Livestock road shows come to Scotland

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Livestock research, cross compliance and animal disease are amongst the topics to be discussed at NFU Scotland’s livestock road shows to be held in eleven locations across the country in October and November.

The events, which start in Oban on 30 October and end in Dumfries on 23 November are open to NFU Scotland members and will feature a range of speakers, including representatives from NFU Scotland, Livestock Health Scotland (LHS), Scottish Government, Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Scottish Agricultural Wages Board and local vets.

NFU Scotland’s Livestock Committee Chairman Charlie Adam commented: “We are looking to establish the livestock road show as a regular fixture in the farming calendar. It is an ideal opportunity for farmers to come along and hear about the latest thinking in the livestock sector.

Nigel Miller of Livestock Health Scotland said: “These events will give farmers a better understanding of the ongoing work by Livestock Health Scotland.

“Currently, we are investigating how different diseases impact on the livestock sector. The aim is to lighten the disease burden in Scotland in the long term.”

Jo Conington from SRUC commented: “We have been working on our livestock research projects in conjunction with NFU Scotland over the summer with a visit from the

Livestock Committee.

“These road shows are an ideal platform for us to provide information on the research we are conducting on behalf of sheep and beef farmers in Scotland and communicate this to those in the sector.”

For more information about these events contact NFU Scotland’s livestock policy manager John Sleigh on 01314724107 or email john.sleigh@nfus.org.uk

The events will be taking place as follows:

30 October at Corran Halls Oban at 7.30pm

2 November at Carfraemill Hotel, Carfraemill at 7pm

3 November at Dingwall Mart, Dingwall at 7pm

4 November at Huntingtower Hotel, Perth at 7.30pm

10 November at Rural Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh at 7pm

11 November at United Auctions Mart, Stirling at 7pm

12 November at Lochter Activity Centre, Oldmeldrum at 7pm

16 November at Holiday Inn Express at Strathclyde Park, Hamilton at 7.30pm

17 November at Western House Hotel, Ayr at 7.30pm

19 November at Green Valley Golf Academy, Castle Kennedy, Stranraer at 7pm

23 November at Cairndale Hotel, Dumfries at 7pm