The opportunities for people to get their foot onto the farming ladder are becoming increasingly few and far between. The first rung is often a farm business tenancy, which in so many instances is only for a short length of time.
Harrison & Hetherington have today announced details of the second Borderway UK Dairy Expo to take place on Saturday 9th of March 2013.
Farmhouse Fare in Skipton won its third successive supreme championship at the annual Great Northern Pork Pie Competition, which ran alongside the 2012 Christmas primestock shows at Skipton Auction Mart.
Stephen Kirkup from Rothbury was rewarded for his years of endeavour in the livestock procurement business with the honour of being asked to judge the Royal Highland Winter Fair 2012 held at Ingleston, Edinburgh on 24th November.
The newly designed DirectDrive transmission with double clutch technology has proved to be a highly fuel efficient and time saving alternative to existing continuously variable transmissions (CVTs).
Asda/ABP's groundbreaking BeefLink producer group scheme celebrated its fifth birthday this week, a significant achievement in an ever turbulent red meat market.
Recent heavy rains across the UK have maintained the high risk of liver fluke in sheep and cattle, and SCOPS Chairman Peter Baber has stressed the need for farmers to urgently contact their vet or prescriber to discuss a fluke control programme.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 60 prime cattle, 3 young bulls, 32 over thirty month cattle, 5,179 prime lambs and 5,635 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 29th November 2012.
Spring seed demand has remained high over the past week with the continued wet weather causing more issues in regard to autumn planting opportunities.
Andrew Jennings, of Jennings Farms, based at Hill House, Fountains, Ripon, bagged the Christmas Craven Dairy Auction championship at Skipton Auction Mart for the second year in succession.
Brothers Shaun and Peter Sowray, of Bowes Green Farm, Bishop Thornton, clinched their second championship and reserve championship double in consecutive months with two home-bred British Blue bull calves at the annual Christmas show and sale.
At the inaugural conference of SHAWG last week, a clear mandate was given to the group when the 224 attendees voted in favour of creating an industry-led sheep scab control programme.
Wet weather is continuing to have a serious impact across large parts of the country and in addition to the well-publicised floods and transport disruption, many farmers and farm businesses are also facing very difficult conditions.
An action-packed day of solid trade at Skipton Auction Mart’s fifth annual Lingfield Christmas primestock shows and sales, the biggest and best on record to date.
Planning fees are due to go up by 15% on the 22 November and two consultations have been issued this year on proposed changes to what can be done without the need to apply for planning permission.
With many farmers seeking greater fuel efficiency when mowing, Vicon has introduced three new plain disc mowers for the 2013 season that deliver outstanding cutting quality from a low power requirement.
A new generation of Siloking Kverneland Duo vertical twin-auger diet feeders has been introduced to sit above the existing range of Duo models.
Kuhn has added a 1.5m flail head option on its 5.5m Poly-Longer long-reach hedgecutter to increase the machine’s working capacity and improve its overall reach.
Charolais met a consistent demand selling to a top of 8,000gns at the official breed society show and sale at Carlisle on Friday 23 November.
Strong demand has helped push exports of sheep meat offal up to the £3.5 million mark despite lower production, according to EBLEX.
Considering erecting a new farm building, extending one you already have or completing any drastic repairs? The idea of applying for planning permission for any project, no matter how big or small can seem a bit daunting.
Kongskilde is introducing a new mechanical row crop cultivator at Agromek 2012 - Vibro Crop Intelli - with camera steering and GPS section control for working in irregular-shaped fields.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 48 prime cattle, 40 over thirty month cattle, 5,244 prime lambs and 6,479 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 22nd November 2012.
SAC Consulting have been praised for delivering a first class beef event earlier this week. With over 100 farmers attending from across Northumberland and as far away as Nottingham the event proved a major success.
The global success of JCB’s most iconic product was honoured this week with the presentation of a Queen’s Award marking a huge growth in overseas sales.
The future of farming in the UK needs a united approach from government, researchers and industry to developing new knowledge and technologies, if it is to meet the challenges of the next two decades, a leading scientist has warned.
Christine William and Paul Tippetts have announced the private purchase of a bull bred by Gerard Walsh and Anne Marie Clarke of the Gerrygullinane Limousin herd.
With the aim of incentivising best practice in sheep health, welfare and production, the National Sheep Association has unveiled plans that it hopes Defra and the devolved administrations will carry forward as part of their negotiations in the current reform of the European Common Agricultural Policy.
Horsch will be showing UK customers the latest Leeb PT 270 self-propelled sprayer and Maestro 12 CC drill at the LAMMA show.
The newly appointed chairman of the Livestock Auctioneers Association says he is looking forward to working hard to ensure livestock producers will continue to be well-served by both auctioneers and the market.
Ray Nield, show chairman of this year’s English Winter Fair livestock showcase, Stafford, (Nov 17-18) has applauded exhibitors young and old for an ’outstanding’ show of livestock and handling skills at last weekend’s event.
Environmental Advisor for H&H Land and Property, who operate across the
North of England, tells us what changes to Environmental Stewardship farmers and
landowners need to be aware of prior to them taking effect from January 1st 2013.
The agricultural industry must work together and act now to deal with the growing soil and water challenges it faces.
A new initiative is being launched by Cumbria's Newton Rigg College, which will see greater opportunities for studying land based subjects in the North of England.
John Deere dealer Claytons of Carlton has announced that it has joined forces with Yorkshire and Humberside based Ripon Farm Services, as of November 2012.
The final preparations are now underway for this year's East of England Smithfield Festival at Peterborough on 30 November and 1 December.
The improved trade for beef cattle has been reflected in buyers’ willingness to secure champion cattle, lambs and pigs at this year’s English Winter Fair livestock showcase, Stafford County Showground (Nov 17-18) with a top price of £7300 being paid for the supreme cattle champion.
Farm Vet John Macfarlane of Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group offers a timely update for farmers in the North East dealing with the repercussions of a disastrously wet season.
With ever-rising fuel and energy costs farmers are looking to identify ways to control costs and manage energy use. The Farm Energy Event offers an ideal way to gain sensible, impartial and practical advice.
Beef Shorthorn females were in demand selling to 3,750gns at the breed society’s collective sale featuring the first stage of Keith Mitchell’s Ceredigion based Llanarth herd dispersal at Chelford on Saturday 10 November.
Insights into the genetic code of pigs that reveal how the species evolved could improve the health of animals in future.
The 2012 edition of Harrison & Hetherington’s Black & White Sale held at Borderway, Carlisle will be one of the most anticipated events in the Holstein calendar. This year’s sale takes place on Saturday December 1st and once again features “la crème de la crème” of elite dairy genetics.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 48 prime cattle, 10 young bulls, 48 over thirty month cattle, 5,596 prime lambs and 7,437 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 15th November 2012.
A library of real-life video case studies is now online on Natural England’s website, showing how Catchment Sensitive Farming advice can help food producers across a wide range of farming sectors improve their local environment and cut their costs.
The National Sheep Association says UK governments should follow the lead of Australia, where top-level environmental strategists have acknowledged the importance of sheep in conservation management and sustaining habitats for important species.
With the agricultural industry undergoing significant changes, agricultural advisors and industry specialists from H&H Land and Property last week presented the lasted updates on a range of farming issues at a specialist seminar held at Tynedale Rugby Club.
Kiotechagil and Montana hosted a technical seminar which gave Peruvian producers the technical information and solutions for important challenges such intestinal health and myocotoxicosis.
Harbro is delighted to announce that Kirsteen Smith, manager of the Perth Country Store was awarded the TRADEGDE Customer Care Award at the Over the Counter Awards 2012.
Robert Moore, Rural Practice Surveyor of George F White gives his professional advice to farmers who have gas mains, electricity lines and water pipes on their land.
‘Building a Profitable Sheep Business’ is the intriguing title of the farm walk and conference on Greenmount Campus at Antrim on Wed, Dec 5.
The industry’s premier dairy conference is to be held between the 13th and 15th January at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Glasgow. It will be the 23rd consecutive dairy conference organised by the company.
Case IH dealers from across Europe have gathered in Linz, Austria, to hear the business’s management lay out ambitious plans for the next few years.
New welfare assessments for finisher pigs are proposed to be included in Red Tractor Assurance farm standards from April next year.
Exciting new plans have been announced by Askham Bryan College which will see a £9m investment into new projects both at Newton Rigg College and at the York campus, at Askham Bryan.
The Carlisle autumn sale of Whitebred Shorthorn Cattle had the largest number of females to be presented at an Association sale for some considerable time.
Charolais met a solid commercial trade peaking at 7,500gns and smashing centre pedigree cattle records with an average £4,013 for 63 lots sold at the breed society’s autumn fixture at Welshpool on Thursday 8 November.
A record number of show entries and a packed sale ring produced a top price of 4,000gns at the 2012 Northern National Ayrshire show and sale, on Wednesday 7th November at Harrison & Hetherington’s Borderway Sale Centre, Carlisle.
Dairy Spares has introduced a complete range of vacuum pump oils, specifically formulated to be suitable for all leading makes and models of milking machines.
The inaugural Skipton show and sale of South Devon cattle, held under the auspices of the South Devon Herd Book Society, attracted considerable interest and a solid trade in all sections at Skipton Auction Mart.
Beef Shorthorn heifers met a strong demand selling to a top of 3,100gns at the breed society’s official show and sale in Skipton on Wednesday 7 November.
The Farmall U Pro is a new tractor concept designed by Case IH engineers to meet the requirements of today’s mixed and arable farms.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 50 prime cattle, 5 young bulls, 60 over thirty month cattle, 4,974 prime lambs and 7,595 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 8th November 2012.
McConnel has just unveiled TwinCut, featuring two high-powered spiral rotors, the world's first mainstream dual-rotor flailhead, designed to tackle mature hedgerows in a single-pass.
Kverneland Group is introducing the new Kverneland Exacta TL GEOspread spreader and is again setting new standards on even more accurate spreading by introducing GPS possibilities on the weighing spreaders.
The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association, a new organisation which champions the virtues of raising and finishing stock solely on grass and conserved forages, is up and running and welcoming new members.
Dairy Shorthorn were in demand selling to 3,750gns at the society’s official annual autumn show and sale at Chelford on Monday 5 November.
Angus Stovold of the Rosemead herd had a strong
turnout of Aberdeen Angus cattle in front of him at this year’s Winter National Show held
in conjunction with the Borderway Agri Expo in Carlisle.
A radical redesign, a considerable increase in efficiency and new innovations characterise the newest generation of large square balers from Case IH: the LB 4 series.
A sizeable increase in live sheep entries - spurred on by the introduction of new classes for novice handlers - sets the stage for this year's English Winter Fair livestock showcase at Staffs County Showground on the weekend of Nov 17-18.
Showmen from both sides of the border were leading lights at the November prime shows at Skipton Auction Mart.
Plans are now taking shape for the launch of the Fresh Start Uplands Academy which will be based at Newton Rigg College, with applications invited from the 1st December.
Production of an upgraded and realigned range of heavy-duty tractors begins at ARGO’s headquarters assembly plant in Italy this month.
Charolais met a ready demand both from home and from Scottish buyers selling to 5,800gns at the Northern Ireland Charolais Club’s official November show and sale at Dungannon on Friday 2 November.
With livestock entries in excess of 800 and over 12,500 spectators through the doors, records were broken at this year’s Borderway Agri-Expo in Carlisle on Friday 2nd November.
Billed as the ‘World’s Toughest Calf Hutches’ the Agri-Plastics range is on show at EuroTier 2012 in Hanover, Germany from 13-16 Nov on stand B29 in hall 13.
A time and money saving innovation being launched at EuroTier 2012 in Hanover is the PipeFeeder developed by Dutch company Hanskamp AgroTech.
The CLA in the North of England urged its members and all tree owners to get out into the woods at the weekend to look for cases of Chalara fraxinea in ash trees before any more leaves fall.
Planning forage feeding this year is a very different jigsaw than in most years – and with more pieces, according to Provimi ruminant manager Philip Ingram.
The livestock showcase on the weekend of Nov 17-18 at Staffs County Showground is an event not to be missed by lovers of farming and the countryside.
Visitors to the Yorkshire Dales National Park were today urged to help stem the spread of a disease that is killing thousands of trees throughout Europe.
The consultation period on Defra’s draft National Action Plan (NAP) for the sustainable use of pesticides has just ended.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 30 prime cattle, 8 young bulls, 41 over thirty month cattle, 5,293 prime lambs and 8,307 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 1st November 2012.
SynTech Research is acquiring Bayer CropScience's state-of-the-art US Ecotoxicology capability at the Bayer Research Park near Stilwell, Kansas.
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