Seizing the UK’s milling wheat yield crown on the 2007/8 HGCA Recommended
List published this week (Thursday November 30) is new variety, Battalion.
English oilseed rape growers will be able to take a step forward in maximising
output in ever-shorter rotations in the coming season with the official recommendation
of a new high output variety boasting best-ever disease resistance ratings.
Which causes more greenhouse gas emissions, rearing cattle or driving cars?
For three years, the NFUS-inspired Scottish Sheep Scab Initiative has worked
to raise awareness of the threat posed by scab and encourage farmers to confront
the problem and treat it.
The order book is full for Aberdeen-Angus cattle for export to the Continent
following a breed promotion by the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society at three major
FEARS are growing low welfare pig meat could be pouring into the country from
abroad to meet the Christmas demand.
Local farmer Andrew Ayrton's six-week-old Belgian Blue heifer calf took supreme
Kuhn Farm Machinery has upgraded its range of multi-purpose shredders with the
introduction of the versatile and high work rate BPR range.
Scottish Charolais breeder, Murray Lyle is the new president of Charolais International,
an umbrella body comprising more than 20 affiliated countries, designed to facilitate
information transfer and further develop genetic progress.
John Deere’s 8530 330hp tractor has been chosen from seven finalists as
the 2007 ‘Tractor of the Year’ at the EIMA trade fair in Bologna,
A strategy for improving animal welfare in England by building new relationships
between Government and its key partners, is published for consultation today.
New Crop Opportunities, the unique, electronic farm management aid,
developed by BCPC and pre-launched at
Cereals 2006 by Shadow Minister for Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Rt Hon James
Paice MP, is now live on-line.
More than 60% of dairy producers do not know their cost of milk production according
to the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers’ annual independent survey.
Charolais bulls sold to a top of 22,000gns in Carlisle on Friday 24 November,
a record figure for the breed society’s official autumn fixture at the
Longstanding reports of the National Beef Association’s imminent death
in Scotland have been greatly exaggerated because it is stronger now than it
was before its former Scottish Council was dissolved en-bloc in May.
Oil price rises and the growth in world grain consumption are likely to herald
a new era in which the farmer, his skills, and his land, are in demand.
Discussions between NFUS, other industry bodies and the Scottish Executive have
paid off with confirmation from Rural Development Minister Ross Finnie that he
will take advantage of hugely important derogations for vehicles transporting
CLA Wales says the present structure of the Tir Gofal scheme means many landowners
and farmers will question the value of joining the scheme.
Thanks to a new product from specialist animal nutrition company SCA NuTec, calves
can be successfully treated for scours and other digestive upsets without incurring
setbacks in growth rates.
The Hampshire Down has real potential as a terminal sire for commercial sheep
producers based in the north, according to Janice Baker, of Hazlett House Farm,
Carlisle vet Graham Brooks has been elected president of the British Cattle Veterinary
An enhanced nutritional package and improved mixing characteristics are the key
benefits for flockmasters from the newly formulated Trouw Nutrition Milkivit
Denkamilk lamb milks for the 2007 lambing season.
John Deere’s front loader range has been completely updated for 2007 with
the introduction of seven new 3 Series models, featuring lift heights up to 4.2m
and lift capacities up to 2.2 tonnes.
A delegation of artisan Welsh food producers and chefs have returned inspired
from an international food event in Italy.
The true cost of producing beef cattle and sheep on English farms was revealed
today (Friday) in new costings data published by the English Beef and Lamb Executive
The new method of reporting English beef cattle production costs launched today
(November 24th) by EBLEX is certain to revive the debate on the best way for
the beef industry to survive decoupling.
Beef and Lamb sales showed significant rises both at home and abroad in the first
nine months of 2006.
NFU Scotland has welcomed Defra’s decision, in agreement with meat wholesalers,
to stop the long-standing practice of rounding down lamb carcass weights to the
nearest 0.5 kg.
A combination of equitable pricing and a new strategy to grasp market opportunities
will provide a future for Scotland’s dairy industry, according to NFU Scotland’s
As the winter disease season approaches, vets are warning cattle producers that
pneumonia-induced lung damage can severely compromise animal performance with
the potential to reduce growth rates by up to 295g per day.
NFU Scotland is encouraging young people making a special impact within rural
industries to enter its annual Young Achiever Excellence Award which is sponsored
by NFU Mutual.
With 68 cattle forward, four trophies and £750 in sponsors’ prize
money to be won, coupled with a packed and eager ringside, there was “bags” of
interest in the Christmas Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart.
For the first time in its six year history a horticulturalist has been awarded
the coveted Barrie Orme Shield.
The pedigree Limousin heifer, Quaish Abfab, from Somerset breeder Nick Hill,
beat off strong crossbred competition to lift the 2006 National Primestock Show
title at Bingley Hall on Saturday 18th November.
The three key elements to track and improve the profitability of a pig enterprise
have been brought together on a unique new web-based service - the first of its
type in the world.
The National Beef Association has reported that some abattoirs are deducting £7-8
per head for handling commercial Over Thirty Month cattle while the majority
are making no deductions at all.
A good harvest with the real bonus for Scottish growers of minimal drying costs
is adding to an optimistic mood among farmers and contractors that could be translated
into increased sales of farm tractors this autumn.
Aberglasney Gardens is providing home grown oranges to a Llandeilo based bespoke
ice cream maker. It's thought to be the first time that Welsh oranges have been
used in ice cream!
Thousands of British cattle and pigs will be on their way to Russia as the result
of orders placed at the giant Eurotier Show in Hanover, Germany this week.
Following on from the success of its horse and pony sales this year, including
Borderway’s first Shetland pony sale, Harrison & Hetherington has drawn
up a specialist calendar of fixtures for 2007.
ON a family farm, everybody chips in and helps when there’s work to be
done. But just how much is that labour worth?
Plans to open a new bioethanol plant in Teesside in 2008 are good news for farmers,
UK energy supplies and the environment, says the NFU.
Significant progress in the way the UK produces and uses bioenergy and renewable
materials is highlighted in a report, published today by Defra and DTI.
The introduction of a Climate Change Bill in the Queen's Speech has been hailed
as a great opportunity for UK agriculture to help deliver a more sustainable
UK society and economy.
The Oxford Dictionary defines skill as: practised ability, dexterity, tact, all
of which are vital attributes for staff on a modern pig farm.
The British Limousin Cattle Society’s Autumn Sale at Dungannon Farmers
Mart on Saturday 11th November saw a healthy top price of 6500gns paid for Rahoney
As part of the livestock board’s on-going commitment to improving the terms
and conditions of trade for the red meat sector, the NFU has scored a big win
after Defra agreed to stop the traditional practice of ‘rounding down’ when
Leading mid-Wales Limousin breeder Michael Gray topped the British Limousin Cattle
Society’s show and sale at Brecon at 4700gns on Saturday 11th November
Harbro aims to capture a larger share of the market as the company’s new
state-of-the-art feed mill at Birkhill, Lesmahagow, comes on stream.
County Fermanagh Charolais enthusiast, Stuart Bothwell will face the challenge
of judging a line up of 80 bulls in Carlisle, on Thursday 23 November.
An innovative and patented twin-auger design is key to the versatility and high
output capacity of Kuhn Farm Machinery’s new Pro-Twin Slinger side exit
Farmers and their advisers in England can make sure they are up to speed with
the nutrient planning software PLANET by attending one of the free PLANET
Workshops being organised by ADAS.
Challenges facing the meat industry, including climate change, emerging consumer
trends and changes in EU regulations, will be highlighted at the 2007 Meat and
Livestock Commission (MLC) Outlook conference.
A new booklet aimed at helping Young Farmers judge livestock competitions has
been launched by EBLEX.
The National Beef Association has asked Defra to set up a system that allows
farms in parishes caught up with 1-2 year TB testing to return to 3-4 year testing
status if low TB levels confirm 1-2 year testing is no longer justified.
Charolais bulls met a strong demand throughout, selling to a top of 4,100gns
in Welshpool and achieving 80% clearance,at the breed society’s official
autumn show and sale.
BRITISH breeding stock has been going down a storm at central Europe's biggest
food and farming show in Romania.
DAIRY farmers could actually end up spending the same or more than the cost of
a brand new parlour if they don’t do cost comparisons fully.
The new AXION tractor series from CLAAS offers between 163 and 225 hp rated power
RISING foreign demand for beef and lamb has resulted in higher livestock prices
at home according to the latest Market Outlooks from MLC Economics.
A plan to conserve the genetic material of the country's farmed animals was launched
With a powerful line-up of progeny from prolific sire Hurdcott Estimator, the
Bon Lea Angus herd landed two of the four big championship classes at the annual
North of England Aberdeen-Angus Calf Show at Skipton Auction Mart.
Mother and daughter Glynis and Jane Soulsby are celebrating having the top pedigree
Suffolk flock in the north of England with an on-farm open day at Williamsgill,
Temple Sowerby, near Penrith.
Strong demand for Limousin youngstock underpinned a buoyant trade at the Annual
Limousin Weaned Calf Sale held at Carlisle.
A rare opportunity to buy into one of the oldest and most successful pedigree
Suffolk flocks in the country is in the offing.
The Red Ladies Derby saw the demand for quality Limousin females continue with
the keen interest resulting in a high clearance rate and strong averages for
all classes of females.
Charolais met a flying trade at the NI Charolais Club’s official autumn
show and sale in Dungannon, on Friday 3 November with bulls peaking at 8,400gns
and females selling to 8,000gns.
A schoolboy’s dream recently became reality when he won the Suffolk Sheep
Society National flock championship, the Bristol Gold Cup.
NSA North Sheep 2007, the National Sheep Association northern region’s
biennial one day event has announced its major sponsor, George F. White, the
North East-based rural property specialist.
Helping agricultural machinery retailers give their customers effective after-sales
service and good advice on product choice will be the focus of three new members
of an expanded Landini tractor team in Britain.
Abundant grass growth throughout a relatively mild early autumn will have been
welcomed by farms short of forage, but the key issue over the winter months is
to manage sward cover carefully to ensure optimum yields and quality at turnout.
On Friday 3rd November 2006, The Whitebred Shorthorn Association held their annual
autumn sale of Whitebred Shorthorn Cattle at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, with a
small select entry of 5 bulls and 1 female forward.
BCPC (British Crop Production Council) has revised and fully updated its best
selling sprayer operator books.
NMR has introduced a national disease testing service, Healthcheck, for IBR,
BVD and Leptospirosis using bulk milk samples.
Supermarkets are not necessarily the ogres they are always painted says this
year’s David Black Award winner Philip Richardson.
TOP restaurateurs, meat buyers and supermarket heads from the seven major markets
for British beef across Europe will be guests at a special dinner on Monday (Nov
6) at Clarence House hosted by The Prince of Wales.
The recently published Stern Report has highlighted the fact that climate change
raises a number of challenges for every industry, not least the farming industry.
Harrison & Hetherington’s Borderway Mart was the venue for the 24th
Northern Expo Holstein Show which, without a doubt, maintained its reputation
as being one of the top Holstein shows in the UK.
SPECIALIST producer Richard Vaughan has thrown his weight behind moves to boost
British meat exports.
The paint has finally dried on a canvas by Dales artist Diana Rosemary Lodge
of former Wharfedale Farmers Auction Mart manager Ben Atkinson – five years
after it was first commissioned.