Sales

Champion Rough Fells

Rough Fell record set at J36

30 September 2014

A new female record at the autumn sales of £330 was set at the annual show and sale of Rough Fell draft ewes at J36 Crooklands.

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Shows and events

Inter-breed beef champion

Berkshire Show 2014: Aberdeen-Angus reigns supreme at Royal County of Berkshire Show

26 September 2014

WITH the beef inter-breed judging taking place as part of Royal County of Berkshire Show’s grand parade on Saturday afternoon, a packed crowd witnessed an Aberdeen-Angus bull reign supreme.

The Dairy Show

Dairy Show 2014: Cattle classes and trade stands on offer for visitors

17 September 2014

The one-day Dairy Show takes place at the beginning of October. Katie Jones takes a look at what is in store for visitors.

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On the farm

Dairy herd

Farm focus: Welsh dairy farm transformed into award-winning unit

1 October 2014

This month’s Welsh Dairy Show (Tuesday, October 14) will see a new name taking the Welsh Dairy Stockperson of the Year Award. Barry Alston has been on-farm catching up with last year’s winner.

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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.

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

The new TB pre-movement testing rules need to be made clear.

New TB rules come into force in England and Wales

1 October 2014

A NEW set of TB rules come into force in England and Wales today, which designed to curb cattle-to-cattle spread, will add extra burdens onto farmers.

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Technical features

Calves need to receive four litres of good quality colostrum within the first six hours of life - not the first 24 hours, as was previously thought.

Pre-weaning diet: Getting it right to improve herd profitabilty

1 October 2014

Feeding dairy heifer calves to enhance early growth rates, reduce rearing costs, bring down age at first calving, and also boost milk production in subsequent lactations, was the focus of two conferences held at Stoke-on-Trent and Coventry, by Midlands-based feed company GLW Feeds.

Calves feeding

Breeding and Calves: A targeted look at rumen development

30 September 2014

Rumen development should be part of a farm’s heifer rearing target, according to Debby Brown, Advanced Nutrition’s veterinary nutritionist.

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Advice and handy hints

The sight and smell of teaser rams can help bring ewes into season quicker

Making the best of teaser rams to tighten up the lambing period

1 October 2014

Sheep farmers are once again gearing themselves up for the busy months ahead with mating season just around the corner. Louise Hartley speaks to Lesley Stubbings for some top tips on using teaser rams.

Competition

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.

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