A REPORT in to the future of Welsh beef production concluded closer working relationships and better communication throughout the supply chain were crucial going forward.
THE last Charolais bull sale of the season peaked at 6,000gns at Carlisle for the day’s supreme champion, Bassett Icon, a 20-month-old by Harestone Dominator and out of a home-bred dam from Jean Atkinson, Malton. The buyer was J.S. Gargett, Barnard Castle.
Shows and events
THE Black Beauty Bonanza organised by the North East Aberdeen-Angus Club held at the Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, attracted a strong entry of 94 pedigree Aberdeen-Angus calves and yearlings which were judged by Jim McMillan Brechin.
At the Multi Breed Calf Show on Newark showground the overall and pedigree champion was Chalford Manor Jazzy, a British Blue heifer, by Solway View Firecracker, bred and exhibited by D. Plestead, Oxfordshire. Torrington Jaguar from Louise Todd, Market Rasen, was reserve pedigree champion.
On the farm
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.
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.
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
THE British Veterinary Association (BVA) has warned Defra not to downgrade the role of vets in controlling diseases such as bovine TB.
New products and research
?The benefits of feeding creep to suckled calves are well recognised, with improved growth rates, efficient feed conversion and fewer growth checks at weaning.
Late autumn is a time when many farmers will make decisions about when to wean the spring-born suckler herd calves.
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.
Advice and handy hints
Devising and frequently re-visiting parlour milking routines can have a positive impact on mastitis incidence. Katie Jones spoke to an expert to get some tips on what issues to consider.
The vet column
Research performed by the University of Nottingham and DairyCo highlight areas which can be improved to make vaccines work more effectively. Louise Hartley gets the top tips from Dutch vet Wendela Wapenaar.