With just over a week to go until this year's Great Yorkshire Show opens its
gates to visitors - it's set to be another huge success, with major increases
in advance tickets sales.
Newly elected president of the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers is
Lady Hazel Byford, shadow spokesman for food, farming and rural affairs in the
House of Lords.
The EBLEX Beef Better Returns Programme (Beef BRP) has brought together some
of the top experts on grazing management and herd fertility to share their knowledge
with beef farmers in Devon.
Tennis fans can still enjoy British strawberries as they watch Wimbledon because
the crop has been protected from the unusually heavy rain by polytunnels.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 90 Prime cattle,
3 Young bulls, 13 OTM cattle, 2,258 Prime lambs, 839 hoggs and 3,355 cast ewes & rams
at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 28th June, 2007.
The response to the deadly H5N1 virus in poultry has significantly improved over
the past three years, but the virus remains entrenched in several countries and
will continue to spread.
Cheffins are holding their annual auction sale of vintage and classic tractors
on Saturday, 18th August 2007.
NFU Scotland and other UK farming unions have told Defra officials today in London
that direct talks with Defra Ministers on proposals for sharing the costs of
animal health and welfare policies must now take place.
A record breaking number of cattle, sheep and pigs are entered for the Great
Yorkshire Show, organisers have announced.
LIVESTOCK from around the British Isles will be doing a grand tour of Europe
this Autumn as the Meat and Livestock Commission (MLC) and allied organisations
visit a series of agricultural shows.
The Independent Scientific Group’s (ISG) report on the control of TB in
cattle has re-set the landscape for future negotiation between the farmers and
government over reduction of TB spread, the National Beef Association acknowledged
Farmers in Yorkshire will be given an insight into the Year of Food and Farming
- which begins in September - at the region's premier agricultural event next
NFU Scotland has sent proposals to the Scottish Environment Protection Agency
(SEPA) for more user-friendly, efficient and proportionate waste regulations.
Natural England is calling for a Europe-wide partnership on adaptation. The call
comes ahead of the launch of the new European Commission Green Paper "Adapting
to Climate Change" on 3 July 2007.
Business is booming for British pig breeding stock at a major Russian agricultural
AGCO Corporation, a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of agricultural equipment,
yesterday announced that, subject to the approval of the competition authorities,
it has agreed to acquire 50% of Laverda S.p.A from the Italian ARGO group.
Six pedigree Belgian Blues proved the stars on a packed card for cattle at Skipton
The resurgence in oilseed rape growth following the May and June rains combined
with noticeably earlier overall maturity this season means growers need act now
to minimise harvesting problems.
The Year starts in September 2007 and aims to re-capture children's imagination
about food and how it is produced.
One of the most versatile and innovative machines unveiled to farmers at the
Royal Highland Show this week is on the Landini stand where the PowerLift handler-tractor
made its debut.
Farmers and contractors visiting the Cereals 2007 event last week took a keen
interest in McCormick’s newest tractor, the XTX165.
New traffic arrangements for this year’s Great Yorkshire Show should help
keep traffic moving and minimise disruption to visitors and local residents,
say organisers of the event.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 81 Prime cattle,
1 Young bulls, 17 OTM cattle, 2448 Spring lambs, 1198 hoggs and 4382 cast ewes & rams
at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 21st June, 2007.
With ASDA’s demand for British beef set to exceed 250,000 head of cattle
this year - an increase of almost 25% over 2005 levels - the supermarket chain
is already confidently predicting this will rise by a further 12% in 2008.
Irish Aberdeen-Angus breeders have achieved an export breakthrough with the export
of 50 pedigree and commercial Aberdeen-Angus cattle to Italy.
Making sure all incoming sheep are quarantined for at least three weeks and securing
an accurate diagnosis of any ectoparasite problems to eradicate sheep scab.
"We want more people to enjoy our coast but we fear that this consultation
will end up being about taking rights without compensation and nothing more," said
David Fursdon, President of the CLA.
North-East Lancashire father-and-son dairy farmers Philip and John Bowen hit
the bulls eye when landing their first Craven Dairy Auction championship at the
June show at Skipton Auction Mart.
Semex UK is calling upon members of the Holstein Young Breeders to step forward
and be in with a chance to represent the UK in the prestigious Semex Walk of
Fame progeny showcase held at the Canadian Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in
If you want to know a thing or two about cheese, then make sure you visit the
Great Yorkshire Cheese & Dairy Show at this year's Great Yorkshire Show,
which runs from Tuesday 10 - Thursday 12 July at Harrogate.
The Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) has urged DEFRA, in the light of the final
report of the Independent Scientific Group (ISG) on cattle TB, to examine with
the farming industry how a cost effective and practical cull of TB infected badgers
could be conducted.
The Woodland Egg brand, developed by Noble Foods and sold exclusively at Sainsbury’s,
has scooped the Business in the Community (BITC) Big Tick Award for Cause Related
The English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX) has sent its warm congratulations
to Ian Botham who was made a Knight Batchelor in the Queen's Birthday Honours
Cereals 2007 saw the official launch of Battalion, the variety that seized the
UK’s milling wheat yield crown in the 2007/8 HGCA Recommended List.
The highest-ever gross output winter oilseed rape to go forward for recommendation
was launched at Cereals 2007.
The NFU has vowed to keep pressure on the government over its handling of Bovine
TB after the release of its latest report on the disease.
The rapid spread of large-scale industrial livestock production focussed on a
narrow range of breeds is the biggest threat to the world’s farm animal
diversity, according to a report presented this week to the Commission on Genetic
Resources for Food and Agriculture.
Badger culling can make no meaningful contribution to cattle TB control in Britain,
the Governments Independent Scientific Group (ISG) on bovine tuberculosis (TB)
said today, in its final report which has been welcomed by the Badger Trust.
Kuhn had a strong presence at Cereals 2007, with the latest spreaders from the
Axis range, new minimum tillage equipment, and additions to its ploughs range
amongst the machinery on view.
Cheese producing members of the British Cheese Board – an organisation
funded by its members and the MDC - scooped a record number of awards at this
year’s Royal Bath and West Show.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 87 Prime cattle,
11 Young bulls, 39 OTM cattle, 2404 Spring lambs, 1866 hoggs and 3923 cast ewes & rams
at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 14th June,
Award winning chefs, delicious food, and exciting cookery demonstrations combine
to make the perfect ingredients for a visit to this year's Great Yorkshire Show.
England’s unique and varied landscapes are changing says a new report launched
Almost £50,000 has been awarded to the CLA to fund a project to enable
farmers and land managers calculate the carbon footprint of their businesses
and judge the best way to react.
Growers in England will no longer need the problematic fruit, vegetable and potato
(FVP) authorisations when claiming payments under the single payment scheme.
Defra will begin researching a new funding programme to increase affordable rural
housing, Barry Gardiner, Minister for Rural Affairs, announced today.
The National Beef Association is leading a UK delegation to Moscow on June 19-21
to attend the AgroFarm Livestock Exhibition.
NFU President Peter Kendall, speaking at the National Cereals event in Cambridgeshire,
invited his audience to engage in a realistic assessment of the hotly debated
subject of biofuels.
A judging seminar hosted by Beef Shorthorn breeder Carey Coombs at Carnwath extolled
the merits of pedigree beef recording which is being demanded by newcomers to
the resurging traditional breed.
More than 8,000 visitors flocked to NSA North Sheep, the National Sheep Association
northern region’s one day bi-ennial event on Wednesday 6 June.
The crucial role of biodiversity in tackling climate change was today highlighted
by Barry Gardiner, Biodiversity Minister, at an international conference at the
During the past few weeks an exiting development has come to British Blonde breeders
who’ve just seen some of the breeds best bloodlines get exported into Poland.
NFU Scotland is set to launch a high profile new Scottish food campaign aimed
at highlighting all of the positive things delivered by Scottish farming and
The National Beef Association accounts showed a £43,000 surplus for 2006,
its chairman, Duff Burrell, told members at its annual meeting in Hexham, Northumberland
Deere & Company, the world's largest manufacturer of agricultural equipment,
said today that it plans to expand small tractor manufacturing in China.
The JCB Fastrac 8250 has been awarded the Royal Agricultural Society of England’s
(RASE) Gold Medal.
Kemira GrowHow is calling for greater perspective in the environmental debate
surrounding the use of Nitrogen fertilisers.
SAC has launched a package of energy auditing services which aim to help farmers
and growers lower their energy bills, reduce their carbon footprint and identify
opportunities for the generation of renewable energy on their farms.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 88 Prime cattle,
3 Young bulls, 26 OTM cattle, 1447 Spring lambs, 2699 hoggs and 3516 cast ewes & rams
at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 7th June, 2007.
News that farm assured pig farmers are facing a reduced level of statutory inspections
for food safety and hygiene, is a major fillip to the pig industry says the British
Pig Executive (BPEX).
The Country Land and Business Association, The National Farmers Union and the
Tenant Farmers Association, today called on the Government to commit to making
Single Payment Scheme payments for 2007, either in full or an 80 per cent part
payment, this December.
The Tenant Farmers Association has rejected plans contained in a DEFRA consultation
document for greater sharing of the responsibility and costs of animal health
and welfare policy between Government and farmers.
State vets' claims about the causes of bovine TB are based on anecdote rather
than sound scientific evidence, the Badger Trust warned Secretary of State David
Global food import bills are increasing, partly due to soaring demand for biofuels,
according to FAO’s latest Food Outlook report.
NFUS and a number of associated industry groups met local farmers at Kelso last
week to roadtest a new Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) strategy, which they plan
to launch this autumn.
FARMERS who claim under the environmental stewardship and single payment schemes
are responsible for complying with the conditions of the schemes by meeting cross
New tractors and a new colour scheme being unveiled at this year’s Cereals
2007 event heralds a new era for McCormick Tractors International and its Doncaster-built
The very wet autumn of 2004, combined with a change in number of sampling sites,
is being blamed for a small increase in the proportion of water samples exceeding
0.1 microgram per litre threshold for farm chemicals.
Climate Change and Environment Minister Ian Pearson will today ask people to
mark World Environment Day by identifying the one change they can make in their
everyday lives to protect the environment and fight climate change.
Funding of over £1.6 million has been awarded by Defra to kick start projects
to help English cattle keepers improve their farm animal health and welfare.
The first consignment of British Charolais to Poland was made this week with
a shipment of 27, 12 month old heifers from the Morris family’s 230 cow
pedigree Dorcas herd based at Easington, Aylesbury.
At last, all you need to know about spraying within the law in a quick and easy-to-understand
Farmers and landowners are being advised to check the safety of trees on their
land or they could end up facing prosecution.
New Crop Opportunities, the electronic farm management
aid, developed by the British Crop Production Council is now
Many UK soils are deficient in vitamins and trace elements and, as a result,
they will not provide grazing livestock with adequate levels.
Cases of bovine tuberculosis in Shropshire are rampaging out of control at the
moment, according to local MP Daniel Kawczynski, raising serious issues of animal
welfare as well as threatening farm livelihoods.
The Sheep and Goat Health Schemes (SGHS) have launched the Caseous Lymphadenitis
(CLA) Monitoring Scheme 2007.
The British Charolais Cattle Society is to host more than 30 international delegates
from 11 major beef producing countries at the World Charolais Technical Conference,
to be staged in Scotland later this month.
The UK does not produce sufficient organic grain (cereals and pulses) to supply
the needs of organic livestock producers and millers and has to rely on imports
to make up the shortfall.
Pig farmers are being offered the chance to have a say in how their levy money
is spent over the next few years.