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By Abi Kay DEFRA Secretary Andrea Leadsom used the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) to announce her intention to slash red tape when the UK leaves the EU, but was later forced to concede her plans could be scrapped as they would be subject to consultation. It is also unclear how a bonfire of regulations, which she said cost the industry £5 million and 300,000 lost

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working hours each year, would affect the UK’s ability to export to the EU market. Mrs Leadsom said she intended to ditch the onerous rules which weighed the industry down, including the ‘three crop rule’ and reducing the amount of farm inspections by streamlining them or replacing them with better use of aerial photography. MORE ON THIS STORY Pages 2-3

Defra Secretary Andrea Leadsom spoke at the Oxford Farming Conference.

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She said: “We are looking at all the issues around resourcing, including the cost of certain scenarios. “Until you know exactly what you need to do, you do not fully cost or start asking for the money. “Once we get into the negotiations, then we will start to form a picture of what we will actually need. We are talking to the Treasury all the time about what this might look like.”

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DEFRA Secretary Andrea Leadsom has refused to rule out calling on the Treasury for additional funding post-Brexit, admitting there may be new costs. During an interview with Farmers Guardian at the Oxford Farming Conference, Mrs Leadsom was pressed on whether her department had carried out an analysis of future expenses arising from additional regulatory responsibilities.




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£120m boost for RDPE MRS Leadsom announced £120 million would be available to farmers and the rural economy through the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Growth Programme. It came as the Rural Payments Agency announced it had paid 78,000 farmers (91 per cent) their Basic Payment Scheme payments in December.

As to whether any new funding would be granted by the Chancellor, Mrs Leadsom said there was ‘always competition for funding across Government’. Work had gone into identifying staffing gaps, though Mrs Leadsom said Defra could attract people with the skills which were needed. She also promised to fully use the range of talents and experience across Defra’s arm’s-length bodies when the UK leaves the EU. But concerns were raised by others during the conference about whether the Government more broadly had the right people to carry

Brexit offers ‘unique chance’ to reform crop protection rules UK policymakers must take a riskbased approach to crop protection product regulation once the UK leaves the EU, Dr Colin Ruscoe, chief executive of the British Crop Production Council, told a conference fringe event. Dr Ruscoe opened the event, hosted by BASF, by telling the audience science had been ‘somewhat lacking’ in the EU when it came to agrochemicals over recent decades, and he said Brexit provided a ‘unique opportunity’ for the UK to do things differently

and tackle the issue of declining self-sufficiency. He added: “The migration of agrochemical businesses to the Far East and especially the Americas is down to the way things have been done in the EU.

Risk “Electricity and even oxygen are hazardous, but it is the dose which makes the poison. The amount of exposure and risk is important to look at when it comes to regulation.”

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NEWS of the EU dominated this year’s Oxford Farming Conference. Abi Kay reports.

y need more resources’ Left to right: SNP spokesman Calum Kerr, Welsh Environment Minister Lesley Griffiths, Northern Ireland Agriculture Minister Michelle Mcllveen, UK Farming Minister George Eustice and panel moderator Charlotte Smith, BBC.

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out complex Brexit negotiations. These fears were exacerbated by the sudden resignation of the UK’s ambassador to the EU, Sir Ivan Rogers, who was expected to play a key role in the talks. Welsh Environment Secretary

Lesley Griffiths said trade deals took years to get right and she was ‘not sure we have the negotiating skills needed to be successful’. Her views were echoed by the Scottish National Party’s agriculture spokesman Calum Kerr.

Export opportunities to be had DEFRA was keen to talk about new export opportunities, but Mrs Leadsom was forced to concede any increase in tariffs would lead to a decline in exports to the EU. Mrs Leadsom said there was still demand for British food and drink in countries where tariffs were in place, but admitted it was ‘probably right’ to say UK exports to the EU would decline if new tariffs were introduced. Mr Kerr said: “About 90 per cent of our beef and lamb exports

go to the EU, so the relationship is critical. World Trade Organisation rules would mean a minimum tariff of 20 per cent and modelling has suggested this will mean a 76 per cent increase in costs. “We need to strike a good deal, otherwise existing markets will disappear, never mind new ones.” Mrs Leadsom told Farmers Guardian Defra was ‘prepared for any scenario on the table’, adding it was in the EU and the UK’s interests to continue to trade freely.

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MRS Leadsom said: “The threecrop rule was quite understandably introduced to deal with the huge tracts of land in the middle of Europe which are just sown with one type of crop, yet in the UK this policy has never been incredibly successful or popular. “We now have the opportunity, following consultation, to implement policies which will make UK food and farming much more productive.” Other burden-busting measures trailed by the Defra Secretary included reducing the amount of paperwork flood-hit farmers needed to support claims for repairs, and scrapping rules requiring farmers and rural businesses to pay for and display billboards to publicise EU grants. But concerns were raised about the drive to cut red tape being undermined by Mrs Leadsom’s other commitment to ‘be the first generation to leave the environment in a better state than we found it’.

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Legislation Mary Creagh, chairman of the committee, said: “Changes from Brexit could put our countryside, farming and wildlife at risk. Protections for Britain’s wildlife and special places guaranteed under European law could end up as ‘zombie legislation’ even with the Great Repeal Bill. “The Government should safeguard protections for Britain’s wildlife and special places in a new Environmental Protection Act.”

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NEWS The Oxford Real Farming Conference ran parallel to the Oxford Farming Conference. Alex Black and Lauren Dean report.

Food policy must switch focus to ‘sustainability’ rSector being let down

by ‘really bad’ distribution POLICYMAKERS need to make the change from a productionist food policy to a more sustainable one. Speaking at the Oxford Real Farming Conference, Graeme Willis, Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, said the world was already producing enough food but the sector was being let down by ‘really bad’ distribution systems. He said these policies were left over from the 1940s. “The problem is policymakers could not foresee this situation. They were faced with a food shortage,” said Mr Willis.

“What we are told is industrialised food will feed the world but local smallholders are not niche in the rest of the world.”

Population growth An audience member asked if a reduction in food production could be used to deter population growth. But Ed Gillespie, of environmental group Futerra, suggested it would not as the areas with expanding populations were already areas affected by food shortages. Mr Willis also said agriculture needed to ‘speak in terms the Treasury would understand’. “Now is the crucial moment in terms of policy change,” he said.

“There is a bit of optimism, the Farming Minister is talking the right language. But I suspect the big challenge will be the Treasury.” Kath Dalmeny, Sustain, called on ‘everyone’ to become campaigners and activists in striving to ‘do things better’. “Back those who are taking this argument to power. “Give your mandate to them so they can show politicians there is a mandate for change,” she said. Mr Willis encouraged farmers to engage with their local MP. “We need to mobilise by talking to the people who are talking to the Government,” he said. “Invite them to your farm, tell them your story.”

Agriculture ‘must get its act together’ on antibiotics THERE is no doubt a huge problem exists surrounding antibiotic use and agriculture ‘must get its act together’ to help curb it. This was the message from Soil Association members at the conference, where delegates heard how farming needed to take urgent action to ‘save antibiotics’. Helen Browning, chief executive of the Soil Association, said farmers needed to focus on the practical aspects of antibiotics and change the way vets were used to achieve more than just a ‘trim’ on usage. Ms Browning said: “Farmers respect vets a lot more than they respect most other people. “Vets are very dependent on prescriptions for their income, so we need to see a shift in the way farmers consider their role – we should pay for their time rather than pay for medication.” Farmers in the audience argued they were encouraged to use more antibiotics by vets, deeming the

Farmers are being urged to focus on the practical aspects of antibiotics. action ‘irresponsible’ and ‘alarming’. Maria Lindberg, of the Swedish Animal Health Service, praised her country’s low levels of antibiotic use at less than 10 per cent and said it helped alter perceptions on what people chose to eat.

She said: “We have learned, and the consumer has learnt, what Swedish meat is. “So when they ask for Swedish meat, they know what they are getting – good animal welfare and a very low antibiotic footprint.”

Campaigners call for neonicotinoid ban to be extended to wheat CAMPAIGN group Friends of the Earth (FOTE) used a debate at the conference to call for the current ban on neonicotinoids to be extended to wheat. Three neonicotinoid pesticides were banned on oilseed rape

crops in December 2013 after scientists concluded they posed a risk to honey bees when used on crops attractive to them. FOTE asked Defra Secretary Andrea Leadsom to support the calls which had been backed by

18 wildlife and environmental groups. The Minister was also urged to ensure farmers were supported to help wildlife, including cutting pesticide use, in a post-Brexit farming policy.

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NEWS Andrew R.T. Davies is Assembly Member for South Wales Central, leader of the Welsh Conservatives, prominent Brexit campaigner and partner in a mixed enterprise in the Vale of Glamorgan. Farmers Guardian spoke to him about life after the EU.

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s a farmer, Andrew R.T. Davies has a good understanding of the needs of agriculture and wants to get the best possible Brexit deal for food and farming. He strongly believes the UK is better off outside the European Union and feels the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) was unwieldy, burdensome and bad for farmers, because it promoted reliance on subsidy. He said: “When you talk to most farmers, what they want is a fair return for the goods they produce, and time and time again you are hitting the wall and not achieving the return from the marketplace. “It cannot be good that businesses have 80-90 per cent of their turnover tied into a subsidy scheme rather than getting more money back from the market.” He also pointed to problems on the horizon for farmers remaining in the EU, such as a diminishing CAP budget; the loss of UK contributions; a lack of opportunities for

young entrants; and a Europe which is increasingly preoccupied with non-agricultural projects. “What I want to see is an economic relationship with Europe which recognises trade is two ways. “We trade with Europe, they trade with us.

Fake barriers “I do not want to see fake barriers when it comes to trading goods and services. I want negotiations to be as pragmatic as possible and allow us maximum access into the European market, but likewise, I want to see Europeans being able to come into our market because trade is good for both parties. “There are also huge opportunities in the Middle East, Asia, and North America.” A passionate advocate for food

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security, Mr Davies said he had no truck with the argument British agriculture benefited from the might of French and German farming unions. “I think it is a lazy attitude to say it is French farmers who protect us or the German farmers, I just do not buy into that. French farmers will look after French farmers; German farmers will look after German farmers. “You will always find people who want to put the industry down, which is why we can never, ever fall back on just taking it for granted people understand the role we as farmers play in being such an important economic driver within the rural economy.” On regulation, Mr Davies believed Brexit offered new opportunities to reduce red tape and said more could be done to harmonise domestic inspections. He said: “The point is only 5 per cent of UK businesses actually export to the EU, but 100 per cent

of businesses have to meet European regulations.” Referring to devolution, having a UK-wide agricultural policy with deviations for devolved regions was something he could support in a post-Brexit world. He said: “The very people who were saying power had to come to Cardiff or Edinburgh did not have any gripe about Europe controlling all this, but now there is an opportunity to have a UK agricultural policy, they say there is a demonic force in London which cannot be trusted.”

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Brexit secrecy hampers Defra’s ability to prepare for future rOne department

ities, there is a risk the civil service will fail either to deliver existing commitments or to plan properly for Brexit and life afterwards.”

By Abi Kay


AN Institute for Government report has found Defra’s ability to prepare for Brexit could be hampered by Ministers’ insistence on keeping their plans under wraps. The Department for Exiting the EU (DEEU) was said to have ‘done a good job’ in establishing itself, but many officials told researchers they were unaware of how the information they were feeding into the department was being used, meaning their specialist knowledge could not be fully exploited. The report said: “Departments have told us they do not have a clear sense of what ‘ready for Article 50’ looks like. Even in their specific policy areas, they do not know which issues need to be decided as part of the negotiating position and which can be dealt with later,

Concerns were also raised about the Great Repeal Bill, which was intended to be a ‘lift and shift’ of EU law into UK legislation, but which could be much more complicated in the environmental sphere because of the need to create new regulatory bodies. Other officials told researchers there was not enough work being done to ‘consider the sunlit uplands of Brexit’ or identify pieces of legislation or regulation which might be usefully ditched after the UK left the EU. “The first commission from DEEU to departments was to identify risks and opportunities presented by Brexit, but while we were told there is some work underway in Whitehall on the opportunities, we found the risks are occupying more time,” the report said.


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A lack of clarity means departments cannot prioritise key issues.

once Article 50 talks are complete. “This lack of clarity about what is needed before talks begin means departments cannot confidently plan and prioritise the key issues, and risk spending valuable time and resources on things that can wait.” Researchers highlighted Defra as one of the departments most affected by Brexit and revealed it had es-

tablished a number of internal workstreams to cover areas of work affected by the EU, but expressed concerns about limited capacity and resource. They said: “The Defra budget is 17 per cent smaller now than it was in 2010, and will be almost 35 per cent smaller by March 2019. If the Government does not clearly set out its prior-

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NFU Scotland (NFUS) has criticised the Scottish Government for gold-plating EU greening rules on management of fallow land in ecological focus areas (EFAs), saying Scottish growers have been put at a competitive disadvantage compared to their English counterparts. In England, farmers have been able to use mechanical methods to control weeds and conduct drainage work during the fallow period for the past two years, but Scottish growers have been prevented from doing so because of Holyrood’s additional rules. The union claimed these measures would have been ‘hugely beneficial’ to Scottish growers due to flooding issues and significant weed problems. NFUS president Allan Bowie said: “The union remains resolutely committed to seeking changes within current greening requirements that address both Scottish Government gold-plating and the simplification agenda in Brussels. “Despite a huge lobbying effort from officeholders, staff and members, securing changes to Scotland’s interpretation of greening rules has been a long, hard slog. “We have written to Fergus Ewing and shown him first hand on farm how removal of gold-plating would benefit Scottish growers.” A recent letter from the European Commission to NFUS confirmed EU scheme rules allowed for the use of mechanical methods to control weeds and conduct drainage work in EFAs. Mr Bowie added: “Europe’s approach to greening is changing and Scotland must come into line.”

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New year but no new Brexit answers from Defra

And finally... Keep an eye on next week’s Farmers Guardian for farmers’ views of what they want for UK agriculture post-Brexit

AMID the scholarly corridors of learning at Oxford University, very few concrete answers were provided about Defra’s Brexit strategy. Defra Secretary Andrea Leadsom and Farming Minister George Eustice presented with aplomb, but the substance was lacking on what the future negotiating strategy looked like for UK farming. Eye-catching promises regarding a bonfire of red tape may have appeased some farmers hankering for less bureaucracy, yet concerns remained about Defra’s position within government and its ability to make the industry’s voice heard. Will the department be able to shape future agricultural policy, or will it merely have to deal with the budgetary hand it is dealt by the Treasury following the triggering of Article 50 in 12 weeks’ time? Then there are the devolved nations and what they are set to gain or possibly lose. As one of the devolved Ministers pointed out, there is no point inviting them to the party if Defra is not going to involve


them in the overall process of discussion and debate. Wider than agriculture the Oxford Farming Conference took place as the UK’s lead EU ambassador, Sir Ivan Rogers, resigned from his post, voicing concerns about the UK’s capacity to handle complex negotiations as it tries to shape its future away from the EU. There is real concern among many in agriculture that the industry could find itself at the bottom of the UK Government priority list when it comes to Brexit. And if that proves to be the case, then being bottom of the list in a brutal set of negotiations could mean agriculture is set for the hardest Brexit of all. This is not to suggest we should all become depressed about the industry’s prospects, but we need answers about what Defra and the Government is planning to deliver. The Oxford Farming Conference provided the perfect platform to provide those reassurances. The fact they were not means farming continues to face a daunting leap in the dark.

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Collective future of UK is at stake THE past six months have seen a ‘phoney war’ with much loose talk about the future trade relationship between the UK and EU, but little sense of reality. The Prime Minister is expected to start the formal process of Brexit in a matter of weeks. As our leaders seek radical changes to our trading position in the world, every sector of the economy needs to consider where its best future lies and plan accordingly. It is the well organised industries with a clear vision which will be effective in influencing Government priorities at this time of change. In setting this vision we must not underestimate how much the way we farm, process and market our food has been shaped by decades of serving an overwhelmingly domestic and European market. 10 | JANUARY 6 2017

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Our agriculture and food sector operates behind high tariff walls within the EU. The way in which we reposition ourselves economically, within or alongside the EU, will define the future of our farming sector. The risks of getting this wrong are great. The most ardent advocates of ‘hard Brexit’ say the UK should remove itself from the EU, without a preferential trade deal agreed, while removing all tariff barriers for food exporters worldwide to sell their goods into the UK market. We must be robust in showing the devastating consequences this would have for our countryside. Equally, I fear those hoping the UK can remain a full member of the single market, but outside the EU, will be disappointed. The political and legal barriers to securing this are too high.

Prime Minister Theresa May is expected to start the formal process of Brexit in a matter of weeks.

The best and most desirable option for the food sector is for the UK and EU to agree a bilateral free trade agreement, securing tariff free access and maintaining the current high level of regulatory and customs convergence. Securing the right deal is going to be tough for any sector, but for food especially. Food trade negotiations are always complex and emotive. It will take great energy to secure

concrete reassurances at every stage, and from all sides, that achieving a good trade deal for the food sector is a priority. Our job is to make the case and show our high standards of production, animal welfare, environmental stewardship, our valuable landscapes, rural communities and cultural identity are all at risk if we do not get this aspect of Brexit right. Our collective future is at stake.

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Health not just about monitoring blood pressure IT was lovely to hear about the new initiative (‘Farmers must speak up about health problems’, FG, November 11) and we wish Field Nurse well. But we would like to point out this is not a new service, as we have just celebrated 12 years at Bakewell Auction Market, Derbyshire, tending to, assessing, treating and, if necessary, pushing forward to other health specialities all of the farming community which accesses us from the store ring. During this time we have treated bad backs, lots of hands and shoulders, dressed and stuck together nasty cuts, syringed ears, dressed ulcers and monitored blood pressure and cholesterol levels. We have cut numerous toe nails and addressed corns and made inserts for boots and wellies. We have identified ringworm and skin cancers and worn out dodgy knees at the point of no return and in need of surgery. Our funding followed an extensive health needs survey of the farming population and a successful trial of the clinic. We were then fully funded by the NHS Trust 11 years ago. Our farmers and their families value us as a drop-in clinic and we have been able to reach a wide range of people by regular displays and health promotion events. Health is not just about monitoring blood pressure, it is about wider issues; the whole person, and we encourage anyone to access us with any concerns. We have been successful because we have not been totally dependent on charity and have not gone away after a couple of years. We urge the farming community of mid-Lancashire to use the new service and support it in a sustainable way. It cannot be stressed how important it is the Field Nurse initiative maintains good data on its activity.

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Brexit will bring farming positivity I AM amazed by the overwhelmingly negative vibes portrayed in FG of late – Brexit is an excellent opportunity for every farming sector, provided it is fully embraced with a positive and enterprising spirit. Of course, I appreciate many in agriculture today are far too young to even remember what it was like pre-Edward Heath, to ever live in a free, sovereign, independent, selfgoverning state. Well, soon we will all have the feeling again, provided we share a full and complete ‘rock hard’ Brexit and shake off every aspect of unelected foreign interference from our industry and country. Each sector will gently adapt to home market principals of low cost New Zealand-style production.

Speaking of New Zealand, the country’s farming was decimated when we joined the former common market, but bounced back to exploit new Asian markets, stood up from the awful ‘kick in the teeth’ we then gave to our genuine kith and kin Commonwealth friends. Europe is a bloated, bureaucratic, bankrupt disaster about to implode on its own corruption. Just plough in the memory like a failed crop, so reseed, realign, reboot and rejoice in the restoration of freedom Brexit will bring. Perhaps we may even get our fishing rights back in due time for our cousins in that industry too. Raynsford Cocks, Andover, Hampshire.

Labour shortage a ‘very real danger’ WALTER Price (Letters, FG, December 16) clearly does not understand the horticulture sector currently relies on 85,000 seasonal workers, set to rise to 90,000 by 2020. This is not an immigration issue, as they are people who come here to work, then return home. Before the EU referendum, labour providers were very concerned and our labour survey supports this, that

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the EU was not providing the labour needs for our crops which are reliant on the human hand. This is why we are asking Government for a large-scale trial of a global seasonal agriculture permit scheme. The exchange rate and a fear of being unwelcome in the UK has exacerbated this serious situation. The NFU is a membership organisation which responds to its members’ needs. The horticulture sector relies on seasonal labour and will shrink to the size of its workforce. At present, we run the very real danger of exporting production abroad, as mechanisation is still some years away. As far as a new domestic agriculture policy goes, we do have the ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity I have mentioned previously. A bespoke policy which befits the UK and its phenomenal ability to produce quality, healthy and safe food, as well as providing an iconic countryside for everyone. The NFU passionately believes in one powerful voice to deliver a clear message on behalf of British agriculture. This is critical to achieving our goal of profitable, competitive, productive farming businesses. Minette Batters, NFU deputy president. JANUARY 6 2017 | 11

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Milk prices will continue to improve in 2017, said James Dunn.

Following a difficult year for dairy farmers, Alex Black asked Promar International’s managing director James Dunn what the future holds for the industry.

‘Entrepreneurs will drive UK farming’


ilk prices were now in ‘full recovery mode’, but farmers needed to develop a more entrepreneurial mindset for the future, James Dunn said. He said milk prices would continue to move up in 2017 ‘without a doubt’, but he questioned whether farmers would be able to up production again. “There is a lag going on, it is finding its way to processors at different rates,” he said. “A challenge will be whether the industry can turn the tap on. Cost cuttings have been going on. It has definitely led to cows being kept out longer. Have they been on sufficient nutrition to maximise yields?”

Mr Dunn said farmers may be under pressure from banks and processors to produce more milk. “It is about cashflows, they are still under pressure. “Banks have expanded overdrafts and increased loans and this is not sustainable either,” he added. “They will want farmers to reduce their overdrafts.”


James Dunn

He also said poor grass silage and the switch to beef semen would be challenges for farmers looking to increase production.

However, he said there may be issues on the horizon if extra litres came at a higher cost to farmers. “Any expansion needs to be done economically as the market is there, but it may soon be over the edge.” He encouraged farmers to take a more entrepreneurial approach going forward.

Collaboration can strengthen dairy industry RESEARCH from Promar has classified farmers into four categories: survivors, doers, managers and entrepreneurs. It found survivors often inherited farms and had a day-to-day focus on the farm with little borrowings, while entrepreneurs were efficient businessmen with strong links to their supply chain, although many farmers fell somewhere in between these categories. Mr Dunn said some survivors 12 | JANUARY 6 2017

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may have plans to exit the industry when prices recovered. “The survivors will get through but they will come out of this and ask ‘should I be cashing up’?”

Improvements He advised farmers to benchmark what they were doing on-farm so they could discover where improvements could be made. “Big data are buzzwords. There has been a lot of talk about data.

But data is not what is important. It is what you do with it.” He also called for farmers to collaborate and share data with neighbouring farms. “We are trying to get like-minded farmers together. It is a mindset thing. The survivor would not want to share data but the entrepreneur would want to learn from it. “We need more openness, not just in terms of sharing data but also in sharing ideas.”

BREXIT’S IMPACT JAMES Dunn also looked ahead to a post-Brexit dairy industry and suggested it may force businesses to become more efficient. He said dairy was probably the agricultural sector at least risk from leaving the European Union as, while the EU market was important for exports, much of the milk produced in the UK was consumed here. However, he said there were questions over what would happen in future downturns without the EU price protection mechanism. “Will our Government make it available to us? I doubt it.”

Subsidies Post-Brexit farming policy was also expected to bring changes to the way farmers received subsidies. In 2014-15, subsidies made up 49 per cent of dairy farm profits and in 2015-16, they made up about 63 per cent. Mr Dunn said the key question was whether a lot of the industry would disappear without the payments. “We will probably see something from Government, which could be a parachute payment,” he said. “Some of it might be good for the industry and promote a need to be more efficient. There is a certain amount of comfort in knowing you will get the payment in December. “The real benefit will be for the younger generation.”

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face more uncertainty By Alex Black POTENTIAL profits in 2017 need to be used to make farmers’ business strategies ‘bulletproof’ to weather any downturn post-Brexit, according to Richard King, head of business research at Andersons Farm Business Consultants. Mr King said: “Estimates suggest farm incomes for the 2016 calendar year will be higher than those seen in 2015. Then we would expect another improvement for 2017. “However, by 2018, the prospects for the industry may be deteriorating.” He said until the middle of the year, profitability in 2016 looked to be ‘little better than 2015’.

Andersons’ Richard King says until the middle of 2016, profitability looked a ‘little better than 2015’.

Following the Leave vote last June and the weakening of sterling, returns improved. Mr King said: “In terms of prices, the currency boost has been seen in many farming sectors – grains, beef, sheep, pigs and, to a certain extent, milk.

“Looking to 2017, the key question is around currency.” Mr King forecasted total income from farming would increase in 2017 by 15 per cent, assuming currency stayed at a similar level. Michael Haverty, senior agricultural economist, said farm businesses needed to be ‘proactive’ in understanding how Brexit might affect them. He said: “Farmers should have an understanding of where their outputs are consumed – domestically, in the EU or further afield.” He added farmers needed to do the same with inputs, but highlighted opportunities, such as land and rental prices falling, emerging markets and opportunities to fulfil domestic demand. For the beef sector, consultant Ben Burton said prospects were ‘back in political hands’. He said: “Unfortunately, the beef

trade is unlikely to feature high up the UK’s political agenda and its importance as a sacrificial pawn when negotiating trade deals should not be underestimated.” Scottish businesses face even more uncertainty as Ben Kellagher, director at Andersons Northern, said it was ‘not unreasonable to anticipate’ Scotland could be an independent country in 20 years.

Parliament He said: “Two decades ago, there was no Scottish Parliament. “The SNP has been largely seen to be pro-farming, but the real test will be in coming years when it has to balance this with education and the NHS.” He speculated an independent Scottish policy could continue a regional-based payment system, focusing support on ‘more remote and less flexible’ areas.

Brexit a catalyst for land buyers AGRICULTURAL land is providing a ‘safe haven for capital in uncertain times’, following the result of the EU referendum. Pygott and Crone land agents said it had seen a new breed of ‘rollover’ land buyers looking to reinvest tax gains into qualifying assets such as farmland.

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Mr Barker said: “There has been a definite shift in activity since the Brexit vote and the impact this has had on the strength of the pound. “Coupled with the NPPF framework identifying more land for housing development, landowners are seeing an opportunity in the market which is too good to miss. “To avoid paying capital gains tax on development land sales, more landowners are reinvesting gains back into land across the Midlands and throughout Lincolnshire, where land is both fertile and affordable. “The opportunity to reinvest into assets has always been there, but never before has there been such an opportune time to make the most of it.”

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POOR quality Chinese wheat has buoyed wheat imports into China, according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Old crop corn stocks have also been affected by fungal toxins and ‘may not be suitable for processing or feed’. USDA staff in China estimated wheat imports would reach four million tonnes in the 2016-17 season. The forecast reflected the damage to wheat from harvest-time rains which has ‘downgraded crop quality and yields across East China’s wheat-growing provinces including, Jiangsu, Hubei and Anhui’.

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Imports would be the third highest figure of the last 20 years, with a little above 6.7 million tonnes in 2004-5 and 2013-14. Official data estimated 8 per cent of the national harvest had been affected by the late rains on ripe crops, up from 5.5 per cent last year.

Damage But industry sources suggested the damage may have been greater than reported with up to 24 per cent of the crop affected in the worst hit regions in the east of China. In Anhui and Jiangsu, state grain procurement elevators have reported a rejection rate of 20 per cent. Reserve corn supplies have been found to contain a high level of mycotoxins which meant they

It is estimated Chinese wheat imports will reach four million tonnes.

were not suitable for use as feed. The bureau raised its forecast for corn consumption to 234mt in 2016-17 but forecasted imports at a six-year low of 1mt. The consumption figure is 8mt more than the USDA’s official forecast and represents a rise of 16.5mt year on year. The bureau said ‘diminishing price competitiveness for imported corn’, because of the removal of

China’s guaranteed price regime for farmers amid a subsidy shakeup, had undermined domestic values. It could also mean China has an opportunity to make extra headway in eroding its own corn stocks. The bureau forecasted inventories at the close of 2016-17 would be 101.8mt, a drop of 15mt year on year.

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escend 30 metres (100ft) below London’s bustling streets and you will catch a glimpse of the city’s forgotten

past. From deep-level air raid shelters to secret bunkers and abandoned tunnels, the capital’s subterranean spots are sometimes just as fascinating as those above ground.

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Enter the lift at 1 Carpenter’s Place, a few minutes’ walk from Clapham Common tube station, and you will be transported to London’s first underground farm.

Premise It might not be everyone’s idea of a ‘farm’ in the traditional sense, but the premise behind it is – feeding a growing population, fulfilling rising


As part of our Farming on the Edge series, Olivia Midgley tours the Growing Underground farm in London’s Clapham.

Co-founder Steven Dring has his sights set on international expansion.

demand and doing so sustainably – is right in the heart of London. Growing Underground is set in tunnels used during World War II as a bomb shelter for London residents. Once a facility designed to accommodate 8,000 Londoners, it now uses a sophisticated lighting and irrigation system to grow a range of crops including pea shoots, several varieties of radish, mustard,

coriander, Red Amaranth, mizuna, celery, parsley and rocket. Since its launch in June 2015, the £1 million, one-hectare (2.4-acre) project, which received £600,000

Growing Underground Crops grown underground in the heart of London: Pea shoots Different varieties of radish Mustard Coriander Red Amaranth Mizuna Celery Parsley Rocket

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The formally disused underground tunnel is now where herbs are propagated.

from crowdfunding, has seen strong growth and West Country owners Steven Dring and Richard Ballard already have their sights on international expansion. In partnership with Michelin-starred chef Michel Roux Jr, the business began by selling to local restaurants including Michel’s Michelin two-star eatery Le Gavroche in London’s Mayfair. Six months later the partners clinched deals with several food service companies and more recently announced their first venture into the retail market. Steven says: “Our intention has always been to sell produce through the food service market because it was a lot easier than getting all the accreditation needed to sell for retail. “We still supply Le Gavroche, but because of the delicacy of the dishes, the chefs might use a few shoots on each plate, whereas the contract caterers will be doing 1,000 covers. That is the kind of business I am looking for.”

Provenance The firm’s first commercial client was County Supplies London which supplies restaurants via Covent Garden market. A consumer offering then followed, with delivery via hyper-local supplier which pledges to distribute produce from farmers to London consumers in 19 hours. “Now we supply various large food service distributors including Compass and BaxterStorey,” says Steven, who has spent several months in talks with UK supermarkets.

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The eight-day-old peas are almost ready to be harvested in the sealed clean-room environment.

“By May 2017 we will be selling to all major retailers.” First on the company’s list was Ocado, which the firm signed a deal with at the end of 2016. Steven says gaining Red Tractor Assurance has also helped market the products. “Getting our farm assurance has really allowed us to move into retail,” he adds. “We’re in the process of developing products for this market, but we are ready to launch our new range of fresh mix salads, which are what I call a ready mixed dinner party salad. The base product is pea shoots and then there are two microherbs in each pack. All

you have to do is gently mix it together. “There are five in the range based on the flavours commonly associated with England, India, Japan, Asia and Italy. For example, the English mix contains broccoli, red mustard and peas and the Indian mix contains fennel and coriander.”

Crops The farm’s mission is to deliver fresh produce with zero effect on the environment and all energy is sourced from green suppliers. Crops are grown in a sealed cleanroom environment with a bespoke

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A sophisticated lighting and irrigation system is used to grow a range of crops.


Finding the right spot FILM maker Richard Ballard had been making two films about sustainable food production in cities about hidden London when he came across a set of seven tunnels built alongside the Northern Line during the Second World War. He came up with the idea for Growing Underground and enlisted the help of his old school friend Steven Dring, plus agreement from tunnel owners Transport For London, to make the idea come to life. The duo used crowdfunding to raise a large proportion of the finance and also received backing from G’s Fresh, one of the UK’s biggest salad growers based in Ely, Cambridge.

hydroponics, ventilation and advanced lighting system which enables the farm to minimise the amount of energy needed. The herbs are cultivated on special growing platforms. Constant temperatures and the absence of pests contribute to the quality of the produce. There are no natural pests or predators, so it is easy to be chemical- and pesticide-free. The high-tech computerised irrigation system uses 18cu.m of water which is treated on-site and recirculated, meaning the farm rarely has to top up with fresh water. Steven says the ‘plug in and play’ system is a scalable model and can be replicated ‘very easily’. “Obviously, we have challenges like any farmer does. On the growing side we are not always getting the yield, but we have definitely made a big effort to hone our skills and we are getting more productive. It is about constant improvement.” 18 | JANUARY 6 2017

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Growing Underground currently employs eight staff, but recruitment is already underway to ensure there are enough employees as the business expands. “I think the main challenge for us is where to go next and making the right strategic move. “We want to build farms next to where the product is consumed but some of the retailers’ distribution models do not allow for that. “Ultimately, we are a fresh produce brand and although we have been offered sites globally, it is a matter of finding the most suitable sites for the business. “Plus on top of everything, we have had the usual challenges associated with getting a business off the ground.”

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Brexit STEVEN says the Brexit vote and subsequent devaluation of the pound has given Growing Underground a boost. “A lot of firms who have traditionally imported products have inevitably found it more expensive since the referendum, so we have benefited from those looking to source supply in the UK,” he adds. “I think as an industry, agriculture will not benefit from going it alone. “However inequitable the

Common Agricultural Policy was, the industry benefited from being a part of the European Union, not just in terms of subsidies but the way producer organisations were supported and in matchmaking investment and equipment. “It was surprising that as such a beneficiary of European spending, the rural vote was unanimous in its vote for independence. “Whichever way you look at it, it is a case of strapping ourselves in because this is going to be a rollercoaster of a ride.”

Freshly harvested garlic chive being packed by two of the farm’s eight employees.

The concept has attracted huge interest from consumers and retailers, as well as scientists and urban planners worldwide. The business considers itself at the forefront of technology and alongside its own research and development lab – also underground – the partners and their representatives regularly attend events to share information and take part in knowledge transfer with other growers. In November they showcased a mini replica of their hydroponic farm at Food Matters Live at the ExCel in London. And in August Growing Underground’s co-founder Mr Ballard presented at the Shambala Festival, in Northamptonshire, thought to be the most sustainable and eco-minded festival in the UK.

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ARABLE Two Golds for Newcastle grower in YEN awards

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rWinning winter wheat crop yields 12.8t/ha By Heather Briggs

NEWCASTLE-upon-Tyne grower Shaun Watson has won two Yield Enhancement Network (YEN) awards for high wheat yields in 2016, winning in the Best Field Yield and Best Percentage of Potential Yield – field awards. His crop of Reflection winter wheat yielded 12.8 tonnes/hectare (5.2t/acre), achieving 64 per cent of its yield potential. Denmark’s Jes Hasselbalch won the Best Plot Yield and Best Percentage of Potential Yield in plots, achieving a yield of 13t/ha (5.3t/ acre) and 61.5 per cent of yield potential. Speaking at the YEN awards event in Peterborough, Mr Watson said attention to detail had helped his crop get closer to its yield potential. Getting the soil right first helped him get on the front foot, he said. He has been applying farmyard manure, digestate and sludge over

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the past seven years to the land, has invested in precision mapping to help target inputs according to requirement and uses a variable seed rate. Mr Watson had also pushed the crop with 290kg/ha of nitrogen (N) applied little and often. The importance of soil and attention to detail were echoed again and again as other winners spoke about how they had coaxed the extra performance from their crops. David Hoyles, who farms at Lutton, Lincolnshire, won the bronze Field Yield medal with a yield of 12.2t/ha (4.9t/acre). He emphasised the importance of getting the basics right; his rotations include vegetables and he is an advocate of controlled traffic farming where possible. Soil and tissue analysis play an important role in his decision-making; potassium and phosphate indices were 3-4 and he applied 150-200kg/N/ha, while muriate of potash was applied at stem extension.

Lot of potential Mr Hoyles said: “There was a lot of potential, but June sunlight was 40 per cent down on last year, and 20 per cent down on the five-year average for that month, and this really affected the crops.” Kelso-based David Fuller-Shapcott was awarded the silver medal for Best Percentage of Potential Yield – field, for achieving 63 per cent of yield potential. He said the waterlogged soils throughout winter had resulted in shockingly poor rooting. To drive root development he went early with N and used an SDHI fungicide known for improving rooting. This had set the crop up. Daniel Kindred, senior research scientist at ADAS and YEN cofounder, said 2016 had seen disappointingly average yields. The average yield across Britain, 7.9t/ha

A less dull June than in other parts of the UK helped Yield Enhancement Network wheat crops in the North to higher yields.

(3.2t/acre), was exactly on the fiveyear average. Within the YEN group, the average wheat yield was 10.3t/ha (4.2t/acre), down from 12.7t/ha (5.1t/acre) last year. Dr Kindred said: “It is disappointing after two very good years where we have seen UK averages of 9t/ha; we hoped we were on an upward path.” Nonetheless, he added, given the low light levels and warm temperatures yields could have been much worse. “There has been a complete absence of very high yields in 2016. In 2013, 2014 and 2015 we saw UK and world records broken.” Getting to grips with the drivers of these differences is the main aim of the YEN, which was founded four years ago to identify and support farmers and farming organisations innovating to raise crop yields. Potential yields for wheat are estimated to be 20t/ha (8t/acre).

YEN winners 2016 Best Field Yield award Gold: Shaun Watson, East Holywell, near Newcastle upon Tyne - 12.8t/ha (5.2t/acre) Silver: Matthew Baker, Ilketshall St Margaret, Suffolk 12.5t/ha (5.1t/acre) Bronze: David Hoyles, Lutton, Lincolnshire - 12.2t/ha (4.9t/acre) Best Percentage of Potential Yield - field award Gold: Shaun Watson, East Holywell - 64 per cent of 19.9t/ ha (8t/acre) Silver: David FullerShapcott, Kelso – 63.5 per cent of 18.6t/ha (7.5t/acre) Bronze: Brian Matheson, Balblair, Black Isle - 62.5 per cent of 17.3t/ha (7t/acre) JANUARY 6 2017 | 19

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Need for focus on costs in Brexit era

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on hard and soft exits By Alex Black A HARD Brexit could result in a loss of £106/hectare (£43/acre) compared to a soft Brexit, according to farm business consultants Andersons. Andersons has projected a scenario of a soft Brexit with access to the single market and two-thirds of the current subsidy payments and a hard Brexit with one-third of the current subsidy payment and World Trade Organisation (WTO) terms for trading within Europe. This would leave farmers in the cereals sector with a £26/ha (£10/ acre) business margin, compared with a £132/ha (£53/acre) margin with a soft Brexit, according to the Andersons loam farm model. The margin without subsidies decreased

Returns from crops will be much more volatile GEORGE COOK by £38/ha (£15/acre) in the hard Brexit scenario and overheads increased. Speaking at Croptec 2016, the firm’s George Cook said the soft wheat market was most at risk. “The tariff for soft wheat into the EU is €95/t in current WTO terms unless we get a trade deal with the EU. Alternative markets will want more milling wheat and we will be competing directly with Ukraine and Argentina. “Returns from crops will be much more volatile. Producers are going to have to look at longer term selling arrangements.”

Costs of production JAMIE Mayhew, a farm business consultant, said he had been ‘trying to get farmers to understand’ their costs of production and focus on what price they needed to achieve to make a profit. He advised farmers to look at their input costs as the gap between best and worst performing farms has been growing and this could be the difference between making a profit and making a loss. “It is trying to reduce costs, whether that is stretching machines one more year or

However, there would be little change for OSR, as the EU has no tariffs and little change for pulses as the tariff is low. The Brexit vote has given a shortterm boost to businesses due to the weaker pound. In Andersons’ 2017 forecast, the difference in margin increasing from £123/ha (£49.80/acre) after subsidies to £215/ha (£87/acre). However, he admitted there were a lot of ‘what ifs and maybes’. The forecast presumes the currency will remain weak but the pound is likely to be affected by political events including Brexit, Donald Trump’s presidency and European elections in France and Germany. Mr Cook said it illustrated ‘how finely balanced the situation is’ for businesses.

forward fixing fuel costs.” He said many were not factoring rent and finance costs. “Look at the true cost of production. Farmers have been shocked by the figures as they are not taking into account the whole cost base.” He added people could be throwing too much money at agronomy and said farmers needed to be prepared to challenge their agronomists’ recommendations. “Some are just paying an invoice. Producers need to make time to go out with the agronomist.”

“We have had the benefit of the uplift,” he said. “Agricultural chemicals and fertiliser costs will catch up. We are already hearing price rises of 5-10 per cent from the New Year.” Andersons speculated there would be a reduction in subsidies once Britain leaves the European Union. Mr Cook said: “I think there will be some form of stewardship scheme but less of direct area payments and these will have more strings attached.” He added there would be an effect on rents if subsidies are reduced. “In our view, landlords are going to have to take a hit,” he said. “Rents have been set at area payments plus or double area payments. There has got to be some impact on rent.”

Brexit could increase the level of risk in the market for UK soft wheat.

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supported nematodes OPTIONS for control of free-living nematodes (FLN) in carrots and parsnips have been identified following a research review commissioned by AHDB. Roy Neilson, a nematologist at the James Hutton Institute, led the review into the management of free-living nematodes after calls from growers for AHDB Horticulture to horizon scan the research. The review highlights action agronomists and growers could consider in the short and medium term, such as tillage, rotations and monitoring, to help improve management of FLN. Dr Neilson found evidence the introduction of set-aside in the 1990s may have helped these nematodes species to increase by providing a stable environment combined with a diverse host range.

Advice for growers Where possible, increase the length of rotation – even one year may be beneficial Ensure the rotation includes crops that are poor hosts of free-living nematodes Monitor by soil testing Consider including a cover crop in standard rotation Source: AHDB Horticulture

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Lack of alternatives There is a lack of proven alternative crop protection products but other strategies, such as longer rotations, are hampered by a shortage of suitable land and the industry’s reliance on rented sites. The UK is significantly behind the rest of Europe and North America when it comes to developing alternative management strategies for the so-called ‘free-living’ nematodes, species that do not spend any part of the life-cycle inside the plant but which nevertheless cause considerable damage, says AHDB. Cathryn Lambourne, AHDB crop protection scientist, says: “What research there is in free-living nematodes has highlighted smart solutions that growers can take away immediately and implement but also allow AHDB Horticulture to look to the future in research and development.”

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Gains in the arable market have to be balanced with concerns about support, trade deals and labour availability.

It is six months since the referendum and though little is clear politically, some market performance trends are emerging. Cedric Porter analyses the data.

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erhaps the largest concrete political announcement has been a commitment by Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond to pay existing levels of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) support until 2020. This is likely to mean 2016, 2017 and 2018 payments will be made while the UK is still in the EU and the 2019 payment will be borne by the UK Treasury. As such, the 2019 payment will be the last under the current CAP regime regardless of whether the UK is in or out of the EU. A delay in invoking Article 50 or protracted negotiations could mean the UK is still a member of the EU by the end of 2019. However, whether the UK is subject to a new CAP from 2020 onwards may depend on how far the UK is from leaving. A fully formed new agricultural policy is a long way off, but it is looking increasingly unlikely it will be a replica of the CAP, with a marked shift to the delivery of environmental benefits in return for support rather than direct Pillar One payments.

Trading places Much of the market focus since the Brexit vote has been on trade arrangements and exports. In the short-term the pound remains a lot weaker than it did before June 23, although there was a small ‘Trump bounce’ following the US election, but this was largely against the euro, rather than the dollar. 22 | JANUARY 6 2017

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Sterling is likely to remain relatively weak against the world’s major currencies as the Brexit negotiations progress, unless there are further political or economic shocks in the EU, US or China. However, with key elections in France, the Netherlands and Germany this year, such shocks cannot be ruled out. There appears to have been some Brexit effect on the trade of cereals. September cereal exports were at their highest for the month since 2012 at £52.5 million. A weaker pound will have pushed up the value of exports, but demand has also risen because of shortages in the rest of the EU. However, nearly a fifth of UK cereal exports were to non-EU destinations and nearly a quarter of shipments have been to non-EU destinations so far this year. But the value of cereal imports has also soared since the referendum, suggesting prices have increased rapidly alongside seasonal demand. In September, cereal imports were worth £107.7m compared to £75.4m in June.

costs. As such, the UK may be charged either €12 or €95 (£10.70 or £84.80 at £1=€1.12) for every tonne of wheat it exports to the EU, with the higher figure only charged when a predetermined volume of imports has been reached. Barley tariffs are at €16/t (£14.30/t) for the first 307,000 tonnes imported into the EU, with 51,000 tonnes of malting barley charges at a tariff of €8/t (£7.15/t). All oats have a tariff charge of €89/t (£79.50/t) which, if levied on UK exports to the EU would destroy the UK’s £13m of annual oat sales to the EU. Because the UK regularly has a cereal trade surplus of 3mt/year, it is vulnerable to the imposition of tariffs which could perhaps cost as much as £100m a year. As part of its Brexit Horizon series, AHDB has published an assessment of the effects of Brexit on trade. This can be found at news/eureferendum.aspx

September’s cereal exports were at their highest in four years, totalling £52.5 million Four fifths of UK cereal exports were to the EU UK cereal imports have increased by more than 40 per cent, totalling £107.7m in September Feed wheat prices have risen by 20 per cent to £130/tonne Oilseed rape prices have risen by about 22 per cent to £330/t

Brexit price boost Crop prices have risen since the referendum and although this will have been partly down to a tightening of supply, especially in Europe, the post-Brexit weakening in the pound has also driven the increase. The price of feed wheat has risen by 20 per cent to about £130/t, while oilseed rape rises have been 22 per cent, increasing to £330/t. The recent small rise in the value of sterling may mean the price rally has been halted, but with at least two-and-a-half years of negotiations ahead of us before a final Brexit, it looks as though there is plenty of volatility to come, which might weaken the pound further. The cost of inputs since the Brexit vote has remained relatively stable. Fuel prices continue to edge up, partly because of a weaker pound, but also because of reduced world supply. Fertiliser prices have also edged upwards and can be expected


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With three-quarters of UK cereal exports sold to the EU, post-Brexit trade arrangements will be crucial. Currently there are no trade duties, restrictions or tariffs on cereals sold between EU countries. But if no trade deal allowing duty-free or duty-reduced access between the UK and EU is agreed, then duties will default to World Trade Organisation rates. These can add significant amounts to


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Figures presented by AHDB show nearly 40 per cent of food manufacturing jobs are reliant on migrant labour and 20 per cent

of the non-family agricultural workforce are migrants. All in all, you have to conclude the first six months since the Brexit vote have not been disastrous for the cereals sector. Prices have nudged up to levels which could lead to small profits, while there is yet to be any large increase in input costs. But any pleasure at shortterm gains has to be balanced with longer term concerns over levels of support, trading arrangements and labour availability, where there is still plenty of uncertainty. Along with the rest of the UK population, UK growers will want to see the bones and maybe even some of the flesh of a Brexit plan within the next six months as they make plans for their own businesses.

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New Year sale trade THE first prime hogg sale of the New Year at Lancaster included the annual young handlers show and sale. Heading the day’s trade was a Beltex lamb from Cath Foy, Conder Green, selling for £103/head to Glen Lomax, Milnthorpe. Judge Martin McIntyre, Hawes, awarded the championship rosette to John Ridding, Selside, with his 42kg Texel. It later sold for £102/


Young handler prime hoggs top £103/head at Lancaster

Overall champion, a 42kg Texel from John Ridding, Selside, which sold for £102 to Lancashire Halal Meats, Blackburn.

Best young handler was 10-year-old Rachel Phillips, Kendal.

head to Lancashire Halal Meats, Blackburn.

Reserve Reserve champion went to a Texel from Matthew Jackson, Ingleton, which sold for £84/head to the same buyer. In the main sale ring, L.E. and A. Ridding, Selside, sold Texel lambs to a high of £84/head. AVERAGES Overall sale average, 158p/kg. Auctioneers: North West Auctions.

Limousin cross heifer to 259.5p/kg at Malton TOP price per kilo at the Malton primestock sale was a 19-monthold Limousin cross heifer from Matthew and Andrew Brown, Carnaby. Weighing 525kg, it was knocked down to Andrew Radford, Sleights, for 259.5p/kg (£1,362/head).


Auctioneer Ian Atkinson selling prime hoggs at Lancaster.

Leading the price per head bids was a British Blue cross heifer weighing 640kg from David and Paul Jackson, Carnaby. It sold for £1,545/head (241.5p/kg) to Brian Glaves on behalf of Worsley Wholesale Butchers. Best steer was a Limousin cross

from J.R. Gardiner, Carnaby. Weighing 540kg, it sold for 250.5p/ kg (£1,352/head) to Mr Glaves. Hoggs were a firm trade, with a pen of nine weighing 39kg from N.A. and C.F. Martinson, Watton, selling for 186p/kg (£72.50/head), while pen of eight from A.M. and S.M. Avison, Pickering, sold to 185p/kg (£81.50/head). AVERAGES 5 steers, 215.75p/kg; 4 bulls, 207.94p/ kg; 15 heifers, 226.58p/kg; 557 hoggs, 168.28p/kg; 227 cull ewes, £71.13/ head. Auctioneers: Malton Livestock Auctioneers.

British Blue cross sees £1,686.54 high at Carlisle PRIME cattle at Carlisle sold to a high of £1,686.54 for a British Blue cross heifer from R.A. Thompson, Carnforth. The buyer was Ralph Pearson, Bradford. Other heifers sold to £1,424.62, 24 | JANUARY 6 2017

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paid by Black Brow Abattoir, Wigton, for a Limousin cross from J. Dent and Son, Appleby. In the steer section, leading price was a Limousin cross from Moscrop and Waugh, Alby Field, who

received for £1,593.45 from Ralph Pearson. A.J and N. Story, Kirklinton, headed the prime lamb prices, selling Texel hogs to £105/head. Others sold for £104/head,

achieved for a pen of Dutch Texels from R. and B.S. Laird, Brampton, while Moscrop and Waugh sold 27 Suffolks to a top of £98.50/head. Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.

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SALES Around the marts PENRITH THE prime sheep sale at Penrith, comprising 2,075 lambs, sold to an average of 168p/kg. W.H. Brass, Penrith, sold Beltex lambs to 225p/kg and Suffolk lambs to £93/head. Waterside House, Penrith, sold cast Texel ewes at £99/head, while E.M. and J. Holliday, Wigton, sold cast Texel rams for £113/head.


Grace Gardiner, Penrith, took overall champion with her Beltex lamb, which sold in-lamb for £235/head.

Champion lamb makes top price at Junction 36 rOverall champion

sells for £235/head

JUNCTION 36, Crooklands, held its weekly primestock event which included the young handlers show and sale. Leading the field was Grace

Gardiner, Penrith, who stood overall champion with her Beltex lamb. Weighing in at 46kg, it later topped the trade selling for £235/ head. In the single upland lamb class, a 57kg Mule from Ivy Sedgwick, Silverdale, went on to sell for £86.50/head.

Outside the showring, the top price was £100/head for three Texels from Fishwick Farms, Silverdale, weighing 50kg. The same vendor also achieved the top price per kilo, with Texels weighing 42kg realising 214.3p/ kg. Auctioneers: North West Auctions.

Skipton heifer champion to £1,434 THE champion pen of lambs at the January prize show, Skipton, came from Jimmy Towler, Grindleton, with his pen of five home-bred 45kg Beltex cross Texel lambs. They sold for £130/head to John Bowling on behalf of Hamlets Butchers, Garstang. Henry Atkinson, Felliscliffe, topped the by-weight sale, selling a pen weighing 38kg at 289.5p/kg. Reserve champion was T.B. Moorhouse, Dacre, with a pen of 44kg lambs, which later sold for £98/head to Andrew Atkinson, Felliscliffe. Mr Atkinson also bought the third prize continentals, a pen weighing 41kg, from John Midgley, Luddendenfoot, for £94/head.

Champion heifer Keelham Farm Shop, Thornton, was the buyer of the champion heifer, a British Blue cross from Ben Townsend, Laneshawbridge.

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FAT cattle at Oswestry reached 247p/kg, paid for a heifer from H. and E. Powell, Llwyngwilym. A bull from A.M. Jones, Montgomery, sold for 225p/kg. The leading steer sold at 215p/kg for A. Roberts and Co, Oswestry. In the calf section, a 25-day-old Limousin cross British Friesian bull sold for £450/head for A.J. Powell, Kerry.

HEREFORD A SHORT entry of store sheep concluded the 2016 season at Hereford, with stronger lambs selling to £79/head. The 43 Suffolk crosses forward topped at £77.80/head, while ram lambs sold to £77.50/head, contributing to an overall sale average of £55.42/head.

OTLEY A GOOD sale of fatstock was seen at Otley, with local vendor Lewis Greenwood heading the pig prices, selling gilts to 144p/kg. Sheep topped at 237p/kg for hoggs from Kevin Marshall, Darley, while a heifer from Michael Swann, Ilkley, led the beef section, selling at 255p/kg.

LEEK CLEAN cattle trade at Leek peaked at 214p/kg for a 560kg Limousin heifer from Colin Lymer, Cheddleton, who also sold a 565kg Limousin heifer at 189p/kg. Young bulls achieved up to 186p/ kg, paid for a 550kg Charolais from Rushton Spencer, Macclesfield. Top price per head was paid for a Limousin heifer from Mr Lymer, which sold for £1,198.40.


Prime cattle champion, a British Blue cross heifer from J.M. Townsend, Laneshawbridge, with show judge Philip Gregory and his daughter.

Weighing in at 515kg, it sold for 278.5p/kg (£1,434/head). A British Blue heifer weighing 525kg also took reserve, this time for Jim and Christine Scriven,

Elslack. It sold to 252.5p/kg (£1,326/head) to the judge Philip Gregory, who runs the butchers D.A. Gregory and Sons, Bacup.

THE weekly prime sale sold to a top of 238.5p/kg for a Limousin heifer from D.A. Harrison, Aldoth. Top price per head was £1,495.49, paid another heifer from the same vendor. Steers sold to 233.5p/kg, for a lot from J.J. and J. Benson and Sons, Wigton. A Limousin steer shown by J.G. and M. Little, Wigton, was highest priced overall, selling at £1,506.39.

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LO N G TO W N MAR T Tel ( 01228) 791215 - 791300 www.longtownm Tuesd ay 10th J anuary at 10.30am AN N U AL SALE O F 6, 000 STO R E H O G G S & CAST R AMS & E W E S Entries include 3 0 0 q uality Tex el x B eltex from M r R . M uir, S tanley; also 2 5 0 B lackfaces & Tex els from one farm, & 1 0 0 Tex el x B eltex from another Tuesd ay 10th J anuary at 5.30pm 168 Annual “ LO N G TO W N LADI E S” E vening Sale 168 S how & S ale of 1 1 5 P edigree Tex el in lamb gimmers & ewes from A nnan, B irkwood, B lackhouse, Ettrick, F loors, G reenwood, Harene, L auder, M ilnbank, P rocters, Q uercus, S earigg, S myllum, S outhlands, S trathlene, Thacka, W atchknowe & Y arrow 6 P edigree B eltex from A uchenlay, 2 5 B luefaced L eicester in lamb females & hoggs ( B lacket House, D awyck, M idlock, & R oachburn) , 2 2 B eltex x in lamb gimmers ( M aidencots, Uppercleuch & D ormansteads) . S how at 4 . 3 0 p m. S ale at 5 . 3 0 p m. Tuesd ay 17th J anuary Second Special Sale of Cast R am s & E wes 4 , 000 Store H oggs of all classes SH O W & SALE O F 4 00 STO R E CATTLE & SU CK LE R CALV E S Tuesd ay 24 th J anuary W eekly Sale of 2, 000 Store H oggs SPE CI AL SALE O F B R E E DI N G SH E E P I n- Lam b E wes, G im m ers & E we H oggs; also G eld H oggs DU MF R I E S MAR T Tel 01387 2794 95 www.d um f riesm Mond ay 9th J anuary O PE N I N G SALE O F STO R E CATTLE 180 Store Cattle at 11.00am 4 0 Y oung Calves & Stirks at 10.15am Find us on Facebook

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Chelford Market 01625 861122 TUESDAY 24th JANUARY - 11.00 AM 304 PEDIGREE HOLSTEINS Dispersal of the entire, highly respected and prize winning GALASTAR herd the property of alastar Holsteins Ltd ( an and Philomena Scarisbric ) and removed from Valley Farm, ill Lane, oostrey, Cheshire to Beeston Castle Auction for Sale convenience and comprising 166 Cows and il ing Heifers, 42 Served Heifers, 36 aiden Heifers and 60 Heifer Calves born since 1st arch. his is a wonderful herd of cattle and is currently the Premier Championship winning herd in the Cheshire Herds Competition. FULL DE A LS NE EEK. CHELFORD MARKET MONDAY, 9th JANUARY SPECIAL ENTRIES: 4 ale Alpacas FINAL REMINDER The Great Annual New Year Show and Sale of Pedigree Females (on behalf of North-West Texel Breeders Club and The Beltex Society) (268 Head). SATURDAY 7TH JANUARY At CHELFORD MARKET SK11 9AX Sale commences at 10.00 am CHELFORD MACHINERY SALE NEXT SALE WEDNESDAY 11TH JANUARY at 9:30AM Chelford 2nd Wednesday Every Month Already entered 85 Cow cubicles, 20ft Container, Hay Trailer, Ferguson Dump Trailer, Felt, Timber etc, 09 Fiat Ducato L B, 08 Vau hall Vivaro Crew Van, 05 L200 Double Cab Pic up, 05 Fiat Doblo Van, 04 ransit S B, 04 Astra Automatic, Ford 3000 and H.reg D 4wd 3130 ractors, Old 31 2 ini Digger on steel trac s, 20 pcs. small Stageing on wheels, Parmiter Shear rab, 2007 veco 3.5 Pic up, Ford ransit 350 L B D, ncluded in the usual sale 2000 lots Etc. Entries required for advertising on Facebook etc. to: oy aller 07702 714024 Email HORTICULTURE DISPERSAL SALE TUESDAY 24th JANUARY - 10.30 AM n Beh l r s ’s at HEATHGATE NURSERIES GT. WARFORD CHESHIRE SK9 7TT Polybuild Poly unnel 25m 18 m 2 Hamilton Seeders 2 Hamilton ransplanters 450 Dutch rolleys with 1150 shelves etc. Catalogues on line or

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Friday 13th January 2017 Reduction due to change in farming policy: 45 Red Limousin & South Devon Cows PD spring calving to Limousin Bulls 35 Continental & Hereford X Cows PD Spring Calving to Aberdeen Angus & Simmental Bulls From Pilkington Farms Partnership 25 British Blue & Piedmontese Feeding Cows From Exors P Lory Within Thame Market including our weekly store sale, photos available on website.

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BENTHAM AUCTION MART (015242) 61246 (Sale Days) 61444 (Office) Stephen Dennis 07713 075 661 Greg MacDougall 07713 075 664 Will Alexander 07590 876 849

Office 01200 445376 Ann 07710 709979 Jonathan 07834 772276 Fred 07713 075660 Rachel 07713 075659 Bryan 07496 322577

Saturday 7th January

Wednesday 11th January


10-20 Newly Calved Dairy Cattle (11am) 100 Rearing Calves (12Noon)

Sheep Scanning by Martin Huddleston



Tuesday 10th January, 2017 9am Prime Hoggs to £85.50/hd Aba oirs are requesng All Hoggs are Belly Clipped-clipping facilies available at the market Followed by Cast Ewes to £106/hd 10.30am Fat Bulls & Prime Cale to 185p/kg Followed by Store Cale to £990/hd 11.30am Rearing Calves to £430/hd Wednesday 11th January, 2017 10.30am OTM Cale Followed by TB Exempt Ca le

5000-6000 Cast & Feeding Ewes,

10.30am 250 BREEDING CATTLE & STORES 10.30am 150 BREEDING & STORE PIGS HAY & STRAW (sale after the pigs)

Monday 9th January


Brockholes Arms Auction Mart

Claughton On Brock, Preston PR3 0PH 01995 640280


Prime & Lightweight Lambs (4pm)

Tuesday 17th January 10.30am Cull Cows & OTM Cattle

“Special Sale of In Lamb Ewes”

35-45kg Red Mkt (no 6 day rule) Quick drop off, pay 7 days, call for weekly price.

Wednesday 18th January

Thursday 12th January

Prizes for British Blue Sire Calves (Under 60days)

Show at 10.30am, Sale at 11.30am

Tuesday 24th January Sale of Store Hoggs

Contact Secretary Katie Keiley 07902 855440

‘The Winter Blues’

10.30am 125 PRIME CATTLE followed by 10.30am 11.30am 12.30pm 1.00pm



Belly clipping required, on site service available

Please Contact Office with Entries for Advertisement

Saturday 14th January

Wednesday 25th January


Annual Show & Sale of DALESBRED PRIME HOGGS (Pens of 5)


Saturday 21st January SPECIAL SALE OF MV IN-LAMB TEXELS Inc 6 Shearllings (Greenwoods), 8 Dutch, 2 Beltex (Rathbone), 20 ped Ewe lambs (Hull House), 8 Tex/Beltex (Criccin) followed by Commercial Ewes Inc Flock dispersal of 90 Tex & Char x Ewes

Saturday 11th February MACHINERY & EQUIPMENT SALE Entries of sheep/cattle equipment, trailers, feed rings. SALE ENTRIES & PICTURES TO 01200 445 376 or Email:

at H&H Carlisle Monday 16th January

On Behalf of the Dalesbred Sheepbreeders Assoc.

ESTATE & LAND AGENCY OFFICES Auctioneers & Valuers for all aspects of sales, claims and taxation matters on commercial farms, country residences, pedigree & commercial livestock & farm machinery throughout the Northwest with 3 offices: Web: SAWLEY, Nr Clitheroe BB7 4LH (01200) 441351 BENTHAM, Nr Lancaster LA2 7HF (015242) 61444

The Livestock Auctioneers Association A V ALU AB LE R U R AL B U SI N E SS H U B Contact your local livestock m arket at

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On Instructions from Berwick Hall Farm Ltd and Others At Hole Farm, Stambourne Road, Finchingfield, Braintree, Essex, CM7 4PG On Tuesday 17th January 2017 at 10.30am Combine: New Holland CX8090 (12); Tractors and Utility Vehicles: New Holland T8.390 (11) 1297 hours, Massey Ferguson 6485 Dyna-6 (10), New Holland TS115 (99), Kawasaki Mule 3010 Diesel Trans 4x4 (07), Honda Fourtrax TRX350FE3 (04); Sprayer: Knight 1835 24m 3,600ltr self-propelled (05); Handler: JCB 530-70 (99); Trailers: 2No Richard Larrington Harvester 16 (13), HM Trailers 15t low loader (12), 3000ltr spray mixing trailer, AS Marston 14t, Richard Western 10t dump; Cultivation: TWB Terminator 325 (14), Cousins V Form 4.5m with Techneat V2 (13), Gregoire Besson DXR666 Discordon (10), Dowdeswell DP7D2 5f, Kverneland 8f, KRM Soladrill 799 6m, Horsch CO4, KRM EXW-Trend, Amazone ZA-M Hydro Profis, various springtine harrows; Haymaking: Lely Lotus 300 Combi tedder (14), Lely Splendimo 205 Classic mower (14), New Holland 575 baler (08), Teagle Tomahawk 8100 shredder (15), various other equipment. FOR A FULL DETAILED LOT LIST AND PHOTOGRAPHS VISIT BROWN-CO.COM Viewing: Monday 16th January 10am - 4pm and on the morning of the sale 01284 725715 | |

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nPublic Notices

British Wool Marketing Board Do you feel you can bring fresh ideas and insight to this producer owned organisation? If yes, you are invited to consider serving as a Board Member. The following Members will reach the end of their present term of office in March 2017:

Bedwyr Jones (Welsh Northern Region) Peter Myles (Scottish Southern Region) Trevor Richards (English Southern Region) Messrs Myles and Richards have offered themselves for re-election but Mr Jones will not be standing for re-election. The BWMB is now asking for nominations from candidates who live in any of these regions. The Wool Board is effectively the largest producer co-operative in Britain, with around 40,000 registered sheep farmers. Depending on the interest in each seat, elections will be held in February 2017 and those appointed will hold the office for three years, from April 2017. The Board brings together a wide range of skills. Board Members are expected to work approximately 30 days a year, attending Board Meetings over a period of 2-3 days each month, as well as other local and national BWMB business. We would expect the Board Member to be an effective communicator between the Board and Producers. Additional beneficial skill sets would be knowledge of corporate governance and financial understanding relevant in today’s business world. Successful candidates will be expected to undertake the Board’s Induction programme and any other relevant NonExecutive Director training. The current annual remuneration is £9,218 pa. Reasonable business expenses will also be paid. To be eligible, candidates must be nominated in writing by ten registered wool producers in the relevant regions who will each need to supply their address, authorised signature and registration number. For details of the regions, please see the website Nominations should be sent to arrive no later than 6 pm on Thursday 26th January 2017, by fax on 01274 652233, by email to or by post to the address below. No special form of nomination is required, but the BWMB will supply suitable forms, and further information, if required - contact: Mrs J Murphy, British Wool Marketing Board, Wool House, Sidings Close, Canal Road, Bradford, BD2 1AZ

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Westmorland County Show Thursday 14th September 2017 Full range of Livestock Classes Applications invited for trade, craft etc. The County Showfield, Crooklands

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

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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

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Triffit Grain Trailer 12 Tonne, Super Single Wheels, Hydraulic Brakes, Hydraulic Door, Grain Door, Sprung Axles. £5,450

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Grapple 21-KG08 Opens 700 mm Gripping area 0.08 m² 21-KG18 Opens 1,000 mm Gripping area 0.18 m²



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Grapple 740 mm Cutting width, saplings 300 mm (max.) Cutting width, trunk 180 mm (max.) Rotator attachment 50 mm System pressure 170-220 bar Weight 195 kg


Rotator 39.5 mm rotator pin £230 Rotator 49.5 mm rotator pin £260



Forestry trailer with 3.6 m crane, incl. wheel drive Hydraulic stabilisers Adjustable bogie Motor for the hydraulic valve block 9 hp Crane reach 3,6 m Max. load 1600 kg



Timber grapple Hydraulic timber grapple with powerful design! Double-acting cylinders 80/10-220 Max. load 1,500 kg Weight 185 kg SMS or Euro attachments


1.25 m

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16-JPF25 Max. load 2,500 kg Pallet fork length 1,200 mm Supplied with bracket suitable for Trima or Euro

1.50 m £390


(Only Euro attachment)

1.80 m


2.00 m £490

2.20 m


2.40 m £590



Ideal for transporting everything from buckets to sheep



Tipping and forestry trailer

Transport trailer

With removable insert floor, crane, winch and 3 stabilisers

500 kg load weight Floor dimensions 1,500 x 910 x 950 mm Openable tailgate Wheels 22 x 11 - 8

Max. load 700 kg Total length 3,400 mm Wheels 22 x 11-10 Weight 283 kg




Please contact Jonas +46 70-544 45 85

Adam Jackson LTD Argyll Renewable Energy LTD D&E Renewables Ltd Derecroft Sheep Ltd Kington Farm supplies Manterra Ltd Woodcraft Partnership

16-JPF15 Max. load 1,500 kg Pallet fork length 1,000 mm Supplied with bracket suitable for Trima or Euro

A very strong, durable bucket with extruded profile sides, double plate under the bucket, bevelled wear steel and welded pieces at each end. Supplied with Euro or Trima attachment

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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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New Holland T6070 Range Command, 40kph, full suspension, front linkage, 2009, 4700 Hours .. ................................................... £31,000 41021871 New Holland T6050 Range Command, 40kph, full suspension, 2009, 4300 hours, front linkage, 650 tyres. Tidy ......................... £29,950 41019709 New Holland T6.175, 2012, Front linkage & PTO,twin beacons,auto box creep speed,4 DA valves ‘C’ pack,600 65 38, 5600 Hours. .................. ................................................... £29,000 21018498 New Holland T6040 LS Electrocommand, 2010, 40 KPH, Cab Suspension, 520/70R38 Tyres, 4600 Hours ........................................ £29,000 41021531 New Holland T6.155 Electrocommand, 40kph, CCLS Pump, 4 Remote Valves, 520/70R38 Michelin Tyres, Front Linkage, 2013, 4900 Hours . ................................................... £28,500 41021530 New Holland T6070 Plus, electro command,40k transmission,420/70R28 ,520/70R38,approx 3990hrs .................................... £27,500 61021338 New Holland T5060 c/w MXt8 self leveling loader on MX headstock,air con,air seat, twin beacons,tel mirrors,fender,pto controls,16.9R34 13.6R24 .................................... £27,000 21022023 New Holland T5060 Deluxe, Air Con, Air Seat, 3 Speed PTO,10 front weights, 2010 with only 950 Hours, 16.9 R34 tyres 85%. An excellent example of this classis tractor. .............. £27,000 41021874 New Holland T6090, 2010, 40kph,710/60 x 38 40%,600/60 x 28 30%,approx 4818 hrs ................. ................................................... £26,000 31018513 Claas Ares 577 ATZ, 2007, 4wd c/w Claas FL100 loader,600/65x38 480/65x28, approx 3500 s,very clean ......................................... £24,000 21021518 New Holland T6050 Range Command, 50KPH, 2009, Loader Ready, 9200 Hours. .......................... ................................................... £23,000 41020391 Valtra T130 Hi Spec, 2003, 3995 Hours, 40kph, 600 65R38 480 65R28 tyres. ... £22,950 41021064 New Holland T6010 Plus,2009, Dual Power,FL100 loader c/w 3rd service,multi quick,fender controls,420 85 38/380 85 24,approx 5169 hrs ................................... £22,500 21018522 Case Maxxum 140 , 2007, cab suspension,16x16 transmission,pass seat,multi control armrest,520/70R38, 420/70R28 @ 85%,approx 5800 hrs ............................................ £22,250 21021850 New Holland TM155, 53 Plate, 6600 Hours, Full Suspension, Q65 Loader, 520 Tyres 70%. .............. ................................................... £22,000 41021654 New Holland TD5.105, 2014, power shuttle,air con,2 aux valves,12x12 40kph clean up,16.9R34 13.6R24,approx 800 Hours ..... £20,500 21021995 Case MX285, 2003, suspension axle front end weights,710/70R42 600/70R30 .............................. ................................................... £20,000 11020260 New Holland TS115 Electro Command Special, Y Reg, Front Linkage .....................................£16,950 Case MXU115, Dual Command Transmission, 2005, 18,4 R38 Tyres ............... £16,000 41020546 New Holland TS115 Turbo, 2002, 16x16,air con,air seat,EDC hydraulics,4 aux valves, telescopic mirrors,540/65R38 480/65R28,approx 8800 hrs ................................... £15,750 21021951 John Deere 6300, N Reg, c/w Q950 Loader, 14000 hours, breathes heavy ... £9,750 41021892 Stoll 30.1 Loader Boom, 2011 . £2,750 41021522 ATV / RTV UTILITY VEHICLES Kubota RTV900 camo,good tyres,roof,windscreen & wiper,road reg,road legal,bedliner,rear tow ............................................. £8,250 21021198 Polaris Ranger road legal,full cab & heater,front suspension,tidy condition,approx 927 hrs ............. ..................................................... £7,850 21019846 Kubota RTV900 2012, good condition with curtain door kit ............................... £7,500 31021364 Kubota RVT900 MW, 2011, c/w roof,windscreen & wiper,road legal,lighting kit,orange,good working order. ................................... £7,100 21020139 Kubota RTV900 MR, 2011, roof,windscreen,road reg,approx 1613 hrs .................. £6,950 11019256 Kubota RVT900, 2012, Camo,roof & windscreen,approx 2027 hrs ............ £6,500 11017066 Kubota RVT900, 2012, c/w light,roof,windscreen, tarpaulin cab,hydraulic tipping body & ball hitch,approx 2322 ..................... £6,500 11018772 Kubota RTV900 MR, 2011, tomlin cab & windscreen, roll down doors,tipping body,ball hitch,approx 2316hrs ................ £6,500 31018346 Kubota RTV900 , 2009, windscreen,wiper & camo roof,tyres good all round,approx 2973 hrs .. ..................................................... £5,250 71022047 Kubota RTV900 , 2007, full cab,approx 2766 hrs .. ..................................................... £4,750 31021377 Honda HONDA TRX500 FPA ATV automatic,power steering,very good condition,good condition, well maintained,approx 2000hrs .......... ..................................................... £4,600 21020625

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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Weidemann 5080CTX Pivot Steer, 117 HP, 150ltr Hyd Pump, Air Con, Air Seat. 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. Removed from T4.95 ....... £1,500 21016846 Dual Wheels to Suit T5 ....................POA 61020686

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Richard Hutchinson and Sweep win at Caton rArthur Temple and

Floss top at Holmrook England: Elaine Hill A BREAK in the nursery trial calendar gave the opportunity for a number of open trials to be held over the festive period. Richard Fawcett judged the entry of 38 at the annual Christmas Eve charity open held at Caton. Over a good sized course which dipped gently in the middle, the running was on Lonk hoggs. Running at eight, Richard Hutchinson and Sweep earned 90 points, a score which was not matched and took the title, two points clear of runners-up Katy Cropper and Zac. The money raised for a local charity amounted to £190. On the same day, Norman Ireland judged the entry of 30 at the Holmrook open. This sizeable course had a deep dip in the middle, had two fetch obstacles and three obstacles throughout the right-hand drive. Worked in fours, the Texel cross

English results CHARITY OPEN, Hollin Head Farm, Caton, Lancaster (Judge, R. Fawcett, Hardraw) Open (38 ran) 1, R. Hutchinson (Littledale) Sweep, 90 of 100; 2, K. Cropper (Shap) Zac, 88; 3, S. Perello (Caton) Murguia Jim, 87; 4, M. Longton (Quernmore) Rooten Brook Mac, 86; 5, S. Perello Rap, 84; 6, P. Rigby (Skelsmergh) Nell, 83. Money raised for St John’s Hospice, Lancaster, was £190. HOLMROOK, Cumbria (N. Ireland) Saturday open (30 ran) 1, A. Temple (Holmrook) Floss, 86 of 90 OLF; 2, T. Longton (Quernmore) Oz, 86; 3, A. Temple, Whiterose Flint, 85; 4, J. McRobert (Tweedsmuir) Nell, 84 OLF; 5, B. Dalziel (Ettrick) Cap, 84; 6, T. Longton, Maya, 84. Thursday open (A. Clark, Kirkby Stephen, 66 ran) 1, S. Perello, Murguia Jim, 94 of 100; 2, R. Watson (Millom) Ricky, 93; 3, W. Welsh (Dalmellington) Cap, 93; 4, C. Taylor (Keasden) Jess, 92; 5, P. Ellis (New Hutton) Joe, 91; 6, P. Ellis, George, 91. BOXING DAY Charity Trial, Clough Head, Grane Road, Haslingden, Lancashire (P. Mellin, Oakworth) Open (44 ran) 1, S. Cropper (Deerplay) Danny, 74 of 90 OLF; 2, F. Cleary (Barnacre) Billy, 74; 3, N. Vyas (Wigston) Todd, 73; 4, C. Kempson (Cowpe) Fleet, 67 OLF; 5, J. Harkin (Co Donegal) Norris, 67; 6, S. Perello, Rap, 66. Money raised for the Air Ambulance was £710. FUNDRAISING Trial for the 2017 English National, Worlington, Suffolk (D. Jenkins, Shadwell) Open (40 Ran) 1, C. Neal (Wormegay) Blake, 89 of 100; 2, M. Jenkins (Themelthorpe) Ember, 87; 3, R. Hutchinson, Jock, 83; 4, C. Taylor, Jess, 76 OLF; 5, S. Perello, Rap, 76; 6, C. Neal, Dexter, 75. Money

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hoggs were reasonable to manage. With a morning run, Thomas Longton set the standard with his nursery dog Oz, gaining 86 points. They stood top until, at 25, Arthur Temple and Floss matched their score and, with better out-bye work, took the title. A morning run by Tom Rome and Jack won the novice class on 78 points. The trial held at Holmrook last Thursday (December 29) attracted a larger entry of 66 dogs, judged by Athol Clark. Running was over the same course and on the same Texel cross hoggs. At 53, Sergio Perello had the winning run with Murguia Jim with 94 points.

Good form This was their seventh win in their first open season. In good form, Mr Perello took a second win on New Year’s Day at North Lancashire with his other open dog Rap. Running near the end, Ross Watson and Ricky were second with 93 points on an out-bye decision over Willie Welsh and Cap on the same score. raised amounted to just more than £200. NEW YEAR’S EVE Charity Trial, Barford Meadows, Kettering, Northamptonshire (T. Foster, Creaton) Open (35 ran) 1, V. Powell (Cold Ashby) Cully, 93 of 100; 2, M. Banham (Chipstead) Belle, 92 OLF; 3, B. Smith (Wytham) Ben, 92; 4, A. Blackmore (Ledbury) Ren, 89; 5, A. Blackmore, Del, 88; 6, K. Addington (Kettering) Drift, 86. Novice, 1, A. Blackmore, Ren, 89. Money raised for The Wildlife Trust BCN was £220. TARNWATER, Meadow Court, Tarnwater Lane, Ashton with Stodday, Lancaster (D. Harrison, Selside) Open (48 ran) 1, D. Scrimgeour (Wigton) Lyn, 95 of 100; 2, J. Scrivin (Elslack) Gwen, 94; 3, R. Hutchinson, Big, 92; 4, T. Longton, Maya, 91; 5, W. Bell (Earby) Slick, 90; 6, R. Fawcett, Lola, 88. NORTH LANCASHIRE, Lee End Farm, Quernmore, Lancaster (R. Watson) Open (64 ran) 1, S. Perello, Rap, 88 of 100; 2, R. Fawcett, Lola, 86; 3, M. Jenkins, Ember, 85 OLF; 4, T. Huddleston (Caton) Udale Ola, 85; 5, R. Hutchinson, Big, 83; 6, A. Temple, Jan, 82. WEST COUNTRY, Holsworthy, Cornwall (J. Summers, Tintagel) Maltese cross (18 ran) 1, T. Rofe (Chilla) Dot, 53 of 70; 2, J. Watson (Postbridge) Spot, 52; 3, J. Nicholls (Buckland Brewer) Sam, 49 OLF; 4, J. Watson, Huthwaite Roy, 49. Driving (11 ran) 1, C. Worgan (Chulmleigh) Lee, 76 of 100; 2, D. Heard (Cornwall) Tan, 67; 3, M. Evans (Holsworthy) Ben, 56. New handler (6 ran) 1, C. Watson (Bittaford) Flow, 57 of 70; 2, R. Skelly (Wotter) Midge, 51; 3, R. Skelly, Lex, 48; 4, R. Skelly, Coles, 38. BOB HAMBLETON Memorial, Slacksdale, was postponed; new date yet to be decided.

At the annual Boxing Day Charity open held at Clough Head, Philip Mellin judged the entry of 44. Gently rising to the lift, the course had a long right-hand drive and cross drive and was set over rough ground. Although this was the first time they had been used in a trial, Cheviot hoggs were reasonable to manage. At 20, Shirley Cropper and Danny had the winning run, gaining 74 points. Frank Cleary matched their score with Billy, at 30, to take second place on an out-bye decision. Proceeds from a raffle, auction, catering and entry fees amounted to £710, which was donated to the Air Ambulance. At the fundraising trial for the 2017 English National held at Worlington, Dennis Jenkins judged the entry of 40. All dogs had a fresh packet of Blackface hoggs, which were quite testing over the flattish course. Claire Neal’s Blake handled them with the care they required to take the title on 89 points, two clear of runners-up Megan Jenkins and Ember. More than £200 was raised. At the New Year’s Eve charity trial at Barford Meadows, where £220 was

raised for the Wildlife Trust BCN, Tim Foster judged the entry of 35.

Hoggs Over a gently undulating course, running was on packets of four hoggs, mainly two Hebrideans and two Manx. Although reasonable on the course, sheep were quite tricky to pen.

Trials diary ENGLAND January 7. FYLDE Nursery, Hollinhead Farm, Caton, Lancaster, LA2 9NA, 9.30am start, enter on field, those running two dogs must be booked in by 12 noon. HOLME Nursery, change of venue to Deerplay, Bacup, Lancashire, OL13 8RD, 9am start, enter on field, those running two dogs must be booked in by 12 noon. NORTH WESTMORLAND Nursery, novice and new handler, Croglin, Newbiggin, 9am start, enter on field by 1pm, for three dogs two by 12 noon, novice confined to Cumbria. NORTHERN Nursery, committee novice and new handler, change of date, Pool Tree, Hamsterley, Co Durham, DL13 3QW, about one mile east of Woodland, 10am start, enter on field by 2pm, three or more dogs first by 12 noon, only one after 1pm. NORTHUMBERLAND League, nursery and new handler, Chathill, NE67 5AA, 11am start, enter on field. RYEDALE Nursery, West House Farm, Kildale, YO21 2SE, between Kildale and Westerdale, 10am start, enter on field by 1pm, more than one dog first by 12 noon. SLINDON Open, Slindon House Farm, Slindon, Eccleshall,

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Sergio Perello and Murguia Jim were winners at Holmrook.

WORKING DOGS Willie Welsh and Joe take top spot at Patna Scotland: Sine Robertson GOOD close work with touchy ewes gave Willie Welsh’s Joe the edge at Patna. Mule ewes were light and touchy at the pen, reacting against too much pressure on the flat course, which rose at the far end. Mr Welsh’s Joe was tight at top, but sheep stayed settled. A good fetch followed, but the turn round Mr Welsh’s feet was not neat. The drive started well, but ewes were low at the cross drive gate and made a wide turn through. A good pen, with only a minor break and a clean shed, completed the run. Julie Hill took the top two places at Roslin, with Glencregg Gael and Lee, respectively. Cheviot Mule hoggs were good to handle on a good sized flat field, with a long, testing nursery run.

Gael ran out well, but lifted hastily and the fetch was slightly off line. The drive started well, until sheep tried to swerve the gate. Gael put them through and had a good cross drive. The hoggs went slightly off line on the return to the pen, but a clean pen and good shed secured success. A good run with only minor points lost at various elements gave Mosse Magnusson’s Nell the lead at Ardormie open trial. The packets of four easy care hoggs behaved well on the rising course, which afforded good viewing to spectators. Nell ran out clean to the top, but had to bend the line a little from the lift to the fetch. The fetch went well from there and the drive was nearly clean. A good pen and clean shed completed the winning run.

Scottish results

(Heriot) Bonnie, 81; 6, M. McTeir (Moniaive) Jim, 80. Novice (9 ran) 1, S. Morgan (West Linton) Jill, 87; 2, K. Blackwood (Sanquhar) Jill, 75.5; 3, J. L’Etang (Slamannan) Gyp, 74; 4, J. L’Etang, Slip, 73; 5, A. Walker (Hamilton) Lass, 72; 6, D. MacDiarmid (Glenrath) Sally, 65. ARDORMIE (A. Wilkie, Lintrathen) Open (40 ran) 1, M. Magnusson (Mid Derry) Nell, 94; 2, P. Martin (Glenlyon) Jill, 92; 3, I.M. Brownlie (Bridge of Cally) Lia, 91 Outbye; 4, W. Welsh, Cap, 91; 5, P. Martin, Jen, 90 Outbye; 6, A.D. Carnegie (Comrie) Linburn Rook, 90. BETTYKNOWES (N. MacDonald, Shawhead) Nursery (9 ran) 1, A.R. Mundell (Moffat) Rob, 83; 2, D. Aitken (Lockerbie) Tweeddale Nell, 80; 3, D. Aitken, Tweeddale Fly, 65; 4, R. Malcolm (Gatehouse) Mac, 57. Pro-novice, 1, D. McMillan (Carsphairn) Craig; 2, D. Aitken, Tweeddale Buzz.

NEWTON STEWART (Judge, W. Anderson, Newton Stewart) Nursery (10 ran) 1, S. McCrindle (Palnackie) Zak, 95; 2, C. Armstrong (Archbank) Malta Scott, 91; 3, I. McMillan (Newton Stewart) Rob, 90; 4, A. Stewart (Lockerbie) Kemi Ruby, 81; 5, C. Caygill (Whinnyliggate) Tag, 75; 6, D. Mitchell (New Luce) Kate, 71. PATNA (S. Rae, Patna) Nursery (13 ran) 1, W. Welsh (Dalmellington) Joe, 84; 2, K. Donald (Dalrymple) Alf, 82; 3, J. Shennan (Barr) Tess, 81 Outbye; 4, I. Fergie (Straiton) Rock, 81; 5, W.J. Welsh (Beoch) Tommy, 80; 6, A. McCulloch (Dalmellington) Risp, 79. ROSLIN (C. Smart, St Boswells) Nursery (12 ran) 1, J. Hill (Heriot) Glencregg Gail, 92.5; 2, J. Hill, Lee, 88.5; 3, R. Henderson (Crawford) Roy, 86; 4, D. Wallace (Blyth Bridge) Tess, 82; 5, R.B. Henderson

An early run by Ben Smith and Ben set a good standard of 92. A little later, Val Powell and Cully earned the top open score of 93, while, with a late run, Mark Banham and Belle took second placing on 92 with better out-bye work. Angie Blackmore’s score of 89 with Ren won the novice class and fourth placing in the open.

Staffordshire, ST21 6LX, 8.30am start, entry closed, catering. January 8. CHARITY Open, Hardraw, Hawes, North Yorkshire, DL8 3LZ, on the Askrigg Road at turning to Buttertubs Pass, 8am start, enter on field, maximum two dogs per handler, proceeds to Bone Cancer Research Trust. HIGHER WHITLEY Nursery, novice and beginner, School Lane, Higher Whitley, Cheshire, WA4 4QB, 9am start, enter on field by 12 noon. ROMNEY MARSH Cradle, nursery and novice, Whitehall, Ludgate Lane, Lynsted, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 0RF, 10am start, enter on field, catering. WEST COUNTRY Nursery, driving then MX, South West nursery qualifier, at Victor Pitts, 10am start, enter on field. WINDERMERE Nursery and new handler, Whitbeck, Cumbria, off A595 about one mile north of Silecroft, 9.30am start, enter on field by 2pm, unless dogs are still competing. January 15. KEASDEN Open, Wickworth Cottage, Keasden, Clapham, North Yorkshire, LA2 8ET, 9am start, pre-entry, limited to one dog per handler, first 30 dogs, contact C. Taylor, tel: 07812 589 621.

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Floodlit trial raises funds for Llandovery Cottage Hospital League of Friends Wales: Christine Hall THE Bromsberrow Heath Christmas Trial last Tuesday and Wednesday (December 27 and 28) saw two excellent days of trialling. Sheep worked well on the tricky course with its steep banks and the 300-yard outrun provided a stiff test. On the first day, Nigel Watkins took the top spot with Groesfaen Fern (Fly) and the novice prize went to Kevin Evans with Ace. On day two, Jed Watson won with Gwydr Zac and Nigel won the novice with Fly. At the Tynwern trial last Wednesday (December 29), the Lleyn sheep held well at the top of the field. An outrun was possible to either side of the gently sloping course. Sheep worked well, but were difficult to pen. Kevin Evans and Preseli Ci won the first session with a high-scoring

run, which lost them only six points. In the afternoon, John Wheaton and Ben, who was running in his last trial before retirement, had the top score with only eight points lost. The Tirmynydd Charity Fun Trial, held in memory of Mike Hall, took place under floodlights on the evening of last Friday (December 30). There were 34 runs and a large crowd of spectators. The event, which was the idea of young handler Logan Williams and his family, was successful in raising £800 for Llandovery Cottage Hospital League of Friends. Sheep worked well over the short course, which included a pen and a single. Despite the fact a fine mist affected visibility for several of the runs, standards were high. Mr Evans and Preseli Ci’s score of eight points down gave them their second win of the week.

Welsh results BROMSBERROW HEATH, Day one (Judge, T. Griffiths) Open national, 1, N. Watkins (Llanddeusant) Groesfaen Fern (Fly), 93; 2, M. Capes (Lydney) Kinloch Cloe, 92 OLF; 3, S. Harden (Pembroke) Bob, 92; 4, N. Watkins, Tanhill Alex, 91 OLF; 5, K. Broad (Llanllawddog) Kinloch Levi, 91; 6, A. Driscoll (Llanllawddog) Kinloch Mazi, 90. Novice national, 1, N. Watkins, Groesfaen Fern, 93; 2, A. Price (Llandrindod Wells) Jill, 90; 3, C. Ridge (Narberth) Blue, 88; 4, M. Jones (Maesybont) Nan, 87. Young handler, L. Williams (Salem) Ned. Day two (R. Smith) Open national, 1, J. Watson (Yelverton) Gwydr Zac, 95; 2, K. Evans (Libanus) Preseli Ci, 94 OLF; 3, K. Evans, Ace, 94; 4, D. Howells (Post Talbot) Nip, 93 OLF; 5, J. Bowen (Tenby) Roy, 93; 6, J. Watson, Joe, 92. Novice national, 1, K. Evans, Ace, 94; 2, D. Millichap (Port Talbot) Milly, 90; 3, N. Matthews (Tredegar) Mali, 96; 4, C. Gordon (Gower) Maid, 84. TYNWERN, Open national, session one (A. Owen) 1, K. Evans, Presesli Ci, 6; 2, N. Watkins, Tanhill Alex, 11; 3, P. Tomkins (Llandrindod Wells) Foxridge Roy, 12; 4, A. Driscoll, Kinloch Pippi, 15; 5, J. Wheaton (Port Talbot) Ben, 16; 6, J. Evans (Swyddffynon) Scott, 18. Session two (V. Morris) 1, J. Wheaton, Ben: 8; 2, I.B. Jones (Capel Bangor) Tim, 9; 3, K. Evans, Ace, 10; 4, J. Price (Aberystwyth) Sam, 15 OLF; 5, S. Harden, Bob, 15; 6, A. Owen (Corwen) Roy, 16. TIRMYNYDD CHARITY FUN TRIAL (S. Lewis) 1, K. Evans, Preseli Ci, 8; 2, S. Holt (Libanus) Hybeck Blake, 10 OLF; 3, R. Ellis (Nantymoel) Sweep, 10; 4, A. Driscoll, Kinloch Mazi; 5, K. Broad, Kinloch Levi, 10; 6, L. Williams, Ned.

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With plans already forming for the next harvest season, James Rickard gets behind the wheel of Case IH’s latest combine to see how it fares in field.

140 Series steps out from its big brother’s shadow


ollowing some heavy revisions to its larger 240 Series combines, Case IH’s recent attentions have turned to its smaller series, the 140. Up until now, and particularly with the three-model 140 Series (5140, 6140 and 7140), the Axial Flow platform has changed little since its introduction in 1976, still using the same single rotor concept.

Driven by customer feedback, the latest updates include increased capacity, more operator convenience and improved access and set-up.

Impact To see what impact these changes have on the 140 Series, we took the largest model in the series, a 7140, for a test drive during the 2016 harvest, cutting oilseed rape in Warwickshire.

CONCAVES AND CAPACITY BY tidying up drivelines, including the unloading gearbox and moving the clean grains and returns elevators backwards, access to the threshing rotor is greatly improved. This is particularly true on the left-hand side, where there is almost no obstruction, making swapping concaves much easier. Additionally, the first half of the concave, originally made up of three pieces, is now split into six segments. As well as being easier to handle, you can mix and match them better to suit changing crop conditions. From the cab, the first half of the concave can be electrically adjusted. As standard, the combine is supplied with a set of small and large wire concaves.

For increased capacity, a sixth auger has been added to the grain collection area under the threshing rotor and auger speed has increased from 270rpm to 320rpm, increasing capacity by 20 per cent.

Movement An extra auger also means grain is held better across the width of the collection area, reducing the amount of lateral grain movement on hills. This presents grain more evenly to the sieves. All drivelines to these augers are dry, meaning no maintenance is required. Derived from the 240 Series, the clean grains elevator capacity has also been increased to 140 tonnes per hour.

CROSS FLOW CLEANING ONE of the most significant updates to the 140 Series is the addition of the firm’s Cross Flow cleaning system, designed to compensate for sideways gradients of up to 12-degrees. By including a lateral and a longitudinal throwing action to the top sieve, crop can be more evenly distributed over the sieve area. This is achieved via a linkage mechanism connected to an electric actuator which alters the amount of throw based on information sent from an inclinometer. As the gradient increases, so too does the throwing action. As the system is electronically

controlled, information is sent to the cab allowing the operator to see how much movement is happening. You can also offset the throwing action to one side, compensating for sticky crops which can run through the combine biased to one side – a trait of single rotor combines. Left and right loss sensors give an indication of build-up of grain on either side. It would be great if the loss sensor information could be combined with the inclinometer data to provide a fully automatic solution to keep grain evenly distributed across the sieves.

RESIDUE MANAGEMENT THINGS have got a lot simpler and less labour intensive at the rear, thanks to a completely redesigned residue management system. For chopping, an internal rotor is still used, which can now have its speed more easily adjusted via a push/pull gear engager (from 9503,500rpm), rather than having to wrestle with belts and pulleys. Drive to spreading discs is now hydraulic, which sees a reduction in driveline components and allows spread pattern to be changed by 68 | JANUARY 6 2017

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altering disc speed from 300700rpm. It also makes access much better, as the whole spreading unit can be swung out the way.

Deflector Switching from chopping to swathing can also be done from the cab or externally via buttons, which sees a swath plate drop into position while a horizontal deflector door allows straw to flow out the back. Chaff is still directed onto the spreading discs.

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ON TEST MACHINERY The heavily revised 140 is definitely one to consider.

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TRACKS AND TRANSMISSION DESIGNED to reduce compaction and transport width while also improving header stability, an approved track option from Zuidberg is offered by Case IH. The F-type track option is supplied in the UK through importer Lynx Engineering, with track fitment done by a Case IH dealer. Each track comprises a drive wheel, two idlers and three sets of mid-rollers. Mid-rollers sit slightly lower than the idlers to prevent scuffing on hard surfaces and provide some dampening, via a rubber mounting, but expect to

feel potholes on the road. Road speed is also reduced to 22kph due to the reduced gearing. Fitted with 76cm (30in) tracks, overall transport width is 3.4m.

Travel In field, especially when using a large header, 7.62m (25ft) in our case, travel quality is much better compared to wheels. However, you do lose some turning circle. Track option price is also quite eye-watering, but at least you can keep hold of the track units when

Engine: 6.7-litre, six-cylinder, FPT Maximum power: 449hp Total separation area: 2.78sq.m Total sieve area under wind control: 5.5sq.m Grain tank capacity: 10,570 litres

it comes to combine trade-in. For maintenance, track tension can be applied using a tractor’s spool and it is recommended this is done every 12 months. Transmission-wise it is out with the old three-speed mechanical

Unloading rate: 113 litres per second Headers available: From 4.9-9.1 metres Base retail price: £270,852 Track options: £49,090 for 760mm belts, not including fitting. £46,640 for 610mm belts 7.6m header price: £34,487

range selector and in with a new hydrostatic transmission offering two electro-selectable ranges, with two further speeds in each. Apart from being much easier to select, it gives a lot better control over speed.

CLEANING AND UNLOADING ALONG with better access to get airlines in, cleaning is also improved thanks to slide-out, return and clean grain auger trays. Both trays run the full width of the combine and, with a stop removed, pull out fairly easily. To help, an automated cleaning cycle can also be activated from the cab which maxes out fan

speed and fully opens up the sieves. Once finished, prior combine settings can be recalled.

Spout Taken from the 240 Series is a pivoting spout on the unloading auger. This can be controlled from the joystick and allows more accurate filling of trailers.

FG verdict OFTEN overshadowed by the flagship 240 Series, the 140 is definitely one of Case IH’s unsung heroes and is a more than capable machine, especially now. And its substantial revisions should go a long way to making it a much more attractive prospect for potential buyers. While it is hard to judge capacity improvements, the updates should squeeze a bit more performance out of the 140. Based on what we have seen, it is a good size

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combine for the lion’s share of UK arable farms and a respectable competitor to the likes of John Deere’s S650/660 and Claas’ Lexion 750 combines, for example.

Clean Lift the panels and this is not a combine which will shock you with excessive complexity. It is a clean layout to look at, and a good combine to maintain and set-up. Overall, the new 140 Series is definitely one to consider. JANUARY 6 2017 | 69

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MACHINERY Swapping wheels for different jobs or seasons can be a chore, but there are a range of devices on the market which can make the task easier and safer. Jane Carley reports.

All change SEALEY SEALEY’S W1200T has eight adjustable rollers (four on each side) which allow for easy turning of deep tread tyres; a locking mechanism allows the rollers to be fixed at eight pre-set positions. A large jacking handle and hydraulic foot pedal allow for one-man operation. To ensure stability during transportation, a safety bar fits around the wheel. The W1200T is mounted on two locking and two nonlocking castors for improved stability and manoeuvrability. Maximum wheel diameter is 2,200mm and maximum weight 1,200kg. Price is £953.95.

SPALDINGS THE Mk2 Truecraft hydraulic wheel changer will lift wheels up to 1,800mm in diameter and 1,000mm wide, weighing up to 1,500kg. Features include a two-speed hydraulic ram for quick and accurate adjustment and a removable support handle to assist with manoeuvrability.



FOR something slightly different, Trakjak, designed by Irish contractor Pauric Fay, uses the tractor’s rear linkage to lift the rear axle off the ground, allowing wheels to be safely removed or changed. The rear linkage is connected to a frame which runs under the rear of the tractor. Raising the tractor’s lift arms pulls the frame against the pickup hitch and levers the tractor off the ground. With the rear wheels removed, Trakjak’s solid wheels enable the tractor to be slowly manoeuvred, with four-wheel drive engaged,

TWO models of wheel changer are offered by APM; TE950 and TE951. The higher capacity TE950 will lift up to 1,500kg and wheel diameters up to 2,150mm and widths to 1,050mm. Operated via a hydraulic foot pedal, the TE950 is mounted on four 150mm diameter castors for ease of manoeuvrability. Two banks of large rollers are designed to offer improved handling for deep treaded tyres, while an adjustable safety bar keeps the wheel in balance. This model comes with a threeyear warranty. The smaller TE951 can lift wheels up to 1,200kg and 760mm wide.

from workshop to wash bay and vice-versa, making it easier to clean a tractor ahead of a strip-down or service. Trakjak can lift up to 12 tonnes, so is suitable for all agricultural tractors. Price is available on application.

Roller tables feature wide, 695mm long rollers for rotation of the wheel to align with the studs, and there is an additional castor wheel on the central frame support for extra strength. List price is £710.70.

Prices are £1,495 for the TE950, and £695 for the TE951.

SAM MORETON AND SONS TYRE specialist Moretons offers Craftsman and Liberator XL wheel lifter models. Both machines are operated by a twospeed hydraulic ram. The ram first pulls the rollers towards each other on the higher speed. Once the rollers bear the weight of the tyre, the ram changes to the lower speed, 70 | JANUARY 6 2017

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offering more accurate height adjustment. Once the tyre is lifted off the ground it can be rotated on the roller bed to line-up with the wheel studs. An angled safety bar allows easy access to the wheel studs. Designed to lift up to 1,200kg, the wheel lifters are suitable for

wheel diameters up to 380/90R54 row crops (up to 2,000mm). The Craftsman 800 handles tyres up to 800mm wide, while the Liberator XL’s maximum tyre width is 1,200mm. Price for the Craftsman 800 is £1,225 and the XL Liberator is priced at £1,425.

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MACHINERY While Brexit may have caused market instability, there could be light at the end of the tunnel. Richard Bradley speaks to industry experts to find out more.

Brighter outlook after Brexit


ith machinery sales expected to be down by 15 per cent in 2017, it may appear Brexit has caused yet more market troubles. To try and find out the reality and to see if anything can weight in farmers’ benefit, we get the views of industry experts.

MASSEY FERGUSON PART of global giant Agco Corporation, Massey Ferguson makes up about 12 per cent of UK tractor registrations, and says it has a much brighter outlook on the UK market than it did 12 months ago. William Judge, MF national sales manager for UK and Ireland, says: “Brexit has to come with complications, however it could give farmers as good a chance as ever to invest as subsidies are remaining until 2020 and market prices are expected to climb. “The next four to five years could see a big change in British agriculture, which could provide a good opportunity for young farmers

to start out in the industry. Mid-sized farmers are likely to feel the biggest squeeze, however.” Massey Ferguson says it does not believe the machinery market will suddenly take off as commodity price rise, but expects there will be a slow or flat recovery. As a US-based brand, Agco does not see any effect to the UK machinery market from ‘Trumpageddon’, the shock election of Donald Trump as US president.

SECOND-HAND MACHINERY MARKET WITH market uncertainty, dealers are reporting farmers are extending replacement policies and searching out second-hand deals. This is backed up by reports

from Cheffins auction in Sutton, Cambridgeshire, where there was an increase in sales of £1 million over its 2015 November machinery sale.


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AGRICULTURAL ENGINEERS ASSOCIATION Overall tractor registrations for 2016 are expected to be down about 2-3 per cent compared to 2015. According to the AEA, this minor fall, when compared to the fall in the overall machinery market, is likely due to the clearing of stock tractors which do not meet current engine emission standards. As for a future outlook, after the large drops in recent years, the AEA is expecting little change in machinery and tractor registrations for 2017.

WHILE the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) says Brexit has caused uncertainty among farmers, it also says poor recent farm incomes, which were clear before the vote, are the main influence on the falling machinery market. While sterling’s movement as a result of Brexit has meant a recent price increase of imported machinery, it has also helped improve product prices and the Basic Payment for 2016/2017.



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Rhys Millichap is the name behind Rhymil Blues, a pedigree herd of British Blue cattle with a reputation for showing success. Laura Bowyer went to meet him.

Addicted to the showring Rhys Millichap with Rhymil Kardashian, a home-bred heifer.

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breed and wanting to etch out his own enterprise, Mr Millichap visited Chelford market on his 17th birthday and bought a Bringlee-bred cow and calf, the foundation female in what is now his eight-cow herd.

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Two years later, in 2009, he sold a bull at Carlisle for 6,000gns and in the same year bought the yearling heifer, Lakeview Dancer, for 3,500gns. This female has produced a number of Mr Millichap’s biggest successes, including Rhymil Kylie, which holds a wealth of titles (see panel, left); Rhymil Heidi, which took reserve female in the Blue classes at the Royal Cornwall Show, and Rhymil Highness, which was breed champion at Monmouth and Pembrokeshire shows. Mr Millichap says: “Lakeview Dancer has bred exceptionally well, producing females with length, size and power.” But its daughter Rhymil Kylie, which attracted the judge’s eyes on this summer’s show circuit with a large collection of prize cards and sashes to prove it, is the animal Mr Millichap calls his biggest success to date.

Kylie crossed the Severn Bridge in November, heading for its new home in Cullompton, Devon, as an 18th birthday present for Charlotte Alford, of Fox Hill Farm Pedigrees, where it will be a foundation female for the farm’s new venture into the breed. In the autumn of 2012, Mr Millichap bought an aged cow, Paulern Audrey, at the dispersal of the Paulern herd, Gloucester, for 2,650gns.

Power It went on to breed Rhymil Jagerbomb, a first prize winner at the 2015 Royal Highland Show and supreme champion and joint sale leader at this year’s Border British Blue spring show and sale at Carlisle, selling at 12,000gns to D.J. Lloyd and Co, Caersws, Powys. He says there is a great difference between British and Belgian Blue breed types, with the former being larger with more muscle and a very good temperament. Mr Millichap says: “I did import an animal from Belgium, but I did not get on with it. Yes, it was muscular, but it Mr Millichap is focused on breeding quality stock.



ith just over a decade of experience under his belt, Rhys Millichap has become a force to be reckoned with in show and sale rings up and down the country. At Rhiwgarn Farm, Tonyrefail, Mid Glamorgan, 29-year-old Mr Millichap farms in partnership with his parents David and Catherine Millichap, and his grandparents Lyn and Gaynor Davies. The family runs 405 hectares (1,000 acres) and with the farmhouse sitting at 396 metres (1,300ft) above sea level, all of their ground is down to grass. At age 16 Mr Millichap left school and returned home to the family sheep and beef farm, where they have farmed for 16 years. The farm was then, and still is, home to a commercial suckler herd, using both Limousin and British Blue blood, along with a number of pedigree Limousins. With a love for the British Blue

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LIVESTOCK Rhymil Kylie’s success Inter-breed champion – Cothi Bridge, North Somerset, Glamorgan and Bedwellty shows Reserve inter-breed champion – Royal Cornwall Show Breed champion and inter-breed junior heifer – Royal Welsh Show Reserve breed champion – Royal Three Counties and Monmouth shows

did not have the frame. They breed for a different market out there.” Mr Millichap says he is looking for good, framey cows, which are muscular enough to produce a bull. He likes milky mothers which are easy to handle. It is cows with good enough pedigrees and size which will be flushed, he says. He adds: “Females need power but they still need femininity and sparkle.” When it comes to males, Mr Millichap says: “In a bull you need size, power and mobility or you will not even get a look in. I do not take too much notice of EBVs, but instead look at the animal itself. Someone once told me one of my animals had the best locomotion they had ever seen. If I walked you up and down the hills at our place, you would be good on your feet too. “As a breeder, bulls have got to be 4,000gns to make it financially worth your while. Between feeding and transport, they cost a lot of money to get to that stage. In Carlisle, they want bulls to be 20-25 months of age, weighing in at 1,000kg.” When breeding from his Blue females as heifers, Mr Millichap will put a Limousin to them to see how they calve, before using British Blue semen the next time round. However, he says, natural calving is not a main driver for him. Heifers are not bulled before 24 months, with the aim of calving down at three years of age. It is the same for the family’s suckler cows who will be put to a Limousin as a heifer, regardless of their own breed.

Cross-bred females are used as Blue recipients and all these females undergo caesareans. Mr Millichap only shows home-bred animals and says he would ideally like to be showing cows with calves at foot, to demonstrate the capability of his breeding. He says: “For me, showing is a hobby but also a great shop window for my stock. Personally, I find it very addictive. But if animals are not spot on, there is no point in showing them, or breeding from them. You will just make yourself look silly.” Rhymil Blues runs as a spring-calving herd, similar to the farm’s commercials, although Mr Millichap says some calve in autumn. Pedigree calves are not fed any concentrates, saying it is better to leave them on grass to grow on naturally. Clamped and baled silage is also made on the farm’s lowlands, which also lends itself to growing clover. Here, they fatten lambs and run cows and calves.

Suckler cows Mr Millichap says: “Calves will do better off clover than any other feed, although cross-bred calves and stores will receive some concentrates.” Running a high health status herd, Mr Millichap tests for Johne’s and BVD, and consequently only buys-in stock from other high health herds. From the sucklers, about 100 stores are sold through Brecon market between 17-20 months of age and nothing is finished on-farm. Brecon and Chelford markets see calves from the family’s suckler herd in their show potential sales. At the 2015 English Winter Fair they took the highest bid for a baby beef entry at 2,800gns for the calf Black Eyed Pea. Mr Millichap says: “I have not spent a lot of money to get where I am today. I have just slowly built up my herd and reinvested earnings on the way. My parents helped to purchase the first cow when I was 17, but since then I have funded it myself. “I do sell embryos out of cows I have

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bred, but it is not my main goal, I am more focused on breeding quality stock. I am yet to tap into semen sales, but it might be something for the future. My main aim is to drive towards a production sale of about 20 animals.” On being asked for advice to any young people wanting to succeed in the

showring, Mr Millichap says: “I would stick to one breed, so you do not lose focus. I bought a Charolais once, but I have decided it is best to stick to just one breed. And just do your own thing. A lot of people take too much notice of what other people say or think, but stick to what you want to do.”



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n a bid to prove sheep farming can be profitable, over and above subsidies and on a relatively small scale, Graham Lofthouse has made major changes to his livestock system at Bankhouse Farm, Galashiels. And his efforts have not gone unnoticed, with his family’s farm winning Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year 2016 at AgriScot last November. By applying some innovative ideas and paying attention to detail, the family has managed to massively

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which we used to winter 300 ewes and 30 cows on. “We have re-invested the compensation money into building housing for stock through winter.” Alongside his wife Kathleen and their young son Cameron, Mr Lofthouse runs the business with his parents Bert and Wilma. Owned by the Lofthouses since 1959, Bankhouse was previously a dairy and pig unit but it has been a beef and sheep farm for the past three decades. However, it was not until about eight years ago Mr Lofthouse decided a complete rethink of the

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SHEEP SPECIAL We body condition score ewes every two weeks and formulate rations depending on body weight and foetuses carried

The Lofthouses’ Easy Care flock scans at 184 per cent.

they are. The ewes scan at 184 per cent and we now have lamb mortality down to 7 per cent from scanning to selling, compared to the 15 per cent we regularly lost previously.” By introducing a paddock grazing system, Mr Lofthouse has also managed to increase livestock numbers, with the farm now holding 439 Easy Care ewes, plus 123 ewe hoggs and 75 cows. He says: “We set stock in spring and after a month they are grouped into twin and single batches, with ewes and lambs rotated up to daily,

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depending on pasture growth, around the 62 paddocks which are one or two hectares in size. “It is not a system which would suit every farm, but it works for us and means we can carry a lot of stock on a small acreage. This year we have been able to produce 872kg per hectare, between sheep and beef.” Mr Lofthouse says attending the Borders Grazing Group, through Quality Meat Scotland, has been a great driver to the success of his paddock grazing. “We do a lot of analysis, which

really helps keep on top of the system, and it is great being able to discuss and share ideas with like-minded people. I go to a few different groups and find them really beneficial.” The Lofthouses breed their own replacement females from the best of the Easy Care ewes and retain the best tup lambs, having bought only one out-cross ram in the last eight years. Aside from this, they only buy in Suffolk tups, of which they have two.

Attention Mr Lofthouse says when buying recorded Suffolks, they pay particular attention to the estimated breeding values (EBVs) for high eight-week weights, high scan weights and positive back fat. “We have been buying Suffolks on EBVs for at least 10 years now and we think it makes a big difference. It allows us to get lambs to kill-weight faster and ensures good conversion efficiencies. We buy them at Kelso or privately, normally from Kevin Stewart’s Kelso flock or Malcolm Stewart’s, Sandyknowe one. “The lower end of the ewes and those with any with minor issues, such as poor feet, are put in what we call the ‘B-mob’, which consists

of 100 ewes which we put to the Suffolk tup, to produce fat lambs. Ewes with feet issues are all slaughtered after weaning.” Mr Lofthouse’s careful grazing allocation has also allowed them to produce 500 tonnes more silage at 11ME or greater, and this has massively helped reduce production costs of the sheep, which are housed from February to April and fed a flat rate of silage. For the final four weeks before lambing, they receive 100g of soya per foetus carried, plus high selenium and B12 mineral in a total mixed ration. “I’ve always been interested in nutrition and the difference it can make to the productivity of animals. We do not just feed based on whether they are carrying singles, twins or triplets, we also take into account the body condition of the ewe, which I think has the biggest impact on lamb viability and survival at lambing time. “We body condition score ewes every two weeks and formulate rations depending on body weight and foetuses carried. Last year, our costs for forage and concentrate worked out at £3.20 per ewe.” The Lofthouses do not sell cast ewes, they are happy to keep breeding from them indefinitely, providing they have a full mouth

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Bankhouse Farm The reduction in production costs means carcases need only sell for £45 to make a profit in the system.

and can maintain body condition. However, they are particularly selective about which ones are left in the breeding group. “Our main stipulations for ewes are for them to lamb themselves, produce good colostrum and be good mothers. If they do not lamb unassisted, then they are put into the B-mob, and those which are best at all three are the ones which we will keep tup lambs to breed from.”


different way of thinking. It is about the efficiency of the maternal lines, looking at the kilos produced and the cost of producing them. We are using the same philosophy with the cattle, which are Aberdeen– Angus/Herefords.”

Goal Mr Lofthouse’s overall goal is to make the best possible returns from a relatively small family farm and to make a net profit without subsidies, which he has managed for the past four years running. He aims to achieve a good work/ life balance, but the route he has chosen is certainly not an easy option. His attention to detail at every stage of the production cycle is testament to this and he is always

willing to make necessary changes to improve the system. “Trying to improve the growth rate of lambs is a constant objective and we would also like to finish even more lambs straight off grass. “We prefer Easy Care ewes as they are efficient and productive, but Easy Care certainly does not mean ‘no-care’. We feel it is so important to get all the little bits right, as they add up to making a big impact overall.”

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This year, lambing took place from April 17, with lambs ready to go from the start of August. Suffolk cross lambs and any Easy Care ones which are not being kept for breeding are mainly sold through Scotbeef, with an average

kill weight of about 18.7kg. Three-quarters of those lambs are sold straight off grass, with later ones given supplementary feeding outside and then the last 100, of about 750 in total, are intensely finished inside. Mr Lofthouse says: “Easy Care lambs are probably not great to look at, but they kill out really well. We only had two O grades this year and they are regularly hitting 2 and 3L grades. “Because we managed to reduce our production costs, as long as we get £45 per lamb then we are in clear profit. Last year our overall average was £61.45 per lamb. “Those prices may not sound impressive compared to the top prices at markets, but it is a

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SHEEP SPECIAL The main advice is to avoid an orf outbreak or prevent the spread of one.

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aused by a parapox virus, orf is a highly contagious, painful disease, mainly found in sheep and goats. It is recognised by the scabby lesions and pustules which develop on non-woolly areas of the skin, usually being most prolific around the mouth and nose. Lesions in ewes can also be found on the teats and udder area, often caused by infected lambs attempting to suckle. The discomfort of sores often means a ewe will not allow its lamb to take milk and, if left unnoticed, bacterial mastitis can develop. Infection is established through abrasions on the skin, which is why flocks on rough grazing or where there are a lot of thistles are more prone to the disease. The orf virus can survive for many years in a dry environment, such as lambing sheds, and more serious outbreaks often occur in housed flocks at lambing time.

It does not appear to survive outside in a wet environment, but can survive on the skin of some sheep for many years without causing disease. Flocks which have never experienced orf are only likely to suffer an outbreak after the introduction of new stock. Therefore, farmers are advised to implement routine examinations and quarantine procedures when buying-in stock.

Treatment As orf is a virus, it is untreatable with antibiotics, although they are sometimes used to treat secondary infections. Therefore, the main advice is geared towards avoiding an outbreak or preventing the spread of one, rather than attempting a cure. Dr Colin McInnes, deputy director at the Moredun Institute, has more than 25 years’ experience in orf research, and advises farms with a known problem should take steps to break the cycle of infection. He says: “As scabs are the main site

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Preparations which help lesions dry out are preferable to those which keep them moist DR COLIN McINNES of infection, lesions which have shed from animals are major sources of repeat disease. These scabs contain millions of copies of the virus and can lead to environmental contamination. “Although many farmers are tempted to pick scabs off before they are healed, this should be avoided, as this re-injures skin, allowing the virus to re-infect, leading to prolongation of the disease.” Cast scabs will not survive outside. However, they are able to fester in relatively stable environments, such as warm building crevices, for many years, so it is recommended sheds which have been home to sheep with orf are disinfected before new animals are brought in.

Orf lesions are most prolific around the mouth and nose.

PEOPLE are susceptible to orf, so anyone handling infected sheep, wool or skins can catch it. Orf causes swollen, red areas, usually on the hands or face, which are painful, have a poor response to treatment and take a long time to heal. In some cases, it can cause a severe systemic reaction, requiring hospitalisation.

Dr McInnes says: “The most effective way to do this is using a steam cleaner. Equally, feeding and water troughs which orf-infected animals have used should be thoroughly cleaned, and pastures where animals have been grazed should be rested until the following season.”

Immunity New outbreaks can be most severe as immunity from disease within the group is lower. This means recovery can take up to six weeks, as opposed to secondary infections, which should resolve within two weeks. Emollient creams should be used on first sign of an infection, followed by antibiotics, if necessary, in more extreme cases. Dr McInnes says: “Many vets use antiseptic preparation on lesions to reduce the likelihood of secondary adventitious infections taking hold. “Preparations which help lesions dry out are preferable to those which keep them moist, as the sooner the scabs form and slough off, the better.” Infected stock should be isolated, while infected lambs or lambs from infected ewes nursed to reduce pain and discomfort. They should be artificially fed with particular attention paid to the hygiene of utensils.

Control Faced with an outbreak, vaccination helps reduce severity of the problem and protects animals not yet infected Vaccination should only be used if orf is present on-farm, as the vaccine is live, and should never be used if there is not a problem The vaccine is used strategically to give maximum protection to ewes and lambs when at their most vulnerable, but should be avoided during the last seven weeks of pregnancy The vaccine is applied by scratching the bare skin under the front leg using a specially provided applicator

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Young lambs can be vaccinated at any time from birth or can be batch vaccinated before leaving housing for pasture If an outbreak occurs in older lambs, it is important to vaccinate in-contact animals to reduce the number of lambs with the disease Vaccinated animals must not come into contact with unvaccinated animals for at least seven weeks after vaccination Always consult your vet about the most appropriate vaccination regime for your flock JANUARY 6 2017 | 79

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eticulously recording genetics for 30 years on a hill farm 365m (1,200ft) up in the Brecon Beacons National Park has helped one family produce a ‘designer’ range of

rams capable of tackling a variety of flock shortcomings. Whether it is a problem with feet, milkiness, worm tolerance, hardiness, growth rates, vigour or meat yield which needs improvement, one Mid Wales family reckons to have a possible solution, the New Zealand Romney. To some in the mid-1980s it was hardly seen as the sheep breed to keep in the Black Mountains, but the pioneering work of Richard and Penny Chantler has proved them wrong.

Resistance Despite harsh conditions, today’s 600-ewe flock is consistently achieving a weaning rate of more than 165 per cent, while being long living and easy lambing outdoors, and showing a high degree of worm resistance. Back in 1983, Richard was one of the pioneers of pregnancy scanning ewes working with Wye College and Edinburgh University. Within three years Richard had bought his own scanning equipment, set up his own business and travelled the UK scanning flocks having spent several months scanning in New Zealand, fast becoming recognised as one of the world’s leading authorities on scanning. His interest in Romneys started in the late 1970s when he was employed as the head shepherd at Wye College for a development group working to improve the prolificacy of the breed. This research found the New Zealand genetics acquired in the

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to recording the genetics of their flock.

y to success of er sheep outfit study achieved lambing rates of 180 per cent in contrast to the 130 per cent rate being achieved by their British counterparts. The breed also scored well in meat yield and feed efficiency qualities.

Potential Recognising the Romney’s potential, Richard snapped up the New Zealand stock at the end of the trial. Then, in 1986, having been chosen as a Nuffield Scholar, he visited New Zealand and Australia. What impressed him most was the standard of flock management and how they identify superior ewes in elite breeding groups while selecting for improvement. He set about adopting the same

Farm facts 600 New Zealand Romney ewes Lambs finished and sold deadweight at 40kg liveweight Each ram can serve more than 100 ewes 121 hectares (300 acres)

techniques with his flock and, 10 years later, he and Penny bought the 29-hectare (72-acre) Hill Farm, Llanigon, near Hay-on-Wye, Powys. Aiming to intensify their genetic breeding work, they moved lock, stock and barrel to Wales and took on the High Country name. Sadly, Richard died suddenly in

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SHEEP SPECIAL 2011 but, undeterred, Penny decided to carry on farming on her own, finishing as runner-up for the 2012 NFU Cymru Woman Farmer of the Year, while also continuing with her work as a sculptor. The situation has eased somewhat now her sons, Will and Sam, have joined the business. Will says: “Realistically, the farm was facing a make-or-break situation, but we all felt the only logical path was to continue Richard’s legacy and build on his work with a family partnership, running the oldest New Zealand Romney flock in the UK.”

Research A graduate of Edinburgh University and having recently completed a research project on behalf of the Texel Sheep Society, Will is now working full-time on-farm. Sam works for a company which carries out off-shore oil field surveys, although he returns home during the farm’s peak periods. Will says: “Having jobs off-farm allows us to have our own incomes without having to draw money from the business, allowing it to grow at a faster rate by reinvesting money into the farm.

Producing a high maternal ewe suited to minimal intervention systems and reared on foragebased diets has been at the core of the business since day one WILL CHANTLER

The flock’s rams are each capable of servicing more than 100 ewes.

“This is all part of our goal to create a sustainable business which can support the three of us and continue to offer high quality genetics. “Richard’s vision of producing a high maternal ewe suited to minimal intervention systems and reared on forage-based diets has been at the core of the business since day one and it is just as strong today.” The past 18 months have seen the

farm going from strength to strength with a number of big decisions having been taken. The area being farmed has increased to 121ha (300 acres) through securing two farm business tenancies locally, and sheep numbers have increased from 300 ewes to about 600, with scope to build up to 1,000 on the current acreage. The stud flock of 340 ewes is being increased to 400 alongside a ‘commercial’ flock which consists of ewes not meeting the high stud flock standards. The flow of genetics is also continuing with two separate sets of imports cherry-picked from some of New Zealand’s top flocks and records backed by the country’s national recording scheme.

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Every ewe in the elite flock has a production record, with all sheep being electronically chipped and DNA recorded, allowing traceability of the sire and dam parentage stretching over previous generations. The objective is to select a compact ewe with a good structure, a large rumen, good maternal instincts, survivability and longevity. Will says: “The birth rank and scanning percentage for every ewe is recorded, with DNA-scan-tracing enabling us to ascertain at weaning which ewe produced and/or reared which lamb, thus creating a survivability record. “All lambs are weighed at 100 days to measure ewe milking performance, then weighed again at 200 days to monitor growth rates and assigned worm counts at weaning when a dung sample is taken. “This data is collated to provide each lamb with an estimated breeding value [EBV], giving a ranking for each trait which gives an overall ranking when added together. “The EBVs of the sire and dam

are automatically included in each lamb’s figures. “In essence it means the ewe must have a high weaning percentage, be resistant to worms based on individual faecal counts, produce lambs with high growth rates and high meat yields with optimum back fat and muscle depth measurements on a grass system. “It means each of our rams has a unique production record which shows every one has been bred to have high worm resistance, longevity, good feet and legs, no foot rot problems and a good wool yield with an average of 4.5kg per ewe. “All our rams are also capable of serving well in excess of 100 ewes, with the record for one ram being 200 ewes pregnant in the first cycle and reducing the total number of rams necessary per flock. Progress with worms is good enough none of our adult sheep are drenched, with lambs only getting two to three drenches in their first year.” There is a strict culling policy for any ewe or ram not falling in the required genetic criteria, and lambs not considered suitable for breeding are finished and sold deadweight, mostly grading as R3Ls at 40kg liveweight. From mid-February, ewes graze a small area of swedes supplemented with big baled grass silage until the third week of March when they are moved back to grass for lambing outdoors in April. No concentrates are fed and the farm’s machinery consists of two tractors and a mower as there is no need to buy straw for bedding and no muck to spread. While there are no eligible official breed society sales, the reputation of High Country stock is such all rams are sold direct from the farm and, while some females have also been sold in the past, this is now on hold while the flock expands.

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Feeding the pregnant ewe


ood nutrition is fundamental to ewe performance during all stages of the production cycle, with nutrient requirements changing throughout the year. Dr Liz Genever, AHDB Beef and Lamb senior livestock scientist, says: “In recent years, the sheep sector has gained a better understanding of the nutritional management of ewes. This has happened in tandem with an improvement in the genetic base of the national flock. In late pregnancy (days 90-145) feeding plays a critical role in ensuring lambs fall within an acceptable weight range at birth. Optimum lamb birthweight for high survival is 4.27.4kg for singles and multiples. Birthweights below this range increase the risk of starvation of exposure for multiples and above this dystocia, mainly for singles.

Get up and go Dr Genever says: “Low birthweight lambs tend to have lower glucose levels, reduced brown fat stores and increased surface area to weight ratio, all of which reduce their ability to keep warm and ‘get up and go’ at birth.”

Under-fed ewes have poorer maternal ability than those that are well-fed DR LIZ GENEVER “These lambs are slower to stand and suck less frequently than heavier lambs, reducing their colostrum intake, which is crucial to their survival.” Body condition also plays a vital role during this period of pregnancy, as fitter ewes are able to mobilise their body reserves to sustain foetal and udder growth, according to Dr Genever. “Where thin and fat ewes are fed the same diet, there is a positive correlation between the fat content of the lamb and the fat content of the ewe,” she says. “This brown fat is critical to heat production and hence lamb survival. Ewes that mobilise less body fat dur-



Feeding plays a critical role in ensuring lambs fall within an acceptable weight range at birth.

ing pregnancy produce lambs that stand and suck quicker and are more active over the first three days of life.” In general, there are no benefits in lamb birthweight, lamb mortality or daily liveweight gain in lambs born to ewes that are over-fed in late pregnancy.

Higher risk Over-fat ewes tend to have a higher risk of prolapse and pregnancy toxaemia and they may experience a prolonged or difficult lambing due to having over-size lambs. They are then slower to groom their lambs, show reduced bonding behaviour, make fewer bleats and are more prone to rejecting their lambs. Lambs may also be less vigorous. Somewhat surprisingly, thin ewes can also have excessively large lambs, as they partition nutrients to the foetuses and have a higher appetite than fitter ewes.

EFFECTS OF UNDER- AND OVER-NUTRITION ON EWES IN LATE PREGNANCY Under-nutrition Low lamb birthweight and survival rate Reduced udder weight and mammary development Weakened ewe/lamb bond Pregnancy toxaemia Delayed onset of lactation and lower colostrum and milk yield Impact on the long-term performance of the ewe Reduced lamb growth rate Source: AHDB Beef and Lamb

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“Under-fed ewes have poorer maternal ability than those that are well-fed,” Dr Genever says. “Behavioural impairments include taking longer to interact with their lambs, displaying more aggression to the lamb and spending less time grooming and more time eating, compared with well-fed ewes. This is thought to be due to a reduction in oestradiol which regulates the oxytocin receptors in the brain that are involved in the expression of maternal behaviour.” Most of the mammary gland development takes place during the final weeks of pregnancy and there is a clear relationship between the ewe’s energy intake over this period and colostrum production. Under-nutrition pre-lambing not only reduces the quantity of colostrum and milk produced, but also delays the onset of lactation and increases the viscosity of colostrum. “Since viscosity and volume of colostrum are inversely related, this is a major issue for newborn lambs. The lamb may also find it more difficult to extract thick colostrum from the teat.” MORE INFORMATION For more information go to: http:// wp-content/uploads/2016/04/ BRP-Improving-ewe-nutritionmanual-12-050416.pdf

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Findings of Volac’s research give an insight into current surplus lamb rearing practices on UK sheep units.

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ore than 580 farms participated in a recent online survey on surplus lamb rearing practices carried out by Volac. Nearly 80 per cent of units reported already having a system in place to rear lambs separated from the ewe and more than 45 per cent of produ-

cers see an opportunity to rear more lambs artificially in 2017. Ian Watson, technical specialist with Volac, says: “With tighter supplies of New Zealand lamb forecast later this year, producers should be able capitalise on the situation if finished lamb numbers are boosted. “Lamb prices could also remain strong, particularly if sterling

Methods COLOSTRUM FEEDING When it comes to colostrum, 80 per cent of producers say they always administer it to any fostered lambs within six hours of birth. However, it seems less than one-in-five (17 per cent) are feeding enough. Mr Watson says: “All foster lambs must be fed quality colostrum as soon as possible after birth and preferably start receiving this essential input within the first two hours of life [50ml/ kg liveweight per feed] and ingest a minimum of 210ml/kg liveweight in total within the first 24 hours.

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rplus lamb rearing revealed continues its relative weakness against the euro, which will boost demand from mainland Europe. “It is always worth rearing as many lambs as you can, but it could really pay in 2017. Our advice is to plan ahead and re-examine current rearing practices to rear as many surplus lambs as you can this lambing season.” The findings give an insight into

However, this still leaves about one-third of farmers using single measures, such as simply age or appearance to trigger weaning. Mr Watson says: “Timing should not be controlled by a lamb’s age or weight, but rather by the diet and physical and chemical processes associated with its digestion. “We advise lambs should be weaned abruptly at no less than five weeks of age, when they are two-and-a-half times birthweight and eating an average of 0.25kg of creep a day over three days.” MACHINE REARING Surplus lambs can now be reared efficiently artificially and without problems associated with fostering onto an unwilling ewe. With good husbandry, organisation and the right milk replacer, there is no doubt you can produce good quality lambs and save hours of effort and hassle. It seems more sheep producers are starting to appreciate the benefits of machine-rearing lambs, and to be as accepting as professional calf rearers about the latest technology available. Mr Watson says: “Farmers are attracted by labour-saving benefits and the fact machine rearing frees up time to focus on other important jobs; 70 per cent of respondents said machine-rearing cuts the workload at lambing time, with more than 65 per cent acknowledging the fact that it allows you to get on with other tasks around the farm. “About one-third said growth rates and lamb appearance are better with machine rearing.” However, Mr Watson stresses machine rearing is not a substitute for good husbandry. He says: “Sound hygiene is crucial and lamb pens must be draught-free and well drained and bedded to keep lambs as warm and dry as possible. “Clean, fresh water needs to available along with creep-feed [18 per cent crude protein] offered ad-lib to encourage early intake.”

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current surplus lamb rearing practices on UK sheep units. Not surprisingly, lambs being reared artificially are those from triplet-bearing ewes in the main, together with any orphans. More than 80 per cent of farmers say if a ewe has had triplets, one lamb would be removed, but what is particularly interesting is the lamb selection choice criteria employed, he says. Mr Watson adds: “Only one-third of producers choose the odd one out in a group of three, which is what we would recommend. It is always best to leave a balanced pair of lambs on the mother.

“The favoured approach is removal of the weakest lamb [19.44 per cent of units]. Other norms are always taking the strongest lamb [17.33 per cent] or the smallest [15.46 per cent]. “Fewer than 5 per cent of farmers say they typically select the largest triplet and a similar proportion said they tend to remove a male lamb, with fewer than 4 per cent saying they generally take a female.” More than 70 per cent of farmers would consider removing a lamb from a twin-bearing ewe lamb to take the pressure off and allow her to keep milking and growing.


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193.40 180.52 190.00 194.31 178.75 214.00 174.50 146.50 129.00 189.45 150.00 173.93 143.50 202.66 190.00 150.00 154.12 178.08 162.50 131.50 147.00 199.88 172.50 199.30 173.25

193.50 199.83 191.00 199.05 185.00 185.00 207.50 202.82 162.50 116.50 246.00 208.29 215.50 218.50 171.50 222.79 162.00 219.06 95.50 183.00 221.50 227.50 240.25 195.50 184.00 237.50

206.68 197.50 199.15 203.06 173.00 204.25 211.50 203.10 220.80 176.10 176.12 178.75 204.70 180.00 193.00 214.70 217.21 227.05 167.50 198.10 215.74 194.56 217.89 202.48 203.11 187.50 175.75 187.33 242.77 179.00 223.62 233.48 221.38 195.00 224.61

188.25 189.10 186.50 187.00 207.00 180.00 198.25 214.25 167.50 159.00 227.50 179.00 163.00 196.31 241.50 140.00 186.05 202.00 180.00 161.80 202.43 179.33 152.50 174.57 185.50 128.00 164.60 225.57 212.04 208.50

189.50 191.00 161.00 173.23 135.22 173.00 188.57 172.00 162.50 184.14 228.50 168.50 139.50 158.42 155.50 166.94 173.75 164.65

188.50 186.00 185.74 166.11 202.50 185.50 200.18 177.33 203.93 194.50 191.00 162.50 181.06 125.00 163.50 164.00 157.00 197.82 201.79 207.90 176.82

188.00 170.22 152.25 148.50 218.05 207.10 206.00 187.40 205.33 158.50 204.50 146.50 223.62 205.50 195.17 186.30

6 39 58 30 4 171 5 2 9 2 3 11 73 15 20 1 5 29 8 1 11 153 13 1 32 14 8 12 20 15 54 37 57 6 5 1 5

235.33 -

185.00 209.67 227.75 -

191.67 -

191.00 215.60 210.00

215.17 201.00 234.50 221.73 -

232.50 203.50 171.00 232.00 -




102 47 -

Total cow number

Grade 3 average

Dairy sired average

Beef sired average

Total lambs (ALL)

150.50 143.50 112.00

121.86 106.93 107.25 109.96 107.10 108.02 79.50

95.90 103.65 94.58 77.00 79.38 77.00 75.00 107.50 90.50 71.75 94.86 91.60 90.62 95.90 94.50 74.00 119.35 75.00 89.19 98.55 104.83 81.50 -

85.00 118.44 118.60 114.75 130.99 112.00 64.50 115.00 91.90 132.86 122.60 90.00 119.00 119.50 106.33 101.00 126.82 113.12 112.00 107.12 149.45 96.00 118.50 114.03 110.17 100.00 -

471 895 1554 657 3380 790 1115 311 957 438 407 479 1103 165 1795 581 73 486 265 132 126 1267 1315 910 271 389 943 801 1579 613 408 920 4556 1782 528 989 154 1077 1588 680 3407 633 1900 1555 2409 15 492 685 63 834 3548 525 285 614 962 399 185 344 1842 382 998 499



85.80 -

109.00 120.90 -

2347 1781 349 1315 647 1680 1631 1478 563

Grade 1 average

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We\Mo\Tu Tu Tu We We


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All prices quoted in p/kg.






Total lambs (ALL)

All lambs light average

All lambs standard average

All lambs medium average

All lambs heavy average

All SQQ average

Total Ewes

Ewes average

471 895 1554 657 3380 790 1115 311 957 438 407 479 1103 165 1795 581 73 486 265 132 126 1267 1315 910 271 389 943 801 1579 613 408 920 4556 1782 528 989 154 1077 1588 680 3407 633 1900 1555 2409 15 492 685 63 834 3548 525 285 614 962 399 185 344 1842 382 998 499

114.68 146.09 134.39 137.00 171.07 114.00 149.58 165.00 141.07 177.54 157.52 149.33 142.57 154.39 134.43 175.00 130.74 157.80 97.00 172.35 161.46 147.20 188.00 178.42 143.90 134.67 170.00 158.28 140.01 150.97 144.40 165.00 -

176.85 170.60 175.30 167.88 157.81 174.22 179.36 163.23 188.76 170.58 186.73 165.05 168.15 174.79 179.06 169.64 179.00 166.69 164.56 162.74 151.59 167.12 79.08 170.46 136.84 168.83 170.58 195.79 158.36 174.89 162.14 176.89 183.62 168.61 165.99 180.20 174.83 182.68 177.51 160.33 162.20 169.27 168.60 186.99 163.64 162.76 170.66 189.47 172.31 166.86 170.06 158.96 177.85 183.34 172.57 169.56 219.87 179.12 172.78 190.76

168.25 174.39 189.27 158.04 164.00 173.27 174.28 168.89 177.94 174.52 176.69 162.52 170.17 181.94 170.36 165.34 171.79 168.58 168.01 167.77 157.40 159.34 169.48 178.67 183.09 171.12 172.20 168.57 178.19 158.22 180.63 161.63 174.89 185.26 171.30 171.32 172.60 177.57 176.69 169.09 164.60 166.90 168.05 163.40 180.73 126.67 169.41 165.97 223.75 172.52 173.35 170.49 158.33 169.67 171.50 171.12 184.44 167.94 194.82 165.15 173.22 177.65

157.80 164.36 172.16 151.60 157.71 177.75 163.23 157.69 166.69 165.11 165.64 161.78 159.95 173.93 164.00 157.36 168.64 162.61 159.87 164.02 152.89 160.50 157.64 160.09 173.91 163.92 161.01 160.44 162.75 151.91 168.98 148.73 162.89 169.45 167.54 165.63 170.00 169.49 167.31 165.02 155.40 158.88 153.63 158.20 166.74 139.11 159.99 158.99 200.04 163.96 166.25 163.18 155.82 161.85 159.14 163.57 170.50 161.88 171.40 152.96 163.73 170.27

169.53 172.13 184.29 159.91 159.09 168.92 175.13 165.91 178.93 173.33 177.08 163.33 168.43 180.56 172.60 166.07 173.54 167.12 168.01 166.38 159.46 155.20 168.79 177.98 179.17 164.55 170.97 168.83 181.05 158.25 178.23 160.97 175.25 184.87 170.94 168.48 175.10 177.36 178.14 169.86 159.16 165.38 168.05 164.62 181.69 156.25 167.25 167.36 212.32 171.22 171.23 170.44 158.56 171.15 172.55 171.24 184.44 167.77 198.89 165.78 173.09 178.87

486 581 615 177 2461 592 110 56 57 92 231 81 56 1303 344 18 170 53 3 1466 3 93 265 379 439 561 67 88 254 4391 903 223 174 19 317 1184 247 685 168 746 352 680 88 37 25 58 152 437 397 23 4 201 13 19 111 96 136 450 45

66.42 56.71 71.83 55.12 55.40 61.89 69.01 53.89 71.46 62.32 53.52 49.80 62.71 58.43 52.26 64.89 70.98 48.47 58.00 63.37 53.67 71.08 52.63 50.50 56.25 48.20 59.99 47.72 59.14 60.72 61.46 71.44 60.32 64.50 58.69 71.99 63.36 45.57 64.36 54.31 66.20 68.71 68.11 43.66 64.38 60.79 60.77 56.53 68.09 49.09 60.00 50.05 72.81 48.79 49.38 68.98 63.70 69.58 66.27

2347 1781 349 1315 647 1680 1631 1478 563

163.80 161.30 167.43 138.97 129.00 150.00 145.31

164.77 169.16 174.30 166.08 167.29 179.24 167.79 181.46 142.02

167.09 170.43 175.31 160.96 165.13 183.23 159.63 174.92 156.72

157.19 162.26 159.11 148.79 151.81 173.10 154.27 156.92 149.62

166.58 169.79 175.23 162.43 165.39 181.50 160.56 175.93 154.77

Source: IAAS/ScotEID

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764 280 78 464 208 572 233 375 -

Market day(s) week ending January 3 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\Fr We Fr

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

Total cattle number

Light average

19 115 3 17 1 1

183.50 187.25 174.50 -


Medium average

Heavy average

186.00 198.17 195.14 -

Light average

137.00 198.40 182.50 175.00

174.33 193.33 160.00 -

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

140.00 -

Medium average 135.67 -

Medium average 174.33 199.56 227.83 181.67 130.00 -

Heavy average 176.50 195.00 -


Heavy average

Total cow number

Grade 1 average

Grade 3 average

Dairy sired average

Beef sired average


64 5 2 2 43 7 18 -



70.00 77.00 85.80 95.50 83.88 -

138.10 103.60 74.00 115.64 124.33 110.80 -


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 lambs (ALL)

All lambs light average

All lambs standard average

All lambs medium average

All lambs heavy average

All SQQ average

Total Ewes

Ewes average

334 462 527 291 753 329 505 1337 468 565 1864 68 466 1492 3092 1108 276 4385 281

144.45 157.50 153.16 154.27 143.85 159.53 139.28 152.31 154.74 149.71 153.33 156.22 151.84 156.28 140.00

153.53 170.17 156.45 166.59 156.15 172.85 172.96 177.54 166.09 166.99 162.12 151.20 168.20 176.88 176.33 172.29 160.70 169.78 161.52

171.17 167.20 160.00 165.10 177.28 170.27 177.32 180.00 175.88 168.59 160.60 167.08 188.86 178.15 169.71 172.86 170.41 165.19

162.95 159.32 152.15 170.32 164.25 156.17 162.82 164.24 152.46 160.85 173.09 164.78 160.50 165.37 165.00

150.59 170.56 157.59 159.77 152.86 176.97 170.98 171.02 145.63 173.17 162.96 157.58 166.75 182.12 176.08 169.01 162.68 167.64 162.47

73 31 169 189 89 64 10 739 100 97 200 729 205 1717 31

56.39 60.73 42.08 49.93 61.25 53.89 32.20 55.32 67.90 53.87 52.76 54.99 52.78 47.64 55.55

50.00 59.55 56.63 46.41 66.32 59.06 58.47 56.94 -

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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 Tu We

Tu Fr

Fr We

We Fr Mo Mo Sa Mo Tu Mo


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.

-/5/765.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/3/531.7 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/3/805.0 4/642.5 -/-/5/543.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/1/830.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/2/925.0 5/949.0 -/-/4/675.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

-/1/970.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/3/956.7 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/1/625.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/12/1059.2 6/936.7 -/-/5/942.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/3/410.0 -/-/-/-/-/1/260.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/2/705.0 2/545.0 -/-/4/498.8 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/3/876.7 7/792.1 -/-/5/505.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

-/2/750.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/2/852.5 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/8/935.6 12/975.0 -/-/8/870.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/2/650.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/13/551.9 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

-/1/680.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/2/650.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/1/895.0 -/-/5/690.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/4/970.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/16/1023.1 5/1085.0 -/-/13/801.5 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

-/3/425.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/5/604.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/5/527.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

-/2/620.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/18/593.3 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/1/830.0 -/-/-/5/558.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

-/4/528.8 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/7/662.9 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/2/418.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/1/505.0 4/1015.0 -/-/15/813.7 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

-/2/430.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/1/410.0 -/-/-/2/155.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-













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

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+ month ifers

No. / Av.




505.0 1015.0


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.

-/2/430.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/1/410.0 -/-/-/2/155.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

-/1/430.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/1/295.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/3/770.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/5/537.0 -/-/-/2/715.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

-/13/81.1 -/23/29.8 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/3/32.3 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/5/49.2 -/-/-/-/-/8/52.1 5/150.0 -/-/-/-/18/56.9 -/-/-/-/-/-/5/85.8 -/2/118.0 -/52/54.8 -/17/49.3 15/31.3 21/55.4 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

No. / Av. -/11/242.5 -/7/257.1 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/9/295.2 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/9/268.3 -/-/-/-/-/4/264.5 -/-/-/-/-/3/300.0 -/-/-/-/-/2/338.5 3/309.0 -/-/-/23/287.4 -/11/141.5 4/239.3 2/242.5 -/-/-/-/-/3/256.7 -/-/-/-/-/-

No. / Av. -/6/215.0 -/8/231.9 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/2/225.0 -/-/-/-/-/1/190.0 -/-/4/188.3 -/-/-/-/-/9/163.4 1/300.0 -/-/-/-/7/211.4 -/-/-/-/-/1/225.0 1/190.0 -/-/-/23/200.3 -/4/166.3 4/233.8 3/170.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

No. / Av. -/19/194.8 -/53/242.5 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/4/317.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/24/293.2 -/-/-/-/-/7/209.3 5/365.0 -/-/-/-/15/235.0 -/-/-/-/-/6/217.5 11/264.8 -/3/256.3 -/43/250.3 -/21/254.7 6/232.8 14/262.9 -/-/-/-/-/6/228.3 -/-/-/-/-/-

-/18/214.7 -/50/193.4 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/7/185.3 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/2/255.0 16/171.6 -/-/-/-/-/12/142.0 2/275.0 -/-/-/-/17/175.9 -/-/-/-/-/1/228.0 4/229.5 -/1/241.0 -/42/175.2 -/16/177.9 8/210.9 8/246.9 -/-/-/-/-/6/247.5 -/-/-/-/-/-

Source: IAAS/ScotEID -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-


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No. / Av.








Market day(s) w/e January 2

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

6-12 month steers



12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers

18+ month heifers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.



-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/1/965.0 -/-/-




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.



-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/1/965.0 -/-/-





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.

-/1/148.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-





-/1/68.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-


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

Native heifers

-/2/181.5 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/1/300.0 -/-/-







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

588 532 867 1,987 59,258 53 46 45 2 495 364

184.09 190.40 204.69 194.77 170.29 104.02 120.74 119.89 120.00 93.21 121.98

-6.82 5.55 0.87 -0.26 -3.96 -27.62 8.76 7.85 55.00 11.46 11.91

IN the cattle marts, steers rose sharply, but young bulls saw a significant fall. Steers rose by 5.76p/kg to 191.18p/kg and heifers rose by 0.05p/kg to 205p/kg. Young bulls fell by 6.82p/kg to 184.09p/kg. New season lamb fell by 6.99p/kg





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

588 554 924 2,066 69,952 146 568 435

184.09 191.18 205.00 195.34 169.93 114.40 92.08 121.13

-6.82 5.76 0.05 -0.79 -3.49 -8.04 10.08 11.00


to 166.43p/kg. Cull ewes also fell by £1.34/head to £58.41/head. Pigs also saw a large fall of 8.04p/kg to 114.40p/kg. As Farmers Guardian went to press on Wednesday (January 4), UK LIFFE wheat prices for November 17 were trading at 135.25/tonne.

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DEADWEIGHT CATTLE Deadweight prices for the week ending December 24 (latest data).

STORE LAMBS w/e January 2

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 We






117 26 -

49.3 59.5 -

475 37 38 557 48 -

63.1 52.1 55.0 52.0 49.6 -



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. Ashford Chelford Otley Selby

Fr Mo

We\Mo Th




66 425 24 72

57.8 56.5 34.4 55.7

27 15 325 862 161 26 15 -

48.9 55.7 59.7 56.6 44.3 58.2 59.9 -

Fr We Tu




Sa Tu Th





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




549 21 43 352 517 -

33.0 42.8 27.2 43.0 53.9 -

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






67 -

49.4 -

Source: AHDB/LAA Market day w/e: Jan 3

Pigs total

Porkers average

Tu Th Mo We

45 60 35 185

94.71 113 124.23 131.64

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-U R O+ -O Average Number

Northern 3 4L

Central 3

358.8 354.0 349.2 312.5 351.4 3952

365.4 361.4 343.7 307.9 347.9 3263

360.9 368.3 358.6 314.0

4L 361.5 356.6 344.1 312.7

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

374.0 361.4 343.2 311.3 345.8 2398

368.6 369.0 360.7 321.5 365.2 3583

368.6 362.7 347.2 313.5

371.7 369.3 359.9 323.7


-U R O+ -O Average Number

Northern 3 4L

Central 3

367.2 359.2 357.1 323.6 355.3 2287

367.3 359.4 340.8 304.1 350.4 2183

367.8 362.5 359.9 322.8


Central 3

-U R O+ -O Average Number

349.3 338.3 320.7 295.0 315.5 509

339.6 335.9 314.9 278.8 313.5 258

349.3 332.6 324.7 290.0

4L 366.9 361.1 345.3 314.0

4L 338.5 335.1 326.7 301.8

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

367.7 357.3 352.9 308.8 348.1 1344

375.9 368.1 364.2 314.0 366.7 2264

365.1 362.3 356.6 316.6

373.8 370.3 359.1 317.0

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

345.0 352.7 330.8 307.3 321.2 293

365.7 355.1 335.1 300.6 341.0 405

348.0 344.5 324.0 302.5

366.8 343.9 352.0

DEADWEIGHT SHEEP Deadweight prices for the week ending December 31. SQQ E U R O P

2 411.0 403.6 391.9 371.3 270.0

Medium E U R O P

2 410.9 403.5 394.6 384.0 295.0

(148) (624) (2048) (707) (4)

3L 410.6 403.9 392.4 378.2 275.0

(671) (3335) (9753) (2008) (1)

Source: AHDB

3H 391.3 391.0 386.1 375.4

(301) (1883) (5960) (1070)

4L 373.0 369.0 372.6 375.5

3H 391.3 391.0 386.9 380.5

4L (300) 373.0 (1851) 368.9 (5650) 372.6 (833) 378.6

(57) (399) (1300) (205)

4H 350.4 348.0 351.2 355.2

(12) (46) (211) (26)

Average: 389.1 (30,938)

Source: IAAS/ScotEID


Source: AHDB

Cutters average

Baconers average

Cull sows total

Cull sows average

130.5 120.89 112.5 111.98

132 117.46 118.75 112.04

2 2 0 3

48.5 19 0 50

(144) (572) (1464) (344) (2)

3L 410.8 403.8 393.1 384.2

(664) (3264) (8767) (1389)

(57) (398) (1274) (183)

4H 350.4 348.0 351.2 357.2

(12) (46) (210) (25)

Average: 390.76 (27,556) 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 24 (latest data).

Source: AHDB

STANDARD PIG PRICE (SPP) Great Britain (79,352 pigs, av. weight 81.98) Dec 18-24 compared to Dec 11-17

ALL PIG PRICE (APP) Great Britain (94,781 pigs, av. weight 81.20) Dec 11-17 compared to Dec 4-10

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 135.37 -7.40 151.71 -0.45 152.91 0.03 152.48 -0.03 150.96 -0.32 123.02 -3.10

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

151.80 149.06

APP (EU Spec) APP (UK Spec)

SPP (EU Spec) SPP (UK Spec)

Number 449 4,695 26,710 34,674 11,584 1,240

-0.02 -0.03

Number 1,472 8,189 31,696 38,023 13,716 1,685

Price Change 152.35 0.47 157.26 0.55 156.00 0.27 155.03 0.42 153.39 0.09 130.53 -1.34 154.83 152.06

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140 Feb







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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 18, 2016. N. Ireland: Steers R3 euro/kg/dw 4.23 (0.40) Ireland: Steers R3 euro/kg/dw 3.63 (0.60) France: (ex Rungis) lamb: R 16-22kg euro/kg/ dw; imported 5.20 domestic 7.00 Source: AHDB

SLAUGHTERINGS Estimates for Great Britain (per thousand head), week ending December 24. Pigs* Sheep Steers Heifers Young bulls

%change (2015) +41.26 +19.49 +20.04 +23.80 +35.13

2016 165.15 248.48 16.55 11.51 2.68

*week ending December 17. Source: AHDB

WEANER PRICES Week ending December 31.

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 24 Dec 31 53.51 56.47 38.48 39.00

30kg Weighted Average 7kg Weighted Average

Source: AHDB

RETAIL AVERAGES Week ending January 7 (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



983 2160 1493 3536 912 990 718 559

931 2148 1528 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

1064 1003 771 1057 1568 1462 1499 1405 1176 946

975 994 783 1057 1568 1462 1499 1348 1217 950

646 727 545 941 766 682 610 541 525

646 727 561 871 766 683 606 541 525

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, January 4.

SKIPTON: Monday: 4 loads - hay sold to £3/bale and haylage to £27/bale.

This week Last week

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

Jan Feb Mar

Micronizing peas

Feed peas

Feed beans

£191.92 £192.92 £193.92

£134.17 £135.17 £136.17

£144.67 £145.67 £146.67

All prices £/tonne ex-farm.

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Last updated January 4.

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 -



Maincrop GB spot price. Week ending December 23 – latest data.

Main 265 235 250-300 260 225

High 300 280 310 300 240

Trend Y Z X Y -

Scotland Maris Piper Maris Peer King Edward Whites

Low 180 170

Main 200-210 340-350 210-220 200-230

High 220 250

Trend Y X Y Z

Low 250 180 180 140

Main 270 230 240 160

High 290 290 270 180

Trend Y X Y X

Dec 9 £201.83 £233.19

Dec 16 £197.57 £228.36

Dec 23 £207.72 £231.26

Trend Y Y




Trade Comment: Trade increasing after the holidays. Week ending January 8.

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

May17-Apr18 331.00 141.00 189.00 169.00

P.O.A 159.00 180.00 131.00 182.00 203.00

P.O.A 161.00 180.00 129.00 182.00 198.00

P.O.A 165.00 185 127.00 184 179 197.00

265.00 276.00 398.00 585.00

265.00 276.00 398.00 585.00


November 2016

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 210 180 200 210

Mar17-Apr17 325.00 145.00 191.00 173.00


Source: AHDB

England Estima Maris Piper Whites Desiree King Edward

Feb17 327.00 149.00 195.00 171.00

Key: All prices in pounds Sterling. Currency, £/$1.2281, £/€1.1794. Guide prices indicated include delivery charge of £6/tonne. = After safe arrival; = Imported; = May-July; = Aug-Oct; = to Oct.


Big bale hay


Source: Straights Direct

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

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)

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MOVING UP With the confidence of his parents spurring him on to make informed breeding decisions, Tomos Evans is a pedigree livestock farmer with an admirable business head on his young shoulders. Jonathan Long finds out more.

‘My parents have been great at letting me have responsibility’


outh Wales-based Texel and Limousin breeder Tomos Evans is quickly gaining a reputation as a top class stockman with an eye for quality thanks to recent success with his family’s flock and herd run under the Welsh prefix. Carmarthenshire-based Tomos, 29, has been involved in the family’s farm for a number of years, taking greater responsibility in recent years along with girlfriend, Catrin, as his parents, Selwyn and Dorothy, have reduced their day to day involvement. He says: “My parents have been great at letting me have an increasing level of responsibility in the business over the years and are keen for me to develop the business

and the pedigree enterprises. “When my mother and father started with Texels in 1989 it was with some ewes from Stephen Williams’ Woollascott flock. Those sheep did a great job for us, building a solid foundation from which to breed great commercial rams and females which bred well year after year. “Then in 1996 I started to get a bit more interested in the sheep and my parents allowed me to buy a ewe lamb from the Llyfni flock that I spotted at the Royal Welsh Show. “That was the start of the journey for me and spurred an interest in breeding a sharper, more breeder’s type of sheep.” It has been his parents’ willingness to allow him an input from an early

age which has encouraged Tomos to develop things further. “Without a doubt I’ve benefited from having the opportunity to contribute to things from then on. It has helped me develop as a breeder and meant I feel more confident in my own abilities,” he explains. “In 2002 we took the plunge and showed at the Royal Welsh Show for the first time. I took a ewe lamb which stood seventh. I was delighted with that result and it really spurred me on to continue breeding the same type of sheep.”

Embryo work The following year Tomos bought a Claybury ewe and for the first time in 2004 undertook some embryo transfer work, flushing the Claybury ewe, DHL00007. “Those few years in the early part of the 2000s were really the beginning of a new era for the flock which has got us to where we are today.”

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But, recognising the influence those few choice female purchases had on the flock Tomos has remained open to buying new female lines when the opportunity arises. “I’m always open to buying-in new females when I believe they can add something to the flock. Thanks to the use of embryo technology buying fresh females can, potentially, have a bigger impact on a flock than buying rams and with the use of AI it is relatively easy to access good quality rams. “In some cases you may have to wait a year to use AI, but that gives you a chance to see how they’re breeding, so it’s not always a bad thing. As a result we haven’t, historically, spent a lot on rams, preferring to invest in good females when they become available.” The family then staged an on-farm sale in 2010, selling 100 females to help bring numbers back to a more manageable level. The Welsh flock currently runs at about 50 ewes with five to six selected annually for embryo transfer. “With the success of embryo transfer we were getting to the stage where had too many ewes for our acreage. I also like to offer groups of proven females every so often to give people a chance to buy quality breeding ewes.” Other females to join the flock have been ewes from the Procters flock and a Greenwood ewe by Swaites O’Sullivan bought at Chelford as well as select ewes from flocks such as Glenside and Cornerstone. “The Greenwood ewe, I liked from the moment I saw her at Chelford. She just had something about her. We lambed her naturally the first year and then flushed her after that to Mossknowe Pudsey.

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Tomos Evans with pedigree Texel home-bred ewe lambs.


Tomos with his parents Elwyn and Daphne Evans.

Farm facts 22 hectares (55 acres) owned, 89ha (220 acres) rented Pedigree Limousins, Texels and Coloured Ryelands 150 ewe flying flock of commercial sheep Holiday cottages, B&B and caravan park

“That was one of the best crops of ewe lambs we’ve ever had and included a shearling ewe which was female and reserve overall champion at the English National Sale in 2014 and sold to Charlie Boden’s Sportsmans flock for 7,000gns.”

Commercial However, while selling females to breeders is a mark of how far the flock has progressed in recent years, Tomos is clear about where the bread and butter of the flock’s income is. “We have to keep a focus on our commercial ram buyers. We have historically sold all our rams as lambs, but are starting to change that and will be selling some as shearlings in future. Commercial buyers are moving more towards buying shearlings rather than lambs, so we have to respond to that. “We have been selling about 35-40 ram lambs a year and I’m always conscious when looking at rams to use that we need that early growth and shape to produce quick growing well bodied prime lambs. Increasingly our commercial customers are looking for figures too, so we have to bear that in mind when looking for rams.” The family also runs a coloured Ryeland flock under the Welsh prefix, gaining success in shows and sales

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nationally. For three years in succession the flock scooped the breed championship at the Carlisle rare breeds sale. A Suffolk flock has recently been added to the mix too, with ewes bought from the dispersal of Tomos’ uncle’s flock in Herefordshire. “My uncle and my grandfather before him had been breeding commercial Suffolk rams for many years and enjoying a good trade at Builth Wells. I felt it was a shame to let that go without someone in the family carrying it on, so we’ve bought 25 ewes and will see how we get on with them,” he explains. On the cattle front, the family’s herd of pedigree Limousins numbers 25 cows, with bulls again sold locally and the odd female offered too in order to maintain herd numbers at a manageable level. “As with the Texels it is all about breeding Limousins that local commercial buyers want. That means

producing bulls with good loins, shape, natural fleshing and correctness. We’ve gradually been developing a herd of black Limousins, with about half the cow numbers now being black. “A few years ago I won an NFU scholarship and used it to go to the USA to study black Limousins. I feel there is a good market for the right type of black Limousin and that’s proving to be the case locally, with both suckler and dairy herds keen to buy them.”

Diversification Tomos says the black Limousin’s natural polling is a major advantage for many buyers, helping reduce workload. “We’re using AI to access the best genetics here too, often putting a black bull across a red cow to breed shapier blacks. The black colour gene is dominant, so we’re assured of getting a black calf in this instance.” The herd hasn’t historically shown at major shows, but did exhibit at the Royal Welsh for the first time this year, picking up third prize with yearling heifer Lyonshall Lilly. “Showing is a great way to promote our stock and taking prizes at major shows such as the Royal Welsh gains immediate recognition.” Alongside the pedigree stock the family also runs a flying flock of about

150 ewes and lambs which are bought each year as couples and sold on later in the year. “We sell the lambs as prime lambs and then sell the ewes as either culls or for breeding. We also buy quite a few hogs with lambs at foot, selling the lambs as prime lambs and often putting the hogs through the MV testing to retain them as recipient ewes for the Texel flock.” A further 300 cull ewes are bought each year to finish at grass before being sold on again. “We don’t always have a lot of sheep about us, but a lot pass through in a year. We’ve recently secured another 80 acres of rented ground which will help the livestock elements of the business develop further,” he adds. Along with the livestock enterprises the family also have three holiday cottages, a bed and breakfast and a 25 pitch touring caravan park on the farm. “It certainly means we’re busy and I also do some relief work for other farmers locally when time allows,” says Tomos, who was earlier in the year announced as one of the inaugural winners of the Prince’s Countryside Fund Land Rover bursary for 2016-17 giving him the use of a Land Rover Discovery Sport for 12 months to support the development of the farming business and his career. Pedigree black Limousin bulling heifers.

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Shetland wool is in demand for handmade textiles because of its variety of colours the breed is Yorkshire breeder Julie Shearn, who is enjoying showing success as a

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hat makes a prize-winning fleece? Some may insist it is the breed and others, the wool type and husbandry. One woman who definitely has an opinion is shepherdess Julie Shearn, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, who last year scooped an array of top awards for coloured fleeces from her Shetland sheep. She brought home no less than eight prizes from last year’s Great Yorkshire Show, including overall champion coloured fleece. And in the National Shetland Sheep Society competition at the Traditional and Native Breeds National Show and Sale, Melton Mowbray, she bagged reserve champion. Julie sells her fleeces to hand spinners in the UK and internationally. She has found focusing on quality and gathering rosettes can increase the value of an individual fleece by up to 800 per cent. While the international market dictates that the British Wool Marketing Board can only pay about £2.50 per Shetland fleece, Julie is looking for at least £10 and she expects her prize-winners to raise between £15 and £25, depending on their quality and weight. Some say the only wool finer than the Shetland’s is Australian Merino, but high micron Shetland wool is renowned for its fineness. To achieve a maximum price, breeders can avoid commodity markets and focus instead on selling to crafters. Hand spinners picking individual fleeces will happily pay £10-15 a

I wanted a native rare breed which lambs easily and independently, so Shetlands were perfect JULIE SHEARN fleece for something which fits the bill. And if you have the rosettes to back it up, the price can go higher. According to Julie, hand clipping is crucial for Shetland wool of this quality. She says: “This is to ensure an accurate cut where there is the break between the previous year’s growth to the next. “It gives a good length of fibre to help with machine and hand spinning and it results in good strong yarn.”

Mentored Local farmer John James clips Julie’s sheep with traditional shears each year, and he has mentored her as she has grown her flock. She says: “The best Shetland wool can be comfortable to wear next to the skin. The itchiness people often experience when wearing wool comes from coarser wool, which may contain itchy ‘kemp’ hairs or have been treated with pesticides.” Julie always imagined she would

work with animals, but she is relatively new to keeping sheep. Julie was previously a Shiatsu practitioner and teacher, and before that she was a teacher of English as a foreign language, mainly in Japan. She started breeding Shetlands in 2010, having learned of this ancient breed when a friend asked if their flock could holiday on her farm. “The flock stayed under my care for six weeks and I fell in love,” she says. “I wanted a native rare breed which lambs easily and independently, so Shetlands were perfect. “They come in all these wonderful natural colours: black, white, brown, fawn and grey, and a variety of patterns and markings. They’re

hardy and good mothers. They live on fresh air.” Shetlands are slow maturing, which gives their meat a full flavour. At Burlees they are fed on pasture rich in wild flowers and herbs, including yellow rattle, plantains, bird’s-foot trefoil, lady’s bedstraw and meadow vetchling. Julie says the meat they produce is amazing. “My mother-in-law ate it and said ‘I haven’t tasted lamb like this since I was a lass’, and she’s 86.” Sales were initially through friends and family but they have been boosted by word of mouth and local advertising. “Most people like to come here to collect meat so they can see the flock and our set-up, which brings


Shetland ewes are known for the quality of their wool.

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and adaptable quality. Flying the flag for result. Marie Claire Kidd reports.

n the showring Shetland sheep

Julie Shearn pays £3 per fleece for hand clipping.

confidence in our commitment to organic principles,” she says. She sells up to a dozen breeding ewes a year, plus some lambs and rams, for £100-£250 each. “I get £100 income on meat after the butcher and abattoir, so I won’t sell live animals for less,” she says. It all helps make the Burlees pedigree flock financially viable. Animal sales also help keep the flock size within the limits of the land. She keeps the sheep and a small flock of chickens for eggs on about 6ha (15 acres). The rest of the land is taken up by her two horses or planted with trees. “We’ve planted useful trees, with help from Treesponsibility, a local tree planting organisation.”

Originating from the Shetland Isles, archeological evidence suggests Shetland sheep have been around for more than 4,500 years A primitive or ‘unimproved’ sheep, they are kept for wool, meat and conservation grazing as they browse, rather than graze. Adaptable, long-lived and prolific, they have a lambing rate of about 160 per cent They are hardy and can thrive on low levels of nutrition. Hill sheep in Shetland, outwintered as lambs, have a liveweight of about 22kg, while a park-fed ewe in the south of England averages 45kg They are revered for their wool, which is so fine it is used traditionally by Shetland brides to knit wedding shawls delicate enough to thread through their wedding ring

There are closely planted western red cedar, Scots pine and Sitka spruce for fenceposts, along with fruit and nut trees, including hazel and Corsican pine nut.

Shelter belts Shelter belts of sweet chestnut, alder, sycamore, oak, rowan, birch, hawthorn, holly and hazel are planted along the land’s contours to aid flood alleviation. They also provide firewood and create wildlife habitat. “There are more birds now,” Julie says. “There was even a firecrest nesting in the lambing shed.”

One of the flock’s stock rams, Burlees Cameroon.

HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR FLEECES AFTER shearing, take your fleeces one by one and lay them on a flat surface.

with a society about its breed stand as they want good, clean fleeces to sell.

Skirting Remove as much contamination as you can and take off the greasy outer edge. You may also need to remove any coarse britch wool which will spoil its quality.

Add value You can send wool away for processing, where it can be washed and carded into rovings ready for spinning or felting, or spun and either left in skeins or balled with your own band added. The most costly process is to have it spun at a mill and then sent to be woven. The smallest amount of fleece many mills accept is 20kg so you may wish to join other breeders, especially if you wish to keep your colours separate. Some mills run a share scheme.

Check elasticity Take a staple of wool and give it a good tug. If it breaks the fleece is ‘tender’ and of no use. Storage With the wool skin side down, turn in both sides and roll from the britch end. Take the neck wool and, without twisting it, push it into the body of the fleece. Fleeces can be stored in pillowcases, duvet covers or paper sacks, but not plastic bags. Keep them dry. Beware of moths and mice. Selling fleeces Contact your local spinning group, advertise on a breed society website or get in touch

Julie’s wins have put her flock firmly on the map. This year will see her showing her animals for the first time, taking one or two to the Great Yorkshire Show, possibly in-


Julie’s tips on what makes a good fleece Fineness: Number one is the handle. Handle lots of fleece and you’ll soon get a feel for it. You want fine, soft, silky wool, almost as if it isn’t there. Fine wool won’t be itchy unless you have an allergy. The optimum thickness is 20-22 microns. Any thinner and it will break, but any thicker and it will feel coarse. Density: Weight and thickness in a fleece is good not only for warmth and productivity but also to protect the sheep. You want a good yield.

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Length: The longer the fibres, the better. Machines can cope with shorter fibres of three to four inches, but hand spinners prefer the fibres to be six inches long. Crimps: When you pull the wool it should stretch, not snap. You are aiming for 12 crimps an inch. To check this, pull the wool gently, then put a piece on a sheet of white paper and examine it. Hand clipping: Fleeces are best hand-clipped along the rise, the line between old and

new growth, otherwise there will be a natural break in the fibres. Some Shetlands shed their fleeces in summer. At this point wool can be plucked or rooed along the rise by hand. This ensures the next year’s fleece will be the longest it can possibly be. Colour: There are only three colours in Shetlands; black, moorit [brown] and white. All other colours of fawn and grey are dilutions. Colour is a matter of personal preference, but evenness of colour is an advantage.

Using the wool Spinning, weaving, felting or using a peg loom to add value to your fleeces can become an absorbing hobby. Don’t throw away wool you cannot process, use it to line hanging baskets, mulch round soft fruit or put into the bottom of large pots as a water reservoir. Source: The Shetland Sheep Society

cluding the ewe which produced her prize-winning fleece. She will also begin offering courses, events and volunteer days covering topics including beginners’ sheep keeping, hedge laying, straw bale building, apple pressing and felt making. She is continually improving the flock by buying high quality ewes at the breed society’s northerly annual shows and sales, at Lannock, Carlisle, Melton Mowbray and York. “At Melton Mowbray there can be 25 Shetlands in a class,” she says. “It can be huge. “I like sitting with breeders watching the show and discussing which ones we like and why. I have made a lot of friends and learned a lot. “The same people are winning all the time. I ask them lot of questions. They are ready for a younger generation to step forward.” JANUARY 6 2017 | 97

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Every week we follow the ups and downs of farmers around the UK ROBBIE NEWLANDS

Morayshire Robbie Newlands and wife Kirsty farm 435ha (1,074 acres) of Less Favoured Area land near Forres, Morayshire. They run 150 mostly Simmental and Blue cross cows. The ewe flock of 650 North of England type Mules is put to Texel tups. Crops include barley and swedes. The business employs one full-time person, Lesley Grant.


ooking back over 2016, it was a bit of a mixed year. Surely this year should be better. We have already had our Basic Payment, or at least the loan from Scottish Government until they get the real thing sorted out. However, while the gremlins in the agricultural department computer systems did seem to be thriving as we neared the end of last year, things are now more fluid for us, cash-wise, as the money is in the system. The weather leading up to New Year was great, unlike 12 months previously, and Lesley has been busy, ploughing one of our more exciting fields where steady nerves, and occasionally new underwear, are required. It is a field we only plough so as to reseed it and when working it we try not to think in terms of acres per hour. We have also been drawing finished lambs and, while the price is better than last year, the gradual rise in price towards spring time has yet to start. We could certainly

‘The cows have also been enjoying the mild weather and are clean underfoot’ do with getting some away as they are now on to hoppers and going through pellets quite quickly. Ewes are almost finished tupping so we will now take the tups out. The ewes are looking fit, only the occasional one has a tender foot and we will look at these when we split out the tups. After a fairly easy

November and December the grass should have enough growth to keep ewes happy for a while yet. The cows have also been enjoying the mild weather and are clean underfoot on the swedes. It is one of those situations where the conditions are as good as they get when grazing swedes with cows.

In the next couple of weeks we will have to DNA test some of our calves as part of the Scottish Government’s Beef Efficiency Scheme. It will be interesting to see how the information is used and how we are to become more efficient because of it. Here is to a prosperous 2017.

Farmers Weather by Dr Simon Keeling

Media hit by a storm of misleading reports CHRISTMAS descended into ‘silly season’ in the media, with news stories repeating wild claims about climate change and a struggling wildlife population. A report by the National Trust was full of dubious claims about changing weather and climate. Many of the claims were based on subjective statements with little to no scientific support. This really is a case of fiction becoming fact simply because it has been repeated so often. It becomes a particular problem when the source of such stories is a trusted organisation. 98 | JANUARY 6 2017

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Let us look at the claims which were made by a ‘wildlife and nature specialist’ at the National Trust. Firstly, one expert said ‘2016 came on top of an unsettled decade, with species struggling in the face of climate change and intensive farming practices’. From my perspective there is no evidence to suggest the last decade had been unsettled and if species have been struggling because of climate change in this time, then this is the first direct evidence which has been found. Another claimed ‘when you get good weather in the brighter

months of the year it is almost inevitably short-lived and finished with something nasty’. Once again there was no evidence for this, it was simply a statement of one person’s opinion and we all know how fickle (or convenient) our memories can be. I will get off my soapbox now but this shows how skewed the reporting of climate and weather stories has become and how dangerous it could be. To keep up-to-date with the latest forecast facts, watch my twice weekly video updates at

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‘The Mules have scanned at more than 200 per cent’ North Yorkshire Christine Ryder and husband Chris farm 242ha (600 acres) at Blubberhouses, in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They are tenants on their home farm and also run a B&B. Stock includes Swaledale and Mule flocks, as well as a herd of Belted Galloways. The farm hosts educational access visits.


appy New Year, one and all; I hope you had a good Christmas. It has been an incredibly dry winter, compared to last year, and luckily we did not get the freezing fog which affected so many last week. We have had frosty nights and beautiful sunny days. The cows are still thriving on the moor but next

week we will bring them down and wean the calves. We are also hoping to tie the gates up well this year and not chance the calves being back up in the granary. We scanned the first batches of ewes last week. The Mules scanned at more than 200 per cent and the first Swaledale sheep in-lamb to the Bluefaced Leicesters scanned at 195 per cent, but there were too many triplets. The last lambs are now inside for fattening and the biggest job seems to be keeping their feet right. Footbathing seems to be a regular job. Prices are still fairly static at the moment but once they are fat they have to go. Feeding them concentrates is certainly taking money off the top line. The last guests of 2016 checked out on December 27, having been here over Christmas. Though they were not here for Christmas Day food, all the family were, along with friends on other evenings, so it was quite a cook-athon.

It is lovely to have a couple of weeks off to get my decorating done before the next guests arrive, so there will be no rest before the Addington Fund Big Breakfast. I am not sure if the decorating is more for the bed and breakfast or for all the guests for the charity event. Tickets are selling amazingly well but I am thinking a second press release will be inevitable for a final push. I have already got some amazingly generous sponsorship; people can be so incredibly kind. Now Christmas and New Year are out of the way I can begin to


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CHRISTINE’S FUNDRAISER The Addington Fund Big Breakfast will take place on January 24, 25 and 26, with two sittings a day from 10am to noon and 1-3pm.

The first correct entry received by next Friday will receive £20-worth of M&S vouchers. Send to: Crossword No. 859, Farmers Guardian, Unit 4, Fulwood Business Park, Caxton Road, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9NZ.



target more Yorkshire food producers. Then I need to get the garden sorted in case anyone looks out, get wall planters filled and the yard pressure washed. A charity event is a huge amount of hard work but we do get some tidying up jobs done. I might even get the blind in the bathroom fitted. We have only been waiting a year.


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Answers to crossword 857: Across: 6 Opt for, 8 Hung it up, 10 Doorstep, 11 Whirrs, 12 Theic, 13 Young pig, 14 Pass the hat round, 18 Helsinki, 20 Trees, 22 Zinnia, 23 Thrushes, 24 Cream tea, 25 Energy. Down: 1 Sprout, 2 Arctic, 3 A happy Christmas, 4 Snowsuit, 7/5 Farmers Guardian, 9 Icing, 15 Ateliers, 16 Hen party, 17 Oversee, 19 Santa, 20 Turkey, 21 Sledge. Winner: H. Barker, Derbyshire.



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‘Young people are extremely important to farming’ Tups: All of the Mule gimmer and Swaledale sheep sales have come to an end – although I did not manage to attend them as I had a broken ankle which I did gathering sheep off the moor – so we have been splitting ewes and sorting them into lots. We let the Bluefaced Leicester tups loose through late October and early November, and the Swaledale tups loose through early November. I love to go round the tups on the quad with my dad – we give them a handful of tup feed and put some extra raddle on them. I am home schooled, so it gives me more time to be out on-farm, plus it is part of my education which I love. Hobbies: Last spring I started developing a free-range egg business. I sell the eggs in our honesty box on the lane – our hens are pure-bred Black Leghorns which produce a white egg. We advertise our eggs as ‘Arnfield free-range eggs’. At the moment I am also training a seven-month-old sheepdog puppy. She was from a litter of four and her mother and father are both good hill dogs – my dad has two of the

Megan Hallam Arnfield, Derbyshire Megan Hallam, 14, farms on her 930-hectare (2,300-acre) family farm in Derbyshire with her mum, dad and brothers. The farm has a flock of pedigree Swaledale sheep and also breeds Mule gimmers.

Megan Hallam hopes to start as a farm apprentice once school is finished.

pups and my brother has the other one. I am teaching her to walk by my side and to come in, and shortly we will be trying her on sheep because she seems very keen.

Flock: At the moment my sheep flock is quite small. It started during lambing time when my dad gifted me three Bluefaced Leicester lambs, which were triplets that were taken off their mother. I brought them up on goats’ milk. It was very stressful trying to get the goats to stay still to let the lambs suck but it was also very fun, and I loved to see my lambs grow. Future: My close future is filled with excitement for scanning – I have a couple of Swaledale ewes to

be scanned this year and a Bluefaced Leicester shearling. I am hoping my future in a few years’ time will consist of finishing my school work and exams and starting as an apprentice on the farm. Young people are extremely important in farming because you need to have someone to carry on the family line and the industry in general. It would be very disappointing if you had worked hard to build up a farm and no-one was interested in taking it on.

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