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Rise in spring listeriosis cases after forage difficulties

Last winter’s fodder shortage resulted in several listeriosis cases across the UK, according to reports from the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). Several listeriosis cases were reported by veterinary…

SHEEP

How willow can reduce flood risk and earn farms £618/ha

Growing willow is a diversification option that can earn farmers up to £618/ha (£250/acre) a year and help protect land against flooding and soil erosion. At Langwathby Hall Farm, near…

LIVESTOCK

Cattle bounce back after poor fodder beet growth rates

A project at Harper Adams is investigating if it is feasible to finish dairy-bred beef calves on forage alone.  The project, led by Adas and funded by AHDB Beef &…

NEWS

Dairy farmer sees 54 cows die overnight

A dairy farmer has told of the “worst night of his career” after more than 50 dairy cows died in a suspected water contamination case. Tom Rawson, co-founder of the…

LIVESTOCK

Stabiliser trials show £22 a head feed saving in 12 weeks

The latest figures released from ongoing net feed efficiency (NFE) trials by the Stabiliser Cattle Company show more efficient bulls and steers with low NFE figures save £21 a head…

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SHEEP

Thousands sign petition against dog attacks

More than 4,000 people have signed a petition calling for tougher sanctions and a change in the law to combat livestock worrying in Scotland. It comes amid an ongoing NFU…

MACHINERY

Luda launches electric fence monitor

Security camera and sensor specialist Luda has developed a monitoring system that can alert farmers to an electric fence break. The kit uses two clamps – one to the fence…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

£5m fund announced to tackle BVD in England

Beef and dairy farmers in England can benefit from a new £5.7m funding package to tackle Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD). The money, announced by Farming Minister George Eustice today (21…

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Building demolition prompts switch to low-cost sheep system

A mixed-farming enterprise which had to give up its indoor lambing facilities is to adopt the same low-cost principles in its sheep flock as it applies to its dairy herd…

SHEEP

How willow can reduce flood risk and earn farms £618/ha

Growing willow is a diversification option that can earn farmers up to £618/ha (£250/acre) a year and help protect land against flooding and soil erosion. At Langwathby Hall Farm, near…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Vet Viewpoint: Advice on flies, BVD, coccidiosis and mastitis

Summer has arrived across the country, bringing with it a host of issues for the vets in this month’s Vet Viewpoint. In this edition, vets from around the country offer…

YOUNGSTOCK MANAGEMENT

How to tackle cryptosporidium in calves

Cryptosporidiosis is the major cause of calf scour in UK beef and dairy herds and has been identified in samples from more than 40% of diagnosed infectious diarrhoea cases. Infected…

LIVESTOCK

4 steps to ensure heifers are on track to calve at 24 months

We all need to build more resilient businesses in this tough world of market volatility and the starting point on all dairy farms is the birth of the calf. What…

LIVESTOCK

Q&A: Advice for genomic testing calves

Genomic testing is becoming a growing trend to help UK farmers select the best herd replacements. Testing heifers is where real gains can be made. It can also help eliminate…

YOUNGSTOCK MANAGEMENT

Complete guide to feeding newborn heifers

The first few hours of a calf’s life determine how that animal will go on to perform throughout its lifetime.   Calving by two years old is now deemed a…

YOUNGSTOCK MANAGEMENT

Q&A: How to prevent and treat coccidiosis in calves

Coccidiosis is an intestinal disease usually seen in young beef and dairy calves aged between three weeks and six months. Infection is chiefly dependent on the level of challenge they…

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What does it cost to set up a deer enterprise?

With venison being one of the few red meats seeing consumption grow in the UK, rising numbers of livestock farmers are looking into setting up a deer enterprise. Venison prices…

SHEEP

How to test for wormer resistance in sheep

Testing for wormer resistance is vital to enable farmers to put effective worm control plans in place. Wormer resistance costs the UK sheep industry £84m each year. Almost all farms (94%)…

LIVESTOCK

Why a spring-calving dairy farmer has bought a feeder wagon

Most spring calving dairy farmers would grimace at the thought of buying a feeder wagon. However, some are spring systems are doing just that in an attempt to extend grazing…

SHEEP

6 ways livestock farmers can improve carcass eating quality

Carcass defects and poor eating quality of meat cost the livestock sector millions of pounds a year, yet simple steps could be taken on farm that would minimise losses. Research…

LIVESTOCK

Dairy farmer cuts vet spend while improving animal health

When Shropshire dairy farmer Henry Wilson returned home to farm four years ago vet spend had peaked at 2.5p/litre. But by working closely with his vet, Tim O’Sullivan at Shropshire…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Couple makes success of farming on remote Orkney island

Healthy and efficient animals are a must for Neil and Jocelyn Rendall, who farm one of the most remote and smallest Orkney islands. The Isle of Papa Westray (“Papay”), one…

PIGS

Tips on improving water quality for pigs

There are big opportunities to achieve better pig health and growth through simple changes to water systems, with potential yet to be fully explored on many units. Pigs need ready…

LIVESTOCK MARKETING

How heifer beef helps farm shop to meet consumer demand

Rearing and finishing only heifers for meat is something the Henshaw family have been doing for almost 20 years, ever since they established Mainsgill Farm Shop near Darlington in 2001.…

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Council faces legal action over plans to sell cattle market

A district council in the South West could face legal action from a local town council over its plans to sell the county’s last traditional cattle market to a budget…

TAKING STOCK

South Devon females disperse to £2,221 average

A yarding of 44 South Devon cow and calf outfits levelled at £2,221.22 and 25 heifers made £1,372.20 at the Ewefields dispersal at Newark on Monday (18 June). Trade topped…

TAKING STOCK

Limousin summer sale up £413 on the year

Another strong Limousin trade was seen in the pedigree ring at Borderway on Friday (15 June) as 28 bulls met an 86% clearance and averages lifted on the year to…

TAKING STOCK

National cow shortage pushes up cull prices

Phenomenal and at times record cull cow prices have been unable to coax more cows to market, as auctioneers report a national average price of 132.88p/kg to start June. This…

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Pig and poultry producers face slaughtering delays

Dwindling stocks of carbon dioxide, a vital component of the slaughtering process used in many abattoirs, could have an impact on pig and poultry supply chains as early as next…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Beef prices holding firm amid tight supplies

Sustained demand for UK beef, combined with a reduction in prime cattle throughputs, have firmed prices further. There was a 3% drop in prime cattle slaughterings to 31,600 head for…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Tight supplies predicted to preserve Scots meat prices

Red meat producers in Scotland are likely to see strong prices for beef and lamb for the remainder of the year as tight supplies give farmers the upper hand over…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Spring lamb numbers rising, but not enough to dent prices

New-season lamb (NSL) numbers are starting to build, but levels are well down on the same point last year, which could underpin a buoyant market through June. Rebecca Oborne, AHDB…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

High prices cause increase in beef production

UK beef production increased by 13% on the year in the month of April after strong prices encouraged producers to send livestock to slaughter. Production of beef totalled 77,600t in…

TAKING STOCK

Flying prime beef trade still to lift calf prices

A consistent and firm rearing-calf trade is yet to be buoyed by surging prime cattle values currently seeing finished prime beef averages up 20p/kg on the year. Great Britain’s steer…

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Farmer Focus: Hoping for a good summer as jobs stack up

Shearing season has been pretty easy to manage so far, as the weather has been on our side and not held us up too much, which is good. However, jobs…

LIVESTOCK

Farmer Focus: Grass rotations shortened to maintain quality

Grass growth is now peaking and cattle and lambs are really thriving. The countryside and nature is at its most beautiful and many days are spent in awe of the…

LIVESTOCK

Farmer Focus: How goat milk market changed for the worse

This is my final Farmer Focus article. In the two-and-a-half years I have been writing a lot has changed on all fronts. The biggest issues for British farmers in that…

LIVESTOCK

Farmer Focus: Is fixing milk at 28p/litre a sensible move?

This must be déjà vu – 35 days later and I am writing about silaging again. Admittedly, we are looking to push the multicut system, but none of us envisaged…

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LIVESTOCK DISEASES

£5m fund announced to tackle BVD in England

Beef and dairy farmers in England can benefit from a new £5.7m funding package to tackle Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD). The money, announced by Farming Minister George Eustice today (21…

LIVESTOCK

Cattle bounce back after poor fodder beet growth rates

A project at Harper Adams is investigating if it is feasible to finish dairy-bred beef calves on forage alone.  The project, led by Adas and funded by AHDB Beef &…

NEWS

Dairy farmer sees 54 cows die overnight

A dairy farmer has told of the “worst night of his career” after more than 50 dairy cows died in a suspected water contamination case. Tom Rawson, co-founder of the…

YOUNGSTOCK MANAGEMENT

How to tackle cryptosporidium in calves

Cryptosporidiosis is the major cause of calf scour in UK beef and dairy herds and has been identified in samples from more than 40% of diagnosed infectious diarrhoea cases. Infected…

LIVESTOCK

4 steps to ensure heifers are on track to calve at 24 months

We all need to build more resilient businesses in this tough world of market volatility and the starting point on all dairy farms is the birth of the calf. What…

LIVESTOCK

Q&A: Advice for genomic testing calves

Genomic testing is becoming a growing trend to help UK farmers select the best herd replacements. Testing heifers is where real gains can be made. It can also help eliminate…

YOUNGSTOCK MANAGEMENT

Complete guide to feeding newborn heifers

The first few hours of a calf’s life determine how that animal will go on to perform throughout its lifetime.   Calving by two years old is now deemed a…

YOUNGSTOCK MANAGEMENT

Q&A: How to prevent and treat coccidiosis in calves

Coccidiosis is an intestinal disease usually seen in young beef and dairy calves aged between three weeks and six months. Infection is chiefly dependent on the level of challenge they…

LIVESTOCK

All Scottish cattle to be EID tagged from 2020

Plans to require all cattle keepers in Scotland to tag cattle with EID tags are to be announced at the Highland Show next week. The current timeline will mean all…

NEWS

Submission invited to MPs' inquiry into dairy sector

Farmers are being asked to submit evidence to an inquiry by MPs into the future of dairy exports – and the potential for a new strategy after the UK leaves…

LIVESTOCK

Why a spring-calving dairy farmer has bought a feeder wagon

Most spring calving dairy farmers would grimace at the thought of buying a feeder wagon. However, some are spring systems are doing just that in an attempt to extend grazing…

SHEEP

6 ways livestock farmers can improve carcass eating quality

Carcass defects and poor eating quality of meat cost the livestock sector millions of pounds a year, yet simple steps could be taken on farm that would minimise losses. Research…

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MACHINERY

Luda launches electric fence monitor

Security camera and sensor specialist Luda has developed a monitoring system that can alert farmers to an electric fence break. The kit uses two clamps – one to the fence…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Video: Homemade silage station reduces round-bale headache

After developing a strong aversion for wrapping bales in the field where the baler dropped them, Geoff Eyre wasn’t a fan of the somewhat tedious job of collecting wrapped rounds…

MACHINERY

New models for Pottinger forage wagon range

Pottinger’s line-up of Torro Combiline forage wagons now has two larger models – the Torro 7010 and the bigger Torro 8010. Thanks to a new beater drive line, which has…

MACHINERY

Krone forager, Claas shovel and a vintage Deere

High-horsepower foragers were making pretty light work of the showground’s grass crop. New Holland, John Deere and Fendt all had their choppers at work, as did Krone with its new…