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Scottish Development Day (Balgay Farm) – Saturday, 29th July 2023

By kind invitation of I & S Graham and Iain Wilkinson, the Scottish development day was hosted at Balgay, Inchture, Perth.

Scottish Development Day (Balgay Farm)

This saw a full day of hands on workshops delivered by experienced breeders and industry experts and was open to all members and supporters of the breed.

Thanks to our sponsors Thrums Vets, East of Scotland Farmers Ltd, United Auctions, Harbro, The Cairnsmore herd and the Scottish Beef Shorthorn Club everyone had a most enjoyable day.

Major John Gibb delivered an excellent session on how to Judge which included what to look for within the Beef Shorthorn breed and how to explain the reasoning for selecting your champions.

Scottish Craft Butchers gave an indepth butchery demonstration followed by lunch.

In the afternoon attendees enjoyed a Show Clipping and Preparation demonstration by Drew Hyslop, which led on to Barbara Webster’s session explaining how Estimated Breeding values can be used in determining your breeding programme as well as an Ultrasound Scanning session.

Murray Cochrane then took everyone through the elements of Classification talking through a marvellous selection of Beef Shorthorn put forward by Balgay Farm.

The day was brought to an end by Iain Wilkinson who gave everyone a comprehensive Herd tour and explained how the use Pasture management to maximise production.

With over 80 attendees and multiple herds represented the day was a resounding success with all inspired by what they learned and saw, hoping to take back the lessons learned and apply back at their own farms.

Thank you Scotland!