Caledonian Marts (Stirling) Ltd held their first show and sale of Prime Beltex Hoggets in conjunction with Beltex Scotland on Tuesday 28th February 2012.
Today (29th February), when tradition gives the green light for role reversal in proposals of marriage, Natural England is suggesting that farmers in England could help even more people fall in love with the countryside by installing a ‘kissing gate’ on their land this Leap Year.
There has never been a better time for land-based businesses to employ an Apprentice, as 40,000 small and medium sized businesses will get £1,500 to employ their first Apprentice.
Chairman of Hexham Auction Mart and Rothbury farmer, Jimmy Walton, will be selecting the cream of the crop from the livestock entries at this year’s Northumberland County Show.
A near 3,000-strong entry of prime sheep, a solid turnout for the time of year at Skipton Auction Mart’s weekly sale, on Monday, saw lightweight hoggs and export weight hoggs achieving similar trade on the week.
The Food Standards Agency is advising the public that, based on current evidence, there is unlikely to be any risk to consumers through the food chain from the virus that is causing abnormalities in livestock.
Holstein enthusiasts with a good eye for stock and their sights on a hot prize should make their way to the World Wide Sires UK stand at the new UK Dairy Expo at the end of this week (2-3 March).
NMR and MyHealthyHerd, have organised two one-day courses for vets this spring on Tuesday April 24 at Mere Court Hotel, Knutsford and Thursday April 26 at Taunton Racecourse, Somerset.
Much has been made in the national press about vitamin D and the effect on human health when a deficiency occurs. Many of the points made can also be true for ruminants and the effect on the health and production of livestock when inadequate levels of vitamin D are in the diet.
Polled cattle could be the future of the Charolais breed according to Steve Nesbitt whose family’s Alwent herd goes back more than three decades.
With UK prime beef and cull cow slaughterings expected to fall back again after the rise of the past two years, imports likely to remain well below 2010 levels and continental demand continuing to fuel exports.
With the demand for iodine outweighing supply dairy chemical hygiene specialists, Agroserve, has launched its new lactic acid teat care range as an alternative to iodine based products.
Pedigree Holstein bulls attracted a brisk trade at the Northern Ireland club’s February show and sale, held at Kilrea Livestock Mart.
Same Deutz-Fahr denies that there are any such negotiations underway and adds that there has never been any contact between SDF and Kubota in this regard.
John Deere’s new global suite of advanced technologies under the name FarmSight, designed to help optimise machinery and farm operations, will be the main focus of the company’s stand at the 2012 Precision Farming Event in March.
The CLA this week published The Right Way Forward: The CLA’s common sense approach to access in the countryside – calling for a shake-up of the access and public rights of way system.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 62 prime cattle, 3 young bulls, 31 over thirty month cattle, 4,286 prime hoggs and 5,208 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 23rd February 2012.
A “Speakers’ Corner” entitled ‘Securing a Dairy Industry fit for the Future’, promises to be a major attraction at the upcoming Borderway UK Dairy Expo.
Youngsters with an interest in working with sheep will have the opportunity of qualifying for the finals of the NSA Scotsheep 2012 Shepherd of the Year award at a series of regional eliminations in May.
Black and white heifers were in strong demand at Holstein NI’s monthly show and sale, hosted by Taaffe Auctions at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira.
Charolais bulls met an exceptional demand driven by the commercial sector in Stirling on Tuesday 21 February at the breed’s official spring sale where bidding peaked at 25,000gns.
An evening sale of Limousin females held at Carlisle’s Borderway Mart on Friday 17th February met with a lively demand and saw 84 out of 85 lots sell with a leading price of 5,000gns.
Better physical performance among ewes and lambs is the biggest driver towards achieving the best margins for less favoured area breeding flocks.
Back-to-back Craven Dairy Auction championships were secured by M Baul & Partners, of Watergate Farm, Bishop Thornton, Ripon, at the main February Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart.
This year’s Case IH award recipients include the independent grain tank cross auger control in Case IH Axial-Flow 30 Series combines, the MagnaCut Fine Cut Chopper for Axial-Flow combines and the Quadtrac 600 tractor.
A new record price of £1,800 was set at the North Country Cheviot in lamb show and sale held at Lockerbie on Saturday 18th February 2012.
DN Bennett & Son's championship winning Lleyn ewe was scanned in lamb for twins to the 7000gns ram Bankhall Powerhouse.
There were Craven winners on Craven Champions Day when the supreme champion title went to the Akrigg farming family at Manor Farm, Cray.
A new world record for the Limousin breed and a UK bull record was set of 120,000gns for Dolcorsllwyn Fabio shown by Welsh breeder Glyn Vaughan at Carlisle on Saturday 18th February.
Chris and Kay Westlake’s 48 ewe Owslebury flock based at Cadeleigh, Tiverton has secured the Hampshire Down Sheep Breeders’ Association’s supreme championship for the second consecutive year.
Auctions of both pork pies and fodder hay raised £1,680.50 for Sue Ryder Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope, Keighley.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 42 prime cattle, 7 young bulls, 33 over thirty month cattle, 5,344 prime hoggs and 5,464 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 16th February 2012.
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has this week launched its Education Strategy 2012-17 covering food production and farming communication activities to schools across the UK.
Quality Aberdeen-Angus bulls met a buoyant trade with prices reaching a ceiling of 4000gns at this week’s breed society show and sale, hosted by Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.
Growers in many parts of the country are facing an even higher risk from rust infections this season than they did in the disastrous year of 2007, making a robust triazole-based March T0 vital for many if the threat of brown rust, in particular, is to be effectively countered.
This year’s NMR/RABDF Gold Cup winner will be announced in September, shortly after the close of the London Olympics. “In dairy circles, the Gold Cup carries at least the same weight as an Olympic Games Gold medal,” says competition and RABDF Chairman David Cotton.
Global prices for both beef and sheep are likely to remain firm in 2012, helped by demand from the emerging economies.
Two bids topping 4,000gns were the highlights of the opening winter sale of 115 working sheep dogs at Skipton Auction Mart.
If you’re at the Agricultural Buildings Show on 27 March at Stoneleigh Park then why not make a day of it and visit the GEA Farm Technologies stand and new facilities.
The Ulster Bank is again backing beef farmers running the National Beef Association Beef NI 2012 event at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart, BT70 1NJ on Tues, March 6.
The National Beef Association is drawing attention to a change in the TB rules which it feels many farmers do not know about and will hugely affect how they manage their businesses if they are affected by TB.
Earlier this month saw the presentation of Cumbria Herd Competition awards after a gap of 10 years.
For sport or for leisure, horse riding remains a popular British past time with over 3.5 million people riding each year. However, with this comes the added costly challenge of keeping a horse. It is an age old debate in the world of horses, to pay for the use of a livery or to invest in your own property.
Gimmer hoggs from the Smearsett flock of WA & A Booth in North Craven secured both championship and reserve championship honours at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual show and sale of Blue Faced Leicester females.
Calf rearers are reminded to increase milk replacer feed rates for young calves to avoid growth rate checks as low temperatures are hitting the country.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 47 prime cattle, 2 young bulls, 15 over thirty month cattle, 3,682 prime hoggs and 5,425 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 9th February 2012.
The UK dairy industry must play its part in reducing saturated fats. “With 25% of saturated fat in the diet derived from dairy products it is not surprising that our industry is attracting attention,” said National Milk Laboratories’ director Ben Bartlett.
A more ruthless and no-nonsense approach was advocated by Northern Ireland farmers Sam Chesney at a series of four talks in Wales earlier this week.
Market conditions remain favourable for UK oilseed rape growers according to Owen Cligg, trading manager for United Oilseeds, who believes that the immediate future for oilseed rape prices remains strong despite inevitable volatility.
Beef Shorthorn records were smashed at the society’s spring bull sale in Stirling on Tuesday 7 February with a new breed record 15,000gns top call and a new record average of £4,991 for 71 entries sold.
M Baul & Partners, of Watergate Farm, Bishop Thornton, Ripon, secured a championship and reserve championship double at the opening February Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart.
Businesses are urged to ‘Love Apprenticeships’ this year as Lantra, Sector Skills Council for land-based and environmental industries, has created a free website that puts interested employers in touch with learners, helping to bring an Apprentice into their workplace.
The National Beef Association is urging all beef farmers to be extremely vigilant to any signs of the disease and report any cases of reabsorbed/aborted foetuses and deformed calves.
Charolais met a consistent demand selling to 5,200gns at the Northern Ireland Charolais Club’s official February show and sale at Dungannon on Friday 3 February.
Current euro exchange rate uncertainties make it more important than ever to finish store lambs at the right specification for the market to ensure the best returns, warns EBLEX.
The stand space schedule for Livestock 2012, the rebranded Dairy Event and Livestock Show, to be held at The NEC, Birmingham on Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 September, has been launched on-line this week by the event’s organiser, The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers.
Farms undertaking comprehensive rodenticide treatment have experienced noticeably fewer rat problems over the past year than those continuing to tackle infestations on a conventional fire-brigade basis.
Five Holstein breeders from England, Scotland, Canada and the USA are donating an exciting package of embryos in the Global Classic Sale taking place on Friday 2nd March, as part of UK Dairy Expo at Borderway, Carlisle.
The electronic heat detection system Silent Herdsman, that has been available in the UK exclusively through NMR for the past two years, will now also be available through Genus ABS.
A total of 28 young service technicians recently graduated from the John Deere Ag Tech and Turf Tech advanced apprenticeship programmes, run by national training provider Babcock.
Bulls with good conformation and high components were in strong demand at Holstein NI’s 22nd annual spring show and sale, held at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira.
Lamb prices shoot up after sheep shortage – but there are other factors to consider that may have a detrimental effect on price.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 44 prime cattle, 18 over thirty month cattle, 5,746 prime hoggs and 6,715 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 2nd February 2012.
Government policy on flood defence does not recognise the importance of agriculture, food production and land management, the CLA has warned.
Newton Rigg students spent a very worthwhile training day with Eden Rivers Trust near Penrith, planting trees and hedges to help protect the environment.
A new report highlighting the crucial role livestock plays in maintaining the English countryside has been backed by the Liberal Democrat agriculture spokesman Andrew George MP.
Lantra is responsible for defining the content of vocational qualifications for the land-based sector. This includes the Fish Husbandry and Horse Care qualifications which were highlighted in recent BBC reports on vocational qualifications no longer to be recognised in school performance tables.
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