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EXPANDING YOUR HORIZONS Farm business inspiration from abroad

GLOBAL VIEW International focus on farming What UK can learn from other countries

By Olivia Midgley

THIS week marks a special edition of Farmers Guardian as we bring

you a taste of farming from across the globe. As policy makers carve out a plan for Britain’s exit from the European Union, questions remain over how UK farmers will continue to flourish outside the trading bloc. Speaking to farmers and sector leaders around the world, the FG team has found numerous similarities with the industry’s international counterparts. The thorny issue of how to approach succession planning and addressing the need to attract bright, young talent were recurring themes.

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A German vegetable grower talks about his struggles with the weather and a Maryland beef producer highlights the importance of connecting with consumers and shortening supply chains. Experts also give us their take on what Brexit could mean for the UK and its trading partners and discuss what farming life could be like if Government subsidies were abolished. So, whether it is dairy farming in Switzerland or machinery manufacturing in Brazil, we speak to the people behind the operations and ask what we can learn from our international colleagues.

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Looking at how UK agriculture can attract the next generation of farmers



A look at other countries’ farming support policies







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Comparing the equipment and efficiency of four spreading systems


How a US farm is researching grass-fed production for beef


Including discussion of the labour and standards issues Brexit presents and how China’s farm industry is evolving




North African opportunities for UK exports

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A look at South Africa’s potato market and meeting the Worshipful Company of Farmers’ new Master



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The timing of two Welsh farming consultations has been criticised.

Consultations on NVZs and TB slammed By Abi Kay

FARMERS have accused the Welsh Government of trying to bury the new bovine TB consultation by holding it at the same time as a separate consultation on controversial Nitrate Vulnerable Zone (NVZ) proposals. The NVZ consultation closed on December 23 and farmers have to give their views on TB policy by January 10. The deadlines were just over two weeks apart, with the TB consultation also running over Christmas, making it difficult for farmers to find time to respond. Dairy and beef farmer Tom Jones, Pembrokeshire, said: “Everyone I have spoken to has said the deadlines are too tight. “The timing over Christmas is strange. I feel having two consultations so close together is a deliberate plan to push through the changes as quickly as they can. “All the efforts of lobbying groups were on NVZs so they did not have the time or staff to focus on TB.”

Response Environment Secretary Lesley Griffiths told the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs committee she was ‘disappointed’ and ‘surprised’ at the low response to the TB consultation, given farmers’ strong views on the subject. But Mr Jones said it was not surprising so few people had expressed their views, given the timing and effort involved in responding to the consultations. “The NVZs consultation has been in public view for a while, but the TB one was almost kept aside. I

We would suggest the timing could have been better than to have two major consultations running almost alongside each other STEPHEN JAMES did not know about it until the document was released,” he added. Unions agreed the timing of the consultations was poor, with Farmers’ Union of Wales TB spokesman Brian Walters saying Government issuing a ‘large number’ of farming consultations in the run-up to Christmas would ‘not have helped’ response rates. NFU Cymru president Stephen James said: “Although both consultations run for 12 weeks, the winter and Christmas period is a busy one. “We would suggest the timing could have been better than to have two major consultations running almost alongside each other and with the TB consultation straddling the Christmas and New Year period.” A Welsh Government spokesman said: “Our consultations on NVZs in Wales and the refreshed bovine TB eradication programme will run for the full 12 weeks, the average time for all our consultations.”

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NFU and NFU Cymru have asked the RPA to share its data to limit delays already being seen by cross-border claimants.

INVERCLYDE Council and Fife Council have joined eight other Scottish local authorities in banning sky lanterns, in a win for Farmers Guardian’s Say No To Sky Lanterns campaign. FG has been working with industry partners, including NFU Scotland and the CLA, in calling for sky lanterns to be banned. Dozens of councils, events companies and festivals across the UK have already banned the products. MORE INFORMATION For additional details on FG’s Say No To Sky Lanterns campaign, go to

Rural broadband sees £440m boost RURAL homes and businesses will benefit from an extra £440 million to boost superfast broadband, but more must be done to cement the digital divide in rural areas, the CLA said. The funding will be made up of £150m in cost savings and the rest in the form of returned subsidies from BT, the Government said. CLA rural business adviser Dr Charles Trotman said it was vital to maintain pressure on BT to ensure the right investments were made in rural areas. He said: “It is entirely right that BT Group, which is providing the additional cash, recycles money from the windfalls received from the programme back into the scheme. “BT Group is both the main recipient of public money, provided to BT Openreach to fund the roll out of infrastructure, and the main commercial provider of internet services to homes and businesses once they are connected. So it is vital the group is tightly regulated.”


Two more councils ban sky lanterns

Concerns remain over commoners’ BPS cash rStoring up problems

for the future By Abi Kay

THE Foundation for Common Land has welcomed an agreement from the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) to make Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments to as many commoners as possible by the end of 2016, even if there are unresolved issues with their 2015 claims. But NFU vice-president Guy Smith remained sceptical. Defra Ministers authorised the request, which means commoners will receive top-up payments when 2015 issues are resolved. Julia Aglionby, executive director of the foundation, said: “It is excellent news that commoners, and hence the management of common land, will not be disadvantaged compared with other land. “Common land provides multiple public goods on many of our most iconic places, but it is dependent on

active management by commoners to maintain these benefits.” Mr Smith welcomed the news, but his optimism was cautious and he said Defra needed to be ‘mindful’ of making sure the RPA was properly resourced in the future. “Anything which frees up the system and gets money out is good news, but we are concerned this money is going out, but it is not quite correct,” he said. “It is storing up problems for the future, because now we have two years of issues. There is no commitment

Anything which frees up the system and gets money out is good news GUY SMITH

to 90 per cent of payments going out being correct.” Last week, the NFU and NFU Cymru wrote to RPA chief executive Mark Grimshaw, asking for data to be shared with Rural Payments Wales (RPW) to limit delays already being seen by cross-border claimants.

Sharing data NFU Cymru president Stephen James said: “Last April, we met with the RPA when we were assured it would work to improve its sharing of data with RPW in time for the 2016 BPS application year. “Evidence to date suggests these assurances have not come to fruition for the delivery of the 2016 BPS. “We are already aware of cases where members are suffering hardship, but with RPA data not being available, RPW is unable to validate claims and, as a result, no payment can be made. “Hundreds of farmers are being unfairly penalised just because their land happens to straddle the border.”

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News and Business Reporter Lauren Dean, 01772 799 520

There are several programmes to attract the next generation to farming in New Zealand.

With the average age of UK farmers at 59, Lauren Dean sees


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oung people have often been drawn on for their enthusiasm and innovative ideas but continued struggles with misconceptions and outdated perceptions have resulted in a widely misunderstood image of agriculture. With questions mounting about whether young people have the right work ethic to face a ‘challenging day’s work’, or how out of touch they may be with farms if they did not grow up on one, the industry has been left struggling to tackle the ever-growing problem of recruiting the next generation to feed the UK’s growing population. Defra Secretary Andrea Leadsom recently said she would like to see ‘young British folk have a fabulous career in food and farming’, adding she hoped careers in food production would be ‘much more appealing going forward’. But in order to better engage with and encourage young people, Andy Somerville, chief executive of the Primary Industries Capability Alliance (PICA) in New Zealand, said it was time farmers went ‘beyond the usual pool’ to attract highly-skilled youngsters into the agricultural sector. He said: “We believe a lot of potential candidates get put off by some stereotypes before they even get started. But young people coming into the primary industries are in a good position to tackle the

GrowingNZ A SISTER brand to the Primary Industries Capability Alliance is GrowingNZ, an alliance of industry organisations, training providers and government agencies. GrowingNZ specialises in a range of jobs targeted at young people and branded as ‘cool roles’. These include jobs in the supply chain, research, international trade, production, gardens, food, marine sector, livestock management, advisers and harvesting. Mr Somerville said: “We have developed material to appeal to students and teachers to pass on

big challenges of sustainably producing and marketing innovative, high-quality primary products and marketing them globally. “We say to them, ‘you grow the primary industries and we will help you grow’.”

Students Research warned of some 19,000 UK students choosing to study agriculture at university being masked by the 280,000 school leavers applying to do business-related degrees, despite a 4.6 per cent increase in agricultural student numbers last year. But Mr Somerville said these statistics should not concern the

good messages and stories. We get a good response when using the term growing, such as growing opportunities, wealth, markets and people, as well as growing plants and animals.” Mr Somerville said he hoped to encourage science graduates to the sector. As such, GrowingNZ has developed material for science teachers because the primary industries ‘have good roles for science graduates’. “It is a work in progress,” Mr Somerville said. “The challenge is to get people to see past the stereotypes.”

industry, despite the difficulty to attract talented youth to an industry which is regarded by some as uninteresting, hard work, or not for intelligent people. He highlighted a wide range of roles which could interweave into the agricultural sector and advised farmers to take advantage of highly skilled people in other areas. It was simply a case of better marketing strategies and employing more people with a higher average level of qualification, he said. In New Zealand, the agricultural industry was said to need 50,000 new skilled workers by 2050, and 220,000 to replace ‘the natural ageing out’.

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o UK farming We are keen to tell people there are plenty of other roles across the supply chain ANDY SOMERVILLE “We are keen to tell people there are plenty of other roles across the supply chain, including researchers, engineers, marketers, food safety and biosecurity specialists,” Mr Somerville said.

Initiatives Young people in New Zealand are encouraged towards agriculture in their teenage years. NZ Young Farmers employs field officers to go to schools and run initiatives, such as TeenAg clubs, experience days and rural mentor programmes. “We need engineers to develop new technologies for production and processing of primary products. Engineering is a key profession through the supply chain – from sophisticated harvesting equipment to refrigeration technologies,” Mr Somerville said. “Understanding product and market development is also key and this is a great opportunity for young

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people as they are so digitally-savvy and can help companies make the most of new channels.” Andy Somerville said the primary industries in New Zealand were increasingly faced with challenges because of the increasingly urbanised population, but he said the ways to incorporate innovative development was through better communication. “Part of our challenge is to nurture connections. This is the real starting point. “We need our young people to see what the primary industries really do and how valuable this is for our country then they will start to see there are possible opportunities for them to be part of it.” Leigh Morris, chief executive of the National Land Based College, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, echoed the comment and said attracting new young talent to UK farming was a ‘challenge’, but one which could be achieved by promoting collaboration. She said: “The skills agenda is massively important to our agricultural industries, from inspiring young people to attracting talent into our sector, training at all levels and ongoing professional development and knowledge exchange. “There is not a single task which cannot be tackled better with more skill and knowledge and a key challenge is how we best deliver on this to meet the industry’s needs.”

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An Australian approach to farm business could help UK farmers.

As the likelihood of farming without subsidies looms closer, Lauren Dean takes a look at the Australian model to discover how the country’s farmers manage to sustain a successful and profitable farm business with no help from the Government.

Farming without subsidy – a view from Down Under rRight mindset urged

to help tackle change

FARMERS must get up from their ‘big comfy chairs’ in order to prosper and become self-reliant in an era of new challenges. Despite Government promises that funding for agricultural subsidies will remain until 2020, the future of support after that time remains cloudy. At a recent Brown and Co seminar, A View From Down Under, experts called on farmers to adapt their mindset to help tackle change and heard how an Australian approach to farm business could help UK farms.

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David Heinjus, farmer and managing director of Rural Directions, a large Australian agribusiness consultancy, said change and volatility should be expected but what mattered most was how farmers reacted. He said: “It is time to be a victor, to tackle change and take ownership. “We are often in this contentment paddock when you are in a big comfy chair and it is quite hard to get out of it because you are quite content – life is sweet. “But it is important to get out of that comfy chair and to move forward; we have to be confused and find a breakthrough.”

Breakthrough Mr Heinjus spoke of the notion of four paddocks – contentment, denial, confusion and breakthrough – which he said were essential for farmers to achieve a more sustainable outcome. He added it was often easy to enter into denial, especially with the stress of collapsed prices, but said it was important to only spend a ‘split second’ there so change could be better handled. Confusion is a ‘really good spot to be in’, said Mr Heinjus. He likened the confusion stage to the route to a ‘light bulb moment’, to ‘seek breakthroughs and move forward’. He said: “Australian farmers spend a lot of their time in the confusion spot – they are permanently confused. “And that is what you want. You

want to be alert, engaged, and seeking ways to do things better.” The award-winning farmer urged the audience to work above the line, which he described as taking ownership, being accountable and being responsible, but most importantly having the right mindset. Farmers at the event also heard advice on how to future-proof their business as the uncertainties of Brexit continued. Divisional partner of Brown and Co Simon Wearmouth said while no-one should second guess the detail of agricultural policy in 2020, it was safe to assume direct subsidy would be significantly reduced. He said: “Farmers’ net profits can be precariously close to their Basic Payment Scheme receipts and far too frequently be lower. “This is unsustainable now and could prove fatal in the not-too-distant future if corrective measures are not put in place.”

Boosting profit Mr Heinjus, who also runs Pareta Farms, a 3,600-hectare (8,895-acre) mixed operation, said Australian farmers were testament to change. The top 20 per cent of Australian farmers retained 30 per cent of revenue as profit, despite being subject to the highest level of production and market volatility and some of the lowest levels of support in the developed world.

He said UK farmers should start planning now to fine-tune the four main profit drivers. Creating a low-cost business model was critical as the demand to be self-reliant and develop new markets expands. “Work out what you need to do to create a profit without subsidies. Politicians can change things at the stroke of a pen, so it would be wise to assume such a scenario might exist,” he added. The ratio of machinery and labour usage should be effectively equal – keeping the ratio at 1:1 to help maintain the structure of the farm. If possible, the ratio should be 0.8:1, delegates heard. Total plant machinery and labour should also not exceed 25 per cent of income. Mr Heinjus said successful farm businesses had teams which were functional, entrepreneurial and opportunity-focused and shared the same vision which could withstand production and business shocks. Inputs should be applied according to science-based evidence rather than a blanket approach, with a focus on excellence in agronomy and excellence in timings. “Identifying risks and having management strategies in place is key to a world without subsidies,” he added.

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POLITICS & RED TAPE As Ministers begin to piece together a new policy, Abi Kay looks at an AHDB report, Agricultural policy models in different parts of the world, to sketch out possible options.

Farming support: what can be learned from other countries? UNITED STATES THE 2014 Farm Bill moved the US from direct payments towards an insurance-based system. Initially, the focus was on crop yield insurance, but new models were developed allowing American farmers to insure revenue. The Agricultural Risk Coverage scheme uses average revenue for the previous five years as an insurance basis, guaranteeing 85 per cent of the amount for the following year. In 2015, ‘whole-farm revenue protection’ was made available, allowing farms, as opposed to single commodities, to be insured. Pros The amount of money from the Farm Bill budget spent on farm support is relatively small, so variable amounts can be absorbed easily Promotes a strong public-private partnership; US insurance schemes are publically regulated, but delivery is driven by the private sector Cons Expensive – projected cost from 2014-18 is £376 billion Insurance pay-outs are unpredictable, which causes problems for budget management Requires accurate data which is time-consuming for farmers

CANADA CANADA has reduced agricultural support significantly since the 1980s,

but still has market price support for dairy, poultry and eggs, making prices 7 per cent higher in 2013-15 than those on world markets. Canada also provides four support programmes though its ‘Going Forward 2’ policy: AgriInvest – A savings scheme where, to a limit, Government matches deposits made by farmers; designed to deal with ‘small’ income declines. AgriStability – Designed to deal with large margin declines; very similar to US revenue protection schemes and based on the previous rolling five-year history. AgriInsurance – Helps protect farmers from the effects of natural hazards. AgriRecovery – Provides relief to producers which incur extraordinary costs as a result of disasters.

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Pros It is cheap – just $3bn (£2.4bn) has been spent on agriculture over the past five years, of which two-thirds supported incomes The programmes have modest impacts on production Cons Chemical and fertiliser use may be higher than it would be without the programmes Policies targeting specific issues may have greater impact

AUSTRALIA SUPPORT to producers in Australia has been continuously reduced and now amounts to just 0.1 per cent of GDP. In 2014, the Australian agricultural budget was $830 million (£486m). Low tariffs on imports mean the Australian farming industry is now strongly market-oriented with domestic prices equivalent to world prices. Australian agricultural policy is mainly focused on preventing severe income losses for farmers through disaster assistance and tax concessions. Pros It is simple; Australia uses the tax system to manage variable income It is very cheap

NEW ZEALAND NEW Zealand is one of the few countries in the world to abandon price support systems for its agricultural sector and embark on a free-trade policy. The programme has improved productivity in the agricultural sector and encouraged growth in the rest of the economy. Although there were short-term adjustment problems, New Zealand has shown farmers can adjust to lower subsidies and maintain incomes at reasonable levels. Many activities, such as market research and development, quality assurance and plant and animal health protection are funded by producer levies. Pros Farming incomes reduced initially, but began to rise after adjustments Lower cost of Government intervention Cons Exchange rate changes unpredictable, increasing uncertainty in planning decisions Reforms could have been planned better; lowering of tariffs was not done as quickly as removal of agricultural support

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Ben Briggs, Editor – 01772 799 429 –

UK has to keep learning and adapting to stay ahead

And finally... Happy New Year to you all and a prosperous 2017.

NEXT year will be one in which British agriculture’s place on the world stage begins to be redefined once again. With Article 50 likely to be triggered in March and negotiations to get underway on a series of trade deals with the likes of the USA, it will be a pivotal year. That is why Farmers Guardian has this week looked to other countries to explore what they are doing with their farming systems and support structures. The Swiss example of heavily supported upland and mountain farms raises interesting questions about the nature of our support mechanisms under a British agricultural policy. Will more money be pushed up the hill in the UK and, wider than that, will this country be at a disadvantage against others if we see our direct payments scrapped and theirs retained? There is Australia and New Zealand, both subsidy free and operating with free trade agreements which see them ship huge volumes


of produce in to Asia. Free trade will come under sharper focus for the UK, both in terms of imports and exports, but when we have such a trade deficit when it comes to feeding our own people maybe the answers lie closer to home. And then there is China, a country which has already had a huge impact on the UK because of its ravenous consumption of dairy products which pulls the strings of an increasingly volatile milk market. With its own agriculture in the process of slow modernisation, it is a vast country which presents challenges and opportunities for UK farming. Yet while we look globally in this edition, our hope is we can learn from our farming competitors and partners across the world and achieve greater understanding of UK farming’s place on the global stage. We have a fantastic farming industry in this country and one we should rightly be proud of, but we have to keep learning and adapting to stay ahead of the game.

Sian Bushell, owner of Sian Bushell Associates and a trained facilitator, helping family businesses develop succession plans

Have a succession plan for your farm IN a recent survey published in Farmers Guardian, participants gave the main reason for not talking about succession as concern it might cause upset in the family. However, with more than 10 years’ experience working with farmers, I can guarantee there are family members feeling frustrated and insecure, simply because the family are not having the essential conversation. Sadly, not talking is resulting in serious mental health issues in some of our farmers and this is not just a British problem. The same fears exist in Ireland, Australia and New Zealand, where I have also participated in family meetings. The older generation should take responsibility to start this conversa10 | DECEMBER 30 2016

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tion, but it is sometimes left to the younger generation to attempt it, with the risk of being thought of as greedy or trying to push the older generation out of the business. One brother and sister were so frustrated at hearing their father say one day he would get in someone to help them come up with a plan, without actually doing anything, they gave him a family meeting with me as his Christmas present. ‘How do you start this conversation?’ is a question I am often asked. This needs to be planned properly and time set aside to begin the conversation. I would certainly not recommend starting the conversation during a TB test or Christmas dinner. Setting aside proper time with an agenda everyone involved has

The importance of having a robust succession plan in place for a family farming business is often underestimated.

contributed to is essential. Talk about and settle the easy things first, as this will set the ball rolling and give everyone confidence. Everyone must be listened to with respect, as the key is to understand and address everyone’s wishes and concerns. It is important to separate assets from the business when talking about the future. You may wish to involve professionals at some stage for advice, but it is far better for the family to have an agreed plan before

seeking professional advice on how to implement it effectively. Succession has the word success in it and I think this is essential to remember. We are privileged as an industry to have many keen and motivated young people wanting to farm and it is our responsibility to ensure they have this opportunity. We need to harness their enthusiasm, energy and new ideas with the wisdom and experience of the older generation. This is a surefire blueprint for a thriving farming industry.

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Raising funds for farmers in need I WANTED to let your readers know our ground-breaking initiative to help raise vital funds for farmers in need is off to a flying start. Launched in September, the new scheme, Tup 1 Ewe, enables sheep farmers to donate live animals through participating auction markets around England and Wales, and nominate sale proceeds of ewes or lambs to the charity. Auction marts signed up for the initiative to date are: Craven Cattle Marts in Skipton, Thirsk, J36 Rural Auction Centre in Cumbria, Wigton, Carlisle, Penrith, Darlington and Longtown. Draft ewes have been sold at Longtown and J36, along with lambs at the Royal Smithfield Show and Rugby Farmers Market, while CCM Auctions is also donating part of the proceeds of special charity sales staged at its annual Christmas primestock shows last month. Other farmers have also signed up to sell at Shrewsbury, Ruthin, Sedgemoor, Hallworthy, Thame, Bridgenorth, Worcester and Hereford Marts. By early December, we had already raised more than £1,200. Farmers can donate a ewe and lamb, or lambs – or they can give the progeny of the ewe as a store or finished lamb. Proceeds will then be sent to the Addington Fund direct from the auction mart and, importantly, funds

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raised will support farming families in the region of the market. Livestock farmers have always been incredibly supportive of our charity and our warmest and heartfelt thanks go to all the marts and farmers who have up to now backed this new and unique scheme. We hope to add more markets to our list of participating partners over the coming months. Funds will predominantly go to the provision of housing for farmers who are forced to leave their homes, though in certain counties we offer affordable housing to anyone currently working in, or retired from, an agricultural or a land-based industry. This project represents a simple and practical method of backing a worthy cause. A donation of a single animal could make a huge difference to someone’s future. For more information, visit Ian Bell, Chief executive, The Addington Fund.

Brockhill looks for alumni BROCKHILL Park Performing Arts College, Sandling Road, Saltwood, Hythe, Kent, is one of 400 state secondaries and colleges across Britain working with the education charity

Future First to set up ‘old school tie’ networks. These aim to harness the talents and experience of alumni to support current students. Brockhill has a thriving school farm, set up in the 1940s, and we know many of our past pupils now work in the land-based sector. We are trying to reach out and ask them to sign up to our alumni project. I have recently been given a huge archive of old photographs which we would love to share across the network as a starting point – maybe a Farmers Guardian farmer reader is in them? We would like former students in established careers and recent leavers in further education, alumni who live nearby and those who have moved away, to sign up to our network. The network’s aim is to motivate young people as career and education role models, mentors, work experience providers, governors and fundraisers. We would love to be able to invite past Brockhillians back to have a look around our farm and share history and stories with us at an event in summer. Please email Donna Ashlee at Former students can also register with Future First by clicking the ‘for former students’ link on the website Donna Ashlee, Brockhill Park Performing Arts College, Kent.

Ill-spent Defra paperwork cash WHAT an insult to all farmers – especially those still waiting for final payment or those whose young farmer payments have been lost due to mislaid paperwork at Defra – to be sent letters and booklets to let us know how this year’s payments will be sent and processed. How much did this booklet cost to produce and send? How many staff were involved in its makeup who could have been better employed in sorting out last year’s payments? We all have computers to send for passports, so why not send us an email? This terrible waste of money by a Government agency must be stopped. It could be used to fund more nurses, police and schools. If work is needed for these civil servants, they could make sure food coming into this country is of the same standard as that grown in this country. They could make sure milk and its various by-products meet Red Tractor standards. If not, it should not be coming in under any label, undercutting farmers who have to be farm-assured just to send milk to the processor. Jonathan Tunley, Cirencester, Gloucestershire. DECEMBER 30 2016 | 11

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It is the largest manufacturing economy in the world, but is China’s agricultural sector keeping pace with the growth of its population? Jo Learmonth reports.

China’s farm evolution C hina has a population of almost 1.4 billion, a fifth of all the people on the planet, yet it only has 9 per cent of the world’s agricultural land and 7 per cent of its fresh water. Add to this six climatic zones and a Government committed to domestic food production to ensure food security and you begin to appreciate the scale of the challenges facing China’s agriculture. To understand these challenges, the best place to start is in the country’s urban areas. Since 1978, when economic reforms began in earnest, Chinese people have been moving from the countryside to the cities in their millions. Vast areas of land have been built on to accommodate this move. In the last 10 years alone, about

182 million people left the countryside, according to data from the World Bank and the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs and another 292m will become urban dwellers by 2050. More people are already living in urban than rural areas and agricultural land is in short supply.

Workers Walter Ying, director of the economy and politics news centre at China Business Daily, said: “Because of the one child policy, the percentage of young workers in the population is lower today than in previous years. The Government wants more young farmers to go work in the city and be consumers there.” Agricultural labour is also in short supply.

Subsidies were started to grow the sector, but this led to an economy driven by policies, rather than a market-led one FRED YANG

“Young people are leaving the countryside to find a better quality of life and, with more money, they

Land reform and mechanisation organisations such as agricultural co-operatives, for an agreed rent. This often happens when they migrate to the city, allowing adjacent plots to be consolidated, leading to larger units and the possibility of using machines. Yang Lin, vice-president of the China Agricultural Mechanisation Association, said: “Land reform is not going as fast as we expected. It takes a lot of time for land to be consolidated as there are a lot of policies. However, farm and machinery sizes are changing. “A new organisation for farm

co-ops has been established and more than 40,000 co-ops have been set up in the last decade. “Co-ops have money to buy large equipment. We use these co-ops to train farmers and we try to push new technologies.” Prof Chen Zhi, president of the China Association of Agricultural Machinery Manufacturers, said: “Some crops are more mechanised than others. In wheat, this is about 90 per cent. “However, for paddy field planting, mechanisation rates are only about 30-40 per cent.”

Security In 2014, the focus of a major agriculture policy document was the move from self sufficiency of grains to ‘the absolute security of the staple food grains of rice and wheat’. For the first time, imports were advocated, with the document encouraging ‘moderate imports to effectively coordinate and supplement the domestic grain supply’. About 10 years prior to this, a minimum grain purchase price policy had been introduced to encourage production. Slow land reform is restricting progress in China’s agriculture industry.


LAND reform is essential if Chinese agriculture is to develop the scale it will need to feed its population in an efficient and sustainable way. In the 1980s, China’s government redistributed collectively-owned farmland to households, giving each about half a hectare (1.24 acres). Crucially, households/ farmers were not granted the right to own these plots, only long-term cultivation rights. Farmers cannot sell their land, although they can sub-let it, transferring cultivation rights to other individuals or to commercial

make choices about their lifestyle. This leaves an older generation, mostly over 60, on the land,” he said. Urbanisation and the associated rising living standards have resulted in a change in the younger generation’s diet. A ‘Westernisation’ of the diet has increased demand for meat and dairy products, challenging agriculture to produce these products and their feed with limited resources. With the spectre of famine well within living memory, China is committed to ensuring food security in grains for its vast population. Food security was, until recently, synonymous with self sufficiency, however this seems to be changing.

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Fred Yang, vice-president and managing director of Agco China, said: “These subsidies were started to grow the sector, but this led to an economy driven by policies, rather than a market-led one.” The need to overhaul agricultural subsidies has been recognised by China’s government and an agricultural policy document issued in February last year called for ‘a coordinated response to rising production costs and internationally uncompetitive prices’. The Government has now abandoned price support policies for all commodities except wheat and rice.

As China’s diet becomes more ‘Westernised’, beef and dairy products are seeing demand increase.

Subsidies Mr Yang added: “Now the most recent policy is moving away from direct subsidies to indirect subsidies in the hope this will lead producers to make decisions based on market factors.” The drive for quantity together with these price support subsidies resulted in unsustainable farming practices, a huge cost to the state and stockpiles of grains. Because the price of these grains is often higher than the cost of importing grain, buyers choose imports over home-produced crop.

BUILDING A SUSTAINABLE, EFFICIENT AND SAFE FUTURE TO achieve a sustainable and efficient agricultural sector, innovation and technology have been identified by the Chinese government and farmers as important factors. Yungfu Xu, vice-president of the Jiangsu Suxim Machinery Company, said: “Large-scale farmers see digitisation and precision agriculture as the next step and we are promoting this.” China’s government issued a policy document earlier this year stating: “The country will stop increasing fertiliser and pesticide use by 2020 to curb soil pollution.” Genetically modified (GM) crops may have a role to play in this. According to co-op members

interviewed, the Chinese public are scared of GM products and food safety is a huge concern. High-profile food scandals, such as when melamine was found in Chinese dairy products in 2008, have left the public anxious and often unwilling to buy home-grown produce, viewing imports as safer.

Scrutiny Lan Jiasheng, manager at Jianhu Lantian agricultural machinery co-operative, said: “Last year the Government set up testing centres to look for pesticide residues in crops. Now food is in plentiful supply, quality is under scrutiny. “We use self-propelled sprayers and UAVs to spray now, with one

UAV able to replace 40 people working with knapsacks.” China’s government is also promoting organic production. Habin Wang, president of the Liyang Haibin agricultural co-op, said: “About 7 per cent of our area is organic. The yield reduction ranges from 50-60 per cent but people are willing to pay higher prices as it is considered safer.” It is clear China’s agriculture sector is undergoing an evolution. A more affluent and larger middle class will challenge the industry to produce safe, high quality food, however, a lack of resources and the need for sustainable efficient practices will see a step change in the way its industry will go about it.

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Meat industry calls for labour and standards assurances rDomestic skills

base not sufficient

By Alex Black THE Scottish meat industry needs reassurances over labour and standards from the Government to prosper in 2017, according to the Scottish Association of Meat Wholesalers (SAMW). Allan Jess, president of SAMW, said: “Brexit raises several issues for our members, of course, with the need for continued freedom to employ the EU workers on which

many meat sector businesses rely being absolutely critical. “In this context, we are concerned that positive Government signals regarding seasonal labour arrangements, presumably aimed at the fruit and veg sectors, suggest that meat plants, many with significant numbers of excellent EU workers at present, could be left out of the picture.” He said the domestic skill base was not ’sufficiently geared towards the butchery skills which our industry requires’. “That means if the Government takes a tough stance on our present and future worker requirements, it

will also have to invest in new education and skills training to give us the UK-based people we need. “Turning the worker supply tap off without turning the skills tap on won’t work,” added Mr Jess.

Standards He also called the suggestion post-Brexit Britain could protect itself by raising standards above levels in other countries ‘naive’. “As an industry and as a nation, we already apply extremely high standards to our food production, because we believe in doing things correctly. “Going even further, however, be-

yond what is either reasonable or necessary, will merely add costs to our industry and hand sales to cheaper alternatives. However, he said Brexit was ‘definitely an opportunity’ if UK negotiators ‘create a new and positive platform for business’. He added other issues must not be lost as the focus was placed on Brexit and called for Scottish livestock to be granted BSE negligible risk status in 2017. He said he would also like to see Food Standards Scotland assisting companies in maintaining high standards, rather than ‘box ticking operations’.

Farm diversification worth £580 million in 2016

We are seeing diversification becoming an increasingly important aspect of farm income RACHEL LAWRENCE

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fall in the value of the pound against the euro. In the week ended December 14, the number of lambs sold at market declined 4 per cent but were still 3 per cent up on 2015. The GB SQQ fell by 1p/kg but was 11p/kg higher year on year at 165.1p/kg.

The deadweight market also saw declines of 3p/kg but prices were still 18p/kg higher than in 2015. Slaughterings were up by 7 per cent on the previous week but remained 4 per cent lower than in 2015.

INCOME reached from farm diversification was £580 million in 2016, according to the Farm Business Survey (FBS). Letting buildings for non-agricultural work was the most popular and profitable choice, with an average income of £17,400 per farm. On-farm processing and retail of farm produce had an average income of £9,600/farm. The survey published by Defra showed 32 per cent of total farm business income came from diversification. Renewable energy was the second most popular diversification and 23 per cent of farms now produced ‘green energy’, up 5 per cent year-onyear as farms ‘raced to get renewable activities online before reductions in tariffs came in’. Average income from farm diversification was £16,600 last year, but Rachel Lawrence at FBS said the full picture was much more complicated. “For more than a quarter of businesses with diversification, this income actually exceeds what is being generated from the rest of the farm business,” she said. “However, for 4 per cent of farms their diversification activities actually lost money. “We are seeing diversification becoming an increasingly important aspect of farm income, especially as businesses look to reduce exposure to the volatility of agricultural commodities markets. “We expect these trends to continue as farms want to diversify reliance away from core agricultural activities.”

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North African opportunities for UK exports rBut export potential

could stagnate in future By Alex Black FRENCH wheat issues have opened up UK opportunities in North Africa. Gleadell loaded the biggest shipment of grain from East Anglia this season with 25,000 tonnes of milling wheat destined for Algeria in mid-December. France is the major EU supplier to North Africa but poor weather conditions which affected yields and quality have opened up opportunities for the UK and others in the region. However, Gleadell trading director Jonathan Lane said price competi-

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tiveness meant UK exports would ‘probably stagnate’ over the short to medium term. He added the UK had had a ‘reasonable start’ in terms of exports. Mr Lane said: “Despite the smaller UK crop, the yield and quality disaster that hit the French wheat crop has provided opportunities for UK milling wheat to be shipped to North African destinations. “This, combined with some reasonable feed wheat exports, means the UK will have shipped in the region of 1.1 million tonnes by the end of December.” Mr Lane said increased usage of wheat in UK bioethanol plants and a smaller crop had tightened the domestic balance sheet.

The 25,000t of milling wheat loaded by Gleadell was destined for Algeria.

“However, we expect Great Yarmouth to continue to ship grain through the balance of this campaign, reinforcing Gleadell’s commitment to the region’s farmers in what has been a challenging season.”

Wheat stocks Globally there are very large wheat stocks with big crops in Australia, decent crops in South America and good crops in the US. “The only place in the world which was below expectations was the EU,” he said.

Quality issues have also mainly affected Europe. “Proteins have been reportedly lower,” he added. “But generally there are not too many issues. Looking ahead to 2017, Mr Lane said from a UK perspective, the markets would be heavily influenced by currency fluctuations. “It will be affected by all the things which affect currency such as discussions that stem from Brexit, how Donald Trump behaves after his inauguration and the subsequent effect that has on the dollar,” he added.

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Small is beautiful in Swiss agriculture but farming life is thriving. Chloe Palmer meets farmer Thomas Roffler to find out more about dairying in the Swiss Alps.

estled into the mountainside above the small village of Grusch are a cluster of picture postcard farmhouses surrounded by steeply sloping fields and woodland. One is home to Thomas Roffler, his family and a herd of the most sought after pedigree Brown Swiss cows in the Canton region of Grisons. Farming just 35 hectares (86 acres) with a herd of 20 pedigree Swiss Brown cows plus followers, it is a dairy farm of above average size for the Canton. Thomas is part of the younger generation of farmers here who have seen rapid technological progress in recent years. The farming methods in this mountain region appear very labour intensive and traditional compared to those employed in the UK, but Thomas reflects on the rapid advancement in technologies in his part of Switzerland over the last three decades. “The technology we can use here is limited by the topography and the small, undulating fields,” he Thomas Roffler with his daughter Stefanie.

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Cows return from the Alpine meadows in mid-September.

says. “But Swiss farmers have invested large amounts of capital in tractors and specialist equipment to allow us to make quality forage on our steep slopes.” Thirty years ago, the hay on

steep slopes was mainly made by hand using rakes and forks, he says.

Survival The burning question is always how a farming family, which includes

children Jasmine, 18, Marc Andri, 16, and Stefanie, 13, can survive on these mountain farms with such a small acreage and inevitably high costs. Thomas acknowledges direct payments from the Swiss Government and Swiss Parliament are crucial for most farms in his Canton and across the country. “Our direct payments system provides the means to compensate farmers for income which they cannot secure solely from the market. “It pays for the public services agriculture provides, such as the biodiversity provided by our ecological farming system. “The voting public in Switzerland say they want to preserve the alpine meadows and the landscape and to prevent soil erosion. “We receive feedback from the Swiss people saying they are willing to pay the 2.9 billion Swiss francs (CHF) (£2.4bn) for these benefits, which they value.” Maintaining the landscape so cherished by the nation means the Alpine tradition of ‘transhumance’ has endured. This is where cattle are moved

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Technology in the Alps is limited by the topography and the small, undulating fields.

up to the ‘summering pastures’ high on the Alps each spring and in some areas is marked by a festival. Thomas’ cows are milked in separate stalls by local herdsmen using mobile milking equipment and this alpine milk is processed for on-site cheese making. “In the summer, the milk from our cows is made into a special Swiss cheese called ‘Alpine Cheese from Gruscheralpli’. Local products such as these attract a higher price because they are unique to this area and they are made only from Alpine milk,” Thomas explains. “The milk from our Brown Swiss cows has high levels of butterfat and protein – notably kappa casein protein which is an essential component of hard cheese production.”

Alpine meadows Cows are typically moved up onto the Alpine meadows at the beginning of June and will return to the farm in mid-September. Each Alp will have specific dates for moving livestock, depending on altitude and the local climate. Cows generally calve in autumn and by the time they are moved up onto the Alpine meadows in early summer, yields have declined significantly. At the end of summering

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period many cows are drying off. “Cows nearing the end of their lactation with lower day-to-day milk yields cope better with the reduced nutrient supply and the need to search over large areas for their forage on the Alp. “The transport of feed from the valley to the Alp is very restricted and on some Alps is prohibited,” he adds. For Thomas, moving his cows to the alpine meadows means he can shut up the fields around his farm to make sufficient hay and silage needed for the winter months. He is allowed to feed silage over the winter because the milk collected when his cows are housed is pasteurised. In Switzerland, cows producing raw milk for hard cheese production must not be fed silage because of the risk of raw milk in the artisanal hard cheese production being contaminated with fermenting bacteria from silage. “My farm is situated on good ground and so we can make sufficient quantities of high quality silage. I supplement this forage ration with some maize which I grow in the valley, near the village of Grusch,” Thomas says. The flat land in the valley bottom is very sought after by farmers in the Alpine regions because it is in such

Local products such as these attract a higher price because they are unique to this area and they are made only from Alpine milk THOMAS ROFFLER short supply and it is the only land which will grow maize and cereals. “I only have three hectares of arable land and here I grow maize followed by a rye-grass and clover ley. We take a proportion of the chopped maize to the next village, Landquart, where it is pelleted.” “We find our cows perform better on a ration composed of hay, silage and maize pellets and it has allowed us to increase milk from forage from around 6,000kg per annum to a figure of 8,000kg achieved on my farm today.” He believes shorter wilting times and establishing multi species leys

with leguminous plants have helped to maximise the home grown protein content in forage rations. “We grow perennial rye-grass grass varieties with between five and 10 other species including clovers and other legumes included in the species mix. This has enabled us to minimise the need for boughtin protein.”

Genetics Genetics have also played a part in the improvement in herd performance and the milk from forage figures. Thomas admits breeding quality pedigree Brown Swiss cows is his passion and his Rofflers herd is highly regarded within Switzerland’s Brown Swiss producer circles. “I choose semen for each individual cow to secure the improved traits I am looking for. I want a cow of the right quality for showing and she must be hardy and well suited to the Alpine conditions here. “She must have good feet with excellent horn quality, she must have very good mobility, exceptional conformation and a well formed udder,” Thomas says. Showing his cows is not only a hobby but it is also important for trade. He has been a judge for 15 years and recognises the value success in the show ring can deliver. “Competitions are an opportunity DECEMBER 30 2016 | 17

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FARM PROFILE SWITZERLAND for me to promote my herd as selling pedigree animals is a significant element within my business. “I sell up to 10 cows each year during their first or second lactation and they will sell for about 4,000-8,000 CHF (£3,320-£6,640) each.” The price achieved by Thomas’ pedigree animals compares to a more typical price of 3,000 CHF (£2,490) for an average dairy cow in Switzerland so represents a considerable premium.

Breeding Beef semen will be used on those cows within the herd which are performing less well and the sale of beef animals provides useful additional income. For his best cows, Thomas uses embryo transfer to gain maximum benefit from outstanding bloodlines. “We are looking for the best cow families for our herd replacements and to produce animals to sell,” he adds. Autumn block calving allows Thomas to calve his cows when they return to the farm at the end of the summer. It also means the peak lactation from his herd coincides with the winter months when he is producing milk for the lower value ‘industrial’ liquid milk market. Thomas’ wife, Karin, helps with the milking as Thomas can be away from the farm frequently in his role as president of the Canton Grisons Karin Roffler works on the dairy farm which also runs beef calves and laying hens.

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Farmers Union and board member at Swiss Farmers Union. She says: “Our cows are tethered when housed over winter and we line milk to a mobile tank. We take our milk down to a collecting point in Grusch every other day where milk from five farms is delivered and then the milk is collected by our processor, ‘mooh’.” To qualify for the direct payments from the Government, strict welfare requirements must be complied with and, as a local politician, he knows all to well the devil in the detail. “Our cows must be allowed to roam outside for at least at 13 days per month over the winter if we are to receive the payments for ‘open-air roaming’. “The cows must also graze outside for a certain number of days each year and there are strict conditions relating to grassland management and soil husbandry,” explains Karin. Despite the stringent obligations

Milk from Brown Swiss cows contains high levels of butterfat.

linked to the payments, Thomas and his family believe the support system works well for farmers and the Swiss population. “People in Switzerland want ecological farming methods and a well

maintained landscape. For farmers, the payments help to support farming families and the best farming practices and without them, there would be no agriculture in Switzerland.”

Farm facts Thomas Roffler farms with his wife, Karin, his children Jasmin, Mark Andri and Stefanie at ‘Unter Valzalum’ near Grusch. His parents and mother and father in law also live on the farm and work with him The main enterprise on the farm is dairy but the family also sell a few beef calves each year and have 150 free-range laying hens The farm is situated at an altitude of 850 metres (2,805ft) and annual rainfall is about 1,100mm

The farm extends to 35ha (86 acres) and comprises 13 separate parcels. Of this, 32ha (79 acres) is grassland, of which 28ha (69 acres) can be mowed for hay or silage and the rest is grazed pasture; 3ha (7.4 acres) is situated in the valley and forage maize and clover grass is grown here Thomas has a milking herd of 20 pedigree Brown Swiss cows plus followers, including a small number of cross-bred beef animals

Cows are served at about two years old and average four lactations, although Thomas has several cows which have had six calves or more At the beginning of June, all cows are moved to the Alpine ‘summering pasture’ to allow Thomas to make hay and silage on the land around the farm The cows are milked by Alpine herdsmen and the raw milk is used to produce speciality Alpine cheese from Switzerland

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Nuffield Scholar Rufus Pilgrim travelled to South Africa to draw comparisons between UK and international potato markets. Abby Kellett reports.

Aspiring to alternative markets


ith its population set to double to two billion by 2050, Africa is a continent under pressure to maximise production, not to mention the responsibility of growers in fertile regions to provide a constant food source to less productive areas. Therefore, when it comes to production, yield is king, according to Nuffield Scholar Rufus Pilgrim, who says the emphasis on taste, provenance and nutrition is limited, and this is reflected in how potatoes are sold in South Africa. He says: “About 50 per cent of all potatoes are sold through what they call ‘the informal market’ which is essentially wholesale trade. “When the grower leaves the farm with potatoes, they have no idea how much they are going to get paid. It is akin to the UK about 20 or 30 years ago. “Potatoes are sold through an agency system, which takes 5 per cent commission, and a Government organisation inspects and grades potatoes to set the price.”

EXPORTING INTO OTHER MARKETS ON his tour of South Africa, Rufus Pilgrim met Joos Englebrecht, a grower who was defying his competition by selling to other countries, despite pressure to supply the domestic market. “Mr Englebrecht is operating outside the South African market system, which most growers see as corrupt, and he was investing in building relationships with people from other countries. “He was mainly exporting to Angola and Namibia. In doing this, rather than being dictated to by agents, he was able to set his own

Because the system fails to reward quality, the variety of choice for most growers is Mondial, known for its high yielding characteristics. The percentage of crop sold through the wholesale market has dropped by about 20 per cent in the last 20 years, with growers looking at alternative markets instead. In learning about the consumer side of the supply chain, Mr Pilgrim

Potato industry facts – South Africa Area of potatoes: 54,000 hectares (133,437 acres) Typical yields: 30-80 tonnes/ha (12-32t/acre) depending on irrigation Production: 2.5 million tonnes each year Dominant variety: Mondial

Sandveld potatoes supply 10 per cent of South Africa’s market.

terms for sales to some extent,” says Mr Pilgrim. Mr Englebrecht farms in the Sandveld region of South Africa where the climate allows for yearround potato supply.

Shift Once dominated by livestock, in the last eight years the region has seen a shift from seed potato production to ware production. Central pivot irrigation systems have now been installed on most farms in this area, helping boost its resilience to drought events which

discovered there was a huge disparity between rich and poor consumers, posing a challenge in channelling produce to end users.

Price “While there is a growing percentage of what we would describe as the ‘middle class’ category, there are also a lot of people who will buy on price alone. “They buy daily as they have no means of preserving goods

has caused severe crop loss in many non-irrigated regions. Mr Englebrecht uses the history of the area, along with information about the land and how the potatoes are grown for optimum taste to help promote his product, something which is not valued in his domestic market. Since 80 per cent of agricultural income in the Sandveld region comes from potato production, Mr Englebrecht’s diversion to alternative markets gives him an all-important competitive edge, Mr Pilgrim says.

and tend to buy maize meal as a cheap food source. But if the price of potatoes drops below the maize price, consumption of potatoes shoots up, so the market is sensitive to price changes. “Finally, at the top of the scale you have consumers looking for prepared products, who tend to care more about taste and provenance. “Although it is a small demographic, it is a thriving and growing market,” he says.

Typical potato enterprise size: 200-600ha (495-1,480 acres) Market split: 50 per cent fresh, 30 per cent retail and export, plus 20 per cent processing Source: R. Pilgrim

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ARABLE PROFILE The new Master of the Worshipful Company of Farmers had never been on a farm until the age of 23. Alan Stennett reports.

An inspiration to agriculture


arm business specialist Philip Wynn, the founder of Aubourn Farming and ‘an inspiration to agriculture’ according to Baroness Hazel Byford, was born and brought up in London. He took a geography degree at Durham, but met Joe Henson, then setting up the Cotswold Farm Park, while on holiday in Gloucestershire. Joe offered him a job, and convinced him that a farming career would be better than teaching. Mr Wynn says: “I was just lucky, I was in the right place at an exciting time – the farm was changing, and Joe was one of the people who made a big difference in my life – he initiated my farming career”. After a year on the farm, he studied farm business management at the Royal Agricultural College. He worked in dairy farming during the holidays, then a series of jobs added young stock management and arable production in Berkshire, followed by ‘tough clay land’ arable production on 200ha (500 acres) in Sussex, where

he also bought and reared calves for export to Italy. In the late 1970s, he moved to just north of London to ‘turn around’ a 300-cow Jersey dairy and London clay arable estate. “It was the first farm out of London, and we were fully aware then of the problems of farming close to builtup areas. Fly tipping, broken fences and people letting animals out – on one occasion a lot of young stock escaped and were found outside Woolworths in Potters Bar High Street.”

Aubourn Estate In 1983 he moved to Lincolnshire to manage the 485ha (1,200-acre) Aubourn Estate for Sir Henry Nevile. Sir Henry put him onto the Worshipful Company of Farmers management course at Wye College and Mr Wynn became a Member of the company shortly afterwards. With the agreement of Sir Henry, he set up Aubourn Farming in 1986 as a separate company based at Au-

Philip Wynn has been appointed Master of the Worshipful Company of Farmers.

bourn. The establishment of an agronomy advisory service independent of product supply was seen by Mr Wynn as essential, and Aubourn developed into two major national operations, with five consultancy offices around the country and agronomy bases in Norfolk and the Midlands as well as Lincolnshire. “It was a period of big changes when farmers were questioning where their businesses were going, and what was the best structure for the future, and we were providing a

Philip Wynn with YFC ‘peas’ during this year’s Lord Mayor’s parade.

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lot of guidance on that and things like diversification – a big issue at the time.” Land agent Savills bought into the business and took it over completely in 2004. After working as their head of agriculture he left in 2006 to set up Wynn Business Partnerships where he developed a portfolio of food and farming businesses. “It had been very enjoyable, but my heart was really in added value agricultural production,” he says.

Vining peas He recently retired after eight years as chairman of the Green Pea Company, supplying vining peas to Birds Eye, but is still chairman of Humber Grain and a director of pet foods company Fold Hill Foods and James Dyson’s 12,146ha (30,000acre) Beeswax Dyson Farming, which he describes as ‘a really interesting project’. A long-standing interest in vegetable production led to an embedded role as financial and strategic adviser for a Nottinghamshire fresh produce business growing and packing 200,000 tonnes of carrots, parsnips and leeks for major retailers as well as potatoes for crisping. The only requirement set by the Nevile family when he branched out into wider management was that he would continue to look after the family interests, which he still does. The estate, now trading under the resurrected name of Aubourn Farming, farms about 2,429ha (6,000 acres), including a number of long-standing contract agreements. About 2,227ha (5,500 acres) are

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Philip Wynn with Aubourn Farming sugarbeet harvester driver Malcolm Stimpson.


I have always believed good commercial farming and good en- vironmental management can go hand in hand PHILIP WYNN

arable, growing wheat, oilseed rape, spring barley, spring beans and over 810ha (2,000 acres) of sugar beet, which are harvested with a jointly-owned Holmer harvester, the sixth they have owned over the past 40 years. Grassland and woodland cover a further 202ha (500 acres), and Mr Wynn also manages the 485ha (1,200-acre) Hungerton Estate near Grantham.

Environment He maintains a strong environmental interest. Aubourn was the first Leaf demonstration farm in Lincolnshire and projects there include wildlife corridors, tree planting, wetland areas and encouraging small-scale graziers to use grassland adjacent to local villages. “I have always believed good commercial farming and good environmental management can go hand in hand, and I believe the Aubourn Estate has proved that can be done,” he says. He is a firm believer in ‘spreading the word’ about his approach and the Aubourn Estate won both the agricultural and overall categories of the Lincolnshire Environmental awards in 2011. Educational and charitable work is important. He served as a trustee of the Lincolnshire Rural Support Network and is director of mentoring for the Henry Plumb Foundation. He regards mentoring as vital to an industry where numbers are falling and solitary working is increasingly the norm. “There are two ends to mentoring – one is inspiring and guiding young people, but the other is helping people already in the industry who are quite isolated, but need a sounding board to test new ideas – as an industry it is something we really need to develop.” After a long involvement with the Worshipful Company of Farmers, he agreed, in 2012, to put his name forward as the Master, which he became in October, after serving as junior and senior warden for the previous two years.

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Environmental projects on the Aubourn Estate include wildlife corridors, tree planting and wetland areas.

He sees his role as a leader in developing the organisation, and particularly its core activity of inspiring, encouraging and developing excellence in the management of UK agriculture and the promotion of that excellence to the City of London. As Master he recently took part in the Lord Mayor’s Parade in London, heading a contingent including a pea viner and 12 young farmers, some dressed as peas. Despite poor weather on the day he welcomed the ’big opportunity to promote British food and British farming’ to a receptive public. “I am really touched by the engagement of people with the Farmers Company; it is so warm, so we were really keen it should be great display this year.” Speaking at a dinner in Mr Wynn’s honour, hosted by Lincolnshire Worshipful Company Members and course alumni, Baroness Hazel Byford praised his wide business influence. “He is an inspiration to agriculture,

who has led the industry so well, and is highly respected in farming and other sectors”. Although Mr Wynn has never farmed in his own right, he says he has always treated the farms he has managed as if they were his own. He knows he will have to be less ‘hands on’ at Aubourn during his period as Master, but is confident his ‘great team’ will look after things.

He is concerned about the future of farming and unhappy with the vote to leave the EU, which he believes means farming will receive inherently less financial support, but says we must accept the situation. “Although I worry about certain sectors, such as lamb and vegetables, I am sure there will be opportunities and we have to make the best of them.”

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ARABLE Targeted arable management by farmers in the South West has helped a small farmland bird come back from the cusp of vanishing from Britain. Melanie Jenkins finds out more.

Stewardship scheme helps to boost cirl bunting population


armers are often blamed for the decline of farmland birds, but what is often overlooked is the lengths to which they go to conserve, protect and enhance wildlife on their farms. By altering cropping, margins and hedgerows, Chris SuttonScott-Tucker, at Great Coombe Farm, Dartmouth, Devon, has helped with the recovery of the cirl bunting, a small farmland bird which was on the edge of disappearing in the early 1990s. Though once widespread throughout southern England and Wales, cirl bunting numbers declined in the 20th century to just 118 pairs in 1989. Through agrienvironment schemes and collaboration between the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and farmers in the South West, the bird numbers increased to 1,078 pairs this year. Mr Sutton-Scott-Tucker applied for the Countryside Stewardship (CS) scheme in 1995 and rolled out the options on his farm from October 1996. At the time the farm supported around 10 pairs of cirl buntings, which accounted for 2.5 per cent of the UK population. Originally the arable rotation consisted of winter wheat, winter barley and oilseed rape, managed in blocks due to the rolling shape of the hills where the farm is situated. One of the CS targets was the introduction of 7.19 hectares (18

Cath Jeffs and Chris Sutton-Scott-Tucker.

acres) of spring barley, to increase biodiversity.

Food supply Once harvested, the spring barley is left as over-winter stubble to create a food supply for the cirl buntings. In addition to this, 25,600 metres (83,990ft) of margins were established around the arable fields, including a cultivated margin supporting corn marigold and narrow fruited corn salad. Mr Sutton-Scott-Tucker committed to 91ha (227.5 acres) of grassland management, and the agreement also required some substantial cap-

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ital works in the form of restoring and planting 6,000m (19,685ft) of hedgerows. “This included planting hedges and then laying more and creating a pond for dragonfly habitat,” says Mr Sutton-Scott-Tucker. One hedge was planted between two arable fields and the lower field returned to grass due to erosion. Where hedge laying was not required, he fenced all the land between the arable and grassland. “The hedges were the key to the cirl buntings, allowing them to hop between the arable and grass, with a hedge in between.”

As a sedentary bird, cirl buntings will not travel further than 2km from their nests, so need both arable and grassland nearby in order to thrive. A beetle bank was also created on an old hedge line and acts as a boundary between two arable blocks. Mr Sutton-Scott-Tucker also applied for a set-aside derogation so the management would benefit the cirl bunting by providing more wintering opportunities, and several fields are partially left fallow, with the remainder planted with wild bird seed mixes. Now in the Higher Level Stewardship (HLS) scheme, Mr SuttonScott-Tucker is growing winter barley, spring barley and oilseed rape. Though he used to do more winter cropping, he has become aware it does not work financially on his farm. “I have not really had to compromise the arable management to fit with HLS and the field margins are of benefit as it means none of the hedgerows are growing out into the crops,” he explains. “I am only growing three crops to meet the three crop rule, otherwise I would grow more grass. We have to be very careful balancing between the Basic Payment Scheme and stewardship.” When it comes to inputs, HLS means only certain herbicides can be used, and there are also pre-emergence limitations and no pre-harvest glyphosate.

Hedges were the key to encouraging cirl buntings, allowing them to hop between the arable and grassland.

445ha (1,112 acres), of which 61ha (152 acres) arable, 41ha (102 acres) forestry, 208ha (520) permanent pasture, 121ha (302 acres) grassland rented out, 7ha (17 acres) wild bird mix, 7ha (17 acres) fallow. There is also an additional 16ha (40 acres) of arable land in stewardship along with most of the permanent pasture Own herd of 50 pedigree South Devon cattle with followers Cattle tenant on 101ha (252 acres) of grass Sheep tenant on 20ha (50 acres) of grass Light shillet/slate soil One full-time employee Two separate contractors – one for smaller jobs, such as hedge trimming, and the other for most of the arable work 22 | DECEMBER 30 2016

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Wild bird seed mixes have helped boost bird numbers at Great Coombe Farm.

Expense This has been done at Mr SuttonScott-Tucker’s expense. He has had to sell the wood standing and allow harvesters across his land for two months to remove and stack 1,500 tonnes of timber. When getting involved with HLS, it helps to know which parts of the arable land do not perform, says Mr Sutton-Scott-Tucker. “Put the time in to start with, looking at which bits are productive and which bits you can leave clear.” Unfortunately, the schemes can encourage sacrificial crops, he adds. “I originally fell into that bracket, which was not a great thing to do – just to plant some spring barley and forget it. You want to grow the best

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possible crop you can, as a commercial crop. “The presence of cirl buntings is a very good benchmark for the health of the farm,” he says. With the RSPB looking after the birds, the farmer monitors everything else at the same time, from arable weeds to invertebrates and the birds. “The stewardship just fitted at the time and I could see the opportunity. However, if I were a keener farmer on less marginal land, I probably would not be involved.” Mr Sutton-Scott-Tucker’s HLS agreement will end next year and he is unsure where he will go from there, as some grassland is currently tenanted with the arable in-hand. “If I had tenants keen to manage the stewardship agreement, I would let them do it.” He is considering taking on some sheep but is very much at a crossroads. “I will have a little break from stewardship once HLS has finished, but will be looking into Higher Tier in spring.” Though the exact number of cirl buntings on the farm has not been recorded since 2004, numbers have increased noticeably, according to Cath Jeffs, cirl bunting project manager at the RSPB. “The site has retained cirl buntings and if Chris decides to apply for the new CS, then this is a good opportunity to look at his manage-

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ment and see how it can be tweaked to enhance the site once again.” The farm is also host to a population of yellowhammers, another farmland species which has seen a population decline of 50 per cent in only 25 years.

Worth it Though the involvement in stewardship has thrown up a few challenges for Mr Sutton-Scott-Tucker, he still feels it is worth having a go when on a slightly less productive farm. “I am on marginal land, close to the sea, and it is beautiful – I am making sure it stays a beautiful place forever.”

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Project details 500 farmers, landowners, smallholders and organisations involved 220 Countryside Stewardship (1991-2004) agreements 115 HLS/Entry Level Stewardship (2005-2014) agreements More than 100 volunteers involved More than 1,000ha (2,470 acres) of winter stubble created

A beetle bank was created on an old hedge line, acting as a boundary between two arable blocks.


“Management is not really different within HLS, other than herbicide and ploughing date of stubbles.” However, if the spring barley is planted to provide stubble, the issue is then what to plant following it. Mr Sutton-Scott-Tucker looks at whether his contractor can do any minimal cultivation or tine seeding, but generally cultivation is very conventional; plough, roll and a power harrow combination drill. One issue Mr Sutton-ScottTucker has faced this year is that he has diseased larch on-farm. “Theoretically, we cannot get to the woodland to remove it because we would have to cross grass and arable land under stewardship,” he says. “I had to get a derogation to fulfil the Animals and Plant Health Agency order to remove the diseased larch.”

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ARABLE A technique widely used in Australia and the US could help boost black-grass control. Chloe Palmer finds out more.

Grazing winter cereals could help control black-grass, on-farm trials indicate.

Grazing winter cereals with livestock


razing of winter cereals is widely adopted in the southern half of Australia and in the United States, but it is rarely seen on arable holdings in the UK. This is despite results of research at home and abroad indicating it has a range of benefits. The Organic Research Centre (ORC) has undertaken field trials with Suffolk farmer John Pawsey, at Shimpling Park Farm, near Sudbury, to examine this technique to gain a better understanding of how factors such as drilling date, timing of grazing and grazing intensity can influence yield penalties and control of black-grass. Dominic Amos, of ORC, believes the results of these trials have been very promising and indicate grazing of winter wheat can provide valuable winter forage for sheep, can play a part in the control of black-grass and, if managed cor-

International research on winter cereal grazing GRAZING of winter cereals is widespread in New South Wales, Australia. Here, ‘dual-purpose’ barley crops are grown so farmers have the flexibility to manage in favour of grazing or not, depending on the relative prices for lamb and grain. However, in contrast to the ORC results, researchers in Australia found later grazing could impact

rectly, rarely has an adverse impact on crop yield. He says: “We did see a small reduction in the amount of tillering in the grazed wheat sown at the usual time, but we did not observe any effect on yield. In the early-sown crops, we saw no reduction in tillering and there was a significant decrease in the amount of blackgrass. “Our research indicates that for

negatively on yield and recommended removing sheep by GS30. Their research confirmed the positive effect of grazing on lodging reduction and they also encouraged earlier sowing dates to ensure there was sufficient forage available for livestock. Source: NSW Department of Primary Industries, Tamworth

grazing purposes it is desirable to sow the crop early to allow the plants to develop sufficiently to be able to tolerate grazing and to provide enough forage for the sheep flock.” The results from the trials also indicated a potential positive effect on lodging. “Modern wheat varieties are

short-strawed and when grown organically do not tend to suffer from lodging. Lodging risk is greater in conventional crops, so we think grazing could have an important part to play here. “We observed crop heights were significantly reduced by grazing and the effects persisted to harvest.

grazed the lower leaves off the wheat, this might prevent the septoria spreading up the plant,” Mr Pawsey explains. In 2014, Mr Pawsey was approached by the Organic Research Centre to host research trials of grazing winter cereals. The trials have helped to provide him with an insight into what works well and not so well when grazing winter cereals. “As the weather varies from year-

to-year, it is important to be flexible with the stocking rate adopted because it should be dependent on the conditions at the time,” he says. When sheep are first grazed on cereals they may not start eating immediately, he warns, because the wheat or barley tastes different to what they are used to. But there are no issues with palatability and they soon settle down, adds Mr Pawsey. He suggests grazing cereals with


IN THE FIELD – JOHN PAWSEY, SHIMPLING PARK FARM THE Pawsey family has farmed at Shimpling Park Farm for four generations and, since 1999 the farm has been organic. Until 2014, the holding was all arable but prior to this, John Pawsey describes how he ‘started thinking creatively’ about integrating sheep into his farming system. In 2012, Mr Pawsey invited a local shepherd to graze his sheep initially on the farm’s fertility leys to reduce management costs, but then he extended the grazing to his cropped land. He says: “I had researched grazing of cereal crops and read various articles as well as discussions on forums. I thought I would give it a go, so we experimented with grazing 61 hectares of winter wheat in winter 2012. “The most critical piece of advice I received was to remove the sheep before the wheat reached growth stage 31. We found the grazing did not affect yield but the sheep did graze out some of the weeds.” 24 | DECEMBER 30 2016

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Buoyed by this first, largely positive experience, Mr Pawsey decided to repeat the grazing the following winter, and this time he hoped it would tackle an emerging problem in his wheat crop.

Terrible year “2012 was a terrible year and after all the rain, we found there was a huge amount of septoria in the winter wheat. I thought if the sheep

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Thinking about grazing cereals?

“The application of synthetic nitrogen in spring to the grazed cereal may promote better recovery of the crop following grazing, but the added nitrogen may also encourage the black-grass,” Dr Amos adds. Grazing of winter cereals may have a role to play in wider disease

sheep is not an exact science and it is difficult to be prescriptive with timing and stocking rates. Nevertheless, he believes the effects of grazing are almost always positive. “As long as sheep are removed at the right time, there is rarely a negative impact on yield, so this ‘opportunistic grazing’ has to be a good thing. For those with their own sheep, it is providing forage at a time when it is usually in short supply elsewhere on the farm.” Mr Pawsey’s experience with grazing as a tool to control blackgrass suggests it could be used as part of the armoury against the weed. “I believe there is no single solution to the problem of blackgrass but I estimate grazing the cereals may reduce it by up to 20 per cent. We use grazing alongside other measures such as spring cropping, choice of variety, drilling date, grass leys and alternating between spring and winter oats. “Black-grass needs a whole system approach and we try to be completely unpredictable in our

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management, according to Dr Amos.

Further research “We think sheep may be able to help by grazing off frost damaged or diseased leaves, but we will need to undertake further research to confirm this.

FOR those looking to try grazing cereals for the first time, Mr Pawsey has some practical advice: Start a relationship with a local grazier to see if grazing works on your farm before investing in your own flock Make sure the sheep are used to electric fencing Even if grazing does not work first time, you are gathering information for future use

“So far we have only looked at a single variety of winter wheat, Crusoe. It would be useful to look at other cereal crops such as winter barley and other varieties, especially heritage wheats which may fit better in an organic system and due to the taller straw, may be at more of a risk from lodging.”

cropping to keep one step ahead,” Mr Pawsey adds. Since 2014, Mr Pawsey has run his own flock of 700 Romney sheep at Shimpling Park Farm and now he intends to increase numbers to 1,000 ewes. “I view the sheep as a tool to help manage our arable land and I am looking to see how both enterprises can benefit each other. We are really excited about what we think the sheep can do for our arable rotation.”

Benefit Mr Pawsey undersows all the cereal crops so, after harvest, the sheep graze the stubbles to clean them up. This has the benefit of adding nutrients to the arable land and building organic matter. “I think the benefits sheep bring to an arable rotation apply to any system, not just organic holdings. Where there is a need to take land out of production for a period of time to tackle severe weed infestation, sheep can add fertility and assist with weed control but also provide a source of revenue to

John Pawsey has been experimenting with grazing sheep on winter wheat since 2012.

ensure the whole rotation generates income.” At Shimpling Park Farm, grazing livestock on arable land is pivotal to his future rotation as he looks to extend and expand this philosophy. “We now want to try grazing different crops because so far we have only grazed the sheep on

winter wheat. We need to carefully evaluate what is working and what is not and refine our system accordingly. “We are beginning to think about how we might introduce cattle to the arable rotation, but this will require significant investment so it is something for the long-term.” DECEMBER 30 2016 | 25

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ARABLE GERMANY In common with many British farmers, lack of sun also posed a problem for German farmers this year. As part of a trip to its Germany-based headquarters, BASF took Marianne Curtis to a local farm to see how it balanced its crops.

German vegetable grower does battle with weather


arly potatoes are a key crop for Florian Amberger, who runs a 125-hectare (312-acre) ‘market gardening’ business on sandy soil in Hochdorf near Limburgerhof, Germany. However, this year yields were disappointing following lack of sun and heavy rain in April and May. “We planted potatoes very early on January 31. Everything worked well but February and March were cold and not sunny. The potatoes were covered in plastic but needed sun,” he said. “We usually begin harvest around May 15-20. This year it was May 25, five days later than usual.” Higher rainfall than normal meant harvest took twice as long and yields were down with some potatoes succumbing to diseases such as blight and alternaria and rotting in the ground. Yields are normally 40t/ha (16t/acre) on the farm, but this year they were about

30-35t/ha (12-14t/acre), according to Mr Amberger. Normally, potatoes are planted in mid-February and covered in plastic until late April when conditions become too hot and it is removed. The system used to irrigate the crop during the dry period uses water from the River Rhine through a pump system as well as ground water pumps.

Salad crops As well as 60ha (150 acres) of potatoes, sugar beet, peas and salad crops are grown on the farm which also has a packing facility. In some cases, more than one crop is grown in a season. Produce is mainly sold and delivered to a farmers’ co-op a short distance away and the co-op is responsible for quality management and certification. However, Mr Amberger is also in direct contact with retailers. “Retailers call me to discuss what I should harvest.” Florian Amberger believes subsidies are unnecessary for his type of farm.

Salad crops are grown alongside potatoes, sugar beet and peas.

This year, German sugar beet growers have been asked by Sudzucker, the European sugar company, to produce 25 per cent more than usual to obtain the best price. Mr Amberger is increasing his usual 10ha (25 acres) of sugar beet to 12-13ha (30-32.5 acres) to meet the requirement. June and July are the busiest months with 35 employees working on the farm during this period, coming mainly from Poland and Romania.

Cover crops Once crops are harvested, cover crops are grown including rye, oil radish and phacelia. While other areas in Germany have to wait until February 15 before cultivating, his area has a dispensation and can cultivate from January 15. Mr Amberger believed subsidies were unnecessary for his type of farm. “If we are growing 80,000 lettuces/ha and receiving 20-25

cents/lettuce that is €20,000/ha so a subsidy of €200-€300/ha does not make a big difference.” The farmers’ co-op he sells to also receives subsidies which are used for special projects such as new machinery or using more environmentally-friendly coolant chemicals. “The way the EU money is used is not the best way. It would be good to be able to use it for things that are necessary for my farm.” Rents in the area are relatively high at €500-€800/ha (£425£680/ha), €200-€320/acre (£170£272/acre). “People do not want to sell land as they get a good rent,” he said. He owns 20ha (50 acres), renting the rest and has expanded the farm from 70ha (175 acres) to 125ha (312 acres) in the last five years. Looking ahead, Mr Amberger said he would like to grow fewer crops and focus on growing them better.

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CROPPING Early potatoes 60ha (150 acres) Savoy cabbage 17-18ha (42.5-45 acres) Sugar beet 10ha (25 acres) Lettuce 20ha (50 acres) Fresh peas 15ha (37.5 acres) Frisee lettuce 15ha (37.5 acres) Chinese cabbage 10ha (25 acres) Raspberries 1ha (2.47 acres)

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Records smashed at Designer Genes sale rTop priced live lot

sells for 8,500gns

Inter-breed Next, multi inter-breed champion Coley 1 Bubbles 249 sold at 8,000gns, for Heather Whitaker, Halifax. By the 2012 sire of the year Blakelaw 1 Calzaghe, it sold to P. Vaughan, Leominster. The grand female champion at the Hereford Cattle Breeders Association Christmas calf show, Normanton 1 Enoki 4 from the Normanton herd, Packington, sold to J. Hodge, Devon, for 6,000gns. A cow and calf pair from G. and

Sky High 1 Miss Valentine, from B. Birch and G. Brindley, Staffordshire, which sold for 8,500gns to Adam Bowen and family, Mid Glamorgan.


THE first Designer Genes Hereford sale took place at Shrewsbury, with 17 females and three embryos selling to gross £94,340 and become the highest averaging Hereford sale ever in the UK. A 9,000gns bid led the trade, paid for a flush from any cow from the Moeskaer herd, Denmark. Moeskaer Holsteins have won a number of accolades this year, including the champion bull of Europe title. This lot sold to M.J.T. Herefords, Canada, and Dara. C. Entwistle, Illinois. The top live lot of the day was 10-month-old heifer calf Sky High 1 Miss Valentine, from B. Birch and G. Brindley, Staffordshire. It sold for 8,500gns, breaking a record for the highest priced Polled Hereford to sell at auction in the UK. Out of Dendor 1 Jennefer 15 and by Romany 1 Lawbreaker RE L23, it was knocked down to Adam Bowen and family, Mid Glamorgan.

through the ring at 3,800gns, selling to Alan Crooks, Sheffield. AVERAGES 17 females and 3 embryos, £4,717. Auctioneers: Halls.

Bishop’s Castle

£1,900 bid leads Swnymor dispersal at Whitland THE dispersal of the Swnymor herd of pedigree British Friesians and Shorthorn cows at Whitland, on behalf of A.H. Prichard and Son, Newport, realised a top price of £1,900. The second calver Swnymor Win 3 VG85 was the leading lot. Yielding 38kg daily, it sold to K.W. Jenkins, Begelly. Another second calver followed at £1,820. The freshly-calved Swnymore Salomie Red 3 GP84 went

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home with A. Jones and Co, Tregaron, who also paid £1,750 for the third calver Broadfield Patrol Myfanwy GP81.

Second calver At the same money was the second calver Swnymor Doris 2, selling to W.J.C. and I.J. Lewis and Son, Newport, while the third calver Swnymor Princess 2 VG86 was bought by R.C. Jackson, Llanfyrnach, for £1,700.

MORE than 100 dairy cattle went under the hammer at Gisburn’s Cogent-sponsored Christmas show and sale. Leading the trade was the Golden-Oaks Alexander-sired Feizor Alexander S Joy, from W.A. Booth, Feizor, Lancaster. Judge Philip Halhead, Cockerham, Lancaster, tapped out the heifer as the pre-sale champion and it later sold for the joint top price of £2,200, to Hill and Davies, Wrexham. Also at that price was the reserve champion lot, a mid-Novembercalved daughter of Ballycairn Tiergan, from W. Rogerson and Sons, Poulton-le-Fylde. The buyer was N.W. and J.M. Coulthurst and Son, Longridge, Preston. J. and M. Singleton and Sons, Goosnargh, Preston, took a £2,120 bid from A.P. Townsend, Burnley, for the 28-month-old newly-calved Whytil Mincio Nancy 73. An August 2014-born newly-calved daughter of Denmire Merchandise, from P. Knowles, Kendal, sold for £2,100 to J.J. and J.D. Graves, Carlisle, who also bought a newly-calved R-E-W Seaver-sired heifer for £2,080, from the Singletons. The reduction of the Copdon pedigree herd from G.D. Donkin, Blackburn, sold to a high of £1,060, paid by Messrs Coulthurst for an in-calf heifer by Altaavalon. AVERAGES Pedigree newly-calved heifers, £1,640; cows, £1,817; commercial newly-calved heifers, £1,500; cows, £2,287; in-calf heifers, £1,270; heifer calves, £276. Auctioneers: Richard Turner and Son.

Coley 1 Bubbles 249, from Heather Whitaker, Halifax, which sold for 8,000gns to P. Vaughan, Leominster.

M.C. Shepherd, Preston, sold at 5,000gns to S. and E. Walker, Lancashire. Moorside 1 Jane 3, a twoyear-old calved heifer, sold before its April-born heifer calf, a daughter of Moorside 1 Joseph, which went

Gisburn dairy to £2,200 twice

Top of the Shorthorns was Swnymor Doreen, which joined J.D. Phillips, St Buryan, Penzance, for £1,480. In-calf heifers sold to £1,220, while bulling heifers topped at £800. AVERAGES Friesian cows and heifers in-milk, £1,235; Shorthorn cows and heifers in-milk, £1,010; in-calf heifers, £911; maiden heifers, £641; heifer calves, £320. Auctioneers: J.J. Morris.

THE final store sale of the year at Bishop’s Castle saw in-calf heifers, from E. Harris, Pantycaragle, lead the trade at £1,300, £1,290 and £1,080. Heifers averaged 190p/kg and £880/head, selling to 236p/kg for two 330kg Limousin crosses from Aston Hall Farms, Montgomery. Steers averaged 200p/kg and £935/head, with a top price of 235p/ kg achieved for a 340kg Charolais cross from E.J. and A.J. Roberts, Longlands. AVERAGES: Heifers, 190p/kg (£880); steers, 200p/kg (£935). Auctioneers: Halls. DECEMBER 30 2016 | 27

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Reserve champion heads Holstein trade at Carlisle rChampion animal

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THE final event in the Border and Lakeland Holstein club calendar took place at Carlisle, with trade topping 2,600gns to average £1,677. The reserve champion award went to Bowberhill Uno Blossom, from Malcolm and Jean Hutchinson, Kirkby Stephen. By Amighetti Numero Uno, the sister of its dam was the top price in the 2014 sale. Yielding 34kg daily, it received the highest bid from H. Huddlestone, Lancaster. Alex Cannon, Appleby, sold four heifers to average £1,939, and top ped at 2,050gns. His leading lot was Espland Saloon Milly, a Sandy-Val-

ley Saloon daughter, which sold to Allan McCamley, Ayrshire. Another daughter of Sandy-Valley Saloon from Skirwith Hall Farms, Penrith, sold for 2,000gns, to R.H. Robinson, Lanercost, who also paid the same for Stowbeck Lynx Mavis, a heifer giving 38kg daily from the same home. The overall championship went to John and Gordon Lyle, Fife, with their two-year-old heifer Cambus Lylehaven Lulu. Giving 25kg daily, it found a new home with Andrew and Dan Bargh, Skelton, for 1,650gns. AVERAGES 3 cows in-milk, £1,428; 47 heifers in-milk, £1,677.44. Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.

Left to right: Ian Plews of sponsor Cogent, Rob Horn of sponsor Zoetis, vendor Martin Hutchinson with the top price, and judge Andrew Wilson.

Northern Stars Texels hit 10,000gns

Left to right: Julie Mellor, Harrison Mellor, Norman Mellor and Jane Mellor, with the Leek prize winners.

Leek dairy prices to £2,400 for Braemarhouse heifer AT Leek’s Christmas dairy sale the Mellor family of Earl Sterndale dominated the heifer class with their Braemarhouse Zebra Jane 3 taking the top spot and then going on to claim the championship. By Lynncrest Zebra and giving 30kg, it sold for £2,100 to the judges, Bill and Will Bradbury for their Doveside herd. But it was its stable mate, Braemarhouse Zebra Kelly, that stole the show topping the day at £2,400. 28 | DECEMBER 30 2016

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Also a Lynncrest Zebra daughter, it was also knocked down to Messrs Bradbury. The Mellors’ four heifers averaged £2,065. Heading the cow class was Andrew Bunting, Bakewell, with his third calver Alsopdale Aster 267. A VG87 cow, it had given 7,931kg as a second calver. Now giving 37kg daily, it went on to take the reserve championship and topped the cows at £1,730. Auctioneers: Leek Auctions.

THE Northern Stars in-lamb Texel sale at Ballymena hit a high of 10,000gns. Top exhibit was a gimmer from the Cherryvale flock from Alistair, Jack and Beth Gault, Newtonabbey. By Duncryne Uber Cool and out of a dam by Knock Papoose, it sold in-lamb to Usk Vale Warlord to Charlie Boden, Macclesfield. The full ET sister to the sale topper was next at 5,000gns. This gimmer was sold in-lamb to Halbeath Woody to John Greene, County Donegal. The Gault family also realised the third top price, with a lot from their Forkins flock. At 4,200gns was an

Uber Cool daughter out of a dam by Duncryne Ringmaster. It sold in-lamb to Usk Vale Warlord and went home with Mr Greene. Roger Strawbridge, Coleraine, sold a Tamnamoney Tuborg Gold-sired gimmer at 3,800gns. It sold in-lamb to the homebred Tamnamoney Yolo, to H.J. Wilson, Raphoe. AVERAGES Drumgooland flock, 20 gimmers, £1,110; Tamnamoney, 16 gimmers, £952; Foyleview, 10 gimmers, £1,924; Forkins and Cherryvale, 18 gimmers, £1,867; Ballynahone, 12 gimmers, £770. Auctioneers: J.A. McClelland and Son.

Limousin bull top at Market Drayton THE weekly dairy sale at Market Drayton saw 55 head forward, with prices topping at £2,320. Top lot was the Limousin bull Saltbrook Lieutenant from P.M. and L. Harris and Son, Derbyshire. It sold to an undisclosed buyer.

In-milk In-milk heifers sold to a high of £2,080, paid for a recently-calved pedigree, giving 32.4kg daily. From P. and M. Timmis, Standon, it went home with G.A. Hargreaves and Son, Staffordshire. The same vendor also sold another pedigree in-milk heifer giving

37.4kg for £1,980 to C.J. Phillips and Co, Minsterley. Cow trade was strong, with Hilltop Farming Company, Aston-by-Budworth, achieving the top price of £1,680 for a pedigree third calver giving 44kg daily. It sold to B.G. and M.A. Elkin and Sons, Hilderstone. D.J. and D.S. Winnington, Gnosall, sold a Shorthorn milking cow for £1,600 to D. and J. Moseley, Stoke-on-Trent. An in-calf heifer from D.B. Jones, Bangor-on-Dee, sold for £1,500. Due in December, it was bought by P.T. and L. Johnson, Stafford. Auctioneers: Hassall Brothers with Barbers.

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THE Christmas show of calves at Bentham saw judge Chris Baxter, Leeds, award the championship to last year’s winner Ken Polkinghorne, Eldroth, with his 37-day-old British Blue heifer. It later went on to sell for the day’s top price of £590, to Isaac and Robert Woodhouse, Roeburndale. Pamela and Steven Parker, Bentham, sold another British Blue heifer at £500. British Blue bulls sold to a high of £455, paid for a lot from Trevor Hodgson, Dillicar, who sold four calves for more than £400. A winning Hereford bull from J.D. and M. Beck, Penrith, realised £430, while Black and White show calves topped at £152, for a lot from J. and N. Ashton, Bentham. Auctioneers: Richard Turner and Son.

£2,700 high at Beeston dairy THE mid-month dairy sale at Beeston sold to a high of £2,700, paid for an April 2015-born Limousin bull from C. Dulson, Ridley. It was knocked down to Robin Langford, Tattenhall. Milkers sold to £2,450, achieved for the second calver Topcroft Destry Piano from Tom Crawford, Bungay, Suffolk. This VG8 two-year-old sold to Tom Roberts, Anglesey. At £2,400 was Whitecarr Lavanguard Image from Tom Cowell, Kirkham, a second calver yielding 47kg. It sold to Adrian Jones, Welshpool. Fourth calver Whitecarr Outbound Donna 2 from the same home sold for £2,350 to Josh Bayley, Nuneaton. Grantchester Farms, Audlem, Crewe, sold the fifth calver Grantchester Goldwyn Lori 5 at £2,250, to John Shropshire, Market Drayton. Heifer trade peaked at £2,350 for a lot from Jeremy Platt, Northwich. Lachstone Pello B Dandi, a 25-month-old Ballycairn Oman Pello daughter was bought by David Colclough, Sandbach. AVERAGES 63 cows, £1,668.10; 198 milking heifers, £1,644.19; 6 in-calf heifers, £1,087.10; 68 maiden heifers, £733.41; 6 bulls, £1,675. Auctioneers: Wright Marshall.

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Champion with (left to right): Auctioneer Will Alexander, judge Chris Baxter, Rowan Boardley from sponsor Dugdales, and vendor Ken Polkinghorne.

Clarbeston Holsteins top buyers at Whitland WHITLAND hosted its second pedigree dairy sale, with the reserve champion heifer heading the field at £2,050. Clarby Jackson Sammy came from Ben Llewellyn, Pembrokeshire, and found a new home with Roger and Eileen Stafford of Clarbeston Holsteins, also from Pembrokeshire. At £2,000 was the champion lot from Richard Lewis, Fronun, which sold to the judge Aeron Owens of Caria Holsteins, St Clears. Clarbeston Holsteins also took a second heifer from Mr Llewellyn at £1,850. The cow section was topped at £1,750 for Catellhyfryd Asterix Bluebell VG85, a third calver from S.P. and S.R. Davies, Whitland. It sold to W. Davies, Pontfaen. At £1,540 was Gest Mauritsa 78, a VG86 third calver from Maskell Partners, Carmarthen, which also went to join the Clarbeston herd. Auctioneers: J.J. Morris.

Bulls top Angus entry at Dungannon A HIGH of 4,400gns was realised at Dungannon as an Aberdeen-Angus bull contributed to an overall sale average of £2,390 at the breed society show and sale. Sale leader and overall show champion was the bull Old Glenort Krank R697 from James Porter, Dromore, County Down. March 2015-born, it is by the 14,000gns stock bull The Moss Quebec K027 and out of the homebred Old Glenort Kathleen M704. A previous junior champion at Balmoral and the breed’s reserve supreme at Armagh Show, it was knocked down to Leo Devine, Strabane. Next at 2,900gns was the reserve male champion Bessiebell Evan R641 from Jack Smyth, Newtownstewart. By Cloghogue Evolution and out of Cleenagh Gabby, this 17-month-old sold to Mary Hatre, Pomeroy. Mr Porter sold the next bull, the March 2015-born Old Glenort Vincent R572. A son of The Moss Quebec K027 and out of Old Glenort Victoria G346, it stood second at Balmoral to the sale leader and was bought by William Wallace, Dromore, for 2,800gns. AVERAGES Total sale average, £2,390. Auctioneers: Dungannon Farmers Mart.

Old Glenort Krank R697 from James Porter, Dromore, sold for 4,400gns.

Calved heifers choice buys at Ross-on-Wye THE monthly dairy sale at Ross-onWye saw two calved heifers from Brownswood Holsteins, Worcester, sell for 2,150gns each. The same vendors sold others at 2,120gns, 2,100gns and 2,000gns. Robert and Keith Oughton, Moreton-in-Marsh, received 1,950gns for a calved heifer and

1,880gns for a second calver, while John and Ruth Higgins, Monmouthshire, sold calved heifers to 1,900gns. The sale also included the dispersal of the herd from Malcolm and Lesley Meredith, Herefordshire, which topped at 1,850gns. Auctioneers: Gwilym Richards. DECEMBER 30 2016 | 29

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Braehead, Barrhill, Ayrshire, KA26 0QR T 01465 821 348 F 01465 821 383 E

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nPoultry CREAGMHOR POULTRY Point of lay

pullets, day old chicks/ broiler chicks. Commercial Brown Hybrids POL, Blackrocks, Light Sussex and other coloured hybrids. Ducklings. Cheshire Blue, Blue Egg layers. Nationwide Delivery-Tel: 07946 761435 Cheshire


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


Warrens/Novo Brown from £4.90. BOCM feeds, Poultry bedding, feeders, drinkers, health products and accessories at competitive prices. Tel: R J Fahey - 07984 949188. Google Cheshire Chickens



Egg Laying Hybrid. Available from CMP, Day old chicks, POL, from Sept 2016 Tel: 07946 761435 Creag-MhorPoultry


P O LAY Warren and

Lohmann Brown Pullets quality reared fully vaccinated . Northern Pullet Rearers Ltd. - Tel: 01995 640482 (T)

R. MILLER Poultry and

equipment. We sell poultry feed, health products, Incubators & brooders, feeders, drinkers, Vermin, netting, twill weld, creosote/corrugated sheets. Small poultry housing. Tel : 01772613719



Novo-Brown direct from the breeder Tom Barron Ltd. The Poultry Farm, Square Lane, Catforth, Preston PR4 0HQ - Tel: 01772 692078


always available. - Tel: R. Miller. The Poultry Farm, Moss House Lane, Much Hoole, Preston. 01772 613719 (T)

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FG Take advantage of Farmers Guardians lowest ever rates exclusively for Pedigree Breeders.

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QUALITY HOLSTEIN B T + J o h n e ' s t e s t e d + freshly calved + pregnant

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Finance available through Wadland Finance

r Sale Pedigree Cale Fo This 4x2 space could be yours Call 01772 799500

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Price includes delivery to your farm and 30d insurance, all prices on our website or call Alex 0031 6 51343233


* flock or herd prefix must be included in your advert

For more information please contact us on

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From Holland, Germany, France & Ireland. You can select on the holdings in Europe. All the above livestock are of the highest quality and all paperwork and testing meet our stringent regulations. German, Dutch, French and Irish In Calf, & Fresh Calf, Pedigree Heifers available now

Weekly Selection of 8-10 Pedigree Fresh Calved Heifers.

A weekly selection of Fresh Calved Cows & Heifers sourced within the UK.

and ask to speak to our Livestock Team

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

Livestock Supplies Ltd

Telephone: 07831 887531 or 01829 260328

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Freshly calved & in-calf heifers available * * * * * *

Choose from 150 milkers at all times (come see them milk) Heifers calving Autumn 2016 Flexible payment plans available (see our website) Top quality German and French Holstein heifers available, freshly calved and incalf Small amounts delivered (4/5 animals) See our website for all details.

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For more than 25 years we’ve supplied hundreds of satisfied customers. We are competitive with no middle man. • Dutch, German, Danish & French Holsteins. TB FREE-High health status. • Great offer of Dutch in-calf Holstein heifers!! • Brown Swiss, Jersey, Irish Grazing, Organic etc. available. FINANCE CAN • Strong Dutch Red in-calf heifers for grazing - High components! BE ARRANGED • Fly and buy or use our experts. Full or part load.

Call Job 0031 653847116 or 0781 2107337


Top Grade Fresh Heifers available from Holland, Germany, Denmark & Luxembourg. • Full service from selection to Delivery. • All Ministry Administration completed. • Finance available. • Work with a UK Company you can trust Call Alan on 07812 663167 or Di 01606 869253 for prices and our current stock list



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• Fresh calved and in-calf Suppliers of Quality Livestock heifers and young cows Keenest • Select on farms in Ireland, Price France, Germany, Holland Guaranteed • Delivered direct to your farm.

Call David Clarke 00353 87257 6434 or 07712 815792

Wishing all our customers a prosperous 2017

Dutch Top Quality Crossbreeds

Maiden or in-calf dairy heifers CASI Livestock bv Hans Kerkhof 0031 652 684 393 or 07967 597917

Farm Assured Cows Required For Slaughter

Organic Cows also required for Foyle Gloucester Please contact a site below for further Info or to book Cale: Foyle Milton Mowbray – Nathan White on 01509 881583 or 07767 163683

Foyle Gloucester – Barry Evans on 015948 23148 or 07598019833 Collec‹on Centres available across England and Wales

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Chris Dodds Livestock Ltd Importers of high quality Dairy Replacements

Danish Reds/Scandinavian Reds, Holstein, Jersey & Fleckvieh.

Also crossbreeds available High Health Status a priority (TB, BVD, IBR & Lepto) Competitive Prices, Bespoke Selection Service Full or Part loads delivered nationwide

Chris: 07885731502 or Andrew: 07950030586

Robin Loxam The Choice of Progressive UK Dairy

Email us • Fresh Calved European Holstein Heifers & Cows. • Irish Heifers & Cows, Fresh or In-Calf. • Pedigree Fleckvieh & Danish Jerseys also available. • High Health Herds Free of TB, IBR, BVD & JOHNE’S. • Free selection trip, Finance arranged, No minimum orders. • This weeks special - selection of Fleckvieh X Heifers.


Available from France, Holland, Germany and Denmark. Calved or In-calf from TB Free Herds, all with Health Cer­ficates, carefully selected or fly and buy and delivered to your farm. Full or part loads welcome 01604 590494

HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN BULLS Some Red & White For sale, from the BIDLEA HERD Plenty to choose from, first come first served! Tel: Ray Brown on 01477 532220 or 07885 652718 Cheshire

DENMIRE Choice of Holstein Young Bulls

Ready to work. From, high yielding long lasting cows

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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

SEAFIELD PEDIGREE Ready to work, delivered direct to your farm, very quiet, easy calving. Hi health status, closed herd, In calf & bulling heifers, cows with calves at foot, full pedigree with each animal, Red tractor.

Tel: 077157 64351


18-20 months old Sired by easy calving bulls (Venture Moler, Wirruna Daffy & Fisher Charlie) High Health Status & Farm Assured Easy Fleshing - Ready to work Tel:

01524 60646 or 07801 663961

Shrops/West Mid Borders (P)

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Working Bulls and Heifers always available.

Tel - 01978 780368 or 01978 664418 or 07986 113221 Wrexham (P)

BUITELAAR PRODUCTION LTD Black & White Bulls Increase Production by selling bulls younger 440kg + live weight Straight through under written pricing Call Terry Coupe For more information

07773 370232


18 BEEF SHORTHORN SUCKLERS Also 20 AA sucklers out of Shorthorn Cows. Steer and Heifers. All by nominated sire. At Shrewsbury Market 10th Jan. Tel 01384872552 (P)


07968 592608 or 01299 861275


Have a selection of Pedigree Bulls for sale. All performance recorded. TB4 Area.

07767 307044 S.Yorks(P)

PEDIGREE ABERDEEN ANGUS FEMALES In calf cows with calves at foot & in calf heifers, ideal starter herd. Viewing recommended.

07767307044 S.Yorks (P) PEDIGREE SIMMENTAL Bulls. Easy

Calving, Good temperament. Johnes & BVD accredited herd. BVD, IBR and Lepto vaccinated. Ready for work. -Tel: 01948 770408 Mobile: 07714 089001



20 single suckled Aberdeen Angus and Limousins. No Dairy blood. Some show types. 380-420 kgs approx.

Bulls and Females from 180 cow herd. Easy calving. High EBV’s. TB4, Lepto, BVD Vacc. Tel: 07866 222062

Tested, ready to go.


Tel: 01398371100 Somerset (P)


Farmers for Quality European Cattle · Fully Escorted Tours to Holland & Germany · Finance can be arranged Terms and conditions would apply



10 BLUE GREY Heifers,

17 months, pedigree sire. 4 year testing. For sale at Bentham Auction Mart on Tuesday 3rd January. Tel: 01729

840289 (P)

gee Dieulacresse Highlander. Always top price calves. BVD, Lepto, IBR, TB Tested. Quiet, easy calving, 6 yrs old. Tel: 07986 436682 Staffs



Crossing Bull. Gold standard recorded. -Tel: 01981 570231 (T)

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STOCKJUDGING COMPETITION Do you consider yourself a good judge of stock? If so, enter our annual stockjudging competition to be in with a chance of winning a top prize of £200.

Test your stockjudging skills and win £200


ur popular beef stockjudging competition is back for 2016. The competition runs annually in support of our media partnerships with two winter fairs – Agri-Expo and the Royal Welsh Winter Fair, and is again sponsored by Showtime, supplier of specialist livestock products for cattle, sheep, horses and other animals, covering the UK and Europe.

Prizes Take part by pitting your judging skills against those of our professional judge to be in with a chance of winning one of three cash prizes.

Winner of the first correct entry, drawn at random, will receive £200, while two runners-up will each win £50. Simply rank the four animals pictured (first being the animal you rate most highly), in the same order as our judge. Complete the entry form opposite and return it to: Beef Stockjudging Competition, Farmers Guardian, Unit 4, Fulwood Business Park, Caxton Road, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 9NZ, by December 31, 2016.


Enter online Alternatively, enter online at judging.





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Call 01772 799500 and place your ad today HOW TO ENTER Return the form below of enter online at





Stockjudging competition entry form Title:

Fill in and return this form before December 31, 2016, or go to

First name:




Year of birth:


Telephone number: Email: Are you the main decision maker on farm?




Primary occupation (tick one box only): Farm Owner Contractor

Farm Manager Agronomist/Adviser

Farm Worker Student

Tenant Farmer Other

Farm Worker Student

Tenant Farmer Other

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

Farm Manager Agronomist/Adviser 0










Total farm size in hectares: Dairy (livestock numbers): Sheep (livestock numbers): Tick here to receive our Auction Finder email, which provides a weekly round-up of news from UK auctions

Please return by December 31, 2016 to: Beef Stockjudging Competition, Farmers Guardian, Unit 4, Fulwood Business Park, Caxton Road, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 9NZ.

Your judgement:

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 Briefing Media. 2. Inclusion in the prize draw is subject to registration. 3. Entry to the draw will close December 31, 2016. 4. Only one entry per person is permitted. 5. The 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 Briefing Media Ltd 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 Briefing Media Ltd, or to have your data made available to third parties, please write to the Data Protection Co-ordinator, Briefing Media Ltd, Farmers Guardian, Unit 4, Fulwood Business Park, Caxton Road, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 9NZ, or email





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BEEF 2017

Farmers Guardian

A Farmers Guardian special supplement

Agriculture’s National Newspaper

The Beef Guide 2017 – an essential guide for everyone involved in the beef industry This essential supplement comprises of beef sale listings from all major auctioneers and breed societies, feeding, housing, equipment and much, BEEF much more. 2017 The Beef Guide 2017 The supplement will be – an essential guide for everyone involved in the beef industry contained in the 20th January issue of Farmers Guardian. The issue will be heavily promoted with extra copies made available across the whole of the UK. To advertise in this exclusive supplement contact Sam on 01772 799 500 or via email at Edited by Katie Jones katie.jones@fginsig 07786 856 439



Get cows in condition now



Building a beef enterprise from scratch



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Benefits of Lupicaleage

12 MEETING FEED CHALLENGES Plan ahead as stocks are low


22 pages of classifieds from the beef sector

Advertising deadline January 6th 2017


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For Shepherding, Farmwork and Trialing

If it chases sheep, I’ll train it!

Farm assured q uality cattle & sheep feeds av ailable for Nationwide Deliv ery.


Dry cereal rations suitable for all breeding and fattening stock at v ery competitiv e prices. Av ailable in bulk or 1 tonne bags deliv ered or collected.

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Pups. Regd. 1 Red & Tan Bitch, 1 Black & Tan Dog. Sire Avenpart-Hilton. Dam Henblas Bess. For details Tel: 01824 710260 N Wales (P)


pies. Beautiful Border Collie Puppies. 3 male Puppies - Red & white, Tri coloured & black & white. Home reared 07733 596910

FULLY Trained 3 year old

dog with work experience & 2yr old smooth coated bitch. Both easily handled. -Tel: 07989 309661 Settle (P)

FULLY Trained Sheep-

dog for sale. 3 Years old -Tel: 01524 36867 or 07970 836186 Lancs



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Cleaned, Competitive Prices, Direct from the grower Collect or Delivered in all sizes of loads

Tel Mobile: 07836 565 481 LANCS


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FARM FEEDS BURNLEY Nick Wilkinson Mobile 07952 078732 Growth Promoter Licks Fertility Licks Pneumonia Licks Easy Calving Licks Wormer Licks Coccidiosis Licks Orf and Ring Worm Licks Staggers Licks Nationwide Delivery any Quantity Quality Licks that work Design your own Licks or bagged minerals to your own farm and requirements Pre tup flushing buckets Store Open At Gisburn Auction Mart On Thursday & Saturday Sales

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R.F FIELDING Hay & Straw For Sale in all types of Bales. Good quality. Reasonable prices. TEL: (01625) 531629 OR (01625) 522249 CLEANED FODDER BEET Hay, Straw and Silage J.E. Simpson Tel: 01765 658383 or 07730 200702 North

Yorks (T) TOP

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Blends. Fodder Beet, Potatoes and Carrots now available. Tel 07875102208 or 07837485652 Cheshire


RUMEN GUARD Helps protect the Rumen from clinical and sub clinical Acidosis Ring for Competitive Prices

01387 750459 LOWER YOUR VET BILLS WITH WASHED SILICA SAND CUBICLE BEDDING * Helps to eradicate mastitis problems and lowers your milk count * Equestrian sand also available


screened, wire free. Bulk deliver or collect. Samples, quotes - Tel : 01282 434030 Burnley (T)

nFeedstuffs & Bedding HIGH QUALITY HAYLAGE Lab tested. Small or Large bales, round or square, Easibed, Shavings. Hay/ straw small or large bales. Will deliver

HFB Trailers Leek Ltd Main Distributors for Ifor Williams Trailers.

Lyme House Farm, Dunwood Lane, Rudyard, Leek, ST13 8RH Full range of Ifor Williams new & used trailers in stock. Tel: 01538 306212 Fax: 01538 306420 website:

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We are the only Horse/Pony Crematorium in Lancashire that can Collect in our designated vehicle and adapted trailer and bring direct to our Crematorium for cremation.


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toes, carrots and other veg - I D Bailey& Son - Tel: 01772 690002 / 07968 362227 Lancs



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ered or collected. Also silage, straw, hay & haylage. Peacocks of Tel: 01845 537357 North Yorks

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UK Manufacturer & Supplier of Quality Pre-stressed CE Marked Concrete Panels & Lego Blocks



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• Selection of Concrete Lego Blocks • Increased capacity • Made to measure • Shorter lead-times

• Established Quality Assured CE marked products • Design & Bespoke Project capability


We are currently aware of a number of fraudulent advertisers attempting to sell items within the classified section. Whilst we endeavour to protect our readers and pull these adverts before going to press, sometimes they may unfortunately appear in print. Please be mindful before entering into any deals you PROCEED WITH CAUTION with the seller and do not part with money until goods are received. Farmers Guardian are NOT responsible for any part of the transaction that takes place with the seller and the buyer.

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Manufacturers of: Box Profile & Corrugated Roof & Wall Cladding · Vent Air, Perforated & Anti-Con Sheets · Curved Sheets ·Purlins and Sections · Folded Galvanised Guttering

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Trd. Posts/Rails/Strainers UC4 Posts/Strainers Creosoted Posts/Strainers Trd. Agricultural Purlins Yorkshire Boards Timber & Galv. Gates Wire Products Timber Skids Site Pegs

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• Suppliers of Thermal Insulation, Acoustic, Fire protection materials, Plasterboards and related products. • Everything you need for walls, Floors & roofs. • Supplying the Trade & Public. • Sap ratings and energy performance certificates • Prompt deliveries made throughout the Northwest. Lewth Lane, W oodp lump ton, Preston, Lancs.

Tel: 01772 69 0360 Fax: 01772 69 08 42 www.v arley


Northern Metal Roofing Limited We make and supply all types of metal roofing and accessories. Eliminate the risk of condensation with the unique Tek28 insulated panel Good quality seconds always available. For pricing and free advice, contact your local depot

Leeds 01977 689009 : Hexham 01434 606677







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J SHARPLES Most types of new and reusable steel girders, pipe, angle and box section. Box profile, roofing sheets, bricks, stone, flags, cobbles, lintels.

Tel: 01772 250542/628644

Quality pre stressed concrete panels Prompt delivery

Large Quanes of Stone walling Stone Wall Copings All Types Reclaimed Timber Flooring Good Stocks of Slates & Bricks York Stone Flags & Indian Flags Oak & Pine Beams New & Reclaimed Sleepers New Box Profile Roofing Sheets Granite & Stone Se„s

Tel:01772 334868 Fax: 01772 627949


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Tel: 01757 282299 or mobile 07802 360866 (T)

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Crushed concrete and demolition rubble for sale cheap to clear Tel: 07976 972356 North Staffs / South Cheshire (P)


railway sleepers. Nationwide delivery Mob 07976 206477 or 07976 226308 or 01782 723083 jill.

COIL OF blue 6’’ water

pipe. For sale. Tel: 0161 624 1118, Oldham





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nBuildings Suppliers of Agricultural, Equestrian & Industrial Steel Framed Buildings. • • • • • • •

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Please contact Neil on 01228 711318 for all Enquires and a no obligation quotation.

Cumbria Steel Fabrications Limited



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Telephone Bolton 0845 8630590 or 07917 864585

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Specialists in Steel Framed Buildings Design, Fabrication & Installation Agricultural, Equestrian and Industrial Buildings Barns, Dairy Buildings, Grain Stores, Cubicle Buildings, Stables, Riding Arenas


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he vote to leave the European Union will be one of the biggest impacts to face the rural economy in 2017. The social, political and economic effects will be encountered for decades and the results will have far reaching implications on agriculture, be it subsidy reviews, trade deals or the exchange rate. We are already seeing the effect the vote has had on the exchange rate between the pound and the euro. The full implications of Brexit will take time to emerge, but farm businesses will need to be proactive in terms of understanding how Brexit will influence their profitability. August 2016 saw the Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Park boundaries extend by 188sq.mi. The Yorkshire Dales increased by 24 per cent and the Lake District by 3 per cent. In planning terms, this means

those areas which are now within the National Park will not be able to benefit from the General Permitted Development Rights; instead developers will have to seek full planning permission for any development works. One of the main aims of increasing the boundaries was to increase the protection of the natural landscape and built environments; the results are yet to be seen but it will be interesting to see if this will make a difference or just adds an extra layer to an already bureaucratic system. 2016 has seen peaks and troughs in the various commodity prices. Milk prices have appeared to bounce back slightly over the past few months, with many co-ops increasing their farmgate prices month-on-month. The success of dairy enterprises this last year have hung on the output ability of a farm, as the larger units have managed to withstand the low milk prices better than some of the smaller units, as well as the quality of milk contracts. Lamb prices have been, on aver-

‘The north of England market remains relatively buoyant.’

age, higher in 2016; even with higher flock numbers than last year. Overall, in the livestock sector, store cattle and calf prices have remained reasonable. The wheat market has improved, with milling wheat reaching £130/t compared to 2015 where £100/t was the average. OSR crops suffered a disappointing year in comparison to 2015 as a result of dry weather and pests. The sales and lettings property markets saw a slow supply of land in spring which kept demand high. The north of England market remains relativity buoyant, with an increased focus on

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TRACTORS New Holland TL100, c/w stoll robust F30 loader,no air con,air seat,power shuttle, 420/85x34 340/85x24 ...................................... POA 21022034 New Holland T6.165 Electro Command, 2013, Full Suspension, 600 tyres 90%, only 840 Hours . ...................................................................... POA Iseki TG5470 47 H/P,2005 cab,turf tyres,pick up hitch c/w chilton MX30C front loader ................... ......................................................... POA 71021358 New Holland T7040 Power Command ,2009, c/w 650/25x38 @ 50% 600/60x30 @ 40%,approx 6027 hrs ............... POA 31021548 New Holland T7060 , 2008 Ultra ,elec,f/links &,PTO,710/70x38 600/65X28,approx 6760 hrs .... ......................................................... POA 31020033 New Holland T8.360 Auto Command Ex Hire/ Demo, 2014,50KPH Eco, Air Brakes, 6 Remote Valves, 710/75R42 Tyres, Front Linkage and PTO Ready,, GPS Ready, Intelliview, Leather Package approx 1300 hours. 0% Fianance available ........... ................................................... £69,000 61017383 New Holland T7.210 AutoCommand, 2015, 2200 Hours, 650 Tyres, Front Linkage £64,000 21019592 New Holland T8.300 , 2014, Ultra command, 50 kph,air brakes,front linkage,electric spools, joystick control,GPS ready,sidewinder armrest, intelliview IV monitor,rear wheel weights,710/70R42 @ 50% 600/70R30 @ 30%,approx 3750 hrs .............. £60,000 61021475 New Holland T7.200 Range Command, 2015, 50 kph,classic,weight carrier. ....... £58,000 21019587 New Holland T7.200 Range Command, 2015, 50kph classic,front links,4 DAV’s,radar,air brakes,650/65R38 michelin tyres,approx 1500 hrs, .................................. £53,000 21019583 New Holland T7.200 Range Command, 2014,50 kph air brakes,front weight carrier, 4 manual spool valves, 650/65R38 540/65R28, approx 2250 Hrs ...................... £45,000 21018118 New Holland T7050 Power Command Side Winder, 2011, 50KPH, Front Linkage, 650/65R42, 540/65x30, 3100 Hours. ......... £44,000 21021018 New Holland T7.200 Range Command , 2014, 50 kph,c pack,twin beacons,4 aux valves,650/65R38 540/65R28,approx 3070 hrs ... £43,000 61021242 New Holland T7.210 Power Command, 2012, Front Links and PTO, 650 65R42 Michelin tyres, 3300 hours. .............................. £43,000 41021931 New Holland T7.210 A/C, 2012 ,50 kph, air brakes,front weight carrier, 580 rear tyres @ 70%,approx 5700hours ........... £40,000 11020352 New Holland T7.210 Auto Command, 2012, 50kph,ECO,650/65 R38 540/65 R28,new tyres,very tidy,one careful operator,approx 5163 ................................................... £39,500 21018575 New Holland T8.330 ultra command,50kph, sidewinder armrest , 5135 hours, front links, GPS ready,elec spools,leather pack,800 tyres ............... ................................................... £39,000 61017896 New Holland T6.175 Electrocommand, 2012, 40kph, front linkage,2 beacons,4 spools,3 speed pto,16x16 electro command,auto mode,front suspension,cab suspension,full coverage rear fenders,520/70R38 420/70R28,approx 1418 hrs .. ................................................... £39,000 11021472 New Holland T7.200 Range Command, 2012, 50k,air brakes, ,c-pack,front links, 600/65R38 480/65R28 40%, 4196 Hours. . £35,000 61018284 New Holland T7.200 Auto command,2011, front linkage & PTO,sidewinder,power beyond slice,520/85R38 420/85R28,approx 4045 Hours .. ................................................... £35,000 11018228 New Holland T7050 Auto Command, 2009, 4 aux valves,front links & pto,climate control/elec heated mirrors,rear work lamps, 650/75R38 600/75R28,approx 5550 hrs ... £35,000 21022033 New Holland T7060 Power Command, 2007, 50k,PC,TG,front axle,cab suspension,front linkage, intelliview monitor, electric spools,600/65 R28, 650/75 R38’s, 3241 Hours. ................................................... £35,000 61020282 New Holland T6070 Power Command, 40KPH Eco, Full Suspension, Front Links, 580 Tyres, 5997 Hours ........................................ £34,000 41021534 New Holland T7060, 2008, 5300 hours, 4 aux remotes,f/linkage,40kph eco,radar,twin beacons,650/75R38 600/65R28 trelleborgs @ 20%,tidy ................................... £32,500 21020452 New Holland TM155, 57 Plate, Range Command, 520 tyres, fitted with a Q65 Loader, 4650 Hours .. .....................................................................£32,000 New Holland T7030 Auto Command, 2010, 50kph,6700 Hours, 4 Spools, Sidewinder, Exhaust Brake, front linkage, Michelin 710/60R42 600/60R30, very tidy ............... £32,000 41020889 New Holand T6050LS, 2010, Dual Command, only 1200 hours from new ..... £31,950 41022016



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Depot Cubley Malton Northallerton Honda TRX420FPM, 2014, powersteering,4wd,approx 700 hrs ............ £3,950 21021972 Honda TRX500 FE, 2014, approx 1300 Hours ....... ..................................................... £3,950 21022024 Honda TRX 420 FM, 2010, c/w Standard tyres, tow ball, very tidy machine ...... £2,950 31016976 Honda TRX250 TE, 2011,electric shift gears,new tyres,heated grips,very tidy little bike,approx 1820 hrs ..................................... £2,950 21020980 Suzuki King Quad 400, 2011 c/w tow ball ............. ..................................................... £2,850 21020234 Honda TRX 420, 2008, c/w eletric start,electric gear shift,2/4 wd. ...................... £2,750 11020957 Honda TRX350 .......................... £2,400 31021298 Fahr 400cc ATV, 4WD,full road kit,tow ball, winch .......................................... £1,950 21019034 Honda TRX350, 2003, Electric shift,approx 1950 hrs .............................................. £1,850 61021999 Artic Cat, 2012, 2WD, AG, 1740 Hours. ................. ..................................................... £1,500 31018345 BALE WRAPPERS Kverneland 7655 Twin Arm Round and Square Bale Wrapper ............................ £8,000 41020695 Kuhn SW1604 Trailed Square Bale Wrapper, 2010, Computer Controlled, 11,000 Bales ............. ..................................................... £7,950 41021059 McHale 991 BC Trailed Bale Wrapper, 1999 ......... ..................................................... £5,750 61021117 Kuhn SW1604, 2010, round & square bales,750mm wrap ................... £8,000 11021096 Taarup hi speed,twin satelite c/w hyd inline drawbar,front load arm,road lights,very good ...... ..................................................... £7,700 21020314 Kverneland UN7515 Trailed Round Bale Wrapper, Electric Controls. ....... £2,950 11021097 Kverneland UN7558 3pt linkage,750mm .............. ..................................................... £2,400 11021295 Kverneland UN7558 Mounted Baler Wrapper, c/w remote control, 500mm film ........................... ..................................................... £1,795 61020959 BALERS & HANDLERS New Holland BR740 fork feeder,480/45x17, approx 24,000 bales. ..................... POA 11020956 New Holland BB1290 Year 2013 Approx 31000 bales Full and partial bale eject Electric bale length Moisture Weigher 560/45 R22.5 flotation tyres Rear camera ................... £49,500 11021790 McHale V640, 2014, Variable Chamber Baler, excellent condition,approx 7900 bales .................. ................................................... £18,800 31020716 New Holland BB940 80x90 Big Square Baler, Approx 96000 bales, 2002. ..... £17,500 41019712 Welger RP435 Master, 32558 bales, Non cutter, E Link Controls, 2009. Tidy ........ £9,500 41021410 New Holland BR7060 25000 bales, 2008 .............. ................................................... £12,500 21021617 New Holland BR7060 Rotafeeder, 2011, 18,000 bales, Superfeed 2 ................... £12,000 41019713 New Holland BR7060 Super Feed round baler, 2011, approx 30000 bales ...... £10,950 41022010 Vicon RV2160 Variable Chamber Round Baler with Chopper, 2010, 40,000 bales. ........................ ..................................................... £7,950 81014592 New Holland BR6090 Rotor Feeder, 2009, fixed rotor chamber, 21100 bales. .... £7,500 41019716 Claas Variant 260 Rotacut 2002, c/w wide pick up, very low bale count ............ £5,950 41022017 New Holland BR740 Superfeed, twin net box,net & twine,approx bale count 49401 ......................... ..................................................... £5,950 21021930 New Holland BR740 crop cutter,approx 45,000 bales ........................................... £5,000 21014295 Vicon CB8080 Big Baler, 1996 ....................£4,950 New Holland 945 Conventional Baler ................... ..................................................... £2,500 41019759 BEDDERS & FEEDERS Strautmann Vertimix 1251, additional left hand door,EZ 3600 V prog,weighing system .................. ................................................... £11,000 31020253 Hi Spec Mix Max 18, 2007, Knives ......................... ..................................................... £9,750 41022018 Strautmann Vertimix 1051, single auger diet feeder,cross conveyor,home made extension ...... ..................................................... £9,500 61021372 Kverneland 853 Trailed Straw Chopperstraw bedder c/w swival spout,extra feed spout,no more tham 4000 bales .............. £7,000 11022103 Spread a bale SBL100 c/w JCB brackets & pipes,good ................................. £5,950 21021764 Strautmann 1050, Diet Feeder, Front Conveyor, 2004, Cable Controls ................. £5,000 41019735 Kuhn 3560 Trailed Straw and Silage Bedder, 2009, Side Chute, Electric Controls. ....................... ..................................................... £4,250 41020136 Westmac 570 Strawchopper, 2004 , electric control,silage feed,excellent condition ........................ ..................................................... £3,900 21018465

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Keenan 140, 2006, c/w knives, a tidy machine. .... ..................................................... £3,500 11016923 Keenan FP140 ,entry weigh cells,lights,super single tyres,tidy machine,good working ..................... ..................................................... £3,500 21017089 Jentil 2800 Mounted Straw Blower ...................... ..................................................... £2,950 41019758 Lucas Castor G Trailed Straw Chopper ................. ..................................................... £1,950 41021447 COMBINES CR9.80 2016 30” Trax, 30ft VariFeed, rhs knife, Smartsteer, 267/208 hours .......... POA 11022056 CX8080 2016, Elevation, 25ft Varifeed, rhs Knife, 800/70R38 167/123 hours ........... POA 61021944 CX8070 2014,Elevation, Fixed Shoe, 22ft Varifeed, 2 Knives, 900/60R32 649/560 hours ...... ......................................................... POA 61021948 DISCS Parmiter 12ft Trailed Discs new blades & bearings this season ......................... £2,500 31021519 EXCAVATORS Takeuchi TB260 , 2014, clean tidy machine ready to work. Recent new tracks has demolition gear on,approx 2323 hours ................... POA 61021980 New Holland E26B Mini Excavator, only 190 Hours from new. 2.46m Height, 3.82m Length, 1.4m width2590kg weight. ..... £19,250 41021875 New Holland LS225 Skid Steer, 2012, c/w 72” bucket,excellent condition. .......... POA 31021208 Takeuchi TB228 c/w safe lock hitch, 12”,18”,24”,30” & 48” buckets .............................. ................................................... £17,000 11021872 Volvo Excavator with hitch & ditch bucket,clean for age & hours, 2006, 5600 Hours. ....................... ................................................... £16,500 61021383 Hitachi Excavator 4 buckets,q hitch,good tracks,approx 5423 hrs ............. £9,500 31021595 Takeuchi TB108 tidy machine ready to work,2 buckets,no hitch,tracks @ 50% £6,950 61021197 Bobcat S70 c/w bucket,approx 800 hrs, 2011 ...... ..............................................................21019849 FERTILISER SPREADERS Sulky DPX 30+WPD 3000 lts,hopper cover,12/36 m weigh cell, 2016. ....................... POA 21021161 Sulky X40 3000 ltr hopper capacity,wide extension,folding cover,triboard headland spread,visionm control box,weigh cells,section control facility with additional box,immaculate condition ........................................ POA 61020377 Opico MicroPro 16 Boomed Applicator, 2015 , c/w 12m Booms and Hyd Fan. . £9,500 11021136 Kuhn Axis 40.1W, 2009, twin disc c/w S6,24-36 metre disc’s,1500 ltr hopper ext,lights & cover .... ..................................................... £7,250 41019818 Kverneland TL2800, 2010, c/w hopper cover, condition as new ....................... £3,950 61017344 Kuhn Axis 30.1 QE Fert Spreader, 2006, 1500ltr& 800L extension, Cover 18-28m discs. ..................... ..................................................... £4,950 41019773 Kuhn 30.1 QE, 2700 ltr, and Cover S6 discs 24M .. ..................................................... £4,850 41019726 Kuhn 30.1 QE, fert spreader with S4 18-28 discs, 1500ltr hopper extension, hopper cover, telemat border spread limiter and new agitators ............... ..................................................... £4,250 41021218 Sulky DPX Prima 1500 ltr c/w folding cover .......... ..................................................... £2,950 21020329 Kuhn Axis 30.1D Fert Spreader, S4 Discs, 2700 Ltr, Cover, Year 2006 ................. £2,950 41019728 Sulky Prima DPX, 1500ltr hopper, Cover, Manual headland spread, very tidy. ...... £2,850 61019958 Sulky DPX70, c/w tibord,lights,folding cover ........ ..................................................... £1,950 21017999 KRM Bogballe, 2008 c/w folding cover,lights,2 extentions,new vanes,good working order & tidy ........................................................ £950 21016707 Sulky DPX Prima, c/w 1500 ltr hopper capacity & cover .......................................... £1,850 41020534 Vicon RO-XL, 2008, 1500 Ltr,hopper cover & lights .............................................. £950 11017733 FORAGE HARVESTERS & PICK UP WAGONS Strautmann Super Vitesse,2008, 500/50-17 twin axle,in very good order ........... £19,000 21022032 Strautmann Super Vitesse,2008, auto lube,hyd drawbar with suspension,draw bar ext,chain drive,good working order,500/50R17 tyres .......... ................................................... £18,000 21022030 GARDEN MOWERS & GROUNDCARE W821R Pedestrian Mower .......... POA 71021796 2000D Tees Mower ...................... POA 71021359 GR2100 Ride on Mower ............... POA 71021297 Sisis flexi & zig zag trailed,synthetic brush system ......................................................... POA 71020862 Stiga Park Compact HST, Art no. 13-6103-15 c/w 95cm deck ..................................... POA 41021224

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Baraness LM320 Greensmower, Self Propelled, 3 deck system, 4 wheel steer, approx 70 Hours. ..... ................................................... £13,000 61019957 Hayter LT324 Triple Mower , 2009 ....................... ..................................................... £8,950 71020584 Toro GM7210 Zero turn mower 35 hp c/w 62” rear discharge deck £8,500 71021635 Hayter LT324 Triple Mower, 2008 ........................ ..................................................... £7,950 71020576 Hayter LT324 Triple Mower, 2008 ........................ ..................................................... £7,950 71020579 Hayter LT324 Triple Mower, 2008 ........................ ..................................................... £7,950 71020580 Hayter LT324 Triple Mower, 2008 ........................ ..................................................... £7,950 71020581 Hayter LT324 Triple Mower, 2008 ........................ ..................................................... £7,950 71020582 Hayter LT324 Triple Mower, 2008 ........................ ..................................................... £7,950 71020591 Ferris FW35/48 Flail mower, as new .................... ..................................................... £7,250 71021009 Hayter LT324 Triple Mower , 2007 ....................... ..................................................... £6,500 71020573 Toro RM3100-D Fairway mower, reconditioned. ..................................................... £6,000 71016000 Toro GM7210 35hp zero turn rotary c/w 62” rear discharge deck ........................... £5,950 71021926 Toro GR3200-D Greens Mower, c/w groomers and 4 point adjuster cutting units and grass boxes .......................................... £2,750 71013529 Ezgo RXV-E Electric Buggie ....... £1,650 71019947 John Deere X145 Ride On Mower, 2015 ............... ..................................................... £1,600 41021255 10” Heads to fit Toro LT range £1,500 71021409 LT324 Triple Mower, 2004 ....... £1,500 71020568 LT324 Triple Mower, 2004 ....... £1,500 71020587 LT324 Triple Mower, 2004 ....... £1,500 71020588 LT324 Triple Mower, 2004 ....... £1,500 71020589 TM4749 Trailed Gang Unit ....... £1,500 71020585 TM4749 Trailed Gang Unit ....... £1,501 71020586 Allett 24” fine turf cylinder mower c/w groomer . ..................................................... £1,500 71019499 Charterhouse Core ollector Cleaner, 3 point linkage,tractor mounted, hydraulic driven,hydraulic driven belt & emptying ............. £1,210 71018670 Team 800l sprayer, 8m manual fold boom,electric controls ................................... £950 71018769 Jacobsen LF3800 Ride on Mower, breaking for parts .............................................. £500 71017558 GR703 Orec Rotary Mower ........ £900 71021440 Amazoe Rink Top Dresser, fits utility vehicle ........ ........................................................ £800 71017730 Allett Buffalo 27” Cylinder Mower ....................... ........................................................ £600 71018698 Ransomes set of 5 Gang Mower £POA 71018885 Condor 30” Pedestrian Mower ..£450 71021429 Condor 30” Pedestrian Mower .. £450 71021430 Condor 30” Pedestrian Mower .. £450 71021431 Condor 30” Pedestrian Mower .. £450 71021432 Condor 30” Pedestrian Mower .. £450 71021433 Condor 30” Pedestrian Mower .. £450 71021434 Condor 30” Pedestrian Mower .. £450 71021435 Condor 30” Pedestrian Mower .. £450 71021436 Condor 30” Pedestrian Mower .. £450 71021437 GRAIN DRYERS & EQUIPMENT Brice Baker Aeration Fan ............£295 41019783 HEDGECUTTERS Mc Connel PA6585T, Axle Mounted, 2011, R/H Cut ............................................ £14,250 41021315 Shelbourne Reynolds HD70T 7m Telescopic R/H Cut Hedgecutter, 1.5m Head, Axle Mounted, 2010. ........................................ £11,950 41021770 McConnel PA5360, 2013, XTC control,electric start/stop,1.2m multi cut flailhead c/w HD ........... ................................................... £10,300 31020477 Ferri Hedgecutter c/w electric control & 1.3m head, 2002 ................................. £6,750 11020774 McConnel PA52E, 2003, 1.2m head, Proportional controls, 3 point mounted l/h cut. ......................... ..................................................... £6,000 41022060 McConnel PA6000 , 1997,1.2m head, Switchbox Controls, bracket mounted ....... £5,950 41020393 Ferris TP51 Hedgecutter, 1995. £4,750 61022065 Spearhead 550 Hedgecutter, 2001, c/w 3 point linkage, parallel arm, 1.2m head and cable controls ............................................ £4,750 41021253 Bomford B577 3pt links,elec control,1.2m flial head ........................................... £4,250 31022077 Bomford B467 Cable Control Hedgecutter .......... ..................................................... £2,950 41021421 HANDLERS & ATTACHMENTS Manitou CD30 Forktruck Triplex 5500 Mast , 2200 hours ..................................... 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Ex Demo .................. ................................................... £45,000 51018293 Manitou MLT735T, 120 LSU PS Premium c/w CRC, hyd locking, Mercedes engine, 17.5R24’s,appox 1930 hrs ...... £44,000 61020326 Manitou MLT840, 2012, Elite c/w hyd locking,aircon,air seat,crc,auto clean 460/70 x R24 tyres worn,approx 3120 hrs ............. £39,000 11019005 Manitou MLT840, 2012, Elite only 1800 hours ..... ................................................... £39,500 41022019 Manitou MLT634T, 2011, 120 LSU PS, Hyd Locking, Pick Up Hitch, Auto Clean, Pallet Forks, 460/70R24,3757 Hours. .......... £29,500 11017332 Manitou MLT735T, 2010 ,C.R.C,a/c,radio,jsm,hyd locking,powershift,460/70R24 tyres ...................... ................................................... £27,000 11020258 Manitou MLT735T, 2009, Approx 5000 hours, Michelin tyres. ......................... £26,000 11019904 Manitou MLA628, 2009, 5500 Hours, very nice and tidy. ................................... £25,000 41021455 Manitou MLT634T, 2009, 120LSU PS,24” @ 5%,crc,air con & air seat,p/times,hyd locking ....... ................................................... £24,750 21022054 Manitou MLT634 120, 2009, turbo power shift,rear hitch,manual locking,JSM joystick,p/ tines,460/70R24 ...................... £24,000 21019531 Manitou MLT741T, 2009, aircon,crc,p.u.h,powershift, clean & tidy,17.5x24,approx 6600 hrs .......... ................................................... £22,500 11015537 Manitou MLT731 c/w pallet forks,air conditioning,hyd locking, 17.5R24,approx 5045 hrs ...... ................................................... £22,500 11021135 Manitou MLT634T, 2008, approx 5000 hrs,manual gears,air con,air seat,jsm control,crc,pun .......... ................................................... £22,000 31010426 Manitou MLT634, 2006, 120 LSU PS turbo,24” wheels/tyres,seat worn,single lever joystick,pick up hitch,hyd locking. ............... £18,000 21020051 Manitou MLT627T,24”,manual locking,no air con,std rear drawbar,joystick control,p/ tines,work lights, approx 5500 hrs ......................... ................................................... £16,500 21022044 Bucket FL120 2.9 c/m. .............. £1,250 31021557 Parmiter SG200 Sheargrab, c/w euro brackets .... ........................................................ £650 41021478 Faucheux 180 Loader Bucket ...... £395 41019781 Bale Spike ..................................... £300 11022043 Single Bale Carrier ....................... £175 61021818 MOWERS & HAY MACHINERY Krone AM243CV Mower .............. POA 31021550 Kuhn FC313 Mounted Mower Conditioner, 2014, Steel Conditioner Tines .....................£7,750 Kuhn FC313 Front Mower, 2011, very tidy ........... ..................................................... £7,500 41019718 FC313 Rear mower conditioners, 2011, very tidy ..................................................... £7,500 41019717 Kuhn FC302G Trailed Mower Conditioner, 2008 . ..................................................... £8,750 41019834 Kuhn FC302G Trailed Mower Conditioner, 2006 . ..................................................... £6,950 41022069 John Deere 530 Trailed Mower Conditioner, 2005 ........................................... £5,750 41019821 Vicon KH3001 trailed,3m working width,road lights ........................................... £5,750 21020960 Kuhn FC283TG Trailed Mower Conditioner, 2003, Farm Use, Tidy ................ £5,250 41020738 Teagle Superted, Unused ...........................£4,950 Lely 3.2m Mounted Mower Conditioner, 2009 ... ..................................................... £4,750 41021424 Kuhn GF8501 8 rotor tedder, 2003 ....................... ..................................................... £4,250 41020792 Claas Disco 3050 Plus 2010 Mounted Mower Conditioner with Steel tines ..... £3,950 41020696 Reco Fella 6 Rotor Tedder,2007, 7M. ................... ..................................................... £3,850 11020520 Lely Hibiscus 485S Rake ........... £3,750 31022078 Vicon Extra 632Tm 2011, 3.2 mtr,8 disc,2 speed conditioner,free float suspension .......................... ..................................................... £2,950 81014457 Pottinger 265 Nova mower conditioner,poly tines,tidy condition,full working order ................... ..................................................... £2,950 21017166 John Deere 1360 Trailed Mower Conditioner, 1996 ........................................... £3,750 41020026 Reco Fella TS456DN 2001, Single Rotor Rake. ...... ..................................................... £1,950 31018506 Kverneland 3128 Mounted Mower Conditioner, 2007, tidy ................................... £2,500 21017677 Kuhn GMD 700 II Mower, 2007 £2,850 41021865 McConnel 260 Stripe Finishing Mower, Front and Rear Roller, unused ............ £2,400 41021516 Lely Optimo 240C Mounted Mower Conditioner, 1995 ........................................... £1,500 21018981 Vicon 300 Haybob .................... £1,500 21021402 Fransgard RV300 Haybob ........ £1,400 41021419 Taarup TA1118 Mounted Mower ......................... ..................................................... £1,250 11021000 KV185 Drum Mower ................ £1,100 41021599 Major 9ft Topper , 2000, tidy ...... £995 41021561 Teagle Topper 8 ........................... £750 41021123

Portequip 5’6” Rotary Topper, 2002 ..................... ........................................................ £550 41020109 NEW/SHOP SOILED & EX DEMO Sisis Zig Zag Brush ........................ £350 71016271 Dennis S500 Slotter .................. £1,750 71016694 Dennis D074 Sorrell roller to fit FT510 ................. ........................................................ £675 71017577 Sisis Dart Pedestrian Aerator ... £4,950 71017585 Hayter 21” Commercial Rotary Mower ................ ......................................................... POA 71009598 Toro 22205 TE Turfmaster Mower ........................ ........................................................ £875 71016564 Toro 22293 Commercial 21” Mower .................... ........................................................ £599 71018160 Wright Stander 16/32 Rotary Mower .................. ..................................................... £4,750 71016583 Bale Spike ...................................£295 71017099 Trimax Flaildeck .......................£3,500 71017217 Ferris FW35/48 Pedestrian Mower ..................... .................................................. £6,250 71018153 Toro Procore SR54S Aerator ....£7,995 71012771 Toro GP1240 Greens Iron ........£8,350 71018983 OTHER MACHINERY Browns Log Splitter ....................£850 71021509 PLOUGH & PRESSES Simba 6M Hyd Folding Press, 1995, Trailing Tines ..................................................... £4,500 41020420 Kverneland EG85/240 5 furrow auto-reset Variwidth, rear disc,No. 8’s , 2004. Requires attention .................................... £3,000 31018323 Goizin 16HLL 6 Furrow Plough, Shearbolt protection ............................................. £3,950 41019727 Dowdeswell DP130, 1998, 5 furrow, DD Boards, Rear Discs and Depth Wheel .... £3,500 41019981 Dowdeswell DP120S, 1996, 6 furrow, good metal, tidy .................................. £3,500 41019740 Kverneland LB85 5 Furrow Plough, skimmers,rear wheel ........................ £3,000 61020933 Dowdeswell DP100S, 5 furrow,auto reset,rear disc,full set skimmers,rear depth wheel, 1997 ...... ..................................................... £2,500 21017978 Kverneland LD 85/160 5 f rev, shear bolt,no 8 bodies.hyd furrow press arm ... £2,500 11017594 Dowdeswell DP7C, 4 Furrow Plough, Shearbolt Protection .................................. £2,500 11020833 Kverneland LD85 120 4 Furrow Plough, land wheel with disc .......................... £2,500 41019757 Lely 3m Front Press Spring Tines with packer roll ...................................................................£1,750 KRM 3M Front 700mm packer roller .................. .................................................. £1,500 31021789 Dowdeswell DP7 4 Furrow Auto Reset, c/w rear disc and depth wheel ................ £1,500 41022091 Richie 1.5m Front Tyre Press ......£995 41019774 Farm Force 1.5m Press Front Press £995 41019767 Dowdeswell Furrow Press ..........£350 41021446 POWER HARROW & SEED DRILLS- SYSTEM DRILLS Vaderstad RDA600, c/w system disc,2100 acres/8537 ha,track eradicators,new style tank,pre-emergance markers,off set wheels,had repair on each wing .......................POA 11021457 Vaderstad RDA400A, 2011, interactive depth control,press wheels,track eradicators ........................ .................................................... £42,000 11020994 Vaderstad RDA400A, 2012, c/w interactive depth control,system disc,track eradicator,wheel press pivot ........................................... £39,500 31017657 Vaderstad 4M Topdown 30 front discs and 14 tines very clean,good working order ..................... .................................................... £23,000 61019848 Vederstad CR500 Carrier, 2010, c/w system disc aggressive,crossboard heavy, steel packer ............ .................................................... £21,500 11021793 Vederstad RST450, 2004 c/w 3 row raptor tines ... .................................................... £21,000 11020255 Kuhn HR3004 Power Harrow with Kuhn Sitera 3m Drill with seed Flex .................................... £16,250 Vaderstad RDA 400S C/w Front packer Riged track eradicators System disc Levelling board Following harrow Pre emergence markers Approx 16500 acres ................. £15,000 11018848 Vaderstad Rapid 400F, 4 metre,system disc, front press wheels,in line cleated wheels ...................................................... £6,000 21014402 Kverneland TS6000 EV 2010, 5 rows tines,steps,following harrow,1.25 tonne capacity, lights,track eradicators ................................ £14,950 11020311 Vaderstad 600F, 2001, c/w system rigid tine,plain wheels,wing support wheels,black control bow,metering wheel .................. £6,000 11016293 KRM Roger SR350 , 2005, disc coulters,press wheels & following harrow ....... £5,000 31021788 Maschio 3m DM Power Harrow 2003, fitted with a Nordsted NS3030 Drill suffolk coulters,centre markers,following harrow,tramlining . .................... ........................................................£4,950 21021251 Lely Power Harrow Drill Combination, 3m, Suffolk Coulters, Pre Emergence Markers. ........................ ...................................................... £4,400 11020832

Kuhn HR302 Power Harrow c/w Maxi Packer, 2002, very tidy ............................ £4,000 61021147 Sulky Compact 3m Drill 24 Suffolk Coulters mounted, pre emergance .......... £2,250 41021483 Lely 4m Roterra Power Harrow, no leaks, Flexicoil ...................................................... £1,950 41020896 Sulky 3m Drill 24 Suffolk Coulters c/w following harrow, steps, markers & brackets ........................ ...................................................... £1,600 41021473 ROLLS Twose 10’ Ballast Roll .....................POA 21020942 SPRAYERS Hardi Master Pro 1500 ltr tank capacity, 2010, VHY booms,EVC controls,25 ltr turbo filler,dry sight tube,triplet nozzles. ........... £9,500 61020351 Hardi Mega 2007, 1000 lts,18m c/w hyd boom,slant & test ....................... £4,750 21021810 Technoma 18m Sprayer 800 ltr,triple nozzles,chemical induction,hand wash,elec controls,tested to March 2017 ................ £3,750 21021458 Hardi Mega LHY, 1996, 21M booms,hyd lift & fold,chemical induction,hand wash,electric controls,road lights, good working order. ................... ...................................................... £2,950 21016723 TANKERS & MUCK SPREADERS NC 2000 Tanker, 2008, c/w Trailing shoe and macerator ................................. £11,950 41022003 Richard Western D10 spreader,1000 speed pto,650/75x32 tyres, 2005. ....... £7,500 61017382 Samson 908 Muck Spreader £6,750 21021401 Shelbourne Reynolds 2000 Dairy Dual Spreader, 2001. ........................................... £5,950 41020287 Harry West 2600 Dual Spreader .................. £5,950 Richard Western D10 Spreader, no slurry door ..... ...................................................... £5,000 31016855 Richard Western 1500 Slurry Tanker, 2006,c/w 400 R 22.5 tyres .......................... £2,795 61020958 Water Bowser 2000gal capacity,tandem axles,air brakes,lights,std drawbar,full opening rear door,x1 rear outlet,good condition ..........£2,500 21021408 Marshall 1300 Tanker,c/w suction hose and rear splash plate ................................. £1,950 41021626 Marshall MS60 side discharge spreader ................ ...................................................... £1,475 21021787 Zetor Rear Discharge Spreader ... £1,350 41022021 Harry West 1300 Dual Spreader £1,200 31022076 TILLAGE Opico He-Va 3m Disc Roller c/w 3m Combi Lift. .... ...................................................... £7,500 41019714 Quivogne Tine Master, 5 leg auto reset, 2004, VGC ............................................. £6,500 41019715 Cousins V Form 3 Leg Subsoiler, c/w Razor Press, 2013, As New .............................. £5,750 41020658 Simba X press 3.0m disc cultivator,2 rows of discs,rear D ring packer with scraper bar .............. ...................................................... £5,250 61021476 Galucho Top Tilth Cultivator 4m c/w end tow transport ..................................... £5,000 31021520 TRAILERS Henton 14 Tonne Grain Trailer, Spung Drawbar, 2012, 550 tyres, Hinged Rear Door. .......................... .......................................................... £8,950 41020691 Henton 12 Tonne Grain Trailer c/w Hinged Back Door & Chute, Sprung Drawbar, on 550/45 -22 TYRES .......................................... £8,000 41020371 AS Marston FF-12 Tonne Grain Trailer, 1994, Rear Swing Door, Grain Chute 16.0/70-20 Tyres. Very Tidy .............................................. £6,750 41020552 AS Marston FF-12 Tonne Grain Trailer, 1994, Rear Swing Door, Grain Chute 16.0/70-20 Tyres. Very Tidy .............................................. £6,750 41020553 Henton 8 Tonne, 2010 grain trailer ...................... ................................................... £4,500 41019739 Henton 10 tonne Tandem axle trailer ..................... .......................................................£3,500 41019761 40ft Trailer c/w Bogie , air brakes and wooden floor. ............................................ £2,950 41021448 Clarke 30ft Bale Trailer ................ £2,850 41019755 Bale Trailer, Coverted lorry body, wooden floor ... ....................................................................... £1,950 Bateson 14ft Trailer c/w spare wheel ..................... ...................................................... £1,250 41020897 Ifor Williams twin axle c/w Dividing gate Loading gates Sprung rear door Fold down side flaps ........ ...................................................... £1,950 71021286 WHEELS & TYRES 460/85R38 380/85R28 complete set of wheels & tyres for NH T6000/TSA tractor,paintwork is excellent ...................................... £2,750 21018580 rears 23.1.-26 fronts 44x18.00 20 to fit M6040/ M6060/M6070 ............................£1,500 11020864 44x18-23.1x26 Turf tyres and Wheels to suit T5 or TL ................................................. £1,750 41019772 16.9R34 13.6R24 Michelin Wheels and Tyres, New. 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If you are looking to bring silage-making in-house, a second-hand forager looks a good buy, although there could be some high running costs attached. Matt Temple-Fry of Claas Western guides Geoff Ashcroft around a popular type 492 Claas Jaguar 890.

What you should know about used 492 Claas Jaguar 890s


laas’ type 492 self-propelled forager series was first introduced in 2000 and ran up until 2014. During this time, the German maker supplied more than 10,000 models to a worldwide market, making it one of the firm’s most popular types. Changes were minimal throughout its lifecycle, with the firm’s

proven four-feed roller intake, Classic-spec chopping cylinder and crop accelerator remaining largely unchanged across the range. More automation and convenience were added to the options list on later models. There were five models, badged 830, 850, 870, 890 and 900. Six-cylinder engines featured in the 830-870 models, with 870 (from

CROP INTAKE CROP presentation is essential if performance, productivity and consistent chop length are to be maintained, says Claas. With the header removed, take a good look at the four feed rollers. The top pair is driven by a gearbox, which is shaft-driven over the top of the upper rollers from the left-hand side. Give the shaft and yoke a good tug to feel for free play in the input shaft. Bearings in the gearbox can wear, as can the seals letting oil out. A semi-fluid grease was a common replacement for oil, so check for content.

A series of springs provide crop compression, along with a damper – if the latter has lost its mojo, the gearbox can bounce and springs break.

Condition Check feed roller condition – the smooth roller’s scraper can wear away causing grass to build up and impede crop flow. If rollers need attention, be warned, says Mr Temple-Fry, the lower front roller contains the metal detector, so avoid welding anywhere in here without taking advice on magnetism.

CAB A TOUGH cab interior can hide the overall condition and hours done. Other than checking controls, there is little to worry about in the cab, but it is worth checking the air conditioning works properly – all the glass means

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2006), 890 and 900 models getting V8 power. Peak power spanned 345hp to 623hp across the range. In 2005, the rear-end gained rounded styling and better airflow through the engine bay and Claas introduced the SpeedStar 40kph (25mp) transmission above the 30kph (19mph) ProfiStar spec.

‘Green eye’ models saw a change of joystick controller. Despite their attractive purchase price as a second-hand buy, you can be sure a used self-propelled forager will have been worked hard, so go in with your eyes wide open, but be prepared to budget for hefty running costs.

KNIFE SHARPENING AND METAL DETECTION WHERE later 494 models gained swing-out feed rollers to access the chopping cylinder, type 492 models used a bolt-clamp mechanism. It is possible to detach the feed rollers with the header for simple removal. Once removed, check chopping cylinder drum bearings for end-float and movement. You will need a big pry bar, and inspect blades too for damage and excess wear. Steel grease pipes for the autolube system can also crack, which means less lube where it is needed. Inspect the shearbar too, and the amount of material left on the sharpening stone. The stone should

be replaced when its rubber retaining rings are visible. This model features optional auto-shear bar setting, allowing adjustments to be done from the cab, although knives have to be sharpened before the shearbar can be auto-adjusted.

CROP FLOW you will be sat in a mobile greenhouse when it goes wrong. Claas’ Information System offers a host of machine information and is where you will find engine and drum hours.

CHECK all aspects of the crop channel, including chopping cylinder concave, grass box and accelerator. Removing the grass box lets you slot in the corn cracker for maize or whole crop. Later models use a modular corn cracker with bolt-on pulleys, simplifying changes for different forage and cracking performance. An access panel lets you assess accelerator paddle condition and internal wear plates, all of which are replaceable. Look for smooth surfaces – any rippling to wear plates will cause crop to stumble and roll, impacting crop flow. An external spout liner is bolted in place, whereas other pieces are bolted internally. There is no liner on the hydraulically adjustable end

flap, but it can be plated when it wears through. Check the base of the spout for wear, as excess movement can be taken up with shims.

Specifications Model: Claas 890 SPFH, type 492 Engine: Mercedes V8 twin turbo Maximum power: 507hp @ 1,800rpm Maximum torque: 762Nm @ 1,500rpm Transmissions: SpeedStar 40kph (25mph) two range hydrostatic Chopping cylinder: Classic drum, 20- or 24-knife

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BUYER’S GUIDE MACHINERY POWERTAIN AND HYDRAULICS MERCEDES V8 power in this 890 model uses two turbochargers, which should be inspected for excessive wear on high hour machines. Keeping the engine bay clean is key to preventing hot spots or a fire. The shaft-driven engine cooling fan has a 90-degree gearbox – if it loses its oil and fails it will be costly. The main power drive belt runs forward along the left-hand side of the forager. It is tensioned mechanically, so inspect it for signs of pending failure. It is also where you will find most electro-hydraulic control valves. Check pipes, hoses and wires for chaffing and general condition to avoid a costly repair. If four-wheel drive is fitted, make sure it is complete and operational – diff failure is not uncommon, so take a look at diff oil and planetary hub oil levels too. There is a chance parts might have been removed completely, awaiting a later repair, so work can continue, albeit in two-wheel drive.

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Typical used prices 2011 870, 4wd, SpeedStar, 2,793 engine/2,085 drum hours: £89,500 2009 890 Green Eye, 4wd, SpeedStar, 4,159 engine/3,058 drum hours: £65,000 2007 870 Green Eye, 4wd, SpeedStar, 4,400 engine/3,300 drum hours: £52,000 2006 890, 4wd, ProfiStar, 3,411 engine/2,530 drum hours: £75,000 2002 890, 4wd, 5,500 engine hours: £52,500

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MACHINERY BRAZIL Perkins is renowned around the world for high quality, high performance engines. Olivia Midgley visited the firm’s plant in Curitiba, Brazil, to find out more.

Local focus in global strategy


erkins’ global positioning has helped it stay ahead of its competition. Not only is the engine manufacturer able to source parts more cost-effectively thanks to its geographical spread, but its wide customer base means it can distribute engines quickly and efficiently around the world. Although renowned in the UK for its facility in Peterborough, opened in 1932, Perkins also runs manufacturing facilities in Brazil, India and China. A subsidiary of Caterpillar, its engines serve about 1,000 customers across the construction, materials handling, power generation and industrial sectors, as well as in agriculture.

Customers The plant in Curitiba, the capital of the southern Brazilian state Parana, manufactures about 81,000 of the 900,000 engines the group produces each year. The facility’s biggest agricultural customers are Massey Ferguson – the second biggest manufacturer in Brazil – and John Deere, whose plants are situated a few yards from the Perkins factory. Rodrigo Chibor, general manager at Perkins Curitiba, says: “Our

Driving industries Perkins has produced more than 20 million engines in its 80 years of manufacturing The company has 100 distributors serving 180 countries 4,500 employees worldwide 130 staff work at the manufacturing plant in Curitiba, Brazil

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Rodrigo Chibor is general manager at the Perkins plant in Curitiba, Parana, southern Brazil.

manufacturing plants are strategically placed so we are able to serve our customers efficiently. “It also means we are able to make best use of our 20 suppliers around the globe.” Mr Chibor says this enables Perkins to source raw materials

at the most competitive prices and ship them to the factory as costeffectively as possible.

Markets “We are, of course, operating in a global market so we are affected by world events,” says Mr Chibor.

“We receive parts from the USA twice a week, so when Hurricane Matthew hit in late September, we had to look at how it might affect the business. Luckily it did not. “Of course the nature of our business means sometimes we are asked to fulfil orders at short notice. The Curitiba plant produces about 81,000 engines each year.

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Perkins works with 20 suppliers around the world.

Brazil – an agricultural powerhouse

We are able to manufacture a range of engines, with many bespoke to individual customer needs RODRIGO CHIBOR “As a result, we have to keep a close eye on our supply chain. By doing this, we minimise any risk to our business.” Perkins aims to manufacture engines as near to the end consumer as possible. The benefits of this are lead-time reduction and supply flexibility,

BRAZIL accounts for more than 7 per cent of global agricultural exports and is the world’s thirdlargest exporter of agricultural products behind the European Union and the United States. As the world’s second-largest producer of soyabeans, other key exports are sugar, ethanol, meat, coffee and cereals. Farmers’ hunger for greater efficiency has helped Brazil become one of the leaders in global agriculture and experts

protection against significant currency fluctuations, regional parts inventory cost reduction and speed of response.

Flexible “We have a flexible production process which means we are able to manufacture a range of engines,

believe it is well placed to increase production further as the world’s population expands. Mr Chibor says: “Brazil is gearing up to serve a population of 9.5 billion people in 2050.

Climate “While farmers in other big food producing countries, such as India and North America, can often be hampered by the weather, Brazil enjoys a good climate, with some areas seeing four seasons.

with many bespoke to individual customer needs. “We are capable of manufacturing 32 different types of engines on the main assembly line – three, four and six cylinder – which is quite unique. “Because we manage a lean operation, it allows us to be more competitive.”

“While we have seen some dry years in certain regions recently, on the whole we get enough rain.” And while family units of less than 100 hectares (247 acres) make up more than 80 per cent of Brazil’s farms, Mr Chibor says ‘futuristic’ projections of what farming in Brazil could look like ‘are closer than many think’, with some operations already using multiple machines to deploy precision techniques over areas as small as just a few hectares. REGISTER ONLINE Farmers Guardian news and business editor and British Guild of Agricultural Journalists (BGAJ) member Olivia Midgley visited Brazil thanks to the Perkins Global Innovation Scholarship, which enables journalists and communicators to see farm innovation and technology in distant countries.

POSITIONING IN THE GLOBAL MARKET ITS positioning in the global market means Perkins is able to provide regional support, with more than 1,700 service outlets available throughout Europe, and more than 1,200 in North America, plus 24-hour support from parts distribution centres. Mr Chibor says: “It is logical suppliers know a lot about their components so they are best placed to deal with any problems. “We call it global presence with local support. Some tractors will be operating for 18 hours a day so it is essential our customers receive the support they need. People are relying on our engines. “It is essential we make products which are robust enough for the

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individual needs of each customer. Some machines might just work for three to five months of the year.” The factory is capable of building an engine in eight hours, testing it and then shipping it to the customer the same day. “We want to be the first choice for parts and service wherever you are in the world,” adds Mr Chibor. “We have a large amount of stock components so we can meet customer needs. If we start in the morning, the engine can be ready to ship for 4pm. It used to take three-and-a-half days. “Some customers have 700 tractors in their fleet, so our efficiency is vital – they are relying on us. Again, this brings added

It is essential we make products which are robust enough for the individual needs of each customer RODRIGO CHIBOR value to the product. Customers recognise this as a differential.” Key to engines’ reliability is the polished production process.

The 5,000sq.m factory operates five days a week and each engine is carefully constructed. “The engine is like a heart,” says Mr Chibor. “The more care you take in the first assembly process, the less likely you are to have a problem later down the line. It is all about reducing risk to the end consumer. “Everything is clean, we operate in a clean environment. “Components are stored in a pressurised container which is like a surgical environment.” The 1100, 2500 and 2800 Series engines are manufactured at the Curitiba plant. More than 100,000 of the 1100 Series are built each year. DECEMBER 30 2016 | 65

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Eight pages looking at spreading tools and techniques.

Comparing slurry systems By Richard Bradley


hile many farmers see slurry spreading as a laborious task, it remains one of the cheapest ways to fertilise your fields. ADAS principal soil specialist John Williams says applying liquid slurry and digestates is just like applying bagged fertilisers, so the same care and consideration for accurate application is needed. Understanding soils is crucial,

says Mr Williams, because if you do not know what the soil needs, you cannot apply nutrients where they are most needed. He says: “Slurries vary in consistency, so stores should be mixed before spreading to ensure a homogenous mix. Samples should also be analysed to make sure you know what is being applied to the fields. “If you work out what nutrients have been spread, you should be able to reduce your bag application without reducing yields or quality.” While the fertiliser manual

RB209 gives a guide to the nutritional value of slurries, samples should still be taken as no two slurries are the same.

Uptake RB209 also gives data on what a crop’s nutrient uptake is likely to be, depending on the time of year and application method, allowing you to work out how much slurry to apply. A revised version of the manual is set to be published in May, which will include figures for digestates from anaerobic digester plants. The nitrogen content of slurries can be broken into two parts, readily available N, which is potentially available for quick uptake, and

organic N which requires breaking down before uptake. In dairy cow slurry of 6 per cent dry matter, often about 40-45 per cent of the total N is readily available and vulnerable to nitrogen volatilisation. When volatilisation occurs, up to 40 per cent of the readily available N is lost to the atmosphere as ammonium in the first six hours of application, unless the liquid is incorporated into soil. With agriculture accounting for about 90 per cent of the EU’s ammonia emissions, it is important farmers take care with their slurries. We take a look at some of the most common techniques for applying slurries and digestates.


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DRIBBLE BAR SEEN as the next step up in application technique from using a splash plate, dribble bars give a far greater level of accuracy and offer a 30 per cent reduced level of nitrogen volatilisation. As liquid arrives at the dribble bar, a macerator is used to chop, mix and push it down the outlet pipes, which are equally spaced over the machine’s working width. The liquid is then placed in thin

strips, covering less of the crop leaf, meaning grazing animals can be put into the field sooner. This method of applying slurry also means accurate application is possible from tramlines in arable crops. Commonly used in working widths of 12-24 metres, a dribble bar can be big piece of kit. If

mounted to a tanker, rear linkage frames, additional hydraulic lines and a heavier duty chassis may be required to cope with the extra weight, meaning they often need to be specified from new. However, some manufacturers do offer basic retro-fit dribble bars for tankers which do not require bracing or linkages.

Pros: 30 per cent less volatilisation More accurate spreading Larger working width Consistent spread pattern Less crop leaf coverage Cons: Higher purchase cost Heavier equipment More complex


TRAILING SHOE THE trailing shoe system has a lot of similarities with the dribble bar as it reduces nitrogen volatilisation by about 40 per cent. A macerator and equally spaced outlets are used, with small ‘boots’ which trail along the ground on the end of each hose. As liquid is applied directly onto soil, less of the crop leaf is covered, so this could offer a better compromise for farmers who want to graze or harvest in shorter windows. If tanker-mounted, a rear linkage is required to lift and lower

the applicator at the end of each row, which would again require a strengthened chassis to withstand the additional weight. Pros: 40 per cent less volatilisation Less crop leaf coverage Minimal grazing downtime Larger working width More accurate spreading Consistent spread pattern Cons: Higher purchase cost More wearing parts More complex Heavier equipment

FIRING liquid straight into the ground with a disc injector offers reduced nitrogen volatilisation levels by up to 70 per cent, compared to splash plate application. Crop leaf coverage is minimal, meaning animals can be grazed almost immediately after application. Disc injectors use a macerator to distribute liquid equally to outlets, with boots applying liquid directly in the slot behind the disc. Disc injectors, however, are only suitable in the right place at the right time and in the right weather. If the ground is too hard the injector will not cut into it. Too

soft and it will sink in too far. Due to the power required to pull the injector and the pressure needed to make it cut into ground, working widths are often smaller and tankers need a much heavierduty chassis and frame too. Pros: 70 per cent reduced nitrogen volatilisation Minimal crop leaf coverage Next to no grazing downtime Consistent spread pattern Cons: Limited working width Higher purchase cost Higher power requirement Limited operating conditions More wearing parts

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MUCK & SLURRY Slurry application equipment is becoming more precise and efficient, but is demand for technology keeping pace? Jane Carley speaks to specialist contractor Paul Joseph.

Slurry contractor diversifying service


ontractor Paul Joseph’s slurry business remains firmly rooted in traditional dairy and mixed farming, although he also sees demand from anaerobic digestion plant operators and expanding arable enterprises. He says: “In 2015 we pumped 280,000cu.m of slurry, most of which was cow slurry, but 60,00070,000cu.m was digestate.” Mr Joseph aims to offer the most cost-effective slurry service possible while helping customers get the best from the nutrients offered. He adds: “Farmers are encouraged to expand their herds to make efficiency gains, but slurry storage is often forgotten about. Thus it is important to work closely with our customers, plan ahead and have enough application capacity to get the job done in a timely fashion.” With 32 years contracting experience, as well as running his own small suckler and beef enterprise near Swindon, Wiltshire, Mr Joseph is well placed to advise. “Customers often want to put

Jobs are not always profitable enough to justify the level of investment in technology PAUL JOSEPH slurry on the same fields close to the farm and neglect outlying fields, but it is a false economy. You still have to spend money on fertiliser for those fields.”

Kit Having the right equipment is essential to meet the needs of customers from as far afield as Portsmouth and Wales, and Mr Joseph’s operation is centred on umbilical application. Three pump kits each comprise a Bauer SX2000 pump, engine

and compressor, all built to Mr Joseph’s design, with two kits operated via remote control. Each kit has 400 metres of 15cm (6in) pipe, 1,200m of 12.7cm (5in) pipe and 400m of 10cm (4in) pipe. To cover far-flung fields, another 800m of 15cm (6in) pipe is available. Each pumping rig is operated by at least two men, and slurry and digestate is applied using 24m or 12m dribble bar spreaders. Mr Joseph says umbilical systems are well suited to the wet land in the South West, allowing for application work in conditions when a tanker could not travel. “There is less compaction and wear on farm tracks. It is also an efficient set-up if you do it right – 6in pipes give plenty of output, while using two

Tractor-mounted reels with wide tyres cut compaction.

operators means one can focus on application while the other looks after the pump and the hoses.” John Deere 6R and MF6480 tractors are the application machines of choice, shod on 650 and 600 tyres to minimise compaction further, with mounted, rather than trailed, hose reels. Mr Joseph says: “We have seen the benefits of this on the dryer land in Hampshire where cattle are kept in New Zealand-style extensively grazed systems. Farmers do not want to see a tyre mark and we can get on the land without damaging the sward.” Another benefit is easier travelling through increasingly urbanised areas. “We picked up one big job this year where the farmer had trouble getting through the villages with tankers. But we can also be flexible, using a nurse tank supported by road tankers, where the field is a long distance from the farm.” An 18cu.m Samson tanker is due to be added to the fleet and can be used with the 24m dribble bar or a splash plate applicator. It replaces a Joskin Enduro which Mr Joseph admits was originally bought as a ‘fire engine’. “If a farmer needs us in a hurry to empty a pit, we can send the tanker rather than pull an umbilical team out of a site which they are already working on. But on the flinty land in Hampshire, where we do a lot of arable work, umbilical systems are not

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Contractor Paul Joseph uses a 24m dribble bar and highcapacity pumping equipment.

suitable, so the new tanker will come in useful there.” The 24m Vogelsang dribble bar is fitted with GPS section control, operated via the tractor terminal, and he says the main use of this is currently in cutting overlaps at the headland. “We can shut the inside section off and increase the forward speed so the headland does not get overdosed, which can cause cows to reject the grazing.” The package also includes a Telestirrer, a telescopic handler-mounted slurry stirrer, which is used to stir lagoons and towers, eliminating the crust and homogenising slurry. Having modern, efficient equipment also means Mr Joseph is well positioned to exploit opportunities

which come along – including application of digestate. “We have contracts with four AD plants, two of which are processing food waste and two farm-based. We have also done some work for digestate specialists 4R.” He says he expects demand for digestate to increase as farmers see the benefits of the nutrients offered, increasing microbial activity and thus improving soil quality.

Benefits “It needs to be spread at the right time so nitrogen is more readily available. As such we work mainly in growing crops, oilseed rape after drilling and in winter, outside of nitrate vulnerable zones, then onto grass and cereals in

Slurry application fleet Three rigs: Each with a Bauer SX2000 pump, engine and compressor, two of which are remote controlled Pipework: Each rig has 400 metres of 15cm (6in) pipe, 1,200m of 12.7cm (5in) pipe and 400m 10cm (4in) pipe Applicators: 24m (fitted with GPS section control) and 12m dribble bars Reels: All tractor mounted Slurry stirring: Telehandlermounted slurry stirrer

the New Year. It is important to know your crop and variety to maximise benefits and avoid problems.” Mr Joseph says section control could be useful to apply digestate in zones via Greenstar maps, and John Deere’s Manure Sensor development

is also of interest to quantify nutrients at application. However, he says it is important to monitor the economics of each task. “Jobs are not always profitable enough to justify the level of investment in technology, although there is growing interest in more accurate applications.” In such pressing times for dairy farmers, Mr Joseph says umbilical slurry application remains a cost-effective tool, especially for larger herds. “You can try and cut costs by using your own tankers, but it is hard to stay ahead with spreading when you really should not be on land. In the right conditions, we can put 1,000cu.m on per day, so in most places it doesn’t take long to empty a store.”

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MUCK & SLURRY A change to sand bedding to improve cow health has led one Devon dairy unit to put effort into bespoke muck spreaders capable of dealing with dense waste manure. Geoff Ashcroft reports.

Animal health steers change in muck spreaders


hen Willes Farming switched to sand bedding for its cows five years ago, the farm saw a need to review how it handled its manures. Farms manager Richard Marsden says: “We suddenly creat-

ed a very dense, solid product which needed to be spread. Previously, our slurries were being spread by a contractor, offering different systems to suit the different types of material our animals produced.” The farm has invested heavily in grassland injection systems and

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nurse tankers to make slurry spreading a low impact, environmentally-friendly process. But when it came to lagoons, emptying them meant putting a 360-degree excavator into the hole, and running spreaders in and out to suit. Since the introduction of sand for cow bedding, the process needed a rethink with handling and logistics. “We are buying around 15,000 tonnes of sand in each year, and when it lands in the lagoons, it does attract a lot of additional fibrous material to it from manure,” he says.

Soil conditioner “It bulks up very well, and is a highly effective soil conditioner for our heavy clay soils, but it means we have at least 30,000t of dense, solid material to spread each year. “It is a difficult material to spread,” he adds. With milking taking place at three different units, the farm overhauled its lagoon facilities and looked at how it could make solid manure spreading a cleaner, and more efficient process. “We have been gradually gearing up our own machinery fleet with

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increasingly larger kit to make the most of resources,” he says. “We swapped out telehandlers for a pair of JCB 416 Farm Master loading shovels for our mixer wagons. And with toe-tip buckets, they offer more productivity and greater durability.” Importantly, Mr Marsden says the loading shovels gave them the opportunity to make use of them for spreader loading when emptying lagoons. “We could never do it with telehandlers and this gave us a far better loading option than using a contractor’s excavator,” he explains. “Once we have drawn off the liquid, the resulting sand and the fibres it attracts can be dug out with the loaders. They load and carry, to fill spreaders on the edge of each lagoon, instead of having to put the

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MUCK & SLURRY All we needed to do was find a couple of spreaders big enough and strong enough to handle a dense, sandfilled manure RICHARD MARSDEN spreaders into the lagoon to load them. “All we needed to do was find a couple of spreaders big enough and strong enough to handle a dense, sand-filled manure.” Drawing on knowledge from local contractor Andrew Cann, the farm looked at Richard Western spreaders. “Mr Cann provides a lot of contract services for us and uses Western spreaders, so that was a good enough recommendation for us.”

But what model to choose? Richard Western’s Side Discharge Spreader (SDS) models appeared to offer the solution to carry and spread semi-solid materials. The range uses a central auger equipped with aggressive paddles to feed material to a spreading rotor capable of flinging material over a 16-metre spread width.

Boost output And opting for two of the largest capacity SDS36 models, supplied by local dealer Smallridge Bros, meant the farm could utilise its 200hp tractors to boost output. At 5.5m in length, with a 2.97m loading height, the twin-axle machines boast a 16,363-litre capacity. Given the density of sand, this equates to a payload of about 20t. “The SDS36 is not a model which would suit a contractor in this area simply because of its size – it suits us, but it will not suit many smaller farms, field access and narrow lanes which contractors have to negotiate,” says Mr Marsden. “So we took the decision to go as big as we could, and Mr Cann supports our spreading with two of his own machines. “To make the most of capacities,

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we send ours out on longer runs to the farthest fields, and use Mr Cann’s team to spread on the closest fields. This way, we can make the most of logistics.” However, Willes Farming’s SDS36 are not off-the-shelf items. Knowing what the farm was looking to do, Richard Western’s team applied several modifications to the units. First up was the introduction of

hydraulic auger drive, so it could be run independently of the pto and spreading rotor. This would give the option to stir the load during transport, to prevent sand compacting and settling in the spreader. The auger is also equipped with a hydraulic motor at both ends, done specifically to reduce the torque loading on the large diameter shaft. Uprated axles were installed too, along with additional strengthening

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The spreading rotor offers a 16-metre spread width.

Pusher plates can be used to give a helping hand with traction.

to bolster the SDS’s chassis to accommodate the heavier payload. Internal components have also been strengthened and thickened where required, and, at the rear, Western installed pusher plates. This allows the fully-laden spreaders to receive a gentle helping hand from behind should there be issues with traction when climbing a lagoon’s exit ramp. Wheel and tyre equipment extends to the largest boots available for this application to combat compaction – 650/55 R26.5 tyres. And the rear axle is passively steered to reduce scuffing on all surfaces, and also to help preserve and extend tyre life.

Smoother ride Drawbar couplings are all ball-type hitches for a smoother ride, and the entire outfit runs with air brakes. “They were not cheap,” adds Mr Ramsden. “But we have run them for three seasons now with little trouble. We swap the impeller blades at the start of every season, simply because of the abrasive nature of the material we are spreading.” The all-grass farm has introduced a five-year cycle on grass reseeding. This lets the business carry out all its lagoon emptying through August and September, so the sandy manure is applied to all fields destined to be reseeded. And the plough follows immediately, with the sandy manure buried on the same day. “It is too dense to spread as a feed, simply because it would cap anything which grows,” he says. “But as a soil conditioning material, it is fantastic, and boosts drainage too for our heavy soils. “There is a significant cost of buying sand, and it is hard on equipment and difficult to spread,” says Mr Ramsden. “But the benefits it brings for our cows is well worth it.”

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Situated in Buckeystown, Maryland, Hedgeapple Angus Farm, with a legacy dating back to 1731, has operated as a dairy and beef farm since 1956. John Wilkes reports.

US research facility ventures into grass-fed beef production


onservation and stewardship of soil and water resources is central to Hedgeapple Angus Farm’s management practices to improve water quality of both the Monocacy and Potomac rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. It is a sustainable model farm, using techniques which can be adapted from the Mid-Atlantic region to North Carolina. Central to its mission is its non-profit research foundation and farm education programme established in 1997 by the Jorgesen family to support and make profitable small- to medium-sized sustainable grass-fed beef farms. Hedgeapple offers free technical advice, farm tours, field days and workshops. All research is shared, including financial data of its production and sales. Hedgeapple Farm’s 220hectare (544-acre) unit supports a 400-cow pedigree Black Angus herd. All cattle are grass finished and sold through an on-farm retail market.

Training The farm’s innovative vertical integration doubles as a training facility and teaching resource. Executive director Dr Scott Barao has managed Hedgeapple Farm since 2005. He received his PhD in beef cattle nutrition and management from Michigan State University and for the next 20 years he served as beef extension specialist at the University of Maryland.

Close attention is paid to forage management for Hedgeapple Farm’s fast finishing policy.

At Hedgeapple, warm season grasses are able to grow for much of the year. Dr Barao says: “People produce junk and call it grass-fed beef and it makes me crazy. The problem is there is no real definition of

grass-fed. Every cow in the world has eaten grass at some time.” Hedgeapple Farm attributes its success to its maintenance of high quality standards. It produces consistent superior meat which is 100 per cent grass-fed and

Hedgeapple Angus Farm facts Located near the historic village of Buckeystown, Maryland, and sits on the Monocacy River 220-hectare (544-acre) permanent grass farm In 1997, the Jorgensen family gifted it in a conservation easement to the Maryland Environmental Trust, meaning it can never be developed

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400-cow pedigree Black Angus herd; cattle grass-fed and finished with no concentrates used; all calves born on-farm are retained for breeding or finished to retail through the farm store Farm provides educational and teaching resources for small- to medium-sized beef farms in the Mid-Atlantic US to improve

production and sustainability Hedgeapple Angus is supplied to three starter farmers with in-calf pedigree Angus cows to produce feeder calves for their beef finishing system; additional management support and free use of stock bulls is included; cows repaid from calf buyback

grass-finished, with no added hormones, implants or antibiotics. Dr Barao says: “Ironically, the number one sales driver for us now is local, then grass-fed. I guess we are ‘natural’ as well, whatever that means. “We are not organic, but have a production system consumers can be equally comfortable with.”

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Dr Scott Barao with grass-fed Hedgeapple Angus ribeye.

Hedgeapple Black Angus cows with a stock bull.

Limited external genetics are employed at the farm using AI. Dr Barao says: “We just AI’d 10 heifers to the popular bull Net Present Value. He breeds easy calving cattle with high marbling and docile dispositions. Semen costs us £25/straw.” Cows calve for 45 days with numbers split evenly between spring and autumn. The conception rate is 96 per cent with barrens removed immediately. Cows are PD’d with a blood test 30 days after bulls are out. The optimum age to transition to a complete forage diet is considered to be seven months when calves are ‘long weaned’. Bulls weigh about 250kg and heifers 227kg. Calves are then vaccinated for respiratory viruses. Bull calves not needed for breeding are castrated using rubber bands and 15 per cent of heifers are kept as herd replacements. Each year, four or five promising bull calves are retained for breeding purposes. After one month, calves are weaned. They receive a second set of shots and remain in family groups until slaughter at 22 months. Steers and heifers are separated and moved to different farms. When cattle are ready to be finished they graze orchard grass/ alfalfa leys in mobs of 50 and moved every day. 76 | DECEMBER 30 2016

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A central farm alley was created to enable free movement and allow access to the central watering point. A prop pole to lift spring-tensioned electric fencing permits cattle to pass in and out of paddocks.

Reseeding Close attention is paid to forage management for Hedgeapple Farm’s fast finishing policy. On average, seven years grazing is achieved by alfalfa/orchard grass pasture before being reseeded with min-till equipment. First, Sudex, a sorghum/sudangrass hybrid, is sown in spring and grazed in summer before dying

People produce junk and call it grass-fed beef and it makes me crazy. The problem is there is no real definition of grass-fed DR SCOTT BARAO

out in autumn. The following spring, alfalfa/orchard grass is direct drilled. During winter, cattle receive only alfalfa/orchard grass haylage and minerals. The 2016 drought required hay feeding to be implemented in October. Cattle often graze until February due to abundant forage. Angus steers typically weigh 586kg liveweight and yield a 330kg carcase, dressing out at 56.4 per cent. A heifer typically weighs 477kg liveweight and yields a 252kg carcase, dressing out at 53 per cent. About 300 cattle are needed in the finishing system to supply six to eight carcases bi-weekly all-year-round. When cattle are ready for slaughter, a small family-owned and USDA-inspected processing facility 40 miles away – Old Line Meats, Baltimore, Maryland – is used to ensure Hedgeapple beef is handled in a humane, safe and healthy manner. Carcases are dry-aged 14 days before returning cut, wrapped and flash-frozen. Dr Barao says: “Carcases grade so well because our cattle gain between 0.8kg and 1kg per day. Cattle gaining at this rate from weaning to finish produce choice beef.” About 150 cattle are sold yearly through the on-farm retail market which operates three days per week, five hours a day.

Customers come from a 100mile radius and accept limited shopping hours. Trade through restaurants, farmers markets and online is unnecessary. On-farm market sales generated are testament to the strength of the Hedgeapple brand. A critical component to the success is superior customer service. Dr Barao says: “Many consumers do not know how to cook or select cuts of beef. Staff always ensure new customers leave with detailed advice, a recipe brochure and a meat thermometer.” Every cut of meat sold at Hedgeapple is fully traceable. He says: “First, if we sell you a ribeye and you want to meet mum and dad, we can make it happen. Secondly, it enables every aspect of an animal’s physical and financial performance to be recorded.” Spreadsheets help determine each carcase value. Data pertaining to yield and value is derived from every animal processed. This data is utilised to maintain profitability and manage the on-farm retail market.

Maximum value Dr Barao says: “The ultimate goal is to determine how to process the entire carcase to extract maximum value.” The monthly margin on each cut of meat is known and the current carcase value earns Hedgeapple exactly £2,774.31. On average, it costs £7.62/kg of meat sold through the store, which includes offal and bones, net of production and processing costs. Dr Barao has developed innovative schemes to further increase

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Hedgeapple’s beef business. Three starter beef producers were incorporated into the business to help farmers get established. He says: “Each farmer was given pedigree Angus in-calf cows with a pre-determined value of £2,000. We included free use of stock bulls to enable control of genetics.”

Autumn-calving pedigree Angus cows.

Buyback scheme Another advantage was free management advice. Repayment is through a feeder calf buyback scheme. Once a cow is paid for, use of bulls and management advice is free. Also at no cost are replacements, since 20 per cent of starter farmer heifers are retained and readily available. New farmers manage cattle on similar pasture-based systems using the same health protocols. Dr Barao provides monitoring and, at weaning, calves are purchased by weight and at a premium. This practice encourages good husbandry and management. He says: “This really works for us as we are more set up to finish cattle. We can finish three beef animals for every cow calf unit. “Our quality of forage and pasture management are really way too good for cows.” The logic behind Hedgeapple Farm’s business decision to support companion starter farmers means high performance feeder calves of known genetics are produced. The result is sustainable, reliable and profitable for both Hedgeapple Farm and these new Mid-Atlantic beef farmers.

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Clean, comfortable and well ventilated housing helps housed cattle keep their immune systems strong.

Making some minor and relatively inexpensive changes can reduce the level of bacteria in the environment and improve the animal’s ability to fight off infection.

Improving infrastructure to reduce disease pressure


hen it comes to keeping on top of disease, big gains can be made by simple infrastructure adjustments, according to Graeme McPherson, vet at Synergy Farm Health. Vets regularly consult on common livestock diseases, with the big ones being mastitis, lameness, and infertility in adult dairy cows, and pneumonia and calf scours in youngstock. There are pharmaceutical options available to help manage these diseases but often big gains can be made by some simple infrastructure adjustments. Mr McPherson says: “Suggesting changes to infrastructure can raise

eyebrows among dairy farmers as many assume this means a high cost and a labour-intensive process. However, in my experience, some minor and relatively inexpensive changes can offer significant benefits.”

Factors Infectious diseases, such as pneumonia, digital dermatitis and mastitis, are a function of two factors. These are the infection pressure, which is the number of potentially harmful bugs in an animal’s environment, and the host’s defence. This is the animal’s ability to fight off harmful bugs and it can be negatively affected by stress or bolstered against specific bugs by vaccination.

Suggesting changes to infrastructure can raise eyebrows among dairy farmers as many assume this means a high cost GRAEME MCPHERSON

KEEP THE HERD’S FEET CLEAN EXPOSURE of feet to slurry is a necessary evil of housing cattle and digital dermatitis is typically a problem of housed cows, says Mr McPherson.

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HANDY HINTS LIVESTOCK LET COWS REST MR McPherson says it is well understood biologically inert substances, such as sand, make an excellent lying surface for dairy cows. The sand moves to accommodate the cow’s shape, providing effective cushioning at contact points and a comfortable lying surface. Also, as sand does not contain much organic matter, it is not a good home for bacteria. He says: “Some farmers have converted their mattress accommodation into sand

cubicles with the addition of timber or angle-iron to the back of the cubicle to contain sand at relatively little cost. “This can help reduce lameness, as lying times are increased because of the added comfort, and reduce mastitis as the lying surface becomes more hostile to bacteria. This may be a better and cheaper option than buying new mattresses when the old ones need replacing, which is about every 10 years.”


KEEP THEM OFF CONCRETE AFTER digital dermatitis, the most common diseases causing lameness in dairy cows are white line disease and sole ulcers or solar bruising, caused by cows standing on concrete, he says. Measures to alleviate time spent standing will help reduce damage to subsolar tissue.

Comfort He says: “Improving cubicle comfort will typically increase the amount of time cows lie down which, on a total mixed ration system, should be in excess of 11 hours a day. “To reduce standing times on concrete, rubber matting can be laid in places where cows have to stand, such as the collecting yard. “Providing at least 70cm of feed space and drinking trough space per cow will mean cows do not have to wait. “White line disease is typically caused by lateral forces on the cow’s feet due to pivoting on a

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foot or pushing against one another in a collecting yard, herringbone race or parlour.” Trying to eliminate sharp corners will help prevent the shearing forces which cause white line injury, says Mr McPherson. Where there are permanent sharp corners, rubber matting can be laid to reduce shearing forces and grooved concrete will reduce slipping. Removing a wall in front of the parlour exit can significantly improve cow-flow out the parlour. He says: “All these improvements in cow comfort will improve fertility. Sore cows are not inclined to demonstrate mounting behaviour and it is therefore hard to detect when they are on heat. Concrete grip is essential for cows to feel confident enough to mount and good cow-flow and reduced milking times give cows more time to express normal behaviour in their accommodation.”

BACTERIA and viruses thrive in dark, moist environments with low levels of oxygen, says Mr McPherson. Good ventilation is therefore critical in reducing infection pressure in our animals’ environment. He says: “The stack effect is well acknowledged and understood, however many sheds still have inadequate openings in the ridge to let enough air out for the stack effect to work.” Removing ridge caps is inexpensive and allows air out and light in, making the environment more hostile to bugs, reducing infection pressure and cow

stress. When air escapes it needs to be replaced with fresh air from the sides of the building and sometimes tin sheets or Yorkshire boards may need removing.

Moisture “Opening the ridge will inevitably let rain into your sheds. An adult cow is excreting at least 50 litres of water per day in breath, urine and faeces, but moisture escaping the building is usually more significant than rain ingress. “By repairing broken or ineffective guttering, rainfall will drain efficiently away from the cow and calf accommodation, further reducing moisture.”

KEEP CALVES WARM CALVES do not produce enough heat to generate a stack effect in a shed and they are much more vulnerable to the negative effects of drafts. Therefore, McPherson says calves need thermally neutral

shelter from drafts in winter, but they may need help getting adequate fresh air. Positive pressure ventilation systems are good at getting fresh air into sheds without creating drafts and can be inexpensive.

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LIVESTOCK What happens to a fleece when it leaves the farm and how can producers maximise its value? Alex Robinson visited the British Wool Marketing Board in Bradford to find out.

Making the most of your wool


ach year, more than 45,000 sheep farmers utilise the British Wool Marketing Board’s (BWMB) services. A non-profit organisation which abides by co-operative principles, it works with producers who

own a flock of four of more sheep. Gareth Jones, the board’s communications producer, says: “Our aim is to maximise the value of the wool to the farmer. The collective strength of the wool board and its producers helps to continue to strengthen the wool industry as whole.”

FARM TO DEPOT THE wool depot for the north of England in Bradford sees more than 30 million kilos of wool pass through its doors every year. Every fleece is individually assessed by a professional who gives it a grading, dependent on type, colour and quality. The grading process is designed to add value to a fleece, with quality controls in place to ensure that standards of wool remain high. Each of the national

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depots follow the exact same grading regime.

Graded The wool is graded into types and also checked for colour quality, staple strength, presentation and contamination. The ‘excellent clip presentation certificate’ was introduced in 2014 as a form of recognition for the farmers who have produced wool to the accredited standards.

Clip presentation guide WOOL can lose its value if it is sent to the depot with faults: Stain and tint Using bloom dips or colouring powders which stain the wool, as a tinted fleece has a very limited range of uses Excessive marking Make sure that any marking fluid used is board approved. Avoid using tar, pitch, oil, paint or creosote as these will not scour out Water damage Wet or damp wool quickly deteriorates so it is important to ensure all sheep are sheared

when dry. Never use polythene bags for packing loose wool, as they trap natural moisture in the wool Contamination If you house your sheep during the winter, avoid contamination of wool by hayseeds and straw. A carefully implemented feeding system can reduce this, for example, rack feeding Binder, baler or polypropylene twine Tying fleeces using any of these methods can be damaging, as unwanted fibres can get mixed in with the wool

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LIVESTOCK What’s your wool worth? THE market price of wool depends largely on the breed of sheep it comes from. During the grading process, the wool is split into types which determines the end value. Lustre wool is the most expensive and is used to make quality knitted clothing, whereas mountain wool has a lower value and is often used in carpeting. Grading Breeds Main end uses Fine (203–291) Clun Forest, Dorset Down, Dorset Horn, Woven apparel, futons Shropshire Oxford, Southdown, Suffolk and crosses and hand knitting Medium (305–399) Lleyn, Texel, Romney, Border Leicester, Woven apparel, hand Welsh Half-bred and crosses knitting and carpets Cross (403–491) Welsh Mule, Scotch Mule, North of England Mule, Knitwear and carpets Masham and crosses Lustre (503–592) Lincoln Longwool, Wensleydale, Devon and Lustrous yarn, knitwear Cornwall Longwool, Blue Faced Leicester and crosses and woven apparel Hill (600–699) Beulah, Hill Radnor, Gritstone, Lonk, Cheviot and crosses Woven apparel, knitwear and carpets Mountain (707-791) Blackface, Swaledale, Rough Fell, Welsh Mountain and crosses Carpets

WOOL MARKET WHEN enough wool of a certain type is collected, a sample from each wool sack is sent to a testing centre to be checked for its colour, yield, micron colour and vegetable matter content, information the buyer will have access to when purchasing. All wool processed through the board is auctioned and sold at the Bradford depot, and since 2003 this has been done using an online auction system. The buyer is provided with a wealth of information about the wool prior to each auction, which tend to be seasonal affairs with 18 held each year. Despite only making up about 2 per cent of the global market, British wool trade would be obsolete without significant international interest. More than 30 per cent of British wool is shipped to China and a further 10 per cent to other global markets. “The board is involved in every stage of the wool processing,” explains Mr Jones. “From transporting the fleece off the farm right through to the marketing campaigns which promote wool to perspective buyers. With the development of global markets, I feel there are some exciting times ahead for both the board and the industry at large.”

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SHEARING TRAINING NICK and Julie Houseman and son, John, from Prospect Farm, Otley, North Yorkshire, run a 500 strong flock of Swaledales, Mules and Bluefaced Leicesters, alongside a 150-cow dairy herd. Their 243-hectare (600-acre) farm regularly hosts training days for apprentice shearers and sees

about 1,000 newly-qualified professionals pass through its gates each year. Mr Houseman has been a member of the Yorkshire regional committee since 1998 and stresses how important it is for a producer to look after the wool during the shearing process, to ensure it

achieves the best grade possible. He says: “Ensuring a fleece is well presented makes all the difference when attempting to add value to the clip. Wool needs to be kept dry and clean, and attainting the clip presentation certificate are all things to be done to maximise the financial potential of a fleece.”

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MARKET PRICES PRIMESTOCK ENGLAND STEERS Market day(s) week ending December 21 Acklington Ashford Bakewell Barnard Castle Beeston Castle Bentham Bishops Castle Bridgnorth Brockholes Carlisle Chelford Cirencester Clitheroe Cockermouth Colchester Darlington Derby Exeter Frome Gisburn Hailsham Hallworthy Hatherleigh Hawes Hereford Hexham Holmfirth Holsworthy Hull Kendal Kington Kirkby Stephen Lancaster Leek Leyburn Liskeard Longtown Louth Ludlow Malton Market Drayton Market Harborough Melton Mowbray Newark Newton Abbot Northallerton Oswestry Otley Penrith Ross-On-Wye Rugby Ruswarp Salisbury Scots Gap Sedgemoor Selby Shaftesbury Shrewsbury Skipton South Molton Stratford Thame Thirsk Thrapston Truro Ulverston Wigton Winslow Wooler Worcester York

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Total cattle number

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

45 9 76 11 83 2 134 35 5 11 56 251 7 26 58 4 7 10 7 12 6 238 7 116 27 96 37 25 21 32 22 10 35 71 5 14 305 9 97 5 118

193.50 195.00 179.75 187.00 211.50 177.50 170.50 207.75 131.50 94.50 185.19 169.50 140.17 186.50 202.67 199.00 138.50 195.50 238.17 194.93 208.50 -

195.00 111.50 190.13 159.50 205.71 210.17 164.20 145.83 202.19 183.43 167.50 184.50 136.00 142.00 111.00 199.50 194.62 193.25 140.79 207.00 190.75 196.13 189.00 154.17 181.40 157.50 196.17 158.70 221.83 176.00 194.00

191.81 186.43 136.00 163.00 185.67 199.83 194.86 184.50 146.50 192.00 142.00 180.00 193.41 180.08 194.75 189.74 210.00 170.00 161.60 162.50 202.50 137.50 205.00 175.62 -

206.00 109.00 226.90 193.67 198.93 217.65 135.50 116.50 189.62 106.00 208.00 199.50 166.12 254.00 185.18 149.17 220.57 239.50 209.00 199.50 165.00 139.50 221.50 131.00 239.70 219.56 129.50 214.17

202.25 143.90 205.05 118.00 207.44 173.00 210.17 181.00 201.58 215.31 170.50 176.12 199.47 212.25 152.00 203.60 177.50 205.06 208.50 193.08 159.50 218.27 222.06 202.77 225.50 191.69 176.50 167.50 187.17 242.77 171.00 219.50 225.82 135.50 219.35 212.86

184.07 119.50 198.35 200.38 191.50 169.50 211.17 199.73 189.50 167.50 181.83 205.50 128.75 132.00 214.00 194.65 111.50 170.00 177.25 224.50 199.40 208.25 158.50 191.71 184.29 154.17 185.50 178.00 212.54 123.50 208.43 177.67

185.00 135.00 168.79 133.89 167.38 182.67 184.00 142.00 174.14 179.93 147.00 156.76 177.25 113.00 165.57 166.94 157.63 212.50 163.84

181.50 148.50 179.44 165.76 172.25 169.38 180.50 190.43 198.73 185.00 195.36 175.24 173.94 206.00 140.10 197.82 178.60 211.50 186.68

190.33 206.00 180.97 173.00 181.83 205.25 191.67 189.52 175.12 198.58 200.10 223.62 193.54 200.24 181.72

19 28 60 94 10 19 295 52 25 4 46 2 57 29 73 87 2 12 11 22 14 84 36 20 44 4 107 4 10 10 50 20 11 5 79 12 3 47 20 35 6

265.00 210.00 214.50 216.11 213.33 141.67

205.67 198.60 187.50 213.25 216.54 162.42

206.33 200.00 149.00 186.25 197.20 178.86

206.50 120.00 181.18 196.60 184.44 195.80

226.56 196.00 210.25 210.00 234.00 206.38 226.59 216.14 202.17 186.64

223.00 198.00 209.73 217.00 228.00 158.02 201.50 192.68 187.38

130.00 175.00 153.00

204.00 150.00 189.25 -

115.33 200.00 163.67

169 17 11 40 67 95 185

Total cow number

Grade 3 average

Dairy sired average

Beef sired average

Total N lambs

132.50 123.50 152.50

118.44 106.93 109.56 112.50 114.75 104.15 75.50

87.88 83.92 76.67 86.28 93.48 73.02 101.50 74.00 82.96 87.67 76.55 92.59 92.36 101.33 94.62 80.71 94.00 87.40 59.50 98.17 77.40 117.33 84.73 103.50 98.71 65.62 92.68 -

111.45 107.56 118.82 50.00 63.00 123.08 93.12 116.34 58.50 121.05 25.50 114.33 113.00 128.67 92.50 118.00 115.21 106.77 120.00 122.67 112.00 104.19 116.50 118.50 110.17 92.00 122.10 127.62 114.40 94.00 105.50 113.13 64.25 115.19 -

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85.10 48.00 85.90 92.50 94.10 98.90

106.90 103.90 105.70 122.00 121.20 107.10 118.90

1090 721 1003 440 1383 2167 1804 1849 2783 1000

Grade 1 average

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Total N/S lambs

N/S lambs light average

N/S lambs standard average

N/S lambs medium average

N/S lambs heavy average

N/S SQQ average

Total Ewes

Ewes average

1315 1208 1508 376 2560 1692 1039 412 2573 1036 569 689 1347 134 2449 511 73 1172 304 230 10 1221 1291 779 229 149 18 1126 1496 2069 467 333 757 333 5897 100 2790 326 1538 154 917 2344 48 554 3832 717 2366 1209 1674 35 254 105 719 63 997 3367 950 132 378 988 388 24 511 2045 80 354 958 469

115.11 165.92 146.73 139.18 137.00 157.09 184.00 143.43 155.00 160.90 144.25 194.00 155.41 158.82 174.79 132.33 156.44 141.35 170.24 143.38 158.47 163.00 153.29 160.00 177.97 110.30 150.95 144.00 139.29 138.15 140.50 171.67 137.99 185.29 110.00 -

162.50 176.67 178.97 178.98 163.10 172.61 176.01 162.67 194.49 183.25 172.81 175.38 176.20 177.89 172.69 171.12 179.00 172.09 164.80 163.00 162.00 140.42 174.45 196.13 175.48 178.50 181.60 161.12 156.00 172.44 162.35 186.00 177.91 160.86 169.04 157.67 173.98 168.98 173.32 180.20 178.46 191.93 180.20 169.05 157.78 187.79 172.10 194.14 134.19 174.03 168.56 189.47 172.26 164.85 160.70 186.46 182.20 163.93 173.35 214.27 169.00 181.09 195.12 201.57

162.73 172.69 187.56 170.69 176.82 181.43 182.22 174.00 180.98 174.19 164.38 168.93 182.77 178.78 172.02 170.62 171.79 174.48 165.59 164.28 140.00 159.84 179.43 179.15 182.67 187.92 177.00 170.17 168.29 188.23 157.39 195.25 176.05 153.64 174.92 166.02 175.98 170.14 186.13 172.60 175.15 192.08 161.00 184.13 178.76 167.85 186.77 176.10 182.31 147.26 175.11 183.71 173.76 223.75 175.81 171.06 166.89 175.55 176.28 177.17 164.81 187.38 176.29 202.72 157.28 180.52 189.42 186.10

158.14 169.57 174.02 164.67 172.85 173.00 172.28 163.38 167.05 161.68 152.21 161.00 165.15 165.00 161.17 158.32 168.64 169.69 164.84 160.55 131.00 158.14 175.33 164.26 189.93 170.81 166.57 160.16 167.76 154.26 179.71 164.48 146.88 166.14 155.15 167.60 170.49 176.09 170.00 168.32 180.28 153.42 173.32 167.74 158.72 171.57 170.00 170.54 148.80 172.23 162.47 164.02 200.04 166.80 163.94 161.42 164.09 168.39 162.10 175.25 174.32 182.45 161.13 166.71 178.74 180.58

162.06 173.21 182.52 173.16 171.84 178.03 176.54 172.09 184.73 175.12 166.58 170.90 176.87 178.77 172.03 170.38 173.54 173.67 165.47 163.82 149.78 150.69 177.22 181.38 177.50 185.29 180.07 168.09 168.14 178.81 158.47 193.69 176.33 154.45 170.07 164.90 175.79 169.53 177.66 175.10 175.83 191.77 161.00 183.49 165.61 165.38 183.92 175.79 183.26 142.84 174.54 183.71 173.34 212.32 174.94 169.18 166.59 175.55 177.22 177.83 164.49 187.38 175.97 205.73 159.26 180.54 189.16 188.97

653 315 580 175 3229 614 73 125 338 363 257 222 13 1840 614 18 243 116 10 1554 10 72 434 5 313 477 513 55 52 162 37 4853 16 1969 143 403 19 337 3419 295 578 124 920 424 601 81 33 49 15 58 170 418 549 8 6 168 95 48 130 294 447 44

64.73 52.57 72.52 62.29 59.58 52.17 65.58 60.55 59.75 52.23 54.00 51.98 42.31 64.24 67.69 64.89 61.97 58.09 26.70 63.46 84.10 69.17 51.23 75.00 53.57 57.11 49.27 50.25 65.94 70.18 49.05 63.50 35.22 57.14 66.54 61.27 64.50 62.95 76.33 66.63 45.78 59.33 56.78 70.20 73.29 53.17 46.02 55.44 73.33 60.79 57.11 56.11 70.86 57.38 60.25 52.75 61.63 59.10 71.62 70.07 67.77 64.36

1090 721 1003 440 1383 2167 1804 1849 2783 1000

146.93 145.80 166.99 93.75 106.30 146.06 141.31 -

168.82 170.79 177.46 168.69 169.63 170.77 166.10 165.75 155.01 161.48

174.57 173.26 172.51 181.58 180.18 174.23 167.40 180.43 169.34 178.35

166.68 157.95 164.93 167.02 165.25 161.88 162.54 167.34 155.05 157.40

170.34 172.91 174.32 179.77 177.13 173.41 167.15 177.54 166.20 175.39

Source: IAAS/ScotEID

p82 89 Dec30.indd 3

470 55 523 70 626 265 441 564 1774 -

Market day(s) week ending December 21 Bala Brecon Bryncir Builth Wells Carmarthen Dolgellau Gaerwen Hay On Wye Knighton Llanrwst Machynlleth Mold Monmouthshire Newcastle Emlyn Rhayader Market Ruthin St Asaph Talgarth Talybont-On-Usk Welshpool Whitland

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

Total cattle number

Light average

117 15 2 -

184.27 170.00 -


Medium average

Heavy average

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

184.20 179.00 -

196.52 170.00 -

183.88 170.00 -

192.85 172.33 168.00 -

189.79 185.50 122.00 -

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

166.20 -

Medium average 210.17 -


Heavy average

Total cow number

Grade 1 average

Grade 3 average

Dairy sired average

Beef sired average

220.00 -

3 88 9 1 39 1 30 -



38.33 81.71 75.00 82.86 55.67 -

111.82 102.78 111.56 90.50 102.96 -


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

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

1232 979 599 2123 5 150 839 157 1039 1927 267 380 2174 128 1391 3213 4610 1443 255 5470 30

138.22 153.68 150.57 144.51 141.44 145.69 158.03 148.66 164.10 148.24 139.25 143.97 149.26 146.80 151.03 150.78 150.14

144.89 158.07 160.38 155.57 156.00 162.90 166.80 159.00 170.35 175.33 172.66 170.95 161.87 160.00 174.28 162.52 165.08 163.46 170.20 154.50

150.34 172.52 172.49 167.96 163.25 179.87 169.37 168.06 178.98 178.71 182.88 177.19 168.34 172.07 185.54 177.00 172.64 170.02 176.95 162.00

168.74 172.27 163.96 172.00 193.54 160.09 159.46 164.98 169.00 161.77 171.12 168.56 168.23 175.44 161.30 163.97 144.00 170.84 -

140.57 166.19 160.38 156.21 142.41 156.35 168.80 167.91 168.84 154.06 180.97 172.06 165.40 161.62 175.69 167.74 169.10 160.93 169.56 155.73

17 330 19 221 8 196 380 85 2 516 123 20 528 1485 267 1 3019 26

24.00 60.75 41.68 35.24 63.75 50.38 51.21 35.91 63.00 59.03 76.72 74.80 53.59 55.72 59.42 20.00 50.61 41.02

54.11 64.64 50.36 81.22 56.83 51.84 65.99 60.13 50.64 -

DECEMBER 30 2016 | 83

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

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

Fr Sa\Tu Fr

Fr We Tu

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

Fr Sa We Th Sa Th

6-12 month steers

12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers


STORES (NATIVE-SIRED 18+ month heifers

6-12 month steers

12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers

18+ month heifers

6-12 mon steers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

-/13/604.6 -/-/29/702.2 13/911.9 3/570.0 -/11/660.0 2/670.0 1/390.0 2/592.5 -/-/16/746.9 -/6/715.0 29/688.7 8/591.9 4/640.0 4/640.0 -/2/855.0 25/805.6 -/3/481.7 -/-/-/-/-/19/710.0 -/-/-/-/4/730.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/4/667.5 -/6/700.0 2/455.0 33/687.7 1/620.0 -/2/717.5 -/-/-/97/694.0 -/5/666.0 6/526.7 -/-/-/-/6/704.2

-/4/722.5 -/6/873.3 6/670.0 16/925.6 4/692.5 1/795.0 18/967.2 -/-/1/900.0 -/-/8/856.9 -/11/688.2 14/696.6 -/5/827.0 11/725.9 -/27/847.0 38/1045.9 -/6/508.3 -/-/-/-/5/900.0 19/861.1 -/-/-/-/2/885.0 1/1150.0 -/-/-/-/4/900.0 6/782.5 6/892.5 5/941.0 5/851.0 -/10/693.0 -/1/645.0 1/580.0 -/-/-/12/900.1 -/1/965.0 3/695.0 -/4/1002.5 -/-/4/848.8

-/3/966.7 -/1/680.0 1/900.0 25/1009.2 6/713.3 -/23/1111.1 3/833.3 -/3/958.3 -/-/4/881.3 -/25/986.8 1/965.0 -/9/856.7 46/1027.7 -/24/967.3 57/1172.0 -/10/935.4 -/-/-/-/52/1056.2 20/911.8 -/-/-/-/37/1015.8 6/985.0 2/920.0 -/-/-/14/971.4 7/856.4 11/982.3 12/1057.5 3/778.3 1/930.0 49/989.5 4/607.5 18/600.8 -/-/-/-/13/965.8 -/2/965.0 15/879.0 -/8/1150.0 -/-/1/905.0

-/5/502.0 -/-/24/623.8 13/770.4 7/617.1 -/27/720.9 6/475.0 1/350.0 4/547.5 -/-/12/661.3 -/1/360.0 20/554.2 2/475.0 8/501.3 2/467.5 -/9/580.0 12/662.9 -/3/450.0 -/-/-/-/-/30/572.8 -/-/-/-/-/1/555.0 -/-/-/-/2/690.0 1/460.0 4/593.8 3/618.3 9/606.1 2/452.5 45/520.3 2/765.0 -/6/543.3 -/-/-/56/552.4 -/-/7/475.7 -/-/-/4/592.5 13/626.5

-/-/-/2/665.0 4/777.5 19/760.3 21/631.4 -/18/993.9 -/-/3/768.3 -/-/8/768.1 -/4/640.0 7/572.4 -/5/539.0 8/607.5 -/19/721.1 25/988.2 -/2/567.5 -/-/-/-/9/854.4 3/703.3 -/-/-/-/6/781.7 -/1/660.0 -/-/-/7/886.4 4/782.5 3/686.7 5/785.0 -/-/13/700.4 3/501.7 -/-/-/-/-/9/766.4 -/1/950.0 5/542.0 -/14/854.3 -/-/9/712.8

-/1/880.0 -/1/665.0 5/673.0 22/894.1 15/661.7 1/970.0 27/1017.8 4/831.3 -/4/903.8 3/1068.3 -/22/923.2 -/11/867.3 -/1/440.0 27/733.5 21/814.5 -/12/895.0 26/1038.7 -/2/560.0 -/-/-/-/26/882.7 27/686.1 -/-/-/-/23/1037.2 5/763.0 3/625.0 -/-/-/35/917.4 8/1075.6 19/866.8 8/997.5 2/630.0 1/1000.0 37/879.2 15/865.3 13/464.6 -/-/-/-/26/862.5 -/1/950.0 6/757.5 -/11/1014.1 -/-/3/961.7

-/9/470.6 -/-/9/720.6 -/2/590.0 -/10/527.5 -/-/1/730.0 -/-/13/555.4 -/1/790.0 40/519.1 1/550.0 9/645.6 1/580.0 -/10/376.0 5/805.0 5/580.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/23/549.8 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/15/518.0 -/-/10/562.0 13/455.6 45/564.2 -/14/551.6 -/-/-/-/63/712.4 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

-/4/823.8 -/1/765.0 3/645.0 3/960.0 -/5/770.0 17/715.6 1/940.0 4/845.0 -/-/-/12/865.0 -/2/605.0 7/724.0 4/767.5 10/638.0 19/665.0 -/11/897.3 5/853.0 1/828.0 2/542.5 -/-/-/-/8/955.0 10/685.5 -/-/-/-/2/910.0 -/-/-/-/-/5/723.0 9/717.2 3/733.3 -/2/380.0 3/525.0 34/645.9 -/-/2/755.0 -/-/-/25/837.4 -/-/1/715.0 -/4/850.0 -/-/2/790.0

-/9/833.3 -/-/1/670.0 5/650.0 13/665.0 -/32/932.3 4/853.8 5/1064.0 1/970.0 -/-/2/1035.0 -/23/936.1 22/931.8 6/869.2 12/629.2 18/797.2 -/7/1130.7 19/1103.2 -/12/781.3 -/-/-/-/41/1165.9 22/870.5 -/-/-/-/24/908.5 4/791.3 -/-/-/-/15/953.3 1/900.0 7/875.0 3/885.0 1/290.0 3/926.7 79/876.5 -/26/1000.7 -/-/-/-/42/998.1 -/2/880.0 4/887.5 -/8/908.8 -/2/852.5 -/-

-/4/358.8 -/-/9/736.1 -/1/460.0 3/353.3 7/419.3 -/-/-/-/-/5/587.0 -/19/310.3 41/410.7 9/561.7 2/440.0 -/-/9/310.0 5/596.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/27/440.2 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/3/550.0 17/422.9 50/403.4 4/632.5 11/335.0 -/-/-/-/38/630.5 -/-/-/-/1/295.0 -/-/6/317.5

-/14/521.4 -/-/2/620.0 -/5/544.0 5/569.0 10/578.5 -/-/1/860.0 -/-/16/752.8 -/10/520.0 22/588.0 2/925.0 3/646.7 7/600.0 -/17/745.3 5/834.0 -/1/605.0 -/-/-/-/8/925.0 9/621.1 -/-/-/-/1/660.0 -/-/-/-/-/8/853.1 2/615.0 2/345.0 5/591.0 1/675.0 -/31/569.7 1/760.0 -/-/-/-/-/14/663.8 -/-/-/-/4/710.0 -/1/600.0 8/742.5

-/6/770.0 -/-/1/690.0 2/785.0 12/585.4 -/12/945.8 8/802.5 -/11/845.5 -/-/5/641.0 -/8/683.8 28/597.3 2/875.0 10/581.5 17/687.9 -/13/925.8 6/974.2 -/23/641.1 -/-/-/-/38/1027.4 35/774.3 -/-/-/-/12/758.3 19/770.0 1/650.0 -/-/-/34/853.7 4/800.0 6/739.2 3/915.0 -/-/30/631.2 -/19/693.7 -/-/-/-/37/862.2 -/-/3/930.0 -/9/827.2 -/5/869.0 1/750.0

-/4/330.0 -/-/3/316.7 -/-/-/6/253.3 -/3/241.3 -/-/-/1/150.0 -/-/3/307.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/10/320.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/8/258.8 -/2/250.0 -/-/-/-/13/340.0 -/-/1/135.0 -/-/-/-/-/-

24/942.50 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/33/871.67 17/928.82

30/1000.67 -/-/-/-/-/-/1/900.00 -/-/-/-/1/900.00 35/975.29 71/1081.65

7/551.43 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/1/455.00 17/537.06 21/643.33

16/868.44 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/1/750.00 31/728.55 14/817.93

34/917.65 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/103/982.96 32/864.22

-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/38/536.58 30/584.67 -/-

5/844.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/2/150.00 -/-/-/-/-/11/835.45 1/300.00

2/975.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/4/300.00 -/-/-/-/-/40/993.00 6/1039.17

-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/9/550.00 10/490.00 -/-

3/780.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/7/100.00 -/-/-/-/1/420.00 7/768.57 4/585.00

6/766.67 -/-/-/-/-/-/3/180.00 -/-/-/-/-/53/830.94 3/830.00

1/140.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/1/400.00 -/-

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



Th\Tu We Th\Fr

84 | DECEMBER 30 2016

p82 89 Dec30.indd 4

23/830.65 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/38/635.79 19/720.00

28/12/2016 09:06

+ month ifers

No. / Av.


90.0 785.0 585.4

945.8 802.5



683.8 /597.3 875.0 /581.5 687.9

/925.8 974.2


/1027.4 /774.3

/758.3 /770.0 650.0

/853.7 800.0 739.2 915.0






869.0 50.0



/830.94 830.00

PLEASE NOTE: Due to Christmas publishing deadlines, store cattle averages are quoted for the period December 14-20. Figures show livestock numbers first, then average price per head.

Source: AHDB/LAA/IAAS STORES (HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN) 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.

-/4/330.0 -/-/3/316.7 -/-/-/6/253.3 -/3/241.3 -/-/-/1/150.0 -/-/3/307.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/10/320.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/8/258.8 -/2/250.0 -/-/-/-/13/340.0 -/-/1/135.0 -/-/-/-/-/-

-/2/367.5 -/4/412.5 18/480.6 -/1/640.0 3/438.3 29/345.2 -/-/-/1/565.0 -/3/540.0 -/-/-/5/485.0 -/17/449.4 -/8/351.3 -/1/350.0 8/425.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/2/787.5 -/7/471.4 -/-/1/440.0 14/398.9 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/5/330.0 -/3/471.7 -/2/405.0 -/-

-/-/-/10/401.0 -/-/4/571.3 -/18/632.2 -/-/-/1/565.0 -/1/470.0 -/19/695.8 5/526.0 -/-/31/505.8 -/-/-/-/16/581.3 -/-/-/-/22/832.7 3/740.0 -/-/-/-/18/697.8 5/571.0 -/-/-/-/6/753.3 1/735.0 26/623.5 -/-/1/440.0 57/663.6 -/-/-/-/-/-/3/645.0 -/1/540.0 -/-/4/655.0 -/6/742.5 -/-

-/21/41.0 -/128/42.5 15/75.6 -/4/50.0 6/75.2 44/37.5 -/10/57.0 1/70.0 -/-/-/-/26/12.0 39/38.9 21/54.3 4/28.3 -/-/1/60.0 -/-/36/27.3 -/20/18.5 -/-/20/35.0 15/41.1 5/143.0 -/-/-/-/81/46.3 -/-/-/-/-/12/38.0 26/93.5 -/-/-/111/35.9 -/16/40.7 20/46.5 4/58.8 -/-/-/-/9/60.0 31/35.9 -/-/-/-/3/141.3

No. / Av. -/3/176.7 -/25/243.6 1/35.0 -/-/-/12/215.8 -/5/297.0 1/330.0 -/-/-/-/15/188.0 8/132.1 9/325.2 -/-/-/1/200.0 -/3/95.0 16/235.9 -/-/-/-/1/310.0 20/283.7 3/293.3 -/-/-/-/18/247.6 -/-/-/-/-/8/211.5 6/286.7 -/-/-/50/182.3 1/350.0 5/224.8 13/212.8 2/210.0 -/-/-/-/1/275.0 14/143.9 -/-/-/-/-/-

No. / Av. -/2/92.5 -/23/219.9 -/-/-/-/11/213.5 -/1/180.0 1/348.0 -/-/-/-/13/97.0 8/187.6 9/299.8 -/-/-/-/-/1/95.0 8/167.1 -/-/-/-/1/180.0 10/192.2 5/267.0 -/-/-/-/22/191.5 -/-/-/-/-/5/207.4 1/185.0 -/1/210.0 -/48/137.3 1/285.0 4/148.3 7/222.0 1/125.0 -/-/-/-/2/267.5 11/112.4 -/-/-/-/-/-

No. / Av. -/25/152.3 -/101/223.8 11/261.8 -/2/360.0 10/249.5 53/211.9 -/15/265.1 -/-/-/-/-/33/127.0 70/189.6 24/209.8 4/185.0 -/-/9/153.9 -/1/230.0 56/201.4 -/5/185.0 -/-/2/270.0 50/223.4 10/297.5 -/-/-/-/74/194.7 -/-/-/-/-/4/170.5 14/303.4 -/2/63.0 -/119/215.2 -/27/186.0 12/265.2 7/270.7 -/-/-/-/13/253.5 31/149.1 -/-/-/-/-/-

-/15/135.7 -/84/180.1 10/272.3 -/1/195.0 5/225.0 27/184.8 -/13/217.1 1/214.0 -/-/-/-/19/119.7 78/124.6 29/208.1 5/164.0 -/-/4/98.8 -/1/355.0 56/161.0 -/6/184.2 -/-/2/152.5 33/189.5 5/237.0 -/-/-/-/62/161.2 -/-/-/-/-/6/120.8 13/260.3 -/1/240.0 -/119/138.1 -/31/183.9 10/214.0 3/113.3 -/-/-/-/5/233.0 26/87.1 -/-/-/-/1/178.0

Source: IAAS/ScotEID 24/548.33 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/20/467.00 -/-

p82 89 Dec30.indd 5

2/650.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/18/579.44 4/450.00



No. / Av.

1/140.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/1/400.00 -/-


2/95.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/3/28.33 -/-/-

1/270.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

2/165.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/6/46.33 -/-/-

-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/4/42.25 -/-/-

Market day(s) w/e December 20

Bryncir Cardigan Carmarthen Dolgellau Gaerwen Haverfordwest Knighton Monmouthshire Newcastle Emlyn Ruthin Welshpool Whitland

6-12 month steers

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

12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers

18+ month heifers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

-/-/5/632.0 2/885.0 -/-/1/880.0 11/679.1 -/1/1055.0 -/3/628.3

-/-/2/857.5 22/847.0 -/-/24/1071.0 16/866.6 -/2/940.0 -/1/560.0

-/-/11/759.5 28/918.5 -/-/15/1066.3 25/1076.0 -/17/1082.9 -/1/650.0

-/2/412.5 -/3/588.0 -/-/1/830.0 14/592.6 -/-/-/2/510.0

-/-/9/635.6 3/771.7 -/-/33/943.1 7/652.9 -/-/-/2/490.0

-/-/14/653.2 26/896.9 -/-/29/919.1 34/906.5 -/11/952.3 -/-/-

STORES (NATIVE-SIRED) 6-12 month steers

Bryncir Cardigan Carmarthen Dolgellau Gaerwen Haverfordwest Knighton Monmouthshire Newcastle Emlyn Ruthin Welshpool Whitland

12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

-/2/450.0 5/541.0 -/-/2/660.0 -/13/667.7 -/-/-/-/-

-/-/9/601.1 8/669.8 -/1/660.0 -/11/788.6 -/-/-/6/660.0

-/1/580.0 6/937.5 9/720.7 -/-/1/1100.0 12/1067.1 -/5/1007.0 -/5/750.0

-/3/360.0 3/450.0 -/-/-/-/7/436.9 -/-/-/3/395.0

-/-/7/444.3 9/609.8 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/5/519.0

-/-/14/805.7 18/608.7 -/-/-/16/784.4 -/1/825.0 -/5/727.0


Bryncir Cardigan Carmarthen Dolgellau Gaerwen Haverfordwest Knighton Monmouthshire Newcastle Emlyn Ruthin 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.

-/2/225.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

-/-/4/460.0 -/-/1/200.0 -/3/378.3 -/-/-/16/561.3

-/-/6/449.2 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/19/492.4

-/-/226/41.5 -/-/5/26.6 -/30/63.6 -/-/-/-/-

-/-/66/216.3 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

-/3/76.7 50/174.3 -/-/-/-/3/206.7 -/1/200.0 -/-/-

-/-/129/168.8 -/-/9/150.1 -/12/173.8 -/-/-/-/-

LIVESTOCK AVERAGES Primestock throughput, price and price change (p/kg) for week ending December 21 (latest data).

Native heifers

-/1/125.0 119/135.0 -/-/3/69.7 -/7/161.6 -/5/137.4 -/1/245.0






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

954 450 875 2,279 74,883 280 172 233 29 982 498

179.34 185.58 202.62 189.51 172.21 121.50 123.99 129.65 89.17 87.26 113.56

-0.26 1.21 3.17 0.29 6.31 2.20 2.66 9.30 -15.34 0.13 3.79

BREXIT gave a big boost to lamb prices this year as UK exports became more competitive on an international market. Following the vote to leave the EU, prime lamb prices were consistently ahead of 2015 prices and there were rises during July, when prices traditionally fall. Lower slaughter volumes also supported prices. At the time of FG going to press on December 22,





prices stood at 172.27p/kg. Cull

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

971 591 1,099 2,661 86,386 714 1,179 870

179.24 188.09 202.05 190.63 172.27 123.45 87.26 114.49

-0.09 1.67 1.93 0.24 7.13 3.89 0.41 3.35

ewes were £60.18/head.


The weaker exchange rate also helped to boost cattle prices as Irish beef imports became more expensive. Wheat prices saw spikes during April and May and then rose again at the end of June. Wheat was trading at £133/tonne for November 17.

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PLEASE NOTE: Due to Christmas publishing deadlines, store sheep averages are quoted for the period December 14-20.

DEADWEIGHT CATTLE Deadweight prices for the week ending December 17 (latest data).

STORE LAMBS w/e December 20

Ashford Bakewell Barnard Castle Bentham Blackmoor Gate Bridgnorth Brockholes Broughton In Furness Carlisle Chelford Cirencester Clitheroe Cockermouth Colchester Cutcombe Wheedon Cross Darlington Derby Exeter Frome Gisburn Hailsham Hallworthy Hatherleigh Hawes Hereford Hexham Holmfirth Holsworthy Hull Kendal Kington Kirkby Stephen Lancaster Lazonby Leek



Tu Mo Fr

Mo Mo Th Tu Fr

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



669 1623 383 -

50.3 57.3 42.7 -

169 42 421 142 8 -

54.6 57.2 56.2 39.3 23.7 -

441 1247 57 152 408 301 8 3986 1938 32 204 1440 -

60.0 60.1 42.5 38.6 49.2 51.7 35.0 54.6 61.0 38.6 54.1 45.3 -



Brecon Bryncir Cardigan Carmarthen Dolgellau Gaerwen Knighton Llandeilo Llanybydder Monmouthshire Newcastle Emlyn Ruthin St Asaph Talybont-On-Usk Welshpool Whitland

PIGS Prices in p/kg. Chelford Selby Thirsk York

Fr Mo Fr

We\Mo Th Th Mo


160 13 2 16 250

55.9 32.2 62.0 51.5 55.5

8 114 50 68 317 108 2205 127 331 1636 63 110 114 109 88 118 651 -

46.6 50.6 43.6 55.4 57.0 45.5 57.0 41.4 45.9 51.4 49.2 49.2 55.7 49.9 39.6 55.3 57.8 -

Th Th

We Tu

Tu We We Fr

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





1701 66 625 202 1102 34 792 -

30.6 22.8 54.3 40.0 44.7 57.7 49.4 -


Source: IAAS/ScotEID


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



Tu We Fr

Market day w/e: Dec 21

Pigs total

Porkers average

Th\Mo\Tu We Th Mo

106 185 37 307

87.08 131.64 125.36 137.74


-U R O+ -O Average Number

Northern 3 4L

Central 3

359.7 357.5 352.0 311.5 350.7 4323

365.6 359.5 338.3 305.6 344.0 3855

360.2 365.7 353.9 314.9

4L 361.7 360.9 337.5 310.4

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

364.8 359.9 341.9 312.2 342.0 2324

372.3 370.5 358.3 322.9 366.2 3884

362.3 358.6 344.2 307.7

371.0 370.9 363.7 323.7


-U R O+ -O Average Number

Northern 3 4L

Central 3

362.8 355.2 351.7 315.5 350.9 2410

374.4 363.2 343.0 304.8 347.4 2410

365.8 358.1 356.0 315.7


Central 3

-U R O+ -O Average Number

354.3 339.4 319.6 295.9 311.0 574

342.0 333.7 311.1 291.4 301.7 414

341.3 330.9 308.8 296.9

4L 369.2 363.4 340.7 308.4

4L 321.0 330.5 321.6 307.4

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

363.9 356.1 338.6 294.0 339.6 1574

375.0 369.1 358.4 308.0 367.6 2797

367.4 360.4 347.6 309.5

375.9 370.6 363.8 321.2

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

351.0 345.4 317.7 310.0 314.8 261

359.0 358.7 325.1 300.8 328.7 373

337.5 332.5 288.3

354.9 359.0 349.0

DEADWEIGHT SHEEP Deadweight prices for the week ending December 17 (latest data). SQQ E U R O P

2 408.8 400.4 387.1 362.4 274.0

(483) (1418) (4578) (1854) (10)

3L 407.2 399.2 386.9 368.8 255.0

Medium E U R O P

2 408.9 400.9 390.7 378.2 270.0

3L (469) 407.1 (1272) 399.2 (3258) 388.1 (686) 375.3 (1) 267.5

(1522) (6608) (17748) (4601) (4)

3H 389.2 387.5 380.3 367.4

(542) (3436) (10861) (2399)

Source: AHDB 4L 370.6 366.5 370.5 370.3

(105) (650) (2257) (416)

4H 341.0 348.9 350.5 351.8

(8) (93) (371) (84)

Average: 383.6 (60,437)



241 543 -

55.4 49.9 -

66 6771 1575

22.9 46.3 56.4

Source: AHDB/LAA

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Leyburn Liskeard Longtown Louth Ludlow Malton Market Drayton Market Harborough Melton Mowbray MiddletonIn-Teesdale Newark Newton Abbot Northallerton Oswestry Otley Penrith Ross-On-Wye Rugby Ruswarp Salisbury Sedgemoor Selby Shrewsbury Skipton South Molton Stratford Tavistock Thame Thirsk Thrapston Truro Ulverston Wigton Winslow Worcester York


Source: AHDB

Cutters average

Baconers average

Cull sows total

Cull sows average

96.81 111.98 114.00 139.62

120.11 112.04 121.76 138.65

5 3 83 16

38.60 50.00 57.58 54.50

3H (1510) 389.1 (6434) 387.5 (15327) 382.4 (2896) 375.5 (2)

4L (540) 370.4 (3359) 366.6 (9565) 371.4 (1461) 374.3

(104) (644) (2091) (299)

4H 341.0 349.2 351.2 354.5

(8) (92) (345) (73)

Average: 386.78 (50,668) Deadweight sheep prices are collected from a sample of GB abattoirs. The sample accounts for about a third of deadweight sales; prices quoted p/kg are averages for all qualities 12-21.5kg.

DEADWEIGHT PIGS Deadweight prices for the week ending December 17.

Source: AHDB

STANDARD PIG PRICE (SPP) Great Britain (94,573 pigs, av. weight 82.22) Dec 11-17 compared to Dec 4-10

ALL PIG PRICE (APP) Great Britain (91,635 pigs, av. weight 81.90) Dec 4-10 compared to Nov 27 - Dec 3

EU spec up to 59.9kg 60.0 - 69.9kg 70.0 - 79.9kg 80.0 - 89.9kg 90.0 - 99.9kg over 100kg

Price Change 142.77 4.21 152.16 -0.14 152.88 0.02 152.51 0.16 151.28 -0.08 126.12 2.22

EU spec up to 59.9kg 60.0 - 69.9kg 70.0 - 79.9kg 80.0 - 89.9kg 90.0 - 99.9kg over 100kg

151.82 149.09

APP (EU Spec) APP (UK Spec)

SPP (EU Spec) SPP (UK Spec)

Number 596 6,020 30,417 40,862 14,779 1,899

0.16 0.16

Number 1,107 7,007 28,488 38,667 14,707 1,659

Price Change 151.88 0.18 156.71 0.10 155.73 0.15 154.61 0.27 153.30 1.01 131.87 0.23 154.46 151.70

0.42 0.42

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220 2015




190 180 170

350 340 330






































200 P per kg dw 2016





524 2016









P per kg dw

190 170

428 396 364





APP/SPP reported from Apr 1, 2014




150 p/kg dw (EU spec)


105 90 75




























P per kg liveweight


P per kg
















310 Mar

140 Feb







340 330












P per kg liveweight



P per kg dw

P per kg liveweight




Dairy-sired (2016)

Dairy-sired (2015)

Beef-sired (2016)

Beef-sired (2015)


SPP (2016) APP (2016)

SPP (2015) APP (2015)

140 130 120 110


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MARKET PRICES UK DELIVERED PRICES – SUMMARY Thursday, December 15, 2016 – latest data (£ per tonne) Delivery East Anglia / London (BW)


North-West grains/ Liverpool OSR

Avonmouth feed /South bread


Central Scotland

Dec-16 Jan-17 Feb-17 May-17 Dec-16 Jan-17 Feb-17 May-17 Dec-16 Jan-17 Feb-17 May-17 Dec-16 Jan-17 Feb-17 May-17 Dec-16 Jan-17 Feb-17 May-17 Dec-16 Jan-17

Source: AHDB

Bread Wheat Price Change 146.00 -0.50 146.50 -1.00 154.50 -1.00 155.00 -1.50 146.50 +1.00 147.00 n/c 151.50 n/c 152.50 n/c -

Feed Wheat Price Change 136.50 -1.00 137.00 -0.50 138.00 -0.50 141.00 unch 138.50 unch 138.00 -0.50 139.00 -0.50 142.00 -0.50 145.50 unch 145.50 -0.50 -

Feed Barley Price Change -

Oilseed Rape Price 357.00 357.50 359.50 359.50 360.00 362.00 355.50 356.00 358.00 -

Change n/c +1.50 +2.00 n/c +1.50 +2.00 n/c +1.50 +2.00 -


Prices in euros. Averages for week ending December 11, 2016 – latest data. N. Ireland: Steers R3 euro/kg/dw 4.21 (0.61) Ireland: Steers R3 euro/kg/dw 3.61 (0.30) France: (ex Rungis) lamb: R 16-22kg euro/kg/ dw; imported 5.10 domestic 7.00 Source: AHDB

SLAUGHTERINGS Estimates for Great Britain (per thousand head), week ending December 18 – latest data. Pigs* Sheep Steers Heifers Young bulls

%change (2015) -1.54 -10.43 -2.25 +0.55 -15.88

2016 196.82 301.40 17.11 13.09 2.97

*week ending December 11. Source: AHDB

WEANER PRICES Week ending December 17 – latest data.

UK DELIVERED RAPESEED PRICES Thursday, December 15, 2016 – latest data (£ per tonne) Oilseed Rape East Anglia / London Scottish Ports Erith Liverpool Hull / Selby

Jan-17 357.00 359.50 359.50 355.50

Source: AHDB

Feb-17 357.50 360.00 360.00 356.00

May-17 359.50 362.00 362.00 358.00

Hvst-17 327.00 329.50 329.50 325.50

Nov-17 335.50 338.00 338.00 334.00

Figures drawn from eight GB pig producer marketing groups. Prices quoted in £/head. Dec 10 Dec 17 56.54 55.34 38.46 39.13

30kg Weighted Average 7kg Weighted Average

Source: AHDB

RETAIL AVERAGES Week beginning December 19 (prices in p/kg).


Latest data.

Friday, December 16, 2016 – latest data (£ per tonne) LIFFE

Price £/tonne

Change on last £/tonne

Jan-17 Mar-17 May-17 Jul-17 Nov-17 Jan-18 Mar-18

135.40 136.45 137.90 138.80 131.95 133.55 135.00

+0.50 -0.25 +0.40 +0.35 +0.45 +0.35 +0.25


price €/tonne

Change on last €/tonne


Mar-17 May-17 Sep-17 Dec-17 Mar-18 May-18 Sep-18

167.75 170.00 171.25 174.25 176.00 177.00 177.75

+2.25 +1.75 +2.25 +1.50 +1.25 +0.50 -1.50

+1.89 +1.47 +1.89 +1.26 +1.05 +0.42 -1.26

CORN RETURNS EX-FARM PRICES Thursday, December 15, 2016 Latest data (£ per tonne) South East South West Midlands Eastern North East North West England & Wales South Scotland Central Scotland North Scotland Scotland Great Britain Northern Ireland United Kingdom Change on last week (£/t)

Source: AHDB

WHEAT Milling Bread


Feed & Other

BARLEY Malting Premium


Feed & Other

135.00 139.80 135.60 137.80 137.80 137.80 -5.10

134.80 139.10 134.60 142.80 136.80 136.80 136.80 +0.40

127.60 133.40 133.80 135.40 139.60 136.20 135.20 135.20 136.10 136.10 +1.30

134.40 139.30 137.40 137.40 137.40 +1.60


114.90 118.80 113.30 120.50 116.60 118.20 116.80 116.80 +0.20

OATS Milling


126.40 126.40 126.40 +0.30


HAY AND STRAW CHELFORD: 41 loads – hay, good quality, small bales to £138/tonne, good quality, big bales to £102/t, second quality to £80/t; straw, barley, big bales to £78/t; straw, wheat and oat, big bales to £63/t; haylage, horse quality to £62/t, cattle quality to £38/t; fodder beet, single load to £24/t. CARLISLE: Hay, round bales to £23/bale; straw, barley, round bales to £23/bale; straw, wheat, mini hestons to £88/t.

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BEEF Topside Sirloin Rump Steak Fillet Steak Diced Stewing Steak Braising Steak Premium Mince Standard Mince

931 2148 1528 3530 912 989 718 559

931 2148 1480 3530 912 989 718 559

LAMB Whole Leg Fillet End Leg Shoulder (Bone-in) Shoulder (Boneless) Lamb Steaks Loin Chops Double Loin Chops Cutlet Chops Diced Lamb Minced Lamb

975 994 783 1057 1568 1462 1499 1348 1217 950

975 994 769 1057 1564 1462 1499 1348 1217 950

646 727 561 871 766 683 606 541 525

646 727 558 914 766 683 606 541 525

PORK Leg (Boneless) Fillet End Leg Shoulder (Boneless) Fillet of Pork Loin Steaks Loin Chops Diced Pork Minced Pork Sausages Pork (traditional)

Source: AHDB

FIELD PEAS/BEANS Wednesday, December 14 – latest data.

Dec Jan Feb

Micronizing peas

Feed peas

Feed beans

£190.92 £191.92 £192.92

£133.17 £134.17 £135.17

£143.67 £144.67 £145.67

All prices £/tonne ex-farm. * New crop

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Last updated December 22.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to Christmas publishing deadlines, dairy cattle prices are quoted for the period December 14-20.



Last updated December 21.

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

DEC 138.5 136.5 145.5 -

JAN 138.00 137.00 139.00 145.50 136.00 -

FEB 139.00 138.00 140.00 -

MAY 142.00 141.00 -

NOV 133.50 132.50 -

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


JAN 154.50 146.00 146.50 151.50

FEB 155.00 146.50 147.00 152.50



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


JAN 146.00 -

FEB 147.00 -



Commodity Hi Pro Soya Soya Hulls Citrus Maize distillers Maize gluten Non-GM Cert ID Hi Pro Sugar beet pellets Whole maize Palm kernel expellers Rapeseed meal EU wheat distillers Organic Organic maize Organic wheat Organic peas Organic soya expellers

Maincrop GB spot price. Week ending December 16 – latest data.

Main 260 225 250-300 250 365-450

High 300 290 310 300 -

Trend Y Z X X Y

Scotland Maris Piper Maris Peer King Edward Whites

Low 180 180

Main 200-210 340-350 200-230

High 250

Trend Z Y Y

Low 250 180 180 140

Main 265 230 230 160

High 290 290 270 180

Trend Y X X Z

Dec 2 £196.06 £227.38

Dec 9 £201.83 £233.19

Dec 16 £197.57 £228.36

Trend Z Z




Trade Comment: Quiet trade this week. Week ending December 25, 2016 – latest data.

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

Pickup baled hay and straw Seed Meadow Barley hay hay straw

Good 55 58 50 54 40 50 50 50 53 50 55

Good 100 90 100 110 120 90 100 -

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Good 80 80 80 85 90 75 -

Wheat straw

Big sq. baled straw Barley Wheat straw straw

Good Good Good Good 60 60 45 42 44 40 65 43 40 47 42 75 60 45 40 42 40 60 55 42 40 50 44 55 50 65 55 45 40 46 41 Source: British Hay and Straw Merchants’ Association

May-Oct17 325.00 137.00 187.00 163.00

P.O.A 159.00 176.00 130 178.00 205.00

P.O.A 161.00 179.00 128.00 180.00 203.00

P.O.A 165.00 185.00 123.00 184 180 203.00

265.00 276.00 398.00 585.00

265.00 276.00 398.00 585.00


Source: AHDB

Companies Muller Direct Milk - M&S (Profile) 2 Muller Milk Group - M&S Muller Direct Milk - Sainsbury (Profile) 2 Muller Milk Group - Sainsbury Muller Milk Group - Tesco Muller Milk Group - Co-operative Muller Direct Milk - Liquid (Profile) UK Arla Farmers Liquid 3 Parkham Farms Wyke Farms Barber A.J & R.G Lactalis - Caledonian Cheese (Profile) South Caernarfon Creameries Glanbia - Llangefni UK Arla Farmers Manufacturing 3 First Milk - Haverfordwest (A&B Comp) 1 First Milk - Scottish Mainland (A&B Bal) 1 First Milk - Midlands & East Wales (A&B Bal) 1

PACKING Low 210 180 230 210 -

Feb-Apr17 320.00 138.00 193.00 173.00

November 2016

Source: AHDB

England Estima Maris Piper Whites Desiree Charlotte

Source: Straights Direct Jan17 319.00 139.00 193.00 171.00



Big bale hay


Key: All prices in pounds Sterling. Currency, £/$1.2433, £/€1.1921. Guide prices indicated include delivery charge of £6/tonne. = After safe arrival; = Imported; = Jan only; = May-July; = Aug-Oct

NOTES: 1. Feed Wheat. Any variety meeting <15% H2O, 72kg/hl, 2% Admix 2. Full Specification Bread Wheat, nabim group 1 variety, meeting >250 Hag, 13% Protein, 76kg/hl. 3. Full Specification Biscuit Wheat, nabim group 3 variety, meeting >180 Hagberg, >10.7% Protein, >74kg/hl. Source: AHDB

GB weekly average price, 2016 Crop GB weekly free-buy price, 2016 Crop



Thursday, December 15, 2016 – latest data.

General Ware/Frying Agria (frying) Maris Piper (frying) Sagitta (frying) Wilja (ware)



Monthly price 30.82 30.15 29.03 29.30 28.65 25.56 20.67 19.10 28.91 23.40 22.06 21.33 19.94 19.95 19.42 19.76 17.91 17.16

Annual average 31.07 30.03 29.28 29.21 28.57 25.47 20.92 18.73 28.18 22.19 21.82 21.05 19.72 19.71 19.03 19.60 17.88 17.14

Milk prices listed above will vary according to the amount of milk required by each retailer; additional milk will be paid for at standard liquid milk contract price; the milk price above assumes that all litres produced are sold into the dedicated milk pools. 2 Included is a 0.50ppl bonus which farmers get when they signed up with the Promar costings survey. 3 These contracts will receive a 13th payment, the forecast for this is currently 0.78ppl from March 30, 2015. 4 Price shown is a combination of both A&B prices. Prices are inclusive of retailer price supplements where applicable. 1

DAIRY CATTLE PRICES GREAT BRITAIN Beeston Castle Carlisle Cirencester Cockermouth Exeter Gisburn Holsworthy Leek Market Drayton Norton and Brooksbank Sedgemoor Shrewsbury Skipton Ayr Lanark Stirling (ua)


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

Last updated December 20 (latest data). Source: AHDB/LAA/IAAS



Newly-calved Newly-calved heifers cows

Newly-calved Newly-calved heifers cows

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

-/8/1105.1 -/-/48/1021.5 7/1534.3 21/1142.7 19/1238.9 17/1344.1 -/19/1180.0 11/1335.5 -/11/1099.10 -/-/-

-/-/-/-/17/868.7 1/1200.0 -/4/1042.5 1/1280.0 -/-/1/350.0 -/-/-/-/-

-/-/-/-/69/796.7 1/1240.0 1/1020.0 1/1160.0 4/1250.0 -/2/850.0 -/-/-/-/-/-

-/35/1688.7 -/-/33/1226.4 48/1526.9 3/1223.3 50/1439.6 18/1655.0 -/56/1320.0 13/1513.8 -/5/1240.00 -/-/-

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There is increasing a herd, then there is the Mayura Station, where a 7,000-head Wagyu herd is on its way to being doubled. James Wagstaff finds out why customers are paying a premium.

Wagyu beef sells for more than £788/kg


his is not your run-of-themill beef farm. Spread over 3,000 hectares (7,413 acres) near Millicent, on the South Australian Limestone Coast, Mayura Station is a multifaceted operation which not only breeds, feeds and markets its award-winning Wagyu beef, but serves it up at its on-farm restaurant. In fewer than 20 years, the de Bruin family has turned a conversation about the benefits of eating Wagyu beef into a multi-million-dollar vertically integrated farming operation. Such is the demand for Mayura product, diners in some of the nation’s top restaurants pay more than AU$1,000/kg (£788/kg) for it, and the farm is in the third year of a five-year expansion plan which will lead to production being doubled. The farm is home to 7,000 fullblood Wagyu cattle, producing more than 100 steers and heifers monthly to produce 30 tonnes of retail beef. While most is exported to the lucrative Asian market, with Hong Kong, China and Singapore the major destinations, Mayura also graces the menus of some of Australia’s best restaurants, including Koko’s and Philippe Mouchel, Melbourne. Scott de Bruin says while Wagyu Scott de Bruin of Mayura Wagyu, near Millicent, on South Australia’s Limestone Coast.

cattle were only introduced to the property in the 1990s, the station itself was steeped in history. It was selected in 1845 as one of South Australia’s first pastoral leases, with surveyors seeing the potential of the region which has since been ranked number one in the country for primary production and is home to a number of agricultural pursuits, such as forestry, viticulture, dairy, grazing and fishing.

Forestry Like many original large holdings, Mayura was carved up and sold off over the years. After Scott’s parents married in the early 1970s, they bought a small slice of the former station, on which they grew treelings for forestry. Scott’s father Adrian founded Auspine, which had more than 40,000ha (99,000 acres) of tree plantations by the time it was sold to Tasmanian forestry giant Gunns in 2007. Over time, the family bought more neighbouring land and, in the mid1980s, secured the original Mayura homestead block, adding more land along the way. Involvement with Wagyu cattle began in the 1990s, when Adrian’s work took him overseas.

Scott says: “Each time my father would travel to Japan, he would try Wagyu and would come back and say ‘the meat is just amazing’.” Jack and Pip Rasenberg, managers on the de Bruin property at the time, added their input, having worked with Japanese-owned feedlots. Scott says: “They always used to say if we ever got the opportunity we should try and get some Wagyu genetics into our operations. “They heard of some Wagyu cattle leaving Japan and told Dad, who jumped at the chance.” Via the US, 25 females arrived from Japan in January 1998, in one of the first shipments of full-blood Wagyu cattle to Australia. Along with four bulls bought in 1999, these formed the foundation of Mayura, which is now the nation’s largest privately owned full-blood Wagyu herd.

Artifical insemination The family runs 2,600 full-blood Wagyu breeding cows, mostly joined by artificial insemination, with 150 bulls on-hand for backup. Each year, about 90 per cent of cows get AI’d. The remaining 10 per cent, which might have calved late, do not fall back into the synchronisation program and are naturally mated. Scott says: “We get about 65-70 per cent conception on the AI, depending on the year, then mop up with bulls.” While the family sources some

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Farm facts Spread across 3,000 hectares (7,413 acres) near Millicent, on the South Australian Limestone Coast 7,000 full-blood Wagyu cattle State-of-the-art finishing unit Produces 30 tonnes of retail beef a month Future plans to double production 17 members are employed

outside genetics, they breed most bulls on-farm. He says: “Our 2005 bull, Mayura Itoshigenmi Jnr, an industry leader for almost every trait, including marbling and eye muscle area, was still by far outperforming any genetics we are able to buy.” At the Australian Wagyu Association’s annual conference in May, a package of 10 semen straws from Itoshigenami Jnr sold for AU$30,500 (£24,045), or AU$3,050 (£2,404) a straw. To ensure consistent supply allyear-round, there are two calvings running from the end of February to June and from late August to early December. When they are born, calves receive electronic eartags, which record birth date, sex, birthweight and mother. They are weighed every two months, with information assessed against performance at slaughter. Scott says: “This means we can see which joinings work well, which sires and cows perform well and which perform badly and need to be culled.”

Range-feeding Calves are yard-weaned at six months old and enter what Scott calls as a 300-day background ‘range-feeding’ programme, introduced in 2009. He says: “Full-blood Wagyus are not fantastic paddock performers. If

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The cows’ diet is meticulously managed. Inset: Mayura Wagyu beef, for which some consumers pay more than AU$1,000/kg (£788/kg) in the nation’s top restaurants.

This year will probably be one of those years where it might have been cheaper just to buy grain SCOTT DE BRUIN

you left them out in the paddock, their weight gains would be very low, so I developed a programme where we are actually supplementary feeding these cattle out in the paddock. “They get 6-8kg/head of feed delivered to them every day, which is mainly a silage-based ration with some grains. We do this from six months through to between 16-18 months, depending on cattle. “They do a lot better through this production system and weaning cows from calves early gives us extra capacity to be able to run more breeding cattle.”

Programme Mayura runs a continual pasture improvement programme, sowing 150-250ha (370-618 acres) of new pasture a year. Paddocks are split into cells of about 10-15ha (25-37 acres) which each host about 70 cattle. Half the cells are empty at any one time, allowing pastures (mostly rye-grass with sub clover) and ground to recover. The property, which boasts soils ranging from deep heavy peat and rendzinas to heavy loams and black clay over a limestone base, receives an average of 720mm of rain a year. Having been caught out by high grain prices in the past, the farm has an annual cropping programme of 1,200ha (2,965 acres) of wheat,

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broadbeans, oats, maize and rye-grass and clover silage. Everything, apart from broadbeans, which are sold as a cash crop, go into their feeding programme, resulting in the business being about 70 per cent self-sufficient. Scott says: “Some years, cost of production on grains is not a lot cheaper than what it would be to buy the feed, whereas other years, you are substantially in front. “However, we can grow silage and hay economically. This year will probably be one of those years where it might have been cheaper just to buy grain.” After about 300 days on feed in the paddock, the best performing cattle enter Mayura’s state-of-the-art undercover finishing barn, complete with sawdust floors and a fully automated feed delivery system, built in 2006. The barn is licensed to hold 500 cattle, but Scott hopes to increase overall capacity to about 2,000-head as part of expansion plans. In the barn, cattle are sorted into pens according to their age and weight and fed about 8.2kg of dry matter a day for another 300 days. There are three wheat-based rations containing corn, meal, bran and other by-products, including chocolate. Scott says: “The first ration is very much about growing cattle, focusing

on the frame and muscle. The next is about marbling, then the last ration is about flavour.” Chocolate was introduced to rations after Scott could not readily access one ingredient designed to increase marbling in the beef.

Backlash When he switched back to the ingredient, there was an almost immediate backlash from consumers. He says: “Within six weeks, customers in Singapore and Hong Kong were on the phone asking what we had done to our product as it no longer tasted the same. “People’s palates were refined enough to notice the difference, which was wonderful feedback for us.” Cattle are slaughtered in a monthly

kill of about 100-head: 70 for the long-fed Mayura brands and 30 for Mayura’s Limestone Ridge brand – a free-range, grain-assisted full-blood Wagyu product. Long-fed cattle produce a 430kg average carcase, with the Limestone Ridge cattle dressing out at about 350kg. The brand comprises three labels: the entry level Gold label (mainly sold in Australia); Platinum (high marble score and sold mainly into Asia); and Signature (the top-end product, which pretty much goes into China and Hong Kong). About 70 per cent of product is exported, with Hong Kong the biggest single market, followed by China, where Mayura beef retails in supermarkets for about AU$670/kg (£528/kg), Singapore, Dubai, the Philippines and Taiwan. The plan is to double Mayura’s output over the next two years, taking production to 60 tonnes of retail beef a month, with a specific focus on meeting the growing Asian demand. Scott says: “It is interesting because if you want to grow your herd, you have to keep your females, so you are greatly reducing what you can turn into market. “We have reached a point now where we have said ‘right, that’s enough breeders we want to run’ and now all those cattle come through the system.” The Mayura system seems to have mastered the art of feeding the world’s growing appetite for quality Wagyu.

Accolades IN 2010, the family opened The Tasting Room, which is essentially a cellar door-style on-farm restaurant aimed at showcasing produce to the public. With seating for about 35 people, the restaurant is booked out most weekends and diners spend an average of AU$150 (£118) to be shown how to prepare, cook and savour the flavours of Mayura Wagyu by head chef Mark Wright. It was named best steak restaurant

at the 2014 South Australian Restaurant and Catering Awards. The family is no stranger to industry accolades, having won numerous Delicious magazine produce awards (including being a state winner this year), the 2004 South Australian Meat Exports Award and gold medals in the Australian Wagyu Association’s branded beef awards in 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. DECEMBER 30 2016 | 91

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BEYOND THE GATE NEPAL Volunteers who have gone above and beyond in their quest to reduce poverty in some of were honoured recently at a ceremony in London. Winning the VSO International Award Judith. Here he recalls the extraordinary experience they shared in their two years in

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n July 2014, my wife Judith and I left our home in Somerset to achieve a lifelong dream. After 40 years in the dairy industry and beginning retirement we had volunteered for a two-year VSO placement to Nepal. Judith, whose career was in education, was placed with the UKAid funded ‘Sisters For Sisters’ programme mentoring young, disadvantaged female school pupils. Here she was part of a team to encourage the vulnerable girls to stay at school and make informed choices rather than leaving early, marrying and succumbing to hard domestic life. The programme worked with 1,600 young pupils in four districts, Judith’s being the Lamjung district. I was based in Kathmandu where I worked as an agricultural and food production adviser to the country’s dairy farmers looking specifically at improving milk quality and quantity. Our aim is to develop existing market chains to benefit the smallholder farmers, we are trying to lift out of poverty and give improved life choices. I was the only non-Nepali working on a programme which was funded by the UK’s Department for International Development and I drew on my background of dairy farming and cheese-making in Dorset. Why advise on milk quality you might ask? Well there are 450,000 milk producing dairy farmers in Nepal, a far cry from the under 10,000 we have here in the UK. Of the countries population of 23

Nothing is easy for the families who farm small isolated pieces of land under the shadow of Makalu.

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Simon and Judith Hill.

million, 80 per cent of the families are subsistence farmers. Among these are about half a million small dairy farmers who sell small quantities of buffalo milk to earn the thing which is hard to come by in this type of economy, cash. Also, most farmers are women

since many men work abroad sending cash back home in the form of remittances. The aims of the project were to increase family incomes, improve the lives of women farmers and reduce the negative environmental impact of milk production.

Natural disaster In this landlocked country which is home to Mount Everest and eight of the world’s highest mountains, farmers battle against an array of challenges such as difficult transport in the mountainous terrain. Frequent natural disasters such as earthquakes, flooding and landslides together with Nepal being one of the poorest counties in southern Asia make producing milk very difficult. Milk purchased in shops has a shelf life of one day, which says it all. All of the dairy industry stakeholders, which included the government, processors, co-operatives and a huge number of farmers, initially asked us to carry out research to find out what would benefit the industry most. The result was they asked us to advise on how to improve milk quality,

which would be a stepping-stone to improving demand. And so I set about writing a system of good manufacturing practise (GMP) to help improve their raw milk quality. This included the training schedules, lesson plans, manuals and materials to enable farmers to follow it independently. All the stakeholders accepted that the adoption of this good manufacturing practice (GMP) for raw milk was the way forward and the final stage of my involvement has been training four senior government officers in all the historical, technical and methodological aspects of the GMP process. This then allows them to train 80 trainers within the supply chains whose job it will be to train a further 7,000 farmers. The big bonus is that 50 per cent of the government officers are women, as are 65 per cent of the trainers and the majority of farmers. Our work was suspended for a short time after the earthquake of 2015. When the 2015 earthquake struck, Judith and I were miles apart from

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the world’s most marginalised communities, was retired dairy farmer Simon Hill and wife Nepal working with the rural community.

a gainst all odds’ Milk purchased in shops has a shelf life of one day, which says it all SIMON HILL each other given our schedules for that day. It took me 24 hours to reunite with her, travelling 50 miles with terrifying aftershocks on roads strewn with crushed lorries and landslides. In spite of the tragic earthquake in April last year which left more than 8,000 people dead and 200,000 people homeless, we decided to stay. We were asked by local government officers, co-ordinating the relief effort, to visit the most stricken areas of Lamjung and feedback vital information to emergency co-ordination teams about where food, shelter and medicine were most urgently needed. Eventually, I relocated to Kathmandu where livestock were badly affected and Judith stayed in Lamjung. I helped assess damaged schools and co-ordinated the building of temporary learning centres to keep children learning when their schools had been reduced to rubble. The whole experience was a stand-out moment throughout our two years.

Ups and downs Despite the events surrounding the earthquakes most of our work was linked with long-term sustainable aid to rural families. Towards the end of our placement we were lucky enough to use our cheese making skills working with producers in Illam district where tea is normally the main source if income. We trained cheesemakers in the skills needed to assess the quality of their cheese and what to do if things went wrong. When you are 10 hours from the market place having an easily transported product like cheese makes sound marketing sense. As you might expect Nepali life, as everywhere, had its ups and downs. The ‘ups’ take care of themselves but during the ‘downs’ - when a volunteer may feel a long way from home, or perhaps has temporarily lost sight

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of what it is all about or maybe the diet is a bit lacking and health is below par, then a whole other group of team members start to play their part. The team at VSO UK prepared Jude and I for our trip to Kathmandu. Through VSO Nepal, that support has continued over the last two years but none of this could have happened without the actions of individual donors back in the UK who have continued to provide the finances. These donors include huge numbers of British families who donate to VSO on a regular basis and part of the reason I wrote a blog throughout our experience was so those donors could read a first-hand account of what their money has achieved. Friends and family have chatted over Skype and literally hundreds of thousands have read our blog posts. From the Ukraine to China and Ireland to Australia, readers just taking the time to log onto the blog, and occasionally post a comment, all have a motivating effect on the volunteer somebody is interested, somebody cares. Volunteering means leaving things behind and suspending life back at home. Another band of the supporting team, such as family members who look after the house and the dog and take on countless thankless tasks, have played their essential role in this tale. The last couple of years have been a huge teamwork exercise with each participant making a valuable contribution. Thanks go to each and every one of you that has played a part in what we have collectively achieved. I would like to finish with a short quote from the late Joe Tasker, a very talented mountaineer and writer from northern England, who wrote ‘the most rewarding of achievements only come from succeeding against the greatest odds’. Together, we have achieved against all odds.” READ THE BLOG Simon Hill has worked in farming and cheese production for 40 years, the last 25 of which were at Denhay Farms. His wife Judith worked for 17 years at Beaminster School in the PE Department, the west Dorset town where they bought up their children. To read more about Simon and Judith’s travels visit http://farmingandfoodnepal.

The Tamang people remain positive when faced with the most difficult of circumstances.

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Every week we follow the ups and downs of farmers around the UK MARIE PREBBLE

Kent Marie Prebble runs a 93ha (230-acre) Ministry of Defence-tenanted farm with her parents, David and Diane, near Dover. Largely permanent pasture in Higher Level Stewardship, the farm is home to 400 breeding Romneys which Marie puts to high index Lleyn rams.


t the time of writing I have been in New Zealand for three weeks. I have sheared about 1,600 sheep in quite a few half days, because, believe it or not, there has been more rain here than at home. Despite the abundance of woolsheds, rain can still stop play as a whole day of sun is needed to dry the full-wool ewes out so the night pen can be loaded, to empty out the sheep in preparation for shearing the next day. I have already learned quite a bit about gear, specifically which combs to use on which type of sheep, and it is good to be improving my shearing with a watchful eye on my more experienced colleagues. Most of the ewes I have sheared so far have been recently weaned, some showing it on their backs more than others, which has some bearing on my tallies as I am still getting my hand in, unlike some of the other shearers who will reliably shear at least 60 every two-hour run, no matter how good the sheep. I have been loaned the classic Kiwi shearing gear bucket to sit on at

‘It is good to be improving my shearing with an eye on my more experienced colleagues’ ‘smoko’ (tea break) and borrowed some grinding plates so I can be pretty self-reliant. The shearing days will be full in the New Year now the weather resembles more what I had imagined it to be. When I get chance I try and find out a bit about the farm, the type of ground and the system the sheep are run on and I am hoping to find time for a few farm tours before I leave.

The farmer is very often only briefly seen at the beginning and the end of a day as the shearing gang provides all the necessary labour of ‘sheepo’ (to fill the pens), woolhandlers and a presser. Unlike at home, the fleeces get graded on a table, with fribs, bellies, pieces, necks and skirted fleece wool ending up separately pressed into wool ‘bales’.

Most sheep are Romneys, or Perendales (a stabilised breed of Cheviot/Romney crosses), although I did shear one shed of Suffolk sheep for a change of scene, whose bare bellies, heads and legs did nothing to compensate for their appalling bad-temper on this occasion. Wishing you all the very best for a successful farming year. Seasons bleatings indeed.

Farmers Weather by Dr Simon Keeling

Does the Pacific hold key to farming weather in 2017? THAT is 2016 done then. As a whole, temperatures in the UK for the year will come in slightly above average. Globally it is a warmer story, with preliminary temperatures about 0.5degC warmer than one would expect. Most of the global warmth was generated earlier in the year by the strong El Nino which released huge amounts of warmth into the atmosphere. That has since weakened as we slipped into a weak La Nina, although heat is still being dissipated around the planet. But what can we expect of the weather in 2017? Analysis of current global sea temperatures reveal three areas to 94 | DECEMBER 30 2016

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focus on; cold water currently in the northern Pacific Ocean, the weak La Nina and the cold pool of water in the Atlantic west of Ireland, which has been in evidence since mid-2014. Comparing these factors with previous events reveals a tendency towards a cooler than average winter. It leans towards cooler weather lasting into early spring before temperatures recover fairly quickly (remember this is not a forecast, just a comparison with previous years). Most longer range models are forecasting near neutral or even weak El Nino conditions to return during the early spring. The nearest comparison years when this took place were 1964,

1968, 1983 and 1995 and of the springs during these years, two had average rainfall, one was wet and another dry, while all had average to warmer than average temperatures. The summers show all as being average to warmer than average for temperature, while rainfall shows a three to one tendency towards drier than average condition. Now, it is a leap of faith to project these past happenings to what might happen in 2017, but the omens so far are looking moderately hopeful. So some good news to end the year on. Keep up-to-date with our twiceweekly forecasts at www.

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NEXT WEEK North Yorkshire Christine Ryder Morayshire Robbie Newlands

‘We are a resilient bunch and are part of a great industry’ Cumbria Will Case farms 300ha (750 acres) in partnership with brother Simon and parents William and Margaret at Ulverston, Cumbria. Land is divided between Plumpton Cottage Farm and Robbs Water Farm, Barrow-inFurness. They farm 1,000 lowland ewes, 90 pedigree Texel ewes, 65 Salers suckler cows, fatten 150 store cattle, 12,000 freerange laying hens and 100 dairy cows milked by robots.


erry Christmas and happy New Year. I hope the festive period has been an enjoyable one for everyone and that Father Christmas brought all the things you asked for. I asked for some booze, some chocolates and our

Basic Payment Scheme. Two out of three is not bad, I suppose. The Christmas period has been especially exciting this year for our family as we took the boys on a festive adventure to Lapland. It was an unforgettable experience for all of us, with husky dogs, reindeer, and, of course, a meeting with Father Christmas and his very impressive beard. Christmas is a time for family and we will not forget this one. I just hope the boys do not want to go back next year. Looking to the future, I recently attended a Texel society meeting about the genomic project we are part of. We are two years into the project and this is only the start of a long journey, but it is an exciting development. The work is seeking to improve the mastitis resistance within the Texel breed and use genomic technology to improve meat yield, and many other traits. I think the society is very forward-looking with this pioneering project, and we are proud to be a part of it. We will have to make the most of

the technology available to us as sheep farmers and I am sure this is a step in the right direction. The New Year is a time for reflection and there has been no shortage of events this year. I do not think anyone could have predicted the Brexit vote or the victory of President-elect Trump. We live in an ever-changing world and it gets harder to predict anything. In 2017, Article 50 will be triggered, and the following trade talks could have a significant impact on agriculture. Farming may be used as a bargaining chip to secure a better deal


The first correct entry received by next Friday will receive £20-worth of M&S vouchers. Send to: Crossword No. 858, Farmers Guardian, Unit 4, Fulwood Business Park, Caxton Road, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9NZ.


1 Posey groans about this cheap, shabby cafe (6,5) 9 Dumplings, good onion now and then and cold chips (skin of potatoes removed) (7) 10 Moving teg away - through this probably (7) 11 Possibly no regret housing a type of dynamo (9) 12 Large cattle farm found in Salvadoran chaparrals (5) 13 Sets of two sweet, juicy fruits, we hear (5) 14 Goat perhaps or woolly rug (9) 16 Very dull like soil during a drought (3,2,4) 18 A prison aroused (5) 20 Caterpillars, for example, some particular variety (5) 22 Talking in a rambling way, hunting burrowing pests (9) 24 Coppola prepared sweetish drink (7) 25 Open country with bit of fine mature foliage (7) 26 Farmyard implement’s detachable blade for cutting bone in bird’s tail (11)



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for the bankers, or the Government might secure a transitional deal with the EU allowing some stability for our agricultural exports – no-one knows. Whatever happens we will play the cards we are dealt. We are a resilient bunch and we are part of a great industry. Tens of thousands of jobs rely on us, with farming contributing billions to the UK economy. The UK food industry is bigger than the automotive and aviation sectors combined, which is a statement which cannot be repeated often enough. Our success is good for Britain, so let us talk ourselves up in 2017.


1 Creeping plant reduced to powder by four youths initially (6,3) 2 Armed guards reorganised sectors (7) 3 Speedy bird (5) 4 Term of endearment, worn out it’s said; source of sweetener (5,4) 5 Disastrously poor cut; rocks visible on the surface (7) 6 Endlessly snowing, one cannot succeed in this situation (2-3) 7 Partly envisage gaping chasm between old and young (3,3) 8 Monty with this familiar spirit would produce group of comedians (6) 14 Renovated queer gaps, round hole maybe where this wouldn’t fit (6,3) 15 Young cat, we’re told, on watch for small gull (9) 16 Buck all upset circled by kind of dung beetle (6) 17 Homeopaths inordinately abandoning the liquid for hair-washing (7) 18 Woodcutter who opened treasure cave regularly waylaid performing ABBA (3,4) 19 Feel remorse for raising sample of winter geraniums (6) 21 Summary of what has been said concerning head cover (5) 23 Ladles out foremost of bad beers (5)

Answers to crossword 856: Across: 6 Rumpelstiltskin, 9 Groove, 10 Outpost, 11 Bengal fire, 13 Tern, 14 Herds, 15 Nanny, 19 Gulf, 20 Fritillary, 21 Dietist, 22 Redact, 23 Golden retriever. Down: 1 Curries, 2 Blue, 3 Stoolie, 4 Glitterati, 5 Bittern, 7 Ploughed field, 8 Shooting lodge, 12 Lady friend, 16 Gum drop, 17 Sixteen, 18 Bracken, 22 Rare. Winner: J. Pickles, Flintshire.



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‘Here I was, drafting cows from calves in a pen of 80 beasts’ Travels: When I left the UK 16 months ago, the plan was to travel New Zealand’s two islands, learning about extensive farming systems they are so well at here. The irony is not lost on me when I now say I work at an intensive sheep milking farm with a Scottish farm manager. I suppose I should have guessed I would not be able to shift my British ways when my first job upon arrival to New Zealand was lambing triplets inside. Definitely not a common occurrence over here. The farmer scanned at 237 per cent that year and wanted to improve survivability in his ewes and lambs, so bought his highest risk girls indoor at lambing time – an idea stemmed from a trip to the UK. Once I had finished lambing, I spent summer as the only worker on a farm with 4,000 ewes and 175 cows. Lessons: We would be weaning, shearing, worming and vaccinating thousands of sheep at once. I was exhausted, but it taught me so much. Next, I headed to the South Island, where I became part of a team of 21, shepherding 45,000 sheep and 3,000 cattle. I arrived just at calf weaning. Before I came to New Zealand, you would not

Sophie Barnes Taupo, New Zealand Sophie, 24, is a first generation sheep farmer from Derbyshire, currently working in Taupo, New Zealand. You can follow her travels on Twitter @SheepishSophie.

Sophie Barnes works at an intensive sheep milking farm in Taupo.

have caught me in a paddock with just three cows in, and here I was, drafting cows from calves in a pen of 80 beasts. I would be lying if I said I was not absolutely petrified, but I was there doing it which is what counts. One evening, I phoned an old boss

from the UK, who was now managing a sheep dairy in New Zealand. I recall him saying ‘well, when you come to work for me…’ It is funny, I hadn’t known until then, but it was meant to be. But, when someone offers you a job as a production manager for 5,000 youngstock on an exciting new venture such as Spring Sheep, you really do not say no, regardless of the fact you want to experience extensive Kiwi systems. So, I packed up my car and drove north for 29 hours and started my job at the dairy.

We are milking 3,200 sheep this year and I was in charge of all of their offspring, which is no small task. Team: It is a different challenge every day, but I work with a great team, and despite it being a very UK-based system, I am learning something new all the time. The plan was to come home in August 2017, but with this job before me, I would be silly to give it up. If things were to change, I would love to get back into the swing of it in the UK again. However, I might just have to stop off at a few farms in Australia, Chile, Canada and the USA first.

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