As part of Farm Safety Awareness Week, NFU Scotland is offering advice on how to stay safe on farms.
Today, the focus is on handling livestock safely, and the union has released the following tips:
- The risk is greater if the animals have not been handled frequently
- Never underestimate the risks, even with good precautions in place
- You should have proper handling facilities, that are well maintained and in good working order
- A race and a crush suitable for the animals to be handled
- Trained and competent staff
- A selection of breeding animals with the aim to improve herd temperament
Carmen Wood was forced to give up farming, after she was gored by a cow. The NFU is now raising awareness of the dangers of livestock.Read the full story ›
Thousands of farmers from across Britain descended on Cockermouth today for the National Sheep Association's largest event of the year.
Paul Crone was there.
Pictures from today's National Sheep Association show in Cockermouth.Read the full story ›
More than seven thousand people are expected to attend today's National Sheep Association North Sheep show in Cockermouth.
Over two hundred trade stands and all of the UK's major sheep breed societies are planned to be present for the event at Millston Moor Farm.
It's the first time it has been staged in Cumbria for five years.
Bringing NSA North Sheep back to Cumbria is a great choice for us, as it's one of the country's most renowned sheep producing areas.
"NSA North Sheep will be focusing on the current challenges and opportunities in the industry, and we are expecting visitors from all over the UK to make the trip to the Marston's fantastic livestock farm for this important industry event."
Around 200 school children from Dumfries and Galloway have been taking part in a Food and Farming event to learn about the agricultural industry.
The Queensberry Initiative and Royal Highland Education Trust joined together to host workshops including everything from sampling wild rabbit to milking Daisy the cow.
Lori Carnochan reports:
The National Farmers Union is asking farmers to be vigilant after nearly £50,000 worth of sheep were stolen from a Cumbrian farm.
Twenty-six pedigree Swaledale breeding sheep were taken from an eight acre field at Long Marton near Appleby. It's thought the thieves must have experience rounding up livestock.
It's one of the biggest industries in our region, but how much do we really know about farming and food production?
Well people working across the industry have been telling hundreds of children about what goes on and how they may one day want to get involved. Tim Backshall went to Kelso to see what happened.
A photographer has spent five years documenting the life of fell farmers in the Lake District and the Herdwick sheep they care for.
Ian Lawson's work is now on show at Rheged and he says the exhibition aims to highlight the uncertain future of the industry.
Around seven thousand people have turned out in Carlisle for the annual Borderway Dairy Expo.
The event showcases the best of the dairy industry with over 400 entries in the livestock classes, as well more than 140 trade stands.
Organisers say the Expo is going from strength to strength and is the perfect opportunity for the industry to come together and celebrate their best produce.
Lori Carnochan reports: