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.
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, the region's leading autumn rural event, notched up another
record breaking attendance.
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 Paul Fargher has made it through to the final of the
fiercely contested competition run annually by the British Grassland Society.
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
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 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 sheep and beef cattle caught the eyes of a stream of potential buyers
on the British Livestock stand at the Polagra Show in Poland.
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 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.
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)
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)
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
A Midlands based young sheep breeder has scooped a major award, which was competed
for internationally, with his Suffolk sheep flock.
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.
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 celebrated its 61st birthday in style today (October 23) by being presented
with a Queen’s Award by HRH The Duke of Kent.
The NBA is calling on farmers to back its campaign to persuade supermarkets to
physically separate displays of beef from different countries of origin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A healthier sausage specifically designed to have a lower salt level has won
top prize in a competition run by the British Pig Executive.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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 ruled supreme at the annual autumn multi-breed show and sale
of pedigree beef breeding cattle at Craven Cattle Marts’ Skipton Auction
NFU Scotland’s campaign for a sustainable dairy industry is growing in
momentum with a number of significant developments over the coming weeks.
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 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.
Calls for greater transparency throughout the dairy supply chain are repeated
by All Party Parliamentary Group for Dairy Farmers chairman, Daniel Kawczynski.
NFU Scotland has expressed concern at the confirmation of a highly virulent strain
of Newcastle Disease at Fenton Barns, Drem, East Lothian.
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.
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.
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.
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
THE overseas market for British calves could develop and grow in the medium term
as veal production in Europe is likely to fall.
The Tenant Farmers Association is delighted that after many years of lobbying
significant changes are to be introduced to the legislation governing agricultural
A new FAO Crisis Management Centre (CMC) to fight Avian Influenza outbreaks and
other major animal health or food health-related emergencies.
Case IH is reinforcing its position the high capacity rotary combine market by
concentrating purely on its own unique rotary technology.
The first Autumn Show & Sale of Shetland Ponies at Borderway, Carlisle was
an undoubted success on Wednesday 11th October.
North Craven farmer John Bownass achieved a debut championship success by presenting
the champion pen of ten ewe lambs at Skipton Auction Mart.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Lincolnshire farmer and contractor has acquired a slice of history by taking
delivery of the first McCormick CX105 Diamond Edition tractor.
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.
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.
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 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 are to provide the foundation for the Charolais herdbook to
be established in Romania.
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
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.
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.
Simon Witty, ploughing for England, has become the 2006 World Reversible Ploughing
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
High dry matter silage presents a greater risk of mycotoxins contamination, according
to a new technical guide launched by Alltech at Dairy Event 2006.
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.
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
The Tenant Farmers Association argues that dairy farmers are being undervalued
and that more should be done to recognise their value to our nation.
Britain's pig industry is heading for yet another bumper year on the export market
says the British Pig Executive (BPEX).
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
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.
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.
There was good demand for sheep of all categories at the Wensleydale Longwool
Sheep Breeders' Association 115th annual show and sale.
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.
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
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.
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.
The Dairy Hygiene Inspectorate (DHI), working on behalf of the Food Standards
Agency, has merged with the State Veterinary Service (SVS).
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.
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.
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.