands Enterprise and the South of Scotland Enterprise

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27 August 2022

Short Term Work Placement

In South Cork, Ireland

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20 August 2022

Dourie Farming

Are looking for competent dairy workers

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12 August 2022

Advanced Dairy Management Course

This popular course returns...

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07 August 2022

AREA SALES REPRESENTATIVE DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY

McCaskie Ltd are looking for an enthusiastic and sales driven individual

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05 August 2022

New chair for Lantra in Scotland

Lantra Scotland has announced that its new chair is to be Professor Dave Roberts.

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02 August 2022

Full time position on Bute

On a family dairy farm.

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01 August 2022

McCaskie Agriculture

Are looking for a Agricultural/Dairy Engineer

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01 August 2022

Dairy Farm Team Member Wanted

Grassland Dairy Farm seeking an individual

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30 July 2022

Women in Agriculture

funding to be available again!

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17 July 2022

IBERS Distance Learning

Online Postgraduate Courses for Agricultural Professionals

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17 July 2022

Preparing for Sustainable Farming (PSF)

The claims window for Carbon Audits has now opened

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11 July 2022

Wanted

Beef Cross Dairy Calves

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27 June 2022

WFA Mentorship Program

is now accepting applications

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13 June 2022

We are looking for an experienced Herdsperson

to join our family run dairy farm in Dumfries and Galloway

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11 June 2022

IDF Dairy Innovation Awards 2022

The awards will open until 1 July 2022

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21 May 2022

Wanted

Urban U40 automatic calf feeders

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15 May 2022

Dairy parasite project

Can you help

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02 May 2022

We're Hiring

AI technicians in South West Scotland & North Cumbria

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30 April 2022

Preparing for sustainable farming

Farmers now have access to guidance on financial support for activity that will improve awareness of their climate performance.

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26 April 2022

GENERAL FARM WORKER

For farm near Annan

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26 April 2022

Job Vacancy - Ayr

Agricultural Field Sales Representative

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17 April 2022

Dairy Farm Required

To buy or long term rent

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15 April 2022

French Student

Looking for a months placement on a Scottish dairy Farm

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03 April 2022

Woman in Agriculture

Scottish Government is carrying out research into business skills courses for women in agriculture.

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26 March 2022

Genetics Breeding Consultant Vacancy

Semex UK, West of Scotland

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20 March 2022

Vet Student

Looking for work experience on dairy farm

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18 March 2022

British Farming Awards 2022

is now open for entries and nominations

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16 March 2022

Spare land to rent?

South West of Scotland

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11 March 2022

New Job Opportunity

At TW Cattle Services

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28 February 2022

Dairyperson required

For 160-170 cow dairy organic herd

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25 February 2022

Tarff Valley

Student looking for a placement

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18 February 2022

Dumfries Auction Mart Monthly Sales of Dairy Cattle

MONTHLY SALES OF ALL CLASSES OF DAIRY CATTLE.

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16 February 2022

Dairy Farming Opportunity

has arisen in North Northumberland

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01 February 2022

Delaval Cell Counter

For sale

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29 January 2022

Cogent require AI technician

In south West Scotland

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24 January 2022

COVID-19 updates

Specific guidance documents issued for farming, crofting & related agricultural businesses.

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23 January 2022

Growing trees

And your business at the same time

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13 January 2022

Dairy Person required

On a Robotic Dairy and Arable farm near Stirling

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09 January 2022

I'm looking for general farm work

In South Ayrshire preferably,

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07 January 2022

Women in Agriculture Practical Training Fund

Lantra are now taking applications for 2022.

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08 December 2021

Assistant/Trainee Herdsperson

Required for farm near Biggar

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03 December 2021

Two Positions Available

On busy farm in Symington, Ayrshire

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03 December 2021

BVD Challenge

Scotland’s cattle keepers have been working to eradicate BVD (Bovine Viral Diarrhoea) since 2013...

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21 October 2021

Grant funding

To help Scottish agri businesses reduce emissions & improve sustainability

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20 October 2021

Dairy Person Required

South West Scotland

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20 October 2021

Seeking Work Experience on Dairy Farm

Based in Central Belt

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16 October 2021

Looking for dairy farm opportunity

In South or North Ayrshire

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14 October 2021

Volac U40 Auto Calf Feeder for sale

In full working order.

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06 October 2021

Advanced Dairy Management Course

This course delivers advanced dairy management training for dairy herd managers

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23 September 2021

Experienced Herdsperson Required

Based in Portwilliam near Newton Stewart.

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22 September 2021

Dairy Person Required

For our 1200 cow herd in the south west of Scotland

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22 September 2021

**Job Opportunity**

Looking for an enthusiastic person to work full or part time on our family farm in Lanarkshire

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09 September 2021

Awards for land-based & aquaculture skills

Search now on for Scotland’s top rural champions

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07 September 2021

Cogent Breeding Ltd

Have two vacancies in Scotland

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22 August 2021

Red Tractor New Standards.

Version 5 of dairy standards apply from 1st November 2021

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18 August 2021

McCaskie are Recruiting

in their Ayr branch

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14 August 2021

CONTRACT FARMING OPPORTUNITY

In Derbyshire

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24 July 2021

SRUC Open days

Online open days you can talk to course tutors and students and find out why studying at SRUC is such a unique experience

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15 July 2021

Dairyperson Required

Near Annan

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15 July 2021

Can you help with this survey?

Deliberation around ANTIMICROBIAL use in farming is increasing

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10 July 2021

Student looking for Work Experience.

In surrounding Glasgow area

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10 July 2021

Scottish Business Environment Awards

Closing date July 30th

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01 July 2021

A position at Arbrack Farm

Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway has become available.

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24 June 2021

Rural Leadership Course

Open to Applications

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18 May 2021

How to become a strategic dairy farm?

We are looking for farms to join our network of strategic dairy farms

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14 May 2021

Dairy farm worker required

Southwest Scotland.

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08 May 2021

LEAF Open Farm Sunday

LEAF Open Farm Sun­day is on 27th June 2021 — farm­ing’s annu­al open day

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06 May 2021

DAIRY FARM OF THE YEAR AWARD

The search for the Scottish Dairy Farm of the Year gets underway

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26 April 2021

Antimicrobial use on your farm

Can you help?

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17 April 2021

Integrating Trees on Your Land

A new demonstrator network of farms, crofts and estates

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16 April 2021

Exciting role as a dairy herdsperson

at Kingsbeck Estates, Biggar

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03 April 2021

The British Farming Awards

...is back

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23 March 2021

Women in Agriculture Practical Training Fund

A new source of funding for training and provide more opportunities for women in agriculture in Scotland.

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21 March 2021

Keen New Entrant

Looking for experience on livestock farm

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08 March 2021

Contract farming opportunity

300-acre dairy farm, milking 180 cows on a grazing system near to Dunblane.

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24 February 2021

Opportunity, Dairy Assistant at Dourie Farming Co.

We are looking for someone who has ambition and drive to improve

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23 February 2021

Automatic calf feeder required.

I am looking for a second-hand automatic calf feeder in good condition.

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23 February 2021

Do you have calves for sale?

looking to source dairy bull calves and dairy cross beef calves

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12 February 2021

Join Our Team

Caring for 400 High Yielding Pedigree Holsteins

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12 February 2021

Experienced Dairy Person and Relief Milkers Required

For large modern dairy unit, in Lockerbie area.

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11 February 2021

Woman in Food & Agriculture

we invite you to join WFA Community a networking hub for members who wants to achieve positive change

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09 February 2021

We Are Dairy Award

Celebrating the outstanding actions our dairy farmers take to protect the land and the welfare of their animals

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28 January 2021

Apprentice Employer Grant

Available to employers (via their SDS contracted provider) to support them to recruit new apprentices.

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17 January 2021

Looking to sell calves?

Calves picked up in the south and west of Scotland

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17 January 2021

AHDB Key Performance Indicator KPI tool

The easily accessible KPI tool is a good starter for identifying where you sit.

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14 January 2021

Women in Agriculture Practical Training Fund

offers support to women resident in Scotland who are either already working in agriculture* or studying it full-time or part-time

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10 January 2021

The WFA Mentorship Scheme

Women in Food and Agriculture are delighted to announce the creation of our first mentorship scheme

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10 January 2021

We Eat Balanced

new marketing drive to inform & educate consumers on eating a balanced diet

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30 December 2020

AHDB programme for change

We are embarking on major change at AHDB to improve value for levy payers,

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17 December 2020

Bovine Respiratory Disease survey

At this time of year, respiratory disease can be an issue on farms.

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16 December 2020

Livestock Sales Consultant

Across SW Scotland and Cumbria.

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02 December 2020

Dairy Manager Required

Come and join our Award winning 250 cow modern dairy, milked by Lely robots in Aberdeenshire.

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29 November 2020

Parlour for sale

A six twelve swing over Delaval parlour with meters

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27 November 2020

Miss out on Agriscot?

Then watch again....

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26 November 2020

New Demonstrator Farm Network

Integrating trees on your land

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26 November 2020

Farm Services

Looking for Freeze Branding or Relief Milking?

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10 November 2020

Identify ruminant disease to tackle health challenges

The newly formed UK wide group Ruminant Health & Welfare has launched a survey to identify disease priorities across the ruminant sectors.

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29 October 2020

Calf Housing Survey

PhD student looking for help with survey.

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09 October 2020

COVID-19 guidance for farmers and crofters

Guidance for farmers and crofters to prevent the spread of coronavirus has been published.

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25 September 2020

Prince's Farm Resilience Programme

Confirmed locations for 2020/21, include Campbeltown & Ayrshire

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19 September 2020

Dairy heifer/dry cow wintering available

In Ayrshire Area

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09 September 2020

Cubicle house for rent

In East Ayrshire

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29 August 2020

Nutrition & Mineral Company

Looking to fill roles

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25 August 2020

Stop the rise of Mycoplasma bovis

Will you help stop the rise of Mycoplasma bovis?

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24 August 2020

Farmer views required...

about infectious disease control

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20 August 2020

Dairy Farm Worker Required

Southwest Scotland. Part or full time post available.

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16 August 2020

Farm Worker Seeks Position

Kilmarnock Based

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12 August 2020

Experienced Dairy Herd Manager requires position.

Any geographical area considered

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10 August 2020

Cow Mattresses Required

For farm in Stirlingshire

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05 August 2020

Dairy Herd Manager Required

A highly motivated herd manager is sought within a progressive dairy farming business.

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02 August 2020

YOUNG DAIRY FARMER OF THE YEAR

Looking for candidates

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25 July 2020

Relief Milker Available

For work in Scotland, vast experience.

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24 July 2020

Rural Leadership Programme

The 2020/21 Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme is open for applications.

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23 July 2020

Woodland creation, management & conservation support

Up to £1000 in woodland creation, management & conservation support available, without a prior ILMP

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14 July 2020

Free Skills Growth Consultancy

Skills for Growth is an innovative service designed to help small businesses get the best out of the skills of their workforce

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11 July 2020

Entrepreneurs in Dairying

This business training programme for aspiring dairy producers is organised by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers

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11 July 2020

UK Consultation on Dairy Contracts

The government has launched the consultation after looking at the issue for two years

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05 July 2020

Drone Farming in Croplands Survey

Can you help with the following?....

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02 July 2020

Wanted

In the Ayrshire area...

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22 June 2020

Sharing ideas between farmers and farm managers

Sustainable Practices For Intensive Livestock Production: Sharing ideas between farmers and farm managers

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20 June 2020

Farm Survey Help

What experience do people working with animals have of environmental enrichment for their animals?

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18 June 2020

Join our team!

Rearing calves for an all year round calving pedigree Holstein herd.

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10 June 2020

Looking for training and education courses related to the dairy industry?

The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) has launched a one-stop-shop for students looking for training and education courses related to the dairy industry

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31 May 2020

Herdsperson Required

In DG8 8DN...

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22 May 2020

Dairy Herds Manager, Dumfries

Based at Barony Farm, Dumfries

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15 May 2020

Milk Your Moments

Latest milk marketing campaign

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14 May 2020

Coronavirus support

For dairy farmers

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02 May 2020

Coronavirus advice for businesses in Scotland

Need help to manage the impact of coronavirus on your business?

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11 April 2020

Skills Matching Service

Join the skills matching service.

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10 April 2020

Harbro Products

Maxammon from Harbro...

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04 April 2020

Uncollected Milk Guide

Guidance from SEPA

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29 March 2020

RSABI

For help in the current climate...

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24 March 2020

General farm worker seeks role

In Perthshire

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21 March 2020

Employment service for labour shortage

Web based service set up...

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20 March 2020

Calling all milkmen and women

great home delivery website

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15 March 2020

Animal Health and Natural Behaviours

Take the survey...

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02 March 2020

Farm Labourer

Looking for work in Ayrshire

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22 February 2020

AHV International looking to recruit

A future in Agri sales?

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22 February 2020

Student Looking For Role

In Agri office based environment

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17 February 2020

NEW ZEALAND DAIRY ASSISTANT JOB VACANCY

We are looking for an experienced dairy farm assistant to join our team

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16 February 2020

Orkney Cheese

Are looking for a general manager

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09 February 2020

ScotEID Cattle EID

ScotEID information on the Bovine EID pilot and proposals to introduce mandatory EID

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09 February 2020

NFUS - Toyota Deals

Toyota vehicles in conjunction with NFUS...

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03 February 2020

General Farm Worker Required

On family run dairy farm in South Lanarkshire

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02 February 2020

Sales Advisor – Ayrshire/Lanarkshire

A rewarding and very exciting new role, selling high quality genetics, service and products.

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31 January 2020

Lameness Survey

I am currently studying Agriculture with Animal Science at Aberystwyth University and need some help with my research...

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25 January 2020

Milk price dissertation

Your help would be appreciated...

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22 January 2020

Enthusiastic worker looking...

...for work in the Midlothian area

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20 January 2020

Temp Calf Rearer Required

For a farm near Dunblane

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20 January 2020

Endemic Disease Survey

The consortium is keen to get input from Scottish farmers if possible

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18 January 2020

Young Stock / Calf rearing position

A position has become available for a full time young stock assistant on our modern progressive dairy in South West Scotland.

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17 January 2020

Milk Recorders Required

CIS are looking to recruit in Scotland

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12 January 2020

Forestry and Woodland Survey

Can you help a SRUC student with the following?

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12 January 2020

Buitelaar Longhorn Beef Scheme

Do you want an easy calving sire that will add value to your calves?

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23 December 2019

Accommodation available for up to 100 head of cattle

Kilmaurs near Kilmarnock...

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20 December 2019

Calf Rearing Survey

Can you help with a calf rearing survey?

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13 December 2019

Calf Housing Survey

Can you help?

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13 December 2019

Wanted....

Milk processing equipment...

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11 December 2019

Assistant herds person required

The position will allow development and progression on a modern dairy farm

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06 December 2019

Spring Calving Grassland Dairies Vacancies

Due to an expansion, we have vacancies across our Spring Calving Grassland Dairies

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05 December 2019

Dairy nutritionist looking for new challenge

Looking for a new challenge working directly in nutrition or helping to run a unit.

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05 December 2019

Calf/Youngstock person required

An excellent opportunity has arisen within our forward thinking dairy team near Earlston

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27 November 2019

Land Required in the Central Belt/Borders

We are searching for one acre of land to build a single dwelling

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26 November 2019

Integrated Land Management Plans

Take advantage of government funding to create a sustainable and profitable future for your farm or croft

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11 November 2019

Couple required for family run dairy farm.

Part or full time basis in Newtown Stewart region...

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10 November 2019

BVD eradication scheme phase 5 - December 2019

Guidance for farm animal vets and cattle keepers on phase 5 of Scotland's BVD eradication scheme which comes into force on 1 December 2019

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03 November 2019

Experienced Dairy Worker Looking for Work

Young, fit & able 28 year old looking for dairy farm work.

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03 November 2019

Eocycle Wind Turbine Programme is Back

Following the success of its programme last year, EOCYCLE will be taking on a limited number of new projects before the end of 2019.

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28 October 2019

ARK Agriculture Ltd, part of The Milbank Group, has announced further growth...

with the acquisition of Thomas and Fontaine Ltd/Secure Covers®.

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25 October 2019

Landscape Leadership

Shaping Scotland's landscapes for future generations

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15 October 2019

Scot EID launches national consultation

Farmers and crofters are being consulted about a revolutionary electronic identification system.

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06 October 2019

Apprenticeship Levy Funds Available Now

Apprenticeship transfer levy funds to support British farmers of the future.

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06 October 2019

Participation in a lameness study

I am looking to recruit dairy farms of all sizes and management styles

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06 October 2019

Dairy Engineer/Electrician Required

McCaskie are currently recruiting...

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06 October 2019

Host Farms Required...

Due to the expansion of Embryonics and our wide range of courses, we are currently looking to partner with farms to host our upcoming courses.

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29 September 2019

Reducing phosphorus losses from UK dairy farms

The University of Reading is looking for dairy farms to participate in a project looking at best practices to reduce phosphorus losses.

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19 September 2019

Viking Genetics In Scotland

VikingGenetics is one of the largest AI-companies in the world owned by 20,000 farmers in Denmark, Sweden, and Finland.

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19 September 2019

FARM RESILIENCE PLANNING FUNDING

The Farm Advisory Service has announced new funding for farm resilience planning for businesses to bring in an expert adviser to help them review their business and develop a resilience action plan to increase the profitability and sustainability of their businesses.

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04 September 2019

Assistant/Trainee Herdsperson

Required near Biggar...

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02 September 2019

EXPERIENCED HERDSPERSON REQUIRED

A keen, enthusiastic person is sought to work alongside the owner on a 180 cow dairy unit in Midlothian

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25 August 2019

Guide to farmer safety critical non-technical skills

The guide provides a format for information on safety critical skills, provide guidance on how to implement and enable each farmer to edit the guide to produce something that is specific to them and their farm.

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21 August 2019

Harvest Work Available in Aberdeenshire

Starting straight away...

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19 August 2019

Can you help with a work placement?

Dairy farms in Scotland required...

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12 August 2019

General Labourer Requires Work

Preferable in the Ayrshire area.

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10 August 2019

Dairy Person required...

to join the team as a key member of a modern and progressive dairy unit in the Biggar area of South Lanarkshire in Central Scotland.

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05 August 2019

Advanced Dairy Management Course

The 3rd edition of Advanced Dairy Management hosted by James Webster and Newton Rigg College is being run again this year.

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05 August 2019

Are you looking to take the next step in your dairy career

Do you want to know more about contracts, joint ventures, finance and presenting your business case?

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26 July 2019

1st Cut Silage for Sale

200 tonnes 1st cut pit silage for sale.

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26 July 2019

Cattle Cubicles Required

Preferably super loop cantilever style...

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24 July 2019

House for rent near Castle Douglas

Perfect for rural/farm worker perhaps...

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17 July 2019

**On farm practical courses**

Embryonics are planning to run a number of courses in Scotland over the next three months....

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16 July 2019

General Farm Worker Required - Kilmarnock

GFW required for a Dairy & Arable farm comprising 250 HF cows &combinable crops in Kilmarnock

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11 July 2019

*** FOR SALE ***

Good quality round hay bales

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08 July 2019

Dairy Farms Needed to Find Best Practices to Reduce Phosphorus Loss

A PhD project funded by AHDB Dairy is now recruiting 50 dairy farms across the UK to take part in a project to identify the best practices to reduce phosphorus loss.

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07 July 2019

D.McCormick Engineering

Dairy Engineers with a number of years experience...

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26 June 2019

Cow Foot Bath for Sale

A cowcare jet foot bath for sale.

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18 June 2019

Dairy Person Required - Whithorn

Experienced dairy person required to assist on a modern 400 dairy cow unit,

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14 June 2019

Tesco Future Farmer Foundation

Finally, the time has come to apply for the Tesco Future Farmer Foundation 2020.

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07 June 2019

CALF REARER REQUIRED

Experienced person required to rear calves and youngstock as well as relief milking on a 250 cow HF Dairy unit is Stirlingshire.

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05 June 2019

Bulk Milk Tank For Sale

10,000 litre Mueller tank, for sale...

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05 June 2019

Royal Highland Education Trust

The Royal Highland Education Trust works with volunteers to provide free educational activities and experiential learning opportunities linked to Curriculum for Excellence

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02 June 2019

GEA Responders Wanted

Looking for old/second hand...

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28 May 2019

General Farm Worker Available

In the Renfrewshire/North Ayrshire area

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28 May 2019

Book Keeping Services

Covering Renfrewshire, Ayrshire, Stirlingshire, Argyll & Bute

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21 May 2019

Herdperson required for Perthshire farm.

Looking for a quality herdsperson with good hygiene and stockmanship skills for daily milkings.

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16 May 2019

Calves Wanted

Buitelaar Group are looking for calves

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15 May 2019

How many litres are you getting out of your grass?

A high digestible fibre based compound with a new, unique blend of fatty acids to promote milk fat production at grass and to help combat the seasonal decline in butterfat levels at turnout.

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02 May 2019

Farm worker looking for part time work

In the Aberdeenshire area.

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22 April 2019

General Farm Worker required near Annan

To work on a modern dairy farm.

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17 April 2019

Dairy herdsperson required for autumn calving herd

For 250 cow herd near Kelso.

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16 April 2019

General farm worker required

For dairy farm in Dumfries.

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11 April 2019

Feed Adviser Register

Since the launch of the Feed Adviser Register in 2013 over 1000 feed advisers from all over the UK have joined

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11 April 2019

Online livestock market place

have you visted www.sellmylivestock.co.uk?

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11 April 2019

Dairy person required in Aberdeenshire

Fantastic opportunity for a motivated and keen dairy person.

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07 April 2019

Ayrshire - Farm labourer looking for work

I'm looking for any manual work linked to farming

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27 March 2019

Pit silage for sale

770 tonnes of first and second cut, based at Alexandria

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26 March 2019

Wanted - 3 to 4 bedroom house to rent

A reliable farm worker and his family are looking to rent a house in Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie area.

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20 March 2019

AHDB Looking for Strategic Dairy Farms

AHDB are looking for dairy farmers to join their strategic farm network

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20 March 2019

Silage in Ayrshire for sale

300 good quality second cut bales.

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17 March 2019

Assistant Herdsman/Young Stockist available – Midlothian area

Young, enthusiastic person seeking farm work within a short drive of Roslin, Midlothian

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14 March 2019

Organic Dairy Farms Required For Trial

The Soil Association is looking for organic farmers who milk record and are interested in alternatives to antibiotics to treat, and prevent mastitis in their cows.

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28 February 2019

Experienced farm labourer loooking for position

In the Glasgow or Stirling area

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22 February 2019

Excellent vacancy on Tarbolton Farm

Vacancy for an enthusiastic, hard working person to take on the milking duties of our pedigree holstein herd of 120 cows

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22 February 2019

Webinar: Zero grazing for feeding home grown forage

Explore the growing interest in the role of zero-grazing (cut and carry) systems and it's potential to reduce feed and forage costs.

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21 February 2019

Quality Pit Silage For Sale

In Dumfriesshire.

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14 February 2019

Free digital training for Scottish residents and businesses

The timing couldn’t be better for you to learn how digital marketing works in the real world with an easy to understand online course

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12 February 2019

Ayrshire - experienced relief worker looking for work

Looking for part time/relief milking opportunities

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31 January 2019

Young Stock /Calf rearing position

On modern progressive dairy in South West Scotland.

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30 January 2019

Silage available

In the Dumfries area...

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17 January 2019

Experienced herdperson required for 420 cows

.. in a modern setup in southwest Scotland

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14 January 2019

Relief Milking & Calf Rearer - Ayrshire

Relief milker and calf rearer looking for work in Ayr and surrounding areas. Herringbone and Rotary experience. Call On 07583763986

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10 January 2019

Dairyman Required

To be part of the team on a forward looking organic dairy unit near Kelso.

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21 December 2018

Farmwell Scotland

Are You or Someone You Know Struggling?

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18 December 2018

Feed for Growth App

Cattle youngstock rearers now have a quick and easy way of recording and monitoring calf growth rates thanks to a new App from Volac.

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16 December 2018

Relief Milker in East Ayshire

Experienced dairy farmer looking for relief milking opportunities

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12 December 2018

Harbro supports farmers to reduce their carbon footprint

At Harbro we are committed to developing sustainable agriculture systems which protect natural resources at the same time as meeting the food requirements of a growing population

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10 December 2018

Dairy Person needed for 2019 onwards

We are looking for a calm and enthusiastic person to join our family farm in January next year...

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29 November 2018

Are you up for a real challenge and want to push yourself to develop and learn?

Brendan & Maureen Muldowney of Farming Partners offer the following full-time positions in Southern Scotland...

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27 November 2018

Jersey Cows Required

Looking for 20-25 Jersey cows...Guernsey/Ayrshire would also be considered.

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27 November 2018

Silage For Sale

1,000 tonne of pit silage available

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25 November 2018

Position available on Dalbeattie Farm

Full time position available here on our family run progressive farm.

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25 November 2018

Animal Feed Formulation Scientist Position Available

In association with Davidson Brothers, the Environmental and Biochemical Sciences group are recruiting a Knowledge Transfer Partnerships Associate position.

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05 November 2018

Assistant herdsperson required, based near Hamilton

Required for busy dairy farm in Lanarkshire milking 300 cows

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31 October 2018

New anaerobic digestion and compost survey in Scotland

A survey of the Scottish anaerobic digestion (AD) and composting sectors is about to start

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27 October 2018

Randox Food Diagnostics...

...recognise the pressure the dairy industry is under to mass produce high quality products whilst complying with regulations and have developed the solution.

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24 October 2018

National Milk Records plc...

...is looking for enthusiastic people to join their team

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23 October 2018

Ruminant Technical Sales – Dumfries and Galloway

This field-based role will involve maintaining existing relationships with customers and growing the business in the Dumfries and Galloway area.

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23 October 2018

Heifers for sale

Jersey and Guernsey bulling heifers for sale

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20 October 2018

Considering building a new silage clamp?

it is important to consider whether your silage clamp is fit for purpose...

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19 October 2018

Relief Milker Available

Available to work Monday to Friday and some weekends.

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18 October 2018

Straw For Sale

Artic loads of straw available.

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18 October 2018

First Milk Latest News

First Milk have announced this week some changes to their member capital scheme.

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16 October 2018

Job Vacancy

Looking for a young, enthusiastic person to join the team here at East Brackenridge Farm, Strathaven.

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14 October 2018

Staff required at Dunblane farm

A new opportunity. New Zealand style grass based dairy farm in central Scotland (Dunblane) requires an enthusiastic motivated person to join a young progressive team.

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07 October 2018

Finance for Farming

FERTILISER FUNDING NOW AVAILABLE. FROM £1,500-£10,000 PA OVER 12 MONTHS CALL NOW 020 8629 8383 FOR A QUOTE. NFUS FARMING MEMBERS ONLY.

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02 October 2018

Relief Milker Available

Relief milker available with 29 years experience if you need cover for weekends or holiday cover or a few days here and there.

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23 September 2018

Finance for Farming

Did you know that NFU Scotland has appointed Societe Generale Equipment Finance as their affinity partner for business finance?

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18 September 2018

Examining safety while handling livestock

Can you help with a survey to examine the risks associated with livestock handling , as well as the skills used to manage such risks ?

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18 September 2018

Dairy Leader Programme

The aim of this programme is to provide owners/managers of dairy businesses an opportunity develop their skills as a leader.

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18 September 2018

Parlour for Sale

8X16 De Laval herringbone parlour for sale

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04 September 2018

Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme

Family farm businesses are invited to register for the third year of The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme from Monday 3rd September.

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03 September 2018

Can you help with an investigation of impacts of unpredictable weather patterns?

The purpose of this research is to investigate how farmers prepare for, cope with and recover from the effects of more unpredictable weather patterns and the increased frequency of extreme weather events.

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03 September 2018

Looking for an on farm AI course?

Industry experts Embryonics are looking for a host farm, so they can run a DIY AI course in September.

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02 September 2018

Wanted: Organic spring 2018 born Hereford x Friesian heifers

Wanted: 20 - 30 Organic spring 2018 born Hereford x Friesian heifers of good health status.

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01 September 2018

Excess Colostrum?

Make your unwanted supply a valuable product

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31 August 2018

Advanced Dairy Management Course

The Advanced Dairy Management at Newton Rigg will be returning in October. This is a dairy course aimed at upskilling and installing best practice to dairy herd managers and those want to learn more about managing a dairy business. This will be delivered over six, two-day modules. Starting October, finishing March.

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20 August 2018

New Entrants Capital Grant Scheme To Close

A scheme that provides capital grants to new farm businesses will be closed, after exceeding its specified objectives. The New Entrants Capital Grant Scheme, which is a key plank of the Scottish Rural Development Programme, will continue to accept applications until 31 August.

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20 August 2018

Agricultural Weather Advisory Panel

The Agricultural Weather Advisory Panel met earlier this month to discuss the impact of the recent dry weather on Scottish agriculture, including a potential shortage of animal feed over the winter months.

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15 August 2018

Funding released to help mitigate impacts of adverse weather

A National Basic Payment Support Scheme (NBPSS) has been launched, providing vital financial support for Scottish farmers, following months of adverse weather conditions.

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02 August 2018

Farmers needed to complete quick survey

Dairy farmers of the UK & Ireland! What are your views on the future of grassfed & indoor systems?

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27 July 2018

Organic Converted Breeding Dairy Heifers For Sale

Converted breeding calved Dairy heifers available. Approx. 40-50

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19 July 2018

Stock Bull Required

Farmer in Strathclyde area is looking to purchase a stock bull.

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05 July 2018

Free e-learning module on non-technical skills in farming

Check out the FREE e- learning module on non-technical skills in farming via the Lantra website...

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28 June 2018

The next step in your career

Are you looking to take the next step in your dairy career? Do you want to know more about contracts, joint ventures, finance and presenting your business case? "Entrepreneurs in Dairying" is designed to cover these areas and help you plan the future of your dairy business.

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28 June 2018

Second Hand Dairy Parlour For Sale

Second hand Delaval 9/18 alpro parlour for sale.

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19 June 2018

Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership Programme 2018/19

Are you an ambitious farmer, rural business manager or employee involved in running or working in a small to medium sized business in Scotland? • Are you looking to develop your leadership skills and grow your business? • Do you want to do something positive for your sector or rural Scotland? • Do you think you are you too busy to take time off to develop your skills?

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13 June 2018

Check out Jobfarm

Jobfarm is a project initiated by the Royal Highland Agricultural Society of Scotland’s presidential team 2018.

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12 June 2018

Johne's Veterinary Training

The Action Johne's group is targeting 95% of UK dairy herds.

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06 June 2018

Managing food waste in cheese manufacturing

Resource Efficient Scotland have produced the ultimate guide.

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04 June 2018

Herd person required in Ayrshire

Enthusiastic and motivated dairy herds person for 280 pedigree Holstein herd in south Ayrshire.

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04 June 2018

Alltech Euro Tour 2018

A unique opportunity to visit dairy farms in Italy, France, Belgium and Ireland....a farm tour like no other!

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15 May 2018

Job Opportunities at Davidsons Animal Feeds

Davidson Animal Feeds have a couple of great opportunities at the moment...

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09 May 2018

Opportunity for a person specialising in animal nutrition

Biocell Agri Limited, the Yeast Specialists, supply farmers from Land’s End to Shetland via our network of agents and distributors. We are currently wishing to appoint representatives in areas where we currently lack people.

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08 May 2018

Scotland's BVD Eradication Scheme

The Scottish Governments's "Rural Matters" have a great new resource for all their BVD communications. All are now listed in one place via video on a YouTube playlist called “Scotland’s BVD Eradication Scheme”.

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04 May 2018

Farm Safety

Aberdeen University's Dr Amy Irwin, is currently assessing the importance of non-technical skills (NTS) in relation to a farmer’s ability to perform safely and effectively at work.

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28 April 2018

Scottish farmers required for grass growth project

Would you like to be a monitor farm that AHDB dairy works with to measure and monitor weekly grass growth rates and fortnightly grass quality results throughout the grazing season?

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27 April 2018

Innovative Dairy Farmers Wanted

From Scotland to the Azores, Dairy-4-Future aims to increase the competitiveness, sustainability and resilience of dairy farms through the development of innovative and efficient dairy systems.

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08 April 2018

Dairy X Angus Calves wanted

Dairy X Angus Calves wanted direct off farm, on farm collection, guaranteed payment

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05 April 2018

Rural Youth Survey - Prize!

Are you 18 to 28 years of age? Living, working or studying in a rural location? Take the Rural Youth Project survey.

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04 April 2018

Herdperson Required

Exciting opportunity for the right person to help run 250 cow herd high yielding Holsteins plus followers, Dumfries & Galloway close to M74

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02 April 2018

Davidsons Animal Feeds

Davidson Animal Feeds latest newsletter...

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02 April 2018

Marketing role at Davidson Animal Feeds

Davidson Animal Feeds are looking for a marketing assistant...

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01 April 2018

Grant Announcement

The Young Farmers Start-up and New Entrants Start-up Grants have been extremely popular since they were launched in 2014 and have so far injected millions of pounds into the Scottish rural economy, while also helping young and new farmers get a foothold in the industry.....

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01 April 2018

Responsible Use of Antibiotics

As of the 1st June 2018, Highest Priority Critically Important Antibiotics must only be used as a last resort.

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28 March 2018

BVD Phase 4 Eradication Scheme

The Scottish Government are fully implementing Phase 4 of the BVD Eradication Scheme from 3rd April.

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18 March 2018

Full-time dairy herds-person required

Full-time dairy herds-person position available on a 300 cow herd in South Ayrshire near Ayr.

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18 March 2018

Remote Learning Opportunity

Want to improve your knowledge of the latest agri research but don't have time? Have you thought about elearning?

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26 February 2018

Farming Opportunities for New Entrants.

Over 1,000 hectares of public land is to be made available to new farmers to attract people to farming.

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25 February 2018

Foot Trimming Course

Are you interested in attending a Herdsman Foot Trimming course in Ayrshire?

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23 February 2018

Dairy herdperson required near Kelso

Fantastic opportunity on autumn block herd farm near Kelso

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18 February 2018

Research on positive animal welfare

SRUC are keen to hear farmers' views and opinions on the concept of positive animal welfare

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03 February 2018

Quality silage for sale

Silage for sale in the Kelso area.

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10 January 2018

Davidsons Newsletter

Davidsons January newsletter.

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18 December 2017

SAC Consulting seek new Specialist Dairy Consultant

SAC Consulting have started the search for a new specialist Dairy Consultant or Senior Dairy Consultant.

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01 December 2017

SRUC win prize for dairy Langhill project

SRUC has won the prestigious 2017 Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education.

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01 December 2017

Great Distance Learning Courses

IBERS Distance Learning offers high level training and education for agri-professionals.

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21 November 2017

Doing something novel on farm?

Are you doing something new on your farm ? Would you like to share this experience with like-minded farmers ?

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20 November 2017

Work experience required

can you help a student with work experience on dairy farm?

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07 November 2017

Reducing waste from dairy manufacturing

We offer free on-site food waste prevention audits to small and medium sized businesses

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09 October 2017

Ambitious aim to sign all Scottish dairy farmers

Scottish Government and AHDB aim to sign up all Scottish dairy farmers to Dairy Pro.

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03 October 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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02 October 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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27 September 2017

ForFarmers: Tackling the transition period

ForFarmers explain the benefits of a successful transition period...

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26 September 2017

Grassland Dairy Enthusiast

An opportunity has arisen to join a large and expanding grazing spring calving dairy in Southern Scotland...

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26 September 2017

General farm worker required

A position has opened for a general farm worker near Annan.

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22 September 2017

Farm Worker Position

General farm worker required for busy Ayrshire dairy farm.

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16 September 2017

Farm to Farm Equipment Rental

Earn by renting your machinery out. Save by renting in.

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16 September 2017

The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme

The programme aims to help family farm businesses improve their confidence, efficiency, and resilience.

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08 September 2017

CPD for Vets

SRUC have launched their programme of forthcoming training events for 2017-18.

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08 September 2017

Lantra Scotland Awards now open!

Do you know one of the country’s top land industries trainees? Now is the time to speak up.

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30 August 2017

Helping farmers make better silage

As part of the Cut to Clamp programme Volac are offering free on farm silage consultations.

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25 August 2017

Advanced Dairy Management Course

A new training course has been set up at Newton Rigg college dairy farm.

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24 August 2017

BVD consultation - what are your views?

Scottish Government have just launched the public consultation on the next phase of Scotland’s BVD eradication scheme.

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13 August 2017

Biocell Agri organic solutions.

Biocell Agri is specialist in the field of applied microbiology in animal nutrition http://www.biocellagri.com/

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08 August 2017

Survey into carbon footprints in the dairy industry

Can you help a MSC student with her research into how carbon footprints are used in the UK Dairy industry?

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01 August 2017

Seasonal Workers in Scottish Agriculture

Can you help with survey on seasonal migrant workers?

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28 July 2017

Tender opportunity for the supply & distribution of milk & associated products

Scotland Excel, invites potential suppliers to register their interest to supply & distribute milk & associated products.

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21 July 2017

Entrepreneurs in Dairying

Do you want to know more about contracts, joint ventures, finance and presenting your business case?

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17 July 2017

Davidson's Feeds Newsletter

The latest newsletter from Davidson's Feeds.

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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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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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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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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

FOR SALE

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

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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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14 March 2017

Silage for sale

Pit and round bale silage for sale.

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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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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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17 February 2017

Transporter Authorisation Changes

Type 1 Transporter Authorisation forms are no longer renewed automatically.

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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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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

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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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

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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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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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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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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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

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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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

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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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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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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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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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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