Sales

Joint top priced lamb

Suffolks sell to 20,000gns three times at Stirling

28 July 2014

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.

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Shows and events

NSA Sheep Event 2014: Stand Competion results

30 July 2014

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.

Sheep event 2014

NSA Sheep 2014: Event kicks off

30 July 2014

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.

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On the farm

Harry Wood

Establishing a pedigree flock with a focus on the commercial side of the business

July 25, 2014

Involvement in the ‘sharp end’ of the meat business continues to endorse one young Lancashire pedigree sheep breeder’s choice of breed.

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Profit From Grass

The quality and quantity of mid-season grazing

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.

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BVD Zero

BVD Zero is a sponsored awareness series

BVD Zero: Failing to protect against BVD

BOVINE Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) is one of the most significant production diseases affecting cattle throughout Europe.

Morrisons special

This is a sponsored series brought to you in association with Morrisons.

Cow and calf

Morrisons: Extending Yearling Beef Scheme after successful year

27 June 2014

WITH an established commitment to British agriculture, Morrisons is keen to promote sustainable suckler/finisher systems not dependent on subsidies.

Maize Matters

Maize Matters is a sponsored series brought to you in association with KWS.

Maize Matters: Earlier tasselling stage brings earlier eyespot threat

In ths month’s Maize Matters it seems there is every reason to be optimisic about the curtrent growing season.

TB in cattle

Badger

BVA confirms support for badger cull pilots

24 July 2014

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.

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New products and research

Sheep’s early life experiences can shape behaviour in later life

July 11, 2014

New research has found a sheep’s experiences soon after birth can shape its later behaviour and also that of its offspring.

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Technical features

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Grass and forage: The increasing popularity of herbal leys

July 4, 2014

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.

James Drury believes efficient grazing helps maintain efficiencies.

Grass and forage: Correct forage management to maximise production

July 4, 2014

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.

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Advice and handy hints

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Handy Hints: The principles of foot trimming

25 July 2014

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

Vet's view: Use vaccines to best effect

24 July 2014

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.

Competition

Sponsored by Texel

Use your stockjudging skills and be in with the chance of winning £250

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.

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Flocks and herds

Rhydian Thomas (centre) with his grandfather Iwan and father Geraint. PICTURES: Arvid Parry Jones

NSA Sheep 2014 preview: Young Shepherd of the Year win leads to on-farm changes

July 18, 2014

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.

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