Agricultural businesses are among those across Cumbria supporting the vital work of Hospice at Home, Carlisle and North Lakeland, in a new initiative launched on Thursday.
Main dairy breeds show fall in production, Holsteins see an increase in SCC and CI, but British Friesians and Ayrshires buck trend.
A new tank mix option aimed at providing winter wheat growers with a cost-effective way to target this year’s heightened yellow rust threats with extra fungicide activity is being put forward by Syngenta.
Last week’s National All Breeds Show came to a fitting finale when the prestigious interbreed Dairy Burke Trophy was judged after the completion of the breed classes.
Don’t get too paranoid about pigeon damage this season, oilseed rape growers have been urged by Masstock technical development manager, Philip Marr.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 54 prime cattle, 22 over thirty month cattle, 3,254 prime hoggs and 4,663 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 25th February, 2010.
Leading the small offering of Aberdeen-Angus bulls at the Royal Northern Spring Show in Thainstone, Aberdeen, on Tuesday 23 February 2010, was Schivas Billy Man H643 from Schivas Estates, Ellon, Aberdeenshire.
The Border British Blue Club staged their Eleventh annual open calf show on Thursday 18th February at Borderway Mart, Carlisle when nearly all of the 42 catalogued entries were forward for judging.
Professor Alistair Lawrence, Acting Group Manager of SAC’s Sustainable Livestock Systems, took part in a Health and Welfare workshop at the National Farmers Union AGM in Birmingham.
The National Beef Association has criticised Defra for signaling its readiness to fall in with the EU consensus during coming CAP reform talks - instead of pushing hard to secure the best possible deal for UK farmers.
Malcolm and Robert Swires, of Haverah Park, Beckwithshaw, swooped yet again to bag their fourth consecutive and a record 11th Craven Dairy Auction championship at February’s show at Skipton Auction Mart.
There is light at the end of the tunnel for confused consumers as a new labelling code of practice is introduced for the country of origin for pork and pork products.
Animal pharmaceuticals supplier, Animalcare Group, has seen revenue and profits increase for the six months to 31 December, 2009.
Britain’s most famous baker, Hovis, has made a milestone change to its entire product range baked in Great Britain by switching over to flour milled from 100% British wheat.
Tickets for this year’s Great Yorkshire Show go on sale on Monday 1 March, with the help of a 17 year old young farmer.
Farmers throughout Cumbria can find out more about renewable energy and make contact with local specialist firms through a series of meetings staged next month.
The inaugural January sale of British Blues was held at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on 19th February after being postponed due to weather conditions in January.
The H & H Group, Carlisle, has reported record profits for the first six months of the year to the end of December 2009.
NFU Scotland president Jim McLaren announced the launch of a fundraising bid for a memorial to honour the work of the Women’s Land Army (WLA) in Scotland at the union’s annual dinner in St. Andrews last night.
Four registered Whitebred Shorthorn heifers have been bought from the Bloch herd belonging to George and Ian Bell, at Langholm in Dumfriesshire to graze the Penwith Moors on the Cornish coast.
“We’re not simply organizing a good day out; we are committed to encouraging all our young farmers to show, and get involved".
A new mart record price of £2,100 for a budding bovine ‘baby’ was achieved on Craven Champions Day, the annual show and sale of commercial store cattle with future show potential at Skipton Auction Mart.
Despite difficult economic conditions - the European tractor market dropped around 17% in 2009 - the Steyr and Case IH brands managed to achieve an estimated increase in market share of nearly 1%.
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s plan to build an extremely energy efficient office building on Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire has been approved by Warwick District Council.
FAO report analyzes the rapidly changing global livestock production.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 51 prime cattle, 13 over thirty month cattle, 4,370 prime hoggs and 4,078 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 18th February, 2010.
SAC has planned a series of meetings for farmers interested in improving the standard of animal welfare.
Don't think the cold weather will have averted earlier yellow rust threats in winter wheat crops, growers are being warned.
Commercial trade underpinned a strong demand for the better quality bulls in the Simmental sale ring at the Perth Spring Bull Sales in Stirling Mart on Monday.
Despite lobbying and efforts by UK politicians, EU Pesticide legislation (EC 1107/2009) – which will affect agriculture, food production and its availability – is set to go ahead.
With a total of 28 different models, in the 15 years since the Claas Disco range of disc mowers was first introduced, it has grown to become one of the most extensive ranges on the market.
Charolais met a dynamic trade in Stirling on Wednesday 16 February, where bidding peaked at 26,000gns, 18 lots sold for five figure sums and a new UK all Continental beef breeds average of £6,072 was established for 163 lots traded, a figure representing 80% clearance.
Harrison & Hetherington is incorporating a spring show with its annual sale of store cattle at Kirkby Stephen on Monday March 8, drawing from the wealth of quality beef herds in the region and giving showmen an opportunity to purchase primestock stars of the future.
New survey results show the cirl bunting – one of Britain’s most threatened songbirds - is continuing its comeback from the brink of extinction.
The Society of Ploughmen have announced that the planned “Festival of
Farming” has been cancelled. The event was due to be held on 28th March
2010 on land at Lindholme, near Doncaster, South Yorkshire.
John Deere dealership JE Buckle Engineers celebrates its 40th anniversary this April, and will be hosting open days at its new Bedfordshire premises in New Road, Maulden at the end of March.
Over the past few weeks many people will have read or heard about the Government confirmation on Feed in Tariffs (FIT) for renewables initiatives, including wind turbines, and you probably thought to yourself, What could this mean for me? Could I benefit? Is it really as easy as it’s made out?
Driven by a terrific demand from commercial beef producers, the British Limousin Cattle Society Sale of Limousin bulls at Carlisle held on Saturday February 13th saw 176 bulls sell to an all-breeds centre record average of £6,045.
Tom Taylor has been appointed as Chief Executive of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) and will start with the levy board early in the new financial year.
European farmers will need to wake up to the fact that policy makers have the greenhouse gas emissions of EU farmers in their sights and embrace the thinking.
Prospective Conservative MP for Skipton and Ripon, Julian Smith, has pledged to support farmers across the constituency should he be successful at this year’s General Election.
A young Welsh food company majoring on cutting the carbon footprint and reinforcing the link with homegrown quality ingredients has enlisted the help of a New York chef to celebrate the Chinese New year.
Ashley Caton, of Otterburn Lodge Farm, Otterburn, added to an ever-growing list of accolades at his local auction mart when exhibiting the champion gimmer hogg at a show for Bluefaced Leicesters at CCM Skipton.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 63 prime cattle, 38 over thirty month cattle, 4,944 prime hoggs and 4,096 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 11th February, 2010.
A new herbicide option designed specifically to help fodder beet growers simplify the often-complex process of weed control, while also boosting the level of overall control and yield, is being launched for 2010.
Semex’s commitment to genomics technology is continuing to bring forward a significant number of new bulls, with a further four ‘Genomax’ bulls being added to the company’s bull listings this month.
Aberdeen-Angus bulls reached a ceiling of 4000gns at this week’s breed society show and sale, held at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart, Northern Ireland.
Harper Adams University College is delighted to have signed a partnership agreement with the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain to deliver new postgraduate qualifications in Veterinary Pharmacy.
Designed for farmers and contractors looking for higher density bales and increased versatility, John Deere’s round baler range has been completely updated and renumbered for the 2010 season.
From excellent stock (the Ladys-Manor Temptress family) and fathered by Oman, I can offer you – profits, production and prosperity.
Domestic sheepmeat supplies are forecast to fall still further in the coming year, according to the initial 2010 market outlook from EBLEX.
Oilseed rape growers are being advised to act quickly if they want to secure the best market price for this year’s rapeseed harvest.
A new combination fluke and worm drench for sheep is being launched by Pfizer Animal Health following the acquisition of Fort Dodge.
At the 2010 event in July the Cumberland Show will host two major national shows in addition to the normal display of top quality cattle.
After years importing Belgian Blue semen and cattle from their Belgian homeland, one of the UK’s leading ‘Blue’ genetics companies has finally reversed the trend.
Following the announcement that Andreas Klauser has been appointed President and CEO of the Case IH and Steyr worldwide in November 2009, Matthew Foster is to take over his functions as Vice President of Case IH and Steyr.
Has the government landed you in it? Should you care about the fact that you have just sprayed slurry in the local burn? Would your tax credits really buy you a free tractor?
Holstein UK has reported record entries for the National All Breeds Show, which promises to turn this event into the major national spectacle the breed society had sought to create.
Two graduates are hoping that months of hard work will help to restore a popular children’s farm back to its former glory when they open to the public in a week’s time.
A new top-yielding feed spring barley described as a solid, no nonsense option for growers looking for a variety with high output yet which is straightforward to manage, is being launched for this spring.
Hot on the heels of the government giving the green light to financial incentives for small scale producers of renewable energy, rural specialists George F. White have announced the launch of a new subsidiary company gfw-Wind.
At Skipton Auction Mart’s February prime cattle show, the victor, a British Blue bullock from L Bamforth & Sons, Wainstalls, sold locally for £1,058 (203.5p per kilo) to S & J Dorsey Butchers for their meat stall in Borough Market, Halifax.
Large numbers of farms across the country are continuing to suffer serious rat and mouse problems reveals the latest annual rodent control study conducted by rural hygiene leaders, BASF Pest Control Solutions.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 38 prime cattle, 32 over thirty month cattle, 3,724 prime hoggs and 3,665 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 4th February, 2010.
Global challenges such as sustainably increasing food production and ensuring the health of an ageing population will be addressed by The Roslin Institute as part of a new research strategy.
Agricultural vehicle and machinery specialist Guy Machinery, of Skipton, North Yorkshire, has acquired the assets of former agricultural and equine supplies business Lindley Pate.
ABN, partner of the Royal Agricultural Society of England’s British Pig & Poultry Fair, is offering £1000 in prize money to the winner of an exciting new industry competition, the ABN Innovation Award.
Beef and sheep farmers should set annual performance targets for their enterprise at the start of each year to drive their business forward, according to EBLEX.
Bumper Yorkshire farmhouse breakfasts – all 164 of them – were served up over three days and six sittings at this year’s annual Charity Farmhouse Breakfast.
Mark Newton of Fisher German was quoted this week as saying “every farm will have a wind turbine within the next five years”. With the announcement of new Feed in Tariffs (FiTs) today, the quote is even more significant.
The next in the series of information evenings tackling the challenges of passing on a farming business to the next generation has been announced.
Temperatures plunging to -50°C have killed 1.7 million head of livestock in Mongolia, threatening the livelihoods of 21 000 herder families and putting them at risk of food insecurity, FAO warned today.
Harper Adams was this week host to the Chief Scientist of the AHDB, Professor Ian Crute, during a visit to discuss research, knowledge transfer and higher level skills development activities at Harper Adams.
The man who established the North Country Cheviot in Wales has been elected President of the breed society.
Nine livestock farmers from across England and Wales have joined the growing team of British Grassland Society (BGS) Grazing Partners, after completing a training course in mentoring skills held near Stoneleigh, Warwickshire.
The countdown is on to the second bi-annual Spring show of agricultural machinery, equipment, and animal healthcare products, to be staged at Skipton Auction Mart, on Tuesday, February 23.
Grass variety selection and weed control options will be on the menu for farmers at a special Reseeding Day at Harper Adams University College on 22nd April.
Annual declines of more than 2% in the national beef and dairy herds recorded in the June Agricultural Survey are expected to continue over the coming year, according to the latest market outlook from EBLEX.
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