Lishman’s Butchers in Ilkley has achieved a major meat coup after securing
championship-winning prime Scotch beef.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 67 prime cattle,
3 young bulls, 39 OTM cattle, 4,828 prime lambs and 6,298 cast ewes & rams
at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 29th November, 2007.
DEFRA have today issued their initial epidemiological report into the avian influenza
outbreak at Redgrave in North Suffolk.
Pneumonia treatment trials on commercial farms across the UK show that the use
of an antibiotic in combination with an anti-inflammatory will deliver marked
Farmers looking to dispose of farmyard manures and slurries over the winter months
need to think about what may have gone into it, where it is going and whether
any herbicide used last summer could affect crops next year.
NFU Scotland is holding a promotional event in the Borders on Friday 7 December,
as part of its What’s on Your Plate? campaign, to urge shoppers to buy
Scottish turkeys for Christmas.
UK poultry farmers stand to lose as much as £30 million in a major outbreak
of avian flu due to EU regulations affecting government compensation.
As the colder winter weather starts to bite, heifer calf rearers need to review
milk replacer feeding concentrations to preserve optimum growth rates.
A five-week-old Belgian Blue-cross youngster from Bill Pinder, of Longstripes
Farm, Newton-in-Bowland was champion at the annual Christmas calves show at Skipton
NFU President Peter Kendall has called on the EU Commission urgently to consider
banning imports of beef from Brazil, in the light of further reports of serious
breaches in cattle identification regulations in a country where foot and mouth
disease is endemic.
Sheep producers have been advised to check their tag stocks, in preparation for
the implementation of the proposed new rules on double-tagging.
Young Welsh farmers from the Future Farmers of Wales on a study tour of North
West Italy found that many of their problems are shared by olive producers and
artisan Parmesan cheese producers as well as by other livestock producers.
The Landini Rex 85S has been crowned ‘Tractor of the Year 2008’ in
the category for specialised tractors at the Agritechnica exhibition in Germany.
Already prized for their ability to produce dense, uniform, round hay bales in
the toughest conditions, the Case IH line of round balers has been upgraded and
improved for 2008.
Charolais bulls met a solid trade peaking at 6,200gns in Carlisle on Friday 23
November, at the breed society’s official autumn fixture.
It was the meeting of two ‘Davids’ when controversial environmentalist
and renowned botanist David Bellamy presented Lincolnshire farmer David Hoyles
with the 2007 Barrie Orme Shield.
CLA Wales, the rural economy expert, is warning that the Welsh countryside is
increasingly at risk as prices paid to livestock producers are being driven below
a sustainable level.
Latest official slaughter figures from Defra and feedback from abattoirs across
the country indicate the backlog of prime cattle has cleared the market very
much more rapidly than originally feared.
Pioneer Foodservice, of Cumbria, has picked up a gold award for signing-up customers
to the English Quality Standard scheme for beef and lamb.
A probable further leak of foot and mouth virus into the drainage system at Pirbright
on Monday, barely two weeks after Defra and the Health and Safety Executive had
apparently given the site a clean bill of health, beggars belief according to
Pneumonia-induced lung damage could be costing some cattle almost 74kg a year
in lost lifetime growth potential with even moderate damage resulting in animals
losing 39kg over an 18 month beef finishing system.
New British Friesian Young Sire Bradash Tournament joins the line-up at Cogent
Breeding Limited, Aldford, Chester.
St George is charging back into France as quality lamb makes a welcome return
to supermarket shelves.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 71 prime cattle,
30 Over Thirty Month cattle, 4,990 prime lambs and 4,127 cast ewes & rams
at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 22nd November,
Natural England has called for a new model of financial support for environmental
land management to replace the current Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
A day after the European Commission published its proposals for a health-check
of the Common Agricultural Policy in 2008, NFUS has been giving evidence at the
House of Lords on its long-term vision for the CAP.
Irish buyers set the pace at the “Best of Blacks in the Borders” sale
of Aberdeen-Angus females at St Boswells on Saturday 17th November.
Christmas came early for the region’s dairy farmers with some notable selling
prices, including yet another new top price record of £2,050 for the champion.
In a remarkable trade for Netherton females, the six year old cow, Netherton
Missie A114, sold for the top price of 30,000gns to John Lascelles.
Steadmans of Sedbergh, Cumbria has won 11 of the top product awards in the Guild
of Q Butchers 2007 Smithfield Awards.
The number of beef-sired calves born annually in England has declined by almost
70,000 over the past four years, according to BCMS registrations.
Nancy Tweddell has moved on from her role as Cumbria Farm Link Manager.
The lifting of meat export restrictions for most of GB, agreed a fortnight ago
by Brussels vets, has now come into force.
Farmers from around Scotland will be getting into the Christmas spirit over the
coming weeks as they promote their quality Scottish food and drink around the
Looking at the possibility of using alternative feeds is vital for beef and sheep
producers, especially during this period of rising feed costs.
Go back to your farms and prepare to fuel and feed the nation was the message
delivered to the Future Farmers of Wales Conference, held at the Royal Welsh
Showground in Builth Wells.
Beef producers pledged their allegiance to Charolais in Perth on Thursday 15
November where bidding peaked at 30,000gns and 124 lots were traded for an average £4,564.00.
Local food is set to move from a niche marketing opportunity to the mainstream
of weekly shopping as major supermarkets embrace it with real commitment, suggested
industry experts at a specialist Chartered Institute of Marketing event this
The NFU and NFU Scotland have launched a model milk contract designed to bring
greater fairness to the relationships between milk producers and purchasers and
to stimulate debate on a number of important issues.
A common theme in anecdotal reports by NADIS veterinary surgeons in the early
part of the month were problems that have accrued as a result of restrictions
of movements of pigs under the FMD controls.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 55 prime cattle,
3 young bulls, 11 OTM cattle, 3,311 prime lambs and 4,596 cast ewes & rams
at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 15th November, 2007.
Investment by Romania in its livestock industry is a government priority and
they are looking to Great Britain for help.
The inventor of a revolutionary new way of collecting and sowing wild seeds to
help restore medieval hay meadows in Sussex has been awarded the top honour in
Natural England’s prestigious “Future of Farming Awards”.
Carefully targeted payments to farmers could serve as
an approach to protect the environment and to address growing
concerns about climate change, biodiversity loss and water
supply, FAO said today in its annual publication The State
of Food and Agriculture.
David Dickinson, the livestock auctioneer whose gavel fell on leading priced
pedigree beef and sheep in the UK, died on Friday (November 9), aged 52.
NFU Scotland is urging poultry producers and the general public to be vigilant
for signs of avian influenza following an outbreak of the disease in Suffolk.
The cost of the safe disposal of the carcase of an aborted calf will be waived
by SAC Veterinary Services when a blood sample from the affected cow is submitted
along with the foetus to one of its eight diagnostic laboratories.
14/11/07A benchmark survey carried out by SAOS as part of a
Carbon Trust Networks project has established that farmers
can cut their carbon footprint and save money.
12/11/07Beef producers across Scotland are invited to join in
farm walks on the 4th and 13th December on two commercial farms
where best practice techniques for outwintering cattle on hill
or woodland areas are being evaluated.
Charolais bulls met an exceptionally strong demand throughout, selling to a top
of 4,000gns and a clearance of more than 60% of total entries was achieved in
Welshpool, on Thursday 8 November at the breed society’s official autumn
show and sale.
Foot and Mouth restrictions have caused a huge backlog of pigs which means average
slaughter weights are now some 3kg higher.
NFU Scotland believes that calls for a ban on Brazilian beef are further justified
by the recent EU Veterinary report which evaluated animal health procedures in
the Brazilian livestock industry.
New levels of power, ‘intelligent’ technology and productivity are
offered by John Deere's 7050 Series self-propelled forage harvesters, which will
be available for the 2008 season.
Belgian Blue heifers made the headlines at the annual autumn show of suckled
calves and store cattle with show potential at Skipton Auction Mart.
Increasing standard mineral premix supplementation levels to overcome dietary
shortfalls in minerals may not be economic and may even supply excess levels
of trace elements, warns Trouw Nutrition.
Higher grain prices bring optimism to arable farming but new challenges arise:
rising costs, volatile grain markets and managing the environment.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 26 prime cattle,
3 young bulls, 18 OTM cattle, 3,497 prime lambs and 5,181 cast ewes & rams
at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 8th November, 2007.
The agricultural industry received a welcome boost from the resounding success
of the Borderway Agri-Expo event, held on Friday 2nd November at Borderway, Carlisle,
Unfavourable weather, low stocks, tight supplies amid strong demand cited as
IAH's Compton Laboratory has developed a test that can distinguish cattle that
have been vaccinated against bovine tuberculosis (TB) from those that had been
infected by the causative agent, the bacterium Mycobacterium bovis.
Changing one thing on a pig unit can have unexpected results in other areas but
now a Breeding Herd Calculator has been developed by the British Pig Executive
(BPEX) to help tackle this.
Independent ruminant nutritionist Lizz Clarke will be handing out personalised
winter feeding advice for farmers with suckler herds, at an EBLEX Beef
Better Returns Rationing Workshop, at Newton Rigg on 3 December.
David and Sally Dixon are among those dedicated hill farmers who are focused
on continually improving flock output and exploiting the market place to ensure
a sustainable business.
Carcase quality is the driver behind one of the most successful Suffolk flocks
in recent years, fourth time winner of the Society National flock competition,
Robbie Wilson told more than 200 visitors at the champion’s view day at
North Dorlaithers, Turriff, Aberdeenshire.
Petter M. Etholm has joined Thomas Equipment, Inc. (THME.PK) as President and
Chief Executive Officer and a member of the company's Board of Directors.
A series of new radio adverts for Quality Standard lamb airs this week, marking
the first phase of a heavweight advertising and promotion campaign from the English
Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
At the Borderway Agri Expo on 2nd November in Carlisle, the EBLEX Beef Better
Returns Programme (Beef BRP) launched a new technical leaflet guiding producers
through some top tips and best practice when buying and selling store cattle.
Renewable energy and anaerobic digestion are just two of the buzz words concerning
younger farmers as they embrace a future dominated by climate change and dwindling
supplies of traditional fuels and fertilisers.
Foot and mouth restrictions in August and September have resulted in a significant
backlog of up to 400,000 head of lambs and 19,000 prime cattle across Great Britain.
Grain maize is a relatively new crop for the UK’s arable and mixed
farmers but, according to John Morgan of the Maize Growers Association (MGA),
it offers some exciting financial and environmental benefits.
Cumbrian farmer John Geldard received the coveted Farmer of the Year Award at
last night’s Farmers’ Weekly Awards, attended by HRH Countess of
Wessex, for his pioneering creation of Plumgarths Hub.
The Border British Blue Club staged their Eighteenth Annual Autumn Show & Sale
at Carlisle, when auctioneers Harrison & Hetherington Ltd, Borderway Mart,
Rosehill offered for sale a good selection of British Blue Cattle.
On the evening of Friday 26th October 2007 Harrison & Hetherington’s
Borderway Mart was the venue for the 25th “Silver Edition” Northern
Expo Holstein Show.
The Lambert farming family – husband and wife David and Christine, and
their son Robert - of Woodend Farm, Raydale, Askrigg, landed a third championship
Four bulls in the first six places of Dairy Farmer magazine’s latest “Best
Buy” rankings make Bullsemen.com the undisputed best value-for-money semen
supplier in the UK.
Four-legged TV stars stole the show at Skipton Auction Mart’s autumn sale
of working sheepdogs.