A £1 million project designed to help Welsh sheep farmers overcome barriers to electronic recording has reached its target – less than a fortnight after it was launched.
Founded in 1976 as a family butchers shop in Co Tyrone, Dunbia has grown to become one of Europe’s leading red meat processors. Louise Hartley asks the company’s head of agriculture, Dr Jonathan Birnie for this thoughts on the British red meat sector.
THE entry of 748 breeding cattle at Kirkby Stephen included a herd reduction of 50 cows and heifers with calves from Messrs Dawson, Kendal.
Shows and events
It was a proud weekend for Gwent Young Farmers Rhys Cooke and Rhys Whittingham, as they helped their county achieve success at the English Winter Fair.
Beef South West, held at Westpoint, Exeter, last week included a primestock show and a speakers corner. Jane Brown reports on some of the action.
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.
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.
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
SHARES in China’s largest raw milk supplier have plummeted after an investigation into whether it knowingly sold cows at auction that tested positive for 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-calving 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
Many farmers take on temporary staff or veterinary students to help with the extra workload at lambing time, but if not managed efficiently it can be more of a hindrance than a help. Louise Hartley reports.
The vet column
Many farmers would not normally associate heifers with mastitis but, with more cases being identified, a number of vets and farmers are successfully using teat sealants to prevent the disease. Louise Hartley talks to vet Dave Gilbert to find out 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.