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● Agri-environment scheme blast ● NE branded ‘worse than RPA’ ● Farmers threaten to quit CS

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FARMERS leaving and entering agri-environment schemes have slammed Natural England’s performance, branding it ‘worse

than the Rural Payments Agency (RPA)’ and saying they would never consider signing up to another agreement with the body. Delays to payments and discrepancies over agreement terms have blighted the roll-out, mirroring last year’s debacle over Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments.


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Concerns have also been raised about whether the proper resource was in place to deliver Countryside Stewardship (CS) payments in light of the pressure on the RPA to pay 90 per cent of BPS claims by the end of December. NFU vice-president Guy Smith added it was likely new CS agreements would come into force on January 1, but for the second year in a row applicants would not know the terms and conditions, or have them formally signed, until after they have started. He added: “It is not satisfactory to be starting agreements without them being signed and sealed.” MORE ON THIS STORY See page 2.

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NE accused of ‘bankrupting’ UK farmers


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FARMERS have hit out about the ‘catastrophic’ handling of 2017 Countryside Stewardship (CS) agreements and fear the environment could suffer as a result. Dartmoor grower Robin Bradford has four months to go until his 10-year Organic Entry Level Stewardship and Higher Level Stewardship agreements come to an end. Mr Bradford said he joined the schemes because of his passion for the environment, but had been sent a letter saying he owed Natural England (NE) £5,000 – more than the amount he received – due to alleged changes in field sizes and problems with capital works carried out in 2009. The NE officer who signed the letter has told him he must go to the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) to appeal.

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Claims Mr Bradford said: “There are more than 70 individual claims in the letter, four months short of the end of the agreement. No NE officer has offered to phone or visit me to discuss how such a catastrophe could have happened. “It is almost embarrassing to tell our interns NE has done more to bankrupt us than any other individual 2 | DECEMBER 16 2016

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or organisation. It would be impossible for me to consider continuing any form of agreement with NE. My experience shows why no-one is taking up the new scheme.” For those entering CS, NE has changed the payment dates with no explanation.

Payments The CS manual states farmers should receive advance payments for mid- and high-tier schemes by the end of December, but the website now states these payments will be made between November 2016 and January 2017. William Weatherill, who farms in Taunton, Somerset, said: “I was promised to be paid in late autumn, but NE is now saying I will not be paid until the end of January. “I am sure I will not be the only one waiting. NE is worse than the RPA.” NFU CS adviser Claire Robinson said she was worried there could be a problem as NE had ‘changed the messaging’. She said it was possible the delays were down to issues with the payment system, which is the same as the one used to deliver BPS. A NE spokesman said: “NE is aiming to pay customers by the end of January 2017.”

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NEWS Scottish cereal harvest falls 11 per cent SCOTLAND’s 2016 cereal harvest has fallen 11 per cent year on year as yields and area both fell, according to figures from the Scottish Government. Scottish farms produced 2.8 million tonnes of cereals, including 1.6m tonnes of barley and 900,000t of wheat. The harvest was 5 per cent lower than the 10-year average. The fall was due to an 8 per cent fall in overall cereal yields and a reduction of 3 per cent in area of land sown to 480,000ha (1.18m acres). Overall yields averaged 6.4t/ha (2.6t/acre). Spring barley fell 15 per cent to 1.30mt, the lowest since 1997, and winter barley saw a 19 per cent fall to 329,000t. Wheat fell 9 per cent to 926,000t. Only oats saw positive results, with the crop topping 200,000t for the first time since the 1970s. Oilseed rape had a particularly poor year, with yields averaging about 3.3t/ha (1.3t/acre), resulting in the lowest production since records began in 1992 at 102,000t.

Researchers are on the verge of a new range of tools from advances in genetics.

‘Shallow’ GM debate dangerous for farming EUROPE’S ‘prolonged and shallow debate’ around genetically modified (GM) crops is unsustainable and risks imposing a great cost on farms and on the environment, according to a new report by the Agricultural Biotechnology Council. The document, published to mark the 20th anniversary of the commercialisation of GM crops, warned Europe risked ‘becoming the museum of world agriculture’ if new technology continued to be stifled. ‘Cultivating the Future’, a series of essays authored by leading plant scientists, academics, trade bodies and politicians, highlighted numerous

breakthroughs in plant technology and new approaches to food and farming over the past 20 years. It said researchers were on the verge of a new range of tools developed from advances in genetic knowledge and technology.

Holding back However, with no clear opposition to the technology among consumers, it was political challenges in Europe that were holding farmers back. Dr Helen Ferrier, chief science and regulatory affairs adviser at the NFU and one of the report contributors, said: “This collection of essays from

expert authors highlights the impact of biotechnology on agriculture over the last 20 years. In doing so it demonstrates why 21st century farmers and growers see the adoption of innovative practices and new technologies, including biotechnology, as absolutely essential to securing their future in an uncertain world.” The report, launched in Parliament this week, said agricultural production would need to grow at a faster rate over the next 20 years than at any time in history, due to the increasing pressures of rising population and income and the limits of global natural resources.

Welsh TB slaughterings up r35 per cent rise

sees calls for action By Lauren Dean WELSH farm leaders have demanded action on bovine TB after the latest cattle slaughter statistics made grim reading. The Welsh Government published new statistics which highlighted 9,962 cattle had been slaughtered due to bTB in the 12 months up to September 2016, a 35 per cent increase on the previous year. Farm unions labelled the situation

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‘severe’ and said they hoped the increase in figures would make the Welsh Government ‘sit up and take notice’ of the impact that bovine TB continued to have. Following recent news the government was seeking regionalisation of TB policy interventions, Welsh Chief Veterinary Officer Christianne Glossop said the ‘bespoke action plans’ based on the Northern Irish model should ensure vets were placed at ‘the heart of the approach’. Speaking before the Climate Change, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee in the Senedd on

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Wednesday, she said: “The new regionalised approach will be less damaging and less contentious. “We are hoping to learn lessons from Northern Ireland and base the refreshed strategy on co-operation rather than confrontation. “We are talking about vet epidemiological evidence to look at individual farms to see if wildlife is all – or part – of the problem and to deal with it wholly.” NFU Cymru said it wanted the Welsh Government to put in place a TB eradication strategy which removed disease from both cattle and wildlife sources.

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gap must be bridged By Lauren Dean A TURNAROUND in the education sector has opened up the world of farming to students who have little or no on-farm experience. Work experience regulation had previously wiped out all chances for a young person with no experience to study an agricultural course at university as it demanded at least 10 weeks of on-farm activity. But a new scheme, Access to Agriculture, introduced by Harper Adams University, hopes to encourage those who would have previously been denied the opportunity, the chance to develop agricultural skills during their first year of study. It came as farming leaders refreshed the demand for further training and opportunities to help young people to begin a career in the industry at the CLA’s Rural Business Conference last week. Laura Harper, head of admissions at Harper Adams University, said: “Applicants are normally expected to complete at least 10 weeks of work experience on commercial farms before they can commence one of our agriculture courses.

Challenging “However, we understand it can be challenging to meet this requirement for those from non-farming backgrounds who do not have access to family or friends with farms or to the kind of contacts who can help them to secure work experience.” Activities which count towards the programme are expected to include elements of land-based and farm skills modules which lead to certification in tractor driving,

Young people previously excluded due to lack a of farm experience will now be offered the chance to studying agriculture at Harper Adams.

telehandling, pesticide application and animal handling, including any university on-farm work such as milking and lambing duties. Farming experts at a recent event hosted by the Prince’s Countryside Fund in London, re-

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iterated the importance of providing training and opportunities for young people wanting to get their foot in the agriculture door and suggested the industry should work harder to find solutions.

Long-term viability The need for social innovation and stronger partnerships were a recurrent theme when discussing ways to help improve the long-term viability of family farms and rural communities. Chairman of the Prince’s Countryside Fund Lord Curry said: “It is easy to forget just how much we depend on our rural businesses and family farms in our everyday lives. “It is therefore vital we continue to support grassroots initiatives to ensure we maintain a thriving and sustainable future for our rural communities.”

Trespass and public rights of way top of farmer concerns TRESPASS and public rights of way topped a list of farmers’ concerns in a recent poll. It came after Cornish Mutual, a South West rural insurance company covering Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset, held a series of events to discuss on-farm health and safety issues and found

the most critical issue surrounded what farmers were and were not allowed to do on their own land and how to manage walkers.

Clarification Cornish Mutual member services adviser Arthur Denton said: “Members and non-members needed

clarification on the law surrounding the rights of the land-owner when it comes to the public. “Farmers want to make sure they are acting in the most responsible way, so they can run their business properly and the public can access the land safely and legally.”

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NEWS AHDB strategy must deliver for farmers, urges NSA ers’ money as wisely as possible and is looking for the big wins, but by doing this, there is a danger it may lose sight of non-mainstream aspects which would benefit from support, for example diverse sheep breeds. “We do not want to charge down one homogenised route and forget the value of specialised markets.”

Value Mr Stocker highlighted the value of upland production and how AHDB support could help other vulnerable but ‘important’ areas, instead of switching to a ‘mass marketing’ strategy. The document, released earlier this month, is currently out for consultation. However, some in the industry have questioned whether, considering Christmas, one month would be enough time for a meaningful consultation to take place. The AHDB consultation closes on January 9.

Urgent action needed over ‘lost’ £2m levy rWales and Scotland

want money back By Barry Alston and Olivia Midgley

HOPES are running high that a settlement could be in sight for the long-running wrangle surrounding who pockets producers’ red meat levy payments. Talks between the UK’s devolved administrations are said to be at a

delicate’ stage, with Wales and Scotland set to receive about £2 million between them. The argument as to who gets what has centered on whether the levy should go to where animals are born and reared or where they are slaughtered, the latter being seriously disadvantageous to Welsh producers who see much of their output killed over the border in England. A specially convened gathering at the Welsh Assembly’s Senedd


THE National Sheep Association (NSA) has raised concerns about the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board’s (AHDB) new Inspiring Success strategy and whether it will deliver for its levy payers. NSA chief executive Phil Stocker said the 2017-2020 document, aimed at boosting the industry’s productivity and competitiveness, was rightly ‘aspirational’, but there was a lot of work to do to ensure farmers on the ground saw tangible benefits. One way in which the board could do this, he said, would be to ensure research being conducted on behalf of AHDB was shared with farmers in a way in which they could see it improving profitability. “The strategy is all about inspiring farmers to do more for themselves, but we cannot forget that AHDB is a levy body and so it does have a responsibility to do some of this as well,” added Mr Stocker. “AHDB wants to spend levy pay-

AHDB’s new Inspiring Success strategy should not lose sight of non-mainstream markets, says NSA chief executive Phil Stocker.

building in Cardiff was told that given the potential impact of Brexit on crucial areas of the Welsh red meat industry, such as EU exports and Protected Geographical Indicator status, an early settlement was critical. According to Assembly Member, Huw Irranca-Davies, repatriating more than £1m a year of marketing and development cash ‘now unfairly residing in England’ was more urgent than ever.

Red meat He said under the red meat levy farmers and processors made a contribution on every animal towards promotion, marketing and development work. But because of the structure of the slaughtering industry, many Welsh and Scottish farmers were forced to use facilities across the border, with vital funding ending up in England and not available to Hybu Cig Cymru, the Wales-based red meat development agency or Quality Meat Scotland.

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After months of talks to try and resolve the issues, the English, Welsh and Scottish levy bodies had agreed on proposals for reform – but steps had not yet been taken by the UK Government to implement them. Mr Irranca-Davies said: “The slaughter industry’s restructuring over many decades has been to the disadvantage of the Welsh red meat levy and means there is a lot less funds available to do the essential marketing and promotion work for the livestock industry. “There have been signals from the UK Government that it is willing to engage with us and other devolved administrations and bring forward proposals which would have a fairer settlement.” NFU Scotland’s livestock policy manager John Sleigh added: “Bringing this unhelpful period of uncertainty to a close is particularly important in light of the major changes to the political scene which have emerged since this document was tabled in December 2015.”


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By Abi Kay A FARMER who has had two sheep killed by a dog is calling for a change to the dog microchipping law. Tony Booth, who farms just outside Sheffield, said he went through nine days of ‘torment’ when an escaped dog from a hare coursing gang set about traumatising his sheep. Two sheep were killed and another was crippled before the dog was eventually found and shot by Mr Booth. He said: “I noticed the sheep in the field running about. They had smashed all the electric fencing down – that is how terrified they were. The sheep were all huddled up together, totally terrified for two or three days.” Mr Booth thought he was lucky to

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catch the dog because it had a microchip and he hoped to chase the owner for compensation, but there was no location associated with the chip. Since April 2016, all dogs have had to be chipped by law. Any owner who is found not to have chipped their dog could face a fine of up to £500.

But Farmers Guardian spoke to the Dogs Trust, which confirmed it was the responsibility of dog owners to update the database with the correct contact details after having the animal chipped. About 40 per cent of chipped dogs dealt with by the National Dog War-

The National Sheep Association (NSA) is supporting Mr Booth’s call for a change in the law. Hannah Park, NSA communications officer, said: “While a seemingly positive step in the law, it seems meaningless to require dog owners to microchip their dog if the onus to complete the associated paperwork is not done at the same time. “To that end, NSA supports any push to ensure dogs cannot be microchipped unless the paperwork is completed at the same time.” Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee chairman Neil Parish previously said Defra needed a ‘monitoring process’ to ensure all microchip information was up to date.

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A TEAM from NFU Scotland led by the union’s president Allan Bowie met Brexit Minister David Jones this week to discuss Scottish farming’s needs in a post-Brexit world. Mr Bowie was keen to stress the differences between Scotland and the rest of the UK and called for any new UK agricultural policy to be flexible enough to allow the devolved regions to respond to their unique circumstances. He said: “There is strong recognition that Scottish agriculture’s needs from Brexit negotiations will differ from the rest of the UK and this must be a factor under any future arrangements. There are already marked differences between different parts of the UK.

Target “In Scotland, for example, we have opted to use part of our existing support package to target key sectors such as beef and hill sheep and the ability of Scotland to make such decisions will clearly need to be maintained.” His comments came as the SNP wrote to Scottish Secretary David Mundell to call for more powers and Kezia Dugdale, leader of Scottish Labour, said agriculture should be a completely devolved matter. Mr Mundell had already said leav-


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ing the EU would ‘fundamentally change’ the devolved settlement in Scotland. Drew Scott, professor of European Studies at the University of Edinburgh and key adviser to the Scottish Government before the independ-

A COALITION of environmental groups with a combined membership of almost eight million has called on the Prime Minister to use Brexit as a ‘once-in-a-generation’ opportunity to make the UK the greenest country in the world. The RSPB, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, WWF and the Wildlife Trusts were among the organisations to join the Greener UK campaign, set up to counter a possible ‘bonfire’ of environmental regulations.

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“It would have to be financed, so a new financial deal would have to be agreed between Edinburgh and London to pay for farming, which of course is not at all included in the current Smith negotiations or anything preceding that.”

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ence referendum, also said farming should be a matter for Holyrood post-Brexit. He said: “If it were to be the case that Britain left the EU, competence for farming would come back to the Scottish Parliament, full stop.

About 145 MPs from the Conservative and Labour parties have signed the Greener UK pledge, which calls for environmental, wildlife and habitat protections to be matched or increased; for leadership on climate action and the ‘creation of a countryside richer in nature’ through support for farmers who deliver environmental benefits. Dr Mike Clarke, chief executive of the RSPB, said: “Now more than ever, the natural environment is at risk, both at home and overseas. “The negotiations on our future following the EU referendum must provide the impetus we need to protect and secure our country and our planet for future generations.” The green coalition looked to

bolster its campaign by using the findings of a poll which showed 80 per cent of people backed the idea of maintaining or strengthening current environmental protections.

Standards But Farmers’ Union of Wales president Glyn Roberts said there was a danger a ‘greener Britain’ could severely undermine the rural economy. He added: “Just days after the Welsh Farm Business Survey results revealed yet again how low farm incomes are, the focus seems to be on policies which could make matters much worse rather than helping farming families and the rural economy.”

RPA on target for December THE Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has announced 59,000 farmers in England have received their 2016 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) money. About £822 million has now been paid to 68 per cent of claimants. NFU vice-president Guy Smith said: “Sixty-eight per cent of claim-

ants paid is encouraging and it shows the RPA is on track to meet its 90 per cent target by the end of December. “My main concern is for those who will still be unpaid in the New Year, so I want to renew our call for those identified not to be paid by the end of December to receive a bridging payment.”

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he need to calve in two distinct blocks requirement of the programme. However both Mr means Dumfries and Galloway farmer, Caygill and Mr McCarthy believe protecting Mark Caygill can ill afford anything animals is essential considering replacements are which detrimentally effects fertility. coming in from numerous locations. With that in mind, he believes a belt Vaccination timings and braces approach to BVD and IBR control is a Mr McCarthy stresses timing of vaccination is also must, especially considering the risks of buying-in vital. “To ensure maximum protection from BVD disease to his flying herd of 250 cows. As a result, infection, cattle should have their primary BVD by working closely with vet Will McCarthy of vaccination course completed prior to service. Galloway Veterinary Group, Mr Caygill has been Vaccination boosts immunity at this most important able to adopt a timed vaccination policy which time and prevents the birth of PI calves.” provides the required protection. This, along with An unborn calf can become a PI (Persistently good biosecurity and routine tag and testing of Infected) when the dam is exposed to BVD virus calves puts him in a good position to ensure cows during early pregnancy. The calf is unable to calve in their target slots. mount an immune Mr Caygill farms in response and thinks the partnership with wife virus is part of its body. It Aileen at Blue Hill Farm, is then born carrying and Auchencairn. The herd Vaccinating reduces shedding the virus. calves in two blocks; shedding and keeps clinical To ensure vaccinations one 12-week block disease to a minimum are timed to give the starting in February and Will McCarthy most effective protection, a new, eight-week block the spring calving group from July. This second will receive their Bovilis block was introduced BVD vaccine booster before service begins in May. this year by buying in 40 fresh calvers to make the This will be administered as part of a combined most of August milk premiums. These animals vaccination with Bovilis IBR Marker Live to save were purchased instead of the usual batch of intime by minimising the number of injections. The calf replacement heifers traditionally bought in farm’s two Hereford stock bulls will also be December to calve in the spring. Moving forward, vaccinated at the same time. Mr Caygill is keen to do all he can to keep the two Although the aim is to buy from pre-vaccinated blocks distinct. herds, any bought-in animals will be immediately To avoid the potential detrimental impact of placed on a primary vaccination programme on disease on fertility, BVD and IBR have formed the arrival to ensure they are covered. main focus of infectious disease control on farm. IBR vaccination is necessary as cows have BVD can cause reduced fertility through high shown signs of the disease around housing, such levels of abortion and returns, while IBR can lead as snotty noses. Continued disease pressure was to embryonic losses and general fertility problems. also evident this season, while cows were at grass Although Scotland’s national BVD eradication so the vaccine was given at the start of October. scheme means regular surveillance testing for Another dose will be given in spring. BVD is mandatory, vaccination is not a

Farmer, Mark Caygill (left) and vet Will McCarthy of Galloway Veterinary Group. Mr McCarthy says: “Once IBR is in the herd, you get latent infection and latent carriers so you never really get rid of it. Vaccinating reduces shedding and keeps clinical disease to a minimum.”

Tag and testing

As part of Scotland’s BVD Eradication programme, all farms also have to undertake regular surveillance testing. Mr McCarthy says these ‘check tests’ usually involve blood testing nine-18 month old calves for BVD antibodies. This gives an idea if BVD is circulating in the herd. However, because all calves at Blue Hill Farm are sold at three to four weeks of age or around six to eight months old, this check test is not applicable Therefore all calves are tag and tested within seven days of birth. This method uses a specialist ear tag that automatically takes a tissue sample which is then tested to see if the calf is a PI. Mr McCarthy adds: “The benefit of this is that you get two generation’s results in one test as if a cow is negative, by reason her calf is negative too. For Mark, it’s a really good way to screen what he buys-in.” To limit risk, brought-in, in-calf animals will be kept away from the main herd at Blue Hill Farm prior to calving.


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THERE is probably not a single farmer reading this who does not know someone for whom ego is the biggest driver of their business. It might be the one with the massive tractor or combine bought purely to laud it over the next door neighbour, or it might be the livestock man whose sole intent is to top the market with the champion beast. But ego can be a dangerous thing in the business world, and this week’s Farmers Guardian shows that keeping it simple can often be the best way to financial margins. The 25-year-old Ford Versatile hard at work on an arable farm (page 22-23) highlights the fact a brand-new piece of kit, with a price tag to match, is not necessarily the only option, despite the image it provides. On the livestock front, this week’s magazine is full of the Christmas shows and sales where fantastic animals have been topping the market. This also had a material effect on overall prices, with last week’s liveweight figures


bouncing significantly because of the festive sales. The most important thing for many livestock farmers, however, is making sure they are achieving a margin which is feeding back to their business and for the trade to remain steady as they head in to 2017. As The Business of Farming Conference (page 98-100) showed, having difficult conversations about the future of the farm business, whether on succession or farming direction, can be made even tougher as you battle past raw emotions and vulnerable self-image. Often, it is those who have a detachment and cool focus on the business bottom line who prosper the most. While we all know farming is not as simple as that due to the multigenerational approach which has built up on many units, there is no doubt we operate in an environment where cool heads and a clear plan are vital. And that will not change as we head in to a potentially volatile 2017.

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Making better use of buildings ON March 6, 2014, Nick Boles, the incumbent Planning Minister, issued a written statement which would enable farmers to convert agricultural buildings into houses under changes to the planning rules. It stated such reforms would ‘make better use of redundant or under-used agricultural buildings, increasing rural housing without building on the countryside’. On April 6, 2014, an amendment to the General Permitted Development Order (GPDO) was enacted which gave rise to a new permitted development right under class MB (renamed class Q). This enables the change of use of an agricultural building to a residential dwelling and associated building operations. Any proposal must satisfy certain criteria which requires the developer 10 | DECEMBER 16 2016

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to seek a determination from the local planning authority (LPA) as to whether prior approval would be required regarding its impact on various issues. While seen by many as the quick fix to bring about an increase in the supply of housing stock in rural areas, the latest Government statistics reveal between April and June 2016, there were 698 applications under Class Q, of which 270 were refused, a refusal rate approaching 40 per cent. This suggests LPAs are still grappling with the application of class Q, even though the planning practice guidance has been revised to give clarity on some of the thorny issues. In a recent High Court decision (Hibbitt v Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government) the judge (Justice Green) held building operations to convert

The High Court decision of Hibbitt may further restrict what conversion works are permitted.

an agricultural building to a dwelling house under class Q should fall short of rebuilding. He said the concept of ‘conversion’ introduces a discrete threshold issue, such that if a development does not amount to a ‘conversion’, it fails at the first hurdle and development following a demolition is a rebuild, but where the line is drawn is a matter of planning judgement. At the time of writing, we are awaiting the outcome of the Department for Communities and Local Govern-

ment’s consultation ‘Rural Planning Review: Call for Evidence’. In particular, it recognised ‘the need to increase housing supply is a national challenge and a particular issue in rural areas where stock is limited and house prices are relatively high’. It went on to add ‘the Government wants to increase housing availability in rural areas, to enable villages to thrive while protecting Green Belt and countryside’ and confirmed it was ‘reviewing the current threshold for agricultural buildings to convert to residential buildings’. A further relaxation of the rules could possibly see agricultural buildings in designated areas, such as areas of outstanding natural beauty, conservation areas and national parks which meet the qualifying criteria benefit under Class Q. In my view, sufficient safeguards exist in the current GPDO to ensure the LPA will have the final say in terms of the design and external appearance of the building, its siting and its location, such that any fear of a proliferation of dwellings on designated sites will not come to fruition.

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Unproven TB tests are wrong IAN McGrath (FG letters, December 2) states cattle with no visible lesions can be in the very early stages of bovine TB and have the disease, just not in an advanced enough stage to present visible lesions on casual inspection after slaughter. This is an oversimplified explanation to say the very least and is, by definition, completely unproven and untested. I have cattle which tested inconclusive for TB a number of years ago, then tested clear at subsequent tests and have gone on to live healthy lives, testing clear at every subsequent test. Clearly they have not developed TB and therefore, presumably, did not have it. However, had my TB test been read on severe interpretation at that time, they would have been tagged as reactors and slaughtered. No amount of thin slicing and analysis would have shown TB lesions. How are these cattle any different to my other cattle which have just been classified as reactors on severe interpretation and are awaiting collection and slaughter? Furthermore, if the bovine TB test was consistently this sensitive, then with a regular testing regime, one would surely expect no cattle would ever be found to have lesions at slaughter because they should have already been picked up at a very early stage by previous routine tests and slaughtered.

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This in itself is direct factual evidence the test is not sufficiently accurate and is only still in use because, sadly, a more effective method has not been developed. My own experiences are merely a snapshot of what happens across the industry. Undoubtedly, this means many hundreds or thousands of perfectly healthy cattle are slaughtered every year at great cost to both the industry and the taxpayer. Matt Gardner, Herefordshire.

OPs ignored I WOULD like Defra to reveal the ‘spokesman’ (Government OP case handling slammed, FG, December 2), so we can determine if he was misleading your publication. Perhaps he was himself misled by his advisers? They certainly seem unable to read internationally accepted information on organophosphate (OP) poisoning. What is interesting is the phrase used by the spokesman, as published in your article. Defra have looked ‘exhaustively’ at the safety of OPs – yet none of the poisoned individuals I know have been approached, not even when diagnosed as made permanently disabled by OP poisoning. He also stated 23 studies ‘concluded in the absence of acute poisoning there would not be meaningful longterm effects’. I wonder what they consider to be ‘acute poisoning’ or ‘meaningful’ effects?

Repeated low dose exposures can lead to acute poisoning, as reported in official documents. Some do not recover from acute poisoning, especially if they do not receive the correct timely treatments. What a healthy person might not regard as a ‘meaningful effect’ may be really serious in a disabled person. Could I suggest the Defra spokesman actually reads some honest research papers and books? He could do worse than to begin with the Medical Research Council’s own publications. There is more information in countless other publications around the world. Richard Bruce, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight.

NFU must clarify its view MINETTE Batters, deputy president of the NFU, was recently reported as describing Brexit as ‘the best opportunity food and farming has had in a very long time’ (FG, October 28). Less than a fortnight later, on November 10, Mrs Batters contacted the UK Immigration Minister to warn him recruitment agencies employing EU workers to labour on British farms have, since the referendum, experienced a sharp fall in recruits and an impending labour crisis. Mrs Batters said ‘there is a very real risk British fruit and vegetables will be left to rot unpicked in British fields in 2017’.

She pleaded for special treatment for British farmers, via exemptions from the clampdown on immigrant workers which motivated so many people to vote for Brexit in the first place. The late John Cherrington, a pioneering Hampshire farmer, was fond of saying ‘there are two obstacles to farming progress: the NFU and the Government of the day’. How right he was. Walter Price, Narberth, Pembrokeshire.

No lesion cattle newly infected IAN McGrath (Letters, FG, December 2) and Den Leonard (FG, November 25) are wrong I am afraid. Defra only properly discovered, in last year’s post-movement testing consultation, all no visible lesion cattle reactors are merely truly newly infected TB cases. The Single Intradermal Comparative Cervical Test is 99.99 per cent specific, so only 1-in-5,000 reactors truly do not have TB (‘false positive’). And the 23-25 per cent of TB positive road traffic accident badgers in Cheshire and Powys only arrived as a spillover from the restocking upsurge in cattle after foot-and-mouth. Martin Hancox, Gloucestershire. DECEMBER 16 2016 | 11

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INSIGHT Large populations of beavers are to be allowed to expand naturally after Ministers granted them protected status. Ewan Pate look at the impact on farmers.

Damage Arable farmers in low-lying areas have struggled to control the damage caused by the beavers as they chomp through riverside trees and build dams capable of lifting water levels by several feet. Clearing dams has become a constant task for farmers and there has been controversy over control methods. Shooting has been permitted as long as environmental watchdog Scottish Natural Heritage is informed of every incident. Meanwhile, in an increasingly

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Farmers have struggled to control damage done by beavers.



fter a lengthy period of controversy the beaver is to have the distinction of being the first ever mammal to be officially reintroduced into the UK. The long-delayed decision, which applies to Scotland only, was eventually made last month by the country’s Environment Secretary, Roseanna Cunningham. Farmers and rewilding enthusiasts have been at loggerheads in recent years while the Government tried to find a compromise that would allow an illegally released and thriving population of beavers to receive protection, while still allowing farmers and landowners to manage the situation. There are two distinct populations of beavers in Scotland. The first is an officially sanctioned and carefully monitored one in the remote Knapdale area of Argyll. A small-scale introduction of beavers there has not expanded greatly and seems to have caused few problems. In contrast, what appear to have been escapees from private collections in the Tay river system in the east of the country have multiplied hugely and spread into neighbouring catchments. No accurate count has been made but numbers are believed to now be in the high hundreds, if not more than 1,000.

heated situation, some conservationists have called for total protection of a species last seen in Scotland in the mid-1600s. After much stakeholder consultation, Ms Cunningham has said both the Argyll and Tayside beaver populations can remain. The species will receive legal protection, in accordance with the EU Habitats Directive. Beavers will be allowed to expand their range naturally but they can be actively managed to minimise adverse impacts on farmers and other land owners. No further licences will be granted to release beavers elsewhere in Scotland for the time being and it

will remain an offence for beavers to be released without a licence, punishable by up to two years imprisonment and an unlimited fine. Commenting on her decision, Ms Cunningham said: “Beavers promote biodiversity by creating new ponds and wetlands, which in turn provide valuable habitats for a wide range of other species.

Biodiversity “We want to realise these biodiversity benefits while limiting adverse impacts on farmers and other land users. This will require careful management. “But I want to be absolutely clear that while the species will be per-

THE Argentinian Government has recently sanctioned a complete cull of the estimated 100,000 beaver population in the southern region of Patagonia. In 1946 about 50 beavers were imported from North America to be released in the wild as the basis for a proposed fur industry. The venture failed but the beavers multiplied rapidly. It is estimated that 50 per cent of the forest land has been adversely affected with environmentalists saying the landscape has suffered the biggest change since the Ice Age. The eradication policy is likely to take 15 years to complete.

mitted to extend its range naturally, further unauthorised releases of beavers will be a criminal act. “Swift action will be taken in such circumstances to prevent a repeat of the experience on Tayside.” Management techniques to prevent beaver damage, such as controlling flow through dams, or protecting valuable trees can be carried out without a licence. More intensive management techniques, up to and including lethal control, are permitted under the Habitats Regulations for specified purposes and subject to there being no other satisfactory solution, and no adverse effect on the conservation status of the species.

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see 12p/kg uplift By Alex Black

CHRISTMAS fatstock shows have provided a big boost to average Christmas prices, but general beef prices have also increased, according to Chris Dodds, executive secretary at the Livestock Auctioneers Association.

Increases Prices increased by 12p/kg across UK auction marts last week, with steers seeing the biggest rise of 17.41p/kg. Mr Dodds said: “Generally, it has increased, but any big changes are down to shows and sales.

“Once you finish the Christmas sales, prices will look like there has been a big drop in paper.” Mr Dodds said general price increases were down to seasonal trends and supply and demand had been ‘no tighter’. Chris Armstrong, auctioneer at Hexham mart, said store cattle prices had also seen a steady increase since mid-November. He said: “Certainly in the last two to three weeks there has been quite a big increase. Numbers have tightened up. “We have seen some new faces, and many returning faces to the ringside.” Other industry commentators suggested improved price increases were due to farmers receiving their Basic Payment Scheme pay-

Local food high on Welsh consumers’ lists CONSUMERS are becoming more conscientious about where their food comes from, according to research from Hybu Cig Cymru (HCC). In a survey of 300 butchers across Wales, 49 per cent said consumers had been asking questions about the origin and traceability of the meat they sell in recent months. The butchers reported the most popular lamb cuts were chops, legs

and shoulders. For beef, the most popular were topside joints, followed by mince and steaks.

Value A total of 47 per cent of butchers said they believed added value and traditional cuts were of equal importance, which HCC said demonstrated the need to ‘invest in product innovation and maintain consumer demand in traditional cuts’.

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Christmas sales boost cattle prices Chris Dodds said price increases were down to seasonal trends.

ments and having money in their pocket to buy cattle.

Good prices Mr Armstrong said bullocks had seen an increase and heifers had seen good prices throughout the year. He said: “The deadweight ceiling is not a concern with heifers. Store cattle purchasers are wary with bullocks.” Mr Armstrong added many farmers had become ‘more savvy’ about when they were selling their cattle, with farmers who had pre-

viously sold about 40-60 cattle at one spring or autumn sale now bringing them out in a ‘steady stream’. He said: “Rather than taking a big hit or big gain, they are not putting all their eggs in one or two baskets.” Looking ahead to next year, Mr Dodds said he thought trade would be ‘fairly level’ throughout the first few months of 2017. “It has been down to supply and demand. I cannot see any spikes in demand coming.”

Sterling slump has Scottish trade implications MARKETS have been ‘no more than steady’ in the run up to Christmas, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). Supply and demand is still the key market influence, but QMS head of economic services Stuart Ashworth said Christmas ‘may still have its sparkle’. Red meat processors have almost completed their livestock purchasing for the Christmas and New Year period. In the lamb markets, marketings and carcase weights have increased and the number of prime cattle reaching abattoirs has risen. Mr Ashworth said: “However, continuing falls in average carcase weights will have offset growth in animal numbers when the volume of beef produced is considered.” Sterling also strengthened against the euro, by 3.5 per cent since October,

which has made competitiveness of UK meat on the EU market reduce and been a ‘drag’ on farmgate prices. Mr Ashworth said both lamb and beef had been affected as there was ‘often a lift in sheepmeat exports’ and in Irish beef imports during December.

Buying habits While people do not eat a higher volume of meat at Christmas, there is a change in buying habits. Mr Ashworth said: “In recent years, there has been growth in sales of lamb leg roasts at Christmas and interest in beef roasting joints increases. “However, there is a trade off with some of the lower value cuts, and in determining a price for the whole carcase, processors have to take a view on how the change in the balance of cuts sold affects the revenue for the carcase as a whole.”

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First Milk fighting back after reshuffle

rCo-operative cuts

borrowing by £20m By Alex Black

FIRST milk is now a ‘very different’ business to the one which was in crisis last year, according to chief executive Mike Gallacher. “We are not as exposed to commodity markets and do not have significant overhead costs. It is now a much simpler business,” he said. The co-operative has planned to concentrate on its core business of British cheddar and ‘good liquids’. But rumours have continued to circle around a possible sale of First Milk – although Mr Gallacher said he was not concerned by these. “Dairy seems to be an industry with a lot of rumours. I can under-

Dairy seems to be an industry with a lot of rumours. I can understand why the speculation takes place MIKE GALLACHER stand why the speculation takes place,” he said. It came as the business revealed operating profits of £9.2 million in the six months to September 30 and

profits before tax of £6.8m, compared to a £2.4m loss last year. Bank borrowing fell by £20m to £26.1m which Mr Gallacher said was a ‘normal level’ for such a business.

Volatility He said First Milk now needed to be less exposed to market volatility. “We suffer from cyclical pricing and it is not going to go away. We have long-term partnerships with Nestle and Ornua. We do not have a lot going into commodities, such as powder,” he said. He said problems with Russian trade and the removal of milk quotas meant the industry had faced a ‘perfect storm’ of issues. When Mr Gallacher arrived in March last year, a ‘significant’ number of members handed in their resignations.

Mike Gallacher

“Now, some are on our books. They want continued improvement and I hope they will stay.” Mr Gallacher and his team are from a commercial background. Having spent most of his career with Mars, he said the priority at First Milk was maximising returns for farmers, not profits. “Our operating system is to break even and make enough profit to run the business and invest in farms,” he added. The co-operative’s milk price has increased by 8ppl since July, with about 2ppl coming from internal business activities. First Milk was forecast to increase its A price by 2ppl in January.

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BUSINESS Work to start on fertiliser mine

Farmers are being warned direct payments are likely to fall once Britain leaves the EU.

Cashflow issues plague sector CASHFLOW has caused issues for 40 per cent of farms and other small businesses in the last two years, according to a survey by Amicus Commercial Finance. About 71 per cent of small businesses identified cashflow as the biggest risk. One in five companies said they had lost contracts due to cashflow problems and 12 per cent either came close to or became insolvent.


WORK is to start on a major new fertiliser mine in North Yorkshire. Experts believe the Sirius Minerals plant could be one of the world’s largest in terms of potash extraction. It is set to have an initial production capacity of 10 million tonnes of polyhalite, used as a fertiliser, per year. A spokesman for the project said: “We have signed offtake agreements with companies in various regions for a potential 4.5mt per year of polyhalite. Under the agreements, Sirius will deliver 1.5mt to North America per year, another 1.5mt to China, and 600,000t to Latin America, while options for additional quantities total 900,000t.” Sirius has raised £1 billion to begin construction.

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FARM businesses will have to be more agile and resourceful than ever before once Britain leaves the European Union, a leading agricultural lawyer has warned. Paul Rice, head of agriculture and farming at solicitors Wright Hassall, was speaking at the firm’s agricultural Christmas conference, entitled ‘The future of farming in a post-Brexit world’, at Stoneleigh Park.

Economy Mr Rice said: “I get slightly troubled by the constant labelling of farming and related services being part of the rural economy. We are actually an intrinsic and important part of the UK economy, but sadly one which is often overlooked by Government. “The industry has not, perhaps, been vocal enough in advocating its

Farmers and related services will have to be more agile and resourceful than ever before as direct payments to the sector start to decline PAUL RICE worth in real and added value terms to the country’s economy. “It is worth remembering the UK food industry is bigger than the UK automotive and aviation sectors combined. In fact, the CLA Rural Business 2030 report said £13 billion is, on average, invested by rural businesses each year, which is double the amount seen in the car industry. “As with all industries, we are

operating in a time of uncertainty, but one thing is certain, farmers and related services will have to be more agile and resourceful than ever before as direct payments to the sector start to decline.” Mr Rice said while assurances had been made about subsidies continuing to be paid after the UK left the EU, it was doubtful future funding would be anywhere near its current level.

No change The conference heard how ‘just doing more of the same’ would not ensure the same results as the political and economic environment shifted. “The industry has to be on a quest of constant improvement,” added Mr Rice. “This might be through maximising yields by improving soil health, moving to spring cropping and operating more efficiently, it might be through machinery sharing agreements with neighbouring farmers or joining buying groups. “Many farmers have diversified, but there is still masses more which could be done to supplement income. This should be explored – and explored now.”

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GLOBAL AG VIEW With the status of the UK’s population of EU citizens still in doubt, Rob Bryce asked Eastern European farmers for their thoughts on Brexit and farm issues.

Romania on Brexit: The end for the EU? rFarmers worried

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MAXIMILIAN von Meding grows 3,000 hectares (7,413 acres) of winter cereals, oilseed rape, soya and sunflower on a minimum/ no-tillage basis at Retis, two hours north-west of Brasov, Romania. Originally from Germany, he invited expatriate farmers from across Europe who were living and working in Romania to share their experiences and views on the EU with fellow guests. The UK’s departure

Mr von Mending said: “Brexit does not matter to farming businesses in Eastern Europe but is symptomatic of the disillusion in Western Europe, which is not how it is here.” Arnaud Charmetant, who farms 13,600ha (33,606 acres) of cereals and oilseeds in Calarasi County, south east Romania, for the Thames Farming Group, agreed. “It was a surprising outcome which conveyed the disenchantment ordinary people have with politics and it could herald the beginning of the end of the EU as we know it,” he said. Green crops issues

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Brexit does not matter to farming businesses in Eastern Europe but is symptomatic of the disillusion in Western Europe MAXIMILIAN VON MEDING “EU farming laws are generally bad because they are imposed by bureaucrats who have no field knowledge. “One example is how different criteria are applied across the EU to some green cover crops which have to be ploughed on March 1 here, but only 10 weeks after sowing in the Netherlands. It is a nonsense and creates many problems for us. “Everyone knows how, climatically and from a farm-cultivation perspective, the distance from Brussels to southern Romania is vast and we have real issues with this,” he said.

Romania was the first country in Europe to grow genetically modified (GM) crops, planting them in 1998. By 2006, almost 140,000ha (346,000 acres) of Roundup Ready soyabeans had been grown in Romania, although this ended when it joined the EU in 2007. Jan Dekker, a Dutch farmer who travelled five-and-a-half hours from Arad in western Romania to attend the round-table, grows 1,500ha (3,706 acres) of cereals and has started organic potato production this year. He said he would like to see some changes in EU policy. “Although it might seem like a contradiction, I think there should be some relaxation for GM in Eastern Europe, where it has been tried and worked well for soyabeans. “It would ensure a reduction in many of the chemicals we have to use today,” he said. Food safety and security

However, not everyone agreed, including Peter Rottier, a Dutch farm director based in the Dolj region, in south-west Romania. Responsible for managing 3,500 hectares (8,650 acres) of cereals and oilseeds for the Belgian consortium Solvent, he said food safety was important. “Being in the EU offers a level playing field for Romania and also

offers our customers critical food assurances, which are vital to their supply chain,” he said. “This fundamental component is often overlooked by many primary producers in Eastern Europe, yet it enables our cereals to be sold alongside our European competitors and is one of the biggest net gains of being in the EU.” Neonicotinoid restrictions

Concern and genuine worry was expressed by many, pending the review by the European Food Safety Authority on the EU-wide ban on three neonicotinoid pesticides. Although the EU scientists were scheduled to complete their risk evaluation by the end of January next year, Peter Rottier said everyone was deeply unsettled about the potential implications. He said: “Any further restrictions or loss of the use of neonicotinoids will have massive ramifications for us with our Mediterranean climate, especially in the South across the fertile Danube plains.” Security and fiscal growth

Mr Charmetant added: “I feel safer here as a farmer than in Western Europe. It is seems more politically stable and we are making steady progress each year. “Our investments are lower, yet our returns are better and, for me, this is the bottom line.”

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As one of the largest goose farms in the UK, Daryn and Elaine Williams are running a slick poultry business, with processing facilties on-farm. Laura Bowyer visits Gloucestershire to find out more.

Whole life goose production sets farm enterprise apart


aryn Williams has been keeping Christmas poultry nearly all his life. In the beginning he was plucking turkeys in a coal shed with his grandmother before progressing to keep 100 geese about 12 years ago. Today he finishes 8,000 birds all for the Christmas trade. Together with his wife Elaine and children Megan, 15, and Daniel, 18, the farm has more than doubled its goose production this Christmas thanks to consumer demand. Madgett’s Farm also produces ducks and turkeys, and is based on the English-Welsh border at Tidenham

The market is growing for geese, but people are still nervous about how to cook them DARYN WILLIAMS

Chase, Gloucestershire, a stone’s through from Offa’s Dyke. They went from growing 100 geese in their first year to 500 the next and turkey numbers dwindled from 1,000 to 500 as the goose enterprise grew. They also produce 500 ducks per week. Daryn says: “The market is growing for geese, but people are still nervous about how to cook them. However, the market has to be increasing for us to keep increasing in size. “There is an opening for excellent quality, dry plucked geese. Yes, the food movement seems to have slowed

down, but people still want to spend at Christmas. But for some reason the public seem to be able to connect with a gosling and not a turkey chick.”

Batches With a resident flock of laying geese, eggs are collected and held in batches of 400-500 and then go in an incubator, followed by a hatcher for 24 days. Eskildsen-hybrid goslings, with German blood although UK-bred, are received in March and April for £5 per life, and make up 40 per cent of the year’s goose crop. The laying flock produces 60 per cent of the farm’s goslings, while an

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FARM PROFILE GLOUCESTERSHIRE Duck production is another part of the poultry business.


amount of goslings are also sold offfarm. Daryn says: “British breeds do not put on the weight. Parent stock are taken from eastern Germany and breed many of our goslings. The UK goose will lose you money hand over fist. “You need a goose to weigh 4.55kg in order for it to start making you money, so 2.5kg deadweight. A bird at this weight could be anything from seven months to 18 weeks at its youngest and they put on a lot of weight in the first three weeks of life.” Cereal maize is fed and the protein increases at finishing and at peak 0.5kg is consumed per day. Goslings are bought until the longest day of the year and the last goslings for Christmas will hatch on August 1.

Groups Once hatched, they are kept in broods in groups of 200 for one week and then into groups of 2,000, at one month old. They go in clear polytunnels and are allowed out to roam around grass paddocks, where 600 geese are kept to every hectare (2.47 acres). Little veterinary medicine is administrated, but birds will receive a bacterial vaccination at three weeks. They are fed a starter feed, a grower feed and then a finisher when the geese are put on straw yards to clean themselves off after being out at grass. Daryn says: “Geese are better feed convertors when it is cold, as their bodies revert to their natural instincts. They are quite easily manageable birds once the system is setup for them.” The flock is made up of both

geese and ganders and the couple say they perform to a similar level. The business’ outlets for their geese include wholesalers and distributors, farmgate sales and farmers’ markets. Daryn’s father Derek is responsible for farmers’ markets, travelling from Cowbridge to Cirencester selling the farm’s birds, but the main part of the business is wholesale with 80 per cent sold in this way. When it comes to the time of killing, geese are caught either late at night or early in the morning, so light levels are low to keep them docile. They are put into modules and transported by a telehandler to the lairage where they are killed on-

Farm facts n 16 hectares (40 acres) n 8,000 geese n 500 turkeys n 500 ducks n 100 nanny Boer goats n On-site processing and cutting facilities

farm. Elaine says: “Males can be protective and will hiss. But although geese have a reputation for being nasty at times, they are like many animals, if approached calmly they will not become defensive.” Once finished, pluckers are employed to take off the feathers before the birds go through a waxing

process to remove the finer ones. The birds are tidied up by hand to ensure all feathers have been removed. Elaine says: “Through dry plucking, where the skin of the bird is not broken in any way, the risk of campylobacter is greatly reduced. Also, as water has not penetrated the skin, it will crisp up well when it is cooked.” The process from catching to boxing takes 24 hours, but over the course of two days. Their slaughtering and processing plant can handle 600-700 geese each day, or 100 birds every hour, killing from 9am-3pm. All of the farm’s birds are sold whole and stored on pallets accord-

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More geese are prepared for the Christmas season, following an increase in demand.

ing to weight to facilitate the picking and packing of orders, but they aim for a 4.5kg to 7kg bird. The fat that comes from the bird’s cavity is rendered and sold the following year, while the feathers are collected, washed and sold to be made into duvets.

Refocus Previous to producing geese, Daryn managed a dairy herd in Cheshire but wanting to determine their own destiny, the couple moved back to Gloucestershire in 2003 and purchased 16 hectares (40 acres) from Daryn’s parents in 2011. After selling at farmers’ markets for 10 years, they decided to focus on the wholesale market

Geese are better feed convertors when it is cold, as their bodies revert to their natural instincts DARYN WILLIAMS to allow sale volumes to increase. Daryn says: “Farmers’ markets take a lot of time and prices are cut throughout the day to clear

stock and you end up devaluing your product.” Elaine takes a sales and administration role in the business, while Daryn sticks to the production side of things. Polish workers come over for the finishing period and 20 are housed on-farm for three weeks. During summer months, it is solely Daryn, Elaine and their children who work at home. Birds do not fly as they are too heavy and neither wings nor claws are trimmed. They behave better in small flocks of 500-600 birds. Daryn says his aim is to be successful and he believes you must be proud of your product.

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“I have done a lot of things from milking, to turkeys, to contracting, but I enjoy geese production because you are right at the coal face. “Running a business where every stage of the process happens on your farm means everything is your problem, there is no one else to blame. Every bird going through the line counts. Consequently, any criticism is taken very personally, so you need to make yourself as proud as possible. “If you want to farm conventionally you need a lot of acres, which we have not got here. But we are the only ones in the country doing whole life goose production on any sort of scale.”

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ARABLE Reducing machinery spend to keep fixed costs in check Edited by Teresa Rush – 01787 282 822 –

By Abby Kellett


ceptical about the yield improvement to be gained by investing in new machinery, AHDB monitor farmer Richard Reed has instead opted to buy older tractors at modest prices to give his business ‘a competitive edge’. This comes at a time when managing fixed costs is of increasing importance, according to AHDB knowledge exchange manager, Tim Isaac, who spoke at the recent AHDB monitor farm conference in Milton Keynes. He said: “If you look at benchmarking figures for last harvest, the range in variable costs was about £40/t, whereas the range in fixed costs was about £100/t. “This demonstrates very much that fixed costs is the area we need to look at.”

Rise in cost Mr Reed, who farms 405 hectares (1,000 acres) at Ancroft Hall Farm, Berwick, and contracts a further 405 hectares (1,000 acres), provided some reasons behind his move to more experienced machines. It had been largely driven by a hefty rise in cost of machinery over the past three decades which has

FORD VERSATILE (1991) VS EQUAL HP TRACTOR (2015) Maximum drawbar hp Fuel consumption (l/hr at maximum power) Diesel exhaust fluid (Adblue) consumption (l/hr)

Ford Versatile (tested in 1991) 266 74.4 none


COST OF NEW VS SECOND-HAND EQUIPMENT AT ANCROFT HALL FARM Purchase price Today’s value Depreciation Repair costs Total cost Cost/yr when spread over 5 yrs Area (ha) Cost/hectare

Total cost of Estimated cost Difference second-hand of new equipment equipment £595,650 £1,474,700 +£879,050 £334,000 £848,200 +£514,200 £261,650 £626,500 +£364,850 £84,800 £49,200 -£35,600 £346,450 £675,700 +£329,250 £69,290 £135,140 +£65,850 1,011 1,011 £68.54 £133.67 +£65.13


not been matched by an increase in commodity prices. “The price we have got for our produce has not really changed a lot over the past 30 years,” said Mr Reed. “The big difference is the cost of production, with a 200 horsepower tractor costing about £30,000 in 1982 and the same size tractor costing £90,000 now. “Myself and my father just felt the price of new kit was so expensive and

at a time when the contracting side of the business was growing, we did not want to dive in and spend £100,000 on a new tractor, not knowing whether or not we would get enough work. “We try and keep the average price we pay for our machines at the £30,000 mark, which is the opposite to what most of our competitors are doing. “It has meant less financial risk for Crop management has a greater effect on yield than the age of machinery, says Richard Reed.

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Equivalent hp tractor (tested in 2015) 258.6 78.6 5.4

us, we have money in the bank and not in the tractor shed.” Responsible for cultivations, two 325hp Ford Versatile tractors carry the most age, but so far have proved reliable and efficient. “They are the highest horsepower tractors on-farm. We bought the first one in 2010 and spent a bit of money on it, but ultimately we are finding it reliable and simple to use.”

Machines Of the six tractors on-farm, the average age is 19 years old, while the combines, sprayers and telehandlers range from 10-18 years old. Although his machines average around 8,855 hours, Mr Reed insists that the skills of his core staff keep downtime to a minimum. “Ultimately, staff are one of the most important parts of what we do. We have two very good members of staff who have been with us for 25 years. “They are great in the workshop and they are very much behind the system which helps in keeping everything running smoothly.” Keeping tractor hours manageable also helps with keeping machines in working order, according to Mr Reed. On-farm, tractors average a modest 500 hours annually, which he accepted was lower than most tractors in the UK. “We are quite happy with the

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Fuel usage WHEN questioned about the comparative fuel usage between old and new machines, Mr Reed said he noticed very little difference on-farm. This was backed up by AHDB North East manager, Harry Henderson, who said Nebraska

comparison tests had concluded minimal differences in fuel usage between the Ford Versatile and the modern equivalent (see top table). He added: “Horsepower hours per litre is as it is with the Ford Versatile, so there’s very little in it despite 25 years of tractor development.”

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RICHARD REED numbers of hours tractors are doing per year. I would not like to be doing many more or we would run the risk of having more downtime,” said Mr Reed. When working out his spend on machinery compared to the equivalent spend if he was to buy new, Mr Reed found that production would have to significantly increase in order to justify greater investment. “All of our major equipment cost us

about £600,000 and I predict that if we had bought it new it would have been £1.5 million. I would have to produce another 500 tonnes of wheat per year to cover that extra cost, assuming a wheat price of £120/t. “But If I had spent twice as much on equipment, I could not have guaranteed anymore yield. Management and day-to-day decisions have a much greater impact on what happens in the field.”

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Will there be another surge in s p A move towards spring cropping seems inevitable as growers seek to tackle black-grass and improve soil health. But will it continue? Marianne Curtis reports.


hile it is difficult to be precise about the extent to which growers embrace spring cropping, figures and anecdotal evidence nevertheless point towards a trend. Defra provisional crop areas published in June show the spring barley area in England increased by 13 per cent to 422,000 hectares (1.04 million acres). Beans were up by 5.2 per cent to 173,000ha (427,000 acres) and peas rose by 18.7 per cent to 49,900ha (123,000 acres). Dry conditions this autumn, which have led to failure to establish stale seedbeds for black-grass control and difficulties establishing rape, as well as cabbage stem flea beetle, could mean growers look to grow more spring crops next year. But how does such a move stack up economically? Mark Hemmant, technical manager at Agrovista, which has conducted trials on spring cropping as part of Project Lamport in Northamptonshire, says: “It is a no-brainer when you have winter wheat with a lot of black-grass and a full herbicide programme on 10-tonne land, doing 5t, 6t or 7t/ha.

“We had spring wheat doing 7t/ha planted at the end of April after cover crops. With winter wheat, you are looking at a total cost of £120-£150/t. Spring wheat gave a higher yield with a lower spend.” Less herbicide, fungicide, nitrogen and plant growth regulator are needed for spring wheat. However, seed is more expensive, as seed rates are higher at 550 seeds/sq.m, because the crop has less opportunity to tiller and does not achieve the same level of establishment on heavy compared with light soils, says Mr Hemmant.

Problem Jonathan Dennis, farming consultant at Strutt and Parker, agrees where black-grass is a serious problem, gross margins are better with a spring crop. He says: “For argument’s sake, if you had 150ha of wheat but then spray off 20ha because of black-grass, you are effectively losing 1.5t/ha as well as costs already incurred. “In most cases, we are seeing crops such as spring barley and spring wheat outperforming second and some first winter wheats where black-grass is a major problem.” Spring barley is a popular option, says Mr Dennis. “It can be established

Spring barley is a popular spring cropping option with low input costs.

later [than spring wheat], giving chance to create a good seedbed and allowing soil to warm, which is important on land with a high clay content.

It is essential crops are established well and this requires weather to be favourable JONATHAN DENNIS

“Input costs are lower and there are fewer passes than with winter wheat, where input costs are about £450/ha. “Spring wheat is also a viable option on most farms, despite not being as competitive as spring barley against black-grass. Our highest yield this year was 8.53t/ha on Hanslope clay in Suffolk, which is very good.” But there is still much to learn about the best way to approach spring cropping, Mr Dennis believes. “As an industry, we have had our hand forced and are reacting accordingly. However, we need to continue professional and on-farm R&D before we can decide on the best way to go about it.” A key factor is to have patience and

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only drill spring crops when weather is favourable, says Mr Hemmant. “The golden rule is to grow it when conditions are good. It needs to be out of the ground and growing as quickly as possible. “Modern drills can go in any conditions, but it is best to wait until conditions are right. “In the trials, we have previously drilled in mid-March, but this year it was April.” Applying nitrogen to the seedbed helps establishment and trace elements can also be important for spring crops, says Mr Hemmant. “Spring crops can be a bit hungry for trace elements due to rapid growth. Carry out tissue tests to check what they need. This could be magnesium, copper, boron and sulphur.”

Regarding fungicides, cheaper chemicals or lower rates of more expensive chemicals can be used, he says. “With spring barley, there is more flexibility with black-grass herbicides.” While spring barley is an easier crop to grow than spring wheat, there is scope to get good returns from spring milling and feed wheats, adds Mr Hemmant. He says: “If you choose to sow quality wheats, Mulika is popular. There will be occasions where a high-yielding spring feed wheat will outplay a quality wheat with lower yields.” So what are the risks of spring cropping? Mr Dennis says: “You are more reliant on weather than with a winter crop, so it is essential crops are established well and this requires weather to be favourable. “In drier areas, there is a better opportunity to get the crop drilled, whereas in wetter areas it can be difficult to get on. It comes down to the skill of people on the ground and using windows of opportunity.”

Contract Spring crops are often grown on contract, so failure to meet specifications can result in penalties, he warns. On the plus side, spring cropping can help spread workload, particularly as land area farmed grows larger. Mr Dennis says: “Spring crops enable you to spread the risk in autumn and get the timing better so you are not rushed into drilling wheat into dry seedbeds in midSeptember on high black-grass land.”

Gross margins for spring crops Spring barley (malting) ■ Yield: 6-8 tonnes/hectare (2.4-3.2t/acre) ■ Price: £135/t ■ Direct costs (seeds, fertilisers, sprays): £250-£350/ha (£101-£141/acre) ■ Gross margin: £550-£800/ha (£222-£323/acre) Spring wheat (milling) ■ Yield: 6.5-8.5t/ha (2.6-3.4t/acre) ■ Price: £145/t ■ Direct costs: £300-£400/ha (£121-£161/acre) ■ Gross margin: £650-£900/ha (£263-£364/acre) Sugar beet ■ Yield: 70-80t/ha (28-32t/acre) ■ Price: £22/t ■ Direct costs (including

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harvesting): £750-£850/ha (£303-£343/acre) ■ Gross margin: £800-£1,000/ha (£323-£404/acre) Spring beans (human consumption) ■ Yield: 4-5t/ha (1.6-2t/acre) ■ Price: £160/t ■ Direct costs: £250-£350/ha (£101-£141/acre) ■ Gross margin: £400-£550/ha (£161-£222/acre) Peas (large blue) ■ Yield: 4-5t/ha (1.6-2t/acre) ■ Price: £170/t ■ Direct costs: £250-£350/ha (£101-£141/acre) ■ Gross margin: £500-£600/ha (£202-£242/acre) Source: Strutt and Parker

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ARABLE With spring barley plantings expected to escalate on some farms after problems establishing autumn crops, ensuring it delivers its full potential will be crucial.

Prepare for success with this season’s spring barley


rowers might be increasing their spring barley area out of necessity after autumn establishment problems, but they should not treat it as the proverbial Cinderella crop, urges Syngenta field technical manager, Iain Hamilton. If it is in the rotation, you might as well grow it for maximum margin, he says. Over the years, Syngenta has carried out trials on spring barley and correct agronomy has a big impact on yield and quality, Mr Hamilton says. He says: “With the dry autumn hindering winter cereal drilling in parts of the country and oilseed rape crops being lost to flea beetle damage and drought, there are some big holes in this year’s cropping areas, especially in the East. “Spring barley is the obvious choice to fill these. It is relatively low input compared with winter wheat; it does not require gearing up to grow it if you have got other cereals, and it has

multiple end markets to aim at, including UK brewing, export brewing, distilling, and feed. “The secret now is not to let spring barley play second fiddle to other crops in the rotation. To begin with, it is crucial that spring barley goes into a good seedbed.” This is highly pertinent this season with such large areas of failed winter oilseed rape, says Mr Hamilton, because spring barley grows much better if the seedbed is prepared properly for a spring crop, rather than being mauled in after a failed winter crop. “The aim is to achieve as good a seedbed as possible with good consolidation so the crop emerges evenly. “As well as seedbed quality affecting spring barley emergence, it also influences weed germination. A cloddy seedbed will compromise performance of residual herbicides that are likely to be the foundation of black-grass programmes. Good crop establishment, on the other hand, will boost crop competition.”

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Spring barley: timely tips DRILLING n Prepare good seedbeds for even establishment, do not maul in n Do not panic - usual window is February to mid-April n Typical plant stand target: 325 plants/sq.m END MARKETS n Multiple options: UK brewing, export brewing, distilling, feed n Choose carefully: Markets influence variety and inputs n Be honest: What grain N can you realistically achieve?

Assessing drilling dates, Mr Hamilton says the typical window for spring barley is February to midApril, depending on conditions. However, growers in 2012 managed to drill up to the third week of April. “If you are following a failed winter crop, the key is not to panic. February to April is a substantial window. So again, do not force spring barley in if the seedbed is not ready. “Drilling date will also need to be taken into account when selecting seed rates, as will location. Guidelines for some of the Syngenta spring barley varieties are to sow an extra 25 seeds per metre squared in Scotland compared with England. Typically, aim for a population of 325 plants per square metre.” When deciding on spring barley varieties, Mr Hamilton urges farmers to ask three fundamental questions: Am I growing for malting or feed? Will I have a contract? And what quality specifications do I need to achieve? “Answering these will not only help narrow down your variety options but also influence your input programme, particularly fertiliser. If you are growing for malting, be clear about the grain nitrogen content you can realistically achieve,” he says. “Nearly half of English purchases for brewing are made above 1.66 per cent compared with under 1.65 per cent for malt distilling, while export brewing tends to accept higher grain nitrogens, for example around 1.701.85 per cent.

VARIETIES n Ensure you can sell what you have grown n Could be a large 2017 spring barley crop n Spread risk: Choose varieties suited to more than one market AGRONOMY n Later drilling: Brackling risk. Early drilling: Disease risk n Keep canopy disease-free from bottom to top n Match fungicides to variety and rotate against resistance Source: Syngenta

“As well as yield consideration, check which varieties have a track record of being readily bought by end users. If we are heading for a harvest with plenty of spring barley on the market, you need to be able to sell what you have grown. “Linked to this, by growing a variety that is used in several markets, such as UK brewing and export brewing, depending on your location, you could extend your selling options and spread risk.”

Yield potential For growers who have not grown spring barley for a while, Mr Hamilton says it is important to recognise variety yield potential has improved over the last decade, so there may be scope to push harder for output. “We have carried out trials over the last three years which have shown nitrogen fertiliser dose could be increased on some modern varieties without compromising grain nitrogen limits, depending on the contract. “Work last year on the popular variety Propino and newcomer variety Laureate, showed that pushing nitrogen fertiliser above the traditional 125-150kg/ha to as much as 175kg/ha increased yield by an average of 0.7t/ ha, yet grain nitrogen did not exceed 1.75 per cent. “To help keep grain nitrogen levels down at a higher fertiliser dose, applying the total nitrogen in three splits of 30 per cent at drilling, 50 per cent at

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ARABLE Remember that barley builds its yield from the bottom of the plant upwards IAIN HAMILTON

Spring barley can be an obvious replacement for winter cereals and OSR.

GS11-12 and 20 per cent at GS23-25 also helped, compared with a more traditional two splits of 50 per cent at drilling and 50 per cent at GS11-12.” Turning to other agronomy, Mr Hamilton says spring barley’s drilling date will affect straw strength and disease risks. Later drilling can increase brackling, so a PGR programme should be considered. Early drilling

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can increase disease, so fungicide programmes should account for this and be tailored to variety weaknesses. He says: “With the increasing drive for efficiency with inputs, resist the temptation to apply a blanket fungicide programme across all barley varieties. Tailor programmes to their individual resistance ratings. “This is standard practice in wheat.

But less used in barley. Yet barley varieties also differ. Rhynchosporium ratings vary by as much as four points on the AHDB Recommended List. Tailoring to variety could keep crops cleaner and avoid spending in unnecessary areas. “Also, remember that barley builds its yield from the bottom of the plant upwards. So it is important to maintain green leaf area throughout the height of the canopy. Trying to cure disease later, rather than preventing it earlier, can be difficult and expensive. You are better off using two fungicide sprays, even if at lower doses, than trying to control it in one hit.” Mr Hamilton says the first fungicide should be applied by GS30, while the second fungicide, normally ap-

plied at GS39-49, is there to protect grain-filling and specific weight. “Because spring barley grows quickly, it is important to monitor crops regularly to be timely with sprays. Also be mindful of fungicide resistance. Rather than repeated use of the same treatments, we should be rotating modes of action. “That is no hardship in barley, there are multiple active ingredients to choose from against rhynchosporium and net blotch. So rather than repeated triazole applications, consider substituting at least one of these with cyprodinil, which has a different mode of action. “It can be used ready-formulated with SDHI in treatments such as Cebara,” he says.

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New criteria for assessing late potato blight risk should help with disease control.

Smith Period blight alert to be replaced rCriteria performs

equally well across UK By Abby Kellett NOW 60 years old, the current methodology for predicting blight pressure, the Smith Period, is set to be replaced by an improved system expected to be in place before next year’s blight risk period. Following research by the James Hutton Institute and funded by AHDB Potatoes, the newly developed ‘Hutton Criteria’ was described as ‘a significant advancement’ over the previous system.

Confidence Speaking at AHDB’s agronomists’ conference in Peterborough, John Sarup, agronomist and specialist potato adviser for Spud Agronomy, said: “Late blight is a concern for potato growers every year and a

The current tools and systems were not reliable enough to support precision decision-making JOHN SARUP

even before any conventional Smith Periods were recorded, meaning the current tools and systems were not reliable enough to support precision decision-making.” AHDB-funded research by PhD student Siobhan Roisin Dancey at the James Hutton Institute, examined relationships between reported outbreaks and recorded Smith Periods, and conducted experiments to determine new thresholds indicative of high blight risk.

Threshold tool for identifying high risk periods of disease development is crucial to help us protect our crops and give us the confidence to schedule control activities at the right time, to the right level. “However, in recent seasons blight has been found on crops

While the Smith Period threshold is marked by two consecutive days where the minimum temperature is above 10degC and the relative humidity above 90 per cent for at least 11 hours, research suggests the relative humidity only needs to be above 90 per cent for six hours for there to be a significant risk.

Wheat yields boosted by 20 per cent in tests SCIENTISTS in the UK have created a synthetic molecule which has been shown to increase the size and starch content of wheat grains in the laboratory by up to 20 per cent. The method uses synthetic precursors of the sugar trehalose 6-phosphate (T6P), the first time chemistry has been used to modify how sugars are used by plants. Rothamsted Research identi28 | DECEMBER 16 2016

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fied this naturally-occurring sugar as crucial in controlling how wheat uses sucrose, the main fuel generated by photosynthesis. Sucrose is key to the development of wheat grains. Researchers identified the more T6P available to wheat grains as they grow, the greater the yield.

Modified A modified version of T6P which could be taken up by and used by

plants was developed alongside Oxford University researchers. This was added to a solution and sprayed onto wheat plants leading to an increase in grain size and yield of up to 20 per cent under laboratory conditions, said Rothamsted Research. The method could increase yields across a range of crops, as T6P is present and performs the same function in all plants, scientists say.

Old vs new blight alert criteria The Smith Period Two consecutive days with: n A minimum temperature of 10degC n At least 11 hours with relative humidity greater than or equal to 90 per cent The Hutton Criteria Two consecutive days with: n A minimum temperature of 10degC n At least six hours with relative humidity greater than or equal to 90 per cent Source: AHDB Potatoes

Putting the findings to the test against more than 2,000 historic reports of potato late blight outbreaks, the Hutton Criteria demonstrated a significant improvement in performance compared to the Smith Period. Speaking at the conference, Ms Dancey said: “Past records revealed the Smith Period was not performing equally well in all parts of the country and the Hutton Criteria has eliminated this issue.” AHDB’s Fight Against Blight (FAB) campaign aims to use the new Hutton Criteria next year to improve its free alert service for levy payers. Claire Hodge, AHDB Potatoes knowledge exchange manager, said: “The FAB tools currently allow levy-payers to register, for free, for automatic alerts about local conditions conducive to blight along with actual reported blight outbreaks. “The plan is to build the Hutton Criteria into these systems, improving the reliability and reach of blight risk reporting, and launch them in time for next year’s blight pressure season helping to support decisions, refine action plans and re-empower growers against blight.”

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Lilly leads Red Ladies Limousins at 32,000gns rWeaned calves sell

A STRONG trade was seen at the Red Ladies Limousin show and sale at Carlisle, with bids reaching 32,000gns. The May 2015-born heifer Grahams Lilly, from R. and J. Graham, Stirling, was the choice lot and was also tapped out as the overall champion in the pre-sale show by judge Harriet Wilson, Stafford. By Claragh Franco and out of Grahams Coffee, sister to the 40,000gns Grahams Lorenzo, Lilly was a winner at this year’s AgriExpo and Scottish national fatstock show. It sold to W. Richardson and Son, Appleby-in-Westmorland. Following this was an October 2015-born heifer from Paul Dawes, Hereford. Dinmore Lunar is out of Dinmore Eclipse and is the first calf by the 2015 Royal Welsh male champion Dinmore Immense to be sold. The heifer sold to S.A. and J.L. Wilson, Cumbria, for 12,000gns. Another heifer from the Grahams herd sold at 10,000gns. May 2015-born Grahams Lobelia is out of the French-bred cow Cavaliere and by Franco. It sold to Iain Graham, Carlisle.


to high of 10,500gns

Hafael herd hits 3,000gns twice A PORTION of the Hafael herd of Holsteins and Friesians was sold at Llanrhystud, Ceredigion, on behalf of Janice, Heidi and Trefor Hughes. The sale peaked at 3,000gns twice, paid firstly for the second calver Hafael Berryhill Blossom VG86. Calved two months and yielding 43kg daily, it was bought by L.E. and P.M. Rees, Aberystwyth, who also bought the freshly-calved second calver Hafael Wyman Sharon GP83 for the same money. Leading the calved heifers was the VG85 two-year-old September calver Hafael Doorman Wendy. It sold for 2,600gns to H.O. and S.E.J. George, Pembrokeshire.

Heifer Overall champion Grahams Lilly, from R. and J. Graham, Stirling, which sold for 32,000gns to W. Richardson and Son, Appleby-in-Westmorland.

Weaned calves were topped by Pabo Mr Muscle, a January 2016born bull from W.P. Hughes and Son, Anglesey. By Lodge Hamlet and out of Derosa Visa, the hammer went down at 10,500gns to Gary Bell, Lockerbie.

Grahams Murphey Two sold at 9,000gns. The first was Grahams Murphey, a March 2016born bull from R. and J. Graham, out of Cousine and by Franco. It took reserve junior champion at this year’s Stars of the Future show and

sold to D.A. Thompson, Northumberland. A. and L. Graham, Blair Drummond, Stirling, sold the January 2016-born heifer calf Burnbank Maggie May at the same money. By Elite Forever Brill and out of Burnbank Crystal, it went home with Iain Graham. AVERAGES 37 females, £5,364.93; 14 weaned bull calves, £3,990; 45 weaned heifer calves, £2,329.83. Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.

The calved heifer Hafael Atwood Gweno sold next at 2,500gns. Onemonth calved, it sold to D.J. and G. Davies, Lampeter, for 2,500gns. Maiden heifers were led by two 14-month-old Mr Chassity Gold Chip daughters, sold for 1,200gns each. The buyers were Carmarthenshire-based, R.H. and E.S. Lloyd and D.A. and C.L. Owens and Co, respectively. AVERAGES 140 cows and milking heifers, £1,425.09; 22 maiden heifers, £1,035.68; 8 heifer calves, £702.18; 1 bull, £1,575. Auctioneers: Gwilym Richards and J.J. Morris.

Limousin steer takes Ashford cattle championship for young farmer THE cattle championship at Ashford’s Christmas show went to a 570kg Limousin steer, shown by Charlotte Husk, Dover, which also won best young farmer’s beast and best east Kent exhibited beast. It went on to sell for 300p/kg (£1,707) to P.C. Turner, Farnborough. The overall reserve champion was another Limousin steer, exhibited by the High Weald Academy Young Farmers Club, which was knocked down to Fulk Bros, Pirbright, at 365p/ kg (£1,895).

Family success Charlotte’s grandfather, Fred Husk, and mother, Karen, also had the champion heifer, which, weighing 610kg, made 242p/kg and the second prize 559kg Limousin cross Blue steer which made 242p/kg. Both

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went to the penned cattle judge, John Howe for his Tenterden and St Michael’s Farm butchers shops. Top priced heifer was a Limousin from Ralph and Angie Dickson, Steyning, which sold at 285p/kg (£1,522) to E.C. Wilkes and Son, Cranbrook. Judge Paul Tamplin, Norfolk, awarded the champion pair of lambs to Lizzie Sargent, Catsfield, with 43kg Blue Texel cross Beltex which sold for £190/head to Lewis Howard and Son, Ringmere, and the Offham Farm shop, Lewes. Reserve champion lambs were a pair of Beltex crosses from Katie Long, Canterbury, which sold for £133 to Tony Fulk. The top spot in the pens of five lambs was taken by Paul Ashlee, Woodchurch, with 34kg Beltex crosses which sold to the judge, Graham Dutton, Charing

Left to right: Martin Heathcote, of sponsor of the overall champion beast FGS Agri, Charlotte Husk and cattle judge John Giffin, of Petworth.

Meats, Ashford, for £83/head. Reserve champion in the pens was taken by Caroline Worley with

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Texels sell to 6,800gns at Solway and Tyne rEight ewes sold to

A shearling gimmer, from the Sportsmans flock of Boden and Davies, Stockport, which sold for the top price of 6,800gns.

LEADING the trade at 6,800gns at the Solway and Tyne Texel sale, Carlisle, was a shearling gimmer from the Sportsmans flock from Boden and Davies, Stockport. A daughter of Knap Vicious Sid and out of a Tullylagan Tonka-sired ewe, its ET sister made 13,000gns at the Christmas Stars sale. It sold in-lamb with twins to Knock Will I Am to Vaughan Farms, Leominster.

In-lamb Another Vicious Sid-sired shearling from the Sportsmans flock, scanned in-lamb with twins to Strathbogie Whiplash, was next at 2,000gns. Out of a Tonka daughter, its dam is sister to a 6,500gns gimmer. Kay Castle, Peterborough, was the buyer.


an average of £714

Richard Wilson, Appleby, of the Eden Valley flock, sold a Sportsmans Tremendous-sired ewe for 1,500gns to H.C. and L.A. MacGillivray, Oban. In-lamb to Hexel Wildcard, it stood reserve champion in the presale show and its dam is full sister to the dam of the Welsh National

sale male champion, Eden Valley Whizz Kid. AVERAGES 8 ewes, £714 (+£399), 35 shearling gimmers, £699 (+£257.03), 7 ewe lambs, £376.50 (+82.50). Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.

Heifers earn Kirkby Stephen championship and top £2,000 KIRKBY Stephen held its annual Christmas show of cattle, with judge Kay Watson, Canonbie, choosing two heifers as the champion and reserve. A 539kg Limousin cross heifer from A.D. and A. Richardson, Appleby, stood reserve and sold to a sale high of 380p/kg (£2,048.20). The buyer was J.C. and J. White, Lunedale. The championship title went to a British Blue cross heifer from the Birkbeck family, Soulby. Weighing 564kg, it was knocked down to N. and J. Dowding, Appleby, for 340p/kg (£1,917.60). Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.

380p/kg Top price was for a 539kg Limousin cross heifer, from A.D. and A. Richardson, Appleby, which sold for 380p/kg (£2,048.20).

Strong support for Holmfirth festive show THE champion beast at the Holmfirth Christmas show was a British Blue steer from C. and A. Howe, Penistone, which sold for 355p/kg (£1,775). Weighing 500kg, it was bought by the judge, K.S. Luck, Halifax.

A 575kg Limousin cross heifer from G.H. and M. Stansfield and Sons, Barnsley, stood reserve, selling for 292p/kg (£1,679) to Brosters Farm Shop, Huddersfield. Auctioneers: Holmfirth Attested Auction Mart.

Cattle champion, a Limousin cross heifer, from Ross Farms, Wester Middleton, which sold for 410p/kg (£2,435.40).

St Boswells Christmas Cracker sees entries up JUDGES Hugh Black and Sons, Wishaw, and Sam Carlisle, Lockerbie, tapped out a Limousin cross heifer as champion at St Boswells Christmas Cracker. Weighing 594kg and shown by Ross Farms and Co, Wester Middleton, it sold for 410p/kg (£2,435.40) to John Anderson, North Berwick. In reserve was a Limousin cross bullock from Jonathon Craggs, Glower Oer Him. This home-bred weighed 690kg and realised 310p/kg (£2,139) to Sam Carlisle, Lockerbie. 30 | DECEMBER 16 2016

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Prime lambs were sorted by Jamie Curle, Bowsden, who chose the overall champion to be a pair of Beltex crosses from Graeme and Jimmy Sinclair, Crookston, which weighed 42kg and sold for £155/head to Mr Anderson. Reserve champions were a pair of continental lambs from young farmer winner Cameron Pate, Craigsford Mains. They sold for £120/head to P.R. Duff, Wishaw. Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.

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Overall champion, a Limousin cross heifer from C. and G. Davies, Gaddesby, Leicestershire, which sold for 455p/kg.

Overall champion pen of lambs, Beltex from J.F. Burbidge and Son, Stamford.

rPair of Pietrains

The champion sheep exhibit came from J.F. Burbidge and Son, Collyweston. The three 47kg Beltex sold for £240/head and went home with Owen Taylor and Sons, Alfreton. In the pig section, W.D. Copley,

Limousin cross top at Melton were pig champions THE champion beast at the Melton and Belvoir Society fatstock sale

was a Limousin cross heifer from C. and G. Davies, Gaddesby. Weighing 535kg, it was bought by the pre-sale judge, Phil Andrews of the Lincolnshire Meat Company, Grantham, for 455p/kg (£2,434.25/head).

Saltby, took the overall honours with a pair of 110kg Pietrains which were bought by Tom Deakin Butchers, Tibshelf, for £152/head (138.20p/kg). Auctioneers: Melton Mowbray Market.

In-calf heifer tops Chelford primestock Aberdeen-Angus trade to 390p/kg herd dispersal THE dispersal of the Carlhurlie Aberdeen-Angus herd on behalf of the executors of the late Rae Grieve, Fife, took place at Stirling, seeing a top price of 11,500gns paid for an in-calf heifer. Sale leader was the May 2014-born Carlhurlie Darcy P028. A progeny of Skaill Dido K309, it is out of a homebred Blelack Blackstock C737 daughter and sold in-calf to the 24,000gns Tonley Evor P044. The buyers were Alistair and Graeme Fraser, Forfar. Next best was another in-calf heifer, Carlhurlie Erstic P035. By Wedderlie Posse H565 and out of a Penguin Eldorado F254 daughter, it sold in-calf to Evor, to S. Raeburn, Letham, for 10,000gns.

Bulls realised a top of 8,500gns, paid for the herd stock bull Balmachie Black Bard M125. By Balmachie Black Bear H050 and out of Netherton Blackbird H489, it was knocked down to G. and W. Henderson, Ardgay. Leading the maiden heifer trade was the April 2015-born Carlhurlie Quintessa R081. Also by Dido and out of a Blackstock-sired cow, it sold to J. and I. Wilson, Cupar, Fife, for 7,000gns. AVERAGES 35 cows and calves, £2,745.44; 11 cows in-calf, £1,522.50; 15 heifers in-calf, £3,934; 21 maiden heifers and heifer calves, £2,2835; 5 bulls, £5,250. Auctioneers: United Auctions.

Welsh flock dominates at Ffairfach THE Dyfed Texel club female sale held at Ffairfach, Llandeilo, saw Tomos Evans, Coedhirion, of the Welsh flock clinch champion and reserve titles with an aged ewe and a yearling ewe.

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The reserve champion yearling ewe went on to sell for 1,100gns, while the aged ewe sold for 1,050gns. Auctioneers: Bob Jones, Prythech Livestock Mart.

THE Christmas primestock event at Chelford saw the winning heifer and reserve champion beast lead the prices at 390p/kg (£2,371.20/head). From David and Martin Wilcock, North Ashton, it weighed in at 608kg, and was bought by Roy Schofield on behalf of D. and S. White, Marple. The same buyer also took the supreme champion for 350p/kg (£2,058/head). This was a British Blue steer from Stuart Baldwin, tipping the scales at 588kg. A 522kg heifer from first time

vendor Pete Brown, Werrington, sold for 325p/kg (£1,794/head) to butchers Marshall Spearing, Macclesfield. Sheep trade topped at 400p/kg (£195.20/head) for the champion pen of 48.8kg Texel-crosses from Jason Craddock, Bolton-by-Bowland. They sold to C. Webb Butchers, Northwich. The pig bids were also headed by the champions, a pair from Richard Wilson, Oldham. They sold at 360p/ kg to David Partridge, Bromsgrove. Auctioneers: Wright Marshall.

Steady prices at St Asaph PRIME lamb trade at the St Asaph Christmas sale was topped by the winning trimmed lambs from O.T. and H.C. Williams, Hendre Blaenau. Weighing in at 43.5kg they sold for £152/head to Jones Bros, Stansty. Next was the best untrimmed lambs over 40kg from J.E. Davies, Denbigh. They weighed 45kg and sold for £145/head to the same buyer. The winning over 36kg lambs came from the Williams, selling the pen weighing 38.5kg for £142/head to Les Carruthers, Llanidloes. Prime cattle bids were led by the

champion, a British Blue heifer weighing 670kg, from Trefor Jones, Llanllyfni. It sold for 390p/kg to the judge Dafydd Roberts, Denbigh. Reserve champion was the reserve heifer, a Limousin weighing in at 520kg, from T. and J. Jones, Nebo. It later went for 350p/kg, to Mark Webster, Rhyl, bought on behalf of Gwalia House Butchers, Abergele. The champion steer was a British Blue from Owen Bros, Glan Conwy. Weighing 550kg, it sold for 270p/kg to J. Williams and Co Butchers, Denbigh. Auctioneers: Jones Peckover. DECEMBER 16 2016 | 31

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A Blue Texel from Fraser Forsyth, Castle Douglas, which sold for the top price of 980gns.

A BID of 980gns was the day’s top price at the Blue Texel female sale, Carlisle. A shearling gimmer from Fraser Forsyth’s Corra flock, Castle Douglas, was the highest lot, selling to William Vance, Co Tyrone. By a Beili Blues ram and out of a Millsidegs ewe, it sold in-lamb to the reserve champion exhibit at the Carlisle breed society ram sale, Hackney Yardman. Overall champion was a shearling from the Turbo Blue flock from Jan Rodenburg, Ceredigion. Sired by Turbo Blue and out of a homebred ewe, it sold in-lamb to Jons-


Turbo Blue Texel flock

Limousin heifer tops Stirling sale THE Christmas sale of prime cattle at Caledonian Marts, Stirling, comprised 239 head and sold to a top of 300p/kg. Overall champion and leading price was a Limousin cross heifer from J.H. and N.T. Turnbull, Clackmannan. It weighed 587kg and sold to H.A. Black and Sons, Lanark and Armadale.


it was knocked down to Mr Bradley.

land Wifi to W.J. Bradley, County Londonderry for 700gns. At 600gns was the reserve champion, also coming from the Turbo Blue consignment. Out of a homebred ewe and by Turbo Blue Tommy,

AVERAGES 22 shearling gimmers, £511.64. Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.

Next best was the reserve champion, a 682kg Limousin bullock from C. Malone, Cardenden. It made 250p/kg, paid by T. Johnston, Falkirk. The champion pair of heifers came from M.I. Wainwright and Sons, Cupar, with one realising 245p/kg to A. Gray, Stirling. Auctioneers: Caledonian Marts.

Hexham prime cattle sell to £3/kg high twice PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER

PRIME cattle turnout at the Hexham Christmas show was strong, with a British Blue cross steer from D. and A. Holmes, Lockerbie, heading the championship, before selling to a top price of £2,013/head (£3/kg). Reserve champion was a Limousin cross heifer which sold for £1,575 (£3/ kg), from W.J. Scott, Hexham, who also took £1,605.45 (231p/kg) for

the leading Limousin cross steer. Lamb prices peaked at £110/head (261.9p/kg) for the pair of champion Beltex crosses from R.R.E. and J.R. Reay, St Oswalds. They sold to the judge Jamie Curle, Berwick, who also bought the reserve champions from Messrs Reay, a pen of Texel crosses, for £97/head (220.5p/kg). Auctioneers: Hexham and Northern Marts.

Judge Chris Bustance (left) with show winner Matthew Morris, South Kilworth, and his champion Limousin cross heifer.

SUPREME champion at the Market Harborough Christmas fatstock show and sale was a Limousin heifer from Matthew Morris, South Kilworth. Weighing 570kg, it sold at 370p/kg to the judge, Chris Bustance, Spalding.

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kg to Joseph Morris, South Kilworth. D.J. and H.M. Stokes, Drayton, took the lamb championship with a pen of continental crosses. Weighing in at 49.7kg, they sold to the judge, Josh Bustance, Spalding, for £100/head. The reserve choice also realised £100/head. Matthew Morris sold a pen of 42kg continental crosses to Joseph Morris. Auctioneers: Market Harborough Auctions.


Market Harborough fatstock tops 370p/kg

Champion pen of Beltex from John Reay (left), with judge Jamie Curle.

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of 8,500gns

A SHEARLING gimmer from the reduction sale of the College flock on behalf of Ted and Anne Fox, Biggar, topped the in-lamb Beltex sale at Carlisle at 8,500gns. College Adele, by Kingledores Trojan and out of College Rose, stood overall champion in the pre-sale show and sold scanned with a single by Clary Ace to Kevin and Rachel Buckle, Kirkby Stephen. Next from the same home was a March 2013-born ewe by Artnagullion Rockafella. Also out of College Rose, it sold at 4,000gns, in-lamb with twins to Ace. The buyer was G. Wilkinson, Wigton, who also took home its Trojan-sired daughter, the shearling College Astonish, in-lamb with twins to Ace, for 2,800gns. J.L. McMillian, Wigtownshire,

consigned the ewe lamb Clary Beauty by Clary Archie, out of the 2016 Ayr Show champion, Clary Wild Thing. It sold for 2,900gns to B. Hall, Carlisle. Another gimmer from the College flock, College Anna, by Trojan, sold for 2,600gns to G. Harrison, Lanark. Matt’s Beauty, a ewe lamb by Kingledores Apollo from Matthew Burleigh, County Fermanagh, stood reserve champion and later sold for 2,600gns, to A.J. Wood, Whittingham. AVERAGES 15 ewes, £616.70; 79 shearling gimmers, £746.83; 24 ewe lambs, £787.94; College flock, 14 ewes, £1,072.50; 13 shearling gimmers, £1,890; Wiskers flock, 9 ewes, £271.83; 1 shearling gimmer, £367.50; 6 ewe lambs, £378. Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.


Champion, College Adele, from Ted and Anne Fox, Biggar, which sold for the top price of 8,500gns.

From left: Robert Darke, judge Phil David, Andrew Darke and his son, Troy, with the supreme champion lambs.

Top Tottie takes top spot at Exeter TOP billing at the Exeter and District Christmas primestock show went to the British Blue cross heifer Top Tottie, from Paul and Lin Calcraft, Honiton. This was the fourth time in six years the couple have claimed the supreme title. Their winning April 2015-born beast went on to sell at 410p/kg (£2,476) to Darts Farm Butchers, Topsham.

Limousin cross heifer wins carcase championship

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Ellis, of Stanfords Auctioneers. The supreme championship went to 26-year-old Tom Seaman, Suton, Wymondham, with his 327.5kg Limousin cross heifer which was bought by Priors of West Lynn for 6.55 p/kg. Reserve champion was awarded to Roger Balls, Potter Heigham, with his 353kg Limousin cross,

Auctioneers: Kivells.

Malton bids to 480p/kg at Christmas prime sale THE Christmas primestock event at Malton saw a British Blue heifer from Andrew Scarborough and Emma Allen, Driffield, lead the show line-up and sell for a top price of 480p/kg (£2,496/head). Weighing in at 520kg, it sold to Knavesmire Butchers, York.

THERE were 63 carcases entered by 23 different producers into H.G. Blake’s seventh annual charity Christmas beef show at Bull Farm Abattoir, near Norwich, which was judged by Adrian Crowe of MLC Services. The best 20 carcases were then displayed and auctioned off to bidding butchers by Graham

Nigel and Candy Jenkinson, Shebbear, North Devon, sold the reserve champion, the British Blue heifer Kandy for 330p/kg (£2,098) to Messrs Braund, Holsworthy. The sheep supreme went to the Darke family, Kingsbridge, with a pair of 48kg Texel cross lambs. They sold for £115/head (240p/kg) to the judge Phil David of Dart Farm Butchers, Topsham, Devon.

which was bought by Terrys Butchers for £4.65p/kg. The best exhibitor-bred carcase was won by T.H. and L. Caldicott with a 385kg Limousin, which was bought by M. and D. Butchers for £5.05p/kg. A charity auction raised £2,500 for East Anglian Air Ambulance. Auctioneers: H.G. Blake.

J.R. Gardiner, Carnaby, sold the winning heavy steer, a British Blue weighing 595kg for 288p/kg (£1,713) to B.W. and D.J. Glaves Butchers, Brompton by Sawdon. Sheep prices were brisk, with Sleightholme Dale Partnership, York, selling a pen of 40kg lambs to make a top price of £170/head. The buyers were Knavesmire Butchers. The champion pen of three lambs from R.W. Twiddle, Malton, sold at £145p/head (315p/kg), to Glaves Butchers. AVERAGES 19 steers, 232.39p/kg; 14 young bulls, 199.95p/kg; 28 heifers, 252.54p/kg; 13 OTM cattle, 150.50p/kg; 489 lambs, 169.01p/kg; 185 cull ewes, £51.14p/head. Auctioneers: Malton Livestock Auctioneers. DECEMBER 16 2016 | 33

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Tuesday 20th December 1pm Weekly Sale of 2000 Prime Lambs followed by 500 Cast Sheep Thursday 22nd December 10.15am 50 Calves, 80 Cast Cows, TB Restricted Cast Cows & 40 Store Cattle Thursday 22nd December – 6pm SHOW & SALE OF 500 DRESSED POULTRY inc. Turkeys, Geese, Ducks & Chickens Tuesday 27th December 1pm Weekly Sale of 2000 Prime Lambs inc. YOUNG HANDLERS SHOW & SALE OF PRIME LAMBS followed by 500 Cast Sheep Thursday 29th December Please note no sale Monday 2nd January 2017 Young Handlers Show of Prime Lambs North West Auctions would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year

FOR SALE PRIVATELY Pedigree Hereford Breeding Bull 20 months old Pedigree Charolais Bull 3YO Contact Ian Atkinson 07766 521472

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Next Tuesday 20th December 2016 The Bryan Challenor Cup Prize Show and Sale of Dairy Cows, Heifers & Youngstock. £600 prizes, kindly sponsored by World Wide Sires. Show at 10.45am, Sale 11.30am. Entries to David Giles of Halls on 07855 250 787

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All Classes of Prime Lambs, Cull Ewes and Breeding Sheep

Tuesday 20th December

All Classes of Prime Lambs, Cull Ewes and Breeding Sheep, Stock taken from 8.30am Cull Ewes to be sold at 2.30pm followed by the Prime Lambs

Wednesday 21st December

No Market

Saturday 24th December

No Market

Wednesday 28th December

No Market

Saturday 31st December

New Years Eve Sale of Prime Lambs, Store Sheep and Cull Ewes, commencing at 11am. Entries to James Sealy 07772 618315

Wednesday 4th January

Red Market for Pigs, Sheep, Young Bulls, OTMS Cattle & Cows, Prime Cattle


Latest Prices

RF Turner & Son sold Limousin Young Bulls to £1659.26, £1655.20, £1652.49, £1643.88 & £1633.96

Young Bulls to 228.5p - £1,659.26

GGE Ball sold Limousin Young Cows to £1330.38 & £1326.60

Cull Cows to 202.5p - £1,493.73

RJ Wilkinson & Son sold Limousin OTM Heifers £1493.73

Steers to 237.5p - £1,583.55

Frank Page sold Limousin Steers to 237.5p/kg or £1583.55 & £1540.17

Heifers to 257.5p - £1,537.44

IR&A Wildgoose & Sons sold Limousin Heifers to 257.5p/kg or £1259.18

Calves to £640.00

WH Farrow & Sons sold Bazadaise Heifers to £1537.44 T Holmes sold Pedigree Limousin Bull Calves to £640.00

Lambs to 231p - £105.00

Claire Harrison sold Lambs to £105 and £100.

Cull Ewes to £121.00

Emma Benge sold Cull Rams to £120.00

Cull Rams to £120.00

AT Turner sold Cull Ewes to £121.00

Store Lambs to £65.00

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Bakewell Market Results Monday 12th December 2016

Already Entered for Monday 19th Dec at 11am

481 Cattle, 2,504 Sheep

4 B. Blue x Strs, 18-21mth, 8 Here x B. Fries Hfrs, 15mth, named sire, 2 Ped Highland Hfr, 15-18 mth, 4 Fries Strs, 10 mth

149 Store & Breeding Cattle, Strs £1,145, Hfrs £1,110, Bulls £950 143 OTM Cattle to 174p and £1,442, overall ave. 106.2p 106 Finished Cattle to 232p and £1,394 (47 Heifers ave. 196.4p) 83 Calves, Bulls £405, Hfrs £365 1,911 Lambs to 226p and £97.65, SQQ Ave. 168.4p 601 Cull Sheep, Ewes to £138 overall ave. £65.83 See the full report on Call Alastair Sneddon on 07973 982441 Ivor Lowe on 07977 449126, Oliver Hiles on 07801 530899 or Peter Oven on 07973 982443 Don’t forget Bakewell is GREEN EVERY WEEK Ashbourne Bakewell Derby

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Friday 20th January 2017

HPLS Sale of Store Cattle Store Lambs & In Lamb Ewes

Tuesday 20th December 2,000 Prime Lambs at 10am 400 Cast Ewes & Rams Thursday 22nd December Christmas Sale of Dressed Poultry at 6pm (Please Enter) Tuesday 27th December 2,000 Prime Lambs at 10am 400 Cast Ewes & Rams 20 Calves at 10.30am Saturday 14th January Store Cattle, Beef Breeding Cattle & Cull Cows Entries close 3rd January Saturday 21st January Show & Sale of Individual Registered Ewes & Gimmer Lambs on behalf of the Bluefaced Leicester Sheep Breeders Assoc. followed by Show & Sale of Ind. Reg. Ewes & Gimmer Lambs on behalf of the Swaledale Sheep Breeders Assoc. followed by Show & Sale of Ind. Reg. Ewes & Gimmer Lambs on behalf of the Herdwick Sheep Breeders Assoc. Entries close 30th December Telephone: Office (01969) 667207. Mobile 07974 126397 or 01833 622240


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100 FEEDING BULLS Sale 10.00am followed by 2 FEEDING COWS & 200 STORE HEIFERS & STEERS FOLLOWED BY BREEDING CATTLE at approximately 12.30pm Annual Christmas Sale of 700 DRESSED & CLEAN PLUCKED POULTRY (pre-entered birds only) Viewing 10.00am – Sale 10.30am

Bakewell Market Christmas & New Year Opening Days Monday 19th December - Open as Normal mal Monday 26th December - Closed Monday 2nd January - Open as Normal mal 01538 398466 01785 716600 01889 562811

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

Wednesday 21st December

Entries Close Friday 6th January 2017



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Wednesday 4th January


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Great New Year Opening Sale of STORE CATTLE, FEEDING BULLS & BREEDING CATTLE (please note entries close Wednesday 21st December 4.00pm) SALE BY AUCTION OF 300 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 Thursday 22nd December

CCM Dairy Sales Monday 9th January Early January Show & Sale of DAIRY CATTLE Please advise entries by Tuesday 3rd January

Xmas Opening The office will be close from 5.00pm Thursday 22nd December and will reopen at 9.00am Monday 2nd January Please note there will be no sale on Monday 26th December (Boxing Day)

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Monday 2nd January 2017 Sales of primestock and crop as normal

BORDERWAY MONTHLY DAIRY DAY Wednesday 4th January Entries close Tuesday 27th December

BORDER LEICESTER FEMALES Monday 16th January Entries close Thursday 22nd December

BLUEFACED LEICESTER FEMALES Monday 23rd January Entries close Friday 6th January


Show and sale of PEDIGREE BRITISH BLUE CATTLE Friday 27th January Entries close Friday 6th January

Show and sale of PEDIGREE LIMOUSIN CATTLE Friday 17th & Saturday 18th February Entries close Friday 6th January

Tuesday 27th December 12.30pm Sale of Prime Sheep only (No cattle this day)

Beeston Castle Auction 01829 262100 Chelford Market 01625 861122 We pay on the day for all stock and produce sold at our weekly sales.

Welshpool Livestock Sales Major Reduction Sale of the

ELLESMERE LIMOUSIN PEDIGREE HERD Friday 6th January 2017 - 1.00pm

on behalf of Messrs AHM Lea & Sons, Shropshire Sale of the Entire Herd - 39 cows & heifers served and/or suckling (39 calves), 16 served heifers, 14 maiden heifers, 1 stock bull (5yo) & 3 young bulls Although the herd is not a member of any health scheme the herd has operated a vaccination for calves receiving Rispoval 4, with the breeding females and stock bulls continuing with annual boosters of Leptavoid H & BVD vaccines. There have been no known cases of Johnnes Disease (in conjunction with Welshpool Livestock Sales)

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SALE NOT PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED JANUARY 24th: HOLSTEINS: Dispersal of the entire, highly respected and prize winning GALASTAR herd (300 head), the property of Galastar Holsteins Ltd (Ian and Philomena Scarisbrick) and removed from Valley Farm, Mill Lane, Goostrey, Cheshire to Beeston Castle Auction for Sale convenience. This is a wonderful herd of cattle and is currently the Premier Championship winning herd in the Cheshire Herds Competition. FRIDAY 23rd DECEMBER at 10.00 am BEESTON DRESSED POULTRY SALE includes Turkeys, Geese, Ducks & Chickens. All Enquires to Beeston 01829 262100 CHELFORD MARKET SPECIAL ENTRIES - MONDAY 19th Store Cattle -15 continental Steers & Heifers. Ped. Pietrain in-pig Gilt 10.30 am - 464 pigs last Monday 300 Lomhan Brown pol pullets 10.00 am DRESSED POULTRY Monday 19th - 11.00 am Sale Wednesday 21st - 11.00 am Show & Sale Thursday 22nd - 6.00 pm Sale (Last year over 2500 sold)

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and crutching machine £345, Super Crook from NZ £25, The sheep shearing equipment specialists. Shearing pens, shearing machines, yokes and all requisites for the shearer. George Mudge & Co - Tel: 01822

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NEW POULTRY STUNNER £110 inc p&p. A spring powered stunner for • Ducks • Chickens • Rabbits. • It comes in a case, and is ideal for the small producer or as a back-up for bigger plants. • It is fired by a trigger on the side.

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

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

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Tel: 075085 78338 West Yorkshire (P) TURKEY HENS 12-25

lb, live or long leg, clean dry plucked. Also long leg or oven ready Geese Available. Tel: 01204 591334 or mobile 07814 203998 Bolton (T) POINT OF LAY Pullets always available. - Tel: R. Miller. The Poultry Farm, Moss House Lane, Much Hoole, Preston. 01772 613719 (T) TURKEYS Assorted weights. Also Broilers available Tel: 07931 194821 or 01706 813067

Todmorden (T) TAYLORS Farm Fresh

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

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In Lamb Gimmers and Ewe Lambs for sale. Ideal Christmas present.

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

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

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Farm Assured Cows Required For Slaughter

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Importers of high quality Dairy Replacements

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Chris: 07885731502 or Andrew: 07950030586

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The Choice of Progressive UK Dairy Farmers for Quality European Cattle · Fully Escorted Tours to Holland & Germany · Finance can be arranged Terms and conditions would apply

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

Call David Clarke 00353 87257 6434 or 07712 815792

PEDIGREE HOLSTEIN IN-CALF HEIFERS Due in February / March. 50 willing to split. 11,000 litre herd. Low Johne’s status. Mostly in calf to sexed semen. These are well grown, high genetic, cubicle housed heifers.

Tel: Alan on 01630 653808 South Cheshire (P)

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

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Weekly Selection of 8-10 Pedigree Fresh Calved Heifers.

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

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

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

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

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CRAWFORD HEREFORDS Pedigree Hereford Bulls, 17 months old Excellent conformation & pedigree’s TB Free herd Ready for work Tel: 01457 766504 or 07743 091535 Cheshire (P)

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Treales Blondes Has a selection of Bulls for sale from prize winning herd. Top Bloodlines TB 4 Area

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

Pedigree Dexter Cows

Tel Pete: 07895 626925 or 01926 632162 Warwickshire (P)

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ORGANIC STEERS & HEIFERS 20 single suckled Aberdeen Angus and Limousins. No Dairy blood. Some show types. 380-420 kgs approx. Tested, ready to go.

Tel: 01398371100 Somerset (P)

10 BLUE GREY HEIFERS 2.5 years old Good Sorts - TB 4 Tel: 01706 343318 Lancs (P)

Genuine herd reduction sale from the Burnhurst Herd established in 1989

A selection of ages all been running with bull due April/May • Easy Calvers • Farm Assured • TB Tested


D.O.B 07/04/2015. £4,000

Tel: 07837 538930 Whitby

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

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Sire Tweeddale Guinness. Dam Tweeddale Giggles. Shown this summer, easy calving


Carol Field - Karimba Angus: 01584 810424 Worcs (P)

Freshly calved & in-calf heifers available


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

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SALERS 100 Salers x Cows for sale. BVD accredited. Regular ages, all in calf to BB Bulls. Due Mid February. North East Scotland

Tel: 0776 5231883 or 07860 359944 PEDIGREE SIMMENTAL Bulls. Easy

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Bulls. BVD & Johnes Accredited. Member of the SAC Health Scheme. Easy calving, easy fleshing. Good temperament & ready for work. R. Smith -Tel: 01829 732 929 Tarporley (P)


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

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Farmers Guardian Agriculture’s National Newspaper

BEEF 2017 A Farmers Guardian special supplement

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



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Gateridge Pedigree Angus Breeding bulls for sale. BVD accredited. Quiet closed herd. Wormed. Transport & insurance available. Andy - 07836 246392 or 01869 810441

PEDIGREE CHAROLAIS BULL & LIMOUSIN BULL’S From 18- 20 months old. Females also available. High health status. Johnes Free.

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15 LIMOUSIN X 8 heif-

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Cow with Limousin Heifer calf. Also 3 pedigree Limousin heifers 12-18 months old. Tel: 07710 414899 Cheshire (P)


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TOYOTA HILUX Invincible model, black, 3 litre. 12 reg. 41,000 miles. Ifor Williams canopy. Long MOT. £13,000+VAT ONO.

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(15) ISUZU D-MAX UTAH VISION 163 MTM top, Black alloys, Sat nav, Climate contol sale now £20,990 + VAT

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2015/15 L200 Challenger DCB Di Double Cab, R Back, Blue, 21,000 miles ................................................................................................. £15000 2014/64 D-Max Blade, White, 13,000 Miles, Rear Canopy ........... £20000 2014/64 D-Max Yukon Extended Cab, Grey, 23,000 Miles ........... £14500 2014/64 D-Max Eiger, Mineral Grey, 33,000 miles, ..................... £14000 2014/14 L200 Single Cab 4WD, 4 Work, Silver, 30,000 miles ..... £10500 2013/63 D-Max Eiger, Mineral Grey, Truckman Top, 32,000 miles £14000 2013/63 D-Max Yukon, Silver, 30,000 miles ............................... £14250 2012/62 D-Max Yukon Auto, Garnet Red, 58,000 Miles ............... £12500 2010/60 Denver Max + Auto 3.0, Black, 28,000 miles, Sat Nav, Lthr....... ................................................................................................. £11500 Farmers Pack Above = Tow Bar & Jaw, Liner, Spare Wheel, Mats, F Seat Covers Farmers Canopy Extra £650 +vat Mesh Gate or £700 +vat Solid Gate



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1. List price shown excludes VAT, VED and First Registration Fee and is for an L200 Titan Double Cab manual. Model shown is an L200 Titan Double Cab manual at £18,999 (excludes VAT, VED and First Registration Fee). Metallic paint available at £430 plus VAT extra. On the road prices range from £20,029 to £25,909 and include VAT, VED and first registration fee. Prices correct at time of going to print. 2. Finance is through Shogun Finance Ltd T/A Finance Mitsubishi 116 Cockfosters Rd, Barnet, EN4 0DY and is subject to status available to all customers aged 18 and over. Finance Mitsubishi is part of Lloyds Banking Group. Finance offers are only applicable in the UK (excludes Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and I.O.M) are subject to availability and may be amended or withdrawn at any time. We may receive commission or other benefits for introducing you to Finance Mitsubishi. Browns Mitsubishi Ltd trades as DEALER MITSUBISHI. 3. All new L200 variants come with a 5 year/62,500 mile warranty (whichever occurs first). For more information please visit

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BOBCATS For sale used

30 3000psi @ 30l/min Jetting up to 100m. Can also be used for pressure washing. use Mainland delivery included Ma Ex-demonstrators and special Ex offers available, while stocks o llast. Ring for more details.

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CUMMINS ENGINES / STAMFORD ALTERNATORS 41, 100, 165, 206 Kva in stock Other specifications available please enquire Tel: 01789 721112

H HDIESEL GENERATORSH H 5-500 KVA Key/auto start new and used P.Cowell and Sons. Tel: 01772 653569 Preston

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ator Specialist. Quality new & used. Est 22yrs. JSPUK Ltd. Tel: 01432 353050 (T)

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MASSEY FERGUSON Replacement tractor parts Direct to your door Phone for best quotes Mob: 07971 243668 or 01939 260639

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Implement Feeding Solutions I73 Bale Shear Split the bale & automatically remove the plastic and netting. 1.0 - 1.2 m (I70) and 1.0 - 1.5 m diameter bale of silage, hay and straw. Optional meal bucket that auto-locks. Major labour, time, safety and hygiene benefits.

I75 Multi Shear Bale Shear and Shear Grab Combi. Split bales and automatically remove plastic & netting. 1.0 - 1.5 m diameter bales. 1.6 m wide block of pit silage - 0.9 m3.

I60 Cleanafeed Cleaning, washing and chopping of fodder beet and root crops. Linkage or loader mounted - half tonne capacity Wash bar, anti-bridging and stone trap as standard.

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Optional attachment plates for feed compounds, maize and potatoes. UK North: Michael: 07920 005681 UK South: Joey: 07767 202013 Facebook: Tanco Autowrap – Ireland & UK

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New RS Agri Evolution Tub Mixers Simple Build & Low Maintenance • Large Range Available

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2006 RMH WAV14 c/w R/H Elevator £7,500 2005 RMH WAV 14 c/w L/H Elevator £6,500 2004 RMH VR12 c/w L/H Elevator £4,500 2004 RMH WAV12 c/w R/H Elevator £6,500 2008 RMH VR10 c/w Cross Conveyor £7,500 2009 RMH VR10 c/w Cross Conveyor £8,500 Faresin 13ou M c/w Cross Conveyor £2,500 K&K 15cu M T/A c/w Cross Conveyor £5,000 Jaylor 13cu M c/w Cross Conveyor £5,000 RMH WAV 188 Twin Auger in need of repair RMH VR12 c/w Rear Cross Conveyor in need of repair

S/H Paddle Mixers Keenan Klassik 200 Keenan Mech Fibre 320 Hi Spec Mix More 10 Keenan 100 for spares Abbey 100 for spares Reco Labrador 90 Horizontal Auger Selection Wylie Shear Grabs New Albutt Hardox Tine Shear Grabs

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Our Fimaks range of mixers starts with capacity as low as 1.8 cubic metres- ideal for small herds of cattle- but increasingly favoured for use in the lambing sheds, where its fully mounted manoeuvrability makes it ideal for working amid temporary pens. Then our trailed mixers go up the scale- 2.5 cubic metres- 3 cu. metres- 5 cu. Metres- 8 cu. Metres12 cu. Metres- 15 cu. Metres- 16 and 20 cu. Metres, and above this, stationery mixers up to 40 cubic metres. Most have weighing systems with computer programmes available as options.

Large capacity bedder feeders

Good selection of Part Horizontal large bale Exchange Feeder Bedders machine From Kverneland, Kuhn, Teagle & King Feeders, 3 to 10 Cubic Metre Machines Available

There are two features that all our Fimaks mixers share - they are priced to sell, and built to last, and last and last! The FMV1.8 is priced at only ÂŁ4995 plus VAT, delivered to your farm anywhere on mainland UK, while separate quotation is required for delivery to Irish Republic, Northern Ireland, and all offshore islands. See video of the 1.8 cubic meter machine on our Call us on:- 03335 779985 (Low cost mobile friendly number) 01661 834553 or 07713995624 (mobile) Email:

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2014 ABBEY 3500T TANKER Immaculate condition. Full spec including steering Axle, 8inch self fill with power fill, air brakes, 4 point linkage, agitator, load sensing hydraulics/ computer plus much more. 6m injector, will split.

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INDUSTRIAL PRESSURE WASHERS & DRAIN JETTERS Hot & Cold, Single, three phase or self-contained (petrol or diesel) 1800psi – 4,350psi 11lpm – 36lpm Optional trailer mounted Impressive performance, robust, durable Tel: 01789 721112


01200 441247 SALE - SERVICE - HIRE

Slurry / Effluent Pump

Variable Speed Booster Pump

Flood / Drainage Pump

Heavy Duty Sewage Pump

USED ATVS HONDA 500 FM - Foreman ...................................£2595.00 HONDA 250 TM - Very Tidy - Light Use...............£3295.00

From £549.00




HONDA 230 TE - Very Tidy - Light Use ...............£3395.00 HONDA 420 FPM - Power Steering - Road Reg ....................................................................................£3995.00 HONDA 500 FMIE - Road Kit - New Model ........£4595.00

Multi Use Submersible

Liquid Fertiliser Pump

High Volume Washdown Pump

HONDA 420 FMIE - Only 40 Hrs - Camo ...........£4995.00 HONDA 420 FA5F - Only 269 Hrs ........................£5495.00



HONDA 420 FEIE - Only 40.9 Hrs - Green .........£5195.00


HONDA 680 FAB - Only 95 Hrs - Front Winch ..£5595.00 HONDA 500 M2G - Pioneer - Very HIgh Spec - £8695.00 HONDA 700 M2F - Pioneer - 2015 .......................£7995.00 KAWASAKI MULE 4010 - Roof - Screen Road Reg ..................................................................£7995.00

Slurry Tanker Pump


Borehole / Deep Well Pump

SUZUKI 400 KING QUAD - Low Hrs - 2015 ......£4495.00

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Large range of other machinery in stock PX & delivery taken • Tel 01889 500 572 - 07860715642 2013 Abbey 2500 gal tanker, c/w rain gun, tidy order, ......... £9750 2010 Shellbourne 2006 Keenan 100 Classic diet feeder, very good order, ...... £2450 Reynolds 11 2006 Schuitemaker 1200 tub mixer, c/w scales, tidy order,.. £1950 cube tub mixer, Kvernland 836 trailed straw blower, twin shoot, good order, ...£1750 c/w front elevator West 1300 gal dual spreader, good working order, .............. £1750 AG 150 sawdust dispenser, c/w Manitou brackets, ex order,..£1750 + electric BOM auger feed bucket, c/w chopper, very good order, ...... £1495 controls, £4995. 2010 McHale 1.3 twin ram shear grab, excellent order, ......... £895 2009 Abbey 2090 McConnel 5` twin ram muck grab, done very little, ................ £795 Kvernland + Teagle round bale straw choppers, .........From £700 rotor spreader, 2013/15 Claas + Lely twin rotor rakes, due in, ......................£POA 550 tyres, very 2011/13 Bunning 75 & 105 compact R/D spreaders, due in, £POA good order, 2011 Shellbourne Reynolds 11 cube tub mixer, E/C, ........... £4995 2010 Herbst 2000 gal Big Foot tanker, tidy,...........................£POA £2995. 2007 Chiltern auger feed bucket, c/w Matbro brackets, ....... £1650 2008 Marshall 32` bale trailers, choice of three, ...................£POA Triffit 7 ton silage/grain trailer, over- sized wheels, .............. £3400 2004 Hi Spec 1999 Parmiter Contractor postknocker, c/w side shift, tidy, .. £1895 2000 gal Big Foot Fraser 29` bale trailer, 12 ton, done very little, ..................... £5450 Reco RB52 round baler, net/string, very tidy, ....................... £1650 tanker, good 2005 Marshall QM8 silage/grain trailer, excellent order, ...... £4995 2009 Taarup 6.3m twin rotor rake, very good order, ............. £4995 order, £3995. Spaldings twin leg flat lift subsoiler, tidy order, ..................... £1750 New West dual spreaders, very keen deals ..........................£POA


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100% approved grant via Natural England (England farms only) Self-supporting covers for Slurry stores - grant allowed £61/m² Floating covers for Slurry stores and Lagoons – grant allowed £11.20/m²

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1 Slurrykat backpak system, 800M rear reeler, Front reels, 1100M 4” hose 1 is double jet, 1 is single jet Joskin 12 m dribble bar, will suit tanker or umbilical DEALERS WANTED Contact Richard Fitzpatrick • 07736 153213 •

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L1 10-27 LOADER



1 ton lift, 2.7m Hundreds of uses farming landscaping l construction & industria

BEMA offer ten models with working widths from 1250mm to 4850mm


TUESDAY 20th December

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028 2587 8744 or 07436284168 Nixon Wood Max Heavy Duty PTO Driven Wood Chipper Model TH- 8. Max.Dia. of Feeding: 8’’ £2400+VAT Delivered Tel: Arfon Roberts 01690 770240

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£22,950 + VAT Tel: 015395 60833 Tel: 015395 60833


make wood processors to fit telehandlers and excavators all done from seat and large log splitters as well as its fencing equipment. Now available new post pusher for metal posts with hydraulic vibrator for the strainers. -Tel 07966 285240 (T)

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Agricultural Replacement Parts & Accessories

Tel: 07775 688642

USED SHEAR BUCKET 5FT 7” ............ £290.00 + VAT MARSHALL 60 ROTA SPREADER .................................................. £3300.00 + VAT FEED BARRIERS ( DIFFERENT LENGTHS ) FROM ............................................ £40.00 + VAT BROWNS SAW BENCH (WOODWORKER) ............................................... £1250.00 NO VAT ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO VAT, EXCEPT WHERE SHOWN • MOB: 07711 216244 / 01538 306212 EMAIL: SALES@HFBTRAILERS.COM


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ZETOR URSUS BELARUS DEUTZ RENAULT & FENDT TRACTORS ALSO WANTED: Telehandlers, Round Balers & Wrappers. Also damaged tractors and telehandlers. Any 4wd tractors and telehandlers for breaking any condition considered, nationwide Send photos to 07854 865 674

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ETA 500Kw wood chip boiler £130K installed & Nordheat 999Kw waste material biomass boilers Andrew Clarke 01642 701953

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Call 01772 799500 and place your ad today nTractors & Equipment John Cornthwaite (Farm Machinery) Limited

Elm Farm, Station Lane, Nateby, Nr. Garstang Preston, PR3 0LT • T: 01995 606969 • F: 01995 605700 • Web: • e-mail: • All Prices + VAT WE’D LIKE TO WISH ALL OUR CUSTOMERS A MERRY CHRISTMAS & A HAPPY NEW YEAR NEW TRACTORS & MACHINERY McCormick X5-40 in stock, come and see it Vicon twin disc & wagtail fert spreaders, Great Deals Browns Post Drivers, log chop and splitters in stock Major 1700 LGP Slurry Tanker, galv & big tyres Twose & Browns Aerators, let the land breathe again. Browns 3 leg Subsoiler / Pan Buster “Amazing Results” Spring tine harrows c/w seeder box Browns heavy duty yard scrapers, “Built to Last” Full range of new Suzuki ATV’s in stock now SANTA NOT KIND & NOT TREAT YOU WELL? PIGNEYS HAVE GOT NICE THINGS TO SELL USED MACHINERY 2015 McCormick X5-40 c/w loader low hours, SOLD 2005 Case IH JXU 100 c/w MX loader, tidy outfit 2013 Bobcat S70, 3’ Wide, low hours, tidy machine Browns 4.5 Metre, hydraulic folding Aerator Vicon PS1153 fertiliser spreader, holds one tonne Taskers trailed fertiliser spreader, 1.5t hopper Twose 8ft Landroller, good condition, with scraper blade Vicon / PZ CM168, 2 drum mower, straight machine Vicon CM2400, 8’ disc mower, tidy, farmer owned Vicon PZ 300 Haybob ready to go to work Universal round & square bale handler c/w “ Euros Abbey 1600 gall slurry tanker, farmer owned, SOLD 2013 Suzuki 750 KQ, powerful & economical, awesome! 2013 Suzuki 400 KQ Manual, very handy machine Various used ATV’s, due in soon See website for more machinery + s/hand quads

TELEPHONE H. PIGNEY & SON: 017683 51240 ANDREW WOOF: 07771 360316 DAVID DENT: 07889 288902 /017683 53823 EVENINGS DAVID PIGNEY: 017683 53459 EVENINGS

FRONT LINKAGE ZETOR PROXIMA MOUNTED SNOW 75,2009, 1 OWNER,1400 PLOUGHS, hydraulic HOURS! QUICKE controlled from cab ..... LOADER BRACKETS .. .............................£2500 ........................... £14750 BELMAC 7.5 cube rotor spreader, hydraulic lid, brakes & LED lights. ................................................................. £3500 PRODIG TELEHANDLER BUCKETS, 7ft 6 , Choice of brackets, hardox edge ................................................ £875 PRODIG SHEAR GRABS, Hardox tines, ram protectors, very strong best on the market ................................ £POA MINI DIGGER MOUNTED POST KNOCKERS, Very handy tools ....................................................... £1250 MUCK GRABS in stock 5ft & 6ft euro brackets, pipes .... ......................................................................from only £875 PAN MIXERS, pto or hydraulic driven ............from £1750 BELMAC 2350G TANKER,10 stud axle, 800/65 R32 tyres,sprung drawbar ..........................................£9250!! ATV TRAILERS, galvanised, choice of sizes, partition gates from.................................................................... £675 PALLET FORKS, 2 tonne ,euro 8 brackets, trima also available....................................................................... £550 McCAULEY TRAILERS, low loaders from £6500, dump trailers from................................................................ £6750

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John Deere 7280R “62” Reg, 3999 Hours, Auto pwr 50K, F/L & PTO, Command Arm, Autotrac Ready, Greenstar, TLS, Cab Sus. £63,000

John Deere 6230 Std “59” Reg, 3047 Hours, 2.8 T Linkage, 2 Spools, Fender PTO Controls, Front Beltines, P quad 16x16. £25,500

John Deere 6190R ‘14’, Choice, 3500-3900 Hrs, 50K, Autopower, F/L & PTO, Cab Sus, Greenstar, TLS, AutoTracReady, Hyd Top Link, From £59,500

John Deere 6100 2WD, 4247 Hours, Syncro Transmission, A/C, 3 Spd PTO, 3 Spools, Bluetooth Radio, Pass Seat, Sunroof. £14,750

Ford 5610 3184 Hours, Series 2, 4WD, Sekura Cab, Steering Column Change, 2 Spools, 16.9x34 Rear, 13.6x24 Front. £9,500

New Holland TL 90 2004 Reg, 3696 Hours, c/w Quicke Q750 Loader, A/C, Power Reverser, 420/85/34 Rear 13.6x24 Front. £18,250

John Deere 6330 Standard “59” Reg, A/C, 6749 Hrs, 2WD, 4 Spools, Air Seat, 3 Speed PTO, P quad 16x16, Fender PTO Controls. £20,500

Case 5130 Maxxum “M” 1994 Reg, 7719 Hours, Power Reverser, 2 Spools, Flexi Coil Front Linkage. £10,250

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For tractor manufacturers, special editions are often an eye-catching tool to grab headlines at shows and events, but what happens to them afterwards? Jane Carley speaks to four owners of very distinctive tractors.

Show-off tractors put to work NEW HOLLAND GOLDEN JUBILEE T7.270 FOR contractor Gary Bowen, special edition tractors are part of the company image, helping the fleet stand out when on the road or on-site. W.W. Bowen is a Brecon-based civils and construction contractor, established as a diversification from the 40-hectare (100-acre) family farm. Mr Bowen says: “We still have strong links with agriculture. My father was renowned for showing cattle and I was proud to win the championship at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair. “Because we understand the priorities and concerns of farming businesses, we often win work in agricultural areas other contractors cannot access.” The fleet includes a Golden Jubilee New Holland T7.270, as well as a Blue Power T7.210 and a new T7.225, all of which are regularly used for work such as towing plant on a low loader,

moving soil and stone and cable laying. The 2014 T7.270 Golden Jubilee tractor is a different shade of blue to the Blue Power special editions – metallic Profondo Blue, and was created to celebrate 50 years of tractor production at New Holland’s Basildon plant. To signify the Golden Jubilee, gold paint was applied to the exhaust shield and front grilles and used on the main bonnet decals. Its special livery is complemented by silver wheels, as opposed to the off-white colour used on the wheels of standard blue machines. Specification also includes topof-the-range 50kph (31mph) Auto Command and Mr Bowen chose a full leather seat and steering wheel. He says: “It has all the bling. Having such distinctive tractors is good for our image and they are always a talking point. “We have a great relationship

All the ‘bling’ on Gary Bowen’s New Holland Golden Jubilee T7.270 helps the tractor stand out on-site.

with our dealer T. Alun Jones and Son and they suggested I might like the Golden Jubilee special edition when it came out. “I aim to keep it and hope it will hold its value. This was one reason for adding the new T7.225, to keep

the hours down on the T7.270.” Blue Power tractors are painted in the equally distinctive Maserati Blue and Mr Bowen likes this colour so much he even had his low loader lorry done out in the same shade.

He says: “The Marshall 954 was one of only 16 built and was the 14th off the line. So the prospect of also having a special edition McCormick appealed to me.” To commemorate 60 years of agricultural machinery production at Doncaster – the plant was owned by Case IH before the formation of CNH Global and the subsequent divestment of the McCormick brand to the Argo Group – 60 each of the best-selling CX105 and MTX150 were produced as a special Diamond Edition in 2006. The tractors feature metallic silver wheels and bodywork over dark grey engine/transmission and a chromium-plated exhaust heat shield and silver-highlighted steering wheel. Buyers also received an upgraded audio system, passenger seat, driver’s kit comprising a McCormick fleece and overalls, cap, keyring and a commemorative certificate. Mr Buckley’s tractor is especially notable, as it was the final one off the production line. He also

specified a creep gearbox and oversized tyres. He says: “The MTX150 is used regularly on this farm and others, although not every day, and only has 2,600 hours on it. “It is a very capable tractor. I do a lot of tedding and bale wrapping and it pulls a subsoiler. It is also excellent for clamp rolling on grass and maize.”

MCCORMICK MTX150 DIAMOND EDITION ANDREW Buckley had never owned a new tractor before purchasing his McCormick MTX150 Diamond Edition tractor in 2007. He says: “We always had Marshalls, the most recent being a 954, but when our dealer

Charnleys took on the McCormick franchise, Will Charnley persuaded me to try one out.” Mr Buckley runs the family livestock farm near Whitchurch, Shropshire, as well as offering contract services to neighbours, and has an eye for a rare tractor.

McCormick’s MTX150 Diamond Edition tractor (right), pictured with the CX105.

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Attention Eye-catching in its silver livery, the tractor is instantly recognised by regular customers and attracts plenty of attention. Mr Buckley says: “It represents a big step forward from what I was used to, but it is still a relatively straightforward tractor and has been very reliable. “I have looked after it to preserve its value. The original plastic is still under the seat covers and the driver’s kit has never come out of its package.”

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CHALLENGER MT775E FIELD VIPER A. JOHNSON and Sons farms 500 hectares (1,236 acres), with a further 315ha (778 acres) on stubble-to-stubble contracts near Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, and has a rather unusual beast in the fleet – a Challenger Field Viper. This version of the MT775E tracklayer was produced as a special edition for the French Sima machinery show in 2013 and features a ‘snakeskin’ livery, complete with snake eyes on the bonnet and fangs on the radiator grille. William Johnson says: “It is our second Challenger and, to be honest, our dealer TNS had it in its demo fleet and offered us a good deal.” The Field Viper is used for cultivations and drilling of a variety of crops from wheat and barley to beans grown for seed. “We have got so used to it we sometimes forget it looks different. It divides opinion between our

The Challenger Field Viper bares its fangs on William Johnson’s Suffolk farm. clients – some love it and some don’t.” The special edition package included an upgraded seat and cab specification, with a premium sound

system, electrically operated steps and air conditioning, plus air brakes. Mr Johnson says he puts about 2,000 hours a year on the tractor and

plans to trade it in before the warranty expires, at which point another farmer will get the chance to have a Field Viper on their land.

standard and the special edition came with the option of the AgCommand telemetry-based machine management system, which was used to keep track of the expedition’s progress, but also allows farmers to monitor items including fuel usage and hours worked remotely. Each tractor has its own special Antarctica 2 identification plate inside the cab, stamped with its special edition number, Mr McKechan’s being 001. Purchasers of the MF5610 Antarctica 2 special edition also received an Antarctica 2 jacket, a replica of the one used by the expedition team during the journey. Mr McKechan says: “We need a tractor to do a variety of jobs around

the caravan park, from pulling a trailer when we are doing groundworks to siting caravans or delivering gas bottles. “We are never going to put a lot of hours on a tractor, but we like Massey Fergusons and the heritage of the Antarctica trek, going right back to the grey Fergie used in the original expedition, so we were very happy to buy it.” Visitors to the caravan park often comment on the tractor, he says, especially those from a farming background. Mr McKechan says: “The MF5610 will probably be with us for 10-15 years and we are hoping with its low hours, it may be of particular interest to a collector at that time.”

MASSEY FERGUSON 5610 ANTARCTICA 2 GARETH McKechan and his family-run Byne Hill Caravan Park, Girvan, Ayrshire, and purchased the Massey Ferguson 5610 Antarctica 2 special edition tractor after his father spotted it on the company’s stand at the Royal Highland Show last year. The tractor is based on the MF5610 used in Massey Ferguson’s 2014 Antarctica 2 From Antarctica to Ayrshire: Gareth McKechan was keen to acquire a piece of Massey Ferguson heritage.

expedition, in which Dutch ‘tractor girl’ Manon Ossevoort drove across Antarctica to the South Pole, the first time this had been achieved with a wheeled tractor. Features include a deluxe air-suspended seat, mechanical cab suspension, six LED lights and special black paint-on engine grilles. Trelleborg tyres are fitted as

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At a recent event held in France, Kuhn was keen to extol the virtues of its latest range of self-propelled diet feeders. Jane Carley reports.

Meals on wheels


elf-propelled mixer/feeder wagons are still a rare sight on UK farms, but Kuhn says they could be a good choice for larger herds or farmer groups, offering significant savings. A recent student project in the UK showed when feeding 500 cows per day with a TMR system, operating a self-propelled wagon saved 28 minutes/day and used 16 per cent less fuel than a trailed mixer wagon of the same capacity, says the manufacturer. Kuhn product manager Antoine Cherrier says: “Loading and mixing takes 10-18 minutes per load,

compared with 18-25 minutes for an equivalent-sized trailed machine. “As well as time savings which free the operator up for other tasks, fuel costs are lower.”

Concentrates Mr Cherrier says SP wagons work particularly well where the farm has more than 150 cows fed on a high proportion of concentrates, with silos at different locations on the farm which would require a lot of shuttling around with a tractor and loader. He says: “All loading, mixing and distribution is carried out from the

cab so there is a high level of comfort for the operator. There is no need to keep swapping from the loader to the tractor or for a second operator to load, which also cuts labour costs.” Didier Vallat, business unit production manager at Kuhn Audureau, Nantes, which produces 80 self-propelled mixer wagons per year, says: “We began production in 2001 and our first customers were large farms in East Germany with 1,000-3,000 cows, so the machines are proven to handle high workloads of 2,000 hours per year or more, sometimes with drivers working in shifts.”

SPW 22 Intense specifications n Engine: 225hp, six-cylinder, FPT n Tub capacity: 22cu.m n Silage cutting power: 200hp n Augers: Two vertical n Distribution: Via right and left cross conveyor n Overall width: 2.5m (8.2ft) n Overall height: 3.06m (10ft) n Unladen weight: 14,700kg n Suspension: Front and rear leaf springs n Transmission: Two-speed hydrostatic, top speed 40kph (25mph) n Price: Range starts from £214,943

KUHN’S LATEST MODELS KUHN’S SP mixer/feeder wagon range starts with 10cu.m capacity models and offers varying sizes to suit herd size. From 2017, the flagship SPW Intense twin-auger machines with capacities from 14-27cu.m will be powered by 225hp FPT engines. This series features a 680mm (27in) diameter 160hp or 200hp milling head, feeding into an 800mm (31.5in) wide hydraulically driven conveyor. A bolted wear plate is now fitted to the head for ease of maintenance. The manufacturer offers automatic regulation of the milling head downstroke via a pressure sensor on the head, adjusting pressure depending on the product density. This is designed to safeguard

the machine, minimise damage to the clamp face and maximise capacity. Twin vertical mixing augers are hydraulically driven for improved mixing and emptying with speed adjustable from 0-55rpm. All functions, including travel, loading, mixing and distribution are controlled via a joystick and armrest buttons.

The milling head takes care of loading,

Speed For transport, the operator uses the lever to increase and decrease speed with a thumb button to select a speed range up to 40kph (11mph) and the only pedal is the brake. Engine speed adjusts according to load, reducing revs once the desired forward speed is reached, to cut fuel consumption. Monitoring is via Kuhn’s CCI

IsoBus terminal, which displays the now-familiar machine icons for loading and mixing. Touchscreen adjustment of the milling head and conveyor or of the mixing augers and discharge conveyor is available depending on operation. The CCI terminal also manages machine maintenance with service alerts and diagnostics. Data on up to 80 rations with 15 different ingredients can be managed and up to 10 feed batches memorised by name. Feeding records are transferred to the farm office via a USB stick.


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Cameras in the hopper and at the rear of the machine are connected to a separate in-cab monitor and selecting reverse on the joystick

automatically triggers the rear view camera. While loads measured by weigh cells in the tub are displayed on the CCI terminal, third-party weighing equipment can also be fitted.

Configurations Feed is distributed via a 1.2m (47in) wide cross conveyor which can side shift 250mm (10in) to either side of the machine for different feed passage configurations. A rear straw blower can also be fitted as an option. Weight distribution is 65 per cent on the rear axle, allowing two-wheel drive to be used for manoeuvrability and a rear steering axle is a further option for tight buildings.

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Keenan goes vertical with new products rCollaboration sees

fering 18cu.m capacity; meanwhile Storti’s range of triple-auger mixers stretches up to 44cu.m.

KEENAN is set to expand its portfolio by collaborating with Italian diet feeder manufacturer Storti. Said not to be direct competitors, the manufacturers are sharing each other’s experiences on their latest products. The first products launched out of the collaboration are vertical twin- and triple-auger mixers with Keenan’s InTouch control box. Shown at the recent Danish Agromek show, the Keenan VA2-18 is the smallest model available of-


new mixers launched

Traditionally, Keenan has focused on pasture-based systems and get-

Keenan and Storti management have agreed a collaboration.

ting rations, mixing orders and times right, while Storti has developed higher capacity diet feeders. The Italian firm produces a range of tractor-driven paddle and vertical auger feeders, as well as self-propelled paddle and vertical

auger mixers, and a range of other livestock machinery. Storti’s portfolio also ties in with Keenan’s hints to Farmers Guardian at this year’s Irish Ploughing Match that a self-propelled mixer is expected in early 2017.

Strautmann launches tripleauger mixers EXPANDING on its current range of single- and twin-auger diet feeders, Strautmann has launched two triple-auger mixers. Available early next year in the UK, new Verti-Mix 3451 and 4501 models have a minimum power requirement of 150-180hp and offer 28.5-34.5cu.m and 38-45cu.m volumes respectively. The manufacturer claims its ‘stepped’ Vario2 auger, fitted as standard to the new mixers, reduces mixing times.

Axles Tandem axles are standard on VertiMix 3451 models, with the option of a passive rear steering axle; forced steering triple axles are fitted as standard on Verti-Mix 4501 models. Both models use a two-speed, 540pto gearbox. Minimum power requirement for 3451 and 4501 models is 150hp and 180hp respectively. Stainless steel wear strips and three-speed gearbox are available as options, and a range of discharge doors and conveyors can be fitted. A new Verti-Mix.

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Northumberland beef producers Ivor and David Renton are achieving excellent results with their use of technology. Farmers Guardian reports.

Monitoring, measuring and managing vital to beef profits


y embracing new technology, Northumbrian beef producers Ivor Renton and his son David have removed guesswork from their system. They are consistently improving results from their feeding system and are maximising productivity by increasing accuracy of heat detection. With a high percentage of beef cattle in the UK not reaching market specification, they are aiming to remove variation from within their system by constantly monitoring, measuring and managing to ensure they meet their target specifications. Ivor and David farm 202 hectares (500 acres) at High Highlaws Farm, near Morpeth, Northumberland. In 2001, they were hit by footand-mouth and David says it took nearly six years to get back to some sort of normality. Today, the farm stocks 200-head of Limousin suckler cows, with 50 pure-breds and the remainder Limousin British Blue crosses which are taken through to finishing at 20 months. Annually, the Rentons introduce 25 bulling heifers as herd replacements and rear 10 bulls for breeding, which are sold privately from the farm. The average target weight for finished animals is 550-600kg, with heifers going to the nearby

The system ensures the ration is right every time, providing a consistent diet on a daily basis DAVID RENTON Ivor (left) and David Renton farm the 202ha (500-acre) High Highlaws Farm.

Acklington auction mart for the private butcher trade. David says: “Last year, at the mart’s annual Christmas show, we were awarded the champion animal with a Limousin cross Blue heifer, as well as reserve champion with a Limousin cross steer.” Bullocks are sold through Woodhead Brothers for Morrisons, with a target weight of 400-420kg deadweight. More than 85 per cent of bullocks which go to Morrisons grade U or better, hitting fat classes 3 and 4. New technology is ensuring cattle are hitting specification time and time again. Improved calving, herd health and fertility is influenced from the feeding system and from monitoring cow activity.

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The Rentons rear cattle from suckler calves through to finishing. Originally, their feeding regime was ad-lib silage with bags of barley on top, but the purchase of a feeder wagon brought huge improvements.

Hub The new InTouch technology incorporated onto the wagon provides advice and ration formulation through the Keenan InTouch Hub, which is constantly monitored and adjusted via mobile phone and internet technology. David says: “The system ensures the ration is right every time, providing a consistent diet on a daily basis. “If you need to change the ration, it can be done remotely via the internet, straight to the weigh box.”

Chris Lord, Keenan InTouch feeding specialist, monitors results and provides analyses of costs and returns. He says: “In any business you need to know the relationship between inputs and output and beef finishing is no different. Here, we can regularly measure output through the weigh crush and feed costs and intake through the InTouch controller on the mixer wagon. “This enables us to constantly monitor performance and keep a track on feed conversion and cost per kg gain, and any deviations can then be managed in real time.” Cattle are finishing a month earlier than before, at about 50kg heavier. This could be worth about £130/head in reduced feed and extra weight. Currently, animals are averaging 1.7kg daily liveweight gain on the finishing ration, with some at more than the 2kg mark. The finishing ration at High Highlaws Farm is costing 13.9p/kg of dry matter; cattle are converting their feed into weight gain very efficiently at a feed conversion ratio (FCR) of less than 6:1. This means it is costing the Rentons 77p/kg liveweight gain. Mr Lord says: “It is important animals meet target specs at finishing, as the latest figures demonstrate not achieving the correct spec can cost £40/animal, with an average carcase weight of 370kg. In 100 animals, this can cost a business £4,000/year. “Improvements in feed conversion efficiency can be achieved by ensuring

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High Highlaws Farm ■ 200 suckler cows ■ Most progeny finished on-farm at 550-600kg ■ Heifers sold at Acklington market to local butchers ■ Bullocks sold to Woodhead Brothers at 400-420kg deadweight ■ Daily liveweight gain averages 1.7kg ■ Finishing ration costs 13.9kg/DM ■ Cost of 77p/kg of liveweight gain

the ration is chemically balanced. However, I feel strongly the consistently correct physical presentation of the ration is equally as important.” The Rentons have introduced a breeder tag system which uses stateof-the-art long-range pedometerbased technology. This combines with a continuous computer-based recording system to deliver reports for each cow within the herd. David says: “I was looking for a pedometer system which would work on two sites about a mile apart so we could maximise accuracy of heat detection among cows on both sites. This would allow me to serve more cows to AI before I increased my stock bulls.” The system was installed in March in time for David to monitor his calving period, which is from the middle of March until May. The laptop was installed in David’s office and both farms have large aerials and receivers which allow the data from pedometers to be collected and transmitted, back to the laptop. The computer programme monitors information from individual cows and creates reports on calving alerts, heat detection ready for service and health and welfare events, including lying exceptions and down cow alerts.

Limousin cows at High Highlaws Farm.

Alerts The whole system is set up to send alerts to David’s mobile so he is monitoring cows all of the time. He says: “We have a hydraulic weight crush with electronic ID, which weighs up to 60 cattle in 30 minutes. We weigh every fortnight and feel it is important to do this. “We know what cattle are doing on a daily basis and what it is costing us per day to feed them. If a beast is not doing well, we just get it away and this saves on feeding costs.” The Rentons received a 40 per cent grant from Defra’s Rural Development Programme to help towards costs. Both Ivor and David agree on the benefits of adopting new technology, which enables them to keep an eye on their costs. Ivor says: “It is not an onerous task to monitor and measure what you are doing and it is certainly paying dividends for us.”

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Judge Paul Trapp, Wisconsin checks out the entries in the Holstein cow in-milk class at the RUAS Winter Fair.

Holstein breeders on form rBlack and whites

take inter-breed titles HOLSTEIN champion Desmond Dundee Embrace, owned jointly by the Jones family, Co Wexford, which runs the Hallow Holstein herd, and Roy Cromie, Donegal, claimed the Royal Ulster Winter Fair inter-breed championship. Imported as an embryo from Canada by Limerick Holstein breeder Martin O’Sullivan, the fifth-calver is no stranger to success at Balmoral, having won the same title at the winter fair two years ago. Its daughter, by Doorman, sold for 5,500gns at a Carlisle sale in February this year and it has been flushed a number of times. Judge Paul Trapp, Wisconsin, called his champion an elite cow. He said: “She has an enormous production record but what impressed me most was the quality of her udder.”

The inter-breed reserve and reserve Holstein champion was Evergreen Duplex Ebony, owned and bred by Liam Murphy, Co Carlow, which had previously won the inter-breed title at last year’s winter fair. Having calved for the fifth time in June, it is currently giving 38kg per day and is back in-calf to Evergreen Aladdin.

Ayrshire Mr Trapp selected Sandyford Honest Blizzard, the Ayrshire champion, as his honourable mention. This was a 12th breed title at the winter fair since 1988 for Co Antrim breeders John Hunter and his son Michael. The Hunters have been milking Ayrshires since 1965. Blizzard, which calved for the third time a few days ago, was bred by the Tomlinson family from Loughborough, Leicestershire, and was bought for 3,600gns at their reduction sale in September.

Supreme inter-breed and Holstein champion, Desmond Dundee Embrace, from Hallow Holsteins, Co Wexford.

The Hunters also had the Ayrshire reserve, Ardmore Janet 110, a home-bred second-calver being shown for the first time. Clandeboye Estates, Bangor, won the Jersey breed title with the home-bred second-calver Clandeboye Allstar 1 Evita, which had calved for a second time a fortnight before the event.


Reserve inter-breed and reserve Holstein, Evergreen Duplex Ebony, from Liam and Sandra Murphy, Co Carlow. 84 | DECEMBER 16 2016

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(Judge P. Trapp, Wisconsin, USA) Inter-breed Supreme, Jones and Cromie, Desmond Dundee Embrace (Holstein); reserve, L. Murphy, Evergreen Duplex Ebony (Holstein). Holstein Sup., Jones and Cromie, Desmond Dundee Embrace; res., L. Murphy, Evergreen Duplex Ebony. Ayrshire Sup., J. Hunter, Sandyford Honest Blizzard; res., J. Hunter, Ardmore Janet 110. Jersey Sup., Clandeboye Estates, Clandeboye Allstar 1 Evita; res., Thurlstone May Fay. Dairy Shorthorn Sup., G. and J. Booth, Beechview Empire Tiny; res., N. and R. Booth, Kilsally Jill 17.

Reserve Jersey went to Co Cavan breeder Seamus Shannon with his third-calver Thurlstone May Fay, bred by John and Susan Dickinson, South Yorkshire. Mr Shannon said: “I bought her in early 2015 when she was in mid-lactation. It is only now I am seeing her in full milk. She has grown into a tremendous cow. She is one of eight Jerseys in the herd which run alongside 55 Holsteins.” Two branches of the Booth family, Co Tyrone, took home the main Dairy Shorthorn prizes. Father and son George and Jason won the breed championship with their heifer in-milk Beechview Empire Tiny, which had previously won the Winter Fair Shorthorn junior championship as a seven-month old calf. Shorthorn reserve went to Noel and Ralph Booth with their second-calver, Kilsally Jill 17.

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LIVESTOCK RESEARCH UPDATE Soil data will provide valuable information for livestock farms in the future. Chloe


Improve soil health for better fo


uch concern has been voiced about the state of UK soils but this has been principally directed at the arable sector. As soils play a critical part in yield and nutritional quality of forage, it follows research into soil health is of equal relevance to livestock producers. The pioneering agronomist William Albrecht famously said ‘food is fabricated soil fertility’ and in the mid-20th century his work was some of the first to draw links between the health of soil and that of plants, animals and humans. Since then, few researchers or practitioners have revisited this work. Leslie Firbank, professor of sustainable agriculture at the University of Leeds, believes this is due to the complexity of investigating the inter-relationship between soil, plant and animals. He says: “Until recently, soil has been thought of as a ‘black box’ where little was known of the functioning and composition of its individual components. But now, due to improvements in physical science and DNA sequencing, we can trace exactly what happens to carbon and other elements in soil. “Instead of just knowing the amount of organic biomass in soil, we can now identify what fungi and bacteria are present, how they function and how we can encourage them. Precision soil management will soon be a reality.” Prof Firbank admits it is still much easier to break down the individual components of soil and investigate them individually. But interactions in soil are proving to be increasingly important to the wellbeing of soil and the plants which grow in it. “We are looking at the function

The impact of soil nutrients on cattle is being studied.

and role of mycorrhizae, and particularly those plant varieties which are most capable of associating with them. Plants which are most able to build relationships with mycorrhizae may prove to be healthier, more efficient when extracting nutrients and, in some cases, more resistant to pests and diseases.” Prof Firbank believes there is scope to select those plant varieties exhibiting a capacity to associate with mycorrhizae and this could have commercial applications.

We are producing a risk map to show where magnesium deficiency is more likely to be an issue, because of low levels of the mineral in soils

Collaboration The Mag-Net research project at the University of Nottingham is also focusing on plant selection. Prof Martin Broadley and his team are working in collaboration with a team of forage grass breeders, led by Alan Lovatt at the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences at Aberystwyth University to pick out those grass varieties most effective at accumulating magnesium. The concept of selecting for this trait is not new, says Prof Broadley, but rather it has been neglected as plant breeders have concentrated on yield and other quality attributes.

He says: “We know the supply of nutrients from soil affects the nutritional content of plants, but few studies have looked at micro-nutrients. Research in Finland has shown the relationship between selenium deficiency in livestock, humans and soil, and this made us think about other important elements.” Prof Broadley points to a variety of Italian rye-grass, developed in the 1970s by Mr Lovatt and colleagues in Aberystwyth, which was

Soil and forage research n Mag-Net is a five-year project aiming to develop novel, resilient, nutrient management strategies for the UK ruminant sector. The primary focus is magnesium due to its importance, but new data, knowledge and communication tools arising from this project will apply to other nutrients and elements. More information: www. 86 | DECEMBER 16 2016

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n The N8 AgriFood initiative covers a range of themes, including sustainable food production. Its research will focus on soil health, resilient and productive crops and livestock, novel diagnostics and predictive modelling to promote resilient, sustainable food production. More information: sustainable-food-production/

n The Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences Prosoil project seeks to tackle the many challenges of soil management. Working with Welsh livestock farmers, it links scientific research on soil management techniques to farm practice with research taking place on nine commercial farms. More information:

PROF MARTIN BROADLEY able to accumulate greater amounts of magnesium. “This variety passed several trials but never got on the Recommended List, so it may now be appropriate to revisit these varieties.” Another important aspect of the Mag-Net project is the interdisciplinary collaboration with Dr Louise Ander and geochemists at the British Geological Society. Prof Broadley says: “Working alongside geochemists, we are producing a risk map to show where magnesium deficiency is more likely to be an issue, because of low levels of the mineral in soils. “Because of the influence of field scale management, this tool might not be able to precisely identify all areas where deficiency will arise. Rather, it should highlight areas where further investigation may be appropriate or where farmers should consider offering magnesium supplements to livestock.” Veterinary experts are also

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r forage The Mag-Net project is looking at the magnesium content of forage.


ing into this project by providing information about the incidence of hypomagnesaemia in certain areas. This will enable the team to recognise any correlation between the results of soil mapping and the occurrence of deficiency symptoms in livestock in high risk areas. This approach is supported by research undertaken in Ireland by the British Geological Survey and the Geological Survey of Ireland. They used geostatistics to map the probability a soil’s trace element concentrations exceeded or fell below certain thresholds. This information was then used to indicate areas where these elements might cause problems of deficiency. Prof Broadley believes it may be possible to produce a decisionmaking tool to help farmers identify likely nutrient and mineral deficiencies, due to shortfalls in soil.



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He envisages enormous potential as scientists from the different disciplines of geochemistry, plant genetics, soil ecology and even vets work together. He says plant breeders are interested in the scope to develop varieties which can accumulate greater amounts of key micro-nutrients and trace elements. “There are considerable opportunities at the pre-breeding stage so projects such as ours may be able to provide the research needed to help to develop these varieties and bring them to market.” Prof Firbank says: “Some of the brightest young people are now coming into soil science. They see how the health of soil, crops and livestock are all linked and they recognise the relevance and the practical applications of the work we are doing.”

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LIVESTOCK Good fertility in dairy cattle requires a whole team approach, bringing together overall management, veterinary input and nutritionist skills, farmers were told at an Intelligent Feeding Forum meeting at Garstang, Lancashire. Farmers Guardian reports.

Team approach needed for optimum cow fertility


fertility programme runs from heat detection through to two or three weeks after calving, said Adam Collantine, Dugdale’s Nutrition dairy consultant. He said: “Most dairy farmers are ideally looking for a 365-day calving index, or as near as they can get. “The cow is pregnant for about 280 days, so to achieve a 365-day index, she needs to be back in-calf in about 85 days, but how practical is this?” Mr Collantine said assuming cows’ uteruses could get in-calf, key questions included: Were all cows were coming on heat? Was this was being observed? Were cows being inseminated at the right time and were they getting in-calf? Part of the issue here was watching cows for signs of heat and ensuring whoever was doing this knew what to look for. Typically, cows were on heat for

12 hours, of which they were standing on heat and head mounting for about half this. Some 90 per cent of cows on heat would mount each other, but only about 40 per cent would stand to be mounted. Some 40 per cent would not show a standing heat. In addition, cows did not show heats in temperatures of more than 21degC and duration tended to reduce as milk yields rose. Good well-lit housing was an important aid to observation of heat behaviour.

Pregnancy rate Records were important, Mr Collantine said, and it was worth remembering pregnancy rates were a more reliable measure than conception rates in assessing group fertility, as there was nowhere to hide in the figures used. Mike Murphy of Oakhill Farm Vets, Preston, said: “Dairy cow fertility is a huge topic and we all have

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to work together to improve different areas on different farms to get a gradual improvement in fertility. “Studies from the 1950s to the present time show cows giving an increasing amount of milk, but with a lower first service pregnancy rate. It appears more milk means less fertility, but I do not think things are as simple as that.

Struggle “I think we need to look back at the 1970s and what has changed on farms over the last 20-30 years, with bigger farms, more cows, less labour, people moving to more confined systems and fewer grazing herds. “Even in really good setups with good ventilation, good lighting, nice sandbeds and cubicles with wide passages, there have been problems with fertility.” Mr Murphy said there had also been fertility problems following moves to low input/low output grass systems in New Zealand, as well as in grass-only systems in Ireland. In the UK, NMR and Reading University were producing reports from dairy farms across the country. Encouragingly, last year’s figures

have shown small improvements in health and fertility. There were undoubtedly many factors contributing to these improvements, but these might include improved genetic indices, helping select bulls for fertility, longevity and fitness traits, as well as milk production. Each farm was different and it was important to identify the root causes of problems on individual farms. Certainly, he believed routine vet visits about every two weeks would quickly pay for themselves in identifying and dealing with problems at an early stage.

Key aims Bill Hardman, Dugdale Nutrition’s technical manager, said the key aims of feeding to maintain fertility were to consistently achieve optimum body condition pre-calving, but not to overfeed energy in the dry period, and also aim to minimise clinical and sub-clinical milk fever. He said: “High dry matter intakes in fresh cows helped minimise negative energy balance – think glucose and starch and do not overfeed fat.”

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Hat-tricks at Dovedale rCarol Mellin takes two

In the nursery championship, Richard and Ben ran second. Ben lost two points from his right-hand outrun for a couple of extra commands, asking him to cover his sheep which had moved off to the left. He dropped an odd point from his lift and four mainly from the first half of his fetch for being off-line. Minor deviations throughout the drive cost six points, before a clean finish gave the winning score of 87 and Ben his third title of the day. Last to

run, Mark Hallam and Cap slipped their sheep at the first drive gates and with 79 points were the runners up for the second time that day. In the novice championship, Jake Saxon and Jill stood top on 72 until Gordon ran Dan. After a clean start Dan dropped two marks from his fetch and six over his driving. He penned cleanly but initially turning onto the wrong two sheep cost three points from his shed. A score of 89 gave Dan a clear lead along with his third title. Carol Mellin and Rainow Max (C. Pickford’s Rainow Meg, A. Owen’s Llangwm Cap) had a successful weekend. On Saturday, at the Yorkshire nursery held at Bradley, Mick Davey judged an entry of 38. Over a rising course the running was on Beltex cross Texel lambs. Vicky Ibbotson and Hilston Sally were standing top on 75 points until Carol and Max ran at 36. Losing 10 points for deviations and one point at the pen gave the top score of 79. The following day at the Windermere nursery David Harrison judged the entry of 40. This time working Hebridean lambs Carol and Max took their second title on 85 points.

Stodday, Lancaster (H. Cleary, Barnacre) Nursery (36 ran) 1, Tim Longton (Quernmore) Rooten Brook Roy, 84 of 90; 2, J. Cropper (Deerplay) Glen, 80; 3, T. Huddleston (Caton) Ness, 79; 4, Thomas Longton (Quernmore) Oz, 78 OLF; 5, Michael Longton (Quernmore) Rooten Brook Bute, 78; 6, J. Cropper, Trigger, 73. RYEDALE, Fridlington Farm, Sheriff Hutton, York (J. Read, Louth) Nursery (19 ran) 1, S. Beaton (Nun Appleton) Milly, 86 of 90; 2, G. Blyth (Roos) Calderdale Roy, 85; 3, J. Simpson (Hutton Rudby) Milly, 79; 4, J. Cook (Egton) Amos, 78; 5, A. Mosey (Coulton) Bill, 76; 6, G. Redpath (Darce) Zoey, 73. NORTHERN, Hamsteel Hall, Quebec, Durham (G. Richardson, Hamsterley) Nursery (40 ran) 1, L. Morland (Hamsterley) Roy, 73 of 90; 2, A. Procter (Great Musgrave) Tess, 72 OLF; 3, A. Baines (South Stainmore) Tanhill Jock, 72; 4, R. Jewitt (Naburn) Queen, 70; 5, M. Shields (Timble) Bing, 69; 6, M. Metcalfe (Wharton) Jim, 64. Committee novice, 1, L. Morland, Trixie, 76 of 90; 2, F. Whitfield (Quebec) Bob, 74; 3, J. Bousfield (Harwood in Teesdale) Pip, 71. New handler, 1, E. Procter (Great Musgrave) Dale, 52. NORTH WESTMORLAND, Laithes, Penrith (G. Smithson, Kirkbride) Nursery (57 ran) 1, Thomas Longton (Quernmore) Storm, 83 of 90; 2, Thomas Longton, Oz, 82; 3, D. Scrimgeour (Wigton) Lyn, 79 OLF; 4, P. Ellis (New Hutton) George, 79; 5, J. Relph (Greystoke) Highfield Hank, 79; 6, M. Beaty (Laithes) Jim, 79. Novice, 1, D. Scrimgeour, Finn, 81 of 90; 2, A. Temple (Holmrook) Jan, 78 OLF; 3, T. Rome (Whitehaven) Jack, 78; 4, S. Thexton (Sedbergh) Gyp, 78. New handler, 1, V. Graham (Whitehaven) Pip; 2, B.

Sendlhofer (Ambleside) Fleece. MORETON, Station Farm, Broughton Astley, Leicestershire (Andy Rouse, Hildersham) Nursery, 1, A. Blackmore (Ledbury) Tess, 82 of 90; 2, Amy Rouse (Hildersham) Floss, 80 OLF; 3, A. Blackmore, Nip, 80; 4, M. Jenkins (Shadwell) Aura, 80; 5, J. Porter (Broughton Astley) Spot, 78; 6, R. Curtis (Grantham) Tess, 77. Novice, 1, J. Porter, Jo, 92 of 100; 2, A. Blackmore, Spotty, 89; 3, J. Porter, Lad, 87; 4, A. Tomkinson (Melton Mowbray) Morph, 67. Open, 1, J. McBride (Grantham) Jake, 88 of 100 OLF; 2, S. Neeson (Burton on the Wolds) Queen, 88; 3, J. Atwell (Evesham) Speck, 85. ROMNEY MARSH, Whitehall, Lynsted (W. Cole, Tillingham) Cradle, 1, E. Killick (Turners Hill) Charlie, 29; 2, S. Else (Diss) Gunner, 23; 3, S. Walker (Stelling Minnis) Murdo, 15. Nursery, 1, T. Foster (Creaton) Callie, 80 of 100; 2, J. Bastable (Tonbridge) Pip, 70; 3, M. Banham (Chipstead) Rob, 68; 4, M. Banham, Ollie, 59; 5, S. Walker, Cleit Flow, 36. Novice, 1, P. Davies-Russell (Farnham) Flynt, 62 of 100; 2, F. Davies-Russell (Farnham) Seth, 59; 3, S. Walker, Karven Griffin, 57; 4, D. Thompson (Ashford) Jimmy, 35. NORTHUMBERLAND League, Dyke Head Farm, Rochester (P. Bristow, Kirkwhelpington) Nursery (23 ran) 1, B. Jordan (Whitfield) Bozo, 95 of 100; 2, B. Jordan, Shasta, 87; 3, D. Henderson (Allendale) Jill, 78; 4, M. Northwood (East Woodburn) Llangwm Floyd, 78; 5, S. Smith (Seahouses) Gael, 77; 6, E. Irvine (Ewesley) Bruce, 77. New handler, C. Pattinson (Bardon Mill) Jean. Novice, C. McNulty (Wooler) Kim.

titles with Rainow Max

England: Elaine Hill AT Dovedale’s concluding trial Richard Saxon with Ben and Gordon Birchenall with Dan both took three titles. George Bonsall judged the entry of 20 along with the concluding championships, each with three contenders. First to the post, Angus Priestley scored 58 points with Matt to win the beginner’s class. At eight, Mark Hallam and Upland Cap took the lead in the nursery class gaining 81 points. Two runs later Richard Saxon and Ben (T. Brennan’s Meg and Glen) had a similar run, but losing one less point over the fetch of 250 yards took the title on 82 points. For Gordon Birchenall and Dan (F. Cleary’s Groesfaen Jess and Dan) run 13 proved lucky, for although they slipped their sheep at a drive obstacle they won the novice with 72 points. Over the three Dovedale trials Richard and Ben were the nursery aggregate winners, while Gordon and Dan won the novice aggregate.

English results DOVEDALE, Biggin Moor Farm, Biggin Moor, Buxton, Derbyshire (Judge, G. Bonsall, Slindon) Nursery (20 ran) 1, R. Saxon (Crowden) Ben, 82 of 90; 2, M. Hallam (High Peak) Upland Cap, 81; 3, J. Gilman (Bosley) Bonny, 80; 4, P. Wood (Derwent Valley) Joe, 78; 5, G. Dermody (Nantwich) Soot, 72; 6, S. Allen (Butterton) Moss, 66. Nursery aggregate, R. Saxon, Ben, 242 of 270. Novice, 1, G. Birchenall (Chinley) Dan, 72; 2, G. Dermody Mirk, 62. Novice aggregate, G. Birchenall, Dan, 204 of 270. Beginner, 1, A. Priestley (Bamford) Matt. Nursery championship (3 ran) 1, R. Saxon Ben, 87 of 100; 2, M. Hallam, Upland Cap, 79; 3, D. Wood (Derwent Valley) Craig, ret. Novice championship (3 ran) 1, G. Birchenall, Dan, 89 of 100; 2, J. Saxon (Crowden) Jill, 72; 3, G. Dermody, Mirk, 70. YORKSHIRE, Jackson Lane, Bradley, Skipton, North Yorkshire (M. Davey, Otley) Nursery (38 ran) 1, C. Mellin (Oakworth) Rainow Max, 79 of 90; 2, V. Ibbotson (Oakworth) Hilston Sally, 75; 3, J. Dewhurst (Winterburn) Bess, 72; 4, L. Bancroft (Barnoldswick) Alf, 69; 5, A. Throup (Silsden) Bet, 68 OLF; 6, J. Palmer (Twiston) Jill, 68. WINDERMERE, Otterbank, Skelsmergh, Kendal, Cumbria (D. Harrison, Selside) Nursery (40 ran) 1, C. Mellin (Oakworth) Rainow Max, 85 of 90; 2, R. Harrison (Shap) Hemp, 84; 3, J. Graham (Ambleside) Meg, 81; 4, K. Cropper (Shap) Moor Lodge Jim, 80; 5, J. Bentham (Dent) Fay, 79; 6, M. York (Howgill) Cass, 78. New handler, 1, V. Graham (Whitehaven) Pip. FYLDE, Meadow Court, Tarnwater Lane, Ashton with

Carol Mellin and Rainow Max won at Yorkshire and Windermere.

Kenny’s Scott triumphs at Kilwhannel Scotland: Sine Robertson A CLEAN outrun and lift gave Kenny Donald’s Scott an edge at Kilwhannel. Scott got off to a clean start, but the sheep went slightly off-line after the fetch gates. Ian Fergie’s Rock was tight at the top and pushed the hoggs off-line. Once he got them back online he had a good fetch and kept good lines on the drive. There were a few breaks before a successful pen, and a few attempts at shedding before completion and second place. The Suffolk cross Shetland Cheviot ewes at Yonder Bognie were lifted from a slightly rising bank. Geordie Simpson’s Lad worked

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well outbye, losing only a single point. A good drive followed and good work at-hand sealed another winning run. Iain MacKay’s Cap followed the same pattern, losing only a further point outbye and another on the drive. The Blackface hoggs at Carco were tricky round the flat course but careful handling. Gilbert Marshall’s Bob worked well outbye, but the sheep were difficult to turn round Gilbert. Bob mastered them and had a good drive until the hoggs slipped past the cross-drive gates. A clean chute followed and although Bob had a little difficulty at the shed, he separated the sheep.

Scottish results YONDER BOGNIE (Judge, K. Brehmer, New Bythe) Nursery (20 ran) 1, G. Simpson (Forgue) Lad, 95; 2, I. MacKay (Leanach) Cap, 93; 3, G. Simpson (Forgue) Jaff, 91; 4, G. Simpson (Forgue) Whisp, 88; 5, G. Simpson (Forgue) Groesfaen Mac, 84; 6, M. Sutherland (Lybster) Liz, 79. Older dogs (9 ran) 1, H. MacLean (Culloden) Jill, 79; 2, S. Campbell (Skye) Belle, 77. CULDEES (D. Galbraith, Comrie) Nursery (18 ran) 1, K. Howlett (Comrie) Tess, 88; 2, A.D. Carnegie (Comrie) Groesfaen Nap, 87; 3, P. Martin (Glenlyon) Bess, 85; 4, A. Simpson (Comrie), Lednock Liz, 83; 5, I.M. Brownlie (Bridge of Cally) Lia, 82; 6, J. Menzies (Tulliemet) Baledmund Ted, 80. Novice (3 ran) 1, N. Boyne (Glenlochay) Mirk, 78. CARCO, SANQUHAR (S. Anderson, Waterbeck) Nursery (7 ran) 1, G.A. Marshall (Cocklicks) Bob, 85; 2, D. Aitken (Lockerbie) Tweeddale Nell, 84; 3, D. Aitken (Lockerbie) Tweeddale Fly, 81 Outbye; 4, A.R. Mundell (Moffat) Rob, 81; 5, G.A. Marshall, Nell, 73. Novice, 1, D. Aitken (Lockerbie) Tweeddale Buzz, 86; D. McMillan (Carsphairn) Craig, 64; KILWHANNEL (N. McVicar, Benmore) Nursery (12 ran) 1, K. Donald (Dalrymple) Scott, 77; 2, I. Fergie (Straiton) Rock, 76; 3, W.J. Welsh (Beoch) Tommy, 74; 4, K. Donald (Dalrymple) Alf, 71; 5, J. Shennan (Barr) Bill, 70; 6, R. Welsh (Patna) Mist, 61.

All Wales Championship Wales: Christine Hall A MISTY morning meant judges Bryn Davies and Lloyd Jones chose not to commence the All Wales Nursery Championship, which was hosted by John Davies, at Blaenglowlon Fawr, Ceredigion, before 10.30am. Once started, handlers from south Wales secured the top two places. The champions were Richard Millichap, Port Talbot, with two-yearold Dewi Max. Their early run scored them 12 points, which remained unbeaten for the rest of the day. Their smooth and controlled run lost them few points on any element of the course. Reserve champions were Meirion Jones and Nan, from Maesybont, Carmarthenshire. Most of their 16 points were deducted from their lift and for being off-line on the fetch.

Welsh results NALL WALES (Judges, Bryn Davies, W.P. Lloyd Jones) Nursery championship 1, R. Millichap (Port Talbot) Dewi Max, 12; 2, M. Jones (Maesybont) Nan, 16; 3, N. Watkins (Llanddeusant) Groesfaen Fern (Fly) 18 OLF; 4, K. Evans (Libanus) Jim, 18 OLF; 5, A. Ll. Jones (Defaidty) Jan, 18; 6, B. Williams (Holywell) Elwy Lad, 22. POWYS, Nursery, 1, P. Tomkins, Lyn, 6; 2, G. Powell, Mot, 8; 3, K. Evans, Don,10; 4, P. Tomkins, Roy, 13; 5, K. Evans, Jim, 16; 6, H. Lloyd, Fly, 17. Novice, 1, B. Lewis, Fan, 18; 2, K. Hacker, Holly, 20; 3, H. Hughes, Ben, 23; 4, J. Simmons, Conner, 30. Best beginner, 1, G. Davies, Holly, 25; 2, P. Watson Jones, Josie, 57. County competition, 1, Radnorshire, 174; 2, Breconshire, 315; 3, Montgomeryshire, 362.

Trials diary ENGLAND December 17. HOLMROOK, Open, signed off the A595 at Holmrook, Cumbria, 9am start, enter on field by 2pm. NORTHUMBERLAND League, nursery and new handler, Healy Mill, NE61 4NZ, 11am start, enter on field. RYEDALE, Nursery, Bransdale, north of Helmsley, North Yorks, 10am start, enter on field by 1pm, more than one dog first by 12 noon. SLINDON, Nursery, novice and beginner, Slindon House Farm, Slindon, Eccleshall, Staffordshire, ST21 6LX, 9.30am start, enter on field by 12 noon, catering. December 18. MID-SHIRES, Nursery and novice, Framlands Farm, Scalford, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, 9.30am start, enter on field, weather check A. Tomkinson, tel: 07891 222 460. NORTH LANCS, Nursery, novice and new handler, Lee End Farm, Quernmore, Lancaster, LA2 9EE, 9.30am start, enter on field. NORTH WESTMORLAND, Nursery, novice and new handler, Laithes, Penrith, CA11 0AZ, 9am start, enter on field by 1pm, limited to two dogs per handler, novice confined to Cumbria. SLACKSDALE, Nursery, novice and beginner with championship time permitting, Slacksdale, Peak Forest, Derbyshire, SK17 8EP, 9am start, enter on field by 12 noon, catering. SUSSEX, Nursery and novice location TBC. WEST COUNTRY, Nursery, driving then MX, Mill Hill, Tavistock, 10am start, enter on field. NORTHERN, Nursery, Pool Tree Farm, Hamsterley, postponed until January 8. December 31. TARNWATER Open, Meadow Court, Tarnwater Lane, Ashton with Stodday, Lancaster, LA2 0AH, 8.30am start, dogs to be booked in by 12 noon, pre-entry first 35 dogs, M. Glasgow, tel: 07802 403 423.

WALES December 18. CARMARTHENSHIRE nurseries Christmas HAT SDT, Llwynbedw, Llanpumsaint, SA33 6JU, start 9am, contact, Alison Sharpe, tel: 07850 933 047. December 27 and 28. BROMSBERROW HEATH Christmas SDT, Open and novice national, young handler, catering, start 8am, pre-entry by December 21, contact A. Blackmore, tel: 07855 843 226. December 29. TYNWERN, Llanrhystud, SY23 5BD, Open national, catering, start 8am, contact E. Lloyd, tel: 01974 272 282.

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MARKET PRICES PRIMESTOCK ENGLAND STEERS Market day(s) week ending December 13 Acklington Ashford Bakewell Barnard Castle Beeston Castle Bentham Bishops Castle Bridgnorth Brockholes Carlisle Chelford Cirencester Clitheroe Cockermouth Colchester Darlington Derby Exeter Frome Gisburn Hailsham Hallworthy Hatherleigh Hawes Hereford Hexham Holmfirth Holsworthy Hull Kendal Kington Kirkby Stephen Lancaster Leek Leyburn Liskeard Longtown Louth Ludlow Malton Market Drayton Market Harborough Melton Mowbray Newark Newton Abbot Northallerton Oswestry Otley Penrith Ross-On-Wye Rugby Ruswarp Salisbury Scots Gap Sedgemoor Selby Shaftesbury Shrewsbury Skipton South Molton Stratford Thame Thirsk Thrapston Truro Ulverston Wigton Winslow Wooler Worcester York

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




Total cattle number

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

37 49 112 15 129 8 166 66 9 2 15 60 291 18 98 78 27 5 15 1 29 1 18 6 1 5 7 318 25 298 72 232 1 178 54 47 57 50 9 94 336 6 14 310 4 42 64 61 195

206.00 214.00 182.29 150.50 217.00 146.70 169.50 209.30 217.60 173.17 191.37 173.50 176.33 106.00 207.00 190.00 199.50 207.17 197.50 239.64 149.75 192.75 217.00 209.25 140.50 171.44 171.17 169.14 211.83 243.50 242.50 500.00 170.27 166.50

197.40 178.50 195.48 177.75 191.33 126.00 186.94 181.80 197.00 191.57 213.91 180.83 184.40 149.00 200.92 135.00 222.50 184.17 179.50 168.00 195.50 195.37 197.83 209.00 162.08 211.86 211.71 186.75 234.50 187.83 161.25 170.11 221.42 194.83 227.42 175.00 264.79 184.50 179.79 191.12

187.50 166.17 166.64 132.50 166.75 197.59 158.40 187.50 180.30 194.67 146.50 181.59 180.00 188.80 193.00 219.50 191.68 189.50 194.28 215.50 189.92 162.81 197.86 149.00 188.24 170.50 146.75 168.28 205.21 133.50 212.36 170.00 254.25 200.17 181.13 153.38

169.00 150.07 194.00 121.00 211.45 187.83 168.50 204.86 221.95 145.50 147.08 220.00 170.00 112.00 90.75 186.50 200.57 211.17 165.12 117.50 213.30 230.41 222.86 209.56 153.75 169.44 227.12 94.00 234.17 222.83 171.33 212.79

211.83 191.73 199.36 181.33 203.91 159.50 210.90 188.22 174.50 108.00 198.82 223.79 177.70 198.22 209.16 199.67 209.17 161.50 79.50 140.25 164.33 184.50 191.00 197.44 223.07 222.52 183.05 202.13 223.17 223.29 195.40 192.38 197.69 179.33 178.14 226.81 174.67 240.25 235.87 167.00 284.68 212.08 190.11 227.11

203.62 155.21 192.08 168.33 180.57 116.00 202.38 177.33 189.50 108.00 200.17 214.77 157.50 207.27 167.00 174.67 200.50 168.83 175.33 171.00 160.00 216.00 199.50 185.77 177.50 166.10 172.10 196.53 180.00 189.33 209.60 144.67 187.14 176.80 182.00 168.82 178.28 129.17 226.46 178.00 208.50 209.17 185.06 207.81

186.50 179.50 146.50 170.76 139.26 194.75 172.00 179.40 156.36 179.50 182.77 128.50 180.15 156.55 160.26 205.43 170.00 168.00 145.56 139.00 159.63 220.50 166.00 154.11

174.50 151.50 178.92 164.21 156.14 179.50 195.36 153.00 177.95 190.24 188.52 181.20 188.36 192.25 162.00 160.00 190.11 146.00 131.50 198.33 188.33 184.78

170.50 167.75 180.64 167.33 205.50 206.67 200.17 194.16 196.00 181.16 185.22 212.67 120.50 199.77 201.69 214.50 184.50

21 66 130 139 6 65 366 79 17 6 37 4 65 35 138 120 20 1 41 4 31 33 99 32 22 14 21 61 20 180 46 43 2 46 17 18 7 6 41 14 106 18 30 29 48 1 36 5 9 10

241.67 246.50 318.33 210.00 183.09 211.67 232.00 -

210.75 221.33 249.22 206.00 158.83 215.71 218.81 210.56

199.38 218.50 196.00 195.00 159.35 188.50 200.60 197.89

195.00 248.50 278.00 200.00 189.92 219.88 221.00 -

220.08 208.95 230.73 264.45 203.63 200.59 222.91 221.23 209.24

193.00 210.50 275.00 250.00 205.00 129.61 205.80 217.20 172.50

161.00 107.00


168.00 171.50 119.00

164 62 81 5 54 102 85 223

Total cow number

Grade 3 average

Dairy sired average

Beef sired average

Total N lambs

151.50 149.50 152.68 140.00 120.25 146.00

112.60 108.54 108.96 109.80 110.00 88.31 -

103.83 90.25 87.12 90.98 98.00 81.12 80.50 93.48 93.24 68.64 94.18 90.00 90.17 98.30 77.32 96.95 77.60 93.14 51.00 82.62 79.72 47.60 93.00 88.09 93.36 91.08 90.94 96.00 91.71 89.00 95.00 83.60 82.30 68.17 -

118.61 113.28 98.54 115.17 93.86 123.61 93.87 103.07 105.17 120.32 109.50 111.90 98.54 122.91 96.55 104.44 93.00 102.00 112.73 125.27 80.00 116.62 76.00 95.83 102.67 99.50 115.61 116.50 119.15 93.00 120.50 108.83 86.40 85.80 120.07 104.83 120.17 116.87 65.00 88.93 98.67 -

635 1412 1817 1039 2484 948 1071 499 1897 775 777 577 1225 82 2524 904 430 1430 659 145 140 1088 1793 888 505 743 27 1066 1134 2950 841 412 827 333 4897 125 3001 427 1426 405 1414 1573 7 1051 3647 681 2206 1052 1535 184 445 181 823 511 1135 3618 1466 232 640 722 566 98 744 1954 80 641 1622 473



97.90 87.50 82.90 79.80 79.90

111.60 98.80 109.50 138.20 100.30 124.00 115.40 112.00

1627 2653 508 1053 751 2366 605 1930 2715 893

Grade 1 average

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


We\Tu We We Mo Mo

Mo Th\Tu Th

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19 40 35 61 17 83 96 112 52

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7 6 1 7 07 7 2 0 0


1 5

4 0 00


7 0 2

0 3

7 0


0 5 0 0

3 0 0


3 7

7 0 3



0 0 0


0 0







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

635 1412 1817 1039 2484 948 1071 499 1897 775 777 577 1225 82 2524 904 430 1430 659 145 140 1088 1793 888 505 743 27 1066 1134 2950 841 412 827 333 4897 125 3001 427 1426 405 1414 1573 7 1051 3647 681 2206 1052 1535 184 445 181 823 511 1135 3618 1466 232 640 722 566 98 744 1954 80 641 1622 473

151.70 132.97 87.96 136.19 131.54 152.84 167.00 165.56 170.60 129.45 169.00 144.00 139.00 167.21 117.94 147.33 140.92 163.10 126.76 139.27 132.00 163.39 120.00 132.00 153.95 179.21 133.30 150.18 126.33 133.00 131.14 151.17 159.00 186.50 144.36 161.00 168.75 124.90 69.00 -

164.00 176.04 165.03 160.90 159.54 143.00 172.89 171.43 182.06 178.20 163.92 171.08 153.80 186.23 174.85 160.64 164.15 168.90 184.04 172.00 150.89 140.26 178.24 169.91 172.20 165.98 147.34 158.00 160.26 156.95 167.90 169.69 160.86 175.31 171.00 161.21 174.00 184.44 190.60 180.08 183.60 163.00 160.61 158.22 162.62 176.12 170.21 181.88 152.23 145.89 168.38 158.33 182.72 160.21 168.36 165.63 160.81 155.65 179.27 160.59 201.00 170.10 203.12 169.00 177.49 175.65 220.93

168.22 175.22 169.96 166.74 172.17 167.63 171.66 165.20 177.44 180.97 160.00 163.04 160.44 190.35 166.67 160.81 166.62 170.53 171.84 165.83 160.53 154.72 169.34 170.40 172.74 165.39 174.40 162.58 169.76 176.29 157.32 172.26 167.95 153.64 175.48 171.62 169.89 161.64 181.27 173.40 169.81 182.68 167.46 160.12 162.45 176.32 179.06 175.20 149.90 157.48 186.60 158.68 175.45 168.75 163.80 166.85 162.43 157.77 178.77 157.76 183.70 162.70 189.54 157.28 170.86 178.18 183.22

159.31 168.54 162.39 157.24 164.84 154.29 154.68 154.75 156.89 162.19 146.63 161.49 153.41 174.00 154.73 152.36 154.07 163.93 167.63 162.22 159.42 158.35 155.92 153.45 167.47 158.74 160.76 160.43 158.37 156.50 161.21 157.78 146.88 158.32 163.91 159.34 158.86 157.54 160.80 163.81 172.72 160.52 158.70 158.11 159.36 167.60 169.02 154.07 151.66 155.96 155.42 178.58 154.93 155.53 156.16 157.76 154.68 165.20 155.95 173.79 155.37 162.60 161.13 158.69 168.43 173.45

168.14 174.21 168.26 164.28 166.83 162.92 171.09 166.04 178.39 179.69 160.77 165.04 157.22 186.72 168.01 160.79 164.43 169.85 173.36 166.37 157.62 147.63 170.43 170.33 170.90 165.45 174.40 157.41 169.38 168.81 157.26 169.59 167.41 154.45 173.61 171.59 168.56 162.02 179.69 175.99 170.55 182.78 163.00 165.78 157.04 161.85 176.25 176.87 176.18 150.25 153.60 183.72 158.68 177.06 166.22 164.15 166.64 162.21 157.35 178.85 158.30 184.52 163.49 191.48 159.26 171.94 177.50 186.76

470 611 587 57 1851 1 458 120 41 205 230 212 373 16 1420 315 26 299 115 7 1162 7 101 427 10 486 310 477 9 98 229 37 4006 36 1080 202 217 20 309 1224 325 609 107 392 209 755 258 104 180 15 70 189 295 433 75 43 264 60 43 279 114 256 371 106

58.95 49.37 65.83 46.09 61.94 52.00 59.30 54.85 50.18 65.83 53.32 49.80 40.06 20.50 61.42 51.30 46.81 46.56 54.46 46.36 59.55 65.00 61.87 54.51 63.60 38.58 58.22 48.20 61.44 56.78 53.74 49.05 58.50 71.83 59.82 58.59 65.73 58.50 62.10 74.87 66.14 42.57 56.19 58.04 75.56 66.34 41.76 32.88 64.02 61.93 59.60 59.43 52.07 68.24 57.49 45.17 48.60 59.43 46.86 50.32 56.14 60.05 60.30 58.83

1627 2653 508 1053 751 2366 605 1930 2715 893

152.31 163.83 148.00 123.06 135.09 132.62 145.49 133.45

159.87 165.64 145.24 173.54 170.68 165.36 168.98 167.72 157.80 158.27

163.82 165.53 165.77 161.99 173.63 168.03 167.24 168.58 166.47 169.15

152.70 148.01 153.20 154.05 162.20 156.92 157.65 162.44 158.66 155.07

162.43 165.44 165.05 165.90 172.92 165.49 167.87 167.80 154.59 160.20

Source: IAAS/ScotEID

p90 97 Dec16.indd 3

226 311 84 254 88 253 271 465 714 -

Market day(s) week ending December 13 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 Tu Tu Fr\Tu Th Fr Th Mo We\Tu

Total cattle number

Light average

7 2 18 170 8 5 4 3

108.00 176.14 -


Medium average

Heavy average

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

232.67 151.00 178.00 188.52 216.50 186.00 -

193.00 195.88 186.00 181.50 150.00 -

167.00 200.25 55.00 95.00

222.00 181.67 187.96 169.00 182.50 160.00 -

250.67 174.00 194.00 114.00 126.50


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

141.25 -

172.33 -

226.00 -

34 70 19 44 38 6 20 21

119.70 -

100.23 -

69.33 83.04 39.75 78.07 78.25 72.50 85.62

115.92 113.35 102.27 109.57 156.50 101.56 -

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

729 916 684 1644 78 368 1555 286 583 2355 800 446 1671 1251 3445 3528 1075 473 5182 194

146.10 153.07 140.63 143.70 138.00 143.85 147.52 144.62 160.83 144.32 149.46 157.55 148.66 154.45 147.37 140.56 150.38 145.82

154.91 158.29 159.39 163.11 156.66 156.59 155.92 161.95 159.00 167.90 167.17 170.13 159.67 159.20 158.32 165.01 167.08 153.67 158.26 154.56

170.58 163.04 169.55 164.84 163.69 169.87 172.03 176.14 166.35 164.98 168.85 170.04 179.56 173.18 169.87 169.70 164.09

136.00 175.16 152.00 157.87 164.11 156.75 160.35 163.77 160.27 158.23 164.59 165.62 162.88 163.15 162.08 163.73 158.51

150.25 163.00 149.77 158.48 155.70 145.37 153.93 163.16 169.68 165.94 151.74 167.03 158.30 161.96 162.30 173.50 169.03 154.29 161.70 160.49

57 77 262 5 148 2 328 153 23 441 44 523 761 106 7 1798 50

67.62 29.78 44.40 40.00 55.56 21.00 58.62 55.34 41.52 55.59 51.64 50.31 58.89 62.02 40.00 55.59 36.73

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

53.00 56.22 49.40 65.81 58.26 57.89 48.77 59.74 61.80 -

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

Tu Mo Fr Tu\We

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

Fr Sa We Th


6-12 month steers

12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers


STORES (NATIVE-SIRED 18+ month heifers

6-12 month steers

12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers

18+ month heifers

6-12 mon steers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

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No. / Av.

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-/-/-/4/1027.50 13/996.54 -/-/233/1099.06 9/994.44 -/-/1/1090.00 15/950.00 52/978.37 51/1089.80

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-/-/-/10/706.00 5/851.00 -/-/25/948.80 -/-/-/10/893.00 4/1015.00 100/866.55 24/937.08

-/-/-/11/1064.55 20/956.25 -/-/276/1011.50 4/902.50 -/-/2/375.00 12/839.17 80/925.06 53/1077.74

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1/920.00 -/-/3/621.67 9/960.00 -/-/62/1045.00 -/-/-/-/7/791.43 19/774.74 40/1147.88

3/413.33 -/-/14/451.07 5/606.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/7/387.14 14/545.71 5/590.00

2/500.00 -/-/11/689.09 15/797.67 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/2/480.00 6/964.17 6/883.33

-/-/-/16/894.38 10/951.50 -/-/15/897.67 3/716.67 -/-/1/1040.00 3/856.67 7/1013.57 23/1005.87

10/277.50 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/3/433.33 -/-

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


We Mo

Mo Mo

Th Th\Mo We Fr

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


+ month ifers

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.

/645.9 678.1

-/-/-/6/335.0 -/-/-/-/1/320.0 -/1/352.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/10/260.5 -/2/380.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/1/470.0 -/13/272.3 -/1/430.0 -/-/-/-/-/11/170.5 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

-/4/440.0 -/3/240.0 5/527.0 -/-/3/285.0 14/434.3 1/650.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/14/377.0 -/-/16/453.1 -/-/-/-/4/370.0 -/-/-/-/5/370.0 -/2/400.0 -/-/-/1/415.0 -/2/470.0 -/4/305.0 -/11/521.8 -/-/-/-/-/20/361.8 -/-/-/2/465.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

2/800.0 -/-/11/629.5 27/651.5 -/-/-/7/810.0 -/23/666.7 -/-/-/6/701.7 -/7/619.3 21/651.8 6/726.7 -/5/506.0 5/516.0 -/1/800.0 -/16/461.6 -/-/-/-/12/878.3 -/-/-/-/-/5/424.0 -/6/780.0 -/9/723.3 -/9/675.0 -/-/-/-/3/653.3 80/677.8 -/-/6/502.5 14/517.1 -/-/-/-/-/2/760.0 -/-/-/-/-/-

23/58.3 24/44.2 -/66/49.0 29/72.2 -/-/13/69.5 44/30.1 -/23/41.3 2/100.0 -/-/-/-/18/16.5 29/65.2 10/73.3 -/-/-/-/-/-/28/57.0 -/18/34.2 -/-/21/45.8 19/53.6 9/100.6 -/-/-/-/53/55.6 -/-/-/-/-/12/18.9 -/19/38.4 -/-/82/36.5 -/23/23.0 29/31.8 24/44.7 -/-/4/50.0 -/2/17.5 15/37.2 -/-/-/-/5/43.0

2/252.5 4/323.8 -/16/283.7 5/320.4 -/-/-/15/338.9 -/7/340.1 -/-/-/-/-/20/153.4 14/265.0 5/369.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/18/186.4 -/2/287.5 -/-/3/306.7 27/257.0 5/338.0 -/-/-/-/24/272.9 -/-/3/121.7 -/-/12/289.2 -/2/275.0 -/-/42/194.7 -/10/112.6 10/236.2 6/208.3 -/-/-/-/2/312.5 10/221.5 -/1/300.0 -/-/1/210.0

2/267.5 2/240.0 -/9/253.0 4/345.0 -/-/-/10/265.7 -/4/134.5 -/-/-/-/-/4/127.0 3/162.3 6/287.3 -/-/-/-/-/-/18/171.9 -/1/240.0 -/-/2/262.5 22/181.6 4/358.8 -/-/-/-/24/179.3 -/-/15/148.5 -/-/14/227.3 -/-/-/-/35/177.1 -/7/156.3 3/188.7 5/198.0 -/-/-/-/1/210.0 10/205.5 -/2/305.0 -/-/1/135.0

10/277.50 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/3/433.33 -/-

1/460.00 -/-/-/4/551.25 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/51/553.82 -/-

-/-/-/-/6/817.50 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/12/611.67 8/670.63 -/-

-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/3/31.67 -/-/-

2/230.00 -/-/-/1/190.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

4/206.25 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

52.9 /783.1 856.7 747.1


/797.7 663.2 627.1

582.2 631.0

963.0 690.0 726.0



812.0 788.3

805.0 594.7 907.9

632.5 /726.0

671.4 880.4


674.0 824.6


894.38 /951.50

897.67 716.67

040.00 856.67 013.57 /1005.87

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av. 11/254.6 15/168.0 -/88/231.6 19/240.6 -/-/6/173.8 33/281.7 -/25/240.9 -/-/-/-/-/32/198.0 52/210.0 31/263.1 -/-/-/7/260.0 -/2/227.5 79/208.6 -/5/237.0 -/-/8/226.9 55/176.4 8/358.8 -/-/-/1/270.0 70/223.5 -/-/22/173.9 -/-/4/145.8 -/1/165.0 -/-/114/205.5 -/35/185.9 18/205.2 15/298.3 -/-/1/140.0 -/10/303.0 29/195.5 -/-/-/-/8/228.8

10/192.9 17/143.0 -/99/186.8 14/267.5 -/-/6/187.2 18/257.9 -/19/122.1 -/-/-/-/-/21/154.5 27/171.1 22/231.5 -/-/-/7/199.3 -/-/72/168.1 -/5/272.0 -/-/6/165.0 48/172.8 2/362.5 -/-/-/2/157.5 60/167.8 -/-/22/107.3 -/-/2/140.0 -/-/-/-/84/151.4 -/20/146.6 25/162.0 7/238.6 -/-/-/-/3/258.3 18/126.2 -/-/-/-/2/180.0

Source: IAAS/ScotEID

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No. / Av.

770.0 672.5


1/15.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/7/26.00 -/-/-

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

Market day(s) w/e December 12

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

6-12 month steers

We Mo We\Th Tu Tu We Th Mo Tu

12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers

18+ month heifers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

3/470.0 -/14/590.4 -/4/530.0 -/-/19/705.5 -/1/900.0 9/781.7 -/-

1/900.0 -/15/709.3 -/1/1010.0 -/-/22/947.3 -/9/902.2 37/924.1 -/-

6/883.3 -/30/837.8 -/10/902.5 -/-/34/996.0 -/25/1068.2 29/927.7 -/-

-/-/-/-/4/461.3 -/-/13/610.8 -/-/9/638.3 -/-

1/505.0 -/10/523.5 -/-/-/-/11/717.7 -/9/911.7 33/921.7 -/-

10/877.0 -/12/631.7 -/13/790.4 -/-/14/793.2 -/19/971.6 35/944.9 -/-

STORES (NATIVE-SIRED) 6-12 month steers

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

12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

3/470.0 -/11/583.2 -/-/-/-/5/703.0 -/-/1/595.0 -/-

1/645.0 -/13/530.8 -/1/745.0 5/833.0 -/1/1045.0 -/-/5/735.0 -/-

2/807.5 -/13/816.2 -/5/651.0 6/826.7 -/48/1119.1 -/4/962.5 7/1015.7 -/-

-/-/2/402.5 -/-/-/-/4/542.5 -/-/2/570.0 -/-

1/505.0 -/4/537.5 -/-/-/-/5/567.0 -/1/600.0 6/730.0 -/-

1/725.0 -/19/750.3 -/6/775.0 2/570.0 -/4/863.8 -/10/623.5 -/-/-


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

18+ month heifers


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

Black and Continental Continental Native white bulls bulls heifers bulls

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av. No. / Av.


1/740.0 -/-/-/3/500.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

1/865.0 -/1/600.0 -/8/597.5 3/498.3 -/2/625.0 -/-/-/-/-

-/-/121/55.7 -/-/7/48.9 -/15/66.1 -/-/-/7/33.1

-/-/60/193.8 -/-/-/-/7/210.3 -/-/-/2/177.5

-/12/71.3 47/167.3 -/-/1/90.0 -/-/-/3/281.7 -/1/190.0

-/-/88/180.2 -/-/3/112.3 -/12/221.5 -/-/-/14/155.7

LIVESTOCK AVERAGES Primestock throughput, price and price change (p/kg) for week ending December 13. ENGLAND AND WALES Category




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

1,263 945 1,683 3,891 76,845 372 465 461 81 1,324 860

180.13 192.93 203.39 193.30 166.40 118.03 128.60 129.84 111.70 88.34 111.04

-7.18 -11.31 -11.35 -10.88 -0.87 1.69 3.69 5.49 30.53 2.37 -2.49





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

1,283 1,156 2,001 4,440 92,748 1,379 1,503 1,420

179.86 195.42 204.68 195.10 165.72 125.17 87.93 111.48

-6.87 -10.19 -9.77 -9.73 -0.63 6.13 2.59 -0.21


Native heifers

-/6/69.3 81/127.0 -/-/9/67.2 -/11/146.6 -/1/90.0 -/2/152.5

MARKET COMMENT CATTLE RINGS SEE FALLS AFTER the bounce of last week when Christmas sales were in full swing, it was back down to earth with a bump in the cattle rings. Steers were the biggest fallers, dropping 10.19p/kg liveweight to 195.42p/kg, while heifers fell 9.77p/kg to 204.68p/kg. Young bulls slumped marginally less, as they came back 6.87p/kg to 179.86p/kg. Cull cows teetered around the 100p/kg mark, rising slightly on the week to end at 99.3p/kg. In the lamb rings, there was very little change, with prices averaging 163.12p/kg – just 0.63p/kg back on the week, although cull ewes did rise £4.44/head to £56.78/head. Pig prices also prospered, as a 6.13p/kg increase took the overall outcome to 125.17p/kg on the back of an increase in numbers. In the arable markets, there was little change, with wheat at £135/tonne as Farmers Guardian went to press on Wednesday (December 14).

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DEADWEIGHT CATTLE Deadweight prices for the week ending December 10.

STORE LAMBS w/e December 13

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



Tu Th Tu

Mo Mo Th Tu

Mo Fr We Sa We Th

We Fr Tu We Mo





192 1722 987 -

41.6 54.4 46.8 -

381 76 138 222 -

56.2 50.0 48.0 40.7 -

743 1540 92 428 461 269 4440 1889 71 287 92 143 1938

56.2 59.3 50.4 44.5 49.1 50.3 54.7 55.7 37.1 52.7 48.6 41.4 55.3



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

PIGS Prices in p/kg. Chelford Otley Selby York

Mo Fr

We\Mo Th


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


2673 7 2505 918

50.3 60.0 58.2 51.5

247 297 70 971 93 2369 245 142 285 126 61 201 -

53.9 57.6 44.2 56.2 34.0 57.0 58.0 65.4 58.9 53.5 44.2 60.9 -



39 1398 389 1040 922 -

49.4 36.1 45.0 39.6 48.0 -


Source: IAAS/ScotEID


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


Th Mo Fr

Market day w/e: Dec 13

Pigs total

Porkers average

Th\Mo Mo We Mo

229 66 535 324

107.75 137.88 127.81 135.39


-U R O+ -O Average Number

Northern 3 4L

Central 3

359.5 358.6 351.9 312.9 351.9 4360

363.3 358.3 344.4 308.1 344.1 3360

361.8 366.2 358.8 317.8

4L 364.0 356.7 337.2 310.6

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

364.6 361.4 343.4 310.3 342.7 2479

374.5 372.9 363.6 327.1 369.1 3825

365.6 361.8 345.3 299.4

372.8 373.2 364.0 320.6


-U R O+ -O Average Number

Northern 3 4L

Central 3

362.7 354.8 350.9 316.4 354.3 2678

369.4 359.4 346.9 299.6 347.1 2356

364.8 360.5 360.5 322.6


Central 3

-U R O+ -O Average Number

352.4 342.5 319.8 297.8 321.4 694

345.1 339.9 314.0 286.4 313.8 376

353.9 343.3 309.1 296.3

4L 366.9 361.4 348.6 308.3

4L 341.1 332.7 321.1 308.3

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

365.3 359.9 350.4 303.2 343.1 1460

379.6 373.2 360.6 325.9 369.9 2816

364.2 362.6 349.9 314.2

378.6 371.7 361.6 327.9

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

350.6 345.6 319.0 309.0 315.6 245

363.7 359.9 336.8 303.4 348.0 397

338.0 340.0 320.0

370.3 365.4 345.9

DEADWEIGHT SHEEP Deadweight prices for the week ending December 10. SQQ E U R O P

2 411.2 403.5 390.6 363.1 282.3

Medium E U R O P

2 411.3 403.7 394.6 380.4 311.3

Source: AHDB

(543) (1397) (4213) (1771) (23)

3L 409.9 402.7 390.9 372.4 250.8

(1820) (7387) (17722) (4054) (6)

3H 392.6 390.1 384.3 371.4

(529) (1272) (3087) (671) (3)

3L 409.9 402.8 392.3 378.2 275.0

3H (1802) 392.6 (7214) 390.2 (15769) 385.8 (2752) 377.1 (1)

(686) (4130) (10341) (1930)

4L 372.8 366.9 370.0 369.4

(684) (4055) (9562) (1467)

4L 372.8 366.9 370.7 374.4

(121) (847) (2452) (427)

4H 351.7 346.7 348.7 350.1

(3) (83) (395) (105)

Average: 387.5 (60,742)




255 374 3342

56.2 47.3 47.6

Source: AHDB/LAA

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Source: AHDB

Cutters average

Baconers average

Cull sows total

Cull sows average

100.96 135.50 134.91 138.35

102.62 172.27 138.60 128.07

17 0 38 29

27.47 0.00 56.88 53.97

(121) (844) (2339) (364)

4H 351.7 347.0 349.0 351.5

(3) (82) (387) (100)

Average: 390.18 (53,248) Deadweight sheep prices are collected from a sample of GB abattoirs. The sample accounts for about a third of deadweight sales; prices quoted p/kg are averages for all qualities 12-21.5kg.

DEADWEIGHT PIGS Deadweight prices for the week ending December 3.

Source: AHDB

STANDARD PIG PRICE (SPP) Great Britain (91,829 pigs, av. weight 83.10) Nov 27 – Dec 3 compared to Nov 20-26

ALL PIG PRICE (APP) Great Britain (87,218 pigs, av. weight 82.50) Nov 20-26 compared to Nov-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

Price Change 139.29 4.28 152.01 0.56 152.77 0.73 152.17 0.55 150.57 0.39 124.23 2.21

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

151.39 148.67

APP (EU Spec) APP (UK Spec)

SPP (EU Spec) SPP (UK Spec)

Number 456 4,772 26,103 42,149 16,414 1,935

0.65 0.64

Number 1,090 5,814 25,229 37,943 15,403 1,739

Price Change 149.12 -1.59 155.80 0.07 154.80 0.51 153.61 0.40 151.46 0.10 126.95 0.06 153.14 150.39

0.39 0.39

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220 2015




190 180 170

350 340 330






































200 P per kg dw 2016





524 2016









P per kg dw

190 170

428 396 364






APP/SPP reported from Apr 1, 2014





105 90

Dairy-sired (2016)

Dairy-sired (2015)

Beef-sired (2016)

Beef-sired (2015­)


p/kg dw (EU spec)





























P per kg liveweight


P per kg
















310 Mar

140 Feb







340 330












P per kg liveweight



P per kg dw

P per kg liveweight




SPP (2016) APP (2016)

SPP (2015) APP (2015)

140 130 120 110

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

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MARKET PRICES UK DELIVERED PRICES – SUMMARY Thursday, December 8, 2016 (£ 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 Price Change Price Change Price Change Dec-16 144.00 -1.50 137.50 -0.50 - - Jan-17 145.00 -1.00 137.50 -1.00 - - 146.00 -1.00 138.50 -1.00 - - Feb-17 May-17 - - 141.00 -1.00 - - Dec-16 145.50 -1.00 - - - - Jan-17 146.50 -1.00 - - - - Feb-17 147.50 -1.00 - - - - May-17 151.00 unch - - - - Dec-16 154.00 -1.00 - - - - Jan-17 155.50 unch - - - - Feb-17 156.50 unch - - - - May-17 - - - - - - 138.50 -1.00 - - Dec-16 144.50 -1.50 Jan-17 145.50 -1.50 138.50 -1.00 - - - - 139.50 -1.00 - - Feb-17 May-17 - - 142.50 -0.50 - - Dec-16 - - 145.50 unch - - Jan-17 - - 146.00 +0.50 - - Feb-17 - - 146.50 unch - - May-17 - - 148.50 unch - - Dec-16 - - - - - - - - - - - - Jan-17

Oilseed Rape Price Change 355.00 n/c - 356.00 n/c 357.50 n/c - - - - 357.50 +1.50 - 358.50 +1.00 360.00 +0.50 - - - - 353.50 +1.50 - 354.50 +1.00 356.00 +0.50 - - -


Prices in euros. Averages for week ending December 4, 2016 N. Ireland: Steers R3 euro/kg/dw 4.19 (1.38) Ireland: Steers R3 euro/kg/dw 3.60 (0.30) France: (ex Rungis) lamb: R 16-22kg euro/kg/ dw; imported 4.70 domestic 6.90 Source: AHDB

SLAUGHTERINGS Estimates for Great Britain (per thousand head), week ending December 10.­ %change (2015) 2016 Pigs* 189.15 -3.71 Sheep 312.76 +0.78 Steers 16.74 -7.78 Heifers 13.32 +0.56 Young bulls 3.09 +0.37 *week ending December 3. Source: AHDB

WEANER PRICES Week ending December 10.

UK DELIVERED RAPESEED PRICES Thursday, December 8, 2016 (£ per tonne) Oilseed Rape East Anglia / London Scottish Ports Erith Liverpool Hull / Selby

Dec-16 355.00 - 357.50 357.50 353.50

Feb-17 356.00 - 358.50 358.50 354.50

Source: AHDB

Figures drawn from eight GB pig producer marketing groups. Prices quoted in £/head.

May-17 Hvst-17 30kg Weighted Average 357.50 324.50 7kg Weighted Average - - 360.00 327.00 360.00 327.00 356.00 323.00

Dec 3 Dec 10 53.12 56.54 37.48 38.46 Source: AHDB

RETAIL AVERAGES Week beginning December 12 (prices in p/kg).


Source: AHDB

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

Jan-17 134.90 -2.05 Mar-17 136.70 -0.70 May-17 137.50 -0.40 Jul-17 138.45 -0.45 Nov-17 131.50 -0.50 Jan-18 133.20 -0.50 Mar-18 134.75 -0.50

Dec-16 161.75 +1.75 Mar-17 165.50 +0.75 May-17 168.25 +0.75 Sep-17 169.00 -0.50 Dec-17 172.75 +0.25 Mar-18 174.75 -1.50 May-18 176.50 -1.00

+1.47 +0.63 +0.63 -0.42 +0.21 -1.26 -0.84


Source: AHDB

Thursday, December 8, 2016 WHEAT BARLEY (£ per tonne) Milling Feed & Malting Feed & Bread Other Other Premium Other Other

OATS Milling

- - 129.20 - - - - South East - - 131.00 - - 116.60 - South West - 137.10 133.40 132.50 - 115.90 - Midlands 140.00 135.10 131.80 139.60 - 114.00 - Eastern - 141.90 139.10 - - 119.10 - North East - - - - - 121.10 - North West 142.90 136.40 134.80 135.80 137.10 116.50 126.10 England & Wales - - - - - - - South Scotland - - - - - 118.80 - Central Scotland - - - - - - - North Scotland - - 135.00 - - 117.00 - Scotland 142.90 136.40 134.80 135.80 137.10 116.60 126.10 Great Britain - - - - - - - Northern Ireland 142.90 136.40 134.80 135.80 137.10 116.60 126.10 United Kingdom +2.30 +0.60 -1.80 -2.70 +2.80 +0.30 -1.70 Change on last week (£/t)

Feed - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

HAY AND STRAW n CHELFORD: Mon – 27 loads – hay, small bales to £118/ tonne, first quality, big bales to £108/t, second quality, big bales to £78/t, poor quality, bales to £32/t; straw, barley, big bales to £76/t, round bales to £80/t; straw, wheat to £75/t, small bales to £90/t; straw, oat, single round bale to £76/t; haylage to £56/t; 26-tonne fodder beet load to £28/t. n CARLISLE: Hay, round bales to £19/bale; straw, barley, mini hestons to £86/t, round bales to £17/bale; straw, wheat, mini hestons to £72/t.

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Friday, December 9, 2016 (£ per tonne)

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

931 931 2148 2156 1480 1480 3530 3530 912 912 989 995 718 718 559 554

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

975 977 994 994 769 734 1057 1057 1564 1564 1462 1462 1499 1499 1348 1392 1217 1205 950 950

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

646 646 727 727 558 542 914 867 766 766 683 685 606 606 541 541 525 525 Source: AHDB

FIELD PEAS/BEANS Wednesday, December 7.

Micronizing peas

Dec £190.92 Jan £191.92 Feb £192.92

Feed peas

Feed beans

£133.17 £143.67 £134.17 £144.67 £135.17 £145.67

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

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Last updated December 14. DEC JAN   FEB MAY NOV 138.5 138.50 139.50 142.50 133.50 - - - - 137.5 137.50 138.50 141.00 132.00 - - - 140.00 - - - - - - - - 145.5 146.00 146.50 148.50 - - - - - - - 137 - 143.50 144.50 - - - - - - 146.00 - - - - - - - - - - -

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

DEC JAN   FEB MAY NOV 154 155.50 156.50 - 145.5 146.50 147.50 151.00 144.5 145.50 - - 144 145.00 146.00 - - - - - -

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

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

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PACKING Main High Trend 250 300 Y 230 290 Y 260-300 310 Y 250 300 X 335-450 - Y

Scotland Maris Piper Maris Peer King Edward Whites

Low - - - 170

Main High 200-210 220 320-350 - 210-240 - 200-230 250

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

Low 180 200 180 140

Main 230 250 230 165

High 290 270 270 200

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

Nov 25 £196.43 £228.10

Dec 2 £196.06 £227.38

Dec 9 £201.83 £233.19

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Trade Comment: Prices rising this week. Week ending December 18, 2016. Big bale hay Quality North East E Yorks N Mids E Mids C Mids E Counties S East South S West S Wales SE Scotland

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Good Good Good Good Good Good Good 55 100 80 60 60 45 42 - - - - 44 40 58 50 90 80 65 - 43 40 54 - - - - 47 42 40 100 80 75 60 45 40 50 110 85 - - 42 38 50 120 90 60 55 42 40 50 - - - - 50 44 53 90 - - - 55 50 50 100 75 65 55 45 40 55 - - - - 46 41 Source: British Hay and Straw Merchants’ Association

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P.O.A 165.00 185.00 123.00 184 l 180 u 203.00

265.00 276.00 398.00 585.00


265.00 276.00 398.00 585.00

Source: AHDB

Companies Monthly price Annual average Muller Direct Milk - M&S (Profile) 2 30.82 31.07 Muller Milk Group - M&S 30.15 30.03 29.28 Muller Direct Milk - Sainsbury (Profile) 2 29.03 Muller Milk Group - Sainsbury 29.30 29.21 Muller Milk Group - Tesco 28.65 28.57 Muller Milk Group - Co-operative 25.56 25.47 Muller Direct Milk - Liquid (Profile) 20.67 20.92 3 19.10 18.73 UK Arla Farmers Liquid Parkham Farms 28.91 28.18 Wyke Farms 23.40 22.19 Barber A.J & R.G 22.06 21.82 Lactalis - Caledonian Cheese (Profile) 21.33 21.05 19.94 19.72 South Caernarfon Creameries Glanbia - Llangefni 19.95 19.71 UK Arla Farmers Manufacturing 3 19.42 19.03 19.60 First Milk - Haverfordwest (A&B Comp) 1 19.76 17.88 First Milk - Scottish Mainland (A&B Bal) 1 17.91 17.14 First Milk - Midlands & East Wales (A&B Bal) 1 17.16

Source: AHDB

Low 190 200 220 210 -

P.O.A P.O.A 159.00 161.00 176.00 179.00 130 X k 128.00 178.00 180.00 205.00 203.00


POTATO PRICES England Estima Maris Piper Whites Desiree Charlotte

Source: Straights Direct Jan17 Feb-Apr17 May-Oct17 316.00 318.00 321.00 139.00 138.00 137.00 - - 193.00 193.00 187.00 171.00 173.00 163.00

Key: All prices in pounds Sterling. Currency, £/$1.2596, £/€1.1869­. Guide prices indicated include delivery charge of £6/tonne. X = After safe arrival; n = Imported; k = Jan only; l = May-July; u = Aug-Oct

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

Maincrop GB spot price. Week ending December 9.


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


Last updated December 13. Source: AHDB/LAA/IAAS



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MOVING UP BUSINESS OF FARMING C Farmers Guardian’s inaugural Business of delegates from across the UK convene in

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PUTTING SUCCESS IN TO SUCCESSION TACKLING succession on his family farm was far from plain sailing for 25-year-old Doug Fleming. Farming with his father and brother across 312 hectares (770 acres) of owned and rented land in the Scottish Borders, a lack of communication hampered progress and raised tempers when the issue was first discussed. Mr Fleming said: “It was brought up during a heated argument. My dad thought we were trying to pay him out and get him out of the way. “It needed sorting out, but it was unlikely that we would be able to buy one or more people out of the business.” The turning point came when Mr Fleming attended a Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs rural leadership course. He met others who were in the same situation and took professional advice on how to approach it.

Realisation He returned home and sparked an open conversation, which led to the realisation that all family members were pushing for the same thing. The main problem was that the business was not big enough to sustain the two brothers and their parents for the rest of their career and in to retirement. “In 2015 we developed some holiday lets and a biomass boiler – both will provide an income for the family in retirement when it’s all paid off.

“My brother has taken a controlling share in the family business and I have taken a tenancy on a neighbouring farm in my own name.” Mr Fleming believed communication was the key in overcoming the challenges as each and every one arose. “We had never actually discussed succession. I never knew Dad’s attitude towards it until tackling it head on. We’re now more of a team. It’s not 100 per cent resolved but we are on the way.”

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Reaping rewards Roger Mercer tackled succession early for a reason. “There’s a clear correlation between those who have a succession plan and the success of the business. Those doing the doing have to be in control of their own destiny,” said the Staffordshire farmer who manages a total of 4,453ha (11,000 acres) in the UK and Australia. To that end, Mr Mercer talked openly with his three sons – Robert, Alec and Tom – to form the basis of a plan when they were just teenagers. Now all in their 30s, Robert and Alec have started Packington Pork and Packington Poultry, while Tom set up on-the-go breakfast brand Moma in London. A detailed, complex model sees all parties have a stake in each others’ farming business but with free reign to make decisions on their own enterprises. Every year the family set aside a day away from the farm to discuss

I never knew Dad’s attitude towards it until tackling it head on

armers from across the UK came together to learn more about key challenges facing their business and how to begin to overcome them. Organised by Farmers Guardian and supported by Farmcare, the Business of Farming Conference was researched with a wide number of farmers, from all sectors and regions, who collectively identified the burning business issues they wanted to learn more about. Speakers challenged the status quo in a thought-provoking event which put forward practical solutions to the

Our business has grown faster because we have this system ROGER MERCER succession and update a family constitution which details how succession is to be handled. Mr Mercer said: “Everything has to be on the table – all goals and aims, even Wills. “Our business has grown faster because we have this system. There’s a great source of satisfaction and pride in watching your family crack on and achieve things. I believe it’s every family’s duty to allow the development of those within it.” Succession planning facilitator Sian Bushell said it was the responsibility of

the older generation to start the conversation.

Facilitating change “The fact you are not having that conversation is already causing upset, dispute and unhappiness in the family,” she said. “I guarantee there’s somebody in your family who’s feeling frustrated and someone that’s feeling insecure.” She said that, anecdotally, one in four farming family members were not speaking to each other because of a fall out over succession.

Top tips on starting the succession conversation Succession planning facilitator Sian Bushell’s top tops: n Pick your moment carefully – when people are relaxed and happy to talk n Understand where everyone else stands – listen before talking n If someone doesn’t want to talk about succession, draw up an agenda for the meeting and tell them

it is taking place with or without them n Start with the easy topics first – don’t go straight into money and ownership n Start the process early – the earlier you start the more options you have n Don’t make the subject taboo – talk about it often


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Farming Conference saw nearly 100 Warwickshire last week. Ben Pike reports.

lu tions to business w FG conference challenges facing the farm business of today and in the future.

Succession planning Over registration, delegates spoke about their enthusiasm to hear an open discussion on the stigma of succession planning as well as sessions of professional development, covering negotiation and personal management. Briefing Media’s group head of content Emma Penny said: “We spoke to a lot of farmers to find out what they want to learn about so this conference has been put together to reflect all the things that people have asked for.” Richard Quinn, chief executive of Farmcare, added: “There’s a huge opportunity to restructure what we do and how we do it and we need to take time out to think about how to build a resilient farm business.”

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DATING AGENCY FOR FARM FINANCE A financial dating agency linking farmers who need funding with rural lenders is being pitched as a new solution for shortterm loans. Matt Waterfield of Folk2Folk said peer-to-peer lending matches borrowers and lenders with deals lasting a maximum of five years. Farm shops and other diversification projects have been among the projects financed in this manner since the company started in 2013. While based in the South West, the company was already expanding into the Midlands and further into the North with plans to help more farmers secure funds.

per cent,” Mr Waterfield said. “They know who that business is and the borrower knows who lent them the money.” Borrowers pay an interest rate of 7.5 per cent, with 1 per cent going to Folk2Folk. Mr Waterfield added: “The security backing the loan is most important. There is no compensation scheme so the lenders want to know about the land and property behind the lending.” Lenders are looking to lend up to 60 per cent of the forced sale value of the land and property – usually about 40 per cent of the market value.

Small print The minimum sum that can be invested or borrowed is £25,000 but average loans are currently at £250,000. “Rural investors are looking to invest significant amounts of money and in return they get an interest rate of 6.5

Matt Waterfield

What delegates said ELIZABETH ASQUITH, NORTH YORKSHIRE “The conference was a good opportunity for networking and to find out about managing finances. Our family has a small pig and poultry unit but I want to expand and start our own business. The event has been useful for me and really informative.”

OLY WHITE, EAST YORKSHIRE “I’m from a traditional family farm and we have taken on quite a few rented acres recently. I came to look for new ideas and opportunities, particularly with on financing options for family farms. The networking has been good too.”

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MOVING UP BUSINESS OF FARMING LOAN APPLICATIONS: WHAT BANKS WANT TO KNOW ATTENTION to detail was one of the constituent parts of a successful bank loan application. Failure was often linked to farmers not being able to convince lenders they know their income and expenditure, said Paul Brough from Barclays Agriculture. “Phrases like ‘I think I need to borrow this amount’ scare me to death,” he said.

Repay debts “A bank manager wants to leave the kitchen table with confidence in your ability to repay all your debts comfortably.” Businesses should be able to

What do you need to think about?

provide details of their historic trading performance, outline the profit it has made and what is has done with those funds. And money set aside for monthly repayments should be at least one and a half times the required amount. Mr Brough said: “A key question is what is your breakeven price is? How much wriggle room have you built in to your forecasts? “Clear, well communicated applications need to be realistic and based on what you’ve done in the past, covering off the what-ifs.”

PAUL Brough said farmers needed to ‘paint a picture’ to a bank to show them how much money they need, why they need it and prove that they can repay it comfortably. Here are some of the credentials a lender will consider when assessing an application: CHARACTER n Do you understand the strengths and weaknesses of your business? Can you adapt to change? ABILITY n Are you a good farmer and are you good in business? MANAGEMENT n How good are you at managing your finances? If you want to

A key question is what is your breakeven price is? How much wriggle room have you built in to your forecasts

expand, do you have the management skills to do that? PURPOSE n What do you want the money for? Does it fit your business strategy? AMOUNT n Exactly how much do you want? Don’t just go for a round figure, tell us how you got to that figure and get estimates. REPAYMENTS n Can you afford the repayment? Are you generating sufficient profits to repay the loan comfortably? INSURANCE n Do you have assets you can loan against? Typically banks would look for a 35 per cent loan to value

USING TECHNOLOGY TO CONTROL COSTS WITH increasing emphasis being placed on managing costs to improve profitability, a farmer’s son from south Norfolk has launched a price comparison site for farm inputs. Yagro founder Daniel Jolly said increased visibility of outgoings was a cornerstone of a successful, profitable business. His internet platform allows users to source quotes from leading suppliers and choose the most competitive. “It’s very surprising how much farmers focus on volume with less focus on costs,” he said. “It’s easy to get visibility of your

PAUL BROUGH What delegates said OLIVER SCOTT, SOUTH NORFOLK “I’m a farm manager on an estate and I can see that there could be some succession decisions to be made so I came to the conference from that point of view. I’m also looking to segregate the various enterprises on the estate so I was looking for professional advice to take back home with me and it was really useful for that.”

volume but not so easy when dealing with costs.”

Compare Farmers can compare prices of chemicals, fertilisers, fuel, feed, seed and lubricants. Search results provide a quote from a number of suppliers, along with a delivery date. To emphasise the difference between enterprises in controlling costs, Mr Jolly added that the top-performing 25 per cent of arable farms made a profit of £71/ ha (£29/acre) in 2015, while the average arable farm made a loss of £296/ha (£120/acre).

It’s very surprising how much farmers focus on volume with less focus on costs



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The farming community is synonymous with fundraising for a whole range of charities. Danusia Osiowy takes a look at what has been happening where.

YFC plan to buy building rChance to secure

organisation’s future WALES YFC has been given a oncein-a-lifetime opportunity to buy the ground floor of the building which is home to the charity’s headquarters on the Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells. To buy it and make some proposed improvements, Wales YFC will need to raise £150,000 by the end of February. This translates to £25.60 per Wales YFC member or about £1,000 per club. Wales YFC has been based on the showground since the early 1990s when its then chief executive, Martin Pugh, agreed to buy a share of the building with Neath Port Talbot College (NPTC). Coleg Powys now owns the building’s ground floor since it merged with NPTC but it cannot find a use for the rooms and has offered Wales YFC the chance to buy it. Arwel Jones, chairman of Wales

Super-sized turkey A TURKEY weighing a whopping 30kg (65lbs) raised £900 for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution. Produced and auctioned by Surrey-based butchers F. Conisbee and Son, the bird sold for £450 to a hotel owner from Sussex at the South Eastern Prime Stock Winter Fayre. The figure then doubled to £900 after Driffields Animal Feeds, stepped in to match the bid.

Surprised James Conisbee says: “We were surprised by how much it made. A turkey this size would probably retail for £100 and sell at wholesale for considerably less.” Based in East Horsley, Guildford, F. Conisbee and Son is the oldest family butchers in Surrey and run by the ninthgeneration of the family.

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YFC, said: “We have been given a fantastic opportunity to build a solid foundation for future generations of Welsh Young Farmers but we need financial help to make this dream a reality. “We currently own the upstairs of the building and can only use the downstairs during events, such as the Royal Welsh Show, the spring festival and the winter fair.

Support “Suggested donations are £25 per brick, £100 for a keystone, £250 for a cornerstone or £500 for a foundation stone, but if organisations or individuals want to give more we would consider naming one of the rooms in honour of the donation.” HELP THE DRIVE Anyone wishing to make a donation should contact the Wales YFC centre on 01982 553 502 or, to make an online donation, visit

Wales YFC is raising money to buy its headquarters building.

CHARITY CALENDAR LAUNCHES A GROUP of Young Farmers have dropped their smalls to raise money to help safeguard their local club’s future. Severn Group Young Farmers Club posed for the camera, strategically placing farm equipment to maintain their modesty for their naked calendar. Christina Ford, who appears as Miss July, said: “Somerset Young Farmers gave £29,200 to an array of charities last year, ranging from the Air Ambulance to Cancer Research, with my local club, Chew Valley, raising £5,500 of the total amount.

“Young Farmers is a registered charity and we are raising money for our annual county rally which brings together hundreds of Young Farmers from across the county to compete in various competitions. “We hope to raise more than £20,000 from this event which will go back to helping support and run our youth organisation for rural people.” BUY THE CALENDAR To buy your copy of the calendar, which costs £6, contact Christina at

Teenager smashes target A TEENAGER and budding auctioneer from Worcestershire has smashed his fundraising target to raise money for two rural charities. Jack Walton visited 24 auction marts, beginning at Dingwall and Highlands Livestock Auction Mart, Inverness-shire, in July and finishing at Truro, Cornwall. With an original

target of £1,500, he went on to raise more than £7,300 which was split between the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and the Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution.

Exhibition Coupled with an exhibition highlighting the work of the two charities, Jack auctioned off one pen of fat

lambs with the market’s commission being donated to the fund. Commenting on the completion of his challenge and journey, Jack said: “I am completely overwhelmed with the response.” He has now returned from his studies of rural land management at the Royal Agricultural University and returned home to Northumberland for the Christmas break. Jack Walton.

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Every week we follow the ups and downs of farmers around the UK HENRY GENT

Devon Henry Gent farms 120ha (300 acres) and the same area again on short-term agreements, all grazing, near Exeter. All land is organic and he sells milk from his 300 cows to the Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative. Married, with grown up children, he has a team of five people looking after the dairy herd and followers and also runs chickens which go to a local abattoir.


recent meeting about out-wintering, organised by Catchment Sensitive Farming, was mostly conducted in the village hall. It was just as well, as cold fog did not lift all day, in contrast to warm and sunny days before and since. We did get out in the field for an hour, but the fog was so thick we could hardly see the lie of the land. Fortunately, it did not seem to matter too much, as some of the farmers seemed to know the field quite well from driving past on the motorway; the tell-tale sight of wrapped silage bales dotted across a field. We had some interesting discussions and the take-home message probably varied for different farms, according to their current concerns. We continue to fine-tune our decision-making process about things such as the best way to locate water troughs and silage bales, strip-grazing kale to minimise trampling and ease of rolling on ring feeders. In a discussion about out-wintering, I sometimes feel accused of

‘We have had some comment from the public about animal welfare’ being a second-class citizen, because our kale yields are so low compared with non-organic crops, especially fodder beet. But a more extensive crop, managed well, does have advantages in terms of all the factors listed above, such as minimising poaching and giving shelter and run back. In full view of the motorway, we have had some comment from the public about animal welfare, but

we had no problem from a professional assessment. The Environment Agency pointed out drinking from the river was causing some damage to the bank. We have dealt with this, with a borehole, pipes, and troughs, which enable us to move water troughs around to minimise distance to the trough. At breakfast this morning, reading this week’s copy of New Scientist, I came upon an opinion piece by a

well-known commentator, which reiterates the argument that because organic crops have lower yields, they must have higher greenhouse gas emissions per unit of food. Once again, I will resist the defeatist sackcloth and ashes when it comes to low yields. I think, for some crops at least, if soil sequestration and emissions are considered, the emissions of organic and non-organic are not so far apart.

Farmers Weather by Dr Simon Keeling

Follow the ‘lore’ when forecasting is tough AS Christmas gets ever closer, the weather machine is refusing to play the game. Each update of the various computer models are telling a different story; some going for cooler weather from the east, while others opt for much milder southwesterly winds. At times such as these, some of the weatherlore handed down by past generations can prove more accurate than high-tech forecasting. I admit to using some of the ‘old ways’ myself. Our ancestors knew only too well the changing of the seasons and the signs nature was presenting. Some weatherlore is not used, but much of it is based on what we now 102 | DECEMBER 16 2016

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know as scientific fact. I often remind meteorologists that until a few years ago, the idea of a computer forecast of more than a week in advance was laughable, whereas forecasts now run up to a year in advance. Unfortunately, December provides little weatherlore. I suppose by this time of year, many who worked on land were aimsing to survive winter, rather than observing nature in the few hours of daylight available. But it was noted whatever direction the weathercock says at midday on December 21, the wind will stay in the same direction the next lunar quarter. It was also noted, rather gloomily, ‘a

green Christmas makes a fat churchyard’, and further ahead, ‘a warm Christmas means a cold Easter’, so you cannot have it all. More optimistically, Scots meteorologist Alexander Buchan identified December 3-14 as being ‘warm and mild’. Later, a famous English meteorologist, Prof Hubert Lamb, stated there was a ‘tendency towards a post-Christmas stormy period and the ‘circulation type around New Year gives a guide to the circulation type later in winter’. We will keep you updated in our twice-weekly forecasts at

Farmers WeatherLIVE lets you talk directly to one of Simon’s forecasting team. You can get a forecast specific for your farm from hours, to days, ahead. Call Farmers WeatherLIVE

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NEXT WEEK Powys James Powell Cheshire Phil Latham

‘A lot has changed in seven years, yet other things remain the same’ Leicestershire Steve farms at Illston on the Hill. He grows a variety of combinable crops on 1,192ha (2,945 acres), which is rented and contract farmed. He also runs an arable contracting business and is keen on technology.


n preparation for a Christmas game of Trivial Pursuit, who can remember the year and month Michael Jackson died? It seems a long time ago, but I also wrote my first Farmers Guardian article in the month MJ died, which was June 2009. A lot has changed since and, in some ways, it also feels as if little has changed. Back then, we were still learning

about the luxury of auto steer tractors, yet today without bout markers or tramliners on our drills, we are totally dependent on this and lots of other new electronic technology. I think the last time our fields had even an occasional visit from a plough was 2010, and now at least half our crops are established in a zero till system. Perhaps the biggest change for me is the fact I was previously confident we could chemically control black-grass and continue to farm the way we wanted. I have since learned we cannot. This single issue has resulted in a change of rotation, a change of machinery and a change of mindset. I cannot deny we have enjoyed at least a couple of nicely profitable years during the last seven, but things are once again much like they were. We are still investing increasing amounts of money, time and effort with absolutely no guarantee of any


COLUMN profitable return. Thankfully, farmers are eternal optimists and live in the hope next year will be better. Seven-and-a-half years ago, my young daughters were enjoying examfree schooling and my parents were revelling in a healthy lifestyle. In such a seemingly short time, we are already applying to universities and both parents are struggling with ill health. The challenge of a work/life balance is probably something I started a




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little late in life, but I am determined to improve. Finally, I must not forget to mention my gorgeous wife Louise, who apparently has never had a mention, but even after all these years is still just as beautiful as ever. Thank you for reading my last article and if you ever feel the need then please follow my farming misfortunes on Twitter: @heardfarmingltd. Merry Christmas to you all and many more Happy New Years.

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Answers to crossword 854: Across: 1 Moorland, 5 Smacks, 10 Mushrooms, 11 Ready, 12 Aphid, 13 Librarian, 14 Iguanas, 16 Nested, 19 Tennis, 21 Harvest, 23 Billy goat, 25 Nihil, 26 Radio, 27 Soap opera, 28 Sanity, 29 Adherent. Down: 1 Mamma mia, 2 Oast house, 3 Lurid, 4 Noodles, 6 Merganser, 7 Coati, 8 Saying, 9 Ash-bin, 15 Nanny-goat, 17 Ewe cheese, 18 Stalwart, 20 Scouse, 21 Hit hard, 22 Iberis, 24 Laden, 25 No one. Winner: K Rickards, Matlock.



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‘I feel there is still a passion burning in young people’ Dairy: Although I am not from a farm, a love for animals and getting stuck in has meant I always found farming work nearby. I have worked with various systems, predominantly dairy, starting as a calf rearer on my uncle’s robotic dairy farm. I have spent the last two-and-ahalf years relief milking on a small local herd as well as lambing during my Easter breaks from university. Social: I recently came back to university after a long summer touring Canada, New Zealand and the west coast of America. I am now finding myself sitting in the library longing for the days when I could finish at 1pm and begin preparing for a Wednesday night at the Student Union bar. I have started my research project; a nutrition trial with the dairy herd at Harper Adams. Animal nutrition is a great interest of mine and the project is giving me real hands-on experience. TB: Coming from Cornwall the stories from home are often the same – TB and it is still raining. Cornwall has recently come under the media spotlight with the badger cull well underway in some areas of the country.

Francesca Metherell Bude, Cornwall Francesca Metherell, 21, is a fourth year student at Harper Adams University studying agriculture, having returned from a placement year with Dawn Meats in west Devon. She also works as a relief milker and farm labourer.

Francesca Metherell is confident new doors will open for farming.

I find it reassuring that something, whether it makes an impact or not, is being done, though as a young person in farming I can see how such issues

can make agriculture less appealing. When my employer came into the parlour at 6am to tell me another seven cows had been taken because of TB it made my stomach sink, so I hope I can be here to see the eradication of the disease. Despite the woes of farming I feel there is still a passion burning in young people, maybe now more than ever, to be heard and to make a change while doing what they love. Brexit: Brexit is a word so widely used that is has almost become

worn out like the tatty pair of overalls you cannot seem to get rid of. It raises a range of questions; will I be able to rent those 16 hectares (40 acres) off my neighbour for £50 or less? Will we import any less New Zealand lamb? Could we export Cornish pasties to China? There are definitely uncertain times ahead but this does not mean negative times – I am sure new doors will open as old ones shut. Let us hope the Government remembers agriculture in its decision making.

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