Farmers Guardian
April 10th 2009

  • £1.3bn Government business loan scheme

    6 April 2009

    FARM businesses will no longer be exempt from the Government’s £1.3 billion Enterprise Finance Guarantee Scheme, guaranteeing credit for businesses struggling with the recession.

  • £850,000 grassland farm

    10 April 2009

    PENTWYN Farm at Little Mill, Usk, a 27.5-hectare (68-acre) grassland farm with a five bedroom house and a pair of holiday cottages, grossed more than £850,000 when it was auctioned last week.

  • Agriculture in the national news

    6 April 2009

    A DAILY look at how agriculture has hit the headlines across the country (Monday, April 6).

  • Agriculture in the national news

    9 April 2009

    A DAILY look at how agriculture has hit the headline across the country (Thursday, April 9).

  • Agriculture in the national news

    8 April 2009

    A DAILY round-up of how agriculture has hit the headlines across the country (Wednesday, April 8).

  • Agriculture in the national news

    7 April 2009

    A DAILY look at how agriculture has hit the headlines across the country (April 7).

  • Also new to the market

    10 April 2009

    First anthelmintic class sheep drench in 25 years

  • Antipodean shearers stuck in limbo

    10 April 2009

    STRICTER new immigration rules governing New Zealand and Australian sheep shearers coming into the UK have been slammed as ‘fast descending into farce’.

  • April readers' gallery

    15 April 2009

  • Aquamat borehole pump

    April 10th 2009

    FARMERS using a borehole or well for their water supply may be interested in the Aquamat from Dureble.

  • Arla cuts milk price 1ppl from May

    6 April 2009

    ARLA Foods’ May 1 producer price cut of 1ppl – it follows a 2ppl January reduction – had drawn strong criticism from producers’ representatives.

  • Arla cuts milk price 1ppl from May

    6 April 2009

    ARLA Foods’ May 1 producer price cut of 1ppl – it follows a 2ppl January reduction – had drawn strong criticism from producers’ representatives.

  • Beef consumption defies recession

    6 April 2009

    DOMESTIC beef consumption continues to defy the recession.

  • Beef consumption defies recession

    6 April 2009

    DOMESTIC beef consumption continues to defy the recession.

  • Beef consumption defies recession

    6 April 2009

    DOMESTIC beef consumption continues to defy the recession.

  • Benn launches plan to improve skills in farming

    6 April 2009

    DEFRA Secretary Hilary Benn has pledged support to plans to improve the skills base in the farming industry.

  • Best quality cattle make over £2,000

    9 April 2009

    BEST quality cattle easily made over £2,000 at Gisburn auction mart’s April show and sale.

  • Biodiversity indicators show rare breeds on rise

    April 10th 2009

    RARE breed cattle and sheep numbers are on the up according to Defra’s UK biodiversity study published this week.

  • Bishop Burton duo on course for award

    April 10th 2009

    A PAIR of Bishop Burton College students have been praised for their ‘determination and motivation’ after winning the City and Guilds Medals for Excellence.

  • Bluetongue headache for Scotland

    8 April 2009

    EUROPEAN legislation on bluetongue must be tightened says NFU Scotland.

  • Bluetongue headache for Scotland

    8 April 2009

    EUROPEAN legislation on bluetongue must be tightened says NFU Scotland.

  • BOCM workers launch 'save our mill' campaign

    8 April 2009

    REDUNDANCY threatened workers at the BOCM Pauls Denbigh mill in North Wales are fighting back – with massive farmer support.

  • Bongo-playing vets in ‘motivational’ sessions

    9 April 2009

    HUNDREDS of Government vets were taken away from the fight to control bovine TB to attend a series of one-day conferences which included bongo-playing sessions.

  • Boosting maize quality

    10 April 2009

    STARCH, dry matter and sugar contents in maize can be boosted with Umostart ZN from Sipcam.

  • Breed societies pay tribute to the Royal Show

    14 April 2009

    LEADING breed societies have paid tribute to the Royal Show following the news the show is to close for good after the 2009 event.

  • British Blue store bull reaches £810 at Wharfedale

    10 April 2009

    THE championship at Wharfedale Farmers auction mart’s spring show and sale of store cattle went to a British Blue bull from Willie and Mark Keighley, Castley, Otley.

  • Call for specific genotype handling for pigs

    9 April 2009

    Simon Wragg and Katie Lomas continue their report from the British Society of Animal Science’s (BSAS) annual conference.

  • Capable of coping with hard work

    April 10th 2009

    Devon contractor Kelvin Luxton took delivery of his XTX145 in September 2008 from his dealer Beares of Stoke Canon, near Exeter, and he too, has rarely let the engine get cold.

  • Champion spring lamb tops 255p/kg at Brockholes Arms

    9 April 2009

    A top price of 255p/kg (£102 per head) was achieved for spring lambs at the Farmers Guardian-sponsored show and sale at Brockholes Arms auction mart this week.

  • Children want more freedom to play out

    9 April 2009

    CHILDREN would like more freedom to play in the countryside but are prevented by nervous parents who are too scared to let them go out alone, according to new research.

  • Claim SPS online to cut the hassle

    7 April 2009

    For the first time, all farmers in England with internet access can submit their Single Payment Scheme (SPS) applications using the Government’s electronic channel. It means less worry, errors and cost, plus less form filling.

  • Claim SPS online to cut the hassle

    7 April 2009

    FOR the first time, all farmers in England with internet access can submit their Single Payment Scheme (SPS) applications using the Government’s electronic channel. It means less worry, errors and cost, plus less form filling.

  • Climate Change Levy could save growers thousands - NFU

    7 April 2009

    GROWERS are being urged to ensure they are not missing out on the chance to save thousands of pounds through the Climate Change Levy (CCL) agreement.

  • Clostridial vaccine

    10 April 2009

    A VACCINE protecting cattle and sheep from clostridial diseases is being promoted by Intervet/ Schering-Plough Animal Health.

  • Cold weather fails to halt rust infection

    9 April 2009

    RUST infections are starting to appear in winter wheat crops in some areas, growers are being advised.

  • Consider factors over optimum drilling dates and maturity class

    10 April 2009

    Drilling forage maize in late April and early May does not have to be restricted to varieties in NIAB maturity class 10 or 11, says Nigel Padbury of NK.

  • Construction will continue despite the trading slump

    April 10th 2009

    IMPROVING existing facilities, developing new buildings and diversifying for alternative use were some of the reasons around 1,000 farmers attended yesterday's (Tuesday, April 7), Agricultural Buildings Show at Myerscough College in Lancashire. Mervyn Bailey and Danusia Osiowy report.

  • Construction will continue despite the trading slump

    April 10th 2009

    IMPROVING existing facilities, developing new buildings and diversifying for alternative use were some of the reasons around 1,000 farmers attended yesterday's (Tuesday, April 7), Agricultural Buildings Show at Myerscough College in Lancashire. Mervyn Bailey and Danusia Osiowy report.

  • Cranswick acquires Bowes pork processing business

    8 April 2009

    CRANSWICK, the Yorkshire-based food manufacturer, is to acquire the pork processing business of Bowes of Norfolk Limited for cash funded from existing bank facilities, subject to clearance from the UK Competition Authorities.

  • Cranswick acquires Bowes pork processing business

    8 April 2009

    CRANSWICK, the Yorkshire-based food manufacturer, is to acquire the pork processing business of Bowes of Norfolk Limited for cash funded from existing bank facilities, subject to clearance from the UK Competition Authorities.

  • Cutting time and costs with pumped delivery

    10 April 2009

    JUST how effective are electric fuel transfer pumps and filtration systems? Farmers Guardian put Spaldings’ latest high-flow system to the test and was pleasantly surprised by the results. Geoff Ashcroft reports.

  • Dairy Farmers of Britain cuts 2.2ppl off milk price

    8 April 2009

    IN a shock announcement today (Wednesday, April 8), Dairy Farmers of Britain told producers it was cutting 2.2ppl off their milk price from April 1.

  • Dairy Farmers of Britain cuts 2.2ppl off milk price

    8 April 2009

    IN a shock announcement today (Wednesday, April 8), Dairy Farmers of Britain told producers it was cutting 2.2ppl off their milk price from April 1.

  • Defra looks for way out on unsold bluetongue vaccines

    9 April 2009

    DEFRA could be forced to destroy, or even give away, millions of doses of bluetongue vaccine after poor uptake by farmers has left millions of bottles languishing on the shelves.

  • Defra pushing for compulsory insurance

    10 April 2009

    DEFRA still believes a compulsory animal health insurance scheme could be made to work, despite the apparent rejection of the idea by the insurance industry.

  • Dreams for a quality sausage become a reality

    April 10th 2009

    THE combination of a hot air balloon, foot-and-mouth and the popularity battle between bacon and sausages, has transformed a kitchen recipe into a multi-million pound business. Angela Calvert meets Debbie and Andrew Keeble to discover their journey of change.

  • Early season grazing is looking promising

    10 April 2009

    EARLY season grazing prospects look encouraging and good management at turnout should help maintain grass quality during peak growth. Good ground conditions and dry, warm weather seem to be the norm across the UK and initial observations suggest grazing fields are in excellent shape.

  • EID costs could top £109m

    9 April 2009

    THE cost of implementing sheep and goat electronic identification in just four of the EU’s 27 member states could total an astonishing £109 million, the Farmers Union of Wales has revealed.

  • EID costs could top £109m

    9 April 2009

    THE cost of implementing sheep and goat electronic identification in just four of the EU’s 27 member states could total an astonishing £109 million, the Farmers Union of Wales has revealed.

  • English working dogs results

    10 April 2009

    YORKSHIRE, Trawden Showfield, Trawden, Colne, Lancashire, (59 ran, T. Smith, Colden) Novice, 1, A. Salisbury (Riddlesden) Hemp, 86 of 90; 2, J. Wood (Lindley Moor) May, 81; 3, S. Cropper (Deerplay) Boss, 79; 4, B. Liddle (Felliscliffe) Fly, 78, OLF; 5, J. Read (Louth) Jess, 78; 6, K. Cropper (Shap) Scrum, 77.

  • Extra weight of XTX145 improves its pulling power

    April 10th 2009

    McCormick’s XTX145 replaced the MTX150, packing more weight, improved features and a more sophisticated transmission. Geoff Ashcroft sought the views of users in Wales and Devon, to see how this middleweight machine performs.

  • Family farms need help to survive

    7 April 2009

    THE survival of the family farm, the traditional lifeblood of the British countryside, is under threat.

  • Farm Buildings Handbook relaunched

    April 10th 2009

    THE Farm Buildings Handbook has relaunched at the Agricultural Building Show.

  • Farmers warned over rise in rustling

    8 April 2009

    FARMERS are being warned to be on their guard after a spate of rustling in recent weeks which have seen tens of thousands of pounds of animals stolen from UK farms.

  • Fischer Boel hears farmers concerns over LFA review

    6 April 2009

    SCOTTISH farmers have left the EU in no doubt that they will not accept sweeping changes to the Less Favoured Area (LFA) support scheme when it comes under review later this month.

  • Foliar growth stimulant can bring returns of 10:1

    10 April 2009

    COB yields in forage maize crops were increased by an average of 2.5 tonnes per hectare (1 tonne per acre) with a new foliar growth stimulant from Alltech, generating in excess of a 10:1 return on investment.

  • Folio Gold approval gives growers two-season cheer

    10 April 2009

    GROWERS will have access to supplies of mefenoxam metalaxyl-M for at least the next two seasons, following changes in the label approval for Folio Gold.

  • 'Fortress mentality' to keep disease out

    9 April 2009

    IN CONTRAST to the deteriorating situation in England and Wales, Scotland saw just 12 new confirmed bTB cases in 2008 – a reduction of 16 per cent on the previous year.

  • French farmers’ bluetongue protest day

    10 April 2009

    FRENCH farmers launched a protest against the country’s compulsory vaccination plan last week, potentially putting UK farms at risk as they refused to vaccinate their stock.

  • Frontier’s magical million

    10 April 2009

    FRONTIER Agriculture has reached the milestone of one million tonnes of grain exported in this crop year.

  • FUW call for quota debate

    9 April 2009

    THE Farmers Union of Wales is called for a national debate on the impact of abolishing milk quotas on the dairy industry.

  • GM food still a major concern for UK consumers

    7 April 2009

    THE British public remains cautious about GM foods, according to a review of recent consumer research published by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

  • GM food still a major concern for UK consumers

    7 April 2009

    THE British public remains cautious about GM foods, according to a review of recent consumer research published by the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

  • Grain drill cuts maize establishment costs

    10 April 2009

    Establishing forage maize traditionally involves a contractor, or investing in a precision drill – but use of a grain drill is also an option. JANE CARLEY reports.

  • Harper Adams principal delivers his final speech

    April 10th 2009

    HARPER Adams students filled a room to listen to their principal’s final speech in the last of this year’s regular forum events.

  • Helping hands

    8 April 2009

    SEVEN volunteers dedicated to supporting farmers and families experiencing difficulties have been established by Farm Crisis Network to cover Warwickshire.

  • Highland’s record turnover

    9 April 2009

    THE Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland has announced a record turnover of over £6 million in 2008.

  • How the Case IH CVX195 performed

    10 April 2009

  • Improving feed efficiency

    10 April 2009

    ADDING a feed supplement based on a blend of essential oil compounds can improve feed efficiency and margins in beef units, according to an on-farm assessment carried out by the Denis Brinicombe group.

  • Key factors in variety choice

    10 April 2009

    WHEN faced with a ‘bewildering list’ of maize varieties, farmers should think about how the forage will be used in feed rations and choose a variety with nutrition requirements in mind.

  • Lambs hit £161 a head at Chelford Easter sale

    10 April 2009

    AROUND 165 new season lambs were forward at Chelford last week for the Easter lamb show and sale.

  • Learning livestock lessons 'on the hoof' can prove so costly

    10 April 2009

    WHEN wannabe pig farmer Nicholas Stickings began dealing in pigs, no-one would have predicted his choice would result in a £14,500 fine and a disqualification from owning, keeping, dealing in, or transporting pigs for 10 years.

  • Less land could deliver the same environmental benefits

    10 April 2009

    ENGLAND’S farmers may only have to remove 62,000 hectares (153,140 acres) of farmland from production in order to recapture the environmental benefits delivered by set-aside land.

  • Lewis leads way as Pembrokeshire and Powys dominate

    10 April 2009

    FARMERS from Powys and Pembrokeshire have dominated the top placings in this year’s Federation of Welsh Grassland Societies all-Wales big bale and clamp silage competitions.

  • Limousin and Charolais similar in finishing stakes

    9 April 2009

    Simon Wragg and Katie Lomas continue their report from the British Society of Animal Science’s (BSAS) annual conference.

  • Liz’s royal deal

    9 April 2009

    ACTRESS Liz Hurley will provide organic chickens to Prince Charles as part of a new business partnership in farming.

  • Loaghtans pass the test

    9 April 2009

    THE Isle of Man’s Manx Loaghtan Lamb has passed its first official Product of Designated Origin (PDO) status inspection since gaining PDO status last April.

  • Make every drilled seed count

    April 10th 2009

    A survey of maize drilling practices has revealed current practices need to change to avoid seed being left on the surface and dust emission from drills.

  • Mixing piglets can impact on growth rates

    9 April 2009

    Simon Wragg and Katie Lomas continue their report from the British Society of Animal Science’s (BSAS) annual conference.

  • More choice for cladding

    April 10th 2009

    WITH the advent of composite materials and recent advances in metal coating technology, farmers are now able to access a wide variety of metal cladding systems to suit their building specifications.

  • More should be done to encourage new entrants into agricultural industry

    9 April 2009

    In his 16 years as principal of Norfolk’s Easton College, David Lawrence has seen some big changes in agricultural education and alterations are continuing at the college with a £22 million project to update its teaching and sporting facilities. Clemmie Gleeson reports.

  • More trials needed to prove optimum rates for maize N application

    10 April 2009

    The response of forage maize to different levels of nitrogen fertiliser is variable and shows more trial work needs to be done to establish optimum application rates.

  • Muck and Maize

    10 April 2009

    READ our Muck and Maize special feature including a look at how farmers can give their maize crops a lift this year with a late application of slurry, consider other factors over optimum drilling dates and maturity class for maize and more.

  • National Trust beef earns a premium for tenant farmers

    April 10th 2009

    NATIVE cattle reared on National Trust tenanted farms in Cumbria are earning a premium for finishers and are being marketed as traditional breed, dry-aged beef in a new initiative by regional supermarket Booths.

  • National Trust beef earns a premium for tenant farmers

    April 10th 2009

    NATIVE cattle reared on National Trust tenanted farms in Cumbria are earning a premium for finishers and are being marketed as traditional breed, dry-aged beef in a new initiative by regional supermarket Booths.

  • Negative effects of 'steaming up' dairy cows

    9 April 2009

    Simon Wragg and Katie Lomas continue their report from the British Society of Animal Science’s (BSAS) annual conference.

  • New course to drive the dairy industry forward

    April 10th 2009

    REASEHEATH College has been given the go-ahead for a multi-million pound dairy training project, with the aim of producing world-class staff for the future of the UK’s dairy industry.

  • NFU and lawyers ponder House of Lords appeal over tabular valuations

    10 April 2009

    LEGAL representatives of Devon farmer David Partridge and the NFU met this week to discuss whether to try and take the legal battle over the tabular valuations to the House of Lords.

  • Nmax warning a chance to make better use of slurry

    10 April 2009

    Around 70 per cent of forage maize growers would exceed nitrogen limits laid down in the new Nmax regulations (part of the NVZ rules) if they followed recommended crop husbandry practice, according to John Morgan of Creedy Associates.

  • Normal trade returns to Argentina cattle market after disputes

    10 April 2009

    LAST week, a total of 47,467 cattle passed through the Liniers market, Buenos Aries, as more normal trade returned after the farmers’ disputes:

  • Norwegian Reds come out top in reproduction trials

    9 April 2009

    Simon Wragg and Katie Lomas continue their report from the British Society of Animal Science’s (BSAS) annual conference.

  • Novice Hemp’s clean pen finish seals Alison’s triple triumph

    10 April 2009

    ALISON Salisbury and Hemp were the winners of the annual Yorkshire Novice trial held on Saturday, while Tom Lawrenson won the nursery class with Ben.

  • O-Bee Manfred retains top spot in bull proofs

    10 April 2009

    AS proof runs go, this week's launch by DairyCo breeding+ rates as one of the most exciting for years.

  • Online historic site advice

    9 April 2009

    A NEW online consultancy service has launched to offer advice to those involved with, or occupying, old property and historic sites.

  • Openfield targets 3m tonnes within two years

    10 April 2009

    OPENFIELD, now the UK’s largest farmer-owned grain and inputs business, says it can add £20 million to UK arable incomes.

  • Organic sales slip as recession bites

    6 April 2009

    SALES of organic produce slowed drastically in 2008 as consumers sought cheaper alternatives.

  • P and K boost just when maize needs it

    April 10th 2009

    FARMERS in South England can give their maize crops a lift this year with a late application of slurry. Jane Carley examines the option.

  • Pea and bean crops still lagging behind

    9 April 2009

    PEA and bean crops remain two to three weeks behind as a result of the cold nights, but winter beans have generally established well, says PGRO.

  • Pendimethalin blow as pesticides changes hit 23 active ingredients

    9 April 2009

    AROUND 23 pesticide active ingredients are likely to be lost as a result of the revision of EU pesticide legislation, of which 20 are currently used in the UK, a report commissioned by HGCA has concluded.

  • Pendimethalin blow as pesticides changes hit 23 active ingredients

    9 April 2009

    AROUND 23 pesticide active ingredients are likely to be lost as a result of the revision of EU pesticide legislation, of which 20 are currently used in the UK, a report commissioned by HGCA has concluded.

  • Pesticides not a threat to honey bees - Benn

    8 April 2009

    HILARY Benn, Defra Secretary, has rejected calls from the organic lobby to ban insecticides they say damage the health of honey bees.

  • Pesticides not a threat to honey bees - Benn

    8 April 2009

    HILARY Benn, Defra Secretary, has rejected calls from the organic lobby to ban insecticides they say damage the health of honey bees.

  • Planting trees shows enterprise

    April 10th 2009

    THREE enterprising pupils at a school in Clitheroe have set up a business selling and planting trees to help people offset their carbon emissions.

  • Positive moves to make rural housing more affordable

    10 April 2009

    THE Government has announced new measures to make rural housing more affordable, but it controversially stopped short of a crackdown on second homes.

  • Positive outlook for the meat industry

    9 April 2009

    IF England’s livestock farmers can ride out the current economic storm, they will benefit in the long-term.

  • Positive outlook for the meat industry

    9 April 2009

    IF England’s livestock farmers can ride out the current economic storm, they will benefit in the long-term.

  • Potato planting progress gathers pace around UK

    10 April 2009

    PROGRESS with potato planting continues apace with planting to April 3 put at 32,000 hectares, compared with 13,700ha last year and 41,600ha in 2007, according to the Potato Council.

  • Product and research news

    9 April 2009

    READ the latest new products and research news including trials which show a 15-20 per cent increase in cob weight, a vaccine protecting cattle and sheep from clostridial diseases and more.

  • Research highlights true scale of poor performing trailer brakes in agriculture

    9 April 2009

    After generations of producing tractors and trailers that could pull heavy loads, the focus of attention has now shifted to designing ways of stopping them efficiently. Andy Collings looks at the latest developments.

  • Revenue and profit joy at pharmaceuticals supplier

    9 April 2009

    ANIMAL pharmaceuticals supplier, Animalcare Group including Animalcare and Ritchey, has seen revenue and profits increase for the six months to December 31, 2008.

  • Road transport firm to be banned from roads

    7 April 2009

    ONE of the country’s biggest road transport firms and a major player in agricultural livestock and goods haulage is to be banned from the roads after breaking laws on tachographs and drivers’ hours.

  • RPA issues sugar beet compensation reminder

    9 April 2009

    MACHINERY contractors have been reminded they have until the end of this month to apply for compensation under the Sugar Restructuring Scheme.

  • RPA issues sugar beet compensation reminder

    9 April 2009

    MACHINERY contractors have been reminded they have until the end of this month to apply for compensation under the Sugar Restructuring Scheme.

  • Rubber rises in popularity

    April 10th 2009

    RUBBER floor matting is proving popular not just in milking parlours but also collecting yards and in some cases in feed passages, says Cumbria based Quattro.

  • Rural economy perceptions better than general

    6 April 2009

    CONFIDENCE in the rural economy is dramatically higher - and increasingly so - than confidence in the general economy.

  • Rural economy perceptions better than general

    6 April 2009

    CONFIDENCE in the rural economy is dramatically higher - and increasingly so - than confidence in the general economy.

  • Rural Priorities are suspended

    9 April 2009

    THE Scottish Government has suspended the next round of its Rural Priorities Scheme just weeks after handing out £67m in grants to farm businesses.

  • Scotland’s own educational high-flyers

    April 10th 2009

    THREE students from Oatridge College have been awarded top prizes in this year’s Lantra Scotland Landbased Learner of the Year Awards.

  • Scottish Government hits out at Defra cost sharing plans

    7 April 2009

    THE Scottish Government has hit out at Defra’s plans for Responsibility and Cost Sharing, claiming it is ‘wrong’ to pass costs on to the industry.

  • Scottish working dogs results

    10 April 2009

    CASHLIE, Glenlyon (Judge, J. McGregor, Raith) 64 ran, 1, I. Brownlie (Forestmill) Boredale Gus, 110/110; 2, P. Martin (Glenlyon) Maid, 109; 3, N. McVicar (Benmore) Spot, 108; 4, J.A. MacLeod (Killin) Garry, 106; 5, A. Emerson (Sanquhar) Midge, 105; 6, J. Casey (Campbeltown) Zac, 104. Local, (R. Lewis, Killin) 1, P. Martin (Glenlyon) Tess, 79; 2, M. Kerr (Glenlochay) Joe, 63; 3, A. Webster (Meggernie) Style, 62.

  • Sectional slurry storage

    10 April 2009

    TRAMSPREAD Slurry Storage has added a sectional concrete slurry store to its product range.

  • Selecting for yield has knock-on effect

    9 April 2009

    Simon Wragg and Katie Lomas continue their report from the British Society of Animal Science’s (BSAS) annual conference.

  • Show jumpers line up for British Open

    April 10th 2009

    THE world’s leading show jumpers will be competing for the British Open Show Jumping Championship at the NEC, Birmingham, from April 16-19.

  • Smithfield to the Seine via pedal power

    10 April 2009

    TWENTY butchers will temporarily hang up their aprons as they swap their cleavers for something a little more rustic – a marathon ride from London to Paris.

  • Stepless tractors put their best foot forward in style

    10 April 2009

  • Stubble turnips can help improve lamb eating quality

    9 April 2009

    Simon Wragg and Katie Lomas continue their report from the British Society of Animal Science’s (BSAS) annual conference.

  • Stuffed baby potatoes

    10 April 2009

    THIS recipe has been sent in by Mrs Taggart, of Onchan, Isle of Man.

  • Support for food and drink producers

    6 April 2009

    THE Welsh Assembly has launched an action plan aimed at supporting local food and drink producers.

  • Support needed for 'vital' horticulture

    9 April 2009

    HELPING secure a sustainable future for UK horticulture is the challenge facing NFU Horticulture and Potato Board chairman, Sarah Pettitt.

  • Switching to plastic has its advantages

    April 10th 2009

    IT may bump up costs but plastic offers more maize from less land and an earlier harvesting date. Joanne Pugh met a farmer trying it for the first time.

  • Target TB: Eradication group thrashes out policy

    10 April 2009

  • TB advisers call for clampdown on SOA

    9 April 2009

    THE rules governing Single Occupation Authorities (SOAs) must be tightened to reduce spread of bovine TB, Government TB advisers have recommended.

  • TB policy currently in force in England

    9 April 2009

    Routine testing Cattle are tested every one, two, three or four years, depending on how widespread bovine TB is in a particular region. A ‘zero-tolerance’ policy means overdue tests trigger immediate movement restrictions.

  • Teesside bioethanol plant to start production this summer

    10 April 2009

    THE Ensus bioethanol plant currently under construction at Wilton on Teesside is on track to start production this summer, John Pinkney, Ensus technical director told the HGCA biofuels conference at Yarm, Stockton-on -Tees

  • Tight bluetongue restrictions for the Royal Highland Show

    9 April 2009

    ORGANISERS of the Royal Highland Show have confirmed it will impose tough new restrictions on imported cattle at this year’s event to try and minimise the risk from bluetongue.

  • Tuchel-Trac has versatility

    April 10th 2009

    DUREBLE was showing the Tuchel-Trac range of equipment from Germany it is now selling.

  • Welsh Assembly could sell off bluetongue vaccine after poor sales

    6 April 2009

    THE news that the Welsh Assembly Government is considering selling-off its stock of bluetongue (strain 8) vaccine to other EU Member States in the next few weeks, has led to NFU Cymru urging farmers across Wales to get their supply of vaccine now.

  • Welsh Assembly could sell off bluetongue vaccine after poor sales

    6 April 2009

    THE news that the Welsh Assembly Government is considering selling-off its stock of bluetongue (strain 8) vaccine to other EU Member States in the next few weeks, has led to NFU Cymru urging farmers across Wales to get their supply of vaccine now.

  • Welsh Assembly launches 'buy local' action plan

    6 April 2009

    THE Welsh Assembly has launched an action plan aimed at supporting local food and drink producers.

  • Welshpool livestock mart re-development on schedule

    6 April 2009

    WORK is well under way on the re-location of one of Europe’s biggest one-day livestock markets.

  • What should I ask my agronomist about wheat and timing the T1 fungicide?

    10 April 2009

    THE more advanced winter wheat crops will soon be approaching the T1 fungicide timing. This is ideally when the final leaf 3 is emerging, which usually occurs between GS31 and 32.

  • What the manufacturers said

    10 April 2009

    Finer injection tolerances and higher working pressures within common rail fuel injection systems have placed greater emphasis on fuel cleanliness in recent years – though few heed the warnings and continue to let tractor filters do the hard work.

  • Who is currently searching the market for a dream equestrian property?

    10 April 2009

  • Wildlife ‘shoot’

    9 April 2009

    A NEW photographic competition has launched, focusing on the UK’s wildlife and natural hist-ory.

  • Will return of beavers hit landowners hard?

    9 April 2009

    BEAVERS could be reintroduced to the British countryside after a 400-year absence.

  • Working dogs – trials diary

    10 April 2009

    12 April. WEST COUNTRY Nursery, Chillaton Barton, Chillaton, Devon, 9.30am start, enter on field.13 April. HOLME Opens, morning and afternoon Trials, Deerplay, on the A671 between Bacup and Burnley, Lancashire, 8am start, enter on field.