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Jennifer Mackenzie

Stackyard News

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

Erosion Of Soil: What Is This And How Can It Be Prevented?
Soil supports the vegetation on our planet that makes it irreplaceable. Wind, water and various extreme weather conditions cause soil erosion. This process is the loss of the top fertile layer.
Gold Cup Open Day Heads to Ayrshire to Celebrate the Logan Family
The Logan Family will open their gates to the public to celebrate their RABDF NMR Gold Cup win on Thursday 10 August.
Importance of Best Management Practices when Commercializing New Agriculture Technology
Over the past few decades, the agriculture industry has changed dramatically. Innovation is transforming the industry to increase yields and meet rising global challenges.
Pioneering Three-Way Agricultural Apprentice Partnership Set to Up-Skill Britain’s Future Farmers
Skipton-based Craven Cattle Marts and Craven College have joined forces to initiate a pioneering business-education partnership offering valuable apprenticeship opportunities in a unique link-up with three local farms.
Mysterious Places To Visit Around The World
Traveling is a magnificent hobby. You can visit many amazing places and meet new people. Moreover, it is the only hobby that gives you an opportunity to feel freedom.
Re-Wiggling at RSPB Geltsdale Creates Re-Naturalisation
The RSPB and the North Pennines AONB Partnership have collaborated on an innovative project at RSPB Geltsdale to allow the Howgill Beck to work in its natural environment and create a flowing wetland system.
Food Security in a Changing World
The war in Ukraine is causing problems for many, but climate change-driven drought and floods around the globe have put food security in the spotlight as the world's population hits 8 billion.
Upcoming Winter Predicted to Bring Plunging Temperatures — Here’s How to Prepare Your Farm
With forecasters predicting plunging temperatures between October and January, Nick Finnis, a senior forecaster for NetWeather, notes that a jet stream and storm track diverted further south than average is leading to a greater chance than normal of colder spells for northern Europe.
Solid demand for North of England Mules maintained in difficult year
Generally positive and respectable trade in what proved a difficult year early on was seen at the keynote 2022 North of England Mule Sheep Association (NEMSA) Mule gimmer lamb, ewe and shearling sales this autumn
Get Set for the Midlands Machinery Show It’s a week to go until the Midlands Machinery Show, which provides visitors with a chance to see the latest machinery. From new tractors to robots and precision sprayers to low disturbance cultivators and new technology, it’s all there.
Lambs Go Under the Hammer for My Name’5 Doddie
A pair of lambs will be auctioned off to raise funds for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation at this year’s Borderway Agri Expo.
Massey Ferguson milestone at Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show
It's shaping up to be one of the largest gatherings vintage tractors, engines, machinery, commercial and military vehicles in the country.
Highlights at the Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show
It’s less than a month until entries close for the Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show, with several anniversary celebrations taking place and rare machinery to be seen.
Power Generation Targets to Swallow Thousands of Acres
Projected growth of the two most significant onshore renewable energy technologies - wind and solar - to meet government targets will have land use requirements amounting to hundreds of thousands of acres.
Fliegl SteerX – A New Dimension of Manoeuvrability
The new electronic forced steering SteerX broadens the horizon of axle steering because the system no longer requires a mechanical connection.
Early Bird Tickets on Sale for Women in Dairy ‘Motivation for Change’ Conference
Discounted early bird tickets are now on sale for this year’s Women in Dairy (WID) ‘Motivation for Change’ Conference on 28 September, Sixways Stadium, Worcester.
NBA Beef Expo Triumphs for British Beef Industry
After a three year wait, the UK’s largest technical beef event, NBA Beef Expo, returned this year with a record turnout of spectators.
Solar-Powered Seed-n-Weed Robot with Simplicity on its Side
A fully autonomous, solar-powered robot capable of precision drilling and weeding is set to join the OPICO line up.
Worrying Times for Dogs Attacking Sheep
As we near the end of lambing season, with young lambs out in the fields, dog owners are being reminded to keep their animals under control around sheep and other livestock.
Calderdale Lunds Supreme in Skipton Prime Lambs Show
The Calderdale-based Lund family, from Walshaw Farm, Walshaw, Hebden Bridge, clinched a championship and reserve championship double with a brace of home-bred Beltex-cross pens of five.
Royal Bath & West Show - a Three-Day Celebration of Great British Farming
Returning on 2 June for livestock competitions, paradeg, equine classes and rural crafts - and tickets are now on sale.
Time to Shed New Light on UK Food Security
Technology for covered crops and in the field has potential to increase UK production, say experts.
All Female Line-up of Judges for the 10th Borderway Dairy Expo
Harrison & Hetherington, organisers of the foremost showcase for the British dairy industry, Borderway UK Dairy Expo, has announced its 2022 Judges .
The Best Games and Apps for Farmers
Being a farmer is a demanding job, both physically and mentally. Therefore, it’s good to use games and apps to boost your performance levels and add some fun to the equation.
David Brown Anniversary at Newark Vintage Tractor Show
The David Brown Tractor Club is preparing to celebrate 60 years of the 880 and 990 at the Newark Vintage Tractor and Heritage Show on November 13 and 14.
Suckled Calves to the Fore at CCM Skipton
Bovine Bounty Cattle took centre stage in the midst of the hectic sheep sales season at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual Autumn show day.
Top Restoration Tips at the Vintage Tractor Show
It takes dedication, patience and unwavering attention to detail to restore a tractor to the exacting standards of Ferguson TE20 owner Colin Taylor.
Aspatria Farmers Appoints Philip Sharman New CEO
Philip will take up his position in November and Tim Wilson, who is retiring from the role, will work with Philip for a short period to ensure a smooth handover.
Lleyn Sheep Show & Sale at Welshpool
There was a strong turnout at Welshpool on Saturday 18th September with plenty of interest and demand shown
Hoogstraten Launches First Strawberry Marketing Campaign in the UK
Highlighting their premium fresh fruit, available all year round and supplied directly from Belgium.
Dormant Quarries Could be a Gold Mine for Landowners
Farmers and rural landowners with dormant small-scale quarries on their land are being advised of an opportunity to bring these back into economic use as the demand for local building stone soars.
Fantastic Demand for Lleyn Sheep at Exeter
The bar has been set high at the opening 2021 Society Sale with demand strong across all sections, helped by online interest on many lots.
Countdown Commences to Much-Anticipated 2021 Kilnsey Show
The countdown is now well and truly on to the 2021 Kilnsey Show & Sports, which will go ahead with a full schedule of show classes, plus multiple attractions, on Tuesday, August 3 .
Spirit of Swaledale Sponsors Breed Society
The Swaledale Sheep Breeders Association are pleased to announce that they will be working with the "Spirit of Swaledale" Distillery Company.
Hugely Successful Carlisle Sale of Dutch Spotted Sheep
With a whole variety of sheep on offer at Harrison and Hetherington spring sale there was really only one show in town when it came to both interest and price
Lassie Rockets to £7,600 World Record Price Sheep Dog Pup
Four five-figure sales to a top of £13,800 for fully broken dogs, plus a new world record price of £7,600 for an unbroken puppy just turned nine-weeks-old, were recorded at Skipton Auction Mart.
Popular Farm Games Everyone Can Enjoy
Surprisingly, farm-inspired video games have been pretty popular throughout the years, and if you’re willing to give them a shot, here are a few of the best.
Interest in Polled Holstein Sires Gains Momentum
Following the AHDB Proof release in April 2021, Cogent have added six of the best homozygous polled sires on the market to their catalogue as demand for polled sires continues to see an increase.
Beef Shorthorn Leads Stirling Multi-Beef Sale
Beef Shorthorn led the bidding at 10,000gns in Stirling on Monday 3 May, at the centre’s multi-breed sale.
Frost Protection for Flowering Fruit Crops
A new natural anti-freeze bio-stimulant AminoA ICEAAX stimulates the production of anti-freeze protein in flowering fruit crops.
Identifing Natural Capital with NatCap Map
New, comprehensive, online tool helps farmers and landowners navigate post-EU subsidy regimes, as well as build their biodiversity and net zero carbon strategie
Genome Edited Wheat to Reduce Cancer Risk from Bread and Toast
Acrylamide forms during bread baking and its presence is further increased when bread is toasted, and the darker the toast, the more of this carcinogenic compound it contains.
Versatile Tractor/Tyre Combination Boosts Farm Efficiency
Investing in three identical John Deere 6250R tractors, capable of carrying out almost any task and equipped with the latest Michelin AxioBib 2 VF tyres to reduce soil compaction, has been key to improving operating efficiency for Bedfordshire-based Bedfordia Farms.
Cancellation of Children’s Countryside Day and Glendale Show
It is with very heavy hearts that Chairman Andrew Walton and the Board of Trustees of Glendale Agricultural Society have made the difficult decision to cancel the Children’s Countryside Day and Glendale Show.
New Agricultural Bank Oxbury Puts Farmers First
Following the announcement of its launch last month, Oxbury, the new specialist agricultural bank, has now fully launched its savings and loan operations, bringing UK farmers reassurance that they are being supported during an unpredictable time.
World Record for Sheepdog Pup at Skipton Sale
Welshman Kevin Evans was top dog on price yet again at Skipton Auction Mart’s first online working sheep dog sale of 2021, selling three fully broken dogs for a combined £35,600, while his father David established a new world record price of £6,100 for an unbroken pup.
Farming Language; Software Company Breaks Down Digital Barriers
Digitalisation has changed the way farmers record, curate and receive data. But with business-critical information now online, how easy is it to find what you are looking for? Not very, until now.
Europe’s Grey Partridge Population Plummets
94% of the European grey partridge population has been lost since 1980, according to a remarkable new bird atlas.
Crofting Federation Calls Brexit Deal an Inadequate Stitch-Up
The Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has given its support to the Scottish Government and Scottish Parliament’s stance which declines to consent to the UK government’s Brexit trade deal.
New Year Prime Sheep Trade at CCM Skipton off to a Flyer
New Year sheep trade at Skipton Auction Mart got off to a flyer when the 1,545 prime hoggs on parade at the 2021 opener produced an overall selling average of 255 per kilo.
Hartleys Champion and Reserve at Skipton Rearing Calf Opener
The 2021 rearing calf show season began as the old one had ended with 2020 Christmas show victor, Alan Middleton, who trades under the family partnership of JP&KE Hartley at Lane House Farm, Beamsley, again standing champion.
Royal Highland Show Tickets Launched for 2021
The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, organisers of Scotland’s biggest outdoor event, The Royal Highland Show, have launched tickets for the 2021 four-day event.
Hydraulic Folding Extends Enduro Cultivator Range
Kverneland’s Enduro compact tine cultivator range has been extended with the addition of hydraulic folding models that accompany existing 3m and 3.5m fixed-frame versions.
Murska 4000 - The Largest Grain Roller Mill on the Market
A new machine launched by feed preservation specialists, Kelvin Cave Ltd, is thought to be the largest roller mill on the UK and Irish marke

Nov 2020