The Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society hosts the 2010 Shorthorn World Conference this summer - the first time since 1989 that the conference has been held in the UK.
Yorkshire-based seed processing and supply business Woodheads Seeds Ltd (Woodheads) has been acquired by the agricultural and retail group Wynnstay.
Beef and sheep farmers should start planning now to minimise the legacy this late spring has left for next winter.
Lantra Sector Skills Council and Scottish Tenant Farmers Association (STFA) declared their commitment to agriculture, as they pledged to encourage businesses and individuals to invest in skills in a formal agreement.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 52 prime cattle, 31 over thirty month cattle, 380 prime lambs, 3,436 prime hoggs and 3,545 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 27th May, 2010.
Farmers who have not chosen to receive their Single Farm Payment in euros this year can still protect their support from currency movements.
Sheep and beef producers in the West Midlands are being offered a significant opportunity to improve their businesses by attending practical events being staged as part of a new regional advisory initiative.
Further testament to the huge impact the Glendale Agricultural Society’s Children’s Day has on educating the next generation about rural life is the announcement of a £2000 donation from the Countryside Foundation for Education.
A sister double act topped the bill at the Spring sale of working sheep dogs at Skipton Auction Mart, on a day when both entry level and broken registered dog average price records were shattered.
With just four months to go before new qualifications in the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) are introduced to colleges, Lantra Sector Skills Council reports on the good progress being made in its work with awarding organisations and land-based training providers to ensure QCF is a real success.
Beef Shorthorn cattle met a strong demand at the society’s special spring sale at Borderway Mart on Friday 21 May, where prices followed the prizes.
Animat Interlock Rubber Flooring is used by dairy farmers worldwide to cover hard, slippery concrete floors with a safe, comfortable surface which mimics natural pasture.
A top price of 6500gns and an average of £3367.21 (up £273.21 on last year) pleased Aberdeen-Angus breeders at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Friday 21st May, where 51 of the 52 bulls forward found new homes.
Demand for quality UK-bred pedigree beef genetics continues to grow in France, resulting in the sale of Belted Galloways from Jane Smith’s Whitepool and Rainbow herds, based at Usk, Monmouthshire, for an undisclosed price.
In an innovative move to help sustain the future of farming, Upper Teesdale Agricultural Support Services has announced that it has been offered £170,000 from LandSkills North East to fund its Farmers of the Future trainee scheme.
With the Northumberland County Show only a week away preparations for the sheep shearing competition are well advanced.
Minimising growing risks needs to be given as much priority as maximising output in modern cereal improvement programmes, according to Europe’s Number One wheat breeder.
Rural economy experts, the CLA are calling for tighter controls over the construction and use of Chinese Lanterns as the wedding season gets into full swing.
The Prince of Wales launched a new initiative aimed at increasing demand for British and Commonwealth wool earlier this year.
A life changing and rare opportunity to take on a 1,000 acre organic livestock farm in mid Wales – recognised as a beacon of good farming practice - is offered by Balfours Property Professionals.
Adam QuInney brings a wealth of experience to the role, adding to the number of positions he has held including NFU local branch chair, member of the National Livestock Committee, the NFU Animal Health Working Group, and regional chairman for the West Midlands.
Beef producers must be careful to avoid age creep in their finishing animals if they are to maximise both productivity and beef quality.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 45 prime cattle, 1 young bull, 39 over thirty month cattle, 158 prime lambs, 5,284 prime hoggs and 3,467 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 20th May, 2010.
This is the message from Guy Sampson of Rural Agents George F. White on reading the government’s coalition statement.
Agriculture students at Harper Adams have been honoured for their outstanding performance while on placement.
The strength of a heavy-duty cast iron chassis helps the latest Landini six-cylinder tractors cope with the stresses and strains of operating heavy grassland and arable implements front and rear.
Several £3,000-plus prices and virtually total clearance - of the 92 cattle forward, 89 were sold - were the highlights of the annual show and sale of pedigree Limousin breeding bulls and females at Skipton Auction Mart.
Farming brothers David and John Roycroft became the first customers of the new joint venture between Julian Kearne’s Hilton Machinery and Chris Evans Farm Services when they took delivery of their first new tractor in 10 years.
Celebrities, hosts, working dog enthusiasts, current and potential sponsors rubbed shoulders as the whistle sounded to begin the countdown to the 2011 ISDS World Sheep Dog Trials, Food & Country Festival.
NFU Scotland believes that a surge in the number of cattle being imported into Scotland threatens the nation’s freedom from Bluetongue, a devastating disease of livestock that has been present in parts of Europe in recent years.
More than 5,000 visitors attended the recent Scotgrass event organised in Dumfries by SAC and the Agricultural Engineers Association.
The commercial champion got the nod over the pedigree champion in the battle for supreme honours at the 2010 Northern Limousin Extravaganza at Skipton Auction Mart.
British Blue breeders enjoyed a bumper days trading at the Border British Blue Club’s Twentieth Annual Spring Show & Sale at Carlisle on Saturday 15 May. Top call of the day was 16,000gns and a further six bulls broke the five figure barrier.
A pure-bred three-week-old Limousin calf from Cumbrian showman Mark Phillips was the pick of the youngsters at the May show of rearing calves at Skipton Auction Mart.
Thanks to the Wooler Work Web, ten young farming trainees have each received a full tool kit worth £210 to help them learn their trade.
Malvern’s long-running Three Counties Show (18 – 20 June) has a waiting list for cattle exhibitors this year – for the first time in more than a decade!
Leading researchers involved in a four year, nine nation EU-funded project have successfully harnessed plant growth promoting root bacteria to improve the yield of top performing wheat varieties by the best part of 0.75 t/ha under UK conditions.
John Deere has recently completed an extensive programme of dealer training in the UK and Ireland, as part of the current industry wide ‘Look Behind You’ campaign to promote safe tractor and trailer braking.
Variety susceptibility coupled with showery weather look set to make this a crucial year for maintaining robust protection of wheat flag leaves against rusts with strobilurin fungicides and Septoria with chlorothalonil.
NFU Scotland is disappointed that once again the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB) has voted for an increase in the minimum agricultural wage above that which has been agreed for the National Minimum Wage (NMW) that operates in all other sectors of industry across the UK.
Beef farmers and stockmen who visit the XLVets stand at Beef Expo can sign up for on-farm training courses including weaning of calves, bull fertility and soundness testing, and improving production efficiency.
Bare patches in new grassland sown last autumn may well be the result of ‘frost heave’ and should be partially or completely reseeded, depending on the severity.
The Headline Debate at this year’s British Pig and Poultry Fair concluded that more could be done by the industry to encourage consumers to buy British out of choice.
The future for farming has never been brighter and for those who feel the time has come to look at the bigger picture, George F. White is offering farmers from across Yorkshire and the North East, the chance to expand their horizons and take a leaf out of successful businesses across the globe.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 57 prime cattle, 0 young bulls, 33 over thirty month cattle, 88 prime lambs, 3,697 prime hoggs and 3,351 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 13th May, 2010.
Improving productivity will be the central theme at Case IH Cereals stand this year. As well as the latest tractor, baler and combine models, the company will also be promoting its Advanced Farming System software and hardware.
Scotgrass 2010 drew a record turnout to SAC Crichton Royal, in the Dumfriesshire sunshine, with just short of 4,750 paying on the gate and well over 5,000 attending overall.
Livestock farmers from across the North East have the opportunity to participate in the start of a cutting edge experiment that will help to transform our view of agriculture in the region.
Northern Ireland breeder Dominic Dorman and his family secured the top honours and top price at the Blonde Society spring show and sale at Carlisle.
Sheep Section entry numbers at the forthcoming Northumberland County Show were under threat recently due to compulsory electronic ear tagging.
Vets at SAC’s Disease Surveillance Centre in Ayr have developed a great respect for the finesse of what are obviously gourmet otters on the Isle of Bute.
The Wolsingham office of George F. White has announced details of their first farm for sale this year and as land prices continue to hold strong and be seen as a relatively safe investment they are expecting a susbstantial amount of interest.
Charolais bulls met a solid commercial trade selling to a top of 26,000gns in Carlisle on Saturday 8 May, at the breed society’s spring show and sale.
UK breeding company, Cogent, has strengthened its position as Europe’s top type bull stud, following this week’s visit from Holstein UK’s independent classifiers.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 57 prime cattle, 2 young bulls, 24 over thirty month cattle, 74 prime lambs, 5,234 prime hoggs and 3,555 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 6th May, 2010.
A North East livestock producer has provided the platform to demonstrate to farmers, vets, auctioneers and animal health officials the latest technology available to tackle the economic threat posed to Scottish cattle production by Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD).
LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) will be helping farmers get geared up with the latest research and technology at a technical field day, held at Jealott’s Hill Farm in Berkshire.
BCPC has issued a comprehensive response to Defra’s recent Consultation on the implementation of EU pesticides legislation, highlighting some 40 key points and focussing in particular on risk assessment, water protection, research and education.
The Rawburn herd of the Elliot family, Roxburgh Mains, have sold two of their best females to new breeder Neil Ainsworth, Blackburn, for the total sum of £22,000.
NFU Scotland has sought reassurances from the Scottish Government that appropriate measures are in place to minimise the risk of foot and mouth disease (FMD) from Asia entering the country.
Charolais bulls met an insatiable demand selling to a top of 5,500gns, achieving 95% clearance and an average of £3,943 at the multi beef breed show and sale staged in Stirling, on Monday 3 May.
World Wide Sires UK has increased its breeding adviser team in the north west with the appointment of David Bonsall.
Reigning champions successfully defended their titles in both the May prime cattle and lamb shows at Skipton Auction Mart.
Cumbrian breeder, George Hutton of the Cloughhead herd, based near Keswick, Cumbria, secured the top price of the day with his junior bull 15 month old Cloughhead Ernie.
Rationalising red tape and over regulation is a priority for Future Farmers of Wales Chairman, Rhys Lougher.
Productive grassland is key to the success of any beef or sheep enterprise, but many livestock farmers are still failing to achieve the highest levels of output.
Harper Adams University College is delighted to be working with the UK poultry industry on a new student scholarships scheme, which will be formally launched at next week’s Pig and Poultry Fair.
Stirling Livestock Centre’s multi-breed sale, held yesterday 3rd May, saw a top call of 6200gns for the seven Aberdeen-Angus bulls forward with Neil and Graeme Massie taking the overall championship and top price.
Three finalists have been named in the new ABN Innovation Award. The winner, who receives £1000 in prize money, will be announced on the second day of the RASE/ABN British Pig and Poultry Fair, Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on May 11/12, 2010.
Visitors to Beef Expo 2010 will have the opportunity of demonstrating their skills in auctioneering in a fun competition at this year’s event to be held at Hexham Mart, Northumberland, on Thursday, May 27.
Two new prestigious butchery awards will be made at NSA Sheep 2010, to be held at the Three Counties Show Ground, Malvern on Tuesday 3 August.
Charolais bulls sold to a new top centre record of 5,600gns and average of £3,431 in Holsworthy on Wednesday 28th April at the breed society’s south west official spring fixture.
Join the National Beef Association, the voice of all in the business of beef production, during Balmoral Show and you could head home with a Swish prize!
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