IF ever there was a year to vaccinate calves against pneumonia this is it, according to SAC beef specialist Dr Basil Lowman.
THE supreme championship at the National Spring Spectacular at Beef Expo went to Trevor Lyon and son, Jonathan from Bourne, Lincolnshire, with their home-bred Limousin cross heifer, Temptation.
Livestock show previews
INVESTMENT in new machinery and equipment may well be the last thing on the minds of many beef farmers following the harsh winter and the extra costs it has brought with it.
Johne’s disease often remains hidden for years, but outbreaks of the condition can have devastating effects both on individual animals or entire populations. Neil Ryder talks to vet David Black and farmer Mike Bowe who both believe the disease can only be brought under control by an industry-wide approach.
On the farm
With major Common Agricultural Policy changes on the way and public purse strings tightening, there are mounting fears over the future of farming in the hills and uplands. Barry Alston reports from a Meirionnydd family farm.
PRIME lambs peaked at 369p/kg (£144/head) at Gisburn this week for the pre-sale show champions, 39kg Beltex from Tim Robinson, Longridge, which sold to David Stamper.
The Mart's the Heart
The spring initiative will be taking our Mart's the Heat roadshow to the south and south west of England. Click here to see when and where.
?In the penultimate stop for The Mart’s the Heart roadshow the team visited South Moulton.
New products and research
A trial on a dairy farm in Cheshire has highlighted the importance of maintaining sulphur levels in grass destined for silage, especially in fields not regularly spread with slurry.
Profit From Grass
This week our beef and sheep Profit from Grass farmer explains how he is balancing his stock’s feed requirements against his planned silage making this year and Eblex gives some advice on coping with compacted soils.
The second article in our KWS-sponsored Maize Matters series takes a timely look at seedbed preparation, crop nutrition and weed control.