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Borderway Agri-Expo - the Biggest and Best
The fourth Borderway Agri-Expo proved to be the biggest and best, attracting the cream of livestock from throughout the country, together with a record 10,000 visitors on Friday 29th October.
Fresh Impetus for Landini Tractor Sales in Wiltshire and Oxfordshire 2010-Oct-31
Peter Paine joins dealership to strengthen tractor sales Brings farming and agricultural engineering experience to sales role Landini tractor line-up “a fantastic range” for all rural enterprises.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2010-Oct-28
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 55 prime cattle, 1 young bull, 68 over thirty month cattle, 4,664 prime lambs and 7,289 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 28th October, 2010.
Lantra Search for Farming Ambassadors 2010-Oct-28
Lantra Sector Skills Council and the National Farmers’ Union (NFU) are looking for six passionate farmers in the North West to become the region’s first farming ambassadors.
Bovine Babies Take Centre Stage at Skipton
Two exhibitors achieved multiple successes at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual show of 2010-born suckled calves and 2009-born store cattle with show potential, which formed part of the fortnightly sale of over 550 head of store and breeding cattle.
David Black Award Winner Thrown In at the Deep End! 2010-Oct-28
This year's winner of the David Black Award for an important and sustained contribution to the pig industry had a slightly unconventional introduction to pig farming.
Anaerobic Specialist Joins Renewables Team
George F. White has announced that Rachel Fisher will be joining its rapidly expanding Renewables Team as Graduate Surveyor and Project Manager for gfw-Renewables.
New Skills Standards for Crofters and Smallholders
Following an extensive review of the jobs, skills and activities performed by crofters and smallholders, Lantra has announced that new National Occupational Standards are now available to use.
Practical EID Application & Winter Feeding
Last week over thirty people attended a Monitor Farm meeting held at Thistley Haugh Farm near Longhorsley. The aim of the event was to look at how winterfeed planning and electronic identification (EID) can improve profitability in farming.
Hitchen on High at Skipton Calf Show 2010-Oct-26
There was another new rearing calves champion at Skipton Auction Mart when the title at the October show fell to Calderdale dairy farmer Stephen Hitchen, of Ing Head, Ludendenfoot, Halifax, with a Limousin bull calf.
Moorhouse Milker Champ Again at Craven Dairy Auction 2010-Oct-26
Dales dairy farmer Brian Moorhouse rattled up a quickfire double when sending out back-to-back Craven Dairy Auction championship winners at the second October show and sale.
Reserve Champion Leads Dungannon Aberdeen-Angus Entry at 2,800gns 2010-Oct-26
Aberdeen-Angus bulls reached a ceiling of 2800gns and 11 lots sold to average £1871 at the native breeds show and sale, hosted by Dungannon Farmers’ Mart on Monday 25th October.
Crop Biodiversity: Use It or Lose It 2010-Oct-26
The genetic diversity of the plants that we grow and eat and their “wild relatives” could be lost forever, threatening future food security, unless special efforts are stepped up to not only conserve but also utilize them, especially in developing countries.
Hat Trick for Phil and Sharon Sellers at Countryside Live 2010-Oct-25
It was a hat trick for Phil and Sharon Sellers who took the Supreme Beef Championship at this weekend’s Countryside Live at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate.
Record Crowds for 2010 Countryside Live 2010-Oct-25
Blue skies and sunshine helped to produce a bumper crowd at the 2010 Countryside Live, with a record number of visitors through the gates.
Ritchey Launches New Range of Nutritional Supplements for Livestock 2010-Oct-25
The Exceed range of oral drenches and milk replacer powders has been designed to improve livestock performance at every stage of life.
A Future in Food, Farming and the Environment
Farming entrepreneur Anna Longthorp will share her experience of setting up as a pig farmer to careers advisors and teachers from across the region at a conference in York.
Kelton Charolais Females Bid to 7,000gns 2010-Oct-22
Charolais females met a ready demand when the Kelton herd established almost three decades ago, was dispersed by Gelston Castle Farms, Castle Douglas, in Stirling.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2010-Oct-22
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 32 prime cattle, 27 over thirty month cattle, 6,552 prime lambs and 6,228 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 21st October, 2010.
Scottish Farmers' Markets Offer a Great Deal of Quality 2010-Oct-22
Over the past ten years, Scottish Farmers' Markets have established a great reputation for offering top quality local produce, supporting local producers, boosting the local economy and helping reduce food miles.
Stirling Charolais Sell to 13,000gns 2010-Oct-22
Charolais commanded a solid trade from a packed ringside in Stirling on Wednesday 20 October where prices peaked at 13,000gns and 108 entries sold to average £4,536 at the breed society’s autumn show and sale.
National Estimates Show Record OSR Plantings
Both the level of national oilseed rape plantings and the proportion of the crop in hybrid varieties have reached modern day records this autumn, reveal industry-leading certified and farm-saved seed planting estimates compiled by Masstock SMART Farming.
CSR Comment from Jayne Carrick of gfw-Renewables 2010-Oct-21
The Government’s Spending Review reveals good news for investment in renewable energy, including commitment to the existing Feed in Tariffs (FITs) and introduction of the proposed Renewable Heat Incentives (RHIs).
Government Spending Review Comment from Andrew Jamieson 2010-Oct-20
The government spending review axe has not fallen as heavily as it was feared on the rural economy. Speculation over where the axe would fall has on the whole proved to be off target.
History Repeats Itself at Skipton Dalesbred Ram Show 2010-Oct-20
A repeat championship-winning and buying double was witnessed at the annual Dalesbred Sheep Breeders’ Association show and sale of shearling and aged rams at Skipton Auction Mart.
NFUS Urges Vigilance Against Threat of Sheep Scab
With new outbreaks of sheep scab being reported in the Aberdeenshire area, NFU Scotland is warning farmers across the whole of Scotland to be vigilant over the coming weeks and to protect their sheep stocks against possible outbreaks.
No ‘Home Sweet Home’ on the Farm, says CLA
The CLA today said a Government plan to make it easier for farmers to convert agricultural buildings into houses is just part of the solution in helping to relieve the shortage of affordable rural housing.
International Recognition for the Regional Agricultural Centre 2010-Oct-19
Beating competition from Luxembourg, Belgium and across Britain, Yorkshire's Regional Agricultural Centre (RAC) has been commended in a prestigious international awards ceremony.
Pedigree Charollais Females at Skipton 2010-Oct-19
J A & R Geldard & Sons, of Low Foulshaw Farm, Gilpin Bridge, Kendal, saw one of their ten-strong consignment of shearling ewes crowned supreme champion at the annual show and sale of pedigree Charollais females at Skipton Auction Mart.
MPs Targeted by Food-Supply Skills EDM
MPs are being asked to sign an Early Day Motion calling upon the Government to address skills shortages in the food sector and recognise the importance of the food supply sector in its policy making.
Investment at Carmarthen Feed Mill to Reduce Energy Consumption and Increase Productivity
A £250,000 investment project is currently underway at Wynnstay’s animal feed mill in Carmarthen to reduce energy consumption at the site and increase overall output capacity.
Online NVZ Guide Provides Timely Assistance for Farmers 2010-Oct-18
Valuable information for farmers affected by new Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) regulations that come into force across large areas of England and parts of north Wales and eastern Scotland on 1 January 2012 is now available online.
National Park Waxcap Survey
Northumberland National Park is conducting a survey of waxcap toadstools this autumn, and is requesting anyone intending to visit the National Park to look out for them and record any sightings.
Cattle Plague on its Deathbed 2010-Oct-15
An ambitious global effort that has brought rinderpest, a deadly cattle plague, to the brink of extinction is ending all field activities, paving the way for official eradication of the disease.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2010-Oct-14
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 32 prime cattle, 28 over thirty month cattle, 4,511 prime lambs and 6,304 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 14th October, 2010.
Priestley’s Elvis King at Skipton Pedigree Beef Fixture 2010-Oct-14
The farming families Priestley went head-to-head in the quest for championship honours with two well-bred Limousin bulls at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual Autumn pedigree event for beef breeding cattle.
Countryside Live 2010 - Already a Record Breaker!
This year’s Countryside Live is already a record breaker with more entries in the competitive classes than ever.
Ploughing Champions Will Head to Sweden
John Hill and Colin Bowen are the new British National Ploughing Champions, their victories earning them a trip to Sweden next May to the 2011 World Ploughing Contest.
Aberdeen-Angus Bulls Top at 2600gns in Carlisle
Top call at Saturday’s small offering of Aberdeen-Angus bulls in Borderway Mart, Carlisle, was a 2600gns bid.
Beef Processors Should Offer Cost Based Supply Contracts 2010-Oct-11
The National Beef Association would like more processing companies to contribute to future beef supply stability by offering cost based, supply contracts, that can capture a wide spread of well organised, professional, feeders, able to turn out large numbers of in-specification cattle over 2011 and beyond.
Three Groundbreaking Records Set by Danish Jersey Bull 2010-Oct-08
The first week of October marks groundbreaking success for Q Impuls, who hit the top spot for Danish bulls, breaking an incredible three records.
Lleyn Ram Sells for £16,000 2010-Oct-08
A Lleyn ram named Lluest King from Dylan and Emrys Jones, Lluest Lleyns, Lluest Wen, Powys sold for a breath taking £16,000 to Peter Sutton, Farm Manager of Trinidad Investments UK Ltd, Rout Farm, West Sussex.
Verity Victory Hat-Trick at Skipton Gimmer Lamb Show 2010-Oct-08
Masham sheep maestros, Nidderdale father-and-son Roland and David Verity, pulled off a remarkable hat-trick when landing the breed championship for the third year in succession at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual show and sale of 6,851 gimmer lambs.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2010-Oct-07
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 40 prime cattle, 10 over thirty month cattle, 5,381 prime lambs and 6,528 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 7th October, 2010.
Harper Adams Student Wins Wynnstay Beef Award
Tom Lingham, a BSc (Honours) Agriculture student at Harper Adams University College, has been awarded the 2010 Wynnstay Beef Award for trial work with dairy-bred bull calves.
Fell Farming Trainees Scheme Has Royal Backing
A new scheme to encourage young people to work on hill farms in Cumbria has financial backing from a fund set up by the Prince of Wales.
Countryside Live Show Jumping Has The X Factor
Entries for the new X Factor-style show jumping competition at Countryside Live have been flooding in.
Skipton Swaledale Show Success a Family Affair
Swaledale ewes and gimmer shearlings – all 4,975 of them – made their annual excursion from the northern hills for the main seasonal breed show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.
New McCormick Tractor Outlet in Ayrshire
An agricultural engineering firm based at Dundonald near Kilmarnock in Ayrshire has been appointed to represent AgriArgo UK’s McCormick tractor range in the area after a two-year break from supplying new tractors.
New Beef Line-Up Puts Cogent at the Forefront of the UK Beef Industry 2010-Oct-06
Excitingly, for the first time Cogent have gone full throttle and launched an extensive new range of beef bulls worth over £400,000.
Blue Faced Leicesters Steal show at Skipton Multi-Breed Highlight 2010-Oct-06
With seven sheep strains on show and four sales rings in action, Skipton Auction Mart’s annual multi-breed show and sale of pedigree and pure-bred rams and females again proved a highlight of the autumn calendar.
Simmental Bulls Reach 2,800gns at Dungannon
Commercial bidders were out in force at the Northern Ireland Simmental Cattle Breeders’ Club autumn sale, held at Dungannon Farmers Mart.
Fort Forté to the Fore Again at Skipton Lleyn Show
The Fort farming family retained their strong hold on both title-winning and top price honours at the annual Lleyn Sheep Society’s registered show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.
National Beef Calf Supply Stabilises 2010-Oct-04
The past year has seen an interesting turn-round in the declining trend of both overall calf births and number of calves available for beef production in Great Britain, according to the latest British Cattle Movement Service (BCMS) data analysed by EBLEX.
DeLaval AMR Wins Top EuroTier Innovation Award 2010-Oct-04
DeLaval has been awarded the EuroTier Gold Medal for its industry-first automatic milking rotary, a revolutionary automatic milking system for large herds based on a central computer.
Brecon and Radnor Suckled Calf Rearers' Farm Walk
The appeal of calves raised on their mothers' milk and on grass during the best months of the year is a crucial aspect of the Brecon and Radnor Suckled Calf Rearers' reputation for quality.
East Fourstones - an Expanding Farming Enterprise
The Armstrongs at East Fourstones near Hexham, Northumberland have expanded their farming enterprise into agricultural contracting.
South Country Cheviot Sheep at Home on the Hill
Traditional South Country Cheviot sheep have been the backbone of the enterprise at Hindhope, Jedburgh for the Elliot family which have farmed there for two centuries.
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