John Gribbon

Q&A with John Gribbon: Showing cows is key for dairy industry

4 September 2014

John Gribbon, one of the judges at the National Show being held at the UK Dairy Day, has played an integral part in the Holstein society and the dairy industry as a whole, over the last 20 years, but fundamentally he is an exceptional dairy farmer. Louise Hartley gets his thoughts on the industry.


Scrogtonhead Ustoater

Records broken at Kelso as Texel shearling sells for £35,000

12 September 2014

RECORDS have been smashed at Kelso Ram Sales today when a Texel shearling, Scrogtonhead Ustoater from Peter and Lynn Gray, Galston, Ayrshire, sold for £35,000.

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On the farm

Robert and Sarah Helliwell

Farm focus: Overcoming the challenging climate of farming in the hills

15 September 2014

Making the right choices on a tenanted hill farm has enabled Upper Booth Farm to expand and develop. Chloe Palmer learns how the Helliwell family have made the most of their challenging location.

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Profit From Grass

Profit from grass: Still time for late paddocks to recover

Thoughts have now turned to providing grass covers for ewes ahead of tupping for Dorset-based Profit from Grass beef and sheep farmer Mike Miller and DairyCo offer advice on sward management to help make autumn a successful, and profitable, grazing season.

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Maize Matters

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

Maize Matters 2014: A fine vintage

‘A VINTAGE year for maize,’ is how experts are describing the 2014 season, in this month’s Maize Matters.

Forage Watch

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Steve Jones

Forage Watch: Maize stocks being stretched out at Bridgwater

Our two Forage Watch farmers update us on how they are faring with stretching out existing maize crops and how they have got on with third cut silage.

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: Third cut silage clamped and calving underway

It was all hands on deck for third cut silage making at Lawrence House on 16 August, with nine tractors working to get the crop in ahead of the rain.

TB in cattle

Labour would abandon 'failed' badger cull pilots

16 September 2014

A LABOUR Government would cancel the current ‘failed’ pilot badger culls, Shadow Farming Minister Huw Irranca-Davies has indicated.

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Technical features

Aberdale ewes

Using breeding and lower quality grazing for lamb production

September 12, 2014

Evaluating sustainable lamb production has come under the microscope over two lambing seasons in Wales. The Sustainable Lamb Project (SLP) aimed to combine advances in sheep breeding with strategic use of different grassland types.

Quarantine treatments should be given to rams on arrival to prevent the introduction of infection.

Reducing the risk of infection from purchased rams

9 September 2014

PURCHASING stock and introducing it to your flock always carries the risk that infection can be brought in with them.

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Advice and handy hints

EID reader

Electronic tags (EID): Double-tag your historic sheep flocks before January 2015

3 August 2014

The LAA, NSA and NFU have teamed up to call on British sheep farmers to double-tag their historic sheep flock to maximise selling options when they move off their holding after January 1, 2015.

The vet column

Vet's view: The importance of remaining vigilant against fly diseases

21 August 2014

Flies and maggots have been a particular problem for livestock in recent months. Louise Hartley talks to vet Polly Gratwick about three of the main fly diseases farmers should be looking out for.


Win tickets to the 2014 Dairy Show

THE 2014 Dairy Show, takes place on October 1, held at the Bath and West showground. Farmers Guardian has 10 pairs of tickets to give away.

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