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VACCINE CAUTION ● On-farm cattle trials get underway ● Farmers’ plea over badger culling By Hannah Binns

Disease “Cattle can carry the disease without displaying symptoms and a vaccination, while a good step forward, will not prevent the spread if we do not manage the disease coming in.” She also highlighted the danger of

Ministers assuming the vaccine will be the answer to bTB control, viewing it on a par with badger culling, and warned it would be at least five years before the industry saw any real results. In 2019 the Government signalled its intention to phase out badger culling in England in favour of cattle and badger vaccination – a move criticised by farmers and the unions. NFU deputy president Stuart Roberts said: “Piloting a cattle vaccine should be treated as an urgent matter for Defra and it needs its full commitment to achieve an early rollout, should the vaccine be effective. “Significant inroads have been


INDUSTRY chiefs have reaffirmed the need for a comprehensive set of measures to tackle bovine TB, including badger culling, as field trials for a new cattle vaccine got underway this week. Animal and Plant Health Agencycontracted vets will use a bTB-free farm in Hertfordshire to trial the BCG cattle vaccine and skin test which will help distinguish between vaccinated and infected animals, with a view to expanding the research across more farms in England and Wales in the coming months. While it is seen as a step forward in

Defra’s 25-year bTB strategy, Derbyshire farm vet Sarah Tomlinson described the breakthrough as ‘another imperfect tool in the toolbox’. Drawing parallels with the Government’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the need to embrace all available measures to fight the disease, she said: “As we have seen with Covid19, bTB tests are not always perfect.

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made through wildlife controls, which have shown incredible results in recent years and have, for the first time in decades, given many farmers a light at the end of a very long and dark tunnel. “This latest development will take time and we hope that vaccination of cattle will further contribute to eliminating this disease when it is available. “However, we must continue to remove the risk from all vectors to achieve eradication and we remain significantly concerned about the direction of travel from the UK Government in its bTB eradication strategy.”

Badgers Matthew Thomas, curator of, highlighted a Defra epidemiological report from last year which detailed its own operatives’ risk assessments of infected herds. The data showed that in the high risk area in 2019, the most common source of infection was attributed to badgers, with 78 per cent in Cornwall, Staffordshire 71.5 per cent and Shropshire 70.1 per cent.   “The edge areas saw similar results, with more than half of the weighted source attributed to badgers,” said Mr Thomas. “Yet the direction of travel appears to be more cattle tests, more sensitive cattle tests, more dead cattle and to vaccinate badgers and cattle. This despite the recent case of the cat in Ireland which contracted bTB from a vaccinated badger.”

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Making money from carbon may be tricky By Ewan Pate THE transition to low carbon farming will be one of the defining features of coming decades, but making money out of it may not be easy. There is limited scope to sell carbon sequestration at present and, according to Andersons Centre partner Richard King, any buyer would need to be willing to overlook contentious issues. Among these would be how to actually measure what was being sold and whether the carbon had been sequestered for the long-term. Speaking at an Andersons seminar in Edinburgh, Mr King said: “I am aware of at least 64 methods of measuring one tonne of carbon dioxide equivalent and that implies different methodologies and results. “There also has to be permanence. For example, much of the carbon sequestered in soil could be released again in a year by simply ploughing.” Forestry was considered as a ‘good thing’ because it addressed these issues. The amount of carbon stored could be more easily measured. Permanence was claimed, but it actually only lasted as long as the tree was alive or if the timber was used for construction. “There has been a great deal of

political focus on tree planting and there is a perception that large areas of farmland in Scotland have been forested in the last couple of years,” Mr King said. “The planting statistics do not bear this out, however. They are no higher than over the last couple of decades and far less than in the 1970s and 1980s.” Regenerative farming had garnered plenty of column inches in the farming press, but Mr King reckoned the publicity was out of proportion to the area of land managed along those lines.

Gold He cautioned that many of the techniques, such as low-till farming had been developed in countries with very different climates and soils to the UK. “Some see a huge money-making potential from carbon sequestration on agricultural land, but there are limited opportunities to monetise it. There may not be a carbon ‘pot of gold’. Low carbon production is coming, but it may just become a cost of doing business in the food supply chain, like farm assurance. “Low carbon farming could provide a branding opportunity for UK farming and that may be where the advantage will lie,” he added.

UK ‘not competitive enough’ FARM productivity in the UK is improving very slightly, but not by enough to make the post-Brexit industry globally competitive. Andersons Centre partner Mr King estimated the total factor productivity (TFP) has only risen by 1.3 per cent per year since 1973. In the 16 years since 2005, the improvement had slowed to an almost imperceptible 0.7 per cent. He said: “TFP is an index which shows how efficiently farm businesses turn inputs into outputs. It looks at physical quantities, so swings in market prices do not influence the figures.” The UK lags behind competitors in a number of countries, including Ireland, France and, perhaps surprisingly, New Zealand. The list is led by a striking margin by Brazil, partly due to its relatively low starting point, but countries with much more developed farm economies, such

as Denmark, Germany and the US, also feature among the most efficient. Mr King challenged the perception that that there had been major structural change in farming in the UK over recent decades despite well-publicised declines in sectors such as dairy and pigs. Overall farmer numbers had been ‘incredibly static’ since the millennium with no massive switch to part-time farming. There were still 300,000 people in the UK defined as farmers, but with significant changes on the way he expected greater change in the next decade. “A look at average performance figures might lead to the conclusion that UK farming is not very good, but they hide a huge range in performance, especially in dairy. It is actually possible for good farms in any sector to make reasonable returns,” Mr King added.

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NEWS COUNTY CLIMBS TO £196K A RECORD £196,000 (hammer price) was paid for a 1983 County 1474 ‘short nose’, part of the Shrubbs Farm Collection in Essex, hosted by Cheffins, last weekend. Bought by a UK-based collector, this 153hp example, of which fewer than 40 were thought to have been built, had seen two owners from new, showed 4,802 hours on the clock and had a pre-sale estimate of £60,000£70,000. The result makes this the second highest price paid for a vintage or classic tractor at auction to date, following the £310,000 paid for a 1903 Ivel Agricultural Motor, sold by the firm in 2019. A full sale report will feature in next week’s issue and on

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activities rise by 31pc By Alex Black MORE farmers than ever are diversifying to make their businesses more sustainable without subsidy, with renewable energy and tourism ventures rising in popularity.  The number of diversified enterprises jumped to 37 per cent in 2021 from 31 per cent in 2020, with the percentage of business turnover from non-farming activity increasing from 11 per cent to 16 per cent, according to an NFU Mutual survey of 1,652 UK farmers. Eleven per cent of those yet to diversify were planning to over the next five years. For those who did not plan to diversify, the main reason was wanting to concentrate on farming and making the best use of land and skills, with 22 per cent saying they felt they were too old to start a new venture. Chris Walsh, NFU Mutual farm specialist, said farmers were increasingly concerned about the

FARMERS STRENGTHENING THEIR BUSINESSES WITH growing concerns about incomes in the wake of a number of trade deals, many farmers are turning to diversifications. Top diversification activities include: ■ Renewable energy ■ Non-holiday property letting ■ Holiday accommodation ■ Livery/equestrian ■ Farm shops ■ Caravan/camping sites

16% of Northern Irish farms operate diversified activities


Percentage of business turnover from non-farming activities has risen by more than a third, from 11 per cent last year to 16 per cent this year.

long-term sustainability of their businesses alongside the prospect of being undercut in trade deals. With the UK committed to reducing carbon emissions, Mr Walsh said farmers saw renewable energy as a long-term investment win. “For others, particularly in coastal areas or near beauty spots,

34% of Welsh farms operate diversified activities

the rush for staycations during the pandemic and the popularity of glamping is making tourism a very attractive proposition,” he said. “Farmers always have to be ready to adapt to changing markets, but the huge changes we are now seeing to farm support mean farmers are now having to take a very hard look

UK Dairy Day given the green light UK Dairy Day will go ahead with additional Covid-19 safety measures in place following the latest Government announcement. Practical demonstrations and seminars will return to the event, providing an opportunity to hear expert advice on farming without subsidies, climate change, market

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conditions and breeding the right dairy cow. Dairy cattle will return to the event which will host the National Shows for Ayrshire, Brown Swiss and Holstein breeds, along with Dairy Shorthorn, Guernsey and Jersey classes. The stall booking deadline for

cattle exhibitors is August 6 and the cattle entry deadline is September 3. MORE INFORMATION For more information on the event, to be held at the International Centre in Telford, Shropshire, on September 15, visit

39% of Scottish farms operate diversified activities

43% of English farms operate diversified activities


at their businesses and take tough decisions on the future.” But there were potential pitfalls, with the insurer highlighting inheritance tax in particular. Sean McCann, chartered financial planner for NFU Mutual, said: “Many family farms benefit from agricultural property relief [APR], which can reduce or eliminate inheritance tax on farm land and buildings. “A key requirement in securing APR is the land or buildings must be occupied for agriculture, so converting farm buildings and letting them out for non-agricultural use will normally mean APR is lost and could lead to a larger inheritance tax bill.” However, he added in some cases diversifications may qualify for Business Property Relief. JULY 9 2021 | 3

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The recently published rates for soil standards under SFI 2022 are 30 per cent higher than they would be under the income foregone model.

Increased SFI 2022 rates still ‘not enough’ rRisk scheme could

be overly complex By Abi Kay

INCREASED payment rates for the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) 2022 ‘are not enough by themselves’ for farmers to enter the scheme, the Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) has warned. NFU vice-president Tom Bradshaw also told Farmers Guardian it was ‘unlikely’ farmers would chase the payments if they believed their output could be compromised.   Last week the Government published the indicative rates for soil standards under the SFI 2022, with Defra Secretary George Eustice pointing out they are 30 per cent higher than they would be under the income foregone model. The standards are to be offered at three ambition levels – introductory, intermediate and advanced – with the aim of allowing farmers who are new to environmental management to join the scheme. Defra has outlined ambitions to have at least 70 per cent of farmers participating in the SFI by 2028, but questions have been raised about

whether the payment rates are high enough to encourage farmers to join. Lynette Steel, farm policy adviser at the TFA, said: “The indicative payment rates are not enough by themselves for farmers to enter into SFI 2022. “The key here is to enter land into a number of financial assistance schemes, which is how Defra has designed the policy. “However, these small pots of money available in the transition phase have made this space overly complex and risk disengaging farmers from entering agri-environmental schemes in favour of focusing on increasing farm productivity.”

Positive Mr Bradshaw was more positive about the scheme, describing it as a ‘step in the right direction’ because it allows farmers to claim on land without taking it out of production. He also welcomed the flexibility of an annual scheme, which he believed would encourage people to try new practices on part of their farm. But he added: “The payment rates are not high enough for people to compromise their output to gain the SFI. “If they believe by adopting the principles within the standards that they are going to be compromising their

Payment rates THESE indicative rates will be updated to reflect any changes to the standards as a result of engagement and feedback over summer. Defra will finalise these standards and payment rates by November 2021, including a payment rate for the moorland and rough grazing standard which is currently under development. Improved grassland soils (per hectare): ■ Introductory: £26 ■ Intermediate: £44 ■ Advanced: £70 Arable and horticultural soils (per hectare): ■ Introductory: £26 ■ Intermediate: £41 ■ Advanced: £60

output, then it is unlikely they will go chasing the support payments. “You will either believe in the system and it will work for you or you will be committed to ploughing as the best way of driving output for your farm business, in which case it is unlikely the payment rates are a high enough incentive to change minds.”

Join #YourHarvest to show MPs value of arable sector GROWERS are being invited to join the NFU’s #YourHarvest campaign to demonstrate the value of the British arable sector to MPs. The initiative will highlight how ambitious and accessible environment schemes can help to maximise farming’s potential when it comes to sustainable food production and environmental delivery. It follows the release of the indicative payment rates for the arable soils

standard for the 2022 Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI).

Work NFU combinable crops board chair Matt Culley said: “There is already so much work going on, whether it is making better use of cover crops or adopting min-tillage and no-tillage practices to improve soil health and encourage biodiversity, boosting carbon capture through careful management

of hedgerows and arable soils, or producing crops for green energy to reduce reliance on fossil fuels. “Alongside producing great crops, all of these activities deliver multiple benefits for the environment and it is important this is recognised and valued within the SFI too. “#YourHarvest will help demonstrate why investment in the UK arable sector means investment in the future of our nation, its people and its countryside.”

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NEWS Crofting Commission chief resigns

The Crofting Commission board is developing an action plan with a strict timeline to address the issues raised.

he has been an excellent convener. “As an active crofter, his vast knowledge and understanding of crofting, along with his leadership qualities, has helped lead a very cohesive board.

Issues “In response to Rod’s resignation, the board acknowledges the issues and are developing an action plan with a strict timeline to address them.” She said like any regulator, the commission ‘has its critics’, adding: “However, it is a vital organisation for upholding the crofters’ role in managing large swathes of Scotland’s land for food production and biodiversity, as well as being at the heart of our rural and remote communities.”


THE convener of the Crofting Commission has resigned with immediate effect after four years in the role. Rod Mackenzie, a crofter on the Black Isle and auctioneer at Dingwall Marts, has also resigned as commissioner for the East Highlands area. He has reportedly retained the support of his fellow commissioners and cited his reason for resigning as ‘ongoing issues which he was not personally comfortable with’. The Crofting Commission board recently met with Cabinet Secretary Mairi Gougeon and her officials and await Scottish Ministers appointment of a new convener. Mairi Mackenzie, vice-convener, said: “The board thanks Rod for all that he has done in his role,

Shocking rise in farm fatalities

rIndustry must address

attitudes to safety By Hannah Binns

THIRTY-FOUR workers lost their lives in agricultural incidents from April 2020 to the end of March 2021, marking a ‘shocking’ 70 per

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cent death toll increase compared to last year, new data from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has revealed. In 2019/2020, 20 people died in workplace fatalities, the lowest level on record. But the five-year average in this sector, which includes forestry and fishing, remains high at 28. Recent months have seen several on-farm fatalities across the UK, with Farmers Guardian estimating a further eight from the start of April to the end of June. Last month alone saw three farmers lose their lives, two in tractor-related incidents and one who was killed by a falling hay bale. Stephanie Berkeley, Farm Safety Foundation manager, described HSE’s Workplace Fatal Injuries in

GB 2020/21 report, released on Wednesday July 7, as a ‘desperately disappointing read’ and called on the industry to address its attitude towards farm safety ahead of Farm Safety Week (July 19 to July 23). “The fact that farming has a fatality rate almost 20 times the GB industry average is shocking and shameful,” she said.

Impact “Thirty-four farm workers lost their lives on our farms in the past year and we cannot become immune to the impact these deaths have on farming families and communities. “We cannot just accept farming is a dangerous occupation. We have to redouble our efforts to drive a change.” John Charles-Jones, an arable

farmer from Nottingham who sits on HSE’s agricultural industry advisory committee, added: “While the number is lower than we might have feared, it is still significantly higher than the previous year and indicative of the industry’s poor attitude towards health and safety on-farm. “Sadly, until the culture towards health and safety changes, the annual statistics are unlikely to change and people will continue to lose their lives and livelihoods on UK farms, not to mention the resulting grief and misery for the families involved. “We are rapidly approaching the time where there may need to be a continued professional development scheme or equivalent to deal with safety on farms.”

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Unfair EU-UK seed potato trade ended rBan saw imports

seed imports to allow growers access to the seed they needed to plant the 2021 crop. Since the beginning of 2021, UK seed has been prevented from being exported to the EU because its certification schemes are not recognised in the union.

drop by 53 per cent By Cedric Porter DEFRA has ended the six-month authorisation which has allowed imports of seed potatoes from Europe to Great Britain at a time when exports from GB to EU were not permitted. As of July 1, no EU potato seed can be marketed in GB because UK authorities do not recognise seed certification schemes from any of the 27 EU countries. For the first six months of the year, the UK did allow EU potato

Technical Sandy McGowan of breeder Cygnet PEP and president of the British Potato Trade Association said: “We have been told by UK Government authorities that the issue is a technical one, but we think that it goes deeper than that and is tied up with political considerations. “The ideal would be to go back


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to the pre-December 31, 2020, position when both the EU and UK could export seed potatoes to each other, but that will not happen unless all the countries involved agree to do so.” NFU Scotland has welcomed the end of import authorisation and hopes it will give fresh impetus to discussions to allow potato seed trade between the UK and EU to resume. Mike Wilson, chair of the NFUS Potatoes Working Group and a seed potato grower from Auchnagatt, Aberdeenshire, said: “We are delighted that the principle of seed potato trade between the EU and GB having to go ‘both ways or noways’ has been upheld by Defra.

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IN the first three months of this year UK seed imports were down 53 per cent by volume to 11,160 tonnes, according to HMRC figures, with the value halved to £5.5 million. In the 2018/19 season exports to EU markets were at 38,800t, 37 per cent of the total. Imports of seed potatoes in the first quarter of this year were at 915t, compared to 5,100t last year, with EU suppliers responsible for all shipments.

“Extending the authorisation for a further six months had the potential to devastate Scotland’s seed potato industry, impacting many of our members’ businesses and Scotland’s rural economy.”

‘Farming should be defended from cheap imports in same way as steel’ THE UK’s farming industry should be protected from a flood of cheap imports in the same way domestic steel producers have been, the Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) has said. Last week, the Government introduced emergency legislation to defend UK steel from Chinese imports, overruling a recommendation made by the new Trade Remedies Authority to revoke a series of safeguards for the industry. The steel industry described the original plan to remove tariffs as ‘utter madness’, warning import surges would be devastating for domestic producers. FUW president Glyn Roberts, said: “The phrase ‘utter madness’ also applies to moves which would open up our market to cheap food produced to lower standards. “Such deals would be particularly devastating for rural areas where jobs relating to farming and agricultural supply chains make up a large proportion of the workforce and an invaluable contribution to our society and culture.” Last month, the Government

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agreed a deal in principle with Australia which will eliminate beef and sheep tariffs after 10 years, sugar after eight and dairy after five. During the transition period, Australia will also be able to take advantage of duty-free quotas on all products.

Access New Zealand’s Trade and Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, has since confirmed to Farmers Guardian that he is pushing for similar access to the UK market. Mr Roberts said: “Signing trade deals which will increase our reliance on food imports just 12 months after the pandemic, exposed our vulnerability to sudden changes in global food supply systems can certainly be described as utter madness. “Members of Parliament and the UK Government need to act in their constituents’ and the UK’s long-term interests by avoiding changes to quota which will have detrimental impacts on core industries. “This is as true for our food and farming as it is for steel.”

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Newton Rigg farm to remain an education resource r£1.7m upland unit

bought by charity

valued at £5,500,000, as well as the Newton Rigg Campus, and said it will provide more information in due course.

PINK LADIES TRACTOR RUN RAISES £30K ROADS across the Eastern Counties were tickled pink at the weekend when a convoy of more than 105 decorated tractors were cheered on by crowds as part of a major fundraising effort. The Pink Ladies’ Tractor Road Run has raised £750,000 since the start of the appeal, with all the money going to Cancer Research UK’s breast cancer appeal. DONATE ONLINE

By Hannah Binns NEWTON Rigg College’s upland farm facility, Low Beckside Farm, Mungrisdale, will be kept as an ‘education resource’ following a purchase offer by land-based educational charity The Ernest Cook Trust (TECT). Savills was marketing the farm at £1,725,000 and although the offer has not been disclosed, completion of the sale will see the unit remain central to land-based learning in Cumbria. It is understood the parties hope to complete by the end of July, with the trust expected to take over by September in time to get students onto the farm and learning for the autumn term.  Dr Victoria Edwards, TECT chief executive, said: “Low Beckside will provide a spectacular landscape for us to nurture and grow our work in the North West.” The trust, a UK educational charity creating outdoor experiences for children and young people which owns more than 9,105 hectares of land in Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Leicestershire and Dorset, aims to get more people working in agriculture through operating the farm alongside offering training schemes, apprenticeships, demonstrations, educational visits, workshops, seminars and open days.  Last year, Farmers Guardian reported the college was earmarked for closure in July 2021 after an independent review by the Department of Education found it was not financially viable, with a separate review concluding the site would be shut as ‘no suitable owner’ could be found.  Tim Whitaker, chief executive and principal of Askham Bryan College, added: “Low Beckside has provided practical training opportunities to so many young people over the years and its contribution to the future of upland farming now looks set to continue.”  The college has also received interest in Sewborwnes Farm, Penrith,

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MORE INFORMATION For more on farming in Wales, see our Welsh special starting on page 30.

The Welsh Government recently appointed the UK’s first ever Wildlife and Rural Crime Co-ordinator. But what are his farming priorities? Abi Kay speaks to him to find out.

UK’s first rural crime chief says farmers should get ‘specialist policing’


ob Taylor, the Welsh Government’s new Wildlife and Rural Crime Co-ordinator, has a big job on his hands. He has been tasked with putting together Wales’ first ever wildlife and rural crime strategy, with the ultimate aim of reducing offences and increasing public confidence in the police. His is the first role of its kind in the UK, but Mr Taylor is not phased, telling Farmers Guardian he is ‘really looking forward to the challenge’ and wants to ‘make a difference’. There is no doubt that his background managing the widelyrespected North Wales Police rural crime team – also the first of its kind – makes him well placed to take on the job. He said: “In 2013, when this rural crime team started, I think the bridges between the police and the farming communities had well and truly crumbled. “We were treated with suspicion and we were treated as if we did not care. And perhaps, because there were no dedicated teams, farmers were not getting the service they desired or should get.

But I have seen over the past eight years in North Wales, for sure, that those bridges have been firmly re-established. “Farmers will now ring us with information and will openly engage with us, whether on social media or at markets. “They know that because they are dealing with a dedicated team, they will get a professional response every single time and every crime is taken seriously.” Now Mr Taylor wants to take this experience and use it to help all four police forces across Wales to deliver the best possible service to farming communities.

Training As part of his new role, he will also be responsible for ensuring the police work effectively with other partner agencies, such as farming unions and Young Farmers’ Clubs. His hope is that these bodies can provide training in basic skills such as livestock handling and sheep identification, as well as making officers aware of the impact that loss of stock or machinery can have on a farm business. The Welsh Government has already indicated its support for the

Farmers know that because they are dealing with a dedicated team that every single crime is taken seriously ROB TAYLOR plans, and it is possible that Ministers may provide funding. “Farming environments are very unusual and as police, unless you are from a farming background, you do not really know them,” Mr Taylor said. “This is specialist policing. There is no doubt about it. This is not just a police officer who happens to be in the countryside rather than a town. “Police need to know what they are dealing with, what the impacts are and how they can assist the

Mr Taylor was responsible for heading the North Wales Police rural crime team, established in 2013.

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farmer best. That is really important for me.” Mr Taylor is also hoping to incorporate lessons on rural crime into an existing schools programme run by the police, to educate children about issues such as livestock attacks – a problem which he highlighted as an immediate priority. This particular subject is close to his heart, having worked for seven years now on new UK legislation to introduce tougher penalties and allow the police to carry out more thorough investigations of these offences. But he also pointed to mental health and suicide prevention in the farming community as another urgent problem he wanted to tackle.

Difficult “I am not saying it is overlooked, because there are lots of organisations there, but we need to get the police to be aware of those organisations and look at how we can work together to help our farming communities, particularly during a time when we have had Brexit and the pandemic, which I know personally have been very difficult on our farming communities,” he said. At the moment, Mr Taylor only has a guaranteed 12 months to get on top of these problems, as the role is being piloted. But he is quietly confident that he can achieve something in that time, and perhaps even provide inspiration to other places. “Hopefully in 12 months I can look back and reflect and say ‘that was a success, and maybe other parts of the UK can do the same’,” he said. “Maybe even Europe might think that was a really good idea and made a big difference.”

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Vaccination must be part of wider bovine TB strategy

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UNLIKE previous pandemics or plagues, Covid-19 has happened at a time when the ability to monitor the spread of the disease has been far more advanced than any previous era. Scientists have spoken of their fascination in watching the pandemic unfold and, hopefully, learning lessons about how to defeat it. As stark as it may seem, at governmental level it has been as much about data and emerging trends as it has been the human cost on the ground. After all, the decision to unlock life in England on July 19 when cases are surging will be based on underlying trends, datasets and clinical analysis (we hope). In some respects the battle farming has waged against bovine TB for a generation is as much based on statistics as the Covid-19 pandemic is. But whether the lessons learned from one are being applied to the other, as union leaders have urged this week (see page 1), will be questioned by many. One of the key strands in the battle to beat Covid-19 has been about having a suite of

measures to stop the spread of the disease, whether that has been making people wear masks, stopping them from socialising and, ultimately, the vaccination programme. It has been a multilayered approach to stopping the spread. And so it is with bTB, whether that is widespread cattle testing, the establishment of different areas of risk, culling badgers in England or, latterly, vaccination of cattle and disease vectors; they are all part of farming’s suite of measures. The problem for agriculture, of course, is that bTB becomes politicised and different nations, as with the human pandemic, diverge in the routes they take. While many farmers will look positively on the cattle vaccination trials, many still believe culling badgers needs to be part of the solution, especially when the data in the cull areas seems to suggest it is making a difference to the spread of the disease. The war on bTB will not be won by one thing alone, but rather a range of measures and tough decisions which will eventually nullify the disease.

YOUNG FARMER FOCUS ‘Everyone needs to be mindful of safety’ Safety: I am incredibly lucky. I had a serious quad bike incident in May 2019 and could have died, but life is almost back to normal now. I went out to check the cows, which I had done hundreds of times before. Then, when I did not return after a few hours, Dad came looking for me and found the quad bike on its side in the field with me lying on the grass semi-conscious. I was put into an induced coma and spent nine weeks in hospital. Every day was a nightmare for my family, but they received huge support from the farming community and everyone where I worked. One local farmer even donated £1,000 to an Air Ambulance charity on my behalf. Cause: We still do not know exactly what caused the incident. I am always really careful with 10 | JULY 9 2021

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machinery and what happened to me could happen to anyone, so I am keen to raise awareness of how dangerous quad bikes can be. It is easy to think incidents only involve other people, but I have learned that is not the case. Everyone needs to be constantly mindful of safety. Farm: Growing up on a farm makes you see the world differently to a lot of people, whether it is the type of meat you buy or your attitude to holidays. I believe the public should be more committed to buying British produce, as cheap imports from countries with lower standards of animal welfare are damaging domestic farmers’ incomes. I also believe that growing up on a farm gives you a strong work ethic. You are surrounded by people who know how to graft. Our family farm had been dairy,

Charlotte Bevan but we shifted to beef and sheep. Farm assurance: Part of my job is helping clients keep assurance records. This is becoming more important and the audits are becoming more challenging, but it is really important to be farm assured as it can open up new markets and increasingly will help farmers achieve premium prices. If you are adhering to high standards and excellence, why not have that

Charlotte Bevan St Weonards, near Hereford Charlotte Bevan, 26, grew up on a farm near Herefordshire and works as a senior accounts administrator for CXCS, a firm of agricultural compliance advisers. documented so you can prove it? I spend a lot of time speaking to farmers in my job – and that was one of the things that drew me to this role. I had tried lots of different things before joining CXCS in 2013, but never found anything that suited me and that I enjoyed so much. If you feel strongly about what you do, you will care and want to do it to the best of your ability. Hopefully I instinctively understand the issues that farmers face and can empathise with them. I also speak their language. MORE INFORMATION If you would like to be featured, email

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Unfair testing IT is manifestly unfair that cattle in some parts of the UK are subject to sixmonthly and pre-movement testing for bovine TB, while in other parts testing is only carried out every four years and there is no pre-movement testing. The reasoning behind this is that in the four-year testing areas bTB is not particularly infectious and infected animals take considerable time before the disease develops to the point where they become infectious to others. In the areas subject to six-monthly and pre-movement testing the assumption is that bTB is very infectious and that an animal that contracts it becomes almost immediately infectious to any contacts. That it has become necessary to construct and reconcile these conflicting views has been the work of successive Ministers at Defra to accommodate the views of and appease people such as Brian May, Carrie Johnson, Chris Packham and a gullible public. We are now eight years into the 25-year strategy to eliminate bTB and one year into the five-year development programme for a cattle vaccine for bTB, but there is little evidence of progress on either front. We all know what the problem is. We even have a PCR test that can more accurately tell us where it is, but those in authority seem determined to bury their head in the sand. John Tuck, Swindon, Wiltshire.

Needle practice IN response to Caroline Squire’s Farming Matters column (‘Assurance rules need reforming with a dose of common sense’, FG, June 25). All Red Tractor standards, including the requirement for members to have a broken needle policy, are developed by farmers, their representatives and leading experts, taking into consideration legislation, scientific evidence and industry-supported best practice.



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While suspected broken needles in livestock are rare, it is important that farmers have a policy in place to deal with any cases effectively. It is false to suggest that our standards state that farmers should not attempt to remove a broken needle from an animal. This is not solely a welfare concern. It also has an impact on the eating quality of the meat. The British Meat Processors Association says economic losses to the beef industry from poor needle practices extend from producer through to processor, with abscesses leading to wasteful trimming and even partial rejection of the carcase. Rather than just ‘a dose of common sense’, it is the science, best practice and entire supply chain views that Red Tractor considers when setting standards. That is why Red Tractor is a world leader in food chain assurance and why consumers choose British food above all other – a far cry from consumer opinion in 2000, when it was first established.

The contrasting responses from assessors is something we will review. We continually work with our certification bodies to improve assessor training and any cases which are reported to us which identify any inconsistencies, are fully investigated. Jim Moseley, Chief executive, Red Tractor Assurance.

Cattle grading IN response to your article (EUROP grid alternative launched, FG, June 25), I agree we need to find a new way to grade cattle which better reflects the needs of our consumers both now and into the future. The EUROP grid is outdated. It does not consider the direction of travel the UK beef industry needs to meet the consumer of the future. As stated in your article, we (the UK beef industry) need a system which rewards farmers for eating quality and environmental impact, alongside the

actual production – not simply the shape of a cow’s rear end. However, it is a complex issue and the grading system is not the entire answer. Inside the farmgate, we need to be producing cattle that suit the demands of the consumer, not what we think they want. Retailers strive to provide consumers with options for taste, carbon footprint and provenance – this needs to be relayed to farmers to allow them to produce meat that fits the bill. Reliable, proven measures of eating quality must be central to any future beef cattle grading system. This will allow us to strengthen the market share for beef on the plate of our consumer into the future. The Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society is committed to finding the most workable system that delivers what our consumers are asking for – a good eating experience paired with sustainable production methods. Robert Gilchrist, Breed development manager, Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society.

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NEWS MPs clamp down on hare coursing MINISTERS are intending to amend Game Acts dating back to the 19th century to clamp down on hare coursing, the Countryside Alliance has said. For several years, the group has been campaigning with the CLA and NFU to have the legislation updated, allowing vehicles to be confiscated, dogs to be seized and

kennelling costs to be recovered by the police. They have also called for harsher penalties for hare coursing to be introduced. Since the Covid-19 pandemic, police have increased the number of hare coursing operations carried out, with a 211 per cent increase in hare coursing in Oxfordshire’s Cotswolds alone.

Ministers want to tighten legislation surrounding hare coursing.

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sustainable sourcing By Abi Kay THE UK Government has promised to launch a consultation on public procurement this summer, with a view to buying more local food. Ministers intend to update the Government Buying Standards for Food and Catering Services (GBSF) to showcase the UK’s food and drink, with its high animal welfare standards, traceability and nutritional value.

The plan is to transition to more sustainably and responsibly sourced products, bringing public procurement into line with broader policy goals, such as the commitment to reach net zero emissions by 2050. In its response to an Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee report on public procurement, the Government wrote: “We have a manifesto commitment to encourage the public sector to ‘Buy British’ – to support our farmers and reduce environmental costs. “Our vision is that local sourcing will be championed throughout the

updated GBSF. This will include promoting procurement practices which support local suppliers, encouraging greater incorporation of UK seasonality and local produce into menu choices, and requiring that high food production standards are met.”

Metrics In order to monitor progress, the Government will consult on including metrics within the GBSF to assess the uptake of local, seasonal food. A series of workshops will also be run alongside the consultation to

ensure procuring organisations and suppliers are supported on the practicalities of local, sustainable sourcing. The NFU has previously warned that the tendering process for public procurement is complex, calling for a common approach for public sector sourcing to provide clarity for smaller businesses on product specification and contracting terms. The consultation will seek views on how to simplify the GBSF to make it easier to use and strengthen guidance on fair and transparent procurement to create a more level playing field for small- and medium-sized enterprises.

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Farmer suppliers watch £6.3bn Morrisons takeover bid closely rOwns abattoirs, fresh

Lincolnshire, processing more than 3,800 cattle, 11,000 lambs and 30,000 pigs every week. It also owns Chippindales egg production facilities in North Yorkshire, as well as fresh produce sites. NFU president Minette Batters said the union would be keeping a close watch on the takeover.

produce and egg sites By Alex Black



SUPPLIER organisations linked to Morrisons are closely watching a £6.3 billion takeover bid which would see ownership of the West Yorkshire-based retailer transferred to a US investment group. The US private equity firm Fortress Investment Group led the bid. The supermarket turned down a bid of £5.5bn last month from Clayton, Dubilier and Rice, with a third US investment firm Apollo Global considering a move, but no approach had been reported when Farmers Guardian went to press. Britain’s largest asset manager Legal and General Investment Management warned Morrisons, which has freehold land and property assets worth £5.8bn, should not be taken over by a private equity outfit for the ‘wrong reasons’. UK Government Ministers were seeking assurances over jobs and in-

Sourcing from British farms has long been part of Morrisons’ heritage.

vestment from the supermarket, with Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng expected to ask for a meeting with the Morrisons chair Andrew Higginson in the coming weeks.

Saputo acquires Yorkshire cheesemaker in £23m deal SAPUTO has announced the acquisition of Wensleydale Dairy Products for £23 million. Wensleydale Dairy Products operates two facilities in North Yorkshire and employs approximately 210 people. The dairy giant said the acquisition would allow it to expand its branded position in the UK and abroad. The business will join Saputo’s Dairy Division (UK) under its Europe Sector. Saputo is one of the top 10 dairy processors in the world, founded in Canada. In the UK, Saputo is the largest manufacturer of branded cheese and a top manufacturer of dairy spreads. The company, which owns the Cathedral City and Davidstow Cheddar brands following a takeover of Dairy Crest in 2019, said the acquisition will ‘complement and broaden’ its existing range of British cheeses. Wensleydale Dairy Products

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manufactures, blends, markets and distributes a variety of specialty and regional cheeses, including Yorkshire Wensleydale cheese.

Fortress said it placed ‘very significant emphasis on the wider responsibilities’ of ownership of Morrisons including recognising the legacy of founder Sir Ken Morrison, its history and culture and the role it plays for all stakeholders, including British farming. It also said it was committed to supporting Morrisons pledge to be completely supplied by net zero carbon British farms by 2030. Morrisons, the UK’s fourth largest supermarket, owns Woodheads with three abattoir sites in Lancashire, Aberdeenshire and

“It is encouraging that the potential buyer has recognised the significant role Morrisons plays as British farming’s biggest direct customer and that they have committed to continue with Morrisons’ strategic intentions to support British farmers and work with them to deliver on the business’ environmental commitments,” she said. “Sourcing from British farms has long been part of Morrisons heritage and it is reassuring that the potential buyer wishes to continue to uphold these core values going forwards.” NFU Scotland president Martin Kennedy said Scottish farmers have had a ‘very good relationship’ with the chain for many years and the retailer had been an excellent supporter of Scottish and British produce, as proven by its Shelfwatch activity. “Morrisons is also in a unique position of having wider involvement in the supply chain including the abattoir sector in Scotland,” he said. Mr Kennedy added his team would seek a meeting with the new owners.

Local The business sources its milk from 40 local farms and exports products around the world. Lino Saputo, chair of the board and chief executive officer of Saputo, said: “Wensleydale Dairy Products is home to an immense amount of passion, care, and tradition. “Not only is it a well-established British business with high quality products and award-winning cheeses, but our corporate cultures are well-aligned, and I am delighted to welcome the entire team into the Saputo family.” Subject to UK regulatory requirements, the transaction was expected to close in the second half of July 2021.

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BUSINESS CEREALS Life after the Basic Payment Scheme was a key point of discussion at the Cereals 2021 with farmers looking for ways to replace the lost income. Alex Black and

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Livestock could plug arable farm rGreen benefits from

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DIVERSIFYING into rearing livestock could present an opportunity for arable farmers looking to plug their future Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) gap. Representatives from the sheep, beef, pig and poultry industries attended the event to highlight the benefits livestock could bring to arable rotations, not only for the environment, but for farmers’ future finances. Speaking to Farmers Guardian about cattle diversification opportunities, Adam Buitelaar, chief executive of Buitelaar, said: “We are seeing big changes in consumer patterns, which, equally, will drive big changes in farming methods. “Our integrated beef package offering makes the most of an arable farm’s assets, giving full utilisation of labour, maximising grain margins by putting grain through the cattle when commodity prices are low and creating the arable farm’s own cycle of turning straw into manure, helping to bring organic matter to the soil.  “The integrated offer is quite unique in the livestock world as, ultimately, we will fix the price of the

Environmental schemes and funding were hot topics at Cereals 2021.

animal on and off the farm, so the arable farmer can work out their gross margin and return on capital very simply.”

Concept He added there had been lots of interest on the stand about their regenerative farming concept, which was in its preliminary stages. It will see low inputs, no ploughing or fertilising, maximising Environ-

AHDB ‘focusing on transparency’ INCREASING transparency, reducing bureaucracy, and cost cutting including staff redundancies - were on the agenda for AHDB in the coming months as it looked to life after the horticulture and potato ballots. But Nicholas Saphir said he was still ‘proud’ to be AHDB chair ‘even at a time

like this’, especially when looking at the work the cereals and oilseeds team was doing. He highlighted its work on monitor farms and the Recommended Lists, adding work was being done on comprehensive carbon surveys which was ‘going to be really important’.

mental Land Management scheme payments, sequestration of carbon and long-term improvement to soil structure while still producing a product which can be marketed off-farm. “With the planet-conscious consumer starting to be more aware

of how their product is grown or reared, regenerative farming straddles both the arable and beef production world,” he said. A spokesman for Cranswick said their first Cereals event was positive and outlined the win-win situation

Tenant farmers to retire in higher nu TENANT farmers are expected to retire in higher numbers as the industry considers its options as the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) winds down. Farm business tenancies were likely to remain the top choice for charities, institutions or public sector bodies, but private landowners were likely to be looking at contract farming agreements, according to Andrew Teanby, associate director of rural research at Savills.

He said this was likely down to it being more flexible as well as the tax implications. Landowners also had changing priorities on what skills they were looking for in a business partner or tenant, with environmental skills and diversification jumping up the agenda. Mr Teanby added the exit scheme was definitely going to start conversations with people considering their options as BPS disappears. “If you are losing money, you are

from their low point this week. World wheat prices rose too, albeit more modestly. “London wheat futures rose over £5 per tonne from their low.”

“The market has been slowly waning in recent weeks on talk of a bigger area, slower Chinese buying and poor weather in Brazil and is now heavily over-sold,” he said. “Short-term, the USDA figure will certainly prompt some buying interest, providing support to wheat, as the US corn crop will need a record yield to compensate. But more than 40 per cent of the crop is in drought-stricken states, so that is far from certain.”

GLOBAL MARKETS RALLY ON USDA REPORT GLOBAL grain markets rallied following the release of a USDA report which surprised traders last week, before falling back with early harvests in Europe and the Black Sea region suggesting better yields. Prices had been falling last month, but the USDA planted area estimates for maize released on June 30 came in below average trade estimates. Simon Ingle, Frontier, said some 14 | JULY 9 2021

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private analysts thought US farmers would be encouraged by high prices and favourable drilling conditions and could plant as much as 39 million hectares. “Average trade guesses put the US planted corn area just below 93.8m acres. The USDA estimate surprised traders by coming in at just below 92.7m acres,” he said. “This triggered a sharp price rally with Chicago Board of Trade corn futures rising 12 per cent in value

Potential Mr Ingle added US weather and yield potential were now key market drivers. David Woodland, ADM Agriculture, said whether it was a ‘major gamechanger remained to be seen’.

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event, which returned to the fields for Hannah Binns report.

farms’ BPS gap

SUPPLY AND DEMAND IMBALANCE IN MAIZE MARKETS A SIMULTANEOUS imbalance with supply and demand could see the global maize market tighten, leading to volatile prices in the next six to eight months. That was the message from industry chiefs at the global market outlook session at the Cereals event. ODA senior analyst Rupert Somerscales highlighted how Brazil’s corn crop was in trouble due to unfavourable weather conditions which have caused pressure on key stages of growth. “Corn prices have gone through the roof and Brazil, as the third largest producer and second largest exporter, is a big boy on the playground, bullying the prices higher,” he said. 

Global trade “But the weather events have seen an estimated 20 million tonnes of corn lost, equivalent to approximately 10 per cent of the global trade in corn gone.” He also raised concerns that China’s rising feed demand to help rebuild its national pig

for arable farmers looking to rear pigs or poultry. “We are aware support payments are being reduced and bed and breakfast finishing contracts can provide extra income and a dedicated manure source to improve soil health,” he said.

Last year China imported 30mt of corn in July and August so there is speculation whether they will import similar quantities or more this year RUPERT SOMERSCALES herd could become a multi-year issue. “Last year China imported 30mt of corn in July and August so there is speculation whether they will import similar quantities or more this year, given their growing demand for carbohydrate protein meat,” he said.

“We have seen an increase in demand for our pork and poultry products and our bed and breakfast contracts offer a long-term partnership opportunity with arable farmers. “Experience has shown that this business model works both ways.”

her numbers better to have it in one go and get out,” he said.

Complications But meeting the terms and conditions may cause complications, particularly for those wanting to pass on to the next generation who have already been part of a partnership. And with farmers becoming more aware of the impact of the upcoming changes, Laurence Gould consultant Charles Baines

He added another surprise was the increase in the US wheat area to 18.9m ha, with more winter wheat offsetting lower spring and durum areas.

Yields Harvest of winter wheat was underway with ‘better yields but generally lower quality’. “Attention will turn to spring wheat, with almost 90 per cent of the area in drought. USDA will

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was urging farmers to ‘get part of something bigger or become more intensive’. “There are still quite a few people thinking the Environmental Land Management scheme is going to replace BPS,” he added. He highlighted joint ventures as one option for farmers. “Getting bigger does not necessarily mean more acres, if you can get more head in the same space or more head with the same overheads,” he said.

update its figures on July 12, which could reveal the severity of the issue,” he said. Mr Woodland added prospects remained good in the EU and Black Sea. “But corn will continue to drive this market and prices could be set for a reversal. Despite the problems in the US and Canada, there are ample global supplies of wheat, so it will react more slowly, but react it will,” he added. JULY 9 2021 | 15

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British Sugar defends its price offer rGrowers questioning

beet in their rotations By Marianne Curtis

BRITISH Sugar has said it is confident its latest indicative price offer is ‘competitive to alternative break crops’, following criticism from NFU Sugar and growers. With NFU Sugar and beet growers unimpressed by British Sugar’s indicative price offer of £25/tonne for 2022/23, growers are once again questioning the crop’s presence in their rotations. NFU Sugar’s most recent offer to British Sugar is a fixed price of

£27.75/t on a one or two-year contract, including the opportunity for existing multi-year growers to upgrade if committing to both 2022 and 2023. It comes after Farmers Guardian reported (FG, July 2) British Sugar and NFU Sugar could be heading to arbitration for the first time in history after a bitter tussle over the contract price for the 2022 crop. Nick Morris, head of central agriculture at British Sugar, said growers had wanted to ‘understand the minimum outcome in a timely way to enable them to make decisions around cropping plans’. “We wanted to give them as much information as we can as early

Beet growers are unimpressed by British Sugar’s price offer of £25/tonne.

as we can to enable them to make decisions. This is an indicative price, not a final contract offer,” he said. “We are confident that our offer is competitive to alternative break crops. We support growers in making decisions that are right for their business.”

Premium Negotiations over the contract were continuing. British Sugar has also proposed a local premium for growers within 20 miles of their contracted British Sugar factory, paid on a linear scale up to £2 per adjusted tonne. Mr Morris did not anticipate this would lead to narrower rotations.

British Sugar said it has also improved its Virus Yellows Assurance Scheme, providing more money where losses are incurred and offering growers a choice to ‘opt-out’ in return for an additional £0.50/t. Sugar beet grower Andrew Blenkiron, estate director of the Euston Estate, Euston, Suffolk, who reduced his sugar beet from 320 hectares last year to 128ha this season, said although the price offer was better it was a struggle to justify leaving it in the rotation. “We have spring crops such as maize going into anaerobic digestion. The £1-£2/t extra is nothing to excite us and we are fortunate to have an alternative,” he said.


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humidity has taken a toll across Canada, according to Remi Guay, FDL Jerseys, Coaticook, Quebec. He said: “The milking cows have remained in the barn during the day due to extreme temperatures and humidity. The cows only go out at night to pasture when the temperatures have subsided. “The big extractor fans in the buildings are running 24/7 to circulate the air and help reduce heat-stress. Milk yields have been reduced on average by one to two litres per cow, per day, however, some high yielding cows have dropped more. Average herd fat per cent was previously running at 5.4 per cent and in the past two weeks has dipped to 5 per cent.” Extreme weather has also driven Canadian canola prices higher

desperate for rain By Bruce Jobson and Alex Black

RECORD-BREAKING temperatures swept across from the west coast of Canada last week, with temperatures reaching a searing 49.5degC for three consecutive days at Lytton, British Columbia. Sudden deaths in the province increased by 195 per cent, with 486 deaths as the heatwave broke a total of 103 localised record temperatures.

Intense Crops and livestock have suffered as the intense heat and high

Farmer harvests crops in Polish city A POLISH farmer has gone viral after footage of him combining crops in a field between blocks of flats was posted online. Farmer Michal Myslowski refused to sell the fields to developers in Lublin, leaving him harvesting crops

in between residential buildings. Local residents posted the videos as they watched Mr Myslowski bring in the harvest, with residents telling local news outlets they enjoyed having the view of agricultural fields outside their window.


Heatwave hits Canadian crops and livestock Temperatures reached a record-breaking 49.5degC in Lytton, British Columbia.

despite farmers planting the second highest area on record at 9.09 million hectares (22.48m acres).

Prospects The prospects for a bumper harvest were being undermined by the weather, with Statistics Canada adding dry conditions were a concern in parts of western Canada throughout seeding and into the start of the growing season. “Precipitation at the start of the growing season was well below average,” the agency said. It added although much of the Prairies have received some precipitation throughout May, lower-than-normal soil moisture continued to be a concern. In Manitoba, one of the three key crop growing prairie provinces, rainfall was ‘urgently needed’ to keep crop yields and forage production up. Alberta officials said crops in

Down on the Farm

The cows only go out at night to pasture when the temperatures have subsided REMI GUAY the south of the province were ‘under critical moisture stress’, although in largely good condition elsewhere. In Saskatchewan ‘most farmers need more rain’ with topsoil moisture declining due to very high temperatures and non-stop winds. Saskatchewan also reported concerns of some loss of canola crops to frost.

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onto the seedbed in one application. This will provide all the nitrogen, phosphate, potash and sulphur these crops need to establish and maximise growth over a comparatively short growing period. Brassica crops, also have a requirement for boron, and we recommend at least one foliar application of YaraVita Brassitrel Pro at a rate of 3 L/ha at the 4 – 6 leaf stage. This is a flowable liquid suspension fertiliser with a balanced combination of micronutrients including boron, manganese, magnesium and molybdenum for foliar application on forage brassicas. Don’t delay sowing these crops, as research demonstrates that the yield of Forage Rape sown at the end of August is less than 30 % of that sown in the first week in August. For more information search online for “Yara forage brassica” For more information please visit JULY 9 2021 | 17

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SECTION SECOND BROW FARMHERE PROFILE Edited by Emily Ashworth – 01772 799 473 –

After the installation of a new robotic milking system, the Eccles family is using data collection to expand their farm business. Emily Ashworth meets them to

Data and technology key to dairy farm’s future


eeping it in the family seems to be the motto at Sudells Farm. Anthony Eccles, along with his wife, Christine, and sons Nick, 30, and Chris, 31, have seen great change in their 202-hectare (500-acre) dairy farm over the last couple of years, with a view to allow the business to expand while still being able to manage it between them. Innovation is the key focus, and just over two years ago the family finished installing their new robotic milking system. The farm, at Longridge, Lancashire, has been in the family since 1959, after Anthony’s father, Wil-

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frid, took on the tenancy. He managed to buy it in 1967, with the family increasing their farm from 19ha (46 acres) to the business it is now after taking on parcels of land which have become available in the surrounding areas over the years. But they had been using the same milking parlour for the last 22 years, one that Anthony himself helped to build when working alongside his father. Nick says: “It was taking twoand-a-half hours at each end of the day to milk. We switched to robots to improve efficiency.” Plans for a new cowshed began five years ago and it was Nick, who has a first class degree in civil eng-

ineering, who helped to design the building, travelling up and down the country and to Holland to look at possible dairy units.

Machines They finally installed three Lely Astronaut A5 robotic milking machines in 2019, which the family’s 200 Holsteins go through. They also have a robotic slurry scraper, robotic feed pusher and automated footbaths. “It means we can be really specific,” Nick says. “Every cow can be managed individually rather than as a herd, and every cow is fed to her own genetic potential, which equals reduced

feed costs. The information and all the data really improve efficiency and improves cow health. “I’m big on technology, to improve our bottom line.” And the figures say it all. Antibiotic use and veterinary costs have been cut by up to 60 per cent, managed through elements such as early mastitis detection and selective dry cow therapy; yields have improved significantly across the herd, while the cost of feed per cow has gone down too, with a huge push for milk from forage. A move to zero grazing two years ago also, says Nick, gave the family a little more stability during the

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LANCASHIRE FARM PROFILE Each cow is managed individually, rather than as a herd, at Sudells Farm.

technology and find out more.

From left: Chris, Nick and Anthony Eccles.

pandemic when the milk price dropped to 21ppl. With the milk going to Yew Tree Dairy, calving takes place all-year-round, with calves kept in individual pens until they are six weeks old. They are then moved into group hutches until they are weaned. Success with the new feeding system saw them reduce boughtin feed costs over summer. “The aim is to substitute concentrates for fresh grass – high in energy and protein,” says Nick. “We feed a TMR on top of the grass to balance the diet.” They are all happy with the results so far, and although the dairy is a large part of their business, they each realise that longevity comes from producing other revenue streams too. Sudells has always been a mixed farm, running 80 Texel ewes, which Chris takes care of, and 100 store beef calves reared alongside up to 15 months old. Calves are managed on a grassbased system seeing them out grazing for about eight months, and both lambs and calves are sold

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Three Lely Astronaut A5 robotic milking machines were installed in 2019.

through Gisburn market. The family is also planning to diversify into holiday lets, given the uptake in staycations. These plans will probably not come to fruition until next year, but in the meantime they are paying attention to the environment. They have been part of the Mid-Tier Stewardship Scheme for 10 years. They have also planted 2,000 trees as part of a scheme run by the Rivers Ribble Trust, seen 2.5km of water courses fenced off, slurry lagoons covered and 1km of farm tracks improved. Their efforts were also recently featured on BBC’s The One Show. And with a worldwide focus on

soil health, Nick knows only too well that this must be a focus within the farm business. “Going forward, the robot helps especially when it comes to measuring carbon, because all the information is there to feed into it,” he says.

Protein “But we are working to improve soil health and working with our vet to avoid certain wormers which have a detrimental effect on dung beetle and earthworm populations. “We have also introduced red clover to encourage more protein and fix nitrogen back into the soil.” Off the farm, Nick is a keen spokesperson for the industry.

Calves are moved into group hutches after six weeks old until they are weaned.

Earlier in the year he was on the panel for the Lancashire Holstein Club meeting and is on the Goosnargh and Longridge Agricultural Society committee, taking on the role of cattle secretary. More than 70 dairy cattle exhibited [at the last show], which was the most in show history,” he says. “I also introduced a live milking demonstration into the show to try to connect and educate the public. A cow is milked in the main ring and I provide commentary about dairy farming.” He also shows Young Farmers’ Clubs, discussion groups and various individuals around the new dairy unit. In fact, more than 500

The farm has lowered its cost of feed per cow, with a push for milk from forage.

people have been to Sudells Farm to see their £800,000 investment. Although expansion is part of their plans, they do not want to compromise their working relationship and would like to keep running the farm within the family. The robotic milking has certainly helped them to stick to this plan, and Nick says it means he can manage the cows by himself. But it has, however, allowed the family to do more than change their approach to herd management.

Freedom Both Nick and Chris have young families. Nick has two children – Annie, two, and Jonah, 17 months – while Chris has recently become a father for the first time to George, who is just four weeks old. Through the changes on farm, they have been given much more freedom in terms of a work/life balance. “It is worth noting that the transformation of the business has allowed me to spend more time with my young family and has had a positive impact on the mental health of everyone involved in the family farm,” Nick says.


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■ 202 hectares (500 acres), of which 101ha (250 acres) owned and 101ha (250 acres) rented ■ 200 Holsteins plus 130 followers, 130 beef calves and 80 Texel ewes ■ Milks through three Lely robotic milking machines ■ Sells calves and lambs through Gisburn auction mart ■ Nick Eccles recently won Young Dairy Farmer of the Year at the Cream Awards ■ Business runs a zero-grazing based system

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Septoria question over Cougar parentage wheats rVarietal differences

in various trial locations RECOMMENDED List winter wheat varieties with Cougar in their parentage (see table) seem to be showing higher levels of septoria than their resistance score would suggest, according to AHDB. Speaking at Cereals, field trials senior manager at AHDB Sean Burns said septoria levels exploded in the South and West at the start of June. “It has developed rapidly, particularly over the last three weeks, and there have been varietal differences in various trial locations. “The septoria strain previously described as the Cougar variant appears to be affecting all varieties with Cougar in their parentage, but they may not all be affected the same – we need the data to see. It was first seen in the South and West

Growers should monitor disease in wheat, particularly septoria which has surged in some areas recently.

RL trials and also the Teeside RL trial.” Andrew Watson, regional agronomist (East) NIAB, said he had

RL 2021/22 WINTER WHEAT VARIETIES WITH COUGAR PARENTAGE Variety LG Prince LG Illuminate LG Quasar KWS Firefly Merit LG Astronomer RGT Saki Swallow Source: AHDB

Septoria resistance score 7.1 7 6.6 6.8 6.6 (only recommended for East) 7.4 6.5 5.7 (only recommended for North)

TIME TO TRY OSR AGAIN? A STRONG demand for vegetable oil for biodiesel as countries mandate its use is continuing to boost oilseed rape prices, leaving growers tempted to try the crop again. Speaking at Cereals, United Oilseeds trader Owen Cligg said new crop was over £480/tonne including bonuses. “For harvest 2022 it is priced at £360, getting to £400/t with bonuses. The oilseed markets are bullish.” However, the area of oilseed rape is down by 300,00-320,000 hectares this harvest, but many crops are looking well, he said. “Could it be a self-fulfilling

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prophesy that the lower the area, the less cabbage stem flea beetle pressure there is?

Area “We had one million tonnes of OSR harvested in the UK last season and although the area is lower this season, we expect one million tonnes due to better yields. If people are seeing high prices and high yields they may go back into OSR. We expect to see close to 400,000ha for harvest 2022.” Sowing into moisture and getting the crop well established were key, added Mr Cligg.

heard reports of presence of the Cougar variant around the country. “Some varieties are affected worse than others – it is unclear which these are at the moment. But there is a big difference between what we are seeing in untreated trials and what is happening on the farm. On the farm all are treated.” Cougar aside, there were a lot of different reasons why disease control might not have been as good as expected, said Mr Watson. “It has been a high risk year and big gaps between T1 and T2, inappropriate products or rates, missed T1s and loss of CTL will not have helped.” Although some of the Cougar parentage varieties may be more susceptible to septoria than thought, they could still be grown successfully, said Mr Watson. “They will just need more fungicide. Or choose varieties like Extase or Graham where you know you can reduce fungicide spend.”


By Marianne Curtis

RL septoria ratings would be reviewed following collation of RL trial harvest results, said Mr Burns. “These are normally based on a three-year data set, but we could make an adjustment based on one year – at the moment we will have to wait and see.” For growers still to apply T3, Mr Burns recommended not cutting rates and where rates had been cut, to monitor disease and consider a T4.

Septoria has developed rapidly, particularly over the last three weeks SEAN BURNS

Cougar variant ■ The Cougar winter wheat variety was added to the RL in 2013 with a septoria tritici rating of 7 ■ It showed consistently high levels of resistance until 2015 when moderate levels of disease were observed ■ A ‘Cougar’ isolate was found

which was virulent on Cougar ■ The results of an AHDB-funded investigation, published in 2019, concluded that the loss of resistance, at that time, was limited to Cougar, with no other varieties affected Source: AHDB JULY 9 2021 | 21

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ARABLE CONFERENCE Researchers have discovered they can reinstate genetic traits into modern varieties which improve communication between the crop and soil microbes. Chris McCullough reports from the Alltech ONE conference.

How modern agriculture is affecting soil microbes rNatural strategies

to deal with disease

MICROORGANISMS have the power to help produce stronger, healthier crops by communicating with each other to help plants fight the pathogens in the soil, delegates at the Alltech ONE conference heard. Dr Rodrigo Mendes, head of research and development at Embrapa Environment said: “Today we know better what is in the rhizosphere, which is the soil in the surroundings of the root system directly affected by the plant exudates. “When the plant compounds are in the soil, the physical, chemical and biological properties of the

soil are changed in this region close to the roots. This is the rhizosphere by definition. “In here we have bacteria, fungi, algae, archaea, protozoa, viruses and many other organisms interacting with the plants. “The amount of microbes and the number of genes that these microbes harbour in the rhizosphere is important if you want to understand the functioning of the plants in the system.

Genes “The number of genes in the microbiome is much higher when we compare with the number of genes of the plant host itself, and if you want to understand the

Dr Rodrigo Mendes

functioning of the plants in the system, we need to take into account the genes of the microbiome.”

Creating a diverse system with cover crops COVER crop mixes offer the ‘perfect opportunity’ to get more diversity into cropping and farming systems both above and below the ground, said Keith Berns, co-owner of Green Cover Seed. Mr Berns highlighted his own experiences with no-till and the use of cover crops Keith Berns highlighted the benefit of cover crop mixes.

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on his farm in Nebraska. He said: “If soil health is your goal, then crop diversity cannot be ignored or overstated as plants were created to grow in diverse ecosystems. “God never created plants

to grow in a monoculture by themselves. We get great resilience when we have diversity which can survive droughts, temperature extremes, pH extremes, insects, diseases – much better when we have the diverse mix out there, rather than when we have a monoculture of one thing.”

Dr Mendes also highlighted how modern agriculture needed to change to make best use of these microbes. “In its native habitat, the plant struggled to get nutrients and had to interact with different species,” he said. “But now, in the current model we have in agriculture where we have big monocultures, we have low diversity, we supply the plants with artificial nutrients, we give water, so we somehow alleviate the pressure on the plant to survive when we compare it with the native inhabitants. “So during this process, what happened with communication between the plants and the microbiome?” Dr Mendes reported on some research where he and his team selected different genotypes of wheat from the centre of origin of these species – Pakistan, Turkey and Iran. “We compared them with modern varieties of wheat and organised a series of experiments growing these different genotypes in different soils – agricultural soils and forest soils – under different conditions,” he said.

Tools “We also investigated the assembly of the rhizosphere microbiome across all these different genotypes. “Using many different molecular tools, we looked at the bacterial community, the fungal community, and also protist community associated with plant roots. “The basic message from our research showed that fungal communities, bacterial communities and cercozoan communities are interacting, or have the potential to interact, in a very complex way.” Dr Mendes proposes to use a strategy to reinstate the genetic traits in modern wheat varieties to favour beneficial interactions in the plant rhizosphere, using this as a natural strategy to deal with disease.

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Preparing for life without direct payments rFarm profits could

fall 54 per cent by 2028 ARABLE farmers are faced with testing decisions about the future direction of their businesses as they prepare for life without the safety net of direct payments. Jonathan Armitage, head of farming at Strutt and Parker, said: “The reality of what cuts to the Basic Payment Scheme [BPS] in England will mean to farm profitability is focusing people’s minds. “We now know that reductions in payments will be implemented quite swiftly, with larger farmers facing the loss of two-thirds of their BPS by 2024.” An impact assessment carried out by Strutt and Parker suggested that for an average arable farmer,

net farm profits could fall by as much as 54 per cent by 2028, even if profits from Environmental Land Management scheme (ELMs) payments are double those generated under existing agrienvironment schemes and assuming a 3 per cent per annum rise in profits from farming and diversification, he said. “Some people are hoping that ELMs will allow them to make up for the loss of BPS. However, our calculations suggest that even if payments under ELMs were five times higher than those paid under the current Countryside Stewardship Scheme – which they will not be – arable farmers could still face a fall of up to 20 per cent in net profits.

JONATHAN ARMITAGE Continued over the page...

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Visitors exploring cereals below ground at NIAB's soil pit.

“Even in the unlikely event that farmers were to secure similar levels of payments to BPS, the net profit from ELMs will be much

lower than that generated by BPS, due to the associated costs of carrying out environmental management work,” said Mr Armitage.



We now know that reductions in payments will be implemented quite swiftly, with larger farmers facing the loss of twothirds of their BPS by 2024


Visitors to the Cereals event took the opportunity to get out to a live, if somewhat chilly, gathering in Lincolnshire, catching up on the latest developments and seeing people they had not seen for a while. Marianne Curtis and Alice Dyer report.




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ARABLE CEREALS Low risk varieties attract attention NEW Recommended List winter wheat varieties, of which there were several from Group 3, as well as candidates for Group 2 and hard Group 4 feed wheats attracted interest at Cereals. NIAB varieties specialist Clare Leaman said: “Group 3s Astronomer and Illuminate have attracted quite a lot of interest. Yields are similar to Firefly but hopefully they will have a better disease profile.” Group 2 candidate varieties KWS Palladium and Mayflower are similar yielding to KWS Extase and Siskin with good disease resistance but ‘probably not quite as good as Extase’, said Mrs Leaman. “They will be useful if you are going for the quality market or feed

Pictured right: NIAB varieties specialist Clare Leaman.

as they are low risk. But because Extase has such a big market share, they could have quite a hard time. If Extase performs well this year people will want more Extase.”

Candidates Hard Group 4 candidates LG Typhoon, KWS Dawsum, DSV Champion and LG Farrier saw interest but there does not appear to be a huge appetite for variety change this autumn, said Mrs Leaman. “We are looking a year, to two years on. On the whole people are happy with how their varieties look this year. With candidates people will wait a year to see how they perform this harvest and how they fit in.”

Consider joint ventures for business growth JOINT ventures could offer fixed cost savings, utilise skills and create a stronger support network as farming

There are a lot of factors that need to be matched when two parties join together ANTHONY PEARCE

moves into a new and uncertain era. Anthony Pearce, who now has two arable joint ventures in place, went into partnership with a neighbour in the Cotswolds in 2013, which started with a combine-share and developed into a whole farm system. He said: “This achieves savings of around 25 per cent on fixed machinery costs. It also best utilises skills – I am very admin heavy and my business partner is responsible for what happens on the ground.”  Although Mr Pearce believed joint ventures were going to become more important going forward, he warned that anyone considering one

should lay out the terms carefully. “You must ensure that it is set up properly from the outset. Establish an exit strategy. You do not want to be fighting at the end, so identify how you might break up your joint venture at the beginning.

Valuation “People will bring different assets and skills, so ensure independent valuation of these. I would also urge third-party involvement to talk about harvest sequence, grain storage, use of buildings and assets and labour. These are all common items that are so important in an arable joint

venture but can be easily overlooked.” Growth could also be a challenge if one partner wanted to expand the business and the other did not, he said.   “There are a lot of factors that need to be matched when two parties join together, and someone’s estate is a very personal thing. “The flipside is, by pooling resources there are opportunities to take on larger machines with greater capacity and expand. With a bigger labour pool, we found it much more sustainable to take on more land and you get the opportunity to invest in up-to-date technology.”

SWAPPING OILSEED RAPE FOR HEMP A MIXED farmer from Warwickshire who has diversified into growing and processing industrial hemp is calling on more farmers to consider the crop. Ed Burman, who started Hemp Wholefoods in 2019 and has almost replaced his oilseed rape area with the crop, said agronomic benefits included excellent broad-leaf weed

control, very low inputs and a short crop cycle. He said: “It is very pest and disease resistant, leading to a fixed cost saving on our farm of £4,500 compared with if we used that acreage for milling wheat. We do not apply any pesticides and because it can get between knee and waist height within just a few weeks, weeds do not stand a chance.”

The environmental profile of hemp also makes it an attractive crop, he added. “It is one of the fastest carbon sequestering crops so can help us meet net zero targets, and it is a fantastic late pollinator. It flowers very late in the year and provides really good food for our bees at a time when lots of native plants have stopped flowering.”


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However, as a fairly novel crop in the UK, there are still challenges surrounding the agronomy of hemp including varieties and chemical registrations, but Mr Burman said these could be overcome if more farmers got on board. “We do not want to see it as a niche crop anymore. Seed importation is expensive, which surrounds [Home Office] licensing. It is a bit vague and can be tricky

[applying for a licence], however we have not struggled. Plant height and harvesting can be another setback, but we adapted our machinery and hope to provide a platform to show other farmers.” Hemp Wholefoods produces products including hemp cooking oil, cosmetics, and high protein livestock feed as a byproduct, but Mr Burman said there were some exciting developments on the horizon. “We can use the graphene from fibre to create a hemp biocomposite underfloor heating tile. These are some of the solutions we could look towards, but we need data, more acreage and more like-minded farmers on board to push this product. I want to be here as a primary processor and be part of the supply chain for farmers that are thinking of growing it.”

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CEREALS ARABLE Potential for gene editing is ‘just at the beginning’ WITH the Government’s decision on post-Brexit gene editing (GE) regulation due to be announced, Prof Wendy Harwood of the John Innes Centre (JIC) outlined some of the opportunities the technology could bring, if regulations were relaxed in the UK. Focusing on CRISPR-Cas9 technology, she described it as a ‘Google search engine for plant DNA’. “This technology means you can search for and find a precise gene,

This technology means you can search for and find a precise gene, cut it with a pair of molecular scissors and a small mutation is made PROF WENDY HARWOOD

Researchers have found that by disrupting certain wheat genes, grain weight can be increased by 20 per cent.

cut it with a pair of molecular scissors and a small mutation is made, making just a small change in the DNA that is already there.” Recent advancements at JIC have seen researchers pinpoint the gene that allows yellow rust infection.

Resistance Prof Harwood said: “The gene is needed for the infection so if you disrupt the gene, you get resistance to yellow and stem rust. GE is a perfect technique to do this type of disruption. “Dr Dianne Saunders, who made the discovery thinks this approach is likely to be effective against other strains of the pathogen. It is ongoing but looking really exciting.”   Another gene in wheat can be disrupted to increase grain size, Prof Harwood said.   “If you disrupt one copy of GW2, you can get a 6 per cent increase in grain size, but if you disrupt all three copies you get a 20 per cent increase in grain size. GE is very flexible with a lot of opportunity including increasing yield.”   And while this technology shows a lot of promise for plant breeding, just how much it can do is yet to be realised.  

Top tips on drainage

LATE DISEASE CHALLENGE AFTER a dry April, many growers underestimated the septoria threat this season, said Bill Clark, technical director, NIAB. “They used low doses and the

There are different strains in different regions. You have to treat what you see in the field BILL CLARK

timing was a bit off – septoria got away from them.” There have also been some surprises concerning varietal resistance to septoria, said Mr Clark, pointing out a KWS Firefly demonstration plot on NIAB’s stand at Cereals.

Overestimate “Firefly is a 6.8 for septoria so should not have much but has got quite a bit. It was a candidate in 2018 – a low disease year – leading to an overestimate of its resistance.” Yellow rust also continued to pose challenges, said Mr Clark. “It is very variable regionally and ratings are not that helpful regionally.

“There are different strains in different regions. You have to treat what you see in the field. You could have 5s and 6s next door and the 6 having more yellow rust than the 5.” The yellow rust race structure has not settled down, said Mr Clark. “It churns with the varieties. New varieties are susceptible to certain races so people stop growing those varieties and another race pops up.” Although recent new chemistry was ‘very exciting’ for septoria control, none was brilliant on yellow rust, said Mr Clark. “You have to add tebuconazole. We will struggle when tebuconazole has gone.”

NEW CANDIDATE LIST TOPPING GROUP 4 WHEAT GROUP 4 hard wheat DSV Champion has topped the 2021/22 AHDB Candidate List with a yield of 105.3 per cent of control for the UK as a whole and 108 per cent for the East. Sarah Hawthorne of the company

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said: “Suited to a range of soil types and growing conditions, DSV Champion is the perfect ‘barn-busting’ choice for all locations and management approaches. “DSV Champion is a sound choice

for all UK wheat growers, with a strong disease resistance package. “It comes from the same stable as DSV Theodore, the cleanest variety on the current RL with a septoria resistance score of 8.3.”

MAINTAINING drains is key to keep them functioning but growers will need to replace drainage eventually, according to Rob Burtonshaw of Farm Services, who spoke at the Drainage Hub. “With pipe in the ground you have to look after it in order not to have to put pipe in the ground. If you do not look after them ditching pipes will fail. “On one job we pulled the roots out of an existing drain and it was like pulling the plug out of a bath.” Modern GPS systems have speeded up and taken some of the cost out of drainage, said Mr Burtonshaw. Tips include: n If draining into a main river you need Environment Agency permission n Put in as efficient a scheme as possible n Do not over-engineer – if a 10cm pipe will do the job put one in n Use a contractor with a good reputation JULY 9 2021 | 25

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Sterndale Jordy Awe Jodie Red, from Bill Nadin and Yasmin Bradbury, Earl Sterndale, Derbyshire, which sold for 16,000gns.

Peak Darling Rhapsody, from Bill Nadin and Yasmin Bradbury, Earl Sterndale, Derbyshire, which sold for 9,000gns.

rGhost family also in

Rhapsody by Doorman Darlingo and 7,200gns for September 2018born, Sterndale Bylambda Rae. A Sidekick daughter of Peak Goldwyn Rhapsody EX97, in-calf to Peak Tropic, sold for 8,500gns to the Willsbro herd, and a great-granddaughter, second calver, Peak ABS Lambda Rhapsody also sold for 8,500gns to Messrs Garvey, Northern Ireland. The Ghost family was also in demand. Selling for 7,500gns was Sterndale Lindell Ghost, a second calver which completes 10 generations of Excellent classified cows, which went to M. and C. Millar, Col-

Sterndale and Peak dispersal prices realise 21,000gns high demand at 7,500gns

TRADE topped at 21,000gns at the final sale to disperse the Sterndale and Peak herds of pedigree Holsteins on behalf of Bill Nadin and Yasmin Bradbury, on-farm at Earl Sterndale, Derbyshire. Sale topper was Sterndale Deman Rae, bred from 10 Excellent dams going back to Roxy, which had classified EX92 in its third lactation and recently calved with its fourth. It joined the Willsbro herd, Cornwall, which also paid

16,000gns for Sterndale Jordy Awe Jodie Red, a heifer by Jordy Red classified VG97. Selling for 19,500gns was Milliedale Lambda Rhapsody by Lambda whose third dam was the EX97 Peak Golden Rhapsody, which was three times champion at UK Dairy Expo and a three-time All Britain winner. The buyer was New Chapter Holsteins, Derbyshire. Its dam, Milliedale Commander Rhapsody EX91, sold for 5,200gns to the Bunting family, Dumfries, who also paid 9,000gns for Peak Darling Rhapsody, a July 2020born daughter of Peak Goldwyn

eraine, Northern Ireland. Sterndale Sil Ghost had classified maximum points in its third lactation and was the ninth generation of direct Excellent cows. It sold for 7,200gns to the McNeil family, Stranraer. AVERAGES 63 cows in-milk, £3,971.67; 60 heifers in-milk, £3,699.50; 12 in-calf heifers, £3,841.25; 16 bulling heifers, £3,025.31; 41 heifer calves, £2,336.89; 5 bulls, £2,919; 27 embryos, £961.99; overall 197 Holsteins, £3,437.02. Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington with Bagshaws.

Young bulls sell to £2,002 at Gisburn High of 2,500gns for Hillmist herd KENDAL-based vendor R.S.Harker topped the young bull trade at Gisburn with an 18-month-old, 776kg pure Limousin selling at 258p/kg (£2,002/head) to Geoff Burrow, Hanlith, while at the same price per kilo, Stephen Greenwood, Hebden Bridge, saw his 590kg home-bred Limousin knocked down to Ralph Pearson, Bradford.

Clean In the clean section, it was also mainly Limousin-sired heifers making top money with Ben Townsend, Laneshawbridge, selling his 540kg heifer at 270p/kg to Bingley butcher, Gary Snowden. A lesser number of steers peaked at £1,486 (258p/kg) for British Blues from J.A. Gardner, Preston. 26 | JULY 9 2021

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In the calf ring, bidding reached £592 for a British Blue bull from Alan Bowker, Cowling. Limousin bull calves sold to £575 from J.E. and A.C. Clarke, Carnforth, with heifers from the same home selling at £500. Aberdeen-Angus bulls topped at £520 from C. Middleton, Whalley, and Hereford bulls reached £430. The majority of black and white bulls sold either side of £150, topping at £255 for a British Friesian. In the stirk section, older British Blue steers sold to £1,000 for A. and M. Hill, Chorley. Black and white steers also from Messrs Hill reached £640 and their ‘named sire’ Angus heifer stirks peaked at £900 to level at £799. Auctioneers: Gisburn Auction Marts.

THE dispersal of the organic, produced without antibiotics, pedigree Hillmist herd of Holstein Friesians for Chris and Liz Best, on-farm near Tetbury, Gloucestershire, averaged £2,080. Top price was 2,500gns paid by a Staffordshire buyer for an in-calf cow due later in July to a sexed service by Stantons Chief. The Mr Moviestar Mardigras daughter had a 12,271kg Picston Shottle grandmother. The same buyer paid 1,200gns for the top priced maiden heifer and 1,050gns for the top priced heifer calf.

Milking Leading the milking section at 2,350gns was a heifer due next

month to a sexed Aladdin Red service. Still milking having given 7,298kg in 305 days in its first lactation, it was one of 12 bought by a Devon buyer. A Wiltshire buyer bought 15 milkers, including the second highest priced cow at 2,300gns, a Laurelhill Regent daughter which had produced 9,028kg in its third lactation and was due later in the month to the British Blue. AVERAGES 34 milking cows and heifers (including 13 heifer calves at £634), £2,080; 3 unwarranted cows, £1,102; 10 in-calf heifers £1,869; 14 maiden heifers, £893; 74 head £1,434. Auctioneers: Gwilym Richards.

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sells for £148/head AN entry of 3,244 sheep went under the hammer at Skipton on Monday (July 5), with the 2,133 spring lambs a sharper trade on the week and the overall average up £4/head at £108.52 (256.3p/kg). Tom Hill and Ruby Wright, Doncaster, landed their first monthly prime lamb championship with a pen of five 40kg Beltex crosses picked out by Lincolnshire show judge Steve Dorey.

Their champion pen sold for £148/ head, or £3.70 top price per kilo, to Knavesmire Butchers, York. Another pen of 48kg Texels, among a 55-strong consignment from the same home, sold for the joint top gross of £155 (322p/kg) to Kendalls Farm Butchers, Harrogate and Pateley Bridge.

Cast rams Cast sheep topped at £181.50 for Texels from Hurries Farm, Otterburn. Cull ewes averaged £82.51 and cast rams £115.94. Threshfield brothers Charles and

Tom Hill (left) with his prime lamb champions, a pen of five 40kg Beltex crosses, which sold for £148/head, and show judge Steve Dorey (right).

Richard Kitching clinched a fourth successive monthly prime beef championship with a 575kg British Blue cross

heifer. Again claimed by Knavesmire Butchers at 296.5p/kg (£1,705/head).

Pebworth cow tops Shrewsbury sale

Feeding bull leads trade at Barnard Castle

THE sale of pedigree Herefords at Shrewsbury topped at 3,250gns for Pebworth 1 Nancy, a five-yearold cow by Eldersfield 1 Barrichello H717 from Nick and Lucy Holdsworth, Stratford-upon-Avon. It sold with its fifth calf, Pebworth 1 Vanity, by Dendor 1 Smokin Joe, at foot, to O.E.M. Jones and E.M. Roberts, Llangynin, Carmarthenshire. Top call in the bulls was 3,100gns for 15-month-old Glenvale 1 Entertainer, a Vexour 1 Palmer son from T.G., E.I and E.N. Thorne, Milford Haven. The buyer was Jackie Cooper, Preston. Next, at 3,000gns, was 20month-old Maxstoke 1 Raymond by Pepperstock 1 Norman consigned by D.P. Jones Agricultural Contracting, Coleshill, which was knocked down to L.E.M. Stephenson, Bromyard.

Volume buyer At the same money was March 2020-born Newtoncroft 1 Teeno by Solpoll 1 Hollywood from Newtoncroft Farms, Leiciestershire, which went home with volume buyer, C.H. Forrester, Wem. Again at 3,000gns was the four-

Auctioneers: CCM.

AT Barnard Castle’s sale of bulls and store cattle the top priced animal was a feeding bull at £1,720 from J.F. Hartley and Sons, Hamsterley, followed by a further two Limousin bulls at £1,600 and £1,560 from the same vendor. Top priced heifer was a Limousin at £1,495 from N.G. Beveridge, Tow Law, and top priced steer was a Simmental at £1,335 from D.A. and A.M. Gill, Barnard Castle.

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Pebworth 1 Nancy with its calf, Pebworth 1 Vanity, from Nick and Lucy Holdsworth, Stratford-upon-Avon, which sold for 3,250gns.

year-old stock bull, Panmure 1 Pudding, by Dendor 1 Leota from T.D. and W.T. Livesey, Normanton le Heath, which was secured by B. Chilman, Presteigne, Radnorshire.

AVERAGES 25 pedigree bulls, £1,961; 21 cows and calves, £1,566; 3 in-calf heifers, £1,037; 22 maiden heifers, £1,049; 7 in-calf cows, £973. Auctioneers: Halls.

M.E. and C.M. Bell, Forest-in-Teesdale, sold a British Blue cow with a Limousin-sired calf for £1,600 and an in-calf Limousin cow for £1,200. Over 30-month-old cattle sold to £1,759 for a Limousin bull from J.B. and J.A. Fenwick, Marwood. Top price per kilo was 229.5p for a Limousin heifer from J.R. Walton and Son, Mickleton. Auctioneers: Barnard Castle and Teesdale Farmers Auction Mart Co.

Holstein Friesian reduction peaks at £2,180 for home-bred third calver THE reduction sale of Holstein Friesians at Whitland mart on behalf of David and Eirian Thomas, Wern Farm, Bancyfelin, topped at £2,180, with the all-year-round calving herd

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of robot-milked mainly imported cows attracting plenty of buyers.    Top price was £2,180 for a home-bred third calver which had been calved a week, with £2,020

paid for a second calver bred in the Goitre herd which had been calved two months. Another Goitre-bred second calver nine days calved sold for £2,000.

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This special feature puts the spotlight on Welsh producers, the challenges they are facing and the strength of their brands.

Events are adapting to the new normal


here is no doubt the past 16 months have been challenging ones for the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society (RWAS). The cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 Royal Welsh shows, along with the Smallholding Festival, last year’s winter fair and all other events on the showground, plus ongoing uncertainty about the lifting of restrictions, means the society finds itself in limbo. Chief executive Steve Hughson says: “The loss of events has had a massive impact on the wider rural economy and the hospitality and tourism sectors in Wales. For example, during the Royal Welsh Show, all guest houses and bed and breakfasts within a 50-miles radius of the showground are fully booked and that is true for many large events across the UK. “For farmers, there has been some degree of normality through the pandemic as they have been able to carry on their business and livestock and commodity prices have been good.

“And to a certain extent, farmers are used to working in isolation, but the lack of events, such as the Royal Welsh Show, denies them the opportunity to meet friends, discuss business and new ideas and exchange knowledge. That social element of shows is important to rural communities.” During the pandemic, the society, like many others, has embraced technology and held a virtual Royal Welsh Show and winter fair in 2020 and plans to do the same again this year.

Uncertain But, Mr Hughson says: “We are working closely with the Welsh Government to represent the views and impact on the event sector, but despite reducing infection rates and the positive impact of the vaccination programme, the future is highly uncertain for large outdoor gatherings, such as shows and festivals, in Wales. “There are some key issues affecting this. The two-metre social distancing rule is the biggest single factor in the viability of large events and many other businesses.

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“Another issue is the disparity between the rules in England and Wales. The 2m rule is enshrined in law in Wales, but in England it is only advisable. We are losing events to England and it is frustrating to see events going ahead there with large numbers attending, such as the Euro 2020 matches at Wembley, the tennis at Wimbledon and many more. “There is also the lack of ability to plan ahead. The Government will not put a roadmap in place – it works on data not dates and operates 21-day review process, so the most notice we would get to stage an event would be 42 days. This might be enough time for some hospitality venues to open but not for larger events to put plans in place. “We have worked hard to create a greater understanding of the complexity and scale of planning events. “We are hoping to hold our winter fair later in the year and will have to make a decision in August as to whether it can go ahead. If the 2m social distancing rule is still in place it would mean we would need twice as many cattle stalls to be able to spread exhibitors out to create a 2m gap. “We would have to get rid of the grandstand because the cost of it for just a few people would be unviable and there would be pressure points in the food hall and other areas where people gather, again impacting on event viability. “I sit on a number of committees representing the events sector and the message we are trying to get across to the Welsh Government is the 2m rule urgently needs reviewing and I am pleased there is some progress on that issue.


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“Major events such as the Royal Welsh Show happen just once a year and we have now lost two summers and there is still uncertainty about what 2022 will bring. “The future could look very different. The high street is full of examples where the commercial viability of traditional shops has been impacted by the rise in online and I suspect our events will face similar challenges. “Traders might have found other routes to market and may not want to attend, but this might create vacancies for others. Every crisis is an opportunity to embrace new ideas. “In the new world we will have to be flexible, innovative, responsive to change and look at new opportunities to protect income. But I am confident the Royal Welsh brand is well-placed to make a good recovery.

Loyal “With support from UK and Welsh Government Covid-19 schemes we have protected our finances. We also have a very loyal membership who have continued to pay their subscriptions which has enabled us to carry on with our charitable activities and I would like to thank them for that. “Our membership is an important part of our financial success and connection with people and communities across the whole of Wales.” The showground has not been entirely unused during the pandemic as the society has allowed it to be used, rent free, both as a vaccination and testing centre. Mr Hughson says: “We feel it is important to play our part in the fight against this virus and in doing so supporting the local communities.” Development work has also continued, including the complete refurbishment of a toilet block to provide a modern sterile facility, a Vodafone mast is now on-site, adding to the already installed EE mast. In addition, the fibre infrastructure

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Organisers say the Royal Welsh Show may look quite different in the future, but they are working to ensure the next event is as enjoyable and safe as possible.

is being extended and a customer management platform created which will facilitate online entries, payment of prize money and generally better communication with stakeholders. Mr Hughson says: “We have con-

tinued to maintain and invest in the site which is our most important asset. We need to make sure that when we can open up again, it is fit and safe for us to do so. “I think, to a certain extent we are going to have to learn to live

with Covid-19 and as such people’s behaviour will change. “The event sector has to be responsive to these changes and make sure people feel safe attending events. Businesses which fail to adapt will struggle to survive.

“We are looking forward to a successful 2022 and getting back to entertaining, educating and providing a place where people can come together to experience the best Wales has to offer in one place.”

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Lifting normally starts in the first week of August.

Growing potatoes to be sold locally has become a passion for one Pembrokeshire farmer. Debbie James reports.

Potato provenance proving its value with Welsh consumers


very so often, Walter Simon’s phone will ping with a text message from a friend, praising the taste and quality of potatoes they have sourced from a Welsh supermarket in packaging bearing his name. Understandably, he gets a terrific buzz from that, and says: “It is very nice when friends take a photo of the bag and compliment me on my potatoes. “For years we exported potatoes to Liverpool, Manchester and further afield and never saw them for sale but now I can go into a local supermarket and see my potatoes. There is a huge amount of pride in selling locally grown potatoes to the local population.” For more than 20 years Mr Simon’s business has been supplying potatoes to Pembrokeshire-based Puffin Produce who market them

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under the Blas y Tir brand to supply Welsh supermarkets. “Welsh potatoes for Welsh customers is far better all round than importing potatoes from mainland Europe.” He has specialised in producing potatoes since 1999, but grows only a small percentage on his 140-hectare (345-acre) farm at West Orielton, Hundleton, where he lives with his wife, Penny.

Soil conditions That land is rented out to a beef farmer because the soil conditions are much better suited to livestock farming than potato production. “I grow potatoes on about 35 per cent of my farm every five or six years but do not grow on the rest of it because it is too stony or wet, not really suitable for potatoes,” Mr Simon explains. He is atypical of most traditional

farmers because he grows just one crop and most of that is grown on other people’s land. Over the past two decades he has developed business relationships with half a dozen local farmers to rent fields on a one-in-six rotation. Ideally, the land will be stonefree and fairly deep and is a mixture of soil types ranging from sandy soil and red sandstone to limestone. “We try to avoid too much clay because it can sit a bit wet and make planting and harvesting difficult,” says Mr Simon. “In the west we have quite a narrow planting window because of our rainfall levels and the other soil types give us a wider window of workability. The clay can be like plastic when it is wet and when it gets dry it is like cobbles that we have to smash up.” The ideal land type for potatoes is largely dependent on the weather

conditions in the growing year; that is where having a range of fields is an advantage. “Something that holds water will be better in a dry year and red sandstone in a wetter year,” says Mr Simon. “I do not know what weather we are going to get from year to year so having a range of soils spreads the risk and means we can produce potatoes from most of it, if not all, in an average year.” He is a strong advocate of maximising soil health. To build soil fertility and resilience, he grew cover crops on the entire acreage he has under potatoes this year. “This year, for the first time, every field was green over winter with cover crops or grass, all 160 acres,” he says. “We often hear that some fields have only got 100 harvests left in them, I want to make sure that when I finish growing my crop of potatoes that they still have 100 left in them, if not more.”

Landlords Protecting soil health is also part and parcel of being a good tenant, he adds. “I want to show my landlords that I am farming that land as well as they would because we would like to be renting that land again in five or six years’ time.” Oats and vetch are planted in August or September after the preceding arable crop – oats for biomass and vetch to fix nitrogen, and then grazed by sheep. Cover crops deliver a multitude of benefits, from sequestering

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WELSH FARMING FOCUS Seeing his potatoes sold locally is a source of pride for Walter Simon.

About the Blas y Tir brand

Piper, harvested in September, yields 49-62t/ha (20-25t/acre) and the other maincrops up to 62t/ha (25t/acre). “Every year we generally grow a couple of new varieties for the Blas y Tir range, to keep on top of growing quality varieties and see if they will work in Pembrokeshire,” says Mr Simon. Potatoes are harvested with a trailed harvester into 1t boxes and these go straight into cold storage at Puffin Produce’s depot in Haverfordwest. “Cold storage means we can produce as good a quality potato in West Wales as they can in the east of England and we have some added advantages because we have a higher rainfall and need less irrigation,” says Mr Simon. The aim is to finish harvesting by the end of September to allow the landlords a good window of opportunity to get their next crops planted.

ABOUT 80 per cent of Blas y Tir growers farm in Pembrokeshire and the remainder in the Vale of Glamorgan and the Wye and Usk Valley. The champion product in the range is the Pembrokeshire early potato, which is supplied up until the beginning of September thanks to sequential planting. Puffin Produce has also seen major growth in its Blas y Tir vegetable sales – three years ago sales of

One of the biggest challenges of growing potatoes is they grow underground so the crop can be difficult to monitor for pests and diseases.

Harvesting There can be some surprises when harvesting starts. Mostly good when they are better than expected, but if there are pests and diseases it can sometimes be too late to react. Mr Simon mitigates the chances of that occurring through field choices and doing a very good job. Wireworm and slugs can be an issue so ferric phosphate pellets, which are animal and insect friendly, are laid around the field Protecting soil health is a key consideration for Mr Simon.

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supermarket trays were about 400–500 a week but this has now increased to 5,000–6,000 each week.

Sales Managing director Huw Thomas says that when Blas y Tir replaces British or imported products on the shelves of Welsh supermarkets, sales will always increase. “Retailers will generally see a 20-30 per cent increase in sales

headlands to prevent slug incursions from the field edges. Mr Simon says: “We have used these pellets since they first came out because I did not like using the metaldehyde pellets. You can certainly see that there are more beetles in the field eating the slugs.” Blemish diseases are managed by having a wide rotation. Having a fouror five-year rotation between crops builds soil carbon and creates good conditions for growing potatoes. When Mr Simon first came home to farm, the family had dairy and beef cattle and after 10 years of farming he would have described himself as a livestock farmer. Now he describes himself as a passionate grower and likes talking about potatoes, especially when he is educating the next generation of consumers. He says: “I was recently involved in a video call with a local primary school. I was in the field and they were in the classroom and I could see a forest of hands raised in the background. The children asked a lot of very sensible questions.” Mr Simon enjoys supplying Blas y Tir. “It is nice to see our potatoes sold under the Blas y Tir brand, it has

which is achieved by putting good value products on the shelf and working in partnership with our retail partners,” he says. A Welsh Government study on the value of ‘Welshness’ has found that more than eight in 10 shoppers in Wales prefer to buy Welsh products. “There is more support in Wales for local food than in any other UK region and that comes through in our sales figures,” says Mr Thomas.

We grow quality varieties. Yes, they might yield a bit less, but they are better tasting and that means the consumer is more likely to repurchase WALTER SIMON become one of the most recognised brands in Wales. “We grow quality varieties. Yes, they might yield a bit less for us, but they are better tasting and that means the consumer is more likely to repurchase.” And there is an added pride which comes from producing those potatoes in a way that leaves the soils in a good place for future food production.

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Change is on the horizon for ag


s Welsh farmers prepare for this year’s virtual Royal Welsh Show, they will have a lot on their minds – from trade deals, to the loss of direct support, to new climate change rules, rewilding and, of course, those controversial water regulations. John Davies, president of NFU Cymru, has issued a stark warning about the future of UK food production, claiming it will fall below 50 per cent if the Government continues to offer tariff-free access to the domestic market for major agricultural exporters such as Australia, with New Zealand now demanding the same. “They have set the agenda for this now and if you follow the route we are going down at present, our strategic capability of food production will be severely affected,” he says. “We cannot have an approach which says Welsh farmers and British farmers must lead the world on standards and then just leave the door completely open to imports with no such controls. “When you look across all these deals, cumulatively, there could be a very significant impact.” Glyn Roberts, president of the Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW), points out the differences in produc-

tion between the UK and Australia are clear. He says: “Wales is far more a cluster of family farms, whereas in Australia they have thousands more sheep per head to look after, so the welfare cannot be as good. “In 2002, in Christchurch, New Zealand, there was a wool and meat conference and I had the opportunity to give the Welsh perspective there. “The following year, there was a farmer from Australia talking. He already was farming about 25,000 sheep and his ambition was to get to 50,000. That shows the difference between us and them.”

Sustainability Mr Roberts says he is asking the UK and Welsh Governments to consider the implications of their decisions before reaching them, instead of facing the consequences later. And like Mr Davies, he is calling on the Welsh Government to reconsider the removal of direct support, especially if it becomes clear that the Australia trade deal has an impact on rural areas. Mr Davies says: “These agricultural policies were designed preCovid-19 and pre-trade deals. “We are talking about having a stability payment or a sustainability payment, where you get a platform for sustainable production. “We have to deliver, whether it is

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We are not the problem in global warming, rather we have the answers to global warming GLYN ROBERTS on carbon footprints, animal health or antibiotic usage. What I am looking for is a menu with a range of options which get us to a certain level. “It is not going to be at the same level we have now, but we need some sort of sustainability or stability payment.” To date, Welsh Government has been resistant to any suggestion that direct support of some kind could be maintained, but both farming unions insist they are working closely with Ministers on climate change and are optimistic about the future on this point. Mr Roberts says: “We have nothing to fear in this respect. We are not the problem in global warming, rather we have the answers to global warming. “There are lots of things we can do better and we will be looking at the way we do things better. “But the important point about this is we look at it from an industry and Government point of view and work together for the right outcome.” Both Mr Roberts and Mr Davies, however, are concerned about a policy of blanket afforestation and, more generally, rewilding. Mr Davies says: “Every farmer in Wales will be interested in planting some trees and if we get it right, it will work really well.

“I am very much for the right tree in the right place, but as for blanket afforestation and its impact on our communities and language, I would be pretty opposed to that approach.” Similarly, Mr Roberts says public goods and rewilding should not be the sole vehicle to help Welsh agriculture. “That is looking at things in isolation,” he says. “It is really about the infrastructure and people and our culture is important as well in Wales. If we lose the economy in rural areas due to public goods and rewilding, we would be very concerned.” One other issue causing anxiety for farmers is the Welsh Government’s new water regulations, which effectively make the whole of Wales a Nitrate Vulnerable Zone. And while Mr Davies is unable to speak on the matter as NFU Cymru is in the process of legally challenging the Welsh Government on it, Mr Roberts says there is a ‘glimmer of hope’ that Ministers could be persuaded to change the regulations after the Senedd voted they be urgently reviewed. “I am confident we can mitigate some of the worst impacts,” he says. “I am not so confident we can stop the whole process though, because of the strength of the Government in the Senedd.” JULY 9 2021 | 33

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A bright future for the Welsh B With a passion for Welsh Black cattle since he was at primary school, Ioan Roberts says the native breed can adapt to any suckler system. Hannah Noble reports.


oan Roberts always had ambitions of becoming a farmer like his father Bobby, but instead pursued a career path teaching Welsh at secondary school level for 14 years. However, in 2002 his father died and initially Mr Roberts tried to juggle farming with teaching part-time. But this proved difficult and by 2006 he had to make the difficult decision between selling the family farm and carrying on teaching or giving up teaching and farming full-time. Mr Roberts chose to hold on to the 150 years of Roberts family history at Tryfil Isaf, Anglesey, and realise his childhood dreams of building a herd of pedigree Welsh Black cattle. He says: “When I took over the farm, we had been cross-breeding the cows. We always had a base of Welsh Blacks but we had been using a Limousin bull across them and retaining more of the cross-bred heifers.” But he says the cross-bred cows were difficult to handle and as he was carrying out most of the day-to-day running of the farm alone, he realised change was needed. Mr Roberts has had a keen interest in the Welsh Black since he was just 10 years old, keeping a scrapbook of cuttings from the Welsh Black breed journal and show and sale results from Farmers Guardian. Additionally, he says the docility of the breed and the Welsh Black Society’s pioneering health scheme were

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The Welsh Blacks are the most versatile breed of cattle around. It is very windy here and when you get rain on the back of that, they have to be really tough IOAN ROBERTS two further reasons why he decided to develop his own pedigree herd. “Initially there were two strains of Welsh Black, the Castlemartin strain from Pembrokeshire, which were the milkier animals, and the Anglesey type from the north, which were shorter legged and more beefy. The strains were amalgamated in 1904 when the modern-day society was formed.” Mr Roberts’ 135-strong Tryfil herd of cattle comprises 45 suckler cows, plus calves and followers. The herd is home to about six cow families, of which one of the best lines, the Rosella family, can be

traced back to the old Castlemartin Pembrokeshire type. One of the cows in this line is still in the herd at 15 years old. The Welsh Blacks’ durability means they can easily endure the often harsh Anglesey weather. “You can stretch them out until Christmas before bringing them in without having to worry at all; we only bring them in because they poach the land and we are on heavy clay,” he says. If the weather is suitable, cows are usually turned out again towards the end of March, which Mr Roberts says provides savings on straw and feed. “The Welsh Blacks are the most versatile breed of cattle around. It is very windy here on Anglesey and when you get rain on the back of that, they have to be really tough. The breed has been moulded by the Welsh climate,” he says.

Calving Most cows in the Tryfil herd calve in April and May with a small number calving in autumn. Mr Roberts aims to calve heifers at two-and-a-half years old, which he says results in less problems at calving than when he used to calve at three years old. Every three years a new stock bull is added to the herd, but the current bull, Llechwedd Twm 35, which was bought for 6,500gns, is now in its fifth season. Mr Roberts also carries out some artificial insemination and

collected semen from a number of influential bulls he has had over the years. Perhaps the most influential was Ysguboriau Bleddyn 79, who has since gone on to prove a success in another Welsh Black herd. Another strength of the Welsh Black breed is their long, flat lactation curve. Mr Roberts says when the calf is eight months old the cow still has milk to feed it when many other breeds would have dried up. He believes this is one of the reasons for their long productive lives, with many cows producing 10 or 12 calves. In recent years, the Welsh Black Society has begun bodySUM classification of cows. Mr Roberts says this is a more suitable way of recording confirmation traits of the cows rather than using estimated breeding values which tend to favour terminal breeds rather than maternal breeds such as the Welsh Black. A classifier visits the farm and assigns a score to the animal for a number of its physical traits and an overall score is then calculated. For a pedigree bull to be registered the society now requires its dam to be classified. Two or three bull calves are kept entire each year and sold through society sales at Dolgellau or through private buyers at about 20 months old. Mr Roberts has sold a number of bulls through his Twitter account, including Tryfil McCaw which sold to Dan Lydiate of the Welsh national rugby union team. Mr Roberts says: “You have to be selective when choosing calves to rear as bulls. It is important to remember the Welsh Black is a maternal breed and not a terminal breed so

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the emphasis when selecting a bull has to be on the cow. “You could have a really good cow with a really good score, but her bull calf is marginal and you have to say no. You should not keep a bull just because his mother is good, he should be the whole package too. Gut feeling comes into it too,” he adds. The remaining bull calves born each year are castrated and most steers are sold to Mr Roberts’ neighbour, Brian Thomas, and his son, Carwyn, who sell Welsh Black beef direct to the public at farmers’ mar4 weeks free, then kets as far afield as Liverpool and Altrincham. £1.90 per week The aim is to retain about 10 heifers for breeding each year, but the rest are also sold through Dolgellau market. He says: “I do not push the heifers. They have done their growing at twoand-a-half years and if I sold them as yearlings, they might look a bit small,

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■ The Welsh Black cattle health scheme certifies herds which are free from major diseases, such as Johne’s, IBR, BVD and leptospirosis, with testing is carried out through the Premium Cattle Health Scheme ■ Mr Roberts’ wife Helen is a retired university lecturer and helps on-farm ■ Follow Ioan Roberts and the Tryfil herd on Twitter @GDCTRYFILWBC


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but I know they come naturally to their full potential later. “It is important when you sell something that people are not disappointed and it is the same with the bulls. They are fit for purpose; I do not push them.” Mr Roberts has achieved the top price or the prize for champion female at Dolgellau January sale for the in-calf heifers for the last five years running. He says: “We even sold five heifers last August on an online sale due to the pandemic and we were really pleased with the way it went.” The Welsh Black Cattle society has 600-700 registered members with about 500 active breeders. But Mr Roberts says the breed is gaining interest in the cross-breeding markets. “There are more people coming now for crossing bulls though because we have a premium scheme with Kepak for animals sired by Welsh Black, so hopefully that will help.”

■ Tryfil Isaf is 51.7 hectares (128 acres) with a further 12.5ha (31 acres) eight miles away which is used for grazing youngstock ■ Tryfil herd is made up of 135 cows, including 45 suckler cows, plus calves and followers ■ Mr Roberts says the cows average 750-800kg ■ The steers are sold at 18 months old weighing 550-600kg

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35 EXCEPTIONAL PEDIGREE HOLSTEINS SELLING Berry Holme Farm | Helsington | Kendal | Cumbria |LA8 8AQ Thursday 22nd July Open Day 11.00am Lunch & Refreshment 12.30pm Best of Berryholme Sale 2.30pm for H Wright & Son 5 COWS & HEIFERS IN MILK, 5 IN-CALF HEIFERS, 22 YEARLING & HEIFER CALVES & 3 BULLS SELL Everyone is welcome to Berryholme Farm to join with the Wright family and Holstein enthusiasts from across the UK to celebrate their achievement of wining the UK’s Premier Herd Title. The BEST animals have been selected for this SPECIAL sale and include the FLO, ERLE, RAE, ASHLYN, APPLE, REDROSE & LASENZA families. We could talk about each individual in the sale such is the quality on offer. Contact for catalogue - Glyn Lucas 07711610255, Andrew Templeton 07778808464, Doug Reynolds 07779990258, Graham Kirby 07715478622, Pedigree Office 01228406230. To view the sale catalogue and to register for Online Bidding go to

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Bakewell Market Results - 5th July 573 Cattle, 1362 Sheep - Full report available on our website

To enter your store cattle to the “Early Warning” list for Monday 12th July please call the Bakewell office on 01629 812777 before 12 Noon on Friday 9th July

Store & Breeding & Finished Cattle Sales are available to view on

T HURSDAY LUNCHTIME WEEKLY SHEEP SALE Entries/Enquiries, contact Peter or 07973 982443 See our Facebook Page for Further Details on any Special Entries BAKEWELL MARKET - Strict Social Distancing & Mask wearing rules still Apply ‘Drop & Go’ policy still remains in place, with vendors permitted to return at selling time to watch their stock being sold and to leave immediately afterwards. If you have any questions please call Alastair Sneddon on 07973 982441

Dispersal Sales

FRIDAY 23RD JULY 2021, 10.30AM WOODSIDE FARM, OSGATHORPE, LOUGHBOROUGH, LE12 9ST Case 180 Puma 4WD (18-Low Hours), Case 110 Maxxum 4WD (12-only 895 Hours) Case MXM 120 Maxxum 4WD & Case CS94 4WD Manitou MLT 735-120 LSU Turbo Telehandler (12) Ford Ranger 4WD Pickup (19- Superb Condition) Honda TRX 500 Quad Arable and Grassland Equipment Trailers, Livestock Items Sundries and Effects SATURDAY 31ST JULY 2021, 10.30AM BURNWOOD FARM, OCKBROOK, DERBY, DE72 3RY 3 Massey Ferguson Tractors Mitsubishi 4WD Pickup, 11 Trailers Arable and Grassland Machinery Cattle Equipment, Sundries Tools and Effects THE ANNUAL DARLEY MOOR MACHINERY SALE - Friday 16th July 2021- 10am DARLEY MOOR, ASHBOURNE, DERBYSHIRE (Close to the A515 - Hard Standing Site) 950 Lots entered inc. 70 Tractors, Handlers, Vehicles Quad Bikes, Arable and Grassland Equipment Livestock Items and Tractor Sundries

LANCASTER AUCTION MART Tel: 01524 63308 Monday 12th July at 10.30am 1500 SPRING LAMBS, PRIME HOGGS & CAST SHEEP Friday 16th July LANCASTER AUCTION 01524 63308 10.15am 100 REARING CALVES MART 10.15am Tel: 150 CAST/OTM CATTLE 11.15am 200 STORE BULLOCKS & HEIFERS Entries for Catalogue close Monday 12th July at 2pm Tuesday 20th July ~ Monthly Show & Sale of 50 NEWLY CALVED, IN-CALF DAIRY CATTLE & YOUNGSTOCK Entries close Tuesday 13th July at 12 Noon Monday 26th July ~ Special Sale of BREEDING EWES,

GIMMER SHEARLINGS & CENTRE RAMS suitable for015395 Early Breeding. J36 RURAL AUCTION Tel: 66200 Entries close Monday 19th July

J36 RURAL AUCTION CENTRE Tel: 015395 66200 Tuesday 13th July 10.30am 100 PIGS inc. Prime, Cast, Store & Weaner 1pm 2500 SPRING LAMBS, PRIME HOGGS & CAST SHEEP Thursday 15th July at 11am Opening Fortnightly Sale of


Entries accepted & Ballot Drawn on Sale Day Thursday 22nd July Fortnightly Sale of 300 STIRKS & STORE CATTLE Entries close Wednesday 14th July Saturday 24th July at 11am ~ Dispersal Sale of 40 FELL PONIES from the Bybeck Stud Catalogue available on website Tuesday 27th July ~ The ‘TEX-FACTOR’ Show & Sale for Pens of 5 Texel Sired Prime Lambs supported by the North West Texel Breeders Club JULY ON-LINE MACHINERY SALE ~ 1500 LOTS Entries to date include 10 TRACTORS; 2 DIGGERS & 4 VEHICLES Also 1st Part Dispersal from local smallholding SALE COMMENCES Thursday 15th July CONCLUDES Monday 19th July Contact Matthew Probert on 07540 446667 for further details CONTACT Ian Atkinson 07766 521472; Gary Capstick 07970 830518; Matthew Probert 07540 446667; Bradley Thompson 07867 000244; Andrew Butler 07966 556592


Catalogues available to download at: Or


Tel Bakewell: 01629 812777

Tel Uttoxeter: 01889 562811



ON FARM MACHINERY SALE – FRIDAY 23rd JULY – 10.30AM On behalf of Messrs Leak, Hill Farm, Holmrook CA19 1UG Tractors & Vehicles - John Deere 6630 Premium (60 Reg, 4200 Hours, Serviced by John Deere dealer – Front Suspension and Cab Suspension, Creeper Box, 650 Rear Tyres, 540 Front Tyres), John Deere 6320 Premium (04 Reg, 3700 Hours, Serviced by John Deere dealer), Ford 7740 (2WD J Reg), Land Rover Defender Country 90 (09 Reg, 85700 Miles, Metallic Red), JCB 8052 Tracked Digger (3845 Hours), JCB 3CX Sitemaster. Machinery - Hi Spec Tanker 2000gal with Rain Gun, Horn 21ft Bale Trailer (Cattle Container to fit), Chief Low Loader Trailer, John Deere 328 Mower Conditioner, Kuhn M620 Fert Spreader, Strautmann VertiMix 1050 Feeder Wagon with elevator. More quality machinery listed via our website and facebook page. 40


SATURDAY 31st JULY at 11.00am IMPORTANT DISPERSAL SALE Of the noted and highly respected NIGHTINGALE HERD Exors WA Robertson Of PEDIGREE ABERDEEN ANGUS CATTLE 30 Cows & Calves / In Calf, 12 Served / Unserved Heifers, 3 Stock Bulls, 4 yearling Bulls Follow us on Together with quantity Semen & Embryos


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Worcestershire, WR11 7QY 7000 STORE LAMBS & BREEDING EWES All off the Cotswolds & local farms WEDNESDAY 4th AUGUST at 11.00am


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Jeremy Eaton - 07747 780481 Ted Ogden - 07855 958211 Kyle Hawksworth - 07538 539077 Saturday 10th July

Monday 12th July

LIVESTOCK ONLY 170 Stirks, Weaned Calves, Breeding & Cull Goats – Sale 10.00am MACHINERY/RECLAIM – Sale 11.00am OUTSIDE ONLY - (no inside section) Machinery:- Kubota B8200 Market Garden Tractor with Loader, Polaris 900 Diesel UTV 2013 Trailers:- Transit Horse Box, Watson 16’ Trailer, Ifor Williams 10’ Cattle Trailer, Bateson Eurostock Twin Axle Cattle Trailer, IW DP120 Trailer c/w Sheep Decks, Weeks 3-4tn Tipping Trailer Grassland:- PZ Haybob, Pasture Topper, Bale Spike, Haybob, PZ Mower, Crop Sprayers, Wylie Muck Grab, Fahr Centipede 4 Rotor, Drum Mower, Lely Hayzip, Jones Baler, Tillage Spreader, MF Baler, Twin Disc Fert Speader, Rould Bale Squeeze, 8 Rotor Tedder, Grass Topper, Claas Disco Mower, Haybob, Cambridge Roller, JF CMT 245 Mower, Westmac Stoll 410 Rake, 2 Drum Mower Misc:- Various Pipes, Thomas Post Knocker, Karcher Power Washer, Petrol Strimmer, Power Washer Lances, Oak Logs, Thomas Post Knocker, Wooden Dog Kennel, 8’ Nest Boxes, 8’ Wooden Hay Rack, Builders Tressels, Calving Aid, 3 Large Cattle Water Troughs, Cattle Foot Trimming Crush, 9” Plastic Pipes, Roll Netting, Vintage Cream Separator, Vintage Milk Bottling Machine, Vintage Hay Chopper, 2 Filing Cabinets, Shotgun Locker Safe, 5 Delaval Milking Machines, 4 Delaval Jetters, Milkcurn, Cool Milk Sign, Milk Churn Strainer, Ride On Lawn Mower, Horse Plough + Shafts, DB Cropmaster Drawbar, 2 Cast Wheels, Galv Bucket/Planter, PTO Sawbench, Bag Lifter, IAE Cattle Handling Race, 10x6’ Sheep Hurdles, Alpaca/Llama Collection Pen, 10x8’ Livestock Barriers, 4 Cast Iron Wheels, Bale Spike, 10 Cast Water Bowls, Marshall 25’ Bale Trailer, BOM Root Bucket, Rotary Sweeper, Sheep Trimming Frame, Sheep Foot Bath, 10’ Cattle Grid, IAE Scan Weight Lamb Weigher, 4 Timber Gates, 2 Calf Creeps, , Stone & Reclaim:- Raised Flowerbeds,2 Stone Gate Posts, 2 Stone Steps, Stone Landing, Pair Sandstone Gateposts, Pair Sandstone Gateposts, 2 Sandstone Slabs, Yorkshire Stone Arch, 4 Ornate Chimney Pots, 3 Tns Granite Rockery Stone, Stone Sinks, Pair Painted Stone Gate Posts, 4 Pairs Stone Gate Posts, Stone Trough, 9 Single Gate Posts, Stone Bird Bath, 2 Cages Burlington Slates, 3 Pallets Grey Slates, 2 Pallets ½ Moon Coping Stones, Pallet V Shaped Coping Stones

CROP & PRODUCE Sale 10.30am SHOW & SALE OF REARING CALVES Sale 10.45am WEEKLY PRIMESTOCK SALE (6 day rule) CLEAN CATTLE Sale 11.30am followed by CAST & FEEDING COWS (4 Year and Pre Test) followed by TB EXEMPT CATTLE (pre enter) SPRING LAMBS, PRIME HOGGS & CAST EWES Sale 12.30pm Wednesday 14th July OPENING SALE OF 5,035 STORE LAMBS Inc Prize Show of 40 or more Cont x Lambs Sale 10.30am Wednesday 21st July FEEDING BULLS, BEEF FEEDING COWS, STORE & BREEDING CATTLE (entries close Wednesday 14th July) Thursday 22nd July SALE OF WORKING SHEEP DOGS Up the field Sale with Online Bidding Dairy Cattle Monday 26th July Regular twice Monthly dairy sale of Dairy Cattle (please advise entries by Tuesday 20th July) For info on these or your private sale needs or wishes in confidence – call our dairy sales coordinator Sarah Liddle on 07710 795585 Pedigree Sheep Sales Saturday 4th September PEDIGREE BELTEX SHEEP WENSLEYDALE LONGWOOL SHEEP PEDIGREE JACOB SHEEP (entries close Friday 30th July) Saturday 11th September PEDIGREE BLUE TEXEL SHEEP PEDIGREE DUTCH SPOTTED SHEEP (entries close Friday 6th August) EASY CARE SHEEP (entries close Friday 20th August) RARE MINORITY & NATIVE BREEDS (entries close Friday 13th August) Thursday 16th & Friday 17th September PEDIGREE TEXEL SHEEP (Northern Area Club Sale only) (entries close Wednesday 11th August)

Tuesday 13th July at 12noon OPENING SALE OF 4500 STORE LAMBS Wednesday 14th July 11am 100-150 REARING CALVES 3.00pm 2000 Feeding & Cast Ewes 4000 Spring Lambs & Prime Hoggs

Tuesday 20th July

Feeding & Cast Cows & OTM Cattle

FARMERS STIRKS & YOUNG STORES Entries for catalogue close Monday 12th July

Wednesday 21st July

Fortnightly Sale of Dairy Cattle inc


(milking portion) for Messrs JR Middleton & Sons, Dent Year Round Calving Herd of Holstein Friesian Cows using BrB, BW & Sexed Semen. All cows are cubicle trained & fed on a grass silage diet with a herd av. of 6700L, 3.93% BF, 3.35% Prot & SCC of 96. TB4

Tuesday 27th July


Saturday 31st July

Favoured with instructions from Robinson Farms (Carbrooke) Ltd Herd Dispersal Sale of SIMMENTAL COWS/ HEIFERS WITH CALVES AT FOOT Inc. The Lugden Hall Herd of 50 Pedigree Simmentals & 210 Simmental x and purebreds all with spring born calves at foot. Together with 10 senior & junior Simmental bulls. TB4, High Health Status, Farm Assured Sale in conjunction with Bletsoes of Thrapston Full details next week.



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Pedigree Cattle Sales Saturday 7th August Reduction of the Upsall Herd of Pedigree Beef Shorthorn Cattle – Sale 12.00noon Followed by Reduction of the Halton Herd of Pedigree Hereford Cattle

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13th July 10.00am On site & Online DB 995, Nissan Hyster FL, JCB 3CX, Avant M420 Loader, Bale Grabs, Wrappers, Silage Trailers, Shepards Huts, JCB Airmaster, Leyland Wagon, Dodge Cherry Picker, CAT 216 Skid Steer, Trolleys as new, Grass Harrows, 4 Hay Turners, Bateman Cattle Crush & Trailer, JCB801, Buck Rake, Caravn, 3 vans, 5 cars, Ride on mower, Cobble, Timber. Photographs of each lot see July 9, 2021 |


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GISBURN AUCTION MARTS Auctioneers, Valuers, Agents

Hall Road, Norwich, NR4 6DW

01603 502690

Specialists in Compulsory Purchase Claims Valuations of Live and Deadstock

THE COUNTRY’S LARGEST ALL TB 4 MARKET | 01200 445376 Saturday 10 July 9.30am CAST EWES & PRIME LAMBS 10.30am OPENING SALE OF STORE LAMBS Thursday 15 July 10.30am 80 PRIME YOUNG BULLS, STEERS HEIFERS followed by 100 CULL CATTLE 10.30am 100 REARING CALVES 11.30am 100 DAIRY CATTLE SEMEX SHOW 60-70 commercial & pedigree new calved cattle, followed by 10 pedigree I/C heifers, 20 bulling heifers & stirks. Pedigree entries by Tue 13 July 12noon 12.30pm 150 STIRKS entries by Tue 13 July 12.30pm PRIME LAMBS & CAST EWES Saturday 17 July 9.30am CAST EWES & PRIME LAMBS 10am BREEDING CATTLE, COWS & CALVES 10.30am FARMERS’ STORE CATTLE Catalogue entries by 12noon Tue 13 July Saturday 24 July STORE LAMBS & EARLY BREEDING EWES Saturday 7 August NORTHERN DORSET BREEDERS CLUB SHOW

150 store cattle, entries to date include: 18 BBX, Sim 15-18 mo- G Wisson and Sons, 25 Chx 8-12 mo- SG Lutkin, 10 Limx, 8-12 mo- Davis Dairies, 10 Limx, BBx, 12mo- EJ Loades. 4 BBx, Limx 15-18 mo- R Criddle. Also 60 calves, 500 sheep.

Gisburn, Lancashire BB7 4ES

Saturday July 17th

Please see website for full details.

Monday 12th July 9.30am

Weekly Sale of Fatstock Inc Show of New Season Lambs Sponsored by Ian Denham Haulage & Stock Feed

Saturday 31st July

Machinery/Sundries 11am Poultry/Fur & Feather 12noon Entries on Saturday morning Between 7.30 and 10.30 Ian Smith - Mart Manager 07738043771 Office 01943 462172

Mold Livestock Market - CH7 1EG

15 mins off the M56

BY DIRECTION OF E.A. REED & SONS LTD SALE OF STANDING STRAW AT ASHFIELD HALL FARM NESTON WIRRAL CH64 3RY 509 acres of Wheat, Barley and Oat Straw In 27 Lots 5 – 58 Acres Plus 80 big bales 2021 Meadow Hay Monday 12th July 2021 @ 7.00 p.m. Further Details Peter Lewis Tel: 01352 753873/07774 151 371 BY DIRECTION OF JF & FN DARLINGTON HONKLEY 85 ACRES OF STANDING STRAW SITUATED AT SEALAND Comprising 23 acres Winter Barley and 62 acres of Winter Wheat in suitable lots At Mold Livestock Market on Friday 9th July following the sale of store cattle and not earlier than 1.30pm Further Details - James Griffiths Tel: 01352 753873/07866 419371 On behalf of the Executors of F Warrington & Sons, Poplars Farm, Saughall Friday 9th July at 12 noon Mold Market Genuine Part Dispersal Sale of 28 head of Breeding Stock consisting of 10 Heifers with Lim x Calves at foot Together with 6 in calf Heifers and 2 in calf Cows The Heifers and Cows being Lim x, Sho x and Mont x Further information from James 07866 419371

Telephone: 01352 753873

Society Sale Dates 2021 17th July - Northern Ireland Branch Premier Export Sale (Ballymena) 22nd July - Scottish Area Sale (Lanark) 31st July - National Sale (Shrewsbury) 6th August - Northern Counties Branch Sale (Carlisle) 42


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LANARK AGRICULTURAL CENTRE SALE OF 219 SUFFOLK RAMS, RAM LAMBS AND FEMALES (On behalf of Scottish Area Branch and Suffolk Sheep Society) Comprising of 14 Gimmers, 10 Ewe Lambs, 2 Shearling Rams and 193 Ram Lambs THURSDAY 22ND & FRIDAY 23RD JULY Thur - Show at 2.00pm, followed by Sale of Females at 6.30pm Fri – at 11.00am – Sale of Shearling Rams, followed by Ram Lambs Buyers must pre-register - Catalogue available upon request or Further enquires to Office – 01555 662281 Archie Hamilton – 07917 624409 or Brian Ross – 07774 124361

Lawrie & Symington Ltd, Lanark Agricultural Centre, Lanark, South Lanarkshire ML11 9AX Telephone – 01555 662281 Fax – 01555 665100 Email: Website:

Online Auction of Farm Machinery & Equipment Auction commences 6th July 2021

Auction closes 16th July 2021 Lots entered include: 2018 Chafer Interceptor Self Propelled Sprayer, John Deere 2850 Tractor 2012 Grimme GT170 Potato Harvester, Grimme RH24-60 Grader, Grimme CS150 Multi-web, Grimme 2 Row Ridger, Grimme Bed Tiller and Rear Ridger, 2003 KRM Bogballe Fertiliser Spreader, Honda Foreman Hydrostatic Quad Bike, Large quantity of spares for New Holland CR9090 Combine, Rape Side knife, bracket and guard to fit New Holland CR9090 Combine, Large quantity of spares to fit Simba Free Flow Drill, VW Amarok rims and tyres, VW Amarok chrome bars, 2 Stocks Slug Pelleters, Kverneland 4 Furrow Plough, 3m Power Harrow, Griffiths Trailer, Tanco Wrapper, George Moate Tillerstar (triple), 2020 Kverneland 6m T8 Drill, 4.5m Sumo Trio, 6m Weaving Drill, 1998 Dowdeswell 6+1 DP1608 Plough, Kverneland LD85 4 Furrow Plough, GMR 2600 Trailed Sprayer, Accord DL4 Air Seeder Drill, 3m Power Harrow, Thyregod T7 Sugar Beet Harvester, Brettenbridge 180 Beet Cleaner, 2014 Wilcox Tri Axle Bulker with full history and a large number of other items.

Dairy Herd Dispersal Wednesday 11th August 2021 @ 10.30am Treventy St Clears Carmarthenshire SA33 4NG For Edward and Paula Thomas (having let the farm)


Predominantly blended dairy cattle (160 milkers, followers of all ages from calves to calving) including the Treventy herd of pedigree Dairy Shorthorns This old established herd almost entirely home bred is based on Holstein Friesian bloodlines where leading sires including Shottle were used blended to a succession of red breeds to produce medium sized animals, predominantly polled, that produce 7500kgs milk 4.30% fat 3.60% protein off grazed grass, grass silage with very low concentrate input. A feature of the herd are milky well attached udders with sound legs and feet throughout. Calving all year with an emphasis on spring and summer a feature wof the sale will be a high number,including 20 first calvers, forward fresh on the day, 25 heifers due Sept/ Dec, 40 strong bullers and a smart crop of yearlings and heifer calves. Catalogues of the auctioneers 07721 386617 /07920 465580/ Llandeilo Livestock Mart SA19 6ST Weekly Monday mart for calves, fat and store lambs, cull ewes Fortnightly Monday sale of Store Cattle, Weaned and Suckled calves, Barren cows etc Seasonal sales of Breeding Sheep For further details ring Huw 07721 386617

James Hill 01553 691691

The Estate Office, Church Farm, Station Road, Hillington, King's Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 6DH

Chartered Surveyors • Land & Estate Agents • Valuers

FOR SALE BY TENDER (On behalf of L & A Duckett Whole Crop Suppliers) Up to 360 acres of Spring crops for sale for whole crop and combining Available in up to 12 different lots in Wharles, Inskip, Woodplumpton, Broughton and Great Plumpton Tender date 12th July. Tender forms and maps contact 01995 603180 Ref: RDF

Tel: 01995 603 180 •

Dairy farm for sale Ffoswinnau Llanboidy Whitland Carms SA34 0ES 178 acre well equipped dairy unit with 4 bedroom farmhouse,extensive range of sound modern and traditional buildings incl. herringbone parlour, robot milker, cubicles for 240 cows, youngstock, silage and machinery stores etc Good productive grassland in the mild climate of the Carmarthenshire/ Pembrokeshire border Stock farm for sale Mid carmarthenshire 120 acre farm in good grass growing area having attractive modernised traditional farmhouse, comprehensive ranges of sound traditional and modern buildings also suited to dairy production. For further details and appointment to view the above contact Huw 07721 386617

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Hartpury University and Hartpury College are among the UK’s leading specialist education providers in agriculture, animal, equine, sport and veterinary nursing. Located in Gloucestershire, Hartpury University and Hartpury College of Further Education sit side-by-side on a beautiful 360-hectare campus. We provide world-class facil ties to almost 4,000 university and college-level students studying undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, A-levels and diplomas, as well as undertaking industry research. The University holds Teaching Excellence Framework Gold and has 98% graduate employability, whilst the College is rated Ofsted Outstanding in all areas. A passionate and innovative business culture and exceptional support networks make Hartpury an ideal career choice.

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Lecturer in Agriculture (Further Education)

About the Role • You will be based at Home Farm and will support Lecturers in the delivery of livestock based units demonstrating best practice to students in accordance with current health, safety and welfare procedures. • You will co-ordinate students on Farm Duties liaising with Lecturers, Farm Staff and Wardens. • You will be required to assist with the purchasing of consumables to support the teaching of Livestock subject areas. About You • You will possess an appropriate qualification and be able to demonstrate a range of practical skills. • You will possess a degree or relevant industry experience within the Livestock sector. • You will be a strong team player, have excellent administration skills and demonstrate a willingness to engage with external partners and industry • You are a highly motivated individual who enjoys all aspects of agriculture, instilling students with a passion for the subject and a desire to develop their understanding. Visit our website to see full details and to apply online or telephone (01452) 702135 to request documents by post. The closing date for receipt of applications is 11th July 2021 Interviews will be held the week commencing 19th July 2021

About the Role • You will be expected to deliver exceptional teaching which will assist students to achieve excellent results within an exam-based qualification • You will be able to inspire students to appreciate and enjoy all aspects of agriculture, instilling in them a passion for the subject and a desire to develop their understanding • You will also deliver BTEC units at level 2 & 3, as well as being a course tutor for a group of students About You • A specialist in the area of Livestock Production • Hold a teaching qualification or have a willingness to complete one • Possess a degree or equivalent in relevant subject area • Be a strong team player, have excellent administration skills and demonstrate a willingness to engage with external partners and industry • Be a highly motivated lecturer with experience of providing tutorial support to students being advantageous Visit our website to see full details and to apply online or telephone (01452) 702135 to request documents by post. The closing date for receipt of applications is Sunday 18th July 2021 Interviews will be held on the week commencing 26th July 2021

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Burncastle and Tollishill Farms, Lauder are seeking to recruit an experienced shepherd to work alongside our existing team in the management of the Estate’s 1,500 upland ewe flock at Tollishill Farm, Lauder. Competitive salary and conditions including accommodation will be offered with the role.

For Job Description contact Susan Richardson, HR Manager on 01665 510777 or email: Closing date for applications: 16th July 2021

Skilled Farm Worker Required to work as part of the team on a modern dairy / arable farm on the Staffordshire/ Shropshire border. Milking 430 Pedigree Holstein High yielding cows, milked twice a day through a 40 point GEA rotary parlour. Cropping consists of grass, maize, wheat, barley, and rye. We are looking for someone reliable and enthusiastic, training can be given. Full driving licence required. Regular time off and competitive rates of pay. Accommodation available for the right person. For more information or to apply please call 07973 375532 or email 44


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We have an exciting opportunity for a Shepherd to join the Dyson Farming team on the South Gloucestershire farms! We currently have over 2300 breeding ewes. A proportion of our flock is lambed outside while the remaining flock is lambed inside, we record all aspects of lambing and recording continues throughout the life of the lambs. The ideal candidate will have experience of working, breeding, and dry sheep. The focus of the role is to work alongside the Head Shepherd to implement the flock management plan effectively. You will also be responsible for undertaking the day-to-day operations including stock checks and general daily husbandry. To complete your duties successfully, you will be required to liaise and work with other members of the farm team. Working dogs are a must, a good eye and instinct for the sheep is imperative! You must hold a full driving licence as travel across sites will be required. Please call Peter Lord, Farm Manager on 07960 088217 or email for more information or to apply.

General Farm Worker/ Stockperson South Lakeland Required for all aspects of livestock husbandry relating to pedigree beef and sheep farm. Own dogs are essential. Accommodation available Salary negotiable depending on experience For more information call 07919 553291

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To take full charge of our commercial AAX and pedigree AA herd. All animal welfare and day to day duties. Good handling facilities and modern equipment. We are offering an excellent salary, modern on farm accommodation in a lovely area of Northumberland, rural position but not isolated, good schools and shops etc. This permanent position has arisen due to a temporary contract coming to an end. Please send your CV to or post to Farnham Park, Sharperton, Morpeth NE65 7AQ.

The main function of the role is to sit within the livestock team and develop the business through growth in revenue, yield, and increase customer numbers. Demonstrate an even focus across all action groups of clients set including acquire, win-back, grow and retain. This person will develop select key accounts and transactional clients in the main. This person will be a key influencer in the development the livestock sector. This roles objective is to identify new opportunities and influence companies’ media buying habits within the livestock sector. Due to the ever-changing nature of the industry, this person must spot new avenues and exploit market trends to exceed revenue targets.

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES • Own, support, develop and guide the livestock sector • Support, develop and guide the relevant Business Service Executives / Business Development person. • Conduct sales presentations by telephone, email or face to face to existing and prospective clients in order to develop existing business and generate new business wherever possible. • Responsible for service and maintenance of select existing key accounts. • Responsible for growth, service and maintenance of transactional clients. • Advise on the most effective solution to meet client needs within the Agribriefing portfolio. • Present all relevant products and sales opportunities and communicate promptly to customers. • Continually seek new sales & opportunities and develop these in liaison with colleagues. • Achieve all pre-set sales targets ensuring a successful contribution to the business performance. • Contact potential clients and conduct a thorough investigation to establish customer needs and buying habits. • Book and input orders/Setting and amendment of adverts.

SKILLS & ABILITIES • Be enthusiastic and motivated to continually explore new opportunities. • Excellent communication written and interpersonal skills. • Possess a natural inquisitive nature. • Demonstrate an optimistic approach. • Support and organise the livestock sector successfully. • Represent the business at relevant industry events and trade shows. • An understanding of agriculture is preferred. • Demonstrate a strong sales ability to establish a deep understanding of the company need to provide the relevant solution. • Be target driven and efficient. • Be familiar & confident with all relevant details of products under Agribriefing’s portfolio. • Be a critical thinker. • Have the ability to accurately forecast future sales. • Keep abreast of all current trends, activities and relevant news within agriculture and specific sector. • Have a positive, “can do” attitude. • Maintain the highest professional standards. • Ensure that no advertisement is sent for publication, which contravenes Government Legislation, Advertising Law, or is unacceptable to the company. • Good working knowledge of CRM system and Microsoft packages

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We currently have a wide range of positions available nationwide to include:• Herd Manager, Somerset, 260 cows • Herdsperson, Lancashire, 350 cows • Herdsperson or working couple, Shropshire, 500 cows Relief Herdspersons Nationwide LKL provides the perfect solution for finding the very best herd carers and managers. Visit our website for a full list of our current vacancies.

Web: Tel: 01722 323546

Do you have sawyer experience? Do you have knowledge of farm and steel frame buildings or a willingness to learn? If you answered yes, we would love for you to apply and join our Engineering Team! Our farm buildings, fabrication and timber wholesale business, based at Witheridge, Mid-Devon has an opportunity for an Workshop Team Member. What you will be doing The Workshop Team Member role either working on their own or part of a team is to produce precise cut steels for use by the welding team to manufacture a variety of part assembled or finished products. The setting up of machinery, basic maintenance and safe use is mandatory. The role also requires the Workshop Team Member to take responsibility in recording use of raw materials and time worked on specific job cards. The assembly and finishing of products also form part of this role. When you will be working For more information This is a full-time permanent post working or to apply, head to 40 hours per week, Monday to Friday.

Workshop Team Member

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FIELD OPERATOR SOYL, a division of Frontier Agriculture Ltd, is the UK market leading precision crop production service provider, offering expert advice, services and support to growers to improve the economic, agronomic and environmental performance of their farm business. An exciting opportunity has arisen in the West Midlands area on a permanent full-time basis to carry out soil sampling and associated in-field services for our farmer clients across the region. We are also interested to hear from self employed contractors or individuals who are available to work for 6-8 months of the year from harvest. Often working alone, you will be self motivated, organised and have previous experience involving customer facing activities to ensure we provide a professional and safe service to customers. This is a physically demanding role and you must be accustomed to working outside throughout the year. Full training is provided.

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Field services including GPS soil sampling Handling of digital data and maps Management and planning of customer orders and schedules Basic ATV and hardware/software maintenance Understand and deliver exceptional customer service to internal and external stakeholders • Excellent communication via phone and on-farm • Active participation with the health and safety culture to fit with SOYL’s national policy.

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Strong customer focus Strong communication skills both over the phone and face to face Full UK driving licence ideally with a trailer licence included Able to work outside in all conditions IT literate Proven attention to detail Prior experience in a soil sampling role would be advantageous but is not essential.

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Reporting to the Formulations Manager, the formulator is responsible for producing and ensuring accuracy of multi-species mineral, premix and complementary feed formulations and their labelling, with a key area of focus on Pet Premix formulation. Working within a set time frame, and high accuracy and attention to detail are key requirements of the role. Working as part of the formulations team, organisation and a methodical approach to the management of work in progress is vital in completing the varied requests that come in each week. The role will also involve regular interaction and collaborative working with the company’s team of animal nutritionists, other internal departments, and our customers. Excellent communication and organisational skills, a team-spirited approach and ability to multi-task are all key pre-requisites for the job. This role will encompass all aspects of formulation, with the formulations team responsible for all manufactured items. The post offers future opportunities to develop into the different sectors of the formulations process to include legislation, labelling, product development, nutrition and customer care. Ensuring customer turn-around times are met, you will have experience of working in a similar support role within a deadline driven environment. A degree in agriculture/animal science/animal nutrition or similar would be desirable. In addition, having previous experience in a related company or with a livestock/pet background would be considered an advantage at interview. You must be able to demonstrate strong administrative, numerical and analytical skills together with well-developed computer skills, particularly MS Excel. We offer an attractive salary and benefits package reflective of the responsibilities of the role. Applicants with the experience as outlined above should apply in writing, stating current salary and enclosing a curriculum vitae.

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Call 01772 799500 and place your ad today Family announcements

ROBERT KINSEY 22nd November 1945 – 25th June 2021

Robert died peacefully, at home in Cuddington, with his family around him, after being diagnosed with a brain tumour at the beginning of the year. Beloved husband of Valerie, proud father, father-in-law, grandfather, and a friend to many. A Cheshire farmer who loved his farming life, a true countryman who was proud to be custodian of Cuddington Hall Farm. He was a former ploughing match competitor and latterly judge and steward at matches in and around the North-West. There will be a private funeral. Donations can be made to Christ Church Crowton or to the Walton Centre, Liverpool c/o Nagle Brothers Funeral Directors, 21 Hill Top Road, Acton Bridge, Northwich, Cheshire, CW8 3RA. All enquiries Tel: 01606 852155.






WASTE TYRES and other waste 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 07860 670 201


• Borehole Drilling • Treatment


Filtration • Water


01625 878411

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Groundwork Services, Civil Engineers All types of drainage work, Fully fitted out jetting van with all camera equipment Tree lopping services All types of agricultural services: • Slurry Spreading / Muck Spreading • Muck Shifting • Mowing & Rowing up We have all our own plant, machinery & tractors Telephone: 07971 553809 / 07947 390782 Email: Website:



Mueller 4000 litres Roka 5000 litres Roka 6000 litres Delaval 8000 litres Roka 8000 litres Serap 8000 litres Roka 9000 litres Japy 10,000 litres Roka 12,000 litres Roka 15,000 litres Milkplan 16,000 litres Part exchange considered This is only a selection of the tanks currently in stock.

Dairy Equipment

NEW & REFURBISHED BULK MILK TANKS FOR SALE New Roka Silos and Tanks available from 500 Ltrs to 50,000 Ltrs!

6,700 Ltr Japy 24,000 Ltr Roka 22,000 Ltr Fabdec (holds 24,000 Ltr) 6,000 Ltr Fabdec 18,000 Ltr Roka – New **Special Offer 5,000 Ltr Mueller in stock now!** 5,000 Ltr Fabdec 15,000 Ltr Silo – Storage only 4,800 Ltr Vaccar 10,000 Ltr Roka 4,000 Ltr Roka 8,500 Ltr Surge – New cleaner 3,800 Ltr Fullwood Packo instant 8,000 Ltr New Tank *Special Offer* inclosed 8,000 Ltr Roka – 3” outlet ready 3,400 Ltr Fullwood Packo – open top 8,000 Ltr Fabdec instant cooling 7,000 Ltr Mueller 1 Ton Ice Builder, suitable for up to 11,000 Ltrs every other day. 1 x 720kg refurbished Ice Builder suitable for up to 8,000 Ltrs every other day 650kg Ice Builder – suitable for up to 8,000 Ltrs every other day CUSTOM BUILT HEAT RECOVERY SYSTEMS, TAYLORED TO YOUR REQUIREMENTS SMALLER BULK TANKS AVAILABLE REFURBISHED ICE BUILDERS IN STOCK EMERGENCY OPEN & ENCLOSED LOAN TANKS AVAILABLE TO RENT *WATER SOFTENERS AVAILABLE * SOLE UK IMPORTER FOR NEW RO-KA MILK COOLING SYSTEMS & SPARE PARTS INDOOR & OUTDOOR TANKS & SILOS ALSO AVAILABLE Tanks wanted - 6,000 Ltr and above. 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.


Please ring for further requirements.

KRISTAL D&D Ltd Bromyard

Formerly Domestic and Dairy


Tel: 01885 483576

DELAVAL 16 X 32 MILKING PARLOUR ACR’s, milk meters and VACCAR cluster flush and autowash. Approx 2007. All vacs pumps and water heaters. Also Muller 9000L DX milk tank.

Tel: 07946 607631 Derbys

Oil 26%

Protein 23%

Fibre Nil

Calf Defender (Skim) (Transition Milk)




Calf Supreme (Skim) Tip Top (Whey)

20% 20%

24% 24%

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Calf Content (Whey) Super XL (Whey)

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23% 22.5%

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Calf Distinction (Skim)

For Further details Telephone 01387 750459

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 PURECLAD Hygienic

Class 1 Fire Rated PVC wall linings and ceiling systems. Milking parlours, dairies, food prep areas. All trims, colours, different thicknesses available. Fitting service. Trade enq welcome. Tel: 01282 779472 or 07710 934133.

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Livestock Equipment The stand alone hoof trimming squeeze type trimming crush




Call for further details

JT Universal

South Dyke, N. Yorks. DL8 5JU

GRANTS AVAILABLE Trailer & Static Refurbished Crushes For Sale Enquiries Welcome

Mobile. 07715 078 253 Email: Website:

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Intake pits Elevators Conveyors Floor store Filling systems

Static & trailer mounted also available. A Winder & Son Cumbria

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01963 370 044 React Environmental


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Award Winning Cordless Sheep Clipper. In aluminium carry case with 3 batteries, safety screws etc... Next Day Delivery or call 01874 636455



Current Trailers In Stock NOW: 14ft Tri-axle Cattle Trailer 12ft Twin-axle Trailer with Sheep Decks


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Silage Clamp Mats Cow Mats Portable Concrete Beds Concrete Drinking Troughs Agritubel Self Locking Yokes Cubicles Competative prices

Tel: 01994 419482

V12 Shearing

and crutching machine £345, Super Crook from NZ £30, Yoke for stand up dagging £190, Cordless sheep & cattle clipper £220. The sheep shearing equipment specialist. George Mudge & Co - Tel: 01822 615456 www. georgemudgeshearing.


with 2 strong LI-ION batteries. £228.95+vat. Tel: 01200 427419 www.

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Livestock Equipment BRAND NEW & UNUSED Fibreglass



COLOURED GARDEN HENS (15 BREEDS) JOHNSTONS HATCHERIES (since 1960) Fax: 02837 507333 Tel: 07791 772621 / 07968 761794 Hatching Eggs, Day old Chicks More Stocking Agents required Nationwide For our Point of lay Pullets P O LAY Warren and

Lohmann Brown Pullets


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Calf Hutches. Complete with fencing. A large selection of all animal and calf feeding equipment and all other associated products also available. Massive saving on list price Livestock Supplies Ltd. Tel: 07831 887531 or 01829 260328

cinated . Northern Pullet Rearers Ltd. - Tel: 01995 640482 (T)

EGG PACKING MATERIALS Trays, Pre-Packs plain and printed. Outer cases. Staples etc. All you need to present your eggs from

J. COULTHURST Bamber Bridge (01772) 623123


Nationwide delivery available. Tel: 07850 595569 (P)


and slat bars wanted Tel: 0776 8700504

Cumbria (P)


Growers available for Christmas Trade. July, August and September. White or Black sexed Hens. Baron Turkeys: 01928 716416 or 07768 603825 POL DUCKS Cherry Valley, Khaki and White Campbell, 300+ egg strains. Also POL Geese & ducklings available Call for details: 01829 730876 or 07892 910332

Nationwide Delivery (P)

Dairy Cattle MONTBELIARDE BULLS Pedigrees, ready to work. Tel: 07870 858829 Lancs


We are the best weekly title at farms of all sizes in the UK

DAIRY CATTLE FOR SALE A weekly selection of freshly calved & in-calf dairy cattle sourced from the UK.

Livestock Services

MARTLANDS Martlands Fallen Stock Collectors

All guaranteed and delivered anywhere in the UK Finance can be arranged.

Livestock Supplies Ltd Telephone: 07831 887531 or 01829 260328

Collecting stock throughout Lancashire and Cheshire.

Family owned and operated business for over 100 years. We are fully commited to maintaining the highest level of service at the most competitive prices. Our price match guarentee on any genuine quote. In this overly aggressive market place we will remain competitive to all our loyal customers; old and new. Supporting local family businesses is our future.


Office Phone: - 01704 893161






Plain, Cows & Bulls Wanted. with veterinary certificates direct to our own abattoir.

TEXT OR TELEPHONE STEPHEN: 07860 636 605 OFFICE: 01772 626 951 HIGH PEAK Cattle Scan-

ning Services. Contact David Astley Tel: 01457 863151 or Mobile 07976 773797 (T)


National plunge mobile sheep dipping service. Telephone James Kirkbride: 07860 362989

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CONCRETE GROOVING Neil O’Donnell -Tel: 01900 817009 or 07759 194600 Nationwide (T)

FOR SALE Good selection. From world renowned cow families

Tel: Michael Roberts on: 07970 222592 Nobold Holsteins - Shropshire (P)


Holstein Freisian Bulls For Sale Black & White and some Red & White Plenty to choose from - first come first served! Tel: Ray Brown 01477 532220 or 07885 652718 Cheshire (T)

Beef Cattle


Also casualty collection service

BAMBER BRIDGE Lancs, Cumbria, Cheshire. Yorkshire.

Deep Pedigree Very High Yields and Components SIRE 2 BROTHERS IN GENUS TB FREE HERD Tel: 07751 938932 or 01928 788058 (P)


Naturally reared and ready to work Well grown with good shape, easy calving. Used to Cubicles

BullsBorn Born To Bulls ToServe Serve

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Mobberley Aberdeen Angus Pedigree breeding bulls for sale

Well-shaped, easy calving, easy fleshing, grass based, ready to work. Contact Ian on 07900 922380 Mobberley, Cheshire WA16

Telephone: 01625 424284 Cheshire (P) AA ABBERTON ANGUS bulls & heif-

ers,TB1, biobest elite health 10 years accreditation IBR, BVD, Lepto Johnes - Tel: 01386 462534 or 07592 798555


has great quality bulls ready for work. 14 months to 2 years. Hi-Health herd. Tel: 07563 339979 YORK


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4 Purebred Polled Charolais Bulls


Quiet, easy to handle, well grown, ready to work


THE TREDON HERD - (Limousins)

HOMOZYGOUS POLLED CHOICE OF 6 RED OR BLACK • Good conformation & muscling • Exceptional temperament.

Tel: 07971 100093 Wakefield (P)

• High health status. TB4. • Ready For Work


07849 153733 or 01223 426412


Beef Cattle

Ribble Aberdeen-Angus

Buckhurst Aberdeen Angus

Limousin (Red & Black) & PRICES A range of genetics STARTING Charolais Bulls Availablefrom FROM Horned & Polled the top family lines in the£2500 15 months - 2 years old. UK and America. Good choice of Bulls. Easy Calving, Excellent Temperaments. Also a selection Limousin & Please feel freeofto contact Charolais Heifers For Sale

Richard – 07816 173689 Tel: 07889 137367 North Wales/Cheshire Border John – 07885 739120

ERVIE HEREFORDS Gilmartin Good strong bulls for sale. Running at grass & ready. Easy-calving & high health. Nationwide transport possible.

Pedigree Polled Hereford Bulls 3 Well bred, Halter trained Bulls 18 months - 2 years. Vaccinated for BVD + IBR, TB 4 Area Ervie bulls are line-bred & consistent, John Procter, producing valued beef calves from beef or Waterbeck. dairy females. Our customers demand sound 01461 600257 feet,Tel: high fertility & moderate birthweights. orfit07729 405369 Our bulls the bill for these traits plus more! Tel. Lockerbie John on 01776854226 (P)

FRESH REARING CALVES Available in suitable batches delivered to most parts of the country Continental Bull and Heifer calves 3-5 weeks old available now. Quality store cattle sourced directly from Welsh/Shropshire Borders Farms, delivered to your farm. Delivery Nationwide. Livestock Supplies Ltd TEL: 07831 887531 or 01829 260328 50Five | July 9, and 2021 Red

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Black Limousin stock bulls 17-22 months. Some Semen tested.

Pedigree Polled Hereford Bulls for Sale Quality bloodlines. TB4 area, tested free of BVD, Lepto & Johne’s. Tel 07388 034502 Cheshire

Lorabar Aberdeen Angus

Tel: 077157 64351


Easy calving, high growth, hihealth YOUNG BULLS top EBV’s Choice of 20 from our 180 cow herd For sale TB tested, hi health schemes, TB4 BVD & Lepto vacc. Call Henry easy calving, good EBV’s, 07866 222062 details on website still some superior Sires available. Tel:

Ready to work, delivered direct to your farm, very quiet, easy calving. Also females avaliable. Health monitored, closed Young bulls herd, full pedigree with for sale. each animal, Red tractor. Semen Available. Ready to

07999 527108 Derbyshire (P)


Uppermill Roman (4 years old) and Coldrochie Moby Dick (3 years old) TB4 & Johnes level 2

Tel: 07771 684 025 Cumbria (P)

Bulls and select Females for Sale from a high health herd, with fully registered pedigrees. Ainstable Hall BELGIAN BLUE X LIMOUSIN BULLS Further details can be seen on: legs Good and round Contact: Paul on 07730095062 or backends 07967 412285 01768 896647 Carlisle

FOR SALE FROM LEESEMANOR BEEF Quality, home-bred Limousin cross ABERDEEN British Blue young cowsANGUS and heifers,

with Lim x and BB x calves at foot. WORKING BULLSLim & HEIFERS THE Also two excellent x BritishFROM Blue bulls. ADREFELYN HERD ALWAYS AVAILABLE. Eager for work, all quiet, TB tested and ready to go. TELEPHONE: 01978 780368 ALWAYS NEGATIVE FOR TB OR 01978 07986832142 113221 Wilf 664418 Lomas -OR 01606 (P) or WREXHAM 07769704628 TOP PEDIGREE REGISTERED HEREFORD BULLS AND HEIFERS.

work. Good EBV’s . DIEULACRESSE Good types. PEDIGREES Performance recorded 1 Pedigree Hereford bull - 30 months older -Big strong bull proven worker. BVD and Health, TB & DNA tested. 1 Pedigree Aberdeen Angus Bull Johnes - 14 months old Also a selection of Pedigree Hereford Maiden and accredited. In-calf Heifers For Sale Tel: 01538 300331 or 07968 622950

Contact Colin Montgomery Staffs (P)


PEDIGREE LIMOUSINS Lochwinnoch PA12 4JP FOR SALE Bulls & females

TREDON LIMOUSINS available - Fenomen PEDIGREE LIMOUSIN BREEDING BULLS bloodlines Easy calving strain, good confirmation, nice temperaments Tel: 07968 505014 Derbyshire (P)


Homo - All calves will be born without Horns. GoodPolled temperament. Working well. Also Heterozgous Polled. IMPORTANT NOTICE Only for sale as will come Choice back on of hisRed own& Black, of 10. TOChoice ADVERTISERS heifers next year. Good conformation and temperament. Although every advertisement TB4 area High health status. TB4. is carefully checked, Tel: 01964 Ready For Work occasionally mistakes do occur. 543675 Yorks (P) therefore ask advertisers Tel: 07849 153733 orWe 01223 426412 to assist by checking their Cambridgeshire (P) advertisements carefully and advise us immediately should an error occur. We regret that we cannot PEDIGREE HEREFORDS FOR SALE accept responsibility for more than ONE INCORRECT insertion and that no re-publication will be granted Beef X Cows in the case of typographical or minor changes which do with 2 to not affect the value of the advertisement. Bulls ready for work 6 months While every endeavour will be Excellent choice of bulling heifers made to meet the wishes of calvesElite at Status foot High Health, TB4 the advertisers, the publisher does not guarantee North Yorkshire 01756 720210 - 0777 99insertion 20202 of any particular advertisement.


Tel: 07870 364643 20 BRITISH BLUE X FRIESIAN HEIFERS 8-9 months old

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We believe there is a simpler and fairer way to work together with wool farmers, and that’s why we are challenging the traditional UK wool sourcing systems.


GALASHIELS: 14th of June through to the 30th July PERTH: 14th of June through to the 24th of September 07836 547987 MUIRKIRK: 14th of June through to the 24th September 01290 661258 HUNTLY: 10th of August through to the 19th of August 07836 547987 LAIRG: 23rd of August through to the 31st of August 07836 547987 Please phone to book your wool in to each depot. If you would like to supply Brannach Olann with your wool, please contact; Alan Walsh: 07836 547987 (Scotland, Ireland & Wales) or Tom Watson: 07950 314319 (England)


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types required. Full payment. L.Pierce Wool Merchant: North England - Grace Dobson 07840 957803 or South England - John Wood 07980 655637

Beltex X Texel X Charollais Shearling Rams Excellent conformation, tight skins, ready for work. Heptavac P Contact Mr Brocklehurst on 07764 196462 or 01260 223338 Nr Congleton

Animal Health

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Wednesday 21st July At 2.30pm (Viewing From 9.30am) Catalogues now available on our website or from Lawrie & Symington 01555 662281 Current govt Covid 19 guidelines will be adhered to and anyone wishing to attend should register on our website in advance.

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SPONSORED COMPETITION The Blue Texel Sheep Society brings you the 2021 sheep stockjudging in with the chance of winning £250 plus a £250 ram voucher. Second and


Test your skills and you could win £250 plus a £250 ram voucher


he Farmers Guardian stockjudging competition is back for 2021, sponsored by the Blue Texel Sheep Society. To enter the competition, simply place the four ewe and lamb outfits in the same order as the professional judge, fill in the entry form and return it to us by August 10, 2021. Alternately, you can enter by going online at sheepstockjudging. The sender of the first correct entry selected at random will receive £250 plus a £250 ram voucher. Second and third prize winners will receive ram vouchers for £150 and £100, respectively. The ram vouchers can be redeemed at any of the society sales.

History The Blue Texel breed was first recognised and recorded in Holland in the 1970s, with blue lambs being born to white Texel parents.








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The Blue Texel was then established to create a breed independent from its original source. The Blue Texel has been bred in the UK for more than 20 years, but it was quickly discovered from the early days that the attributes this relatively new breed possesses would make it appealing to both pedigree and commercial farmers. The demand for Blue Texels is soaring, with Blue Texel rams rapidly gaining popularity with the commercial farmer.

About the sponsor The society says Blue Texel rams are the terminal sire which ticks all the boxes: l Easy lambing: The breed is noted for its easy lambing capabilities due to its finer bone and smaller heads. Resulting lambs are strong, vigorous and up and sucking soon after birth. These aspects ensure a decrease in labour and therefore cost of production at lambing time, making the breed an ideal replacement from conventional sires l Carcase quality: Blue Texel sheep have excellent conformation, higher

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lean meat yield, limited fat coverage, higher killing out percentage, and lambs regularly achieve premium U and E grade carcases, leading to increased liveweight and deadweight returns l More than 90 per cent of Blue Texel-sired lambs to commercial ewes are born white l Growth rates: Capable of producing fast-growing heavy lambs from a grass-based diet l Replacements: High percentage of Blue Texel-sired ewe lambs can be retained for replacements Source: Blue Texel Sheep Society


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SPONSORED COMPETITION competition. Pit your skills against a professional livestock judge and be third prize winners will receive ram vouchers for £150 and £100. Blue Texel Society Sheep Stockjudging Competition entry form Title:

First name:

Surname: Address:



Year of birth:

Telephone number: Email: Are you the main decision-maker on farm? Yes No


Primary occupation (tick one box only): Farm Manager Tenant Farmer Agronomist/Adviser Other


Farm Owner Farm Worker Contractor Student Secondary occupation: (tick one box only): Farm Owner Farm Worker Contractor Student

Farm Manager Tenant Farmer Agronomist/Adviser Other 0




100-199 200-299 300-399 400-499



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Return by August 10, 2021, to: Sheep Stockjudging Competition, Farmers Guardian, Unit 4, Fulwood Business Park, Caxton Road, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 9NZ.


Terms and conditions: 1. The competition (prize draw) is open to UK residents (aged 18 years or over), with the exception of ‘employees’ or ‘relatives of employees’ of AgriBriefing or Holstein UK. 2. Inclusion in the prize draw is subject to registration. 3. Entry to the draw will close August 10, 2021. 4. Only one entry per person is permitted. 5. Winners will be selected at random from all valid and correctly answered entries. 6. The judge’s decision is final. No correspondence or discussion shall be entered into. 7. Prize is non-refundable and no prize alternative available. 8. Completion of the entry form implies acceptance of these terms and conditions. Data Protection: Information you supply to AgriBriefing may be used for publication (where you provide details for inclusion in our directories or catalogues and on our websites) and also to provide you with information about our products or services in the form of direct marketing activity by phone, fax or post. If at any time you no longer wish to receive anything from AgriBriefing, or to have your data made available to third parties, please write to the Data Protection Co-ordinator, AgriBriefing, Farmers Guardian, Unit 4, Fulwood Business Park, Caxton Road, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 9NZ, or email


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Dogs & Pets




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Reconciling development with environment

Farms & Property

Will Taylor from Loxton Land


here is a growing emphasis being placed on the value of ‘natural capital’ in both the global and domestic political arenas. Environmental commodities which relate to water quality, carbon sequestration and biodiversity which may have historically been dismissed as having no tangible value are now being recognised for their public benefits. Increasingly these environmental goods are being measured and valued, thereby allowing them to be bought and sold. The introduction of the Environmental Land Management scheme is a sign of the Government’s growing focus on environmental protection. However, beyond this, the value of natural capital is being driven by other new regulations coming from the public sector which is resulting in emerging marketplaces in the private sector, both of which create diversification opportunities for landowners. One example includes the nitrate and phosphate trading platforms that have been expanding from the south coast of England up into Wiltshire and the Somerset Levels. These have emerged as Natural England is forcing local authorities to ensure development in their district has a neutral effect on water quality. Another rapidly growing market is around biodiversity net gain (BNG). The Environment Bill is currently passing through Parliament and when it becomes law it will require all new developments to demonstrate that they create at least a 10 per cent net gain in biodiversity. Carbon sequestration can play a significant role in mitigating carbon emission in the future. Landowners are already being approached to enter into long-term agreements whereby in exchange for annual payments or a lump sum, landowners undertake specific management practices that are, intended to sequester a certain amount of carbon. These regulations are being enforced at the planning stage of a proposed scheme, meaning developers cannot get planning

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permission without having secured the solution to these obstacles first. While the Government has chosen to use the Environment Bill and other legislation as the ‘stick’ to force us to value our natural capital, it is the private sector which is creating the ‘carrot’ to deliver the solutions; in the form of marketplaces for the trading of environmental or conservation ‘credits’ or ‘units’. Landowners whose land may not be suitable for development due to physical constraints, or its remote location, can now benefit indirectly from a planning permission in their nearby town or village and benefit the environment at the same time by selling credits and thereby providing developers and housebuilders with the ability to offset the impacts of their development. In many instances, the payments for these credits can outweigh the gross margin that would otherwise be earned from farming the land. The agreements can run from one year to 30-plus years and can be set up in a way which does not prejudice your capital taxation position. As subsidies are phased out, the opportunity to secure long-term and stable income from the sale of environmental credits is becoming more attractive. It seems inevitable that initiatives like those relating to BNG are likely to become more onerous on developments moving forward. This creates growing opportunities for landowners who are seeking to diversify their income, be paid to invest in regenerative agriculture and make environmental improvements. Will Taylor is director at Loxton Land. Call 01225 904 903, or email

Grade 1 arable land with woodland • Available as a whole or in up to 2 lots • For sale by private treaty • Vacant possession available • In all about 60.47 acres (24.47 hectares) • Guide Price – OIEO £600,000 (as a whole) Chester 01244 409668

Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire – About 264 acres

A SUPERB COMMERCIAL MIXED FARMING ENTERPRISE First class 24,955 Turkey Unit, biomass boiler, buildings, 3 bed cottage, Modern livestock/fodder storage buildings, Grade 2/3 mainly arable, grass & woodland, Superior brick barns for development, 2 bed barn conversion. Available as a whole or in 4 lots - POA Nick Champion 01584 810555 | JSA R G & R B Williams 01989 567233

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Lot 1 – A substantial detached period farmhouse in a rural location requiring modernisation and


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7 GOOD QUALITY LOW MILEAGE PICKUPS FROM MIDDLE FARM 4X4S 2014 MITSUBISHI 4 WORK 32000 miles no frills plenty of value though £10400 +vat ono


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Sites of 1- 1000 acres required for residential development. If you think that your land has potential for development, or you have been approached by a developer, then you will need expert advice that is not available at traditional sources. Michael Rutherford is a specialist agent acting and negotiating for landowners. Contact me for a confidential and expert consultation at no cost. All areas of the UK covered.

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FENDT 724 PR OFI P LUS c/w front links pto, 50 kph air brakes, 5 spools, isobus, push out hitch, front & cab sus, command center, command arm air seat, electric mirrors, year 2017, 4,997 hrs,



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c/w 30 ft header, 4wd, straw chopper, side winder, air con, command arm air seat, pass seat, year 2008, 2,743 engine hours, 2,142 drum hours,



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c/w front & cab suspension, 3 spools, push out hitch, auto drive, eco pto, pass seat, air seat, 40 kph eco, year 2009, 7,653 hours,

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c/w jd 633 loader on euro, c/w mf 946 loader on euros, 2 spools, push out hitch, 3 spools, push out hitch, big pass seat, air con, roof hy pump, air con, air seat, hatch, year 2012, 7,060 pass seat, year 2016, 2,800 hours, hours, £31,500



c/w pick up hitch, boom suspension, on jcb q fit with hy locking, air con, year 2013, 7,320 hours,

c/w grain bucket pallet forks, pick up hitch, boom suspension, air con, air seat, year 2008, 4,704 hours,







c/w rear links pto, 4 spools, front track weights, front weights, isobus, auto guide ready, command arm air seat, command center, pass seat, year 2015, 5,987 hours

c/w jcb q fit with hy locking, pick up hitch, air con, air seat, year 2018, 3,195 hours, year 2019,


c/w 25ft powerflow header & header trailer, straw chopper, chaff spreader, auto air con, command arm air seat, 1,870 engine hours, 1,566 drum hours one owner from new year 2013, £58,850

c/w 50 kph, air brakes, front & cab suspension, push out hitch, 4 spools, front links, command center, air con, command arm air seat, pass seat, year 2014 7,862 hours,

c/w pick up hitch, jcb q fit with hy locking, boom suspension, cab suspension, year 2019, 1,940 hours,

c/w stoll loader on euros, 2 spools, push out hitch, power quad transmission, air con, eco pto, pass seat, roof hatch, year 2002, 9,268 hours,




c/w front weights 4wd, 2 spools, air con, year 2014, 3,853 hours,

c/w mx loader, push out hitch, 2 spools, year 2003, 6,318 hours




c/w 4 spools, front & cab suspension, air brakes, 50 kph, eco pto, command arm air seat, pass seat, air con, year 2018, 3,580 hours,


c/w front & cab suspension, 3 spools, push out hitch, eco pto 40 kph eco transmission, auto drive, air con, pass seat, year oct 2009 only 3,156 hours from new, £39,500

JCB 535 95

c/w pick up hitch, air con, pallet forks, jcb q fit, year 2014, 4,140 hours,



c/w 25 ft header, with trailer, straw choper, chaff spreder, year 2009, 1,908 drum hours, 2,442 engine hours,



c/w q66 loader on euros, front & cab suspension, 50 kph, air brakes, power quad plus, transmission, push out hitch, command center, pass seat, isobus, roof hatch, year 2017, 3,164 hours, £75,500


c/w front & cab suspension, 50 kph, air brakes, 4 manual spools, push out hitch, command arm air seat, air con, air seat, year 2012, 5,999 hours,



c/w 40 kph transmission, pick up hitch, pallet forks, jcb q fit with hy locking, boom suspension, led lights, air con, air seat, year 2016, 2,979 hours,



c/w 2 spools, air con, air seat, year 2006, 6,663 hours,



c/w 3 spools, 4wd, front links pto, chreep box, air con, air seat, like new, year 2018 ony 336 hours,





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Edited by Alex Heath – 07814 997 407 – Combi-drills carry out most of the farm’s drilling, with homemade coulters (inset) attached to four- and six-metre Maschio power harrows.

For one farm, the use of homemade front tanks and toolbars allows for maximum flexibility when drilling, with varying soil types and tight weather windows posing the major challenges. Alex Heath finds out more.

A drill for every occasion


arming 607 hectares in the borderlands of Cambridgeshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk, Robert Gent is not afraid of developing his own drilling weapons. In fact, in conjunction with sons Will and Fred, the team has built an arsenal of drilling firepower, designed to tackle every soil and weather type that is presented during the busy autumn drilling period. Mr Gent says: “Our land ranges from the lightest of silt soils to the heaviest of clays and everything in between, meaning a single drill is not an effective option for us. Where one of the shelf drills excels, another is ineffective and means a lot of money

is parked up in drills that only get used on parts of the farm. “Coupled to this, we generally start drilling in the second week of October, in an effort to combat black-grass, but conditions have generally deteriorated by then or are beginning to, which means we need the capacity to get on with drilling as and when we can.”

Concept Mr Gent started building his own drills in 2014 and uses front tanks as the basis of the concept. “With a front tank, it makes designing a drill much simpler and cheaper as all the seed storage and metering is already in place, A Kuhn Prolander has been converted to allow it to drill.


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We now have a drill for every condition, crop type and soil type, that allows us the ultimate in flexibility allowing more time to go into planning the rear implement. In addition, weight distribution is better and, in some instances, because the rear implement is lighter, a lighter tractor can be used. “The first front hopper I built was off a Lely drill. Latterly, we have used Accord fertiliser spreaders as the base for the front hoppers. We have one that has been used for a few seasons and we are currently building another. “I like the Accord spreaders as the front slopes down giving better visibility. It is also cheaper to use an old fertiliser spreader than fabricate a hopper. The last one I bought is from 2002, but it is immaculate and cost just £2,000. “While the other hoppers have

ROBERT GENT radar for the metering, the one we a currently building is having GPS metering put on it, with Topcon Artemis used. We have also gone with a different Venturi system, using horizontal Venturis as they are easier to calibrate and do not require the seed pipes to be routed through the hopper.

Seed flow “However, they only come in one orientation, so we have had to modify one so pipes are not going all over the place, which could restrict the flow of seed and air and make the hopper look messy. A hydraulic Weaving fan is used for air, which has more than enough flow to push beans back from

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WORKSHOP MACHINERY The homemade front tanks.

This oilseed rape drill uses many of the principles found on a John Deere 750A drill.

two metering systems, even when drilling at 350kg/ha.” In all, not including the time spent making it, Mr Gent says the new hopper will have cost £8,000. Half of that is made up of the GPS metering system. With the flexibility offered by front tanks and the fact all metering has been taken care of, Mr Gent has built and modified a wide range of cultivation and coulter options. “We have often found off-theshelf machines are not heavy enough to penetrate into the clay soils to get an even sowing depth and establishment, so one of the first types of drill we made was on the back of a power harrow. The first one we built has been sold but we still have four and six metre versions, both built on the back of Maschio power harrows.” While he takes inspiration from other drills, Mr Gent says he likes to build them so they use more steel and are generally heavier duty. All parts are laser cut by a local firm and assembled on-farm. The power harrow drills use an Accord distribution head, with wearing metal from Vaderstad. “The Vaderstad coulter is proven to work well, with accurate seed placement and longevity. We take a disc and bearing, then make the arm and seed tube bracket. Discs run at a six-degree angle and are spaced 166mm apart. “We find Weaving pipes are the best to transport the seed. Discs are staggered over two rows to allow for trash and heavy soil flow. “It has never blocked up, the packer roller on the power harrow tends to be the limiting factor in sticky conditions. It costs us about £100 to make each coulter, which includes original wearing parts.”

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Drilling oilseed rape is now taken care of by a custom-built toolbar that takes inspiration from the farm’s old John Deere 750A drill. “The 750A was a good drill but was mainly used for drilling the OSR. We wanted something simpler and cheaper to run, but lots of the 750A’s components are used, or variations of.” The base of the drill is a Lely folding power harrow frame. This was widened to accommodate 18 seeding units, spaced 400mm apart. Every coulter has hydraulic downforce.

cultivator, so it can drill. This will be a last resort drill as it is able to work in most conditions, but we think it will be ideal for drilling beans. “We made a simple seed boot that bolts onto the back of the leg, using the existing mounting bolt. “We now have a drill for every

condition, crop type and soil type, that allows us the ultimate in flexibility without the outlay of new machines that only work on part of the farm. The front tanks for us are the key as they have a better weight distribution and allow a specific toolbar to be used on the rear.”

Depth control At the front for depth control is a maize wheel found on JD maize drills in the US. This is half the width of the wheel typically found on 750As over here. Grange discs on SKF Agri Hubs are used to open the seed slot, with a Sumo seed boots putting the seed down. At the back a pair of Guttler rings also mounted on SFK bearings are used to firm the seeded area. “The drill works very well, putting the seed into moisture with minimal disturbance,” says Mr Gent. The farm is not all about building their own drills, with plenty of modifications also taking place. The farm recent bought a Weaving Sabre Tine drill, the first by the manufacturer to come without a tank. However, the farm has since modified it with new seed tubes, better suited to their soils. “We are trying to direct drill more crops, so reducing the amount of disturbance is important. We have made new seed tubes for the Sabre Tine that are longer and narrower. This gives better placement of the seed and less soil boil. “In addition, we have also modified our 6m Kuhn Prolander tine

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MACHINERY CEREALS As one of the first face-to-face events for the best part of 18 months, Cereals, held near Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire, had a real buzz about it, with manufacturers and prospective purchasers out in force. Alex Heath reports.

Cereals 2021: Back with a bang KRM NEU-P TINE DRILL KRM launched its Neu-P power harrow mounted tine drill. Using the firm’s Elite tine coulters with springs for downforce, the manufacturer says the demand is high for a drill that works in all conditions, but especially after late harvested root crops. Tines are staggered over three rows to aid trash flow. On three- and four-metre rigid models a pressurised tank

features on top, while folding 4m and 6m versions are also available, in combination with its Ora front tank. Seed is metered through the firm’s Elektra metering unit, which is IsoBus controlled and allows for variable rate seeding. The 3m version on show needs a tractor of about 150hp, mainly for lifting and retails at £27,040, while the Kratos power harrow underneath costs £15,640.

HE-VA TOP CUTTER SOLO COVER CROP DESTROYER HE-VA showed its new cover crop destruction machine, the Top Cutter Solo. While it already has crop rollers on some of its cultivation kit, this is a standalone machine which can be used on the front of a tractor ahead of a drill. Two 400mm diameter rotors feature, each with six Hardox blades arranged in a spiral

formation to chop and destroy growing plants. It is available in three- to six-metre working widths, with folding machines equipped with accumulators to allow the wings to float. Rotors are mounted on rubber blocks for suspension and sealed bearings feature throughout. The range kicks off at £8,554 for the 3m version.

SYNGENTA 3D90 LOW DRIFT NOZZLES FOR the past four years, Syngenta has been developing its 3D90 low drift nozzles, in collaboration with Pentair Hypro. The show included demonstrations of the nozzles which the company hopes will soon be commercially available. The company claims drift is reduced by 90 per cent and a pre-orifice means that it is compatible with pulse width modulation systems and does

not need air induction. Nozzles have a 55-degree angle and are arranged to point forwards and backwards for optimum coverage. The company says the nozzles are ideally suited to pre-em and T3 applications and will be popular with potato growers for blight spraying. They come with an integral snap cap and will be available in sizes 03, 035, 04, 05, 06 and 08.

HARDI AEON CENTURA LINE TRAILED SPRAYER HARDI used the show to launch the high spec Aeon Centura Line trailed sprayer. Available in 4,200- or 5,200-litre capacities, booms range from 24 to 39 metres. Air brakes, hydraulic suspension, sprung drawbar and steering wheels with pivoting mudguards are all standard, as is a ball hitch on the larger model. On the lefthand side is the work zone, which features a touch screen terminal, 76 | JULY 9 2021

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rapid filling induction hopper and work lights under the panels. On the right is the tech zone, with a 450 litres/minute pump and all the filters. The design means a low centre of gravity, but still gets 810mm of crop clearance when shod on 520/85 R46 tyres. AutoSelect Duo also features which allows automatic nozzle changes in response to changing speeds or weather conditions.

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VOGELSANG SYREN SLURRY ACIDIFIER FRESH out of Denmark and onto the Vogelsang stand was the SyreN system. The company says the acidification of slurry is becoming a widespread practice in regions of Europe. The premise is that at a pH of 6.4 ammonia turns to ammonium and becomes less volatile, reducing the amount that gets into the atmosphere, which even with a trailing shoe can be up to 15 per cent, according to the company. The SyreN system has a pH meter

installed onto the applicator which measures how acidic the slurry is. On the front of the tractor is a cradle and pump system that carries and dispenses sulphuric acid from an IBC. The acid is piped to the rear and added to the slurry just before the macerator. The company says typically three to four litres of acid is used per cu.m of slurry with the added benefit of sulphur being added to the soil. The system can be used with tankers or umbilical setups and costs about £65,000.

IZONA IPASS DIRECT DRILL DUBBED as the next step for existing Mzuri customers and a high output option for existing direct drillers and plough-based systems, the Izona iPass is a new brand from Mzuri’s founder Martin Lole. The coulter is the main point of difference, with a disc cutting through trash allowing a winged tine that can put down fertiliser, to run about 20mm deeper than the following seeding tine. The wing tine tills the seeding area and both tines are joined with a parallel

linkage. A V-shaped press wheel consolidates the seeded area. The 7,000-litre tank is pressurised and split 60:40 in favour of seed, with metering carried out with the manufacturer’s own units. An 18-tonne braked axle is used. Wheels on the front are used for pressure sensing, and adjust the tractors lower link arms to maintain seeding depth. The drill is available in six- and eight-metre widths and has the choice of 250 and 333mm row spacings.

AGRIBRINK TYRE INFLATION SYSTEM RICHARD Larrington Trailers has secured has secured the UK thefranchise UK franchise for the Canadian for the Canadian built AgriBrink built AgriBrink tyre inflation tyre inflation system. system. The trailer The trailer manufacturer was tasked with building low ground pressure trailers, initially with tracks. However, this is an expensive and innately heavy solution says the firm. Instead it says that tyre technology has enabled it to use VF flotation tyres, but finding a quick and effective way of releasing pressure when in field

and increasing it for road transport proved anproved transport issue. an issue. Cue the introduction of the AgriBrink system. Fitted on a tractor’s front linkage, a 200cfm screw vane compressor powered by the tractor’s power beyond hydraulic circuit, primes two 60-litre tanks to nine bar. Four tractor tyres and six trailer tyres can be pressurised for the road in about two minutes and individual pressures for each axle can be selected. The system costs from £16,950.

AGXEED AGBOT AUTONOMOUS TRACTOR BREAKING ground for the first time publicly in the UK was the AgXeed AgBot autonomous tractor. Still in its testing phase, a working demonstration showed visitors a glimpse of what the future could look like. The drivetrain is diesel-electric, with a fourcylinder, 4.1-litre Deutz engine, developing 156hp and 610Nm

powering electric motors that transmit power to the tracks, which range from 300 to 910mm wide. Track width can be altered from 1,800 to 3,200mm depending on the width of the tracks and the chassis

type. Maximum speed of the robot is 13.5kph. It was kitted out with a Lemken Topas tine cultivator on the front and Heliodor compact disc harrow on the rear, making use of the

three- and eight-tonne lift capacities, respectively. Attached implements fold over the top of the robot for transport. It is expected that the autonomous tractors will be available in 2022.

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MACHINERY CEREALS ALPLER GSR5 SPREADER TURKISH machinery manufacturer Alpler was introduced to the UK at the LAMMA Show in 2020. With a wide range of cultivation, drilling, grassland and application equipment, it was its new GSR5 lime and fertiliser spreader which took pride of place on its stand. Designed by Transpread, a stainless steel hopper with a

five-tonne capacity features. A chain and slat conveyor in the bottom is powered by a ground wheel transporting material rearward to hydraulically powered spinning discs. Spread width is up to 36 metres and it sits on 400/60R22.5 tyres. The manufacturer makes spreaders from 3t to 20t capacities, with the 5t machine costing about £19,000.

CHAFER INTERCEPTOR HYDRAULIC TRACK WIDTH ADJUSTMENT CHAFER has added hydraulic track width adjustment to its Interceptor self-propelled sprayers. The system is operated from the cab and allows for front and rear track width targets to be set. This means the wheels can run in one set of wheelings or offset to

SKY EASY DRILL DIRECT DRILL AS a result of demand for wider working widths, Sky now offers an eight-metre version of its Easy Drill. The coulter design and principle of the machine remain the same, however, it has been beefed up to accommodate the increase in ground covered. Up top a 5,100-litre split hopper features, with moveable baffle. Underneath two of the

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manufacturer’s Accord type metering units are used, with rotary non return valves used to keep air out of the hopper. There is the option to add an additional pair of 120-litre hoppers for small seeds and microgranular fertiliser, which is dropped into the main air stream. Row spacing is 166mm and it retails at £154,656.

reduce compaction and damage. The track width can be altered by 420mm and linear transducers within the hydraulic cylinders give an accuracy of 0.5mm. To set up the operator must drive forwards at 3kph to 5kph and the axle extends or retracts.

GRANGE GLL LOW DISTURBANCE SUBSOILER GRANGE displayed its full range of subsoiling gear, including the recently developed GLL standing for grassland loosener, designed for low disturbance subsoiling in grass and arable rotations. The three-metre machine comes with hydraulically adjustable cutting discs ahead of the subsoiling legs. Six legs feature, staggered over two rows, giving

500mm point-to-point spacings. There are three wing widths; 40, 60 and 80mm all of which come with tungsten coating and obstacle protection is provided by either shear bolts or hydraulic reset. At the rear there is the choice of a toothed packer or shoulder ring packer. Depth adjustment is via pins on the packer and legs. The machine is priced from £11,500.

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AGRIWELD MIN-DISC CULTIVATOR AGRIWELD showed its complete range of cultivation kit, which has been steadily growing over the past two years. All models use the same attaching bracket which features a hook and two bolt holes and legs, which use Sumo wearing parts. The Min-Disc is a three-metre mounted machine featuring legs and discs and the only machine in the manufacturer’s portfolio designed for incorporation. Six legs on the front are spaced 500mm apart and can be fitted with hydraulic reset or the firm’s

shear bar design. This sees two lugs holding a machined bar in place with linch pins. When an obstacle is hit, the bar pulls apart. Advantages over shear bolts include toolless changing and no dropped metal, according to the company. Two rows of 508mm diameter discs follow. A shouldered ring roller follows behind and features teeth that help the roller to turn and put a small depression in the bottom of the ridge for water infiltration. It costs from £18,695.

LANQUIP PICKUP DEMOUNT SPRAYER DESIGNED for pickups and UTVs is the latest small sprayer from Landquip. With four-metre booms and a 200-litre tank, installation into a vehicle takes minutes. The sprayer features manual pressure regulation and comes with a 12-volt electric pump of 15, 20 or 25 litres/minute. The model on show also came with a separate hand wash tank. It costs about £2,000.

AMAZONE PANTERRA 4504 SELF-PROPELLED SPRAYER THE first of Amazone’s new Panterra 4504 self-propelled sprayers graced its stand. With a lot of the tech taken from its UX trailed sprayers a new induction bowl with jet in the bottom for powder and granule mixing has been added. In addition, the firm has also added a seven way pressure tap that only allows liquid to access the selected route when it is locked in place.

The fuel tank has been moved to allow a double piston diaphragm pump with a capacity of 520 litres/minute to be used, which is claimed to be quieter and more reliable with more suction and capacity. In the cab, the firm’s AmaDrive terminal has been added allowing for spray and vehicle functions to be displayed on two screens.

LEMKEN KARAT QUICK CHANGE POINTS LEMKEN has introduced a quickchange system for its Karat tine cultivators. The company says there is an increase in demand for multiple points on its cultivator, transforming it from a deep ripping tool to a shallow weed destroyer. As a result, a boot can be fitted to points and shares that allows a single pin to hold them onto the leg. A tap with a hammer and they fall off. The company says the wearing metal on a four-metre machine can be swapped over in less than 10 minutes with the

system and allows it to be a more versatile machine.

HOUSEHAM SELF-PROPELLED SPRAYER UPDATES HOUSEHAM was showing its recently updated Harrier self-propelled sprayer, with the introduction of the X10 cab from Claas. Standard features of the cab include automatic air conditioning, bluetooth radio, three-way tilting steering column and adjustable sun blinds on all windows. There is also a larger buddy seat with a 27-litre fridge housed underneath. All of the vehicle and boom controls have been integrated into the cab’s original controls. The firm has also redesigned the mirrors to improve access, fitted LED work lights and installed a hydraulic-folding ladder with a controller integrated into the park brake.

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The Graham family keeps 220 cows at Angus Well Farm, Carlisle.

Last year the Graham family, Cumbria, won the Holstein UK Master Breeder award for the quality of their Heathersgill dairy herd. Wendy Short speaks to Lee Graham about the cattle breeding policy and his plans for the herd’s future.

Genetic progress for Master Breeder herd


ee Graham was given the responsibility for breeding decisions and sent on a DIY artificial insemination course at the age of 16 and he has never looked back. Now in his early forties, he attributes the considerable genetic progress which has been made to his keen interest in dairy cow breeding and individual female mating policy. A wide range of bulls are used on the 220-cow herd at Angus Well Farm, Carlisle, and there are as many as 30 separate cow families, all of which contain up to 14 generations

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of VG or EX. Some 55 females have classified EX, with more than 100 awarded VG status. One or two dairy bulls are sold each year, usually at the Border and Lakeland Holstein Club sale at Carlisle and to an average of about 2,500gns.

Top price Meanwhile, sexed semen produces a surplus of heifers and 30-40 are marketed freshly calved, either privately or at the breed society sales. The top price to date is 2,800gns, with a sale last December achieving an average 2,500gns. The all-year-round calving herd has been closed for a decade, with

the exception of a few bought-in embryos. The rolling average yield is 11,667kg at 4.3 per cent butterfat and 3.25 per cent protein, with a herd calving interval of 385 days. The cows are milked twice daily and milk is sold to Arla on a manufacturing contract. Some 80 per cent genomic sires were used when the technology first became available. However, more recently the split between genomic and proven bulls has been roughly 50:50. One of Mr Graham’s brothers, Richard, works for Worldwide Sires so most of their selected bulls come from this source. Their picks include Hanley, Siemers Doc Hanan,

Farnear Delta-Lambda, Stantons Chief, Siemers Parsley, Renegade, Sandy-Valley Pharo, Delaberge Pepper and Larcrest Captivating. “I am a supporter of genomics as I believe it is a useful tool,” says Mr Graham, who farms with his brother Greg, parents Peter and Gill, and his wife Dawn. “The only reason for the change in emphasis was because the quality of proven bulls has escalated over the past few years. This has bridged the divide and provided strong competition. I expect we will move to the genomic testing of heifers, but at the moment the extra expense cannot be justified.

Health trait “Genomic testing has made a significant contribution towards health trait information, especially cell count scores, lameness, reproduction figures and pregnancy rates. In some ways, decision-making has become more difficult because of the wealth of available data.” He makes one minor point against genomic testing. “Its introduction has narrowed the sire gene pool to a degree. Therefore I like to use an outcross bull on occasion. Renegade fitted the bill because he has completely different sire stock from the current

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Left to right: Lee and Dawn Graham with children Scarlett (seven) and Liam (nine), parents Peter and Gill and brother Greg Graham.

Farm facts

Genomic testing has made a significant contribution towards health trait information LEE GRAHAM herd bloodlines. He is on the right side of the linear average, with larger teat size, greater curve to the leg and lower pins. “I have no set criteria for bull selection and will use any sire if I think it has qualities that will suit an individual female, although it must not have a negative effect on herd longevity. I will not pick a bull with an unfavourable mastitis score, for example. Nevertheless, I am prepared to accept a minor fault if a particular bull has the potential to bring about an overall improvement. “Bulls are selected using their country of origin figures, rather than the UK conversions. I feel this presents a more accurate perspective, because there appears to be some variation in how the figures are converted. It is possible that this factor may exaggerate negative elements of the profile.” Mr Graham finds it hard to narrow down his cow families into half

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■ The farm comprises 81 hectares (200 acres), with a further 61ha (150 acres) rented ■ Lee and Greg Graham are fourth-generation dairy farmers at Angus Well Farm ■ The total mixed ration includes maize, wholecrop cereals and grass silage ■ Cows are fed for maintenance plus 27 litres in feed passages ■ The total feed rate is 0.3kg/litre, which includes in-parlour supplementation ■ Heifers are calved at 22-24 months

a dozen favourites, but when pressed he mentions Squaw, Bubbles, Cherry Pie/Cherish, Ezra, Donna and Bella. One or two top performers are flushed each year. “I am looking to breed a female of a workable size and I do not get hung up on stature when making a choice.

Calves at the start of weaning.

Powerful “The main aims are to milk a wide, powerful animal with a dairy frame and good legs and udder. High type and production figures are also important, of course. Out of the most recent batch of heifers, 23 out of the 32 animals were classified VG, with the point score ranging from 81-88. “Uniformity is not a primary consideration, but I always keep in mind the type of cow I am aiming to produce. Therefore, progress develops in a natural way. “Flexibility is needed to keep moving forward. In the past I was JULY 9 2021 | 81

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Calves at three to four weeks of age.

looking for 50 tonnes over five lactations, but today’s target is 60t over five lactations. I aim for first-lactation heifers to produce 800kg of fat and protein and for second-calved or older cows to produce 1,000kg of fat and protein. That is over a 305-day lactation.” This flexible approach is likely to embrace environmental considerations, when Mr Graham is considering future cattle breeding decisions. “For the past three years we have produced a carbon footprint for the herd at the request of our milk buyer. The results were highly positive, although there is still room for improvement, of course. As technology develops and farming moves further in this direction, methane production may have an influence on breeding objectives.” The carbon footprint exercises have heightened awareness of the use of antibiotics, which were administered as a blanket treatment for dry cows until 2018. “The new regime for dry cows is to use only a teat sealant, if the cell count has been below 180 and they have been mastitis-free. Milking

Uniformity is not a primary consideration, but I always keep in mind the type of cow I am aiming to produce LEE GRAHAM females with mastitis will first be given oxytocin and udder mint at every milking for three days, before antibiotics are considered,” says Mr Graham.

Effective “This system is effective for 70 per cent of the cows and the average cell count presently stands at 130, with just 26 cases in the last 12 months. “Cows with e.coli receive water by stomach pump, plus an intravenous anti-inflammatory treatment, oxytocin and udder mint.

High production figures are important, and Heathersgill Hurricane Donna is one of the farm’s many cows rated VG81-88.

“They are given time to recover without any other intervention. The two treatment programmes have been a success and the annual vet bill has halved. “With hindsight, the management system was over-reliant on antibiotics. The other benefit is some of the standard antibiotic products have been withdrawn and this process is likely to continue, so keeping an open mind about alternative

Cows are fed a total mixed ration including maize, wholecrop cereals and grass silage.

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treatments is likely to be even more critical in the years ahead.” Little time is available for showing, but Mr Graham’s young children, Liam and Scarlett, are displaying an interest, so it may become a more regular feature of the farm diary as they grow up.

Enthusiastic The most notable achievement to date was when the three-year-old Heathersgill Damion Primrose won a blue rosette in her class at a previous UK Dairy Expo. Mr Graham was an enthusiastic member of Holstein Young Breeders and he currently sits on Holstein UK’s national judging panel. “Cow numbers are creeping up, although any further herd size increase will be dependent on additional land becoming available,” says Mr Graham. “If yields continue to rise, three times-a-day milking will be considered. The other alternative is the installation of robots, but final decisions will depend on future production. Overall, I feel fairly confident about the future of dairying.”

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Inter-breed beef and Hereford champion, Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks KS R12, from Tom and Di Harrison, Stocksfield, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

Inter-breed dairy and Holstein champion, Curscombe 5G Spot 138, from mother and daughter, Jenny Bishop and Nicky Lockyer, Honiton.

rDevon-bred Holstein

ust 2019-born daughter of Trueman Jagger, lined up alongside the champion, the judge said: “I do not know if I have ever seen such a pair.”

Northern beef entries win South West silverware takes dairy inter-breed By Ann Hardy


SPIRITS were high in the West Country last week when Devon Show became the first fully-fledged county event with general public attendance to be staged since 2019. The gamble paid off, with livestock numbers generally higher than anticipated and exhibitors travelling from far outside the area to compete for the South West’s spoils. It was Tom and Di Harrison, from Stocksfield, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, who took the inter-breed beef championship with their three-year-old, home-bred Hereford bull, Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks KS R12. A son of the Danish sire SMH Kingsize and out of Romany 1 Dawn M6, Rebel had taken the same award at the ‘behind closed doors’ Royal

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Highland Showcase two weeks earlier. Described by Mr Harrison as ‘probably the bull of a lifetime’, judge and Angus breeder, Colin Hutchings, was inclined to agree. He said: “He is an outstanding bull no matter which way you look at him. If Herefords were like this 20 years ago, we would not have wanted to bring in continentals.” Starved of opportunities to show his cattle, Mr Harrison said they came to Devon ‘just because it was a show’. However, he said: “The facilities, the staff, everyone has been so helpful and welcoming. We have never been before but will definitely be back.” Reserve champion came on the same lorry as part of the northern contingent. Put together by Keadyview Cattle Grooming, it was the Limousin heifer, Upperffrydd Pippa, owned by Thor Atkinson, from Ulverston, Cumbria, which took the honours at the heifer’s first ever show. When the North Wales-bred, AugThe Saturday sheep and Southdown champion, a ram lamb from Susan Harmer and Elizabeth Sargent, Lewes, East Sussex.

Dairy The dairy classes had a strong local contingent and were fittingly led by a Devon-bred inter-breed champion. The third-calved Holstein, Curscombe 5G Spot 138, a daughter of Mr Lookout Pesce Alta5G, came from mother and daughter, Jenny Bishop and Nicky Lockyer from Honiton, and was favoured for the correctness of her rump and udder, her balance and locomotion. She was placed by judge, Colin Gleed, ahead of an outstanding Guernsey champion, Blacknor Cracker Weston Duchess, by Eby Manor Weston, from Okehampton-based T. Marshall. The sheep judging took place over three days and it was another mother-daughter duo which took Saturday’s inter-breed championship. Susan Harmer and Elizabeth Sar-

gent had travelled from Lewes, East Sussex, with their January-born, Southdown ram lamb and fought off more mature competition. The champion stood ahead of a North Country Cheviot shearling ewe in reserve. Part of the 1,000-ewe flock of the Jordan family who farm on the east of Dartmoor, it was sired by Soutra Telephone Bid. The Friday sheep championship went to a Charollais tup, Foxhill Vermin, from Melanie Alford, Cullompton, and the Sunday sheep winner was a Ryedale tup from R. and M. Wear. For the pigs it was a Tamworth sow, Fairybank Melody 45, which took the inter-breed championship, for Sharron and Allan Nicholas. Hailing from Pembrokeshire and with a prize-winning mother, she stood ahead of a locally-bred Pietrain boar from A. Newth of Shepton Mallet. Prestcombe Vanfred 397 was a November-born son of the Belgian import, Blomberg Vanfred. Inter-breed pig and Tamworth champion, Fairybank Melody 45, from Sharron and Allan Nicholas, Pembrokeshire.

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Inter-breed (Judge, C.J. Hutchings, Dulverton) Supreme, D. Harrison, Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks KS R12 (Hereford); reserve, T. Atkinson, Upperffrydd Pippa (Limousin). Devon (W.J. Dart, South Molton) Sup. and male, J.W. May, Dira Halcyon; res. and female, Stonegrove Livestock, Stonegrove Norie 42; res. male, Poad and Slee, Exmoor Commander; res. fem., J. Thomas, Bollowal Countess 23. South Devon (P.S. Rowe, Cornwall) Sup. and male, P.R. and T. Eustice, Trevowah Maximus 7; res. male, C. Quantick, Beckaveans Bardhesaw; fem., R.K. Rundle, Kestle Dahlia 97, res. fem., R.K. Rundle, Kestle Marianne 25. Aberdeen-Angus (J. Playfair-Hannay, Kelso) Sup. and male, Melview Farming, HW Black Banjo V739; res. and fem., A. Neish, Rodmead Primrose W971, res. fem., Melview Farming, Melview Kitkat V318. Beef Shorthorn (G. Hunt, Thirsk) Sup. and fem., A.K. and J.K. Smith, Oceanview Perfection; res. and fem., Melview Farming, Elliot Surprise. Dexter (S. Adcock, Ipstones) Sup. and male, Avalon Dexters, Northbrook Thor; fem., Avalon Dexters, Avalon Lady Clair; res. fem., Avalon Dexters, Avalon Lady Lilith. Hereford (K. Jempson, Banbury) Sup. and male, D. Harrison, Moralee 1 Rebel Kicks KS R12, res. and fem., D. Harrison, Moralee 1 Pippa; res. fem., D. Harrison, Moralee 1 Kylie KS T29 (P). British Blonde (B. Harman, Chesham) Sup. and fem., T. Atkinson, Blackwater Maple. British Blue (J. Quick, Crediton) Sup. and fem., M. Alford, Rhymil Kylie; res. and male, N. Doble, Newdowns Perseus; res. male, L. Gould, Withwood Parker; res. fem., N.Doble, Newdowns Odin. British Charolais (B. Harman, Chesham) Sup. and fem., T. Atkinson, Arradfoot Penny; res. and res. fem., Thor Atkinson Steel Fabrications, Tophill Roxanne; male, B. Hopper, Penfound Royal Nairn. British Limousin (W. Bedell, Shrewsbury) Sup. and fem., T. Atkinson, Upperffrydd Pippa; res. and male, A.K. and J.K. Smith, Smithy Rolex; res. male, A.K. and J.K. Smith, Smithy Rocket; res. fem., T. Atkinson, Claragh Pippa. Any other pure beef breed (B. Butler, Devon) Sup. and fem., D. Phillips, Etheridge Quartz Beauty (Longhorn); res. and male, S. Hollier, Long Ash Gatsby (Speckle Park).

Sup. and male, C. Stacey (Manx Loaghtan); fem., J. Kingston (Hebridean). Devon and Cornwall Longwool (R. Harding, Minehead) Sup. and res. and male and fem., J. Darke. Devon Closewool (J. Witheridge, Barnstaple) Sup. and fem, res. male, P. Abel; res. and male, Devons Rarest Produce; res. fem., S. Hutchings. Dorset Down (J. Hebditch, Taunton) Sup. and fem., res. and male, res. male, H. Stamp; res. fem., J. McMinn. Dorset Horn and Poll Dorset (D. Thomas, Launceston) Sup. and male, E. Wright; res. and fem. and res. fem., E. Crosfield; res. male, Mr Huxter. Exmoor Horn (B. Blackmore, Dulverton) Sup., W. Awan; res. D. Butt. Greyface Dartmoor (M. Thompson, Sherborne) Sup., C. Nugent; res. K. Jeans. Hampshire Down (E. Cresswell, Thetford) Sup. and male and res. male, R.A. Rundle; res. and fem., S. Small. Jacob (M. Wakelin, Aberystwyth) Sup. and fem., res. fem., res. male, C. Fisher; res. and male, Devons Rarest Produce. Lleyn (J. Adams, Truro) Sup. and fem., res. and male, res. male, res. fem., S. Eckett. North Country Cheviot (P. Jones, Usk) Sup. and res. male and fem. and res. fem., J. Jordan; res. and male, S. Pedrick. Roussin (M. Lear, Tiverton) Sup. and res. and male and res. male, and fem. and res. fem., A. Carter.

Ryeland (H. Mills, Winkleigh) Sup. and male and fem., R. and M. Wear; res. male, K. Wear. Coloured Ryeland (H. Mills, Winkleigh) Sup. and male and fem., T. Nash. Scotch Blackface (M. Cole, Yelverton) Sup. and fem., J. Jordan; res. and male, A. Mortimore. Shetland (L. Williams, Shepton Mallet) Sup. and res. and res. male and fem., V. Girardot; male, Uppingdown Shetlands; res. fem., Shetland Sheep Society. Southdown (E. Cresswell, Thetford) Sup. and male, and fem., E. Sargent. Suffolk (D. Rossiter, Kingsbridge) Sup. and fem. res. and male, res. fem., res. male, M. Waycott. Texel (A. Wight, Biggar) Sup. and male, A. Carter; res. and res. male, M. Alford; fem. G. Helyer; res. fem. Cattistock Texels. Valais Blacknose (R. Harding, Minehead) Sup. and res, D.A.J. Hodge and J.M. Walters. Whiteface Dartmoor (R. Hutchings, South Brent) Sup. and fem., res. and male, P. Abel; res. fem., C. Wilton; res. male, A. Wrayford. Zwartbles (V. Davies, Rugby) Sup. fem., res. and male, J. Kimber.

Pigs Inter-breed (M. Snell, Yeovil) Sup., S. Nicholas, Fairybank Melody 45 (Tamworth); res., A. Newth,

MUSCLE UP, condition and rehydrate

Prestcombe Vanfred (Pietrain). British Saddleback (M. Naylor, Uckfield) No results available. Landrace (C. Impey, Mid Glamorgan) No results available. Welsh (C. Impey, Mid Glamorgan) No results available. Large White (C. Impey, Mid Glamorgan) Sup. and male, R. Emerson, Corbishley Royal Turk 43; res., M. Franks, Liberator Berry Catalina; fem., C. Taylor, Hideaway Maple 990. Middle White (M. Naylor, Uckfield) Sup. and male, E. Paddock, Lewin Captain 3; res. and fem., M. Paddock, Eaves Yootha 37. Oxford Sandy and Black (M. Todd, Colyton) Sup. and fem., I. Lawrence, Oldlands Iris 5; res. and res. fem., I. Lawrence, Oldlands Gloria 14; male, I. Lawrence, Oldlands Alexander 2. Pietrain (C. Impey, Mid Glamorgan) Sup. and male, A. Newth, Prestcombe Vanfred; res. A. Newth, Prestcombe Paperasse; res. male, A. Rose, Maddaford Bold Stroke 9; res. fem., A. Rose, Maddaford Nancy 71. Tamworth Sup. and fem., S. Nicholas, Fairybank Melody 45; res. and res. fem., S. Nicholas, Fairybank Rita 2; male, Fairybank Golden Ball. Any other pure breed (M. Todd, Colyton) Male, M. Franks, Tentrees Peter Lad 399 (Berkshire); fem., M. Franks, Blackops Lady 17 (Berkshire).

MUSCLE UP FOR LAMBS / CALVES MUSCLE PASTE Amino Acid rich paste with Selenium and Vitamin E where additional muscle development is required.

Dairy Inter-breed (C. Gleed, Bracknell) Sup., Crayola Ayrshires, Curscombe 5G Spot 138 (Holstein); res., L. Rockett and T. Marshall, Blacknor Cracker Weston Duchess (Guernsey). Ayrshire (A. Timbrell, Cirencester) Sup., L. Rockett and T. Marshall, Greenway Redrock; res., L. Rockett and T. Marshall, Greenway Fleur. Guernsey (C. Gleed, Bracknell) Sup., L. Rockett and T. Marshall, Blacknor Cracker Weston Duchess; res., D. Dawes, Edgehill Latimer Graceful. Holstein (A. Jones, Wrexham) Sup., Crayola Ayrshires, Curscombe 5G Spot 138; res., Crayola Ayrshires, Curscombe Octane Joy 179. Any other dairy or dual-purpose breed (A. Jones, Wrexham) Sup., T. Marshall, Greenway Solo Billie Jo (British Friesian); res., G. Ley, Culverden Honeysuckle (Brown Swiss).

ORAL REHYDRATION FOR SHEEP ELECTRO-AID To help assist rehydration and electrolyte loss associated with scours in calves and pigs, can also be used in sheep.

Sheep Friday inter-breed (H. Derryman, Honiton) Sup., M. Alford (Charollais); res., D. and K. Thompson (Blue Texel). Saturday inter-breed (H. Derryman) Sup., E. Sargent (Southdown); res., J. Jordan (North Country Cheviot). Sunday inter-breed (H. Derryman) Sup., R. and M. Wear (Ryeland); res., H. Stamp (Dorset Down). Beltex (J. Hall, Carlisle) Sup. and fem. and res. fem, E. Jones; res. and male, C.L. Elworthy; res. male, T. Cobbledick. Bluefaced Leicester (C. Macgillivray, Brampton) Sup. and fem. and res. fem., H. Havill; res. and male, R. Montague; res. male, M. Hunt. Blue Texel (S. Ley, Okehampton) Sup. and fem. and res. male, D. and K. Thompson; res. and male, S. Chambers; res. fem., K. Gunn. British Berrichon ((J. Neale, Launceston) Sup. and male, res. and fem., J. Yeo; res. male and res. fem., F. King. British Charollais (J. Andrew, Maybole) Sup. and male and fem., M. Alford. British rare breed (D. Bull, Annan) Sup. and male, Wolfhanger Flock (Oxford Down); res. and res. male, W. Sully (Norfolk Horn); fem., M Nolan (Kerryhill). British primitive breed (D. Bull, Annan)

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IDENTIFYING ‘clean’ grazing, which has no or very low levels of worm eggs and larvae, can help you plan a rotational grazing system to reduce the worm burden in cattle, particularly youngstock. Pastures such as new leys, those which have not been grazed by cattle during the previous season and, later in the grazing period, silage and hay aftermath, will pose a low risk for calves and first and second season cattle, which are most susceptible to worm infection. Mapping out your grazing, with details of when it was last grazed and by which group of cattle, can help you identify lower and higher risk pastures, so you can move stock around as required to lessen the risk of worm challenge.

Finding sufficient clean grazing can be difficult for some farms, so consider prioritising any clean or lower risk fields for youngstock first. This will allow them to slowly build some immunity to worms before exposing them to a higher worm challenge on contaminated pasture. Adult cattle are more likely to have developed sufficient immunity to gutworm species to cope with low level worm burdens and can follow youngstock. Building in a rotation to your pasture use can help increase the amount of clean grazing available for young cattle.

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Delaying turnout also provides an opportunity to take other preventative measures, such as vaccinating for lungworm, which requires two doses before turnout.


MOVING cattle on to fresh pasture regularly will help to reduce the worm burden within cattle. Preventing cattle eating down the grass to the extreme will also reduce the quantity of worm larvae ingested. Mob grazing, strip grazing and co-grazing with other species can also be useful techniques to manage grass length and quantity of parasites within the sward.

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MONITORING the weight of youngstock has several benefits, not least in ensuring growing cattle are receiving sufficient nutrition to meet daily live weight gain targets, but weight can also be an indicator of worm burden. Only about 20 per cent of cattle within a group contribute 80 per cent of the worm eggs to the pasture; cattle which are not meeting growth targets despite adequate nutrition and no other health concerns are likely to have the greatest worm burdens.


treatment takes place, known as refugia, plays an important role in resistance management. Implementing strategies which ensure cattle become lightly re-infected with worms after treatment, such as ‘move and dose’, will also help to maintain the genetic diversity of the worm population and slow the development of resistance.

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When it comes to herd health planning, it is important to monitor whether there is an improvement and goals are being met.

Herd health planning: Make it work for you


aking herd health planning an active process between vet and farmer rather than a tick box exercise can be beneficial for both parties. Planning for a healthy and productive herd can be rewarding for farmers and vets alike, especially if it is an interactive process between

the two and not just ticking boxes and filling out forms. Kiera Schubert at Torch Farm Vets, Barnstaple, says: “I will confess that I really hate filling out paperwork that only an inspector will read, but I really enjoy working with farmers on health planning. Plans can lead to changes and actions and these can lead to improvements which benefit ani-

mals and farmers alike. Similarly, they can help to identify potential ‘dragons’ and a little contingency planning may avoid problems you have not yet had.”

Process Here, Ms Schubert suggests several ways to get the most from the herd health planning process and avoid it become a chore.

CONSIDER YOUR PERSONAL GOALS OR AIMS FOR YOUR BUSINESS MS Schubert says effective herd health planning is an ‘interactive process’ which is benefited greatly with two-way input from the farmer and vet. “As a farmer, ask yourself what you would like to achieve. This might be better growth rates to enable earlier finishing or serving treatments, better conformation, fewer losses. Optimising grazing is another area which might be considered. “Then it is also worthwhile considering what you would like to avoid. Some examples might include pneumonia, bovine viral diarrhoea,

sheep scab or lame animals.” When it comes to measuring success, Ms Schubert says this might be visible through lower disease levels, less time spent treating disease, lower medicine use, and fewer losses or better growth

Consultation She adds: “Allocate time to put into your herd health plan. The more information you have prepared ahead of your consultation the easier it is to have constructive discussions with your vet or adviser without being distracted by ticking boxes.

“Consider asking the team on your farm, if appropriate, what they would like to improve or how they might like to do it. “Splitting health planning into sections can also help make each section more useful. If you have monthly or quarterly contact with your vet, then choose sections that are important to you and give them some dedicated time. “There are so many aspects of animal health and production that you could discuss in detail, attempting to cover everything at once means your discussions are likely to be shorter, less constructive and more onerous.”

TOP TIPS TO FIND THE BEST PLAN FOR YOUR HERD ASK FOR ADVICE ■ MS Schubert encourages farmers to ask their vet for their thoughts. She says: “If there are areas you have not yet considered for improvement,a discussion may be useful to get a different perspective. A good health planning session is an opportunity 88 | JULY 9 2021

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for reflection with somebody to bounce ideas off. Sometimes expert help is useful, often it is just the conversation that is useful to help you identify the best plan of action yourself.” MONITOR PROGRESS ■ MS Schubert adds it is important to monitor whether there is an

improvement and if goals are being met. She says: “Consider a regular review to see if you are achieving your goals and make adjustments if you are not. In discussions with your vet or adviser about herd planning it is best to set specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timebound [known as SMART] targets.”

SEXED SEMEN SALES DOUBLE ■ SALES of sexed dairy semen have doubled over the last two years according to a recent AHDB survey of breeding companies. In the 12 months to March 2021, sales of sexed semen made up 63.5 per cent of all dairy semen sales, up from 31.9 per cent in 2019. The increase reflects a sharp upwards trend since 2017 when sales were only 17.9 per cent. The survey also showed a high proportion of beef semen sales to the dairy herd, which made up 45.3 per cent of total semen sales, compared with 33.3 per cent in 2017. HOLSTEIN UK ELECTS NEW PRESIDENT AND TRUSTEES ■ HOLSTEIN UK has appointed John Jamieson as the society’s next president. Mr Jamieson will follow on from outgoing president, Robert Clare, Shropshire. Mr Jamieson and his family run the 200-cow Firth herd at Upper Locharwoods, Dumfries. Following the end of their second terms on the board of trustees, Edward Griffiths, (Yorkshire), Iwan Morgan, (South Wales) and Jane Targett (Southern) have stood down from representing their regions. The three new trustees are David Lawson (Yorkshire), Richard Thomas (South Wales) and Ben Yates (Southern). NEMSA UNVEILS NEW BREED SECRETARY ■ THE North of England Mule Sheep Association has announced the appointment of a new breed secretary, Linda Allan, who will be working closely with current long-serving secretary Marion Hope to ensure a smooth transition ahead of the official handover in August. Mrs Allan and her husband Neil farm 1,300 sheep, predominantly crossing Swaledale ewes, and 300-head of cattle at Killington, Cumbria. PIG CLUB SECRETARY ■ NEW secretary of the Gloucester Old Spots Club is Mandy Garbutt. Ms Garbutt has been involved with the breed for 17 years and has served on the club committee since 2008. The Gloucester Old Spot Pig breed is on the Rare Breeds Survival Trust ‘at risk list’.

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The North 40.1kg DM/ha/day (16.2kg DM/acre/day)


Wales 46.6kg DM/ha/day (18.9kg DM/acre/day)


The South 45.8kg DM/ha/day (18.5kg DM/acre/day) Grass growth




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Two-year average Sep




Soil moisture (cb)

Rainfall (mm per week)

53.8kg DM/ha/day (21.7kg DM/acre/day) 36.2kg DM/ha/day (14.6kg DM/acre/day)

GRASS QUALITY Dry matter Crude protein Water soluble sugars Metabolisable energy



WEEKLY GRASS GROWTH Dairy farms Beef and sheep farms

GROWTH RATES Grass growth (kg DM per hectare per day)

Scotland 41.9kg dry matter per hectare per day (16.9kg DM/acre/day) 87.2 8

BULLETIN 16 Week beginning July 5

21.4 per cent 17.1 per cent 16.4 per cent 11.4MJ/kg DM

MANAGEMENT NOTES n Rainfall has been very variable, with soil moisture and grass growth wide ranging at present. Current growth varies from 11.1-89.3kg DM/ hectare/day (4.5-36kg DM/acre/day). n Grass quality in terms of metabolisable energy (ME) has declined slightly since spring, and has been consistently around 11.5 ME in recent weeks. This will partly be due to ‘stemmier’ swards. To maintain

summer grass quality, meeting target post-grazing residuals of 1,500kg. DM/ha (607kg DM/acre) is key n Alternatively, regrowth in swards after cutting should be of high quality. Pre-mowing for a round can boost quality for the next rotation and ensure efficient utilisation of available grazing. Beware of topping while growth rates are below average, as this removes DM which could have been grazed.

GrassCheckGB is a collaboration between the Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock, Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, Rothamsted Research, AHDB, Quality Meat Scotland, Hybu Cig Cymru, Germinal, Handley Enterprises, Sciantec Analytical, Waitrose and Partners and Datamars Livestock. Regular updates will appear in Farmers Guardian.

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Welsh winners at Shabfest rKevin Evans and

Kemi Sue take title England: Elaine Hill

HOSTED by Mark Banham on his farm near Chipstead, Surrey, the four-day Shabfest trials took place from Thursday, June 24, to Sunday, June 27. The first three days each featured a morning and an afternoon trial on two fields, with the courses changed on each day. There were also two groups of competitors. One ran on field one in the morning and on field two in the afternoon, with the other group doing the opposite. Elaine Anstey judged the running

on field one and Calvin Jones judged field two. On the Sunday, Mr Jones judged the double gather championship, which featured the 20 competitors with the highest aggregate points. However, they could only take their best five results and could run a maximum of two dogs. The highest pointed young handler also qualified, which was Oliver Watson with Stripe.

Evans and Knockmaa Bec, while Kevin was also third with Kemi Sue. Another Welsh handler, Floyd Farthing, took fourth in the aggregate with Sal on 421 points, while Nigel was fifth with Jazz on 418. The highest pointed English competitor was Jed Watson, who earned 407 points with Garry. For the championship, Jed and Garry set the standard, gaining 126


Ian Brownlie’s Boyd takes the lead at St Boswells

The most successful handlers overall were Welsh. Nigel Watkins and Tanhill Alex gained the highest aggregate of 428 points, which included three wins. Just two points behind were Kevin

Dylan Davies and Dewi Jenkins take the honours at Llanllyfni Wales: Andrea Turner

Dylan Davies and Cynfal Mot.

A TRIAL at Llanllyfni took place last Saturday (July 3) under the watchful eyes of the judges Arthur Roberts, Bodfari, and Hafgan Jones, Llanaber. The sheep for this trial were North of England Mules. The course was big, with an outrun of 400 yards. There were two classes on offer, open and class two. The winner of the AM open was Dylan Davies and Cynfal Mot. The AM class two winner was Medwyn Evans and his young bitch, Eyri Nan. Fortunes changed in the PM open, with Dewi Jenkins and Clwyd Bob just taking first place, with the outrun, lift and fetch gaining the win over secondplaced John Price and Holly. Class two winners this time were Arwell Owen and Nan.

Trials diary ENGLAND July 9. FREEBIRCH, Open, Freebirch Farm, Eastmoor, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S42 7DQ, 8am start, entry closed. July 10. EAST ANGLIAN, Open and novice, Heveningham Hall, Halesworth, Suffolk, IP19 0PN, entry closed. July 10 and 11. DEERPLAY, Linda Cropper Memorial Opens, AM and PM trials each day, 8am starts, Saturday, Elker Lane, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 8RD, and Sunday, Deerplay, Burnley Road, Bacup, OL13 8RD, entry closed. July 11. RYEDALE, Open, Windy Hill Farm, Hutton Rudby, Yarm, TS15 0JS, 8.30am start, those with two dogs to have first booked in by 11am, entry closed. CORNWALL VS DEVON, Maltese cross and open driving, venue TBC, 9.30am start. HOLMROOK, Opens, AM and PM trials, off A595 near Holmrook, Cumbria, 9am start, enter on field, first 30 dogs for AM trial followed by PM trial, maximum two dogs per hander, possibly three if time allows. July 23 and 24. NORTHERN, Opens, Villa Farm, Great Musgrave, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4DP,

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pre-entry from July 9 to S. Procter, tel: 07309 010 312. July 24. BAMFORD, Open, Townfield Lane, Shatton, Bamford, Derbyshire, S33 0BG, 8am start, first 50 dogs to enter on field, contact M. Sowerby, tel: 01433 620 060. July 25. PINK RIBBON Trial, beginner, young and novice handlers, Martindale, Ullswater, Cumbria, CA10 2NF, 10am start, contact R. Cartmel Scrimgeour on Facebook.


July 10. RHOSGOCH, Open national, Rhosgoch, LL66 0AB, 8am-7pm, two sessions, pre-entry, entries closed, catering to be confirmed July 17. July 17. NEW INN, Open and novice, New Inn, St Florence, SA70 5NR, two sessions, combined runs, start 8am, contact John Bowen tel: 07811 599 982, pre-entry from 6pm, Friday, July 9, catering. MADOG, Open national, Madog, Gwynedd LL48 6HY, 8am–7pm, Open, class two, combined runs, young handler added (no fee), single session, entry on the field, contact Dylan Edwards, tel: 07916 433 341.

Scotland: Sine Robertson THE Texel gimmers ran well on the uphill course at St Boswells, but could take advantage of any dogs which failed to show their authority. A dip on the first leg of the drive hid sheep and dog from the handler and the line could suffer there. The cross drive was hard to judge and a number of packets rose above it and slipped by the gate, but most dogs which reached the pen managed to pen and shed. Ian Brownlie’s Boyd worked faultlessly outbye and went on to a good, steady drive. He worked well at the pen, where the sheep took persuasion to go in, and

English results SHABFEST, Shabden Park Farm, Chipstead, Surrey, Thursday, field one (Judge, E. Anstey, Kirdford) AM Open (25 ran) 1, F. Farthing (Pontardawe) Sal, 73 of 100; 2, N. Watkins (Llangadog) Jazz, 72; 3, N. Watkins, Tanhill Alex, 67; 4, J. Cropper (Deerplay) Dan, 65; 5, C. Mellin (Oakworth) Gyp, 64; 6, S. Little (Kerdiston) Tig, 60. PM Open (27 ran) 1, J. Watson (Postbridge) Garry, 90 of 100; =2, K. Evans (Brecon) Knockmaa Bec, 89; =2, K. Evans, Kemi Sue, 89; 4, D. Cole (Ivybridge) Tan, 88; 5, R. Watson (Millom) Roy, 87; 6, R. Watson, Ace, 86. Field two (C. Jones, Llansadwrn) AM Open (27 ran) 1, K. Evans, Kemi Sue, 79 of 100; 2, K. Evans, Glen, 72; 3, P. Rigby (Skelsmergh) Treflys Elsa, 71; 4, D. Cole, Lad, 66; 5, R. Watson, Roy, 64; 6, J. Watson, Bob, 64. PM Open (24) 1, N. Watkins, Tanhill Alex, 93 of 100; 2, F. Farthing, Sal, 89; 3, N. Watkins, Jazz, 88; 4, N. Watkins, Nap, 88; 5,C. Mellin, Moor Lodge Ben, 85; 6, C. Townson (Oakworth) Nell, 76. Friday, field one, (E. Anstey) AM Open (27 ran) 1, K. Evans, Kemi Sue, 78 of 100; 2, K. Evans, Glen, 76; 3, R. Watson, Roy, 73; 4, D. Cole, Tan, 71; 5, J. Watson, Bob, 69; 6, J. Watson, Ben, 68. PM Open (25 ran) 1, N. Watkins, Tanhill Alex, 76 of 100; 2, N. Watkins, Nap, 75; 3, A. Kyme (Lumb) Annie, 74; 4, J. Cropper, Dan, 72; 5, M. Banham (Chipstead) Jock, 71; 6, F. Farthing, Sal, 70. Field two, (C. Jones) AM Open (25 ran) 1, N. Watkins, Tanhill Alex, 95 of 100; 2, F. Farthing, Bell, 94; 3, N. Watkins, Jazz, 94; 4, F. Farthing, Sal, 91; 5, M. Banham, Jock, 90; 6, N. Watkins, Nap, 89. PM Open (25 ran) 1, K. Evans, Glen, 96 of 100; 2, J. Watson, Garry, 95; 3, K. Evans, Knockmaa Bec, 94 OLF; 4, K. Evans, Kemi Sue, 94; 5, B. Watson, Seth, 93; 6, A. Games (Talgarth) Jill, 92. Saturday, field one, (E. Anstey) AM Open (25 ran) 1, F. Farthing, Sal, 77; 2, F. Farthing, Bell, 75; 3, N. Watkins, Tanhill Alex, 74; 4, M. Banham, Rob, 73; 5, N. Watkins, Nap, 72; 6, C. Mellin, Gyp, 69. PM Open (25 ran) 1, R. Watson, Roy, 82 of 100 OLF; 2, K. Evans, Knockmaa Bec, 82; 3, J. Watson, Jock, 81; 4, T. Thewissen (Brecon) Finn, 78; 5, K. Evans, Kemi Sue, 77 OLF; 6, B. Watson, Jed, 77. Field two, (C. Jones) AM Open (25 ran) 1, K. Evans, Knockmaa Bec, 94 of 100; 2, J. Watson, Garry, 93; 3, J. Watson, Wren, 90; 4, R. Watson, Ace, 85; 5, D. Cole, Tan, 84; 6, B. Watson, Seth, 83. PM Open (25 ran) 1, N. Watkins, Jazz, 95 of 100; 2, R. Newsome (Lumb) Mia, 92; 3, F. Farthing, Sal, 91; 4, N. Watkins, Tanhill Alex, 90; 5, C. Mellin, Gyp, 90; 6, F. Farthing, Bell, 89. Sunday (C. Jones) Double Gather Championship (21 ran) 1, K. Evans, Kemi Sue, 146 of 170; 2, K. Evans, Knockmaa Bec, 140;

of 170 points, before Nigel and Jazz pulled ahead scoring 128 on run five. At eight, Kevin and Knockmaa Bec took the lead with 140 points. With run 10, Nigel and Tanhill Alex earned 135 points, followed by David Cole and Tan who scored 136. But Kevin and Kemi Sue scored 146, taking the double gather championship title.

completed the winning run with a clean shed. The flat field for Buchanan trial at Balmaha narrowed toward the far end, bringing the dogs in at the end of the outrun. The Blackface gimmers responded to a careful lift, but could be touchy otherwise. Torrential rain was no impairment to Colin Armstrong’s Jill who earned first place. Jill ran out cleanly and lifted well, while the drive also went well, with only minor wavers. The gimmers stood at the pen for a short time, before Jill penned them and then went on to make a clean shed and take first place. 3, D. Cole, Tan, 136; 4, N. Watkins, Tanhill Alex, 135; 5, N. Watkins, Jazz, 128; 6, J. Watson, Garry, 126. Young handler and best sport O. Watson (Millom) Stripe.

Welsh results LLLANLLFNI, Open (95 ran) Open AM (A. Roberts, Bodfari) 1, D. Davies (Tywyn) Cynfal Mot, 8; 2, E. Jones (Gwtherin) Sam, 19; 3, J. Price (Aberystwyth) Holly, 20; 4. D. Jenkins (Talybont) Jock, 21; 5, G. Davies (Dinas Mawddwy) Mot, 24; 6, L. Jones (Llanfihangel GM) Quories Bean, 24. Class two AM 1, M. Li Evans (Dolgellau) Eyri Nan, 17. Open PM (H.Pugh, Llanaber) 1, D. Jenkins Clwyd Bob, 10 OLF; 2, J. Price Holly, 10; 3, E. Morgan (Aberystwyth) Glen, 14; 4, E. Morgan Spot, 17; 5, D. Jenkins Tynygraig Cadi, 18; 6, B. Williams (Ysgeifiog) Elwy Lad, 20. Class two PM 1, A. Owen (Amlech) Nan, 8; 2, G. Davies Gwyn, 26; 3, E. P. Roberts (Padog) Mac, 28; 4, A. W. Jones (Llanllyfi) Cass, 32; 5, L. Jones Cap, 43.

Scottish results BUCHANAN (C. Cropper, Drimsynie) Open (64 ran) 1, C. Armstrong (Archbank) Jill, 89; 2, A.D. Carnegie (Comrie) Linburn Rook, 87; 3, N. McVicar (Benmore) Baledmund Pete, 85 Outbye; 4, N Gillon (Barr) Boss, 85; 5, S. MacFarlane (Blairgowrie) Willow, 79 Outbye; 6, N. Gillon (Dailly) Shweep (Sweep), 79. FETLAR (M.C. Hughson, Scalloway) Open (26 ran) 1, A.J. Hughson (Brunthamarsland) Lolly, 92/100; 2, B. Smith (Dunrossness) Chip (Flash), 86 Outbye; 3, B. Smith, Lass, 86; 4, J. Ramsay (Ollaberry) Drift, 82; 5, J. Ramsay, Josie, 81; 6, D. Murray (North Roe) Sweep, 79; Championship 1, J. Ramsay, Josie, 93 /110; 2, A.J. Hughson, Lolly, 84; 3, J. Nicolson (Scalloway) Todd, 73; Limit 1, J. Ramsay, Spot, 45 Outbye /60; 2, R. Colclough (Westsandwick) Malin, 45; 3, R. Colclough, Dot, 21. ST BOSWELLS (K. Wood, Blairlogie) Open (60 ran) 1, I.M. Brownlie (Deuchrie) Boyd, 96; 2, W. Todd (Langholm) Don, 95; 3, S. Morgan (Heriot) Mid Derry Kim, 94; 4, P. Martin (Glenlyon) Daisy, 92 Outbye; 5, N. Campbell (Kinross) Gwen, 92; 6, I. Fleming (Douglas) Glen, 91; Novice 1, R. Halliday Stowe, Finn, 71.

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MARKET PRICES PRIMESTOCK ENGLAND STEERS Market day(s) week ending w/e July 6

Acklington Ashford Bakewell Barnard Castle Bentham Bishops Castle Bridgnorth Brockholes Carlisle Cirencester Clitheroe Cockermouth Colchester Cutcombe Wheddon Cross Darlington Exeter Frome Gisburn Hailsham Hallworthy Hawes Hereford Hexham Holmfirth Holsworthy Hull Kendal Kington Kirkby Stephen Lancaster Leek Leyburn 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 Shrewsbury Skipton South Molton Stratford Thame Thirsk Thrapston Truro Ulverston Wigton Wooler Worcester York

Total cattle number



CULL COWS Total cow number

Grade 3 average

Dairy sired average

Beef sired average

Total N lambs

171.41 -

138.60 -

131.09 130.10 128.09 126.52 132.50 116.50 -

160.25 159.27 157.25 168.00 156.16 135.30 164.25 184.50

1020 1722 1266 165 1977 323 2189 599 2247 883 434 556 235

50 24 53 87 16 22 7 1 72 45 12 1 27 3 119 36 46 2 7 58 40 24 2 11 74 22 34 18 20 31 65 22 4 16

171.00 168.60 -

141.83 133.63 -

146.75 139.50 129.85 127.27 126.00 137.72 115.94 135.40 118.87 131.83 134.43 144.50 117.00 126.57 132.72 112.50 109.50 142.75 103.09 119.17 145.83 121.09 140.38 105.17 143.50

169.31 142.18 149.05 158.48 160.08 147.68 144.50 124.00 163.61 147.23 145.50 95.00 130.17 165.55 164.98 154.16 134.50 155.02 152.87 161.59 172.67 187.05 146.08 139.17 173.50 144.57 171.89 162.19 137.75 145.57

232 2302 1909 319 859 400 297 417 2377 1309 324 699 88 983 634 1742 882 842 530 1349 696 2724 269 1216 404 2376 886 1397 575 937 2747 1781 39 416 328 1330 580 1407 2122 1142 595 496 1487 593 246 827 998 895 1578 271

145 36 30 34 76 53 21 69 118



116.90 132.20 121.70 100.40 125.10 157.00

148.90 167.40 141.30 157.80 153.20 163.90 146.60 155.80 167.50

1954 114 1160 125 480 380 234 1797 615 1114 539 1269 579

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

24 52 129 140 129 6 18 51

237.00 216.70 207.14 276.00 232.28

235.00 202.75 228.50 191.00 210.75 247.50 218.35

231.00 206.17 211.37 231.78 220.75

238.33 218.75 218.83 206.87 195.50 134.50 150.00 218.25

234.00 230.62 232.24 236.12 227.00 217.00 227.03

234.75 217.25 222.06 224.00 240.05 166.50 187.33 222.50

187.50 183.71 185.78 168.75 186.00 -

226.00 215.00 210.08 180.36 222.50 191.89 -

220.50 189.50 229.17 237.00 193.96 191.00 -

4 39 94 32 33 303 7 26 1

251 16 52 75 2 9 2 1 8 10 8 188 56 249 97 Tu\We 248 We 9 Mo 11 Mo\We 4 Mo 36 Mo 48 Mo (wk) Tu 7 We Mo\We 168 We 406 Tu 6 Mo 17 Th Tu We Th 274 Th We 45 Tu 66 Th\Tu 25 We We (wk) 89 Mo 243

220.00 189.50 196.00 241.17 266.50 259.50 223.83 218.88 244.60 238.00 209.50 211.50 201.16 253.61 174.50 206.25 230.64 173.00 247.00 211.50 250.83

233.87 199.00 201.88 242.00 200.32 233.25 185.00 244.00 221.90 263.05 218.67 219.07 237.36 269.50 239.23 227.23 214.83 194.22 244.30 271.75 233.60 200.10 228.88 208.00 233.29 244.64

230.94 227.17 217.50 197.89 240.75 199.50 214.00 231.45 230.00 228.50 217.50 195.00 231.75 208.85 231.39 234.93 196.10 230.62 234.23 219.60

243.10 148.50 215.00 114.50 196.00 210.96 268.83 203.88 206.50 240.67 152.00 247.17 241.00 214.25 201.61 242.61 210.75 232.12 158.00 157.00 213.17 221.61

260.46 199.50 209.33 219.88 239.30 179.50 229.00 222.00 222.50 258.76 209.86 222.18 252.24 220.00 230.50 230.31 218.06 189.17 204.31 262.57 272.10 245.35 201.68 232.58 256.00 232.16 255.84

244.65 190.90 208.00 192.33 223.71 218.17 156.50 181.00 220.22 249.93 215.90 216.38 248.82 180.60 172.50 235.50 231.68 219.33 198.71 250.09 222.75 241.69 197.50 224.44 235.68 236.00 244.82

164.67 159.00 212.78 185.50 191.84 227.50 196.28 224.50 164.67 189.60 196.62 178.90 200.38

221.09 218.52 187.50 205.00 218.38 227.93 205.59 221.30 207.73 206.50 224.83 209.01 200.27 219.00 210.59

231.37 212.55 221.50 215.33 233.17 214.08 210.41 227.51 212.50 235.88 208.41 211.00 211.56

208.33 229.50 205.00 228.60 260.00 239.00

203.00 242.33 246.43 235.00 244.50 239.62 253.33 233.38

189.00 222.00 199.67 194.00 224.40 226.83

249.00 238.50 106.43 246.40 226.00

251.50 186.60 234.50 240.00 260.00 247.00 216.71 246.26 255.87 239.13

257.00 246.25 226.00 190.78 226.13 227.00 210.51


205.00 203.00

206.00 169.67

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Grade 1 average

SCOTLAND Ayr Caithness Castle Douglas Dingwall Dumfries Forfar Huntly Kirkwall Lanark Lockerbie Newton Stewart Newtown St Boswells Stirling (caledonian) Stirling (ua) Thainstone

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SHEEP 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

1020 1722 1266 165 1977 323 2189 599 2247 883 434 556 235

259.00 267.82 267.00 238.92 259.70 -

262.70 241.55 242.13 216.22 276.99 245.55 258.18 257.06 244.19 243.68 254.59 252.16

260.25 250.38 250.40 250.48 273.48 256.59 248.16 235.43 260.80 243.04 233.45 260.92 252.11

258.17 256.62 254.93 236.21 270.06 248.63 256.02 229.99 259.68 235.48 222.71 257.40 242.92

260.57 245.89 247.81 247.86 274.67 256.59 247.38 237.13 260.05 244.02 236.21 260.29 252.12

81 720 497 128 1531 1147 91 290 114 201 367 110

113.10 97.37 103.54 69.56 92.02 91.19 100.20 101.68 98.11 82.89 86.22 93.45

232 2302 1909 319 859 400 297 417 2377 1309 324 699 88 983 634 1742 882 842 530 1349 696 2724 269 1216 404 2376 886 1397 575 937 2747 1781 39 416 328 1330 580 1407 2122 1142 595 496 1487 593 246 827 998 895 1578 271

236.84 234.00 274.52 263.06 245.13 229.30 262.73 259.21 250.85 275.12 191.44 221.75 253.10 206.00 256.71 -

229.00 255.56 246.58 256.06 270.14 232.70 261.13 236.66 254.94 244.73 309.26 246.16 247.77 235.90 266.80 244.13 252.54 242.15 261.08 263.88 247.31 247.98 268.21 231.33 241.60 242.20 259.29 252.00 258.72 250.71 258.14 279.58 226.15 218.81 251.40 249.87 232.11 248.76 255.00 224.53 229.44 260.41 235.42 226.00 246.20 270.46 248.30 220.51 254.17

224.61 263.80 247.06 261.83 270.89 246.13 253.24 245.83 252.62 247.96 279.41 252.64 263.20 243.20 236.59 262.02 240.89 258.60 245.51 263.39 260.67 257.77 243.91 264.31 241.66 240.25 246.67 251.93 263.15 262.16 255.20 249.11 269.50 227.23 240.96 254.13 252.97 244.32 256.83 256.11 230.41 249.34 271.84 236.42 226.08 243.97 268.01 258.72 226.16 250.76

240.39 266.48 245.89 283.93 272.05 247.75 248.25 247.92 253.47 250.99 285.12 249.30 258.80 254.76 228.27 264.82 253.21 253.30 241.55 267.04 249.04 258.95 258.97 276.44 239.94 239.84 258.50 238.64 256.80 258.98 259.20 248.51 285.42 216.77 250.55 256.01 271.57 242.80 263.63 255.01 231.34 239.91 269.92 237.14 215.97 251.49 252.56 255.44 245.51 258.51

225.04 261.49 247.02 260.10 270.86 242.37 255.30 244.13 253.71 247.61 281.21 251.55 263.20 244.48 236.53 263.79 241.86 256.29 244.98 262.79 260.81 256.47 244.75 265.70 241.35 240.73 245.77 257.02 261.88 261.39 254.12 250.91 271.64 226.21 228.98 253.65 252.74 239.87 255.00 256.08 228.64 246.71 270.93 236.30 226.07 245.77 268.42 257.11 225.40 250.95

795 1181 149 658 387 2233 2 211 312 42 583 144 2486 119 326 143 2501 4 803 157 616 6 2332 347 796 145 1545 348 1289 74 267 24 19 110 430 1029 494 60 38 358 109 131 98 283 311 358 33

102.06 105.87 75.31 95.77 102.74 95.90 84.00 82.47 98.62 100.17 81.84 92.30 76.64 81.41 109.35 103.60 111.62 89.25 87.06 107.99 90.93 103.83 103.44 95.46 57.81 85.49 105.15 105.03 111.60 78.61 96.03 113.38 105.05 82.77 91.77 82.51 101.87 86.05 65.47 106.86 96.96 90.10 96.93 96.57 104.78 96.60 112.70

1954 114 1160 125 480 380 234 1797 615 1114 539 1269 579

189.66 207.00 -

249.22 253.99 238.46 253.43 238.33 212.00 257.64 233.55 258.16 239.17 251.00 210.53

253.42 206.66 255.51 250.04 261.26 237.26 250.53 257.31 247.73 264.53 237.96 261.03 257.26

255.73 115.69 254.15 249.14 237.57 240.23 256.10 242.07 260.67 243.57 257.85 239.10

253.17 205.60 255.11 249.86 258.05 237.27 248.31 257.44 247.19 264.30 237.94 260.77 256.28

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Market day(s) week ending w/e July 6 Bala Brecon Bryncir Builth Wells Carmarthen Crymych Dolgellau Gaerwen Hay On Wye Knighton Llandeilo Llanrwst Llanybydder Machynlleth Mold Monmouthshire Newcastle Emlyn Rhayader Market Ruthin St Asaph Talgarth Talybont-On-Usk Welshpool Whitland

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

Source: AHDB/LAA Total cattle number 1 13 70 25 2 -

STEERS Light average 130.00 199.00 230.50 -

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

Light average 182.50 186.00 -

Medium average 211.00 -

Heavy average 226.00 -


Medium average 203.75 226.50 209.00 Total cow number 14 15 1 45 14 15 10 -

Heavy average 203.33 218.00 180.00 -

Light average 190.00 206.40 230.50 -

CULL COWS Grade 1 average -

Grade 3 average -

Medium average 194.00 220.75 236.20 Dairy sired average 126.00 116.00 94.00 122.09 119.13 119.67 88.00 -

Heavy average 205.00 217.08 215.80 221.00 Beef sired average 179.92 139.15 158.52 132.54 154.67 149.50 -

SHEEP Total N/S lambs Bala Brecon Bryncir Builth Wells Carmarthen Crymych Dolgellau Gaerwen Hay On Wye Knighton Llandeilo Llanrwst Llanybydder Machynlleth Mold Monmouthshire Newcastle Emlyn Rhayader Market Ruthin St Asaph Talgarth Talybont-On-Usk Welshpool Whitland

282 826 819 2355 537 665 833 403 1311 434 413 159 3182 553 1488 3089 3288 928 692 5350 450

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

258.43 237.18 274.40 252.02 250.79 263.15 226.16 237.68 230.00 272.22 243.00 251.20 230.75 255.01 242.78 263.61 268.00 257.48 251.98 239.00

248.66 239.14 252.74 257.79 250.52 260.35 245.30 227.13 238.15 234.09 255.21 263.00 244.75 234.04 252.79 248.80 256.60 257.25 251.43 246.23 237.78

240.57 246.29 257.45 250.93 239.38 263.02 251.47 239.78 250.54 240.69 247.90 251.33 248.05 239.23 256.24 256.33 261.13 263.60 253.85 254.49 242.91

254.33 253.02 256.28 252.32 250.95 224.67 253.15 226.00 245.50 254.30 226.89 253.92 246.07 252.66 252.32 241.60 248.35 235.68

252.86 242.95 261.08 253.12 250.42 262.13 251.05 232.29 243.77 238.84 260.65 252.31 247.36 237.83 255.56 252.03 260.02 261.30 252.81 251.68 240.95

115 812 342 1330 755 795 375 224 579 156 168 67 1264 403 212 1664 1295 362 15 3273 158

47.51 68.17 88.63 72.26 78.85 95.89 89.59 72.15 81.19 76.19 58.26 74.08 80.63 80.42 89.02 81.00 79.14 108.89 67.17 86.19 87.79

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1/835.0 26/823.7 18/1039.4 -/-/-/22/869.3 2/742.5 64/932.8 1/555.0 5/950.0 5/975.0 1/640.0

1/790.0 49/1061.8 9/1212.8 -/-/-/14/797.1 3/995.0 64/1164.0 -/6/1051.7 12/943.3 -/-

-/7/699.3 -/-/-/-/-/4/660.0 -/2/760.0 -/1/895.0 -/-

-/10/919.5 -/-/-/-/1/935.0 3/910.0 10/1004.0 8/941.3 5/962.0 2/1095.0 -/-

3/1080.0 15/1112.7 -/-/-/-/-/5/1044.0 22/1109.8 14/1141.8 8/1203.8 2/925.0 -/-

-/2/615.0 -/-/-/-/3/630.0 2/410.0 -/4/640.0 1/795.0 4/667.5 -/-

-/10/737.0 2/1040.0 -/-/-/5/689.0 10/718.0 7/937.9 11/800.5 8/820.0 3/891.7 -/-

-/21/1016.7 1/1385.0 -/-/-/-/6/1003.3 20/947.8 15/1100.1 7/1070.0 1/745.0 -/-

-/11/437.7 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/2/490.0 -/-/-/-

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-/17/1190.3 36/1409.6 2/992.5 10/1120.0 -/14/1146.4 -/6/1379.2 -/1/1075.0 13/1199.2 -/-/-/-/49/1268.2 -/-/-/-/-/9/1208.9 2/1090.0 -/-/-/22/1125.2 -/-/17/1213.8 -/-/-/91/1192.7 -/18/1038.3 -/-/1/830.0 -/5/1167.0 14/1074.3 -/52/1195.3 -/-/-

-/6/754.2 17/633.8 1/618.0 6/605.8 -/43/610.7 -/44/736.8 3/896.7 -/14/713.9 3/748.3 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/5/820.0 -/35/535.3 35/750.1 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/18/581.3 60/620.7 -/3/926.7 -/-/14/668.9 -/1/685.0 2/777.5 -/2/685.0 -/-/-

-/37/1001.1 18/903.3 21/995.5 43/835.6 -/28/810.7 -/64/989.0 11/990.9 -/15/805.3 7/790.0 -/-/-/3/940.0 -/-/-/5/896.0 -/20/671.8 30/947.0 -/-/-/13/1001.9 -/-/5/1091.0 -/-/2/735.0 45/827.7 -/23/1018.5 -/-/3/783.3 -/7/1051.4 4/830.0 -/12/1064.2 -/8/1055.6

-/8/1025.0 20/1171.0 11/1080.5 19/962.1 -/13/1087.3 -/22/1052.0 1/1400.0 1/940.0 14/1036.1 1/880.0 -/-/-/40/1187.3 -/-/-/1/990.0 -/25/930.0 1/1225.0 -/-/-/22/1066.6 -/-/9/1128.3 -/-/9/1055.0 75/1056.7 -/17/1153.5 -/-/1/665.0 -/2/1070.0 9/1020.0 -/39/1194.4 -/2/1275.0

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-/28/1224.3 11/1225.5 28/1117.7 10/986.0 -/9/1101.7 -/21/966.4 -/1/850.0 17/1061.8 -/-/-/-/25/1238.8 -/-/-/-/-/7/1010.0 6/883.3 -/-/-/12/1125.0 -/-/15/1059.7 -/-/24/1199.0 130/1155.5 -/11/912.7 -/-/8/1090.0 -/7/1187.1 5/889.0 -/2/1115.0 -/-/-

-/5/541.0 9/615.0 7/520.3 6/586.7 -/7/395.7 -/-/-/-/5/742.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/52/507.2 9/611.1 -/-/-/4/640.0 -/-/-/-/-/13/507.7 27/497.4 -/2/305.0 -/-/4/622.5 -/-/5/499.0 -/-/-/-/-

-/3/940.0 20/615.3 34/675.7 17/634.7 -/8/587.5 -/3/790.0 -/-/10/710.0 -/-/-/-/8/812.5 -/-/-/-/-/31/597.9 15/621.3 -/-/-/4/875.0 -/-/2/980.0 -/-/5/868.0 24/780.8 -/4/836.3 -/-/5/831.6 -/-/2/650.0 -/-/-/-/-

-/2/1012.5 2/880.0 23/965.0 11/840.0 -/15/890.3 -/6/973.3 -/-/16/1018.4 -/-/-/-/16/1140.6 -/-/-/-/-/19/868.9 3/716.7 -/-/-/19/1021.8 -/-/9/938.3 -/-/8/991.3 93/948.5 -/18/971.1 -/-/8/983.8 -/3/1053.3 6/870.8 -/10/1021.0 -/1/690.0

-/-/1/410.0 5/323.0 21/542.1 -/15/484.3 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/15/424.3 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/12/502.1 10/401.5 -/-/-/-/1/620.0 -/-/1/200.0 -/-/-/-/-

80/1025.13 -/15/988.67 -/-/-/-/-/12/928.75 -/10/1004.50 4/926.25 -/30/931.83 -/-

52/1173.75 -/3/737.33 -/-/-/-/-/11/1245.00 -/19/1176.32 -/-/26/1125.77 -/-

9/645.56 -/19/906.05 4/671.25 -/-/-/-/2/690.00 -/8/814.38 -/-/5/679.00 6/1066.00

29/985.00 -/14/918.57 2/622.50 -/-/-/-/15/951.67 -/9/932.78 20/911.25 -/15/931.00 -/-

46/1091.09 -/3/660.00 1/590.00 -/-/-/-/13/1225.38 -/9/1108.89 -/-/28/1083.21 -/-

8/902.50 -/2/1040.00 -/-/-/-/-/4/813.75 -/-/4/813.75 -/-/-/-

15/965.00 -/9/1088.89 8/771.25 -/-/-/-/6/895.83 -/-/25/1138.80 -/22/1005.23 -/-

36/1092.64 -/2/1070.00 11/993.18 -/-/-/-/2/840.00 -/2/1000.00 -/-/34/1086.76 -/-

2/805.00 -/1/760.00 -/-/-/-/-/6/693.33 -/-/-/-/-/-/-

9/866.67 -/3/893.33 2/1030.00 -/-/-/-/2/987.50 -/-/2/910.00 -/11/846.36 -/-

47/998.62 -/1/1150.00 4/952.50 -/-/-/-/5/1045.00 -/-/2/955.00 -/18/1083.89 6/980.00

1/220.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

SCOTLAND Ayr Caithness Castle Douglas Dingwall Dumfries Forfar Huntly Kirkwall Lanark Lockerbie Newton Stewart Newtown St Boswells Stirling (caledonian) Stirling (ua) Thainstone

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Tu\Th Mo We

Tu\Mo Fr Th We Th

8/710.00 -/9/912.22 15/786.67 -/-/-/-/4/958.75 -/20/853.25 -/-/6/864.17 -/-

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


+ month ifers

No. / Av.

1016.7 385.0

003.3 /947.8 1100.1 070.0 45.0

012.5 880.0 /965.0 840.0





868.9 716.7



991.3 /948.5 971.1


053.3 870.8




150.00 952.50



1083.89 980.00

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.

-/11/437.7 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/2/490.0 -/-/-/-

-/9/796.7 -/-/-/-/-/-/2/722.5 -/-/1/1115.0 -/-

-/10/1011.5 -/-/-/-/-/-/16/1005.6 -/-/-/-/-

-/9/98.9 -/-/-/-/-/-/27/56.1 5/63.0 -/-/-/-

-/12/244.8 -/3/368.3 -/-/-/1/220.0 4/320.0 3/388.3 -/-/-/-

-/7/203.3 -/-/-/-/-/2/376.0 11/280.9 5/189.4 -/-/-/-

-/5/241.0 -/3/213.3 -/-/-/1/330.0 10/221.5 7/273.6 -/-/-/-

-/2/115.0 -/3/61.7 -/-/-/1/235.0 10/150.0 9/162.8 -/-/-/-

-/-/1/410.0 5/323.0 21/542.1 -/15/484.3 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/15/424.3 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/12/502.1 10/401.5 -/-/-/-/1/620.0 -/-/1/200.0 -/-/-/-/-

-/-/4/622.5 4/780.0 11/779.5 -/6/756.7 -/5/455.0 -/-/2/850.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/1/420.0 15/580.7 -/-/-/-/-/-/1/1145.0 -/-/38/751.5 18/669.7 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

-/6/718.3 1/935.0 8/998.1 8/968.8 -/4/1095.0 -/-/-/3/730.0 9/836.7 -/-/-/-/8/1037.5 -/-/-/-/-/11/741.8 -/-/-/-/10/1022.0 -/-/5/1079.0 -/-/8/1022.5 23/899.6 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/3/775.0 -/1/1105.0 -/-/-

-/-/3/43.3 16/67.4 13/112.5 -/1/58.0 -/1/40.0 -/1/25.0 7/77.7 -/-/-/-/2/12.5 12/47.1 1/190.0 -/-/-/58/66.5 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/25/82.5 -/13/58.2 8/130.0 -/-/-/-/13/58.1 -/-/-/-/-

-/-/10/259.7 9/224.4 22/358.1 -/-/-/2/302.5 -/4/401.8 48/308.0 2/297.5 -/-/-/-/37/297.7 8/374.4 -/-/-/100/325.6 -/-/-/-/-/6/257.8 -/-/-/-/1/220.0 33/289.8 -/14/299.6 2/417.5 -/-/-/3/351.7 12/309.6 -/-/-/-/-

-/-/19/237.3 13/210.8 27/289.2 -/-/-/-/-/-/27/231.9 3/303.3 -/-/-/-/32/246.6 4/243.8 -/-/-/79/243.8 -/-/-/-/-/7/189.0 -/-/-/-/1/195.0 46/263.7 -/15/262.9 2/390.0 -/-/-/1/275.0 14/253.2 -/-/-/-/-

-/-/24/179.2 15/229.5 4/267.5 -/-/-/2/262.5 -/-/21/172.4 -/-/-/-/2/250.0 14/252.4 1/255.0 -/-/-/74/234.0 -/-/-/-/-/2/181.0 -/-/-/-/8/203.6 54/227.4 -/10/138.2 1/265.0 -/-/-/-/9/294.3 -/-/-/2/452.0

-/-/24/127.4 17/170.2 9/199.4 -/2/115.0 -/-/-/-/23/143.6 -/-/-/-/4/248.8 5/203.6 -/-/-/-/43/187.6 -/-/-/-/-/3/196.7 -/-/-/-/3/183.7 52/185.2 -/8/154.5 1/285.0 -/-/-/1/250.0 7/234.3 -/-/-/-/-

1/220.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

1/760.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/17/709.41 -/-/-/-/6/840.83 -/-

11/833.64 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/14/996.07 -/-/-/-/14/1115.00 -/-

1/100.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/4/86.25 -/-/-/-/-/-/-

-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/3/236.67 -/-/-/-/4/315.00 -/-

-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/12/229.58 -/-/-/-/-/-/-

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No. / Av.


No. / Av.

Source: IAAS/ScotEID -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/8/245.00 6/169.17 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

Market day(s) w/e July 5

Bryncir Carmarthen Dolgellau Gaerwen Haverfordwest Knighton Mold Monmouthshire Newcastle Emlyn Rhayader Market Ruthin St Asaph Talgarth Welshpool Whitland

6-12 month steers

Mo Fr Tu Tu Fr We Th Th


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.

1/960.0 -/-/12/858.3 -/-/4/730.0 14/837.1 2/695.0 -/3/1053.3 -/-/-/54/721.0

1/930.0 -/2/1200.0 13/961.5 -/10/1219.0 3/840.0 -/-/-/11/1030.5 -/-/-/97/913.2

1/700.0 -/1/1000.0 12/1168.8 -/6/1185.8 11/1042.7 28/1285.0 -/-/20/1186.3 -/-/-/41/1051.6

-/-/-/5/759.0 -/-/3/530.0 7/706.4 1/590.0 -/3/410.0 -/-/-/52/640.8

1/1100.0 -/-/14/742.1 -/12/1143.3 12/800.4 15/842.7 2/595.0 -/13/697.3 -/-/-/125/810.8

2/1150.0 -/-/12/1022.5 -/4/1077.5 13/1055.4 -/-/-/1/1380.0 -/-/-/56/1075.5

STORES (NATIVE-SIRED) 6-12 month steers

Bryncir Carmarthen Dolgellau Gaerwen Haverfordwest Knighton Mold Monmouthshire Newcastle Emlyn Rhayader Market Ruthin St Asaph Talgarth 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.

-/-/1/900.0 -/-/-/3/406.7 2/820.0 1/580.0 -/3/820.0 -/-/-/21/539.3

9/1028.9 -/2/900.0 2/642.5 -/-/1/840.0 -/-/-/12/892.1 -/-/-/67/757.6

6/1174.2 -/-/1/1080.0 -/-/4/1040.0 4/1140.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/53/1015.6

-/-/-/-/-/-/3/450.0 2/640.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/22/445.5

-/-/-/1/740.0 -/-/2/805.0 2/745.0 -/-/1/710.0 -/-/-/58/641.4

-/-/-/1/880.0 -/-/4/986.3 4/1060.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/40/829.4


Bryncir Carmarthen Dolgellau Gaerwen Haverfordwest Knighton Mold Monmouthshire Newcastle Emlyn Rhayader Market Ruthin St Asaph Talgarth Welshpool Whitland

18+ month heifers


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

Black and Continental Continental Native white bulls bulls heifers bulls

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av. No. / Av.

-/-/-/-/-/-/10/445.0 -/-/-/1/220.0 -/-/-/8/488.1

-/-/-/2/725.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/10/578.5

-/-/-/4/727.5 -/3/923.3 31/988.9 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/13/770.8

-/-/-/-/-/-/4/57.5 12/80.2 16/49.9 -/1/190.0 -/-/-/48/49.9

-/-/-/-/-/-/4/225.5 7/314.6 24/269.3 -/11/276.4 -/-/-/44/292.9

-/-/-/-/-/-/5/144.0 3/225.7 13/233.1 -/12/261.3 -/-/-/47/225.2

-/-/-/-/-/-/6/181.3 2/217.5 12/162.7 -/-/-/-/-/43/195.9


Native heifers

-/-/-/-/-/-/7/135.0 3/170.0 6/163.8 -/8/74.4 -/-/-/43/138.4


Primestock throughput, price and price change (p/kg). Week ending July 6, 2021. ENGLAND AND WALES Category




Young bulls Steers Heifers All cattle NS/OS lambs (SQQ) Porkers Cutters Baconers Other pigs Dairy cull Beef cull

1,156 761 1,380 3,297 81,541 161 206 172 33 784 794

209.62 222.75 231.09 221.64 251.66 113.68 119.21 124.01 92.42 126.54 158.13

4.48 0.09 2.46 2.47 11.12 -0.47 1.10 4.11 -5.95 0.84 -0.47





Young bulls Steers Heifers All cattle NS/OS lambs (SQQ) Pigs Dairy cull Beef cull

1,175 843 1,542 3,560 90,607 572 882 1194

209.41 223.80 230.86 222.11 251.90 117.55 125.71 158.19

4.32 0.10 1.63 1.89 11.76 0.65 -0.08 -0.04


LIVEWEIGHT sheep prices saw a significant increase at marts this week as the Islamic festival of Eid al-Adha approaches. New season lamb prices reached 252.28p/kg, a rise of 11.57p/kg with cull ewes up £1.42/head at £92.70/head. There were also rises across the cattle rings, with young bulls seeing the largest rise, up 4.32p/kg at 209.41p/kg. Heifer prices reached 230.86p/kg, a rise of 1.63p/kg with steers seeing a smaller rise of 0.10p/kg to 223.80p/kg. Pig prices were up 0.65p/kg at 117.55p/kg. As Farmers Guardian went to press on Wednesday (July 7) UK LIFFE wheat prices for November 2021 were trading at £165.30/ tonne, down £2.45/t on the week. JULY 9 2021 | 95

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DEADWEIGHT CATTLE Deadweight prices for the week ending July 3, 2021

STORE LAMBS w/e July 6

Ashford Bakewell Barnard Castle Bentham Bishops Castle Blackmoor Gate Bridgnorth Brockholes Carlisle Cirencester Clitheroe Cockermouth Colchester Cutcombe Wheddon Cross Darlington Exeter Frome Gisburn Hailsham Hallworthy Hawes Hereford Hexham Holmfirth Holsworthy Hull Kendal Kirkby Stephen Lancaster Lazonby Leek Leyburn

Source: AHDB/LAA





22 32 -

73.8 87.5 -

289 37 49 144 28 -

78.5 56.4 77.2 76.7 83.9 -


Fr We We

Tu Fr

Source: AHDB/LAA


Brecon Bryncir Dolgellau Gaerwen Knighton Llandeilo Mold Monmouthshire Newcastle Emlyn Rhayader Market Ruthin St Asaph Welshpool

PIGS Prices in p/kg. Leek Market Drayton Selby York

Mo Fr Mo Mo

Th Th Sa

Longtown Louth Ludlow Market Drayton Market Harborough Melton Mowbray Newark Newton Abbot Northallerton Oswestry Otley Penrith Ross-On-Wye Rugby Salisbury Sedgemoor Selby Shrewsbury Skipton South Molton St Johns Chapel Stratford Tavistock Thame Thirsk Thrapston Truro Ulverston Wigton Worcester York








14 -

46.7 -

32 720 12 49 -

75.1 79.3 69.0 71.8 -






187 108 9 68 7 94 85 -

63.8 63.1 80.0 61.7 68.3 80.3 73.2 -

STORE LAMBS Ayr Caithness Mo Castle Douglas Tu Dingwall Dumfries Forfar Huntly Kirkwall Lanark Lockerbie Newton Stewart Newtown St Boswells Stirling (caledonian) Stirling (ua) Thainstone Th



4 35 -

78.5 91.2 -



Source: AHDB/LAA Market day Pigs total w/e: July 6 Tu Mo\We We Mo

Porkers average

51 130 258 48

112.73 111.95 126.07 116.62

WEANER PRICES Week ending July 3, 2021

Figures drawn from eight GB pig producer marketing groups. Prices quoted in £/head. June 26 July 3 30kg Weighted Average N/A N/A 7kg Weighted Average 38.76 38.93 *Insufficient quotations to quote regional prices. Source: AHDB

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Cutters average

Baconers average

112.86 110.11 123.19 125.16

111.45 114.67 127.56 131.69

Cull sows total 5 16 12 20

Cull sows average 64.00 51.94 37.75 37.85

SLAUGHTERINGS Estimates for Great Britain (per thousand head), week ending July 3, 2021 Pigs Sheep Steers Heifers Young bulls

2021 180.60 247.21 15.30 12.34 4.86

*week ending June 26, 2021


-U R O+ -O Average Number

Northern 3 4L

Central 3

408.0 405.2 397.4 376.8 399.4 3656

407.3 401.7 388.9 366.5 393.1 3498

407.5 409.5 399.1 379.8

4L 406.5 401.7 388.7 371.1

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

408.6 401.8 387.3 364.2 392.3 2815

415.3 413.9 403.9 381.4 410.8 3626

409.7 403.0 388.7 370.1

413.2 413.9 406.2 378.9


-U R O+ -O Average Number

Northern 3 4L

Central 3

411.0 402.7 391.8 358.9 398.9 2493

410.7 403.7 386.2 353.4 392.4 2492

411.9 406.5 398.0 385.8


Central 3

-U R O+ -O Average Number

408.2 399.2 375.0 358.5 394.1 1469

403.1 398.2 368.5 352.0 391.2 542

408.7 398.8 375.8

4L 412.0 403.5 388.8 363.0

4L 405.6 396.3 379.5 372.5

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

407.2 401.3 384.2 356.7 390.4 1705

418.5 411.5 403.4 367.5 411.2 2079

407.7 402.5 389.4 362.1

417.9 415.6 407.1 365.8

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

402.3 393.8 378.1 357.5 388.5 221

410.0 404.4 388.5 370.2 402.9 1012

400.0 390.0 370.0

407.6 402.1 392.6

DEADWEIGHT SHEEP N/S deadweight prices for the week ending July 3, 2021 SQQ E U R O P

2 533.8 527.7 521.0 516.9

(286) (2135) (7040) (1159)

3L 527.3 523.8 516.1 510.4 405.0

(622) (7786) (14838) (936) (1)

Source: AHDB

3H 523.2 522.3 515.6 511.9

(151) (2743) (4318) (182)

4L 496.8 492.6 493.4 496.3

4H (17) (279) (480) (14)

472.7 466.1

(11) (19)

Average: 518.8 (43,282)

Source: IAAS/ScotEID


Source: AHDB

%change (2020) +14.70 +7.24 -6.19 +0.47 +10.62

Medium E U R O P

2 533.8 527.7 520.7 512.6

(286) (2107) (6101) (571)

3L 527.4 523.8 515.9 508.5

(621) (7743) (14005) (656)

3H 523.2 522.3 515.3 508.5

(151) (2740) (4180) (138)

4L 496.8 492.6 493.2 489.8

4H (17) (279) (470) (9)

472.7 466.1

(11) (19)

Average: 518.74 (40,256) 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.

DEADWEIGHT PIGS Latest deadweight prices for Great Britain.

Source: AHDB

STANDARD PIG PRICE (SPP) Week ending June 26, 2021.

ALL PIG PRICE (APP) Week ending June 19, 2021.

EU spec Number 60 - 69.9kg 318 Up to 59.9kg 3,079 70 - 79.9kg 16,538 80 - 89.9kg 31,987 90 - 99.9kg 23,302 100 - 104.9kg 3,653 105.0kg and over 1,602 All clean pigs 80,479 70 - 104.9kg 75,480 EU spec average UK spec average

EU spec Number 60 - 69.9kg na Up to 59.9kg 3,493 70 - 79.9kg 15,426 80 - 89.9kg 29,250 90 - 99.9kg na 100 - 104.9kg na 105.0kg and over na All clean pigs 72,414 70 - 104.9kg 67,174 EU spec average UK spec average

Price Change 138.24 -1.50 156.87 0.12 159.19 0.54 158.75 0.84 157.45 0.43 154.55 0.06 131.05 0.32 157.57 0.58 158.25 0.63 157.57 0.58 154.81 0.57


Week ending July 7, 2021

GOOSTREY: Mon, straw, barley, round bales to £136/t; square bales to £152/t; wheat, square bales to £142/t; haylage, square bales to £70/t

Price Change na na 160.38 -0.07 162.18 1.15 161.52 1.21 na na na na na na 160.67 1.09 161.22 1.19 160.67 1.09 157.85 1.07


Prices in euros. Averages for week ending June 20, 2021 (latest data available) ■ IRELAND: Steers R3 euro/kg/dw 4.17 (0.02 change on week in euros) Source: AHDB

Source: AHDB

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MARKET PRICES UK DELIVERED PRICES – SUMMARY Thursday, July 1, 2021 (£ per tonne).

Source: AHDB

Delivery East Anglia / London (BW)


North-West grains/ Liverpool OSR

Avonmouth feed /South bread



Jul-2021 Hvst-2021 Sep-2021 Nov-2021 Jul-2021 Hvst-2021 Sep-2021 Nov-2021 Jul-2021 Hvst-2021 Sep-2021 Nov-2021 Jul-2021 Hvst-2021 Sep-2021 Nov-2021 Jul-2021 Hvst-2021 Sep-2021 Nov-2021 Jul-2021 Hvst-2021

Bread Wheat Price Change 192.50 n/c 194.50 +4.00 192.50 +3.00 195.50 n/c 196.50 +3.50 201.00 +3.00 204.50 n/c 205.50 +3.00 200.50 +2.50 -

Feed Wheat Price Change 198.50 n/c 170.00 +3.50 172.00 n/c 173.50 +3.50 215.50 n/c 203.00 n/c 172.50 +4.50 175.00 n/c 176.00 +4.50 215.50 n/c 178.50 n/c 182.50 n/c -

Feed Barley Price Change 151.00 n/c -

Oilseed Rape Price 460.00 468.00 463.00 471.00 458.50 466.50 -

Change +29.00 +29.50 +29.00 +29.50 +28.50 +29.00 -

UK DELIVERED RAPESEED PRICES Friday, July 2, 2021 (£ per tonne). Oilseed Rape East Anglia / London Erith Liverpool Hull / Selby Scottish Ports

Source: AHDB

Hvst-2021 460.00 462.50 463.00 458.50 -

Nov-2021 468.00 470.50 471.00 466.50 -

Feb-2022 471.00 473.50 474.00 469.50 -



Jul-21 Nov-21 Jan-22 Mar-22 May-22 Jul-22 Nov-22 Jan-23 Mar-23 May-23

185.00 165.30 167.80 168.90 171.50 170.80 168.00 166.40 168.25 170.00

-1.25 -0.05 unchanged unchanged +0.40 unchanged +3.25 unchanged unchanged unchanged


price €/tonne

Change on last €/tonne

Sep-21 Dec-21 Mar-22 May-22 Sep-22 Dec-22 Mar-23 May-23

200.75 202.50 204.50 207.25 199.50 200.00 199.50 203.50

+2.50 +2.50 +2.25 +2.50 +2.00 +2.00 -1.00 +1.00

Tuesday, May 26, 2021 (latest data available) BPS ENTS English (£/hectare) – deadline May 17, 2021 Price at Leasing/naked deadlines acre letting Non-SDA SDA Moorland

£150-214 £165-200 £45

BPS ENTS Welsh Deadline May 15, 2021 Price at deadlines

£80 – –

Leasing/naked acre letting


BPS ENTS Scottish Regions 1, 2 and 3 Deadline April 6, 2021 Price at deadlines Region 1 Region 2 Region 3

£155 £40❒ £15◆

Leasing/naked acre letting -

BPS ENTS Northern Irish Deadline May 4, 2021 Price at Leasing/naked deadlines acre letting 0.8-1.0■


English, Welsh and Scottish entitlements have Flat Rate values for 2021. NI has different historic values moving to Flat Rate by 2021/22. Transfers without land subject to VAT if transferor is VAT registered. 2020 PAYMENT RATES inc. greening/ha (Subject to payment adjustments and changes, FDM is no longer deducted): Non-SDA £233.22; SDA £231.57; Moorland £63.95. Predicted: Welsh £87.39 (excl. extra redistributive payment on 1st 54ha £91.97). Scottish R1 £218; R2 £43; R3 £12.90. NI average £203.26. CARBON - Woodland Carbon Units £20-£23/ cu.m PIUs £12/cu.m. October’s WCG reverse auction average £17.31/cu.m. WATER – abstraction licences £3-15/cu.m. Subject to VAT and associated fees.

FUTURES MARKETS (WHEAT) Wednesday, July 7, 2021 (£ per tonne). Price Change on last LIFFE £/tonne £/tonne


■ Face Value multipliers including historic and greening elements ◆ Plus convergence payment ❒ Predicted prices

Source: Townsend Chartered Surveyors

SUPERMARKET RED MEAT PRICES Week ending July 6, 2021 (prices in p/kg). This week Last week

CORN RETURNS EX-FARM PRICES Thursday, July 1, 2021 (£ per tonne).

WHEAT Milling Bread

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)

198.80 201.90 201.90 201.90 -5.90

Source: AHDB


Feed & Other

BARLEY Malting Premium


Feed & Other

196.90 194.70 198.30 198.30 198.30 -1.10

189.10 191.40 195.80 192.70 200.90 195.20 209.00 205.60 195.90 195.90 +3.50




OATS Milling


139.40 139.80 139.80 n/c

126.70 127.70 127.70 n/c


June 30, 2021 (latest data available) All prices £/tonne ex-farm Micronising Feed Feed peas peas beans

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Jly Aug Sep

268.00 269.00 260.00

221.00 222.00 192.00

231.00 232.00 200.00

BEEF Roasting Joint Sirloin Steak Rump Steak Fillet Steak Diced Braising Steak Lean Mince Standard Mince

981 1661 1245 2951 729 975 518 386

921 1661 1264 2951 729 975 525 386

LAMB Whole Leg Shoulder (Bone-in) Shanks Steaks Chops Diced Standard Mince

1083 854 1157 1416 1231 1313 819

1117 824 1157 1394 1231 1352 819

PORK Leg (Boneless) Shoulder (Boneless) Fillet (Tenderloin) Loin Steaks Chops Diced Belly Slices Ribs Lean Mince

435 343 750 530 509 526 529 590 475

435 343 761 530 518 534 529 590 475 Source: AHDB

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UK DELIVERED WHEAT PRICES 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

JUL 203.00 198.50 215.50 215.50 -

HVST 172.50 170.00 178.50 -

SEP 175.00 172.00 177.50 -

NOV 176.00 182.50 173.50 179.50 182.50 175.00 -

FEB 178.50 178.50 183.50 186.50 -

2. FULL SPEC. BREAD WHEAT North-West Northamptonshire South London / Essex Yorkshire


HVST 201.00 192.50 -

SEP 204.50 195.50 192.50 -

NOV 205.50 196.50 194.50 200.50

FEB 209.00 200.00 198.00 -

3. FULL SPEC. BISCUIT WHEAT North-West Northamptonshire South London / Essex Yorkshire Scotland






GREAT BRITAIN Bentham Carlisle Exeter Frome Gisburn Holsworthy Lancaster Leek Leyburn Market Drayton Norton And Brooksbank Otley Sedgemoor Shrewsbury Skipton Wigton Mold Whitland Ayr Lanark Stirling (ua)

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Last updated June 21, 2021. Source: AHDB/LAA/IAAS



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HAY AND STRAW: REGIONS Week ending July 11, 2021.

Quality North East E Yorks N Mids E Mids C Mids E Counties S East South S West S Wales SE Scotland

Straw stocks are as short as they have been in the last 15 years.

Big bale hay

Pickup baled hay and straw Seed Meadow Barley hay hay straw

Wheat straw

Big sq. baled straw Barley Wheat straw straw

Good *80 90 *65 *75 *65 *75 *80 *60 *80 80

Good *100 100 *120 *110 180 *100 -

Good 100 -

Good 100 100 110 100 100 112 130 105

Good *100 *100 *100 150 *90 -

Good 100 -




Thursday, July 1, 2021.



Good 100 100 105 100 100 100 106 125 100

Last updated July 7, 2021 Commodity Hi Pro Soyameal – North Hi Pro Soyameal – South Soya hulls Maize distillers Maize gluten Non-GM Sugar beet pellets (delivered) Whole maize PCR Negative Palm kernel expellers Rapeseed meal basis Erith Kent Rapeseed meal basis Liverpool Wheat distillers pellets/meal Humber

July 361.00 344.00 181.00 357.00 239.00

August 361.00 344.00 181.00 355.00 239.00

258.00 237.00 241.00 290.00

258.00 221.00 234.00 277.00

Source: Straights Direct September-October 359.00 344.00 181.00 355.00 220.00 190.00 ✸ 221.00 234.00 263.00

Key: All prices in pounds sterling. Currency, £/$1.3833; £/€1.1666 Guide prices indicated include delivery charge of £6/tonne. ✸ = After safe arrival; F = First half; S = Second half; ✡ =Feb ✥= Mar ● =Apr ✬= Mar/Apr ❇ =May ❖= June ◗ = May/Jul ✺ = June/July ✪ = Aug ✲ = Aug/Oct ✰=Sept/Oct ▲ = Nov/Apr


Source: AHDB

Aligned liquid milk Muller Milk & Ingredients M&S Muller Milk & Ingredients Sainsbury’s Arla Foods - Sainsburys Muller Milk & Ingredients TSDG (Tesco) Muller Milk & Ingredients Co-op Dairy Group

Monthly price 32.86 31.55 31.18 31.12 29.63

Annual average 33.28 31.97 31.64 31.51 30.05

Standard Liquid Milk First Milk Liquid Muller Milk & Ingredients Direct3

Monthly price 26.10

Annual average 26.52

Standard Manufacturing UK Arla Farmers Manufacturing1 Barber’s Cheesemakers South Caernarfon Creameries Wyke Farms Lactalis - Caledonian Cheese First Milk Manufacture2 Glanbia - Llangefni Belton Farm

Monthly price 29.39 26.65 27.66 28.20 28.17 28.06 26.73 27.57

Annual average 29.88 29.18 28.40 28.39 28.17 28.03 27.60 27.57

A&B Freshways

Monthly price 26.19

Annual average 26.23

1. This contract will receive a 0.90ppl 13th payment. 2. This contract will receive a 0.50ppl Member Premium payment. 3. This contract will receive a 1ppl Direct Premium payment. Retailer price supplements are included where applicable. Supplements listed are in addition to listed milk prices.

UK MONTHLY MILK PRODUCTION April UK milk deliveries were up 1.9 per cent year on year, to 1,354 million litres. Cumulatively this was 1.9 per cent up on the same period in 2020. April GB milk deliveries were up 1.5 per cent year on year to 1,118m litres, up 1.5 per cent on the year cumulatively.

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FARMING: THE BACKBONE O Sally Urwin does not come from a farming background, but she is now a much-loved voice within the rural community. Emily Ashworth speaks to her to find out more.

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Steve and I are just one link in a massive long chain of farmers who have loved the land and made their life on this little patch of Northumberland SALLY URWIN enterprise with 1,000 British Quality pigs and rented out a paddock to a small family business, Dark Sky Glamping. Coming into the industry was, however, a very steep learning curve for Sally. She says: “If you have no background in farming, everything has to be explained. “It’s not just moving into a job; it’s moving into a farming family.

Change “They might have a way of doing things or be more traditional and for many years I’ve asked why do you do it this way? Why don’t you try and change things? But what I hadn’t realised is that they’d already tried it and it hadn’t worked, but Steve was very patient.” She began to write blogs, mostly for the benefit of family members who did not understand farming, but her on-farm anecdotes quickly became popular – most will know of ‘fat pony’, her beloved white horse who famously plays dead whenever visitors frequent the farm, or wonky the lamb. “A lot of funny things happen,” says Sally. “I didn’t know any other farmers or wives, so it was a way of reaching out and asking, what do I do about this? There has been some fabulous support.



here are two things which stand out about Sally Urwin: she is quick witted and, above all else, she is honest. Both are attributes that have no doubt led to her acquiring a mass of followers, as well as her open account of farm life in her book, A Farmer’s Diary. Her story, though, is quite unexpected. More widely known as the ‘Pint Sized Farmer’ for being unapologetically 4ft 10inches tall, Sally, 47, grew up in Tynemouth, Northumberland, and it is safe to say her farming experience was practically zero as her youth saw her attend a convent school, followed by college and university. She spent years working in corporate marketing, as an insolvency practitioner, a job which by her own admission she ‘hated.’ “It was so stressful,” says Sally. “I spent a lot of time travelling down to London and always felt like a square peg in a round hole. But it’s what you did – you went to university, you got a job and you tried to break glass ceilings. “I fell ill and was diagnosed with ME – an illness causing chronic fatigue among many other symptoms. I had to quit my job and move in with my parents. At the same time, I met my husband, Steve, and after 12 months we got married and I became a farmer’s wife. So, it was a real change to what I thought my life would be.” Now, Sally is undoubtedly a fully fledged member of the farming community, and since moving to High House Farm in Matfen 17 years ago, her story has been received with great interest. The pressures and anxieties are still there, but she says ‘it feels more worthwhile, rather than creating profit for some faceless board of trustees’. They run 150 Texel sheep across 61 hectares (150 acres), selling through Hexham market, and grow wheat, barley and oilseed rape. In 2004 they renovated one of the grade 2 listed buildings onsite into a microbrewery, award-winning tearoom and wedding venue, but sold this in 2009. They have, however, just added a bed and breakfast pig

Finding her farming feet

“I’m insatiably curious and I love learning about people in different parts of the world, so I follow lots of different characters.” It was, though, a shock when a publisher then offered her a book contract after reading her account of daily farming life In 2019, her book, The Diary of a Pint-Sized Farmer was released and met with welcoming reviews from the likes of The Guardian and The Daily Mail. And it would seem that her open approach to talking about her new life struck a chord with many. She says: “It was honest – I talked about how poor we were. My husband kept saying, don’t tell

them that but I thought sod it, I’m going to. “There were also my mental health issues – it’s good to show people warts and all. “Almost everybody I’ve talked to has issues with some kind of mental health.

Lifestyles “There’s a lot more info [about farming] out there but I think the pandemic has made people look at their own lifestyles and are saying, I’m really not enjoying this. “It’s a bit of wish fulfilment.” They are making the most of the farm by adding different revenue streams to the business, but

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Since taking up farming as a career with her husband Steve 17 years ago, Sally Urwin has become well-known for her honest accounts of farming life in her books and blogs.

for her own children, Lily, 14, and George, 11, Sally is keen for them to find their own calling rather than push them into farming. She says: “Lily has an interest in the farm, but I hope that she can find a career alongside the it. “It’s a struggle, living hand-tomouth, and you can be quite isolated. “I’d like her to go to agricultural college and not just down the road, I think she needs to go and experience life. “On the other hand, George thinks the farm is muddy and boring and says there is nobody to play with. But he loves riding the quad bike and following his dad around the sheep.”

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Sally is set to release her second book in the summer of 2022, and it is hard to picture her in any other role than that of farmer. It is, she believes, something she would have happily pursued had she been given the option earlier in life.

Countryside “I think at 16 what I should have done is work with horses, taken a year off and not exactly gone to agricultural college, but done something to do with the countryside,” she says. “Because I was academic, I was pushed down a particular route even though my personality didn’t fit it.

“It wasn’t all bad – I got free coffee and had some nice clothes. “I much prefer animals to people and making a real difference – it’s not just spreadsheets. “The weddings compliment the farm quite well, as you get bridesmaids watching me as I’m lambing. “I like meeting people and explaining what I’m doing.” As she reflects on life so far, Sally has carved out a new story for herself and her way of living is part of a much larger legacy. She says: “Our farm is half-a-mile from Hadrian’s Wall and I feel like Steve and I are just one link in a massive long chain of farmers who have loved the land and made their

life on this little patch of Northumberland. According to the records, they found that this stretch of the wall was built on top of already worked land – and you can imagine how upset the farmer was when these Roman soldiers turned up and started plodging all over his freshly ploughed field so that they could build the wall. “The previous generations have left lots of clues as to how they used to live and work, and I love the fact that our family is the latest in a long line of people making a living from High House Farm.” MORE INFORMATION Visit JULY 9 2021 | 101

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Every week we follow the ups and downs of farmers around the UK KATE ROWELL

Scottish Borders Kate Rowell is a fifthgeneration farmer running the 750ha Hundleshope Farm on the Haystoun Estate, Peebles, where the family have been tenants for 150 years. She runs the hill unit with her husband Ed and their four children. She is also a vet and chair of Quality Meat Scotland.


t was my birthday a few weeks ago and we celebrated by spending the day worming and weighing the last lot of lambs and tagging the final few calves before heading out for a much anticipated meal at a local pub for the first time in months, where someone else did the dishes. I’ve always felt really lucky to have a June birthday. On our farm it’s one of the most laid-back months of the whole year, the spring work is all done and dusted and we’re in the pause before silage and clipping. There’s time to gradually catch up on jobs which have been building up through the busy months – fixing fences, mucking out sheds, replacing slates on the roof and mending or repurposing all the things which have seen better days. My brainwave this year was turning an old sheep ring feeder upside down to use as a very effective lamb creep for the field of triplets. As with many farms, not much is ever thrown away and often some old implement or discarded piece of equipment is pulled out of a weedy corner behind a shed to start a new life as part of something else or to allow a quick fix of a newer model.

‘The pandemic has given us a chance to re-evaluate what’s most important’ But sometimes it pays to spend money on something new and fit for purpose and that’s definitely how I feel about cattle handling systems. In my first job as a farm animal vet 25 years ago I learned early on how important it was to have a good cattle crush and very quickly compiled a list of favourite farms based on the facilities they had, while dreading visiting the odd place that had nothing at all. I can tell you there isn’t anything which makes a vet’s heart drop faster than the words ‘we’ll just get her behind this gate’. When we took over the farm a new crush was top of my Christmas

list and Santa was obviously feeling generous that year as a nice, shiny new model arrived in early January. Since then, however, we’ve never got round to bringing the rest of the cattle handling facilities up to the same spec. It’s been discussed at length, plans have been drawn and many hours have been spent at shows looking at different set-ups, but somehow we just haven’t got round to actually getting anything. While we were tagging those last few calves, we decided that by my next birthday it will definitely be done, and working with the cattle will be safer and more enjoyable. After all, we’re not getting any

younger or quicker and any injuries seem to take longer to heal these days. Now I’ve written it down we’ll have to get on and do it and hopefully I’ll be able to report some progress sooner rather than later. It wasn’t an important birthday this year, although there’s one not too far away, so there were no wild parties or anything, but spending a beautiful, sunny day doing the sort of mundane farming jobs we all do day in, day out, and then a lovely meal out with the kids made it just as special after the unsettling events of the last 18 months. I think the pandemic has given us all a chance to pause and re-evaluate just what’s most important in life.

Farmers Weather by Dr Simon Keeling

A misty week in Foggy Bottom SORRY, I couldn’t resist the headline – yes, there really is a place in mid-Shropshire called Foggy Bottom, and as you can imagine, it always used to raise a smile when I placed it on the BBC weather map. But there is a real reason for the name. It is located in a valley, beneath the Shropshire Hills, an ideal location for fog to form. Many of you who have called Farmers WeatherLIVE this week have been telling me you are struggling to gather the last of the harvest, as the damp mornings and cloudy days 102 | JULY 9 2021

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have made the task a frustrating one, and I am afraid that the coming week will fall into the ‘frustration’ category too. But there is an easy way that you can predict when fog and mist are likely to clear and hence the sun break through. The trick is to make a note of the temperature at which mist started to form during the late afternoon and evening. Given that mist and fog occurs in a airmass which is by its very nature rather still, there are unlikely to be any changes to this airmass by the following morning.

It is then reasonable to assume that temperature at which the fog will clear is likely to be very similar to that at which it formed. So a glance at an internet weather site will tell you how temperatures are expected to rise through the morning, and hence at what temperature the fog is likely to clear. It’s a basic method, but it works. Of course, we will keep you up to date with the risk of mist and fog, and of course sunshine in our daily Farmers Weather videos at

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NEXT WEEK Monmouthshire Kate Beavan Cheshire Ian Garnett

‘The cattle on the marsh sometimes go for a dip’ Lancashire Amy Wilkinson works on her family’s tenanted farm at Halsall, Lancashire. Working mainly with her dad, Amy farms 285ha of arable crops and 550 beef cross cattle which are all reared through to finishing. You can follow her on Instagram @amygingewilkinson


his time of year is the calm before the inevitable storm of harvest; everything is sown, cows are outside, grass is cut and spraying up to date. This means it’s a good chance for me and Dad to have a break from the farm and each other. We are very lucky as we get on exceedingly well and, if I was being cheesy, I would call him my best friend.

However, after working nonstop since Christmas, it’s safe to say we could use a break. We take it in turns to take time away, as, having cattle, someone always has to be home to feed what is inside. The first few times Dad left me in charge I found the responsibility terrifying. The reason for this, and it might just be my experience, is as soon as he steps foot off the yard something is bound to go wrong. In the past few years I have dealt with the unexpected: life, death, illness, breakdowns, escaping cows, trespassing teenagers, the police and the fire brigade. It’s safe to say I now feel prepared for pretty much anything and the responsibility is no longer daunting. The most stressful day I was in charge came at the hooves of a waterborne Ayrshire bullock. All our cattle are grazed on marshes so it is not surprising that this lad took a dip. However, the chaos that ensued was incredible.

My day started with a phone call off Dad telling me that ‘someone had rung to say there is a bullock stuck on the marsh and it is probably nothing, but take the Defender and go check’. I was greeted on the marsh by two fire engines and a fire and rescue van. I could clearly see this was a mass gathering of men in uniform, not a woman among them, so with my head down I walked out to meet them. It turns out our bullock had become a training exercise for both Lancashire and Merseyside fire departments. As I approached, I could feel the hostility of the men who clearly had better things to do with their Sunday. Their moods didn’t improve when I pointed out they were trying to pull him out on the wrong side so he would just jump back in to get to his mates.


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They had managed to get a halter around his neck which was now choking him. It was obvious that to get him out, we had to get the halter off. I rang my sister’s boyfriend – an ag mechanic – to bring a tractor. Once the tractor arrived the firemen started directing all their questions at said sister’s boyfriend because, obviously, a lad would know what to do. This was the final straw for me. The red mist descended and I backed the tractor to the gully, attached the rope, pulled the bullock out, jumped out of the tractor and got the bullock in a headlock, trying to remove the halter as I watched these brave men run, metaphorically, for the hills. I got the halter off and sent him on his way, only to be greeted by the open-mouthed firemen. I curtsied and thanked them for their help.


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Forthright opinions from throughout the world of agriculture

‘Gene edited crops are an opportunity for UK agriculture’


hen Gregor Mendel began experiments on pea plants in the 1850s, the celebrated monk and scientist could never have guessed it would be the beginning of genetic science. By cross-pollinating breeds of the same pea species, he could examine and even accentuate traits in the next generation. Today, the field of gene editing is in essence doing the same thing. However, the latest techniques shorten the cross-pollination process to weeks rather than Mendel’s multiple seasons and scientists can of course be far more targeted with their results.

They can produce hardier crops and strains which are much healthier for humans and animals, such as wheat with low levels of free asparagine, a chemical which can turn into cancer-linked acrylamide when cooked. There are obvious environmental advantages as strains which are less susceptible to pests will require less pesticide. The benefits are well-documented but concerns about the role of laboratories in nature have sadly held things back. So too have EU rules, all too often unduly influenced by baseless fears, pressure groups and the unscientific precautionary principle. This could all change now we have left EU rules.

Gene editing is among the most important opportunities the UK can grasp in agriculture, according to some MPs.

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Conservative MP for North Shropshire and former Defra Secretary

Indeed, the report by the Taskforce on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform suggests gene editing is among the most important opportunities the UK can grasp in agriculture.

Opportunity The report, written by MPs Iain Duncan Smith, Theresa Villiers and George Freeman, says gene editing represents ‘an opportunity both for the UK’s domestic production and in exporting technology’. It adds that this field of science can reduce the need for chemical pesticides and promote sustainable agriculture around the world. Crucially, the report stresses the need to distinguish gene editing from the more contentious genetic modification – urging that the two are licensed and regulated separately. In this way, science and agriculture can help persuade a naturally and understandably sceptical public that the technology and its outcomes can be safe and highly beneficial. Many people in agriculture will recognise other problems cited by the report in relation to rules and enforcement, which says ‘farmers

face compliance with potentially hundreds of regulations, depending on their business, enforced by several agencies and public bodies’. Out of the EU, the UK can create a more integrated framework where farmers are spared endless paperwork and site visits. The previous system we inherited from the EU prioritised forms and compliance to the expense of innovation. It is gratifying to see proposals for a more ‘risk-based, proportionate approach to agri-environmental regulation’ with a stated focus on agritech. The report also seeks to enhance Government’s command of data in agriculture and actively promote farming’s links with innovators. Brexit was always about increasing standards and it is positive to see a report mapping out how that will be done. I would encourage anyone with an interest in agricultural innovation to read it.

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