Confidence in genomic indexes has grown with the December 2012 proof run as a whole swathe of young Holstein sires has emerged with indexes which are now based on daughter performance.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 32 prime cattle, 2 young bulls, 12 over thirty month cattle, 7,063 prime lambs and 7,714 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 27th December 2012.
The CLA is encouraging farmers and landowners in the North to report waste dumped illegally in gateways, fields and hedgerows over the Christmas season so local police forces can measure the scale of the problem.
With beef producers facing another winter of high feed costs, farmers should pregnancy diagnose (PD) all cows to identify those that are empty and decide whether to sell them immediately or feed them to gain extra condition, according to EBLEX advice.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 45 prime cattle, 9 young bulls, 33 over thirty month cattle, 5,173 prime lambs and 8,254 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 20th December 2012.
The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association (PFLA) is holding an open meeting for livestock producers as part of the Oxford Real Farming Conference on 3 January at 2pm.
Fracking for gas has been given the go ahead by the Government with many farmers and landowners are already being approached by companies wanting to perform exploratory drilling on their land.
XLVets have announced the appointment of Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group director, John Macfarlane as their new chairman. John succeeds outgoing chairman Don McMillan who held the post for two and a half years.
England's flagship agri-environment scheme - Higher Level Stewardship - reached a major milestone this month with the start of the scheme’s 10,000th agreement.
The sixth annual charity sheep show and sale of predominantly Mule wether lambs staged by Addingham & District Sheep Breeders’ Association at Skipton Auction Mart raised £2,700 for Sue Ryder – Manorlands Hospice in Oxenhope, Keighley.
The supreme champion shearling gimmer led the trade at 1,100gns (£1,155) at the Northern Beltex Society’s inaugural show and sale of pedigree in-lamb ewes at Skipton Auction Mart.
Problems with utility company access to land appear to be a recurring theme for farmers at present. A large number of farmers and landowners are being approached by companies who require access over land in order to replace one or more telegraph poles.
West Craven poultry breeder Alan Parnaby, of Barnoldswick, was responsible for the champion trio of Red Saddle Yokohama bantams at the annual Craven Feather Auctions Christmas show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.
The final Craven Dairy Auction of the year at Skipton Auction Mart ended with a championship success for Yorkshire Dales dairyman Robert Crisp, of Calton.
Lee Hope, from Gateshead, and Dale Pattinson, from Tow Law, have successfully passed their Level 2 Lantra accredited test in dry stone walling at Low Kays Lea Test Centre, near Hamsterley in County Durham.
Mark and Helen Keighley, of Manderlea Farm, Leathley, Otley, regained the supreme championship at the 20th annual Northern Area Texel Sheep Breeders’ winter show and sale of pedigree in-lamb females at Skipton Auction Mart.
EBLEX has strengthened its export team with the appointment of Jonathan Eckley as its new marketing executive.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 48 prime cattle, 11 young bulls, 35 over thirty month cattle, 5,494 prime lambs and 6,880 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 13th December 2012.
Farmers and landowners have been urged by the Country Land and Business Association to be on their guard against foul play by Christmas poultry thieves.
The area of oilseed rape planted to hybrid varieties in the UK has over-taken that in ‘conventional’ pure lines this season, reveal the latest annual industry planting estimates from Agrii.
Worrying reports from Europe about the effects of Schmallenberg disease in its second year has led the National Sheep Association to look at ways for the UK to better equip itself to deal with the midge-borne virus.
Beltex females were bid to 3,200gns at Beltex Scotland’s annual show and sale at Lanark on Saturday 8 December featuring dispersals of the Southolm and Harestanes flocks.
Beef farmers throughout Scotland are to gain from the strengthened and now agreed merger between the Scottish Beef Cattle Association and the National Beef Association in Scotland.
Many sheep have died and more have been left emaciated following one of the worst epidemics of liver fluke seen by Alnorthumbria Veterinary Group.
Beltex females met a strong demand peaking at 3,000gns at the breed society’s premier show and sale at Carlisle on Friday 7 December.
Amazone Ltd will extend their range of UX trailed sprayers with a new model at LAMMA 2013. With the UX 11200, Amazone now offers a 12,000 l sprayer with tandem axle system for large farms and expanding businesses needing to cope with higher yard to field distances.
The 1987 introduction of the Magnum series was one of the milestones in Case IH high performance tractor development, and with a design aimed squarely at meeting the needs of a new breed of large farming businesses.
Boost yields and brighten up your dairy shed with AniLEDLights, available now from your Scottish dairy equipment and supplies dealer, DairyFlow.
With one of the wettest summers on record already having made this autumn’s maize harvest one of the most challenging for years, independent business consultants are now also questioning the longer term potential of the crop in the UK because of its low dry matter and protein yield.
Producers can now have heat detection information sent to their mobile phone, iPad or any tablet PC thanks to new developments in NMR’s Silent Herdsman heat detection system.
A Northumberland farming couple are leading the way in giving young people the chance to find out more about life on a farm.
Ewan Harris of Sale & Partners explains the repercussions of a sordid year for farmers and landowners, highlighting opportunities for a more positive 2013.
It looks like it could be a happier New Year for some of England’s favourite farmland birds, as land managers across the country gear up to give their local birds a vital lifeline with support from Natural England’s Environmental Stewardship scheme.
Large classes of exceptional quality gave the judge a extremely demanding task in selecting the championship winners.
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 61 prime cattle, 6 young bulls, 26 over thirty month cattle, 5,441 prime lambs and 6,815 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 6th December 2012.
Crawford Bros from Maguiresbridge have rounded off another successful year by scooping several of the top accolades at the NI Limousin Club’s annual dinner and presentation of awards.
The M2M cow cubicle is a patent-pending design tested and developed by Kingshay, the Independent Dairy Specialists, together with GEA Farm Technologies Royal De Boer.
The new dairy expo releases a powerful programming lineup. Leading edge genetics, global dairy summit broadcasting, live demos and robotics are all happening this February, in Stratford Ontario.
The 2013 Outlook conference, jointly hosted by BPEX, DairyCo and EBLEX, will be held at One Great George Street, in London, on Wednesday 13 February.
National Beef Association members are to have strengthened representation, as five new members are co-opted onto the Board of Trustees.
The December 2012 DairyCo Breeding+ Holstein bull proof is dominated by bulls from Bullsemen.com, with Guarini capturing number one spot and nearly a third of the company’s bulls occupying top 100 positions.
England’s premier agricultural show, The Great Yorkshire Show, takes place on Tuesday 9, Wednesday 10 and Thursday 11 July, 2013.
In the last 15 years, milking robotics and on-farm automation have gone from expensive curiosities to redefining the dairy farm. The growing use of robotics on Canadian dairy farms demonstrates this technology is not only proven, but that there isn’t just one approach to farming anymore.
Beltex met a solid trade peaking at 720gns at the breed society’s Welsh premier sale of in-lamb aged and yearling ewes at Welshpool on Monday 3 December.
Applications are now open and course details have been formulated for the new Fresh Start Uplands Academy which will be based at Newton Rigg College near Penrith.
The rapid growth of the renewables industry has been of great advantage to farmers United Kingdom wide. Making sense of it all, however, can be difficult with policy changes, planning permissions and the question of profitability.
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