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Longtown Primestock Sale 2009-Apr-30
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 98 prime cattle, 22 Over Thirty Month cattle, 4929 prime hoggs and 3692 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 30th April, 2009.
Wallbank Heifer Champion at Skipton British Blue Show 2009-Apr-30
Skipton Auction Mart launched its 2009 pedigree beef season with the traditional pipeopener, “Blue Wednesday” - the fifth annual show and sale of pedigree British Blue breeding cattle.
Race On to Harness Methane Gas from Waste Material 2009-Apr-30
Livestock farmers and dairy producers have been forced to reconsider their processes for the disposal of farmyard manure and liquid slurries, due to strict new regulations relating to Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs).
Nematodirus Warning - Worm Threat to Scotland's Spring Lambs 2009-Apr-30
With spring temperatures rising fast, SAC vets have issued an urgent warning to Scotland’s sheep farmers.
Three Hundred Cattle on Display at Beef Expo 2009 2009-Apr-29
A record 24 beef breed societies have reserved exhibition space to demonstrate the merits of their breeds for commercial beef production and 60 cattle have been entered for the National Spring Spectacular Show being held at Beef Expo.
Huish L1 Selected as Poll Dorset Centurion Reference Ram 2009-Apr-29
Selected by the Poll Dorset Sire Reference Group, Huish L1 was crowned Centurion Reference Ram for 2009, with Sherborne L127 claiming the reserve choice ram title.
When Badgers Meet Cows - New Evidence for Bovine TB Debate 2009-Apr-29
Ground-breaking new research gives a much deeper insight into how TB could be passed from badgers to cattle and back again.
Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society Launches Brand New Website 2009-Apr-28
The Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society is delighted to announce the launch of a brand new society website.
Buoyant Trade Expected for Borderway Beef Month 2009-Apr-28
A buoyant market for prime beef and store cattle is expected to be reflected in a strong trade for pedigree beef bulls and females during the 2009 Borderway May Pedigree Beef Month.
Risky Year for Urea Users 2009-Apr-28
Many farmers have been experiencing very dry conditions for up to six weeks making life very difficult for those who opted for urea as their prime source of nitrogen this season.
John Deere Previews Four New Premium Balers
Designed for large farms and contractors looking for higher density bales and increased versatility, John Deere’s new Premium range of round balers will be previewed at Grassland UK in May 2009.
Cumberland County Show - Cumbria’s Best Family Day Out 2009-Apr-28
The Cumberland County Show takes place in Rickerby Park, Carlisle on 18th July 2009. Class chedules are now available for livestock and horses, the crop competition, industrial classes and the rabbit and dog shows.
FAO Dairy Scheme Boosts Afghan Farm Incomes
There aren't so many feel-good stories coming out of Afghanistan these days, and even fewer about life getting better for women there. But FAO has one to tell.
Cattle Fever Tick Eradication Effort Ongoing in Texas 2009-Apr-27
The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) has released from temporary preventive quarantine more than 375,000 acres in Maverick, Dimmit and Webb counties.
British Lambs Deliver Record Carcase Quality
British lambs shook off the marketing disruptions of 2007 to turn in a record carcase quality performance last year, according to the latest annual classification results from EBLEX.
Cost Effective Sheep Bluetongue Vaccine Launched in UK 2009-Apr-24
Global vaccine specialist, Fort Dodge Animal Health has announced that its Zulvac 8 Ovis® Bluetongue sheep vaccine is now licensed and available in the UK from veterinary surgeons.
Charolais Sell to 3,900gns in Brecon 2009-Apr-24
Charolais bulls peaked at 3,900gns and achieved an 85% clearance at the breed society’s spring sale staged at Brecon on Thursday 23 April.
WildCare Farmers Keep an Eye Out for Orchids
Sixty Waitrose dairy farmers will be on the look out for native orchids this summer, in a bid to compile the project’s first official records for these wildflowers.
British Show Jumping Award for the Great Yorkshire Show 2009-Apr-24
Staff at the Great Yorkshire Showground are celebrating after being voted the BSJA (British Show Jumping Association) Members County Show of the Year.
New Cattle TB Infection in Texas Dairy 2009-Apr-23
Preliminary test results indicate that a dairy in west Texas is infected with cattle tuberculosis (TB).
Longtown Primestock Sale 2009-Apr-23
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 110 prime cattle, 24 OTM cattle, 4847 prime hoggs and 4,450 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 23rd April, 2009.
Food Prices Remain High In Developing Countries
High food prices persist in developing countries despite an improved global cereal supply situation and a sharp decline in international food prices, FAO warned today in its latest Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.
Dancing Sheep to Wow Crowds at 200th Otley Show 2009-Apr-23
The Sheepshow, an entertaining and educational live show of sheep breeds and shearing, is set to wow the crowds at this year’s 200th Otley Show next month.
Clougher Enoch Leads Aberdeen-Angus Trade at Dungannon 2009-Apr-22
There may have been only 15 bulls present at the April 20th sale of Aberdeen-Angus cattle at Dungannon Farmers Market, but that didn’t prevent a top call of 7600gns and an average of £2406 for 12 bulls sold.
The "Black Farmer" is Guest Speaker at Beef Expo 2009 2009-Apr-22
The charismatic “Black Farmer”, Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, will be guest speaker at the Beef Expo 2009 dinner on Wednesday, May 20.
Fort Dodge Provides Bluetongue 1 Vaccine to Farmers in Jersey 2009-Apr-22
Fort Dodge Animal Health has provided its Zulvac® 1 vaccine against Serotype 1 Bluetongue (BTV-1) in cattle and sheep to vets in Jersey under the terms of a Special Export Licence from the French Government.
Swires Swoop Again to Bag New Craven Dairy Auction Record 2009-Apr-21
North Yorkshire father-and-son dairy farmers Malcolm and Robert Swires, of Haverah Park, Beckwithshaw, Harrogate, bagged a new record when exhibiting the champion for the fourth consecutive month.
Longhorn 12 Volt Sheep Shearing Championship
Farmers and sheep shearers will be gathering to compete in the inaugural Longhorn 12 volt Sheep Shearing Championship to be staged at NSA North Sheep 2009.
Semex Widens Dairy Stud Appeal 2009-Apr-21
The “Semex Works Everywhere” philosophy, is born out in the recent proof run and latest batch of new entries to the Semex stud, says the company.
EBLEX Launch Farm Shop Butchery Competition at Beef Expo 2009-Apr-21
2009 Beef Expo will see the launch of a brand new EBLEX sponsored butchery competition. Free to enter, the competition is open to all farm shop butchers in England who sell beef.
NBA Rejects Defra CRS Proposals 2009-Apr-21
The National Beef Association has rejected Defra proposals for disease cost and responsibility sharing (CRS) in England which were put forward in a consultation paper earlier this month.
Continued British Beef Carcase Quality Gains
For the first time ever last year fully 50% of the prime beef carcases classified in Great Britain met the target ‘R4L or better’ specification required by the modern meat market.
Charolais Bulls Command Flying Trade in Welshpool 2009-Apr-19
Charolais met a flying trade in Welshpool on Thursday 16 April where bidding achieved two new centre all breeds records - a top of 6,600gns and £3,111 average for 40 lots traded at the breed society’s official spring show and sale.
Union Shows Farming at Heart of Scottish Hills and Uplands 2009-Apr-17
NFU Scotland’s members on the Isle of Mull have shown Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs the clear benefits that are delivered by maintaining farming activity in Scotland’s remote hills and uplands.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2009-Apr-16
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 95 prime cattle, 13 OTM cattle, 4368 prime hoggs and 3836 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 16th April, 2009.
New HISHA Contract for Healthy Sheep from the Highlands 2009-Apr-16
A new arrangement between SAC and HISHA allows sheep farmers in the Highlands and Islands to continue delivering breeding stock to UK customers that is free from Enzootic Abortion.
Research Reveals Surprise Rye-Grass Germination Results 2009-Apr-16
Winter cereal growers could benefit from changing some of their long-held beliefs about the best time to control one of the UK’s most competitive grass weeds.
Free Orf Information Pack Available from Vets
Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health has produced a free orf vaccination starter pack containing practical advice to help sheep farmers control the disease in their flock.
Locomotive Cogent Sires on Lameness Avoidance Track 2009-Apr-16
Reducing lameness should be a top priority on UK dairy farms but the process should start before the cow is even born.
Cecil Top of the Class at Skipton Ewes with Lambs Fixture 2009-Apr-15
Renowned North Yorkshire sheep showman Cecil Hutchinson won both classes at Skipton Auction Mart’s second early Spring show of ewes with lambs at foot.
Farmers Fix Cost of Borrowing 2009-Apr-15
As the Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee voted to keep interest rates at 0.5%, farmers are showing increasing confidence in the ability of the sector to weather the recessionary climate and are taking advantage of historically low long-term rates to fix the cost of borrowing.
Video Diary Lamb Named Atlas Mabel 2009-Apr-15
The star of “A Lamb’s Tale” – the video diary of a Wensleydale lamb destined for the show ring at the 2009 Great Yorkshire Show – now has a name.
Charolais top Newark Multi-Breed Trade
Charolais bulls were in demand commanding the day’s top 3,600gns bid in Newark on Saturday 11 April at Newark Livestock Market’s multi-breed show and sale.
High Production Dairy Bull Dotson Has it All
It’s a widely held view that breeding from the highest production dairy bulls means sacrificing daughter health and fitness but one of the latest additions to the Dairy Daughters stud is proving convincingly that you can have it all.
Managing Farmyard Manure for the Greatest Value
Grazing livestock producers across the country should concentrate on making the very most of the valuable asset they have in their farmyard manure (FYM) this season, recommends EBLEX.
Dekalb Launches New Low Biomass Hybrid OSR
This season sees the most significant development in British oilseed rape growing since the introduction of the first low biomass variety, Canberra in 1999, according to the UK’s leading OSR breeder, Dekalb.
NBA Drives New Strategic Research Policy for Beef
A new, UK-wide, strategic research policy for the beef sector will be launched at Beef Expo 2009 at Malvern in May.
Try Your Hand at Auctioneering at Beef Expo 2009 2009-Apr-13
Both professional auctioneers and members of the public will have the opportunity of demonstrating their skills in auctioneering in a novel competition at Beef Expo 2009.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2009-Apr-09
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 74 prime cattle, 2 young bulls, 32 OTM cattle, 2,460 prime hoggs and 3060 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 9th April, 2009.
Starting Agricultural Production in Ukraine
With food prices rising across the globe, adventurous foreign investors can find excellent business opportunities in Ukrainian agricultural sector despite (or perhaps due to?) the global economic crisis.
Increasing Efficiency by Replacing Old Wind Farms
Wind farm companies are looking to obtain planning permission to take down existing turbines and replant using larger, more efficient turbines.
Skipton Gears Up for 2009 Northern Limousin Extravaganza 2009-Apr-09
The Northern Limousin Extravaganza 2009 will be staged at Craven Cattle Marts’ Skipton Auction Mart, on Wednesday, May 13. A prize fund of more than £2,000 is on offer.
Toystory Creates the Buzz in April 2009 Proof Run
Holstein breeders’ bull Jenny-Lou Marshall TOYSTORY has again risen dramatically in the latest proofs.
Scotland Hit by Bluetongue Breach 2009-Apr-09
The improper movement of cattle from the Netherlands to the Republic of Ireland that left two Dutch animals stranded at Stranraer in Scotland has led to immediate calls from NFU Scotland for European legislation on Bluetongue to be tightened and properly enforced by all member states.
Stability at Top of Other Dairy Breeds' Rankings 2009-Apr-08
Despite the changes witnessed at the top of the Holstein rankings, the other breeds show continuing stability in the latest proofs, published by DairyCo breeding+ on Tuesday April 7.
Unexpected Rust Now Appearing in Winter Wheat
Be on your guard against unexpected rust attacks when planning April disease control programmes, winter wheat growers are being urged.
New Era for Holstein Breeding - DairyCo
As proof runs go, this week’s launch by DairyCo breeding+ rates as one of the most exciting for years.
Border Raiders Land Spoils at Skipton Prime Shows
Red Rose “raiders” ruled at Skipton Auction Mart’s April shows and sales of prime lambs and cattle on Monday, with recent robust levels of trade maintained.
John Deere Gator Guides the Way for Grassland UK
Grassland UK takes place on farmland adjoining the Bath & West Showground at Shepton Mallet in Somerset on Thursday May 7.
Young Farmers Count on Calf to Swell Charity Coffers 2009-Apr-07
A cuddly calf adopted by Aire Valley Young Farmers Club is already well on the way to raising its first £1,000 for the club as it competes in a countywide challenge styled around The Apprentice television programme.
Ayrshires to Award Top Herd in Gold Cup 2009-Apr-07
The Ayrshire Breed Society is awarding its breed cup to the highest placed Ayrshire herd in the 2009 NMR/RABDF Gold Cup competition.
Moynton Charolais Sell to 5,600gns 2009-Apr-07
Charolais met a buoyant demand selling to 5,600gns at the retirement sale of the renowned Owermoigne, Dorchester based Moynton herd.
Combination Bluetongue Vaccine Arrives in Europe
Global vaccine specialist Fort Dodge is the first manufacturer to develop a combination vaccine to protect sheep and cattle against both Bluetongue Serotypes 1 and 8.
Somerfield and Asda Should Buy More British Beef
The National Beef Association is looking forward to a radical alteration in Somerfield’s beef stocking policy now that it has been taken over by the Co-op.
NSA North Sheep Young Shepherd of the Year 2009
The National Sheep Association is staging the first ever NSA North Sheep Young Shepherd of the Year award at NSA North Sheep 2009.
RASE Made the Right Decision on Royal Show
The Tenant Farmers Association has commended the Trustees of the Royal Agricultural Society of England on making the very difficult but nevertheless correct decision to bring to an end the Royal Show in its current format.
Pecket Well Pair Top Performers at Skipton Young Bulls Show 2009-04-06
British Blue-sired youngsters made a clean sweep of the prizes at the annual Spring show and sale of young feeding bulls at Skipton Auction Mart.
The End of The Royal Show is Nigh 2009-04-06
The Royal Show 2009 will be the last in its present form to be held by the Royal Agricultural Society of England at Stoneleigh Park.
Retail Trends Underline Beef Market Stability
Minced beef sales have continued to grow over the past year with stewing beef demand also strengthening somewhat and overall domestic beef consumption remaining remarkably robust despite the recession.
Farmer Grant Aid for Electronic Weighing Equipment
Many farmers in Scotland have yet to respond to the offer of grant aid towards set up costs for the purchase of electronic equipment, according to an investigation undertaken by Ritchey.
Vaccination Only Part of TB Control Toolkit
The Tenant Farmers Association has responded to the Government’s announcement of a project to pilot a badger vaccine to combat Bovine TB in England by stressing that it must not be seen as a silver bullet.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2009-04-02
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 63 prime cattle, 44 OTM cattle, 6,281 prime hoggs and 3,417 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 2nd April, 2009.
Climate Change Talks Should Include Farmers
Agriculture in developing countries could play crucial role in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions.
Pig Numbers Plummet In Line With Producer Confidence 2009-04-02
More pig producers will leave the industry, which is in danger of collapsing altogether, if confidence does not improve, NFU Scotland’s Pigs Committee Chairman, Philip Sleigh told MSPs this week.
Cheap Food Era Over: Leadership Must be Based on Science
The world faces a food supply crisis, for the developed world the era of cheap food is over, says SAC Chairman Lord Jamie Lindsay.
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