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North Wales McCormick Dealers Plan Lely Silage Demos 2010-Mar-31
Two farm machinery dealers in North Wales – Harrison Machinery based at Nantglyn, Denbigh and PGF Agri at Llanerch-y-Medd, Anglesey – are staging a two-day silage-making extravaganza in May.
Robert Towers Achieves Easter Prime Lambs Double at Skipton
Red Rose farmer Robert Towers, of Farleton, Lancaster, landed a championship and reserve championship double at the Easter prime lambs show at Skipton Auction Mart.
Hamilton Tractors Showcase Latest McCormicks at Open Day
Machinery dealer Hamilton Tractors (Carnwath) Ltd will showcase the latest McCormick tractors at its first open day since winning the local franchise.
Dairy Student of the Year Award 2010 2010-Mar-31
Philip Dunn, a final year student at the University of Newcastle is the RABDF/Dairy Crest Dairy Student of the Year. Philip was awarded a £1,000 cash prize by Dairy Crest and the university he represented received £500 towards a dairying educational project.
New Fertiliser Spreader Options from Kuhn
Kuhn Farm Machinery has added two models to its successful MDS fertiliser spreader range, with both machines suitable for smaller sized farms.
New Bontima Fungicide Arrives in TIme for Barley Growers 2010-Mar-30
A breakthrough new fungicide which has provided major increases in disease control, yield, quality and green leaf area is being launched to UK growers of winter and spring barley this season.
New Jersey Breed Classification Record
Ventonwyn Pippa EX95 has set a record for the Jersey breed by being the first cow to be Classified Excellent on nine separate occasions.
NSA Sheep 2010 Announces Major Sponsors
NSA Sheep 2010, the industry’s biennial event has announced its major sponsors to be EBLEX, Lloyds TSB, Novartis Animal Health, SAI Global and Shearwell.
Hampshire Down Prime Lambs Sell to £6.50/kg
Hampshire Down prime lambs met a strong demand selling to a top of £6.50 per kg in Rathfriland Sale Yard, County Down at the annual spring show and sale staged by the breed association’s NI club.
Nuffield Scholar to Study the World of Dairy Farming
A study that will help ensure the future of pasture-based dairy farming in the UK has won a coveted Nuffield Farming Scholarship for a West Yorkshire farmer.
Heavy Horseman is Champion of Champions Judge
Recently retired Chief Steward (Agricultural Horse Section) Matt Robinson of Humshaugh has been appointed as this year’s ‘Champion of Champions’ judge at Northumberland County Show on May Bank Holiday Monday 31st May.
Crawford Brothers Recognised for Limousin Success 2010-Mar-29
An exceptional contribution to the UK’s livestock industry was recognised last week, when the Duke of Westminster praised the work of Crawford Brothers at the Parliament Buildings in Stormont, Belfast.
Volunteer Barley Rears Its Ugly Head
Volunteer barley is making its presence felt in a major way in wheat crops across the country this spring, according to the latest technical helpline reports from Monsanto Crop Protection.
New Head of Agricultural Mortgage Corporation
Jonathan Allright has been appointed Head of The Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (AMC) and takes responsibility for day-to-day operations with immediate effect.
Geronimo Sold to The Moss for £15,000
The 10 month-old Aberdeen Angus bull Galawater Gaffer Geronimo J585 has been sold for £15,000 to The Moss herd.
New Livery for Ladies In Pigs
The van used by Ladies In Pigs (LIPs) for their work around the country has undergone a transformation.
Grassland Farmers to Get Top Tips on Reseeding Practice 2010-Mar-26
Farmers wanting to get the best from their leys can reap the benefits of expert advice at a special Reseeding Day at Harper Adams University College on 22nd April.
Feed in Tariffs - Get FIT for 2010 2010-Mar-26
The introduction of Feed in Tariffs (FITs) on the first of April is likely to be one of the highest impact events to hit land and property owners in the last ten years.
Robust Defences Vital to Counter Major Parasite Threat 2010-Mar-26
Lamb producers across the country should be prepared to mount especially robust defences against internal parasites at grass this season to counter particularly high risk conditions for nematodirus, parasitic gastroenteritis and liver fluke infections.
£50,000 Secures Future of Children’s Countryside Day 2010-Mar-26
The Glendale Agricultural Society has confirmed that the future of its Children’s Countryside Day has been secured thanks to £40,000 of support from the Northumberland Uplands Local Action Group.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2010-Mar-25
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 46 prime cattle, 2 young bulls, 34 over thirty month cattle, 5,032 prime hoggs and 4,371 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 25th March, 2010.
NFUS Puts GM Feed and Animal Transport on EU Radar 2010-Mar-25
NFU Scotland has written to the new EU Health and Consumer Commissioner, John Dalli, following his recent decision to authorise cultivation of a new GM potato, requesting that he apply the same rational thinking to GM tolerance thresholds, GM authorisations and animal transport laws.
Flexibility Vital in Late-Spring Weed Spraying
Wheat growers across the country need to build as much flexibility into their weed control programmes as possible this season to cope with one of the latest springs in recent memory.
Holywood Herd Dispersal Attracts a Crowd
Buyers from the length and breadth of the UK descended on Borderway Mart, Carlisle to compete for Robert and Mary Whiteford’s “Holywood” herd of Pedigree Holsteins.
Agricultural Engineers Boost Student Membership
The Institution of Agricultural Engineers’ (IAgrE) campaign to increase student membership, which began in 2001, has recruited over 2400 students with just over ten per cent retaining membership once they have completed their studies.
High Ranking Holstein Logan Now Available as 75% Sexed Semen 2010-Mar-24
High ranking Oman son Logan is the latest Holstein bull to be made available by as the innovative GenChoice 75 (G75) sexed semen product, thereby offering dairy farmers a 75% heifer return from a leading sire for only £19/straw.
Farm Dispersal Season Begins With Sale of Government Think Tank 2010-Mar-24
The 2010 farm dispersal sale season in North Yorkshire begins with two farm sales in two days, seeing the end of an era for two farming families. It also includes the famous “Government Think Tank” Slurry Tanker.
Growing Geese Numbers Needs Management Rethink 2010-Mar-24
NFU Scotland has called for goose management policy in Scotland to be revived to reflect the significant levels of damage being done to agricultural and crofting land not currently covered by the existing goose management schemes.
£10,000 Guaranteed for Winning Bull at Beef Expo
Farmers attending the National Beef Association’s Beef Expo 2010 at Hexham Auction Mart in Northumberland on Thursday, May 27, will have the opportunity of winning a top pedigree beef bull valued at £10,000 in a unique judging competition being held for the first time in the UK.
Northumberland has UK’s Most Beautiful Farm
Beal Farm which incorporates the Barn at Beal has been awarded Overall Winner of the Beautiful Farm Award 2009/10 by celebrity chef James Martin.
Public Attention Shifting from Avian Influenza
An international team of experts has warned that while more is known today about the role of wild birds in the spread of the highly pathogenic H5N1 avian influenza virus than ever before, significant information gaps remain unfilled as government and public attention is shifting elsewhere.
Michael Walton Appointed President of Glendale Agricultural Society 2010-Mar-22
Earlier this week at the Glendale Agricultural Society’s (GAS) annual AGM, one of the UK’s foremost pedigree sheep breeders Michael Walton, took up the role of President.
SAC Expertise Adding Value to Marks & Spencer Food Business
Leading retailer Marks & Spencer has commissioned SAC expertise to help them stay ahead of the field.
Longtown Primestock Sale
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 51 prime cattle, 5 young bulls, 18 over thirty month cattle, 4,440 prime hoggs and 3,891 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 18th March, 2010.
Nightingale Aberdeen-Angus Sells Four Bulls to Scottish Herds
Messrs WA Robertson of the Nightingale herd, Pershore, Worcestershire, are pleased to announce the sale of four yearling bulls all sold privately to leading Scottish pedigree herds.
Sale of Working Collies at Hammerlands
Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart held their Spring Sale of 68 working collies and pups at The Hammerlands Centre, Moffat on Saturday 13th March 2010.
The Dairy Event and Livestock Show on Relocation
The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers’ plans are well underway to stage the Dairy Event and Livestock Show at its new venue, the NEC, Birmingham on Tuesday 7 and Wednesday 8 September.
Fort Dodge Awarded EU Licence for Zulvac 8 Bluetongue Vaccine 2010-Mar-15
With effect from 15 January 2010, Fort Dodge Animal Health has been awarded an EU Licence and marketing authorisation for its range of Zulvac® vaccines against serotype 8 Bluetongue (BTV).
National Spring Spectacular Show at Beef Expo 2010
April 9 is the closing date for entries for the National Spring Spectacular Show of beef cattle to be held as part of the UK’s national beef event, Beef Expo 2010, at Hexham Auction Mart on Thursday, May 27.
Landini’s Fruit Tractors Get More Than a Make-Over
A new version of the Landini Rex tractor will be launched at the Fruit Focus event on Wednesday, 21st July at East Malling Research Centre, Kent.
£4,200 for Leyburn’s Winner as Super Trooper Keeps it in the Family 2010-Mar-15
John Smith-Jackson, Haltwhistle continued his breeding and showing prowess at Leyburn Mart’s Spring Spectacular for Show Potential Cattle on Saturday March 13th when Super Trooper claimed the overall championship.
Awarding the Farming Enterprising
The Glendale Agricultural Society has today launched the 2010 Glendale Agricultural Society Award for New Enterprise.
Hexham Mart YFC Calf Wintering Competition
Hexham & Northern Marts were delighted to host their second annual Young Farmers Calf Wintering Competition on 4th & 5th March.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2010-Mar-11
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 40 prime cattle, 9 over thirty month cattle, 5,590 prime hoggs and 4,655 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 11th March, 2010.
SAC Support for Farmers’ Markets in Scotland
SAC has been instrumental in creating two new posts which will support the development of a new partnership, the Scottish Farmers’ Market Partnership (SFMP), which aims to promote, support and build capacity for farmers’ markets in Scotland on a sustainable basis. Backs ‘No Holes’ Breeding Strategy
Selecting Holstein bulls on the basis of single or limited traits, therefore ignoring potential weaknesses in key areas, is a short-sighted strategy in the context of building a herd for future profitability.
ASDA Backs British Sheep Farmers with First New Season Lamb of the Year 2010-Mar-10
Further demonstrating its support for British livestock farmers, supermarket chain Asda is set to become the first major retailer to offer new season lamb this spring.
Teaching Young Farmers Old Tricks 2010-Mar-10
This week, thanks to a partnership between NNATA and LandSkills North East, as part of the RDPE, arable farming in North Northumberland has received an injection of youthful enthusiasm for their unique Arable Traineeship.
Land Agent Julie Attends Keynote Agricultural Course 2010-Mar-09
Julie Liddle, a director of Carlisle-based land agents and chartered surveyors H&H Bowe, has taken part in the prestigious Advanced Business Management Course run by the Worshipful Company of Farmers.
Kirkby Stephen Classic is the Bees Knees
On Monday 8th March Harrison & Hetherington Ltd held their first Kirkby Classic show and sale of potential show cattle which proved to be a great success with a over flowing ring of prospective purchasers and vendors.
Large Black Orpingtons Pick of the Poultry at Skipton 2010-Mar-09
A trio of Large Black Orpingtons – a cockerel and two hens – from husband and wife poultry breeders Keith and Anne Chatburn, of Cononley, was pick of the poultry at the Craven Feather Auctions Spring show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.
ASDA BeefLink Producers Set Out to Produce Suckler Road Map
A group of leading UK suckler beef producers, backed by supermarket giant ASDA, is coming together to develop a sustainable strategy for the future of the beef industry.
New John Deere Application Pro Universal System
Increased accuracy and lower costs can be achieved by using automatic section control on the growing number of ISOBUS-ready sprayers, fertiliser spreaders and seed drills, using the new Application Pro Universal system from John Deere.
EBLEX Launches New Parasite Product Guide
Beef and sheep producers can be confident they’re making an informed choice about parasite control products, thanks to the latest EBLEX parasite guide.
John Deere RTK Goes Mobile, and Further
John Deere’s AMS division has announced two new ways of supplying farm vehicles with highly accurate GPS correction signals for precision farming applications.
Carlisle Blondes in Demand 2010-Mar-08
Northumberland breeders Peter and James Weightman of the Hallfield herd based at Peterlee secured the leading price of 7,000gns at the early spring show and sale for the Blonde Society at Carlisle.
CLA Wales Welcomes Climate Change Signals
CLA Wales has welcomed the findings of a Welsh Assembly Government report which recommends ways in which agriculture and rural land use in Wales can help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Continental Store Sale Attracts Show Potentials
Harrison & Hetherington’s two-day show and sale at Borderway, Carlisle, on March 19 and 20 is expected once again to draw one of the biggest entries of quality continental cross store cattle in the country, many with show potential.
Oilseed Rape Straw - An Alternative Fuel?
Could the use of agricultural residues, such as straw, help to reduce the need for fossil fuels and add value to existing food crops?
New EBLEX Role Puts Direct Selling in the Spotlight
Producers who sell meat directly to the consumer, or are considering doing so, will benefit from increased support thanks to a new expert position created by EBLEX.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2010-Mar-04
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 56 prime cattle, 31 over thirty month cattle, 5,118 prime hoggs and 5,309 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 4th March, 2010.
Modern Technologies Boost Quality Wheat Breeding 2010-Mar-04
Far greater understanding of underlying genetics, growing use of DNA markers and increasingly sophisticated food laboratory technology are allowing UK plant breeders to make major progress in the complex challenge of bread and biscuit wheat development.
A New Farm Shop – Eggsactly What Belford Needs
Christine Jackson and Catherine Armstrong, the region’s largest free range egg producers, have announced today that they are to open a farm shop and café in the North Northumberland village of Belford.
Farmers Find Their Silver Lining
70 North East farmers and landowners attended the recent ‘Finding the Silver Lining on Countryside Matters’ Seminar at Hexham Auction Mart.
Calderdale Showman Excels at Skipton Prime
Calderdale beef and sheep farmer Brian Lund added to an ever-growing list of honours at Skipton Auction Mart when exhibiting the champion beef animal at March's prime shows.
Welcome for Extension to Farm Buildings Support
NFU Scotland has welcomed confirmation from the Scottish Government that its £3 million Severe Weather Grant Scheme will now be extended to provide support to those who have seen farm buildings collapse in the most recent snow storms.
Skipton Agricultural Showcase a Resounding Success 2010-Mar-03
Skipton’s second bi-annual Spring show of agricultural machinery, equipment, and animal healthcare products proved a resounding success.
HSBC Appoints New Head of Agriculture
HSBC Agriculture, the dedicated farming division of HSBC Bank plc, has appointed Allan Wilkinson as its new Head of Agriculture responsible for the bank’s farming customers in the UK.
Claas to Establish UK RTK Network 2010-Mar-02
In order to provide farmers with a cost-effective means of benefiting from the high accuracy potential of RTK, Claas UK has set about establishing a network of RTK aerials.
Farmers Forced to Choose Between Food and Fuel
The EU drive towards more energy from renewables is going to be a double edged sword for the food and farming industry in the North East.
Improve Energy Management to Cut Costs & Carbon
There is much beef and sheep businesses of every description can do to cut both their fixed costs and greenhouse gas emissions, suggests EBLEX.
Popular McCormick MTX150 Returns with Added Features 2010-Mar-02
McCormick enthusiasts will welcome the return of an MTX150 model to the line-up following a revamp of the marque’s six-cylinder product range.
Climate Change in a Climate of Change
Climate change continues to dominate the headlines and will be headlining the annual Outlook Conference in London in April.
Sheep Meat Exports Pass the £300 Million Mark
Full-year figures for UK exports of lamb and mutton in 2009 show an increase of 19 per cent against 2008 to nearly £312m, according to new figures.
Carlisle Poultry and Waterfowl Spring Sale
Harrison & Hetherington Limited, held their annual spring poultry and waterfowl sale when they presented a huge catalogue entry of 1,400 poultry and waterfowl together with 250 lots of hatching eggs, and 250 lots of equipment.
Pig and Poultry Fair Puts Shoppers On The Spot
An exciting new initiative looking at consumer reactions to pig and poultry production systems will help the industry with answers to the question ‘Can we get consumers to buy more British?’.
Carlisle Whitebred Shorthorn Spring Sale
Harrison & Hetherington Ltd conducted the spring sale of Registered Whitebred Shorthorn Cattle on behalf of members of the Whitebred Shorthorn Association on Friday 26th February 2010 when 6 bulls were forward.
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