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NSA Warns of Link Between Upland Rewilding and Wildfires
With devastating scenes of wildfires raging over Saddleworth Moor across the news this week the National Sheep Association is warning of the increased risk of similar disasters if proposals to re-wild many of the UK’s upland areas are pursued.
NSA Provides Additional Information to Members on Raven Cull Options
The National Sheep Association has made additional information available to its members in light of the recent news from Natural England that licences have been granted to control raven numbers in five counties.
Longtown Primestock Sale C&D Auction Marts Limited had forward 15 cattle, 1,018 prime lambs, 808 prime hoggs and 2,250 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 21st June 2018.
Discover the Latest Technologies at Fruit Focus 2018
Climate change and new technologies mean the fruit sector is constantly evolving, and producers can get ahead of the curve at this year’s Fruit Focus.
Longtown Primestock Sale C&D Auction Marts Limited had forward 22 cattle, 896 spring lambs, 981 prime hoggs and 2,528 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 14th June 2018.
Farmers Prepare for the Future at Cereals 18
The next five to 10 years will bring unprecedented change to the farming industry, and while there are many issues that farmers can’t control, there is plenty they can do to prepare.
Pods Look Promising for Oilseed Rape
Oilseed rape crops have now entered the critical podding stage - and two new varieties are looking particularly impressive this year.
NSA Sheep Event Supports Aspiring Young Shepherds
Joining young shepherds from across the UK displaying their skills and experience at the Royal Three Counties Agricultural Show.
Leading Industry Names Confirmed for Dairy-Tech 2019
Over 180 companies have confirmed for Dairy-Tech within four weeks of the show launching its stand sales.
Act Fast Before Energy Grid Capacity Runs Out
Landowners who are considering generating or storing energy should act fast before grid capacity runs out, warns Roadnight Taylor.
KUHN’s i-BIO+ Baler-Wrapper Combo
KUHN Farm Machinery has announced that the latest version of its i-BIO+ baler-wrapper combination machine will be on display at this year’s Royal Highland Show.
New Guide to Encourage More Young People to Show Livestock
In a joint-bid to help promote native breeds and brand Britain, the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs and the Rare Breeds Survival Trust have collaborated to produce a new guide to help youngsters get a taste for showing livestock.
Longtown Primestock Sale
C&D Auction Marts Limited had forward 10 cattle, 720 spring lambs, 2,689 prime hoggs and 4,185 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 7th June 2018.
Venue Announced for NSA North Sheep 2019
The National Sheep Association has announced that one of the UK Sheep industry’s main biennial events, NSA North Sheep, will be hosted by Frankland Farms at Rathmell near Settle in North Yorkshire.
Organic Insect Deterrent for Agriculture
Traditional insecticides are killers: they not only kill pests, they also endanger bees and other beneficial insects, as well as affecting biodiversity in soils, lakes, rivers and seas.
Browns Retire with a Bang as Prime Lamb Champions
Lancashire husband and wife pedigree sheep breeders, Alex and Gemma Brown, sent out their first – and last – champions at Skipton Auction Mart’s June prime lambs show.
New Holland Appointed Official Partner to the Goodwood Estate
New Holland Agriculture, as part of the CNH Industrial group, is an Official Partner to the Goodwood Estate, the unique sporting estate in West Sussex.
Parlour Hygiene Changes Needed To Reduce Antibiotic Use
Dairy farmers should be taking practical steps in their parlour hygiene management to ensure antibiotic use is reduced to meet future milk marketing opportunities.
Celebration of Innovation at Cereals 2018
Arable margins are tight, prices are volatile and with so much change on the horizon, it’s more important than ever for farmers to squeeze every pound out of their crops.
Zetor Tractors Presented in Kenya
On May 15-16, there was a presentation of ZETOR tractors for the market in Kenya. In the cities of Narok and Nakuru, the partner of ZETOR TRACTORS a.s. in Kenya presented tractors with the power from 80 to 150 hp.
Magnum Hits Top Price at Swatragh Mart
The ring was packed to the rafters at Swatragh Mart, for the inaugural Northern Ireland Charolais club sale on Friday 1st June.
Pre-weaned Heifer Calves Need More Milk
More than half the replacement heifer calves being reared on UK commercial dairy units could be growing too slowly to hit targets for optimal health and lifetime productivity.
Brassica Break Adds Value to Grassland Reseeding
Brassica fodder crops can be an ideal break crop for Scottish sheep farmers planning to rejuvenate grassland and will also help boost short-term feed availability, said Germinal’s William Fleming at NSA ScotSheep.
Making Tax Digital Has Real Business Benefits
Farmers and rural businesses will have to keep all their VAT records and submit returns online from April 2019.
New Fertiliser Technology to Boost Yields and Efficiencies
Farmers using traditional fertilisers are not maximising nutritional efficiencies, and could substantially boost yields by adopting more up-to-date technology.
New NAAC Contracting Prices 2018
The National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) is delighted to publish the contracting guide prices for 2018-19.
Making Agriculture Work For - Not Against Biodiversity
FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva has called for transformative changes in how we produce our food, grounded in sustainable agricultural systems capable of producing healthy and nutritious food while simultaneously safeguarding the planet's biodiversity.
Locals beat off Tough Competition at Royal Bath & West
Local farming talent was on top form at the Royal Bath & West Show, with Somerset exhibitors beating off close competition to claim many of the top livestock prizes.
John Bland takes Ewe and Lamb Title for Fifth Time
Derbyshire’s John Bland notched up a fabulous five-timer on his annual visit to Skipton Auction Mart’s late season bank holiday show and sale of single ewes with lambs at foot.
Farmland Conservation Course Introduced
The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust and BASIS Registration Ltd have designed a course for candidates to gain a professional qualification in farmland conservation.
George Eustice Promises High Trade Standards
The Government will not water down food safety and animal welfare standards in the pursuit of trade deals after Brexit, according to Defra minister George Eustice.
New Grass Varieties from Barenbrug
The 2018/19 Recommended Grass and Clover List for England and Wales has been published and once again varieties bred by Barenbrug UK feature highly throughout.
Scientists Boost Crop Production by 47 Per Cent
Increasing production of a common, naturally occurring protein in plant leaves could boost the yields of major food crops by almost 50 per cent, according to a new study led by scientists at Essex.
Longtown Primestock Sale
C&D Auction Marts Limited had forward 26 cattle, 266 spring lambs, 1,905 prime hoggs and 2,349 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 31st May 2018.

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