North Ayrshire MF Meeting Reports 2017
Meeting Reports 2017
May 2017 meeting report, please click here
July 2017 meeting report, please click here.
September 2017 meeting report, please click here
December 2017 meeting report, please click here.
Associated Links and Presentations
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.
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. 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
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.