More than 10,000 people have registered their support for Britain's pig farmers
by signing an on-line petition, calling for fair prices for farmers.
Extreme cold has devastated the Afghan livestock sector, killing over 300 000
animals since late December and seriously affecting livelihoods.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 113 prime
cattle, 0 young bulls, 29 OTM cattle, 5,179 prime hoggs and 4,083 cast ewes & rams
at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 28th February, 2008.
Hilary Benn is now under even greater pressure to approve planned badger population
reduction in specific, hot spot, control areas.
India will host the first global conference on agro-industries, to be held in
New Delhi from 8-11 April 2008.
Increasing grain prices and a shortage of corn due to a surge in bioethanol production
are significantly impacting on the South Korean feed industry.
The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers has welcomed the EFRA committee
report’s multi-faceted approach to tackling bTB.
India is to be commended for its successful efforts to control the recent worst-ever
outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza in the state of West Bengal, FAO
Following the initial introduction of the Disco Contour range of mowers last
spring, the range has been extended with the addition of two mower conditioner
The Spring 2008 edition of Growing Oilseeds is now available from United Oilseeds
and is packed with 20 pages of useful market and technical information regarding
all aspects of oilseed production.
World fertilizer production is expected to outstrip demand over the next five
years and will support higher levels of food and biofuel production.
Having sold Case IH tractors since the Case and International Harvester brands
merged more than 22 years ago, Graham Goodwin, area sales manager for Ernest
Doe Power’s Framlingham branch, has sold more than 1500 tractors to date.
Bovine TB pre-movement testing is costing livestock producers more than £15
per animal, a figure deemed as a major cost burden to their business, according
to conclusions from an RABDF farmer survey.
Driving down costs, improving performance and adding value to modern suckler
beef enterprises will be discussed at a workshop reviewing the Northwest Stabiliser
Project’s success to date.
Tighter supplies at world, EU and UK levels will continue to support domestic
slaughter cattle prices and this means retailers must adopt a new approach.
Kuhn Farm Machinery continues to expand its range of landscape maintenance machinery
with the addition of new options within its hedgecutter range as well as extension
of its verge mower series.
News the UK is now officially free of foot and mouth disease has been greeted
with delight by both the British Pig Executive (BPEX) and the English Beef and
Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
Farmers have been calculating their carbon footprint using the free on-line calculator
at C-Plan for over 6 months now and the feed back is deafening.
Case IH has announced a strong business performance in the UK and ROI in 2007,
with an impressive sales growth in both its tractor and combine offerings.
Feeding diets with rumen protected fat to in-lamb ewes will help to plug the
natural energy deficit during late pregnancy and early lactation, according to
established trial work at ADAS Rosemaund.
Global threats to food security and the environment make agriculture more important
to society now than at any point in the last 50 years.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 99 prime cattle,
2 young bulls, 14 OTM cattle, 5,483 prime hoggs and 5,867 cast ewes & rams
at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 21st February, 2008.
Charolais bulls commanded a solid trade from the commercial sector at the breed
society’s official spring sale in Perth, on Wednesday 20 February.
Lloyds TSB Agriculture has been confirmed as major sponsor of the UK’s
national beef event, Beef Expo 2008, to be held at Perth Agricultural Centre
on Wednesday, May 21.
In the tests, the DLG compared the engine and transmission performance of the
AXION 820, against a similar sized competitive tractor.
Convincing politicians of the desperately urgent need to get sufficient supplies
of Blue Tongue vaccine into Wales is the top priority for new NSA Cymru Wales
Chair, Margaret Dalton.
Newton Rigg college has reseeded swards used for fattening March-born lambs with
the best quality grass and clover mixture available.
The Tenant Farmers Association will next week kick off its nationwide road show
of meetings for farm tenants focusing on rent reviews.
NFUS Scotland is holding three seminars for its members on contracts, arbitration
and risk management.
Gavin Hill has recently been appointed to lead Scottish Agricultural College’s
Beef and Sheep Select Team.
The campaign by Scotland’s farming union and others for the introduction
of an independent supermarket adjudicator is close to paying off, according to
A baby heifer with a bright future stole the show on Craven Champions Day, the
annual show and sale of commercial store cattle with future show potential at
Skipton Auction Mart. (Wed, February 13).
The Tenant Farmers Association has welcomed the news that the Competition Commission
is to recommend that the Office of Fair Trading should establish an ombudsman’s
scheme to adjudicate in disputes between supermarkets and their suppliers.
A major drive is under way to restore the fortunes of the lamb market in France
- the biggest overseas customer for UK lamb.
The availability and possible financial assistance to control disease associated
with Porcine Circovirus has come too late for some.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 86 prime cattle,
16 OTM cattle, 4,003 prime hoggs and 4,472 cast ewes & rams at their weekly
sale at Longtown on Thursday 14th February, 2008.
Semex UK has added seven new bulls to their portfolio, continuing to provide UK dairy
farmers with a wide range and depth of sires to suit all types of production
Integration of McCormick tractor production into the ARGO Group’s headquarters
manufacturing and assembly plant in Italy has been completed as part of a €10
million investment in new and upgraded production facilities.
NBA Scotland cannot understand the risk the Scottish Government is prepared to
take by not ordering bluetongue vaccine for general use on livestock farms this
A total of 20 youngsters from throughout the UK and Ireland took part in the
Aberdeen-Angus junior showmanship competition at Perth.
Cogent Breeding Limited announces the appointment of Craig Davidson as Sire Analyst.
Two new reports both point in the same direction - tight supplies of beef and
lamb throughout 2008 according to the Meat and Livestock Commission's (MLC) Economics
The new Case IH QUANTUM C is a compact and economical tractor developed as a
true all-rounder for farm and field work and municipal applications.
Leading genetics company Semex UK has announced the appointment of Gordon Miller
to the position of managing director.
UK Farmland prices surged at the fastest pace in the RICS Rural market survey’s
history during the second half of 2007 but lifestyle buyers are expected to retreat
as financial woes continue.
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.
There has been a significant increase in the number of Dairy Shorthorns recorded
with National Milk Records against a trend of reduced overall recordings.
Consumers said they would be happy to pay a little more to help British pig producers
and now they have proved it according to figures from the British Pig Executive
NFU Scotland will this afternoon be delivering a petition to the door of number
10 Downing Street calling for full compensation for all those in rural Scotland
affected by last year's foot and mouth outbreak.
The inaugural Spring show of agricultural and construction machinery and equipment,
coupled with animal health care products, is to be staged at Skipton Auction
Mart on Tuesday, February 26.
Six Cumbria Young Farmers’ Club members gave thought-provoking and inspiring
speeches at the Great North Meet Conference held this year at Newton Rigg, Penrith,
Well prepared Holstein bull calves moving off dairy farms are a sound buy for
specialist rearers and finishers in the UK.
Ards Razorlight is just one of the many great young Holstein sires available
from Visions in 2008.
Now is the time to make sure high value dairy heifers are fully protected against
bovine leptospirosis, well in advance of the peak disease transmission period
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 100 prime
cattle, 0 young bulls, 23 OTM cattle, 6,206 prime hoggs and 4,337 cast ewes & rams
at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 7th February, 2008.
Yorkshire Dales Swaledale sheep supremo Roy Nelson retained the title for the
fourth year in succession at the 2008 annual show and sale of Swaledale prime
lambs at Skipton Auction Mart.
SAC has recently appointed Ian Pritchard as Manager of SAC Health Schemes for
cattle, sheep and goats.
A family-run agricultural engineering firm in Lincolnshire is confident of expansion
this year following its appointment as one of ten new retail sales and service
dealers for the McCormick tractor range.
BCPC has launched a brand new website to replace the annual production of The
e-UK Pesticide Guide that offers far more facilities to subscribers.
A new 15-minute breed promotional DVD – with an introduction from the Prince
of Wales – was launched at the annual general meeting of the Aberdeen-Angus
Cattle Society at Perth.
Mr George Gunn, SAC Professor of Population Medicine and Zoonoses will be giving
his Inaugural Professorial Lecture in Inverness on Friday 15 February 2008.
Agriculture to aquaculture specialists Kiotechagil, which manufactures a range
of high performance natural feed additives for the animal feed, grain and aquaculture
industries, has announced two senior management changes.
In the milk recording year to the end of September 2007, Jerseys showed the highest
increase in production of all breeds with an average now at 5635 kg milk, and
an improvement of 2.8 per cent in the year.
Greater emphasis on functional traits in the new Holstein UK bull proof rankings
is improving choice and value for commercial dairy farmers.
Leatherjacket population levels in Scotland have crashed this winter from the
extremely high levels recorded over the past four years.
Sausages come from pigs! That may be a statement of the obvious to adults but
as clear as mud to children!
The Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society has registered its highest number of calves
for four decades – almost matching the number in 1960 before the introduction
of continental breeds to the UK.
A number of factors will combine to reduce supplies in the UK sheepmeat market
in 2008, according to the latest annual outlook from the English Beef and Lamb
The coming year will see a further decline in prime cattle supplies accompanied
by a recovery in exports and a reduction in imports, predicts the latest annual
outlook from the English Beef & Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
Ninety six per cent of Limousin bull buyers will purchase another Limousin bull.
NK Bull, the highest yielding variety to appear on NIAB’s Forage Maize
Descriptive List was officially launched at the Dairy Show staged this week at
Starting treatment too late, under-dosing and failing to check baiting points
frequently enough are common mistakes being made by farmers this winter.
More and more people are looking at food not only as fuel but also as a pleasure
to give satisfaction.