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Stackyard News - October 2017

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

 2017-Oct-30
Consider Bedding Options to Reduce Antibiotic Use when Lambing
With straw prices high and lambing time fast approaching, sheep farmers are being advised to consider alternative bedding options to save costs and prevent health problems.
 2017-Oct-30
Five-point Clamp Checklist Aims To Help Improve Silage
Dairy farmers looking to produce more milk from forage should view grass silage clamps as much more than a forage store.
 2017-Oct-30
Environment Plays Role in Movement Behaviour of Animals
University of Leicester mathematicians research shows how environment plays key role in changing movement behaviour of animals.
 2017-Oct-30
CLAAS Invests in Tyre Pressure Control Technology
CLAAS has taken over the tyre pressure control technology developed by R&M Landtechniksysteme.
 2017-Oct-27
Task Force Announces New Farm Antibiotic Targets
Following the news that sales of antibiotics to treat and prevent disease in UK farm livestock have achieved a record low, targets for further reducing, refining or replacing antibiotic use have been announced.
 2017-Oct-27
Once a Farmer, Always a Farmer says R.A.B.I Chief
Farming charity R.A.B.I has given out more than £1.1 million to the retired, sick and disabled this year. CEO Paul Burrows says the charity is committed to looking after farming people throughout their lives.
 2017-Oct-27
New Holland Partners European Congress of Young Farmers
New Holland Agriculture partnered with the Fourth European Congress of Young Farmers which took place at the European Parliament in Brussels.
 2017-Oct-27
New Era Begins at Askham Bryan College
An exciting new era has begun at one of the UK's leading agricultural colleges, with the appointment of its first female farm manager. Chantelle Astley takes up the post at Askham Bryan College.
 2017-Oct-27
RABDF Expands Commitment to Develop Young Talent
A new ‘Young Board’ comprised of outstanding young talent within the dairy sector has been announced by RABDF.
 2017-Oct-27
Longtown Primestock Sale
C&D Auction Marts Limited had forward 3,779 prime lambs and 5,448 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 26th October 2017.
 2017-Oct-25
Maize-under-film Trials Focused on Economic Returns
Establishing maize under biodegradable film has the potential to deliver an earlier harvest along with significantly higher yields and, in the case of most marginal maize growing areas, make the crop more consistently economically viable.
 2017-Oct-25
Polaris does all the Donkey Work
The primary aim of The Donkey Sanctuary on the Isle of Wight is to provide a home for unwanted donkeys.
 2017-Oct-25
John Deere Rewards Chopping Pro
John Deere has named Europe’s top self-propelled forage harvester drivers for 2017 in a unique social media campaign.
 2017-Oct-25
Stirling Beef Shorthorn Bulls Peak at 12,000gns
Beef Shorthorn met a strong, level demand with bulls selling to a new October breed record top of 12,000gns and £5,121.00 average at the breed society’s official autumn sale at Stirling on Monday 23 October.
 2017-Oct-25
Bluetongue Virus Detected in Imported Animals
The UK’s Chief Veterinary Officer has urged farmers to remain vigilant for signs of bluetongue virus after the disease was successfully picked up in a number of cattle imported from France through our robust post-import testing regime.
 2017-Oct-25
Dramatic Increase in Demand for Charolais at Stirling
Tuesday 24 October 2017 saw a flying trade for Charolais bulls with 85 sold, averaging £6,079, £405 up on the year, and a whopping 19% increase on last year’s clearance rate to 82%.
 2017-Oct-23
He-Va Introduces New Cost-Effective VIP Roller
The new VIP Roller introduces an entry level model to the HE-VA range of rolls, offering high output rolling, whilst retaining many of the features of the well regarded larger models.
 2017-Oct-23
Richard Close Wins Coveted Skipton Dalesbred Trophy
Dyed-in-the-wool Dalesbred sheep farmer Richard Close, was crowned champion at the annual Dalesbred Sheep Breeders’ Association’s final seasonal show and sale of shearling and aged rams, and females, at Skipton Auction Mart.
 2017-Oct-23
New Style Gold Cup Names Six Finalists
Finalists in the 2017 NMR/RABDF Gold Cup competition have been announced and include two block calving grassland-based herds, two high-production Holstein herds, a Channel Island herd and a grass-based block calving herd milked once-a-day.
 2017-Oct-23
New Advanced Technology MF Round Balers
Massey Ferguson is proud to announce the addition of a new line up of high quality, advanced technology MF Round Balers to its fast expanding green and gold harvesting range, which will make their debut at Agritechnica 17.
 2017-Oct-23
New Advanced Technology MF Round Balers
Massey Ferguson is proud to announce the addition of a new line up of high quality, advanced technology MF Round Balers to its fast expanding green and gold harvesting range, which will make their debut at Agritechnica 17.
 2017-Oct-23
Bad News for Bees as Honey Crop Remains Depressingly Small
The country’s honey crop remains depressingly small, just 24 lbs or approaching 11 kilos per beekeeper, pointing to a steady decline in the crop and an increase in worries about the future of honey bees.
 2017-Oct-20
Brexit Could be Good for Dairy Farmers
A new report aimed at identifying a strategy for the UK dairy industry post-referendum has concluded the future is bright for dairy farmers in Brexit Britain.
 2017-Oct-20
Longtown Primestock Sale
C&D Auction Marts Limited had forward 4,219 prime lambs and 6,858 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 19th October 2017.
 2017-Oct-18
Germinal to Establish Forage Crop Research Station
Forage specialist Germinal is to establish its own research station to spearhead a new programme of trials and development work geared to helping UK farmers improve the production and utilisation of homegrown feed.
 2017-Oct-18
Kuhn Adds 7-metre Power Harrows to its Range
KUHN Farm Machinery has added a new model to its range of high horsepower, folding power harrows, with the 7-metre HR 7040 R sitting between the company’s existing 6 and 8 metre models.
 2017-Oct-18
Tight Supply See's Certain Farmland Values Firm
Farmland values show signs of firming over the past quarter, on the back of tight supplies and strong interest from non-farmers and tax-driven buyers.
 2017-Oct-18
9,500gns All-time High at Working Sheep Dogs Sale
Unprecedented trade for field-run entries at Skipton Auction Mart’s autumn sale of working sheep dogs produced a top call of 9,500gns for an Irish dog with impeccable bloodlines.
 2017-Oct-16
Ruma Welcomes Call To Action On Antibiotics
RUMA has welcomed the profile given on 13 October of a possible “post-antibiotic apocalypse” by England’s chief medical officer Dame Sally Davies. She was speaking at a global ‘Superbugs’ conference held in Berlin.
 2017-Oct-16
Faith in Charolais Sees Record Breaking Prices
The Sedgemoor Auction Mart ring was filled to bursting for the dispersal of the Balbithan Charolais cattle and emotional goodbye to one of the breeds most renowned herds, on Thursday 12 October.
 2017-Oct-16
Contractors - Farming’s Best Kept Secret
Historically overlooked in government funding schemes and legislation, agricultural contractors will be stepping squarely into the limelight at the National Association of Agricultural Contractor’s unique conference and exhibition.
 2017-Oct-16
Limousin Bull Tops Autumn Pedigree Cattle Highlight
Cattle took centre stage at Skipton Auction Mart for the annual Autumn Pedigree Day, featuring shows for multi-breed beef breeding cattle and suckled bulls, steer and heifer calves, primarily 2017-born.
 2017-Oct-16
£6 million to Restore Nature’s Natural Carbon in Northern England
A new £6 million project launched on Monday 16th October to help fix large swathes of Pennine peatland over the next four years.

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 2017-Oct-13
NH backs British Food and Farming at Lord Mayor’s Show
New Holland is proud to support The Worshipful Company of Farmers alongside the NFU at the 802nd Lord Mayor’s Show in the City of London on 11th November.
 2017-Oct-13
British Dairy Farmers Keen to Increase Milk Production
More than half the country’s dairy farmers are planning to increase milk production…either by boosting numbers or by aiming for more milk from existing herds.
 2017-Oct-13
TB Partners Address Transmission of Bovine TB to Humans
Four partners in health, have launched the first roadmap to stop transmission of bovine and zoonotic tuberculosis.
 2017-Oct-13
Longtown Primestock Sale
C&D Auction Marts Limited had forward 34 cattle, 4,135 prime lambs and 7,259 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 12th October 2017.
 2017-Oct-11
NSA Calls for a Reality Check Amid Live Export Debate
The National Sheep Association is urging Ministers and policy makers to exercise extreme care when considering some of the questionable calls being made by campaigners opposing live exports.
 2017-Oct-11
Grazing Counteracts Effectiveness of Trees to Reduce Flood Risk
Planting trees can reduce flood risk, but a high intensity forest land use, such as grazing, can counteract the positive effect of the trees, a recently published study suggests.
 2017-Oct-11
Woodford Tops Dungannon Simmentals at 5,200gns
There was a strong demand for pedigree females at the Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club’s autumn show and sale, hosted by Dungannon Farmers’ Mart on Friday 6th October 2017.
 2017-Oct-11
What Attracts Farmers to the Live Auction Ring?
More than 93 per cent of farmers surveyed by the Livestock Auctioneers Association, used auction markets to buy and sell livestock because prompt payments and wider customer base attracted them to the live auction ring.
 2017-Oct-09
Changes to Planning Policy Could Drive Rural Growth
Rural planning policy has the potential to significantly drive economic growth, but it simply isn’t working effectively and budget cuts are not going to help.
 2017-Oct-09
Dairy Producers Should Know What’s In Their Clamp
Producers are warned to guard against relaying on average reports and infrequent silage testing and make sure they have routine silage analyses so they know exactly what’s in the clamp.
 2017-Oct-09
ST Genetics buys Cogent Breeding Limited
Worldwide livestock reproduction and bovine technology business ST genetics of Texas has become the majority shareholder in the UK’s largest bull stud Cogent Breeding Ltd.
 2017-Oct-09
The Addington Fund Benefits from Charity Lamb Sale
Skipton Auction Mart has sold its first prime lamb under a new fund-raising initiative on behalf of national farming charity, the Addington Fund.
 2017-Oct-09
A New Vision for The Sainsbury Laboratory
The Sainsbury Laboratory, a global institute for plant health, launches its new vision and announces the appointment of Professor Nicholas Talbot FRS as Executive Director.
 2017-Oct-06
BaleCollect – The First Bale Collector from Krone
BaleCollect 1230 is Krone’s first bale collector to be launched at this year’s Agritechnica. BaleCollect is 4.3m wide, 3.2m long and carries up to three 2.7m long bales.
 2017-Oct-06
Robert Neill is Farmers Weekly Farmer of the Year 2017
The thirteenth annual Farmers Weekly Awards took place at the prestigious Grosvenor House Hotel, London with fifteen awards, for different categories, presented to the best farmers in the country.
 2017-Oct-06
Promoting Technical Excellence to Underpin Farm Profits
Benchmarking, new technology, science and research are key themes running through this year’s CropTec seminar programme.
 2017-Oct-06
Dairy Industry must Promote its High Standards to Survive
A key message to come out of this year’s Dairy Show was that UK dairy farmers are producing some of the best product in the world, and should be marketing it to survive future volatility.
 2017-Oct-06
Dairy Industry must Promote its High Standards to Survive
A key message to come out of this year’s Dairy Show was that UK dairy farmers are producing some of the best product in the world, and should be marketing it to survive future volatility.
 2017-Oct-06
Longtown Primestock Sale
C&D Auction Marts Limited had forward 24 cattle, 4,231 prime lambs and 6,383 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 5th October 2017.
 2017-Oct-04
Opportunities for Crofting and Rural Development Post-Brexit
The Scottish Crofting Federation has sent a post-Brexit agriculture and rural development policy position outlining a vision for crofting to key government ministers and politicians emphasising the opportunity for change.
 2017-Oct-04
JCB Celebrates 40 Years of Loadall
JCB Agriculture is celebrating a major milestone in its long record of innovative machine design and engineering - the 40th anniversary of the Loadall telescopic handler.
 2017-Oct-04
Industry Leaders Help to Transform Cereals 2018
The Cereals event is undergoing an industry-led transformation following the inaugural meeting of a new advisory board comprising 24 of the UK’s leading agricultural organisations.
 2017-Oct-04
EU Labour Critical to UK Dairy Sector
A report outlining the case for UK dairy farming to maintain access to EU labour in the short term, and improve the pipeline of domestic labour in the long term, was presented to Defra’s Access to Labour Team.
 2017-Oct-04
Agricultural Wage Rate Advice for 2017/18
Strutt & Parker is recommending a 1.4% increase is applied to farmworkers’ wages this year, as a guide for employers in England – who are no longer covered by the rates set down by an Agricultural Wages Board.
 2017-Oct-02
Wynnstay SQP Workshops Train Advisers on Sheep Lameness
Seventy Wynnstay animal health advisers are now primed to help Welsh sheep producers stamp out flock foot problems after the company organised four practical training workshops on reducing lameness issues.
 2017-Oct-02
2017 BPS Payment Values up by 4.98%
Payments made to farmers under the 2017 Basic Payment Scheme will be just under 5% higher than in 2016 and at their highest level since 2009, because of a more beneficial currency exchange rate.
 2017-Oct-02
McConnel's Perfect Finish is Just the Job for Elaine
Based in Running Waters, County Durham, Elaine Vickers is a busy farmer looking after more than 1,000 acres of arable and livestock. She wanted a Power Arm that was productive and powerful while still being precise and manoeuvrable so she chose a McConnel PA6065.
 2017-Oct-02
Productive Cumbrian Dairy Farm for Sale
Opportunity to purchase Peterscrook Farm, a high quality well equipped dairy farm near Penton in Cumbria.

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