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Agricultural Tenancy Reform Takes Another Great Leap Forward 31/03/06
The Tenant Farmers Association is pleased that, at long last, the necessary legislation to enact the legislative recommendations of the Tenancy Reform Industry Group (TRIG) report has been laid before Parliament.


NFUS Demands Solution To Water Abstraction Mess 31/03/06
NFU Scotland has demanded an extension to the registration process for water abstraction, to sort out the confusion caused by the late announcement of the final details of the licensing scheme.
Annual Quality Hat-trick for English Lambs 31/03/06
For the third year in a row the quality of well over half the lambs slaughtered and classified in English abattoirs has met the preferred target market specification.
Carcase Quality Figures Show Improvement Potential 31/03/06
English beef producers have considerable potential for increasing returns through sustained breeding-based improvements in carcase quality.
Benefits Are There For The Taking 31/03/06
The cushion of subsidies may have been taken away but livestock producers are now market focused and the benefit is real returns for good efficient production.
Scottish Farming Union Fury At Asda Cash Demands 31/03/06
Scotland’s farming union has reacted with fury to reports that Asda is demanding lump sum payments from its suppliers, apparently to pay for its current price-cutting exercise.
Farming Union Dismayed At Unison Meat Strike 31/03/06
Confirmation this afternoon from Unison that it intends to halt production in major UK meat plants has been greeted with dismay by NFU Scotland.
SFP Setback For Scotland 30/03/06
NFU Scotland has learnt that farmers waiting for payments from the Single Farm Payment (SFP) National Reserve will now not receive this payment when the balance payment on their original SFP is paid.
The CLAAS Rollant round baler turns 30 30/03/06
In 1976 – exactly 30 years ago – CLAAS introduced the ROLLANT round baler.

Farming Leaders Angry After Latest Single Payment Meeting 30/03/06
Leaders of the three main farming organisations expressed anger and dismay after a further meeting with food and farming minister Lord Bach and head of the RPA, Mark Addison.
Renewable Energy Opportunities Highlighted 29/03/06
NFU Scotland Vice President Bob Howat has outlined how the renewable energy industry could offer great opportunities for farmers throughout Scotland.
Tony Blair plays down public response to badger killing 29/03/06
The Prime Minister has acknowledged receipt of an 11,315 signature e-petition which opposes badger killing as a means to control bovine TB in cattle.
Farmers play key role in climate change solutions- NFU 29/03/06
The NFU is championing the key role farmers can play in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in light of the launch of the UK Climate Change Programme 2006.
New MHS Strike Could Cause Massive Disruption 29/03/06
NFU Scotland is warning that a potential strike next week by the Meat Hygiene Service (MHS), as part of the local authority pension dispute, could cause enormous disruption and damage to the Scottish livestock industry.
Leading Cumbrian Beef Farms To Be Visited During Beef Expo 28/03/06
Three leading Cumbrian beef farms will be the subject of farm visits as an optional part of the UK’s national beef event, Beef Expo 2006, to be held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle.
Single Payment Scheme - NFU on hand to help again! 28/03/06
After running a very successful series of meetings last year, the NFU is on hand again this year to help give farmers the information they'll need to fill in their Single Farm Payment forms.
Pre-movement TB testing to pile on agony for farmers and markets 28/03/06
Farmers and auctioneers have denounced the Government's decision to press ahead with pre-movement testing of cattle aged 15 months and over.
Watch grass grow - but catch the protein and use it! 28/03/06
The long spell of cold weather across many parts of Britain has delayed grass growth this spring.

Badger Trust welcomes pre-movement testing, but more must be done 27/03/06
The Badger Trust has welcomed the introduction of pre-movement TB testing for cattle in England today, but argues that more can still be done to bring the disease under effective control.


Gold Cup Qualifiers In North East And Yorkshire 27/03/06
A record number of dairy herds have qualified for the NMR/RABDF Gold Cup in the North East and Yorkshire regions this year.
Industry Group Commits More Funds To Responsible Rodenticide Campaign 27/03/06
The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) is entering its second year with continued financial support from an industry group to the tune of £100,000.
Nitrate Vulnerable Zones - Serious Questions To Answer 27/03/06
There are serious questions for the Scottish Executive to answer over plans to burden farmers in Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) with further regulation, according to NFU Scotland.
BSE on the wane worldwide 27/03/06
Cases of Bovine Spongiform Encepalopathy (BSE) or “mad cow disease” worldwide are declining, according to the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).
McCormack Demolition Takes Delivery Of First UK JCB JS330 HRD 27/03/06
ONE OF Northern Ireland’s leading demolition contractors has taken delivery of the UK’s first JCB JS330 HRD excavator.
White Rose Group Limousin heifers sell to 3,600gns 26/03/06
The annual White Rose Limousin Group Sale sold to a top price of 3,600gns for a heifer consigned from the Pennys herd of Paul and Penny Walker.
New DIY Test Kit Helps Farmers Identify Cows Contributing To High Bulk Tank Cell Counts 26/03/06
A breakthrough milk testing kit that allows dairy farmers to rapidly confirm individual dairy cows in the herd with high somatic cell counts.
£3,000 is top price calf from Carlisle two day show and sale 26/03/06
The leading price from the bullock sale was £3,000 for a Limousin cross shown by brothers Michael and Robert Scott of Thirlwall Castle, Greenhead, Carlisle.

No Dragons For Saint George! 24/03/06
YOU don't have to slay a dragon to be a modern day St George, according to the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
Blooming good news for north west growers 24/03/06
Horticulturists in the North West now have a voice on the NFU's national horticulture board.
Question Marks Remain Over Agricultural Wages Board 24/03/06
Two significant developments this week have raised further questions over the need for the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board.
MOD Recognises "Integral Role" of Farm Tenants on the Defence Estate 24/03/06
The Tenant Farmers Association has welcomed the publication of the Defence Estate 2006 Strategy which recognises its farm tenants as important stakeholders.
Computerised Calf Feeding Systems Save Labour 24/03/06
An increasing number of Cumbrian dairy farmers are taking a leaf out of their counterpart’s books in Germany, where 60pc of replacement heifers are reared on computerised calf feeding systems.
CLA and TFA Statement on Single Payments 23/03/06
A joint statement in the midst of the deepening cash crisis in agriculture caused by the failure of DEFRA and the Rural Payments Agency.
NFUS Budget Reaction 22/03/06
NFU Scotland President John Kinnaird has described today’s Budget as another mixed bag for farmers and rural communities.
NFUS Told Water Abstraction Deadline Is Extended 22/03/06
NFU Scotland has received confirmation from Rural Development Minister Ross Finnie that the deadline by which farmers can register to abstract water at a lower charge will be extended from 31 March to 30 September.
BPEX Advertisement Complaint Upheld 22/03/06
THE British Pig Executive (BPEX) is pleased the Advertising Standards Authority has upheld a complaint it made over an advertisement by the Vion Group, owners of Key Country Foods.
Darshams Kit Kat Sets Simmental Record 22/03/06
A record price for a Simmental female was established at the dispersal sale of the Darshams herd at Newark Livestock Market. 
Dairy Event 2006 scheduled for expansion 21/03/06
The Dairy Event is scheduled for further expansion at its Stoneleigh Park, Coventry site on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 September.
Volac Topfleece – new protective cover for hay and straw bales 21/03/06
A new cover to protect bales against the elements and also ensure good storage ventilation is now available from Volac International.
Defra to develop farm plastics scheme 21/03/06
Defra today announced plans to develop statutory producer responsibility regulations to increase the collection and recycling of non packaging farm plastics.
NIAB trials reveal value of wholecrop spring barley 21/03/06
LIVESTOCK producers seeking a high feed value forage crop should take a close look at wholecrop spring barley.
Take Advantage of Cull Ewe Marketing Seasonality 21/03/06
English flocks have much to gain from planning culling and cull ewe finishing to take advantage of higher seasonal prices.
NFUS Warns Of Possible Meat Hygiene Service Strike 21/03/06
Staff of the Meat and Hygiene Service (MHS) have notified NFU Scotland of possible industrial action in relation to proposed changes to the Local Government Pension Scheme.
Growing Routes Celebrates One Hundred Clients 20/03/06
An innovative practical design aimed at saving new born lambs is the 100th business to be supported by Growing Routes, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society initiative which nurtures embryonic businesses.
Optimism for woodland and farmland birds as some species increase 20/03/06
Populations of Tree Sparrows, Whitethroats and Green Woodpeckers are increasing according to statistics published by Defra today.
Getting North West English Beef Abroad 20/03/06
BEEF from England's North West could be in the forefront of a new export drive.
Paris Date For Meat Exporters 19/03/06
EXPORTERS keen to get beef back onto the French market are being invited to a business convention in Paris arranged by the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
RPA Chief Sacked – So What Defra? 17/03/06
The Tenant Farmers Association has told Defra Ministers that it has until Wednesday 22 March of next week to come up with a plan for resolving the problems with making Single Farm Payments.
Fair Trade comes to Aberfeldy 17/03/06
Few will know that Aberfeldy was recently crowned Scotland’s first Fair Trade town.
Steaking it on a Perfect Pie 16/03/06
THE hunt is on the for best steak pie in the land - and to boost sales of beef.
Farmers urged to be alert for Sheep Scab 16/03/06
Farmers are being urged to be on high alert for sheep scab, as sheep that have been on l
owland farms grazing over the winter begin to return home. Margaret Beckett statement on the Single Payment Scheme 16/03/06
Written Parliamentary Statement by Margaret Beckett, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on the Single Payment Scheme.
Australian Farmers Cite Benefits with GM Cotton Crops 16/03/06
Australian farmers were among the first in the world to plant biotech cotton in 1996, and today, more than 90 percent of the 320,000 Australian cotton hectares is planted to biotech varieties.
Fresh Start: seminar for dairy farming entrants 15/03/06
Young people seeking a career in dairy farming will be able to explore how to achieve that first rung on the ladder at a seminar organised by the Fresh Start initiative, to be held at Harper Adams University College.
Defra challenged to produce sound TB science14/03/06
The Badger Trust welcomes the latest report from MPs into bovine TB and publishes humiliating evidence which demonstrates that Defra's vets have "absolutely no idea" about how a badger killing policy might work in practice.
Sheepskins On The Road To Morocco 14/03/06
SHEEPSKINS from Britain will soon be finding their way to Northern Africa following a new agreement brokered during a meeting with a Moroccan Government delegation.
Eight immediate policy priorities for new NFU 14/03/06
Peter Kendall, President of the NFU, today announced his immediate policy priorities for the coming months at a press conference in London.
Smithfield Livestock Competitions Go Ahead 14/03/06
The Royal Smithfield Club has confirmed that there will be the traditional livestock competitions at the end of this year.
SPS Shambles needs sorting out now 14/03/06
The Tenant Farmers Association has lodged its concerns over the chaotic administration of the Single Payment Scheme with the senior management of the RPA and DEFRA Ministers.
Dairy industry urged to develop trust for a sustainable future 13/03/06
Dairy farmers were joined by processors urging the dairy industry to develop much needed trust and integrity to enable them to adapt to the tough challenges ahead.
RABDF call for humane badger culling 13/03/06
The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers has called for humane badger culling in high TB incidence areas as part of Defra’s overall strategy to control bovine tuberculosis.
Marketing rapeseed in today’s environment 13/03/06
Prospects for UK grown rapeseed have never looked better with the crop increasingly in demand for both edible and biodiesel markets.
Inoculant treated big bale silage achieves highest quality forage: ADAS results 13/03/06
Ensiling big bale silage with an inoculant this coming season will help to reduce losses and achieve a higher quality forage over untreated bales, according to results from trials at ADAS.
New Outlook Report Predicts Major agrochemical Price Pressures 13/03/06
Mainstream agrochemical prices could well rise sharply across the country this season following two years of dramatic world oil and gas price increases, warns a newly-published industry outlook report.
Local Breeder Tops Blonde Sale at Carlisle 11/03/06
Mike Harrison of Sleddale Hall, Shap secured the top price of 3,800gns for his home bred junior bull Shapfell Vimto at the Blonde Society first official spring sale at Carlisle.
Good News For Beef On The Bone 11/03/06
NEWS that butchers can continue the traditional practice of hanging and maturing beef on the bone is a relief for the industry says Richard Ali, Chief Executive of the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
Protect heifers from bovine leptospirosis 10/03/06
Spring turnout is traditionally the time of year to make sure your herd is fully vaccinated, but all too often heifers fail to receive adequate protection.
Euro Borrowing - An Option For Farmers? 10/03/06
Under the new Single Payment Scheme regime, the region's farmers are having to re-think many aspects of their business, including their borrowing arrangements.
NFU Sets Out To Simplify Sheep Movement 10/03/06
ERADICATING complicated and bureaucratic rules that govern the way farmers move sheep has become one of the NFU's top priorities.
Latest Ultra Early Variety Extends Maize Growing Options 10/03/06
A new Ultra Early forage maize variety now available in the UK will offer farmers in both favourable and less favourable areas new options when growing the crop, says British Seed Houses.
FABBL sponsor Carlisle auction mart 09/03/06
FABBL, the UK food industry’s leading inspection and certification organisation, is sponsoring a two day show and sale of cattle at Borderway Mart, Carlisle.
Strong Trade Support For Beef Expo 09/03/06
Industry support for the UK’s national beef event, Beef Expo 2006, is reflected in strong trade stand bookings for this year’s event at Carlisle on Friday, June 2.
Opening of beef export markets will break supermarket stranglehold 08/03/06
The re-opening of unrestricted beef sales to other EU countries after mid-April gives UK beef farmers their best chance for ten years to break the supermarket stranglehold on farm prices.
Compassion Plea To Farmers After Live Exports Ban Lifted 08/03/06
Compassion in World Farming has appealed to British farmers not to resume sending calves abroad following today’s vote to lift the 10-year ban on beef and cattle exports from the UK.
Scottish Beef Back In Europe As Export Ban Is Lifted 08/03/06
NFU Scotland has described the announcement today of the lifting of the ban on the export of British beef as an enormous boost for the beef industry and Scottish economy.
EBLEX Hails British Beef Exports Move 08/03/06
A VITAL vote in Europe to pave the way towards lifting the ten-year-old restrictions on British beef exports has been given a hearty welcome by John Cross, Chairman of the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
NFUS Welcomes New Access Grant Scheme 08/03/06
NFU Scotland has welcomed the launch, by Perth & Kinross Countryside Trust, of the Farmers and Landowners Access Grant Scheme (FLAGS).
New Holland Apprentice Achieves Ploughing Success 08/03/06
Apprentice engineer, Andrew Mitchell is making quite a name for
himself in the highly competitive world of ploughing matches.
Canadian Belgian Blue Association Expands 08/03/06
The Canadian Belgian Blue Association (CBBA) launches its new website as it expands its activities and visibility in the Canadian cattle market.
CLA Statement On Avian Influenza 07/03/06
The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has been working closely with DEFRA since the threat of an outbreak of avian influenza (bird flu) arose.
EFU conditions must be revised if TB testing exemption system is to work 07/03/06
Beef farmers with holdings in one and two year TB testing parishes should face no more regulation than is necessary, says NBA.
Savage Chicago style retail price cuts are suicidal 07/03/06
The National Beef Association is underlining the damage to beef sector sustainability provoked by yet more price reductions in supermarkets.
Belgian Blue Cattle Sale Warms Up Chelford 06/03/06
A chilly Chelford sees the sale of livestock’s hottest prospects as the Champion crossbred makes 3,000gns.
Ace Service For Pig Farmers 06/03/06
PRODUCTIVITY problems in the British pig industry are being tackled in a joint venture by the Red Meat Industry Forum (RMIF) and the British Pig Executive (BPEX).
Levy Board Review - Think Again! 06/03/06
The Tenant Farmers Association has told DEFRA that it needs to think again about the changes it wants to make to the agricultural and horticultural levy boards.
MDC must be retained - RABDF levy board response 06/03/06
The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers has supported recommendations made in the Government's levy board review to retain the Milk Development Council.
Peter Kendall elected NFU President 06/03/06
Peter Kendall has been elected President of the National Farmers Union of England and Wales.
Trace element supplementation improves productivity of land 06/03/06
A demonstration trial has shown that the productivity of land was greatly improved by trace element supplementation.
NFUS Vice Presidents Elected 06/03/06
At Friday's NFU Scotland Council meeting in St Andrews, Bob Howat and Jim McLaren were elected as Vice Presidents of the organisation.
The Best In Innovation Reap Rewards 06/03/06
Two of Scotland's most innovative and exciting businesses have been rewarded for their efforts, coming winner and runner-up in the prestigious NFU Scotland Innovation Award.
Better Early Grass Use Offers Increased Margins 04/03/06
Making optimum use of grazed grass in the spring and early summer in particular offers English grass beef producers improved profits.
Young Achievers Rewarded For Excellence 04/03/06
The NFU Scotland Young Achiever Award, which is sponsored by The Royal Bank of Scotland, has rewarded two of the most promising young entrepreneurs in Scottish farming.
Reward For Protection Of Rare Species & Habitats 03/03/06
Two farmers who have helped to protect some of Scotland’s rarest species and habitats, including corncrakes and bats, have been rewarded through one of Scotland’s top conservation awards.
Smithfield Show 2006 Cancelled 03/03/06
The Smithfield Show, the livestock and farm machinery exhibition held in London, has been cancelled as a result of poor bookings from machinery exhibitors.
Rare Breeds Survival Trust Online: Conservation in Action 02/03/06
A new website has been launched for the Rare Breeds Survival Trust, a charity dedicated to the preservation of Britain’s native livestock.
The Best Of The Northern Isles 02/03/06
The best of Orkney and Shetland food and drink will be on the menu at the NFU Scotland Annual Dinner, taking place at the St Andrews Bay Hotel on Thursday 2 March 2006.
Dairy Farmer Despair At Milk Price Cuts 02/03/06
Scotland’s hard-pressed dairy farmers have received a further slap in the face with the confirmation that Robert Wiseman Dairies will reduce the milk price it pays direct suppliers by 0.65pence per litre from 1 March 2006.
Home And Away With Beef And Lamb 01/03/06
BEEF and sheep producers in Gloucestershire and Hampshire came under the searching gaze of French journalist Pierrick Bourgault on a tour of livestock farms organised by the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
Supermarkets Questioned Over Pig Sector Squeeze 01/03/06
With Scottish pig farmers being told of plans to cut both farmgate prices and the numbers of pigs processed in Scotland, NFUS has expressed its grave concerns about the future of the Scottish pig industry.
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