Farmers Guardian
June 16th 2006

  • 50 years of riding at Longton

    21 June 2006

    Longton Riding Club near Preston are to celebrate their 50th anniversary with a gala dinner at Wellington Park, Leyland on Saturday July 8 at 8pm.

  • A grand reward for the supreme in-hand equine at the Royal Show

    20 June 2006

    A Supreme prize pot of over £2,500 has attracted a large number of entries in this year’s in-hand horse classes at the Royal Show in Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire on July 2-5.

  • A look back to the Royal Highland Show 2005

    June 16th 2006

    ROYAL HIGHLAND SHOW 2006 PREVIEW

  • Aberdeen-Angus half-share record

    June 16th 2006

    A HALF-share in a young Aberdeen-Angus bull has sold for a record £32,500 in a private transaction between two well known Scottish herds.

  • Aberystwyth and Ceredigion County Show

    June 16th 2006

    Close run thing as Blonde d’Aquitaine bull impresses the small judging panel

  • Aberystwyth and Ceredigion County Show Results

    June 16th 2006

    CATTLE

  • ADAS rosemaund annual open day

    June 16th 2006

    West Midlands arable farmers could catch up with developments in pest and disease control at the ADAS Rosemaund annual open day in Herefordshire. David Jones reports.

  • Angus Show

    June 16th 2006

    Limousin captures supreme award

  • Asda to phase out Irish beef and source British for own brand

    June 16th 2006

    ASDA has pledged to source only British meat for its own brand products in future, phasing out Irish beef in the long-run.

  • Awards of high standing

    June 16th 2006

    THE award for the top breed stand at Scotsheep went to the Blackface Sheep Society, with the Beltex Society second and the Border Leicester stand third.The best indoor trade stand was Agri-Lloyd International, while outdoors the honours went to JMT Manufacturing.

  • Ayrshire pips Jersey to the post to win the reserve place

    June 16th 2006

    Royal Cornwall Show

  • Bean sowing densities to be re-evaluated

    June 16th 2006

    THE development of higher yielding winter beans has made it necessary to re-evaluate the optimum sowing density. Plant population studies at PGRO will update current recommendations. “The current recommendation is 18 plants/ sq.m in the spring but all the work to establish this figure was done with older varieties,’’ said PGRO technical officer Paul Armitage.

  • Beef on demand the London farmer who knows his customer

    June 16th 2006

    Being one of the few farmers on the London tube network and selling directly to the public is bringing a Middlesex beef farmer television fame as well as an enthusiastic customer base. TOM LEVITT reports.

  • Bid of 12,000gns tops level Limousin trade at Carlisle

    June 16th 2006

    THE 12,000gns top priced Cloughhead heifer in Saturday’s two-herd Limousin sale in Carlisle, and the top two Procters lots, all went to the same buyers.

  • Blackcurrant Slice

    June 16th 2006

    THIS recipe is from Chrissie Cullimore of Mill Farm, Kelston, Bath, and is a good way of using blackcurrants that you might have in your freezer. It makes a change from pies and crumbles and can be served as a pudding or a cake, she says.

  • Breeding in the tenderness helps Flying H sell to most USA states

    June 16th 2006

    UNITED States farming operation Flying H Genetics has specialised in the production of tender, lean meat through the 250 bulls it sells annually to virtually every state in the country.

  • British beef on the menu in Brussels

    15 June 2006

    BRITISH beef will be given a high-profile public airing in Europe today as the industry attempts to rebuild exports to the continent after a 10-year absence.

  • British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO) Open Day

    June 16th 2006

    The latest advice on achieving the sugar beet industry’s target yield of 70 tonnes/hectare was on offer at a British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO) Open Day at Great Melton, Norfolk. Edward Long reports.

  • Brothers garden gold run at the Holker Festival

    June 16th 2006

    FOR the second year in a row, farmer John Hudson and his brother David have won best in show and a gold medal award for their show garden at Holker Festival, Cumbria.

  • Brown out of touch with CAP

    June 16th 2006

    THE Tenant Farmers Association has branded Chancellor Gordon Brown’s recent comments on CAP reform as ‘out of time, out of touch and born out of ignorance’.

  • Burroughs memorable double as he wins back-to-back titles

    June 16th 2006

    Royal Cornwall Show

  • Caerwys Show

    June 16th 2006

    Howatson is just champion

  • Call for egg imports ban

    15 June 2006

    A REPORT showing that the UK has one of the lowest rates of salmonella in poultry in Europe has prompted calls for a ban on egg imports.

  • Carl Hester becomes ambassador for World Para Dressage Championships

    June 16th 2006

    Carl Hester has accepted the invitation to become Ambassador to the 2007 World Para Dressage Championships (WPDC) to be held at Hartpury College, near Gloucester in July 2007. A key element of this role is the promotion of the WPDC supporters’ sponsorship package, which he is just about to launch.

  • Carwyn Jones hits back at harsh criticisms from FUW

    June 16th 2006

    WELSH Assembly Countryside Minister Carwyn Jones has hit back at the ‘harsh’ criticisms levelled against him by Farmers Union of Wales president Gareth Vaughan at the union’s annual meeting in Aberystwyth – reported in last week’s Farmers Guardian.

  • Cereals 2006

    June 16th 2006

    Cereals, a must-see event for UK arable farmers, got underway at Nocton, Lincolnshire, this week. Here, FG reporters provide key stories from the first day. More in next week’s Farmers Guardian.

  • Challenging future for vets

    June 16th 2006

    VETERINARY surgeons’ relationship with the farming industry in Scotland faced many challenges, said Dr Freda Scott-Parks, president of the British Veterinary Association.

  • Charolais to 3,100gns in Ballymena

    June 16th 2006

    CHAROLAIS bulls were bid to a top of 3,100gns twice in Ballymena Livestock Mart at the Northern Ireland Charolais Club’s inaugural show and sale at the centre.

  • Choose high yielding seeds for next season

    June 16th 2006

    SUGAR BEET varieties have the in-built genetic potential to deliver super-high sugar yields, and growers are being advised to select the latest highest yielding types when orderings seed for next season.

  • Clubs highest price winner

    June 16th 2006

    PAUL Stamper, of Little Broughton, Cockermouth, was the season’s overall winner in the North West Simmental Club’s ‘highest priced store scheme’.

  • Competition Winners

    June 16th 2006

    A NUMBER of competitions were staged alongside the business of Scotsheep 2006.

  • Cornish farmer first on the slope to a ski diversification winner

    June 16th 2006

    THE first UK farm diversification involving the development of a ski slope is expected to take place in Cornwall later this year.

  • Crop sensor benefits

    June 16th 2006

    More than 70 farmers in the UK are now relying on crop sensors to measure the amount of nitrogen their crops require but it can also offer other benefits. Mervyn Bailey reports.

  • Crops are best long-term source of future energy

    June 16th 2006

    THE European Environment Agency has claimed that agricultural crops offer the best long-term possibility of Europe reducing its dependence on imported oil and gas.

  • Dairy assurance move will bolster Red Tractor

    June 16th 2006

    THE ownership and operation of farm assurance in the dairy sector is being transferred from the National Dairy Farm Assured Scheme to Assured Food Standards.

  • Dairy scholarship up for grabs

    19 June 2006

    YOUNG people in dairying wanting to broaden their knowledge of the industry at large, might want to have a go at a scholarship being offered by Dairy UK and the Milk Development Council.

  • Dedication and commitment reaps a handsome reward

    June 16th 2006

    BARRY ALSTON reports from the home of a high performing family-run pedigree black and white herd with looks to match output.

  • Disease control for yield

    June 16th 2006

    AS potential yields increase, there is an increasing need to control diseases such as powdery mildew, rust and ramularia. British Sugar is now advising all growers to use triazole or strobilurin fungicide in late July or early August as there is a five per cent yield benefit – even in the absence of disease – and some of the latest varieties have poor levels of resistance to powdery mildew, the most damaging of the foliar disease trio.

  • Early warning for brassicas

    June 16th 2006

    MONITORING of disease levels for the Brassica Alert service has started across Lincolnshire, providing growers with immediate early warning via mobile phone text message.

  • English Nature finds grazing sites for Shropshire livestock

    June 16th 2006

    SHORT of grazing? A new scheme in Shropshire is helping livestock farmers find grazing sites through an English Nature ‘dating agency’.

  • English Sheepdog Trial Results

    June 16th 2006

    TRAWDEN Summer Open, Twiston Moor, Clitheroe (78 ran): 1, A. Kyme (Lumb) Floss, 83 of 90; 2, F. Satterthwaite (Brough) Zac, 82; 3, R. Airey (Trawden) Bet, 81; 4, S. Walton (Crooklands) Dug, 80, TIME; 5, R. Briggs (Wennington) Wenndale Star, 80; 6, I, Ibbotson (Oakworth) Zac, 79.

  • Environmental schemes arent just for the benefit of the wildlife

    June 16th 2006

    THE benefits and range of options for farmers interested in Defra’s new Environmental Stewardship Scheme, particularly Higher Level Stewardship (HLS), were outlined to Cumbrian farmers at a recent farm walk in Wigton.

  • Equine stem cell technology now widely available

    June 16th 2006

    Equine stem cell treatment is now available at most of the UK’s leading equine veterinary practices, as a result of intensive training seminars and case by case training run by VetCell Bioscience Ltd, the pioneers of equine stem cell procedures.

  • EU pressure over TB?

    June 16th 2006

    Farmers Union of Wales annual meeting in Aberystwyth.

  • Examining precision drilling

    June 16th 2006

    RESEARCH under way at PGRO is seeking to quantify the benefits of precision drilling of vining peas.

  • Extra features to get more from 8250 transmission

    June 16th 2006

    THE flagship 8250 has just received some more features to make the most of the continuously variable transmission.

  • Fallen stock rules are wrong

    June 16th 2006

    THE ‘farce’ of a fallen stock scheme brought strong criticism from annual meeting delegates. “The union has always argued that the new regulations are wrong and that farmers should still have the right to bury livestock carcases on their farms,” said FUW president, Gareth Vaughan.

  • Farm businesses aren’t just in the business of food production

    June 16th 2006

    The Royal Bank of Scotland is proud to continue its sponsorship of the Royal Highland Show. The sponsorship cements our support of the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland, who have expertly served the farming industry for the past 222 years.

  • Farmers and sprayers meet and exceed their VI targets for 2006

    June 16th 2006

    FARMERS and sprayer operators have been congratulated this week for meeting most, and exceeding some, of the Voluntary Initiative’s targets for 2006.

  • Farming is still at heart of business

    June 16th 2006

    Last week, Asda achieved the dubious distinction of featuring in an unfavourable light in both FG’s front page stories. Here agriculture manager Chris Browns tells ALISTAIR DRIVER why he believes the Leeds-based retailer is still the farmer’s friend.

  • Farms expand as land prices rise 58 per cent

    June 16th 2006

    WHILE ‘lifestyle’ buyers of small parcels of land may have contributed up to one third of the 58 per cent increase in average bare land values over the past decade, successful farm businesses have also been a significant factor.

  • Female pigs dominate, winning 10 out of 11

    June 16th 2006

    Royal Cornwall Show

  • Fine art reward for service

    June 16th 2006

    STEVEN McLean, chief executive of the Texel Sheep Society was presented with a piece of Borders Fine Art in appreciation of his many years service as Texel representative on the SAC’s Sheep and Goat Health Scheme Board.

  • First Milk appointment

    June 16th 2006

    FIRST Milk has appointed a commercial director.He is former Arla Foods operations director Richard Mostyn-Jones and reports to First Milk’s chief executive Peter Humphreys. He has also held senior roles with Express Dairies, Unigate and Heinz and will be involved in overseeing sales, distribution and membership functions.

  • Fischer Boel is out of touch with reality

    June 16th 2006

    THE pressure group Farmers for Fairness in Europe has accused EU Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel of being out of touch with reality and complacent.

  • Floss by a point at Trawden open trial to take title over Zac

    June 16th 2006

    WORKING extremely well over the testing course at the Trawden Summer open trial on Saturday Alf Kyme’s Floss took her first open title.

  • Fountaines Kenilworth success

    June 16th 2006

    MILTON Keynes-based G.R. Fountaine had the supreme and reserve championship titles in the beef commercial cattle section at Kenilworth Show, Warwickshire.Their champion was the Belgian Blue cross Page Three, and their runner-up was the Limousin cross How’s That.

  • Fungicide comparison results

    June 16th 2006

    A SERIES of trials being undertaken by ADAS plant pathologist Dr Peter Gladders at Rosemaund aims to compare the four main oilseed rape fungicides against the crop’s three main diseases.

  • Genus post record profits turnaround

    June 16th 2006

    GENUS has posted a healthy set of results for the year to March 31, showing record profits achieved in its historically core activities.

  • Government is urged to tackle rural poverty problems

    June 16th 2006

    MINISTERS and the private sector have been urged, in a report from the Commission for Rural Communities, to tackle the problems of the deprivation and disadvantage faced by many in the countryside.

  • Grazing Monitor 2006

    June 16th 2006

    Season throws up yet more challenges

  • Great Yorkshire Show Preview

    June 16th 2006

    Georgina was destined for success from an early age

  • Greater power and low-end torque in JCB engine change

    June 16th 2006

    JCB has given the top two 3000 series Fastrac a heart transplant, increasing power and low-end torque.

  • Growers angry over EU minimum beet price

    June 16th 2006

    ANGRY sugar beet growers warned they would not produce beet for the EU minimum price being recommended by British Sugar, at a ‘Future of Beet Growing in the UK’ seminar on the NFU stand on the first day of the event.

  • Guide to using tractors on the road is launched

    June 16th 2006

    JCB has also introduced a reference book called tractors and the law.

  • Healthier crops fuels fall in demand for protection

    June 16th 2006

    AS A result of a reduction in the area of cereal crops grown, with good autumn drilling and herbicide products working well, there was a decline in use of crop protection products during 2005, says the Crop Protection Association.

  • Hitching up for safety

    June 16th 2006

    After more than a century – and possibly more – the connection system which links a tractor to a trailer or implement could be set to change. Andy Collings takes a look at the growing popularity of ball hitches and the advantages they have to offer.

  • Home-grown rape seed bound for UK biodiesel plants?

    June 16th 2006

    THE use of home-grown rape seed over alternative feedstock in bio-diesel plants – currently under construction in the UK – will depend on several factors for and against their use, according to HGCA economist Michael Archer.

  • Honley Show

    June 16th 2006

    Record turnout despite World Cup counter attraction

  • Horse of the Year Show 2006, October 4-8, NEC, Birmingham

    June 16th 2006

    Every year Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) offers exciting displays of horsemanship as well as the very best in international show jumping, and this year promises to be no exception.

  • HSBC Profits survey revelations

    June 16th 2006

    WHILE very few arable farmers appear sure of what direction to take for the future, half of them are hoping that the emerging biofuels industry will boost wheat prices.

  • Huge relief over live exports

    June 16th 2006

    THE past year had not been all ‘gloom and doom’ – there had been some good news, said union president Gareth Vaughan. The beef export ban had been lifted almost 10 years to the day after it was imposed, allowing top quality beef to be sent across the world.

  • Kendall warns of biofuel industry threats

    June 16th 2006

    NFU president Peter Kendall has warned of the threats facing the developing biofuels industry.

  • Kendall: We matter to UK

    June 16th 2006

    NFU president Peter Kendall is stressing to the Government why farming matters to the UK.

  • Lib Dems call for Brazilian beef ban

    June 16th 2006

    THE Liberal Democrats have called for the EU to ban Brazilian beef imports.

  • Licences for bat and dormouse removal rapped

    June 16th 2006

    PROPOSALS to restrict farmers’ freedom to remove bats or to harvest crops where dormice could be breeding have been labelled ‘ridiculous’ by the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).

  • Local man Rob on top once again at shearing contest

    June 16th 2006

    LOCAL competitor, Rob Chandler, from Llanvihangel Crucorney, near Abergavenny, came out top for the second year running at Sunday’s Llangattock-Vibon-Avel and District Ploughing and Agricultural Society’s annual sheep shearing match.

  • Lower disease levels in later crops

    June 16th 2006

    THE winter bean crop is a crop of two halves in terms of disease, according to PGRO technical director Dr Anthony Biddle.

  • Luing dispersal first

    June 16th 2006

    LUING cows peaked at 1,550gns on Saturday in what was the first major dispersal of a herd by auction.

  • Mackie is new president of the RNAS

    June 16th 2006

    DONSIDE farmer and agricultural contractor, Willie Mackie, Tullynessle, Alford, is the new president of the Royal Northern Agricultural Society.

  • Mixed 89-acre farm auction almost hits the 1m mark

    June 16th 2006

    AN 89-acre mixed farm in South Shropshire, which traditionally belonged to the ‘Lord of the Manor’, has been sold at auction for nearly £1 million.

  • More needs to be done to grow the organic market

    June 16th 2006

    GOVERNMENTS and supermarkets should be doing more to stimulate growth in consumer demand for organic products, a major new report has claimed.

  • More work begins on Pennine Bridleway

    20 June 2006

    Work is due to start next month (July) on the latest phase of improvements to bridleways, which will form part of the Pennine Bridleway National Trail through the Yorkshire Dales National Park.

  • MTR fogs tenanted sector trends

    June 16th 2006

    ONE single over-riding factor appears to have dominated the tenanted sector in the year to October 2005 – the mid-term reviews’ proposals for CAP reform.

  • Myerscough College graduate in research success

    June 16th 2006

    A Myerscough College equine graduate has been chosen to present her dissertation at a scientific conference and her work will be published in a leading equine journal.

  • New attractions in the food hall

    June 16th 2006

    ROYAL HIGHLAND SHOW 2006 PREVIEW

  • New chairman of Yorkshire fedration

    June 16th 2006

    KEEN stockjudge, farmer’s daughter Helen Herd, is the new chairman of the Yorkshire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs.

  • New Limousin Society president

    June 16th 2006

    THE new president of the British Limousin Cattle Society is Cumbrian breeder William Cowx of Hudscales, Hesket New Market, Wigton.

  • New sheep strategy to target commercial production

    June 16th 2006

    A NEW three-year Scottish Sheep Strategy was launched by Quality Meat Scotland chairman, Donald Biggar, at Scotsheep.

  • New Zealand way is set objectives and stick to them

    June 16th 2006

    THERE could be no excuses for not culling breeding sheep that did not fit in with the objectives of a breeding programme, New Zealand sheep consultant, George Cruickshank, told a seminar.

  • NFU badger cull claim laughable

    June 16th 2006

    THE NFU has insisted there is scientific evidence to justify a badger cull after its calls for a policy were described as ‘laughable’ by badger campaigners.

  • NFU calls for interest payments on late claims

    June 16th 2006

    THE NFU has called on the Government to pay interest on any payments left outstanding after the end of the payment window on June 30.

  • NFU launches a vision for combinable crops sector

    June 16th 2006

    THE NFU has launched a proposal document for a ‘vision for the combinable crops sector’.

  • No CAP, no landscape MPs told

    19 June 2006

    THE abolition of CAP would turn much of the UK’s countryside over to scrub land, said the CLA this week.

  • OBE for Reg Haydon

    19 June 2006

    TFA National Chairman Reg Haydon has been awarded the OBE in the Queens Birthday Honours for his services to the agricultural industry.

  • Open access has cost £500 per walker

    15 June 2006

    UNDER-USE of the Government’s much-trumpeted open access has led to costs of at least £500 per walker, national property consultants Strutt & Parker have claimed.

  • Opening farm gates to the public

    June 16th 2006

    ALMOST 300 farms across the UK volunteered to open up their farms for the first Farm Sunday this week.

  • Organic conversion with green land care can secure payments

    June 16th 2006

    FARMERS in Yorkshire have had the opportunity to attend a series of farm walks focussing on organic production, organised by ADAS, in conjunction with the Rural Development Service (RDS) and the Yorkshire Organic Centre.

  • Outrage at missed opportunities

    June 16th 2006

    THE Conservatives have expressed their outrage after it was disclosed that Defra Ministers will only visit two agricultural shows this summer. Defra said, in addition to last week’s Royal Cornwall Show, only the Royal Show would be guaranteed a Ministerial presence. Shadow Agriculture Minister Jim Paice said Ministers were missing an excellent opportunity to meet farmers from across the country.

  • Parisian convention date brings surprise contracts to partners

    June 16th 2006

    A PARIS business convention enabling beef exporters and French importers to ‘pair up’ and discuss potential business opportunities, has been hailed a success.

  • Partial payments are made

    June 16th 2006

    PARTIAL payments have been made this week to 841 of the 3,000 priority claimants still awaiting their 2005 SPS.

  • PGRO Members Day

    June 16th 2006

    From new pulse varieties, to developmental drilling techniques and the latest herbicide options – there was a wealth of information on offer at the PGRO Members’ Day at Thornhaugh, near Peterborough, Cambridgeshire.

  • Plans to improve public access to Welsh coastline

    June 16th 2006

    PLANS to improve public access to the Welsh coastline are being drawn up by the Welsh Assembly – but is not proposing to seek legal rights of access powers.

  • Polytunnels on display as NFU aims to be up front with public

    June 16th 2006

    THE NFU has been making a strong defence of polytunnels at this year’s Gardeners’ World Live show at the Birmingham NEC.

  • Pony Club games at HOYS: A very special magic

    June 16th 2006

    To compete in the Prince Philip Cup at HOYS is the ultimate ambition of all Pony Club mounted games teams. Now in its 50th year, the competition is as popular as ever, says SARAH CRIPPS.

  • Prince helps raise £30,000 for countryside foundation for education

    June 16th 2006

    An enthusiastic crowd of over 5,000 took advantage of the glorious sunshine at the Beaufort Polo Club last weekend and helped raise over £30,000 for the Countryside Foundation for Education, a charity which provides access to outdoor learning opportunities for up to 20,000 school children each year.

  • Promotional need for more home kill

    June 16th 2006

    THERE was a need for more lambs produced in Scotland to be slaughtered in Scotland, QMS marketing controller, Laurent Vernet, told a question and answer session.

  • Pulse alternatives to peas and beans

    June 16th 2006

    NEW pulse crops are on the menu for UK growers.

  • Ragwort watch

    20 June 2006

    Leading rural campaigners are urging people to watch out for a killer weed. The Country Land and Business Association (CLA), whose members own and manage more than half the rural land in England and Wales, says that the bright yellow daisy-like flowers are beginning to bloom in Yorkshire, showing where control measures may be necessary.

  • Ready for our biggest date

    June 16th 2006

    ROYAL HIGHLAND SHOW 2006 PREVIEW

  • Reap the benefits of tramlining without compromising yields

    June 16th 2006

    BY switching to a tramlining system, beet growers could gain worthwhile benefits without compromising yields.

  • Retailers are ripping off dairy farmers, says Rooker

    June 16th 2006

    FOOD and Farming Minister Jeff Rooker has launched an extraordinary attack on British retailers, accusing them of ‘ripping off’ dairy farmers.

  • Royal approval for multi-million pound vet college expansion

    June 16th 2006

    A MULTI-MILLION pound investment programme to revamp and expand the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College, Edinburgh, has been given the Royal seal of approval.

  • Royal Cornwall Show 2006

    June 16th 2006

    Bowers Sam takes his ring victory lying down – again

  • ROYAL HIGHLAND SHOW 2006 PREVIEW

    June 16th 2006

    The Royal Highland Show is the most northerly of Britain’s national Royal shows being held at Ingliston, near Edinburgh from Thursday, June 22 to Sunday, June 25, 2006. The first two days are dedicated to farming and related industries, culminating in the inter-breed judging around midday on Saturday, before the show switches to more of a party mood for both farmers and townspeople.

  • RPA antics anger - Farming leaders rap management

    June 16th 2006

    ALLEGATIONS of depraved behaviour within the Rural Payment Agency’s Newcastle office have been branded an ‘absolute disgrace’ by farm leaders.

  • Samlesbury win Lancs rally

    June 16th 2006

    SAMLESBURY YFC was overall winner at the Lancashire Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs’ annual county rally. The club was also top of all the stockjudging classes.

  • Scotsheep

    June 16th 2006

    Near perfect weather conditions and the attraction of one of North East Scotland’s best known hill farms combined to pull in bumper crowds when the NSA’s Scottish Region held Scotsheep at John and Fiona Gordon’s Wellheads, Huntly, Aberdeenshire.

  • Scottish Parliament backs tougher code of practice and independent enforcement for supermarkets

    June 16th 2006

    A SCOTTISH Parliament committee has concluded that the system of regulating supermarkets is failing farmers, rural communities and consumers.

  • Scottish Sheepdog Trial Results

    June 16th 2006

    PEEBLES (Judge: J. Mitchell, Broughton) Open (46 ran) 1, R.B. Henderson (Roslin) Bill, 95; 2, B. MacFarlane (West Linton) Jock, 94; 3, A. Watson (Shotts) Jake, 93; 4, M. Arres (Ashkirk) Midge, 92 outbye; 5, J. Simpson (Heriot) Tess, 92; 6, J. Hastie (Saline) Mirk, 88.

  • Selling lambs online

    June 16th 2006

    RECENT abattoir closures in the South West have inspired the creation of an online auction system for lambs which will operate countrywide.

  • Shearers aiming to win the five nations championship

    June 16th 2006

    ROYAL HIGHLAND SHOW 2006 PREVIEW

  • Shire horse winner

    June 16th 2006

    Royal Cornwall Show

  • Site ideal for barley trial

    June 16th 2006

    ADAS Rosemaund’s location, in what is traditionally one of the wetter parts of the country, normally demands a more vigorous approach to keeping disease out of crops.

  • Some farm waste now eco-friendly

    June 16th 2006

    A SMALL Hampshire-based company is using waste products from farming to make eco-friendly food packaging.

  • Somerset YFC annual event raises £15,000

    June 16th 2006

    THREE thousand people joined Somerset Young Farmers for their annual county rally. The event, at Blackmore Farm, Cannington, courtesy of the Dyer family, was organised by the Sedgemoor group of clubs and raised around £15,000.

  • South of England Show

    June 16th 2006

    Belgian Blue is named the best in show

  • Spring and winter high yield barleys approved for brewing are a step forward in yield

    June 16th 2006

    TWO barley varieties that provide a step forward in yield have now been granted official industry approval for brewing.

  • Stock collection

    June 16th 2006

    Clutton Agricultural in Wrexham is expected to restart normal fallen stock collections from next week. Director Sam Clutton said they would have cleared the remaining backlog of carcases on the Wrexham site by Friday 16th June.

  • Strike talk to lift milk price

    June 16th 2006

    THE pressures facing UK dairy farmers were similar to those facing producers right across Europe and, according to FUW president, Gareth Vaughan, in most cases the cause of the problem was the same – the overwhelming buying power of the major supermarkets. “As a union we have led calls for a new independent inquiry into the buying power of the large UK supermarkets – and I am delighted that the Competitions Commission will examine this in detail in the months to come,” he said.

  • Success for Inver Ross at Highland rally

    June 16th 2006

    INVER ROSS YFC was awarded overall first place and the Hamilton’s Auction Mart trophy at the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs’ 2006 Highland rally. Strathspey YFC was runner-up with Bower YFC third.

  • Sue's genetic trait in livestock brings shop window dividends

    June 16th 2006

    THERE is a question that has been puzzling Sue Watson for over six months; whether or not her reserve champion at the 2005 Hailsham fatstock, a 480kg pedigree Limousin heifer that sold for 360p per kg, was the highest priced purebred Limousin fatstock animal to be sold at auction last year?

  • Suffolks clean-up for the Thomas family on return

    June 16th 2006

    Aberystwyth and Ceredigion County Show

  • Supermarket inquiry to investigate abuse of buyer power

    15 June 2006

    THE Competition Commission’s supermarket inquiry will look in detail at the behaviour of retailers towards their suppliers.

  • Tackle skills shortage with a substantial pay rise T&G

    June 16th 2006

    ‘SUBSTANTIAL’ pay rises to help tackle the skills shortage in farming, were sought by the Transport and General Workers Union at the Agricultural Wages Board negotiations.

  • The Planning Gain Supplement – but who will gain?

    19 June 2006

    IN a keynote speech last week Gordon Brown made it clear that economist Kate Barker’s review of the planning system is set to deliver major upheaval and radical policy reform.

  • Thinking outside the box pays off

    June 16th 2006

    When David Wood’s son first suggested selling meat boxes directly to consumers, neither guessed that within a few years they would have a customer base of over 4,000 people. KATIE ROEBUCK went to meet the father who is very glad he started to take his son’s ideas seriously.

  • Time to take a look at ourselves in the mirror and see the public image

    June 16th 2006

    Stop it. Moaning, that is. There’s nothing more damaging for the farming industry than constant whinging, and more often than not about things beyond our control anyway.

  • Turning a handicap to your own advantage

    June 16th 2006

    ROYAL HIGHLAND SHOW 2006 PREVIEW

  • Two day show for veterans

    June 16th 2006

    The Veteran Horse Society (VHS) have announced the first two day open show for veteran horses and ponies, (aged 15 years and over) to be held on October 14-15 this year.

  • Use shearing season to examine sheep for CLA to save time and money, farmers told

    June 16th 2006

    CASEOUS Lymphadenitis – or CLA as it is more commonly known – is a sheep disease that can prove very costly to farmers.

  • Virus threat

    June 16th 2006

    ALTHOUGH over 80 per cent of the UK beet crop was drilled with insecticide-treated seed, aphid-transmitted virus yellows remains the biggest disease threat to untreated crops.

  • Weekend triple for Kevin and mother and daughters enjoy Clun success

    June 16th 2006

    KEVIN Evans, of Libanus, enjoyed triple success in trials at the weekend. On Saturday, with Kemi Zac he won the first session of the Clun trial. Next day, at Llandefalle the same partnership came top of the first session, then in the afternoon session Kevin won with Jaff – adding up to three wins in four sessions of trialling.

  • Welsh Black T-bones at risk from EU

    June 16th 2006

  • Welsh Sheepdog Trial Results

    June 16th 2006

    CLUN. Session 1, Open National: 1, K. Evans (Libanus) Kemi Zac, lost 7 points; 2, Y. Abrey (Llanfilo) Fly, 8 OLF; 3, G. Powell (Gladestry) Gwen, 8; 4, R.H. Jones (Llanfechain) Meg, 9; 5, J. Lightfoot (Llandegla) Taff, 16; 6, M. Price (Builth Wells) Mac, 17.

  • Were you a Prince Philip Cup winner?

    June 16th 2006

    To mark the 50th anniversary of the Prince Philip Cup, Horse of the Year Show organisers are searching for all the winning teams since the first ever competition, held in 1957, to attend this year’s HOYS (October 4-8 at the NEC, Birmingham).

  • Will others follow the Tesco milk increase?

    June 16th 2006

    TESCO has announced an increase in retail milk prices which goes part way to restoring the cuts which followed Asda’s controversial downward moves in March.

  • Willow growers 200,000 green grant

    June 16th 2006

    RENEWABLE Energy Growers Northern, the largest producer of green energy crops in the UK, has been given a major boost in its drive to provide green energy with a £200,000 grant from Defra.

  • Wiser NSA has wider role

    June 16th 2006

    NATIONAL Sheep Association chairman, Peter Baber, who travelled up from the West Country for the opening of Scotsheep, said many people saw the NSA as an organisation only for pedigree sheep breeders.

  • With four generations behind her, Camilla was born into pig handling

    June 16th 2006

    Great Yorkshire Show Preview

  • Woodview herd Blues peak at 6,800gns

    June 16th 2006

    THE four top priced Belgian Blue females in the production sale from Andrew Craig’s Coleraine-based Woodview herd in Carlisle at the weekend, all went back to Northern Ireland.

  • World deficit forecast as NBA issues South American beef safety warning to retailers

    June 16th 2006

    THE National Beef Association has told supermarket chiefs South American beef can no longer be regarded as a safe source of supply. The NBA has written to the chief executives of the UK’s four major multiples warning them that future beef supply security is already more critical than ever before.

  • WTO deal could mean 24bn boost

    June 16th 2006

    THE Organisation for Economic Co-operation and development (OECD), which represents the world’s developed economies, has claimed a WTO deal could deliver a global economic boost worth £24billion.

  • Young horse evaluations success for British horses

    June 16th 2006

    The two top qualifying horses in all three disciplines at this year’s recent SEIB/British Breeding Young Horse Evaluations series qualifiers at Catherston Stud were British bred. It marks a welcome high point in British breeding, which has long been subject to criticism.

  • Your pooch can be 'fit as a butchers dog' with K9's hydro treatment course

    June 16th 2006

    FARMERS Jan and Ian Oliver have launched a new hydrotherapy rehabili-tation centre for canine pets to ‘doggy paddle’ their way to good health, with the help of Defra’s Rural Enterprise Scheme.