FARMER FOCUS: Kids who are ignorant about food

Winter is upon us and all the cattle are now housed. They have been clipped, dosed for fluke and pour on used for worms. The calves have also been weighed and yearling bulls have been back fat scanned.

Weights have been slightly better than last year. The ewes have been dipped and drenched and fattening lambs are now grazing off the stubble turnips.

Twenty-four mostly Limousin x spring-born suckled calves were sold off the glen cows at Forfar mart. They weighed well and averaged £938 a head. The cheque has already been spent as a loader tractor has been purchased for the glen.

The wheat has made an appearance, but so did the torrential rain, resulting in a few tramlines now resembling the Grand Canyon. The winter barley was looking a bit too well, but these frosty mornings are bringing it back into line.

Attention is now turned to the next crop of bulls for the February sales. Following on from the last sales, there has been various debates over EBVs, herd inspections, and the latest is a letter from the Limousin Cattle Society regarding presale inspection panels.

As a family we have been involved in breeding bulls here at Newhouse for more than 75 years, having various breeds throughout this time. But one thing we feel very positive about is pre-sale inspections for locomotion. Good feet and legs are the foundations to any animal.

An enjoyable day was spent helping out as a farmer volunteer along with four of our ewe lambs at the local RHET (Royal Highland Education Trust) day for the Angus primary schools.

All the kids, along with the teachers, hopefully learned something new about farming. The biggest surprise for most was to find out that sheep didn’t have any top front teeth. But the worrying thing was so many of these kids had very little knowledge of where there food actually came from.

RHET has the motto “taking the classroom to the countryside” and they have managed to get thousands of children throughout Scotland on to farm visits or volunteer farmers visiting school classrooms, and it’s something we are very proud to support.

Bob and Kay Adam run 100 pedigree Limousin and Charolais cows on their 222ha family farm in Angus and rent a 728ha hill farm running 640 ewes and 30 suckler cows

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