North Ayrshire MF Meeting Reports 2017
At the sixth meeting in December the community group were hosted by Craig Bryson and his family to see their cattle finishing enterprise. Topics covered included ventilation in housing both in principle and at Girtridge, pneumonia in cattle and cattle rationing. The meeting report is here.
At the fourth and fifth meetings in September the group had the chance to assess a selection of lambs and steers for their readiness for market. Farmers estimated the weights and carcase grades and at a later meeting were able to view the beef carcases and see how close their estimates were to the actual grades. Please see the meeting report and an article here. The gross margins of the beef enterprises were discussed and can be seen here.
At the third North Ayrshire Monitor Farm meeting on 6th July the Carbon footprint for the farm was scrutinised and revealed how improvements in carbon footprint also resulted in improvements in profitablity. Soil and grazing management at Girtridge were highlighted in a presentation by Michael Blanche. The meeting report is here.
Please click here to read the May 2017 report from North Ayrshire's Monitor Farm meeting. Livestock health and handling systems were two of the topics up for discussion at the meeting. Recommendations for cattle handling systems were outlined and key points for health and safety highlighted. Cropping plans and farm information were also shared at the meeting.