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TAKING STOCK

Flat beef trade continues into new year

Beef prices have remained constrained in 2019 but reports suggest things could be starting to improve. An autumn cattle surplus filled chillers and left a backlog last year as rising…

SHEEP

How remote parasite monitoring cuts labour and resistance

Fast and accurate faecal egg counts (FECs) are slowing the rate of anthelmintic resistance and saving on labour for a large Scottish Borders sheep operation. Farmers Weekly visited Bowhill Farming…

BEEF

New anti-meat report lambasted by AHDB

Red meat and dairy products offer a sustainable and nutritious food source for UK consumers and should not be cut from diets, the AHDB insists. The comments have been made…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

UK’s ‘lucky’ bluetongue streak will run out – scientists

British livestock farming’s lucky streak in dodging a major bluetongue virus (BTV) outbreak will come to an end by the year 2100, warn scientific papers. Two recent studies are warning…

CALVING

How to prevent and treat common problems at calving

For suckler farmers, income for the year is dependent on a successful calf crop, so keeping cows as healthy as possible at calving time is critical to ensure each animal…

SHEEP

24 sheep dead in 'horrendous' multi-dog attacks

Warning: Contains graphic photos of sheep injuries Nine twin lambs and 15 in-lamb ewes have died after suffering traumatic injuries in sheep worrying incidents involving three dogs. The first attack…

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LIVESTOCK

Dog walker's cattle death prompts safety reminder

A retired biology lecturer was trampled to death by a herd of cows while out walking his dog. Father-of-two John McNamara, 67, died following the incident on a farm in…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

Free emissions calculators for permitted pig and poultry farms

Pig and poultry farmers can trial a free calculator to determine levels of nitrogen and phosphorous being produced by their farms. The new calculators are available through the AHDB and…

CRIME

Dog owner banned after sheep savaged to death

A dog owner has been banned from keeping dogs for three years after his pets escaped and killed sheep in a farmer’s field. It is understood that 55-year-old John Coughlan…

DAIRY

What's showcasing at Dairy-Tech next month?

Farmers attending next month’s Dairy-Tech event at Stoneleigh on 6 February can learn how they can avoid becoming ‘price takers’ by selling their milk direct. Direct Dairy, a Dutch start-up…

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SHEEP

How remote parasite monitoring cuts labour and resistance

Fast and accurate faecal egg counts (FECs) are slowing the rate of anthelmintic resistance and saving on labour for a large Scottish Borders sheep operation. Farmers Weekly visited Bowhill Farming…

CALVING

How to prevent and treat common problems at calving

For suckler farmers, income for the year is dependent on a successful calf crop, so keeping cows as healthy as possible at calving time is critical to ensure each animal…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

How dairy farm is controlling Johne's while buying-in cows

When Jonathan Lovegrove-Fielden decided to covert Longden Manor Farm back to an organic autumn-block and expand to 300 cows his farm manager, Colin Bowen, knew they would have to buy-in…

DAIRY

Video: Preparing and clipping a calf for the show ring

When showing cattle, there is a lot to focus on in the ring, but actually much more work goes into the preparation: from breeding and selecting the right animal to…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Erysipelas in pigs: detection, treatment and prevention

Erysipelas is a bacterial infection of pigs that usually causes red lesions on the skin, fever, depressed appetite and in some cases, arthritis, reproductive issues and septicemia. Quick and effective…

BREEDING AND FERTILITY

How to use genomics to improve dairy economic performance

Genomics can be used in dairy herds to reliably predict the top-performing animals to breed the farm's next crop of replacements.  Not only can it improve the short-term economies by…

CALVING

How a Yorkshire suckler herd is achieving 96% calves weaned

An easy-calving herd is making light work of outdoor calving on a Pennine hill farm, with calf mortality at 1% in recent years and minimal assistance. The Hallos family, from…

PIGS

4 early signs of tail biting to watch for on pig farms

Once a tail-biting outbreak happens, it can be hard to control. Identifying the early signs of tail biting and knowing how to act upon them can help prevent it. Keeping…

BREEDING AND FERTILITY

What causes twins in dairy cows and how to prevent it

Twinning is an undesirable occurrence in dairy cattle, with the birth of more than one calf thought to be responsible for subsequent health issues in both cows and calves. While…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Advice on feeding suckler cows at different stages of production

For suckler herds to remain profitable, it is essential that every cow produces a healthy calf every year within a tight calving pattern. Nutrition has a huge influence on this,…

LAMBING

16 ways to reduce lamb mortality

Adequate, high-quality colostrum for lambs, provided in the first few hours of life, is essential to cutting losses. Emily Gascoigne, a specialist sheep vet with the Synergy Farm Health practice,…

DAIRY

Video: 10 steps to excellent calf handling in the ring

There is a lot to think about in the show ring, and a lot at stake. Whether it’s your first or fiftieth time stepping into the ring, there is a…

SHEEP

How a new entrant built up flock on short-term land tenures

Sheep farming can be a tough enterprise anyway, but if you’re starting with no farm, no assets and limited experience, sheer determination is worth more than anything else. Young farmer…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

What's in Your Livestock Shed? visits a £350,000 pig unit

A new pig unit at a Welsh college farm is thought to be the first in the UK to integrate every stage of production under one roof. Not only has…

DAIRY

How Nuffield Scholarship helped farm ownership dream

Rhys Williams has made a spectacular ascent up the farming ladder since winning a Nuffield Scholarship and travelling abroad to learn the intricacies of wealth creation in dairy farming. While…

BOVINE TB

Video: Farmers living on the frontline of bovine TB

For farmers living in a high-risk area, bovine TB has a huge financial and emotional impact. We visit two farms in south-west Wales which have endured long-term breakdowns. Stephen and…

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TAKING STOCK

Flat beef trade continues into new year

Beef prices have remained constrained in 2019 but reports suggest things could be starting to improve. An autumn cattle surplus filled chillers and left a backlog last year as rising…

TAKING STOCK

Prime lamb market starts year on positive note

A cautious prime lamb market has seen prices track upwards into 2019 to start the year on a positive note. Stronger trade is being helped by tightening supply, according to…

LIVESTOCK

Red meat supplies set to tighten after extreme 2018

A smaller UK cow herd and sheep flock could support market prices in 2019 after one of the most challenging years for a generation. Higher lamb and calf mortality, coupled…

TAKING STOCK

Livestock markets 2018: A year of extremes

No year in recent memory comes close to 2018 in terms of the weather’s effect on British livestock production. A long winter depleted hay and silage stocks, which was then…

Meat markets and prices

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BUSINESS

AHDB to spend £2.5m on TV pork promotion

AHDB is spending £2.5m on a campaign to promote pork as an attractive midweek meal. The adverts will promote healthy pork during prime-time TV shows such as Coronation Street, starting…

TAKING STOCK

Prime lamb market starts year on positive note

A cautious prime lamb market has seen prices track upwards into 2019 to start the year on a positive note. Stronger trade is being helped by tightening supply, according to…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

ASF spreads to large Chinese farm, sparking UK export hopes

An outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) has been reported at a large pig farm in China, despite the modern industrial farms supposedly having the best levels of disease prevention.…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Outlook 2019: Pigs – cost control needed to improve profits

Price volatility is a huge challenge for the pig sector, with the market having seen swings of more than 55p/kg in less than 18 months. Given tight margins and considerable…

BUSINESS

Outlook 2019: Sheep sector shake-up looks inevitable

Big changes to agricultural support combined with the UK’s exit from the EU are likely to result in a smaller, more productive, sheep industry and tough choices for many producers…

BUSINESS

Outlook 2019: Beef - time to plan for life after subsidies

The expected loss of direct support payments after Britain leaves the EU will be a major blow to the beef sector, so never has there been a better time for…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Forage situation looks to have improved

Our house is full of new year resolutions, lots of healthy eating and exercise planned by the ladies – not the men. I have learned there is no point in…

FARMLIFE

Video: Passionate breeders put special beef herd up for sale

It was the end of an era for farmers John and Heather Phillips, when they sold their entire Limousin beef herd at Whitland mart in December. After 35 years of…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Calving resumes and tupping over

I hope you all had a brilliant festive period and a happy new year to you. December was kind here, with the weather being warm and dry for the time…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: No longer a PowerPoint virgin thanks to OFC

I hope you all had a great Christmas and new year and are ready to take on the next 12 months. We had a good finish to 2018, even though…

Dairy

BEEF

New anti-meat report lambasted by AHDB

Red meat and dairy products offer a sustainable and nutritious food source for UK consumers and should not be cut from diets, the AHDB insists. The comments have been made…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

UK’s ‘lucky’ bluetongue streak will run out – scientists

British livestock farming’s lucky streak in dodging a major bluetongue virus (BTV) outbreak will come to an end by the year 2100, warn scientific papers. Two recent studies are warning…

CALVING

How to prevent and treat common problems at calving

For suckler farmers, income for the year is dependent on a successful calf crop, so keeping cows as healthy as possible at calving time is critical to ensure each animal…

DAIRY

What's showcasing at Dairy-Tech next month?

Farmers attending next month’s Dairy-Tech event at Stoneleigh on 6 February can learn how they can avoid becoming ‘price takers’ by selling their milk direct. Direct Dairy, a Dutch start-up…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

How dairy farm is controlling Johne's while buying-in cows

When Jonathan Lovegrove-Fielden decided to covert Longden Manor Farm back to an organic autumn-block and expand to 300 cows his farm manager, Colin Bowen, knew they would have to buy-in…

DAIRY

Video: Preparing and clipping a calf for the show ring

When showing cattle, there is a lot to focus on in the ring, but actually much more work goes into the preparation: from breeding and selecting the right animal to…

BREEDING AND FERTILITY

How to use genomics to improve dairy economic performance

Genomics can be used in dairy herds to reliably predict the top-performing animals to breed the farm's next crop of replacements.  Not only can it improve the short-term economies by…

LIVESTOCK

Red meat supplies set to tighten after extreme 2018

A smaller UK cow herd and sheep flock could support market prices in 2019 after one of the most challenging years for a generation. Higher lamb and calf mortality, coupled…

BREEDING AND FERTILITY

What causes twins in dairy cows and how to prevent it

Twinning is an undesirable occurrence in dairy cattle, with the birth of more than one calf thought to be responsible for subsequent health issues in both cows and calves. While…

NEWS

Video: 'Truth About Vegans' show sparks animal welfare clash

A Channel 4 documentary has highlighted the expanding gulf in attitudes to meat production between farmers and vegans. Farmers have reacted with fury to comments by campaigners such as Earthling…

LIVESTOCK

Eating red meat and dairy lowers heart disease risk, study finds

People who eat red meat and cheese are likely to live longer, healthier lives, according to a major study. Researchers in Canada questioned more than 218,000 about their food consumption…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Farmers urged to plan parasite control now for grazing season

Sheep and cattle farmers are being reminded that January is the ideal time to plan and review the farm’s parasite control strategy ahead of the coming grazing season. Such preparation…

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LAMMA

Lamma 2019: Plenty on offer for livestock farmers

This year marked the first of the Lamma show’s new era at Birmingham’s indoor National Exhibition Centre.  The event is showcasing not just large machinery manufacturers, but also smaller agricultural…

LAMMA

Lamma 2019: Tractors and telehandlers steal the show

This year marked the first of the Lamma show's new era at Birmingham's indoor National Exhibition Centre.  The event is showcasing not just large machinery manufacturers, but also smaller agricultural…

TELEHANDLERS

Tips for buying a used Matbro telehandler

JCB might be top dog in the telehandler world these days, but in the 1990s it couldn’t get a look in. Back then rival UK firm Matbro was king, and…

TELEHANDLERS

Telehandlers on test: Massey Ferguson TH 7038

In an extension of our telehandler test in the 4t lift and 7m reach category, we have taken a look at the best-selling rigid-frame machines from Kramer, Claas, Cat and Bobcat.…