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Lochaber Monitor Farm Meeting - January
The benefits of investing in genetics and EID technology will be showcased at the next Lochaber Monitor Farm meeting on Thursday 31st January. The free meeting, which will be held at the Nevis centre in Fort William, will focus on some of the key areas for developing the suckler industry; selecting the correct genetics in your stock, bull management and how EID technology can help to monitor stock performance and aid management decisions.
At the meeting on 31st January, Alison Glasgow, technical manager and geneticist from the British Limousin Cattle Society will help the group to explore the genetics best suited to for west coast store cattle producers. She will outline new developments on the genetic horizon and how best to manage breeding bulls after purchase.
Also at the meeting, Jane Thomson from Shearwell Data Ltd will provide an update on proposals to bring in compulsory cattle EID from January 2020 and show how EID technology can improve the management of suckler herds in the west.
In 2018, the Camerons took on a tenancy of an extra 42 hectares of grazing land and some sheds just 11 miles from the home farm at Strone. After discussion with the management group they decided to trial finishing all their own male lambs indoors on ad-lib creep feeding. The weights of the lambs were also monitored regularly. The final costs and income from these lambs have been collected and the final results and conclusions from this trial will be presented at this meeting.
The meeting on 31st January will be held at the Nevis centre, in Fort William and will begin at noon and finish at around 4pm. Lunch will be provided.
For those interested, there will be an optional visit to Strone Farm at 10.45am. Those interested in attending should meet at Strone Farm, Banavie, Fort William, PH33 7PB