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Borders pair recognised for performance recording
Two borders farmers at the forefront of promoting the use of performance recording in animal breeding have been recognised at the Royal Highland Winter Fair today (25 November).
The trophy, sponsored by accountancy firm, Johnston Carmichael, is awarded annually by the Strategy to the person or persons who have raised the profile of performance recording in
Both of this year’s winners have gained an international reputation for having their priorities firmly set on commercial attributes when developing their breeding programmes.
With a background in dairy farming in
The Parks have had the top index
Richard Oates, who now farms a 350 acre upland farm at
Richard was chairman of the Texel Recording Members Group from 1991 until 2000 and was heavily involved in the development of C.T. Scanning. He is a strong advocate of two stage selection, on farm scanning to identify the top ram lambs and then C.T. Scanning to find the very best animals each year
Rod McKenzie, Development Manager of the Scottish Sheep Strategy, said “We are so fortunate in
“They have proved time and again that the key to financial success in livestock production is within our grasp. Identification and use of the best genetics, combined with good stockmanship will give people the results they require to make a good living.
“2013 is rapidly approaching and these two gentlemen have shown us all how it is quite possible to have a sheep enterprise which is independent and does not rely on subsidies to make it pay.
“The knowledge, science and information is out there and the industry would be better and fitter if it made us of the available technology and followed the example of these forward thinking men.”
Last year’s Johnston Carmichael Trophy was awarded to the Lennox family at Shantron, overlooking
For more information about the Scottish Sheep strategy, visit www.scottishsheepstrategy.org.uk