As part of a Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) funded project, with support from the Scottish Government*, SAC Consulting (part of Scotland’s Rural College) is running a series of free Suckler Cow and Bull Management workshops in the coming weeks.
The workshops, which will take place at three farms around Scotland, will focus on suckler cow nutrition, bull management, cattle health issues and genetics. There will also be an opportunity for general discussions on issues that are of direct concern to attendees.
Speakers at each workshop include: Robert Gilchrist, QMS Knowledge Transfer Specialist; Gavin Hill, SAC Beef Specialist; Karen Stewart, SAC Feeding Consultant; and a local vet.
Mr Gilchrist said that these events will offer a valuable opportunity for beef farmers to increase their knowledge with regard to managing cattle on a tight budget.
“Previous workshops have proved extremely popular and we look forward to more farmers leaving these events armed with the latest information and advice on managing bulls and suckler cow herds.”
Mr Hill said: “The event will allow producers to discuss the issues they currently face.
“Many of our livestock areas have endured poor weather conditions which have impacted on the cattle at grass and making forage. It has been an expensive spring and summer for many and this will have an impact on the herds for some time to come.”
Attendance at the workshops is free and lunch is provided. Please note, clean boots are essential for biosecurity.
Wednesday 19 August 2015
Mr Malcolm Cameron, Strone Farm, Banavie, Fort William, PH33 7PB
The farm is situated around 3 miles up the B8004 from Banavie, at the west side of Fort William.
11.00am - 3.30pm
To book a place, please contact: SAC Consulting Oban on 01631 563093 or email email@example.com
Tuesday 25th August
Mr William Harcus, Quanterness Farm, Quanterness, St Ola, KW15 1TY
10.30am - 3.00pm
To book a place, please contact: SAC Consulting Kirkwall on 872698 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 26th August
Rattar Mains and Greenvale, KW14 8XW.
By very kind permission of the Mackay Family
10.30am - 3.00pm
To book a place, please contact: SAC Thurso on 01847 892602
or email email@example.com
*As part of its Public Good Veterinary and Advisory Services Programme