FARMERS are being encouraged to embrace EID for the benefits it can bring to their businesses.
WOODIES Wriggley, from Stuart Wood, Westhill, Aberdeenshire, took the pre-sale show championship at the Beltex Sheep Society sale at Carlisle. It then went on to sell for what is thought to be a breed record for a ewe lamb of 7,000gns.
Shows and events
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It was a third sheep championship win in four years for David and Linda Wadland, Aston le Walls, when they took the overall, continental, pure-bred and exhibitor-bred titles with a pair of pure Texels weighing 91kg which had also taken the supreme award at the English Winter Fair.
On the farm
With profit margins notoriously tight for many pig farmers, investing in buildings hasn’t always been at the top of the priority list and, as a result, some units have witnessed unfavourable performance as inefficiencies in building design impacts production.
THE last article in our Maize Matters series highlights predicted yield and quality results for this season and covers disease challenge, storage issues and revised seed rates.
Benchmark Animal Health
TB in cattle
THE NFU has called for badger culling to be rolled out nationally, after Defra unveiled a mixed set of results from this year’s pilot culls.
New products and research
?CONTAINING chilli, cloves and cinnamon, a new plant-based rumen modifier is on the market from KW.
COMPARED to Denmark’s domestic pigmeat market worth £3.9 billion, its export value currently stands at £33bn, with produce exported to 140 countries worldwide.
Agromek in Denmark is northern Europe’s largest agricultural trade show and was host to an international pig seminar. Louise Hartley reports from Herning.
Advice and handy hints
Devising and frequently revisiting parlour milking routines can have a positive impact on mastitis incidence. Katie Jones spoke to an expert to get some tips on what issues to consider.
The vet column
Research performed by the University of Nottingham and DairyCo highlight areas which can be improved to make vaccines work more effectively. Louise Hartley gets the top tips from Dutch vet Wendela Wapenaar.