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Stabiliser trials show £22 a head feed saving in 12 weeks

The latest figures released from ongoing net feed efficiency (NFE) trials by the Stabiliser Cattle Company show more efficient bulls and steers with low NFE figures save £21 a head…

YOUNGSTOCK MANAGEMENT

How to tackle cryptosporidium in calves

Cryptosporidiosis is the major cause of calf scour in UK beef and dairy herds and has been identified in samples from more than 40% of diagnosed infectious diarrhoea cases. Infected…

YOUNGSTOCK MANAGEMENT

Complete guide to feeding newborn heifers

The first few hours of a calf’s life determine how that animal will go on to perform throughout its lifetime.   Calving by two years old is now deemed a…

YOUNGSTOCK MANAGEMENT

Q&A: How to prevent and treat coccidiosis in calves

Coccidiosis is an intestinal disease usually seen in young beef and dairy calves aged between three weeks and six months. Infection is chiefly dependent on the level of challenge they…

OTHER LIVESTOCK

What does it cost to set up a deer enterprise?

With venison being one of the few red meats seeing consumption grow in the UK, rising numbers of livestock farmers are looking into setting up a deer enterprise. Venison prices…

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LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Vet Viewpoint: Advice on flies, BVD, coccidiosis and mastitis

Summer has arrived across the country, bringing with it a host of issues for the vets in this month’s Vet Viewpoint. In this edition, vets from around the country offer…

MEDICINES

Drive to cut antibiotics praised by senior health official

The livestock sector has won praise from a senior human health official after figures showed dramatic cuts in antibiotics use and almost total compliance with EU medicine laws. During an…

TAKING STOCK

National cow shortage pushes up cull prices

Phenomenal and at times record cull cow prices have been unable to coax more cows to market, as auctioneers report a national average price of 132.88p/kg to start June. This…

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LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Vet Viewpoint: Advice on flies, BVD, coccidiosis and mastitis

Summer has arrived across the country, bringing with it a host of issues for the vets in this month’s Vet Viewpoint. In this edition, vets from around the country offer…

YOUNGSTOCK MANAGEMENT

How to tackle cryptosporidium in calves

Cryptosporidiosis is the major cause of calf scour in UK beef and dairy herds and has been identified in samples from more than 40% of diagnosed infectious diarrhoea cases. Infected…

LIVESTOCK

4 steps to ensure heifers are on track to calve at 24 months

We all need to build more resilient businesses in this tough world of market volatility and the starting point on all dairy farms is the birth of the calf. What…

LIVESTOCK

Q&A: Advice for genomic testing calves

Genomic testing is becoming a growing trend to help UK farmers select the best herd replacements. Testing heifers is where real gains can be made. It can also help eliminate…

YOUNGSTOCK MANAGEMENT

Complete guide to feeding newborn heifers

The first few hours of a calf’s life determine how that animal will go on to perform throughout its lifetime.   Calving by two years old is now deemed a…

YOUNGSTOCK MANAGEMENT

Q&A: How to prevent and treat coccidiosis in calves

Coccidiosis is an intestinal disease usually seen in young beef and dairy calves aged between three weeks and six months. Infection is chiefly dependent on the level of challenge they…

OTHER LIVESTOCK

What does it cost to set up a deer enterprise?

With venison being one of the few red meats seeing consumption grow in the UK, rising numbers of livestock farmers are looking into setting up a deer enterprise. Venison prices…

SHEEP

How to test for wormer resistance in sheep

Testing for wormer resistance is vital to enable farmers to put effective worm control plans in place. Wormer resistance costs the UK sheep industry £84m each year. Almost all farms (94%)…

LIVESTOCK

Why a spring-calving dairy farmer has bought a feeder wagon

Most spring calving dairy farmers would grimace at the thought of buying a feeder wagon. However, some are spring systems are doing just that in an attempt to extend grazing…

SHEEP

6 ways livestock farmers can improve carcass eating quality

Carcass defects and poor eating quality of meat cost the livestock sector millions of pounds a year, yet simple steps could be taken on farm that would minimise losses. Research…

LIVESTOCK

Dairy farmer cuts vet spend while improving animal health

When Shropshire dairy farmer Henry Wilson returned home to farm four years ago vet spend had peaked at 2.5p/litre. But by working closely with his vet, Tim O’Sullivan at Shropshire…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Couple makes success of farming on remote Orkney island

Healthy and efficient animals are a must for Neil and Jocelyn Rendall, who farm one of the most remote and smallest Orkney islands. The Isle of Papa Westray (“Papay”), one…

PIGS

Tips on improving water quality for pigs

There are big opportunities to achieve better pig health and growth through simple changes to water systems, with potential yet to be fully explored on many units. Pigs need ready…

LIVESTOCK MARKETING

How heifer beef helps farm shop to meet consumer demand

Rearing and finishing only heifers for meat is something the Henshaw family have been doing for almost 20 years, ever since they established Mainsgill Farm Shop near Darlington in 2001.…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Q&A: How to prevent and treat ringworm in cattle

Ringworm is a very common and highly transmissible skin infection, passed between both cattle and humans. It causes intense irritation and can affect growth rates and damage hides, but steps…

SHEEP

The diversification which helps stop dogs sheep worrying

It is often said that any dog is capable of attacking a sheep – it’s the hereditary wolf in them, and even the most placid pooch can turn killer if…

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TAKING STOCK

South Devon females disperse to £2,221 average

A yarding of 44 South Devon cow and calf outfits levelled at £2,221.22 and 25 heifers made £1,372.20 at the Ewefields dispersal at Newark on Monday (18 June). Trade topped…

TAKING STOCK

Limousin summer sale up £413 on the year

Another strong Limousin trade was seen in the pedigree ring at Borderway on Friday (15 June) as 28 bulls met an 86% clearance and averages lifted on the year to…

TAKING STOCK

National cow shortage pushes up cull prices

Phenomenal and at times record cull cow prices have been unable to coax more cows to market, as auctioneers report a national average price of 132.88p/kg to start June. This…

TAKING STOCK

Slaughter figures suggest cull ewes are returning to farms

Live mart cull ewe throughputs are up this year, but Defra slaughter figures are back, leading analysts to suspect more cull ewes are returning to farms. Data up to 25…

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MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Tight supplies predicted to preserve Scots meat prices

Red meat producers in Scotland are likely to see strong prices for beef and lamb for the remainder of the year as tight supplies give farmers the upper hand over…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Spring lamb numbers rising, but not enough to dent prices

New-season lamb (NSL) numbers are starting to build, but levels are well down on the same point last year, which could underpin a buoyant market through June. Rebecca Oborne, AHDB…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

High prices cause increase in beef production

UK beef production increased by 13% on the year in the month of April after strong prices encouraged producers to send livestock to slaughter. Production of beef totalled 77,600t in…

TAKING STOCK

Flying prime beef trade still to lift calf prices

A consistent and firm rearing-calf trade is yet to be buoyed by surging prime cattle values currently seeing finished prime beef averages up 20p/kg on the year. Great Britain’s steer…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Northern Irish suckler farmers want targeted support

Losses in Northern Ireland’s beef sector have rallied farmers to call for a targeted suckler support scheme after Brexit. The Ulster Farmers Union (UFU) said the market is failing to…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Lamb prices expected to remain strong

Lamb prices are expected to stay high over the coming weeks, with export demand underpinning farmgate prices. Prices remain well above historic normal levels, despite having fallen back from the…

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LIVESTOCK

Farmer Focus: Grass rotations shortened to maintain quality

Grass growth is now peaking and cattle and lambs are really thriving. The countryside and nature is at its most beautiful and many days are spent in awe of the…

LIVESTOCK

Farmer Focus: How goat milk market changed for the worse

This is my final Farmer Focus article. In the two-and-a-half years I have been writing a lot has changed on all fronts. The biggest issues for British farmers in that…

LIVESTOCK

Farmer Focus: Is fixing milk at 28p/litre a sensible move?

This must be déjà vu – 35 days later and I am writing about silaging again. Admittedly, we are looking to push the multicut system, but none of us envisaged…

LIVESTOCK

Farmer Focus: African swine fever would devastate the UK

In May, I did an interview with BBC Radio Gloucestershire about the feral boar population in the Forest of Dean and what it means in terms of the threat African…

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YOUNGSTOCK MANAGEMENT

How to tackle cryptosporidium in calves

Cryptosporidiosis is the major cause of calf scour in UK beef and dairy herds and has been identified in samples from more than 40% of diagnosed infectious diarrhoea cases. Infected…

LIVESTOCK

4 steps to ensure heifers are on track to calve at 24 months

We all need to build more resilient businesses in this tough world of market volatility and the starting point on all dairy farms is the birth of the calf. What…

LIVESTOCK

Q&A: Advice for genomic testing calves

Genomic testing is becoming a growing trend to help UK farmers select the best herd replacements. Testing heifers is where real gains can be made. It can also help eliminate…

YOUNGSTOCK MANAGEMENT

Complete guide to feeding newborn heifers

The first few hours of a calf’s life determine how that animal will go on to perform throughout its lifetime.   Calving by two years old is now deemed a…

YOUNGSTOCK MANAGEMENT

Q&A: How to prevent and treat coccidiosis in calves

Coccidiosis is an intestinal disease usually seen in young beef and dairy calves aged between three weeks and six months. Infection is chiefly dependent on the level of challenge they…

LIVESTOCK

All Scottish cattle to be EID tagged from 2020

Plans to require all cattle keepers in Scotland to tag cattle with EID tags are to be announced at the Highland Show next week. The current timeline will mean all…

NEWS

Submission invited to MPs' inquiry into dairy sector

Farmers are being asked to submit evidence to an inquiry by MPs into the future of dairy exports – and the potential for a new strategy after the UK leaves…

LIVESTOCK

Why a spring-calving dairy farmer has bought a feeder wagon

Most spring calving dairy farmers would grimace at the thought of buying a feeder wagon. However, some are spring systems are doing just that in an attempt to extend grazing…

SHEEP

6 ways livestock farmers can improve carcass eating quality

Carcass defects and poor eating quality of meat cost the livestock sector millions of pounds a year, yet simple steps could be taken on farm that would minimise losses. Research…

LIVESTOCK

Dairy farmer cuts vet spend while improving animal health

When Shropshire dairy farmer Henry Wilson returned home to farm four years ago vet spend had peaked at 2.5p/litre. But by working closely with his vet, Tim O’Sullivan at Shropshire…

NEWS

Farmers recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

Somerset dairy farmer and West Country cheesemaker John Alvis has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. Mr Alvis, of Lye Cross Farm, Redhill, near Bristol, was given…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Q&A: How to prevent and treat ringworm in cattle

Ringworm is a very common and highly transmissible skin infection, passed between both cattle and humans. It causes intense irritation and can affect growth rates and damage hides, but steps…

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WORKSHOP SKILLS

Video: Homemade silage station reduces round-bale headache

After developing a strong aversion for wrapping bales in the field where the baler dropped them, Geoff Eyre wasn’t a fan of the somewhat tedious job of collecting wrapped rounds…

MACHINERY

New models for Pottinger forage wagon range

Pottinger’s line-up of Torro Combiline forage wagons now has two larger models – the Torro 7010 and the bigger Torro 8010. Thanks to a new beater drive line, which has…

MACHINERY

Krone forager, Claas shovel and a vintage Deere

High-horsepower foragers were making pretty light work of the showground’s grass crop. New Holland, John Deere and Fendt all had their choppers at work, as did Krone with its new…

MACHINERY

Grassland UK: Latest balers, mowers and mergers put to work

The process of mowing, raking and tedding was in focus at this year's Grassland event, with all the big names showing their take on the silage system. Italian firm Abimac…