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Brecon Charolais Cattle Peak at 5,700gns 30/04/07
Charolais bulls met a solid demand from a packed ringside of commercial men in Brecon on Thursday 26 April at the breed society’s official inaugural sale at the centre. Bidding peaked at 5,700gns and 17 lots sold to average £2,477.
Stock Judges to Test Skills at North Sheep 2007 30/04/07
Stock judging enthusiasts will have the opportunity to test their skills at NSA North Sheep 2007, the northern region’s biennial one day event.
UK Beef Industry Losing Out to EU Markets 30/04/07
Over 3,000 dairy beef bulls a week, and a growing number of weaned sucklers, are being lost to the domestic industry because finished cattle prices are not high enough to keep the animals here.
Family Hosts Welsh Sheep 2007 with Pride 30/04/07
Family enthusiasm is a key element of the success story that is Graig Farm, high above the rolling Gwent countryside between Abergavenny and Ross on Wye.
Sheep Meat Exports Grow Despite Poor Second Half 30/04/07
Despite a marked slowing of trade in the second half of the year, the latest figures from the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX) reveal that national sheep meat exports continued their recent annual growth in 2006.
Oak Tree championship success at Skipton Belgian Blue show 27/04/07
“Blue Wednesday” at Skipton Auction Mart - the third annual show and sale of pedigree Belgian Blue breeding cattle – saw championship honours go to John Pedley.
Longtown Primestock Sale 26/04/07
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 91 Prime cattle, 2 Young bulls, 31 OTM, 10 Spring lambs, 5516 hoggs and 2709 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 26th April 2007.
Agriculture key player to stop degradation of vital ecosystems 26/04/07
Agriculture offers important solutions for many of today’s environmental problems, FAO said today in a report prepared for its Committee on Agriculture meeting in Rome.
Positive Steps from Tesco on Co-Mingling Issue 26/04/07
Following discussions with NFU Scotland, Tesco has announced positive steps to address the problem of co-mingling.
Johnson Championship Four-Timer at Craven Dairy Auction 26/04/07
A fourth championship success was bagged by North Yorkshire father-and-son farmers Raymond and Robert Johnson at the monthly Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart.
Leading Northumberland Suckler Herd for Sale 25/04/07
The G E Robertson & Co autumn calving herd, comprising 131 autumn calving cows and heifers, and 3 bulls, is being sold at Stamford Farm, Embleton in Northumberland.  
Top Industry Figures to Address Beef Tech 2007 Seminars 25/04/07
Top industry figures – including a leading Italian meat wholesaler – will be among an impressive line-up of speakers at the Royal Northern Agricultural Society’s Beef Tech 2007 event next month.
Industry facing array of challenges says Dairy UK 25/04/07
The recent price increases announced by supermarkets and processors were very welcome, but prices are only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the range of issues over which the dairy industry is battling for its economic life.
Blonde Bulls Bloom at Bristol 24/04/07
It was a solid day’s trading for the Blonde cattle at Bristol Sales Centre on Saturday 21st of April with a good commercial demand for bulls ready to work.
Bioenergy could drive rural development 24/04/07
Top international experts met in Rome to consider the environmental and food security impact of the rapidly-expanding bioenergy industry and agreed that governments could use bioenergy as a positive force for rural development.
NBA’s P&O ferry link for pedigree exports already showing its value 24/04/07
Over £1 million of pedigree cattle have already been shipped through the high-health, live export, route established by P&O Ferries and the National Beef Association in October last year.
DNA Testing Assists Late Passport Appeals 24/04/07
The DNA testing route for English producers to appeal against the refusal of late cattle passport applications could make major inroads into the unnecessary wastage of valuable beef resources.
Welshpool Charolais Bulls bid to 5,800gns 20/04/07
Solid commercial demand for Charolais bulls underpinned by the premium marketplace for Charolais cross calves set a buoyant trade at the breed society’s official spring show and sale in Welshpool, on Thursday 19 April.
Feeding Whole Milk to Calves can be Costly 20/04/07
Feeding what might seem to be surplus whole milk from the dairy herd to calves simply does not make financial or nutritional sense and may even expose youngstock to harmful bacteria that will cause disease.
Animal Health Research Cuts Fuel Concerns 20/04/07
The concerns over Defra spending cuts have been exacerbated by the news that Defra has withdrawn funding for a significant amount of animal health and welfare research.
Longtown Primestock Sale 19/04/07
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 108 prime cattle, 8 young bulls, 8 OTM, 40 spring lambs, 4,668 hoggs and 3,634 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 19th April 2007.
Crops, Climate Change and Computers 19/04/07
A new race of a disease called black stem rust, caused by the fungus Puccinia graminis, is on the move and posing a threat to many of the world’s wheat growing regions.
Suffolk Bird Flu Report Published 19/04/07
Defra has today published the final epidemiology report into the outbreak of H5N1 avian influenza in Suffolk confirmed in February.
Double Top for Carhall at National Holstein Show 19/04/07
Cumbria-based Carhall Holsteins achieved a rare distinction this week by taking the National Holstein Show Supreme Championship as well as the Calf Championship.
New Holland to Sponsor Juventus Football Club 18/04/07
Fiat S.p.A. and Juventus Football Club S.p.A. have announced that the Fiat Group will become “Official Sponsor” of Juventus for all competitions starting from July 1, 2007.
Scottish Sheep Event to Benefit All 18/04/07
The entire supply chain is set to benefit from a sheep event being held on Tuesday 26 June 2007.
Kuhn Mower Conditioners Get New Lift
Kuhn has extended its range of mower conditioners for the 2007 season with the introduction of two new centrally articulated three-point mounted models.
Fieldson Alfy Selected for Limousin Young Bull Promotion Scheme 18/04/07
Limousin bull Fieldson Alfy, owned by David Kelly, Nether Hall Farm Ltd, Monsergh, Kirkby Lonsdale, Carnforth, Lancashire has been selected for inclusion in the MLC/ Signet sponsored Young Bull Promotion Scheme.
New Initiative to Help Dairy Farmers Beat Calf Scours 17/04/07
Dairy farmers now have an opportunity to develop a better practical understanding of their cows’ colostrum quality and its ability to improve calf health, thanks to an innovative initiative from Schering-Plough.
First Class Microbiologist Joins NML Paisley 17/04/07
Microbiologist Joanna Fyans has joined milk testing company National Milk Laboratories (NML) in its Paisley laboratory, taking on responsibility for Mastitis ID and Bacto Breakdown testing under the Microcheck service.
Dual Benefits from Automatic Calf Milk Feeding Machine 17/04/07
Results from a new survey of over 50 automatic calf milk feeding machine users confirm dual benefits of time saving and better calf performance, says Milkivit Denkamilk milk replacer producer Trouw Nutrition.
Dairy Event 2007 scheduled for expansion 17/04/07
The Dairy Event is scheduled to feature a series of new exhibits at its Stoneleigh Park, Coventry site on Wednesday 19 and Thursday 20 September.
Precision Finishing Should Deliver Bulls-Eye Prices 17/04/07
More money could be earned from more prime cattle if more processors introduced tighter specifications and offered premiums, backed by discounts, to encourage more precise finishing based on higher rewards for in-specification carcases.
Limousin Bulls Peak at 3,200gns at Dungannon 16/04/07
The Annual BLCS April Sale of Limousin Bulls organised by the NI Limousin Club was held on 13th April 2007 at Dungannon Livestock Mart with two bulls topping the day’s trade at 3,200gns.
Focus on Profitability at Beef Expo 2007 16/04/07
With nine mainline sponsors and a record 150 trade stands and 23 beef breed society demonstrations, Beef Expo 2007 is shaping up to be the biggest and best since the annual event was launched 10 years ago.
Longtown Primestock Sale 12/04/07
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 13 Spring lambs, 8593 hoggs and 4365 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 12th April 2007.
Wheat Stem Rust Spreads from East Africa 12/04/07
A new and virulent fungus that attacks a wide range of wheat varieties has spread from East Africa to Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula, FAO reported today.
Farmplan to supply Sainsbury’s beef producers 11/04/07
ABP has announced that it has chosen Farmplan Computer Systems as the major supplier for the £1million plus Sainsbury’s Farm Connections project.
New trade rules expected to benefit some developing countries 11/04/07
Multilateral agricultural trade policy reform is expected to stimulate trade and economic growth, but any new trade rules need to be compatible with the first Millennium Development Goal.
Electricity Line Inquiry Told to Examine Alternatives 11/04/07
A detailed comparison between overhead pylons and underground cabling must be made given the impact an overhead line could have on the Scottish countryside.
Skipton gears up for Northern Limousin Extravaganza 11/04/07
The inaugural show of pedigree and cross-bred Limousin juvenile cattle looks set to be a highlight of the 2007 pedigree beef season at Skipton Auction Mart.
Voters Show Strong Support For Scottish Farming 10/04/07
In a poll conducted on behalf of BBC Scotland, voters in Scotland have shown enormous support for Scottish farming by placing it fifth in a list of important election issues.
Union Worry Over Milk Production Fall Prediction 10/04/07
NFU Scotland has expressed concern over Milk Development Council (MDC) figures from the fourth annual Farmer Intentions Survey which show that milk production in the UK is likely to fall by 7 per cent, or 900 million litres, over the next two years.
Book Now for Beef Expo Farm Tour 05/04/07
Beef farmers will have the opportunity of visiting three leading beef and sheep farms in the Skipton area on the day before the UK’s national beef event, NBA Beef Expo 2007.
Climate Change - Complete Codswallop or Cleaner Wellies? 05/04/07
Weather is a key part of a farmer's business – which is more than can be said for some eco-warriors!
Higher Grain Prices put Pressure on Biomass Competitiveness 05/04/07
Rising energy prices and growing government support have encouraged farmers to look closely at alternative non food and biomass crops in recent years.
Yorkshire Agricultural Society Stenghthen Team 05/04/07
A passion for Yorkshire and a commitment to improving the environment are the hallmarks of two new members of staff at the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.
CLA Welcomes Tesco Milk Price Move 05/04/07
Country Land and Business Association (CLA), Wales Director, Julian Salmon, has welcomed the announcement by Tesco of measures to support UK dairy farmers.
Sainsbury's milk price statement 05/04/07
Tesco is one of the last retailers to introduce this kind of initiative but it's good that they have acknowledged the issues in the dairy industry - and the fact that they are addressing these issues is good for farmers.
RABDF welcomes Tesco’s milk price increase 05/04/07
The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers has welcomed Tesco’s announcement offering direct contracts to 850 dairy producers, guaranteeing them a farm-gate milk price of around 22ppl.
Union Plea for Farmers’ Views on Wage Changes 05/04/07
NFU Scotland is urging farmers across the country to fill in a survey to help it assess the damage caused by the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB) decision last year to scrap age-related minimum rates of pay.
Longtown Primestock Sale 04/04/07
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 9 Spring lambs, 4887 hoggs and 2610 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown which, due to Easter, was held on Tuesday 3rd April 2007.
Business boosting export opportunities at NSA North Sheep 04/04/07
International visitors will provide the British sheep sector with business boosting export opportunities at NSA North Sheep 2007.
Leptospirosis Presence Established in 70% of UK Herds 04/04/07
Around 70% of unvaccinated UK herds continue to show evidence of leptospirosis infection, according to 2006 test results released by the Bovine Leptospirosis Information & Screening Service (BLiSS).
Rural Skills to Broaden Student Horizons 04/04/07
Fancy swapping maths and history and having a go at sheep shearing, tractor driving or dry stone walling? …. then the Yorkshire Agricultural Society is offering bursaries to enable young people to do exactly that.
Launch of Scotland’s First Environmental Focus Farm 04/04/07
An SAC project which aims to identify and test the best ways in which farmers can effectively and realistically address NVZ and diffuse pollution issues was launched on 3 April at Mains of Balgavies, Angus.
Successful Parliamentary Dairy Farming Delegation to Brussels 04/04/07
This week a delegation of seven MPs went to Brussels where they met with the Agricultural Commissioner Marianne Fischer Boel, as well as Members of the European Parliament and the British Agricultural Bureau.
RABDF/Defra Farm Health Planning Award launched 03/04/07
College students are invited to enter the RABDF/Defra Farm Health Planning Award, a new awareness raising initiative for younger members of the industry with more than £1,000 prize money at stake.
Triplet Lambs are a Mixed Blessing 03/04/07
Triplet lambs are not always good news, particularly when producers are looking to finish lambs as quickly as possible.
Local success at Skipton Young Bulls Show 03/04/07
A ten-month-old home-bred Belgian Blue-cross bull from local farmers Ken Fawcett & Sons, of Dale Head Farm, Barden, was awarded the championship at the annual show and sale of young feeding bulls at Skipton Auction Mart.
Borderway Carriage and Driving Sale Draws the Crowds 03/04/07
The first sale of horse drawn carriages and driving items was held and attracted an enormous crowd of enthusiasts mainly from Northern England and Scotland.
New Valpadana compact tractor features ultimate versatility 03/04/07
A new version of Valpadana’s hydrostatic drive compact tractor introduced by distributor Landini UK has an uprated drive-train and new front linkage/pto options that add to the machine’s versatility and make an ideal power unit for a smallholding or stables.
Borderway Stages New Winter Agri-Event 02/04/07
Cumbria and the north west gets its first big agri-event this year when auction company Harrison & Hetherington stages an all-industry show in November.
Semex’s Solution to Finding the Perfect Mate 02/04/07
UK dairy producers will now have access to the most advanced and extensive ‘breeding calculator’ in the industry in the form of a new mating programme devised by Semex.
Defra Puts Knife into Farm Payments 02/04/07
The Tenant Farmers Association has reacted angrily to the news that Defra has decided to siphon off up to 19% of funds earmarked for the farming community to pay for its other policy goals.
TFA Endorses MP’s Report on SPS Fiasco 02/04/07
The Tenant Farmers Association has congratulated the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee of the House of Commons for its thorough report into the events that lead up to the Single Payment Scheme fiasco of last year.
UK Cattle Breeding Stock Exports Hit £1m 01/04/07
EXPORTS of British breeding cattle have reached the £1 million mark.
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