Farmers in England may soon be forced to re-introduce set aside onto their holding under a new consultation document to be released by Defra.
NFU Scotland has acknowledged the great efforts of Jamie Oliver in helping to promote British pork to consumers.
UK Holstein breeding legend Weeton Jackson EX *RC passed away on the 16th January 2009, at the ripe old age of 14 years.
An appeal for nostalgia ahead of this year’s landmark 200th Otley Show has produced a flood of information and pictures that will help organisers chronicle the long and proud history of the event.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 57 prime cattle, 7 young bulls, 42 OTM, 4,840 prime hoggs and 5,658 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 29th January, 2009.
NFU Scotland believes the publication of Scotland’s farm income figures for 2008 has highlighted a turbulent year for Scottish agriculture.
NFU Scotland has praised Waitrose for urging its shoppers to buy British pork, echoing the sentiment that buying British is the best way to ensure that animals are reared to high welfare standards.
Semenstore.co.uk, the one-stop semen shop website has been officially launched and is open for business.
A new look website which is fully focused on meeting the needs of oilseed rape growers has this month been launched by United Oilseeds.
Beef producers received almost 50 percent of the beef retail price in 2008 - the highest proportion since 1995, according to the latest figures published by EBLEX.
CLAAS has introduced a new range of centre swivel trailed disc mowers to compliment its current trailed and mounted range.
The challenges of farming land rising to 1750 feet in the Hiraethog Hills will be a main feature of NSA Welsh Sheep 2009.
Two years to the month on from their last championship success, the Whinhill Holstein Friesian commercial herd of father-and-son farmers Malcolm and Robert Swires again took supreme honours at the opening Craven Dairy Auction show of 2009 at Skipton Auction Mart.
UK arable farmers should make sure they don’t miss out on additional Energy Aid support payments worth up to £20 per hectare advises Chris Baldwin, managing director of United Oilseeds.
For contractors and larger farmers looking to increase mowing work rates in order to improve efficiency and match the output of the latest, high capacity JAGUAR forage harvesters, CLAAS has introduced four new triple mower combinations based on the CLAAS DISCO Contour range mowers.
Two top calls of 2,000 guineas were the highlights of the opening working sheep dogs fixture of the year at Skipton Auction Mart.
A new initiative to help cereal farmers fight back against the effects of grain price volatility and high fertiliser costs in 2009 is being launched by Syngenta.
A paper suggesting a different approach to animal welfare was greeted with interest at the Oxford Farming Conference.
An ethos centred on change has been adopted by Yorkshire Dales farmer Steven Crabtree as he stands for election in the Bradford-based British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) elections.
Lynne Grieve, a member of Harrison & Hetherington's field staff, has been presented with the Dick Harrison award for the top student in the first year of a four year livestock auctioneering foundation degree course.
At LAMMA, the Profitable Farming Company announced the introduction of a new data tagging version of its BALER’S CHOICE Automatic Preservative Application system for big balers.
Improving physical performance must remain a key priority for most lowland sheep flocks but it has to be accompanied by better marketing and effective cost management for the greatest profitability gains.
A Lancashire farm has made significant cost savings on its annual fertiliser spend by sowing Barenbrug’s Ensign White Clover blend.
A new sugar beet herbicide that uses a unique formulation technology to provide improved crop safety and significant yield increases compared to existing herbicides has been launched in the UK.
NFU Scotland has welcomed the outcome of the Scottish Parliamentary debate on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Health Check, which saw MSPs of all parties deliver a united message that recognised the importance of sustainable farming and food production to Scotland.
The fourth Annual sale of heifers from the Bailea Limousin herd got the 2009 Limousin Sales calendar off to a cracking start as lot 63 Bailea Catkin went under the hammer for 22,000gns.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 102 prime cattle, 2 young bulls, 54 OTM, 4,793 prime hogg's and 3,896 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 22nd January, 2009.
Both receivers feature a proprietary positioning capability that provides users with high accuracy, flexible solutions for the most challenging agriculture applications and environments.
Every abattoir is different, even if they belong to the same company, and each of them specialises in selling beef from specific types of cattle to equally individual customers.
FAO today officially launched International Year of Natural Fibres (IYNF) 2009 to celebrate the virtues of cotton, flax, sisal and hemp, but also of wool, alpaca, camel hair and angora.
High levels of net blotch appear to be present in early-drilled winter barley crops around the country, with some also succumbing to patches of mildew.
The Wynnstay Group has today announced strong financial results for the year ended 31 October 2008.
Trimble has announced that it is adding a Variable Rate Application (VRA) option for its AgGPS® EZ-Guide® 500 lightbar guidance system.
For the second year in a row large numbers of farmers across the country have experienced major rat problems over the past 12 months, with noticeably bigger and more frequent infestations and longer baiting periods posing particular challenges.
The Spring 2009 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.
NSA North Sheep 2009, the National Sheep Association northern region’s biennial one day event, has announced its major sponsor, Novartis Animal Health.
Trimble today introduced its latest Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) guidance product that offers a wide range of precision agriculture applications in a single package.
Rumenco has introduced a cost-effective high energy/low intake combination feed and mineral supplement for ewes pre-lambing and pre-tupping.
The administration of the Scrapie Monitoring Scheme has changed. Since the beginning of 2009 the scheme has been administered by SAC through the Premium Sheep and Goat Health Scheme.
Top Suffolk sheep breeder, Myfyr Evans, of the renowned Rhaeadr flock - is tickled pink that his son, Mark, is through to the last four in the BBC’s Eurovision 'Your Country Needs You' competition.
Cogent strengthens its line up of bulls with yet another two exciting Holstein sires bred from their nucleus herd.
Siân Pritchard is the new managing director of Kuhn Farm Machinery (UK) Ltd, taking over at the UK headquarters in Telford following the retirement at the end of 2008 of long standing principal Bob Ellis.
A new show for Bluefaced Leicesters at Skipton Auction Mart to cater for the demands of commercial sheep breeders saw the first championship awarded to Stephen Fawcett, of KA Fawcett & Sons, Dale Head Farm, Barden.
The Beef Shorthorn Society is leading the way by insisting that all animals entered for society sales must be health tested for important diseases.
Lamb growth rates improved by almost 12% in the first five weeks of life, and weaning weights by 2kg/lamb, as a result of improved selenium status in ewes in late pregnancy and early lactation.
Genetic selection is key to breeding pedigree cattle, however introducing best management and nutrition are equally important to the Campbell family.
Sons of the international number one sire, O-Bee Manfred Justice, are creating a buzz in the world of Holstein dairy cattle breeding and Dairy Daughters.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 62 prime cattle, 2 young bulls, 53 OTM, 5,817 prime hogg's and 6,319 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 15th January, 2009.
Trimble announced today the latest additions to its Trimble® AgGPS® Autopilot™ platform kits for tractors, combines and sprayers, adding 110 new models of machines since August that are compatible with Trimble’s Autopilot system.
Ian Potter told delegates at the 2009 Semex Dairy Conference that the fortunes of the UK dairy industry could be likened to a game of snakes and ladders.
Six bulls in the top 10 of the January 2009 £PLI rankings, plus one of the first O-Bee Manfred Justice sons as a top 30 new entry, gives Bullsemen.com an unprecedented and unrivalled position in the latest Holstein bull proof run.
Farmers should understand the full picture when considering their Nitrogen source as Urea may look cheap but could well be expensive after volatilisation losses.
Leading dairy producer and former president of the Irish Farmers’ Association, Tom Clinton told delegates at the 2009 Semex Dairy Conference that he believed the UK dairy industry was well-placed to grow and prosper in the future.
Scotland’s farmers are coming to terms with controversial new European legislation, which may prevent them from protecting their crops with certain products, which are perfectly safe if used correctly.
At Ballymena, there was further evidence of the popularity and strength of the Breed with a packed sale ring and an almost total clearance of lots forward.
The new genetic index ranking for all dairy breeds has been published today (13 January, 2009) by DairyCo breeding+ and is marked by a new number one British Friesian.
2009 looks set to be another year of growth and industry-wide use for Linesearch.org – the premier, free to use, online enquiry system.
Just half way into its four-year programme and the most innovative pan-European animal genomics research project ever undertaken is making major strides in developing breeding strategies for more economically and environmentally sustainable livestock production systems.
New excitement in the world of Holstein breeding has emerged with the publication of the January ’09 genetic indexes today (13 January), as sons of the renowned O-Bee Manfred Justice start to gain their own proofs.
Slaughter cattle aged between 30-48 months still face unexpected marketing problems despite no longer being subject to BSE brain testing – and this has annoyed the National Beef Association.
Annual returns from English bull beef production could be increased by £2.3 million or more through determined action to reduce dark cutting beef, calculates EBLEX Ltd.
History has shown that no one sensible throws away seed corn when there is a chance of a good harvest and so beef famers must be cautious about cashing in their breeding cows.
The British livestock industry has been through a volatile time over the last year as a result of the turbulence in global commodity markets, but what does 2009 have in store?
Figures released by the British Limousin Cattle Society show that sales of pedigree animals at Official Sales exceeded the £5 Million mark in 2008.
Choosing the right products to use during the spraying season is now becoming more important than ever.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 99 prime cattle, 2 young bulls, 57 OTM, 5,159 prime hoggs and 5,141 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 8th January, 2009.
Registrations into the UK Jerseys pedigree herdbook and sales of ‘Jersey Sires’ semen have both exceeded ten thousand units in 2008.
A potentially expensive grey area for pig producers has at last been clarified after hard work by the industry, including BPEX and the NFU.
NFU Scotland’s Soft Fruit and Field Vegetable Committee make a final attempt to amend flawed EU proposals on plant protection products, which could seriously harm Scotland’s ability to produce its own food.
AI company Dairy Daughters has produced a year planner for 2009, the proceeds from which will be donated to the charity Farm Crisis Network.
Acute Liver Fluke Disease has been confirmed as the cause of numerous deaths amongst sheep in south west Scotland, despite flukecide treatment in October.
Prime lambs were first to enter the competition fold, as Skipton Auction Mart staged its opening show of 2009 - a day which kick-started the New Year in good style, with sheep prices well up on the final sale of last year.
The beef industry in the Republic of Ireland was able to protect itself from the unwanted economic damage that swamped its pig sector, after cancer linked dioxins were discovered in re-cycled animal feed.
The combination of last summer’s warm and wet conditions led to a dramatic increase in the occurrence of dreschlera leaf spot.
NFU Scotland’s efforts to stave off damaging European pesticide proposals step up another notch on Tuesday, 6 January with the arrival of a two-man delegation in Brussels.
Downland Marketing Ltd has recently expanded its range of animal health products in the UK with the launch of a new, ivermectin-based endectocide, Premadex Pour-On for cattle.
From this month, legislation in the European Union will ban the sale of fresh eggs from flocks infected with either Salmonella enteritidis or Salmonella typhimurium.
One of Britain’s leading farm equipment hire companies, Hawk Tractors, has placed an order for almost 50 of McCormick’s new-generation XTX165.
A new, dry granular source of calcified seaweed offering the potential to cut chemical fertiliser costs and significantly improve plant uptake of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) is now available direct to UK farmers.
The decision taken by several milk purchasers to cut the price paid to dairy farmers for their milk has brought a gloomy start to 2009, according to NFU Scotland.
Sheep farming is facing more challenges this year maintaining profitability with rising fuel costs – but advances in feed technology means artificially reared lambs are now more viable and profitable.
Since BCPC organised its third Symposium on seed health and treatment back in 2001, major changes have taken place in technology and the markets which have affected arable and horticultural production.
Farmers in Yorkshire and Humber have been invited to take part in a project designed to highlight potential savings on purchased fertiliser, through better utilisation of farmyard manure and slurry.
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