The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 88 prime cattle, 1 young bull, 12 OTM cattle, 3,171 prime lambs and 4,372 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 31st July, 2008.
Tackling problems such as heat stress and managing livestock in drought or flood conditions are the subjects of a new series of climate change Action for Profit sheets from EBLEX.
The gloomy outlook for Scotland’s hard pressed producers is that fertiliser prices may remain at unprecedented levels until new manufacturing capacity comes on stream in 2010.
Complete diet feeder demonstrations will be one of the main activities featured at the Dairy Event and Livestock to be staged on 17 and 18 September at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry.
High ranking Holstein bulls Dillon, Pomeroy and Stopper are being offered by Bullsemen.com as sexed semen this summer at “conventional semen prices”.
Improved seeds suited to local conditions will soon be available to millions of farmers in Central Asia and the Caucasus through a newly-established Regional Seed Association based in Ankara.
Case IH has announced an agreement to sponsor a concert tour by country music superstar Craig Morgan. Titled “Craig Morgan Powered by Case IH . . . International Harvester.
Organic livestock producers in northern England have been invited to join a new marketing scheme, which aims to bring increased stability and minimise the number of organically reared animals sold at conventional prices.
The seventh annual on-farm auction sale of horses and ponies was staged at Harold Gray’s Upper Austby Farm, Langbar, Ilkley.
Gwynedd Charolais breeder, Gareth Jones has received HCC’s new award for the most progressive Welsh Charolais herd on performance.
Christopher Thomas-Everard who farms on Exmoor in Somerset has been appointed new chairman of the National Beef Association.
With Craven remaining outside the Bluetongue protection zone now extended into parts of North Yorkshire, Skipton Auction Mart took steps to meet the needs of both vendors and purchasers of store lambs when staging separate clear area and protection zone sales.
The Landini 6544 ‘large compact’ tractor has features and a base specification more often seen on higher horsepower models.
A seventy per cent clearance and average of £2,407 on 159 sold, sealed the success of the first Suffolk Sheep sale of the season.
The first telescopic handler to carry the McCormick name is more than just a machine for lifting and loading – it can also perform the role of a medium size tractor.
Cumbrian cattle breeders Ian and Mark Mallinson have cause for a double celebration this week with the announcement that two of their prize animals have been named as recipients of Holstein UK’s 2007 All-Britain Awards.
UK farmland prices surged at the fastest pace in the RICS’ rural market survey’s history during the first half of 2008 but lifestyle buyers retreated as the credit crunch deepened.
Case IH has won six AE50 awards from the American Association of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE).
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 46 prime cattle, 18 OTM cattle, 3,579 prime lambs and 4,678 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 24th July, 2008.
Some 100 delegates from 36 countries meeting at FAO today called on farmers to join the ongoing “Greener” revolution represented by a form of farming known as Conservation Agriculture.
The “opportunity of a lifetime” is on offer to one British dairy farmer as Alltech finalises the delegate list for the inaugural Global Dairy 500 conference that takes place in Kentucky, USA, from 10 to 12 September 2008.
Scotland’s traditional livestock production is once again under threat from impractical and costly transport legislation.
The TFA has said it is unacceptable that English livestock farmers should be saddled with the full costs of having to install new slurry storage capacity on their farms.
The appointment of a new chairman to the Potato Council is an important step forward for the industry in these times of change.
Kilnsey Show organisers are praying that the Bluetongue protection zone will be further widened to take in Upper Wharfedale – home of Britain’s biggest annual one-day agricultural show.
Charolais breeders turned out an outstanding entry of quality cattle at the Scottish and Northern Charolais Breeders’ National Show staged at New Deer Show on Saturday 19 July.
Suckled calf breeders are urged to treat their productive cows like goldmines because market signals indicate further tightening of world, and domestic, beef supplies from autumn 2009.
North Yorkshire sheep dog supremo John Bell smashed the world record price paid at an official sale for a young dog under one-year-old at Skipton Auction Mart’s summer sale of working sheepdogs.
Dairy farmers across the country have a golden opportunity to boost margins by taking advantage of valuable seasonality bonuses this autumn.
This season's East Anglian pig producer groups, funded by BPEX, came to a close recently with a successful farm walk.
A new database will help to identify land and water limitations, and assist in assessing the risks of land degradation, particularly soil erosion risks, said FAO today.
Insecticide manufacturer PelGar International has published a booklet on how to defend farm premises from the midges that carry the Bluetongue virus.
Hydraulic self-levelling (HSL) is now available on four of John Deere’s 3 Series front loader models, which were launched in 2007.
Yorkshire based breeder Jim Bloom is the new Chairman of the British Limousin Cattle Society (BLCS) following the Society’s Annual General Meeting held in Harrogate last week.
Sheep market prospects remain positive until at least the end of the year, reveals the latest mid-season outlook from EBLEX Ltd, the industry body for beef and lamb levy-payers in England.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 67 prime cattle, 20 OTM cattle, 3,210 prime lambs and 4,111 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 17th July, 2008.
There is a profitable future for the sheep industry in the UK but farmers need to adapt to the changing cost pressures.
The proposed organisation design and structure for the new Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) came off the drawing board at a meeting on 7 July 2008.
The enormous increase in profits announced by one global fertiliser manufacturer will infuriate hard pressed Scottish farmers, struggling to cope with three fold increases in their fertiliser bills year on year.
The rural economy experts say that the additional Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) announced at the last Budget mean those who are struggling financially in the countryside will be hit hardest by the tax.
AI company Dairy Daughters has secured supplies of one of the hottest bulls on the international market, which takes second place on the current American TPI list, surpassed only by the renowned Picston Shottle.
With a shortage of slaughter pigs available and prices finally beginning to move substantially, veterinary surgeons visiting pig farms are detecting more optimism in the industry.
NSA Sheep 2008, the UK industry’s biennial business to business event, will be held at the Three Counties Show Ground, Malvern on Wednesday 30 July and officially opened by shadow spokesperson for agriculture and rural affairs, Jim Paice MP.
SAC student, Sally Wilson from Berwickshire, has been appointed Member of the Year, 2008 by the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs (SAYFC).
Duff Burrell, chairman of the National Beef Association since June 2005, has stood down after criticism of the Association’s approach to future TB control policies.
The NBA has praised livestock keepers in the current English BTV8 Protection zone for rapidly vaccinating their livestock with the BTV8 vaccine in the fight against the spread of Blue Tongue Disease.
Finishers can resist the determined effort to pull back the price of slaughter cattle because the forces which drive the market are tipped firmly in the sellers favour.
Renewed availability in the UK of the globally revered Toystory will provide dairy farmers with an eagerly awaited opportunity to breed from one of the most complete Holstein sires of recent times, says Bullsemen.com.
A Cumbrian artificial insemination centre has been ordered to pay £67,945 in damages to a prize winning farmer after it wrongly labelled the semen of a valuable Aberdeen-Angus bull.
The majority of UK growers are considering an early September start to wheat drilling this autumn to ease their workload and reduce weather risk, according to RAGT Seeds.
Last season’s upsurge in rat problems will carry over into even greater difficulties on livestock farms across the country in the coming winter if populations are not effectively controlled.
Michael Weaver has been elected chairman of the Suffolk Sheep Society. Former vice-chairman, Michael takes the reins from Stephen Cobbald who stepped down due to new farming commitments.
Leading dairy recording and data information company NMR has been awarded with an international quality award, making it the first British milk recording company to receive the new ICAR Certificate of Quality for production recording.
Local sheep farmer Michael Parker, of Winterburn Hall, Winterburn, achieved back-to-back wins as store lambs returned to the fold for the opening seasonal show at Skipton Auction Mart.
Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart had
forward 86 prime cattle, 14 OTM cattle, 270 prime hoggs, 2,539
prime lambs and 5,531 cast ewes & rams at their weekly
sale at Longtown on Thursday 10th July, 2008.
Producers know the importance of what goes into their pigs, but what comes out the other end is taking on an increasing value.
Andrew Kennedy from Straid, Ballymena strengthens the Cogent team in Northern Ireland. Truly passionate about dairying, Andrew, aged nineteen, offers a wealth of experience and knowledge to his new post as breeding advisor.
West Marton father-and-son sheep farmers Richard and Robert Greenwood took the July prime lambs championship at Skipton Auction Mart with a pen of five Charollais-x-Texel youngsters.
The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers has expressed dismay that Government’s announcement for a £20 million research and development package to develop bTB vaccines represents little new funding.
Wharfedale dairy farmers A Lawson & Son won their first Craven Dairy Auction championship at the opening July show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.
Challenging! That’s the view organisers of the NSA Wales and Border Ram Sale are taking of this year’s progress.
A new practical demonstration incorporating tele-handlers and tractor loaders will be among the main activities featured at the Dairy Event and Livestock Show.
Rarely has World Food Day assumed greater meaning than at the present time, as rapidly rising food prices risk increasing the number of hungry people, notes FAO’s Chief of World Food Day events, Sidaty Aidara.
Calls for a single health and welfare policy for the beef sector were made this week by Peter Vasey, newly elected president of the British Charolais Cattle Society.
The full spectrum of political, marketing, technical and sheep health issues will be up for discussion and debate at NSA Sheep 2008.
Increased power and ground clearance, a higher top speed and improved suspension are features of the new XUV 850D 4x4 Gator utility vehicle from John Deere, which has been developed following extensive customer feedback sessions.
SAC and QMS, with support from NFU Scotland, have organised an open afternoon focussing on the production of beef, from grass.
The Prime Minister must help farmers by removing outdated production restraints imposed at a time when UK food security was not a national issue, the National Beef Association said today.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 105 prime cattle, 2 young bulls, 22 OTM cattle, 722 prime hoggs, 2,725 prime lambs and 4,951 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 3rd July, 2008.
SAC Chief Executive and Principal, Professor Bill McKelvey will announce, on Friday (4th July), that SAC will be designated a Higher Education Institute (HEI) at the beginning of August 2008.
The comprehensive study of 200 farms comes at a time when the agricultural industry is increasingly aware it must take steps to reduce its carbon footprint, particularly emissions of nitrous oxide and methane.
Commercial sheep farmers have a unique opportunity to look at more profitable sheep production when the UK’s first New Zealand Suffolk Sheep open day takes place in Shropshire on Saturday 12th July.
Land degradation is intensifying in many parts of the world, according to a study using data taken over a 20-year period, FAO announced this week.
An even higher proportion of this year’s wheat crop is being grown for yield alone, reveals RAGT Seeds’ annual wheat grower study published this week.