Inverness-based SAC Consultant Derek Hanton and Iona Cameron from SAC’s Thurso Farm Business Services have been appointed facilitators for Scotland’s latest monitor farm outside Thurso.
There has been strong demand for the new SAC nutrition guide for sheep producers, 'Year-Round Feeding Of Ewes For Lifetime Production', including very real interest from the Irish Republic.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 55 prime cattle, 4 young bulls, 35 over thirty month cattle, 5,277 prime hoggs and 4,131 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 28th January, 2010.
Assured Food Standards must demonstrate to UK farmers how the upgraded Red Tractor Farm Assurance Scheme, which is to be implemented in April, will help them develop their businesses.
NFU Scotland has warmly welcomed Scottish Government support and funding to assist Scottish sheep farmers in complying with unpopular new European rules which require sheep born this year and beyond to be electronically tagged and their movements recorded.
Changes in the consumption of Halal meat and consumer trends towards Halal products in England are to be studied in a dedicated study for the first time.
Lloyds TSB Agriculture has been confirmed for the third year running as the major sponsor of the UK’s national beef event, Beef Expo.
The winner of this year’s Holstein Young Breeder (HYB) Presidents Medal, sponsored by Semex UK, is Colin Laird, from the Blythbridge Herd in Peeblesshire.
The Beef Shorthorn Society is building on the success of the first 12 months of its innovative health scheme which involves mandatory blood testing of all animals at official sales.
Part time auctioneer and part time farmer, Bill Nelson has come out top of the class in the first year of a four year auctioneering foundation degree course, receiving the Dick Harrison Trust Award.
Using official AI codes for bulls, rather than herd book numbers and short names, is the only safe and fully reliable means of ensuring sires are correctly identified on NMR records.
An insatiable demand for British Charolais cattle from commercial beef producers was reflected in last year’s UK marketplace where the breed enjoyed record sales in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
John Deere has updated its PowerGard tractor maintenance and protection programmes for 2010 and beyond.
The first six John Deere service technicians in the UK to achieve LTA4 Master Technician accreditation were presented with their certificates and registration cards on the John Deere stand at the LAMMA 2010 show at Newark in January.
Livestock farmers across the North East of England are being invited to take part in a cutting edge experiment aimed at making the farm of the future.
A group of Scotland’s leading livestock producers have visited Anglo Beef Processors’ (ABP) Perth plant to view ongoing trials looking at the possibility of clipping cattle post-slaughter as an alternative to clipping the animals live on farm.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 53 prime cattle, 1 young bull, 34 over thirty month cattle, 4,573 prime hoggs and 3,635 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 21st January, 2010.
The achievements of the latest students to complete the Claas Apprenticeship was recognised in a Graduation Ceremony held recently at the Claas UK headquarters at Saxham, Suffolk.
Bullsemen.com emerged as the leading supplier of high PLI Holsteins following the January proof run, boasting 34 of the top 100 sires in this all-important category.
A new, accessible guide from SAC pulls together the latest information on nutrition and identifies strategies that are most likely to give a better return.
Sheep dog supremo John Bell, of Parks Farm, Howden, Selby, headed the prices for an unprecedented 13th time in the past eight years at the winter sale of working dogs at Skipton Auction Mart.
Fodder, the flagship food shop and cafe set up and championed by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society is celebrating another major award win named best Yorkshire Enterprise by the Countryside Alliance, just 6 months after opening.
The Haybob twin rotor tedder/rake combination that remains the mainstay of so many smaller hay and silage making operations is now available from Kuhn Farm Machinery.
Winter hardiness is something UK oilseed rape growers need to think far more about as they endure their second particularly harsh winter in a row, believes a leading Scottish adviser.
CASE IH presented new tractor models to a European audience during Agritechnica 2009 and will now showcase the models to its UK customers for the first time at LAMMA 2010.
Blood testing a small sample of ewes a month ahead of lambing could be particularly useful in avoiding lambing problems and securing the best possible lamb growth rates this season, suggests EBLEX.
Wading birds are being given a helping hand by farmers in the Yorkshire Dales.
Co-op Oman Logan emerges from the January 2010 Holstein proof run as a leading improver for £PLI, production and milk components and, according to Bullsemen.com, now ranks as the best value Oman son currently on the UK market.
The Healthy Lambing Guide is a new information pack from Volac designed to help sheep farmers reduce losses and improve overall flock output this coming lambing season.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 61 prime cattle, 25 over thirty month cattle, 4,051 prime hoggs and 3,763 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 14th January, 2010.
A new cab giving drivers better all-round visibility, improved ventilation and air conditioning and a more modern instrument layout is being fitted to 2010 editions of the McCormick MC range of four-cylinder tractors.
‘Food 2030’ sets out the government’s objectives for industries related to food supply and the underlying message is simple “Expect change”.
The harsh conditions across the country have put pressure on early lambing. SCA NuTec has extended the staffing of its Shepherdess helpline to ensure that producers have access to advice and supplies of its milk replacer and Shepherdess Feeders.
Much of the interest in the genetic indexes for dairy breeds other than Holstein, launched this week by DairyCo breeding+, focuses on the proofs themselves, with numerous changes in some way affecting all of the breeds.
An innovative Stirlingshire farm with plans to expand its beef herd will play host to an SAC Animal Health and Welfare day on 26th January.
Grasslands have vast untapped potential to mitigate climate change by absorbing and storing CO2, according to a new report by FAO.
LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) welcomes the recommendations set out in the Government’s first major food strategy for sixty years.
The recent snow illustrated the isolation of our rural communities and a lack of understanding of its unique requirements. However even after the thaw, time, distance and cost can severely limit access to services including the training needed for people living in these communities to enhance their job prospects.
A Spring malting barley variety originally launched for brewing and distilling use – and which has remained one of the most-purchased varieties in Scotland for much of the last decade – is to celebrate fifteen years as a Recommended List variety in 2010.
With the 2010 sale season fast approaching, the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society is building on its decision made last year to raise the health standard of cattle being offered at Society Sales.
Potato production is always a challenge, but just now growers are facing a whole series of new issues. It is these that SAC will focus on at their Annual Conference at Perth Racecourse on 28th January.
The switch from compound feeds to Strathclyde Nutrition’s Energyze feed licks and Superblocks has greatly reduced the work-load in Sandy Ingram’s Lleyn flock.
The National Beef Association has called for a radical new approach to CAP reform, with its massive amount of red tape and the absorption of a huge proportion of available funds by self-interested executive agencies and quangos completely eliminated.
Lambing percentage has been boosted by more than 30% and mismothering and twin lamb disease virtually eliminated following the adoption of a new feeding regime.
A new four-model tractor range that combines the best features of two top-selling Landini models will be unveiled at the LAMMA 2010 show by distributor AgriArgo UK.
The outlook for the weather may be pretty bleak but for the red meat industry it is more favourable. Just how favourable depends which part of the industry you're in and these differences along with forecasts will be at the heart of a conference on April 14.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 39 prime cattle, 9 over thirty month cattle, 3,781 prime hoggs and 3,743 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 7th January, 2010.
Last January it was the problems caused by a string of mild winters, this year the questions at the latest series of SAC/HGCA workshops are likely to be about coping with the aftermath of the coldest winter in decades.
John Deere’s technology leadership in the sprayer business has once again been recognised, with the award of a DLG silver medal at the Agritechnica 2009 show in Hannover, Germany.
Skipton Auction Mart helped a leading farm shop to honour its promise for quality meat all-year-round and “sourced locally from Yorkshire farmers we know and trust” at the first Craven Prime Cattle Show of 2010.
It was another Happy New Year for John and Judy Garnett at Skipton Auction Mart, as their pen of five Beltex-cross lambs landed the venue’s January prime lambs show championship title for the second year running.
The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers has welcomed support for the industry expressed both by Defra Minister, Hilary Benn and his shadow, Nick Herbert in keynote speeches made today, 5 January, at the Oxford Farming Conference.
NFU Scotland has heralded the publication of the UK Government’s vision for food production in the UK as welcome recognition of the growing importance that farming will play in meeting ambitious targets in the future.
Karl Bahn has been appointed Technical Manager for the standard setting organisation, BASIS.
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