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Increase in wild bird surveillance for Avian Flu 31/10/06
More than 300 nature reserves, parks and reservoirs are being added to the list of sites where wild birds are tested for signs of avian influenza.


Blondes sell to a top of 6,000gns at Carlisle 31/10/06
Local breeder John Stott of Hilltop, Hesket new Market, sold the top price of the day at the Blonde Society annual autumn show and sale at Carlisle on Friday.
Countryside Live Food & Farming Fair - Another Record Breaker 31/10/06
Countryside Live, the region's leading autumn rural event, notched up another record breaking attendance.
Cattle Health and Welfare Strategy Council about to emerge 30/10/06
An unprecedented cross-UK/Republic of Ireland agreement by the cattle sectors is being developed so the cattle industry can establish a first ever, nationwide, strategy for health and welfare.
Isle of Man dairy farmer reaches final of British Grassland Society competition 30/10/06
Isle of Man dairy farmer Paul Fargher has made it through to the final of the fiercely contested competition run annually by the British Grassland Society.
Future is Different 27/10/06
The theme was 'Trading For the Future', and the message resonating throughout the Future Farmers of Wales Conference was that farmers had to establish a point of difference.
Charolais Bulls Establish New UK Record at Perth 27/10/06
Charolais bulls met a solid trade peaking at 25,000gns in Perth on Thursday 26 October, with a new UK all beef breeds average of £5,049 established for 140 lots traded.
The Pesticide Manual 27/10/06
The fourteenth edition of The Pesticide Manual, and the fully searchable CD version, The e-Pesticide Manual are now available from the British Crop Production Council.
British Livestock Is Poles Better! 27/10/06
BRITISH sheep and beef cattle caught the eyes of a stream of potential buyers on the British Livestock stand at the Polagra Show in Poland.
Farming Excellence at Countryside Live 27/10/06
Farmers from across the country will be heading for the Great Yorkshire Showground this weekend as the region's top autumn country event gets underway.
Irish Buyers Lead Charge at Perth Aberdeen Angus Sale 26/10/06
Irish buyers set the pace this week at the Aberdeen-Angus bull sales at Perth paying three of the top eight prices for bulls and the top price for females.
Bill signs off with top honours at Skipton Charollais sale 25/10/06
Octogenarian Bill Wilkinson signed off on a high note when taking both championship and reserve championship honours at the third annual show and sale of pedigree Charollais females at Skipton Auction Mart. (Sat, Oct 21)
Booths land Craven Dairy Auction double 25/10/06
Husband-and-wife farmers David and Margaret Booth, of Broom House Farm, Earby, sent out their second Craven Dairy Auction champion at the October show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, Oct 23)
Impossible for eight per cent of Irish farms to produce 50‰ of beef 25/10/06
The NBA has once again asked Bord Bia for written proof that less than ten per cent of beef farms in the Republic of Ireland can produce enough beef to satisfy UK supermarket demands for fully farm assured product from its Beef Quality Assurance Scheme.
Suffolk Youngster scoops major award 25/10/06
A Midlands based young sheep breeder has scooped a major award, which was competed for internationally, with his Suffolk sheep flock.
Solution To Rural Development Delays Critical 25/10/06
Scotland’s Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS), worth £61 million, is too important to be derailed as a result of bureaucratic delays, according to NFU Scotland.
New TB testing regime a step forward, but not a solution on its own 24/10/06
Defra’s decision to use the gamma-interferon blood test to increase the accuracy of the TB testing regime will be a useful step forward in detecting infection in cattle, says the NFU.
JCB's Birthday Celebrations Crowned By Royal Visit 24/10/06
JCB celebrated its 61st birthday in style today (October 23) by being presented with a Queen’s Award by HRH The Duke of Kent.
MPs asked to support beef mixing regulation in supermarkets 24/10/06
The NBA is calling on farmers to back its campaign to persuade supermarkets to physically separate displays of beef from different countries of origin.
Widespread Smut in Maize Heightens Mycotoxins Risk at Feed Out 24/10/06
Livestock farmers feeding forage maize this autumn should be wary of an increased mycotoxins risk if crops were affected by the fungal disease smut (Ustilago maydis) at any stage during the growing season.
NBA action secures Dover-Calais export route for pedigree and breeding cattle 24/10/06
The valuable P&O ferry route between Dover and Calais remains open to pedigree cattle and genuine breeding stock following the successful intervention of the National Beef Association.
Funding Helps Finance Vet and Farmer Team Training 24/10/06
A series of training workshops focusing on practical and farm-friendly analyses of milk records start this autumn for dairy farmers, their vets and advisers.
Fun for everyone at Countryside Live Food & Farming Fair 20/10/06
From hands-on fun and excitement for kids to outstanding displays of rural crafts and traditions, the Countryside Live Food and Farming Fair is all set to open its doors next weekend.
British Limousin at Polagra Agricultural Fair 20/10/06
The first leg of the British Limousin Cattle Society’s European breed promotion campaign got away to a highly encouraging start at the Polagra Agricultural Fair held in Poznan, Poland.
Victory For Low Salt Sausage 19/10/06
A healthier sausage specifically designed to have a lower salt level has won top prize in a competition run by the British Pig Executive.
Government's Agricultural Vision Lacks Reality
19/10/06
The Tenant Farmers Association will today tell members of the House of Commons Environment Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee that the Government's vision for the Common Agricultural Policy lacks a sense of reality.
Lambert shearling ram champion at Skipton Dalesbred show 19/10/06
It was an all-round triumph for youth at the annual show and sale of Dalesbred rams, staged on behalf of the Dalesbred Sheep Breeders’ Association, at Craven Cattle Marts’ Skipton Auction Mart.
Prime Minister Backs CLA Initiative 19/10/06
CLA President, David Fursdon, said during a vist to the Vale of Glamorgan today that he has won the support of the Prime Minister in the CLA's latest drive to keep farming profitable.
Case IH Reveals Puma Tractor Series 19/10/06
The Puma name has a proud heritage dating back to 1986 when Steiger introduced the Puma 1000 row-crop tractor. Dependable power is being brought back to growers and dealers by the new Case IH Puma family of tractors in North America.
Export Demand for Aberdeen-Angus Continues with Shipment to France 18/10/06
The strong export demand for Aberdeen-Angus cattle is continuing with the shipment this week of 16 heifers and a bull calf to found a new herd in the Anjou region of France.
Plant-made vaccine technology from Dow AgroSciences gains international recognition 18/10/06
A revolutionary plant-cell produced vaccine developed by Dow AgroSciences for animal health has made it to the final three at an international award ceremony.
Eve-of-Sale Export Boost for Aberdeen-Angus Breed
18/10/06
Aberdeen-Angus breeders have received a welcome boost on the eve of the breed’s autumn show and sale at Perth on Monday (October 23) as export demand for Aberdeen-Angus cattle continues to soar.
World Ploughing Champion Takes Another Title 18/10/06
Simon Witty from Malton, North Yorkshire, the current World Reversible Ploughing Champion, is the new British National Reversible Ploughing Champion, winning the coveted title for the fourth year in a row.
Rat Watch Bulletin 17/10/06
The Indian summer and well stocked hedgerows are keeping rats out in the fields longer than usual this autumn, but once temperatures start to fall, they will soon make tracks towards the farm yard.
Healthy Herd Planner launched to combat major dairy health issues 17/10/06
A new dairy herd health package has been launched by Dugdale Nutrition to help farmers combat the three most common issues, fertility, lameness and mastitis.
Credibility of UK’s farm assurance programme undermined 17/10/06
UK farm assurance credentials are being seriously undermined by Bord Bia’s refusal to disclose the proportion of Irish production covered by its Beef Quality Assurance Scheme.
Your Landscape Needs You - Welsh Dairy Event 17/10/06
Buy into the view as you reach for your daily pinta. The message from Welsh Dairy Event President and CLA regional director Jonathan Andrews is unequivocal.
Limousins again land spoils at Skipton pedigree beef fixture 16/10/06
Limousins again ruled supreme at the annual autumn multi-breed show and sale of pedigree beef breeding cattle at Craven Cattle Marts’ Skipton Auction Mart.
Campaign for a Sustainable Dairy Industry Gathers Pace 16/10/06
NFU Scotland’s campaign for a sustainable dairy industry is growing in momentum with a number of significant developments over the coming weeks.
No Joy From Rooker On Partial Payments 16/10/06
The TFA has told DEFRA Minister Lord Rooker that he must make an early announcement on a commitment to make partial payments under the SPS for 2006 applicants.
Pure Charolais prove performance consistency 16/10/06
Pure Charolais steers are consistently demonstrating performance that exceeds their Charolais cross counterparts according to the third set of interim results from a trial at SAC Bush.
APPG calls for greater transparency in dairy food chain 16/10/06
Calls for greater transparency throughout the dairy supply chain are repeated by All Party Parliamentary Group for Dairy Farmers chairman, Daniel Kawczynski.
Newcastle Disease Confirmed In East Lothian Farm 16/10/06
NFU Scotland has expressed concern at the confirmation of a highly virulent strain of Newcastle Disease at Fenton Barns, Drem, East Lothian.
Limousin Bulls Sell Well at Carlisle 14/10/06
At the Carlisle sale of Limousin bulls on Saturday 14th October, John and Michael Fieldson of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, topped the sale with Fieldson Alfy, which sold for 37,000gns.
Outstanding Show Of Aberdeen-Angus Calves at Ireland’s National Calf Show 13/10/06
The first-ever national show of Aberdeen-Angus calves at Carrick-on-Shannon last Saturday (October 7) attracted an outstanding entry of more than 100 calves from herds throughout the Republic of Ireland.
Education at Countryside Live! Food and Farming Fair 13/10/06
There will be plenty for youngsters to get their teeth into in the Education Activity Zone at this year's Countryside Live Food and Farming Fair.
Fall In Scottish Cereals Output No Surprise 13/10/06
NFU Scotland has said that preliminary estimates of the Scottish Cereal and Oilseed Rape Harvest, published today by the Scottish Executive, show an expected fall in production.
Volatile Market For Veal 13/10/06
THE overseas market for British calves could develop and grow in the medium term as veal production in Europe is likely to fall.
Farm Tenancies See Long Awaited Changes 12/10/06
The Tenant Farmers Association is delighted that after many years of lobbying significant changes are to be introduced to the legislation governing agricultural tenancies.
New Crisis Management Centre launched by FAO 12/10/06
A new FAO Crisis Management Centre (CMC) to fight Avian Influenza outbreaks and other major animal health or food health-related emergencies.
Case IH leads with Axial-Flow 12/10/06
Case IH is reinforcing its position the high capacity rotary combine market by concentrating purely on its own unique rotary technology.
Carlisle Shetland Pony Show & Sale a Great Success 12/10/06
The first Autumn Show & Sale of Shetland Ponies at Borderway, Carlisle was an undoubted success on Wednesday 11th October.
Bownass Lleyn lambs land first Skipton title 12/10/06
North Craven farmer John Bownass achieved a debut championship success by presenting the champion pen of ten ewe lambs at Skipton Auction Mart.
Airton success at Skipton Swaledale rams show 11/10/06
Bold, hardy Swaledale rams from the hills of the Yorkshire Dales and further afield took their turn in the show ring at the annual evening show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.
National Win for Aberglasney Gardens 11/10/06
Aberglasney Gardens, Llandeilo, has won the national award for the Best Garden Design/Construction Project, despite stiff competition from some of the brightest and best in the land.
Suffolks open flock book 11/10/06
New genetic traits and non registered Suffolks will be eligible for inclusion in the Suffolk Sheep Society’s register it has been announced this week.
Protein Provider Without Need For Nitrogen Fertiliser 11/10/06
A new ryegrass and red clover seeds mixture offering high yields of home grown protein with no reliance on artificial nitrogen is one of the highlights of British Seed Houses’ new Seed Mark range.
Deadline Approaches For Historic Winter Primestock Event 11/10/06
Entries for this year's historic National Primestock Show and Sale will see the three key livestock species reunited after the absence of live pig classes for over 20 years.
McCormick’s first CX Diamond Edition tractor goes to Lincolnshire 10/10/06
A Lincolnshire farmer and contractor has acquired a slice of history by taking delivery of the first McCormick CX105 Diamond Edition tractor.
A "Sell Out" for Livestock at Countryside Live 10/10/06
Superb livestock from across the country is promised for the 2006 Countryside Live Food and Farming Fair as organisers announce that both the cattle and sheep sections are a "sell out" and a waiting list is in operation.
Growing business for new Landini tractor retail dealer 10/10/06
Just nine months after taking on its first tractor sales franchise, farm machinery retailer G & S J Johnson has supplied eight new tractors worth more than a quarter of a million pounds at retail prices.
Cookery Stars Showcase Regional Food 10/10/06
Impressive culinary skills, innovative combinations of flavours and a passion for using regional food were the hallmarks of the winners of the Great Yorkshire Cookery Competition 2006 which have just been announced.
Kuhn Big Bag Fertiliser Lifter Extended for 600kg Bags 09/10/06
Kuhn Farm Machinery now includes a retrofit boom extension option for its Levsak 1000 hydraulic big bag lifter, allowing 600kg bags to be loaded into all the company’s twin disc and pneumatic spreaders.
British Charolais makes breed debut in Romania 09/10/06
British Charolais are to provide the foundation for the Charolais herdbook to be established in Romania.
Bord Bia continues to deny farm assurance problems 09/10/06
Continued denial by Bord Bia , and some supermarkets, that there are serious lapses in the administration of the Beef Quality Assurance Scheme in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) is undermining the credibility of farm assurance within the UK.
Great Day Out Along The Furrows 06/10/06
Fifteen  pairs of magnificently turned-out heavy horses, top vintage tractor ploughmen and the country’s premier ploughmen will compete at the British National Ploughing Championships.
New Pig Centre to Provide Link From Farm to Lab 06/10/06
A new pig development centre linking academics with pig producers aims to help the UK’s pig industry regain its position as a world leader.
Yorkshireman takes 2006 World Reversible Ploughing Title 06/10/06
Simon Witty, ploughing for England, has become the 2006 World Reversible Ploughing Champion.
Aberdeen-Angus to 10,000gns at “Border Blacks” Sale 05/10/06
Strong bidding by new breeders set the pace at the fourth “Border Blacks” on-farm sale of Aberdeen-Angus females at Wedderlie, Gordon, Berwickshire, on Saturday (September 30).
New Guide Highlights Mycotoxins Risk From Drier Grass Silage 05/10/06
High dry matter silage presents a greater risk of mycotoxins contamination, according to a new technical guide launched by Alltech at Dairy Event 2006.
Export Breakthrough as Aberdeen-Angus Shipped to Switzerland 05/10/06
The export boom in Aberdeen-Angus cattle following the lifting of export restrictions earlier this year is continuing with the shipment this week of 21 heifers and two bulls from five Scottish herds to Switzerland.
Defending champions rule at Skipton gimmer lambs show 05/10/06
History repeated itself when all three show classes fell to the defending champions at the annual prize show and sale of gimmer lambs at Craven Cattle Marts’ Skipton Auction Mart.
Dairy Farmers Should Be Valued More 04/10/06
The Tenant Farmers Association argues that dairy farmers are being undervalued and that more should be done to recognise their value to our nation.
Boom Time For Breeding Pig Exports 04/10/06
Britain's pig industry is heading for yet another bumper year on the export market says the British Pig Executive (BPEX).
Promoting English With Gusto 04/10/06
ITALIAN and international buyers will get the chance to sink their teeth into some prime English beef and lamb at the Salone de Gusto food show in Turin later this month.
The Dairy Event builds on success 04/10/06
The Dairy Event 2006, Europe’s premier technical industry event, continued to build on its previous successes according to its organisers, the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers.
Ayrshire domination at Skipton Blue Texel show 03/10/06
Scottish breeder David Alexander achieved back-to-back championship successes at the second annual show and sale of pedigree Blue Texel sheep at Craven Cattle Marts’ Skipton Auction Mart.
Good demand at Skipton Wensleydales show 03/10/06
There was good demand for sheep of all categories at the Wensleydale Longwool Sheep Breeders' Association 115th annual show and sale.
Embryo Calf Duo Top Brockhurst Limousin Sale 03/10/06
At the on-farm production sale from the Brockhurst herd two embryo calves go under the hammer for the top price of 3,000gns apiece.
Skipton Multi-Breeds Sheep Show Success 03/10/06
The annual multi-breeds prize show and sale of pedigree and pure-bred rams and females saw over 1,400 sheep pass through five sales rings in Skipton Auction Mart.
High Starch Ration Boosts Margins In Intensive Beef 03/10/06
A £96/head increase in gross margin was the key financial benefit from feeding a quality high starch concentrate to intensively reared beef cattle in a recent trial conducted at Harper Adams University College for Wynnstay.
Year’s best price at Skipton Lleyn Sheep show03/10/06
The highest price of the year  - at £212 per head - was paid for a pen of five shearling ewes at the annual show and sale of pedigree Lleyn sheep at Craven Cattle Marts’ Skipton Auction Mart.
Dairy Hygiene Inspectorate and State Veterinary Service to merge 02/10/06
The Dairy Hygiene Inspectorate (DHI), working on behalf of the Food Standards Agency, has merged with the State Veterinary Service (SVS).
Supermarket led beef price squeeze will end if finishers toughen up selling 02/10/06
The National Beef Association is advising feeders not to allow processors to take the easy way out and react to supermarket pressure on higher than expected prime cattle values by lowering payments to farmers.
McCormick C-Max utility tractor line-up grows 02/10/06
The popular appeal of McCormick’s three-model C-Max range of light utility tractors introduced a year ago has led to the addition of a fourth model to the range - the C95 Max.
Scottish Cheviot Judge Learns From the Welsh01/10/06
The annual Brecknock Hill Cheviot sale at Sennybridge saw some very good top prices and a more even trade benefiting the commercial produce, with the largest attendance ever seen.
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