Q&A

Charlotte Berry

Life as a New Zealand vet

11 December 2014

There has long been a strong link between the UK and New Zealand agricultural industries. Louise Hartley catches up with one UK-born vet who is relishing life Down Under.

Sales

Slopers organic Friesian Holsteins peak at 2,400gns

19 December 2014

THE sale of the Slopers herd of organic Friesian Holsteins on behalf of David and Jane Gibbs, Hartbury, Gloucestershire, peaked at 2,400gns.

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Shows and events

Holstein champ

Desmond Dundee Embrace dominates Royal Ulster Winter Fair

11 December 2014

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Smithfield champion lambs

Wadlands sweep board in East of England Smithfield sheep classes

5 December 2014

It was a third sheep championship win in four years for David and Linda Wadland, Aston le Walls, when they took the overall, continental, pure-bred and exhibitor-bred titles with a pair of pure Texels weighing 91kg which had also taken the supreme award at the English Winter Fair.

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On the farm

Dry sow house

Irish farmers share best practice with British pig producers

19 December 2014

With profit margins notoriously tight for many pig farmers, investing in buildings hasn’t always been at the top of the priority list and, as a result, some units have witnessed unfavourable performance as inefficiencies in building design impacts production.

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Maize Matters

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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.

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12 December 2014

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TB in cattle

NFU calls for badger cull roll out after pilot results published

18 December 2014

THE NFU has called for badger culling to be rolled out nationally, after Defra unveiled a mixed set of results from this year’s pilot culls.

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Technical features

Export market critical for Danish pig industry

18 December 2014

COMPARED to Denmark’s domestic pigmeat market worth £3.9 billion, its export value currently stands at £33bn, with produce exported to 140 countries worldwide.

Danish pigmeat producers regard fellow farmers as colleagues not competitors

18 December 2014

Agromek in Denmark is northern Europe’s largest agricultural trade show and was host to an international pig seminar. Louise Hartley reports from Herning.

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Advice and handy hints

Milking parlour

Handy Hints: Formulating an effective parlour routine

27 November 2014

Devising and frequently revisiting 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

Vet's View: Vaccinating cattle safely and effectively

27 November 2014

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.

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