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● Sheep rustler must pay back £130,000 ● Judge slams attack on farmers’ work ● Thieves could have stolen ‘many more’

By Olivia Midgley

A RUSTLER who stole more than 100 sheep in a series of thefts across the north east of England has been ordered to pay

back £130,000 from his ill-gotten gains. Phillip Raine, from Bowes, County Durham, was found guilty of stealing the animals from various farms in what police said was a ‘highly organised and orchestrated’ operation with his uncle Charles ‘Neville’ Raine. The men were both jailed for three years back in January, despite pleading their innocence and branding witnesses ‘liars’. This week a judge at Teesside Crown Court ruled Phillip Raine would have to pay £130,251 from assets amounting to £360,387.

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However, as Charles Raine is a pensioner and was found to have no assets, he will not be required to pay anything. Judge Tony Briggs said the thefts were an attack on people’s hard work and ‘utterly inexcusable’. The case hit the national headlines when police held a sheep ‘identity parade’ to reunite the stolen ewes with their owners from County Durham, North Yorkshire and Cumbria. MORE ON THIS STORY Continued on page 2.

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INSIDE

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NEWS

79 WORKING DOGS

POLITICS & RED TAPE

80 FARM BUILDINGS

Including young farmer anger over delayed cash

Peers press for transitional Brexit deal

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COMMENT

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LETTERS

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BUSINESS

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GLOBAL AG VIEW

Agchem chief set for Trump administration

FARM PROFILE

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Including a look back at the past year in the sector

Reports from trials across the UK

A two-page special feature

82 MARKET PRICES 90 MOVING UP 92 BEYOND THE FARM GATE

We visit Nottinghamshire to find out about a successful cheese co-operative

94 IN YOUR FIELD 94 WEATHER 95 CROSSWORD 96 YOUNG FARMER FOCUS 96 WIGNALL

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With reports from Dingwall, Hawes and Monmouthshire

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Reports have detailed more than 4,000 severe breaches of animal welfare regulations in the past two years.

Mandatory slaughterhouse CCTV ruled out By Olivia Midgley VETS have blasted a decision by the Welsh Government to rule out mandatory CCTV in slaughterhouses, saying it could increase cases of animal abuse. A working group charged by the Welsh Government to investigate whether there was a need for closed circuit cameras to be installed in the 26 abattoirs across Wales found while CCTV was a useful tool, it did not necessarily lead to better welfare outcomes. Campaigners including the British Veterinary Association (BVA), which has been pushing for compulsory CCTV in abattoirs and giving vets unrestricted access to footage, now fear the decision could set a precedent and scupper the chances of CCTV being made mandatory in other countries. It comes after a report by the

Bureau of Investigative Journalism earlier this year highlighted the abuse and distress caused to British farm animals at the end of their lives. Reports by vets and hygiene inspectors detailed more than 4,000 severe breaches of animal welfare regulations over the past two years.

Compassion The association’s president Gudrun Ravetz said: “What vets who work in slaughterhouses, and all those who care about animal welfare, are striving for is a culture of compassion in abattoirs. CCTV is an important tool in encouraging and implementing such a culture. “We recognise the cost of installing CCTV may be a burden for some small abattoirs, but it is important the animals we farm for food have both a good life and a humane death and CCTV has a key role to play in ensuring these requirements are met.”

From page 1 THE sheep, many of which were taken from long-term breeding programmes and were of genetic importance to their respective flocks, were snatched from farms between 2010 and 2013. Out of 151 sheep seized, 116 were reunited with their owners. The trial earlier this year heard the thieves had ‘over-burnt’ identification markings into the animals’ horns in an attempt to conceal their crimes. Other markings had been sanded away. Speaking after the trial, Durham police revealed many more sheep could have been stolen, as police enquiries only went back to 2010.

Phillip Raine was ordered to pay back £130,000.

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Achieving TB-free status would mean less regular TB testing for some herds.

Dog attack owner faces jail A DOG owner has been warned she could face jail after her pet husky was involved in an attack on sheep. Rochelle Purdie, 31, of Carluke, Lanarkshire, was labelled a ‘bad dog owner’ when she appeared before Lanark Sheriff Court last Thursday (December 15). The court heard Ms Purdie’s dog was ‘out of control’ when it rampaged among three flocks of sheep in Lanark in December last year and in March and August this year. The dog, which was shot dead by one farmer, killed at least 11 sheep, caused eight to abort and left a further seven injured, costing the affected farmers thousands of pounds. Ms Purdie admitted responsibility during the hearing. However, due to her unemployment, the case was adjourned until February 9 to give the court enough time to assess her suitability to pay any compensation and undertake work.

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TB-free status for over half of England in reach r10,000 badgers

culled this year By Abi Kay

FARMING groups have welcomed Defra Secretary Andrea Leadsom’s announcement the Government will apply for officially TB-free status in the low risk area of England where there is no significant TB in wildlife next year. Achieving this status would mean increased trade opportunities and less regular TB testing for some herds, reducing costs for farmers. Mrs Leadsom was updating the House of Commons on the Government’s 25-year strategy to eradicate bovine TB.

NFU president Meurig Raymond said: “The news more than half of England could have officially TBfree status two years ahead of the Government’s original timetable will be a welcome boost for beef and dairy farmers in those areas.

Impact “Gaining this status for the north and east of England shows the Government’s comprehensive 25-year strategy is having an impact.” Statistics released by Defra showed more than 10,000 badgers were culled this year as part of the Government’s plan to tackle the disease. The Defra Secretary reiterated her determination to expand the culls, saying the badger control

operations in Somerset, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Cornwall, Devon and Dorset this year had been a success. CLA director of policy and advice Christopher Price welcomed the news, saying controlling the badger population was a ‘vital part’ of the strategy for managing TB. “It is absolutely right to extend the culling scheme as part of a wider package of measures after the latest results have shown it to be effective, safe and humane,” he added. Mrs Leadsom also said she would be introducing new arrangements for controlling the disease in nonbovine farm animals, such as pigs, sheep, goat, deer and camelids – a move which was supported by the British Veterinary Association.

Scottish livestock market price reporting taken on by IAAS and ScotEID RESPONSIBILITY for all livestock market price reporting from Scottish marts has been taken on by the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland (IAAS) and ScotEID. Andrew Wright, executive secre-

tary of IAAS, said the move was prompted by a desire to build a multi-species database with all Scottish stock information on it. He said: “This reflects the devolved nature of agriculture in Scotland, and we have worked

closely with ScotEID on numerous other projects and issues. “The reporting information runs alongside all the traceability data already on the system, and the comprehensive database will be advantageous to the whole industry.”

Scottish market reporting was previously done by AHDB, which will continue to produce GB prices. MORE INFORMATION For this week’s market price tables see p82-89.

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Farmers Guardian, Unit 4, Fulwood Business Park, Caxton Road, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 9NZ Editor Ben Briggs, 01772 799 429 ben.briggs@fginsight.com Head of News & Business Olivia Midgley, 01772 799 548 olivia.midgley@fginsight.com Chief Reporter Abi Kay, 01772 799 511 abi.kay@fginsight.com Business Reporter Alex Black, 01772 799 409 alex.black@fginsight.com News and Business Reporter Lauren Dean, 01772 799 520 lauren.dean@fginsight.com Wales Correspondent Barry Alston, 01874 711 811 barry.alston@fginsight.com

Senior Arable Specialist Marianne Curtis, 07815 003 236 marianne.curtis@fginsight.com Arable Specialist Abby Kellett, 01772 799 476 abby.kellett@fginsight.com Head of Machinery & Farm Technology James Rickard, 01772 799 496 james.rickard@fginsight.com Machinery & Farm Technology Specialist Richard Bradley, 01772 799 412 richard.bradley@fginsight.com Acting Head of Livestock Angela Calvert, 07768 796 492 angela.calvert@fginsight.com Livestock Specialists Laura Bowyer, 01772 799 432 laura.bowyer@fginsight.com Alex Robinson, 01772 799 450 alexandra.robinson@fginsight.com Head of Features & Events Producer Danusia Osiowy, 01772 799 413 danusia.osiowy@fginsight.com Group Head of Content, Briefing Media Agriculture Emma Penny, 01772 799 401 emma.penny@fginsight.com Head of Content Solutions Vickie Robinson, 01772 799 411 vickie.robinson@fginsight.com Head of Creative Services Gillian Green, 01772 799 417 gillian.green@fginsight.com Deputy Head Content Editor Katie Haydock, 01772 799 405 katie.haydock@fginsight.com Picture Editor Theresa Eveson, 01772 799 445 theresa.eveson@fginsight.com Photographer Marcello Garbagnoli, 01772 799 427 marcello.garbagnoli@fginsight.com Advertising Phone 01772 799 500 Fax 01772 655 190 fgclassified@fginsight.com fgdisplay@fginsight.com Circulation 01772 799 452 Subscription hotline 01635 879 320 Subscription rates: UK £144 a year, Europe £180, RoW £235 subs@farmers-guardian.com News trade distribution Seymour Distribution Ltd, 2 East Poultry Avenue, London, EC1A 9PT. Tel 0207 429 4000, Fax 0207 429 4001

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Many young farmers are still waiting for their entitlements.

Young farmer anger over delayed payments rFrustration of being

‘at back of queue’ By Abi Kay

YOUNG farmers fear they are being penalised for applying for additional support through the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Under Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) rules, active farmers who are under 40 and have at least five hectares (12.3 acres) of land are eligible for new entitlements. But Olly Harrison, chairman of the NFU north west combinable crops board, said delays to payments had made him wish he had never entered into the scheme. Mr Harrison, who farms 385 hectares (951 acres) in Merseyside,

I wish I had never bothered. All it has done is put us to the back of the queue OLLY HARRISON

Better off said: “I never got my payment last year and I have still not got it this year. I wish I had never bothered. All it has done is put us to the back of the queue. “It would be more advantageous to have the money a month earlier

NFU Scotland calls for ‘step change’ in 2017 CAP delivery NFU Scotland (NFUS) has called on the Scottish Government to ensure 2017 sees a ‘step change’ in payment of CAP support to farmers and crofters. The union has requested Ministers set out clear timelines for delivery of all schemes due in the New Year. NFUS president Allan Bowie said: “The lack of trust in the Scottish Gov-

so you could buy all your straw before it has all gone. Now all the good cows are gone too. “I am young, I am expanding and doing different things, but because there is an ever so slight complication with the application we get penalised.” Mr Harrison set up a poll on Twitter which showed out of 16 respondents, 69 per cent either had no BPS payment at all or were missing their young farmer payment.

ernment’s ability to properly deliver payments remains unprecedented. “When payments are made in 2017, we must see those followed by information to claimants, clearly stating what they have been paid and how it has been calculated.” He also called for claimants to be given information about payment delays where they occurred.

Ed Horton, who has an arable farm in Cheshire, agreed he would have been better off not applying for the young farmer payment. He said he was told he would be first in the queue for new entitlements three years ago, but he still does not know if he has the entitlements and has had to let land go because of the wait. “This was sold as a scheme to help young farmers but it is costing me more on my overdraft than I would get with the payment,” he added. “You cannot tender what you want to tender when you do not have the money, it affects your business all the way down. As a young business starting to expand, it has been really hard.” An RPA spokesman said the agency remained focused on paying 90 per cent of eligible 2016 claims by the end of December. FGinsight.com

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Tighter controls to limit bird flu spread issued rConsumer concerns

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DEFRA has brought in tighter controls to limit the spread of avian influenza following an outbreak of the virus in Lincolnshire. A temporary ban has been applied to birds at all gatherings, including livestock fairs, auctions and bird shows, across England, Wales and Scotland.

We anticipate little impact on the Christmas market. People wanting to buy a British turkey for their table will still be able to do so with confidence GARY FORD

Earlier this month the department ordered all poultry keepers to keep their birds indoors to protect them from the H5N8 strain which had been circulating around mainland Europe. The move caused an outcry from consumers who were concerned birds, including Christmas turkeys, were being ‘falsely’ labelled as ‘freerange’ despite them being locked indoors.

Welfare British Poultry Council chief executive Richard Griffiths assured the public that although the birds would be kept inside for the last weeks of their lives, it would not harm their welfare. He said the organisation would need to ‘sit down’ with Defra if it looked like the housing order would run over the 12-week period, after which birds cannot be labelled free-range. NFU chief poultry adviser Gary Ford said: “It is worth reminding people the risk to public health from the virus is very low and the Food Standards Agency has also made it clear that bird flu does not pose a food safety risk for people. “This is a very important time for

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turkey producers across the country. While this news will have significant impact on those farm businesses within the control zones, we anticipate little impact on the Christmas market. People wanting to buy a British turkey for their table will still be able to do so with confidence.” On Tuesday Defra confirmed all 2,500 birds at the farm in Louth, Lincolnshire, had been destroyed and the farm had been disinfected.

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‘Outrageous’ HS2 land grab rejected by peers FARMING groups have welcomed the news an ‘outrageous land grab’ by High Speed 2 (HS2) has been rejected by peers in the House of Lords. Ministers were planning to allow the company to compulsorily purchase farmers’ land for development unrelated to construction of the HS2 railway line, but a report by the House of Lords Select Committee on the High Speed Rail Bill recommended the plans be dropped. The peers were scathing in their criticism of the Government, saying relying on reassurances from Ministers the power to confiscate private property would only be used as a last resort was ‘not sound law-making’.

Sweeping powers CLA president Ross Murray said: “The attempt to use this Bill to give HS2 sweeping powers to compulsorily acquire land for lucrative developments completely unrelated to the railway is an outrageous land grab. “We will now keep the pressure on Government to accept these recommendations and ensure they are carried through the remainder of the parliamentary process.”

We will now keep the pressure on Government to accept these recommendations ROSS MURRAY Ministerial plans to undo existing rules which forced the state to offer land temporarily purchased to its original owner in the first instance were also rejected by the committee. Under the new proposals, the company HS2 would have been able to sell this land to developers if it were deemed to have increased in value or there had been some other material change. Mr Murray added: “The achievements we make on HS2 have benefits for everyone affected by the thousands of infrastructure schemes taking place now or in the future.” FGinsight.com

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The need for a transitional trade deal upon leaving the EU has been stressed in a new House of Lords report.

Peers press for transitional Brexit deal r‘Lemmings rushing

towards a cliff edge’ By Abi Kay

A NEW House of Lords report, ‘Brexit: the options for trade’, has concluded the Government will need to agree a transitional trade arrangement upon leaving the EU because negotiating a free trade agreement would take longer than two years. The report recommends a ‘temporary extension of participation in the customs union’ as an important element of the transitional deal and urges the Government to establish a ‘clear game plan’ for such an arrangement as soon as Article 50 is triggered. The recommendation was welcomed by farming unions, which

The chances of a bad trade deal or no deal at all increase the faster the UK Government proceeds have warned against falling back on World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules which could see increases in tariffs and additional customs costs.

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But during an interview on BBC’s The Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, International Trade Secretary Liam Fox said having a transitional

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deal which was too close to the status quo would go against the wishes of those who voted to leave the EU. Baroness Verma, chairman of the EU External Affairs Sub-Committee, said: “A transitional deal is vital for protecting UK trade and jobs which rely on trade. “The Government should focus on trade with the EU and its WTO schedules. Deals with non-EU countries are contingent on the outcome of these negotiations and need to be sequenced accordingly.”

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Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) president Glyn Roberts said: “The chances of a bad trade deal or no deal at all increase the faster the UK Government proceeds, which is why the FUW has consistently called for a lengthy transition period, otherwise we risk being like lemmings rushing towards a cliff edge.”

NFU water quality adviser Nicola Dunn said: “With NVZs due to be updated in the New Year, this pre-notification period presents farmers with an opportunity to check the maps and view information and underpinning NVZ designations. “The appeals process in the New Year is farmers’ only chance in the four-year period to challenge NVZ designations, so it is important to take a look.”

One in eight Welsh farmers could quit over NVZ proposals NVZ plans for Wales have been extremely controversial. A new survey from NFU Cymru has shown around one in eight farmers would consider leaving the industry if the proposals were introduced unchanged. Almost three-quarters of surveyed farmers did not have sufficient slurry storage to meet the NVZ requirements and the average cost of upgrading facilities was estimated to be nearly £80,000. NFU Cymru president Stephen James said: “The rules will reduce a farmer’s ability to make decisions based upon their own knowledge of

the land and weather, leading to a ‘farming by calendar’ approach rather than assessing the conditions on the ground. “I sincerely hope Assembly Members are able to help derail these overly prescriptive and frankly unworkable proposals which will have a catastrophic impact on the farming industry and wider rural economy, as well as unintended consequences for the environment.” The Farmers’ Union of Wales also expressed major concerns about the designations, with president Glyn Roberts calling for an ‘appropriate transition period and support.’

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Wishing all FG readers a very Merry Christmas

And finally... Farmers Guardian will be out as usual next Friday (December 30) with a special focus on global agriculture.

THIS time last year it had already been raining for about a month and little did we envisage the storms, both real and political, which would come our way in 2016. But what a year it has been. Some of the worst floods in living memory last winter led scores of rural communities to embark on mammoth rebuilding projects as they cleared away the debris and disaster the flood waters had wrought. Out of the havoc, however, would come hope as communities came together to get back on their feet. But there would be more tumultuous events on the horizon. June 23, 2016, will be forever etched on the memory of many UK citizens following the decision to leave the European Union. Whether you voted in or out, and many farmers voted out, the priority now is to ensure we shape our own farming future. And just when you thought the world could not get any more chaotic, billionaire businessman Donald Trump swept to victory

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in the US election in a move which further emboldened those who claimed the old political elite were out of touch with the common man and woman. What his victory will mean for trade going forward will become clearer next year, but we will need to be on the front foot as a country to ensure we are front of the queue. So as 2016 winds down, many can look back on an eventful year but also look forward to Christmas with family and friends and a well earned chance to relax. We all know that farming does not stop for the festivities, but I have always found it to be a time to unwind once the hard work in the runup is finally done. This December, however, is the first one in which I have not been dressing turkeys for my parents’ milkround, which does seem a bit odd as it always signified the Christmas rush was upon us. From me and all the Farmers Guardian team, here’s wishing you all a very Merry Christmas.

Malcolm Thomas, chairman of the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution

Contact RABI on 0808 281 9490

Do not let pride stand in your way ANOTHER year is drawing to a close and we have seen so many changes both here in the UK and across the world. One can only guess the changes 2017 will bring. It has been impossible to escape Brexit in 2016. Apparently, we have hard, soft and smooth versions of Brexit, although I am not sure if anyone has a realistic idea of what each version represents. What is clear, however, is we are about to embark on a long, detailed and probably acrimonious round of trade and political negotiations which will run well into the future. The problem this creates for our farming industry is medium- to longterm planting and breeding decisions will have to be made with little idea of what the future will look like. Will there still be agricultural 10 | DECEMBER 23 2016

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support measures? What form will this support take? What trade tariffs will our exports face in the future? Farming is complicated enough without these uncertainties hanging in the air. In the meantime, problems such as TB and poor commodity prices continue to feature heavily in applications for help and assistance received by RABI. Every year, we give out about £2 million to farming people in financial need. In my mind, there is no doubt the work of RABI is just as relevant and as important today as at any other time in our 156-year history and the increasing support we provide to working farmers is the clearest evidence there continues to be real structural problems in parts of our industry.

Financial support is at hand from RABI for farmers in need.

This year, from January 1 to November 16, we gave out grants of more than £417,000 to working farmers and their dependants – a startling 93 per cent increase on the same period last year. This money has supported 188 families in hardship across England and Wales. My hope for RABI for next year is we target even more people. We know there are still lots of families who could benefit from our support, but choose instead to suffer in silence and struggle alone. We need everyone’s help to get our

message out there and reach as many people in financial need as possible. If this is you, do not let pride stand in your way. We want to be able to help you and your family. To all our hardworking committees, friends and supporters, I must also say a big thank you. Without your support, help and assistance, RABI would not be able to carry out the great work it does and our agriculture industry would be the poorer for it. You represent what RABI is all about and long may it continue. FGinsight.com

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Home truths over rewilding THE report that beavers are to be allowed to expand in Scotland and be given protected status is worrying for farmers and landowners both sides of the border (‘At loggerheads over beavers, FG, December 16). Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) is obviously influenced by the Peoples Trust for Endangered Species, which in 2009 supported the re-introduction of beavers in Scotland and 450 lynx in northern Britain. Also on the wishlist then were the re-introductions of wolves, bison, elk and bears. In the same year, Natural England (NE) announced it would ask its board to consider making rewilding part of its formal policy. More recently, we have seen the Lynx Trust pushing for introduction in the North. Just at a time when farmers have enough major headaches, with many still waiting for payments from failed Basic Payments, Countryside Stewardship agreements and flood repair money, the Scottish Environment Secretary announces the beaver re-introduction, a Christmas present for the ‘green blob’ and rewilders. This is another dangerous attack on farmers’ livelihoods. NE and SNH, both Government agencies, ignore common sense and the warnings of dangers of increased damage

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Charlotte Hamlet, 10, of Lochfoot, Dumfries, has been inspired by Farmers Guardian to tell the tale of Farmer Bobert and his festive sheep, which are covered in tinsel and other Christmas items. Maybe Charlotte has unearthed a novel way of deterring sheep rustlers. Merry Christmas to all our readers.

and flooding and the dangerous long-term outcome. Who is going to pay for woodland and riverbank damage, let alone for flooded property and fields? Answer, farmers and taxpayers. Our Defra Minister and the Scottish equivalent must rein in the madness of NE- and SNH-proposed re-introductions. Wild boar numbers are out of control in the Forest of Dean and elsewhere, and Lynx will kill sheep and lambs like they did in Norway. Beavers will spread, bringing with them more damage to agriculture, at the very time the UK needs to be more self-sufficient in food. Suzanne Greenhill, Bishops Cleeve, Gloucestershire.

Red herring of foot-and-mouth MATT Gardner (‘Unproven TB tests are wrong’, FG, December 16) is a typically frustrated farmer, with whom I sympathise. In fact, a ‘reactor’ to the internationally recognised tuberculin test is one which has been exposed to bTB at least six weeks previously to stimulate its immune system.

It is not an indication it is even infected. Whether or not lesions (abscesses) even develop at least six weeks later depends on the size of the challenge. Reactors only become infectious months, or even years, later, when they are in an advanced stage of the disease. While no biological test will ever be 100 per cent accurate, the tuberculin test – done properly – is accurate. There is no practical alternative than to cull reactors. Martin Hancox (‘No lesion cattle newly infected’, FG, December 16) typically has selective amnesia in his vain attempt to exonerate bTB infected badgers being the reservoir of infection for cattle and all other mammals. He deliberately cherrypicks evidence. He typically misinterprets the influence of the foot-and-mouth outbreak. A few of the cattle which went to restock Cumbria, before footand-mouth, reacted to the tuberculin test. After no previous problem with bTB, within six months, most farms had their restrictions lifted. These farms have remained clear since. Farms which had a previous problem with bTB immediately had a problem with restocked cattle, in spite of being totally depopulated for

several months. Even after 10 years some farms still have a problem. The contrast is, unlike elsewhere, Cumbria did not have a reservoir of infection in badger populations. Long may it last. Foot-and-mouth is a red herring. Mr Hancox has forfeited his credibility and must be taken with a pinch of salt. Only healthy badgers will result in healthy cattle. David Denny, Worcester.

Animal welfare consideration I SEE Helen Browning (Opinion, FG, December 2) was quick to issue a rebuttal of the Soil Association’s remarks on animal welfare. Has the association ever considered year-round housing of cattle addresses the major threat to herd health – contact with badgers infected with bovine TB? Perhaps she would care to encapsulate this information in a 140-character Twitter soundbite? Gillian Herbert, Linley Green, Herefordshire. DECEMBER 23 2016 | 11

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BUSINESS Aldi forms its first direct relationship with supplier Edited by Olivia Midgley – 01772 799 548 – olivia.midgley@fginsight.com

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Angus-sired calves By Alex Black ALDI has launched its first calf rearing scheme to supply Aberdeen-Angus calves for its specially selected steak range. Family-run Chapel Farm, Atherstone, Warwickshire, will rear a herd of 240 dairy-bred Aberdeen-Angus-sired calves. It is the first initiative of its kind for the discounter and Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society chief

executive, Johnny Mackey, welcomed the move. Mr Mackey said: “Aldi are members of our Certified Aberdeen-Angus Beef (CAAB) Scheme so we are delighted to see yet another excellent example of a vertically integrated supply chain being introduced in to the beef cattle industry.

Experience “Projects like these will help meet the increasing demand for quality Aberdeen-Angus beef and at the same time help ensure the consumer has a good eating experience.” Steven Pass, who runs Chapel

Farm with his wife and daughter, said the move had given them certainty and he was planning to double the farm’s capacity over the next year. He said: “Farming is not always the most predictable of jobs, but partnering with Aldi has really boosted our sense of security. “We have already been able to plan for the future with confidence. “Aldi’s headquarters are just down the road and so the team have been able to spend a lot of time on the farm getting to know us and how we work. “It has been a really straight-

Sarah and Steven Pass

Sales of beef steaks at five-year high SALES of beef steaks have been ‘standing up well’ to the challenges in the red meat sector and have reached a five-year high, according to research from Kantar Worldpanel. More than half the population of Great Britain bought a beef steak this year and households spent an average of £43 on steaks. AHDB senior consumer insight analyst Steven Evans said: “Beef and lamb steaks attract an older, slightly more affluent shopper than the average ‘meat, fish and poultry’ shopper. “Like the wider meat category, beef steaks have seen reduced levels of multi-buy promotions and the majority of steak sales are now on non-promoted lines.” 12 | DECEMBER 23 2016

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Traditional cuts such as rump, sirloin and ribeye have all grown this year and ribeye has doubled its volume share in the last four years.

forward process and we have established a strong working relationship already.”

Support Aldi said the move demonstrated its longstanding ‘support for British farming’ and a commitment to quality products. Tony Baines, joint managing director, Aldi Corporate Buying, said: The launch of our own calf rearing scheme is the natural extension of that. “By investing in Chapel Farm, we are strengthening our relationships with our suppliers and working with them directly to ensure our customers can enjoy the highest quality British-sourced Aberdeen-Angus beef.”

Farming is not always the most predictable of jobs, but partnering with Aldi has really boosted our sense of security STEVEN PASS

VALUE OF UK STEAK MARKET Source: Kantar Worldpanel

Value of the UK steak market by protein.

Ribeye While the growth in ribeye was driven by gains within core demographics such as retired or those with children who have left home, it has also seen strong growth from those with young families. There could also be an opportunity for ‘quick fry’ steaks and ‘thin cuts’ driven by consumer demand for quick cooking and versatility. Mr Evans suggested marketing of these steaks ‘could provide a strong growth platform’. However, the performance of pork

n Beef - £646m n Lamb - £89m n Pork - £203m

steaks has been ‘more challenging’. Volumes decreased by 1.5 per cent despite a fall in prices. Mr Evans added: “The decline in

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BUSINESS

Turkey producer kicking on after horror fire r£600,000 worth of

damage caused by fire By Alex Black PREMIUM turkey producer KellyBronze Turkeys has bounced back following a fire which devastated its Essex processing plant on June 21 last year. Owner Paul Kelly said it was a ‘traumatic day’. He said: “I was outside in the garden, then went inside to get a coffee. I looked and could see black smoke coming from the plant. “We phoned the fire brigade and they were there very quickly. One of the fire hydrants had been capped, so it was about an hour before they got water on it.” The blaze was caused by an electrical fault in a red lamp and inflicted more than £600,000 worth of damage to the Howe Green plant.

The company then faced a race against time. Mr Kelly said: “We could not possibly miss Christmas. Customers and suppliers were phoning up and I was saying ‘of course it is going to happen’, but I was thinking I really do not know.” The rebuild was finished 19 weeks later, with nine hours to spare. “We were cutting it fine. We got the official licence the night before the first turkey went to production. “If it had been three weeks later, it could have been a different story.”

Military tents While the plant was empty at the time, it is used to rear up to 400 turkey chicks. Instead, Mr Kelly reared the chicks in military tents which had been used at Camp Bastian, Afghanistan. Graham Harvey, NFU Mutual agent, said the whole recovery happened ‘extremely quickly’. NFU Mutual provided £1.3 million in financial support.

Paul Kelly’s processing plant set ablaze, causing £600,000 worth of damage.

Mr Harvey said: “I received the call from Mr Kelly on the Sunday, visited the farm to kick the process off and our loss adjusters began work the very next day.” Mr Kelly said the company was now in the ‘same shape’ as before the fire. “We had a cracking Christmas last year.”

Sales for Christmas 2015 were up 8 per cent and 2016 sales were expected to be about 2 per cent up and Mr Kelly said he was feeling ‘particularly festive this Christmas’. KellyBronze Turkeys has also recently moved into the US market, providing premium Thanksgiving turkeys from its farm in Virginia.

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Agchem chief set to be a big player in Trump administration rAppointment slammed

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DONALD Trump’s appointment of Dow Chemical chief executive Andrew Liveris as head of the American Manufacturing Council has prompted a mixed reaction stateside. Friends of the Earth (FoE) slammed the appointment and said it could ‘damage American farmers, the health of the public and the environment’. But observers said the decision marked a significant shift to a corporate-minded focus on Governmental

affairs in the US and a more bullish outlook regarding trade. The American Manufacturing Council has been tasked with finding ways to ‘bring industry back to America’, which was one of Mr Trump’s key campaign pledges.

Respected Making the announcement Mr Liveris would ‘head up’ the council, the President-elect said he was ‘one of the most respected businessman in the world’. FoE futures campaigner Tiffany Finck-Haynes said: “Andrew Liveris should be disqualified for the position due to his likely conflicts of interests.

Andrew Liveris

“Serving as head of the American Manufacturing Council could allow Liveris to use a Government post to benefit Dow Chemical and to line his own pockets.” FoE also accused Jeff Sessions, Mr Trump’s selection for attorney general, of a conflict of interests as he received campaign contributions from Monsanto and Bayer and the Department of Justice will have final say on the proposed merger of Monsanto and Bayer. Monsanto shareholders approved the deal on December 13. The National Farmers Union in the US had previously slammed the Monsanto-Bayer deal, saying other mergers had ‘stifled innovation, led to

less competition, higher prices and job loss in rural America’. Hugh Grant, Monsanto chairman and chief executive, said: “The acquisition of Monsanto is driven by our strong belief this combination can help address the growing challenges facing farmers and the overall agriculture industry today and in future.” Ms Finck-Haynes said the President-elect was ‘more concerned with advancing corporate interests than protecting the American people, workers and farmers’. “Trump’s appointment signals he will rubber stamp these mega-mergers, limiting farming and food options and increasing prices for farmers and consumers,” she said.

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FARM PROFILE

Edited by Danusia Osiowy – 01772 799 413 – danusia.osiowy@fginsight.com

New entrant Sophie Arlott has a business focus which is all about flavour. Starting from scratch, she has developed a premium brand which places rare native breeds at the centre of her marketing. Marie-Claire Kidd finds out more about Lavinton Lamb.

Shepherdess aiming high with unique cross-bred flock

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n just five years, Sophie Arlott has gone from novice shepherdess to supplying lamb to Harrods Food Hall and some of the country’s most prominent chefs. She scooped the silver New Entrant Award at the British Farming Awards in October 2015, after having already grown her hobby into a commercial flock of 200 ewes, and was supplying six Michelin-starred restaurants. Lavinton Lamb has been championed by Marcus Wareing, Alain Roux and Sat Bains and has appeared on BBC One’s Saturday Kitchen. Most recently, its shoulder of Hebridean cross lamb gained a three-star Great Taste Award, one of 141 products to achieve the hon-

our this year. But Sophie has even bigger ideas. As a first generation farmer, Sophie has both enjoyed and endured a steep learning curve as her business has grown. Rearing rare and native sheep in the small Lincolnshire village of Lenton, known historically as Lavinton, she has dealt with disease, extreme weather and a catalogue of business challenges.

Recovery One winter she nearly lost all her flock to snow, recovering with the help of a local farmer who offered her his sheds. She says: “It started out as a sort of hobby, with a small flock of pedigree Southdowns. My business began when cooking for family in 2010.

When I get good feedback from [chefs], I think ‘I must be doing something right’ SOPHIE ARLOTT

“I had one leg of Southdown lamb left, so I went to the butchers to buy another. “After tasting the two types of lamb, I decided I wanted all

lamb to taste as wonderful as the Southdown. “I have honed my skills in the past few years. I look after my sheep on my own, taking them to a family abattoir which uses traditional, hands-on methods. “I knocked on chefs’ doors and spent a lot of time working at Melton Mowbray market, gaining experience and learning about sheep. “The point was to focus on quality rather than price, so I searched for those who were on the same wavelength.”

Flavour A year ago, Sophie’s flock comprised 200 ewes, including Southdown, Hebridean, Lleyn, Cheviot and Romney ewes. Her

Sophie Arlott is helped by retired shepherd David Howitt, who has 50 years’ experience.

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Hebridean cross Border Leicester lambs finishing on grass.

Sophie has gone from novice shepherdess to supplying lamb to Harrods.

signature meat was from Southdown and Hebridean crosses. She says: “The rich deep flavour of the Hebridean, coupled with the sweet Southdown, produces an unparalleled texture and taste. A leg feeds four. It is smaller in size, but makes up for it in flavour.” While her lamb offers a clear premium, Sophie has been focusing on how to upscale her business and increase efficiency. Spohie says her business started out as a hobby, with a small flock of Southdowns.

Her business is complicated by the fact she farms across several sites and does not own most of the land she uses.

Old Manor Farm Her home farm, Old Manor Farm, stretches to just 2.4 hectares (six acres), so she occupies a further 13 sites. Sophie says: “I need to ensure I have enough land and manage

day-to-day tasks on my own. Having 13 sites takes a lot of moving things around and juggling things. It is quite challenging.” Her solution is to create a larger flock and outsource the rearing and finishing of lambs to local farmers, who follow strict specifications. This, she hopes, will give her more time to concentrate on breeding and marketing. “I definitely want to expand,” she explains. “But I do not have the infrastructure to do it, as I do not have the buildings. “I think outsourcing is the most efficient way of doing it. Southdowns finish off grass – they are famous for doing this.” She is also developing her own

unique Lavinton cross hybrid. This key part of her efficiency drive will enable her to maintain her focus on flavour, while realising faster finishing times and a larger carcase size. She says: “I am developing my own cross which I want to be synonymous with great taste and unique flavour. I aim to get all the good flavours of the natives, with a better size and quicker finish.”

Collaboration Performance-recording sheep to increase value within the commercial market, she is combining the rich flavour of the Hebridean and the sweetness of the Southdown with a secret British native breed with a bigger size and quicker maturation rate. Sophie explains: “The frame of the Hebridean is a little small and they are slow to finish. Usually, we slaughter them at 18 months. “By the time they have matured, you miss the spring/summer market, which is my main season.

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Some of the business’ Hebridean ewes.

Business facts

I am developing my own cross which I want to be synonymous with great taste and unique flavour SOPHIE ARLOTT “After this, restaurants concentrate on game and often are not interested in lamb until you get hogget in January.

“I love the taste of the Hebredian. It is a fantastically favoured, rich meat, while Southdown is sweet tasting and has some marbling. “There is a bit of fat which gives flavour. People are beginning to appreciate this more now.” Sophie is looking for other farmers, particularly young people, who might be interested in getting involved. “Some people are surprised at the benefits of farming native breeds and can be impressed with the results. “I am trialling outsourcing the rearing of lambs to a local cattle farmer who will rear them to my specification – high-welfare,

ment world, so it is not necessary to compromise on flavour. “It takes 18 months for lambs to get to breeding age, and this process involves two rounds of breeding. “My aim is to produce the best tasting lamb I can and these are the best tasting lambs. I want lots of these. This is what I want to be known for.”

Lavinton lambs Last year, Sophie bred 40 ewe lambs from Hebrideans and a secret native breed. They will go to her Southdown ram in autumn next year, leading to

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production of the first Lavinton lambs in spring 2018. She crossed all 150 of her Hebridean ewes with the secret ram this autumn, including an extra 75 she bought as part of the business plan. With an expected lambing rate of about 165 per cent, she anticipates 225 ewe lambs will be born next year. These will go to the Southdown ram in autumn 2018 to produce more Lavinton crosses in spring 2019. Sophie will lamb all breeding ewes herself and will outsource rearing and finishing of many lambs to local farmers.

grass-fed and using my breeding stock. “I am going to concentrate on producing the breeding stock.” Sophie is using her story to continue securing contracts with Michelin star restaurants and building on the reputation she now has by direct selling. She is also keen to expand her base to ensure she can utilise the full animal.

Maximising profit She says: “Selling all the bits of the animal can be difficult, because if I am selling to chefs direct, they might only want a certain cut, which leaves me with many more cuts to sell on. “I try to sell everything before I kill it. I have found fine food fairs very useful for that. “I sell two types of sausages, Mergez and Moroccan, as well as burgers, leg steaks and joints. “If I have a run on saddles, I can put shoulders and legs into sausages. I put a lot of hard work into selling the other bits. “People want straightforward things, such as sausages and burgers, and they need education when it comes to anything they have not heard of. I aim to get £200/lamb.” Meat is hung for two weeks, considerably reducing its weight. Sophie says: “You get a lot of shrinkage, but the flavour is so

n Lavinton Lamb produces rare and native breed lamb from a small flock, which includes Hebrideans, Romneys, Cheviots and Southdowns n Farmed extensively on rich pasture n Sophie is helped by retired shepherd David Howitt, who has 50 years’ experience n A local cattle farmer is rearing and finishing some of this year’s lambs in a trial which could lead to more outsourcing of this stage of the process n Sophie rents 13 other sites in and around Lenton, covering almost 40 hectares (100 acres) of grassland n Products include medium-sized cuts from Southdown cross Romney, Southdown cross Cheviot and Southdown cross Hebridean lamb, hand-made burgers and sausages

much better. If chefs don’t like it, they will not buy it, because their reputation is on the line. “When I get good feedback from them, I think ‘I must be doing something right’.” She has begun selling products through online food companies, starting with web retailer Farm Shop Larder, and also sells through her own website and by word-of-mouth. “I love it what I do. I am not from a farming family, but I have grown up in the country and always loved it. “I am always learning and I never stop. It is the best job in the world.” DECEMBER 23 2016 | 19

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Edited by Teresa Rush – 01787 282 822 – teresa.rush@fginsight.com

After a year of challenges and uncertainty, we look at some of the highs and lows of 2016.

A year in the arable sector

OILSEED RAPE

In July, George Eustice rejected a second NFU neonicotinoid emergency use application. Early AHDB RL OSR trials showed yields down by almost 0.5 tonnes/hectare (0.2t/acre) In November, AHDB’s Early Bird Survey predicted the area of OSR planted for the 2017 season was at a 13-year low.

CROP PROTECTION

After fears it would be banned, glyphosate was relicensed in June for 18 months. September saw Bayer and Monsanto agree a $66 billion (about £52bn) deal to create one giant seed and chemical company. Dry autumn conditions and slow weed germination posed challenges for black-grass control.

ARABLE INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR

In October, Jonathan Boaz (centre) won Arable Innovator of the Year at the British Farming Awards. Pictured with Briefing Media Agriculture’s Emma Penny (left) and Adama’s Rob King (right).

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The Hutton Criteria, a replacement for the longstanding Smith Period potato blight risk indicator, was unveiled in December.

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MORE INFORMATION For more on all of these stories, visit www.fginsight.com/arable

RESEARCH

SESVanderHave opened a new sugar beet genetics research centre in Belgium in September, saying it would almost double the delivery of new varieties to market.

COMMODITIES

Sterling slumped to a 39-year low against the dollar following June’s referendum vote to leave the EU, leading to rising commodity prices.

HARVEST

The AHDB Cereal Quality Survey showed barley specific weight to be an average of 62.9kg/hl, lower than the three-year average of 66kg/hl. High rainfall and the dullest June on record in the South-East impacted on cereals, with wheat yields about 11 per cent down on the year.

GRAIN MARKETS

TECHNOLOGY

In what was believed to be a world first, in October Harper Adams University announced its plan to grow and harvest a hectare of cereals in 2017 without setting foot in the field.

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Arable prices touched fresh lows in February, amid heavy domestic and global supply, with wheat prices as low as £100/tonne. In August, a weakened pound led to a price boost as a result of the referendum vote, with wheat peaking at about £135/t. The proportion of Group 1 varieties hitting bread wheat specification was the highest for 13 years, according to the Cereal Quality Survey released in November. DECEMBER 23 2016 | 21

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ARABLE Widening rotations, a switch from spring barley to winter oats and making the most of an ‘extended’ farm team are some of the steps being taken by one Scottish grower.

Time and risk management key to success

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aking on more land is always a challenge. But it becomes particularly tough when you are almost tripling your arable area, the extra land is much more demanding than your own, you farm without any permanent staff and you have moved away from spring cropping. So it is not surprising time is one of Andrew Aitken’s most limiting resources at Percival Farm, Buckhaven, near Kircaldy on the Fife coast. Nor that managing it and risk as effectively as possible with Agrii agronomist Donald Hay is his number one priority. All the more so since the 230 hectares (575 acres) of heavy ground added to his family’s established 130ha (325 acres) of cropping on a five-year contract from 2015 is unforgiving if not managed to a tight schedule. “Timeliness is more critical than

ever for us these days,” says Mr Aitken, who is responsible for the arable side of the third generation family tenancy while his brother, John, manages the suckler beef business. “The new ground at Newton Farm, in particular, has to be drilled-up by the end of the second week in October and the combination of its clay content and the amount of rain we get means spray days are almost always limited. The difference between success and failure can often be just a few hours. “Because we do all the work ourselves, John and I rely heavily on the strong partnerships we have with our landlord, Wemyss Estates, key suppliers and contractors, machinery specialists like Sellars, good neighbours such as the Lairds and, above all, Donald Hay to ensure we get everything done on time.”

Crop planning The farm’s agronomist, Mr Hay, works closely with Mr Aitken in planning cropping, selecting varieties and manag-

ing them throughout the season. “As well as making sure we have the right inputs precisely when we need them, he is our link with the mobile seed processing and contract spraying services we get from Agrii. And increasingly he’s helping us build extra precision into our liming, fertilisation and sowing based on mapping,” says Mr Aitken. “We simply could not do what we are doing without him and the other members of our ‘extended’ farm team.” To make the most of its potential, Mr Aitken and Mr Hay are progressively replacing the new land’s long-standing continuous wheatbased regime with the five-year winter crop rotation they have developed across the main tenanted holding. While continuous wheat had worked well at Newton Farm in the past, root and stem-based diseases were becoming a growing problem before the Aitkens took on the land. Also, reliably

We have to have a rotation that spreads our autumn workload ANDREW AITKEN sowing almost 300ha (750 acres) of winter wheat within the narrow drilling window available would have been impossible with their preferred plough-based establishment regime. “We have to have a rotation that spreads our autumn workload, in particular,” explains Mr Aitken. “We used to grow a lot of spring barley. Much of our land is well-suited to it and we are barely half a mile from the nearest distillery. But when we got just £75/t for our quality malting crop in 2007 we decided we would never again leave ourselves so exposed to this market. “Instead, we have developed winter oats as a really good alternative. Most of our crop earned £130/t last year through the GrainCo pool and it is a true wheat break.”

Wider rotation

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ARABLE as possible to keep costs down as well as performance up.”

Encouraging harvest

Sowing into warm soil at a consistent depth ensures crops get the best possible start.

would be more than outweighed by the extra crop protection costs required, not to mention poorer crops and greater risk of crop failure. “Poor crops and greater risk are things the family cannot afford when they need to generate sufficient returns to cover costs and pay the rent every year. That is why we grow consistently performing wheats such as Istabraq and Myriad, barleys such as Glacier and Tower, oats such as Gerald and OSR varieties such as Anastasia and Mendel.” Sowing into warm soil at a consistent depth and with good seed-tosoil contact to ensure crops get a good start is also a priority, says Mr Hay. “This and essential weatherproofing is just what Andrew achieves by running his power harrow/drill combination and packer roller right behind the plough and press. The packer is essential on the heavier ground as any rain compacts the soil surface like concrete if it is rolled. “We then go in with a decent preem within 48 hours of drilling all our cereals,” he adds. “Thankfully, we do not have any black-grass. But rough stalked meadow grass is a real nightmare and we have learned just how costly failing to get on top of it from the start can be. Using Agrii’s high capacity, low ground pressure Agrifac sprayer, this can be done very cost-effectively while Andrew cracks on with the drilling.” Avoiding early sowing to minimise root disease development in wheat means insecticides are rarely needed and also helps manage septoria and mildew, says Mr Hay. “However, we make a point of getting a decent T0 on if we can travel and use SDHIs at both T1 and T2 to keep well-ahead of any disease development. “With far less curative activity these days it’s too risky not to. Again, backing-up to Andrew’s own sprayer with contract spraying ensures all our timings are as spot on FGinsight.com

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Despite the extra pressures of the much larger acreage in a far from ideal season, the first harvest from the Aitkens’ new, much more challenging ground last season was especially encouraging. Winter wheat, barley and oats were all well up to budget at 9.3t/ha (3.8t/acre), 8.6t/ha (3.5t/acre) and 7.4t/ha (3t/acre), respectively, to deliver very acceptable margins. And with the first wheat and oilseed rape for many years being drilled at Newton Farm this autumn, Mr Aitken and Mr Hay are looking to push wheat output to a consistent 10t/ha and oilseed rate to comfortably over 4t/ha.

“This is the sort of performance we want to keep costs per tonne at the level we need to be sustainable,” says Mr Aitken, a member of the AHDB Fife Monitor Farm’s management group. “At a current £98/t, feed barley certainly is not making the contribution we would like it to. But we are prepared to take the hit so we can grow good crops of rape which, in turn, are important as a reliable break from , and good entry for, wheat. We have to look at things in the round. “While our tight management recipe is paying the bills, I have no doubt we must look to far greater co-operation with other growers for the most efficient use of labour and machinery as well as the closest possible partnerships with suppliers we value and trust to support us,” he says.

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ARABLE A proactive approach to weed control has led to innovative rotations and a focus on soil health on one South Yorkshire farm. Chloe Palmer finds out more.

Central role for soil leads to less time on tractor

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obert Atkinson’s family has farmed at Adwick Grange Farm, near Doncaster, for more than 100 years and it is perhaps this long-term perspective which has provided him with the vision to keep one step ahead of potential problems. He admits to being ‘proactive rather than reactive’ in response to a range of challenges on-farm and having rent to pay is an added pressure. Mr Atkinson says: “Not having a crop in the ground is not an option for me as a tenant, so I will do whatever I need to do to get the crop established. Sometimes the land needs more work and in other years we can direct drill with minimal disturbance. Every year is different.” Moving to a reduced cultivation system has been gradual, but it was Mr Atkinson’s experience with a parcel of permanent pasture which first prompted him to rethink plough use on the farm.

Now the main farming tool I use is my spade. It tells me what is going on in my soil and I would rather invest in this than a shiny new tractor ROBERT ATKINSON ing spring wheat and barley into our rotation than we do by opting for winter wheat and using a full crop protection programme. “When we last evaluated levels of Atlantis resistance here, we saw it

Minimising chemical use is central to Robert Atkinson’s strategy.

was only controlling 70 per cent of the black-grass on the farm,” he says. The black-grass is not only confined to the heavier soils found to the east of the farm, according to Mr Atkinson. “Black-grass grows anywhere; it is very adaptable. We find the lighter land gives us more opportunities to control it, as it is easier to cultivate a stale seedbed and the chemicals appear to be more effective.” He believes moving to a system of reduced cultivation has also

played its part in tackling the blackgrass problem. “Slot seeding the spring barley and wheat seeds reduces the amount of vibration in the soil which might otherwise trigger the germination of the black-grass seeds,” Mr Atkinson explains.

Main benefit It is the increase in soil organic matter which Mr Atkinson believes is the main benefit of reduced cultivations and the contribution this makes to improved soil health. “By not cultivating, the root

Time for a change “I had a grass field and in the first year after we ploughed it up it gave a brilliant yield, but then we ploughed it to destruction and the worms were gone. I concluded I needed to change our system, so I bought a Claydon drill.” Another driver has been the threat of black-grass. Mr Atkinson says: “I visited farms down south and was shocked by the extent of the black-grass problem there. I could envisage similar levels of black-grass infestation coming onto this farm eventually, so I decided to do something about it.” Moving to a rotation with more spring cropping was the first step towards cultural control of the black-grass. “We now find we get better black-grass control by incorporat24 | DECEMBER 23 2016

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structure of the previous crop remains in the soil and this increases the carbon content of the soil, helping to break down undesirable chemicals but holding nutrients such as nitrogen in the soil,” he says. Mr Atkinson believes the adoption of reduced cultivations has allowed the soil biology to function more effectively and this has brought important advantages. “I am now growing second wheat without any specific seed dressing because now I no longer plough, the mycorrhizal layers are retained in the soil profile which help to control the undesirable fungal growth which might otherwise attack the seeds.” Minimising chemical use is central to Mr Atkinson’s strategy, and not just because it reduces costs. “When I use a chemical, it will kill non-target species as well as those I want to control. And more often than not, it is the ‘bad bugs’ which come back first when the populations recover.” For slug control, Mr Atkinson has found the use of a Terrano cultivator effective. “We lightly cultivate the soil before establishing the next crop and this destroys any slug eggs which have survived from the spring by exposing them to the sun and desiccating them. It has worked especially well this autumn because it has been so dry, warm and sunny. “I find in a good year, this can save me one or even two applications of slug pellets,” he adds. FGinsight.com

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n Oilseed HEAR rape is sold to Frontier, sugar beet to British Sugar, the milling wheat is sold on the open market and spring barley is sold for malting when it meets specification n The farm has been in an agrienvironment scheme for more than 20 years. Mr Atkinson’s Countryside Stewardship mid-tier agreement started in January 2016 and it includes 4ha (10 acres) of conservation mixes including wild bird seed mix, nectar mix and the spring-sown bumblebird mix, as well as 12ha (30 acres) of cover cropping which pays £112/ha (£44.80/acre) n Mr Atkinson was selected as one of only two pilot monitor farms for AHDB Cereals and is now hosting a range of field trials for Agrovista, including use of cover crops and companion crops n Mr Atkinson employs one fulltime member of staff and a student studying at Askham Bryan College

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n Adwick Grange Farm extends to 180 hectares (450 acres) and is an all arable tenanted holding forming part of the Brodsworth Estate. It is situated two miles north of Doncaster town centre n Robert Atkinson and his wife Jill, along with his parents, Henry and Jean Atkinson, farm as Henry Atkinson and Son. Robert’s grandfather first began farming at Adwick Grange in 1914 n The soil type on-farm varies from a freely draining, lime-rich, loamy soil on the western edge of the farm to a slowly permeable, seasonally wet, acid, loamy and clayey soil across the east n The rotation on-farm is generally oilseed rape, winter wheat, spring barley, sugar beet or beans depending on the soil type, winter wheat, spring barley and then returning to oilseed rape. In fields where black-grass is a significant problem the frequency of spring cropping will be increased

Cover crops, such as black oats and vetch, are established in late summer across all spring cropped land.

A varied rotation plays an important part in weed and pest control but has enabled Mr Atkinson to tap into new markets for traditional crops.

Forage rye “We are now growing forage rye and we drill it in early October and harvest it in July. It does not require much fertiliser or sprays and it also gives us an early entry with

the rape afterwards. We sell it to an anaerobic digestion plant locally,” says Mr Atkinson. Another central element of the approach adopted at Adwick Grange has been use of cover crops. Mr Atkinson has worked closely with Agrovista on a series of trials over the last three years and the results of these have guided his decisions.

“I visited farms in France and could see how they were using cover crops successfully. I was thinking about ways I could incorporate them into my rotation. Agrovista approached me around this time, so we trialled the use of Chlorofiltre 25, which is a mixture of black oats and vetch.” Use of this cover crop tied in well with the switch to increased spring DECEMBER 23 2016 | 25

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Berseem clover has been trialled as a companion crop for oilseed rape.

This year I have noticed the berseem clover has not survived as well, but I think this is because it has been knocked hard by flea beetle and slugs ROBERT ATKINSON cropping at Adwick Grange, particularly the inclusion of more spring barley. “We grow some spring wheat here but the margin relies on obtaining a milling wheat premium, which we are not always able to achieve and it also has a much tighter drilling window. With spring barley, we can drill any time between March and the end of April and it performs more consistently on this farm,” Mr Atkinson says. Cover crops are established in late summer across all springcropped land, with Mr Atkinson seeing great value in their use.

Current cropping “We wait until the cover crop is knee-high and at some point between mid-December and mid-February the cover crops will have dried the soil out enough, so we will spray them off before direct drilling the crop into the residue. “The cover crops hold at least 40kg of nitrogen in the green leaf matter which is then available to the following spring crop, so we can reduce nitrogen applications accordingly,” Mr Atkinson adds. A recent addition to the trials at Adwick Grange has been the use of

Pigs n There are between 1,200 and 1,500 fattening pigs at Adwick Grange Farm at any time. The pigs are first cross Landrace-Large White and they are mainly kept on straw, with one shed of pigs on slats. The pigs are owned by Holmefield Farm Services and Mr Atkinson receives a fee for their management n Pigs arrive on-farm at 12 weeks

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old and 30kg in weight and stay on-farm for about 10 weeks n Half of the pigs are for bacon and are finished at 115kg liveweight. The remainder are sold as breeding gilts to Hermitage and they are usually moved on at between 80kg and 100kg n Mortality in the pig unit currently runs at less than 1 per cent

berseem clover as a companion crop for oilseed rape. The field trials have tested different seed rates for the berseem clover and different cultivation techniques. The results have proved promising, Mr Atkinson says.

Flea beetle and slugs “This year I have noticed the berseem clover has not survived as well, but I think this is because it has been knocked hard by flea beetle and slugs. Consequently, the oilseed rape has not been affected as badly. I think it also deters the pigeons because it means there is less space among the crop for them to land. “I do not think companion cropping is an alternative to sprays but can give the crop the edge and it does provide a marginal benefit,” Mr Atkinson says. He describes how the clover acts as a ‘jack hammer, punching its way through the clayey ground and Fewer cultivations have allowed finishing pig numbers to be increased.

n Oilseed rape: 40ha (99 acres) n Hybrid winter barley: 10ha (24 acres) n Sugar beet: 20ha (48 acres) n Spring barley: 16ha (40 acres) n Winter beans: 10ha (24 acres) n Winter wheat: 80ha (198 acres) n Countryside Stewardship: 4ha (10 acres)

allowing the oilseed rape root to follow it down’. Spending less time on cultivations means Mr Atkinson has been able to increase the pig numbers on-farm and justify the employment of an additional member of staff. “We have always had pigs on this farm and I have produced fattening pigs for 12 years on behalf of Holmefield Farm Services. We are now up to between 1,200 and 1,500 pigs at any time and most are kept on straw. The muck goes back to the land and we rotate applications, so most fields receive muck one year in every four.” Mr Atkinson is willing to use a range of composts on the land, and is currently using recycled plasterboard mixed with the pig manure as a soil conditioner. Placing soil health at the centre of all his farming decisions has enabled Mr Atkinson to reduce costs and improve margins. “Focusing on soil structure has led me to embrace this style of farming. I spend much less time on the tractor but more time thinking and watching. “Now the main farming tool I use is my spade. It tells me what is going on in my soil and I would rather invest in this than a shiny new tractor or a big cultivator.” FGinsight.com

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HAWES hosted its Christmas show of prime lambs, which was topped by the overall champions, a pen of continentals from J.R. and L.A. Capstick, Killington. Weighing 48kg, they sold for 344p/kg (£165/head) to C. Steadman, Kirkby Stephen. F. Dinsdale and Sons, Coverdale, stood reserve with the second placed pen of continentals, which sold for 261p/kg (£120/head) to J.W. Cockett and Son, Hawes. The young farmer championship

went to the winning continentals from William Avison, Coverdale, which weighed 53kg and sold to the judge Tom Sayer, Hackthorpe, for 226p/kg (£120/head).

Texels lead Dingwall at 3,700gns DINGWALL sold 98 MV-accredited pedigree females at its annual show and sale, with the Texel reserve champion selling to a sale high of 3,700gns. The Stainton Vigilante-sired shearling gimmer came from K. Jarvie, Muthill, and sold in-lamb to Knap You’re The Man. An Aman Vyrnwy daughter headed the overall championship for R.H. Wilson, Turriff, and sold for 2,100gns in-lamb to Glenside Wild Boy. Suffolks topped at 1,000gns, achieved for the champion from K.

Hourston, Skelbister. A daughter of Balquhain, it sold in-lamb to Lakeview Looks The Part. At the same money was the reserve placed Suffolk, a Muirton One Direction-sired gimmer sold in-lamb to Lakeview No Limits, from J.C. Innes and Sons, Huntly. The Beltex champion realised 350gns, paid for an Airyolland Sovereign-sired gimmer in-lamb to Clary Bandit from D. Douglas, North Kessock. Auctioneers: Dingwall and Highland Marts.

Champion, an Aman Vyrnwy daughter from R.H. Wilson, Turriff, which sold for 2,100gns.

Mules The winning Mules from A. and H. Watson, Killington, weighed 49kg and sold for 165p/kg (£81/head), selling to McIntyre Meats, Leyburn, who also bought the second and third placed Mules for 162p/kg (£81/head) and 153p/kg (£81/head), from Messrs Watson and Messrs Capstick, respectively. Auctioneers: Hawes Farmers Auction Mart.

Pig records broken at Monmouthshire with £216 bid CHRISTMAS prime lamb trade at Monmouthshire sold to a high of 340p/kg (£136/head), paid for the champion exhibits. The winning pen of 40kg Texel crosses came from C. Hinksman,

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The 575kg cattle champion, a British Blue cross sold for £2,700/head.

Marshfield, and sold to Beavans Family Butchers, Abergavenny. The same vendor also won the standard weight class with another pen of Texels weighing 37.2kg, selling to D.M. Watkins, Raglan, for 243p/kg (£90/head). Pig trade topped at £216, paid for the winning sow, a purebred Pietrain from N.J. Criddle, Henllys, achieving a new market record. The buyer was C.J. Batt, Middledean.

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This was followed by a bid of £215 from W.E. Hyde, Little Hereford, for the second prized sow from H. Clinton-Smith, Pontypridd. The championship winner, a white gilt from P.H. Teague, Raglan, sold to local restaurant The Hall Inn, Gwehelog, for £190.

Cattle In the cattle ring, the overall championship rosette was awarded to the winning steer, a 19-month-old British Blue cross from D.I. Parry, Llandewi Skirrid. Weighing in at

575kg, it sold to Willis Butchers, Gwent, for £2,700/head (470p/kg). Reserve champion went to I.R. Pugh, Three Ashes, with the winning heifer, a 565kg Limousin. It sold to the judge James Simmonds, Hewelsfield, at £2,150/ head (380p/kg). G.E. Phillips and Son, Penrhos, sold a 21-month-old Limousin heifer weighing 645kg for £2,322/head (360p/kg) to The Cripple Creek, Raglan. Auctioneers: Monmouthshire Livestock Auctioneers.

Good trade at Hereford Christmas sales PIG prices at Hereford’s Christmas fatstock sale were led by the winning cull sow from R.D. Needs and Sons, Stourbridge, which sold for £190/head, while A. Gibbons, Chepstow, sold the winning farmhouse bacon exhibit for £172/head. Prime lamb trade peaked at £98/ head for the eventual champions, the winning 45kg Texel cross lambs from W.H. and E.B. Gwilliam and Son, Llanwenog. D.P. Davies, Neuadd Coed, followed with the winning Beltex lambs weighing 42.5kg, selling at £90/head.

Store cattle sold well, with trade reaching £1,385/head.

Heifers Heifers topped at £1,385/head for a 755kg British Blue from M.J. and J. Synnock, Hereford, who also sold another British Blue heifer weighing 600kg for £1,235/head. Steers sold to a top of £1,275/ head for three Aberdeen-Angus crosses from G.J. Williams, Upper Sgynlas. Auctioneers: Hereford Market Auctioneers. FGinsight.com

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takes champion title AT Colchester’s primestock show, cattle were judged by John Coleman, Boxted, who awarded the champion beast trophy to a Limousin steer from Rita Parker, North Burlingham, Norfolk. He then went on to buy it for 390p/kg (£2,554.50). Reserve went to W.A. Ketley and Sons, Fingringhoe, with a home-bred Limousin heifer. It sold to Swanton Morley Butchers, Swanton Morley, Norfolk, at 365pkg (£1,960.06). The same vendors had the best heifer over 550kg which also sold to Swanton Morley Butchers at 290p/kg (£1,713.90). Best butcher’s beast under 550kg went to Andrew Parris, Ongar, for a Sussex cross Limousin steer weighing 523kg. It sold to the judge at 380pkg (£1,987.40).

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The best unhaltered steer or heifer award went to Raven Brothers, Mettingham, with a Limousin steer weighing 617kg, selling to Allman Fowler of Fowler Brothers, Burnham on Crouch, at 265p/kg (£1,635.03). Prime sheep were judged by George Debman, Ipswich, who

awarded the championship to Messrs Ketley with a pair of 39kg Texel cross lambs. These sold to the judge at 359p/kg (£140/head). Best pair of lambs over 40kg went to Texel crosses from P.G. Colwill and Sons, Shotley, which also sold to the judge at £135/ head (281p/kg). Auctioneers: Stanfords.

260p/kg high at Brock fatstock show PRIME cattle reached a high of 260p/kg at Brock’s Christmas fatstock show and sale. The sale leader was a British Blue cross heifer from George and John Rhodes, Freckleton, which had stood overall champion in the pre-sale show. It sold to the judge Anthony Gornall of Honeywell Meats, Preston for 260p/kg.. Reserve champion was the second placed continental heifer, a Limousin cross from Steven Walton, Tarleton. It also sold to the judge for 230p/kg. Lamb prices were led by A. and S. Coupe, Goosnargh, selling the show winners, a pair of Texels, for £152/head to Honeywell Meats. The same vendors also took the reserve slot with another pair of Texels, selling at £116/head to Nathan Brown, Littledale, Lancaster. Auctioneers: Brockholes Arms Auction Mart.

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overall championship NEAR record entries were seen at the South West Winter Fair, Sedgemoor, with a 589kg British Blue heifer from John Bown, Catcott, taking the overall champion-

ship and scooping the £1,000 prize fund. Judge Phil David, Topsham, backed his decision by taking home the winning animal for £3,100. The reserve champion rosette went to a British Blonde cross heifer from Megan Chilcott and Percy Clatworthy, East Huntspill. Weigh-

Overall champion with, from left: Robert Venner, of Greenslade Taylor Hunt, owner John Bown, judge Phil David, Tony Fear, of sponsor Fromevale Animal Products, Amy Wylde, of sponsor Old Mill Accountants and Daniel Cox.

ing in at 552kg, it later sold to Puxton Park, Hewish, for £2,500. The baby beef championship went to Georgina Pengelly, Cullompton, with her Limousin

cross heifer, while Austin Lockyer, East Huntspill, took reserve with his winning British Blue cross steer. Auctioneers: Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

Galloway bullock makes top money at Dumfries A 675kg Charolais cross heifer from Ben Radley, Loaningfoot, was tapped out as the champion, before selling for 300p/kg (£2,025) to the judge Sam Carlisle, of Border Meats, Lockerbie.

Reserve champion was awarded to Maxwellton Estate Farm, Shancastle, with a 750kg Galloway bullock, also selling to Border Meats at 222p/kg (£1,665). Best of the lambs were a pair of 52kg Beltex from J. Muir and Son, Cleughbrae, which were named as

champions before selling for 300p/kg (£156/head) to Jason Tucker, Pontypool. A pair of 49kg Texels from Gillesbie Farms, Lockerbie, stood reserve and were bought by William Lindsay, Creetown, at 257p/kg (£126). Auctioneers: C. and D. Markets.

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DUMFRIES hosted its annual Christmas sale of primestock, with a 490kg Galloway bullock from Kilnstown Farms, Bewcastle, heading the bids at 320p/kg (£1,568).

Champion, a Charolais cross heifer, from Ben Radley, Loaningfoot, which sold for £2,025 to the Judge Sam Carlisle, Lockerbie.

Lamb records broken at Junction 36 THE Wannop family, Morecambe, sold a pair of home-bred Beltex cross gimmer lambs weighing 43kg at £206/head (604p/kg), breaking centre records at Junction 36, Crooklands. Sam Oyston, Lytham, bought the overall champion pair for breeding purposes. Following were the reserve champions, a pen of five home-bred Texel cross lambs from John and Hazel Thompson, Selside, Kendal. They weighed in at 47kg and sold at £125/ head (265.9p/kg) to Michael Lomax, on behalf of Higginsons of Grange butchers, Grange-over-Sands. Overall hill-bred champions came from Alan Alderson, Kirkby Stephen, 30 | DECEMBER 23 2016

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with a pen of Swaledales weighing 44kg. They sold at £76 to judge Shaun Cowin, on behalf of Dunbia, Preston.

Cast section In the cast section, a Leicester tup from C.P. Bateman, Kendal, sold to a high of £100, while continental ewes from R.T. and M.E. Sutton, Stainton, Kendal, made £99. Prime pigs topped at £137 for a pair of hogs from Peter Wood, Stainton, with others from the same home selling to £132. AVERAGES 1,128 prime lambs, 158.17p/kg. Auctioneers: North West Auctions.

Best lambs, a pair of Beltex, from J. Muir and Son, Cleughbrae, which sold for £156/head to Jason Tucker, Pontypool.

950gns high for Skipton Beltex trade NORTHERN Ireland’s Elizabeth McAllister clinched the reserve championship title and top price of the day at the Northern Beltex Society in-lamb show, Skipton. The leading call came in the form of the winning shearling ewe, Artnagullion Azure. A March-born daughter of Graham’s Ringo, it sold carrying twins to Belgium import The Bare Boy, to S. Millman, Appleby, for 950gns. Anne Story, Longtown, Carlisle, received 600gns for her third prize shearling ewe, Borderesk Anastasia, a January-born daughter of Airyolland

Galliano. It sold in-lamb to Borderesk Brigadier, to C.H. and O.F. Hammond, Pateley Bridge. Father and son duo Cecil and Stephen Hutchinson, North Yorkshire, took the supreme championship award with the winning ewe lamb, Wiskers Balley Dancer, a January-born daughter of Dooley Ruthin. It sold to Mark and Ellie Jenkins, Selside, for 500gns. The pair also sold further shearling ewes at 550gns and two at 450gns, all scanned in-lamb to The Bare Boy. Auctioneers: CCM. FGinsight.com

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Champion sheep, Texel cross lambs from Janice and David Wilson, Harome.

Cattle champion, a Limousin cross from Richard Stephenson, Farnley.

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PIG prices topped at 140p/kg for a pen of gilts at the Otley Christmas prime event. From David and Cheryl Mitchell, Wilsden, they sold to Mike Etherington, Eldwick.

Sheep trade was led by the championship victors from David and Janice Wilson, Harome. The 44kg Texel cross lambs sold for £200/ head (445p/kg) to John and Karen Summers, Clayton.

Reserve Reserve honours went to the Croft family with a pen of Beltex weighing

42kg and selling for £136/head (324p/ kg) to Hartshead Meats, Mossley. In the cattle ring, Richard Stephenson, Farnley, sold a home-bred Limousin cross steer weighing 560kg at 375p/kg. After taking the overall championship, it sold to James Robertshaw, for his shops in Skipton and Keelham. Mr Stephenson also took the best heifer award with a 653kg British

Kaker Mill Texels lead Skipton in-lambs THE annual Texel female highlight at Skipton saw James Robinson, Lancaster, clinch a series of class wins and a top price of 2,200gns. The leading lot was the second prized shearling ewe, a February-born granddaughter of the 11,000gns Stainton Vigilante. It sold in-lamb to Anglezarke Uno, to Chris Riby, Bridlington. Mr Robinson’s winning ewe lamb and reserve champion was another Vigilante daughter. A winner at Garstang and Kirkby Lonsdale shows this summer, it sold for 1,500gns to Richard Wilson, Appleby. At 1,900gns was a February-born shearling ewe from Spiros Spyrou, Calderdale, which judge Alison North, Giggleswick, tapped out as the overall champion. It was sold carrying twins to Stainton Yong Blood to Luke Lodge, Doncaster. AVERAGES Gimmer lambs, £467; shearling gimmers, £478; aged ewes, £393. Auctioneers: CCM. FGinsight.com

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Blue cross, which sold for 300p/kg to Andrew Atkinson on behalf of Millstones Restaurant, Felliscliffe. The Wilsons continued their form, taking the reserve champion beast with a British Blue cross steer weighing 485kg. It sold for 300p/kg to the judge Ian Hewitt, Riddleston. Auctioneers: Wharfedale Farmers Auction Mart.

Demand at Wigton THE weekly sale of primestock at Wigton sold to a high of 241.5p/kg for a Limousin heifer from J.G. and M. Little, Wigton. The buyer was J. and B. Fitton, Oldham. Bulls sold to 224.5p/kg for a Limousin from J.G. and M. Little, Wigton. Leading steer was a Limousin from B.J. Harrison, Wigton, selling for 222.5p/kg to Worsley Wholesale Butchers. A pen of Texels from P. Rae, Langrigg, topped prime lamb trade at £128p/head. They were bought by W. Lindsay and Son, Cockermouth. Auctioneers: Hopes Auction Company.

Sedgemoor Christmas Cracker sees 4,000gns high THE Sedgemoor Christmas Cracker dairy sale sold to a high of 4,000gns, achieved for a calved heifer from Terry Cox, Holmead. Normandy Lila Z Appleman Red was taken home by West Park Farms, Dorset, standing above the championship choice, the two-year-old Starlet Explode Sheen ET VG87 from Rickard and Webber, Newport,

which sold for 2,700gns to the Hussell family, Devon. A Bettiscombe heifer from Simon Bugler, Bridport, Dorset, sold to a herd high of 2,450gns, going home with Mr Pudsey, Mark, Somerset. The calf exhibits saw the June 2016-born Sahara Solomon Jamaica sell for 2,100gns, for Sahara Holsteins, Monmouthshire. The

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here has been much commentary on how heated the farmland market has become in recent years and currently much speculation on the impact of Brexit. The Government has pledged to retain the current support mechanisms, including the Basic Payment Scheme, beyond activating Article 50 until 2020 which has added a degree of certainty in the short-term. The impact of changes to trade agreements will be far more significant. The UK imports 40 per cent of food consumed. This is alarmingly high given that we are capable of much higher food self-sufficiency. The global market for many foods make commodity prices very competitive and volatile. It is these commodity prices and more specific location based demands which are key factors in determining farmland values. In the last 12 months, while farmer confidence has been subdued mainly as a result of prolonged low commodity prices, demand from investors and lifestyle buyers is strengthening. In addition, the weak pound creates interest and opportunity for overseas buyers. Whereas international interest 10 years ago was often from Irish and Danish sources, it is currently much wider spread including Asia,

The average land price in our region is currently at £21,251/ha (£8,600/acre) and this has been quite constant. However, the market is becoming more polarised with a greater range in sale prices. We have seen sales range from under £14,826/ha (£6,000/acre) to over £37,065/ha (£15,000/acre) for blocks over 4ha (10 acres), location often being the main factor. Although there is evidence in some areas of downward pressure on val‘Local demand for land is becoming increasingly relevant.’ ues, agriculture tends to do well in times of economic uncertainty and land remains a diminishing and esRussia, France and South Africa. Local demand for land is becom- sential asset, therefore we remain ing increasingly relevant. In the South confident values will not fall dramatWest there is a high concentration of ically and may rise again in long-term. One aspect of the marketplace we successful dairy, livestock and mixed farmers who, combined with estates are certain of is that transactions are, and other buyer types, provide de- on average, taking longer to process. mand for land adjoining or close to If you are considering a disposal or their existing landholding. This can- purchase it is imperative you take adnot be said for the whole of the UK, vice well in advance. Consideration at an early stage of where some regions have seen prices title preparation, property presentafalling up to 10 per cent. Supply for the last two years has tion, timing of sale, cropping and land been below the annual average which management, method of sale, guide has to some degree supported land prices, identifying sources of buyers, prices. A glut of land will certainly af- the marketing campaign and identifyfect the current relative stability. ing onward purchases is advised. However this seems unlikely with the resilience of farmers, and desire by Andrew Tuffin is head of farm estates and institutions to maintain agency at Symonds and Sampson. and even increase landholdings. Call 01258 472 244.

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119 Garstang Road, Claughton On Brock, PR3 0PH 61 MF 5465 Dyna 4, tidy...................................£26,500 60 MF 5465 4WD dyna 4, tidy ............................... POA 60 MF 5455 standard bonnet creep speed ......£23,750 15 MF 7618 Dyna 6, 50k, air brakes, as new ........ POA 55 MF 410 2WD 850hrs only, tidy ......................... POA 55 MF 420 4WD, c/w cab, tidy, low hours ............ POA 13 MF 5480 c/w axle sus, low hours tidy ............. POA 12 MF 6480 Dyna 6, 50 tidy ............................£37,500 A MF 698, 4WD, good example .........................£6,750 14 NC 2000 gal vac tanker, as new....................£8,250 Quickie Q75 power loader to fit MF 7618 ............ POA Bunning 105 lowlander rear discharge spreader... POA F Ford 7610, 2WD, AP cab, tidy for age ............£6,250 W MF 4260 4WD, tidy ......................................£11,750 W MF 240 c/w cab & power steering, tidy ........... POA E MF 40E industrial 2WD, power steering, ideal yard scraper tractor ...................................................... POA

NEW SPECIAL OFFERS MANITOU MLT 629 Elite, full spec ....................... POA Hi-Spec 3000gal vac tanker, c/w hyd raingun .£15,750 Hi-Spec 2500gal vac tanker, c/w hyd raingun .£13,750 WIC conventional bale shredder engine driven or tractor mounted .................................................... POA

USED MANITOU TELEHANDLERS 15 MANITOU MLT 634 120LSU, low hours, v tidy POA 14 MANITOU MLT 627 24” new tyres, tidy ........... POA 63 MANITOU MLT 735, 2500hrs, tidy, choice from ..... ..........................................................................£33,750 11 MANITOU 627 24” 1 owner, tidy ...................... POA 10 MANITOU MLT 627 20” Compact, tidy ............ POA 10 MANITOU MLT 634 120LSU, tidy ...............£25,750 09 MANITOU MLT 735 120LSU .......................£25,750 07 MANITOU BT420 buggyscopic, tidy ................ POA 07 MANITOU MLT 845-120 LSU tidy ...............£19,750 •PJCB MF GENUINE • ................................... SPECIAL CASH DISCOUNTS 520 - 50, SPARES loadall, tidy POA

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KUBOTA G2160 RIDE-ON 48” REAR DISCHARGE DECK, 1113 HRS ONLY .......................................£2,950.00 KUBOTA T1670 RIDE-ON, PETROL, 42” SIDE DISCHARGE DECK .............................................£1,150.00 PLEASE VISIT OUR NEW WEBSITE

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2010, 7843 HOURS, 30M VG BOOM, 3 NEW WHEEL MOTORS IN LAST 6 WEEKS. FULL CHASSIS RECON 12 MONTH AGO. £55,000 ONO

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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 michaeltractors@hotmail.com 07854 865 674

USED SHEAR BUCKET 5FT 7” ............ £290.00 + VAT MARSHALL 60 ROTA SPREADER .................................................. £3300.00 + VAT BROWNS SAW BENCH (WOODWORKER) ............................................... £1250.00 NO VAT ALL PRICES SUBJECT TO VAT, EXCEPT WHERE SHOWN • MOB: 07711 216244 / 01538 306212 www.hfbtrailers.com EMAIL: SALES@HFBTRAILERS.COM WISHING ALL OUR CUSTOMERS A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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ARFON ROBERTS FARM MACHINERY CONWY, N. WALES

TELEPHONE:

01690 770240

MOBILE:

07860 952 435

McPherson Agri Tractor & Machinery Specialist Sales

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Teagle Titan 9, Rear Hi Spec Tandom Axle K-two Rear Discharge Joskin Siroko 4010/9V Discharge Spreader c.w Slurry Tank with Rain Gun Spreaders Ring For Rear Discharge Spreader Slurry Door, Wide Angle ..............................£3950 Details and Prices, Part ex with Slurry Door. Very Pto (2012).....£11,500.00 Welcomed..............£POA Tidy..................£9750.00

JCB Work Max (2011) Schuitemaker Feedo 60. Choice of Tub Full Cab Road Registered. Feeder Wagon. Good Mixers just come in. Condition...............£POA From......................£3000 Very Tidy. 1823 Hours .........................£5,500

Joskin Modulo 11,000 litre Galv LGP Vaci Tank c.w Slurry Injector ..................... £13,500.00

Kuhn Primor 2060H Reco Jeulin J5100 Trailed West 1300 Dual Spreader. Spreadabale Front end Trailed Straw Chopper Self Loading Feeder Fully Reconditioned.... Straw Chopper. Good with Swivel Shoot, Elec Wagon. Will Spread £4250.00 working condition, Controls. Pit Silage, Round & West 1600 Dual Spreader. Poor Paintwork List Price ......£13,800.00. Square Bales of Silage Fully Reconditioned.... ...................... £3750.00 Used Once.........£9250.00 & Straw. (2012) Electric £4750.00 Controls. Very Good West 2000 Dual Spreader. Condition. Can be seen Fully Reconditioned ... working...........£5500.00 £4750.00

MF 6465, Dyna 6, 56 Reg, 7100 hours, F/L & cab sus. Mint. £17000

Case 4230, N Reg. Tidy with good tyres. £8000.

NH 8340, N Reg, front linkage, very tidy. £12750

Zetor 7540 & loader, S Reg, 3500 hours. £10750

KUHN venta 4metre power Harrow/ drill combi. 2008, low acreage. Tidy. £10750

Kverneland 4m i drill pro power Harrow /drill unit. very low acreage. 2014. £17500

Tong 3B Bulker grading unit. £POA

John Deere 512 sprayer, 24 metre, 2007. MOT. £3500

Call: 0774 0718 600 / 01387850204 www.mcphersonagri.co.uk info@mcphersonagri.co.uk

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15HP ENGINE LOG SAW. PERFECT FOR WINTER - MUCH EASIER AND SAFER THAN A CHAINSAW! ON SALE NOW!! PULL START ONLY £795!! ON SALE NOW!! ELECTRIC START ONLY £895!! HURRY WHILE OFFERS LAST. USE CODE

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22 TON LOG SPLITTER 22ton towable petrol engine log splitte splitter, only £850! warranty. 2 and 4 way splitting Comes with 1 year warrant 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

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WAS £5,500.00

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Compact dual drum heavy duty bedder

December 23, 2016

Compact economic bedder

The RD254 is a versatile compact tractor, with a torquey 3-cylinder diesel engine and a reliable 2/4 WD system makes the RD254 ideal for a number of different di jobs around any farm or small holding.

£4,195.00!!

ON SALE NOW!! ONLY HURRY WHILE OFFERS LAST.

CHIPPERS. Ideal for chipping unwanted branches. 1 or 2 year warranty on all machines. Delivery only £45! TM8 - £1150. - MECHANICAL SINGLE ROLLER TH8 - £1550. - HYDRAULIC DOUBLE ROLLER PETROL - £1095. - TOWABLE 15HP

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RICHARD BELL, WETHERCOTE FARM COLD KIRKBY, THIRSK NORTH YORKSHIRE, YO7 2HW MOB: 07866 299313 www.rbellagricultural.co.uk

For a full list of stock please go to our website

www.llansilintractors.co.uk MF 6499. 2007, 1180 HOURS ONLY, FRONT & CAB SUS, FRONT LINKS, 90% TYRES, IMMACULATE. MF 7618 D6 EF. 2014, 50K, FRONT & CAB SUS, 650/65/38 & 540/65/28 TYRES AT 90%. MF 7619 D6 EF. 2012, 50K,TRANSPORT, 6300 HOURS, 650 TYRES AT 50%, TIDY TRACTOR. MF 6475. 2007, TIER 3, 4300 HOURS, FRONT SUS, 650/65/38 & 540/65/28 AT 90%, VERY GOOD CONDITION. MF 6490. 2008, 5800 HOURS, FRONT & CAB SUS, 50K, ECO PTO, SMS SPOOLS, VERY NICE TRACTOR. MF 6480. 2006, DYNA 6, FRONT SUS, 5100 HOURS, CCLS. MF 6290. 2002, FRONT SUS, 7300 HOURS, VERY NICE ARABLE TRACTOR. MF 8260. 2003, 4600 HOURS, FRONT LINKS, GOOD TYRES, EXCELLENT CONDITION. MF 8150. 1997, 6100 HOURS, DYNASHIFT, GOOD TYRES, IMMACULATE CONDITION. MF 3690. DYNASHIFT, M REG, 5900 HOURS, EXCELLENT CONDITION. MF 5470. 2007, DYNA 4, 4300 HOURS, FRONT SUS, GOOD TYRES, VERY TIDY. MF 4245. 1997, 12X12 MANUAL, 2700 HOURS, CW 2014 MF946 LOADER, TIDY CONDITION. MF 3075. 1994, DYNASHIFT, GOOD CONDITION. MF 6475. 2006, DYNA 6, 6300 HOURS, CAB SUS, CW LOADER. MF 6180. 1997, 7900 HOURS, 3 SPOOLS, GOOD TYRES, TIDY TRACTOR. MF 8480. 2007, 6800 HOURS, 50K, FRONT LINKS, GOOD TYRES. MF 8210. 1999, DYNASHIFT, FRONT LINKAGE, HIGH HOURS BUT TIDY. MF 6490. 2005, DYNASHIFT, 90% TYRES, NICE TIDY TRACTOR. MF 390. 1996, CW LOADER, 12X12 MANUAL SHUTTLE, TIDY. JCB 525-58. 6700 HOURS, GOOD TYRES, CW PALLET FORKS, VERY CLEAN TIDY MACHINE. CLAAS 810 CEBIS. 2009, FRONT LINKS, FRONT & CAB SUS, 40K, 90% TYRES. NEW HOLLAND FR9060 FORAGER. 2012 1900 HOURS, CW GRASS & EIGHT ROW MAIZE HEADER NEW HOLLAND FX 50 FORAGER. 2003, CW GRASS & SIX ROW MAIZE HEADER. TRACK MARSHALL TM200. L REG, VERY NICE ORIGINAL CONDITION, 1800 HOURS ONLY, VERY RARE. AS MARSTON 10 TON DUMP TRAILER. 2004, GOOD TYRES & BRAKES, VERY TIDY. WATKINS 3 METRE, 5 LEG, TRI TILL. AUTO RESET LEGS.

Terex TV 800-1 Roller less than 1500 hours from new direct from local home £3500

Lely 6m Hydraulic Kubota RTV 900 Diesel 2007 3150 hours (but still Folding Power Harrow new tines and star rollers in use on my farm) sound old power harrow 4 x 4 hydraulic tipping £2950 back farmer owned from new £4250

KRM 3m Box Drill rds control box pre em marker power harrow linkage a frame £1250

Massey Ferguson 575 2wd V reg 1 local farm owner from new very good cab and mud guards new rear bkt tyres £3650

International 585 4wd loader tractor B reg, 5500 hours tractor old but does what it should straight from local horse yard £3950

Bomford B577 Hedge Cutter 5.7m reach, 3 point linkage cable control all new cables runs vibration free ready for work £2950

Fraser 12 Ton Silage Trailer sprung draw bar, lights and brakes 8 stud super single wheels and tyres average usable trailer £3350

Bailey 12 Ton Trailer 2011 but not used till 2012, as new condition, very little use still has all paint on inside of body £7200

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LOCKWOODS FARM, SCAPEGOAT HILL, HUDDERSFIELD, HD7 4PE

• TELEPHONE: 01484

657247 • MOBILE: 07957 363895

New Ktwo duo 600, 900 New Strimech buckets New Mchale C460 straw bedders in stock demo and grabs in stock and 1000 spreaders in available and great deals full range available stock unbeatable deals New Ktwo rear discharge spreadera ............................................................ in stock New Ktwo Rodeo curve 1600 silage trailer ................................. in stock top spec New Mchale balers and wrappers ............................................in stock great deals New Mchale front and rear mo/cos ................................................................ in stock New Malone 8’ and 9’ disc mowers .............................................................. in stock New Strimech 1.6 and 2 metre shear grabs................. in stock £2000 and £2250 2013 Ktwo duo 1000 mk5 rear discharge spreader c/w slurry door ...........£13950 2011 Ktwo duo 1000 mk4 rear discharge spreader c/w slurry door ............£11500 2010 Ktwo duo 1000 mk4 rear discharge spreader c/w slurry door ............£11000 2009 Ktwo duo 1000 mk4 rear discharge spreader c/w slurry door ............£10950 2003 Ktwo duo 1000 rear discharge spreader c/w slurry door .......................£7950 2005 Richard Western D10 rear discharge spreader c/w door .....................£6000 2012 West 1600 dual spreader, a beauty!!!!....................................................£10500 2007 Rolland Super Comic 2180 tandem axle rear discharge spreader c/w slurry door vertical beaters ............................................................................................£8950 2003 Kuhn primor 3560 straw chopper, twin chute electric ............................£3250 2004 Teagle 5050 straw/silage chopper ...........................................................£2250 Opico 5metre Spring tine Harrow c/w air 8 seeder excellent condition ......... £4500 2012 Claas 3100C mo co ..................................................................................£6500 2009 Claas 3100C mo co....................................................................................£5250 2009 Kuhn FC283 mo co ...................................................................................£4000 2014 Claas Volto 800 Tedder ............................................................................£6000 2009 Claas Volto 52 Tedder ..............................................................................£3250 2009 Claas liner 2700 twin rake excellent ....................................................................

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WARDMANS (MATLOCK) LTD • T:

01629 56678

• M: 07966

670953

MATLOCK, DERBYSHIRE, DE4 5FY

• W: www.wardmans.co.uk

Bunning 120 - 12 tonne spreader c/w slurry door - on new BKT high load 580 tyres fitted ................................... £11,000

West 1300 dual spreader - 18.4 x 26 wheels - stone trap - 2001 model.............. ...........................................................£4,850

Hi Spec 2000 gal slurry tanker - on 23.1 Abbey 2250 gal slurry tanker - on 28.1 Floatation tyres - 11,000 litre pump - auto Floatation tyres - c/w top fill hatch - 8,000 filler - sprung drawbar ................. £5,750 litre pump - sprung drawbar ....... £5,000

Kuhn Primor 3560 trailed straw blower - swivel chute - side chute - electric control - 2008 ................................ £6,000

Kuhn 3560 trailed straw blower - swivel chute - side chute - electric control - 2002 model .................... £4,750

Keenan 100 classic paddle feeder - 2012 model - c/w weigher & knives in very tidy order ............................... £7,250

Kuhn Polycrok 3850 trailed self loading silage feeder - 2013 model - full electric controls - as new condition!......... £5,500

Trioliet 12 cube tub feeder c/w front cross conveyer - little used ...................... .............................................................POA

AS Marston 12 tonne grain/silage trailer Bailey TB12 tonne grain trailer - super singles - 2011 - sprung drawbar - 10 stud axles - sprung draw bar - hydraulic door - 2009 ...................£9,000 - hydraulic grain door .....................£8,750

Ifor Williams 14ft x 6ft6in - tri axle demount cattle trailer - sheep decks - deck partitions - 2011 model .......£3,900

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JOHN DEERE 6170R, 2014, AP 50K,Cab Suspension, new tyres all round, 1735 hours .......£72,500

JOHN DEERE 6150R, 2013 AQ 50K, TLS, Cab Susp, Datatag, Pass Seat, air brakes, 3351 hours.£52,000

JOHN DEERE 6125M 2014, AQ 40K, TLS, passenger seat, 3SCV, Power Beyond, 1602 hours..£39,000

JOHN DEERE 6630, 2011 AQ 40K, TLS, Air Seat, Cab Susp., HMS, Pass. Seat, 2518 hours . £43,000

JOHN DEERE 6125R, 2015 PQ 40K, Creep, TLS, Cab Suspension, big pump, 2762 hours ..........£45,000

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JOHN DEERE 7530, 2011, AutoQuad 50K, Cab Suspension, TLS, 3450 hours.. ...................£48,500

JOHN DEERE 6150R, 2013, AutoQuad 50K, Cab Susp, air seat, pass.seat, 2043 hours..........£57,000

JOHN DEERE 6125R, 2014 AutoQuad 40K, 2SCV, Roof Hatch, Air Con, 1354 hours ..................£45,000

JOHN DEERE 6630, 2011 c/w Q65 loader, PowerQuad 40K, new tyres all round, 4737 hours .£40,000

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JCB 560-80, 2015 Qfit, pallet forks, tyres: 480/70 R26 70% all round, 2335 hours ...........£55,000

JOHN DEERE 8600i SPFH 2015, ProDrive 40K, Autolube, Harvest Lab, 4WD, 1396/901 hrs .£POA

MANITOU MLT 634120, 2012 6m boom, 3.4T lift, air con, pallet forks, 4596 hours..........£25,000

HENTON 15 TON GRAIN TRAILER, 2009 Monocoque body, hyd door, grain chute ..........£9,500

PICK UP HITCHES Various available, 5R, 6R, 7R, 8R, 30 Series

TRIOLET 14M3 DIET FEEDER, 2006 twin auger, hyd controls LH & RH discharge ......£6,000

RECO STORTI 21M³ DIET FEEDER, 2006 Front X conveyor, twin wheels, elec controls ........£5,000

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JOHN DEERE M732i TRAILED SPRAYER, 2015 24/12m 6 section boom, boom trac ..............£38,000

JOSKIN 10000 ME TANKER, 2007 6m trailing shoe, new tyres ................... £17,000

KV SILOKING DUO, 2007 22m3, twin auger, twin axle, front X conveyor, RH discharge .....£12,500 .....£12,500

................from £450

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Paris is set to play host to the 77th SIMA machinery show, where seven halls will be used to accommodate the anticipated 1,780 exhibitors. Richard Bradley previews some of the latest innovations visitors can expect to see in February.

SIMA looks set to impress

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hile many manufacturers keep their cards close to their chest, early signs from SIMA’s innovation awards and the 600 new products registered for the event suggest the expected 230,000 visitors could be in for a treat.

Focusing on efficiency, digital technology and soil conservation, 127 entries were submitted for the awards, which were whittled down to 25.

Winners We take a look at the gold and silver medal winners and some of the special mentions.

INNOVATION AWARDS – GOLD

SIMA show details ■ When: 8.30am-6pm, February 26 to March 2, 2017 ■ Where: Parc des Expositions, Paris-Nord, Villepinte ■ Exhibitors: 1,770 from 42 different countries

INNOVATION AWARDS – SILVER

MICHELIN EVOBIB DESIGNED to offer higher efficiency on and off road, Michelin received a gold award for its latest tyre technology development.

AUTONOMOUS TRACTORS Available to purchase early next year, the tyres, available in 650mm and 710mm widths, use lugs which effectively fold into work when pressures are lowered. The manufacturer claims an increased contact patch by 20 per cent, when comparing a 710/70 R42 Evobib at 0.8Bar pressure to its 710/70 R42 Axiobib at the same pressure. Michelin says a central tyre inflation system is required to get the best from the new tyres, as traction in the field can be increased by up to 50 per cent, and fuel use on the road reduced by 5 per cent.

TRELLEBORG VARIABLE INFLATION PRESSURE THE second gold award was awarded to Trelleborg for its combine harvester tyre inflation system, which automatically adjusts tyre pressure without the need for operator input. Developed in association with Fendt on its combines, the variable inflation pressure system maintains the front tyre’s contact patch by increasing tyre pressure

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as the grain tank is filled, and decreasing the pressure as the tank is emptied. A compressor and sensing equipment are mounted inside each front wheel rim, allowing left and right wheels to be inflated independent of each other. Trelleborg says the system will be available in late 2017 and could offer an alternative to track units.

BOTH Case IH and New Holland picked up silver awards for their autonomous tractor concepts. Case IH is aiming to develop more implements to run autonomously with the tractor, which is currently working in the US. The manufacturer says while regulations restrict the use of

JOHN DEERE SMART AUTOLUBE FOCUSING on reducing maintenance time, John Deere’s autolubrication system picked up a silver award. Based on existing autolube systems, the concept can be worked in manual, customised or automatic modes, with the latter monitoring work carried out

through sensors and applying grease when required, thus preventing under- or over-greasing. While not currently available, the manufacturer is developing the system to work with rear implements and mounted equipment, such as balers and loaders.

JCB DUALTECH VARIABLE TRANSMISSION FLYING the flag for Britain, JCB picked up a silver award for its DualTech VT, which combines the low speed control of a hydrostatic and high speed efficiency of a power shift transmission. JCB says on average, telehandlers are used 60 per cent of the time for handling and 40 per

cent for towing and road work. Available only on the firm’s top-of-the-range Agri Pro telehandlers, the hydrostatic transmission looks after speeds from 0-19kph (0-12mph), at which point the power shift automatically takes over, allowing speeds up to 40kph (25mph).

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SIMA PREVIEW MACHINERY INNOVATION AWARDS – SPECIAL MENTIONS NH COOL CONCEPT

CLEVER SPREADING

AIMING to increase efficiency, New Holland has developed a new machine cooling system. The firm claims the system frees up space under the bonnet compared to tradition systems. Coolant from a liquid-to-air radiator is pumped to smaller heat exchangers, which are located near the transmission, intercooler and condenser. New Holland says the power requirement of the cooling fan is reduced thanks to the use of valves and a variable pump, meaning liquid is only sent where and when it is needed.

WITH some impressive and handy features, Dangreville got a special mention for its smart spreader. Features on the trailed spreader include an on-board weighing system with a flashing beacon to alert the loading operator when the spreader is almost full, greedy-boards which raise/lower as the spreader is loaded and emptied, a mapping system for application rates and a central tyre inflation system. The inflation system is controlled automatically, according to loaded weight, so as the load is emptied, the tyre pressures are lowered, reducing the level of soil compaction level.

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RS autonomous tractors in the EU, laws are changing rapidly. New Holland’s Drive tractor uses the same technology, but retains the tractor cab. Judges say this provides more versatility than Case’s machine, as the tractor can be conventionally driven as well as autonomously.

FOLLOWING a raft of electrical concepts, the Mannheim firm’s latest prototype is a 100 per cent electrically powered tractor. With 10 years of development under its 6000 Series skin, it uses a 670-volt lithium-ion battery cell and two 150kW (200hp) motors. Used to drive the adapted Direct Drive gearbox, pto and hydraulic systems, motors can be run independently or both can be used to drive one system to provide a peak 300kW (400hp) of power. John Deere says batteries take three hours to charge, which will last for up to four hours. Able to stand about 3,100 charging cycles, maximum battery expectancy could be about 12,000 hours.

ROUSSEAU HEDGECUTTER USING electrical power instead of more traditional hydraulics, the French manufacturer Rousseau picked up a silver award for its latest hedgecutter. Using a pto-driven generator, the flail head of the machine is driven purely through electrical power, said to be more efficient than traditional hydraulic systems, which can experience parasitic losses. The manufacturer is aiming to develop the machine further, so all machine arm movements are electrified.

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MACHINERY Armed with a test rig and a sloping field, we find out how much of an effect trailer tyre pressures have on the land and efficiency. James Rickard reports from Turriff, Scotland.

Tyre trials reveal effect on soil and efficiency

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hether it be an arable or livestock farm, large or small, pretty much all farms in the country will have a trailer of one form or another. But have you ever stopped to consider the impact the trailer is having on your soils and efficiency? In many cases, with a few simple adjustments to tyre pressures, substantial improvements to soil structure and all-round efficiency can be found. Granted, tyre pressures are often set at a level to be safe on the road, with little which can be improved upon for in-field performance. However, with the advent of modern tyre technology and systems such as central tyre inflation, it is possible to have the best of both worlds, with one configuration for the road and another for the field.

The test rig

The course n Course: 220 metres (722ft) with an uphill 12-degree gradient n Soil type: Blue clay, decent structure, oat stubble, greasy on top n Weather: Damp to dry n All runs were carried out in quick succession

But how much can you really gain by doing this? To find out, we teamed up with Michelin, Stewart Trailers, Philip Wright of Wright Resolutions and Maxwell Farms to find out.

Situations The aim was to see what effect different tyre pressures have on soils and efficiency in different situations, namely driving on stubble and on a ploughed field.

n Four high pressure runs on stubble n Four low pressure runs on stubble n One high pressure run on ploughed land n One low pressure run on ploughed land

n Tractor: Fendt 939 Vario n Trailer: Stewart tri-axle, Pro Series 22-29, loaded with 15 tonnes of barley n Tyres: Michelin Axiobib IF 710/75 R42 (rear), IF 650/65 R34 (front) and Cargoxbib HF 600/55 R26.5 (trailer)

TYRE PRESSURES USED IN THE TEST Tractor front axle Tractor rear axle Trailer axle one Trailer axle two Trailer axle three

Axle weights 6,170kg 9,950kg 7,210kg 7,260kg 7,440kg

Road representative tyre pressures 1.4 bar 1.4 bar 2.4 bar 2.4 bar 2.4 bar

Ideal field tyre pressures 0.8 bar 1.0 bar 0.9 bar 0.9 bar 0.9 bar

To gauge the impact of machinery travelling in-field, several other areas were also examined, includ-

ing water infiltration rates, rut depths and compaction observations.

demonstrate the difference in effort the tractor has to put in between the different tyre pressure settings and show how much could potentially be saved by using lower tyre pressures. “Fuel savings alone could be 10 per cent when averaged between ploughed and stubble runs.”

As the results show (see p70), all three measured elements increase when higher tyre pressures were used, leading to a reduction in overall efficiency. Gary Jamieson, farm manager at Maxwell Farms, said: “Even if we could only reduce fuel use by 5 per cent, this is a massive reduction for us. This is before we even look at time savings and wear and tear reductions.”

FUEL USE, TIME AND WHEELSLIP TO measure efficiency, three main areas were looked at which included fuel use, time to complete the course and average wheelslip. Fendt telematics were used to monitor key parameters apart from the course time. While the tractor was set to

a cruise speed of 10kph (6mph), wheelslip differences meant the course was finished in different times. Gordon Brookes, Michelin’s customer engineering support manager for agricultural tyres, said: “All three measurable elements

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Our test rig allowed us to compare the effects of different tyre pressures on machine efficiency and numerous soil characteristics.

RUT DEPTH AND DUG HOLES A QUICK indicator of how much machinery is impacting on land can be obtained by measuring rut depth. The deeper the rut, the greater the impact . However, the best indicator of impact is below the surface. Where the field had not been run over, soil

structure was well fractured with a good crumble. When run over, both high pressure and low pressure runs had an effect down to about 100mm (4in). But, in the high pressure case, the top surface was much more intensely compacted showing signs of ‘plating’, with

horizontal layers forming. The low pressure run was a lot less abused, although it still showed signs of fissures and pores. Mr Wright said: “Picking at the walls of the dug hole with a hand chisel reveals how much resistance is in the soil, with less resistance

the deeper you go. Subjectively, it was twice as hard to dig holes in the high pressure wheelings as it was in low pressure wheelings. “A penetrometer is not the best gauge of compaction from wheelings, as little resistance is offered by the moist soils.”

WATER INFILTRATION TO get an idea of how compacted the soil structure became by driving over it, one of the methods we used was to conduct a water infiltration test. Essentially, the more compacted a soil structure gets, the less porous it becomes, therefore it is less able to absorb water.

Compaction After each run, infiltration tubes were placed in the wheelings left by the tractor and trailer. It took significantly longer for water to infiltrate into the soil where the

ground had been compacted more by the higher pressure runs. In some cases it was not absorbed at all (see p70). Compared to non-run on ground, which had an infiltration rate of 180ml per hour, driving over ground makes a significant difference to porosity. Philip Wright said: “Lack of porosity in the soil will have an effect on yields as soil cannot sustain water, air and nutrients. Roots will also be stunted by the resistance created by the compacted soil.”

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MACHINERY COMPACTION PATTERN AND TYRE FOOTPRINT RUNNING over holes measuring 800mm (31in) deep and filled with layers of coloured sand showed the impact on the ground between the two different pressure settings. In the case of high pressure settings, the effects could be seen down to 530mm (21in). The angled pattern seen in the sand also showed how aggressive high pressure tyres can be. In contrast, the pattern created by low tyre pressures (pictured) is much less severe and more gradual. Sand is also only moved to a depth of 450mm (18in). In addition, by tracing round a

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trailer tyre with white powder, we could see the tyre’s footprint, and measure how much more could be gained by lowering tyre pressures. The footprint of a trailer tyre with the higher pressure setting was 4,508.5sq.cm – 635mm (25in) wide by 710mm (28in) long. The footprint of a trailer tyre with the low pressure setting was 6,006sq.cm – 660mm (26in) wide by 910mm (36in) long. By using lower pressures the footprint of trailer tyres could be increased by 28.5 per cent. This is almost equivalent to adding an extra axle under the trailer.

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THE RUNS 1 High pressure stubble run ■ Deep ruts with rut walls pushed outwards ■ No fissures can be seen in the surface ■ Soil sticks to tyres ■ Surface trash is pushed into the soil ■ No worm activity

2 Low pressure stubble run ■ Can still see fissures in soil ■ Tyre pattern can clearly be seen in the surface ■ Shallow ruts with trash still on the surface ■ Should help diffuse flowing water ■ Evidence of worm activity

3 High pressure ploughed land ■ Smeared surface ■ Heavily compacted ■ High wheelslip ■ Driving wheels create a lot of horizontal compaction ■ Soil surface moved in waves as it was run over by trailer, forwards and outwards

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4 Low pressure ploughed land ■ Clean tyres due to increased flexing ■ Reduction in mud being dragged onto the road ■ Clear tread pattern in soil ■ Tyres travel much better with less movement of soil ■ Much improved traction

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Final summary IT is clear that different tyre pressures have a massive impact on soil and efficiency. The results clearly show an increase in fuel use, time and wheelslip when higher tyre pressure settings are used. Couple this with the increase in compaction and the overall effect is detrimental to both yield and efficiency. Even without data to back-up the runs, the visual difference between high and low pressure tyre settings on the land is night and day. Unfortunately, while the results point out several benefits of using lower tyre pressures, these are unsafe for road use and cannot be used. In an ideal world, two different settings should be used; one for the road and one for the field. However, in a lot of cases, such as silaging and 70 | DECEMBER 23 2016

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why correct tyre pressures cannot be used. In a perfect world, trailers would have the ability to alter tyre pressures on the go. James Stewart, of Stewart Trailers, says: “Trailer evolution has seen extra axles added, tyre technology developed, excessive

grain carting where trailers are constantly in and out of the field, this is probably impractical. But where dedicated trailers can stay in the field, for example chaser bins or slurry tankers which are serviced by road trailers and tankers, then there is no reason

THE RESULTS Time to complete course (seconds) Average fuel use (litres/hour) Tractor wheelslip (percentage) Rut depth (mm) Water infiltration rate (ml/hour)

weight designed out of the trailer, and lighter, stronger metals used. “But from the results of this test, it looks like we still have more to do. The next step has to be central tyre inflation systems, allowing operators to switch from road pressure settings to field settings.”

STUBBLE RUNS High pressure Low pressure Difference 89 85 4.6%

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4X4s & AUTOS MACHINERY

Added shove from Amarok

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VW Amarok V6 By Geoff Ashcroft VOLKSWAGEN has taken the wraps of its face-lifted 2017 Amarok double cab pickup and with it comes the beating heart of a V6. This 3.0-litre V6, borrowed from the Touareg, is now the only engine choice for Amarok, as the four-pot BiTDi version has been completely ousted. Customers wanted more power said VW, but strangely there will be a lower power model too. With 224hp, this highest power model is being shadowed by a 204hp version, and both get an eight-speed ZF automatic transmission. Sometime in 2017, the firm will offer a sixspeed manual box for the 204hp model, and also bring in a detuned 163hp version as a manual-only in base-spec Startline trim. Trendline and Highline trim continues. Externally, Amarok gets a new grille and front bumper, while internally, a host of improvements have been applied to the cabin, including new materials, DAB radio, multi-function steering wheel and 6.3in touchscreen info system taken from the car parts bin.

Safety A host of safety devices are used too, such as post-collision braking, trailer stabilisation, park pilot and rear view camera. This snazzy blue paint scheme is particular to the 224hp Aventura-spec launch model, of which there are only 240 being made. Why only 240? It is the peak power level available from the 224hp

The latest Amarok is strictly V6 power only.

Need to know n Model: VW Amarok 3.0 V6 n Trim: Aventura, Highline, Trendline n Price: £26,225-£31,995+vat n Engine: 3.0-litre, V6 turbo diesel, 224hp @ 4,500rpm, 550Nm @ 2,750rpm

engine when over-boost kicks in. The added shove is available at speeds between 30-75mph, when more than 75 per cent throttle position is used. Is it effective? Crikey, yes. But it is also fully engaged with the road surface too, thanks to VW’s 4Motion permanent four-wheel drive system. So you will not need a dab of opposite lock every time you fling the Amarok into a roundabout. If you can keep your right foot under control, VW’s Blue Motion tech

n Transmission: Eight-speed automatic, permanent 4x4 with off-road mode n Performance: 119mph, 36.2mpg combined, 204g/km n Payload: 1,114kg n Towing capacity: 3,100kg

might help you see 36.2mpg on the combined cycle.

Interior While the truck’s interior is vastly more refined, there is clear evidence of its utilitarian roots with scratchy plastics scattered around the dashboard. Engaging the off-road mode, Amarok ticks along with electronic assistance. It softens throttle inputs, adjusts ABS and traction control and

manages hill descent control too. Even with road-biased tyres, it did an admirable job of keeping the truck moving up mucky hills and down slippery dales. The ride is still jiggly, thanks to a rear axle with leaf springs. Load space and payload is largely unchanged, though extra weight from the V6 and its AdBlue paraphernalia has eaten into the gross train weight, so disappointingly this one tows 100kg less than its predecessor. It is also a shame that VW has adopted the Aventura name once used by Nissan, when it should perhaps be adopting Nissan’s much more useful rail system for payload security. This aside, the V6 finally gives Amarok the shove this truck deserves. It now needs a few accessories adding to the roof and bodywork, to spice-up that plain Jane exterior.

The interior is heavily revised.

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Angela Calvert, Acting head of Livestock – 07768 796 492 – angela.calvert@fginsight.com

Post-EU challenges for Moredun

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hile there were concerns about what the Government’s decision to leave the EU would mean for both funding and staff at the Moredun Research Institute (MRI) the changes would also open up opportunities for designing improved, science-led farm management and policies, said Prof Julie Fitzpatrick, its scientific director, speaking at a press briefing. She explained the MRI had been the recipient of two EU grants, totalling more than €9 million (£7.5m), allowing collaborative research on a novel parasite vaccine across the EU and further afield, and said it was important MRI should be able to access similar grants in the future. She said: “We have also been in receipt of EU funds to allow us to instigate new collaborations and participate in interdisciplinary science, including the role of animal disease prevention through vaccination, reduced reliance on drugs, in particular anti-microbials, and protection of our diverse environments.

Initiatives “With exit from the EU, MRI faces significant challenges in replacing that valuable funding and we are looking to recently announced UK research funds and to initiatives focused on addressing global challenges.” There were also concerns about Moredun’s staff, with 14 per cent of

With exit from the EU, MRI faces significant challenges in replacing that valuable funding PROF JULIE FITZPATRICK scientists being non-UK residents originating from EU countries. Prof Fitzpatrick said: “We have employed scientists from the EU and other countries across the world for many decades, many of them bringing unique skills and thus strengthening our expertise on infectious disease research of livestock species. It is important we both retain our existing EU staff and are in a position to offer good employment opportunities to nonUK staff in future years.”

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However, Prof Fitzpatrick said Brexit also offered opportunities for examining how Scottish agri-systems could develop going forward. There would be a requirement for the UK agricultural strategy to be rewritten in the near future including agricultural subsidies and how they would be delivered across the UK and devolved policies developed within this.

Inputs It was essential this work should include high quality scientific inputs with subsidies underpinned by topical and important issues such as sustainable and intensification of farming and food production. This included producing more food with fewer input resources and with reduced waste and greenhouse gas emissions, said Prof Fitzpatrick.

SCANNING USED TO DETECT

OPA

NEW ultrasound scanning techniques were proving valuable in confirming a diagnosis of ovine pulmonary adenocarcinoma (OPA), an infectious and fatal lung disease in sheep, said Dr Chris Cousens. She said the new method, which utilised a specialist scanning head, was able to detect much smaller tumours than had previously been the case, but could not guarantee a sheep was totally clear of the condition as it could not detect the very smallest tumours. Work with Dr Phil Scott of Capital Veterinary Services had found 1-2 per cent of sheep had OPA without clinical signs at the time of scanning. Older and thinner sheep were more likely to be positive, but the condition had also been found in gimmers and

CATTLE VACCINE FOR E.COLI A NEW, highly effective, vaccine to reduce the shedding of E.coli 0157 in cattle, which has proved itself under experimental challenge conditions, has been developed at Moredun in conjunction with Roslin Institute and SRUC. Dr Tom McNeilly said E.coli 0157 was an important cause of human disease causing severe diarrhoea, and in some cases fatal renal failure while its presence in cattle appeared to show no ill effects. It 72 | DECEMBER 23 2016

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was estimated to be present in about 20 per cent of Scottish cattle herds at any one time.

Field conditions While effective under experimental conditions, it was unknown how the vaccine would perform in field conditions with a range of E.coli 0157 strains. Vaccinations had been used in the USA under special licence in the period before slaughter, but the US differed from

Scotland in that there were a few beef finishers treating large cattle numbers. The problem relates to ruminants only with pigs and poultry not affected. The present work is backed by Food Standards Scotland. Commercially, one of the problems is that E.coli 0157 did not appear to cause any problems in cattle but possibly it could be offered as an ‘add-on’ to other treatments, Dr McNeilly said.

IMPROVING SAFETY OF DRIN EFFECTIVE communication between scientists, farmers, land managers and owners, game keepers and the water industry had been crucial in the success of a project aimed at reducing the impact of cryptosporidium on drinking water in the Cairngorm National Park, said Dr Beth Wells.

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LIVESTOCK Moredun work with new ultrasound technology is proving valuable.

Call for extension to Government AFU proposal WITH changes to approved finishing units (AFUs) in the pipeline, the National Beef Association (NBA) is calling for a four-year extension before any phasing out occurs which could cause serious welfare and cashflow problems for farmers. AFUs were introduced to provide a route for rearing, fattening or finishing cattle from TB restricted and unrestricted farms and fall into two categories, with grazing or without grazing. With significant changes to TB cattle controls coming into force in England during 2016, and changes to AFUs with grazing on the horizon, Defra is looking to phase out

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Market Chris Mallon, chief executive of the NBA, says: “AFUs with grazing are necessary to the UK beef industry as they provide a market for TB restricted cattle that would otherwise be worthless. “Without AFUs these cattle would be further dispersed and the potential of disease spread significantly increased. There are a number of strict regulations and regimes in place to ensure the risk

of disease spread is as low as possible.” It is proposed that areas which have completed their first year of culling in a four-year contract will lose any AFUs with grazing. Bill Harper, chairman of the NBA TB committee and NBA board member, says: “This move would cause severe hardship to farmers and reduced welfare to cattle, particularly younger cattle from restricted farms that need to move. “There is no net gain in terms of disease risk and these cattle will either stay on the farm of its origin and be grazed in an overstocked situation or they will be moved to clean areas.”

OPA IN SHEEP shearlings with good body condition scores. Occasionally lung consolidation from other causes could give false positives, but in most of these cases the sheep concerned would be culled anyway. The technique would be useful in testing breeding stock such as rams before sale, or before purchasing. Dr Cousens said: “Earlier diagnosis of OPA means the animal can be culled and sold at a good price while in good body condition. It also reduces the risk of the condition spreading within the flock. “However, more work on scanning is needed together with other Moredun work on biomarkers and nasal swab sampling in detecting the condition.”

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LIVESTOCK VET’S VIEW Listeriosis in sheep is a disturbing disease with a poor prognosis. Chloe Palmer speaks to Sylvaine Lacrosse about reducing the risk of it occurring in a flock.

Reduce risk of listeriosis in sheep

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armers who have experienced listeriosis will be only too familiar with the horrific sight of an affected sheep becoming disorientated and circling or salivating profusely. This life-threatening condition is thankfully quite rare, but when it occurs, it can affect up to 10 per cent of a flock. Sylvaine Lacrosse is a veterinary surgeon with Molecare Veterinary Services, Exeter, specialising in the treatment of sheep. This year she has diagnosed six cases of listeriosis in sheep and expects to see more over the winter months. She says: “When I receive a phone call and I suspect listeriosis, prompt treatment is the key because once the disease has progressed and the sheep is recumbent, there is usually no option other than euthanasia.” Listeriosis is caused by the bacterial organism, listeria monocytogenes and it is generally associated

Other diseases presenting similar clinical symptoms to listeriosis n Pregnancy toxaemia in heavily pregnant ewes during the last four weeks of pregnancy n Peripheral vestibular lesions - middle ear infections n Brain abscesses n Gid – coenurosis or tapeworm cyst in the brain

Prompt treatment is the key because once the disease has progressed and the sheep is recumbent, there is usually no option other than euthanasia SYLVAINE LACROSSE Animals may appear ‘off colour’ or refuse to eat when listeriosis strikes.

with spoilt silage. Consequently, the disease in sheep is most commonly witnessed over the winter or at lambing when ewes are housed and fed silage.

Bacteria “Listeriosis can also occur on fields where sheep are heavily stocked and may ingest other sheep’s faeces when grazing. The bacteria lives in plant matter and soil but also thrives in mouldy silage with a pH over 5 because the less acidic conditions favour multiplication of the bacteria,” Ms Lacrosse adds. The first signs of listeriosis can be dullness, as the animal appears ‘off colour’ or refuses to eat be-

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cause the disease causes the animal to be systemically ill, Ms Lacrosse explains. As the disease progresses, the animals will show neurological signs in the affected side of the brain, with a drooping ear, flaccid lip and lowered eyelid and may lean against objects. Ms Lacrosse points to the incidence of the disease being more common in younger animals, typically less than three years old. She says: “Animals are most at risk when their teeth are erupting and the permanent molar teeth appear because the cavity in the gums provides a route for the bacteria to reach the nervous system. “It is understood the bacteria reach the brain through blood circulation and because it is present in the blood, the bacteria may also cause other clinical signs to be observed such as septicaemia, abortions and mastitis.” Once present in the flock, there is a risk of other animals picking up the infection, according to Mrs Lacrosse. “The disease is infectious, but not contagious. So sheep can pass it on via faeces, but there is no direct transmission between animals. It is

also zoonotic, so it is possible for the disease to pass from animals to humans. “While the risk is very low, consequences to pregnant women can be devastating, so they should stay away from sheep during the lambing period.”

Diagnosis Ms Lacrosse urges farmers to contact their vet as soon as they suspect listeriosis because if diagnosed early, there is a slim chance of recovery. She says: “There is a 30 per cent chance of survival if the disease is treated at an early stage although some sources have reported survival rates as high as 70 per cent. “Treatment involves a double dose of penicillin daily for up to six weeks as the higher dose rate is required to enable the penicillin to penetrate the brain.” Nursing sheep, particularly pregnant ewes, while they are affected is also important to ensure they are meeting their daily energy requirements. This is because the disease can cause inappetence, leading to possible concurrent pregnancy toxaemia, so providing sufficient fluids and energy, such as propylene glycol, is essential. Farmers can take action to

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Reducing risk of infection of L. monocytogenes from feeding of silage

Feeding silage which appears mouldy or does not smell right should be avoided.

Animals with the disease will show neurological signs on the affected side of the brain, a flaccid lip and lowered eyelid.

n Use silage additives to reduce the pH of the silage as this discourages the multiplication of L. monocytogenes n Silage clamps should be rolled continuously and sheeted to prevent entry of air n Use a block cutter and cut across a narrow silage face n Seal punctures in silage bales immediately n Fence against farm stock and vermin n Discard refusals n Clean feed troughs and feeding areas regularly

reduce the risk of incidence of the disease. Ms Lacrosse says: “Avoid feeding silage which appears mouldy or does not smell as it should. Stocking at lower densities so fields do not become dirty will also reduce the risk of listeriosis.”

Tackle the cause Once listeriosis is diagnosed in an animal, it is important to tackle the possible cause to prevent other animals becoming affected. Outbreaks usually occur 10 to 21 days after feeding poor quality silage, so any silage from the batch should be discarded if not already fed. Ms Lacrosse adds: “Preventing silage spoilage in the first place by ensuring there is no soil or faecal contamination when it is made and avoiding any air exposure throughout the storage period, whether clamped or baled, is also vital.”

n Drooping ear, deviated muzzle, flaccid lip on the affected side n Lowered eyelid on the affected side

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Mike and Cath Roberts bought Penrhiwgwaith Farm 30 years ago.

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Christmas is the busiest time for butchers, when consumers take more time to shop on their local high streets for the best quality meats. Laura Bowyer visits one south Wales farm with the butchery trade at its heart.

Welsh breeds fuel butchery

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ven when they were in school, childhood sweethearts Cath and Mike Roberts always wanted to buy a farm, mainly to pursue their joint passion for Welsh breeds. At the beginning of their working lives, Mrs Roberts was a nurse and Mr Roberts worked as an electrical engineer down the mines for British Coal and later as a project engineer with a local electricity distribution company. After a number of moves, and some hard work, the pair managed to purchase the 36-hectare (88acre) Penrhiwgwaith Farm, near Blackwood, Caerphilly, which lies at 425 metres (1,400ft) above sea level, 30 years ago. Mrs Roberts says: “When we moved here there were no real fences or sheds. We had to start nearly from scratch while keeping our jobs to be able to build up the farm. We hardly spent anything on the house to start with, just the farm.” These days, the farm runs 200 South Wales Mountain ewes and 20 Welsh Black cattle. Both breeds,

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they say, are well adapted to the terrain of the ex-coal mining area. The couple have been involved in Cig Mynydd Cymru (Welsh Mountain Meats) since its conception; a Welsh breed butchery and joint venture between five local farming families, established to secure an outlet for local produce.

Development initiative Ten years ago, the couple became involved in a group run by Agriscop, a Welsh Government-funded personal and business development initiative, partly aimed at encouraging farmers to diversify, which led to the development of the butchers’ shop. Initially, Mrs Roberts says, they were interested in buying a wind turbine, mainly due to Mr Roberts’ experience in electrical engineering and the wind speed on top of the Bedwellty Hill, which they farm. She says: “But the group’s conversations soon changed to focusing on adding value to our existing products and reducing food miles.”

Cig Mynydd Cymru is on Perrott St, Treharris, five miles from the farm.

Two other group members, Lorraine Howells and John Thomas, both relatively local farmers, were involved in the initial conversations about the butchers group and they soon recruited Huw Williams and mother and son Sue and the late Ted Williams.

After looking at several different properties, they settled on a shop on Perrott Street, Treharris, a town previously without a butcher, some five miles from the farm. Every process in the meat’s journey from farm to butcher’s counter is carried out within a 20-mile FGinsight.com

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radius of the shop, including Dai Havard’s abattoir in Caerphilly. Three or four lambs are sold through the shop each week, along with one beast from the co-operative group. On their own farm, where they have since installed a wind turbine (500kW) and solar energy installation for their domestic use, Mrs Roberts says they have always been keen on record-keeping. She says: “I have about 20 years’ worth of records here. At first it was because we were Signet performance recording, but we stopped three years ago because we could not find other performance recording flocks to buy rams from. “We were weighing lambs at six and 20 weeks and then scanning eye-muscle depth and back fat.” Lambs are still all tagged at birth, and their dam and sires recorded. Records have been made in a diary, but Mrs Roberts plans to begin doing this electronically.

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Penrhiwgwaith is home to 200 South Wales Mountain ewes.

Ram sales Rams are sold for breeding through Nelson and Penderyn ram sales, and Mr and Mrs Roberts once held the society’s breed record for a ram at 3,200gns, which has since been surpassed. Mr and Mrs Roberts were keen show people, taking their annual family holiday in Builth Wells for the Royal Welsh Show, where one year they took the South Wales Mountain reserve champion title with a pair of ewe lambs. Finished lambs are sold partly through Monmouthshire Livestock Centre, Raglan and St Merryn Meats at Merthyr Tydfil, between 38-42kg, with lambs fit to go from June onwards. Mr Roberts says: “We get a better price for lambs when we sell them through the shop, which our partners take turns to supply.” Mrs Roberts says: “The South Wales Mountain ewes are very hardy, good mothers and built for this sort of terrain. Because of this, the breed seems to be heading further north into mid-Wales and beyond.” Ewes are scanned and split according to litter size, and this year they scanned at 180 per cent. Lambing outside in early April in fields close to their yard, ewes and lambs are brought inside to mothering pens for the first couple of days of life so they can be tagged and the appropriate records made. South Wales Mountains, or Nelson-type Welsh Mountains, are not to be confused with their Talybont-type cousins, which Mr Roberts says have longer legs and a more wool-like coat. Nelson types have a kemp coat and ewes weigh in at about 50kg. Mr Roberts is the South Wales FGinsight.com

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Customers like the fact all the beef and lamb comes from within a 20-mile radius of the shop

Welsh Black cattle are well suited to the terrain of the South Wales valleys.

STEVE DAVIES Mountain breed society development officer and says there are about 15,000 South Wales Mountain ewes on the society’s books, but he believes there are more in the country which are not registered. The farm is almost entirely grass, except for 8ha (20 acres) of swedes which have been planted for the second year to feed pregnant ewes. Mrs Roberts says they are very happy with the use of swedes as a forage crop. Haylage is made and Mr Roberts says only two or three bales are needed to take ewes through winter and mineral licks are also put out. After visiting New Zealand in 2005 on a Hybu Cig Cymru (Meat Promotion Wales) scholarship, the couple returned with an enthusiasm for rotational grazing and now practice it on-farm, moving stock between fields. Mrs Roberts says: “We move stock depending on numbers grazing and field size. We measure grass by eye.” Within the Welsh Black herd, 10 cows are kept along with 10 cattle for finishing, and the home-bred DECEMBER 23 2016 | 77

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South Wales Mountain rams are sold through Nelson and Penderyn society sales.

Cig Mynydd Cymr BETWEEN all five farms, 2,500 ewes and 150 cattle supply the shop, which is now celebrating its tenth year. The company also has an outdoor catering operation which services the South Wales Mountain breed society sales at Nelson and Hafodyrynys, as well as local events. The co-operative’s partners lamb at slightly different times to allow a consistent supply of lambs into the shop. Resident butcher Steve Davies says: “Customers like the fact all the beef and lamb comes from within a 20-mile radius of the shop, although I think this resonates with the older generations more than the youngsters. “We hang the animal whole here in the traditional manner. Supermarkets may say their meat is hung for a number of weeks, but it is cut up first. “The Christmas period is so busy for us, the week before Christmas will probably see our sales treble. We also source turkeys and chickens from Usk Vale Poultry and geese and ducks from Gressingham over the festive period.”

bull, Cathael Dafydd, is used as a stock bull in the spring-calving herd. Heifer replacements are bought from Richard Isaacs, Ynysybwl, as well as using their home-bred females.

Trace element bolus Cattle are given a trace element bolus. Mrs Roberts says they do not experience problems with fluke, and she believes because there are no watercourses on-farm. Mrs Roberts says the qualities of the Welsh Black cattle are similar to the attributes of the South Wales Mountain sheep, including mothering ability. The couple now run 49ha (120 acres), after purchasing some ground when the neighbouring farm came up for sale. Mrs Roberts says: “We have worked hard to get here. We have been through a lot and you realise you just have to enjoy life and make the most of what you have. Having a farm has always been our dream, and we have not tried to push it on to our children in any way, although they do have a good work ethic because of their upbringing.”

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Cathael Dafydd is the farm’s stock bull.

Mr and Mrs Roberts have four sons, Rhys, Gethin, Morgan and Carwyn, who is a member of Gelligaer Young Farmers Club in the Glamorgan federation and won the NFYFC Situations Vacant competition in 2014, where competitors had to apply for a fictitious job. The farm is also home to the Cathael stud, breeding Welsh Cobs which are sold off-farm. She says: “We like selling privately because we can create a relationship with the buyers. We have sent Welsh Cobs as far as Sweden, Finland, France and Germany.” They used to exhibit at the Royal Welsh Show, including driving and show wagon classes and Welsh Cob in-hand classes.

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MAINTAINING his winning form, Bevis Jordan took both first and second placings last Saturday (December 17) at Northumberland. Healy Mill, Netherwitton, was the venue for the league’s last trial before the Christmas break. Rising gently to the lift, the course had a fetch of about 250 yards with no obstacle. Although most favoured the righthand outrun, they ran the risk of their sheep making back towards the holding pen on the left. Worked in packets of four, the mixed lambs were reasonable to manage if lifted nicely. Archie Tait judged the entry of 25, including six new handlers who ran first. Third to the post, Susan Pearson had the winning run with Hettie, taking her fourth title of the season. Best novice went to Gwen Wallace and Mick. Bevis and Bozo ran 11th in the nursery class and took the lead with a good score of 89 points. He ran Bozo’s litter sister Shasta (B. Jordan’s Pearl, J.W. Easton’s Fynn) at 16. Gathering right-handed, Shasta’s sheep moved off to the left and she

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needed extra commands to cover them. She lost three points from her outrun and two from her lift. Shasta quickly had her sheep back on line, then proceeded to have a good trial, dropping just one point from her fetch and three through her driving. After losing one point at the pen, a clean shed gave her a score of 90, and with a single point advantage, she took her second title, pushing Bozo, who has had three nursery wins, down into second place. Keith Preston’s Mack, who was placed third with 87 points, is also from the same litter.

Anni Ritakallio and Kipi had an excellent weekend after winning the nursery class on Saturday (December 17) at Slindon, then the following day they won the trial and championship at Slacksdale. Alexander Wilkinson judged the trial entry of 43, along with the nursery championship at Slacksdale. Due to fading light, it was decided the novice championship would be held at a later date. Over a rising course with a fetch of about 270 yards, running was on Welsh Mule gimmer lambs. Sheep were good to handle over the outfield, but proved hard to pen. Just two competitors penned in the trial, Anni and Kipi (J. Kilponen’s Killiebrae One and Killiebrae Flint). Running at 29, they took the title on 73 points, their fourth nursery win.

Novice class At five, Gus Dermody and Mirk also penned and won the novice class with 70 points. In the championship, James Gilman and Bonny had good outfield work, but lost five marks at the shed and one at the pen to score 85. Last to run, Anni and Kipi were three points behind up to the shed. However, losing one point at the shed and one at the pen put them in front on 90 points.

Trials diary ENGLAND December 24. CHARITY Open, Hollin Head Farm, Caton, Lancaster, LA2 9NA, 8.30am start, entry closed. HOLMROOK Open and novice, signed off A595 at Holmrook, Cumbria, 9.30am start, enter on field by 2pm. December 26. BOXING DAY Charity open, Clough Head, Grane Road, Haslingden, Lancashire, BB4 4AT, 8.30am start, enter on field, maximum two dogs per handler, catering. December 27. FUNDRAISING Open for English National 2017, Worlington, Suffolk, IP28 8SG, entry closed. December 29. HOLMROOK Open, including prizes

Scotland: Sine Robertson ARDORMIE (Judge, J. McKenzie, Ardormie) Nursery (18 ran) 1, I.M. Brownlie (Bridge of Cally) Lia, 91 Outbye; 2, M. Magnusson (Mid Derry) Sprout, 91 Outbye; 3, M. Magnusson, Nell, 91; 4, M. Magnusson, Murphy, 89; 5, A.D. Carnegie (Comrie) Groesfaen Nap, 84; 6, S. MacFarlane (Bridge of Cally) Gem, 82. Novice, W. Wright (Laurencekirk) Kate, 66. CARSE OF CLARY (G. Carnochan, Coylton) Nursery (10 ran) 1, A. Stewart (Lockerbie) Kemi Ruby, 81; 2, S. McCrindle (Palnackie) Zak, 77; 3, C. Armstrong (Archbank) Malta Scott, 76; 4, I. McMillan (Newton Stewart) Rob, 75; 5, C. Caygill (Whinnyliggate) Mitch, 55; 6, D. Porter (Stranraer) Rock, 49. CAIRNHILL (I. Lockhart, Carsphairn) Nursery (13 ran) 1, J.R. Welsh (Dalrymple) Ted, 89; 2, J. Shennan (Barr) Tess, 80; 3, R. Welsh (Patna) Mist, 79; 4, W.J. Welsh (Beoch) Tommy, 78; 5, J. Shennan, Bill, 77 Outbye; 6, K. Donald (Dalrymple) Scott, 77. KILWHANNEL (I. MacMillan, Newton Stewart) Nursery (12 ran) 1, J.R. Welsh, Ted, 85; 2, J. Shennan, Tess, 84; 3, W.J. Welsh (Beoch) Tommy, 83; 4, A. McCulloch (Dalmellington) Risp, 78 Outbye; 5, J. Shennan, Bill, 78; 6, H. Young (Crosshill) Bernie, 77. TRONEYHILL (P. Turnbull, Debdon) Nursery (16 ran) 1, C. Dickson (Coldingham) Lethens Craig, 83; 2, M. Arres (Ashkirk) Moss, 75; 3, D. Gilchrist (Oxton) Jade, 72; 4, W.S. Elliot (Yetholm) Ben, 71; 5, J. Robinson (Coldingham) Rob, 70; 6, J. Robinson, Jill, 67. Novice, 1, P. Howe (Hawick) Pip, 80; 2, P. Howe, Mirk, 69.

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for the three highest pointed nursery dogs, signed off A595 at Holmrook, Cumbria, 9am start, enter on field by 2pm. 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, entry closed. NEW YEAR’S EVE Charity open and novice, Barford Meadows, off A43 between Kettering and Corby, those with three dogs to be booked in by 8.30am, for two dogs by 10.30am and one dog 12 noon, entry closed. January 1. BOB HAMBLETON Memorial open, Slacksdale, Peak Forest, Derbys, SK17 8EP, 9am start, enter on field. WEST COUNTRY Nursery, MX then driving, venue TBC, contact M. Smith, tel: 07789 290 331. NORTH LANCS Open, Lee End Farm, Quernmore, Lancaster, LA2 9EE, 9.30am start, enter on field.

January 7. SLINDON Open, Slindon House Farm, Slindon, Eccleshall, Staffordshire, ST21 6LX, 8.30am start, catering, pre-entry to G. Bonsall, tel: 07749 298 682.

WALES December 27 and 28. BROMSBERROW HEATH CHRISTMAS TRIAL, Open and novice national, young handler, catering, 8am start, pre-entry by December 21, contact A. Blackmore, tel: 07855 843 226. December 29. TYNWERN, Llanrhystud, SY23 5BD, Open national, catering, 8am start, contact E. Lloyd, tel: 01974 272 282.

Double win for Meirion Jones at Christmas hat trial Wales: Christine Hall CARMARTHENSHIRE Nursery Association ended its season with a fun Christmas hat trial, hosted by Alison and Dave Sharpe, Llwynbedw. Despite a fine mist, sheep could clearly be seen at the top of the undulating uphill course. Dogs could be sent to either side, but both had some tricky dips where the dog was briefly out of sight of the handler.

The Welsh lambs worked well, but were reluctant to pen. The winner of the nursery class for dogs under three years old was Meirion Jones, who had a steady run with Nan. Meirion also won the open class with Jimmy.

Welsh results CARMARTHENSHIRE NURSERY ASSOCIATION CHRISTMAS HAT TRIAL, Nursery, 1, M. Jones, Nan, 17; 2, H. Thomas, Bel, 22; 3, L. Williams, Ned, 32; 4, C. Soar, Mali, 35; 5, T. Mallon, Jazz, 36; 6, S. George, Gwen, 37. Open, 1, M. Jones, Jimmy, 21; 2, R. Davies, Nell, 28; 3, C. Hall, Pentwyncoch Seren, 30.

English results NORTHUMBLERLAND League, Healy Mill, Netherwitton (Judge, A. Tait, Barrasford) Nursery (25 ran) 1, B. Jordan (Whitfield) Shasta, 90 of 100; 2, B. Jordan, Bozo, 89; 3, K. Preston (Elsdon) Mack, 87; 4, M. Northwood (East Woodburn) Llangwn Floyd 83; 5, D. Henderson (Allendale) Jill, 80; 6, M. Davidson (Wooler) Twm, 78. Novice, G. Wallace (Rothbury) Mick. New handler, S. Pearson (Morpeth) Hettie. SLACKSDALE, Peak Forest, Derbyshire (A. Wilkinson, Thurgoland) Nursery (45 ran) 1, A. Ritakallio (Burton) Kipi, 73 of 90; 2, M. Hallam (High Peak) Upland Cap, 68 OLF; 3, J. Gilman (Bosley) Bonny, 68; 4, I. Gregory (Peak Forest) Nell, 65; equal 5, P. Williams (Treuddyn) Meg and S. Wilkinson (Thurgoland) Huthwaite Pip, 61. Novice, 1, G. Dermody (Nantwich) Mirk, 70 of 90; 2, G. Birchenall (Chinley) Dan, 64; 3, B. Hopwood (Mold) Del, 60. Beginner, 1, R. Helm, (Beeston) Star, 53. Nursery championship (3 ran) 1, A. Ritakallio, Kipi, 86 of 100; 2, J. Gilman, Bonny, 85; 3, R. Saxon (Crowden) Ben, 72. SLINDON, Slindon House Farm, Slindon, Eccleshall, Staffordshire (J. Ellis, Whitchurch) Nursery (31 ran) 1, A. Ritakallio (Burton) Kipi, 86 of 90; 2, A. Blackmore (Ledbury) Ren, 80; 3, B. Williams, Lad, 78; 4, P. Williams (Treuddyn) Meg, 75 OLF; 5, M. Hallam (High Peak) Upland Cap, 75; 6, A. Ritakallio Dan, 75. Novice, 1, A. Blackmore, Spotty, 87 of 90; 2, P. Thomas (Longnor) Myllin Meg, 86; 3, G. Dermody (Nantwich) Mirk, 84. RYEDALE, Bransdale, North Yorkshire (D. Purtill, Glaisdale) Nursery (22 ran) 1, R. Jewitt (Naburn) Nell, 84 of 90; 2, A. Mosey (Coulton) Bill, 70 OLF; 3, J. Cook (Egton) Amos, 70; 4, G. Redpath (Dacre) Rosewood Flynn, 68 OLF; 5, J. Goulder (Pickering) Valmis Jupiter, 68; 6, M. Shields (Timble) Bing, 67. MID-SHIRES, Framlands Farm, Scalford, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire (J. Aldridge, Daventry) Nursery (21 ran) 1, J. Saukkonen (Finland) Gannon, 83 of 90 OLF; 2, A. Tomkinson (Melton Mowbray) Flint, 83; 3, A. Blackmore (Ledbury) Rosewood Ren, 81 OLF; 4, A. Rouse (Hildersham) Floss, 81; 5, A. Warmington (Gaydon) Moss, 79; 6, N. Vyas (Wigston) Cody, 75. Novice (5 ran) 1, A. Blackmore, Malta Cap, 85 of 100; 2, A. Tomkinson, Morph, 81; 3, A. Blackmore, Joe, 78. Open, 1, N. Vyas, Mist, 91 of 100. SUSSEX, Wivelsden Farm, North Chailey, Haywards Heath (J. Robertson, Brighton) Nursery, 1, R. Edwards (Chulmleigh) Clyde, 93 of 100; 2, I. Wheeler (Isle of Wight) Don, 82; 3, P. Griffiths (Glynde) Roy, 77. Novice, 1, I. Wheeler, Bob, 88 of 100; 2, R. Edwards, Kade, 80; 3, A. Tackley (High Wycombe) Chip, 73. NORTH WESTMORLAND, Laithes, Penrith (G. Smithson, Kirkbride, 39 ran) Nursery, 1, L. Bancroft (Barnoldswick) Alf, 85 of 90 OLF; 2, P. Ellis (New Hutton) Ben, 85; 3, T. Longton (Quernmore) Rooten Brook Roy, 84; 4, A. Baines (South Stainmore) Tanhill Jock, 82; 5, K. Cropper (Shap) Moor Lodge Jim, 81 OLF; 6, D. Scrimgeour (Wigton) Lyn, 81. Novice, 1, A. Temple (Holmrook) Jan, 84 of 90 OLF; 2, D. Scrimgeour, Finn, 84; 3, N. McNally (Penton) Zac, 78; 4, L. Cowper (Threlkeld) Flo, 74. New handler, 1, B. Sendlhofer (Ambleside) Fleece; 2, R.J. Harrison Jnr (Shap) Lad. WEST COUNTRY, Nursery, Mill Hill, Tavistock (W. Passmore) Maltese cross (20 ran) 1, J. Watson (Postbridge) Fleet, 63 of 90; 2, J. Watson, Huthwaite Roy, 62; 3, J. Tucker (Brentor) Lednock Jack, 54; 4, I. Mackay (Lustleigh) Sanduck Spark, 49. Driving (13 ran) 1, J. Watson, Jill, 72 of 90; 2, D. Cole (Bittaford) Jess, 68; 3, C. Worgan (Chulmleigh) Lee, 66; 4, M. Evans (Holsworthy) Ben, 59 OLF; 5, T. Rofe (Chilla) Maggie, 59; 6, F. Richards (Saltash) Jill, 57. Young handler (2 ran) 1, C. Fritsgerald (New Forest) Del, 53 of 90; 2, M. Ridge (Chulmleigh) Mac, 26. New handler, 1, R. Skelly (Wotter) Midge, 64 of 90; 2, C. Watson (Bittaford) Flow, 41. Molland, South Molton (T. Peat) Maltese cross (15 ran) 1, J. Watson, Huthwaite Roy, 28 of 30; 2, J. Watson, Fleet, 18; 3, T. Rofe, Dot, 16; 4, S. Greenaway (Manaton) Sanduck Cass, 15. Young handler (4 ran) 1, C. Fritsgerald, Del; 2, J. Kendle (Cornwall) Pip; 3, M. Ridge (Somerset) Mac. Driving (J. Carter, Delabole, 10 ran) 1, J. Harper (Jacobstowe) Parksfarm Moe, 85 of 100; 2, D. Cole, Jess, 84; 3, T. Rofe, Maggie, 76; 4, J. Nicholls (Buckland Brewer) Rob, 73; 5, C. Worgan, Lee, 72; 6, J. Nicholls, Jen, 65. New handler (D. Cole, 7 ran) 1, R. Skelly, Midge; 2, R. Skelly, Lex; 3, C. Snuggs (Dorset) Nan; 4, L. Ireland (Veryan) Ned; 5, C. Snuggs, Mo; 6, M. Snuggs (Dorset) Lass. NORTH LANCS, Lee End Farm, Quernmore, Lancaster (T. Smith, Pilling) Nursery (50 ran) 1, T. Longton (Quernmore) Oz, 88 of 90; 2, P. Ellis (New Hutton) George, 87; 3, T. Longton, Storm, 87; 4, S. Cropper (Deerplay) Sid, 86; 5, J. Cropper (Deerplay) Dan, 85; 6, J. Cropper, Trigger, 83. Novice, 1, T. Rome (Whitehaven) Jock, 85 of 90; 2, A. Temple (Holmrook) Jan, 82; 3, L. Bancroft (Barnoldswick) Pip, 82. Young handler, 1, R.J. Harrison Jnr (Shap) Lad, 83 of 90. New handler, 1, S. Lopizzo (Milan) Nell, 82 of 90; 2, V. Graham (Whitehaven) Pip, 77; 3, C. Settle (Bacup) Jess, 67. SOMERSET, Bellevue Farm, Nempnett, Thrubwell (G. Martin, Lydney) Driving, 1, I. Wheeler (Isle of Wight) Bob 87 of 100; 2, A. Melrose (Stoke St Michael) Jan, 77; 3, C. Roe (Tiverton) Kite, 68; 4, T. Parsons, Rock, 63. Maltese cross, 1, I. Wheeler, Don, 49 OLF; 2, M. Groves (East Harptree) Fern, 49; 3, S. Fisher, Gie, 45. HOLMROOK, Cumbria (A. Bradley, Crosthwaite) Open (48 ran) 1, K. Cropper (Shap) Zac, 86 of 90; 2, P. Ellis (New Hutton) Joe, 85; 3, T. Longton (Quernmore) Jim, 82; 4, M. Metcalfe (Wharton) Boris, 79; 5, S. Perello (Caton) Rap, 77 OLF; 6, M. Glasgow (Stodday) Finn, 77.

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FARM BUILDINGS & MAINTENANCE It is a complex area and one that has been written little about. Isobel Davies speaks consultant on why farmers need to brush up on building regulations and how to be

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arms and estates carrying out building and maintenance projects are risking heavy fines and even imprisonment if they fail to meet their legal duties surrounding health and safety. Kieran Crowe, a partner with Strutt and Parker, believes farmers needed to be more aware of the Construction, Design and Management Regulations (CDM) 2015, which aim to protect the safety of workers and members of the public during buildings works. The regulations are relevant to farmers because they cover all building and construction work, repairs, conversions, maintenance and demolition.

This means even minor repairs to property, including sheds and grain stores, are covered. The rules require the person instructing any work to be carried out to manage it from a health and safety perspective, unless they have officially discharged responsibility to a competent person.

Paperwork “But even where this is the case there needs to be paperwork in place. In the event of an accident, if the Health and Safety Executive can’t find the paperwork then the client can be held responsible,” explains Mr Crowe. “There are probably lots of farmers out there who would cur-

rently be held responsible for a fatality they really would have had nothing to do with, because they haven’t followed the right procedures. “There are lots of cases where people have pleaded ignorance, but that has not helped them. “The penalties for failing to comply with the regulations are typically financial, but the HSE will try anyone found to be breach under criminal law and if negligence is proven then it can result in jail sentences.” The regulations are complicated and full of jargon so it can be advisable to get professional help, but the main points farmers need are here.

1

Why were the regulations introduced? The regulations were first introduced in 2007 to replace a mass of health and safety legislation which had got very onerous. They were updated in 2015 to reflect the fact more fatalities occur on small construction projects than large ones. The main change was to bring the client into a position of responsibility.

2

What work do CDM regulations cover? The regulations apply to all construction projects defined as ‘the carrying out of any building, civil engineering or engineering construction work.’ In practice, that means a huge variety of jobs that are regarded as routine on a farm. It applies to construction and repair of all buildings on-farm and any renewable energy projects such as the installation of a biomass boiler, solar panels or wind turbine. It also covers the installation, maintenance, repair or removal of any mechanical, electrical, gas, telecommunications or similar services. Even the cleaning of the windows or gutters of a property is regarded as construction work under the regulations. Equally, the demolition or dismantling of old buildings, or the taking out of old grain or feed bins is covered.

3 Farmers need to be more aware of the Construction, Design and Management Regulations.

Who is responsible for what? The regulation defines different roles and sets out specific duties that need to be carried out by people in each role. The farmer – as the person instructing that the work should take place – is known as the ‘client’ and it is the client’s responsibility to ensure the work can be carried out, so far as it is reasonably practicable, without risking anyone’s health and safety and that welfare facilities are provided. They must also make sure anyone appointed to carry out work is suitably skilled and experienced and given sufficient time and resources to get the job done.

4

Is there a difference between work on the farm and work on a farmhouse? The regulations make a distinction

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d ing up between commercial and domestic work. Anyone who has work carried out on their own home is regarded as a ‘domestic client’ which means that responsibilities under CDM regulations automatically default to the contractor appointed. This means if you call in an electrician to rewire your house they will assume responsibility for their own safety, so long as it a job only involving one contractor. If more than one worker is needed, the job becomes a multiple contractor project which means duties will need to be actively transferred to someone else if a farmer wants to protect themselves.

5

How can farmers meet their responsibilities on multiple contractor or commercial projects? For any work around the farm yard, the farmer needs to make sure they have formally appointed a competent person to take responsibility for health and safety issues. This can be the contractor, if only one person is being used on a job, although it is important to confirm this in writing. For jobs involving multiple contractors, the farmer needs to appoint what is known as a principal designer and a principal contractor. The principal designer is not a designer in the traditional sense of the word, but takes responsibility for planning, managing and monitoring health and safety issues in the preconstruction phase. They also liaise with the principal contactor working on the project

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Penalties for failing to comply are typically financial. during the construction phase. It is possible for the principal contractor on a project to also be the principal designer, although this is not advised for bigger projects.

6

What paperwork is involved? For projects on the farm it is important the farmer confirms in writing who they are appointing to take responsibility for health and safety issues on their behalf. For projects involving only one contractor this could be in the form of a simple letter which states that you are appointing them to carry out the work and by doing this you have met your responsibilities as the client. For projects with more than one contractor, there will need to be written confirmation of who is the principal designer and who is the principal contractor. As part of the process, a health and safety file will need to be created which records useful information to help manage risks, such as fragile roofs, the location of underground services and the nearest place to find medical assistance. It is important that the farmer provides as much useful information as possible to the principal designer or contractor to enable them to draw this file together. On very big projects – classed as those expected to last 30 or more working days and which will have more than 20 workers simultaneously working at any point, or where the project will exceed 500 person days – the HSE must be notified.

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MARKET PRICES PRIMESTOCK ENGLAND STEERS Market day(s) week ending December 20 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\Tu Th Tu We Tu Th\Mo Mo We Th\Sa We Th\Mo Mo Tu We\Th Tu Tu We\Mo Mo Tu Th Tu Fr\Mo Tu We Tu (wk) Th Th Mo Tu We\Mo We Tu We\Sa\Tu We We\Tu We Mo We\Mo Mo Mo Mo Tu We We\Mo We Tu Mo Th Tu We Th Th We Tu Th\Tu Mo (wk) We We Mo

HEIFERS

YOUNG BULLS

CULL COWS

Total cattle number

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

45 9 76 11 83 5 134 35 5 32 56 251 7 75 58 5 4 7 10 10 7 12 6 238 7 234 27 259 96 53 25 21 32 22 10 88 370 5 14 305 30 97 38 118

193.50 195.00 179.75 187.00 211.50 177.50 170.50 178.25 207.75 131.50 94.50 185.19 152.47 140.17 190.00 186.50 170.00 199.00 138.50 155.47 208.90 238.17 194.93 208.50 154.38 -

195.00 111.50 190.13 159.50 205.71 210.17 164.20 145.83 160.00 202.19 183.43 167.50 165.44 184.50 136.00 142.00 111.00 199.50 194.62 185.92 140.79 206.34 207.00 201.50 196.13 189.00 154.17 177.17 217.90 157.50 196.17 188.50 221.83 183.35 194.00

191.81 186.43 136.00 163.00 185.67 178.50 199.83 194.86 184.50 153.80 192.00 142.00 162.50 180.00 193.41 181.78 194.75 188.67 166.20 189.74 210.00 170.00 164.14 212.76 202.50 166.40 205.00 184.64 -

206.00 109.00 226.90 193.67 114.50 198.93 217.65 135.50 160.50 189.62 65.00 106.00 208.00 199.50 166.12 254.00 178.00 149.17 203.42 220.57 213.67 209.00 199.50 165.00 139.50 154.50 219.48 131.00 239.70 219.56 132.50 129.50 184.50 214.17

202.25 143.90 205.05 118.00 207.44 173.00 210.17 181.00 185.50 201.58 215.31 170.50 179.17 199.47 181.50 212.25 155.70 152.00 203.60 177.50 205.06 208.50 188.72 159.50 211.46 218.27 209.64 202.77 225.50 191.69 176.50 167.50 170.30 223.57 171.00 219.50 225.82 168.32 219.35 181.00 212.86

184.07 119.50 198.35 200.38 110.33 191.50 169.50 224.50 211.17 199.73 189.50 156.56 181.83 81.00 205.50 137.50 128.75 132.00 214.00 194.65 111.50 169.18 177.25 199.69 224.50 174.00 208.25 158.50 191.71 184.29 162.58 178.72 178.00 212.54 176.50 208.43 169.50 177.67

185.00 135.00 168.79 133.89 167.38 167.93 182.67 184.00 142.00 174.14 175.10 147.00 130.50 156.76 157.33 113.00 165.57 172.65 157.63 212.50 162.38 163.84

181.50 148.50 179.44 165.76 172.25 185.73 180.50 190.43 198.73 185.00 195.36 182.28 184.95 173.94 166.75 140.10 188.71 178.60 211.50 194.00 186.68

190.33 206.00 180.97 173.00 182.70 205.25 191.67 189.52 185.63 190.10 198.58 203.00 200.10 200.64 193.54 200.24 181.72

19 28 60 94 10 62 295 52 25 4 51 2 57 29 127 87 19 12 11 22 11 84 36 33 20 44 4 107 4 46 61 25 10 50 20 11 5 82 18 12 3 47 59 35 12 6

210.00 214.50 216.11 213.33 141.67

205.67 230.00 198.60 187.50 213.25 216.54 162.42

206.33 194.00 200.00 149.00 186.25 197.20 178.86

206.50 120.00 181.18 196.60 184.44 195.80

226.56 196.00 210.25 202.60 235.73 206.38 226.59 216.14 202.17 186.64

223.00 198.00 209.73 190.00 215.00 158.02 201.50 192.68 187.38

154.00 130.00 175.00 153.00

204.00 150.00 189.25 -

115.33 200.00 163.67

169 17 65 2 40 67 95 185

Total cow number

Grade 3 average

Dairy sired average

Beef sired average

Total N lambs

132.50 147.25 123.50 152.50

118.44 113.00 109.56 121.42 112.50 114.75 103.38 75.50

87.88 83.92 76.67 79.44 93.48 73.02 101.50 74.00 86.33 87.67 76.55 108.50 92.59 63.00 92.36 102.33 94.62 80.71 86.78 94.00 87.40 59.50 87.40 95.73 77.40 117.33 84.73 103.50 98.71 77.41 92.68 46.83 -

111.45 107.56 118.82 50.00 95.67 123.08 93.12 116.34 58.50 110.23 25.50 114.33 113.00 128.67 96.73 118.00 115.21 106.77 109.75 122.67 112.00 117.50 104.19 116.50 118.50 110.17 109.26 105.07 122.10 127.62 114.40 101.22 94.00 105.50 113.13 81.58 115.19 123.22 -

1315 1208 1508 617 2371 1155 1039 412 2573 1036 569 689 1274 134 2449 511 435 1172 365 230 10 1221 1659 779 229 320 18 1126 1496 2069 467 333 930 333 5897 100 2790 326 1392 353 917 2344 48 554 3627 717 1973 1209 1674 35 254 105 719 374 997 3367 950 132 694 988 388 216 511 2045 80 684 1153 469

-

-

85.10 48.00 88.10 92.50 94.10 98.90

106.90 103.90 101.60 85.10 122.00 121.20 107.10 118.90

1090 721 972 378 476 1383 1418 1804 2783 1000

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

Mo\Tu Mo Tu We We We\Mo Mo

Mo Th Th

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6

2

0 7 8

4 0 3 0 3

0

7 3 0

1 7

5

7 0 0

9

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7

6 07

0

2

0

2

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3

9

2

0

0

0

0

0 0

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Source: AHDB/LAA/IAAS

WALES

Source: AHDB/LAA/IAAS

SHEEP

STEERS

Total N/S lambs

N/S lambs light average

N/S lambs standard average

N/S lambs medium average

N/S lambs heavy average

N/S SQQ average

Total Ewes

Ewes average

1315 1208 1508 617 2371 1155 1039 412 2573 1036 569 689 1274 134 2449 511 435 1172 365 230 10 1221 1659 779 229 320 18 1126 1496 2069 467 333 930 333 5897 100 2790 326 1392 353 917 2344 48 554 3627 717 1973 1209 1674 35 254 105 719 374 997 3367 950 132 694 988 388 216 511 2045 80 684 1153 469

115.11 165.92 146.73 131.89 127.32 133.55 157.09 184.00 143.43 155.00 160.90 132.06 194.00 155.41 158.82 174.79 132.33 148.73 141.35 170.24 143.38 156.00 158.47 163.00 158.50 160.00 177.97 110.30 147.53 144.00 134.15 138.15 140.50 171.67 137.99 148.40 162.25 -

162.50 176.67 178.97 161.01 158.63 174.37 176.01 162.67 194.49 183.25 172.81 175.38 163.23 177.89 172.69 171.12 155.29 172.09 160.60 163.00 162.00 140.42 163.97 196.13 175.48 164.88 181.60 161.12 156.00 172.44 162.35 186.00 164.00 160.86 169.04 157.67 173.98 168.98 163.44 165.50 178.46 191.93 180.20 157.17 157.78 168.26 172.10 194.14 134.19 174.03 168.56 173.05 172.26 164.85 160.70 161.06 182.20 163.93 173.35 214.27 169.00 155.38 178.21 201.57

162.73 172.69 187.56 162.49 166.29 169.12 182.22 174.00 180.98 174.19 164.38 168.93 167.08 178.78 172.02 170.62 162.18 174.48 163.44 164.28 140.00 159.84 168.11 179.15 182.67 167.22 177.00 170.17 168.29 188.23 157.39 195.25 167.79 153.64 174.92 166.02 175.98 170.14 172.97 168.30 175.15 192.08 161.00 184.13 163.30 167.85 171.55 176.10 182.31 147.26 175.11 183.71 173.76 181.76 175.81 171.06 166.89 175.55 169.19 177.17 164.81 162.80 176.29 202.72 157.28 165.74 173.37 186.10

158.14 169.57 174.02 156.13 162.02 165.45 172.28 163.38 167.05 161.68 152.21 161.00 153.47 165.00 161.17 158.32 157.70 169.69 158.72 160.55 131.00 158.14 158.08 164.26 189.93 161.18 166.57 160.16 167.76 154.26 179.71 155.28 146.88 166.14 155.15 167.60 170.49 166.78 164.50 168.32 180.28 153.42 173.32 159.62 158.72 160.17 170.00 170.54 148.80 172.23 162.47 164.02 169.33 166.80 163.94 161.42 165.81 168.39 162.10 157.91 174.32 182.45 161.13 153.04 157.99 180.58

162.06 173.21 182.52 161.37 161.45 163.88 176.54 172.09 184.73 175.12 166.58 170.90 162.90 178.77 172.03 170.38 161.26 173.67 162.87 163.82 149.78 150.69 164.81 181.38 177.50 167.14 180.07 168.09 168.14 178.81 158.47 193.69 167.40 154.45 170.07 164.90 175.79 169.53 166.22 167.83 175.83 191.77 161.00 183.49 155.79 165.38 169.18 175.79 183.26 142.84 174.54 183.71 173.34 180.59 174.94 169.18 166.59 175.55 168.46 177.83 164.49 162.80 175.97 205.73 159.26 162.75 173.57 188.97

653 315 580 182 1894 614 73 125 338 363 257 157 13 1840 614 85 243 320 10 2152 10 72 313 5 313 477 513 55 52 166 37 4853 16 1969 143 194 31 337 3419 295 452 124 792 424 601 81 33 49 15 43 170 418 549 8 38 168 95 56 48 130 404 496 44

64.73 52.57 72.52 53.07 55.29 52.17 65.58 60.55 59.75 52.23 54.00 49.03 42.31 64.24 67.69 41.50 61.97 55.02 26.70 61.71 84.10 69.17 67.16 75.00 53.57 57.11 49.27 50.25 65.94 60.49 49.05 63.50 35.22 57.14 66.54 66.72 61.50 62.95 76.33 66.63 49.23 59.33 60.96 70.20 73.29 53.17 46.02 55.44 73.33 72.84 57.11 56.11 70.86 57.38 31.42 52.75 61.63 51.55 59.10 71.62 70.65 66.30 64.36

1090 721 972 378 476 1383 1418 1804 2783 1000

146.93 157.43 166.99 146.94 106.30 141.31 -

168.82 170.79 166.51 154.96 154.66 169.63 162.06 166.10 155.01 161.48

174.57 173.26 163.21 152.25 155.78 180.18 163.97 167.40 169.34 178.35

166.68 157.95 149.76 151.11 152.39 165.25 152.99 162.54 155.05 157.40

170.34 172.91 163.78 153.02 155.72 177.13 161.90 167.15 166.20 175.39

Source: IAAS/ScotEID

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Market day(s) week ending December 20 Bala Brecon Bryncir Builth Wells Carmarthen Dolgellau Gaerwen Hay On Wye Knighton Llanrwst Machynlleth Mold Monmouthshire Newcastle Emlyn Rhayader Market Ruthin St Asaph Talgarth Talybont-On-Usk Welshpool Whitland

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

Total cattle number 117 15 2 -

Light average 184.27 170.00 -

HEIFERS

Medium average

Heavy average

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

184.20 179.00 -

196.52 170.00 -

183.88 170.00 -

192.85 172.33 168.00 -

189.79 185.50 122.00 -

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

Medium average

-

-

CULL COWS

Heavy average

Total cow number

Grade 1 average

Grade 3 average

Dairy sired average

Beef sired average

220.00 -

14 88 9 1 39 1 30 -

-

-

86.57 81.71 75.00 82.86 55.67 -

92.14 111.82 102.78 111.56 90.50 102.96 -

166.20 -

210.17 -

Total N/S lambs

N/S lambs light average

N/S lambs standard average

N/S lambs medium average

N/S lambs heavy average

N/S SQQ average

Total Ewes

Ewes average

1232 979 875 2123 5 150 1284 157 1039 1927 885 380 1938 128 1391 3213 4610 1443 255 5470 30

138.22 153.68 152.92 144.51 141.44 146.91 158.03 141.63 163.20 148.24 139.25 143.97 149.26 146.80 151.03 150.78 150.14

144.89 158.07 161.79 155.57 156.00 153.17 166.80 159.00 170.35 157.60 172.66 168.61 161.87 160.00 174.28 162.52 165.08 163.46 170.20 154.50

150.34 172.52 158.20 167.96 163.25 158.15 169.37 168.06 178.98 170.73 182.88 174.09 168.34 172.07 185.54 177.00 172.64 170.02 176.95 162.00

168.74 154.97 163.96 172.00 155.96 160.09 159.46 164.98 161.77 167.19 168.56 168.23 175.44 161.30 163.97 144.00 170.84 -

140.57 166.19 157.27 156.21 142.41 149.91 168.80 167.91 168.84 145.79 180.97 168.75 165.40 161.62 175.69 167.74 169.10 160.93 169.56 155.73

17 330 234 221 8 286 380 85 2 532 123 20 528 1485 267 1 3019 26

24.00 60.75 46.40 35.24 63.75 45.80 51.21 35.91 63.00 53.74 76.72 74.80 53.59 55.72 59.42 20.00 50.61 41.02

SHEEP

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

54.11 64.64 55.92 49.46 63.54 56.83 57.91 65.99 50.64

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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

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Fr Tu\Sa Fr

Fr We Tu

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

Fr Sa We Tu Th Sa Th

6-12 month steers

12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers

STORES

STORES (NATIVE-SIRED 18+ month heifers

6-12 month steers

12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers

18+ month heifers

6-12 mon steers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

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-/-/27/972.4 2/665.0 4/777.5 19/760.3 21/631.4 -/18/993.9 -/3/514.7 3/768.3 -/-/8/768.1 -/5/692.0 7/572.4 -/5/539.0 8/607.5 -/19/721.1 25/988.2 -/2/567.5 -/-/-/-/9/854.4 3/703.3 -/-/-/-/6/781.7 -/-/-/-/-/7/886.4 4/782.5 3/686.7 5/785.0 -/1/485.0 13/700.4 3/501.7 -/-/-/-/-/9/766.4 -/1/950.0 5/542.0 1/400.0 14/854.3 -/-/9/712.8

-/1/880.0 18/1027.2 1/665.0 5/673.0 22/894.1 15/661.7 1/930.0 27/1017.8 4/831.3 6/890.8 4/903.8 3/1068.3 -/22/923.2 -/12/861.7 -/1/440.0 27/733.5 21/814.5 -/12/895.0 26/1038.7 1/680.0 2/560.0 -/-/-/-/26/882.7 27/686.1 -/-/-/-/23/1037.2 5/763.0 5/764.0 -/-/-/35/917.4 8/1075.6 19/866.8 8/997.5 2/630.0 -/37/879.2 15/865.3 13/464.6 -/-/-/-/26/862.5 -/1/950.0 6/757.5 6/646.7 11/1014.1 -/-/3/961.7

-/9/470.6 -/-/9/720.6 -/2/590.0 6/615.0 10/527.5 -/12/445.8 1/730.0 -/-/13/555.4 -/3/586.7 40/519.1 1/550.0 9/645.6 1/580.0 -/10/376.0 5/805.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/23/549.8 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/15/518.0 -/-/10/562.0 2/352.5 45/564.2 -/14/551.6 -/-/-/-/63/712.4 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

14/559.3 4/823.8 -/1/765.0 3/645.0 3/960.0 -/4/785.0 17/715.6 1/940.0 19/493.9 -/-/-/12/865.0 -/5/579.0 7/724.0 4/767.5 10/638.0 19/665.0 -/11/897.3 5/853.0 -/2/542.5 -/-/-/-/8/955.0 10/685.5 -/-/-/-/2/910.0 -/5/666.0 -/-/-/5/723.0 9/717.2 3/733.3 -/2/380.0 4/642.5 34/645.9 -/-/-/-/-/-/25/837.4 -/-/1/715.0 -/4/850.0 -/-/2/790.0

-/9/833.3 4/823.8 -/1/670.0 5/650.0 13/665.0 5/890.0 32/932.3 4/853.8 31/891.3 1/970.0 -/-/2/1035.0 -/35/922.0 22/931.8 6/869.2 12/629.2 18/797.2 -/7/1130.7 19/1103.2 -/12/781.3 -/-/-/-/41/1165.9 22/870.5 -/-/-/-/24/908.5 4/791.3 4/632.5 -/-/-/15/953.3 1/900.0 7/875.0 3/885.0 1/290.0 7/1150.7 79/876.5 -/26/1000.7 -/-/-/-/42/998.1 -/2/880.0 4/887.5 -/8/908.8 -/2/852.5 -/-

9/278.9 4/358.8 -/-/9/736.1 -/1/460.0 -/7/419.3 -/16/415.0 -/-/-/5/587.0 -/19/310.3 41/410.7 9/561.7 2/440.0 -/-/9/310.0 5/596.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/27/440.2 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/3/550.0 2/384.0 50/403.4 4/632.5 11/335.0 -/-/-/-/38/630.5 -/-/-/-/1/295.0 -/-/6/317.5

2/365.0 14/521.4 -/-/2/620.0 -/5/544.0 2/620.0 10/578.5 -/22/412.6 1/860.0 -/-/16/752.8 -/12/517.5 22/588.0 2/925.0 3/646.7 7/600.0 -/17/745.3 5/834.0 -/1/605.0 -/-/-/-/8/925.0 9/621.1 -/-/-/-/1/660.0 -/-/-/-/-/8/853.1 2/615.0 2/345.0 5/591.0 1/675.0 1/440.0 31/569.7 1/760.0 -/-/-/-/-/14/663.8 -/-/-/-/4/710.0 -/1/600.0 8/742.5

-/6/770.0 1/915.0 -/1/690.0 2/785.0 12/585.4 3/833.3 12/945.8 8/802.5 35/647.1 11/845.5 -/-/5/641.0 -/18/713.6 28/597.3 2/875.0 10/581.5 17/687.9 -/13/925.8 6/974.2 -/23/641.1 -/-/-/-/38/1027.4 35/774.3 -/-/-/-/12/758.3 19/770.0 2/990.0 -/-/-/34/853.7 4/800.0 6/739.2 3/915.0 -/-/30/631.2 -/19/693.7 -/-/-/-/37/862.2 -/-/3/930.0 -/9/827.2 -/5/869.0 1/750.0

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

22/957.27 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/33/871.67 17/928.82

31/971.61 -/-/-/-/-/-/1/900.00 -/-/-/-/1/900.00 35/975.29 71/1081.65

7/586.43 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/1/455.00 17/537.06 21/643.33

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

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

18/615.83 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/30/584.67 -/-

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

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

7/505.71 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/10/490.00 -/-

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

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

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

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

Tu\Th

Mo

Th We Th\Fr

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22/845.68 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/38/635.79 19/720.00

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

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

+ month ifers

No. / Av.

770.0 15.0

90.0 785.0 585.4 833.3 945.8 802.5 /647.1 845.5

641.0

713.6 /597.3 875.0 /581.5 687.9

925.8 974.2

/641.1

/1027.4 /774.3

758.3 770.0 990.0

/853.7 800.0 739.2 915.0

/631.2

693.7

/862.2

930.0

827.2

869.0 50.0

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

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

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

-/2/367.5 -/4/412.5 18/480.6 -/1/640.0 3/375.0 29/345.2 -/1/530.0 -/1/565.0 -/3/540.0 -/-/-/5/485.0 -/17/449.4 -/8/351.3 -/-/8/425.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/2/787.5 -/7/471.4 -/-/14/388.6 14/398.9 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/5/330.0 -/3/471.7 -/2/405.0 -/-

-/-/-/10/401.0 -/-/4/571.3 -/18/632.2 -/2/631.0 -/1/565.0 -/1/470.0 -/29/595.3 5/526.0 -/-/31/505.8 -/-/-/-/16/581.3 -/-/-/-/22/832.7 3/740.0 -/-/-/-/18/697.8 5/571.0 6/733.3 -/-/-/6/753.3 1/735.0 26/623.5 -/-/2/600.0 57/663.6 -/-/-/-/-/-/3/645.0 -/1/540.0 -/-/4/655.0 -/6/742.5 -/-

80.00

/830.94 830.00

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

24/548.33 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/20/467.00 -/-

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8/457.50 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/18/579.44 4/450.00

Source: AHDB/LAA/IAAS STORES (CONTINENTAL-SIRED)

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

Native heifers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

-/21/41.0 -/128/42.5 15/75.6 -/4/50.0 5/22.6 44/37.5 -/14/49.5 -/-/-/-/-/26/12.0 39/38.9 21/54.3 4/28.3 -/-/1/60.0 -/1/120.0 36/27.3 -/20/18.5 -/-/20/35.0 34/57.4 5/143.0 -/-/-/-/81/46.3 -/-/-/-/-/12/38.0 26/93.5 -/-/-/111/35.9 -/16/40.7 22/43.8 4/58.8 -/-/-/-/9/60.0 31/35.9 7/23.6 -/-/-/3/141.3

No. / Av. -/3/176.7 -/25/243.6 1/35.0 -/-/-/12/215.8 -/9/294.3 -/-/-/-/-/15/188.0 8/132.1 9/325.2 -/-/-/1/200.0 -/1/265.0 16/235.9 -/-/-/-/1/310.0 35/241.7 3/293.3 -/-/-/-/18/247.6 -/-/-/-/-/8/211.5 6/286.7 -/-/-/50/182.3 1/350.0 5/224.8 14/195.1 2/210.0 -/-/-/-/1/275.0 14/143.9 3/376.7 -/-/-/-/-

No. / Av. -/2/92.5 -/23/219.9 -/-/-/1/170.0 11/213.5 -/10/159.1 -/-/-/-/-/13/97.0 8/187.6 9/299.8 -/-/-/-/-/1/255.0 8/167.1 -/-/-/-/1/180.0 19/178.6 5/267.0 -/-/-/-/22/191.5 -/-/-/-/-/5/207.4 1/185.0 -/1/210.0 -/48/137.3 1/285.0 4/148.3 6/192.2 1/125.0 -/-/-/-/2/267.5 11/112.4 1/75.0 -/-/-/-/-

No. / Av. -/25/152.3 -/101/223.8 11/261.8 -/2/360.0 12/202.3 53/211.9 -/16/149.5 -/-/-/-/-/33/127.0 70/189.6 24/209.8 4/185.0 -/-/9/153.9 -/3/223.3 56/201.4 -/5/185.0 -/-/2/270.0 46/246.8 10/297.5 -/-/-/-/74/194.7 -/-/-/-/-/4/170.5 14/303.4 -/2/63.0 -/119/215.2 -/27/186.0 25/221.7 7/270.7 -/-/-/-/13/253.5 31/149.1 1/130.0 -/-/-/-/-

-/15/135.7 -/84/180.1 10/272.3 -/1/195.0 3/121.7 27/184.8 -/9/109.0 -/-/-/-/-/19/119.7 78/124.6 29/208.1 5/164.0 -/-/4/98.8 -/2/230.0 56/161.0 -/6/184.2 -/-/2/152.5 37/183.1 5/237.0 -/-/-/-/62/161.2 -/-/-/-/-/6/120.8 13/260.3 -/1/240.0 -/119/138.1 -/31/183.9 22/182.7 3/113.3 -/-/-/-/5/233.0 26/87.1 2/250.0 -/-/-/1/178.0

Source: IAAS/ScotEID

766.67

WALES

-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/3/28.33 -/-/-

3/175.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

1/290.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

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

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

Market day(s) w/e December 19

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

6-12 month steers

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

12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers

18+ month heifers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

-/-/5/632.0 2/885.0 5/606.0 6/460.0 1/880.0 11/679.1 26/615.2 1/1055.0 -/5/535.0

-/-/2/857.5 22/847.0 3/805.0 1/860.0 24/1071.0 16/866.6 22/813.2 2/940.0 -/1/560.0

-/-/11/759.5 28/918.5 7/940.7 -/15/1066.3 25/1076.0 2/970.0 17/1082.9 -/1/650.0

-/2/412.5 -/3/588.0 4/588.8 -/1/830.0 14/592.6 20/621.1 -/-/4/437.5

-/-/9/635.6 3/771.7 1/505.0 -/33/943.1 7/652.9 19/851.3 -/-/2/490.0

-/-/14/653.2 26/896.9 6/889.2 1/690.0 29/919.1 34/906.5 2/940.0 11/952.3 -/-/-

STORES (NATIVE-SIRED) 6-12 month steers

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

12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

-/2/450.0 5/541.0 -/-/2/460.0 -/13/667.7 6/710.0 -/-/17/478.5

-/-/9/601.1 8/669.8 1/740.0 3/810.0 -/11/788.6 -/-/-/6/660.0

-/1/580.0 6/937.5 9/720.7 5/977.0 2/787.5 1/1100.0 12/1067.1 10/859.0 5/1007.0 -/5/750.0

-/3/360.0 3/450.0 -/-/-/-/7/436.9 2/150.0 -/-/13/469.2

-/-/7/444.3 9/609.8 1/270.0 2/655.0 -/-/-/-/-/5/519.0

-/-/14/805.7 18/608.7 6/670.8 1/690.0 -/16/784.4 -/1/825.0 -/5/727.0

STORES (HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN)

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

18+ month heifers

CALVES (7-42 DAYS)

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

Black and Continental Continental Native white bulls bulls heifers bulls

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av. No. / Av.

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

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

-/-/6/449.2 -/-/5/617.0 -/-/2/520.0 -/-/19/492.4

-/-/226/41.5 -/-/17/38.5 -/30/63.6 -/-/-/-/-

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

-/3/76.7 50/174.3 -/-/-/-/3/206.7 -/1/200.0 -/1/45.0

-/-/129/168.8 -/-/2/128.0 -/12/173.8 -/-/-/-/-

LIVESTOCK AVERAGES Primestock throughput, price and price change (p/kg) for week ending December 20.

Native heifers

-/1/125.0 119/135.0 -/-/4/94.8 -/7/161.6 -/5/137.4 -/5/86.4

MARKET COMMENT CATTLE RINGS SEE FALLS AGAIN

ENGLAND AND WALES Category

Throughput

Price

Change

CATTLE markets have continued to

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

1,215 757 1,194 3,166 77,432 328 348 475 41 1,120 612

178.67 185.45 201.45 188.88 169.48 119.50 123.21 124.48 89.34 86.78 111.42

-1.09 -4.93 -0.50 -3.27 3.27 1.47 -5.39 -5.36 -22.36 -1.56 0.38

fall this week, following a sharp drop last week. Steers fell furthest to 187.32p/kg, a fall of 6.22p/kg, while heifers dropped 2.1p/kg to 201.42p/kg. Young bulls saw a fall of 0.86p/kg to 178.6p/kg. In the lamb rings, prices rose by 3.94p/kg to 169.50p/kg. Cull ewe

GREAT BRITAIN Category

Throughput

Price

Change

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

1,232 903 1,427 3,562 88,220 1,192 1,309 985

178.60 187.32 201.42 189.95 169.50 121.53 86.87 112.95

-0.86 -6.22 -2.10 -4.25 3.94 -3.64 -1.06 0.89

Source: AHDB/LAA/IAAS

prices also increased by £3.35/head to £60.07/head. Pig prices fell back to 121.53p/kg after rises last week, a fall of 3.64p/kg. As Farmers Guardian went to press on Wednesday (December 21), UK LIFFE wheat prices for November 17 were trading at £133/tonne.

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MARKET PRICES STORE SHEEP ENGLAND

DEADWEIGHT CATTLE Deadweight prices for the week ending December 17.

STORE LAMBS w/e December 20

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

Source: AHDB/LAA/IAAS

Day

Tu

Mo Fr

Mo Mo Th Tu Fr

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

No.

Ave.

19 1623 383 -

42.0 57.3 42.7 -

169 42 421 155 8 -

54.6 57.2 56.2 46.5 23.7 -

441 1247 57 152 408 301 8 3986 1938 21 204 1440 68 -

60.0 60.1 42.5 38.6 49.2 51.7 35.0 54.6 61.0 45.7 54.1 45.3 40.2 -

Source: AHDB/LAA/IAAS

Day

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

PIGS Prices in p/kg. Chelford Selby Thirsk York

Fr Mo Fr

We\Mo Th Th Mo

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

Ave.

160 81 2704 2 16 710

55.9 44.6 51.6 62.0 51.5 52.0

114 50 68 317 171 2205 127 426 1636 63 100 114 109 88 6 651 -

50.6 43.6 55.4 57.0 38.6 57.0 41.4 50.0 51.4 49.2 48.0 55.7 49.9 39.6 60.3 57.8 -

No.

Ave.

1701 66 625 202 1102 34 792 -

30.6 22.8 54.3 40.0 44.7 57.7 49.4 -

STORE LAMBS

Source: IAAS/ScotEID

Day

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

Th

We

We Fr

Market day w/e: Dec 20

Pigs total

Porkers average

Th\Mo\Tu We Th Mo

106 628 37 307

87.08 127.25 125.36 137.74

ALL STEERS

-U R O+ -O Average Number

Northern 3 4L

Central 3

359.7 357.5 352.0 311.5 350.7 4323

365.6 359.5 338.3 305.6 344.0 3855

360.2 365.7 353.9 314.9

4L 361.7 360.9 337.5 310.4

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

364.8 359.9 341.9 312.2 342.0 2324

372.3 370.5 358.3 322.9 366.2 3884

362.3 358.6 344.2 307.7

371.0 370.9 363.7 323.7

ALL HEIFERS

-U R O+ -O Average Number

Northern 3 4L

Central 3

362.8 355.2 351.7 315.5 350.9 2410

374.4 363.2 343.0 304.8 347.4 2410

365.8 358.1 356.0 315.7

ALL YOUNG BULLS Northern 3 4L

Central 3

-U R O+ -O Average Number

354.3 339.4 319.6 295.9 311.0 574

342.0 333.7 311.1 291.4 301.7 414

341.3 330.9 308.8 296.9

4L 369.2 363.4 340.7 308.4

4L 321.0 330.5 321.6 307.4

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

363.9 356.1 338.6 294.0 339.6 1574

375.0 369.1 358.4 308.0 367.6 2797

367.4 360.4 347.6 309.5

375.9 370.6 363.8 321.2

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

351.0 345.4 317.7 310.0 314.8 261

359.0 358.7 325.1 300.8 328.7 373

337.5 332.5 288.3

354.9 359.0 349.0

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

2 408.8 400.4 387.1 362.4 274.0

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

3L 407.2 399.2 386.9 368.8 255.0

Medium E U R O P

2 408.9 400.9 390.7 378.2 270.0

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

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

Source: AHDB

3H 389.2 387.5 380.3 367.4

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

4L 370.6 366.5 370.5 370.3

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

4H 341.0 348.9 350.5 351.8

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

Average: 383.6 (60,437)

No.

Ave.

241 543 -

55.4 49.9 -

6771 1575

46.3 56.4

Source: AHDB/LAA

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No.

SCOTLAND

WALES STORE LAMBS

Day

Source: AHDB

Cutters average

Baconers average

Cull sows total

Cull sows average

96.81 120.13 114.00 139.62

120.11 118.85 121.76 138.65

5 37 83 16

38.60 58.32 57.58 54.50

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

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

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

4H 341.0 349.2 351.2 354.5

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

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

DEADWEIGHT PIGS Deadweight prices for the week ending December 10.

Source: AHDB

STANDARD PIG PRICE (SPP) Great Britain (91,658 pigs, av. weight 82.85) Dec 4-10 compared to Nov 27 - Dec 3

ALL PIG PRICE (APP) Great Britain (86,011 pigs, av. weight 82.27) Nov 27 - Dec 3 compared to Nov 20-26

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 138.56 -0.73 152.30 0.29 152.86 0.09 152.35 0.18 151.36 0.79 123.90 -0.33

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

151.66 148.93

APP (EU Spec) APP (UK Spec)

SPP (EU Spec) SPP (UK Spec)

Number 358 5,058 27,337 41,388 15,526 1,991

0.27 0.26

Number 1,126 5,974 25,497 37,210 14,497 1,707

Price Change 151.70 2.58 156.61 0.81 155.58 0.78 154.34 0.73 152.29 0.83 131.64 4.69 154.04 151.28

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LIVEWEIGHT STEERS SOURCE: AHDB/LAA/IAAS

SOURCE: AHDB

220 2015

200

2015

360

190 180 170

350 340 330

160

320

150

Dec

Nov

Oct

Sep

Aug

Jul

Jun

May

Apr

Mar

Jan

Dec

Nov

Oct

Sep

Aug

Jul

Jun

May

Apr

Mar

Feb

Jan

LIVEWEIGHT HEIFERS

Feb

310

140

DEADWEIGHT HEIFERS SOURCE: AHDB/LAA/IAAS

220

SOURCE: AHDB

380

210

2016

370

200 P per kg dw 2016

DEADWEIGHT SQQ LAMBS

LIVEWEIGHT SQQ LAMBS

SOURCE: AHDB

SOURCE: AHDB/LAA/IAAS

524 2016

250

2016

492

2015

230

2015

460

210

P per kg dw

190 170

428 396 364

150

332

CULL COWS

PIG PRICE INDICATOR SOURCE: AHDB

SOURCE: AHDB/LAA/IAAS

APP/SPP reported from Apr 1, 2014

135

160

120

150

105 90

Dairy-sired (2016)

Dairy-sired (2015)

Beef-sired (2016)

Beef-sired (2015­)

60

p/kg dw (EU spec)

150

75

Dec

Nov

Oct

Sep

Aug

Jul

Jun

May

Apr

Jan

Mar

300

Dec

Nov

Oct

Sep

Aug

Jul

Jun

May

Apr

Mar

Feb

Jan

130

Feb

P per kg liveweight

270

P per kg

Dec

Nov

Oct

Sep

Aug

Jul

Jan

Nov

Oct

Sep

Aug

Jul

Jun

May

Apr

310 Mar

140 Feb

320

Jun

2015

150

May

160

340 330

Apr

170

350

Mar

180

Feb

190

Jan

2015

360

Dec

P per kg liveweight

2016

370

P per kg dw

P per kg liveweight

­­380

2016

210

SPP (2016) APP (2016)

SPP (2015) APP (2015)

140 130 120 110

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MARKET PRICES UK DELIVERED PRICES – SUMMARY Thursday, December 15, 2016 (£ per tonne)

East Anglia / London (BW)

Northamptonshire

North-West grains/ Liverpool OSR

Avonmouth feed /South bread

Yorkshire

Central Scotland

Source: AHDB

Delivery Bread Wheat Feed Wheat Feed Barley Price Change Price Change Price Change Dec-16 - - 136.50 -1.00 - - Jan-17 - - 137.00 -0.50 - - Feb-17 - - 138.00 -0.50 - - May-17 - - 141.00 unch - - Dec-16 - - - - - - Jan-17 146.00 -0.50 - - - - Feb-17 146.50 -1.00 - - - - May-17 - - - - - - Dec-16 - - - - - - Jan-17 154.50 -1.00 - - - - Feb-17 155.00 -1.50 - - - - May-17 - - - - - - - - 138.50 unch - - Dec-16 Jan-17 146.50 +1.00 138.00 -0.50 - - 139.00 -0.50 - - Feb-17 147.00 n/c May-17 - - 142.00 -0.50 - - Dec-16 - - 145.50 unch - - Jan-17 151.50 n/c 145.50 -0.50 - - Feb-17 152.50 n/c - - - - May-17 - - - - - - Dec-16 - - - - - - - - - - - - Jan-17

Oilseed Rape Price Change - 357.00 n/c 357.50 +1.50 359.50 +2.00 - - - - - 359.50 n/c 360.00 +1.50 362.00 +2.00 - - - - - 355.50 n/c 356.00 +1.50 358.00 +2.00 - - -

EUROPEAN LIVESTOCK

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

SLAUGHTERINGS Estimates for Great Britain (per thousand head), week ending December 17.­ %change (2015) 2016 Pigs* 190.76 -7.90 Sheep 301.40 -10.43 Steers 17.11 -2.25 Heifers 13.09 +0.55 Young bulls 2.97 -15.88 *week ending December 3. Source: AHDB

WEANER PRICES Week ending December 17.

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

Jan-17 Feb-17 357.00 357.50 - - 359.50 360.00 359.50 360.00 355.50 356.00

May-17 359.50 - 362.00 362.00 358.00

Source: AHDB Hvst-17 327.00 - 329.50 329.50 325.50

Figures drawn from eight GB pig producer marketing groups. Prices quoted in £/head. 30kg Weighted Average 7kg Weighted Average

Nov-17 335.50 338.00 338.00 334.00

Dec 10 Dec 17 56.54 55.34 38.46 39.13 Source: AHDB

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

FUTURES MARKETS (WHEAT) LIFFE

Source: AHDB

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

Jan-17 135.40 +0.50 Mar-17 136.45 -0.25 May-17 137.90 +0.40 Jul-17 138.80 +0.35 Nov-17 131.95 +0.45 Jan-18 133.55 +0.35 Mar-18 135.00 +0.25

Mar-17 167.75 +2.25 May-17 170.00 +1.75 Sep-17 171.25 +2.25 Dec-17 174.25 +1.50 Mar-18 176.00 +1.25 May-18 177.00 +0.50 Sep-18 177.75 -1.50

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

CORN RETURNS EX-FARM PRICES

Source: AHDB

Thursday, December 15, 2016 WHEAT BARLEY (£ per tonne) Milling Feed & Malting Feed & Bread Other Other Premium Other Other

OATS Milling

135.00 134.80 127.60 - - - - South East - - 133.40 - - 114.90 - South West 139.80 139.10 133.80 134.40 - 118.80 - Midlands 135.60 134.60 135.40 139.30 - 113.30 - Eastern - 142.80 139.60 - - 120.50 - North East - - - - - - - North West 137.80 136.80 136.20 137.40 - 116.60 126.40 England & Wales - - - - - - - South Scotland - - 135.20 - - - - Central Scotland - - - - - - - North Scotland - - 135.20 - - 118.20 - Scotland 137.80 136.80 136.10 137.40 - 116.80 126.40 Great Britain - - - - - - - Northern Ireland 137.80 136.80 136.10 137.40 - 116.80 126.40 United Kingdom -5.10 +0.40 +1.30 +1.60 - +0.20 +0.30 Change on last week (£/t)

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

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

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Friday, December 16, 2016 (£ per tonne)

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

931 931 2148 2148 1528 1480 3530 3530 912 912 989 989 718 718 559 559

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

975 975 994 994 783 769 1057 1057 1568 1564 1462 1462 1499 1499 1348 1348 1217 1217 950 950

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

646 646 727 727 561 558 871 914 766 766 683 683 606 606 541 541 525 525 Source: AHDB

FIELD PEAS/BEANS Wednesday, December 14.

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

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UK DELIVERED WHEAT PRICES

NATIONAL STRAIGHTS PRICES

Thursday, December 15, 2016.

Last updated December 21. DEC JAN   FEB MAY NOV 138.5 138.00 139.00 142.00 133.50 - - - - 136.5 137.00 138.00 141.00 132.50 140.00 - - 139.00 - - - - - - - - 145.5 145.50 - - - - - - - - - 136.00 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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 155.00 - - 154.50 - 146.00 146.50 - - 146.50 147.00 - - - - - - 151.50 152.50 - -

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

DEC JAN   FEB MAY NOV - - - - - - - - - 146.00 147.00 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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

November 2016

PACKING Main High Trend 260 300 Y 225 290 Z 250-300 310 X 250 300 X 365-450 - Y

Scotland Maris Piper Maris Peer King Edward Whites

Low 180 - - 180

Main High 200-210 - 340-350 - - - 200-230 250

Trend Z Y Y

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

Low 250 180 180 140

Main 265 230 230 160

High 290 290 270 180

Trend Y X X Z

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

Dec 2 £196.06 £227.38

Dec 9 £201.83 £233.19

Dec 16 £197.57 £228.36

Trend Z Z

BAGS

HAY AND STRAW: REGIONS

Trade Comment: Quiet trade this week. Week ending December 25, 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

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

Good Good Good Good Good Good Good 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 40 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

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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 210 180 230 210 -

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

MILK PRICE LEAGUE TABLE

POTATO PRICES England Estima Maris Piper Whites Desiree Charlotte

Source: Straights Direct Jan17 Feb-Apr17 May-Oct17 319.00 320.00 325.00 139.00 138.00 137.00 - - 193.00 193.00 187.00 171.00 173.00 163.00

Key: All prices in pounds Sterling. Currency, £/$1.2433, £/€1.1921­. 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 16.

£1=$1.2342

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

DAIRY CATTLE PRICES GREAT BRITAIN

Last updated December 20. Source: AHDB/LAA/IAAS

HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN

COLOURED

Newly-calved Newly-calved heifers cows

Newly-calved Newly-calved heifers cows

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

Beeston Castle Tu 177/1622.7 72/1560.7 Carlisle We 35/1688.7 8/1105.1 Cirencester -/- -/- Cockermouth -/- -/- Exeter Fr 33/1226.4 48/1021.5 Gisburn Th\Sa 48/1526.9 7/1534.3 Holsworthy We 3/1223.3 21/1142.7 Leek Tu\Sa 15/1261.3 66/964.1 Market Drayton We 18/1655.0 17/1344.1 Norton and Brooksbank -/- -/- Sedgemoor Tu\Sa 131/1511.0 77/1416.7 Shrewsbury Tu 1/1450.0 2/1330.0 Skipton -/- -/- Ayr Tu 5/1240.00 11/1099.10 Lanark -/- -/- Stirling (ua) We -/- -/-

9/1237.8 -/- -/- -/- 17/868.7 1/1200.0 -/- -/- 1/1280.0 -/- -/- -/- -/- -/- -/- -/-

No. / Av. 3/1216.7 -/-/-/69/796.7 1/1240.0 1/1020.0 4/917.5 4/1250.0 -/2/850.0 -/-/-/-/-/-

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MOVING UP

Edited by Danusia Osiowy 01772 799 413 danusia.osiowy@fginsight.com

The Louise Hartley Memorial Fancy a trip to Australia? What if you could improve your sheep shearing skills in New Zealand, work on one of the 2.2 million farms operating in the USA, or simply be able to get stuck into a research project here in the UK? Whatever your interest, it could become a reality, as Farmers Guardian joins forces with the Louise Hartley Memorial Fund in launching a new scholarship to help young people progress in farming.

Online hub and donations FARMERS Guardian has developed an online hub where youngsters can apply to the Louise Hartley Memorial Fund and also see examples of her work. Likewise, if you want to donate to the fund, please contact FG editor Ben Briggs by email at ben.briggs@ fginsight.com or call 07920 500 025. MORE INFORMATION For more information, go to www.fginsight.com/louise

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dairy farmer’s daughter, Louise Hartley worked for Farmers Guardian from 2013 and joined the publication after completing an agriculture degree at Newcastle University. Hailing from Bashall Eaves, Clitheroe, Lancashire, she died on July 1 this year, after a short but incredibly brave battle with a rare form of ovarian cancer. A leading member of Clitheroe Young Farmers Club, she was regularly involved with Lancashire Holstein Young Breeders and showcased a talent for stockjudging and showing cattle, inspired by her family – parents John and Sarah, brother Ben and sister Bridget. Organisations and individuals from within the farming community, along with external groups and people who knew her, began raising money to help fund pioneering treatment she received at The Christie Hospital in Manchester. The donations continued and the Louise Hartley Memorial Fund was launched following her death.

Legacy Continuing her special legacy, the Hartley family now wishes to help inspire a young person with an interest in livestock farming, a sector Louise felt very passionate about. Farmers Guardian and Norbreck Genetics will be supporting the fund, and £2,000 is up for grabs to advance an individual’s career or develop new skills. Louise’s brother Ben, who runs the farm in partnership with his dad, says: “We are looking for somebody who wants to further their knowledge about livestock farming. “We want them to enjoy the experience and the money could be used to travel, gain knowledge, facilitate work experience or conduct their own research over here in the UK. “Louise liked going to shows and learning about people and places. We just want to help somebody look into the future of farming and help them in their career. Louise would really want as many people as possible to apply.”

Potential ideas to pursue ■ Cattle showing across the world ■ Researching dairy technology in other countries ■ Research to further your own farm ■ Feeding cows with by-products in Holland ■ Grade or marketing meat in the USA ■ Improving genetics within a breed

Candidates must be aged between 18 and 30 and have a keen interest in livestock farming. An application must be completed before shortlisting takes place next February. Successful applicants will be invited to an interview, where they can discuss their idea further with our judging panel, made up of Farmers Guardian editor Ben Briggs, owner of Norbreck Genetics and dairy farmer Philip Halhead and two members of the Hartley family. MORE INFORMATION The closing date for applications is February 9, 2017. To apply, visit www.fginsight.com/louise

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BEYOND THE GATE

Edited by Danusia Osiowy 01772 799 413 danusia.osiowy@fginsight.com

More than 100 years on and the historic Colston Bassett dairy is still working with the families whose ancestry were the original suppliers. Danusia Osiowy visits Nottinghamshire to find out more about a very successful co-operative.

Iconic cheese binds farmers together

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We still have the original farms supplying us BILLY BEVAN

Dairy manager Billy Bevan has been making Stilton for 32 years.

In 1920 the dairy started to make Stilton and, except for once again stopping during World War II to go back to the Cheddar-style cheese, by the 1950s Stilton was produced throughout the year.

Sourcing Colston Bassett remains one of the smallest Stilton dairies in the UK and today the Nottinghamshire-based business sources milk from four different farms each located within 1.5 miles of the dairy. “We still have the original farms supplying us and we have reduced the number we use due to the consolidation and growth in size of these farms,” says Billy. The dairy has gone from producing 30-40 seasonal cheeses in 1913 to 160 cheeses a day, totalling 420,000 tonnes a year across 341 days. During that time, there have been

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t is the centrepiece of many a British Christmas cheeseboard and the savoury treat at the end of a meal. And like it or loathe it, there’s no denying its reign as one of the most famous blue cheese in the world. There are just six dairies in the world licensed to make Blue Stilton and, by law, it can only be made in the three counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire. So what better time to visit Colston Bassett dairy, which has been producing its world-renowned blue Stilton for 103 years and helping farmers add value to their milk. On arrival in the small village of the same name, the flagship dairy is located by the main road capturing the attention of all passing traffic. With 1913 carved into the stone building it’s a timely reminder how the business was operating before both World Wars began and is testament to the vision of a local doctor, Dr William Windley, who formed the co-operative with local farmers and patients. His premise was simple - to produce consistent and well-made cheese in a purpose-built dairy in response to a growing demand by potential customers of the time. Dairy manager Billy Bevan explains: “Initially there were 16 farmer members supplying milk to the dairy and, due to war-time restrictions, the first cheese to be produced was a hard-pressed Cheddar style cheese as Stilton was thought to be too much of a luxury to be produced during the war years.”

just five dairy managers at Colston Bassett and overseeing the production for the last 17 years is cheesemaker Billy. The co-operative has been on quite a journey since its outset, not least from switching to pasteurisation following an accusation of bacterial contamination by an MP at Christmas in 1998. Although the claim was never proven, it influenced the dairy – which was the only one at the time to still be producing a raw milk Stilton – to invest heavily in pasteurisation. The introduction of a Protected Designation of Origin certification means all Stilton is now made to a specific recipe using only pasteurised milk. Colston Bassett Stilton is made in a more traditional way than most other Stiltons as the curd is still hand-ladled before draining, which preserves its structure, resulting in a creamy texture when the cheeses are mature. The rind of each wheel is also sealed by hand. The dairy, which also produces Shropshire Blue, has a very transparent relationship with its four farms and the criteria to become a supplier is three-fold. The farmers supplying the milk to the dairy are signed up as shareholders and while there are currently about 50 members, only four supply the dairy with milk.

The milk is balance managed through First Milk to enable the dairy to buy what it needs based over a 12-month period. “We buy-in four million litres and produce four million litres,” explains Billy, who has made 25 cheeses throughout his career and Stilton for the last 32. “It is a good way to ensure we are not wasting money.”

Secrets Producing Stilton is a very intricate process and Billy’s knowledge and astute business acumen is apparent throughout the whole conversation. As only the fifth dairy manager in 100 years he is understandably guarded when asked about the formula of his ingredients and what it is that helped them win supreme champion at the International Cheese Awards in Nantwich two years ago. “The process is the same for all Stilton producers but the ingredients are slightly different. I manipulate the raw materials we use which consists of the starter culture, salt, rennet and temperature. But I can’t tell you how.” As the business has evolved, new innovation and technology has been introduced and three years ago Billy began implementing his 10-year plan and built four maturation units to increase their production capacity. “We pay attention to a lot of detail and I know many people say the same but it’s fair to say some do more than others.” It takes about 72 litres of fresh milk to produce one 7.5kg Stilton Cheese and operating one mile from the dairy is brother and sister team Jill and Michael Faulks. If the dairy boasts a rich history and traditional production, this 91ha FGinsight.com

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Farm facts n Stilton production has a 25-page code of best practice which every dairy adheres to n Core rules is that milk must be pasteurised, has to be produced in the home counties and it has to be a certain size, shape, colour and veining n More than one million Stilton cheeses are made each year n More than 10 per cent of output is exported to some 40 countries world-wide n 22 per cent of Colston Bassett is exported n 6.5 per cent is supplied to supermarkets and the rest to wholesale or independent

(224-acre) farm embraces the polar opposite, investing heavily in dairy technology. While robotic milkers are far more utilised on farms these days, being greeted by an automatic feed pusher pushing the feed up to the cows to eat is a sight to behold – particularly when said robot travels back unaided and plugs itself in for a recharge before starting the whole process again. Originally it was their grandfather who took on the farm tenancy in 1920 and the family then bought the land in 2008 to secure their future. Jill and Michael are joined by his son, Sam, 32, who also co-runs a contracting business with his father. Wishing to improve their dairy management, Jill travelled to Holland to look at farms using robotic milkers and the family hasn’t looked back.

Partnership On January 25 this year, two robots arrived at Hill Farm and were established in the newly-extended shed to accommodate the 110 Holstein Friesian cows. At £200,000 a piece, their investment has been heavy but the consequential results have improved efficiency, created a better work/life balance and provided a new avenue for Sam to become involved with. “I don’t think it was as much of a shock to them as it was to us,” says Michael. “We knew the initial weeks were going to be tough as each cow needed to be lasered in and the readjustment to their management.

“It was a lot of hard work to retrain the cows to work the new system but we are getting used to them. “But the reports we receive on each cow is so detailed and is a very pro-active way of managing each and every one.” Predominantly summer calving, most of their cows are home-bred and Michael hopes to increase numbers to 120 next year. Averaging 9,500 litres per cow, the milk has always been supplied to Colston Bassett. “Our great grandfather was one of the original producers who sent milk to the dairy. As the generations evolved Michael and I eventually took it over after our father died in 2002.” Alongside their current milk price of 20.3ppl the family receives an annual bonus from the dairy for producing the milk. “We have the knowledge our milk is being used in a quality product and we are privileged this is the way it has always been,” says Jill. “We receive a good bonus and we are in a position to then invest in the future so that eventually we can take a step back.” Recently, to encourage consumers to take a fresh look at Stilton and Shropshire Blue, the dairy has worked with six top chefs who excel in a particular cuisine to come up with a recipe book, which have been sent out to all of their customers, including Booths, restaurants and specialist cheese shops. “We are trying to encourage consumers to try it within different cultures and make fantastic recipes with a traditional cheese,” says Jill. “We have to try and work with the times and create new trends.”

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IN YOUR FIELD

Every week we follow the ups and downs of farmers around the UK JAMES POWELL

Powys James farms 180ha (450 acres) of uplands in Llanbadarn Fynydd, Powys. Married to Rachel with three sons, James runs 1,000 ewes, mostly Aberfield crosses, plus a 50-head suckler herd. An HCC scholar in 2014, he is involved with NFU Cymru’s Next Generation initiative and passionate about rural affairs.

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t is still uncommonly mild and grass is freshening up on the fields without livestock. Most of our yearlings and ewe lambs have gone on their winter holidays and I am sure they are enjoying some drier soils to flourish on. This year’s lamb crop has all but gone, except for a trailer load which will grow on into the New Year. On reflection, our lamb sales have been stronger this year, due in part to the warmth giving an exceptional growing season, but lambs have been healthier due to harder selective pressure in the ewes and being ahead of worm burdens has also helped a great deal. We scanned the cows two weeks ago and are pleased with the conception rate of 92 per cent and a full 100 per cent in the heifers. Our family home is now ready for the festivities with our three young boys fully aware Christmas is almost upon us. They have all been involved in the run-up, with the oldest two, of school age, having been in no less than three different community nativity plays.

‘In farming, we are all fortunate family is truly at the heart of our industry’ In the highlight of any parent’s school year, the school nativity, we were treated to several frantic on stage wee breaks, the usual waving to parents and a cheeky cowboy pinching Joseph’s bum. This was an extremely welcome sight, not just the bum pinching, but the school remaining open at the end of term, as plans to close

it now appear have been shelved. With pupil numbers soaring, fundraising efforts and general community support for the school is at an all-time high and it is plain to see our communities have found such strength in unity. Yet it is sad to see this time of year tarnished with atrocities around the world in the last week.

We can only hope things will resolve sometime soon but, for me, it really brings home the importance of taking the chance to spend time with your family and, in the farming community, we are all fortunate family is truly at the heart of our industry. Have a happy Christmas and a truly prosperous New Year.

Farmers Weather by Dr Simon Keeling

Forget ‘white’ Christmas it will be stormy CHRISTMAS is upon us and the weather pattern is changing. Gone is the relatively quiet weather we have enjoyed in recent weeks, and in comes a stormier spell. A shift in the jet stream’s position is causing the change to windier and wetter conditions in the last day or so and it is now blowing at almost 200mph above the UK. Storms are not unusual at this time of year and they are generally noted to occur through Christmas and into the following days. This year’s storms are likely to be a day or two early, but will otherwise be similar to those in previous years. 94 | DECEMBER 23 2016

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However, we do not expect the change in weather to be prolonged. There will be lots of wind and rain over the Christmas weekend, but the indications are pressure will build again into next week. The perceived ‘traditional’ Dickensian weather conditions are something of a rarity. Christmas card snow scenes came about because of the colder, snowier winters which were experienced during the Little Ice Age, which occurred from the 1550s to 1850s. Dickens published A Christmas Carol in December 1843 which was a remarkably mild month. Perhaps

he was recalling the winter of 1840/1841, which was severe. In modern times some have calculated the odds of snow at Christmas to be as low as 6 per cent in London, rising to 53 per cent in Aberdeen. Hill farms in Scotland and the Pennines are likely to see snow this year, although probably not until later on Christmas Day and even then in the form of showers. Whatever your plans, a Merry Christmas from all of us at Farmers Weather. Of course, we will update our forecast videos as usual through Christmas and New Year at www.farmersweather.co.uk

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NEXT WEEK Cumbria Will Case Kent Marie Prebble

‘The good news is the milk price is increasing’ Cheshire Phil farms 385ha (950 acres) in Cheshire, split between the family farm on Lord Cholmondeley’s estate and Organsdale Farm near Tarporley. He milks 300 cows, mainly pedigree Brown Swiss, as well as diversifying into business units and an equestrian facility. He is also a Nuffield Scholar. Twitter: @PhilLatham

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istorians will, I think, look back on this year and wonder what on earth happened to persuade so many to voters to change the course of their country’s politics. I believe the well-off have had it too good for too long and they became complacent. The poorly

paid have been forgotten and the benefits of globalisation have been shared inequitably, creating a level of dissatisfaction which has been exploited by politicians and business people to meet their own ends. So I look forward to 2017 and the changes it will bring with the same anticipation I had when I bungeejumped into Skippers Canyon in New Zealand many years ago. Back then I knew I had a safety rope tied to my legs, I just had to overcome my fear and take the leap. This time I have been pushed off by the enthusiasm of others and I have no idea whether there is any kind of safety equipment. It is certainly disorientating but I guess it is exciting too. I had an office clear-out last week. Years of records which seemed so vital have gone up in smoke, a rather sad end to many files diligently kept. Within them were endless reports on Common Agricultural Policy and its reform, quota rules and Defra policy changes and I guess this year is just a continuation of a theme.

Life changes, we move on and we must adapt, as we have before. We have finished our first silage clamp, which means the moveable cow cubicles can be repositioned and the last milkers can come inside, which will be a relief. With a bit of luck we will be out in February and the grazing calendar will start again. Milk from forage has risen as we have gone from second cut to first, which is great news. We will have better tactics next year, weather permitting.

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There is always a ‘yin and yang’ to life. Last year I received two milk price drop letters in the days before Christmas Eve and this year I have just had notice a key member of Kelsall Hill’s team is leaving. The good news is the milk price is increasing and the ‘elf on a shelf’ has returned, much to the delight of Daisy and Sam who tour the house each morning looking to see where he’s popped up. It is magical. I wish you all a happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.

The first correct entry received by next Friday will receive £20-worth of M&S vouchers. Send to: Crossword No. 857, Farmers Guardian, Unit 4, Fulwood Business Park, Caxton Road, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9NZ.

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6 Prof to exceptionally choose (3,3) 8 What you did with your Christmas stocking (or pillow case if you were greedy) (4,2,2) 10 First footers pass over this thick slice of bread (8) 11 With opening greeting, airforces regularly producing sounds of rapid vibratory motion (6) 12 Kinky hi-tec person who drinks too many cuppas (5) 13 Pooh’s mate; such a little animal (5,3) 14 Organise collective tip - rash step, handout gone wrong (4,3,3,5) 18 This capital is close to Santa’s homeland (8) 20 These are decorated for Christmas in street cut short, start to finish (5) 22 Glitz finally in occasionally tenguinea bright, showy plant (6) 23 Races after most of the birds (8) 24 Unusually macerate afternoon scone treat (5,3) 25 Vigour of part of pencil-sharpener gyrating (6)

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1 Produce buds to accompany 20 down (6) 2 Extremely cold where 19 lives (6) 3 7,5 wishes its readers such a season of cheer (1,5,9) 4 19’s elves might wear this in Lapland (8) 5 See 7 7/5 This weekly favourite is in front of you (7,8) 9 Becoming aware of not this on the Christmas cake (5) 15 Properly organised earliest workshops (8) 16 Girls’ pre-nuptial do; lively therapy including touch of naughtiness (3,5) 17 Supervise sets of cricket balls on centre of greens (7) 19 Welcome visitor’s pleasant arrival discovered (5) 20 Dropping middle bit of prison warder’s Christmas dinner maybe (6) 21 Toboggan shoots at first over large ridge (6)

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Answers to crossword 855: Across: 6 Budget estimates, 9 Accord, 10 Address, 11 Sky lantern, 13 Item, 14 Acute, 15 Carps, 19 Epic, 20 Fire danger, 21 Readapt, 22 Bounty, 23 Animal husbandry. Down: 1 Cupcake, 2 Stud, 3 Estates, 4 Bird in hand, 5 Leashed, 7 Good luck charm, 8 Adélie penguin, 12 Notifiable, 16 Sparing, 17 Fretful, 18 Hectare, 22 Baby. Winner: C. Chadwick, Cheshire.

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YOUNG FARMER FOCUS

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‘All farmers should aim to be flexible’ Winter: Going in to winter is a strange time on the farm. Sheep are grazing on the common and all the machinery is not in use, which leaves me to finish the exciting jobs of cleaning and fixing the machines and general upkeep of the farm. On dry days I tend to be driving around the fields with stock wire and posts in the tractor bucket to see which posts have rotted away over the previous year and to discover how much of the fence has been ‘nibbled’ by the hedge-cutting contractor. Amid the maintenance jobs I will get the dogs on the back of the quad and go for a spin to check on the lambs which graze in the fields near the house and the ewes and rams on the common. All our lambs are put in one bunch after weaning and are quickly moved from field to field. We then move them to a central point once a week for

Dan Pritchard Gower Peninsula, South Wales Daniel Pritchard, 31, farms 1,150 ewes on 101ha (250 acres) grazing ewes on the salt marsh tidal range near Llanrhidian. He is a NSA next generation ambassador. Dan Pritchard believes in flexible business models to manage volatility. them to be sorted and any prime lambs to be removed from the group and sold. Opportunity: This year I was lucky enough to be chosen for the National Sheep Association (NSA) Next Generation Ambassador group. It is a group of like-minded sheep farmers from all over the UK, who meet five times throughout the year. We learn new ideas which help improve the efficiency and

productivity of our farm businesses through farm tours and expert knowledge from leading people in the industry. I found this a very worthwhile group to be involved with and would recommend that any young farmers looking to improve should apply for next year’s intake. Brexit: I think I am in the majority of farmers who have not got a clue what effect Brexit will have on UK agriculture. Lamb prices did improve as a result of the exchange rate, but if it will stay is anyone’s guess. The one thing I think all farmers should aim for is to be flexible with their business models, because then when prices are low we can adjust to survive, but push on when prices are better. Turkeys: This year should be quite a bit quieter than normal. Most of the lambs will have been sold and the ewes will still be grazing the common, as there are low tides expected so they will not have to come inland. I will be continuing my Christmas tradition in helping a local farmer pluck his Christmas turkeys. But my main highlight over this period will be watching the local rugby with the Ospreys playing the Scarlets just after Christmas. Come on the Ospreys. 5 1

“I’m not blaming you - I’m just saying they weren’t there last year!”

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