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Beefy and Lamby back on TV 28/02/06
THE Beefy and Lamby TV adverts enter a new phase next week with the screening of a commercial promoting Quality Standard Beef mince.


Farm animal welfare is a "county lottery", report reveals 28/02/06
A major investigation into the enforcement of farm animal health, welfare and transport regulations has revealed more than 65,000 breaches of the regulations over 21 months and huge disparities in enforcement across counties in England and Wales.
Top Sports Back Quality Beef Mince 27/02/06
TOP sportsmen and women have pledged to help tone up the nation's taste buds with their favourite Quality Standard beef mince recipes.
Lancashire agricultural machinery dealer wins Landini award 27/02/06
Lancashire agricultural machinery dealer, T H Horn, based at Cabus near Garstang, Lancs, has been named 'Northern Dealer of the Year 2005' by Italian tractor maker Landini.
Bank of Scotland to Sponsor Scotsheep 2006 27/02/06
This year’s national sheep event will be held at Wellheads Farm, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, on Wednesday, June 7, courtesy of host farmer, John Gordon, and the Gordon family.
"The country needs a thriving and profitable farming industry" - Beckett 27/02/06
We need a thriving and profitable farming industry to produce our food, to deliver the landscapes we value and to help meet our future energy needs, says Margaret Beckett.
Signet Data Scoops £8k For Top Charolais Bulls at Perth 25/02/06
SIGNET breeding values helped the top one per cent of Charolais bulls scoop a massive £8,038 premium at the Perth Bull Sales this week.
Champion Galloway Heifer Secures Top Price at Carlisle 25/02/06
A very stylish bulling heifer secured the leading price of 1,200gns at the annual spring show and sale of Galloway breeding cattle at Borderway Mart, Carlisle.
Landini Powers to Tractor Pulling Championship
25/02/06
Landini 'Bufalo 3000' wins Italian tractor pulling title. Perkins engine developed to produce more than 900hp! No plans for a production replica.
Charolais Bull establishes new Perth 55,000gns sale record 24/02/06
Solid demand for quality Charolais bulls from commercial suckled calf producers underpinned trade throughout at the breed society’s official sale at Perth.
Making the Grade with Lambs 24/02/06
BETTER communication in the lamb supply chain can help producers make better breeding decisions, increase the proportion of lambs meeting market requirements and improve flock profitability.
CIWF Calls on EU to Protect Animal Welfare in Face of Bird Flu Threat 23/02/06
Compassion in World Farming calls on EU governments to protect animal welfare and organic producers in the face of an avian influenza threat.
Average NMR Milk Yield Breaks 8,000kg Barrier 23/02/06
Results just published in the NMR Annual Production Report for the year ending September 2005 show that average milk yield for all NMR-recorded cows is, for the first time, more than 8,000kg.
Voluntary Initiative Seminar Delivers Positive Advice 23/02/06
A recent Voluntary Initiative (VI) seminar, jointly organised by NFU Scotland (NFUS) and Scottish Quality Cereals (SQC), saw a good turnout that ensured the role of farm assurance and the VI was hotly debated.
Sweet Boost For Piglet Diets 23/02/06
A 15% increase in piglet daily live weight gain from seven days of age until a week after weaning, and a 17% boost over the subsequent two weeks are the benefits claimed for a new diet sweetener from C&H Nutrition.
Vital Need For Sustainable Return For Sheep Sector 22/02/06
With lamb prices being squeezed in spite of an increase in retail prices, NFU Scotland is telling the supply chain that if it wants quality, it must pay for it.
Bird flu virus advances in Nigeria 22/02/06
The deadly H5N1 avian influenza virus continues to spread in poultry in Nigeria and could cause a regional disaster despite strong control efforts taken by the Nigerian authorities, FAO said today.
Becky Fixes It For Pennine Farmers To Have An A Wader Day 21/02/06
The hill farms of the North Pennines are full of the songs of nesting birds in spring and summer, but where do they go in the winter?
Dissemination On Insemination 21/02/06
Improving the breeding herd performance on UK pig farms is the task set Angela Cliff who has just joined the British Pig Executive (BPEX).
Quality Entry for Carlisle Spring Holstein Bull Sale 21/02/06
The 3rd Spring Holstein Bull Sale will be held on the 15th March at Borderway sale centre.
Limousin Bull Shatters World Cattle Price Record at Carlisle 21/02/06
A huge ringside audience at Carlisle’s Borderway Mart were part of livestock history on Saturday 18th February 2006, when the Limousin bull Haltcliffe Vermount rewrote the cattle record books in selling for the sensational sum of 100,000gns.
Launch of Cattle Health Declaration 21/02/06
At the end of 2005, Scotland’s livestock representatives agreed a common, industry-wide cattle health declaration form, aimed at improving the consistency of information provided to buyers.
Farm Industry Plan For Dealing With EU Law 21/02/06
The implementation of European rules requires an overhaul according to NFU Scotland. NFUS is proposing a new model to put common sense back at the heart of government’s approach to European regulation.
Devon Herd Tops NMR Production and Genetic Rankings 20/02/06
Breaking new ground, the same Holstein herd has come top on production and genetic performance in the latest NMR Annual Production report published this month.
Major Milestone in Sheep Genome Sequencing 20/02/06
The publication of the first major sequences of the sheep genome in the past month has paved the way for exciting breeding-based improvements.
Creation of non-moorland SDA payment zone for SP was big mistake 20/02/06
Flat rate Single Payment figures for England for 2005 released by Defra last week confirm the folly of splitting farmed land into two separate payment bands.
Cattle farmers in TB damaged area must support badger cull 20/02/06
Cattle farmers in areas most damaged by TB must make it absolutely clear to Defra that they support the adoption of an effective badger cull.
Giving Surplus Lambs a Chance 20/02/06
Cumbrian farmers, Rachel Buckle and Sally Dixon will be among those who are offering every lamb the best possible opportunity to survive this coming season.
Lots of Bull Promised at 10th Annual Belgian Blue Sale 20/02/06
The 10th Annual Belgian Blue Beef (BBB) Sale will be held April 1, 2006, at at the Heely Livestock Market, in El Dorado Springs, Missouri.
Haltcliffe Limousin Bull sells for 100,000gns at Carlisle 18/02/06
Haltcliffe Vermount, from Matt and Craig Ridley of the Haltcliffe herd nearly doubled the record price for a Limousin bull, selling for a staggering 100,000gns.
Welcome Clarification On National Reserve 18/02/06
NFU Scotland has welcomed confirmation today from the Scottish Executive of the final figure for farmers’ contributions to the National Reserve. Farmers’ Single Farm Payments will be reduced by 4.2 per cent.
Cutting Lamb Losses to Boost Flock Profitability 18/02/06
Cutting lamb losses from birth to sale by just two percentage points in the coming season  offers English flocks the opportunity to boost returns by about £1/ewe.
Orkney 'Farming For The Future' Project Goes From Strength To Strength 18/02/06
The reform of the CAP, rising costs and the lack of positive price signals from the marketplace have all culminated in difficult times for farmers and crofters in Orkney over recent months.
Badger Trust condemns pre-movement TB testing delays 17/02/06
The Badger Trust today condemned the Government for delaying the introduction of pre-movement TB testing of cattle for a further five weeks.
Bird flu: concern grows over possible spread in West Africa 17/02/06
FAO today expressed growing concern that the bird flu virus H5N1 may spread to other countries in West Africa following the discovery of the virus in Nigeria last week.
Royal Recognition For JCB's £80m Investment In UK Manufacturing 17/02/06
JCB’s ambitious move into diesel engine manufacturing was honoured by HRH The Duke of York when he officially opened the factory producing the technologically-advanced engines.
Start date for pre-movement testing of cattle for bovine TB delayed 16/02/06
New rules to help reduce the risk of spreading bovine TB through movements of cattle in England will now be introduced on 27 March to give industry more time to prepare for the measure.
No logic to pro-badger lobby efforts to avoid anti-TB culling 15/02/06
The National Beef Association says there is no logic in the anti-culling position that has been taken by the pro-badger lobby.
MDC’s tool enables dairy farmers to calculate profitability 15/02/06
A simple tool developed by the Milk Development Council (MDC) to help dairy farmers calculate the net profits or costs of finishing cull cows to go into the food chain goes live.
Prince Charles opens Junction 38 meat cutting plant 14/02/06
Prince Charles spent two and a half hours at Raisgill Hall, Orton, Cumbria when he officially opened the new meat cutting plant Junction 38 run by a mainly farmer co-operative.
Single Farm Payments Must Remain Top Priority 14/02/06
NFU Scotland has said that the Scottish Executive must continue make the payment of the Single Farm Payment (SFP) to those farmers still waiting to receive it their top priority. BASCO … ready for livestock Societies to sign-up 14/02/06
BASCO’s livestock data system, created by the UK livestock industry, for the UK livestock industry and unveiled to livestock organisations was welcomed by DEFRA’s Livestock and Meat Trade Adviser, Mike Roper.
Local Potato Grower Supporting National Chip Week 13/02/06
Brits all over the country are going chip crazy once again to celebrate National Chip Week.
Voluntary Initiative Seminar - Keep Ahead Of The Game 13/02/06
NFU Scotland and Scottish Quality Cereals are inviting farmers, crofters and growers to a jointly run seminar on the Voluntary Initiative.
Defra Grant Helps Secure Future Of Century-old Society 13/02/06
The Glendale Agricultural Society, based in Wooler, has been awarded a grant of £85,000 over three years, which has delighted the hundreds of members and volunteers who together organise The Glendale Show.
Pork - Low Fat, High Impact! 13/02/06
An advertisement extolling the virtues of pork as a healthy low fat option was shortlisted in the top four as the best national newspaper ad of 2005.
Valentine Lottery – Farmers Urged To Check Single Payment Statements For Validation 11/02/06
The CLA is urging farmers and land managers to check their letters carefully to clarify whether entitlement statements are validated or not.
Avian flu in Africa: FAO/OIE urge quick action 11/02/06
Nigeria’s neighbouring countries should step up surveillance and border controls.
New Holland's technical innovations reap reward 11/02/06
The judges at FIMA 2006 have awarded three prizes for technical innovation to New Holland.
Practical solutions to get a fair deal: RABDF National Dairy Conference 10/02/06
Dairy farmers will be offered practical solutions on how to get a fair deal in today's challenging environment at the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers' National Dairy Conference.
New Beef Figures Highlight Extra Profit Opportunity 10/02/06
English beef producers have a major opportunity to improve returns and reduce costs in the post-subsidy world by finishing continental-cross stock in particular at a younger age.
Export Opportunities Open up for UK Aberdeen-Angus Cattle 10/02/06
Aberdeen-Angus breeders are setting their sights on the export market when EU export restrictions are lifted this spring.
Artificial breeding control: repayments for certain services 09/02/06
Defra has found an error in legislation following a review of the cattle and pigs Artificial Breeding Controls (ABC) Regulations.
Farmers Warned On Older Cattle 09/02/06
Producers have been warned to check paperwork carefully before presenting older cattle for the food chain.
Champion Heifer sells for record price at Middleton in Teesdale 09/02/06
A Limousin cross Heifer was sold for £4,400 at Middleton in Teesdale Mart - a record for Harrison & Hetherington Group’s Network of Marts.
EBLEX Alert On Forward Contracts 09/02/06
Beef producers should do their sums carefully before entering into a forward contract, says EBLEX.
Boom Time For The Aberdeen-Angus Breed as Prices Hit New High 09/02/06
It was boom time for the Aberdeen-Angus breed at Perth as prices for Aberdeen-Angus bulls hit a new all-time high.
NFUS Responds to Agricultural Levy Board Review 09/02/06
NFUS has agreed with the main conclusions of the Radcliffe review of the UK’s agricultural levy boards, however, does not believe the proposed new structure for UK levy boards is the right way forward.
The National Trust Needs You! 08/02/06
Make it happen - volunteer with Europe's most successful conservation movement.
New Environmental Scheme Seeding Guidelines 08/02/06
Selecting the most appropriate seed mixture for various management options within the different Environmental Schemes has become much easier.
Independent review of livestock movement rules announced 07/02/06
Ben Bradshaw has announced an independent review of livestock movement rules.
Westminster Meetings Highlight Food Supply Chain Concerns 07/02/06
A series of NFU Scotland meetings in London over the next two days will raise the concerns of Scottish farmers at both the power of supermarkets and the treatment of farmer co-operatives by the UK competition authorities.
How To Be A Select Beef Producer 06/02/06
WEST Midlands beef farmers are being invited to a free "hands on" cattle selection experience by the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
Northwest Stabiliser Project – interest gaining momentum 06/02/06
Beef producers located throughout the North West are pledging their support in the Northwest Stabiliser™ Project.
Sheep Market Prospects Improve for 2006 Season 06/02/06
The exceptional increase in domestic sheep meat supplies that contributed to the downward pressure on lamb and cull ewe prices over the past year look set to be reversed in 2006.
New auto ID system launched for goat and sheep milking 05/03/06
A NEW auto identification system designed to boost the reliability and economy of animal data recording in goat and sheep milking parlours is being launched by Fullwood.
Guild of Agricultural Journalists’ John Deere training award 04/02/06
The Guild of Agricultural Journalists and John Deere Limited have announced the dates of this year’s week long training course for potential agricultural and horticultural journalists.
Delight For Dutch At European Fine Food Fair 03/02/06
Stars at the European Fine Food Fair were Cotswold lamb and Aberdeen Angus St Georges beef.
Beef Outlook: Healthier Market Balance in Prospect 03/02/06
English beef producers can look forward to a healthier domestic beef market balance over the coming year than at any time in the past decade.
Peering Into Pig Industry's Future 03/02/06
Top international speakers gave an insight into their forecasts for the future of the pig industry at a major conference held in London.
Future Farm Business Models - CLA Wales 02/02/06
Younger farmers looking for a start in the industry will be guided through the options available at seminars organised by CLA Wales.
Rural Development Service Paves The Way For New Rural Funding Schemes 02/02/06
Changes to the current England Rural Development Programme were announced by the Rural Development Service today to pave the way for the next rural development funding programme.
Defra Guilty Of Half Measures On TB 02/02/06
The Tenant Farmers Association has reacted angrily to DEFRA’s decision to introduce a new compensation scheme based on table valuations for cattle in England affected by certain diseases.
Industrial livestock production near cities often damages the environment 02/02/06
Industrial livestock production in developing countries often causes severe environmental damages, especially when meat and dairy factories are crowded together around cities or close to water resources, FAO warned today.
Kuhn Spreader First For Innovation At LAMMA 2006 01/02/06
A new twin disc fertiliser spreader incorporating revolutionary distribution technology has received the Loven Cup for product innovation at LAMMA ‘06.
Political Action Crucial To Protect Local Food Industry 01/02/06
Scotland's farming union has told MSPs that the huge growth in supermarket power, twinned unsustainable prices being paid to farmers, represents a huge threat to the industry. 
Single Farm Payment Relief 01/02/06
The Tenant Farmers Association expressed its relief that the bulk of full payments under the SPS would be made to farmers by the end of March.
Top Awards For Aberdeen-Angus Suckler Herds 01/02/06
Premium prices, easy management and increased profitability have been cited as the plus points of the Aberdeen-Angus breed by all three winners in the Bank of Scotland Aberdeen-Angus Suckler Herd of the Year awards for 2005.
NFUS Continues To Fight Injustices In Food Supply Chain 01/02/06
NFU Scotland has vowed to continue with its concerted efforts to address the imbalance of power within the food supply chain.
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