Dewi Jones

Q&A: Sheep industry set for big change in next 10 years

24 October 2014

The UK is home to one of the most diverse sheep industries in the world, with its many levels of stratification, breeds and markets. Louise Hartley speaks to Dewi Jones, chief executive of Innovis, the country’s leading sheep genetics business, for his thoughts on the industry and predictions on the future.


Maerdy Ignition

Charolais lead trade at 22,000gns

22 October 2014

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.

More livestock sales

Shows and events

Lancashire HYB

All Breeds All Britain: New venue proves a success

22 October 2014

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.

All Breeds All Britain: Riverdane clinches top Holstein spot in calf class

22 October 2014

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’.

More shows and event news

On the farm


I.T. on the farm: Harnessing EID to improve beef unit efficiency

23 October 2014

Electronic identification is mandatory in sheep flocks, widely adopted in dairying, but less so on beef units. Howard Walsh reports.

More on the farm features

Maize Matters

Maize Matters is a sponsored series brought to you in association with KWS.

Maize Matters series

Mazie Matters 2014: Benefits of modern earlies and ultra earlies

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.

Forage Watch

Forage Watch is a sponsored series brought to you in association with Micron.

Jonathan Mason has been able to get his cows out day and night one week ahead of normal and maintain yields due to good grass growth.

Forage Watch: The final instalment after a good 2014 growing season

In our final Forage Watch for 2014, our farmers reflect on a good growing season but face the challenge of falling milk price.

Steve Jones

Forage Watch 2014: Heading into winter with the best forage stocks

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


We have proved badger cull works - Gloscon

23 October 2014

THE second year of the pilot badger culls have been a success and should pave the way for wider roll out of the policy, according to a spokesman for the Gloucestershire cull company.

More bovine TB stories

Follow Farmers Guardian

Follow us on...
Free newsletter subscription
Browse our picture galleries, photos available to buy

Technical features


Animal health: Discover potential health benefits of using homeopathy

21 October 2014

The homeopathic treatment of livestock diseases is relatively uncommon, but the practice has been around for 200 years and devotees are convinced it works.

Calf feeding

Maintain good growth rates: Give calves a fighting chance this winter

8 October 2014

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.

More livestock features


2014 beef stockjudging competition

Beef stockjudging: Use your judging skills to win £200

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.

Browse all our pictures from this year's county shows, events and livestock sales. See one you like? Prints are available from 12"x8" or larger.

Browse galleries