A North Wales hill farm has turned to a Scottish breed in a bid to increase returns. Barry Alston reports.
THERE was a flying trade at the Farmers Guardian sponsored Leyburn Spring Spectacular when a new market record of 7,300gns was set for the pre-sale show heifer and supreme champion.
AFTER last week’s drop, cattle prices in the livestock markets have bounced back a little according to AHDB figures to Tuesday.
On the farm
A change in stocking and breeding policy is being consideredn by Lleyn breeder Dewi Ellis to counter increasingly wet conditions on hill and mountain grazing while also reducing costs incurred wintering sheep on tack on distant lowland farms. Simon Wragg reports.
TB in cattle
A CONSERVATIVE MP who has campaigned against the badger cull has secured a debate on the policy in the House of Commons.
New products and research
DESIGNED for use with sheep, a three reel fencing system has been brought to the market by Kiwikit.
After much deliberation over a huge number of entries, the seven finalists in the Farmers Guardian Show Business 2014 competition are revealed here. It is time to cast your vote – who do you want to win?
The vet column
Pedigree Lleyn sheep and Aberdeen-Angus cattle are the core enterprises at Denton Estate, near Ilkely, West Yorkshire.
A need for education about the year-on-year implications of coccidiosis, compounded by two years of poor weather during the lambing season, has led to increased cases of clinical coccidiosis for lowland intensive sheep farmers.
A serious threat to lamb health has been turned into a better way of managing their flock - including reduced overall medicine use - by Devon sheep farmers Jim and Sam Eggins, through a change of worming strategy to address the original problem.