A new range of compact tractors available through McCormick sales and service
dealers provide versatile performance for farming, horticulture and many other
The Pedigree Beef Society Group and partner organisations are backing the National
Beef Association’s call for the urgent adoption, by Defra, of a UK-wide
vaccination programme against BTV8.
Specialist feed company, SCA NuTec, is launching a new feed additive, Amino Gold,
at Agriscot on November 14, 2007.
Customers of butchers shops and farm shops across the country are being invited
to tuck-in to tasty, sumptuous beef and lamb treats this autumn and winter with
the free Tuck-in recipe booklet from the English Beef and Lamb Executive.
Scotland’s farming union is challenging the major supermarkets over the
crippling collapse in the price paid to farmers for lamb since the foot and mouth
disease (FMD) outbreak; a period during which the retail price has actually increased.
Corporate moves by Anglo-Irish processing companies to blur the distinction between
higher priced, home produced, British beef and discounted beef from the Republic
of Ireland (ROI) must be strongly resisted, says the National Beef Association.
New attractions and plenty of opportunities to get 'hands-on' ensured the fifth
Countryside Live was a great success with visitors.
A new multilateral system for the fair and equitable sharing of plant genetic
resources for food and agriculture has become operational, FAO announced today.
Bids to purchase one of McCormick’s most historically-significant tractors – the
last CX model to be assembled at the Doncaster factory in South Yorkshire – have
hit a new high just a few days ahead of the 6th November deadline.
Winning two prestigious awards has put the icing on the cake, as NFU Scotland’s
partnership organisation, Solway Recycling, celebrates fifteen years in business.
Details of a strengthened, more effective and more transparent Bill to help tackle
climate change have today been set out by Environment Secretary Hilary Benn.
Natural England, which is one year old, was established with a wide-ranging environmental
remit and the responsibility for safeguarding England’s natural environment.
Finding ways to help the north east’s farmland birds will be the focus
of an event organised by the RSPB and Natural England in Durham next month.
As the seasons start to change, producers are reminded they should ensure sheep
presented for slaughter are clean to help avoid additional price penalties.
With the British pig industry facing a crisis from rocketing feed prices, the
British Pig Executive (BPEX) has launched a major campaign to improve returns
Following on from the announcement this week by the Scottish Government of an
emergency aid package for farmers, Scotland’s farm union has spelt out
the next steps in the fight for full foot and mouth compensation.
A 20-month-old Limousin bull from the Gallaber herd of T & JM Sedgwick proved
a worthy champion at Skipton’s Autumn Pedigree event for beef breeding
Bluetongue restrictions are too rigid and onerous to allow hundreds of Welsh
livestock farmers to run their businesses lawfully according to CLA, the rural
One of the most successful and influential Suffolk sheep flocks from Aberdeenshire
has won the Society’s top flock award completing a hat-trick of top achievements
Reports from NADIS surveillance veterinary surgeons indicates that cull sows
are accumulating on farms.
All four UK governments, and the EU Commission, must quickly commit themselves
to the widest possible anti-Bluetongue vaccination programme before the BTV8
strain spreads further and does even more economic and animal welfare damage.
National Milk Laboratories (NML), part of the NMR group, has officially opened
its new site at Hillington near Glasgow in Scotland.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 54 prime cattle,
2 young bulls, 11 OTM, 4,055 prime lambs and 4,400 cast ewes & rams at their
weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 25th October, 2007.
The avian influenza virus H5N1 could become entrenched in chickens and domestic
ducks and geese in parts of Europe, FAO warned today.
Sainsbury’s Woodland Eggs scooped the International Marketing Excellence
Egg Award at a presentation held in Budapest in September.
A four-shear aged ram from JW Stockdale & Sons, of Oat Croft Farm, Burnsall,
proved championship material at the annual evening show and sale of 46 Swaledale
rams at Skipton Auction Mart.
It’s not all doom and gloom in farming at the moment – as witnessed
at Skipton Auction Mart, on Monday, when Craven Diary Auction selling prices
went through the roof, smashing previous sales records by some considerable margin.
Local sheep farmers from Bordley netted a supreme and reserve championship double
at the annual prize show and sale of almost 3,500 Swaledale shearlings and correct
ewes at Skipton Auction Mart.
With only days to go until the gates open on this year's Countryside Live, the
exciting two-day event offers fantastic food, funky fashions, friendly animals
and fabulous shopping - great for all the family.
The cost of feeding cull sows can be a major item of expenditure but using alternative
feeds can help keep costs down says the British Pig Executive (BPEX) but it is
not a case of just switching feed.
The National Beef Association would like new Food Standards Agency (FSA) revisions
to improve consumer guidance through clear food labelling to include strong advice
on the display of similarly packaged products from different countries of origin.
The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers has welcomed Government chief
scientist, Sir David King’s report to ministers in which he advises a badger
A home-bred shearling ewe from David Houghton’s Tophill flock in Bury took
supreme championship honours at the 26th Northern Area Texel Sheep Breeders Association
show and sale of pedigree rams and females at Skipton Auction Mart.
The Badger Trust today ridiculed Prof David King, Chief Scientific Adviser to
the government for recommending badger culling to control bovine TB in cattle.
Richard Pye, an FdSc Agriculture student studying at Myerscough College has received
the RABDF/Defra Farm Health Planning Award, a new awareness raising initiative
for younger members of the industry.
Finalists for the past three years, Ian and Sally Macalpine from Clitheroe, in
Lancashire, have risen to the top spot this year and won the UK dairy industry’s
most prestigious award – the NMR/RABDF Gold Cup.
New ideas are the lifeblood of the pig industry and to develop them, the British
Pig Executive (BPEX) is putting its money where its mouth is.
An SAC study has shown that the incidence of lameness is lower on organic dairy
farms compared to non-organic farms.
Mule gimmer lambs from Malham Moor swooped down from the hills to plunder the
spoils in both championship classes at the second annual North of England Mule
Sheep Association (NEMSA) show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.
Early identification and culling of barren cows will enable English suckler herds
to make the most of limited forage stocks and reduce their need for expensive
supplementary feeds this winter, advises the EBLEX.
Through October and November of this year, the British Limousin Cattle Society
is undertaking an extensive customer survey of the performance of over 1000 Limousin
bulls sold through Official Society sales.
John Deere’s new mid-specification 6030 Series tractors are designed for
wider appeal to a bigger range of customers.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 53 prime cattle,
2 young bulls, 11 Over Thirty Month (OTM) cattle, 3,393 prime lambs and 3,974
cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 18th October,
There was a hive of activity on one of the busiest sheep sales days of the year
at Skipton Auction Mart with the annual multi-breeds show and sale of pedigree
and pure-bred rams and females.
Consumers can now cook the best of Autumn lamb side by side with BBC2's Urban
Chef Oliver Rowe - thanks to three new vodcasts published this week.
The United States will support FAO’s avian influenza control and prevention
programme with an additional US$38 million, FAO announced today.
Wensleydale Longwool Sheepbreeders’ Association breeders believe that Defra’s
20-day standstill regulations had a severe impact on their 116th annual show
and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.
Dogs of all shapes and sizes will be put through their paces later this month
when they take centre stage at Countryside Live.
The twice-rescheduled annual Rare & Native Breeds Stockbreeder Auctions at
Skipton Auction Mart finally went ahead on Sunday.
Scotland’s farming union, NFU Scotland, has today welcomed the lifting
of the final remaining foot and mouth disease restrictions, whilst highlighting
the need for urgent compensation for Scotland’s farmers.
The 2007 RSCF has been cancelled as a result of the devastating effects, and
movement restrictions resulting from the unfortunate release of the FMD virus.
SAC has launched an exciting initiative to provide world-class consumer insight
to Scotland’s farmers and small food producers, to help them compete more
effectively in the market.
The Tenant Farmers Association has slammed suggestions that our traditional fresh
morning pint of milk should give way to a tasteless UHT substitute.
Scotland’s farming union will be highlighting the urgent need for foot
and mouth compensation for Scottish farmers when they meet Secretary of State
Hilary Benn MP and other MPs in Westminster this week.
Governments must continue to be careful that map lines designed to slow down
the spread of Bluetongue (BT) do not wreak more economic damage on the livestock
industry than the disease itself.
Yorkshire Dales hill sheep farmer Ken Lister presented a 40-strong pen of Masham
Wether lambs to win the show class at Skipton Auction Mart’s sale of over
4,000 store lambs, on Thursday. (Oct 11)
It was a day of mixed emotions at the NSA Wales and Borders Ram Sale, held at
the Royal Welsh Showground.
Cattle breeding company Alta and dairy management company NMR have announced
the winners of their new production and efficiency awards.
Back in 1998, farmer’s wife, Dianne Halliday decided to help supplement
income on the traditional hill unit she runs with her husband, Tony based Dalefoot
Farm, Mallerstang, near Kirkby Stephen.
Chairman and founder of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dairy Farming,
Daniel Kawczynski MP has welcomed the recent announcement that dairy cooperatives
First Milk and Milklink are in the advanced stages of merger talks.
The Tenant Farming Forum (TFF) has this week launched a consultation on developing
options that will help new entrants get started in agriculture.
Some Scottish producers will breathe a weary sigh of relief as the export market
for Scottish meat reopens today (Friday, October 12) following months of turmoil.
Fendt will be the first tractor manufacturer to introduce a tractor, the 820
Variogreentec, at the Agritechnica 2007 that runs on rapeseed oil ex works.
Bluetongue virus-infected adult midges surviving winter may have been responsible
for the re-emergence of bluetongue this year in northern Europe.
Yorkshire entrepreneurs are finalising their fashion collections of “Country
Cool” in readiness for their debut onto the catwalk at this month’s
The organisers of the British National Ploughing Championships & Country
Festival, which are taking place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th October, are
hoping that the wet weather stays away this weekend.
Scotland’s farming union has described the introduction of a welfare scheme
to dispose of light lambs as the latest horrendous development in the foot and
5th type ranking bull, Roumare has made his UK debut in a Northern Ireland pedigree
Hadlow College has taken delivery of a McCormick CX105 XtraShift, which lecturers
will use for instruction and training on efficient operation and safe driving
Recent increases in world market prices for dairy products, plus the on-going
drive for environmental and welfare improvements all point towards an increased
role for the Jersey breed.
On Saturday, 6th October, over 1000 people attended the ‘Ready, Steady,
Fish!’ event at the Fish Quay in North Shields to launch a project to help
secure the long-term sustainability of the local fishing communities.
NFU Scotland has welcomed with relief the news that Scotland will be free of
all domestic movement restrictions next Wednesday, 17 October.
Farmers and small scale food producers have been urged to follow the lead of
the Plumgarths ASDA Local Sourcing Initiative.
Green market trading resumed at Skipton Auction Mart on Thursday (Oct 4) with
a notable coup for local father-and-son farmers Alex and Nathan Wade.
The industry-government group has concluded that upland suckled calf production
has no chance of surviving in Northern Ireland unless it is rescued by a huge
lift in the retail value of suckler beef.
The recent arrival of the bluetongue virus in the United Kingdom indicates again
that animal diseases are advancing globally and countries will have to invest
more in surveillance and control measures, FAO said today.
A new semen company specialising in bulls for cross breeding has been launched.
Outwintering growing cattle and spring-calving cows on a variety of brassicas
can be extremely useful in extending forage supplies to reduce feeding costs,
suggests the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
A scrum of French chefs, retired rugby stars, journalists and meat industry representatives
battled it out at a rugby tournament with a difference.
Plans to develop a new Regional Agricultural Centre at the Great Yorkshire Showground
in Harrogate have been given the go-ahead.
The UK Government must compensate Scotland’s livestock farmers for the
crisis brought about by the release of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) from the
government-licensed facility at Pirbright.
News of the easing of export restrictions adds new impetus to the British Pig
Executive's (BPEX) moves to keep the lines of communication open with Europe.
Slaughter cattle in Eastern England must be allowed to cross the line marking
the edge of the current Bluetongue (BT) protection zone.
Introducing rumen protected fat to winter dairy rations can increase yields by
more than four litres per day throughout the first half of lactation and improve
net income, according to results from trials at the University of Reading.
English beef was being kept to the fore in Paris last week by the English Beef
and Lamb Executive, despite the current export ban.
The number of rats out in the fields has been high this autumn, as last year’s
mild winter left more than usual to breed over the spring and summer.
A one-day SAC conference at Dunkeld on 17 October will focus on the business
opportunities available to Scotland’s organic farming sector.
Harrison & Hetherington is continuing with plans to stage its first big winter
agri-event in Carlisle next month.
Some 15,000 visitors are expected to attend this amazing two-day event which
is taking place at Crockey Hill, just south of York.
Like all beef farmers, Michael Strother, of Fowberry Moor, Wooler, needed to
find a way of replacing £280 per head of subsidy in his suckler herd following
the loss of the Suckler Cow and Beef Special Premiums three years ago.
From today, farmers will be able to apply for the new Energy Crops Scheme, although
no grant agreements will be offered until the RDPE has been approved by the European
Landini has a new range of power-efficient compact tractors capable of handling
a wide range of field and yard operations for dairy, beef and sheep farmers,
horticultural units and commercial fruit and vegetable growers.