Increasing numbers of Scottish farmers are trying out rotational grazing, according to Murray Rohloff from New Zealand. The sheep genetics expert gave a number of talks to Scottish farmers this month about how better ram selection and grassland management can improve farm profitability.

“We used to breed for the same traits as you do in the UK at the moment; fleshiness, looks, whatever would win a prize at a show,” Rohloff told Farmers Journal Scotland. “But when the crash came in the 1980s and our equity went down to 30% of what it had been, our balance sheet was shot through the middle. We had to change our system.”