“It is one thing to complain about the weather, however when ones livelihood depends on the season’s kindness concerns do surmount,” comments John Macfarlane of Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group.
The SDF Group’s decision to appoint Dealer Development Managers in key European countries has resulted in such an appointment now being made in the UK.
Two Lincolnshire farm machinery businesses have joined forces to create a more effective dealership serving farmers, contractors and landowners on the north-east of the county.
Bullsemen.com’s summer sale gives dairy farmers the opportunity to buy top quality genetics at remarkably competitive prices.
Veteran sheep shearers are being encouraged to enter a new competition being launched for the first time at this year’s Great Yorkshire Show.
Agrii recently held its second annual open day demonstrating cereal herbicides and fungicides for its farming customers in Northern Ireland.
Winter oilseed rape grown on light or shallow soils, in particular, could profit from very much higher sulphur fertilisation than indicated in the RB209 fertiliser manual.
Nothing could beat the Zetor Forterra in the Tractor Race which is the main highlight at the Traktordiena (Tractor Day), an agricultural technology show held in Latvia.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 75 prime cattle, 10 young bulls, 32 over thirty month cattle, 1,695 spring lambs, 567 prime hoggs and 4,097 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 28th June 2012.
Super Spuds, prize winning flair, and a keen instinct for the marketing edge make are the hallmark of farmers Tudor and Janet Harris, this year’s hosts of the International Sheepdog Trials.
Harrison & Hetherington have added to the interest surrounding this prestigious occasion by announcing the names of the four judges for this year’s event.
Dairy chemical hygiene specialists, Agroserve, are urging farmers to act now and protect their cows against flies with its new Hexaklene R teat care product.
Young Charolais enthusiasts from all parts of the UK travelled to the Royal Highland Show where the breed society held its young stock judging finals on Friday 22 June.
H&H Land and Property in conjunction with Stephensons of York has this week announced the sale of a Cumbrian Livestock farm with substantial acreage, buildings and potential for further development.
A consignment of 20 new McCormick tractors is being handed over to one of Britain’s leading tractor rental companies.
86,500 people came through the gates of the Three Counties Show, compared to 93,000 in 2011, but unlike similar events across the country, it was business as usual, and with the exception of some equine classes and arena events, the Show’s programme of attractions escaped relatively unscathed.
The entry figures for the competitive classes at the Great Yorkshire Show have been announced – and are the second highest in the event’s history.
Farming cousins Andrew and Robin Jennings went head to head for championship honours at the main BOCM Pauls-sponsored June Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart.
The widely reported deaths of four prize-winning Holstein cattle in Fife earlier last week, highlights key insurance cover issues for farmers, says Philip Pagin, Managing Director of H&H Insurance Brokers.
With more than 10,000 Arion 600 tractors around the world alone, the current Arion series is the most successful range of tractors from Claas. In order to remain in that position, Claas continuously works on further developing tractor technology.
Up-to-the-minute data from a national network of almost 70 Agrii weather stations linked to sophisticated modelling is giving top and soft fruit, vegetable, salad, herb and arable growers across the country valuable extra intelligence support for day-to-day decision-making.
Noxious grassland weeds such as creeping thistle and common ragwort can be controlled in valuable, bio-diverse meadows without harming the desirable plants.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 65 prime cattle, 7 young bulls, 35 over thirty month cattle, 2,233 spring lambs, 888 prime hoggs and 4,201 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 21st June 2012.
The ultimate combi wagon has to meet all demands; it should be a harvesting machine providing high-quality roughage and the ultimate forage transport wagon at the same time.
Over recent months, Natural England has established a major programme to review its delivery work in the uplands.
John Deere highlighted its award-winning engineering apprenticeship programme at Cereals 2012 with the publication of a new training prospectus, as part of the event’s aim to promote training and careers in farming.
The NI National Charolais Show attracted a record turnout of 100 pedigree entries plus 27 commercial and 16 young handler entries at Fintona on Saturday 16 June.
The British Grassland Society Summer Meeting is travelling to South West Wales in July, to see and hear how eight farmers in the area produce high quality milk and meat and run thriving and innovative businesses based around pasture.
With world population set to rise by almost 50% to at least 9.5bn by 2050 and greater global wealth creating a universally bigger appetite for food, there has never been greater pressure put on our capacity to feed ourselves.
EBLEX’s Better Returns Programme (BRP) attracted the interest of a delegation of French journalists at South Sheep 2012.
Recent publicity given to newly identified genetic defects in dairy cattle has caused concern amongst some breeders, but they should rest assured that it is not difficult to protect their herds against their undesirable effects.
At the 2012 Lely Field Days in Switzerland, Lely will be introducing a new line of trailed mowers: the Splendimo models PC 330 and PC 370 with respective working widths of 3.25m and 3.65m.
The search is on for the leading suckler herd in the UK. All producers using a registered Beef Shorthorn bull on 30 or more suckler cows within their herd will be eligible to enter the award.
New from specialist forage grass seed breeder Barenbrug is ProPig – a professional outdoor pig pasture mixture tough enough to withstand the rigours of outdoor pig production.
On the 26th of June at Donkin Rigg, John Vipond will focus on Grassland Management discussing how to increase profitability by getting the maximum benefits from herbages.
The most significant expansion in applied agronomic research, development and technical support for UK farming in more than 20 years was announced by Agrii at Cereals 2012.
Claas UK has embarked on a considerable expansion of its UK RTK (Real Time Kinematics) signal network, that will ultimately result in the company being able to provide unrivalled coverage over 60% of England’s arable area.
Amazone Ltd will adopt the theme ‘more in-field efficiency’ at the forthcoming Royal Highland Show 2012 to be held on the Ingliston Showground, Edinburgh starting June 21st and running through to June 24th 2012.
Thousands of schoolchildren from across Yorkshire descended on the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate to enjoy a hands-on day of countryside fun and education.
Kuhn introduced a three metre direct drill to its SD pneumatic seeding range at Cereals 2012.
Weiveld is the largest agriculture school in South Africa with 600 students, but it’s fleet of tractors is decades old.
Tony Watson donated the proceeds of the sale of a Highland beast to the charity Mind in memory of Stephen Aitken auctioneer at Darlington Mart who tragically died at the Mart in May.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 45 prime cattle, 12 young bulls, 29 over thirty month cattle, 1,369 spring lambs, 1,338 prime hoggs and 4,732 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 14th June 2012.
The 8th Children’s Countryside Day held earlier this week, welcomed school children from across Northumberland and Tyneside for a day of learning, inspiration and fun.
With declining milk prices putting the focus firmly on managing costs to maintain margins this summer, milk producers are being urged to heed the warnings in a survey of animal nutritionists, vets and other professionals within the US dairy industry published by the University of Illinois.
The introduction of a hydraulic drive machine to its Axis twin disc spreader range offers farmers the best control yet of broadcast fertiliser applications, according to Kuhn Farm Machinery.
H&H Land and Property has this week announced the sale of High Dyke Estate, built for Robinson Mitchell, who also built the UK’s first livestock Auction Mart.
Visitors heard how new technology is helping to assess the performance of individual beef cattle at an open day held at Wold Farm near York on Tuesday.
This essential, comprehensive, searchable database is unique in providing information on over 1,300 pesticides and adjuvants for agricultural, horticultural, forestry, amenity and pest control use in the UK.
The Roman Wall Show was held at the picturesque venue of Steel Rigg near The Twice Brewed on Saturday 9th June.
Both championships at the June prime shows at Skipton Auction Mart fell to regular exhibitors who are well used to success in the exhibition arena at the North Yorkshire venue.
At the Cereals Event, Opico is launching the Nitro-Band – a solid fertiliser applicator with a 1230 litre front hopper for distributing fertiliser down the rows when band-seeding oilseed rape.
The results of the latest trials by QMS’s Scottish Sheep Strategy reinforce the message that commercial sheep farmers will improve returns by using tups with the genetic potential to sire more efficient off-spring.
The Cap Reform, Renewable Energy and the Localism Act 2011 are contentious issues in the agricultural industry which are leading farmers to question the profitability and future of farming.
The show rolled on, despite the worst possible combination of wind and rain as the first Royal Welsh Grassland Event got underway.
Farm land sales and rentals in the North West are showing every sign that at least this part of the national economy is in good health.
Scotsheep 2012 was held at the Morrisons Farm on the Dumfries House Estate by kind permission of Morrisons, and was an outstanding success despite the rain which fell for much of the day.
A new high quality seeds mixture for extended grazing and comprising exclusively of the Aberystwyth-bred Aber High Sugar Grasses with a compatible white clover blend has been launched at the Royal Welsh Grassland Event by British Seed Houses.
Lely has acquired the activities of one of the most respected wind turbine companies, Aircon GmbH. The activities will be continued under the name of Lely Aircon B.V.
Soil scanning is expanding across the country, with Agrii’s SoilQuest Precision Agronomy service mapping more farms and a larger UK acreage than ever this season with their rapidly growing fleet of specialist soil scanners and automated soil sampling units.
Natural England, the Government’s nature conservation advisor, is strengthening its commitment to working with the farming sector with the appointment of Geoff Sansome as Director of Land Management for the South of England.
A larger show of 761 Spring Lambs averaged 213p per kilo, well in front of national and deadweight prices. More could have been sold to advantage. Lambs do not need to be heavy in weight.
Agriculture Comissioner Dacian Ciolos has promised to look at concerns over CAP reform when he visits the Royal Welsh Show this summer.
The father and son team of Leslie and Christopher Weatherup from Ballyclare, celebrated success in the Simmental section at Lurgan’s Centenary Show.
The pig industry worldwide has a major contribution to make to lessening environmental impact.
High yield potential crops coupled with significant spring nitrogen losses from the wettest April on record mean late foliar nitrogen may be particularly important for many milling wheats to make the required protein specification this season.
With its final year at Corbridge, there were plenty of celebrations to be had at this year’s Northumberland County Show, on Monday June 4th, especially in the livestock section.
The future for bracken control in Scotland and the rest of the UK is becoming clearer following a meeting of key stakeholders in Manchester last week.
A new mycotoxin binder called Ultrabond has been launched by Optivite; uniquely, it has high binding ability not only against the most common mycotoxins but also against many of the most dangerous.
The Senterprise pedigree Holstein Friesian dairy herd of Mark Houseman won its first Craven Dairy Auction championship at the opening June show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.
Philip Pagin of H&H Insurance Brokers lays down the law on protecting yourself against metal theft.
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