The Scottish dairy industry has been boosted by the announcement that the farmer-owned business Milk Link is to make a £20 million investment in its Lockerbie creamery, turning it in to the largest milk-processing site in Scotland.
Cumbria’s first dairy herd expansion conference in Penrith on Thursday (September 22nd) was attended by more than 100 milk producers from the region who learned some of the issues to be tackled from key industry speakers.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 44 prime cattle, 35 over thirty month cattle, 6,863 prime lambs and 8,623 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 29th September, 2011.
IGC raised 2011 global wheat production by 2mt to 679mt, citing upward revisions for Russia, the Ukraine and Australia. Wheat ending stocks were projected at 193mt unchanged from last month.
Livestock entries for 2011 Countryside Live have been announced, with an increase in both the cattle and sheep numbers. Cattle entries total 193, compared with last year’s figure of 183, and sheep figures have increased to 274 as against last year’s number of 252.
NFU Scotland has asked Scottish Government to consider a new approach to flock inspections that could see official visits fit around routine gatherings planned by the producer.
Hampshire Down sheep met a buoyant trade and established a new 1,050gns ewe lamb breed record at the breed association’s North West Region Ewe and Ram sale on Saturday 24 September at Carlisle.
Traditional Blue Grey cattle have fared well for four generations of a Northumberland family whose upland farm straddles Hadrian’s Wall.
Beltex met a firm trade peaking at 1,500gns in Penrith on Wednesday 21 September at the society’s inaugural official show and sale at the centre.
Calderdale dairyman Stephen Hitchen secured back-to-back championship successes at the September rearing calves show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.
H&H Bowe have announced the opportunity to buy a prime stock rearing and finishing ring fenced farm at Kirtlebridge near Lockerbie in the heart of Dumfrieshire.
The necessity of attracting bright, intelligent young people into rural industries, including farming, will be highlighted at a conference to be held at Askham Bryan College next month.
Records were broken and then smashed again in the same day at Carlisle at the fifteenth Annual Show & Sale of Registered Lleyn Sheep on Thursday 22nd September.
Following the introduction in spring 2011 of the new 8R Series tractors from 260 to 360hp, designed to meet European Stage IIIB emissions regulations, John Deere has announced a number of significant updates to the range for 2012.
NFU Scotland president Nigel Miller has urged cattle breeders and feeders to focus on the dividends of BVDv eradication rather than its difficulties.
Natural England has launched a new service of one-to-one farm visits to help farmers in Entry Level Stewardship get the most out of their ELS agreements.
For the first time, more than 90 per cent of all beef slaughtered for the human food chain in UK abattoirs is now independently classified by experts from Meat and Livestock Commercial Services Ltd (MLCSL).
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 67 prime cattle, 2 young bulls, 58 over thirty month cattle, 6,433 prime lambs and 7,616 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 22nd September, 2011.
For anyone interested in Aberdeen Angus cattle either as an enthusiast or as a breeder, the dispersal sale of the Wall herd is a sale very definitely not to be missed.
The profitability of the World Wide Sires (WWS) progeny on display at the UK Dairy Event received much admiration from over 600 farmers that attended the WWS stand at the show.
A load of Beef Shorthorn cross steers left Adziel, Strichen, Fraserburgh this week for Woodhead Bros’ Turriff plant destined as the first kill of finished cattle signed up for Morrison’s Traditional Beef Scheme launched earlier this year.
Cogent Breeding has boosted its Visions Young Sire Testing Programme, the leading British progeny testing system, with the appointment of Owain Harries working in a sire procurement role.
Traditional and native cattle breeders are being encouraged by supermarket giant Morrisons to support a series of high profile store cattle sales across the UK – among them a standalone fixture to run alongside a major autumn beef breeding event at Skipton Auction Mart in October.
A recent recruit to the Northern Area Texel Sheep Breeders Association made an immediate impact on his first-ever appearance at their 30th anniversary show and sale of pedigree rams and females at Skipton Auction Mart when landing supreme championship honours.
A buoyant trade with buyers ready to pay good prices for good sheep saw a top price of 6,800 guineas paid for a Bluefaced Leicester at the main NSA Wales and Border Ram sale at the Royal Welsh Showground on Monday 19 September.
With escalating fuel costs, eco-driving helps save money - and the planet - for both agricultural supply companies and private motorists.
Irish eyes were smiling when James McGee, of Ballybofey in County Donegal, was crowned world champion at the 2011 World Sheep Dog Trials - and the Irish handlers landed the overall team championship.
Grazing cattle are heading towards a potentially costly time this autumn with the risk of Hypomagnesaemia (Grass Staggers) more prevalent than ever, warns James Brinicombe, R&D Director at the Denis Brinicombe Group.
With the sun shining there was a positive atmosphere around the pens at Carmarthen for the Lleyn Sheep Society sale on Thursday 15th September 2011.
A multi award-winning West Yorkshire farm shop has been shortlisted for two further high profile national and regional accolades.
Cogent Breeding and UK Jerseys have confirmed the strength of their joint portfolio in the latest August 2011 Jersey bull proofs with sires dominating the No.1 positions for PLI, type, fertility, fat and legs.
A Threshing Machine in full working order, rubbing shoulders with its 21st century cousin a New Holland Combine, will be amongst the sale of farm machinery to be held at Moor Leazes Farm in County Durham on 8th October.
Cumbria-based Charollais sheep breeder Richard Geldard reigned supreme yet again at the annual British Charollais Sheep Society show and sale of commercial rams at Skipton Auction Mart.
The announcement of the dispersal sale of the Wesley Charolais Herd has been hailed by Mr David Benson Chief Executive of the Charolais Society as: “One of the best dispersal sales of Charolais that we have had for years.”
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 46 prime cattle, 1 young bull, 30 over thirty month cattle, 5,004 prime lambs and 6,202 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 15th September, 2011.
Beef exports from the UK to Russia were on the agenda during Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to Moscow this week.
A change in the period for the application of N and P fertilisers – following the revised Statutory Instrument (SI) enacting the Nitrates Directive – has got to be good news to cereals farmers.
The Easycare Sheep Society has high hopes for its forthcoming official sales, with the strong prime lamb and cull ewe trade leading to increased replacement ewe prices for all breeds at early season sales.
An optimistic mood at the annual Cydectin Kelso Ram Sales, on Friday 9th September, resulted in the average increasing £27 to a new record of £649 per head.
Standalone shows and sales for Wensleydale and Jacob sheep were staged as part of Skipton Auction’s Mart’s annual Rare & Native Stock Breeder Auctions.
Raymond and Robert Johnson, of Felliscliffe, Harrogate, won their first Craven Diary Auction championship of the year with a newly calven Holstein Friesian commercial heifer at September’s opening Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart.
100% of the shearling gimmers sold and hit an average of £185.97, up £43.52 on the year. Ewe lambs had the greatest improvement averaging £107.69 up a huge £46.75 on the year.
The growing popularity of the Beltex sheep breed, notably among Britain’s butchers for the quality, consistency and taste of meat from their prime lambs, was clearly illustrated at the Beltex Sheep Society’s 11th annual show and sale of pedigree rams and females at Skipton Auction Mart.
This year’s CropWorld Global is looking to be another exciting event for the global crop production industry.
The on-farm sale from the Grange pedigree Limousin herd of Mr GE Smith, Brookfield Farm, Daventry, Northants on Saturday 10th September saw a strong trade throughout with two cows at 18,000gns apiece leading the way.
The existing wildfire situations across the state of Texas have The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) emergency responders currently working in Bastrop, Travis, Cass, and Waller counties.
The Kersey Herd owned by R Partridge & Son Ltd of Ipswich, Suffolk has been recognised by EBLEX as the Most Improved Herd of British Blue cattle for 2011.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 75 prime cattle, 6 young bulls, 50 over thirty month cattle, 6,698 prime lambs and 7,416 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 8th September, 2011.
Senior bull Blelack Elijah has clinched the Growvite All-Ireland Aberdeen Angus Championship for the second year in succession.
Tom King and family from Vortex Holsteins, Martinstown, Dorchester, Dorset is the winner of this year’s NMR/RABDF Gold Cup, announced at the Dairy Event and Livestock Show.
South Yorkshire sheep farmers John and Alison North, of Fenwick, Doncaster, secured back-to-back monthly championship successes at the September prime lambs show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.
The overall average selling price of the 6,235 gimmer lambs presented by members of the North of England Mule Sheep Association (NEMSA) was £120.51 per head, almost £29 per head higher than the corresponding fixture last year.
Modern farm apprenticeships will have a crucial role in producing the next generation of skilled workers required by the Scottish farming industry if one farming company’s experience were to be widely adopted.
A chance to see some of Wales’s finest sheep ahead of the NSA Wales & Border Ram Sales was afforded to Fellows and Associates of the Royal Agricultural Societies during their annual field day.
Suckler herd owners, vets and cattle auctioneers in the north east are planning a significant expansion of a calf health protection scheme, following a recent meeting of participants in Hexham.
Graduate Alistair Lockett has struck gold with his first job! Part of his work as conservation trainee with the North Pennines AONB Partnership is to ensure the rare golden globeflower grows successfully in the AONB’s spectacular upland hay meadows.
Lleyn sheep breeders Michael and Martin Cursiter will be making a 1300 mile round trip from Orkney to sell twelve of their finest rams at the NSA Wales & Border Ram Sales at the Royal Welsh Showground this month.
If you are looking for a Castlemilk Moorit, a Derbyshire Gritstone, a Dexter Bull, or an Indian Runner, you will certainly be amongst the many people that will be at the Borderway Auction Mart on Saturday 17th September.
At an exceptionally critical period in the sheep calendar, there are many issues relating to good flock management and husbandry that should be adhered to.
An exciting day was had by all at Ruthin this year with top prices flying out all day. Shearling ewes saw an impressive increase of £35.86 on the 2010 average with ewe lambs up £21.24.
The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers has called government to immediately review its TB reactor clearance policy and introduce a market based solution.
Penrith Auction will be the venue on Thursday 22nd September 2011 from 10.30am until 3.00pm with speakers covering the many issues that farmers face when they seek to expand their dairy herds.
Every farmer knows the importance of saving when times are good to provide a financial safety net for when times are bad.
Presenters Matt Baker and Helen Skelton will be present on the Friday of the event, the pinnacle for the world’s top sheep dog handlers at Lowther Estate, near Penrith.
Beltex met a solid traded selling to a top of 2,500gns in Welshpool on Thursday 1 September at the Wales and Border Beltex Club’s Welsh Premier show and sale.
Domestic and global market opportunities for beef and lamb will come under the spotlight at this year’s EBLEX annual conference.
Friday 9th September sees the Kelso Ram Sales and Simon Bainbridge who runs Northumberland’s Monitor Farm, at Donkin Rigg, tells us what he will be looking for when he selects his Tups for the Autumn.
Several new Langar-based appointments have been announced by John Deere Limited, as part of the streamlining of the UK and Ireland business to be more focused on sales and dealer development.
If you have ever thought about pursuing a career in the countryside, then a special event held in Harrogate next month (October) should appeal.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 57 prime cattle, 3 young bulls, 42 over thirty month cattle, 5,163 prime lambs and 6,092 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 1st September, 2011.
Combinable crop margin prospects for the coming season are markedly more encouraging than 2011 estimates ahead of last autumn’s planting, according to the latest Masstock SMART Farming crop budgets.
John Deere, the market-leading supplier of tractors and agricultural machinery to the British and Irish farming community, has installed two Titan FuelMaster 5000 litre tanks at its head office in Langar, Nottingham.
H&H Bowe Limited, the H&H Group's specialist Chartered Surveyors and Land Agents have developed an on-going relationship with Young Farmers in Cumbria and the North of England.
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