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
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.
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
Six dairy farms – from more than 800 qualifying herds – are through
to the final stages of this year’s NMR/RABDF Gold Cup.
The first John Deere Scholarship graduate from Harper Adams University College
has started work at the company’s headquarters in Langar, near Nottingham.
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.
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,
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
Sustainable supply chains are the key to tackling the economic threats to the
British pig industry says British Pig Executive (BPEX) Chairman Stewart Houston.
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).
“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.
A survey of more than 400 dairy farms has found that 10% of calves required antibiotic
treatment for pneumonia last winter.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
The NFU is calling for a detailed and rigorous review of the Government’s
revised proposals for implementing the EU Nitrates Directive.
A 30% reduction in mastitis cases during the first 60 days of lactation, potentially
worth £2,000/year per 100 cows.
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.
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.
Specialist feed company, SCA NuTec, is launching a new feed additive at this
year’s Dairy Event.
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 is just one of the many sources of bio-energy available to livestock
farmers that will feature within Diversifarm at the Dairy Event.
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, the biggest one-day agricultural show in the country, goes ahead
as planned next Tuesday, August 28.
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 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.
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
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.
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.
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
Intense collaboration between industry organisations and Defra specialists has
already established a timetable covering a planned exit in England from suffocating
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.
The new QUADRANT 3200 has an innovative primary baling chamber system, generating
better results especially with smaller swaths.
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.
The first all-African genetically modified crop plant with resistance to the
severe maize streak virus (MSV) has been developed in South Africa.
Defra has released the latest Epidemiological Report, detailing changes to current
restrictions on animal movement in support of welfare and the standing down of
Figures published by the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX) show that sales
of roasting joints have soared in the wet summer.
A new, all-enclosed design that transforms the look of the traditional milking
parlour and improves its clean-ability is being launched by Fullwood.
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.
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.
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.
The National Beef Association has urged British finishers to work hard to maintain
upward momentum in the prime cattle market.
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.
After an absence of over thirty years the British National Ploughing Championships
are returning to North Yorkshire.
The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is relieved that the start of
the grouse shooting season can begin on Monday 13 August.
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
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.
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.
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).
Last night (Thursday) a 3km radius Temporary Control Zone was put around one
premises in Surrey outside of the existing Surveillance Zone.
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.
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.
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 is likely to undermine food production in the developing world,
while industrialized countries could gain in production potential.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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
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.
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’.
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.
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.
One of the most successful dispersals of Holsteins and Red & White cattle
took place on Thursday 2nd August 2007 at Raughton Farm, Dalston, Cumbria.
Natural England is taking every step to support Defra in preventing the spread
of Foot and Mouth disease.
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.
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).
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.
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.
The generosity of a farming friend has led to a welcome surprise for a Leeds
visitor to the Great Yorkshire Show.
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
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
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.
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.
"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.
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.
For 2008, Case IH is introducing the most powerful Magnum tractor in history:
the Magnum 335.
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.
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.
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.
A love of the countryside and a passion for all things equestrian are the characteristics
of the new President of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.
New Heather and Grass Burning Code published and regulations that cut red tape
and introduce new protection for carbon-rich soils announced.
NFU Scotland has highlighted issues in its submission to the Committee of Inquiry
Defra has announced the rates of compensation payable during August 2007.
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.