Machinery news

Sprayer demonstation

CropTec: New spraying innovations demonstrated Video

28 November 2014

Now in its second year, CropTec has become the place to be for sprayer operators to test drive and compare the latest machines. James Rickard looks at some of the crowd pullers.

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Arable news


Project to develop ‘intelligent’ application of nitrogen and PGRs

28 November 2014

?A consortium of UK businesses led by GrowHow UK has been awarded funding to support the development of an automated system for the precision application of nitrogen fertiliser and plant growth regulators (PGRs).

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Livestock features

Thorpe Farm

Dairy: Dealing with change after robots installed

Installing robots has meant a different approach to managing cows at Thorpe Farm. Chloe Palmer finds out how the herd and family are adapting to a new system.

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Livestock sales

Bassett Icon

Charolais sell to 6,000gns at Carlisle

25 November 2014

THE last Charolais bull sale of the season peaked at 6,000gns at Carlisle for the day’s supreme champion, Bassett Icon, a 20-month-old by Harestone Dominator and out of a home-bred dam from Jean Atkinson, Malton. The buyer was J.S. Gargett, Barnard Castle.

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Renewables: Choosing the right maize varieties to boost AD production

?FARMERS growing maize as feedstock for anaerobic digestion (AD) can benefit from new independent data on the quality attributes of varieties to make a more informed variety choice and increase methane output.

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In your field

Phil Latham

Phil Latham: Science and shattered dreams at TB conference, and cheers to Coca-Cola's new drink

Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend a meeting hosted by the NFU which brought nearly 80 farmers together to hear the latest on TB science.

My farming week

David Lawrie

My Farming Week: David Lawrie, Kinross

November 28, 2014

AgriScot: We had a successful show at AgriScot last week, taking a couple of prizes including the champion Ayrshire – third calver, Cuthill Towers White Patch 11. 

Getting started

RASE Next Gen conference

Aspiring sheep farmers are told 'Don't be afraid to ask for money',

27 November 2014

Practical advice to inspire the next generation of sheep farmers was the aim of a one-day event organised by the National Sheep Association (NSA) Next Generation programme and the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) Innovation for Agriculture initiative. FG takes a look at the highlights.

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Bird flu analysis


Can the UK protect itself from bird flu spread?

27 November 2014

As the devastating bird flu virus sweeps across Europe, Olivia Midgley looks at the threat it poses to the UK farming industry.

Nuffield conference

A report this week has moved agriculture away from being the ‘fall guy’ of antimicrobial resistance.

Nuffield scholars bring home lessons to benefit UK farming

28 November 2014

THE annual Nuffield Farming Conference saw the latest crop of scholars present their research findings following a period of international travel on a variety of chosen topics. Olivia Midgley reports from Ashford, Kent.

Shows and events

Bull calf champion

Strong entry for Black Beauty Bonanza

26 November 2014

THE Black Beauty Bonanza organised by the North East Aberdeen-Angus Club held at the Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, attracted a strong entry of 94 pedigree Aberdeen-Angus calves and yearlings which were judged by Jim McMillan Brechin.

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Browse all our pictures from this year's county shows, events and livestock sales. See one you like? Prints are available from 12"x8" or larger.

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The vet column

Vet's View: Vaccinating cattle safely and effectively

27 November 2014

Research performed by the University of Nottingham and DairyCo highlight areas which can be improved to make vaccines work more effectively. Louise Hartley gets the top tips from Dutch vet Wendela Wapenaar.

Daily weather forecasts


New video online daily

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.