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North Ayrshire 5th Monitor Farm Meeting
The next meeting of the North of Ayrshire Monitor Farm meeting will be held on Friday 1st December 2017.
The meeting will be held at Gowanbank Farm, Newmilns, courtesy of management group chairman Craig Bryson who will give an overview of the priorities in the cattle business which he runs with his family.
The Brysons, who run Gowanbank and neighbouring Townhead farm, buy in store cattle at around six months old. The cattle are finished on a silage-based ration and sold to AK Stoddarts at around 280-350kg deadweight.
North Ayrshire monitor farmer John Howie, from Girtridge Farm, finished 220 cattle last year and is keen to see if he can learn from the Brysons’ management to improve his current system.
At the meeting, which is free and open to all farmers, independent nutritionist Robert Gilchrist will lead a session on cattle rationing and the importance of meeting nutritional requirements of housed cattle over the winter.
Jamie Robertson of Livestock Management Systems Ltd recently visited Girtridge to assess the design and ventilation of the buildings that house John Howie’s cattle over winter and his report conclusions and recommendations will be will shared at the meeting. SAC Consulting vet Helen Carty who also attend the meeting and review the most common cattle respiratory diseases and methods of control.
For catering purposes, those interested in coming along on 1 December should confirm attendance by calling Raymond Crerar of carol-Anne Warnock (contact details below)
Raymond Crerar and Carol-Anne Warnock (SAC Ayr)