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Longtown Primestock Sale 2011-Mar-31
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 64 prime cattle, 5 young bulls, 29 over thirty month cattle, 4,893 prime hoggs and 3,749 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 31st March, 2011.
Calf Scheme Figures Good News for Beef Herd
NFU Scotland has welcomed confirmation that Scotland’s beef herd is on the rise following an increase in successful claims made to the Scottish Beef Calf Scheme (SBCS).
John Deere Introduces Raven SmartBoom
John Deere has introduced the new Raven SmartBoom, which offers a GPS automatic boom section control option to customers buying or owning basic specification sprayers.
Cattle Expert Takes on Scottish Role with H&H
Beef cattle expert Neil Caul has joined Harrison & Hetherington in a new role as sales development manager in Scotland.
Showtime at Skipton for Early Ewes and Lambs
Skipton Auction Mart’s annual show and sale of ‘early’ ewes with lambs at foot saw local vendor James Drake, of Carleton, exhibit the first prize pen of five Mule ewes, all with twins, sold at £165 per outfit to David Pawson, of Billinge, Blackburn.
Skipton’s Showpiece Limousin Double-Header
The countdown is on to Skipton Auction Mart’s annual Limousin fixture in May, staged in conjunction with the North East Limousin Breeders Club.
Anthrax Case Confirmed in Texas 2011-Mar-31
The first case of anthrax in Texas livestock for 2011 has been detected on a ranch in Hill County near Whitney. The Texas Animal Health Commission has quarantined the premise after one cow tested positive for the reportable disease.
Outstanding Friesian Sire Now Available Sexed
Skyhigh Lord, the outstanding British Friesian sire from Cogent Breeding is now available sexed.
Aberdeen Angus Semen Exported to Sweden
A substantial consignment of semen from the Scottish-bred Aberdeen Angus stock bull, Wedderlie Net Profit E916, has been exported to the Yxskaftkalens pedigree herd based in Sweden.
Carrot Clip Cuts Sclerotinia Risk 2011-Mar-30
New techniques and fungicide strategies to help carrot growers achieve more effective Sclerotinia control were addressed at a Syngenta Carrot Agronomy Update meeting at Newark Showground in Nottinghamshire.
Docility EBV for Limousin Cattle is First in UK
A new docility breeding value to help breeders and buyers of Limousin cattle is being launched for beef producers in the UK for the first time.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2011-Mar-24
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 56 prime cattle, 4 young bulls, 24 over thirty month cattle, 6,661 prime hoggs and 4,524 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 24th March, 2011.
Welsh Judge Praises 2011 Irish National Holstein Show 2011-Mar-24
A fantastic event with an awesome second calver class was how Welsh judge, Bev Baker, described the 2011 Irish National Holstein Show, held at the Pedigree Sales Arena, Moira.
Pig Producer Confidence at an All Time Low
Not unsurprisingly, pig producer confidence is at an all time low even compared with the dark days of 2008. But that lack is not reflected in other areas of the industry according to the latest confidence survey by BPEX.
Food Security: the Most Important Issue of the Day
With the security of the food chain threatened by the nuclear crisis in Japan, continued unrest in the Arab world and today’s announcement that inflation is now at 4.4%, the 3rd Rural Practice Conference hosted by H&H Bowe could not have been better timed.
Crisp Cow Champion at Craven Dairy Auction
Yorkshire Dales dairyman Robert Crisp, of Nelson Farm, Calton, added to a growing list of past Craven Dairy Auction successes when awarded the overall championship at the March fixture.
Aquila Patron Lucente EX94 Dies
Aquila Patron Lucente EX94, one of Cogent Breeding’s original founding bulls, died 11 March 2011 at a notable 13 years of age.
Sowrays’ Double at Skipton Calf Show 2011-Mar-23
The Sowray brothers, Peter and Shaun, from Bowes Green Farm, Bishop Thornton, Harrogate, added another Skipton Auction Mart calf championship to their growing tally when sending out the victor at the annual Spring show of rearing calves.
Global Wheat Production to Increase in 2011
FAO's first forecast for world wheat production in 2011 stands at 676 million tonnes, representing a growth of 3.4 percent from 2010, the March 2011 edition of the Crop Prospects and Food Situation report said today.
Scottish Breeder Pays €10,400 at Roscommon Simmental Sale 2011-Mar-22
Topping the trade at the official Irish Simmental Society’s Premier show and sale in Roscommon, on Saturday 19th March 2011, was the October 2009-born bull Clonagh A Super Star from Garrett Behan, Portloaise.
New Service Blows Away Doubts on Generating Income from Solar and Wind Energy 2011-Mar-22
Owners of land and buildings from pony paddocks to industrial units could miss out on income from solar and wind power due to a lack of understanding of the various options available.
UK Producers Set to Benefit from Beef Numbers Game 2011-Mar-22
A declining global beef production leading to increased exports and reduced imports to the UK augurs well for British cattle breeders - and finishers - believes Harrison & Hetherington sales director Scott Donaldson.
End of an Era at Hilltara as Medway Supreme Maude Dies 2011-Mar-21
One of the most legendary pedigree Holstein cows of all time, Medway Supreme Maude EX97 (8E) 19*, has died. She was almost 19 years of age.
GDVI Scanning Highlights Modern Hybrid OSR Vigour Advantages 2011-Mar-21
The best modern hybrid oilseed rape varieties have come through one of the toughest winters on record with markedly better and more consistent canopies than their pure line contemporaries.
John Deere Tractor Now in Two-Wheel Drive
John Deere has added a new two-wheel drive model to the 5E range of utility tractors. The 55hp open station 5055E is the only model in the range offered with 2WD, but otherwise features the same specifications as the 4WD 5055E, 5065E and 5075E models.
Hexham YFC Calf Wintering Competition 2011-Mar-21
Hexham & Northern Marts hosted their Third Annual Young Farmers Calf Wintering Competition at Hexham Auction Mart on Thursday 17th and Friday 18th March 2011.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2011-Mar-17
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 45 prime cattle, 30 over thirty month cattle, 4,921 prime hoggs and 5,049 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 17th March, 2011.
Michael Aynsley – Just Champion 2011-Mar-17
A renowned and highly respected farmer from Rothbury, Northumberland, Michael Aynsley from The Lee Farm, will be the Northern Farmer ‘Champion of Champions’ judge in the spotlight at this year’s Northumberland County Show.
Top Dogs on Parade at Craven Charity Trial
Top dogs due to run in the World Sheep Dog Trials in Cumbria in September will be put through their paces by their renowned handlers in a warm-up charity trial in Craven mid-May.
Increased Incentive for More Green Power
Over 80 people attended a seminar on rural issues hosted by H&H Bowe in Lockerbie last week. Attendees who included farmers, local residents and businesses shared the common aim of finding out more about how they could benefit from creating their own renewable energy.
First Beef Shorthorn Sire Selected for YBPS
Dunsyre Cavalier is the first Beef Shorthorn bull to be selected for the EBLEX’s Young Bull Promotion Scheme following nomination by the Beef Shorthorn Cattle Society’s council.
UK No.1 Shottle Son Now Available Sexed
The UK’s No.1 PLI Shottle son, Cogent Twist, is now available sexed and joins Cogent Breeding’s high profile portfolio of leading sexed bulls.
Large Entry for New Format Borderway Continental Stores Event 2011-Mar-14
One of the largest consignments for Harrison & Hetherington’s annual special show and sale of continental store cattle in Carlisle on Saturday March 26th comes from Herries Farms, Glencaple, Dumfries.
Plan Ahead to Manage Future Feed Cost Risks
With concentrate prices looking set to remain uncomfortably high throughout the year, beef and sheep producers should plan ahead as early as possible this spring and summer to manage their feed cost risks next winter.
Fantastic Show of Calves at Hexham 2011-Mar-14
Hexham & Northern Marts at their Special March Prize Show & Sale of Store Cattle & Suckled Calves had forward an increased entry on the year of 1196 head on Friday 11th March 2011.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2011-Mar-10
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 67 prime cattle, 26 over thirty month cattle, 5,457 prime hoggs and 6,170 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 10th March, 2011.
Wighill Manor Lodges - A New Farm Diversification Business 2011-Mar-09
Wighill Manor Lodges is a new farm diversification business which is ‘ticking all the right boxes’ for Carl Redfearn and his family: an additional source of income with good financial returns from day one; minimal time commitment and a secure long-term business on the farm for future generations.
Closing the Gender Gap in Agriculture 2011-Mar-08
If women in rural areas had the same access to land, technology, financial services, education and markets as men, agricultural production could be increased and the number of hungry people reduced by 100-150 million.
2011 Soil Nitrogen Supply Looks Low 2011-Mar-08
The total amount of Nitrogen that crops can expect to get from the soil in 2011 is similar to 2010, which was itself a lower than average year.
Solid Demand for Dungannon Charolais Peaking at 5,200gns 2011-Mar-08
Charolais bulls met a solid demand from commercial producers selling to a top of 5,200gns in Dungannon on Friday 4 March at the breed’s NI Club spring show and sale.
British Blondes National Herd Competition 2010
The British Blonde society held their presentation dinner at Carlisle for the presentation of the results of the 2010 National herd competition.
East of England Smithfield Festival Announces Judges for 2011 2011-Mar-07
Further to last week’s announcement of their intention to work together to create a new winter stock event, the East of England Agricultural Society and the Royal Smithfield Club have now named the judges for this year’s event.
Beef Expo 2011 to Host Expanded Prime Spectacular
Beef Expo 2011, organised by the National Beef Association with Lloyds TSB as the main sponsor, will this year play host to an expanded National Spring Spectacular Show, with unhaltered prime cattle classes joining the usual haltered classes.
Farmers Benefit from First Farming Forum
This week over 50 North East farmers attended the first George F. White Farming Forum in Association with Newcastle University at Kirkley Hall, Northumberland.
Northumberland County Show Schedules Released
The North East’s largest single annual visitor event, Northumberland County Show, has now opened its doors to entries for hundreds of competitive classes.
Strong Land Values Continue in 2011
Despite the economic downtown, farmland prices are expected to rise substantially in 2011 as the supply and demand imbalance of 2010 continues.
Energetic Ben Takes the Helm at gfw-Renewables
For Ben Collard to be the recently appointed Director at gfw-Renewables is particularly apt. Ben not only lives and breathes Renewable Energy in this high profile post, but with his enthusiasm for fast paced sport, he appears to have harnessed some renewable energy for himself along the way.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2011-Mar-03
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 57 prime cattle, 35 over thirty month cattle, 6,017 prime hoggs and 6,242 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 3rd March, 2011.
No Substitute for Good Agronomy 2011-Mar-02
When it comes to fertiliser agronomy, timing and spreading are relatively easy to manage but selecting the optimum N rate can be more difficult.
£1m Available for Farmers and Growers… Any Takers? 2011-Mar-02
More than £1 million is available for Yorkshire and Humber’s farmers, foresters and growers to help them improve the competitiveness of their business through skills and business development over the next year.
Beware Flawed Agricultural Building Design
An Agricultural Buildings Show seminar aims to raise awareness of the good, the bad & the ugly of building design.
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