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Stackyard News - April 2014

Agricultural, Environmental, Countryside and Farming News from the UK and beyond.

  2014-Apr-30
Free Vet Course Offers Taste of How Things Work in Practice
A free online course will offer people a glimpse of what it takes to study for a veterinary medicine degree. The five-week course, launched by the University of Edinburgh on 19 May, is designed for people who have no previous knowledge of veterinary medicine.
  2014-Apr-30
Laurelmore Duplex Impala EX93 Champion of Emerald Expo 2014
The Hub at Cillin Hill Kilkenny was the venue once again for the Emerald Expo on Saturday 26th April 2014.
  2014-Apr-30
Sitka Spruce Breeding Co-operative Launched
A new organisation has been set up to ensure that there is an adequate supply of improved vegetatively propagated Sitka Spruce for growers and take forward the breeding programme for Sitka Spruce.
  2014-Apr-30
Sexed Stabiliser Semen Offers Chance to Improve Suckler Herds
Asda/ABP BeefLink farmers wanting to maximise the productivity of their suckler herds can now take advantage of a significant price reduction on sexed Stabiliser semen from leading bull Givendale Norseman.
  2014-Apr-30
Lots Announced for Charity Auction at Cereals 2014
The lots have been announced for the charity auction at Cereals 2014 with former England Rugby union Captain Phil Vickery.
  2014-Apr-28
AtlasFram Launches Ammonium Nitrate Purchasing Pool
Members of AtlasFram Group, the UK’s foremost farmers’ cooperative, are now able to benefit from highly competitive prices on a range of nitrogen fertilisers.
  2014-Apr-28
RABDF Launches New Business Training Programme + Mentoring
A new business training programme for aspiring dairy producers has been launched by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers.
  2014-Apr-28
Charolais Launches New Breedplan Herd Rating System
The British Charolais Cattle Society has launched a new system that identifies and rates the quality and quantity of performance information recorded with Breedplan by individual herds on a one to five star basis.
  2014-Apr-28
Putting Dairy-Produced Beef Under the Spotlight
Better beef production from the dairy herd for the benefit of both farmers and the industry as a whole will come under the spotlight at this year’s NBA Beef Expo.
  2014-Apr-25
AGCO/Fendt wins Best Seller Award 2013 Twice in Italy
For the second time the convention FierAgricola and the magazine Macchine Trattori have honored the best sale achievements in Italy.
  2014-Apr-25
New John Deere Trailed Sprayers at Cereals 2014
John Deere’s new mid-specification M-Series trailed sprayer range makes its working debut at Cereals 2014, in the Sprays & Sprayers demonstration arena.
  2014-Apr-25
CAP Boost for English Moorland Payments
Moorland farmers will receive more funding under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), starting next year.
  2014-Apr-25
Scottish Union in Brussels on Single Farm Payment Rules
NFU Scotland believes the emergency option to deliver interim direct support payments from December 2015 onwards would significantly ease Scottish farmer concerns over the introduction of a new area-based Single Farm Payment scheme.
  2014-Apr-25
BCPC Board Strengthened by New Trustees Appointments
BCPC Chairman, Dr Colin Ruscoe has announced the appointment of three additional Trustees to the BCPC Board.
  2014-Apr-25
Tsetse Fly Genome Breakthrough Brings Hope for African Farmers
Scientists have cracked the genetic code of the bloodsucking tsetse fly, prompting hope that the breakthrough will help future efforts to control one of the most devastating livestock diseases in sub-Saharan Africa spread by the insect.
  2014-Apr-25
Shropshire Farm to Host Major West Midlands Potato Event
The Potato Council’s event, the West Midlands Potato Day (WMPD), sees more and more of the region’s potato growers attending each year.
  2014-Apr-25
Longtown Primestock Sale
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart plc had forward 32 prime cattle, 11 young bulls, 7 over thirty month cattle, 13 spring lambs, 4,987 prime hoggs and 2,938 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 24th April.
  2014-Apr-23
Fresh Impetus to CAP Implementation in Scotland Must Continue
NFU Scotland has met Defra Secretary of State Owen Paterson, urging the Minister to keep playing his part in identifying all options available to Scotland with regards to introducing new CAP rules in 2015.
  2014-Apr-23
Claas Updates the Quadrant Baler
2014 updates to the Claas Quadrant 2200 Advantage Baler include the new wider 2.35m XXL pick-up and the inclusion of the Roto Feed rotor technology from the Quadrant 3200 in order to handle the higher throughput.
  2014-Apr-23
Dairy Unit Installs PipeFeeders in the Rapid Exit Parlour!
Belgian milk producer Rudy Rotsaert, who farms at Klemskerke close to the West Flanders coast, is the first in Europe to install PIpeFeeder concentrate dosing units in a Rapid Exit milking parlour.
  2014-Apr-23
Housing Dairy Cattle can Reduce their Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Research from SRUC has found that greenhouse gas emissions from dairy cattle can be significantly reduced through housing dairy cows all year round.
  2014-Apr-23
Borderway Agri Expo 2014 Date Announced
Borderway Agri Expo 2014 will take place on Friday, October 31 in Carlisle, organisers Harrison & Hetherington have announced.
  2014-Apr-23
Lawson Second Calver Bags Craven Dairy Auction Title
The Lawson family from Wharfedale, which has won many a Craven Dairy Auction title from its Newbirks herd, sent out another champion at the Easter Monday fixture.
  2014-Apr-23
UPM Tilhill Marks International Safety Day with a Week of Events
UPM Tilhill has organised five events across the UK for staff and contractors to reinforce the company’s commitment to health and safety.
  2014-Apr-23
Laurelhill Heifers Lead Moira Holstein Trade
Heifers sold to a top of 4,100gns twice, while bulls reached a ceiling of 3,000gns, at Holstein NI’s April show and sale, hosted by Taaffe Auctions at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira.
  2014-Apr-23
AtlasFram Group to Rebrand as Fram Farmers
AtlasFram Group, the UK’s foremost farmer-owned purchasing and marketing cooperative, will rebrand as Fram Farmers to reflect its strong growth, progressive approach and innovative programme of member services.
  2014-Apr-22
Beef Expo Farm Tours Showcase Traditional Northumbrian Enterprises
Renowned Northumberland farmers Willie Woodman and the Hunter family will be hosting this year’s farm tours, which form a key part of NBA Beef Expo returning on May 21st and 22nd.
  2014-Apr-22
John Fawcett Shines Again in Skipton Cattle Arena
Barden’s John Fawcett, who has been on sparkling form at Skipton Auction Mart this year with an excellent crop of young, up-and-coming cattle, landed a further championship success at the annual Spring store cattle with show potential fixture.
  2014-Apr-22
Celebs Join Young Farmers on Charity Single Put That Hoedown
Young farmers are aiming to break into the top 40 with a charity single featuring comedian Alexander Armstrong and singer Chesney Hawkes to help raise awareness about rural isolation and mental health issues affecting young people.
  2014-Apr-22
Disappointment at Lack of Transparency in Takeaway Food Sector
The National Sheep Association is hugely disappointed by the news that 43 out of 145 meat samples from lamb takeaways recently tested by the Food Standards Agency were not in fact lamb.
  2014-Apr-22
Welsh Black Johne’s Control Provides Template
The control of the debilitating Johne’s Disease in the Welsh Black Cattle breed serves as a template for other breeds to follow, according to the Society’s President Bruce Lawson.
  2014-Apr-17
Longtown Primestock Sale
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart plc had forward 26 prime cattle, 5 young beef bulls, 8 over thirty month cattle, 2,243 prime hoggs and 2.728 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 17th April 2014.
  2014-Apr-16
Cola Giants Back Voluntary Guidelines on Land Tenure
PepsiCo and Coca-Cola now both on board with international recommendations to respect local people’s rights to land and livelihoods.
  2014-Apr-16
British Beef Carcase Quality Continues to Improve
The quality of British prime beef carcases improved during 2013, with 3.8% more reaching the ‘R4L or better’ target than in 2012, according to EBLEX.
  2014-Apr-16
One Off Slurry Tanker a Winner
A slurry tanker built to his own specification has proved an excellent investment for Middletown, Co Armagh, NI dairy farmer George Mitchell.
  2014-Apr-16
Cereals 2014 will Debut New Varifeed™ 41-Foot Grain Header
Cereals 2014 will be the stage for the long-awaited UK debut of the new Varifeed™ 41-foot grain header for the New Holland CR combine harvester.
  2014-Apr-16
New Premises for Landini Tractor Dealer in Kent
Improved customer support for Landini tractor users in Kent is promised following the move by local sales and service dealer Horsepower UK to more spacious and better equipped premises.
  2014-Apr-16
Remove Weeds to Get More Grass from What You've Got
Farmers looking to get rid of docks and thistles so they can maximise grass yields, can meet the experts from Dow AgroSciences on Stand 310 at the Grassland and Muck Event.
  2014-Apr-16
Robert Towers Double at Skipton Easter Spring Lamb Showcase
Robert Towers secured a noteworthy championship and reserve championship double at the high profile Easter prime lamb show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.
  2014-Apr-16
Yorkshire Prepares for its Best Ever Tractor Fest
Vintage Tractor enthusiasts from across the country will gather in Yorkshire this summer for the Newby Hall Tractor Fest held on 7th-8th June.

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  2014-Apr-14
Agriculture's Greenhouse Gas Emissions on the Rise
New FAO estimates of greenhouse gas data show that emissions from agriculture, forestry and fisheries have nearly doubled over the past fifty years.
  2014-Apr-14
Kverneland Sells its 1,000th Siloking Self-Propelled Mixer
The range of self-propelled mixers from Siloking Kverneland has reached a ground breaking sales figure of 1,000.
  2014-Apr-14
Commercial Interest in Newark Limousin Bulls
Two bulls at 7,000gns led the way at the 10th Anniversary Limousin Day Show & Sale held at Newark on Saturday 12th April 2014.
  2014-Apr-14
Young Farmers Bury Time Capsule at Site of First Club
Young Farmers buried a time capsule in Hemyock, Devon - the site of the first Young Farmers’ Club - to commemorate the NFYFC's 80th anniversary.
  2014-Apr-14
Scouring the Landscape for a North Pennines Champion
Do you know someone who selflessly dedicates countless hours of their life to look after the protected landscape of the North Pennines?
  2014-Apr-14
Future Upland Management in the Spotlight at National Conference
A national conference discussing issues and challenges around managing the country's uplands will take place next month.
  2014-Apr-14
Understanding Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus (BVDV)
Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus (BVDV), despite the name, doesn’t often cause diarrhoea in adult cattle!
  2014-Apr-14
Farmers Show Strong Support for the Auction Mart
While the national flock is declining, the number of store and breeding sheep, cull ewes and prime lambs sold through auction markets continues to rise.
  2014-Apr-11
Grassland & Muck Comes Around Again
Grassland & Muck 2014, the biggest grass, forage and muck event brings in the leading agricultural contractors and livestock farmers from across Great Britain.
  2014-Apr-11
Top Dutch Breeder to Judge Emerald Expo 2014
Nico Bons will judge the Emerald Expo 2014 which takes place on Saturday April 26. This All Ireland and all dairy breeds event has a prize fund of €25K, one of the biggest for any EU livestock event.
  2014-Apr-11
Longtown Primestock Sale
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart plc had forward 34 prime cattle, 16 over thirty month cattle, 7,114 prime hoggs and 3,885 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 10th April 2014.
  2014-Apr-09
New Seed Treatment Available for Cold-Tolerant Lucerne
Lucerne seed of the leading cold-tolerant variety Timbale, pre-inoculated and coated for enhanced establishment, is available in the UK from Germinal Seeds for 2014 drilling.
  2014-Apr-09
Key Appointment for the Cumbrian Renewables Industry
H&H Land and Property have announced the appointment of Victoria Lancaster as Renewable Energy Advisor.
  2014-Apr-09
Cogent’s Top Sires Excel Across Key Indexes
Cattle breeding company, Cogent, has many counts on which to celebrate the DairyCo bull proof-runs published this week.
  2014-Apr-09
NSA Sheep Worrying Survey Results Revealed
NSA survey reveals 96% of wheep worrying Incidents cause stress or injury.
  2014-Apr-09
Sandy Jeffrey Sets Up New Business Sourcing Prime Cattle
Sandy Jeffrey, a beef cattle specialist, well known on each side of the English-Scottish border, will be offering a unique, sales commission free, primestock placement service from his base at Wooler.
  2014-Apr-09
National Beef Association TB Disappointment
Bill Harper of the National Beef Association gives us his views on the Badger Cull decision.
  2014-Apr-09
Keelham Farm Shop Snaps Up the Champion at Skipton
Keelham Farm Shop secured both champion and reserve at Skipton Auction Mart’s April Prime Cattle show.
  2014-Apr-09
Spotlight on Grass Seed Mixtures
Oliver Seeds will showcase a comprehensive range of their grass seed mixtures on Stand Number 316 at the Grassland and Muck event at Stoneleigh, Warwickshire on May 21-22.
  2014-Apr-09
Case IH Announces New Orchard and Vineyard Tractors
Case IH has launched two new specialist models, the Quantum F for use in orchards, together with the ultra-narrow Quantum V for use in vineyards and soft fruit applications.
  2014-Apr-09
Should we be Considering a Real Market for Horse Meat?
The Princess Royal speaks out on addressing the horse crisis at World Horse Welfare’s centre in Lancashire and rounds-up her views on Countryfile.
  2014-Apr-07
Strong Attendance at Agricultural Buildings Show 2014
Keen interest in the continuing process of updating farm buildings, on all types of farm, ensured a positive turnout of farmers and sector specialists for the Agricultural Buildings Show 2014.
  2014-Apr-07
Lantra Highlights Skills Shortage Crisis
Lantra highlights the need for 600k new recruits by 2020 to avoid a skills shortage crisis in the land-based and environmental sector.
  2014-Apr-07
The Wessex ATV Topper Tops the Lot
If you own or use an ATV and you’re looking for a quality topper but you’re on a budget, the Wessex AT-110 neatly fits the bill.
  2014-Apr-07
Cogent Supershot Dominates Global Rankings
Cogent Supershot continues to stand ahead of the pack following a very successful proof day, becoming the number one available genomic sire on both major indexes in the USA and on Canada’s key breeding index.
  2014-Apr-07
Claydon Drills to exhibit latest technology at the Royal Highland Show
Claydon Drills, which manufactures the patented Claydon Strip Seeding System, will be exhibiting the latest in crop establishment technology at the 2014 Royal Highland Show.
  2014-Apr-07
FAO Condemns Unnecessary Waste of Good Food
As populations expand and food requirements continue to rise, the world cannot afford to continue squandering one third of total agricultural production.
  2014-Apr-07
Sharing Diffusion Pollution Best Practice
UPM Tilhill’s Central Scotland team recently hosted a site visit by 42 members of staff from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Water and Scottish Natural Heritage to Warroch Hill woodland creation site, Milnathort.
  2014-Apr-04
Lots of Grass on Co. Limerick Dairy Farm
James O’Connor farms at Ballytigue near Bruree in Co. Limerick. He is a Teagasc client and an active member of his local farm discussion group. The O’Connor family supply Kerry Coop with milk and have now moved to a 100% spring calving herd.
  2014-Apr-04
Longtown Primestock Sale
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 32 prime cattle, 16 young bulls, 38 over thirty month cattle, 5,391 prime hoggs and 3,286 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 3rd April 2014.
  2014-Apr-04
NI Nuffield Scholars Spring Conference
The Northern Ireland Nuffield Scholars Association will be holding a spring conference on Monday 7th April 2014 at AFBI, Hillsborough.
  2014-Apr-04
Sharp Rise in FAO Food Price Index
The FAO Food Price Index rose sharply in March, up 4.8 points, or 2.3 percent, to an average of 212.8, the highest level since May 2013.
  2014-Apr-04
Livestock Event to Stage World First Live Robotic Demonstration
The world’s first combined live robotic milking and feeding system demonstration at an exhibition will be staged at the Livestock Event, to be held at The NEC, on 2 and 3 July.
  2014-Apr-04
Cumbrian Farmer Goes Back to College
A passion for putting agriculture back at the heart of Newton Rigg College, Penrith, plus a strong family connection led dairy farmer Peter Holliday to return to the campus where he originally studied.
  2014-Apr-04
Minister Simon Coveney TD Officially Launches Emerald Expo 2014
The Minister for Agriculture, Marine and Food, Simon Coveney TD recently launched Emerald Expo 2014 in Agriculture House, Dublin, Ireland.
  2014-Apr-02
iD Projects Showcases Exceptional Hatchery Technology
iD Projects is introducing iD Visio, a candling system offering unparalleled accuracy and speed, to the Pig & Poultry Fair on 14 May at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.
  2014-Apr-02
Boothman Bonanza at Skipton Ewe and Lamb Show
Linton’s Thomas Boothman was the headline performer at Skipton Auction Mart’s opening early Spring show of 219 ewes with 380 lambs at foot.
  2014-Apr-02
Zetor Shifts Up in Performance with the New Forterra HD
Traditional Czech manufacturer of agricultural technology, Zetor Tractors is expanding its range of modern tractors to include the new Forterra HD model.
  2014-Apr-02
Global Climate Change Supports Food Production in the Welsh Uplands
A Global Climate Change Report Highlights Importance of Supporting Food Production in the Uplands of Wales.
  2014-Apr-02
Is Your Bull Fit for Purpose?
For any herd, a breeding bull is a significant financial investment. The target to deliver a return on investment should see the bull remain fit and fertile for at least six breeding years.
  2014-Apr-02
New MD Takes Up the Reins at BCPC
BCPC has announced that Chris Todd, Managing Director will be retiring and that Julian Westaway has been appointed as his successor as of 1 April 2014.

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