Spring into ac­tion

Country Smallholding - - In Focus -

The new Scot­tish Farm Ad­vi­sory Ser­vice is of­fer­ing ad­vice for small­hold­ers and crofters. The ser­vice is de­liv­ered by ad­vis­ers from the SAC Con­sult­ing, part of Scot­land’s Ru­ral Col­lege.

HERE ARE SOME TIPS FOR SPRING: Colostrum for lambs

Re­mem­ber the three Q’s – Qual­ity, Quan­tity and Quickly;

Freeze 200mls of colostrum in ice cube trays for easy and quick de­frost­ing;

If tub­ing ewe colostrum, add a lit­tle warm wa­ter to help flow. For more in­for­ma­tion: www.fas.scot/ar­ti­cles/rules-colostrum-lambs

Feed ewes soya

Give soya in the last three weeks of preg­nancy to in­crease colostrum;

Only a lit­tle is needed 100g per lamb car­ried per day;

Soya pro­vides spe­cial pro­tein called DUP which in­creases the amount of pro­tein the ewe can digest.

Dig a hole

Count the worms – around 10 in a spade full is good;

Grass roots should be longer than 15cm. if not, soil may be com­pacted and need cul­ti­va­tion;

Get your soil an­a­lysed for pH, P, K and Mg to en­sure that the grass has the best op­por­tu­nity to grow and re­duce rushes and but­ter­cups.

Check your soil

An SAC con­sul­tant giv­ing ad­vice to a farmer

You can freeze colostrum in ice cube trays

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