Dr Jonathan Birnie

Outlook for British red meat sector

13 November 2014

Founded in 1976 as a family butchers shop in Co Tyrone, Dunbia has grown to become one of Europe’s leading red meat processors. Louise Hartley asks the company’s head of agriculture, Dr Jonathan Birnie for this thoughts on the British red meat sector.


Breeding cattle peak at £3,600 at Kirkby Stephen

18 November 2014

THE entry of 748 breeding cattle at Kirkby Stephen included a herd reduction of 50 cows and heifers with calves from Messrs Dawson, Kendal.

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Shows and events

Rhys Cooke, Rhys Whittingham, Katie Bryan

Gwent YFC scoops gold in NFYFC stockjudging competition

21 November 2014

It was a proud weekend for Gwent Young Farmers Rhys Cooke and Rhys Whittingham, as they helped their county achieve success at the English Winter Fair.

Commercial Champion

Alford family dominates at Beef South West primestock show

November 21, 2014

Beef South West, held at Westpoint, Exeter, last week included a primestock show and a speakers corner. Jane Brown reports on some of the action.

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On the farm

David Christensen believes Kingston Hill Farm is now in a position to benefit from better times.

Oxfordshire dairy farmer 'upbeat' about future in dairying

November 21, 2014

There can be few better businesses to be in than dairying at the present time, according to David Christensen. Alistair Driver visited his Oxfordshire farm to find out why he remains so upbeat about the family dairy business.

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Profit From Grass

2014 grass growth results plotted against five-year average

Profit from grass: A look at the key trends of 2014 grazing season

As the 2014 grazing season begins to draw to a close, the key trends of the season have come to light for many, says DairyCo technical extension officer Piers Badnell. 

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BVD Zero

BVD Zero is a sponsored awareness series

BVD Zero: Prospects for a BVD control programme for England?

The vast array and differences between BVD eradication programmes both within the UK and beyond into Europe was captured in a talk at the recent BCVA (British Cattle Veterinary Association) Congress in Leicestershire. 

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.

TB in cattle

According to DairyCo, even with most of the UK’s milk sold domestically, it is global imbalance which is forcing prices down.

China's largest milk supplier in TB investigation

21 November 2014

SHARES in China’s largest raw milk supplier have plummeted after an investigation into whether it knowingly sold cows at auction that tested positive for bovine TB.

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Technical features

Beef suckler herd

Weaning management: Achieving the best possible outcome in suckler herds

19 November 2014

Late autumn is a time when many farmers will make decisions about when to wean the spring-calving suckler herd calves.


Niche milk markets: Exploring alternative milk market options

November 14, 2014

As the price of milk shows little sign of improving in the short-term, should dairy farmers consider switching to supply a niche market? Chloe Palmer looks at different markets for milk and weighs up the options.

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Advice and handy hints


Farm staff: Getting the most from your lambing staff

7 November 2014

Many farmers take on temporary staff or veterinary students to help with the extra workload at lambing time, but if not managed efficiently it can be more of a hindrance than a help. Louise Hartley reports.

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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