Surprising though it may seem, there are over 25 chemical pesticides being used in ‘organic’ production,” says BCPC’s Chairman, Dr Colin Ruscoe.
Beef farmers attending this year’s national beef event, Beef Expo 2009, will have the opportunity of visiting three diverse beef farms in Herefordshire on the day before the event.
In an attempt to standardise cattle health information available at point of sale, as of May this year the Society is set to introduce herd health declarations and information at collective society sales.
John Hanson, a familiar face - and voice - on the rostrums at Craven Cattle Marts' Skipton Auction Mart since 1988, hung up his gavel this week, though not for good.
UK beef production is about to plunge to its lowest level since records
began, the National Beef Association has warned.
Parks & Grounds Machinery of Bidford-on-Avon in Warwickshire will be marking its fifth year as a machinery exhibitor at the Royal Show by also celebrating its 20th year as a John Deere commercial & consumer equipment dealer.
A total of 75 trophies and £12,500 in prize money, including £5,500 in livestock classes, are available to be won at this year’s landmark 200th Otley Show, on Saturday, May 16 – the first major regional agricultural event of the 2009 season.
The versatility of Lleyn sheep was demonstrated at Skipton Auction Mart, when a pair of Lleyn ewes with single gimmer lambs won the 2009 special early Spring show.
The key message was that while British farmers can benefit from an increased demand for British produce, more will be gained by the supply chain from working together rather than in isolation.
A number of new additions to the CLAAS product range will be making their UK working debut at this year’s Grassland UK event on May 7th, including the widest tractor-mounted mower on the market.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 89 prime cattle, 2 young bulls, 28 OTM cattle, 5156 prime hoggs and 3078 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 26th March, 2009.
The Tenant Farming Forum continues to make progress towards proposing changes to the Scottish agricultural holdings legislation that would encourage the release of more land to the Scottish agricultural market for letting.
This is the Wensleydale lamb that farmer Mark Elliott hopes will continue his family’s proud tradition of success at the Great Yorkshire Show – and now it’s time for you to get involved!
English butchery techniques have been put under the spotlight by an elite group of France's finest butchers, chefs, and food writers and met with critical acclaim.
The arrival on the UK market of a new calcified seaweed fertiliser and a surge of
farmer enquiries about the material has led to the appointment of a specialist agent
for the product.
The Northumberland County Show on May Bank Holiday Monday is the first of the northern region shows and has become an important precursor to the rest of the summer agricultural events.
NFU Scotland has serious concerns regarding the future direction of agricultural, environmental and land-based research in Scotland if Scottish Government proposals are put into practice.
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Environment and Water has lifted the FMD related transport restrictions for the UK, EBLEX announced yesterday.
Two dairy producers are looking forward to their visit to the US later this year as winners of World Wide Sires' challenge competition.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 86 prime cattle, 33 OTM cattle, 5092 prime hoggs and 3983 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 19th March, 2009.
Agri-Future 2020 wants to hear participants’ ideas and visions to improve efficiency and boost the potential of agriculture by the year 2020.
Interactive internet tool covers 55 countries - shows food prices locally have yet to fall.
A novel butchery competition for farm shop owners, managers and butchers will be a new feature of this year’s national beef event, Beef Expo 2009, to be held at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcester, on Thursday, May 21.
Using a five point plan could be central to giving backward winter wheat crops a much-needed boost ready for spring.
Multiple retailers are mixing large volumes of discounted beef from the Republic of Ireland (ROI) with more expensive beef produced within the UK, the National Beef Association can reveal.
Damage to the tips of the ears of the growing pig as a result of bacterial infection is frequently confused with aberrant behaviour in the form of ear biting.
NMR has published its latest annual production results for the year ending September 2008.
Poultry-breeding brothers Andrew and Richard Gascoyne, of Wakefield, ruled the roost with a championship-winning trio of Buff Orpingtons at the annual Craven Feather Auctions Spring show and sale
Livestock farmers must put even more of an emphasis on highly effective magnesium supplementation around turnout this spring, particularly for lactating dairy cows and ewes.
Breeding company Cogent has this week clinched its fourth EX95 classification for a bull in its stud, putting the company far ahead of its nearest rival in the dairy genetics industry.
The user friendly site has been developed to inspire consumers to cook with Quality Standard beef and lamb.
FAO launches latest report on the State of the World’s Forests 2009.
Plans to introduce compulsory electronic identification (EID) and the individual recording of sheep will be re-examined following sustained pressure by NFU, NFU Cymru, NFU Scotland and the IFA.
National Milk Laboratories has been awarded two new contracts to carry out disease tests as part of surveillance programmes in dairy and beef cattle.
John Deere’s Parts Tech training programme is now well into its second year, with applications being invited for enrolment on the next course starting in September 2009.
A new vaccine for cattle and sheep delivering the broadest possible protection against clostridial diseases has been launched by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health.
The majority of Ayrshire breeders in the UK and Ireland travelled to Borderway on the 11th March to see the famous Knockenjig herd dispersed.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 64 prime cattle, 1 young bull, 28 OTM cattle, 5,744 prime hoggs and 4,668 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 12th March, 2009.
Case IH dealer, Oakes Landpower, is extending its reach to include part of the territory previously serviced by Chichester Tractors.
The National Fallen Stock Company (NFSCo) is warning sheep farmers not to take any chances on fallen stock disposal this lambing season.
Underperforming pastures are a significant risk this spring and beyond for many livestock farmers if action isn’t taken to rectify the effects of an exceptionally damaging winter period, according to Helen Mathieu of British Seed Houses.
Graham Hayton, of the locally based Hayton & Stocks farming enterprise at Ghyll Bottom, Bolton Abbey, made his first foray into the calf exhibition arena at Skipton Auction Mart – and promptly walked away with a championship and reserve championship double.
The second spring show for the Dumfries and Galloway Branch, Blackface Sheep Breeders Association on Thursday 5th March 2009, was hailed as a great success with over 55 sheep forward and 103 members and friends stockjuding.
Farm assurance is protecting British domestic prime cattle prices because current rules prevent animals from the Republic of Ireland retaining their assured status if they are slaughtered in the UK.
The popular fashion show at the Great Yorkshire Show will have a different dimension for 2009. Organisers the Yorkshire Agricultural Society are launching a search to find young (ish!) farmers with catwalk potential for the show’s opening day, Tuesday 14 July.
Charolais met a record demand underpinned by the commercial sector in Dungannon on Saturday 7 March at the breed society’s NI club spring show and sale.
Elgin Columbo is the latest Charolais bull to join the Genus ABS Beef sires portfolio, as a joint venture with the British Charolais Cattle Society.
Ways in which rural business advisers can help farmers to survive the credit crunch will be discussed at a North East conference next month.
A study to research the potential for using straw in construction has led to a coveted Nuffield Farming Scholarship for a woman who firmly believes building with straw bales is the way forward.
Demand from feeders searching for store cattle able to graze to slaughter weight, or be finished on mainly silage based diets, will soon be focussed even more heavily on suckler bred calves.
The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has been told by the National Beef Association that it must honour its promise to modernise the costly and inefficient regulatory system used by the Meat Hygiene Service (MHS).
This year almost 1,000 herds have qualified for the 2009 NMR/RABDF Gold Cup. These herds, from across the UK and including all the main dairy breeds, have met the competition qualifying criteria for herd size, genetic merit and cell counts.
SAC’s Head of Communications, Ken Rundle has recently been awarded the inaugural NFU Scotland Ambassador Award at the Union’s AGM in Aviemore.
Semen from Silky Powerplay is now available sexed at a price of just £26 a straw. His proof and price positioning make him “the highest type, best value sexed bull on the market”, claims Semex UK.
John Deere has invested 3.7 million euros in a new biomass boiler system at its Zweibrücken factory in Germany, which manufactures combine harvesters and self-propelled foragers for worldwide markets.
Last year saw a significant rise in beef and sheep meat exports from the UK, driven by the favourable exchange rate and ongoing investment in market opportunities, according to EBLEX Ltd.
UK farmers taking part in a pioneering wildlife habitat initiative known as WildCare, are helping to preserve bee colonies at a time when numbers are falling dramatically.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 89 prime cattle, 5 young bulls, 21 OTM cattle, 5,128 prime hoggs and 4,628 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 5th March, 2009.
A display covering the 200-year history of Otley Show, Britain’s oldest annual one-day agricultural show, is set to be the centrepiece of the bicententary event on Saturday, May 16.
New guidelines designed to help winter wheat growers lift margins against the current backdrop of grain and fertiliser price pressures, by improving the return on investment from controlling disease, have been unveiled for spring.
A brand new farm and country store selling a range of agricultural, equine, pet food, household and hardware products has been opened in Leominster.
Kuhn is introducing a number of new grass machinery developments for the 2009 season, including a new twin rotor rake to extend its Gyrorake range and the Fast-Fit quick blade release system for its mowers and mower conditioners.
A 16-month-old 425-kilo British Blue heifer landed the cattle championship at the March prime stock shows at Skipton Auction Mart.
Collapsing oil prices have pulled oil rich countries into the global property malaise with capital values falling in emerging nations for the first time in the survey’s history, says RICS Global Property Survey today.
Dairy farmers who are prepared to make a commitment are being offered a deal that could halve the cost of semen and give them access to some of the country’s leading bulls for a fraction of their list price.
Hereford cattle prices soared to 5,000gns at the early spring society show and sale with bulls levelling out just short of £2,600.
Two major beef cattle shows and a cattle presentation competition for youngsters will be new features of this year’s national beef event, Beef Expo 2009, to be held at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire, on Thursday, May 21, 2009.
Beginning April 1, 2009, breeding bulls entering Texas from any other state must be either 24 months of age or younger and certified as a virgin, or be tested negative for cattle trichomoniasis within 30 days prior to entry.
Fodder is a new concept food shop and cafe set up and championed by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society (YAS).
The All Together Better conference is open to all involved in the food chain and is organised by the English Farming and Food Partnerships (EFFP).
CCM Auctions and the Skipton-based Kingsway Veterinary Group are to host a visit from a Dutch farmer and agricultural management consultant who has personally experienced the devastating effects of the Bluetongue virus in his home country.
Dairy farmers in the Sainsbury’s Dairy Development Group (SDDG) are cutting greenhouse gas emissions and reducing their costs of production, by following a ground-breaking new carbon foot-printing programme.
Father-and-son farmers George and Robin Jennings have been honoured after winning the Craven Cattle Marts’ (CCM) Dairy Farmer of the Year competition.
Tickets for the annual farming showcase, the Great Yorkshire Show go on sale on Monday 2 March, and organisers the Yorkshire Agricultural Society, are launching an initiative to give visitors an insight into what is involved in showing livestock.
Barenbrug’s Barmix forage mixture has impressed a Hexham-based farmer who participated in a trial held in partnership with agricultural seed supplier Carrs Billington.
A significant worsening of the bluetongue situation across mainland Europe over the past year makes it vital for the UK livestock industry to maintain the highest possible guard against the virus this season.
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