Dewi Jones

Q&A: Sheep industry set for big change in next 10 years

24 October 2014

The UK is home to one of the most diverse sheep industries in the world, with its many levels of stratification, breeds and markets. Louise Hartley speaks to Dewi Jones, chief executive of Innovis, the country’s leading sheep genetics business, for his thoughts on the industry and predictions for the future.


Lincoln Reds realise high of 5,800gns

28 October 2014

The Lincoln Red Cattle Society’s autumn show and sale at Newark saw the champion bull, Foulness Leroy, from Chris Page, Brough, sell for 5,800gns.

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Shows and events

West of Scotland show report

30 October 2014

The Boclair herd repeated their success of two years ago by topping an increased entry at the popular West of Scotland show in Ayr market recently.

Lancashire HYB

All Breeds All Britain: New venue proves a success

22 October 2014

Hundreds of young dairy enthusiasts from across Britain descended on the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, for the most prestigious event in a young breeder’s calendar, the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show. Louise Hartley reports from the new venue.

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On the farm

Mike and Danni Cowell with Barton Devonair 2.

South West small herd makes great strides in the show and sale ring

October 31, 2014

Despite not showing at this year’s Beef South West event, Mike and Danni Cowell will be eagerly awaiting the results from the Red Ruby Devons classes on the day. Wendy Short reports.

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Maize Matters

Maize Matters is a sponsored series brought to you in association with KWS.

Maize Matters: making a profit from maize

Maize Matters 2014: Fantastic year for maize – time to plan for 2015

THE last article in our Maize Matters series highlights predicted yield and quality results for this season and covers disease challenge, storage issues and revised seed rates.

Forage Watch

Forage Watch is a sponsored series brought to you in association with Micron.

Jonathan Mason has been able to get his cows out day and night one week ahead of normal and maintain yields due to good grass growth.

Forage Watch: The final instalment after a good 2014 growing season

In our final Forage Watch for 2014, our farmers reflect on a good growing season but face the challenge of falling milk price.

Steve Jones

Forage Watch 2014: Heading into winter with the best forage stocks

THIS year’s exceptional growing season means Steve Jones is heading into the winter with the best forage stocks he has ever had, however he is fearful falling milk price could hit margins hard.

TB in cattle


Badger Trust legal challenge to pilot culls ends in failure

29 October 2014

THE Badger Trust’s legal challenge against the legitimacy of the pilot badger culls has finally been quashed by the Court of Appeal.

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Technical features


Minimising the risk of cryptosporidium infection in calves

28 October 2014

Cryptosporidium is now the second most common cause of scouring in calves. Chloe Palmer finds out more about the impact of this parasite and how the risk of infection can be minimised.

Multiple mycotoxin threat to UK dairy herd

Animal health: Multiple mycotoxins a real threat to UK dairy cattle

27 October 2014

Ever-present in our environment and a potential threat to the health and productivity of even the best-run dairy herds, mycotoxins produced by moulds in feed ingredients should now be on every herd manager’s radar.

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Advice and handy hints


Five tips for rodent control

30 October 2014

Ken Black, Bayer’s rural hygiene manager, discusses the challenges posed by rodents and outlines his five top tips for defeating them as part of a planned integrated control programme.

The vet column

Vet's View: Teat sealing heifers to reduce mastitis

30 October 2014

Many farmers would not normally associate heifers with mastitis but, with more cases being identified, a number of vets and farmers are successfully using teat sealants to prevent the disease. Louise Hartley talks to vet Dave Gilbert to find out more.


2014 beef stockjudging competition

Beef stockjudging: Use your judging skills to win £200

Do you consider yourself a good judge of stock? If so, enter the Farmers Guardian annual stockjudging competition, organised to promote the winter fairs we are supporting throughout the UK and you could win the top prize of £200, with two runners-up each receiving £50.

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Flocks and herds

Dendor scoop three of the top four Hereford awards for 2014

30 October 2014

Dendor Herefords from D.E., E.D. and A.L. Jones of Caersws, Newtown, swept the board in the annumal Hereford Cattle Society awards. Their first award came with the female of the year trophy, awarded for their two-year-old heifer Dendor 1 Molly 41.

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