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Liver Fluke Threat Highest Ever 2009-Sep-30
SAC vets fear the numbers of cattle and sheep infected with liver fluke this year could be at the highest level ever. They are urging farmers to remember to protect their stock from the parasite this autumn by using the appropriate treatment.
New GreenStar 1800 display from John Deere
It has been designed as the optimum solution for customers using guidance applications on John Deere or non-Deere equipment, especially when teamed with the AutoTrac Universal 200 steering kit.
Union Demands Milk Price Movement 2009-Sep-30
NFU Scotland has called on milk purchasers to react quickly to the strengthening markets for milk and dairy products by increasing the prices paid to farmers for their milk.
Kuhn Strengthens Local Product Support
Kuhn Farm Machinery has extended and restructured its product support function in Great Britain with the deployment of six regionally based personnel to complement two further headquarters-based staff.
Crisp Price-Topper at Craven Dairy Auction
Eight newly calven Holstein Friesian milkers, six cows among them, made £2,000 or more at the second September Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, Sept 28)
Welsh Charolais Enthusiast to Judge Carlisle Bulls 2009-Sep-29
Suckler producers will have the opportunity to choose from 83 catalogued Charolais bulls along with 51 females in Carlisle, on Friday 9 October, at the breed society’s official rescheduled autumn show and sale.
Record Crowd Expected for British Ploughing Championships 2009-Sep-29
Cambridgeshire will be host once again to the British National Ploughing Championships on October 10th and 11th this year.  A record crowd is expected to attend this amazing two-day event, which is taking place at Soham, between Ely and Newmarket.
Jenny-Lou Marshall Ousts His Full Brother… then Dies 2009-Sep-29
Cattle breeding company Dairy Daughters has reported a bitter-sweet success story for one of its top type and milk production bulls, Jenny-Lou Marshall.
Down Shep! Dog Handling Course for Shepherds 2009-Sep-29
This week sees the end of a six week training course for 5 men, 3 women and their dogs in the middle of a Northumberland Field.
The 27th Northern Dairy Expo 2009-Sep-29
Once again The Northern Dairy Expo Show now in its 27th year hopes to continue its reign as a national autumn show fixture and one of the most popular shows for purely Holstein cattle in the UK.
Carcase Residue Testing Costs Must Be Risk Proportionate 2009-Sep-29
Cross-UK attempts to dump yet more cost on farmers, this time through the full, flat rate, cost recovery of carcase testing for hormone and antibiotic residues, must be resisted.
Wynnstay Beef Award for Top Agriculture Student
An agriculture student from Harper Adams University College has won the 2009 Wynnstay Beef Award for his involvement in a trial that assessed the effect of galacto-oligosaccharide on the performance of hand-reared bull calves.
NSA Sheep 2010 2009-Sep-28
The industry’s biennial initiative, will be staged at the Three Counties Show Ground, Malvern on Tuesday 3 August by the National Sheep Association and co-organiser, the Three Counties Agricultural Society.
2050: Increased Investment in Agricultural Research Essential 2009-Sep-28
Producing more food will largely depend on increasing crop yields, not farming more land.
BCPC Seeks Validation on EU Guidance on Pesticide Exposure Assessment 2009-Sep-28
New draft guidance on pesticide exposure assessment – published by the European Food Safety Authority – has been welcomed by the British Crop Production Council.
Cheshire Dairy Farmer Seeks New Ideas at Global Dairy 500 2009-Sep-27
Cheshire dairy farmer Paul Billington will be seeking new ideas and inspiration to underpin the recent expansion of his family’s Holstein milking herd when he joins delegates at Alltech’s Global Dairy 500 conference this month.
Flexible Finance on Kuhn Fertiliser Spreaders
Purchasing Kuhn UK’s growing range of farm machinery will become easier and more flexible with the introduction of the new Kuhn Finance facility this autumn.
Ritchey Autotagger a Hit with French Farmers
Ritchey’s new automatic sheep tagging device received a warm reception from French farmers, when it was showcased at an agricultural trade fair in September.
Longtown Primestock Sale
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 63 prime cattle, 1 young bull, 26 over thirty month cattle, 7,369 prime lambs and 5,182 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 24th September, 2009.
Ponder Before You Plough
Once again, harvest has been delayed by wet weather - especially two weekends ago when very high rainfall fell over the weekend.
New SAC “GreenCow” Research Facility
SAC has won a grant for research equipment worth some £1 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the Scottish Government.
Eastfield Black Bandit Wins Aberdeen-Angus National Show 2009-Sep-23
Described by many ringsiders as one of the best displays of Aberdeen-Angus stock ever seen - the breed’s National Show, held at the Royal County of Berkshire Show, Newbury, at the weekend.
Buoyant Trade at Builth Wells Ram Sale
A buoyant trade with a steady flow of four figure bids was topped by three and a half thousand guineas paid for a Texel shearling at the NSA Wales and Border Ram Sale held at the Royal Welsh Showground on September 21.
Kirkby Stephen Prize Show & Sale of Store Cattle
On Monday 21st September 2009 Harrison & Hetherington held their special continental cross prize show & sale of store cattle.
NMR/RABDF Gold Cup for Yorkshire Producer
North Yorkshire dairy producer Geoff Spence and his team at Lowfields Farm, Brampton, Northallerton are this year’s winner of the NMR/RABDF Gold Cup.
BCPC Welcomes New BBSRC Strategic Plan
The British Crop Production Council has welcomed the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council’s consultation within its proposed Strategic Plan for 2010 – 2015, particularly in terms of one of its key strategic priorities – Food Security.
Cash In On Grass Breeding Progress
The financial arguments for selecting the best available grass varieties are very strong on yield alone, but if quality differences and factors like extended grazing are also considered the figures become quite staggering.
New NMR Data Reflects Dairy Units’ Technical Sustainability 2009-Sep-21
New data published by NMR shows the wide range in technical performance on UK dairy units.
Kathryn Potts Appointed NEEFM Manager
Having been both a market trader selling her own organic bread, and a market manager, Kathryn is uniquely placed to represent all the stakeholders involved in organising a successful market.
Towell Texels Top Prices at Skipton
Higher entry numbers, all-round quality and much improved levels of trade, including the highest prices in recent times for a shearling ram at 4,200 guineas and 2,400 guineas for a shearling ewe.
McCormick Dealer HJR Agri Wins Top Award
A new farm machinery dealership in Shropshire - one of the latest recruits to the McCormick tractor dealer network - has won a prestigious award in recognition of its business performance.
Next Generation Committed to Dairying Dependent on Profitability 2009-Sep-20
The dairy sector has a future with 60% of agriculture students expressing an interest in a dairy farming career, according to succession survey conducted by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers.
Guide to Growing and Grazing Perennial Chicory
A new booklet highlighting the grazing potential of perennial chicory was launched by British Seed Houses at the Dairy Event and Livestock Show.
New Route into Pedigree for Dairy Herds Closed Through TB 2009-Sep-18
Dairy herds which have been shut down under movement restrictions because of TB have been thrown a lifeline by Holstein UK.
Positive Signs for English Pig Sector
Provisional Defra Pig census results published this week report a 5.5% increase in the English breeding herd during the past twelve months.
Animal Transport Proposals Off the Table….for Now
NFU Scotland has welcomed the news this week that proposals to introduce controversial new animal transport laws have been withdrawn from internal European Commission consultation.
Skipton Charollais Sheep Show and Sale
Two loyal and long-standing breed stalwarts shared the headlines at the annual British Charollais Sheep Society show and sale of commercial rams at Skipton Auction Mart.
New Milking Parlour and Accesories from Fullwood
New parlour and add-on accessories improve milking efficiency, hygiene and heat detection rates.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2009-Sep-17
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 71 prime cattle, 0 young bulls, 49 over thirty month cattle, 7,122 prime lambs and 6,707 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 17th September, 2009.
Kuhn Exhibits Baler Range at Dairy Event and Livestock Show 2009-Sep-17
Kuhn Farm Machinery heralded its entry into the baler market by exhibiting a baling and wrapping machine at the Dairy Event and Livestock Show.
Norfolk's County Farms U-Turn is Madness
The Tenant Farmers Association has sent a stark warning to Norfolk County Council that it would be madness to consider ditching its currently very successful management of its County Farms in favour of a knee-jerk policy of disposal.
Malvern Autumn Show is a Real Feast!
Advocates of healthy eating and honest cooking which uses simple, fresh products farmed, fished or reared locally, look set to enjoy a real feast at next week’s Malvern Autumn Show (26 & 27 September).
Quarterly Disease Testing Added to CIS Product Range 2009-Sep-16
Milk recording organisation CIS has launched a quarterly disease testing service for Johne’s disease, IBR and BVD.
The Virtual Cow 2009-Sep-16
Holstein UK has launched an innovative educational and breeding tool which has the potential to transform understanding of the form, movement and condition of the milking cow.
Skipton Beltex Sheep Show and Sale
North Craven sheep breeder Stuart Currie sent out the supreme champion at the first time of asking when making his much-awaited debut at the Beltex Sheep Society’s ninth annual production show and sale.
New British Angus Company Launched
A new company driven by the need to bring together all things associated with Aberdeen Angus cattle will be launched this week at the Dairy Event.
NVZs Represent Crunch Point for Dairy Sector
The Tenant Farmers Association is warning that urgent action is needed to avoid the already alarming decline in the number of dairy farms in the country from significantly worsening.
PCV2 Vaccines Perform Well 2009-Sep-15
Preliminary results suggest that PCV2 vaccines improve pig lifetime performance and shorten the time to slaughter. These are the initial findings of a controlled BPEX trial.
NBA Welcomes TB Free Status for Scotland
NBA Scotland has welcomed the announcement that Scotland has been granted official TB Free status by the European Commission.
EBLEX Reveals Headline Costs for Beef Producers
While beef finishers have benefited from current trading conditions, suckler producers have borne the brunt of greater input costs and continue to suffer from low profitability, according to new figures released today by EBLEX.
Verity Mashams Double at Skipton 2009-Sep-15
David and Roland Verity achieved a quick-fire double when exhibiting the winning pen of 40 at the annual prize show for Masham wethers, which formed part of the September sale of store lambs at Skipton Auction Mart.
New McCormick Dealers Bolster Nationwide Coverage 2009-Sep-15
Farm machinery dealers keen to base new business opportunities on providing a high standard of service and parts supply are turning to the McCormick tractor range to give their operations a boost.
UK Launch for Bauer Bedding System
Spreadwise Ltd and Bauer GmbH are launching the FAN Bedding Recovery Unit (BRU) at the Dairy Event & Livestock Show.
Kirkby Stephen NEMSA Lamb Sale
Harrison & Hetherington Ltd. Held their Annual sale of 9,420 Mule Gimmer Lambs for the North of England Mule Sheep Association at Kirkby Stephen Mart.
Dorper Sheep at NSA Wales and Borders Ram Sale
A breed of sheep first developed in South Africa and valued for their low maintenance will go on sale at the NSA Wales and Borders Ram Sale for the first time on Monday, September 21.
Windfall for Farmers Markets 2009-Sep-11
In a campaign to get more people across the North East to eat local food, it has been announced today that over £100,000 of funding has been received to set up North East of England Farmers’ Markets (NEEFM).
Farmers Urged to Sort Long Term Financing
The global financial difficulties dominating the headlines since the autumn have formed a sobering background to the farming scene, but with this sector leading the economy out of recession, it’s not all gloom and doom.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2009-Sep-10
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 59 prime cattle, 59 over thirty month cattle, 6,962 prime lambs and 6,111 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 10th September, 2009.
EU Stalemate on Sheep EID Concessions
NFU Scotland’s latest discussions with the European Commission on sheep tagging and movement recording rules, due to come into force at the end of the year, has seen officials rule out any further significant concessions.
Caton Hat-Trick and Top Price Double at Skipton NEMSA Opener 2009-Sep-09
Ashley Caton landed a notable hat-trick when exhibiting the champion pen of ten lambs for the third year in succession at the season's major opening ewe lamb show and sale of Mule gimmers from members NEMSA at Skipton Auction Mart.
Scottish Livestock Transport Under EU Threat Again
Scotland’s traditional livestock production is once again under threat from impractical and costly transport proposals being driven by Europe.
Prime Time Successes at Skipton
It was prime time again at Skipton Auction Mart for the September shows of beef cattle and lambs, with special classes for Masham and Lleyn prime lambs.
Dennis Becomes Top Dog on Debut at Skipton
Since ceasing milk production three years ago, Dennis Purdham, who now farms beef and sheep in the Cumbrian coastal village of Holmrook, Seascale, has enjoyed buying in a few sheep dogs as pups, breaking them in, bringing them on – and selling them from his Gubbergill Farm home.
Blue Star Scheme Identifies Top Tups
One of the defining features of the NSA Wales and Border Ram Sale is the emphasis on quality and this year an increasing number of vendors will be opting for the Blue Star means of identifying their top tups.
NI National Charolais Show Attracts Quality Entry
Northern Ireland Charolais breeders turned out one of their best entries of more than 100 pedigree and commercial cattle at Fintona on Friday 4 September 2009 at their National Charolais Show.
Two New Very Early Maturing LG Maize Varieties Launched 2009-Sep-08
Two new varieties from the LG maize breeding programme which mature very early have made their debut on the NIAB Descriptive List for 2010.
Database is Central to Sheep Tagging Proposals
NFU Scotland is adamant that if Scotland is forced to comply with the damaging European proposals on electronic tagging of sheep and movement reporting then a central database to record movements, funded and maintained by the Scottish Government, must be at the core of the Scottish system.
Rural Land Register Mapping Update
Rural Payments Agency (RPA) and the Rural Land Register is currently undertaking another re-mapping exercise of every land holding in the UK.
Water and Agriculture - BCPC Congress 2009
"With serious levels of climate change and significant population growth forecast over the coming decades, future challenges are going to be huge".
Semex Talent+ Package Offers Leading Sires at Lower Prices 2009-Sep-04
Semex has already stimulated the dairy genetics market into introducing better quality sexed bulls at lower prices and is now turning its attention to some of its top conventional bulls too.
Glendale Agricultural Society Herd Competition Winners 2009-Sep-04
This week at The Glendale Show, Glendale Farmers, R W and K Telford of Branton East Side Farm were announced winners of the first ever Glendale Agricultural Society Herd Competition.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2009-Sep-03
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 53 prime cattle, 33 over thirty month cattle, 5,576 prime lambs and 4,092 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 3rd September, 2009.
Sheep Flock Performance Indicator Introduced
Sheep producers will now find it easier to highlight areas where flock productivity can be improved, thanks to a practical new management tool developed by Intervet/Schering-Plough Animal Health, in conjunction with ADAS.
Wilson Mule Wethers are Skipton Store Lamb Champions 2009-Sep-03
Over 8,000 lambs went under the hammer at the annual show and sale of mule wether lambs at Skipton Auction Mart on Wednesday 26th August 2009.
Skipton Rare and Native Breeds Show is a Real Crowd-Pleaser 2009-Sep-02
Bumper Bank Holiday weekend crowds packed into Craven Cattle Marts’ Skipton Auction Mart for the North Yorkshire venue’s 2009 Rare & Native Stockbreeders Auctions.
Progress Being Made on Bluetongue Exit Strategy
NFU Scotland has welcomed a commitment from Scotland’s Chief Vet to sit down with stakeholders this autumn to discuss Scotland’s current compulsory vaccination programme against the devastating livestock disease.
RABDF Calls for Action to Avert Dairy Shortages
The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers has appealed to processors and retailers to work together in order to secure future milk supplies and avoid a severe anticipated shortfall, not only in the UK but further a field.
Farm Machinery Sales Back in Fashion 2009-Sep-02
Today, rural specialists, George F. White have announced details of their first second hand machinery sale at the Aycliffe Sales Centre near Darlington.
Deere & Company Plan Additional Investment in Russia 2009-Sep-02
The Deere & Company Board of Directors has approved an investment plan to establish a manufacturing and parts centre in Russia. The project will be located near Moscow, in close proximity to the Domodedovo International Airport.
New Amaferm ‘Fibre Buster’ Improves Feed Efficiency and Yields 2009-Sep-02
Specialist feed company, SCA NuTec, is launching a new feed supplement this autumn that can increase feed efficiency and milk yield.
Inaugural Carlisle Show & Sale of Lleyn Prime Lambs 2009-Sep-01
At Borderway Mart, Carlisle on Monday 24th August, Harrison & Hetherington held their inaugural show and sale of Lleyn prime lambs.
Six Go For Gold in Dairy Industry’s Top Award
Six dairy producers have been named as finalists in this year’s NMR/RABDF Gold Cup from more than 1,000 qualifying herds. Selected from entries throughout Britain, including herds in Scotland and Northern Ireland, these six herds spread from County Antrim to North Yorkshire and south to Dorset.
Proven Roundup Tank-Mixing Flexibility Extended
Most modern Roundup formulations are now proven physically compatible with more than 50 of the most common post-planting pre-emergence sprays, including complex two and three-way herbicide and adjuvant mixes, reveal the latest extensive test results.
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