People have one more week to have their say on the future of wild boar in England.
2005 has been a positive year for England’s wildlife and habitats, according
to the annual Biodiversity Stocktake released by Defra today.
Members of The Country Land & Business Association (CLA) have noticed incidences
of theft of holly and mistletoe from their land in the run up to Christmas.
Help is at hand for sale bargain-hunters bewildered by a plethora of green labels
and logos on everything from furniture and textiles to dishwashers and cars.
When treating pneumonia, vets choose an antibiotic primarily on the basis of
whether it has shown any resistance to the main bacteria that cause the disease.
After 37 years of dedicated service to John Deere, Alec McKee has chosen to retire
at the end of December 2005.
Some cattle may be prevented from entering the human food chain and become worthless
in the wake of new EU-wide hygiene rules on emergency slaughter introduced from
January 1, 2006.
This week saw the successful arrival of hundreds of Cumbrian breeding sheep into
the Eastern European country of Estonia.
23/12/05 Nominations are being
sought for the RABDF Princess Royal Award, the highest merit available in the
Lancashire cheese has been announced as the latest British regional cheese to
receive market development funding from the Milk Development Council (MDC).
Kuhn has added a 5.65 metre working width model to its intermediate range of
Discover heavy cultivation and straw incorporation disc harrows.
Defra has announced that it is seeking representatives for a new Non-Departmental
Public Body (NDPB) for Bovine Tuberculosis (bTB).
The Tenant Farmers Association celebrates its silver jubilee in 2006.
A new survey suggests 20% of cattle farmers have lost a calf or cow to a confirmed
clostridial problem at an estimated average cost of £588/cow.
The Tenant Farmers Association has welcomed the introduction of an Adjudication
Scheme to handle disputes between landlords and tenants over proposals for farm
Transparent labelling is an absolute must so consumers can make an informed choice
about the pork they buy says the British Pig Executive.
Organic livestock farmers now have access to two market leading feed supplements
in a convenient “straight feed” form.
The Rt. Hon. Margaret Beckett, President of the European Agriculture Council,
today welcomed the formal and unanimous adoption by the Council Ministers of
the Avian Influenza Directive.
Scotland’s livestock representatives have agreed a common, industry-wide
cattle health declaration form, to improve the consistency of information provided
NFUS has described the revised proposals for water abstraction charges as a huge
Dedicated advisers will soon be on hand to help farmers tackle the causes of
harmful water pollution, Environment Minister Elliot Morley announced today.
The National Beef Association has put together a new committee which will act
on behalf of pedigree breeders - and one of its first jobs is to work with Defra
to smooth the path for live exports when the ban is lifted.
The Tenant Farmers Association has said that it deplores the lack of leadership
shown by the Government in tackling the rampant spread of bovine TB in Great
The past autumn’s bull sales have seen record numbers of recorded bulls
of the main beef breeds sold, with valuable price differentials achieved by sires
with the highest Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs).
NFUS has emphasised that the proposed EU budget compromise tabled by the UK,
as it stands, would represent a massive blow to the Scottish countryside.
RABDF says Defra's TB measures are 'too little, too late' and calls for reassessment
of pedigree stock compensation.
NFU Scotland believes the measures announced today by Defra to control bovine
tuberculosis (TB) in England must lead to improved control of the disease there.
The Badger Trust today welcomed the government's commitment to improve TB testing
for cattle which are the primary reservoir for the disease.
New measures to tackle bovine TB in cattle in England, including the pre-movement
testing of cattle and a 12-week consultation on badger culling, were announced
by Defra today.
NFU Scotland’s campaign to bring common sense to the proposed charges for
water abstraction stepped up a gear this week.
Spring barley growers using straw length or height as a guide to varieties that
will give them the greatest straw yield may not be using the best indicator.
Nafferton Farm, in Northumberland, has launched a new website and on-line ordering
service for its organic vegetables.
The meat and livestock industry is facing more challenges, both on the domestic
market and abroad.
NFU Scotland has announced the appointment of James Withers to the new role of
Deputy Chief Executive.
The annual cost of production report, just published by the British Pig Executive
(BPEX) is a bit like the curate's egg - good in parts.
The British pig industry needs to attract and retain the best scientific brains
there are to make sure it has a sustainable future.
The reform of the Common Agricultural Policy, rising cost of farming inputs,
particularly fuel, and the lack of positive price signals from the marketplace
have all culminated in an uncertain year for farmers and crofters in Orkney.
Crawford Brothers have begun exporting the first consignment of Limousin and
Belgian blue embryos into the Republic of Ireland.
A NEW communications manager has been appointed by the English Beef and Lamb
Executive (EBLEX) bringing a wealth of experience with her.
English beef producers wishing to improve steer and heifer performance can make
greater use of maize silage.
Exploiting a small acreage of kale to extend the autumn grazing season by up
to a month helps a Cumbrian dairy farming family reduce milk production costs.
British Seed Houses’ inaugural event Forage 365 in Crewe on Thursday (December
1) addressed specific aspects of grazed grass, clover, forage maize and brassicas,
covering topics that are relevant to both dairy and beef producers.
ATHLETES taking part in the London Olympics must be fed pork and pork products
produced to UK standards says the British Pig Executive (BPEX).
Poultry keepers were today urged to start registering their birds as part of
a new scheme to boost government and industry's ability to effectively tackle
an outbreak of avian flu.
Agricultural trade reform offers benefits, but the poor could be left behind.
Government plans to extend the powers of wildlife inspectors have been roundly
criticized by the police as well as organisations representing landowners,
such as the CLA.
The Veteran Horse Welfare (VHW) charity now has one of the top celebrities from
Radio One as their Patron.
The UK Government has three weeks to avoid a major set back in the use of renewable
fuels, caused by its current plans to implement the EU Waste Incineration Directive.
A bigger than ever product display will be staged by McCormick Tractors International
at next year's Royal Smithfield Show.
NFU Scotland has questioned the Chancellor's rationale for increasing the duty
on red diesel.
NFU is joining the fight to save six small Cumbrian cottage hospitals that the
NHS is threatening with closure.
Holstein breeders provided an awesome catalogue combined with awesome cattle
for the 19th Borderway Black & White Sale.
Villagers and visitors alike are enjoying the delights of a rural retreat in
the heart of Northumberland that offers access for all.
Christmas has arrived early for a chef from Kirkby Stephen - in fact Dianne Halliday
and her hardworking team at Country Fare have been baking home made luxury Christmas
cakes ever since January.
Gracious living is back in fashion in the tiny village of Kermincham near Holmes
FAO/WHO say good hygiene for safe preparation of poultry essential.
Scottish produce and the major issues affecting agriculture within Scotland were
high on the agenda last week as NFUS President, John Kinnaird, held a series
of talks in Brussels.
A run-down Northumberland farm that was transformed into a high quality equestrian
centre with help from Defra, has been awarded additional funding to expand the
service it offers to horse riders.
NFU Scotland is reminding its members that they have until the end of the month
to apply to the 2005 Scottish Beef Calf Scheme.
A four-year study across a total of 39 sheep flocks by the Universities of Bristol
and Warwick has confirmed that the currently available footrot vaccine covers
the D. nodosus strains.
As Britain celebrates the 30th anniversary of National Tree Week, one Cumbrian
farmer is making a valuable contribution to the regeneration of the county's
The Welsh Winter Fair proved another great showcase for the Limousin breed and
rounded the Winter fatstock season off in tremendous style.