The cull of pheasants at a farm in Surrey to stop the spread of Newcastle Disease
has been completed. The affected premises are now being cleansed and disinfected.
A children's competition will link past and present as Brecon Show celebrates
the 250th anniversary of its society, the oldest in the UK.
A £500,000 research project aimed at finding sheep with a greater resistance
to foot rot is the latest project to be funded by red meat organisations in England,
Wales and Scotland.
Agricultural machinery specialist New Holland has extended the offering in its
TS-A Series by adding three new tractors and introducing a number of enhancements
to existing models.
NFU Scotland has welcomed Scottish Executive plans to toughen up measures to
prevent bovine tuberculosis (TB) entering Scotland.
Borderway Mart, Carlisle was the venue for a spectacular sale from four leading
pedigree Limousin cattle herds on Monday 25th July.
CLA Wales has achieved a major breakthrough in the drive to prevent cuts of up
to 30% in Tir Gofal payments.
A big turnout at the Penrith Show saw some great classes in the Bluefaced Leicester
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performance recorded figures took the top prizes and prices at the Suffolk Sheep
Society premier show and sale at Edinburgh (Fri Sat July 22/23).
Sir Don Curry, chairman of the group implementing the Government's Sustainable
Farming and Food Strategy (SFFS), will be finding out more about sustaining the
future for English farming and food in the region.
Member of the European Parliament, Alyn Smith, spent the day getting his hands
dirty down on the farm recently.
The Arable Group (TAG) is establishing a new agronomy group in the west in Cumbria
to help predominantly dairy farmers make the most of their combinable crops.
Northumberland is gearing up to host the England National Sheepdog Trials for
the first time in almost a decade with the help of European funding awarded by
An innovative new seeds partnership has been launched by crop production specialists,
Agrovista UK Limited in alliance with leading regional seed producers across
Defra's new Exotic Animal Disease Generic Contingency Plan has been laid before
The Directors of The Arable Group (TAG) regret to announce that Dr Mike Carver,
their Managing Director, is to leave the Company.
Current proposals from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) are
that under the Controlled Activities Regulations (CAR), all those abstracting
more than 10 cubic metres of water per day will be charged for registration.
The Government is today (20 July) announcing details for the delivery of its
Manifesto commitment to establish an Affordable Rural Housing Commission to identify
practical ways in which access to affordable housing for people in rural areas
can be improved.
Farmers in the North West say they are 'incensed' at the latest Government announcement
that not only leaves them facing disastrous cash flow problems, but also reduces
the national flagship environmental programme to little more than a sham.
Carrs Billington Agriculture (Operations) Limited has announced the purchase
of the assets and goodwill of W & J Pye Limited (in administration).
Falling farm profits are the likely and unwelcome outcome of attempts by growers
to save money on fertiliser and lime inputs.
Action was taken on the Government's animal disease contingency plan today in
response to an outbreak of Newcastle Disease in pheasants at a farm in Surrey.
With the presentation of a New Equipment Award for its Dyna-6 transmission at
the UK’s Royal Show last week, Massey Ferguson is celebrating the latest
in a series of European farm machinery industry accolades for its totally transformed
tractor product line-up.
The National Beef Association has launched a glossary of cattle health and disease
terms to be used by farmers and advisory professionals.
Leading representatives from Tesco and ASDA will be speaking at the Red Meat
Industry Forum (RMIF) conference in London on 2nd November 2005 where the results
of the three-year initiative will be revealed.
The 2005 Great Yorkshire Show is an all time record breaker. Organisers the Yorkshire
Agricultural Society have announced that the attendance figure of 134,810 is
higher than any in the event's 167 year history.
NFU Scotland's annual Excellence Awards look forward to their fifth successful
year. The Farmland Biodiversity Award, sponsored by RSPB Scotland, will be the
first of the three awards to be judged.
As the school holidays commence, HSE is warning North West farmers, parents and
children themselves to beware the risks that farms can pose to children's safety.
NMR has introduced a simplified dairy management software package, HerdPro, for
those producers wishing to take advantage of computerised herd recording and
For the last three years the Hetheringtons have used an automatic sheep tagging
system, the Adamatic from Scottish borders specialist tag manufacturer Roxan
Well-planned management of the harvest will be the difference between success
and failure for many linseed growers this season
Cumbria’s first maize maze opens its gates to the public on July 16 and
a local company used a revolutionary system that ensured no-one would be lost
in the puzzle whilst cutting it!
A fall in the price of finished cattle over the past fortnight has sparked further
fears of undermining confidence in the UK beef industry.
Quality beef from Cumbria was on the menu for 700 guests at a prestigious event
in London, The Craft Guild of Chefs Awards 2005.
Finishers alarmed by lower than expected prices for prime cattle are turning
their thoughts to feeding young cows to sell for commercial slaughter in late
autumn - but are finding it difficult to lay their hands on animals of the right
THE British Pig Executive welcomes the recent decision by J Sainsbury to stop
using tertiary brands in its bacon category, and to review their use for ham
and pork, and calls on other retailers to do the same.
Reacting to reports of uncertainty in the beef market and concerns about the
welfare standards of imported pork, NFU Scotland have highlighted the potential
dangers of imported meat replacing high quality Scottish produce.
The H&H Group, Carlisle has made two new and additional appointments to its
main board of directors.
One of the north east's leading stockmen, Jimmy Wilson, of Barnyards, Mintlaw,
near Peterhead has been elected chairman of the British Charolais Cattle Society's
council of management.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is warning North West farmers to take extra
care when using transport over the summer months.
World class shearers from as far afield as New Zealand took part in the third
Lakeland Shears International Sheep Shearing Competition at Cockermouth auction
mart on Saturday (July 9).
IMPORTS of pork and pork products are still rising and retail sales of imported
fresh pork are up 50 per cent in 2004 compared with the previous year according
to a report just published by the British Pig Executive (BPEX).
The new SmartSteer™ laser guidance system from New Holland allows combines
to make hands-free course corrections, reducing operator workload and improving
As part of the continuing development of The Arable Group it is now planned to
establish a unit to undertake pesticide application research.
Businesses sweltering in a pressure cooker of red tape are being urged to take
part in a survey to tell Gordon Brown which regulations they most want to see
scrapped or amended.
Farmers have been urged to become 'rural entrepreneurs' as a strategy for survival
and growth in the 21st century.
The Tenant Farmers Association has been proud to sponsor the prestigious 2005
National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs’ Farm Business Development Competition.
New research by the National Trust highlights that hill farming is on the brink
of a rapid, and unmanaged collapse, without help through the major changes it
Duff Burrell, from Broome Park, near Alnwick in Northumberland is the new chairman
of the National Beef Association.
The Limousins are the champion breed at this year’s Royal Show, and have
picked up the prestigious Burke Trophy.
Straw polls taken at agricultural safety awareness days have revealed that as
many as 80% of the attendees have had back problems at some stage of their career.
HOPES of a vibrant export market for British beef when present controls are lifted
have been given a boost this week by the results of a survey.
A Silver Award this year for New Holland’s TS-A tractor range acknowledges
the increased levels of comfort and performance that this tractor brings to the
highly competitive 100-135hp sector.
Dorset’s grass verges and school playing fields are looking greener than
usual this summer following the purchase of a fleet of new John Deere tractors.
Two or more mastitis bacteria a year are diagnosed on most dairy units as causing
a significant proportion of the disease.
Buyers heading for the early NSA Wales & Border Ram Sale at the Royal Welsh
Showground next month will have a wider choice than ever before.
Huge energy cost increases may force animal feed manufacturers into raising their
EXPORTS of British cattle genetics have hit a high point not seen since the 1980s,
it was revealed at the Royal Show on Sunday July 3.
"Join our Club!" was the message from Clare Wise, Red Meat Industry
Forum (RMIF) project manager, speaking at the Royal Show in Stoneleigh on Monday
Promising market prospects for 2006 and beyond mean most UK growers should be
able to make a reliably healthy margin from sowing oilseed rape this autumn.
THE spotlight has been turned on the British pig industry in a new monthly publication
from the Meat and Livestock Commission's economics department.
There will be more competitive entries at this year's Great Yorkshire Show than
in the entire history of the event, organisers have announced.
The UK’s new top Holstein sire ranked on PLI, Loe Martin, has joined the
There couldn’t be a more suitable venue than the Royal Show to champion
the many achievements and successes of the nation’s farmers – and
this year there are more prestigious livestock and agricultural competitions
than ever before.
The fear that the recent price cut announced by Arla could undermine the work
to achieve a more sustainable milk price for farmers was fuelled on Wednesday
June 28 when Robert Wiseman Dairies also announced a cut.