The Badger Trust is calling attention to the way bovine tuberculosis was defeated
over the decade up to 1970 by the area eradication scheme without any culling
of wildlife including badgers.
With a week left to submit evidence to the Competition Commission’s (CC)
supermarket inquiry, NFUS is urging anyone with concerns over the power of supermarkets,
or evidence of its misuse, to write to the Commission.
Pork belly with a rhubarb compote served with leek and potato mash was a smash
for Ladies In Pigs at the Newark Show.
The NFU met with the National Register of Sprayer Operators and other stake-holders
to agree a one-year extension to give early members the chance to register extra
points and qualify for renewed membership status.
Old crop prices have stalled slightly as June requirements are being covered.
The weather from now on will be a factor in old crop demand.
A groundbreaking Video Image Analysis (VIA) system being trialled for objectively
evaluating sheep carcases was shown to farming industry leaders at Welsh Country
Foods in Anglesey.
Diversify, add value, trim costs, are the latest industry buzz words but how
many of them will actually fit in and enhance an arable farming business.
New Holland dealer Pecks has strengthened its support for the brand and its customers
with the opening of new purpose-built premises at Spalding.
Many people who responded to a consultation on the status of feral wild boar
in England were in favour of some form of active management for the animals.
A move to brand new purpose-built premises has underlined Pecks AgriTrac's commitment
to the Case IH brand and its desire to offer customers the highest standards
of customer care and service quality.
North East Grains Ltd are aiming to produce local meats of such high quality
that their proposed new marketing tag “Northumberland Meat” is set
to rival Aberdeen Angus brand of Scottish beef.
Competition is set to be as fierce as ever in the Great Yorkshire Cheese & Dairy
Competition, which takes place for the fifth time this year.
NFU Scotland played host recently to another successful Farming for the Future
event on Orkney.
NFU Scotland has expressed its utter dismay that the commitment it had secured
from the Scottish Executive is now not going to be honoured.
INFORMATION on beef butchery techniques, recipe ideas and regional beef breeds
are all contained on a unique CDROM produced for caterers by the English Beef
and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
Respected breeders and dairy producers from all over the country came to see
the Stannock herd of pedigree Holsteins disperse for GM McIlwraith & Company.
The growing appetite of British shoppers for venison has turned deer farming
into a profitable opportunity for livestock farmers.
The NFU has said continued support for hill farmers is essential if they are
to sustain profitable farms and the unique upland landscape.
More than £2000 in cash prizes is on offer in stockjudging competitions
at the UK’s national beef event, Beef Expo 2006, to be held at Borderway
Mart, Carlisle, on Friday June 2.
Fresh Quality Standard Beef and Lamb can't be beaten when it comes to top taste
is the message for visitors at this year's Chelsea Flower Show.
Harrison & Hetherington Limited were the first Auctioneers in the UK to export
live cattle both East and West over the borders to Spain and Southern Ireland
The Tenant Farmers Association has told DEFRA that it cannot deliver its rural
development and environmental policies without having the country's farmers on
NFUS has secured the support of the Scottish Executive in its campaign to overturn
the ban imposed on the use of cypermethrin sheep dip.
Fifteen 152hp McCormick MTX150 tractors have been delivered to Elveden Farms
to work on field-scale vegetable and cereal crops across 10,000 acres.
Higher prices for all cattle are essential for the future security of the beef
industry and if domestic retailers continue to react slowly to the re-introduction
of export trading.
The National Sheep Association is reflecting its firm commitment towards encouraging
all students and youngsters involved in practical sheep management activities
by staging the first ever NSA Young Shepherd of the Year Award at NSA Sheep 2006.
The Border Belgian Blue Club staged their Sixteenth Annual Spring Show & Sale
at Carlisle, and saw one of the best entries of Belgian Blue Cattle ever seen
at this centre.
All dairy farmers will have the opportunity to visit two of the UK's leading
herds at a series of summer open days jointly organised by the Royal Association
of British Dairy Farmers and NMR.
A pedigree Charolais cow and calf outfit is among the first live exports to mainland
A day-long series of nine 20-minute seminars on a range of practical issues,
concluding with a panel discussion in “Question Time” format, will
be one of the major features at Beef Expo 2006.
Making better use of information we already have is the key to making farm assurance
inspections a benefit for all.
English beef producers could boost suckled calf values by more than £20/head
in the coming season at little or no extra cost by improving herd fertility,
according to the latest advice from EBLEX.
NEWS that new school lunch standards will mean all English schoolchildren will
have a minimum of two meals a week containing fresh red meat has been given a
warm reception by the MLC.
Entries for this year’s NMR/RABDF Gold Cup competition are well up on previous
NFU Scotland is supporting the message of Scottish Food Fortnight, the brainchild
of the Scottish Countryside Alliance Educational Trust.
The whole is greater than the sum of the parts - that expression could be used
to describe the latest improvements seen in the British pig industry.
For rural areas to survive and thrive both socially and economically, the recommendations
from the Affordable Rural Housing Commission report issued today (Wednesday 17
May) must be implemented quickly, says CLA.
New for the 2006 season, John Deere XtraNet 3600 is a much longer roll of the
company’s branded netwrap, which is designed to substantially cut baling
Plough bodies that are designed to cut a wider furrow bottom and are therefore
more suited to tractors with wider tyres are now available as an option on all
Kuhn’s mounted and semi-mounted models.
A John Deere 7700 wide-flow self-propelled forage harvester was on show at Grassland
A new report which highlights the need for more homes to help families in rural
areas has been welcomed by Housing Minister, Yvette Cooper and Secretary of State
for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs David Miliband.
NFUS has expressed disappointment that around £60 million in support payments
has still not been issued to Scottish farmers.
Biodiesel has been widely recognised as the fuel of the future, offering a renewable
source of energy and a lower environmental impact.
Balmoral Show this year provided NI Limousin Breeders with an opportunity of
displaying the strength of the Breed and demonstrated the quality of the animals
currently being bred in Northern Ireland.
New Holland succeeded in the challenge of completing 500 hours of uninterrupted
work under real conditions with a TM190 tractor.
Farmers already excited about the positive impact of exports on their businesses
will get an up to date analysis of current, and future, developments if they
attend the National Beef Association's annual meeting at Hexham.
One year on from its consumer launch, the EBLEX Quality Standard Mark (QSM) is
now firmly established as the UK's leading beef and lamb quality scheme.
The National Pig Awards, a new annual producer awards programme for the pig industry
has been announced.
The arts of wood-turning, carving, marquetry and stick-making will be on display
at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show where the woodcraft classes demonstrate
how you can have “the forest in your life”.
Einstein has extended its lead as by far the most widely grown second wheat in
the country over the past year, according to best available analysis of the market.
Pig producers throughout Ireland look set to benefit from improved recording
technology thanks to a new agreement between Agridata and pig data management
specialists Agrosoft UK Ltd.
The 2006 Cereals Event, being staged in Lincolnshire on 14th and 15th June, will
see the UK public launch of two new six-cylinder tractor ranges from Landini.
A determined effort by supermarkets to dampen down steadily rising prime cattle
prices instead of accommodating the higher costs faced by their processor suppliers
has marked a new battle line in the fight for beef industry survival.
Better management and more timely utilisation of slurries and manures will help
farmers and land managers meet new environmental legislation and cut inorganic
fertiliser costs, say IGER scientists.
Shetland ponies make their big debut at a show and sale in Carlisle later this
A top price of 21,000gns was attained at the annual May event for the Charolais
Cattle producers considering out-wintering cattle on self-feed brassicas can
mitigate any cross-compliance concerns with careful planning.
Treating grass silage with an effective biological inoculant will improve nutritional
value significantly across a wide range of dry matters and cuttings dates, according
to recent studies at the Dutch research institute at Lelystad.
Seeing large numbers of flies on animals or observing cows kicking in the parlour
are the main triggers for applying summer insecticide products farmers say, but
this can be too late for optimum fly control on many farms.
High-output coupled with first-rate seed coverage producing a good grass mat
is the key to the successful grassland service provided by Scottish farm contractor,
Some modern oilseed rape varieties mature seven days earlier than most and up
to two weeks ahead of others, according to the latest evidence from Masstock's
national Best of British Oilseeds initiative.
Aberdeen-Angus sold to a top of 3400gns at the first sale of elite females held
by Harrison and Hetherington Ltd at Bristol Sales Centre.
Fine weather and a big entry brought hundreds of people to Lazonby Mart on Wednesday
May 10th for the second annual spring sale of sheep dogs.
A cover crop seeding unit for use in combination with Kuhn’s stubble cultivator
range is to be launched by the company at Cereals 2006.
The British Pig Executive (BPEX) has taken another major step forward to improving
the productivity of the British pig herd with the launch of an Artificial Insemination
East Riding Farm Services won the Best Overall New Product Award in the pig sector
with its Insight Ultrasound Scanner for sows at this year’s British Pig
and Poultry Fair.
Available exclusively through British Seed Houses and launched at Grassland UK,
AstonEnergy is unrivalled for quality.
David Miliband, the new Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural
Affairs, has been invited to go badger watching by the Badger Trust.
NFU Scotland has welcomed the announcement that the Office of Fair Trading (OFT)
has referred the grocery market to the Competition Commission for investigation.
The British Pig Executive (BPEX) vision to help create a profitable and sustainable
pig industry was outlined by Chief Executive Mick Sloyan.
NSA Scotsheep 2006 host, John Gordon, has had a good lambing on the family farm
of Wellheads, Huntly, Aberdeenshire, where he runs a flock of 820 Greyface and
Blackface ewes and 230 beef suckler cows.
NFU Scotland is backing farmers in their appeals against Scottish Executive financial
penalties which the Union has described as grossly disproportionate and without
Aberdeenshire will next month host Scotland’s national sheep event, NSA
Scotsheep 2006, for the first time since 1993.
NFU Scotland Milk Committee Member, Bruce Mackie, is researching farmers’ attitudes
to marketing their milk as part of a postgraduate degree course.
The Tenant Farmers Association’s National Chairman Reg Haydon has written
to new DEFRA Secretary of State David Miliband to welcome him to his new post.
"The number one priority must be getting payments to English farmers",
says CLA President David Fursdon on the announcement of the new Defra team.
Consultation proposals for new national rules and procedures for the welfare
of animals during transport are published today.
The market-leading antibiotic for the treatment of pneumonia in cattle can now
also be used to prevent animals contracting the disease.
Short supplies of cow beef in Europe, and the inability of the major supermarkets
to source as much discounted steak as they would like from South America this
summer, will help to drive UK cattle prices upwards.
Skalsumer Jorryn, son of the French-bred sire Jocko Besne, makes his debut into
the new MDC breeding+ rankings of available Holstein bulls by entering in top
place with a £PLI of 87.
The reopening of the export market for British beef has set the scene for the
UK’s national beef event, Beef Expo 2006, to be held at Carlisle on Friday,
Much needed affordable homes in the UK will be jeopardised by a new Government
proposal to tax property development, says the RICS and BPF (British Property
Rural Affairs Minister Jim Knight has approved an application to exchange common
land related to the development of a wind farm on common land at Scout Moor,
near Rochdale, Lancashire.
Lord Bach today urged farmers to submit their 2006 Single Payment Scheme application
to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) by the 15 May deadline wherever possible.
NFU Scotland has stressed the importance of the live export trade to farmers
and emphasised the rigorous welfare standards that apply to the transport of
cattle to Europe.
The Bell family are taking measures to improve their traditional hill farm’s
efficiency and overall output.
A new information and advice theatre will be the platform for ‘hot topics’ affecting
the pig and poultry industries at the national Pig and Poultry Fair, Stoneleigh,
Warwickshire on May 9 and 10.
Beef farmers already excited about the opening of the export market will learn
more about which type of cattle is likely to be most attractive to these high
priced outlets if they attend the NBA’s annual meeting.
New provisions regarding the use of rights of way by motorised vehicles come
into effect today (Tuesday, 2 May).
WEST Midlands beef and sheep farmers can get a hatful of handy tips on ways to
improve their livestock businesses from a free DVD or interactive CD discs.
Many English beef producers could increase the profitability of their suckler
and finisher enterprises by at least 10%.