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Livestock Markets and Shows Resume After FMD Scare 30/08/07
From 00:01 on Monday 3 September, livestock markets for cattle, sheep, and pigs will be allowed to resume in England and Wales, outside of the Surveillance Zone in Surrey.
Bullsemen.com Strengthens its Offering in New PLI Rankings 30/08/07
Still only in its first year of trading, on-line semen company Bullsemen.com has had another exceptional proof run with more bulls than any other stud in the top echelons of the new look £PLI rankings.
Drill with Maximum Care and Minimum Delay this Autumn, Growers Advised 30/08/07
Particularly low soil moisture deficits across the country this autumn and a recent record of very wet Octobers make it vital for growers to get their winter cereals drilled-up.
Six Outstanding Dairy Farms Vie for Gold Cup 2007 30/08/07
Six dairy farms – from more than 800 qualifying herds – are through to the final stages of this year’s NMR/RABDF Gold Cup.
John Deere Scholarship Boosts Harper Adams Student Careers 28/08/07
The first John Deere Scholarship graduate from Harper Adams University College has started work at the company’s headquarters in Langar, near Nottingham.
Undercover Mum Exposes Zebu Beef 28/08/07
Restaurant chains must be more upfront about the origin and quality of the meat they serve if they are truly to respond to growing consumer demand says the NBA.
Growers Increase Second Wheat Precision 28/08/07
UK growers planning to expand their second wheat acreage or return to the crop this autumn will be doing so with noticeably greater precision than in the past, suggests a new study of variety priorities by robust wheat breeding leaders, RAGT Seeds.
Dairy Event Attracts Record Farm Tractor Exhibits28/08/07
A record number of more than 50 machinery companies including 13 tractor manufacturers will be exhibiting at the Dairy Event, to be held at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry.
New Farmer to Farmer Supply Business 27/08/07
An innovative new farmers supply business launched this week promises to cut out all the unnecessary costs of farm input buying – from time and hassle to salesmen, brochures, advertising and middlemen of every description.
Aberdeen Angus Burger King Sales Take Off 26/08/07
Aberdeen-Angus producers are reaping the benefits of the ambitious expansion plans of the eponymous High Street restaurant chain, Burger King, in their 670 restaurants in the UK, Ireland and Scandinavia.
SAC Urges Review Quarantine and Biosecurity Arrangements 26/08/07
The opening of livestock markets is welcome by all. However as livestock start to move again in the next few weeks, Brian Hosie, SAC Veterinary Manager urges that there is still a need for vigilance.
Lleyn Sheep Society Introduce New Registration Tag 25/08/07
Buyers of Lleyn Sheep are now left in no doubt about the purity of the sheep they are buying with the introduction of the green Society Tag.
UK Cattle Industry Beware the Blue Tongue threat 25/08/07
The worst of the FMD scare is over but Blue Tongue, which is once again rampant in mainland Europe, remains a huge threat and the livestock industry must be vigilant.
Minister In Talks To Help Pig Industry 24/08/07
Sustainable supply chains are the key to tackling the economic threats to the British pig industry says British Pig Executive (BPEX) Chairman Stewart Houston.
EU Pig Export Ban Lifted 24/08/07
News of the re-opening of export markets in the EU to British pig meat will give the industry a much-needed boost says the British Pig Executive (BPEX).
Fashion Makes Its Debut at Countryside Live 24/08/07
“Country Cool” will be hitting the catwalk at this year’s Countryside Live, with the first ever fashion show included in the event’s line up.
Pneumonia Requires Antibiotic in 10% of Dairy Calves 24/08/07
A survey of more than 400 dairy farms has found that 10% of calves required antibiotic treatment for pneumonia last winter.
Re-Opened: Red Meat Exports to EU 23/08/07
The announcement of a lifting of the Foot and Mouth related export ban allowing meat and livestock exports to EU member states to resume from Saturday 25 August is great news for the livestock industry.
Livestock Set to Return at Skipton 23/08/07
Livestock will make a welcome return to the pens at Skipton Auction Mart on Monday (August 27), as the mart was given the go-ahead from midnight on Wednesday to resume trading as a collection centre and stage slaughter-only markets.
Energy Cost Savings are Fullwood's Dairy Event Focus 22/08/07
A NEW initiative designed to help dairy farmers cut their energy costs for milking and milk cooling is to form a key focus for milking parlour and milk tank experts Fullwood at this year’s Dairy Event.
Government Must Prevent More Expensive Virus Leaks 22/08/07
Farmers have done their part in keeping the FMD spread limited to the area immediately around the Institute of Animal Health at Pirbright in Surrey – and now government must make sure there are no more expensive virus leaks from the establishment.
Be Aware of Sheep Identification Rules 22/08/07
With official inspections of Scottish sheep farms likely to start in the next few days, NFU Scotland is urging its members to ensure they are aware of all sheep identification rules.
NVZ Proposals a Threat to Dairying and Livestock 22/08/07
The NFU is calling for a detailed and rigorous review of the Government’s revised proposals for implementing the EU Nitrates Directive.
Pfizer ‘Clean Up, Seal Up’ Dry Cow Plan Worth up to £2000 per Year 21/08/07
A 30% reduction in mastitis cases during the first 60 days of lactation, potentially worth £2,000/year per 100 cows.
Better Pneumonia Control from Switch in Wormer Timing 21/08/07
Worming suckler beef calves up to five-weeks before housing with a long acting treatment can produce enough extra live-weight gain off autumn grass to cover the costs of that treatment and two others earlier in the year.
Capital Milk to Buy and Sell Milk on Behalf of UK Dairy Farmers 21/08/07
UK dairy farmers will be able to sell their milk through Capital Milk, a newly formed professional brokerage company based in Hampshire, from 1 October.
Amino Gold Lifts Milk Yields - Dairy Event 2007 21/08/07
Specialist feed company, SCA NuTec, is launching a new feed additive at this year’s Dairy Event.
FMD - Important Week for Scottish Livestock Sector 21/08/07
Scotland’s red meat industry is entering a critical week with crunch talks in Brussels on unwinding European export restrictions set to begin. 
Bio-Gas at Diversifarm - Dairy Event 2007 21/08/07
Bio-gas is just one of the many sources of bio-energy available to livestock farmers that will feature within Diversifarm at the Dairy Event.
New Research Reveals Opportunities for Dairy with Provenance 21/08/07
A new report from the MDC looking into the market opportunities for dairy products with ‘provenance’ has pinpointed a number of key product areas ripe for development across the dairy category.
Kilnsey Show Goes On 20/08/07
Kilnsey Show, the biggest one-day agricultural show in the country, goes ahead as planned next Tuesday, August 28.
National Milk Laboratories First Visit to Dairy Event 20/08/07
National Milk Laboratories (NML), a sister company of NMR, is exhibiting at the Dairy Event, Stoneleigh, for the first time this year (September 19/20).
NFU Scotland Requests Fuel Duty Cancellation 20/08/07
NFU Scotland has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, requesting a cancellation or postponement of the two pence per litre red diesel fuel duty increase due to take place in October.
Claas Tucano Combine Harvester Brings Versatility 20/08/07
A new CLAAS combine harvester is rolling onto the fields: the TUCANO. Many features of the LEXION series have been combined in this premium machine of the upper medium class.
Late Summer Reseeds Offer Significant Spring Feed Cost Savings 20/08/07
Feed cost savings in the region of 12p/kg DM will be the reward for farmers next spring if they take steps during the late summer to reseed damaged pastures.
Report Highlights Climate Change Impact on UK’s Wintering Birds 17/08/07
A new report examining bird population trends has highlighted a doubling of the overall numbers of 39 species of waterbirds, ducks, geese, swans and wading birds spending the winter in the UK in the last three decades.
Longwool Project Highlights Ewe Longevity Value
17/08/07
Longer-living ewes can make a major contribution to the improved performance of English half-bred flocks, according to the final report of the 10-year Longwool Improvement Project.
FMD Exit Strategy Will Allow Livestock Sector to Plan Ahead 17/08/07
Intense collaboration between industry organisations and Defra specialists has already established a timetable covering a planned exit in England from suffocating anti-FMD controls.
New Twin Rotor Central Delivery Rake Available from Kuhn 16/08/07
Kuhn Farm Machinery has further developed its range of trailed twin rotor rakes with the launch of a new 6.85 - 7.45 metre central delivery model.
Claas Quadrant 3200 Baler – with New Primary Baling Chamber 16/08/07
The new QUADRANT 3200 has an innovative primary baling chamber system, generating better results especially with smaller swaths.
NFU Maps Out Foot and Mouth Road to Recovery 16/08/07
The NFU has welcomed the announcement by the Chief Veterinary Officer of further relaxations in movement controls and a timetable for lifting the FMD restrictions saying they are crucial, both in alleviating current problems and allowing the industry to plan ahead.
First All-African GM Crop is Resistant to Maize Streak Virus 15/08/07
The first all-African genetically modified crop plant with resistance to the severe maize streak virus (MSV) has been developed in South Africa.
Latest Foot and Mouth Disease Tests Prove Negative 15/08/07
Defra has released the latest Epidemiological Report, detailing changes to current restrictions on animal movement in support of welfare and the standing down of vaccination teams.
It’s Been a Roasting Summer! 15/08/07
Figures published by the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX) show that sales of roasting joints have soared in the wet summer.
New Fullwood Milking Parlour Design Offers Hygiene Boost 14/08/07
A new, all-enclosed design that transforms the look of the traditional milking parlour and improves its clean-ability is being launched by Fullwood.
Welcome for Co-op's Significant Milk Price Move 14/08/07
NFU Scotland has warmly welcomed a significant price rise by First Milk for its farmer-members. The co-operative has announced a two pence per litre rise with effect from 1 September.
New Foot and Mouth Disease Scare in Kent 14/08/07
Defra announced this morning that a 3km radius Foot and Mouth Disease Temporary Control Zone has been put around one premises in Kent outside of the existing Surveillance Zone in Surrey.
Cogent Desmond Rates Highly in Holstein PLI Rankings 14/08/07
Newly released Cogent Desmond has immediately shot in at number 5 on the UK updated Profitable Lifetime Index (PLI) rankings of available UK proven Holstein Bulls.
Beef Finishers Who Stick to their Price Guns will be Rewarded - NBA 13/08/07
The National Beef Association has urged British finishers to work hard to maintain upward momentum in the prime cattle market.
FMD Restrictions Continue to Unwind but Vigilance Still Key 13/08/07
NFU Scotland is commending the fast unwinding of restrictions associated with the Foot and Mouth outbreak in Surrey, whilst reminding producers of the importance of adhering to the remaining restrictions.
British National Ploughing Championships Return to North Yorkshire 13/08/07
After an absence of over thirty years the British National Ploughing Championships are returning to North Yorkshire.
The Glorious 13th - A Shot in the Arm for the Rural Economy 12/08/07
The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is relieved that the start of the grouse shooting season can begin on Monday 13 August.
Summer Rains Increase Risk of Mould and Toxin Contamination Warns Agil 12/08/07
The heavy rains which have swept across large portions of the British Isles this summer are bringing a significantly increased risk of mould and toxin contamination to grain farmers and feed manufacturers, according to agricultural specialists Agil.
Public Backing for Home Produced Meat Can Help British Livestock Farmers 11/08/07
Consumers across the UK can show their support for livestock farmers caught in the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) crisis by focusing even more of their purchasing on home produced meat.
Foot and Mouth Disease: Thursley National Nature Reserve Closes 11/08/07
Natural England's Thursley National Nature Reserve(NNR)lies within Defra's NPZ2 Protection Zone, near Elstead in Surrey. The Reserve is close to Woolfords Farm, which has been associated with the recent outbreak of FMD.
CLA Relief at Latest FMD Outbreak Scare 10/08/07
The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has expressed relief after initial tests for the third suspected foot and mouth outbreak outside the current control zones have proved negative today (Friday 10 Aug).
Third Case of FMD Suspected: Temporary control zone established in Surrey 10/08/07
Last night (Thursday) a 3km radius Temporary Control Zone was put around one premises in Surrey outside of the existing Surveillance Zone.
F&M Outbreak Mars Annual Skipton Suffolks Highlight 09/08/07
There was a premature end to the 33rd Northern Counties of England Branch of the Suffolk Sheep Society’s annual highlight at Skipton Auction Mart.
Royal Show Date Change Annoys Yorkshire Show Organisers 09/08/07
The Yorkshire Agricultural Society, (YAS) organiser of Great Yorkshire Show, is extremely disappointed to learn that the Royal Show is to change to a Thursday - Sunday show.
NFU Encouraged by EU Export Ban Decision 09/08/07
The prospect of a relatively early partial lifting of the EU export ban has been brought closer by the EU Commission’s decision to carry out a review of the situation within weeks.
Climate Change Likely to Increase Risk of Hunger 09/08/07
Climate change is likely to undermine food production in the developing world, while industrialized countries could gain in production potential.
Natural England Statement on Foot and Mouth Disease and Public Access 09/08/07
This statement seeks to clarify the position that Local Authorities should take in relation to access provisions in view of the current localised outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in Surrey.
Livestock Can Now Move DIrect to Slaughter 08/08/07
The decision has been taken to permit the movement of live animals direct to slaughter, and the collection of dead animals from farms from 00.01 hours on Thursday 9 August.
Scottish Red Meat Sector Up and Running 08/08/07
NFU Scotland President Jim McLaren has praised the Scottish Executive, the Chief Veterinary Officer and authorities for their swift action to get the Scottish red meat industry back up and running.
British Pig Meat Supplies Re-start 08/08/07
The announcement that licensed movement of pigs in England and Wales from farm direct to abattoir will be permitted from Midnight, Wed 8 August, was greeted as fantastic news by British Pig Executive Chief Executive Mick Sloyan.
Movement to Slaughter Welcomed by EBLEX 08/08/07
The announcement that farmers in England can start to send cattle and sheep to slaughter has been welcomed by the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
Statement from Hilary Benn in response to HSE initial report 07/08/07
Since the start of this outbreak of Foot and Mouth Disease, the Government’s two priorities have been to contain its spread and to discover how it may have started.
Joint Statement on Animal Movements 07/08/07
A statement has been issued by the NFU, the National Sheep Association, the National Beef Association, the National Pig Association and the Livestock Auctioneers Association on animal movements.
Roger Pride gives press conference on FMD outbreak 07/08/07
Surrey farmer Roger Pride today issued a statement on behalf of his family describing how the foot and mouth outbreak which hit their farm on Friday has left them feeling ‘shocked and devastated’.
Second FMD Case in Surrey - NFU Scotland Reaction 07/08/07
NFU Scotland has reiterated the critical importance of the GB-wide ban on the movements on animals susceptible to Foot and Mouth Disease in light of a second case being confirmed on a farm within the Protection Zone in Surrey.
CLA Latest: Foot and Mouth Outbreak 07/08/07
It's not surprising that we are witnessing more culling during this foot and mouth outbreak – such a virulent disease as this does spread quickly as we saw in 2001.
Raughton Sale of Holstein & Scandinavian Red Cattle 07/08/07
One of the most successful dispersals of Holsteins and Red & White cattle took place on Thursday 2nd August 2007 at Raughton Farm, Dalston, Cumbria.
Foot and Mouth Disease: Thursley National Nature Reserve Remains Open 07/08/07
Natural England is taking every step to support Defra in preventing the spread of Foot and Mouth disease.
Potatoes in Practice 2007 - Latest Developments 07/08/07
With late blight causing many problems in potato crops in 2007, visitors to this week's Potatoes in Practice at Dundee will be able to hear and see how extensive research in Scotland is continuing to tackle this major problem.
Second Case of Foot and Mouth Disease Suspected in Protection Zone 06/08/07
As part of their surveillance activity within the larger Protection Zone in Surrey, Animal Health have identified a further herd of cattle which have clinical signs of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD).
Scottish Farmers on High Alert as FMD Restrictions Hit Hard 06/08/07
NFU Scotland has stressed that farmers are remaining on extremely high alert for foot and mouth disease but are already suffering from the necessary, but crippling, restrictions which have shutdown the red meat industry.
FMD Outbreak – “A Cruel Blow” 06/08/07
The Tenant Farmers Association has greeted the news which broke on Friday evening that foot and mouth disease (FMD) had returned to Great Britain as a cruel blow to Britain’s fragile livestock industry.
Hamper Surprise from The Great Yorkshire Show 06/08/07
The generosity of a farming friend has led to a welcome surprise for a Leeds visitor to the Great Yorkshire Show.
Dairy Event Features Latest Milking Machine and Calf Rearing Systems 06/08/07
The latest milking machine systems and calf rearing equipment will be featured by the world’s leading manufacturers at the Dairy Event to be staged at Stoneleigh Park.
EC Should Retreat from Commercial Decisions at Farm Level - NBA 06/08/07
The European Commission must confine itself to only a “health check” when it re-examines its policy on subsidy decoupling in 2008, the National Beef Association said today.
Foot and Mouth Disease Strain Link to Vaccine Lab 04/08/07
The latest test results of the Foot and Mouth Disease Strain in Surrey appears to suggest that it was leaked from a nearby animal research laboratory.
Foot and Mouth Disease - Livestock Movement Ban 04/08/07
A UK-wide ban on livestock movement has been imposed after an outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease was confirmed among cattle on a holding at Guildford in Surrey.
CLA Response to Foot and Mouth Disease Outbreak
04/08/07
"It is with a sense of dread and foreboding that the farming industry awaits further details of the confirmed outbreak of foot and mouth disease in Surrey" said CLA President David Fursdon this morning.
Foot and Mouth Disease confirmed in cattle, in Surrey 04/08/07
Following an investigation of suspected vesicular disease by Animal Health on a holding near Guildford in Surrey, laboratory results have this evening indicated that the Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) virus is present in samples from cattle on the premises.
Case IH to Roll Out Most Powerful Magnum Tractor Ever 03/08/07
For 2008, Case IH is introducing the most powerful Magnum tractor in history: the Magnum 335.
RABDF Calls for Milk Contracts to be More Realistic 03/08/07
The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers has called for milk contracts to be less prescriptive and more in touch with the realities of the marketplace.
Longtown Primestock Sale 02/08/07
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 80 prime cattle, 6 young bulls, 14 OTM cattle, 3,953 prime lambs and 4,356 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 2nd August, 2007.
Farmer Gets Lost in His Own Maize Maze 02/08/07
A farmer from County Durham got lost in his own maize maze. Paul Barkes reached a dead end while mowing the paths through the maze at Thorpe Farm country park and falconry centre, near Barnard Castle, Co. Durham.
New President for Yorkshire Agricultural Society 02/08/07
A love of the countryside and a passion for all things equestrian are the characteristics of the new President of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.
Heather and Grass Burning Regulations and Code Revised 02/08/07
New Heather and Grass Burning Code published and regulations that cut red tape and introduce new protection for carbon-rich soils announced.
Agricultural Link with Crofting Vital, Says NFUS 01/08/07
NFU Scotland has highlighted issues in its submission to the Committee of Inquiry into Crofting.
Compensation for Bovine TB, BSE, Brucellosis and Enzootic Bovine Leukosis 01/08/07
Defra has announced the rates of compensation payable during August 2007.
First Milk Cheese Price Rise an Important Step 01/08/07
NFU Scotland has warmly welcomed the news that Asda will increase the price it pays First Milk for cheese by £400 per tonne, the equivalent of four pence per litre of milk.
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