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FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Sadness as farm placed on market for sale

The past couple of months have been busy, with new life appearing across the farm. The indoor lambing went relatively well. However, if I were to say that the outdoor…

BEEF

How grass in the arable rotation can improve beef production

Incorporating grass in the arable rotation is part of Jeremy Iles’s plan to reduce concentrate feeding to beef animals while mitigating risk and safeguarding soil health. It is an all-encompassing…

BOVINE TB

Cattle health body launches new approach to TB

A new tool to help farmers tackle TB has been launched by the cattle health certification standards regulatory body Checs. The TB entry level membership scheme is designed to enable…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Sad to see Newton Rigg up for sale

At last, the local pub reopened on 12 April for outdoor drinkers, so I took the lads for several well-deserved beers on the way home from work that day. It’s…

LIVESTOCK

How hill farmers can tap into new market for light lambs

Hill farmers could tap into new markets for lighter carcasses by intensively finishing lambs to a deadweight of 12-16kg. With producer groups in Ireland already supplying up to 30,000 lighter…

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LIVESTOCK

Professional register launches for sheep advisers

A professional register for sheep advisers is being launched by the National Sheep Association (NSA) and Basis. The Register of Sheep Advisers (Rosa) is the first of its kind in…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Real-time data to help dairy farmers assess heat stress risk

Cargill UK and Lallemand Animal Nutrition are launching live temperature and humidity data online to help dairy farmers monitor the risk of heat stress in dairy cattle this summer.  …

TAKING STOCK

Nock Deighton to reopen Carmarthen livestock mart

Livestock sales are to resume at Carmarthen mart under Nock Deighton – but no date has been set for the reopening. The mart, which serves an important livestock region, has…

TAKING STOCK

Flying sheep-breeding trade on cards if grass comes

A cold, dry spring has subdued talk of a red-hot breeding sheep trade this summer. National flock size, lamb prices, demand for cull sheep and ewe hogg numbers slaughtered this…

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BEEF

How a dedicated isolation unit helped a calf-rearing business

Setting up a dedicated TB isolation unit and selling weaned calves has allowed Farmers Weekly Young Farmer of the Year Bertie Newman to increase output on his 607ha (1,499-acre) organic…

BEEF

How grass in the arable rotation can improve beef production

Incorporating grass in the arable rotation is part of Jeremy Iles’s plan to reduce concentrate feeding to beef animals while mitigating risk and safeguarding soil health. It is an all-encompassing…

LIVESTOCK

How hill farmers can tap into new market for light lambs

Hill farmers could tap into new markets for lighter carcasses by intensively finishing lambs to a deadweight of 12-16kg. With producer groups in Ireland already supplying up to 30,000 lighter…

PIGS

6 ways pig unit works with minimal zinc and antibiotics use

Ensuring good gut health in piglets pre- and post-weaning is the foundation for lifetime health and performance on Harper Adams University’s 230-sow farrow-to-finish unit. The unit, which operates as a…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

How a Northern Irish suckler farmer is reducing costs

Sky-high farm input prices and rising rents have prompted Sam Chesney to re-evaluate his business and take a slight change in tack, in an attempt to improve suckler-cow margins. This…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Advice on reducing clamp losses and what they could cost you

Paying attention to consolidation and weighting on the clamp could save the average farm nearly £3,000 a year and boost feed conversion efficiencies, according to Alltech Navigate data. Alltech Navigate…

LIVESTOCK

How to finish beef calves from block-calving dairy herds

Adam Buitelaar, chief executive officer of the Buitelaar group, is urging farmers finishing cross-bred animals to be cautious and plan ahead. He says when calf euthanasia was prohibited in Ireland…

SHEEP

Pasteurella vaccines: Common mistakes and how to avoid them

Pasteurellosis, also known as "enzootic pneumonia", remains one of the most common causes of mortality in sheep of all ages. Despite its impact, the disease is still not wholly understood.…

DAIRY

How finishing beef adds value to dairy business

The Mallett family decided to invest £100,000 in a shed to rear and finish beef bulls and heifers from their high-yielding dairy herd while they were locked up with TB.…

SHEEP

Estate flock halves feed cost and lifts scan rate to 186%

A major system overhaul on a lowland estate has lifted scanning rates and cut bought-in feed costs by £6.28 a ewe over the past five years. The team at Overbury…

FEED AND NUTRITION

How floodplain meadows are central to a regenerative system

Floodplain meadows are vital for soil and animal health and the hay they produce is more nutritionally and minerally satisfying than standard feed analysis would suggest. This, is according to…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

6 tips on dealing with poor spring grass growth

Grazing deficits are being reported in all UK regions as persistent cold temperatures challenge growing conditions. Overnight temperatures in some regions fell as low as -5.5C in mid-April, according to…

LIVESTOCK MARKETING

How award-winning pig farmer tapped into China export market

Since 2018 China has lost half of its pigs to African swine fever, equating to about 30% of the global population. Although the viral disease continues, the country is trying…

DAIRY

How a farmer uses antibiotics on just 10% of herd at dry-off

Exceptional mastitis controls and an overall infection rate of just 7.8 cases for every 100 cows is allowing one Pembrokeshire farm to use antibiotics on just 10% of the herd…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

How planting herbal leys can slash concentrate feeding

Planting legume and herbal leys as part of mid-tier Countryside Stewardship has enabled Wiltshire farmer Jamie Feilden to grow more quality forage and save around £7,000 a year in concentrate.…

LIVESTOCK

Dorset vet helps get his dairy herds moving more easily

Julian Allen is helping to reduce lameness in Dorset dairy herds by encouraging mobility scoring just as milk buyers are stepping up their interest in cow welfare. As a senior…

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TAKING STOCK

Nock Deighton to reopen Carmarthen livestock mart

Livestock sales are to resume at Carmarthen mart under Nock Deighton – but no date has been set for the reopening. The mart, which serves an important livestock region, has…

TAKING STOCK

Flying sheep-breeding trade on cards if grass comes

A cold, dry spring has subdued talk of a red-hot breeding sheep trade this summer. National flock size, lamb prices, demand for cull sheep and ewe hogg numbers slaughtered this…

TAKING STOCK

'Market-top' debate follows 5-10p/kg beef processor cuts

Processor price cuts of 5-10p/kg have left beef finishers asking whether trade has hit a market top or if processors are “playing games” to draw out more cattle. Many factory…

TAKING STOCK

Cull cows rise 25p/kg with numbers at 100-year low

Factory and farmer demand has fuelled a six-week rally in the barren cow ring that has buoyed a trade already flying as a result of historically low supplies. National liveweight…

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MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Northern Ireland plans £75m cull sow processing plant

Planning proposals have been submitted for a £75m pig processing plant near Ballymoney in Northern Ireland. The proposals lodged by family-owned meat processor Bann Side Foods include a plan to…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

ABP Food Group to buy remaining 50% of Linden Foods

ABP Food Group has announced that it has reached an agreement with Fane Valley Co-op to buy the remaining 50% of the Linden Food Group it does not currently own.…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Strong demand bolsters liveweight lamb prices

Liveweight lamb prices have risen again, with new season (NSL) values more than £1/kg higher than the same time a year ago. In the week ending 5 May, NSL SQQ…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Significant pig price jump founded on robust market

Pig prices have made a significant step towards recovery with the largest weekly rise in five years, according to AHDB figures. In the week ended 1 May, the GB EU-spec…

TAKING STOCK

'Market-top' debate follows 5-10p/kg beef processor cuts

Processor price cuts of 5-10p/kg have left beef finishers asking whether trade has hit a market top or if processors are “playing games” to draw out more cattle. Many factory…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Retail demand drives up finished cattle prices

Deadweight cattle prices have continued to rise above the £4/kg mark with strong retail demand driving up values, AHDB figures show. In the week ending 24 April, the GB all-prime…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Sadness as farm placed on market for sale

The past couple of months have been busy, with new life appearing across the farm. The indoor lambing went relatively well. However, if I were to say that the outdoor…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Sad to see Newton Rigg up for sale

At last, the local pub reopened on 12 April for outdoor drinkers, so I took the lads for several well-deserved beers on the way home from work that day. It’s…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Breed change is a big learning curve

It seems strange to be the new boy once again. Having made the decision in 2019 to sell our Holstein herd and buy in 200 Jersey heifers, we’ve been overwhelmed…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Faith lost in Welsh leaders over NVZ debacle

Today (7 May) is an eagerly awaited day. It is the day we will find out who will represent us in the Senedd (Welsh parliament) for the next five years.…

Dairy

BOVINE TB

Cattle health body launches new approach to TB

A new tool to help farmers tackle TB has been launched by the cattle health certification standards regulatory body Checs. The TB entry level membership scheme is designed to enable…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Real-time data to help dairy farmers assess heat stress risk

Cargill UK and Lallemand Animal Nutrition are launching live temperature and humidity data online to help dairy farmers monitor the risk of heat stress in dairy cattle this summer.  …

DAIRY

Cows fall into water from Rotterdam's 'floating' dairy farm

A Dutch politician has called for the closure of Rotterdam’s floating dairy farm after two cows fell into the water. One of the cows was winched to safety by emergency…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Advice on reducing clamp losses and what they could cost you

Paying attention to consolidation and weighting on the clamp could save the average farm nearly £3,000 a year and boost feed conversion efficiencies, according to Alltech Navigate data. Alltech Navigate…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

Priti Patel warned of labour crisis on dairy farm visit

Priti Patel visited dairy farmers in Shropshire on Wednesday (5 May) to discuss solutions to the impending UK farm labour crisis. Dairy farmers warned Ms Patel that they would struggle…

LIVESTOCK

How to finish beef calves from block-calving dairy herds

Adam Buitelaar, chief executive officer of the Buitelaar group, is urging farmers finishing cross-bred animals to be cautious and plan ahead. He says when calf euthanasia was prohibited in Ireland…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

New milking tech to improve cow comfort and milking speed

ADF Milking has launched pioneering venting technology that controls the vacuum within its liners to provide cows with a more comfortable milking. InVent (intelligent venting) is designed to be used…

DAIRY

How finishing beef adds value to dairy business

The Mallett family decided to invest £100,000 in a shed to rear and finish beef bulls and heifers from their high-yielding dairy herd while they were locked up with TB.…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

6 tips on dealing with poor spring grass growth

Grazing deficits are being reported in all UK regions as persistent cold temperatures challenge growing conditions. Overnight temperatures in some regions fell as low as -5.5C in mid-April, according to…

DAIRY

How a farmer uses antibiotics on just 10% of herd at dry-off

Exceptional mastitis controls and an overall infection rate of just 7.8 cases for every 100 cows is allowing one Pembrokeshire farm to use antibiotics on just 10% of the herd…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Why urea-based products should be avoided to preserve grain

Urea-based products used to preserve rolled grain lose at least 40% of nitrogen content before they are consumed by the animal, new research has shown. Urea acts as a preservative,…

DAIRY

Dairy's chemical-free disinfectant delivers multiple benefits

A dairy farm in Norfolk has replaced chemical disinfectants with a system using only water and low-voltage electricity. This has helped reduce the farm’s carbon footprint, improved cow health, delivered…

Livestock machinery

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TRACTORS

High-hour horsepower: MF 6465 hits 21,464 hours

There are plenty of tractors out there with hour counts running well into the teens, but there are a select group of operators using frontline machines with more than 20,000…

BALERS AND WRAPPERS

Kuhn improves technology for high-output balers

Kuhn’s VB variable-chamber baler and VBP baler-wrapper are now available with a humidity sensor and bale weigher to help users monitor and improve forage quality. The humidity sensor can measure…

CULTIVATION AND DRILLING

New Weaving Fenix drill helps refresh tired swards

Weaving reckons it has come up with a belt-and-braces approach to grassland reseeds and sward rejuvenation. The Evesham-based firm’s 3m Fenix Grass Drill features 32 discs, 405mm in diameter, spread…

MOWERS

Three new models join KRM flail mower range

Farmers and contractors after a heavy-duty flail mower have three new models to consider. Yorkshire maker Keith Rennie Machinery (KRM) has introduced a trio that feature an increased mouth height…