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Stackyard News - September 2014

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

  2014-Sep-29
Windbrook daughter leads Moira entry at 2,750gns
Quality heifers and young cows sold to a top of 2,750gns at Holstein NI’s first show and sale of the new season on Wednesday 24th September.
  2014-Sep-29
In-Livestock Offers Insurance for Pedigree Stock
The H&H Group, best known for its Harrison & Hetherington livestock auctioneering, is launching a new division and brand to develop its pedigree livestock insurance cover.
  2014-Sep-29
Booth Family Bags Another Skipton NEMSA Title
The Smearsett flock of WA&A Booth was again in championship-winning form when responsible for the victorious pen of ten at the second annual ewe lamb show and sale for members of the North of England Mule Sheep Association at Skipton Auction Mart.
  2014-Sep-29
Cream of Genetics at Britain’s Biggest Dairy Bull Sale
The UK’s biggest and best sale of pedigree dairy bulls is coming to Carlisle with arguably the very best line-ups of Holstein and British Friesian genetics ever gathered together in one place.
  2014-Sep-29
Carlisle Lleyn Rams to 8,000gns
The quality of the Lleyn sheep and the confidence of customers made for a fantastic sale at Carlisle on Thursday 25th September.
  2014-Sep-26
Scottish Government Limits Greening Options
NFU Scotland has expressed deep disappointment at Scottish Government’s decision to impose stringent management restrictions on those hoping to grow nitrogen fixing crops in a bid to meet their greening obligations.
  2014-Sep-26
Effects of Neonicotinoid Ban has been Underestimated
Oilseed rape has been a victim of the growing gaps in control from crop protection products after the autumn sown crop was untreated due to the current restriction on the use of neonicotinoid seed treatment.
  2014-Sep-26
Fendt Shows Real Horsepower at Innov-Agri
From the 2nd-4th of September the biggest agricultural open-air exhibition in Europe took place on a 20 kilometers site located near the town Outarville, France and Fendt was represented with real horse power.
  2014-Sep-26
Kirkcudbright Vet Wins Dairy Vet of the Year Title
The prestigious Dairy Vet of the Year award has gone to Kirkcudbright based Jimmy More of the Galloway Veterinary Practice.
  2014-Sep-26
Longtown Primestock Sale
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart plc had forward 38 prime cattle, 6 young bulls, 14 over thirty month cattle, 5,093 prime lambs and 8,404 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 25th September 2014.
  2014-Sep-24
Bluefaced Leicester Sale Sees Increased Entries
More than 800 ram lambs will be among almost 1,100 Bluefaced Leicesters going under the hammer in Carlisle at one of the breed’s biggest UK one-day sales.
  2014-Sep-24
Claas Adds New Telescopic Loader to the Scorpion Range
A common feature of telescopic loaders working in agriculture is the need to cope with frequently changing driving and working conditions.
  2014-Sep-24
MSD Backs the Beef Bonus Breed
Herefords, the eye catching beef bonus breed, are holding a major commercial cattle sale on Tuesday, October 7 in Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.
  2014-Sep-24
Retailers Snubbing UK Producers
Food imports are an important tool to provide shoppers with choice all year around, but there is no doubt that a British strawberry in summer is better than an imported one at Christmas, so why not lamb? asks the National Sheep Association.
  2014-Sep-24
New Approaches to Food Systems Needed to Cope with Climate Change
Overcoming climate change is central to achieving a sustainable future for the planet's growing population, and food security must lie at the heart of that effort.
  2014-Sep-24
New Holland T6 AutoCommand Named Best Farmer’s Tractor 2014
During the Agrotechniek fair held at ATH in the Netherlands, New Holland’s T6 AutoCommand tractor won the ‘Boerentrekker of the Year Award 2014’.
  2014-Sep-24
Skipton Texel Rams Peak at 3,400gns
A top call of 3,400gns fell to a shearling ram at the 33rd annual two-day show and sale of pedigree rams and females staged by Northern Area Texel Sheep Breeders Association at Skipton Auction Mart.
  2014-Sep-24
Record Visitors to NSA Wales & Borders Ram Sale
A record number of visitors, a £2million plus turnover, increased averages and some good headline prices were the hallmark of a good day’s trading at the NSA Wales & Border Ram Sale.
  2014-Sep-22
Researching for Better Beef Returns
Just how can we continue in beef production as costs rocket, returns fall and CAP payments shrink?
  2014-Sep-22
Improvement Planned for Limousin Breed
The British Limousin Cattle Society (BLCS) has announced its plans for a major investment in the genetic improvement of the breed over the coming ten years.
  2014-Sep-22
UK Dairy Day Sees First Class Show of Cows
The inaugural UK Dairy Day held at Telford on Wednesday 17th September saw strong competition in all breeds, with excellent quality cows in every class.
  2014-Sep-22
Texels Triumphant Again at Skipton Gimmer Lamb Highlight
Pure-bred Texel gimmer lambs from Glusburn’s David Towell stole the limelight for the second consecutive year at the big mid-September store lamb sale at Skipton Auction Mart.
  2014-Sep-22
New Strain of Bird Flu Causing Concern
A recently-emerged strain of avian influenza virus in poultry in Southeast Asia known as A(H5N6) represents a new threat to animal health and livelihoods and must be closely monitored.
  2014-Sep-22
National Engineering Honour for JCB Chairman Lord Bamford
JCB Chairman Lord Bamford has been given the UK engineering’s highest honour in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the industry.
  2014-Sep-22
McHale Expands Straw Blower & Bale Feeder Range
McHale who have always been a company to react quickly to market demand has added two new machines to its straw blower and bale feeder range.
  2014-Sep-19
Lazonby Mart Prepares for UK’s Biggest One Day Sale of Mule Gimmer Lambs
The beginning of October heralds the UK’s largest one day sale of Mule Gimmer Lambs, when more than 18,000 will go under the hammer at Harrison and Hetherington’s Lazonby Auction Mart.
  2014-Sep-19
Deutz-Fahr 6160 Powershift Category Leading Fuel Economy
The results of the PowerMix test for the DEUTZ-FAHR 6160 from the DLG centre in Germany confirms the new 6 Series is a category leader in terms of fuel efficiency.
  2014-Sep-19
JD Introduces Next Generation of Self-Propelled Foragers
John Deere’s all-new 8000 Series self-propelled forage harvesters represent an entirely new generation of machines.
  2014-Sep-19
Judy Becomes Northumberland Show Organiser
From the Greatest Show on Earth to the Greatest Show in Northumberland is how Judy Willis describes her new role as Event Organiser for the Northumberland County Show.
  2014-Sep-19
Vintage Massey Ferguson 1250 goes for £24,000
More than 600 buyers attended a Cheffins machinery auction in Suffolk this week and witnessed a rare Massey Ferguson tractor from 1979 fetch £24,000.
  2014-Sep-19
Kverneland to Release a New Spreading Charts App
Kverneland will launch a new smartphone application to make it even easier to set up your Kverneland fertiliser spreader. The App has a complete new design and a more user friendly navigation structure.
  2014-Sep-19
Longtown Primestock Sale
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart plc had forward 28 prime cattle, 4 young bulls, 15 over thirty month cattle, 4,794 prime lambs and 5,971 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 18th September 2014.
  2014-Sep-17
Scottish Judge Does the Honours at NI National Charolais Show
The National Charolais Show attracted 100 entries to its Fintona venue on Saturday 13 September where Scottish livestock enthusiast, Michael Durno, Glenlivet found his respective male and female champions in Coolnaslee Ivanhoe and Bessiebell Incredible.
  2014-Sep-17
Trees Continue to Grow at a Faster Rate
Trees have been growing significantly faster since the 1960s. The typical development phases of trees and stands have barely changed, but they have accelerated – by as much as 70 percent.
  2014-Sep-17
Norfolk Farmer Sells Collection of Vintage Vehicles
An Allis Chalmers Model B, a 1949 Field Marshall Series 2 and a 1955 Ferguson TEF20 are among a collection of vintage farm and military vehicles being put under the hammer by Brian Mack, a farmer from Downham Market, Norfolk.
  2014-Sep-17
Morris Lubricants Helps Out with the Bear Essentials
It started with a rear axle unit salvaged from a damaged tractor in Cornwall. Gradually all of the other components were sourced – a cab here and a bonnet there – and The Bear Essentials tractor pulling team was born.
  2014-Sep-17
Goosnargh Gardener Blooms at Skipton Gimmer Shearling Show
Full-time gardener Tim Jackson, who raises sheep as a hobby, bloomed when turning out the first prize pen of Mules at Skipton Auction Mart’s second annual shearling gimmer show and sale.
  2014-Sep-17
Pasture Farmers Recognised at Fine Farm Produce Awards
Three members of the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association who are National Trust tenants, received prizes at the recent ‘Fine Farm Produce Awards’ organised by the National Trust and held in Bristol.
  2014-Sep-17
Herd Health with a Single Injection to Prevent BVD and IBR
Having a herd health plan in place that is regularly updated gives us peace of mind, saves time and money, reports Co Down milk producer Andrew Young.

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  2014-Sep-15
Phil Hogan Named Commissioner for Agriculture
The NFU has said it looks forward to working with a strong champion for productive agriculture after the announcement by President Juncker naming Phil Hogan as Commissioner-designate for Agriculture and Rural Development.
  2014-Sep-15
Wintering Your Livestock
The days are shortening, harvest and autumn sowing is mostly done, so now is the time to turn your attention to the winter and your stock.
  2014-Sep-15
Scottish Chicken Shortfall on Supermarket Shelves
Scottish consumers face the prospect of being unable to buy Scottish chicken in their local supermarket as further cuts to Scottish producers’ contracts are announced.
  2014-Sep-12
New Tracked Magnum Rowtrac in Tractor of the Year Battle
A new tracked version of Case IH’s popular Magnum model is amongst the finalists for the 2015 Tractor of the Year.
  2014-Sep-12
New Flexible Conveyor for Diet Mixers
Where feeding in different heights on the same farm is challenging for the major part of feeder brands on the market, Kongskilde now offers a superb 4-in-one solution.
  2014-Sep-12
FAO Food Price Index Drops to Four-Year Low
Good weather boosts world cereal production with 2014 crop projections up 14 million tonnes.
  2014-Sep-12
Record Number of Girls Sign Up for JCB Apprenticeships
A record number of young women have started work at JCB as apprentices – challenging the myth that engineering is very much a man's world.
  2014-Sep-12
Dairy Farmers Worldwide Now Choosing Irish Bulls!
Last September ABS Ireland sent its first shipment of AI straws from their grassland programme to New Zealand. Since then semen from Irish grassland bulls has also been exported to Australia and Chile for use by dairy farmers producing milk on grassland systems.
  2014-Sep-12
Last McHale Fusion 3 Plus Leave for New Zealand
The McHale Fusion 3 Plus Baler Wrapper has been operating in New Zealand for two seasons now.
  2014-Sep-12
Longtown Primestock Sale
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart plc had forward 19 prime cattle, 7 young bulls, 12 over thirty month cattle, 3,957 prime lambs and 6,397 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 11th September 2014.
  2014-Sep-10
Three-Quarters of Dairy Farmers Feeding Contaminated Rations
Dairy farmers are potentially risking their cows’ health, fertility and production by inadvertently feeding rations containing mycotoxins and bacteria, according to new research.
  2014-Sep-10
Superstar Fodder Takes Top Food Award
Fodder, the regional food shop and café on the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate has won one of the most prestigious national awards in the industry.
  2014-Sep-10
Grass Roots Approach Helps Boost Milk Yields
A seed mixture designed to maximise the grazing period for cows has contributed to an increase in profitability for Andrew and Margaret Smith who farm 630 acres of land in North Cumbria.
  2014-Sep-10
Innovative Dairy Product Wins Award for Boost to Cow Health
A temperature-monitoring bolus which spots signs of illness in dairy cattle up to two days before any physical signs appear has won a major award for agricultural innovation.
  2014-Sep-08
Call for Scottish Sheepkeepers to Double Tag Older Ewes
The derogation that allows older sheep tagged before 2010 to be moved in batches between businesses will end in January 2015.
  2014-Sep-08
CIS Appoints Independent Vet Adviser
Cattle Information Services (CIS), the health testing subsidiary of Holstein UK, is delighted to be working with leading vet Andy Biggs as CIS’ independent vet adviser.
  2014-Sep-08
Beltex Set Skipton Mart Record Price
A new Skipton Auction Mart record price for a single sheep of 9,500 guineas, was established at the Beltex Sheep Society’s 14th annual show and sale of pedigree rams and females at Skipton Auction Mart.
  2014-Sep-08
Promotion Pays Off for Roscrea Lleyns
The Southern Ireland Lleyn Breeders Club held an Open Day at Killure More, Ballinasloe, Co Galway in August which was very successful.
  2014-Sep-08
Top Tup Tips for Ram Sale
They’ll be coming in their thousands, preened, brushed and cosseted, and from all corners of Great Britain, to the Royal Welsh Showground where the main NSA Wales & Border Ram Sale takes place on Monday, 22 September.
  2014-Sep-08
Two New Members of Staff for Newton Rigg College
There are two new additions to the Newton Rigg College agriculture team, with former student Josh Forrest beginning work as a general farm worker alongside his sheepdog Jody.
  2014-Sep-08
Jean Lands Jacob Championship Hat-Trick at Skipton
The Welsh-based Pentrenant flock of Jean Price in Churchstoke, Powys, achieved a memorable hat-trick at the Northern Area Jacob Sheep Breeders’ 39th annual show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.
  2014-Sep-05
Ballymena Farmer Wins NSA Prize
The National Sheep Association’s 2014 membership recruitment prize giveaway has had its first Northern Irish winner.
  2014-Sep-05
No Silver Bullet to Address Dairy Downturn
The Tenant Farmers Association believes that a range of measures, rather than one silver bullet, is needed to tackle the current downturn in the dairy market and unless the whole of the industry pulls together the current difficulties could last for some time.
  2014-Sep-05
Entitlement Trading Deadline Approaches
Landowners who have entitlements they want to trade under the current Single Payment Scheme should do so now – or risk losing them for no value when the Basic Payment Scheme comes into force next year.
  2014-Sep-05
Breed Chairman Lands Skipton Masham Wethers Top Prize
The largest entry of CCM Skipton’s peak sheep sale season so far saw JM Wilson & Sons, of Beckwithshaw, triumph in the Masham wethers annual prize show.
  2014-Sep-05
Straw Harrowing Enhances Control of Slugs and Weeds
Slugs and weeds, including blackgrass, can be controlled quickly, at very low cost, by running a straw harrow over stubbles before the next crop is drilled, according to leading manufacturer Claydon Drills.
  2014-Sep-05
Calving at 2 Years? – Yes say the NBA
In the modern day beef industry there is little room for calving at 3 years old. This is the message from Charlie Maclaren, newly appointed board member of The National Beef Association.
  2014-Sep-05
Longtown Primestock Sale
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart plc had forward 23 prime cattle, 6 young bulls, 12 over thirty month cattle, 3,649 prime lambs and 6,253 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 4th September 2014.
  2014-Sep-03
2015 International Year of Soils
This summer archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel prize winner and soul mate of Nelson Mandela, received a “Soilmate” from Dutch entrepreneur Volkert Engelsman.
  2014-Sep-03
CAP Confusion Continues to Cause Concern
The Tenant Farmers Association is receiving a high volume of calls from members who are attempting to get to grips with the emerging rules surrounding the implementation of the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) schemes.
  2014-Sep-03
Badger Vaccination Scheme Launched to Curb Bovine TB Spread
A new badger vaccination scheme has been launched as part of the government’s comprehensive strategy to make England bovine TB free.
  2014-Sep-03
Ruthin Lleyn Rams Reach 6,200gns
The commercial buyers looking for large numbers helped to put a bottom in the commercial Lleyn shearling ewe trade at Ruthin on Monday 1st September 2014.
  2014-Sep-03
Rhode Island Reds Head Auction Pecking Order
Rhode Island Red poultry breeder Trevor Hardaker, was champion with three 22-week-old point of lay pullets at the Craven Feather Auctions summer show and sale of poultry and waterfowl at Skipton Auction Mart.
  2014-Sep-03
New Holland Tractor Joins Notting Hill Carnival Parade
Joining the world famous music and colour of the weekend-long Notting Hill carnival this year was the blue of a New Holland tractor.
  2014-Sep-03
Appreciation of Work Behind NSA Scot Sheep 2014
NSA Scottish Region has presented John and Iain Macfarlane, hosts of NSA Scot Sheep 2014, with awards recognising their contribution to the event.
  2014-Sep-03
Forest and Woodland Certification Scheme tops 200,000 hectares
UPM Tilhill is celebrating reaching a major milestone since launching its own Forest and Woodland Certification scheme.
  2014-Sep-03
Making Cattle Culling Decisions
Weaning time provides a great opportunity to select cows which are costing the business more than they earn for culling.
  2014-Sep-03
Partners Working Well to Care For National Park
Increased tree planting, funding for nearly 40 local community and economic projects and increased support for environmental work by farmers are among the successes of a new plan for the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
  2014-Sep-01
Cut Backs on Research in the NI Agri-Food Sector
In the climate of cutbacks across most areas of government expenditure in Northern Ireland, the trustees of AgriSearch are seriously concerned that spending by DARD on research and innovation will be reduced.

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