Livestock top stories

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

NSA suggests vigilance as bluetongue re-emerges in Europe

The National Sheep Association is urging farmers to be extra vigilant for the signs of bluetongue disease in livestock following a spike in cases in northern Europe. More than 90…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Tips for growing multispecies leys from four-year study

New research findings have highlighted the role multispecies leys have in making farms more resilient to climate change. The study sheds light on the importance of establishment timings, nitrogen applications…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Has tradition held back sheep progress?

I was recently given the opportunity to learn about the potential for estimated breeding values (EBV) in hill sheep and the Welsh Sheep Genetics programme, run by Farming Connect. The…

LIVESTOCK

How a 2,600-cow housed herd drove down carbon emissions

Integration of dairy and arable enterprises, targeted use of nutrients and a focus on feed sourcing have been the driving forces behind a 40% drop in emissions at Grosvenor Farms,…

FOOT HEALTH

Benefits of a mentored team approach to lameness control

Lameness is estimated to cost the dairy industry £250m/year through impaired fertility, reduced production, premature culls, and treatment costs. The average cost a day of lameness for all lame cows…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Bluetongue survey issued after high risk warning

Livestock farmers with experience of the midge-driven bluetongue virus are urged to help in a charity knowledge initiative after a government warning about its spread. Researchers at the James Hutton…

Livestock news

BOVINE TB

Badger groups plan legal challenge to latest cull licences

Anti-badger cull groups, the Badger Trust and Wild Justice, are planning legal action against Natural England over its decision to licence supplementary badger culls as part of its policy to…

BOVINE TB

Badger Trust slams Labour's backpedalling on badger cull

The recent announcement by Labour’s shadow Defra secretary, Steve Reed, regarding the continuation of the badger cull has sparked “confusion and disappointment” among wildlife advocates. Labour’s general election manifesto described…

ENVIRONMENT

New carbon tax to hit Danish livestock farmers

Danish livestock farmers will become the first in the world to be taxed on their greenhouse gas emissions, as their government seeks to deliver on its promise of a 70%…

BOVINE TB

Labour manifesto risks undermining TB eradication, says NFU

NFU leaders have hit out at Labour for referring to the badger cull as “ineffective” in its party manifesto. The sentence in question in the manifesto said: “We will work…

More articles

Explore livestock Know How

  • Business advice
  • Essential guides
  • Practical tips
  • Case studies
Explore all topics

Latest from livestock Know How

See all

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Tips for growing multispecies leys from four-year study

New research findings have highlighted the role multispecies leys have in making farms more resilient to climate change. The study sheds light on the importance of establishment timings, nitrogen applications…

LIVESTOCK

How a 2,600-cow housed herd drove down carbon emissions

Integration of dairy and arable enterprises, targeted use of nutrients and a focus on feed sourcing have been the driving forces behind a 40% drop in emissions at Grosvenor Farms,…

FOOT HEALTH

Benefits of a mentored team approach to lameness control

Lameness is estimated to cost the dairy industry £250m/year through impaired fertility, reduced production, premature culls, and treatment costs. The average cost a day of lameness for all lame cows…

BEEF

Why winter bird food option stacks up for cattle grazing

Exmoor beef farmer Tom Armitage is making the most of payments for providing winter bird food under the Sustainable Farming Incentive. By adding species to an off-the-shelf bird seed mix…

BEEF

Farmers Weekly Awards 2024: Beef Farmer of the Year finalists

It takes courage and vision to make radical changes to farming practices, but three beef producers have done that and built enterprises that are both profitable and environmentally responsible. Finalists…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

How partial budgeting can help bale-grazing decisions

Livestock farmers considering a switch from winter housing to outwintering and bale grazing should ensure they factor in the costs of changing system when making their decision. This is the…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Top tips for managing multispecies leys under SFI

The popularity of multispecies leys has risen as livestock farmers are drawn to their drought-tolerant benefits in a bid to keep something growing over warmer months, where grass typically struggles.…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

What are the three best DIY soil health tests?

Interest is growing around testing the ability of soil to harbour life above and below the sward, and its resilience to cope with weather extremes.   Some tests require laboratory…

LIVESTOCK

How an upland farm doubled its hill sheep index in three years

An upland farmer is increasing his income from lamb sales by performance recording his closed flock of Welsh Mountain ewes. In five years, the average weight of lamb produced a…

LIVESTOCK

How to transform dairy farming passion into financial success

Dairy farm operators who are clear about their goals and what they want to achieve have the number one attribute for success. With this, they will find ways around problems…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

How changes to ventilation and bedding cut mastitis

For dairy farmer Pete Charles, a key driver in tackling mastitis was the effect on staff morale of constantly treating clinical cases and keeping milk out of the tank. He…

LIVESTOCK

How a spring-block herd tackled heifer mastitis

Outwintering heifers to reduce pressure on housing led to a spike in clinical mastitis and herd cell counts peaking near 450,000 cells/ml for a spring block-calving herd in Cumbria. In…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Brothers seek £73/ha profit lift with less output

Sheep are making way for suckler cows to minimise winter feed requirements and pay the mortgage on an organic grassland farm. The alteration is one of several Graham and Michael…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

How stockpiling and bale grazing have slashed feed costs

Stockpiling grass and bale-grazing ewes during winter have reduced variable costs by 40% at Coed Coch Farm, near Conwy. The 2,000 New Zealand Romney ewe enterprise is a joint venture…

SHEEP

How to use and go beyond worm egg counts

Gut worms are one of the most significant challenges to the health and production of grazed livestock – particularly sheep. Over the past century, drenches and injectable wormers have proved…

BEEF

Why it’s important to plan winter bedding now

For farmers reliant on purchased straw to bed loose-housed cattle, now is the time to consider other options and have a “Plan B” in place to reduce winter bedding costs.…

Meat markets and prices

See all

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Lambs hold above £6/kg as tight supply helps steady falls

The highs of up to £200/lamb witnessed earlier this year may appear a distant memory, however, after a period of decline, lamb prices have started to stabilise again. New-season lambs…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Welsh farmers losing money with 'out of spec' carcasses

Hundreds of sheep farmers are failing to maximise potential returns for their lambs, with some losing as much as 65p/kg deadweight in price penalties and lost premiums. Welsh red meat…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Finished pigs turn a profit with prices stable at 210p/kg

Pig producers have returned to a more profitable position in the past 12 months after a challenging few years for the sector. The EU-spec standard pig price recently went back…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Weight pays as lambs plummet £20-£30 a head

A seasonal fall in lamb prices has left heavy sorts in demand and sparked debate about breeding ewe trade after taking 30-60p/kg off many entries in the past week. Trade…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Beef prices set to rise into 2025 as supplies tighten

Lower throughputs of cattle in the UK later this year and into 2025 could help finished prices improve towards the end of 2024, according to analysis by Hybu Cig Cymru…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

China dispute with EU creates turbulent time for pork trade

An ongoing trade dispute between China and the EU is having a knock-on effect for pig producers throughout Europe and the UK. EU pork exports to China have come under…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Has tradition held back sheep progress?

I was recently given the opportunity to learn about the potential for estimated breeding values (EBV) in hill sheep and the Welsh Sheep Genetics programme, run by Farming Connect. The…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Team of grasses needed to get through the year

We heaved a sigh of relief recently when soft, warm rain fell over 18 hours. You could almost see the grass grow. The template of grass growth we are used…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Feed wheat price steady ahead of harvest

The year is flying along, and by this time next month (first week of August), we will hopefully have winter barley and oilseed rape harvested. The first of the straw…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Breed societies – time for change?

When I designed my new farm office a few years ago, I built it so it overlooks my calving pens. Through the other side of the yard, I have a…

Dairy

LIVESTOCK

How a 2,600-cow housed herd drove down carbon emissions

Integration of dairy and arable enterprises, targeted use of nutrients and a focus on feed sourcing have been the driving forces behind a 40% drop in emissions at Grosvenor Farms,…

FOOT HEALTH

Benefits of a mentored team approach to lameness control

Lameness is estimated to cost the dairy industry £250m/year through impaired fertility, reduced production, premature culls, and treatment costs. The average cost a day of lameness for all lame cows…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Bluetongue survey issued after high risk warning

Livestock farmers with experience of the midge-driven bluetongue virus are urged to help in a charity knowledge initiative after a government warning about its spread. Researchers at the James Hutton…

DAIRY

Data essential to prove dairy’s green credentials

Dairy farmers should “not put their head in the sand” when it comes to understanding and lowering their farms’ environmental impact. That was the take-home message from the opening panel…

DAIRY

Current carbon measurements put regen dairy at disadvantage

Regenerative dairy systems are at a disadvantage when their carbon footprint is compared with indoor herds because current metrics focus on reducing the emissions intensity of each litre of milk.…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Top tips for managing multispecies leys under SFI

The popularity of multispecies leys has risen as livestock farmers are drawn to their drought-tolerant benefits in a bid to keep something growing over warmer months, where grass typically struggles.…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

What are the three best DIY soil health tests?

Interest is growing around testing the ability of soil to harbour life above and below the sward, and its resilience to cope with weather extremes.   Some tests require laboratory…

LIVESTOCK

How to transform dairy farming passion into financial success

Dairy farm operators who are clear about their goals and what they want to achieve have the number one attribute for success. With this, they will find ways around problems…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

How changes to ventilation and bedding cut mastitis

For dairy farmer Pete Charles, a key driver in tackling mastitis was the effect on staff morale of constantly treating clinical cases and keeping milk out of the tank. He…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Slurry-scraping shenanigans should soon be over

I’m pleased the sun has finally come out. Today (20 June) has been the first since we drilled the maize that it’s had some warm sunshine on it. I don’t…

LIVESTOCK

How a spring-block herd tackled heifer mastitis

Outwintering heifers to reduce pressure on housing led to a spike in clinical mastitis and herd cell counts peaking near 450,000 cells/ml for a spring block-calving herd in Cumbria. In…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Advice on how to avoid heat stress in calves

Although heat stress is more common in adult cows, calves can suffer in a hot summer too. Following a few simple rules will help protect health and performance. Calves have…

Livestock machinery

See all

MOWERS

Auger swather offers lower-cost grouping for Claas mowers

By grafting an auger system to the back of its 9.1m plain disc butterfly mowers, Claas has created a simpler, lower-cost grouping option. While belt systems require a conditioner to…

MOWERS

Sauerburger Condor triple-deck rotary cutters come to UK

The design and specification of a trio of heavy-duty, triple-deck rotary cutters from German manufacturer Sauerburger has been influenced by importer Simon Richard to meet user requirements in Britain. “We…

MOWERS

New Pottinger Novacat mower gets automated curve control

Pottinger has unveiled new 2.62m and 3.04m Novacat F front mowers, the larger of which is available with a novel “curve control” feature. Dubbed Opticurve, this simultaneously side-shifts and turns…

TELEHANDLERS

Bobcat cuts fuel use on new S630 and S650 skid-steers

Upgrades to make the four-cylinder engine in Bobcat’s S630 and S650 skid-steer loaders cleaner and greener have yielded improved fuel consumption. A particulate filter is part of the Stage 5…