Focus will be on lamb production

Trevor Cook, a leading light in the New Zealand sheep world, will be the key speaker at a next round of Grazing Group meetings organised by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) over the next couple of weeks.''Pic Alan Richardson Dundee, Pix-AR.co.uk'Free to Use From QMS'Trevor Cook, New Zealand

Trevor Cook, a leading light in the New Zealand sheep world, will be the key speaker at a next round of Grazing Group meetings organised by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) over the next couple of weeks.''Pic Alan Richardson Dundee, Pix-AR.co.uk'Free to Use From QMS'Trevor Cook, New Zealand

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Trevor Cook, a leading light in the New Zealand sheep world, will be the key speaker at a series of meetings organised by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

Trevor Cook is well-known by farmers around the world for his work in farm consultancy, extension and research.

With his extensive knowledge of optimising animal performance from pasture, Mr Cook’s experience will be a great asset to the six grazing groups, which were established last summer by QMS to help Scottish farmers improve the utilisation of grass and boost livestock production.

At the meetings later this month Mr Cook will share his knowledge and lead discussions with local farmers on the optimal grazing strategies for the coming season.

As lambing approaches the subject of feeding strategies to maximise lamb growth will also be discussed at some meetings, as well as coccidiosis and worming strategies plus trace elements and mineral challenges for stock at this time of year.

The meeting in the Borders will be held on Friday, January 30, at Pirntaton Farm, Fountainhall, Galashiels, courtesy of farmer Jim Logan.

“These meetings are a real opportunity for farmers to ask any burning questions on animal performance from pasture and sheep and cattle health,” said Michael Blanche, QMS knowledge transfer specialist.

“The events over the next couple of weeks will be a great opportunity to hear the views of Trevor Cook, an excellent authority on livestock production, and discuss with fellow farmers how we can further improve our grazing management.”

He concluded: “All are welcome to what I’m confident will be really interesting meetings.”

For further information on the Grazing Group meetings and to book a place at the meeting to be held at Pirntaton Farm on Friday, January 30, contact QMS on 0131 472 4040 or email info@qmscotland.co.uk.