Pork producers across the world, including the British Pig Executive (BPEX),
have joined forces to tackle the threat to the industry posed by rocketing feed
The Northern Expo Show Committee are getting ready to take their show into it’s
quarter century with their “Silver Edition” 25th anniversary
Holstein show on the evening of Friday 26th October.
Commercial trade stand space for the British National Ploughing Championships
at Crockey Hill, near York on October 13th and 14th is being snapped up fast
by local and national companies.
The first phase of a renewed promotional push to increase consumption of Autumn
lamb started last weekend when over a million copies of a brand new Quality Standard
lamb recipe booklet were distributed to consumers.
A passion for regional food combined with innovative recipes and impressive culinary
skills were the trademark of every winner in the Great Yorkshire Cookery Competition
An SAC ‘virtual’ seminar and discussion on Tuesday 9 October will
bring together dairy farmers throughout Scotland - using video links.
NFU Scotland yesterday confirmed that it has taken legal advice with a view to
pursuing Defra to recover losses incurred by NFUS members as a result of Foot
and Mouth restrictions.
Natural England and the Environment Agency have warned that loss of set-aside
land on a large scale will be bad for the environment and biodiversity.
NFU Scotland is emphasising the need to control Bluetongue to prevent some of
the devastating consequences of the disease.
British beef is still making its presence felt in France so we can regain markets
as soon as exports restart at the end of the foot and mouth outbreak.
The two-day event, tailored and designed for progressive dairy farmers, is to
take place from Sunday 13th January to Tuesday 15th January 2008 in Glasgow.
EBLEX has called on all supply chains to consider carefully the implications
of the latest census figures, which reveal further declines in the number of
breeding cattle and sheep in England.
The Biofuels Conference will run in conjunction with the Biodiesel-Expo 2007,
Europe's largest industry event.
This event which is being held as part of SAC’s Scottish Government funded “Success
through Knowledge” campaign and which is supported by QMS, is aimed at
farmers and others in the beef industry.
Lishman’s Butchers, of Ilkley, has launched a new portfolio of home-cured
Yorkshire pork products.
Organisers of Europe’s biggest ram sale, the NSA Wales & Borders, held
at the Royal Welsh Showground say it has been postponed and NOT cancelled. There
are plans to hold a smaller sale next month.
Growers throughout Lancashire and Cumbria have an excellent opportunity to earn
attractive and secure returns from late-sown winter cereals this season with
a novel speciality wheat contract for harvest 2008 from Peterborough-based, Dalmark
Dairy farmers can now evaluate the financial payback from including C16 rumen-protected
fat in the early lactating cow ration, thanks to the availability of a new spreadsheet-based
computer program from C&H Nutrition.
A one-day course due to be held at SAC’s Ayr Campus (Auchincruive) will
help land managers assess whether any trees on their land pose a risk to safety.
In recognition of the new Scottish Rural Development Plan’s huge significance,
NFU Scotland is hosting a meeting on Wednesday 3 October 2007 at the Urr Valley
Hotel in Castle Douglas.
The Yorkshire Agricultural Society have announced their decision to cancel all
beef and sheep classes at the event due to the recent outbreaks of foot and mouth
disease in Surrey.
Tests done at the Institute for Animal Health's Pirbright Laboratory during late
Friday night (21-22 September) have confirmed that a cow in Suffolk has been
exposed to bluetongue virus, cause of the disease bluetongue.
Despite the difficult situation at home, export experts will be extolling the
virtues of British livestock at shows throughout Europe this autumn.
Cattle farmers who want to take immediate advantage of eventual relaxations in
the movement of non-slaughter stock are advised to keep an eye on their TB pre-movement
GrowHow UK Ltd is to be the new name for the joint venture company formed by
Kemira GrowHow Oyj and Terra Industries Inc.
NFU Scotland has welcomed with relief the granting of a further relaxation on
foot and mouth movement controls. The latest move allows animals to move within
the same farm business, subject to a distance limit of eight kilometres.
Kuhn Farm Machinery has further expanded its Euromix vertical auger diet feeder
range, which now includes single and twin auger models as well as a self-propelled
NFU Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to recognise the unprecedented
anger and frustration currently being experienced by Scottish livestock farmers
as a result of the fall out from foot and mouth.
Skipton Auction Mart is to stage a slaughter-only sale of prime beef and lambs
on Monday (Sept 24) following the easing of foot and mouth restrictions in parts
of the country.
Imagine a low-slung tractor that hugs the ground, can work in orchards, polytunnels
and buildings where there is limited height, yet has heaps of power and traction.
Two new bulls entering the Semex UK portfolio, Blue-Haven-Ltd Brick and Karona
Bonair, are demonstrating the business’s growing strength in meeting the
needs of large-scale producers with ever-increasing herd sizes, as well as pedigree
Suggestions that “regionalisation” offered the best and quickest
route for Scotland to get back to normal livestock trading were cautioned yesterday
by the National Beef Association Scotland.
The TFA has been told by DEFRA not to expect capital grants to help with the
cost of erecting new slurry stores on farms hit by NVZ requirements.
With the crisis affecting Scotland’s livestock sector deepening by the
day, NFU Scotland has set out the latest developments as discussions with the
Scottish Government and vets continue.
One of the biggest Holstein shows in Europe, XXX Concurso Regional De Raza Frisona
De Asturias, took place in Spain on the 18th and 19th August.
Global animal food production is undergoing a major transformation that could
lead to a higher risk of disease transmission from animals to humans, FAO warned
A unique herd stress management service to help UK producers pinpoint and eliminate
some of their biggest day-to-day performance suppressors was unveiled by independent
dairy specialists, Kingshay this week.
The 20 month old Charolais bull, Lowerffrydd Benhurr has been sold in a private
deal for £15,000 to Welsh commercial suckled calf producer, Andrew Powell
of Knighton, Powys.
Yorkshireman Simon Witty has won the reversible title at the 2007 World Ploughing
Contest, and is the first ploughman ever to have won the world title four times
in a row.
Demand for Sainsbury’s exclusive Woodland Eggs range has led to more producers
supplying the brand.
NFU Scotland is assisting the Scottish Government with options to address the
immediate financial crisis facing Scotland’s livestock sector as a result
of the foot and mouth outbreak.
Kuhn Farm Machinery included two new cultivator/drill combinations and a versatile
minimum tillage cultivator at the Tillage 2007 events.
The Dairy Event, Europe’s premier business to business exhibition which
was to be staged at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry on September 19 and 20 has been
cancelled due to the foot and mouth outbreak.
The Scottish Government has set up a public foot and mouth disease text messaging
service to help keep concerned parties up-to-date on Foot and Mouth disease developments.
The National Beef Association has called on livestock farmers to maintain their
good discipline following the latest FMD outbreak in Surrey, and work as well
as they did over August to help Great Britain be rid of the virus in the shortest
The inaugural Thainstone Lleyn sale was held on the 12th September. The sale
attracted a steady commercial trade with a healthy contingent of local buyers.
ADAS is running a series of free events for farmers and their advisers on Fertiliser
and Manure Management with particular reference to the new NVZ proposals.
The Tenant Farmers Association has described the news of a fresh outbreak of
Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) in Surrey as heartbreaking.
The Dairy Event will continue to go a head next week, 19 and 20 September at
Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, without cattle exhibits and livestock on stands.
NFU Scotland has described the meeting with supermarket bosses and the rest of
the food supply chain today (Thursday), hosted by the First Minister, as critical
for consumers and the food and farming industries.
Defra has confirmed that initial tests on cattle from a Surrey farm have indicated
the presence of FMD.
A tremendous turnout of over 4,000 sheep ensured that post foot and mouth trading
resumed on a high note at Skipton Auction Mart on Monday (Sept 10).
Dairy farmers are ideally placed to strengthen their position in the dairy supply
chain according to a group representing UK producers, who were visiting Dumfries
and Galloway last week.
British consumers have said 'yes' to digging a bit deeper into their pockets
to help secure the future of quality British pork supplies according to a survey
HRH The Princess Royal will be among the visitors to watch the cattle judging
at the Dairy Event to be held at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry on Wednesday 19 and
Thursday 20 September by its organizers, the Royal Association of British Dairy
It was “showtime” again at Skipton Auction Mart on Monday (Sept 10)
when 34 dairy cattle returned to the ring to signal the longed for resumption
of normal trading in the wake of foot and mouth.
One of the UK’s leading ‘Agricultural’ laboratories, NRM Ltd,
has completed an agreement to transfer the business of Cotswold Analytical Services
to its analytical testing facilities in Berkshire.
Texel sheep enthusiasts are making final preparations for one of their annual
highlights, the 26th Northern Area Texel Sheep Breeders Association two-day show
and sale of pedigree rams and females at Skipton Auction Mart, on Thursday and
Friday, September 20 & 21.
The National Beef Association has welcomed Friday’s (September 7th) confirmation
of the clearance of the remaining FMD movement controls and a return to normal
McCormick is taking the unprecedented step of auctioning one of its most historically-significant
Rural businesses carrying out small-scale rodent control can take advantage of
a new range of Tomcat products launched this autumn.
The complete dispersal of the famous Kerbanks Herd of Pedigree Jerseys was the
first Pedigree Dairy sale to take place at Carlisle after the recent Foot and
Mouth restrictions on Friday 7th September.
Aberdeenshire breeder Willie Knox secured the leading price of 14,000 guineas
at the Solway & Tyne Texel Breeders Club show and sale.
More than 70% of UK dairy herds are estimated to suffer from lameness, with digital
dermatitis and secondary infections.
UK pig units with acute or chronic respiratory disease have a powerful new tool
at their disposal as Schering-Plough build on the success of their injectable
antibiotic Nuflor Swine.
THOSE animated cricketing heroes Beefy and Lamby will be back on our TV screens
hundreds of times during September in a new three-week campaign by the English
Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
Two further farmgate price rises have been announced and welcomed this week by
A novel spray nozzle originally designed to help farmers achieve better weed
control by treating with a sloping spray from the side, rather than above, could
also soon be helping top skiers via slopes of a different kind.
Correct diagnosis, appropriate chemical choice and timely treatment of sheep
scab this season will save English flock managers significant amounts of time
A sale on Saturday September 15th heralds the end of almost three decades of
pedigree sheep breeding for Richard Oates.
Milk recording and dairy management company NMR has bought UK livestock eartag
supply company Nordic Star following the retirement of founders Hans and Monica
Global influences underpinned by demand for biofuel are set to maintain a firm
oilseed rape market well into the foreseeable future, according to United Oilseeds.
A Yorkshire farmer who was helping a neighbour with silage making has won a landmark
victory against HM Customs and Excise over the right to use red diesel for the
Sheep producers need to step up their efficiency and market their lambs long
before the end of the calendar year if they’re to maximise their overall
returns, and avoid the impact of New Zealand imports.
On Monday evening the 17th September the Greatest consignment of Elite Black & White
Holstein Friesian Bulls ever brought together on British soil will sell within
the Borderway Sales Centre.
Nicholsons Butchers in Whitley Bay continues to forge and cement pioneering field-to-plate
partnerships with local farmers.
NFU Scotland has welcomed with relief the news that, subject to the completion
of final blood testing of animals in Surrey, the 20-day standstill will be lifted
A well-bred two-year-old dog achieved top price of 2,300 guineas at Skipton Auction
Mart’s summer sale of working sheepdogs.
Promoting sustainable systems of beef production to help beef farmers achieve
long-term profitability will be the aim of next year’s national beef event,
Beef Expo 2008.
Calls for urgent action to better manage and use farm animal resources, safeguard
world food supply.
Beef will feature at the Dairy Event, Europe’s two day premier event to
be staged at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 September.
The Northwest Stabiliser™ Project has rescheduled its open day at Kitcrag,
Selside, Kendal for Saturday 22 September 1pm, following Defra’s announcement
to relax movement restrictions outside the Surveillance Zone.
The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) has confirmed that livestock
will be present at the 2007 Dairy Event, to be held on 19 and 20 September at
Stoneleigh Park, Coventry.
Three agricultural engineering firms in Wales have taken the first step towards
expanding their businesses by signing up to a new Landini tractor franchise.
Livestock farmers need an urgent lift in the prices they are paid if supermarkets
are to have continued supplies of local food, according to NFU Scotland which
is in urgent talks with the major retailers.