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Stackyard News - March 2016

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

 2016-Mar-30
Farmers Urged to Report any Suspicion of Sheep Scab
Sheep farmers are being urged to remain vigilant against sheep scab and report any suspicion of the disease.
 2016-Mar-30
Disease Strategy Needed Amid Mounting Bluetongue Risk
With a recent APHA report suggesting an 80% chance of the bluetongue virus serotype 8 hitting UK shores later this year, the National Sheep Association is working hard to keep the need for an agreed disease control strategy at the top of the agenda.
 2016-Mar-30
Suckler Farmer ‘Sold’ on Synchronisation
Co Down suckler herd owner Michael Griffith will continue to use synchronisation to improve herd performance and reduce workload.
 2016-Mar-30
New Innovations Headline at Pig & Poultry Fair
Innovation and ideas are the driving force behind development of the livestock industry, and visitors to this year’s British Pig & Poultry Fair are sure to get plenty of both.
 2016-Mar-30
Peripheral Film Wrap Available on Comprima Balers
Factory-Fitted Peripheral film wrapping is now an option on all Krone Comprima and Comprima X-treme round balers.
 2016-Mar-30
Crofters Reject Government Vision for Scottish Agriculture
The Scottish Crofting Federation has rejected the Scottish Government's published vision for the future of Scottish agriculture on the grounds that crofting barely features in it.
 2016-Mar-29
Young Shepherd of the Year Competition at NSA Scot Sheep
Keen and enthusiastic youngsters with an interest in sheep will have the opportunity to compete and demonstrate their skills in the Young Shepherd of the Year competition at NSA Scot Sheep, Wednesday 1st June at Blythbank Farm.
 2016-Mar-29
Lawsons on the Mark at Craven Dairy Auction
The Lawson family’s Newbirks pedigree dairy herd clinched its first championship success of 2016 at the March bank holiday Craven Dairy Auction show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.
 2016-Mar-29
6 Month Review of St Boswells and Wooler Auction Marts
Harrison & Hetherington became the largest livestock auctioneering company in the UK when, six months ago, they amalgamated with John Swan & Sons to run St Boswells and Wooler marts.
 2016-Mar-29
New Approach Needed to Tackle Antibiotic Use
Veterinary practices need to work more closely with nutritionists and farmers to help them meet demands for antibiotic-free poultry production.
 2016-Mar-29
New High-Spec Options for John Deere Sprayers
John Deere has announced two new high-end options for its M700 and M900 Series trailed sprayers, which include six models with tank capacities from 2400 to 6200 litres and spray booms from 18 to 40m.
 2016-Mar-29
New IBERS Research to Boost Grassland Efficiency
Greater profitability and reduced environmental impact from livestock farming are key objectives for a new three year forage breeding research project that started in February 2016 at IBERS Aberystwyth University.
 2016-Mar-29
Kubota Sponsors Machinery for Harper Adams University
Leading groundcare and agricultural machinery supplier Kubota UK is lending its support to Harper Adams University by sponsoring machinery for teaching, research, campus upkeep and farm operations.
 2016-Mar-29
Consider Pension Funds to Free Up Cash Flow
Farmers should consider using their pensions to free up cash flow during the current downturn, according to Old Mill accountants and financial planners.
 2016-Mar-24
Longtown Primestock Sale
C&D Auction Marts Limited had forward 6 prime cattle, 11 OTM cattle, 2,577 prime hoggs and 2,718 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 24th March 2016.
 2016-Mar-23
Genomic Breeding Value Results Published
Following culmination of the recent four-year Carcase Traits Project the new Limousin Carcase Trait GEBV evaluation has taken place and results have been released to owners of the animals genotyped for this purpose.
 2016-Mar-23
Thrones Tops for Silage
Asked why use a silage additive and why choose Ecosyl 100 dairy farmer David Throne gave a simple answer. “We tried other additives over the years, but none matched Ecosyl for consistently giving us a first class fermentation at reasonable cost.
 2016-Mar-23
Five Actions for Crofting
With the commencement of the campaigns for the Scottish elections, the Scottish Crofting Federation is challenging political parties to lay out in their manifestos how they will deliver for crofting based on ‘Five Actions for Crofting’.
 2016-Mar-23
Sowray Calf Sets New £780 Record Price at Skipton
A new all-time high mart record price of £780 for a rearing calf was paid for the supreme champion at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual Spring show and sale.
 2016-Mar-21
Time for Farm Tenants to Serve Notice for Rent Reviews
The Tenant Farmers Association is urging all tenant farmers with Lady Day rent review dates to consider serving notices for rent review on their landlords.
 2016-Mar-21
Heifer Tops Dungannon Simmental Sale
Pedigree Simmental heifers soared to 5,400gns while bulls reached a ceiling of 4,600gns at the Northern Ireland breed club’s spring show and sale, held at Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.
 2016-Mar-21
More Stock Sold Through Auction Marts
Numbers of livestock sold through auction marts continues to increase according to sales figures for England and Wales for 2015 from the Livestock Auctioneers Association.
 2016-Mar-21
GWCT Scottish Demonstration Farm
Having a demonstration farm in Scotland has been a Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust objective for ten years.
 2016-Mar-18
Chlorpyrifos to be Banned
The recent announcement, by the Chemicals Regulation Directorate, that authorizations for Chlorpyrifos containing products are to be revoked means farmers will lose widely-used insecticides.
 2016-Mar-18
George Lyon Appointed Chair of MLCSL
George Lyon has been appointed Chair of Meat & Livestock Commercial Services Limited, the commercially trading wholly-owned subsidiary of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.
 2016-Mar-18
LFASS Scheme Letter Causes Confusion
Some crofters have been “confused and concerned” by a Scottish Government letter regarding payments to be made under the government’s interim Less Favoured Areas Supports Scheme.
 2016-Mar-18
Longtown Primestock Sale
C&D Auction Marts Limited had forward 24 prime cattle, 21 OTM cattle, 6,175 prime hoggs and 3,475 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 17th March 2016.
 2016-Mar-16
Ravensgate Herd Bags Another Dairy Championship
The Ravensgate pedigree dairy herd of Peter Baul rattled up its third Craven Dairy Auction championship success of the year at the opening March show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.
 2016-Mar-16
Scottish Let Sector Continues to Decline, warns CAAV
The amount of farmland let in Scotland continued to decline in 2015, as more landlords chose not to re-let when tenancies ended, according to a new survey of land occupation.
 2016-Mar-16
Bluesky Launches Soil Map of England and Wales Online
Aerial mapping company Bluesky and Cranfield University have launched an online map showing soil types across England and Wales.
 2016-Mar-16
NSA Appoint Northern Regional Manager
At their AGM held in Hexham, the Northern Region Committee of the National Sheep Association announced the appointment of a well-known face in the industry as their new Northern Regional Manager and Event Organiser, Heather Stoney-Grayshon.
 2016-Mar-16
Scotland Needs More Trees
The Scottish Government must plant more trees to secure the future of Scotland's £1 billion forestry and timber industry, according to the sector's leading trade body.
 2016-Mar-16
Crichton Royal Plays Host to ScotGrass 2016
The AEA is delighted to announce this year's ScotGrass event is returning to Acrehead Farm, at the SRUC Dairy Research Unit, Crighton Royal Dumfries on Wednesday 18th May 2016.
 2016-Mar-15
Black Orpingtons Secure Debut Success at Skipton
A trio of 2015-bred Black Orpingtons, a cockerel and two pullets, clinched a debut championship success for first-time vendor Robert Bristow, of Murton York, at the Craven Feather Auction Spring show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.
 2016-Mar-15
New Fertiliser App Simplifies Spreader Set-up
KUHN Farm Machinery has added a new fertiliser spreader app to its growing suite of smartphone utilities which are aimed at improving the speed and efficiency with which its customers are able to configure and set up a range of KUHN machines.
 2016-Mar-15
TH White Extends Bauer Slurry Management Range
One of the largest farm machinery dealers in southern England has expanded the range of Bauer slurry management equipment it supports with a range of advanced spreaders for farm slurry and digestate application.
 2016-Mar-15
Policies Needed to Tackle Land Use Pressure
Rapid population growth will put intense pressure on land use in the UK over the next 20 years, but so far there are no balanced policies in place to manage it.
 2016-Mar-15
Help to Repair Historic Walking Route
Television personalities have added their voices to a campaign being launched by conservation organisations in a bid to prevent one of the country’s best-loved walking routes, Wainwright’s Coast to Coast, from becoming unsafe for the thousands of people who follow its path every year.
 2016-Mar-14
A Swiss Cow called Australia, from Scotland, wins Championship in England
Eyes in the UK dairy industry were firmly focused on Carlisle last weekend when thousands of spectators flocked to the city for Borderway UK Dairy Expo 2016. With an international line up of judges this is one of the top dairy cattle shows in Europe.
 2016-Mar-14
Moffat Sheepdog Record Breaker Sells for 4,500gns
C & D Auction Marts Ltd in conjunction with Moffat Sheepdog Society held their Annual Spring Sale of 47 working collies and 4 pups at Hammerlands, Moffat on Saturday 12th March 2016.
 2016-Mar-14
NBA Beef Expo 2016 to host Future Beef Farmer Challenge
For the second year a unique contest is being held to test the skills, knowledge and abilities of teams and individual young beef farmers at this year’s National Beef Association Beef Expo.

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 2016-Mar-14
Dairy Allied Industry Forum Must Produce More than Talk
The Tenant Farmers Association has set out what it believes would be a successful outcome from the Dairy Allied Industry Forum to be held on Tuesday 15 March.
 2016-Mar-14
Data Gathering to Revolutionise Agriculture
The Chief Executive Officer of a major Irish dairy company has told international agricultural delegates that there is a need for the incorpora
 2016-Mar-11
WWF Praises Woodland Planting Scheme
Tilhill Forestry’s Central Scotland District recently hosted part of the World Wildlife Fund UK's corporate stewardship team who came to visit one of the country’s largest recent productive woodland creation schemes.
 2016-Mar-11
Succession Planning Concerns for Farmers
The fifth in a series of agricultural surveys conducted by MHA MacIntyre Hudson reveals that, for the majority of farmers’, the “elephant in the room” topic of succession planning and handing down the business is becoming even more of an issue.
 2016-Mar-11
Global Hub for Agricultural Engineering and Precision Farming
Industry and academics will work together to create a new global hub for agricultural engineering and precision farming using £17.5 million of funding over the next four years, awarded as part of the Government’s UK Strategy for Agricultural Technologies.
 2016-Mar-11
New Measures to help Deliver TB Freedom in England
Further measures to protect England from bovine TB are being introduced as part of the government’s comprehensive strategy which is on track to deliver TB-free status for over half of the country by 2019.
 2016-Mar-11
Longtown Primestock Sale
C&D Auction Marts Limited had forward 9 prime cattle, 25 OTM cattle, 5,198 prime hoggs and 3,647 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 10th March 2016.
 2016-Mar-09
AHDB Potatoes Turns to Top Food Bloggers
Consumers are exposed to a constant stream of messages, day and night, and as they start to ‘switch off’ from professional advice – particularly when it comes to health – food industry marketing needs to adapt, according to AHDB Potatoes.
 2016-Mar-09
Metcalfe Champion Again at Skipton Prime Cattle Show
Baldersby Park beef cattle farmer Malcolm Metcalfe notched up a second successive championship at Skipton Auction Mart’s March prime cattle show.
 2016-Mar-09
Accuracy Concerns Over Sheep Movement Database
The National Sheep Association has urged Defra to test the effectiveness of the sheep movement reporting systems in England following ongoing concern that the records held may not be adequately up to date and accurate in the event of a disease outbreak.
 2016-Mar-09
Farming and the EU Referendum
The Crop Protection Association has called on both sides of the EU referendum campaign to set out their vision for reform of the regulatory regime governing agriculture following the referendum’s outcome.
 2016-Mar-09
Heather Burning - A Recognised Conservation Tool
Britain’s beautiful heather clad moors were created thousands of years ago – by man. As forest clearance increased, the open heath, rough grass and bogs began to form.
 2016-Mar-09
BDUK Broadband Project Boosts Connectivity
Satellite Internet, a specialist satellite Internet Service Provider, have announced that it is seeing a growing level of interest in the supplementary element of BDUK’s Basic Broadband For All scheme.
 2016-Mar-07
New Generation Calls for Scottish Government Action
The newly appointed chairman of NFU Scotland’s New Generation group has called on Scottish Government to speed up payments to those who have applied to the new basic CAP support scheme under the National Reserve and Young Farmers top up.
 2016-Mar-07
Hamilton Tractors Celebrates a Century of Tractor Sales
Machinery dealer Hamilton Tractors will celebrate a sales landmark with an Open Day on 6th April at its Carnwath premises in Lanarkshire.
 2016-Mar-07
Ardmachree Jack Takes Top Spot at Dungannon
Charolais cattle met with a ready trade in Dungannon on Friday 4 March topping at 4,800gns with 46 lots selling at a clearance rate of 82% and a bull average of £3039.
 2016-Mar-07
Holistic Approach Needed to Reduce Antibiotic Use
Poultry farmers should work closely with their hatcheries to optimise bird health and reduce antibiotic usage, according to Richard Turner at St David’s Poultry Practice.
 2016-Mar-07
New 100hp and 110hp MF 5700 Global Series Tractors
Two new tractors in the MF 5700 Global Series further reinforce Massey Ferguson’s strength in the below 130hp sector.
 2016-Mar-07
Dual Fuel Portable Milking Machine Launch
A leading agricultural company has launched a dual-fuel, portable dairy cow milking machine, which can save farmers time and improve herd health. The Mini Milker is being offered by Lancashire-based company, G Shepherd Animal Health.
 2016-Mar-07
Report on Farmgate Pricing Must Prompt Action
The National Sheep Association has welcomed the work of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs committee in conducting an important enquiry into farmgate pricing, calling for real action to now be taken on the many recommendations made.
 2016-Mar-07
New Holland Introduce New Interactive Apps
Two new interactive Apps, one dedicated to the new T7 Heavy Duty range and the other, called ‘OnBoard 360’, offers a virtual experience of the new CX combine and T7.315 in the field, are now available for iOS and Android devices.
 2016-Mar-04
More Price Cuts Mean Tough Times for Dairy Farmers
NFU dairy board chairman Rob Harrison says the next few months will be extremely tough and that everyone must pull together for the sake of the future of the industry.
 2016-Mar-04
Lucerne an Under-used Asset for UK Livestock Farmers
Lucerne should be considered a major asset by UK livestock farmers, according to French plant breeder Jérôme Vasseur, as the crop offers a source of high quality forage that could be grown successfully across large parts of the country.
 2016-Mar-04
Arable Machinery Dispersal Sale
Excellent spring sowing and harvest equipment feature in Harrison and Hetherington’s first on farm Northumberland dispersal sale of the season.
 2016-Mar-04
FAO Food Price Index Steady in February
The FAO Food Price Index was stable in February, as falling sugar and dairy prices offset a substantial jump in vegetable oil prices from the previous month.
 2016-Mar-04
NFUS Calls for Beef Farmers to Get Fair Share of the Margin
NFU Scotland Livestock Committee is calling for a fairer share of the retail price of beef to be fed down the chain.
 2016-Mar-04
Shredlage the New Word in Maize Harvesting
A new word is being bandied about in the context of maize harvesting: Shredlage – a harvesting technique from America which produces significantly longer chop lengths than we are used to in Germany and elsewhere in Europe.
 2016-Mar-04
Longtown Primestock Sale
C&D Auction Marts Limited had forward 6 prime cattle, 23 OTM cattle, 4,483 prime hoggs and 4,040 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 3rd March 2016.
 2016-Mar-02
British Pig & Poultry Fair - A Must Visit
Networking is something that farmers don’t often get a chance to do, but it is one of the most valuable aspects of attending industry events, according to a recent survey.
 2016-Mar-02
Mountaineers to Help Care for Three Peaks Paths
Lovers of the Yorkshire Dales National Park could soon have the chance to get involved personally in looking after the beautiful landscape – thanks to the country’s leading organisation for mountain-loving people.
 2016-Mar-02
NBA Hits the Road with Spring Marts Tour
The National Beef Association is heading out on a spring tour of marts across England to meet producers at store cattle and suckled calf sales.
 2016-Mar-02
New Sires Make their Mark at Craven Dairy Auction
Home-bred newly calven progeny of new dairy bulls used by respective vendors bagged principal honours at the main February Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart.
 2016-Mar-02
Julie Steps Down from Leading Sheep Role
Retiring Manager of NSA Northern Region reveals her Lifelong Commitment to, and Love of Sheep.
 2016-Mar-02
Farmec and Twose Celebrate Irish Silver Anniversay
Twose and Farmec have been celebrating a successful silver anniversary after 25 years of partnership in Ireland.
 2016-Mar-02
Use Five-year Averaging to Free Up Cash Flow
Farmers could make use of the new five-year tax averaging to help fund new machinery purchases and reduce tax liabilities in the current year, according to accountant Old Mill.
 2016-Mar-02
Warning about Risk of Nematodirosis in Lambs
With spring fast approaching the parasite Nematodirus is a deadly threat to the lives of lambing flocks. An online risk forecast could help UK sheep farmers assess the risk of outbreaks of the parasite in their lambs and take action before it is too late.

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