Leading Dalesbred specialist Richard Close was victorious in this year’s Dalesbred Sheep Breeders’ Association Annual Show of individual in-lamb sheep.
The launch of a new scheme will inject cash into projects to improve the efficiency of farm businesses in Cumbria - and offer capital grants to farmers.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 91 prime cattle, 34 OTM cattle , 3268 prime hoggs and 4644 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 26th February, 2009.
Genomically proven bulls are now available in the UK from Bullsemen.com, and the Shottle son Ian is already creating significant interest, according to the company’s managing director Nick Kirby.
Herefordshire farmer Anthony Smith has won the use of a new John Deere Gator utility vehicle for a year, after winning the company’s Gold Key promotion.
The production of finished organic beef and organic grain in Scotland increased during 2008-09 but the production of prime organic lamb is static.
British Charolais breeders have been recognised for the genetic progress made to their herds during the last 12 months with a new award presented by the Harman family.
The 2008 rice bumper harvest is coming to a close with better-than-expected production that could help ease consumer prices, FAO said in its February Rice Market Monitor.
The EU Parliament’s adoption of the new pesticide regulation on 13 January has led to controversy over claims by the European Parliament’s Rapporteur of a ‘blacklist’ of 22 active substances which would be banned, starting in 2009.
It must have seemed like a case of déjà vu for ringside onlookers at Skipton Auction Mart when the February Craven Dairy Auction (Mon, Feb 23) produced exactly the same brother-and-sister finalists as the previous month.
The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers is urging Government to reconsider introducing an Ofmilk, a voluntary milk regulator, in an attempt to redress current milk price trends and inject some long term confidence into the sector.
The surge in exports that fuelled the 1992-1995 beef sales boom can be repeated if processors put more effort into meeting the shortfall in high quality cuts that is already developing in major beef eating countries like Italy, Spain and France.
The National Beef Association is urging farmers to save money, without undermining farm productivity, by soil sampling key silage meadows and grazing pastures before dressing them with fertilizer this spring.
New developments in drills and cultivation equipment were featured on the Kuhn stand at SIMA 2009, with additions to the company’s conventional and minimum tillage ranges of particular interest to UK visitors.
At the recent NFU Scotland Council meeting in Aviemore, Jim McLaren was re-elected unopposed as the President of NFU Scotland, having already served one term in this two-year post.
The Tenant Farmers Association has held constructive discussions with North Yorkshire County Council about its policy towards its County Farms estate.
A conference for all scientists, engineers and managers involved in using the land across the UK.
NFU Scotland has used its annual AGM in Aviemore to discuss the Scottish Government’s offer of better recognising the relationship between Scotland’s primary producers and the general public.
A British Blue “baby” - a budding star of the future in the exhibition arena - was overall victor on Craven Champions Day, the annual show and sale of commercial store cattle with future show potential at Skipton Auction Mart.
Milk producers can make better use of the protein they are already feeding and spread the cost of this expensive feed ingredient, according to SCA NuTec’s ruminant nutritionist Norman Downey.
Six John Deere service technicians have become the first to be presented with their LTA3 industry accreditation, as part of the industry’s recently established Landbased Technician Accreditation scheme.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 83 prime cattle, 52 OTM cattle, 4,969 prime hoggs and 6651 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 19th February, 2009.
Charolais met an explosive trade in Perth, where bidding peaked at an equal centre record of 55,000gns and a new all Continental beef breeds average of £6,062 was established for 195 lots traded, a figure representing a 93% clearance.
A group of John Deere dealer staff from 11 counties in England and Scotland have become the first in the UK to achieve AMS Specialist status in the company’s new certification programme.
Natural England has secured further funding for the next financial year to help deliver significant environmental benefits and contribute to conservation.
A good choice of tractors and first-class support from the local dealer – that’s what dairy farmer John Sollis says he needs to keep the large dairy enterprise at Ffynnon Ddofn, Newport, Pembrokeshire running efficiently throughout the year.
NFU Scotland has unveiled its proposals for new measures to be made available to Scotland’s farmers and growers as part of the Scotland Rural Development Programme (SRDP).
Growers whose planting plans were thrown into disarray by last year’s appalling back end must make getting the rotation back on track for the coming autumn their Number One priority with spring sowing.
A significant reduction in lamb supplies and continued export growth over the coming year bodes well for the UK sheep market providing domestic demand holds up during the recession and there is no unexpected surge in imports.
In a spectacular day’s trading, a new UK all-breeds record sale average of £5688 was set at the Carlisle Limousin Bull Sale held on Saturday 14th February at Borderway Mart.
John Geldard, from Low Foulshaw, Levens, Kendal was elected chairman of the NSA northern region at its annual meeting in Penrith.
West Wales machinery dealer Riverlea Xtra based at Whitland was the most successful supplier of McCormick tractors in Britain last year.
Watch out for sudden flushes of wild oats appearing in crops after this winter’s cold snaps, arable farmers are being warned.
Probably the most common cause of scour in piglets from 10-20 days old is Coccidiosis. With an accurate diagnosis, it is possible to introduce a wholly effective control programme.
Demand remains intact in the commercial property sector. Unlike in the residential sector, UK banks have become increasingly willing to lend to the agricultural sector.
New tractor series, a pan-European competition for young farmers and a special Precision Farming showpiece are at the centre of the information on offer at the SIMA show in Paris.
ttle breeding company Cogent has expanded its team in the south west with the appointment of Jason Evans, who has joined the company as a breeding advisor. 13/02/09
Yorkshire members of Farm Stay UK are seeking to build on their success in the tourism awards arena this year – backed by a call to action from their regional chairman.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 63 prime cattle, 3 young bulls, 34 OTM, 4,369 prime hoggs and 4,088 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 12th February, 2009.
The Ravensworth herd of Charolais cattle owned by Snowdon Oates from Gateshead, County Durham, has been recognised by EBLEX as the Most Improved Herd of Charolais for the year 2007/08.
EBLEX has joined forces with the Livestock Auctioneers’ Association (LAA) to run a trial examining how implementation of legislation governing the electronic identification of sheep (EID), will impact on the day-to-day operation of livestock markets.
Paul Dixon of John Deere commercial & consumer equipment dealer F G Adamson & Son at Swanland, North Ferriby in East Yorkshire has won a national dealership award.
A major push by BPEX and the British Pig Association is under way to get breeding pigs and pork into Far Eastern markets.
Early indications point to a reduction in global cereal output in 2009 from the 2008 record, according to FAO's latest Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.
Sheep producers are enjoying a buoyant trade at home and abroad, according to NSA Chief Executive Peter Morris.
A new long acting sheep injection has been launched by Fort Dodge Animal Health which will offer significant benefits to sheep farmers for both internal and external parasite control.
The UK’s only fertiliser manufacturer, GrowHow UK, has updated the way it calculates Nitrogen recommendations for cereals and oilseed rape.
Despite the recession, 2009 market conditions continue to look positive for most UK beef producers, according to the latest annual outlook from EBLEX Ltd.
The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers has appealed to Government for an official ban on live imports of all species from every Bluetongue restricted zone globally.
Dungannon Farmers Market saw a solid trade for Aberdeen-Angus bulls yesterday (10 February 2009) with a top call of 4000gns and an average of £2065.35 for 18 bulls sold out of 25 forward.
Dunnerdale Kestrel has been released exclusively as a Cogent Futures sire selected by the Cogent Futures team.
A new business and a new dealer for McCormick will have its first public outing at the Scottish Farm Machinery Show, being held at the Scottish National Equestrian Centre, Ecclesmachan, Tuesday-Thursday, 10-12 February 2009.
Charolais has achieved an all breeds record of 7,496 bulls sold for the highest average of £3,827 during the Perth Huntingtower centre’s 19 year span.
A massive surge in rat and mouse problems across the United Kingdom has been revealed in the latest National Pest Technician’s Association (NPTA) benchmark annual rodent survey.
The Jamie Oliver effect has kicked in with a vengeance after he urged everybody to buy higher welfare pork.
Farm machinery dealers keen to base new business opportunities on providing a high standard of service and parts supply are turning to the McCormick tractor range to give their operations a boost.
Getting involved with Open Farm Sunday on 7th June 2009, is a MUST” says LEAF’s farms liaison manager Roly Puzey.
The NSA Wales and Borders Ram Sale is to return to its traditional one day format and will take place on Monday, 21 September.
John Deere’s StarFire iTC dGPS satellite receiver is the first of its kind to obtain official certification by the German technical institute TÜV.
Managing this year’s beleaguered oilseed rape crops will test even the most experienced oilseed growers, but crops still have the potential to make a full recovery.
Monsanto’s extensive library of agrochemical technical and product information and advice is freely available to all UK growers and agronomists with the launch of a specialist internet resource centre this week.
It’s essential to maintain the best possible protection against infections around lambing this season’s, stresses Sorgene specialist, Shirley Wilson.
Two new high type and high component sires are leading a new line-up from Dairy Daughters, the first of which is already being snapped up in the UK and internationally as a sire of sons.
Farmers and agronomists across the country have been warned to take particular care in their use of glyphosate and other widely available agrochemical actives from this season.
RBSL has recently completed its first Roundhouse livestock buildings dual installation for Strathmore Farming Company at Glamis, Angus, Scotland.
National Grid commissioned a Report from Ernst & Young, which was published on the 2 February 2009 with regard to the potential use of methane gas generated from renewable resources.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 53 prime cattle, 22 OTM, 6,028 prime hoggs and 4615 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 5th February, 2009.
The Perth Spring Limousin Show & Sale saw Newhouse Black Colorado, from Messrs R Adam & Son, Newhouse of Glamis, Angus become the first black Limousin to be crowned Champion at a British Limousin Cattle Society Show & Sale.
Defra has ambushed the livestock industry by stating it will ask farmers to contribute directly to the costs of exotic disease outbreaks.
A new calf scour disease management initiative has been launched by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health.
The message that pork is a healthy option is increasingly getting through to consumers according to a new report from BPEX.
The world's farmers must quickly switch to more sustainable and productive farming systems to grow the food needed by a swelling world population and respond to climate change.
The new SAC List of Recommended Oilseed Rape Varieties is now available. The recommendations are the result of 14 field trials at Elgin, Aberdeen, Kinross, Edinburgh, the Borders and Newcastle.
Undeterred by winter blizzards sweeping over the Yorkshire Dales, Oxenhope sheep farmer Stephen Pepper beat all rivals for the top honour in this week’s prime lamb championship.
Mouth-watering dishes, imaginative recipes and a flair with regional food were the hallmarks of the winning entries for the Yorkshire Agricultural Society’s Great Yorkshire Cookery Competition 2009.
Prohibiting suppliers of its own-brand fresh produce from using neonicotinoid insecticides until they are shown to be safe to honeybees is part of the new radical Plan Bee, launched by the Co-op.
Drivers of the latest McCormick utility tractor could be forgiven for thinking they go to work on a bigger model thanks to a high standard of equipment and specification that includes a spacious cab with air conditioning.
Wa Del Ricecrest Holman strengthens the already formidable team of Holsteins offered by Bullsemen.com in their annual Bull Book.
Specialist grass seed breeder Barenbrug has launched its new and improved Forage Catalogues for 2009.
Beef farm incomes are being protected from the recession by the enthusiasm domestic consumers are continuing to show for British beef - despite a startlingly high year on year lift in retail prices.
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