MORRISONS continues to lead the way in sourcing British red meat with Asda emerging as the worst performer among 10 major retailers surveyed, according to new figures released by EBLEX.
HARRY Brown junior, Peterhead, took the supreme championship at the Farmers Guardian-sponsored Aberdeen Christmas Classic at Thainstone with heifers sweeping up all the major cattle titles.
On the farm
Barry Alston reports from a traditional Radnorshire upland beef and sheep farm capitalising on its isolation.
THE champion lambs at the East of England Smithfield Festival, a pair of Beltex-sired lambs weighing 43kg/head from Robin Slade, Hereford, sold for a record breaking £5,100 each to Bowood Yorkshire Lamb to go to Harrods of London.
MIDGES from at least 10 farms in France and Belgium carried the devastating Schmallenberg virus to farms across the UK, scientists have claimed.
Livestock show previews
Once again the Royal Welsh Winter Fair - media partnered by Farmers Guardian - is proving its popularity. Next month’s two-day - December 2 and 3 - spectacular is bursting at the seams, with some 385 trade stands and livestock entries topping the 1,440 mark.
New products and research
FINISHING Holstein bull calves as rosé beef at less than 12-months-old can result in improved margins of nearly £50 per bull per year, according to a new study completed at Harper Adams University (HAU).
Attention to detail and close scrutiny of performance will be crucial if marginal, extra litres are going to be profitable.
Whether you are running a small family dairy or an 80-point rotary parlour, dry cow management can be the root of many issues in the herd.
Targeting a comparable farm profit of £2,000/ha has helped the British Grassland Society’s UK grassland farmer of the year 2013 ensure both parties in a dairy operation get a good return on their investment by maximising grass growth and utilisation.
The vet column
Bleeding calf syndrome is a relaitively rare disease which affects young calves, but with numerous cases being discovered this year, Louise Hartley speaks to Fiona Howie, veterinary investigation officer at the SAC Consulting Veterinary Services (SACCVS), to find out more.
The Mart's the Heart
The Marts The Heart Roadshow visited Welshpool last week for the Limousin Red Ladies and Cefndu dispersal sale.
?AFTER last week’s slump, cattle saw a strong uplift in prices at livestock auctions, according to AHDB figures to Tuesday.