The Government, acting on advice from the RPA, have promised to get full payments
out to the bulk of farmers and land managers by the end of March 2006.
English farmers will start receiving full payments in February under the Single
Payment Scheme, Farming Minister Lord Bach confirmed today.
IMPORTS of both beef and lamb showed a marked drop last year as home production
showed a sharp increase - of up to 18 per cent in the case of beef.
More than 30 leading animal breeding research groups and businesses are joining
forces to develop more economically and environmentally sustainable production
systems for cattle, pigs and chickens.
THE gauntlet has been thrown down to the British pig industry to make real improvements
in productivity and in turn improve cost pf production.
English sheep producers that do not conform to the new EU rules for animal identification
and movement recording risk the penalty of having stock excluded from the food
chain as well as losing subsidy payments.
EBLEX will have a stand at a giant Paris food and agriculture show to attract
THE NFU in Cumbria has a new entrepreneurial county chairman who is determined
to see the industry he loves revolutionised.
Countryman, conservationist, farmer, local politician are only a few of the words
which sum up the work and life of Steele Addison who died on Saturday (January
21), aged 74.
Giving young people access to outdoor educational opportunities helps them to
experience and understand the sense of freedom, inspiration and enjoyment the
The NFU Scotland Young Achiever Award, which is sponsored by the Royal Bank of
Scotland, was established six years ago.
The industry is now facing a critical period as the OTMS ended on 22 January
and all cows born after July 1996 must be sold into the food chain.
Farmers are yet again witnessing consumers being asked to pay more for their
milk but seeing no benefit at the farmgate.
Figures released by the AEA, the trade association for UK agricultural machinery
companies, show that in 2004, McCormick tractors became the fourth most popular
The award – Southern Dealer of the Year 2005 – was presented by Italian
tractor maker Landini to Richard Tooby Farm Services.
The CLA has been shocked and disappointed at the over-confidence, bordering on
arrogance, shown by the RPA in the implementation of the Single Farm Payment
The Badger Trust has welcomed advice from Defra's Science Advisory Council (SAC)
which states that badger culling is "unlikely to be an effective control
measure" for bovine TB.
Who cares what day of the week it is, let's get that Friday feeling with a new
collection of easy pork recipes for midweek meals from the British Pig Executive
New EU rules will create an active market for the rights to farmland subsidies,
says RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors).
Stamford Tractors & Farm Services have been appointed McCormick Tractor dealers
for South Lincolnshire.
MOVES to implement a comprehensive training strategy for the British pig industry
have taken a major step forward.
Too few suckled calf breeders know their true calving percentage and in an effort
to raise awareness of the problem the National Beef Association is to distribute
a simple calculation formula to its members.
The NFU today backed a report which condemns the government for leaving farmers
exposed to extra cost as a result of the bungled administration of farm payments.
Pre-movement testing for Bovine Tuberculosis, proposed by Defra, can only happen
if it does not add any further cost burden to the industry.
Five of Scotland’s leading dairies, in conjunction with the Milk Development
Council have come together to bring milk advertising in Scotland back to the
small screen after a 13 year absence.
NEW advice and information designed to help producers with changes in over thirty
month cattle rules has been added to the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX)
A National Suckled Calf Show with a prize fund of £4000 will be a major
feature of the UK’s national beef event, Beef Expo 2006, to be held at
Carlisle on Friday, June 2.
British meat and livestock producers will be launching a concentrated effort
to open new markets and regain old ones across Europe this year as restrictions
on British beef exports are due to be lifted.
NEW opportunities for beef presented by the end of a ban on animals aged over
30 months are to be met with a £5.5 million campaign from the English Beef
and Lamb Executive.
Potato growers need to assess the risk of dry rot to their crop and seed producers
should be on the look-out now for signs of the disease as they grade-out stocks,
is the advice from the British Potato Council.
Gene markers which influence traits like meat tenderness and carcase quality
are set to become a main stream breeding tool, north pedigree and commercial
beef farmers were told at a meeting in Carlisle.
A COMPLAINT has been lodged with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) by
the British Pig Executive (BPEX) over an advertisement by the Vion Group, owners
of Key Country Foods.
Farmer and brewery founder Steven Urwin and his wife Sally are hoping to make
their mark on the Hadrian's Wall tourist trail with the help of Defra's Rural
Enterprise Scheme (RES).
A new transmission option for Landini’s most popular tractor will further
increase the appeal of the popular Powerfarm range.
The NFU Scotland Innovation Award aims to encourage, recognise and reward those
who have improved, changed or diversified their businesses through innovation
Shepherds gearing up for lambing this season must counter the potential hygiene
threat from damp straw bedding.. .
Fighting the disease in animals is crucial to win the battle against the virus,
says the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
A DOZEN young farmers, representing all aspects of farming in Cumbria, will get
to question the NFU President Tim Bennett.
NFU Scotland plans to tell the Scottish Executive that new rules to avoid diffuse
water pollution are unnecessary.
The NFU Scotland Farmland Biodiversity Award, sponsored by RSPB Scotland, was
established six years ago.
The NFU has agreed on a 'vote of no confidence' in the Rural Payments Agency
to deliver CAP Reform.
Aberdeen-Angus breeders are looking at “very positive” marketing
opportunities in 2006 as beef consumption continues to grow and export markets
As the country gets ready to celebrate Farmhouse Breakfast Week, one Defra funded
guesthouse near Bolton is already renowned for serving the best food the region
has to offer.
CLAAS, the leading European manufacturer of agricultural machinery, has raised
its stake in French Renault Agriculture SAS.
The Tenant Farmers Association will be using it's presence at the LAMMA 25th
Exhibition to highlight its concerns over new restrictions on producers in Nitrate
Vulnerable Zones (NVZs).
Environment Secretary, Margaret Beckett today (Tuesday 17 January) opened a new
Defra and EU funded winery when she visited the award-winning Bookers Vineyard
on the Bolney Wine Estate, in the heart of rural West Sussex.
The countdown has begun to the 2006 English National Sheepdog Trials, now a high
profile three-day showpiece in the summer events calendar.
Farmers have given a resounding backing to a new company which will help them
meet change and secure their own futures as well as that of rural Cumbria.
English hogget producers are advised to learn the lessons of last year and sell
their old season lambs as soon as they reach the right level of finish for the
market rather than being tempted to hold on to them too long in search of better
Abattoirs across the UK are using the ending of the OTMS at close of business
this Friday (January 20th ) as an excuse to pull down prime cattle prices.
A PROGRAMME of events designed to help livestock farmers in the South West of
England keep their businesses profitable after CAP reform is being held during
A JCB 2140 Fastrac fitted with a 28 metre demount sprayer covered 104 hectares
(257 acres) in one hour – a new world record.
As the threat of climate change becomes a reality, new advice published today
advises woodland owners and managers to start taking steps now, to protect our
woods and forests for future generations.
John Deere has launched Universal AutoTrac, the company’s first aftermarket
automatic guidance system for tractors and other self-propelled equipment, including
combines and foragers.
Health, cost, competitiveness and value are the priorities for a profitable and
sustainable pig industry in England and Wales according to the new strategy just
published by the British Pig Executive (BPEX).
The best way to improve access to the coastline of Wales is to upgrade the
existing extensive facilities, according to CLA Wales.
Government figures for Scotland's cereal production confirm that the amount of
land in Scotland under cereal production is at a 30-year low.
Centrally coordinated control campaign crucial to battle the virus - neighbouring
countries at risk.
Reports are often received from NFUS members that they have received injuries
whilst clipping cattle in preparation for going for slaughter.
The CLA has relocated its North Regional Office in a move which it says demonstrates
the organisation's support for the agricultural industry.
AN advertising campaign promoting 96% fat free pork as the healthy option is
being run by the British Pig Executive (BPEX) in a series of magazines over the
next couple of months.
Leading animal health specialist Merial is hosting an evening to present new
technologies that will significantly improve on-farm beef cattle management and
Pioneer Foodservice, of Carlisle, has had record sales of turkey meat this Christmas
and New Year.
THE premium end of the fresh meat market is driving the overall growth according
to research commissioned by the Meat and Livestock Commission (MLC).
NFU Scotland has received three nominations for election to the two posts of
The fledgling cull cow market has been establishing itself encouragingly across
the country since the November OTM rule change with little of the feared disruption
to prime cattle prices.
Three breeds taken off, one added, plus ‘serious concern’ for Dales
ponies and North Ronaldsay sheep.
An industry led campaign to control and eradicate Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD)
throughout Britain has been launched.
The decision by Robert Wiseman Dairies to maintain its farmgate milk in January
must mark the end of the tit-for-tat price cuts inflicted on dairy farms towards
the end of 2005, according to NFU Scotland.
An exciting new spring malting barley variety with excellent disease resistance
is set to help growers get back into profit this spring.
EXPERT help and advice on how to get back into an export market which has been
closed to British cattle breeders for 17 years will be on hand at a conference
later this month.
A NEW cereal fungicide designed to help UK farmers fight back against growing
disease resistance problems.
RED Meat Industry Forum Farm Business Clubs can make a real difference to farmers'
Warwickshire dairy farmer Tony Reed’s long term aim of increasing the value
of his pedigree Withycombe Holstein herd received an unexpected boost when he
won £1000 worth of semen...
The Cardona Aberdeen-Angus herd of Robbie Galloway at Cardona, Doune, Perthshire,
is the winner of the Walkers Shortbread Aberdeen-Angus Show Herd of the Year
award for 2005 for the second time.
Farmers and landowners need to manage their entitlements to the new Single Farm
Payment carefully to ensure they bring maximum benefit to their farming businesses.
The NBA has told Defra that carbon monoxide gas must be included in a badger
culling tool box and urgent government approval for it is essential.
An effective badger cull will reduce the number of TB reactors, currently 30,000
a year and rising, and will also cut the number of parishes subject to one and
two year TB testing.
Cull cow prices will hold up if as many farmers as possible make moves to reduce
the leap in the number of animals coming forward after the OTMS ends on January