Lochaber Suck­ler Cow Man­age­ment Work­shop

The Oban Times - - Farming -

With farm­ing mar­gins un­der in­creas­ing pres­sure, now is a good time to check out the latest in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice on man­ag­ing suck­ler cow herds.

As part of a Qual­ity Meat Scot­land (QMS) funded pro­ject, with sup­port from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment as part of its Public Good Vet­eri­nary and Ad­vi­sory Ser­vices Pro­gramme, SAC Con­sult­ing ( part of Scot­land’s Ru­ral Col­lege) has or­gan­ised a prac­ti­cal and in­for­ma­tive day on Suck­ler Cow and Bull Man­age­ment in the Fort Wil­liam area on Wed­nes­day 19th Au­gust from 11am to 3.30pm. The work­shop will be held at Strone Farm, Banavie, cour­tesy of Mr Mal­colm Cameron. Mal­colm has a good com­mer­cial herd of Li­mousin cows and the meet­ing will be held in his new cat­tle shed built within the last few months.

Top­ics be­ing cov­ered in­clude suck­ler cow nutri­tion, bull man­age­ment, cat­tle health is­sues and ge­net­ics. But there will also be plenty of time for gen­eral dis­cus­sions on is­sues that are of di­rect con­cern to those who at­tend.

‘We have put to­gether an ex­cel­lent range of speak­ers from SAC Beef and Nutri­tion Spe­cial­ists, QMS and the lo­cal Crown Vets,’ said Niall Camp­bell of SAC Con­sult­ing in Oban. ‘I think this will be a re­ally valu­able work­shop for all farm­ers and crofters in the area who are try­ing to man­age cat­tle on a tight bud­get.’

The event is open to all and is free, but any­one in­ter­ested in at­tend­ing the work­shop should con­tact the Oban SAC of­fice on 01631 563093 or email FRBSOban@sac.co.uk as num­bers are needed for cater­ing pur­poses.

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