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New Horizons Creates Vintage Opportunities
George F. White has announced the sale of two rare Muir Hill 111 Tractors at Waterside House Farm, Denwick, and Northumberland on Saturday 7th November.
Kuhn Extends Gyrotedder Range with New Models for Smaller Farms 2009-Oct-30
Kuhn has extended the rotary tedder options for smaller operators for the 2010 grassland season with the introduction of three value models at the lower end of its Gyrotedder range.
New John Deere Utility Tractors for 2010
John Deere’s new 5M, 5G and 5E utility tractors from 55 to 100hp are aimed at livestock and mixed farms, small arable farms, speciality and part-time farmers, and commercial equipment fleet owners.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2009-Oct-29
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 47 prime cattle, 0 young bulls, 63 over thirty month cattle, 6,034 prime lambs and 4,786 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 29th October, 2009.
Zara Wins Some Nights at the Sheep Breeders Round Table 2009-Oct-29
200 words means SAC student Zara Chestnutt is going on an all-expenses-paid trip to the Sheep Breeders Round Table at Stratford on Avon which covers sheep breeding, from practical farming advice to the use of cutting edge genetics.
Estimating Silage DM Can Be a Risky Business
Estimating the dry matter content of silage is much harder than many farmers and forage consultants think, according to the results from a challenge laid down by Sciantec Analytical Services at this year’s Dairy Event.
Climate Change Attack on Grass Produced Beef is Misdirected 2009-Oct-28
A world wide attack on climate change will fail if policy makers mistakenly identify red meat production as a front line reason for rising temperatures.
Aberdeen-Angus Females Outclass Males at Dungannon 2009-Oct-28
Demand for Aberdeen-Angus females was stronger than the males at Dungannon Farmers Mart which saw a top price of 4300gns for a cow and calf.
Heifers Impress at Well Supported Craven Dairy Auction 2009-Oct-27
A quality turnout of newly calven heifers – the best seen in several months and among a total entry of 102, the highest for quite some time – impressed a packed ringside at Skipton Auction Mart.
FAO Targets Land Tenure 2009-Oct-27
FAO has begun widespread consultations over the first ever international guidelines on governance of tenure to land and other natural resources such as water supplies, fisheries and forests.
Fodder Launches Rare Breeds Roast Club
Fodder, the flagship food hall and café on the Great Yorkshire Showground, has launched a new club promoting the delights and ethics of traditionally reared Rare Breed meat.
Global Opportunity for Pig Industry People
People with a passion for the pig industry have a unique opportunity to study and travel as BPEX and Merial Animal Health are jointly sponsoring a Nuffield Scholarship award this year.
Sales Team Expands at Landini Tractor Dealership
Farm equipment dealer Johnsons of Cheadle has expanded its Landini tractor sales team with the appointment of David Parsons to work alongside sales and service manager Les Bailey.
Dry Cow Event – Keeping the Energy Balance Neutral 2009-Oct-27
DairyCo is holding a dry cow management meeting that will look at how careful management can carry cows through transition smoothly, sustaining fertility and maximising productivity.
Cyber Farming with Fantasy Farm Blog 2009-Oct-26
Designed to make advice on rural issues more accessible, rural specialists George F. White are today launching one of the country's most innovative blogs.
Countryside Live - Successful Show for Seventh Year 2009-Oct-26
New attractions and record entries in the competitive classes ensured the seventh Countryside Live was a huge success, said organisers, the Yorkshire Agricultural Society.
Haygarth Shearling Pick at Skipton Dalesbred Ram Show 2009-Oct-26
Dalesbred rams came together on home soil for the annual Dalesbred Sheep Breeders’ Association show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.
Cundall Lodge Farm Nets Top Tourism Award
Cundall Lodge Farm at Cundall, 14 miles north of York, has won the Guest Accommodation of the Year title in the county’s ‘tourism Oscars’ – the 2009 White Rose Awards, organised by official tourism agency Welcome to Yorkshire.
Charolais Establish New Stirling Record Average 2009-Oct-23
Charolais bulls met a firm trade peaking at 26,000gns in Stirling on Wednesday, 23 October; 11 lots reached five figures, while 132 lots traded to achieve a £5,687 record average for the breed’s official autumn fixture as well as a first all beef breeds record average for the new centre.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2009-Oct-22
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 39 prime cattle, 21 over thirty month cattle, 7,818 prime lambs and 4,955 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 22nd October, 2009.
Diary Date for 2010 Semex Conference
The 2010 Semex Conference – entitled 20/20 Vision – will be held from the 17th to 19th January 2010, at the usual Glasgow Grosvenor Hilton Hotel venue.
Aberdeen-Angus Prices Soar at Stirling
With a top price of 15,000gns and 13 prices of 5000gns or more, the average for Aberdeen-Angus bulls soared by more than 1000gns at the breed’s autumn show and sale at Stirling.
New Packo Vertical Milk Tanks Save Space and Money 2009-Oct-21
A new range of external milk cooling silos which can save space and reduce electricity bills has been launched by Fullwood under its Packo brand.
Foulrice Charollais Females Sell to 4,000gns at Skipton 2009-Oct-21
The renowned Foulrice Charollais sheep flock of husband and wife breeders Charles and Valerie Marwood hit the headlines at the annual sale of pedigree females at Skipton Auction Mart.
New Claas Apprentices Arrive at Reaseheath
The success and support for the Claas Agricultural Apprenticeship based at Reaseheath in Cheshire and Barony College near Dumfries, is evident in the fact that 22 new students have joined the scheme this year from Claas dealerships throughout the UK.
Strong Limousin Trade at Stirling 2009-Oct-20
A strong commercial demand for Limousin bulls, which saw averages rise slightly on the year, was the story behind a solid trade at the British Limousin Cattle Society’s Perth Bull Sale through United Auctions held at the newly completed Stirling Agricultural Centre on Monday 19th October 2009.
Yorkshire Dales Farm for Sale 2009-Oct-20
George F. White has announced the sale of Roof Farm at Gunnerside in North Yorkshire. In total Roof Farm comprises 99.77 acres of in bye land, 11 field barns, modern agricultural buildings, a disused house and grazing rights for sheep and cattle on the surrounding commons.
New Factsheets Point to Greater Pig Productivity
Three new factsheets are now available from BPEX focused squarely on reducing the costs of pig production. Part of the popular Action for Productivity series, the factsheets are focused on helping stockpeople and managers improve key performance indicators (KPIs) on their units.
New High Type O-Man Son for Only £18
There may be a profusion of O-Man sons on the Holstein bull market, but few of them break the magical barrier for two points on type.
Limousins Set All-Breeds Record at Carlisle
The British Limousin Cattle Society Autumn Bull Show & Sale held 16th-17th October 2009 at Borderway Mart, Carlisle saw a high quality show resulting in 143 bulls selling at an all-breeds centre record average of £5735, surpassing the mark set at the Limousin Sale in February this year.
EBLEX Warns Producers Against Selling Under-Finished Cattle 2009-Oct-19
Selling forward stores as finished stock could lead to lower returns and target penalties for producers, EBLEX is warning.
Bristol Aberdeen-Angus Sale Tops at 3000gns
Last Wednesday’s southern autumn show and sale of 60 head of Aberdeen-Angus males and females, held at Bristol Sales Centre, saw trade peak at 3000gns for an April 2008 born heifer from Archie Smith-Maxwell.
Imported Irish Beef Direct Threat to Future of UK Beef Industry 2009-Oct-19
The increasing proportion of Republic of Ireland (ROI) beef being sold through Asda and Sainsburys is a direct threat to UK cattle production.
Natural England’s Policy is Destroying the Uplands
The Tenant Farmers Association has condemned Natural England’s policy of drastically reducing stocking densities in the uplands through Environmental Stewardship Schemes as misguided.
John Deere Gold at Agritechnica 2009
John Deere’s new ActiveCommand Steering concept, which has been designed for future 8R Series tractors, will receive one of five prestigious DLG gold medals at Agritechnica, the world’s leading agricultural equipment trade fair being held in Hannover, Germany, from November 10 to 14.
Tomschoice Limousins Excel at Skipton Pedigree Beef Fixture 2009-Oct-18
Limousins once again dominated the show classes, as they have done in recent years, at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual Autumn pedigree event for beef breeding cattle.
National Plough Finals are a Family Affair
A damp start to both days failed to keep visitors away from the 59th British National Ploughing Championships, held at Soham, near Ely, Cambridgshire on Saturday and Sunday, October 10th  and 11th.
Pork Purchases Soaring 2009-Oct-16
Consumer purchases of bacon are soaring and fresh pork and sausages are in hot pursuit according to new figures produced for BPEX.
Field Day for Matthew at Skipton Lleyn Show
Matthew Field, an East Coast sheep farmer, captured a trophy on his first-ever visit as an exhibitor and vendor at Skipton Auction Mart.
Another Bumper Year for United Oilseeds
United Oilseeds has reported a pre-tax profit of £1.03 million for its financial year ended 30 June 2009, as well as a 44% increase in the number of farm businesses that trade with the company.
Sheep Producers Failing to Capitalise on Vaccine Value 2009-Oct-16
Many sheep producers are failing to capitalise on the efficacy and value of proven vaccines and could significantly improve their control of preventable diseases simply by following product usage instructions correctly.
Omro is Oman Son for Udders 2009-Oct-16
Newly available Holstein sire Omro, one of a growing number O-Bee Manfred Justice (Oman) sons in the current proof listings, stands apart from his siblings due to his unrivalled +2.05 Type Merit and +2.11 Mammary figures.
Kiotechagil Phorce Demand Boosted by Trial Results 2009-Oct-16
Kiotechagil, the international supplier of natural high performance feed additives has launched a new brochure for Phorce which has seen demand grow internationally following positive trial results.
Belted Galloway Production Sale at Worcester
There’ll be an opportunity to buy some of the finest Belted Galloway cattle in the land at the end of the month when noted breeder and Wales and Border Ram Sales secretary, Jane Smith, holds a production sale at Worcester.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2009-Oct-15
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 85 prime cattle, 8 young bulls, 77 over thirty month cattle, 5,039 prime lambs and 4,955 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 15th October, 2009.
RABDF Offers Cautious Welcome to TBeg Report
The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers has acknowledged the TB Eradication Group of England report’s recommendations in principle, however it argues that they will not bring any immediate solutions to tackling the disease.
Moet Daughter On Song for Moorhouse Craven Dairy Auction Hat-Trick 2009-Oct-14
Yorkshire Dales dairyman Brian Moorhouse landed his third Craven Dairy Auction championship in as many months at the opening October show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.
New BCPC Manuals to be Launched at Congress
The launch pad for the latest editions of BCPC’s keystone publications: The Pesticide Manual; The e-Pesticide Manual and The Manual of Biocontrol Agents will be at this year’s BCPC Congress.
Carlisle Bluefaced Leicester Sale 2009
It was a fitting end to a great season of Bluefaced Leicester sales, as Carlisle served up a cracking finish, with again some strong trade and bumper crowds.
Capitalise on Moist Conditions to Maximise Pre-Emergence Black-Grass Control 2009-Oct-13
Be sure to make use of a return to moist conditions to catch up with pre-emergence black-grass management, winter wheat and winter barley growers are being urged.
Vintage Tractor Event Attracts McCormick Support
McCormick tractor distributor AgriArgo UK Ltd has joined other sponsors in supporting one of Britain’s best agricultural heritage events – the Newark Vintage Tractor & Heritage Show.
Mutton Renaissance Open Event 2009-Oct-13
Hosted by farmer and founder of Northumbrian Quality Meats, Steve Ramshaw, the event, held on his 750 acre farm, was designed to develop the growing popularity of quality Renaissance Mutton and to strengthen the link between producers, butchers and chefs.
Agriculture to 2050 – The Challenges Ahead
Agriculture must become more productive if it is to feed a much larger world population while responding to the daunting environmental challenges ahead, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf said here today.
Carlisle Aberdeen-Angus Takes Two Top Bids of 2800gns 2009-Oct-12
Two bulls led a small entry of Aberdeen-Angus males and females on offer at Borderway Mart, Carlisle, on Wednesday 7th October with a top bid of 2800gns.
Young British Friesian Sire Offered Sexed to Meet Growing Demand 2009-Oct-09
Growing demand for British Friesian genetics has prompted breeding company, Cogent, to take the unusual step of sexing semen from an unproven young sire.
Case IH at Agritechnica 2009 2009-Oct-09
Case IH will focus on new tractor models, including the latest models in the Maxxum and Puma series and two new Puma CVX models with continuously variable transmissions.
IGENITY Profiling to Help increase Jersey Breed’s Rate of Genetic Gain 2009-Oct-09
All young Jersey bulls in the UK will be genotyped using the IGENITY® profile following an agreement between Merial and the Jersey Cattle Society of the United Kingdom.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2009-Oct-08
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 56 prime cattle, 35 over thirty month cattle, 7,363 prime lambs and 4,560 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 8th October, 2009.
Feeding a Moist Ration to Dairy Cows May Be a False Economy
Dairy farmers can increase milk production simply by challenging the current trend of using moist feeds in their cows’ diet.
Verity Mashams Win Again at Skipton Gimmer Lamb Highlight
Nidderdale father-and-son Masham sheep breeders Roland and David Verity added another trophy to an already impressive haul when awarded the breed championship at the annual show and sale of gimmer lambs at Skipton Auction Mart.
Irish Organic Beef Farmers on Tour in Scotland
The SAC Organic Team at Craibstone recently welcomed a study tour of 22 Irish organic farmers from Leitrim Organic Producers Co-op. They were looking for ideas on the best way to finish native breed cattle off grass and forage.
Fedneyhouse Limousin Sets 14,000gns Sale Record
A retirement sale from one of the Province’s most successful pedigree Limousin herds saw a new record for a Limousin bull sold at auction in Northern Ireland when French-bred stock bull, Ulm, went under the hammer for 14,000gns.
Clonagh Simmental Reduction Sale Tops at 8000 euro 2009-Oct-07
It was a battle of the British at Tullamore Livestock Mart on Saturday (3rd October), as Simmental breeders gathered for Garrett and Lyndsey Behan’s major reduction sale of the Clonagh Simmental herd.
Nelson Cements Hold on Skipton Swaledale Ewe Fixture 2009-Oct-06
There was complete clearance of the 4,813 Swaledale correct draft ewes and gimmer shearlings entered for the annual prize show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart (Sat, Oct 3) – and at notably higher top and average prices than the corresponding 2008 fixture.
Blue Faced Leicesters Take Lead at Skipton Multi-Breed Highlight 2009-Oct-06
Variety, quality and strong trade were seen at the annual multi-breed show and sale of pedigree and pure-bred rams and females at Skipton Auction Mart.
NI Breeders to the Fore at Carlisle British Blue Show & Sale 2009-Oct-06
The Border British Blue Club staged their Twentieth Annual Autumn Show & Sale at Carlisle, when auctioneers Harrison & Hetherington Ltd offered for sale a good selection of pedigree cattle.
Skipton Hampshire Downs Peak at 650gns
Hampshire Downs met a firm demand peaking at 650gns at the breed association’s official northern region show and sale at Skipton on Friday 2 October.
New Minerals from Denis Brinicombe Group
Improved nutritional specifications, feeding versatility and excellent palatability are the central benefits on offer from a comprehensive new vitamin and mineral product range being launched by the Denis Brinicombe Group.
Forts Storm to Top Price Success at Skipton Lleyn Show 2009-Oct-06
A yearling ram from West Yorkshire husband-and-wife breeders Graham and Mandy Fort achieved the day’s top price of 1,300 guineas at the Lleyn Sheep Society’s annual pedigree show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.
BCPC Congress to Address the Challenges of Feeding the World
Two keynote speeches will set the scene for the start of an exciting and comprehensive conference agenda at this year’s BCPC Congress in Glasgow, UK from 9 to 11 November.
Improving Ewe Conception Rate to Boost Margins
Improving conception rates by 10% through better management around tupping this season can easily result in 25 more lambs in a 300 ewe flock, boosting margins by more than £3.50 per ewe.
MPs Warn that EU Transport Rules Will Reappear
An NFU Scotland delegation visiting Brussels has received warning that damaging EU proposals to introduce new restrictions on animal transport could be put back on the European agenda within a few short weeks.
Kuhn Primor 5570 Feeder / Bedder Offers Improved Efficiency
Kuhn Farm Machinery has a new three-bale model at the top of its dual purpose feeding and bedding equipment range with the introduction of the Primor 5570.
Scotgrass 2010 Returns to Crichton
Once again SAC is to host the Scotgrass specialist event at Acrehead Farm, Dumfries.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2009-Oct-01
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 44 prime cattle, 55 over thirty month cattle, 5,154 prime lambs and 5,943 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 1st October, 2009.
Raising Money for Farm Crisis Network in the English Uplands
The Tenant Farmers Association is a strong supporter of Farm Crisis Network and is pleased to be organising a sponsored walk and charity auction to take place in May next year to help raise funds for the charity.
Plan Wisely to Make Best Use of Single Farm Payment Income
With favourable exchange rates boosting single farm payments across the UK, Lloyds TSB is urging farmers to use any additional income wisely. Fixing rates forward can also prove an important tool to help farmers manage future currency volatility.
New Versatile Claas Arion 400 Tractor Range
CLAAS has introduced a new range of tractors, the ARION 400. This all new range is designed to meet the needs of livestock or arable farmers in the market for a compact sized, four-cylinder tractor of between 100hp to 130hp.
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