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New Skipton Show Nets Over £5K for Charity 30/04/08
Organisers of this year’s inaugural Spring show of agricultural and construction machinery and equipment have handed over proceeds of more than £5,000 to charity.
John Deere Gives Green Light to Pure Biodiesel 30/04/08
Certified pure biodiesel may now be used in machines fitted with certain John Deere engines, says the Deere Power Systems Group.
Irish Demand for Northern Farms 30/04/08
A huge demand from Irish buyers for farms in England and Scotland is providing north farmers with the opportunity for retirement or lifestyle changes.
British Bull Enters Sexed Semen Record Books
A British dairy sire has entered the international record books by producing more sexed semen than any other bull in the world.
High Food Prices Provide Opportunity for Agriculture 29/04/08
FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf today called on the international community not only to take immediate action to de-fuse the current world food emergency but also to seize the opportunities offered by higher food prices and prevent similar dramatic situations occurring in the future.
Charolais Cattle Meet Unprecedented Demand in Newark 29/04/08
Charolais met an unprecedented demand selling to a top of 5,000gns and achieving a total clearance in Newark on Saturday 26 April at the centre’s inaugural multi-beef breed sale.
Bright Future for Charolais Cross Beef Enterprise 29/04/08
Twenty year old George Harrison is optimistic for the future as the new issue of food security begins to impact.
Second NSA Early Ram Sale Planned 29/04/08
A second NSA Wales and Borders Early Ram Sale is likely to be held in Worcester to ensure that producers aren’t disadvantaged if Blue Tongue restrictions keep them away from Builth Wells.
Some Chicory Tips for Farmers 29/04/08
Adding perennial chicory to grasslands can boost growth rates of lambs, new research has revealed.
Bright Outlook for Free Range Egg Producers 28/04/08
The country’s largest supplier of free range eggs, Noble Foods, is predicting a continued growth in the sector - by as much as 10% in 2008.
Farmers Club Pinnacle Awards Show The Way 28/04/08
The TFA's National Chairman, Greg Bliss today paid tribute to the Farmers Club for their foresight in creating the Farmers Club Pinnacle Awards for Excellence in Business Management.
Rising Prices Boosts Demand for Pellet Binders 28/04/08
Rising prices are stimulating producers to consider different raw materials for their animal feed formulations.
Case IH Expands Dealer Network in Wales 28/04/08
Case IH has expanded its dealer network with the appointment of three new dealers in Wales, and a new sales area manager, Andrew Davies, to cover this developing region.
Longtown Primestock Sale 24/04/08
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 83 prime cattle, 14 OTM cattle, 4774 prime hoggs, 39 spring lambs and 2139 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 24th April, 2008.
Roofed Midden Brings Benefits All Round 24/04/08
Simply roofing over a midden on a Lake District hill farm has made all round benefits to the environment and in savings on labour and other costs.
Cogent Launches New Sexed Jersey Semen 23/04/08
With jersey bull calves almost worthless, Sexed Semen from a UK bred Jersey is a real winner.
Skipton BTV Surveillance Zone Opt-In Pays Off for Bauls 23/04/08
Skipton Auction Mart’s decision to take up the DEFRA option of becoming part of the Bluetongue surveillance zone for trading purposes paid off handsomely for Bishop Thornton farmer Peter Baul.
NSA Scotsheep Shaping Up to be the Best Ever 23/04/08
NSA Scotsheep 2008 is shaping up to be the best ever with 140 trade stands booked and a record 40 sheep breed displays confirmed.
Linking Environment and Farming 23/04/08
The Scottish Government is supporting farmers to join LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), and carry out the tried and tested LEAF Audit and add value to their produce through LEAF Marque.
Union Concern Over Potential Impact of Fuel Strikes 23/04/08
NFU Scotland has expressed its concern over the potential impact that the recently announced fuel strikes could have on agriculture and other rural businesses, as the impact starts to be felt already.
Meat Price Rises Lagging Behind 22/04/08
Prices for milk, cheese and eggs in Europe have shown a sharp increase over the last year while those for meat have gone up less than half as fast according to a report just published.
USA Expert Temple Grandin is Key Guest at Beef Expo 2008 22/04/08
Professor Grandin is acknowledged as the world’s expert on cattle behaviour and handling systems.
More Farmer Friendly Attitude to Food Production Needed 22/04/08
The National Beef Association is looking for agreement that new, more friendly, approaches to livestock production can be adopted now that the world has woken up to the risk of imminent food shortages.
Yorkshire Agricultural Society Awards Nuffield Scholarship 22/04/08
A study to research sustainable options which could help secure the future of Britain’s hill farmers has won a coveted Nuffield Farming Scholarship for a South Yorkshire land restoration expert.
English Lambs Improve in Carcase Quality 22/04/08
The quality of lambs slaughtered and classified in English abattoirs has held up remarkably well over the past year in the face of the serious marketing disruptions.
New Syngenta Spray Nozzle to Minimise Cereal Losses 21/04/08
A novel spray nozzle is being made available from Syngenta, to help make the most of better grain prices by minimising yield losses from delayed spraying.
NFUS Welcome for Supermarket Summit 21/04/08
NFU Scotland has welcomed the announcement of a supermarket summit, to be chaired by the First Minister.
Charolais in Demand at Welshpool Selling to 5,600gns 21/04/08
Charolais met a solid demand selling to a top of 5,600gns in Welshpool, on Thursday 17 April at the breed society’s official spring show and sale.
Sea Change in Commercial Lamb Production 20/04/08
The results of the first UK trials comparing the performance of pure New Zealand and UK terminal sires when used on a lowland flock will be revealed at an open day on Tuesday, April 29.
Exotic Breeds Sale Big Draw at Borderway 19/04/08
Auctioneers Harrison & Hetherington brought under the hammer a selection of Mediterranean miniature donkeys from Southern Ireland, Alpacas from local breeders in Cumbria and a dispersal of Llamas from Aberdeen.
Biology Bridges the Generations at SAC Ayr 18/04/08
Kilmarnock Academy pupils visited SAC’s Ayr campus at the end of March. Biology teachers took a party of their Higher level Biology pupils back to SAC for a taste of the experiences they had enjoyed as students.
New Dairy Herd Study Reveals PLI is Worth £4.50 per Point 18/04/08
A new independent study measuring the financial performance of dairy herds has revealed stark differences between low and high genetic merit herds.
Longtown Primestock Sale 17/04/08
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 89 prime cattle, 13 OTM cattle, 4,804 prime hoggs, 86 spring lambs and 3,803 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 17th April, 2008.
Pig Producers’ Patience Wearing Thin 17/04/08
This was the message as representatives of the Scottish pig industry gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Affairs and the Environment Committee in Holyrood this week.
22 Cattle Breed Societies at Beef Expo 2008 17/04/08
No fewer than 22 beef breed societies have reserved demonstration space to promote their breeds and it is anticipated that more than 300 cattle will be on display.
Commission Report Reinforces Brazilian Beef Concerns 17/04/08
A report published by the European Commission’s Food and Veterinary Office (FVO) following its inspection of Brazil’s beef industry has exposed ‘systemic failures in relation to holding registration, animal identification and movement controls.’
Strong Consumer Demand for English Pork 16/04/08
Pork leg and loin roasting joints are the stars in the latest sales figures which show overall increases of 10% for fresh and frozen pork over the last 12 weeks, according to figures produced by TNS for BPEX.
New Chief Executive for Borderway 15/04/08
The H&H Group, Carlisle, has appointed Brian Richardson, who has spent 25 years in agribusiness management as its new chief executive.
New Worcester Venue for British Blondes 15/04/08
The sale of British Blonde cattle took place at its new venue Worcester Mart on Saturday 12th April under the expertise of auctioneer Clive Rhodes from McCartney’s selling 90% of cattle forward.
Beautiful Farms Promote the British Countryside 14/04/08
The annual Beautiful Farm Awards recognises and rewards farmers for their care and stewardship of the British countryside, and the competition is now open to all farmers across the UK.
First Full Accoyo Suri Alpaca Herdsire Arrives in Texas 14/04/08
Wisteria Suri Ranch, one of the newest members of the State of Texas Alpaca Ranchers (STAR), welcomes Texas' first full Accoyo Suri alpaca herdsire, Accoyo Dave's Othello.
UK Milk Production at 37 Year Low – Are Shortages on the Horizon? 14/04/08
NFU Scotland has warned that the traditional daily ‘pinta’ could be at risk as UK milk production sinks to its lowest level since 1971.
Soaring Cereal Bill Impacts on Poorest Countries 11/04/08
The cereal import bill of the world’s poorest countries is forecast to rise by 56 percent in 2007/2008. This comes after a significant increase of 37 percent in 2006/2007, FAO said today.
Sudden Death Warning for Beef and Dairy Farmers 11/04/08
Beef and dairy cattle across the country are at risk of sudden death as a result of a number of unpredictable diseases according to the Veterinary Laboratories Agency.
Skipton Mart Championship Brace for Fawcetts 11/04/08
Local farmers Ken Fawcett & Sons were again in championship-winning form at the store cattle with show potential fixture at Skipton Auction Mart.
Longtown Primestock Sale 10/04/08
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 93 prime cattle, 8 young bulls, 18 OTM cattle, 5,850 prime hoggs and 3,663 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 10th April, 2008.
Blondes Spring into Action at Dungannon Sale 10/04/08
There was a packed house last Saturday at Dungannon Mart for the NI Blonde Cattle club's Annual Spring Show and Sale.
SAC Partnership Provides World Class Resources for Livestock Sciences in Scotland 10/04/08
SAC has joined a world class consortium of leading animal science researchers at the Easter Bush Research Consortium (EBRC), which was launched earlier this week.
RABDF Welcomes Welsh Plans for Badger Cull 10/04/08
The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers has welcomed the Welsh Assembly Government’s £27million bTB eradication programme which includes culling badgers in targeted hot-spot areas.
Top Speakers Lined Up for Beef Expo 2008 10/04/08
Three leading meat industry figures have accepted the invitation of the National Beef Association to speak at the Beef Expo 2008 conference at Perth on Tuesday, May 20.
New Holland Gives Farmers the Biodiesel Choice 09/04/08
As ‘Biofuels Day’ approaches on 15th April, New Holland has confirmed its commitment to the promotion of biodiesel in agriculture.
Urgent Measures Required to Reduce Impact of High Food Prices on the Poor 09/04/08
Urgent measures are needed to ensure that short-term adverse effects of higher food prices do not impact even more alarmingly on the very poor, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said today.
St George Beef Conquers France 08/04/08
'Nutrition, health and pleasure' was the theme of Sirest Ideas, France's premier catering show, in Paris last week.
GM Crops Must Become Part of Cereals Sector Tool Kit 08/04/08
The NBA has called for all resistance to GM crops, at both UK and EU level, to be abandoned immediately in response to seismic shifts in world demand for food.
NSA Sheep 2008 Announces Sponsors 08/04/08
NSA Sheep 2008, the industry’s biennial initiative to be staged at the Three Counties Show Ground, Malvern on Wednesday 30 July, has received support from major industry players.
Avian Flu: From Pandemic Planning to Vaccine Development 08/04/08
The journal Respirology has launched a special supplementary issue on the avian influenza.
English Beef Carcase Quality Continues to Improve 07/04/08
For the second year in a row the quality of English beef carcases has shown clear across-the-board improvements.
Volac International acquires Golden Maverick 07/04/08
Volac International has acquired the Golden Maverick milk replacer business from the Irish based Kerry Group with immediate effect.
Easter Bush Research Consortium to Tackle Key Animal Health Concerns 07/04/08
More than 600 scientists are joining forces to create a consortium streamlining research on animal diseases and its implications for human health.
Natural England Launches Future of Farming Awards 2008 07/04/08
Farmers and farm managers across England are invited to enter Natural England’s 2008 Future of Farming Awards.
New Mobility Monitor On Offer from NMR 07/04/08
NMR is adding a mobility monitoring option to its web based Herd Companion system from April.
Legato Life Pulsators offer Savings for Dairy Farmers 07/04/08
A new range of electronic pulsators which give excellent milking efficiency and low energy consumption has been launched by Fullwood.
Forage Maize for Viable Large Scale Cattle Finishing 07/04/08
Swapping an intensive barley-based beef finishing system for a total mixed ration featuring forage maize is enabling Doug Dear to maintain a viable large scale finishing enterprise at Osgodby Grange.
UK Bred Holstein Bulls on the Rise 04/04/08
The April proof run was mainly one of stability for Cogent sires, showing the strengths of the UK proving system. However two UK bred bulls made significant strides in the rankings.
Deere Announces Major Investment In Russia 04/04/08
Deere & Company today announced plans to significantly expand its presence in Russia, one of the most important growth markets for the company in both agriculture and forestry.
PCV2 Vaccine Voucher Scheme Launched 04/04/08
The £1.5million vaccine voucher research project being run by BPEX is now up and running. The scheme will provide vouchers for PCV2 vaccines and is open to all English producers.
Longtown Primestock Sale 03/04/08
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 71 prime cattle, 31 OTM cattle, 6,088 prime hoggs and 4,747 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 3rd April, 2008.
Case IH Tractors Pull Off 1-2-3 in Rotterdam 03/04/08
Three customised Case IH tractors took all three podium positions at the European Tractor Pulling Championship in Ahoy, Rotterdam in the Netherlands in March 2008.
Dairy Daughters Celebrates Double Triumph in Latest Bull Proof Run 03/04/08
AI company Dairy Daughters is celebrating its best ever Holstein bull proof run today (1 April), having taken the number one position in both the PLI and Type Merit rankings.
New Tax on Initiative in the Countryside 03/04/08
Enterprise in the Welsh countryside will be stifled and unlisted buildings put at risk due to an additional tax, rural economy expert CLA Wales has warned Welsh Assembly Government Heritage Minister, Rhodri Glyn Thomas.
Bullsemen’s Strong April Proofs Performance Built On Reliability 03/04/08 is now marketing 10 of the top 30 bulls ranked by PLI - now including Mtoto son Mascol at number 2 - and managing director Nick Kirby is keen to emphasise overall reliability above all else.
New Maize Drilling Options from Kuhn 02/04/08
Kuhn Farm Machinery now offers a wider range of maize drilling options following investment in new production facilities for its established Maxima and Planter precision drills.
Primary School Children Visit Farms in North Cumbria 02/04/08
As part of the Year of Food and Farming, the Cumberland County Show has set up a project ensuring primary school children find out where food comes from.
Red Mites Potential Source of Salmonella Transmission 02/04/08
Red mites, which are difficult to eradicate as they shelter in cracks and crevices in poultry houses during the day, are a potential source of salmonella transmission, according to biosecurity experts at agriculture specialists Kiotechagil.
Visit Perthshire Beef Farms at Beef Expo 2008 02/04/08
Visitors attending the UK’s national beef event, Beef Expo 2008, at Perth Agricultural Centre on Wednesday, May 21, will have the opportunity on the day before the event of visiting two leading Perthshire beef farms.
New Feeds Developed to ‘Max’ on Grass But Not on Cost 01/04/08
Producers can gain more from improved milk prices and take some of the sting out of rising feed costs by reviewing their rations this spring and consider using a new range of highly balanced blends of co-products.
John Deere at Grassland 2008 01/04/08
Visitors to the John Deere plot at Grassland 2008 will be able to see, for the first time at a public working demonstration, a new 7750 i Series self-propelled forage harvester, equipped with AutoTrac automatic steering and a Kemper 460 Champion maize header.
Milking Grass for Profit 01/04/08
Rising concentrate and energy costs are forcing dairy producers to think again how they can reduce those inputs.
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