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TIME TO PAY UP ● Barnett formula will not be used ● Fight still on for ‘missing millions’ By Ewan Pate SCOTTISH agricultural businesses have been given assurances the Barnett formula will not be used to distribute Defra funding to the devolved nations though questions still remain about farmers’ ‘missing millions’. This week the UK Government announced the launch of a review looking at how to deliver ‘fair funding’ to farmers across all four UK nations after Brexit. An independent advisory panel, led by Lord Bew of Donegore, will work out which environmental, agricultur-

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al and socio-economic factors should determine the distribution of farm funding between England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Farm numbers and sizes will also be taken into account.

Review The review comes in the wake of a long-running Holyrood-Westminster row over convergence cash, which started because the UK Government handed out £160 million returned by the EU to all the home CONTINUED ON PAGE 3

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Award success for FG team FARMERS Guardian enjoyed a number of successes at this year’s British Guild of Agricultural Journalists’ annual harvest lunch and awards. FG Scotland correspondent Ewan Pate was honoured with the Netherthorpe Award, in recognition of his contribution to agricultural communications. Judges praised Ewan’s  ‘exceptional, insightful journalism; his eye for a great story and engaging writing style, as well as his enthusiasm and quiet determination’. Away from FG and the mixed family farm near Dundee, Ewan is

heavily involved in charity and voluntary work, including the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution and Scottish Enterprise Rural Leadership.  FG business reporter Alex Black won the ABP Environment  and Rural Affairs Award for a report on Irish and Northern Irish farmers’ concerns over Brexit and what it could mean for cross border trade. And news and business editor Olivia Midgley, who led the FG investigation into bovine TB earlier this year, was also commended in the ABP Livestock Award category.

Ag needs to connect with teenagers By Lauren Dean ALMOST a third of young people would consider a career in food and farming, despite about 80 per cent lacking the relevant careers information. This was according to more than 1,000 12 to 18-year-olds surveyed by Linking Environment and Farming (Leaf) and Rothamsted Research in June. Eighty-seven per cent of respondents agreed young people should be more interested in how food is produced and where it comes from, with 65 per cent admitting to looking online to find out more. Nearly two-thirds thought farming was all about long hours and hard work, while about one-quarter saw it as a well-paid and rewarding career. The majority of respondents said it was important farmers considered the environment, with almost half suggesting farmers work to be sustainable. More than 40 per cent said people should be eating less meat. The results were announced at Leaf Education’s Public Engagement Conference this week.

Professor Angela Karp, director for science innovation, engagement and partnerships at Rothamsted Research, said: “Today’s teenagers are the farmers, consumers and scientists of tomorrow, and what they think about farming will have a huge impact on the wider industry over the coming years, including implications for the future of research institutions such as Rothamsted.”

Outcomes Following the research programme’s outcomes, Leaf Education has drawn up a roadmap to help the industry engage with the age group. Leaf Education director Carl Edwards said: “We are now working with our partners across food, farming and education to develop initiatives based around the five key priority areas we will launch next year – Defra’s Year of Green Action. “Young people are our future and we are determined to give them a voice in defining how the food and farming industry can become more relevant to them.”

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nations, despite the fact it was only given back because of low Scottish farm payments. Lord Bew will provide recommendations on how to split the convergence funding until the UK leaves the Common Agricultural Policy, but it will not revisit earlier allocations or redistribute money which has already been committed. Defra Secretary Michael Gove said: “We are committed to making sure future funding is fairly allocated and are also confirming the Government will not simply apply the Barnett formula to Defra’s funding beyond this Parliament.” Scottish Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “This review must not simply be an exercise in playing for time in delivering funding to Scotland’s farmers which is rightfully theirs. “The only fair solution is for them to receive the £160 million convergence funding due to them. Anything less is unacceptable.”


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GRAEME PLOUGHS AHEAD TO SCOOP AN ARMFUL OF TROPHIES GRAEME Mackay, of Buldoo, Dounreay, won the open and county championship in the Caithness Vintage Tractor and Machinery Club charity ploughing match at Quoys of Reiss Farm, north of Wick – along with an armful of other trophies. He was using a Ford 4000 tractor and Ransomes plough.

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work and food security By Ewan Pate THORNY issues such as which policy areas should be devolved to Holyrood and which should be reserved to the UK Government will be discussed as part of a Scottish Affairs Select Committee inquiry into the post-Brexit future of Scottish agriculture. Given the row which this subject alone has provoked in recent months it might seem optimistic that cross-party consensus can be met, but committee chairman Pete Wishart MP was optimistic. Asked whether he expected dissenters to stand back from the final report, or even to issue minority reports, he said: “It is possible but I do not expect it. I have chaired the

committee for three years now and we have always managed to agree a final report. Remember we are not making policy. Instead we are taking evidence and we look forward to hearing from a wide range of people. I believe this is the first time the Scottish Affairs Select Committee has looked specifically at agriculture.” The aim is to have the report finalised by late spring next year. Countering the suggestion this might seem late in the day to begin an inquiry, Mr Wishart said he thought  the timing was good as it coincided with the Agriculture Bill passing through Westminster, adding: “We have to remember at the moment the Bill is only aspirational.”  Mr Wishart is the MP for Perth and North Perthshire and the Scottish National Party Shadow Leader in the House of Commons. He said he was aware of the pow-

ers which were reserved to Westminster, including immigration and the engagement with the World Trade Organisation over trade arrangements, but he was keen to hear evidence on where common frameworks in the UK should or should not apply. Food security would be an issue

he would like to see explored to make sure it was not under threat. The availability of seasonal labour would be examined, with Mr Wishart commenting that the recently announced pilot of the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme with its 2,500 places ‘did not begin to address the issue’.

Welsh Gov under fire over consultation WELSH Rural Affairs Secretary Lesley Griffiths has vowed to push on with plans to abolish direct payments, even if an overwhelming majority of farmers oppose them. Ms Griffiths made the remarks in an exclusive interview with Farmers Guardian as the Welsh Government’s ‘Brexit and Our Land’ consultation draws to a close. Asked if she would consider maintaining some form of direct payment

if the vast majority of respondents to the consultation requested it, she said: “No. We have made it very clear we will not be keeping the Basic Payment Scheme because we do not think that is the best way forward, particularly in a post-Brexit world.” Both Welsh farming unions have been fighting hard on the issue, and the Welsh Government’s refusal to engage on this point has led to accusations the consultation is not genuine.

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Farmers frustrated as Welsh Gov ramps up testing for bTB r‘Risky’ movements

of cattle are blamed By Lauren Dean

A MOVE to increase the frequency of bovine TB (bTB) testing has been criticised by farming unions, which questioned the Welsh Government’s long-term strategy. Welsh Government made the announcement this week following 63 new bTB outbreaks in its Intermediate TB Area North (ITBAN) in 2017 alone – a 75 per cent spike and the highest annual number of incidents since 2013. Officially TB Free Withdrawn breakdown herds in the ITBAN will be extended as of November 13, with a further two contiguous tests at sixmonth intervals within the regime. It came on the back of studies which

found about eight in 10 outbreaks in the low TB area were a result of moving infected cattle from high risk areas. One third of farmers saw recurrence rates within two years. The area is adjacent to Cheshire and Shropshire where six-monthly testing has proved reliable in identifying the disease in England.

Approach But the Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) said the regionalised approach to bTB control was not performing as hoped and had not yielded any results to suggest the strategy was having a significant impact on the level of disease in Wales. An FUW spokesman said: “Despite being unclear on all the reasons for the spike in TB outbreaks, the default go-to position appears to be one of blaming cattle movements and ramping up the testing

regime to levels which drastically impede farm businesses.” NFU Cymru deputy president Aled Jones said while he welcomed the Government-subsidised veterinary ‘Keep it Out’ advice visits which use the farmer’s own vet, he warned flexibility on timing must be given to those required to test their whole herd every six months. “We would also like to remind members to report any badger carcases to the Badger Found Dead Survey by calling 08081 695 110 to help build up a picture of the disease in an area,” Mr Jones said. Of the 13 dead badgers found in the ITBAN this year, none tested positive for the disease. The latest Defra figures showed the number of slaughtered cattle in England was up 7 per cent to 33,409 in the 12 months to the end of July 2018, compared to 31,112 in the 12 months prior.

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Quality Meat Scotland bale art champions STIRLING, Strathendrick and Strathkelvin Young Farmers’ Club was triumphant at this year’s Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) bale art competition. The club, from Clyde and Central District, was crowned the champion of 53 clubs from across the country, in the challenge to boost awareness of the Scotch Lamb PGI brand.

Television presenter Lorraine Kelly, a supporter of the Scottish farming industry and trustee of the STV Children’s appeal – the competition’s chosen charity – selected the winner out of six finalists. She said: “Judging the bale art competition is one of the highlights of my year – I am always blown away

by the level of talent our Scottish farmers have.” The challenge coincided with QMS’ 10-week Scotch Lamb Campaign which, following £200,000 of extra funding from the Scottish Government, included advertising on television, radio, print and billboard.

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NEWS Clare Moriarty said that Defra was ‘prioritising flow over checking in the short-term’.

MPs on the Public Accounts Committee probed Defra’s Brexit preparedness this week. Abi Kay reports.

No-deal Brexit plans increase food fraud risk rGov not planning

to check imports By Abi Kay

DEFRA’s top official has admitted the department’s no-deal Brexit plans increase the risk of food fraud and smuggling. Clare Moriarty, Defra’s Permanent Secretary, made the extraordinary confession when giving evidence to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on the department’s Brexit preparedness. Ms Moriarty and her colleague, David Kennedy, Director General for Food, Farming, Animal and Plant Health at Defra, explained to MPs the Government was not planning to carry out any checks on food imports from the EU on day one after a nodeal Brexit.

Designed Mr Kennedy said: “The policy approach has been designed on the assumption, which we think is a valid one, that the risk from EU imports is no different on day one in this scenario and that would stay the same for the foreseeable future, because we have got regulatory alignment. “We would allow stuff from the EU to come into the country. It would not have to be pre-notified and

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it would not have to be checked at a border inspection post either so the flow would carry on.” Ms Moriarty went on to say Defra would introduce a requirement to pre-notify high-risk imports ‘as soon as we can’. “What we are doing is prioritising flow over the checking in the shortterm,” she added. “We are constantly making risk assessments and the risk assessment there favours flow.” Challenging Ms Moriarty, Cotswolds MP Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown said the plan was a ‘clear risk to public safety’ and he asked how the Government would know lorries were carrying what they were said to be carrying without performing any checks. “We do not,” replied Ms Moriarty. “Effectively, this is exactly the situation we are in at the moment. I do accept there is a risk involved in this, but it is a risk we believe represents the best balance between disruption to flow and maintaining biosecurity. “The existing controls which are there within the EU27 on the production of food and the checks imposed at the border of the EU on food coming from outside the EU means there is not a step change in risk at the moment of a no-deal.”








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Defra ‘gagging’ membership organisations on Brexit plans rDepartment needs

to be ‘much more open’

DEFRA has been accused of ‘gagging’ membership organisations, after it emerged the department had asked them to sign non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) before engaging in detailed discussions on Brexit planning. Reports earlier this year suggested logistics companies which operate the UK border had been forced to sign NDAs by Government departments, but a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hearing this week revealed

Defra was using a similar approach. Defra’s Director General for Farming, Food and Animal and Plant Health David Kennedy told MPs the British Retail Consortium (BRC), which represents UK retailers, had been asked to sign an NDA. Mr Kennedy said: “About a month ago, we brought in the BRC and various other organisations to have a very frank, open and detailed discussion about the borders arrangements, and particularly the import arrangements we had. “That was for us to get a first reading of what the reaction is from

industry and it was not for them to tell all of that to their members, that was to come after the technical notices [to allow businesses to plan for a no-deal Brexit], which were published recently.” PAC chairwoman Meg Hillier suggested secrecy would prevent the department from being able to plan properly. She said: “It sounds like they are being gagged if they are signing an NDA about the discussions they are having with you about preparedness for EU exit. “Especially something like the BRC,

No-deal planning is ramped up

which represents a large number of businesses. How are small businesses supposed to know when trade bodies sign these?”

Criticism Environment, Food and Rural Affairs select committee chairman Neil Parish also criticised the approach, calling on Defra to be ‘much more open as we develop our new British agricultural policy and environment policy’. Farmers Guardian asked to see a list of organisations which had signed NDAs, but was refused. MPs heard Defra relied heavily on consultants to deliver its Brexit projects.

DEFRA has been ramping up its no-deal Brexit planning over the past six weeks, an inquiry into Defra’s Brexit preparedness heard. The department is in the midst of a major recruitment drive. Appointments would include new plant health inspectors and people to manage an increase in the number of export health certificates issued. Defra recruited 1,307 people in 2017/2018, with 51 per cent of those staff on fixed-term appointments, mostly for two years. The department’s permanent secretary Clare Moriarty told the PAC hearing: “We have been fast-tracking our contingency planning for the last five or six weeks. Over summer, as it emerged that clarity [on the UK’s future relationship with the EU] might well not be as early as October, we realised some of our plans just could not wait.” MPs heard Defra relied heavily on consultants to deliver its Brexit projects, paying PricewaterhouseCoopers £6.7 million and Boston Consulting Group £9.5m.

IT worries keep Defra official awake at night DEFRA’s top civil servant has admitted she worries so much about the delivery of Brexit IT projects it keeps her awake at night. Clare Moriarty, the department’s permanent secretary, told the PAC: “For IT systems, even if all the component parts work absolutely fine, it is not until you put the whole thing together and do the end-to-end 6 | OCTOBER 19 2018

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testing that you find there are some issues. “It is almost unheard of to do end-to-end testing without finding new issues, so the thing which keeps me awake at night is we will not know until we have gone through this process what we will find. “Even with all our resources focused on making sure we can catch problems

early and fix them, I cannot guarantee there will not be something which gets through.” Defra is currently working on 14 Brexit projects with some IT element, six of which require a new system to be built from scratch. New-build systems will be needed for a range of things, such as import notification, exports and chemical

registrations, with end-to-end testing beginning in January next year, just two months before Brexit day on March 29, 2019. Ms Moriarty said the department had put in place contingency arrangements, such as back-up IT systems or manual workarounds, in case the new-build systems do not work properly.

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Dutch in joint approach to delivering public goods rCo-operatives take

on land management By Olivia Midgley

A COLLECTIVE approach to delivering public goods in agriculture is likely to produce the best results for both farmers and the environment. In a model similar to one taken up by farmers in the Netherlands

several years ago, the UK Government is assessing how groups of farmers can deliver public goods as part of pilot schemes in North Yorkshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. If successful, these collaborative approaches could be rolled out across the UK as part of a new agricultural policy. Alex Datema, a farmer and chairman of Farmers and Nature, an organisation made up of 40

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co-operatives in the Netherlands, said it was an approach which had seen good results for both producers and the environment.

Working “We have 9,000 farmers actively working to protect farmland birds, water quality and landscapes,” said Mr Datema, who was invited by the Embassy of the Netherlands and Promar International to address delegates from across UK agriculture and environmental groups in London. “We used to have a system where each farmer would have a contract with the Government, but if you want to do something like protect farmland birds, you cannot do it on the scale of just one farm – it needs a landscape of change. This way, farmers feel a sense of responsibility for the collective goals.” The audience, which also included representatives from Defra and

Natural England, heard the co-operatives acted as an ‘intermediary’ between the Government and the farmer, with each agreement tailored to a particular area, for example the soil type or climate. When a budget is agreed by a local authority, the co-operative then assesses what it can deliver for that amount. As an example, schemes to protect farmland birds could range from €100/hectare to €1,500/ha depending on the commitment the individual farmer makes. Livestock sustainability consultant Jude Capper said payment for public goods and, specifically, improved welfare and less impact on the environment could become part of retailers’ sourcing, leading to increased demands on producers. Mr Datema said the end goal was to see farmers being rewarded by the market place for delivering public goods, rather than by Government.

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ARLA was looking to be proactive, not reactive, with the launch of a new set of standards as there continues to be global volatility, increased consumer misunderstanding and polarised levels of support for UK farmers. Seventy-nine dairy farmers have been piloting the Arla 360 scheme since the beginning of 2018. Arla UK head of agriculture Graham Wilkinson said the programme had been designed around consumer research and driven by its farmers, identifying six key areas including animal health and welfare and the environment. The scheme would be pushed forward by retailers and food service customers, with super-

market Aldi the first retailer to sign up, creating a new Aldi Dairy Farm Partnership. Farmers on the scheme will receive a premium, recognising the additional efforts and will have to undergo a final audit process to ensure they can meet the requirements. “Once we have more customers come on board, more farmers can be involved,” said Mr Wilkinson. One of the areas to be tackled was bull calves, with the scheme not allowing healthy male calves to be shot or exported and Mr Wilkinson said Arla was working with breeding companies to encourage the use of sexed semen and better genetics for beef to ‘try to close the loop’.

Producer Organisation funding confirmed DEFRA has announced Producer Organisations will continue to be funded until the end of the current Parliament, even in the event of a no-deal scenario. The Government said it was in line with its manifesto

commitment to commit the same cash total in funds for farm support until the end of this Parliament. Growers welcomed the news, with producer organisations selling 50 per cent of all British fruit and vegetables.

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MORE INFORMATION For more from the census, see p15.

Spike in new style tenancy agreements rSecure tenancies

fall by 13.9 per cent By Ewan Pate

THE Scottish Government’s recently released June census shows a 13.9 per cent reduction of the area farmed under secure tenancies in only a year. Christopher Nicholson, chairman of the Scottish Tenant Farmers’ Association, said although a drop in area was expected due to an increased number of tenants buying their farms, he was surprised by the scale of the reduction. He said: “Looking forward, we would expect to see a continuing decline in secure tenancies as tenants buy their farms, which is in line with the Scottish Government’s aim of increased diversity of ownership of land. “We hope the recent increases seen in the area let under the new style tenancies continue, so creating new opportunities for the next generation of farmers.” Census results showed an increase in the number of Limited Duration Tenancies (LDTs) and the recently introduced Modern Limited Duration Tenancies (MLDTs). Mr Nicholson said: “It is reassuring to see the continuing uptake of the new style leases, which together show a year-on-year increase of 32,110 hectares. “MLDTs only started on November 30, 2017, after the traditional term date of November 28, so we would expect most new land let over the last year to be on LDTs. “This is a healthy increase in the use of the new leases and demonstrates confidence in the tenanted sector. “However, we are surprised to see

an increase of 13.1 per cent for the area under Limited Partnership Tenancies, as the number of limited partnerships is falling and we are not aware of new leases under such agreements.”

Census results showed an increase in the number of LDTs and MLDTs.

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Farmers in the hills need the right support to prosper

And finally... Huge credit must go to my team here at FG and it was great for three key members to be recognised for their work at the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists’ harvest service. See page 2 for more.

THE uplands have become a prism through which the future of British agricultural policy is being refracted. As Governments scramble to create new frameworks and balance the demands of agriculture against those on the edge who seek to push their own agendas, those in the hills find themselves at the centre of the vortex. As this week’s Farmers Guardian special investigation into the future of upland farming highlights (pages 22-25), while there might currently be some calm in the hills, the future is becoming increasingly uncertain as Brexit draws nearer. Britain’s uplands are places of people, community and business, and the starting point for many key aspects of British farming, such as the stratified sheep system. Yet the over-riding sense we got when talking to those in the hills for our special series is that hope and trepidation are mixing together as never before. The next generation is keen to drive hill farming forward, but there is huge concern about what will happen to farm support and the potential imposition of World Trade Organisation tariffs, which


would hit upland sheep markets particularly hard. Many farmers also feel there is a level of political detachment from the realities of upland farming which could manifest itself in misjudged and damaging policy decisions. For those in Wales already incensed at the stance Lesley Griffiths has taken on direct payments, this week’s front page will prompt further dismay. The uplands are shaped by committed and hard working people trying to do their best, often in the face of significant economic and climatic challenges, and politicians should remember that. It is all well and good for Defra’s Michael Gove to romanticise life in the hills and swoon over the well-crafted words of upland author James Rebanks, but when Mr Gove is shaping policy he would do well to engage with some of the voices showcased in this FG investigation. He, and his counterparts across the UK, would then realise Britain’s beautiful landscapes are not created by accident, but by a community of people who deserve a support system which enables food production, environmental protection and rural communities to all prosper.

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We must stop African swine fever from becoming the foot-and-mouth of today IT was news that filled every European pig farmer with dread – deadly African swine fever (ASF) confirmed in dozens of wild boars in Belgium. Still haunted by the memory of foot-and-mouth, it was confirmation the spectre of animal disease outbreaks had returned to the door of Western Europe once more. It has already been confirmed in nine Eastern European countries, including 800 outbreaks in Romania, and pig farmers in the UK, France and Germany are on high alert. This disease is airborne, foodborne and transmissible between wild and domestic swine. We must now urgently work with farmers and veterinarians to protect the rest of Europe from a serious threat to livestock and livelihoods. Supported by the animal health 10 | OCTOBER 19 2018

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sector and public agencies, they can help stop ASF from spreading, and implement measures to lower the likelihood of future outbreaks. The first step we must take is to introduce strict biosecurity measures to limit the risk of contamination to our pig production. This means controlling any opportunity for the disease to come onto the farm from wild boars. Measures range from building fences, having farm visitors disinfect their shoes and wearing protective clothing, to adapted hygiene practices and regular health checks. We should also be proactive about training farmers and connecting them with veterinarians. Learning about disease control and rigorous biosecurity measures in the face of an epidemic of ASF will

The threat of African swine fever is at the UK’s door.

be too late. We must raise awareness of good practices well in advance to stop it from ever happening. And in the unfortunate event an animal does become infected, early detection is instrumental in anticipating a wider threat. Finally, we can support farmers who raise pigs indoors, which helps protect the animals from contracting

diseases from wild animals or environmental factors. Farmers face public pressure to keep animals outdoors because it is often seen as more natural and wholesome, but it also puts animals at risk of greater risk of disease. Indoor farming may not carry the same bucolic image, but keeping animals in controlled conditions is an effective way of protecting them from the risk of illness in the same way we might keep vulnerable children indoors when air pollution levels are high. The ideal scenario would be a vaccine is developed against ASF, and research is underway. But until then, and to safeguard against diseases with no vaccine, preventative measures through good biosecurity are our best hope.

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Post-Brexit trade worries REGARDING your article ‘Chlorinated chicken back on table in US/UK trade talks’ (FG, September 21), where you draw attention to a report by a clutch of think tanks urging total ‘free’ trade in farm produce. The extreme nature of their view is revealed in their attack on protection for designated local products. ‘Sound science’ is code for a point of view which ranges from ‘how we see it’ to ‘there is no proven harm yet’. Many people are surprised there is no mention of food in the Agriculture Bill. However, one of the stated purposes of the Bill is ‘securing compliance with the World Trade Organisation (WTO) agreement on agriculture’. Having visited WTO headquarters three times, it sees food as a trade commodity; just as these think tanks see it. Any attempt to favour higher standards of environmental care, animal welfare or even food safety through trade policy is appropriate to be seen as ‘trade distortion’. As you say, the US Government is trying to push the same view and insist that in a trade deal with the UK the EU safeguards must go. Some years ago, the EU negotiated means of supporting farming and food production while avoiding WTO disputes. The UK’s ability to do this on its own is doubtful. The Government’s policy paper talks about enforcing fair play between supermarkets and farmers, but none of these proposed rules will touch the large and powerful international companies which will be the main beneficiaries of such an opening of the UK market. Imports will be cheap, not so much because of the ‘competitiveness’ of farmers elsewhere in the world, but because of the huge buying power of these companies exercised all over the world. In the WTO world, farming incomes will take two hits; one from



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an ending of EU payments and the other from cheap imports. Christopher Jones, West Haddon, Northamptonshire.

against a backdrop of farmgate prices way below the cost of production. Robin Metcalfe, via email.

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HAVING attended many sheep sales this autumn as a buyer and a seller, I find the practice of ‘inflating’ the price of top pens of rams quite commonplace these days. The headlines will read ‘Ram makes £20,000’, when it did not in reality. All this does is give the general public a false impression that farmers are doing so well that they do not need subsidies or support if they are selling rams at such figures. Perhaps the industry needs to look at publishing how things really are and, that way, the general public may show some sympathy to the plight of most farmers facing forage shortages

our supporter, I am seriously concerned about the outlook for farming and its associated supply, processing and exports. We now know that even in the best case scenario, Brexit will be deeply damaging to every industry and its related employment. Labour set in motion the whole post-war deal that now, with the Common Agricultural Policy, underpins the modern success of UK farming. We are committed to staying in the customs union and full alignment with EU standards, which is vital to each and every farmer. Our aim is to maximise jobs and the economy here in the UK.

This Government of David Cameron and Theresa May scrapped the seasonal workers scheme, which is vital for intensive fruit and vegetable picking work. Germany has issued 60,000 visas to Ukrainians. It takes in whatever workers are required to power its economy. Our Government wants to bounce the country into a deal which will have long-term damaging consequences. It seeks to jolly people along in the false belief that everything will work out right in the end. I do not believe that and neither does the NFU. What needs to come over is that if you are a farmer, this Government does not care about you and it is not your best mate. Trade Secretary Liam Fox wants to swamp the UK with ‘global deals’ which work to the detriment of farmers and related employment across this whole country. A.D. Gill, Barnstaple, Devon.

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THE EU’s trade deal with Canada (Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement – CETA) will remove all tariffs on industrial products traded between the EU and Canada and liberalise trade in agricultural products. Those in favour of CETA argue it is a good deal for Europe and the UK, but critics say it unduly favours business and may lead to a lowering of regulatory standards. On welfare standards, there are a number of differences with the UK, including the use of sow stalls. There has been a commitment to phase out

sow stall raised meat by 2022, but this is still only an aspiration. Many antimicrobials which are important to treat humans are freely available for use in animals without veterinary oversight. It is also legally permissible to castrate male piglets where the practice is prohibited in the UK.

Hormones Like its neighbour the US, Canada uses chlorine washes and its beef industry uses growth hormones such as ractopamine, which is banned in 160 countries.

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Pig farmers have reportedly reduced their reliance on ractopamine and have won more Chinese business as a result. Canada is the world’s third-largest exporter of pork products, after the European Union and the United States. National Pig Association senior policy adviser Ed Barker said while there was a pork-specific tariff-rate quota under the new CETA agreement, to date, little of it had been used. “The Canadians cannot compete with the EU on price while maintaining the same standards,” said Mr Barker.

BRAZIL BRAZIL has been working to improve its perception following the ‘rotten meat scandal’ of last year. The country is keen to do business with Britain and the EU as it works to grow its exports. In a recent interview with Farmers Guardian, Apex-Brasil president Roberto Jaguaribe said lowering crop and livestock production’s environmental footprint was a key focus.

Deforestation A Greenpeace Brazil report showed up to 80 per cent of deforestation in the Amazon rainforest was a consequence of increased beef production. It said: “Beef is more than twice as expensive to produce in the UK as in Brazil, but the environmental impact of Brazilian beef is nearly three times higher, mainly due to deforestation. Importing more beef from Brazil would increase the environmental footprint of UK food.” Mr Jaguaribe said 66 per cent of land was ‘natural vegetation’ and farms have been required to set aside 20 per cent of their land to comply with the Native Vegetation Law, or ‘Forest Code’ since 2012.

FOOD safety scandals have plagued China in the past. In 2008, melamine was found in domestically-produced baby formula, resulting in a huge distrust in dairy. Stories of fake eggs, diseased pork, recycled oil and mislabelled meat have all hit consumer confidence, leading to calls for industry reform. It has also left China unable to keep up with demand from domestic consumers, who seek food from elsewhere. This has proved to be big business for the EU and the UK. After the US, China is the second main destination of EU-exported food. Earlier this year, Trade Secretary Liam Fox signed a deal to allow the export of UK dairy products to China made

INDIA INDIA became the world’s seventh-largest exporter of agricultural products in 2013. There are ‘inconsistencies’ in food production standards between the UK and India, but the Indian Government is already urging food producers to meet international standards to be competitive.

GM ingredients It plans to introduce mandatory labelling of packaged foods which contain GM ingredients. Vicki Hird, campaign coordinator at farming alliance Sustain, added: “In a speech in June this year, Liam Fox referred to the trade opportunities from removing non-tariff barriers to trade in the food and drink sector in India/UK trade deals. “Non-tariff barriers include things such as food production regulations and country of origin rules. It seems likely Dr Fox is also hopeful India will lift tariffs on Scottish whisky.”

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Antibiotic use As with countries such as Australia and the US, where deals could come to fruition soon, antibiotic use in China was a key concern. A 2013 study by the Chinese Academy of Sciences showed China consumed 162,000 tonnes of antibiotics, of which about 52 per cent were used in livestock.

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More than 50,000t ended up in the water and soil. The country has also reportedly lost large amounts of agricultural resources due to lack of controls on pollution in the past, and last year announced it was phasing out 12 highly toxic pesticides, on top of an initial 22, in an effort to clean up its soil.

NEW ZEALAND WITH broadly a third of the sheepmeat consumed in the UK imported and 70 per cent of that coming from New Zealand, ensuring our producers in the home market compete on a level playing field has always been key for the National Sheep Association (NSA). NSA chief executive Phil Stocker said he was looking for trade agreements which offered protection from meat produced to lower standards on sheep health and

welfare and agri-environmental standards, as well as socio-economic factors and farm support structures. Both countries have a land area of about 225, but the UK has a much higher proportion of urban citizens, with many enjoying the countryside and this brings its own challenges, such as gates being left open and dog attacks. Mr Stocker said: “The amount of watching eyes and expectations are highly different. Our ability to

move freely and have large systems is limited,” he said. Differences in standards include the handling of casualty stock.

we know it does not make sense financially. We try to save lives and NZ quickly cuts losses by shooting or cutting throats.” The halal market was an interesting example, with all halal lamb being pre-stunned. “We spend a fortune on explaining the issue, discussing and making the case,” said Mr Stocker. “Our close connection to the public and our market does carry a responsibility which costs money.”

Casualty stock “When animals die we have to pay for disposal via the National Fallen Stock Company or similar. NZ still buries dead animals so pollution levels and costs differ. “We will often use vets to do cesarean operations even though



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facing 70pc downsize By Alex Black FOOD businesses are making plans to mitigate the impact of a no-deal Brexit, with leading turkey producer Paul Kelly warning it would force him to reduce the business to 30 per cent of its current size and concentrate on ventures in the US and Germany. KellyBronze turkeys, Essex, currently reports sales of £15.3 million in the UK. But with a no-deal Brexit still on the table, Mr Kelly was committed to setting up new farming units in the Netherlands and Germany, which will result in the closure of some UK farms. He was also concerned about

labour provision, with the business reliant on 95 mainly Polish workers who arrived in November each year for Christmas. A similar intake was also needed for the breeding and hatching season. Mr Kelly said the firm’s expansion over the last 15 years had been based on largely the same group of workers who were ‘extremely skilled’ at their job and the idea they could be replaced by UK nationals was ‘absolute nonsense’. “Talk to anyone who is on the ground in this industry and they think it is a joke,” said Mr Kelly. He also warned eggs and chicks could not cope with a five-hour border delay and he was already contemplating downsizing the business to ‘roughly 30 per cent of what it is today’. Similar concerns about a no-deal

Brexit have been echoed elsewhere in the industry. The National Sheep Association (NSA) said British producers could adapt to seasonal trends and supply the domestic market all-year-round if there were barriers to export, but the Government must close the doors to imports and invest in cold storage and freezers. The NSA also called for the Government to put measures in place to ensure the sheepmeat procured through public funding, such

as meals in schools, the armed forces and hospitals, was British. That followed a warning from Bidfood UK, which provides food to prisons, schools, hospitals and pubs, that it may not be able to source enough meat. It even recommended customers opt for vegetarian dishes. It was reported in The Times the Government was discussing plans for slaughtering sheep at the ports, if livestock lorries were stuck in queues due to a no-deal scenario.


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Farm groups take aim at unfair contracts rBFREPA to produce

‘model’ agreement By Alex Black

INDUSTRY chiefs are looking to tackle unfair contracts across the supply chain to ensure farmers get a fair deal for their produce. The British Free Range Egg Producers Association (BFREPA) announced it will produce a model contract for members to use when dealing with packers, as many were ‘not worth the paper they are written on’.

Bills Speaking at BFREPA’s annual conference, chief executive Robert Gooch asked members to send copies of contracts to be assessed

by lawyers and announced they would launch a model contract by the end of the year. It follows a tough summer, when farmgate prices plummeted but drought pushed up feed bills. The contract will contain a clear commitment to egg price for the duration of the contract, or terms linked to the price of feed. Mr Gooch said it was alarming so many contracts had no reference to the price producers will be paid. He said: “My members need to know where they stand, so they can continue to invest in their businesses to make them more efficient and maintain excellent standards of hen welfare on British free-range farms.” In dairy, the industry was waiting for the Government’s consultation on mandatory dairy contracts. NFU dairy board chairman Michael

Muller looks to be ‘dairy leader’ MULLER Milk and Ingredients (MMI) has offered customers certainty with Brexit looming, claiming it is ready to ‘be Britain’s dairy leader’ after integrating the Dairy Crest dairies operation. The firm now purchases 25 per

cent of Britain’s farmgate milk. It added it was innovating to ensure dairy farmers can protect themselves from extreme market volatility and its UK manufacturing and sourcing gave customers continuity and security of supply.

First Milk new member premium FIRST Milk has announced it will launch an annual 13th payment from April 2019, worth 0.25ppl for someone ‘fully invested in the business’.

Members’ capital targets will also be fixed with immediate effect, enabling members to grow and expand milk production without contributing additional capital.

BFREPA says its model contract will help maintain standards on free range farms.

Oakes said the union was prepared to show Government what was needed after looking at a number of contracts in detail.

Renumeration “We have looked at what we need changing, everything from remuneration to breach of contract,” he said. “Rather than go out and say ‘this is an ideal contract’, we will say these are the main terms we think

you should accept, then each group of farmers can make it work for them. We are not being totally prescriptive.” However, he believed they did need the legislation as if processors did not have to recognise it they would not. Mr Oakes added he hoped success in dairy could lead the way for other parts of agriculture with many sectors facing the same challenges.

Scottish lambing percentages slump to a five-year low SCOTTISH lambing percentages have dropped to a five-year low of 122.9 per cent after poor weather before and during lambing, according to Quality Meat Scotland analysis of the Scottish Government’s June 2018 agricultural census. There were 8 per cent fewer lambs on Scottish farms year-onyear, with numbers sliding by 272,600 to 3.14 million head. The effect was being felt more acutely as it followed the best lambing percentage this century, at 128.3 per cent last year. Iain Macdonald, senior economic analyst at QMS, said it had not fallen as far as feared. He added: “Indeed, the challenging winter and spring of 2012/2013 had seen the lambing percentage fall as low as 118.7 per cent. “This year, part of the reason for

such a sharp fall in lamb numbers was a significant fall of 4 per cent in ewe numbers on 2017.” Given that ewe numbers reported in the December census had been slightly above year earlier levels, this points to an increase in ewe mortality.

Declines Elsewhere in the British Isles, sheep numbers are reported using slightly different categories, but it is clear that lamb numbers have also fallen. “However, these declines have been to a lesser extent than in Scotland,” Mr MacDonald added. The smaller lamb crop also seemed to have had an impact on slaughterings, with figures also suggesting lambs were taking longer to finish this year.

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Farmers Guardian Farming Hero

The Farmers Guardian Farming Hero Award was introduced to recognise an individual or group of people determined not to give up in the face of adversity and to inspire change in others. We reflect on some of the previous winners.


very person faces their own challenges and, instead of shying away from tackling them head on, there are certain people who call upon their resilience, creativity and strength of spirit to make a difference in the most difficult of circumstances. The Farmers Guardian Farming Hero Award was introduced to recognise these individuals, who, over the last four years, have been a source of inspiration to many and prove how special rural communities and those living within them really are. Last year, the Scottish Association of Young Farmers’ Clubs (SAYFC) was awarded the tribute, thanks to its campaign to raise awareness of mental health illness. Shocking statistics have revealed one farmer loses their life to suicide every week and one-in-four people

in Scotland will suffer from mental health illness at some point in their lives. To coincide with Mental Health Awareness Week in 2016, the organisation unveiled a new mental health campaign to encourage its members to ‘listen, talk and share’.

Stigma One of the core aims for the ‘Are Ewe Okay?’ campaign is to encourage important conversations to break the stigma surrounding mental wellbeing, as former chairman Stuart Jamieson explains. “SAYFC has 3,500 members aged between 14 and 30 years old, so there are many different life events and pressures going on during this period which can influence how they feel, including education, relationships, employment, health and finance.” A dedicated area on the SAYFC

website features a host of information and explains examples and conditions of poor mental health, its triggers, symptoms and where to seek help if someone is suffering. Workshops were also offered, where members could get together in their clubs and have information nights and club meetings to encourage discussion. As the campaign’s reach broadened, more members came forward to bravely share their experiences of mental illness and clubs supported the initiative by raising money. SAYFC holds a dedicated ‘Are Ewe Okay?’ day every Wednesday through social media, where no other posts other than what is related to the campaign are shared. The campaign has changed members’ attitudes, not least raising awareness, and an increasing number of clubs began fundraising

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to raise awareness and support the administration costs. Karen Gemmell, who helped stage a charity fish and chip evening for Ayr and District, says: “Young Farmers is a tight knit community and we should be free to open up to one another. “It is about reiterating messages. I really think the campaign has highlighted the key issues and the community has pulled together.”

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Some of Stu Ridley’s Young Farmer friends before and after completing Tough Mudder to raise money for #staystrongstu, which won the Farming Hero Award in 2015.

The farming industry is renowned for pulling together when times are hard and rural communities are a force to be reckoned with. When 25-year-old farmer Stu Ridley, Northumberland, was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour, the farming industry proved how it can be a formidable force. Following Stu’s diagnosis, veteran rugby player Andrew Burns, who was instrumental in leading the campaign, decided to get t-shirts printed for his rugby team, Tynedale Veterans, to show support.

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Members of the Cumbrian Farming Flood Action Group, which won the Farming Hero Award in 2016. What followed was the start of the international campaign, under the hashtag #staystrongstu, as t-shirts and wristbands were sent across the world to those wishing to show support. As testament to what he loved best, Young Farmers, rugby teams, his local Hexham auction mart and rural communities far and wide demonstrated farming’s strength in numbers during a time of inconceivable hardship. The collective effort and astonishing response was the reason he and the campaign won the 2015 Farmers Guardian Farming Hero Award. It was a bittersweet journey for the upland farming family, who say they found tremendous comfort in the support within the industry and wider general public. Hexham and Northern Marts, the family’s local sales point, became involved in the campaign from the outset and raised £102,000 staging a two-day event selling livestock and holding a promise auction. While Stu lost his fight in 2015, fundraising continues. The ongoing #staystrongstu campaign has now become a registered charity and Stu’s family has donated funds to benefit The Brain Tumour Charity, Wooden Spoon Charity, Teenage Cancer Trust, The Rainbow Trust, Tynedale Hospice at Home and The Freeman Hospital’s Ward 34.

Speaking about the way farming communities pull together in times of great adversity, Hexham and Northern Marts auctioneer Chris Armstrong believes when standing united, there is no greater industry. He says: “It really illustrates farming people for what we are. Great characters with great resilience and great support between our own kind. Stu’s story galvanised the whole industry up and down the country.”

Resilience It is this resilience which could poignantly be seen among Cumbrian farmers when Storm Desmond hit the landscape on December 5, 2015. The Cumbrian Farming Flood Action Group (CFFAG) was formed in the aftermath of a series of devastating storms which saw 1.15 million litres of rainfall on already sodden ground. David Martin, a farmer from Kendal, was hit by the storm. He says: “It is kind of surreal, because you know it is coming and there is nothing you can do. I remember feeling totally shellshocked. “We had to move out of our home. I think you can cope with a lot of trouble on-farm as long as you have somewhere warm, dry and safe to come back to at the end of the day.” The farming community quickly rallied together to get help where it was needed most and the CCFAG brought together many organisations, including

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution, NFU, Farming Community Network, The Addington Fund, Forage Aid, CLA, Cumbrian Commoners’ Association, The Farmer Network, Westmorland Agricultural Society, Cumbrian Chaplaincy, The Federation for Common Land and The Prince’s Countryside Fund. Together, they offered administration support to apply to the recovery fund, damage assessment, financial or charity help, acting as a one-stop shop and pooling all resources. Christine Knipe, chairman of Westmorland Agricultural Society, says: “As soon as we began talking to farmers, we realised very quickly it was far more widespread than we thought. “Kendal was full of farmers who

helped pump cellars out and it is all this which makes farming the absolute fantastic industry it is.” A collective effort saw the group awarded the accolade in 2016 and, once again, it echoed the integrity and genuine care shown by the farming community in times of crisis. David says: “Heroes can be found in all walks of life, but when the flood-affected farmers of Cumbria became surrounded by a team of them, it was pretty special. We look after one another in farming; better than we give ourselves credit for.” ■ The 2019 British Farming Awards took place last night (Thursday). To read more information about this year’s winners look-out for our full coverage of the evening in next week’s edition.

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GLOBAL AG VIEW r‘Emerging’ Ukraine

sets its sights on UK By Mike Verdin

BRITISH farmers must be able to compete with the rest of the world ‘on the same terms’ after Brexit, as Ukraine looks to complete a deal with the UK as soon as possible. Speaking at the Financial TimesBUCC Ukraine Business Forum in London, NFU deputy president Guy Smith said UK farmers were happy to compete with the rest of the world but, if they were subjected to a ‘high level of regulation’ foreign peers were not, there was a problem. Mr Smith was particularly concerned by the threat to the adoption of gene-editing technology after the European Court of Justice in July declared gene editing should be governed by the same regulations as genetic modification. He added if the UK was to ‘suffer the same regulation, farmers would not be able to employ the technology in the same way’ as growers in rival countries, a disparity which could raise big challenges. Ukraine was an emerging agricultural powerhouse and was looking to

Farmers need fair terms in global trade Ukraine sees opportunities in producing high-quality feed for the global market.

is going on in global agriculture in terms of changing patterns of trade.” Alex Lissitsa, president of the Ukrainian Agribusiness Club, said there were big prospects in feed markets for Ukraine to grow globally. “I believe strategically in the future, feed will play a bigger role than food,” he said.


a post-Brexit trade agreement with the UK which went further than current agreements with the EU. Mr Smith added it had rapidly increased production over the past decade and had the potential to

upscale further. He urged farming organisations to keep an eye on any trade discussions. “Although it is very early days with the terms of Brexit still not at all clear, it is useful to understand what

This was based on the concept that ‘consumers will always prefer local’. However, origin was not a big issue for feed. He added the opportunity was to produce high-quality feed for the global market, including ingredients such as lysine, an amino acid which represents an important feed additive. But they needed investment and technology in manufacturing to take advantage of this demand.

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iseducation about unfamiliar produce is a hurdle Tom Amery and Nick Russell, of The Wasabi Company (TWC), have spent the most part of three years trying to overcome. Their business, which is the only one in the UK to specialise in the Asian vegetable wasabi, spent its initial few years working in secret before introducing top London chefs to new ways about how to use and eat the vegetable, which meant slashing the traditional chef stereotype of cutting it into radish-like thin slices. Wasabi may well be part of the horseradish family, but the way it should be eaten could not be more different, as managing director Tom explains. He says: “One of the things about wasabi is the miseducation and arrogance of chefs. They think they know everything. “Trying to teach a chef that doesn’t know about wasabi but trying to pretend he does know about wasabi is a difficult way to sell.” Looking back at the duo’s first attempt at selling wasabi rhizome to one of Raymond Blanc’s top London restaurants, the pair relive how his executive chef picked up a knife and started peeling it. “Oh God,” Tom laughs. “He cut a really thin slice even though the grater was right next to him.

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It has been quite a journey for business partners Tom Amery and Nick Russell as the only UK growers of the wasabi vegetable. Lauren Dean visits Dorset to find out more about the research and development inspired by Japanese culture.

British wasabi packs a punch to fuel company growth “He started chewing it saying it was good wasabi but it was an absolute disaster because that wasn’t the way to do it. “So it was a case of: ‘Okay well I have this new technique, why don’t you try it this way?’. It literally blew his head off. “That was the moment I knew it was going to be quite a hard sell.”

Change Although The Wasabi Company was not Tom and Nick’s initial venture, a slow-down in its parent

company The Watercress Company in the previous 10 or so years prompted a need for a change in direction. Watercress has been historically grown in the Dorset and Hampshire region since the 1880s because of the area’s natural spring and chalk aquafers. It was originally grown exclusively for the local community but the revolutionary introduction of railways gave The Watercress Company opportunity to expand. But people began moving over-

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WHAT IS WASABI? THE average consumer thinks wasabi is a hot spice, but the pair describe it as a ‘hot peppery flavour’ which is incredibly good for you. Tom says: “It is a totally different thing because it is a short-lived spark in your mouth. Actually it is a fairly short-lived spark in its entirety because it eventually just disappears.

looking at for about eight years. It was quite old-fashioned, it wasn’t really moving and there was no innovation. “So we thought let’s try growing something different.” Fast forward through a trial of Lebanese cucumbers, Habanero chillies, the Dorset Naga chilli and Natural springs supply the wasabi beds.

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“It is not like a chilli that will stay hot constantly in the fridge. “What is interesting is the actual chemicals found in wasabi are the same as what is found in watercress that makes it peppery.” WATCH THE VIDEO To view the wasabi being cut watch our video at

baby aubergines, and the team had failed to find the niche product it was looking for. “At that time in about 2007/08 we started selling powdered watercress to an American company,” says Tom. “It was buying powdered watercress for its health benefits and

they were desperate to put it into pills. “The guy kept phoning me up asking for powdered wasabi but we had no idea what it was.” It was only around that time that Japanese food was beginning to scratch the surface in the UK but two additional mentions of wasabi – one from a chef in Spain and the other to co-founder Jon Old – left the company thinking it could be the way to go. “We got back and phoned up every Asian and Japanese agent there was for fresh fruit and vegetables and said we wanted to buy a stick of wasabi – we had no idea what it is,” adds Tom.

“They said we had no chance of getting it, and if it ever did come up, it was terrible, awful quality, very rare and overpriced. “All these things were just adding up and I was thinking it was going to be brilliant.”

Secrecy With permission from the chairman, the company branched off with a couple of plants to experiment with and, of course, code names and a secret team. The Watercress Company was rebranded to match its new sister company The Wasabi Company. “We kept it under wraps for about two or three years and pretty much by the time we had some rhizomes to go with we didn’t really know what to do with them,” Tom says. “So we went to London with this ice box covered in fake grass and walked into every Japanese restaurant we could find. “We didn’t tell them we were coming, we just walked in, showed them the wasabi and left our number, just to see what would happen. “We thought that everybody would go crazy, that they’d love it. But we got kicked out of places, we got accepted in places, and then other places just didn’t know what to say.” Nick, production and operations manager, who grew up on a wildflower farm, adds: “You know, I think we still get the same response. “Even from then to now you go into a Michelin star Japanese restaurant and they will either be open

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DORSET FARM PROFILE One day, when the country is ready, we would be keen to have wasabi retailed. But the benefit of online orders means the farm has no waste

The wasabi rhizome (pictured here and inset) is grated to make wasabi paste.


TOM AMERY arms or closed doors. It’s one or another. “But having chefs interested in wasabi is great for watercress. It is a great partnership.” The company had to quickly change its mind on a decision to not give away free samples, which they now say was key to its success. Tom says: “It was all about the education and the opportunity for people to try it.”

Culture differences But it was not the traditional Japanese route that led The Wasabi Company to where it is now. The Japanese are so secretive about the crop the team were forced to use trial and error and, despite a pamphlet with minor details and photographs, the plan to simply copy and paste introduced too many problems. Tom says: “The Japanese have soft water, we have hard water. They have different type of stones.” Nick adds: “They have more sulphuric soil. It’s a younger land mass.” Now in its 11th year, The Wasabi Company has gone from strength to strength, but not without its challenges. The extreme heat this year has been tricky, with the wasabi crop preferring the cold springs and shade of its natural habitat found in Japan. The plant usually lives in rivers which are covered by a canopy of trees – something the farm has had to naturally recreate. Fortunately for the business, leaf sales were able to continue this year thanks to the shelter tents. The natural springs flood into the beds with the cold water evaporating as a cooling agent, with the beds kept at between 10 and 12degC all-year-round. But, of course, other challenges have been aplenty. When asked about barriers within the business, Tom says: “How long have you got? It’s farming.

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Plants are amazing. They are way smarter than we think.”


“You can grow one plant in two different locations and it can give you two different problems.” For young crops, aphid pests are an issue and if they attack at too early a stage, the rest is history. When the plant gets a rhizome it becomes more hardy and in extreme weather events it relies on its own nutrients. The natural water barrier also helps prevent snails and slugs. But the best thing to do is to treat them with care, weeding little and often. Nick says: “Wasabi is one of those plants that kind of sulks. It has behavioural problems. “So you can never really tell what you are going to get until you have harvested. There is a pretty rigorous quality control throughout the entire process. “It is a real skill. It is just something we have developed over time and it’ll definitely still catch us out, either through the quality control or through the farming. “It is always going to be surprising us I think.” Tom adds: “But it is so cool.

Harvest is every two years – usually within the next four months – before heading to processing in the Dorset offices where The Watercress Company is based. The Wasabi Company supplies directly not just into Japanese food restaurants, but also to French, English and Icelandic outlets – with offcuts being used to make wasabi powders. With such a unique selling point, the duo have plans to expand to another four hectares (10 acres) in the next year or two to keep up with local demand for British produce within the UK and across Europe. So far – because many retailers can’t appreciate the quality and

price of the produce – the company is not sourcing any retailers but have just launched their own brand wasabi label with mayonnaise, mustard, soy sauce and jam. Tom says: “One day, when the country is ready, we would be keen to have wasabi retailed. But the benefit of online orders means the farm has no waste – it simply harvests enough to fulfil the demand.” Customers can also buy their own wasabia japonica plant, with 100 per cent of the plant edible, including its leaves, leaf stems and flowers. Nick says: “As consumers realise their green radish they are getting in their sushi boxes isn’t wasabi, they’ll become more conscientious and want the real product. “We are going to have to upscale production because there isn’t enough in the world to swap out all of that green radish with fresh wasabi at the moment.”

The Wasabi Company ■ Two hectares (five acres) of wasabi, harvested every two years ■ 70ha (173 acres) of watercress globally, harvested five times a year ■ Wholesale price of wasabi £120/kg ■ Retail price of wasabi £250/kg ■ Next-day wasabi turnaround, from farm to front door ■ 185 products including The Wasabi Label of own brand mayonnaise, mustard and soy sauce

■ Supply watercress to 4,500 outlets nationwide, selling half-a-million packs a week ■ The Watercress Company has 29ha of beds in Spain and Florida, mostly to cover supply during winter ■ Anything from 800-6,000kg of produce can be in the UK in less than 12 hours, brought over in spare hold space on the Virgin Atlantic plane flying to and from Orlando OCTOBER 19 2018 | 21

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In the first part of Farmers Guardian’s special investigation in to the future of upland schemes, the influence of environmentalists on policy, and how some farmers are

Upland farming looks B ritain’s upland farmers find themselves at the leading edge of the debate on how best to shape agricultural policy away from the demands of the European Union. Central to numerous concerns, such as food production, landscape preservation and environmental protection, farmers in the hills are nonetheless nervous about what the future holds and how Government Ministers will seek to preserve their agricultural output as well as their cultural influence. The scores of farmers who have spoken to Farmers Guardian as part of this special investigation share common concerns about what future environmental payments will look like; the influence wielded by environmentalists who they feel seek to attack and undermine farming’s role in the hills; and the continuation of a way of life which has shaped iconic parts of Britain’s landscape while attracting millions of tourists every year. Defra Secretary Michael Gove, speaking at a Countryside Alliance fringe event at the Conservative Party conference earlier this month, committed to ‘making sure we preserve communities in Less Favoured Areas’. He also recognised upland landscapes were ‘iconic and attractive, but they are also a workplace’.

Scrutiny Yet there is healthy scepticism among upland farmers and representative bodies for the claims of Mr Gove. And this same scrutiny is being applied to Lesley Griffiths in Wales and Fergus Ewing in Scotland by the upland farmers in those nations. Northern Ireland, still without a Government, faces different challenges, complicated by the border issue, and which we will explore specifically in a country focus later in the series. Julia Aglionby, who chairs the Uplands Alliance in England, spoke for many when she said while the recently released Agriculture Bill might lean in the right direction in some respects, the lack of policy detail was a great concern. Ms Aglionby, who also heads up the Foundation for Common Land, said: “We have been clear we need explicit support for traditional forms of livestock in the uplands, as 22 | OCTOBER 19 2018

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If we end up adopting World Trade Organisation rules there could be money set aside for all rural communities and farmers THOMAS BINNS

well as the lowlands, which deliver the pastoral landscape which most people really enjoy.” The Uplands Alliance has even taken the step of writing to MPs and industry stakeholders to seek amendments to the Agriculture Bill and support for its agenda. This includes: n England’s uplands currently receive £230 million a year in funding. The alliance believes this total needs to be guaranteed long-term to secure and enhance public benefits. n While Mr Gove has praised upland shepherds, the alliance says the Bill provides no assurance the farming systems which deliver ‘our much loved landscapes’ will be supported. It is therefore calling for a backstop to secure upland communities and traditional management systems where they enhance natural and cultural benefits. n It also suggests the Bill is silent on actively providing financial support to rural communities to grow and diversify. It also notes the omission of the word ‘landscape’ from the Bill, despite this being a central tenet of the uplands. NFU uplands chairman Thomas Binns, who farms several thousand Mule and Swaledale sheep at Dowham, Lancashire, believed farmers were central to the delivery of ‘food production as well as landscape’. This dual-purpose was touched on time and again by those FG spoke to, with many angered politicians seemed to take an attitude that food production was merely a byproduct of environmental management, whereas those on the

ground saw it as being fundamentally the other way round. Mr Binns added: “The Basic Payment Scheme [BPS] is a cheap insurance to ensure a constant food supply.

Policy “There is £3.2 billion in Common Agricultural Policy [CAP] support every year but only about £300m lands in the hills in the form of BPS, so some could argue there could be more [for the uplands]. “It depends how they slice it in terms of environmental and public goods and whether this means more coming in to the hills. “And if we end up adopting World Trade Organisation rules, there could be money set aside for all rural communities and farmers, not just in the uplands.”

Both Mr Binns and Ms Aglionby called for short-term assurances to be provided for those exiting environmental schemes in the next few years – something we will explore in next week’s edition of FG. The balance between getting environmental payments right, however, and whether direct payments should be retained is causing divisions to emerge in other parts of the UK. Wales

While there seems to be acceptance in England a future scheme will move to purely environmental payments, in Wales the two main representative bodies are at loggerheads. The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) is aggressively calling for direct payments to be retained, while NFU Cymru has struck a

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UPLAND FARMING farming, we examine the options around new support using Brexit as a catalyst to reshape their businesses.

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The stratified sheep system begins in the uplands.

FG RETURNS TO THE HILLS IN January 2014, Farmers Guardian published a special focus on the future of hill farming. Tellingly, concerns at the time centred around how a changing Common Agricultural Policy would impact payments to the hills. It is safe to say that, almost five years on, those payment tensions have exploded as we move towards Brexit. That is why FG has returned to the hills to get the views of farmers facing a future in which change will be the only constant.

Stories For the forthcoming four weeks, we will break down the issues on a country-bycountry basis, exploring the stories of upland farmers in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Reporting this week has been done by Abi Kay, Ewan Pate, Alex Black and Ben Briggs.

more nuanced tone following the publication of the ‘Brexit and Our Land’ consultation document by Welsh Government. South Wales regional vice-president for the FUW, Ian Rickman, who farms sheep near Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, said: “The Welsh Government, with its consultation on proposals for the future, has just piled another level of uncertainty on. “They have more or less said Basic Payments are gone and we are moving to business efficiency grants and public goods payments, but there is no modelling, costing or figures for payments. “They are going to take it away with one hand and they are offering nothing back, other than an aspiration.” There is also concern any cash earmarked for agriculture

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Brexit could be swallowed up by the cost of administering the new scheme and large payments for ‘land managers’ such as the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, leaving less money for farmers who keep the rural economy going. Hedd Pugh, NFU Cymru rural affairs board chairman, was equally alarmed and called for all farmers to respond to the Brexit and Our Land consultation, which closes on October 30. The beef and sheep farmer from Dolgellau pointed out support payments were key to the economic vibrancy of rural areas as the money ultimately went out from the farms and in to a myriad of businesses which relied on agriculture, including feed merchants, machinery dealers and so on.

He added: “We [farmers] will have to adapt as we have done for centuries, but we have always had the support of Government over the years. However, the Welsh paper [Brexit and Our Land] does not seem interested in producing food.

Production “Food production and environmental production work together and this is what the beauty has been with BPS and environmental schemes working together. “Doing away with direct payments by 2025 will have a major effect on farming in Wales.” Scotland

If there is one thing Scottish hill farmers cherish, it is the Less Favoured Area Support Scheme (LFASS).

For many upland producers on extensive systems it is seen as more important than the BPS. Scotland is the only territory in the UK to have maintained such an upland support scheme and any threat to it will be fiercely resisted by those who rely on it. The £65m scheme delivers what NFU Scotland calls ‘lifeline support’ to 11,000 farmers and crofters, but it is under threat, whether within the EU or outside of it. Under EU rules, LFASS must be wound down to be replaced with a yet-to-be-designed ‘Areas of Natural Constraint’ scheme. Under what is known as ‘the parachute’, LFASS is due to be reduced to 80 per cent of its 2007-2013 level in 2019 and to 20 per cent by 2020. Out of the EU in a post-Brexit situation, there is, of course, no clarity as to what level of funding there might be from Westminster. This is a point continually pushed by Scottish Rural Affairs Secretary Fergus Ewing. In the short-term, NFUS is arguing for an EU derogation to the parachute reductions. NFUS director of policy Jonnie Hall said: “The case will be built around the extreme challenges of the last 12 months, including significant stock losses. “If LFASS payments were cut then it would threaten the explicit policy objectives of allowing farmers and crofters to continue to operate as viable businesses, thus avoiding the risk of land abandonment.” OCTOBER 19 2018 | 23

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pland farms were often the foundation of rural communities, keeping jobs and infrastructure in place for local people and those visiting the countryside. Farmers supported local firms through reinvesting in machinery, fencing and the upkeep of their businesses, according to Phil Stocker, National Sheep Association (NSA) chief executive. Mr Stocker said: “It also means there is a pub and a shop and a church when tourists come.” A total of 86 per cent of open access land in England was in the uplands, attracting 40 million visitors and making £1.73 billion for local economies each year. Rural Wales attracts 19m day visits and 2.28m overnight stays in a year, worth £674m and £367m respectively. The Scottish countryside sees

2.64m overnight visitors and 26m day visitors in a year. Kevin Roberts, chairman of Welsh meat promotion agency Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC), added lamb and beef production supported thousands of jobs in the supply chain, with protected geographical indication Welsh Lamb an export success story.

Future “This could be put at risk if we do not get the right future policy to support upland farming,” said Mr Roberts. He added economically-viable production needed to be at the core of communities, along with the social and linguistic structures which depend on them. Defra Farm Business Income figures showed agriculture made a loss for many farms, with any profits made from agri-environment payments, diversified income and the Basic Payment Scheme.

I do not think we can do without them and they cannot do without us

the lowlands of Co Antrim, Northern Ireland, said the uplands were still dependent on lowland farmers buying stores. “I do not think we can do without them and they cannot do without us.” And the concerns of the lowlands were the same as those in the hills, with Mr Adamson highlighting the lack of Government, the border and labour concerns in abattoirs.



Mr Roberts said it was not difficult to justify support for these areas as a public good, whether it was the storage of carbon in the peat, boosting wildlife such as lapwings or simply managing the uplands. The links between the uplands and lowlands was not as strong as it once was but they were still ‘interdependent’. Edward Adamson, farming in

But he added the uplands did not have as many options to change. He said the Government would need to support farmers or food would have to get a lot more expensive to keep them there, and the most adaptive farms would be the ones to survive. “I have said to my son if Government is going to pay and there is more profit in farming the environment, we should do it.”

Changing now for the long-term good people farming and this will allow us to do both. We have a favourable farm in the uplands which allows us to make this change.” And while he shared the concerns of many about future upland support, he also believed beef and lamb faced severe challenges from a changing population.

EMERGING challenges of Brexit, on-farm succession and shifting demographics have led one upland farmer to radically overhaul his business. Richard Tudor, who farms at Llanerfyl, Welshpool, is dispersing 120 Salers suckler cows at Welshpool mart next Saturday, October 27, as he moves from being a beef and sheep producer to focus on dairying. Mr Tudor, a 2017 Nuffield scholar, intends to use 120 hectares of his farm as the base for a New Zealandstyle dairy herd which he said would be up and running by April 2020.


Richard Tudor is making efforts to change his business before Brexit.

Grazing While he intends to retain some sheep for grazing the really high ground, his flock will reduce significantly in the coming years, too. With his son Morgan studying at

Reasheath College, he believes dairying will provide better returns in the longer term for him to eventually take on as the family

looks to secure the business for the future. Mr Tudor said: “I want to keep livestock in the hills and keep young

He added: “Brexit has been a catalyst and it makes you consider your future. “Red meat consumption per capita is also reducing and lamb needs a serious facelift. We need better product development [for lamb] but this needs a lot of investment to get it into a form which people want to buy it.” MORE INFORMATION For details about the Llysun herd dispersal, see FG Buy and Sell page 47.



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Many uplands farmers are concerned about plans to reintroduce wild lynx.

‘DON’T LET REWILDERS SHAPE OUR FUTURE’ ALL farmers, not just those in the uplands, needed to be on the front foot when it came to promoting the benefits the industry had to offer. Farming in the hills, in particular, has found itself at the centre of the debate about whether certain areas should be rewilded. And while plans to release lynx or replant hills in ancient woodland are often branded as ‘mad’ by the farming community, there is no doubt controversial newspaper columnists such as The Guardian’s George Monbiot, or BBC presenter Chris Packham, who recently launched his Manifesto for Wildlife, garner public support and the ear of some politicians. Rewilding will crop up time and again throughout this uplands series, but there was a belief farming needed to be positive about the environmental benefits the industry produced.

Big issues NFU uplands chairman Thomas Binns suggested Mr Monbiot should focus his energies on big issues, such as plastic pollution, rather than releasing lynx into the wild. He added: “I have no doubt George Monbiot is passionate about his agenda and rewilding, but Less Favoured Area land covers about 17 per cent of England and a lot of that is privately owned, so they simply could not afford to do it. “Rewilding will only ever happen in pockets. It is like the vegan agenda – it is there, but we should not be frightened of it.” National Sheep Association northern region vice-chairman Thomas Carrick, who farms Swaledales and Mules at Garrigill, Cumbria, said once you engaged

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with the public about farming’s contribution to the landscape they often appreciated it in a different light. He said: “They [rewilders] have a dream about the landscape being wild and without human influence, but it is exactly that, a dream. We have a lot of people cramped on a small island and farmers have a right as part of that to continue to forge a living in the uplands. “Most people we meet love the countryside and are understanding of why we do what we do and want to see food production work hand in hand with the environment.” Joyce Campbell, who farms 830 North Country Cheviot ewes at Sutherland, in the north of Scotland, said the story behind upland farming often centred around heritage and provenance and this was a powerful marketing tool. She added: “As farmers, I think we have to realise we are natural storytellers. We just need to learn to lose our inhibitions and speak from the heart.”

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ARABLE Diquat to be banned Edited by Teresa Rush – 01787 282 822 –

rUK sell-out and use-up periods not confirmed By Marianne Curtis THE EU Commission has decided not to renew the approval of diquat based on concerns related to the exposure of bystanders, residents and birds. Following the Appeal Committee meeting in July in which no opinion was reached regarding the proposal from the European Commission to withdraw the approval of diquat, it has decided to implement its proposal not to renew the approval of the herbicide active substance in the EU. The UK sell-out and use-up periods have not yet been confirmed by the Chemicals Regulation Division (CRD). Mark Britton, marketing manager, Syngenta, which markets Reglone and Retro herbicides containing diquat, says: “We have fought hard to defend diquat – we stand by our products and science

and maintain that the withdrawal of diquat approval is not justified. Several member states are of the same opinion, as demonstrated by the result of the July 12 vote. “We are convinced that diquat plays a vital role in food production. Europe has unfortunately lost an important element for the competitiveness of its agriculture.”

Alternative desiccants Dr Jon Knight, AHDB head of crop health and protection, says alternative desiccants have been trialled at AHDB’s Strategic Potato (SPot) farms but not all results are available yet. “We have tried a new active that is not currently registered in the UK and should get results on that soon. “This year is not typical and we do not know how it will perform under different weather conditions. If it is a year before the ban comes in, we will be able to undertake more trials. As yet we do not know the right rate and do not know what the cost will be.”

Dates SUBJECT to approval and confirmation by CRD: n The authorisation of diquat ends on June 30, 2019 n Member states must withdraw authorisations for plant protection products containing diquat as an active substance by May 4, 2019.

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at the latest. (Cannot be sold after this date) n Any grace period granted by member states must be as short as possible and will expire by February 4, 2020, at the latest. (Cannot be used after this date)

Dr Chris Hartfield, NFU science and regulatory affairs adviser, says: “The NFU has been working hard to secure the availability of diquat for more than three years. We believe the ban is unjustified and is based on an extremely conservative, precautionary risk assessment. “Diquat has been used safely by growers for more than 50 years. Its removal from the market will have significant implications for potato production in the UK. It is much more effective than other available alternatives. “As well as stopping disease spread, it also allows for accurate harvest planning and helps ensure the production of high quality potatoes. It also is one of only two non-selective herbicides available to growers in the EU where no significant weed resistance has developed.” NFU senior plant health adviser Emma Hamer adds: “There are no like-for-like alternatives. Flailing has a place but has been implicated in the spread of bacterial disease and almost always needs diquat to complete the job if regrowth is to be prevented. “Gas burners have been used but are slow and use a huge amount of energy.”

DIQUAT ALTERNATIVES AT a recent AHDB SPot Farm walk, Graham Tomalin, of VCS Agronomy, discussed the need to consider a range of strategies when looking at alternative solutions to using diquat. He showed how 26 varieties of potatoes planted for a herbicide trial at Somerby Top Farm, North Lincolnshire, reacted to the use of different combinations of desiccant agrochemicals, and provided insight into alternative strategies growers could use. Mr Tomalin said a diquat ban would mean flailing will become more important with immature crops and indeterminate varieties. With canopies that are senescing, the alternatives will desiccate most varieties but this may take longer.

Best results Application quality was vital to achieving the best results from any desiccant application, said Mr Tomalin. “Coverage is very important and a combination of a slower forward speed of the sprayer, water volume and angled nozzles may all improve this. “There are potential future alternatives to diquat, but these still need approval. Growers will need to consider the costs to benefits ratio for each option.”

Potato growers are likely to be able to use diquat for one more season before it is banned.

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ARABLE Spring barley production fell by 7.7 per cent in 2018, according to Defra.

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feed in seven years By Marianne Curtis

WITH spring barley yield and quality issues being experienced in some areas, the prospects for those with a good malting barley harvest look bright, particularly as the northern European crop is under par. Defra has released its Farming Statistics, which show a nearly 8 per cent fall in spring barley production. Winter and spring barley both saw lower levels of production in 2018. A 7.7 per cent drop in the production of spring barley in 2018 to 3.9 million tonnes, in spite of a small 1.1 per cent increase in the area, was caused by an 8.7 per cent fall in the spring barley yield from 5.6 tonnes/hectare (2017) to 5.1t/ha in harvest 2018. Winter barley production dropped by 8 per cent to 2.7mt in 2018; this is mostly explained by a fall in the winter barley area of 6.7 per cent to 394,000ha, as well as a slightly lower yield of 6.9t/ha in 2018 compared to 7t/ha in 2017, according to the Defra statistics. The reduction in spring barley output is a likely contributor to the UK ex-farm price reported for malting barley during September, which was at the highest premium to feed barley in seven years.

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It is a tight supply and demand picture in the EU for malting barley which will keep prices firm – we are waiting to see how the Southern Hemisphere fares ADRIAN DYTER According to the AHDB Corn Returns price series, premium malting barley averaged £46/t above feed barley during September. Adrian Dyter, of Crisp Maltings, says he expects malting barley prices to stay reasonably firm in the next few months. “It is a very tight supply and demand picture in the EU for malting barley which will keep prices firm. We are waiting to see how the Southern Hemisphere crop comes in but the prospects are not massive.” He says there is some accommodation by the industry of higher nitrogen levels.

“But this needs to be combined with negotiation with the end customer so they have an understanding of what adjustments need to be made, so they have enough barley to meet their requirements.” He says fewer adjustments are likely to be necessary with England and Scotland crops than those in Denmark, North Germany, Poland and Sweden, where the whole crop is 1 per cent higher in nitrogen than in 2017.

Higher While nitrogens in the Scotland crop are generally higher than in 2017, Mr Dyter says it is too early to say how they will perform in maltings. “It may have an impact on spirit yield, or it may not.” The crop is mainly of good quality, says Mr Dyter. “Generally barley was harvested in good conditions, it is sound and there is little to no damage associated with a wet harvest. “No splitting, fusarium or mouldy grains. Generally, the crop is big and bold.” Jonathan Hoyland, barley trader at Frontier, says malting barley premiums are between £25 and £40/ tonne depending on quality. “Premiums are pretty strong. We are seeing higher prices for distilling grain barley, which are mostly due to lower yields, but some are due to higher N barleys.”

ADRIAN Dyter expects exports to remain at a similar level to last year of about 300,000 tonnes but says, assuming demand remains stable in the UK malting industry and spring barley production is lower, N specifications with a slightly wider range may be accepted than for last year’s crop. According to Jonathan Hoyland, Northern European malting barley has seen high Ns and low yields so there is good demand for UK exports of the crop.

Premium He says: “We may see a slightly higher level of exports compared with last year. Last year the premium shrunk a lot after Christmas. The Danes and French had good quality crops and the Danes came later into the market to sell, which drove the premium down to not a lot. “They do not have that quality this year so the premium will last longer. But there is uncertainty around Brexit so we need to complete the export campaign by the end of March rather than April, May or June. We have a chance of exporting more malting barley, but it is a smaller window.” OCTOBER 19 2018 | 27

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A passion for growing the highest quality root crops keeps one of the country’s biggest producers ahead of the game. Chloe Palmer finds out more.

Producing high quality crops in a challenging year year for carrots and parsnips and we have to buy large quantities of straw to cover the carrots we will harvest over winter.” The arable enterprise, although extending across 400ha, is more of a means to an end, according to Mr Coles.

Volume “We are growing the arable crops for the straw, so we are looking for a good length and volume of straw to achieve maximum bales to the acre. “Our soil types vary considerably across the farms from mainly sandy soils around Shenstone to some peaty other loamy soils. So we grow a

number of varieties depending on the soil type, including Skyfall, Trinity, Orwell and Siskin wheat and Irina malting barley. “There is inevitably a large amount of machinery passing through the carrot and parsnip crops but there are also significant additions of organic matter from the green manure from crops and from imported green waste. For the first two years after root crops we carry out minimum tillage but all soils are then ploughed every three years.” As for many cereal growers, blackgrass is an issue but for R. and R.W. Bartlett, the problem is two-fold.

“We obviously do not want blackgrass in our cereal crop but we also have to ensure no black-grass is introduced to rented land when we straw carrots. For this reason, we always insist local landowners supply their own straw to us. “I am constantly inspecting the fields looking for black-grass and will inform any landowner where I see it.” Mr Coles freely admits the priority is always given to the root crops in the business as this is where the profit lies. So while the cereals are expected to yield well, the major investment centres on carrots and parsnips. “All the machinery for carrots

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his year’s drought has been punishing for every sector in agriculture but for those producing crops with the highest water demand, it has been particularly challenging. For R. and R.W. Bartlett, one of the Midlands’ largest root crop producers, the irrigators have been applying water around the clock to keep the business’ major supermarket customers supplied with carrots and parsnips. A two-month rainfall deficit in excess of 100mm in the peak growing season has made supplying enough water to crops almost impossible. Chris Coles, farm manager at the company, says although it has been the hardest year in his career, it has also been one of the most rewarding. “We had the wettest spring I can remember followed by the drought and every stage of crop growth has been exceptionally difficult. But we have managed to continue to produce the highest quality crops and get our product out there and this has been very satisfying.” Mr Coles manages 405 hectares of root crops and the same acreage of arable cropping for Bartlett, which comprises two owned farms and three tenanted farms. Within this area, the company also negotiates land swaps to enable it to grow the carrots and parsnips on the required one year in seven rotation. “We have excellent working relationships with the other farms in the area and there is a real sense of community. This is essential as we need to rent almost 162ha each

ARABLE Chris Coles says parsnips and carrots are only ever drilled when conditions are at their best.


Farm facts

and parsnips is very specialised as it is such a small sector. We usually buy a potato harvester and then have it modified for our crops. We also make a large number of our own parts for machinery as they are so difficult and expensive to get hold of.” A similar difficulty arises with chemicals for use on carrots and parsnips as it is often no longer financially viable for manufacturers to re-register individual chemicals for specific root crops due to the limited market size.

Armoury “In every year which goes by we lose another chemical and our armoury is reducing all the time. We are always trying to figure out how to manage a weed or pest because we have just lost the means to do it. “This year has been particularly difficult because it has been so dry. It has affected the efficacy of the chemicals as they need moisture to be effective. Weeds, such as mayweed and redshank,

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Every phase in the establishment process is done sequentially in a single day CHRIS COLES which would not normally cause us a problem are everywhere this season,” Mr Coles says. He is looking at other methods of weed control such as inter-row, camera-guided hoe systems and Microband sprayers to help ‘knock out weeds’ and he says embracing such technology is key. One blessing of the very dry weather has been the reduced disease pressure and numbers of most crop pests have also been lower. “We monitor pest numbers

carefully so we will have carrot fly traps set up across the fields to measure when populations reach the threshold level as we only spray when we have to. “We have in-field weather stations across our farms and we monitor every aspect of the weather – wind speed, rainfall, temperature. Every aspect of the climate will influence the scale and type of pest and disease problem.”

Conditions Ensuring the parsnips and carrots are drilled with utmost care and when conditions are optimum is nevertheless the most critical stage of the growing process. “The most important day in the year is when we drill because the crop will be in the ground for nine months. We spend an inordinate amount of time in the field to get the drilling absolutely right and it is time well spent. “We never miss a window of opportunity and, if the conditions are right, we will always go in

n R. and R.W. Bartlett is based at Shenstone Park Farm, Lichfield, Staffordshire, and the business operates over two owned farms and a further three tenanted farms across Staffordshire and Shropshire n The farming business is now in its sixth generation and the family has been farming at Shenstone Park since the 1800s n The company farms 810 hectares and half of this is used to grow carrots and parsnips, with the remaining area growing winter wheat and spring barley n The company employs 30-40 full-time employees, most of whom are employed in the packhouse n Irrigation units supply up to 74mm per hectare per week to the root crops throughout the growing season and water is supplied from boreholes, reservoirs and rivers n All produce is Leaf Marque accredited and an Integrated Farm Management system ensures environmental issues are addressed at every level throughout the farming operation

there and drill. Every phase in the establishment process is done sequentially in a single day, so we will have up to 15 machines in one field subsoiling, discing, harrowing, destoning, bed forming, shaping and then drilling.” All carrots and parsnips are drilled from January or February through to May or June depending on weather conditions. Factors such as seed spacings, crop variety choice and whether or not the plants are covered will be varied OCTOBER 19 2018 | 29

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ARABLE across the cropped area to determine when the carrots and parsnips are ready for harvest to provide a year-round supply. From mid-October onwards and once the carrots are mature, they will be covered with a layer of 20-25cm of straw as this induces dormancy, so the carrots can stay in the ground until they are lifted later in winter. “Strawed carrots are double the price of those which are not because of the volume and cost of the straw we use. After the carrots are lifted we spade straw in to allow for incorporation before we hand the land back.” All the operations are overseen by Mr Coles who, like many in his team, works long hours but never loses an eye for detail.

Skills “We employ the best people we can but finding the right employees with the level of professional skills is a real issue as there are not enough knowledgeable people out there. It is not possible for the universities to teach people the specialist skills they need to grow these crops,” he says. Roy Bartlett founded the company 35 years ago and he is

Parsnips are cleaned and packaged on site.

still actively involved and a very important member of the team. “Mr Bartlett is now 83 but he is the most clued-up person I know and he is an inspiration to everyone in the company. He drives around the farms every day and he does not miss a thing.” This passion and commitment to the business seems to be a theme throughout the team and Mr Coles believes it is one of the reasons why it has been so successful. “Every year the business is

developing and we are investing wherever we can, especially in technology where this can reduce our reliance on manpower. The more we can expand, the more volume we can produce and this allows us to spread our machinery costs over a larger acreage.” When it comes to selling produce, Mr Coles says the business is careful not to rely on any one contract, preferring to supply a number of outlets at home as well as exporting around the world.

“We have some really good working relationships with every supermarket to ensure they always receive the best product from us. We also export to the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, France and as far afield as Vancouver, Canada, where we ship by boat and train. “Mr Bartlett runs a separate vegetable wholesale traders business so we know we have grown the best carrots and parsnips when he is willing to buy our own produce,” Mr Coles adds.

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Edited by Angela Calvert – 07768 796 492 – Second highest price, a ram lamb, from J. Wight and Sons, Biggar, which sold for 5,500gns to Ashley Caton, Skipton.


Top price, a ram lamb, from J.W. Smith-Jackson, which sold for 9,000gns, going in half shares to Alec Brown, Macqueston, and Jamie Pirie, Blarnavaid.

Demand for quality as Bluefaced Leicesters reach 9,000gns peak r290 ram lambs

2017 for 1,400gns, it was out of a ewe by an Ashes ram which was bought from the Shielsknowe dispersal sale. It was knocked down to the Middle Dukesfield flock, Hexham. Its twin, from the same home, followed with the next highest price of 3,000gns. This time it sold in half shares to M. Gray’s Morpeth-based Espley flock and the Kirkstead flock of A. McClymont, Selkirk. Realising 2,400gns was another ram lamb, this time from Scott and Claire Thomason’s Piel View flock, Barrow-in-Furness. The J9 Kirkstead-bred lamb is out of a home-bred

ewe by F9 Piel View and went home with Messes Currie, Ayrshire. Topping the females at 2,200gns was a traditional-type shearling ewe from Fraser Kennedy, Lockerbie. By J3 Mosser Mains ‘Jack the Lad’, it sold to Mike Anderson, Ballindalloch.

Swaledale ewe lambs lead at Hawes

Builth Wells sees Beulah Speckled Face to 11,300gns

average £843.52

AT Carlisle’s show and sale of Bluefaced Leicesters, 1,227 lots went under the hammer, with crossing-types taking the lead at 9,000gns. Consigned by J.W. Smith-Jackson, Haltwhistle, the ram lamb by G6 Midlock is out of a gimmer hogg by Bailey Mill J1. It sold in half shares to Alec Brown, Macqueston, and Jamie Pirie, Blarnavaid. Following this at 5,500gns was a ram lamb from J. Wight and Sons,

THE sale of Swaledale shearling ewes and ewe lambs at Hawes topped at £128/head for the first-prized pen of ewe lambs from J.R. Rukin, Richmond. Pens from R. Marwood and Son followed at £124 and £120/head. The third-prized pen realised £111/head, consigned by M. Ewbank, Harrogate.

Biggar. By J6 Hewgill, it is out of a Mustang-bred ewe and caught the eye of Ashley Caton, Skipton. Next, at 5,000gns, was another ram lamb, this time from Martin Allan’s Appleby-based Greenhow flock. The lamb, by a Riddings ram, which Mr Allan bought for £23,000 at Hawes last year, and its full brother, also sold for £8,000. It went home with Ron and Fran Wilson, Cumbria. Traditional-type rams topped at 3,900gns. This was for a ram lamb from the Bishop Auckland-based Ashes flock of Frank Johnson. By a Burndale ram bought at Carlisle in

The second-prized pen sold for £102/head, from P. Hallam, Glossop, who also sold pens for £108 and £90/head. Shearling ewes topped at £118/head for the third-prized pen consigned by D.M. Iveson, Askrigg. The second-prized pen from G. Calvert and Sons, Richmond, made

£112/head, and the winning pen reached £110/head from Mr Hallam. AVERAGES 891 shearling ewes, £68.26; 3,398 ewe lambs, £54.08. Auctioneers: Hawes Farmers Auction Mart Co.

AVERAGES Crossing type, 290 ram lambs, £843.52; 151 shearling rams, £649.60; 27 females, £333.33; traditional type, 200 ram lambs, £445.90; 41 aged/shearling rams, £485.37; 63 females, £374.44. Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.

THE show and sale of Eppynt Hill and Beulah Speckled Face rams at Builth Wells saw 254 lots sold, topping at 11,300gns. This was for a yearling ram consigned by T.G.P. Samuel and Co, Tynymaes. It was knocked down to R.T. Jones and Co, Corrin.


Top price pen of Swaledale ewe lambs from J.R. Rukin, Richmond, which sold for £128/head.

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Following this, at 8,750gns, was the pre-sale show champion, another yearling, this time from D.E. and G. Davies and Son, Llwynpiod. It went home with T. Davies and Co, Llwyn Cadwgan. D.E. and G. Davies and Son also bought a ram for 7,800gns from Messrs Jones. AVERAGES 254 rams, £615. Auctioneers: Brightwells. OCTOBER 19 2018 | 31

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Hewgill BFLs sweep the board rShearling rams

Top price and pre-sale show champion, a shearling ram, from Messrs Lord, Kirkby Stephen, which sold for £16,500 in half shares to A. and K. Nicholson and J.R. Ireland and Sons, both Cockermouth.

average £2,603.83 TAKING the top spot at the show and sale of Bluefaced Leicesters at Penrith was the pre-sale show champion, which was knocked down at £16,500. This was a shearling ram by a Marrifirth ram and out of a home-bred Hewgill ewe. It was consigned by Messrs Lord, Kirkby Stephen. It was sold in half shares to A. and K. Nicholson, Cockermouth, and J.R. Ireland and Sons, Frizington, Cockermouth. Messrs Lord also sold further shearling rams for £5,000, £4,500 and £1,300, and the first and third placed

ram lambs, which reached £2,200 and £1,000, respectively. A.R. Edmondson, Ulverston, took the top two places in the aged ram class and sold them for £1,800 and £700. This was followed by S. and W. Maughan, Ainstable, who sold their third-prized aged ram for £500. Females topped at £360 for the female champion, a ewe lamb, again from Messrs Lord. AVERAGES Ram lambs, £504; shearling rams, £2,603.83. Auctioneers: Penrith and District Farmers Mart.

Blondes sell Derbyshire Gritstone records smashed to 4,000gns at Worcester THE British Blonde Cattle Society’s sale at Worcester featured dispersals from the Blackwater herd of Ian Calderbank, Maldon, Essex, and the Hackleton herd for Hackleton Farms, Northampton, and culminated in a top price of 4,000gns. This was for Blackwater Lettilly, a four-year-old daughter of imported bull Anis, out of Blackwater Etilly, with its bull calf by Aramis. The buyer was C.W. Shenton, Cheshire, who also bought Blackwater Laresa, another four-yearold with bull calf, for 2,100gns. The dam of the sale leader, 10-year-old Blackwater Etilly, sold at 3,450gns with bull calf, to M. Reynolds, Chesham, Bucks.

Hackleton The Hackleton dispersal peaked at 2,400gns for Hackleton Latte, a four-year-old daughter of Hackleton Vixen, which was twice national breed champion and twice inter-breed champion at the Royal Three Counties Show. It sold suckling a heifer calf to T. Atkinson, Ulverston, Cumbria. A maiden heifer by Budore Utah sold to G.E. Jones, Ellesmere, Shropshire, for 1,900gns. AVERAGES 10 Blackwater females, £2,329.95; 3 Blackwater bulls, £1,337; 5 Hackleton females, £1,995. Auctioneers: McCartneys. 32 | OCTOBER 19 2018

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A NEW breed record for a Derbyshire Gritstone shearling ram was set at Clitheroe for an entry from the Kempson Brothers, Waterfoot, selling to R. Evans, Wesington, for 4,500gns. A new ram lamb record of 2,800gns was also set when the first prize winner and reserve champion from M. and M. Tattersall, Lumb, Rossendale, sold to the same buyer. The first prize aged ram for D. Eggleton, Meltham, made 3,400gns to S.R. Barratt, High Peak, with the first prize and champion ram from P.D. Read, Todmorden, selling for 1,900gns to A.S. and E.L. Heathcoat, Macclesfield. The champion pen of six shearling ewes from Susan Field, Burnley, sold for a breed record of £450/head to D. Bath, Blackbrook. AVERAGES 78 gimmer shearlings, £252.33; 70 gimmer lambs, £100.10; 18 aged rams, £476.58; 75 shearling rams, £612.36; 29 ram lambs, £383.97. Auctioneers: Clitheroe Auction Mart.

There was a good turnout of keen buyers at Clitheroe Auction Mart.

Ewe lamb leads Foulrice sale at 2,650gns THE highlight of the Marwood family’s celebration sale of 70 females from the Foulrice Charollais flock, near York, was a top call of 2,650gns for a ewe lamb. Top price, by high index ram Hyde Radio5Live, out of a Lowerye Neil’s Favourite-sired ewe, sold with a top muscle estimated breeding value of 6.96 and index of 409.36, to the Dalby and Hyde flocks of Charles and Helen Sercombe, Melton Mowbray, and Stuart Dunkley, Northampton.

The Sercombes went to 750gns to secure another ewe lamb by Dalby Sherman, out of a Mount Aloe ewe, which had an index of 414 and was in the top 5 per cent for eye muscle.

Shearling Making 1,700gns was a gimmer shearling, Foulrice Stellar, by Foulrice Osprey, out of a Neils Favourite ewe, with an index of 432, which had been inter-breed winner at Kilnsey Show. It sold carrying triplets to

David Roberts’ Boyo flock, Shrewsbury. The 88 females sold on behalf of the British Charollais Sheep Society’s northern region topped at 600gns for a ewe lamb from David Dennis, who runs the Silton flock at Over Silton, Thirsk. AVERAGES Foulrice flock: shearling ewes, £565.07; ewe lambs, £564.61; Northern region sale: Females, £565. Auctioneers: CCM.

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Judge Kevin Sparke (left) and auctioneer Chris Armstrong judging.

Hexham Limousins meet demand

rHeifer tops sale

prices at £1,385

ENTRIES at the Farmers Guardian-supported show and sale of Limousin cross store cattle and suckler-bred calves at Hexham were up slightly on the year at 972-head, peaking at £1,385 for a heifer from father and son team R. and C. Thornton, Cornhills.

Record store cattle price A RECORD price of £1,745 was paid at the 54th annual FUW sale of store cattle at Llanrwst for a 24-month-old Limousin bullock, owned by Carwyn Roberts, Tyddyn Coed, Llanbedr, Conwy. It was bought by S. Prime, Derbyshire, supplier of cattle to Owen Taylor and Sons, butchers. Carwyn‘s family, J. Roberts and Sons, also sold a pair of 24-monthold Limousin bullocks at £1,600/ head also to the same buyer. An entry of 154 heifers topped at £1,245 for a Charolais selling from G. Jones, Nebo, Llanrwst. At the previous store cattle sale the 164 heifers topped at £1,300 for S. Roberts, Tyddyn Hen, Llanrwst, and the 324 steers sold to £1,300 for a Limousin shown by G.J. Thomas, Cae Haidd, Nebo. Auctioneers: J. Bradburne Price and Co.

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Reserve champion, a heifer from Tom and Blair Cockburn, Kingside, which sold for £1,300.

Next, at £1,340, was the champion pen of four steers, tapped out by judge and local farmer Kevin Sparke, Colwell, and also taken by the father and son team for a third year running.

Store section Leading the store section at £1,350 was a 28-month-old cross-bred heifer from K.M.C.C. Livestock, Farnamullen, followed at £1,335 for a 20-month-old bullock from Messrs Carr, Highwood. At £1,325 was a bullock from Hexham-based father and daughter team of Gemma and Graham Common, Low Ardley, with a heifer

Limousin cross steers going through the ring at Hexham.

from the same home selling for £1,310 next. Selling for £1,300 was the reserve champion heifer, a red roan Peebleshire-bred calf from brothers Tom and Blair Cockburn, Kingside. At £1,290 were a run of heifers

from Messrs Reed, Westgate, followed at £1,230 for a consignment of steers from the same home. AVERAGES 972-head, £1,025. Auctioneers: Hexham and Northern Marts.

Beeston mid-month peaks at £2,220 BIDS peaked at £2,220 at Beeston’s mid-month sale of pedigree and commercial dairy cattle. This was for Diland McCutcheon Bibby, an August-calved heifer currently giving 34kg daily. It was consigned by D. and A. Shakeshaft, Ellesmere. Making the same money was Highhopes Redwood Elle, from J. and J.M. Walmsley, Preston. The heifer, by Cedarwal Redwood, calved in September and is currently giving 36kg daily. An unregistered heifer from G. Thompson and Sons, Bishop Auck-

land, was next, realising £2,100. It calved in early September and is currently yielding 32kg daily.

Same money Again, at the same money was Balcurvie Flame Toya, a heifer by Vieuxsale Flame, giving 30kg daily. It was consigned by Balcurvie Holsteins, Fife. In-calf heifers peaked at £1,470 for a Gerwyn daughter from David Ishmael, Wigan. It sold in-calf to Rooster Red. A maiden heifer by Flame saw a

top price of £790 from J.V. Allan, Tutbury. Yearlings from Roger Pye, Preston, sold to £740 and G.A. and H. Vicary and Son, Kent, sold 13-month-old heifers to £720. AVERAGES 8 commercial cows, £1,261; 9 pedigree cows, £1,725; 36 commercial heifers, £1,406; 71 pedigree heifers, £1,667; 36 in-calf and served heifers, £1,086; 55 maiden heifers, £539; 1 Simmental bull, £1,900. Auctioneers: Wright Marshall. OCTOBER 19 2018 | 33

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SALES THE Swaledale Sheep Breeders Association D District ram sale at St John’s Chapel, Co Durham, peaked at £8,000 for Harwood A Harrison 2 from M.J. Lee, Harwood Shield, which was also one of the first prizewinning group of three. Buyers were N., J. and S. Taylor, Sheffield, who also paid £5,000 for the overall champion, Harwood A Harrison 3, from the same vendor. Reserve champion, Bents Cracker, from D. Humble, Burtree, sold to N. and P. Rutherford, Riggside, for £2,500. AVERAGES 275 shearlings, £690.15; 6 aged rams, £195. Auctioneers: Barnard Castle and Teesdale Farmers Auction Mart.


Swaledale rams in demand

HISTORIC SALE AUCTIONEER Keith Miller was selling at England’s oldest sheep fair. Close to 1,000 sheep were up for sale at the 780th Corby Glen Sheep Fair, Lincolnshire. Store lambs averaged £59.73 selling to a high of £73.50 for continentals, while breeding females topped at £145/head for Suffolk cross Halfbred, theaves to average £98.42, with rams peaking at £380gns for a Suffolk shearling. Auctioneers: Newark Livestock sales.

Skipton sheepdogs reach 7,000gns rRegistered bitches

sell to average £2,478 AT Skipton’s sale of sheepdogs, bids peaked at 7,000gns for a Scottish-bred dog Torr, consigned by Daniel McAllister, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland. The 13-month-old dog by Tweedale Buzz, bred by Alan Frame, Hamilton, was bought by Mr McAllister last October. This

time it sold to Ian Fleming, Lanark, who intends to trial it and work it with his 3,000 Scottish Blackface sheep.

Breeder Next, at 4,600gns, was 16-monthold bitch Glan y Gors Erin, from Brian White and Aoife Smith, Co Dublin. The black and white bitch was bought from Welsh breeder Ian Carroll, out of his bitch Nell and by Sid,

Daniel McAllister, Co Antrim, and his 7,000gns top price dog, Torr.

bred by James McGee, Ballybofey. It was knocked down to Nigel Watkins, Llanoldewsant. At 4,500gns was 16-month-old tri-coloured dog Duke, from Kieron McFadden, Co Donegal. Out of Mr McFadden’s trial-winning bitch Nell and by Sweep, a trial-

winning dog from James McCloskey, it sold to Ian Lockhart, Ayrshire. AVERAGES: 27 registered dogs, £2,443; 21 registered bitches, £2,478; 4 unregistered dogs, £1,614; 1 unregistered bitch, £2,730. Auctioneers: CCM.

Rough Fells top 5,000gns

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THE sale of rams on behalf of the Rough Fell Sheep Breeders’ Association at J36 topped at 5,000gns for shearling Catholes Bonny, from M.J. and J.D. Handley, Sedbergh, which was bought by S. and W. Dickinson, Tebay. This was followed by Catholes Beast from the same home, selling at 4,800gns to M.P. and A. Capstick, Kirkby Stephen, and Catholes Bullet selling for 4,000gns to Kieran Milburn, Sedbergh. Also making 4,000gns was High Cark Bonsai, from I.J. and M. Mallinson, Selside, bought by T.D., M.E. and G.E. Todd, Sedbergh. The championship was awarded

to shearling ram Brownber Bullet Proof, from Messrs Capstick, which later sold for 1,800gns to A. and H. Watson, Kirkby Lonsdale.

Breed record A new senior ram breed record of 2,200gns was set for RF 2967 Galloper Park, the first-placed aged ram from Messrs Capstick, bought by A.J and C.M. Harrison, Kentmere. Ram lambs sold to 350gns from I.K. and A.M. Grisedale, Crooklands. AVERAGES Shearling rams, £487, ram lambs, £205; aged rams, £385. Auctioneers: North West Auctions.

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Aberdeen-Angus lead Wooler rChampion pen of

Charolais to £1,210/head THE Farmers Guardian-supported autumn show and sale of suckled calves at Wooler was led at £1,250/head for a pen of Aberdeen-Angus steers from R.J. Bradbury, Lowick, Berwick-upon-Tweed. At £1,220/head was another Aberdeen-Angus pen, consigned this time by I. Brown, Alnwick, Northumberland, followed by four more pens of the same breed selling for £1,200, £1,190, £1,180 and £1,175 for Mr Bradbury. At £1,210/head was the champion pen of Charolais steers from B. Telford, Fawdon Farms, Alnwick. Three more pens sold at £1,160/ head, the first for Mr Bradbury followed by another pen of Aberdeen-Angus for Mr Brown and a pen of Charolais for Mr Telford to the same money.

Aberdeen-Angus, from I. Brown, Alnwick, Northumberland, which sold for £1,220/head.

Limousin heifer Selling for £1,120 was the champion Limousin heifer from H.N. Howard and Son, Alnwick. Top price per kilo at 266.4p went to S. Shell and Sons, Brandon, for a pen of Limousin cross heifers. At 257p/kg was another pen of Limousin heifers, consigned by Mr Telford. AVERAGES Steers, £1,010 (+£28) and 217.65p/ kg (+4p); heifers, £887 (-£15) and 210.41p/kg (-4p). Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.

Wooler’s show and sale of suckled calves topped at £1,250/head.

Champion Limousin, a heifer from H.N. Howard and Son, Alnwick.

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Cattle auctioneer Tom Story.

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Bakewell Market Results Monday 15th October 2018

Store Sheep Friday 26th October, 10.30am

990 Cattle, 1,870 Sheep

675 Store & Breeding Cattle: Strs to £1,240 Hfrs to £1,185. Cow & Calf Outfits, £1,680 92 Finished Cattle to 244p & £1,435 102 OTM Cattle & Feeding Cows to 182p & £1,178 Overall average 107.5p 111 Calves: Bulls to £392, Hfrs to £268 1,336 Lambs to 210p/kg & £96.96 SQQ average 162.81p, overall 161.6p 608 Cull Sheep , Ewes to £132, Overall average £48.60

See the full report on Marketing advice or any questions call Alastair on 07973 982441, Ivor on 07977 449126 Oliver on 07801 530899, Peter on 07973 982443

5775 Entered 4926 Lambs, 812 Breeding Sheep & 37 Rams

Forthcoming Store Sheep Sales Friday 9th November HPLS Store Sheep Entries Close: 25th October Friday 23rd November Store Sheep Entries Close: 8th November

On Instructions From the Exors of the Late David Twigg Genuine Suckler Cow & Calf Dispersal Thursday 25th October 2018, 11:30am Bakewell Livestock Centre Bakewell, DE45 1AH

Bakewell Market Store Cattle Section Every Monday, 11am For the latest information and a copy of the "Early Warning List" please check our website and facebook page. Full details of the coming Mondays entries are available on a Friday afternoon. Already entered for Monday 22nd October 160 + Store Cattle, Continental & Named Sire Hereford and Aberdeen Angus, to include: 1 Sim Cow & Char Calf at foot 10 Ped Lim Hfrs, 6 Pure Lim Strs To book in for any Monday sale call 01629 812777 by 12 noon the Friday before.

Forthcoming Fixture HPLS Beef Breeding Sale - Open Friday 16th November

Entries Close: 2nd November

Bakewell Market Thursday Lunchtime Sheep Sale Sale for all types of sheep Delivery & Weighing from 9am & Sale at 12 Noon Don’t forget Bakewell is GREEN EVERY WEEK Ashbourne Bakewell Derby



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MONDAY 22ND OCTOBER GREAT ANNUAL SHOW AND SALE OF SUCKLED CALVES FROM LOCAL DALES AND VALLEYS 10am - 100 plus Cast Cattle & OTM 11am approx 150 Young Bulls followed by 800 Suckled Calves and Store Cattle An exceptional show of Suckled Calves are presented annually at this sale, many calves have gone forward and won titles at national shows such as Great Yorkshire, Royal Highland and many more. THURSDAY 25TH OCTOBER - PRIME STOCK SALE 9.15am: Prime Pigs 9.30am: 130 plus Prime Bulls, 10.30am: 130 plus Prime Steers & Heifers 12.30pm: 2000 plus Spring Lambs 3.30pm: 1000 plus Cast Sheep TUESDAY 23RD OCTOBER - THIRD SALE OF 3000 GIMMER LAMBS, SHEARLINGS, BREEDING SHEEP & STORE LAMBS TUESDAY 30TH OCTOBER - FOURTH SALE OF 100 BREEDING RAMS & RAM LAMBS To receive a Store Catalogues and Newsletters by a Thursday email or Contacts office 01325 464529 Auctioneers Andrew Armstrong 07766 914075, Scott Ferrie 07557 260653 Tracey Gilhespy 07867 974688, Stephen Dodsworth 07778737431

160 Limousin Cattle 74 Limousin Cows & Calves at Foot Together with 10 Wellbred Limousin incalf Heifers

2 Pedigree Limousin Stock Bulls Threaphurst Felix & Fieldsen Crispy "This is an excellent opportunity to purchase well-bred hardy stock from a High Peak District Farm"

Dispersal Sales Friday 9th November 2018, 10:30am Scarsdale House Farm Loscoe, Derby, DE75 7RX 3 Tractors Trailers, Vacuum Tanker, Mobile Roller Mill Grassland Machinery, Livestock Equipment, Sundries & Effects Catalogues Available From The Uttoxeter Office 01538 398466 01785 716600 01889 562811


TUESDAY 23RD OCTOBER Sale of 40 OTM Cattle, followed by sale of 60 BREEDING CATTLE To include Dispersal of Suckler Herd on behalf of A Guy, Nova Scotia (see website for details/photos) In conjunction with sale of 50 Feeding/Suckler Bulls, 120 Store Cattle & PRIZE SHOW & SALE OF 200 SUCKLED CALVES (many with show potential) Sale at 10am Tel: Auctioneer Libby Bell 07818435728

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Market Results 95 Dairies, Heifers to £1920, Cull Cows 150p/kg - £975 Clean 189p/kg to £1246.70, Pigs 146p/kg - £166.42, Calves BB Bull to £445, Lambs £192p/kg - £92.96 NEXT RED MARKET – Thursday 25th October at 4pm

Store Cattle Sales 500 STORE CATTLE SATURDAY 27TH OCTOBER 2018 – Entries Invited

Store Sheep Sales 11636 STORE LAMBS & BREEDING SHEEP 8900 Store Lambs – 10am Start, 2736 Breeding Sheep – 1pm Start

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Ideal weights for the market Excellent growth rates, fast finishing

THIS SATURDAY 20TH OCTOBER 2018 Next Sale Saturday 3rd November – Entries Invited

Consistent top carcase grades


High maternal traits, low heifer replacement costs

Incl Show & Sale of Blue Face Leicesters


20th October 2018

Autumn Show & Sale Judging 11am Friday 19th Oct Sale of 221 Bulls 10.30am Saturday 20th Oct H&H 01228 406230

450 RAMS SATURDAY 27TH OCTOBER – Entries Close 20th October Fat/Barrens: Graham Watkins & 07976 370894 Dairies: Meg Elliott & 07967 007049 Stores: Mark Elliott & 07973 673092 Sheep: Robert Watkins & 07929 946652


22nd October 2018

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750 HEIFERS – 10.30 am Majority Continental Sired Suckler Bred. 2018 Born 2017 Av Weights: Strs: 295kgs; Hfrs: 280 kgs Show Class each day

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Beeston Castle Auction 01829 262100 THURSDAY 25th OCTOBER (Following the Month End Sale) The First Sale to Disperse the Entire


“Celebrating 50 years of Breeding”

First Sale to Disperse the Entire Commercial Herd of Holstein Friesians on behalf of JA & CJ Sherwin, Dairy House Farm, Sproston, Holmes Chapel, Cheshire and removed to Beeston Castle Auction for Sale convenience and comprising some 170 cows and heifers in-milk. This is a great herd of dairy cattle which feature animals displaying width and strength, well attached udders, legs and feet, the ideal type for commercial milk production. The herd follows a year round calving pattern, continually running with three Beef Stock Bulls. 61 sell fresh since July, with a further 30 due to calve before Christmas. They are both youthful in appearance and age, but perhaps most appealing is the herds ability to produce large volumes of milk on a relatively simple system, with over 70 head yielding between 32 and 60 kg daily. Fed on a Semi-TMR diet based on grass silage (no maize), brewers grains and molasses, topped up with concentrates in the parlour. Grazed during the summer, cubicle housed in winter. 2x milking. Herd average from milk sold 9029 kg 3.64% 3.29% CC 194. Vacc. IBR. Johnes screened. PMT 18th Sept. 2018. This is good herd of naturally productive cattle. For further details call Simon Lamb 07815 188125

HAWKSMOOR herd (180 head)

The property of RJ Clare & Partners and removed from Hawksmoor Farm, Adderley, Market Drayton, Shropshire to Beeston Castle Auction and comprising 128 Cows and Milking Heifers, 1 Bull and 51 Heifer Calves. This is a quite exceptional catalogue of wonderful cows from Holstein UK’s Reserve Premier Herd for 2017, Shropshire’s Herds Competition winners 2011 to 2018 and Regional Winners in 2016 and 2017; but make no mistake there is SOMETHING FOR EVERYONE. From a commercial aspect the herd calves all year round, with this sale featuring all animals fresh since June. The outstanding conformation cannot be underestimated with 73% classified in the top two grades, 28(EX), 56(VG), made more impressive when over 90 are milking with just their 1st, 2nd or 3rd lactations, including 28 milking heifers. All are homebred and nearly all by top proven sires such as Mincio, Wyman, Million, Captain, Alexander, Seaver, McCutchen and Dreamer with the calves by bulls such as Calumet, Numero Uno, Dewars and Lineman., Excellent commercial management – fed Semi TMR with cows grazing in summer. Cubicles. 2x Milking. Herd average 9997kg 3.95% 3.29% CC 86 CI 396. Vacc BVD/Lepto/IBR Johnes Monitored. TB 6mo. PMT 31st August. For more information call Simon Lamb on 07815 188125. (Guest Auctioneer – Glyn Lucas)




This Sale includes 11 Fresh Cows and Heifers from J C Hayward, Newark (Dispersal); 5 Ped. Heifers bred between 4 & 14 gens and 3 Embryos by Crushtime x Snow Rae (EX94-2E) 3rd gen EX94 from STERNDALE – WJ Nadin & Co, Buxton; 3 Ped. Cows & Heifers from F & SG Sanderson, Preston (Dispersal). Also 1 Pedigree Hereford Bull from AD Speed, Alsager. 34 SHORTHORNS to include: 8 Cows & 10 Heifers from HOOTON (Dispersal); 4 Fresh Cows & Heifers from STRICKLEY; 4 Fresh Heifers & 6 In-calf Heifers from DRISGOL; 1 Fresh Heifer & 1 In-calf Heifer from COTONHALL.


THURSDAY 25TH OCTOBER - Commencing at 5.00 pm Several entries already received. More entries for cataloguing please to:



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SATURDAY 27th OCTOBER - 10.30 AM SIDEBOTTOM FARM, COTEBROOK, TARPORLEY, CHESHIRE, CW6 0JL Comprising: 1992 MF362 fitted with MF875 F. Loader, 1977 MF307 Combine, 1962 FORDSON DEXTA (Spares & Repairs), Bale Trailer, Tipping Trailer, KIDD Rotaspreader, MF124 Baler, 1988 BAMFORD 1650 2 Drum Mower, MF160 3 F. Rev. Plough, 1970 ROVER Mark Π V8 3500 Automatic (For Restoration). Selection of Vintage Implements, 4 x 15 foot Cattle Feed Barriers with Troughs, Sandstone Gate Posts, Assorted Tools & Effects, Vintage Sundries, Household Effects. On Behalf of Executors of J.D. Davies deceased. Enquiries to 01829 262 100. No VAT but 10% Premium.


BANK FARM, TIVERTON, TARPORLEY, CW6 9NA Approx 60 Acres – Fenced Available 12th Nov 2018 – 28th Feb 2019. Available by Informal Tender by 4th November 2018 at 12 Noon Enquiries to A.K. Wallace or Jean on 01829 262132


BEECH TREE FARM, POOLE HILL ROAD, POOLE, NANTWICH, CW5 6AH A 6½ acre smallholding with 2 Static Caravans, 2 Polytunnels, Stock Shed, and Grassland, Guide Price: Lot 1 - 3½ Acres – £80,000 to £100,000 Lot 2 – 3 Acres - £40,000 to £50,000 For Sale by Informal Tender, as a whole or in 2 lots Written Tenders to Beeston Castle Auction by Thursday 15th November 2018 at 12 Noon All Enquiries on 01829 262132


For Grass or Arable Cropping Located at Alsager 150.62 Acres in 7 Lots available by Informal Tender NO POTATOES PERMITTED Written Tenders to A.K. Wallace at Beeston Castle Auction Office by Thursday 1st November at 12 Noon. Enquiries to 01829 262132

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Telephone: 01636 676741 FORTHCOMING SALES:

20th October 2018

Show and Sale of Bulls and Females on behalf of The Lincoln Red Cattle Society. No other Cattle this day.

27th October 2018

From CT Parson, Newark (TB1) 4 Feeding Cows - 3 x Pedigree Blue and 1 Pedigree Parthenaise Also 1 Blue X, 1st Calver with Limousin Heifer Calf at Foot (approx. 2 months) From Stainfield Farms, Lincoln (TB4) 14 Pure Hereford Heifers (18-20 Months) In Forward Condition, Ideal Heifers to Bull From Fristling Hall Farms, Essex (TB4) 100 Limousin, British Blue and Simmental Steers & Heifers (8-13 Months) All out of Quality Beef Suckler Cows 10 Limousin and Simmental Young Bulls (8-13 Months) 25 Beef Bred Feeding Cows, warranted empty

• Paul Gentry on 07801 032846 Young Bulls, Clean Cattle, OTMS, Store and Breeding Cattle • James Sealy on 07772 618315 for all classes of Sheep and Land Agency • Keith Miller on 07801 032847 for Rearing and Reared Calves, Pigs and all classes of Sheep • Rachel Gascoine on 07885 432939 • Office on 01636 676741


From Abi Sharpe, Essex (TB4)

10 Named Sired Aberdeen Angus Steers (8-12 Months) From Messrs KW & SM Catten, Norfolk (TB4) 8 Charolais Steers and Heifers (9-12 Months) Hi Health – Beef Bred and Smart 2 Charolais Feeding Cows 1 Pedigree Angus Young Bull (17 Months)

24th November 2018 WINTER WARMERS SALE OF PEDIGREE IN-LAMB FEMALES & DRY HOGGS To Include: Texels, Beltex, Blue Texels, Charollais, Suffolks and Others Aged Ewes and Theaves Entry forms Available from Market Office or Contact James Sealy 07772618315

Top Prices: Young Bulls to 233.5 - £1,817.31 Cull Cows to 193.5p - £1,494.68 Steers to 243.5p - £1,444.19 Heifers to 251.5p - £1,473.15 2,044 Sheep Sold This Week: Spring Lamb Average: 170.52p/kg Spring Lambs sold to 195p/kg or £95.00 Cull Ewes sold to £87.00 Cull Rams sold to £84.00


Staplegrove Livestock sold Young Bulls to £1,815.14 WS Layton & Son sold Limousin Young Bulls to 233.5p/kg GP Watson sold Limousin Cows to £1,494.68 James Burnett sold Limousin Cows to £1,477.31 T Holmes sold British Blue Cows to 182.5p/kg Gascoines Group sold Limousin OTM Heifers to 193.5p/kg GP Watson sold Limousin OTM Heifers to £1,435.77 Peter Dunn sold Blonde OTM Steers to £1,406.85 S Evans sold British Blue Steers to 243.5p/kg GR Fountaine sold Limousin Heifers to £1,473.15 JW Holmes & Son sold Limousin Heifers to 251.5p/kg M & G Chantrell and S Evans sold British Blue Heifers to 251.5p/kg N Saint sold Beltex Lambs to £95.00 DV Holland sold Texel Lambs to 195p/kg EA Ward sold Limousin Store Steers to £1,080.00 Barker & Borlase Ltd sold Incalf Simmental Heifers to £1,020.00 MW Thomas sold British Blue Store Heifers to £1,060.00

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Slaughter Only Markets Cattle, Sheep & Pigs, No TB Testing! No 6 Day Rule! Also selling finished Cattle weekly from Producers down with TB - Payment on the day!

TELEPHONE: 01278 410250. EMAIL: LIVESTOCK@GTH.NET SEDGEMOOR AUCTION CENTRE NORTH PETHERTON, SOMERSET, TA6 6DF (M5, J24) Tuesday 30th October at 11.00am The Dispersal Sale of the Milking Portion of the Spring Calving Herd being



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Comp: 281 Dairy Cows & Heifers Inmilk &/or Incalf I NMR HERD AV: 6,374 KGS. 4.12 %BF 3.50%P SCC=111 I LOW INPUT SYSTEM; MILK FROM FODDER I BREEDS: British Friesian, Brown Swiss, Holstein Friesian, Jersey, Montbeliarde, Norwegian Red & Swedish Red Crosses I HERRINGBONE Parlour; CUBICLE Housed; I YOUNG COWS: 165 1st – 3rd Lactation I SPRING CALVING: Feb (84); Mar (117); Apr (80) I SERVICES TO: Aberdeen Angus; Ayrshire; British Friesian; Holstein; Norwegian Red; Viking Red. For J M Stratton & Co. (Removed from Stockton Dairy, Warminster, Wiltshire)

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The Annual General Meeting will be held on

Friday 26 October at 5.00pm at the Doubletree by Hilton Queensferry Crossing Hotel, St Margaret's Head, North Queensferry Spaces still available for the Weekend full or part For more information on prices and times contact the office 015395 67973 October 19, 2018 |


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sale catalogues can be downloaded from the website Two day show and sale of


Friday 19th October 11.00am - Judging of all classes of bulls and championships Saturday 20th October 10.30am – Sale of 221 bulls Monday 22nd October

STORE LAMBS of all classes – 10.30am Followed by at approx 12.30pm


Also 200 BREEDING RAMS which Includes second sale for all classes of



Wednesday 24th October Show 10.00am Sale 11.00am On behalf of Border & Lakeland Holstein Club This months sale offers some of the best milking animals comprising 91 freshly calved cows & heifers, 1 in-calf heifer, 19 bulling & yearling heifers. A large percentage giving over 40kgs & includes a number of world class COW FAMILIES such as ELEGANCE, RICKI, ASSET, HONEY & PLEDGE. A special Brown Swiss in-Calf heifer, great granddaughter of the amazing SNICKERDOODLE, due November to Blooming sexed sells! Prefixes: Aytonian, Bankview, Belaw, Boclair, Chishillways, Dalserf, Drumtall, Dunnerdale, Espland, Errolston, Evening, Holmland, Keirmains, Kepculloch, Kirtlevale, Lillyhall, Littlebridge, Lowick, Newtonmoss, Newtonrigg, Parkend, Petteril, Roansbank, Stowbeck, Straidnahanna, Wormanby, Wyevalley


This sale of bulling heifers from the prize winning Espland herd is a tremendous opportunity for breeders and milk producers to buy the very best from one of Cumbria’s top Holstein herds. The herd is currently averaging 9862kg 4.00% 3.21% and was the winner of the Border & Lakeland Summer herd competition a few years ago. Some of the very best sires in the business have daughters selling in the unselected group and include Monument Impression, Amighetti Numero Uno, Gillette Caviar, Zelgadis, ViewHome Monterey, Sully Hart Meridian and STE Odile Mercure. The Espland herd is vaccinated for IBR, BVD and Lepto and is tested clear of Johnes and is currently in a four year TB testing area. The heifers were given Autoworm at turn out.



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120 BEEF BREEDING CATTLE Friday 26th October – 10.30am Beef breeding cows and heifers in calf or with calves also bulling heifers and 5 breeding bulls including dispersal sale of the Banks Pedigree Blonde & Commercial Blonde herd on behalf of Messrs Bradley, comprising: 24 pedigree breeding cattle & 2 pedigree stock bulls (2013 & 2015 born), also 27 Commercial Blonde cross breeding cattle. Health Status: From a 4 year TB testing area, BVD Accredited Free; Vacc for Lepto and from Johnes Risk level 1

20 PEDIGREE BLONDE CATTLE Friday 26th October Show 10.30am Sale 12.00 noon 14 bulls and 6 females

18 PEDIGREE HEREFORD CATTLE Friday 26th October Show 11.30am Sale 12.30pm 10 bulls and 8 females

STORE & BREEDING SHEEP Monday 28th October Also late season sale for BREEDING RAMS of all breeds

Second sale for spring born and hill bred


Wednesday 7th November Entries close Wednesday 31st October


Wednesday 14th November (please note change of date) On behalf of Border & Lakeland Holstein Club Entries close Wednesday 31st October Premier Society show and sale of

ZWARTBLES INLAMB FEMALES Friday 23rd November Entries close Friday 26th October

BROUGHTON MART Tel: 01229 716308 or 07786 458266 (m) Principal sale of 1500

STORE SHEEP & FEEDING EWES Tuesday 23rd October – 11.00am Sale for all classes of SHEEP Tuesday 6th November Entries close noon Monday 29th October

ST BOSWELLS MART Tel: 01835 822214 Sale of Multi-Breed spring born

800 SUCKLED CALVES Thursday 25th October – 11.00am


Thursday 1st November – 11.00am Show and sale of breeding heifers including sale of PEDIGREE LUING

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and SIM-LUING CATTLE On behalf of Luing Cattle Society Comprising 20 incalf Luing heifers, 19 Sim-Luing incalf heifers and 16 Sim-Luing bulling heifers

KIRKBY STEPHEN MART Tel: 01768 371385

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“Luke Fair” 643 Cattle 573 STORE CATTLE also 50-70 OTM Cattle


Monday 22nd October – 9.30am “Luke Fair” sale of

4,500 BREEDING SHEEP Saturday 27th October – 10.00am Swaledale and other breed ewes and gimmer lambs Second sale of Mule gimmer lambs and


200 RAMS of all breeds

MIDDLETON MART Tel: 01833 640281 Annual Special sale of BREEDING


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Tuesday 30th October Entries close 10am Monday 22nd October Sale includes

DISPERSAL SALE OF CATTLE followed by MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT On behalf of Messrs BL & J Meeson, Bowe Close Farm, Harwood Other inputs include items on behalf of the late Mr Frank Marshall’s Estate, Bunkers Hill, Romaldkirk

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Tuesday 23rd October – 10.30am Annual sale of incalf, bulling and maiden heifers consigned by noted breeders and well worthy of buyers attendance Annual sale of 300 Bluegrey, Galloway and Continental Cross


Wednesday 24th October - 10.30am

DISPERSAL SALES The First Sale to Disperse the Entire HAWKSMOOR herd (180 head) Thursday 25th October In conjunction with Wright Marshall at Beeston Castle Auction For more information call Simon Lamb on 07815 188125 or Glyn Lucas 07711 610255 See Wright Marshall advert for full details On Farm dispersal sale of the


of SUFFOLK SHEEP Saturday 27th October at Stockton Court, Stockton-on-Teme On behalf of WH Sinnett & Sons See separate advert in this issue for details

NEW SALE FIXTURES (within Borderway Mart) Monday 14th January ‘Blue & True’ Bluefaced Leicester Sale for all classes of females, also Dispersal Sale of the Rossiebank (MV Acc) flock on behalf of Mr R Neill, selling approx 100 head Monday 21st January ‘Crossing Type’ Bluefaced Leicester Sale for all classes of females.


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On behalf of M. & D. Read Friday 26 October 2018 at 10.30am At Little Aston Farm, Aston-by-Doxey, Stafford, ST18 9LJ 2 Tractors, 1 Loader, 4 Trailers & a Range of Livestock, Cultivation and Grassland Equipment viz. Tractors & Loader MF6470 (2005), MF3634 (2007) c/w. MF920 Loader, Schaffer 9330T Loader - Slewtic 7’6 Bucket, Slewtic Twin Bale Spike, 6’6 Bucket, Maileux Round Bale Squeeze. Trailers Bailey 2012 12T Grain Trailer, TA510 Ifor Williams Cattle Trailer c/w. Sheep Decks, 2 x Artic Bale Trailer. Cultivation & Grassland Equipment Browns Single Leg Subsoiler, Kuhn ZSB900 Fert Spinner, Audureau 12m 600L Sprayer, Kuhn FC283 GII Mower, Fella Single Rota Rake, Parmiter Chain Harrows, NRH 6.3m Cambridge Rollers, Simba Toptill, Sutton Road Bucket Brush, Lemkin 4F Plough, Kuhn Euromix 16 Tube Mixer, Kuhn Primor 2560 Straw Chopper, Krone 6 Rota Tedder. In-Situ Items Approx 60 15ft Concrete Panels, 13T Collinson Feed Bin, 10T Molasses Tank, 4500L Surge Bulk Tank, Small Cattle Race, Four Berth Static Caravan. Livestock Equipment Qty of Cattle & Sheep Sundries, Molasses Feeders, Hay Rack, IAE Cattle Crush c/w. Auto Lock Head Yolk, IAE Neck Scoop, Tru-Test Weights Bars & Scales, Tru-Test EID Reader, Footbath, TheItems Agricultural Centre, Market Drayton Creep Feeders. Sundry 2500L Bunded Diesel Tank, IBC’s, FencingLivestock Equipment,Market, Adderley Marketc/w. Drayton Mig Welder, Vacuum Pump, Sleepers, DirtyRoad, Water Irrigator Lay FlatTF9 Hose,3SW Water Troughs, Feeders, Workshop Tools, Ratchet Straps, Parlour Spares, Air Compressor, Gandy Powder Additive Applicator, AI Flask, Fraser Roller Mill etc…………… Catalogues available from Barbers Auctions 01630 652926.

DEDICATED BARREN COW & OTM SALE Every Monday Evening at 5pm (Monday 22 October/5 & 19 November GREEN Market Monday 29 October/12 & 26 November RED Market) • • • •

Alternate Green to Red Weekly 10 to 20 Buyers In Attendance All Grades, Weights & Nationality of Cattle Required Young Feeding Cows Required on Green Markets.

PIG SALE • Fortnightly Sale of Pigs Monday 5 & 19 November • First & Third Monday of the Month (Green Market) • 10.30am Cull Sows & Boars - Followed by Prime Pigs & Store Pigs.

MONTHLY WEANLING SALES • Wednesday 21 November/19 December at approx 11.30am • Anticipated Entry of 250 to 350.

SUCKLER CALF SHOW & SALE WED 24 OCTOBER • Wednesday 24 October at 12.30pm Class 1 Class 3 Class 5 Class 6

Best Bull Class 2 Best Steer Best Heifer Class 4 Best Pen of 4 Bulls/Steers Best Pen of 4 Heifers Champion Suckled Calf.

CHRISTMAS MARKET • Wednesday 5 December 2018 • Principal Show Sponsor : Laurence Pierce (Wool Merchants) Ltd • • • • • • •

Over £3,500 In Cash Prizes and Awards 20 Silver Cups and Trophies Prize Money & Awards for 16 Fat Cattle & Bull Classes Prize Money & Awards for 4 Prime Sheep Classes Prize Money & Awards for 2 Classes of Calves Prize Money & Awards for 2 Classes of Dairies ‘Schedule & Entry Forms Now Available’

‘SELL LIVE & THRIVE AT MARKET DRAYTON MARKET’ Market Drayton Agriculture Centre 01630 652926 • Bernie Hutchinson 07778 164274, • Mark Jones 07813 625787 • Ben Baggott 07791 791356 & Adele Higgins 07794368223 October 19, 2018 |


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KNIGHTON MARKET TUESDAY 23rd OCTOBER Sale of 400 Weaned Calves, Young Store Cattle and Young Bulls for the Brecon & Radnor Suckled Calf Rearers Ltd. FRIDAY 2nd NOVEMBER Sale of 250 Store Cattle inc. Cows and Calves, In Calvers and Bulling Heifers. Also 700 Store Sheep, to include Organic Stock. Catalogue entries close Thursday 25th October at 5.00pm. Details Tel: 01547 528621

LUDLOW MARKET FRIDAY 26th OCTOBER Prize Show and Sale of 650 Genuine Farmers Store Cattle (RM Blakeway & JC Fowden Cup). Together with 2500 Store Sheep (Feeding Lambs, Ewe Lambs & Rams) Also Calves and Weanlings. FRIDAY 9th NOVEMBER Prize Show and Sale of Store Cattle / Store Sheep (Valbazen Rose Bowl, George Davies Salver and Tom Stead Trophy). Also Calves and Weanlings and Fodder. Catalogue entries close Friday 2nd November at 5.00pm. Details Tel: 01584 872251

WORCESTER MARKET SATURDAY 3rd NOVEMBER Sale of Store Cattle / Store Sheep. Details Tel: 01905 769770

BRECON MARKET: 01874 622386 KNIGHTON MARKET: 01547 528621 KINGTON MARKET: 01544 230316

WORCESTER MARKET: 01905 769770 LUDLOW MARKET: 01584 872251



FRIDAY 26th OCTOBER Sale of over 800 Quality Suckler Bred Store Cattle all from holdings of birth inc. Weanlings, Breeding Stock, Cull Cows & Organic Stock. To include 16 Pedigree Limousin maiden Heifers from the note Glangwden Herd bred by CL & FE Jerman. SATURDAY 3rd NOVEMBER Special Fair Day Sale of Ponies, Foals & Horses Entries close Monday 22nd October Classes and Sections for all types. Details Tel: 01874 622386

KINGTON MARKET TUESDAY 6th NOVEMBER Sale of Store Cattle inc. Feeding Cows, Bulls and Cows with Calves. Catalogue entries close Tuesday 30th October at 5.00pm. Details Tel: 01544 230316

McCARTNEYS FATSTOCK MARKETS Ludlow Brecon Worcester Knighton & Kington




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(Having sold the farm) SUPERB RANGE OF SHEEP HANDLING EQUIPMENT, GENERAL FARM MACHINERY & FODDER including virtually new Kawasaki Mule Together with 680 Maedi Visna Accredited BELTEX CROSS TEXEL, BELTEX CROSS CHAROLLAIS and PUREBRED TEXEL BREEDING EWES, EWE LAMBS and RAM LAMBS plus 2 Pedigree Beltex Stud Rams and 4 Pedigree Texel Stud Rams For W H Sinnett & Sons At STOCKTON COURT, STOCKTON ON TEME, WORCESTER, WR6 6UT On SATURDAY 27th OCTOBER 2018 Commencing at 11.30am with Commercial Sheep Same day as the highly respected & successful STOCKTON FLOCK OF PEDIGREE SUFFOLK SHEEP Further details from Ludlow Market Tel: 01584 872251 Or Worcester Market Tel: 01905 769770

PEDIGREE SALES Please visit the McCartneys website for a list of forthcoming Pedigree Sales


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“All livestock sold under national conditions of sale recommended for use by the L.A.A.”



(015242) 61246 (Sale Days) 61444 (Office) Stephen 07713 075 661 Greg 07713 075 664 Will 07590 876 849

Auction Mart 01200 445376 or 01200 441351, Fred 07713 075660, Ann 07710 709979, Rachel 07713 075659, John P 07713 075662

Saturday 20 October at 10.30am

Saturday 20 October


Three Counties October Sheep Fair


9.30am 1500 CULL EWES & PRIME LAMBS 10.30am 1200 BREEDING SHEEP & RAMS

Breeding Sheep & Gimmer Lambs

12.30pm 1000 GIMMER & STORE LAMBS

1000 Horned Breeding Ewes; 500 Mule/ Texel Ewes & Shlgs 1500 Gimmer Lambs

Thursday 25 October Weekly sales

Tuesday 23 October at 12 noon 3500 STORE LAMBS Wednesday 24 October 11am MONTH END DAIRY SALE 25-35 Newly Calved Dairy Cattle 12noon 100-150 Rearing Calves 4pm 2000 Cast Ewes 6pm 3000 Lambs Tuesday 30 October Feeding & Cull Cows followed by

ANNUAL SALE OF IN CALF SUCKLER CATTLE, ALSO COWS/HEIFERS WITH CALVES AT FOOT & BREEDING BULLS Special Sale Of 2000 Store Lambs Entries for catalogue by Monday 22nd October

10.30am 100 PRIME CATTLE, 100 CULL 10.30am 250 REARING CALVES followed by 12.30pm 200 AUTUMN STIRK SHOW 11.30am 90 DAIRY regular sale followed by Dispersal for J G & C M Carter, Inskip 75 in-milk and I/C Flek, Monty, N Red, cat on web 1.00pm 1100 PRIME SHEEP & CULL EWES

Saturday 13 October

10.30am 300 BREEDING & STORE CATTLE 10.30am 150 BREEDING & STORE PIGS 9.30am 1500 CULL EWES & PRIME LAMBS 10.30am 1200 RAMS & BREEDING SHEEP 12.30pm 1500 GIMMER & STORE LAMBS

Thursday 1 November

DUGDALE DAIRY DAY Monday 5 November Dispersal Sale of 150 Milking & Dry Cows Tuesday 6 November at 12noon on behalf of PD & PJ Mason, Coat Green Farm Year Round Calving Herd of Holstein, Friesian, AUTUMN SALE OF AGRICULTURAL Danish Red, Shorthorn and Jersey x MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT AI’d to BB & AA or Run with 8 ton Triffit tipper trailer, SS footbath, pto slurry Her Bull Cows are Cubicle Housed, Fed on a pump, Marshall 900 tanker, quad scraper, lamb Grass Silage Based TMR with Out of Parlour Feeders (Grazed Through Summer Months) creeps, galv troughs, gates, firewood, fencing. Herd Av: 7850L, 4.39% BF, 3.41% Protein & Entries for next week’s advert to: 01200 441351 SCC of 158 TB4 (Last Test Feb 2017) IBR Vacc.

Tuesday 6 November


TUESDAY 23RD OCTOBER 11.15am DISPERSAL SALE ON 138 HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN DAIRY CATTLE Battlefield, 3DR Comprising 121SY4 in milk in calf and dry cows, plus 17 in calf heifers ATUESDAY strong powerful herd of cows, AYR calving 1ST milky MAY 2018 On behalf of A&H SPECIAL SALE OFFrancis & Son, DAIRY YOUNGSTOCK: 11.15am Tel: 01743 450 700 or Email: To follow the weekly dairy sale To inc Battlefield, SY4 3DR 52 Bulling and Maiden heifers 8-18 months old from WP & CM Howard, New TUESDAY 1STSired MAYby 2018 Farm Ellesmere. Straussdale SPECIAL SALE OF G Electrify Seagull - Bay Razzle and DAIRY YOUNGSTOCK: Ballycairn Mogul Credit.11.15am To follow weekly dairy To inc Really top the quality heifers fromsale solid wellBulling balanced Cows 52 andmodern MaidenDairy heifers 8-18 averaging 9200Kgs (twice a day) 4.2%BF Entries to date include:months old from WP & CM Howard, New Vintage Tractors:- Ford 2000by (1972), Massey & 3.2%ptn. Farm Ellesmere. Sired Straussdale Ferguson 130, Leyland 262, David Brown VAK1. Your attendance is highly G Electrify Seagull - Bayrecommended Razzle and Knight Sprayer, (2010) 24m, 3500l tank, 6,560hrs, Ballycairn Mogul Credit. auto section control, 12mo MOT, triplet nozzles, WEDNESDAY 2NDheifers MAY(1990), 2018 Really top726 quality from solid Sanderson Telehandler 4WD, 2705hrs, DEDICATED TB modern IH 884balanced 4WD, Massey Ferguson 203 2WD c/w front well Dairy Cows end loader, Briggs Tied Ridger RESTRICTED MARKET: 3pm(2013). averaging 9200Kgs (twice a day) 4.2%BF All lots must be licensed byMaterials, Animal Plant Large Qty of Timber, Building Insulation, & 3.2%ptn. Scaffolding, Steel, Lawn Mowers, Garden and HealthSlabs, Agency Your attendance is highly recommended Equipment, New Tools, Workshop Tools, Spares & Sundries. For enquiries and catalogues SALE DAY: FRIDAY2ND 26THMAY OCTOBER WEDNESDAY 20182018 T: 01743 462 620 SALE COMMENCES AT 10:15 AM DEDICATED TB 820880 Please call 01562 E:





W: BISHOPS CASTLE All lots must be licensed byAUCTION Animal Plant and Health Agency

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Feeding & Cast Cows & OTM Cattle Join us at Gisburn Auction with AHDB Beef & Lamb 2ND SALE OF SUCKLED CALVES Selection, demonstration, Q&A, refreshments MONTHLY SALE OF STORE CATTLE Entries for catalogue by Monday 29th October Tickets and enquiries 01200 441351


Lot 1: Lot 2: Lot 3: Lot 4: Lot 5:



Detached 5 bed. farmhouse with outbuildings set in approx. 3.03 acres. EPC rating ‘F’. Traditional stone barn with prior approval for residential development set in approx. 1.23 acres. Approx. 3.20 acres pasture land with roadside access & natural water supply. Approx. 11.97 acres meadow & pasture land with roadside access & natural water supply. Approx. 9.15 acres meadow land with roadside access & natural water supply.

7:30pm, Monday, 12th Nov. 2018 at The Crooklands Hotel, Crooklands

FARM DISPERSAL SALE FERN FARM, NASH, LUDLOW SY8 3AX SATURDAY, 27 OCTOBER – 10.30 AM NH TS90, Case DB1210, JD 3120, Nuffield 10/60, JCB 526S, 6 grain trailers, arable & grassland machinery, cattle race etc. 300 BSB wheat straw, antique furniture. Also Fordson S Major & S Dexta, Landrover Defender 90 (01). Catalogues available on line

(Subject to Conditions & Unless Sold Previously). Contact Crooklands Office (015395) 66800

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Thursday 25th October 2018

Saturday 27th October 10am Sale of 300 Lots of Tack, Harness & Carriages 11am Sale of 101 FELL PONIES on behalf of the Fell Pony Society followed by 38 Registered & Part Bred Mountain & Moorland Ponies Thursday 1st November at 10.15am Fortnightly Sale of CALVES, CAST/OTM COWS,


Including Second Show & Sale of SUCKLED CALVES Entries close Wednesday 24th October Thursday 15th November Evening Show & Sale of Individual Pedigree IN-LAMB SUFFOLKS on behalf of the North West Suffolk Breeders Club including

MULTI-BREED INDIVIDUAL IN-LAMB SHEEP Entries close Thursday 1st November

For Sale Privately Herd of 90 Cross Bred Dairy cows and followers Contact Matthew Probert on 07540 446667

Claiming Date Saturday 17th November 2018 On Farm Dispersal Sale of Machinery, Livestock Equipment and Implements on behalf of JA & VM Lamb, Conder Green, Lancaster. Please see Website for full details.

Friday 26th October 2018

Mold (01352) 753873 Llanrwst (01492) 640693

Prize Show & Sale of Cheviot, Swaledale & Blackface Rams Final Sale for All breeds of Rams Entries invited by 10am Monday 22nd October Friday 2nd November 2018 Weekly Sale of Store Cattle & Suckled Calves Sale of Cast Ewes & Store Lambs Third Sale of Blackface, Swaledale & Other Ewes & Gimmers Sale of Mule, Blackface & Other Ewes & Gimmers Entries invited by 10am Monday 29th October • Mart Offices, Hexham • Tel: 01434 605444 • Fax: 01434 604651 • e-mail •

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Thursday 25th October at 11am Ambleside Sale of 3500 STORE LAMBS Sale Day Entries Welcome & Invited, Ballot Drawn 10 minutes prior to sale


Monday 29th October 2018


Tuesday 23rd October 10.30am Fortnightly Sale of PRIME PIGS please advise the office of entries 1pm 1500 PRIME LAMBS & 750 CAST & FEEDING SHEEP

Annual “Tow Law” Prize Show & Sale of 400 Store Cattle & Suckled Calves Show at 9am & Sale at 10am Sale of Store Cattle & Suckled Calves including Native Breeds Sale of Cast Ewes, Prize Show & Sale of Store Lambs Entries invited by 10am Monday 22nd October


Saturday 20th October – Lakeland Fair 10am Closing Autumn Sale of all classes of 1500 BREEDING SHEEP inc. Ewes, Gimmer Shearlings & Gimmer Lambs 11am Annual Show & Sale of 42 SWALEDALE RAMS followed by sale of other 55 HILL BRED & 170 TERMINAL SIRE BREEDING RAMS

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Mold Weekly Store & Dairy Stock Sale Sponsored by Farmers Guardian

Next Friday 26th October 2018 Sale times Calves 10.30am Dairy 11.15am Stirks, Cows and Calves and Store Cattle 12noon Usual weekly entries expected of 350-450 Store Cattle & Stirks 10-20 Dairy, 60-80 Calves

For further details call James Griffiths 07866 419371 or Wynne Davies 07773 349941


The attention of potential purchasers is drawn to these important dispersals which will see top quality breeding cattle offered for sale. Further details are available from the auctioneers on 01434 605444 and selected pictures of all three herds can be viewed at

J36 RURAL AUCTION CENTRE Tel: 015395 66200

Messrs J Stephenson & Son, West Mill Hills, Haydon Bridge 40 spring calving Limousin cross stock cows, the majority of which are homebred which will comprise of 33 cows in regular ages with wellbred ¾ and 7/8 Limousin cross calves at foot and 7 in-calf cows, both portions having been diagnosed to calf from mid-march onwards. Two Limousin stock bulls will also be offered for sale. The herd is vaccinated for both BVD and Leptospirosis and West Mill Hills sits within a 4 year TB testing parish.

Friday 2nd November - Fortnightly Sale of STORE LAMBS

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Messrs E & S Gowland, Allergill, Stanhope. 50 Limousin & British Blue cross stock cows with Limousin x calves at foot ranging from 3-10 months of age. The cows have run with the Limousin Bull again the majority of which will have been diagnosed prior to the sale. Allergill is within a 4 year TB testing parish and the herd is farm assured.

Friday 26th October 9.45am Monthly Sale of STIRKS Catalogue entries close 2pm Mon 22nd 10.15am 80 REARING CALVES 10.15am 100 CAST/OTM CATTLE 11.15am 350 STORE CATTLE Last Wk Blks to £1490 & Hfrs to £1160

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Messrs D & I Wallace, Bridgeford, Bellingham. 20 spring calving Limousin cross stock cows in regular ages with good three-quarter bred Limousin calves at foot, the cows having been diagnosed incalf to the Limousin bull and due March onwards. Bridgeford is within a 4 year TB testing parish and the herd is farm assured.

Monday 22nd October 9am 1000 PRIME LAMBS & 200 CAST & FEEDING SHEEP

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Also this Day Three important suckler cow herd dispersals on behalf of noted producers from Northumberland & County Durham. Over One Hundred continental cross bred cows with spring born calves at foot, from;


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Annual Prize Show & Sale of Breeding Bulls, Heifers & Cows with Calves at Foot, Incalf & Bulling Heifers Show at 9am & Sale at 10am Entries include Bulls 1 S/Devon Lumbylaw, 2 Lim South Farm, 1 Lim Glebe Heifers with Calves Mirlaw House 30, West Wharmley 25, Dipton Foot 19, Round Meadows 18, Paradise 10, West Lynn 4, Sunniside 4, Tosson Glebe 3, Moorgair 3 Cows & Stock Cows with Calves Demesne 5 Incalf Heifers Intake 24, Claywalls 20

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Tuesday 23rd October

Glebe Farm, Waddesdon, Nr Aylesbury, Bucks. HP18 0LS

850 Store Cattle Sale commences at 10am.


Also dairy equipment, parlour etc

Sale of Store Cattle, Sheep & Pigs 180 Cattle of all classes inc 21 Limx hfrs, 8-10mo, A Dusi 5 Limx hfrs, 17mo,T Thomas 12 Limx strs, 11mo, E Dunning 6 Limx bulls, 10mo, R Shipley 2 Simmental Cows & Calves, J Brindley 250 Store Pigs & Sows 200 Store Sheep Sheep inc.140 Tx & Sx store lambs, I Swallow 10 Pure Texel gimmer shgs, R Bamforth PIGS 9.15am SHEEP 9.45am CATTLE 10.45am WEDNESDAY 24TH OCTOBER Dedicated Slaughter Market 360 Cattle 600 Sheep 400 Pigs PIGS 9AM SHEEP 9.45AM CATTLE 10.30AM SATURDAY 27TH OCTOBER AT 9.30AM 1500 Lots Poultry & Miscellaneous Items

01757 703347 (Market Office) Richard Haigh: 07768 594535

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Comprising the complete dispersal of the heavy milking ACOMES herd, the property of D.A Wright Farming Ltd, who are ceasing milk production due to the imminent construction of the HS2 railway through the farm. This is an outstanding example of the modern, commercially efficient, high type Holstein herd with excellent health status. * 277 Cows (215 in lac 1-3), 46 served heifers, 44 yearlings, 79 ‘A’ lots & A-A bull * CIS avg 10,643kg 3.72%f 3.16%p MOPF = 23.53 * 76 giving 40-50kg daily. 67 x 12-14,000 litre cows * SCC – 83% below 150. C.I = 397 days * Calvings Jun-Jul 115, Aug-Sep 102, Oct-Nov 38, Dec-Jan 24 * 108 have PLI values over £300 up to PLI £465 * Sand Cubicle housed, TMR & 2x milked The herd is largely bred from MOET cow families and although not classified contains plenty of big, capacious, good uddered potentially high scoring animals. The young stock are super (all cubicle trained) and the 79 May onwards born calves at foot by Bookem, Hurst & Troy are a feature. Top AI bulls include Matson, Die-Hard, Reece, Destry, Metalic, Altajenkins, Goldmine, Shot Trigger with services are to Balisto, Silver, Altasilver & 50 to the British Blue. Also Westfalia 16/32 Swing-over Herringbone Parlour, 12,500 litre Ro-Ka DX tank, Kristal Ice Builder (2016), Waikato milk meters, hot water tank with heat exchange unit, Heat Time detector, 170 cubicles (dismantled), AG Sand dispenser, 2 AI flasks, slurry scraper system, electric backing gate, grain bins etc at 10am

Saturday 27th October

Llysun Suckler Herd Dispersal By order of T R, A & R Tudor. Due to change in farming policy:

120 Spring Calving Salers based Herd of Suckler Cows with Charolais and Salers Cross Calves at Foot (The entire herd is back in calf and 70% of the units will be split on sale)

ALSO 25 Salers In-calf Heifers (to Limousin Bull) Sale date: Saturday 27th October 2018 at Welshpool Livestock Market, SY21 8SR at 11am prompt. THIS IS A SALE OF CHOICE CATTLE AND SHOULD NOT BE MISSED!

Tuesday 30th October

450 Weanlings Sale commences at 10am For more information or Catalogues contact the market office: 01938 553438

Penrith Auction Mart

01768 864700

Monday 29th October The Annual Show and Sale of Sucklers and Feeding Bulls followed by Store Cattle of all classes Entries close noon Monday 22nd October Wednesday 31st October Lake District Store Lambs and Breeding Sheep - entries close Wednesday 24th October On Farm Sale Of Tractors, Implements, Livestock Equipment, Milking Parlour and Small Tools on Saturday 27th October at 11am On behalf of Mr TJB Powley, High Field, Tirril, Penrith, Cumbria, CA10 2LG Tractors and Vehicles: Massey Ferguson 6470, Front Linkage, Cab & Front Suspension, Aircon. (08 reg./5250hrs); Massey Ferguson 4345 (03 Reg./3500hrs)(Inputted); Terex T200 Telehandler with Bucket & Pallet Forks (03 reg./3850hrs); Honda 300 4X4 Quad; Terex Duel Wheels. Implements: - Bailey 10t Grain/Silage Trailer (2012); Kuhn Twin Disc Fert. Spreader (MD5935K2); Twose 10ft Flail Topper; Browns Flat 8 Grab; Chilton Round Bale Squeeze; Ritchie Square Bale Squeeze; Slurry Whisk; Tippng Trailers; Teagle 8080 Straw Chopper; Bateson 12ft Plant Trailer. Milking Parlour and Feed Bins: Gascoigne Melotte 8 Point Auto Tandem Parlour with MR200 Boxes & Auto Feeders, complete with Vacuum Pump & Compressor; 7t Symm bin with Auger System; Boythorpe 70t Grain Tower. Plus a large quantity of small tools, various livestock equipment and sandstone. October 19, 2018 |


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SKIPTON AUCTION MART Tel: 01756 792375

Auctioneers: Jeremy Eaton - 07747 780481 Ted Ogden - 07855 958211 Sam Bradley - 07538 539077

CRAVEN DAIRY SALES Monday 22nd October Show & Sale of 15 Dairy Cattle Judging 11.30am – Sale 12.00noon

Monday 22nd October REARING CALVES Sale 10.45am CROP & PRODUCE Sale 11.45am WEEKLY PRIMESTOCK SALE (6 day rule) CLEAN CATTLE Sale 12.30pm followed by CAST & FEEDING COWS (4 Year & Pre Test) followed by TB EXEMPT CATTLE (pre enter) PRIME LAMBS & CAST SHEEP Sale 1.30pm

Tuesday 23rd October Sale of all Breeds of 1595 GIMMER LAMBS Sale 10.30am Lingfield Ring 18th Annual Show & Sale of 102 DALESBRED RAMS & FEMALES Sale 12.00 noon approx. Lingfield Ring

Wednesday 24th October 75 FEEDING BULLS Sale 10.00am followed by 30 BEEF FEEDING COWS & 600 STORE HEIFERS & BULLOCKS BREEDING CATTLE Sale 12.30pm Main Ring

Tuesday 30th October Last Tuesday Sale of all classes of BREEDING SHEEP & RAMS (entries close Monday 22nd October)

Wednesday 31st October Sale of STORE LAMBS (entries close Monday 22nd October)

Friday 26th October On Farm Sale Dispersal of Farm Machinery & Equipment at High Birkwith Farm, Horton in Ribblesdale Upon instructions of Mr DA Morphet Esq Comprising:- New Holland T7-200 4wd Tractor, JD 6020 4wd Tractor c/w Front Linkage, JCB 536-60 Agri Super Telehandler, Landrover Defender 90 Hardtop, JD Gator 885D, Stewart Livestock Trailer & Box, Graham Edward Livestock Trailer, Weidemann 1240 CX35 Pivot Steer Loader, Hitachi Zaxis 50 Track Excavator, Honda Fourtrax 4x4 ATV, Class Mower 5720, Class Volt 700 Tedder, Vicon Andrex 843 Terralink Quattro Rake, McHale F550 Round Baler, McHale 991BE Bale Wrapper, McHale Bale Cuddler, Amazone ZA-X Perfect Till Sower, Sheep Snacker, Ritchie Comi-Clamp sheep handling system & gates, ATV Trailer, Tanco Bale Cuddler, Front/Rear Bale Spikes, Hardi Sprayer, Slewtic Bucket, Alligator Sheer Grab, Muck Grab, Single Axle Bale Trailer, Primex Slurry Stirrer, Unistock Cattle Crush, IAE Centurion Full Access Cattle Crush, 20 Sheep Ring Feeders, 2 Cattle Ring Feeders, 6 Square Sheep Creep Feeder + Various Sheep related Sundries & Sheep Health Products Full list and pictures Sale 11.30am

Wednesday 7th November Autumn Show & Sale of 76 PEDIGREE BEEF SHORTHORN CATTLE + Dispersal of 35 BEEF SHORTHORNS for the Newfield Herd Sale of 12 PEDIGREE SOUTH DEVON CATTLE Inaugural Show & Sale of 55 PEDIGREE ABERDEEN ANGUS FEMALES

Clitheroe Auction

Lincoln Way, Clitheroe, Lancs BB7 1QD Monthly PLANT, MACHINERY & SMALL TOOLS SALE TOMORROW Saturday 20th October 9am Loadall facilities available today 19th 9am-3pm NO ENTRIES ACCEPTED ON THE DAY See website for current entries & images WEEKLY STORE Monday 22nd October 11am LAMB SALE Entries invited on the day to follow ballot entries WEEKLY Tuesday 23rd October12.30pm PRIMESTOCK Sale of Cull Cows, Prime Cattle, SALE + CALVES Prime Lambs & Cast Ewes + Calves, 11am CATALOGUE Friday 26th October 10am ‘OLD FAIR’ SALE Over 3800 Breeding Ewes, Shearlings, Gimmer Lambs & Store Lambs plus 350 Breeding Rams of all Breeds. Catalogue now online FORTHCOMING SALES Friday 9th November 10am 2nd ‘OLD FAIR’ Sheep Sale Entries close on Tuesday 30th October 12 noon 01200 423325 Joe: 07970 221354 • Jeremy: 07815 727993

LATE SHOW & SALE OF BREEDING SHEEP & STORE LAMBS 1333 Mule Gimmer Lambs. 1146 Mule Shearlings and Ewes. 845 Suffolk and Texel ewes & shearlings, 331 Texel & Suffolk Gimmer Lambs 2624 Suffolk, Texel and Mule store lambs, 231 Breeding Rams Sale to Commence at with breeding sheep

KEITH D. WARTERS 07850 915249

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LONGTOWN MART Tel (01228) 791215 Every Thursday Buyers of Feeding Ewes please note that there is always a Good entry of feeding & keeping ewes forward, commencing at 7.00am Tomorrow, Saturday 20th October at 10.00am Kirkcambeck Sale of 1,152 Traditional Breed Cattle incl. Bulling Heifers One of the largest sales of traditional breed store cattle in England Tuesday 23rd October at 10.00am Weekly Sale of 8,000 Store Lambs Prize Show & Sale of Blackface & Cheviot Lambs. Annual Consignment of 800 Quality Beltex x Texel & Charollais from Peter Smith, Cocklakes House. At 1.00pm Sale of breeding sheep of all classes Late October Sale of 200 Rams of All Classes including Annual Sale of Cheviot & Blackface Rams Saturday 27th October 300 Hillbred Suckled Calves. Special Sale of Store Cattle (Show for the Jacob Thomlinson Cup) Tuesday 30th October Store Lambs & End of Season Sale of Breeding Ewes, Shearlings & Ewe Lambs Saturday 3rd November Rare & Minority Breed Poultry, Cage Birds & Equipment.






MON 22nd October WEEKLY FATSTOCK SALE Sat 27th October 10am Usual Sale of Machinery/Sundries Inc Vintage Section ‘A Gentleman’s Lifetime Collection of Memorabilia’ Jaguar V8, IW 12ft Plant Trailer, Log Splitter, Sheep Hayracks etc Fur & Feather at 12noon 80 Mixed Breed POL Pullets from 1 Farm Thurs 25th October 11.30am Sale of Store Lambs, Ewes & Rams Entries: 1000 Store Lambs 250 Breeding/Feeding Ewes, 20 Rams Ian Smith (Market Manager) 07738 043771 01943 462172

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Brockholes Arms Auction Mart

HAWES, NORTH YORKSHIRE, DL8 3NP Saturday 20th October On behalf of FD & TW Chapman, West Shaw, Hawes Farm sale of Tractors, Machinery, Tools & Fodder At Hawes Auction Mart for ease of access at 11am Including MF 390T 1997, MF 365 1994, many other items, see website for details. Tuesday 23rd October 2,000 Prime Lambs at 10am 400 Cast Ewes & Rams 500 Breeding Ewes at 12noon Wed & Thurs 24th & 25th October Two Day Prize Show & Sale of 800 Registered Swaledale Shearling Rams for the Swaledale Sheep Breeders Assoc (B District) Judging 8am. Sale at 10am. Sponsored by Reeth Garage. Tuesday 30th October 1,000 Swaledale Gimmer Lambs, also 1,000 Mule Cheviot & Cont X Gimmer Lambs Cat closes Tue 23rd Oct. Thursday 1st November 350 Swaledale Rams. Cat closes 25th Oct. Friday 2nd November 1,200 Store Lambs. Cat closes Tue 23rd Oct. Saturday 17th November Christmas Show & Sale of Store Cattle, Beef Breeding Cattle & Cull Cows. Cat Closes Tues 6th Nov. Telephone: 01969 667207, 015396 20895, 07974 126397 or 01833 622240




To include bulls, cows & calves, in-calvers and bulling heifers SALE ENTRIES CLOSE 5:00PM TUESDAY 23RD OCTOBER






Claughton On Brock, Preston PR3 0PH 01995 640280

Tuesday 23rd October, 2018 8.45 am 744 Prime Lambs to £97 Followed by 216 Cast Ewes to £94 10.30am Fat Bulls & Prime Cattle to 226p/kg Followed by Store Cattle to £990 11.30am Rearing Calves to £395 Wednesday 24th October, 2018 10.30am OTM Cattle Sale Followed by TB Exempt Cattle

Friday 9th November 2018 Carlisle Sale Centre - Harrison & Hetherington Ltd, Show and Sale of 117 Pedigree Galloways 8 bulls – 2 cows in calf – 20 heifers in calf – 42 bulling heifers Also including the dispersal of 45 Galloways, on behalf of Messrs J A Morphet and Son, High Birkwith Farm, Horton In Ribblesdale, Settle. Show 9.00am Sale 11.00pm Friday 2nd November 2018 Agri Expo, Harrison & Hetherington Ltd, Carlisle Please visit our stand for tea and coffee. For catalogue and more information please contact Harrison & Hetherington Ltd, Carlisle. Tel 01228 406230 The Galloway Cattle Society Tel/Fax 01556 502753

Forthcoming Female Sale Dates 27th October 2018: Stockton Dispersal Sale 3rd November 2018: Burnview Female Sale with consinments from Ballynacannon, Bannview, Beechcrest, Benedyglen, Carony, Crewelands, Islandmoyle and Solwaybank. 3rd November 2018: Female Sale, Beeston Castle Auction 6th November 2018: Kells In Lamb Suffolk Sale @ 6.30pm, Carnaross Mart, Carnaross, Kells, South of Ireland

• Fast Growth Rates • Reduced Input Costs • Store Lamb Premium

• High Milk Output • Hard Hooves • Wide Pelvic Dimensions

9th November 2018: Dark Diamonds Sale, Borderway Mart, Carlisle 9th November 2018: Sale of Scanned In-Lamb Pedigree Suffolk Sheep for the WCSSA, Exeter Livestock Centre 10th November 2018: Midland & Eastern Branch Female Sale at Melton Mowbray Market. 10th November 2018: 39th Collective Show & Sale of Pedigree Suffolk Female Sheep, Monmouthshire Livestock Centre, Raglan 12th November 2018: NI Branch Ewe Sale, Ballymena Livestock Mart. 17th November 2018: 9th Annual Production Sale from Castleisle, Shannagh, Annakisha, Clyda and Barrowlands Flocks. Blerssington Mart, South of Ireland 23rd November 2018: Three Nations Sale, Borderway Mart, Carlisle 24th November 2018: All Star Sale, Blessington Mart, South of Ireland 26th November 2018: Christmas Classic Pedigree Female Show and Sale, Aberdeen & Northern Marts, Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, Scotland 5th December 2018: In Lamb Ewe Sale, United Auctions, Stirling

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STIRLING 22/23 October United Auctions Ltd Tel: 01786 473055 DUNGANNON 2 November Dungannon Farmers Mart Tel: 028 8772 2727 WELSHPOOL 8 November


Including the dispersal of the Kerling Herd on behalf of RJ Gregory & Son

Welshpool Livestock Sales Ltd Tel: 01938 553438 CARLISLE 23 November Harrison & Hetherington Ltd Tel: 01228 406230


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Northern Holstein Expo 2018 AN OPEN HOLSTEIN SHOW

Thursday 25th October 2018 Borderway Auction Mart Carlisle England

Grand Champion 2017 - Littlebridge Goldchip Honey

The 2018 Northern Dairy Expo will be held at 6pm on Thursday 25th October at Borderway Auction Mart Carlisle. This year’s show will be judged by Mr Hefyn Wilson of the renowned Tregibby Herd.

Honorary Secretary: Anna Stable Bolton Manor Farm, Little Urswick, Ulverston Cumbria LA12 0PX Tel: 07793 411368




Thursday 18th & Friday 19th October

Saturday 3rd November Welshpool Market In-Lamb Ewe & Ewe Lamb Sale

Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria Shearling rams

Wednesday 24th & Thursday 25th October Hawes, North Yorkshire Shearling rams

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53 In Lamb Ewes & Ewe Lambs 10 Aged Ewes 35 Shearling Ewes 8 Ewe Lambs Also following the society sale the Amlwch Flock Dispersal of 16 Ewes. Show at 11.00a.m Sale at 12.30p.m Further details from secretary: Sue Powell, Tregwynt, Three Ashes, Hereford Tel: 01989 770 071 Email: Website:



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IRISH CHAROLAIS CATTLE SOCIETY Show & Sale of Charolais Bulls, Saturday 3rd November 2018, Tullamore Mart, Co. Offaly

• 123 Bulls Catalogued • All bulls are fertility tested and fertility insured

Elite Heifer Show & Sale, Saturday 10th November 2018, Tullamore Mart, Co. Offaly Irish Charolais Cattle Society, Irish Farm Centre, Bluebell, Dublin 12. Tel: 0035314198050 E-mail: Follow us on Facebook: Irish Charolais Cattle Society and on Twitter: @irishcharolais

• Ireland’s Number 1 Charolais Female Sale of the Year • 85 Heifers Catalogued • Free transport to a UK mainland venue • All animals are eligible for export

Christmas Cracker Show & Sale, Saturday 1st December 2018, Elphin Mart, Co. Roscommon • Ireland’s Number 1 Charolais Bull Sale of the Year • All bulls are fertility tested and fertility insured • Free transport to a UK mainland venue • All animals are eligible for export Shows 10 am - Sales 12.30 pm All animals sold at our sales are pre-sale inspected and DNA sire verified Catalogues available at

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Tractors: 2016 Case IH 580 Quadtrac (1,331hrs), 2015 Caterpillar MT755E Challenger (1,560hrs), 2013 Case 160 Puma (2,712hrs), 2011 Deutz Fahr 620 TTV. Combine Harvester: 2016 New Holland CR9.90 41ft (952hrs) Loaders: 2004 JCB TM300, 2006 Hitachi Zaxis 80 SBLC excavator. Self-Propelled Sprayer: 2013 Sands Vision 4.0 32m Vehicles: 2012 Volkswagon Amarok, 2003/0 Ford Ranger (2), 2012 Polaris 900D Ranger, Machinery: 2008 Horsch Sprinter 8ST drill 8m, Kverneland; CTS Stubble Finisher 4.5m (2011) and RX100 12f plough, 2016 DAL-BO XL1630 rolls 16.3m, 2014 TWB Terminator 4m, Simba; Press Roll 6.6m, Flatliner 3.8m, 23C discs, Double Press 6.6m, Land Packer 6m and Cambridge Rolls 6.6m, 2001 Vaderstad Rexius Twin 830, 2014 TWB mole plough, McConnel Shakaerator 11leg, Kuhn; HR3003D power harrow c/w DC300 cultivator, HR6002DR power harrow 6m and 50.2 EMC fertiliser spreader (2015), Dowdeswell DP7 plough, 2013 McConnel PA6750T hedgecutter, 2005 Spearhead Q2800 mower, 2013 Vegcraft 4,000ltr and 2015 Watkins 8,000ltr bowsers, 2012 Swiftlift Extendo 900, AS Marston; 14t (2) and 18t (2), Also: cultivators, trailers, wheels and tyres, extensive range of implement spares, workshop tools, steel stock etc. In all over 350 lots.

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PREES PLANT & TRUCK AUCTION Saturday 27th October 2018, 10am Viewing Friday 26th Prees Storage Ltd, A49, Prees, Whitchurch, SY13 3JX

Auction sale of Farm Machinery, Implements & Equipment On behalf of Mr C.D. DICKINSON At BRADSHAW FARM, DADLINGTON LANE, STAPLETON, LEICESTERSHIRE, LE9 8JL On Friday 2nd November 2018 Sale to commence at 11 a.m. prompt To include: Tractors:- JOHN DEERE 6400 Tractor, INTERNATIONAL 784 Tractor, INTERNATIONAL 685 Tractor Trailers:- IFOR WILLIAMS cattle trailer, MARSHALL TWIN AXLE Bale trailer, KEN WOOTON 10 ton silage trailer Implements to include: - JOHN DEERE 1350 mower conditioner, KEENAN KLASSIC 100 feeder wagon, RHINO pasture topper, TAARUP round bale chopper, Portable cattle race with gates and galvanised cattle crush, DAIRY MASTER fast trimming crush Included by permission: - GL1 flail hedge trimmer for compact tractor, MURREYFIELD Ménage grader. Catalogues can be downloaded at or telephone 0116 2814931




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SWYNNERTON TRAINING CAMP STAFFS, ST15STONE 0QN COLD MEECE, SATURDAY 27THST15 OCTOBER 2018 STAFFS, 0QN Tractors including David Brown 995 (x2), MF590 with Power SALE AT 10.30AM SATURDAY 27TH OCTOBER 2018 SALE AT 10.30AM Loader. Tractors including 995 (x2),and harvest Implements with the normalDavid rangeBrown of cultivation MF590 with Power Loader.Tipping Trailer, Ifor Williams implements and including 3 Tonne Implements the normal rangeMF590 of cultivation Tractors including 995 (x2), with Plant Trailers (twinDavid andwith 3 Brown axle), Ransomes 8ft Discs, IforPower Williams and PZ harvest and including 3 Tonne Loader. Stock Trailer, Hay implements Turner, Howard Rotavator, Low Load Bale Trailer, Ifor Williams Trailers and (twinharvest Implements with the normal range ofPlant cultivation Trailer. Tipping and axle), Ransomes 8ftLinde Discs,Fork Ifor Williams implements and32.5 including 3 Tonne Tipping Trailer, IforPallet Williams Plant - Hyster Tonne Fork Lift, Lift with Stockand Trailer, PZ Head, Hay Turner, HowardTowers, Loading Head Spare 2 x Lighting Plant Trailers (twin and 3 axle), Ransomes 8ftRotavator, Discs,Bomag Ifor Williams Low Roller, Load Bale Trailer. Double Drum Double Drum Pedestrian Roller, Stock Trailer, PZ Hay Belle Turner, Howard Rotavator, Low LoadJCB Bale Plant - Hyster 2.5 Tonne Fork Lift, Linde Fork Buckets, Pallet Trucks, Lister Engine and Pump, Petter Engine, Trailer. Lift with Pallet Loading Head and Spare Head, 2 Coronet Major2.5 Lathe, Band Saw. Plant - Hyster Tonne Fork Lift, Linde Lift with Pallet x Lighting Towers, Bomag DoubleFork Drum Roller, Miscellaneous - Granite Cobbles, Pavers, Stone Troughs, Loading Head Spare Head, 2 xBlock Lighting Bomag Belleand Double Drum Pedestrian Roller,Towers, JCB Garden Rotavator, usual collection of small tools. Double Drum Roller,Pallet BelleTrucks, Double Drum Pedestrian Roller, JCB Buckets, Lister Engine and Pump, Insolvency - Items include: Lotted Quanity ofBand Football/Sports Buckets, Pallet Engine Pump, Petter PetterTrucks, Engine,Lister Coronet Majorand Lathe, Saw. Engine, Kit, Contents of a Cafe including andBlock Double Stainless Miscellaneous - Granite Cobbles, Coronet Major Lathe, Band Saw. Single Steel Fridges and Freezers, Till, Bain Marie, Toaster, Meat Pavers, Stone Troughs, Garden usual Miscellaneous - Granite Cobbles, BlockRotavator, Pavers, Stone Troughs, Slicer, Microwave Ovens, Stainless Steel Tables, Stainless Steel collectionusual of small tools. of small tools. Garden Rotavator, collection Dishwasher etc. - ItemsLotted include:Quanity Lotted Quanity of InsolvencyInsolvency - Items include: of Football/Sports Vehicles -Football/Sports Mazda MX5 (02), Mazda B5 Pick-Up (54), Kit, Contents of 200 a Cafe including Kit, Contents of a Cafe including Single and Double Stainless Single and Double Stainless Steel Fridges and Steel Fridges and Freezers, Till, Bain Marie, Toaster, Meat Freezers,ENTRIES Till, Bain Marie, Toaster, Meat FURTHER ANITICPATED ANDSlicer, INVITED Slicer, Microwave Ovens, Stainless Tables, Stainless Steel Microwave Ovens, StainlessSteel Steel Tables, PLEASE SEE WEBSITE FOR UPDATES DishwasherStainless etc. Steel Dishwasher etc. Vehicles - Mazda (02),MX5 Mazda 200 B5 Pick-Up VehiclesMX5 - Mazda (02),B5 Mazda 200 (54), Pick-Up01782 (54) 713444 . 01785 850866 ENTRIES ANTICPATED FURTHERFURTHER ENTRIES ANITICPATED AND INVITED INVITED PLEASE SEE AND WEBSITE FOR UPDATES PLEASE SEE WEBSITE FOR UPDATES

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2 x 2015 Hitachi ZX55U-5A Excavators 2 x 2016 Hitachi ZX210LC-5B Excavators 4 x 2015/14 Volvo EX55R Excavators 2008 Hitachi ZX330-3 Excavator 2015 Hitachi ZX38U Mini Digger 4 x 2014 Hitachi ZX135US-5B Excavators 6 x 2015 Hitachi ZX33U Mini Diggers 10 x 2016 Hitachi ZX130LCN-5B Excavators 2 x 2014 Kubota KX71-3 Mini Diggers 4 x 2014 Komatsu PC138US-10 Excavators PLUS 2014 Hyundai 770-9A Wheeled 2 x 2013 Komatsu PC138US-8 Excavators Loader Crushers, Screens, Dumpers, 2 x 2014 JCB JS130 Excavators Telehandlers, Tractors, Pavers, Backhoes, 2 x 2014 CAT 308E 2CR Excavators Shovels, Generators, Attachments etc etc 2 x 2014 Volvo EX88D Excavators Trucks & Trailers 2 x 2013 Hitachi ZX85U-3LR Excavators Second Auction @ 11am – Yard Equipment, Garage Tools & Equipment etc

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(show at 8.00 a.m., sale at 10.00 a.m.) Catalogues available on website.

The largest consignment of Hill Cheviot rams in Britain. Regular flights Inverness to Bristol. Transport available South. Dingwall & Highland Marts Limited, Humberston, Bailechaul Road, Dingwall, Ross-shire, IV15 9TP. t. 01349 863252

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Dairy Sales Manager The Dairy Sales Manager (DSM) is responsible for managing the development of sales of the Farm Animal Division’s nutritional and health products which will be sold directly to farmers through a network of Area Sales Managers (Dairy Team). Central to the role’s success will be managing the Area Sales Manager (Dairy Team) network to ensure that they: ◆ Adopt the company’s philosophy of achieving sales based on building long term relationships with its customers. This will necessitate a patient but committed approach to following the Phase 1, 2 and 3 sales strategy. ◆ Develop sales based upon detailed analysis of Forage Audits, Rumen Status Audits and additional analytical services, assessing customer needs, providing sound advice, establishing best practice and ensuring excellent product performance. ◆ Develop and maintain a detailed CRM system. Due to this potentially being a national role, the DSM should expect to spend at least two to three nights per week away from home. When not working in the field, the DSM will work from the company’s head office in Lytham.

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WASTE TYRES removed from farms

• 25 years experience • Registered waste carrier • All farm tyres & tyre bale removed in bulk • Competitive prices For free quote call Chris Ingram on

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NEW & USED BULK MILK TANKS 01772 780806 Click Bulk Tanks For Stock

Portable Milking Machine Complete with Honda engine and Electric motor. This unit is ready for work and can be delivered anywhere in the UK. Livestock Supplies LTD Call Ashley on: 07831 887531 or 01829 260328

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Collinson out of parlour feeder with computer 75 tags and a years warranty, in good order


33,200 Ltr Mueller 18,000 Ltr NEW Roka *Special Price* 10,000 Ltr Packo Instant Cooling 2014 12,000 Ltr Fabdec 12,000 Ltr Mueller 10,000 Ltr Fabdec 8,000 Ltr Fabdec 7,000 Ltr Japy + New Cleaner 7,000 Ltr Ice Water Cooled + new cleaner 7,000 Ltr Mueller

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Tanks wanted - 6,000 Ltr and above.

LIVESTOCK SERVICES LTD Plain Cows, Bulls & Clean Cattle wanted. Also casualty collection service with veterinary certificates direct to our own abattoir. All areas covered. Tel: 07568 461322 Office: 01706 577885

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Delaval 3,500 Litres Ro-Ka 4,000 Litres Ro-Ka 5,700 Litres Delaval 6,000 Litres Roka 6,000 Litres Fullwood 7,000 Litres Delaval 8,000 Litres Serap 8,000 Litres Ro-Ka 8,000 Litres Ro-Ka 12,000 Litres Ro-Ka 16,000 Litres Part exchange considered This is only a selection of the tanks currently in stock.


For further details please call S.W Refrigeration specialising in “On Farm cooling Equipment” 01392 210344 or Paul on 07974 140949 All Tanks can be fitted anywhere in the country or ex-yard and all come with a 12 month warranty. Talk to us about our “Green Machine” Heat Recovery System. With almost all installations returning a 30-50% return on investment, can you afford not to install it on your Dairy Farm? Please see for more info.

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ATL EQUIPMENT Bank of 4, Out of Parlour Feeders System. For up to 120 Cows. Nearly new. Also ATL Pegasus 3 way Shedding Gate. Both work of Allflex Tags.




Plain & Cows & Bulls Wanted. Also casualty collection service with veterinary certificates direct to our own abattoir.

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and crutching machine £345, Super Crook from NZ £30, Yoke for stand up dagging £175, ErgoPro cordless sheep & cattle clipper £220. The sheep shearing equipment specialist. George Mudge & Co - Tel: 01822 615456 www. georgemudgeshearing.

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Poultry Equipment. Also Geese available. Tel:01772613719 Lancs

20FT REFRIGERATOR CONTAINER - and + °C. 3 phase, stainless steel inside. Lights, Tidy, Good working condition. last used for dressed turkeys. £3,500 ONO Market Drayton area.Tel 07967 216999 (P)


set blue. Blue egg laying Hybrids, Day old chick available monthly, Tel: 07946 761435 Creag-MhorPoultry

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he Agriculture Bill has been with us for several weeks and I have been busy trying to digest and interpret the detail within it. Sadly, detail is something it is currently lacking. The second reading took place on October 10, and the Bill was well debated within the House of Commons. Labour’s proposed amendment showed while they were supportive of an Agriculture Bill they were concerned it does not contain a food policy, something which is key to the agriculture industry. This was defeated by a majority of just 57. The principles of food security, quality and affordability were strongly voiced by all parties. It is hoped this thread will be woven into the new Bill during the committee stage. The potential impact on the

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Fendt 828 Profi + 65KPH. Mar 2012 (12) Only 4373 hours. FL/PTO. 4 ECV's. Good tyres. 1 owner. £77,950

Claas Arion 650 Cebis 50KPH May 2016 (16). Only 646 hours. Full susp. Front linkage. Air brakes. Lovely tractor. £63,250

Merlo TF42.7 156. Mar 2015 (15). Only 1647 hours. Boom susp. A/C. Air st. JCB Q fit head. 4200KG/7M capacity. 1 owner. £41,950

Massey Ferguson 5712SL Dyna 4. Mar 2017 (17). Only 1181 hours. Cab suspension. New 420/85 x 34. £41,750

New Holland T7.270 Auto command 50KPH. Apr 2017 (17). Only 902 hours. 650/540 tyres. Guidance ready. Extended warranty. £78,250

New Holland TS110 2WD. Mar 2002 (02). Only 3155 hours. SLE transmission. A/C. Air seat. 1 owner. Exceptionally clean. £21,000

New Holland T7.245 Powercommand 50KPH. Mar 2017 (17). Only 1302 hours. 650/540 tyres. 220/245HP. £69,250

New Holland T7.315. Autocommand 50KPH. Feb 2017 (66). Only 980 hours. Guidance ready 710/600 tyres. Extended warranty. £91,500

IN SHORTLY Kuhn Megant 4.8M tine drill. 2014. Front level bar. Wheel eradicators. New tips and Following tines. Very nice. £14,500

John Deere T550i Hillmaster. 2012. Only 774/1264 hours. 2630 screen. 620R header. Chaff & Chopper. £93,750

2016 JCB 527-58. 1700 hours. 2015 JD 5100M & U307 loader. 1300 hours. 2012 MF 6470. 2500 hours. Front susp.

Jaguar F Type R Coupe. Mar 2014 (14). Only 10980 miles. V8 Supercharged. Auto. Full spec. Recent service. Outstanding. £46,950

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McHale C460 trailed straw blower - swivel chute - electric control - 2015 model .................. ...............................................POA

Spread-a-bale Midi - telehandler mounted straw bedding machine - 2014 model - no brackets fitted ...........................................£6,500

Kuhn Primor long body trailed straw blower - swivel chute side chute - electric control ...... ...........................................£5,000

Spread-a-bale SBL 100 telehandler mounted straw bedding machine ........................ ...........................................£4,950

Kuhn Primor 3560 trailed straw blower - swivel chute - side chute - electric control - 2007 model ................................£4,850

KV Taarup 852 mounted straw blower - swivel chute - electric control - 2010 model ................. .......................................... £4,500

Connor 1600 gal slurry tanker on 23.1 Flotation tyres ................ ...................................................... .......................................... £4,750

Joskin 1500 gal slurry tanker - galvanised - 23.1 tyres - 2003 model ........................................... .......................................... £5,250

Hi Spec 1350 gal slurry tanker - on 550 Floatation tyres - 2008 model ........................................... .......................................... £4,250

Hi Spec 10 cube rotary spreader on 550 floatation wheels ............ ...................................................... .......................................... £5,000

K Two 14 tonne duo spreader - 2006 model - slurry door on very good 580 tyres - well minded machine - wide angle PTO ................................ £12,500

Bunning 150HD - 15 tonne spreader c/w slurry door –f/w sludge cake kit-wide body augers - 2014 model- air brakes – w/a PTO shaft ............. £22,500

Bunning 105 - 10.5 tonne spreader - slurry door - 2008 model - wide angle PTO ............. ...................................................... ........................................ £12,750

West 2000 dual spreader - 23.1 x 26 wheels - stone trap - splash guards - 2007 model................... ...................................................... .......................................... £8,500

K Two 6 tonne duo spreader 2010 model - slurry door - Wide angle PTO - extremely clean ..... ...................................................... ....................................... £12,500

West 2000 dual spreader - 23.1 x 26 wheels - stone trap - 2012 model ........................................... ...................................................... .........................................£11,500

West 1600 dual spreader - 23.1 x 26 wheels - stone trap - farmer owned spreader from new - 2010 model ........................................... ...........................................£8,950

Bailey 16 tonne grain/silage trailer - 600 x 60 x 22.5 floatation tyres - 10 stud axles - air & hydr brakes - rocking beam axles ..... .........................................£16,250

Triffitt 14 tonne grain trailer c/w hyd door - sprung drawbar - 2001 model - super singles commercial axles ....................... ...........................................£6,000

Richard Western 12 tonne agri dump trailer - super singles ..... ...................................................... ...................................................... .......................................... £6,500

Ken Wooton 8 tonne agri dump trailer .......................................... ...................................................... ...........................................£3,750

AS Marston 12 tonne dump trailer .......................................... ...................................................... ...........................................£6,500

Easterby 14 tonne grain trailer - super singles - 8 stud axles hydraulic brakes - sprung draw bar .....................................£5,750

Triffit 6.5 tonne single axle monocoque corn trailer - Very tidy trailer .................................... ...........................................£3,600

AS Marston 5 tonne grain trailer - extremely tidy ........................ ................................................... ........................................ £3,600

Isuzu D Max double cab pickup - steel wheels - 67 Reg - Green 16,812 miles - c/w canopy ......... .........................................£17,000

AW 14 tonne root trailer - hyd door - sprung drawbar - 10 stud axle on springs ............................ ...............................................POA

Landrover Defender 90 hardtop – Blue - 13 Reg - 78,762 miles Very Clean ................................... .........................................£15,000

AS Marston 10 tonne grain/ silage trailer - 12.5 tyres ........... ...................................................... ...........................................£4,250

Isuzu Rodeo D Max Yukon Twin Turbo - 66 reg - 54,195 miles .... ...................................................... .........................................£15,000

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A POWERFUL, COMPLETE UNIT! FOREST TRAILERS Kellfris timber trailers are standard equipped with: - Articulated steering. - 2-lever valve block, BLB. - Hydraulic stabilisers. - Winch (N/A. 4,7 m). - Grapple. Price from 6 tonnes with crane 4.7 m:

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HERBST LOW LOADER C/W HI-AB ............................................... .............................................. £8250

MASSEY FERGUSON 7720, 2017, 828 HOURS, BIG SPEC ................. ........................................... £78,500

JOHN DEERE 6120R ECO 2017 TLS, CREEP 1277 HOURS ............ ........................................... £55,250

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TRIOLIET ZX2-2800, 2014, REAR STEER, SIDE CONVEYER ............. ........................................... £18,750

JOHN DEERE 3650, J REG 30KPH 10125 HOURS .................... ........................................... £15,250

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REDROCK 2000 TANKER, SPRUNG DRAWBAR VERY CLEAN.................................. £7750

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Providing exhibitors with a platform to introduce ground-breaking innovations, 2019’s Lamma Show will see the re-launch of its renowned Lamma Innovation Awards. Could you have a winning creation?




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pen to exhibitors of the Lamma Show, the Lamma Innovation Awards are designed to champion agricultural machinery and technology from all farming sectors. Judging is based on innovations which are mindful in their impact on the environment, a sustainable concept, practical in their use and progressive in their design and safety features. The awards will remain free to enter with the deadline for entry being October 31, 2018. An independent judging panel of industry experts will review all entries based on set criteria, with the winners announced in December 2018 Gold and silver medal winners will be

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presented with a trophy which they can display on their stand at Lamma ’19. There will also be one winner’s winner selected from all the gold medal winners by the judges during the show, which will be presented with the Lamma Founders Award.

2019 Innovation Awards categories ■ Arable Innovation ■ Livestock Innovation ■ Driven Innovation ■ Online Innovation ■ Diversification Innovation ■ Future Innovation

IVEL Award In addition, the Institution of Agricultural Engineers will be awarding its IVEL Award to the best product or environmental innovation. Entrants are automatically entered into this and the winner will be announced during the show. Gold and silver medal winners will also feature in the brand new Lamma Innovation Trail – a guided trail around the event for visitors to follow, showcasing winning innovations on exhibitors’ stands.

How to enter TO enter the awards, and to learn more about the awards, contact Rebecca Fearon, AgriBriefing event marketing executive, at Rebecca.fearon@ or 01772 799 425, Alternatively, contact Annabel Ly, AgriBriefing events manager, at or 020 7202 0914.

KEENAN, under the guidance of its parent company Alltech, won the Technological Innovation Award for its latest InTouch controller. Compared to its predecessor, the new controller offers a colour screen display with greater functionality, fewer buttons, advanced processing power and the ability to collect data from a much larger number of sensors. Robert Walker, Keenan chief executive officer, says: “With a new operating system, InTouch can also be used to monitor the mixer feeder in addition to handling rations and receiving content.” The firm says the level of sophistication now offered through the InTouch controller has led to a large number being retro-fitted to older Keenan feeders, in addition to being part of the standard specification on new models. “Winning the Lamma award has been beneficial on a number of levels,” he says. “It has helped to engage more of the Alltech business in seeing how the end result of a product development can benefit farmers, and we are now looking to apply similar advanced levels of data collection to larger industrial machines too.”

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OVERALL WINNER AND ENVIRONMENTAL PRODUCT AWARD WORCESTERSHIRE-based Mzuri picked up the Overall Winner and Environmental Product Award for its Xzact precision seeding units, which can be retro-fitted to its Pro-Til drill models. Mzuri’s managing director Martin Lole says while the unit was developed initially for overseas markets, demand among UK growers has been strong. “We were pleased to have won such a prestigious award for our

precision seeding system,” he says. “And this has been further rewarded with a number of highprofile sales in the UK this year.”

Versatility The Xzact seeding units can be used to replace the conventional coulter assembly, effectively giving the strip-till machine the capability of a precision seeder. It achieves this using electronic down-the-row seed placement,

and extends the versatility of the Pro-Til to suit those planting maize, sunflower and sugar beet, says the manufacturer. Xzact is also capable of planting maize directly into stubbles and grass leys.

“UK innovations are highly regarded by the whole of the farming industry, and receiving this award was a very proud moment for the whole Mzuri team,” says Mr Lole.

LIVESTOCK EQUIPMENT AWARD HAMPSHIRE-based Wessex International won the Livestock Equipment Award for its modular round bale feeding system, the BFR-180. Designed for use on a telehandler or tractor-loader, the base unit has an innovative headstock that contains bale spikes. It can be uncoupled from the bale cradle to simplify loading, without having to leave the cab or use a second machine for loading. Once recoupled, drive locks

CROP PRODUCTION EQUIPMENT AWARD DEVON-based Halse South West won the Crop Production Award for the Reptill inter-row vineyard cultivator, which it imports from Spanish maker Ovlac. Halse South West sales manager Nick Clark says: “Winning a Lamma award has created greater interest and focus on our wide range of specialist vineyard machinery. We are very pleased that the Reptill has been recognised for what it is. And we have seen a lot of interest from hop and fruit growers too, and several Reptill models are now working in Kent.” Unlike a traditional short disc

harrow, which sees disc gangs move soil in opposing directions, the 1.7-metre wide Reptill’s front gang moves soil outwards from the middle, to both sides of the implement. The second row of discs then pulls soil back in. A row of ripper tines is placed between the two gangs of discs. “This configuration allows the implement to cut roots, create mulch, bust any pan and improve soil drainage,” he says. “Tines are hydraulically adjustable from the cab, and a hydraulic headland frame lifting kit is available to provide a near vertical lift to suit a narrow headland.”

are re-engaged to power the machine’s hydraulic motors for unrolling round bales into feed troughs.

Capability An extension conveyor and bedder attachment can also be added, extending the machine’s capability as a straw spreader. The firm recognised the importance of gaining an innovation award, which highlighted the BFR’s role as a multi-purpose livestock machine.

FARM MACHINERY AND EQUIPMENT INNOVATION AWARD THE Farm Machinery and Equipment Innovation Award, in association with Farmers Guardian, was won by Keith Mount Liming for its Phieldtek PCN210 soil sampler. The device was designed and

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built to speed-up soil sampling, specifically for the detection of potato cyst nematode (PCN). Mount’s design has enabled collection of 210 samples per hectare grid from a ground-driven sampling wheel with auto-core

ejection. It collects more than four times the number of samples usually required to meet PCN testing protocol. Director Andrew Mount says: “Previously, sampling was a slow, laborious task. The PCN210 has automated the collection process and enabled quicker collection of more samples. “Because we are automatically collecting more samples, we can give growers a much more detailed analysis of their fields.” He adds the machine has been

further refined during the 2018 season, and while it remains the only model in existence - giving the company a competitive edge - Mr Mount says the firm is looking at producing a small batch of machines which can be sold into other potato growing regions of the UK. “The award has given this new sampling system tremendous recognition – PCN is a serious threat to potato crops, and having a more comprehensive, early warning system is something that growers will appreciate,” he says.

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lobal engine powerhouse Deutz has embarked on the electrification of its product portfolio. Branded e-Deutz, the company plans on having products for sale as soon as 2020. Following the acquisition of fellow German company Torqeedo, specialists in electric propulsion in the leisure boat industry, the company is using the recently acquired technology to test full electrical and two hybrid drive systems. Recognising

LOADER DEVELOPMENTS DEUTZ has specifically chosen to test its technology on telehandlers for several reasons. The varied workload these machines carry out, especially on farms and construction sites, and differing terrain and conditions they operate in, make them the perfect vehicle to test the tech with, says the manufacturer. Also, the power requirement to drive and operate hydraulic functions will push the systems and give the company an idea of the capacity they have. Two Liebherr 432-7 telescopic loaders have the new systems fitted, one running the ‘mild’ hybrid system, the other fully electric. Two

A fully electric example of a Manitou telehandler.

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construction-spec Manitous are also being used for evaluation: an MT1135 is kitted out with a fully electrical system, while the larger MT1335 gets the mild hybrid tech.

Flange The mild hybrid system uses a 2.2-litre diesel engine putting out 74hp (55kW), which is attached to an intermediate flange gear and integrated clutch. This distributes power to the loader’s functions and an electrical generator which charges a 10kWh battery buried in the rear of the machine. The system runs at 48 volts. If extra grunt is needed, the battery feeds a 27hp (20kW) electric motor

How do they drive? IN a nutshell, they drive just like a normal telehandler. The only discernible difference is there is no noise or vibration from the engine, but it is not as eerily quiet as might be expected. Instead, the usual whine from the transmission is still there and the drumming of tyres on tarmac is also

which feeds into the flanged gear to provide the power boost. The system can be run for short periods on pure electric power, but loader functions are very much limited as the electric motor is not

still noticeable. In the hybrid machine, the comforting chatter of an engine is present and the change in power delivery is not noticeable. In fact, for many operations the little four-pot engine manages fine and would be ideal for materials handling, with its claimed frugal fuel consumption. large enough to run everything at once. A fully hybrid system, more akin to a diesel-electric set up as found in trains, is still under development but will use the company’s 2.2-litre

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press with its ambitions for a carbon neutral future, engine Deutz also revealed several electrically-driven loader models. reports from the company’s base in Cologne, Germany.

z shows off prototype r ic loader concepts the global shift in emissions and fuel efficiency awareness, the engine manufacturer is testing prototypes of the two alternative drive systems, aiming to equip the technology to agricultural vehicles which already feature its diesel burners within the next two years. At present a brace of Manitou and Liebherr telescopic loaders have been equipped with a hybrid system and fully electrical system, with little difference in performance, according to Deutz.

The only time the electric motor kicked in was with aggressive stamping of the throttle and when lifting the boom while moving. Deutz has also developed an app which links to the engine bay and gives a visualisation of where the power is being directed. block to just run a generator. This generator will feed a larger battery, possibly up to 30kWh, which will feed an 80hp (60kW) electric motor to power all the loader’s functions. The fully electric version is where

Key to the success of the project, especially regarding the hybrid system, is the modular design the system uses.

Opportunity Theoretically, any machine which features one of the company’s 3.6-litre diesel engines could have it removed and have a 2.2- or 2.9-litre hybrid unit put in its place with minimal wire and pipe rerouting. This is a strategic move from Deutz as it will open the opportunity for a broad

Deutz sees the biggest area of prospective growth, as the technology is deemed suitable in telehandlers and could be adopted in a multitude of different applications. It is also the system which Torqeedo has had the biggest input, with battery and motor design cues coming from it.

Power pack Most notably different in the external appearance to the fully electric machines is the giant power pack slotted under the cab and engine bay of the loader. This 30kWh battery gives only a few inches of ground clearance, but is only at prototype stage. In

range of machinery manufacturers to use the Deutz systems, instead of having to develop their own. At present, all the systems Deutz is developing use the host vehicle’s hydrostatic or mechanical drive, however electric wheel motors are in development and the next logical step on this journey. Integrating these into the machine will be a harder challenge for the company as it will require them to sell the complete package to a manufacturer, rather than just a power unit.

the future, it is conceivable the battery will get smaller and be built into places such as the rear counter weight or where the fuel tank is. Like the full hybrid machine, an 80hp (60kW) electric motor powers the driveline and hydraulic pumps. The system runs at 360 volts and Deutz sees the unit being of interest to farms and enterprises which are producing their own renewable energy from solar panels or anaerobic digestion, for instance. Remaining from the previous engine are the radiator and hydraulically-driven fan, for cooling the engine bay and hydraulics, and

The Deutz strategy DEUTZ has firmly nailed its colours to the mast in this latest move, indicating the renewable and alternative energy sector is its future. While the company acknowledges there will not be a complete evacuation from the diesel market by all sectors, particularly agriculture, they do see the need in other industries to get as near to CO2 neutral as possible. By 2022, Deutz expects 10 per cent of its revenue to come from the electric and hybrid sector.

Interest Areas in agriculture where it sees the electrification process being of interest include municipal tractors and with orchard and yard vehicles. The company says it sees no incentive to electrifying big tillage tractors as most of the time the electric systems would not be as efficient as their diesel counterparts. However, this could change as the technology matures, in terms of electrical efficiency, battery size and capacity. Deutz also sees a future in renewable fuels and is actively developing engines and systems to use them. Hydrogen, biodiesel, multi-fuel and synthetic fuels are all being analysed to determine if they are viable options going forward.

another electrically-driven fan has been added for cooling while recharging. Inside the engine bay are a series of boxes containing computers and all manner of other gizmos to keep the loader running.

While hybrid machines, such as the concept below, are already in use in some industries, Deutz says it sees a clear future for fully electric models, such as the example, far left.

A hybrid power unit.

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Sparkling new products for diamond anniversary rIfor Williams Trailers opens £5m facility

COINCIDING with 60 years of production, iconic trailer manufacturer Ifor Williams Trailers has opened a new production facility in its homeland of North Wales. Its 6,000sq.m production facility started manufacturing in November last year, and was recently opened by Ken Skates, the Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Transport.

Production The new facility is responsible for the production of livestock trailers, with everything from the

company’s diddy P6e through to the tri-axle TA510. In total, more than 750,000 trailers have rolled off the firm’s production sites in the past six decades. At a cost of £5 million, the new site features the latest in metal fabrication and production line technology, enabling the company to take on more orders at a reduced lead time, it says.

Launches With an eye on the future, the company hopes the investment will help negate any risk from Brexit and increase exports in the coming years. In addition to the factory opening, the event also featured a number of new product launches.

Trailer number two, built in 1958, has been meticulously restored.

SA4 STOCK TRAILER FOLLOWING European and smallholder demand, IWT has re-introduced a single-axle, single beast trailer. With a gross weight of 1,400kg, the trailer measures 4ft (1.2 metres) wide by 6ft (1.830m) tall by 8ft (2.4m) long, meaning those without a B+E license can legally tow it. It is the first time this type of trailer has been manufactured by the company

since it ceased production of this style in the 1980s. The design is reminiscent of the second ever trailer produced by Ifor Williams in his smithy in 1958 (pictured above), which has been fully restored. The restoration returned the trailer to its original condition and has been so meticulously done, even the nuts and bolts are imperial gauge. It would have cost about £90 in 1958, just a shade over £2,000 in today’s money.

SINGLE AXLE TIPPER DESIGNED with smallholders and UTV users in mind, the new single axle tipper features a skip back and manual pump to facilitate tipping. The braked trailer can carry up to 1,100kg of cargo and has the option of including mesh sides and tail board to carry loose and bulky items. The profile of the trailer is similar to the company’s P6e trailer, enabling accessories to be changed between the two.

LOG SPLITTER FOR the first time in its history IWT is venturing into the world of trailed equipment. Kicking off this new product portfolio is a log splitter, equipped with a 5.5hp four-stroke Honda engine. The machine, which can be towed behind a quad bike, car or pick up is fully galvanised and features a ram capable of exerting 25 tonnes of pressure. 90 | OCTOBER 19 2018

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A nifty feature is its ability to work in horizontal or vertical positions. Other user-friendly features are a log stripper, which makes it easier to remove wet and twisted logs off the splitting wedge and a hands-free return enabling faster loading of the machine. Logs up to 600mm long can be split.

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Blowfly risk ‘low’ but farmers should still be on their guard rLate-season strikes

likely in warm weather THE National Animal Disease Information Service and Elanco blowfly risk forecast now show a lower risk of blowfly strike, following a high number of outbreaks

after a series of mini heatwaves during summer. However, experts have warned farmers they need to keep their guard up as cases of blowfly strike are still possible and are being reported regularly. The risk level is now ‘low’ throughout most of the country,

although farmers in previous years have still reported incidents well into November, with some even reaching into December.

Falling temperature Richard Wall, professor of zoology at Bristol University, says: “In most areas, the falling temper-

atures mean the strike risk is now relatively low. “However, blowflies are still active, and any prolonged warm autumn weather could still result in late-season strikes, particularly with the onset of further rain. High levels of care are still required.” While the risk of blowfly is now low, cases are still possible and being reported regularly.

FARMERS WANTED TO INFORM UK SHEEP INDUSTRY TWO farmer representatives from England and one from Wales are sought for the Sheep Health and Welfare Group. As part of their role, the representatives are expected to feed-in information from their area and other sheep farmers on health and welfare challenges and provide feedback on initiatives or proposals through attendance at meetings and via the secretariat. MORE INFORMATION Details at

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UK team announced for Cremona 2018 HOLSTEIN UK has selected four young breeders to represent the society at the open junior show at Cremona, Italy, later this month. The team of two senior and two

junior competitors comprises Laura Cornthwaite (Shropshire Holstein Young Breeders) and Alison Hunter (Scotland HYB) in the senior category, and Laura Barrett

(Central Counties HYB) and Elliot Jackson (Lancashire HYB) in the junior section. The four will compete in clipping, showmanship and stockjudging competitions.

Limousin boosts number of genetic evaluations IN a move to further strengthen its genetic evaluation service for all producers, the British Limousin Cattle Society has increased its number of genetic evaluations from three to six each year.

This means estimated breeding value and genomic estimated breeding value results are as accurate as they can be at any given time. The next genetic evaluation update, following the most recent

release in September, is scheduled to be published in the first week of November. In 2019, the genetic evaluations will take place in January, March, May, July, September and November. OCTOBER 19 2018 | 91

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LIVESTOCK Monitoring herd management on an ongoing basis and translating this into proactive planning is key to controlling mastitis levels. Hannah Park reports.


hen it comes to mastitis control and overall herd health, a team approach is needed to get the best results. This was the message from Bill May, veterinary surgeon and director at Lambert Leonard and May (LLM), who discussed some of the measures dairy units could consider when looking at controlling and reducing mastitis levels across the herd. Speaking at an event as part of Boehringer Ingelheim’s Ubrocare initiative, Mr May said incidents of mastitis cases remained high, but a shift in aetiology had led to more being caused by environmental factors rather than being contagious cases. Acknowledging there were multiple factors influencing mastitis levels across a herd, Mr May said cow management, milking preparation and machine function were key areas to look at to reduce the risk of mastitis. He said farmers looking to lower mastitis levels should consider monitoring, possibly alongside their vet or vet-tech or with the help of software, so that data collected could be discussed intermittently to make changes to management or practices to reduce and manage risk levels on a continual basis.  He said: “On average, we are still seeing about 30-plus cases per 100 cows per year. “This has come down significantly but, with some units down at about 10 or fewer cases, it is achievable to get to these levels. “Mastitis is a costly disease, around £250-£300 per case [AHDB], which is attributed to treatment but in the main, milk chuck out can add up significantly when all cases in a herd are considered.” Mr May said getting hold of reliable data had been one of the barriers in being able to monitor mastitis historically, especially for

There are multiple factors influencing mastitis levels across a herd.

Herd monitoring for mastitis control milk units not recording for an individual figure or actively recording the number of culls due to mastitis. “An increasing focus on herd health means we are working with a growing number of farmers to get this information.”

Whole team In addition to the help vet-techs give for data gathering, Mr May said it was important for the whole team on-farm to be on board with a mastitis reduction plan. “This could involve the owner or herd manager who wants to put in place a monitoring scheme or plan for the farm staff and milkers who

We can use gathered data as part of an investigation into mastitis levels on-farm BILL MAY will be involved in implementing any changes day-to-day. “All individuals will have an impact

BUILD UP A BROADER PICTURE OF RISK FACTORS FROM MILKING MACHINE DATA MILKING machine data could prove useful when looking at mastitis cases and farmers should not be put off by thinking they do not have the technical expertise, as a lot of observations could be made by eye. Bill May said: “Day-to-day observations can build up a valuable picture and milk flow is one example. “If there is not enough stimulation 92 | OCTOBER 19 2018

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to the teat and not enough milk letdown, there will typically be milk flow which then stops for a time lapse before flowing again.

Pulsation “This means the teat is being subjected to vacuum pulsation but there is no milk flowing which prolongs milking time and leads to teat end damage. A look at teats

post-milking could be valuable, as poor-fitting liners can have a big impact on teats which can be related to mastitis. “Building up a picture of whether these things are happening during milking, how often, or to how many cows, can help to establish if the machine or the milking process is a significant risk factor to mastitis levels.”

on its success, so it is important they are engaged and are motivated by the benefit any management changes could bring for them, be that an economical saving, an improvement to efficiency of day-to-day running, or time-saving at milking.” Since employing vet-techs, Mr May said it had enabled the practice to work more routinely alongside farms to gather information from milkings including teat and cleanliness scoring. “In the past, it would have taken a serious issue to warrant the call-out of a vet and we were not able to get hold of the breadth of data regular scoring provides. “By highlighting presence of things like hyperkeratosis due to over-milking, we can use this kind of data gathered over a period of time as part of an investigation and ongoing monitoring into mastitis levels on-farm. “Cleanliness scoring is often another piece of the puzzle and also very useful data to tie in with mastitis monitoring. In a dirty herd where teats are exposed to slurry, animals are more at risk from environmental infections,” he added.

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KEY MOVES IN DUTCH EFFORTS TO 2006 The use of antibiotics as a growth promoter is banned in livestock farming in the EU

The Netherlands has drastically reduced its antibiotic usage over recent years, driven by Government-led policy which has been implemented by farmers and vets. Laura Bowyer reports.

Netherlands slashes its antibiotics use


utch vet Erik Boer says the reduction of antibiotic is not the goal, but instead restricting their use to reduce and prevent subsequent resistance. Before 2009, the Netherlands held the title of the lowest consumer of antibiotics in human medicine while being the among highest users in terms of veterinary medicine. Major discussions started 10 years ago about the use of antibiotics in the nation’s agricultural industry and until 2009 there was a particularly high use of antibiotics in the Dutch pig industry, resulting in a Government-set target of

slashing use by half in three years across all species. At the same time, the preventative use of antibiotics was banned. The Government set three basic principles, reducing the use of antibiotics, improving their use and making the use of these drugs more transparent.

Targets The Dutch industry was set with targets of reducing antibiotic use by 20 per cent before 2011 and 50 per cent by 2013. And they were successful, being mid-way in the European antibiotic league table before 2009 and now sitting closer to the bottom.

A central database was created in 2010 and monitored by the Netherlands Veterinary Medicines Authority where all prescribed antibiotics on-farm are registered. The following year a ban was put in place on in-feed antibiotics, with growth promoters previously being banned in 2006. Vets now work closely with farmers, with every farm requiring a designated vet who visits monthly, and together they construct health plans in a bid to tighten the use of drugs. Antibiotics were previously dispensed by vets and farmers could hold stocks, but preventative medicine is now the driving force.

The Netherlands’ veal calf industry has achieved a 56 per cent reduction in antibiotics use since 2009.

IN THE FIELD: KIER BLOEMERT, CALF REARER AFTER deciding he could not profitably continue in pig production after 30 years in the industry, Dutch farmer Kier Bloemert has now been rearing white veal calves for five years. Adapting his pig housing and building additional shed space, he jumped straight into production with 1,350 calves. The farm is 22 hectares (54 acres) and runs an intensive system on slatted flooring. Arriving at 44kg, calves are grown to about 26-28 weeks of age, producing a 155kg carcase at 300kg liveweight, with all animals leaving the farm within a fortnight of each other. The calves are mainly out of Holsteins, which Mr Bloemert says are long in the body and cheaper to buy. Fuite, a family-run feed milling business with a veal processing arm, provides a contract rearing system and supplies Mr Bloemert with the bull calves, mainly imported from Germany and arriving at a minimum of two weeks old. Batches of 600-700 are delivered at a time and two weeks later another delivery of the same number is received, following an all-in, all-out system. Fuite provides the feed and animals and also carries the risk. 94 | OCTOBER 19 2018

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made-up of etheric oils, organic acids and herb extract – is fed each day for the first 10 weeks to build a buffer in the gut. He says this has led to better feed conversion rates and growth, with calves gaining 1.06kg/ day, all while using less antibiotics.

I have lived through a change when it comes to antibiotic use, but I would not go back to the way I farmed before


KIER BLOEMERT If a calf dies within 14 days, it is the responsibility of the calf provider and not the farm. If calves get rotavirus, the group is culled and Fuite absorbs the cost.

Difficult Mr Bloemert says: “When the calves arrive, the first thing we do is give them some water after travelling a long way but it is difficult when they have come straight off their mother. “When mixed together from different sources, calves are exposed to all sorts of bacteria and diseases from one another, but no

vaccinations are given to the calves. Calves arriving on-farm are stressed and often have a low immunity as in many cases the most colostrum goes to the calves which stay on the dairy farms from which the calves are sourced.” The vet visits every week for the first six weeks and records what is being administered and the records are independently checked. Mr Bloemert has instead changed what were routinely used treatments to alternative products, many of which are derived from natural ingredients. A gut enhancer –

He feeds a solution designed to combat scours consisting of mojave yucca, fatty acids and palm kernel, and says it improves their vigour. If it does not appear to work on its first dose, it will be used again. He likes using the product as its use does not need to be recorded and a five-litre bottle will last one cycle of 1,350 calves. Pneumonia is the biggest problem among his calves, which he says will involve the administration of antibiotics, and generally there are very few intestinal problems. Mr Bloemert says older farmers were used to having stocks of antibiotics but have adapted to working in this new way, and he says habits have changed dramatically although the older generation are not quite yet fully at ease. He says: “I have lived through a change when it comes to antibiotic use, but I would not go back to the way I farmed before.”

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REDUCE USE OF ANTIBIOTICS 2009 The Netherlands is named as one of the EU’s biggest users of antibiotics in veterinary medicine

2010 Central database for antibiotics use set up, requiring all farms to register their use of prescribed antibiotics

2011 Use of in-feed antibiotics banned as the country hits its 20 per cent reduction target in two years

2013 The Netherlands continues to reduce antibiotics use in livestock, achieving its 50 per cent target

Keeping antibiotics onfarm in the Netherlands

IN THE FIELD: RENE WEIJS, PIG FARMER RENE Weijs expanded his pig production in 2010 to increase the profitability of his business. This coincided with the drive to reduce antibiotic use, with the pig sector decreasing use by 62 per cent since 2009. He doubled his production and now has 3,200 pigs which are taken from his brother’s unit as piglets. He finishes 3.3 rounds per year on a slatted floor, following an all-in, all-out system and says he can now spread his fixed costs over more heads, with plans to further increase his herd to 6,000 pigs. Pigs arrive at the farm at 27kg at 11 weeks old and grow on until 120-125kg, taking 110 days.

Air cleaner Mr Weijs says if he has disease he will speak to his vet and his feed adviser. He says using less medication is largely about making the most of the climate and water and uses water mist to cool pigs in summer. He has a chemical air cleaner but hopes to replace this with a biological one. He uses a water treatment product and, since doing so, has experienced fewer problems with coughing while pig intakes have increased. Transparent sections in

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My vet bill is the same as before the tighter antibiotic rules as, although less antibiotics are used, more vaccines and time are being invested RENE WEIJS water pipes were fitted so water quality can be checked from the corridor in his pig building. Oxycyclin used to be commonly used in the first week of having the piglets but after vets carried out blood samples, they now vaccinate for circovirus. The farm sees 3.5 per cent mortality, 2 per cent of which is due to porcine ileitis – a condition of the small intestine.

Levels of pleurisis, a condition of the lungs, are significantly lower than the national average of 20 per cent, with Mr Weijs’ herd sitting at just 5 per cent. Antibiotic use is now three to four daily doses, a European measurement of antibiotic use, whereas before it was above 10. He speaks to his vet regularly who visits every six weeks, but adds: “My vet bill is the same as before the tighter antibiotic rules as, although less antibiotics are used, more vaccines and time are being invested.”

DUTCH holdings have three attempts to tackle a disease on-farm: n First choice antibiotics: These are narrow spectrum antibiotics and can be kept by the farmer, but only in enough quantity to treat 15 per cent of all animals on-farm at that time. These drugs would include penicillins, tetracyclines and sulphonamides. n Second choice antibiotics: These are broad spectrum antibiotics and can be kept on-farm for 14 days and no more than three diseases can be targeted with these drugs. There can only be enough antibiotics to treat 5 per cent of veal calves on-farm or 10 per cent of pig or dairy cattle numbers. These include beta-lactams, colistin and aminoglycosides and are only allowed once the animals have been blood tested. n Third choice antibiotics: The vet has to administer these third- and fourth-generation antibiotics. The vet records its administration and takes a picture of the case. These would include fluoroquinolones and cephalosporins. These antibiotics are prohibited for food-producing animals. OCTOBER 19 2018 | 95

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LIVESTOCK After last week’s report from the British Milking Goat Association open day in Skipton, Hannah Noble reveals what was discussed about breeding and health. MANAGING DISEASE IN GOATS THERE is a wide variety of pathogens existing on farms, however Kathy Anzuino, of the University of Bristol, said the environment had a large part to play in how much of a threat these pathogens posed to the health of goats. Dr Anzuino said: “Pathogens like cryptosporidium and coccidia might be present in very low levels in the environment and the animal builds resistance. “But if the bugs get the opportunity, they will multiply and get to a high level where disease is caused in an animal. This causes the shedding of more bugs which overwhelms other animals in the group.” In commercial populations of goats, with high stocking density it is easier to get a build-up of disease in the environment. Goats under a lot of pressure to perform are also more susceptible to contracting infection when pathogens are at a lower level.

Resilience “Another factor to consider is how well the goats can resist disease,” she added. “Genetic resistance is one way of avoiding disease, but there are other ways you can build up resilience. Feeding the right amounts and types of feed can help boost immunity.” Vaccinations can also give animals a head start in avoiding the threat of pathogens. “The best way to prevent disease on your farm is to keep it off the farm all together, so biosecurity is paramount,” she added. “Keeping a closed herd is a good way of reducing the level of pathogens which enter the farm. “Breeding replacement buck goats from within the herd or finding an accredited source for replacements is also an option. “If buying animals in, premovement testing could also be an option, this can rule out some questions over the animal’s health before it enters the farm,” Dr Anzuino said.

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To improve a herd’s efficiency, producers have been told to focus on health and genetics.

Improving goat herd genetics and health


n order to increase efficiency, producers must focus on making improvements on breeding, even if the end goal is not to increase numbers. This was the message from Bryony Kendall, director of Tyndale Vets, who said if you did nothing to improve breeding, the herd was likely to go backwards. Dr Kendall stressed that buying buck goats on their looks was not always beneficial for the herd as they have not always been tested for their suitability and performance in a commercial setting.

Reliable She said: “However, there is now the opportunity for goat farmers to use AI on their farms, and it is a way of buying the best genetics, cheaply and risk-free.” She explained the benefits of AI were threefold. “It utilises the best females in the herd, uses proven and reliable genetics, and reduces disease risk, while not compromising biosecurity,” she said. It is especially important that the semen used is produced by proven bucks, meaning they have many

Other benefits of artificial insemination in goats n 45 per cent expected conception rate n The cost is about £67 per offspring (including synchronisation) n Males produced by AI can be used on the rest of the herd to increase genetic potential n Females will recover the cost of AI with increased production and longevity n Genomic testing for goats is now available in the UK

daughters which have been milk recorded and assessed for other physical traits, such as udders and feet and legs. If you are going to buy bucks in, make sure they are from a herd free from caprine arthritis encephalitis, caseous lymphadenitis, scrapie and TB, which can have big production limiting effects and cost implications. Currently, the only proven semen is available from France, where they use AI extensively in goat herds and have a long-established breeding programme.

Goats selected for AI should be scanned for cloudburst, which reduces the conception rate of AI in goats. They then need to be synchronised and AI’d using a slightly different method to cows and sheep. “The goat is put into a handstand position, being supported by two farmers, with its head in a locking head yoke,” Dr Kendall said. “Using a speculum, the cervix is located and semen is deposited into the uterus.”

Parity She explained only the top performing animals in the herd should be put forward for AI. “It is important to select the correct goats for AI,” she said. “If a goat has previously held in-kid to AI, they have almost a 20 per cent better chance of conceiving again. “Another important factor is parity. Goats which have had two to four kiddings previously are the most fertile for AI, unlike dairy cows. “The inter-kidding interval makes a big difference, goats are more likely to conceive to AI if they last kidded between 180 and 240 days ago,” she added.

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New classes have been added to a line-up of what is sure to be a top show of livestock at this year’s Agri-Expo.

Bigger than ever showcase


Judging in the sheep ring at last year’s Agri-Expo.


wo new classes are set to join the line-up at this year’s Borderway AgriExpo, which will be held on Friday, November 2, at Borderway Mart, Carlisle. For the first time, Blue Texels will be represented with a class to award the best pair of lambs, alongside a new class for a pair of Herdwick cross lambs. About 1,000-head of cattle and sheep will be on show, with judges travelling from Ireland, Scotland and England for the annual event. Presence from national breed societies is also set to be strong and will see several host their breed society shows at the event, alongside the existing line-up of cattle classes, baby beef and sheep classes taking place. Alongside the show, the event also provides a platform for equipment, information and the latest technology, and visitors can see what is on offer from some 140 trade stands exhibiting. Harrison and Hetherington’s joint managing director and event organiser David Pritchard says: “This year, more than ever, Borderway AgriExpo offers the farming community a valuable meeting point to remind ourselves and our customers about the fantastic successes of our industry

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and what we can offer global markets in the future. “It gives us the opportunity to encourage younger members of our industry, who are full of optimism and energy, and will take our products into a new post-Brexit era. “The event has become a unique

event for the agricultural industry to come together to celebrate its achievements, meet with industry representatives to discuss current issues and gain knowledge and information about new innovations and technologies within livestock management.”

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Leanne Workman with her children (left to right) Victoria, John and Jamie.

orthern Ireland is fast becoming a centre of beef breeding excellence and this was reflected in the results at last year’s Agri-Expo. Leanne Workman says: “Adding to the excitement of the day was the fact the entire family, those actually present at the venue and those still at home, could follow the day’s proceedings in real-time, courtesy of the internet. “The buzz was amazing and the warm congratulations we received from breeders and the many in attendance from all parts of the UK was so gratifying. “The day just kept getting better and better, but what made it particularly satisfying was the fact two animals from home were left in the

It was beyond Leanne Workman’s wildest imagination that last supreme championship at Agri-Expo, but dreams sometimes

Bexy-Boo a unique s ring to compete for the supreme championship accolade.” Mrs Workman carried the day with her British Blue cross Limousin heifer Bexy-Boo. But she is the first to point out that getting the animal to last year’s Agri-Expo in such wonderful condition required the active input of her entire family. She farms with her husband Robbie and his parents, Matt and Roberta, on

Maggie, a potential entrant in the Ulster premier beef and lamb championships.

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the outskirts of Larne, Co Antrim. Extending to 647 hectares (1,600 acres), the business comprises a 200-strong head of suckler cows and 1,300 breeding ewes. “The farm is split 50:50 lowland and hill. We are all grass,” she says. “The hill areas are used to graze our Blackface sheep during spring and summer, plus dry cows. “Our sucklers calve all year and our focus is to breed high-quality calves throughout the year, which will command a premium in the market place.

Most of the cows are crossed with a Charolais bull. Increasingly, we are breeding our own herd replacements



“The breed make-up of the cows comprises a mix of British Blue, Aberdeen-Angus and Limousin bloodlines, which are predominantly black in colour. “Most of the cows are crossed with a Charolais bull. Increasingly, we are breeding our own herd replacements. “We have the scope to bring a selection of calves through to beef weights, but a high proportion would be sold on as weanlings or forward stores.” The sheep enterprise is made up, for the most part, of a Blackface flock, which has access to the hill

land. These are crossed with homebred Blue Leicester tups to produce Blue Mule ewe lambs and lamb in March. There is also a group of 200 Cheviot cross Suffolk ewes which lamb in February, plus smaller flocks of pedigree Texel and Blue Leicester breeding females. Showing cattle is in Mrs Workman’s blood. She hails originally from the Ballynahinch area of Co Down and is a member of the Rodgers’ family, which is synonymous with the renowned Hillhead Blonde herd.

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Our sole focus is on getting Bexy calved without any snags. Hopefully, she will be as successful a breeding animal as her mother LEANNE WORKMAN

Agri-Expo 2017 supreme winner Bexy-Boo, a British Blue cross Limousin heifer, with its dam, Rory’s Glen Gabby, a home-bred British Blue.

November would see her win the come true. Richard Halleron reports.

e success story She says: “I am fully aware of just how satisfying it can be to breed and show a Balmoral champion, but when I married Robert I knew I was coming to a large commercial farm. It is extremely difficult to mix a large enterprise of this nature with a pedigree breeding operation, particularly when the commercial cattle are calving all year.”

Showring But it did not take Mrs Workman long to work out showing top-end commercial cattle could be every bit as rewarding as preparing pedigrees for the showring. Even the briefest of visits to her home will provide evidence of just how well she has done at the like of the Allams Christmas show and sale, Northern Ireland’s elite commercial show and sale event, over many years. She says: “We also take a selection of our best calves to local shows across Northern Ireland during summer and all the cattle are exhibited under the Rory’s Glen prefix.” Much of this most recent success and the breeding heritage of BexyBoo can be traced directly back to the role played by a particular British Blue cow, Rory’s Glen Gabby. “She is home-bred,” Mrs

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man says: “I knew from an early stage she had the potential to be a good breeding animal. Gabby has tremendous breed character, but also a certain style and balance which makes her stand out in the crowd. “To date, Gabby has given birth to five calves, four bulls and one heifer. Bexy was born on July 16, 2016, by the well-known Limousin bull Willodge Vantastic. The calf was named after the vet which helped bring her into the world.” From the outset, Mrs Workman knew Bexy was an animal with a bright show career ahead. It was entered for the Allams calf show in December 2016 and carried the day at that event. She says: “I had the opportunity to sell her then but thought better of it. By that stage I had it in my head she would make a tremendous breeding asset to the business as a whole.” Fast forward 11 months and Bexy was prepared for the Agri-Expo 2017 event. “By the time she reached the yearling stage I knew we had a very choice heifer on our hands. I always liked her. She was particularly easy to work with and manage. But I never imagined she had the poten-

tial to take on the very best which was available in the rest of the UK,” says Mrs Workman. “I thought she might do well enough in her own heifer class at the Expo and that would have been as high as our expectations would have stretched to before leaving home. “Winning the initial class was a large enough shock to the system, but to go on and perform as she did through the rest of the day was just unbelievable. I could not take it in. “The final class of the day was a head-to-head between Bexy and a Limousin bullock shown by Gareth Small, from Kilkeel, Co Down. “By that stage I knew it was going to be a great day for beef cattle breeding in Northern Ireland, whatever the final result.” Despite the tremendous success

notched at last year’s Agri-Expo and the many accolades which have followed, Mrs Workman has remained true to her instinct of retaining Bexy as a breeding animal on the home farm. The now 28-month-old heifer is in-calf to the Limousin sire Lodge Hamlet. She says: “We used a sexed heifer straw on her. She took first time and is due to calve in mid-November. This is why we will not be attending Agri-Expo 2018. The expectation around the house at the moment is pretty intense. “Our sole focus is on getting Bexy calved without any snags. Hopefully, she will be as successful a breeding animal as her mother was before her. “Thankfully Gabby is still with us. Our plan is to flush her over the coming weeks. We will implant a selection of the embryos produced in our own cows. Depending on the numbers available, there might well be a number for sale as well. “All the family members have played a major role in making Bexy such a success story and I would like to particularly highlight the role played by my children Victoria, John and Jamie for making this a reality.”

The farm aims to produce high-quality calves to command a premium all-year-round.

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Meet the judging panel


his year’s judging panel will be travelling from Ireland, Scotland and England to take centre stage in the livestock rings at Agri-Expo. In the main cattle ring this year will be Alan Veitch, from Drumlone, Co Fermanagh. Together with his father, Mr Veitch runs a 120-head dairy herd and breeds pedigree Charolais, Simmental and British Blue cattle alongside some commercial animals for breeding show calves. A familiar face on the judging scene, particularly in Northern Ireland, he has judged the Irish Winter Fair, the Irish Commercial Winter Fair and more recently the Pedigree British Blues at Tullamore Show. Mr Veitch says: “I have attended Agri-Expo for many years and it is the show everyone wants to win. I never thought I would be coming across to judge it. “The winner will be the animal I personally would most like to take home, so I am looking for correctness, one which walks well and it has to have an easy temperament.”

Alan Veitch is judging the main cattle classes.

Craig Malone will judge the baby beef category.


The sheep classes will be judged by William McAllister.

Baby beef Craig Malone, Fife, will have the task of judging the baby beef section and, as a new entrant into farming eight years ago, has wasted no time in making his mark in the beef world. Mr Malone has taken commercial championship titles at the Royal Highland Show in 2010 and 2011 and has judged several major shows across Scotland. Running about 150-head of bought-in Limousin cross British Blue heifers, Mr Malone sells about

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70 each year with calves at foot through livestock markets. Mr Malone says he is anticipating good quality stock having attended the event several times in the past and will be looking for a ‘sweet and correct calf with plenty of potential and character’. Taking on the sheep classes will be William McAllister, a renowned pedigree breeder and showman who farms alongside his family in Ballymena, Co Antrim. Mr McAllister is a regular on the judging circuit in his native Ireland as well as further afield having judged at the Royal Highland, Royal Welsh and Balmoral shows to go alongside an impressive track record in the ring with his own livestock. He and his family keep 150 pedigree Beltex, Charollais, Texels and Bleu du Maines alongside 200 commercial breeding sheep as well as pedigree Shorthorns and Limousins. He says: “Agri-Expo has a tremendous reputation and I know in previous years there has been a fantastic showing of sheep across all

Thomas Binns will take charge of the Mule ewe lambs category.

I know there will be great showmanship at this event and it will be highly contested. My job will be a challenge THOMAS BINNS breeds. When judging a pair, they must be just that, with the same good tops, ends and correctness and I like character.”

Quality Judging the Mule ewe lamb class will be Lancashire sheep farmer Thomas Binns, who farms with his wife Sheila near Clitheroe. The pair run 2,500 breeding sheep, split

n 8.30am: National suckled calf and cattle classes (23 classes plus championship) n 8.30am: National prime sheep classes (22 classes plus championship) n 8.30am: Simmental regional calf show (eight classes plus championship) n 8.30am: Hereford regional calf show (eight classes plus championship) n 9am: Baby beef classes (six classes plus championship) n 10am: Stockjudging competition - Agri-Expo Stockperson of the Year n 10.30am: Aberdeen-Angus winter national show (12 classes plus championship) n 10.45am: Border British Blue club calf show (eight classes plus championship) n 1pm: Beef Shorthorn national calf show (eight classes pus championship) n 1.30pm: Best pair of Mule ewe lambs n 4pm: Championship awards and presentations

into a Swaledale and Mule flock alongside some bought-in North Of England Mule Sheep Association lambs, over 728 hectares (1,800 acres) of upland ground. Mr Binns says: “From what I have seen in the sales this autumn, there will without a doubt be some quality sheep around. “I know there will be great showmanship at this event and it will be a highly contested competition, so my job will be a challenge.”

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This 15-page special takes a look at block calving, calf health feeding and also a top rearing facility.

New research could reduce antimicrobial usage in calves


esearch carried out by Dechra veterinary products and Meadow Quality claims to have found an alternative to prophylactic antibiotic usage in young calves. About one million calves from the dairy herd are reared in the UK each year, and many are reared on specialist rearing units. The highest rate of antibiotic usage in cattle is between the ages of four weeks and five months – as this is the period with the highest risk of pneumonia and other common calf disorders. The British Cattle Veterinary Association recommends decreasing the levels of antibiotic usage in cattle to avoid the growing threat of antibiotic resistance in humans. This must, however, be achieved without compromising animal welfare.

Research was carried out on three calf rearing units over a six-month period, using 258 calves from a variety of dairy farms. Calves were given a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) product, with the active ingredient sodium salicylate, in their feed for five days on arrival at the rearing units.

Benefits The product, Solacyl, has similar fever-controlling, pain-managing and inflammation-reducing benefits in livestock as aspirin can have in humans. The study concluded that antibiotic usage was an average of 43 per cent lower on calves treated with sodium salicylate than the calves given preventative antibiotics. Vet Owen Atkinson was involved in analysing the data, he says: “The data showed there was no significant difference in growth rates, mortality

The British Cattle Veterinary Association recommends decreasing the levels of antibiotic usage in cattle.

or in days to reach a target weight in the calves that received the product, compared to previous batches of calves that had followed a prophylactic antibiotic control.” The product can be given in water, milk, milk replacer or wet feed. It remains stable in hard water, acidified water and wet feed for at least 24

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Calf scour: Best practice diagnosis, treatment and prevention


bout 50 per cent of all deaths in young calves are caused by calf scour (diarrhoea), with the most common cause of death being dehydration as a result of increased loss of fluids. The cost of a case of scour is estimated at £44. This includes drugs administered, potential losses and decrease in the value of the calf. It is important to address the causes to avoid unnecessary financial losses and impacts on welfare. Tim Potter, vet for Nadis, says: “Calf scour is easily recognisable and it is vital we do not tolerate it on-farm. We have to work to reduce its impact and treat affected animals appropriately and rapidly.” Damage to the gut as a result of scouring can have a long-term impact on performance and daily liveweight gain, causing slower growth and increased cost of production. It is difficult to say exactly what pathogen is causing scours just by looking at a calf, as the signs are indistinguishable. However, there are a number of potential causes. The most common viruses would be rotavirus and coronavirus, bacterial causes are usually e.coli and salmonella, and there are groups of protozoa such as cryptosporidia and coccidia. Scours can also be caused by nutritional imbalances and calves usually appear happy and healthy if this is the case.

With viruses such as rotavirus and coronavirus, infection is often acquired in the calving pen and introduced into the calf shed by the infected calf. There are vaccines available for rota and corona viruses. They work by being administered to the cow to boosts antibodies and immunity, which are then passed onto the calf through the colostrum. Mr Potter says: “The vaccines can be very effective, but it is worth remembering that if you are investing in them, it is essential the calf gets sufficient good quality colostrum to ensure this immunity is transmitted from the cow to the calf.”

Infections Bacterial infections such as e.coli are most commonly picked up in the calving pens, so it is vital to ensure good hygiene protocols around calving to minimise the levels of bacteria being picked up at birth. It usually affects calves aged one to three days, but can occur later. Salmonella is another bacterial cause of scour and death rate can be as high as 60 per cent. Often, neonatal calves infected with salmonella die within 12 hours. Older calves often produce a bad-smelling watery diarrhoea containing blood and mucus. Salmonella is zoonotic, so it is vital staff follow good hygiene practices. Protozoal pathogens such as

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preparation equipment is also kept clean ■ Nutritional scours can be avoided by ensuring the correct feed is offered in a consistent manner

Good hygiene is key to preventing calf scour.

Calf scour is easily recognisable and it is vital we do not tolerate it on-farm TIM POTTER cryptosporidiosis can build-up in pens which are never emptied and properly cleaned, for example where new calves are constantly added. Mr Potter says: “Crypto damages the lining of the small intestine which decreases the surface area for the absorption of water from the faeces, meaning it is lost in the form of diarrhoea. “It can cause a mild dehydration, however the calf will lose condition over two to five days and appears dull and tucked-up. Like salmonella crypto is potentially zoonotic.” Coccidiosis is another protozoa and is usually seen in older calves. It is believed most cattle kept in conventional conditions will come across coccidiosis at some point in their lives, however it is estimated only 5 per cent of animals will show clinical signs. Despite this, all animals infected with coccidiosis will suffer some negative effect on their growth and feed conversion, which in turn has an economic impact. Due to the wide variety of scourcausing pathogens, it is important to

diagnose the responsible one, as there are different ways of treating each type of pathogen. There are now a number of rapid diagnostic tools which can be used on-farm and a diagnosis can be reached quickly to allow rapid treatment. However, for coccidiosis, a faecal sample still needs to be sent away to a lab for diagnosis. Fluid therapy is the most important part of treatment. If the calf can still drink, fluids can be given orally. If the calf can no longer drink, it may be necessary for a vet to administer intravenous fluids. “Historically, farmers were advised to remove all milk feeds and gradually reintroduce them after a period of solely electrolyte feeding,” he says.

Antibiotics “However, this effectively starves the calf and it is now advised that electrolytes are given in addition to regular feeds. There is no benefit in withholding milk feeds.” Rota and coronavirus are not treatable through the use of antibiotics, so rehydration therapy will be required. However, it is worth investing in long-term prevention through the introduction of vaccination and good colostrum protocols. Antibiotics are also not effective in treating crypto and coccidia, as they are protozoal pathogens. Oral drenches containing halofuginone lactate can help with the control of crypto, but fluid therapy is key. In some cases it may also be necessary to administer an antiinflammatory to manage pain relief.

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BREEDING & CALVES With more farmers turning to a moderate-input, moderateoutput system in the face of a turbulent milk price, block calving is becoming ever more popular. Hannah Noble reports.

Making block calving work for your herd


lock calving was not for everyone, but Dave Gilbert, vet with Dairy Insight Consultancy, speaking at an AHDB Dairy and Zoetis-organised event in Lancashire, said it was easy to come up with a blueprint of what to expect in a 12-month period. “When deciding on a date to start the breeding period, it has to work for you, there is no point picking an arbitrary date in the calendar which may technically be the best date but does not work for your farm.” Mr Gilbert explained it was your choice when choosing how long the duration of calving would be, whether that was nine, 10 or 12 weeks. He said: “A shorter calving period makes the job easier, it makes you much more focused and can allow for periods of recovery. However, it does have implications elsewhere. “Nine- or 10-week blocks will expect to have about 5 per cent more empty cows than 12-week blocks, but it depends what each farm wants to achieve, it is about finding the right balance,” he added. “Pushing cows harder means you are going to have to work harder to

ATTENTION TO DETAIL POST-CALVING ACCORDING to data from Australia, uterine infections such as metritis and endometritis or whites can have a major effect on reducing cyclicity, egg quality and consequently, conception rate. Mr Gilbert encouraged farmers to be proactive in screening for endometritis. Cows which go untreated are at a much higher risk of an impaired reproductive performance. He said: “Fifteen to 25 per cent of cows have a uterine infection three to four weeks post-calving, the majority will

get them back in-calf. I do not believe there is one single answer which is right for everyone. Think about what works best for your farm business.” Mr Gilbert added: “Set your own herd-specific targets. If you are coming off an all-year-round calving Holstein base, and into your second year of conversion to block calving, do not expect to be hitting the industry standard targets. Do not worry, as long as you are making forward progress.

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not show physical signs such as discharge.” Make sure any cows which have had difficult calvings or are showing signs of metritis are screened and treated much sooner than this. Screen all cows three to four weeks post-calving, this can be carried out in three ways, using a scope, a gloved hand or a metrichecker. “This is about finding those cows with hidden infection caused by endometritis, not the really sick cows with metritis, they need to be treated much sooner.”

“Recovery time is king. If you want good fertility performance, nothing is better than giving them enough time to recover after calving, it is a traumatic process,” he said.

Fertility Data shows early-calved cows have a much better fertility performance than late-calved cows. Every day later a cow calves in the calving period, it is 0.5 per cent less likely to get back in-calf within six weeks. Recovery time has a positive correlation with conception rate and submission rate. The proportion of cows in-calf in the first six weeks is an important

Cows which have had difficult calvings or are showing signs of metritis should be treated quickly.

key performance indicator (KPI) for block calving herds to consider. AHDB advises this should be 90 per cent. “The top performers I deal with in the UK achieve 90 per cent, the vast majority achieve low to mid 80s.” This KPI is retrospective, however, and it is difficult to know whether the target has been met until cows have been scanned or pregnancy diagnosed (PD), at which time it is too late to change the results. Alternatively, Mr Gilbert said a target of 90 per cent for 21-day submission rate, the number of cows seen bulling and served within the first 21 days of breeding, gives you a more up-to-date indicator of performance. “You need 8 to 10 per cent more

IMPORTANCE OF THE DRY PERIOD FEEDING cows during the dry period and into lactation is vital to improve fertility performance during the subsequent breeding period. Indicators of a problem can be the frequency of milk fever cases, retained placentas, metritis and ketosis. More than 1-2 per cent occurrence of any of these conditions should be cause for concern. They can all have a negative impact on uterine health which is vital for breeding success. Once cows have started calving, it is too late for any changes to the

dry cow ration to have an effect on the calving cows, however, it would be an indicator that heading into the next breeding period, cyclicity may be more of a problem than usual.

Protocols Dave Gilbert said: “This is where you need to change your plan around protocols with dirty cows and how aggressive you are going to be with non-seen bullers. “After recovery time, body condition score [BCS] is probably the next most important factor in

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Heat detection COWS will not show signs of heat if they do not feel comfortable and confident, which can have a negative effect on submission rates. Slippery surfaces, tight passageways, high stocking densities and low light levels will all impact the levels of bulling behaviour being displayed. Heat detection should begin at least one month before the intended start of breeding. This allows non-cyclers to be identified before the start of serving. Dave Gilbert said: “Ninety per cent of animals need to be served within

cows in-calf when you PD than you intend to milk, this is due to estimated losses of 3-4 per cent of pregnancies due to abortion and another 3-5 per cent of cows lost within the first 30 days of lactation.

influencing the breeding season,” he said. “Ironically, the thinnest cows at mating are often the cows which were the fattest at calving because they haemorrhage body condition in early lactation. The second PD session in a block calving herd is an ideal time to start managing BCS.” A large number of thin cows coming into the breeding period can be extremely challenging, they are in negative energy balance, and are much less likely to display oestrus behaviour,

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the first 21 days so there is no flexibility in this, if you wander into the mating period and some cows are not bulling, you are already behind and missing targets.” There will be animals which are not cycling, animals which are not displaying heat and sometimes animals will get missed. So starting heat detection one month before the start of breeding allows those animals to be identified and a decision made about what to do with them before the onset of the breeding period.

A 1 per cent drop in six-week in-calf rate equates to £5 per cow in the herd. So a loss of 10 per cent is a loss of £50 per cow, in a 1,000cow herd, this works out as a loss of £50,000.

therefore impacting submission rate. “If you have a lot of thin cows, expect cyclicity to be a problem, but also expect heat expression to be poor, you may have to work a lot harder to spot heats than in a usual year. Heat detection may need to be improved to boost submission rates. Dairy cows do not like change, it causes stress which can impact conception rate. Therefore, grouping, management and feeding changes should be four weeks pre-breeding to avoid causing problems. OCTOBER 19 2018 | 105

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BREEDING & CALVES Automatic calf feeders can bring greater control and consistency to the important calf rearing period, but care still needs to be taken to ensure calves can reach their full potential on this system. Katie Jones finds out more.

Tips for automatic calf feeding success


s with any calf rearing system, regardless of whether calves are on automatic feeders or being bucket-fed, the infrastructure of the shed needs to be optimal. Jason Short, northern agri products business development manager for Volac, says many farmers installing automatic feeders are putting them into existing sheds. However, he says ventilation and drainage should still be addressed regardless of whether the building has been used for calf rearing before. He says: “Ideally I would like to see the flooring in the pens slope from the back to a drain at the front to ensure the calves are always in a clean and dry environment.

Jason Short

the automatic feeder at about seven to 10 days of age, by which stage the calf should be able to easily take to the feeder and cope well with the move. “As with all calf feeding systems we advise our farmers to ensure calves receive a good feed of colostrum as soon as possible after birth,” he says. The industry recommendation is for three litres within two hours of birth, followed by another similar sized feed within six to 12 hours of birth. “After this we advise introducing the calves to a good quality calf milk formula, before moving onto the feeder,” Mr Short adds.

Positioning “There is some water run-off from the automatic calf feeding machine itself as most machines will do two hot washes a day, meaning about 10 litres of water will be used. So the positioning of the feeder needs to be taken into consideration too.” When it comes to ventilation, Mr Short says some livestock farmers are still getting it wrong and care should be taken to ensure calves have plenty of fresh air, but at the other end of the spectrum are not exposed to extreme draughts.


Volac recommends calves can be moved to an automatic feeder from one-week-old.

“Some consideration should also be paid to how many calves will be housed in the shed at any one time,”

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milk powder and disinfectant for cleaning ■ You will still be spending a similar amount of time with the calves, but you will not be spending this time manually moving the milk around in buckets ■ Look at automatic calf feeders as a way of taking the variables out of the rearing process ■ Hygiene is paramount, teats can be soaked in a solution of disinfectant and replaced in the morning and afternoon. It is good practice to alternate the station teats on a daily basis

he says. “I would like to see more ‘all in, all out’ systems, which allows for thorough clean downs between batches. “However, this is not always practical or financially viable and I always encourage farmers to allow each calf 2sq.m of space.” Mr Short says while the textbook recommendation for the amount of space needed by a calf up to 85kg in weight is 1.5sq.m, he says in his opinion, and if financially viable, he always advocates a figure of 2sq.m per calf. “By giving calves plenty of space you will create a better environment, which will have a range of benefits including less risk of disease and less need to use excessive amounts of straw for bedding.” Mr Short says the Volac recommendation is to move calves onto

When being fed by the automatic feeder, Mr Short says calves should initially be able to access a total of six litres of milk in a 24-hour period, and the amount that they get per visit would be limited to two litres. For heifer replacements to be calving down at 23-24 months of age, daily liveweight gains need to be 0.8kg. “To achieve this, in addition to dry feed and ad-lib straw, a minimum of 900g of good quality milk formula needs to be fed per day,” he says. This will continue until the calf has been on the feeder for 35 days, and then the weaning process should begin. “The idea at this stage is to gradually reduce the total amount of milk the calf gets from six to two litres over a 21-day period,” Mr Short adds. “The feed curve can be tailored to individual farms, as everyone has their own views on how this weaning should be done.” At the same time as reducing the milk feeds, the amount of dry feed being eaten should increase to ensure there are no growth checks during this stage.

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BREEDING & CALVES A purpose-built shed complete with hutches and igloos at Crichton Royal Farm, Dumfries, has led to a greater focus during calf rearing. Lynsey Clark finds out more.

Improvements to calf rearing at SRUC research farm


alf rearing is still an area with room for considerable improvement, according to Scotland’s Rural College’s research farm manager Hugh McClymont. He says getting it right at the beginning is essential for achieving healthy cows which will meet the desired milestones at every stage of their life. Based at Crichton Royal Farm in Dumfries, Mr McClymont and his

team are responsible for 410 milking cows between Crichton and Acrehead farms. In 2014, a new purpose-built calf shed was erected at Crichton, which allowed Mr McClymont to increase the focus on this early stage of life and make improvements to their calf rearing system. He explains: “I am a great believer in the KISS strategy – keep it simple, stupid. I took that approach when designing the calf shed.


“All the gates are easily moved, so it is a straightforward job to muck it out and bed the pens. “Ventilation is very important and I wanted it to have as much air going through it as possible, so it is basically just a shed with a roof and no sides, with hutches and igloos providing shelter for the calves.”

Colostrum Mr McClymont says 95 per cent of cows will calve themselves and that, he believes, is largely due to their dry cow management – ensuring the cows maintain an optimum body score of 3.5. They are fed a straw-based high fibre diet, to ensure they are full, but not fat. When a calf is born, it is tagged, navel dipped and given four litres of pasteurised colostrum via a stomach tube, all within six hours of birth. Since investing in a pasteuriser and defroster 18 months ago, Mr McClymont says he has seen a marked reduction in antimicrobial

Calves are penned with others the same age after day seven.

usage and in the occurrence of calf scours, with the pasteurising process helping to minimise disease transference. “Once a cow has had a calf, she is offered TMR and has access to water,” he adds. “We harvest the first colostrum in the parlour and it is then tested for quality, put through the pasteuriser, where it is heated to 60degC, and then frozen. When we need colostrum for a new calf, it

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I think of it like children starting school – it is less stressful for them [calves] if they are at the same stage and growing together HUGH MCCLYMONT can be quickly defrosted in the machine in just 15 minutes.” All calves – bulls, heifers and beef crosses – are reared together so, for health reasons, they all receive the same treatment at birth. Bull calves are moved at 120-140 days old to SRUC’s base at Penicuik, to be finished there. For the first week of their life, all the calves are in individual hutches, close enough to each other that they can see and touch other calves if

Calves are housed in hutches for the first week of life.

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they wish, and are bedded in kneedeep straw, for added insulation. They are offered a calf milk replacer at 15 per cent inclusion rate, with consumption gradually increased over seven days to six litres throughout a 24-hour period. “The calves have their own bucket with a teat so there is no crosscontamination between calves,” he says. “They also have access to fresh water and starter pellets.”

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Stress After day seven, they are vaccinated for respiratory disease and moved into a large pen with an igloo enclosure. The shape of the German-designed igloos ensures the air is continuously moving and they are also fitted with a ‘chimney’ to allow air to escape. “Because we use the rubber teats in the hutches it helps reduce the stress of moving them into the larger pen, as they are already used to drinking milk this way,” Mr McClymont explains. “They are also penned with other calves the same age to cut down the likelihood of bullying from older calves. I think of it like children starting school – it is far less stressful for them if they are all at the same stage and growing together.” The calf feeder is set on a maximum limit of seven litres of milk replacer (15 per cent inclusion rate), with weaning starting on day 56 and taking place gradually over

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BREEDING & CALVES a week, with the milk being cut down steadily each day. Dry food, water and straw are also available. Mr McClymont recommends winter barley straw for eating, which the calves enjoy, while wheat straw is used for bedding. At weaning, the aim is for the calf to have doubled its birth weight. “Post-weaning, the calves are fed a maximum of 4kg per day of starter pellets, with ad-lib straw and fresh water for 120 days, before being introduced to a 21 per cent protein pellet, again receiving 4kg a day, until 10 months of age,” he says. “After that, all the breeding heifers get a home-mix TMR, containing bale silage, 2kg of protein blend and 3kg of whey permeate. We weigh and monitor the heifers monthly, with a 0.8kg per day weight increase being the aim throughout their pre-breeding life.” This monthly weigh-in also gives an indication of any problems that may need to be treated.

Detail Once they are the sufficient height and weight, heifers are selected at 13-14 months of age for breeding and artificially inseminated at that time, to calve, on average, at 23.5 months. Mr McClymont believes the attention to detail the calves receive from birth is what allows them to go on and calve at just under two years of age. “The heifers are served to natural heat and once they are in-calf, they will then go outside to grass if it is during the grazing season, which keeps them growing,” he says. “We keep them inside until they reach that milestone of being in-calf.” Making improvements and researching new ideas are ongoing parts of the job at Crichton, but Mr McClymont says the developments over the past four years, since the new shed was built, have had a huge positive impact on the calves, which in turn, has improved their performance as heifers and cows.

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Feed rates throughout a calf’s pre-breeding life aim to achieve 0.8kg daily liveweight gains.

The old buildings, which date back as far as 1890, are, however, still being used, as they house the weaned calves. “If you do it right in those early months, it reaps dividends later on, hence why we are managing to calve at under two years old,” he adds. “Colostrum is king from the word go and if you do not get good quality colostrum into them as quickly as possible, it makes it much more difficult later on. We now have far healthier calves that are reaching their goals.” An exciting prospect for future calf monitoring is a bio-control unit from Norway, which Mr McClymont has in the shed, ready to try out. It dispenses milk, water, pellets and straw, weighs the calves at every stage and also records how much they take in. Mr McClymont hopes to install one in each igloo pen and believes this exact information will be a great benefit. He says: “Dairy producers are realising they have to raise their game when it comes to calf rearing, in order to meet targets and have healthy calves that go on to calf themselves at two years old.”

Farm facts ■ Hugh McClymont has worked at Crichton for 39 years ■ 180 cows are milked three times a day at Crichton and 150 at Acrehead ■ A robot milker has been installed at Acrehead for three years, for research activities ■ The farm’s 310 hectares (766 acres) includes grass, maize, winter wheat, winter barley and brassicas for out-wintering

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BREEDING & CALVES If breeding replacements is not an option, what should farmers consider when purchasing heifers? n Strong maternal traits: Content EBVs provide an assessment of an animal’s breeding potential for a specific trait. There are many EBVs that relate to maternal performance, but the main ones to consider are: n Calving ease: including calving ease direct, calving ease maternal and birthweight EBVs n Fertility: including age at first calving, scrotal circumference and calving interval EBVs n Growth: including 200-day growth and 200-day milk EBV n Target service weight: At breeding, it is recommended that heifers weigh at least 65 per cent of their mature weight. When purchasing heifers, it is therefore important to consider whether they will reach this weight by service. Heifers which do not reach this target weight may extend the calving period or, if held back another year, increase maintenance costs


Edward Dean has used artificial insemination to breed replacements.

BUYING-in stock is the most common way for new diseases to arrive on-farm. Before agreeing to a purchase, it is crucial to ask the vendor if they are in an accredited health scheme, what diseases they test for and, more importantly, what the results are. Whether looking to purchase or breed replacement heifers, farmers should speak to their vet to explore the options and put a replacement plan in place.

Replacement heifer options


eplacement heifers are the lifeblood of a herd and a valuable source of new genetics. They contribute to the genetic make-up, cost structure and productivity of the herd, so having the right type of animal is crucial for long-term herd profitability. Over the past year, a common theme raised by AHDB Beef and Lamb’s strategic farm network has been the lack of high-quality replacement beef heifers available to buy. The advantage of purchasing heifers is that all cows are bred to a terminal sire and there are fewer groups of stock on the farm. It also allows for more breeding cows to be kept. With a number of the strategic farms struggling to source replacement heifers with the right genetic

FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN DECIDING IF IT IS COST EFFECTIVE TO BREED REPLACEMENTS ON-FARM Impact on replacement heifers Control over breeding merit of cow Control over replacement costs Extra resources needed – for example land and labour Threat to herd health status

Home-bred Buy-in Depends on relative market prices for breeding stock and slaughter animals High with EBV-based sire selection Very little Greater control Limited and may fluctuate Yes No

Significant risk – where females are brought in Retaining home-bred replacement females should not be a reaction to high heifer/cow prices or low calf prices. It should be a planned approach to ensure productive heifers enter the herd which are of the right breed or cross, with the desired breeding potential and health status.

potential, many are now investigating options to retain home-bred replacements. Successful breeding of home-bred replacements relies on making a conscious decision to use a sire with strong maternal traits on some of the herd’s best cows.

Greatly reduced – a closed herd can be run

For the last five years, Cumbrian strategic farmer, Edward Dean, has been using artificial insemination (AI) to breed his own replacements. As a strategic farmer, he now has the opportunity to look at improving conception rates by

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n Select stock sires based on EBVs for economically important traits n Set up simple recording systems to identify animals to keep or cull

n Capitalise on hybrid vigour n Look at having the skills to perform AI on-farm which can also reduce costs later down the line

installing heat-detection software. Mr Dean says: “AI is a no-brainer for me – instead of buying another bull, it is cheaper to AI and I can select the genetics that I am looking for. Also, if we do not get the results we want, we can try again with different semen without having the cost of buying and keeping bulls. “It has worked well in the past and we have had a 70 per cent success rate, but we want to improve that conception rate further and be able to AI twice as many as what the bull can serve.”

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Feed your calves healthy with transition milk replacer A dairy farming family whose calf rearing system was challenged by cryptosporidium says focusing on diet in the two weeks following birth is playing an important part in calf health. Cryptosporidium had been an ongoing problem at Trekillick Farms, which runs a herd of 300 pedigree Jerseys at Bodmin. In conjunction with other measures, the farmers – Colin and Pauline Dyer and their son Mike – reviewed their feeding system and introduced Transformula, a product formulated to replace transition milk, the milk which cows produce after colostrum. They trialled the product, pitching it against two other feeding systems. Under their previous system, the Dyers fed calves four litres of colostrum which scored 25% or higher within six hours of birth followed by two litres of colostrum and transition milk twice a day until day five, after which they received 400g of a high protein whey/vegetable-based powder twice a day until day 56. Dr Christine Cummins of Bonanza Calf Nutrition, said she has concerns about feeding high levels of crude protein. “This can predispose calves to scour as much of the crude protein is not digestedin the young calf,’’ she said.

The individual hutchs used at the start

Although the trial was not a scientific one, calves were weighed weekly with those in group 3 achieving the highest daily liveweight gain (dlwg) at 0.57kg/day from 0-30 days, compared to 0.49kg for group 1 and 0.54kg for group 2. Dlwg from 30-56 days was highest in group 2, at 0.64kg/day, followed by group 3 at 0.62kg and group 1 at 0.58kg. Pauline, who is in charge of the calf rearing, plans to continue feeding Transformula. “It’s a feed which the calves like which makes it much easier,’’ she said. Cost was also a positive. Feeding Transformula for seven days is a net cost of £4.50/calf or £9 for 14 days. Calves are now fed 600g/day of a concentrated calf milk called Milky Way to allow calves consume the same energy and milk protein as before but less lactose. Although the Trekillick calves are now having 200g/day less powder and less crude protein, coats and dung are better with no apparent effect on performance.

The Dyers changed their system, trialling feeding systems involving three groups of five August-born calves with an average birth weight of 23.5kg. • Group 1 was treated with anti-scour agents for seven days, received transition milk for the first four days and moved to a high protein powder from day five • Group 2 received 600g/day of Transformula from day 5 to day 12 • Group 3 received 600g/day of Transformula from day 5 to day 19

The group housing

TINY the calf born at 17kgs (now 12 months old)

For more information on this trial work contact: Bonanza on 0808 1781017 or visit:

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The benefits of using IVP in breeding programme


n-vitro embryo production (IVP) is proving to be a costeffective, welfare-friendly service for an expanding number of pedigree beef breeders. The process combines donor oocyte (eggs) collection, maturation and fertilisation, followed by a culture period and then either transfer or freezing of subsequent embryos. Stuart Raeburn is among the cattle breeders to use IVP to quickly build up his 40-cow Tulloes pedigree Aberdeen-Angus herd and ultimately fast track it to be within the breed’s top 10 per cent. Mr Raeburn, who farms at Forfar, Angus, says: “Costing between £300 to £500 per live calf, I think the figure has a cost-effective price tag compared with the purchase of a live animal of similar genetic worth. “Last year, I implanted 10 fresh embryos, I have got six great calves on the ground by either Rawburn Enigmatic or Gretna House Blackpot which I chose because I felt they would combine well and would complement the type of some of my selected females. “I also froze nine embryos from that initial flush, they all survived for implantation which I think is exceptional and I am hoping for a similar successful holding rate.” Mr Raeburn says he was surprised at how straightforward the collection process was. “The donors remain relaxed since they do not require any preparation or injections. Vet, Gavin Tait

The figure has a cost-effective price tag compared with the purchase of a live animal STUART RAEBURN had the opportunity to invest in 15 heifers from the Jerusalem herd; I caught the bug and reset the goals – to primarily breed bulls for commercial farmers, as I believe that is where the market lies.” Mr Raeburn says IVP is helping to maintain the pace as was a challenge to continue to invest in live animals. “I took stock of the bloodlines I already had, and flushed the best two Jerusalem heifers and one Blelack cow. IVP is enabling me to select some of the best AI sires which are often expensive, to cross to our best breeding females to produce high genetic merit progeny; it is also helping me to replicate the herd’s exceptional genetics and consequently helping me to reduce the risk.” Mr Raeburn is hoping to sell his first IVP-bred bulls next year, while the first IVP calves are scheduled to be out in the Aberdeen-Angus ring at AgriScot next month.

Cattle breeder Stuart Raeburn.

completed, the collection process within 30 minutes and achieved 10 to 12 oocytes per collection which converted in to an average two to three embryos per animal. Only one semen straw was required per collection.” Mr Raeburn is using recipients from his neighbour’s pedigree Simmental herd. “They are unwanted replace-

ments, high health status and perfect for the job. The vet returned one week later to implant, and I brought them in straight off grass and turned them straight out again – it is important to maintain them in consistent condition.” The Tulloes herd was established with two cows in 2015. “I had not planned to get in to cattle breeding this big, however I

WHAT BREEDERS CAN EXPECT FROM THE IN-VITRO EMBRYO PRODUCTION PROCESS GAVIN Tait, a vet with the specialist breeding technology company AB Europe which offers IVP, outlines what breeders can expect from the process. “The IVP process is currently averaging about 10 oocytes (unfertilised eggs) per donor. IVP averages two to three embryos per donor, each collection depending on cow, management and season. Collections can be done every week, compared to multiple ovulation embryo transfer flushing where a collection occurs once-amonth. We can collect from a cow in 114 | OCTOBER 19 2018

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about 15 minutes – setting up takes most of the time, so it is a relatively quick process.

Oocyte numbers Multiple bulls can be used over one donor depending on oocyte numbers. Collections can be done four weeks post-calving, and with pregnant donors up to 12 weeks of gestation. There is no line up programme or need for drug use or follicular stimulating hormone in the donors which tend to get back in-calf very easily. Some cows are consistently

producing four or more embryos every week, others will produce between one and two. Occasionally we will also produce 12 or more usable embryos in one week. Cows tend to be consistent in the number of oocytes/embryos they produce each week – it is possible to select high yielders. Semen is vital to the programme’s success. Once we identify a batch which works well, it will tend to do so consistently, and vice versa. We may be able to help advise on ‘good’ or ‘bad’ batches of semen based on previous experience.”

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WORKING DOGS Peter Martin and Daisy win at Manor Scotland: Sine Robertson

Matt Tomlinson a rVictory at exposed

GOOD outbye work gave Peter Martin’s Daisy the edge over Jock Welsh’s equally-pointed Cree at Manor. The Mule ewes ran well on an open course that started on the flat, ran out to a burn, and rose up a slope to the lift post. A narrow passage over the water let the ewes be fetched across the burn, but they tended to go off-line, pulling to their right as they came back on to solid ground. Daisy ran out well, and although she stopped short at the top, she made a good lift and fetch. The ewes went off-line on the first leg of the drive, but went through the gate, and Daisy brought them across on a good line and put them through the cross-drive gate. A good pen and shed completed the winning run. Cree ran out and lifted well. A decent drive and good work at hand put the run in contention for first place, but the line of his fetch was wavy, putting Cree into second.

Hayfield trial venue England: Elaine Hill

A BAD weather forecast deterred competitors from travelling to Hayfield’s concluding trial, which situated on the hill tops between Glossop and Hayfield is an exposed venue. Such were the tricky conditions, one dog was caught by a gust of wind which visibly moved it several yards off-track while gathering. Rising to the lift, the course was set over rough ground. Most dogs gathered right-handed, as the sheep moved away from the holding pen better to that side. All dogs struggled to hear commands. Mules and Texel cross ewes the sheep were strong and stroppy. Colin Pickford judged the running. In the nursery class, Matt Tomlinson had the winning run with Roy (P.J. Blain’s Becca, A.P. Pugh’s Lad). After a clean outrun and lift Roy’s sheep kept a good line down the fetch. As they were moving quickly they reached the fence situated beyond the post, therefore Roy’s turn into the drive was wide. With the sheep unsettled by the wind and Roy struggling to hear, he lost the majority of his driving points before finishing well at the chute to give him the top score of 53 points. This was the first win for both man and dog. Before the championship, the sheep were taken back and in packets of four they behaved better, apart from at the split where they stuck tightly together. Drawn first, Peter Hallam and

Wide Ian Brownlie’s Lia stopped short on her outrun, but had a good lift and fetch. The line of her drive wavered and the ewes made a wide turn, but she had a good pen. The shed was not smooth, but solid work earned third place. Davie Wallace’s Bill took in rather too much ground on his way out, but lifted well. The line of the fetch wavered and although the first leg of the drive was good, Davie let them come low on the cross-drive. A clean pen followed, but Davie let a risky chance pass before Bill made a good shed and took fourth place.

Matt Tomlinson and Roy coped well in challenging conditions.

Trials diary ENGLAND October 20. YORKSHIRE, Nursery, new and young handlers welcome, Duckfield Farm, Scartop Road, Oakworth, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD22 0JP, 9.30am start, enter on field, those with two dogs to be booked in by 12 noon. NORTH LANCS, Nursery, new and young handlers welcome, on the road between Borwick and Over Kellett, Carnforth, LA6 1AB, 9.30am start, enter on field, those with two dogs to be booked in by 12 noon. DOVEDALE, Nursery, novice and beginner, Biggin Moor Farm, Biggin, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 0DS, 9am start, enter on field by 1pm, catering. NORTHERN, Nursery, committee novice and new handler, near Out of Eden, off A685 east of Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4AP, 10am start, enter on field by 2pm, only one dog after 1pm. RAINOW, Open and novice, Lamaload Road, Rainow, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 5XP, 9am start, enter on field by 2pm. RYEDALE, Nursery, Mountain Ash Farm, Glaisdale, North Yorkshire, 10.30am start, enter on field by 1pm, more than one dog first before 12 noon. SOUTH EAST, Championship, hosted by Sussex, Deanlands Farm, Golden Cross, BN27 3RJ, entry closed.

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October 21. RYEDALE, Double gather open, North Reston, signed off the A157 Louth to Mablethorpe Road, LN11 8JD, 9.30am start, enter on field, more than one dog first to be booked in by 12 noon, catering, enquiries to J. Read, tel: 07768 928 309. MID-SHIRES, Double gather championship, Ashurst Farm, Wolvey, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 3HD, entry closed. NORTH WESTMORLAND, Nursery, novice and new handler, Penruddock, Penrith, signed off A66, 9am start, enter on field by 1pm, only one dog after 12 noon, nursery dogs to be under four years on October 1 and can run for two seasons only, novice confined to Cumbria. WINDEREMERE, Nursery and new/young handler, Matson Ground, follow B5284 from Plumgarth roundabout through Crook for a few miles, trial will be signed near Heathwaite, 9.30am start, enter on field by 2pm unless dogs are still running. NORTHERN, Nursery, committee novice and new handler, new venue, Holme Farm, Summerstone Estate, signed from Lofthouse village, Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire, HG3 5SN, 10am start, enter on field by 2pm, only one dog after 1pm. BAMFORD, Nursery, novice and beginners, Shatton, Bamford, Derbyshire, 9am start, enter on field by 1pm, catering. HOPE, Nursery, novice and beginners, Hope

Show Ground, Marsh Farm, Castleton, Derbyshire, S33 8RZ, 9am start, enter on field by 1pm. October 24. WINDERMERE, Nursery and new/young handler, Otterbank, Skelsmergh, signed off A6 north of Kendal at LA8 9AP, turn off towards Whinfell, 9.30am start, enter on field by 2pm, unless dogs are still running. KIRBY STEPHEN, Open charity, Home Farm, CA17 4AP, 8.30am start, enter on field, last booking by 2pm, enquiries to Simon Atkinson, tel: 07970 981 417.

WALES October 20. PEMBROKESHIRE, Nursery, New Inn, St Florence, Nursery and Sweepstake, start 10am, contact John Bowen, tel: 07811 599 982. October 21. GLAMORGAN, Nursery, Stembridge Farm, Gower, contact, C. Gordon. CARMARTHEN, Nursery, Bryncethin, Ffairfach, Llandeilo, SA19 6PY. BRECON, Nursery, Hafodyrancr, Llanafan Fawr, Builth Wells, LD2 3PD, start 9am. GLOUCESTERSHIRE/ GWENT, Nursery, Pennygraig, Llanwenarth, Citra, Abergavenny, NP7 7LA, contact K. Smets, tel: 01873 853 353/07800 983 027.

October 25. RADNOR, Nursery, Graham Powell, Gladestry, start 9.30am. October 27. GLOUCESTERSHIRE/GWENT, Nursery, Coed Dias Farm, Forest Cold Pit, NP7 7LY, contact Bradley Morgan, tel: 07353 988 215. CARMARTHEN, nursery, Pencoed, Dryslwyn, Carms, SA32 8SF. NWSDS, Nursery heat 7, Dolgellau, LL40 2AG, contact, Idris Thomas, tel: 01341 422 435. BRECON, Nursery, Cwmbryn, Beulah. CEREDIGION, Nursery, Coedperthu, Beulah, Newcastle Emlyn. October 28. GLAMORGAN, Nursery, Lee Bowden, Nelson. November 3. NWSDS, Nursery heat 8, Bodgadfan Farm, Rhoslefain, Tywyn LL36 9ND, start 9.30am CARMARTHEN, Nursery, Tir Mynydd, Salem Rd, Penybanc, Llandeilo, SA19 7LP. CEREDIGION, Nursery, Bwlchyddwyallt, Pontrhyfendigaid. November 4. BRECON, Nursery, Penclyn Farm, Libanus. GLAMORGAN, Nursery, Carly Millichap, Hendre Owen Farm, Port Talbot. HEREFORDSHIRE AND SHROPSHIRE, Nursery and novice, Tilsop Farm, Nash, Ludlow, Shropshire, SY8 3AX, start 9.30am, contact Linda Walters, tel: 01584 890 341.

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n and Roy bag first win Finn set the standard, gaining 56 points without a shed. Last to the post, Matt and Roy took their second win of the day. Their outfield work was good, with 14 points lost throughout. At hand the ewes played up and nine marks went at the chute. The sheep would not part at the shed, therefore losing the allocated 10 points for that final task gave a score of 67. There was no novice championship, but in the trial Jim Hussey and Highgate Hil (G. Hallam’s Highgate Queen, R. Saxon’s Cammen Rip) were the clear winners, gaining 76 of 90 points, the highest score of the day.

Downhill For the Pennine Societies, the nursery season commenced last Saturday. At the Fylde trial there was a good turnout of 43 dogs, judged by John Huddleston. Although the rising course could be gathered either way, the majority of dogs favoured the right-hand outrun as the sheep tended to pull downhill that way. The Swaledale ewes were quite flighty, with some packets more manageable than others. Thomas Longton and Jo set the FOR WINNING RESULTS

English results HAYFIELD, The Grouse Field, Glossop, Derbyshire (Judge, C. Pickford, Rainow) Nursery, 1, M. Tomlinson (Weston Underwood) Roy, 53 of 90; 2, P. Hallam (Foxt) Highgate Bob, 38; 3, J. Richardson (Strinesdale) Hendy, 37; 4, A. Wilkinson (Thurgoland) Kate, 35; 5, P. Hallam, Rock Face Finn, 32. Nursery championship, 1, M. Tomlinson, Roy, 67 of 100; 2, P. Hallam, Rock Face Finn, 56; 3, J. Richardson, Hendy, ret. Novice, 1, J. Hussey (Manchester) Highgate Hil, 76 of 90; 2, J. Richardson, Ceri, 49. FYLDE, Rooten Brook Farm, Quernmore, Lancaster (J. Huddleston, Littledale) Nursery (43 ran) 1, K. Cropper (Shap) Abi, 74 of 90 OLF; 2, A. Kyme (Lumb) Ernie, 74; 3, Thomas Longton (Quernmore) Jo, 74; 4, I. Ibbotson (Oakworth) Sam, 71; 5, W. Bell (Earby) Ruby, 70; 6, S. Duckworth (Haslingden) Nick, 63. TRAWDEN, Pott Yeats Farm, Littledale, Lancaster, (C. Birkett, Carnforth) Nursery (28 ran) 1, J. Wood (Norland) Jim, 82 of 90; 2, C. Mellin (Oakworth) Gyp, 78; 3, J. Palmer (Twiston) Jim, 77; 4, C. Mellin, Jola, 75; 5, J. Jackson (Clitheroe) Nan, 73; 6, J. Palmer, Fleet, 66. Young handler, 1, T. Simpson (Pateley Bridge) Mist. ASSEESDS, Olantigh Park, Wye, Ashford (R. Edwards, Partridge Green) Open (34 ran) 1, S. Little (Kerdiston) Tig, 75 of 100; 2, B. Powell (Cold Ashby) Mirk, 72; 3, M. Banham (Chipstead) Taff, 71; 4, T. Foster (Creaton) Molly, 70; 5, W. Cole (Tillingham) Mheg, 69 OLF; 6, R. Curtis (Grantham) Patch, 69. Novice, 1, W van Dongen (Belgium) Quaya, 61. NORTHUMBERLAND League, Alwinton Show (V. Smith, Brampton) Open (37 ran) 1, D. Henderson (Allendale) Star, 92 of 100; 2, M. Davidson (Alnwick) Angus, 85; 3, C. Smith (Newcastle) Ricky, 84; 4, B. Jordan (Whitfield) Bozo, 82; 5, K. Preston (Elsdon) Scruff, 80; 6, M. Davidson, Taff, 79. Novice, 1, C. Smith. NORTHUMBERLAND League, Open, aggregate

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standard, gaining 74 points with run eight. They stood top until Katy Cropper and Abi (I. Williams’ Wisp, D.K. Evans’ Tanhill Glen) matched their score with their run at 17. Gathering to the right, Abi lost four points from her outrun and

two from her lift. Working her ewes from a distance, she kept them nicely settled.

Hesitation She lost just two points from her fetch and seven throughout the left-hand drive, before slight

hesitation at the pen cost a single point. It was an out-bye decision which gave Abi her second nursery title. A later run by Alf Kyme and Ernie, which also scored 74 points, took second placing, again with slightly better out-bye work.

One-point win for John Bowen and Maid at Pembrokeshire Wales: Claire Ridge THE second Pembrokeshire Nursery held at Manorbier Newton was a testing course for the young dogs. The course sloped away from the post, rising upwards slightly at the lift. The outrun of 300 yards could be gathered either way, and the left-handed drive’s deaf spot on the first drive and tricky cross-drive gate caught several handlers out. The fit Texel and Aberfield ewes, which were on loan from Huw Williams, worked in packs of four were not always easy underhand, results, 1, D. Henderson, Star, 48; 2, B. Jordan, Bozo, 43; 3, E. Irvine (Ewesley) Tweeddale Jamie, 24; 4, K. Preston, Roy, 19; 5, C. Smith, Ricky, 17; 6, B. Jordan, Cis, 16. RYEDALE, Pilly Hall Farm, Easby, Great Ayton, North Yorkshire (P. Turnbull, Kildale) Nursery (24 ran) 1, B. Moore (Bedale) Mist, 70 of 90; 2, I. Murdoch (Sutton on Forest) Hilston Stan, 66; 3, P. Schellhorne (Ferryhill) Gunnerwell Ted, 64; 4, G. Blyth (Roos) Jodie, 62; 5, J. Goulder (Pickering) Valmis Kismet, 62; 6, A. Wharton (Scarborough) Jed, 56. RYEDALE, Windy Hill Farm, Hutton Rudby, Yarm (I. Murdoch) Nursery (29 ran) 1, G. Blyth, Hilston Silk, 80 of 90 OLF; 2, G. Blyth, Jodie, 80; 3, P. Schellhorne, Gunnerwell Ted, 77; 4, B. Moore, Mist, 75; 5, S. Aconley (Wintringham) Cindy, 73; 6, B. Simpson (Pateley Bridge) Gem, 71. HOPE, Hope Show Ground, Castleton, Derbyshire (J. Fletcher, Chesterfield) Nursery (52 ran) 1, W. Bell, Ruby, 74 of 90 OLF; 2, A. Kyme, Annie, 74; 3, B. Dumbleton (Rainow) Ben, 73; 4, J. Alton (Youlgrave) Jed, 68 OLF; 5, P. Hallam, Rock Face Finn, 68; 6, D. Wood (Derwent Valley) Meg, 66. Novice, 1, I. Gregory (Peak Forest) Nell, 67 of 90; 2, W. Hurley (Macclesfield Forest) Jack, 66; 3, D. Whitehead (Edgworth) Omega Tom, 60. BAMFORD, Shatton (S. Allen, Biggin Moor) Nursery (45 ran) 1, A. Kyme, Annie, 79 of 90; 2, B. Dumbleton, Shep, 78; 3, J. Gilman (Bosley) Blitz, 77; 4, J. Gilman, Jazz, 73; 5, D. Wood, Polly, 72; 6, D. Shirt (Edale) Peg, 71. Novice, 1, O. Walters (Oughtibridge) Megan, 76 of 90; 2, S. Taylor (Sheffield) Nap, 64; 3, I. Gregory, Nell, 60; 4, D. Whitehead, Omega Tom, 58. ROMNEY MARSH, Scotney Castle (J. Woolston) Open (33 ran) 1, John Marsh Golden Cross) Hutch, 79 of 100; 2, V. Powell (Cold Ashby) Tyke, 75; 3, R. Curtis, Tess, 73; 4, P. Griffiths (Glynde) Standen Roy, 72; 5, W. van Dongen, BAW Zac, 70; 6, S. Walker (Stelling Minnis) Quill, 60. Best lady V. Powell, Tyke. Best pen R. Curtis, Tess. CORNWALL, Blisland Trial, Hamatethy, St Breward, Bodmin (J. Summers, Tintagel) Open driving (28 ran) 1, C. Worgan (Chulmleigh) Lee, 86 of 100 OLF; 2, N. Dalgarno (Tregony) Roy, 86; 3, C. Worgan, Holly, 85; 4, J. Carter (Delabole) Bob, 83 OLF; 5, J. Harper

but worked consistently all day. With a good start, losing only one point on the outrun, Maid quickly took control of the sheep.

Close-run Four off the lift with only 12 points lost on the difficult drives, John Bowen and Maid won the nursery – although it was a close-run competition. Just one point behind was Llion Harries with home-bred Preseli Jock. In third place was Stan Harden with home-bred Newton Sweep finishing with a clean pen. Winner of the Three Counties Team Selection for Pembrokeshire (Jacobstowe) Scruff, 83; 6, J. Watson (Postbridge) Kelly, 81. (T. Hopper, Veryan) Novice Maltese cross, 1, J. Watson, Bob, 71 of 90; 2, J. Carter, Jack, 59; 3, J. Watson, Roy, 58; 4, I. Mackay (Lustleigh) Jess, 49. Open, 1, J. Watson, Don, 64 of 90; 2, J. Watson, Zac, 63; 3, R. Edwards (Chulmleigh) Brad, 55. Young handlers, 1, M. Ridge (Chulmleigh) Mac, 55 of 90; 2, W. Carter (Davidstow) Joe, 46. EAST ANGLIAN, Haughley Park (A. Jackman, Brockham) Open championship (16 ran) 1, E. Hawkins (Ipswich) Jess; 2, B. Smith (Stretton on Dunsmore) Joe. BISHOPSTONE, Salisbury (J. Stammers, Salisbury) Saturday open driving (45 ran) 1, J. Watson, Gwydr Zac, 91 of 100; 2, E. Lawless (Isle of Man) Don, 90; 3, C. Fitzgerald (New Forest) Del, 89; 4, R. Smith (Chipping Norton) Bob, 84; 5, J. Atwell (Evesham) Spice, 83; 6, M. Banham (Chipstead) Rob, 81. (D. Kennard, Woolacombe) Sunday double fetch, 1, J. Watson, Gwydr Zac, 139 of 160; 2, M. Banham, Rob, 126; 3, N. Vyas (John O’Gaunt) Mist, 124; 4, P. Johnson (Burton on Trent) Jack, 119; 5, N. Vyas, Todd, 114; 6, N. Dalgarno, Roy, 113. Best turn back M. Banham, Roy. NORTH WESTMORLAND, Howtown, cancelled due to wet weather.

Welsh results CEREDIGION, Penbwlch (Irwel Evans) Nursery 1, C. Evans (Bronant) Cass, 16; 2, M. Morgan (Tregaron) Gabby, 18; 3, E. Hope (Lampeter) Meg, 19; 4, J. Price (Aberystwyth) Holly, 20; 5, E. Hope, Gyp, 25. Young handler, 1, C. Evans, Cass, 16; 2, E. Hope, Meg, 19; 3, E. Hope, Gyp, 25. South Wales, 1, J. Price (Aberystwyth) Holly, 16; 2, E. Hope, Meg, 17; 3, M. Morgan, Gabby, 21; 4, E. Hope, Gyp, 22; 5, E. Hope, Scott, 23. Young handler 1, E. Hope, Meg, 17; 2, E. Hope, Gyp, 22; 3, E. Hope, Scott, 23. RADNOR, Nantmel (Lorna Owen) Nursery, 1, K. Haker (Llandrindod Wells) Case, 11; 2, B. Pugh (Nantmel) Ben, 19; 3, G. Powell (Gladestry) Cassy, 29 OLF; 4, A. Price (Llandrindod Wells) Lyn, 29; 5, B. Lewis (Penybont) Dot, 51. Novice, 1, D. Bayliss (Penybont) Fleet, 23;

John Bowen and Maid (left) with Brian McConnell with Roy.

was Brian McConnell (captain) with Roy, just one point ahead of John Bowen and Tess. 2, B. Lewis, Dell, 33; 3, S. Pugh (Nantmel) Denwyn Becca, 43. GLOUCESTERSHIRE/GWENT, Penderi Farm (Rex Mumford) Nursery, 1, A. Blackmore (Ledbury) Rosewood Zac, 21; 2, N. Mathews (Tenby) Kim, 22; 3, B. Morgan (Pandy) Hugh, 27; 4, N. Mathews, Peg, 32; 5, R. Lewis (Lisvane) Nan, 41; 6, P. Best (Pandy) Sky, 50. Novice, 1, N. Mathews, Peg, 9; 2, A. Blackmore, Rosewood Glen, 28; 3, R. Lewis, Kinloch Coe, 35; 4, A. Cooper (Uckinghall) Lass, 36; 5, D. Cooper (Uckinghall) Lee, 42; 6, R. Lewis, Nan, 44. PEMBROKESHIRE, Manorbier Newton (Hywel Davies) Nursery/puppy, 1, J. Bowen (Tenby) Maid, 37; 2, L. Harries (Crymych) Preseli Jock, 38; 3, S. Harden (Pembroke) Newton Sweep, 41; 4, J. Bowen, Scalpsies Maid, 47; 5, C. Darlington (Walwyns Castle) Pat, 48 OLF; 6, C. Darlington, Kelly, 48. Three Counties Team, B. Connell, Roy, captain; J. Bowen, Tess; S. Harden, Cass; M. Evans, Faenor Ben; C. Ridge, Scott; T. Morgan, Kennox Tess; A. Morgan, Spot; C.M. Soar, Ziggy; P. Cleary, Sam; M. Absalom, Sneak; M. Evans, Sian; S. Harden, Sweep. Reserve, C.M. Soar, Teyha. HEREFORDSHIRE AND SHROPSHIRE, Green Farm, Longnor, Nursery, 1, K. Evans, Bob; 2, L. Owens, Jill; 3, L. Jones, Toby; 4, P. Hulburd, Mia; 5, R. Cure, Peg. Novice 1, P. Thomas, Peg; 2, J. Grocott, Moss; 3, G. Forrester, Edmund; 4, J. Grocott, Teff; 5, S. Fullwood, Midge.

Scottish results MANOR, (C.M. Magnusson, Mid Derry) Open (40 ran) 1, P. Martin (Glenlyon) Daisy, 89 Outbye; 2, J.R. Welsh (Dalrymple) Cree, 89; 3, I.M. Brownlie (Deuchrie) Lia, 86; 4, D. Wallace (Blyth Bridge) Bill, 85; 5, P. Martin (Glenlyon) Kay, 87; 6, J. McRobert (Tweedsmuir) Jim, 79.

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Total cattle number

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

13 24 2 23 10 42 63 75 4 63

165.60 239.00 227.00 238.00 187.70 220.00 85.40 -

211.00 226.33 216.50 221.64 213.16 225.48 114.70 198.00

209.00 144.17 212.67 191.11 150.90

199.50 209.00 196.00 124.58 227.50 208.67 181.00

210.33 218.20 231.00 240.00 200.00 222.06 229.73 220.10 186.36

238.00 207.19 233.50 213.00 122.64 206.69 203.00 175.99

195.00 79.50 147.00

212.00 210.00 169.00 165.00

212.00 169.60 205.00

208 67 26 34 65 76 83 216 232

210.00 167.50 165.86 124.67 183.25 174.50 97.00 199.10 182.33 172.83 131.50 131.67 182.00 150.00 172.33 135.10 118.00 204.50 188.94 207.50 166.19 175.50 184.50 182.33 171.20 203.50 107.00 113.88 179.00 219.38 158.00 251.50 196.62 160.90 178.12 160.50

201.54 162.12 179.33 164.67 176.71 100.00 192.75 164.17 204.55 212.50 173.35 177.88 174.50 147.00 161.50 128.00 163.40 189.50 191.62 225.17 193.33 178.00 216.78 215.23 180.88 210.40 204.75 157.00 167.75 183.61 211.23 185.00 242.30 193.75 180.30 177.90 186.67 171.25

195.38 128.75 172.55 171.00 163.29 214.27 181.64 190.75 189.50 172.07 179.00 167.00 176.50 134.50 163.00 180.92 213.88 143.80 188.75 173.00 178.60 192.53 159.20 174.50 181.08 213.71 165.00 183.75 172.33 203.50 182.00 186.00

177.72 198.73 184.75 194.17 223.00 214.00 84.50 73.00 206.50 214.33 149.50 135.39 172.50 152.00 94.50 101.92 188.50 186.25 257.50 181.00 202.55 211.92 142.33 208.38 162.50 184.67 135.62 148.36 223.30 127.67 251.50 231.33 157.50 168.12 235.25

213.77 189.94 194.06 207.02 165.33 186.50 187.50 94.83 202.26 220.78 196.50 173.03 176.83 182.50 222.50 167.00 87.50 122.33 206.90 186.78 240.97 171.20 197.88 206.16 226.57 175.20 173.61 169.50 210.20 188.31 122.00 138.25 180.20 231.52 154.00 246.50 232.30 160.05 231.17 181.27 208.19

189.00 157.06 186.00 149.00 174.67 160.50 215.50 191.83 100.50 212.50 215.33 185.36 162.71 162.60 219.50 77.50 140.00 130.00 184.24 235.35 174.83 174.36 181.90 219.00 172.00 164.00 167.50 191.20 194.86 138.00 185.12 216.40 172.00 219.80 151.21 230.62 181.50 201.50

178.86 169.65 152.50 152.50 202.50 151.17 159.75 158.00 182.18 119.50 162.09 188.28 138.31 181.50 171.50 173.18 152.39 181.50 153.19

179.71 185.86 145.50 176.86 179.50 179.93 187.50 170.94 161.00 193.00 189.00 183.76 199.83 177.78 201.83 170.61 192.00 178.00 164.30 178.57 173.50 167.83 187.00 180.54

201.00 166.00 196.36 182.62 186.33 197.74 181.00 153.00 198.99 209.00 186.27 167.50 193.83 189.19 182.00 188.50 138.00 196.40 171.27 195.83 178.34

9 29 99 96 63 8 72 353 13 47 13 89 23 99 95 3 5 44 1 2 105 63 26 12 6 39 35 115 11 44 63 12 43 52 20 11 7 17 91 22 20 30 35 45 26 8 23

Total cow number

Grade 3 average

Dairy sired average

Beef sired average

Total N lambs



81.10 86.00 83.10 77.30 82.60 71.80 62.00

94.20 97.30 103.30 89.60 108.60 119.00 111.10 115.80 100.50

1611 1160 445 1106 578 661 256 2403 1054 1881 1426 4644 596

169.50 167.96 131.67 -

114.39 117.00 129.70 95.30 -

99.19 82.04 83.46 49.67 85.93 85.49 93.36 77.48 87.10 88.25 67.50 86.88 89.77 68.50 89.74 77.18 103.17 82.43 87.15 131.00 95.56 73.60 89.98 89.09 108.10 97.50 86.50 87.70 91.81 89.59 106.00 75.50 85.82 73.50

114.67 120.97 97.20 76.86 137.50 108.67 118.86 135.17 101.38 127.62 109.09 100.92 117.00 100.91 99.00 76.80 110.01 87.00 102.50 117.50 120.46 115.33 99.67 71.83 126.15 115.46 108.06 123.35 89.71 107.86 109.62 131.20 108.64 118.25 95.54 125.79 113.00 107.38 120.39 94.45 113.38 131.12 103.07

2055 1198 1867 738 600 3310 731 899 695 1943 618 524 1461 401 2999 893 313 932 384 201 896 1627 1115 556 426 64 1074 828 2124 327 892 1044 2936 28 1563 307 1351 209 1055 1199 862 2365 412 1553 940 2275 95 335 162 776 444 953 3709 1215 230 327 782 716 146 482 1809 59 432 1064 301

Grade 1 average

ENGLAND Acklington Ashford Bakewell Barnard Castle Beeston Castle Bentham Bishops Castle Bridgnorth Brockholes Carlisle Cirencester Clitheroe Cockermouth Colchester Darlington Derby Exeter Frome Gisburn Hailsham Hallworthy Hatherleigh Hawes Hereford Hexham Holmfirth Holsworthy Hull Kendal Kington Kirkby Stephen Lancaster Leek Leyburn Liskeard Longtown Louth Ludlow Malton Market Drayton Market Harborough Melton Mowbray Newark Newton Abbot Northallerton Oswestry Otley Penrith Ross-On-Wye Rugby Ruswarp Salisbury Scots Gap Sedgemoor Selby Shaftesbury Shrewsbury Skipton South Molton Stratford Thame Thirsk Thrapston Truro Ulverston Wigton Winslow Wooler Worcester York

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Total N/S lambs

N/S lambs light average

N/S lambs standard average

N/S lambs medium average

N/S lambs heavy average

N/S SQQ average

Total Ewes

Ewes average

1611 1160 445 1106 578 661 256 2403 1054 1881 1426 4644 596

70.00 99.57 153.80 149.67 133.72 -

155.23 170.60 164.38 175.33 149.71 137.30 170.05 169.38 154.99 157.15 158.50 -

163.78 164.91 162.41 173.05 159.35 159.37 151.44 170.14 166.57 164.18 160.24 162.89 168.40

154.17 158.01 158.67 166.53 161.36 156.99 151.94 161.87 166.42 157.04 159.29 160.07 163.26

162.80 165.15 162.60 173.60 158.58 149.94 151.44 170.13 166.76 163.35 159.92 161.89 168.40

669 611 143 877 239 1322 208 591 550 554 488 2363 -

44.84 40.15 36.65 44.52 41.38 43.99 49.06 56.17 46.32 41.91 39.81 36.36 -

2055 1198 1867 738 600 3310 731 899 695 1943 618 524 1461 401 2999 893 313 932 384 201 896 1627 1115 556 426 64 1074 828 2124 327 892 1044 2936 28 1563 307 1351 209 1055 1199 862 2365 412 1553 940 2275 95 335 162 776 444 953 3709 1215 230 327 782 716 146 482 1809 59 432 1064 301

84.60 134.53 146.90 165.00 131.74 144.00 165.00 19.00 193.00 155.80 160.90 154.56 150.87 135.59 112.16 166.36 124.60 192.20 110.05 140.00 165.73 145.22 124.86 148.32 159.08 190.00 105.99 150.00 90.32 148.10 217.00 -

172.04 161.30 157.59 144.52 171.97 162.13 167.74 164.62 167.39 176.52 156.18 175.27 170.61 180.15 149.73 164.76 164.80 153.29 165.00 152.44 169.77 198.64 166.13 166.35 163.46 167.27 152.88 155.89 147.34 172.95 163.88 168.85 166.56 160.40 158.32 167.46 162.09 159.42 185.36 174.70 181.56 163.69 156.45 164.94 152.85 158.88 177.18 161.65 150.84 154.46 166.12 227.39 171.67 176.97 145.00

177.19 162.66 165.01 156.32 182.98 168.07 176.95 170.00 164.08 171.00 169.91 156.82 181.85 173.72 168.21 160.06 159.31 156.08 164.00 169.82 160.53 171.25 175.42 174.06 173.24 185.80 162.51 173.70 184.45 171.47 164.07 151.80 170.20 168.50 178.92 164.16 180.04 164.00 165.45 172.28 175.75 169.69 164.57 180.16 172.60 176.53 165.79 156.88 179.07 166.12 168.00 165.29 177.43 168.11 157.28 161.10 167.28 166.57 168.12 160.80 192.56 152.41 174.40 184.08 164.51

161.73 156.34 163.04 155.12 173.60 160.80 179.96 164.12 156.58 159.85 165.71 152.77 168.55 174.24 161.11 161.71 166.44 151.20 158.74 169.22 158.31 164.12 159.55 169.42 169.88 177.70 154.24 170.43 167.48 166.86 163.46 151.26 161.72 166.79 169.99 163.53 171.58 162.70 162.39 164.29 161.27 166.94 157.25 164.55 165.70 164.44 167.17 150.39 160.22 161.83 161.16 163.32 164.42 165.22 158.44 157.22 163.16 161.05 174.10 157.11 175.94 145.00 160.56 176.70 167.81

176.59 158.55 162.69 155.04 179.83 166.37 174.65 169.38 163.73 170.81 172.29 156.73 180.50 173.02 168.94 157.27 160.20 158.19 161.29 169.63 155.04 170.79 176.75 171.47 171.99 185.80 162.99 173.09 175.10 171.47 160.84 151.66 170.52 168.50 178.02 164.49 171.18 164.00 165.07 170.31 175.16 162.87 162.57 180.66 173.01 177.16 159.81 156.72 179.07 166.03 164.54 164.00 177.06 167.20 157.28 161.10 164.53 166.02 168.12 161.52 193.54 152.41 174.11 181.71 163.64

Source: AHDB/LAA 987 674 681 204 71 1429 487 211 214 246 293 342 80 781 556 41 548 201 2144 14 154 281 34 496 277 809 12 270 256 4779 16 468 259 349 10 291 581 176 956 171 1119 142 521 219 218 16 34 134 180 445 442 134 9 271 139 23 98 159 2 130 651 41

41.07 40.84 50.13 50.09 53.48 36.35 41.36 49.24 46.11 41.25 31.03 39.53 43.04 52.29 49.19 41.40 43.47 33.91 47.86 49.14 45.88 48.30 48.94 36.99 48.96 40.36 44.58 47.03 32.91 50.19 31.00 50.42 48.37 62.28 54.40 52.02 50.11 62.64 26.74 38.79 52.62 58.20 55.39 33.79 47.37 56.75 47.57 45.46 49.61 40.31 55.36 39.13 20.00 46.99 48.74 45.78 38.66 59.70 30.00 55.98 51.93 47.51

Market day(s) week ending October 17 Bala Brecon Bryncir Builth Wells Carmarthen Dolgellau Gaerwen Hay On Wye Knighton Llanrwst Machynlleth Mold Monmouthshire Newcastle Emlyn Rhayader Market Ruthin St Asaph Talgarth Talybont-On-Usk Welshpool Whitland

Th Tu We Th Th Mo We\Tu Th Th Tu We Mo We\Mo Th Tu Fr\Tu Th Fr Th (wk) Mo Tu

Light average

4 10 112 2 4 6 -

126.67 181.86 -

Medium average

Heavy average

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

120.00 184.33 194.38 163.33 -

190.00 186.89 160.00 -

190.86 229.50 -

190.00 192.97 249.50 137.00 -

172.50 193.89 132.50 -

YOUNG BULLS Light average Bala Brecon Bryncir Builth Wells Carmarthen Dolgellau Gaerwen Hay On Wye Knighton Llanrwst Machynlleth Mold Monmouthshire Newcastle Emlyn Rhayader Market Ruthin St Asaph Talgarth Talybont-On-Usk Welshpool Whitland

Medium average


Heavy average

Total cow number

Grade 1 average

Grade 3 average

Dairy sired average

Beef sired average

184.00 -

9 79 60 85 18 2 16 -



105.80 84.03 65.00 80.67 92.75 -

81.50 106.10 98.94 103.14 97.33 72.50 122.38 -

147.43 -

180.20 -

Total N/S lambs

N/S lambs light average

N/S lambs standard average

N/S lambs medium average

N/S lambs heavy average

N/S SQQ average

Total Ewes

Ewes average

823 545 855 517 418 431 201 745 817 791 241 1983 402 267 2818 3252 659 453 3251 106

133.68 139.95 157.85 147.22 146.90 150.19 154.07 155.57 148.20 135.34 139.33 152.34 151.32 157.52 158.00

149.99 161.32 158.99 156.45 166.78 159.00 171.05 158.16 170.89 159.90 161.69 157.77 152.78 158.89 171.56 167.12 157.77 168.37 156.12

150.99 169.14 161.12 166.03 161.00 170.25 170.71 171.38 172.03 176.04 169.05 171.00 159.27 162.67 175.60 184.06 168.99 166.35 177.52 155.23

140.80 165.44 168.22 161.35 169.76 168.44 165.14 169.54 159.46 164.90 164.39 162.54 156.55 168.68 178.01 164.62 156.43 170.95 163.35

144.26 167.13 152.99 162.41 152.66 162.56 170.71 171.38 160.03 167.55 167.95 164.40 158.39 153.53 165.15 179.11 168.45 157.50 172.48 155.91

339 208 224 225 372 116 58 6 621 105 34 787 834 134 23 2412 226

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76/866.4 64/780.5 -/3/930.0 -/-/-/1/855.0 107/872.0 22/782.3 -/19/869.7 -/32/846.9 -/54/883.4 50/659.6 12/646.3 15/746.0 62/729.8 -/-/290/1062.2 4/832.5 49/739.0 2/775.0 -/-/-/4/997.5 87/787.5 10/868.5 -/-/18/801.7 80/847.9 9/774.4 3/1025.0 -/25/804.8 -/20/864.5 35/839.4 -/57/842.0 -/1/595.0 36/792.8 -/-/33/1021.5 53/988.9 -/-/39/809.1 27/865.4 31/862.1 8/704.4 10/750.5 26/925.8 173/996.6 12/821.7 11/749.1

81/920.4 44/930.9 -/16/938.4 -/-/-/6/845.8 107/978.4 27/821.5 -/15/1012.3 -/34/1052.1 -/116/1021.6 15/895.0 3/878.3 67/847.8 36/913.5 -/-/77/1136.8 8/880.6 59/889.3 -/-/-/-/54/1119.3 30/886.8 23/906.5 -/-/6/792.5 86/954.8 9/814.4 29/907.4 -/38/882.1 -/26/916.7 56/1071.9 -/52/953.8 -/24/918.3 175/983.3 -/-/31/992.7 53/1014.7 -/-/21/872.9 25/1021.4 39/994.5 25/893.8 1/690.0 25/987.4 3/1100.0 14/957.1 2/960.0

26/577.9 12/460.4 -/-/-/-/-/-/45/559.2 3/408.0 -/5/593.0 -/5/560.0 -/19/568.7 100/569.6 28/565.9 3/546.7 27/511.5 -/-/61/868.4 5/630.0 12/310.3 -/-/-/-/1/570.0 36/601.0 3/540.0 -/-/33/677.3 33/657.1 2/572.5 -/-/10/637.0 -/-/5/310.0 -/-/-/1/660.0 64/566.8 -/-/28/517.0 27/651.9 -/-/12/471.7 25/640.0 1/760.0 -/37/593.0 2/510.0 66/877.8 5/674.0 9/592.8

104/836.0 59/670.7 -/1/1010.0 -/-/-/8/733.1 80/773.4 31/570.5 -/22/735.9 -/63/787.9 -/60/691.3 41/684.3 36/707.5 8/663.1 22/577.7 -/-/240/982.6 7/755.7 68/625.7 6/976.7 -/-/-/9/835.6 89/640.0 34/752.4 -/-/9/808.9 80/762.4 11/506.4 9/828.3 -/30/730.0 -/13/905.8 38/798.7 -/34/772.5 -/9/652.2 28/615.0 -/-/45/687.2 63/880.2 -/-/12/478.3 42/840.1 5/818.0 10/459.0 10/679.5 34/761.2 151/888.9 5/641.0 11/760.5

66/852.0 41/767.2 -/8/824.4 -/-/-/9/772.8 94/886.9 27/743.0 -/11/838.6 -/40/866.6 -/54/917.4 33/733.6 13/880.0 33/747.6 29/951.9 -/-/72/1094.4 5/758.0 51/701.5 -/-/-/-/69/853.0 46/728.3 40/848.6 -/-/6/775.0 109/935.5 16/911.9 33/814.5 -/20/844.0 -/34/896.2 40/875.9 -/60/899.2 -/16/756.3 158/815.6 -/-/41/739.0 84/920.5 -/-/17/723.8 36/859.7 7/912.9 16/668.1 6/601.7 33/961.7 1/1120.0 5/720.0 1/835.0

11/505.5 4/471.3 -/6/680.0 -/-/-/-/5/613.0 6/411.3 -/1/575.0 -/7/540.0 -/13/356.2 57/628.4 10/473.5 5/684.0 50/538.4 -/-/-/1/585.0 9/553.3 -/-/-/-/-/7/566.4 -/-/-/5/692.0 1/605.0 8/503.1 -/-/-/-/3/755.0 8/255.9 -/-/-/40/454.2 19/487.7 -/-/15/266.7 1/590.0 -/-/2/798.0 4/617.5 1/510.0 -/17/489.4 1/415.0 -/2/677.5 3/546.7

25/815.4 8/757.5 -/6/872.5 -/-/-/3/738.3 23/816.5 11/691.4 -/12/567.5 -/6/595.0 -/40/778.8 80/714.5 15/580.3 30/732.0 14/600.0 -/-/1/870.0 2/860.0 30/626.7 -/-/-/-/4/982.5 37/640.1 2/932.5 -/-/15/664.4 67/779.3 14/591.4 23/812.8 -/6/700.0 -/8/988.1 3/975.0 -/10/717.0 -/33/731.8 19/572.3 -/-/17/750.9 17/875.6 -/-/33/775.3 21/854.3 6/706.7 14/466.1 1/705.0 6/906.7 46/1126.4 16/640.9 4/666.3

25/932.8 72/832.8 -/24/896.0 -/-/-/6/850.0 24/980.0 29/745.3 -/6/768.3 -/21/803.8 -/76/915.8 149/865.3 4/891.3 31/744.2 16/687.8 -/-/4/1088.8 -/47/744.1 -/-/-/-/64/1047.3 30/778.7 3/963.3 -/-/7/856.0 55/846.1 28/722.5 19/804.2 -/9/842.2 -/8/979.4 1/770.0 -/27/668.3 -/36/800.4 82/862.6 -/-/28/908.6 28/864.3 -/-/41/976.7 20/949.3 17/802.1 16/749.1 -/11/905.0 -/5/675.0 1/960.0

15/335.3 18/333.9 -/-/-/-/-/-/13/470.0 8/263.5 -/-/-/-/-/2/550.0 37/320.7 15/391.7 4/505.0 19/419.7 -/-/-/2/460.0 3/368.3 -/-/-/-/-/9/415.0 5/392.0 -/-/1/660.0 8/411.9 1/290.0 -/-/8/384.4 -/-/7/228.1 -/-/-/49/409.1 14/301.1 -/-/33/276.2 1/750.0 -/-/-/6/532.5 -/-/-/-/-/8/494.4 3/346.7

10/580.0 12/642.9 -/3/543.3 -/-/-/3/640.0 25/757.4 17/379.4 -/11/516.8 -/16/586.3 -/32/531.7 61/606.0 18/465.6 6/440.8 13/470.8 -/-/1/1040.0 -/19/463.9 -/-/-/-/3/753.3 25/426.4 4/632.5 -/-/-/24/504.2 24/477.7 1/735.0 -/3/680.0 -/-/-/-/7/513.6 -/21/760.5 21/512.1 -/-/14/465.7 24/675.0 -/-/14/558.0 4/687.5 3/631.7 13/375.8 6/506.7 2/785.0 35/875.9 11/416.8 4/652.5

9/771.1 63/672.2 -/22/831.1 -/-/-/6/815.8 16/803.1 17/634.5 -/8/711.3 -/23/629.8 -/42/668.1 122/731.2 3/566.7 31/696.0 7/417.9 -/-/1/900.0 -/38/623.3 -/-/-/-/34/847.9 19/628.9 6/1038.3 -/-/1/895.0 37/673.4 23/722.8 15/761.3 -/7/754.3 -/13/798.1 2/735.0 -/16/661.9 -/44/665.2 74/718.0 -/-/56/561.2 40/678.0 -/-/37/831.5 11/794.5 5/656.0 11/530.0 -/7/870.7 4/1027.5 1/585.0 3/620.0

-/4/375.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/3/203.3 1/485.0 -/-/-/9/237.2 -/1/210.0 14/301.4 5/335.0 4/120.0 -/-/-/-/-/1/360.0 -/-/-/-/-/1/320.0 -/-/-/-/-/1/155.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/13/300.0 -/-/-/3/360.0

ENGLAND Ashford Bakewell Barnard Castle Beeston Castle Bentham Bishops Castle Bridgnorth Brockholes Carlisle Cirencester Clitheroe Cockermouth Colchester Darlington Derby Exeter Frome Gisburn Hailsham Hallworthy Hatherleigh Hereford Hexham Holmfirth Holsworthy Hull Kendal Kington Kirkby Stephen Lancaster Leek Leyburn Liskeard Longtown Louth Ludlow Market Drayton Melton Mowbray Middleton-In-Teesdale Newark Newton Abbot Northallerton Oswestry Otley Penrith Rugby Salisbury Sedgemoor Selby Shaftesbury Shrewsbury Skipton Stratford Tavistock Thame Thirsk Thrapston Truro Ulverston Wigton Wooler Worcester York

Tu Mo Fr We

Tu We Tu Tu Fr Mo Fr We\Fr Th\Sa We\Mo Th We Fr Tu We Mo

Fr Tu\Sa Fr

Th Fr We Tu Sa We We Mo Tu Sa Mo Tu\Th We\Mo

We\Fr Tu Sa We Tu Th Tu Sa Th

120 | OCTOBER 19 2018

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Figures show livestock numbers first, then average price per head.


+ month ifers

No. / Av.

575.00 795.00 971.25 880.29 860.00 /874.00


/723.62 /864.00 /811.79

6-12 month 12-18 month 18+ month steers steers steers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/3/450.00 1/210.00 -/-

2/140.00 -/-/-/2/495.00 -/-/-/5/552.00 -/1/625.00 -/7/450.00 9/417.78 4/573.75

-/-/-/-/7/626.43 -/-/-/51/699.31 -/-/-/19/530.00 26/677.69 1/480.00

CALVES (7-42 DAYS) Black and Continental Continental Native white bulls bulls heifers bulls

No. / Av. 5/31.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/10/11.60 -/-/-

No. / Av. -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

No. / Av. 3/143.33 -/-/-/1/70.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

No. / Av. -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

Native heifers

No. / Av. -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

Source: AHDB/LAA

771.1 /672.2


815.8 803.1 634.5



/668.1 2/731.2 566.7 696.0 417.9



/847.9 628.9 038.3

95.0 /673.4 /722.8 761.3 54.3

798.1 735.0


/665.2 /718.0

/561.2 /678.0

/831.5 794.5 656.0 530.0

870.7 1027.5 85.0 620.0

-/4/375.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/3/203.3 1/485.0 -/-/-/9/237.2 -/1/210.0 14/301.4 5/335.0 4/120.0 -/-/-/-/-/1/360.0 -/-/-/-/-/1/320.0 -/-/-/-/-/1/155.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/13/300.0 -/-/-/3/360.0

42/386.9 7/467.9 -/3/270.0 -/-/-/3/446.7 12/489.6 16/434.3 -/6/420.0 -/7/280.7 -/-/24/287.9 15/456.3 20/450.0 5/311.0 -/-/-/-/25/434.6 -/-/-/-/2/800.0 2/315.0 -/-/-/-/-/5/462.0 -/-/-/-/2/355.0 -/-/9/480.6 -/-/8/373.1 -/-/6/341.7 -/-/-/2/235.0 -/-/1/490.0 5/300.0 4/435.0 -/-/3/360.0

-/8/560.6 -/10/608.0 -/-/-/6/560.8 43/779.4 8/691.1 -/6/495.0 -/12/731.3 -/10/572.5 65/574.9 3/770.0 20/715.5 11/485.5 -/-/-/-/64/601.6 -/-/-/-/46/701.5 4/690.0 -/-/-/-/5/638.0 16/519.7 -/-/-/-/12/577.9 1/640.0 -/13/822.7 -/7/491.4 50/681.9 -/-/3/843.3 5/732.0 -/-/7/601.4 1/930.0 1/500.0 6/523.3 -/31/748.5 -/-/1/550.0

p118 125 Oct19.indd 121

40/24.8 31/38.6 -/110/41.6 15/41.6 -/-/6/47.8 60/20.3 9/26.7 -/-/-/-/-/14/16.0 38/38.2 36/31.3 2/10.0 -/-/18/50.8 -/3/78.7 26/29.1 -/-/-/-/15/38.5 25/40.5 5/64.0 -/-/-/1/25.0 104/33.5 -/-/8/50.5 -/-/4/41.5 -/-/-/-/110/46.5 -/7/24.6 29/33.2 7/50.6 -/-/-/-/6/9.8 10/34.5 -/-/-/-/-/-

5/266.0 18/153.4 -/50/316.1 11/236.1 -/-/3/208.0 16/219.4 22/225.8 -/-/-/-/-/41/173.3 42/277.5 22/264.7 5/159.0 -/-/3/310.0 -/3/176.7 40/190.9 -/-/-/-/2/230.0 47/234.9 10/283.0 -/-/-/-/45/191.4 -/-/4/166.3 -/-/6/237.7 -/-/-/-/86/235.9 -/11/203.1 16/215.3 19/308.9 -/-/-/-/2/210.0 17/150.7 -/-/-/-/1/215.0

11/190.3 13/136.2 -/47/249.2 14/184.8 -/-/2/153.5 24/180.5 10/139.8 -/-/-/-/-/35/106.2 43/161.4 22/204.0 4/154.8 -/-/4/197.5 -/1/180.0 39/154.1 -/-/-/-/-/38/150.9 6/184.2 -/-/-/-/47/148.1 -/-/-/-/-/5/180.4 -/-/-/-/101/171.6 -/15/129.9 12/183.1 10/304.5 -/-/-/-/1/190.0 7/123.3 -/-/-/-/-/-

10/123.3 11/67.0 -/49/157.7 6/226.7 -/-/4/70.0 9/94.7 16/157.8 1/170.0 -/-/-/-/18/126.4 24/142.2 9/138.7 8/45.6 -/-/10/208.0 -/3/161.0 30/87.5 -/-/-/-/2/215.0 36/67.6 -/-/-/-/2/185.0 43/109.4 -/-/-/-/-/4/132.0 -/-/-/-/90/156.5 -/11/173.6 14/166.7 10/209.0 -/-/-/-/1/190.0 13/190.5 -/-/-/-/9/205.2

5/84.8 17/67.2 -/58/117.5 5/104.0 -/-/8/61.3 4/70.0 13/89.9 -/-/-/-/-/17/76.5 45/87.3 10/158.0 2/28.5 -/-/3/106.7 -/3/144.7 30/48.2 -/-/-/-/4/132.5 21/55.2 -/-/-/-/-/39/64.0 -/-/-/-/-/5/71.4 -/-/-/-/78/87.3 -/9/59.8 8/117.5 7/118.6 -/-/-/-/3/220.0 6/126.7 -/-/-/-/5/151.0



Primestock throughput, price and price change (p/kg). Week ending October 17, 2018. ENGLAND AND WALES Category




Young bulls Steers Heifers All cattle NS/OS lambs (SQQ) Porkers Cutters Baconers Other pigs Dairy cull Beef cull

1,220 810 1,331 3,361 59,531 177 255 262 115 1,260 951

177.35 184.31 197.52 187.01 168.91 109.07 110.11 112.68 71.33 86.83 110.35

-4.99 3.06 0.60 -1.39 0.54 -0.40 -0.56 1.72 -19.31 -2.20 -3.65





Young bulls Steers Heifers All cattle NS/OS lambs (SQQ) Pigs Dairy cull Beef cull

1,240 938 1,508 3,686 71,324 809 1,429 1,496

177.49 186.39 198.00 188.15 168.12 105.20 85.97 107.92

-4.76 1.98 0.46 -1.51 0.19 -3.92 -1.99 -5.94


THE decline in beef prices slowed this week, with steers and heifers up 1.98p/kg to 186.39p/kg and 0.46p/kg to 198p/kg, respectively. Young bull prices were down 4.76p/kg to 177.49p/kg, with cull cows back 3.2p/kg to 97.5p/kg. Fewer lambs to market also saw prices increase slightly on the week to 168.12p/kg for new season stock, a rise of 0.19p/kg on the week. Cull ewes stood at £43.85/head, a £2.75/head drop. In the pig rings, prices were down 3.92p/kg to 105.2p/kg. As Farmers Guardian went to press on Wednesday (October 17), UK LIFFE wheat prices for May 19 were trading at £181.25/tonne, down £0.25/t on the week.



Market day(s) w/e October 16

Bryncir Cardigan Carmarthen Dolgellau Gaerwen Haverfordwest Knighton Mold Monmouthshire Newcastle Emlyn Ruthin Welshpool Whitland

6-12 month steers

Mo Mo We\Th Fr Tu\We Tu Fr We Th Th Tu Tu

12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers

18+ month heifers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

83/779.3 -/4/771.3 8/783.1 148/737.9 -/-/6/529.2 4/630.0 8/621.3 -/12/933.3 -/-

23/815.0 -/35/804.7 116/922.8 159/854.1 -/-/35/730.6 63/896.7 6/685.0 44/838.6 184/963.7 -/-

24/901.7 11/756.4 42/882.1 63/953.1 64/932.2 8/873.1 -/49/860.6 75/986.0 3/851.7 52/963.8 54/999.8 -/-

62/706.4 -/5/384.0 3/796.7 104/658.8 -/-/3/450.0 7/445.0 5/472.0 -/9/717.8 1/400.0

42/854.4 1/680.0 37/721.9 106/880.9 151/838.3 5/561.0 -/61/685.0 42/731.4 9/771.7 54/803.4 143/800.4 -/-

34/887.1 4/770.0 47/838.8 61/984.7 63/896.7 5/748.0 -/48/829.7 77/799.2 2/617.5 29/890.2 89/873.5 -/-

18+ month heifers

STORES (NATIVE-SIRED) 6-12 month steers

Bryncir Cardigan Carmarthen Dolgellau Gaerwen Haverfordwest Knighton Mold Monmouthshire Newcastle Emlyn Ruthin Welshpool Whitland

12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

7/685.0 -/6/502.5 1/735.0 8/570.0 15/474.0 -/-/8/748.8 -/-/-/-/-

8/753.8 1/840.0 17/605.3 10/803.3 17/655.0 1/505.0 -/13/441.9 24/783.8 9/751.1 2/485.0 8/610.6 -/-

4/895.0 4/858.8 16/802.5 16/914.7 17/789.1 10/920.5 -/44/724.4 35/738.6 3/756.7 10/813.0 11/847.3 -/-

2/180.0 -/3/255.0 2/715.0 4/511.3 7/368.6 -/-/2/340.0 -/-/1/440.0 4/326.3

5/604.0 3/746.7 8/478.8 10/566.0 4/567.5 2/640.0 -/3/486.7 13/538.5 5/596.0 3/300.0 11/425.9 -/-

3/466.7 2/892.5 21/721.9 10/803.9 27/711.1 5/750.0 -/21/649.3 25/652.0 1/500.0 2/340.0 5/707.0 -/-


Bryncir Cardigan Carmarthen Dolgellau Gaerwen Haverfordwest Knighton Mold Monmouthshire Newcastle Emlyn Ruthin Welshpool Whitland


6-12 month 12-18 month 18+ month steers steers steers

Black and Continental Continental Native white bulls bulls heifers bulls

Native heifers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av. No. / Av.

-/-/1/215.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

-/-/9/413.3 -/17/389.4 -/-/12/468.3 9/356.1 -/-/-/-/-

-/1/715.0 15/628.0 -/37/720.7 1/640.0 -/46/630.7 4/346.3 1/480.0 16/842.5 1/590.0 -/-

-/85/29.7 173/34.2 -/-/1/5.0 -/16/23.8 18/48.9 -/1/52.0 -/12/24.1

-/4/164.0 104/168.3 -/-/7/88.9 -/12/194.3 15/256.7 -/4/268.8 -/7/190.7

-/6/113.3 98/113.2 -/-/4/51.8 -/11/181.1 13/213.0 -/4/187.5 -/14/116.6

-/5/112.8 49/95.8 -/-/-/-/2/152.5 2/202.5 -/-/-/14/85.8

-/9/42.8 56/62.0 -/-/2/22.5 -/3/98.3 4/180.0 -/-/-/10/88.2

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Deadweight prices for the week ending October 13, 2018.


Source: AHDB/LAA

w/e October 13


Ashford Bakewell Barnard Castle Bentham Blackmoor Gate Bridgnorth Brockholes Broughton In Furness Carlisle Cirencester Clitheroe Cockermouth Colchester Cutcombe Wheddon Cross Darlington Derby Exeter Frome Gisburn Hailsham Hallworthy Hatherleigh Hawes Hereford Hexham Holmfirth Holsworthy Hull Kendal Kington Kirkby Stephen Lancaster Lazonby Leek Leyburn

Tu\Fr Th\Fr Th Tu

Mo Th Mo Fr

Tu Fr We Sa We Th

We Fr Tu\Sa We Mo Th Th Tu We Fr



5544 4396 83 3349 -

51.3 57.2 70.0 48.7 -

941 734 904 676 -

52.3 49.0 46.7 48.2 -

1536 1354 81 1029 469 195 2611 2895 264 256 119 3101 28 379 1359 988

56.1 59.0 47.2 53.3 41.8 48.1 54.6 62.1 47.2 48.2 60.4 51.7 49.5 30.3 44.1 58.4

SCOTLAND STORE LAMBS Ayr Caithness Castle Douglas Dingwall Dumfries Forfar Huntly Kirkwall Lanark Lockerbie Newton Stewart Newtown St Boswells Stirling (caledonian) Stirling (ua) Thainstone

PIGS Prices in p/kg. Leek Market Drayton Selby York





1066 565 3901 336 1084 956 -

55.1 55.7 45.2 47.8 49.5 50.2 -

1337 3822 3505

46.5 52.6 51.3

Fr Fr

Fr\Mo Mo We\Fr



5 212 1902 64

31.6 47.7 58.6 48.2




1708 91 103 133 1631 194 211 242 348 103 1291 37

57.0 46.4 51.6 41.5 56.6 44.2 41.2 43.5 48.2 43.1 55.4 45.4

Th Th Fr

We We

Mo Tu Sa Tu


Tu Sa We

Sa Th

STORE LAMBS Brecon Bryncir Cardigan Carmarthen Dolgellau Gaerwen Knighton Llandeilo Llanybydder Monmouthshire Newcastle Emlyn Ruthin St Asaph Talybont-On-Usk Welshpool Whitland

Source: AHDB/LAA




Fr Mo

200 236 756 123 104 470 113 1394 557 -

36.8 39.3 26.5 37.0 36.6 41.3 39.3 42.6 51.6 -

Fr Mo Mo We\Mo Th Th


Market day w/e: Oct 16

Pigs total

Porkers average

Cutters average

Baconers average

Th\Tu We\Mo We Mo

54 83 387 107

120.43 112.33 112.02 108.06

113.78 98.87 114.30 107.20

106.85 93.95 114.02 128.00

Week ending October 13, 2018.

Oct 6 46.64 36.07

Oct 13 52.16 37.55

Source: AHDB

122 | OCTOBER 19 2018

Cull sows average 49.00 54.57 42.92 37.70

SLAUGHTERINGS Estimates for Great Britain (per thousand head),

Figures drawn from eight GB pig producer marketing groups. Prices quoted in £/head.

30kg Weighted Average 7kg Weighted Average

Cull sows total 4 21 30 23

week ending October 13, 2018. 2018 Pigs* 175.16 Sheep 278.28 Steers 17.46 Heifers 14.11 Young bulls 2.69 *week ending October 6, 2018.


-U R O+ -O Average Number

Northern 3 4L

Central 3

377.6 374.1 368.1 332.9 368.4 4202

376.1 371.2 356.4 324.3 357.5 4074

374.5 382.5 374.9 344.4

4L 374.5 373.4 360.8 329.1

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

380.4 375.2 363.6 336.6 358.9 2967

390.4 387.5 375.1 344.3 385.2 3737

376.9 372.1 358.6 338.9

388.7 391.6 380.5 346.5


-U R O+ -O Average Number

Northern 3 4L

Central 3

377.9 373.9 363.1 314.6 367.3 2569

379.8 375.0 347.5 299.1 360.8 2948

375.3 375.7 370.9 349.6

382.2 374.7 360.6 319.0


Central 3

-U R O+ -O Average Number

364.0 358.4 333.5 311.2 339.0 688

357.3 360.0 336.8 301.1 338.5 394

361.3 357.4 328.3 298.4


4L 351.7 348.1 333.4 306.7

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

384.3 371.2 360.8 330.3 356.8 1841

391.0 383.9 368.4 334.9 385.1 2810

375.8 373.3 357.2 344.3

392.8 387.6 379.8 337.9

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

372.8 366.9 340.0 326.6 330.4 155

373.9 367.7 342.7 319.5 352.0 388

298.0 359.2

371.0 359.6 351.8 331.7

DEADWEIGHT SHEEP N/S deadweight prices for the week ending October 13, 2018. SQQ E U R O P

2 439.7 436.7 424.8 400.2 266.7

Medium E U R O P

2 439.9 437.2 428.2 406.7 240.0

(856) (2251) (6492) (1830) (9)

3L 446.6 438.0 425.0 407.2

(1988) (11396) (20884) (3036)

3H 429.7 425.9 416.0 403.7

3L 446.7 438.2 426.3 412.6

3H (1979) 429.7 (11168) 426.0 (18581) 417.0 (1999) 408.6

Source: AHDB

(781) (4062) (6378) (415)

4L 412.4 406.8 400.3 391.8

(781) (4028) (5958) (290)

4L 412.4 407.0 400.9 396.6

(140) (663) (973) (28)

4H 373.7 376.3 369.3 352.5

(9) (95) (113) (4)

Average:424.8 (63,088)

Source: AHDB/LAA


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Liskeard Longtown Louth Ludlow Malton Market Drayton Market Harborough Melton Mowbray MiddletonIn-Teesdale Newark Newton Abbot Northallerton Oswestry Otley Penrith Ross-On-Wye Rugby Ruswarp Salisbury Sedgemoor Selby Shrewsbury Skipton South Molton Stratford Tavistock Thame Thirsk Thrapston Truro Ulverston Wigton Winslow Worcester York



Source: IAAS/ScotEID

Sa Fr We\Fr


Source: AHDB

% change (2017) +13.78 -3.64 +0.12 +21.73 -9.46 Source: AHDB

(850) (2131) (5021) (894) (3)

(140) (659) (934) (22)

4H 373.7 376.3 369.3 345.0

(9) (95) (113) (3)

Average:427.16 (56,059) Deadweight sheep prices are collected from a sample of GB abattoirs. The sample accounts for about one-third of deadweight sales; prices quoted p/kg are averages for all qualities 12-21.5kg. Please note a change in sample size effective from week ending September 1, 2018.

DEADWEIGHT PIGS Latest deadweight prices.

Source: AHDB

STANDARD PIG PRICE (SPP) Great Britain (82,406 pigs, av. weight 83.82) Sept 30 - Oct 6 compared to Sept 23-29

ALL PIG PRICE (APP) Great Britain (81,646 pigs, av. weight 83.47) Sept 23-29 compared to Sept 16-22

EU spec up to 59.9kg 60.0 - 69.9kg 70.0 - 79.9kg 80.0 - 89.9kg 90.0 - 99.9kg over 100kg

Price Change 128.87 -4.41 146.15 -0.73 147.95 -0.51 147.72 -0.28 147.19 0.16 125.09 -2.44

EU spec up to 59.9kg 60.0 - 69.9kg 70.0 - 79.9kg 80.0 - 89.9kg 90.0 - 99.9kg over 100kg

146.79 144.16

APP (EU Spec) APP (UK Spec)

Number 487 4,317 21,432 36,176 17,487 2,507

SPP (EU Spec) SPP (UK Spec)


Prices in euros. Averages for week ending Oct 7, 2018 N. Ireland: Steers R3 euro/kg/dw 4.07 (0.57). Ireland: Steers R3 euro/kg/dw 3.67 (0.00). France: (ex Rungis) lamb: R 16-22kg euro/kg/dw; imported 5.30 domestic 6.40. Source: AHDB

-0.42 -0.42

Number 825 5,440 21,013 34,622 17,123 2,623

Price Change 143.08 1.55 151.59 -0.26 151.53 -0.63 151.37 -0.46 150.47 -0.17 129.63 -0.14 150.46 147.77

-0.47 -0.47

HAY AND STRAW Week ending October 17, 2018 ■ GOOSTREY: Mon, hay, round bale to £150/tonne; meadow hay, square bale to £178/t; hay, square bale to £122/t; haylage to £158/t; silage to £64/t; barley, square bale to £112/t. ■ CARLISLE: Mon, straw, wheat, mini Hesstons to £85/t; straw, wheat, round bales to £20/bale; straw, oat, round bales to £23/bale. ■ SKIPTON: Mon, straw, mini Hesstons to £28/bale; hay, quad 6 band to £46/bale; hay, round bale to £40/bale.

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UK DELIVERED PRICES – SUMMARY Thursday, October 10, 2018 (£ per tonne) Delivery East Anglia / London (BW)


North-West grains/ Liverpool OSR

Avonmouth feed /South bread


Central Scotland

Oct-2018 Nov-2018 Dec-2018 Feb-2019 Oct-2018 Nov-2018 Dec-2018 Feb-2019 Oct-2018 Nov-2018 Dec-2018 Feb-2019 Oct-2018 Nov-2018 Dec-2018 Feb-2019 Oct-2018 Nov-2018 Dec-2018 Feb-2019 Oct-2018 Nov-2018

Source: AHDB Bread Wheat Price Change 186.00 -3.00 187.00 -3.00 188.00 -3.00 189.50 -2.00 190.50 -2.00 191.50 -2.00 197.50 -2.00 198.50 -2.00 199.50 -2.50 -

Feed Wheat Price Change 176.00 -2.00 177.00 -2.00 178.00 -2.50 180.00 -2.50 179.00 -1.50 180.00 -1.50 181.00 -1.50 183.50 -1.50 183.00 -1.50 184.00 -1.50 184.50 n/c 186.50 -3.00 -

Feed Barley Price Change 168.50 n/c 179.00 n/c -

Oilseed Rape Price 331.00 333.00 329.00 -

Change -3.00 -3.50 -3.50 -

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 English (£/hectare) VAT sales

Leasing/naked acre letting

Non-SDA SDA Moorland

£160 £195-£200 ❒ £65 ❒

Welsh 2018 season average VAT sales

Leasing/naked acre letting

0.6-1.0 ✸ ■

50 per cent of 2018 payment

Scottish Regions 1, 2 and 3 – 2018 season average VAT sales Leasing/naked acre letting 0.9-1.7 ✸ ■ Northern Irish 2018 season average VAT sales


Leasing/naked acre letting

1.0-1.5 ✸ ■

UK DELIVERED RAPESEED PRICES Thursday, October 10, 2018 (£ per tonne)

Source: AHDB

Oilseed Rape East Anglia / London Erith Liverpool Hull / Selby

Nov-2018 331.00 333.00 333.00 329.00

Hvst-2019 322.50 324.50 324.50 320.50



FUTURES MARKETS (WHEAT) Friday, October 11, 2018 (£ per tonne)

Source: AHDB


Price £/tonne

Change on last £/tonne

Nov-18 Jan-19 Mar-19 May-19 Jul-19 Nov-19 Jan-20

177.70 180.20 181.45 182.05 184.05 165.40 167.20

-1.60 -1.45 -1.65 -1.80 -1.40 -1.00 -0.95


price €/tonne

Change on last €/tonne


Dec-18 Mar-19 May-19 Sep-19 Dec-19 Mar-20 May-20

204.75 207.50 209.00 190.75 192.50 193.75 194.50

+1.25 +1.00 +1.00 +0.25 unch -0.25 -0.25

+1.10 +0.88 +0.88 +0.22 unch -0.22 -0.22

CORN RETURNS EX-FARM PRICES Thursday, October 10, 2018 (£ per tonne) South East South West Midlands Eastern North East North West England & Wales South Scotland Central Scotland North Scotland Scotland Great Britain Northern Ireland United Kingdom Change on last week (£/t)


Feed & Other

BARLEY Malting Premium


Feed & Other

180.30 182.50 184.30 189.30 183.40 183.40 183.40 +1.40

176.20 174.70 182.60 175.80 182.40 176.30 176.30 +0.40

169.40 173.30 173.60 172.20 175.50 179.60 173.30 181.60 181.40 174.30 174.30 +1.90

190.00 192.70 218.40 209.30 209.30 -2.30

192.10 217.20 217.40 205.60 205.60 -0.20

158.30 166.40 161.80 162.50 169.70 163.30 173.30 173.20 165.70 165.70 +1.70

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RETAIL AVERAGES Week ending October 19, 2018 (prices in p/kg). This week Last week

OATS Milling


182.20 179.60 179.60 179.60 -1.20


FIELD PEAS/BEANS October 17, 2018

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English entitlements are flat rate. Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish entitlements have different historic values moving towards a flat rate. All transfers without land are subject to VAT if the transferor is VAT registered. Non-VAT sales often attract an additional 10-20 per cent premium. PREDICTED ENGLISH 2018 PAYMENT/HA Non-SDA = £227; SDA = £225; Moorland = £62 Subject to FDM and payment adjustments. Based on RPA-confirmed 2018 exchange rate (€1=£0.89281). ✸ Average multiplier (or range) over 2018 season ■ Multipliers shown are based on the value of BPS payment excluding the greening element ❒ Predicted Source: Townsend Chartered Surveyors

Source: AHDB

WHEAT Milling Bread

50 per cent of 2018 payment

All prices £/tonne ex-farm

Micronizing peas

Feed peas

Feed beans

245.00 246.00 247.00

210.00 211.00 212.00

215.00 216.00 217.00

BEEF Topside Sirloin Rump Steak Fillet Steak Diced Stewing Steak Braising Steak Premium Mince Standard Mince

1123 2209 1474 3665 950 1022 778 504

1073 2201 1543 3665 950 1021 781 499

LAMB Whole Leg Fillet End Leg Shoulder (Bone-in) Shoulder (Boneless) Lamb Steaks Loin Chops Double Loin Chops Cutlet Chops Diced Lamb Minced Lamb

1082 1161 794 1143 1563 1503 1564 1462 1294 986

1044 1121 794 1138 1562 1502 1564 1459 1293 984

644 755 526 911 727 714 641 568 556

645 755 526 911 727 714 641 568 556

PORK Leg (Boneless) Fillet End Leg Shoulder (Boneless) Fillet of Pork Loin Steaks Loin Chops Diced Pork Minced Pork Sausages Pork (traditional)

Source: AHDB

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Last updated October 17, 2018.

1. FEED WHEAT Avonrange Central Scotland East Anglia East Devon Lancashire London North Humberside Northamptonshire Oxfordshire South Humberside Southampton Tyne & Wear West Midlands East Midlands

OCT 179.00 176.00 183.00 178.00 184.50 -

NOV 180.00 177.00 184.00 179.50 185.50 -

DEC 181.00 178.00 184.50 180.50 186.50 -

FEB 183.50 180.00 186.50 189.50 -

MAY 186.50 182.50 189.50 184.00 -

2. FULL SPEC. BREAD WHEAT North-West Northamptonshire South London / Essex Yorkshire

OCT 197.50 189.50 186.00 -

NOV 198.50 190.50 187.00 -

DEC 199.50 191.50 188.00 -



3. FULL SPEC. BISCUIT WHEAT North-West Northamptonshire South London / Essex Yorkshire Scotland

OCT 185.50 -

NOV 187.00 -

DEC 188.00 -



NOTES: 1. Feed Wheat. Any variety meeting <15% H2O, 72kg/hl, 2% Admix 2. Full Specification Bread Wheat, nabim group 1 variety, meeting >250 Hag, 13% Protein, 76kg/hl. 3. Full Specification Biscuit Wheat, nabim group 3 variety, meeting >180 Hagberg, >10.7% Protein, >74kg/hl. Source: AHDB

POTATO PRICES Maincrop GB spot price. Week ending October 13, 2018.

Source: AHDB

PACKING Scotland Maris Piper Whites Maris Piper

Low 220 -

Main 300-320 250-280 300-320

High -

Trend Y Z -

England Camel Desiree Mozart Marfona Maris Piper

Low 185 220 260

Main 245-250 210 250 305

High 250 265 340

Trend Y Z Z

Low 300 260 260

Main 335 300 290

High 400 380 330

Trend Y X Z

Sep 29 177.30 263.86

Oct 6 178.58 262.50

Oct 13 176.56 265.27

Trend Z Y


WEEKLY AVERAGES GB weekly average price (£/t) GB weekly free-buy price (£/t)

HAY AND STRAW: REGIONS Week ending October 21, 2018.

Quality North East E Yorks N Mids E Mids C Mids E Counties S East South S West S Wales SE Scotland

Pickup baled hay and straw Seed Meadow Barley hay hay straw

Good 100 95 100 97 110 90 100 88 125 100 100

Good 120 140 125 120 120 -

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Good 100 120 105 100 145 100 -

Wheat straw

Commodity Hi Pro Soya – Liverpool Hi Pro Soya – Southampton Soya Hulls Maize distillers Maize gluten Non-GM Sugar beet pellets (10mm pellets/nuts) Whole maize PCR Negative Palm kernel expellers Rapeseed meal basis Erith Kent Rapeseed meal basis Hull A Wheat distillers pellets/meal Organic Organic maize Organic wheat Organic peas Organic soya expellers


Big sq. baled straw Barley Wheat straw straw

Good Good Good Good 80 60 70 50 69 52 70 55 67 55 80 60 70 55 65 50 70 60 60 45 71 51 75 55 75 55 80 65 Source: British Hay and Straw Merchants’ Association

Source: Straights Direct Nov 309.00 315.00 201 X 206.00 197.00

Dec-Apr 309.00 317.00 201.00 206.00 197.00

May-Sept 301.00 308.00 208.00 199.00

210.00 182.00 150.00 212.00 218.00 -

210.00 182.00 150.00 212.00 220.00 -

216.00 186.00 150.00 211 v 203 w 214 P -

295.00 300.00 380.00 505.00

295.00 300.00 380.00 505.00


Key: All prices in pounds sterling. Currency, £/$1.3179, £/€1.1389. Guide prices indicated include delivery charge of £6/tonne. X = After safe arrival; F = First half; S = Second half; P = to July; v = May/Jul; w = Aug/Oct; A = Liverpool premium £4.


Source: AHDB


Monthly price

Arla Foods - Sainsbury’s Muller Milk & Ingredients Booths Muller Milk & Ingredients Co-op Dairy Group Muller Milk & Ingredients M&S Muller Milk & Ingredients Sainsbury’s Muller Milk & Ingredients TSDG (Tesco) First Milk Liquid Muller Milk & Ingredients Direct Barber A.J. & R.G. First Milk Manufacture2 Glanbia - Llangefni Lactalis - Caledonian Cheese South Caernarfon Creameries UK Arla Farmers Manufacturing1 Wyke Farms Freshways Meadow Foods (A&B)

1 2

28.32 31.12 29.00 30.95 28.60 30.11 27.71 28.12 29.24 27.83 28.15 29.10 28.91 29.54 31.57 29.35 28.53

Annual average 28.04 31.04 28.93 30.89 28.53 30.04 27.72 28.06 29.17 27.84 28.14 29.10 29.08 29.26 29.28 29.41 28.53

This contract will receive a 13th payment, the forecast for this is about 0.89ppl from July 2018. This contract will receive a Tesco supplement of 1.9ppl for August 2018.

Please note retailer price supplements are included where applicable.

UK MONTHLY MILK PRODUCTION August UK milk deliveries were down 0.3 per cent on the previous year, to 1,195 million litres. Cumulatively, this was 0.1 per cent down from the same period in 2017. GB milk deliveries in August stood at 1,011 million litres, down 0.8 per cent on the same month in 2017, and down 0.5 per cent on the year cumulatively.


Note: Hay prices remaining strong.

Big bale hay



Thursday, October 10, 2018

General Ware/Frying Agria (frying) Maris Piper (frying) Accord (frying) Sagitta (frying)


Ayr Lanark Stirling (ua) Beeston Castle Bentham Carlisle Cirencester Cockermouth Exeter Gisburn Holsworthy Leek Market Drayton Mold Norton And Brooksbank Sedgemoor Shrewsbury Skipton


Tu We We

Fr\Mo Th\Sa We Tu\Sa Fr Tu\Sa Tu\Th

Last updated October 16, 2018. Source: AHDB/LAA/IAAS



Newly-calved Newly-calved heifers cows

Newly-calved Newly-calved heifers cows

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

1/1050.00 -/-/27/1517.8 2/1390.0 -/-/-/142/1078.2 13/1488.5 30/1629.7 29/820.3 -/1/1950.0 -/160/1130.4 1/1350.0 -/-

-/-/-/1/950.0 -/-/-/-/67/1025.2 -/-/2/845.0 -/-/-/1/950.0 -/-/-

1/1820.00 -/-/75/1618.9 7/1564.3 1/1100.0 -/-/57/1063.8 19/1440.5 37/1566.8 11/1290.0 -/13/1434.6 -/115/1382.3 2/1280.0 -/-

No. / Av. -/-/-/-/1/880.0 -/-/-/172/1009.0 -/-/6/1141.7 -/-/-/9/911.5 -/-/-

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FARMING: THE BACKBONE OF BRIT A With a pedigree vision which exceeds his 12 years, young breeder Joe Thornley proves why he is one to watch as a showman and stockman. Chrissie Long went to meet him.


ven in someone so young, there is no doubting the passion, enthusiasm and knowledge 12-year-old Joe Thornley has for breeding Blue Texel sheep. Not only has he already sold a ram to set a new breed record of 18,000gns, but he is clear in his vision for his flock as he concentrates on fixing strong female families to suit both the pedigree and commercial market. Joe’s passion for sheep has been cultivated with knowledge gained from his father, David, who owns the Dooley flock of pedigree Beltex, with the family’s farming enterprise based at Swadlincote, Derbyshire. David says: “Both Joe and his 10-year-old sister, Kate, have a huge passion for all things farming and from an early age have been eager to get involved with lambing sheep, feeding lambs and also doing the main feeding and watering of the ewes.” And along with mum Caroline, the whole family is involved throughout the year. Joe, who attends Granville Academy, says: “I’ve always loved working with the sheep, I’ve enjoyed showing and I love the sales. “Dad has taught me the basics of good sheep breeding, conformation and what to look for when buying sheep, and then I’ve just worked that into my own preferences within the Blue Texels.” Joe’s flock started in 2013 with the purchase at Carlisle of two shearling ewes and a ewe lamb from Dylan Jones’ Beili flock. And while Joe is particularly selective in what makes a good sheep, he does admit to falling for one particular female. “I went in the pen and this one ewe lamb came up to me and sniffed my hand, so I thought, ‘I’m having you’,” he says. Some 500gns later, Sniffs, as she is commonly known in the flock, was bred to a borrowed ram from Andrew Froggatt’s Sams flock and

I’ve been blessed by gaining advice from other breeders. It’s a great industry JOE THORNLEY went on to produce the 18,000gns record priced Joe’s Alvin, sold at Carlisle to Paul and Christine Tippetts in 2016 for their Hackney flock. So, a little bit of luck combined with good instincts soon set Joe on his path to sheep breeding success. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d be selling Alvin for that sort of money and I never really took it in until afterwards,” he says. “Not only has it allowed me the opportunity to grow the flock with added purchases, it’s been a great honour to see progeny from Alvin do so well for the Hackney flock with various championship wins over the last couple of years and his first lambs selling for 2,300gns.

Tricky “I’ve also been blessed by gaining lots of advice from other breeders who are friends of the family. Along with my dad, they have helped guide me along the way. It’s a great industry to grow up in as you’re always learning.” Further females have been added to the flock in the form of Millside, Rattrays and Beili lines again, as well as a shearling ram from the Sams flock. “I’ve looked for females with feminine characteristics and style, as well as correct hind legs,” adds Joe. “While it’s tricky to breed for pure breed characterSUPPORTED BY

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Joe Thornley, 12, began building his flock in 2013.

istics because the breed originates from a recessive gene, I have started off with good character.” Joe adds they complement the management of the Beltex flock at home as well, which was another reason for him choosing them. “We’d had good interest in tup sales from both pedigree and commercial men, I’ve even managed to sell one or two to my dad’s Beltex customers,” he adds proudly. “I just love being on the farm because it means spending time with my dad and the sheep.”

In just a few years, Joe has enjoyed success in the sale ring and at shows, with a number of wins at local and national level. “We do well at our local Ashby Show and I had male champion last year at the Great Yorkshire Show with a ram lamb I have since retained for use on Lleyn females,” he adds.

Natural “Showing is a good shop window to help promote the breed and meet new customers, but I don’t place a

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lot of emphasis on it. My show team is natural. Often lambs have been pulled in from the field off grass alone before the show and my older males and females are shown with little fleece on them,” Joe says. And while Joe loves to watch the larger classes at shows, he says too often a show sheep does not breed, so it is good to see what lines are performing as strong, consistent breeders and which ones are just good show sheep. To speed up genetic progress in the flock, Joe has embarked on

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embryo transfer work and has used Lleyn females as recipients. “Those that didn’t hold or weren’t needed have run with the Blue Texel lamb and have produced some fantastic cross-bred lambs,” he says.

Genetics “The cross is one which works well, producing lambs with length and tops. I’m looking forward to seeing how they sell this autumn.” With regards the pedigree flock, Joe is looking forward to working

with the female genetics he has. “I’d like to push to 20 ewes. It’s a manageable number,” he adds. “I might look at buying the odd female, but only if something special comes along.” Joe has since purchased a new ram lamb privately from Giles Hardman’s Farm Mill flock. “He’s by a Solwayview ram and out of a sister to the flock’s successful show ewe,” he says. “He’s very correct, with great style and depth of loin. I’m excited about what the future holds for him.”

And alongside his sheep flock, Joe knows he also has to work hard at school. With a passion for science and woodwork, it is clear Joe is a talented and practical young man, and will no doubt map his future out for pedigree sheep breeding alongside a good education. Kate, meanwhile, with her love of all animals, would like to pursue a career in veterinary nursing. “I’m not all that sure what I want to do in the future, but it will involve farming,” Joe says. OCTOBER 19 2018 | 127

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With Wool Week in full swing (October 8-21), Emily Ashworth looks at two UK artists


The preservation of Br it P rovenance, sustainable, natural. They are the words of the moment and the elements consumers look for when buying anything from food to fashion. But although British wool epitomises all the above, it still does not receive prominent recognition. Wool Week was launched by The Campaign for Wool in 2010, initiated by its patron, Prince Charles, to encourage consumer awareness about the benefits of British wool. The campaign has raised the profile of British wool internationally and has helped wool prices. The benefits of using natural wool are endless. It is known for its insulating properties and is one of the most effective forms of all- weather protection we can wear. It is also renewable and biodegradable.

Valuable nutrients As long as there is grass to graze, every year sheep will produce a new fleece. Once wool products come to the end of their life, the material can be returned to the ground to decompose and release valuable nutrients into the ground. Used in textiles, homewares, fashion and art, wool is having a welcome revival from those who wish to preserve a historic part of our farming history, while making use of a robust and diverse resource.

KATIE ALLEN, LOOPY EWES, GLOUCESTERSHIRE IT was not until about seven years ago Katie Allen decided to take the plunge and buy her own flock of sheep, creating Loopy Ewes, British artisan textiles for the home. After carving out a career in graphic design, Katie worked with rural businesses around Warwickshire, Leicestershire and Worcestershire, helping them with every stage, from developing their branding and packaging to preparing for events. The decision to move in to farming was down to a passion Katie felt she had always had. Both her and her husband, James, are 128 | OCTOBER 19 2018

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first generation farmers and Katie had to learn not only her craft from scratch, but educate herself about sheep farming too. After taking a variety of farming courses, including an eight-week smallholder course and a short course at Daylesford Organic, it came down to learning on the job.

New She says: “I spent many years working in the creative world, but when I started farming it felt like coming home. “It wasn’t an easy start for the business. When I got my first sheep it was all entirely new to me. I was learning shepherding skills as well

as my textiles craft. I have a background in design but none in textiles – or farming - so it is a constant and steep learning curve.” Katie now runs a flock of 85 rare breed Castlemilk Moorit and Portland sheep which graze 40 hectares (99 acres) on various conservation sites around Cirencester. The couple was working with the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, which put them in contact with a landowner who needed reliable grazing, and Katie and James jumped at the opportunity to utilise the land. She sees the process through from start to finish, shearing her

own sheep then taking the fleece to the Natural Fibre Company in Cornwall, where it goes through the scouring, carding and spinning process to be made into chunky knitting yarn - which Katie then knits into her products. “I am hugely inspired by my flock and by the wonderful process that happens each year with the fleeces,” she says.

Symbiotic “I think it is so remarkable every season they grow this wonderful resource, all while managing to rear their young, which I can then transform into beautiful things. “It’s a symbiotic relationship

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BEYOND THE FARM GATE who are using British wool as a source of inspiration throughout their work.

r itish wool through art JILL HARRISON, ABERDEENSHIRE ORIGINALLY from Bradford, West Yorkshire, Jill Harrison, moved to Aberdeenshire seven years ago after finding it difficult to obtain land for her horses, and now runs a small flock of 25 Hebridean sheep. And her artistic journey since has been a success. Her unique flair, and the process in which she uses wool in her pieces, is no doubt what has made her a standout artist in her field, striving to promote British wool and all its qualities. Creating images from her resources, Jill’s main inspirations are from the surrounding countryside and her flock, or from people. Portraits are her passion, especially Hollywood stars from years gone by.


Katie Allen creates artisan textiles from wool. which brings about a fulfilling and creative journey for me.” Producing a variety of limited edition goods including cushions, throws and homeware, her quality craftmanship is what stands out and led her to feature on the hit BBC2 show, Back To The Land with Kate Humble. Selling mostly online, Katie is looking to increase her sales and already has the ideas for the next collection in her business. But it is about showcasing the best of British, and provenance is a huge part of her business. “It seemed such a waste that fleece wasn’t seen as a valuable resource,” says Katie, who also

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sells lamb boxes from her ram lambs and supplies various restaurants with her meat. “I often hear about farmers burying or burning fleeces. “It’s devastating to me because wool is such a fantastic, sustainable resource with many natural properties that far outweigh the offering of manmade fibres. “I am passionate about connecting my customers with an awareness of British wool and with important rural skills, to give them a feeling that they own something truly handcrafted and evocative of our British countryside.”

Utilising wool from her own animals, Jill has moved away from using traditional methods. She says: “I usually card the wool – a process to disentangle fibres – and blend different colours to obtain subtle shades. “The way I use it gives me a very soft natural finish and I normally liken it to a pastel drawing or a delicately done painting.” Dying the fibre herself, Jill likes to mix earthy colours to create a natural effect and uses the wool to paint with, building up her

image in layers. Jill has been asked to create a wide variety of pictures for her customers, from tarantulas to superheroes, but is through using wool that she hopes to highlight the importance of sheep. “Sheep have been an important part of life for thousands of years,” she says. “They keep our land healthy and our countryside beautiful. Their fleece keeps us warm and they provide us with good food. We need to look after these wonderful animals and make more use of their precious fleece. “Britain has long been a provider of wool and we should make sure it continues to do so. “Now, more and more artists are using this medium which can only be a good thing by bringing the use of wool to the forefront once again.”

Jill Harrison finds inspiration for her art from her flock and famous people.

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Every week we follow the ups and downs of farmers around the UK MARTIN KENNEDY

Perthshire Martin is married with three daughters and farms with his wife Jane on a hill farm rising to 760 metres (2,500ft) above sea level. They have 600 breeding ewes, 30 continental cows and 30 highlanders. Martin is in his second year as NFU Scotland vice-president after serving three years as Less Favoured Area committee chairman.


arming, particularly livestock farming, is coming increasingly under the spotlight when it comes to its effect on climate change. There is only one thing we as people cannot do without and that is food, yet at every opportunity we seem to be victimised by various organisations who in their short-sightedness seem to be biting the hand that feeds them. Carbon emissions are getting near top of the agenda and yet no-one mentions the fact that we produce 1kg each of carbon into the atmosphere every day. Yes it’s a fact that a cow produces nearer 10kg, but it’s the whole process that counts here. Going by the rules of the Paris agreement when it comes to carbon calculations, we (agriculture) cannot count in the calculation what is being sequestrated. This is fundamentally wrong. It puts us under the spotlight unfairly and this has to change. Even applying lime to our ground which improves vastly the carbon capture capabilities of our soils goes against us when working out our carbon footprint. Livestock farming is essential to

‘There is only one thing we as people cannot do without and that is food’ assisting the mitigating measures now being taken to address climate change, and to back this up we need to understand how the whole process works. In its simplest of terms, carbon capture starts with photosynthesis, whereby plants extract carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, extract the carbon for its own benefit then release oxygen back out for us and other animals to breath. The breakdown of the plant beneath the ground adds to the ability of the soil to hold carbon, process is enhanced by grazing as grassland and rougher grazings are maintained in a carbon sequestrating state. This has enabled our soils, particu-

larly our peatlands in Scotland, to hold more carbon than all the trees in Western Europe. The difference with grassland as opposed to trees is, grassland can be kept in an active carbon sequestrating state all the time by grazing, trees make their biggest contribution in the earlier years then this tails off to a point where they’re basically just storing it. The accepted average industry figure for aviation carbon emissions is about 250kg per hour of flight time, that is one plane for one hour. When you multiply the number of hours by the number of planes then the number of flights in just one

day, and, there being no counter sequestration benefit. It makes you realise that it is more livestock we need in food production, not less. If we were to produce less meat, not only would this have a negative effect on our ability to capture carbon, but it would also mean we would need to start ploughing up and cultivating our permanent pasture to grow enough vegetables, also import more food from other countries. Thus releasing more carbon into the atmosphere alongside the further release from dead senescing scrub that hasn’t been grazed, which is now a wilderness, not a place of beauty.

Farmers Weather by Dr Simon Keeling

Legacy of storm reverberates to this day THIRTY-one years ago this week, the great storm hit south east England, the Channel and northern France. Twenty-two people were killed in the tempest which swept into the Bay of Biscay as a rapidly deepening depression on the night of October 15, 1987. By the time morning arrived, the low pressure system was in the North Sea, leaving a trail of destruction in its wake. We all know the storm made certain forecasters famous (or should that be infamous), but it also had a major effect on weather forecasting, a legacy which reverberates to this day. 130 | OCTOBER 19 2018

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Wind gusts of 115mph were recorded at Shoreham in Sussex at 3.10am, with 94mph recorded in central London. This was not the strongest speed though, an estimated 136mph was recorded at Quimper Coastguard Station in Brittany just after midnight. A report into the storm concluded there were not enough observations available to forecasters before the storm hit from the sea areas south west of the UK and eastern Atlantic. This finding led to a change in the amount of weather information that was gathered west of the UK.

We now have a series of weather buoys which are fixed weather stations that automatically produce minute by minute reports. These transmit observations directly into computer weather models, the theory being the more data going in, the better the forecasts coming out. The naming of storms can also be traced back to that single storm, although it took some time before the practice came into force; one I think should still be under review. I will be spotting any other severe storms for you in my twiceweekly farming weather video forecasts at

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NEXT WEEK Powys James Powell Cheshire Phil Latham

‘We held back on drilling and have been rewarded’ Cambridgeshire Russell is farm manager for John Sheard Farms and a partner in the family farm of D.J. Tebbit, responsible for a total of 995 hectares (2,457 acres), with land crossing into Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. Cropping is split between winter wheat grown for seed, milling and feed, winter barley, winter oilseed rape, spring barley, spring beans and spring oats. Russell is an AHDB monitor farmer and a 2014 Nuffield Scholar.


his year has seemed to be the year that keeps on giving, or not as has been the case in terms of rainfall. It has made decision-making in

terms of planning the autumn drilling campaign interesting to say the least – and the easiest decision has been for us not to drill in some circumstances. Predominantly, this has been on fields that, historically, I would expect black-grass on – and also because we are so heavily reliant on decent pre-emergence herbicide activity to control this weed. We picked off about 100 hectares of fields which are reasonably clean and have held back on drilling anything else. This patience has just been rewarded with more than 40mm of rain from Sunday to Monday and I’m sure if we are going to get a significant showing from black-grass it will be in the next seven to 10 days. There have been some straightforward guidelines to follow in recent years in terms of delaying drilling and getting the best out of residual herbicides. So I was quite surprised about the number of drills I saw going in early October on histrionically black-grass-prone land in to bone

dry seedbeds. I know conditions have been good and there is justifiably a degree of fear that when the weather breaks it won’t know when to stop, so I guess it comes down to how much you trust the forecast. Our wheat variety choices for this year are based on consistent performers, results from our variety trials and the devil in me that can’t resist trying the new and future kids on the block. Milling wheats have been binned. I can hit the specifications, but the premiums offered are a joke. Siskin remains as a stable performer partnered by its potential replacement in


The first correct entry received by next Friday will receive £20 worth of Love2shop vouchers. Send to: Crossword No. 952, Farmers Guardian, Unit 4, Fulwood Business Park, Caxton Road, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9NZ.


1 Spell in prison, they say; sticky way to trap birds (8) 5 Worry burrowing nocturnal animal (6) 10 Googled regularly principally for small measure for little singer (9) 11 Facetious expression of disgust with empty land’s open country (5) 12 Shame about originally English dutiful conduct (5) 13 Oil creeps circling in downward movement of earth (4,5) 14 Boundary circling primarily enclosed place where hides were put to remove hair (4,3) 16 Chief journalist rejected rubbish I’d presented essentially (6) 19 Small removal of undesirable element, plant with generally poisonous juice (6) 21 Shaped anklets for the most long and thin (7) 23 I do injury to one outfit creating likeness of wanted person’s face (9) 25 Prospect of characters in Levi’s talking (5) 26 Good heavy blow; person ruined beyond recovery (5) 27 From time to time, homecoming Royal Scots’ genuine long individual speech (9) 28 Spot small Scots taking in children’s game (6) 29 Due proportion in peculiar mystery about male (8)



Extase along with Crispin which suits a late drilling slot alongside Firefly, Skyscraper, Spotlight and a coded new high-yielding feed variety. As we approach an uncertain time for agriculture going forward, the winter months will be a good opportunity to look at what we can do differently. My wife has had a successful farm shop in the past and there are lots of experts who tell you what you could do with various buildings. I like my son’s idea of turning one of them into an indoor cricket centre, although I can’t help thinking it will be more for his benefit than ours.


1 Large fruit for New York? (3,5) 2 Topographical representation concerning position of stream, sea and alp finally (6,3) 3 One inclined towards socialism quit party in the end (5) 4 Fixed attitude of gutless man and confused deist getting together (7) 6 Love something done involving touches of force, finesse and energy (9) 7 Maltese egrets going west include bigger birds (5) 8 Repelling arachnid, douses sheep again (6) 9 Butcher-bird’s piercing scream when tail’s twisted (6) 15 Strange trumpery with hint of hope; means of attacking 22 (9) 17 Series of six balls, not at first one over seven, an unintentional omission (9) 18 Systematic plan of action sorting out stray teg (8) 20 One dwelling in the far north, i.e. Omsk, perhaps (6) 21 Dormant state of any Celt out of sorts (7) 22 Horrid biting insects, tiny things with no merit finally (6) 24 Not oddly penning up beginning of inevitable boredom (5) 25 Membrane uncovered essentially on upset mule (5)

Answers to crossword 950: Across: 1 Pearl barley, 9 Exploit, 10 Unzoned, 11 Cornflour, 12 Baste, 13 Dizzy, 14 Abundance, 16 Twitchers, 18 Cycle, 20 Heron, 22 Important, 24 Ravioli, 25 Cockier, 26 Pleasurable. Down: 1 Paparazzi, 2 Aloofly, 3 Lotto, 4 Aquariums, 5 Lazy bed, 6 Yanks, 7 De-iced, 8 Adhere, 14 Aperitifs, 15 Nectarine, 16 T-shirt, 17 Condone, 18 Corncob, 19 Eatery, 21 Rev up, 23 Pacer. Winner: K. Smith, North Yorkshire.

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‘There is no limit to where agricultural technology can go’ Farm life: Farming has been in my blood all my life and it has shaped who I am as a person. I love the freedom of being outdoors, the accomplishment of fixing things that are broken and seeing something grow from nothing. I finished my apprenticeship with Barclays last year and am now a full-time employee. Barclays is also supporting me with my degree in digital and technology solutions, specialising in cyber security. On a normal day, my time is split between the farm and Barclays technology centre near Knutsford. I love coming home to the space and freedom on the farm after a busy day at work, as it takes my mind off the day job. I am also a member of Congleton Young Farmers, which I have been part of for five years. We meet at least three times a week, often more. Young Farmers has one of the biggest places in my heart and I have learned lots of transferable skills which I use in the working world. I did not realise quite how much my farming background had shaped me as a person until I started the nine to five office job. Cryptography: My apprenticeship at Barclays enables me to earn and

Winnie Bullock Congleton, Cheshire Winnie Bullock, 19, lives on the family farm with her parents and sister running 52 sheep, 30 cows, 20 chickens and their pet dog. She is also a cryptography consultant and cyber security student.

learn at the same time. I am part of a team that manages the deployment of cryptography for services in the business. Cryptography is something I had never heard of before I started.

Winnie Bullock combines work in cyber security with farming. It involves using security algorithms and cryptographic keys to ensure private data is kept secure. That may sound really complex, and my role can definitely be challenging, but I love learning a new skill that is incredibly important to business today. There have been so many news headlines about data breaches recently – and high levels of security is a top priority for banks. It is really rewarding to know I am helping to make a difference. It is great there are options like this for young farmers. It gives us the flexibility to pursue our interests and academic studies, all while helping out on the farm. I used my first pay packet to buy a flock of sheep.

Future-proofing: I am likely to take over the farm from my dad. I think it is really crucial for farmers to become more digitally savvy and this is something that can be driven by the younger generations. I would like to use my knowledge of technology and cyber security to produce something better for the farmers of the future. We live at a time when, for example, robotic milking machines are helping farmers manage dairy herds – and there is no limit to where problem-solving agricultural technology might go. ■ Farmers Guardian’s security special will launch on November 9. MORE INFORMATION For careers, interview and exam information, go to

READER SNAPSHOT EACH week we ask readers to share their favourite snapshots of farming life and the stories behind them.

Wilbur’s visit Pupils at St Andrew’s RC Primary School, Dumfries, had an unusual lesson while reading their class novel, Charlotte’s Web. The main character, Wilbur the piglet, visited their school, thanks to local farmer Lesley Kirkwood, of Mouswald Grange Farm. This visit was organised and co-ordinated by Royal Highland Educational Trust Dumfries and Galloway project coordinator Fiona Jamieson. GET INVOLVED To get a photo featured in FG, share your shot on our Facebook page or email 132 | OCTOBER 19 2018

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Farmers Guardian 19th October 2018 - Scottish  
Farmers Guardian 19th October 2018 - Scottish