Sales

Champion ram lamb

Suffolk National sale peaks at 10,000gns

21 July 2014

THERE was a strong demand for well fleshed, commercially focused ram lambs at the first Suffolk Sheep Society sale of the season, the National sale at Shrewsbury, which peaked at 10,000gns.

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Shows and events

Royal Welsh Show 2014: Charollais breed takes inter-breed sheep award for second year running

23 July 2014

AFTER three days of judging more than 3,000 sheep across more than 40 breeds in blazing heat, it was a Charollais which took top honours in the sheep section for the second year running.

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Another bumper attendance for the Royal Welsh Show Video

22 July 2014

WITH temperatures touching 30 degrees celsius and not a drop of rain, the crowds turned out in force for this week’s four-day Royal Welsh Show. Catch up with all the latest show news, reports, pictures and videos here.

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On the farm

Laura and David Kirkpatrick

Improving profitability through innovative feeding systems

July 18, 2014

The thriftiness and easy-care attributes of Stabiliser cattle are being exploited to maximise profitability in innovative ways by two beef producers in the south west of Scotland. Rog Wood reports.

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Profit From Grass

The quality and quantity of mid-season grazing

The point in the grass growing season of ‘peak growths and ensuing high quality’ has now passed and attention now needs to turn to management to ensure quantity and maximise quality.

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BVD Zero

BVD Zero is a sponsored awareness series

BVD Zero: Failing to protect against BVD

BOVINE Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) is one of the most significant production diseases affecting cattle throughout Europe.

Morrisons special

This is a sponsored series brought to you in association with Morrisons.

Cow and calf

Morrisons: Extending Yearling Beef Scheme after successful year

27 June 2014

WITH an established commitment to British agriculture, Morrisons is keen to promote sustainable suckler/finisher systems not dependent on subsidies.

Maize Matters

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

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Maize Matters: Wide drilling window for maize growers around the country

The fourth article in our KWS-sponsored Maize Matters series highlights the benefits of patience, for those growers with seed still left to sow. Disease risk and weed control are two of the other subjects up for discussion.

TB in cattle

Badger

BVA confirms support for badger cull pilots

24 July 2014

THE British Veterinary Association (BVA) has confirmed its support for the second year of the pilot culls in England, following changes made by Defra to improve the policy.

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New products and research

Sheep’s early life experiences can shape behaviour in later life

July 11, 2014

New research has found a sheep’s experiences soon after birth can shape its later behaviour and also that of its offspring.

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Technical features

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Grass and forage: The increasing popularity of herbal leys

July 4, 2014

The rising cost of fertiliser and feed has encouraged livestock farmers to look at alternative forage crops. Herbal leys are a popular choice for many.

James Drury believes efficient grazing helps maintain efficiencies.

Grass and forage: Correct forage management to maximise production

July 4, 2014

Maximising performance from forage through careful grazing management, reseeding and soil testing is the main focus of Bicton College’s farm in Devon, reports Farmers Guardian.

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Advice and handy hints

Top tips for keeping hoof knives sharp and at right angle Video

11 July 2014

A SHARP, well-angled knife is extremely important when trimming cows’ feet. David Rowe, professional foot trimmer and member of the national association of cattle foot trimmers, offered his top tips to keep knives sharp, clean and in good condition.

The vet column

Vet's view: Use vaccines to best effect

24 July 2014

Whatever the market conditions for sheep, the returns will always be greater if the flock is healthy. Louise Hartley asks John Macfarlane for his advice on making sure vaccinations are stored properly and administered correctly.

Competition

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Pit your skills against our professional livestock judge. The winner will recieve £250, plus a body warmer and beanie hat, and five runners-up will each win a body warmer and beanie hat.

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Flocks and herds

Rhydian Thomas (centre) with his grandfather Iwan and father Geraint. PICTURES: Arvid Parry Jones

NSA Sheep 2014 preview: Young Shepherd of the Year win leads to on-farm changes

July 18, 2014

Rhydian Thomas is the current European Young Shepherd of the Year and member of the National Sheep Association’s (NSA) Young Ambassador Group. Together with his father, he has made some interesting management changes to his farm over the last few years.

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