SHEEP industry leaders have called for greater transparency from the supply chain to help farmers respond to the opportunities provided by the global market place.
SUFFOLK ram lambs were a strong trade at the Northern Area Sale, Stirling, on Friday (July 25), 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.
Shows and events
NEW this year is competition for the best pen of sheep from within any breed society stand, that is true to type and provides the best commercial representation of it’s breed.
The NSA Sheep Event 2014 has been officially opened by farming minister, George Eustice, who commented on the government’s work on easing regulatory burdens, and what is being done to help farmers with the digital-only Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) applications next year.
On the farm
Involvement in the ‘sharp end’ of the meat business continues to endorse one young Lancashire pedigree sheep breeder’s choice of breed.
Profit From Grass
The point in the grass growing season of ‘peak growths and ensuing high quality’ has now passed and attention now needs to turn to management to ensure quantity and maximise quality.
WITH an established commitment to British agriculture, Morrisons is keen to promote sustainable suckler/finisher systems not dependent on subsidies.
TB in cattle
THE British Veterinary Association (BVA) has confirmed its support for the second year of the pilot culls in England, following changes made by Defra to improve the policy.
New products and research
New research has found a sheep’s experiences soon after birth can shape its later behaviour and also that of its offspring.
The rising cost of fertiliser and feed has encouraged livestock farmers to look at alternative forage crops. Herbal leys are a popular choice for many.
Maximising performance from forage through careful grazing management, reseeding and soil testing is the main focus of Bicton College’s farm in Devon, reports Farmers Guardian.
Advice and handy hints
Foot trimming on a regular basis is a crucial factor in tackling lameness, and as a result, many dairy farmers are now choosing to pick up cow’s feet themselves. Louise Hartley talks to independent lameness expert Owen Atkinson for his top tips on foot trimming.
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.
Pit your skills against our professional livestock judge. The winner will recieve £250, plus a body warmer and beanie hat, and five runners-up will each win a body warmer and beanie hat.
Flocks and herds
Rhydian Thomas is the current European Young Shepherd of the Year and member of the National Sheep Association’s (NSA) Young Ambassador Group. Together with his father, he has made some interesting management changes to his farm over the last few years.