Bassett Icon

Charolais sell to 6,000gns at Carlisle

25 November 2014

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.

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Shows and events

Bull calf champion

Strong entry for Black Beauty Bonanza

26 November 2014

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.

Overall champion

British Blue is champion at Newark Calf Show

24 November 2014

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.

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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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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

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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

BVA warns Defra over 'downgrading' role of vets

26 November 2014

THE British Veterinary Association (BVA) has warned Defra not to downgrade the role of vets in controlling diseases such as 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-born 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

Milking parlour

Handy hints: Formulating an effective parlour routine

27 November 2014

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

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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