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Thurso the Latest Monitor Farm on SAC's Books
Inverness-based SAC Consultant Derek Hanton and Iona Cameron from SAC’s Thurso Farm Business Services have been appointed facilitators for Scotland’s latest monitor farm outside Thurso.
Producers Hungry For Nutrition Guide
There has been strong demand for the new SAC nutrition guide for sheep producers, 'Year-Round Feeding Of Ewes For Lifetime Production', including very real interest from the Irish Republic.
Longtown Primestock Sale
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 55 prime cattle, 4 young bulls, 35 over thirty month cattle, 5,277 prime hoggs and 4,131 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 28th January, 2010.
AFS Must Demonstrate Benefits of New Red Tractor Scheme 2010-Jan-28
Assured Food Standards must demonstrate to UK farmers how the upgraded Red Tractor Farm Assurance Scheme, which is to be implemented in April, will help them develop their businesses.
Union Welcomes Support for Sheep EID Compliance
NFU Scotland has warmly welcomed Scottish Government support and funding to assist Scottish sheep farmers in complying with unpopular new European rules which require sheep born this year and beyond to be electronically tagged and their movements recorded.
Halal Study Opens Potential for New Markets
Changes in the consumption of Halal meat and consumer trends towards Halal products in England are to be studied in a dedicated study for the first time.
Lloyds TSB to Continue Sponsorship of Beef Expo
Lloyds TSB Agriculture has been confirmed for the third year running as the major sponsor of the UK’s national beef event, Beef Expo.
Holstein UK Presidents Medal Winner Revealed
The winner of this year’s Holstein Young Breeder (HYB) Presidents Medal, sponsored by Semex UK, is Colin Laird, from the Blythbridge Herd in Peeblesshire.
Beef Shorthorns Build on Health Scheme Success
The Beef Shorthorn Society is building on the success of the first 12 months of its innovative health scheme which involves mandatory blood testing of all animals at official sales.
Auctioneer Bill is Top of the Class! 2010-Jan-26
Part time auctioneer and part time farmer, Bill Nelson has come out top of the class in the first year of a four year auctioneering foundation degree course, receiving the Dick Harrison Trust Award.
Cattle Breeding Industry Urged to Use Official AI Codes 2010-Jan-26
Using official AI codes for bulls, rather than herd book numbers and short names, is the only safe and fully reliable means of ensuring sires are correctly identified on NMR records.
Charolais Cattle Demand Buoyed by Commercial Marketplace 2010-Jan-26
An insatiable demand for British Charolais cattle from commercial beef producers was reflected in last year’s UK marketplace where the breed enjoyed record sales in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
New PowerGard Programmes Keep Tractors Running
John Deere has updated its PowerGard tractor maintenance and protection programmes for 2010 and beyond.
Top Service from John Deere Technicians
The first six John Deere service technicians in the UK to achieve LTA4 Master Technician accreditation were presented with their certificates and registration cards on the John Deere stand at the LAMMA 2010 show at Newark in January.
New Monitor Farm to be Shining Example
Livestock farmers across the North East of England are being invited to take part in a cutting edge experiment aimed at making the farm of the future.
Union Views Scottish Cattle Clipping Abattoir Trial
A group of Scotland’s leading livestock producers have visited Anglo Beef Processors’ (ABP) Perth plant to view ongoing trials looking at the possibility of clipping cattle post-slaughter as an alternative to clipping the animals live on farm.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2010-Jan-21
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 53 prime cattle, 1 young bull, 34 over thirty month cattle, 4,573 prime hoggs and 3,635 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 21st January, 2010.
New Claas Apprentice Graduates
The achievements of the latest students to complete the Claas Apprenticeship was recognised in a Graduation Ceremony held recently at the Claas UK headquarters at Saxham, Suffolk.
One Third Share of High PLI Holsteins in Bullsemen Catalogue 2010-Jan-21 emerged as the leading supplier of high PLI Holsteins following the January proof run, boasting 34 of the top 100 sires in this all-important category.
Year-Round Feeding of Ewes for Lifetime Production 2010-Jan-21
A new, accessible guide from SAC pulls together the latest information on nutrition and identifies strategies that are most likely to give a better return.
John Bell Top Dog Again at Skipton
Sheep dog supremo John Bell, of Parks Farm, Howden, Selby, headed the prices for an unprecedented 13th time in the past eight years at the winter sale of working dogs at Skipton Auction Mart.
Enterprising ‘Fodder’ Wins Top Award from Countryside Alliance 2010-Jan-20
Fodder, the flagship food shop and cafe set up and championed by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society is celebrating another major award win named best Yorkshire Enterprise by the Countryside Alliance, just 6 months after opening.
Haybob Back Under New Ownership
The Haybob twin rotor tedder/rake combination that remains the mainstay of so many smaller hay and silage making operations is now available from Kuhn Farm Machinery.
Winter Hardiness Becomes Key OSR Growing Consideration 2010-Jan-19
Winter hardiness is something UK oilseed rape growers need to think far more about as they endure their second particularly harsh winter in a row, believes a leading Scottish adviser.
CASE IH Shows New Tractor Models at LAMMA
CASE IH presented new tractor models to a European audience during Agritechnica 2009 and will now showcase the models to its UK customers for the first time at LAMMA 2010.
Blood Test to Fine-Tune Late Pregnancy Feeding
Blood testing a small sample of ewes a month ahead of lambing could be particularly useful in avoiding lambing problems and securing the best possible lamb growth rates this season, suggests EBLEX.
Farmers Help Wading Birds to Survive
Wading birds are being given a helping hand by farmers in the Yorkshire Dales.
Oman Son Logan is Leading Improver in Holstein Proof Run 2010-Jan-15
Co-op Oman Logan emerges from the January 2010 Holstein proof run as a leading improver for £PLI, production and milk components and, according to, now ranks as the best value Oman son currently on the UK market.
New Healthy Lambing Guide Launched by Volac
The Healthy Lambing Guide is a new information pack from Volac designed to help sheep farmers reduce losses and improve overall flock output this coming lambing season.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2010-Jan-14
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 61 prime cattle, 25 over thirty month cattle, 4,051 prime hoggs and 3,763 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 14th January, 2010.
New High Visibility Cab for McCormick MC Tractor
A new cab giving drivers better all-round visibility, improved ventilation and air conditioning and a more modern instrument layout is being fitted to 2010 editions of the McCormick MC range of four-cylinder tractors.
DEFRA Vision for British Farms is a Mixed Bag
‘Food 2030’ sets out the government’s objectives for industries related to food supply and the underlying message is simple “Expect change”.
Shepherdess Helpline Offers 24/7 Support
The harsh conditions across the country have put pressure on early lambing. SCA NuTec has extended the staffing of its Shepherdess helpline to ensure that producers have access to advice and supplies of its milk replacer and Shepherdess Feeders.
Brown Swiss and Montbeliarde Get Their Own Proofs 2010-Jan-13
Much of the interest in the genetic indexes for dairy breeds other than Holstein, launched this week by DairyCo breeding+, focuses on the proofs themselves, with numerous changes in some way affecting all of the breeds.
Moira Stewart with an Interesting Story to Tell
An innovative Stirlingshire farm with plans to expand its beef herd will play host to an SAC Animal Health and Welfare day on 26th January.
Fighting Climate Change with Grasslands
Grasslands have vast untapped potential to mitigate climate change by absorbing and storing CO2, according to a new report by FAO.
LEAF Welcomes Food 2030 2010-Jan-12
LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) welcomes the recommendations set out in the Government’s first major food strategy for sixty years.
Wooler Work Web Brings Training to Rural Community 2010-Jan-12
The recent snow illustrated the isolation of our rural communities and a lack of understanding of its unique requirements. However even after the thaw, time, distance and cost can severely limit access to services including the training needed for people living in these communities to enhance their job prospects.
Optic Distilling Barley Celebrates 15 years on Recommended List 2010-Jan-12
A Spring malting barley variety originally launched for brewing and distilling use – and which has remained one of the most-purchased varieties in Scotland for much of the last decade – is to celebrate fifteen years as a Recommended List variety in 2010.
Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society Set Tight Health Status Rules 2010-Jan-12
With the 2010 sale season fast approaching, the Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society is building on its decision made last year to raise the health standard of cattle being offered at Society Sales.
SAC Association of Potato Producers Annual Conference 2010 2010-Jan-12
Potato production is always a challenge, but just now growers are facing a whole series of new issues. It is these that SAC will focus on at their Annual Conference at Perth Racecourse on 28th January.
Energyze and Feed Blocks Boost Output in Sheep Flock 2010-Jan-11
The switch from compound feeds to Strathclyde Nutrition’s Energyze feed licks and Superblocks has greatly reduced the work-load in Sandy Ingram’s Lleyn flock.
National Beef Association Calls for Sweeping CAP Reforms 2010-Jan-11
The National Beef Association has called for a radical new approach to CAP reform, with its massive amount of red tape and the absorption of a huge proportion of available funds by self-interested executive agencies and quangos completely eliminated.
New Feeding Regime Boosts Output in Yorkshire Dales Sheep Flock 2010-Jan-11
Lambing percentage has been boosted by more than 30% and mismothering and twin lamb disease virtually eliminated following the adoption of a new feeding regime.
New Landini 5-H Series Tractors at LAMMA 2010
A new four-model tractor range that combines the best features of two top-selling Landini models will be unveiled at the LAMMA 2010 show by distributor AgriArgo UK.
Outlook Conference April 2010 2010-Jan-08
The outlook for the weather may be pretty bleak but for the red meat industry it is more favourable. Just how favourable depends which part of the industry you're in and these differences along with forecasts will be at the heart of a conference on April 14.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2010-Jan-07
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 39 prime cattle, 9 over thirty month cattle, 3,781 prime hoggs and 3,743 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 7th January, 2010.
The Future for Frozen Assets 2010-Jan-07
Last January it was the problems caused by a string of mild winters, this year the questions at the latest series of SAC/HGCA workshops are likely to be about coping with the aftermath of the coldest winter in decades.
John Deere Sprayer Developments for 2010
John Deere’s technology leadership in the sprayer business has once again been recognised, with the award of a DLG silver medal at the Agritechnica 2009 show in Hannover, Germany.
Skipton Helps Top Farm Shop Keep it Local for New Year 2010-Jan-06
Skipton Auction Mart helped a leading farm shop to honour its promise for quality meat all-year-round and “sourced locally from Yorkshire farmers we know and trust” at the first Craven Prime Cattle Show of 2010.
Another Happy New Year for Garnetts at Skipton
It was another Happy New Year for John and Judy Garnett at Skipton Auction Mart, as their pen of five Beltex-cross lambs landed the venue’s January prime lambs show championship title for the second year running.
RABDF Welcomes OFC Keynote Messages
The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers has welcomed support for the industry expressed both by Defra Minister, Hilary Benn and his shadow, Nick Herbert in keynote speeches made today, 5 January, at the Oxford Farming Conference.
Union Welcomes Commitment to Food and Farming
NFU Scotland has heralded the publication of the UK Government’s vision for food production in the UK as welcome recognition of the growing importance that farming will play in meeting ambitious targets in the future.
BASIS Appoints New Technical Manager
Karl Bahn has been appointed Technical Manager for the standard setting organisation, BASIS.
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