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Contagious Equine Metritis confirmed in Somerset horse 31/03/05
Defra has confirmed a case of Contagious Equine Metritis Organism (CEMO) in a horse in the Frome area of Somerset.
NFU roadshow takes off for 17-stop regional tour 31/03/05
The NFU's regional food and farming team are taking to the road next week delivering a detailed presentation on issues to consider when completing the new Single Payment Scheme application form.
OSR Specialists Sound Pollen Beetle Alert 31/03/05
Pollen beetles are already apparent in significant numbers in many oilseed rape crops and could cause similar pod set problems to last season if growers are not very careful indeed, warns national specialist, Mahon Brennan of OSR market leaders, Monsanto.
NFU calls on Defra to clear barriers to Environmental Stewardship 30/03/05
The NFU has called on Defra to ensure that as many farmers as possible can apply for Environmental Stewardship.
JCB unveils global growth plans as sales soar to new record 29/03/05
JCB – the world’s largest privately-owned construction equipment maker - is poised for greater global expansion in its 60th anniversary year with the building of its first ever Chinese factory.
Right variety choice maximises chance to make 'real bread' 29/03/05
British farmers should be proud of consistently producing over 80% of the nation's milling wheat needs, but...
Beef Production Subsidy Myth Exposed 29/03/05
The national press could not have got its agricultural subsidy disclosure stories more wrong, the National Beef Association said today.
European Commission Progress On New Food Hygiene Rules 26/03/05
Scottish agriculture's push in Brussels for a sensible timetable for introducing the new food hygiene regulations is paying off.
RABDF Prince Philip Award goes to Northern Dairy Supplies 26/03/05
Dairy hygiene and mastitis control specialists, Northern Dairy Supplies of Preston were presented this week with the RABDF Prince Philip Award 2004 by His Royal Highness at Buckingham Palace.
Getting Pig Research On Target 25/03/05
Effective research, development and knowledge transfer are the key to helping the British pig industry become more competitive and deliver benefits to society.
Yorkshire farmers seek more guidance on Single Farm Payment 24/03/05
Mixed messages on the Single Farm Payment continue to confuse farmers, according to the Masstock group(1). In a bid to clarify the rules and help farmers apply the reams of new regulations, the group has been holding a number of meetings in the region, attended by over 350 local farmers.
Spring Clean Records to Eliminate Old Passports 24/03/05
English beef producers should go through their animal paperwork with a fine-toothed comb this spring and hand-in any passports they still hold from animals that have died in the past, urges the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
Possible GM Contamination In US Corn Supply 23/03/05
It has been reported in the scientific journal Nature that in the USA a small amount of GM maize (Bt 11, produced by Syngenta) had been contaminated with another variety of unauthorised GM corn (Bt 10).
South West To Celebrate Historic Right Of Access 23/03/05
A historic new right for walkers to enjoy thousands of acres of open land in the south west of England will be celebrated on 28 August, rural affairs minister Alun Michael announced today.
Win a complete silage wrapping system 23/03/05
The lucky winner of the Crop Packaging Association’s free prize draw in 2005 will receive a complete silage wrapping system including a McHale 991 bale wrapper, a pallet of netwrap and a pallet of stretch film.
Ontario Bar 5 Stock Farms Sale of Bulls and Females 23/03/2005
SA Fleckvieh, Purebred Simmental, Red Angus & SimmAngus Spring 2005 Bull & Elite Female Sale
British Pig Executive gives more Grants To Help Producers 23/03/05
A range of projects from supplying organic pork burgers to school meals providers and retailers to a major programme looking at three different production systems have won grant aid.
We're Proud Of Why We Receive Farm Payments 23/03/05
The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is calling on the Government to trumpet the public benefits delivered by the new payments made under the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP)
98% of Illegal Meat Imports Escape UK Controls 23/03/05
NFU Scotland believes that far greater resources must be devoted to tackling the massive problem of illegal meat imports.
Farming And Food Research Vital For Sustainable Future 22/03/05
Research should focus more on helping to balance environmental, social and economic issues in order to help consumers, farmers, food producers and countryside communities, government advisers said today.
Fear Factor Renders Supermarket Audit Meaningless 22/03/05
Scotland's farming union (NFU Scotland) has expressed its bewilderment at the outcome of the Office of Fair Trading's audit on the Supermarket Code of Practice.
'Horse Industry is Vibrant': Alun Michael 22/03/05
Rural Affairs Minister Alun Michael addresses the annual National Equine Forum (NEF) at the Royal Veterinary College, London.
New duo to boost potato yield and quality 22/03/05
As potato planting gets into full swing across the country, a newly-approved duo of treatments is destined to put a smile on grower's faces with boosted tuber yield as well as top quality skin finish.
Fallen Stock Scheme - Biosecurity Fear 22/03/05
Pig producers have expressed a number of concerns about the National Fallen Stock Scheme but their biggest worry is biosecurity.
Feedmix Expand Yorkshire On-Farm Mixing Operation 21/03/05
Specialist home mixers, Feedmix Ltd, a company within the Harbro Group, are expanding their operation in Yorkshire and the East of England following the purchase of the long-established North Yorkshire Mill and Mix business from Joe McKitten.
Single Payment Scheme (SPS) and the New Forest 21/03/05
Graziers of livestock in the New Forest will shortly receive application forms for the Single Payment Scheme Rural Affairs Minister Alun Michael announced today.
Farmer Fined for Administering Illegal Medicines to his Animals 21/03/05
John Helliar, a dairy farmer, was fined £1500 today after pleading guilty to veterinary medicines offences. He was also ordered to pay costs of £2600.
Allied Grain’s second wheat performance trials at Haywold 22/03/05
Take-all levels this spring are the highest for the past three years, according to early season root assessment results from Allied Grain’s second wheat performance trials at Haywold in Yorkshire.
Welcome Attempt To Find Better Balance In Crofting Law 21/03/05
NFUS has welcomed the publication of the draft Crofting Reform Bill. The Bill, subject to consultation, lays out in detail how the Scottish Executive intends to simplify and update crofting law.
Computer Program set to Boost Efficiency and Profitability of UK Pig Industry 22/03/05
A revolutionary new computer program to help pig producers improve efficiency and target production more directly to market requirements is being pioneered by leading UK animal feed company, Harbro Ltd, of Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
GM Crop Farm Scale Evaluation Results On Winter Oilseed Rape Published 21/03/05
A study published on March 21 has shown that the abundance of wildlife differs between GM herbicide-tolerant winter oilseed rape and its conventional counterpart.
Annual English Lamb Exports Hold-up Well 21/03/05
English sheep meat exports held-up remarkably well over the past year despite weaker European demand and stiff competition from Ireland and New Zealand.
Bull fertility warranty recommended 21/03/05
Vendors who unwittingly sell bulls that prove infertile can protect themselves from potentially heavy consequential loss claims triggered by infertility if they buy a Private Breeding Warranty produced by the National Beef Association.
Europe key to getting fair milk price for north west farmers says NFU 21/03/05
IF DAIRY farmers want to see an increase in the pence per litre they get for their milk, they'll have to look for help from Europe warns NFU North West Dairy Board Chairman - Ray Brown.
New Farm Trail Opens Window Into History Of The Battle For Berwick 21/03/05
The Battle for Berwick is to be the focus of a new farm trail launched with the help of Defra and English Heritage. The trail will provide a window onto the battlefield, using specially designed glass panels.
English Beef For Top Belgian Chef 20/03/05
ENGLISH beef topped the menu at a lunch to celebrate the selection of Belgium's top Lady Chef.
Cattle flies help Phil scoop PhD 20/03/05
THE control of summer biting flies and lice on cattle was the basis of six years' work which has helped Phil Hadley gain his PhD in Animal Production from the University of Nottingham.
Belgian Blue Breeders Turnout In Force 19/03/05
Top price from the Navac Invitational Sale was 4,700gns for an in calf cow from the Widewath herd of Mark Bousfield.
White Rose Limousin Group Sale up to 3,100gns 19/03/05
Leading the White Rose Limousin Group Sale at Carlisle was one of their stock bulls Pennys Nimrod at 3,100gns.
Carlisle Continental Cross Heifer Sale 18/03/05
The UK’s leading two day show and sale of continental cross suckled heifer and bullock calves started with the sale of over 1,000 heifers on Friday at Borderway Mart, Carlisle. 
Diversifarm – new diversification exhibition at Dairy Event 2005 18/03/05
A new major exhibition covering all aspects of farm diversification will be one of the major features at this year’s Dairy Event
Local solutions needed to tackle fly-tipping 18/03/05
Defra updated on recent developments in Government policy to tackle fly-tipping, including the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Bill.
North Sheep 2005 to be staged in Cumbria 18/03/05
Lamb will be given a major boost at the National Sheep Association northern region’s biennial one day event, North Sheep 2005 to be staged on Wednesday 1 June at Whinfell Park, near Penrith, Cumbria.
Economies of scale for North Sheep 2005 farm 18/03/05
Maintaining the sheep enterprise within the top third of costed flocks and achieving even greater economies of scale are the ways forward at Whinfell Park.
New North East Regional Manager for EBLEX and BPEX 17/03/05
Steve Powdrill, who has spent his working life in the meat industry, is to become Regional Manager for the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX) and the British Pig Executive (BPEX) in the North East of England.

Missed Targets and Missed Opportunities on Fuel 17/03/05
NFU Scotland has expressed its concern at the developments on fuel duties in yesterday's Budget.

Fallen Stock Scheme Registers 25,000th Member 17/03/05
The National Fallen Stock Scheme has signed-up its 25,000th member.
Improved Off Label Pesticide Information Service 16/03/05
Farmers and growers have a new state-of-the-art website to simplify their access to information about off label approvals for pesticide products.
New Chairman for NFU Board for Horticulture 16/03/05
Richard Hirst has been elected chairman of the NFU's board for horticulture and potatoes. Mr Hirst will replace Graham Ward who has stepped down after two years in the post.
The British Charolais Cattle Society Sixteenth Carlisle Spring Show and Sale 16/03/05
Charolais bulls were in demand in Carlisle on Friday 11 March 2005 selling to a top of 4,000gns twice at the breed society’s official early spring show and sale.
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Stage Set For Beef 2005 In Wales

Plans are well advanced for the UK's national beef event, Beef Expo 2005, to be held at Builth Wells, Powys, Wales, on Wednesday, June 8.