Meet­ing to help farm­ers max­imise live­stock pro­duc­tion from grass

The Oban Times - - FARMING -

LIVE­STOCK farm­ers in Ar­gyll and Bute are in­vited to at­tend the next Bet­ter Graz­ing meet­ing in Camp­bel­town later this month and learn how they can in­crease their out­put from grass.

Trevor Cook, a graz­ing con­sul­tant and qual­i­fied vet from New Zealand, will be the key speaker at the meet­ing, which is be­ing or­gan­ised by Qual­ity Meat Scot­land (QMS) as part of the bet­ter graz­ing pro­gramme launched last month.

Trevor Cook is well-known by farm­ers around the world for his work in farm con­sul­tancy, ex­ten­sion and re­search.

The meet­ing, which is free to at­tend and open to all, is be­ing held at the Ard­shiel Ho­tel, Camp­bel­town, on Mon­day Septem­ber 18 and be­gins at 10am.

At the meet­ing, Mr Cook will share his ex­ten­sive knowl­edge on live­stock pro­duc­tion and lead dis­cus­sions on how Scot­tish live­stock farm­ers can im­prove the util­i­sa­tion of grass on their farms to max­imise out­put and keep costs down.

He said: ‘In or­der to get the high­est level of pro­duc­tion from our live­stock, it is im­por­tant to un­der­stand their nu­tri­tional needs and how this fits with grass growth and qual­ity.

‘Know­ing the nu­tri­tional de­mands of your stock and the value of cor­rect feed­ing dur­ing preg­nancy, lac­ta­tion and post wean­ing is there­fore crit­i­cal to help drive prof­itabil­ity.

‘There are many chal­lenges that farm­ers face to en­sure that their an­i­mals are kept in the right body con­di­tion score to en­sure op­ti­mal per­for­mance.

‘Grass sup­ply and de­mand can be a chal­lenge at cer­tain times of the year, as is en­sur­ing the cor­rect qual­ity and quan­tity of for­age of­fered.’

Emily Grant, Knowl­edge Trans­fer Spe­cial­ist at QMS en­cour­aged live­stock farm­ers to at­tend the meet­ing.

She said: ‘I’m de­lighted that Trevor is able to come at speak at this meet­ing. He has a huge depth of knowl­edge and ex­pe­ri­ence of prof­itable farm­ing sys­tems through max­imis­ing the use of pas­ture.

The Camp­bel­town Bet­ter Graz­ing meet­ing at the Ard­shiel Ho­tel on Mon­day Septem­ber 18 be­gins at 10am and ends at 2pm, and lunch will be pro­vided.

Places are limited and will be al­lo­cated on a first come first served ba­sis.

For more in­for­ma­tion about this meet­ing and to re­serve your place, please con­tact QMS on 0131 472 4040 or email info@qm­scot­ by Thurs­day Septem­ber 14.

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