ENGLISH beef is heading for Cyprus for the first time as the English Beef and
Lamb Executive (EBLEX) launches a promotion in Carrefour hypermarkets.
Conversations about Plant Biotechnology is now offering video conversations and
podcasts with Brazilian farmers.
A switch to the Beltex as a terminal sire to use on crossbred hoggs has improved
the profitability of the sheep enterprise on a North Yorkshire mixed farm.
WHETHER the weather is good or bad, a new recipe booklet from British Meat Information
Service has just the recipe for you.
McCormick has unveiled a limited run of Diamond Edition commemorative
tractors to celebrate 60 years of production at its Doncaster home in South Yorkshire,
Take-all levels at HGCA Recommended List second cereal trial sites have been
noticeably lower than last year, but losses from the disease are expected to
be considerably higher in the face of much increased levels of summer drought
There remains confusion with some producers over the detail of the requirements
for identifying all sheep and goats with specific types of ear tags and demand
the recording of all movements to and from all holdings.
Feeders should hold non-contract prime cattle and finished cows back from the
market until the heat wave ends and the pile up of unsold beef that is clogging
the distribution system has cleared.
INDUSTRY fears about the current dip in cattle prices have been discussed in
depth at a board meeting of the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
NFU Scotland has welcomed acceptance by Defra that proposed controls on the use
of pesticides are not scientifically justified.
The NFU has applied for an easing of the rules governing set-aside land in order
to reduce the risk of fires in the countryside and ease a developing shortage
Farmers are building on their traditional role as custodians of the countryside
according to a new report being published today by the Environment Agency.
Technologies that will deliver thousands of genetic tests on elite breeding animals
at progressively more affordable prices are just around the corner.
A JCB excavator designed for arduous demolition jobs is helping a groundworks
contractor tackle a wide variety of jobs from major drainage works to large site
The role Border breeders have played in the current renaissance of the famous
Aberdeen-Angus breed of cattle will be celebrated when they stage their 40th
anniversary dinner in Kelso.
English sheep producers should safeguard next year’s flock productivity
by conducting a simple MOT on all their breeding rams in the coming few weeks,
advises the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
Philip Hall, head chef of the award-winning Matfen Hall Hotel near Newcastle-Upon-Tyne,
in a bid to improve school lunches for the region’s children.
NFUS has reacted to the collapse of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) talks
following irreconcilable differences between the major nations.
Industry perception is hindering further consolidation of the dairy sector required
to improve its competitiveness, efficiency and marketing clout.
Vets have used peddle power to raise more than £20,000 for the Royal Agricultural
A farm on the edge of the Lake District which diversified into free range eggs
19 years ago now has the largest specialist egg packaging business in the country,
supplying major supermarkets and McDonalds.
Three northern bred Charolais bulls are among the first ever exportation of British
Charolais semen to Mexico.
The British Goat Society will make its debut at the Dairy Event to be staged
at Stoneleigh Park, by its organisers the Royal Association of British Dairy
The January 1st change in the EU hygiene regulations relating to emergency slaughter
continues to be one of the causes of massive wastage in the number of cull cows
entering the food chain on a cross-UK basis.
Livestock farmers faced with critical shortages of summer grazing must make reseeding
a priority this autumn if they are to avoid similar problems in future years,
says Paul Billings of British Seed Houses.
Beef exports to the Italian market appear to be an early success story, according
to the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
Daniel Kawczynski, MP for Shrewsbury & Atcham and chair of the All Party
Parliamentary Group for Dairy Farming, was delighted to welcome Conservative
Party Leader David Cameron MP to the Dairy Group.
A single year of oilseed rape may not be a sufficient break to adequately safeguard
first wheats from take-all, reveal the latest trials at Masstock Arable’s
SMART Farm in Wellington, Somerset.
Almost £200,000 has been pledged by the British Pig Executive (BPEX) to
improve co-operation along the supply chain.
The Government’s response to the RCEP report on so-called bystander exposure
to pesticides is a vote of confidence in the voluntary measures that farmers
are taking to reduce the risks, says the NFU.
A house price boom in London and the South East has widened the north/south divide,
according to RICS’ (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) UK housing
JCB Groundcare is set to unveil a range of compact tractors at Saltex 2006 – the
product at the heart of all groundcare operations.
The Commons Act, which updates laws governing common land that date back more
than 700 years, has received Royal Assent.
Defra has today proposed detailed measures to ensure that any growing of genetically
modified crops in England will not disadvantage other farmers.
Top tips for pig managers coping with the current high temperatures from Kayt
Johnson, BPEX Knowledge Transfer Manager.
Milkivit Denkamilk, a new range of milk replacers designed to deliver optimal
productivity and margin prospects has been launched by Trouw Nutrition GB.
Alltech and University College Dublin, have once again joined forces to host
a two-day International Dairy Solutions Symposium.
World cereal stocks are expected to decline sharply in 2006, due to a slight
decrease in global cereal output and significant growth in utilization, according
Defra are asking for the public's help to find any citrus longhorn beetles (
Anoplophora chinensis ) that may be in the UK.
Global animal health company Alltech will be the title sponsor of the 2010 Fédération
Equestre Internationale (FEI) Games.
The European Commission has renewed the UK farming industry’s crucial derogation
from sheep identification requirements.
Lamb abattoir and processor, Welsh Country Foods, based at Gaerwen, Anglesey
has opened a new livestock collection centre near Penrith.
The introduction of a Series 2 range of McCormick LiftMaster hydraulic front
loaders gives farmers a bigger choice of build specifications to suit more applications
and models within the company’s tractor range.
NFU Scotland has described the decision by Robert Wiseman Dairies' to follow
other milk processors in cutting its milk price as another huge blow for Scottish
Farmers and government must map out exactly what is meant by disease control
and risk reduction partnerships.
HOW can you make management of your flock easier and ensure resources such as
machinery and labour are being used to their best advantage?
The NFU has issued a warning after crop fires were sparked across the countryside
during the current heat wave.
The NFU is encouraged by today’s announcement by the Ford Motor Company
that it is to spend at least £1 billion developing a range of greener vehicle
technologies in the UK including the creation of biofuel models.
The industry’s biennial event is to be staged by the National Sheep Association
at the Three Counties Show Ground, Malvern on Wednesday 2 August.
Charolais breeders turned out one of the ‘best ever’ entries of cattle
at the Scottish and Northern Charolais Breeders’ National Show staged at
the Cumberland Show.
A new computerised calf feeding system designed to help farmers improve animal
performance, and make labour savings together with subsequent costs, has been
launched by Volac International.
Desiccation with glyphosate offers oilseed rape growers greater flexibility to
avoid the losses in both oil content and yield that can result from swathing
too early, according to newly published HGCA trials run by the Arable Group.
Sauvignon, exhibited by the Crawford Brothers, continued his fantastic show record
this year when being awarded the Limousin Championship and Reserve Supreme Champion
Interbreed titles at the Great Yorkshire Show.
Easier and faster harvesting has become a key priority for oilseed rape growers
across the country, according to the first-ever national study of oilseed rape
English suckler herds will be able to take advantage of four new Estimated Breeding
Values (EBVs) together with a special Maternal Value index in their bull and
cow selection from this autumn.
Glorious sunshine, a record breaking attendance figure and two Royal visitors
made sure the 2006 Great Yorkshire Show was another amazing success.
The 2006 Royal Show marked a turning point for UK agriculture, according to its
Two of the English climate change champions will today join Environment Minister
Ian Pearson to speak at a major youth summit on climate change.
NFU Scotland Livestock Chairman, Nigel Miller, has confirmed, following a trip
to visit veal producers in Belgium, that calves exported there from the UK are
in safe hands.
The Government has rightly acknowledged the contribution that renewables can
make to UK energy supply but has not specified where agriculture fits in with
the plan, says the NFU.
Mark Wearmouth and Stuart Buckle from Pennine Young Farmers’ Club won the
National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs’
ATV Challenge at the Royal Show.
All imported beef must meet the same high production standards as the UK Product,
says the NBA.
ABC has teamed up with Schering-Plough Animal Health to take part in the Coniston
Challenge charity event in September to raise money for Guide Dogs.
The Badger Trust has welcomed the revelation that 96 per cent of people who responded
to the Government's consultation on badger culling opposed a cull.
Two reports summarising the responses to the consultation on bovine TB and badger
culling were published by Defra today.
Trial work at Harper Adams University College suggests supplementing intensive
lamb finisher diets with a new, natural plant-derived feed additive could be
worth as much as £3 per lamb.
A new recording scheme, instigated by the Suffolk Sheep Society for its members
was launched this week at a QMS sheep breeding open evening, hosted by leading
Suffolk breeder, Robbie Wilson, of Aberdeenshire.
Finishers should stand firm against slaughter sector attempts to talk down prime
cattle prices and stick out strongly for further rises over the short supplied
summer period, the NBA has warned.
A back to basics assessment of the housing and stock handling needs of livestock
has resulted in a new innovative farm livestock building.
Wilodge Ulex ET, bred and exhibited by D A Williams, Lodge Farm, Shifnal, Shropshire,
took the Supreme Championship for the Belgian Blues, at the Royal Show last week.
With pasture worm burdens building-up rapidly across the country over the past
few weeks, good management will be essential this summer to maintain post-weaning
lamb growth rates and avoid delays to finishing.
Arable units across the country are facing an acute dilemma in their autumn weed
control programmes as a direct result of increasing time pressures, reveals a
national survey of growers responsible for nearly 125,000 ha of UK cropping.
South America accounted for 90 per cent of the EU's fresh, frozen and chilled
beef imports last year (2005) according to the latest Meat Demand Trends from
Meat and Livestock Commission (MLC) Economics.
Conservative Party Leader David Cameron has agreed to join the All Party Parliamentary
Group for Dairy Farming.
Limousins have been crowned the champion beef breed at the Royal Show.
The Tenant Farmers Association has congratulated the team from Pembrokeshire
Young Farmers who won the prestigious 2006 National Federation of Young Farmers
Clubs’ Farm Business Development Competition at the Royal Show 2006.
The full range of one of Britain’s leading tractor manufacturers – McCormick – is
available throughout Kent for the first time.
More than 350 chefs were given an insight into curing bacon and ham in a presentation
by the British Pig Executive (BPEX).
NFU Scotland met with Asda bosses to hear their vision for local sourcing and
future support for British agriculture. This is the first of a series of meetings
we want to have with retailers.
Breakeven budgets produced by the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX) suggest
early lamb production could generate profitable returns over the coming season.
Daniel Kawczynski, MP for Shrewsbury & Atcham, has today hit out at plans
by British Sugar to close the sugar factory at Allscott.
Reducing cattle exposure to flies, and the use of an effective fly control product
and long-acting, broad-spectrum dry cow therapy are the route to better summer
mastitis control, says Schering-Plough Animal Health.
Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has released research findings from the first
year of a three-year study into responsible behaviour amongst recreational users
and land managers.
Farmers should act now to cope with the effects of the wetter winters and drier
summers predicted due to global warming, according to a top weather expert.
UK Agriculture Ministers have appointed Ted Wright, British Poultry Council Chairman,
as a new member of the board of the Home-Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA).
NFU Scotland is seeking flexibility over rules, administered by the Food Standards
Agency (FSA), which govern the slaughter of cattle on farms.
The Food Standards Agency and the Meat and Livestock Commission (MLC) have jointly
produced an illustrated guide for authorised butchers, explaining how to remove
specified risk material (SRM) vertebral column (backbone) correctly from cattle
aged between 24 and 30 months.
The Badger Trust has welcomed David Miliband's promise to put science first in
addressing the bovine tuberculosis problem in the national herd.
A new attraction at this year's show, which runs from Tuesday 11 to Thursday
13 July, is the first-ever Great Yorkshire Beer Trail.
Fodder crops such as stubble turnips and forage rape can be successfully established
in standing cereals two to three weeks pre-harvest.
The prestigious RASE Gold Medal was presented to the two manufacturers at the
show by Princess Michael of Kent on Sunday July 2.
Retailers will be challenged by the NFU to prove their beef sourcing credentials
at the Royal Show this year.
John Deere’s 9880i STS combine is now available with Hillmaster, making
it the highest capacity self-levelling combine in the world.
One of Britain’s oldest tractor and farm machinery dealerships is to represent
tractor maker Landini.