VETS have reported what is believed to be the first ever UK case of the deadly MRSA bug in pigs.
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SUFFOLK ram lambs were a strong trade at the Northern Area Sale, Stirling, on Friday (25 July), with prices hitting 20,000gns three times and the average rising by £366.09 on the previous year’s sale to £2,237.97 for 145 lambs sold.
This year Farmers Guardian and the NSA have teamed up to run the first Sheep Event video competition. The five short-listed entrants were interviewed by Wendy Short.
The NIAB TAG and HGCA open days provided opportunities for growers to compare recent Recommended List additions and established varieties. Georgina Haigh reports.
?If you are considering entering the agronomy industry, are advising and selling agrochemicals or simply want to increase your farm management knowledge, you will need to take the BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection. We talk to the current holder of the BASIS Barrie Orme Shield, Mark Fletcher, on what you should expect.
Approaching retirement, Scottish farmer Jock Rome opted against bowing out and enjoying time out. Instead he decided to use the time to diversify and build a farm shop – the result of 10 years in the making.
Shows and events
AFTER three days of judging more than 3,000 sheep across more than 40 breeds in blazing heat, it was a Charollais which took top honours in the sheep section for the second year running.
FG Food Guru
For July’s FG food guru, machinery editor, James Rickard has taken advantage of the sunshine by setting up an impressive barbeque on a nearby farm to bring us sirloin steak sandwiches with smoky relish.
NSA Sheep 2014
THE 2014 NSA Sheep Event at Malvern on July 30 is promising to be bigger and better than ever. In the run up to the event, make your vote count by taking part in our stockjudging and video competition running throughout the month!
The vet column
Whatever the market conditions for sheep, the returns will always be greater if the flock is healthy. Louise Hartley asks John Macfarlane for his advice on making sure vaccinations are stored properly and administered correctly.
Daily weather forecasts
DON'T miss our in-depth weather forecast presented by Simon Keeling at lunch time each day, aimed to give the most up-to-date farmers weather service available.