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Defra Plans to Re-introduce Set-Aside will Anger Farmers 30/01/09
Farmers in England may soon be forced to re-introduce set aside onto their holding under a new consultation document to be released by Defra.
Jamie Oliver Does Great Job of Promoting British Pork 30/01/09
NFU Scotland has acknowledged the great efforts of Jamie Oliver in helping to promote British pork to consumers.
Home Sweet Home for Weeton Jackson 30/01/09
UK Holstein breeding legend Weeton Jackson EX *RC passed away on the 16th January 2009, at the ripe old age of 14 years.
Otley Show Bicentenary Nostalgia Call a Huge Success 30/01/09
An appeal for nostalgia ahead of this year’s landmark 200th Otley Show has produced a flood of information and pictures that will help organisers chronicle the long and proud history of the event.
Longtown Primestock Sale 29/01/09
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 57 prime cattle, 7 young bulls, 42 OTM, 4,840 prime hoggs and 5,658 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 29th January, 2009.
Huge Cost Hikes Overshadow Farm Income Figures 29/01/09
NFU Scotland believes the publication of Scotland’s farm income figures for 2008 has highlighted a turbulent year for Scottish agriculture.
Union Praises Supermarket Buy British Plea 29/01/09
NFU Scotland has praised Waitrose for urging its shoppers to buy British pork, echoing the sentiment that buying British is the best way to ensure that animals are reared to high welfare standards.
Limousin On-Line Semen Shop Launched 29/01/09, the one-stop semen shop website has been officially launched and is open for business.
New Website Keeps Oilseed Growers in the Know 29/01/09
A new look website which is fully focused on meeting the needs of oilseed rape growers has this month been launched by United Oilseeds.
Farmers Increase Share of Retail Price 28/01/09
Beef producers received almost 50 percent of the beef retail price in 2008 - the highest proportion since 1995, according to the latest figures published by EBLEX.
Claas Mowing Flexibility with New Centre Swivel Mowers 28/01/09
CLAAS has introduced a new range of centre swivel trailed disc mowers to compliment its current trailed and mounted range.
Welsh Sheep 2009 - Challenges of Farming in the Welsh Hills 28/01/09
The challenges of farming land rising to 1750 feet in the Hiraethog Hills will be a main feature of NSA Welsh Sheep 2009.
Swires Strike Again at Craven Dairy Auction 27/01/09
Two years to the month on from their last championship success, the Whinhill Holstein Friesian commercial herd of father-and-son farmers Malcolm and Robert Swires again took supreme honours at the opening Craven Dairy Auction show of 2009 at Skipton Auction Mart.
Energy Aid entitlements Still Available for British Growers 27/01/09
UK arable farmers should make sure they don’t miss out on additional Energy Aid support payments worth up to £20 per hectare advises Chris Baldwin, managing director of United Oilseeds.
New Quartet of Triple Mowers from Claas 27/01/09
For contractors and larger farmers looking to increase mowing work rates in order to improve efficiency and match the output of the latest, high capacity JAGUAR forage harvesters, CLAAS has introduced four new triple mower combinations based on the CLAAS DISCO Contour range mowers.
Working Dogs Peak at 2,000gns at Skipton Sale 27/01/09
Two top calls of 2,000 guineas were the highlights of the opening working sheep dogs fixture of the year at Skipton Auction Mart.
Syngenta Initiative Responds to Grain and Fertiliser Price Pressures 27/01/09
A new initiative to help cereal farmers fight back against the effects of grain price volatility and high fertiliser costs in 2009 is being launched by Syngenta.
Profiting From Animal Welfare: SAC At The Oxford Farming Conference 26/01/09
A paper suggesting a different approach to animal welfare was greeted with interest at the Oxford Farming Conference.
British Wool Election Candidate Champions Change 26/01/09
An ethos centred on change has been adopted by Yorkshire Dales farmer Steven Crabtree as he stands for election in the Bradford-based British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) elections.
Dick Harrison Award for Top Student Lynne 26/01/09
Lynne Grieve, a member of Harrison & Hetherington's field staff, has been presented with the Dick Harrison award for the top student in the first year of a four year livestock auctioneering foundation degree course.
New Data Tagging System for Bales Provides Full Traceability 26/01/09
At LAMMA, the Profitable Farming Company announced the introduction of a new data tagging version of its BALER’S CHOICE Automatic Preservative Application system for big balers.
Flock Analyses Highlight Improvement Priorities 26/01/09
Improving physical performance must remain a key priority for most lowland sheep flocks but it has to be accompanied by better marketing and effective cost management for the greatest profitability gains.
Ensign White Clover Blend Saves Fertiliser Costs 26/01/09
A Lancashire farm has made significant cost savings on its annual fertiliser spend by sowing Barenbrug’s Ensign White Clover blend.

New Sugar Beet Herbicide Can Increase Yields 26/01/09
A new sugar beet herbicide that uses a unique formulation technology to provide improved crop safety and significant yield increases compared to existing herbicides has been launched in the UK.
Scottish Politicians Give Backing to Farmers and Crofters 25/01/09
NFU Scotland has welcomed the outcome of the Scottish Parliamentary debate on the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) Health Check, which saw MSPs of all parties deliver a united message that recognised the importance of sustainable farming and food production to Scotland.
Limousin Heifer Bailea Catkin Sells for 22,000gns 23/01/09
The fourth Annual sale of heifers from the Bailea Limousin herd got the 2009 Limousin Sales calendar off to a cracking start as lot 63 Bailea Catkin went under the hammer for 22,000gns.
Longtown Primestock Sale 22/01/09
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 102 prime cattle, 2 young bulls, 54 OTM, 4,793 prime hogg's and 3,896 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 22nd January, 2009.
Trimble Introduces New GPS Receivers for Agriculture 22/01/09
Both receivers feature a proprietary positioning capability that provides users with high accuracy, flexible solutions for the most challenging agriculture applications and environments.
Delivering to Exact Deadweight Spec will Pay Beef Finishers 22/01/09
Every abattoir is different, even if they belong to the same company, and each of them specialises in selling beef from specific types of cattle to equally individual customers.
FAO International Year of Natural Fibres 2009 22/01/09
FAO today officially launched International Year of Natural Fibres (IYNF) 2009 to celebrate the virtues of cotton, flax, sisal and hemp, but also of wool, alpaca, camel hair and angora.
Blotch on the Landscape, Winter Barley Growers Warned 22/01/09
High levels of net blotch appear to be present in early-drilled winter barley crops around the country, with some also succumbing to patches of mildew.
Diversity Results in Financial Growth for Wynnstay 20/01/09
The Wynnstay Group has today announced strong financial results for the year ended 31 October 2008.
New Variable Rate Application Option for Trimble EZ-Guide 500 Guidance System 21/01/09
Trimble has announced that it is adding a Variable Rate Application (VRA) option for its AgGPS® EZ-Guide® 500 lightbar guidance system.
Sorex Annual Study Shows Growing Farm Rat Problems 21/01/09
For the second year in a row large numbers of farmers across the country have experienced major rat problems over the past 12 months, with noticeably bigger and more frequent infestations and longer baiting periods posing particular challenges.
Valuable Advice for Growing Oilseeds 21/01/09
The Spring 2009 edition of Growing Oilseeds is now available from United Oilseeds and is packed with 20 pages of useful market and technical information regarding all aspects of oilseed production.
NSA North Sheep 2009 Announces Novartis as Major Sponsor 21/01/09
NSA North Sheep 2009, the National Sheep Association northern region’s biennial one day event, has announced its major sponsor, Novartis Animal Health.
Trimble Introduces New GNSS Package for Precision Agriculture 21/01/09
Trimble today introduced its latest Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) guidance product that offers a wide range of precision agriculture applications in a single package.
New Pre-Lambing Supplement From Rumenco 20/01/09
Rumenco has introduced a cost-effective high energy/low intake combination feed and mineral supplement for ewes pre-lambing and pre-tupping.
Changes to Scrapie Monitoring Scheme 20/01/09
The administration of the Scrapie Monitoring Scheme has changed. Since the beginning of 2009 the scheme has been administered by SAC through the Premium Sheep and Goat Health Scheme.
Suffolk Breeder in Last Four of BBC's Eurovision Contest 19/01/09
Top Suffolk sheep breeder, Myfyr Evans, of the renowned Rhaeadr flock - is tickled pink that his son, Mark, is through to the last four in the BBC’s Eurovision 'Your Country Needs You' competition.
Large Herd Breeding Power 19/01/09
Cogent strengthens its line up of bulls with yet another two exciting Holstein sires bred from their nucleus herd.
Siân Pritchard Takes Over at Kuhn UK 19/01/09
Siân Pritchard is the new managing director of Kuhn Farm Machinery (UK) Ltd, taking over at the UK headquarters in Telford following the retirement at the end of 2008 of long standing principal Bob Ellis.
Bluefaced Leicester Trade Strong at Skipton 16/01/09
A new show for Bluefaced Leicesters at Skipton Auction Mart to cater for the demands of commercial sheep breeders saw the first championship awarded to Stephen Fawcett, of KA Fawcett & Sons, Dale Head Farm, Barden.
Beef Shorthorn Society Leads with High Health Status for Sales 16/01/09
The Beef Shorthorn Society is leading the way by insisting that all animals entered for society sales must be health tested for important diseases.
Boosting Ewe Selenium Status Increases Lamb Growth Rates 16/01/09
Lamb growth rates improved by almost 12% in the first five weeks of life, and weaning weights by 2kg/lamb, as a result of improved selenium status in ewes in late pregnancy and early lactation.
The Thrunton Approach to Successful Charolais Cattle Breeding 16/01/09
Genetic selection is key to breeding pedigree cattle, however introducing best management and nutrition are equally important to the Campbell family.
Sons of O-Bee Manfred Justice from Dairy Daughters 16/01/09
Sons of the international number one sire, O-Bee Manfred Justice, are creating a buzz in the world of Holstein dairy cattle breeding and Dairy Daughters.
Longtown Primestock Sale 15/01/09
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 62 prime cattle, 2 young bulls, 53 OTM, 5,817 prime hogg's and 6,319 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 15th January, 2009.
Trimble Announces More Autopilot and EZ-Steer Platforms 15/01/09
Trimble announced today the latest additions to its Trimble® AgGPS® Autopilot™ platform kits for tractors, combines and sprayers, adding 110 new models of machines since August that are compatible with Trimble’s Autopilot system.
Ian Potter Warns of Perils Facing the Dairy Sector
Ian Potter told delegates at the 2009 Semex Dairy Conference that the fortunes of the UK dairy industry could be likened to a game of snakes and ladders.
Unprecedented Showing in January 09 Holstein Rankings 15/01/09
Six bulls in the top 10 of the January 2009 £PLI rankings, plus one of the first O-Bee Manfred Justice sons as a top 30 new entry, gives an unprecedented and unrivalled position in the latest Holstein bull proof run.
Don’t Gamble with Yields and Quality 15/01/09
Farmers should understand the full picture when considering their Nitrogen source as Urea may look cheap but could well be expensive after volatilisation losses.
Semex Dairy Conference – Long Term View of UK Dairy Industry Needed 15/01/09
Leading dairy producer and former president of the Irish Farmers’ Association, Tom Clinton told delegates at the 2009 Semex Dairy Conference that he believed the UK dairy industry was well-placed to grow and prosper in the future.
EU Pesticides Rules Will Needlessly Harm Food Production 14/01/09
Scotland’s farmers are coming to terms with controversial new European legislation, which may prevent them from protecting their crops with certain products, which are perfectly safe if used correctly.
Brisk Trade for Limousin Females at Ballymena 14/01/09
At Ballymena, there was further evidence of the popularity and strength of the Breed with a packed sale ring and an almost total clearance of lots forward.
Lakemead Rancher is New Number One British Friesian 13/01/09
The new genetic index ranking for all dairy breeds has been published today (13 January, 2009) by DairyCo breeding+ and is marked by a new number one British Friesian.
Unique Search System for Underground Pipelines 13/01/09
2009 looks set to be another year of growth and industry-wide use for – the premier, free to use, online enquiry system.
SABRE Project Makes Major Livestock Breeding Progress 13/01/09
Just half way into its four-year programme and the most innovative pan-European animal genomics research project ever undertaken is making major strides in developing breeding strategies for more economically and environmentally sustainable livestock production systems.
Sons of O-Bee Manfred Justice Enter the PLI Rankings 13/01/09
New excitement in the world of Holstein breeding has emerged with the publication of the January ’09 genetic indexes today (13 January), as sons of the renowned O-Bee Manfred Justice start to gain their own proofs.
Food Standards Agency Cuts Value of 30-48 Month Old Cattle 12/01/09
Slaughter cattle aged between 30-48 months still face unexpected marketing problems despite no longer being subject to BSE brain testing – and this has annoyed the National Beef Association.
£2.3 Million Bull Beef Boost by Avoiding Dark Cutting 12/01/09
Annual returns from English bull beef production could be increased by £2.3 million or more through determined action to reduce dark cutting beef, calculates EBLEX Ltd.
NBA Warns of Beef Breeding Cow Shortage 12/01/09
History has shown that no one sensible throws away seed corn when there is a chance of a good harvest and so beef famers must be cautious about cashing in their breeding cows.
Outlook 2009 - Making Sense of Volatile Markets 12/01/09
The British livestock industry has been through a volatile time over the last year as a result of the turbulence in global commodity markets, but what does 2009 have in store?
Pedigree Limousin Sales Go Through £5 Million Mark 09/01/09
Figures released by the British Limousin Cattle Society show that sales of pedigree animals at Official Sales exceeded the £5 Million mark in 2008.
Special Offer to Guide Farmers in Making the Right Product Choice 09/01/09
Choosing the right products to use during the spraying season is now becoming more important than ever.
Longtown Primestock Sale 08/01/09
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 99 prime cattle, 2 young bulls, 57 OTM, 5,159 prime hoggs and 5,141 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 8th January, 2009.
Increased Interest in UK Jerseys 08/01/09
Registrations into the UK Jerseys pedigree herdbook and sales of ‘Jersey Sires’ semen have both exceeded ten thousand units in 2008.
Tax Relief for Pig Producers 08/01/09
A potentially expensive grey area for pig producers has at last been clarified after hard work by the industry, including BPEX and the NFU.
NFUS Battles Brussels in Bid to Halt Pesticides Madness 08/01/09
NFU Scotland’s Soft Fruit and Field Vegetable Committee make a final attempt to amend flawed EU proposals on plant protection products, which could seriously harm Scotland’s ability to produce its own food.
Saucy Calendar to Raise Money for Farm Charity 08/01/09
AI company Dairy Daughters has produced a year planner for 2009, the proceeds from which will be donated to the charity Farm Crisis Network.
SAC Issues Acute Liver Fluke Alert 08/01/09
Acute Liver Fluke Disease has been confirmed as the cause of numerous deaths amongst sheep in south west Scotland, despite flukecide treatment in October.
Garnett Lambs Land First Title of New Year at Skipton 07/01/09
Prime lambs were first to enter the competition fold, as Skipton Auction Mart staged its opening show of 2009 - a day which kick-started the New Year in good style, with sheep prices well up on the final sale of last year.
Accurate Feed and Medicine Records Could save Billions 07/01/09
The beef industry in the Republic of Ireland was able to protect itself from the unwanted economic damage that swamped its pig sector, after cancer linked dioxins were discovered in re-cycled animal feed.
Barenbrug Varieties Show Strong Resistance to Dreschlera Leaf Spot 07/01/09
The combination of last summer’s warm and wet conditions led to a dramatic increase in the occurrence of dreschlera leaf spot.
Plant Protection Products Debate in Final Phase 07/01/09
NFU Scotland’s efforts to stave off damaging European pesticide proposals step up another notch on Tuesday, 6 January with the arrival of a two-man delegation in Brussels.
Downland Launches Premadex Pour-On Endectocide for Cattle 06/01/09
Downland Marketing Ltd has recently expanded its range of animal health products in the UK with the launch of a new, ivermectin-based endectocide, Premadex Pour-On for cattle.
New Salmonella Legislation for 2009 06/01/09
From this month, legislation in the European Union will ban the sale of fresh eggs from flocks infected with either Salmonella enteritidis or Salmonella typhimurium.
McCormick Wins Big Order for New Tractors from Hire Firm 06/01/09
One of Britain’s leading farm equipment hire companies, Hawk Tractors, has placed an order for almost 50 of McCormick’s new-generation XTX165.
Calcified Seaweed Available Again 06/01/09
A new, dry granular source of calcified seaweed offering the potential to cut chemical fertiliser costs and significantly improve plant uptake of nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P) and potassium (K) is now available direct to UK farmers.
Milk Price Cuts Herald Gloomy Start to New Year 06/01/09
The decision taken by several milk purchasers to cut the price paid to dairy farmers for their milk has brought a gloomy start to 2009, according to NFU Scotland.
Downland Introduce Lamb Force Ewe Milk Replacer 06/01/09
Sheep farming is facing more challenges this year maintaining profitability with rising fuel costs – but advances in feed technology means artificially reared lambs are now more viable and profitable.
Major Challenges Face Seed Production and Treatment 05/01/09
Since BCPC organised its third Symposium on seed health and treatment back in 2001, major changes have taken place in technology and the markets which have affected arable and horticultural production.
Service to Help Farmers Save Money on Purchased Fertiliser 05/01/09
Farmers in Yorkshire and Humber have been invited to take part in a project designed to highlight potential savings on purchased fertiliser, through better utilisation of farmyard manure and slurry.
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