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CROFTERS CASH ‘ELECTION BRIBE’ By Ewan Pate THE Scottish Crofting Federation (SCF) has described a last minute allocation of £10 million as only a ‘small step in the right direction’. The money will come from the £160m internal convergence pot, but was not part of the original plan outlined by Rural Affairs Minister Fergus Ewing when he spoke in the Holyrood chamber on October 31. Liberal Democrat leader in Scotland, Willie Rennie, suggested the last minute allocation was a political move and was made in support of SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford, who is defending a majority of 5,124 in the Ross, Skye and Lochaber seat, which he won from former Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy in 2015.

Mr Rennie said: “It was a sneaky underhand way to announce funding the crofting community should have received anyway. It is a clear election bribe, but the crofters will not be fooled by it.” Mr Ewing tweeted: “I had intended this for Pillar two next year, to be spent on activity yet to be determined. But I have been persuaded by the case made by the SCF that more should go directly to crofters and hill farmers so that is what we will do. How it will be allocated is still being worked out.”

Anger SCF chairwoman Yvonne White said Mr Ewing’s original allocation of the £160m convergence uplift had been greeted with anger by crofters, who believed it was contrary to the


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The original allocation of the uplift had been met with anger by crofters.

principles which led to convergence being introduced in the first place. She said: “Mr Ewing recognised his intention to ensure the money goes to where it was originally intended did not go far enough. Consequently, he has come up with a way to partially redress this. “The original intention of a convergence uplift was to work towards the

equalisation of per-hectare payments for agricultural support. Giving any of this money to those on high payments does not fulfil the intention. So we would still like to see more going to Regions 2 and 3 in the next tranche.” SCF board member Russell Smith said they would support capping of payments to ensure they ‘go to the right place’.




Global dairy market holding steady

Tractors dominate this year’s Agritechnica

Castle Douglas business boosted




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Lincoln Reds at home on East Neuk of Fife

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Global dairy market holds steady

Keeping the rich history of dairy alive


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College’s upland research and demonstration farms at Kirkton and Auchtertyre reach 50th anniversary

SRUC on university status mission By Ewan Pate SCOTLAND’S Rural College (SRUC) is doing everything it can to gain university status, but its chief executive Wayne Powell has made it clear that it is not an end in itself. Along with SRUC board chairman Sandy Cummings, he was at SRUC’S Elmwood campus in Cupar last week for the first of a series of stakeholder engagement meetings. Prof Powell said: “We are on a distinctive mission and it is not just to create Scotland’s 19th university. “We are aiming for an enterprise university which will greatly contribute to the country’s rural economy.” He suggested it would be difficult to fulfil the target of growing Scotland’s food sector from £14.8 billion to £30bn by 2030 without such a source of knowledge and skills.

Skills Prof Powell said there were examples around the world of universities which had the required ‘intensity of collaboration’ to drive a competitive economy. SRUC, which failed to gain university status when it was formed by merger in 2012, would focus on jobs and skills, as well as research and consultancy. The recent co-location of veterinary services at Moredun Research Institute and the opening of a commercially focused avian research unit at Bush Estate were examples of what Prof Powell had in mind.

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PROF WAYNE POWELL Asked if there was risk involved in undertaking such a significant move at a time of restricted Government funding and the possible loss of EU funds, Prof Powell said: “The biggest risk is doing nothing. That would have strategic consequences for the rural economy.” The SRUC annual report published last week estimates having a rural enterprise university could boost the Scottish economy by £4.5bn annually. In the past, Prof Powell has used Wageningen University and Research in the Netherlands, and Lincoln University in New Zealand as examples of enterprise universities with close and beneficial links to industry. In the year to March 31, 2019, SRUC had an operating surplus of £0.5 million on a turnover of £83m. Severance costs amounted to £1.1m with the majority of the restructuring costs expected in 2019-20.

Former Chief Vet to lead independent APHA review SCOTLAND’S former Chief Vet Charles Milne has been appointed to carry out an independent review of the animal health and welfare services delivered by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). Rural Affairs Minister Mairi Gougeon said: “It is now eight years since the devolution of the animal health and welfare budget and this review will ensure current services

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continue to offer value for money. It will also highlight whether a different model could potentially deliver efficiencies.” Prof Milne was Scotland’s Chief Veterinary Officer from 20032009 before becoming chief executive of Food Standards Scotland. He moved to Australia in 2014 to become chief vet in the state of Victoria, a post he relinquished earlier this year.

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NEWS Conservatives in seasonal worker numbers pledge THE CLA has issued a warning about the need for permanent employees in the agricultural sector as the Conservatives pledged to quadruple the number of places available on the seasonal workers’ scheme. According to The Telegraph, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has signed off plans from Defra Secretary Theresa Villiers to allow growers to hire up to 10,000 seasonal workers from outside the EU, an increase from the quota of 2,500 in 2019. Farm groups have repeatedly warned the pilot Seasonal Agricultural Workers’ Scheme, opened in March this year, would not meet the needs of the sector, with the NFU estimating 80,000 people were needed annually to harvest British crops.

Farm groups have estimated 80,000 people are needed annually to harvest British crops.

Victory Although Ms Villiers described the move as a ‘victory’ for the NFU, Farming Minister George Eustice said in an exclusive Farmers Guardian interview in July this year he

wanted 20,000-30,000 places to be available on the scheme. CLA senior rural business adviser Dr Charles Trotman said: “We welcome in principle this move to extend

the scheme, which may give members concerned about fruit and vegetables rotting in fields or orchards some short-term peace of mind. “However, this is one aspect of

the rural agri-food supply chain which relies heavily on migrant labour. The Government needs to provide farmers and other sector businesses additional support.”

Anger at decision to appoint part-time GCA rGovernment accused of lack of knowledge By Abi Kay FARM groups have expressed anger at a Government decision to appoint a new Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) in a part-time capacity. The current post-holder, Christine Tacon, works up to three days a week and will step down at the end of her current term in June 2020. The GCA currently regulates the relationship between direct suppliers and the 13 biggest retailers in the

UK – up from 10 – but the NFU and others have called for this remit to be extended to the wider supply chain. MPs had also raised concerns that under the terms of the now-fallen Agriculture Bill, the Rural Payments Agency was given responsibility for policing breaches of contracts between farmers and first purchasers, such as processors and abattoirs, insisting the GCA would be better placed to take on this role. Vicki Hird, sustainable farming campaign co-ordinator at Sustain, said: “We know Christine Tacon said limited hours limited her ability

to get things done, and this role delivers extremely high value for money if it successfully tackles unfair trading practices. “There are now 13 designated retailers, so it is a bigger job, and the legal structure of the GCA means the adjudicator themselves needs to sign off everything, which is why investigations have taken so long.”

Ambition Tenant Farmers’ Association chief executive George Dunn added: “This shows poor ambition by the Government and a lack of understanding of the importance of supply

chain issues as we step into new economic and political environments post-Brexit. “We need the adjudicator to be a full-time role with sufficient resource to fulfil what we believe will be an increasingly important function.” The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy was unable to comment due to election rules. Speaking at the NFU’s General Election manifesto launch on Tuesday, union president Minette Batters said ensuring supply chain fairness had to be a ‘prerequisite of stepping back from direct support’.

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NEWS RED MEAT CANCER CLAIMS RUBBISHED RED meat is the ‘most perfect food’ for humans, closely followed by milk, according to a leading nutrition expert. Prof Robert Pickard, emeritus professor of neurobiology at Cardiff University, said the agricultural industry had been ‘the butt of an enormous journalistic effort to sell copy by producing totally indefensible headlines’ about red meat causing cancer. Prof Pickard also hit out at the International Agency for

Research on Cancer report which claimed processed meats ‘definitely’ cause cancer and lean red meat ‘probably’ causes cancer. Speaking at NFU Cymru’s annual conference, he said: “There is not a single proven case of eating red meat or processed meat actually causing cancer. “This has been put together

Welsh Gov urged to reduce on-farm slaughter for TB rImpact on mental

health highlighted By Abi Kay

THE Welsh Government is taking steps to reduce the number of cattle slaughtered on-farm as both farming unions warned of the toll bovine TB was taking on rural communities. Farmers have previously explained how distressing it is to witness their cows being shot if they are unable to travel to an abattoir because they are in-calf, have recently calved or have other welfare needs. Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths told NFU Cymru’s annual conference in Llandrindod Wells last

week she had ‘listened to concerns’ raised by industry. “On-farm slaughter is sometimes unavoidable, but we are working with you and the veterinary profession to explore options to reduce the number of cattle needing to be slaughtered on-farm,” she said.

Pilot “A pilot starting early next year will allow farmers to request on-farm euthanasia by lethal injection under certain circumstances.” Ms Griffiths’ remarks followed an address by NFU Cymru president John Davies in which he warned bovine TB was having a greater impact on farmers’ health and wellbeing than any other issue.

by people who have their own agenda, which is nothing to do with the nutritional benefit of red meat and red meat products. “Look at the listing into which they put processed meat. You have got arsenic, you have got diesel exhausts, you have even got plutonium. No serious scientist would do this.”



He also reiterated his call for the Welsh Government to pursue an English-style policy of badger control to get on top of the disease. “We have put on record our willingness to work in partnership with the Welsh Government to take forward a farmer-led badger control strategy, taking on board the protocols established between the NFU and Westminster Government, and the offer remains,” Mr Davies said. “Farmers need to know the Welsh Government will provide the support which successive Farming Ministers in England have given to the TB eradication programme.” The Minister, however, suggested the ‘refreshed’ approach which split Wales into low, intermediate and high-risk areas based on TB incidence, levels was working. “I believe progress has been made with the implementation and delivery of our refreshed approach,” she said. “Since the start of the action plan intervention policy, restrictions have been lifted in 38 persistent breakdown farms with action plans, although 12 of these unfortunately have seen a recurrence of the disease. “This indicates we are making progress in some of the most complex TB breakdowns.”

Carbon tax could lock UK farmers out of EU market UK FARMERS could be locked out of the European market if the EU introduces a carbon tax to prevent high emission imports, a trade expert has warned. Dmitry Grozoubinski, a former Australian trade negotiator and founder of the Explain Trade website, said a carbon adjustment tax at the EU border was ‘almost inevitably coming’ because the bloc wanted to stop producers being undercut by lower standard imports and prevent pollution being ‘outsourced’ to other countries. At NFU Cymru’s annual conference

he pointed out the mechanism which the EU uses could leave UK farmers at a disadvantage. “Say something arrives in the EU, then the EU calculates how much carbon tax it would have paid had it been made in the EU,” Mr Grozoubinski told the conference. “It will then probably allow some system for you to say, ‘that is the average, but look at all these things I have done to produce it more cleanly, you should charge me less’. “Because it is the EU, the mountain of

paperwork you would have to do could lock you out of their market. “If the administration costs of receiving a fair rebate for green production outweigh the rebate, you are ultimately paying more tax than a far dirtier producer who says they will take the average.” Mr Grozoubinski went on to urge farmers to work with the UK Government to ensure agricultural products would have fair access to the EU market once a carbon adjustment tax is imposed.

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UNRELENTING rain has prompted farming charity RABI to release further emergency payments from its crisis fund for the second time this month. Although the clean-up operation across swathes of England is underway, farmers and residents in the east Midlands and north east of England were hit by ‘danger to life’ floods over the weekend and more rain was expected to fall at the end of this week. In many areas, residents have been rescued by tractors and dinghies, with farmers running tractors and trailers back and forth to aid those in local villages who had been completely cut off. The Met Office said figures for September suggested England was hit by 97.5 per cent more rainfall than in September 2018.

Support The Environment Agency said it had deployed more than 200 of its staff to South Yorkshire ‘to support local communities’, where almost 5,000 properties had been evacuated after the River Don burst its banks. It warned more rain in South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire would ‘bring an increased risk of further river and surface water flooding’. RABI has already issued more than £25,000 in emergency grants to

We are now working with expert partners and specialists to assess the damage TOM SIMPSON farmers affected by the flooding in Yorkshire, and said it was working closely with other organisations ‘to make help available quickly to people who need it’. As part of the support, NFU Mutual has activated an emergency team to help farmers hit by the flooding. NFU Mutual property claims manager Tom Simpson said local teams had been busy making immediate emergency payments and arranging alternative accommodation for customers. “We are now working with expert partners and specialists to assess the damage, get repairs underway and ensure our members are cared for,” he said. MORE INFORMATION Anyone affected by the flooding should call RABI’s confidential freephone helpline on 0808 281 9490. For top tips on staying safe in the weather, go to


Emergency cash boost for flood-hit farmers NFU Mutual has activated a team to help farmers hit by the flooding.

Farm flood-ready checklist ■ Sign up at with the Environment Agency at for flood and extreme weather warnings ■ Work out a farm flood plan so everybody knows what action to take and who is responsible for what ■ Identify higher ground (either yours or a neighbour’s) which livestock can be moved to if water levels rise ■ Do not endanger human life trying to save livestock and property in a flood ■ Move machinery, stock and veterinary supplies to safe locations

■ Similarly, safely store fuels and chemicals which could pollute watercourses ■ Look at your farming practices and how these could impact on flooding and water penetration ■ Think about flood resilience measures for buildings which could be vulnerable to flooding ■ Inform your insurer of any new buildings to ensure there is cover for that location Source: NFU Mutual

SCOTTISH FLOOD ACTION PLAN LAUNCHED SCOTTISH Government has launched a flood action plan to be ‘more creative and pragmatic’ in its approach. Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham launched the plan in Menstrie, Clackmannshire, which was hit by flooding in 2012. Just this week, train services between the Highlands and Glasgow and Edinburgh were disrupted by ‘heaving flooding’ on the line. Karen Donald, of AXA Insurance and

chairwoman of the Property Flood Resilience Delivery Group, said: “While there continues to be action to help alleviate the effects of flooding, such as flood schemes and urban draining schemes, the responsibility for protecting property is with the owner. “This action plan equips homeowners and businesses with information about effective measures which can make a big difference in the event of a flood.”

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Couple in desperate search for new farm as tenancy ends rLandlord refused to renew FBT

By Emily Ashworth A FARMING couple known for their herd of Blonde d’Aquitaines fear they could lose their business as their tenancy comes to an end. Sue and David Knight have been running Oakham Farm, Portbury, on a Farm Business Tenancy (FBT) in Bristol for the last 15 years and hoped they would be able to renew their arrangement until the landlord refused. Now faced with the end of the tenancy in March 2020, they are desperately looking for a home for their livestock. Mrs Knight said: “Basically, we have nowhere to go and we are desperate to find somewhere. “Pedigree Blondes are not little, so

a shed will not do really and we are too old for a county council farm. “There just does not seem to be anything about. “If we could stay local to the South West that would be ideal – we have a son who lives close by and I work at the local GP and have done for 26 years. “We have had a couple of comments such as, ‘you knew it was going to come to an end’ and, ‘why not do something sooner’? “But you cannot when you have rent to pay, and you cannot get a tenancy six months before you need it. “We cannot afford to pay two.” Well known on the show circuit, the couple sells breeding bulls and won the reserve inter-breed at the Royal Welsh Show this year, as well as selling internationally, with demand for the herd’s genetics a growing market. “We have got some amazing cattle

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David and Sue Knight are searching for a new farm tenancy.

and they deserve to have a future,” added Mrs Knight. “My husband is really down because he thinks he is going to have to sell them all, and he has spent 30 years trying to build them up. “He might have to get rid of them in the blink of an eye because we have nowhere to go.”

Tenant Farmers Association chief executive George Dunn said the Knights’ situation was ‘indicative of the short-termism’ in the tenanted sector. “We need to find a way to keep successful businesses like this one farming. These are exactly the sorts of people we need to retain in the industry,” said Mr Dunn.


“AgriScot is not like a traditional show, its about business first and foremost. That is what makes it a must attend event, and why receiving the Scottish Dairy Farm of the Year title at AgriScot 2018 means so much to me, my father Hugh and everyone here at Laigh Tarbeg.” “An award is for one year only and we can’t afford to rest on our laurels; so we will be back at AgriScot this year, gleaning new advice and practical tips and information to continue driving our business forward.” Alastair Watson, Laigh Tarbeg, Cumnock

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NEWS Poor storage link to fuel issues MACHINERY ring Ringlink, which operates across the north and east of Scotland, has reported a sharp increase in the number of fuel-related problems being reported by its members, especially in the south of it catchment area. Most issues relate to blocked filters in fuel storage tanks and tractors. A Ringlink spokesperson said: “Historically this would have been attributed to a microbial infestation during fuel storage which produces a waxy sludge causing blockages. “However the sudden increase in reported problems would seem to indicate that the root cause relates to the delivery source, to fatty acid methyl ester (FAME) and the storage conditions thereafter.” The spokesperson added: “We are being advised that fuel supplied from the Aberdeen terminal is currently FAME-free, whereas Grangemouth deliveries contain FAME, which could explain why the current issues are being experienced by members in the south whose deliveries are largely from Grangemouth.”

Tests Petrolineos, operator of the Grangemouth refinery, has refuted any suggestions of increasing the FAME content to levels beyond legislative guidelines and this seems to be supported by a limited number of tests conducted jointly by NFU Scotland and Ringlink. Ringlink and NFUS have concluded that unless the marginal difference is enough to tip the balance, the problems may relate to storage management. NFUS has reported no apparent pattern with regards to make, model, or type of machinery affected and no links with specific end suppliers.

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SCOTLAND’S Rural College (SRUC) is this week celebrating the 50th anniversary of the establishment of its upland research and demonstration farms at Kirkton and Auchtertyre, near Crianlarich. The two adjacent farms were leased by the former West of Scotland Agricultural College, now part of SRUC, from November 11, 1969. The farms total 2,200 hectares running from 170 metres to 1,000m above sea level. The board of governors wanted the college to take on a hill farm ‘for the purpose of developing a new approach to sheep husbandry’. Fifty years on, the farms, which are in a high rainfall area in the Loch Lomond and The Trossachs

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Flooding torment shows need for common-sense approach

And finally... Thanks to our outgoing In Your Field writer Russell McKenzie for his valuable insight over the past three years. To read his final column, go to page 127.

SOMETIMES, the sheer power of nature is such that it can defy logic and do untold damage to anything in its path. That is exactly what has happened in recent weeks as heavy rain landed on already saturated land and wrought devastation across many areas, particularly South Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. But these extreme weather events are becoming depressingly recurrent. It is only a matter of months since Farmers Guardian reported on the damage done in the Yorkshire Dales as a month’s rain fell in just 24 hours and saw rivers and streams turned into raging torrents of rock and stone. Go back a little further and it was drought concerns in the east of the country that were occupying the minds of many farmers as they feared for crop establishment in the heat. Now, with planting impossible for many and others behind schedule, the implications for all farming sectors over the next 12 months could be significant. One of the challenges as we face up to changing

weather patterns is to fuel the debate and the subsequent response with objective, sensible discourse. Farmers and landowners must be engaged by all UK governments in this discussion and made central to any future plans. As our lead letter on the opposite page shows, many feel this has not been happening for a while. Common sense must also be the order of the day. Coming as it has in the midst of a bitter General Election campaign, opposition parties have sought to dismiss the Conservative Government’s response to the flooding for the purpose of potential gain. Now, however, is not the time for political point scoring. If these weather events are to be more common, and if climate change is becoming increasingly real, the implications for farmers’ livelihoods, and therefore food production, could be felt by all members of society and will require a unified and coherent strategy which engages, not divides, all the relevant parties.

YOUNG FARMER FOCUS ‘There is no such thing as a quiet time of year’ This year: As the long nights draw in, I look back at the year’s work. In March, the lambs were born and now most of them are away. In April the spring barley was sown and it was harvested in September. And with the end of October, so too came the lifting of potatoes. For most, this is the easy time of year, if there is such a thing. Keep the cattle fed, make sure the tups are doing their job and that all the ewes are the right way up, and begin to plan for the year ahead. The other week we held a pumpkin patch that saw more than 400 people come to the farm. I guess people these days are not content with a turnip that I got when I was wee.   Shop: For us there is no such thing as a quiet time of year. The year-end brings about Christmas, which is the busiest time 10 | NOVEMBER 15 2019

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of the year at our family’s farm shop. In 1979, my grandfather had a surplus of turnips, so decided to flog some at the side of the road in a wheelbarrow. Fast-forward 40 years and where that wheelbarrow once sat, now stands a state-of-the-art on-farm vending machine. We are busy ensuring that we will have enough homegrown produce to meet demand. It is a time of year where every member of the family, including partners, lend a hand to ensure the machine is stocked and customers are happy. The shop is under expansion with more machines going in so we can sell a greater range of products. Seemingly no-one can go anywhere these days without stopping for a cuppa, so we are trying to tap into that market by installing a coffee machine? Young Farmers: I am preaching to the converted here, but I can honestly say

Murray Stephen Turriff, Aberdeenshire Murray Stephen, 27, works on the family farm covering 162 hectares of spring barley, 8ha of potatoes, 300 breeding ewes and 200 cattle over the winter. The farm also grows vegetables for its shop, Thorneybank Farm Shop.

Murray Stephen that being a member of the Scottish Association Of Young Farmers (SAYFC) has changed my life. I have seen the world; from a study tour of New Zealand, to a group trip to China, and seeing parts of our own country that I might never have seen. I have learned new and valuable skills, as well as the usual management and leaderships skills from my stint as Turriff and district chairman. To me the most valuable is undoubtedly my public speaking abilities.

I won the SAYFC senior speechmaking in 2016 – the skills I learned have certainly come in useful. But, like most people, the best thing I have gained from being a Young Farmer is lifelong friends. If the travel or opportunities are not enough to convince you to join, then surely the friendships and connections you make on this crazy journey will be. Young Farmers is like a universal language. Learning that someone is or was a member is an instant connection. MORE INFORMATION If you would like to be featured, email

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Flood cutbacks I HAVE lived at Hardhead Farm since 1972. This is low lying land that can and does flood regularly in winter, or during exceptional weather conditions. In 1974, new drainage works took place at the floodgates and surrounding ditches. We still got flooded, but the system worked well and floodwater disappeared within days. The system worked well also because the river authorities, as we had then, used to dredge ditches and cut the banks on a regular basis, usually once or twice a year. In 1977 we had exceptional weather conditions and the sea wall was breached at Bank End, resulting in the land from Glasson Dock to Nateby being flooded. For three days the water flowed on to all this land, but once the tide turned, the water started to recede and by the third or fourth day after the flooding the land was clear of water. This was proof that the system of dredging and cutting ditches worked. That was until the cutbacks began. Since then we have seen 400 hectares (1,000 acres) of land flooded for over two months. The same has happened again this year and the water was still standing after a month, with the land unable to be worked. Surely the Environment Agency (EA), Highways Agency and the councils have a duty to ensure farmers are not paying the price of this debacle of flooding? The ditches have been blocked with rushes and silt since August and, as a result, after the recent heavy rainfall the land has flooded. This has also resulted in a lot of private sewage plants overflowing. The EA says we are on our own – it has no money. It seems to us that the EA has too many conflicting priorities and this makes them, in our opinion, unfit for purpose.



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If this situation is not solved then in the future, with the silting up of the channels and flooding of farmland, there will be no farmland to farm. J.W. Mitchell, Cockerham, Lancaster.

Rule-breaker THIS fellow Tony Juniper [Natural England chairman], who is blocking the necessary shooting of badgers as urgent priority, is pictured in an October edition (‘Juniper calls for £140 million to build farmer relationships’, FG, October 18) walking a feed passage in non-wellingtons. How will he sanitise his footwear off the premises and how were they sanitised on to the premises? What is the NFU’s Paul Tompkins doing allowing people like him on to his property in this slapdash way?

Mr Juniper appears to have an intellectual and mental incapacity. Your piece ‘Badger cull proven to reduce bTB in cattle’ (FG, October 18) has Mr Juniper as an earlier outspoken opponent of culling who says it is ‘mad, inhumane and expensive’, confronted with the incontrovertible research report. Mr Juniper says he finds it hard to draw firm conclusions. He is a useless waste of space. L.N. Painting, Telford.

Neonics balance YOUR article ‘Neonics ban is ‘harming bees’’ (FG, October 18) caught my attention. Paul Horton clearly has an interest in honey bees if he runs 300 hives, so his support for oilseed rape in producing honey is understandable. The early Defra trials’ findings involving 40 of Mr Horton’s hives

in 2013 that there is ‘next to zero difference’ between exposed and unexposed bees was updated in 2018 because most uses of neonicotinoids were found to represent a risk to both wild bees and honey bees. Of course the reduction in OSR tonnage is regrettable, but my belief is that such loss has to be balanced against the serious risk to all insect pollinators that use of any systemic nerve acting insecticide brings. It is unarguable that the loss of pollen rich crops is regrettable, whether one is a beekeeper or not. But if FG is happy to take on the scientific evidence in the official Downs report on badger culls – as per your back page – then it should be equally accepting of scientific evidence on neonicotinoids rather than referring to outdated evidence to make a headline. Tony Moss, via email.

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NEWS ‘Climate conscious’ university took 17,000 flights Situation awareness checklists could reduce the number of farm accidents.

Pilot-like checklist could help farm safety A CHECKLIST similar to that used by airline pilots has been developed to help farmers get a better grip of farm safety. Researchers at the University of Aberdeen said farmers should adopt the process used by pilots and carry out a number of key checks prior to operation. One example is a tractor situation awareness checklist which includes checks on the environment, personal factors, a status check, tractor performance and safety check. Farmers are asked to consider

their well-being including stress and fatigue level, as well as practical measures such as ground conditions, PTO guard and safety chains and the location of other vehicles, people and animals and power lines.

Psychologist University of Aberdeen psychologist Dr Amy Irwin said: “In aviation and a lot of other high-risk industries they have training for all of these skills. “Farming has nothing and we are looking to change that.

“By changing a few behaviours, we can hopefully make farmers safer and more effective.” The idea came after five years spent with farmers, finding out about their daily tasks and any problems that might arise. The research was turned into a ‘pocket guide’ for farmers which they can tailor to make it specific to them and their farm. More than 1,000 copies of the handbook have been sent out free of charge to farmers in the UK, the US and New Zealand.

THE University of Cambridge has been blasted for taking 17,545 flights since 2016, about the same time it decided to ban beef and lamb to ‘dramatically reduce food-related carbon emissions’. The figures were outed by a Freedom of Information request by the Countryside Alliance, showing university staff had travelled to locations including Hawaii, Los Angeles and Sydney, as well as those ‘easily reachable by train’ such as Manchester, Edinburgh and Brussels. Speaking in September 2019, Professor Andrew Balmford, a University of Cambridge professor in conservation science, said no other intervention except for cutting red meat would yield ‘such dramatic benefits in such a short space of time’. The university said 500 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) were cut annually due to its ban on beef and sheep, but by cutting out a yearly flight to New York, Las Vegas and Sydney, the university could save 512t in CO2 emissions.

NBA regional chairman quits rChairman hits back at

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I have never seen the NBA so ineffective

By Olivia Midgley A FARMER who has been a figurehead of the National Beef Association (NBA) for 20 years said the viability of the organisation is on a knife edge following major financial losses and ‘no plan to turn it around’. Bill Harper, who has served as a director, treasurer, TB committee chairman, Red Tractor representative and South West chairman, said the organisation had lost £70,000 in the last two years as a result of reduced membership fees and dwindling support from breed societies. Mr Harper, who runs 450 cattle on the Devon-Cornwall border, also took aim at the lack of communication with members and in defending the industry against attacks on red meat in the national press. “I have never seen the NBA so ineffective,” said Mr Harper, who highlighted the Tesco ‘meat free’ advert which he said required a strong response. 12 | NOVEMBER 15 2019

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“We made no attempt to get into the mainstream press with our position and make the critical difference between fresh red meat and processed meats which currently are being erroneously lumped together." Speaking to Farmers Guardian after detailing his grievances in a letter of resignation to the board,

Mr Harper said the NBA had failed to communicate to its members key points from a recent Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee hearing on beef prices. “We are seeing a real split level marketplace that should have been highlighted – the current beef price is 320p/kg deadweight (dw) and integrated/scheme cattle, albeit mainly Angus, are being paid 380p/kg/dw,” said Mr Harper. “Our challenge is to decide how to advise our farmers on the risks of integrated production and how to assess cost of production contracts.” Mr Harper also criticised the organisation’s lack of input around the climate change agenda. “I am involved with some work

looking at feed additives that will reduce methane output, it is an area with great potential that we should be involved with getting the message to consumers," he said.

Discussed As a badger cull director, Mr Harper said his area had made great strides in bringing down the number of restricted herds from 86 to 20 after three years of culling, but the NBA had still not discussed with Defra the strategy when culling is planned to end next year. NBA chairman Andrew Laughton said Mr Harper’s comments were ‘untruthful’, adding he thought the reason for his resignation was due to difficulty with some members in the South West. He said: “The resources available to the NBA are finite and the NBA works as effectively as possible for members and the entire beef industry with its available resources.” He added the association worked ‘tirelessly’ to achieve national press coverage in promoting beef and defending attacks against it and communicated its work to members.

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Global dairy market holds steady rFonterra announces

4 per cent milk price rise

By Cedric Porter ALTHOUGH September 2019 UK milk production was only 0.3 per cent greater than the same month last year, annual output is still at more than 30-year highs. Deliveries in the year to September are up 16 per cent since the beginning of the decade, according to Defra figures. In that time liquid milk processing has dropped 5 per cent. Milk used for manufacturing products such as

Liquid milk processing has dropped 5 per cent in the year to September.

ments prices have been largely held, with dairy industry commentator and Dairy Farmer columnist Ian Potter reporting December price hold for Glanbia (Cheese), Barbers, Wyke Farms, Belton Farms and Crediton Dairy. Analysis by the Dutch farmers organisation LTO shows an average September EU milk price of €33.60/100kg (£28.81/100g), with Saputo UK (Dairy Crest) at a similar value. German, Danish and Irish prices are below the average. The average compares to €34.70/ 100kg (£29.76/100g) a year ago.

cheese and butter has increased by a third, while exports have doubled. This still leaves the UK with too much milk which is putting pressure on prices. Global milk supplies have remained static in 2019, according to AHDB.

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Other analysis by AHDB shows the UK price per kilo of milk solids has been about £0.20/kg below the average EU price over the last 12 months at £4.20/kg. The LTO Fonterra New Zealand price in September was €29.36/100kg (£25.18/100g) and the average US price was €41.74/100kg (£34.79/100g). Fonterra has recently announced a 4 per cent increase in its milk price. Global dairy trade auctions have shown some signs of life in the last week or two, with a 4 per cent increase in the average November 5 price, compared to the week before. Skimmed milk powder prices were up 7 per cent on the week.


AHDB calculates returns for processors making butter and skimmed milk powder exceeded those for mild cheddar in October for the first time in 18 months. Actual Milk Price Equivalent (AMPE) is up about 3ppl in the month to 31ppl. AMPE is an indicator of the processor price for milk used in butter and cheese processing. British producers will hope that the tighter global market will manifest itself in higher prices soon but with a reliance on domestic liquid milk sales, national oversupply might continue to keep prices in check.

£100,000 IN CROWDFUNDING FAILS TO SAVE KINTYRE CREAMERY IN another blow to the Scottish dairy industry and, despite a farmer-led crowdfunding scheme which raised nearly £100,000, the Campbeltown Creamery on the Mull of Kintyre is set to close. Owners First Milk have reassured the 29 farmer suppliers that, as part of a national co-op, their milk will continue to be collected. However, it is consulting with the 14 creamery staff whose jobs are at risk.  First Milk originally put the plant, 14 | NOVEMBER 15 2019

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which produces cheddar under the Mull of Kintyre brand, up for sale in April 2018 but could not find a third-party buyer. Local dairy producers, with support from the Scottish Government, then expressed their desire to takeover the creamery and form a steering group. Last month they set up a crowdfunding scheme. It reached its original target of £50,000 within 72 hours and then extended that goal by £80,000. By Friday, November 1,

nearly £95,000 had been pledged. James Barbour, chairman of the Kintyre steering group said: “It was the right thing to investigate all avenues to see if we could keep the creamery open in Kintyre.

Solution “Despite all of this we were not able to find a financially viable long-term solution for the creamery. I would like to thank everyone who has supported us through this period.”

Money raised in the campaign will be returned to those who pledged it. First Milk chief executive Shelagh Hancock said: “We are disappointed that it has not been possible to conclude a sale of Campbeltown Creamery. “We fully appreciate that this decision has significant consequences for colleagues at the creamery and the local community, but it is important that we act in the best interest of the wider business and our farmer members.”

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BUSINESS Consumers move away from dairy-free ACTUAL growth in the free-from and vegan sectors is ‘smaller than we are led to believe,’ with no Great British households found to be sticking exclusively to buying dairyfree alternatives. Based on a panel of 30,000 households across the UK, Kantar World Panel said shoppers were buying more dairy products as a whole. Although standard liquid milk purchases were slightly down, sales of cheese and butter had held firm on the year, up 2.7 per cent and 2.8 per cent respectively. Rachel Cacioppo of Kantar told the

Dairy is a fundamental staple part of consumers’ shopping baskets and diets RACHEL CACIOPPO

Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers conference: “There is a lot in the headlines about vegans and a lot of shelf space given by supermarkets to dairy-free products, but we know that dairy is a fundamental staple part of consumers’ shopping baskets and diets. “Our data shows that, at some point in the year, all households are making a dairy product purchase.”

Engage Despite the standard liquid milk purchase downturn, consumers had continued to engage with products which could be similarly categorised. Ms Cacioppo said ‘added-value’ liquid milks in the form of filtered or those marketed as having additional health or other benefits were performing well. “Sales of products like this with a unique selling point really are booming and shoppers are increasingly engaging in these options, whereas standard fresh milk is driving that slight reduction in sales.” Ms Cacioppo also discussed some of the wider challenges and


Consumers still favour dairy despite the proliferation of non-dairy options.

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OSR shortfall set to expose unfair imports r280,000 hectares

of OSR lost since 2012 By Andrew Blake AN ‘uneven playing field’ for UK farmers has been highlighted by United Oilseeds as the country’s oilseed rape output continues to fall. Presenting the co-operative’s trading results, managing director Chris Baldwin predicted the country would need to import more than 0.5 million tonnes of rapeseed – a quarter of UK usage – to offset the likely shortfall from this season’s cabbage stem flea beetle hit crop. Much of that would come from countries, such as the Ukraine, where neonicotinoid insecticide seed

500,000t The UK may soon need to import half a million tonnes of rapeseed, according United Oilseeds.

dressings, now banned in the UK, are still allowed. Mr Baldwin said: “We know that well in excess of 250,000 hectares of seed was sold for drilling in the Ukraine and much of it was neonicotinoid-treated. “How is this fair to UK farmers when they are not permitted to use neonicotinoids?”

Flea beetle Since 2012 the UK will have lost nearly 280,000ha of oilseed rape mainly because of poor weather at establishment and flea beetle damage, Mr Baldwin estimated. “That is exactly the same size as Oxfordshire. As a trade we need to try to halt this decline,” he added. “The situation is becoming critical. Oilseed rape is an important break crop in high demand.” Mr Baldwin called for a working party to be set up including, ideally, the NFU, AHDB, UK crushers, the AIC, seed breeders, chemical companies, merchants and farmer groups.

Arla producers will use data to address climate goals ARLA farmers will form a ‘climate database’ to speed up their transition to carbon net zero by 2050. To build the database, Arla’s 9,900 farmer owners, 2,300 of which are UK based, will input externally-verified data from their farm covering everything from herd size to housing, to milk volumes, feed, energy and fuel usage on-farm and renewable energy production.  This information will then give the farmer an overall environmental score and help identify areas they can further reduce their on-farm carbon emissions.

Speed The dairy giant hopes to see producers triple the speed of CO2 reductions on-farm over the next 10 years. Ash Amirahmadi, managing director, Arla  Foods UK, said: “Sustainable foods must not only minimise environmental impact, 16 | NOVEMBER 15 2019

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but also be nutritionally adequate, remain affordable and support biodiversity ecosystems. “With Arla farmers producing around 14 billion litres of milk a year, on-farm changes could have a significant impact on the co-operative’s overall emissions.”

UK oilseed rape has been severely hit by cabbage stem flea beetle.

United Oilseeds profits DESPITE fewer UK sowings United Oilseeds said it traded more than 0.5 million tonnes last harvest – much the same as the average since 2011. From an annual pre-tax profit of £1.445m to the end of June 2019

the co-operative has been able to return £402,000 to its members – equivalent to £1.40/t. The profit reflects a 15 per cent growth in the co-op’s pooling system which marketed 222.405t in 2019.


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However, the information captured will provide bespoke data for each farmer on what level of carbon emissions they produce per litre of milk and identify where there is room for improvement. Average reductions on each farm of 3 per cent per year would see Arla on track to hit its on-farm carbon reduction targets of 30 per cent by 2030. Farmers who participate in the programme will be paid more for their milk. It is expected at least 90 per cent of Arla’s farmer owners will join the initiative.

THE Netherlands has dedicated agricultural and food envoys with support staff in 30 countries around the world. By contrast, the UK has just one, who is attached to the British embassy in China and is partfinanced by the AHDB. Tim Heddema, the agricultural counsellor to the Dutch Embassy in London, was speaking at an Institute of Agricultural Management debate this week. He said: “Exporting has always been important to the Dutch food

industry and so the Government has invested in a network of people to promote Dutch food.” Dutch exports are worth about €100 billion a year (£86bn) – more than three times as much as UK shipments. Mr Heddema said close co-operation between government, business and science helped develop enterprises and trade in the Netherlands. He said although he admired many UK businesses, he did not detect that same sense of common purpose.

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Luxury farm experiences in demand rGrowth in domestic

and overseas tourism By Cedric Porter CONSUMERS want convenience and unique experiences from farmbased businesses and are willing to pay for the privilege, according to Hannah Moule, of Worcestershirebased rural surveyor and diversification specialist Moule and Co. “People want to do something different and then share it with their friends on social media,” she told the Farm Business Innovation Show in Birmingham last week. “The ‘a day with the sheep’

experiences offered by Airbnb might be baffling or funny to farmers, but they are providing much-needed extra income for the farmers offering them.” She said there was still an interest in farm shops, but done in a different way. Ms Moule added: “We have a client who put in a vending machine to sell produce 18 months ago. They are now ripping it out and installing one which is three-times larger. The machine allows the farm to sell 24 hours a day, while some shoppers welcome the fact they can pick up food quickly, easily and anonymously.” Ms Moule added the glamping boom was not over. The growth was in high-end experiences with

Guests are willing to pay high prices for novel, high-end experiences.

guests willing to pay £150 a night for hotel-type luxuries or get-back-tonature camping experiences. Meanwhile, the mid-range pod and bell-tent market was crowded.

Diversifying Ms Moule urged farmers to do their homework before diversifying – in particular asking the question whether a new venture was needed to help keep the existing business afloat. If it was, then the lack of capital might limit options. Solicitor Johanne Spittle of Ware and Kay told the event that diversifications could fail because legal checks had not been made early on. Rights of way were the main issue, while some land has centuryold covenants preventing certain

activities and temporary events, such as pop-up restaurants, weddings and festivals which can become unstuck because of breaches of nuisance laws. Domestic visitors make up most of the £150 billion tourism spend, but there is still a lot of potential from foreign visitors. The weakening of the pound after the Brexit vote meant the foreign visitor spend in 2017 was at a record £24.5bn, but fell to £23bn in 2018. Joss Croft, of tourist promotion body UKinbound, said Brexit had damaged the image of the UK among EU visitors, but there was still growth in visits from the USA and Asia. After Brits, for example, the Chinese made up the greatest number of visitors to the Lake District.



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down significantly By Alice Dyer THE third consecutive year of severe drought has left Australia facing the prospect of winter wheat production falling to the lowest tonnage in more than a decade. According to a report by Rabobank, production was expected to reach just 27.7 million tonnes in 2019/20, down 9 per cent on last year and 31 per cent below the five-year average, making it the smallest crop since 2007/08. Last week the most significant rainfall in three years fell in New South Wales, but the country would need to see much more to end the current drought. In addition, the area of New South Wales is struggling to contain more than 80 bush fires, with some exceeding 100,000 hectares. With most of Australia’s cropping regions entering the 2019 planting season with below-average soil moisture, barley production was down 7 per cent on last year, 21 per cent down from the five-year average, and canola was down 16 per cent, 45 per cent down on the fiveyear average. Queensland has been worst hit after a year of floods and drought left wheat at 0.5m tonnes, down 31 per cent from the 2018/19 season, and 72 per cent below the five-year average.

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A fall in production was also on the cards for Western Australia, with the biggest percentage decline in canola, which was expected to be just 0.8mt – half of Western Australia’s five-year average. Despite New South Wales being set to make significant gains of 31 per cent on last year’s disaster, this was still 61 per cent below the five-year average, reflecting the extent of decline last year rather than significant gains over typical production levels. However, record wool and strong sheepmeat prices have increased margins for mixed farmers this season, alleviating some crop pressure. Rabobank predicted basis to hold firm, however, further price gains were likely to be capped by increased international grain imports.

Depreciation Exports continued to decline for the third year running and were expected to reach 8mt, 3.9mt, and 0.9mt for wheat, barley, and canola, respectively, in 2019/20 – collectively down 15 per cent year-on-year. However, further depreciation of the Australian dollar over the coming 12 months would assist grain export competitiveness. Australia’s reduced capacity to service international markets over multiple years was expected to severely challenge its competitiveness in export markets once exportable surplus grows again.

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

George Thompson and Lydia Ainger.

George Thompson and Lydia Ainger have proved that with determination and a passion for food and farming, their new business can thrive. Emily Ashworth reports.


ith a plan to prove everybody wrong, George Thompson and Lydia Ainger have certainly achieved what they set out to do. After opening Church Farm Tearooms and Children’s Farm, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire, in October 2018, the pair have seen their business flourish, offering homemade food and drinks and creating a specialised area where families can come and learn about farm animals. For Lydia, 27, this has been in the pipeline for a very long time, having always harboured a love for animals and food. She previously studied pastry at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu in London, before moving back home to Anslow, Staffordshire. And after meeting George, 24, in 2016, the building next to where George farms happened to come up for sale. Although the cafe and child’s

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Young couple making their mark on farming farm are separate from the farm, George and Lydia are keen to make sure the two businesses can benefit from each other, heavily promoting a farm-to-fork ethos.

Sustainable George says: “We’ve always been passionate about keeping food local, so the cafe fitted in really well with our idea of farm to fork, and our love for local, sustainable food. “It’s also great for the public to enjoy food which was grown right next door to where they can eat it.

“We really think that’s the way people are going, sourcing food more locally.” George runs 150 cattle and 800 sheep across 121 hectares (300 acres), on a tenancy he took on in 2015. With a mixture of AberdeenAngus and Hereford cattle and North Country Mules and Texel crosses, he operates a forage-based system growing most feed on-farm. George says: “We grow about 10 acres of maize every year, purely for the fact it works well with our

crop rotation from grass to a forage crop to feed sheep in winter, leaving a bare stubble. “It also helps birds. In doing this, I’ve seen lapwings return and nest on-farm for the first time in ages. “It then goes back to a grass mix again. I try and grow it as cheaply as possible using minimal sprays, but it is definitely a really good homegrown feed for beef cattle.” Last year George also secured a new contract, which now sees the bulk of their cattle go to Morrisons. Calves are bought-in at four NOVEMBER 15 2019 | 19

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FARM PROFILE STAFFORDSHIRE Home-bred Texel cross North Country Mule ewes.


Church Farm Tearooms has been a huge success.

weeks old and kept for 22 months, finishing them at about 550kg. The rest are put back through the cafe. George and Lydia use eggs from their 250 chickens to supply the cafe too, either selling them to customers or using them for baking and cooking. Lambing is indoors from the end of march to the end of April, but as demand grows, the plan is to lamb some earlier to ensure produce for the cafe. George has also planted a red and white clover and chicory mix on one pasture so far, but aims to cover the whole farm. He says: “It’s good for the ground because it puts nitrogen back in and, although we’re not organic, we don’t use much fertiliser. “It’s deep-rooted and sometimes we mob graze, so tread it back into the ground for worms.” Since opening just over a year ago the cafe has grown into a bustling site, ‘exceeding all expectations’. 20 | NOVEMBER 15 2019

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The children’s farm boasts modern wooden play structures, a teepee for story time and alpacas, sheep, donkeys, geese, chickens and ducks. It was at first, however, considered a bit of a risk. George admits he thought their location was too quiet to attract visitors.

grant from Staffordshire Rural Enterprise Scheme to help with building costs, which meant they had to commit to providing jobs for the local community.


The weekend before we opened, we went out for a meal and I was thinking it’s never busy around here, but that first Saturday was carnage

Lydia says: “At the beginning me and my dad sat down and said to make it work, we need to be making so much per day, but it has been busy from the start. We’ve had to extend the car park as well. “We don’t charge entry fees because it can get so expensive when you have to pay for adults, children and maybe grandparents too. “We charge to feed the animals and then hope people will stop by in the cafe for a cup of tea and cake or a meal.” Lydia received a 25 per cent


Within three years, the business was required to employ six fulltime members of staff, but they already now employ nine fulltime staff, plus Saturday workers. Although business is booming, there are no immediate plans to expand and both want to develop the education side. Lydia says: “People have said they enjoy the homely feel and to get bigger would mean another renovation on the building.” Dotted around the children’s area are signs explaining the animals, the breeds and facts about what they eat. Lydia and George say they have both been surprised by how little people know about farming, especially adults, and they are frequently asked about the ‘amount of space’ animals have, for example. But considering their youth, the pair have dedicated themselves to

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Children visiting the animals at Church Farm.

Calves are bought-in at four weeks old and kept for 22 months.

both businesses, working seven days a week to make it a success. And as a young farmer, George knows how difficult it can sometimes be to get a foot on the ladder. He says: “The shopping list is always endless. You always need something, whether that be trailers, dogs, land or machinery.

Cashflow “Before the cattle took off, I was relief milking and tractor driving just to get a bit of extra cashflow. “At the end of the day, you are selling lambs for three months, but paying bills for 12.” A farm shop has been thought about, but they would prefer to play to their strengths and work with the local community rather than create competition. Lydia says: “We work well with butcher Paul Schum in Yoxall, down the road, and we don’t want to step on his toes.”

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It is, they say, busier than they ever imagined, but it is an all-hands-on-deck approach which makes it successful. Even George’s grandfather Charlie grows all the vegetables which are used and sold in the cafe. George says: “The weekend before we opened, we went out for a meal and I was thinking it was never busy around here, but that first Saturday was carnage. “My mum was waiting on guests and I was coming back from the farm, quickly getting changed and washing up. It’s hard work, but we make a good team.”

Eggs from the 250 chickens go through the shop or are used in the cafe.

Farm facts ■ Farmed on a tenancy since 2015 ■ Runs 150 cattle and 800 sheep across 121 hectares (300 acres) ■ Operates a forage-based system growing about 4ha (10 acres) of maize

■ Calves bought-in at four weeks old and kept for 22 months, with the bulk of cattle going to Morrison’s ■ The couple opened Church Farm Tearooms and Children’s Farm last

year, putting lamb, beef and pork from the farm through the shop ■ All eggs from the 250 chickens go through the shop for sale or are used for cooking in the cafe NOVEMBER 15 2019 | 21

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What is on offer at the CropTec Show later this month? In this six-page Farmers Guardian preview, Marianne Curtis and Alice Dyer give a taste of what is in store.

How CropTec can keep your business ahead of the pack


onfusion, chaos and costly sums up more than three frustrating years of uncertainty for UK farmers following the prolonged build up to the Government’s Withdrawal Bill, according to CropTec Show development director Stephen Howe. He says remaining profitable, despite post-Brexit reform proposals to phase out the existing support system to make way for payments linked to public goods or other key issues in the Environment Bill, is difficult enough. But growers are also expected

to cope with difficult autumns, climate change and trade issues in an increasingly global market. But every farm business is unique, reflecting its structure and future ambitions. So, this year’s CropTec Show could not be held at a more appropriate time. Whether it is concerns about the changing shape of farm support, business expansion or contraction, the future of environmental schemes or the challenges facing our crop protection armoury, there is no better place to discover the answers to those complicated questions.

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LEADING specialists will cover key areas in CropTec seminars. These are: n Crop protection, sponsored by Nufarm: Time: Day 1 - 1.30pm-2.40pm, day 2 - 3.20pm-4.30pm Managing with fewer pesticides: Prof Fiona Burnett, chair of the Fungicide Resistance Group. Profiting from early disease detection: Matt Kettlewell, agronomist, Hummingbird. Keeping up with changing herbicide dynamics: Dr Sarah Cook, weed scientist, ADAS. n Crop breeding, sponsored by BASF Time: Day 1 - 9.30am-10.40am, day 2 - 1.30pm-2.40pm Winning ways with wheat lies in its genes: Dr Kim Hammond-Kosack, Rothamsted Research. Breeding resilience into oilseed rape: Prof Steven Penfield, John Innes Centre. Variety selection in uncertain times: Cecilia Pryce, head of compliance, research and shipping, Openfield.

n Crop establishment, sponsored by Horsch Time: Day 1 - 3.20pm-4.30pm, day 2 – 9.30am-10.40am Profiting from tough decisions – making every hectare count: Andrew Pitts, Northamptonshire farmer and consultant. Rooting for profit provided by cover crops: Dr Sarah De Baets, lecturer, Cranfield University. Crop establishment – it pays to be precise: Matt Ward, agronomist, Farmacy. n Crop nutrition, sponsored by Yara Time: Day 1 and 2 - 11.30-12.40pm Implications of the Clean Air Act: Dr Daniel Kindred, head of agronomics, ADAS. Evidence-based approach to crop nutrition: Natalie Wood, arable agronomist, Yara UK. Navigating the right course for quality water and profit: Prof Keith Goulding, sustainable soils research fellow, Rothamsted Research.

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Sprayer demonstrations CROPTEC Show’s biggest ever Sprayer Demonstration Area will have 10 of the latest sprayers from leading manufacturers on offer for visitors to experience and test drive, alongside one-to-one advice from company experts. Last year saw 80 per cent of CropTec Show visitors rate the area as excellent. The event gives visitors a first-hand experience of the machines, dedicated time with an expert and a place to compare the most up-to-date innovations and technology in the market.

The CropTec Show’s seminars and hubs offer the latest information for growers.

CPD POINTS THE CropTec Show provides the perfect platform to stay up to date with the latest arable sector developments and innovation, which is reflected by the range of exhibitors taking part in the knowledge trail and number of professional development points on offer. Once again, visitors to the CropTec Show will be able to collect up to six BASIS and six NRoSO points on both days of the event.


CROPTEC HUBS SOME of the most topical subjects in the arable sector will be covered in a series of short, sharp presentations which deliver key messages to take away in the following hubs: ■ New this year: Slug Hub – sponsored by Certis. Offering advice on ferric phosphate, application and calibration support, and how to build an effective integrated approach to slug management. Soil Hub – sponsored by BASE and Direct Driller magazine. Seminar topics include: livestock in the arable rotation, cover crop strategies and widening the crop rotation. ■ Back this year: Biosolutions Hub – sponsored by UPL. Black-grass Hub – sponsored by Bayer. OSR Specialist Hub – sponsored by Dekalb. Spraying Technology Hub – sponsored by Syngenta.

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Around the stands at CropTec TECHNICAL SUPPORT GOES MOBILE SPECIALIST technical support for arable farmers and agronomists on the move is the aim of a new app from Corteva Agriscience, being launched at CropTec. Free to download, the Corteva Arable App will contain information for users of the company’s crop protection and seed products. Farmers and advisers can select the crop protection product they want to apply, and the app will list the label

rate for applications, tank mix compatibility and usage periods. Users will be also be able to read up on the varieties and traits of maize and oilseed rape seeds available from Corteva’s Pioneer brand to enable the best possible management of the crop. The company’s Kerb Weather Data service has been integrated into the app allowing farmers to check if soil and weather conditions are suitable for spraying.

Providing Diagnostics with Enabled Decisions.

New research shows that including cover crops in an arable rotation can triple earthworm numbers.

MULTIPLE BENEFITS OF COVER CROPS CRANFIELD University will be presenting research on the benefits of cover crops at CropTec, providing evidence from field trials and indoor crop health and protection facilities. The research has found including cover crops in an arable rotation triples the earthworm population and out of seven cover crop species, buckwheat produced most roots at the

compacted plough layer interface. The results from CT scans also revealed that buckwheat, rye, mustard and radish significantly increased pore space in compacted soil.

Benefits The research concludes that cover crops have multiple benefits including the potential of cover crop roots to act as a bio-drill.

CROPS UNPALATABLE TO SLUGS WITH SILICON PRODUCT ENGAGE Agro has been developing silicon product Sentinel over the last four years, aimed at optimising crop potential and naturally reducing susceptibility to infection and predation.

The company says Sentinel will change the way farmers manage slug and snail predation with the product said to render crops unpalatable for four to six weeks.

PULSE 2020 RECOMMENDED LISTS TO BE LAUNCHED PGRO is launching the new 2020 Recommended Lists of peas, spring beans and winter beans at the CropTec Show. In addition, staff will be on hand to inform visitors about PGRO’s latest

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HORSCH will be promoting its new Hybrid Farming System, combining the best practices of organic farming and conventional farming, to provide a solution to weed control without glyphosate. Four new products form the basis of the Hybrid Farming System: the Transformer VF

hoeing tool, Finer LT cutting tillage tool, Cura ST harrow and Cultro TC knife roller, with more being added later. The system is designed to meet the needs of farmers looking for mechanical weed control while retaining the high productivity of conventional farming.

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ARABLE Despite some oilseed rape crops appearing damaged last season, yields were not as bad as expected.

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t has been a turbulent 18 months for oilseed rape, but despite its rollercoaster growing season last year, many growers were left pleasantly surprised by the resilience of the crop when it passed through the combine this harvest. Despite heavy cabbage stem flea beetle infestations causing concern early on, Andrew Blazey, agronomist at Prime Agriculture, covering Suffolk, Cambridgeshire and Essex, says last year’s crop performed better than expected, leading some of his growers to increase their OSR area this year. He says: “In our area, 3.5 tonnes/ hectare is good and a lot of crops this harvest averaged 3.5-4t/ha. “With flea beetle, where establishment was okay and growing conditions were good, the crop tended to compensate.” Mr Blazey says that in crops with bigger biomass last year, flea beetle tended to remain in the leaf petioles rather than affecting the stem. “If you can get a variety with good autumn vigour, like InV1035, you do increase your chance of having a decent biomass, hopefully lessening the effect of the larvae,” he says. “Last year, I had InV1035 on two farms in three blocks – one drilled in early August, one block drilled

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mid-late August and one drilled in early September. The yield was consistent across all three.” For growers uncertain about the future of the crop in their rotation, Mr Blazey recommends focusing it on fields which are kind for establishment, before giving up. “The price of rape is good if you can get a good crop in the ground and it stands on its own two feet,” he says. “If you can get it in and away, it does spread workload at a busy time of year.”

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Weather For South Wales and Pembrokeshire Agrii agronomist Dai Llewellyn, oilseed rape gave the highest gross margin on the bulk of his crops this year, with yields averaging more than 5t/ha on some farms. However, despite escaping flea beetle attack this season, crop drilled in late September has suffered in the wet weather. He says: “In the wet conditions it was noticeable that the hybrid varieties are considerably faster growing and more resilient than some of the conventional varieties. “Even the HOLL varieties, which are hybrid, were very slow this year. “Last year Nikita did well, but InV1035 was the highest yielding over three or four farms.”

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Tackling herbicide resistance


sing phenoxy and sulphonylurea (SU) herbicides alongside each other is helping to tackle herbicide resistance in the latter group. Nufarm agronomy lead, Dan MacDonald says for the last 20 years there has been heavy reliance on SUs. He says: “They did what it said on the tin, giving good weed control, flexible application timing and they were a flexible tank mix partner. “But because we have relied on them so heavily in the last 20 years, there is resistance to this type of chemistry in broadleaved weeds. “Confirmed cases of broadleaved weed resistance are increasing year-on-year where weed control has relied upon the use of SUs. “In chickweed, mayweed and poppies we are seeing either no control or reduced control. It depends on where you are in the

country – in Scotland we are seeing resistant chickweed whereas in East Anglia it tends to be poppy. “Farmers need to control these weeds and phenoxies can play a part in this. There is no known resistance to phenoxy chemistry – it has a unique mode of action.

Programme “I am not saying you should switch over 100 per cent to phenoxies – SUs and phenoxies can complement each other. “A programme which combines phenoxies with SUs in tank mixes can deliver control of a wide spectrum of broad-leaved weeds,” says Mr MacDonald. “Adding fluroxypyr or florasulam to the mix, for example, gives an added effect of cleaver control.” Combining an SU and phenoxy protects both chemistries and does not rely on one mode of action. It is also a good value option compared with other products on the market, he adds.



Poppies are increasingly resistant to SU herbicides, particularly in East Anglia.

Nufarm at CropTec FOR this year’s CropTec Show, Nufarm is supplying an agronomy solutions guide which is product specific, including the Nufarm product range, now bolstered with a variety of SU herbicides, not just phenoxies, and graminicide Fusilade Max (fluazifop). Dan MacDonald says: “It will be designed as a farming year calendar, starting with August when oilseed rape is planted and going right through

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ffective uptake of nitrogen fertilisers to optimise yields, maximise spending efficiency and minimise losses is a key challenge for the arable sector. To maximise nitrogen use efficiency (NUE) there are three key factors to consider: right product, right timing and right rate. Natalie Wood, arable agronomist at Yara, says using a product which contains nitrate nitrogen means N is immediately available to the crop and does not have to undergo any conversion processes first, unlike urea, for example, which must be converted to ammonium and nitrate before the

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plant can use it, which can take up to six weeks in cold conditions. Another important part of product choice is sulphur, says Ms Wood. With up to 97 per cent of UK soils being deficient in sulphur it is likely that sulphur supplementation will be required, so growers should consider a nitrogen sulphur or an NPKS product.

There is a close relationship between nitrogen and sulphur within the plant meaning that there needs to be sufficient amounts of both for each to be used efficiently in the crop. “If we need sulphur, it makes sense that sulphur is applied little and often with nitrogen to improve the NUE.” The first application should go on as soon as the crop starts to grow, usually around the end of February. Getting the first nitrogen and PKS on early means the crop can get off to a good start in spring and build plenty of biomass before the ‘biomass cutoff’ date of around the end of March. Rates will depend on crop type and market, but it is important not to apply more than the crop requires.

Application Taking feed wheat as an example, Ms Wood says: “Usually 220kg N/hectare is a good target to base your calculations on. The first application at the end of February should be about 70-100kg N to influence biomass growth. Second dressing will be similar at about 100kg N/ha. “The last dressing is where you are able to fine tune the rate as most of the nitrogen has already gone on. There are various tools that can help with this

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final application, including the Yara Bluetooth N-Tester which measures how much nitrogen is in the crop.” Another option is variable rate nitrogen applications. Yara’s N-Sensor scans the crop and identifies what nitrogen levels are in real-time and then adjusts the spreader/sprayer accordingly. Variable application can also be done using Yara’s AtFarm software – a currently free, web-based programme which allows users to map their fields and get variable application maps based on NDVI biomass, which can then be imported to variable rate spreaders/sprayers.


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Meonside Hyacynth Misty, from D. and T. Bradley Farmer, Parkgate, which sold for the top price of 6,000gns, to T. Staunton, Kinvara.

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BEEF Shorthorn females sold to 6,000gns at the breed society sale at Skipton. The sale leader was Meonside Hyacynth Misty, a 20-month-old roan heifer by Elliot Salute from D. and T. Bradley Farmer, Parkgate, Dumfriesshire. The buyer was T. Staunton, Kinvara, Co Galway. Another Elliot Salute daughter, the 22-month-old roan Meonside Lily May, which had been reserve female and reserve overall champion, from the same breeder sold for 3,200gns to T.C. and A.J. Owen, Richmond. Making 4,500gns was the female

Beef Shorthorns top 6,000gns at Skipton and overall champion, Beautry Tessa Melody, a 19-month-old red and little white heifer by 8,000gns Poyntington Himself. Bred and exhibited by Stuart and Gail Currie, Settle, it sold to the Gates Farming Partnership, Oakham. The 20-month-old roan Beautry Dewdrop Morgana, another

Charollais High Flyers realise peak of 3,800gns THE High Flyers sale of pedigree Charollais sheep at Hereford included a reduction of the Wernfawr flock on behalf of David and Paul Curran, Brecon, and it was a shearling ewe from the flock which topped the day at 3,800gns. By Brettles Sherman and an ET sister to a Royal Welsh winner, it sold to James Danforth, West Yorkshire. Next, at 2,200gns, also from the Wernfawr flock was an in-lamb shearling ewe by Wernfawr Stormer. It sold to David Roberts, Kenley, who took a further shearling by the same sire from Wernfawr at 1,350gns and a Wernfawr ewe lamb at 1,300gns. The pen from Arwyn Thomas’ Arbryn flock, Carmarthenshire, topped 1,400gns for a Brettle Sherman-sired shearling ewe bought by Ben and Amelia Watts, Willow flock, Devon.  The top-price ewe lamb at

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Champion, Beautry Tessa Melody, from Stuart and Gail Currie, Settle, which sold for 4,500gns, to Gates Farming Partnership, Oakham.

1,900gns was a Ffrwd Tyrone daughter from the Wernfawr flock which sold to Jim Neil, Kelso. A number of buyers were over from the Republic of Ireland for the sale, with Declan Miley paying 1,350gns for a Wernfawr ewe lamb by Arbryn SamJay. Jennifer Curtis, Evesham, achieved a top price of 1,300gns, selling a shearling ewe by Foulrice Raphael and in-lamb to Elmwick Tommie to Andrew Davies and Craig Bacon, Aberdeen. Aged ewes sold to 1,200gns for a Castellau ewe by Logie Durno Officer and in-lamb to Wernfawr Stormer from the Wernfawr flock which sold to Mr Roberts. AVERAGES 24 ewes, £542.50; 74 shearling ewes, £697.75; 32 ewe lambs, £625.41. Auctioneers; Brightwells.

Poyntingham Himself daughter from the same home, made 4,200gns to R. Taylor and Sons, Fintry, Stirlingshire.   W. and J. Mair, Cumnock, Ayrshire, paid 3,700gns for Ury Maid X1321 of Upsall, a

19-month-old roan Dingo of Upsall daughter from G. Turton, Thirsk. AVERAGES 1 cow and calf, £1,575; 10 in-calf heifers, £1,604; 38 maiden heifers, £2,287; 1 bull £2,415. Auctioneers: CCM.

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secures sale’s top bid THE inaugural Shrewsbury Classic female sale of pedigree Suffolk in-lamb ewes and ewe lambs peaked at 5,000gns. This was for a ewe lamb by Stockton Sniper’s Son out of a home-bred ewe from Myfyr Evans’ Rhaeadr flock, Llanrhaeadr, which sold to Gary Owen, Anglesey. Two sheep then sold at 2,200gns. The first was a shearling ewe from Dafydd Jones, Frongoy. By Rhaeadr Royal out of a home-bred ewe

by Strathisla Speed, it sold, in-lamb to Ballynacannon Black Diamond to Richard Western, Glamorgan. At the same money was a recipient ewe carrying an embryo from the 4,000gns Crewelands Cariad by the 30,000gns Salopian Scuderia from D.P. and R.A. Delves, Bridgeview. It was bought by P.W. Poole, Shrewsbury. Dafydd Jones sold a January 2017-born ewe by Castleisle Knockout and again in-lamb to Ballynacannon Black Diamond for 2,000gns to Steffan Thomas, Llangadog. Stephen Bolland, Bolton Abbey,

sold ewe lamb by Strathbogie Supershot to Oliver Sparks, Miskin, Pontyclun at 1,800gns.

In-lamb Next, at 1,600gns, was a February 2017-born Rookery Royal Escort daughter from Myfyr Evans. In-lamb to Limestone Limousine, it was purchased by R. Bowdler, Ellesmere. Another ewe lamb from Mr Evans, by Stockton Sniper’s Son, sold at 1,000gns to A. Oare, Flintshire. Selling at 1,050gns was a 2013born ewe from Messrs Delves. By Solwaybank Casino Royale and

in-lamb to Salopian Scuderia, it was taken by Iain and Judith Barbour, Annan. Dafydd Jones sold a shearling ewe by Ballynacannon Black Diamond, and in-lamb to Lakeview Innuendo at 1,000gns to Mr Bowdler. At the same money, Messrs Delves sold a Strathbogie Sirius shearling in-lamb to Salopian Scuderia to T.T.F. Souza, Portugal. AVERAGES 25 flock ewes, £813.96; 29 shearling ewes, £664.41; 21 ewe lambs, £902.90. Auctioneers: J. Straker, Chadwick and Sons with Halls.

Improved prime lamb trade at Lanark PICTURE: ROBERT SMITH

THE entry of 3,237 prime lambs at Lanark on Monday were a much sharper trade on the week, with the best quality selling at a premium.

Show First prize Beltex cross lambs under 42kg which sold for £100 per head from (left to right) Laura, David and Marina Murray, Calton.

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Stonehouse herd leads Shorthorn sale THE dispersal of the Stonehouse herd on behalf of S.J. and M. Richardson and Son, Kirkby Lonsdale, led the Whitebred Shorthorn trade at Carlisle at 2,100gns. This was for High Creoch Twinkle, a 2014-born cow by Bloch Esk and in-calf to Stonehouse Oregon, bred by G. and K. Gilligan. It sold with its heifer calf to Messrs Bowden, North Devon, who also paid 2,000gns for Barlaes Heather Bell 3, a 2011-born cow by High Creoch Fanfare, in-calf to the same sire and with a heifer calf at foot from the same home. Whitebred Shorthorn bulls topped at 1,500gns for the overall champion, Ballyvaddy Odinof, a 2017-born son of Longley Talisman consigned by T. and K. Madden, Ballymena, which sold to Messrs Douglas, Co Tyrone. 32 | NOVEMBER 15 2019

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Galloways sold to 1,900gns for the female champion, Drumhumphry Babs 1397, a November 2017-born pedigree bulling heifer by Jake of Nether Rusko from A.M. Brown, Castle Douglas, which sold to Messrs Routledge, Newcastleton.

Pedigree Pedigree heifers in-calf or in-milk topped at 1,750gns for Urma 16 of Fingland, a July 2016-born daughter of Penninghame Trooper. Consigned by W. Wallace and Sons, Castle Douglas, it sold with a Limousin-sired heifer calf to Messrs Todd, Penrith. Non-pedigree heifers in-calf or in-milk sold to 1,400gns for a heifer from W. and M. McMorran and Sons, Kirkcudbright, which sold with a Blue Grey heifer calf to

Messrs Hogg and Son, Langholm. Top price bull at 1,000gns was Winston of Softley, a February 2018-born son of Gauntlet of Hottbank from T.D. and M. Moore and Son, Brampton. The buyer was Messrs Cornelisu, Bodmin. AVERAGES Whitebred Shorthorns – 3 bulls, £1,295; 2 females, £1,076.25. Stonehouse dispersal – 4 cows in-calf/and in-milk, £1,811.25; 1 maiden heifer. Galloways – pedigree - 2 bulls, £997.50; 19 in-calf/in-milk heifers, £1,487.68; 22 bulling heifers, £1,186.50. Non-pedigree – 8 in-calf/ in-milk heifers, £1,057.50; 12 bulling heifers, £781.66; 3 in-calf cows, £626.66; 8 Blue Grey bulling heifers, £620. Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.

41kg/head, which sold for £100/ head to Vivers Scotlamb, Annan. The reserve championship went to R. Struthers, Collielaw, with 46kg lambs which made £106/head to Pak Mecca Meats, Birmingham. The 1,371 culls ewes and rams sold to £157 for Texels from A. Taylor, Southholm. Auctioneers: Lawrie and Symington.

South Devons sell to 1,200gns THE sale of pedigree females on behalf of the South Devon Herd Book Society sale at Skipton topped at 1,200gns paid by Keith and Jeanette Marshall, Skipton for Galtres Trooper Aster 1. The two-year-old home-bred heifer by Brafferton Trooper, in-calf to Welland Valley Warrior was consigned by Alex Welch, York who sold other entries at 1,150gns and 1,100gns.

Females Paul and Pam Harrison, Tollerton, sold females to 1,020gns for Brafferton Alice 9, rising 15-months-old and by Brafferton Warrior 5 which went to J. Greenwood, Moor Monkton. The Harrisons sold two more heifers at 1,000gns apiece. Auctioneers: CCM.

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Reserve champion and first prize ewe lamb, from Myfyr Evans’ Rhaeadr flock, Llanrhaeadr, which sold for 2,100gns.

Western Wonder Suffolks sell to 2,100gns rBreeding ewe

section tops 950gns THE Western Wonders sale of pedigree Suffolk sheep at Monmouthshire Livestock Centre saw a top price of 2,100gns for the reserve champion and first prize ewe lamb from Myfyr Evans’ Rhaeadr flock, Llanrhaeadr, which sold to C. Russo, Norbury, Surrey. The overall championship went to the first prize flock ewe from Dafydd Jones, Frongoy, which sold for 1,450gns to Steffan Thomas, Llangadog, who also paid 1,200gns for a ewe lamb from Ross Lawrence, Winkleigh, Devon. Myfyr Evans sold another ewe lamb at 1,100gns to M. Evans,

Bwyddgrug, Carmarthen, who also took another from the same home at 750gns. Another Rhaeadr ewe lamb sold at 850gns to Messrs Russo. In the breeding ewe section, Geoff Biddulph, Pexhill, sold the fourth prize winner at 950gns to R. Bowdler, Ellesmere. In the yearling ewes, the best from Hallam and Eggleston, Loughborough, sold at 1,000gns to Dafydd Jones, while Jack Pryce, Meifod, sold one from his Horton flock at 900gns to Messrs Bowdler. AVERAGES 43 flock ewes, £463.50; 32 shearling ewes, £453.80; 9 ewe lambs, £400. Auctioneers: J. Straker, Chadwick and Sons.

Yearsley herd leads Aberdeen-Angus prices YEARSLEY Royal Lady C257, a 2016-born cow from Adrian and Penny Johnson, Brandsby, sold for the top price of 2,600gns at the sale of Aberdeen-Angus females at Skipton. By Carrington Park Time on B7 out of Wall Royal Lady H663, it sold with its February-born bull calf and in-calf again to Haymount Wilsner, to the Robinson family, Bedale. At 2,000gns was 2016-born Buckhurst Jury Erica S184 by Blelack Entertainer consigned by John Walsh, Bury. It sold with its bull calf, Buckhurst Judge Eric, to G. Roper, Thorne.

Prizes Mr Walsh made a clean sweep of the prizes in the heifer show class with 2018-born entries, all by Blelack Entertainer, with the red rosette winner and runner-up selling at 1,600gns and 1,700gns

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Paul Harrison, Newcastle, sold three Dairy Shorthorn cross-bred heifers, all giving close to 35kg to average £1,840, topping at £1,920 for a daughter of Chishillways Tonian Roxstar. British Friesians sold to £1,920 for a second calver from the Williamson family, Appleby in Westmorland. Topping the trade for the cows at £1,720 was R. and A. Slack, Brampton, with one giving almost 40kg. A group of Ayshire in-calf heifers

AVERAGES Aberdeen-Angus cows and calves, £1,512; in-calf cows, £2,021; heifers, £1,176. Auctioneers: CCM.

Strong trade at Luing production sale THE first production sale of 96 Luing cattle on behalf of Shane Cadzow, Ardlarach, Isle of Luing, held at Oban, attracted a big crowd resulting in record prices and averages. Bulls sold to £6,300 to average £4,252.50, with the 23 in-calf twoyear-old heifers topping at £4,200

to average £2,236.96 and the six three-year-old heifers selling to £2,730 to average £2,318.75. The 30 bulling heifers peaked at £1,890, averaging £1,550.50, with 18 in-calf cows topping at £3,202.50 to average £1,685.83 and three cows with calves sold to £1,995. Auctioneers: United Auctions.

Myerscough is volume buyer at Red and White Holsteins dispersal THE principal buyer at the dispersal of the dairy herd of blended Red and White Holsteins on behalf of Messrs Huyton on-farm at Sawley, Lancashire, was Myerscough College, Bilsborrow.

consigned by Mr Bell, Aspatria, sold to £1,020 to average £933.

Their 35 purchases included the top price lot at 2,400gns. This was a fresh-calved daughter of Denmire Feature Red, giving 30kg in its second lactation. Another Feature-sired second calver made 2,250gns to the same buyers. Served heifers peaked at 1,450gns for another Denmire Feature daughter. Calves at foot sold to 610gns and maiden heifers peaked at 1,100gns, with nine making 900gns or more.

AVERAGES 18 Holstein cows in-milk, £1,459; 59 Holstein heifers in-milk, £1,668.40; 18 British Friesian cows/heifers, £1,459; 2 Montbeliarde heifers in-milk, £1,775; 6 faulted/three-quartered cows/ heifers in-milk, £993.33; 13 Ayrshire in-calf heifers, £933.84; 16 Felckvieh and Holstein bulling heifers, £826.87. Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.

AVERAGES 116 cows and calved heifers, £1,420.03; 25 served heifers, £1,237.32; 17 recently-served heifers, £922.14; 36 maiden heifers, £826; 9 three-quartered cows, £852.83; overall 194 lots including 8 calves at £566, £852.83. Auctioneers: Norton and Brooksbank with Fred Spurgeon.

Carlisle’s dairy sale sees averages rocket THE monthly dairy sale at Carlisle peaked at £2,050, with the average for fresh heifers up on the month at £1,668. Sale leader was Kirtlevale Hurricane, a pedigree heifer by Wiltor Hurricane consigned by Richard Livingstone, Gretna, who sold another eight heifers to average £1,737.   John and Stuart Todhunter, Wigton, sold five heifers to average £1,764, topping at £2,020 for Lonning Bride by Lonning Jacko Daisy.

respectively, both to A.A. and I.M. Smith, Ingleton. The annual draft of cows from David and Josh Isherwood’s Airedale herd, Kildwick, topped at 2,500gns for Airedale Eliza R359, a four-year-old daughter of Weeton Lord Horatio, which sold in-calf to Lord Sinden T542 to G. Clarke, Northwich. Another four-year-old, Airedale Ellen Erica R418, bred the same way and in-calf to the same sire, sold at 2,400gns to Messrs Robinsons, with a third cow, the five-year-old Weeton Lady Heather R476, by Te Mania Berkley B1, also in-calf to Lord Sinden, making 2,350gns to Harry Hodgson, Darlington.

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Dooley herd leads Welshpool Charolais rDooley Ocean secured 6,100gns top bid

CHAROLAIS bulls from David Thornley’s Dooley herd, Hartsholme, Derbyshire, led the trade at 6,100gns at the breed society sale at Welshpool and also achieved the leading herd average of £5,180 for three sold. Sale topper was the 16-monthold third prize winner, Dooley Ocean, by Davally Igolo out of the 10,000gns Balmyle Dingle daughter, Balnuith Inspire. The buyers were A. and M. Owen, Pentrefeolas, Gwynedd. Mr Thornley’s other top priced lot at 5,200gns was July 2019-born Dooley Orville, also by Davally Igolo but this time out of Blelack Headgirl, another Balmyle Dingle daughter. It was knocked down to V.B. and H. Davies, Llanafanfawr, Powys. The second top price of the day of 5,600gns was for Montgomery Orly, a son of Gretnahouse Jugular, consigned by Roberts and Jones, Llangadfan, Powys. It went home with B.A. and O. Jones, Criccieth, Gwynedd.

Dooley Ocean, from David Thornley, Hartsholme, which sold for the top price of 6,100gns, to A. and M. Owen, Pentrefeolas.

THE show and sale of pens of 20 or more store lambs at Hexham was judged by Michael Swan, York. He awarded the championship to a pen of Dutch Texel cross lambs from J. Browell and Sons, Colwell, which went on to sell for £112/head. Reserve champions from the same home sold to £98/head. The first prize Mules from J.R.D. and J.A. Short, Ouston, went on to sell for £76/head and the first prize Blackface lambs from J.A.I. and D.J. Scott, West Woodburn, sold for £68. Outwith the show, a pure Dutch Texel from Shirley Storrow, Bardon Mill, went on to sell for £240 to Thomas Armstrong, Sharperton. Hill lambs and longer keep sorts were especially easy to sell. Blackface lambs from R.W. Harding and Son, West End Town, sold to £71 and Swaledale lambs from M. and D. Walton, Gleedlee, sold to £47/head. Auctioneers: Hexham and Northern Marts.

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Second prize The same vendor’s next top lot at 5,200gns was May 2018-born second prize winner, Montgomery Odessa, also by Jugular which sold to E.T. Bound and Co, Llangurig, Powys. From the same home and selling for 4,200gns was Montgomery Owain by Balmyle Harlequin, which sold to E. Edwards, Cerryigdrudion, Denbighshire. Females sold to 3,000gns for two-year-old Mortimers Nononsense by Mortimers Hurricane

Flying store lamb trade at Hexham

Montgomery Orly, from Roberts and Jones, Llangadfan, which sold for 5,600gns, to B.A. and O. Jones, Criccieth.

from Mortimers Farm, Eastleigh. It went home with J. Rudkin, Thrussington, Leicestershire. The sale included the dispersal of the Hackleton herd on behalf of Hackleton Farms, Northampton. Prices peaked at 2,600gns for Hackleton Hetty, 2012-born cow by Mulroog Alpine and its heifer calf

by Hackleton Largerlout, which sold to Andrew Stott, Canobie. AVERAGES: 32 bulls, £3,615.94; 2 cows and calves, £1,391.25; 4 heifers, £2,270.70. Hackleton dispersal - 1 bull, £840; 10 cow and calves, £1,683.15; 1 dry cow, £945; 1 calf, £693. Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales.

THE sale of Suffolk females at Carlisle topped at 850gns for the second prize shearling gimmer by Strathbogie Samurai and in-lamb to Burnview Beefeater from James Cannon’s Redbrae flock, Newton Stewart. The buyer was Messrs Grice, Darlington. At 820gns from Pamela Lupton’s Kexbeck flock, Ripon, was a 2016born ewe by Rhaeadr Reggae which sold to Messrs Fitton, Burnley. Messrs Drummond, Mauchline, paid 800gns for a January 2018born daughter of Solwaybank Spudulike from Paula and David Reid’s Conchar flock, Mouswald. AVERAGES 7 ewes, £496.50; 28 shearling gimmers, £425.25; 5 ewe lambs, £384.30. Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.

Tallent Holstein herd dispersal realises high of 3,300gns THE dispersal of the Tallent Holstein herd on behalf of Anthony Brough, Cockermouth, at Carlisle topped at 3,300gns for Tallent Applejax Mandy which calved in August and was bred from 10 generations of dams classified EX or VG. It had classified VG 86 and was bought by R. Lee, Northern Ireland. At 2,400gns was Tallent Silver

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Mandy which calved its second in July and was producing almost 40kg. Recently classified VG88, it was bought Hugh Howie, Stranraer. Also selling for 2,400gns was Tallent Poldark Marci from the Henkeseen Mark Marci cow family which went to Messrs Purdie, Stranraer. Heifer calves from the best cow families were in strong demand

peaking at 1,900gns for Tallent Silver Sabrina, a June-born calf from the Dunnderdale Sabrina cow family which sold to Ewan Corbett, Ayrshire. Topping the in-calf heifers was Tallent Silver Chamois by Silver due in January to Samaritan and bred from a VG Lauthority dam, VG87 full sister to Picston Shottle and then

Aero Sharon. It sold for 1,900gns to the Hodge family, Ayrshire. AVERAGES 62 cows and heifers in-milk, £2,186.03 (including 51 heifer calves at £809.76); 16 in-calf and recently-bred heifers, £1,307.25; 14 maiden heifers, £971.25; 51 2019-born heifer calves, £809.76. Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington. NOVEMBER 15 2019 | 35

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For the latest information and a copy of the "Early Warning List" please check our website and facebook page. Full details of the coming Mondays entries are available on a Friday afternoon. Already entered for Monday 18th November Over 200 Store & Breeding Cattle, to include: 10 Hfd x Cows & A A Calves, Named Sire, PD i/c to Ped Hfd & 1 Ped Hfd Stock Bull, 5yrs 1 Hfd x Hfr & BB x Bull Calf To book in for any Monday sale call 01629 812777 by 12 noon the Friday before Weekly Thursday Lunchtime Sheep Sale

Bakewell Store Sheep Sale

Friday 22nd November, 10:30am

2,546 Sheep

2,545 Store Lambs 1 Stock Ram

Final Round Up of Store Sheep

Friday 6th December Entries Close: 22nd November Call the Bakewell Office on: 01629 812777 to feature your Sheep in the Sale Catalogue

Dispersal Sale Saturday 30th November at 10.30am Rodbaston Farm Rodbaston, Penkridge, ST19 5PH Ford 1900 4WD Kuhn Profile Plus 12.1 DLVentidrive Bedder/Feeder (2018) Email: John Deere 1365 Mower Conditioner (2017) or Download at: Machinery, 11 Trailers Range of Cattle Crushes, Hurdles, Livestock Kit Sundries, Straw, Haylage and Silage Catalogues are available at Email:

A Date for your Diary

Sunday 1st & Monday 2nd December

Bakewell Market Christmas Primestock Show & Carol Service and Sale Sale for all types of Sheep Delivery & Weighing from 9am & Sale at 12 Noon Further Details to follow Ashbourne 01335 342201 Leek 01538 398466 Email: Bakewell 01629 812777 Penkridge 01785 716600 Derby 01332 200147 Uttoxeter 01889 562811

Saturday 16th November 160 Store & Breeding Cattle of all classes Inc. 16 Limx hfrs, 20mo, E Stonehouse & Son 12 Limx strs & Hfrs, 10-12mo, JD Plews 12 Sim & Contx cows & calves, M Brown 6 LimX Str Hfr, E Dunning, 6 BBx Bulls, C Lupton Store and Breeding Sheep inc 140 TexX Lambs Store Pigs & Sows Pigs 9.15am Sheep 9.45am Cattle 10.45am Wednesday 20th November Dedicated slaughter market 320 Prime Cattle, 500 Sheep, 440 Pigs Pigs 9am Sheep 9.45am Cattle 10.30am Tuesday 26th November in Market Cafe at 6pm Wine & Cheese Night along with Auction of Promises In Aid of Doncaster Flood Disaster Fund TICKETS AVAILABLE FROM MART OFFICE Tuesday 3rd December from 2.30pm Christmas Show & Fair of Cattle & Sheep Produce Competitions & Trade Stands Cattle Judging Tuesday evening at 5.30pm Sale Wednesday 4th December Entries invited Schedule & Entry form available

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Tuesday 19th November Show & Sale of Pedigree & Commercial 48 DAIRY CATTLE & 1 BULL from Bilsrow, Carwood, Denhamhill, Kirkwood, Lordsplain, Pennine, Robanne, Sandcrest, Stardale Minataur, Sweetings Witherslack, Wyredale & Wyrebank Friday 22nd November 10.15am 80 REARING CALVES 10.15am 150 CAST/OTM CATTLE 11.15am 350 STORE CATTLE Monday 25th November at 12noon Fortnightly Sale of STORE LAMBS Please advise the office of entries Monday 2nd December Christmas Show & Sale of PRIME LAMBS Show at 9.30am Friday 6th December Christmas Show & Sale of CALVES & Pairs of STORE CATTLE J36 Rural Auction Centre Tel: 015395 66200 Tuesday 19th November 1pm 1500 SPRING LAMBS & 700 CAST SHEEP Thursday 21st November at 11am Fortnightly Sale of 3500 STORE LAMBS Sale Day Entries Welcome. Lambs penned on arrival & ballot drawn prior to sale Thursday 28th November at 10.15am Fortnightly Sale of CALVES, CAST COWS & STORE CATTLE Tuesday 3rd December Christmas Show & Sale of PRIME LAMBS Show at 11.30am Thursday 12th December Christmas Show & Sale of CALVES & DAIRY CATTLE Entries close Wednesday 4th December Saturday 4th January 2020 Show & Sale of Pedigree In-Lamb Texel Females on behalf of the North West Texel Breeders Club Show & Sale of Pedigree In-Lamb Beltex Females on behalf of the Beltex Society Entries close Friday 6th December OUR HOURS ARE YOUR HOURS - CALL ANYTIME!

Paul Gentry Farmstock Manager 07940 330907 Ian Atkinson Primestock & Sheep Auctioneer 07766 521472 Matthew Probert Cattle, Machinery & Pig Auctioneer 07540 446667 Gary Capstick Cattle Auctioneer 07970 830518 Bradley Thompson Calf & Machinery Auctioneer 07867 000244

Market Results Dairies to £1900, Cull Cows 120p/kg - £994.85, Clean 177p/kg - £1098.50 Pigs 140p/kg - £133.40, Calves Blue Bull to £360, Lambs £218p/kg - £97.01 Next Week Commercial Dairy Section – 10 Fresh Heifers from one Vendor

Pedigree Sale 60 HOLSTEINS BRITISH FRIESIANS & SHORTHORNS Fully Catalogued Sale from some of the Leading Herds in the Midlands and Surrounding Counties. A TREMENDOUS ENTRY already received from: Bentygrange (3), Broomhouse (6), Broadclose (2), Chardan, Collycroft (5), Coxongreen, Deanbank (4), Dubthorne (3), Havendale (4), Hollyhurst (4), Leaventhorpe, Lionbrook (8), Littonfields (2), Rownall (3), Royan (3), Timberlane (6), Twemlow, Weaverdale, Whitster Stock Bulls Incl - Ped Sim Bull (20mths), ¾ Bred Black Lim Bull (17 mths) 6 Pedigree Calves from the Timberlane Herd of Messrs Hayes 8 Pedigree Bulling Heifers from the Lionbrook Herd of Messrs Brocklehurst

TUESDAY 19TH NOVEMBER 2019 11AM For Further Details & Catalogues Contact (01889) 562811 Ref: MEE

Store Cattle Sales 700 STORE CATTLE SATURDAY 23RD NOVEMBER 2019 – Entries Invited

Store Sheep Sales STORE & BREEDING SHEEP Sale of 7621 Store & Breeding Sheep

THIS SATURDAY 16TH NOVEMBER 2019 Fat/Barrens: Graham Watkins & 07976 370894 Dairies: Meg Elliott & 07967 007049 Stores: Mark Elliott & 07973 673092 Sheep: Robert Watkins & 07929 946652

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Wednesday 20th November – 7am- Cast Ewes & Rams; 9am Prime Lambs. Monday 25th November Sale of Feeding Bulls and Store Cattle of all classes and Breeding Cattle & Second Sale of Suckled Calves entries close noon Monday 18th November Monday 25th November Christmas Primestock Show and Sale of Prime Cattle, Bulls and Cows Friday 6th December Collective Sale of Tractors, Machinery, Plant, Livestock Equipment and Small Tools Please advise entries to the mart by Monday 25th November for advertising purposes

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Saturday 30th November – 11.00am on behalf of Messrs J Logan, Homebyres, Kelso, Roxburghshire sale catalogues can be downloaded from the website On offer 77 cows & heifers served and/or suckling, BEEF BREEDING CATTLE 32 served & maiden heifers, 2 stock bulls, Friday 22nd November – 11.00am 5 young bulls, 35 Beef breeding cows and heifers in calf or with 4 embryo calves suckling recipient dams, calves and 20 bulling heifers also 4 breeding bulls 2 recipients carrying embryos also frozen embryos Sarkshield (2); Laverock (2); Cairnbog (1) and quantity of semen Also at 12.00noon The Homebyres herd is an outstanding quality consignment which carries a wealth of 53 UNREGISTERED LIMOUSIN CATTLE present entries include consignments from noted breeding lines. Gunnerfleet 8 recipients with calves at foot, 20 bulling/ The herd has been a member of the SAC Premium maiden heifers; Proctors 5 bulls, 2 incalf heifers, Cattle Health Schemae since 1999. 15 maiden/bulling heifers; Hunters Hall 2 yearling BVD accredited since 2007 with all breeding stock bulls; Turner Farms 1 bull; vaccinated annually against BVD with the Bovidec and latterly Bovela vaccine. Show and sale of The herd is in Johnes Risk Level 1 and is in a 4 year 40 PEDIGREE CHAROLAIS CATTLE TB testing area. Friday 22nd November All breeding stock and calves are vaccinated with Show – 9.30am Sale – 11.30am Bravoxin and all the sale calves have been vaccinated 22 bulls and 18 females, incs Draft Sale from the with Rispoval IntraNasal at housing. Lawersbridge Herd This is sale is well worthy of buyers attendance. On-Line bidding facilities will be available.

T: 01228 406200

Show and sale of

132 ZWARTBLES IN-LAMB SHEEP (MV Acc) Friday 22nd November Show 9.30am Sale 11.00am 11 ewes, 37 shearling gimmers and 84 empty ewe lambs


Saturday 30th November – 11.00am 193 ON OFFER Rugley Flock on behalf of Mr A Jackson, 75 ewes & 57 gimmers. Friday 22nd November – 6.00pm Service sires inc - Midhope Alfie, Sitlow All Gold, presenting 89 in-lamb females & empty ewe lambs Drinkstone Dionysus, Bentley Xcellent, with consignments from Rugley Perfection & Rugley Terrific, Ballynacannon Flock (D Taylor) – 11 gimmers, 4 ewes & 4 ewe lambs Spotsmains Flock on behalf of Mr J Mauchlen, Bridgeview Flock (P Delves) – 2 ewes 42 ewes, 18 gimmers & 1 stock ram. Burnview Flock (S & W Tait) – 6 gimmers & 2 ewes Service sires inc - Drinkstone Cracker & Rugley Crewelands Flock (S Sufferin) – 9 gimmers & 3 ewes Special Reserve Limestone Flock (M Priestley) – 5 gimmers, 6 ewe Both flocks are performance recorded, the aim within lambs, 2 pregnancies, 1 stock ram & 2 lamb rams both flocks has always been to produce fast growing Pyeston Flock (S Lathangie) – 5 gimmers rams with excellent carcass conformation and easy Rhaeadr Flock (M Evans) – 11 gimmers & 6 ewe lambs fleshing traits. Suitable for the Kelso shearling market. Solwaybank Flock (I & J Barbour) – 5 gimmers & 5 ewes The females within the flock are Top Genetics will be on offer from these flocks. bred for ease of lambing and milking ability. All flocks are MV Accredited and Scrapie Monitiored Both flocks are MV accredited. or tested ARR/ARR also eligible for direct export to N.Ireland. Friday 13th December Shows and sale of pedigree



Wednesday 27th November – 11.00am On behalf of Messrs Thomas Stewart, Sandyknowe, Kelso Comprising 200 head of newly calved Holstein cows and heifers The herd is currently averaging 7392kg 4.23% butterfat 3.19% protein on twice a day milking and the animals selling are averaging 32.84kgs scc 137 (as at 6th Nov) Full details next week


On behalf of Solway & Tyne Texel Breeders Club


BLUE TEXEL INLAMB FEMALES Entries close Friday 15th November

CONTINENTAL INLAMB FEMALES Friday 13th December Entries close Friday 29th November

INLAMB PEDIGREE SHEEP SALES Friday 6th December Dark Diamond Suffolk Sale Twilight Texel Sale Saturday 7th December Christmas Stars Texel Sale Beltex Christmas Crackers Sale Friday 13th December Sapphire Blue Texel sale Kelso Christmas Cracker Texel sale

BROUGHTON MART Tel: 07725 724556 (m) Christmas show and sale of

STORE CATTLE & PRIME LAMBS Monday 2nd December Entries close Monday 25th November


59 PEDIGREE LIMOUSIN CATTLE Saturday 23rd November Show 9.00am Sale 11.00am on behalf of the North West Midlands & North Wales Club 44 bulls and 15 females followed by 1 PEDIGREE BRITISH BLUE BULL Sale inconjunction with WLS

NEWARK LIVESTOCK MARKET ‘WINTER WARMERS FEMALE SHEEP SHOW & SALE’ Saturday 30th November Annual Sale for All Breeds of Females in lamb or empty Ewe Hoggs. 157 entries inc – 27 Beltex, 18 Blue Texel, 10 Charollais, 14 Suffolk, 88 Texel For more details of above sales see Newark Livestock Market advert in this issue

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• Keith Miller 07801 032847 • John Gent 07827 925204 • Emma Coupland 07808 271218 • Rachel Gascoine 07885 432939 • Market Office 01636 676741

Top Prices:

FORTHCOMING SALES: Saturday 16th November Sheep 11am

Monday 25th November

150th Winslow Christmas Primestock Show The Market Square, Winslow, Near Buckingham MK18 3AD Judging of Sheep and Cattle starts at 10:30am with the auction at 12 Noon

Top Bulls - 222.5p or £1792.62 OTMS – 173.5p or £1345.61 Steers - 232.5p or £1488.10 Heifers - 250.5p or £1533.38 Calves to £410 Stirks to £660 In Calf Heifers to £1480 Cows and Calves to £1380 Store Cattle to £1080 Feeding Cows to £1050 or 187ppk New Season Lambs to 233ppk - £100 Cull Ewes to £140


Lincoln Way, Clitheroe, Lancs BB7 1QD LONGTOWN MART Tel (01228) 791215 EVERY THURSDAY – PRIMESTOCK Cast Ewes & Prime Hoggs at 7am followed by Prime Lambs at 12 noon approx. Cast & Feeding Cows at 1pm (More Cow entries requested to meet demand) Monday 18th November Tractors, 4 x 4`s, Quad Bikes, Implements, Machinery, Agricultural & Workshop Equipment etc. Small tools & equipment at 10.30am; Implements & machinery at 11am Tuesday 19th November at 10.30am 60 Store & Breeding Cattle 5,000 Store Lambs & Feeding Ewes


TOMORROW Sat 16th Nov 10am Catalogue Sale of Accessories and Hatching Eggs plus over 650 cages of birds Monday 18th November 11am Entries invited to follow ballot entries ALSO Monday 18th November Sale of Breeding Ewes, Feeding Ewes, Shearlings, Gimmer Lambs & Rams to follow the Sale of Store Lambs

WEEKLY Tuesday 19th November 12.30pm PRIMESTOCK Sale of Cull Cows, Prime Lambs and SALE + CALVES Cull Ewes. Calves at 11am FORTHCOMING SALES: Saturday 23rd November 9am Monthly PLANT, MACHINERY & SMALL TOOLS SALE Loadall facilities available Fri 22nd 9am-3pm & sale day. No entries accepted on the day Office: 01200 423325 Joe: 07970 221354 • Jeremy: 07815 727993

Tuesday 26th November at 10.30am 4,000 Store Lambs & Feeding Ewes

Brockholes Arms Auction Mart

Claughton On Brock, Preston PR3 0PH 01995 640280 Tuesday 19th November, 2019

8.45am Spring Lambs to £103/hd Followed by Cast Ewes to £95/hd 10.30am Fat Bulls & Prime Cattle to 235p/kg Followed by Store Cattle to £950/hd 11.30am Rearing Calves to £285/hd

Wednesday 20th November, 2019 10.30am OTM Cattle Sale Followed by TB Exempt Cattle

27th November, 2019-Christmas OTM Show & Sale 3rd December, 2019-Christmas Calf, Lamb & Primestock Show & Sale

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MONDAY 18TH NOVEMBER-SPECIAL BACKEND SHOW AND SALE OF 800 SUCKLED CALVES AND STORE CATTLE 10am - 100 Cast Cattle & OTM, 11am Sale of 200 plus Young Bulls 600 plus Suckled Calves and Store Cattle THURSDAY 21ST NOVEMBER – WEEKLY PRIME STOCK SALE 9.15am: Prime Pigs 9.30am: 150 plus Prime Bulls, 10.30am 150 plus Prime Steers & Heifers 1pm: 2000 NS-Lambs Followed by at 3.30pm: 1000 plus Cast Sheep For any Sales Catalogue email FOR DETAILS CALL: 01325 464529, SCOTT FERRIE Tel: 07557 260653


Tel: 01756 792375

Auctioneers: Jeremy Eaton - 07747 780481 Ted Ogden - 07855 958211 Kyle Hawksworth - 07538 539077

Monday 18th November CROP & PRODUCE Sale 10.30am REARING CALVES Sale 10.45am WEEKLY PRIMESTOCK SALE (6 day rule) CLEAN CATTLE Sale 12.00noon followed by CAST & FEEDING COWS (4 Year & Pre Test) followed by TB EXEMPT CATTLE (pre enter) PRIME LAMBS & CAST SHEEP Sale 1.00pm Wednesday 20th November 100 FEEDING BULLS Sale 9.30am followed by 80 BEEF FEEDING COWS & 400 STORE HEIFERES & BULLOCKS inc Second Autumn Native Store Cattle BREEDING CATTLE Sale 12.30pm Main Ring Monday 25th November Monday Market + CHRISTMAS SHOW & SALE OF CALVES Wednesday 27th November Sale of STORE LAMBS & FEEDING EWES (entries close Monday 18th November) Sunday 1st December CRAVEN CHRISTMAS PRIMESTOCK SHOW Annual Christmas Show & Sale of PRIME LAMBS PRIME CATTLE PRIME PIGS & CARCASE PRODUCE (livestock entries close Monday 18th November) Schedules available online SALE BY AUCTION OF 50 CRAVEN CATTLE MARTS LTD ORDINARY £1 SHARES Shares are sold subject to memorandum of Articles of the Company and transfers are subject to the approval of the Board. Prospective purchasers should pre-register their interest with the Company Secretary by Wednesday 27th November Saturday 14th December 8th Annual Winter Show & Sale of BELTEX FEMALES (entries close Friday 22nd November) CRAVEN FEATHER AUCTIONS Christmas Show & Sale of Poultry & Waterfowl (entries close Friday 6th December) Festive Sale of BORDER FINE ART, BESWICK & ORNAMENT (ent close Friday 22nd November) Annual Winter Collective Sale of MV/Non MV Pure & 7/8 Bred Ewes Inc:- F Joel, Westhouse – 25 Beltex & 35 Beltex x Shrlgs & Ewes scnd inlamb to Beltex & Dutch Rams Hp Enzo Toxo J Wood, Trawden – 12 Blue Texel Inlamb Females & Ewe Lambs AL Thompson, Foulridge – 40 Beltex Shrlgs (pure & x bred) scnd inlamb to Beltex (Ellis Ram) Enzo Toxo MR Davis, Ravenshaw – 15 Dutch + Belt Shrlg/ Ewes Inlamb (MV Acc) I, M & R Lancaster, Wiswell – 20 Ped/PB Belt Ewes/Shrlgs inlamb to CSL 2019 winners sire C Buckley–12 Belt x Gimmer Lambs show stock Craven Dairy Sales Monday 2nd December Christmas Show & Sale of Dairy Cattle Craven Cattle Marts Trophy - Best Newly Calven Frank Wade Perpetual Challenge Trophy Best Incalf Heifer J Ibbotson Trophy – Best Maiden Heifer (catalogue entries close Tuesday 26th November)

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This is one of the largest sales of dairy cattle to take place this autumn and features: 112 Freshly Calved Cows & Heifers from Ashlea, JP & DA Derham, Dinnaton, Holmead, Huntlodge, Kingspool (x18), AJ Limond, Mendip & Pinksmoor.

48 Incalf Heifers from Ashlea, Hackthorne & Kingspool. 64 Bulling Heifers from Allerways, Hackthorne & Kingspool. 66 Yearling Heifers from Allerways, DG Frankpitt & Peradon Farm (organic). 18 Heifer Calves from Blackenfield & Rookhaye (@10:30am) 33 Pedigree JERSEYS from the “Depwade” herd Comp: 8 Freshly Calved Heifers; 11 Incalf Heifers & 14 Bulling Heifers for NW Moore & Sons (Norfolk)

The Dispersal of the Classified “Thornbrook” Herd of 74 HOLSTEINS & BROWN SWISS (54 Dairy Cows & Heifers Inmilk &/or Incalf; 14 Calved Heifers & 6 Incalf Heifers) for FJ Greenway (Removed from Wooth Farm, Wooth, Bridport, Dorset). Herd Av: 9,025 KGS. 4.32 %BF 3.29%P SCC=89. The Dispersal of the ‘Hazeland’ herd of 94 HOLSTEIN FRIESIANS (64 Dairy Cows & Heifers Inmilk &/or Incalf; 7 Calved Heifers; 8 Incalf Heifers & 15 Bulling Heifers) for DF & BA Wheeler Ltd (Removed from Lower Hawkstreet Farm, Bromham, Chippenham, Wiltshire). Herd Av: 8,635 KGS. 3.94 %BF 3.28%P SCC=177.

With an impressive selection of all types of dairy cattle to include 100+ fresh calved cows and heifers, herd dispersals, and all types of youngstock this sale is not to be missed! GREENSLADE TAYLOR HUNT





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Tuesday 19 November

Saturday 16 November - WEEKLY 9.30am CAST EWES & PRIME LAMBS

10.30am 40-50 Feeding & Cast Cows Followed by at 12noon



Wednesday 20 November Christmas Show & Sale of 40-50 DAIRY CATTLE

Classes for Pedigree & Non-Pedigree Newly Calved & In Calf Dairy Cattle

12noon 100-150 REARING CALVES

4pm 2000 Ewes 6pm 3000 Prime Lambs

Tuesday 26 November Fortnightly Sale Of 3000 STORE LAMBS Wednesday 27 November Christmas Show & Sale of Long Wooled Prime Lambs (Pens of 5) Tuesday 3 December Christmas Show Of Cull Cows

Monthly Sale Of Suckler Breeding Cattle



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Thursday 21 November 10.30am 40 YOUNG BULLS, 50 PRIME CATTLE, 100 CULL CATTLE 10.30am 200 REARING CALVES 12.30pm CHRISTMAS SHOW OF 200 STIRKS 11.30am 75 COGENT DAIRY DAY Classes: ped & non-ped & I/C. Entries Inc 7 I/C hfrs & entries from new vendors for this popular sale. Dairy Show catalogue entries by Tue 19th 1.00pm PRIME LAMBS, CULL EWES


CHRISTMAS SHOWS Rearing Calves – Thursday 28th Nov Dugdale Dairy – Thursday 5th Dec Prime Cattle – Thursday 5th Dec Pigs – Saturday 7th Dec Cull Cattle & Prime Sheep – Thu 12th Dec Prime & Cull Sheep – Saturday 14th Dec Cogent Dairy - Thursday 19th Dec

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Tuesday 19th November at 10.30am with the Heifer Calves




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HAWES, NORTH YORKSHIRE, DL8 3NP Saturday 16th November Christmas Show & Sale of 100 Store Cattle, Beef Breeding Cattle & Cull Cows. Judging 9am. Sale at 10.30am. Tuesday 19th November 2,000 Prime Lambs at 10am 400 Cast Ewes & Correct & Cast Rams 500 Store Lambs at 12 noon Tuesday 10th December Christmas Show & Sale of Prime Lambs, Classes for Young Farmers also Christmas Show & Sale of Rearing Calves. Monday 23rd December Sale of Dressed Poultry at 5pm (please enter) Tuesday 24th December Prime Lambs & Cast Ewes & Rams at 9.30am Tuesday 31st December Prime Lambs & Cast Ewes & Rams at 9.30am Telephone: 01969 667207, 015396 20895, 07974 126397 or 01833 622240


North West Midlands and North Wales Limousin Club Sale Held at Welshpool Livestock Market

Saturday 23rd November



44 Veterinary Inspected Bulls 15 Pedigree Females Judging 9-00am Sale 11-00am


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• Monthly Show & Sale of Newly calved HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN Heifers and Cows with consignments to date from the Kynda, Tiptoe and Poringland herds including JERSEY CROSS-BREDS. Further entries anticipated and welcomed. • Monthly Collective Sale of Youngstock of all ages and breeds including 8 pedigree AYRSHIRE in-calf heifers due Dec. • Dispersal Sale of the pedigree Baskervilles herd of 129 HOLSTEIN FRIESIANS & MONTBELIARDES forDAIRY Mrs LA Leese (Haughton, Stafford) MARKET DRAYTON SALES comprising 60 milking cows and heifers (56 HO, 11 MO) and 62 youngstock (49 HO, 13 MO). 5,782kgs, 4.63%F, 3.47%P, cc 153. Very extensive grazed herd. Cubicle housed. • Dispersal Sale of the herd of 77 ProCROSS (Holstein, Scandinavian Red & Brown Swiss) for Mr SW Jones (North Wales Low TB Area) comprising 65 milking cows and heifers and 12 in-calf heifers. 8,000kgs, 4.41%F, 3.43%P. Cubicle housed. DIRECT FARM-TO-FARM SALES DAIRY CATTLE FOR SALE & WANTED Gwilym Richards 07768 020 393 Jason Brown 07774 816 384 Bob Elsey 07860 234 972

BRECON MARKET DYFED TEXEL BREEDERS CLUB SHOW AND SALE OF IN LAMB EWES AND EMPTY EWE LAMBS Thursday 28th November Show at 6.00pm, Sale at 6.30pm. Consignments as follows:- J & GY Davies AMAN - 2 Flock Ewes, 5 Yearling Ewes. JE & L Davies, TEILO - 16 Yearling Ewes, 7 Ewe Lambs. Willy Davies USK VALE - 7 Yearling Ewes, 1 ET Pregnancy. DA Davies, IFAN DDU 3 Yearling Ewes. DK Thomas TYWI 2 Ewe Lambs. DJJ Watkins & Co CWMCERRIG 5 Ewe Lambs, 4 ET Pregnancy. For more information please contact Brecon Market on 01874 622386 Chris Jones on 07721 488140 John Eirian Davies on 07971 202311 Follow us on

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FRI 30 NOVNOVEMBER & SAT 1st DEC 29TH &th30TH 20192018 EASTOFOF ENGLAND SHOWGROUND, EAST ENGLAND SHOWGROUND, PETERBOROUGH, PE2 6XE PETERBOROUGH, PE2 6XE FRIDAY 22ND NOVEMBER 2019 – approx. 12pm EXETER LIVESTOCK CENTRE, EXETER, DEVON, EX2 8FD Dispersal sale of 140 head of suckler cows, calves and followers on behalf of A Legg & Son, Exeter. The sale comprises 24 Simmental, 14 Limousin, 10 Charolais, 5 British Blue, 4 Hereford and 2 Devon Cows, all with Spring born Simmental calves at foot, 4 in-calf Simmental cows, 11 in-calf Simmental heifers and 1 pedigree Limousin stock bull. FRIDAY 29TH NOVEMBER – 11am EXETER LIVESTOCK CENTRE, EXETER, DEVON, EX2 8FD SALE OF 180 ORGANIC DAIRY CATTLE to include

The Dispersal sale of the “Marbuck” herd of 120 Pedigree ORGANIC Holstein Friesians on behalf of Messrs RJ & CA Buckland of Marvell Farm, Yeovil, Somerset. The sale comprises 75 In-Milk & InCalf Cows & Hfrs, 20 In-Calf Hfrs, 14 Bulling & Yearling Hfrs & 10 Hfr Calves. NMR herd average 6989, 4.43%BF, 3.09%P. The herd is well classified & are Cubicle housed. To be followed by a consignment of 56 Organic Pedigree Ayrshire In-Calf Heifers & youngstock from the renowned East Church Herd of Mr MD Evans of Honiton. Catalogues available from 01392251261 Email: ~ Website:

Commercial cattle, pedigree calf, sheep pig competitions. Commercial cattle, sheep & pigand competitions Sheep and pig auction,auction Young Stock of the Year Grand Pedigree calves, of Person champions Final andstock Collegeperson Challenge.of the year grand final Young FREE PARKING PARKING & & ADMISSION! ADMISSION! WINTERSTOCKFESTIVAL WINTERSTOCKFESTIVAL.CO.UK WINTERSTOCKFESTIVAL.CO.UK WINTERSTOCKFESTIVAL @WINTERSTOCKFEST OR CALL 01733 234451 @WINTERSTOCKFEST OR CALL 01733 234451

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T: 01938 553438 F: 01938 554607 Tuesday 19th November 2019 - Store Cattle Fair 420 Store Cattle to include organics. Sale at 10.30am. Saturday 23rd November

On behalf of the North West & Wales Midlands & North Wales Club. Sale of 41 Pedigree Limousin Bulls & 15 Females. 1 Pedigree Belgium Blue Bull. Show 9am & Sale 11am.

Saturday 30th November 2019

Collective Machinery Sale to include:- Tractors, Loaders, Plant, Vehicles, Trailers, Machinery/Implements, Livestock Equipment & General Equipment. In all over 1000 lots.

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Irish Charolais Cattle Society Monday 18th November


Weekly Sale of Prime Stock

Wednesday 20th November 6pm Catalogue Sale of Beswick, BFA China & Collectables Viewing from 4pm Ring for a Catalogue or See Website

Thursday 21st November 11.30am

Sale of 800+ Store Lambs, 200 Ewes & Rams Entries received up to time of sale

Saturday 23rd November Machinery/Sundries 10am Fur & Feather 12noon Rice 12ft Livestock Trailer, Grays 7ft Snow Plough


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and a 50 cow suckler herd. The applicant will have sound practical The manager, reporting to the owner and agent, will lead and motivate a small team and provide support to the other enterprises on the Estate which include a private shoot, woodlands and let properties. A competitive employment package will be offered including a farmhouse. Applications will be treated in strict confidence and should be sent with a

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We are looking for a stockperson to run 3 pullet rearing sheds and do some egg deliveries in a 7 tonne van. The job would involve some tractor and forklift truck driving. 5 days plus weekend work, rate of pay will be discussed on application. Farm based in Altrincham/Lymm, Cheshire.

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Adviser (Dairy) Stoneleigh, Warwickshire An opportunity has arisen in our Food and Farming Department for an enthusiastic and politically astute individual to be the NFU’s Dairy Adviser, reporting to the Chief Adviser, Dairy. Adviser (Dairy) Responsibilities: A powerful champion for our dairy farming members, you will advise the National Dairy Board on policy matters and develop effective lobbying strategies. At the same time, you will monitor political, technical, legal and commercial developments, ensure constant online and offline communications with key opinion formers and generate a steady pipeline of high profile news stories. Adviser (Dairy) Requirements: Are you a conscientious and co-operative individual who is good with detail and wants an opportunity to work in a fast paced, exciting sector? To be successful in this role you will have a logical, task orientated and an analytical approach to dealing with situations and be able to think through a problem by weighing the pros and cons. As a great communicator you will possess the ability to work independently, as well as within a small team alongside the NFU Dairy Board. Location: Stoneleigh, Warwickshire Job type: Full Time, Permanent, 35 hours per week Salary: circa £34,439 per annum (Negotiable dependant on experience) Closing date: 1st December 2019 Interview date: 18th December 2019 For more information or to apply, head to

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Do you have an interest in agriculture or rural affairs? Do you enjoy having challenging conversations with stakeholders? Are you interested in joining an exciting, growing, and dynamic business working on well known Utility and Infrastructure Projects? Dalcour Maclaren is a growing, dynamic and exciting business that has been placed in “The Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to work for” in 2017 and 2018. A career with us brings great opportunities to work with well-known organisations within the UK Utilities and Infrastructure sectors. Our expertise is highly sought after, especially on large scale, fast paced projects particularly as a consequence of our reputation for providing a wide range of high quality specialist services covering Access & Rights, Compulsory Purchase, Acquisitions & Sales, Compensation, Agricultural Liaison, Environmental Planning, Land Referencing, Valuation and Planning & Development.


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Head of Farms Overview of Role We have an exciting new opportunity for an experienced Research Farm Manager to join our Farm team at Rothamsted Research, Harpenden. Field experimentation at Rothamsted and Woburn Farms are based on current scientific programmes and the farms are a major service provider to our science community. On the farm we have facilities to be able to provide specific field conditions, rotational slots and be able to offer different soil types across the arable land we manage. We can provide experimentation in the major UK crops of wheat, barley, oilseed rape, field beans and oats. On average we run over 100 experiments throughout the year and harvest up to 12,000 plots during the summer. The Research Farm Manager manages and oversees the farm team working closely with the science team to support the scientists in all that they do as it is the science that drives everything that we do. The gardens team also report into the Farm Manager bringing the size of the team to twelve. The successful candidate will have significant experience in the management and delivery of a research farm and agricultural field experiments, along with experience of planning and progressing technical / scientific work activities within general, professional guidelines or organisational policy, using initiative and independent judgement.

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You may have previous experience in telecoms, utilities, infrastructure or an interest in the farming industry, however this isn’t essential. You’ll be out of the office for much of the time visiting landowners and therefore this role requires a full driving licence.


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

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STOCKJUDGING COMPETITION To be in with your chance of winning up to £200, test out your judging skills by entering our annual beef stockjudging competition.

Test your stockjudging skills and win up to £200


his year’s beef stockjudging competition is now open for entries. Our annual competition is once again sponsored by Showtime, supplier of specialist livestock products for cattle, sheep, horses and other animals, covering the UK and Europe.

How to take part Take part by pitting your judging skills against those of our professional judge to be in with the chance of winning one of three cash prizes. The first correct entry to be drawn at random will receive our top prize

of £200, while two runners-up will each win £50. To be in with a chance of winning, you need to rank the four animals pictured (one being the animal you rate most highly), in the same order as our judge. Complete the entry form opposite and return it to: Beef Stockjudging Competition, Farmers Guardian, Unit 4, Fulwood Business Park, Caxton Road, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 9NZ, by February 7, 2020.




ENTER ONLINE Alternatively, you can enter the competition online at

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Stockjudging competition entry form

Fill in and return this form before February 7, 2020, or go to

Completing Section A of the form enables you to be entered into our free prize draw. However, we’d like to know a little more about you to help us provide information about relevant products. Fill in Section B if you would like to provide this additional information.

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Please return by February 7, 2020, to: Beef Stockjudging Competition, Farmers Guardian, Unit 4, Fulwood Business Park, Caxton Road, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 9NZ. Terms and Conditions: 1. The competition (prize draw) is open to UK residents (aged 18 years or over), with the exception of ‘employees’ or ‘relatives of employees’ of AgriBriefing. 2. Inclusion in the prize draw is subject to entry to the competition. 3. Entry to the draw will close February 7, 2020. 4. Only one entry per person is permitted. 5. Winners will be selected at random from all valid and correctly answered entries. 6. The judge’s decision is final. No correspondence or discussion shall be entered into. 7. Prize is non-refundable and no prize alternative is available. 8. Completion of the entry form implies acceptance of these terms and conditions.

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3 Well bred, Halter trained Bulls 18 months - 2 years. Vaccinated for BVD + IBR, TB 4 Area

John Procter, Waterbeck. Tel: 01461 600257 or 07729 405369 Lockerbie (P)

Bulls and select Females for Sale from a high health herd, with fully registered pedigrees.

Homo Polled - All calves will be born without Horns.

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

Five Red and Black Limousin stock bulls Standlynch Aberdeen Angus 17-22 months. Bulls and Heifers for sale Some Semen tested. TB4 area. Younger bulls also Easy Calving, Hi-health Status &available EBV’s.

Further details can be seen on:

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Breeding of Henry Rowntree, Ribble herd. British Blue young cows and heifers, Easy calving, Grass based, Great shape’s. with Lim x and BB x calves at foot. Ribble Etto S515 18/04/2016 Also two excellent Lim x British Blue bulls. Ribble Black 07/05/17 Eager forBolton work, T730 all quiet, Sale dueTBtotested change in ready farming TB4 and to policy. go. Tel:

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High Health - Biobest. REGISTERED HEREFORD IBR, BVD & Johne’s Accredited Free BULLS AND Ready to go. TB tested. Easy Calving. HEIFERS. Please see our updated website All home bred, quiet to handle.

available. Tel Bob Lane: 07720 Delivery 377520 or 07885 594143 or 01952 813162 Shrops (P)

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5 Pedigree Beef Shorthorn Bulls June 29, 2018

Cows & Stock Bulls E and U+ grades

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One is a Carlisle Champion, others are 1 - 2 years old. HiHealth Scheme, TB 4. From £1,500.

Tel: 07855 467482 or 07939 717101 Yorkshire (P)

SIMMENTAL BULL Denizes Irwin, good temperament, guaranteed correct. 30 months, TB4 tested Aug 19. £1,800 Tel: 07834 715269 OR 01257 463575. Lancashire (P)

PEDIGREE HEREFORD BULL Registered 6 years old.



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Gateridge Aberdeen Angus Pedigree Bulls

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PEDIGREE HEREFORDS FOR SALE 18-42 month old Pedigree

Hereford Bulls for Sale. Good Choice, Ready to Work.

JW & B Procter, Waterbeck. readyor for07729 work 405369 Tel: 01461Bulls 600257 Excellent choice of bulling heifers Lockerbie (P) TB4 Elite Status High Health,

North Yorkshire 01756 720210 - 0777 99 20202

SEAFIELD PEDIGREE ABERDEEN ANGUS BULLS Ready to work, delivered direct to your 20 BRITISH BLUE X farm, very quiet, easy calving.FRIESIAN HEIFERS Also females avaliable. 8-9closed months old Health monitored, herd, full pedigree with TB 4 Area each animal, Red tractor.

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Ideal Suckler Cows

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PEDIGREE HEREFORD & ABERDEEN ANGUS BULLS 12-18 Months old. Well grown. Hi-Health. Dark coloured. Easy to handle. Can deliver.

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BVD Free, TB 4 area, easy calving and quiet nature.

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Choice of Red & Black, Choice of 10. Good conformation and temperament. High health status. TB4. Ready For Work Cambridgeshire (P)

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RARE BREED & TEXEL SHEEP FOR SALE A variety of ewes and ewe lambs. Breeds include. Shetland, Welsh Badger Face. Texel & Texel x Bleu Du Maine.

Alternative Bedding

Can been seen at Masham, North Yorks. To arrange a viewing

Tel: 01765 689241 or email:

TOP QUALITY TEXEL, BELTEX X TEXEL, BELTEX X CHAROLAIS SHEARING RAMS Well grown, very tight skins. All home bred. Choice of 25

Please contact Paul Slater on 07775 661736 or 01625 820431

VALAIS BLACKNOSE N YORK’S HAVE FOR SALE OR HIRE Pedigree Valais Blacknose Ewes and Tups. Good markings and top quality breeding behind them. Lambs and shearlings. Contact us on Facebook OR Email:


Tel: 01461 204691 SW Scotland (P)


X Texel X Charollais Shearling Rams for sale. Excellent conformation, tight skins, ready for work. -Tel: Mr Brocklehurst on 07764 196462 or 01260 223338 Nr Congleton





6 breeding Boer does and 7 doelings for sale. Macclesfield Cheshire area. 07711367951 (P)

Rams and Ram lambs for sale. Tel: 01625 424284 Cheshire (P)

Rams. Very well grown, never had corn. Reasonably priced Tel: 07977 402535 or 01629 812376

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BORDER COLLIE PUPS Sired by Lyn Howells Boss. Out of an excellent Blue Merle Bitch. Dogs & Bitches available. Blue Merles, Red & White and Black & White. Lovely sharp pups, started to show interest. Microchipped, vet checked, Vaccinated, Worm & Flea treated to date. Ready now. Both parents DNA/CEA Clear. Tel: 01495 226008 or 07866 370681 South Wales (P) TWO YOUNG Regis-

tered Sheepdogs. Excellent breeding, top work - trial lines in both, keen on sheep, ready to start on with training, parents DNA-CEA clear. Tel: 01228 675252 or 07831 140720. (P) JACK RUSSELL Pups, (5) x 8 weeks old. Flea treated, wormed and docked. Microchipped and first injections. £300 each. Tel: 01772 616260 or 07771 906564 Lancs


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lie pups. Both parents very good workers. Well socialised, Friendly, Forward pups. Also Good working Border Collie farm bitch for sale. Tel: 07910 111601 Lancs


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BIG BALE WHEAT STRAW FROM £65PT BIG BALE BARLEY STRAW FROM £75PT 11/10/2019 Barley FG Classified BIG BALE OAT STRAW FROM £65PT & Ad.indd Wheat1 Straw 120 x 90 09/10/2019 bales BIG BALE RAPE STRAW FROM £75PT Delivered BIG BALE HAY FROM £80PT Northumberland, Cumbria, CONVENTIONAL BALE WHEAT STRAW FROM £2.80PB CONVENTIONAL BALE BARLEY STRAW FROM £3.00PB Southwest Scotland. CONVENTIONAL BALE HAY FROM £3.50PB ABOVE PRICES ARE DELIVERED INTO CERTAIN AREAS IN LORRY/TRAILER & ARCTIC LOADS TOP QUALITY J R WHITLOW CONTRACTS AVAILABLE FOR SET PRICES FOR THE WINTER SEASON 2019/2020 STRAW FIRST FOR FODDER DISCOUNTS ARE AVAILABLE ON LARGE QUANTITIES FOR SALE All grades of Hay, Barley DELIVERY AVAILABLE TO ALL AREAS AT BARLEY WHEAT AND OAT. UNBEATABLE PRICES & QUALITY and Wheat straw. Delivered or collected ALL LOADS DELIVERED WITH PUBLIC fast efficient loading Delivered Nationwide in WEIGHBRIDGE CERTIFICATE 1 minute Jnc 9 M1. Lorry and Trailer Loads. BIG ENOUGH TO COPE, SMALL ENOUGH TO CARE Competitive Prices. Nationwide delivery. Tel-John: 07801 179821 01865 416050 | 07760 508580 Contact Richard: 07810 317157 Ian 07831614708 or Office: 01386 793880 Oliver 07826009518 (T) Ian@pearseandsons Worcestershire

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Supplier of quality Milk Powders for both Dairy & Beef calves. Range of Skim & Whey based powders Order Direct from us, including Next day delivery direct to farm Call: 01606 869253 Website: UFAS:886

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R.F FIELDING Hay & Straw for Sale in all types of Bales. Good quality. Reasonable prices. TEL: (01625) 531629 OR (01625) 522249

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Farm feeds •available available for Protein rations Farm assured assured quality quality cattle & sheep feeds for 16% & 14% Nationwide • Ideal for feeding cattle and sheep Nationwide Delivery. Delivery. Costfattening effective Dry breeding •and and Dry cereal cereal rations rations suitable for all breeding fattening • UFAS ASSURED FEED stock stock at at very very competitive competitive prices. Available delivered or or collected. collected. Available in in bulk bulk or 1 tonne bags delivered A VARIETY OF HIGH ENERGY A ENERGY FEEDS FEEDS -- NEW NEWPRODUCT REDUCEDAVAILABLE PRICES! • Biscon Meal (approx. 13% protein/13 ME) from £140 per tonne ex store • Cereal Mixture (approx. 14% protein/12.5 ME) from £150 per tonne ex store from £150 per tonne exstore • Cereal Mixture (approx. 14% protein/13 ME) Cereal Blend Blend (approx. (approx. 16% 16% protein/13 protein/13.2 ME) from from £160 £165 per per tonne tonne ex store •• Cereal exstore ME) CALL NOW FOR A COMPETITIVE Mixed Pellets (approx. 18% 18% protein/14 protein/14 ME) ME) from from £185 •• Mixed Pellets (approx £170 per per tonne tonne ex ex store store

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High quality haylage and hay Large round and square and minis also available. Reductions for large orders. Lancs area. Tel: 07970 057347 CALF AND LAMB milk

replacer. Quality Products visit Competitively priced. U.F.A.S reg. Tel: Chris 01522 680815 / 07778 743080 Nationwide

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F E E D S to encourage forage intake. Molasses and molasses blends plus additional minerals if required. J E Morten: 01663 734621 High peak, Derbyshire (T)


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

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Cereal Meal 14% protein ration consisting of Wheat, Barley, Micronised Cereals, Peas & Beans, Maize Gluten and Confectionary products. Ideal for fattening Cattle & Sheep. Available for delivery in bulk and collection in bags or bulk

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Quality Soft Wood Shavings 20 - 22kgs, Compressed Bales, Dust Free From £5.41+VAT. Scottish Big Flake 20kg £6.13+VAT. Pure Virgin Sawdust Comp Bales £4.30+VAT. Delivery available. Yorks / Lancs areas. Tel. 07946 384713 Office: 01422 355581

WASHED Carrots & potatoes. Fodder beet. Delivered.- KENYON BROS - Mobile: 07831 577753 Tel: 01704 880704 Lancs (T)

barley, wheat and oat straw from our own farms. Delivery nationwide. 42 per load. Priced to sell. Tel: 07768 771933 (P)

ding sand. £10 per tonne collected. £16 per tonne delivered within a 30 miles radius. Call 01942 723479 (T)

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ervice cables and pipelines criss-cross the countryside and with the population growing, the requirement to establish and implement new services is not slowing down. Time and again we see landowners and farmers agreeing to a compensation figure or terms which could be vastly expanded on. The question remains, what is your position when a utility company or private individual is looking to enter your land? The most common occurrence is when a utility company needs to access your land, often in relation to the installation or maintenance of various equipment, such as power lines, water, sewerage or gas pipelines. In many circumstances, utility companies benefit from a range of statutory powers applied via various acts throughout the 1980s or 1990s.

Agreement These powers are often only called upon if the land owner and the entering company are not able to come to an agreement on access arrangements, with the statutory legislation acting as a fall back position in case of any dispute or lack of agreement. It is imperative agreements are not made which could have a negative impact on your position further down the line. A large proportion of legislation which allows a utility company to take entry onto land often provides for legislation in paying compensation to the land owner/ occupier, in particular for any loss sustained as a result of the necessary works required. It is important to establish this includes employing a surveyor to act on your behalf and negotiate with the incoming company, whereby assessment can be made on any compensation required and indeed any payments due to the implementation of new apparatus. XX | NOVEMBER 15 2019

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This enables and ensures the land owner is fairly considered. An ever increasing situation is where a private individual approaches you to install either a private electricity or water supply to benefit their property. When this position arises it is unlikely they have any legislation backing their requirement. Therefore the decision on whether you want to allow access onto your land is down to a matter of negotiation and agreement. Having decided you are intent with a private individual accessing your land to implement such apparatus, it is important the terms of exactly what is going to be implemented, including any access arrangements and further maintenance and reinstatement, are agreed formally. Thus it is strongly advised any installation takes the form of a legally formed document, often in the case of an easement. In relation to private individuals requesting any of the above, it is important to state that, in certain circumstances, a private individual can approach a utility company to use their statutory powers for entry to install and supply and also consider alternative routes. In summary, allowing utilities onto your land is often unavoidable. However, it is always worth securing professional advice to guide you on your rights.

Kirkheaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE19 2DL A superb Northumbrian livestock farm extending to 87 hectares (217 acres) or thereabouts

For sale as a whole or in lots

Lot 1: Farmhouse, cottage and traditional buildings. In all 10.69 acres. Offers over £600,000 Lot 2: Two cottages, modern stable block, menage. In all 14.69 acres. Offers over £395,000 Lot 3: Extensive range of modern livestock buildings and 191.31 acres of grazing land. Offers over £950,000

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FOR SALE BY PRIVATE TREATY Old Farm, Bowling Bank, Wrexham, LL13 9RT Former Dairy Farm 3 bed detached Farmhouse Modern & Traditional Buildings 63.68 acres (25.76 ha) Available as a whole or in 5 Lots Guide Price: £1,000,000+ Land off Plumley Moor Road, Plumley, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 9RS 62.94 acres (25.47 ha) versatile agricultural land available as a whole or in lots: Lot 1: 28.59 acres (11.57 ha) Lot 2: 34.36 acres (13.90 ha) Guide Price: £10,000-£12,000/acre

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Boan Cottage Ripponden, HX6 4RH ,

For up to 200 Mule Sheep. Nov-Mid Feb. Must be fenced. Anywhere considered.

Tel: 01298 83207 (after 7pm) Buxton Derbys (P) A rare opportunity to purchase a traditional farmstead made up of a cottage with attached barn and a replica cottage with attached barn, modern agricultural building and approx. 7.5 acres of land. Set in a beautiful location with long distance views and yet only 3.5 miles from the M62. Obvious potential for conversion subject to permissions.

Guide Price: £550,000 Askrigg:


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Lancaster – 9 miles Garstang – 8 miles MOSS HOUSE FARM BARNS Gulf Lane, Cockerham Lancaster LA2 0ER For Sale by Informal Tender OIRO £500,000 An attractive and exciting opportunity for developers has arisen. Offering two large stone built/brick built barns with full planning permission to convert into 3 dwellings. One 4 bed detached and one pair of 4 bed semi-detached residences with a combined living space of 4,455sq.ft. in up to 3 acres of grounds. Details on line and available from the Sawley office. Offers: in writing by 12 noon 11th December Selling Agents: Richard Turner & Son, Old Sawley Grange, Sawley, Clitheroe BB7 4LH (ref: JT) Tel: 01200 441351 or e:


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David Holdcroft, Houndings Lane Farm, Sandbach

WANTED Sheep grazing, From now until end of March. Well Fenced. Open to all areas.

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The team at Muller take a refreshingly down-to-earth approach to helping you maximise the potential of your land asset. You can rely on Muller to put in the graft to get it through today’s complex planning system.

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This Autumn, Farmers Guardian will be producing its Machinery and Tractor Magazine – Arable and Root Crop Special. This supplement, included with the November 29, 2019 edition of Farmers Guardian, will feature: Farmer testimonials detailing how new machinery and technology has supported their businesses – increasing efficiency and optimising performance All farmers need to know about strip till drills How a combination of a topper and harrow can benefit farmers’ tillage regimes Arable and Root Crop Farming accounts for over five million hectares of production land in the UK. With over 70,000 growers, there is a strong demand for quality machinery and equipment at every stage of the cultivation and harvest cycle. With a full range of advertising opportunities available, you can be part of this essential supplement. Benefit from a strong association with trusted content which informs the wider farming community. Don’t miss out – get these exclusive opportunities now. Reach an engaged audience of over 85,000 readers Number 1 weekly title – read by 35% of all sub 400ha Arable farm businesses Number 1 weekly title – read by 43% of all 50+ha Crops and Grass farm businesses All statistics sourced from Map of Agriculture, Harvest 2019 data

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As Europe’s largest farm machinery and technology show, there is no better place than Agritechnica, Germany to check out the latest tractor developments and future concepts. James Rickard reports from Hannover.

Tractor developments dominate German show

MASSEY FERGUSON SHOWS CONCEPT TRACTOR AS well as its new consolidated, lower-spec 5700M tractor range and high-spec 6700S series updates, Massey Ferguson showed a glimpse of the near future with a concept which will effectively set the template for how future MF tractors will look and operate. Decked out in a striking white paint job, the ‘Next’ concept features a brand new four-post cab

and features a steering wheel-less operating environment, with primary control via two joysticks. Heads up displays will take care of machine monitoring, while the tractor will have the possibility to operate fully autonomously. As for a release date, a commercial version of the concept could be revealed in the next 12 months.

EXTENSIVE DEVELOPMENTS TO 8R SERIES AS revealed in last week’s Farmers Guardian, big news for John Deere at this year’s Agritechnica is its new 7R and 8R tractors. While both ranges have grown in power, now up to 330hp (rated) for the 7Rs and up to 410hp (rated) for the 8Rs, it is the fourtrack 8RX which has seen the most development. Effectively

new from the ground up, substantial work has been done to the structure of the tractor and final drives to accommodate a track unit on each corner. Designed as a true tracked tractor, JD sees a gap between its current 8R and 9Rs for a versatile tracked machine. Retail starting price for an 8RX 310 is from £320,500.



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ALONG with Stage 5 emissioncompliance, JCB has made a number of updates to it 4000 and 8000 Fastrac tractor line-ups. For the larger 8000, this includes ride improvements with doubleacting suspension used all round, as seen on the 4000, and an increase in carrying capacity. This sees gross vehicle weight boosted to 18 tonnes and the rear deck upped to a 5t capability. Similarly, the 4000s can carry more and have received beefed up drivelines and increased steering pressure. Hydraulic oil flow is now up to 200 litres per minute. Also taking pride of place was the

firm’s record-breaking Fastrac (pictured), with a British speed record of 103.6mph. Find out this Sunday on Channel 4 and if the company can improve on that as it attempts to set a new world record.

Show facts n Location: Hanover, Germany n Number of exhibitors: 2,800 from 52 countries n Number of visitors: 458,000 from 128 countries n Show area: 394,000 sq.m of floor space over 23 halls

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NEW HOLLAND EXTENDS ITS DCT OFFERING CLAAS OFFERS TRACKED XERION OPTION ON top of power and torque increases for its flagship equal wheeled Xerion tractor range, Claas has also added a new tracked option. The new Xerion TS can be ordered from the factory ‘track ready’, with the Zuidberg-made tracks fitted by the dealer. To enable this, the tractor is equipped with heavier-duty ‘orbital’

framework around the axles and planetary reduction hubs, additional steering cylinders, and a 4cm increase of space between the front axle and chassis.

Turning circle The latter is important to allow the tractor to maintain a similar turning circle to the wheeled version.

FOLLOWING its introduction on the firm’s T6 tractor series, New Holland is now offering its Dynamic Command Transmission on its smaller T5 tractors. The transmission is made up of three ranges with eight steps in each range. Features include brake to neutral, which sees the clutch automatically pulled in when the brakes are used, and ground speed

management, which allows a target speed to be set and the tractor driven much like a CVT. Four models from 100 to 130hp (rated power) can be specified with the transmission. Like the AutoCommand T5, it uses the same 4.5-litre, four-cylinder engine, and effectively offers a replacement for the old short wheelbase T6.

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MCCORMICK EXTENDS X7 RANGE BRIDGING the gap between its X7 and X8 tractor ranges, McCormick has updated and extended its X7.6 six-cylinder range, with a number of new higher horsepower models. Set for a UK Lamma launch, the range now includes five models, all available with the firm’s VT-Drive step-less transmission or P6-Drive powershift, with power now topping out at 240hp with the

X7.624. Maximum torque for the range-topper is 983Nm at 1,400rpm. Power for all models comes from FPT Beta Power, 6.7-litre engines, now Stage 5 compliant. Improvements to cab comfort and controls, a new, simpler model numbering system and X8 bonnet and roof styling completes the range’s major changes.


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FENDT TESTS WATER WITH NEW CONTROL CONCEPT AS well as a brand new 900 Vario tractor series and the addition of telehandlers to its range (more on this online at machinery), Fendt revealed to the public what the inside of its tractors will look like in the future with a completely new control concept. However, it is not just the hardware on the tractor the firm is concerned with. The new FendtOne

concept is said to offer a whole suite of off-board technology. This sees the interface on the tractor terminal and online look uniform and consistent in their appearance, helping users find their way around. For Profi Plus-spec tractors, applications include tracking capabilities, task and data management, and report generating.

KUBOTA ADDS TO THIRD-GENERATION M7 DEUTZ-FAHR REVEALS 6 SERIES WARRIOR EDITION FOLLOWING on from the introduction of its Warrior edition 7 and 9 Series tractors, Deutz-Fahr has now extended the availability of the option to its 6 Series. Warrior-spec brings with it a black paint job, stainless steel exhaust cover and an enhanced lighting package. In addition, all 6 Series machines above 150hp now meet Stage 5 80 | NOVEMBER 15 2019

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emissions-compliance, which has brought with it several updates including a new swivel seat and up to four camera inputs that can create a virtual 360-degree image on the terminal’s screen. New options include a twospeed front pto option (1,000 and 1,000E) and an integrated central tyre inflation system, controlled via the terminal.

KUBOTA launched the third generation of its M7000 tractor series, featuring the manufacturer’s latest Stage 5 engine. The M7003 retains the same three power offerings of 130, 150 and 170hp. Boost also remains the same with 20hp for the two smallest models and an extra 5hp for the largest M7173. Powershift models now come with a ‘brake to clutch’ feature,

which should help with loader work, for example. In addition, there is also variable speed steering control, which reduces the number of revolutions the steering wheel needs to be turned from lock to lock. As for larger tractors in Europe, the firm is still evaluating its options, with the recently revealed M8, built in partnership with Versatile, said to be very much a North American machine.

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STEYR SHOWS HYBRID TRACTOR THOUGH the brand is not officially available in the UK, Steyr’s concept tractor pointed strongly towards what is technologically possible by parent company CNH Industrial (which includes Case IH and New Holland). Focusing on alternative drive lines, a four-cylinder diesel motor could be used, not to power a conventional transmission, but to create electrical power via a generator. This power

can then be used to drive individual electric wheel motors, offering the possibility of greater power and torque management, and also four wheel steering. The pto can also be electrically powered and any spare electricity can be used to recharge the tractor’s batteries. This allows the tractor to be run on solely electrical power, possibly for use in buildings to keep noise and emissions down.


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FACELIFT FOR CASE IH PUMA TRACTORS FALLING in-line with the Maxxum, Optum and Magnum’s styling, Case IH has given its Puma models, both long and short wheelbase, a distinctive facelift. Refining several areas, long wheelbase Pumas also get improved cab steps, more in-cab sockets, an upgraded mounting bar for controllers, a quick start feature for its AFS 700 terminal, additional airline connections, option of an

uprated air pump, better top link holder plus an enhanced DAB radio and hands free kit. It also features new LED beacons and thicker cab roof headline material. Front linkage geometry has also been improved, which creates a more linear lifting action. The number of models and power ratings stay the same, with availability spread throughout next year.

VALTRA SMARTGLASS MACHINE MONITORING VALTRA revealed the final design of its heads up display (HUD) SmartGlass at the show. Positioned in the centre of the tractor’s front windscreen, SmartGlass allows the operator to see information about the tractor without needing to look away from the work at hand. With a strong focus on front loader 82 | NOVEMBER 15 2019

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work, it can display various pieces of information from a factory-fitted loader, such as tipping angle or load weight, or basic tractor information such as gear, engine rpm or driving speed. The HUD will be available as an option via the firm’s Unlimited studio. Serial production is planned for later in 2020.

LANDINI HIGH CLEARANCE TRACTORS AS one of five new Landini launches to grace next year’s Lamma, the firm showed a high clearance version of its 5 Series tractor at Agritechnica. Available as option on all 5 Series tractors from 99 to 113hp, the firm sees it as an ideal spraying tractor

when equipped with front and rear tanks. As well as larger diameter row-crop wheels, in this case 270/95R 44s, high clearance is achieved by rotating the rear axle’s reduction hubs by 90-degrees downwards and the inclusion of a different front axle ratio.

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Sheep farmers Steve and Sara Gibbons have taken the top sheep honours on four occasions at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair. Barry Alston finds out more.

Whatmore flock aiming to add to its history of success


inning the supreme sheep championship at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair just once is

quite a challenge. Winning it four times, as well as taking the overall reserve title twice, is something else. But for one Breconshire farming family that became a reality at last year’s event. Steve and Sara Gibbons and the follow-on generation of Mollie and Nick, both now into their 20s, took Llanelwedd’s top billing with a pair of Dutch Texel ewe lambs, weighing 87kg. They found favour with overall judge John Hall, Cumbria, and later went under the hammer, selling to section judge Mike Rowlands, Llanidloes, Powys. It was by no means the first success at the fair for the Black Mountains-based Gibbons family and remarkably all their victories have been down to home-bred entries. Back in 2015 they topped the line with another pair of Dutch Texel ewe lambs. Bought for breeding, they sold for £1,500 apiece. The best they could manage in 2012, however, was the reserve supreme placing for a pair of home-bred Beltex,

but that result was cushioned when the lambs later made £1,200 a piece in the sale ring. At the 2007 fair the family was on top form, taking the supreme and reserve placings again with home-bred Beltex lambs, the champion pair weighing 98kg and leading the pure continental section, while the reserve pair had taken the butcher’s weight rosette.

Memorable Perhaps the most memorable championship win was in 2003 with a pair of pure Texels weighing 93.5kg. That victory was significant in that the Gibbons became the first Welsh exhibitors to win the coveted supreme award. Until then, ever since the winter fair began in 1990, the top sheep accolade had always gone to entries from the other side of Offa’s Dyke. Last year’s success was remarkable on another account in that it came following what had been somewhat of a turbulent period for the family. Mr Gibbons explains that had involved moving lock, stock and barrel from a tenanted holding at Llwynbrain, not far from Hay-on-Wye, to what initially was a 12-hectare (30acre) field and nothing else, more

than 305 metres (1,000 feet) further up in the hills. He says: “Since then additional land has taken the total area of owned and rented ground to 92ha (227 acres), a purpose-built range of stock housing has been erected and we have nearly completed a brand new farmhouse.” On the stock side, Dan-y-Mynydd, at Tregoyd, near Talgarth, is now the base for 440 ewes spread across pure-bred flocks of Texels, Charollais, Beltex and Blue Texels. A new venture has seen an interest in Dassenkops. This is the genetically developed Dutch breed based around a white Texel on a Blue Texel which produces a black and white cross. They are said to have promising carcase qualities and are increasingly being seen in open continental sections at summer shows. Markings can be similar to the Torwen Welsh Badger Face. As well as keeping the breeds pure, Beltex rams go on to the Charollais to produce cross-bred tups. Lambing runs from the end of January through to mid-March, with home grown cereals retained for stock feed. All the flocks now carry the Whatmore name, which has replaced the original Llwynbrain and Black Mountains prefixes, with

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breeding stock production being the main aim. The name change came about in respect for a family very special to Mr and Mrs Gibbons.

Presented When the couple met she was employed as farm manager and shepherdess to the West Midlands-based Whatmore flock and when she left was presented with four Beltex ewes, along with the rights to the prefix when it was dispersed. While there is a considerable demand for off-farm stock sales there have been some high prices in the auction rings. The family set what in 2014 was a 13,000gns record breed price tag for their one-crop ewe, Whatmore Vaneer.

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Pedigree Texel ewes.

Progeny Mr Gibbons says: “In the first year we will kill nearly all of his progeny and take a very close look at the cuts in my late uncle’s butcher’s shop. There is no better way of assessing a ram’s capabilities.

Steve and Sara Gibbons.

Primarily we are breeding for the commercial producer, selling most of our rams from home to repeat customers


It had been sired by their Royal Welsh Show breed champion, Whatmore Siren, and was bought by Shropshire breeders Paul and Christine Tippetts, shattering the previous breed record of 5,500gns that had been achieved by the Gibbons family the year before. They may no longer hold the breed price record but as Whatmore breeding has filtered through to other Texel, Beltex and Blue Texel flocks, the name figures strongly in the pedigree listings at breed sales. Over the years Mr and Mrs Gibbons have also been in considerable demand as show judges for events up and down the country, making little secret of the fact that on the day, breed preference is irrelevant. What matters most of all in their eyes is the level of finish and fleshing from the shoulder through to the loin. That to them is what turning out quality lambs is all about and to prove the point they go to great lengths to make sure any new stock ram they buy is up to the job.

STEVE GIBBONS “We once paid 3,000gns for a very promising tup and he produced the worst lambs I have ever seen – proving you can not always go by looks and records alone. The real proof is what is on the ground. “Primarily we are breeding for the commercial producer, selling most of our rams from home to repeat customers who must be satisfied or they would not keep coming back.” He first set eyes on the Beltex breed in 1990 but admits that at the time could not afford them. It was not until the late 1990s and

after several years of working with top flockmasters that he bought his first pedigree animal – and several years after he had taken on the tenancy of Llwynbrain, a 2.5ha (31-acre) hill farm in the foothills of the Black Mountains. But the family suffered a bitter blow in 2001 when 286 pedigree ewes, along with 41 pedigree Limousin cows, were lost in the foot-and-mouth disease outbreak. Rebuilding the flock was considered a priority and sheep, bought in mainly from breeders

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in Oxfordshire and Shropshire, initially set the family back on the road to recovery, along with some 26 of their own pedigree Beltex ewes which were spared from contiguous culling. There are plans to compete at the winter fair again this year with entries in a number of sections. “As always, we will go into the ring with lambs prepared to the best of our ability – but what happens then is out of our hands,” says Mr Gibbons. “We treat showing as a hobby and winning as a bonus.” TB TEST 100+HEAD PER HOUR


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Stars of the Future attracts quality entries senior inter-breed title By Hannah Park SOME 410 entries of pedigree and commercial cattle were forward for the Stars of the Future calf show at Stirling. In the top line-up for a second year running to take the continental senior championship was Andrew Gammie, Laurencekirk, with his Limousin senior male champion, Westpit Orlando. Home-bred by Goldies Jackpot, the August-2018 bull is out of Brockhurst Holy. Reserve continental senior was the Charolais senior male champion, Falleninch Obby, from Andrew Hornall, Stirling.

Red and White Holsteins at the calf show The winner of the Red and White Holstein championship at the All Breeds All Britain calf show was the April-born Drointon Diamondback Seisme Red, from A. and D. Mackellar, Staffordshire. Runner-up in the section was Nethervalley Awesome Emma Red from Robbie and Margot Scott, Ayrshire.

Results Inter-breed continental (Judge, A. Ivory, Perthshire) Senior: Sup., A. and J. Gammie, Westpit Orlando (Limousin); res., A. Hornall, Falleninch Obby (Charolais). Junior: Sup., R. and A. Crockett, Bacardi Orleans (Salers); res., AJR Farms, Newlogie PrincessLaika (Charolais). Inter-breed native (A. Gall, Lockerbie) Senior: Sup., T. McMillan, Eskechraggan Masterstroke (Beef Shorthorn); res., J. and C. McKenchnie, Harry 2 of Gartocharn (Highland). Junior: Sup., N. Wattie, Tonley Lady Heather (AberdeenAngus); res., T. and D. Harrison, Moralee 1 KatyPerry KS 58 (Hereford). Aberdeen-Angus (R. Clarke, Ipswich) Senior: Sup. and male, Firm of G. Gray, Ettrick Gladiator U218; res. and fem., R. and C. Rettie, Retties Elixir U032; res. male, R. and C. Rettie, Retties Lionheart U037; res. fem., Brailes Livestock, Brailes Miss Ellie U036. Junior: Sup. and fem., N. Wattie, Tonley Lady Heather; res. and res. fem., H.W. Sclater, Deveron Kleo V647; male, S. Dick, Stephick Ezra V561; res. male, J.R. Galloway, Cardona Exchequer V113. Beef Shorthorn (D. Anderson, Elgin) Senior: Sup. and male, T. McMillan, Eskechraggan Masterstroke; res. and fem., D.D. McDowell, Castlemount Matrix Matilda; res. male, S.G. Mair

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Top honours in the native senior championship was the Beef Shorthorn senior male champion, Eskechraggan Masterstroke, from Isle of Bute-based Tom McMillan. On its first outing, the 15-monthold bull by Tamhorn Glen is a full brother to this year’s Royal Highland show breed champion and was brought out by Richard Rettie, Perthshire. Reserve native senior was the Highland senior male champion, 18-month-old Harry 2 of Gartocharn, from Jim and Catherine Mckechnie, Gartocharn.

Continental senior and Limousin senior male champion, Westpit Orlando, from Andrew Gammie, Laurencekirk.

French Taking the continental junior championship in what was the Salers’ first time at the event was the breed’s junior male champion, Bacardi Orleans, from Roy and Adam Crockett, Hawick. Home-bred by the French sire, Magnificent, imported by the family three years ago, nine-monthold Orleans was on its first outing. Reserve continental junior was the Charolais junior female champion, Newlogie PrincessLaika, from AJR Farms, Aberdeenshire. The native junior championship was taken by the Aberdeen-Angus junior female champion, Tonley Lady Heather, from Neil and Mark Wattie, Aberdeenshire. January-2019 born, the homebred heifer is by the 19,000gns and Sons, Muiresk Messiah; res. fem., D. Welsh, Westbroad Rosette 9. Junior: Sup. and male, S.G. Mair and Sons, Muiresk Northern Dancer; res. and fem., J. and G. Ramsay, Millerston Irania Nutella; res. male, D. Welsh, Westbroad Nadal; res. fem., J. and G. Ramsay, Millerston Irania Novelty. British Blue (R. Pattinson, Cumbria) Senior: Sup. and male, K. Blackwood and D. Davidson, Blackstane Notorious; res. and res. male, K. Watret, Solway View Niko; fem., K. Watret, Solway View Netty; res. fem., A. and C.S. Comrie, Stonebyres Nymph. Junior: Sup. and male, K. Watret, Solway View Odin; res. and fem., J. Hyslop, Netherton Ofilia; res. male, D. Saunders, Maidenlands Orion; res. fem., D. Saunders, Maidenlands Orla. Charolais (K. Malone, Fife) Senior: Sup. and male, A. Hornall, Falleninch Obby; res. and res. male, R.A. Milne and Sons, Elgin Obama; fem., R.N. Barclay, Harestone Odena; res. fem., R.A. Milne and Sons, Elgin Olwen. Junior: Sup. and fem., AJR Farms, Newlogie PrincessLaika; res. and male, Brailes Livestock, Bassett Piper; res. fem., J. Muirhead, Firhills Polly; res. male, AJR Farms, Newlogie PrinceNobel. Commercial (H. Dunlop, Ayrshire) Senior: Sup. and male, B. Duffton and R. Stuart, Dirty Dancer (Limousin cross); res. and fem., A. and E. Vance,


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Native senior and Beef Shorthorn senior male champion, Eskechraggan Masterstroke, from Tom McMillan, Isle of Bute.

Blelack Evermore, out of Blelack Lady Heather. Reserve native junior was the The Governess (Limousin cross); res. male, H. Thorn, Oreo (British Blue cross); res. fem., R. Wallace, Crunchie (Limousin cross). Junior: Sup. and fem., J.M. Parker, Sweet Pea (British Blue cross); res. and res. fem., M. Kay, Sunday (Limousin cross); male, W. Robertson and Son, Bugsy (Limousin cross); res. male, A. Morton, Kygo (Limousin cross). Hereford (R. Clarke) Senior: Sup. and fem., G. and S. Harvey, Harveybros 1 Crocus; res. and male, B. Birch, Sky High 1 Shawshank Redemption; res. fem., T. and D. Harrison, Moralee 1 Kylie KS S3; res. male, G. and S. Harvey, Harveybros 1 Stan-The-Man. Junior: Sup. and fem., T. and D. Harrison, Moralee 1 Katy-Perry KS 58; res. and res. fem., T. and D. Harrison, Moralee 1 Pippa KS 311; male, J.M. Cant and Partners, Panmure 1 Schweppes. Highland (D. Dempster, Crieff) Senior: Sup. and male, J. and C. McKenchnie, Harry 2 of Gartocharn; res. and res. male, G, Hyslop, Eion Mhor 30 of Mottistone; fem., R. Fletcher and S. Gibson, Tiree of Craigleak; res. fem., Glasgow City Council, Siusan Ruadh 62 of Pollok. Junior: Sup. and fem., L. Fotheringham, Caleigh of Cairncross; res. and male. H. Irvine, Raonull Dubh of Craighluscar; res. fem., S. and E. Haley, Sineag Dubh of Seam; res. male, I. W. Adams, Rob Ruidh of Brathens.

Hereford junior female champion, Moralee 1 Katy-Perry, from Tom and Dy Harrison, Northumberland. Limousin (M. Massie, Ellon) Senior: Sup. and male, A. and J. Gammie, Westpit Orlando; res. and res. male, A. and J. Gammie, Westpit Oasis; fem., A.W. Jenkinson Farms, Whinfellpark Onita; res. fem., D. and L. Graham, Burnbank October. Junior: Sup. and male, T. Illingworth, Eagleside Prometheus; res. and res. male, D. McBeath and S.J. Jessop, Springsett President; fem., Crawford Brothers, Rathkeeland Phoenix; res. fem., S. and H. Illingworth, Glenrock Pocahontas. Salers (I. Livesey, Melrose) Senior: Sup. and male, R. and A. Crockett, Bacardi Nevis; res. and fem., Rednock Estate, Rednock Myrrh; res. male, Rednock Estate, Rednock Nick; res. fem., C. Mcclymont, Cuil Nice. Junior: Sup. and male, R. and A. Crockett, Bacardi Orleans; res. and fem., Farmstock Genetics, Cumbrian Hyacinth 1049 Poll; res. male, Farmstock Genetics, Cumbrian Olympia Poll; res. fem., R. and A. Crockett, Bacardi Octavia. Simmental (S. Key, Norwich) Senior: Sup. and fem., L.D. Quarm, Annick Trixbelle 24; res. and res. fem., Barlow Brothers, Denizes Daffoldil; male, G. Patterson, Aultmore Jack Flash; res. male, J.E. Dyet, Merkland Jimmy. Junior: Sup. and fem., W.S. Stronach, Islaview Kenya; res. and male, L.D. Quarm, Annick Klondyke; res. fem., A.J. Wilson, Cairnview Tilly 7; res. male, Barlow Brothers, Denizes Kylian.

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While maize silage dry matter yields are expected to be up on the year, starch levels may be diluted.

Starch levels down for wet 2019 maize harvest rMove back to early

varieties forecasted By Wendy Short

A LATE maize harvest and one which is likely to produce average yields, although starch levels may be down a couple of points, is how John Burgess of KWS UK sums up the season as it draws to a close. Maize harvest in UK livestock regions generally takes place around the second week in October, but most farms experienced delays of at least two to three weeks due to the poor weather, says Mr Burgess. He predicts average dry matter yields of 17-18 tonnes per hectare (6.9-7.3t per acre) and believes it is unlikely quality will reach the heights of last year. Mr Burgess says: “In 2018 we had ‘rocket fuel’ silages which were high in starch, but yields were slightly disappointing. “This year we have the opposite, with dry matter yields increasing by about 0.5t/ha, but starch levels diluted. I would expect a starch reduction of 2-3 per cent on last season. “Maize is a moderately droughttolerant species and the stover will

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take up high volumes of water when it is available. “This was evident over summer, resulting in a stay-green plant with a large leaf area. In these circumstances, the availability of light to the cob will be limited and this will suppress starch levels. “Compounding the issue, we had lower than average heat units, which also reduced starch potential and delayed plant maturity.

Disease “Early autumn saw cloud cover and high rainfall, which had a negative effect on kernel ripening. “Nevertheless, disease incidence was lower than anticipated, with minimal reports of both eyespot and helminthosporium.” While about 90 per cent of the UK maize crop was successfully ensiled, some growers in challenging growing regions coupled with heavier land struggled at harvest time. “It was frustrating for growers with harvest-ready crops on land that was not fit to travel on,” he adds. “However, the compaction and general soil structure damage which is caused by heavy machinery on wet land may last for years to come. “In addition, maize will lose bulk

rapidly when it exceeds the target dry matter of 33-35 per cent, although starch levels will be concentrated. “On land in continuous maize, yields for crops in these circumstances will also be compromised for the following years and there is an increased risk of stem-based fusarium infection, as well as an anaerobic fermentation which could lead to acidosis in cattle.” On farms with heavy land where harvest is delayed, it is usually advisable to use an additive, he says. “A crop that is too high in dry matter will act like a sponge and be difficult to consolidate. An additive will reduce the dry matter percentage and help to achieve an adequate fermentation,” he adds. Another factor which will influence this year’s maize silage is variation within crops. “There were cases where half of a field had been cut at the optimum dry matter level, but bad weather halted harvest,” he says. “The effect of this stop/start progress will mean that silages of varying dry matters have been ensiled in the same clamp. The nutritionist may have a greater challenge compared with previous seasons, to correctly balance total mixed rations.”

John Burgess

Mr Burgess forecasts a swing back to early maturing varieties for the year ahead. “This spring, sales of our very early varieties fell by about 15 per cent as farmers were optimistic following 2018, which has been described as a ‘vintage’ year,” he says.

Progress “The season started off with high expectations, but the weather was not ideal for maize growing and the decision did not pay off in some cases. “Early varieties require fewer days to reach maturity. They have historically been associated with a yield penalty, but advances in plant breeding genetics mean modern hybrids can match, or even exceed yields for later types. “I would recommend the inclusion of earliest at least 30 per cent across varietal choices, because they can generally be harvested before the weather turns and ground conditions become challenging.”

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With a new generation of consumer bringing fresh challenges to the industry, Hannah Par

Extended suckling provides boost to calves and business


arving out a successful niche is a business model David Finlay and his wife, Wilma, have worked at for several decades at Rainton Farm, near Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Douglas. It is where they have grown their dairy herd and built a successful business which has direct supply and public connection at its core. The business also recently gained recognition for their approach after David was awarded farmer of the year at the Ceva Animal Welfare Awards earlier this year. The

The calf creep area in Rainton Farm’s 140-cow capacity building.

couple are the second generation of Finlays at Rainton, which spans 345 hectares (850 acres) of rugged pastureland, 500 acres of which is improved permanent pasture, with the rest made up of rough grazing, shrub, and woodland. It is home to a 125-head herd of three-way cross Swedish Red, Holstein and Montbeliarde cows. After deciding to move away from intensive dairy production, they turned to direct supply as their main outlet as well as converting to organic production in 1999. This saw the arrival of artisan ice

cream and, later, cheese production at Rainton, under what is now their nationally retailed Cream o’ Galloway brand, as well as an on-farm visitor centre which opened in 1994.

Suckling Faced with the challenges of an ever-changing consumer profile, the pair has not been afraid to respond by challenging conventional thinking. And it is this mindset which, following a trial seven years ago, paved the way for their decision three years ago to introduce the

system of extended dairy calf suckling to the entire herd. Mr Finlay says: “We had been doing farm tours for 25 years as part of the visitor centre experience and we knew our customers had issues with separating cows and calves at birth. “The concept [extended suckling] had been raised on occasions, but it was always one I firmly dismissed until we started the process of building the new shed for the milkers when the business had outgrown our old 75-cow shed.” It was during the planning phase of the new building when Mr Finlay began considering whether the idea of extended suckling was worth looking at. He says: “When looking at the bigger picture and the direction of dairy farming in the UK, it was clear we as a business were a small-scale producer in a growing commodity market. “We needed to look what the opportunities were to add value to our product in the niche marketplace we were supplying, so when we were looking at shed design options, we visited some farms in the Netherlands operating the concept on a smaller scale, with about 40 cows, to get a better idea of what it involved.” With the help of a Scottish Rural

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nah Park speaks to one dairy farmer who is unafraid of challenging conventional thinking.

A system of extended dairy calf suckling has been introduced at Rainton Farm.

Development Programme grant, the new 140-cow capacity building was put up between 2009 and 2012, complete with tweaks to accommodate the new concept. It is split into four sections which allows the team to move cows in their calving groups between freshlycalved, raising, weaning and fulltime milking groups alongside designated calf creep areas. An auto tandem parlour was installed at the same time, through which cows are milked once daily when suckling calves, and twice a day for a couple of months after weaning. Although annual milk production has taken a hit, Mr Finlay explains his target is to get back to pre-suckling net annual milk yield of 550,000 litres, from what will be 135 cows once herd expansion is completed.

Cheese The herd achieved 3,800 litres per cow this year, rising from about 2,800 litres per cow in the first year of extended suckling. About 50 per cent of milk produced is used in ice cream and cheese production, with the rest currently supplied to Omsco. The objective, though, is to move this figure towards 100 per cent and maximise direct supply. Explaining the concept, Mr

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Farm facts ■ 345 hectares (850 acres) of rugged pasture land ■ 125-head herd of three-way cross Swedish Red, Holstein, and Montbeliarde cows ■ 300 ewes plus followers ■ Farming organically since 1999 ■ Introduced extended dairy calf suckling to the entire herd three years ago ■ Have been cereal free for the past 18 months, attempting to go antibiotic free this winter ■ Producing artisan ice cream and cheese on-farm under their Cream o’ Galloway brand ■ On-farm visitor centre opened in 1994

Finlay says: “Calves are now on cows for four to six months, to be weaned at about 200kg. “Weaning is a gradual process and starts when calves are two to three months old by separating calves from their mothers overnight, allowing the cow to give more milk but also promoting rumen development in the calves as they transition.” The new system also prompted a fresh look at the farm’s breeding

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LIVESTOCK and marketing avenues, which now sees cows served via artificial insemination to a dairy bull or by one of two Aberdeen-Angus bulls, used on the heifers and as sweepers across the cows. Calving is split between a spring and autumn block, taking place over eight weeks between October and December and the same period during early March and April. With current herd expansion plans, most heifers are kept as replacements while dairy-bred and beef-sired males are targeted at the rose veal market and sold as whole carcases to specialist outlets in central Scotland and London. Mr Finlay says: “The two calving blocks give us a supply of milk all year round. “We will try to calve most cows indoors for convenience. Spring calvers are turned out with their calves at foot though, which makes overnight separation something of a challenge.

Carcase “We also leave the bulls entire at weaning now to promote growth rates, which have upped from about 0.65kg per day to an average of between 1.3kg and 1.5kg per day. “This sees the best of the AberdeenAngus sired bull calves pushing 350-400kg from six months old, to produce a carcase weighing about 180-200kg, to kill out at 55 per cent. “Males which do not hit the rose veal requirements at six to 10 months will be kept through to 18 months and marketed as conventional bull beef.” The transition, Mr Finlay says, has been a steep learning curve during the last three years. “We are taking cows designed for a system and putting them into a completely different way of working and it was a real challenge in the first year,” he says. Consistency of colostrum is vital to the system.

Calving is split between a spring and an autumn block.

“The cows did not know what the rules were any more and we had a struggle keeping on top of disease burden in calves to start with. “Some cows are better at it than others in terms of milk sharing between calves and the parlour, and it is these traits we are selecting for now to move towards animals which are more suited to this system over the next few years.” Working closely with his vet and adjusting protocol in the shed has proved crucial to getting on top of the calf health issues seen initially. Calving box hygiene, focusing on water cleanliness and adopting

environmental inoculation are some of the measures which have been adopted. But it is colostrum management which Mr Finlay says proved crucial to turning the corner in getting on top of calf health issues. “Every calf now gets 2.5 litres in the first couple of hours of life on top of anything it has suckled itself, from a pool of good quality cow colostrum which we harvest and freeze in sachets of that amount,” he says. “We invested in the ColoQuick colostrum management system three years ago, a machine waterbath which tumbles colostrum sachets at 40degC and guarantees a consistent substance, protecting the delicate antibodies during defrosting.”

Assurances All livestock diets at Rainton have been cereal free for the past 18 months, with only mineralised lucerne nuts used in dairy, beef and sheep rations. The farm is also registering with the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association, and will be attempting to go antibiotic free this winter. “These are assurances increasingly asked for by our customers. Although niche marketing is not an easy option, it does provide strong customer loyalty,” Mr Finlay says. “The ups and downs in the market place since going organic and the early days of selling organic 90 | NOVEMBER 15 2019

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ice cream from booming to downturn has taught us that to successfully go after niche markets, you need a very strong point of difference which is demanded by your customers. “You also need protection from the ‘big boys’ jumping into a growing market opportunity. “Our game is exploiting the opportunities of our niche market, because we do not see that we can compete with large-scale herds in a volatile, price sensitive commodity market. “Unquestionably, the success of the suckling dairy system will come from developing good staff and cow relationships, trust and minimising stress.”

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LIVESTOCK With ambitious targets for the dairy industry laid out in Defra’s clean air strategy, farmers have been offered some practical tips. Hannah Park reports.

What could the clean air strategy mean on-farm?


efra’s clean air strategy is set to have widereaching implications for the dairy industry. David Ball, of AHDB’s environment and resource management team, outlined some of the options and measures farmers may need to consider at the recent Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF) business and policy conference in Westminster. He explained that, in addition to the impact reducing ammonia emissions would have on protecting sensitive habitats and nitrification of various waterways, there was a potential cost-saving to be had from better utilisation of nitrogen in a system.

Using the example of a largescale open slurry lagoon giving off 2kg of ammonia per square metre per year, he highlighted this would equate to £2,500 lost in nitrogen through the year. It was crucial, he added, to make sure nitrogen was efficiently used once it had been saved and, in addition to reducing exposed surface area on a slurry store or yard area, he highlighted reducing airflow across these surfaces, temperature and slurry pH as factors which could impact emission rate. He outlined a number of practical methods dairy farmers could consider to lower ammonia emissions on their own farms.

EFFICIENT FEEDING STRATEGIES MR Ball explained that, with the main source of nitrogen obtained by the animal being dietary protein, efficient feeding strategies were a good place to start. He said: “Cows are not very efficient at using protein and have a low efficiency rate in terms of converting this to milk production, with the rest excreted. “If protein feeding is properly balanced to match requirements,

less nitrogen will be excreted and less ammonia will be produced from the slurry.” In discussing the findings from some AHDB commissioned research, Mr Ball said in diets based on nutritionally balanced maize silage, crude protein levels in milking cow diets can be successfully reduced to 15 per cent with no detrimental effect on milk output or fertility.

Frequent cleaning of housing floors reduces ammonia emmissions.

MANURE APPLICATION TECHNIQUES USING slurry efficiently when applying it in the field was crucial to minimise ammonia losses at the time of spreading, and Mr Ball highlighted a number of pieces of equipment which could help. “Ammonia emissions are increased when slurry comes into contact with the air, especially when conditions are favourable,

SLURRY STORAGE SYSTEMS HAVING highlighted exposed surface area as a factor which affects emission rate, Mr Ball spoke

HOUSING DESIGN AND PRACTICES MR Ball said keeping floors in livestock areas clean would reduce ammonia emissions and, short of an entire building redesign with emission reduction at the helm, offered some tips around practices within existing housing systems which could help. He said: “Concrete yards and

passages contaminated with slurry provide an emitting surface, so frequent cleaning will reduce ammonia emissions. “Passageways and livestock handling areas should be scraped as regularly as possible, possibly with automatic scrapers or robots, to prevent slurry pooling and

in warm, windy weather,” he said. “Using shallow injection, trailing shoe or dribble bar equipment to spread slurry will reduce this, with a 30 to 60 per cent reduction possible using a trailing shoe, and 30 to 35 per cent with a dribble bar. “Shallow injection can reduce ammonia emissions at spreading by up to 70 per cent.”

minimise fouled floor areas as far as possible which can reduce the amount of ammonia admitted. “Installing a floor design which drains well is also something to consider when and if this is an option, with examples highlighting a 30 to 50 per cent reduction in emissions as a result.”

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about methods which could be used to cover manure and slurry storage systems to reduce this and therefore lower the levels of ammonia emissions given off. He said: “Open lagoons and slurry stores allow ammonia to escape into the atmosphere, so it is about creating a wall to stop that process. “An open lagoon with a floating cover could see a 60 per cent reduction in ammonia emissions, with a fixed cover on a tin tank potentially able to achieve up to 80 per cent.”


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LIVESTOCK The effectiveness of milking machine testing and the impact mycoplasma bovis can have on mastitis incidence were topics on the agenda at the British Mastitis Conference. Hannah Noble reports on the event held in Worcester.

Look at the big picture when assessing milking system


ilking machines are often blamed for contributing towards mastitis in dairy cows, and this can be the case if the machine is running incorrectly or inefficiently. But Ian Ohnstad, milking technology specialist at The Dairy Group said it was important to look at the bigger picture. He said although the standard requirements for milking machine testing looked solely at the performance of the machine, critically they were missing the addition of the operator and the cattle. Mr Ohnstad said purely focusing on the dynamic performance of a milking parlour meant there was the probability some critical points would be missed. He explained the dynamic milk machine test looked at the performance of the machine, including vacuum level and stability, mouth piece vacuum, pulsation and liner slippage, among other factors. But to gain a proper indication of how successful milking was and the impact it was having on cows, Mr Ohnstad said milking time evaluations should be carried out.

We should be looking at extracting 50 per cent of the milk in the first two minutes of attachment IAN OHNSTAD Observations should include how often milkers change their gloves.

He added there was lots of equipment available for milk machine testing, but milking time evaluation could be carried out by farmers or vets by using the International Dairy Federation milking time evaluation booklet, a vacuum gauge and their eyes and ears to look and listen to what was going on. He said good preparation and

stimulation of the cow prior to the attachment of milking units was vital.

Time Mr Ohnstad said: “Prep-lag time varies with the stage of lactation and milking frequency. “Staler cows and cows which are milked three times a day need longer. Aim for 60-90 seconds from first con-

Mycoplasma as a cause of mastitis MYCOPLASMA bovis could ‘without doubt’ cause clinical and sub-clinical mastitis on farm, according to Colin Mason, of Scotland’s Rural College. He said it could affect lactating and dry cows, and was known to cause multi-quarter mastitis. In some cases, all four quarters could be affected. One of the main clinical presentations was a poor response to treatment, whether that was intramammary or systemic treatment. Mr Mason said: “Mycoplasma is believed to be a contagious mastitis pathogen so there is a threat of spread of fomites from the udder and teats during milking.” The spread of fomites should be managed using the usual protocol for other forms of contagious mastitis in the parlour. Mr Mason advised using single-use towels and 92 | NOVEMBER 15 2019

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changing gloves regularly, particularly between risk groups. He said it was also important to ensure post-milking teat disinfection was efficient and to review the parlour wash cycle.

Risk “M.bovis is a significant potential challenge for herds which are expanding or buying a lot of cattle, and the risk is equal to that of bringing naive cattle into an infected herd,” Mr Mason said. He said naive, antibody negative cows may have significant problems if brought into a herd where mycoplasma existed. Herds which were negative for M.bovis and buying in a lot Colin Mason

of cattle should test bulk milk to detect any changes in herd status early. “Bought-in cattle should also be milked last and only join the main herd once they had tested negative for M.bovis,” said Mr Mason. Low risk cows should be milked first, then intermediate risk cows, including those with high cell counts but unconfirmed if this was due to M.bovis, followed by confirmed cases. “Some reports suggest large scale culling may not clear the infection any better than targeted culling,” said Mr Mason. “Cull those with recurring cases of mastitis and cull high cell count cows known to be positive. Treat M. bovis as you would for any culling programme for mastitis.”

tact, and no more than two minutes.” Teat stimulation needed to be at least 15 seconds per cow to get adequate oxytocin secretion and stimulation also needed to be quite intense, he said. “If we get that right we should be looking at extracting 50 per cent of the milk in the first two minutes of attachment,” he added. “If we do not get the stimulation right and the lag time is too short, we can get bi-modal milking, leading to over milking.” Mr Ohnstad said pre-milking routine needed to be consistent between all operators. A protocol should be put in place to ensure everyone was carrying out the same pre-milking routine. To avoid over-milking, the cluster should be removed within 20 seconds of the cessation of milk flow, and he said it was important to check automatic cluster removal systems were set up correctly. As a rule of thumb, when milking twice a day, the automatic cluster removers should have been set to a low flow rate of 300-500g/minute. On three times a day it should have been 600-800g/minute. Mr Ohnstad said operator cleanliness was also important in stopping the spread of mastitis between cows. “Observe how often milkers change their gloves and look at points of regular contact, such as the buttons on keypads of milking point controllers to assess their cleanliness,” he said.

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SPECIAL Featuring advice on boosting returns and improving herd health, plus a look at the approach of several successful commercial and pedigree beef enterprises. 94 GENETICS

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100 DETAIL IS KEY Tool to assist with herd health planning

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Producers need to be doing everything they can to improve profitability of their beef herds.

Marketing cattle to optimise returns


ith a depressed beef price, it has never been more important for producers to ensure they are doing everything possible to achieve the best possible return on their stock. Steve Powdrill, AHDB technical manager for beef and lamb, says: “It might have been said many times before, but knowing your market is key. There is no point producing something then having to decide where to sell it. “Understand what your market is and what it requires, keeping the end

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consumer in mind at all times. For the industry to thrive, we have to encourage consumers to eat a balanced diet with meat forming a key component, and for that to happen we need to produce a consistently high quality product. Farmers have to take responsibility towards that. “What you produce may need to change as markets evolve, but the type of cattle you keep will also depend on what suits your farm and your system. “Consider breed or cross, taking into account killing out percentage and potential yield, as well as finishing

weight and age, and if there are any premium schemes available. “There are plenty of selling options: deadweight, through the auction market, marketing groups and collection centres, but make sure you match what you produce to the right outlet to maximise returns. “Different markets have different requirements, but wherever you choose to sell, communication is key. “Talk to the processor or auctioneer. Ensure you know exactly what you are being paid for, what deductions there are, what the specification is and terms of trade.”


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Top tips for beef efficiency n Handle and weigh cattle regularly to ensure they are sold at the optimum time; fat costs the producer money to put on and the processor money to take off and dispose of n Understand key handling points, as regular handling will reduce stress, which impacts on meat eating n In nutrition terms, different feeding regimes can impact on meat flavour as well as fat. Feeding barley will produce white fat, whereas cattle fed on more extensive forage-based systems will have creamy fat n Aim for an even plane of nutrition to take advantage of the animal’s growth rate. Store periods can lead to gristle development and meat from older animals is generally tougher n Understand different classification systems, pricing grids and dressing specifications n Visit an abattoir to learn about the whole slaughter process and different procedures, such as electrical stimulation, hip suspension and maturation n Wherever possible get feedback from the buyer or abattoir; study kill sheets and see where improvements can be made n Present clean cattle for slaughter to avoid deductions for contamination, which can also be caused by excessive gut fill, so do not feed cattle immediately prior to sending for slaughter n In terms of welfare, bruising, injection sites and stress can all impact on meat quality and lead to deductions n Animal health issues, such as liver fluke, can lead to rejection of the liver, reducing the value of carcases Source: Steve Powdrill, AHDB NOVEMBER 15 2019 | 93

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BEEF Knowing the myostatin status of heifers is enabling the Barker family to plan its breeding programme for maximum returns. Angela Calvert reports.

Utilising genetic testing to improve profitability


he Barker family has been involved with Charolais cattle from the 1970s, when they were first imported to the UK and has never seen any no reason to switch their allegiance from the breed. Initially, the family used a Charolais bull on the commercial herd. Cows were gradually graded up and were all pedigree by the 1980s. David Barker says: “The advantage of Charolais is that, provided the timing of feeding is correct, they can finish at any weight

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with the right amount of fat cover.” Mr Barker now farms in partnership with his mother Greta and brother Ronnie, but it is mainly he and his wife Louise who manage their Caylers pedigree Charolais herd at Nuthampstead in Hertfordshire. Their focus is to produce bulls for the pedigree and commercial markets, aiming for satisfied customers who will return year after year. About 15 bulls are sold each year at 14-18 months old, direct from the farm and at society sales at Carlisle and Welshpool.

Although the herd’s top price to date was 28,000gns in the 1980s, in more recent years it has been 14,000gns, while in May this year they topped the sale at Carlisle at 12,000gns for Caylers Napoleon. A further two bulls, Oxford and Oslo, sold privately to repeat buyers to average £10,000.

Produce Mr Barker says: “We want to produce easy fleshing, easy calving bulls with good growth rates but nothing too extreme. “If you chase bull sales too hard you lose sight of what you need in

the females and end up with no herd left. “We aim to breed a medium-sized cow which is easy fleshing, easy calving and will rear its own calf on a forage-based diet. We want a herd which is not too extreme for either bulls or females but sits somewhere in the middle. “The beef industry has to become more efficient and move back towards more easily fleshed cattle which will do well at grass. Profitability is all about cost of production and as an industry we cannot afford cattle which require large amounts of concentrate to finish.”

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Through the winter the Barkers’ young bulls are fed a total mixed ration (TMR) which is 50 per cent silage and 50 per cent a blended nut which is made up of malt, distillers dark grains, wheat feed and sugar beet, along with some straw. Mr Barker says: “We do not feed any barley to calves as too much starch in the diet at a young age affects health, fertility and feet and we want to breed bulls which are going to last to encourage repeat customers.”

Silage Heifers are fed grass silage and home-grown lucerne, while cows are fed prior to calving on a TMR of silage and straw. Calving takes place from midNovember through to April. Mr Barker says: “This fits in with our arable work and means we have bulls to sell at the right age for the sales but also means we have some variation in age.” Cows with bull and heifer calves are split, with bull calves offered creep but heifer calves only a limited amount of this. The Barkers have been performance recording since the early

We aim to breed a medium-sized cow which is easy fleshing, easy calving and will rear its own calf on a forage-based diet DAVID BARKER days but Mr Barker has some reservations about it. He says: “In the UK we have made slower progress with recording than some countries. “The system does work but it is reliant on accurate data being input and if this is not the case the results will be inaccurate as well.” All Charolais bulls are required by the breed society to be DNA and myostatin tested before sales but since 2018 the Barkers

have also been myostatin testing all their heifers. Mr Barker explains how this helps with planning their breeding programme. He says: “A Q gene-carrying female mated with a Q gene carrying bull gives a 25 per cent chance of a double muscled calf which could possibly result in a bigger birth weight, difficult calving and a calf which is less viable and cannot suck and this is definitely not what

we want to be breeding. “Whereas a calf with one F gene and one Q gene will have the advantages of the Q gene, that is increased muscle, but none of the disadvantages. Its calving ease, fertility and longterm viability will not be affected. “The ideal is a double F, but unfortunately they are very rare,

Farm facts ■ Total land is 404 hectares (1,000 acres), a mix of owned, rented and contract farmed ■ Mainly arable growing oats, wheat, oilseed rape and spring barley ■ Ryegrass is included in the rotation to combat black-grass and made into haylage to sell for horses

■ Mid-tier stewardship scheme includes environmental grass mix which is cut for silage for cattle ■ 20ha (50 acres) permanent grass for cattle ■ 35 pedigree Charolais cows ■ In high heath scheme accredited BVD free and Johne’s In -calf heifers due to calve at the end of the year.


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BEEF Knowing the myostatin status of our females means we know which type of bull to put them to for the best outcome DAVID BARKER only about 3 per cent of the Charolais population. “Knowing the myostatin status of our females means we know which type of bull to put them to for the best outcome. “The myostatin status of bulls can also be useful information for commercial producers helping them chose the right bull for their cows.

For example, if you had British Blue type cows you would not want to use a bull with the Q gene as you may get difficult calving. Or if you run Salers you may want a Q gene-carrying bull to introduce some shape.” The Barkers currently run two bulls, Rosanna Jupiter and Elgin Nailer, as well as using some artificial insemination.

Imported Mr Barker says: “It is not easy to buy a bull as the Charolais gene pool has got small. One of the problems is that our recording system is not linked to other countries which means that imported bulls have to start with low level estimated breeding values which has discouraged people from bringing them in. “We have used some imported semen and also bought Jupiter privately from Southern Ireland. It was a risk but he has done well and his figures have now gone up. The three top price bulls sold this year were by him and he has attracted a

WHAT IS MYOSTATIN? MYOSTATIN is a gene that influences the production of proteins which control muscle development. When an animal is identified as having one of the mutations it means they have inactive genes which do not control muscle growth as effectively, which can result in increased muscle mass. There are 19 known mutations of the gene in cattle but extensive testing has concluded that the British Charolais cattle population only contains two – F94L and Q204X. Knowing the myostatin status of cattle helps to plan breeding programmes for better calving

lot of potential new customers because of his outcross genetics. “We did not know his myostatin status when we bought him, but he is a Q gene carrier. So far, his daughters tested do not have the Q gene but most bull calves have.

ease and improved carcase conformation and quality. In Charolais cattle: n 30.04 per cent carry one Q204X gene n 1.07 per cent carry double Q204X genes n 20.79 per cent carry one F94L gene n 8.16 per cent carry one Q204L and one F94L gene n 3.69 per cent carry double F94L genes n The remainder of the breed are non-carriers Source: British Charolais Cattle Society

“Nailer has the double F gene so we can use him on all the females. Having bulls with these different genetics means we can plan our breeding programmes to produce the right type of cattle for ourselves and our customers.”

Stock bull Rosanna Jupiter is providing the herd with outcross genetics.

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Measuring success in beef

Clare Hill, of FAI Farms, says a focus on health and safety is paramount.

On-farm Health & Safety is vital Health and safety should be a fundamental part of a farm’s management agenda, to not only safeguard the safety of all farm workers, but also to ensure a business is sustainable for the future.


igures produced by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) show 39 people were killed as a result of farming and other agriculture-related activities in 2018/19. Transport, and in particular over-turning vehicles or being struck by moving vehicles, caused the most deaths. Nine of the deaths involved incidents with cattle, nearly half of the agricultural workers killed were more than 60 years old, and the deaths included two children. Clare Hill, of FAI Farms, says the statistics around on-farm incidents are shocking, and a focus on health and safety is paramount from an ethical point of view. However, she also points out the link between farm safety and improved productivity. She says: “We have found the more emphasis we put on health and safety, the better candidates we attract to our farming businesses. And when we take the safety of our staff seriously, they take our business and our requirements more seriously too.” As a member of the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef (GRSB), McDonald’s is keen to promote some of the principles the group has put forward regarding health and safety. Alice Willett, McDonald’s agriculture consultant (sustainable sourcing), says: “The GRSB defines sustainable beef as a socially responsible, environmentally sound and economically viable product which prioritises planet, animals, progress and people.”

Focus In terms of health and safety, this focus on ‘people’ encompasses human rights, and as part of this, McDonald’s and other stakeholders are keen to ensure those working within agriculture are protected from a health and safety perspective. It is working closely with the European Roundtable for Beef Sustainability, a working group of the GRSB at local level, to deliver a target in this area of improving the resilience of beef farming. Also included as a deliverable within the target is a reduction to the number of serious accidents and fatalities seen on-farm, with an overall target of zero. Ms Willett says: “When it comes to sustainability, the ongoing challenge the agricultural sector faces from serious injury or death cannot be ignored and being a sector where lone-working is common, beef farming is at a high risk. 98 | NOVEMBER 15 2019

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“McDonald’s is proud to support more than 23,000 producers, without which it would not be able to operate and it is therefore crucial to continue to champion farming practices which keep everyone safe.” She says the efficacy of these health and safety targets will be under continual review, with HSE data monitoring, as well as working alongside producers going forward, to formulate health and safety work plans forming ongoing elements within the process.

Tackling health and safety on-farm Mrs Hill says farm safety can be an overwhelming issue when trying to keep on top of all the issues, including vehicles, children on-farm and hazardous working conditions. But she recommends farmers keep tackling any issues which may be of concern on their individual farm and use record-keeping to flag problems. She says there are some practical initiatives which can easily and effectively be incorporated into a farm’s own health and safety protocols. For example, she highlights the Tilly Trailer Inspection. She says: “It is incredibly sad the idea was born out of tragedy, but the scheme is something really tangible that people can do.” The Tilly Trailer Inspection idea was developed by the family of 19-year-old Harry Christian-Allan, who was killed in August 2014 when the brakes on a trailer he was towing failed. Harry’s mother Jane Gurney started collating data and found that about 70 per cent of second-hand agricultural trailers have more than two things wrong with them and are not safe for use. So along with her family, she launched a voluntary initiative, where trailer owners have the opportunity to take 12-monthly inspections from fully qualified mechanics. In return, they receive official certification and a red and white sticker on the back of the trailer to prove their vehicle has been maintained and is up to scratch. Taking the name of the family pet dog, Tilly, and using her as the scheme’s mascot, the scheme has seen more than 1,000 farmers join since it began in April 2018.

FARM SAFETY ADVICE The Farm Safety Partnership offers the following advice on staying safe on-farm. The Farm Safety Partnership is an allied group of agricultural organisations and businesses, which are working together with the aim of reducing the number of farming fatalities by at least 50 per cent by summer 2023. Working with livestock ■ Select and use well designed and maintained handling facilities. ■ Never enter an enclosure with a loose bull or when an unrestrained cow is with a calf. ■ Remove aggressive animals from the herd. ■ Wherever possible separate livestock from the public. Working at height ■ Avoid roof work or work at height maintaining buildings. Do as much as you can from the ground. ■ Use a professional contractor with the knowledge, skills equipment and experience to safely work at height on buildings. ■ Where maintenance work at height cannot be avoided, plan ahead to make sure you have the right equipment and training. ■ Do not be tempted to use the wrong equipment. Being lifted on the forks or bucket of a telehandler is illegal. Always use a mobile elevating work platform or scaffold. Transport and machinery key messages: ■ Follow the Safe Stop procedure every time you leave the cab. ■ Always wear a seat belt, even on short journeys. ■ Drive legal and safe every time. Make sure your vehicle is roadworthy before taking it out.

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BEEF With margins tight in the beef sector, a preventative approach to disease is key. A new score-based audit for beef suckler systems could help. Farmers Guardian reports.


aily exposure to the public has given Brandrith Farm, a multi-generational tenant farm at the Castle Howard Estate, York, the opportunity to secure a premium market by selling beef direct to its customers. Providing most of the diet for the 120-head herd of Aberdeen-Angus is the 182 hectares (450 acres) of estate grassland, with another 223ha (550 acres) of arable production providing cereals for the finishing period. Heifers and bullocks are finished at 18 months old, with bullocks averaging 650-700kg liveweight and heifers averaging 600kg liveweight. Carcases are hung for at least 21 days and sold direct to the butchers at Castle Howard farm shop. It is this highly marbled AberdeenAngus meat, coupled with expert butchery and local sourcing, which has proven popular with visitors to the estate. Ben Fargher, the youngest generation of the farming family at Brandrith, says: “Our cattle will only have travelled a couple of miles in their lifetime as well as primarily consuming home-grown feed. “The farm shop customers can see

Five-step checklist helping to improve herd’s health

first-hand not only how and where their meat comes from, but the people behind it.” With such a focus on direct sales and a relationship with their customers, the daily occurrence of outside eyes on the herd has added extra pressure to the farm to maintain a high health status. When coupled with current herd expansion plans, mitigating against disease risks and maintaining a high herd health is crucial to its approach. Mr Fargher explains: “We are trying to increase herd numbers to 150-head, which means protecting the herd from any production losses due to illness is crucial.”

This summer, an unprecedented pneumonia outbreak in the youngstock on pasture resulted in an increase in pre-weaning mortality.

Health programme This led to the farm’s decision to work more closely with their vet, Ellie Button of Howells Veterinary Services, to develop a preventative health programme. Mrs Button says: “To get a clear idea of the current management practices influencing herd health from birth to weaning, I performed an audit using MSD Animal Health’s new suckler herd performance checklist.”

The tool is designed to link-up how management practices are influencing herd health and has been developed collectively by five practising beef vets. It works through a series of 10 questions within five different areas impacting youngstock health, scoring producers 0-2 on their management system. Once the audit is completed, five key areas of improvement are highlighted and used to develop an action plan. Mrs Button continues: “The action plan includes what needs to be changed, who is responsible for implementing the new practices and when these need to be completed. “This approach has proven to be

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BEEF The key factors to optimise suckler herd performance n Optimising fertility and managing pregnancy n Getting calving and neonatal management right n Managing young calves: The first 24 hours to 42 days of age n Managing older calves: 42 days of age to weaning n Setting goals and measures

an effective way to help producers make notable progress, rather than overwhelming them with a long list of things which need to be changed.” At Brandrith, early life vaccination against pneumonia was a key action point, with Mr Fargher now planning to vaccinate the herd ahead of spring turnout. The other significant action point was tightening the calving period to improve nutritional management and to also reduce scour infection.

or their peers and typically, the pathogens come from older calves. “Calving periods of 15 weeks carry eight times the risk of scours for calves born in the second half of the season. “The first group of calves with scours will increase the pathogen load for the next group born. As they recover, these will then increase the environmental challenge for the next group of newborn calves, and so on. “By the time the last group of calves are born towards the end of the calving season, they are being hit with a huge infection pressure.” Following the process, the farm sold its July and August calving cows to reduce the calving season by two months and they will gradually tighten the season to 15 weeks.

SUCKLER HERD PERFORMANCE REDUCING calf morbidity and mortality rates in a suckler herd starts with management practices before conception, explains Ellie Button. She says: “Optimum performance requires following proper management protocols

The checklist also outlined a need to manage grouping of calving pens differently. In previous seasons, newborn calves were born into and left in pens with adult cows and older calves, increasing disease pressure. However, following the exercise, the farm made some crucial investments to increase the calving barn

throughout the youngstock period from birth to weaning, including effective colostrum administration, vaccination, nutrition and hygiene. “Regular benchmarking can help to show the progress which has been made and outline new areas of improvement.”

infrastructure so calves can be kept in a two-week age group after birth. Mr Fargher says: “It is so important for us to adopt an immunityled disease prevention health programme to set our herd up to perform to its genetic potential and also to give our customers confidence in the beef we supply.”

Calving Mrs Button says: “Previously, the farm had an eight-month calving season which began in January and extend into August, but the extended calving period was causing significant issues with scour infection as well as requiring prolonged management. “Calves pick up scour pathogens from the environment

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BEEF As the grazing season ends, housing provides an opportunity to treat and prevent parasite burden reinstating ahead of spring turn-out. Hannah Park talks to farm vet Eleri James for her advice.

Preventing parasites G ood cattle health and productivity relies on controlling worm burdens. Treating at housing provides an opportunity to clear out any looming infection, without the risk of animals becoming reinfected before spring turnout. Treatment plans should take

Are there particular risks Q to be vigilant against this autumn? How do farmers spot

the risks and what can they do? There has been plenty of wet weather hitting the UK this year and the National Animal Disease Information Service fluke forecasting tool has therefore predicted fluke will be an issue for many farms this autumn. Fluke can affect cattle of any age and should be considered in cases of scour, condition loss or drop in production after or during grazing. Fluke treatments can be a challenge in lactating dairy cattle due to withdrawal periods, so it is best to consult your vet for testing and product selection. We have also seen several lungworm outbreaks recently, which is an important consideration whenever cattle are seen coughing at grass. It is important with cases such as these to treat all animals in the group, not just those animals which are coughing.



Should all cattle be treated for worms, lungworm and fluke at housing? In short, no. Targeted treatment is a good way to prevent resistance and save money.

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into account standalone factors such as farm location, disease history, seasonal or current weather patterns and the type and age of stock. With the worm challenge differing from farm-to-farm each year, Nantwich Farm Vets’ Eleri James provides a round-up of what to look out for this season.

Treating only the animals which have a high worm burden or which are most vulnerable will ensure a population of vulnerable worms is kept on pasture. It is important to protect animals and pasture from entirely resistant parasite populations in the future, known as maintaining a refugia. The best way to achieve targeted treatment is by treating groups or individual animals that return a high faecal egg count for worms, a high larval count for lungworm or a high coproantigen for fluke.

How important is it to make QWe sure dosage is correct? know underdosing is A one of the biggest reasons for treatment failures and for

increasing resistance. To avoid underdosing, animals of similar weight should be grouped and dosed according to the heaviest animal. It is important to check the correct volume is being dispensed by the worming gun and that it is in working order beforehand.

With increasing reports Q of resistance to certain wormers, what is the best way

When should treatments of checking a treatment has Q be carried out in relation worked? And what can farmers to housing? do if resistance is found? It is sensible to treat all Gut worm resistance is an A A animals being housed after increasing concern for the their first grazing season for sheep industry and although gut worms. For example, the lifecycle of Ostertagia worms means large numbers of the parasite can encyst within the abomasum and emerge in volume in January to cause winter scours. Treating at housing can prevent those parasites from over-wintering and going on to cause problems in young animals through winter and into spring.

resistance has been noted in cattle, it is not as widespread yet.

It is increasingly evident that we are seeing resistance to the limited selection of drugs on offer in livestock and this resistance will progress in the future. Resistance to drugs is not a reversible process so it is crucial they are used responsibly. For example, triclabendazole resistance is an issue for both cattle and sheep and is a big problem as this is the only product that targets immature fluke. A lack of response to treatment can be measured using reduction testing. This quantifies the effect of the wormer by measuring the reduction in worm eggs post treatment. It compares this reduction to what is expected of non-resistant, vulnerable worm populations. It is a good monitoring tool if unexplained treatment failures with wormers and flukicides are seen.

How to make sure treatments do not fail ■ Decide if there is the need to treat via monitoring parasite burdens ■ Know what you are treating for – What parasite and life stage you want to target? ■ Choice of the treatment – will it do what you want it to do?

■ Use the correct dose with good equipment ■ Dose to the heaviest animal ■ Reduction test if you see unexplained treatment failures ■ Speak to your vet about product choices

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With organic conversion and the creation of a Lincoln Red beef suckler herd, an eye on t meant a system overhaul for one farming enterprise. Ewan Pate finds out more.

Lincoln Reds at home in organic sy


he owners and managers of the 2,000-hectare (4,940-acre) Balcaskie Estate in the East Neuk of Fife certainly cannot be accused of taking a short term view. For the farming enterprise, this means a gradual conversion to

We could see that with Brexit, a possible 50 per cent cut in support and a 20 per cent fall in red meat value was possible SAM PARSONS

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organic production over the 1,100ha (2,720 acres) farmed in-hand, and more specifically the creation of a large Lincoln Red beef suckler herd. Farms and estate manager Sam Parsons says: “The owners periodically have reviews where they look 50 years ahead and 50 years back. “We can learn from past experience as we plan for the future and we could see this time things were not going to get better on their own. “It will be difficult to compete globally against cheaper produce and in short it was time to get off the treadmill.” The estate, which is in the longterm ownership of the Anstruther family, is already well diversified with let farms, let properties and woodland. Recently a local pub, the Kinneuchar Inn, has been added to the portfolio along with a steading development at Bowhouse Farm. This has become home to a monthly food, drink and craft market attracting about 5,000 visitors over a weekend. Of the beef produced on the

estate, 5 per cent is already retailed through Bowhouse and although this will increase, it is not the primary reason for the move into organic production. This shift will involve a change to the whole farming system, and it has started already. For Mr Parsons, who has been at Balcaskie for 12 years, the obvious place to start organic conversion was on this higher land which was already predominantly grassland.

Organic He is now in the midst of the tricky task of planning the crop rotation, which will move the lower lying arable land from conventional to organic cropping. Mr Parsons says: “We were a predominantly arable and beef farm, but will soon be a beef and sheep farm with some arable. “And it is this which has driven the decision to establish a Lincoln Red herd which is pedigree registered.” The current beef enterprise at Balcaskie is based on a 100-strong herd of pedigree Luings. Some of these are crossed to a Simmental bull to produce replacements for the 250-cow commercial herd.

These cows were then put to Shorthorn, Simental, Limousin or Aberdeen-Angus terminal sires, with the progeny destined mostly for Scotbeef or ABP. Mr Parsons says: “The system was slightly complicated in management terms, but the Achilles heel was straw. “The six-month winter involved with the present system is not clever so we wanted to see how we could reduce our reliance on straw over winter, especially when we will be producing less of it. “Our new rotation will be five sevenths grass or herbal leys and only two-sevenths cereals. “We would also be producing organic grain and feeding organic barley worth £300 per tonne which would be an expensive business. “We could see that with Brexit, a possible 50 per cent cut in support and a 20 per cent fall in red meat value was possible. In other words we need to cut out £200,000 of costs.” And, with a move to mob grazing, this search for efficiency is already underway. This year 110 cows and their calves were moved daily around 1ha

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(2.47-acre) paddocks, resulting in improved cow condition, better grassland utilisation and a grazing season extended at either end. Calf growth was no better or worse than on a set stocking system, but most importantly, it extended the grazing season due to soil health improvements. The big change will however come with the change of breed, and Balcaskie looked long and hard at a number of native breeds before settling on the Lincoln Red.


ic system Sam Parsons, farms and estate manager, with the Lincoln Red bulls.

Breeding With the original population of Lincoln Reds bred from cattle that were not involved in a breed society approved breeding up programme, which ran from 1972 until the early 2000s, these original cattle have retained a slightly smaller frame with thicker coats as well as being renowned for calving easily and milking well. Mr Parsons says: “We liked them because there has been lot less improvement in the breed than in


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BEEF some others and it has retained its native characteristics. “We will have 500 suckers here eventually and I definitely do not want wild cattle. The Lincoln Reds have a very good temperament, big wide feet to spread weight and a leg at each corner and vitally, produce a distinctive marbled beef.”

Farms Mr Parsons adds: “It would have been possible to build up a new herd by crossing Lincoln Reds with the Luings, but it would take longer than we could wait so we visited Lincoln Red herds across the UK and now have 105 breeding females of mixed ages sourced from nine farms. “Fellow Fife farmer Andrew Mylius, from St Fort at Newport-onTay, is a long-term breed enthusiast and he has been a tremendous advisor to us as well as a source of stock.” The new Balcaskie herd, which will probably be the largest purebred Lincoln Red herd in the UK, will first replace the commercial

crosses and then the pedigree Luings. Balcaskie purchased the St Fort bred Lincoln Red reserve champion at Stirling bull sales in February 2019, followed by a further three bulls bought privately from Mr Mylius, including the £9,000 St Fort Warwick. Foundation females were also purchased from St Fort and from several major Lincoln Red herds including H. and H. Needler’s Walmer herd, M. Read’s Hemingby herd, G. Bolton’s Wragby herd, G. Parkinson’s Donington herd, P. Begin’s Tapus herd and L. Shaw’s Paddworth Park herd. The Lincoln Reds will all be spring calving and will only be housed briefly for weaning in November and then again for about two months in spring at calving. It is not planned to grow forage brassicas for winter feed, and instead deferred grazing will be used along with hay fed in the field and cows continually moved onto fresh land daily. Mr Parsons explains that he

intends to use herbal leys to a greater extent following trail work. He says: “I have felt for a while that our grass mixes have been lacking something, the clovers tend to take over after a while and I have noticed that ground water infiltration can be poor. “We did tests using herbal leys and found that infiltration was faster by far. “There are also secondary compounds and minerals in the herbs which cattle selectively graze as they need them. Eating ryegrass all the time must be like having a bowl of plain pasta every day, so I am sure the variety is welcome.”

Conserve The herbal leys are also proving to conserve well in general, although it has reducing the proportion of chicory in the mix makes better hay. Sheep will also have a part to play in the new farming system. The estate already has a flock of 800 Greyface Mules which are crossed to terminal sires to produce prime lambs.

Business facts n Balcaskie Estate is owned by the Anstruther family n 2,000 hectares (4,940 acres) in total with 1,100ha (2,720 acres) farmed in-hand n 40 commercial lets, 60 residential properties and let farms n 100 pedigree Luing cows, 250 Sim Luing commercial cows n Lincoln Red herd being built up already with 100 females and six bulls n 150ha (370 acres) of organic cereals and 300ha (740 acres) of conventional cereals n In process of converting the whole farm to organic status

In time the intention is that more home produced beef and lamb will be sold through the Bowhouse outlet. And with 5,000 prospective customers arriving every month, there is certainly plenty of scope for expansion.

The Lincoln Red temperament and conformation were among appealing factors when they were chosen as a new breed for the farm.

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Provita Promist – Clear the air and reduce antibiotic usage During autumn calving, a major health problem which can affect new-born calves is pneumonia. Provita Promist is a proprietary blend of natural organic acids, essential oils and wetting agents which together improve conditions of housed stock. Natural organic acids in Promist lower the pH in the air creating an environment inhibitory to harmful bacteria and viruses. It should be used at housing or when new stock has been introduced onto the farm, as pathogens can spread when animals from different sources are mixed. Thereafter use as often as required, e.g. when more stock is added to

cattle houses or during still weather conditions until air flow improves. It can also be used daily in houses that have permanently poor air flow. Promist will also reduce ammonia and dust levels. It should be used above and around the cattle to purify the air, the surfaces and the animals. The essential oils provide an expectorant effect. The use of Provita Promist to improve air quality and maintain good animal health is rapidly growing across the UK and Ireland. Barry Logan of Logan Calf Farms rears around 2000 calves per year in County

Antrim. They arrive from various farms and marts at 1 month old and are sold on at around 3 months old. The calves come from many different sources so are exposed to a mixture of various airborne pathogens. At the end of 2016, there was a particularly calm spell of weather which led to poor airflow in sheds regardless of how well designed or open the houses were. At this time, approximately 50% of the calves needed to be given an antibiotic. However, since Barry started using Provita Promist regularly he sees an immediate and

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significant improvement in the air quality, resulting in only 5% of calves needing an antibiotic; a 90% reduction! He now uses Provita Promist regularly to maintain good airflow and quality to help keep his calves healthy and thriving. With Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) becoming a major threat for animal and human health the use of alternative products such as Provita Promist will have a much greater role to play in keeping livestock healthier in the future. James and Francis Kyle who run 200 milking cows near Ballymoney have seen a big difference in their calf health and vitality since they started using Provita Promist. They were using a fan and tunnel but were still having problems. Since using Provita Promist they have reduced their usage of antibiotics. They have also experienced a vast reduction in digital dermatitis related lameness by signing up to Provita Hoofsure HELP service and using Hoofsure Endurance footbath solution. The Shaw family farm in Castlewellan is home to a small herd of spring calving suckler cows plus a number of bought-in cattle. After reviewing their rearing process in relation to pneumonia prevention they pinpointed environmental factors as a potential issue. They started using Provita Promist to fog sheds when weanlings, young stores, finishers and suckler cow groups were housed from late September to early November. The results were very noticeable when mixing various batches of cattle in the same air space as no groups developed acute coughs upon housing. The respiratory health in boughtin calves has been greatly improved with use of Provita Promist. Another observation since using Provita Promist is the absence of ringworm infection on calves in houses that have traditionally manifested it. While it is typically innocuous in cattle, it is unsightly and something they are pleasantly surprised not to see this year. NOVEMBER 15 2019 | 107

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SPONSORED CONTENT Sioned Timothy, ruminant technical manager at Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health, advises cattle producers to take an evidence-based approach to parasite control.

BEAT THE PARASITES P arasites such as worms and fluke are a significant cause of production loss in cattle, affecting growth and milk yield and, in some cases, causing clinical disease. Parasite infection levels can be reduced by the use of anthelmintics, which in turn reduces the impact on cattle production and profitability. However, it is important to understand how to use parasite treatments sustainably to optimise their effectiveness without selecting for resistance. Ms Timothy says: “The differences in parasite populations and on-farm management varies at individual farm level, so control plans need to be tailored on a farm-by-farm basis. “Cattle producers should work together with their animal health adviser or vet to adopt evidence-based parasite control strategies. This brings together knowledge of individual farm history, herd performance monitoring, assessment of at-risk animals and diagnostic testing to help inform treatment decisions and measure effectiveness. “Profitable cattle production

relies on the continued availability and effectiveness of anthelmintics, so it is vital we follow best practice.”

Know your worms

The aim of parasite control programmes should be to break parasite lifecycles to reduce infection in animals and their presence in the environment. This can only be achieved if you know which parasites are present on-farm. The most common worms encountered in cattle are the gastrointestinal roundworms, Ostertagia ostertagi and Cooperia spp, which together cause parasitic gastroenteritis. Infection with Ostertagia is more likely to result in clinical disease, with symptoms such as weight loss, scouring, reduced milk yield and longer calving to conception times. The impact of this worm is often more severe in youngstock, so they should be a focus in control programmes to ensure large worm burdens do not build-up. Cooperia is less likely to cause disease, but it can cause weight loss when burdens are high. Cattle are frequently co-infected with Cooperia and Ostertagia, but the susceptibility of these parasites to anthelmintics may vary, so advice is needed on the most appropriate wormer for these species. The bovine lungworm Dictyocaulus viviparus is a real threat to calves, and

BEST PRACTICE IN all cases, when using anthelmintic treatments, follow the five Rs*: ● Use the right product for the right type of worm ● Treat the right animal ● Treat cattle at the right time

clinical cases are increasingly being seen in adult cattle. This worm can cause serious respiratory disease, resulting in significant production loss. Outbreaks are more likely in late summer and autumn, but can be unpredictable, with the risk of infection increasing after hot dry weather followed by rain, as larvae are released in high numbers from dung pats.

● Dose cattle at the right rate ● Administer wormer in the right way Source: COWS (2018) The COWS Guide to the effective use of cattle wormers [online].

Fasciola hepatica (liver fluke) is a very important cause of production loss in cattle, leading to reduced milk yield, poor growth and lowered fertility. Rumen fluke (Calicophoron daubneyi) thrives in the same conditions as liver fluke, however its impact on cattle is unclear. Of the two flukes, Fasciola hepatica is the more serious threat. Your vet can identify which species

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Personalise your parasite control HOUSING TREATMENTS

of parasites are present on-farm and, in cattle, by using a variety of diagnostic tests.

Be selective

Grazing management practices have a significant influence on the exposure of cattle to gutworm larvae. This is particularly important to take into account in the case of youngstock as they are more susceptible to developing heavy gutworm burdens and associated clinical disease. Before giving housing treatments, consider the pastures used and the likely exposure over the past grazing season.

This will help identify which cattle are likely to have a parasite burden and inform treatment decisions. Individual weight gains can also provide an indication of whether animals are facing a high parasite challenge and would benefit from targeted treatment. Once you know what parasites are present on-farm, and which cattle are likely to be carrying a parasite burden, housing treatment options can be discussed with your animal health adviser or vet. Diagnostic testing may also be useful to determine the specific farmlevel threats.

NOT all wormers treat the same parasites, and the spectrum and efficacy of different anthelmintic compounds against key parasites varies. Using an inappropriate product is inefficient, costly and risks increasing the likelihood for anthelmintic resistance. Your vet or animal health adviser will take all these factors into consideration when recommending an anthelmintic treatment. The group of compounds known as macrocyclic lactones (abamectin, doramectin, eprinomectin, ivermectin, and moxidectin) are typically the wormers of choice for the treatment of roundworms at housing. Products from other wormer groups are less effective against the encysted stages of Ostertagia, which can be a cause of significant disease in calves in winter/early spring. Macrocyclic lactones have activity against common external parasites, such as mites and lice, which may pose a problem in housed cattle. Due to the persistence of this class of wormers, one treatment a short time before or at the point of housing is normally sufficient for cattle until the next grazing season. Treatments for the liver fluke Fasciola hepatica may be required in autumn and winter. To immediately address the productivity impact of a mature fluke burden, it is recommended that a treatment for fluke is administered as soon as cattle are housed. After infection, fluke go through three developmental stages: early

immature; late immature; and adult. Each of the available flukicides is active against a defined spectrum of stages. For example, flukicides containing clorsulon will remove the adult stages of fluke in cattle, while those containing closantel or nitroxynil are effective against both late immature and adult stages and triclabendazole is effective against all three stages.


The choice of treatment for liver fluke at housing should take this into account, but practical considerations, such as route of administration and meat withhold times, will often also play a role. The choice of treatment for liver fluke at housing is also complicated by emerging resistance to triclabendazole. This is the only flukicide which treats the early immature stage of liver fluke, which causes acute disease in sheep, but does not cause disease in cattle. Selecting an alternative to triclabendazole for cattle at housing will reduce selection for resistance and, by targeting the later stages of the parasite, control the impact of liver fluke on productivity. To ensure cattle have no residual fluke burden, they may need to be retreated at an appropriate interval after the initial housing dose; diagnostic testing will help determine whether this is the case. This will ensure cattle are turned out fluke-free and do not contribute to pasture contamination with fluke eggs next year.

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BEEF A focused approach to finishing rations is paying off for a large-scale beef operation

Consistent high performance key to beef production


he beef production system at Lilburn Estate, Northumberland has remained largely unchanged for 25 years. And as head cattle steward Davey Heads explains, the bull finishing unit produces consistent results in a sustainable and profitable way. He says bulls are slaughtered at just over 13 months of age after an intensive finishing period based on moist

co-product feeds, not cereals, achieving an average 1.6kg/day liveweight gain after weaning at six months. He says: “We have tried other systems in the past, but nothing works as well as the moist feed mix. “In addition to the mix, the bulls have free access to water, rock salt and straw in racks, and get a vitamin and mineral premix which includes a live yeast and rumen buffer.” All the bulls which are reared in the unit come from the estate’s Stabiliser suckler herd and are a

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mix of Aberdeen-Angus crosses and pure-bred Stabilisers. Mr Heads says: “The bull calves come into the finishing unit straight after weaning at six months old and we split them into groups of 40–50 based on weight. “They are kept in straw yards and stay in the same groups until they go to slaughter. “The shed holds 700 cattle, and we are currently finishing 1,240 bulls and 1,000 heifers each year. “Each bull eats about 2.6 tonnes of the moist mix, which works out at an average of 12kg/head/day, and you can see how good the ration is by the consistency of the muck and the performance we are getting.”

moist feed, sugar beet feed and processed bread – are mixed on the floor in a ratio of 6:2:1 and stacked to a height of about three metres, excluding as much air as possible. “After adding a sprinkle of PDV salt, the clamp is then sealed with a layer of cling film and covered with polythene sheet. The mix is ready to feed out immediately, and will keep for up to 18 months.” The focus on consistent high Heifers performance and attention to detail In contrast to the rapid finishing at Lilburn Estate encompasses the for the bulls, any heifers not earentire beef production system. marked as replacements for the This includes the suckler herd of suckler herd or destined to be sold pure-bred Stabilisers, which as breeding stock follow a more consists of a 1,000-head autumnextensive route to slaughter. calving herd, plus another herd of Following weaning in autumn, 1,500 cows calving in spring. spring-born heifers are overwinBoth make use of the estate’s tered in straw yards on grass silage. extensive arable stubble acreage. A second grazing season is The autumn-calvers move on to followed by two to three months in bare arable stubbles in September, the finishing unit on the same supplemented with straw or grass moist mix as the bulls, typically silage depending on condition, consuming about 0.8t of the mix. and remain there until housed in Autumn-born calves weaned in late November. spring go out to good grazing, then Estate manager Dominic Naylor spend a second winter on grass silage says: “For the spring-calvers, we sow a cover crop of forage rye and oil radbefore heading to the finishing unit ish into stubbles which will eventually for the same two to three months. be drilled with spring barley. All heifers are typically finished “They get straw or grass silage if by 19-20 months of they need it, moving on to the age and the result is stubbles to calve in March.” an average carcase of about 310kg Immediately after calving, deadweight. the cows and calves are Mr Heads says moved out on to good quality the moist feed mix grazing, where they stay until is created during the calves are weaned at six clamping, with all months. feeds delivered at The bulls enter the intenthe same time. sive finishing system, He says: “The while the more extensivelythree feeds – Davey Heads reared heifers wheat-gluten

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BEEF in Northumberland. Farmers Guardian finds out more.

TRIAL IN 2018, the Lilburn Estate beef finishing unit ran a trial comparing 100 bulls on the current moist mix-based system with the same number on an alternative ration using home-grown barley plus a high-protein supplement. All cattle had the same access to water, straw, rock salt and the vitamin and mineral premix, including live yeast and buffer.


In addition to a moist feed mix, bulls have access to straw, water and rock salt.

are housed on grass silage for winter. Only autumn-calving suckler cows are housed, the spring-calving cows overwinter on the arable stubbles and are supplemented with silage and straw. “Just like for those weaned in autumn, the bulls go straight into the finishing system, but the heifers

go out onto good grazing for the summer,” Mr Naylor adds.

Cycles “And the autumn-calving cows are turned on to grass and heather hill pastures under stewardship stocking density rules.” Both herds are held to a strict two-month block calving, with

Young bulls in the finishing shed.

cows, including maiden heifers, given just two cycles to get in-calf. Despite failure to get in-calf being a primary reason for culling, the overall replacement rate is 8 per cent and herd average is 10 lactations.

However, the cattle fed the barley-based ration took six weeks longer to finish and the mortality rate rose to 9 per cent. Mortality for the moist mix-fed cattle remained at the unit’s usual 2 per cent. The cost of the additional mortality was estimated at about £1,000/head, with the primary cause of the losses being clostridia infection, likely triggered by the high-cereal diet causing ulceration.

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Farm facts ■ 10,876 hectares (26,875 acres) total, comprising 5,712ha (14,144 acres) grass and heather hill pasture; 2,073ha (5,074 acres) of lowland grass; and 1,279ha (3,160 acres) arable land ■ Stock comprises 2,500 Stabiliser sucklers finishing 1,800 cattle a year. 60 stock bulls

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are used, split 60:40 between Stabiliser and Aberdeen-Angus ■ Other stock includes 5,300 lowland ewes, and 4,400 hill ewes ■ 24 full-time staff ■ Bull carcases average 365kg DCW (55 per cent killing out percentage), and are mainly R4s, with about 35 per cent Us, depending on breed

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SPONSORED CONTENT Worcestershire farmers Richard and Alan Fairbairn are feeding a total mixed ration to beef and sheep which has lifted performance and health.

Performance soars for first-gen farmers


eeding ewes a total mixed ration (TMR) is central to the success of Richard and Alan Fairbairn’s sheep enterprise at Hill Farm, Worcestershire. Their policy has cut the use of labour, reduced costs of production and created a healthier, more contented flock. As a result, the brothers have applied the same thinking to their beef enterprise and seen its performance soar. As first-generation farmers, who are having to purchase every acre of owned land on which they operate their sheep and beef enterprises, they have no choice but to be efficient producers. Starting out in the 1980s as enthusiastic schoolboys helping on neighbours’ farms, they then became self-employed farm contractors, moved on to rent small parcels of land and a cattle yard, and eventually became fully fledged sheep and beef producers. Taking the opportunity in 2006 to buy the farm they rented, they are now working together exclusively for their own farming business. Today they farm 162 hectares

Replacement ewes at Hill Farm.

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(400 acres), of which 49ha (120 acres) is owned. They keep a suckler herd of 85 mostly Simmental cross cows and have 600 breeding ewes, of which 200 are Suffolk cross, 250 are Texel cross and 150 are North Country Mules. The farm is designed to maximise health and performance of stock, minimise labour input and maintain a continuous cashflow for the two families throughout the year. As a result, lambing begins with Suffolks at the end of January, continues with Texels in early February and resumes with Mules in early April. Lambs are finished at 40-42kg by about three months of age, with a few going live to Worcester Market, but the vast majority sell direct to an abattoir.


Similarly, cattle are split block-calved in spring and autumn, increasing the carrying capacity of the farm compared with the previous single block-calving only in spring, with progeny ready for sale throughout most of the year. Heifers tend to go through Ludlow or Worcester markets as strong stores and males are kept entire, also to sell as stores, although the finishing route is now being considered.

We can see both cattle and sheep doing so much better when Levucell SC is part of their ration ALAN FAIRBAIRN Alan says: “Males have been sold as stores, but we are more likely to go down the finishing route in future to get the highest value from them we can. “We can get them to grow so fast since we introduced their current diet, so it makes more financial sense to finish them ourselves.” Ingredients of the current ration are key to the cattle’s performance, but its formulation was only devised after first seeing the success of the TMR for ewes. Alan says: “We bought the mixer wagon in 2012 when it was very wet and ended up with a lot of average silage. We had been trough-feeding sheep, but as numbers increased it became too labour-intensive and ewes also got knocked around in their rush for the trough.” The TMR was devised in consultation with Peter Evans, of ForFarmers, who formulated a ration comprising baled grass silage, maize silage, ForFarmers Soyaplus (a rumenprotected soya), cereals and Microbalance Prime, the latter containing the live yeast, Levucell SC. Peter says: “We wanted the mix to have a good dry matter and be palatable and presentable with as little dust as possible, and would also include molasses if needed.

Alan (left) and Richard Fairbairn. “The inclusion of Levucell SC was to control any acidosis, helping maximise feed intakes and fibre digestion, and helping with milk fat production in the lactating ewe. “Levucell SC works through numerous mechanisms, including scavenging oxygen, which helps maintain the anaerobic conditions required for the fibre-digesting bacteria to do their work in the rumen. “The net result is it helps maintain a constant rumen pH and reduces acid loading. In other words, it reduces the risk of acidosis.” Ewes now generally come in from strip-grazing forage crops over winter, a month before lambing if they are carrying twins or triplets and a little later if carrying singles. Richard says: “We feed them the TMR at up to 6kg/head when they come in and make sure they always have feed in front of them. “We feed them every morning

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New Texel tups on-farm.

The brothers have a suckler herd of 85 mostly Simmental cross cows. and they have just cleared it up and are ready for more by the following morning.


“We have noticed since they started on the Levucell SC, they have been so content you could hear a pin drop in the shed. Prolapses have declined to almost nothing and you can hear the first call of each lamb as it is born. There was far more noise in our previous system. “Twin lamb disease has also been completely eliminated on the new TMR, but to achieve this it has

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been important to feed the ration for ewes with twins or triplets for a full month before lambing.” Because of the success of feeding Levucell SC to sheep, the Fairbairns started to use it for growing cattle and it now forms part of the high-starch finishing ration. This comprises rolled barley, maize silage, baled grass silage, ForFarmers Soyaplus and Microbalance Prime. Alan says: “We have tried it without Levucell SC, but noticed a big difference. It is a starchy diet and the Levucell SC definitely stops acidosis and helps maintain a stable rumen, which

is obvious from the improved manure consistency and the higher intakes achieved when the yeast is included.” Describing their growth as ‘beyond expectations’, Alan says: “We had predicted a daily liveweight gain of 1.3kg, but they have been doing far more. “For example, bulls born in September 2018 were weighted on March 27 and had averaged 1.76kg/day liveweight gain from weaning to sale as stores. “We have been overwhelmed with their performance,” he says, also praising the Simmental bulls which have sired this batch.

Such has been the success of the system, the Fairbairns say they plan to stick with it for the foreseeable future.

Dry summer

Alan says: “A year ago after the dry summer when we had to buy-in extra feed, we felt we should cut the cost of the ration. We took out the Levucell SC and regretted it straight away. We can see both cattle and sheep doing so much better when it is part of their ration and we will definitely keep half a pallet in stock. We will not let it run out again.”

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Neil McNally takes first nursery win with Hillside Bob rWindermere winner

settled by run time England: Elaine Hill

COMPETING in only his fourth nursery trial, Neil McNally’s Hillside Bob gained his first win at the Windermere trial, held at Otterbank, Skelsmergh. Most dogs took the rising gather left-handed where they could be seen all the way. Those that went right disappeared from view. After being lifted from the brow of the hill, the sheep were brought down through the fetch gates to the handler who stood on level ground. The first leg of the left-hand drive was uphill and the cross-drive line traversed the hillside. A number of dogs allowed their sheep to come low on the crossdrive and then pushed them back up into the obstacle. Running was on packets of three Cheviot and Cheviot cross lambs which behaved extremely well. However, having no fear of the handlers, they were clingy and difficult to pen. Simon Atkinson judged the entry of 55 dogs. Neil and Bob (N. McNally’s Hillside Nan and Highgate Glen) ran at number 24. After losing an odd point from

his left-hand outrun, Bob had a clean lift and fetch. He kept his packet of sheep nicely settled and online throughout the drive, losing just one point for a wide turn after the last obstacle. Finishing clean at the pen, Bob scored 88 points. His score was matched when Joanne Bentham went to the post with Kym at number 52. Kym also lost one point from her outrun and one from her drive. However, with a slightly slower time, she took second place. Matt Wiggins running Sid was the best new handler.

Picturesque Ryedale held its eighth nursery of the season on Saturday (November 9) in the picturesque location of Glaisdale. Sloping gently downhill to the lift, the course, which was gathered either way, had a fetch of about 250 yards. Worked in threes, the running was on Mule gimmer lambs, which on the whole were good to manage, provided they were handled with respect. Elizabeth Gautier judged the entry of 17. Jackie Goulder, who judged the trial held at this same venue two weeks ago, was second to the post with Valmis Kismet (A. Ritakallio’s

Valmis Jukka, J. Goulder’s Chap). Kismet stopped slightly short at the end of her right-hand outrun. Her lambs were not keen to leave the top of the field and one kept splitting off from the other two. However, once the smoothcoated blue merle bitch had lifted her sheep, they settled down nicely. She had a tidy run around the field, catching all three obstacles well. To finish, without hesitation, she put her sheep straight into the pen to score 81 points. After winning the nursery class at Egton Bridge Show held in August, this was Kismet’s second nursery title. Steve Aconley and Cindy had good outfield work before losing points at the pen, which put them in second place with a score of 80. Ryedale held another nursery trial the following day at Hutton Rudby, where Graham Blyth judged an entry of 21 dogs. Once again it was a downhill gather with most dogs going left, as on the right they were approaching their sheep more directly. In packets of three, the Mule shearlings were good to handle although they would test a dog if it showed any sign of weakness. Steve Aconley and Cindy were standing top until Phil Exelby and Jess (R. Saxon’s Jill and Cammen Rip) ran at 17. After a

Neil McNally with Hillside Bob.

clean left-hand outrun, Jess lost one point from her lift before having a faultless fetch. She lost three points from her driving, one for being marginally wide after she had turned her sheep at the post and the other two for minor line deviations up the first leg and over the cross-drive. As there was no back in the pen,

Fine run sees Templehall Fred take lead at Glenartney Scotland: Sine Robertson               A STEADY run with little to fault it gave Annette Olofsson’s Templehall Fred the lead at Glenartney. The cast Cheviot ewes behaved well on a rolling field, but dogs ran out blind for part of the way and those that ran to the left could be brought in and off-line by a knowe they encountered on their route. Some young dogs found the sheep hard to pen or to shed. Templehall Fred ran out clean to 114 | NOVEMBER 15 2019

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his sheep, worked well, achieving good lines and tidy turns with only minor wavers, and completed the winning run with a clean pen and shed. Colin Maitland Gardner’s Kate too, ran out clean and had an excellent fetch. Kate had a good drive until she made a wide return to the pen, but once there, achieved a clean pen and shed and earned second place, one point behind Fred. The young dogs at Evanton ran

out over undulating ground to reach the Blackface gimmers, which were out of their sight at various points and could be lively under pressure.

Redirection George Simpson’s Jim responded to a redirection on his outrun, but worked well from there with only minor wavers on the fetch and an excellent drive. A clean pen and shed completed the winning run.

The Scotch Mule hoggs at Upper Porterbelly were not keen to come away from the top of a rising course, but on the whole they behaved well. Billy Common’s Jimmy took a good road to the back of his sheep and lifted and fetched with just minor deviations. The drive went well, and although the hoggs were unsettled at the chute, Jimmy got them safely through and finished the work on a clean shed and first place.

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WORKING DOGS English results

the sheep ran straight through once they saw the opening. With a clean finish, Jess scored 86 points to take her second nursery title.

Flooding With the following run, Colin Townson and Cherusker Cap lost three points from their out-bye

work and four over their driving to score 83 and take second place. The Bamford trial, which was to be held last Saturday, had to be cancelled due to flooding. From the previous two trials, Richard Saxon and Nell won the nursery aggregate, while the novice aggregate went to Oliver Walters and Megan.

WINDERMERE, Otterbank, Cumbria (Judge, S. Atkinson, Waitby) Nursery (55 ran) 1, N. McNally (Bewcastle) Hillside Bob, 88 of 90 TIME; 2, J. Bentham (Windermere) Kym, 88; 3, P. Ellis (New Hutton) Jack, 87; 4, C. Townson (Oakworth) Cherusker Cap, 86 OLF; 5, T. Huddleston (Caton) Udale Lucy, 86; 6, K. Cropper (Shap) Roy, 85. New Handler M. Wiggins (Stafford) Sid. RYEDALE, Mountain Ash Farm, Glaisdale, North Yorkshire (E. Gautier, Withernsea) Nursery (17 ran) 1, J. Goulder (Pickering) Valmis Kismet, 81 of 90; 2, S. Aconley (Winteringham) Cindy, 80; 3, J. Simpson (Hutton Rudby) Henry, 79 OLF; 4, A. Mosey (Coulton) Meg, 79; 5, J. Atkinson (Escrick) Yola, 77; 6, A. Mosey, Buff, 76. RYEDALE, Windy Hill Farm, Hutton Rudby, Yarm, North Yorkshire (G. Blyth, Roos) Nursery (21 ran) 1, P. Exelby (Nun Appleton) Jess, 86 of 90; 2, C. Townson, Cherusker Cap, 83; 3, S. Aconley, Cindy, 82; 4, A. Mosey, Meg, 81 OLF; 5, J. Simpson, Henry, 81; 6, D. Bowmer (Scotton) Shep, 80. BAMFORD, Shatton, Bamford, Derbyshire, Nursery aggregate R. Saxon (Crowden) Nell. Novice aggregate O. Walters (Oughtibridge) Megan. HOLME, Cobble Hey, Claughton-on-Brock, Garstang, Lancashire (H. Cleary, Barnacre) Nursery (33 ran) 1, W. Hurley (Macclesfield Forest) Joe, 75 of 90; 2, S. Barcroft (Haslingden) Harry, 74; 3, J. Cropper (Deerplay) Jaxx, 71; 4, C. Townson, Cherusker Cap, 69; 5, R. Newsome (Lumb) Sid, 67; 6, R. Standen (Lancaster) Bella, 66. NORTHUMBERLAND League, Fallowlees, Ewesley (K. Cropper, Shap) Nursery (24 ran) 1, T. Iley (Longframlington) Watson, 90 of 100; 2, E. Irvine (Ewesley) Jed, 88; 3, D. Henderson (Allendale) Sprite, 86; 4, K. Preston (Elsdon) Ross, 85; 5, E. Gray (Ewesley) Megan, 84; 6, B. Jordan (Whitfield) Boss, 80. Novice 1, C. Pattinson (Bardon Mill) Jean. FYLDE, Hall Trees Farm, Chipping, Lancashire (D. Wood, Rimington) Nursery (31 ran) 1, J. Palmer (Twiston) Jack, 82 of 90; 2, T. Huddleston, Udale Lucy, 81; 3, M. Hutchinson (Littledale) Shadwell Sophie, 80; 4, B. Galloway (Dacre) Nemo, 72; 5, N. Bennett (Preston) Beechwood Cap, 71; 6, T. Birkett (Carnforth) Moe, 70. NORTHERN, Hardraw, Hawes, North Yorkshire (J. Drinkwater, Bowes) Charity Open (44 ran) 1, R. Fawcett (Hardraw) Lola, 87 of 100; 2, P. Ellis, Isla, 85; 3, P. Ellis, George, 82 OLF; 4, R. Fawcett, Keef, 82 OLFD; 5, F. Satterthwaite (Brough) Tweed, 82; 6, C. Mellin (Oakworth) Moor Lodge Ben, 81. Novice 1, N. McNally, Zac, 78. Proceeds of £230 donated to Bone Cancer Research Trust. NORTHERN, Hardraw, Hawes, North Yorkshire (C. Mellin) Nursery (36 ran) 1, A. Baines (South Stainmore) Tanhill Wattie, 64 of 90 OLF; 2, F. Satterthwaite, Tweed, 64; 3, A. Temple (Holmrook) Fly, 63; 4, A. Grant (Ripon) Meg, 60; 5, C. Townson, Cherusker Cap, 59 OLF; 6, R. Fawcett, Carly, 59. Committee Novice 1, B. Swinbank (Isle of Mann) Jill, 48. NORTH WESTMORLAND, Portinscale, Keswick (R. Watson, Millom) Nursery (58 ran) 1, D. Purdham (Holmrook) Maid, 80 of 90; 2, D. Scrimgeour (Wigton) Jim, 79 OLF; 3, J. Bentham, Kym, 79; 4, B. Helliwell (Lancaster) Gino, 74; 5, S. Roper (Cleator Moor) Blue, 73; 6, R. Harrison (Shap) Sky, 72. Novice 1, G. Smithson (Kirkbride) Floss, 76 of 90; 2, P. Ellis, Isla, 75; 3, G. Miller (Penruddock) Valmis Barney, 66; 4, J. Relph (Greystoke) Branshaw Sweep, 65. New handler 1, K. Clark (Kendal) Chase; 2, R. Samson (Rotherwick) Killiebrae Parsnip. ROMNEY MARSH, Whitehall, Lynsted, Kent (D. Thompson, Lynsted) (24 ran) Cradle 1, J. Bastable (Tonbridge) Pip, 78 of 90; 2, G. Orlando (Chipstead) Jim, 63; 3, J. Woolston (Surrey) Bess, 60; 4, M. Banham (Chipstead) Ron, 57. Nursery 1, J. Bastable, Suze, 90 of 100; 2, S. Walker (Stelling Minnis) Cleit Ara, 86; 3, S. Walker, Valmis Finn, 77; 4, M. Banham, Jack, 72; 5, P. Griffiths (Glynde) Maggie, 70; 6, M. Banham, Bob, 57. Novice 1, L. Taylor (Brockham) Cant, 78 of 100; 2, J. Mitchell (Reading) Johney, 61. Young handler 1, H. Lauder (Lynsted) Taff, 40. EAST ANGLIAN, Worlington, Suffolk (Saturday, E. Thornalley, Worlington) Cradle 1, E. Street (Sudbury) Pip, 60; 2, M. Angood (Chatteris) Dotty, 54; 3, D.

Trials diary ENGLAND November 15. WINDERMERE, Nursery and new handler, Otter Bank, Skelsmergh, off A6 north of Kendal, LA8 9AP, 9.30am start, enter on field by 2pm unless dogs are still running. November 16. NORTH LANCASHIRE, Nursery and new handler, Lee End Farm, Quernmore, Lancaster, LA2 9EE, 9am start, enter on field, those with two dogs to be booked in by 12 noon. TRAWDEN, Nursery, new and young handlers welcome, Pott Yeats Farm, Littledale, Lancaster, LA2 9ET, 9.30am start, enter on field, those with two dogs to be booked in by 12 noon. NORTH WESTMORLAND, Nursery, novice and new handler, Hutton in the Forest, Penrith, CA11 9TH, 9am start, enter on field by 1pm, only one dog after 12 noon, novice confined to Cumbria. DOVEDALE, Nursery, novice and beginner, Shaw House Farm, Cheadle Road, Alton, ST10 4DH, 9am start, enter on field by 1pm. BIGGIN MOOR, Nursery, novice and beginner with championship, Biggin Moor Farm, Biggin, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 0DS, 9am start, enter on field by 1pm, catering. RYEDALE, Nursery, Crosper Farm, Spofforth, Harrogate, HG3 1AA, 10.30am start, enter

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on field by 1pm, more than one dog first by 12 noon. COME BYE AND AWAY, Nursery, Maltese cross and driving, Middle East Street Farm, West Pennard, Glastonbury, BA6 8NN, 10am start, enter on field. November 17. HIGHER WHITLEY, Nursery, novice and beginner, School Lane, Higher Whitley, Cheshire, WA4 4QB, 9am start, enter on field by 1pm. MID-SHIRES, Open, nursery and novice, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1LB, 9am start, enter on field, open dogs to be on field at start to run first and cannot run nursery or novice dogs as well. NORTHERN, Nursery, committee novice and new handler, Valley Farm, Bowes, DL12 9RH, approximately two miles west of Bowes off A66, 9am start, enter on field by 1pm, only one dog after 12 noon, weather check R. Hutchinson, tel: 07849 238 567. SURREY, Nursery and novice, Great Brockhamhurst Cottage Field, Great Brockhamhust Farm, Betchworth, RH3 7AR, 10am start. WEST COUNTRY, Nursery, Maltese cross then driving, Middle Merripit Farm, Postbridge, Devon, PL20 6SZ, 10am start, enter on field.

WALES November 16. BRECON, Nursery, Glanirfon Farm, Cilmery, Builth Wells LD2 3NU. CARMARTHEN

Nursery, Rhosyrhafod, Llanarthne, Carms, SA32 8LG. CEREDIGION, Nursery, Tyndderwen, Llanrhystud, contact Dan Jarman, tel: 01974 272 300. RADNOR, Nursery, Elan Valley, LD1 6NY, contact Steve Lewis. DENBIGH Nursery, final, Tan Y Waen, Prion, LL16 4SG, start 8.30am, contact 07522 731 201. November 17. GLOUCESTERSHIRE/GWENT, Nursery, Spencerfield, Ferry Lane, Uckinghall, GL20 6ER, start 9am, contact David or Ann Cooper, tel: 01684 592 465. HEREFORDSHIRE AND SHROPSHIRE, Higher Hagley Farm, Obley, Clun, SY7 0BZ, start 9.30am, contact Lorna Owen, tel: 01547 530 278. BRECON, Nursery, Glanirfon Farm, Cilmery, Builth Wells, LD2 3NU. November 23. POWYS FINAL, Maesgelli, Nantmel, LD1 6EL, start 9am. CARMARTHEN, Nursery, Llwynbedw, Llanpumsaint, Carms, SA33 6JU. CEREDIGION, Nursery, Gilfach-y-Fran Abermeurig, SA48 8PH, contact Carol Hope, tel: 01570 470 458. GLOUCESTERSHIRE/GWENT, Nursery, 2 Lintridge Cottage, Bromsberrow Heath, Ledbury, HR8 1PB, start 9am, contact Angie Blackmore, tel: 07855 843 226/ 01531 650 619.

Chapman (Docking) Frank, 53; 4, N. Wilden (Bramford) Todd, 52. (Sunday, A. Davies, Bryneglwys) Nursery 1, B. Smith (Warwick) Kirby, 82 of 90; 2, M. Hutchinson, Shadwell Sophie, 80; 3, E. Thornalley, Jamie, 73; 4, G. Baldry (Hillington) Flo, 70; 5, M. Hutchinson, Denwyn Delilah, 68; 6, B. Wilden (Bramford) Dan, 64. Novice 1, G. Bharakhda (Finningham) Joe, 81 of 90; 2, A. Tackley (Henley on Thames) Al, 77; 3, M. Angood, Phoebe, 74; 4, R. Little (Kerdiston) Lenka, 67. (G. Baldry-Roberts, Hillington) Open 1, E. Thornalley, Nasher, 75 of 100; 2, J. McBride (Grantham) Gus, 72; 3, S. Jenkins (South Walsham) Shadwell Aura, 65; 4, D. Chapman, Braehead Sid, 64. SLACKSDALE, Peak Forest, Derbyshire (O. Walters) Nursery (28 ran) 1, W. Hurley, Joe, 79 of 90; 2, S. Allen (Butterton) Tanhill Max, 76; 3, P. Williams (Treuddyn) Jan, 73; 4, S. Wilkinson (Thurgoland) Poppy, 71; 5, C. Pickford (Rainow) Peg, 68; 6, R. Saxon, Nell, 67. Novice 1, P. Williams, Glen, 69 of 90; 2, T. Priestley (Bamford) Sweep, 61; 3, R. Spooner (Chinley) High Peak Luxe, 60. Young handler 1, K. Radcliffe (Rowarth) Zac, 64. WEST COUNTRY, Nursery, Exminster (J. Harper, Jacobstowe) Driving (12 ran) 1, J. Watson (Postbridge) Gary, 85 of 90; 2, F. Richards (Saltash) Bee, 77; 3, J. Watson, Sue, 61; 4, J. Watson, Ted, 59; 5, S. Greenaway (Manaton) Dusk, 54; 6, R. Skelly (Plymouth) Mirk, 53. Maltese cross (12 ran) 1, J. Watson, Penyborough Gin, 57 of 80; 2, J. Watson, Preselli Bill, 55; 3, R. Skelly, Hope, 55; J. Watson, Seth, 49.

Welsh results RADNOR, Gladestry (A. Lloyd and B. Howson, Llandefalle) Nursery 1, G. Powell (Gladestry) Kim, 12; 2, B. Lewis (Penybont) Meg, 17; 3, D. Addison (Elan Valley) Rose, 20; 4, A. Price (Llandrindod Wells) Fizz, 26; 5, S. Lewis (Elan Valley) Buddy, 29; 6, E. Rogers (Elan Valley) Kim, 31. Novice 1, S. Lewis, Mist, 11; 2, E. Rogers, Dan, 23; 3, B. Pugh (Nantmel) Ben, 23; 4, A. Price, Lyn, 33. Beginners, 1, E. Edwards (Elan Valley) Dan, 17; 2, T. Goodman (Rhayader) Roy, 20. HEREFORDSHIRE AND SHROPSHIRE, Tilsop Farm (A. Williams, Hereford) Nursery 1, L. Owen (Obley) Fly, 42; 2, P. Thomas (Church Stretton) Lawley Molly, 44; 3, K. Evans (Church Stretton) Caff, 49. Novice 1, L. Owen, Jill, 2, K. Evans, Bob, 28; 3, G. Morgan (Middleton) Mirk, 31; 4, P. Thomas, Branshaw Peg, 38; 5, A. Hunter Blair (Peterstow) Ted, 48; 6, G. Morgan, Ben, 52. Beginners, R. Morris (Obley) Tess, 23. NWSDS NURSERY HEAT 10, NPTC Newtown (V. Morris, Clun) 1, J.R. Griffith (Talysarn) Moss, 7; 2, B. Davies (Bryneglwys) Glan Y Gors Rob, 8; 3, E. Jones (Gwytherin) Sam, 12; 4, A. Davies (Bryneglwys) Cynfal Gwen, 13; 5, H. Hughes (Welshpool) Glencar Pri, 18; 6, J.R. Griffith, Smithymoor Griff, 19. BRECON, Penclyn Farm (R. Ellis, Nantymoel) Nursery 1, K. Evans (Libanus) Penyborough Roy, 10; 2, K. Evans, Foxridge Drake, 16; 3, V. Davies (Garth) Pam, 27; 4, D. Evans (Libanus) Buddy, 28; 5, V. Davies, Moss, 29; 6, Y. Abrey (Brecon) Leah, 34. Novice 1, G. Davies (Builth Wells) Will, 25 2, R. Jones (Llanafan Fawr, Bob, 30; 3, M. Lewis (Talgarth) Reg, 40. Beginners, 1, S. Shuffell (Llandefalle) Floss, 38; 2, I. Rees (Libanus) Nell, 47. PEMBROKESHIRE, Tremynydd Fach (S. Harden, Pembroke) Nursery puppy 1, J. Bowen (Tenby) Eryrin Nell, 35; 2, J. Bowen, Belle, 37; 3, E. Hope (St Davids) Tim, 52; 4, C. Darlington (Walwyns Castle) Flash, 58; 5, T. Harries (Boncath) Fan, 59. Sweepstake winner M. Evans (Spittal) Thistledown Jim. GLAMORGAN, Dai and Lyn Howells (J. Wheaton, Port Talbot) Nursery 1, D. Howells (Port Talbot) Roy, 19; 2, F, Farthing (Pontadawe) Belle, 27; 3, D. Meek (Maesteg) Wyverne Ross, 28; 4, C. Gordon (Gower) Ben, 34; 5, D. Millichap (Tonyrefail) Ned, 36; 6, A. Jenkins, Chez, 39. Novice 1, D. Howells, Roy, 22; 2, C. Millichap (Tonyrefail) Tymba, 27; 3, F. Farthing, Belle, 28; 4, L. Howells (Port Talbot) Boss, 32. CARMARTHEN, Tirmynydd (C. Jones, Salem) Nursery 1, L. Williams (Llandeilo) Taff, 9; 2, A. Driscoll (Llanllawddog) Cy, 10; 3, A. Driscoll, Kinloch Jada, 13; 4, L. Williams, Erin, 15; 5, M. Hemmings (Llanfynydd) Jim, 16; 6, H. Thomas (Cwrt Henri) Jet, 17. Puppy 1, L. Williams (Llandeilo) Taff, 9; 2, A. Driscoll (Llanllawddog) Cy, 10; 3, A. Driscoll, Kinloch Jada, 13; 4, L. Williams, Erin, 15; 5, M. Hemmings (Llanfynydd) Jim, 16; 6, S. Lewis (Llanelli) Foxridge Fly, 18. Over age 1, D. Griffiths, Pentwyncoch Pip; 2, A. Westover (Ystalyfera) Rock.

Scottish results GLENARTNEY (A. Simpson, Comrie) Nursery (27 ran) 1, A. Olofsson (Alyth) Templehall Fred, 96; 2, C. Maitland Gardner (Muthill) Kate, 95; 3, M. Young (Coupar Angus) Mic, 93; 4, C.M. Magnusson (Mid Derry) Don, 91 Outbye; 5, C.M. Magnusson, Pen-y-Borough Badger, 91; 6, E. Nilsson (Balintore) Tib, 84 Outbye. Novice 1 J. Mitchell (Thornhill) Peat, 84; 2, D. Colthart (Kinross) Min, 79 Outbye; 3, C. Rimmer (Bridge of Cally) Cove,79. EVANTON (E.C. MacKinnon, Lochcarron) Nursery (27 ran) 1 G. Simpson (Forgue) Jim, 93; 2, I. Sutherland (Strathnaver) High Ash Hugo, 86; 3, J. MacDiarmid (Eynort) Rab, 83; 4, S. Campbell (Skye) Queen, 77 Outbye; 5, G. Simpson, Ace, 77; 6, K. Brehmer (New Bythe) Fern, 78. Old dogs 1, H. MacLean (Culloden) Moss, 75; 2, I. Sutherland (Strathnaver) Sid, 74; 3, J. MacDiarmid (Eynort) Lass, 71; 4, M. Sutherland (Halkirk) Liz, 70. UPPER PORTERBELLY (C. Caygill, Whinnyligate) Nursery (11 ran) 1, J.W. Common (Lockerbie) Jimmy, 87; 2, D. Robertson (Langholm) Derwen Roy, 83; 3, M. Wilson (Corsock) Jill, 55; 4, J. Thomson (Penpont) Shilo, 54 Outbye; 5, J. Thomson, Sid, 54; 6, D. McMillan (Carsphairn) Ruby, 53. Novice 1, M. Wilson (Corsock) Jill, 55; 2, J. Thomson, Northtyne Spear, 76; 3, M. Wilson, Killcreen Meg, 62.

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MARKET PRICES PRIMESTOCK SCOTLAND STEERS Market day(s) week ending November 12 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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17 27 7 23 11 54 175.89 90 3 60

144.50 148.42 183.08 186.50 180.60

193.50 215.00 210.00 234.33 184.44 194.00 216.22 188.27

144.50 134.00 213.50 203.00 194.50 175.95 144.83 151.37

223.00 114.47 211.83 173.40 -

221.67 203.42 166.33 229.00 202.83 183.61 209.17 205.43 197.12

223.67 199.29 237.50 198.33 203.60 114.50 201.81 173.36

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184.19 179.11 154.75 124.17 113.50 195.81 221.40 155.50 135.08 158.25 110.00 177.00 183.50 175.86 199.50 161.00 163.50 203.64 155.00 183.50 155.83 201.50 167.50 146.27 203.56 211.50 205.89 131.10 213.50

184.89 173.25 176.19 155.93 235.00 202.25 156.83 187.39 193.00 146.33 144.12 185.67 162.67 150.00 128.50 172.67 195.50 192.19 218.17 168.57 186.12 186.00 156.50 157.12 187.00 166.00 183.86 167.00 151.11 155.61 202.82 230.83 201.14 159.15 168.00 212.72

179.00 150.50 159.79 168.33 160.00 183.94 170.50 189.50 192.40 132.17 158.61 156.20 161.17 138.67 183.91 207.80 162.00 152.50 155.61 181.00 170.50 185.93 153.38 157.07 194.12 207.50 170.67 188.07 172.62 182.90

178.00 184.50 180.83 205.83 158.50 180.08 201.58 75.75 224.00 114.83 125.00 216.62 215.00 118.66 165.50 225.32 223.05 191.75 178.25 137.92 150.25 146.83 219.89 221.68 137.70 65.50 195.50

189.89 179.96 190.64 196.79 179.67 200.55 144.17 197.10 216.61 162.75 152.95 188.36 106.00 197.50 130.25 144.38 109.40 190.17 206.20 224.55 168.31 178.63 218.16 220.05 195.80 208.28 181.86 170.23 148.05 160.74 222.71 222.33 221.77 142.62 219.00 153.78 213.45

180.71 139.00 180.86 158.20 144.25 182.40 138.17 116.17 187.50 197.00 156.50 141.94 163.00 111.00 202.50 117.17 156.00 194.50 195.62 213.72 154.31 182.10 174.89 205.80 177.00 152.33 178.12 158.93 149.29 172.96 209.21 196.00 215.14 154.67 199.72 148.60 211.31

156.33 155.38 146.90 162.45 157.12 157.57 158.00 183.90 159.50 158.15 139.50 186.14 143.36 135.11 136.00 134.39

159.33 154.96 165.87 163.70 189.50 161.95 179.45 161.00 177.11 161.50 163.47 183.50 161.17 157.25 166.58 113.00 120.00 167.33 163.66 171.95

169.50 194.25 164.17 180.68 177.90 191.23 177.62 170.00 189.20 207.50 182.08 144.75 194.12 171.89 153.50 190.17 121.00 186.91 129.50 175.16 184.37

20 68 139 4 63 374 2 35 6 91 27 61 72 11 20 33 47 7 6 97 74 39 16 1 36 15 144 27 45 1 66 10 13 41 28 1 9 27 35 26 17 14 37 46 40 4 22

Total cow number

Grade 3 average

Dairy sired average

Beef sired average

Total N lambs



81.00 78.10 78.60 83.80 122.70 82.60 85.50 89.20

104.00 92.20 105.40 115.90 103.10 110.10 110.50 58.30 1630 106.60 117.70 111.10

1894 1355 572 1141 558 1259 719 3104 1107 1494 5076 1275

123.00 150.25 122.83 -

101.70 96.00 107.03 103.50 104.36 -

79.58 89.86 85.35 78.83 75.50 98.07 87.88 84.34 59.75 88.00 65.00 90.83 93.00 75.00 95.00 64.50 88.10 92.00 93.06 77.00 88.89 102.69 71.50 83.25 104.50 78.09 85.57 82.30 63.75 85.67 68.50

114.65 104.75 74.25 109.00 115.66 100.00 101.61 105.30 115.08 93.94 100.93 97.42 83.86 103.00 113.34 119.43 86.43 117.82 94.88 101.00 87.31 72.50 99.17 107.05 96.24 105.00 122.10 85.88 123.82 113.70 109.00 71.83 84.28 107.06 73.83 104.85 104.20 101.41 97.50 114.87

2010 996 1614 441 2678 1244 1299 480 2546 621 469 1639 183 2212 534 313 1229 245 234 1434 2080 1523 359 621 24 1151 1132 4515 478 419 842 3632 78 2379 225 1328 72 1531 1397 59 811 3223 350 1958 1622 1741 215 232 331 462 278 982 3618 1330 404 348 817 775 178 934 1436 347 961 240

Grade 1 average

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

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

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27 51 128 150 12 173 14 32 70 210 20 75 69 5 4 3 22 34 5 6 232 65 258 52 236 4 175 29 30 9 40 35 33 76 325 23 300 47 25 33 185

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1 0 8

4 3

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4 3 3

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All prices quoted in p/kg.

Source: IAAS/ScotEID


Source: AHDB/LAA



Total N/S lambs

N/S lambs light average

N/S lambs standard average

N/S lambs medium average

N/S lambs heavy average

N/S SQQ average

Total Ewes

Ewes average

1894 1355 572 1141 558 1259 719 3104 1107 1494 5076 1275

126.90 119.00 161.31 152.42 133.33 203.15 122.00 158.52 -

183.14 185.61 174.78 187.32 159.42 159.68 170.07 197.34 175.19 198.79 183.58 172.61 204.07

187.09 195.41 191.03 186.35 175.12 162.32 165.31 186.08 171.74 181.10 191.97 186.24 194.23

175.33 178.93 182.54 174.22 176.35 161.89 160.77 174.76 168.39 199.19 182.22 179.59 168.92

186.36 194.20 189.25 185.75 173.98 161.47 165.53 186.37 171.76 432 191.10 182.68 195.60

673 292 116 474 202 1145 290 1328 389 66.69 426 2167 -

53.97 67.24 71.74 52.10 56.56 55.98 55.86 62.10 53.73

2010 996 1614 441 2678 1244 1299 480 2546 621 469 1639 183 2212 534 313 1229 245 234 1434 2080 1523 359 621 24 1151 1132 4515 478 419 842 3632 78 2379 225 1328 72 1531 1397 59 811 3223 350 1958 1622 1741 215 232 331 462 278 982 3618 1330 404 348 817 775 178 934 1436 347 961 240

151.00 164.40 156.62 184.00 175.79 227.00 157.50 167.00 157.64 140.44 166.67 226.70 170.50 166.00 165.62 160.00 147.00 156.41 190.00 136.02 163.56 125.00 224.29 163.00 138.37 187.40 100.00 187.50 -

197.94 192.34 177.15 164.78 176.06 190.45 188.89 206.31 181.60 174.61 173.82 192.27 183.66 182.42 175.00 177.92 178.68 162.90 168.47 188.95 209.94 186.61 185.71 178.91 139.00 184.73 185.18 183.39 138.94 182.96 172.00 193.80 174.91 187.07 193.93 193.63 174.00 187.63 172.02 159.96 189.55 185.40 205.55 176.53 167.91 192.41 182.00 187.21 180.05 166.50 188.69 171.00 175.94 185.00 162.00 187.43 223.94 151.30 189.53 151.00

194.56 186.96 185.77 178.20 184.79 177.15 193.45 178.88 200.03 174.00 178.08 181.50 198.78 178.02 179.10 175.97 177.69 169.64 176.94 178.53 185.65 190.36 183.37 176.67 214.56 189.46 185.22 196.13 185.58 190.76 173.27 190.02 179.00 201.52 174.44 188.02 169.97 190.41 188.42 150.36 186.49 175.14 176.11 198.87 186.29 203.77 173.73 173.81 190.04 188.82 173.01 193.96 196.50 173.95 193.26 170.63 194.05 187.81 179.63 182.83 214.28 194.25 185.42 190.37

178.84 189.37 178.08 173.38 178.35 168.34 184.00 174.88 175.86 169.66 177.68 176.84 183.80 175.85 168.54 166.90 174.58 162.43 168.78 175.58 176.49 176.77 186.79 172.46 180.31 169.58 185.23 181.73 180.45 168.32 178.01 166.58 189.08 173.01 182.76 166.00 186.59 182.98 156.57 173.89 170.14 167.88 172.97 182.30 194.42 170.51 175.37 162.21 176.83 176.54 187.32 179.10 167.51 187.46 166.55 184.80 182.03 170.04 177.08 189.68 165.06 177.52 182.73

194.84 188.12 182.46 176.56 182.80 177.52 192.50 179.21 200.19 178.08 177.96 178.33 196.00 178.56 179.29 175.88 177.74 170.28 175.92 174.59 186.70 192.94 183.66 177.27 214.56 188.04 185.15 193.80 185.39 188.85 171.99 186.48 178.36 200.89 174.40 184.12 169.97 191.06 188.98 154.94 186.11 171.94 174.12 195.41 186.11 204.27 174.27 171.91 190.28 188.71 173.01 192.63 193.21 173.70 192.08 170.63 190.00 187.78 179.43 183.55 215.38 193.58 186.77 186.85

66.81 52.77 -

Source: AHDB/LAA

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556 361 775 208 1237 104 795 142 260 311 173 391 140 544 646 80 458 421 2369 7 104 350 13 474 245 988 8 244 173 3753 52 638 152 398 28 580 675 4 148 758 148 2277 363 915 250 344 133 7 84 294 253 429 148 31 165 67 61 85 69 248 780 48

70.68 53.38 62.41 44.05 55.52 56.69 61.27 68.04 64.34 53.04 49.49 46.47 48.98 62.59 58.35 50.99 62.72 52.22 61.65 59.00 55.94 58.15 66.69 51.96 51.93 58.54 60.50 57.06 50.81 65.52 61.48 59.63 58.43 58.76 41.79 54.44 52.13 29.00 65.70 43.95 53.32 67.19 74.23 67.64 55.60 45.85 71.73 56.86 44.37 51.44 60.49 60.81 66.75 44.98 62.87 51.48 50.22 65.84 69.17 66.45 65.73 59.21

Market day(s) week ending November 12 Bala Brecon Bryncir Builth Wells Carmarthen Dolgellau Gaerwen Hay On Wye Knighton Llanrwst Machynlleth Mold Monmouthshire Newcastle Emlyn Rhayader Market Ruthin St Asaph Talgarth Talybont-On-Usk Welshpool Whitland

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

Total cattle number

Light average

7 1 7 140 7 -

158.17 -


Medium average

Heavy average

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

101.00 189.00 162.24 -

162.36 190.00 172.13 -

172.75 -

178.00 177.92 254.00 -

178.33 168.33 140.67 -

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

Medium average


Heavy average

Total cow number

Grade 1 average

Grade 3 average

Dairy sired average

Beef sired average

220.75 -

33 35 16 1 87 20 38 -



60.00 74.70 73.33 83.78 74.62 -

102.03 91.68 100.38 110.00 108.19 81.57 100.76 -

153.36 -

186.54 -

Total N/S lambs

N/S lambs light average

N/S lambs standard average

N/S lambs medium average

N/S lambs heavy average

N/S SQQ average

Total Ewes

Ewes average

425 831 717 1499 557 605 123 917 1412 1078 410 1952 391 1199 617 3095 1169 736 4248 296

164.63 175.00 164.12 170.93 173.72 156.54 172.92 164.47 181.76 170.22 166.49 183.42 175.46 178.38 168.10 176.00 -

175.65 184.67 173.90 178.17 178.42 165.50 184.62 169.00 183.58 172.01 187.00 184.72 178.00 171.12 182.45 179.76 185.12 172.86 186.09 183.59

171.85 198.85 168.03 182.92 184.25 168.88 182.65 175.39 187.59 170.63 187.85 185.36 179.59 179.52 178.68 182.12 186.85 173.34 195.91 188.96

151.88 190.22 162.08 177.69 162.00 166.34 169.81 168.01 182.81 159.00 179.89 181.70 170.22 178.58 170.99 176.03 177.81 161.60 186.33 176.51

172.68 195.48 170.54 179.69 175.00 165.39 182.70 175.25 183.43 169.09 187.79 184.38 176.75 176.38 181.33 181.39 186.22 171.67 191.63 187.84

216 85 741 96 517 59 112 107 1097 100 132 113 595 281 55 1763 42

59.29 41.01 40.37 52.11 46.74 42.09 29.46 58.06 50.52 58.10 33.70 48.38 58.89 53.31 45.00 54.94 41.65


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12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers


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6-12 month steers

12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

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

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+ month ifers

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-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/8/441.88 -/-/-/-/13/441.92 -/-

7/460.00 -/-/-/1/230.00 -/-/-/5/490.00 -/-/-/8/447.50 15/587.67 -/-

-/-/-/-/3/640.00 -/-/-/4/712.50 -/-/-/9/531.11 11/667.27 1/620.00

/873.64 876.82

947.00 05.00 860.24

980.00 /691.00 /898.29 /890.80

CALVES (7-42 DAYS) Black and Continental Continental Native white bulls bulls heifers bulls

No. / Av. -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

No. / Av. 11/113.64 -/-/-/3/50.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

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Native heifers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

5/214.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

4/146.25 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

Source: AHDB/LAA

/581.0 654.3

696.4 475.0

883.0 /777.7 606.2

837.9 774.7

/631.4 /694.1 730.0


596.1 821.1 552.5 643.3

/817.3 /579.3

/635.8 /673.0 565.0

391.9 525.8 /708.9 650.0


/633.0 /662.4

/621.7 /740.0

515.5 /731.5 /698.3 550.4 539.4

762.5 745.6


-/19/233.2 -/-/1/500.0 -/-/2/340.0 4/360.0 1/245.0 -/-/-/-/-/6/100.0 1/55.0 2/227.5 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/1/320.0 -/-/2/280.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/1/210.0 9/361.1 -/-/2/35.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

-/3/498.3 -/-/4/500.0 -/-/6/493.3 4/420.0 16/514.4 -/-/-/-/-/-/13/440.2 2/177.5 -/3/393.3 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/3/590.0 4/597.5 -/-/-/-/9/430.0 -/1/290.0 -/4/280.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/1/210.0 23/390.9 -/-/2/492.5 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/3/518.3 -/-/1/530.0

-/23/612.0 -/-/14/724.3 -/-/-/10/679.5 32/494.6 -/-/-/-/-/10/686.5 12/665.1 5/640.0 -/25/587.0 -/1/855.0 -/-/11/633.6 -/-/-/-/13/726.2 21/655.5 -/-/-/-/6/588.3 26/647.7 1/470.0 -/3/363.3 -/2/807.5 -/-/7/795.0 -/19/632.9 43/678.8 -/-/1/765.0 17/665.6 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/6/745.0 -/-/-/-

p116 123 Nov15.indd 119

-/12/53.7 -/-/20/50.7 -/-/2/31.5 20/22.1 2/20.0 -/-/-/-/-/6/15.0 15/17.5 15/45.9 -/-/-/7/28.6 -/1/20.0 18/27.2 2/70.0 -/-/-/7/25.6 24/31.5 1/160.0 -/-/-/-/117/31.5 -/-/10/32.6 -/-/10/27.1 -/-/7/40.0 5/42.0 61/28.7 -/-/13/22.9 11/57.3 -/-/-/-/-/4/22.5 -/-/-/-/6/19.3

-/11/213.6 -/-/13/242.3 -/-/4/171.3 31/168.9 11/141.6 3/210.0 -/-/-/-/39/150.5 36/145.5 16/256.7 2/146.0 -/-/22/215.9 -/2/192.5 47/176.2 2/307.5 -/-/-/15/186.3 27/175.3 2/277.5 -/-/-/2/207.5 110/133.7 -/-/12/164.2 -/-/14/180.1 -/-/9/201.3 16/112.6 98/168.4 -/-/48/158.8 4/276.3 -/-/-/-/3/120.0 24/144.8 -/-/-/-/-/-

-/5/170.0 -/-/10/176.5 -/-/3/114.3 22/154.1 8/112.3 1/120.0 -/-/-/-/15/95.9 32/82.3 16/234.7 5/130.6 -/-/9/145.6 -/5/127.0 34/120.7 1/235.0 -/-/-/9/178.3 29/114.6 -/-/-/-/1/50.0 93/110.8 -/-/-/-/-/7/154.7 -/-/3/138.3 9/64.9 85/109.1 -/-/60/101.2 7/202.9 -/-/-/-/1/170.0 28/93.0 -/-/-/-/-/-

-/10/110.4 -/-/10/145.0 -/-/2/97.5 6/97.2 17/119.7 1/140.0 -/-/-/-/15/55.8 35/119.0 3/219.0 7/94.6 -/-/7/85.7 -/-/26/93.7 -/-/-/-/2/150.0 22/69.5 2/292.5 -/-/-/-/88/87.4 -/-/34/43.1 -/-/5/173.2 -/-/34/97.9 13/145.1 53/138.5 -/-/19/83.7 5/214.0 -/-/-/-/-/12/89.4 -/-/-/-/-/-

-/3/73.3 -/-/4/63.0 -/-/1/72.0 4/58.8 13/102.4 -/-/-/-/-/19/18.8 22/36.1 4/136.5 12/43.3 -/-/5/96.0 -/1/150.0 14/39.1 -/-/-/-/1/80.0 29/32.2 -/-/-/-/1/102.0 72/41.9 -/-/-/-/-/4/40.0 -/-/33/89.8 9/43.0 43/53.2 -/-/20/32.2 1/130.0 -/-/-/-/-/20/60.3 -/-/-/-/1/20.0



Primestock throughput, price and price change (p/kg). Week ending November 12, 2019. ENGLAND AND WALES Category




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

1,115 849 1,520 3,484 62,908 174 210 337 72 1051 996

169.83 176.65 190.18 180.37 185.33 107.52 115.93 117.27 102.06 85.26 106.97

3.99 6.01 1.96 3.77 9.50 -2.75 -4.78 -3.37 1.00 0.14 1.04





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

1,132 962 1,742 3,836 74,907 793 1199 1646

169.53 177.07 190.93 181.14 185.34 113.39 84.89 107.92

3.69 3.50 1.09 2.58 10.09 -3.04 0.59 0.81


NEW season lamb prices continued their upward trend, up 8 per cent on the week to 185.34p/kg. Cull ewes were also up £1.93/head to £58.28/h. Cattle markets remained strong with all rings seeing a price rise. Young bulls were up 3.69p/ kg to 169.53p/kg, while steer prices increased 3.50p/kg to 177.07p/kg. Heifer prices reached 190.93p/kg, a rise of 1.09p/kg, and cull cows were up 0.55p/kg to 97.56p/kg. Pig prices fell to 113.39p/g, down 3.04p/kg. As Farmers Guardian went to press on Wednesday (November 13), UK LIFFE wheat prices for May 2020 were trading at £151.75/tonne, a rise of £1.75 on the week.



Market day(s) w/e November 11

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

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

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.

7/715.7 -/6/524.2 3/784.3 10/555.5 2/540.0 -/3/415.0 42/594.3 -/30/838.5 -/1/465.0

1/830.0 -/24/724.4 74/898.6 32/761.4 -/-/23/731.7 53/834.1 -/26/921.0 -/-/-

5/702.0 -/23/761.3 58/901.7 59/863.6 1/710.0 -/31/851.8 76/929.9 -/28/901.6 -/-/-

3/501.7 -/-/4/867.5 15/515.7 1/390.0 -/12/467.9 29/473.8 -/3/678.3 -/7/404.3

5/880.0 -/21/618.1 58/871.2 27/664.1 -/-/12/595.8 42/657.6 -/15/693.3 -/1/415.0

11/730.0 -/13/658.5 34/874.1 38/655.7 2/710.0 -/21/728.6 85/807.7 -/29/880.7 -/-/-

STORES (NATIVE-SIRED) 6-12 month steers

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

12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

-/-/3/243.3 1/742.0 1/550.0 1/540.0 -/4/313.0 6/498.3 -/-/-/1/510.0

-/-/3/618.3 8/757.1 11/686.8 -/-/2/452.5 12/591.3 -/-/-/-/-

-/-/8/568.1 7/823.1 10/785.0 2/880.0 -/24/793.3 30/824.5 -/9/750.6 -/-/-

-/-/-/-/-/-/-/2/257.5 24/453.5 -/-/-/9/297.2

-/-/2/585.0 5/471.6 3/510.0 -/-/4/477.5 17/490.9 -/-/-/2/382.5

-/-/2/450.0 7/630.1 1/550.0 -/-/14/595.0 10/781.0 -/-/-/1/500.0


Bryncir Cardigan Carmarthen Dolgellau Gaerwen Haverfordwest Knighton Mold 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

Native heifers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av. No. / Av.

-/-/-/-/1/510.0 -/-/14/216.1 -/-/-/-/-/-

-/-/10/258.0 -/7/461.4 -/-/22/428.6 3/360.0 -/-/-/-/-

-/-/8/514.4 -/8/669.4 5/620.0 -/30/577.2 8/562.5 -/-/-/-/-

-/-/86/28.0 -/-/3/50.7 -/32/25.0 10/38.5 30/32.1 2/79.5 -/11/45.1

-/-/61/172.4 -/-/-/-/16/180.5 16/193.6 33/90.9 12/251.4 -/28/140.2

-/-/51/120.3 -/-/-/-/15/112.7 14/168.9 22/64.1 7/168.1 -/23/107.3

-/-/36/110.1 -/-/-/-/13/32.5 3/102.7 11/53.0 3/92.3 -/23/76.5

-/-/53/58.1 -/-/-/-/13/56.5 1/20.0 11/26.3 4/74.8 -/23/52.7

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Deadweight prices for the week ending November 9, 2019.


w/e November 12

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

Source: AHDB/LAA


Mo Th Fr Fr

We Mo Fr We Sa We Th

We Fr Tu We Mo Th Tu Mo We Fr



3225 -

60.4 -

458 187 582 463 -

54.5 60.3 48.7 55.3 -

35 1442 2203 28 1054 641 424 4530 3924 294 180 131 3821 258 75 532 383

66.9 62.7 63.7 65.6 51.5 59.8 63.6 62.4 64.8 48.8 64.7 59.2 59.1 51.4 59.6 49.8 60.0

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

PIGS Prices in p/kg.

Th Fr Th Fr Fr\Mo

Th Mo Mo Th\Fr


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




4277 26 2652 152

56.2 53.8 64.3 54.7

We Tu

38 700

53.3 57.8

71 4 836 80 684 200 96 2697 130 97 687 136 133 123 39 -

53.1 39.0 62.8 49.8 54.2 57.8 49.3 63.4 57.5 52.1 55.0 57.6 53.0 58.8 57.3 -

Tu Th Fr

Sa We We We Th

Mo Tu Sa Tu

Tu Tu We Tu Sa We



2098 714 88 933 792 -

50.6 54.7 41.1 48.7 49.8 -

267 678 3467 2386

58.8 54.8 56.8 60.7

Source: AHDB/LAA


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


Fr Mo

We\Mo Th




97 1414 85 922 181 1068 -

37.5 38.1 37.4 57.5 57.4 59.8 -

Source: AHDB/LAA Market day Pigs total w/e: Nov 12

Ashford Leek Selby York

Tu Th\Tu We Mo

Porkers average

76 126 363 56

95.36 112.37 115.22 115.75

WEANER PRICES Week ending November 9, 2019

Figures drawn from eight GB pig producer marketing groups. Prices quoted in £/head. Nov 2 Nov 9 30kg Weighted Average N/A 54.87 7kg Weighted Average 41.10 40.48 *Insufficient quotations to quote regional prices. Source: AHDB

120 | NOVEMBER 15 2019

p116 123 Nov15.indd 120

Cutters average

Baconers average

100.96 115.37 116.30 126.29

100.33 110.24 117.99 124.77


-U R O+ -O Average Number

Northern 3 4L

Central 3

333.8 336.3 318.0 288.9 324.1 4418

333.7 328.0 317.9 295.3 316.5 4511

330.0 339.7 326.6 299.2

-U R O+ -O Average Number

Northern 3 4L

Central 3

337.2 330.8 316.7 276.8 323.4 2581

337.1 330.0 312.3 282.4 316.8 3150

336.2 333.5 323.8 300.1


Central 3

-U R O+ -O Average Number

323.9 321.3 300.9 279.5 304.9 611

326.8 320.6 303.1 274.0 310.0 331

345.0 319.3 296.4

Scotland 3 4L

333.1 325.9 314.5 287.9 313.9 3084

345.3 344.2 338.0 311.0 341.6 3585

330.7 326.6 312.5 296.1

348.0 346.8 338.5 316.0

4L 338.2 330.7 315.4 296.4

4L 337.0 310.3 304.6 278.0

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

335.5 330.6 316.1 291.5 316.1 1819

349.5 343.0 338.3 306.7 342.6 2713

333.7 328.5 315.7 294.2

350.9 345.9 340.4 295.9

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

309.5 311.7 291.9 270.0 294.1 158

328.7 324.8 311.5 280.2 316.5 410

317.5 300.0 265.0

329.3 314.3 306.0 279.0

DEADWEIGHT SHEEP N/S deadweight prices for the week ending November 9, 2019. SQQ E U R O P

2 439.7 436.7 424.8 400.2 266.7

(856) (2251) (6492) (1830) (9)

3L 446.6 438.0 425.0 407.2

(1988) (11396) (20884) (3036)

Cull sows total 8 9 22 7

Cull sows average 52.12 71.11 75.32 76.29

Medium E U R O P

2 439.9 437.2 428.2 406.7 240.0

(850) (2131) (5021) (894) (3)

3L 446.7 438.2 426.3 412.6

(1979) (11168) (18581) (1999)

3H 429.7 425.9 416.0 403.7

(781) (4062) (6378) (415)

Source: AHDB 4L 412.4 406.8 400.3 391.8

(140) (663) (973) (28)

4H 373.7 376.3 369.3 352.5

(9) (95) (113) (4)

Source: AHDB

4L 412.4 407.0 400.9 396.6

(140) (659) (934) (22)

4H 373.7 376.3 369.3 345.0

(9) (95) (113) (3)

DEADWEIGHT PIGS Latest deadweight prices.

Source: AHDB

STANDARD PIG PRICE (SPP) Great Britain (85,548 pigs, av. weight 84.53) Oct 27-Nov 2 compared to Oct 20-26

ALL PIG PRICE (APP) Great Britain (85,535 pigs, av. weight 85.11) Oct 20-26 compared to Oct 13-19

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

Price Change 137.74 0.90 157.02 0.51 158.91 0.47 158.91 0.71 158.32 0.73 137.79 1.07 158.76 0.68

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

157.71 154.91

APP (EU Spec) APP (UK Spec)

SPP (EU Spec) SPP (UK Spec)

Number 661 4,183 20,073 36,929 20,448 3,254 77,450

0.92 0.89


*week ending November 2, 2019.

(781) (4028) (5958) (290)

Average: 427.16 (56,059)

Week ending November 13, 2019

%change (2018) +1.78 -1.81 -3.26 +4.24 -12.42

3H 429.7 426.0 417.0 408.6

Deadweight sheep prices are collected from a sample of GB abattoirs. The sample accounts for about one-third of deadweight sales; prices quoted p/kg are averages for all qualities 12-21.5kg.

Estimates for Great Britain (per thousand head), week ending November 9, 2019. 2019 179.89 270.14 17.47 14.02 2.30

332.3 329.5 318.4 296.9

Southern 3 4L


SLAUGHTERINGS Pigs* Sheep Steers Heifers Young bulls


Average: 424.8 (63,088)


Source: IAAS/ScotEID



Source: AHDB

■ CARLISLE: Mon, wheat straw, mini Hesstons to £69/tonne, round bales to £9/ bale; barley straw, mini Hesstons to £71/t, round bales to £15/bale; oat straw, mini Hesstons to £55/t. ■ SKIPTON: Mon, barley straw, mini Hesstons to £16/bale.

Number 872 4,742 18,208 35,023 22,096 4,594 75,327

Price Change 145.56 2.54 160.06 -0.19 160.63 0.49 160.21 0.45 159.45 0.45 140.38 -1.08 160.09 0.45 158.88 156.09

0.28 0.29


Prices in euros. Averages for week ending Nov 3, 2019. ■ N. IRELAND: Steers R3 euro/kg/dw No data available. ■ IRELAND: Steers R3 euro/kg/dw 3.44 (-0.0 change on week in euros) Source: AHDB

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370 360

p/kg deadweight

200 190 180

350 340 330






































370 360

p/kg deadweight

200 190 180

350 340 330












270 2019


450 400







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SPP (2018) APP (2018)

SPP (2019) APP (2019)

110 Sep










Dairy-sired (2018) Beef-sired (2018­)

Dairy-sired (2019) Beef-sired (2019)











p/kg deadweight (EU spec)









2019 2018 Jan









300 Apr

130 Mar











p/kg deadweight



p/kg liveweight






























310 Feb

p/kg liveweight



p/kg liveweight



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UK DELIVERED PRICES – SUMMARY Thursday, November 7, 2019 (£ per tonne).

East Anglia / London (BW)


North-West grains/ Liverpool OSR

Avonmouth feed /South bread


Central Scotland

Source: AHDB

Delivery Bread Wheat Feed Wheat Feed Barley Oilseed Rape Price Change Price Change Price Change Price Change Nov-2019 159.50 +4.00 144.50 +3.50 128.00 +1.50 - Dec-2019 161.00 +4.50 145.50 +3.50 128.50 +0.50 - Jan-2020 162.00 +4.00 146.50 n/c - - - Feb-2020 163.50 +4.50 149.00 +5.00 - - - Nov-2019 163.00 +4.00 - - - - - Dec-2019 164.50 +4.50 - - - - - Jan-2020 166.00 +4.50 147.00 n/c - - - Feb-2020 167.00 +5.00 148.50 n/c - - - Nov-2019 173.00 +4.00 150.00 n/c - - 336.50 +5.00 Dec-2019 174.50 +4.50 151.00 +4.50 - - 337.50 +5.00 Jan-2020 176.50 +4.50 - - - - - Feb-2020 177.50 +4.50 - - - - 339.00 +4.00 Nov-2019 - - 145.00 +4.50 129.50 +2.00 - Dec-2019 - - 146.00 +4.50 130.50 +2.00 - Jan-2020 - - 147.50 +4.50 132.00 n/c - Feb-2020 - - 149.50 +4.50 - - - Nov-2019 171.50 +5.00 146.50 +4.50 129.50 n/c 332.00 +5.00 Dec-2019 172.50 +5.00 148.50 +5.50 - - 333.00 +5.00 Jan-2020 174.50 +5.50 - - - - - Feb-2020 175.50 +5.00 152.00 +5.50 - - 334.50 +4.00 Nov-2019 - - - - - - - -

Tuesday, November 12, 2019 English (£/hectare) – 2019 season averages. VAT sales Leasing/naked

acre letting

Non-SDA £111.65 SDA £156.49 Moorland £39.10 – Welsh Season average. VAT sales


acre letting

0.5-1.0 n N/A Scottish Regions 1, 2 and 3 Season average. VAT sales Leasing/naked

acre letting

0.9-1.0 n


Northern Irish Season average. VAT sales


acre letting

1.0-1.1 n N/A

UK DELIVERED RAPESEED PRICES Thursday, November 7, 2019 (£ per tonne). Oilseed Rape East Anglia / London Erith Liverpool Hull / Selby Scottish Ports

Source: AHDB

Nov-2019 - 336.50 336.50 332.00 -

Dec-2019 - 337.50 337.50 333.00 -

Feb-2020 - - - 339.00 - 339.00 - 334.50 - - -

FUTURES MARKETS (WHEAT) Thursday, November 7, 2019 (£ per tonne). LIFFE

Source: AHDB

Price Change on last price Change on last £/tonne £/tonne MATIF €/tonne €/tonne £/tonne

Nov-19 143.00 +4.45 Jan-20 144.75 +4.45 Mar-20 148.05 +4.75 May-20 151.25 +5.05 Jul-20 156.30 +5.80 Nov-20 159.00 +6.50 Jan-21 160.45 +6.85

Dec-19 178.50 +0.50 Mar-20 180.50 -0.25 May-20 182.50 -0.25 Sep-20 180.00 unch Dec-20 182.50 -0.25 Mar-21 185.00 -1.00 May-21 186.50 -1.25

English, Welsh and Scottish entitlements have flat rate values for 2019. Northern Irish have different historic values moving towards a flat rate by 2021/2022. All transfers without land are subject to VAT if the transferor is VAT registered. Non-VAT sales often attract an additional 10-15 per cent premium. PREDICTED ENGLISH 2019 PAYMENT/HA England – Non-SDA = £232.88; SDA = £231.15; Moorland = £63.42 (subject to FDM) Scotland – R1 = £210; R2 = £35, R3 = £11. Wales - £237 for first 54ha and £133 thereafter. Subject to FDM, payment adjustments and changes. Based on RPA confirmed 2019 exchange rate of €1 = £0.89092 and 2018 figures n Multipliers shown are based on the value of BPS payment excluding the greening element in Wales/NI but including the greening element in Scotland r Predicted

+0.43 -0.22 -0.22 unch -0.22 -0.86 -1.08

Source: Townsend Chartered Surveyors

SUPERMARKET RED MEAT PRICES Week ending November 16, 2019 (prices in p/kg). This week Last week


Source: AHDB

Thursday, November 7, 2019 WHEAT BARLEY (£ per tonne). Milling Feed & Malting Feed & Bread Other Other Premium Other Other

OATS Milling

147.60 138.20 134.90 - - - - South East - - 135.10 - - - - South West 148.70 136.40 132.00 - - 118.50 - Midlands 149.30 138.30 135.50 127.60 130.70 120.10 - Eastern - - 133.60 - - 120.60 - North East - - 137.50 - - - - North West 148.90 138.10 134.60 128.50 129.90 119.90 - England & Wales - - 138.40 - - - - South Scotland - - - - - - - Central Scotland - - - - - - - North Scotland - - 137.90 - - - - Scotland 148.90 138.10 134.90 128.50 129.90 119.90 - Great Britain - - - - - - - Northern Ireland 148.90 138.10 134.90 128.50 129.90 119.90 - United Kingdom +2.00 -1.80 +0.70 +0.90 n/c -0.70 - Change on last week (£/t)

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Micronising peas

Nov 263.00 Dec 264.00 Jan 265.00

23/08/2018 19:27

All prices £/tonne ex-farm Feed Feed peas beans 170.00 171.00 172.00

176.00 177.00 178.00

BEEF Roasting Joint Sirloin Steak Rump Steak Fillet Steak Diced Braising Steak Lean Mince Standard Mince LAMB Whole Leg Shoulder (Bone-in) Shanks Steaks Chops Diced Standard Mince PORK Leg (Boneless) Shoulder (Boneless) Fillet (Tenderloin) Loin Steaks Chops Diced Belly Slices Ribs Lean Mince

874 928 1684 1684 1318 1318 3000 3055 784 784 994 994 641 641 406 406

932 894 743 789 0 0 1374 1374 1191 1191 1357 1357 756 756 450 450

328 361 749 725 517 517 629 629 535 535 524 524 572 572 540 540 Source: AHDB

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Last updated November 13, 2019.


UK DELIVERED WHEAT PRICES NOV DEC 145.00 146.00 - - 144.50 145.50 147.00 149.00 150.00 151.00 - - 146.50 148.50 - - - - 145.00 - - - - - 148.00 149.00 145.00 -

JAN FEB 147.50 149.50 - - 146.50 149.00 150.00 151.00 - - - - - 152.00 147.00 148.50 - - - - - - - - - - - -

MAY 153.00 152.50 154.50 155.00 -

NOV DEC 173.00 174.50 163.00 164.50 - - 159.50 161.00 171.50 172.50

JAN FEB 176.50 177.50 166.00 167.00 - - 162.00 163.50 174.50 175.50

MAY 181.00 170.50 167.00 178.50

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

NOV DEC - - 152.50 153.50 - - - - 154.00 155.00 - -

JAN FEB 160.50 161.50 - - - - - - 156.50 157.50 - -

MAY 165.00 161.00 -

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

POTATO PRICES Maincrop GB spot price. Week ending November 15, 2019.

Source: AHDB

PACKING Scotland Maris Piper Whites Bakers

Lowest 110 115 -

Median Highest Trend 130 155 Y 130 150 Y - - -

England Whites King Edward Salads (M Peer, Charlotte and Gemson) Reds Maris Piper

Lowest 130 - - 150 130

Median Highest Trend 150 200 Y - - - - 175 220 Y 155 180 Y

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

Lowest 180 130 130

Median Highest Trend 190 220 Y 160 200 Y 145 180 Y

WEEKLY AVERAGES GB weekly average price (£/t) GB weekly free-buy price (£/t)

Oct 26 138.75 119.68

Nov 2 140.58 122.88


Nov 12 152.63 134.44

Trend Y Y


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

Note: Good quality straw is becoming harder to purchase.

Pickup baled hay and straw Big sq. baled straw Seed Meadow Barley Wheat Barley Wheat hay hay straw straw straw straw

Good Good Good Good Good Good Good 45 100 80 80 60 48 40 55 - - - - 50 45 50 - - - - 45 45 55 - - - - 45 45 50 90 80 80 60 40 35 54 110 82 - - 42 37 55 110 90 70 60 45 38 55 - - - - 45 38 50 - - - - 42 37 50 120 100 - - 45 40 40 - - - - 50 45 Source: British Hay and Straw Merchants’ Association

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

Big bale hay



Thursday, November 7, 2019.

Week ending November 17, 2019.


Commodity Hi Pro – West Coast Hi Pro – South East Soya hulls Maize distillers Wheat gluten pellets - South West Non-GM Imported sugar beet pellets Whole maize PCR Negative Palm kernel expellers Rapeseed meal basis Erith Kent Rapeseed meal basis Liverpool Wheat distillers pellets/meal Humber Organic Organic maize Organic wheat Organic peas Organic sunflower

Source: Straights Direct November 295.00 300.00 145.00 198.00 164.00

December Jan-Apr 295.00 298.00 300.00 300.00 143.00 144.00 199.00 199.00 164.00 165.00

184.00 179.00 140.00 P.O.A. P.O.A. 208.00

184.000 179.00 140.00 P.O.A. 190.00 208.00

174.00 177.00 137.00 185.00 P 191.00 L 190.00 P 195.00 L 208.00 A 211.00 L

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Key: All prices in pounds sterling. Currency, £/$1.2835 £/€1.1651 Guide prices indicated include delivery charge of £6/tonne. X = After safe arrival; F = First half; S = Second half; R = November A = December P= January Z = December/January J = January/April L= February/April

MILK PRICE LEAGUE TABLE September 2019 Companies

Monthly price

Arla Foods - Sainsburys Müller Milk & Ingredients Booths Müller Milk & Ingredients Co-op Dairy Group Müller Milk & Ingredients M&S Müller Milk & Ingredients Sainsbury’s Müller Milk & Ingredients TSDG (Tesco) First Milk Liquid4 Müller Milk & Ingredients Direct3 Barber A.J & R.G Belton Farm First Milk Manufacture2 Glanbia - Llangefni Lactalis - Caledonian Cheese South Caernarfon Creameries UK Arla Farmers Manufacturing1 Wyke Farms Freshways Meadow Foods (A&B)

Source: AHDB Annual average

29.96 29.71 33.52 33.43 29.49 29.41 33.47 33.39 30.27 30.19 31.14 31.06 26.93 26.94 26.37 26.30 29.09 27.62 27.35 27.35 27.05 27.05 26.20 26.18 27.22 27.22 27.18 27.35 28.36 28.12 28.61 27.62 25.56 25.68 25.03 25.03

1. This contract will receive a 13th payment, the forecast for this is approximately 0.90ppl from October 2018. 2. This contract will receive a 0.25ppl Member Premium payment from April 2019 and a Tesco supplement of 1.56ppl for May 2019. 3. This contract will receive a Direct Premium payment of 0.5ppl from January 2019 4. This contract will receive a 0.25ppl Member Premium payment from April 2019.

UK MONTHLY MILK PRODUCTION August UK milk deliveries were up one per cent year on year, to 1,207 million litres. Cumulatively this was 2.3 per cent up on the same period in 2018. August GB milk deliveries were up 0.7 per cent year on year to 1,020m litres, up 2.3 per cent on the year cumulatively.


Last updated November 11, 2019. Source: AHDB/LAA/IAAS



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FARMING: THE BACKBONE O Dairy Days, an exhibition at the Dales Countryside Museum, looks at the history of dairying in Wensleydale, the legacy of its famous cheese and the role of women through time. Emily Ashworth speaks to Karen Griffiths, who runs the exhibition.


t is said that about 6,000 years ago, the first farmers began to arrive in Wensleydale, North Yorkshire, finding fertile soil and woodland. With most families keeping Northern Dairy Shorthorns over time, their animals were kept for milk as much as meat, using the milk to make cheese which could be salted and kept as stored food over winter. Now, sheep scatter the moors and there are hardly any dairy farms left in the surrounding area. Yet for a long period of time, cows were the main economic providers. But cheesemaking is integrated into Wensleydale’s story, and helping to continue that is Karen Griffiths, interpretation officer for the Dales National Park. Karen has been running the Dairy Days project, which ends with the current exhibition displaying the timeline of dairy farming and cheesemaking in the area. There are a series of historic displays which showcase milking equipment from times gone by, and written records from the sales of cheese from the 1800s, plus the integral roles of families and individuals from across the Dales. Looking at women in the industry, however, was also something Karen wanted to focus on. She says: “There is a story to be told about dairy which hasn’t been told yet, and I felt there was a lot more to be said about women who worked in the industry in the past. “A typical Dales farm is a family farm. The men managed the cattle, but it was the women who turned that milk in to butter and cheese and that’s what brought the cash in. They also did a lot of the selling. “We can only go back as far as historical records allow, but by the time you get to the 18th and 19th century, there was very much a division of labour. “Even looking at auction photographs now, you see a lot more women than you would ever have done in the past.” Part of the project is to also help boost businesses in the area and Karen is doing a lot of work with

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You might think farmers are stick-in-themuds, but the revolutions they had to go through shows incredible adaptability

Keeping the rich history of dairy alive

KAREN GRIFFITHS farm businesses, providing them with materials to share with their visitors, such as leaflets and display boards to help increase awareness of farm products and practices. The exhibition touches on the future of dairy and cheesemaking in the area, looking at farms who are operating various businesses, such as homemade ice cream or chutneys for cheese. But the art of traditional cheesemaking is a diminishing skill. “The actual magic of cheesemaking was lost a long time ago,” she says.

Complex “You can read about the origins of Wensleydale cheesemaking, but the story is much more complex than anything you will find by just googling it.” Significant changes happened during the 1920s, as women travelled further afield to go and be properly trained as cheesemakers. “You’ve got the women in the farmhouse with this incredible knowledge passed on from their mothers and their grandmothers, and when cheesemaking moved in to factories, women went to be trained in colleges and came back with the latest scientific knowledge,” says Karen.

Martin Coates and Karen Griffiths, who runs the Dairy Days project.

Christmas cheese IN the 19th century, blue Wendsleydale cheese was considered to be far superior to Stilton and families would order one to have on the table at Christmas.

As eras passed, people’s tastes changed too, and most farmers switched from their trusted Dairy Shorthorn to British Friesians during the 1950s, which produced a less fatty tasting milk. That adaptability is something Karen admires about the farming community and a trait highlighted throughout her research. “I’ve listened to these men whose fathers and grandfathers farmed

before them, and I’ve spoken to the last generation of men who remember farms that could make a good living from a dozen cows,” she says. “You might think farmers are stick-in-the-muds, especially in the Dales, but the revolutions they had to go through, from hand-milking to pumping it through a line, and the changes in the parlour, that’s all within living memory and it shows incredible adaptability.

Progressive “There is a massive pride in these stories and history. “It’s a very progressive [industry] and when people come on holiday, they think it’s always been like this, but it hasn’t.” The exhibition also connects visitors to the produce, as they can wander

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around the exhibition, read about the area’s rich dairy history and then go and taste the cheese for themselves. Karen says: “This museum is about the effect this landscape has had on the people, and the people’s effect on the landscape. “They might go away and notice churn stands or cheese press stones – there’s evidence everywhere about dairy. “People think the Dales are about sheep but that’s only a recently relevant thing. Cows were your money and by far the most valuable asset you wold have had on your farm.” MORE INFORMATION The Dairy Days exhibition runs until December 31 at the Dales Countryside Museum, Hawes

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Fran and Martin Coates THE Coates family has farmed near Hawes for hundreds of years, originally milking Dairy Shorthorns. Production then switched to beef and sheep and it is a system which Martin Coates still runs across 283 hectares (700 acres). He says: “We still carry the same amount of sheep per acre as Grandad did, but I do remember Grandad hand milking in the 1950s, but not to sell. “Dad moved to beef and sheep and battery hens to generate extra income. A lot of farmers were encouraged in to egg production.” It is Fran, though, Martin’s wife, who began to take up traditional cheesemaking, creating it for the

use of the family and is featured in the Dairy Days exhibition. Her cheese and bread, says Martin, is ‘out of this world’. “Fran’s cheese was really rich and creamy and full. Sadly though, [food] is cheaper to buy in the supermarket,” says Martin. “We have lost the taste of traditional foods.”

Milking Fran moved to Redshaw Farm more than 35 years ago, but milking had finished by the time she arrived. There are still, however, old pipelines in the barn from the farm’s dairy days. Fran firstly bought one Jersey

cow and a small milking machine and researched the cheesemaking process. She then went on to buy a Dairy Shorthorn. Fran says: “I’ve always had a bit of an urge to be self-sufficient and so I decided I wanted a dairy cow. “There is trend going back towards artisan cheeses. “There are quite few cheesemakers starting up and it is nice to see. “It is about recording history and preserving the knowledge of these things. “I found it difficult to actually find out how to make cheese and I think we need to go back to the traditional way of producing things.”



MORE INFORMATION For more information, visit

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Every week we follow the ups and downs of farmers around the UK MARTIN KENNEDY

Perthshire Martin is married with three daughters and farms with his wife Jane on a hill farm rising to 760 metres (2,500ft) above sea level. They have 600 breeding ewes, 30 continental cows and 30 highlanders. Martin is in his third year as NFU Scotland vice-president after serving three years as Less Favoured Area committee chairman.


e are still in uncertain times and, as a General Election approaches, it is anybody’s guess as to how Brexit will progress if at all. One thing is for sure, every time there is an extension there seems to be a lift in prices for products relying on exports. This was evident when the last deal was not ratified; there was a lift in the cereal price as exports would be allowed for a further period of time into Europe without the possible risk of no-deal tariffs being in place. It is the same for lamb. Prices are steadily lifting, and this was the sector we all thought would be most at risk. There is another factor in the mix with lamb; African swine fever (ASF) is giving cause for concern. Places such as New Zealand and Australia are cashing in on this chance to fill the protein shortfall in places such as China. The chances are they will be less likely to fill their usual quota to Europe in the coming months. With the increasing outbreak of this terrible disease in China and beyond, which is now spreading to areas of the world which should give us concern,

‘It takes a disaster somewhere else in the world before we get any benefit’ we as consumers should be very aware of the threat this poses to our own production, not only in Scotland, but in the whole of the UK. To put things into perspective and understand the scale of this issue, China has about 430 million pigs and they have already lost about 200m. Scotland’s total is about 320,000. This means China would consume Scotland’s total production for a year in about eight hours. You might think this means Scotland doesn’t produce a lot, but there is about 25 per cent more weight of saleable meat produced from the pig sector in Scotland than there is lamb. The scale of this is huge, and if ASF was to enter the UK, we would be facing a

massive shortfall in healthy protein. Scottish pig producers use about 150,000 tonnes of cereals each year, so the knock-on effect this would have on our cereal sector is considerable. As I have often said, the interdependency between sectors in Scotland is stark. On the back of this doom and gloom, quality nutritious protein from our livestock sectors should see a further rise in the price before too long, although it does not yet seem to have an effect on the beef sector, although I am pretty sure this is on the horizon. It’s really sad that it takes a disaster somewhere else in the world and others to suffer before we get any benefit. Freezer and chill space is full on the back of the Brexit saga, so this will

need to be cleared first before any significant price rise will be felt, as these stores will be required for export. Future uncertainty with the election should encourage us to challenge political candidates to make sure all our sectors receive a meaningful share of the margin generated between farm and fork, because at the minute it is certainly not meaningful. We should push to get food production on the educational curriculum to allow the truth to be told about why we are not in the same place as other parts of the world with production methods. If we do not get recognition soon for what we produce here, our products will simply be exported to areas where they are appreciated.

Farmers Weather by Dr Simon Keeling

Warning: winter headlines ahead AUTUMN has certainly made its presence felt this year; cool temperatures and heavy rain have been a feature of the weather. More flooding may occur in the next day or so, before things begin to hopefully quieten down a little next week. As less wet weather arrives, the media will be turning its attention to winter weather, sensationalising its impact and trying to convince us the weather has never been this bad. So to try to pre-empt the inevitable, here are three terms farmers should be on watch for, and an explanation as to what they are. Regular readers will have seen me mention these before. 126 | NOVEMBER 15 2019

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Firstly, there is the North Atlantic oscillation. This is an index which measures the westerliness of winds across the Atlantic. If winds are prevailing westerly, the index is positive and the weather in the UK is usually mild. However, the winds can also become more easterly, noted with a negative index, and colder weather may ensue. Next is sudden stratospheric warming (SSW). This is a phrase which has taken hold in recent years and is a phenomena of the upper stratosphere (at about 100,000ft). Various factors can lead to sudden rises in temperature (sometimes

50degC over a few days) at these levels. This can lead to a weaker jet stream and cooler temperatures. And then there is the polar vortex. Again, an entirely natural phenomena which occurs during winter. An area of strong winds at high levels surrounding the North Pole, this can be weakened by SSW events. This, in turn, leads to the vortex ‘slipping’ off the pole, and as it does so it can drag cold air into areas of the northern hemisphere. These are all factors we are now monitoring as winter arrives, and we will be including the information we gather in our free twice-weekly farming videos at

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NEXT WEEK Powys James Powell Cheshire Ian Garnett

‘You only live once and it should not just be for work’ Cambridgeshire Russell is farm manager for John Sheard Farms and a partner in the family farm of D.J. Tebbit, responsible for a total of 995ha (2,457 acres), with land crossing into Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. Cropping is split between winter wheat grown for seed, milling and feed, winter barley, winter oilseed rape, spring barley, spring beans and spring oats. Russell is an AHDB monitor farmer and a 2014 Nuffield Scholar.


rutal is how I would describe this autumn. It has seen relentless unsettled weather with a barrage of rain and showers, and not many dry days in between.

On the positive side, we planted 275 hectares (680 acres) of wheat out of the 445ha (1,100 acres) planned. However, I fear the potential may be limited with slow emergence and the lateness of drilling. But others have not had the opportunity to get much, or anything, in at all. COLUMN I admit to pushing the Heavy trailed drills have button on a 25-tonne order become tender soil’s worst enemy this year, resulting in a 10 days ago when some blocks of land were looking more demand for lighter weight mountun-drillable by the day. ed tine drills and a lot of resurrecting This was also driven by the fact I machines from the back of the shed or could not get excited by the prospect searching the country (and abroad) of a large spring barley area with for these type of drills. prices under pressure, especially after In theory you should never gear a recent experience with some quesup for that once-in-every-10-years tionable rejections on outgoing loads. difficult season, but sometimes you A potentially big area of a crop have to hold your hands up and revert which in reality has a finite demand to plan B, or maybe C, D, or even E. does not bode well. Inevitably this pushes spring cropWhatever the season, it is imporping into focus and spring wheat has tant to take time out from work and all but sold out in a short window. value moments with your family, Prices also rose rapidly due to especially if you have children. demand in that time.



I am a massive cricket fan and have been fortunate to watch my youngest represent Northamptonshire. You can’t get that time back and no matter how difficult work gets with the long hours, it is important to cherish family time and feel no guilt about creating memories. You only live once and it should not just be for work. A poignant thought for my last column. Thank you to all who have read them and, if you haven’t, you did not miss much! NEXT MONTH Taking over from Russell McKenzie will be Tom Clarke, a fourth-generation farmer from Cambridgeshire

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Forthright opinions from throughout the world of agriculture

‘Will it be turkeys or farmers stuffed this Christmas?’


f I may paraphrase American founding father Benjamin Franklin, ‘in this world nothing can be said to be certain except death, taxes and elections’. It has been just over 30 months since Theresa May wanted to get her ‘strong and stable’ mandate through Parliament, and we all know how that worked out. So here we are on the cusp of another General Election on December 12.

I was born in Norfolk, live in Norfolk and I am a farmer’s son, which means one thing, I am a Conservative voter. This part of the world is one of the safest places to be a Conservative Parliamentary candidate. Yet here we are, just over a month to go until the election, and I genuinely do not know where I am going to put my X on the ballot paper. It would usually be a no-brainer,

Prime Minister Boris Johnson is looking to secure a mandate for his vision of Brexit.


Grain trader and agricultural recruitment expert who lives on the family farm in Norfolk

but this time I feel politically homeless. According to a survey conducted by The Independent in summer, 53 per cent of voters feel the same way. Now Boris Johnson is a lot of fun, but so is my new labrador puppy, Bo. Off he goes running around, getting all excited about various things, then inevitably, the moment your back is turned he does a wee in the corner of the room and will not make eye contact with you. But that is enough about Mr Johnson. Obviously, I will not vote for comrade Corbyn, because I am neither a communist, nor mad. Of course there are the Liberal Democrats, and I do admire the way they have set their stall out as a vote for them is a vote to stop Brexit.

Article 50 However, this is all well and good, but once you have revoked Article 50, what are you going to do with the other four years, 11 months and 30 days of your premiership? Finally, there is Nigel Farage’s Brexit Party. I only realised this week I have something in common with Mr Farage. No, not our shared love of wax jackets, but

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that he will not be standing as a candidate this election, which, interestingly, neither will I. Joking aside, my decision will be made by which one I think will deliver its promises and support the rural and farming community, which does not make my choice any easier.

Soundbites None of them seem to grasp the idea of what happens on farms, in the countryside or in rural businesses, except for a few soundbites when the cameras are rolling and appearing on Countryfile to spout platitudes about backing British farmers, while also handshaking a deal with the USA to import chlorinated chicken. Perhaps I will spoil my paper, but I do hope I will have some clarity before December 12. However, regardless of whether I do, just in time for Christmas, we will have a result, of that we can be sure. The question is, will it be the turkeys who get stuffed or UK farmers?

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