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Shetland Monitor Farm Meeting - 14 January
The first Shetland Monitor Farm meeting in 2018 will focus on finishing cattle and sheep for markets both on and off Shetland and will be held in two parts, one on Sunday 14 January and the second part on 15 January.
The first meeting will begin at noon on Sunday 14th January and will look at the finishing process on farm. This will be held at Kergord Farm, courtesy of GB & AM Anderson.
At the meeting, Poppy Frater, Sheep Specialist with SAC Consulting, part of SRUC, will give a presentation on lamb finishing rations and Derek Hanton from SAC Consulting will lead discussion on finishing cattle. Around an hour will be spent on the farm assessing cattle which are at a variety of stages in the finishing process.
The group will then move to Shetland Mart at Lerwick where Lauraine Manson, manager of the Shetland abattoir, will give an overview of what local markets require in terms of grades and specification.
Local farmers and crofters will be able to see a selection of live lambs of different ages and breeds and members of the group will have an opportunity to grade lambs themselves prior to slaughter.
To provide a contrast to the continental cross cattle seen at Kergord, Robert Ramsay of South Collafirth, Ollaberry has kindly agreed to bring in two or three Shetland cattle that are nearing slaughter condition for members of the group to see and discuss. Lunch will be provided and the meeting will finish at 3pm.
The second part of the meeting, will take place on the evening of Monday 15th January and will offer an opportunity for local farmers and crofters to visit the abattoir based at Shetland Mart. For more information about this meeting click here
Booking is essential for each of these two meetings. If you would like to attend one, or both meetings, please contact the project facilitator Graham Fraser by Wednesday 10 January (contact details below).
Graham Fraser, SAC Lerwick. Tel: 01595 693520 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org