UK SHEEPMEAT exports hit a 16-year high during the first half of 2014.
?A new world record for a Limousin was set at Borderway mart, Carlisle, when the Illingworth family’s maiden heifer Glenrock Illusion was knocked down for 125,000gns.
Shows and events
On the farm
The Herridge family takes a long-term view when investing and planning for the future on their tenanted farm in the Peak District. Chloe Palmer finds out how their dreams have become a reality.
Profit From Grass
Scottish dairy farmer Jill Bathgate is facing perhaps her busiest time as she takes steps to maintain grass residuals and quality to help ensure recently calved cows get back in-calf and put litres into the newly-installed bulk tank.
TB in cattle
NATURAL England has given the green light to the resumption of badger culling in Somerset and Gloucestershire this year.
New products and research
?FOR the second year running, specialist hybrid rye varieties bred specifically for wholecropping have produced dry matter yields of more than 18 tonnes/hectare (7t/acre).
Ensuring cows receive the correct balance of protein can improve health and help contain feed costs this winter.
Bumper yields of first and second cut silage across much of the country have been offset by lower than expected quality this year, with maize silages also looking likely to be high in bulk and low in energy.
Advice and handy hints
The LAA, NSA and NFU have teamed up to call on British sheep farmers to double-tag their historic sheep flock to maximise selling options when they move off their holding after January 1, 2015.
The vet column
Flies and maggots have been a particular problem for livestock in recent months. Louise Hartley talks to vet Polly Gratwick about three of the main fly diseases farmers should be looking out for.