The man who has overseen the progress of what has become Europe’s biggest
multi breed ram sale, has been awarded the MBE for services to the sheep industry
in Wales in the New Year Honours List.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart had forward 77 prime cattle,
9 young beef bulls, 7,051 spring lambs and 6832 cast ewes & rams at their
weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 28th December 2006.
The NFU has expressed relief at the RPA announcement that it has completed its
review of FVP (fruit, vegetable and potato) authorisations claimed by growers
as part of their SPS applications in May 2005.
The candidates for the offices of NFU Scotland President and Vice-President have
been announced. John Kinnaird, current President, will stand down after
four years at the NFUS Council Meeting in February 2007.
Increasing numbers of shoppers are recognising the EBLEX Quality Standard Mark
(QSM) and are prepared to pay more for beef and lamb carrying the logo.
A GRANT scheme for pig producers, processors, retailers and foodservice companies
in England and Wales who want to improve their supply chains has re-opened for
Winter is the ideal time to assess grazing sward quality and determine your reseeding
priorities, and this will be all the more important this year following a dry
summer that will have exposed less productive fields.
Performance recording to achieve better returns from sheep breeding enterprises
is the theme of a new manual, available free to all English producers, from the
English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
The Tenant Farmers Association’s National Chairman, Reg Haydon, has called
on all within the agricultural industry to work together to make 2007 a year
of renaissance for British agriculture.
Scotland’s farming union has published its own manifesto to chart the way
ahead for the nation’s agricultural sector, countryside and food industry.
CLA Wales is calling on the National Grid to take urgent action to help farmers
and landowners whose lives have been blighted by the pipeline which will carry
liquefied gas from Milford Haven to Gloucester.
Farmers in Yorkshire and the Humber are leaving it too late to plan the succession
of their land and businesses, according to new research.
A family-run business near York is hoping a visit by an influential Government
figure will highlight the role of local producers in the community.
The serious financial challenge facing the English sheep industry in the absence
of headage subsidies is reinforced in the latest annual enterprise costings from
the English Beef and Lamb Executive.
Quality livestock at a quality event - such is the reputation of the north's
leading annual farming event, The Great Yorkshire Show.
MEAT and milk quality, price and delivery will be the three main subjects coming
under the spotlight at the British Cattle Breeders' Club (BC2) annual conference
BCPC and its partners, will be holding a one day seminar on New Crop Opportunities
on Wednesday 1 February 2007, at the East of England Showground, Peterborough,
THE latest recruit to law firm Ward Hadaway’s countryside team can truly
claim to combine legal knowledge with practical farming experience.
The only Requin bred daughter in the sale attracted the greatest interest for
the annual Bailea heifer sale for Brian, Matthew and Susan Jones.
The claim by NFU Scotland presidential hopeful, Jim McLaren, that the invoicing
campaign being mounted by dairy farmers is no more than a “gimmick” has
been challenged by leading milk quota broker, Ian Potter.
A new "Roast Rage" web site has been launched for the Christmas period.
Scotland’s leading supplier of animal feeds and animal health products,
Harbro Ltd, is poised to win a larger share of the market in the southern half
Outstanding longevity, with a particularly high rating for feet and legs, has
helped new sire Jardin achieve an impressive Profitable Lifetime Index (PLI)
of £81 and third place on entry to the latest herd life proof rankings.
Dairy UK is launching an initiative to support dairy companies in their efforts
to break into new overseas markets.
The Rare Breeds Survival Trust (RBST) is pleased to announce the appointment
of Richard Clarke to the position of Chief Executive.
"For a while now we have been very concerned about the future of hill farming.
The NFU is backing a move to access extra cash for voluntary Farm Health Planning
within the cattle sector.
The Tenant Farmers Association is warning all existing and prospective farm tenants
to check their tenancy agreements carefully on clauses relating to the Single
Payment Scheme (SPS) Entitlement.
UK farmers can now benefit from Kemira GrowHow’s Loris precision software
maps. The new service which allows nitrogen fertiliser to be variably applied
is available direct from the company or through GrowHow partners.
The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers has reiterated the importance
to dairy producers of including a realistic allocation of at least 4ppl for unpaid
labour into their dairy enterprise costings.
A campaign to explain why farming is becoming more, not less, important to 21st
century Britain is being launched by the NFU today.
The first ever shipment of Charolais embryos, amounting to 200 units, has been
made to Australia, together with 1,500 straws of Burradon Talisman, sire of the
55,000gns Perth intermediate champion, Thrunton Voldemort.
Despite a steady start to the Beltex Sheep Society’s in-lamb female sale
at Carlisle on Friday, averages for shearling gimmers rose on the year.
An Olympic medallist will help ensure the standard of showjumping is higher than
ever at future Great Yorkshire Shows.
NFU Scotland congratulates Scotland’s farmers for the excellent food they
produce for festive consumption.
The Aberdeen-Angus breed carried off a clutch of top awards at the new-look Royal
Smithfield Christmas Fair on Saturday (December 2).
Climate change and one of the mildest Autumns on record has produced an unexpected
pleasure at Aberglasney Gardens near Llandeilo in West Wales.
Adrian Cannon, who runs farming and other enterprises on the Great Tew Estate
at Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire has been named McCormick Tractors Farm Manager
of the Year in a national awards scheme.
A new flail mower ideal for pasture topping and field margin maintenance has
been introduced to the UK market by Kuhn Farm Machinery.
NFU Scotland has secured an important win in relation to biobed and composting
regulations within the Waste Management Licensing system.
Mark Hallam carved his name into the Royal Smithfield history books when his
classy Limousin steer, the Deer Stalker, won the coveted Supreme Champion title
at the Show’s new Shepton Mallet venue.
The 2006 Christmas shows and sales of prime cattle and prime lambs at Skipton
Auction Mart were among the most successful in recent memory.
The deadly H5N1 bird flu virus remains a “potent threat around the world – both
to animals and humans.
Back-to-back championship wins were achieved by Wharfedale husband and wife farmers
Mark and Helen Keighley at the 14th annual winter sale of pedigree Texel females
at Craven Cattle Marts’ Skipton Auction Mart.
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 and have extended the deadline to allow time for more applications!
UK beef production can only be maintained in anything approaching its current
volume if producer incomes increase by 20-25 per cent at the same time as production
efficiency is lifted by around 30 per cent.
The Conservative leader, David Cameron, has acknowledged that the difficulties
forcing so many Welsh dairy farmers out of business amount to 'a tragedy'.
Changes to the power units used in latest versions of the McCormick XTX and ZTX
tractors not only meet latest ‘green’ exhaust emissions rules but
also give more power and torque for added performance.
Vendors of the champion lambs at Kirkby Stephen mart on Tuesday (Nov 28) were
Martin and Val Brown and daughter Hannah from Beechwood House, Newton Le Willows,
As a result of impending legislation to stop the burial or burning of farm plastic,
Carlisle-based mart firm Harrison & Hetherington has worked with Solway Recycling
to secure special discounts for its customers.
Alltech are delighted to announce that Sel-Plex - the only organic selenium,
has just received authorisation as a nutritional feed additive for use in all
species diets, from the EU.
Concern for the environment is top of the political agenda and its importance
is also recognised by the pig industry.
A SET of colourful posters, recipe cards and even opening hours signs are set
to help decorate 3,500 butchers' shops through England in time for the festive
Misleading labelling is alive and well, tricking people into thinking they are
buying British pork and pork products when they are not.