WITH many dairy farmers having serious thoughts about expansion, experts have urged producers to make sure their plans are well thought out and generate the required return.
Agri-Expo has provided Welsh exhibitor Tecwyn Jones with some of his greatest triumphs, including supreme championship wins in 2007, 2009, 2011 and 2012, as well as the top steer award on two other occasions. Angela Calvert went to meet him.
THE top price of the week came on Wednesday, the final day of the bull sales, when the Charolais bull, Maerdy Ignition, sold for 22,000gns.
Shows and events
Hundreds of young dairy enthusiasts from across Britain descended on the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, for the most prestigious event in a young breeder’s calendar, the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show. Louise Hartley reports from the new venue.
YORKSHIRE-based judge David Booth said the quality of Holstein calves on the second day of the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show had completely blown him away, and his champion was one which ‘oozed class, style and was correct in every way’.
On the farm
A varied mix of farming and diversification ideas has enabled one Northern Ireland farmer to reinvigorate his family farm which has become one to watch in the region. Barbara Collins visits the man behind Hillstown Meats.
Profit From Grass
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.
In this penultimate article in the KWS-sponsored Maize Matters series, experts advise on harvest preparation and outline the benefits of the modern early and ultra-early varieties.
In our final Forage Watch for 2014, our farmers reflect on a good growing season but face the challenge of falling milk price.
THIS year’s exceptional growing season means Steve Jones is heading into the winter with the best forage stocks he has ever had, however he is fearful falling milk price could hit margins hard.
TB in cattle
THE Welsh Government has decided not to introduce a tabular valuation system for cattle slaughtered as a result of bovine TB, but there will be a £15,000 compensation cap for pedigree animals.
New products and research
A product designed to target the cause of production diseases in freshly calved cows has been launched by NWF Agriculture as part of its new ‘transition cow programme’.
The homeopathic treatment of livestock diseases is relatively uncommon, but the practice has been around for 200 years and devotees are convinced it works.
As the colder weather approaches and temperatures fall, there are several things farmers can do to ensure their calves are equipped to battle through the winter and keep up good growth rates.
Advice and handy hints
Designing a handling system from a cow’s perspective is the key to making it work well. Chloe Palmer attended a practical workshop to learn more.
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.