The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 95 prime cattle,
0 young bulls, 22 OTM, 4,945 prime hoggs and 3,536 cast ewes & rams at their
weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 31st January, 2008.
The Scottish Government has published its annual farm income figures, which paint
a mixed picture across the various sectors of the industry.
The Yorkshire Agricultural Society has donated £5,000 to a national appeal
which offers help and support to farmers across the country.
England's National Parks and farmland landscapes could hold the key to long-term,
cost effective flood prevention, said Natural England this week, as it gives
evidence to the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) select committee inquiry
The 21st edition of The UK Pesticide Guide 2008 is now available and provides
farmers and growers with the most up-to-date information relating to UK approved
products, for agriculture, horticulture, forestry and amenity use.
The Tenant Farmers Association will be telling members at this weeks Dairy Show
at the Bath & West showground that they should resist suggestions from landlords
that dairy rents should increase.
In the near future global food supplies will become less secure and prices more
More than 60 Aberdeen-Angus breeders from the Continent will be arriving in Perth
later this week for the 6th European Aberdeen-Angus Forum.
The Alternative Semen Company has added Ayrshire sires from the Cattle Services
(Ayr) Ltd to its offering.
NFU Scotland has met the EU Agriculture Commissioner, Mariann Fischer Boel, to
outline its ideas on how Europe’s farm policy could be tailored to deliver
maximum food production, environmental and economic benefits to the public.
The annual Yorkshire “Charity Big Farmhouse Breakfast” has raised £4,270
for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Prospects for the British sheep industry remain bleak unless a better price is
achieved for prime lambs.
A maiden heifer at 17,000gns led the way at the tenth Annual Calf Sale from the
prolific Sarkley Limousin herd of Messrs EH Pennie & Sons, held at Carlisle
on Friday 25th January 2008.
The National Beef Association has written to Cabinet Secretary, Richard Lochhead,
calling for an urgent meeting at which it will ask the Scottish Government to
buy stocks of bluetongue (BT) vaccine.
An annual collection and disposal bill of £31 million is possible, now
that government is looking to end free collection and disposal of fallen cattle
over 24 months old.
For the first time in more than a decade average milk yields have dropped, according
to data on 60% of British dairy cows published in the latest NMR Annual Production
Report for the year ending September 2007.
Two new high yielding varieties from the French breeder Caussade Semences extend
the British Seed Houses maize range for 2008.
Arabelle Meirlaen has hit the heights by winning Belgium's Lady Chef of the Year
competition sponsored by the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 79 prime cattle,
6 young bulls, 29 OTM cattle, 5,188 prime hoggs and 4,635 cast ewes & rams
at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 24th January, 2008.
An energetic campaign to recruit dealers to the McCormick retail sales and product
support network has so far resulted in ten new outlets for Britain’s fourth
best-selling tractor range.
NFU Scotland’s Livestock Committee has warned retailers that significant
shortages of product are on the horizon unless better prices arrive soon.
English beef will be top of the bill at a major Italian show where England is
a special guest country and given extra prominence.
More than 100 schoolchildren enjoyed a hearty breakfast at the Great Yorkshire
Showground in Harrogate and learned just why it is the most important meal of
the day, courtesy of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.
Recent avian influenza outbreaks in 15 countries demonstrate that the H5N1 virus
remains a global threat and requires close monitoring and strong control efforts,
FAO said today.
CLA Wales, the rural economy expert, welcomes the conclusion of the report of
the Welsh Assembly Government Rural Development Sub-Committee’s inquiry
into bovine TB that a ’holistic approach’ is required.
The 2008 Craven Dairy Auction season began with a local championship success
for Yorkshire Dales dairyman Robert Crisp, of Nelson Farm, Calton.
The dream of opening the Chinese market to British pig meat has moved a step
closer to reality with technical agreement on a protocol covering the export
Trouw Nutrition has launched a simple, heated, re-constituted milk feeder unit
to help shepherds maximise orphan and third lamb early life growth rates highly
What has been described as “an ingenious concept for housing livestock” has
won the CLA President’s Award for the best new build in England and Wales.
Cumbria Farmer Network (Rural Futures) has established itself in less than two
years with membership already well over target and funding reserves setting the
foundation for economic security.
The British Charolais Cattle Society has introduced a Terminal Index (TI) and
a Self Replacing Index (SRI), two new major Indexes to its Breedplan registration
and genetic evaluation system.
Any finisher from any part of the UK who sells an R grade steer for less than
235p per dwkg this week is giving the animal away.
Traditionally Europe’s biggest, the NSA Wales & Borders Ram Sale is
to adopt a bold new approach for 2008. The event will now be held in three parts,
staged in the permanent buildings at the Royal Welsh Showground.
Beef and sheep sectors have been urged to follow the dairy industry’s lead
and offer specialist information events for college staff.
NFUS has expressed its disillusionment at the news that a key animal health and
welfare scheme, described as a pioneering when it was introduced by the Scottish
Executive in 2005, has been dropped from Scotland’s forthcoming Rural Development
Cogent is pleased to announce the promotion of Hugh Pocock to the position of
UK Sales and Genetics Manager.
The double tagging regulations which came into effect this month following the
withdrawal of the UK’s derogation from recent EU sheep and goat identification
legislation are less onerous than originally feared.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 71 prime cattle,
2 young bulls, 33 OTM cattle, 5,389 prime hoggs and 5,502 cast ewes & rams
at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 17th January, 2008.
MDC breeding+ has published the latest production proofs for all UK available
bulls this week (17 January).
Ten bulls in the top 40 ranked by £PLI in the January 2008 proof run gives
Bullsemen.com double the offering of top quality sires of any other supplier
and confirms the company’s meteoric rise from newcomers to leading player
in UK cattle genetics in just 15 months.
The red meat industry may have been through the wringer over the last year but
now the annual Outlook Conference is looking forward at what the future holds.
Angus breeder and butcher, Tom Rennie, Mosston Muir, Guthrie, Forfar, Angus,
has won the Walkers Shortbread Rosebowl for the Aberdeen-Angus Show Herd of the
Year for the fifth time in six years.
British Pig Farmers today launched a £1.5m, national advertising campaign
in an attempt to save their industry by winning a fairer price for their pigs.
The annual Yorkshire “Charity Big Farmhouse Breakfast” bonanza takes
place next week – hosted by Patricia Knox at Mill Close Farm, Patrick Brompton,
The British pig industry is still showing improved production performance according
to the latest Cost of Production survey published by the British Pig Executive
The New Year has brought a host of fresh opportunities for Masham, North Yorkshire-based
firm, Ritchey, with the acquisition of veterinary pharmaceutical business, Animalcare.
Scotland’s farming union has said that a national food policy has massive
potential to boost the nation’s health, environment and rural communities.
Most English flocks should be able to make worthwhile economies in their ewe
feeding this winter to help offset escalating feed prices.
The latest Holstein bull rankings released today (Tuesday 15 January) by MDC breeding+ has
shown stability in the top two placed sires.
In order secure a future for the 70-cow beef suckler enterprise that he runs
at West Highwood, near Barnard Castle, Tony Wilson knows he must reduce costs
and, if possible, manage with less labour.
Genesis Faraday has backed the beef industry in research which could persuade
breeders to use gene marking, identified through DNA, to produce cattle with
more tender beef.
Breeding herd productivity formed the basis of most of the reports through December
and as is usually the case, management issues were at the root of many problems.
A tractor with the name ‘Alpine’ conjures images of cutting hay in
flower-strewn meadows beneath snow-capped peaks with the distinctive sound of
cow bells ringing in the distance.
A pot of £200,000 has been set aside by the British Pig Executive to help
producers and processors develop new ideas.
Now in its 8th year, this is the only major annual potato conference held in
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart plc had forward 73 prime cattle,
0 young bulls, 24 Over Thirty Month cattle, 5,114 prime hoggs and 5,277 cast
ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 10th January, 2008.
This year's NFU annual conference is now fully subscribed with almost a thousand
NFU members and guests set to join farming leaders for what will be the centrepiece
of the NFU's centenary year.
New retail price data confirms consumers increasingly discriminate between beef
and lamb on the basis of provenance and are willing to reflect this in the price
Two breeds of Sheep are to be classified as ‘Other Native Breeds’ and
nineteen native breeds of poultry added to the annual ‘Watchlist’
compiled by RBST.
China looks set to overtake the EU as the world's third largest beef producer
according to figures produced by Meat and Livestock Commission's Economics department.
Defra has issued further clarification relating to the new rules on sheep double-tagging.
It has been a year since Case IH introduced the Case IH Module Express 625, the
only commercial cotton picker to build modules while harvesting.
The first shipments of breeding ewes have already gone to the EU following the
resumption of live exports.
If businesses are going to develop they have to understand their accounts – and
in the near future that will mean carbon accounts as well as financial accounts.
The Tenant Farmers Association is providing tenant farmer members with on line
access to a unique resource of information to assist with farm rent reviews.
The latest survey results by Farming Futures find that 81 per cent of pig farmers
questioned report that they are taking action to combat climate change on farm.
The price tide is at last moving in the beef finisher’s direction and careful
selling of finished cattle should produce a significant lift in income.
A small investment has saved both time and money for Lake District beef and sheep
farmer Martyn Mawson who farms in a high rainfall and a catchment sensitive area
only half a mile above Bassenthwaite Lake.
Progressive dairy farmer, Michael Metcalf, of Kirkby Thore, near Penrith, Cumbria,
has turned up the ‘heat’ on farm recently through taking a new approach
to both his breeding and nutrition management.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 92 prime cattle,
0 young bulls, 7 OTM cattle, 6,426 prime hoggs and 5,904 cast ewes & rams
at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 3rd January, 2008.
NFU President Peter Kendall has called on Government to give explicit recognition
to the key role that farming will have to play over the years ahead in securing
Britain's food supply and fighting climate change.
The era of cheap food may be over. In recent months food prices have risen at
a faster rate than inflation, but meat prices have risen less than those for
Pioneer Foodservice, of Carlisle, is making inroads north of the Border marketing
to its clients a prestigious Scottish meat brand – with a Royal seal of
Sponsors are digging deep to support the annual Yorkshire “Charity Big
Farmhouse Breakfast” feast.