|31/10/08 Trimble announced today it has acquired the assets of privately-held Tru Count, Inc., of Ames, Iowa in an all cash transaction. Tru Count is a leading manufacturer of air and electric clutches that automate individual planter row shut-off. Financial terms were not disclosed.
A world first is being offered at Borderway Black and White Sale, Carlisle in the shape of first choice animals being selected from two leading UK herds.
Scientists in Italy have found bacteria in the root of a tropical grass whose oils have been used in the cosmetic and perfumery industries.
Details of the new SAC ‘Grass and Clover Varieties for Scotland 2008-9’ recommended list have just been released, and confirm the success of the Barenbrug/AFBI perennial ryegrass breeding programme.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 61 prime cattle, 0 young bulls, 53 OTM cattle, 5,288 prime lambs and 5,254 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 30th October, 2008.
Representatives of Scottish livestock producers have united behind a call for Scotland’s farmers to impose an immediate ban on imports of cattle and sheep from mainland Europe in light of the worsening disease situation.
CLA Wales is backing a call by a group of the largest property owning companies for the government to scrap or amend legislation covering business rates on empty properties.
Some 100 experts from five continents meet today to chart the way to harnessing a large new flow of funding – carbon finance – to agricultural development and to improving the lives of poor farmers the world over.
NFU Scotland is calling on Government and industry to bolster its defences following the discovery of a new strain of bluetongue disease in Europe.
The British Blonde Society held its presentation evening at Carlisle for the National Blonde herd competition on Thursday 23rd October 2008.
Agriculture and aquaculture specialists Kiotechagil, which manufactures a range of products for the animal feed, grain and aquaculture industries, has successfully concluded new distribution agreements in Egypt, Indonesia and Vietnam.
Milk recording and dairy information company NMR has strengthened its team in Northern Ireland by promoting Ivor Hyndman to area field manager.
The return of the cattle and sheep classes proved a huge attraction for visitors to Countryside Live, at the weekend (Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th October) with a record breaking 10,127 people through the gates.
There is no case for Defra to raise its “voluntary” modulation deductions from English Single Farm Payments (SFP) after the CAP Health Check talks are completed, according to the National Beef Association.
Suckled calves and store cattle, with special prize classes for British Blues and Limousins, took centre stage at Skipton Auction Mart at a new format show and sale.
Continuing business growth in the UK has prompted natural feed supplements specialist Alltech to appoint Bob Kendal to strengthen its ruminant sales team in the north of England and Scotland.
Dalesbred rams gathered on home turf at Skipton Auction Mart for the 2008 show and sale on behalf of the Dalesbred Sheep Breeders’ Association.
Independent trials in the USA and widespread producer experience suggest feeding a fermented yeast culture to high yielding dairy cows improves overall feed utilisation by up to 4%, delivering increased yield and butterfat benefits as a result.
Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health has launched a lower volume, easier-to-administer Nuflor formulation licensed for the treatment and prevention of bacterial pneumonia.
NFU Scotland will be in Luxembourg this week fighting for the existing funding arrangements for the Scottish Beef Calf Scheme (SBCS) to remain in place.
New tank mix guidelines to help winter wheat growers unable to apply a pre-emergence black-grass herbicide are being put forward by Syngenta.
Charolais bulls met a solid trade peaking at 38,000gns in Perth on Thursday 23 October, with a new UK all beef breeds average of £5,564 established for 108 lots traded.
Don’t be tempted to plough-on regardless and muddle late wheat into poor seedbeds just to get something into the ground quickly if conditions continue to be against you.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 45 prime cattle, 0 young bulls, 25 OTM cattle, 5,347 prime lambs and 5,988 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 23rd October, 2008.
John Deere’s new, award winning XUV Gator utility vehicle is available free for a year – if you have the right key.
NFU Scotland is calling on its members to help calculate the true cost of the credit crunch and rising input prices on the nation’s farmers.
Following the introduction of the new JAGUAR self-propelled forage harvester range last autumn, CLAAS has added two new models, to offer the most extensive range of machines from any manufacturer.
A home-bred daughter of Chestnut Park Dumbledore worked its magic when chosen as supreme champion at the annual show and sale of pedigree females staged on behalf of the British Charollais Sheep Society at Skipton Auction Mart.
With only a couple of days to go until the doors open on the sixth Countryside Live, cubs from the 7th Harrogate Almscliffe pack are all set to enjoy one of the region’s best days out.
The National Beef Association has reported a cross-UK fall in slaughter cattle prices on the back of anxiety among processors about a slow-down in consumer spending.
Over the past few months members of the British Texel Sheep Society have been very busy flying the flag abroad and opening new doors for export business.
The National Beef Association is hoping Government can be persuaded to adopt a radically new approach to domestic food production, and food security, when it studies a report expected to be released by the Government’s Chatham House think-tank next month.
Dumbleton, one of the prettiest villages in the Gloucestershire Vale, bucks the trend yet again with the sale of an attractive three bedroom detached lodge for renovation reaching above the guide price and selling at £400,000.
The NMR group, which includes the UK’s market leading milk recording service NMR and the milk laboratory business NML, has reported an increase in net profit.
Bigger – and better – that’s the aim of the organisers of Borderway’s second Agri-Expo event at the end of October.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 72 prime cattle, 1 young bulls, 34 OTM cattle, 3,540 prime lambs and 4,924 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 16th October, 2008.
Saving energy costs and reducing your carbon footprint is an admirable aim but not always achievable in the food industry.
Yorkshire members of Farm Stay UK, the country’s largest network of farm-based accommodation providers, are set to celebrate the organisation’s landmark 25th anniversary.
Women make up over half the agriculture labour force yet they are frequently subject to discrimination, poverty and hunger.
Governments should avoid reducing aid to developing countries’ agriculture and introducing protectionist trade measures in response to the unfolding global financial crisis, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf cautioned today.
Ticket sales are going well for this year’s Countryside Live, with the number of tickets currently booked 50% up on number sold for the event in both 2007 and 2006, say organisers the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.
A prolific six-shear aged ram jointly used as the main stock tup by two upland farmers and near neighbours and relatives from Three Peaks country was supreme champion at the annual evening show and sale of 65 Swaledale rams at Skipton Auction Mart.
The H&H Group has posted a solid set of results against a background of lower financial numbers and the difficulties in the economy and world markets.
United Oilseeds, the UK’s only specialised oilseed rape marketing company, has announced its financial results for the year ended 30 June 2008.
The Tenant Farmers Association will be out on the road next week on the first part of its autumn round of evening meetings for tenant farmers focusing this time on rent reviews and other topical issues.
At a time when all businesses are looking to bear down on costs, the Holdenby Stable Yard offices presents the opportunity to do precisely that…and trade up on business environment at the same time.
If abattoir owners demand that beef farmers pay for an avalanche of additional processing costs, they will risk undermining their own businesses.
"There are very real challenges ahead" SAC Chairman Lord Jamie Lindsay told those attending the SAC AGM in Edinburgh, "but I believe SAC is in a good position to help the rural sector face them".
Mashams stood out on a frenzied sheep day at Skipton Auction Mart – the high profile annual show and sale of gimmer lambs, when over 6,000 lambs passed through the ring.
Charolais bulls sold to a top of 4,000gns in Brecon on Thursday 9 October at the breed society’s official sale within the centre’s multi-breed beef event.
Rural businesswomen in north-east England are invited to attend a mini-conference and networking event focusing on techniques to encourage visitors to view your website.
As in previous years, Limousins again ruled supreme at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual Autumn pedigree event for beef breeding cattle.
The Agri-Expo at the Borderway Mart, Carlisle, courtesy of Harrison & Hetherington is hosting the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society’s Youth Development Programme (YDP) Finals.
UK lamb exports increased by an encouraging 7% in tonnage and impressive 20% in value in the first six months of 2008, reveals EBLEX Ltd.
The first new Dairy Shorthorn bloodlines from Australia in four decades are now available from the breed’s UK society.
Scotland’s livestock farmers can now complete plans for protecting their stock against bluetongue (BT) disease following the announcement from Scottish Government that the compulsory vaccination programme will start on Monday, 3 November 2008.
Growing demand for cattle breeding company World Wide Sires’ mating service has led to the expansion of its team of evaluators and the appointment of Neil Greggor as a herd evaluator in the south west.
Climate change and bioenergy are the focus of this year’s World Food Day activities, expected to involve over 150 countries. FAO celebrates World Food Day each year on 16 October, the day on which the Organization was founded in 1945.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 75 prime cattle, 55 OTM cattle, 5,644 prime lambs and 7,598 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 9th October, 2008.
It’s rare for a newly set-up machinery dealer to be awarded a mainline tractor franchise but Lee and Richard Dovey have convinced McCormick bosses that they’ve got what it takes to support customers of the top-selling tractor marque.
The Lancashire-based Baines beef and sheep farming family walked away with a prime cattle and lambs championship double at the October shows at Skipton Auction Mart.
A great days racing culminating in the Landini Tractors Nursery Stakes was enjoyed by a capacity crowd during the famous St Leger meeting at Doncaster racecourse - including a group of Landini dealers and their wives.
Swaledale females – almost 4,000 shearlings and correct ewes- converged on Skipton Auction Mart for the annual prize show and sale.
Charolais females peaked at 3,500gns in Dungannon on Monday 6 October at the Northern Ireland Charolais Club’s show and sale.
Wilson Bird who manages the sheep enterprise at Myerscough College at Bilsborrow near Preston, has won the EBLEX Most Progressive Flock Award for the flock of pedigree Suffolk sheep.
Organic farmers in developing countries will have greater access to world markets, thanks to two practical tools launched this week that seek to ease trade in organic agricultural products.
Six different sheep breeds vied for individual championship honours at the annual multi-breed shows and sales of 951 pedigree and pure-bred rams and females, as the autumn sheep sales season moved into top gear at Skipton Auction Mart.
Beef producers could scoop up to £3000 in addition to auction revenue for the champion beef carcass at this year's inaugural English Winter Fair at Stafford (Nov 15-16) thanks to sponsorship from leading abattoir group Anglo Beef Processors (ABP).
The varied opportunities of working in the countryside will be highlighted at a careers day with a difference in October.
The Suffolk Sheep Society’s Council has appointed Dr Lewis McClinton, of County Antrim, Northern Ireland, to the new post of Chief Executive.
Biofuel policies and subsidies should be urgently reviewed in order to preserve the goal of world food security, protect poor farmers, promote broad-based rural development and ensure environmental sustainability, says FAO.
Claims that the credit crunch is making people turn their attention to the hard discounters seem to be borne out in the latest issue of Meat Demand Trends.
Graham Fort, chairman of the North & East England Lleyn Sheep Breeders Club, was supreme champion at the Lleyn Sheep Society’s annual pedigree sheep show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.
Some sparkling prices and a good level trade distinguished the Brecknock Hill Cheviot Ram Sale at Sennybridge on Saturday 27 September.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 91 prime cattle, 2 young bulls, 42 OTM cattle, 5,519 prime lambs and 7,172 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 2nd October, 2008.
C&H Nutrition has become the UK distributor for the unique on-line moisture sensoring system and product dosing package that manufacturer Adiveter claims can optimise feed pelleting efficiency and reduce energy consumption.
NFU Scotland are back in Europe representing the interests of Scotland’s farmers and crofters ahead of crucial decisions on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), due to be taken this autumn.