Some feed wheats are markedly more tolerant of variations in drilling date and
nitrogen application than others, according to the first winter wheat systems
trials this season.
Alistair Stewart of Sandyknowe Yogurt Drinks, who won the most recent NFU Scotland
Innovation Award, has gone on to receive further acknowledgement for both the
inventiveness and taste quality of his drinks.
Kuhn Farm Machinery has extended its UK diet feeder range with the addition of
three new high volume twin vertical auger models to its Euromix 80 series.
Scientists have shown that the bluetongue virus causing disease in the Netherlands
is serotype 8. This serotype has not previously been identified in Europe.
All of the major farming organisations met last Thursday to agree a common position
on the actions needed to tackle Bovine TB.
A world deficit in beef in five years time will give the UK industry a not to
be missed opportunity.
Landini’s mid-range six-cylinder tractors have been overhauled with new
features for improved performance and operator convenience.
RISING temperatures and rising beefburger sales went hand-in-hand in the four
weeks up to Aug 13.
Cattle entries are up for the fourth consecutive year at the Dairy Event to be
held at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 September.
Netta de la Cour, Marketing Manager with a leading London-based events company,
has been appointed as the new Beef Better Returns Project Manager for the English
Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
The Badger Trust today advised it's opponents that they are drinking in the last
chance saloon regarding their credibility on the bovine TB issue.
Eight British dairy herds have made it to the final stage in this year’s
NMR/RABDF Gold Cup out of a qualifying 800 herds.
8 years after the launch of the legendary QUADRANT 1200 and almost 10,000 square
balers later, CLAAS has now created a new dimension in large balers.
Farmer Clive Knox got a little more excitement out of the World Cup than he expected
when he scored top prize of a Massey Ferguson MF 400 AgTV.
Lancashire sheep farmer Peter Fox landed back-to-back championship successes
with a ten-strong pen of mules at the annual prize show and sale of shearling
gimmers at Skipton Auction Mart.
The NBA has written to Bord Bia asking for clarification on issues that suggest
beef imported from the Republic of Ireland can fall short of farm assurance standards
adopted across the UK.
The latest Defra census is showing encouraging signs the British pig industry
is turning the corner says British Pig Executive (BPEX) Chairman Stewart Houston.
A big, big day - and one for all the family - looms at Skipton Auction Mart,
on Saturday, September 2, with the annual Rare & Native Stockbreeder Auctions.
A radical new bait technology has been launched this autumn to dramatically increase
the speed and reliability of farm rat and mouse control.
The deadly H5N1 avian influenza virus, or bird flu, continues to threaten people,
animals and economies in a growing number of countries, according to FAO.
The EU today agreed trade restrictions to control of the spread of Bluetongue
following positive laboratory tests results for the disease.
Farmers who wish to continue using tyres on silage clamps, shredding or burning
felled trees, crushing or cleaning pesticide containers should register for an
exemption under the new Agricultural Waste Regulations as soon as possible.
The European Commission has been informed of confirmed outbreaks of Bluetongue
in parts of Belgium and Germany, close to the border with the Netherlands.
Feeders have been praised by the National Beef Association for holding back finished
cattle so the supply blockage that built up during the recent heat wave could
A European Commission inspection of beef labelling which is expected in the UK
in less than a month's time.
Laboratory confirmation points to both old and new isolates of the bird flu virus
as sources of recent HPAI outbreaks in Southeast Asia, says FAO.
A small but important change is going to be taking place in the pig slaughtering
industry from September 4.
English suckled calf and store cattle finishers thinking about buying stock in
the coming year should take the time to work out their break-even budgets advises
the English Beef & Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
NFU Scotland, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the Farm & Wildlife Advisory
Group (FWAG) together hosted another successful hill sheep farming event on Monday
Harrison & Hetherington held their summer sale of working & unbroken
sheep dogs & puppies at Lazonby Mart on Wednesday where there was an entry
of 29 head.
NMR will have specialist dairy vets on its stand at the Dairy Event, Stoneleigh
on Wednesday and Thursday 20/21 September.
The Tenant Farmers Association has written to British Sugar expressing its bitter
disappointment over the new arrangements it is putting in place with growers
following its decision to close two of its six processing plants – York
The NFU has endorsed a report by the Milk Development Council which explodes
the theory that a massive cut in production would be the best way forward for
Britain’s dairy farmers.
NFU Sugar has agreed a three year Inter-Professional Agreement for beet growers
following several months of intensive negotiations with British Sugar.
A report by MDC has for the first time provided an objective analysis of the
possible consequences of a significant reduction in milk production by British
Both pedigree and commercial breeders underpinned a tremendous trade for quality
at the Beltex Sheep Society’s premier show and sale in Carlisle on Thursday
and Friday (August 10-11).
NFU Scotland is encouraging farmers and land managers to enter the NFUS Farming
and Conservation Award, which is sponsored by RSPB Scotland.
Suckler cow strategies will come under the microscope later this month when the
Greenshields family open their gate at South Mains, Sanquhar.
The National Beef Association has welcomed the imminent roll out by Defra of
gamma interferon (IFN-G) screening for, TB claiming the adoption of the blood
test is a positive move for farmers.
Britain’s farmers have the capacity to seize the new opportunities presented
by the rapidly growing biofuels market without any adverse implications for food
production, according to the NFU.
Beef will once again feature at the Dairy Event, Europe's two day premier event
to be staged at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 September.
All the indications are that the market for English lamb will remain strong for
at least the remainder of 2006.
NFU Scotland has welcomed today’s announcement from Ross Finnie that farmers
in Scotland will be allowed to use set-aside land for grazing livestock.
Graziers have been given the green light to continue leasing common land rights
thanks to a new government order – a move welcomed by the NFU.
NFU Scotland has welcomed the announcement today by Ross Finnie, that he fully
supports initiatives for schools to source food from local suppliers.
Attacking TB at source remains the key to making lasting progress in controlling
and eradicating the disease.
A son of the influential Perrinpit High Peak enabled the Sitlow Suffolk flock
of Steven and Louise Buckley, to continue its success in the show ring.
To make sure customers get top quality, the British Pig Executive (BPEX) is again
holding its Foodservice Sausage of the Year Competition.
Action to enhance existing testing for TB in cattle was announced today by Ben
Bradshaw, Minister for Animal Health and Welfare.
NFU Scotland has launched the potato ‘arm’ of its Fair Trade campaign
which is aimed at highlighting to consumers the inequality in the supply chain
and the small share of the consumer price that farmers receive.
NFU Scotland, along with Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and the Farm & Wildlife
Advisory Group (FWAG) held a hugely successful hill sheep farming event last
What effect has the heat wave had on crop yields this year? How has the CAP reform
affected production in the UK? All this and much more will be answered in this
year’s NFU Arable Crops Harvest Survey launched this week.
Farmland prices have reached the highest levels in the survey’s history
reports the RICS rural land market survey published today.
Massey Ferguson will be returning to the Dairy Event after at least a five year
A new rape/kale hybrid forage brassica is currently offering dairy farmers an
excellent catch crop opportunity to counter late season grazing shortages.
After an absence of twenty-nine years the British National Ploughing Championships
are returning to Surrey.
Surplus purebred dairy bulls from this autumn’s calving season look set
to make a positive contribution to English herd profitability once again.
Daniel Kawczynski MP is meeting next Monday with a Director of British Sugar,
to discuss the proposed closure of the sugar processing factory at Allscott.
Hampshire Down sheep breeders are taking the lead over all other breeds recorded
by Signet Sire Reference Schemes (SRS).
Charolais breeders turned out an ‘outstanding’ entry of quality cattle
at the inaugural Welsh National Rumenco Charolais Show staged at Oswestry Show,
on Saturday 5 August.
Powerfully built Limousin bull, Ronick Member, has caught the eye of pedigree
breeders in Mexico, so much so that 500 straws of semen have now been exported
with a repeat order in the autumn in the offing.
Key aspects of highly topical issues relating to global food production and trade
will be the main focus of this year’s BCPC International Conference, Crop
Science & Technology.
Accurate fertiliser spreading has long been a priority for Cumbrian farmers Mark
and Charlie Jones.
As part of its annual Steam Fair, the Traction Engine Club of Ulster (TECU) recently
staged a special tribute to John Deere in recognition of the company’s
40th anniversary in the UK and Ireland.
CAP Reform, the continued pressure of external costs and the lack of price signals
from the marketplace have all culminated in an uncertain future for Scotland’s
farmers and crofters.
NFU Scotland has welcomed new, clearer, guidance for farmers issued by the Scottish
Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department (SEERAD) on the application
of nitrogen to crops in Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs).
The announcement today by First Milk of a 0.75 pence per litre cut in the farmgate
milk price is a further bitter blow for dairy farmers, according to NFU Scotland.
The Tenant Farmers Association is looking forward to long awaited changes to
agricultural tenancy legislation being implemented this October.
OFFLU, the OIE/FAO joint network of expertise on avian influenza, will systematically
make avian influenza virus sequences accessible to the entire scientific community.
Bound for pastures new, a consignment of 20 in-calf pedigree Limousin heifers
from Mr Allan Jenkinson set out from Cumbria on Friday 28th July 2006 en route