Tom Rennie's Mosston Muir herd has won the Walkers Shortbread Rosebowl for Aberdeen-Angus
Show Herd of the Year.
Commercial beef herds in Caithness and the Borders have claimed the top two places
in the annual Bank of Scotland Aberdeen-Angus Suckler Herd of the Year awards.
Proposals announced by the European Commission for reforming the rules that govern
the fruit and vegetable sectors, including potatoes, are a cause for real concern
according to NFU Scotland.
The Scottish Executive Environment and Rural Affairs Department (SEERAD) are
organising a series of meetings aimed at giving sheep keepers the opportunity
to learn more about sheep ID rules.
NFU Scotland welcomed the formal approval of the Crofting Reform (Scotland) Bill
last week and is now encouraging crofters to engage with the Scottish Parliament’s
Committee of Inquiry on Crofting to ensure that crofting communities are adequately
Rodent control is becoming an increasing challenge for farmers across the country,
according to the results of a special study published by the world’s leading
THE origin of meat sold in British shops is a far more important factor in customers'
buying decisions than was previously thought.
Producers of Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference beef queued on Wednesday
evening to sign up for Farm Connections, an innovative scheme to help integrate
them into the professional supply chain.
Daniel Kawczynski has reacted angrily to media reports that the Rural Payments
Agency (RPA) had ‘massaged figures’ on Single Farm Payments to farmers
in the UK.
English dairy and beef herds need to plan the disposal of their older animals
increasingly carefully over the final two years of the Older Cattle Disposal
Scheme (OCDS) if they are to avoid losing out from the progressive annual reduction
in compensation levels.
Charolais enthusiasts, James and Vanessa Webb have collected the Eprinex Pour-On
Charolais Herd of the Year award for the third time with entries from their 55
cow Rushfield herd.
Sheep producers will find genuine cost benefits from drenching both their ewes
and lambs this spring with an organically chelated trace element and vitamin
Animals sold at British Limousin Cattle Society Official Sales broke through
the £4.5 million barrier in 2006.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 84 prime cattle,
11 young beef bulls, 5,696 hoggs and 5,214 cast ewes & rams at their weekly
sale at Longtown on Thursday 25th January, 2007.
Live export markets for both pedigree and commercial cattle may have re-opened
- but UK farmers need to take on board herd health planning now to avoid jeopardising
NFU Scotland is launching a new information leaflet that gives a brief introduction
for farmers, crofters and growers on their rights and responsibilities when it
comes to public access to farmland.
The annual Big Farmhouse Yorkshire Breakfast bonanza will raise around £3,000
MP Daniel Kawczynski arranged for three farmers and a veterinary expert to speak
in person with Government Minister Ben Bradshaw MP about their worries about
A government offer on joint industry/administration disease cost and control
which takes the politics out of disease management is not a proposition that
farmers can easily turn down.
Leaders of the UK and Irish Farming Unions met with EU health Commissioner Markos
Kyprianou to press him to take all necessary actions to safeguard animal health
The managing director of Waitrose, Steven Esom, will be one of the main speakers
at the National Beef Association’s Beef Expo 2007 conference at Skipton
on Wednesday, May 16.
Ben, a superbly bred 23-month-old black and white Border Collie dog was top call
of the day when selling for 3,600 guineas at the opening 2007 sale of working
sheepdogs at Skipton Auction Mart.
A young farmer from Northern Ireland has picked up the prestigious Holstein UK
President’s Medal Award, presented on 16 January at the dairy industry’s
top event – the Semex Dairy Conference.
Importers of the 250,000 tonnes of beef from the Republic of Ireland (ROI) which
enters the UK each year are going to have to select their purchases extremely
Beef producers located throughout the North West are pledging their support in
the Northwest Stabiliser™ Project, a three - year, £375k Northwest
Food Alliance (NWFA) awarded initiative funded by the Northwest Regional Development
Tractor sales figures for 2005 show that McCormick consolidated its position
in the UK with a market share much the same as in the previous year while the
gap to its nearest competitor opened.
Britain’s top pig producers are easily a match for our major European competitors
according to the latest figures from the British Pig Executive (BPEX).
The Yorkshire Agricultural Society has invited more than 100 youngsters to enjoy
breakfast at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate, as part of its support
for the national campaign, Farmhouse Breakfast Week.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 83 prime cattle,
4 young beef bulls, 3,624 prime hoggs and 5,287 cast ewes & rams at their
weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 18th January, 2007.
Sheep producers are being urged to protect their flocks from lice and tick infestations
this lambing season.
MAKERS of the country’s finest beef burgers have been handed an accolade
by the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
Membership of the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society, and registrations of pedigree
Aberdeen-Angus cattle, reached an all-time high last year, according to the Society’s
NFU Scotland’s fight for an overhaul of the regulatory system was taken
to the Scottish Parliament today with evidence being presented to MSPs.
Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dairy Farmers , Daniel Kawczynski,
has arranged a face to face meeting between farmers and Government Minister Ben
Bradshaw MP from Defra.
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.
Representatives of around 80 local agricultural shows and societies gathered
in Edinburgh today to express their views on new proposed disease control measures.
Half a dozen farmers travelled to Oban to help Cameron MacFarlane of Argyll Agricultural
Engineers celebrate winning Landini’s northern Dealer of the Year title.
Severe doubts about the assurance status of tens of thousands of tonnes of beef
imported from the Republic of Ireland.
The Department of Health, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs,
and the Health and Safety Executive advise that pregnant women should avoid close
contact with sheep during the lambing season.
Factors influencing future business prospects from both a local and global perspective
will be addressed by leading agriculturists at the The Arable Group's bi-annual
Outlook Conference next month.
Approximately half the 600,000 temporary workers employed in British agriculture
each year are from other EU states and North East farmers employing migrant workers
are being urged to ensure they are employing them legally.
The latest editions of The UK Pesticide Guide and The e-UK
Pesticide Guide now offer farmers and growers, particularly those growing
minor crops, the latest and most comprehensive information on specific off-label
approvals (SOLAs) in one printed publication.
Pioneer Foodservice, of Carlisle, enjoyed record sales in December as customers
splashed out on traditional Christmas fayre.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 70 prime cattle,
12 young beef bulls, 5,253 prime hoggs and 4,881 cast ewes & rams at their
weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 11th January, 2007.
The British Grassland Society is holding a one-day workshop for farmers and equine
business managers looking to provide quality grassland and grass products to
the UK equestrian market.
The Tenant Farmers Association has again championed the case for the retention
of County Council smallholding estates, this time in an appearance before Somerset
County Council’s Scrutiny Committee.
NFUS is urging the Executive to alter the rules for dealing with late cattle
The NFU has welcomed plans to invest £13m in UK plant research projects
which aim to yield new crop varieties to help tackle future industry issues including
The future of tenant farming in Scotland comes under the spotlight in a series
of roadshows over the next few weeks jointly organised by the Scottish Tenant
Farmers Association (STFA) and NFU Scotland.
TWO new members of MLC staff will be helping to spearhead a drive to export more
red meat from Britain.
The CLA's Just Ask campaign will encourage the public to ask where the food on
their plate comes from whenever they're out for a meal – whether in a hotel,
restaurant, pub, canteen or fast food outlet.
A drop in lamb prices over the last eight weeks has fuelled fears in the hill
sheep sector over its longer-term sustainability. NFUS is urging buyers to send
the right signals to producers in 2007.
English arable land prices rose by 7.5 per cent in 2006 and now stand at an average
of £3,161 an acre, according to new figures from National Property Specialists
Strutt & Parker’s Farmland Database.
The dairy sector will come under the spotlight at a conference staged specifically
for agricultural college lecturers by the Royal Association of British Dairy
Farmers’ at Reaseheath College, Nantwich, on Wednesday 17 January.
The National Beef Association has asked David Milliband why government does not
believe retail price rises are needed to counter the damaging impact of coupled
subsidy removal on UK farming.
All MSPs have been sent a letter with startling statistics about some of the
prices Scottish farmers receive for their produce.
Milk producers attending the 2007 Semex Dairy Conference will receive a much-needed
New Year vote of confidence when keynote speaker Charles Dudgeon of leading international
property consultancy, Savills, takes to the floor.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 70 prime cattle,
7 young beef bulls, 4,525 prime hoggs and 2,278 cast ewes & rams at their
weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 4th January, 2007.
Britain's pig production is showing a welcome upward trend in the latest edition
of the annual pan-European cost of production analysis produced by the British
Pig Executive (BPEX).
Lancashire tractor dealer John Charnley & Sons has renewed its association
with British-built farm tractors by taking on the retail franchise in Lancashire
National Beef Association members in Southern England are to meet later this
month to discuss ways of improving income from the sale of slaughter cattle.
Cash starved dairy farmers can create a second leg to their businesses if they
take account of money that can be earned from a more beef orientated approach
when they review their financial position for 2007.
A major initiative to tackle farming’s contribution to climate change is
being launched by industry leaders at the Oxford Farming Conference.