Warning to farmers of sharp increase in livestock thefts

South West Farmer: The sheep flock at Windsor Farm is predominately Suffolk-cross Mules and Welsh Mules. ..PICTURE: Debbie James.... (8675470)

8:50am Tuesday 7th October 2014

Figures released by rural insurance company NFU Mutual have revealed that livestock thefts have increased on British by 24 per cent in the last year. It is estimated that around 90,000 animals (mostly sheep along with cattle and pigs) were stolen last year costing farmers £6.5m. The consequences of this crime can have terrible consequences if diseases are spread and can even affect the health of the customers who buy illegal meat.

New cattle genetics company launches with a number one Holstein sire

South West Farmer:

10:00am Friday 26th September 2014

A new cattle genetics company launched in Somerset this month has achieved a major industry coup with a brand new number one Holstein bull in its portfolio at the start of its trading.

Farming against BVD survey results

South West Farmer:

3:00pm Monday 22nd September 2014

Results from the Farming Against BVD (Bovine Viral Diarrhoea)survey were presented by an independent expert panel at Novartis Animal Health headquarters on September 18 2014, giving valuable insight into dairy and beef farmers current practices, attitudes and understanding of BVD.

Learn how to Improve young stock performance on an RABDF farm walk

South West Farmer:

2:00pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

South west livestock farmers can find out how to improve their young stock rearing at a farm walk hosted by the Rogers family at Longmoor Farm, Gillingham, Dorset on Thursday 25 September.

Industry expert brings science focus to the beef industry

South West Farmer:

6:00am Thursday 11th September 2014

The National Beef Association [NBA] has just announced the appointment to its Board, commercial expert in animal nutrition and management, Charlie Maclaren. Based in Dumfries in the Borders, he owns and runs MVT Scotland, a specialist animal health company with a science-based focus on minerals, vitamins.

Cornish farming family wins national award

South West Farmer:

1:17pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A farming family from Redruth has been honoured with a national award for its cattle.

Vision launched for future of British lamb production

South West Farmer:

10:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

The first ever NSA and NFU ‘Vision for British Lamb Production’ report has been launched at the NSA Sheep Event, clearly identifying the current position of UK lamb production and the steps needed to make the most of its future.

More pasture-fed producers wanted in south west

South West Farmer:

9:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014

The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association, which certifies farmers producing beef and lamb solely on pasture and conserved forage, is looking for more suppliers to fulfill increasing demand from retailers.

Inspiring young people key focus at NSA event

South West Farmer:

6:00pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

The important role of the industry in inspiring young people to enter the sheep sector will be a key focus of the NSA Sheep 2014 event on Wednesday July 30 at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire.

Planting trees can improve the health of sheep

South West Farmer:

6:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014

Sheep farmers are being invited to discover how the health and welfare of their animals, and productivity of land, can be improved, by planting trees.

New online database for calf BVD status

South West Farmer:

4:00pm Saturday 12th July 2014

The ability to easily check a calf’s BVD status online has gained momentum with the announcement by XLVets of the launch of a central, fully accessible web-based database that provides verification of a negative test result for the disease.

First national model for bovine TB calls for more focus on cattle

South West Farmer:

5:00pm Thursday 10th July 2014

A team of researchers based at the University of Warwick has produced the first national model to investigate the bovine TB spread.

National Beef Association calls for introduction of Agricultural Ombudsman

South West Farmer: Some of the traditional Hereford beef cattle

1:00pm Thursday 10th July 2014

The National Beef Association (NBA) has welcomed the industry coming together to tackle falling prices in the Beef Summit in London, but says tougher tools than a voluntary code of practice are needed.

'How to' videos launched by feed specialists

South West Farmer: The videos offer practical advice on feeding

10:00am Monday 23rd June 2014

A series of practical ‘how to’ videos has been launched by Alkasystems feed and forage specialists FiveF to show how mixed livestock farms can improve the contribution of their home-grown cereal crops in their feeding and nutrition plans.

Negotiations begin for £120m China beef and lamb export deal

South West Farmer: Owen Paterson

6:00am Thursday 19th June 2014

British beef and lamb could soon be heading to China in an agreement that could be worth up to £120m to the UK economy each year.

Liver fluke in cattle is on the rise

South West Farmer: Liver fluke infections are costly for farmers

8:00am Saturday 14th June 2014

Liver fluke in cattle is on the rise according to the latest official data released by the Food Standards Agency. The figures for 2013 show that nearly one in four cattle (24 per cent) sent for slaughter at abattoirs across Britain had their livers condemned as a result of liver fluke. This is a significant rise over the 2012 figure of 19 per cent.

NBA Beef Expo moves to North Yorkshire in 2015

South West Farmer: Scott Ferrie, Chairman of NBA Beef Expo 2015

7:00pm Saturday 7th June 2014

It has been announced today that The National Beef Association’s 2015 NBA Beef Expo will be held in North Yorkshire.

Farmers frustrated at drop in beef price

South West Farmer: A cow

9:00am Friday 6th June 2014

The dramatic fall in the beef price over the past few months is a major concern for the livestock industry, the NFU has reiterated.

Butcher warns beef prices heading for 'stupid levels'

South West Farmer: Beautiful beef: it’s time to take responsibility for our choices

9:00am Wednesday 4th June 2014

Shoppers are likely to see ‘catastrophic’ rises in beef prices in a year’s time because of the current turmoil in the industry. The warning has come from one of the country’s top butchers as low market returns continue to drive livestock farmers out of cattle-rearing.

Yarcombe farmer awarded breed champion at Royal Bath & West Show

South West Farmer: Mrs Derryman receiving the Hampshire Down Sheep Breeders Association Perpetual Challenge Cup from Ben Marshall

12:00pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014

The Hampshire Down Sheep Breed Champion was awarded to H.C. Derryman & Sons of Yarcombe with an untrimmed ram lamb at the Royal Bath & West Show.

Belted Galloway Heifer Joins Chariots of Fire Display Team

South West Farmer: Belted Galloway Heifer Joins Chariots of Fire Display Team

6:00am Thursday 29th May 2014

The stunt team, Chariots of Fire, sponsored by Verm-X, will be touring the UK again this year with their talented team of ponies, sheep and heifers.

NSA Sheep 2014 to focus on the industry’s future

South West Farmer: ‘Monstrous’ sheep keep Liz awake

9:00am Tuesday 27th May 2014

Securing the future of the UK sheep industry’ is the overarching focus for the National Sheep Association’s leading technical event on Wednesday, July 30. NSA Sheep 2014 is to be held on at The Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire.

Poultry still best value meat

South West Farmer: Poultry is still the best value meat

9:00am Monday 26th May 2014

Poultry prices have risen by around 1.8 per cent on average, much more slowly than 29 other food categories, according to a report from the Office for National Statistics.

Domesticated animals provide vital link to emergence of new diseases

South West Farmer: Cows and calves on fields above Maulds Meaburn Hall, near Penrith

6:00pm Tuesday 20th May 2014

A new study has shown that the longer an animal has been domesticated, the more parasites and pathogens it shares with humans.

New legal helpline available for sheep farmers

South West Farmer: Sheep do their bit for flood repair in Porton

2:00pm Saturday 17th May 2014

The National Sheep Association (NSA) is delighted to announce the launch of a new legal helpline for its members, offering 30 minutes of free expert advice on any topic they may be struggling with in their farming businesses.

Sheep breeds debated at society forum

South West Farmer: Experts warn sheep farmers of Nematodirus risk

8:10am Tuesday 13th May 2014

The 2014 NSA Breed Society Forum on Thursday 8th May at the Royal Welsh Showground saw technical information and lively debate on the theme of ‘meeting the needs of the commercial farmer’.

Don't let deadly disease decimate your flock

South West Farmer: A ewe with lambs on the hills at Farndale

5:32pm Wednesday 30th April 2014

NEMATODIRUS - Don't let it decimate your flock this summer! Sue Kendrick stresses the importance of proper worm control for young lambs.

Newborn lambs slaughtered by dogs in Cornwall

South West Farmer: The herdwick lamb settles into life at Walton Hall

3:54pm Monday 28th April 2014

Police are warning dog owners to keep their animals on leads after 18 lambs were savaged by two dogs in Porthleven, Cornwall with 12 of the newborns being killed.

Fever takes hold at SAC Spring Fever Sale with Dinnaton breeding at 2600gns

South West Farmer: THE AUCTION RING: Leyburn mart holds twice-weekly sales – Pictures: Chris Booth

5:45pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

Auctioneers Greenslade Taylor Hunt Annual Spring Fever Sale was held at Sedgemoor Auction Centre on 22nd April 2014. 40 successful purchasers produced an electric trade with a total clearance of all 200 lots and 25 head selling for in excess of £2,000.

NFU backs Great British Beef Week

South West Farmer: £20m river funding ‘not enough’

12:46pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014

The NFU is calling on more people to eat British beef as it supports Great British Beef Week.

Polaris delivers for NFU President

South West Farmer: NFU President Meurig Raymond taking delivery of his new Polaris Ranger 400

4:12pm Monday 21st April 2014

Recently elected NFU President Meurig Raymond has taken delivery of a new Polaris Ranger 400, replacing the one he has been working with for the past three years.

Government bid for TB free England

South West Farmer: PEDIGREE: One of the Dunnerdale cows sold at the Cheshire auction

6:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

The Government has announced it wants England to be “TB free” by 2038 and set out a plan to achieve this.

Learn to read your cow's mind

South West Farmer: Hit-and-run driver leaves cow for dead

6:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Farmers who have ever wondered what goes on inside a cow's brain will be given an insight thanks to a new course being run at Duchy College, Stoke Climsland.

£90 million for centres of innovation - do pigs & poultry want their share?

South West Farmer: £90 million for centres of innovation - do pigs & poultry want their share?

3:32pm Friday 11th April 2014

The Government has made £90 million available for UK centres for innovation as part of its strategy to make UK farming more competitive, productive, resilient and sustainable.

Experts warn sheep farmers of Nematodirus risk

South West Farmer: Lesley Stubbings

3:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Farmers are being warned by sheep experts to act now to protect vulnerable lambs against Nematodirus. The vast majority of cases occur in the spring putting young lambs at great risk. However, changing weather patterns mean that this particularly nasty disease can now also be seen in the autumn.

Simple Beef System pays dividends for Devon family farm

South West Farmer: Cecil Partridge with his cattle

7:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

It’s a great testimonial to excellent stockman ship to see cattle all contented and quiet in their sheds on the day of one of the worst storms recorded in the South West.

NWF Agriculture and Duchy College combine to hold Cow Signals Workshop

South West Farmer: Just relax tough guy: You talkin' to me? Well I'm the only one here.

5:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

NWF Agriculture is holding a Cow Signals Workshop for all agricultural students at Duchy College, Stoke Climsland on Friday 25th April commencing at 10am and concluding at 3pm.

Farmer's despair as cattle lost to bovine TB

South West Farmer: Cow trapped

10:50am Tuesday 8th April 2014

Dorset dairy farmer Paul Gould is facing the prospect of losing nearly a quarter of his closed dairy herd after the animals reacted positively at his latest routine bovine TB test.

Keep dogs from attacking livestock

South West Farmer: These two Cheshire Dogs Home pets need a new home

8:16am Tuesday 8th April 2014

The BVA is asking dog owners to support a new campaign and keep their pets on leads near livestock as recent figures confirm that attacks have risen by more than 50 per cent in the last three years.

New Schmallenberg vaccine launched

South West Farmer: New Schmallenberg vaccine launched

12:02pm Monday 7th April 2014

A new Schmallenberg vaccine – SBVvax – is now available from Merial Animal Health after receiving approval for use in sheep and cattle in the UK.

NFU respond to Government's TB Free Strategy

South West Farmer: £20m river funding ‘not enough’

4:49pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

Farmers will be 'bitterly disappointed' in the decision not to roll out badger culls, say the NFU.

Government abandons plans to roll out badger cull

South West Farmer: Stop the badger cull

2:41pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

The Government has abandoned its plans to roll out the badger cull after two pilot studies in the south west y proved it was ineffective.

Cornwall Farmers customer wins £999 saddle

South West Farmer: Cornwall Farmers customer wins £999 saddle

6:00am Thursday 3rd April 2014

Cornwall Farmers’ equine roadshow is underway, and the first event at their Patch & Acre store in Penzance on Saturday 29 March attracted a great turnout.

Charles Sercombe back in the NFU livestock chair

South West Farmer: Charles Sercombe

4:19pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

Leicestershire farmer Charles Sercombe has been unanimously re-elected chairman of the NFU’s national livestock board.

Beef industry should take heart and invest

South West Farmer: James Thornton

3:36pm Friday 21st March 2014

The latest sets of 2013 farm accounts suggest that an increase in variable costs was one of the factors which pushed the beef industry into a downturn last year. But Lloyds Bank’s James Thornton says the sector should take confidence from the large number of producers who still managed to turn a profit.

Wild Beef West Country farm shop opens

3:42pm Friday 31st May 2013

Wild Beef, a family-run Dartmoor farm specialising in naturally reared and nutritionally superior beef, today announced the official launch of the Wild Beef West Country Farm Shop.

Vaccine for Schmallenberg virus now available

2:52pm Tuesday 21st May 2013

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has warmly welcomed the announcement that a vaccine to protect sheep and cattle against the Schmallenberg virus (SBV) is now available.

Heath defends badger cull

2:48pm Monday 20th May 2013

Agriculture minister David Heath has defended the imminent cull of badgers in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

South Devon's gentle giants are the "best yet"

2:47pm Monday 20th May 2013

More than 100 South Devon cattle put on a stunning display at the breed’s National Show last week.

Big increase in animal cruelty convictions, says RSPCA

8:26am Tuesday 30th April 2013

There’s been a sharp rise in the number of convictions for animal neglect and cruelty in cases brought by the RSPCA.  Convictions rose by a third in England and Wales last year.


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