Morayshire MF Meeting Reports 2018
The October meeting at Corskie farm focussed on the the cattle. This included the 'beef monitor' system that records cattle weights each time that they take a drink. This allows continual updates on liveweight gains at the touch of a button. The group also had a chance to view the bulls at Corskie and discuss their EBVs and bull selection. Despite very dry summer conditions the participants saw a field that had been oversown successfully with white clover. In the afternoon Harry Henderson from AHDB took the group though the machinery review undertaken at Corskie and a machinery cost calculator for farmers to use at home was demonstrated. The meeting report is here.
At the July Morayshire Monitor Farm meeting the community group put together a guidance sheet to help farmers plan ahead to manage the challenges presented by this years weather and its affect on grass and crop growth. The attendees also saw how close monitoring of cattle liveweight gains can help management both from a feeding and breeding perspective. A comparision of winter and spring barley varieties was also discussed. The value of benchmarking was demonstrated as the event and included scrutinising the farms figures with feedback from the business group.The meeting report is here. During the year then Moray Monitor farm investigated the range of lime products available and the theme report is here.
In February 2018 those attending the meeting discussed the use of EBVs in selecting cattle, calving detection technology and how to manage modern barley varieties for optimum performance. The MF meeting report is here.