How to improve use of grass up for discussion at farmer meetings

The meetings take place later this month.

Farmers and crofters in the north and north-east are invited to attend free farmer meetings on maximising livestock production from grass later this month.

Organised by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), the meetings will feature presentations from well-known grazing expert Trevor Cook.

They form part of the red meat levy body’s new Better Grazing progamme, which launched last month.

Mr Cook, who is a grazing consultant and vet from New Zealand, will share his knowledge on livestock production and lead discussions on how Scottish producers can improve their use of grass to maximise output and keep costs down.

He said: “In order to get the highest level of production from our livestock, it is important to understand their nutritional needs and how this fits with grass growth and quality.

“There are many challenges that farmers face to ensure that their animals are kept in the right body condition score to ensure optimal performance. Grass supply and demand can be a challenge at certain times of the year, as is ensuring the correct quality and quantity of forage offered.”

QMS knowledge transfer specialist Emily Grant said: “This will be a valuable meeting whatever type of grazing system you have in place.”

The first meeting takes place at NTS Culloden, Inverness, on Thursday, September 14.

A second meeting takes place on Friday, September 15 at the Thainstone Centre, Inverurie.

Attendance at the meetings is free, however spaces are limited.