WHILE low frequency electronic identification (EID) tags are fine for on-farm use in cattle, there are various reasons why ultra high frequency (UHF) can be more suited to other sectors of the supply chain, notably markets and abattoirs.
The UK is home to one of the most diverse sheep industries in the world, with its many levels of stratification, breeds and markets. Louise Hartley speaks to Dewi Jones, chief executive of Innovis, the country’s leading sheep genetics business, for his thoughts on the industry and predictions on the future.
THE top price of the week came on Wednesday, the final day of the bull sales, when the Charolais bull, Maerdy Ignition, sold for 22,000gns.
Shows and events
Hundreds of young dairy enthusiasts from across Britain descended on the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, for the most prestigious event in a young breeder’s calendar, the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show. Louise Hartley reports from the new venue.
YORKSHIRE-based judge David Booth said the quality of Holstein calves on the second day of the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show had completely blown him away, and his champion was one which ‘oozed class, style and was correct in every way’.
On the farm
Electronic identification is mandatory in sheep flocks, widely adopted in dairying, but less so on beef units. Howard Walsh reports.
Profit From Grass
As the 2014 grazing season begins to draw to a close, the key trends of the season have come to light for many, says DairyCo technical extension officer Piers Badnell.
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.
In our final Forage Watch for 2014, our farmers reflect on a good growing season but face the challenge of falling milk price.
THIS year’s exceptional growing season means Steve Jones is heading into the winter with the best forage stocks he has ever had, however he is fearful falling milk price could hit margins hard.
TB in cattle
THE second year of the pilot badger culls have been a success and should pave the way for wider roll out of the policy, according to a spokesman for the Gloucestershire cull company.
New products and research
A product designed to target the cause of production diseases in freshly calved cows has been launched by NWF Agriculture as part of its new ‘transition cow programme’.
The homeopathic treatment of livestock diseases is relatively uncommon, but the practice has been around for 200 years and devotees are convinced it works.
As the colder weather approaches and temperatures fall, there are several things farmers can do to ensure their calves are equipped to battle through the winter and keep up good growth rates.
Advice and handy hints
Designing a handling system from a cow’s perspective is the key to making it work well. Chloe Palmer attended a practical workshop to learn more.
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.