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Lockerbie Creamery Deal Boosts Scottish Dairy Industry 2011-Sep-30
The Scottish dairy industry has been boosted by the announcement that the farmer-owned business Milk Link is to make a £20 million investment in its Lockerbie creamery, turning it in to the largest milk-processing site in Scotland.
Getting the Business Right to Capitalise On Dairy Expansion
Cumbria’s first dairy herd expansion conference in Penrith on Thursday (September 22nd) was attended by more than 100 milk producers from the region who learned some of the issues to be tackled from key industry speakers.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2011-Sep-29
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart PLC had forward 44 prime cattle, 35 over thirty month cattle, 6,863 prime lambs and 8,623 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 29th September, 2011.
Strong Entries for Countryside Live 2011 2011-Sep-28
Livestock entries for 2011 Countryside Live have been announced, with an increase in both the cattle and sheep numbers. Cattle entries total 193, compared with last year’s figure of 183, and sheep figures have increased to 274 as against last year’s number of 252.
NFUS Asks for Changes to Flock Inspection Approach 2011-Sep-28
NFU Scotland has asked Scottish Government to consider a new approach to flock inspections that could see official visits fit around routine gatherings planned by the producer.
Hampshire Downs Set Ewe Lamb Record at Carlisle
Hampshire Down sheep met a buoyant trade and established a new 1,050gns ewe lamb breed record at the breed association’s North West Region Ewe and Ram sale on Saturday 24 September at Carlisle.
Hardy Blue Grey Cattle Thrive on Hadrian’s Wall
Traditional Blue Grey cattle have fared well for four generations of a Northumberland family whose upland farm straddles Hadrian’s Wall.
Penrith Beltex Peak at 1,500gns 2011-Sep-28
Beltex met a firm trade peaking at 1,500gns in Penrith on Wednesday 21 September at the society’s inaugural official show and sale at the centre.
Hitchen Championship Double at Skipton Rearing Calf Show
Calderdale dairyman Stephen Hitchen secured back-to-back championship successes at the September rearing calves show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.
Prime Scottish Livestock Farm on the Market
H&H Bowe have announced the opportunity to buy a prime stock rearing and finishing ring fenced farm at Kirtlebridge near Lockerbie in the heart of Dumfrieshire.
Wanted – Bright Sparks for Careers in Farming & the Rural Sector2011-Sep-26
The necessity of attracting bright, intelligent young people into rural industries, including farming, will be highlighted at a conference to be held at Askham Bryan College next month.
Prince of Powys is Lleyn King at Carlisle 2011-Sep-26
Records were broken and then smashed again in the same day at Carlisle at the fifteenth Annual Show & Sale of Registered Lleyn Sheep on Thursday 22nd September.
John Deere Updates New 8R Series Tractors
Following the introduction in spring 2011 of the new 8R Series tractors from 260 to 360hp, designed to meet European Stage IIIB emissions regulations, John Deere has announced a number of significant updates to the range for 2012.
Focus On BVD Eradication Dividend, Not Difficulties
NFU Scotland president Nigel Miller has urged cattle breeders and feeders to focus on the dividends of BVDv eradication rather than its difficulties.
Natural England Launches Free Farm Visits and Support for ELS
Natural England has launched a new service of one-to-one farm visits to help farmers in Entry Level Stewardship get the most out of their ELS agreements.
90 per cent of UK Beef Carcases Now Independently Classified
For the first time, more than 90 per cent of all beef slaughtered for the human food chain in UK abattoirs is now independently classified by experts from Meat and Livestock Commercial Services Ltd (MLCSL).
Longtown Primestock Sale 2011-Sep-22
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 67 prime cattle, 2 young bulls, 58 over thirty month cattle, 6,433 prime lambs and 7,616 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 22nd September, 2011.
Dispersal of the Wall Aberdeen Angus Herd
For anyone interested in Aberdeen Angus cattle either as an enthusiast or as a breeder, the dispersal sale of the Wall herd is a sale very definitely not to be missed.
Profitability of WWS Progeny Impresses Farmers at UK Dairy Event2011-Sep-22
The profitability of the World Wide Sires (WWS) progeny on display at the UK Dairy Event received much admiration from over 600 farmers that attended the WWS stand at the show.
Beef Shorthorn leads Morrisons Traditional Beef Scheme 2011-Sep-22
A load of Beef Shorthorn cross steers left Adziel, Strichen, Fraserburgh this week for Woodhead Bros’ Turriff plant destined as the first kill of finished cattle signed up for Morrison’s Traditional Beef Scheme launched earlier this year.
New Blood for Cogent’s Visions Young Sire Testing Programme
Cogent Breeding has boosted its Visions Young Sire Testing Programme, the leading British progeny testing system, with the appointment of Owain Harries working in a sire procurement role.
Morrisons Champions Support for Native Breeds at Skipton
Traditional and native cattle breeders are being encouraged by supermarket giant Morrisons to support a series of high profile store cattle sales across the UK – among them a standalone fixture to run alongside a major autumn beef breeding event at Skipton Auction Mart in October.
Makin Debut Championship Coup at Skipton Texel Highlight
A recent recruit to the Northern Area Texel Sheep Breeders Association made an immediate impact on his first-ever appearance at their 30th anniversary show and sale of pedigree rams and females at Skipton Auction Mart when landing supreme championship honours.
Builth Ram Sale Returns Up on Last Year 2011-Sep-20
A buoyant trade with buyers ready to pay good prices for good sheep saw a top price of 6,800 guineas paid for a Bluefaced Leicester at the main NSA Wales and Border Ram sale at the Royal Welsh Showground on Monday 19 September.
Save Fuel with the North West’s First Specific Eco-Driving Training 2011-Sep-20
With escalating fuel costs, eco-driving helps save money - and the planet - for both agricultural supply companies and private motorists.
Ireland’s James McGee and Becca lift 2011 World Sheep Dog Trials Crown 2011-Sep-20
Irish eyes were smiling when James McGee, of Ballybofey in County Donegal, was crowned world champion at the 2011 World Sheep Dog Trials - and the Irish handlers landed the overall team championship.
The Dangers of Grass Staggers 2011-Sep-19
Grazing cattle are heading towards a potentially costly time this autumn with the risk of Hypomagnesaemia (Grass Staggers) more prevalent than ever, warns James Brinicombe, R&D Director at the Denis Brinicombe Group.
Strong Demand for Lleyns at Carmarthen
With the sun shining there was a positive atmosphere around the pens at Carmarthen for the Lleyn Sheep Society sale on Thursday 15th September 2011.
Keelham Farm Shop Back on Awards Trail
A multi award-winning West Yorkshire farm shop has been shortlisted for two further high profile national and regional accolades.
High Ranking Bulls Confirm No.1 Jersey Portfolio
Cogent Breeding and UK Jerseys have confirmed the strength of their joint portfolio in the latest August 2011 Jersey bull proofs with sires dominating the No.1 positions for PLI, type, fertility, fat and legs.
Farm Machinery Sale Spans the Centuries
A Threshing Machine in full working order, rubbing shoulders with its 21st century cousin a New Holland Combine, will be amongst the sale of farm machinery to be held at Moor Leazes Farm in County Durham on 8th October.
Geldards Retain Championship at Skipton Charollais Rams Show
Cumbria-based Charollais sheep breeder Richard Geldard reigned supreme yet again at the annual British Charollais Sheep Society show and sale of commercial rams at Skipton Auction Mart.
Wesley Herd Champions in Charolais Dispersal Sale
The announcement of the dispersal sale of the Wesley Charolais Herd has been hailed by Mr David Benson Chief Executive of the Charolais Society as: “One of the best dispersal sales of Charolais that we have had for years.”
Longtown Primestock Sale 2011-Sep-15
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 46 prime cattle, 1 young bull, 30 over thirty month cattle, 5,004 prime lambs and 6,202 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 15th September, 2011.
Cameron Raises Beef Exports Issue During Russia Visit 2011-Sep-14
Beef exports from the UK to Russia were on the agenda during Prime Minister David Cameron’s visit to Moscow this week.
Plant Syence Instrumental in Expanding Fertiliser Use 2011-Sep-14
A change in the period for the application of N and P fertilisers – following the revised Statutory Instrument (SI) enacting the Nitrates Directive – has got to be good news to cereals farmers.
Easycare Sheep Society Gears up for Sales Season
The Easycare Sheep Society has high hopes for its forthcoming official sales, with the strong prime lamb and cull ewe trade leading to increased replacement ewe prices for all breeds at early season sales.
Demand High for Performance at Kelso Ram Sales
An optimistic mood at the annual Cydectin Kelso Ram Sales, on Friday 9th September, resulted in the average increasing £27 to a new record of £649 per head.
Elliotts Repeat Wensleydale Success at Skipton Native Breeds Show2011-Sep-14
Standalone shows and sales for Wensleydale and Jacob sheep were staged as part of Skipton Auction’s Mart’s annual Rare & Native Stock Breeder Auctions.
Johnsons Return to Winning Ways at Craven Dairy Auction
Raymond and Robert Johnson, of Felliscliffe, Harrogate, won their first Craven Diary Auction championship of the year with a newly calven Holstein Friesian commercial heifer at September’s opening Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart.
Demand Soars for Lleyn Sheep at Stirling 2011-Sep-13
100% of the shearling gimmers sold and hit an average of £185.97, up £43.52 on the year. Ewe lambs had the greatest improvement averaging £107.69 up a huge £46.75 on the year.
Cropper Championship and Record Price Coup at Skipton Beltex Highlight 2011-Sep-13
The growing popularity of the Beltex sheep breed, notably among Britain’s butchers for the quality, consistency and taste of meat from their prime lambs, was clearly illustrated at the Beltex Sheep Society’s 11th annual show and sale of pedigree rams and females at Skipton Auction Mart.
CropWorld Global 2011 – Just Getting Better
This year’s CropWorld Global is looking to be another exciting event for the global crop production industry.
Grange Limousin Cows Sell to 18,000gns 2011-Sep-12
The on-farm sale from the Grange pedigree Limousin herd of Mr GE Smith, Brookfield Farm, Daventry, Northants on Saturday 10th September saw a strong trade throughout with two cows at 18,000gns apiece leading the way.
Animal Health Commission Responds to Raging Fires Across Texas 2011-Sep-12
The existing wildfire situations across the state of Texas have The Texas Animal Health Commission (TAHC) emergency responders currently working in Bastrop, Travis, Cass, and Waller counties.
Kersey Herd Wins Most Improved Award for British Blue Breed
The Kersey Herd owned by R Partridge & Son Ltd of Ipswich, Suffolk has been recognised by EBLEX as the Most Improved Herd of British Blue cattle for 2011.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2011-Sep-08
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 75 prime cattle, 6 young bulls, 50 over thirty month cattle, 6,698 prime lambs and 7,416 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 8th September, 2011.
Blelack Elijah Retains All-Ireland Aberdeen Angus Championship
Senior bull Blelack Elijah has clinched the Growvite All-Ireland Aberdeen Angus Championship for the second year in succession.
Third Time Lucky for Dorset Holstein Herd
Tom King and family from Vortex Holsteins, Martinstown, Dorchester, Dorset is the winner of this year’s NMR/RABDF Gold Cup, announced at the Dairy Event and Livestock Show.
Norths Head North for Repeat Skipton Prime Lambs Success
South Yorkshire sheep farmers John and Alison North, of Fenwick, Doncaster, secured back-to-back monthly championship successes at the September prime lambs show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.
Trade Exceptional at Skipton NEMSA Opener
The overall average selling price of the 6,235 gimmer lambs presented by members of the North of England Mule Sheep Association (NEMSA) was £120.51 per head, almost £29 per head higher than the corresponding fixture last year.
Farm Apprenticeships to Bridge Generation Gap
Modern farm apprenticeships will have a crucial role in producing the next generation of skilled workers required by the Scottish farming industry if one farming company’s experience were to be widely adopted.
Even the Finest Sheep Benefit from a Makeover
A chance to see some of Wales’s finest sheep ahead of the NSA Wales & Border Ram Sales was afforded to Fellows and Associates of the Royal Agricultural Societies during their annual field day.
Significant Expansion of Calf Health Scheme in NE England
Suckler herd owners, vets and cattle auctioneers in the north east are planning a significant expansion of a calf health protection scheme, following a recent meeting of participants in Hexham.
Graduate Gets a Golden Opportunity 2011-Sep-07
Graduate Alistair Lockett has struck gold with his first job! Part of his work as conservation trainee with the North Pennines AONB Partnership is to ensure the rare golden globeflower grows successfully in the AONB’s spectacular upland hay meadows.
From Orkney to Builth Wells 2011-Sep-07
Lleyn sheep breeders Michael and Martin Cursiter will be making a 1300 mile round trip from Orkney to sell twelve of their finest rams at the NSA Wales & Border Ram Sales at the Royal Welsh Showground this month.
Rare Opportunity to Buy Heritage Breeds
If you are looking for a Castlemilk Moorit, a Derbyshire Gritstone, a Dexter Bull, or an Indian Runner, you will certainly be amongst the many people that will be at the Borderway Auction Mart on Saturday 17th September.
The Importance of Correct Nutrition at Tupping
At an exceptionally critical period in the sheep calendar, there are many issues relating to good flock management and husbandry that should be adhered to.
Lleyn Rams Sell to 10,400gns at Ruthin 2011-Sep-07
An exciting day was had by all at Ruthin this year with top prices flying out all day. Shearling ewes saw an impressive increase of £35.86 on the 2010 average with ewe lambs up £21.24.
RABDF Calls for New TB Reactor Clearance Policy
The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers has called government to immediately review its TB reactor clearance policy and introduce a market based solution.
Dairy Herd Expansion Conference 2011-Sep-06
Penrith Auction will be the venue on Thursday 22nd September 2011 from 10.30am until 3.00pm with speakers covering the many issues that farmers face when they seek to expand their dairy herds.
Saving for Your Farm: Finding the Best Savings Rates 2011-Sep-06
Every farmer knows the importance of saving when times are good to provide a financial safety net for when times are bad.
Countryfile Cameras to Roll at World Sheep Dog Trials 2011-Sep-06
Presenters Matt Baker and Helen Skelton will be present on the Friday of the event, the pinnacle for the world’s top sheep dog handlers at Lowther Estate, near Penrith.
Beltex Rams Peak at 2,500gns in Welshpool
Beltex met a solid traded selling to a top of 2,500gns in Welshpool on Thursday 1 September at the Wales and Border Beltex Club’s Welsh Premier show and sale.
EBLEX Conference to Showcase Market Opportunities for Beef and Lamb 2011-Sep-05
Domestic and global market opportunities for beef and lamb will come under the spotlight at this year’s EBLEX annual conference.
Ramming Home the EBV Message 2011-Sep-05
Friday 9th September sees the Kelso Ram Sales and Simon Bainbridge who runs Northumberland’s Monitor Farm, at Donkin Rigg, tells us what he will be looking for when he selects his Tups for the Autumn.
New Appointments at John Deere Limited
Several new Langar-based appointments have been announced by John Deere Limited, as part of the streamlining of the UK and Ireland business to be more focused on sales and dealer development.
Countryside Career Opportunities2011-Sep-05
If you have ever thought about pursuing a career in the countryside, then a special event held in Harrogate next month (October) should appeal.
Longtown Primestock Sale 2011-Sep-01
The Cumberland & Dumfriesshire Farmers Mart P.L.C. had forward 57 prime cattle, 3 young bulls, 42 over thirty month cattle, 5,163 prime lambs and 6,092 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 1st September, 2011.
Encouraging Combinable Crop Margin Prospects for 2012 2011-Sep-01
Combinable crop margin prospects for the coming season are markedly more encouraging than 2011 estimates ahead of last autumn’s planting, according to the latest Masstock SMART Farming crop budgets.
John Deere Installs Titan FuelMaster Fuel Tanks at Head Office
John Deere, the market-leading supplier of tractors and agricultural machinery to the British and Irish farming community, has installed two Titan FuelMaster 5000 litre tanks at its head office in Langar, Nottingham.
H&H Bowe Finds Winning Formula in Young Farmers 2011-Sep-01
H&H Bowe Limited, the H&H Group's specialist Chartered Surveyors and Land Agents have developed an on-going relationship with Young Farmers in Cumbria and the North of England.
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