Farmers Guardian
January 9th 2009

  • £4.5 million development programme for Welsh red meat industry announced

    8 January 2009

    HARD on the heels of yesterday’s announcement of a long-term strategic action plan consultation for the Welsh red meat industry, Welsh Assembly Rural Affairs Minister, Elin Jones, today (Thursday, January 8) announced a £4.5 million development programme for the sector.

  • A boost to the economy

    January 9th 2009

    THESE days the noise of the postman’s van is met with the hope that he might have notification of a fiscal stimulus I am expecting from the Government, namely, my annual SPS payment.

  • Action plan to revamp Welsh red meat industry

    7 January 2009

    A MAJOR revamp of the £361 million a year Welsh red meat industry is being proposed in a long-term strategic action plan revealed today (Wednesday, January 7).

  • Action plan to revamp Welsh red meat industry

    7 January 2009

    A MAJOR revamp of the £361 million a year Welsh red meat industry is being proposed in a long-term strategic action plan revealed today (Wednesday, January 7).

  • Actions speak louder than words

    January 9th 2009

  • Additional benefits of PCV2 vaccine

    January 9th 2009

    WITH the success of the British Pig Executive’s PCV2 vaccination project, Merial Animal Health has released additional information about the vaccine being used.

  • Agriculture in the national news

    5 January 2009

    A DAILY look at how agriculture has caught the headlines across the country (Monday, January 5).

  • Agriculture in the national news

    7 January 2009

    A daily look at how agriculture has hit the headlines accross the country (Wednesday, January 7)

  • Agriculture in the national news

    6 January 2009

    A DAILY look at how agriculture has caught the headlines across the country (Tuesday, January 6).

  • Arla and First Milk announce milk price cuts

    5 January 2009

    BOTH Arla and First Milk have announced producer price cuts.

  • Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee meets tomorrow

    7 January 2009

    WITH the returns – and costs – of UK agriculture so strongly influenced by exchange rates at present, the focus is on tomorrow's Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee meeting.

  • Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee meets tomorrow

    7 January 2009

    WITH the returns – and costs – of UK agriculture so strongly influenced by exchange rates at present, the focus is on tomorrow's Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee meeting.

  • Belchim plans future products

    January 9th 2009

    CROP protection business Belchim Crop Protection is set to launch more products into the UK during 2009, in addition to Chikara.

  • Benn asks Curry to draw up new set of environmental rules

    7 January 2009

    SIR Don Curry has been asked to draw up a new set of environmental rules and incentives for farmers in England.

  • Benn highlights flaws in labelling laws at Oxford Farming Conference

    6 January 2009

    DEFRA Secretary Hilary Benn is urging retailers and caterers to adopt a voluntary country of origin labelling policy.

  • Big savings from bank rate cut

    8 January 2009

    FARMING will save up to £250 million if the base rate remains at the all-time low of 1.5 per cent for a year.

  • Big savings from bank rate cut

    8 January 2009

    FARMING will save up to £250 million if the base rate remains at the all-time low of 1.5 per cent for a year.

  • Brecknock stockjudging

    January 9th 2009

    AT BRECKNOCK’S annual stockjudging competition, members had to place four beef cattle, four dairy cows, four lambs and four pigs and explain their choices.

  • Brussels official pours cold water on UK CAP reform plans

    7 January 2009

    A SENIOR European Commission official has warned the UK Government it is highly unlikely to achieve its goal of negotiating the end of Single Payments after 2013.

  • Calls for MEPs to reject ‘barmy’ labelling laws

    5 January 2009

    CONSERVATIVE MEP Chris Heaton-Harris called on his colleagues to throw out proposals on labelling at the European Commission, brandishing the rules as ‘barmy’.

  • Carr’s remaining optimistic in its 2009 outlook

    January 9th 2009

    CARR’S Milling Industries’ remains on target in its current financial year with profit in the first quarter ahead of target.

  • Case IH's new CVX breaks cover

    January 9th 2009

  • Centenary celebration for NFU North East branch

    January 9th 2009

    THE NFU’s North East branch is celebrating a double century – having recruited 100 new members in the union’s centenary year.

  • Champion steer tops £1,150 at Leyburn

    January 9th 2009

    THE championship at Leyburn Mart’s New Year show and sale last Friday went to a British Blue cross steer from Ken Whitehead, Muker, Swaledale.

  • Commercial layers feed

    January 9th 2009

    A RANGE of feeds for commercial layers has been launched by feed firm ABN following research and consultation with breeding companies.

  • Cost control is key to better returns for extensive cattle units

    January 9th 2009

    Beef and sheep farmer efficiency is increasing according to the sixth edition of Eblex Business Pointers. Their What If? Calculator enables you to check the impact small changes can have on your bottom line.

  • Cost savings from forage

    January 9th 2009

    KEEPING cats, vermin and birds off bales is one of the most ‘cost effective and simplest’ ways to preserve valuable forage, according to Graham Robson of UAT.“It is surprising just how much damage these unwanted visitors can do,” he says. “Allowing air inside the anaerobic environment promotes mould growth and results in spoiled silage. “Prevent damage by using a fine mesh silage protection net.”

  • Could your land have development potential?

    6 January 2009

    IT is very unlikely in the current economic climate that many landowners will be getting tempting offers from house builders for land with ‘hope value’.

  • Dairy business faces loss of bulk of its dairy herd after TB outbreak

    6 January 2009

    IT will be business as usual for the family-run Welsh dairy business, Trioni, despite facing the loss of the bulk of its dairy herd of more than 600 head of pedigree black and whites in an outbreak of bovine TB.

  • Dairy business faces loss of bulk of its dairy herd after TB outbreak

    6 January 2009

    IT will be business as usual for the family-run Welsh dairy business, Trioni, despite facing the loss of the bulk of its dairy herd of more than 600 head of pedigree black and whites in an outbreak of bovine TB.

  • Deutz Fahr's Agrotron K120 is compact and a great all-rounder

    1 January 2009

    DEUTZ Fahr’s Agrotron K120 represents a compact, lightweight yet powerful package that’s equally at home on livestock and arable duties, as two users candidly explain to Geoff Ashcroft.

  • Developing market for heavier lamb carcases

    January 9th 2009

    PRODUCERS looking to supply the emerging specialist market for heavier lamb carcases of 25kg to 30kg must present the right type of lambs in the right way.

  • Diagnosis key to lice and scab treatment

    January 9th 2009

    SHEEP farmers are urged to ‘get a diagnosis’ when faced with a suspected scab outbreak as the symptoms for lice and scab are similar. These include rubbing and scratching against objects, biting of shoulders, flanks and backs, and some loss of wool.

  • English sheepdog trial results

    January 9th 2009

    RYEDALE, Sand Quarry, West Heslerton, North Yorkshire, Nursery (45 ran, judge, L. Jones, Wrelton): 1, R. Jewitt (Naburn) Fern, 79 of 90; 2, I. Murdoch (Sheriff Hutton) Glen, 78; 3, T. Bell (Selby) Daz, 76; 4, P. Turnbull (Pickering) Kep, 75; 5, R. Harland (Pickering) Bess, 73; 6, D. Bristow (Murton) Peg, 72.

  • Exports drive firmer prime sheep trade

    9 January 2009

    AS prime sheep prices surge on the back of tighter supplies and a buoyant export market, some auctions have reported their best ever trade for hoggets.

  • Exports drive firmer prime sheep trade

    9 January 2009

    AS prime sheep prices surge on the back of tighter supplies and a buoyant export market, some auctions have reported their best ever trade for hoggets.

  • Farm and land sales buoyant

    January 9th 2009

    LAST year was a record year for farm and agricultural land sales say Halls.

  • Farm businesses in danger of ‘vicious spiral’ of decline

    6 January 2009

    FARM businesses will have to act quickly if they are to avoid becoming casualties of a devastating recession, warned the chief executive of one of the UK’s biggest food wholesalers.

  • Fern's control takes Christmas nursery

    9 January 2009

    THE festivities did not put a stop to the trials with a good number being held over the Christmas and New Year period.

  • Flexibility to meet specialist demands

    January 9th 2009

    For a contractor, diversifying into other industries can be a good way of keeping staff busy and making better use of expensive machinery. But, warns contractor John Straka, it is important to be able to adapt to the more stringent requirements of specialist work.

  • Foot cracker

    January 9th 2009

    BROMSGROVE YFC members braved the dark to become the winners of the county’s annual ‘foot-cracker’ competition. More than 115 members were dropped at a secret and remote location, charged with the task of walking three miles and finding their way back home.

  • Fryin’ high with the robo-crop stackers

    January 9th 2009

  • Fundraising to build food hall at the Builth Wells showground

    January 9th 2009

    ROYAL Welsh Agricultural Society’s 2008 fundraising activities in the featured county – Clwyd (which includes Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire and Wrexham) – have raised almost £227,000.

  • Future of crop protection products in farmers’ hands

    5 January 2009

  • Future of crop protection products in farmers’ hands

    5 January 2009

    FARMERS and growers across Britain have one last chance to save key crop protection products from the scrap heap, food chain bodies have warned.

  • Garnetts take top two spots at Skipton prime lamb show

    January 9th 2009

    THE championship at Skipton Mart’s opening prime lamb show and sale of the year went to a pen of five 47kg Beltex cross Texel lambs from John and Judy Garnett, Draughton. They sold for £88 per head to Gerald Medcalfe, Halifax.

  • Germany trip focus on bioenergy

    January 9th 2009

    SIX members of Wales YFC Rural Affairs Committee travelled to Hanover, Germany, to learn of advances in on-farm bioenergy production and experience working examples on German farms.

  • Great Potato Challenge targets creative young chefs

    January 9th 2009

    ASPIRING young chefs are being encouraged to take part in next year’s awareness campaign – the return of the Great Potato Challenge.

  • Harness efficiency with precision farming

    January 9th 2009

    HGCA is launching a series of workshops focusing on precision farming in January 2009, as part of the Be PRECISE – ‘Precision for efficiencies, savings and the environment' campaign.

  • Hayley Turner rides 100 winners

    5 January 2009

    HAYLEY Turner became the first female jockey in Britain to claim 100 winners in a calendar year when she rode 7-1 shot Mullitovermaurice to victory at Wolverhampton on Dec 30.

  • Header's seeds of success

    January 9th 2009

  • Helpful hints to protection

    January 9th 2009

    THE Crop Protection Association (CPA) has published an introductory guide to plant protection products.

  • High output makes for timely drilling

    January 9th 2009

    With the pressure on to get crops established in a tight time frame and with minimal labour, bigger drills are starting to become commonplace. Auchmacoy Estate in Aberdeenshire is making use of one of the largest, a 12m Kverneland Accord DG, reports Jane Carle.

  • Hoggs reach £77.50 high

    January 9th 2009

    PRIME hoggs were in demand on Monday at Gisburn Auction Marts, where a top price of £77.50 was achieved.

  • Improved liquid slurry

    January 9th 2009

    A EUROPEAN-DEVELOPED product to make slurry easier to handle is now available in the UK.

  • Improving animal welfare can impact positively on profit

    7 January 2009

    LIVESTOCK farmers have been told they can improve the welfare of their stock for direct and positive impact on profit.

  • Industry predicts record 2008 crop

    January 9th 2009

    WITH over 60 per cent of the country's contracted sugar beet tonnage lifted and delivered into factories, the 2008 crop looks set to break records for both root and sugar yields.

  • Innovation and customer focus is at heart of Opico’s success

    January 9th 2009

  • Irish Gamekeeper's Pie

    January 9th 2009

    THIS recipe for Irish Gamekeeper’s Pie has been submitted by Francesca Lawrence, Cea Dwydd, Moelfre, Conwy, North Wales, who says it is a family favourite and provides a hearty meal during, or at the end of, the winter season. The selection of meat is flexible according to availability, but any game can be used.

  • It's plain sailing as rangers help preserve birds of prey

    January 9th 2009

    ABSEILING wildlife rangers in Kielder Water and Forest Park in Northumberland have come to the aid of the peregrine falcon – until recently one of the most persecuted birds in Britain.

  • Jacob Sheep Society workshop

    January 9th 2009

    THE Jacob Sheep Society held a workshop for its younger members to help sustain future enthusiasm for the breed.There was discussion on requirements for a Jacob and on general sheep health, with Richard Chapman.Junior members also took part in a stockjudging competition.

  • Keeping faith with min-till

    January 9th 2009

    Despite a season best described as ‘challenging’ on some of the heaviest soils in the country, contractor David Waters is keeping faith with min-till and, in particular, his disc and tine cultivator.

  • Lamb carcase judging award

    January 9th 2009

    CLWYD YFC held its lamb carcase judging competition, where Rhys Williams of Nantglyn YFC, won the under-16 section, and Dewi Parry of Betws yn Rhos, took the award for under 18s. Aled Williams of Nantglyn, and Eryl Jones, also of Nant-glyn, were awarded first place in the under-21s and under-26s sections respectively.

  • Lamma 2009 Preview

    January 9th 2009

  • Live auction numbers up

    January 9th 2009

    FARMERS are returning in unprecedented numbers to the live auction ring, claims the Livestock Auctioneers Association.

  • Lochhead calls for greater Scottish independence at Oxford Farming Conference

    6 January 2009

    THE Scottish Parliament needs more power to be devolved from Whitehall if it is to deliver for farmers, Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs and the Environment Richard Lochhead warned.

  • Managing cereal disease

    January 9th 2009

    MANAGING take-all, rusts, mildew and eyespot in winter wheat are some of the topics that will be covered in HGCA’s Disease Management in Cereals workshops in January 2009.

  • Milk price cuts

    5 January 2009

    BOTH Arla and First Milk have announced producer price cuts.

  • Milk price cuts – where’s the justification say producers

    8 January 2009

    ROBERT Wiseman Dairies, Dairy Crest and Milk Link all said this week they were sitting tight for the time being on any milk price movement.

  • Milk price cuts – where’s the justification say producers

    8 January 2009

    ROBERT Wiseman Dairies, Dairy Crest and Milk Link all said this week they were sitting tight for the time being on any milk price movement.

  • Milk producers gap is widening

    8 January 2009

    JUST one quarter of Britain’s dairy farmers now produce over half the national milk volume.

  • Milk producers gap is widening

    8 January 2009

    JUST one quarter of Britain’s dairy farmers now produce over half the national milk volume.

  • Mole Valley reports a record performance

    January 9th 2009

    MOLE Valley Farmers has reported a record financial performance for the year ended September 30, 2008.

  • More abandoning milk production

    January 9th 2009

    THE number of milk producers in England and Wales stood at 11,980 in November.

  • New company to handle McCormick and Landini in the UK

    8 January 2009

    MCCORMICK and Landini’s parent company Argo Group has established a new company, AgriArgo UK to handle sales, distribution and aftersales support for the two tractor brands along with Valpadana in Britain.

  • New herbicide gives total pre-em control

    January 9th 2009

    A NON-SELECTIVE residual herbicide for broad-spectrum weed control around farmyard buildings, gravel drives, tracks and static machinery, has been launched in the UK.

  • New products and research

    January 9th 2009

    TWO new products have been launched by Downland – a ewe milk replacer and an ivermectin-based endectocide.

  • New tractors and kit line up for LAMMA showcase

    January 9th 2009

  • NFSCo ready to take on over-48-month fallen stock collection role

    6 January 2009

    THE National Fallen Stock Company is ready to take on the task of collecting over-48-months cattle that die on farm next week, according to its chairman.

  • NFSCo ready to take on over-48-month fallen stock collection role

    6 January 2009

    THE National Fallen Stock Company is ready to take on the task of collecting over-48-months cattle that die on farm next week, according to its chairman.

  • NFU Mutual rewards loyalty

    January 9th 2009

    BONUS payments worth £85 million are being paid out by NFU Mutual to loyal customers.

  • NFU to highlight between farming and environment in campaigning work

    7 January 2009

    THE NFU will focus its campaigning work over the next 18 months on highlighting how productive agriculture and the environment are inextricably linked.

  • Northern area sporting challenge

    January 9th 2009

    AROUND 250 Young Farmers from around the Northern Area county pitted their skills against each other in a sports tournament.

  • North-south divide narrowing?

    January 9th 2009

    THE commonly perceived North-South divide may be narrowing following an increase in rural deprivation in the south.

  • NSA takes over semen archive

    9 January 2009

    THE National Sheep Association (NSA) has taken over responsibility for the semen archive established by Defra as part of the National Scrapie Plan.

  • NSA takes over semen archive

    9 January 2009

    THE National Sheep Association (NSA) has taken over responsibility for the semen archive established by Defra as part of the National Scrapie Plan.

  • On the right track with rowcrops

    January 9th 2009

  • Organic sector’s feed plea

    9 January 2009

    BRITAIN’S major organic bodies are considering asking the Government for a derogation to allow farmers to feed non-organic feed to organic livestock for a limited time period.

  • Otley Show's 200 up

    January 9th 2009

    THIS year will see the 200th anniversary of Otley Show, claimed to be Britain’s oldest one-day agricultural show, and the organisers are appealing for items of nostalgia to help celebrate the event.

  • Overwhelming demand for British food

    7 January 2009

    CONSUMERS have expressed their overwhelming desire to see more British food on supermarket shelves.

  • Oxford Farming Conference

    8 January 2009

    FARMERS Guardian has a round-up of all the news from this year's Oxford Farming Conference.Credit: © FARMERS GUARDIAN please contact 01772 799445.

  • Oxford Farming Conference

    8 January 2009

    FARMERS Guardian has a round-up of all the news from this year's Oxford Farming Conference.Credit: © FARMERS GUARDIAN please contact 01772 799445.

  • Pig breeding programme offers extra cash

    5 January 2009

    THERE is money to be made as a multiplier within a pig-breeding programme producing replacement gilts for herds in the UK and abroad, says a Yorkshire company.

  • Pig breeding programme offers extra cash

    5 January 2009

    THERE is money to be made as a multiplier within a pig-breeding programme producing replacement gilts for herds in the UK and abroad, says a Yorkshire company.

  • Pig breeding programme offers extra cash

    5 January 2009

    THERE is money to be made as a multiplier within a pig-breeding programme producing replacement gilts for herds in the UK and abroad, says a Yorkshire company.

  • Planning for 'a less than perfect year' makes good commercial sense

    January 9th 2009

    DAIRY farmers should use this month to plan for the coming year, advises Andy Hawken of Cornwall Farmers.

  • Premium market could fall victim to recession

    7 January 2009

    FARMER-OWNED dairy company Long Clawson Dairy has announced it is to release a range of value products to help the business through the recession.

  • Promotion is paying off for the Isle of Man

    January 9th 2009

    PROMOTIONAL efforts to boost domestic consumption of locally produced food are paying off for the Isle of Man.

  • Radnorshire wins annual match

    January 9th 2009

    THE annual Brecknock versus Radnorshire trials took place on Sunday at Hafod yr Ancr farm, Llanafan Fawr, near Builth Wells, on one of the coldest days for trialling in 2008, with the temperature was not much above freezing and the wind adding a chill factor.

  • RPA significantly improves Single Payment delivery

    6 January 2009

    THE Rural Payments Agency (RPA) significantly improved its delivery of the Single Payment Scheme in the first month of the EU payment window.

  • Sales of sheep and goats' milk cheese growing

    5 January 2009

    SALES of sheep and goats’ milk cheese are growing faster than cows’ milk cheese sales, says Waitrose.

  • Save 20% on courses

    January 9th 2009

    YOUNG NFU members in the north could save money on tractor trailer towing courses.A discount of 20 per cent is available on lessons which can cost £150 to £600 depending on the amount of training required, at two training centres in the North West. Centres are located at: Towing Solutions, Cheshire, and Myerscough College, Preston.

  • Scotland will not embrace GM

    7 January 2009

    SCOTLAND will not follow the rest of the UK in looking to GM technology to increase food production and address food security.

  • Sheepdog trials diary

    January 9th 2009

    10 January. HOLME, Nursery, Walmsley Fold Farm, Brindle, Chorley, Lancashire, 9am start, enter on field. YORKSHIRE, Nursery, Trawden Show Field, Trawden, Lancashire, 9.30am start, enter on field, caterer. PERRYDALE, Nursery & Novice, Perrydale Farm, Peak Forest, Derbyshire, 8am start, enter on field, caterer. RYEDALE, Nursery, Pilly Hall Farm, Easby, North Yorkshire, 10am start, enter on field. LAZONBY Open, Crag Nook Farm, ...

  • Six month's protection

    January 9th 2009

    THE enzootic pneumonia vaccine for pigs from Fort Dodge Animal Health is now available in the UK.Suvaxyn MH-One has a dual-adjuvant system giving a protracted period of immune system stimulation, similar to that previously achieved with a two-shot vaccine.It has also been designed to be easy to administer, even in the cold, and will protect stock for up to six months.Details on 01489 781711

  • Solar power for stock fencing

    January 9th 2009

    TO aid farmers using electric fences, Shropshire-based KiwiKit is offering a ‘portable energiser’ that uses a solar panel to keep batteries at optimum charge.

  • Still time to use up IPU herbicide stocks

    8 January 2009

    DELAYED drilling and spray programmes in the autumn mean higher than usual stocks of IPU-based products remain unused in farm sheds at the start of the herbicide’s last season of use.

  • Still time to use up IPU herbicide stocks

    8 January 2009

    DELAYED drilling and spray programmes in the autumn mean higher than usual stocks of IPU-based products remain unused in farm sheds at the start of the herbicide’s last season of use.

  • Tamworth to celebrate their special pig pride

    January 9th 2009

    TAMWORTH Borough Council has formed a partnership with the Tamworth Breeders’ Club to develop the town’s outdoor events programme.

  • TB-devastated farm pins hopes on eradication plan

    January 9th 2009

    As farmers across Wales wait for the Welsh Assembly’s promised New Year announcement on the next phase of its bovine TB eradication programme, Barry Alston reports from a West Wales dairy farm where a prize-winning pedigree herd has been hit hard by the disease.

  • Tesco price war sparks fear in countryside

    6 January 2009

    TESCO has announced discounts of £100 million across 3,000 products prompting fears within the countryside that farm-gate prices will also be screwed down.

  • Thoughts from Oxford Farming Conference

    9 January 2009

    THE good news is the public loves you. The bad news is you’re a miserable bunch – ex-Sun editor tells farmers to cheer up to win PR battle.

  • Tractor market at its strongest for over a decade in 2008

    9 January 2009

    THE 2008 tractor market was at its strongest point for over a decade with 17,104 tractors over 50hp being registered.

  • Treating all does pay off

    January 9th 2009

    TRIAL work with over 1,200 finishing cattle on 71 French finishing units shows it pays to treat cattle in close proximity to affected stock as well as those showing obvious signs of pneumonia.

  • User James Jones talks about the Agrotron K120

    1 January 2009

    JAMES Jones chose an Agrotron K120 for its compact yet powerful statistics when the time came to replace a 100hp Ford 7610 on the family farm at Felindre near Knighton, Powys.

  • Versatility is key to Soucy tracks

    January 9th 2009

  • Welsh sheepdog trial results

    January 9th 2009

    BRECKNOCK v RADNORSHIRE TEAM TRIALS. Individual: 1, D. Evans (Brk) Cammen Jess 10; 2, G. Owen (Rad) Ben, 12; 3. Roy Jones (Brk) Wesley, 13; 4, I. Jones (Brk) Tom, 14; 5=. B. Lewis (Brk) Floss and V. Davies (Brk) Moss, 15. Team Result, 1, Radnorshire; 2, Brecknock.

  • Wheat bulb fly egg hatch this month

    January 9th 2009

    WHEAT bulb fly egg hatch is likely to start during January, according to ADAS.

  • Winners at Montgomery YFC's competition weekend

    January 9th 2009

    MEMBERS of Montgomery YFC won various trophies at their annual competitions weekend.

  • Wood’s become big business

    January 9th 2009

  • Work-metrics technique to be applied to pig industry

    January 9th 2009

    A ‘WORK-METRICS’ technique originally developed to bring down costs in the dairy industry is being applied to the pig sector, using money from Bpex’s innovation fund.

  • Young Consultant of the Year

    January 9th 2009

    PROBLEM-solver Sam Evans has been named the first winner of the Young Consultant of the Year competition 2008.