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POULTRY

Biosecurity needs revising as second avian flu wave threatens

Vets and poultry sector leaders have urged flock-keepers to redouble their efforts on biosecurity, with avian flu cases rising and a further surge in the virus expected imminently. At 70…

DAIRY

5 ways to improve dairy milking routines

Good routines will set up milking for success in the key areas of hygiene, mastitis detection, herd throughput and, arguably the most important, milk flow rates. Together they will improve…

WHATS IN YOUR LIVESTOCK SHED

WIYLS visits a £225,000 calf shed modelled on broiler design

Pneumonia cases are now few and far between and calf growth rates are exceeding 1kg a day since a climate-controlled calf unit, similar to a broiler house, was erected at…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Feeling optimistic this year with culls at £124

By the time you read this we will have held an on-farm meeting entitled “Sheep with no subsidy”. We have been running the commercial ewes without a December payment on…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Rangeland cattle weight predicted from US govt satellites

US government scientists have predicted cattle weight gain at grass by using satellite imagery of rangelands to assess pasture quality and quantity. The system estimated kg dry matter (DM)/ha, crude…

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DAIRY

Cattle farmers offered free testing to tackle M bovis

Cattle farmers are being offered free testing to tackle Mycoplasma bovis (M bovis), one of the most common causes of pneumonia in calves in the UK. M bovis is a…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Eustice rules out government funding for abattoirs in England

Defra secretary George Eustice has ruled out any government funding to build or refresh abattoirs in England. During a national debate at the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) on Thursday 6…

NEWS

Omicron spread hits AgriScot and Dairy-Tech events

Two key farming events have been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic as cases of the Omicron variant continue to mount. Both one-day events, Agriscot and Dairy-Tech, were scheduled to take…

BOVINE TB

Anguish as bovine TB claims more top-quality cattle in Wales

A dairy farmer who has lost 240 cattle to bovine TB in just two years says the situation is taking an immense toll on his family, including his two-year-old daughter…

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PIGS

Post-weaning scour in pigs – causes, signs and treatment

As if the pig sector didn’t need another challenge, the incoming ban of therapeutic levels of in-feed zinc is on the not-too-distant horizon. This is of great concern to many…

DAIRY

5 ways to improve dairy milking routines

Good routines will set up milking for success in the key areas of hygiene, mastitis detection, herd throughput and, arguably the most important, milk flow rates. Together they will improve…

WHATS IN YOUR LIVESTOCK SHED

WIYLS visits a £225,000 calf shed modelled on broiler design

Pneumonia cases are now few and far between and calf growth rates are exceeding 1kg a day since a climate-controlled calf unit, similar to a broiler house, was erected at…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Pig producers aim for more control of prices and supply chain

Making long-term plans is tough, especially when trying to deal with short-term problems of the magnitude now being faced by pig producers. “The past eight months or so have been…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

How a dairy farm is using a straw dryer to reduce waste

Farmer Jonny Wyatt is using waste heat from the anaerobic digester (AD) plant on his mixed farm near Thetford, Norfolk, to dry out-of-spec straw to make drier bedding for his…

DAIRY

How spring-calvers can prepare for end of bull calf euthanasia

Producing a viable dairy bull calf is a challenge in a system that relies on an efficient cow of smaller stature to maximise milk production from grazed grass on the…

LIVESTOCK

4 ways to further improve herd fertility

Many farmers could make big improvements to the fertility of their herds by paying greater attention to dry cow management, stable nutrition and routine vet visits. According to vet Graeme…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

6 ways to prepare for tighter slurry regulations

Pressure from the government's Clean Air Strategy to cut ammonia emissions means farms must look closely at slurry and manure management this year – if they haven’t done so already.…

BEEF

10 ways one farm makes suckler beef profitable

In 10 years, Philip Jones has shaved 36 days off his calving index, cut heifer age at first calving to 24 months and eliminated bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) from his…

PIGS

Expert advice on zinc alternatives as ban looms

Medicinal levels of zinc oxide in piglet diets have been used for many years to combat post-weaning diarrhoea. However, certain products containing zinc oxide will lose their marketing authorisations in…

LIVESTOCK

5 ways to build on improvements in udder health

Improved environmental management, protocols and breeding for udder health have combined to help lower mastitis rates and antibiotics use. However, farmers could make bigger strides with improved recording of mastitis…

LIVESTOCK

3 livestock farmers' environmental management plans for 2022

With the Sustainable Farming Incentive opening in 2022, farmers under increasing pressure to raise their environmental credentials. We speak to three livestock producers who explain how environmental management has already…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

How a council tenancy got a new entrant onto farming ladder

Greenfields Farm may only be 12ha but it has given Aled Harper a foothold in farming and a hunger to grow his business. In the three years since he was…

PIGS

Pain relief in pigs: Signs, treatment and care

The ready availability of painkillers licensed for the prevention and alleviation of pain in pigs provides great opportunities for improving their welfare. This is especially so as they mostly tolerate…

DIVERSIFICATION

Dairy farm diversifications attract new custom

Farmers have been industrious during the pandemic, launching diversifications and adding value to their core products.  Farmers Weekly spoke to two farming families who have done just that. One has…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

Tips on positive pressure tube ventilation in calf sheds

Most calf buildings could benefit from positive pressure tube ventilation (PPTV) systems which ensure fresh, clean and still air is delivered at calf height at every location in the shed.…

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TAKING STOCK

Store buyers likely to hold on through January blues

Store lamb finishers may require patience as the Omicron variant combines with the usual new year demand challenges to limit interest in heavy catering lambs. With talk of tight lamb…

TAKING STOCK

Weary pig farmers eager for spring shoots of hope in markets

There may be light at the end of the tunnel for pig farmers after a demoralising year in which pigs were give away, rendered and lost £30 a head. Analysts…

TAKING STOCK

Beef and lamb markets: Will record-breaking prices continue?

Farming has become much more expensive in the past 12 months, but will record-breaking prices continue to cover across-the-board inflation? Rising input costs resulted from a hike in fuel prices,…

LIVESTOCK

Rapid Covid tests advised before going to Scots marts

Farmers and crofters in Scotland are being asked to take Covid lateral flow tests before visiting a livestock mart – and only attend if they are fit and well and…

Meat markets and prices

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MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Pig sector says extension of support scheme is not enough

Pig industry leaders say they are not convinced the extension of the Slaughter Incentive Payment Scheme (Sips) will help the sector in a meaningful way, even though payments have risen…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Crisis mounts as on-farm pig cull and slaughter backlog rise

The on-farm pig cull has reached an estimated 35,000 head, and the backlog awaiting slaughter is said to have grown to 150,000 pigs. Government support measures have had little effect…

BUSINESS

World food prices surge 28% in 2021

Global food prices reached a 10-year high in 2021, according to latest analysis by the United Nation’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). The FAO’s Food Price Index showed that across…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Scotland offers extra cash support for pig producers

Scotland’s Pig Producers Hardship Support Scheme is to be extended with a further £680,000 of funding. The Scottish government introduced the scheme last summer after the temporary closure of the…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Pig carcass weights reach record levels as backlog grows

The average pig carcass weight has hit an all-time high of 92.35kg as challenges with slaughter capacity in the abattoir sector continue to bite. The AHDB’s weekly market round-up has…

TAKING STOCK

Weary pig farmers eager for spring shoots of hope in markets

There may be light at the end of the tunnel for pig farmers after a demoralising year in which pigs were give away, rendered and lost £30 a head. Analysts…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Feeling optimistic this year with culls at £124

By the time you read this we will have held an on-farm meeting entitled “Sheep with no subsidy”. We have been running the commercial ewes without a December payment on…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Inflation has made $50 the new $20

Christmas came early for the cattle market in the US.  We caught the packer (processor) needing to buy cattle to end the year and were able to get $1.42/lb liveweight…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Yield down but kilos to dairy remain the same

We are experiencing some disruption from Omicron currently, which, I think, makes us like a lot of businesses. It has put a bit more pressure on the few that have…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Benchmarking has never been so relevant

We carried out the sheep scanning work over the Christmas period to take advantage of the available labour. The results seemed OK, considering that many of our rams decided to…

Dairy

DAIRY

5 ways to improve dairy milking routines

Good routines will set up milking for success in the key areas of hygiene, mastitis detection, herd throughput and, arguably the most important, milk flow rates. Together they will improve…

WHATS IN YOUR LIVESTOCK SHED

WIYLS visits a £225,000 calf shed modelled on broiler design

Pneumonia cases are now few and far between and calf growth rates are exceeding 1kg a day since a climate-controlled calf unit, similar to a broiler house, was erected at…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

How a dairy farm is using a straw dryer to reduce waste

Farmer Jonny Wyatt is using waste heat from the anaerobic digester (AD) plant on his mixed farm near Thetford, Norfolk, to dry out-of-spec straw to make drier bedding for his…

DAIRY

Cattle farmers offered free testing to tackle M bovis

Cattle farmers are being offered free testing to tackle Mycoplasma bovis (M bovis), one of the most common causes of pneumonia in calves in the UK. M bovis is a…

DAIRY

How spring-calvers can prepare for end of bull calf euthanasia

Producing a viable dairy bull calf is a challenge in a system that relies on an efficient cow of smaller stature to maximise milk production from grazed grass on the…

LIVESTOCK

4 ways to further improve herd fertility

Many farmers could make big improvements to the fertility of their herds by paying greater attention to dry cow management, stable nutrition and routine vet visits. According to vet Graeme…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

6 ways to prepare for tighter slurry regulations

Pressure from the government's Clean Air Strategy to cut ammonia emissions means farms must look closely at slurry and manure management this year – if they haven’t done so already.…

NEWS

Omicron spread hits AgriScot and Dairy-Tech events

Two key farming events have been hit by the Covid-19 pandemic as cases of the Omicron variant continue to mount. Both one-day events, Agriscot and Dairy-Tech, were scheduled to take…

BOVINE TB

Anguish as bovine TB claims more top-quality cattle in Wales

A dairy farmer who has lost 240 cattle to bovine TB in just two years says the situation is taking an immense toll on his family, including his two-year-old daughter…

LIVESTOCK

5 ways to build on improvements in udder health

Improved environmental management, protocols and breeding for udder health have combined to help lower mastitis rates and antibiotics use. However, farmers could make bigger strides with improved recording of mastitis…

LIVESTOCK

3 livestock farmers' environmental management plans for 2022

With the Sustainable Farming Incentive opening in 2022, farmers under increasing pressure to raise their environmental credentials. We speak to three livestock producers who explain how environmental management has already…

DAIRY

What does the future hold for dairy farming?

The dairy sector is adept at evolving, and it will need to be nimble, given the sheer number of changes on the way. Businesses will have to adapt to new…

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TELEHANDLERS

JCB adds new 538-70 to Loadall range

JCB is to offer yet another option in its Loadall range – this time with a 3,800kg lift capacity and maximum height stretching a smidge over 7m. That means the…

CULTIVATORS

Lemken disc harrow connects to precision slurry spreader

From March, Lemken's Heliodor compact disc harrow will be compatible with Vogelsang DosiMat precision slurry spreaders. This slurry spreader and disc harrow combination joins the market as rising mineral fertiliser…

BALERS AND WRAPPERS

Tips for buying a second-hand New Holland square baler

New Holland has a long history in the big square baler game, having launched its iconic D1000 four-stringer in 1987 and followed it up six years later with the equally…

GRASSLAND AND MAIZE EQUIPMENT

Lamma 2022 preview: JF Hudson Silo Crab

Helping to make best use of grass and other forages is the objective of JF Hudson’s Silo Crab, a loader-mounted bucket with fold-out panels at the front to scrape and…