This is a photograph of a Scottish Power Station

10 years ago, this 5,000-acre hill-farm in southern Scotland ran 3000 sheep and 600 head of beef cattle. At that time the livestock produced 95% of the income with renewable energy (from mini hydro) contributing about 5%. Today, the farm’s renewable energy mix includes wind turbines, forestry, Combined Heat and Power (CHP), sawdust biomass residential…

Barbados Blackbelly Sheep

They wouldn’t win a beauty contest for sheep and their frame is quite narrow but Barbados Blackbelly sheep (BBS) are fully tropically adapted, have 100% hair, a strong resistance to internal parasites, are excellent foragers and highly fertile. Both sexes are polled. This slow maturing breed of meat sheep has developed over many centuries since…

Live cattle exports from Mexico to USA

As Australian live cattle export numbers slowly decline, Mexico has taken over as the world’s largest live cattle exporter.  In 2020, Mexican exporters sent over 1.1M head across the border into the USA whilst Australia exported a total of 1.05M head. The year-to-date numbers from Mexico are down in 2021, but not as much as…

Cruising with Cattle during Covid-19.

As a result of the multiple cruise ship Corona virus disasters, the Australian public quite understandably sees ocean going vessels as one of their most serious threats for future infections. In the case of cargo vessels including livestock carriers, the reverse is the case. Visiting a port for loading or discharge represents the only opportunity…

The road from Mandalay : 2020

4 years ago I wrote a story about the Myanmar cattle industry with the heading “Myanmar’s Enigmatic Beef Cattle Industry : Please ring back in 2026.” I have just spent 2 weeks in Myanmar in mid-January 2020 and must review my predictions for the future of the cattle industry as a lot has happened in…