Preparing cows for calving, and managing calves within the first few days of life are crucial if dairy farmers are to protect their animals’ future health and subsequent performance, according to Maggie Gould of Volac.
Case IH recently signed two contracts totalling nearly $12 million with the Xinjiang Agriculture Cultivation Group (XACG) in China to supply 40 Case IH model CPX620 cotton pickers.
Five egg collection vehicles sporting the Woodland Egg livery have been put on the road as part of the latest initiative from Sainsbury’s and Noble Foods.
Semex sires have performed strongly in the August proof round, with well known names continuing to achieve impressive rankings and three notable sire introductions.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 118 prime cattle, 1 young bull, 35 OTM cattle, 4,928 prime lambs and 6,410 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 28th August, 2008.
Claas UK is extending the availability of the unique10.5m wide Vario cutterbar to other models for 2009, following its highly successful launch last year.
Six finalists are being judged for this year’s NMR/RABDF Gold Cup. For the first time in the competition’s history, finalists are from three countries – Northern Ireland, Scotland and England.
Local husband and wife farmers John and Claire Mason, of Oddacres Farm, Embsay landed the Stephen Foster Memorial Trophy when their 50-strong pen of Bluetongue-vaccinated Mule wethers was judged the best in show.
Customer Mike Harding purchased a new McCormick CX95 tractor to work on Inchfad Island on Loch Lomond. The only way to reach the place is by boat.
Four bulls in the top 10 of the new £PLI rankings plus the highest new entry in Durham grandson Zenjo mean that Bullsemen.com has again strengthened its position as the dominant new force in dairy genetics following the latest proof run.
High Oleic, Low Linolenic (HO,LL) winter oilseed rape is performing particularly well for growers across the country this season, delivering good yields of oil well within specification for very attractive returns.
In the five years since they took a majority shareholding in Renault Agriculture, CLAAS has invested heavily in the plant and the design and development of new replacement models.
German-bred Holsteins Laudan, Leif and Ramos – all now with UK proofs - occupy three of the top six places in the latest £PLI rankings following the August proof run.
Beef and dairy herds across the country must plan the culling of any cattle born before August 1996 carefully in the coming month if they are to avoid losing out altogether on OCDS compensation.
The Northern Expo Dairy Show, one of the best and most popular one-day events in the UK, returns for its 26th year on the evening of Friday 24th October 2008 within Borderway Mart, Carlisle.
The GM issue mustn’t prevent Welsh farmers from competing fairly in a global market, CLA Assistant Director North Wales Dawn Harding-Maddocks said at the Denbigh and Flint Show.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 80 prime cattle, 46 OTM cattle, 5,069 prime lambs and 6,221 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 21st August, 2008.
NFU Scotland believes that Scottish livestock producers have a window of opportunity in which to minimise trade disruption with the North of England this autumn.
NFU Scotland has written to the major retailers in order to highlight to them increasing concern over the potentially damaging effect that recent pricing strategies could have on farmgate prices and the future supply of Scottish food and drink.
Over 3,500 breeding sheep passed through the sales rings at Skipton,
as one of the mart's major summer fixtures saw entry numbers hit similar levels as
the last full show in 2006.
The indifferent start to the Scottish sheep sale season has left the sector in dire need of a confidence booster.
A top price of 5,000gns and sale average of close to £500 was achieved amid strong commercial and breeder interest for Suffolks at the Society’s first sale at the Borderway Mart, Carlisle.
The mid-August Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart (Mon 18th) was hailed as one of the best ever in terms of both numbers and quality in the newly calven heifers class, which attracted a robust 29-strong entry.
Ongoing improvements to the way in which genetic indexes are calculated has produced a slight re-ranking of bulls in the newly published August proofs (published August 19, 2008).
A former employee of SCATS, the rural trading co-operative that for many years was the Sussex distributor for McCormick-International tractors, is bringing the historic marque back to the county.
The usual mixture of production, fertility and health issues were described but probably the most common comments related to discussion with clients on the introduction of PCV2 vaccines.
Five new three-point mounted tedders in the 5.2 – 7.8 metres (17 – 25ft) working width bracket are now available from Kuhn Farm Machinery.
Britain's top ploughmen flock to Kent in the autumn when the 2008 British National Ploughing Championships return to the 'Garden of England' for only the second time in its' fifty-eight year history.
Off road farm rides are a popular way for horse owners to enjoy a change of scenery and escape the dangers of riding on public roads. Merseyside’s newest and only UK Chasers horse riding course has just opened.
John Deere has announced a series of improvements to its combine range for 2009, designed to increase harvest performance in all crops and conditions.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 42 prime cattle, 0 young bull, 34 OTM cattle, 4727 prime lambs and 7,970 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 14th August, 2008.
Limousin bull Dinmore Bandit, owned by the Whinfellpark herd of Messrs Jenkinson, Clifton Moor Farm, Clifton, Penrith, Cumbria has been selected for inclusion in the EBLEX sponsored Young Bull Promotion Scheme.
New to the rural property market, Sycamore Farm, Oxfordshire is one of only a few Higher Level Environmental Stewardship Schemes currently in place across the region.
Westerton Farm, Cowie, Stirlingshire was the venue for the on-farm sale from the long established and highly regarded Ronick Limousin Herd of David and Ronald Dick.
Suckled calf breeders should resist the temptation to sell off cows without replacing them now that the beef sector is poised to move into much calmer water.
A1 Tractors, one of the North of England’s leading farming suppliers, believes its new range of SAME tractors will save UK farmers money as the reality of escalating input costs starts to bite.
A strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza previously not recorded in sub-Saharan Africa has been detected in Nigeria for the first time, FAO said today.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 103 prime cattle, 3 young bull, 23 OTM cattle, 3,610 prime lambs and 5,907 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 7th August, 2008.
A Scottish & Borders Lleyn Breeders Club farm walk this summer at Derek and Cindy Steen's upland farm will provide an insight into growing popularity of the Lleyn breed.
Skipton Auction Mart has warmly welcomed Defra’s decision to this week extend the Bluetongue protection zone into all parts of North Yorkshire – including Craven – and neighbouring Lancashire.
Organisers of Britain’s biggest annual one-day agricultural show have hailed Defra’s decision to expand the Bluetongue protection zone as a major boost that will help maximise entries in the livestock classes.
This year’s Great Yorkshire and Royal Welsh champions were among a quality line-up at the third annual National Progeny Show for pedigree and commercial Beltex sheep, though neither clinched supreme honours.
Gower Blingbling is the latest Charolais bull to be selected for the EBLEX’s Young Bull Promotion Scheme following nomination by the British Charolais Cattle Society’s council of management.
Crown rust resistance should be a key consideration for farmers when selecting grass varieties for this autumn’s reseeding, advises British Seed Houses.
The Balmachie herd of Messrs John F Lascelles at Balmachie, Carnoustie, Angus, triumphed in an outstanding turnout of 100 Aberdeen-Angus at the National Aberdeen-Angus Show at Turriff Show, Aberdeenshire.
A fourth supreme championship success was achieved by the Northumberland-based Flodden flock of Jonathon Hayward at the 34th annual Suffolk sheep pedigree show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.
Simon Draper, who has had almost 30 years’ experience of auctioneering commercial and pedigree livestock, joins Harrison & Hetherington next month as auctioneer and livestock-manager at Kirkby Stephen Mart.
North Craven sheep farmer Richard Frankland won his second prime lambs championship within the space of three months at Skipton Auction Mart’s August show.
A report released today highlights the dramatic decline in sheep numbers in the Scottish hills.
The owners of cows and bulls that miss moving through the Older Cattle Disposal Scheme before it ends on December 31st are almost certain to be hit by new collection and disposal costs.
Tom Peters from Oxted, Surrey has joined the Cogent team as a Genetics and Marketing Assistant for 12 months as part of his placement year from college.
For the second year running the Woodland free range egg brand has been awarded with a Business in the Community (BITC) Big Tick Award for Cause Related Marketing.
Steeton husband and wife farmers George and Gladys Emmott followed up their inaugural championship success at last month’s Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart by winning their second show this month.