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 judging enthusiasts will have the opportunity to test their skills at NSA
North Sheep 2007, the northern region’s biennial one day event.
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 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.
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.
“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.
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 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.
Following discussions with NFU Scotland, Tesco has announced positive steps to
address the problem of co-mingling.
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
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 – 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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
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.
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
Defra has today published the final epidemiology report into the outbreak of
H5N1 avian influenza in Suffolk confirmed in February.
Cumbria-based Carhall Holsteins achieved a rare distinction this week by taking
the National Holstein Show Supreme Championship as well as the Calf Championship.
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.
The entire supply chain is set to benefit from a sheep event being held on Tuesday
26 June 2007.
Kuhn has extended its range of mower conditioners for the 2007 season with the
introduction of two new centrally articulated three-point mounted models.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
ABP has announced that it has chosen Farmplan Computer Systems as the major supplier
for the £1million plus Sainsbury’s Farm Connections project.
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.
A detailed comparison between overhead pylons and underground cabling must be
made given the impact an overhead line could have on the Scottish countryside.
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.
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
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
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.
Weather is a key part of a farmer's business – which is more than can be
said for some eco-warriors!
Rising energy prices and growing government support have encouraged farmers to
look closely at alternative non food and biomass crops in recent years.
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.
Country Land and Business Association (CLA), Wales Director, Julian Salmon, has
welcomed the announcement by Tesco of measures to support UK dairy farmers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
International visitors will provide the British sheep sector with business boosting
export opportunities at NSA North Sheep 2007.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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 not always good news, particularly when producers are looking
to finish lambs as quickly as possible.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
EXPORTS of British breeding cattle have reached the £1 million mark.