Improved growth rates in lambs fed concentrates containing a commercial yeast
cell wall supplement contributed to increased net profits of over £1.30/head
in farm trials conducted in 2006 by Countrywide Farmers.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 94 prime cattle,
4 young beef bull, 9 otm cattle, 6311 hoggs and 4893cast ewes & rams at their
weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 29th March, 2007.
The National Beef Association is pressing the cattle industry to make a special
effort to stop Bluetongue Virus (BTV) entering the UK - especially through imported
Inclusion of a new multi-source magnesium concept in relevant products in its
Maxcare Farm Minerals range improves palatability and availability at a time
when effective supplementation is crucial, says Trouw Nutrition.
The Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales, Christianne Glossop, is to open NSA Welsh
John Deere’s new HPX Diesel 4x4 Gator utility vehicle has won 4x4 Magazine’s
Pick-up of the Year 2007 Award for Best ATV.
The countdown is on to the 2007 “Pedigree Beef Season” at Skipton
Auction Mart, featuring a series of high profile midweek shows between late April
and June, which has become one of the highlights of the northern calendar.
The EBLEX Beef Better Returns Programme (BRP) is asking 3,000 English beef producers
to help shape the content and delivery of the project over the next two years.
While lambing time reduced quantity, quality remained uncompromised among the
20 entries at the February Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart.
A long-running campaign by NFU Scotland has paid off with the introduction from
6 April of a DNA testing process which will allow cattle previously without passports
to be fully registered.
A record breaking £94,000 is being offered across the livestock classes
at one of the country's leading agricultural events, the Great Yorkshire Show.
Time is running out for farmers and growers to register their agricultural waste
exemptions with the Environment Agency.
All new John Deere 8030 Series tractors are now being delivered AutoTrac-ready
from the factory at no additional charge.
RABDF has opposed Government’s proposals to introduce Responsibility and
Cost Sharing of animal health and welfare.
From 1 April the State Veterinary Service (SVS), an executive agency of the Department
of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), will change its name to Animal
Continued improvements in the world economy make it more important than ever
for the UK to hold onto its important beef production capacity.
The BOU examines the arguments concerning the role of migratory birds in the
global dispersal of the highly pathogenic avian influenza virus H5N1.
Vaccinating poultry, combined with several other control instruments, is an important
tool in the worldwide battle against the H5N1 virus.
Following the lifting of the beef export ban in May 2006, nearly 76,000 mainly
dairy-bred calves have travelled to the Continent.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 83 prime cattle,
9 young beef bull, 26 otm cattle, 5350 hoggs and 3393 cast ewes & rams at
their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 22nd March, 2007.
The NFU scored some wins in this year’s budget from Gordon Brown but farmers
were stung with an increase in car tax for band G vehicles.
The Tenant Farmers Association has accused The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Gordon
Brown, of completely ignoring the farming community and farm tenants in particular
in delivering yesterday’s Budget.
An increase in road tax for essential rural vehicles and a further hike in fuel
duties will heavily penalise farmers and others living and working in rural Scotland.
Animal nutrition company, New Breed UK, is taking advantage of the latest research
findings in dairy cow fertility and utilising a new programme to assist in its
diet formulation and advisory work with producers.
John Mackie’s Dalfibble Herd of Pedigree Holstein Cattle was dispersed
on the 15th of March 2007 at the Dalfibble Farm.
Political, marketing, technical and environmental issues will be discussed and
debated at a series of seminars and a question time to be staged at NSA North
The standing of the British pedigree industry in Europe has again been recognised
with the election of British Limousin Cattle Society Chairman, Aled Edwards,
to the position of European Limousin President.
A showjumping gelding secured the top price of 5,000gns at the season’s
first horse and pony sale at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Saturday.
A show of top suckled calves and store cattle with a prize fund of £4000
will be a major focal point at the UK’s national beef event, Beef Expo
2007, at Skipton, Yorkshire, on Thursday, May 17.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 71 prime cattle,
1 young beef bull, 23 otm cattle, 6593 hoggs and 4266 cast ewes & rams at
their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 15th March, 2007.
Top breeding company, Semex UK, has consolidated its customer support network
with two key appointments.
NFU Scotland’s campaign to prevent the large supermarkets from confusing
consumers by mixing meat from different origins on shelves marked with the Saltire,
is gaining momentum.
NFU Scotland and the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW) have huge
concerns at the continued delay regarding changes to rules for selling beef on
Records were broken at the Early Spring British Blonde Society Sale, on Friday
9th March 2007, with a new record price for a Bull.
The NFU has welcomed the Government’s commitment to tackling climate change
and said farmers were in a prime position to help it achieve its targets.
The Country Land and Business Association is calling on the Welsh Assembly Government
to recognise the value of the contribution landowners and farmers make to the
environment in Wales.
The 80-page pocket size herd recording booklet has fulfilled the EBLEX Better
Returns Programme’s (BRP) brief to supply producers with advice and information
which is practical and adds real value.
NEWLY published reports highlight opportunities for beef and lamb supply chains
to make better returns on offals.
On Saturday 10th March 2007, the Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart
P.L.C. held its first sale of Rare breed poultry, waterfowl, cage birds & equipment
in over a year and it proved to be a great success.
The National Beef Association which is alarmed at the number of breeders and
finishers who are still hoping for a return to direct, headage based, support.
The latest NMR Annual Production Report, for the year ending September 2006,
shows an improvement in average fat percentage, and a stabilising of protein
percentage, after a period of decline in milk constituents.
NFU Scotland elected its new Chairwoman and vice-Chairman at its Crofting and
Highlands and Islands Committee meeting in Inverness on Wednesday 7 March.
Daniel Kawczynski, MP for Shrewsbury and Atcham and Chairman of the All Party
Group on Dairy Farming, has spoken out after the supermarket chain Tesco raised
the price of milk by 1.3 pence per litre.
Recently released figures show that 687,382 Limousin sired cattle were issued
with passports in 2006. This represents a massive 35% of available market share,
a figure that is exactly in line with the previous year’s figures.
The Crawford Brothers celebrated on Monday 6th March 2007 when their five-year
old bull Sauvignon took the Male Championship title at the SIMA/SIMAGENA Show
held in Paris.
Simplified, easier to manage systems and better planning could offer sheep producers
across the country major opportunities for boosting returns by saving on both
the wage bill and unpaid family labour, suggests EBLEX.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 72 prime cattle,
3 young beef bulls, 6030 hoggs and 5324 cast ewes & rams at their weekly
sale at Longtown on Thursday 8th March, 2007.
France remained by far the most important foreign market for AGCO-Fendt in the
previous year, with almost 2,000 tractors sold.
In 2006 the Tenant Farmers Association passed a significant milestone having
achieved 25 years of service to tenant farmers in England and Wales.
Farmers and landowners with insurance set-aside need to be aware that they could
fall foul of management restrictions on the land for the first time this year,
warns rural consultant Fisher German.
Suffolk Sheep Society members have been praised for embracing change. “You’re
changing faster than any other sheep breed, to meet the needs of today’s
Charolais bulls met a flying trade at a packed ringside selling to a top of 7,000gns
in Dungannon on Saturday 3 March at the Northern Ireland Charolais Club’s
official early spring show and sale.
A new tax being proposed by the Treasury will strangle enterprise and further
constrain the provision of affordable housing in the countryside, says the Country
Land and Business Association.
The sale of Belgian Blue Cattle at Chelford on Saturday 3rd March 2007 was one
of the most exciting seen in the 25 years of the Society’s existence in
Oilseed rape growers across the UK have a new champion in their efforts to take
the greatest possible advantage of the huge opportunities offered by perhaps
the most exciting crop at their disposal.
SAINT George will be giving his whole-hearted support to English beef and lamb
at the giant SIA food and agriculture show in Paris.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 78 prime cattle,
4 young beef bulls, 5472 hoggs and 5406 cast ewes & rams at their weekly
sale at Longtown on Thursday 1st March, 2007.
Defra today announced changes to the disease control measures put in place to
tackle the H5N1 outbreak in Suffolk.
NFU Scotland has told MPs that the growing power of supermarkets must be better
policed in order to protect consumer interests.