Farmers Guardian
June 23rd 2006

  • 5,000 visit the YYFs annual county show

    June 23rd 2006

    YORKSHIRE Young Farmers’ annual county show is going from strength to strength. More than 5,000 people flocked to this year’s event at Nidderdale Showground, Pateley Bridge – the fourth to be organised by the county’s YFC members. Incorporating diverse attractions in addition to Young Farmers rally competitions, ranging from crafts to stockjudging, it is increasingly drawing non-farming – as well as agriculturally-linked – visitors.

  • 500,000th collection

    22 June 2006

    HALF a million collections have been made under the National Fallen Stock Scheme (NFSS). The 500,000th collection took place last week from Graham Kernohan, who runs a mixed farm of lambs, dairy and poultry, based in Broughshane, County Antrim.

  • 50bn rural development rise bad deal

    22 June 2006

    EUROPEAN Union spending on rural development of €75billion – around £50billion – from 2007 to 2013 might sound like a lot of money, but it still adds up to less than the Commission hoped for, and to a bad deal for the UK.

  • A chance to share his own optimism for the future with other show-goers

    June 23rd 2006

    Royal Show 2006 Preview

  • A quality carcase

    June 23rd 2006

    Three Counties Show

  • Aberdeen-Anguss national day gets a cash prize pool increase

    June 23rd 2006

    THE National Aberdeen-Angus Show, held for the first time last year at Westmorland Show, Cumbria, is returning to the same venue this year.

  • Annual RABI awards recognise voluntary work

    June 23rd 2006

    THE Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) annual awards were presented by the RABI president, Lord Plumb, in Oxford.

  • Balnacraig Limousins top at 6,500gns for Ainsi

    June 23rd 2006

    PEDIGREE stock from a leading Deeside herd sold to a top price of 6,500gns at the Thainstone Centre, Inverurie on Friday.

  • Benchmarking programme under way

    June 23rd 2006

    A DAIRY industry benchmarking programme got under way this week at Milk Link’s cheese plant in Oswestry. It is the first practical result of Dairy UK’s successful application to DEFRA’s Agricultural Development Scheme and the programme seeks to identify and promote best practice in the dairy processing industry. Milk Link Cheese Operations Director, Mark Robertson, said: “This Dairy UK initiative shows excellent potential in assisting member processing companies like Milk Link Cheese ...

  • Berriew are in seventh heaven

    June 23rd 2006

    BERRIEW YFC is Montgomeryshire Young Farmers’ overall rally winner for the seventh year in a row. More than 1,500 visitors supported the 1970s-themed event held at Crugnant, Adfa, and hosted by Mr and Mrs Gwyn Francis and family. Seventeen clubs took part, runner-up slot being taken by Tregynon YFC with Dyffryn Tanat YFC in third place. Berriew’s trophy tally included awards for club display, craft and fun sections.

  • Best in the West

    June 23rd 2006

    STEVEN Dunlop, of Ayr YFC, was overall winner of the individual machine shearing competition at Scottish Young Farmers’ West Region sheep shearing competitions held at Barony College, Parkgate, Dumfries. Archie Paterson of West Renfrew YFC was second with David Clark of Lanark YFC third.

  • BIDS funding gives food for thought for Lancashire members

    June 23rd 2006

    EVOLUTION members at a meeting in Lancashire last week were given plenty to think about when an MDC representative turned up to offer them considerable amounts of funding.

  • Bioethanol's Somerset base

    22 June 2006

    PLANS for the first wheat bioethanol plant to be built in the UK are now well underway, with supply contracts being offered by Wessex Grain.

  • Bitter inter-party row rages as Assembly again rejects cost cuts

    22 June 2006

  • Blue Ladies Day tops at 1,720gns

    June 23rd 2006

    TOP price at the Blue Ladies Day at Skipton Auction was 1,720gns for the 2005 born bull, Invescar Andrew from J.H. Sharp and Sons, Ingleton. He was sired by Springfield Patrice, out of Invescar Inise and went to P.T. Gore, Shropshire.Carrock Teardrop from S.J. and R.R. Brough, Carlisle, was the champion Belgian Blue. Auctioneers: Craven Cattle Marts.

  • Books and DVDs for the equestrian minded

    June 23rd 2006

    SARAH CRIPPS reviews a selection of the latest equestrian books and DVDs.

  • Border Lakeland bids to 2,000gns at Carlisle

    June 23rd 2006

    TRADE remained strong for the limited supply of fresh dairy heifers and cows at the Border and Lakeland Holstein Club sale at Carlisle. Judge for the show was Brian Kerr, Helenton Mains, Symington, Ayrshire.

  • British Dressage WEG team announced

    26 June 2006

    The British Dressage (BD) selectors (David Trott and Judy Harvey) have announced the riders who will represent Great Britain at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Aachen, Germany, August 20 – September 3 2006.

  • Broaden your knowledge

    June 23rd 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.

  • Brothers sheep flocks on view

    June 23rd 2006

    PEDIGREE sheep breeder John Sinnett will open the gate to visitors at Stockton Court, Stockton-on-Teme, Worcester, on Tuesday, August 1, the eve of NSA Sheep 2006, the industry’s biennial event to be staged by the National Sheep Association at the Three Counties Show Ground, Malvern.

  • Bucking the trend as Jersey’s return

    June 23rd 2006

    Three Counties Show

  • Busy Izzy sees WiRE catch fire

    June 23rd 2006

    Women in Rural Enterprise (WiRE) was recently awarded a Queen’s Anniversary Prize and continues to go from strength to strength. SARAH CRIPPS talks to founder Izzy Warren-Smith about the inspiration behind the organisation; how it developed and how WiRE can help women in rural businesses.

  • Busy store day at Skipton Auction Mart

    June 23rd 2006

    It was store day at Skipton Auction Mart, North Yorkshire, on Wednesday, with over 400 store and breeding cattle passing through the ring. Farmers Guardian went along to the market, which is run by Craven Cattle Marts.

  • Careful, considered grazing is the key

    June 23rd 2006

    BARRY ALSTON reports from a Welsh Assembly Farming Connect research workshop focusing on whether livestock grazing can go hand-in-hand with landscape conservation.

  • Celebration of the very best of agriculture

    June 23rd 2006

    On Sunday, July 2 the Royal Show will return to its usual spot at the National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire. Organisers are promising a mix of new and old features in a four-day event that will reflect every aspect of farming in the UK

  • Cereals 2006 Machinery

    June 23rd 2006

    A vast array of new machines had their paint drying in the Lincolnshire sun at this year’s Cereals event. There was a good mix of cultivation and drilling tackle while the emphasis in the sprayer arena was on monster size tanks and field spanning booms. ANDY COLLINGS and MERVYN BAILEY report.

  • Cereals 2006 Machinery continued

    June 23rd 2006

    Citan range joins Amazone

  • Cereals 2006 Machinery continued 3

    June 23rd 2006

    Sumo Trio with auto-reset

  • Cereals 2006 Machinery continued 4

    June 23rd 2006

    Kvernelands revised drill

  • Cereals 2006 Machinery continued 5

    June 23rd 2006

    Higher output destoner for potato growers

  • Cereals 2006 Machinery continued 6

    June 23rd 2006

    Wider boom for reduced spray widths

  • Cereals 2006 Machinery continued 7

    June 23rd 2006

    Agrihold focuses on self-propelled sprayers

  • Cereals 2006 Machinery continued 8

    June 23rd 2006

    Blanchard shows Grand to UK market

  • Cereals 2006 Machinery continued 9

    June 23rd 2006

    Lemken back in arena after manufacturer buys

  • Cereals 2006 Report

    June 23rd 2006

    More than 600,000 tonnes of biodiesel may be produced in the UK by this time next year if targets are met; and at this year’s Cereals event at Nocton, Lincolnshire, there were plenty of companies displaying plans for both the biofuels and other non-food crops sector. JOANNA BAKER takes a look at just some of the options for farmers considering these new emerging markets.

  • Cereals bright future is down to biofuel demand

    June 23rd 2006

    THERE is a genuine optimism for future cereals production in the UK, according to Simon Ingle, head of milling wheat, Grainfarmers.

  • Charolais heifer Darshams Vivacious is a tip-top champ

    June 23rd 2006

    Cheshire County Show

  • Cheshire County Show

    June 23rd 2006

    Smiddiehill Holsteins joy as they sweep the board in inter-breed

  • Cheshire County Show Results

    June 23rd 2006

    DAIRY

  • Clarendon Half Chaps

    June 23rd 2006

    CLARENDON, a company specialising in equine leg protection gear have just branched out into rider wear with their new half chaps.

  • Climate change pub quiz

    22 June 2006

    A SERIES of pub quizzes on climate change in Cornwall is among 53 projects awarded Defra funding totalling £4.6m this week.

  • Coastal access questioned

    June 23rd 2006

    FIVE years after the creation of the Countryside and Rights of Way (CROW) Act 2000, the right to roam was successfully introduced two months ahead of target last year.

  • Cost-effective way to track the life cycle of your crops

    22 June 2006

    CARBON efficiency on farms can be measured accurately and easily, according to recent trials conducted by the HGCA, as part of its work on the development of carbon assurance for biofuels.

  • Cow comfort counts

    June 23rd 2006

    IT was vital to make cows as comfortable as possible if they were to remain healthy and perform well, said dairy consultant Graeme Surtees.

  • Dairy farmer title is prize

    22 June 2006

    FARMERS across the region are invited to enter this year’s South West Dairy Farmer of the year competition, which has £1,000 prize money on offer. The winner will be announced at The Dairy Show, which is sponsored by Farmers Guardian, NatWest and Dairy Crest, and will be staged at the Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset, on October 4.

  • Dawn dazzles at Islwyn trial

    June 23rd 2006

    PAUL Tomkins – and Macmillan Cancer Care – were the winners at the Islwyn sheepdog trials. On Saturday, a glorious summer’s day, the trial organisers were not only rewarded by an entry of more than 50 dogs but also by the very generous support of bidders at a charity auction staged by the local trials committee.

  • Debate on beef ban

    June 23rd 2006

    LEADERS of four opposition parties in Japan took a firm stand last week against an imminent decision by the Japanese Government to lift its ban on US beef imports.

  • Delight at new remit in supermarket investigation

    22 June 2006

    THE impact of supermarket power on the viability of the supply chain is to be comprehensively investigated by the Competition Commission. Alistair Driver reports.

  • Derbyshire's day

    June 23rd 2006

    HOST YFC federation Derbyshire was on form at the East Midlands area competitions day, winning four of the five challenges. Young Farmers from five counties – Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Leicestershire, Northamptonshire and Derbyshire – took part in the event held at Oakland Farm, Harthill, Sheffield, courtesy of the Brocksopp family.

  • Devon dairy sale

    June 23rd 2006

    AN overall average of £850 per head reflected the quality of the cows on offer when Allen, Marion and Martin Branton had a draft sale of dairy cattle from their herd at Hill Farm, Uplowman, Devon. Several animals hit the 1,000gns barrier and most were clustered in the 800 to 900gns bracket. The in-calf heifers were perhaps the highlight of the sale with an average of £957.Auctioneers: Stags.

  • Dispersal reaps rich rewards

    June 23rd 2006

    THE decision of the Ayre Brothers at Slade Farm, Stoodleigh, Devon, to disperse their herd of pedigree dairy cows led to 33 animals making 1,000gns or more, with a top price of 1,250gns twice. The overall average of £834.79 reflected a quality herd. Overall, 51 served heifers averaged £759.27 and 38 bulling heifers levelled at £601.26, 24 heifer calves peaked at 520gns and averaged £360.94.Auctioneers: Stags.

  • Distinction between two milk types will blur in the future

    June 23rd 2006

    Dairy farmers and especially Jersey enthusiasts gathered for an RABDF and Jersey Cattle Society open day hosted by Ian and Sally MacAlpine, whose Ribblesdale herd is based near Clitheroe, Lancashire. The herd took the Lilly Hill Trophy for the top Jersey herd in last year’s RABDF/NMR Gold Cup competition.

  • Drop in turnover of 30 per cent predicted

    June 23rd 2006

    LLOYD Maunder, based in Wiland, Devon, is predicting a fall of at least 30 per cent in its annual turnover this year – but the company is recruiting.

  • East of England Show

    June 23rd 2006

    Beef Shorthorn takes top honours

  • Encyclopaedia for cereals industry

    22 June 2006

    AN “encyclopaedia for the cereals industry” was launched at the Cereals event.

  • English Sheepdog Trial Results

    June 23rd 2006

    ALSTON, Tyne Willows Playing Fields, Open (62 ran): 1, K. Preston (Kirkwhelpington) Rodger, 89 of 100; 2, T. Iley (Longframlington) Chester, 87; 3, M. Peugniez (Kirtlebridge) Rob, 82; 4, R. Bradley (Hamsterley) Flo, 78; D. Baxter (Harbottle) Scot, 76; 6, B. Bell (Barnard Castle) Moss, 75. Best local: P. Walton (Alston) Cap.

  • Entry numbers reflect popularity of Royal Welsh Show

    June 23rd 2006

  • Environmental stewardship showcase

    June 23rd 2006

    Royal Show 2006 Preview

  • Erwood celebrate knockout year at Brecknock rally

    June 23rd 2006

    ERWOOD YFC members were celebrating a year’s success at Brecknock Young Farmers’ 62nd annual rally. The club not only received the rally day cup but also the overall winners’ award for the highest aggregate points for the year. Runner-up was Builth Wells YFC.

  • Event shows how to get added value from beef

    June 23rd 2006

    A FREE event for West Midlands-based farmers will show how grasses and legumes can add value to beef production.

  • Evolving to adopt a more business orientated ethos

    June 23rd 2006

    It is now nine months since Dairy Farmers of Britain launched Evolution – an organisation for people in the dairy industry aged between 18 and 30. JOANNE PUGH takes a look at how things have developed since last September.

  • False economy of older ewes

    June 23rd 2006

    THOSE who like to keep a ewe as long as she keeps turning up with a lamb or two, might find it more difficult to swallow Eblex’s contention that there is an extra £15/ewe to be had by replacing them every four years instead of five.

  • Fischer Boel summoned before UK MPs

    26 June 2006

    EU Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel is to give evidence to UK MPs investigating the future of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).

  • From Holsteins to Jersey herd

    June 23rd 2006

    WHEN Ian and Sally Macalpine lost their Holstein herd to foot-and-mouth disease they restocked with Jerseys. Five years later they are more than happy with their decision they told visitors to the open day on their Laneside Farm, Waddington, Clitheroe, Lancashire.

  • Fury at staggering EU modulation plan

    22 June 2006

  • FUWs by-election apology call

    22 June 2006

    THE Farmers Union of Wales has demanded an apology for the innocent victims of vandalism attacked in a Blaenau Gwent by-election pamphlet.

  • Grass-fed red meat success

    June 23rd 2006

    TWO New Zealand meat exporters have for several years successfully supplied grass-fed beef and lamb to whole foods markets and other stores in California. They occupy a profitable crossover area of ‘natural’ and ‘organic’ meats and continue to report unsatisfied demand for their meats.

  • Grazing Monitor 2006

    June 23rd 2006

    Time to have a long hard look at clovers

  • Green light for biofuel beet project

    22 June 2006

  • Greenergy's biodiesel capacity to double

    22 June 2006

    FURTHER increases in oilseed rape contract tonnages were announced by biofuels supplier, Greenergy Fuels, at the event, following a year of growth in the biofuels sector.

  • Groups contract to put EU byte into Republics marts

    June 23rd 2006

    A DERBYSHIRE based IT company, Holbrook IT Group, has won a major contract to enhance auction mart computer systems to comply with the latest EU law on livestock traceability.

  • Growing crops without soil

    22 June 2006

  • Hawes medal haul

    June 23rd 2006

    WENSLEYDALE Dairy Products picked up seven medals for a range of cheeses and took the special trophy for the Best English Cheese, in the World Cheese Awards, with its Traditional Wensleydale.

  • High Court challenge for Defras table valuations

    22 June 2006

    THE decision by Defra to introduce table valuations for cattle disease compensation, is to face a High Court challenge.

  • Holistic Horse Health website

    June 23rd 2006

    AN EQUINE joint care supplement company, Derbyshire-based Holistic Horse Health, has launched a new website. www.holistichorsehealth.com contains practical help and advice on dealing with mobility problems as well as the online shop at which buyers can purchase the company’s products including Cartilage Care Super Strength, claimed to aid cartilage metabolism, maintenance and regeneration.

  • Holsteins to 1,340gns at Leyburn

    June 23rd 2006

    PRICES at the North East Holstein Club sale at Leyburn went to 1,340gns for Littlebridge Lottie 731, a heifer by Comestar Lee consigned by J.L. Miles and Son, Northallerton, and bought by Messrs Gray, Great Ayton.

  • Home-bred Berkshire supreme

    June 23rd 2006

    Three Counties Show

  • Home-made biodiesel gets closer

    June 23rd 2006

    BOTH European and US farmers dream of the day when they use their own crops to produce their own fuel and cut expensive crop input costs. That day may be coming sooner than you think.

  • Horse charity urges owners not to give up on ‘naughty’ horses

    26 June 2006

    In response to the growing number of calls its helpline receives begging for a badly behaved horse to be rehomed, equine charity Redwings Horse Sanctuary is urging owners to consider specialist help. The situation, it says, is that perfectly fit and useful equines may be ‘written off’ unnecessarily.

  • How to get the most out of WiRE:

    June 23rd 2006

    • Use the WiRE network by contacting the team for advice and help.• Attend WiRE networking meetings.• Use the WiRE network to find buyers for your product or service – and suppliers to your business.• Consult the WiRE database of business products and services – there is a huge range of organisations listed, including: accountants, legal advisers, website developers, marketing experts and catering services.

  • Hughes takes up FUW vice president role

    22 June 2006

    ANGLESEY farmer Eifion Hughes has been elected as a vice-president of the Farmers Union of Wales to join existing vice-presidents, Brian Walters, of Carmarthen, and Glyn Roberts of Betws y Coed.

  • Is farmer-owned processing the only way forward for producers?

    June 23rd 2006

    ACHIEVING sustainable farm gate milk prices will not just happen – but can be made to happen, Dairy Farmers of Britain producers were assured last week.

  • It’s showtime as eight lucky winners net family passes

    June 23rd 2006

    Cheshire County Show

  • July show for appaloosas in the south west

    26 June 2006

    THE inaugural south west British Appaloosa Society (BApS) Show will take place on July 9 at Hartley Wood Equestrian Centre, Clutton, between Bristol and Bath.

  • Kath is stockman winner

    22 June 2006

    DEVON Young Farmers’ Stockman of the Year title has been won by Kath Woodley, of Totnes YFC. Young Stockjudge of the Year title, went to Laura Persey, while fellow Culm Valley member, Emma Greenslade received the Avon Farmers cup for best stockmanship skills during Devon Show.

  • Keep fertilisers secure to aid fight against terrorism

    22 June 2006

    FARMERS have been urged to play their part in the fight against terrorism by ensuring fertiliser stores are secure.

  • Labour is now the biggest cost that faces dairy farmers

    June 23rd 2006

    LABOUR has overtaken bought-in feed as the biggest on-farm cost to dairy farmers, claimed George Gordon, managing director of LKL, who deals in farm personnel.

  • Legislation biteson mycotoxin risks

    22 June 2006

    IN less than two weeks time, new EU legislation will come into force setting legal limits for mycotoxins affecting the ears of grain for human consumption.

  • Legislation on groundwater pesticide levels going through EU Parliament

    22 June 2006

    PROPOSED new legislation setting limits for nitrate and pesticide levels in groundwater is continuing its progress through the European Parliament.

  • Look before you leap warning

    22 June 2006

    DO potential new crops add value to the business? That is the key question growers should ask themselves when they are considering growing alternative crops, according to agri-business consultant, Richard Marriage, British Crop Production Council (BCPC).

  • Loyalty honoured as duo put in over 56 years service each

    June 23rd 2006

    Three Counties Show

  • Master showman’s ewe is champion

    June 23rd 2006

    Three Counties Show

  • Meeting market requirements by honing your herd selection skills

    June 23rd 2006

    Royal Show 2006 Preview

  • Megaphone signals bids to 3,600gns

    June 23rd 2006

    JOHN Davies’ decision to cease milk production at Beaulah, Newcastle Emlyn, brought 140 superbly bred black and white dairy cattle to Carmarthen Market.

  • Midlands Horseball Club open day, July 9

    26 June 2006

    Cotgrave Horseball Club will be holding an Open Day to raise the profile of the sport of horseball whilst proving the versatility of ex-racehorses.

  • Milk chain insight

    June 23rd 2006

    WALES YFC rural affairs committee viewed different aspects of the milk production chain during visits to the South Caernarfon Creamery on the Lleyn Peninsular and David Wynne-Finch’s farm, near Tudweiliog.

  • Ministerial praise for polytunnels

    26 June 2006

    DEFRA junior minister Ben Bradshaw has criticised the Conservative farming spokesman for boycotting British strawberries over the use of polytunnels.

  • More flexible ear tag rules

    22 June 2006

    THE way penalties are applied where cattle are found to have missing ear tags during farm inspections is to be changed by the Scottish Executive.

  • Mutton labelling condemned

    22 June 2006

    SUGGESTIONS from the Food Standards Agency that mutton should be labelled to warn consumers about the risk of TSEs have been condemned by the sheep industry.

  • NFU and organic sector at loggerheads over GM crops

    22 June 2006

    THE NFU has defended its policy on GM this week after organic campaigners accused it of being, ‘overtly pro-GM’.

  • No more concessions on agriculture to buy a WTO deal, insists Fischer Boel

    22 June 2006

    EUROPEAN Union Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel has insisted that the EU will not make significant additional concessions on agriculture to buy a WTO deal.

  • No problem for Vaderstads Rapid drill

    22 June 2006

    COMPOSTED garden waste spread on the soil surface and a growing cover crop of phacelia were no problem for a Vaderstad Rapid drill at the ‘What’s new in arable farming’ demonstration area.

  • Norfolk beet factory gets green light for hi-tech biofuel

    23 June 2006

  • NZ breeders are deeply impressed by Cheviots

    June 23rd 2006

  • One issue that Defra seems to be on-side with farmers

    June 23rd 2006

    THERE are not many issues on which farmers would say they stand shoulder to shoulder with Defra Ministers – but supermarket power would appear to be one of them.

  • Open access has cost 500 per walker, say consultants

    June 23rd 2006

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

  • Opus shines at both T1 and T2

    22 June 2006

    IN A similar performance-stretching test on fungicides applied at either T1-only to assess preventative powers, or at T2-only to assess post-infection curative ability, Opus (epoxiconazole) shone at both timings.

  • Party Pasta

    June 23rd 2006

    ISABELLA Broatch of Riggheads Farm, Lochmaben, Dumfries and Galloway, provided this recipe. “It has to be made two days ahead of use, so it is a great recipe if you’re having a party and trying to get organised. This recipe makes quite a large amount,” she says.

  • Past practice still relevant

    June 23rd 2006

    AS far as a couple of Mid Wales hill farmers are concerned the industry would be far better off if much of what was practised in days gone by was still being done today.

  • Peat alternatives under spotlight

    22 June 2006

    THE NFU has warned Defra against rushing to push for alternatives to peat, which might end up being less environmentally sustainable.

  • Penparc Kingpin has the ‘X factor’

    June 23rd 2006

    Cheshire County Show

  • Pesticide link to Parkinsons under investigation

    22 June 2006

    POSSIBLE links between Paraquat and Maneb pesticides and Parkinson’s Disease are under investigation in a new Defra-funded research project.

  • Plans to re-develop SAC estate

    22 June 2006

    PLANS to redevelop 300 hectares of the SAC Auchincruive estate near Ayr, to include an 18-hole championship standard golf course and an equestrian facility, have been unveiled.

  • Pregnancy option tops Genetic Elite at 17,000gns

    June 23rd 2006

    Some large bids for both cattle and pregnancy options went towards a successful Holstein UK Genetic Elite sale. HOWARD WALSH reports from Beeston, where FG were sponsors as part of our on-going support for auctions.

  • Pro's and Con's are laid bare

    22 June 2006

    JOHN PARRY reports from Velcourt’s ‘What’s new in arable farming’ site at the Cereals event.

  • Provisional plans for BSE in sheep outlined

    22 June 2006

    THE Food Standards Agency Board has outlined provisional plans for what would happen if BSE was discovered in the national sheep flock.

  • Raysonhall Vino to 3,500gns at Carlisle Limousin sale

    June 23rd 2006

    LIMOUSIN bulls and females sold to 3,500gns at Carlisle for an August 2004 born son of Haltcliffe Novel from D. Hill, Great Asby, Cumbria.

  • Rodger pips dad at post in Alston Open

    June 23rd 2006

    AT the annual Alston Open, Cumbria, Tony Iley’s Chester held the lead for much of the day, only to be pipped at the post by his son, Keith Preston’s Rodger.

  • Royal Show Briefs

    June 23rd 2006

    Evidence taking

  • Royal show conference timetable

    June 23rd 2006

    Royal Show 2006 Preview

  • Royal Show's Equipment Award entries

    June 23rd 2006

    Farmers Guardian is supporting innovation in the machinery sector by continuing to sponsor the Royal Show’s new equipment awards. MERVYN BAILEY takes at look at this year’s entries.

  • RPA failings will not be resolved by 2006

    29 June 2006

    MANY of the RPA’s fundamental problems remain and are unlikely to be rectified in time for the 2006 Single Payment, said its former chief executive.

  • RPA human failings lead to pay appeal procedure

    22 June 2006

    Last week’s FG was full of tut-tutting about the goings on at the Randy Perverts Agency. It’s a bit of a shame really because, if nothing else, the reports did prove that at least Newcastle RPA is staffed by human beings with the same weaknesses as the rest of us rather than automated nitpickers incapable of either making or implementing a single decision no matter how trivial.

  • Scene by the vet - June

    June 23rd 2006

    Good management and feeding can help reduce the risk of milk fever

  • Scottish Sheepdog Trial Results

    June 23rd 2006

    TOMATIN (Judge: J. Main, Humbie) Open (75 ran) 1, N. McEachern (Dunoon) Murphy, 94; 2, E. Mackinnon (Lochcarron) Roy, 93; 3, I. McConnell (Garven) Dan, 92; 4, S. Alexander (Abernethy) Scott, 90; 5, J. Ogston (Rosehall) Bill, 89; 6, J.R. Welsh (Girvan) Fly, 88.

  • Shop initiative will provide outlet for estate producers

    June 23rd 2006

    Walsingham Farms Shop Partnership is gearing up for the grand opening of its shop in Little Walsingham, Norfolk – the culmination of a huge project set to benefit local farmers and producers. Clemmie Perowne reports.

  • Show Hunter final judging reintroduced at HOYS

    26 June 2006

    Horse of the Year Show has announced the return of final judging of the show hunter classes on the opening day of the show.

  • Smallholders to be catered for at this years Royal Show

    June 23rd 2006

    Royal Show 2006 Preview

  • SMI guide on managing establishment

    22 June 2006

    GROWERS struggling to find a balance between ploughing and min till will find insight in an updated version of ‘A Guide To Managing Crop Establishment produced by the Soil Management Initiative (SMI).

  • SPS interest to be paid after June 30

    June 23rd 2006

    DEFRA Secretary David Miliband has announced that the Government will pay interest on money owed to farmers after the June 30 Single Payment deadline.

  • StitchUP

    June 23rd 2006

    A HERBAL feed supplement, which the manufacturer claims aids rapid recovery from minor cuts and scratches and gives horses a nutritional boost, has been launched by Global Herbs.StitchUp comes in a 1kg tub, priced at RRP £19.50. It is available from feed merchants and tack shops, or can be obtained by mail order. More details from www.globalherbs.co.uk, or via the helpline on 01243 773363

  • Strong euro could mean 100m bonus for UK

    June 23rd 2006

    FARMERS could be in for a pleasant surprise when they receive their Single Payment for 2006, according to Jimmy McLean, the head of agricultural services with the Royal Bank of Scotland.

  • Tenancy was not a barrier to ice cream diversification

    22 June 2006

    DIVERSIFICATION is not cut and dried for tenant farmers, and problems can arise if their landlords are not on the same wavelength.

  • Tesco looks to more British organic meat

    June 23rd 2006

    TESCO wants more British organic farmers – and it wants to increase the availability of British-sourced organic meat.

  • The future of DFB Evolution the members thoughts

    June 23rd 2006

    THE event at the Loftus’ farm on last week was the second Evolution meeting for Barry Haston from Galgate, Lancaster. He said he appreciated the support Evolution offered for young farmers and saw it as a way for DFB to retain the next generation of dairy producers. “Well, they’re not going to get anyone else joining the industry,” he said.

  • The Lavender Farmer

    June 23rd 2006

    BARBARA Poisson, who set up Pennine Lavender, growing, harvesting and creating a wide range of products, first encountered WiRE about three years ago.

  • The Mail Order Lingerie Company

    June 23rd 2006

    SALLY Robinson set up Ample Bosom, her mail order lingerie company aimed primarily at larger women, when husband John wanted to move to a new farm.

  • The Rare Meat Sellers

    June 23rd 2006

    ALTERNATIVE Meats sells rare and unusual meats to the public through its website, as well as to hotels and restaurants.

  • Three Counties Show

    June 23rd 2006

    Hutchings’ family herds are the best of the beef pairs

  • Three Counties Show pictures

    June 23rd 2006

  • Three Counties Show Results

    June 23rd 2006

    CATTLE

  • Top of 2,100gns at Chelford for Bollin Valley Longhorns

    June 23rd 2006

    CHELFORD Auction, Cheshire, hosted the sale of a large proportion of the Bollin Valley Herd of Longhorns as part of a policy change by the Bollin Valley Partnership, partly owned by Cheshire County Council.

  • Transparent milk pricing

    June 23rd 2006

    MOVES are under way to split New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra’s seasonal payout to shareholders into a payment for milk and a dividend for returns on value added business investments.

  • Trust appeal enters last week

    22 June 2006

    PIONEERING young Shropshire farmers Charlotte and Ben Hollins have until July 1 to raise a further £200,000 to save their farmland from developers.

  • Turkeys fresh image

    June 23rd 2006

    A NEW logo for UK farm fresh Christmas turkeys has been unveiled by the NFU. National poultry committee vice chairman Michael Bailey says it will be displayed on a range of marketing and packaging materials available to all NFU poultry members.

  • Two new projects are promised funding

    22 June 2006

    FUNDING worth £1.4 million for research into reducing farming’s ‘environmental footprint’ and to set up a new agronomy centre was announced at Cereals.

  • Two-day harness racing festival

    27 June 2006

    On Saturday July 1 and Sunday July 2, York Harness Raceway is hosting a two-day Festival Of Harness Racing, commencing at 3pm each day.

  • Union to challenge Sunday rate ruling

    22 June 2006

    FARMERS may face legal action from the Transport and General Workers’ Union (TGWU) over the removal of the overtime rate for Sunday working for new employees.

  • US farms need more vets

    June 23rd 2006

    AMERICA faces a severe shortage of food animal veterinarians, according to a new study.Projected demand for farm livestock veterinarians will increase a modest 12 per cent to 13 per cent between now and 2016, but the study forecasts a shortfall of 4 per cent to 5 per cent in new vets per year, due to decreasing numbers of students choosing to work in farm livestock careers.

  • Welsh Sheepdog Trial Results

    June 23rd 2006

    ISLWYN Open National: 1, P. Tomkins (Llandrindod Wells) Dawn lost 8 points; 2, D.I. Morgan (Aberystwyth) Mirk, 10; 3, G. Coombs (Pontypridd) Spot, 11; 4, R. Millichap (Port Talbot) Jen, 13; 5, D. Evans (Libanus) Floss, 14; 6, P. Tomkins, Fynydd Bonnie, 16.

  • Westbury to be balancing plant

    June 23rd 2006

    THE role of the Westbury milk processing factory in Wiltshire, which has been operated by a joint venture company of the three major milk co-ops since 2003, has been deci-ded for the foreseeable future.

  • Whitty resists calls to appear before the RPA investigation

    22 June 2006

    FORMER Food and Farming Minister Lord Whitty has been accused of ‘wriggling out of his democratic responsibilities’ as he continues to resist calls to appear before MPs investigating failings at the RPA.

  • Willsbro herd getting close

    June 23rd 2006

    THE Holstein world should not count on Anthony Wills always being at the ringside at pedigree sales.

  • Windfall start to long term farming investment

    22 June 2006

    Alistair and Gill Cliff are still settling in on their new farm, which they took over 16 months ago when they moved from their first farm, a Cheshire County Council smallholding. The farm is among those being visited by the British Grassland Society in July. NEIL RYDER paid an early visit.

  • Winemakers for sale

    June 23rd 2006

    ONE of the jewels on the Welsh winemaking scene – the 6.5-acre multi-award winning Llanerch Vineyard in the Vale of Glamorgan – is up for sale with a guide price of £2.1 million.Annual production is between 12,000 and 20,000 bottles of its Cariad label wines from six different grape varieties and included in the sale is its luxury tourist accommodation.Selling agents are Cooke and Arkwright, Cardiff.

  • Winner of the MF 5455 tractor announced

    June 23rd 2006

    Royal Show 2006 Preview

  • Winnington Veto makes 2,400gns

    June 23rd 2006

    THE North Midlands and North Wales Limousin Club show and sale saw the champion, 20-month-old bull Winnington Veto, make the top price of 2,400gns for J.S. Vance and Son, Minsterley, Shropshire, when he sold to E. Thomas, Tain Y Maes, Pentrefoelas.

  • Yorkshire Holsteins accolade handouts

    June 23rd 2006

    THE Yorkshire Holstein Club held stock judging evenings at J. Pratt and Son’s Studdah herd at Bellerby, North Yorkshire, and Messrs J.C. Stoddart Scott’s Creskeld herd at Arthington, West Yorkshire.

  • Your chance to provide evidence

    22 June 2006

    THE Competition Commission is asking farmers to come forward with evidence to underpin its supermarket inquiry. It is promising anonymity if people prefer not be identified.

  • Zanzibar is at the forefront in trying to beat rhizomania

    22 June 2006

    THE 515 red blobs on the map of East Anglia showing the rhizomania outbreaks confirmed since the first case 20 years ago will be duplicated in Lincolnshire within 10 years and in Yorkshire and West Midlands soon after.