Biofuels are widely considered one of the most promising sources of renewable
energy by policy makers and environmentalists alike.
Central to New Holland’s 2008 Grassland show line-up will be the FR9090
forage harvester, the largest model in the range and the only example in the
UK for 2008.
James Withers has been with NFUS for eight years and has progressed through a
number of roles, starting as parliamentary adviser in 1999.
Stuart Bell, well-known across the UK as a leading auctioneer of both pedigree
and commercial livestock, continues his role with Harrison & Hetherington
after having reached his 65th birthday.
NFU Scotland has reacted cautiously to the announcement from Tesco that it plans
to increase the price paid to its liquid milk suppliers by 0.5 pence per litre
Grassland 2008 visitors will see Case IH’s latest RBX344, RBX454 and RBX464
round balers at the brand’s stand, the first UK showing for the newly numbered
models following production moving from the US to Plock, Poland.
The UK livestock industry has taken a major leap forward in its battle to recover
export markets lost because of Foot and Mouth Disease.
A British Blue-cross “baby” with a potentially bright future took
championship honours for Ken Fawcett & Sons, of Dale Head Farm, Barden, at
the annual Spring show and sale of young feeding bulls at Skipton Auction Mart.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 86 prime cattle,
0 young bulls, 28 OTM cattle, 7,003 prime hoggs and 4,159 cast ewes & rams
at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 27th March, 2008.
On display for the first time in the UK at this year’s Grassland event
will be the new twin rotor CLAAS LINER, which includes a wider working addition
to the twin-rotor range.
SAC student, Claire Convery has been awarded HE Learner of the Year by Lantra,
the Skills Council for the environmental and land based sectors.
Tighter lamb supplies are set to impact on the coming season’s marketplace
and strengthen prices for earlier lambs, says Volac International’s Maggie
The March Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart attracted a quality entry
of 28, with strong trading levels maintained.
Michael Winter has re-visited a 1990 survey for RICS of land tenure across England
Iain Campbell uses Charolais bulls bred from genetics that arevery carefully
selected from within the breed's top 10% using Estimated Breeding Values.
A new range of nutritional supplements formulated to help progressive dairy and
beef herds tackle the major threats to profitability has been launched by global
feeding solutions company Alltech.
Ducks, people and rice paddies – rather than chickens – are the major
factors behind outbreaks of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza in Thailand
and Viet Nam.
Today Defra launched a free national information and advice service for farmers
thinking of converting to organic production methods.
Meeting of scientists aims at honing strategies for more productive and sustainable
Utilising grazed grass as efficiently as possible in our dairy herds is particularly
relevant this year, given the added squeeze from higher input costs and the opportunities
presented by the rising milk price.
Fisher German’s offices in Stafford and Banbury both held very successful
Most landowners are not aware that they can make further millions out of a wind
farm project if they are prepared to deal with the planning application themselves.
A record number of dairy herds have qualified for this year’s NMR/RABDF
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 72 prime cattle,
2 young bulls, 28 OTM cattle, 4,915 prime hoggs and 4,082 cast ewes & rams
at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 20th March, 2008.
The announcement that the Surveillance Zone for Bluetongue has been extended
to the north, means that the Great Yorkshire Showground now lies within the restricted
Experts from around the UK will be gathering in Edinburgh to address an international
conference at the end of March.
EBLEX has published a new manual on feeding suckler cows and calves, as part
of its Beef Better Returns Programme.
The Provimi Group (listed on Euronext Paris), one of the world leaders in the
animal nutrition business, this week announced its results for 2007.
SAC (Scottish Agricultural College) is to forge links with AgResearch, New Zealand‘s
largest Crown Research Institute by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
A 10p cut in the pig levy has been announced as part of a strategy agreed by
the board of the British Pig Executive (BPEX) to help the industry in its hour
SAC (Scottish Agricultural College) will be holding a Taster Day for potential
students on Thursday 27th March 2008.
Husband and wife poultry breeders Keith and Anne Chatburn landed their third
championship success of the year at the Craven Feather Auctions show of poultry
Good, strong trade was witnessed at the Easter show and sale of prime lambs at
Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, March 17).
NFU Scotland is highlighting once again its enormous concerns for the future
of the Scottish pig industry after yet another week with no positive news.
Dairy producers will be able to make higher quality forage and subsequently improve
yields by up to 4.4% by applying a carefully chosen additive to their grass silage
this coming season.
Everybody loves a succulent, tender piece of pork, but the industry must make
sure the experience is that good every time or consumers will defect to other
The prevalence of avian influenza in Indonesia remains serious despite containment
efforts undertaken by national authorities and the international community, FAO
Charolais bulls met a ready demand selling to a top of 4,200gns in Welshpool
on Thursday 13 March, at an official show and sale organised by the breed society.
Whilst NADIS reporting veterinary surgeons continue to draw attention to the
number of producers deciding to leave the industry, on a more positive note the
wider use of Circovirus vaccines is being highlighted with generally encouraging
News that the census shows no decline in the national pig herd comes as no surprise
to the British Pig Executive.
Applications are already being received from John Deere dealers for places on
the 2008/2009 Parts Tech training programme for aspiring parts apprentices.
The first spring show held by the Blackface Sheep Breeders Association was hailed
as a great night as nearly 90 sheep were forward and 120 people attended this
new venture for the local Branch.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 105 prime
cattle, 3 young bulls, 9 OTM cattle, 6,347 prime hoggs and 4,671 cast ewes & rams
at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 13th March, 2008.
The Aberdeen-Angus breed is enjoying a mini-export boom with the sale of 12 young
bulls from four Cheshire breeders to France and six bulls and 51 heifers from
15 Irish breeders to Portugal and the Azores.
The Tenant Farmers Association has made its outgoing National Chairman, Reg Haydon,
Honorary Life President of the TFA following his retirement as National Chairman
at today’s TFA Annual General Meeting.
CRV, the major supplier of Dutch genetics to British cattle breeding company
Avoncroft Genetics, will be fully using genomic selection in its bull proving
NFU Scotland has said that the budget will heavily affect farmers and all those
living or working in rural Scotland.
The Tenant Farmers Association’s new National Chairman is arable and sheep
farmer Greg Bliss from Cambridgeshire who takes over following the retirement
of Reg Haydon who has held office for the last 13 years.
Deere & Company has announced that it will invest an additional $90 million
in its Waterloo, Iowa, facilities with plans to expand manufacturing capacity
for large, high horsepower tractors.
The ability to boost manure nitrogen content by 6kg/cow/year and cut the fertiliser
bill by over £5/cow is the significant benefit from a new, natural mineral-based
product that can be added directly to slurry.
A world photography contest to highlight the role of the potato as a source of
food, employment and income in developing countries was launched today by FAO
and the United Nations.
The Spring show and sale of British Blondes took place at Borderway Mart, Carlisle
on March 7th 2008 sponsored by Natwest Bank.
Scotland’s farming union has said that the review of the foot and mouth
outbreak published today has highlighted the urgent need to address the tensions
between devolved administrations and the UK Government on animal health matters.
Attracting more than 40,000 visitors over the weekend, the Taste East 2008 festival
transformed Spitalfields in East London with a farmers market and demonstration
stage featuring rural butchers, farmers and chefs.
The spotlight will fall on the cultivation and nutrient needs of forage and grain
maize at a free demonstration event for farmers and growers on Tuesday 18 March.
Progeny from Semex No1 LPI bull Braedale Goldwyn made headline news with record-breaking
prices at the recent Smiddiehill dispersal sale.
Livestock farmers could shortly have another major player in the marketplace
from which to obtain Bluetongue vaccine.
Goldies Bonanza left Ruthwell, Dumfries for Warsaw, following a private deal
agreed between his breeder, Hamish Goldie and facilitated by Norbreck Exports.
The National Beef Association is pleased that vaccine against bluetongue virus
8 (BTV8) is being ordered immediately by the Scottish Government.
Dairy farmers can find out how to make more from forage by attending a Milking
Grass for Profit farm walk organised by the Royal Association of British Dairy
Senior government officials from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union are
meeting with executives from the private agribusiness sector to seek concrete
proposals to boost agricultural investments and unlock unused output potential.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 99 prime cattle,
19 OTM cattle, 5,223 prime hoggs and 4,977 cast ewes & rams at their weekly
sale at Longtown on Thursday 6th March, 2008.
The new T4000 Series tractor from New Holland extends its leadership in the compact,
high-performance sector with new models offering between 65hp and 97hp.
The Scottish Government needs to place an order for bluetongue vaccine as soon
as possible and develop a flexible strategy for its compulsory use, according
to NFU Scotland.
It was all change at the Suffolk Sheep Society annual meeting, held in Derbyshire.
New Holland’s 88hp TD5040 and 95hp TD5050 tractors provide farmers with
simple, reliable performance in a compact format with an excellent power-to-weight
Vaccine should first be made available to livestock on the borders of infected
zones; this is the advice of Belgium, Suffolk sheep breeder Jan Van Grinderachter.
The first-ever Spring show of agricultural and construction machinery and equipment,
coupled with animal health care products, proved a resounding success.
A pair of 41kg Beltex lambs from Jim Baines, of Trawden, Colne, was the pick
of the crop at the March Spring lambs show at Skipton Auction Mart.
NFU Scotland representatives will join five hundred pig producers at a rally
in London today to protest about the low returns they are receiving.
NFU Scotland believes the case for a milk price rise for producers has been strengthened,
following a First Milk report which highlights that cost of production increases
have more than outweighed any farmgate price increases seen over recent months.
Building on the legacy of the highly-regarded New Holland TL-A Series tractors,
the new T5000 Series comprises four models including the range-topping T5060
tractor, which extends the power of T5000 Series to 106hp.
'The pursuit of profitability' is the theme for the second annual EBLEX National
Producer Conference for levy payers.
The British Poultry Council, which represents British chicken farmers and processors,
has challenged the RSPCA’s claims today that there had been a huge change
in shoppers’ buying preferences for chicken.
The English sheep industry needs to plan ahead at all levels to make the very
most of growing lamb export opportunities over the coming season following the
disaster of FMD last autumn.