NFU Cymru is far from happy that some retailers are still failing to back Welsh farming by not giving Welsh lamb prominence in their stores and not promoting it as well as they could do to customers.
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.
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.
Shows and events
On the farm
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.
Profit From Grass
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.
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.
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
A LABOUR Government would cancel the current ‘failed’ pilot badger culls, Shadow Farming Minister Huw Irranca-Davies has indicated.
New products and research
UK SOILS in common with most agricultural land across the EU are deficient in selenium, a vital mineral for a healthy immune system.
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.
PURCHASING stock and introducing it to your flock always carries the risk that infection can be brought in with them.
Advice and handy hints
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
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.