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Friday 10 June SPS Closing Date 31/05/05
Anyone who has yet to submit a valid Single Payment Scheme (SPS) application to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has until Friday 10 June to do so.
County Durham Farmers Expand Green Recycling Scheme With Backing From Defra 31/05/05
A green-thinking Easington farming family who diversified into a recycling business have expanded with the help of Defra's Rural Enterprise Scheme (RES).
Prevent mineral deficiency and protect productivity 31/05/05
An eye on mineral status during grazing will help avoid longer-term deficiency problems.
Rising Level of Pig Herd Recording Bodes Well for Future of The National Herd 31/05/05
The number of producers installing pig recording systems has risen significantly over the past 12 months, providing a clear indication that those remaining in the industry are committed to managing their future.
Texting TAG! 31/05/05
The Arable Group has extended its range of services to Members by introducing a message texting system to alert Members to important events and disease/pest alerts.
Ergot fungal infection issue to be resolved 27/05/05
One of the key measures that arable farmers are being encouraged to take to qualify for new environmental schemes could place their crops at risk from a fungal infection that can render them unsaleable and worthless.
Cattle destruction scheme to stabilise the UK suckler herd 27/05/05
European Commission plans to install a three year destruction scheme for cattle born before August 1st 1996 will help to stabilise the UK suckler herd after subsidy decoupling
Beefy and Lamby boost meat sales 27/05/05
IAN Botham and Allan Lamb have proved a formidable partnership when it comes to boosting meat sales in England.
Tuck In To Summertime beef and lamb 27/05/05
A NEW idea-packed booklet full of great recipes for Summertime beef and lamb dishes is about to appear in butchers' shops across England.
Commission Gives Go-Ahead To Over Thirty Months Scheme Successor 27/05/05
NFU Scotland has welcomed the announcement today that the European Commission has given the go-ahead for a three-year scheme to replace the current Over Thirty Months Scheme (OTMS), subject to approval by the Council of Ministers.
Farmers Open Doors To Give Youngsters A Real Taste Of The Countryside 27/05/05
Inner city youngsters are getting their first taste of the countryside through a pioneering education scheme funded by Defra's Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) and run by the Rural Development Service (RDS) in the North West.
Celebrations As Historic Right Of Access Begins In Northern England 27/05/05
Walkers will be able to enjoy more than half a million hectares of the most spectacular landscapes in England when the right of open access is launched in northern England this weekend (May 28).
Foot And Mouth Disease Control Strategies - DEFRA Publishes Cost Benefit Analysis 26/05/05
A report that investigates costs and benefits of a variety of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) control strategies has been published by Defra today.
Protein-Rich Grass In First Cut Regrowth Worth Trapping 26/05/05
Too often farmers think the spring flush is over by the end of May. This is often not the case and especially not this year with the fluctuating weather across the country, according to Provimi ruminant nutritionist Dr Sion Richards.
Beefy and Lamby's Chelsea Flower Show Gold 26/05/05
A GARDEN sponsored by the English Beef and lamb Executive (EBLEX) has scooped gold at the Chelsea Flower Show.
Expert Panel Lined Up For “Question Time” At Beef Expo 25/05/05
A six-strong panel of beef industry experts will provide a fitting climax to the UK’s national beef showcase, Beef Expo 2005, at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells, Powys, on Wednesday, June 8.
North East Success Stories On Display At DEFRA's Northumberland County Show Stand 24/05/05
Defra will be highlighting some of the region's successful farm diversification businesses at this year's Northumberland County Show at Corbridge on 30 May.
Consumers must be involved in beef industry decisions 24/05/05
Consumers hold the future of the UK beef industry in their hands but so far there has been no attempt at retail level to involve them in industry decisions on how to respond to decoupling, NBA chief executive, Robert Forster has told an international beef science conference at Bristol University.
Robust 86 Year-Old Makes Cereals Debut 24/05/05
Making its debut at the national Cereals Event this year is an 86 year-old stalwart from the forefront of the modern revolution in British food production.
Defra Goes Quackers Over Ducky's Park Farm 24/05/05
A brand new venture promising lots of fun for all the family is opening in South Cumbria on Saturday 28 May.
NFU backs Thermafleece 24/05/05
Second Nature, the UK’s leading supplier of natural wool insulation, has recently won the opportunity to supply its Thermafleece insulation for the prestigious development of the new NFU Headquarters building at Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire.
Industry Challenges Agri-Environment Payment Proposals 24/05/05
Representatives of NFU Scotland, the Scottish Crofting Foundation and the Scottish Rural Property and Business Association today met Scottish Executive officials to stress the need for urgent action to allay the serious concerns of farmers and crofters about the proposed cuts in agri-environment payments.
National Beef Association warns DEFRA 23/05/05
Government must realise that a category card based compensation system for stock that has fallen victim to a notifiable disease will prove unworkable as well as provoke avoidable longstanding conflict between itself and the cattle industry, the National Beef Association has warned.
New Breed Record Price for Belgian Blue Bull at Carlisle 21/05/05
A new breed record of 21,000gns was set on Saturday at the Border Belgian Blue Club Show and Sale.
Aberstar Heralds New Generation of Aber High Sugar Grasses 21/05/05
The latest Aber High Sugar Grass (AberHSG) variety AberStar, which makes it debut in NIAB's 2005-06 Recommended List as the highest yielding intermediate perennial ryegrass with the highest Grazing D value, is now available exclusively in British Seeds Houses' AberHSG 3 long term grazing mixture.
Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) - Help Is At Hand! 21/05/05
A SERIES of one-day workshops is being held to help pig farmers unravel the complexities of Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC).
Deadline Extended For Environmental Stewardship Scheme 21/05/05
The deadline for applications into the Entry Level (ELS) and Organic Entry Level (OELS) strands of the new Environmental Stewardship Schemes has been extended.
Another First For Goodwood - First Racecourse To Go Organic 20/05/05
Organic meat from the Goodwood Estate’s newly-converted organic Home Farm will be available on all racedays at Goodwood Racecourse this year.

Bull Beef Eating Quality Debate Resolved 20/05/05
English beef producers can take advantage of the greater efficiency of bulls to improve their competitiveness while helping to displace imports, safe in the knowledge that increased bull beef production need not compromise the eating quality of home-produced meat.
Keeping Farmers Informed About Health And Safety - HSE Launches Agriculture E-Bulletin 20/05/05
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched an agriculture e-mail bulletin to update farmers and others about the latest health and safety issues.
NFU to help north west poultry farmers 19/05/05
Preparations are well underway at the NFU to help north west poultry farmers deal with yet another change to the way their industry is regulated.
DEFRA Helps Spark New Interest In Caravan Park 19/05/05
A caravan park, which has offered a haven for countryside lovers in the heart of rural Northumberland, is to be given a new lease of life with the help of Defra's Rural Enterprise Scheme (RES).
Funding launched for Dairy Event exhibitors’ overseas guests 19/05/05
Exhibitors to the Dairy Event this year to be held at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry on 21 and 22 September are being offered financial support for overseas guests to help expand their export business.
North Sheep attracts record sheep breeds 19/05/05
North Sheep, the National Sheep Association northern region’s one day bi-ennial event has attracted a record 42 breed societies and associations to Whinfell Park, Penrith on Wednesday 1 June.
Natural Environment & Rural Communities Bill Published 19/05/05
Two new organisations tasked with conserving, enhancing and managing England's valuable natural environment and giving a stronger voice to rural communities would be created under the Natural Environment and Rural Communities Bill, which is published today.
Important Bills For Agriculture In Queen’s Speech 18/05/05
In the state opening of Parliament Her Majesty the Queen set out her Government's policies and proposed legislative programme for the new parliamentary session.
Welcome For Crofters' Cattle Support 18/05/05
NFU Scotland has welcomed proposals announced today by the Scottish Executive to provide support to crofters for buying and hiring bulls.
Healthy Eating Means More Meat 18/05/05
FRESH red meats are among the fastest growing foods in popularity as parents and schools get the healthy eating message.
5,500gns Tyrosser Bull Tops Builth Limousin Trade 16/05/05
Tyrosser Unkydory, a seventeen month old bull from local breeders Messrs MJ & TW Price of Llanafan, Builth Wells led a good quality show of Limousin bulls with a 5,500gns bid at the May Sale.
Limousin bull crowned Supreme Interbreed Champion at Royal Ulster Show 13/05/05
A glorious, sunny day on Wednesday 11th May 2005 was rounded off in style as Limousin bull Milbrook R2K was crowned Supreme Interbreed Champion with a convincing combination of poise, panache and power.
New mower conditioners are 100% John Deere 13/05/05
Designed and manufactured entirely by John Deere for the European market, the new 500 Series trailed mower conditioners are suitable for use by both grass farmers and contractors.
New Holland offers a helping hand at Cereals 2005 12/05/05
Visitors to Cereals 2005 will see the latest in guidance systems, steering assistance and productivity enhancing management tools from New Holland.
RICS rural land market survey for Great Britain 12/05/05
Farmland price rises came to an abrupt halt during the first quarter of 2005, according to the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors’ (RICS) rural land survey published 11 May.
NFU Scotland Cattle Health Conference 11/05/05
NFU Scotland, in conjunction with the Scottish Executive, Quality Meat Scotland, Moredun and the SAC, are running a conference on Wednesday May 18 2005 to highlight the threats facing Scotland’s cattle from an increasing array of diseases.
Flexibility on Working Times Crucial 11/05/05
NFU Scotland has expressed its concern at the vote today by MEPs which will remove the ability for workers to opt out of the Working Time Directive.
"State of the Art" Animal Disease laboratory opens 11/05/05
A multi-million pound laboratory that will contribute to Government research into bovine TB, has been opened by the Chief Veterinary Officer.
First sale of JCB backhoes with lock-up torque converter 11/05/05
York-based Collier Plant Hire is stealing a march on its rivals by becoming the first UK company to purchase a new JCB 3CX backhoe loader fleet complete with lock-up torque converters.
Case IH has the full range at Cereals 2005 11/05/05
Case IH’s range of balers, combines and tractors are designed to work together to undertake the large acreage of the modern farming operation, and Cereals is the opportunity for us to showcase class-leading machinery,
Win a cattle crush at Beef Expo 2005 10/05/05
Beef farmers completing the Sponsors’ Trail at Beef Expo 2005 will have the opportunity of winning a brand new Premier Livestock Handling Mark II Cattle Crush worth £2180.
LMC Applications Open Until 6 June 09/05/05
NFU Scotland has welcomed the extension to the deadline for applications to the new Land Management Contract Menu Scheme.
JCB's starring role in Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 09/05/05
Intergalactic blockbuster ‘The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy’ is set to take cinemas by storm this year – with a helping hand from a dozen JCBs which make a spectacular cameo appearance.
Welsh Breeders Lead Solid Limousin Trade 07/05/05
A high clearance of bulls was seen at the annual Limousin Society May show and sale on Saturday with five animals reaching over five figures.
European Union Seeks Action On Further Toxic Chemicals 06/05/05
The European Union (EU) is pressing for international action to phase out further Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs), which cause long-term damage to people and the environment.
Top Prize Money In Beef Expo Stockjudging Competitions 06/05/05
Visitors to Beef Expo 2005 at Builth Wells on Wednesday, June 8, will have the opportunity of competing for top prize money in both open and young farmers’ stockjudging competitions.
Election countdown - the countryside 04/05/05
RICS is focusing on key issues for land, property and construction in the run-up to the UK General Election on 5 May 2005. Today they're concentrating on the countryside.
New Holland at Balmoral Show 2005 03/05/05
New Holland dealership Burke’s of Cornascriebe will be displaying the latest of the brand’s tractors at the popular Balmoral show.

Brooksby Melton College receives CoVE Award 03/05/05
Brooksby Melton College, near Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, has been awarded Centre of Vocational Excellence status by the Learning & Skills Council for its Landbased Service Engineering courses.
Equal Access To Crofting Grants Crucial 03/05/05
NFU Scotland has responded to the Scottish Executive’s consultation on changes to an important crofting grants scheme and stressed that all crofters should have equal access to funding.
Charolais Judge looking for essential spark
Cheshire cattleman, Steve Bailey will be challenged by a line up of 190 Charolais bulls in Carlisle on Saturday May 14 when he judges the breed society’s official late spring show prior to those lots coming under the hammer.
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