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28 June 2002

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&#42 NEARLY £300,000 has been raised by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society to alleviate financial hardship due to foot-and-mouth.

The society kick-started the fund with a £50,000 donation and gifts from individuals and the commercial sector followed quickly. Barbeques, knitting, picture-painting and sponsored events were all used to raise money. The Countryside Agency provided match funding for all monies raised by the public.

About 80% was given to the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. The remainder has been donated to the Farm Crisis Network and The Samaritans.

&#42 FORMER Yorkshire Agricul-tural Society chief executive, the late Robin Keigwin will be sadly missed at this years event. Mr Keigwin died on Feb 5, at the age of 56, after a long battle with cancer. He took up the post of chief executive in 1992. Mr Keigwin leaves a widow, Pru and two sons, Richard and Michael.

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22 March 2002

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uCALEDONIAN Marts, the co-op auction firm based in Stirling, has announced a joint venture with Perth-based land agency and consultancy firm Hayes McCubbin Macfarlane. It will extend the services from Caledonian Marts to include land and estate agency, as well as business advice.

uBEEF processing firm Midland Meat Packers is promoting the high welfare standards of beef from its producer club. A 30-page guide sets out the strict animal welfare and procurement policies that MMP and its suppliers meet. All suppliers, hauliers and customers have been provided with the guide. &#42

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2 November 2001

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&#8226 THERE was a patchy trade for Scottish Blackface rams when 463 were offered in a "live" sale at Perth this week. United Auctions said the 21-day movement restrictions were responsible for buyers hesitancy. Top call was £500 for a shearling from Kettelshiel Partnership selling to T Elliott, Galashiels. Other leading bids saw shearlings twice change hands at £450.

&#8226 THE North East Simmental Cattle Club has launched a new web-site (www.simmental.org.uk). Users wishing to look at a directory of all the cattle the club has for sale should navigate their way to the north-east members area.

&#8226 FARMING memorabilia will go under the hammer at Mill Farm, Weston Bampfylde, Yeovil, Somerset, on Nov 3. Including a variety of items such as tractors, ploughs, hay tedders and milk churns. Greenslade Taylor Hunt (01935-423474). &#42

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26 October 2001

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&#8226 Meadow Valley Livestock, the UKs largest multi-species marketing co-op, has launched a new web-site for the benefit of its members nationwide. Available on the site will be the latest pig, beef, sheep and dairy prices, livestock industry news and veterinary comment. To log on go to www.mvl.co.uk

&#8226 The South Eastern Texel Group held a carcass competition for groups of three lambs recently at KWG Ballard, Marden, Kent. Lambs were judged both on the hoof and on the hook, with overall first place going to EC Woods and Son from Rhodes Minnis, Canterbury, Kent. Bill Ballard of KWG Ballard bought all the stock due to F&M regulations, but was happy to pay a top price of £3/kg for the best pen of lambs. &#42

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12 October 2001

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&#8226 SALES of live cattle will resume this month in south-west Scotland, one of the areas worst hit by foot-and-mouth. Lockerbie auction mart, run by auctioneers Harrison and Hetherington, will hold a sale of suckled calves and store cattle on Oct 16. On Oct 30 there will be a special sale of Blue-grey heifers and bullocks, plus hill-bred suckled calves and store cattle. This event will replace the annual fixture for Blue-grey stock normally held at Newcastleton.

&#8226 THE Honey Jersey herd sold to level at £882 on the island of Jersey, said auctioneer Bruton Knowles. In total, 54 animals passed under the hammer with a top call of 1400gns for a March 1999 born heifer in-milk, Honeys Royal Bangle, which went to John Le Feuvre from Les Augerez. Most animals stayed on the Island, although raiders purchased eight cows to bring into the UK once F&M restrictions allow. (Bruton Knowles)

&#8226 BIDDERS took North Country Cheviot prices to a new high of £7000 for a shearling ram at Aberdeen and Northern Marts Caithness Livestock Centre, Watten, Wick. The previous highest for a Cheviot was £1000 lower in 1990. Even though on video, trade for top sorts was good but low lamb prices dragged down demand for poorer types, said the auctioneer. In all 93 rams changed hands, levelling £111 higher at £385. (Aberdeen and Northern Marts) &#42

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5 October 2001

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&#8226 A NEW company Western Livestock Sales has been launched to source cattle and sheep from across Britain and Europe. Two former dairy farmers Tony Mallett and Tome Done have joined forces with JD Cattle Imports of Carlisle to import cattle from mainland Europe, in conjunction with Dutch cattle trader Joseph Broek. Farmers can arrange to visit the Continent and view stock before purchase.

&#8226 Brockholes Arms Auction Mart at Garstang, Preston, Lancs, is holding a video cattle auction on the evening of Oct 17.

&#8226 The Percelly Suckled Calf societys annual sale of 550 suckled calves will take place at Cadigan Cattle Market on the evening of Oct 15. All stock – mainly continental cross heifers and steers – can be inspected on farm during the day. All stock will be catalogued and bids by auction. &#42

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19 November 1999

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uTHE inclusion of heifers in stocking rate sums for special premium claims may divide beef units further; producers will either finish male or female cattle, warns the National Beef Association.

uPIG slaughter figures rose sharply last month sparking renewed fears of more producers being forced to close down units faced with massive losses. Figures from MAFF show the kill rose to 35,000 sows and boars; the highest since January.

uCALVES from BSE-free herds are failing to make the premium they deserve despite their potential value for meat exports, says Roy Waller of Chelford market. Political hold-ups over opening export markets are blamed. &#42

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2 April 1999

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&#8226 A CUMBRIAN farmer has been fined £2000 after a slurry store wall on his farm collapsed, leaking 30,000 gallons of slurry into a nearby beck.

The incident took place last May at Temon Farm, Brampton. At the hearing, brought by the Environment Agency, the court heard that local A-roads were flooded to a depth of 15cm (6in) before slurry poured into the Poltross beck.

&#8226 ASSURED Combinable Crops Scheme subscriptions are to be collected in September, rather than July, in recognition of poor arable cashflows pre-harvest, says scheme chairman Jonathan Tipples. Fees are £95-350/year depending on farm size. Payment by direct debit will attract a £10 discount, or £5 for equal instalments made in September and March. Further price cuts are expected next year as efficiencies emerge in the schemes administration, adds Mr Tipples.

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22 November 1996

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nLATEST recruit to the Topline Sires dairy stud is the US Leadman son Hardys Captain Mysterious who boasts 995kg of milk, 27kg fat, 31kg protein and £110 PIN. Semen priced at £19.50 a dose.

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22 November 1996

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nBOMAZ Donald Duck is one of two high performance American bulls introduced to the Supersires stud. The other, Fustead Leadman Charm, boasts £113 PIN95 which puts him among the top high flying bulls in the UK, says the breeding company. Charm, by Leadman, has a UK PTA95 at 63% reliability of 938kg milk, 32kg (-0.07%) fat, and 30kg (0.00) protein. Duck is a Blackstar son said to combine a high protein/fat ratio in his proof with stature, capacity and good all-round type. His UK PTA95 at 71% reliability is 909kg milk, 26kg (-0.03%) protein, 14kg (-0.33%) fat and £87 PIN.

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22 November 1996

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nNOW available form Semen World is US Aerostar son O-Bee Aero Star Walker. He is said to have superb feet and legs, scoring +2.29, and an overall type score of +2.46.

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9 February 1996

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THREE cases of BSE have been confirmed in Switzerland in the first fortnight of this year, reports Agra Europe. The Swiss federal veterinary office, confirmed that there were 68 cases of BSE in 1995, compared with 64 cases of the disease in the previous year.

FRENCH farmers have taken to the streets and blockaded abattoirs and markets after a slump in beef prices. The fall is blamed on a surge in imports from Germany and the UK after consumer fears about BSE in those countries, reports Agra Europe. The number of French cull cows has also swelled in the past two months because of over-quota fears, the report said. Beef prices in Jan were down 11%, and cull cow prices 13%, compared with last year.

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19 January 1996

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LEKKER Valiant Royalty son Tennessee retains his position as the number one type bull available in the UK in the lastest type proof run. This GSIP sire boasts an overall type merit score of 2.96.

He is available from Genus priced £15/straw.

SEMEN from the US dairy bull Almeldin Pontiac II Hunter now costs £22.50 – a reduction of £17.50 says UK distributor Dairy Daughters.

Hunters September 1995 figures recorded +1107kg milk, 28kg (-0.20%) fat and 27kg (-0.07%) protein. His ITEM is £93 and PIN £94.

ITALIAN bull Del Santo Mirtillo from ABS Progen combines the genetics of both Blackstar and Chief Mark. His UK PTA95 at 69% reliability is 927kg milk, 18kg (-0.30%) fat, 23kg (-0.09%) protein, £75 PIN and £84 ITEM. He has a type merit value of +2.06 and is available at £15/straw.

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