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Advice on marketing lambs for the Muslim festival

The Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha (festival of sacrifice) provides sheep farmers with an opportunity to access a growing market. Eid al-Adha is one of the most important festivals in…

FEED AND NUTRITION

5 ways a Cheshire dairy has reduced ration costs

Cheshire-based dairy farmers Tom and Karen Halton have reduced ration costs by 0.5p/litre in their 530-cow herd and lifted milk from forage by 500 litres to 3,000 litres a head.…

FEED AND NUTRITION

How Welsh beef farm is in top third for low carbon emissions

A Welsh beef farm is achieving carbon emissions that are 17% lower than average. Paul and Dwynwen Williams run a herd of 60 suckler cows and intensively finish 120 dairy-bred…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Fodder beet proves cost-effective for spring-calving herd

Nick and Liz Haines have been firm believers in growing fodder beet to feed dry cows over the winter. The couple, who have recently come to the end of their…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Zero grazing helps dairy goat farmer to reduce concentrates

Zero grazing has allowed Irish dairy farmers Haske Knippels and Marion Roeleveld to increase milk production by 100 litres/day while reducing bought-in feed costs. Together, they milk 200 British Saanen…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

How multi-cut can deliver profits of £333/ha

Cutting grass more frequently can deliver better-quality forage capable of delivering £333/ha profit above a traditional three-cut silage-making system. Dairy nutritionists Volac compared a five-cut system to a three-cut system…

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MEDICINES

New advice issued for monitoring beef farm antibiotics use

Beef farmers have been given new recommendations for measuring the amount of antibiotics they are using. Farmers are advised to use a measure of the total weight of antibiotics used…

TAKING STOCK

Stirling: Charolais lead spring trade again

Demand for Charolais bulls once again proved to be strong in the Charolais ring at Stirling on Tuesday (18 February) as two 25,000gns calls lifted averages over £500 on the…

TAKING STOCK

Wolfstar herd tops Simmental trade at 18,000gns

Two Wolfstar bulls topped trade at 18,000gns and 17,000gns in the Simmental ring at Stirling on Monday (17 February), as prices inched higher after last year’s disappointing sale. British Simmental…

TAKING STOCK

Stirling: Salers averages up £1,301 on the year

Salers bulls sold to a top price of 8,000gns at Stirling bull sales on Monday (17 February), with averages up a massive £1,301 on the year. Overall, 17 males averaged…

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LIVESTOCK MARKETING

Advice on marketing lambs for the Muslim festival

The Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha (festival of sacrifice) provides sheep farmers with an opportunity to access a growing market. Eid al-Adha is one of the most important festivals in…

FEED AND NUTRITION

6 tips to avoid mycotoxins in silage ahead of harvest

The presence of mycotoxins in silage can cause huge repercussions for livestock producers, with issues ranging from reduced feed intake to abortion often a result of a mycotoxicosis infection. However,…

FEED AND NUTRITION

5 ways a Cheshire dairy has reduced ration costs

Cheshire-based dairy farmers Tom and Karen Halton have reduced ration costs by 0.5p/litre in their 530-cow herd and lifted milk from forage by 500 litres to 3,000 litres a head.…

FEED AND NUTRITION

How Welsh beef farm is in top third for low carbon emissions

A Welsh beef farm is achieving carbon emissions that are 17% lower than average. Paul and Dwynwen Williams run a herd of 60 suckler cows and intensively finish 120 dairy-bred…

DAIRY

Ethical 'cow-with-calf' dairy targets premium market

Mainstream dairy farming requires that calves are separated from their mothers soon after birth, but one farm business, the Ethical Dairy, is employing a more natural route. David and Wilma…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Fodder beet proves cost-effective for spring-calving herd

Nick and Liz Haines have been firm believers in growing fodder beet to feed dry cows over the winter. The couple, who have recently come to the end of their…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Zero grazing helps dairy goat farmer to reduce concentrates

Zero grazing has allowed Irish dairy farmers Haske Knippels and Marion Roeleveld to increase milk production by 100 litres/day while reducing bought-in feed costs. Together, they milk 200 British Saanen…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

How multi-cut can deliver profits of £333/ha

Cutting grass more frequently can deliver better-quality forage capable of delivering £333/ha profit above a traditional three-cut silage-making system. Dairy nutritionists Volac compared a five-cut system to a three-cut system…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Advice on establishing and grazing herbal leys

A herbal ley is a diverse sward that includes different grasses and species, with varying rooting depths, properties and drought tolerances. They have a positive effect on soil health, structure…

PIGS

Single-parity move lifts pig herd performance

Setting up single-parity herds has been central to improving pig health across the entire breeding and finishing pig operation at North Farm Livestock (NFL) in Holt, Norfolk. NFL was one…

DAIRY

Ways to reduce dairy greenhouse gas emissions to hit targets

Dairy farmers can make some easy strides to improve their carbon footprint as pressure mounts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from farms. The NFU has set a target for farming…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Painful 2019 harvest delivers valuable maize-growing lessons

The importance of preserving soil structure and exercising patience in harvesting a maize crop are among a Nottinghamshire maize grower’s key lessons from the painful 2019 harvest. Last year’s autumn…

BREEDING AND FERTILITY

4 reasons to use artificial insemination in beef herds

Commercial beef farmers could benefit from a tighter calving period and higher calf weights by adopting artificial insemination, alongside a synchronisation programme. Scotland's Rural College (SRUC) data suggests each day…

BEEF

Canadian learnings: 4 ways UK sucklers could improve profits

Beef production is a major enterprise in Canada, with more than 90,000 producers in the country. However, with harsh winters and hot summers ⁠— as well as the increasing population…

PARASITIC DISEASES

Faecal egg count trial cuts wormer use on Welsh sheep farms

Sheep farms that have adopted faecal egg counting (FEC) to monitor parasite burdens have reported a big reduction in the frequency of wormer treatments needed. The sheep farms were taking…

YOUNGSTOCK MANAGEMENT

Video: How a large dairy is keeping youngstock mortality low

A large US dairy is achieving exceptionally low mortality rates of 1% in its pre-weaned calves, and hitting daily growth rates of 800g up to weaning. About 1,800 calves will…

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TAKING STOCK

Stirling: Charolais lead spring trade again

Demand for Charolais bulls once again proved to be strong in the Charolais ring at Stirling on Tuesday (18 February) as two 25,000gns calls lifted averages over £500 on the…

TAKING STOCK

Wolfstar herd tops Simmental trade at 18,000gns

Two Wolfstar bulls topped trade at 18,000gns and 17,000gns in the Simmental ring at Stirling on Monday (17 February), as prices inched higher after last year’s disappointing sale. British Simmental…

TAKING STOCK

Stirling: Salers averages up £1,301 on the year

Salers bulls sold to a top price of 8,000gns at Stirling bull sales on Monday (17 February), with averages up a massive £1,301 on the year. Overall, 17 males averaged…

TAKING STOCK

Goldies brace each hits 30,000gns at Carlisle

Two Ampertaine Foreman sons out of the Wilodge Vantastic daughter Goldies Fragrance shared the top honours at Borderway’s early spring show and sale of Limousins last week (14-15 February). This…

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MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Prime beef prices edge up as supplies tighten

Prime beef prices have risen amid tightening UK supplies and a good export trade, according to AHDB figures. All prime average prices rose by 1.4p to settle at 333.3p/kg in…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Global lamb shortage helps UK prices rise £14 a head in 2020

Rocketing prime lamb prices suggest that the amount retailers are able to import is sharply down on last year, amid a global shortage of the meat. Some processors began offering…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Income jumps for fat lamb sellers as prices race upwards

Income for farmers with fat lambs left to sell has sharply increased after liveweight prices leapt above the previous week. The average UK price for old-season lambs weighing 25.5-45.5kg jumped…

TAKING STOCK

Stirling: Angus hit 25,000gns

Angus bull averages remained above £5,800 for the second year running at Stirling this week (2-3 February), with a 25,000gns call taking the headlines. Taking the top call was Gordon…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Stirling: Big prices lift Beef Shorthorn average by £104

Two 20,000gns calls lifted Beef Shorthorn bull averages at the breed society’s annual spring sale in Stirling on Monday (3 February). Trade levelled £104 higher for 30% more sold (12…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

UK pig prices edge up after post-Christmas lull

Pig prices have risen for the first time since the traditional post-Christmas lull, according to figures published by AHDB Pork. Prices had dropped by 0.13p/kg across the weeks after Christmas,…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: They say good cattle sell themselves

Our annual production sale isn’t for another month, but it is consuming almost every day. We have made the final draft of which bulls are in and which are out.…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Blue-crosses are calving with ease

At the time of writing (12 February) we are looking like being 30% through our calving by the end of day 12 of our planned calving period. Cows have been…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Blaming excess lambs for disappointing scan

Scanning was a disappointing affair. The Romneys managed 160%, which is about 15% lower than my brother and father. Yet again I am holding the wooden spoon for the family.…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Huge thanks owed after cattle breakout

Same clouds, same sky, different storm. Progress at Osgodby Grange is like pulling teeth at the moment. The land is so saturated it seems like it doesn’t want to dry…

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FEED AND NUTRITION

6 tips to avoid mycotoxins in silage ahead of harvest

The presence of mycotoxins in silage can cause huge repercussions for livestock producers, with issues ranging from reduced feed intake to abortion often a result of a mycotoxicosis infection. However,…

FEED AND NUTRITION

5 ways a Cheshire dairy has reduced ration costs

Cheshire-based dairy farmers Tom and Karen Halton have reduced ration costs by 0.5p/litre in their 530-cow herd and lifted milk from forage by 500 litres to 3,000 litres a head.…

DAIRY

Ethical 'cow-with-calf' dairy targets premium market

Mainstream dairy farming requires that calves are separated from their mothers soon after birth, but one farm business, the Ethical Dairy, is employing a more natural route. David and Wilma…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Fodder beet proves cost-effective for spring-calving herd

Nick and Liz Haines have been firm believers in growing fodder beet to feed dry cows over the winter. The couple, who have recently come to the end of their…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

How multi-cut can deliver profits of £333/ha

Cutting grass more frequently can deliver better-quality forage capable of delivering £333/ha profit above a traditional three-cut silage-making system. Dairy nutritionists Volac compared a five-cut system to a three-cut system…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Advice on establishing and grazing herbal leys

A herbal ley is a diverse sward that includes different grasses and species, with varying rooting depths, properties and drought tolerances. They have a positive effect on soil health, structure…

DAIRY

Chemical parlour sensor sends text before supplies run out

Dairy farmers can avoid running out of hygiene chemicals by responding to automatic text messages from an on-farm sensory system when containers reach low levels. The new Ecolab Textomatic can…

DAIRY

Ways to reduce dairy greenhouse gas emissions to hit targets

Dairy farmers can make some easy strides to improve their carbon footprint as pressure mounts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from farms. The NFU has set a target for farming…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Painful 2019 harvest delivers valuable maize-growing lessons

The importance of preserving soil structure and exercising patience in harvesting a maize crop are among a Nottinghamshire maize grower’s key lessons from the painful 2019 harvest. Last year’s autumn…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

VetTech services set to be expanded to more farms

Veterinary technician services are to be expanded across VetPartners’ 28 farm practices, so clients will have access to the service by the end of the year. VetPartners has 130 practices…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

App uses satellite tech to abolish need to measure grass

Grassland farmers can now use a pasture management tool that uses satellites to help predict grass covers instead of having to measure grass using plate meters. Grass Sat uses a…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Silo MOT app launched to help prevent farm accidents

Farmers are being encouraged to assess their feed silos using an online app and maintain their stores to prevent health and safety concerns. A Suffolk farmer was killed last year…

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MUCKSPREADERS

Teagle beefs up Titan muckspreader range

Cornish manufacturer Teagle has introduced a number of tweaks to its Titan rear-discharge muckspreader range. Running gear updates on the larger 20cu m Titan 15 and 17 models include a…

TELEHANDLERS

On test: Kramer’s KL60.8 loader

Kramer's KL60.8 offers the unusual combination of four-wheel steer and central cab layout, giving operators great views from a lofty perch and the manoeuvrability of equivalent telehandlers. That might make…

MOWERS

Pottinger adds Crossflow merging kit to smallest mower

Austrian manufacturer Pottinger has added its Crossflow merging system to its smallest Novacat mower. The cross-conveyor auger can merge swaths straight after cutting without the need for a conditioner –…

MOWERS

Heavy-duty 8m flail mower joins Seppi range

A new heavy-duty flail mower from Italian firm Seppi M can cover 8m in a single pass and mulch material up to 9cm in diameter. The S9 Multipla replaces the…