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Longtown Primestock Sale 31/01/08
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 95 prime cattle, 0 young bulls, 22 OTM, 4,945 prime hoggs and 3,536 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 31st January, 2008.
Farm Incomes Report Paints a Mixed Picture 31/01/08
The Scottish Government has published its annual farm income figures, which paint a mixed picture across the various sectors of the industry.
Yorkshire Agricultural Society Boosts Farming Help Appeal 31/01/08
The Yorkshire Agricultural Society has donated £5,000 to a national appeal which offers help and support to farmers across the country.
Managing Water Naturally Reduces Flooding 31/01/08
England's National Parks and farmland landscapes could hold the key to long-term, cost effective flood prevention, said Natural England this week, as it gives evidence to the Environment Food and Rural Affairs (EFRA) select committee inquiry into flooding.
The UK Pesticide Guide – Celebrates 21 Years of Publication 31/01/08
The 21st edition of The UK Pesticide Guide 2008 is now available and provides farmers and growers with the most up-to-date information relating to UK approved products, for agriculture, horticulture, forestry and amenity use.
Average Dairy Farm Rents Should Not Go Up 29/01/08
The Tenant Farmers Association will be telling members at this weeks Dairy Show at the Bath & West showground that they should resist suggestions from landlords that dairy rents should increase.
Uncertain Future For Food 29/01/08
In the near future global food supplies will become less secure and prices more volatile.
Perth to Host European Aberdeen-Angus Forum 29/01/08
More than 60 Aberdeen-Angus breeders from the Continent will be arriving in Perth later this week for the 6th European Aberdeen-Angus Forum.
Alternative Semen Company Adds Ayrshire Sires 29/01/08
The Alternative Semen Company has added Ayrshire sires from the Cattle Services (Ayr) Ltd to its offering.
EU Commissioner Hears of Scotland's CAP Vision 29/01/08
NFU Scotland has met the EU Agriculture Commissioner, Mariann Fischer Boel, to outline its ideas on how Europe’s farm policy could be tailored to deliver maximum food production, environmental and economic benefits to the public.
Big Farmhouse Breakfast Nets Over £4,000 for Charity 29/01/08
The annual Yorkshire “Charity Big Farmhouse Breakfast” has raised £4,270 for Yorkshire Cancer Research.
Breeders Group Calls for Radical Change to Lamb Marketing 28/01/08
Prospects for the British sheep industry remain bleak unless a better price is achieved for prime lambs.
Sarkley Limousins Sell to 17,000gns at Carlisle 28/01/08
A maiden heifer at 17,000gns led the way at the tenth Annual Calf Sale from the prolific Sarkley Limousin herd of Messrs EH Pennie & Sons, held at Carlisle on Friday 25th January 2008.
Bluetongue Vaccine Needed to Extinguish Disease 28/01/08
The National Beef Association has written to Cabinet Secretary, Richard Lochhead, calling for an urgent meeting at which it will ask the Scottish Government to buy stocks of bluetongue (BT) vaccine.
NBA Warns on New Charges for Fallen Stock 28/01/08
An annual collection and disposal bill of £31 million is possible, now that government is looking to end free collection and disposal of fallen cattle over 24 months old.
Milk Yields Dip While Quality Improves 28/01/08
For the first time in more than a decade average milk yields have dropped, according to data on 60% of British dairy cows published in the latest NMR Annual Production Report for the year ending September 2007.
High Yielding Varieties Extend BSH Forage Maize Range 28/01/08
Two new high yielding varieties from the French breeder Caussade Semences extend the British Seed Houses maize range for 2008.
Lamb Leads Lady Chef to Title 25/01/08
Arabelle Meirlaen has hit the heights by winning Belgium's Lady Chef of the Year competition sponsored by the English Beef and Lamb Executive (EBLEX).
Longtown Primestock Sale 24/01/08
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 79 prime cattle, 6 young bulls, 29 OTM cattle, 5,188 prime hoggs and 4,635 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 24th January, 2008.
Recruitment Drive Nets Ten New Dealers for McCormick Tractors 24/01/08
An energetic campaign to recruit dealers to the McCormick retail sales and product support network has so far resulted in ten new outlets for Britain’s fourth best-selling tractor range.
Livestock Farmers Send Supply Warning to Retailers 24/01/08
NFU Scotland’s Livestock Committee has warned retailers that significant shortages of product are on the horizon unless better prices arrive soon.
English Beef Gets Italian Accolade 24/01/08
English beef will be top of the bill at a major Italian show where England is a special guest country and given extra prominence.
Youngsters Enjoy a Hearty Start to the Day at Showground 24/01/08
More than 100 schoolchildren enjoyed a hearty breakfast at the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate and learned just why it is the most important meal of the day, courtesy of the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.
Avian Influenza Remains a Global Threat 24/01/08
Recent avian influenza outbreaks in 15 countries demonstrate that the H5N1 virus remains a global threat and requires close monitoring and strong control efforts, FAO said today.
Holistic Approach Needed to Control Bovine TB 23/01/08
CLA Wales, the rural economy expert, welcomes the conclusion of the report of the Welsh Assembly Government Rural Development Sub-Committee’s inquiry into bovine TB that a ’holistic approach’ is required.
Crisp Victory at Opening Craven Dairy Auction 23/01/08
The 2008 Craven Dairy Auction season began with a local championship success for Yorkshire Dales dairyman Robert Crisp, of Nelson Farm, Calton.
China Pig Meat Exports a Step Closer 23/01/08
The dream of opening the Chinese market to British pig meat has moved a step closer to reality with technical agreement on a protocol covering the export trade.
New Lamb Feeder from Trouw Nutrition 23/01/08
Trouw Nutrition has launched a simple, heated, re-constituted milk feeder unit to help shepherds maximise orphan and third lamb early life growth rates highly cost-effectively.
The Roundhouse Wins top CLA Award 22/01/08
What has been described as “an ingenious concept for housing livestock” has won the CLA President’s Award for the best new build in England and Wales.
Cumbria Farmer Network Goes From Strength to Strength 21/01/08
Cumbria Farmer Network (Rural Futures) has established itself in less than two years with membership already well over target and funding reserves setting the foundation for economic security.
British Charolais Cattle Society Launches New Indexes 21/01/08
The British Charolais Cattle Society has introduced a Terminal Index (TI) and a Self Replacing Index (SRI), two new major Indexes to its Breedplan registration and genetic evaluation system.
Poor Cattle Prices are History says NBA 21/01/08
Any finisher from any part of the UK who sells an R grade steer for less than 235p per dwkg this week is giving the animal away.
Builth Wells Ram Sale to be Three-Day Event 21/01/08
Traditionally Europe’s biggest, the NSA Wales & Borders Ram Sale is to adopt a bold new approach for 2008. The event will now be held in three parts, staged in the permanent buildings at the Royal Welsh Showground.
Beef and Sheep Sector Called to Follow Dairy Lead 21/01/08
Beef and sheep sectors have been urged to follow the dairy industry’s lead and offer specialist information events for college staff.
Union Disillusioned as Key Support Schemes are Cut 20/01/08
NFUS has expressed its disillusionment at the news that a key animal health and welfare scheme, described as a pioneering when it was introduced by the Scottish Executive in 2005, has been dropped from Scotland’s forthcoming Rural Development Programme.
New UK Sales Manager at Cogent 20/01/08
Cogent is pleased to announce the promotion of Hugh Pocock to the position of UK Sales and Genetics Manager.
Double Tagging Rules Less Onerous than Feared 18/01/08
The double tagging regulations which came into effect this month following the withdrawal of the UK’s derogation from recent EU sheep and goat identification legislation are less onerous than originally feared.
Longtown Primestock Sale 17/01/08
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 71 prime cattle, 2 young bulls, 33 OTM cattle, 5,389 prime hoggs and 5,502 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 17th January, 2008.
New Top Jersey and Ayrshire in Latest MDC Breeding+ Rankings 17/01/08
MDC breeding+ has published the latest production proofs for all UK available bulls this week (17 January).
Value for Money Holstein Bulls from Dominate January Proofs 17/01/08
Ten bulls in the top 40 ranked by £PLI in the January 2008 proof run gives double the offering of top quality sires of any other supplier and confirms the company’s meteoric rise from newcomers to leading player in UK cattle genetics in just 15 months.
The Outlook for Red Meat 17/01/08
The red meat industry may have been through the wringer over the last year but now the annual Outlook Conference is looking forward at what the future holds.
Mosston Muir Aberdeen Angus Herd Of The Year 17/01/08
Angus breeder and butcher, Tom Rennie, Mosston Muir, Guthrie, Forfar, Angus, has won the Walkers Shortbread Rosebowl for the Aberdeen-Angus Show Herd of the Year for the fifth time in six years.
Save Our Bacon - Pig Industry in Crisis 17/01/08
British Pig Farmers today launched a £1.5m, national advertising campaign in an attempt to save their industry by winning a fairer price for their pigs.
Big Farmhouse Breakfast Fundraiser 17/01/08
The annual Yorkshire “Charity Big Farmhouse Breakfast” bonanza takes place next week – hosted by Patricia Knox at Mill Close Farm, Patrick Brompton, Bedale.
Positive Signs From Pig Producers 16/01/08
The British pig industry is still showing improved production performance according to the latest Cost of Production survey published by the British Pig Executive (BPEX).
Ritchey Moves Forward with Acquisition of Animalcare 16/01/08
The New Year has brought a host of fresh opportunities for Masham, North Yorkshire-based firm, Ritchey, with the acquisition of veterinary pharmaceutical business, Animalcare.
National Food Policy Has Massive Potential 16/01/08
Scotland’s farming union has said that a national food policy has massive potential to boost the nation’s health, environment and rural communities.
Economise on Ewe Feeding with Care and Precision 16/01/08
Most English flocks should be able to make worthwhile economies in their ewe feeding this winter to help offset escalating feed prices.
New MDC Figures Keep Fitness Bulls On Top 15/01/08
The latest Holstein bull rankings released today (Tuesday 15 January) by MDC breeding+ has shown stability in the top two placed sires.
Outwintering on Brassicas 15/01/08
In order secure a future for the 70-cow beef suckler enterprise that he runs at West Highwood, near Barnard Castle, Tony Wilson knows he must reduce costs and, if possible, manage with less labour.
Beef Industry on Threshold of Startling Tenderness Gene Development 15/01/08
Genesis Faraday has backed the beef industry in research which could persuade breeders to use gene marking, identified through DNA, to produce cattle with more tender beef.
NADIS Pig Health Report for December 2007 15/01/08
Breeding herd productivity formed the basis of most of the reports through December and as is usually the case, management issues were at the root of many problems.
Landini Alpine Tractor Reaches the Parts ... 14/01/08
A tractor with the name ‘Alpine’ conjures images of cutting hay in flower-strewn meadows beneath snow-capped peaks with the distinctive sound of cow bells ringing in the distance.
Cashing in on Great Pig Ideas 14/01/08
A pot of £200,000 has been set aside by the British Pig Executive to help producers and processors develop new ideas.
SAC Association of Potato Producers Conference11/01/08
Now in its 8th year, this is the only major annual potato conference held in Scotland.
Longtown Primestock Sale 10/01/08
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart plc had forward 73 prime cattle, 0 young bulls, 24 Over Thirty Month cattle, 5,114 prime hoggs and 5,277 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 10th January, 2008.
NFU Conference 2008 - Growing for Another Century 10/01/08
This year's NFU annual conference is now fully subscribed with almost a thousand NFU members and guests set to join farming leaders for what will be the centrepiece of the NFU's centenary year.
Shoppers Pay for Provenance, says EBLEX 10/01/08
New retail price data confirms consumers increasingly discriminate between beef and lamb on the basis of provenance and are willing to reflect this in the price they pay.
Rare Breeds Watchlist Update 2008 10/01/08
Two breeds of Sheep are to be classified as ‘Other Native Breeds’ and nineteen native breeds of poultry added to the annual ‘Watchlist’ compiled by RBST.
Beef Production on the Rise in China 09/01/08
China looks set to overtake the EU as the world's third largest beef producer according to figures produced by Meat and Livestock Commission's Economics department.
Further Clarification of New Rules on Sheep Double-Tagging 09/01/08
Defra has issued further clarification relating to the new rules on sheep double-tagging.
Case IH Module Express 625 Streamlines Cotton Harvest 08/01/08
It has been a year since Case IH introduced the Case IH Module Express 625, the only commercial cotton picker to build modules while harvesting.
UK Sheep Breeding Stock Exports Resume 08/01/08
The first shipments of breeding ewes have already gone to the EU following the resumption of live exports.
CLA Says Keep CALM Over Climate Change 08/01/08
If businesses are going to develop they have to understand their accounts – and in the near future that will mean carbon accounts as well as financial accounts.
TFA Gives Essential On-Line Help With Farm Rent Reviews 08/01/08
The Tenant Farmers Association is providing tenant farmer members with on line access to a unique resource of information to assist with farm rent reviews.
Pig Farmers are Keen to Combat Climate Change 08/01/08
The latest survey results by Farming Futures find that 81 per cent of pig farmers questioned report that they are taking action to combat climate change on farm.
Beef Price Tide is Turning 07/01/08
The price tide is at last moving in the beef finisher’s direction and careful selling of finished cattle should produce a significant lift in income.
Simple Pumping System Brings Peace of Mind 07/01/08
A small investment has saved both time and money for Lake District beef and sheep farmer Martyn Mawson who farms in a high rainfall and a catchment sensitive area only half a mile above Bassenthwaite Lake.
Semex AI-24 Heatime Breeding Management Package is a WInner 04/01/08
Progressive dairy farmer, Michael Metcalf, of Kirkby Thore, near Penrith, Cumbria, has turned up the ‘heat’ on farm recently through taking a new approach to both his breeding and nutrition management.
Longtown Primestock Sale 03/01/08
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 92 prime cattle, 0 young bulls, 7 OTM cattle, 6,426 prime hoggs and 5,904 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 3rd January, 2008.
NFU Calls for Government to Back Farming in 2008 03/01/08
NFU President Peter Kendall has called on Government to give explicit recognition to the key role that farming will have to play over the years ahead in securing Britain's food supply and fighting climate change.
Higher Food Prices - MLC Economic News 02/01/08
The era of cheap food may be over. In recent months food prices have risen at a faster rate than inflation, but meat prices have risen less than those for other commodities.
Pioneer Foodservice to DIstribute Mey Selections 02/01/08
Pioneer Foodservice, of Carlisle, is making inroads north of the Border marketing to its clients a prestigious Scottish meat brand – with a Royal seal of approval.
2008 Charity Big Farmhouse Breakfast looms 02/01/08
Sponsors are digging deep to support the annual Yorkshire “Charity Big Farmhouse Breakfast” feast.
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