Ruminant nutritionists say a national shortage of sodium bicarbonate is exacerbating acidosis problems on many UK dairy units.
Pig producers are set to reap the returns from renewable energy under a new ‘feed-in tariff’.
Farmers and on-farm accommodation hosts Chris and Christine Ryder
are once again throwing open their doors for the three-day 2010 spread.
Kylie Borchardt from Langmead Farms made a little bit of history on 20 November when she became the first female candidate to win the coveted Barrie Orme Award.
Sometime soon, the deadly cattle plague will officially be declared extinct, marking the first time mankind has ever eradicated an animal disease.
Bull calves led the way in a small but select show of Aberdeen-Angus at the National Aberdeen-Angus Calf Show held as part of the Royal Highland Winter Fair at Ingliston, Edinburgh on Wednesday 25th November 2009.
Holstein UK has rebranded its national show and invited all dairy breeds to take part in what will now be called the National All Breeds Show.
Burnetts in Carlisle is to give free legal advice to Cumbrian businesses and individuals following the recent devastation wreaked by the weather in the County.
A ‘Techno’ version of the Landini PowerMondial has been introduced to broaden the appeal of the new four-cylinder tractor to a wider range of users.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 48 prime cattle, 22 over thirty month cattle, 5,140 prime lambs and 6,441 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 26th November, 2009.
Farmers across the country are enjoying the benefits of having a camera in the calving barn.
The commitment by cattle breeding company, Cogent to British agriculture moved up a gear this month when the company’s founder and owner, the Duke of Westminster, officially opened a new extension to Beachin Stud, its Cheshire-based bull housing facility.
Rural specialists George F. White are calling for a debate on whether an entry fee or permit could be a way of managing the metal detecting phenomenon.
Farmers and contractors buying a new Landini or McCormick tractor in 2010 can enjoy lower insurance premiums and their machines are less likely to be stolen thanks to an industry-leading initiative by distributor AgriArgo UK.
British farmers must demonstrate that they are producing wholesome food, maintaining a world-beating regard for animal welfare and looking after the countryside.
‘Grand Designs’ met the farming industry this week, as Yorkshire based Holme Farmed Venison unveiled the first ever ‘roundhouse’ building for a deer herd.
Defra has agreed that the results of scrapie genotyping tests carried out by SAC can be used for breeding sheep bound for export within the EU.
The festive season arrived early for father-and-son dairy farmers Malcolm and Robert Swires, of Haverah Park, Beckwithshaw, when they presented the cream of the show crop at the Christmas Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart.
NFU Scotland has called on the European Parliament to give all Scottish, British and EU consumers clear and concise country of origin labelling (COOL) on their food.
Twelve die-cast model collectors in the UK are now the lucky owners of a special limited edition gold model from John Deere, following the company’s 5430i self-propelled sprayer draw.
A new Better Returns Programme (BRP) manual offering sheep producers practical advice on how to improve returns by feeding their ewes more efficiently has been produced by EBLEX.
Competition from butchers helped net beef farmer and retailer Bernard Price of Hay-on-Wye over £10/kg for his champion beast at last weekend’s English Winter Fair.
Dorset dairy farmer Richard Foot identified five endangered butterflies on his farm this summer whilst taking part in a competition run by Waitrose.
A consignment of maiden and yearling heifers from the Sarkley Limousin herd attracted strong interest for the Pennie family at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Saturday 21st November 2009.
Gregor Colquhoun from Dendoldrum Farm, Inverbervie near Montrose is the inaugural winner of the Agriscot World Wide Sires Scottish Dairy Herd of the Year.
Separate ewe and lamb performance and lamb eating quality studies have confirmed the potential of forage chicory in UK sheep production, reports EBLEX.
The on-line semen company, Semenstore Ltd, has announced an agreement with the British Blue Cattle Society to market British Blue semen through its website from early 2010.
The first 11 managers are ready and waiting to take their place on the BPEX Professional Managers Development Scheme 2010.
A nail-biting 48 hours has begun at this weekend’s English Winter Fair,
Stafford Showground (Nov 21-22), as months of pampering and prepping
come to a head.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 55 prime cattle, 2 young bulls, 32 over thirty month cattle, 7,465 prime lambs and 7,067 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 19th November, 2009.
John Deere’s 6030 Series Mannheim tractor range, including the 7430 and 7530 models, is being updated for 2010 to provide increased performance and reduced fuel consumption.
George F. White has announced the sale of a substantial piece of prime arable land at Fenrother, near Morpeth in Northumberland.
A number of factors, including the recession, increasing costs and decreasing income, combined with changing weather patterns, enforcing a change in the layout and reduction in size, has meant that the Lowther Driving trials and Country Fair is no longer viable.
Despite exceptionally dry autumn conditions, many winter rape crops across the Midlands and south of England look too far advanced for this time of year and have grown too quickly.
Organisers hope that up to 20,000 spectators will attend the 2010 show on Saturday July 17, spread across its vast and modern new location.
An incredibly high standard of commercial beef cattle graced the rings of East of England Winter Stock Festival, held at Peterborough showground which saw championship honours awarded to a Derby-based exhibitor.
During Agritechnica 2009, the PUMA CVX from CASE IH was selected as Machine of the Year by international specialist journalists.
Nine years on from the foot and mouth epidemic that wiped out its traditional complement of livestock competitions, the annual Three Counties Show at Malvern (18 – 20 June 2010), is expanding to accommodate more animals.
An all-breeds centre record and record autumn average underpinned a very strong commercial trade for the British Limousin Cattle Society’s Autumn Show & Sale held at Brecon Livestock Market on Saturday 14th November 2009.
Holman, the first Holstein bull to be offered in the UK giving 75% heifers using new semen sexing technology, has outsold other sexed bulls in the Bullsemen.com stud during its first two months of availability.
A groundbreaking new approach to help British beef farmers increase productivity and profitability is being launched by ASDA in conjunction with processors ABP with the announcement of the first ASDA BeefLink Education and Demonstration farm.
NFU Scotland is urging all dairy farmers to continue to challenge their milk buyer this winter over farmgate milk price prospects.
“Don’t take Single Farm Pay deductions lying down,” is the message to farmers from rural specialists George F. White who have recently argued and won several appeals on behalf of their clients.
Honours were widely spread at the Sellars Agriculture Black Beauty Bonanza show of Aberdeen-Angus calves and yearlings at the Thainstone Exchange, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire.
Charolais set a brand new benchmark at Welshpool new centre’s inaugural sale on Thursday 12 November where centre breed records were smashed three times with a top 8,300gns call and £3,349.50 average for 50 bulls traded at the breed society’s official autumn show and sale.
John O’Groats machinery dealer J T Cormack is looking forward to a boost for its business with the company’s appointment as sales, service and parts dealer in the Highlands for the McCormick tractor range.
Taking its 50 Series foragers to the next level of power, John Deere has unveiled its new top-of-the-range self-propelled forage harvester (SPFH), the 812hp 7950i, which replaces the 7850 model.
Landini tractor owners in mid-Wales and Shropshire are being supported by the appointment of Beddoes Machinery Sales, a new dealer to the Italian marque’s sales and service network.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 55 prime cattle, 2 young bulls, 67 over thirty month cattle, 5,701 prime lambs and 5,146 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 12th November, 2009.
Sheep farmers having ewes scanned for pregnancy over the coming weeks and finding barren rates above 2% could have a flock under threat from toxoplasmosis.
Organisers of next week’s English Winter Fair livestock showcase, Stafford, have invested £40,000 to provide cattle exhibitors with improved cattle stalls ahead of the weekend event on Nov 21-22.
Radical reformulation of the trace mineral components of its premium rations for milking cows, dry cows, growing heifers and calves will be significant in helping dairy farmers combat the major profit-draining diseases.
Three of the country’s leading organisations will host an innovative national event that will help farmers continue to deliver the very best in health and welfare to the modern dairy cow.
An Aberdeenshire farm machinery dealership has ‘come of age’ by starting to sell new agricultural tractors for the first time.
Charolais bulls met a strong trade peaking at 5,600gns in Dungannon on Friday 6 November at the Northern Ireland Charolais Club’s official autumn show and sale.
When it comes to narrow-width tractors used in fruit and wine growing, farmers have very different requirements. In recognition of this, the new Nexos range from Claas not only offers high performance and economy, but also comes with a wide range of equipment options.
Claas has introduced a new compact and powerful range of tractors, the Elios, which has been developed to meet the requirements of smaller tractor users, such as livestock farmers, vegetable growers and smallholders.
Claas has unveiled two new Xerion models at the Agritechnica Show, the largest of which boasts a power output in excess of 500hp.
Wharfedale farmer David Lawson, of A Lawson & Son, Mill Farm, Arthington, bagged the Craven Dairy Auction championship for the second time at the opening November show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.
The Tenant Farmers Association has likened Natural England’s 2060 vision for the uplands to a Fairy Tale.
British bacon, sausage and ham exports are hitting new heights with the Republic of Ireland remaining the largest market.
The benefits of out-wintering cattle on forage crops will be demonstrated at an on-farm event in Staffordshire next month.
Beef and sheep farmers are invited to a free workshop in Oxfordshire to explore the future of the industry, and how it can maximise the opportunities and reduce the risks of climate change.
On Friday 6th November 2009, Harrison & Hetherington Ltd conducted the autumn sale of Whitebred Shorthorn Cattle on behalf of members of the Whitebred Shorthorn Association with 5 bulls and 2 females forward.
Lamb producers should build on the experience of two years of orderly store stock marketing if they are to enjoy another spring and early summer of market predictability, recommends EBLEX, the industry body for beef and lamb levy-payers in England.
Harvest festivals may be coming to a close but for a grain storage facility in Northumberland the celebrations are just beginning after receiving just over £1m of EU funding.
Craven Cattle Marts is to stage the inaugural ‘Great Northern Pork Pie Fest.’
GEA Farm Technologies was presented with the RABDF Prince Philip Award 2009 by His Royal Highness at Buckingham Palace this week.
A Northumberland grain plant is celebrating a bumper harvest with a difference following the approval of funds which has helped secure an agreement with a major national maltster.
Claas has introduced a new compact version of the Scorpion telescopic materials handler, which is lower, narrower and shorter than current models.
Future single farm payment (SFP) entitlements must recognise the productive potential of the land to which they accrue.
Communicating with the non-farming public, improving liaison with the younger generation and forging solid partnerships between farmers, suppliers, retailers and customers, is the key to keeping British agriculture alive and kicking!
The National Fallen Stock Company has successfully negotiated the continuation of the Over 48 month old cattle subsidy through to March 2010.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 38 prime cattle, 4 young bulls, 34 over thirty month cattle, 5,668 prime lambs and 3,779 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 5th November, 2009.
This year the National Hereford Calf Show was held in conjunction with Borderway Agri-Expo in Carlisle and hosted by the Scottish Hereford Breeders’ Association.
Red rose handler Shaun Richards, who has regularly sold at Craven Cattle Marts’ seasonal working sheep dog sales since their inception in 1995, achieved his best-ever price at the early Autumn fixture at Skipton Auction Mart.
Brothers Trevor and Clive Robinson, of Middle Brayshaw Farm, Tosside, made a sparkling debut at Skipton Auction Mart’s November prime lambs show by securing the championship with a pen of five Beltex-cross-Texels.
The national commercial herd competition of British Blonde sired cattle took place over the summer with nine regional rounds of cattle being judged across the country.
In just three years the Borderway Agri-Expo event has firmly established itself as the best one-day agricultural event in the UK. Cattle and sheep exhibitors, trade stands, young farmers and keen farmers and industry representatives filled Borderway Mart on 30th October 2009 to witness a spectacular show.
Sven-Erik Eriksson, a Swedish dairy farmer is the proud winner of the first ever European Dairy Energy Award and walks away with 1,000kg of Lactivate™ milking machine cleaning solution courtesy of ECOLAB at the Fira de Girona.
Eastern Health, the new regional pig health improvement project, has been given the green light.
The bottomless mystery of the permanent squeeze on Northern Ireland’s slaughter cattle price continues.
Breeders of red and white dairy cattle now have access to the number one type red and white sire currently available in the world, as Jotan - the acclaimed son of Jordan with an exceptional, world-beating pedigree - is now being sold in the UK.
Having battled with bluetongue movement restrictions last year, the 2009 Aberdeen-Angus English National Calf Show, held in conjunction with Borderway Mart’s hugely successful Agri-Expo, was a sight to behold.
A 2009 New Year’s Day ‘baby girl’ took top honours on her first public appearance when chosen as champion at the annual show and sale of suckled calves and 2008-born store cattle at Skipton Auction Mart.
The declining national cattle breeding herd and continued switch away from beef inseminations among dairy producers up to 2007/8 has led the decline in calves available for beef production in Great Britain to accelerate noticeably over the past year.
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