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Spray Docks When Dinner-Plate Size 2012-Mar-30
Docks are taking advantage of current warm conditions and springing into active growth in silage leys across much of the UK says David Roberts, grassland specialist with Dow AgroSciences.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2012-Mar-30
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 34 prime cattle, 6 young bulls, 21 over thirty month cattle, 8,972 prime hoggs and 5,132 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 29th March 2012.
Get Snapping for the Great Yorkshire Show
Photographers young and old are being urged to get out their cameras and capture some inspiring images of their favourite woodland.
Brian Lund British Blue Bull Champion at Skipton
An outstanding British Blue-sired 12-month-old bull from Calderdale showman Brian Lund proved the pick of a quality turnout when chosen as champion at the annual Spring show and sale of young feeding bulls at Skipton Auction Mart.
Anpario Acquires Meriden Animal Health 2012-Mar-30
Anpario plc, one of the leading suppliers of natural high performance feed additives to enhance health, growth and sustainability in global agriculture and aquaculture markets, has acquired Meriden Animal Health Limited.
Express Launch Unique Calf Dehorner 2012-Mar-30
A new ‘pistol grip’ dehorner from Express makes this chore simpler, safer and speedier to complete.
Testing Time for Dry Stone Walling Trainees
Two trainees will be learning the skills of the dry stone waller this summer as part of the AONB Partnership’s four-year Heritage Landscape Skills project funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Expo Sees Encouraging Signs for UK Beef Genetics Exports 2012-Mar-29
The multi-million pound export market for UK cattle genetics is to be given a boost at the National Beef Association’s Beef Expo 2012, as organisers prepare to host overseas buyers from Brazil, Germany, Poland and Ireland, as well as newcomers Armenia, Georgia and Serbia.
New Fulwood Robotic Slurry Scraper 2012-Mar-29
A new robotic slurry scraper, which is suitable for use on all types of slatted floors and which offers a cost-effective alternative to chain scrapers as well as lighter daily workloads, is now available from Fullwood.
Meat Cuts Unpicked by West Yorkshire Farm Shop
Six out of 10 young adults admit they barely know one end of a cow from another – but would welcome more facts about the meat cuts they buy and how to cook them.
John Deere’s New Technology at Grassland UK
John Deere’s latest award-winning round baler and forage harvester technology will be featured on the company’s stand at Grassland UK 2012 at the Bath & West Showground, Somerset in May.
Milestone 21st Title for Swires at Craven Dairy Auction2012-Mar-28
A landmark 21st Craven Dairy Auction championship success was secured by North Yorkshire father and son farmers Malcolm and Robert Swires at the main March show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.
Rearing Calf Record Price at Skipton2012-Mar-28
A new record price for a rearing calf under six-weeks-old of £550 was achieved at Skipton Auction Mart’s March show and sale.
The New Zetor Forterra HSX Debuts at TechAgro 2012 2012-Mar-28
Traditional Czech agricultural technology manufacturer Zetor has expanded its line of time-tested tractors this year.
Base Feeding Plans on Grass and Forage
Volatile prices and uncertainties over future global wheat supplies are reasons why livestock farmers should include more grass in their feeding plans this spring, according to independent grassland expert Charlie Morgan.
Sheep Abortion Testing Service Now Available
Sheep producers who have experienced more than 2% of ewes aborting this lambing season are being urged to take advantage of the new subsidised blood testing service available from vets that detects exposure to enzootic abortion (EAE) and toxoplasmosis.
Outstanding Trade for Darlington Primestock
Darlington Mart again proved to be one of the leading UK primestock centres, on Thursday March 22, with top cattle prices peaking at a fantastic £2211 for a young bull weighing in at 987kg and knocked down at 224 pence per kilo.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2012-Mar-22
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 58 prime cattle, 9 young bulls, 36 over thirty month cattle, 5,675 prime hoggs and 6,565 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 22nd March 2012.
Kirklees Butcher Brindon Addy is New Q Guild Chairman 2012-Mar-22
The national Q Guild of Butchers has appointed Kirklees butcher, farmer and grazier Brindon Addy as its new chairman.
Shottle Daughter Tops Moira Holsteins at 3,800gns
A potential seventh generation VG/EX Picston Shottle daughter attracted a top price of 3,800gns at this week’s Holstein NI show and sale, held at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira.
New Laboratory Facility at Anpario 2012-Mar-21
This will provide improved facilities for new product development and quality assurance and will be instrumental in helping technical staff provide support for the independent trading brands Optivite, Kiotechagil and Vitrition.
NBA Disappointed by Welsh Decision to Vaccinate Badgers 2012-Mar-21
The National Beef Association offers its sympathy to Welsh farmers following the decision not to cull badgers but embark on a vaccination programme instead.
Maximise Value of Spring Grass Asset to Give Lambs Flying Start
With the prospect of strong lamb prices for the foreseeable future and Schmallenberg virus problems threatening some flock’s productivity this year, sheep producers are being urged to maximise the value of their spring grass asset to ensure the lambs they do have get a flying start from their lactating mothers.
Shropshire Herd Takes New Top Spot in NMR Annual Report 2012-Mar-21
Gerald Allsop’s Enchmarsh Holstein herd, from Church Stretton in Shropshire, has moved into top place in the herd production rankings in NMR’s Annual Production Report, which was published this week for the year ending September 2011.
Charity’s Delight as Dame Vera Backs Land Girls Monument 2012-Mar-20
A small Scottish charity has expressed its surprise and delight on receiving backing from the revered singer, Dame Vera Lynn DBE, as it continues its work to create a monument to recognise the work of the Women’s Land Army.
Netherton Angus Exports Heifers and a Bull to Spain 2012-Mar-20
Messrs W and D McLaren are pleased to announce the private export sale of eight heifers and a bull to the Carrera family from Catalonia, Spain 
EBLEX Aims to Help Pedigree Sheep Breeders Maximise Potential 2012-Mar-20
Effective marketing has come under the spotlight in a new EBLEX publication aimed at helping pedigree sheep breeders reap greater rewards from their livestock.
Pennines Peatland Programme Takes National Climate Award
The North Pennines AONB Partnership has won a top national award for the part it is playing in tackling the effects of climate change.
High Production with Outcross Bloodlines for Holstein Breeders
Strong demand for outcross bloodlines amongst Holstein breeders sees the launch this week of a new dairy sire which offers fresh variety for their breeding programmes.
World Class Sale of Alpacas in UK 2012-Mar-19
The UK’s first importer of Peruvian alpacas has joined with two other top breeding colleagues to give buyers the chance to own part of alpaca history.
Dungannon Simmental Bulls Peak at 4,200gns
Pedigree Simmental bulls reached a ceiling of 4,200gns at this week’s spring show and sale, hosted by the Northern Ireland Club at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2012-Mar-15
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 46 prime cattle, 18 over thirty month cattle, 4,545 prime hoggs and 5,428 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 15th March 2012.
Farmers Urged to Involve Spreading Contractor in Planning Slurry Storage 2012-Mar-15
A specialist in field application of farm slurry and biogas plant digestate has appealed to farmers to involve their contractor when planning new or upgraded facilities.
Kuhn FB 2130 Fixed Chamber Round Baler 2012-Mar-15
Kuhn’s new FB 2130 fixed chamber round baler is the latest model to be introduced to the company’s comprehensive forage harvesting range.
NBA Optimistic USA will Open Door to British Beef
The National Beef Association is hopeful that a draft law published in the USA will make its way through the system and result in the lifting of the ban on British exports, put in place in 1997 due to concerns regarding BSE.
Dairy Breed Averages Show U-Turn on Key Parameters 2012-Mar-13
NMR’s Annual Production Report for the year ending September 2011 has been published this week and shows that overall annual average somatic cell count and calving interval has dropped for the first time in a decade.
Sire Selection Drives Stabiliser Breed Forward
Access to an elite team of Stabiliser sires has had a major impact on the Stabiliser breed, according to Richard Fuller, technical director of the Stabiliser Cattle Company.
Sale of Working Collies at the Hammerlands Centre
Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers' Mart held their Spring Sale of 78 working collies and pups at The Hammerlands Centre, Moffat on Saturday 10th March 2012.
EBLEX Attracts French Political Interest
Eblex’s presence at this year’s SIA show in Paris attracted the interest of French political heavyweights.
Spotlight on Young Handlers at Northumberland County Show2012-Mar-12
Brand new competitive cattle classes at this year’s Northumberland County Show are set to give young handlers a chance to shine.
Fendt Announces an Upgrade of the 300 Vario Range 2012-Mar-12
With its quality, reliability and ease of operation, the 300 Vario range from Fendt has found many enthusiastic users since 2006.
Landini Tractor Choice ‘Gamble’ Turns Out to be a Winner 2012-Mar-12
Dairy farmer Ian Barker admits to being a bit apprehensive about buying his first Landini tractor two years ago; he felt it was a big gamble changing from the familiar red machines he ran before.
Amazone Pantera Hits the Road Again 2012-Mar-12
Amazone Ltd, in conjunction with A. M. Phillip Agritech Ltd,are embarking on the next round of their Pantera self-propelled sprayer roadshows. This week sees the state-of-the-art machine in Aberdeenshire on Tuesday 13th March 2012.
Farm Tractor Dealership Re-Launches in April
An open day being held at a Bucks agricultural engineering firm will give farmers, contractors and other rural businesses a flavour of improvements to the services it provides.
Natural England Helping Farmers Deal with the Drought 2012-Mar-09
Natural England is ensuring that the appropriate Environmental Stewardship (ES) derogations are made available as quickly as possible to farmers who are in agri-environment schemes.
New Vistive Contracts Offer ‘Best Ever’ Speciality OSR Growing Opportunity 2012-Mar-09
Expanded Vistive speciality oilseed rape contracts for 2012/13 announced this week provide growers across the country with the unprecedented opportunity of attractive premiums for high oleic, low linolenic food oil production at standard ‘double 00’ crop yield levels.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2012-Mar-08
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 61 prime cattle, 27 over thirty month cattle, 3,743 prime hoggs and 6,299 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 8th March 2012.
Near-Record Wheat Production Expected This Year
FAO today forecast that 2012 world wheat production will be the second highest on record at 690 million tonnes and also announced that international food prices rose one percent in February — the second increase in two months.
Gascoyne Brothers Rule Roost at Craven Feather Auctions 2012-Mar-07
Heading the pecking order at the annual Craven Feather Auctions Spring show and sale of poultry and waterfowl at Skipton Auction Mart were brothers Andrew and Richard Gascoyne, of Wakefield.
Brian Lund Shines in Skipton Prime Cattle Arena
Calderdale’s Brian Lund, of Walshaw, Hebden Bridge, was champion with a 565kg Limousin-cross bull at the March prime cattle show at Skipton Auction Mart.
Chocolate Pigs Help Launch Ticket Sales for 2012 Great Yorkshire Show 2012-Mar-07
A contingent of pigs and poultry has arrived early at the Great Yorkshire Showground, but fortunately, being made of chocolate, it means that rosettes, judges and prize cards will not be required!
Top Awards for Scotland’s Top Agriculture Learners
Michael Binnie, a Modern Apprentice in Mixed Farming, was recognised as ‘Agricultural Learner of the Year’ at the ninth annual Lantra Land-based and Aquaculture Learner of the Year Awards ceremony.
Canadian to Judge Dairy Classes at Emerald Expo 2012 2012-Mar-06
An internationally respected Judge, Mr. Donald Dubois from Quebec, in Canada will judge the Holstein and other dairy breed classes at Emerald Expo 2012 in the Hub, Cillin Hill, Kilkenny on July 7th.
Dungannon Charolais Bulls to 7,200gns2012-Mar-06
Charolais met a strong trade selling to a top of 7,200gns with an average of £3,744 for 25 bulls sold at the Northern Ireland Charolais Club’s official March show and sale at Dungannon on Friday 2 March.
Wild Oat Reports Prompt Control Guidance
A higher-than-normal number of reports of wild oats in wheat and barley crops this season means growers should be on their guard for this damaging grass weed, Syngenta is urging.
Weeton Wins at Borderway Dairy Expo 2012-Mar-06
The inaugural Borderway UK Dairy Expo event was a triumph for all involved and saw over 6000 spectators attending over the 2 days.
£2m Investment is Confidence Vote for JCB’s Welsh Plant 2012-Mar-05
JCB today announced a major new investment in machine tools at its Wrexham plant in North Wales which will bring massive efficiency gains and make the plant even more productive.
Expanded R&D Programme for Vegetable Growers
Field trials and technical advice on the most important vegetable agronomy problems are to be significantly expanded across the country from this season, following the creation of new industry leader, Agrii.
Good Lamb Prospects Despite Larger UK Flock
Despite a slightly larger UK flock and increased lamb availability from New Zealand, the latest annual outlook from EBLEX foresees the 2012 market remaining strong, albeit unlikely to hit some of the heights of 2011.
Countdown On for Irish National Holstein Show
The evening-event, organised by Holstein Northern Ireland, takes place at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira, on Friday, March 9.
Kramer Wheeled Loader Stands the Test of Time
A Staffordshire dairy farmer is still obtaining reliable, daily service from a 36 year old German manufactured Kramer wheeled loader around his 130 acre farm.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2012-Mar-02
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 45 prime cattle, 4 young bulls, 50 over thirty month cattle, 6,241 prime hoggs and 6,302 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 1st March 2012.
Yorkshire Dales Farmer’s Dairy Diary 2012-Mar-02
A farmer from the Yorkshire Dales will be centre screen as the “star” of the 2012 Great Yorkshire Show video.
GEA Farm Technologies Engineers Automatic Milking Success
GEA Farm Technologies recruits two new technical engineers to drive its UK automatic milking system.
Farm Safety Guide for Employers 2012-Mar-01
Farmers have been given the good fortune of some warm weather to kick start the 2012 lambing season. Lambing all over the UK is beginning and many farms employ temporary staff over this busy and labour intensive time on the property.
Charolais Bulls Command Solid Commercial Trade in Thainstone
Charolais led with an exceptional trade at the Royal Northern Spring Show, at Aberdeen and Northern Marts’ Thainstone Centre, Inverurie on Wednesday 29 February where two all-breed centre records were established.
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