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Study Finds Concerns with Biofuels 31/03/08
Biofuels are widely considered one of the most promising sources of renewable energy by policy makers and environmentalists alike.
UK’s First New Holland FR9090 at Grassland 31/03/08
Central to New Holland’s 2008 Grassland show line-up will be the FR9090 forage harvester, the largest model in the range and the only example in the UK for 2008.
NFU Scotland Appoints James Withers as New Chief Executive 31/03/08
James Withers has been with NFUS for eight years and has progressed through a number of roles, starting as parliamentary adviser in 1999.
Stuart Bell to Continue Auctioneering at H & H 31/03/08
Stuart Bell, well-known across the UK as a leading auctioneer of both pedigree and commercial livestock, continues his role with Harrison & Hetherington after having reached his 65th birthday.
Union Reacts Cautiously to Milk Price Rise 30/03/08
NFU Scotland has reacted cautiously to the announcement from Tesco that it plans to increase the price paid to its liquid milk suppliers by 0.5 pence per litre (ppl).
Latest Round Balers from Case IH 29/03/08
Grassland 2008 visitors will see Case IH’s latest RBX344, RBX454 and RBX464 round balers at the brand’s stand, the first UK showing for the newly numbered models following production moving from the US to Plock, Poland.
Worldwide Meat Trade to Restart 29/03/08
The UK livestock industry has taken a major leap forward in its battle to recover export markets lost because of Foot and Mouth Disease.
British Blue Back-to-Back Skipton Young Bulls Success 28/03/08
A British Blue-cross “baby” with a potentially bright future took championship honours for Ken Fawcett & Sons, of Dale Head Farm, Barden, at the annual Spring show and sale of young feeding bulls at Skipton Auction Mart.
Longtown Primestock Sale 27/03/08
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 86 prime cattle, 0 young bulls, 28 OTM cattle, 7,003 prime hoggs and 4,159 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 27th March, 2008.
New Claas Liners Speed Raking 27/03/08
On display for the first time in the UK at this year’s Grassland event will be the new twin rotor CLAAS LINER, which includes a wider working addition to the twin-rotor range.
SAC Student Wins Lantra Award 27/03/08
SAC student, Claire Convery has been awarded HE Learner of the Year by Lantra, the Skills Council for the environmental and land based sectors.
Rearing Surplus Lambs to Improve Flock Margins 27/03/08
Tighter lamb supplies are set to impact on the coming season’s marketplace and strengthen prices for earlier lambs, says Volac International’s Maggie Gould.
Robert Phillip Five-Timer at Craven Dairy Auction 27/03/08
The March Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart attracted a quality entry of 28, with strong trading levels maintained.
Trends in Agricultural Tenure in England and Wales 1990-2007 27/03/08
Michael Winter has re-visited a 1990 survey for RICS of land tenure across England and Wales.
Charolais - The Ultimate Terminal Sire 27/03/08
Iain Campbell uses Charolais bulls bred from genetics that arevery carefully selected from within the breed's top 10% using Estimated Breeding Values.
Alltech Farm Pak Feed Supplements Target Threats to Profitability 26/03/08
A new range of nutritional supplements formulated to help progressive dairy and beef herds tackle the major threats to profitability has been launched by global feeding solutions company Alltech.
Ducks and Rice Play Key Role in Bird Flu Outbreaks 26/03/08
Ducks, people and rice paddies – rather than chickens – are the major factors behind outbreaks of H5N1 highly pathogenic avian influenza in Thailand and Viet Nam.
Defra Launches New Organic Advisory Service for Farmers 25/03/08
Today Defra launched a free national information and advice service for farmers thinking of converting to organic production methods.
Cusco Potato Conference Looks to “Food of the Future” 25/03/08
Meeting of scientists aims at honing strategies for more productive and sustainable potato-based systems.
Better Milk Price But Higher Feed Costs 25/03/08
Utilising grazed grass as efficiently as possible in our dairy herds is particularly relevant this year, given the added squeeze from higher input costs and the opportunities presented by the rising milk price.
Fisher German’s Successful March Property Auctions 25/03/08
Fisher German’s offices in Stafford and Banbury both held very successful March auctions.
Making Millions from Wind Farms 25/03/08
Most landowners are not aware that they can make further millions out of a wind farm project if they are prepared to deal with the planning application themselves.
Nine Hundred in Frame for 2008 Gold Cup 25/03/08
A record number of dairy herds have qualified for this year’s NMR/RABDF Gold Cup.
Longtown Primestock Sale 20/03/08
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 72 prime cattle, 2 young bulls, 28 OTM cattle, 4,915 prime hoggs and 4,082 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 20th March, 2008.
Bluetongue Movement Changes and the 2008 Great Yorkshire Show 20/03/08
The announcement that the Surveillance Zone for Bluetongue has been extended to the north, means that the Great Yorkshire Showground now lies within the restricted area.
Land Management in a Changing Environment 20/03/08
Experts from around the UK will be gathering in Edinburgh to address an international conference at the end of March.
New Manual on Feeding Suckler Cows and Calves 20/03/08
EBLEX has published a new manual on feeding suckler cows and calves, as part of its Beef Better Returns Programme.
High Raw Material Prices Impact on Provimi Results 20/03/08
The Provimi Group (listed on Euronext Paris), one of the world leaders in the animal nutrition business, this week announced its results for 2007.
SAC Signs Agreement with New Zealand's AgResearch 19/03/08
SAC (Scottish Agricultural College) is to forge links with AgResearch, New Zealand‘s largest Crown Research Institute by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).
Ongoing Fight for Pig Industry 19/03/08
A 10p cut in the pig levy has been announced as part of a strategy agreed by the board of the British Pig Executive (BPEX) to help the industry in its hour of need.
Taster Day at SAC Ayr 19/03/08
SAC (Scottish Agricultural College) will be holding a Taster Day for potential students on Thursday 27th March 2008.
Orpingtons Rule Roost at Craven Feather Auctions 19/03/08
Husband and wife poultry breeders Keith and Anne Chatburn landed their third championship success of the year at the Craven Feather Auctions show of poultry and waterfowl.
Skipton Easter Prime Lambs 19/03/08
Good, strong trade was witnessed at the Easter show and sale of prime lambs at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, March 17).
Still No Resolution as Pig Crisis Worsens 19/03/08
NFU Scotland is highlighting once again its enormous concerns for the future of the Scottish pig industry after yet another week with no positive news.
Silage Additive Offers Over 6:1 Investment Return 19/03/08
Dairy producers will be able to make higher quality forage and subsequently improve yields by up to 4.4% by applying a carefully chosen additive to their grass silage this coming season.
Eating Pork - A Quality Experience 18/03/08
Everybody loves a succulent, tender piece of pork, but the industry must make sure the experience is that good every time or consumers will defect to other meats.
Bird Flu Situation in Indonesia Critical 18/03/08
The prevalence of avian influenza in Indonesia remains serious despite containment efforts undertaken by national authorities and the international community, FAO warned today.
Welshpool Charolais in Strong Demand 17/03/08
Charolais bulls met a ready demand selling to a top of 4,200gns in Welshpool on Thursday 13 March, at an official show and sale organised by the breed society.
NADIS Pig Health Report for February 2008 17/03/08
Whilst NADIS reporting veterinary surgeons continue to draw attention to the number of producers deciding to leave the industry, on a more positive note the wider use of Circovirus vaccines is being highlighted with generally encouraging result.
FMD Distorts Pig Census Figures 14/03/08
News that the census shows no decline in the national pig herd comes as no surprise to the British Pig Executive.
John Deere Parts Training Places Up For Grabs 14/03/08
Applications are already being received from John Deere dealers for places on the 2008/2009 Parts Tech training programme for aspiring parts apprentices.
Blackface Sheep Breeders Association Spring Show
The first spring show held by the Blackface Sheep Breeders Association was hailed as a great night as nearly 90 sheep were forward and 120 people attended this new venture for the local Branch.
Longtown Primestock Sale 13/03/08
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 105 prime cattle, 3 young bulls, 9 OTM cattle, 6,347 prime hoggs and 4,671 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 13th March, 2008.
Aberdeen-Angus Enjoying Mini-Export Boom 13/03/08
The Aberdeen-Angus breed is enjoying a mini-export boom with the sale of 12 young bulls from four Cheshire breeders to France and six bulls and 51 heifers from 15 Irish breeders to Portugal and the Azores.
Reg Haydon Becomes First TFA Honorary Life President 13/03/08
The Tenant Farmers Association has made its outgoing National Chairman, Reg Haydon, Honorary Life President of the TFA following his retirement as National Chairman at today’s TFA Annual General Meeting.
Avoncroft Adopts Genomic Selection to Speed Up Genetic Progress 13/03/08
CRV, the major supplier of Dutch genetics to British cattle breeding company Avoncroft Genetics, will be fully using genomic selection in its bull proving scheme.
Farm Vehicles Penalised Again in Budget 13/03/08
NFU Scotland has said that the budget will heavily affect farmers and all those living or working in rural Scotland.
Greg Bliss Becomes New National Chairman of the TFA 13/03/08
The Tenant Farmers Association’s new National Chairman is arable and sheep farmer Greg Bliss from Cambridgeshire who takes over following the retirement of Reg Haydon who has held office for the last 13 years.
John Deere to Expand Production Capacity for Large Horsepower Tractors 12/03/08
Deere & Company has announced that it will invest an additional $90 million in its Waterloo, Iowa, facilities with plans to expand manufacturing capacity for large, high horsepower tractors.
New Slurry Additive Can Cut Fertiliser Bill 12/03/08
The ability to boost manure nitrogen content by 6kg/cow/year and cut the fertiliser bill by over £5/cow is the significant benefit from a new, natural mineral-based product that can be added directly to slurry.
World Potato Photography Competition 12/03/08
A world photography contest to highlight the role of the potato as a source of food, employment and income in developing countries was launched today by FAO and the United Nations.
British Blonde Cattle Spring Sale at Carlisle 2008 12/03/08
The Spring show and sale of British Blondes took place at Borderway Mart, Carlisle on March 7th 2008 sponsored by Natwest Bank.
Foot and Mouth Report Highlights Devolution Tensions 12/03/08
Scotland’s farming union has said that the review of the foot and mouth outbreak published today has highlighted the urgent need to address the tensions between devolved administrations and the UK Government on animal health matters.
New Holland Supports Taste East 2008 11/03/08
Attracting more than 40,000 visitors over the weekend, the Taste East 2008 festival transformed Spitalfields in East London with a farmers market and demonstration stage featuring rural butchers, farmers and chefs.
Best Practice Advice at Exeter Maize Growers Site Prevents Pollution 11/03/08
The spotlight will fall on the cultivation and nutrient needs of forage and grain maize at a free demonstration event for farmers and growers on Tuesday 18 March.
Semex Heifer Smashes Holstein Record at Smiddiehill Sale 11/03/08
Progeny from Semex No1 LPI bull Braedale Goldwyn made headline news with record-breaking prices at the recent Smiddiehill dispersal sale.
Fort Dodge On Target to Produce Bluetongue 8 Vaccine by May 11/03/08
Livestock farmers could shortly have another major player in the marketplace from which to obtain Bluetongue vaccine.
First Charolais Bull Exported to Poland 10/03/08
Goldies Bonanza left Ruthwell, Dumfries for Warsaw, following a private deal agreed between his breeder, Hamish Goldie and facilitated by Norbreck Exports.
NBA Encouraged by Scottish Bluetongue Plan 10/03/08
The National Beef Association is pleased that vaccine against bluetongue virus 8 (BTV8) is being ordered immediately by the Scottish Government.
Yorkshire Dairy Farm Walk: Milking Grass for Profit 10/03/08
Dairy farmers can find out how to make more from forage by attending a Milking Grass for Profit farm walk organised by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers.
EBRD and FAO Call for Bold Steps to Contain Soaring Food Prices 10/03/08
Senior government officials from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union are meeting with executives from the private agribusiness sector to seek concrete proposals to boost agricultural investments and unlock unused output potential.
Longtown Primestock Sale 06/03/08
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 99 prime cattle, 19 OTM cattle, 5,223 prime hoggs and 4,977 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 6th March, 2008.
New Holland T4000 Tractors Lead Compact, High-Performance Sector 06/03/08
The new T4000 Series tractor from New Holland extends its leadership in the compact, high-performance sector with new models offering between 65hp and 97hp.
Union Outlines Bluetongue Vaccination Views 05/03/08
The Scottish Government needs to place an order for bluetongue vaccine as soon as possible and develop a flexible strategy for its compulsory use, according to NFU Scotland.
All Change at Suffolk Sheep Society AGM 05/03/08
It was all change at the Suffolk Sheep Society annual meeting, held in Derbyshire.
New Holland TD5000 Series Builds on Proven Values 05/03/08
New Holland’s 88hp TD5040 and 95hp TD5050 tractors provide farmers with simple, reliable performance in a compact format with an excellent power-to-weight ratio.
Livestock Farmers Urged to Understand Bluetongue Threat 05/03/08
Vaccine should first be made available to livestock on the borders of infected zones; this is the advice of Belgium, Suffolk sheep breeder Jan Van Grinderachter.
New Skipton Machinery Show a Runaway Success 05/03/08
The first-ever Spring show of agricultural and construction machinery and equipment, coupled with animal health care products, proved a resounding success.
Baines Beltex Brace Bags Title at Skipton Prime Lambs Show 04/03/08
A pair of 41kg Beltex lambs from Jim Baines, of Trawden, Colne, was the pick of the crop at the March Spring lambs show at Skipton Auction Mart.
Pork Industry Will Die If Prices Don’t Improve, MPs Told 04/03/08
NFU Scotland representatives will join five hundred pig producers at a rally in London today to protest about the low returns they are receiving.
Union Outlines Necessity for Milk Price Rise 04/03/08
NFU Scotland believes the case for a milk price rise for producers has been strengthened, following a First Milk report which highlights that cost of production increases have more than outweighed any farmgate price increases seen over recent months.
New Holland T5000 Series Breaks Into the +100hp Sector 04/03/08
Building on the legacy of the highly-regarded New Holland TL-A Series tractors, the new T5000 Series comprises four models including the range-topping T5060 tractor, which extends the power of T5000 Series to 106hp.
EBLEX National Producer Conference 2008 03/03/08
'The pursuit of profitability' is the theme for the second annual EBLEX National Producer Conference for levy payers.
BPC Questions RSPCA Claims on Chicken Buying Habits 03/03/08
The British Poultry Council, which represents British chicken farmers and processors, has challenged the RSPCA’s claims today that there had been a huge change in shoppers’ buying preferences for chicken.
Planning to Make the Most of Lamb Exports 03/03/08
The English sheep industry needs to plan ahead at all levels to make the very most of growing lamb export opportunities over the coming season following the disaster of FMD last autumn.
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