Farm­ing road­show launched in Oban

The Oban Times - - Farming/Property -

NFU SCOT­LAND launched a se­ries of 11 live­stock road shows in Oban at the Cor­ran Halls last Fri­day night.

Be­tween now and the end of Novem­ber live­stock re­search, cross com­pli­ance and an­i­mal dis­ease are the top­ics up for dis­cus­sion across the coun­try.

Oban’s evening was chaired by David Bolt, of Camp­bel­town branch, who farms suck­ler cows at Kilken­zie.

He said: ‘ NFUS is just help­ing peo­ple to be up to speed and ef­fi­cient farm­ing.

‘ There are things within the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment which are chang­ing all the time and we have to try and help all our mem­bers know what's hap­pen­ing.’

The guest- speak­ers were Joanne Con­ing­ton, live­stock ge­neti­cist from Scot­tish Ru­ral Col­lege and Graeme Pirie, SGRIPD, Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment Ru­ral Pay­ment and In­spec­tions Divi­sion, based in Oban.

Ms Con­ing­ton said: ‘ The idea is to give an over-view of sheep and beef re­search that’s go­ing on at SRUC. We have 500 an­i­mal sci­en­tists in one build­ing which is very ex­cit­ing; to help im­prove an­i­mal per­for­mance and farm ef­fi­ciency.’

And Mr Pirie added: ‘ It is about try­ing to help mem­bers be­come more ef­fi­cient and more pro­duc­tive in the face of ad­ver­sity.’

Char­lie Adams, live­stock chair­man NFUS, who farms suck­ler cows at Al­ford, Aberdeen­shire was also at the launch, which was at­tended by farm­ers from across Ar­gyll and the is­lands, in­clud­ing Colon­say, Mull and Lis­more.

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David Bolt, NFUS Ar­gyll; Joanne Con­ing­ton, SRUC; Graeme Pirie, SGRPID and Char­lie Adam, who chairs the NFUS live­stock com­mit­tee, at Fri­day night’s launch of the

NFUS live­stock road­shows.

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