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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.
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.
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.
6:00pm Sunday 13th July 2014
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.
5:00pm Thursday 10th July 2014
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.
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.
6:00am Thursday 19th June 2014
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.
7:00pm Saturday 7th June 2014
9:00am Friday 6th June 2014
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.
12:00pm Tuesday 3rd June 2014
6:00am Thursday 29th May 2014
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.
9:00am Monday 26th May 2014
6:00pm Tuesday 20th May 2014
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.
8:10am Tuesday 13th May 2014
5:32pm Wednesday 30th April 2014
3:54pm Monday 28th April 2014
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.
12:46pm Wednesday 23rd April 2014
4:12pm Monday 21st April 2014
6:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014
6:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014
3:32pm Friday 11th April 2014
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.
7:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014
5:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014
10:50am Tuesday 8th April 2014
8:16am Tuesday 8th April 2014
12:02pm Monday 7th April 2014
4:49pm Thursday 3rd April 2014
2:41pm Thursday 3rd April 2014
6:00am Thursday 3rd April 2014
4:19pm Tuesday 25th March 2014
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.
3:42pm Friday 31st May 2013
2:52pm Tuesday 21st May 2013
2:48pm Monday 20th May 2013
2:47pm Monday 20th May 2013
8:26am Tuesday 30th April 2013
8:57am Wednesday 24th April 2013
9:54am Friday 12th April 2013
Teignbridge planners are considering a proposal for a pig farm by the Exe Estuary in Devon. Up to 8,000 pigs could be farmed at JMW Farms, on the Powderham Estate. Although no planning application has yet been submitted, council officials are considering a scoping report.
8:37am Wednesday 10th April 2013
9:00am Saturday 6th April 2013
Livestock farmers left to deal with large numbers of dead sheep and lambs following the cold snap believe the Government and the National Fallen Stock Company have neglected to enact the one measure which would make a real difference. After a week of negotiations with Defra officials, the NFU has written to Secretary of State Owen Paterson to appeal again for financial help to allow the free collection and professional disposal of dead animals that are now beginning to be stacked up in farm yards as the snow thaws. Farmers have been battling to save sheep where possible but many are now at a low-ebb, emotionally and financially. Some have lost up to half of their breeding stock and the lack of grass and feed to sustain the rest is a real concern. Although Defra has announced a limited relaxation of the rules to allow farmers to burn or bury dead stock on farm, the NFU says Defra has so far refused to take the one single action that would really help farmers by committing to a package to collect those dead animals and dispose of them responsibly. This has left farmers to shoulder the burden of cleaning up these animals which may end up costing thousands of pounds. NFU livestock board chairman Charles Sercombe said: “In some areas of the country, we could be talking of huge losses for individual farms. No-one wants to see piles of burning animals in the countryside - it is not practical or desirable to dig pits to bury large numbers on-farm. It also flies in the face of what we have been told over the past few years from government about dealing with dead livestock responsibly. “The only other options are for the farmers to pay someone to collect their dead sheep, or for them to load up their own lifeless flock into farm trailers and drive miles across the countryside to the knackers yard. This is yet another pressure for farmers who have been brought to their knees by a year that has seen upland livestock farm incomes halved, topped by the worst spring snow in living memory. “It is not fair or reasonable for government to expect families who have spent the past week digging their animals out of the snow to deal with the clean up entirely by themselves. We are not ungrateful for the measures that Government have announced but they are requiring farmers to do things which are simply not practical in the situation which they face.
12:00am Saturday 6th April 2013
9:27am Thursday 4th April 2013