THE Beefy and Lamby TV adverts enter a new phase next week with the screening
of a commercial promoting Quality Standard Beef mince.
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
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, T H Horn, based at Cabus near Garstang,
Lancs, has been named 'Northern Dealer of the Year 2005' by Italian tractor maker
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.
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
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.
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 'Bufalo 3000' wins Italian tractor pulling title. Perkins engine developed
to produce more than 900hp! No plans for a production replica.
Solid demand for quality Charolais bulls from commercial suckled calf producers
underpinned trade throughout at the breed society’s official sale at Perth.
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.
Compassion in World Farming calls on
EU governments to protect animal welfare and organic producers
in the face of an avian influenza threat.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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?
Improving the breeding herd performance on UK pig farms is the task set Angela
Cliff who has just joined the British Pig Executive (BPEX).
The 3rd Spring Holstein Bull Sale will be held on the 15th March at Borderway
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.
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.
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.
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.
The publication of the first major sequences of the sheep genome in the past
month has paved the way for exciting breeding-based improvements.
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 areas most damaged by TB must make it absolutely clear to Defra
that they support the adoption of an effective badger cull.
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.
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 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.
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 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.
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.
The Badger Trust today condemned the Government for delaying the introduction
of pre-movement TB testing of cattle for a further five weeks.
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
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
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.
The National Beef Association says there is no logic in the anti-culling position
that has been taken by the pro-badger lobby.
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 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
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
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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.
Brits all over the country are going chip crazy once again to celebrate National
NFU Scotland and Scottish Quality Cereals are inviting farmers, crofters and
growers to a jointly run seminar on the Voluntary Initiative.
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.
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.
The CLA is urging farmers and land managers to check their letters carefully
to clarify whether entitlement statements are validated or not.
Nigeria’s neighbouring countries should step up surveillance and border
The judges at FIMA 2006 have awarded three prizes for technical innovation to
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.
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.
Aberdeen-Angus breeders are setting their sights on the export market when EU
export restrictions are lifted this spring.
Defra has found an error in legislation following a review of the cattle and
pigs Artificial Breeding Controls (ABC) Regulations.
Producers have been warned to check paperwork carefully before presenting older
cattle for the food chain.
A Limousin cross Heifer was sold for £4,400 at Middleton in Teesdale Mart
- a record for Harrison & Hetherington Group’s Network of Marts.
Beef producers should do their sums carefully before entering into a forward
contract, says EBLEX.
It was boom time for the Aberdeen-Angus breed at Perth as prices for Aberdeen-Angus
bulls hit a new all-time high.
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.
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Selecting the most appropriate seed mixture for various management options within
the different Environmental Schemes has become much easier.
Ben Bradshaw has announced an independent review of livestock movement rules.
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.
WEST Midlands beef farmers are being invited to a free "hands on" cattle
selection experience by the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
Beef producers located throughout the North West are pledging their support in
the Northwest Stabiliser™ Project.
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.
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
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.
Stars at the European Fine Food Fair were Cotswold lamb and Aberdeen Angus St
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.
Top international speakers gave an insight into their forecasts for the future
of the pig industry at a major conference held in London.
Younger farmers looking for a start in the industry will be guided through the
options available at seminars organised by CLA Wales.
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
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 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.
A new twin disc fertiliser spreader incorporating revolutionary distribution
technology has received the Loven Cup for product innovation at LAMMA ‘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.
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.
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.
NFU Scotland has vowed to continue with its concerted efforts to address the
imbalance of power within the food supply chain.