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TAKING STOCK

Prices top £12,000 at NSA Wales and Border ram sale

Trade topped at 12,000gns at the National Sheep Association Wales and Border’s 40th anniversary ram sale at Builth on Monday (17 September). Organisers described trade as “solid” in what has…

TAKING STOCK

Mixed trade sees quality shine at Kelso

Only strong and well-bred stock met keen bidding at Kelso on Friday (15 September) as very selective buyers saw averages slip £28 on the year despite the highest-grossing ram since…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Lower-protein dairy feed could cut costs and ammonia emissions

Farmers are overfeeding dairy cows protein and instead need to look at amino acids in much more detail, according to new research.  “Protein has been overfed. It has been too cheap and used…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Maize Watch: Crops ready to harvest in most areas

With maize crops ready to harvest in most areas of the UK following the good weather last week, growers are being advised to focus on clamp management to ensure good…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

How a sheep farmer increased grass stocking rates sixfold

Sussex sheep farmer Jeremy West has increased stocking rates sixfold by using temporary grass leys. Since coming out of Higher level Stewardship (HSL) last year, he is integrating temporary grass…

DAIRY

UK Dairy Day 2018: New tools and products for farmers

UK Dairy Day welcomed thousands of visitors to the Telford International Centre on Wednesday 12 September for the annual industry event and cattle show. In the show ring, the Holstein…

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BOVINE TB

Welsh farm leaders demand badger cull after England's progress

New Defra figures demonstrating the positive impact of badger culling on bovine TB levels in England have prompted calls for a widespread badger cull in Wales. The Farmers’ Union Of…

ENVIRONMENT

Free advice on offer to reduce farm ammonia emissions

Farmers will be given free advice under a £3m government scheme to help reduce ammonia emissions from agriculture. Defra says farming is responsible for 88% of all UK ammonia gas…

BOVINE TB

In numbers: Bovine TB and the badger cull

Defra has extended the badger cull to 11 new areas as it steps up its efforts to tackle bovine TB, a devastating disease causing misery to livestock farmers and costing…

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SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

New slurry purification system starts operating at Welsh College

A dairy farm with a 500-cow herd could potentially make savings of nearly £50,000/year and reduce its risk of polluting watercourses by removing the water from slurry and purifying it,…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Lower-protein dairy feed could cut costs and ammonia emissions

Farmers are overfeeding dairy cows protein and instead need to look at amino acids in much more detail, according to new research.  “Protein has been overfed. It has been too cheap and used…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

How a sheep farmer increased grass stocking rates sixfold

Sussex sheep farmer Jeremy West has increased stocking rates sixfold by using temporary grass leys. Since coming out of Higher level Stewardship (HSL) last year, he is integrating temporary grass…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Replacing cereals with forage can increase beef gross margin

Replacing some cereals in the diet with a high energy forage for finishing beef steers can increase daily liveweight gain and increase gross margin by £115 a head. Researchers at…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Advice for balancing winter rations based on latest forage analy...

Latest forage analysis results show first and second cuts are good quality with high levels of energy and protein, but farmers do need to watch out for high acid loads…

ASSESSING PERFORMANCE

4 ways to use milking data to drive profitability

Many dairy farmers have access to a wealth of data at their fingertips, but they are not exploiting it to its full value to help drive improvements in herd productivity…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Why National Trust dairy tenant moved to 'holistic' farming

Farming to improve soil health, maximise production from grass and be self-sufficient is the aim of dairy farmer Richard Park of Low Sizergh Farm in Kendal, Cumbria. His ambition is…

LIVESTOCK

FW Awards: Poultry Farmer of the Year finalists 2018

Our poultry farmer finalists this year occupy quite different parts of the sector. We have an egg producer-packer in Phil Crawley, who manages Sunrise Eggs with brother Ady. Also in…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Early maize harvest presents forage crop opportunities

The early maize harvest in most areas gives growers the opportunity to grow extra forage for utilising early next spring, believes Neil Groom, technical director for Grainseed. “In most areas…

BREEDING AND FERTILITY

How Wilts farmer manages herd extensively with minimal labour

Compact calving, outwintering of all cattle and forage-only finishing is enabling herd manager Robert Huxley to run the 250-suckler herd at Yews Farm on the Longford Estate in Salisbury, largely…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Expert tips for reducing feed waste on your pig farm

Feed accounts for around 70% of costs on pig farms but producers could trim this if they tackled wastage from inefficiencies and poor feed management.  An AHDB Pork study estimates…

WHATS IN YOUR LIVESTOCK SHED

What's in your shed? visits a £550,000 Kentucky dairy shed

Set on the fringes of Lexington, the University of Kentucky’s Coldstream Dairy unit is a fount of research for dairy health efficiencies. In the pursuit of cow comfort, the university…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

How three huge roundhouses are improving beef performance

Farmer and entrepreneur David Shelton is nearing the end of building an entire beef and arable unit from scratch on a greenfield site in Leicestershire. The site at Saxelbye Top…

LIVESTOCK

UK African Swine Fever risk level raised after new outbreaks

The government has raised the risk status of African Swine Fever (ASF) entering the UK after the latest outbreak in eastern Europe saw 180,000 pigs culled. Almost 750 confirmed cases…

WHATS IN YOUR LIVESTOCK SHED

What's In Your Livestock Shed at a high tech Exmoor farm

Unsurprisingly, the family that run Shearwell Data, one of the major UK players in the tag and software world, are keen on using technology to drive efficiencies throughout the farm.…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

Why roofless beef build's best according to Wexford finisher

Beef finisher Paddy Murphy erected an unroofed unit at his farm in County Wexford four years ago to replace a badly performing woodchip pad. The cost of woodchip was rising…

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TAKING STOCK

Prices top £12,000 at NSA Wales and Border ram sale

Trade topped at 12,000gns at the National Sheep Association Wales and Border’s 40th anniversary ram sale at Builth on Monday (17 September). Organisers described trade as “solid” in what has…

TAKING STOCK

Mixed trade sees quality shine at Kelso

Only strong and well-bred stock met keen bidding at Kelso on Friday (15 September) as very selective buyers saw averages slip £28 on the year despite the highest-grossing ram since…

TAKING STOCK

Scotch Mule trade and numbers back as sales kick off

Early sales of Scotch Mules have seen lambs back £3-£4 a head and shearlings back by up to £10-£20 despite many sale yards reporting much smaller throughputs.  August and September…

TAKING STOCK

Carlisle Texels hit 100,000gns

A solid trade was largely “comparable on the year” for the Solway and Tyne Texel breeders club at Borderway last week (6-7 September) as the Sportsmans flock took the headlines.…

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BUSINESS

AHDB examines effects of drought across all farm sectors

The AHDB has released an update to its drought impact report, examining the effects of the prolonged dry weather this summer on each farm sector. The levy board added that…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Gove U-turn on live exports fuels no-deal Brexit fears

Michael Gove has back-pedalled on a plan to ban live exports from the UK, indicating his position was now in favour of "restrictions" to the trade. WTO tariffs on live…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Lamb prices hit seasonal low despite less throughput

Liveweight lamb prices are edging lower as sales numbers head towards their autumnal peak. The average price in Great Britain for an SQQ lamb, one weighing between 25.5 and 45.5kg,…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

US beef exporters eyeing UK market as EU offers quota deal

The UK is set to come under renewed pressure to open its post-Brexit beef market to more imports from the US, following an announcement on Monday (3 September) by the…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Pig production costs at four-year high as feed costs spiral

The latest estimates put average pig production costs at 150p/kg for April to June, just 1p behind the EU-spec Average Pigs Price for the quarter, according to AHDB Pork. The…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Optimism over plans to improve transparency in sheep market

The sheep sector looks to be moving closer to a "big win" on carcass classification and price reporting rules in England, which will help farmers make more informed marketing decisions,…

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FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: I hope Brexit can find a home market for bull calv...

The heatwave has gone and autumn is now in full swing. I find it a crazy time of year, as we believe we make forage in summer, but - especially…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Autumn brings breeding EBV considerations

Autumn is one of my favourite times of year. The weather has cooled, but grass looks to be growing well, which is keeping livestock happy. I find myself spending more…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Time to cheer up after doom and gloom

Time to cheer up. Life is starting to get a whole lot better. Grass is growing, brassica crops are starting to really fill out, lambs are being sold, cattle are…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: We must nip this abusive shearing in the bud

It’s the time of year again when we have to make sure we have enough teasers before tupping, so we are vasectomising a few more rams. I am considering going…

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SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

New slurry purification system starts operating at Welsh College

A dairy farm with a 500-cow herd could potentially make savings of nearly £50,000/year and reduce its risk of polluting watercourses by removing the water from slurry and purifying it,…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Lower-protein dairy feed could cut costs and ammonia emissions

Farmers are overfeeding dairy cows protein and instead need to look at amino acids in much more detail, according to new research.  “Protein has been overfed. It has been too cheap and used…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Maize Watch: Crops ready to harvest in most areas

With maize crops ready to harvest in most areas of the UK following the good weather last week, growers are being advised to focus on clamp management to ensure good…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Blood test could predict if cattle will develop disease

Blood testing female dairy calves for molecules in the blood – called microRNAs – could help predict their likelihood of developing disease, scientists say. Scientists have found the blood levels…

DAIRY

UK Dairy Day 2018: New tools and products for farmers

UK Dairy Day welcomed thousands of visitors to the Telford International Centre on Wednesday 12 September for the annual industry event and cattle show. In the show ring, the Holstein…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Advice for balancing winter rations based on latest forage analy...

Latest forage analysis results show first and second cuts are good quality with high levels of energy and protein, but farmers do need to watch out for high acid loads…

ASSESSING PERFORMANCE

4 ways to use milking data to drive profitability

Many dairy farmers have access to a wealth of data at their fingertips, but they are not exploiting it to its full value to help drive improvements in herd productivity…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Why National Trust dairy tenant moved to 'holistic' farming

Farming to improve soil health, maximise production from grass and be self-sufficient is the aim of dairy farmer Richard Park of Low Sizergh Farm in Kendal, Cumbria. His ambition is…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Eurofins Agro UK launches more accurate forage testing method

Eurofins Agro UK has launched a method of feed testing new to the UK and Ireland that, it claims, can give more accurate results compared with current testing methods. Traditionally…

DAIRY

UK Dairy Day 2018: Winners from the show ring

The highest accolade of the day at this year’s UK Dairy Day, Telford, on Wednesday 13 September, went to Davlea Bradnick Alicia, from Bryn, Ian and Max Davies, Illminster, Somerset.…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

Video: High-tech machine to revolutionise slurry pollution

While there has been a reduction in water pollution problems over recent years in England, agriculture is now the sector responsible for the largest number of serious incidents. In this…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Early maize harvest presents forage crop opportunities

The early maize harvest in most areas gives growers the opportunity to grow extra forage for utilising early next spring, believes Neil Groom, technical director for Grainseed. “In most areas…

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TECHNOLOGY

Government pumps £11m into digital hydraulic power

A consortium of Scottish investors has secured £11m from the UK’s Advanced Propulsion Centre to help develop digital displacement hydraulic pumps for use in construction and agricultural vehicles. Digital displacement…

FORAGERS

Stalkbuster hacks down maize stubbles while harvesting

Header maker Kemper has developed a chopping system that fits beneath a regular maize header to cut stubbles tight to the ground. The Stalkbuster is designed to obliterate the habitat…

TELEHANDLERS

Kramer adds two telehandlers to growing range

Kramer has continued the expansion of its telehandler range in the UK with two new machines. Since exiting from a manufacturing agreement with Claas, the German company has reached an…

BALERS AND WRAPPERS

Claas Rollant 540 packs extra punch

Claas has added new models to its long-standing Rollant baler range, bridging the gap between the existing two options. The new 540 is aimed at farmers and small-scale contractors who…