SUMMARY

29 June 2001




SUMMARY

Somerset slaughter illegal, says court

DEFRAmay have acted illegally when it ordered and carried out the slaughter of stock on some dangerous contact and contiguous premises, say lawyers…………………….page 12

Hell for leather

Damage to leather hides, caused by biting bugs during summer, is indirectly reducing producer profits when selling cattle to abattoirs………page 30

Buffering about

With grazing on some units past its best, buffer feeding of forages or concentrates may be needed to prevent falls in milk yield and losses in body condition………………………….page 31

Bully beef

Greater attention to bull management might prolong the working life of bulls beyond the four-season average…….page 32

Praisin Arizona

Dairying in the middle of Arizona on naturally infertile desert soil and in tropical temperatures sounds a real headache, but a USfamily unit makes it work……………page 36

Vendeen view

Crossbreeding with Vendeen sires could reduce Welsh flockmasters dependence on exporting light lambs to southern Europe…………………….page 39

A mite better

With grain mites in stores and retail products and pesticide resistance rising, scientists are seeking a way to spot the pests earlier………………………page 50

Tractor factor

Tractor registrations during the month of May totalled 1045 – a 17.9% fall on the same period last year, says the Agricultural Engineers Association……………….page 57

Lucerne logic

Harvesting and drying 80,000t of lucerne for the manufacture of specialist animal feeds calls for a high level of expertise. How Dengie does it……page 60


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