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How we beat bovine TB before: Badger Trust 31/05/06
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.


NFUS Urges Food Producers To Speak Out 31/05/06
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.
Ladies In Pigs a Smash at Newark Show 30/05/06
Pork belly with a rhubarb compote served with leek and potato mash was a smash for Ladies In Pigs at the Newark Show.
Crop farmers reprieve after NRoSO extension 30/05/06
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.
Crop Market Update from Gleadell
30/05/06
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.
Industry Leaders View New Carcase Screening System 30/05/06
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.
Arable Farming? Just Add Pigs! 29/05/06
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.
Purpose-built premises for New Holland dealer Pecks 29/05/06
New Holland dealer Pecks has strengthened its support for the brand and its customers with the opening of new purpose-built premises at Spalding.
Defra Wild Boar consultation analysis of responses published 29/05/06
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.
Pecks AgriTrac investing in Case IH 29/05/06
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.
Northumberland Meat from home grown grain 28/05/06
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.
The Great Yorkshire Cheese & Dairy Show 27/05/06
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.
Another Successful Day for Orkney Project 27/05/06
NFU Scotland played host recently to another successful Farming for the Future event on Orkney.
Single Farm Payments Still Outstanding 26/05/06
NFU Scotland has expressed its utter dismay that the commitment it had secured from the Scottish Executive is now not going to be honoured.
Beef 'Hero CD' To Inspire QSM Caterers 26/05/06
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).
Stannock Holstein Sale
25/05/06
Respected breeders and dairy producers from all over the country came to see the Stannock herd of pedigree Holsteins disperse for GM McIlwraith & Company.
More Deer Farmers Needed To Meet Consumer Demand For Venison 25/05/06
The growing appetite of British shoppers for venison has turned deer farming into a profitable opportunity for livestock farmers.
NFU calls for continued support for hill farmers 24/05/06
The NFU has said continued support for hill farmers is essential if they are to sustain profitable farms and the unique upland landscape.
Top Cash Prizes In Stockjudging Competitions At Beef Expo 24/05/06
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.
Get Fresh With Beefy and Lamby at Chelsea Flower Show 24/05/06
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.
First Live Dairy Cattle Exports into Europe
23/05/06
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 respectively.
Upland Environment Needs Farmers 23/05/06
The Tenant Farmers Association has told DEFRA that it cannot deliver its rural development and environmental policies without having the country's farmers on board.
Campaign To Reinstate Banned Sheep Dip Gains Momentum 23/05/06
NFUS has secured the support of the Scottish Executive in its campaign to overturn the ban imposed on the use of cypermethrin sheep dip.
Elveden Estate runs with McCormick
23/05/06
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 essential to secure UK beef industry's future 22/05/06
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.
NSA Young Shepherd of the Year launched with £3,000 at stake 22/05/06
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.
Belgian Blues Fly at Carlisle 22/05/06
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.
RABDF NMR Summer Open Days 22/05/06
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.
First pedigree Charolais cattle exported to Europe 22/05/06
A pedigree Charolais cow and calf outfit is among the first live exports to mainland Europe.
Day-Long Seminar Programme At Beef Expo 22/05/06
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.
Farm Assurance - Value Not Cost 22/05/06
Making better use of information we already have is the key to making farm assurance inspections a benefit for all.
Boosting Suckled Calf Values with Better Fertility 20/05/06
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.
Red Meat - The School Meal Essential 20/05/06
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.
Gold Cup Turnout Up 19/05/06
Entries for this year’s NMR/RABDF Gold Cup competition are well up on previous years.
NFU Scotland To Take Part In Scottish Food Fortnight 19/05/06
NFU Scotland is supporting the message of Scottish Food Fortnight, the brainchild of the Scottish Countryside Alliance Educational Trust.
Pig Yearbook Sees Encouraging View Of Pig Industry 19/05/06
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.
Beginning of the end for ‘fossilised’ rural communities? 18/05/06
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.
John Deere cuts the cost of baling 18/05/06
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 costs.
Kuhn Ploughs Now Available With Wide Tyre Bodies
18/05/06
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.
New John Deere ProDrive forager previewed at Grassland UK 18/05/06
A John Deere 7700 wide-flow self-propelled forage harvester was on show at Grassland UK.
Government welcomes report on affordable rural housing 18/05/06
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.
Commitment Secured On Farmers' Payments 18/05/06
NFUS has expressed disappointment that around £60 million in support payments has still not been issued to Scottish farmers.
New Holland leads the biodiesel revolution 17/05/06
Biodiesel has been widely recognised as the fuel of the future, offering a renewable source of energy and a lower environmental impact.
Limousins at Balmoral Show 17/05/06
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 runs a TM190 Tractor for 500 consecutive hours 17/05/06
New Holland succeeded in the challenge of completing 500 hours of uninterrupted work under real conditions with a TM190 tractor.
Valuable export update at NBA AGM in Hexham 17/05/06
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.
QSM hitting the mark with consumers 17/05/06
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.
New Annual National Pig Awards Announced 16/05/06
The National Pig Awards, a new annual producer awards programme for the pig industry has been announced.
Great Yorkshire Show: The Art of Woodcraft 16/05/06
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 Extends Second Wheat Lead 16/05/06
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.
Irish Pig Producers To Benefit From New Recording Agreement 16/05/06
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.
Landini to launch new tractors at Cereals 2006 15/05/06
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.


Fight to establish post-export price levels for prime cattle 15/05/06
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 Muck Management Will Benefit The Environment 15/05/06
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.
Carlisle Shetland Pony Show & Sale 15/05/06
Shetland ponies make their big debut at a show and sale in Carlisle later this year.
Charolais in Demand at Carlisle 13/05/06
A top price of 21,000gns was attained at the annual May event for the Charolais cattle society.
Cross-Compliance Concerns No Barrier To Out-Wintering 12/05/06
Cattle producers considering out-wintering cattle on self-feed brassicas can mitigate any cross-compliance concerns with careful planning.
Dutch Research Puts Value On Routine Grass Silage Inoculant Use 12/05/06
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.
Cut The Fly Threat By Treating Cattle Early This Season 12/05/06
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.
Opico designed for grassland success 12/05/06
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, D.W. Agriculture.
Early Maturing OSR Offers Seven-Day Harvesting Advantage 11/05/06
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.
Sale Of Elite Aberdeen-Angus Females Attracts Top Bids 11/05/06
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.
Lazonby Spring Sheepdog Sale 11/05/06
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.
Kuhn Launches Cover Crop Seeder At Cereals 2006 11/05/06
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.
AI - BPEX Helps To Get It Right 11/05/06
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 programme.
Scanner Takes New Product Award At Pig And Poultry Fair 10/05/06
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.
AstonEnergy Perennial Ryegrass Unrivalled For Yield And Quality
10/05/06
Available exclusively through British Seed Houses and launched at Grassland UK, AstonEnergy is unrivalled for quality.
Miliband invited to meet the badgers 10/05/06
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.
NFUS Welcomes Announcement of Supermarket Probe 10/05/06
NFU Scotland has welcomed the announcement that the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has referred the grocery market to the Competition Commission for investigation.
Encouraging Signs For Pig Industry 10/05/06
The British Pig Executive (BPEX) vision to help create a profitable and sustainable pig industry was outlined by Chief Executive Mick Sloyan.
Lambing Goes Well As Wellheads Prepares For NSA Scotsheep 09/05/06
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.
NFUS Leads Farmers' Fight Against Penalties 09/05/06
NFU Scotland is backing farmers in their appeals against Scottish Executive financial penalties which the Union has described as grossly disproportionate and without precedent.
NSA Scotsheep Returns To Aberdeenshire 09/05/06
Aberdeenshire will next month host Scotland’s national sheep event, NSA Scotsheep 2006, for the first time since 1993.
NFUS Milk Marketing Survey 09/05/06
NFU Scotland Milk Committee Member, Bruce Mackie, is researching farmers’ attitudes to marketing their milk as part of a postgraduate degree course.
New Defra Team Has Much To Do 09/05/06
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 Rural Payments Agency is number one issue for Miliband 08/05/06
"The number one priority must be getting payments to English farmers", says CLA President David Fursdon on the announcement of the new Defra team.
Defra consults on new welfare of animals during transport rules 08/05/06
Consultation proposals for new national rules and procedures for the welfare of animals during transport are published today.
Leading Pneumonia Antibiotic Gains License For Preventive Use 08/05/06
The market-leading antibiotic for the treatment of pneumonia in cattle can now also be used to prevent animals contracting the disease.
Export fuelled price rises not enough on own to rescue beef industry 08/05/06
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.
Jocko Besne Son Steals Limelight In New MDC Bull Rankings 08/05/06
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.
Beef Expo Set To Kick-Start Beef Export Market 08/05/06
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, June 2.
Land tax will stifle UK housing supply 05/05/06
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 Federation).
Minister approves application for exchange of common land 05/05/06
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.
Minister acts to remove threat of penalties from farmers 05/05/06
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.
UK Live Export Trade Shaped By Welfare Priorities 03/05/06
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.
Gearing up for SFP with Charolais 03/05/06
The Bell family are taking measures to improve their traditional hill farm’s efficiency and overall output.
New ‘Hot Topic’ Platform For Pig And Poultry Fair 02/05/06
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.
NBA AGM in Hexham a "must attend" meeting 02/05/06
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 rights of way legislation comes into force
02/05/06
New provisions regarding the use of rights of way by motorised vehicles come into effect today (Tuesday, 2 May).
Pointers to Better Returns from Beef and Sheep 01/05/06
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.
Boost Profitability with Better-planned Biosecurity 01/05/06
Many English beef producers could increase the profitability of their suckler and finisher enterprises by at least 10%.
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