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Lochaber 6th Monitor Farm Meeting
The exceptionally wet summer has posed a real winter challenge for livestock farmers round the country with straw and quality winter forage in short supply.
The steps farmers can take to manage their cattle through the winter, in light of these additional challenges, will be top of the agenda at the next Lochaber Monitor Farm meeting on Thursday 16 November, courtesy of Chris and Malcolm Cameron, Strone Farm, Banavie, Fort William.
The meeting, which will begin at 11am and include lunch, will discuss the issues faced by both in-wintering and out-wintering systems and alterative feeding strategies will be considered.
With specialist input from Derek Hanton of SAC Consulting, John Smith, nutritionist with Harbro and Mairi Thom from Crown vets, the existing wintering system and future plans for the various management groups of cattle at Strone will be examined and critiqued.
This meeting aims to address how farmers can deal with the lack of supply of good quality silage as a result of this summer’s poor weather. The three speakers will suggest a step-by-step approach to deal with the effect of the poor summer on forage quality. They will also explore silage yield and highlight the essential minerals for cattle and suggest how best to manage the health and nutrition of stock bulls.
As the Strone cattle are in-wintered, those attending the meeting on 16 November will have an opportunity to view the cows’ condition at the start of winter and see this year’s crop of calves.
For further information and to book your place contact Niall Campbell or Morven MacArthur (contact details below)