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Newcastle Disease - Cull of Pheasants Completed 28/07/05
The cull of pheasants at a farm in Surrey to stop the spread of Newcastle Disease has been completed. The affected premises are now being cleansed and disinfected.
Brecon Show celebrates 250th anniversary 27/07/05
A children's competition will link past and present as Brecon Show celebrates the 250th anniversary of its society, the oldest in the UK.
Working to Stop Foot Rot in UK Sheep 27/07/05
A £500,000 research project aimed at finding sheep with a greater resistance to foot rot is the latest project to be funded by red meat organisations in England, Wales and Scotland.
New Holland enhances TS-A tractor range 27/07/05
Agricultural machinery specialist New Holland has extended the offering in its TS-A Series by adding three new tractors and introducing a number of enhancements to existing models.
Support For Tougher Bovine Tuberculosis (TB) Controls 27/07/05
NFU Scotland has welcomed Scottish Executive plans to toughen up measures to prevent bovine tuberculosis (TB) entering Scotland.
Tunnelby Cow Tops Sparkling Limousin Sale at Carlisle 26/07/05
Borderway Mart, Carlisle was the venue for a spectacular sale from four leading pedigree Limousin cattle herds on Monday 25th July.
Tir Gofal Breakthrough 26/07/05
CLA Wales has achieved a major breakthrough in the drive to prevent cuts of up to 30% in Tir Gofal payments.
Penrith Bluefaced Leicester Progeny Show 26/07/05
A big turnout at the Penrith Show saw some great classes in the Bluefaced Leicester Progeny classes.
Suffolk sheep money invested in performance figures 26/07/05 Ram lambs with performance recorded figures took the top prizes and prices at the Suffolk Sheep Society premier show and sale at Edinburgh (Fri Sat July 22/23).
Sustainable Farming and Food Strategy in North West 26/07/05
Sir Don Curry, chairman of the group implementing the Government's Sustainable Farming and Food Strategy (SFFS), will be finding out more about sustaining the future for English farming and food in the region.
MEP spends a day down on the farm 26/07/05
Member of the European Parliament, Alyn Smith, spent the day getting his hands dirty down on the farm recently.
TAG establishing new Agronomy Group in West Cumbria 26/07/05
The Arable Group (TAG) is establishing a new agronomy group in the west in Cumbria to help predominantly dairy farmers make the most of their combinable crops.
England National Sheepdog Trials in Northumberland 26/07/05
Northumberland is gearing up to host the England National Sheepdog Trials for the first time in almost a decade with the help of European funding awarded by Defra.
Seeds Partnership Launched With New All-Round Oilseed Rape Variety 26/07/05
An innovative new seeds partnership has been launched by crop production specialists, Agrovista UK Limited in alliance with leading regional seed producers across the country.
Defra's new Exotic Animal Disease Generic Contingency Plan 21/07/05
Defra's new Exotic Animal Disease Generic Contingency Plan has been laid before Parliament today.
Managing director leaves The Arable Group 21/07/05
The Directors of The Arable Group (TAG) regret to announce that Dr Mike Carver, their Managing Director, is to leave the Company.
NFU Scotland Submits Views On Water Abstraction 21/07/05
Current proposals from the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) are that under the Controlled Activities Regulations (CAR), all those abstracting more than 10 cubic metres of water per day will be charged for registration.
Commission To Examine Affordable Rural Housing 20/07/05
The Government is today (20 July) announcing details for the delivery of its Manifesto commitment to establish an Affordable Rural Housing Commission to identify practical ways in which access to affordable housing for people in rural areas can be improved.
Farmers 'Incensed' at Rural Payments Agency Fiasco 20/07/05
Farmers in the North West say they are 'incensed' at the latest Government announcement that not only leaves them facing disastrous cash flow problems, but also reduces the national flagship environmental programme to little more than a sham.
Carrs Billington purchases W & J Pye's assets 19/07/05
Carrs Billington Agriculture (Operations) Limited has announced the purchase of the assets and goodwill of W & J Pye Limited (in administration).
Beware the false economy of fertiliser holidays 19/07/05
Falling farm profits are the likely and unwelcome outcome of attempts by growers to save money on fertiliser and lime inputs.
Action on Newcastle Disease - Update 19/07/05
Action was taken on the Government's animal disease contingency plan today in response to an outbreak of Newcastle Disease in pheasants at a farm in Surrey.
Massey Ferguson steps up another gear at UK’s Royal Show 19/07/05
With the presentation of a New Equipment Award for its Dyna-6 transmission at the UK’s Royal Show last week, Massey Ferguson is celebrating the latest in a series of European farm machinery industry accolades for its totally transformed tractor product line-up.
NBA launches glossary of cattle health and disease terms 19/07/05
The National Beef Association has launched a glossary of cattle health and disease terms to be used by farmers and advisory professionals.
ASDA and Tesco in winning team
Leading representatives from Tesco and ASDA will be speaking at the Red Meat Industry Forum (RMIF) conference in London on 2nd November 2005 where the results of the three-year initiative will be revealed.
A Record Breaking Great Yorkshire Show 19/07/05
The 2005 Great Yorkshire Show is an all time record breaker. Organisers the Yorkshire Agricultural Society have announced that the attendance figure of 134,810 is higher than any in the event's 167 year history.
Deadline Approaches For Biodiversity Award 18/07/05
NFU Scotland's annual Excellence Awards look forward to their fifth successful year. The Farmland Biodiversity Award, sponsored by RSPB Scotland, will be the first of the three awards to be judged.
Fun, Dangerous And Deadly - Is Your Farm 'Child Safe' This Summer Holiday? 18/07/05
As the school holidays commence, HSE is warning North West farmers, parents and children themselves to beware the risks that farms can pose to children's safety.
NMR Introduces Entry Level Dairy Software 15/07/05
NMR has introduced a simplified dairy management software package, HerdPro, for those producers wishing to take advantage of computerised herd recording and management.
Automatic sheep tagging system cuts time and labour 15/07/05
For the last three years the Hetheringtons have used an automatic sheep tagging system, the Adamatic from Scottish borders specialist tag manufacturer Roxan ID.
Managing The Harvest Is Key To Linseed Success 15/07/05
Well-planned management of the harvest will be the difference between success and failure for many linseed growers this season
Lakeland’s Maize Maze set to amaze 14/07/05
Cumbria’s first maize maze opens its gates to the public on July 16 and a local company used a revolutionary system that ensured no-one would be lost in the puzzle whilst cutting it!
Cattle price fall sparks more fears 14/07/05
A fall in the price of finished cattle over the past fortnight has sparked further fears of undermining confidence in the UK beef industry.
Lakeland Beef - a fanfare for British food 13/07/05
Quality beef from Cumbria was on the menu for 700 guests at a prestigious event in London, The Craft Guild of Chefs Awards 2005.
NBA call for start date for commercial slaughter of younger cows 13/07/05
Finishers alarmed by lower than expected prices for prime cattle are turning their thoughts to feeding young cows to sell for commercial slaughter in late autumn - but are finding it difficult to lay their hands on animals of the right type.
Sainsbury Stops Tertiary Brands 13/07/05
THE British Pig Executive welcomes the recent decision by J Sainsbury to stop using tertiary brands in its bacon category, and to review their use for ham and pork, and calls on other retailers to do the same.
Wide-ranging Dangers of Imported Meat 13/07/05
Reacting to reports of uncertainty in the beef market and concerns about the welfare standards of imported pork, NFU Scotland have highlighted the potential dangers of imported meat replacing high quality Scottish produce.
H & H Group Appoints New Directors 12/07/05
The H&H Group, Carlisle has made two new and additional appointments to its main board of directors.
Charolais Cattle Society New Chairman 12/07/05
One of the north east's leading stockmen, Jimmy Wilson, of Barnyards, Mintlaw, near Peterhead has been elected chairman of the British Charolais Cattle Society's council of management.
HSE warns North West Farmers: "Take care using transport over the summer" 11/07/05
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is warning North West farmers to take extra care when using transport over the summer months.
Lakeland Shears sheep shearing contest 11/07/05
World class shearers from as far afield as New Zealand took part in the third Lakeland Shears International Sheep Shearing Competition at Cockermouth  auction mart on Saturday (July 9).
Pork imports still on the rise 11/07/05
IMPORTS of pork and pork products are still rising and retail sales of imported fresh pork are up 50 per cent in 2004 compared with the previous year according to a report just published by the British Pig Executive (BPEX).
New Holland laser-guided combines cut down harvest time 08/07/05
The new SmartSteer™ laser guidance system from New Holland allows combines to make hands-free course corrections, reducing operator workload and improving productivity.
The Arable Group to research pesticide application 08/07/05
As part of the continuing development of The Arable Group it is now planned to establish a unit to undertake pesticide application research.
FPB launches red tape survey for small business owners 07/07/05
Businesses sweltering in a pressure cooker of red tape are being urged to take part in a survey to tell Gordon Brown which regulations they most want to see scrapped or amended.
Rural Entrepreneurs - The Way Forward For UK Farmers? 07/07/05
Farmers have been urged to become 'rural entrepreneurs' as a strategy for survival and growth in the 21st century.
TFA Impressed By Farmers Of The Future 06/07/05
The Tenant Farmers Association has been proud to sponsor the prestigious 2005 National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs’ Farm Business Development Competition.
National Trust calls for measures to help hill farming through major change 06/07/05
New research by the National Trust highlights that hill farming is on the brink of a rapid, and unmanaged collapse, without help through the major changes it faces.
National Beef Association's new chairman 06/07/05
Duff Burrell, from Broome Park, near Alnwick in Northumberland is the new chairman of the National Beef Association.
Limousins are supreme champion pair at 2005 Royal Show 06/07/05
The Limousins are the champion breed at this year’s Royal Show, and have picked up the prestigious Burke Trophy.
Back Pain Message For North West Farmers 06/07/05
Straw polls taken at agricultural safety awareness days have revealed that as many as 80% of the attendees have had back problems at some stage of their career.
EBLEX Does An Italian Job 06/07/05
HOPES of a vibrant export market for British beef when present controls are lifted have been given a boost this week by the results of a survey.
New Holland TS-A wins RASE Silver Award 05/07/05
A Silver Award this year for New Holland’s TS-A tractor range acknowledges the increased levels of comfort and performance that this tractor brings to the highly competitive 100-135hp sector.
John Deere delivers in Dorset 05/07/05
Dorset’s grass verges and school playing fields are looking greener than usual this summer following the purchase of a fleet of new John Deere tractors.
Different Mastitis Bacteria Each Year 04/07/05
Two or more mastitis bacteria a year are diagnosed on most dairy units as causing a significant proportion of the disease.
Early Chance to Select the Best Rams 04/07/05
Buyers heading for the early NSA Wales & Border Ram Sale at the Royal Welsh Showground next month will have a wider choice than ever before.
Energy cost increases may force animal feed price rise 04/07/05
Huge energy cost increases may force animal feed manufacturers into raising their prices.
Semen Exports' £7 Million Boom 04/07/05
EXPORTS of British cattle genetics have hit a high point not seen since the 1980s, it was revealed at the Royal Show on Sunday July 3.
A Helping Hand from the Red Meat Industry Forum 04/07/05
"Join our Club!" was the message from Clare Wise, Red Meat Industry Forum (RMIF) project manager, speaking at the Royal Show in Stoneleigh on Monday 4th July.
National Outlook Reveals Encouraging 2006 Oilseed Rape Margin Opportunities 04/07/05
Promising market prospects for 2006 and beyond mean most UK growers should be able to make a reliably healthy margin from sowing oilseed rape this autumn.
Now Men Can Get PMT Every Month 04/07/05
THE spotlight has been turned on the British pig industry in a new monthly publication from the Meat and Livestock Commission's economics department.
Great Yorkshire Show Smashes Records 04/07/05
There will be more competitive entries at this year's Great Yorkshire Show than in the entire history of the event, organisers have announced.
New Holstein Bull Makes PLI ‘Hat Trick’ For Avoncroft 04/07/05
The UK’s new top Holstein sire ranked on PLI, Loe Martin, has joined the Avoncroft stud.
The Royal Show countdown is on – so come and join in the unique celebration of British agriculture!
There couldn’t be a more suitable venue than the Royal Show to champion the many achievements and successes of the nation’s farmers – and this year there are more prestigious livestock and agricultural competitions than ever before.
Milk Market Signals Ignored In Battle For Market Share 01/07/05
The fear that the recent price cut announced by Arla could undermine the work to achieve a more sustainable milk price for farmers was fuelled on Wednesday June 28 when Robert Wiseman Dairies also announced a cut.
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