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POSTCODE LOTTERY ● Bird flu zones hit free-range sector ● Welsh and Scottish farms exempt ● No ‘science base’ to restrictions By Lauren Dean DEFRA has come under fire after it introduced a ‘postcode lottery’ bird flu restriction system which is likely to deny some English poultry producers their free-range status and render some businesses untenable. The British Free Range Egg Producers Association called for the removal of higher risk areas (HRAs) throughout England after a devolved approach left Scotland and Wales with no such restrictions, despite sharing borders.

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All UK poultry keepers will be required to assess enhanced biosecurity measures and continue to separate flocks from wild birds until April 30, but only those in HRAs will be ordered to continue housing their birds. It came as the EU Commission refused to extend the 12-week freerange status over fears it would jeopardise the credibility of EU marketing standards. MORE ON THIS STORY Continued on page 3.

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By Lauren Dean HEREFORDSHIRE Council has been criticised after failing to disclose sections of a report which highlighted advice to sell only part of its farms estate and enable a ‘continued means for first generation farmers to enter the industry’. A complaint from the NFU on the council’s ‘heart-breaking and short-sighted’ decision forced the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) to request the information, previously withheld for its ‘commercial sensitivity’, after the sale of its entire estate affected about 45 farming families. Its cabinet agreed the sale of all its tenant farms in December 2015.

Disappointed George Dunn, chief executive of the Tenant Farmers Association (TFA), said he was ‘bitterly disappointed’ and the council should ‘hang their head in shame’. “Our position is that the council handled the decision around county farms very badly since day one, and I must point out that no holdings have actually been filled yet,” he said. “Anthony Johnson, the council leader at the time of the decision, gave certain assurances and convinced us the sale was not about kicking families out of the farms but rather about a new landlord. “But every single one of his promises has been reneged upon.”

At the time of the cabinet meeting in December 2015, Mr Johnson said the tenants deserved ‘better landlords’ and a change in ownership could actually benefit farmers. But Mr Dunn said the council overlooked advice to retain, rationalise and better manage the land and instead chose to ‘bury and ditch’ the Fisher German report, saying it formed no part of their consideration. NFU deputy president Minette Batters echoed the claims and said evidence from the report had provided vindication for the affected tenant farmers. She said: “We can only hope that, following this latest revelation in Herefordshire, the council takes a long, hard look at how it is treating its tenant farmers. many of whom are facing the devastating loss of both their livelihoods and their homes.”

The council handled the decision around county farms very badly since day one GEORGE DUNN

Tributes paid to former FG journalist TRIBUTES have been paid to former Farmers Guardian journalist Neil Ryder who died suddenly aged 73. Neil was a respected member of the FG team for many years and continued his work in agricultural journalism as a freelance writer and photographer.

FG editor Ben Briggs said: “Neil was an excellent writer of both features and news and was still a valued freelance contributor to FG. His death comes as a huge shock.” He leaves behind his wife Rosemary and daughters Helen and Kirsty.

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‘hidden in plain sight’ By Lauren Dean

A SHEEP rustler who attempted to conceal 65 stolen animals in another farmer’s field was caught red-handed by police. The 54-year-old, from Middlesborough, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of theft and possession of cannabis in Hambleton, North Yorkshire, following a tip-off from a member of the public. Inspector Jon Grainge, North

Yorkshire Police Rural Taskforce, said the landowner was unaware the sheep had been dumped and urged others to be vigilant. He said: “We are making every effort to identify the owners of these animals and are keen for anyone who has had sheep or goats stolen since lambing 2016 to contact us, giving as much information as possible to assist with identification.

Cases “There are likely to be many similar cases across North Yorkshire and further afield. “If you notice anything unusual,

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a different person attending a flock or offers of sheep or goats for sale, please contact us. If you are able to get any names, vehicle details, registrations or even partial registrations, we would like to know.” Insp Grainge said sheep were often stolen for the illegal meat trade, with many ‘hidden in plain sight’ in fields and barns. CAN YOU HELP? Anybody with information about the stolen sheep should email ruraltaskforce@northyorkshire.pnn. or contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

ROBERT Gooch, chief executive of the British Free Range Egg Producers Association (BFREPA), said the authorities had ‘serious inconsistencies’ in how they dealt with the issue which could ‘spell the end’ for some producers. “There is a lack of common sense in an approach which allows birds on one side of the Severn Estuary to range, while across the border in England birds continue to be housed,” he said. “The enhanced biosecurity measures proposed for most free-range flocks outside of high risk areas (HRAs) should apply all over the country.”


FREEZING WEATHER TURNS FINE IT was a week of two halves after freezing temperatures blanketed swathes of the UK with snow, including this field in Askrigg, North Yorkshire, only to then be replaced with highs of 12degC in some areas by Wednesday. For more on weather, see page 126.

Farm stress must not be ignored WARNINGS from farming communities over the increase in rural stress have been highlighted by the Farming Community Network’s (FCN) call for the Government’s mental health reforms not to forget rural communities. University of Oxford research into farmers’ stress levels found the biggest causes of angst in the

industry were record-keeping, paperwork, keeping up with new legislation and financial volatility.

Health FCN figures showed 20 per cent of all calls to its helpline were related to mental health problems, with more than 50 farmers committing suicide each year.

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MENTAL HEALTH In a bid to raise health awareness in the farming community, Farmers Guardian is running a series of articles looking at key issues. In this week’s Beyond The Farm Gate, businesswoman Celia Gaze reflects on her severe experience with stress and how she was able to overcome it. See page 123.

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The recent outbreak at a broiler farm near Redgrave, mid-Suffolk, not in an HRA, was ‘proof there was little science available’ to accurately pinpoint where HRAs should be, Mr Gooch said. Free-range egg producer Peter Brown runs 44,000 birds only 700 metres from a farm which is classified as being in an HRA near Bury St Edmunds. He said either the whole country should be made to keep birds housed or ‘none at all’. “The outbreak in Suffolk was only 23 miles from us and proves birds do not respect circles on maps,” he said. “If we choose to keep our birds housed outside of an HRA we are certain to lose free-range status, with some retailers cutting prices to equal barn-reared which would mean a 30p loss per dozen.” A Defra spokesman said: “Effective disease control will always be our priority. We believe mandatory biosecurity across England, combined with targeted housing or range netting in HRAs, is the best option to control disease, protect birds’ welfare and ensure consumers can buy free-range products.”

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Scots in rallying cry to devolved nations rSeparate policies

needed, says Ewing By Abi Kay SCOTTISH Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has issued a rallying cry to the other devolved nations to join the fight for greater agricultural powers. He made the plea in a letter to his counterparts in Wales and Northern Ireland, Lesley Griffiths and Michelle McIlveen. The letter, which said EU farming powers should become the responsibility of Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast when the UK leaves the EU, followed First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s warning last week about a devolution ‘battle’ in the coming months.

Powers In the letter, Mr Ewing said: “Ruth Davidson MSP, leader of the Scottish Conservatives, has made clear powers transferring from the EU should sit with the UK Government to be shared with Scotland, and presumably your devolved administrations. I am concerned by this and hope we can find common ground on it “I look forward to discussing these issues in person and making

I look forward to discussing these issues in person and making these points clearly and directly to our UK Government counterparts FERGUS EWING these points clearly and directly to our UK Government counterparts.” Farmers Guardian asked cross-border farmer Robert Campbell how he would be affected by dealing with two different systems on issues such as farm payments. Mr Campbell, who farms at Stokesley, Middlesbrough, and Stow, Scottish Borders, said entirely separate systems would reduce the complexity of having to amalgamate two separate claims. “It would be much easier for me to actually track what was going on

because I could talk to one about what they are doing and the other about what they are doing rather than having to listen to one of them blame the other, which is what can go on at this stage,” he said. The new push for agricultural freedom in Scotland came as Welsh Rural Affairs Committee chairman Mark Reckless suggested Wales could look at a bilateral deal with England on a common agricultural framework if the UK Government’s proposals were rejected by other devolved nations.

Defra ‘stalling’ on inquiry WELSH Assembly Member (AM) Mark Reckless has accused UK Ministers of ‘refusing to engage’ with the Rural Affairs Committee’s Brexit inquiry. The claims come after Farming Minister George Eustice cancelled

plans to give evidence at late notice and Defra Secretary Andrea Leadsom rejected an invitation to appear before AMs. Mr Reckless, who chairs the committee, wrote a strongly-worded letter to Mr Eustice which said

£18m for Glastir scheme WELSH Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths has announced £18 million of new funding for Glastir Advanced, the Welsh Government’s sustainable land management scheme. The expression of interest window will open on February 28 and close at midnight on March 31.

In exchange for the funding, farmers will be expected to deliver environmental improvements for habitats, species, soil and water. The news was welcomed by the Farmers’ Union of Wales, but policy officer Charlotte Priddy said farmers needed to understand what they had signed up to.

the apparent refusal of UK Ministers to engage was a ‘matter of grave concern’. He told Farmers Guardian he feared there could be more to the cancellation than a diary issue and was worried about a ‘land grab’ of agricultural powers.

Financing “We would like to press Mr Eustice on those issues and explore more about what sort of UK framework he would propose and what kind of financing arrangement he is looking at,” he added. A Defra spokesman said it was not possible for the Minister to attend on this occasion but the department was working closely with Welsh farmers on agriculture policy.

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THE NFU has contacted the BBC questioning the impartiality of its presenter Chris Packham after he encouraged people to support a ban on glyphosate and attacked the union on Twitter. Mr Packham asked his 178,000 followers on Twitter to sign a European Citizens’ Initiative which

would require the European Commission to address demands for a glyphosate ban. When challenged, he posted a link to a recent study which claimed to show a link between the chemical and liver disease and urged people not to be persuaded by ‘industry propaganda’. An NFU spokesman said: “This is not the first time Chris Packham has used his public profile as a platform to make statements in support of causes he feels strongly about. “In 2013, we understand he was

Chris Packham’s impartiality is being questioned.

spoken to by the BBC after he posted a series of tweets against the badger cull around the time culling started. And earlier this year he was forced to post a clarification on his Twitter account after an inaccurate tweet was posted about lapwings being shot in the UK.”

Counter-argument Despite counter-argument from farmers and others on Twitter, Mr Packham doubled-down on his position and began to take aim at the NFU for its infographic about the benefits of using glyphosate. He fired off a further set of tweets linking to an article on which branded the NFU an ‘anti-environmental, agribusiness lobby group’ which ‘appears unconcerned about scientific evidence or the opinions of the general public’.

The NFU spokesman added: “The Ethical Consumer report is riddled with inaccuracies and out-of-date information and was produced by an organisation which has actively campaigned against the badger cull and has called on shoppers to stop buying dairy products. This can hardly be viewed as impartial, objective research. “We will be contacting the BBC to get a clear understanding of its position in employing someone who clearly has very strong views on issues but is consistently portrayed as an impartial expert.” FG TWITTER POLL On FG’s Twitter poll, asking whether Mr Packham had breached impartiality rules, 839 people voted. 89 per cent said he had and 11 per cent said he had not.

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THE NFU has been accused of peddling a ‘corporate food agenda’ which ignores the needs of family farmers and small-scale producers. The claims were made by Land Workers’ Alliance director Oli Rodker, who said he was concerned small farmers had been ‘squeezed out’ by the agribusiness lobby during the Family Farmers’ Association AGM in Parliament. “There are all sorts of different things we could do if we were really committed to creating a healthy British farming scene with healthy rural communities,” he added. “At the moment, they are being sacrificed because people at the top of the NFU and people in Defra view food as an essential part of gross domestic product [GDP] and want to export as much as possible to raise our GDP figures. “I do not think that puts good food and healthy people front-andcentre where they should be.” Mr Rodker said post-Brexit the Government should consider set-

ting up a grant scheme for new entrants, encourage local authorities to stop selling off county farms, spend money on research into low impact food production as opposed to biotech and invest in diversification of upland farms.

Subsidy regime Changing the subsidy regime was also high on his agenda to protect small-scale producers. “The people who are farming thousands of acres do not need support from the state. They should be able to make a living with economies of scale and the mechanisation they are using,” he said. “There has been a ‘get big or get out’ mentality which has obviously benefited people with capital, but it has led to concentration of ownership and more inequality as money has gone to the people who already have the most land.” Farmers Guardian was unable to obtain a comment from the NFU.

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Progress Answering charges that farmers had heard little about progress concerning the four Centres for Agricultural Innovation – CHAP (crop health), CIEL (livestock), Agri-EPI (engineering) and Agrimetrics (data) – since the

AgriTech Strategy, which they form part of, was launched in 2013, David Flanders, Agrimetrics chief executive, said: “We have spoken to tens if not hundreds of farmers. Agrimetrics has been going less than a year. We are working with yield modelling and the Yield Enhancement Network. There is a project on potato yield which will hit the streets this season.” Dr Andrew Swift, director, science division, Capita with Fera Science, which encompasses CHAP, added: “Research is a long time-frame. We want to make sure researchers engage with farmers and work more closely with AHDB and innovative farmers.” He said Fera would have new freedoms to pursue commercialisation of

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BPS 2015 dents confidence in Defra MPs on the Public Accounts Committee have said the problems in delivering BPS 2015 payments have done nothing to ‘inspire confidence’ in Defra’s ability to cope with future Brexit challenges. A report by the committee slammed the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) for its failure to pay farmers in England on time and in full. It read: “Defra has responsibility for rural affairs in England, but it has not assessed the impact of these failures on farmers and the rural community, nor done enough to mitigate the impact on farmers’ livelihoods of late and partial payments.

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If IT wasn’t tough enough to get a foot on the farming ladder, the diminishing number of county council farms is making it even harder to get started. Herefordshire Council’s decision to rid itself of its farm estate has rightly been scrutinised by unions and tenant farming chiefs, but the damage could have already been done (page 2). The issue for many new entrants or young farmers is that the chances of getting started in farming are increasingly tough, and while the work ethic and drive of many to succeed will see them through, many more face huge odds. You only have to read our back page Young Farmer Focus on a weekly basis to realise the passion many have for this industry, and it is heartening to see. But their options are reducing all the time. It might be understandable that, in an era when many councils are facing having their budgets squeezed as Government tries to plug huge holes in the NHS and police services, they are seeking to


off-load their farming estates as many have done. But that begs the question as to where the next generation of farmers will get their start in the industry and what that means for the sector and food production as a whole. Added to this is the fact many of these farms, which are often smaller units without the scale of more commercial farms, could disappear from the landscape and inadvertently change the aesthetic of the countryside, especially if the sites are redeveloped for non-farming purposes or to accommodate a bigger farming operation. It seems that on every level farming finds itself at the bottom of the agenda, whether at national or local government level. Maybe it is reflective of a UK population that no longer has ties to the land and, therefore, is unconcerned about the plight of farms and farmers. The enthusiasm and desire of our young farming community will not diminish, but it often needs a helping hand in the first place.

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SAWS needed to cut the loss of labour THE suggestion by Immigration Minister Robert Goodwill a new seasonal agricultural workers’ scheme (SAWS) could be introduced post-Brexit has been greeted with cautious optimism. The wheel has come full circle – SAWS was scaled back and then terminated in 2013 as the Government assumed a ready supply of transient agricultural labour from the post-2004 EU countries removed the need for it. Since then the supply has begun to dry up. Brexit has sharpened concerns over the long-term impact of labour shortages on Britain’s harvests. To alleviate the immediate shortage, particularly in horticulture, the NFU has been pushing for a trial introduction of a new SAWSlike permit scheme. With the benefit of hindsight, terminating SAWS looks like an act of self-harm. The quota system 10 | FEBRUARY 17 2017

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limited numbers, was designed for agricultural students who returned to their country of origin after six months and ensured they were accommodated by their employer, thus reducing the impact on local communities. Unless a similar scheme is introduced, any temporary migration scheme to make up the labour shortfall will inevitably run into trouble, as most have historically. Without safeguards imposed by a regulated, quota system, there is little to stop temporary workers from becoming permanent. Mr Goodwill’s comments appear to be in line with Theresa May’s unexpected announcement last autumn work permit-type schemes, rather than points-based ones, could be applied to particular regions and sectors. Indeed, this proposal was referred to by Defra Secretary Andrea Leadsom who, addressing the Oxford Farming Conference last

Many farms rely on migrant staff.

month, acknowledged the importance of European Economic Area (EEA) seasonal labour to the agricultural sector and indicated Government may look favourably on schemes enabling farmers to recruit from the EEA post-Brexit. Nonetheless, ending free movement of workers between Britain and the EEA has repeatedly been seen as a ‘red line’ for Government. Without a SAWS-type scheme, the effect on businesses reliant on

European seasonal workers could be catastrophic. Some farmers are already facing a 10 per cent shortfall in labour this year and there is a real risk some of the fruit and vegetable crops ready for harvest may simply rot in fields. This is likely to lead to price rises and greater reliance on imports, which is not ideal as demonstrated by the recent problems caused by adverse weather in southern Spain. Much discussion, debate and analysis is required on any proposed labour scheme. The likelihood British workers can fill a recruitment black hole is slim. Few want seasonal work in an industry requiring long hours and hard work on the minimum wage. The sooner a framework is drafted for a new seasonal worker scheme, the better. MORE ON LABOUR SHORTAGES See pages 12-13.

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Fewer subsidies WHILE it is prudent for all involved in farming to review their business in the light of a reduced subsidy, we are in real danger with constant reports of farming without subsidy, of giving the Government a green light to push forward with draconian measures which render UK agriculture unviable. Agricultural subsidies have enabled successive UK Governments to wield control over rural businesses, to keep food inflation low and thereby enable most of the population to be aspirational home owners. Furthermore, comparisons to our Antipodean competitors are neither helpful nor realistic with costs of living, both in terms of food inflation and, more importantly, house prices very different to our own. Historical (and maybe current) welfare and environmental standards are different to the British Isles. I am not talking here of the glossy brochure advertisements of those supplying UK supermarkets, I am referring to the experience of hundreds of UK agriculturalists who return from the southern hemisphere with standards unacceptable in our own country. Dominic Naylor, Northumberland.

BWMB changes WE are now due for election on the British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB). I hope any new member would address some of the problems which are apparent to me. Firstly, we are still handling wool from farm to store more or less as we have always done. No expense to the board, but certainly to the producer.

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We may not like it, but we are dealing with a low value product and an inconvenient one at that. Marketing costs are our greatest expense. We are still grading like we always have done. If we had suitable containers on-farm, these could be core sampled in the store. This would suit larger producers as they get favourable treatment and produce a large percentage of the clip. It should not be BWMB policy to maintain outdated and expensive ways of marketing the British clip. If only two of the problems were addressed, marketing costs would be reduced dramatically. The threat from competitors would be overcome as they are only interested in short-term financial gain. The BWMB has a great story to tell. We have all seen shearing improve dramatically, thanks to sound shearing training financed by the BWMB. I write as a long-term supporter, but, at times, a disgruntled producer. I hope to see the BWMB change. Mike Evans, Mid-Wales.

Brexit worries THE Brexit doubters seem to forget some important UK fundamentals. Mainly, we are world leaders in genetics and pedigree livestock and innovation runs through the views of crop development and protection. We have some of the best agricultural colleges and campus locations in what used to be Europe. The young in our industry have embraced new thinking and technology which has passed me by. This, in fact, is the only doubt I hold in our ‘go it alone’ brilliant future.

Namely, an ageing membership on land in comparison with other EU countries – our competitors, not partners. Mainly due to taxation, inheritance law and even the wholesale loss of council smallholdings, many have been trapped in that way and the young held back from their own farming careers. It is a fact that in Canada, Australia and New Zealand, the age demographic of farmers is lower, so that is the only other downside of Brexit. Can we all adapt and learn new tricks? At least the old jibe about ‘featherbedding’ will certainly end. Paul Trenbeth, Fareham, Hampshire.

NZ Countryfile I WAS perplexed to read that Matthew Jenkinson was ‘left distraught’ by Countryfile’s recent reports from New Zealand, featuring Adam Henson. Week in week out, Countryfile celebrates the variety of Britain’s rural landscape and reports on the very best of farming throughout the UK. Given the opportunity, however, there is not a farmer anywhere who will not look over the hedge at someone else’s farm to see if they might have something to learn, which is just what we were doing in New Zealand. New Zealand and Britain have the closest of shared histories, which has led generations of young farmers like Mr Jenkinson to visit ‘the land of the long white cloud’ to expand their agricultural knowledge and expertise. Mr Henson did exactly that 30 years ago, but much has changed since then and, three decades later, this return

trip was especially timely, given the challenges and opportunities British farming now faces post-Brexit. Back in the 1980s, New Zealand agriculture went through its own painful readjustment following the withdrawal of Government subsidies, yet today, as Mr Jenkinson notes, it is doing pretty well. The question of how this came about is of interest to everyone. New Zealand is not Britain – not least since its farmers seem to be rather less troubled by regulation – but the two countries may have much to learn from each other. Countryfile has a broad popular audience across both town and countryside. As the Brexit clock counts down, this series of four reports from New Zealand introduced viewers to some of the important issues and choices which will face both UK farmers and consumers. Bill Lyons, Executive editor, Countryfile.

Support needed EU FARM Commissioner Phil Hogan states European farmers will have their support cut post-Brexit (Farm payments to be slashed across Europe, FG, February 10) as the UK would no longer be contributing £2.5 billion into the farming budget – about the same as UK farmers receive. With this money back in the UK account, what reason can there be for any UK Government to fail to support its own agriculture and landscape? Jeremy Chamberlayne, Maisemore, Gloucester. FEBRUARY 17 2017 | 11

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INSIGHT In the latest of our debates on the future of UK farming, Abi Kay spoke to growers and horticulture specialists to discuss the future of the sector post-Brexit.

Labour access is top priority for UK HORTICULTURE


mport substitution, a new support scheme and crop protection regime were all tipped as opportunities for horticulture, but the benefits were overshadowed by the threat of losing a competent workforce. With immigration central to the Brexit campaign and a domestic workforce unable or unwilling to plug the gap, growers were keen to stress the need for migrant labour.

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FG spoke to: n Ali Capper, HerefordshireWorcestershire border Grows fruit and hops n Sarah Calcutt, Kent General manager of Avalon Growers Producer Organisation and National Fruit Show chairman

About 80-85 per cent of our employees are European, so obviously we are concerned about access to labour

WHAT DOES THE BREXIT VOTE MEAN FOR UK HORTICULTURE? AC: I think it is a challenge and an opportunity. It is a massive regulatory challenge, but the biggest challenge is labour. I would argue there is an opportunity for import substitution, rather than exports for our sector. SC: The talk has been about opportunity, but clearly discussion is needed about labour. You have a lot of companies pitching robotic solutions for labour issues, but we are a long way from this being a real solution. GP: Labour is the biggest challenge for me. Take migrant labour out of horticulture and you might as well just say it is closed. LS: About 80-85 per cent of our employees are European, so obviously we are concerned about access to labour. AC: We are now having to compete for people who do not think they can come here. A lot of eastern Europe thinks the door is already closed, and those who do not are not sure about coming. The devaluation of sterling means 12 | FEBRUARY 17 2017

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we are competing with Germany, Holland and France and we will probably have to pay more. SC: I did a piece of work for a large grower where we were looking to recruit local labour, paying above what is now National Living Wage. We did a massive campaign across local radio and job centres and we only managed to get 14 people who were employable. Only four turned up and only two lasted a week. LS: We have worked with the Department for Work and Pensions and job centres and, from 100 candidates, we put 20 on a course. Two turned up and both left at lunchtime. SC: It is expensive to live in rural areas too. Most of my growers are in Kent and Hampshire. Those are areas where commuters live, so it is not just talking about people who do not want to do it, but many cannot afford to live in a rural area and be a manual labourer. LS: We are seeing Romanians going to Germany now because of

n Guy Poskitt, Yorkshire Grows potatoes, carrots, parsnips and swedes n Lee Stiles, Lea Valley Secretary of Lea Valley Growers Association which represents 100 greenhouse growers

LEE STILES the exchange rate and because we are having battles in trying to offer good standards for on-site nursery workers. The cost of rent is prohibitive.

AC: The other thing is UK unemployment is low. People are not there looking for these jobs, but unemployment is also low now in Romania, Bulgaria and Poland.

ARE YOU HOPEFUL FOR THE FUTURE OF THE SECTOR? AC: My reading of the big four retailers is they want more British produce as their biggest issue with Brexit is exchange rate volatility and they want to mitigate this. Unless you process fresh produce, exporting into markets outside the EU is unrealistic from a storage and travel point of view.

The biggest opportunity for us is to grow more so supermarkets import less – a win-win for growers and retailers. GP: We have a great opportunity to grow, particularly as people are demanding British food. We just need Government to give us the policies to be able to do it.

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Post-Brexit priorities

WHAT ARE THE OTHER CHALLENGES FOR THE INDUSTRY? GP: Market access is massive. We buy and sell out of Europe every day. Selling further afield is a nice story but the reality is 75 per cent of what we export goes to the EU. You have only to look at how Asia is investing heavily in Australia and New Zealand. They are not stupid;

they see they can buy food from a lot closer to home than the UK. SC: I have had meetings with retailers in Dubai, so it is possible. We are all looking at returns, so it is about finding opportunities which will yield better than our home market and this is proving hard.

WILL DEFRA GET A GOOD DEAL FOR HORTICULTURE? GP: I like to think it can but it has to put horticulture a lot higher up the agenda. AC: Sadly, Government prioritises the industries it is going to protect in trade negotiations. It is not just Defra which needs to prioritise agriculture, it is the Department

for International Trade. At the moment, they are not prioritising agriculture and they need to. LS: If we are not prioritised in negotiations we could be undercut from other areas of the world which do not have the same food security standards we do.

The biggest opportunity for us is to grow more so supermarkets import less


ALI CAPPER LS: As long as access to labour, exchange rates and shrinking margins are dealt with, then yes. AC: We have not touched on crop protection legislation. The loss of this is, on one hand, quite scary, as

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we could find ourselves without a proper regulatory framework but, rather than being negative about it, I would prefer to look on it as an opportunity to change something which is not working well.

LS: The Lea Valley is in the opposite position. We cannot grow enough produce to fill our orders so we need to expand. SC: We also need to improve people’s perceptions of the value of produce. People think fresh fruit and vegetables are the cheapest part of their weekly shop. We are in a position now where a really large proportion of the industry is not sustainable.

n Ali Capper: Brexit is a huge challenge, but the biggest issue for us is labour n Sarah Calcutt: While there may be a chance to replace some imported products on UK shelves, we need a discussion on labour. Robotic solutions to staffing issues are a long way from being a working solution n Guy Poskitt: Securing access to a skilled and committed workforce is the biggest challenge for me. Take migrant labour out of horticulture and you might as well just say it is closed n Lee Stiles: With so many of our employees coming from Europe, we are obviously concerned about keeping access to labour

SHOULD HORTICULTURE BENEFIT FROM A NEW SUPPORT SCHEME? GP: Absolutely. One argument horticulture has always had is it does not get much of a slice of the cake in terms of area payments, compared with normal arable farming. We would like a slice which is relative to our gross domestic product, as opposed to arable getting a lot and our sector getting next to nothing. AC: I would like to see investment on the basis of return, rather than on a land area basis. Horticulture represents only 3 per cent of land in the UK, but it produces about 20 per cent the farmgate value. LS: We do not receive any CAP payments at all as it is based on acreage. In the future, we would like to see capital investment grants from Government to help growers expand and produce more. SC: I do struggle with support as we have issues enough as it is in horticulture. It is not about area,

We would like a slice which is relative to our gross domestic product GUY POSKITT but strategic return projects, so a project to invest in improving quality or productivity, reduction of labour needs and all those sorts of elements could have a clearly demonstrated return. It is about improving the situation as opposed to giving subsidy because this is what we have always done. Having a lot of businesses which are dependent is really unhealthy. FEBRUARY 17 2017 | 13

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Surge in drone sales sparks farmer concern rCall for more clarity

over law on drones By Lauren Dean

FARMERS have called for clarity on the law surrounding the use of drones on private land following suggestions the technology was being used by animal rights activists to gather information using ‘spy cameras’. Others suggested drones were being used to plan robberies in the countryside. Des Allen, who farms at Coddington, Nottinghamshire, said his farm had been targeted several times and was worried about the impact on his livestock.


The expected global market revenue from drone sales this year.

Mr Allen said a low flying drone could have a similar effect as a dog chasing livestock and could worry the animals.

Spying He said: “We never saw anything but my son was confident he heard a drone on two separate occasions. “What concerns us is who is flying them – is it animal rights activists, people spying? We do not know. “I mentioned the issue at an NFU meeting recently and quite a few people jumped on the bandwagon saying they had experienced similar incidents. It is quite worrying.” Global market revenue from drone sales is this year expected to see a huge jump, with an increase of 34 per cent taking the total to more than £4.8 billion ($6bn). Production figures are also set to increase 39 per cent from 2016, according to US technology research experts Gartner.

Drone restrictions CLA legal adviser Andrew Gillett said the Air Navigation Order 2016 allowed any person to fly a drone of no more than 20kg over private property without permission so long as they remained above the 50-metre height restriction. Those who break the restriction and therefore commit trespass can legally be shot down by a farmer, but a lack of proof the drone was lower than 50m could mean the farmer could face criminal damage charges of a fine and a possible criminal offence. Mr Gillett said: “The CLA is lobbying this issue but at the moment the rule is not good for farmers.

“It is very hard to prevent somebody from using a drone on your land because of the difficulties to identify who was using it and if they were under the 50m. “It would not be easy to tell if they were committing an offence.” CONSULTATION OPEN The UK Government has opened a consultation to review the use of drones across the country, including safety, security and privacy challenges and concerns that drones present. The closing date for submissions is March 15.

Cost of livestock attacks soars to high of £1.4 million THE number of dog attacks on livestock has increased by almost 50 per cent over the last year, with the total cost of claims reported at a record level of more than £1.4 million. Rural insurer NFU Mutual found costs more than trebled in Scotland and doubled in the Midlands, with the average cost of a claim jumping to

more than £1,300 – an £800 increase. It came as a farmer in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, was left facing the consequences after six of his sheep were injured in an incident last week. All sheep have since died. Tim Price, rural affairs specialist at NFU Mutual, said: “For small farmers in particular, livestock worrying is

devastating because it has a huge impact on their productivity.

Overcome “While insurance can cover the cost of replacing stock killed and the treatment of injured animals, there is a knock-on effect on breeding programmes that can take years to overcome.

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“The number of incidents reported to us is a small fraction of the total, which we estimate cost the industry £1.4 million last year.” Mr Price said an increase in higher individual costs of claims could be a result of an increase of attacks on pedigree and rare breed sheep.

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If we allocate the right amount of grass during this first rotation we will train cows to tightly graze and this in turn will improve grass quality in the following rotations. Grass demand will be low for the first two weeks of calving and it is easier to graze paddocks with lighter covers first.

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Supermarkets slammed over label confusion rMorrisons and

Waitrose in firing line By Lauren Dean TWO retailers have been criticised for ‘misleading’ customers over their use of British meat in their products. Morrisons was slammed for its failure to adhere to its 100 per cent British lamb policy when sourcing its own products, while Waitrose was once again attacked on social media for its use of New Zealand lamb in its British-branded ready meals. The NFU called on Morrisons to provide some clarity on its sourcing policy, after a promotion in the supermarket branded Australian and NZ lamb legs as ‘market deals’ under the Morrisons own-label brand. The union said its lack of British sourcing under the British lamb label was breaking its ‘high profile’ commitment to shoppers.

to rebrand its British-branded meals to ‘classic’ and challenged its supplier to use more British lamb. But after a response to say the term ‘British’ was to denote the origin of the recipe, NFU director general Terry

Morrisons and Waitrose have been slammed over ‘misleading’ labelling.

Jones said he did not ‘buy the explanation one bit’. Other farmers hit back at the supermarket and called for it

to ‘ditch its reliance’ on NZ lamb, after calling it a ‘cheap trick’, ‘misleading’ and ‘disgraceful’.


Strong backer NFU livestock board chairman Charles Sercombe said Morrisons’ messaging to shoppers was centred around being 100 per cent British on all fresh meat. He said: “We appreciate Morrisons purchases about 750,000 lambs each year, but in our view it is a real shame the retailer is now acting contrary to its commitments to consumers. “We also have concerns these imported products are being placed near British messaging at the point of sale, potentially leaving shoppers confused about the origin of the product they are purchasing.” A Morrisons spokesman said: “100 per cent of Morrisons-branded fresh lamb is British. As in previous years, we will run a handful of non-Morrisons branded promotions between Christmas and Easter when we sell a small amount of non-British lamb. “This is because a large volume of one cut is being sold out of balance to the rest of the carcase. Again, the country of origin is clearly labelled and the product is sold away from the counter.” Waitrose responded to complaints about its misleading labels by vowing

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Chelford auction mart to close rSite being sold

to developers By Laura Bowyer

OWNERS of Chelford auction market have described their ‘bitter disappointment’ following a decision to close the mart after 106 years of trading. The closure of the market in Cheshire was confirmed by the directors of Wright Marshall and it will hold its last sale on March 30. The Chelford business will be relocated to the firm’s site at Beeston Castle in the short-term. The landlords at Chelford have entered into a conditional contract to sell the site to a development company. Wright Marshall director Gwyn Williams said: “This is a bitter disappointment to the directors of Wright Marshall who have been striving for many years to provide a suitable site for relocation.

Negotiate “Good progress has been made on other options recently, and the firm had been attempting to negotiate a longer extension to the lease at Chelford to enable completion of a deal to move the business to a new

Chelford will hold its last sale on March 30.

site to coincide with moving out of Chelford. “Subsequent attempts to renegotiate terms upon that site have come to nothing, nor has the firm been successful in applications for grant funding from a number of sources.” It was reported planning consent for a new market at Middlewich was obtained in March 2014, in conjunction with developers Pochin, but these plans hit the buffers. There has been a market at the

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Chelford site since 1911, but the landlords, who include former partners of Frank Marshall, secured planning consent for the site six years ago.

Lease Mr Williams added: “We have been on a three-month rolling lease at Chelford for some time and the landlords have given us extended occupancy. If we could have moved

in the summer of 2015 it would have coincided well, but that has not been the case.” It is understood Wright Marshall has been looking at a site close to the motorway for a new auction mart, but this has been held up. Chelford’s Monday and Thursday sales will take place at Beeston on a Thursday, with a horticulture sale there on a Wednesday and the calf sales on a Friday.

ABP boss optimistic amid Brexit challenges UK consumers will continue to support British products despite the challenge from cheaper imports, according to ABP UK’s chief executive. Speaking to journalists at ABP’s processing plant in Ellesmere, Shropshire, Tom Kirwan acknowledged there was a threat from the US, but said the firm was focused on being ‘a better us’. “The consumer allows retailers to pay the farmer one of the highest prices in the world,” he said. “They will ask about animal welfare and hormone free. They are quite discerning and for beef and lamb they are very discerning. “Part of our role is to point out the differences.” Mr Kirwan said he had great faith in the quality of the UK product and there was large demand from the British consumer for British products.

“Whatever is thrown our way, we will find our way through,” he said. “Grass-fed beef is sought after, particularly in North America.” Mr Kirwan said he had stopped trying to ‘second guess’ what will happen after Brexit. “As a company, there is very little we can do with regards to Westminster and Brussels,” he said, adding tariff free quotas were ’critical’ for the industry.

Labour He also highlighted access to EU labour as a key concern. With many staff from the EU and with low unemployment in Shropshire, there would not be sufficient domestic workers to replace them, Mr Kirwan said. The company also confirmed it was committed to a £30 million investment in the processing plant at Shrewsbury despite Brexit.

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SPONSORED CONTENT In NFU Mutual’s continuing series on small farms, we find out how a change of circumstances led to difficult decisions for one Devon livestock farmer.

Part-time farming, full-time responsibility


espite having worked on a farm for his whole life, Andrew Carter never owned his own land. As the third generation of his family at Bishop’s Court Farm, near Ottery St Mary, Devon, he remembers sitting on his grandfather’s tractor and feeding livestock from as young as five years old. Back then, it was a 283-hectare (700-acre) arable, beef and sheep unit, running up to 100 head of cattle and 200 breeding ewes. Andrew says: “We used to own some land and rent more. My grandfather built it up and my dad and I worked for him. When I left school I stayed living on the farm until I was 26 before moving to my own house, but I have kept working there ever since.” Times changed, farm incomes depleted and the difficult nature of livestock farming meant Andrew’s grandfather took the decision to downsize. “Things wound down and he sold a lot of land and reduced his borrowing. The farm has been at about 121ha (300 acres) for 25 years now.” His grandfather passed away in 2009 and Andrew, now 51, has recently inherited a share of the unit which was left to him and his two siblings when his father, John, died unexpectedly in September 2014. Not knowing whether he was ever going to farm full-time, Andrew took a job at the Donkey Sanctuary at Sidmouth about 10 years ago. With his own land and buildings to now manage, he faces the time pressures and difficult decisions that anyone who farms at a limited scale can relate to. “Working for a family farm is alright, but as farmers know, it’s not all beer and skittles because you’re not always being paid proper money and your future is not always clear,” Andrew says. “I wasn’t sure what the future held so I got myself a job four days a week at the Donkey Sanctuary as an insurance policy for the future in case there was nothing left to go on with. I wasn’t sure back then. “It was a big decision for me having never worked away. It taught me there’s more to life than just farming and I met people I wouldn’t have otherwise met. I’m using the skills I learnt on the farm like tractor driving, fencing and maintenance.”

Challenging terrain


Bishop’s Court is a fairly flat farm, largely put to permanent pasture. Its meadows are dissected by the River Otter which can prove challenging during the winter months and periods of heavy rainfall. Despite having inherited just under 40ha (100 acres), the usable land at Andrew’s disposal is heavily restricted by weather. “It seems like quite a lot of land but I can’t use it all year round because it floods when the river

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comes up. The River Otter comes from Honiton and it swells up very quickly and doesn’t take long to burst its banks, coming up as high as a five-bar gate.” The unpredictable nature of the land affects the management of the unit and Andrew has to reduce livestock numbers on-farm before winter sets in. He currently has 10 head of March 2016-born Angus beef cattle out of Friesians which he bought as calves, plus 200 ewes – mostly Charollais cross and Lleyn cross – which he puts to the tup in October for March lambing. “We don’t scan but usually get quite a good lambing percentage of about 170 per cent. They lamb in March when the grass has started to grow, so I don’t have to feed them too much, then I sell as many as I can when they’re still on the ewes. “We struggle with grass in the winter because it’s meadow land, so I sell most of what I have left as stores at Exeter Livestock Market in autumn. I reduce my numbers as much as possible before Christmas. “The store lamb price hasn’t been too bad this year and it works better than dealing with the bad weather through the winter.”

Farm equipment The buildings equipping the farm are simple but practical. There is a covered yard which could be used to house more cattle but is currently extra housing at lambing. Andrew also has a hay shed, a general purpose barn and a lean-to sheep shed. Two tractors help with some of the heavier farm work and a John Deere Gator helps Andrew travel on wet ground. Across his full-time job and farming commitment, Andrew admits it is a heavy workload and says the change in circumstances over the past two years has led him to question what his next move should be.

Family involvement “On the face of it I have been given some land but it is a headache because at the scale we are at I’m going to have to keep on working. Some people diversify in different ways – I’m doing it by getting a job. “There’s not enough in it for me to be farming full-time. I work seven days a week to keep it going but we manage. “I was brought up with my grandparents who worked a lot harder than I ever have or ever will. My father carried it on and I’m trying to do the same.” Help around the farm comes principally from a friend and from his 24-year-old son, Shaun, who is keen on farming. Despite his age, he is also master of the East Devon Hunt. Andrew’s wife Della is involved during lambing, and their 21-year-old daughter Lesley, has also mucked in but now has family and work commitments of her own. “I’m lucky because I’m healthy at the moment so I can do this,” Andrew says. “Shaun is interested in farming so I’m keeping things going for him. He’s around all the time when he’s not doing hunting work and that helps me because if he’s there, I don’t have to be. “I’ve always farmed and it has become a way of life. We will continue to rub along the best we can.” FEBRUARY 17 2017 | 17

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Scottish livestock sector at threat outside EU market with both UK and EU By Alex Black LOSING full and free access to the European market is a ‘considerable threat’ to the Scottish red meat industry, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). Scotland’s livestock sector has relied on trade with the EU and the rest of the UK and just 23 per cent of the turnover for Scottish abattoirs comes from Scotland. With questions remaining over the future of Scotland’s position in the UK, QMS also highlighted the

Herdwick lamb returns to Booths HERDWICK lamb will return to the shelves of Booths supermarkets this year for its limited four-month season. Cumbrian hill farmer Ian Knight sources Herdwick from several local farm and supplies it to the retailer for a guaranteed price. He said: “Working with Booths guarantees secure demand and a fair price for our Herdwick lamb. This enables farmers to plan ahead and invest in a sustainable future for their businesses.” Booths meat buyer David Simons described Herdwick as a ‘hero’ product and highlighted growing consumer demand for its ‘gamey flavour’.

importance of the union for trade. Two-thirds of abattoir turnover last year was from sales to the rest of the UK, according to a briefing paper highlighting the challenges and opportunities for the Scottish red meat outside the EU. Ten per cent of turnover was from international markets, with 90 per cent of this from the EU.

Tariffs QMS chairman Jim McLaren said the UK could face ‘punitive tariffs and substantial market disruption’ from Europe following Brexit. “As with any major change, the prevailing uncertainty about the impact of Brexit is unwelcome for the Scottish red meat industry, as it is for many other UK industries for which exports play a key role,” he said.




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However, he said the UK would gain greater control of imports and, without other trade agreements, wholesale prices of imports would increase.

M&S seeking 6,000 extra Scotch lambs !



M&S has committed to supply 100 per cent Scotch lamb throughout the year.


The prevailing uncertainty about the impact of Brexit is unwelcome for the Scottish red meat industry

But the UK would also face tariffs when exporting to Europe and without ‘significant’ price correction, this would likely lead to a reduction in export volumes. Scotland would be ‘more than self-sufficient’ in meat without exports. The UK as a whole would not be able to meet domestic demand for beef and pork. QMS said trade was ‘a key part of managing seasonal supply and demand for cuts’. Leaving the EU could provide opportunities for developing trading agreements with non-EU markets with most growth in the agricultural market to 2025 in Asia, Latin American and the Middle East. But Mr McLaren warned developing these markets would ‘take time and significant resource’.


rReliance on trade

A COMMITMENT from Marks and Spencer to supply 100 per cent Scotch lamb throughout the year in Scottish stores has created a new market outlet for 10,000-12,000 prime animals. Farm Stock (Scotland) said it was actively working to procure an additional 5,000-6,000 lambs over and above what it would normally require in the next few months. Chairman of Farm Stock (Scotland) Ian Watson said: “This new market is great news for our farmers and I am sure they are up to the challenge of delivering stock to meet this fantastic opportunity. “M&S is to be applauded for making this commitment to our industry. It is now our turn to ensure that we meet its expectations.” Lambs for M&S must come from

M&S Select Farms, have full Scottish provenance, and be killed at Scotbeef, Bridge of Allan. Scotbeef fieldstaff are also sourcing animals for M&S.

Sourced Steve McLean, head agriculture at M&S, who announced the move to 100 per cent Scotch lamb in their Scottish stores at the Farm Stock (Scotland) supply chain conference last October, said customers were keen to buy regionally sourced meat. “In 2016 we sourced UK lamb for 42 weeks of the year,” said Mr McLean. “For 2017, we have not made the switch to New Zealand lamb in our Scottish stores, and instead will supply 100 per cent Scotch lamb throughout the entire year.”

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powder could hit market By Laura Bowyer DESPITE the dairy industry appearing to be exiting ‘a long and prolonged crisis’, the milk price rollercoaster may be on its way back down. That was the message from analyst and Dairy Farmer columnist Ian Potter at the South Wales Dairy Conference. Another uncertainty for the future milk price lies in the EU intervention stores in the form of 355,000 tonnes of milk powder, shortly approaching its best before date. Despite efforts to shift this powder, Mr Potter said just 40 tonnes have been cleared from stores, and if it cannot be dispatched as said, it will be soon hitting the open market, which could prove to further worsen the milk price. Mr Potter guessed ‘some processors might just be ballsy enough to bring the price back on April 1’,

The milk price roller-coaster may be on the way back down, says Ian Potter.

although some have said it is ‘stand on’ for March.

Spot prices He said: “Spot prices are back 35 per cent in two months and easing back and bulk fresh cream has dropped 25 per cent. Dairy markets will keep falling if this milk keeps flowing as erratically as it does.” Adding to the uncertainty of future farm incomes was the future of the country’s agricultural policy.

Mark Berrisford-Smith, head of economics for HSBC UK commercial banking, reassured the largely farmer-based audience the industry would not be forgotten in post-Brexit politics, as although it equated for a relatively small portion of the UK’s gross domestic product at primary production level, it became more valuable ‘when we consider that we all need to eat’. But Mr Berrisford-Smith said it ‘does not matter what Defra thinks’ as it would be the Treasury which

would ultimately make the decisions. Mr Potter added: “By no means do I have the confidence that we have the people to draw up an agricultural policy. What I want to see is one organisation pulling other organisations together rather than people tying to point score. “We need to pull together and stand up and be counted, otherwise we will be sidelined. But at the moment not even the NFU sectors can agree with one another.”

Dairy markets will keep falling if this milk keeps flowing as erratically as it does IAN POTTER

Used machinery market thrives from Brexit boost THE boost in second-hand machinery sales brought about by the Brexit vote is expected to continue thanks to a cocktail of rising prices for new tractors, lack of new tractor registrations, a shortage of stock for dealers and a drop in trade-ins. Cheffins director Bill Pepper said this range of factors had brought UK dealers back to the market. Sales for January and February 2017 compared with 2016 were up 19 per cent and 7 per cent respectively. “With sales totals increasing regularly, we can really see that both the UK and export market for secondhand machinery is booming,” said Mr Pepper, adding the export trade making the most of a drop in the 20 | FEBRUARY 17 2017

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pound had led to UK buyers vying against foreign buyers and had, in turn, pushed up prices.

Auction “We have also had a number of farmers entering stock to be sold as they see auction as the best way to achieve the highest prices for their machinery direct to the overseas market,” he said. “Looking ahead, I believe sales for second-hand machinery will continue to increase. “The lack of a concrete policy on Brexit will lead to continued uncertainty in the market, resulting in the pound trading at a low value over the coming months.”

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BUSINESS Accessing funds in today’s financial climate can be a tricky business. Olivia Midgley speaks to two asset finance experts and finds out what options are available to farmers.

Farmers urged to access innovative finance models


t one time a bank loan may have been the financing option of choice, but more and more farmers are now looking to other options including asset finance as a means of managing budgets and improving cashflow. Tristan Watkins, of BNP Paribas Leasing Solutions, said a bank loan often required security and would use up credit lines which could be preserved for other uses. “While there used to be a ‘cash is king’ attitude, farmers today tend to be more aware of the available options and recognise the need to match purchases to the right kind of finance,” said Mr Watkins. James Willis, director at Jackson

Rural, said uncertainty about the future of agricultural subsidies post-Brexit and a trend of low farming incomes meant lenders would be more likely to focus on the ‘credit aspect’ of a business, making borrowing more difficult.

Asset finance is an option, say experts.

Cautious “Banks and, in particular, high street banks, are still going to be cautious about lending,” said Mr Willis, highlighting the dairy sector as one which could struggle more than most. “Private banks have more discretion and you can often pick up the phone and talk to them. However, you do often pay a premium for this and they will want your

trading accounts, but you do get what you pay for.” Sale and leaseback is increasingly being used by farmers to raise capital. “This is a realistic option for farmers because they release some of their assets and as part of that negotiation they have the farm to rent for the rest of their lives for a discounted rent,” Mr Willis added.

Popular Mr Watkins said: “Asset finance is an increasingly popular payment option as it can provide farmers with the means to obtain the equipment they need without having to buy the machinery outright. “Leasing helps spread the cost of new equipment and some finance providers can even provide farmers with flexible payment options that accommodate for seasonal fluctuations in income. “As a result, monthly payments can be adjusted to match cashflow, enabling farmers to spread their budget over the year.” The different seasons also require

Leasing helps spread the cost of new equipment and some finance providers can even provide farmers with flexible payment options TRISTAN WATKINS different machinery and asset finance can allow farmers to lease the equipment they need, when they need it. Rather than ‘being stuck’ with a depreciating asset that may not meet their needs anymore, Mr Watkins said it meant farmers could also upgrade to the latest model at the end of the contract.

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the latest equipment for a regular sum that can be offset against taxable profits n Contract hire rolls up all costs, from delivery to maintenance, into regular rental payments, giving peace of mind that the assets will be well maintained throughout the contract

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GLOBAL farmland prices have remained strong despite pressure on commodity prices across the board. Savills’ Global Farmland Index recorded an average annualised growth of 13 per cent since 2002 and 7.5 per cent over the past 10 years. Ian Bailey, Savills head of agricultural research, said: “While pressure on commodity prices is the common theme across the global downturn in values over the past five years, farmland values have shown less volatility than other commodities, being significantly less affected by the global financial crisis in 2008. “Increased food production and competitive land use continue to drive demand, securing its status as an attractive investment.” In the UK, Mr Bailey said the average value of farmland was likely to remain under pressure in the




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“We expect increasing rollover and general economic improvement in the medium-term to support demand and therefore prices.” Mr Bailey said he expected average UK values to increase by 5.5 per cent over the next five years, although he predicted local variations and a widening price gap between the best and poorest land.

The report’s highlights ■ Denmark DANISH values are about 60 per cent of the equivalent quality farmland in prime German markets. Savills said a range of factors, including a number of sales forced by debts, meant Danish farmland prices had lost its place as some of the most expensive in Europe. ■ Romania THE Romanian farmland market is maturing rapidly as many west European and Scandinavian investors continue to see potential driven by current values. Savills said prices were ‘reasonable’ compared to the mature markets in Western Europe, including the UK. Top quality arable land values range from €5,000-€7,500 per hectare (£4,240-£6,360/ha, or £1,715-£2,570/acre).



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Fields are put through a five-year aftercare programme to return them to production after mining.

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or every farmer, soil management is a fundamental part of what they do, but never more so then on the Blagdon Estate, Northumberland. With 586 hectares (1,448 acres) set aside for surface coal mining, restoring land, particularly to arable production, is a huge challenge. But it is something farm manager Andrew Crewdson and Banks Mining landscape manager Richard Hutchinson work hard to get right on the Shotton and Brenkley sites which encroach onto Blagdon Estate. According to Richard, the future productivity of land post-restoration can be influenced as early as when the first soils are removed. “Firstly, topsoil is stripped off and we do this in summer to minimise soil damage,” he says. “We usually remove about 30cm which is stored in mounds round the periphery of the site. This is covered in a grass-based mix which helps look after soil while it is in storage and provides greenery for those looking onto the site.” Sub-soil is then stored in separate mounds, which is also seeded. Soil storage mounds are designed to preserve soil biology throughout the duration of mining operations.

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Stones are removed from the subsoil and topsoil to avoid damage to machinery. Land is then subsoiled and cultivated before a temporary grass ley is established. The replacement of topsoil marks the start of the five-year ‘aftercare’ programme, whereby Banks Mining is responsible for restoring the land to a standard agreed at the planning stage as being appropriate for its end use.

The red clover fixes nitrogen, which is released into soil to assist the establishment and productivity of the following crop


ANDREW CREWDSON “The size of individual soil mounds are limited in order to ensure soil organisms, such as worms and fungi, are not destroyed,” says Richard.

Overburden When it comes to reinstatement, firstly the overburden, including the rock and other materials which are removed from the void, are put back and consolidated to form an initial layer. “We aim to put a 900mm layer of subsoil back across the whole site

and 300mm of topsoil on top. It is important we get the falls and depths right as drains will need to be installed further into the restoration so it is crucial there is enough soil coverage.” Although millions of tonnes of coal is extracted from the site, no extra material is needed to fill the void, which exceeds 100 metres (328ft) in depth in some areas. “We actually end up with a higher land form than we had previously as the underlying rock between the coal seams bulks up,” says Richard.

Throughout this five-year period, standard practice is to maintain land as a grass ley. Firstly, a short-term rye-grass and red clover mixture is established until the under-drainage is installed, followed by a longer term grass mixture. Andrew says: “The rye-grass and red clover mix is prolific and contains some hybrid species which have long tap roots which penetrate down through the subsoil. This improves the soil structure and natural drainage throughout the early aftercare period prior to installation of the under-drainage. “The red clover fixes nitrogen, which is released into soil to assist the establishment and productivity of the following crop.” In terms of management, grass is usually made into silage, with

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Blagdon Farm facts Blagdon Estate is home to two mining sites totalling 586 hectares (1,448 acres).

Estate to see how the farm manages to soil and restoring it years later.

af ter open cast cattle grazing land towards the end of summer. But, prior to under-drainage being installed, Andrew has to be particularly cautious when it comes to travelling on land with heavy machinery. “We make sure we do not go on the land when it is wet, which tends to be standard practice anyway. “So, following initial silage cuts, if we cannot harvest the regrowth later in the season, we mulch it instead,” he says. In years one and two of the aftercare period, the site is fenced and hedges and trees are planted. If the land is destined for arable or

grassland production, underdrainage is installed. This is usually done about 18 months after the soils are replaced. The restoration team look to balance soil pH and apply fertilisers, working towards phosphorus and potassium indexes of two.

Limitations Richard says: “If, on commencement of the aftercare period, soils are low in P and K, this can be hard to achieve as there are limitations to the amount of P and K which can be applied at any one time, partly due to potential animal health implications.”

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■ 1,112 hectares (2,500 acres) farmed by the estate ■ 607ha (1,500 acres) arable ■ 405ha (1,000 acres) of intensive grassland and permanent pasture ■ Rotation includes winter wheat, cover crop ■ 120-head dairy herd ■ 50-head suckler herd ■ Soil is mostly heavy clay/loam ■ A five-year aftercare programme is in place to return soil to productivity

When Andrew regains control of the land, soil nutrient levels can be variable and so he conducts regular soil analysis and applies nutrients and lime variably across the field in an attempt to balance the soil. He says: “The huge variation in P and K lends itself to variable application because you don’t usually see that level of difference on most farms.” However, the most recent change on Blagdon Estate is the movement from a cropping rotation consisting winter wheat, spring barley, oilseed rape and spring beans to 50 per cent wheat and 50 per cent cover crops – a decision based on economics but

also a need to boost soil organic matter levels, according to Andrew. “Before, the yields we were getting from other crops were just too variable and margins were too tight so we decided wheat offered the best return. Obviously we will need to keep our eye on this to ensure this continues to be the best policy. Most cover crop mixes are sown in spring and then desiccated, flailed and incorporated in late summer, ahead of winter wheat establishment. “Most of the soil at Blagdon is heavy clay loam. A lot of it is ex open cast and not easily worked

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FARM PROFILE ors who did the stone picking and drainage, it was the whole package which made this work.” As a result of this success, Andrew says he would consider establishing a crop in year two again. He says: “One of the challenges here is it is such a bitty site. At some point there will be a large area to be restored, so there is a lot of grass which will need managing. “If we can get at least some back to arable production earlier, it would relieve a lot of pressure and reduce the need for more livestock.”


Potassium and phosphorus fertilisers are spread, targeting an index level of two for both elements.

so we hoped by increasing organic matter levels through the use of cover crops, we will improve the soil’s organic matter and structure. Although the new rotation has only seen one cycle, Andrew is already considering further options to increase his organic matter status. He says: “This is a livestock area so straw is in high demand but if there is an opportunity to incorporate straw and potentially increase yields then it is something worth considering. “We currently spread a lot of muck and bought-in compost, but we have not done this on the open cast sites yet, but it is something we will be looking to do in the future.” In order to find out whether it The open cast coal mine requires thousands of tonnes of soil to be removed.

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was possible to reduce the length of the aftercare period, one field on the Brenkley site was reinstated to arable production three years earlier than standard practice, after being under drained in 2013/14. It was sown with winter wheat in year two, as opposed to remaining in grass for the full five-year period.

Yield Defying the odds, the 17ha (42 acre) field of Reflection yielded 9.14t/ha (3.7t/acre) on average, a commendable yield, ex open cast or not. “Nobody could believe how well the field did. More than 50 per cent of the field averaged more than 9t/ha,” says Andrew. “We didn’t treat this crop any different to our other wheat crops, other

than prioritising it for early drilling to give it the best possible start. “Because I manage 2,500 acres, when this field was too wet to spray or spread fertiliser we could start somewhere else on the estate, allowing the field to dry, so it did get special treatment in this respect.” However, Andrew says it was the attention to detail during restoration which allowed a wheat yield nearing 12t/ha (4.9t/acre) in some parts of the field. “Everybody who was involved in the restoration, from the guys on the bulldozers, the engineers who put the soils down to the contract-

Richard adds: “Introducing arable crops earlier is also improving diversity from an ecological perspective and could potentially provide a greater return, depending on commodity prices.” Looking to the future, Andrew believes maintaining the high standards which have been set will be his biggest challenge. “Short-term it looks good but I just hope this carries on year on year. I am going to get an increasing amount land back from restoration and with this will come less flexibility. “I also have to remember restored land is still in recovery, although the yields, worm numbers and large root mass suggest otherwise, so we mustn’t get complacent and think our job is done.”

Blagdon estate: surface coal mining facts Shotton site n Area: 342 hectares (845 acres) n Coal to be recovered: 5.9 million tonnes n Jobs on site: 150 n Coal wagons leaving the site daily: 190 n Restoration period: 2017-2019

Brenkley site n Area: 244ha (603 acres) n Coal to be recovered: 2.9 million tonnes n Jobs on site: 58 n Coal wagons leaving the site daily: 85 n Restoration period: 2020-2021

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Availability of research funding and where it should be spent was a key topic at the Westminster Food and Nutrition Forum. Marianne Curtis reports.

Work progressing on biopesticides AGRI-TECH Catalyst funding is helping one business, Exosect, progress work on biopesticides. Dr Aoife Dillon, chief technology officer at the company, explained how it was researching insect-killing viruses in vegetables. “They are highly specific, killing only one species. They are IPMcompatible, leave no residues and can be used a day or two before harvest. There is very little risk of operator exposure.” Because of the high level of specificity, it is important to identify insects correctly and the viruses are most effective on young insects, making timing of application important, said Dr Dillon. Susceptibility of the biopesticide to ultra-violet light, reducing efficacy, is also a potential problem, she said. “Because of high sensitivity to UV, you would need to spray every fiveeight days, which is a barrier for the

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could be ‘transformative’ WHILE questions are being asked about the progress and remit of the Centres for Agricultural Innovation, which form part of the Government’s AgriTech Strategy, Tom MacMillan, director of innovation at the Soil Association, argued at the Westminster Food and Nutrition Forum that more funding should be channelled at grass-roots, farmer-led research. He manages Innovative Farmers, which supports

sustainable innovation by farmers and growers.

tural R&D spend goes on practical research which involves farmers. This would be absolutely transformative and generate an enormous turnover of practical ideas.” Professor Janet Bainbridge, Department for International Trade, said the agri-tech community was sometimes slower to take up funding opportunities than other sectors. “The health sector goes for any money going and the agri-tech community does not take up some of the opportunities for funding. “Yes,

Great idea He said: “Farmers may not have much experience of applying for funds but may have a great idea. Farmers have some of the best ideas and some of the cheapest, but the bulk of investment goes near market and mainly offfarm. A broad and shallow approach would allow easy access to a number of small grants – something practical which funders can do. “I suggest rebalancing priorities so 10 per cent of the total agricul-

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Part-funding “Viruses account for one-quarter of one per cent of the pesticides market – bordering on negligible. We cannot fully invest resources into such a market at the moment, but if we can get part-funding we can release limited resources. We also want independent evaluation of the technology – the hallmark of good science. We hope to license the technology to a large ag chem company.” Dr Dillon said the biopesticides market is expected to grow to $6.6 billion (£5.26bn) by 2020.

Farmers have some of the best ideas and some of the cheapest TOM MacMILLAN there is competition but there is also some amazing innovation that is worth supporting.”

SDHI insensitivities in UK net blotch isolates raise concerns

Concerns are growing about net blotch isolates becoming resistant to SDHIs.

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end user. We came together with academic partners at the Universities of Lancaster and Greenwich to improve field persistence.” Without agri-tech funding, Dr Dillon said her company would not be able to justify fully investing in the research.

MUTATED UK net blotch isolates which are less sensitive to succinate dehydrogenase inhibitor (SDHI) fungicides have been detected at high enough frequencies to raise concerns about efficacy, according to AHDB. The discovery was made during tests on barley samples from a field which hosted an AHDB fungicide performance trial in 2016, in which straight SDHI products gave variable and poorer than expected performance against net blotch, it said. Although field control should not be significantly impacted in 2017, provided appropriate mixtures of actives are used, the findings provide further evidence of the need to follow guidance issued by the Fungicide Resistance Action Group UK (FRAG–UK), said AHDB.

Fiona Burnett, of Scotland’s Rural College and chairman of FRAG-UK, said: “We now have evidence that several cereal pathogens have evolved mutations in the SDHI binding site of succinate dehydrogenase.

Guiding principle “The guiding principle is to make life as hard as possible for pathogens by avoiding over-exposure to any one fungicide group. Certainly, SDHIs should always be used in balanced mixtures, never applied with weak partners or outside of statutory limitations. The addition of multisites to programmes also adds protection.” MORE INFORMATION FRAG-UK guidance can be found at

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ARABLE With new OSR varieties offering improved disease ratings, Martin Rickatson joined a round-table debate to see what this could mean for fungicide strategies.

Using varietal resistance


hile it may be tempting to rely on greater resistance to key diseases in recent oilseed rape variety introductions to limit fungicide spending, this is unlikely to see crops reach their full potential Additionally, higher resistance ratings have much greater value as a management tool for greater spraying flexibility while maintaining efficacy in the face of difficult weather conditions. These were the key conclusions of a recent round-table discussion in Norfolk between farmers, advisers and research scientists organised by Bayer CropScience to exchange ideas on how best to use oilseed rape disease ratings as a management tool. The question of whether investment in two autumn fungicide applications is justified kicked off the debate. Julie Smith, ADAS plant pathologist, said: “Historically, many farmers have consistently grown high-yielding varieties which were susceptible to light leaf spot, assuming the disease would not be a problem. “But as rotations have become tighter and the oilseed rape area has grown, so has the amount of inoculum in the environment, becoming widespread in the South – it is no longer a northern UK disease. “I am increasingly asked about the value of two autumn fungicides for light leaf spot and phoma control. A review of ADAS trials in Cambridge across a 12-year period and covering both diseases has shown a 0.1-0.75 tonnes per hectare yield response range to two autumn fungicides, depending

The delay in disease progress which varietal resistance brings buys time if fields are too wet for travel JULIE SMITH

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A good phoma score can dictate how late you apply an autumn fungicide, says Paul Cartwright.

on season, varietal resistance and disease epidemic timing. “Some of our recent studies show the value of integrated disease management and the importance of varietal resistance. A difference of two rating points between varieties can have a large impact on disease progress.

but until recently most varieties on the East-West RL were considered weak against LLS.”

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Incidence “Last year we saw light leaf spot [LLS] incidence increase from 80 per cent by Christmas in a variety which was rated 5 for resistance. “Conversely, LLS incidence remained below 20 per cent for the same time period with a 7-rated variety. The delay in disease progress which varietal resistance brings buys time if fields are too wet for travel.” However, over-reliance on varietal resistance is inadvisable, she cautioned. “Protecting chemical and genetic resources through careful fungicide use and strategic deployment of resistant varieties is essential. “Further trials have shown the importance of fungicide timing in efficacy against LLS, with 40-50 per cent control in a curative situation where it was already well established, but 80-90 per cent in a protectant situation. So the spray window flexibility offered by resistant varieties can be invaluable, especially in a season conducive to LLS development. We have some strong varieties on the East-West Recommended List now and promising candidates coming through,


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When spraying against sclerotinia, there are viable alternatives to triazoles, says Philip Simons.

add more resistant varieties, such as InVigor 1030, to the 350ha (865 acres) of OSR he grows on the 3,400ha (8,400-acre) estate, saying his spraying strategy is to plan for two phoma sprays and adjust according to seasonal pressure.

Insurance “Good resistance scores could cut my fungicide bill by £20-30/ha, but I am more interested in the leeway they provide, given pressure on the number of available spray days, and I am still prepared to spend this as insurance. “I generally plan a two-spray phoma programme with prothioconazole as the second product in mid-November. Product choice at first application depends on the season and whether we need a plant growth regulator effect, or if

there is high phoma pressure. But we continually assess crops and measure disease evidence against thresholds.”

Good resistance scores could cut my fungicide bill by £20-30/ha, but I am more interested in the leeway they provide

Frontier crop production specialist Paul Cartwright agreed with this system, suggesting being open-minded about two autumn fungicides is preferable to committing from the outset to only one. “Either the season will be a low pressure one, or this approach, making use of varietal resistance, will buy you a degree of flexibility,” he said.

Vigour “Autumn vigour also has an important part to play in plant health. Keeping seed rates low, particularly with hybrids, will help create plants with big canopies which will later knit together

and keep the crop standing. Remember, two-thirds of yield comes from branches formed from the bottom third of the plant. “But do not lower your guard simply because you think higher scores may allow you to. Maintaining fungicide investment will provide an economic return. If a variety has a sound phoma score, think carefully about how this might affect the timing of your phoma sprays. A good score can dictate how late you apply your autumn fungicide, aiming to ensure the second phoma treatment is not applied too early.” Philip Simons, agronomist with Prime Agriculture, agreed. “For my


Light leaf spot identification tips PART of the problem in controlling light leaf spot (LLS) is recognising the disease’s symptoms, according to Bayer’s Sarah Middleton. ADAS plant pathologist Julie Smith agreed difficulties remain with identification, pointing out the disease can climb the crop, even on resistant types. “It is hard to spot early symptoms on leaves and some people still confuse it with phoma when it has later moved onto the stem. Of course it is possible to get both on the stem at the same time and trials have shown how these impact on lodging and yield.” Ms Smith said LLS ascospores are released as soon as harvest occurs. 30 | FEBRUARY 17 2017

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“The industry does not yet have a model for predicting when the first lesions are likely to be seen, like it does for phoma.” Coming into spring, confusion with leaf scorch is common, acknowledged Paul Cartwright, suggesting two possible approaches: incubate leaves to aid identification or treat assuming LLS is present.

Flexibility “Of course, there is no telling if you will be able to get on the field on time. This is where a stronger variety can help in providing some back-up and flexibility. “The key timings for LLS treatment have traditionally been

the second autumn spray and the stem extension application, but southern UK farmers are still only now becoming aware of the disease’s presence.” Philip Simons agreed it can be difficult to get on early enough in spring before the stem extension PGR timing when autumn fungicides may have run out of steam. “Waiting for phoma thresholds of 10-20 per cent infection to be triggered in autumn may mean LLS is already in the crop. By the end of November, if phoma thresholds are not exceeded the first fungicide should be applied anyway for a head start on LLS control, with perhaps the second spray applied in the New Year.” 15/02/2017 12:18

Bayer’s Sarah Middleton says farmers should consider varieties with strong light leaf spot scores.

Many farmers seem prepared to spend on wheat septoria control in a preventative manner, but not to apply the same thinking to LLS SARAH MIDDLETON

Key points on controlling disease in oilseed rape n 0.1-0.75 tonnes per hectare (0.04-0.3t/acre) yield response range to two autumn fungicides n Difference of two resistance rating points can have large impact on disease progress n Spray window flexibility offered by resistant varieties can be invaluable n Autumn vigour has an important part to play in plant health

customers a typical phoma, light leaf spot and sclerotinia programme is £90/ha, potentially producing a yield response of 1.5t/ha – a six-toone return. This makes investing £20/ha in a second autumn spray a no-brainer with OSR at £300/t and a potential oil bonus.” Varieties weak on LLS are starting to drop off the Recommended

n Oilseed rape varieties with weak resistance to light leaf spot (LLS) dropping off Recommended List although many still weak on phoma n Difficulties remain in identifying LLS n Sclerotinia spray timing hard to get right but two days early better than two days late. Aim for midflowering if applying a single spray

List, with the top five yielding types now rated 6 or 7, said Bayer’s Sarah Middleton, although many remain weak on phoma. “Many farmers seem prepared to spend on wheat septoria control in a preventative manner, but not to apply the same thinking to LLS, perhaps because it not understood as well,” she suggested. Light leaf spot can be difficult to identify, with disease climbing the stem even on resistant varieties.

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“They also seem less prepared to invest in resistance than in fungicides. Varieties strong on LLS resistance but weak on phoma could potentially need three sprays. Although the Rothamsteddeveloped prediction model has a 25 per cent plants infected threshold, LLS infection of just 15 per cent cuts yields by 5 per cent.” Mr Cartwright pointed to the need to balance prothioconazole’s efficacy with the need to protect it. “Timing is more important than product choice with regard to azole efficacy. If you are on early enough to spray for LLS, then you have more flexibility. If what you are growing is naturally stronger, it gives the possibility of holding off until February for a second fungicide until the land dries or until stem extension for a plant growth regulator application. “With hybrids, do not forget a big dose of fungicide at stem extension to regulate growth can knock yield, so it is better to spread applications. “We must also be aware of the risk of development of resistance to triazoles. They are the core fungicide tool, but consider alternatives such as Refinzar as part of a programme.” Moving onwards to late season disease control, Mr Beamish acknowledged the sclerotinia spray is one of hardest to get spot-on. “Our crops were flowering over a period of 10-11 weeks last year. With a big OSR area we have to compromise, but we had fewer problems going two days too early than two days too late.” Mr Simons said when spraying against sclerotinia and phoma there were viable alternatives to

triazoles, while Ms Smith agreed, pointing out the need for strategic programme planning. She said: “Differences in azole performance have been reported in some UK areas and certain historic Scottish isolates have shown insensitivity to azoles in the laboratory, so we need to be mindful.” He said maintaining a robust dose may mean only one fungicide application is necessary, depending on length of flowering and season. “Some data shows increased risk in places with known sclerotinia hot spots. Timing is the critical factor here. Yield response/timing trials in 2008, a bad year, showed 0.4t/ha difference in applications across just four days.” Ms Smith noted responses of up to 0.7t/ha (0.28t/acre) had been recorded in trials from a single, well-timed application.

Application “One trial showed significant differences in stem rot and yield from sprays applied five days apart, so if you are planning a single application, then timing must be spot-on. “Previous Defra-funded ADAS research showed leaves in the middle of the canopy are retained for sufficient time to catch most petals which, if infected, can eventually cause lesions in the lower to middle third of the stem. Lesions here are usually the most damaging and often result in plant death. This is where the fungicide needs to penetrate to protect the vulnerable parts of the canopy. “Significant petal fall does not normally occur before midflowering, so if a single spray is planned it should be as close to this as possible, although it is better to be a little early rather than a little late with a protectant fungicide. “If flowering is prolonged or if two applications are planned then spraying should take place at early or mid flowering and then two-anda-half to three weeks later.” FEBRUARY 17 2017 | 31

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The reservoir allows water to be abstracted in winter for use in summer mainly on potatoes.

Reservoir plays key role in farm management


ith half of its 1,600 hectares (4,000 acres) on sandland, straddling the A1 in north Nottinghamshire, and a long-term commitment to growing potatoes, carrots and onions, as well as sugar beet and cereal crops, water is an important commodity for Joseph Camm Farms. Owned by the Morrell family, the arable enterprise extends over three main blocks, with soil types comprising sand, clay and limestone (see panel). In the last few years, it has also diversified into brewing and function venue hire. When the family bought Morton Grange Farm, Retford, in the late 1960s, an irrigation system had already been installed, but was in a state of disrepair, says company secretary Mark Pickard. “A dairy farmer had used it to irrigate grassland. It was a low pressure system, so Joseph Camm Farms maintained it and brought it up to spec for sprinklers then two hose reels.” The system was used to irrigate potatoes, but, moving it around was hard work, he says. Subsequently, the mains water system was improved and the family was able to install a bore hole on the

If it’s a very dry year we’ll irrigate sugar beet and cereals if necessary, but that is exceptional MARK PICKARD northern area of land at Great Morton to serve two mobile irrigators. This still left a large area on the south west of the farm with no water. “They wanted to sink a bore hole but it was too close to the A1 and public water supply so it had to move to the north of the farm and be piped back under the railway and down a public road,” says Mr Pickard. This allowed all systems on the farm to be connected. “If one pump was down, water could be moved to where it was needed,” he says. Amid talk in the 1990s that abstraction licences may be restricted, the business embarked on its next irrigation project.

“Several people in the area were doing reservoirs at that time and Ruth Girdham’s father, Frank Morrell, thought it should invest in a reservoir with a licence to fill it.”

Abstraction licences Joseph Camm Farms already had a summer abstraction licence and was granted a winter licence allowing it to fill the reservoir from the River Idle between November and March. Environment Agency restrictions on abstraction occasionally apply in winter, when the river falls below a certain level. “This year it was stopped in December but lifted after New Year,” says Mr Pickard. The 181,600cu.m reservoir has a floating pump which fills a break tank. The latter has pumps which, at a certain pressure, suck water out of the break tank and fill underground mains. The floating pump goes on and off to keep the break tank full of water to supply the pumps, explains Mr Pickard. “We used to control the pressure with Clayton valves but these were superseded by inverters to control the speed of the motors in the pumps. If demand is low, it runs at a certain speed and when extra irrigators are

Joseph Camm Farms’ Mark Pickard (left) and James Bambridge.


A successful irrigation system, including a reservoir, underpins one north Nottinghamshire-based arable farming business which is also home to a micro-brewery producing prize-winning beer. Marianne Curtis reports.

added, it speeds up. This is more energy-efficient – before it was the same speed, stopped with a valve and held in the pump – not very efficient.” The main crops irrigated on the farm are potatoes, followed in order of priority by onions and carrots. “If it’s a very dry year we’ll irrigate sugar beet and cereals if necessary, but that is exceptional.” While it is currently unclear how the farm might be affected by proposed Government reforms on abstraction licences, Mr Pickard believes having the reservoir will be an advantage. “Anything with winter fill is more attractive than summer abstraction. There is higher water demand in summer and more rainfall in winter. Storing in the winter for use in the summer makes sense. “Abstraction in winter is much less cost per cubic metre, although you are pumping it twice – into the reservoir and out again.” Irrigation tends to take place between May and September and GSM units are used, allowing pumps to be started or stopped remotely, says Mr Pickard. Most crops grown by the business are on contract. Sugar beet goes to British Sugar’s factory at Newark, potatoes for processing to Walkers Crisps in Leicester, and onions and

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Farm facts n Joseph Camm Farms is owned by Morrell family and run by sisters Ruth Girdham and Mary Easterbrook (both nee Morrell) n Full-time staff: 12 High Brecks Farm, East Markham n Soil type: heavy clay n Cropping: Three-year rotation - milling wheat, winter barley, oilseed rape. 80ha (200 acres) Lodge Farm, Dinnington n Soil type: limestone n Cropping: Winter wheat – 250ha (625 acres), winter oilseed rape – 220ha (550 acres),

carrots, for packing. Only onions are sold on a spot basis. Cereals are sold on a variety of contracts.

Grass-weeds While black-grass is not a major issue on the farm, farm manager James Bambridge plans to grow spring beans this year to help with grassweed control, says Mr Pickard. Looking ahead, Mr Pickard is concerned about the uncertainty following the vote to leave the European Union. “There is uncertainty about whether there will be any subsidy from 2020. This could have a major impact on profitability as chemicals are always going up and farm machinery is very expensive.” Low commodity prices and possible Government restrictions on water abstraction are also of concern. On the plus side, Joseph Camm Farms has diversified as well as striving to run its core business well. In addition to the brewery it also has a wind turbine and two solar arrays. “The directors are always on the look-out for blocks of land nearby but not a lot comes up,” says Mr Pickard.

spring barley (Propino) – 170ha (425 acres), spring beans - 80ha (200 acres), woodland – 80ha (200 acres) Upper Morton Farm, Retford n Soil type: sand land n Cropping: Winter wheat – 130ha (325 acres), winter barley (Pearl) – 110ha (275 acres), spring barley (Propino) – 170ha (425 acres), sugar beet – 150ha (375 acres), potatoes – 60ha (150 acres), onions – 40ha (100 acres), carrots – 70ha (175 acres), vining peas (let out) – 80ha (200 acres)

Pheasantry Brewery ABOUT five years ago, rather than selling off buildings on an 80ha (200acre) block of land acquired by Joseph Camm Farms, the decision was taken to renovate and convert them into a brewery and function venue. Brewery manager Mark Easterbrook imported a DME microbrewery plant from Canada and the Pheasantry Brewery was born. “We have a core range of six beers and produce two different beers every month,” he says. Joseph Camm Farms sells Propino malting barley to Charles Fawcett and Muntons and Mr Easterbrook

likes to think some of it ends up back in Pheasantry Brewery beers. The aim is to produce easy drinking beers with an alcohol content of 3.84.3 per cent. In 2015, the brewery won CAMRA Gold at the Great British Beer Festival in the bitter category.

Two brews Each brew is 2,800 pints and the brewery usually has two brews/ week in winter and up to four in summer, says Mr Easterbrook. “In January people tend to be detoxing, on an economy drive or trying to be healthier. But we sell a lot in

summer, particularly in the holidays.” Taxes and duty account for a large proportion of the cost of a pint of beer and Mr Easterbrook says as a small brewery it pays half the amount of duty a large brewery would. “We would typically sell a cask of beer for £60-£70 plus VAT and pay £16 worth of duty on that.” Beer is sold to local rural and city pubs as well as larger chains such as Wetherspoons. “We are trying to add value by bottling and kegging beer. We are also aiming to brew 25-30 per cent more beer in the short- to medium-term.”

Mark Easterbrook imported a DME microbrewery plant from Canada.

Pheasantry Brewery adds value by bottling and kegging some of its beer.

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North Country Cheviot females hit a £3,200 high at Lockerbie rKinaldy Krugerrand

Winning park ewe lamb from K.O. Stones, Richmond, which sold for the top price of £3,200.

A EWE lamb from K.O. Stones, Richmond, was top at the North Country Cheviot female sale at Lockerbie. The Kinaldy Krugerrand daughter took first prize in the park ewe lamb class and had stood second at last year’s English National show. It sold for £3,200 to James Burton, Derbyshire, who also took home the second prized park shearling gimmer from C.R. Graham and Son, Lockerbie. A daughter of Ericstane Rigwelter, it sold in-lamb to Hill Top Tommy for £2,200. A ewe hogg by a Gospel Hall sire from the same vendor was next at £1,800, commanding another bid from Mr Burton.


daughter took first prize

Messrs Graham sold his winning park shearling gimmer and reserve overall park type for £1,400. By Gilston Rebus, the exhibit was breed champion at Mof-

fat Show last year, and it sold inlamb to Top Tommy to M.R. Thomas, Powys. At £1,300 was a lot from W. and J. Thomas, Kelso, with the winning

park ewe and overall park type championship victor. Sired by Durran Peebles, it sold in-lamb to Gilston 11532 to J. Stevens, Swansea.

In-lamb Two exhibits made £1,100. The first was a Humbleheugh Quantum-sired one shear, in-lamb to Synton Toronto, from Ritchie Strawhorn, Lockerbie. The buyer was M. Davies, Shropshire. Realising the same was a lot from Messrs Graham, with another Rebus-sired gimmer. In-lamb to Tom Tommy, it went home with Messrs Stevens. AVERAGES 7 ewes, £658.57; 27 gimmers, £607.04; 15 ewe lambs, £643.33; total average, £625.51. Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.

A ewe hogg from C.R. Graham and Son, Lockerbie, which sold for £1,800.

Shearling gimmer from C.R. Graham and Son, Lockerbie, which sold for £2,200.

Good demand for Pateley Bridge show primestock at Otley potentials to £1,750 A SMALLER entry of stock was forward at Otley, where the monthly sale of prime hoggs sold to 252p/kg (£116/head), paid by Hutchinson’s Butchers, Ripley, for the winning pen of heavyweights from D.J. and J.E. Wilson, Harome. The same seller was in the placings again, this time with the winning pen of lightweight hoggs. They also sold to Hutchinson’s for 250p/kg (£105/head). The second prized lightweight 34 | FEBRUARY 17 2017

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pen from I. and S. Clough, Stape, followed at 228p/kg (£94.50/head), selling to Woodends of Adel. In the cattle ring, a top of 257.5p/ kg (£1,583.63/head) was achieved for a heifer from Mr Wilson, who sold it to J.B. Wilkinson and Son, Yorkshire. Pigs were led by Lewis Greenwood, Otley, with his pen of gilts, which sold for 140p/kg to Mick Etherington, Eldwick. Auctioneers: Wharfdale Farmers.

THE annual show and sale of show potential cattle was held at Pateley Bridge, where judge Mark Burrows, Malham Moor, tapped out a British Blue heifer from Mark Ewebank, Middlesmoor, as the overall champion.

British Blue However, it was the third place exhibit, a British Blue heifer from Alan Firth, Middlesmoor, which topped the trade, selling for £1,750

to S. White, Barnsley, who also paid £1,150 for the champion. The second placed heifer came from Paul Ewbank, Pateley Bridge, with another British Blue, which sold to P. and C. Langstaff, Bishop Auckland, for £1,120. The same exhibitor reigned in the steer section, taking the top three placings, and selling them all to M. Wilson, Helmsley, for £1,110 each. Auctioneers: Sawley and District Farmers Auction Mart.

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rFamily tops sale

on debut outing By Laura Bowyer

WITH Brecon’s sale of showpotential cattle becoming a go-to event for commercial cattle showmen, the Farmers Guardian-sponsored event saw some big prices once again. And while steer averages were up £106.60 on the year, heifers were down £113.20. Lot one in the catalogue and first on the day was Little Miss P, a British Blue cross heifer from Phil and Owen Watkins, Hay-on-Wye. Led by Owen, it sold for £5,000 on the family’s first appearance at the sale. The 10-month-old haltered animal, by British Blue stock bull Amlely Hastings and out of a Limousin cross British Blue cow, sold to Aberdeenshire judge Blair Duffton, an avid buyer having taken the champion title at last year’s Royal Welsh Winter Fair with an animal bought at Brecon last year. The leading steer money was 4,100gns, paid by Colin Harris, Torrington, for champion steer Jonnie Walker, a May 2016-born Limousin cross from the Brute family, Brecon, who also took the baby beef championship at last year’s Royal Welsh Winter Fair.

Mr Duffton gave £3,350 for My Gracie, a Limousin heifer with a black sire from M.T. Jones, Sennybridge. The seven-month-old animal is out of a pedigree Limousin and was second in its class on the day. Black Ice, from Colin and Wendy Phillips, Sarnesfield, was next in the money, realising £3,100 to B. Williams, Sennybridge. It is a son of Powerhouse Elite which sired three out of four of the last Royal Welsh Winter Fair champions, with the vendor also breeding the most recent.

Steer Making the same money was a ninemonth-old Limousin cross steer from G. Jones, Builth Wells. Sired by the Limousin Lodge Hamlet and out of a Limousin cross British Blue cow, it also sold to Mr Duffton. A pedigree Limousin heifer, Dolderwen Mercedes, from the same home sold to Phil and Sharon Sellers, Lincoln, again for £3,100. Another Powerhouse Elite daughter was named the day’s reserve champion. Limousin cross heifer That’s My Girl, from Mansel, Maureen and Dafydd Lewis, Llanwrda, went to Mike Rowlands, Llanidloes, for £3,000. AVERAGES Steers, £1,556.60; heifers, £1,751.80. Auctioneers: McCartneys.

Limousin cross steer from G. Jones, Builth Wells, which sold for £3,100 to judge Blair Duffton, Aberdeenshire.

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Watkins tops Brecon show potentials

Champion, Little Miss P, from P.L. and O.J. Watkins, Hay-on-Wye, which sold for £5,000 to judge Blair Duffton, Aberdeenshire.

Steer champion, Jonnie Walker, a Limousin cross from the Brute family, Brecon, which sold for £4,100 to C. Harris, Torrington.

My Gracie, a Limousin heifer from M.T. Jones, Sennybridge, which sold for £3,350 to judge Blair Duffton, Aberdeenshire.

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£3,675 on the day

CHAROLAIS bulls sold to 5,500gns at Welshpool, with 18 lots selling to average £3,675, up £225 on the year. Top price came from Arwel Owen, Ceredigion, with the 16-month-old bull Trefaldwyn Laird, the first of four top lots to be sired by Blelack Digger. Out of Trefaldwyn Brilliant, it sold to H.T. Jones, Ceredigion. Next was a bid of 5,400gns from Carl Thomas, Powys, for the second prized February 2015-born Sportsmans Luthur. A son of the 70,000gns Royal Welsh Show champion Barnsford Ferny and out of Sportsmans Fantastic, it made second top price for Messrs Boden and Davies, Mellor, Cheshire. Esmor Evans, Flintshire, sold two bulls at 5,000gns and 4,400gns. His best seller was the 15-month-old Maerdy Lofty, a son of Digger and Maerdy Hope which had won its class in the pre-sale show. It sold to D.G. and E. Williams, Welshpool, while R.I. and G. Davies, Wells, Powys, paid 4,400gns for the

5,500gns Top price was paid for the 16-month-old bull Trefaldwyn Laird.

Maerdy Ulm-sired Maerdy Lleuad, October 2015-born and out of Maerdy Hiccup. Mr Owens was in the money again, selling the 17-month-old Trefaldwyn Leader for 4,200gns. Also by Digger and out of the 10,000gns Trefaldwyn Usk daughter Trefaldwyn Dream, it was knocked down to D.L.G. Price and Co, Llandiloes, Powys.

Trefaldwyn Laird, from Arwel Owen, Ceredigion, which sold for the top price of 5,500gns.

Caylers Lennox Also at 4,200gns was a lot from Caylers Charolais, Nuthampstead, Hertfordshire. Born in November 2015, Caylers Lennox is by Digger and sold to T.W. Jones and Son, Knighton. At 4,000gns was the 21-monthold Moelfre Liam from Keven Thomas, Castlenewydd Emlyn, Carmarthenshire. A son of Goldies Eddie, it sold to Tirnewydd Farms, Welshpool, Powys. The Caylers consignment continued its run, selling the 15-month-old Caylers Longbow for 3,800gns. By the 10,000gns Thurnton Goldeneye and out of Caylers Ballerina, it found a new home with K.R. Williams, Cornwall. AVERAGES 28 bulls, £3,675 (+£225), 1 female, £1,050. Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales.

Sportsmans Luthur, from Messrs Boden and Davies, Mellor, Cheshire, which sold for 5,400gns.

Demand for Thainstone store cattle GOOD demand for store cattle was seen at Thainstone, with the sale reaching a high of 280.4p/kg for a pen of 296kg Aberdeen-Angus steers from J.G. Grant and Son, Laggan. Top grossing bullock was a Limousin weighing 760kg from Tillylair Farms, Strachan, which sold for £1,365. Heifers sold to a top price of 270.3p/kg for a pen of five Charolais weighing 370kg from

J. Smith and Son, Whitehouse, while the leading gross heifer was a 548kg Charolais from R. Gordon, Lumphanan, which sold for £1,260. A small entry of bulls reached 209.6p/kg and grossed at £960 for a 458kg Limousin from Pittenkerrie, Glassel. AVERAGES Bullocks, 230.3p/kg; heifers 225p/kg. Auctioneers: Aberdeen and Northern Marts.

Second calvers lead bids at Exeter dairy sale DAIRY cow trade peaked at £2,000 twice at Exeter, with heifers topping at £1,800. First to make £2,000 was the second calver Chettiscombe Stratos Maggie 11, a daughter of Shawnee Altosratos, which sold giving 41kg daily, from Ian, Caroline and Jess Tapp, Tiverton. At the same money was a lot from 36 | FEBRUARY 17 2017

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G.G. and J.M. Jenkin, Helston, with the Moet Melody-sired second calver Mabec Melody Skylark VG86. At £1,800 was second calver Janke Shottle Bluebell, a Picston Shottle daughter from Keith and Jane Hulbert, Honiton, who sold other cows at £1,800 and £1,720. Heifer bids reached £1,800, paid for a Danish Red cross from Ken and

Cathie Cottey, Whimple, who also sold British Friesian heifers to £1,400 twice.

Heifers Messrs Jenkin had other heifers at £1,750 and £1,700, while the Hulbert family had one had £1,650. Yearling Holstein heifers from Mark and Rita Dunn, Totnes, sold to a

high of £480 and £460. R.G. Amor and Son, Yeovil, sold a 2012-born Hereford bull at £1,450. AVERAGES First quality in-milk heifers, £1,678; second quality in-milk heifers, £1,340; first quality in-milk cows, £1,760; second quality in-milk cows, £1,132. Auctioneers: Kivells.

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Angus Ruadh of Glengorm, from Tom Nelson, Isle of Mull, which sold for the top price of 8,000gns to Inverinate Estate, Kyle.

Overall male champion Cameron Dubh of Kelby, from T.P. Radford, Lincolnshire, which sold for 6,500gns to Blingery Fold, Wick.

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picked up by the reserve two-yearold, Douglas of Rannoch, from Donald MacNaughton, Kelty. By Reich of Rannoch, it was sold to Falko Stenberg, Germany, for 6,000gns. Mr Nelson’s Glengorm consignment followed, selling the twoyear-old bull Archie Sauce of Glengorm for 5,200gns, to Messrs Stewart, Langraw. Female trade topped at 4,000gns, for a lot from Maureen MacArthur and John Ashton, Strathpeffer. The two-year-old

Bull leads Oban at 8,000gns champion to 6,500gns

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out at 4,000gns

BULLS sold to average £3,536, up £1,721 on the year, and females £1,365, down £32, at the Highland Cattle Society spring sale, Oban. Top price was Angus Ruadh of Glengorm, from past society presi-

dent Tom Nelson, Isle of Mull. After winning its class, this March 2015-born bull sold to Inverinate Estate, Kyle, for 8,000gns.

Overall male The overall male champion came from T.P. Radford, Lincolnshire, with his winning two-year-old bull Cameron Dubh of Kelby. By Conan Dubh of Craigowmill, it found a new home with the Blingery Fold, Wick, for 6,500gns. The reserve male rosette was

Skye of Allanfearn is by Crusoe of Brue, and sold to Hendrick Hoof, Germany, for 4,000gns. Next female was a lot from Ken and Eva Brown, Kinross, with their second placed April 2013-born Isla Dubh 9 of Craigowmill. It was bought by Blingery Fold for 3,800gns. AVERAGES Males, £3,536 (+£1,721); females, £1,365 (-£32). Auctioneers: Caledonian Marts.

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Solid trade for Tullamore Charolais bulls

rNew breeders take top prices

CHAROLAIS bulls met a solid trade at Tullamore to achieve a 69 per cent clearance rate and average €3,659 (£3,113.30). Sale leaders came from new breeders John and Brenda Murphy, Enniscorthy, Co Wexford, with their two CF 52 sons. Peaking at €6,100 (£5,190.25) was Garryphelim Lar, a son of the Texen Gie daughter, Galbally Debbie. First in the pre-sale show, it sold to Edmund Burns, Lattin, Co Tipperary. It topped herd mate, Garryphelim Leader, which sold for €5,500 (£4,679.73). By Galbally Graceful, it found a new home with Michael O’Sullivan, Cahirciveen, Co Kerry.

At €5,100 (£4,339.39) was the Liscally Eti son Bostonia Littlejon, from the Feeney Brothers, Enniscrone, Co Sligo. After standing top of its class in the show, it was knocked down to Peter Fahy, Tuam, Co Galway. At €5,000 (£4,254.30) was Sliabhbloom Lucky lad from Daniel Weston, Portlaoise, Co Laois. Sired by Pirate and also a red rosette winner, it sold to Paddy Tiernan, Co Louth. At the same money was a lot from Pat McClean, Co Donegal, with the Roughan Dix De Coe son Roughan Lenard. The buyer was Daniel McGarel, Northern Ireland. The same vendor sold stock bull Roughan Enzo at €4,800 (£4,084.13) to Marian Fox, Ballinlough, Co Roscommon. Heading the championship was

Champion Garryphelim Lar with (left to right) breeder Alan Wood, handler Paul Fahy, judge Paddy Farrelly and ICCS president, Kevin Maguire.

Reserve champion, Gallaway Lanzac, with handler John Conway.

Alan Wood, Crossmolina, Co Mayo, with his Alwent Goldbar-sired Crossmolina Marcus. It later sold for a matching €4,800 (£4,084.13) to Martin Gilroy, Ballina, Co Mayo. Reserve champion was Michael Kiernan, Leitrim, with his October

2015-born Gallaway Lanzac. It sold for €3,000 (£2,543.46) to James Nagle, Ennistymon, Co Clare. AVERAGES Total bull average, €3,659 (£3,113.30). Auctioneers: Tullamore Mart.

Judges take home Skipton champion

Left to right: Co-judge Shaun Sowray, Robert Crisp with the champion, Richard Walker with his reserve champion and Helen Whittaker, of sponsor National Milk Records.

Buyers return for second Candlemas Fayre THE second Candlemas Fayre at Frome saw just shy of 1,200 head of cattle reach a best price of £1,320, paid for a 30-month-old Limousin steer from M.I. King, Shrapham. A 23-month-old Charolais heifer from Haw and Trim Partners, 38 | FEBRUARY 17 2017

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Throop, followed at £1,265, while G.T. Wareham and Son, West Coker, was in the money with a 25-monthold Simmental steer which he sold for £1,245. A 25-month-old Aberdeen-Angus steer from M. and L. Haskell,

Buckland Newton, and M. Maggs, Cherhill, sold for £1,230. Younger continental cattle reached £1,000 for a Simmental steer from M.D. and M.R. James, Chippenham. Auctioneers: Frome Livestock Auctioneers.

THE first February dairy sale at Skipton saw the overall champion sell to the show judges, the dairy farming brothers and calf breeders, Shaun and Peter Sowray, Bishop Thornton. The victor was a freshly-calved heifer from Robert Crisp, Malhamdale. By a son of Picston Shottle and out of a Garrison-sired daughter, it sold yielding 25kg daily for £2,000. Mr Crisp was also responsible for the winning newly-calved cow, a second calver which later sold for £1,900 to the Clarke family, Hampsthwaite. Reserve champion went to the second prized heifer from Richard Walker, Keighley. By the stock bull Enchanted Ramshot, it sold giving 33kg daily to Wick Williams, Nantwich, Cheshire, for £1,880, who also paid £1,600 for the second placed freshly-calved cow from David Fort, Glusburn. AVERAGES Heifers, £1,616; cows, £1,562. Auctioneers: CCM.


Champion at the first February dairy sale at Skipton topped £2,000.

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Castle Douglas sees 17,000gns for Luings rHome-bred bull

leads the day’s trade THE annual premier show and sale of Luing cattle was hosted at Castle Douglas, where an April 2015-born bull sold to a high of 17,000gns. Finlarg Tornado, a home-bred bull from Robert and Hazel McNee, Tealing, Dundee, by Finlarg Pedro and out of Finlarg Bounty, a daughter of Benhar Kaiser, was knocked down to Messrs McArthur, Nunnerie, for the leading bid. At 9,000gns was a lot from Robert McNee, of the Benhar herd, Armadale, with the March 2015born Benhar Typhoon. Sired by the 7,200gns Attonburn Nijinsky and out of Benhar Bracklinn P43, it went home with newly-elected society chairman Dave Stanners, Tynedale.

THREE dairy lots topped £1,900, with a top price of £1,950 paid for a Dairy Shorthorn cross second calver from the Howe family, Tideswell. Best of the heifers came from Andrew Mills, Ratcliffe on the Wreake, which sold for £1,920, while another heifer, from Stephen Robinson, Lincolnshire, sold at £1,910.

PRIME hoggs saw 2,393 lots descend on the pens to produce an overall sale average of £74.44/head (171.91p/kg). Top pen came from Henry Atkinson, Felliscliffe, with his 39kg Beltex crosses, which sold for £114/ head. A similar pen from Kevin Marshall, Darley, equalled this price.


Finlarg Tornado, from Robert and Hazel McNee, Tealing, Dundee, which sold for 17,000gns to Messrs McArthur, Nunnerie.

TOP priced lightweight hoggs reached 160p/kg, paid for a pen from Jo Windibank, Winchester. T.R. and S.J. Baxter, Larkhill, headed the medium weights, selling a pen for 177p/kg, while the heavyweights sold to 163p/ kg, for a lot from Will Dickson, Downton. Cull bids realised £88, for a ewe from R.J. and S.E. Whitcombe, Petersfield.


AVERAGES 23 bulls, £4,966.26 (+£124.95); in-calf heifers, £2,028.75 (+£111.75); 136 bulling heifers, £1,354.79 (+£114.18). Auctioneers: Wallets.



Torres The Graham family, Craigdarroch, sold the Finlarg Nimrod son Craigdarroch Torres next at 6,800gns. Born in May 2015 and out of Craigdarroch P82, it sold to Kirsty Dunlop, of the Commonside herd, Hawick. The champion pair of in-calf heifers came from the Benhar herd, Armadale, and went on to sell for 3,000gns each to D. McFadzean, Balado.

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Benhar Typhoon, from Robert McNee, Armadale, which sold for 9,000gns to Dave Stanners, Tynedale.

A LIMOUSIN bull from David Raine, Kirkoswald, was top of the prime trade, selling for 208.5p/kg. The same vendor also topped the per head prices, selling another Limousin for £1,505.39. A black and white bull from Messrs Winter, Appleby, sold for 161.5p/kg (£933.49).

White family victorious at Middleton-in-Teesdale stores TRADE at Middleton-in Teesdale’s show and sale of store cattle peaked at £3,500 for a black Limousin cross heifer from J.C. and J. White, Lunedale, bought by W. Hardy and Son, Nottingham. The champion was 12-monthold black Limousin heifer, also from Messrs White. It went on to sell for £2,800, to Messrs Jones, Northampton, on behalf of a client. Standing reserve supreme was a 10-month-old red Limousin heifer

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from Brian and Matthew Lawson, Richmond, which sold to Andrew Marston, Kirkby Stephen, for £2,450.

Steer championship The White family took the steer championship with a British Blue cross which sold for £1,300 and had the top three places in the Limousin cross steer class, selling the third placed lot for £1,500. Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.

From left: Judge Craig Bentley, Andrew Graham, Catherine Raine, Nikki Race and Patrick Quigley of sponsors Minsup, I’Ansons, Eden Farm Supplies and H&H Insurance Brokers, and vendor Robert White, with the overall champion. FEBRUARY 17 2017 | 39

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TUESDAY 21ST FEBRUARY PRIZE SHOW AND SALE OF SHOW POTENTIAL CATTLE Classes for Haltered & Unhaltered See Website for catalogue and photos Also sale of 20-25 OTM

PRIZE SHOW & SALE OF 520 STORE CATTLE (INC 70 FEEDING BULLS) This sale includes many animals with show potential, also a tremendous selection of commercial cattle. Buyers Attendance is strongly recommended. Judging 8.30am Sale 10am Tel Libby Bell Auctioneer/Manager on 07818 435728 Or Mart office 01833 638152

HAWES, NORTH YORKSHIRE, DL8 3NP Tuesday 21st February 1500 Prime Hoggs at 10am 300 Cast Ewes & Rams 20 Calves at 10.30am Saturday 4th March Spring Show & Sale of Store Cattle, Beef Breeding Cattle & Cull Cattle. Entries close Tuesday 21st February Telephone: Office (01969) 667207. Mobile 015396 20895 or 07974 126397 or 01833 622240



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Bakewell Market Market Results Results Bakewell Monday 13th February 2017

509 Cattle, 1,722 Sheep

290 Store & Breeding Cattle, Strs £1,330, Hfrs £1,140 Cows and Calves £1,080 73 Finished Cattle to 230p & £1436 91 OTM Cattle to 181p & £1462 overall ave. 109.1p 55 Calves, Bulls £490, Hfrs £410 1,363 Hoggs to 236p/kg & £96.99 SQQ Ave. 187p 357 Cull Sheep Ewes to £155 ave. £66.94 See the full report on Marketing advice or any questions call Alastair on 07973 982441, Ivor on 07977 449126, Oliver on 07801 530899 or Peter on 07973 982443 Don’t forget Bakewell is GREEN EVERY WEEK

Bakewell Store Cattle Section Every Monday at 11am An “Early Warning” list is posted on our website every Friday afternoon with full details of the coming Monday’s entry Already entered for Monday 20th February 3 Lim x Hfrs 25 mths In - Calf to Here, 1 Here Stock Bull 7 yrs, 2 Ped Lim Strs 21 mths, 5 Sim x Strs & Hfrs 9-11 mths, 5 Lim x Hfrs 9-10 mths, 3 AA Strs & Hfrs 19-20 mths named sire, 3 S. Devon x Strs & Hfrs 18-21 mths named sire, 1 B. Blue x Hfr 9 mths, 4 Fries Strs 21-22 mths, 2 Ped Lim Strs 21 mths, 2 Here Hfrs 22 mths, 2 Here Hfrs 22 mths, 3 AA Hfrs 22 mths If you want to book in cattle for any Monday sale ring 01629 812777 Ashbourne Bakewell Derby

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389 DAIRY CATTLE With over 150 Freshly Calved Cows & Heifers from well-known herds and dispersals at our February Collective Sale, there is plenty of choice to source cattle of all ages. P 152 Freshly Calved Holstein Cows & Heifers from Bettiscombe (x18. Herd Av: 11,945 kgs; 3.80%BF; 3.15%P), Ciderhouse, Curscombe, Davlea, Deri, Dinnaton, Dorset, Gladwake, Gomershay, Grangemore (x12. Herd Av: 10,531 kgs; 3.98%BF; 3.17%P; SCC=198), Harps (Dispersal), Hinton, Huntlodge, Janke (Dispersal), Kingtonmagna, MJ & ML Mccubbine, Mendip, Rookhaye, Sandleaze, Sherdon & Weavermill P To include The Dispersal of the Spring Calving Portion of Holstein Friesian & Fleckvieh X Cows & Heifers (36 head) from Ford Partners (Sussex) Herd Av: 9,985 kgs; 3.65%BF; 3.25%P; SCC=152 P To include The Dispersal Sale of 105 Holstein Friesians Comp: 85 Dairy Cows & Heifers Inmilk &/or Incalf; 16 Calved Heifers & 4 Incalf Heifers from RM Templeman. NMR Herd Av: 9427 kgs; 3.81%BF; 3.32%P; SCC=109; Herringbone parlour; Cubicle housed. (Removed from Street Lane Farm, East Chinnock, Yeovil) P 55 Served & Incalf Heifers from CJ Bryant & Son (Noremead Bred), Mapledurham Trust, MJ & ML Mccubbine, Steventon & Weavermill P 2 Holstein Bulls from Davlea & 1 British Friesian Bull from Oakalby P 30 Bulling Heifers from Broadland (Brown Swiss), Mapledurham Trust, Oakalby (British Friesian) & Sherdon P 19 Yearling Heifers from CJ Bryant & Son (Noremead Bred) P 21 Heifer Calves from Grangemore & W & CJ Westacott For Catalogues Tel: 01278 410250, Email:

Market Results LAST WEEK - 63 Dairies, Heifers to £1660 Clean Cattle 197p/kg - £1142.60, Cull Cows 161p/kg - £1312.15/Head, Calves Lim Bull to £440, Hoggets £217.0p/kg - £95.91/Head NEXT WEEK - 8 Commercial Bulling Hfrs (16-18mths) by Cogent Bulls

Pedigree Sale 60 HOLSTEINS BRITISH FRIESIANS & AYRSHIRES Fully Catalogued Sale from some of the Leading Herds in the Midlands and Surrounding Counties. TREMENDOUS ENTRY already received: Braemarhouse (2), Canwell (4), Chardan (2), Collycroft (6), Coxongreen, Critstone (3), Harleygrange (2), Havendale (4), Hollyhurst, Hydaways (4), Knutsford, Leaventhorpe, Millhurst, Overseal (4), Overton (9), Snowfern (5), Westlane (3)

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Saturday 18th February 9.30am 800 CULL EWES & PRIME HOGGS (Vendors, please get stock into auction early)

Followed by 50 SHEEP with LAMBS,


Inc Flock Dispersal of 300 In-Lamb Shearlings to FM Ewes due 25 Mar. Scanning on site 9-11am




Tuesday 21st February 10.30am 30-40 Cull Cows & OTM Cattle 11.30am 30-40 Sheep with Lambs at foot

2nd Winter Sale of 1500 IN LAMB BREEDING SHEEP

Entries Inc:- Flock Dispersal from WA Ketley & Son of 400 Shlgs & Young Ewes inc:- 100 Suff x Mule Shlgs, 60 Mule Shlgs & 1 Crop, 240 Texel & Beltex x Shlgs–3 Crop. Due March 25th to Beltex & Beltex x Rams. From F Thomlinson 50 N of E Mule & 20 Dales Mule Hoggs IL to Beltex/ Texel due April 1st. From JD&V Towers 20 Texel x Hoggs IL to Beltex due April 1st. From JH Lohr 150 Scotch BF Ewes & 180 Mule/Tex Ewes IL due March 25th. Other entries inc 75 IL Swaledale Ewes and 150 Mule & Texel Ewes from local farms.

6pm Annual Multi-Breed Sale of 150 INDIVIDUAL BREEDING SHEEP

Sections for Teeswater & Dalesbred Inc:- Dispersal

WEEKLY PRIME HOGG COLLECTION CENTRE from SJ&M Richardson of 35 Ewes & 15 Hoggs,

Swaledale Inc:- MC&A Staley; CE&MI Middleton, WA&A Booth; AP&D Sowerby; J&JE Bradley; J Nutter; Thursday 23rd February JR Richardson; B Thomas, Herdwick Inc:- D&J Wilson; 10.30am 125 PRIME CATTLE followed by IK&AM Grisedale; A Lancaster; E Robinson; AD & T Harrison, Blue Faced Leicester Inc:- Hoggs from 125 CULL CATTLE Last sale Bulls Smearsett; Lunesdale; Capenwray; Kirkby Redgate; to 230ppk, Steers 236ppk, Heifers 247ppk, Chelker; Gragareth; Dunkenshaw; Sullom. Cull Cows 161ppk £1191 35-45kg, no 6 day rule, call for weekly price.

10.30am 11.30am 12.30pm 1.00pm

200 REARING CALVES 30 DAIRY CATTLE reg weekly sale

HAY & STRAW 1000 PRIME HOGGS & CULL SHEEP Hoggs to 224ppk £96 Culls to £96

Saturday 25th February 9.30am CULL EWES & PRIME HOGGS Followed by STORE HOGGS Thursday 2nd March HILL HOGGS SHOW 10 Swaledale, 5 Cheviot, 5 Lonk, 5 Other Hill/Hrd

DUGDALE DAIRY SHOW Friday 3rd March 5TH ANNUAL YOUNG HANDLERS’ O/W CATTLE SHOW Followed by the sale of show cattle on Saturday 4th March

Saturday 4th March SPRING SHOW OF EWES WITH LAMBS Email:

Wednesday 22nd February

10-20 Newly Calved Dairy Cattle (11am) 100-150 Rearing Calves (12 Noon)

Followed by Special Sale of Weanlings Entries Inc: 16 B&W Bulls 5mo; 15 Sim/Lim/Blue 5mo


Farmers Stirks & (1pm) Young Stores

5000-6000 Cast & Feeding Ewes, Prime & Lightweight Hoggs (4pm)

Wednesday 1st March Opening Weekly Sale of Ewes with Lambs at Foot Tuesday 7th March Great Annual March Show & Sale of STORE CATTLE & FEEDING BULLS Special Sale of Bulling Heifers Monthly Sale of Suckler Breeding Cattle Entries for Catalogue Close Mon 27th February


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DISPERSAL SALE Saturday 25th February at 11am

On Instructions from TH Whitfield & Son Complete Dispersal Sale of Farm & Livestock Machinery & Equipment at Longlands Farm, Cowan Bridge, Nr. Kirkby Lonsdale, Carnforth, Lancs. LA6 2HY Tractors & Machinery: Case JX110U Tractor (2007, 958hrs); Case CX100 Tractor (2000, 3512hrs) c/w Chilton MX Loader; International 485 Tractor (1983, 4998hrs); Pottinger Novacat 265H Mower; Ifor Williams DP120 Cattle Trailer; Marshall 10 Barrel Spreader (2012, 6cu Yards); Malgar 1100gal Slurry Tanker; Slurry Stirrer/ Whisk; Teagle 8ft Off-set Pasture Topper; Browns Woodworker PTO Driven Saw Bench; Browns Log Splitter; 10ft Field Roller; 12ft Chain Harrows; Foster Yard Scraper; Bale Squeeze; 5ft Parameter Shear Grab; 4ft Muck Grab; Pallet Forks; Bale Spike; 6ft Bucket – All on Chilton Brackets; Concrete Weight Block. Livestock Equipment: Trailed Cattle Silage Feed Trailer; Portequip Trailed Silage Feed Trailer; Electric Elevator; 4x Doubled Sided Cattle Feed Troughs; Ritchie Cattle Crush; 10ft Cattle Feed Barrier & Trough; Foot Trimming Crush; Cattle Crush; 2x Static IAE Silage Feeders; Cattle Hayrack & Trough; 300gal Water Trough; Sheep Feed Barrier; Qty Troughs & Hayracks; Qty Metal & Wooden Hurdles & Gates; Qty Sheep Feed Troughs. Workshop Equipment & Sundries: 2x Diesel Tanks; Knapsack Sprayer; Sellarc Pressure Washer; Ladders; Husqvarna Chainsaw; Fire Wood; Qty Wooden Railway Sleepers; Qty Small Tools & Workshop Consumables. By Permission: Jones MK10T Conv. Baler; Haybob; 4 Rota Scaller; 2x 2 Drum Mowers; Ass. Lambing Equip.;Qty Hayracks & Troughs. Terms: Payment required on Sale Day, Cheques accepted from regular customers or by prior arrangement: VAT will be charged unless otherwise stated at the time of sale. Caterers will be in attendance. Directions: The farm is situated off the A65, Kirkby Lonsdale – Skipton Road – 1/2mile East of Cowan Bridge and sign posted on Sale Day; Auctioneers: (Ref SJD/WA) Bentham Office. Tel 015242 61444.


Auctioneers & Valuers throughout the Northwest Web: SAWLEY, Nr Clitheroe BB7 4LH (01200) 441351 Show & Sale of Newly Calved Dairy Cattle BENTHAM, Nr Lancaster LA2 7HF (015242) 61444 Monthly Sale of Suckler Breeding Cattle Please Contact the Office with entries for advertising CROOKLANDS, Nr Kendal LA7 7NU (015395) 66800

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18th February 2017 Sale of Fat Lambs, Cull Ewes, Store and Breeding Sheep

25th February 2017

Rearing and Reared Calves 10.30, Fat Lambs 11am, Feeding Cows, Store and Breeding Cattle 12 Noon. From Fristling Hall Farms, Essex, 4 Year TB 100 Limousin, British Blue & Blonde Steers & Heifers (10-14 Months) All wormed and Vaccinated and out of quality Suckler cows. From Messrs Andersons (South Wooton) 21 Angus and Charolais X Steers (10-14 Months) 4 Year TB From G&B White & Son 4year TB 5 Limousin Bulls (10-16 Months)

Saturday 11th March 2017

Rearing and Reared Calves 10.30, Fat Lambs 11am, Feeding Cows, Store and Breeding Cattle 12 Noon. From Fristling Hall Farms, Essex, 4 Year TB 100 Limousin, British Blue & Blonde Steers & Heifers (10-14 Months) All wormed and Vaccinated and out of quality Suckler cows. From DR Jones, Lincs, 4 Year TB 10 British Blue X, Limousin X Steers (10-13 Months) 9 British Blue X, Limousin X Heifers (10-13 Months)


RF Turner & Son sold Limousin Young Bulls to £1866.15, £1813.37 & £1789.52 RP & DL Hutchinson sold Limousin Cows to £1247.40 CJ Price sold Limousin OTM Steers to £1433.84, £1422.11 & £1408.59 P&B Hodgeson & Sons Ltd sold Limousin Steers to £1615.52 & £1603.66 J&R Sims Brothers sold Limousin Heifers to 249.5p/kg or £1267.46 TM Perry sold Stirk Bulls to £850.00 Scott & Scott (Ayston) sold Texels to £100.00 Chapel Hill Farms sold Cull Ewes to £128.00 L Blackman sold Cull Rams to £114.00 Charlie Beard sold Ewes and Lambs to £154.00

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Saturday 18th March 2017 English Premier Show and Sale of Bulls and Females on behalf of the Lincoln Red Cattle Society, The Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society, The British Simmental Cattle Society and The Salers Cattle Society, including the dispersal sale of 100 head of the ‘Thursford’ Simmental Herd, Norfolk (4 Year TB) on behalf of Messrs JT Mitchell & Son. Also on this day The Complete Dispersal Sale of The ‘Beetley’ Herd of Pedigree Simmental Herd on behalf of Messrs SD Abram Farms, Norfolk (4 Year TB). This is a High Health Sale and Official Society Sales of the above breeds (No other cattle on this day) Sale of Fat Lambs, Cull Ewes, Store and Breeding Sheep

Saturday 25th March 2017

Annual Suckled Calf sale on behalf of Messrs RE & S Baldwin, Wigan featuring 100 Steer and Heifer calves sired by Pedigree British Blue Bulls out of Pure Limousin Cows. Also on this day The Official Show and Sale of Pedigree Male and Female British Blue Cattle together with other consignments of quality Suckled Calves. Sale of Feeding Cows, Store and Breeding Cattle, Reared and Rearing Calves, Store Pigs, Fat Lambs, Cull Ewes and Breeding Sheep.

Saturday 1st April 2017

‘Limousin Day’ Official Society Show and Sale of Pedigree and Commercial British Limousin Cattle on behalf of The British Limousin Cattle Society in association of The East Midlands Limousin Cattle Breeders Club. (No other cattle on this day) Sale of Fat Lambs, Cull Ewes, Store and Breeding Sheep

Latest Prices Young Bulls to 233.5p - £1,866.15 OTMS to 206.5p - £1,433.84 Steers to 229.5p - £1,615.82 Heifers to 249.5p - £1,419.28 Store Heifers to £1100.00 Bull Calves to £850.00 Feeding Cows to 168.5p - £1106.30

4481 Sheep sold this week Hogs to 220p - £100.00 Cull Rams to £114.00 Cull Ewes to £128.00 Ewes & Lambs to £154.00

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MARKET PROFILE ASHFORD Situated minutes away from Junction 10 on the M20, Ashford livestock market is ideally located to serve the counties of the South East, as well as buyers from throughout the country. Angela Calvert finds out more.

Prime location helps Ashford serve South East and beyond


shford Cattle Market Company, one of the very first businesses to be registered at Companies House way back in 1856, relocated the market nearly 20 years ago to its current site when the High Speed Channel Tunnel rail link compulsorily acquired the former town centre site. Careful consideration by market directors and a high quality build specification has resulted in a first class market facility, with penning for 10,000 sheep, or 5,000 sheep and 900 cattle, and purpose-built lairage facilities. Elwyn Davies, auctioneer and managing director of Hobbs Parker More than 250,000 sheep are sold through Ashford market annually.

Auctioneers, the operators at Ashford, says: “Livestock, agricultural professional work and agricultural property have always been at the heart of the Hobbs Parker firm, but expansion over the years into car auctions, estate agency, planning and property consultancy, technology and accountancy services have brought great strength, by its diversity, to the company.”

Business hub The whole site is very much a thriving business hub, with another 16 businesses based on the cattle market site offering a wide range of commercial services along with the more conventional market roles

of a weekend stall market and car boot sales. Mr Davies says: “We have tremendous support from producers right across the south and south east of England. Far from being covered in tarmac and concrete, the region has a very strong agricultural industry with committed farmers in the sheep and cattle sectors.” Ashford, by any standards, is a big sheep market and attracts buyers and sellers from far and wide. More than 250,000 sheep are sold

annually, with the weekly Tuesday market seeing some 120,000 finished sheep and 35,000 cull ewes sold from the plank. From August through to December, Friday sales see, in total, 100,000 store lambs and breeding sheep run through the main sale ring, enabling buyers to view the quality and health of stock on offer. While the numbers of dairy producers in the South East has declined over the last 20 years, those left remain committed to the industry and herd size has expanded considerably. Beef suckler herds have replaced dairy in many cases and Ashford enjoys a good balance of breeds and types of store cattle passing through the main cattle ring.

Declining trend Mr Davies says: “As with so many regions, we are seeing a declining trend in the South East of producers finishing cattle and sheep. Finishing is getting more specialist and costly, with more and more producers recognising the simplicity and advantages of selling as stores.” The 15,000 store cattle and 80,000 store lambs attract buyers from throughout the country. Cattle buyers from the eastern counties and the Midlands recognise the



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The market facility has penning for 10,000 sheep.

Ashford enjoys a good balance of breeds and types of store cattle.


Breeding cattle, pig, calf and ram auctioneer Mark Cleverdon.

Ashford livestock market relocated to its current site 20 years ago.

quality on offer, while the generally late born South East lambs find their way to roots and dairy grass in the eastern counties, the Welsh borders and the South West. Market days are well attended at Ashford, with agricultural traders and their stands enjoying the contact with market customers. Pigs and calves are sold on a fortnightly basis and there are pedigree sales for Sussex cattle in spring and autumn and Southdown and Texel sheep in autumn. Mr Davies is optimistic for the

future of markets but appreciates the challenges they face. He says: “The strength of the live market system is that it sells all types and caters for all needs. Communication and trust with both buyers and sellers is vitally important. We work closely with producers and employ two fieldsmen who help with on-farm selection and advice. Presentation is important and we work very hard to present level lots to meet buyers’ specifications. “Every week and every year is different, with challenges brought

about by exchange rates, the availability of feed, livestock supply and consumer demand, all impacting on the trade.” Ashford Market remains an integral part of the farming community within Kent and beyond. A demonstration of its importance comes each Christmas at the annual cattle show, where most exhibits and handlers come from schools and Young Farmers Clubs within the county. Many Kent schools still retain school farms, where great care and attention is taken in educating the next generation about agriculture. At a recent AHDB stockjudging event held at the market, more than 100 12- to 17-year-olds from local schools took part.

Who’s who n Elwyn Davies: Managing director of Hobbs Parker Auctioneers and cattle and sheep auctioneer n Peter Kingwill: Director and cattle and sheep auctioneer n John Rossiter: Sheep and machinery auctioneer n Mark Cleverdon: Breeding cattle, pig, calf and ram auctioneer n Martin Crowhurst and Simon Husk: Livestock fieldsmen n Market day: Tuesday with seasonal Friday store and breeding sheep and pedigree cattle sales

Support Mr Davies says: “Ashford Market is in a fortunate position. Supporters in the past have ensured that a high quality modern facility was developed at a time when many other markets were pressured into closing. Current supporters, both

buyers and sellers, ensure the market remains very busy, viable, and with an impact on trade beyond its county boundaries. Ashford, with young motivated people involved in the market and the farms around it, is looking far into the future.”

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Borderway Mart, Carlisle


Friday 24th February Show 10.00am Sale approx 11.30am

T: 01228 406200

Kirkby Stephen Mart T: 01768 371385

sale catalogues can be downloaded from the website

41 pedigrees (11 bulls and 30 females) and 10 non-pedigrees (10 bulling heifers), followed by 2 Blue Grey heifers

Spring sale of 112 BEEF BREEDING CATTLE



42 cows and heifers with calves,

Friday 17th February 11.00am – judging of all classes of bulls and championships 5.00pm – Sale of 50 females Saturday 18th February 11.00am – Sale of 165 bulls Kindly sponsored by Semenstore and Seagrow

Friday 24th February Show 9.00am Sale 11.30am

17 bulls and 5 females Kindly sponsored b y H&H Insurance Brokers

10 PEDIGREE HEREFORD CATTLE Friday 24th February Show 10.30am Sale 12.30pm 10 bulls


Light commercials/vans Thursday 23rd February – 10.30am Followed by


On behalf of Mr N Blair, Bankshead, Brampton All lots have been moved to Borderway Mart for convenience Tractors & Vehicles: New Holland T6070 (2009 5256hrs) front and cab suspension; Weidemann 3070LPC x 80 – 88” low profile (59 plate 2820hrs); Polaris Prostar 570 Sportsman (2016) plus usual array of machinery and equipment


32 PEDIGREE BEEF SHORTHORN CATTLE Friday 24th February Show 11.00am Sale 1.00pm 21 bulls and 11 females

Monday 20th February – 11.00am 28 incalf heifers

Wednesday 2nd March

SWALEDALE & MULE HOGGS - 3.00pm and other breeds of inlamb ewes and geld gimmer hoggs also

Prize show and sale of CROWNED SINGLE INLAMB EWES Show 3.30pm Sale 5.00pm

also gimmer hoggs and flock books on behalf of the Swaledale Sheep Breeders Association


Sale includes fresh calvers, incalf heifers, youngstock and dispersals Entries close Wednesday 22nd February


Wednesday 1st March includes special section for native breeds Please advise entries

Show and sale of PEDIGREE HOLSTEIN BULLS On behalf of Border & Lakeland Holstein Club

Where the dairy industry meets Saturday 11th March

Friday 24th February – 10.30am

Wednesday 12th April

Beef breeding cows and heifers in calf or with calves also bulling heifers Sale includes 42 Limx/AAx/BBx incalf hfrs from The Flatt

Entries close Wednesday 22nd February

Classes for Holstein, Jersey, Ayrshire, Red & White, Brown Swiss, Dairy Shorthorn and British Friesian cattle

Broughton Mart

Livestock entries closing


Sale of all classes of CATTLE & SHEEP

15 bulls and 4 females

Entries close noon Monday 27th February

Friday 24th February Show 9.45am Sale 11.00am

Tel : 01229 716308 Tuesday 7th March

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Call 01772 799500 and place your ad today nAuctions SKIPTON AUCTION MART Tel: 01756 792375 Auctioneers: Jeremy Eaton - 07747 780481 Ted Ogden - 07855 958211 Sam Bradley - 07538 539077

Monday 20th February SHOW & SALE OF 100 REARING CALVES Judging 10.30am Sale 11.00am CROP & PRODUCE Sale 11.45am Monday Market + Opening Weekly sale of EWES with LAMBS at FOOT at 12noon Inc 20 Mule/Cont Ewes & Lambs, 10 Cont x Ewes & Cont Lambs WEEKLY PRIMESTOCK SALE (6 day rule) CLEAN CATTLE Sale 12.30pm followed by CAST & FEEDING COWS (4 Year & Pre Test) followed by TB EXEMPT CATTLE (pre enter) PRIME HOGGS & CAST SHEEP Sale 1.30pm Wednesday 22nd February Last Wednesday sale of 500 STORE HOGGS & 100-150 INLAMB EWES - Sale 10.30am Friday 24th February Winter Sale of 130 SHEEPDOGS Comprising 77 Field Dogs & 53 Pen Dogs Sale 9.15am Field Dogs Sale 11.00am & 2.00pm Pen Dogs Wednesday 1st March FEEDING BULLS & COWS, STORE & BREEDING CATTLE (ent close Wednesday 22nd February) Saturday 11th March STIRKS, WEANED CALVES, STORE & BREEDING SHEEP/GOATS SKIPTON MACHINERY SALES Machinery Lines, Reclamations & Salvage, Furniture & Household (entries now being taken) GARDEN NURSERY STOCK Please note there will be NO CRAVEN FEATHER AUCTION on this day CCM Dairy Sales Monday 27th February Show & Sale of DAIRY CATTLE (please advise entries by Tuesday 21st February) PROUD SPONSOR OF DARLINGTON FARMERS AUCTION MART’S FEBRUARY PRIZE SHOW & SALE 2017

MONDAY 20TH FEBRUARY 650 Young Bulls, Suckled Calves & Store Cattle Special Show & Sale (many with outstanding show potential) 150 Cast Cattle & OTM (Ring 1 @ 10am) 600 Store Sheep (Ring 2 @ 10am) 150 Young Bulls @ 11am followed by 500 Suckled Calves & Store Cattle FRIDAY 3RD MARCH Early Sale of Working Sheep Dogs & Pups – Entries being taken now Contact Office 01325 464529 Andrew Armstrong 07766 914075, Scott Ferrie 07557 260653 or find us on Facebook

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Beeston Castle Auction 01829 262100

Chelford Market 01625 861122 SALE NOT PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED


FRIDAY 24th FEBRUARY 10.30 AM (Note Earlier Start) “THE MONTH END FOCUS MILK” DAIRY SALE 85 HOLSTEIN DAIRY CATTLE Supported by the Western Holstein Club. Including Commercial and Pedigree dairy cattle from leading UK herds and comprising 50 Fresh Cows, 32 Fresh Heifers and 2 In-calf Heifers featuring many fine consignments from leading breeders and heifer breeders including 13 Super Fresh Cows and Heifers from J E Brown & Sons Ltd, Chester (Dispersal); 10 Cows and Heifers from Billockby Farms Ltd, Gt. Yarmouth (Dispersal); 9 Heifers from Hague Partners, Stanthorne; 8 very well bred Cows and Heifers from the Hill Family’s HYDAWAYS herd at Tamworth and 6 from Grantchester Farms, Audlem.

MONDAY/TUESDAY 6th & 7th MARCH “TWO DAY DISPERSAL SALE” (630 HEAD) Being the Entire DUNSTON herd of Holstein Dairy Cattle the property of Betholt Ltd AT Dunston Dairy Farm, Dunston, Stafford ST18 9AB. DAY 1: 378 Cows & Milking Heifers and approx. 30 Heifer Calves born since 1-11. DAY 2: 228 In-calf and Maiden Heifers. This is a wonderful herd which features 15(EX), 71(VG) and 168(GP) cows and 220 milking in 1st and 2nd lactations. WATCH OUT FOR MORE DETAILS NEXT WEEK.

28th MARCH: HOLSTEINS: Dispersal of the Entire Milking Portion (200 head) of the Commercial Herd, the property of H A Challoner & Sons and removed from The New Pale, Manley, Nr Frodsham, Cheshire to Beeston Castle Auction for Sale convenience. CHELFORD MARKET SPECIAL ENTRIES MONDAY, 20th FEBRUARY Dairy Cattle at 10.45am - 1 Fresh Calved Heifer Beef Breeding and Store Cattle at 11.00am: 7 Pure bred Limousin Bulls 10-12 Months Old. Pure bred Limousin Bull 17 Months old Guaranteed Stock Getter. 9 Hereford x Heifers (1 Pedigree) in calf to Lim May onwards. 6 suckler cows in-calf to Lim/ Hereford - All from a local farm. 19 Continental x Steers 20-24 mo, forward Condition; 12 British Blue x Steers/Heifers 2 Year old FA; 12 Hereford & Aberdeen Angus x Steers/ Heifers FA. 14 Continental x Steers 18-20mo FA. Store & Breeding Sheep at 12.30pm - 3 Llamas 2 Females & 1 Castrated Male. Store & Breeding Pigs at 11.30pm - 2 Pedigree Pietrain in pig Gilts, 2 Pedigree Pietrain Boars.



65 FANTASTIC HOLSTEINS - NEXT FRIDAY, 24th FEBRUARY 12 NOON Approx (Following Month End Dairy Sale)

(17 COWS & MILKING HEIFERS, 45 SERVED & MAIDEN HEIFERS, 3 BULL CALVES) Being a major reduction, which includes the DISPERSAL of the Entire Younger Section of the noted SAHARA herd, the property of Sheikha Noora Al Khalifa plus guest consignments from the renowned WILTOR and SHOWGIRL herds the property of David and Claire Jones, Emma and Lucy and removed from Church Farm, Wilcrick, Magor, Nr Newport, Monmouthshire. This is a sensational catalogue of wonderful cattle. * All Milkers VG/EX (except 1) including 3 max score. * 51 have been genomically tested and avg £465 GPLI inc 20 (40%) over £500 upto £628. * 51 have between 6 and 11 gens VG/EX Show Cows……in form, awesome Show Calves to dream about, really high ranking genomic figures in all age groups, illustrious cow families and all by cutting edge sires. IT’S ALL HERE IN THIS SALE!! ONCE AGAIN THIS IS A FASCINATING AND FANTASTIC CATALOGUE OF INCREDIBLE ANIMALS FROM THIS WONDERFUL SOURCE AND AGAIN ALL SELL WITHOUT RESERVE Catalogue on line at Further details from David Jones (07788 236018); Clive Norbury (07831 485590) or Simon Lamb (07815 188125)

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Supply and demand rule vital Auctioneer John Rossiter on sheep prices


ollowing on from the altogether better time we saw for the sheep industry last year, 2017 has seen a shaky start for the farmers who have either purchased stores in autumn and finished them on fodder crops, or who are still holding some of their 2016 lamb crop. For the latter of these, the prices have been almost acceptable, providing feed and input costs have not been too high, with finished hoggets generally selling between £70 and £85. However, some of these producers must look back at the similar, and sometimes greater, prices which we saw in October and November 2016 and question why they chose to keep these lambs through winter to sell them for the same price? The larger lamb finishers, which are now beginning to market their lambs which were purchased in au-

tumn, are in a different situation as they have the strong trade which these were purchased in on their minds and there is not enough margin between the current finished price and the purchase price. This could cause a large number of what will be heavier lambs to come forward on to the market in March and April and have an adverse effect on trade. This principle demonstrates that regardless of currency fluctuations or export demand, the most important factor which governs prices which sheep are sold for is the old fashioned rule of supply and demand. This rule brings me back to the points previously mentioned with our home producers questioning why they didn’t sell finished lambs in autumn. Well, if they had all chosen this marketing route we would not have seen the unusually strong trade we did. For our store lamb buyers who are now struggling to sell at the current level, once again there were not quite enough stores to satisfy demand early

in the season due to the strong finished price diverting sheep in that direction and therefore the early stores were sold at in excess of £60. As auctioneers, working for our farming clients, we need to have a consistent and level supply of finished sheep throughout the 12 months of the year to meet the demands of the wholesale industry. Whether we like it or not, this is how the retail sector has evolved and it is unlikely to change in the near future. With what could be challenging economic times ahead of us, but not without opportunities, I feel it is becoming more and more important for UK sheep producers to support their local livestock market and not necessarily opt for what they see as the ‘easier’ deadweight marketing route. Livestock markets have customers for all grades, shapes and sizes and therefore can maximise prices for every consignment of sheep, unlike most deadweight buyers, who only wish to purchase within their own buying specification and heavily

penalise the animals which fall outside of these limits. Switching focus away from the sheep pens for a final comment, we are already seeing good numbers of store cattle coming forward in our weekly sales. All but the very smallest sales are catalogued and we are fortunate here in the South East to have more than 85 per cent of our entry coming from TB4 holdings in low status counties. Purchasers from the low status counties of the Midlands and East Anglia can clearly recognise the advantage of buying stock which does not require a post-movement test. Our numbers will peak at about 600 in any week, made up of principally suckler-bred stock from the region and also a fair proportion of dairy-bred cattle often out-wintered on the North and South Downs. John Rossiter is auctioneer and head of commercial vehicle sales at Hobbs Parker. Call 01233 506 213, or email

SPRING MULTI BREED PEDIGREE CATTLE SHOW & SALE THURSDAY 9 MARCH Entries for cataloguing Monday 27 February FREE ENTRY Open to all breeds, reg. & unreg.

24th February, Borderway Mart, Carlisle 4th April, Hereford Market (All TB Tested) All Cattle BVD tested & vaccinated Bulls DNA profiled

Sponsored by Bishopton Veterinary Group

Murton, York, YO19 5GF Tel: 01904 489731 Fax: 01904 489782

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Claughton On Brock, Preston PR3 0PH 01995 640280

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February 17, 2017 Tuesday 21st February, 2017 9am Prime Hoggs to £90/hd Followed by Cast Ewes to £114/hd 10.30am Fat Bulls & Prime Cattle Followed by Store Cattle 11.30am Rearing Calves to £505/hd Wednesday 22nd February, 2017 10.30am OTM Cattle Followed by TB Exempt Cattle

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Brecon Sale of Store Cattle, Cull Cows & Breeding Stock

THURSDAY MARCH 2 (12.30pm) York Auction Centre, Murton, YORK. YO19 5GF

Friday 24th February - starting with the cull cows at 9am


Special entry of 920 quality store cattle,

Comprising the complete dispersal of the unregistered, pure-bred herd, the property of T.S Pearson & Son (Pickering, N Yorks). These are powerful, high quality commercial cows, managed in cubicles and fed grass silage with concentrates in the parlour. All year calving with some 20 due Jan-March and a dozen for July/Sept. 75 cows and milking heifers, 22 served heifers (cubicle trained) & 13 yearlings. All cows in calf to British Blue & heifers to A Angus. Top AI sires include Shottle (17), Integrity, Bolton, Windbrook, Laurin, Lee, Atwood, Pello & 2 Oman sons Logan & Loydie. A well respected herd in TB4 area – highly recommended. (With Stephenson & Son)


all mainly from holdings of birth. Plus 25 superb cows with strong calves at foot from TWYNING ASH Herd, catalogues available online.

Catalogues/Enquiries: Waterlane, Oakridge, Stroud, Glos GL6 7PL. Tel: 01285 841333

Brecon Show & Sale of Pedigree Limousin Cattle Saturday 4th March - show at 9am sale at 12 noon 34 Pedigree bulls plus 6 females – all from noted herds

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LANCASTER AUCTION MART TEL: 01524 63308 Monday 20th February at 11.15am

Monthly Sale of 40 DAIRY CATTLE from Bilsrow, Garsby, Inspired, Kirkwood, Pennine, Saltoke, Sandcrest, Shorline, Stardale & Witherslack 9am 800 Prime Lambs & 100 Cast Sheep

Friday 24th February

9.45am Monthly sale of 80 STIRKS Weekly Distinguished Sale of 60 CALVES,

100 CAST COWS & 300 STORE CATTLE Monday 6th March

Opening Weekly Sale of Sheep with Lambs

J36 RURAL AUCTION CENTRE TEL: 015395 66200 Thursday 23rd February at 10.15am

Weekly Sale of Calves + sale of Store Hoggs

Tuesday 28th February at 10.30am Sale of Prime Pigs

Thursday 2nd March

SATURDAY 18th FEBRUARY Monthly Collective Sale of Machinery/Sundries (10am) Inc. Horse Tack Section Please note there is no Poultry Sale due to Bird Flu NO LIVE POULTRY Entries inc: Freelander Estate (Pet ‘05), Richardson 6’x4’ Trailer 4T Tipping Trailer, Dalesman A131 Caravan 4berth, 4 Fur Rev. Plough Sheep Pens, Troughs, Hurdles, Steel Box Beams, Weld Mesh, Tin Sheets Dog Kennel, Hen House, Trees & Hedging & usual small Tools & Equip.

...Yorkshire’s Friendly Mart SATURDAY 18TH FEBRUARY 220 Store Cattle of all classes, inc 14 Blonde cross strs & hfrs, CA Douglas 5 Limx bulls, GJ Mellor, 6 Lim hfrs, J & JW Ogg Ped Limousin bull, 28 months 250 Store Pigs & Sows 250 Store Sheep & Goats Pigs 9.15am Sheep 9.45am Cattle 10.45am


Pigs at 9.30am Sheep at 9.30am Cull Cows at 11am followed by Prime Cattle

Dedicated Slaughter Market 365 Cattle 685 Sheep 505 Pigs &Sows Cast sows & heavyweight pigs required weekly Sows last week to 66p/kg, averaging 59p/kg Pigs 9am Sheep 9.45am Cattle 10.30am




800 Lots of Sundry & Misc items & Eggs Items taken Friday 9am-4pm & morning of sale


Fortnightly Sale of Dairy, Calves, Store Cattle Sheep & Pigs Entries inc: 15 Store Lambs 22 Tex Ewes I/L to Tex due end March 80 B&W Strs 12-24mths, 80 Cont x Strs/Hfrs 12-24mths 30 AA Strs/Hfrs 12-24mths

Selection of In-Lamb Breeding Sheep Contact Ian Atkinson 07766 521472

Ian Smith (Market Manager) 07738 043771 01943 462172

Please note no Sale this day

Tuesday 7th March

Opening Weekly Sale of Sheep with Lambs

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Clitheroe Auction

Lincoln Way, Clitheroe, Lancs BB7 1QD



LONGTOWN MART Tel (01228) 791215 - 791300


Tuesday 21st February 5,000 at 10.30am Weekly Sale of 2,000 Store Hoggs & Feeding Ewes Special February Sale of 3,000 Commercial In-Lamb Females To include major dispersals & reductions 310 Texel x ewes in regular ages 55 Mule ewes & 81 Texel in lamb hoggs 140 N of E Mule ewes & 30 Texel x, in regular ages 100 Swaledale x Blackface ewes in regular ages 1,000 Lanark-type Blackface shearlings & 1 & 2 crop ewes 220 N C Cheviot ewes, 50 B.F x Cheviot, 50 Swale ewes, 50 Tex. x Swale ewes 160 Lleyn & Tex. x Lleyn 50 I/L Cheviot Mule Hoggs & 110 I/L Texel x Hoggs 40 Texel x 1&2 crop, 40 Tex/B’tx x shlgs-4 crop 30 Scotch Mule 2-3 crop & 30 North of England (CB) 40 Easycare 3-4 crop Full scanning particulars on website/Facebook

WEEKLY Tuesday 21st February 12 noon PRIMESTOCK Sale of Cull Cows, Prime Cattle, In Lamb SALE Ewes, Ewes with Lambs at Foot, Store Hoggs, Prime Hoggs & Cast Ewes FORTNIGHTLY Thursday 23rd February 12.30pm STORE CATTLE Breeding Cattle, Young Bulls, Store SALE Heifers and Steers Monthly PLANT, MACHINERY & SMALL TOOLS SALE Saturday 25th February 9am Unloading facilities available Fri 9am-3pm & day of sale Includes: Vicon Fert Spreader. KRM Fert Spreader c/w Electric Box. Jeep Grand Cherokee. 2000 Land Rover TD5. Diesel Cement Mixer. Box Section Steel. Studded Steel Water Trough. 81 Sq Metre Brit Marlq Marquee. Black Pecker - Original Chisel, 16-20 Tonne. Green Montebert Pecker, 16 Tonne. Conveyor Chain. Yamaha Bruin 350cc 4x4 Quad Bike. 2005 Ifor Williams 8ft Cattle Trailer. Low Loader Trailer. See website for full listing

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CLAIMING DATE - Saturday 11th March Sale of Plant, Machinery & Workshop Tools Further details to follow 01200 423325 Joe: 07970 221354 • Jeremy: 07815 727993

BORDER BREEDS – 50 PEDIGREE FEMALES At 5pm - Inaugural Sale of 50 Choice In Lamb Females & Selected Ewe Hoggs by Registered Sires Hill (South Country) Cheviot, Hill & Park N.C. Cheviot & Blackface Thursday 23rd February Sale of Hay, Straw, Silage & Produce Within the cattle ring at 12.30pm, entry form from office. Tuesday 28th February at 10.30am Special Catalogue Sale of Store Cattle Entries close Tuesday 21st Feb. Weekly Sale of Store Hoggs; also In-Lamb Ewes Find us on Facebook

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In association with Aberdeen & Northern Marts

Thainstone Centre, Inverurie

Wed, 1st March, 2017

Show and Sale of 65 Exhibition Haltered and Unhaltered Cattle

Show@12 noon Sale@3.00pm An excellent selection from noted exhibition cattle breeders from throughout Scotland, and provides an excellent opportunity to purchase cattle for summer and Christmas shows. For further details contact John Angus on 07801 186312

Sponsored by Stewart Agriculture

Annual Multi-breed Show and Sale of 101 Pedigree Bulls and Females

In association with Aberdeen & Northern Marts Under the auspices of the Charolais, Limousin, Simmental and Aberdeen Angus Cattle Societies. Show@8.00am Sale@12 noon Comprising: 14 Aberdeen Angus, 34 Charolais, 29 Limousin, 15 Simmental, 5 Salers and 1 British Shorthorn. Females: 1 Charolais, 1 Limousin and 1 Saler. For further details contact Alan Hutcheon on 07801 186304 or John Angus on 07801 186312

Sponsored by Williamson & Dunn Buyers will also be able to use the i-bidder on-line auction system to purchase animals. Register for i-bidder at

For further information contact: Alison Argo, Secretary, Royal Northern Agricultural Society Tel: 01561 340353 Mobile: 07714 899628 email:

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Friday 24th February at 10.15am

The Gallops, Stanklyn Lane, Nr Kidderminster, Worcs, DY10 4AR Entries to date include: Tractors: NH T6030 4WD (2011 4,200hrs), NH TD.5010 2WD (2011 3,300hrs), JD 3040 4WD (1984 7,000hrs), IH 684 2WD (1979 3,510hrs), Iseki 34hp 4WD (2,200hrs). Implements: 2no. Dowdeswell 4 furrow rev Ploughs, Farmrite 3 leg Subsoiler c/w Mole Leg, Kuhn 4m Power Harrow, Lely Tulip Fert Spinner, Amazone ZAM 1501 Fert Spinner, 2no. Sulky DPX12 Fert Spinners, Quantock Mounted Sprayer, Quad Bike Chain Harrow, Flemming 5’ Tipping Transport Box, 2no. 3T Tipping Trailers, 25’ Single Axle 18 ton Artic Trailer, Brice Baker 80T Corn Bin, 1000l Bunded Steel Diesel Tank, Various Livestock Equipment & Sundries, 50 Lots of Agricultural Spares to include PTOs, Hydraulic Rams & Hoses, Spool Valves, Hydraulic Blocks etc. Vehicles: Nissan D22 Kingcab Pickup (1999), Isuzu Trooper (1992), Mercedes Sprinter, Landrover Discovery (1998). Large Qty of Timber, Building Materials, Insulation, Scaffolding, Steel, Slabs, Garden Furniture, Lawn mowers, Garden Equipment, New Tools, Workshop Tools. In all approx. 1800 lots. (New Purchasers Require Proof of Identification).

Details from Halls Kidderminster Office


T: 01562 820 880

Saturay 25th February at 11am

Coton Farm, Ruyton XI Towns, Nesscliffe, Shrewsbury, SY4 1DL


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STIRLING 20th February and 1st May NEWARK 18th March WELSHPOOL 18th May (TBC) WELSHPOOL 21st October CASTLE DOUGLAS 4th November T: 07903 626 249 E: WWW.SALERS-CATTLE-SOCIETY.CO.UK

On behalf of Mr Neville Jones of COTON FARM, RUYTON XI TOWNS, NESSCLIFFE, SHREWSBURY, SY4 1DL A Dispersal sale of Tractors, Vehicles, Machinery & Implements to include: NHT6 175 4WD Tractor (63), McCormick XTX 14S Xtraspeed 4WD Tractor (09), McCormick MTX 13S 4 WD Tractor (05), NH TS115 4WD Turbo Tractor (52), 1998 NH 7740 Tractor and loader, Ford 4600 Tractor (S Reg), 1974 Ford 4000, Manitou MLT627 Turbo Loadall (10) + attachments, 2001 Claas Medion 320 Combine Harvester (17ft), Volvo BM621 Loading Shovel, Various trailers, Cattle Box, DAF 55 180 lorry with stock container, General Cultivation and Harvesting Equipment, Tractor Sundries etc. In all over 200 lots. Available to bid online at

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Chartered Surveyors, Estate Agents, Auctioneers & Valuers SATURDAY 4TH MARCH 2017 AT 10AM Bi-Annual Collective Sale HEATH HOUSE FARM, CHEDDLETON, LEEK, ST13 7DQ Tractors, Machines and Trailers, Wide Range of Vehicles, Implements, Builders & Contractors Equipment, Plant, Sundry Farming and Other Effects etc. ENTRIES NOW INVITED ENTRY FORMS AVAILABLE FROM OUR OFFICE OR ONLINE 69 Derby Street, Leek, Staffordshire, ST13 6JL Tel: 01538 373308 Email:

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15/02/2017 12:49:49 Dairy Equipment QUALITY USED BULK TANKS AVAILABLE


6,000 Ltr Fabdec 5,000 Ltr Roka 4,400 Ltr RMIB Fullwood Packo 4,500 Ltr Fabdec 4,500 Ltr Delaval 4,000 Ltr Mueller


Ro-Ka 4,000 Litres Delaval 5,000 Litres Ro-Ka 5,000 Litres Fullwood Ice Bank 6,000 Litres Ro-Ka 6,000 Litres Ro-Ka 7,000 Litres Japy 8,000 Litres Ro-Ka 10,000 Litres Ro-Ka 15,000 Litres Ro-Ka 18,000 Litres Ro-Ka 20,000 Litres Part exchange considered This is only a selection of the tanks currently in stock.

Please ring for further requirements.

KRISTAL D&D Ltd Bromyard

Formerly Domestic and Dairy

Tel: 01885 483576

Tanks wanted - 6,000 Ltr and above.

For further details please call S.W Refrigeration specialising in “On Farm cooling Equipment” 01392 210344 or Paul on 07974 140949 All Tanks can be fitted anywhere in the country or ex-yard and all come with a 12 month warranty. Talk to us about our “Green Machine” Heat Recovery System. With almost all installations returning a 30-50% return on investment, can you afford not to install it on your Dairy Farm? Please see for more info.


20 x 20 Met.12 metres Auto ID + prog, feeders + troughs. Pump/motor. Offers.

Tel:01522720317 Midlands (P)

Milk Cooling Problems? Kristal D & D Limited specialise in all on farm milk cooling solutions. If you’re producing 70,000 or even 700 litres each day and find milk cooling/storage a problem we can help.

Portable Milking Machine Complete with Honda engine and Electric motor. This unit is ready for work and can be delivered anywhere in the UK. Livestock Supplies LTD Call Ashley on: 07831 887531 or 01829 260328


WANTED Milking Parlours direct to line ALFA, Delaval, Fullwood or Westfalia complete or parts. Tel: 07860 218932 (P)

5,200 Litres with an ice bank. Low heater boiler. Industrial Plate cooler. 16 x 16 Dairy Master Parlour. 16 Wako Milk Metres. For sale due to retirement


Tel: 0777 5512953 Cumbria (P)

10,400 litres. 404A new gas. Can be seen working.

01522 720317 Midlands (P) PURECLAD Hygienic

wall linings and ceiling systems. For milking parlours, dairies, food prep areas. Colours available. Fitting service. Trade enqs welcome. Tel: 01282 773712 or 07710 934133


Homogoniser. 200 Gallons per hour Tel: 07787 507860 Hereford (P)


Milk Tanks for export. Tel: 07973 409990 Lancs (T)

Livestock Services

For advise please contact Kristal D & D Limited – Bromyard

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Calf Jackets from £14.99

*Test Colostrum * * Freeze only Quality Colostrum * * Thaw 4litre pack within 20mins * * Feed immediately after birth * For more details contact BRITMILK Tel : 01387 750459

MILKING BAIL FOR HIRE 9:18 complete self contained system for temporary solution. Also, 4000 litre temporary dairy system

07812 221000

Office: 01772 780806 Mob: 07753 957380 Click Bulk Tanks for up to date stock for sale



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NEW, RE-CON AND USED BULK MILK TANKS Available from the Fabdec DARI-KOOL and GEA TCool main dealers in the north west. All milk refrigeration work also undertaken by F Gas qualified engineers providing 24/7 cover on all makes of tank including servicing, breakdown & annual maintenance contracts. Shepherd Dairy Services. Tel: 01772 972150 or 07912 521722 (T)

All classes of Plain, Lame and worn out cull cows & bulls Yorkshire, Lancashire, Cheshire and Cumbria Areas For prices and more information please call

Ross Greenwood: 07725 045572 (T)





Main Agents for Fabdec Dari–Kool & Packo Cooling systems in Lancashire & South Cumbria DX & Ice Bank Tanks, Large Volume Milk Silos Ice Builders, Heat Recovery Energy Efficient Systems Installations, Maintenance & 24/7 Breakdown Service




See our range online and buy direct. Bulk buy deals and merchant pricing available. Call now!

Plain & Lame Cows & Bulls Wanted. Also casualty collection service with veterinary certificates direct to our own abattoir.

BAMBER BRIDGE Lancs, Cumbria, Cheshire. Yorkshire. TEXT OR TELEPHONE STEPHEN: 07860 636 605 DAVID: 07842 876 590 OFFICE: 01772 626 951

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Telephone: 07774 620008 anytime Tel: 01772 936526 Daily Collection

ROBINSON MITCHELL LTD Daily collections of all types of fallen stock throughout the North of England.

Tel: 01524 261144 or 01524 263022 or 01274 833196 PETER BODDY Licensed Horse & Cattle Slaughterers All types of cattle, plain, lame, casualties, down cows on vet certificates. Immediate collection 7 days a week Mobile: 07831 222384



for cattle. 30 Years experience. No job too big or small. Bulls no problem. Most areas covered. Competitive rates. Norman Walker Tel: 07860 509393 (T)



Contact Robert Garth - Tel: 07971 874939

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HIGH PEAK Cattle Scan-

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-Tel: 01900 817009 or 07759 194600 Nationwide (T) IAN SMITH Livestock Scanning Services. Across the North -Tel: 01200 445750 or 07976 539197 (T)

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8 cutters £56, Sheep and Cattle clipping. Add delivery and VAT. Tel:01200 427419

Sheep Equipment For Sale 6ft & 4ft metal hurdles, ring feeders, hayracks & creep feeders

Cattle Equipment For Sale


Heavy duty ring feeders, 15ft hang on galvanised troughs & sloped round bale feeder

BREEDING PIG Large White, Welsh, Duroc, Landrace, X bred gilts and boars, and maternal AI Very high health, World renowned pigs -Tel: John Millard 01954 719263 or Mobile 07836 312922 (T)

Tel: 07710 808043 Bucks (P)




TEL 02476 611647 OFFER ENDS FEBRUARY 26th 2017

HOPKINS QUICK FIT CATTLE GRID AND BASE Installed within hours not days. Minimal labour. Maintenance free. No concrete/blocks required – set in the ground on a hard-core base


HOPKINS STEEL FABRICATIONS Unit 2A, Lion Works, Pool Road, Newtown, Powys SY16 3AG

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Calf Hutches. Complete with fencing. A large selection of all animal and calf feeding equipment and all other associated products also available. Massive saving on list price Livestock Supplies Ltd. Tel: 07831 887531 or 01829 260328

COSISAN Ultimate Bedding Conditioner Containing a DEFRA APPROVED Disinfectant Drier Beds • Sanitised Beds

01387 750459 ANIMAL COMFORT

Silage Clamp Mats Cow Mats Portable Concrete Beds Concrete Drinking Troughs Self Locking Yokes Cubicles Nationwide Delivery

Tel: 01994 419482

Second Hand Feed Bins

3 x 20 tonne central discharge 1 x 15 tonne side discharge 1 x 12 tonne high discharge Others Bins Available Tel: 07970 740568 Bulkfeedsystems@ (T) February 17, 2017 |


15/02/2017 13:56:01 Poultry CREAGMHOR POULTRY Point of lay

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


EGG PACKING MATERIALS Trays, Pre-Packs plain and printed. Outer cases. Staples etc. All you need to present your eggs from

J. COULTHURST Bamber Bridge (01772) 623123 CHESHIRE BLUE Blue

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



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Quality lamb milk suitable for all feeding systems BIOSTART:- Probiotic, Prebiotic and Egg proteins for improved health


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This 4x2 space could be yours

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P.O.L Pullets from £4.90. Feed, bedding & accessories at competitive prices. Tel: R J Fahey - 07984 949188. Google Cheshire Chickens

BRITMILK VITALAMB + BIOSTART Quality lamb milk suitable for all feeding systems BIO – START: Probiotic, Prebiotic, and Egg proteins for improved health.

Telephone: 01387 750459


40 Cheviot X Beltex & Texel X Ewes


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


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

NOVA RED, White Star & Purebreds now available. Tel: 07768 790962 W.Yorks (P)


Sheep hurdles. Any length. With or without end loops (With loops made to order) Tel T I Askew 01729 840094 or mobile 07973 951066

N Yorks (T) www.

CHAROLLAIS LAMBS X 13 Born Spring 2016,

not put to ram this year, sire Trannon Pacific and Elmwick Preston, N Shropshire. 07971 518855

HURDLES from £9.99,

all sizes, free delivery, minimum order 20. Also Alpaca Hurdles -Tel: 01260 280323

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Flock Reduction 450 Lleyn’s Shearing Ewes

Shearling Mules In Lamb In lamb by lleyn, enz vax, hep, good stock. P Davies 07966 225514

Due to lamb mid-April been running with Charollais X Texel Rams. Sale due to change in farming policy. Willing to split.

Tel: 07778 937581

Dorset/Somerset Borders (P)

Dispersal Sale of the Llanferres Dutch Texel Flock Dutch/Beltex Bloodlines bred for shape 40 ewes scanned in lamb due March Yearlings/mixed ages for sale as a whole or will split

Telephone Gail Brownsett:

01559 384675 or 07854 305701 Wales (P)

200 Texel and Texel X In-Lamb Ewes Various ages Ran with Beltex and Charollais Tups Scanned in lamb due end of March In the Heptavac P system Willing to split Tel:

07989 946723 Staffs (P)

SALE Mule, Swaledale, Suffolk x, Texel x, Scotch Blackface ewes, shearlings & ewe lambs. Tel:


Darrell Shimwell on: 07866 319912 or


X Cheviot Mule. 185 in lamb Ewe Lambs. Due to lamb to a Charollais x Beltex (Paul Slater’s Rams). Due to start lambing beginning of April onwards. -Tel: 07876 555657 (P)

700 SUFFOLK X MULE shearlings, on

Heptavac system, which have run with Charollais and Texel rams from 5th November – to be scanned. On an East Anglian farm. Contact 07710 803901

For all your livestock requirements call Marie, Katie or Gemma on 01772 799 500 Farmers Guardian - Livestock

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In lamb to Blue Texel & Charollais Tups scanned at 196%. Due early April. Genuine reason for sale £125 each Tel: 01939 291498 Shrewsbury (P)

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

Call Job 0031 653847116 or 0781 2107337


Have you ever been unable to sell a tank of milk due to it being too warm, high in SCC, high water content or loss of contract?


07967 565 264 01270 811 394

ROB HUNTBACH If you ever find yourself in this predicament, the milk can be legitimately collected with payment on collection

QUALITY HOLSTEIN BT+Johne's tested + freshly calved + pregnant

GBP 1,445.-

7-8 month GBP 1,195.-

Finance available through Wadland Finance

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

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

Weekly Selection of 8-10 Pedigree Fresh Calved Heifers.

A weekly selection of Fresh Calved Cows & Heifers sourced within the UK. All guaranteed & delivered anywhere in the UK. Finance can be arranged

Livestock Supplies Ltd

Telephone: 07831 887531 or 01829 260328

IRISH DAIRY STOCK Fresh calved UK, Irish & German heifers and cows * *

Incalf heifers – UK, Irish & German Select immediately on our farms in South West Wales, Ireland and the farms of origin in Germany Long and short term finance available, see our website for all details Also Purebred Pedigree German Simmental (Flexi) Heifer Calves 6-8 weeks - used for Dairy Stock Contact: Colm Gilleece 00353 87299 7108 • Email: • Web:

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

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

Fleckvieh In-Calf & Fresh Heifers Available Now


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

Montbeliarde Semen UK Proven Telephone:

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Beef Cattle

Davies Dairy Stock

Danny Davies - 0777 613 2071 Available Now


• Fresh calved and in-calf L I V E S T O C K Suppliers of Quality Livestock heifers and young cows Keenest • Select on farms in Ireland, Price France, Germany, Holland Guaranteed • Delivered direct to your farm.

supplier of calved heifers & cows, In-calf heifers & young stock, supplied from Europe and the UK. All expenses paid trips to view livestock TB Free animals, half loads available.

Call David Clarke 00353 87257 6434 or 07712 815792

Finance available, subject to T & C’s

H Austrian Genomic Tested Bulls H H High TMI’s H H Quality Guaranteed H H All Semen Tested H H Also Imported Heifers by order H

Please call for a price on your Dairy Cattle requirements, all prices are including delivery.

Follow us on Twitter @DairyStock Telephone: 0777 613 2071 Email:

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Jim Hamilton: 07590 444732 or 02887 758898

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DON’T JUST TAKE OUR WORD FOR IT !! 9 Limousin & Blue X

Dutch Top Quality Crossbreeds

In-calf Heifers to Easy Calving Haltcliffe Limousin Bull PD’d in-calf - Due Feb/ March - TB 4 Area

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

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Importers of high quality Dairy Replacements

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

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his in-calf “Mr Fox from York advertised Gua rdian heifers within the Farmers Classified section.” er once From only appearing in the pap the country Mr Fox had calls from all over and sold to someone from over 50 miles away. the Mr Fox a first time advertiser with whelmed Farmers Guardian said ‘I was over cially to with the response I recieved, espe e advertising say this was my first experiencFG team was within Farmers Guardian. Theful - I will not very professional and help ers Guardian hesitate to advertise with Farm in the future’. Farmers Guardian

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February 17, 2017

SKIPTON AUCTION MART Rearing Calf Sales Every Monday 10.45am weekly sales of 60-100 TB4 low risk area rearing calves This Monday 20th February Show & Sale of 100 Best Quality Beef, Native sired and Dairy Calves Contact Sam Bradley - 07538539077

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


Good thick top 1% bull purchased Carlisle Limited worker Unwarranted by breeder Sale to highest offer

Tel: 01633 880466 / 208 or 07747 782511 S. Wales (P)

3 Longhorn Heifers 2 years old Purebred but not registered Very nicely marked TB Free Herd Genune reason for sale

Tel: 07977 402535 Derbyshire (P)

All home bred, quiet to handle. Delivery available.

Livestock Solutions


01756 792375


Chris: 07885731502 or Andrew: 07950030586

Due to change in government policy in the Netherlands there is now a good selection of freshly calved cows & heifers, in calf heifers, maiden heifers & young stock Holstein, Fleckveih and Procross. Also available whole herds or part herd selection.

Craven Cattle Marts Ltd Skipton, N. Yorks


15 Months Plus. BVD vaccinated. IBR Monitored herd. Whole herd TB tested January 2017.

Tel: Colin on 07854 258111 or 01675 462183 Warwickshire. (P)

07885 594143 or 01394 460408 (East Anglia)

QUALITY REARING CALVES Young Beef and Black and White bull calves. Supplied to most areas in the country. Calves available direct from farms. TB4.

Tel: 07806 815737 Cumbria (P)

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PEDIGREE PENTERVIN POLLED CHAROLAIS 10 Homozygous Polled Young Bulls available now Exceptionally Easy Calving Please telephone for more details 01743 891188 / 07771571478 / 07767633200 FB page PentervinPolledCharolais

PEDIGREE ANGUS STOCK BULL Full BLELACK bred 3 ½ years old ALSO ANGUS STEERS 7 Months Old Tel: 0161 790 2775 Mob: 0792 99 71595 Lancs (P)

RELUCTANT SALE OF PEDIGREE HEREFORD BULL 4 years old. DNA Tested 4 year TB Test. Halter Trained From a closed herd Johne’s, BVD, IBR Tested

Tel: 01757 288814 East Yorks (P)

ABREFELYN ANGUS Working Bulls and Heifers always available.

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


07923 842266 LANCS (P)

RIGEL CHAROLAIS BULLS Hi-Health TB4 Halter Trained Ready to Work

Terence Pye 07982 813596

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RIGEL SALERS BULLS Easy Calving Hi-Health TB4 Red or Black Polled Terence Pye 07982 813596

LARGE CLOSED PEDIGREE TB FREE HERD OFF UK MAINLAND REQUIRES FARMER/FARM To offer pre-sale board to 30 - 300 in-calf, calved dairy cattle. Short or long term arrangement. High level of disease security & husbandry essential

Tel: 07624 472579 or 01624 852979

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

Tel: 077157 64351

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

07773 370232


LILEY ABERDEEN ANGUS Have a selection of Pedigree Bulls for sale. All performance recorded. TB4 Area. 07767 307044 S.Yorks(P)


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


SKIPTON AUCTION MART Friday 24th February Winter Sale of 130 SHEEP DOGS Comprising 77 Field Dogs & 53 Pen Dogs Sale 9.15am Field Dogs Sale 11.00am & 2.00pm Pen Dogs

ISDS pups, started dogs Puppies by Pennant Williams SWEEP x Astra Jura Started dogs also for sale

8 Aberdeen Angus Heifers. Also 8 Black & White Bulls. All 16 weeks old.

Tel:07979613613 North Yorkshire (P)

POLLED HEREFORD BULL Pedigree. 18-24 Months old. Good conformation and Temperament. TB & BVD free.

Tel: 01260 224331 Cheshire

Polled and Registered. 20 Months. Also in calf heifers for sale. TB tested. -Tel: 01260 227358 or 07875 635661 North Staffs (P)

07724 520181 NORFOLK TERRIER PUPS Black and tan bitch and dog pups. 14 weeks. KC reg. Fully vac. £850 per pup.

Tel: 07920205430 Bristol (P) VERY USEFUL Newly

trained, 18 month old. Work Bitch, with plenty of power. -Tel: 07989 309661 settle (P)



AND HANDLING COURSES Experienced Professional Trainer at competitive Rates For Further Info Contact

07908 527767 01274 564163


2 years old . Black and White, good to command. Registered. -Tel: 01204 697339 or 07747 878717 Lancs (P)

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

AA ABBERTON ANGUS bulls & heif-

ers, biobest, elite health accreditation IBR, BVD, Lepto Johnes - Tel: 01386 462534 or 07592 798555

01756 792375

15 Aberdeen Angus x Bull Stirks.

HEREFORD Bulls. Pedigree,


Craven Cattle Marts Ltd Skipton, N. Yorks



Required. Payment on collection W C Thornton & Son Ltd Tel:01995640212 Gar-

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• Available in up to 2440mm lengths Very easy to assemble • Flat pack for storage • End gates available where required

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Grips sheep without effort, no bruising Useful for dagging, tagging and weighing

Rancher Ltd, Castle Douglas

15ft Trailer, 20 x 6ft Hurdles, 16ft Race, 2 x Joiners, 3 x Half posts, 155/80 radial tyres The only 3 way drafting system where you can draft off sheep after they’ve passed you!

Dealer enquiries

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SPRING EQUESTRIAN As the agriculture industry ponders over the uncertainty of British farming, is now the right time for farmers to consider diversifying? Alex Robinson looks at the livery yard as a potential business venture.

Should you run a livery yard?


orse riding remains a popular activity in the UK, with more than 1.3 million regular riders partaking in the sport, and as horses are kept for leisure purposes, the equine sector lacks the pressures of livelihood which constrain other livestock keepers. A sound livery yard is a necessary investment for the equestrian owner, and sites in rural areas with off-road access can be the most sought after. Horses do not come cheap, but this means those who own them are often willing to pay for the right facilities. Sites on farms can be ideal settlements for a few stables with grazing, or the foundation for a large-scale diversification. Land and building renovations are a likely necessity for the diversifier, and Richard McGonigal of Equine Planning Solutions discusses how

Some owners will request year-round turnout, which can be a problem as land can become poached SARAH PHILLIPS

buildings require change of use from agricultural to equestrian, regardless of whether or not there are any practical alterations. Mr McGonigal says: “Most farm buildings lend themselves to equestrian use, and facilities such as indoor arenas are often converted barns. “To be successful, all potential constraints affecting a site and its capacity will need to be assessed, as this can directly affect the type and scale of the development.”

Professional advice Planning permission will need to be obtained and Mr McGonigal advises farmers to seek advice from an architect or planning consultant. Making the venture could mean a risk of losing Agricultural Property Relief. However, grants are sometimes available from the local council and business relief may apply to those starting out on a small-scale. Sarah Phillips, director of participation at the British Horse Society, says livery yards on-farm can be extremely popular due to the access to off-road hacking they offer. Ms Phillips says: “Many farmers with liveries provide grass headlands around their arable crops for clients to ride on and access to private and, very often, safe hacking is a bonus for most riders.” Keeping equines on-farm will require consideration regarding placement of existing livestock and machinery, as Ms Phillips says horses are flight animals and can easily be startled by farm equipment.

What can you offer? Getting the right sort of livery setup to suit you (plus average charges) n Grass: Providing the horse with a field for grazing; responsibility for daily care arranged as necessary (up to £25/week) n DIY: Providing a stable and access to grazing; the owner has sole responsibility for the care of the horse on a daily basis (up to £40/week) n Part: The daily care of the horse is shared between the owner and the livery yard; usually, the agreement requires the owner to attend to the horse at weekends



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or in the evenings, with yard staff maintaining care in between (up to £80/week) n Full: The livery yard is responsible for all the care of the horse on a daily basis, providing bedding, hay and feed (up to £150/week) n Working/schooling: The horse is kept at grass or stabled, with the livery yard responsible for training, breaking or exercise of the horse, as well giving daily care (up to £200/week)

A sound livery yard is a necessary investment for an equestrian owner.

Costs “COST can vary depending on the specification of the livery yard,” Mr McGonigal says. “Some yards maximise the number of stables to keep livery costs down, whereas others choose a smaller setup with included features, such as WiFi or changing rooms, which clients are willing to pay more for.” Farms can provide livery yards with potential to add value and reduce costs needed for buying-in bedding and feed supplies. The premium paid for quality haylage is considerably more, making the extra costs spent on wrapping worth the money.

As in the farming community, establishing a sound reputation in the equine world can rely heavily on word-of-mouth and good people management. Flexibility will be of great importance and as horses need strict schedules, owners may require to attend the yard at hours which do not suit the yard owners’ timetable. Horses need considerably different management to other farm livestock, but the basic daily needs are similar in terms of meeting necessary animal welfare standards. Ms Phillips says grazing requirements will differ as horses are extremely selective grazers and some, particularly ponies, may require restricted grazing during summer. She says: “Some owners will request

Providing fodder for livery clients is likely to be more lucrative than selling it privately and can be a good way to add profit to the business.

Accommodation Mr McGonigal says: “Yards with security are highly sought after. If a residence is based on-site, this can provide owners with a necessary confidence in the service they are paying for. We regularly come across equestrian businesses which desperately require on-site accommodation to expand or sustain their operations, but are unable to obtain planning approval for it.”

year-round turnout, which can be a problem as land can become poached, which farmers try to avoid by keeping livestock permanently housed in winter.” Limited grazing access can be applied to manage the space by creating smaller sections of paddock to alternate grass using a suitable electric fencing.

Schedule Removing dung from the field will need to factored into the pasture management schedule. Ms Philips says: “It is vital those considering diversification thoroughly look into the responsibilities involved, as many things need to be considered, including health and safety and fire regulations.”

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I do not recommend cutting corners or skimping on costs. Spending a little bit extra on quality earlier on pays later in the game LEONARD METCALFE

Leonard Metcalfe owns Fleets Farm Equestrian, Lancashire.

“We now have 20 purpose-built monarch stables in an Americanstyle barn setup, an outdoor area, lunging pen and about 25 acres of post and rail grass paddocks.” Most of the venture has been DIY-based for Mr Metcalfe.

He says: “We hired outside assistance for the larger scale building jobs, but we have been self-sufficient. We are continuously looking for new ways to improve the setup, striving to offer the best service in our area.

“When I first diversified, I was unaware I needed to apply to the council for a change of use on buildings, but when I did they were more than helpful.

Business rates “While the diversification was entirely self-funded, we receive business rates relief which was a great hand at the start and must be something to consider if we continue to grow the business. “While it is important to be competitive, I do not recommend cutting corners or skimping on costs. Spending a little bit extra on quality earlier on pays later in the game. “It is vital for those looking into equine diversification to look thoroughly into the responsibilities involved. Insurance and contracts are vital, as well as good people management skills.”

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Finances: Select a day of the month owners pay a set amount for bills; always provide receipts and invoices Care: What type of livery is the client paying for? Define what each of you are expected to do Schedule: Decide what times owners can tend to the horse, preferably at the same time as each other Facilities offered: Neither party can deviate and use facilities not noted in the contract Insurance: Ensure both parties have adequate insurance policies

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

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

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Prestressed panels can be used for a wide variety of applications, including: · Agricultural (livestock, grain, roots, silage. Depth 0.500 0.600, 1m, 1.2m, 1.5m. Thicknesses 100mm, 150mm, 180mm, 225mm)

· Warehouses · Storage · Soil retention · Security

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Mobile 16t Crusher Up to 500 tonnes per day Can operate in restricted access areas Ideal for on farm or remote areas All areas covered

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Composite Panels Made to order Choice of colours and thickness UK Sourced Nationwide Delivery Very Competitive Prices Full Range Of Accessories For Friendly Advice and a Quotation Call Tel: 01246 858222

Farnells Agri Plastics

TEL 01200 445874 PAUL 07850109692 BEN 07881448344 Second Hand Plywood 120 8x4 3/4’ ply, good condition - £12 each or £10 each for the lot 100 3/4’ ply, AV condition, £7 each or £5 each for the lot 320 ½’ & 3/4’ ply, cut outs in sheet, £1,000 for the lot

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PH TIMBER LTD 3x9 graded purlins, tan 20ft long - £25.95 each 3x7 graded purlins, 15ft 9” long £12.75 each Genuine Creasote 20 litre tubs - £29 each We now stock electric fencing.

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Prices subject to 20% VAT Varley Insulation Products Ltd

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



Livestock Offer - 100’x40’x15’ + 4’6” Cantilever - From £17,000.00 * 3-5 Week Delivery on supply only 80x60x18 Grain Store offer Complete with fibre cement roof, box profile cladding, purlins, rails, fixings, concrete panels etc - All from £35,500 Office: 01270 780 017 Email: Web:


20. Romney Building (partly clad) - 96 x 35. 100 x 80 x 15ft to eaves. 100 x 40 x 15, with cladding. 120 x 118 x 23 - tie portal frame

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Quality pre stressed concrete panels Prompt delivery Concrete Panel Company

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

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

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100’ x 40’ x 14’ Clad with Yorkshire Boarding Fibre Cement Roof 6’6’’ High Concrete Panels Galv Purlins C24 Timber Eaves and Rails 15’ Doorway each end

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AGRICULTURAL & INDUSTRIAL BUILDINGS GRAIN STORE SPECIAL OFFERS OFFER 1 - 100 x 50 x 18 with 3.5m grain walls: £36,100 OFFER 2 - 80 x 60 x 18 with 3.0m grain walls: £36,600 Includes electric roller shutter door • Fully vermin proof.



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Suppliers of Bespoke Internal Stables, American Barns, Riding Arena’s and much more . . . Suppliers of Agricultural, Equestrian & Industrial Steel Framed Buildings. • • • • • • •

Steel framed buildings Refurbishment of existing Buildings Storm damage repairs Erection service Foundation & groundworks Concreting Shuttered walls & Tanks


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

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We specialise in stripping Asbestos Cement Sheeting. And recovering with box profile metal cladding. All work guaranteed

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The Steel Framed Building Company “Simply better buildings”

30 years experience in the supply of quality buildings for Agricultural, Commercial or Equestrian use. Any size buildings, groundworks & extensions. • Telephone: 01948 770 111 • Mobile: 07961 669 271 • Email: • Steelforce UK, Well House, Sarn, Malpas, Cheshire, SY14 7LN


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To Crop & Livestock Stores, Poultry Sheds, Cattle & Pig Buildings, Workshops & Barns. Frost & Condensation Protection. Temperature Control Energy Saving

SSS Industrial Doors Electric Gates


Redearth Farm, Bolton, Lancs.

Log homes, holiday chalets, mobile homes. All built to your requirements, delivered and erected anywhere, we offer builds in round, square, cavity and random log up to 360mm thick meeting all current building regulations.

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For sale 10ft & 12ft wide selections. Woods Caravans. Tel 01524 732609 or 07889 771344

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5’6’’ x 3’’ - 4’’. Economy posts from £1.96 Mixed Species. 15 year warranty from £2.50. Creosote 30 year warranty from £3.74. Longleat: 01985 219555 Aston

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For sale, excellent selection. I will have the caravan you’re looking for! -Tel: John Dewhurst 01535 658846 or Mobile: 07885 047114


Clean & tidy, two & three bedrooms. 10ft &12ft wide. Selection from £550 can Deliver National-Tel: 01938 570265, Powys (T)



Special Offers Enduramaxx 10000 Water tank with FREE 2” tap ......£950(+VAT) Harlequin 5000FS Diesel Tank with Fuel Management ............. ..............£2450(+VAT)


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for sale, 28 x 10, 35 x 12, 38 x 12, all very good condition, double glazing, central heating, new carpet. Call 01749 850367 visit www.

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AGRICULTURAL OCCUPANCY TIES LIFTED NO WIN NO FEE 168 ag. ties lifted by us since 2004 UK wide including S. 106/52’s Free friendly consultation & honest advice

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Farming and trees can work together Forestry opportunities from Ian Kyle


he Government’s longterm ambition is to increase woodland cover in England from 10 per cent to 12 per cent. This means planting around 5,000 hectares (12,355 acres) or roughly 11 million trees every year by 2022. The Government has made forestry a priority and especially the creation of new woodlands. In recent year’s the rate of progress in England has been between 2,000 and 3,000 hectares (4,942-7,413 acres) per year which, if it continued at this rate, would result in woodland cover of 11 per cent by 2060.The Government believes this rate of planting can be accelerated to achieve the aim of 12 per cent woodland cover by 2060 which is set out in the England Forestry Strategy paper. Attractive grant funding is available through the Countryside

Stewardship with woodland support to assist with the creation of new plantations. Successful applicants could get paid up to £6,800 per hectare (£2,751/acre) depending on site and requirements. With the growing interest in woodlands there really is an opportunity to benefit from the market conditions at present and it is now worth farmers and landowners considering how forestry could work alongside farming. This could range from managing existing farm scale woodland to benefit from the biomass and firewood markets to looking at planting land to benefit from the current grant schemes while working alongside farming. The current grant system is providing landowners with an opportunity to benefit from a capital income to their business without the need to sell land. Demand for timber is increasing year on year. We are seeing plenty of demand from investors looking to invest in

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WANTED TO RENT/BUY. Indoor silage clamp type buildings for bulk storage. Lancs/ Cheshire/Cumbria areas. Ideally near motorway network

Tel Mark on 07881788226 / 01772690966 (T)

LAND Wanted to rent by Vegetable Grower. 20-100 acres in any area. Will pay up to £300 per acre

Tel: 07854665321(T)

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2-5 Acres in the FY6 or surrounding area. Funds secured for quick purchase

Either old barn, milking shed or grain shed for rent. Within Wigan/ St Helens area

Contact 07734068752 (P)

Tel 07931365492

LAND wanted to rent by vegetable grower. 20-100 acres in any area. Will pay up to £300 per acre


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plantable land which can often be middle hill ground currently utilised as rough grazing with no large areas of deep peat. In addition, the biomass sector is a new and emerging market which is enabling the management of currently neglected woodlands to become commercially viable. Income generated from any grant money received from a woodland creation scheme is free from Income Tax. The ownership of woodlands

Ian Kyle is forestry manager at Davidson and Robertson Rural. Contact 01900 268 633 | 07741 260 699.

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“Living & Farming in Manitoba, CANADA”

Relaxed lifestyle, less hassle, more family time, where Farmers are Respected!! Interested to know more?? Our Canadian Farm Specialist, Maurice Torr – who has been working and assisting immigrants to Canada for the past 35+ years - will be in the UK from February 21st to 28th to contact you and provide information to interested parties about this

“Land of Opportunity”.

For a phone or skype appointment, call our UK contact centre at 01538 372006 (day) or 372081(eve)

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‘There is an opportunity to benefit from the market at present.’

also offers a number of tax efficient benefits. Woodland managed commercially qualifies for 100 per cent Business Property Relief once it has been held for two years. There is a clear opportunity for those who have a Capital Gains Tax liability arising from the sale of a business asset to roll over proceeds into another qualifying asset. It is important to demonstrate the property has been managed as a commercial investment to qualify. It should also be noted the land value within a commercial forest can be as low as 10-15 per cent of the forest value, as usually most of the value lies in the growing timber crop of a mature forest, which is usually exempt. The demand for home-grown timber has never been stronger, even the smallest areas of on-farm woodlands can have a value which is worth extracting. 4 BED BUNGALOW with 3/4 acre land and some outbuildings in Rochdale. £375,000. Contact Ryder & Dutton 01706 356 402 (P)

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Northwest / Cumbria area. 15,000 - 30,000 sq ft. Agricultural / Warehouse Premises. Tel: 01565 722922 Garnett Farms Engineering, Clay Bank Farm, Allostock, Knutsford, Cheshire. WA16 9NE

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Vehicle & Machinery Finance/Refinance Vehicle & Machinery Finance & Refinance Deal Sizes £15K- £5M / 24- 72 months Hire Purchase or Finance Lease CCJs, Defaults, Late Payments, All Considered Interest Rates From 3.5% Flat Per Annum We’re easy to talk to... Call 0113 288 3277 t Straight Talking Independen Finance Brokers


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upper Wye Valley in a beautiful quiet location with around 12 acres (further land available if required), offers in the region of £380,000.

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Arctic Manual, Venetian Red ....................................................... £34399 2015/15 L200 Challenger DCB Di Double Cab, R Back, Blue, 21000 miles ................................................................................................. £14000 2014/64 D-Max Blade, White, 13000 Miles, Rear Canopy ............ £19000 2013/63 Eiger, Silver, 40000 miles NO VAT ............................... £14500

Vehicle Due in the Next 4 Weeks 2016/16 Yukon in Green, Reg May 2016, 11000 mile 2016/16 Eiger, Venetian Red, Reg March 2016, 12000 miles 2015/15 Fury Manual, Fury Red, Reg Sept 2015, 20,000 miles 2014/14 L200 4 Work Extended Cab, 43000 miles, Reg March 2014, ................................................................................................Like New 2014/14 Eiger, Nautilus Blue, 22000 miles Reg May 2014, Ladder Rack 2013/63 Yukon, Nautilus Blue, Reg Oct 2013, 37000 miles NO VAT 2012/62 Eiger, Garnet Red, 40000 miles Reg Nov 2012 2012/12 Denver 2.5 Max, Black, 23,000 miles. Reg March 2012 2011/11 Denver 3.0LE, In Silver, 40,000 miles, R Back. Reg March 2011 2009/09 Ford Ranger, White,137000 miles. ............................. To Trade 2007/57 Ford Ranger Thunder, Silver, Auto, 120,000 Miles. ...... To Trade 2006/56 Nissan Navara Aventura, Silver, 118000 miles. NO VAT To Trade



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

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NO VAT Toyota Hilux 3.0 Invincible 2013 2006 (06) Mitsubishi L200 2.5 Rare (13) Sunburst Red only 22,000 miles NO Single Cab 170 bhp ONLY 56,000 Miles .... VAT .................................................£16500 ............................................................£4950

64 Toyota Hilux 3.0 Invincible Met Black only 22K Leather/ Sat Nav ........£18950

Finders fee paid on successful purchase. Will travel.

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LAND ROVER DEFENDER 110 DOUBLE CAB 2010, 107000 miles POA Tel 07836 349652 01362 687649

2013 Silver. 3 litre. D-4D 4x4 double cab. 8000 miles. MOT until end of March. FSH. As new £16,000+VAT.


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Any make or model, any year, any value, running or not. Also any types of 4x4 vehicles wanted. Will collect UK wide Top prices paid Tel: 07770 686052 01383 511787 or 07771 982404

WANTED TOYOTA HILUX Any condition. Best Price Paid Tel: 07703 559621


64 Toyota Hilux 3.0 Invincible 2014 (64) Met Silver, Canopy 23K Miles ...£17950 12 Toyota Hilux 3.0 Invincible only 41K Met Grey T/Bar Fsh .....................£14500 61 Rare 144 bhp Toyota Hilux single Cab 4WD, Met Silver 75K miles ....... £9950 13 Ford Ranger 3.2 Limited 63K Met Grey Leather heated electric ........................ ...............................................................................................................NO VAT £14500 07885 193278 - 01925 768897


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Land Rover Defender 110 2.2D County

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Top line 6x2 rear lift axels 2012 c/w tri axel drawbar trailers. Scania maintained. Suitable for straw/machinery. Large choice.

16’ Cattle body New Ali floors & Decks MOT to Feb 2018 £8,500 or will exchange for suckler bred stores Tel 07834 715269 or 01257 463575 Lancs.(P)

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Manufactured in the UK W J SANDERSON AND SONS LTD Umbilical Slurry Spreading

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(Dribble bar or splash plate)

P Cowell & Sons Tel; 01772-653569

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Rear Discharge Manure Spreaders For Hire PRESTON (Lancs) (T)

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Aichi 4.1M Tracked Platform Aichi 6M Tracked Platform Aichi 4M Tracked Collum Man Lift Tel: 01253 701688 Mobile: 07711 701688 Lancashire (T)

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Weld on Forklift and loader brackets to fit most makes and models. JCB/MATBRO £68.50 + VAT ALL OTHERS POA All major debit/credit cards accepted NEXT DAY DISPATCH Terry Birch - Mobile: 07966 233104/ Tel: 01529 455776 email:


Buy 4 Michelin or Kleber agricultural tyres from F.G. Rowland Ltd and claim up to £600* Purchase four MICHELIN Cerexbib, Axiobib, Axiobib (2), Megaxbib, Machxbib, XM27, XM28 or KLEBER Topker and claim £600; Purchase two and claim £250. For all other tread patterns: Purchase four 26˝ or above agricultural tyres and claim £400

Purchase four 24˝ or below agricultural tyres and claim £150

Purchase two 26˝ or above agricultural tyres and claim £100

Purchase two 24˝ or below agricultural tyres and claim £50



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Interest Free Credit available on Michelin and Kleber agricultural tyres Terms and conditions apply, for more info visit:

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*Minimum purchase of two agricultural tyres. Reward will be paid in the form of a pre-paid reward card or BACS transfer. Participating dealers only. Purchase necessary. Offer applies to agricultural tyres only. Valid from 1st February until 30th April 2017. Terms and conditions apply.

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HONDA TRX 680 FA 4x4................................ £6,595 HONDA TRX 420 FA2 4X4 P/S .................... £5,795 HONDA TRX 420 FA6 P/S ........................... £5,995 HONDA TRX 500 FE P/S ............................... £6,295 HONDA TRX 250 TE 4x2 ................................ £3,650 SUZUKI LTA 750 4X4 ..................................... £6,495 SUZUKI LTA 400 4x4 ......................................£5,195 SUZUKI LTA 750 4x4 P/S .............................. £6,995 ARTIC CAT 400 4x4 ........................................£4,195

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mule PAS choice. Thomas TH85 3ft wide skid steer c/w muck fork, bucket, pallet forks and 4 in 1 bucket. Tel: 01745 550541 (T)


and calf canopy road trailers and sheep feeders- Tel: Swaledale ATV 01282 614321 or 07836 315254 Nationwide

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kvf 650 IRS choice. 2012 Yamaha YFM 350 choice of 2013 Polaris 500 Forester special edition. Tel: 01745 550541 (T)

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We specialise in all agricultural, plant and industrial tyres with next day delivery Extensive ranges for vintage tractor and truck tyres The British Rubber Company are the sole distributor for Goodyear’s vintage tyres in the UK

Whittinghams Farm Supplies

119 Garstang Road, Claughton On Brock, PR3 0PH 61 MF 5465 dyna 4, tidy ...........................................£26,500 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 13 MF 5480 c/w axle suspension, low hours tidy ...... POA 12 MF 6480 dyna 6, 50k, tidy ..................................£37,500 08 MF 430 4wd, c/w cab, 308 hrs only, as new ......... POA 07 MF 6480 in good order, 7600 hrs........................£17,750 A MF 698 4wd, good example .................................£6,750 14 NC 2000 gal vac tanker, as new...........................£8,250 13 Broughan 16 ton, silage trailers, v.tidy, choice of 2.... POA 13 Claas 2900hrs twin rakes, v.tidy, choice of 2 ......... POA Quickie Q75 power loader to fit MF 7618 ................... POA Quickie Q55 to fit JD30 series ...................................... POA P MF 362 4wd c/w power loader, 1300hrs only........ POA W MF 4260 4wd, tidy ..............................................£11,750 Y MF 240 c/w cab & power steering, tidy ................. POA HI-Spec Mix - Max 14 diet feeder, gwo ....................£2750

NEW SPECIAL OFFERS MANITOU MLT 735-120 PS LSU Elite........................ POA MANITOU MLT 629 elite, full spec .............................. POA Hi-Spec 3000 gal vac tanker, c/w hyd raingun .......£15,750 Hi-Spec 2500 gal vac tanker, c/w hyd raingun .......£13,750 WIC conventional bale shredder engine driven or tractor mounted .............................................................. POA

USED MANITOU TELEHANDLERS 15 MANITOU MLT 634-120 LSU, low hours, v tidy... POA 64 MANITOU MLT 753-120 PS LSU, tidy ................. POA 14 MANITOU MLT 627 24” new tyres, tidy ................ POA 63 MANITOU MLT 735, 2500hrs, tidy, choice.......£33,750 11 MANITOU 627 24” 1 owner, tidy ............................ POA 10 MANITOU MLT 634-120 LSU, tidy ...................£25,750 09 MANITOU MLT 735-120 LSU............................£25,750 08 MANITOU MLT 627 tidy, low hours ....................... POA • MF GENUINE SPARES • SPECIAL CASH DISCOUNTS 07 MANITOU BT420 buggyscopic, tidy ...................... POA 07 MANITOU MLT 845-120 LSU tidy ....................£17,750 03 MANITOU MLT 526 excellent condition ................. POA

CHEAP TO CLEAR Please contact us for competitive prices as we endeavour not to be beaten Telephone: 01274 585 427 Email:

08 MANITOU MLT 627 average condition.................. POA MF 135 needs attention .................................................. POA

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NEW TRACTOR SPECIAL OFFERS KUBOTA M6060 C/W LA1134 LOADER...........................POA DEUTZ-FAHR 5105.4G 105HP 4WD 0% FINANCE .......POA OUT OF SEASON DEALS ON ALL KRONE BALERS, MOWERS, TEDDERS & RAKES AND JF FORAGERS, MOWERS, TEDDERS & RAKES (PRICE RISE DUE JAN 2017) NEW MACHINE SPECIAL OFFERS EX STOCK NOW SELLING THE BROUGHAN RANGE OF HIGH SPECIFICATION, QUALITY TRAILERS AT SENSIBLE PRICES COVERING STAFFORDSHIRE & DERBYSHIRE QUICKE SHEARGRABS, MANURE GRABS, BUCKETS ETC, RING FOR BEST PRICE ..........................................POA FORDEN CONCRETE WATER TROUGHS, GOOD QUALITY, EX STOCK FROM.......................................£145.00 FEBRUARY SALE SUPER HEAVY GRASS CHAIN HARROWS C/W POLE & COUPLER 8’ £290.00 10’ £340.00 12’ £415.00 CHAIN LINK & SPIKE C/W POLE & COUPLER 10’ £360.00 12’ £425.00 HYDRAULIC MOUNTED SUPER HEAVY GRASS 16’ HYD FOLDING POA 8’ X 10m HEAVY DUTY BALLAST FLAT LAND ROLLER £995.00 SECOND HAND TRACTORS 2012 KUBOTA L4240 42HP, 4WD, CAB, AG TYRES, 4000 HOURS ........................................................................£9,750.00 2012 KUBOTA L4240 42HP, 4WD, ROLL BAR, AG TYRES, 2700 HOURS...............................................................£7,300.00 2012 ZETOR PROXIMA 90C/W TRIMA LOADER, 586 HOURS ONLY, VERY TIDY.....................................£18,950.00 S/H MACHINES JF GMS 2800 9’ TRAILED MOWER CONDITIONER£4,750.00 2006 (56) KUBOTA RTV900 ROAD LEGAL............£4,750.00 2013 KUBOTA RTV900 CAMO, 1150 HOURS .......£7,500.00 2012 (62) KUBOTA RTV900, CAMO, ROAD LEGAL, 1400 HOURS ........................................................................£7,950.00 S/H GROUNDCARE 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 2013 KUBOTA GZD326 ZERO TURN MOWER, 60” DECK, 1100 HOURS...............................................................£4,950.00


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CASE 200 CVX Puma 2014, 2600 hrs, full history, £57,500+VAT Tel -


7290R 6215R 6210R 6190R 6150R 6140R 6130R 6125R 6115R 6630 Premium JCB Agri Super Handlers 541.70 535.95 531.70 Tractor & Machinery Transport Tel 01254 826295

VACUUM PUMPS & Spares at discounted price. Please call Mark. Tel: 01948 830839 (T)


Round bale unroller. Good condition. Tel: 01924 823388.

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Renn roller mill, WANTED All types of Tractors, Diggers, Dozers and Loaders, 4x4 pickups/ Jeeps. Direct off farms. Immediate payment.

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Nuffields & Marshalls. Tel: 01609 881710 or 07702 734715. Great

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Foragers and new parts in stock Tel - 01200

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new fluted 36in rolls, unloading auger, very tidy, little used.

£5000 TEL. 07973120620 OR 01522 692007 2 X BAILEY 12 TON SILAGE TRAILERS (2011) With hyd back doors, sprung draw bar, grain shoots, extension on silage sides, excellent condition, stored inside since new. POA Mobile: 07836 653 497 H H Derbyshire H H

CRI-MAN SCREW PRESS SEPERATOR Professional series. Genuine reason for sale. POA

Tel: 07710 795531 or 07732 170576(P)

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

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Large range of other machinery in stock PX & delivery taken • Tel 01889 500 572 - 07860715642 2012 McHale Fusion 2 baler, excellent order, .......................... £POA 2012 HI SPEC 2015 Lely Hibiscus 915CD Vario twin rotor rake, very tidy, ....£11000 1000 ROTOR 2005 Claas 240 round baler, net/wrap, very tidy, .....................£5750 2008 Marshall MS75 rotor spreader, tidy order, ......................£2450 SPREADER, 2005 Teagle 8080 straw chopper, twin shute, cable control, ...£2400 550 TYRES, John Deere 342 conventional baler, very clean, due in, ........... £POA EXCELLENT 2003 Teagle Tomahawk 404 round bale straw chopper, tidy order, £1895 ORDER, ...£4450 2005 Krone 243 mounted disc mower, good order, .................£2300 2004 Red Rock 2000 gal vac tanker, c/w top fill, tidy order, .... £POA 2010 Claas 4 rotor & 6 rotor mounted tedders, ....................... £POA 2012 HI SPEC 2014 Kuhn FC283G mounted mower, done very little, .............£6995 2500 GAL 2005 West 1600 dual spreader, 23.1 x 26 tyres, tidy,...............£5995 TANKER, 2003 Teagle Tomahawk 9090 trailed straw blower, ..................£3450 Quantock mounted post knocker, c/w valve block, ..................£1750 ALLIANCE Claas/Kuhn/Krone single rotor rakes, tidy, .................... From £1650 TYRES, TIDY, 2013 Abbey 2500 gal tanker, c/w rain gun, tidy order, .............£9750 ...................£6450 BOM auger feed bucket, c/w chopper, very good order, ..........£1495 2011/13 Bunning 75 & 105 compact rear discharge spreaders, due in, ...................................................................................... £POA 2011 BUNNING 2010 Herbst 2000 gal Big Foot tanker, tidy,.............................. £POA 75 SPREADER, 2007 Chiltern auger feed bucket, c/w Matbro brackets, ...........£1650 2005 Marshall QM8 silage/grain trailer, excellent order, choice of 2, VERY TIDY, ........................................................................................ From £3995 JUST IN, Taarup 6.3m twin rotor rake, very good order, .................£5450 ................£10,750 2009 New Beaco 14` & 16` mounted chain harrows, ............... From £900 New Beaco 8` & 10` ballast rolls, very good quality, ...... From £1000 New West dual spreaders, very keen deals, ............................ £POA

NEW HOLLAND TX 34 Combine harvester 17ft lateral float header on trolley self levelling sieves hydro transmission chaff spreader and straw chopper, 4950 hours, starts runs and goes £10000+vat Delivery possible Tel: 01995 601821 Mob: 07860 922555


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

4 Wheel drive. 63 plate. 1650 hours. Excellent condition. £29,000 ono + vat.

Tel: 07873 272570 (P)

New McCormick Tractors 0% Finance! NEW TRACTORS & MACHINERY McCormick X5-40 in stock, pre-price increase Vicon twin disc & wagtail fert spreaders, Great Deals Browns Post Drivers, log chop and splitters in stock Major 1700 LGP Slurry Tanker, galv & big tyres Twose & Browns Aerators, let the land breathe again. Browns 3 leg Subsoiler / Pan Buster “Amazing Results” Spring tine harrows c/w seeder box Browns heavy duty yard scrapers, “Built to Last” Full range of new Suzuki ATV’s in stock now SHEEP TO FEED & JOBS TO DO, WE’VE QUADS IN STOCK BOTH OLD & NEW USED MACHINERY 2005 Case IH JXU 100 c/w MX loader, tidy outfit DB 780 c/w roll bar, “ Great Road Run Tractor “ 2013 Bobcat S70, 3’ Wide, low hours, tidy machine Teagle 8080 silage / straw shredder, swivel chute Vicon PS1153 fertiliser spreader, holds one tonne Taskers trailed fertiliser spreader, 1.5t hopper Twose 8ft Landroller, good condition, with scraper blade Marshall MS55 Rotaspreader, good sound machine Vicon CM2400, 8’ disc mower, choice of 3 Vicon 763, 6 rotor Tedder, farmer owned, very tidy Vicon PZ 300 Haybob ready to go to work Universal round & square bale handler c/w “ Euros Logic Snacker / sheep feeder, Very tidy 2013 Suzuki 750 KQ, powerful & economical, awesome! 2014 Suzuki 500 KQ Power steering, due in soon 2011 Suzuki 400 KQ manual, very handy workhorse Various used ATV’s, due in soon See website for more machinery + s/hand quads

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

Bio-Filters, Bio-Beds • Diesel and Electric Pumps • For Clean and Dirty Water • Complete Irrigation Service

H F B Trailers Leek Ltd Full Range of Ifor Williams Trailers Available


HACKETT HYDRAULIC FOLDING CHAIN HARROWS 14FT & 16FT USED MAMMUT PAN MIXER 3/4 CUBED..................... .................................................. £1650.00 + VAT 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

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BOBCAT S160 TURBO HIGH FLOW year 2004, 1900hrs come off small local pig farm, ready for work £POA

FARM FORCE 3 M FRONT PRESS leading tines and steering good order ready for work £2650

BMW 320 DIESEL year 2011, 55000 miles Full service history, very nice well specked car. Been my own car for the last 2 years £10250

BOMFORD B577 HEDGE CUTTER 5.7m reach, 3 point linkage, cable control all new cables, runs vibration free. £2950

CONOR 9700E ROUND BALE WRAPPER 2006, less than 16k bale count, remote control, in cab controls, flotation tyres 750 film £4750

POTTINGER EUROTOP 421 N Single rota rake, year 2010 farmer owned from new £3500

BIG BLACK FEED BUCKET Manitou brackets Good auger and bucket blade. Will hold 1.5t corn £1950

SLEWTIC BUCKET GRAB As new only used twice Euro brackets £POA

30 FT BALE TRAILER Air brakes, all steel floor, with alloy loading ramps £1750

Townson Tractors Ltd, West End, Hellifield, North Yorkshire, BD23 4HE

Tel. 01829 771509

Canalside Tattenhall Chester Cheshire CH3 9BD SPECIAL OFFER Case Farmall 95C Pre – Registered 2016 ‘66’ Machine, Ready to go! £31900 + VAT

2013 Connor 20 Cube Feeder

New Holland T6030 (2008 4100 Hrs) POA

New KRM GS600 Grass Harrow c/w PS300 Air Seeder £7850.00 +VAT

Primex 2250 Gal Tanker c/w Rain Gun … POA Abbey 2000 Gal Tanker c/w 6Mtr Dribble Bar…POA


2009 JCB 310 Agri 4168 New JCB 8026CTS Hours ................. £POA Excavator .......... £POA

2013 NH T5.105 3133hrs ............. £POA

Jeulian 2100 Straw Chopper 2012 NH T7.170 2480hrs 2014 NHT7.210 1047hrs 2014 JD6090MC c/w JD ........................ £42,950 ............................ £POA H310 loader 908 Hours ............................ £POA

Abbey 2250R Tanker

Selection of Used Feeders

2009 Case PUMA 140 4079 Hours. ................. ........................ £28,750

2011 Claas Scorpion 6030CP Vari-power 3237 Hours..... £25,000

2012 JCB 412S Agri wheeled loader 5856hrs ............................ £POA

Please see website for full details Telephone: 01729 850374 Email:

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Agricultural and Industrial Machinery

NEW MF 4700 SERIES 75-95 HP AT LEVENS & SKIPTON DEMO MF 5713 (130HP) LOADER .......... JUST IN DEMO MF 7715 (150HP/6 CYL) ................ÂŁ56,950 2007 MF 7480 VARIO 50K .........................ÂŁ25,750 2011 MF 6480 F/PTO ..................................ÂŁ31,950 2005 MF 6475 DYNASHIFT F/LINKS ........ÂŁ18,450 2012 MF 6470 4WD DYNA 6 .......................DUE IN 2007 MF 6470 4WD DYNASHIFT ............. JUST IN 2010 MF 5460 DYNA4 c/w LOADER .........ÂŁ25,950 2012 MF 5455 D4 c/w LOADER .................ÂŁ29,950 2005 MF 5455 4WD c/w LOADER .............ÂŁ19,950 2009 MF 5445 D4 c/w LOADER ................ÂŁ27,750 2006 MF 5445 c/w MF LOADER ................ÂŁ19,750 2005 MF 5445 4WD SHUTTLE ..................ÂŁ15,950 2004 MF 5435 4WD (75HP)........................ÂŁ15,450 1994 MF 3095 4WD .................................... JUST IN 2013 CLAAS ARION 530 c/w LOADER.... JUST IN 1996 CASE 4230 2WD c/w LOADER ..........ÂŁ7,450 2004 RENAULT CELTIS c/w LOADER......ÂŁ13,950 USED INDUSTRIAL NEW PAN CONCRETE MIXER (PTO DRIVEN) .........................................................................ÂŁ1,995 EX DEMO TEREX 990 AWS BACKHOE ..ÂŁ57,495 EX DEMO KUBOTA RT270 COMPACT SHOVEL .......................................................................ÂŁ24,250 1996 MF 660 4WD LOADING SHOVEL ...... ÂŁ6,450 2014 KUBOTA U17-3 1.7T MINI..................DUE IN 2007 KUBOTA U25-3 2.5T MINI................ JUST IN 2009 KUBOTA KX61-3 2.6T MINI ............. JUST IN 2012 KUBOTA KX71-3 3T MINI .................ÂŁ15,450 1999 KUBOTA KX121-2 MINI .......................ÂŁ5,950 2012 KUBOTA U48-4 5T MINI ....................DUE IN 2013 KUBOTA U25-3 2.5T MINI..................DUE IN 2005 KUBOTA KX101-3 3.5T MINI .............DUE IN 1997 PELJOB 233 7.3T MIDI........................ÂŁ8,950 2011 TEREX 860 ELITE BACKHOE..........ÂŁ27,495 2008 THWAITES 6T SWIVEL DUMPER .....ÂŁ7,450 USED PICKUPS *WE TAKE DIGGERS/TRACTORS AS PART-EX ON PICKUPS* DEMO ISUZU D-MAX RED YUKON................POA DEMO ISUZU D-MAX BLACK YUKON ...........POA 2011 ISUZU DENVER RODEO, HARD TOP .........................................................................ÂŁ7,950 2010 ISUZU DENVER 3.0 RODEO, ALLOY TOP ...................................................................... JUST IN 2008 ISUZU DENVER RODEO, AUTO, HARD TOP .................................................................ÂŁ7,950


• Peter Swales: 07792 510204 • Stuart Butterworth: 07984 183910 (All prices quoted subject to 20% Vat)

2009 MF 5445, 4WD DYNA-4, C/W MX LOADER, ÂŁ27,750 + VAT

2016 MF 7614, 4WD DYNA-4, CAB SUS, CCLS SPOOLS ÂŁ54,950 + VAT


2011YR SULKY DPX28, WEIGH CELLS, 24M, ELECTRIC TRIBORD, FOLDING COVER, LIGHTS, V.G.C ...................... ÂŁ4,950.00

We are now main agents for Domal 2011 TEREX 860ELITE 4WD WHEELED DIGGER, 4IN1 FRONT BUCKET, EXTENDING DIPPER, ÂŁ27,450 + VAT

2016 MF5713SL, 4WD DYNA-4, FRONT AND CAB SUS, C/W MF 956 LOADER, ÂŁ54,500 + VAT


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High Whinnow Farm, High Whinnow, Thursby, Carlisle, Cumbria CA5 6QL

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Grapple 9 hp motor Crane reach 3,6 m Max. load 1600 kg

Incl. wheel drive £5,350

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


Firewood splitter

Cutting disc 635 mm Power requirement 30-45 hp RPM 540/1,000 rpm Weight 190 kg £1,190 Price from

Splitting length 300 - 700 mm Lift capacity 7 tonnes 4-way splitting wedge Weight 144 kg


All-round buckets 1.25 - 2.40 m

Grapple 740 mm Cutting width, trunk 180 mm (max.) Weight 195 kg £1,750

Forestry trailer Max. load 700 kg Total length 3,400 mm Weight 250 kg



Wind shelter for sheep

A very strong, durable bucket. Supplied with Euro or Trima attachment.

L x W x H 3.0 x 2.0 x 1.7 m Grey-green PVC 300 g/m² Galvanised gates included


Price from

Wood chopper grapple

Gripping area of 0.08 m² £260 Gripping area of 0.18 m² £360 Gripping area of 0.21 m² £490

Forestry trailer

Tipping trailer Max. load 1,420 kg Electrical hydraulic tipper Bogie Wheels 22 x 11 - 10 Weight 270 kg



Stone sorting fork


2.0 m £890

Firewood conveyor Length 500 cm 13 cleats 230 V

ATV mowers


Agricultural Replacement Parts & Accessories


Best prices for Filter Kits, Clutches, Brake Parts for all makes Kemper Parts, Claas RU & Orbis parts Forage Harvester spares CS, JD, KR, NH Power Harrow Tines & plough metal all makes TELEPHONE: 01380



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Log skidder winch Winch capacity 5,000 kg Winch speed 0.5-1.3 m/s Wire 42 m ø 13 mm Weight 339 kg


Max. load 1,500 kg


Max. load 2,500 kg



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Supplied with bracket suitable for Trima or Euro

£1,350 1.5 m £1,490

Max. load 1,500 kg Weight 185 kg SMS or Euro attachments

Pallet forks

Working width 1,150 mm Power requirement 13 hp

Please contact Jonas +46 70-544 45 85

LA19 5YH / Cumbria FK20 8QS / Scotland DL14 9AW/ Durham DH8 7TG/ Durham PE10 0EN/Linconshire HR5 3HB / Herefordshire YO43 4RJ / York PH31 4AR / Scotland


Price from 5.0 m

Kellfri is looking for dealers! Adam Jackson LTD Argyll Renewable Energy LTD D&E Renewables Ltd Derecroft Sheep Ltd Fentons of Bourne Ltd Kington Farm supplies Manterra Ltd Woodcraft Partnership

Timber grapple

Total width 1,550 mm Supplied with Euro, Trima or three-point linkage

New Holland tm165 2002 7300hrs front linkage cab suspension 40kph tidy condition £16,950 07739486657

All prices are recommended retail prices. VAT is not included.

Yanmar CT75 Rubber Tracked Tractor with 3 point linkage, PTO with a rotavator, 2193 hours £12500.00 Tel: 01253 701688 Mobile: 07711 701688 Lancashire (T)

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Herbst 2500 gal slurry tanker -NEW BKT 30.5 50K Floatation tyres-11,000 litre pump -rain gun-sprung drawbar - 2007 model - rear work lamps £7,850

Hi Spec 2000 gal slurry tanker Marshall 1500 gal slurry -23.1 Floatation tyres-11,000 tanker - fitted with hyd top litre pump - c/w auto fillerfiller - on BN3 wheels .. £2,500 sprung drawbar ...........£5,250

Abbey 1300 gal slurry tanker - on BN3 Floatation tyres sprung drawbar 2003 model .......................................£2,750

Hi Spec 2000 gal slurry tanker - on 23.1 Floatation tyres-11,000 litre pump - c/w auto filler - sprung drawbar .......................................£5,750

Hi Spec 10 cube rotary spreader on 550 floatation wheels ...........................£3,850

AS 5.5 cubic yard rotary spreader - 2008 model £2,250

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

Teagle 8080 trailed straw blower - cable control .....POA

Jeantil trailed straw blower cable controls - swivel chute ...........................................POA

Krone 800/26 twin rotor rake - 2011 model -working width 6.8m - 7.6m telescopic working width .............................£9,750

Claas 2800 twin rotor rake - 2008 model - manual controls-working width 7.6m 8.8m - very tidy tool .....£9,500

Welger RP220 Profi 23 knife chopper baler - wide pick up -2000 model - net wrap ...POA

McHale 991 BC trailed round bale wrapper - cable control 750 film - 1998 model ..£3,800

John Deere 328 - 9ft mounted mower conditioner - 2010 model -tidy mower .......£5,750

Ken Wootton 10 tonne grain trailer - hyd door -15 x 18 wheels - 8 stud axles ...£4,750

AS Marston 8 tonne grain trailer - on NEW 11.5 trailer tyres - a real little beauty!! .......................................£3,750

Herbst 10 tonne dump trailer Ifor Williams 14ft x 6ft6in - hyd door - std drawbar - 2002 tri axle demount cattle trailer model - on super singles .POA -c/w sheep decks - deck partitions - 2011 model .......£3,900

Toyota single cab pickup - Towbar - Load liner -205 x 16 wheels - Silver - Black interior -Air con - 12,650 miles - 64 reg . £14,500

Isuzu Dmax single cab pickup 64 reg-Towbar - Air con - Body liner -245/70/16 tyres - 15,124 miles ...........................£13,600

Toyota Hilux Invincible 3.0 litre - 63 reg-Silver - Towbar - 46,402 miles-Checker plate lined - Leather seats ..£15,250

Cheiftain 30ft low loader trailer - 2005 model - on 445 low profile tyres - (25ft flat,5ft beaver tail) ...................£5,750

Yamaha Grizzly 450 IRS - 2012 model – automatic - shiftable 2/4wd - in green - 2,300 MILES ONLY ............................£4,000

Kubota RTV 900 - camo - hyd tipping back-new tyres -c/w windscreen - 2012 - 1,871 hours-not registered ..................................................................................................£7,500 Kubota RTV 900 - road registered - c/w cab frame - 13 reg - no doors - 2,663 hours ... .......................................................................................................................................£7,250 Bailey 14 tonne agri dump trailer - 10 stud axles -sprung draw bar - super singles2009 ..................................................................................................................................POA Richard Western RC 12 tonne grain/root trailer - 8 stud axles-s/draw bar - hyd door - 2006 ...........................................................................................................................£6,750 Redrock 1600 gal slurry tanker - recessed 23.1 tractor tread tyres - sprung drawbar ............................................................................................................................................POA Trioliet 12 cube tub feeder c/w front cross conveyer - little used ..........................POA




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Yamaha Grizzly 450 IRS - 2012 model – automatic - shiftable 2/4wd - in green - 600 MILES ONLY - road reg 61 plate £4,500

Kverneland (Taarup) 514 auger feeder - c/w weigher – 2004-left hand side chain & slat feed out elevator ...................................................................................................... POA Kuhn Polycrok 3850 trailed self loading silage feeder – 2013-full electric controls as new condition ..............................................................................................................POA Spread-a-bale SBL 100 - telehandler mounted straw bedding machine -2005 model .......................................................................................................................................£4,500 Ifor Williams 14ft x 5ft10” tandem axle cattle trailer – f/w front vent-c/w decks and deck dividers - 2012 ...................................................................................................£3,800 JCB 926 rough terrain fork lift - year 2000 - 2,000 hours- good tyres all round - our own yard machine .....................................................................................................£6,500

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JCB 8025 ZTS c/w 5 buckets, 2012, 2375 hours, good tracks.

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At the recent Yorkshire Agricultural Machinery Show, the county’s distributors and manufacturers dominated the limelight. Richard Bradley reports.

Yorkshire kit out in force AGRIWELD BIG BAG CUTTER REMOVING the need to climb between the loader and fertiliser spreader or drill when filling, East Yorkshire manufacturer Agriweld showcased its loader-mounted ABC bag lifter and cutter. Using a hydraulic ram to lift the bag and a hydraulically pivoting cutting spike, bags are lifted and lowered onto the spike which is swung into position as the bag is lifted, allowing the fertiliser or seed to flow into the hopper. One

auxiliary hydraulic line is required to operate the lifting and spike pivoting rams.

Lifting arm A double-length bag lifting arm is used to allow up to two or four 600kg bags to be lifted on single- or double-width models respectively. For transport, the bag lifting arm can be folded down and the spikes sit under the attachment’s frame. Retail price is £2,600 for single-width and £3,800 for double-width models.

WATKINS CTF SUBSOILER TOOLBAR ALLOWING selectable subsoiling for controlled traffic farming (CTF), Watkin’s CTF subsoiler toolbar is mounted to the tractor’s linkage and allows a cultivator or drill to be towed behind it. A fixed frame is used to leave the towed drill or cultivator’s drawbar at a fixed height, with the two subsoiling legs mounted on a separate, hydraulic

lowered frame. A number of hydraulic lines, IsoBus connection, electrical connection and brake lines can be run to the rear of the subsoiler for the drill or cultivator.

Options Options include shear bolt or auto reset protection, slitting discs and a choice of legs and shoes.

DALESWAY PORTABLE CATTLE HANDLER CONCEIVED by beef farmer Pip Dale and manufactured in partnership with York-based DRT Trailers, the loadermounted cattle handler is designed to improve cattle handling safety. Developed from a basic design of welding a set of gates to a bale squeezer, the handler features two hydraulically-operated gates at one end, with a manual internal gate leading to a locking head

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yoke. This allows you to catch cattle in an open field or pen and lock them in. Options include an opening locking head yoke to allow easier cattle exit and removable bars on the internal gate which allow side or rear access for calving or caesarean-sections. Retail price for the Dalesway cattle handler is £2,600 plus VAT and the loader requires a pair of auxiliary hydraulic couplers.

Q LOADER COMPACT PIVOT STEER MANUFACTURED in Holland, the Quappen range of compact pivot steer loaders are sold in the UK by Q Loaders, Co Durham. Four models are available, with capacities ranging from the smallest Q18 with 25hp and 700kg full turn tipping load, to the largest Q42 with 55hp and 1,500kg full turn tipping load. All models are powered by Yanmar diesel engines and driven through a Bosch Rexroth hydrostatic transmission with mechanical final drives to the axles.

Standard features include a Euro Bracket quick hitch with hydraulic locking pins, roll-over frame canopy with rubber mountings and twin articulation rams, which the firm claims provides greater tearout force. Options include wider tyres, full cab, and compact or telescopic booms on selected models which offer increased lift capacities or higher lifting height. Prices for the smallest Q18 start at £25,000, while the Q35 on show with Z-linkage loader arm and wide tyres costs £33,000.

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GRANGE MACHINERY LOW DISTURBANCE TOOLBAR NEWLY established Grange Machinery showed its low disturbance cultivator toolbar at the show. Designed to take a pass out of the cultivation and drilling process, the toolbar uses a fixed frame coupled to the tractor’s rear linkage and features an adjustable ball and spoon coupling at the rear where a drill or cultivator can be attached. A separate frame is used to hydraulically raise and lower the cultivator’s legs, which can work to a depth of 300mm (12in), allowing the drawbar to remain at a constant height.

Hydraulic, electrical and IsoBus connections are run to the rear frame to operate the drill or cultivator, if required.

Working width The Hull-firm’s toolbar is available with six legs in a three-metre working width or eight legs in 4m width with manually sliding outer legs, and the firm says it is developing a hydraulically folding, 6m-wide machine with 12 legs. Options include slitting discs, wider legs and shoes and a depth control wheel. Price for the 4m model on show with slitting discs is £12,500, however the firm says this will increase to £14,000 later this year.

PLOWMAN CAM LOCK SUBSOILER LEG CULTIVATION equipment manufacturer Plowman Brothers, York, showcased its latest OmniLift subsoiler, fitted with its Cam Lock leg raising system. By removing a locking pin any of the cultivator’s five legs can be raised out of working position without the need for tools. Each leg is retained by a cam-type toggle which has to be pressed to lower it. This allows for quick changing of machine operation, such as going from subsoiling controlled traffic farming tramlines with the three centre legs raised to

MICHELIN TWO-IN-ONE TYRE MICHELIN unofficially showed its prototype two-in-one tyre for the first time in the UK, which picked up a gold innovation award at the Sima preview event, where it was branded the Evobib. As the tyres are at such an early prototype stage, only five sets of rear tyres are being tested in the UK, with front tyres not expected on test machines until later this year. Michelin says a central tyre inflation system is required to get the best from tyres as lugs are fitted to the edges of them, effectively folding into work when pressures are lowered. The

subsoiling headlands with all legs in work. The firm claims raising the three centre legs can lead to fuel savings of up to 55 per cent.

Shear bolt Plowman’s Omni-Lift is available in three-metre and 3.5m working widths, with three or five legs which are protected either through a shear bolt or auto reset system. The firm also says it is looking into producing a wider, trailed Omni-Lift machine. Retail price for the 3.5m machine on show with tungsten wearing parts is £13,500.


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MACHINERY ON-TEST As McCormick’s tractor range continues to evolve, the firm’s latest addition includes a lower-spec version of its X7 tractor series, filling a gap above the X6s. James Rickard test drives the new X7 Efficient specification tractor.

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xpanding its X7 tractor family, McCormick’s Efficient specification X7s arrived on the scene at the 2015 Agritechnica Show. Now fully available in the UK, we got our hands on a 152hp (160hp maximum rated) X7.650 for a test drive. Designed to bridge the specifica-

tion gap between the X6s and higher-spec Premium X7s, Efficient-spec models should appeal to McCormick users wanting to step up the power ladder, but without gaining any unwanted bells and whistles. It should also appeal to users of older McCormick models, such as the venerable MCs and MTXs.

In total, seven Efficient X7 models are available from 143hp to 175hp; three four-cylinder models and four six-cylinder models. So what can potential customers expect from an Efficient specification X7? To find out we headed to the fields and roads of Cheshire.

Even though controls have migrated onto the right-hand console, it still has the same operating logic as the Premium X7s.

This includes the fixed lever ‘grip’ which takes care of all primary functions incorporating controls for transmission, one electric spool, rear linkage and engine rev memory. Though in a fixed position, the grip is comfortable to use. Most buttons are still the same as Premium machines, but because there is no comprehensive headland management system, the activation button for this has gone in favour of a transmission mode selection button. Also, the firm’s MySwitch button, which switches between various functions, has been replaced by a simple declutch button. As a result of shifting the controls, there is a lot more space around the seat. And for those who have already fallen foul of trapped fingers between the Premium’s armrest controls and fender, this is not an issue on the Efficient-spec machine.

CAB LAYOUT THE most obvious visual difference between the higher-spec Premium X7s and lower-spec Efficient X7s is the control layout.

Efficient-spec X7 models offer an alternative to McCormick’s Premium machines.

HYDRAULICS/REAR-END AT the rear, a six-tonne lift capacity is standard, but the tractor can be specced up with larger assister rams to handle 9.3t.

CONTROLS LOOKING very similar to old MC and MTX models, rotary dials on the console take care of linkage depth adjustment, drop rate, top limit and draft mix. While ergonomically well placed, we cannot say the same for the badly positioned creeper lever, which, when in high range, gets in the way of linkage controls. A simple fix would be to switch which way the lever travels to select the two ranges, which would put it out of the way for the most part. Also, once linkage settings have been made, we tended only to use the up/down switch on the fixed lever ‘grip’. And if you do not spec 98 | FEBRUARY 17 2017

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the £717 creeper option, it is not even an issue. For lever lovers, up to three spools can be mechanically controlled, with a fourth or front linkage electronically controlled via buttons on the grip. If fitting a loader, the manufacturer has left a convenient space where a joystick can be fitted on the console. Dash-wise, the Efficient is pretty much the same as the Premium, but is navigated via buttons on the dash, rather than a rotary dial as found on the higher-spec tractors’ armrest console. Various elements can be adjusted, including when the pto kicks in and out, based on how high the link arms are lifted.

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■ Model: X7.650 Efficient Pro drive ■ Engine: Six-cylinder, 6.7-litre, Beta Power/FPT, Stage 3b ■ Transmission: ZF 24 by 24, with six ranges and four powershifts ■ Creeper box: Gives a total of 40 by 40 gears ■ Rear linkage lift capacity: 6,000kg standard (9,300kg optional) ■ Hydraulic flow: 123 litres/min standard (88 litres/min optional) ■ Standard tyres: 600/65 R38 ■ Options: Front suspension, cab suspension, 50kph (31mph) transmission and air brakes ■ Price: Retails from £92,706

WITH simplicity a design priority, what you see is what you get with the X7 Efficient models – nothing too daunting, making it relatively easy to just jump on and drive. While the Efficient is intended to be a lower specification X7, what you get is still generous, especially in terms of engine, transmission and hydraulics. It is essentially the controls which have been simplified and, in some cases, made mechanical. What you are left with is a tractor which drives the same as a Premium X7, but with the feel and familiarity of an old MTX.

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D Because spools are mostly mechanical, there is no external spool controls on the rear fenders. Flow rate for each spool is also mechanically adjusted via taps. You do get external buttons for linkage and pto control. Efficient-spec models still boast a generous hydraulic flow rate with 123 litres/min via a load sensing, closed centre circuit, along with a 44 litres/min pump dedicated for steering.

Saving If you wish, you can despec the tractor to an open centre circuit offering 88 litres/min for hydraulics and 44 litres/min for steering, shaving £1,523 off the price tag. A power beyond circuit is standard, extending the tractor’s load sensing hydraulics so they can be used with an implement, which just needs couplings fitting if it is going to be used.

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Cracked Nissan Navara chassis concerns rManufacturer urged

to recall affected models FOLLOWING multiple incidents involving chassis issues with Nissan Navaras, farmers up and down the UK are urging the manufacturer to recall affected models. The primary problem, reported to Farmers Guardian by Navara users and Nissan, is corrosion to the chassis, located just behind the cab before the load bed. Nissan says it is aware of an issue in a relatively small number of previous generation D40 Navaras (2005 to 2015) and has taken action. Guy Elsworth, a beef and sheep farmer with a farm building erection business based at Thirsk, York, had a 2006 Navara with 96,000 miles on the clock. Despite a good response to his case from Nissan, which included market price compensation for the vehicle, a 20 per cent discount on a new Navara and money towards an interim hire vehicle, Mr Elsworth was not totally satisfied in the way in

which he found out about the chassis issue. He says: “I should not have to find out about the issue from a mate in the pub. It was only after his recommendation to get my Navara checked out, that I found out it had a serious problem. Had I not found out, I could have ended up in a serious accident. “I think Nissan should hold its hands up and recall affected vehicles.”

Safe to drive Nissan says as long as these vehicles are properly maintained, serviced and MOT’d they are safe to drive, and will be dealing with each customer on a case by case basis. It adds it will only recall a vehicle when there is a safety issue. Having had to sign a declaration not to discuss the chassis issue, one South Wales beef and sheep farmer was left infuriated when told he would not be backed up by Nissan due to the vehicle being used for agricultural and towing work, putting the issues down to wear and tear. He says: “Even with a 10-year

Nissan Navara users across the UK have expressed concerns over chassis problems.

Nissan should hold its hands up and recall affected vehicles GUY ELSWORTH bodywork warranty, I was told the chassis was not covered. “I looked into my insurance covering the repairs but because the chassis had not completely failed or been in an accident, my insurance would not cover it. “Two years of trying to sort some-

thing out went by before I got wind of Nissan offering compensation. Nissan eventually agreed to pay £5,900 in compensation. “But what if the vehicle had snapped in half on the M5 with a trailer load of cattle behind, or had been in an accident with the kids in the back? Nissan needs to recall these now, before someone gets killed.” Nissan says it has put measures in place to quickly resolve concerns of any customers who have contacted the manufacturer about the chassis issues. It says it is backing customers even though affected vehicles are up to 12 years old. MORE INFORMATION: Should any Navara customers be concerned, the manufacturer says they should contact Nissan on 0330 123 1231.

No increase to trailer weight limits AFTER years of negotiations and consultation with agricultural industry bodies, including the National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC), the Department for Transport (DfT) has announced it is not going to proceed with ‘Phase 2’ plans to increase tractor and trailer weight limits. Phase 1, which was implemented in March 2015, saw the combination weight of a tractor and single trailer increase from 24.39 tonnes to 31t. However, the maximum laden weight of a trailer remained unchanged at 18.29t.

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The NAAC says trailer weight legislation needs to be improved to allow UK farming to be competitive.

have the tools available to work efficiently and safely.” Mr Hays adds: “The NAAC has continued to support the need to run safe and well-maintained kit on the roads, accepting the industry

would need roadworthiness testing and possibly changes to driver testing to move to higher weights.” The NAAC says it will be seeking clarification behind the reasons for DfT’s decision as it believes this is a

backwards step for a modern farming industry. MORE ON THIS STORY: For more on tractor and trailer road regulations, see next week’s Farmers Guardian.

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Clever tech, but no fun rRoad test:

The 2.5-litre hybrid Rav4 offers combined economy rates of 55.5mpg.

Toyota Rav4 Hybrid

By Geoff Ashcroft TOYOTA has a strong history of hybrid vehicle production, rolling out more and more tech off the back of its Prius. And now it is the turn of the firm’s Rav4 SUV to get the hybrid treatment. We can see the appeal of bringing low running costs to SUVs, but does it really work? This version gets a new two-litre D4-D diesel engine plus two and 2.5-litre petrol engines. And the hybrid part is available with either front- or all-wheel drive. A mild facelift is combined with an interior refresh and some trim changes for this fourth-generation Rav4. Our test model was the 2.5-litre petrol, which works alongside a 650-volt electric motor to give a combined system output of 195hp, with a peak 150hp coming from the petrol unit.

Economy It has the potential to reward the patient driver with some good economy, though its 55.5mpg on the combined cycle could be easily matched by more rewarding diesel-only power. Under the skin of the Rav4 hybrid is a clever system which lets you choose full electric-only mode at speeds under 30mph. Prod the throttle and the petrol engine bursts harshly into life. The electric motor works constantly, with the petrol engine stopping and starting at any vehicle speed to maintain the best blend of performance and efficiency. It takes into account many different operating factors, including driver

Need to know: n Model: Toyota Rav4 Hybrid Excel AWD 2.5 n Price: £31,490 (£33,035 as tested) n Power unit: 2.5-litre, 150hp petrol engine and 141hp/68hp (front/rear) electrical motors

inputs and speed, to make powertrain choices. Lifting off the throttle affords a useful battery regeneration process through the vehicle braking system. With a bit of forward planning, you could prolong the service life of the brakes simply by harnessing regenerative power to slow the car. A continuously variable transmission does its best to seamlessly integrate engine power with electric motor power, but the downside is it spends a lot of time screaming away at high revs, which soon becomes tiring. Those watching you pass by will think you have lost the ability to simultaneously control the clutch and throttle.

n Transmission: Electric CVT, four-wheel drive n Performance: 8.4sec 0-62mph, 112mph, 55.4mpg combined, 118g/km n Towing capacity: 1,650kg (AWD)

The electric motor and battery equipment eats into boot space.

You can use a manual mode for fixed gear shift points but it does negate the point of choosing a hybrid. It does ride reasonably well, but

The interior has been improved, but padding still feels thin.

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you can feel the car’s added weight, which comes from the electric motor and battery paraphernalia secreted into the car’s body. This also eats into boot space.

Interior Toyota has made small improvements to cabin storage and efforts have been made to boost the interior quality with new materials on the armrest and door trim. But there are still lots of hard, moulded plastics and where surfaces are padded they feel thinly covered. Spec levels of this Excel trim level are good and you do get a fiveyear/100,000-mile pan-European warranty. Service intervals are every 10,000 miles too, but for all its cleverness, the Rav4 hybrid is missing one key ingredient – fun. FEBRUARY 17 2017 | 101

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Industry leaders stressed the value of disease control at the Action Johne’s conference. Ann Hardy reports.

Tackle Johne’s or face milk sales difficulties rInaction on disease

may negate contract

DAIRY producers who fail to take voluntary action against Johne’s disease could find rules to tackle the disease are imposed on them by their buyer, or fail to sell their milk. This was one of the strongest messages from a conference held by the Action Johne’s Initiative in Worcestershire, where delegates learned some producers had already been removed from their milk pool for their unwillingness to comply. The Tesco Sustainable Dairy Group (TSDG) and Barber’s Farmhouse Cheesemakers already had Johne’s reduction schemes in place and Liverpool University’s Prof Robert Smith, representing the TSDG, said farmers who did not want to test had been removed from the pool. He said: “All milk in Tesco bottles is from Johne’s tested herds.”

Compliance Similarly, Anthony Barber confirmed those who signed up to the new Barber’s assured contract, which was sent to producers earlier this month offering an extra 1.5ppl for compliance with key criteria, would be removed from the contract if they did not engage in Johne’s control. He said: “It devalues the process as a whole if we tolerate the substandard.” A key driver in the campaign

With Johne’s you get less milk, poorer fertility, higher cell counts, more mastitis and more lameness ANTHONY BARBER against Johne’s and in the launch of phase two of the Action Johne’s Initiative (see panel) is the potential link between the disease and human health. Johne’s Technical Group chairman Karen Bond, of National Milk Laboratories, said: “A lot of research is looking for a link between Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosi [MAP – the cause of Johne’s disease] and Crohn’s disease in humans.” However, she said despite the similar symptoms, no link had been established and the emphasis of this initiative was more about economy and producing ‘healthy milk from healthy cows’. Mr Barber also emphasised welfare and economy and said: “With Johne’s you get less milk, poorer fertility, higher cell counts, more mastitis and more lameness. Why would you not want to address it?”

As an exporter and a producer of infant formula, he said pressure from customers was inevitable and he wanted to be prepared. “There is an advantage for us but it is a lot wider than this,” he said. “We want to see the whole industry moving in the same direction.” Describing Johne’s as ‘a shocking advert for an industry which is already under pressure’, he added: “People do not need an excuse to cut down on dairy.” However, preliminary results from the National Johne’s Control Plan Survey suggested many farmers were not engaged in Johne’s control and uncovered some possible reasons.

Facilities Pete Orpin, of the Park Vet Group, who conducted the survey, said some lacked the facilities to segregate high and low risk cows and there was also uncertainty over when to cull a ‘red cow’ – one with two positive tests. He said: “This is a complex matter and is influenced by the farmer’s attitude, the availability of replacements and the proportion of the herd testing positive.” However, he said culling was only part of the solution and the right management, hygiene and biosecurity were essential. Other responses to the survey suggested test results were considered confusing while about 50 per cent of respondents said they

Pete Orpin

were more likely to adopt a control plan if there were financial incentives from their milk processor. Ms Bond said this was increasingly likely as momentum would drive other processors to take part. “Other processors will ask the same question,” she said. “It is a peer pressure thing. Once it starts rolling they will not want to be left behind. By the end of phase two I hope 95 per cent of milk producers will be on board.” Prof Smith referred to impressive progress achieved in the Tesco group and said 97 per cent of TSDG farmers were 99 per cent free of the disease by last November. Dick Sibley, Westridge Practice, said Britain was in a strong position to succeed. “In the US, about 90 per cent of milk is from infected farms but in the UK, only 30-40 per cent of herds are infected,” he said. Some other countries’ schemes, which were often more prescriptive, had failed when central funding had been withdrawn but the British industry-led approach was already showing encouraging signs of success. However, he warned cattle-buying producers, including those who bought from the continent, needed to know the testing history of the source herd. Dairy farmer Lyndon Edwards,

There are concerns Johne’s disease could be linked to Crohn’s in humans.

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Farms which fail to tackle Johne’s disease may struggle to sell their milk.

Strong focus on training vets in next phase of plan

This is a complex matter and is influenced by the farmer’s attitude, the availability of replacements and the proportion of the herd testing positive PETE ORPIN chairman of the Action Group on Johne’s, admitted progress had been slow since the group first met in 2009, but felt the plan was now building a head of steam. “There are still carrots out there but I think there could be sticks further down the road,” he said. The Action Johne’s Initiative is funded by its milk processor members with match-funding from AHDB Dairy.

THE conference was used as a launch pad for phase two of the National Johne’s Management Plan (NJMP), which aims to reduce the incidence of Johne’s disease in British dairy herds. The scheme focuses on providing a consistent message to farmers and has established a programme through which vets can attain British Cattle Veterinary Association (BCVA) accreditation. It follows on from phase one which was established in 2015 with the initial aim of achieving processor engagement and which had seen 26 buyers representing about 80 per cent of British milk supply sign up.

Criticisms Karen Bond, who oversees the training, said: “One of the biggest criticisms we have faced is farmers get inconsistent advice from vets.” But a convergence of expert opinion and the industrycoordinated training look set to consolidate this advice. Some 634

One of the biggest criticisms we have faced is farmers get inconsistent advice from vets KAREN BOND vets have registered for the training and 495 have already passed, giving a good network of coverage across the country. Prof Robert Smith said: “If your vet has not got the answer I suggest you go to a BCVAaccredited vet for advice.” Ms Bond said only BCVA accredited vets were authorised to certify a farmer’s Johne’s management plan, which would be required by milk buyer members. As with phase one, the new

stage of the scheme offers six options for control, any of which the farmer is advised to select in consultation with his vet. Peter Orpin pointed out testing was not essential and added: “Producers are encouraged to use one of the control strategies based on trained vet advice. These could be simple and cheap to implement.” FIND AN ADVISER A map of BCVA-accredited advisers is online at

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LIVESTOCK Tackling antimicrobial resistance is a hot topic but there are some key times when some farmers may rely on the use of antibiotics. Laura Bowyer reports.


educing the use of antimicrobial medicines on-farm can be a selffulfilling prophecy as a reduction in antibiotic usage has to be coupled with improved flock health, says Emily Gascoigne, vet at Synergy Farm Health, Dorset. She says: “To reduce the use of antibiotics, the overall health of the flock and therefore its performance

will need to be improved which is what producers should be striving for anyway. “It all comes down to prevention rather than cure. All preventative strategies are based on animals achieving their potential not hindered by diseases such as lameness and abortion, and vaccination and preventative strategies can safeguard that.” When it comes to lameness, Miss

Joint-ill and watery mouth management does not begin with antibiotics, it begins with ewe management, housing and hygiene management, team work and then antibiotics EMILY GASCOIGNE


Reducing antibiotic use in sheep sector Gascoigne advises the five-point plan is adhered to, but says antibiotics do play an important part in controlling contagious ovine digital dermatitis and foot-rot.

Lameness She says: “The five-point plan is based on reducing infectious lameness via management. It is a matter of adopting the plan and sticking with it. Prompt spotting of lame sheep will improve her welfare, but quarantining that animal will help the entire flock by stopping the spread of disease. “When tackling lameness, antibiotics should be used where appropriate, but in conjunction with culling as repeat offenders build resistance in the flock. Typically, sheep are given three strikes. Culling too hard may increase replacement costs, while not being hard enough may leave carrier offenders within the flock.”

With regard to vaccines, Miss Gascoigne says: “Although perhaps perceived as expensive, vaccines are very effective, meaning the reliance on antibiotics can be reduced. However, in the face of an enzootic abortion storm, the administration of an antibiotic may still be the correct step. “An individual flock’s abortion prevention plan should be discussed with the farm vet.” For some diseases, such as clostridial diseases in sheep, there are no alternatives to vaccination and in absence of its use we can see devastating consequences such as pulpy kidney outbreaks. Many farmers routinely administer antibiotics to all newborn lambs as a precautionary measure but Miss Gascoigne suggests addressing potential causes of infection or disease is a better approach. She says: “The choice to use antibiotics in this way is flock-specific

Best practice in the lambing shed n Colostrum, both quantity and quality, is key to preventing many issues with new born lambs and this stems from ewe nutrition. Colostrum quality can be measured with a refractometer, which many dairy producers will be familiar with n When applying iodine to navals, be sure it is a 10 per cent solution otherwise it will be ineffective and you will be lining yourself up for joint-ill, which would have otherwise be easily avoidable. 106 | FEBRUARY 17 2017

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n In the lambing shed ensure you have enough pens to start with and they should be cleaned between each turnover between ewes and lambs. Pens need resting, mucking out with plenty of dehydrated lime and straw, as disease can be contracted through faeces n When using antibiotics their success needs to be measured, which can be achieved by doing joint-taps and looking under the microscope at what bacteria are causing the problem

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Simmental cattle head to the Azores

THE National Sheep Association (NSA) has announced the 2016 winner of the NSA George Hedley Memorial Award as Chris Lloyd of AHDB Beef and Lamb. Mr Lloyd was nominated for the award for the work he has delivered on behalf of the UK sheep sector, particularly the Better Returns Programme (BRP). NSA presents the award each year to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the sheep sector. Mr Lloyd was brought up in

THE largest export yet of British Simmental cattle left the UK on February 7 for the Azores, which comprises nine volcanic islands in the North Atlantic Ocean about 1,360km (850 miles) west of Portugal. The 13 heifers and three bulls consisted of consignments from the Moffats, Innerwick, East Lothian; Richard McCulloch, Armadale, West Lothian, managed by John Hughes; and J.C. McLaren and Partners, Crieff, Perthshire, managed by Tom Henderson.

Essex in a non-farming family, yet developed a passion for agriculture from a young age. He graduated from Writtle College in 1987 and took a job with the NSA for 16 years.

Launch He then joined Eblex (now AHDB Beef and Lamb), where he was involved in the establishment and launch of the sheep BRP in 2004. Alongside his work for AHDB, he runs 100 ewes in Herefordshire.

Addressing potential causes of infection or disease is better than using antibiotics routinely.

but needs a pragmatic discussion between farmer and vet. “The lambing shed experiences a great deal of ‘sheep traffic’ at lambing time, and a build-up of bacteria and disease can happen, with watery mouth and joint-ill being the two most common problems in this environment.


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Risk factors “Antibiotics will treat these problems but you need to consider the risk factors which have led to lambs contracting the conditions in the first place and address those. Jointill and watery mouth management does not begin with antibiotics, it begins with ewe management, housing and hygiene management, team work and then antibiotics. “If needed, use as little as possible but as much as necessary. A diagnosis is essential along with working with your vet. In joint-ill cases, for example, we do see antibiotic resistance and different bacteria involved. Getting a correct diagnosis will ensure appropriate treatment, rapid response for sick cases and enable informed preventative strategies. It does not need to be costly and is an investment in management of future cases. “I am optimistic the industry can work to reduce antibiotic usage to tackle the threat of resistance, but to achieve this we ultimately need a whole farm approach which includes nutrition. “The whole industry is getting behind tackling the threat of antimicrobial resistance and vets have an important part to play in it.”

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THE Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) has extended its free carcase collection service for diagnostic post-mortem examinations in England as of the start of this year. More farmers now benefit from free carcase collection services where a veterinarian has recommended a post-mortem carried

out for disease surveillance purposes. The APHA works with vets and farmers to investigate and diagnose livestock and poultry disease across Great Britain. It offers a state-of-the-art post-mortem examination (PME) and sample testing service to detect disease in all farmed animals and wildlife. PME services are provided by a mixture of APHA’s Veterinary Investigation Centres and a number of external partners including vet-

Additional event in Royal Welsh offering FOLLOWING the success of the Royal Welsh Grassland event, a new event has been added to the Royal Welsh portfolio – Royal Welsh Muck and Soil. With Carmarthenshire being the 2017 feature county, the new event – to be media partnered by Farmers Guardian – will be staged at the Gelli Aur campus of Coleg Sir Gar on Thursday, August 24, 2017. The summer Royal Welsh Show takes a feature county format, where counties take turn ‘hosting’. Following the success of the bienni-

al Welsh Grassland event held in North Wales counties, the Muck and Soil event will allow southern counties to have an industry event while raising money and promoting the work of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society. Meirion Owen, joint chairman of the event’s organising committee, said: “The show will give the opportunity to see associated machinery working, while also looking at issues such as soil nutrients.” There will be working demonstrations, research plots and plenty of advice. Entry is £10 and free for children.

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Catchment Within the catchment area of these PME facilities, farmers are asked to transport carcases for post-mortem by their own means. However, outside of these catchment areas exists a network of carcase collection contractors can be used. While there is a charge for the

post-mortem service, carcase collection is provided free of charge to farmers, although only where a post-mortem is required – the services are not provided for the purposes of general carcase disposal. See the APHA Vet Gateway to see services available in your area as well as a disease surveillance price list. There is free carcase collection in parts of England and Wales for diagnostic PMEs of surveillance value.

Beef stockjudging winner announced THE winner of the beef stockjudging competition, sponsored by Showtime, is Eleanor Tompkins, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Judge, Michael Winchester, senior livestock buyer at Woodhead Broth-

Beef stockjudging results Placings n1–An2–Bn3–Yn4–X Winner n Eleanor Tompkins, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire Runners-up n Ian Clough, Pickering, North Yorkshire n Henry Gamble, Groomsport, Co Down, Northern Ireland

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The Langdon’s is the only herd which has permission to keep cattle out on Exmoor during winter.



Twenty years ago, 70 per cent of Molland Moor, on the southern edge of Exmoor in Devon, was covered in heather. This figure has dropped to 30 per cent in recent years as gorse, bracken and molinia grass has flourished and spread. Rebecca Jordan reports.

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olland Moor is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is currently the focus of an ongoing trial which English Nature and The Heather Trust are involved in. Working with the Throckmorton family, which owns Molland Estate, and the Langdon family, its tenants at Luckworthy Farm and sole graziers on the moor, the trial is aiming to ensure specific vegetation flourishes and wildlife particular to Exmoor’s landscape survives. Under a derogation set up by English Nature, Steve Langdon and his 21-year-old son Richard were given the go-ahead four years ago to out-winter cows and calves on

the 681-hectare (1,680-acre) moor. As a result, this is the only herd which has permission to keep cattle out on Exmoor during winter months. However, many hill farmers – both on Exmoor and Dartmoor – are hoping the success of this trial will set a precedent and allow them to out-winter stock which, in turn, will reduce costs and control growth of undesirable vegetation with its incumbent tick burden. Sixty Galloways are managed in three hefts at 370 metres (1,213ft) throughout winter. They are fed daily in specific areas which English Nature and The Heather Trust have identified. The objective is to hold cattle where the molinia grass

Richard (left) and Steve Langdon run 250 cows from Luckworthy Farm.

is most dense and hence give heather the opportunity to re-establish itself.


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Steve says: “It is working. It is obvious heather is returning where the other growth has been managed successfully. Everybody is very excited by the results. These cows are non-selective grazers, so are doing a great job of tackling the molinia which is, quite frankly, out of control. You can see where they have eaten it away. Underneath, the heather – which was suffocated by the thick grass – is now holding its own. “We like the Galloway cow here because it is so hardy and designed to live in this environment. The

breed’s strong immunity system is essential if it is to survive here. All this growth is a haven for ticks, hence stock is very susceptible to redwater.” The Langdons run 250 cows from Luckworthy Farm which has 142ha (350 acres) of in-bye land, with a farmyard at 250m (820ft). There are 100 pedigree Galloways, with the rest of the Galloways crossed with a Shorthorn. This hill farm has rights for 700 sheep and 100 cattle to graze the moor from May to the end of October, so all except the 60 cows used in the out-wintering trial are housed over winter. Richard says: “One of the most revealing results from this trial is those Galloways which are

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Many of the out-wintered cows have a calf at foot.

Those Galloways which are outwintered look so much better than those housed. It is not a breed which is comfortable indoors RICHARD LANGDON

With 101ha (250 acres) cut to round bale haylage in the middle of July, autumn calving is favoured here. Many of the out-wintered cows, therefore, have a calf at foot. Those indoors have a creep system separate from the cows which is also shared with older steers. They receive haylage and 16 per cent protein concentrate offered ad lib at a rate of 4kg barley:1kg nuts. This equates to a cost of £500/beast over winter. The Langdons have been keen to improve their stock. Their six-yearold bull, Kirkstead Ultravox, is currently out-wintered with the cows. It was supplemented this spring with the 5,000gns Troloss Juggernaut, male champion at the breed society’s February sale at Castle Douglas, and the 2,000gns Troloss Jester, both Blackcraig Rasputin sons. This past year Richard has marketed 40 steers. It was not initially a successful enterprise. The family is still keen to try and promote Galloway beef in the area to secure a market for this quality product. Richard says: “We took 12 steers to Cutcombe market as an experiment to see what interest there might be. It was very disappointing. They were 300kg liveweight at 12

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■ Rented from the Molland Estate ■ 133ha (330 acres) in-bye land and 681ha (1,680 acres) moor ■ Farmyard at 250m (820ft) and moor 370m (1,213ft) above sea level ■ 250 suckler cows; 100 registered Galloways, rest crossed with a Shorthorn ■ 60 Galloway heifers managed at 365ha (900-acre) Emmets Grange ■ 1,200 Welsh and Scotch Blackface ewes as well as 350 Suffolk Mules put to a Texel ■ Autumn calving, with steer calves finished at 20 months and 550kg liveweight, killingout at just more than 50 per cent ■ Troloss Juggernaut and Troloss Jester purchased last spring for 5,000gns and 2,000gns respectively ■ 60 Galloway cows integral part of out-wintering trial on Molland Moor to re-establish Exmoor’s traditional landscape ■ 100 Galloways and 700 ewes graze Molland Moor in summer 101ha (250 acres) grass cut to big bales in mid-July ■ Farm assured British beef and lamb and in veterinary health scheme

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out-wintered look so much better than those housed. It is not a breed which is comfortable indoors. To help youngstock, everything has its back clipped to prevent sweating and pneumonia.” In winter, the 60 on the moor each receive 2kg/day of a 19 per cent protein ewe cob. This is fed via a snacker and favoured due to a high soya content, which the Langdons believe help maintain the cows’ condition. They receive a mineral bolus twice-a-year. A 1.62ha (four-acre) plantation on the edge of the moor was also used as a site for feeding round bale haylage, but due to lack of interest from the cows is no longer used.

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During the past year 40 steers have been marketed.

months old and we did not even get a bid, so I took them home and we have been finishing them instead.” Barley intake was reduced and a 34 per cent protein finishing nut was brought in which was offered to the younger steers. Now, there are just three steers left to finish, with the rest having gone via Martin Baker to either Dunbia or ABP, when 20 months old at 550kg liveweight to kill-out at 300kg deadweight and grade as Rs with some U3s. Richard also took one to South Molton fatstock show. This 21-month-old 570kg beast was

third in the native class and sold to local butcher John May at 209p/kg. Richard says: “I am looking forward to going into the shop and seeing the carcase. The feedback will be really interesting and I hope to generate interest in the breed.”

Shape In the meantime, however, the Langdons will be running just their best cows with the Galloway bulls and putting more of the rest to a Shorthorn in an effort to try and improve shape in the resulting calves.

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All except the 60 cows used in the trial are housed over winter.

Tick management is essential if stock is to graze the moor. In an attempt to help the Langdons with the out-wintering trial, Exmoor National Park has sponsored preventative treatments for both sheep and cattle. The latter are no longer vaccinated for redwater (a disease transmitted by ticks) but treated with a fly repellent. “Sheep are also integral to the success of restoring this landscape,” says Steve. “Different animals and breeds graze vegetation in different manners. This is essential if the range of species is to be re-established. While gorse is cut, swaling is a vital management technique for controlling heather, molinia and ticks. “Like many moorland areas, Molland is part of the Higher Level Stewardship [HLS] Scheme. The practices implemented to manage these environments are structured around hill ground in the north of England. Unfortunately, moorland in the South West is unique as its growing season is longer and vegetation such as gorse and molinia has been allowed to encroach on

Let’s hope it [the trial] can be rolled out as common practice for the sake of our native breeds which would rather be outside STEVE LANGDON the landscape because cattle have to be removed in HLS. “We are therefore very grateful to Natural England and The Heather Trust for introducing this trial down here, there is no doubt it is working. Let’s hope it can be rolled out as common practice for the sake of our native breeds, which would rather be outside in winter, as well as the indigenous species on these moors.”

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Brook Roy clean up England: Elaine Hill AT Fylde’s final nursery of the season Tim Longton and Rooten Brook Roy came away with three titles. Running was on Swaledale hoggs which needed firm yet quiet handling over the outfield and were good to pen. Robin Dean judged the trial entry of 38 along with the concluding championship. Running at 28 in the trial, Roy (Michael Longton’s Telf Maid and

English results FYLDE, Rooten Brook Farm, Quernmore, Lancaster (Judge, R. Dean, Chipping) Nursery trial (38 ran) 1, Tim Longton (Quernmore) Rooten Brook Roy, 79 of 90; 2, Thomas Longton (Quernmore) Oz, 74; 3, L. Bancroft (Barnoldswick) Alf, 71; 4, C. Kempson (Cowpe) Fleet, 69; 5, C. Taylor (Keasden) Jess, 68 OLF; 6, I. Ibbotson (Oakworth) Jim, 68. Aggregate dog, Tim Longton, Rooten Brook Roy. Aggregate

Finishing with a clean pen gave the top score of 79, which was five clear of runners-up Thomas Longton and Oz. For his consistent work over the season, Roy won the Fylde dog aggregate, while the bitch aggregate went to Tom Huddleston’s Nessy (I. Brownlie’s Mo, R. Hutchinson’s Sweep).

The championship was of a high standard, with all seven runners finishing. Tim and Roy were drawn to run third. Gathering to the left, Roy dropped two points for stopping slightly short before having a good lift where one point was lost. Keeping his packet of four sheep settled he lost three points down the fetch for minor line deviations and a stop after the obstacle. It was not easy to get a tight turn into the right-hand drive as sheep tended to pull right. Roy however, had quite a good turn and kept his sheep on a straight line over the drive away.

bitch, T. Huddleston (Caton) Nessy. Championship (7 ran) 1, Tim Longton, Rooten Brook Roy, 86 of 100; 2, T. Huddleston, Nessy, 85; 3, I. Ibbotson, Jim, 80. MORETON, Station Farm, Leicester (Alan Brookes, Kettering) Novice championship (21 ran) 1, A. Blackmore (Ledbury) Joe, 92 of 100; 2, A. Tomkinson (Melton Mowbray) Morph, 89; 3, J. Porter (Broughton Astley) Jo, 79 OLF; 4, A. Blackmore, Cap, 79. Novice aggregate, J. Porter, Jo, 443. Nursery championship, 1, A. Blackmore, Nip, 94 of 100; 2, R. Curtis

(Grantham) Tess, 89; 3, A. Blackmore, Ren, 88; 4, A. Wormington (Gaydon) Moss, 83; 5, A. Tomkinson, Flint, 82; 6, Amy Rouse (Hildersham) Floss, 80. Nursery aggregate, A. Tomkinson, Flint, 387. WHITBECK, Town End Hall Farm, Cumbria (N. Ireland, Holmrook) Open (30 ran) 1, R. Watson (Millom) Ricky, 84 of 90; 2, C. Mellin (Oakworth) Killiebrae Laddie, 83 OLF; 3, Thomas Longton, Maya, 83; 4, P. Rigby (Skelsmergh) Elsa, 82; 5, L. Cowper (Threlkeld) Flo, 81; 6, L. Cowper, Spot, 79.

Rainow Todd) stopped marginally short at the end of his left-hand outrun to lose one point. Line deviations down the fetch cost five points and five more were lost for line over the right-hand drive.


Andrew Dickman and Jake on top form at Springhill Scotland: Sine Robertson A GOOD pen and shed gave Andrew Dickman’s Jake the edge in a close competition at Springhill. The Cheviot gimmers behaved well in driving sleet and fierce winds which made hearing hard for the dogs. With a smooth course on a slope rising to the right, the crossdrive gate was hard to get, even when sheep had a good line. Jake had a workmanlike run, losing minor points over the course,

Scottish results LAGGAN, Crieff (Judge, B. Alexander, Kinross) Nursery (18 ran) 1, M. Magnusson (Mid Derry) Murphy, 90; 2, I.M. Brownlie (Bridge of Cally) Lia, 87; 3, L. Magnusson (Mid Derry) Sally, 80; 4, I.M. Brownlie (Bridge of Cally) Tib,79; 5, K. Howlett (Comrie) Tess, 77; 6, P. Martin (Glenlyon) Bess, 75. Novice (5 ran) N. Boyne (Glenlochay) Mirk, 73. GARPEN, Crosshill I (R. Armour, Sorn) Nursery (13 ran) 1, W.J. Welsh (Beoch) Tommy, 90; 2, K. Donald (Dalrymple) Alf, 79; 3, I. Fergie (Straiton) Rock, 73; 4, R. Welsh (Patna) Mist, 71; 5, H. Young (Crosshill) Bernie, 66; 6, A. McCulloch (Dalmellington) Risp, 64. Crosshill II (D. Robertson, Luss) Nursery (13 ran) 1, I. Fergie (Straiton) Rock, 85; 2, J. Shennan (Barr) Tess, 83; 3, J.R. Welsh (Dalrymple) Ted, 81 Outbye; 4, R. Welsh (Patna) Mist, 81; 5, W. Welsh (Dalmellington) Joe, 76; 6, K. Donald (Dalrymple) Alf, 79. SKIPNESS (A. MacCuish, Skipness) Nursery (7 ran) 1, B. Strachan (Roybridge) Jim, 88; 2, M. MacNally (Invergarry) Tarf, 87; 3, M. MacNally (Invergarry) Ash, 83; 4, J. Moore, (Gruline) Bob, 72; 5, R. Rennie (Furness) Mac, 58; 6, D. Coulthard (Appin) Ted, 52. Older dogs (6 ran) 1, M. MacNally (Invergarry) Jock, 80; 2, B. Strachan (Roybridge) Sam, 72; 3, S. McCorqudale (Appin) June, 57. BOGBAIN (A. MacDonald, Fearn) Nursery (15

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but with no holes. A good pen and shed put him ahead of the field. Bill Elliot’s Ben worked well on the course and was in the lead up to the shed, but when the first attempt failed to come off, the shed had to be retaken and the run took second place, ahead of a well matched third place on time alone. Cameron Dickson’s Lethens Craig also worked well outbye, but the hoggs missed the cross-drive gate. Craig penned after stopping an attempted break, but a good ran) 1, G. Simpson (Forgue) Groesfaen Mac, 88; 2, I. MacDonald (Staffin) Zoe, 87; 3, M. Sutherland (Lybster) Liz, 86; 4, G. Simpson (Forgue) Lad, 82; 5, W. Cormack (Dunnet) Jill, 80; 6, S. Renwick (Inverbroom) Shiel, 76 Outbye. SPRINGHILL (S. Smith, Seahouses) Nursery (12 ran) 1, A. Dickman (Oxton) Jake, 84; 2, W.S. Elliot (Yetholm) Ben, 83 Time; 3, C. Dickson (Coldingham) Lethens Craig, 83; 4, D. Gilchrist (Oxton) Jade, 75; 5, J. Robinson (Coldingham) Jill, 72; 6, M Arres (Ashkirk) Doug, 67 Outbye. Novice, P. Howe (Hawick) Pip, 76. KIRKCUDBRIGHT FARM, Moniaive (W. Welsh, Moniaive) Nursery (15 ran) 1, D. Aitken (Lockerbie) Tweeddale Fly, 83; 2, A.R. Mundell (Moffat) Rob, 74; 3, W. Todd (Langholm) Don, 73; 4, D. Aitken (Lockerbie) Tami, 68; 5, D. McGarva (Granton) Gwen, 66; 6, D. McGarva (Granton) Glen, 59. Novice 1, M. Common (Lockerbie) Grit, 72; 2, M. Wilson (Corsock) Meg, 68; 3, A. Mair (Meikleholm) Wispa, 64. Pro novice 1, J.A. Common (Lockerbie) Queen, 86; 2, W. Todd (Langholm) Meg,78; 3, D. Aitken (Lockerbie) Tweeddale Buzz, 71. WHITEFIELD, Glenluce (S. Paton, Auchleand) Nursery (12 ran) 1, C. Armstrong (Archbank) Malta Scott, 75; 2, S. McCrindle (Palnackie) Zak, 66; 3, I. McMillan (Newton Stewart) Bob, 65; 4, A. Stewart (Lockerbie) Kemi Ruby, 61; 5, C. Caygill (Whinnyliggate) Tig, 57; 6, D. Porter (Stranraer) Rock, 53.

shed restored the standard and Craig took third place. Strong Blackface hoggs at Laggan were light to handle and if dogs upset the lift, they paid for it on the big, rolling course as the sheep were not keen to be penned.

Deviations Mosse Magnusson’s Murphy ran out and lifted cleanly, worked well on the course with minor deviations from line at Mosse’s feet and on the drive. A good pen followed, but Murphy was slow to come into the gap to make his shed but he completed the job successfully and earned first place.

His hoggs were slightly high as they approached the last obstacle but he put them through nicely and had a tight turn to return. A total of five points were deducted from his driving. Roy’s sheep went straight in the pen. At the split, two sheep moved off and when Tim asked him to take the last two he turned briefly on the first ones, which cost three points, resulting a score of 86. Next to the post were Iain Ibbotson and Jim who had a good run spoilt by slipping their sheep at the last obstacle. They scored 80. Fifth to go were Tom Huddleston and Nessy. They also had a good run, gaining 84 points finishing as runners-up to Tim and Roy who took the championship title.

Trials diary ENGLAND February 18. TRAWDEN, Nursery with championship, Lower Twiston, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 4BY, 9am start, enter on field. INTER-CLUB, Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire, change of venue to Biggin Moor Farm, Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 0DS, entry closed. INTER-CLUB, North Westmorland, Dumfriesshire and Wigtownshire, Hutton in the Forest, Penrith, Cumbria, 10.30am start, entry closed. RYEDALE, Nursery, Nova Lane, Pickering, North Yorkshire, 10.30am start, enter on field by 1pm, more than one dog first by noon. February 19. MID-SHIRES, Nursery and novice with championship, Framlands Farm, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, 9.30am start, contact A. Tomkinson, tel: 07891 222 460. NORTHERN, Nursery, committee novice and new handler, Stainton, near Downholme, DH11 6AL, between A6108 Richmond/Leyburn road and B6270 Richmond/Reeth road, 10am start, enter on field by 2pm, for three or more dogs first by noon, only one dog after 1pm. RAINOW, Nursery, novice and beginner, Yearnslow Farm, SK10 5XH, 9am start, enter on field by 1pm, catering. WEST CUMBRIA, Nursery, novice and new handler, Town End Hall Farm, Whitbeck, 9.30am start, enter on field by 2pm, unless dogs are still competing. WINDERMERE, Nursery and new handler, Garnet Bridge, three miles north of Kendal, LA8 9AZ, 9.30am start, enter on field by 2pm, unless dogs are still competing. SOUTH EAST Championship, nursery and novice, Feltons Farm, Old School Lane, Brockham, Surrey, RH3 7AU, 9am start, entry closed.

WALES March 4. DOLGELLAU CHARITY, Fronalchen, Dolgellau, LL40 2AG. Open national, two sessions, enter on field, catering, start 8.30am, contact Idris Thomas, tel: 07717 027 617.

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MARKET PRICES PRIMESTOCK ENGLAND STEERS Market day(s) week ending February 14 Acklington Ashford Bakewell Barnard Castle Beeston Castle Bentham Bishops Castle Bridgnorth Brockholes Carlisle Chelford Cirencester Clitheroe Cockermouth Colchester Darlington Derby Exeter Frome Gisburn Hailsham Hallworthy Hatherleigh Hawes Hereford Hexham Holmfirth Holsworthy Hull Kendal Kington Kirkby Stephen Lancaster Leek Leyburn Liskeard Longtown Louth Ludlow Malton Market Drayton Market Harborough Melton Mowbray Newark Newton Abbot Northallerton Oswestry Otley Penrith Ross-On-Wye Rugby Ruswarp Salisbury Scots Gap Sedgemoor Selby Shaftesbury Shrewsbury Skipton South Molton Stratford Thame Thirsk Thrapston Truro Ulverston Wigton Winslow Wooler Worcester York

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




Total cattle number

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

42 28 73 19 136 8 109 32 19 25 29 206 37 75 71 9 2 8 1 3 16 8 1 5 9 267 44 240 93 229 134 45 38 11 88 31 4 30 79 334 8 16 275 10 20 2 58 47 145

180.50 163.50 165.25 182.86 152.50 200.83 211.60 120.00 153.00 197.33 195.00 149.50 202.00 202.56 218.75 166.13 184.90 191.83 202.00 249.50 207.00 110.75 153.38 204.17 234.00 170.00 209.25 191.93

197.88 187.75 182.07 142.00 185.62 189.93 167.67 128.67 195.88 200.50 167.90 163.68 218.50 182.00 143.50 155.90 175.50 212.50 196.79 203.50 185.88 189.02 211.72 224.00 179.86 194.50 204.50 205.46 191.33 139.50 149.55 174.72 218.73 179.50 223.50 189.46 170.00 194.83 204.17 180.50 171.50

198.12 179.50 166.64 191.00 162.71 197.62 223.00 169.50 194.50 199.07 186.17 176.09 158.75 173.50 138.50 149.50 188.91 202.50 174.80 177.50 189.50 120.00 183.67 148.70 201.95 186.00 138.50 153.17 169.67 188.71 173.00 203.94 184.33 205.70 200.00 204.50 187.68 159.50

180.00 209.50 181.00 144.67 215.58 141.67 194.00 205.90 163.83 163.11 209.54 146.30 199.12 200.30 179.52 182.00 204.74 220.39 193.83 227.33 190.50 128.50 129.50 146.69 227.47 158.60 240.50 229.32 189.50 179.50 215.12

208.17 192.07 192.89 189.00 208.71 124.00 215.67 192.64 149.75 209.50 197.50 213.17 183.00 178.90 201.81 129.00 208.83 180.00 149.50 141.33 184.00 200.01 216.88 205.21 190.21 199.73 217.27 209.89 210.75 204.24 184.00 161.67 189.17 213.64 224.78 215.06 182.90 216.18 185.83 218.33

204.93 161.25 191.65 172.33 190.07 130.67 205.50 207.00 145.61 205.50 211.83 210.40 167.50 159.04 201.00 179.00 159.00 209.75 125.50 149.50 110.00 183.00 191.00 197.50 181.50 182.97 176.86 189.50 198.50 177.40 201.72 188.18 118.25 172.46 200.24 143.00 141.50 213.07 178.17 208.50 189.35 191.00

117.50 167.32 132.50 150.13 212.67 162.93 153.36 173.50 108.30 162.36 177.50 167.33 173.61 163.24 141.00 153.14 158.53 168.00 154.50 153.00 149.61 160.88 144.50 167.75

162.00 172.60 120.00 160.27 171.00 159.50 188.88 192.76 153.00 189.00 174.50 189.89 202.00 173.06 200.17 172.29 141.50 183.00 150.00 188.02 172.06 175.83 146.50 172.91

189.50 188.50 173.10 166.50 196.49 147.50 188.00 187.40 196.50 176.00 198.54 185.62 171.00 141.50 190.50 130.50 196.54 179.00 212.00 178.81

9 73 88 126 14 56 304 28 8 24 92 20 137 111 4 1 26 5 2 101 28 18 1 12 1 46 8 116 18 73 61 9 35 23 7 12 24 9 87 21 27 49 20 35 44 7 13

121.00 218.00 175.00 143.63 226.67 160.00 166.67

220.00 210.00 240.00 200.00 197.79 208.75 216.38 210.00

162.75 225.00 190.00 150.60 200.59 184.19

220.33 214.00 120.00 228.50 191.67 169.50

220.50 210.67 198.46 236.00 206.75 201.37 215.53 200.97 201.67

200.50 149.00 235.38 208.00 182.09 218.14 211.57 198.10

220.00 158.00 -

175.00 -

172.50 186.00 155.40

138 30 77 1 59 26 60 198

Total cow number

Grade 3 average

Dairy sired average

Beef sired average

Total O lambs

140.90 145.50 156.50 144.28 154.50 132.00 144.12 113.40

120.40 117.69 115.32 106.38 111.42 109.48 -

107.50 100.62 98.89 117.86 96.27 100.54 87.74 130.50 104.66 99.67 103.30 103.43 112.00 97.00 104.24 83.57 91.50 89.50 101.00 97.83 115.50 110.00 98.83 82.67 106.50 119.00 100.50 69.20 101.00 97.00 99.62 100.64 99.69 93.89 74.70 -

115.17 118.91 112.46 134.29 113.50 125.50 112.89 131.64 115.90 121.87 127.10 123.54 95.25 108.00 122.65 108.00 122.00 124.35 120.86 117.50 91.30 92.50 100.75 120.45 114.12 114.27 122.57 100.33 135.83 138.60 112.50 91.88 126.92 110.67 124.36 136.81 112.29 123.50 132.75 -

576 1600 1273 310 2470 835 1364 591 1480 1008 689 395 1195 669 1837 543 494 988 479 96 109 597 1115 406 294 348 1062 967 2123 505 384 720 75 5142 125 2347 669 1385 255 1228 2755 27 1190 2209 487 2321 1439 1081 114 566 87 838 267 1248 2277 1200 180 817 1012 386 93 558 1256 35 583 1007 748



95.30 102.30 101.30 91.00 100.00 96.30

113.20 119.90 126.90 112.80 124.20 134.30 117.50 124.60

1152 30 1252 998 656 572 817 343 2555 1125 1413 1389 2777 1620

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

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11 1 12 21 29 15 50 85 96 73

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9 0 0 9 4




4 5 0

5 0 0

5 6



5 5

2 7

7 33


0 0


7 6







0 0


0 0


All prices quoted in p/kg.

Source: AHDB/LAA


Source: AHDB/LAA



Total O/S lambs

O/S lambs light average

O/S lambs standard average

O/S lambs medium average

O/S lambs heavy average

O/S SQQ average

Total Ewes

Ewes average

576 1600 1273 310 2470 835 1364 591 1480 1008 689 395 1195 669 1837 543 494 988 479 96 109 597 1115 406 294 348 1062 967 2123 505 384 720 75 5142 125 2347 669 1385 255 1228 2755 27 1190 2209 487 2321 1439 1081 114 566 87 838 267 1248 2277 1200 180 817 1012 386 93 558 1256 35 583 1007 748

168.18 185.94 179.00 74.30 121.39 150.00 170.66 146.90 127.00 138.22 139.22 125.00 150.96 165.00 148.56 130.75 158.60 146.40 148.18 138.21 184.40 17.00 172.33 180.83 157.30 163.00 148.10 163.20 133.35 150.42 193.93 129.62 145.00 130.00 133.43 252.40 158.74 -

159.41 180.04 176.11 159.77 154.35 170.67 179.87 166.09 186.88 184.82 180.93 167.44 176.05 176.33 174.85 164.55 162.40 173.08 163.70 164.00 146.60 152.70 172.78 163.95 182.60 164.00 161.47 168.80 178.04 161.43 174.29 160.83 162.24 175.62 158.00 175.78 157.45 172.50 161.80 176.55 173.34 169.61 166.12 146.97 177.30 183.90 189.16 139.64 150.09 181.22 147.94 156.47 175.44 183.35 172.88 167.04 78.00 185.63 163.44 164.87 234.50 156.84 172.48 179.42

161.75 172.89 190.87 159.22 169.41 173.17 174.26 177.30 177.66 181.32 169.74 168.41 172.11 174.05 176.41 163.69 165.49 174.20 167.55 163.99 154.09 161.01 171.15 171.75 187.54 165.92 169.97 169.42 183.78 162.14 188.58 164.93 161.38 176.58 170.94 182.08 169.97 173.33 165.30 170.72 175.67 143.57 174.99 164.71 169.53 177.60 174.10 179.37 139.04 163.41 179.01 165.41 181.17 174.16 177.40 171.02 166.77 169.41 182.01 164.43 181.44 172.06 201.59 160.00 168.01 174.71 180.47

148.94 162.85 169.41 152.04 157.57 162.27 165.58 164.79 162.99 163.97 160.86 161.11 158.27 161.10 160.58 154.52 152.61 157.38 163.20 160.59 151.07 154.61 157.23 148.81 177.17 154.94 163.25 160.86 166.91 161.42 169.25 154.15 162.88 163.58 155.40 165.95 161.80 166.74 163.50 162.53 160.48 142.31 167.02 153.46 163.43 160.57 165.40 167.13 139.10 154.52 158.14 156.46 169.77 166.21 161.97 158.73 154.56 161.24 165.37 159.65 176.72 162.76 181.81 156.37 145.27 162.65 162.14

161.62 174.79 186.89 158.92 158.06 173.06 175.59 173.43 178.72 182.29 173.61 165.54 170.75 174.75 174.66 163.98 165.36 172.49 166.33 163.99 150.63 154.26 171.59 170.67 185.31 165.70 165.23 169.33 179.36 161.87 185.61 164.25 161.63 175.66 170.76 181.13 168.70 171.99 164.44 171.61 174.99 143.57 174.05 164.80 159.13 177.17 176.38 182.45 137.94 159.61 180.63 163.61 174.47 174.45 176.91 171.25 166.88 168.83 182.33 164.32 181.44 171.12 209.14 160.00 166.80 172.12 180.39

348 587 356 144 1764 351 64 105 187 222 105 192 51 431 545 57 297 111 2384 21 61 244 366 275 279 42 83 102 47 4450 64 562 224 273 24 366 1356 241 585 151 936 226 574 90 75 32 44 47 269 238 367 89 25 142 110 27 32 146 9 377 559 48

54.48 62.99 66.94 46.42 61.43 64.05 61.39 59.88 73.20 52.70 54.77 56.02 55.66 61.88 64.51 58.08 54.07 55.86 54.02 54.76 70.50 70.07 47.55 48.62 63.02 41.62 61.80 42.24 51.01 63.30 81.38 59.12 54.75 56.91 55.40 57.67 62.93 66.39 42.43 54.20 57.34 77.20 70.68 47.02 47.29 71.47 54.20 71.83 61.67 57.26 65.50 58.81 38.30 57.59 54.48 57.22 55.75 78.43 62.67 71.29 69.08 62.03

1152 30 1252 998 656 572 817 343 2555 1125 1413 1389 2777 1620

157.10 172.08 123.33 159.00 114.42 159.93 146.21 143.80 157.00 157.67 -

170.87 166.33 178.56 160.86 169.44 177.80 148.28 145.32 161.19 158.84 174.79 167.09 160.59 176.01

174.04 132.47 174.69 174.07 165.52 174.71 164.63 152.49 172.21 160.16 174.73 175.21 170.56 173.61

166.95 151.02 163.78 158.12 164.54 158.68 151.34 146.98 162.09 157.32 160.09 171.37 160.70 153.94

172.76 141.81 175.52 172.31 166.80 175.68 160.38 151.42 167.46 159.05 174.60 173.26 168.09 173.66

Source: IAAS/ScotEID

p114 121 Feb17.indd 3

730 343 10 602 131 757 103 426 356 544 552 1365 -

Market day(s) week ending February 14 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 We\Tu Th Th Tu We Mo We\Mo Th Tu Fr\Tu Th Fr Mo We

Total cattle number

Light average

3 12 165 3 4 7 3

125.00 166.22 -


Medium average

Heavy average

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

173.00 189.80 193.04 187.33 -

177.33 188.44 190.00 173.00

190.50 129.33 -

165.00 198.80 225.83 102.00 -

164.50 185.00 196.78 132.00 146.00

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


Heavy average

Total cow number

Grade 1 average

Grade 3 average

Dairy sired average

Beef sired average

153.00 -

11 62 21 1 66 4 22 12



91.38 104.42 96.00 120.00 95.10 50.00 92.42

140.67 118.52 140.61 118.74 125.75 132.62 -

128.00 -

167.38 -

Total O/S lambs

O/S lambs light average

O/S lambs standard average

O/S lambs medium average

O/S lambs heavy average

O/S SQQ average

Total Ewes

Ewes average

196 787 256 915 10 485 248 835 628 84 319 1303 151 580 2411 2662 733 3260 -

144.30 154.41 150.66 150.00 150.31 135.48 145.78 151.61 128.00 164.90 155.70 158.65 159.61 158.48 149.88 -

161.50 163.71 156.46 159.41 156.45 167.23 161.08 175.11 172.96 171.55 160.39 169.57 180.59 186.80 169.90 164.56 -

153.44 172.70 168.93 164.56 169.00 156.61 169.34 169.86 174.05 171.00 167.49 177.01 164.69 170.98 190.34 185.71 171.57 171.75 -

170.18 154.47 162.24 163.65 160.03 164.17 164.26 157.20 170.04 156.58 161.65 174.00 170.56 163.27 165.60 -

152.44 169.17 156.28 156.78 169.00 153.44 167.67 169.63 159.32 157.16 165.10 171.96 163.21 168.50 183.47 181.98 170.06 167.60 -

93 91 202 191 280 155 28 13 591 30 20 454 798 266 1713 -

51.91 38.14 32.60 41.64 44.46 26.80 42.95 51.15 48.21 59.14 37.35 40.11 58.07 58.17 46.21 -


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

58.51 51.25 47.40 51.40 65.33 71.14 53.94 55.95 54.79 56.28 60.99 54.88 -

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

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

6-12 month steers

12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers


STORES (NATIVE-SIRED 18+ month heifers

6-12 month steers

12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers

18+ month heifers

6-12 mon steers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

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No. / Av.

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12/577.5 20/512.3 -/-/3/745.0 -/-/-/54/668.1 3/675.0 -/18/823.1 30/772.3 -/17/723.8 -/17/633.8 98/597.2 -/-/1/570.0 -/-/48/805.2 4/646.3 6/342.5 -/-/2/700.0 -/-/39/669.6 -/-/-/-/68/695.8 2/582.5 -/-/9/544.4 -/3/720.0 -/10/761.0 15/812.3 -/10/458.4 52/623.0 -/12/615.0 18/679.7 2/390.0 -/-/12/513.7 -/9/588.9 5/667.0 -/20/873.5 -/1/765.0 13/813.8

4/658.8 6/702.5 -/-/9/843.3 -/-/1/805.0 37/846.2 2/815.0 1/712.0 4/881.3 17/827.4 -/10/784.0 -/13/726.9 33/779.7 -/-/5/652.0 -/-/46/983.8 5/785.0 -/-/-/15/945.5 -/1/680.0 5/715.0 -/-/-/1/865.0 33/814.4 8/769.4 2/875.0 -/7/610.0 -/8/968.1 2/1040.0 9/672.8 30/901.3 -/4/449.3 19/730.5 -/4/650.0 11/779.5 1/330.0 -/10/749.0 3/708.0 -/5/725.0 14/691.4 -/14/965.7 -/3/565.0 13/825.8

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3/920.0 9/877.2 -/5/745.0 18/819.4 -/-/11/865.5 23/911.1 4/837.5 32/836.6 9/707.8 3/995.0 -/3/810.0 -/9/830.0 55/779.4 -/-/2/895.0 -/-/11/932.1 3/746.7 17/737.1 -/-/-/-/13/810.8 32/684.7 -/-/-/-/15/811.7 19/807.1 -/-/10/769.0 -/3/690.0 -/12/752.1 10/1035.0 -/18/578.1 53/724.7 -/18/854.4 5/879.0 3/483.3 -/7/988.6 30/869.9 -/9/846.7 25/748.8 -/11/970.5 -/14/800.7 6/792.5

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1/740.0 1/695.0 -/4/497.5 5/846.0 -/-/7/648.6 23/843.3 2/620.0 24/690.9 9/767.8 5/817.0 -/1/940.0 -/2/662.5 32/712.1 -/-/9/673.9 -/-/1/1050.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/11/758.2 17/613.5 -/-/-/2/927.5 10/700.5 14/589.6 -/-/12/519.2 -/6/867.5 1/995.0 5/681.0 4/815.0 -/23/473.9 43/674.0 -/11/789.5 -/4/483.8 -/4/616.3 14/821.4 -/2/610.0 17/590.3 -/7/796.4 -/16/505.0 7/760.0

11/664.1 31/727.4 -/11/802.3 26/884.0 -/-/4/775.0 73/943.4 4/907.5 29/873.6 12/862.5 3/858.3 -/9/878.3 -/60/877.7 124/828.5 -/-/15/809.7 -/-/8/1097.5 -/6/893.3 -/-/-/-/48/1051.0 32/806.1 -/-/-/-/78/846.8 33/812.9 3/920.0 -/13/792.7 -/13/1024.6 10/908.5 17/854.4 28/1016.8 -/18/709.4 97/863.8 -/33/806.7 26/841.3 6/572.5 -/11/665.0 14/828.6 -/3/886.7 6/719.2 -/19/947.6 -/11/815.9 8/871.9

2/217.5 7/420.0 -/7/305.7 -/-/-/-/1/250.0 -/-/1/250.0 -/-/-/-/4/421.3 28/526.8 3/320.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/5/413.0 -/-/3/475.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/14/299.3 25/190.6 -/20/309.4 2/265.0 1/280.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/1/790.0 -/-

-/17/1022.65 23/930.87 -/-/-/-/-/33/989.24 -/-/-/-/105/986.62 90/1056.28

-/68/1090.88 4/1177.50 -/-/-/-/-/41/1092.56 -/-/-/-/186/1000.83 107/1074.86

11/464.09 17/765.88 36/752.36 -/-/-/-/-/47/792.77 -/-/-/-/166/737.11 188/917.30

4/565.00 16/986.25 5/812.00 -/-/-/-/-/41/913.29 -/-/-/-/80/914.75 69/976.09

-/69/994.71 12/948.33 -/-/-/-/-/42/1002.14 -/-/-/-/156/897.88 63/960.24

1/630.00 2/870.00 12/830.83 -/-/-/-/-/15/845.33 -/-/-/-/84/853.10 23/789.57

1/550.00 1/920.00 9/968.89 -/-/-/-/-/25/895.80 -/-/-/-/43/927.09 12/839.17

-/18/1004.72 26/1130.96 -/-/-/-/-/18/998.33 -/-/-/-/61/1047.38 20/907.00

3/346.67 1/650.00 2/730.00 -/-/-/-/-/1/700.00 -/-/-/1/130.00 27/611.67 7/592.86

1/550.00 1/980.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/15/638.00 -/-/-/-/26/876.35 -/-

-/29/1015.17 3/790.00 -/-/-/-/-/7/917.14 -/-/-/-/77/987.53 2/1117.50

-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/9/461.11 9/560.00

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

Tu Mo Mo

Mo Tu

Th We Fr

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2/500.00 61/877.38 49/803.57 -/-/-/-/1/940.00 75/880.80 -/-/-/-/257/855.14 261/1041.19

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


+ month ifers

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

Black and Continental Continental Native white bulls bulls heifers bulls

Native heifers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

664.1 727.4

2/217.5 7/420.0 -/7/305.7 -/-/-/-/1/250.0 -/-/1/250.0 -/-/-/-/4/421.3 28/526.8 3/320.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/5/413.0 -/-/3/475.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/14/299.3 25/190.6 -/20/309.4 2/265.0 1/280.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/1/790.0 -/-

-/3/685.0 -/-/25/696.0 -/-/8/375.6 13/530.4 -/5/817.0 6/475.8 4/795.0 -/-/-/1/430.0 97/601.9 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/6/522.5 -/-/-/-/2/575.0 1/675.0 -/-/-/-/1/370.0 5/594.0 -/-/2/400.0 -/4/567.5 2/670.0 7/470.7 -/-/13/477.3 17/527.9 -/3/589.3 1/265.0 5/450.0 -/-/12/510.0 -/3/450.0 -/-/10/658.0 -/-/5/697.0

-/14/727.1 -/-/84/708.5 -/-/14/584.6 17/730.0 3/690.0 42/737.1 8/654.4 1/625.0 -/1/480.0 -/29/681.4 120/673.5 -/-/18/679.2 20/637.8 -/-/2/485.0 18/681.9 -/-/-/-/36/817.2 20/706.8 -/-/-/-/6/690.0 1/615.0 -/-/-/-/18/805.6 5/814.0 42/745.0 8/916.9 -/2/365.0 50/696.9 -/8/562.4 3/678.3 6/500.0 -/-/1/552.0 -/2/485.0 2/685.0 -/3/925.0 -/-/2/690.0

-/20/33.1 -/60/50.5 45/55.6 -/-/-/32/54.9 -/10/47.3 -/-/-/-/-/2/41.5 14/45.4 16/71.9 -/-/-/-/-/-/12/52.8 -/6/38.7 -/-/13/51.2 17/38.7 3/173.3 -/-/-/1/42.0 49/63.8 -/-/1/48.0 -/-/9/28.2 18/109.2 -/-/-/38/52.0 -/36/41.4 7/41.0 13/69.3 -/-/-/-/4/57.5 8/88.9 -/-/-/-/4/39.5

775.0 /943.4 907.5 /873.6 862.5 858.3


/877.7 4/828.5




/1051.0 /806.1

/846.8 /812.9 920.0 792.7

1024.6 /908.5 854.4 /1016.8

709.4 /863.8

/806.7 /841.3 572.5

665.0 /828.6

886.7 719.2 947.6

815.9 871.9

/1015.17 790.00


987.53 117.50

No. / Av. -/5/272.4 -/12/263.9 2/139.0 -/-/-/7/188.3 -/2/352.5 -/3/156.7 -/-/-/8/292.8 11/223.9 3/301.0 -/-/-/2/232.5 -/2/220.0 12/252.3 -/1/235.0 -/-/1/160.0 19/229.0 4/232.5 -/-/-/1/285.0 22/269.1 -/-/-/-/-/11/269.9 3/300.0 -/-/-/18/212.6 -/1/265.0 11/242.4 1/245.0 -/-/-/-/-/10/192.5 -/-/-/-/-/-

No. / Av. -/1/135.0 -/5/259.4 1/85.0 -/-/-/3/175.7 -/1/262.0 -/3/220.0 -/-/-/4/150.0 10/180.9 2/340.0 -/-/-/2/150.0 -/-/11/136.2 -/-/-/-/1/130.0 18/217.8 -/-/-/-/-/23/211.4 -/-/-/-/-/8/216.1 3/178.3 -/1/272.0 -/18/202.1 -/2/237.0 10/188.9 9/213.4 -/-/-/-/-/12/174.8 -/-/-/-/-/-

No. / Av. -/11/177.3 -/101/245.3 9/202.2 -/-/-/17/217.8 -/16/245.1 -/-/-/-/-/10/234.5 31/229.3 14/220.6 -/-/-/8/166.9 -/3/252.0 16/238.6 -/1/58.0 -/-/1/345.0 51/262.8 3/241.7 -/-/-/3/196.7 52/271.8 -/-/10/232.5 -/-/4/114.8 16/282.5 -/2/229.0 -/95/234.0 -/23/225.3 15/278.5 5/195.0 -/-/-/-/2/175.0 12/233.8 -/-/-/-/1/185.0

-/13/129.8 -/73/173.2 10/147.0 -/-/3/205.0 21/219.0 -/14/214.9 -/2/190.0 -/-/-/19/136.7 34/187.2 9/196.4 -/-/-/3/160.0 -/1/250.0 27/147.9 -/-/-/-/2/101.0 31/234.3 3/191.7 -/-/-/1/205.0 61/196.9 -/-/19/209.5 -/-/-/6/152.5 -/1/207.0 -/84/168.3 -/15/197.3 17/194.0 5/225.0 -/-/-/-/-/17/172.1 -/-/-/-/1/202.0

Source: IAAS/ScotEID -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/9/461.11 9/560.00

4/590.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/8/592.50 -/-/-/-/19/550.79 5/606.00

1/480.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/48/733.33 -/-/-/-/67/699.55 -/-

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No. / Av.

802.3 /884.0


2/30.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/7/33.00 -/-/-

8/240.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/1/55.00 -/1/365.00

1/295.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/4/59.25 -/-/-


Market day(s) w/e February 13

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

6-12 month steers

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

12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers

18+ month heifers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

-/-/13/793.5 9/946.7 -/-/-/18/735.6 6/810.0 3/775.0 18/902.8 -/-

-/-/18/911.1 35/1045.2 -/5/924.0 -/7/892.9 12/838.0 18/963.6 5/1124.0 -/-

-/-/25/920.0 28/1017.3 -/5/907.0 -/94/1046.8 -/32/1110.0 16/1055.6 -/-

-/-/12/593.8 -/-/-/-/25/554.6 3/560.0 3/728.3 8/697.5 -/-

-/-/11/877.3 43/935.9 -/-/-/20/795.5 7/685.7 18/916.1 10/743.5 -/-

-/-/39/739.1 43/910.7 1/840.0 -/-/36/901.0 2/890.0 42/991.7 29/919.5 -/-

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.

-/-/2/755.0 -/-/3/795.0 -/14/690.0 10/782.0 -/4/570.0 -/-

-/-/8/708.8 10/1000.8 -/1/1020.0 -/6/816.7 2/590.0 3/840.0 10/956.0 -/-

-/-/23/944.6 40/1041.0 -/21/1025.5 -/46/925.3 2/535.0 14/953.6 7/1038.6 -/-

-/-/-/-/-/2/495.0 -/2/540.0 -/-/2/480.0 5/449.0

-/-/3/616.7 3/657.3 -/5/774.0 -/18/645.0 -/1/755.0 19/749.2 -/-

-/-/8/781.9 23/953.0 -/6/732.5 -/28/802.9 -/10/908.5 7/876.4 -/-


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

18+ month heifers


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

Black and Continental Continental Native white bulls bulls heifers bulls

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av. No. / Av.

-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/2/170.0 -/-/-

-/-/10/550.0 -/-/-/-/4/755.0 -/-/-/-/-

-/-/13/661.9 -/-/-/-/11/713.6 -/6/826.7 -/-/-

-/-/147/54.6 -/-/5/34.0 -/10/70.3 -/-/-/12/45.8

-/-/38/192.3 -/-/-/-/3/340.7 -/-/-/3/233.3

-/1/95.0 36/143.9 -/-/2/60.0 -/1/220.0 -/-/-/1/200.0

-/-/79/178.0 -/-/6/62.7 -/12/184.7 -/-/-/5/190.8


Native heifers

-/3/78.3 69/133.5 -/-/7/72.1 -/10/197.7 -/5/196.0 -/1/95.0


Primestock throughput, price and price change (p/kg). Week ending February 14, 2017.







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

1,072 876 1,468 3,416 57,116 219 246 465 72 1,142 649

175.53 186.70 198.88 188.43 172.96 100.70 114.02 110.62 92.47 99.30 121.99

-2.69 1.25 1.27 -0.68 0.93 -7.37 -1.65 -0.76 0.59 0.36 0.21

THIS WEEK LAMB prices continued on their upward trend this week, with new season lambs up 9.61p/kg to 190.61p/kg and old season lambs up 0.76p/kg to 172.35p/kg. Cull ewes fell £1/head to £57.94/head.


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


1,086 1,007 1,726 4,006 68,327 1,002 1,349 1,011


175.51 188.31 199.51 190.53 172.37 107.98 99.10 122.50


-2.73 1.04 -0.87 0.65 0.78 -2.15 0.62 -0.11


In the beef rings, steers were up 1.04p/kg to 188.31p/kg, while heifers rose 0.65p/kg to 199.51p/kg. Cull cows were down 1.06p/kg to 108.22p/kg and young bulls dropped 2.73p/kg to 175.51p/kg. Pig prices were down 2.15p/kg to 107.98p/kg.

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DEADWEIGHT CATTLE Deadweight prices for the week ending February 11, 2017.

STORE LAMBS w/e February 14

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





608 104 -

56.4 38.4 -

Mo Mo Th Tu Fr

289 63 275 53 36 -

54.2 46.0 44.7 44.0 54.4 -

528 991 140 100 376 375 2462 1177 41 99 248 94 -

51.7 56.6 43.8 36.5 54.8 56.4 53.7 57.3 37.2 49.8 49.4 42.2 -


Mo Fr We Sa We Th

We Fr Tu We Th Tu

Source: AHDB/LAA


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

PIGS Prices in p/kg. Ashford Chelford Selby York

Mo Fr

We\Mo Th




12 1729 32 1816 617

44.0 49.7 45.2 56.4 52.5

109 50 17 282 55 2222 40 346 92 149 84 166 35 47 685 -

43.1 49.1 51.1 50.4 46.0 56.2 56.6 49.2 56.6 43.7 57.4 59.7 55.1 55.4 57.9 -

Tu Th Fr


Sa We Fr

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





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




48 561 137 490 483 -

64.8 33.3 48.5 35.0 46.4 -

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

Mo We We

Mo Tu

We Fr



602 318 114 316 160 -

49.4 46.1 40.4 51.3 50.7 -

1071 1231

45.8 49.6

Source: AHDB/LAA Market day w/e: Feb 14

Pigs total

Porkers average

Tu Th\Mo We Mo

41 99 426 244

71.25 112.08 114.99 100.50

ALL STEERS Northern 3 4L

Central 3

358.0 355.9 346.6 308.7 350.8 3993

366.9 359.6 343.5 305.3 345.8 3789

-U R O+ -O Average Number

-U R O+ -O Average Number

Northern 3 4L

Central 3

363.9 355.6 347.4 305.7 355.3 2670

369.1 360.6 337.4 302.7 349.7 2492

364.3 361.7 360.1 321.6


Central 3

-U R O+ -O Average Number

342.7 338.6 319.0 291.1 319.1 486

345.9 334.3 309.0 289.6 309.6 375

Scotland 3 4L

366.8 361.2 339.4 308.8 342.2 2681

359.9 360.6 348.4 308.2 358.2 4090

369.1 361.0 345.8 311.9

362.2 365.1 355.7 315.1

350.6 325.1 306.7 288.2

4L 370.1 361.7 343.2 300.7

4L 355.5 339.1 324.0 293.0

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

367.3 361.4 352.3 308.4 345.5 1599

367.4 359.4 346.3 315.3 360.5 2519

368.0 361.2 350.0 314.6

369.7 362.6 355.7 316.4

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

350.0 358.2 333.1 332.2 321.8 147

354.7 347.5 325.8 294.8 324.8 387

336.7 330.0 305.0

359.3 350.3 321.0 290.0

DEADWEIGHT SHEEP Deadweight prices for the week ending February 11, 2017. SQQ E U R O P

2 400.7 396.4 385.2 366.8 274.3

Medium E U R O P

2 401.0 397.2 389.2 377.7 289.2

(343) (1124) (3874) (1985) (58)

3L 403.3 396.2 385.3 373.4 261.8

(332) (1043) (2979) (1052) (26)

3L 403.4 396.3 386.3 378.2 268.3

(814) (4102) (12420) (3552) (12)

Source: AHDB

3H 387.6 384.9 381.0 371.2

(282) (2036) (6322) (1186)

4L 367.7 364.0 367.6 372.1

3H 387.6 384.9 381.6 374.2

4L (282) 367.7 (2013) 364.0 (5959) 368.0 (983) 373.6

(54) (408) (1528) (276)

4H 333.3 339.7 342.3 352.4

(6) (52) (248) (70)

Cutters average

Baconers average

Cull sows total

Cull sows average

108.00 129.21 115.67 110.35

70.00 114.04 111.69 107.89

12 6 28 9

43.75 42.33 58.50 55.44

(807) (4039) (11146) (2609) (8)

(54) (407) (1481) (256)

4H 333.3 339.7 342.2 353.5

(6) (52) (241) (68)

Average: 384.57 (36,201) 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 February 4, 2017.

Source: AHDB

STANDARD PIG PRICE (SPP) Great Britain (83,630 pigs, av. weight 84.24) Jan 29 – Feb 4 compared to Jan 22-28

ALL PIG PRICE (APP) Great Britain (78,279 pigs, av. weight 83.78) Jan 22-28 compared to Jan 15-21

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

Price Change 138.31 4.26 150.04 -0.73 151.22 -0.91 150.94 -0.77 149.98 -0.85 124.83 0.61

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

149.96 147.26

APP (EU Spec) APP (UK Spec)

Number 347 3,175 21,195 38,641 17,831 MALTING 2,441

Malting Barley

Feed Barley Malting Barley

Malting Barley


Malting Barley

SPP (EU Spec) MALTING BARLEY MALTING Malting SPP (UK Spec) Barley BARLEY Malting Barley

Number 807 4,268 19,936 34,175 16,502 2,591

Price Change 148.27 0.80 156.50 0.35 155.62 -0.16 154.40 -0.32 153.01 -0.29 131.01 0.35

Malting Barley

Malting Barley

Malting Barley Malting Barley

Malting Barley




Malting Barley


Malting Barley

-0.60 -0.60

153.69 150.94

-0.13 -0.14

Malting Barley

Malting Barley Malting Barley


Malting Barley


Malting Barley



One variety, two markets

Malting Barley

Malting Barley


Malting Barley FEED BARLEY Malting Barley

Feed Barley





Malting Barley

Feed Barley


Malting Barley


Feed Barley

Feed Barley Feed Barley BARLEY Feed Barley Malting Barley MALTING Feed FEED FEED BARLEY BARLEY Barley BARLEY Malting Malting Barley


Feed Barley

Feed Barley Feed Barley FEED Feed Barley BARLEY FEED BARLEY

Feed Barley





Malting Barley

Feed Barley


Feed Barley

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363.2 360.2 347.8 313.6

Southern 3 4L


Malting Barley

118 | FEBRUARY 17 2017

359.5 364.0 354.4 311.8


Average: 381.9 (41,453)

Source: IAAS/ScotEID


Source: AHDB

Malting Barley

Malting Barley

Malting Barley Feed


FEED BARLEY Malting Barley

Feed Barley

Feed Barley

Feed Barley

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2016 p/kg deadweight

190 180 170


360 350 340 330


































380 2017
















310 Feb

140 Jan







340 330












p/kg deadweight







524 2017


p/kg deadweight

170 150


460 428 396 364 332




APP/SPP reported from Apr 1, 2014





105 90

Dairy-sired (2017) Beef-sired (2017)

Dairy-sired (2016) Beef-sired (2016­)


p/kg dw (EU spec)





























p/kg liveweight

210 190









p/kg liveweight


p/kg liveweight



SPP (2017) APP (2017)

SPP (2016) APP (2016)

140 130 120 110

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

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MARKET PRICES UK DELIVERED PRICES – SUMMARY Thursday, February 9, 2017 (£ per tonne)

East Anglia / London (BW)


North-West grains/ Liverpool OSR

Avonmouth feed /South bread


Central Scotland

Source: AHDB

Delivery Bread Wheat Feed Wheat Feed Barley Price Change Price Change Price Change Feb-17 152.50 -0.50 147.00 -1.00 - - Mar-17 153.50 -0.50 148.00 -1.00 - - May-17 156.00 -1.00 150.00 -1.50 - - Hvst-17 - - 133.50 +1.00 - - Feb-17 155.00 -0.50 - - - - Mar-17 156.00 -0.50 - - - - May-17 158.00 -1.00 - - - - Hvst-17 149.00 +1.50 - - - - Feb-17 163.00 unch - - - - Mar-17 164.00 unch - - - - May-17 167.00 +0.50 - - - - Hvst-17 156.50 n/c - - - - - Feb-17 155.50 unch 150.00 -0.50 - Mar-17 156.50 unch 150.50 -1.00 - - 152.50 -1.00 - - May-17 159.50 unch Hvst-17 149.00 n/c 135.00 n/c - - Feb-17 - - 155.50 -1.00 - - Mar-17 - - 156.50 n/c - - May-17 164.50 n/c 158.50 n/c - - Hvst-17 - - - - - - Feb-17 - - - - - - - - - - - - Mar-17

Oilseed Rape Price Change 361.50 +2.50 362.00 n/c 364.00 +2.50 329.50 -0.50 - - - - 364.00 +2.50 364.50 n/c 366.50 +2.50 332.00 -0.50 - - - - 360.00 +2.50 360.50 n/c 362.50 +2.50 328.00 -0.50 - - -


Prices in euros. Averages for week ending February 5, 2017. N. Ireland: Steers R3 euro/kg/dw 4.10 (-0.21) Ireland: Steers R3 euro/kg/dw 3.71 (0.00) France: (ex Rungis) lamb: R 16-22kg euro/kg/ dw; imported 4.80 domestic 6.40 Source: AHDB

SLAUGHTERINGS Estimates for Great Britain (per thousand head), week ending February 12, 2017.­ %change (2016) 2017 *Pigs 168.62 -2.18 Sheep 218.25 +17.60 Steers 16.92 +0.82 Heifers 13.07 +5.36 Young bulls 2.45 -0.79 *week ending February 15, 2017. Source: AHDB

WEANER PRICES Week ending February 11, 2017.

UK DELIVERED RAPESEED PRICES Thursday, February 9, 2017 (£ per tonne) Oilseed Rape East Anglia / London Scottish Ports Erith Liverpool Hull / Selby

Feb-17 Mar-17 361.50 362.00 - - 364.00 364.50 364.00 364.50 360.00 360.50

Source: AHDB

Apr-17 363.00 - 365.50 365.50 361.50

May-17 364.00 - 366.50 366.50 362.50

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

Hvst-17 329.50 332.00 332.00 328.00

Feb 4 Feb 11 54.98 56.6 38.22 39.03 Source: AHDB

RETAIL AVERAGES Week ending February 13, 2017 (prices in p/kg).


Latest data.

Friday, February 10, 2017 (£ per tonne) LIFFE

Source: AHDB

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

Mar-17 147.80 +0.45 May-17 148.45 +0.40 Jul-17 150.00 +0.50 Nov-17 137.70 +1.00 Jan-18 138.75 +0.90 Mar-18 140.30 +0.75 May-18 141.85 +0.75

Mar-17 171.75 +2.50 May-17 173.50 +2.75 Sep-17 173.00 +1.00 Dec-17 175.75 +1.25 Mar-18 178.50 +1.00 May-18 181.00 +1.75 Sep-18 179.50 +1.00

+2.13 +2.35 +0.85 +1.07 +0.85 +1.49 +0.85


Source: AHDB

Thursday, February 9, 2017 WHEAT BARLEY (£ per tonne) Milling Feed & Malting Feed & Bread Other Other Premium Other Other

OATS Milling

- 144.80 138.90 - - 119.50 - South East - - 143.00 - - 122.00 - South West 146.70 - 143.60 137.40 - 123.20 - Midlands 143.00 143.80 142.60 141.10 - 120.30 - Eastern - - 148.90 - - 124.40 - North East - - - - - - - North West 147.40 145.00 143.60 139.20 140.50 122.10 135.60 England & Wales - - 145.30 - - 120.90 - South Scotland - - - - - - - Central Scotland - - - - - - - North Scotland - - 144.60 - - 120.50 - Scotland 147.40 145.00 143.70 139.20 140.50 122.00 135.60 Great Britain - - - - - - - Northern Ireland 147.40 145.00 143.70 139.20 140.50 122.00 135.60 United Kingdom -3.60 +0.90 -1.30 -0.80 -1.10 +1.00 -0.90 Change on last week (£/t)

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

FIELD PEAS/BEANS February 15, 2017. All prices £/tonne ex-farm.

Micronizing peas

Feb £196.92 Mar £197.92 Apr £198.92

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Feed peas

Feed beans

£145.17 £157.67 £146.17 £158.67 £147.17 £159.67

This week Last week

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

1062 1061 2172 2172 1500 1500 3544 3544 910 919 995 995 718 718 563 563

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

1061 1061 1093 1092 770 785 1058 1057 1562 1562 1458 1458 1494 1494 1400 1400 1213 1214 944 951

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

628 628 727 727 561 538 936 937 739 770 684 653 610 610 555 555 527 525 Source: AHDB

HAY AND STRAW n CHELFORD: Hay, first quality, big bales to £95/tonne, second quality to £88/t, small bales to £132/t; straw, barley, big bales to £86/t; straw, wheat, square bales to £80/t, round bales to £72/t; straw, oat, single load to £70/t; straw, barley, single load to £105/t; haylage, best quality to £75/t; beet fodder, single load to £25/t. n TENBURY WELLS: Meadow hay to £27/t; haylage/silage to £15/t; straw, wheat to £31/t; straw, barley to £28/t; straw, oat to £15.50/t. n THAINSTONE: Hay to £16/bale; straw, barley to £14.80/bale; silage to £15/bale.

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Thursday, February 9, 2017

Last updated February 15, 2017. FEB   MAR MAY H’VEST NOV 150 150.50 152.50 135.00 139.50 - - - - 147 148.00 150.00 133.50 138.00 140.00 151.5 152.50 154.50 - - - - - - - - 146 155.5 156.50 158.50 - 143.00 - - - - 147.50 - - 137.50 146.5 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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

FEB   MAR MAY H’VEST NOV 163 164.00 167.00 156.50 161.50 155 156.00 158.00 149.00 153.50 155.5 156.50 159.50 149.00 153.50 152.5 153.50 156.00 - - - 164.50 - 158.50

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

FEB   MAR MAY H’VEST NOV - - - - 155.5 156.50 159.00 - 156.5 157.50 160.00 - 154 155.00 157.00 - - - - - - - - - -

Commodity Hi Pro Soya Soya Hulls Soya Hulls (zero) 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

Scotland Maris Piper Maris Peer King Edward Whites

Low 190 - 200 200

Main High 220-230 240 330-360 - 220-230 240 220-240 250

Trend Z Z Y Y

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

Low 250 200 200 180

Main 290 265 255 200

High 350 320 320 220

Trend Y Y Y X

WEEKLY AVERAGES GB weekly average price GB weekly free-buy price

Jan 27 £201.30 £243.86

Feb 3 £213.40 £245.90

Feb 10 £214.13 £254.48

Trend Y Y


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 55 50 58 - - - - 46 41 50 90 80 65 - 50 45 55 - - - - 51 46 45 100 80 75 60 55 50 55 110 85 - - 48 44 55 120 90 60 55 45 40 52 - - - - 54 48 53 90 - - - 65 60 55 120 80 65 60 50 45 55 - - - - 46 41 Source: British Hay and Straw Merchants’ Association

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280.00 276.00 398.00 585.00


Source: AHDB

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

UK MONTHLY MILK PRODUCTION December UK milk production was down 59 million litres (4.9 per cent) on December 2015 to 1,150m litres. Cumulatively, this is 706m litres (6.3 per cent) less than the same period the year before. GB deliveries in December stood at 975m litres, 54m litres (5.3 per cent) less than the same month in 2015. Northern Ireland deliveries stood at 175m litres, 5m (2.9 per cent) less than the previous year.



Trade comment: Hay difficult to move for many. Week ending February 19, 2017.

280.00 276.00 398.00 585.00

Companies Monthly price Annual average Muller Direct Milk - M&S (Profile) 2 30.03 29.59 2 27.01 Muller Direct Milk - Sainsbury (Profile) 27.45 25.67 25.44 Muller Milk Group - Co-operative Muller Milk Group - M&S 28.81 28.56 27.17 26.94 Muller Milk Group - Sainsbury 28.55 28.47 Muller Milk Group - Tesco 24.56 24.12 Muller Direct Milk - Liquid (Profile) 3 23.84 23.20 UK Arla Farmers Liquid Barber A.J & R.G 26.96 26.47 Glanbia - Llangefni 25.27 24.27 Lactalis - Caledonian Cheese (Profile) 26.00 25.56 Parkhams Farms 29.00 28.08 26.94 24.52 South Caernarfon Creameries UK Arla Farmers Manufacturing 3 24.22 23.56 27.30 26.88 Wyke Farms 24.85 First Milk - Haverfordwest (A&B Comp) 1 25.22 22.96 First Milk - Midlands & East Wales (A&B Bal) 1 23.05 23.08 First Milk - Scottish Mainland (A&B Bal) 1 23.17

PACKING Main High Trend 280 375 Y 230 260 Y 280 230 Y 250 300 X 260-300 320 X

P.O.A P.O.A 183.00 183 w 183.00 138 v 131 s 133.00 198 z 187 u 198.00 197.00 197.00

December 2016

Source: AHDB

Low 210 200 230 190 250

P.O.A 183.00 183.00 136.00 200.00 201.00


POTATO PRICES England Desiree King Edward Estima Maris Piper Whites

Source: Straights Direct Mar-Apr17 May-Oct17 Nov17-Apr18 339.00 342.00 344.00 150.00 137.00 139.00 159.00 154 X 147.00 194.00 196 v 187 s 189.50 173.00 175 v 168 s 171.00

Key: All prices in pounds sterling. Currency, £/$1.2433, £/€1.1787­. Guide prices indicated include delivery charge of £6/tonne. X = After safe arrival; n = Imported; v = May; l = May-Jun; z = May-Jul; u = Aug-Oct; k = to Oct; s = Jun-Oct; R = Jul-Apr; t = Aug-Apr; w = to Sept.

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 February 13, 2017.



Last updated February 14, 2017. Source: AHDB/LAA/IAAS



Newly-calved Newly-calved heifers cows

Newly-calved Newly-calved heifers cows

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

Beeston Castle -/- -/- -/- Carlisle We -/- 4/1187.5 -/- Cirencester -/- -/- -/- Cockermouth -/- -/- -/- Exeter Fr 23/1428.3 15/1390.7 4/1050.0 Gisburn Th 11/1418.2 6/1281.7 -/- Holsworthy -/- -/- -/- Leek Tu\Sa 14/1432.9 5/1380.0 2/1635.0 Market Drayton We 27/1343.3 10/1283.0 5/884.0 Norton And Brooksbank -/- -/- -/- Sedgemoor Sa 31/1251.9 15/1060.0 -/- Shrewsbury Tu 1/1180.0 1/1590.0 -/- Skipton Mo 3/1793.3 4/1562.5 2/1275.0 Ayr Tu 3/1416.70 2/1135.00 3/1350.00 Lanark -/- -/- -/- Stirling (ua) We -/- -/- -/-

No. / Av. -/-/-/-/2/810.0 -/-/2/1765.0 3/1330.0 -/2/970.0 -/-/2/1250.00 -/-/-

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In a hugely ambitious project, to farm a one-hectare (2.47-acre) field purely with robots, the engineers at Harper Adams University are now well underway in achieving a world first. Farmers Guardian catches up with their progress.

Farming a field with robots


magine farming and harvesting spring crops without ever stepping foot in a field. Engineers from Harper Adams University are doing just that as they are now well underway with their ambitious goal of farming a field exclusively by robots. Supported and led by precision farming specialist Precision Decisions, the team of three engineers has created its first autonomous farming system, ready for drilling one-hectare (2.47 acres) of cereal crops in March. Jonathan Gill, researcher at Harper Adams University, says: “We’ve created a prototype and tested the automation system on an electric all-terrain vehicle in the field. We’ve proved it can drive up and down in a consistent straight line; this is what we aim to achieve during our first task of planting the crop.” The next step is to incorporate this system onto the Iseki tractor, which will be used by the team for drilling and spraying. “The project, and engineering as a whole, comes down to specifications. The requirements of the entire system need to account for the crop row spacing, even the shape of the field, to coordinate with the tractor and machinery available.” The project, ‘Hands Free Hectare’, has been documenting its progress on social media and has attracted international interest from across the world. Researcher Kit Franklin says: “As a team, we believe there is now no technological barrier to automated field agriculture. This project gives us the chance to prove this and change current public perception.

“Previously, people have automised sections of agricultural systems, but funding and interest generally only goes towards one single area. We’re hoping to string everything together to create one whole system which will allow us to farm our hectare of cereal crop from establishment to harvest, without having to go into the field. “We are confident we are going to be successful implementing current open source technology, but obviously there is an element of risk. This is the first time in the world this has been done, but pushing boundaries is what engineering research is about.”

Adapting The team is using small-scale machinery which is already available on the market, and adapting these in the university’s agricultural engineering labs ready for the autonomous field work. “We will be drilling a spring crop in March. April to July will comprise crop husband activities, with remote agronomy and autonomous application of required inputs and then harvesting in August and September,” Kit adds. Funding is being provided through the Innovate UK – Satellites for AgriFood competition, which is providing funding to projects aiming to improve the productivity of agri-food systems using satellite technology. Martin Abell, of Precision Decisions, says the selection process has been important and time consuming. “The drill which we’ll be using is a vineyard drill which is normally used to add green manure [cover crops] be-

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Harper Adams engineers are preparing to drill cereal crops with robots next month.

tween vines to help the soil retain nutrients. “The coulters and seed metering mechanism are identical to those used on conventional versions of the drill, so it suits our application perfectly. “The spray system we’ve selected is not only appropriate for the tractor, giving sufficient capacity to cover the area, but also works with common agricultural practices. “We’re going to use a conventional sprayer controller, the same system which can be bought by a farmer. This means the sprayer will be a self-contained unit, looking after itself while the tractor navigates the hectare.” Safety is also an important focus and various preventative measures have been put in place. “It is incredibly important we have safety systems enabled in the unlikely situation something goes wrong. The machines will not be radio-controlled but act autonomously. We’ve found laser scanners which will monitor the front of the tractor and stop it should anything be too close. “It has been a challenge to find systems which work with our vehicles in conditions robots aren’t normally put in.”

Innovation Alongside preparing the tractor for drilling, the team is also focusing on creating a mission control. This will provide a platform to see the field in real-time and supplement feedback from the robots while working. Due to the popularity of the project, the engineering department is helping the project by providing a camera which will be fixed to the outside of mission control. Here it is hoping to ‘live-stream’ important events in the field.

Kit says: “Automation is the future of farming and we are currently at a stage where farm machinery has got to unsustainable sizes. “Over the years agricultural machines have been getting bigger increasing work rates. This has suited the UK’s unpredictable climatic working windows and reduced rural staff availability. “But with these larger machines we are seeing a number of issues, including reduced soil health through compaction which hinders plant growth, as well as reduced application and measuring resolution, critical for precision farming, as sprayer and harvesting widths increase. “Automation will facilitate a sustainable system where multiple smaller, lighter machines will enter the field, minimising the level of compaction. These small autonomous machines will in turn facilitate high resolution precision farming, where different areas of the field, and possibly even individual plants can be treated separately, optimising and potentially reducing inputs being used in field agriculture. “It’s not about putting people out of jobs; instead changing the job they do. The tractor driver won’t be physically in the tractor driving up and down a field. Instead, they will be a fleet manager and agricultural analyst, looking after a number of farming robots and meticulously monitoring the development of their crops. MORE INFORMATION Follow the team’s progress on its website ( and via social media – Twitter (@FreeHectare), Facebook (@HandsFreeHectare), YouTube (Hands Free Hectare HFH).

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In the second of our new series on health awareness, Danusia Osiowy meets Celia Gaze, whose battle with stress made her bounce back stronger than ever. Celia Gaze resigned from her job with the NHS to diversify the farm.

‘It’s been a massive test of resilience and perseverance’


t has been one enormous rollercoaster ride for Celia Gaze. After facing unofficial bankruptcy she has transformed a fledging farm business into an award-winning, unique wedding venue with an enviable booking rate. But as she recalls her journey it becomes very apparent just how difficult it has been. In fact, it’s not until you listen to somebody candidly explain their experience of stress you realise the deeply emotional impact it can have. As a senior manager in the NHS for 14 years, she managed large-scale projects and was tasked to turnaround very complex and challenging business situations. By her own admission, the projects would always get worse before they got better, and one way of coping with the pressure of work and life would be to start early. Celia, who is partner to Lancashire farmer and butcher Stephen Whitehead, says: “Between 4am and 7am has always been my golden time. “It is when I am at my peak, as it is quiet, peaceful and you can just get on with it. “But when I had my son Matthew, 4am-7am became a lot more challenging.”

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After being called back by the NHS to tackle another high pressure project, working long hours and juggling family life finally took its toll. Celia’s behaviour, and wellbeing, began to nosedive. She says: “I was weepy, I lost my confidence and I was paranoid people were talking about me and judging me when they weren’t. “I wasn’t sleeping, I didn’t want to socialise and I was comfort eating. I was always worried at work, as I had put this immense pressure on myself to fix what everyone else knew was an impossible situation and it became consuming. “I was supposed to be the person with the responsibility to sort problems out and I couldn’t, so I blamed myself. I would be in a meeting and just burst into tears.”

Rumination Reluctantly, Celia went to see a doctor following a friend’s suggestion. She says: “The doctor told me I needed to take a minimum of two weeks off. I said there was no way I could do that and he said if I didn’t then I was going to be really ill.” But instead of having time off work to rest and recover, the situation got worse.

I had put this immense pressure on myself to fix what everyone knew was an impossible situation CELIA GAZE “I started ruminating and became obsessed with stress and what had led me to feel the way I did. I wanted to understand what on earth caused it, so I completed a qualification in stress management and organisational stress management. “I couldn’t just have a condition and Google it, I had to have a qualification in it. My headspace was just all so ridiculous.” After being off work for a total of four weeks, Celia made the bold decision to resign and was left with the question of what came next. Her attention then turned to the farm. Stephen’s family have been farming in Edgworth since 1886 and

have been exclusively supplying their sheep into their own butchery ever since. While David, Stephen’s father, manages the sheep every day, Wheatsheaf Hill Farm was originally rented out as a livery yard and, over the years, had become neglected. Celia says: “I wondered if people were feeling stressed out whether they could come to a place which was specifically designed to help them feel better? “So I used the theories I learned in my studies on stress to start designing The Wellbeing Farm.” Travelling with her son Matthew, who was then 18 months old, she visited 196 venues around the country as a member of the public, compiling a list of ideas she liked along the way. With the help of Stephen, she invested their life savings and transformed the 18th century building from a rundown farm into a sustainable, state-of-the-art events and courses venue, with its own cookery school where people could sample farm life and go walking with llamas.

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BEYOND THE FARM GATE conferences, and secured a grant to install a wind turbine. Only six months after opening its doors in 2013, the farm won a Gold Green Tourism Award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme – the largest environmental accreditation body operating within tourism in Europe. A string of other awards followed and, to the outside world, all was good. But in reality, the business was struggling, debt was mounting and financial losses were massive. Celia says: “Looking back, I know now going to visit all those places was wrong. It just became a hotchpotch of ideas and I ended up with 15 different concepts under one farm from a corporate events venue to a cookery school. “People would suggest ideas and I would just do it. Yes, we were successful as we were something different, but it was all difficult to market because of the complete lack of focus. “When you have too many ideas, you scatter yourself way too thinly and the lack of focus ended up with people not really understanding what the business was.

Repayments “We made a massive loss, I was running out of money and I didn’t have enough income to make the repayments on the money I had borrowed from the bank. Partner Stephen has supported Celia through very rough times.

The llamas helped sow the seeds for an award-winning alternative wedding venue.

“People loved the story behind the transformation of a neglected farm, but they didn’t know if they could come here or not as we were aiming ourselves at too many audiences. Most people start off small, but we started off huge. “Looking back, it was complete madness, but I suppose that’s me, I have big dreams.” Around the same time in 2014 and through the local authority, Celia secured the help of a mentor Victor Giannandrea who provided (and still provides) mentoring support. She says: “He came to see me and

looked at the business and told me to just stop. Some of the ideas were working and I needed to focus on a few things, but everything else stopped. I went from 15 concepts to five and cried. A lot.” In July of the same year, Celia had been trading for one-and-a-half years when a local couple approached her to host their wedding at the farm. An indoor horse arena from their old livery had remained untouched but had the potential to become a wedding venue. With the business on its knees and crippled by debt, it was her last chance to save the farm, but first she needed more money to make it happen. Filling up with tears as she reflects on the time, she says: “We had this family business which had been going for 133 years. Can you imagine the pressure about the thought of not surviving and Stephen and his family losing everything? It was unbearable.” In November, things got so bad with the business she wrote a letter to her mum and her husband as she

couldn’t bring herself to tell them of the situation she had found herself in. Celia says: “I had got myself into huge debt and I needed to take a risk and make this wedding happen. The bank would not lend us any more money, so I asked them again for some financial help. “It was a massive gamble to get into more debt to get out of it, but what could we do? Nobody wanted to lose the farm.” With the help of her brother, a designer, who helped achieve her vision, she transformed the former school into a wedding venue.

Foundations What was not immediately apparent, but now very obvious, is the foundations of what Celia had put in place were pivotal to the farm as a wedding venue. The cookery school, the butchery producing meat, the windmill, the llama trekking and the location had sown the seeds for an award-winning alternative venue.

About stress WHAT IS STRESS? n The feeling of being under too much mental or emotional pressure n Pressure turns into stress when you feel unable to cope n A bit of stress is normal and can help push you to do something new or difficult, but too much stress can take its toll on your health and wellbeing n There might be one big thing causing you stress, but stress can be caused by a build-up of small challenges WHAT CAUSES STRESS? Feelings of stress are normally triggered by things happening in your life which involve: n Being under lots of pressure n Facing big changes n Worrying about something 124 | FEBRUARY 17 2017

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n Not having much or any control over the outcome of a situation n Overwhelming responsibilities n Not having enough work, activities or change in your life SYMPTOMS OF STRESS n Irritable, aggressive or impatient n Feeling over-burdened n Anxious or nervous n Unable to enjoy yourself n Loss of humour n A sense of dread n Uninterested in life n Feeling tearful n Panic attacks n Withdrawal WHO CAN HELP? n Doctors Your GP can talk you through ways of managing stress

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The on-site cookery school.

With no competition and promise of such quirkiness elsewhere in the vicinity, word-of-mouth spread fast. She began using three 64ft military parachutes to create her ceiling, the walls were cladded with wood and relevant furniture was sourced. In 2015, the horse stables were turned into toilets and, in 2016, they added a kitchen and the hay room became the bar. Eventually, what she paid for on credit cards to help fund the diversification has now been paid back. Celia has transformed The Wellbeing Farm into a thriving diversification business and will host 70 weddings this year alone. Such is demand, Celia has secured bookings up to 2020 with new enquiries flooding in each week. For somebody who suffered so badly with stress previously, how did she not sink deeper into the condition when so many things went wrong?

n Big White Wall ( An online community of people who are finding it hard to cope; it is completely anonymous, so you can express yourself openly n Elefriends ( A friendly, supportive, online community where you can talk openly about how you are feeling n Stress Management Society ( Information about stress and tips on how to cope n Stressbusting ( Information about stress and techniques for coping; lists several talking treatments and alternative therapies which can be used to treat stress

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She says: “I have learned to accept failure. If I hadn’t failed, I would not have come up with weddings, but it eventually saved the farm. “The shame of Stephen losing his farm was too much and failure was not an option. It’s been a massive test of resilience and perseverance, but you keep going.”

Reflect Now in a position to positively reflect on harder times, she speaks candidly about a condition many farmers and their families do not recognise. She says: “It isn’t something to be taken lightly, as it is a condition which can dominate you and your life as a family. A lot of people don’t own up to being stressed, but if I had not experienced it I would not be doing this now. “The hard work is finally paying off but it has been one hell of a journey.”

Business rates FOR the first two-and-a-half years of business, Celia also battled bureaucracy and increased business rates. Prior to diversifying, the farm’s rateable value was about £2,000, but having diversified, the rateable value rose to about £17,000.

Tribunal Not expecting such a huge increase in business rates, she did a lot of work to find evidence of the business being over-assessed – the issues of which had to be developed into a comprehensive Statement of Case which was presented at a business rates tribunal. She says: “In my case, the Valuation Office failed to recognise the split between agriculture,

domestic and business which occurs at many farms, so I had business rates applied to buildings which were for private use. “Our farm has been banded against businesses which were established 20 years ago, which offer on-site accommodation and are considerably larger in acreage. “Due to the nature of our upland location and farming conditions, it was unrealistic to expect me to support an indicative rent of £16,750/annum. “When your business rates are more expensive than River Cottage, you have to question why. “It was really upsetting and I faced so much bureaucracy at the point I should have been directing all my energies into my new business.”

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Every week we follow the ups and downs of farmers around the UK PHIL LATHAM

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


t seems you cannot watch the news these days without seeing pictures of starlings forming a ‘murmuration’ before settling down for the night. These spectacular aerial displays of co-ordinated and co-operative behaviour are truly a natural wonder. There is another kind of murmur though and that is the one from my office as I watch thousands of starlings land on my sheds and steal feed from beneath my cows’ noses. No matter what we do, the little blighters get used to it, the nets do not work as they squeeze in between the spaced roof sheets and drop like little bomblets into the space below. The £350 electronic gadget emitting white noise and eagle calls works for a week, but then just keeps staff out of the shed while starlings use it as a perch. They are beautiful pests. When I was studying zoology we looked at their flocking behaviour. It was thought flocking together helped reduced the chance of being

‘Everyone wants a better industry, but many hope someone else will deliver it’ eaten by predators as there are eyes looking in all directions. And while some have their heads down feeding, some are looking up and raising the alarm if a threat arises. It is true most starlings behave like this, but there are always cheats. These birds never look up, they take advantage of the altruistic behaviour of others, but never take their turn on patrol duty. Individually, this makes them fatter and better able to survive, but if the population becomes dominated

by ‘cheats’, the flock becomes more vulnerable to predation, which keeps cheaters in check. I used to think the spring-calving herd was a bit like cheating starlings. They take advantage of pricing mechanisms the industry has in place and produce milk from the cheapest resource, namely grazed grass, but do not carry the increased costs of a year-round production profile which processors require. If we end up with a hard Brexit, it

is likely there will be an increase in pressure on prices and there will be a polarisation towards lowest cost production systems for survival. If processors want year-round supply, they will have to address the costs of seasonality or accept more seasonal supply for commodity markets. The ‘cheat’ gene is evident in farming when it comes to turning up at meetings. Everyone wants a better industry and many hope someone else will deliver it.

Farmers Weather by Dr Simon Keeling

Weather intervention stems from hysteria AT the end of January, I wrote about how mild the Arctic Ocean had been this year and how this meant the usually cold winds were less chilly. Some scientists and newspapers are beginning to make tenuous links between the warm Arctic sea and the human impact on global climate. In a feature in The Observer last weekend, scientists were asking if a £400 billion plan to refreeze the Arctic before the ice melts could really work? Besides the absurdity of such a proposal and its reporting, the idea that humans should be exploring ways of altering a wide-scale feature of planetary climate is deeply troubling. 126 | FEBRUARY 17 2017

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Yes, several nations, including Americans and Russians, have from time-to-time experimented with influencing weather. However, such efforts have always proved inconclusive, although there is no doubt it is theoretically possible to encourage clouds to form and rain to fall by seeding them from above. Attempts to change weather have been focused on small-scale efforts to affect it over several hours. There was potential from even these restricted experiments to change the weather on a larger scale, but such effects would have been limited. The proposals being espoused by

scientists at Arizona State University would not only impact the weather of the Arctic, but the whole world too. We do not fully understand our planetary climate system, and accurate data for Arctic sea ice is limited to the past 38 years, so to be suggesting, or even thinking about, such drastic intervention as artificially cooling an ocean is evidence of the hysteria surrounding the global warming debate. It is such hysteria which gets in the way of legitimate research and creates problems for farmers and the public in deciding what the real impact of a changing climate, human or naturally influenced, will be.

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‘Sheep have been scanned with Mules at 201 per cent’ 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.


little wetter and colder weather has made most of our ground too damp to cross with heavy machinery, although a few frosty mornings and a keen helping hand mean we have spread all of the liquid out of the slurry pit. This has created some space

and a few weeks’ grace till we can get the drier muck out to spread. Sheep have all been scanned with Mules at 201 per cent, which includes well more than one-quarter of those being triplets, while the Aberfields came in at 175 per cent, which sounds worse than it is. With only four empties, the big drop was in triplet-bearing ewes, reduced to fewer than 5 per cent, which makes for a versatile sheep which can easily be managed in a low cost outdoor lambing environment. It is the triplets each year we find are labour and cost intensive, leaving mismatched pairs or nutritional maternal problems. Ewes have all had their clostridial vaccinations, fluke and boluses, and are handling well, as are many around the country. Although it seems from a few early reports circulating, the warm weather last autumn has already left a legacy in the form of Schmallenberg

rearing its ugly head once again. I only hope it has not affected too many flocks, but we will soon find out, as flies were prevalent well into late November. It could be significant to many, but we hope not, as it is such a distressing affliction for all concerned. On a lighter note, we cannot help watching Donald Trump settling into his new role as President of the USA with all the subtlety


of a hungry pig in a cake shop. It is like watching The Jeremy Kyle Show as he tweets, blurts and brags, while the teams on the ground try to keep the peace by talking it down. And congressmen in the more down-to-earth states cringe at what is to come. I cannot help but think there is a small stone quarry just north of the Mexican border which may just turn into a financial goldmine.

The first correct entry received by next Friday will receive £20-worth of M&S vouchers. Send to: Crossword No. 865, Farmers Guardian, Unit 4, Fulwood Business Park, Caxton Road, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9NZ.



1 Strangely pa relishes last of pub food that’s likely to go off quickly (11) 7 Ghastly squeezing female horse into taxi - no, quite the opposite (7) 8 Beasts of burden put on schemes of identification (7) 10 Sum up noble equal in rank to an earl (5) 11 Excited hikers regularly watched these Lakeland sheep (9) 12 More fatuous, including hint of stupidity - crazier (7) 14 Mature reader primarily sorted out mistake in written text (7) 15 Unusual skin sag in parts of horses’ hind legs (7) 17 Pa’s held by a playful kiss; as a pensioner, he might enjoy this (3,4) 19 Short of time we stir this cooked mixture of meat and veg (5,4) 21 Draw near round start of teatime for French cheese (5) 22 Separate Welshman’s get-together (7) 23 Sadly no euros - not easily borne (7) 24 Dramatic entertainment of man perforce playing tricks (11)

1 Recoveries of small farm trucks (7) 2 Repel upturned fleshy underground stem (5) 3 Pastors often associated with crooks (9) 4 Curiously dread a viper (5) 5 Fishing bait circling north; parasites that infest farm animals’ respiratory organs (9) 6 Tups etc. reorganised, formed into small flat areas (4-3) 7 Atticus said it was a sin to kill one of these avian mimics (11) 9 Bizarrely eased messes; source of til oil (6,5) 13 This fellow human being might be separated from you by good fences (9) 14 Jostle, turning up to secure boat, getting adequate space (5-4) 16 Provokes prison superior (5,2) 18 Provide weapon and hiding place, place members pass through (7) 20 Dance to be in motion following beat (5) 21 Entirely cold and unproductive (5)



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Answers to crossword 863: Across: 1 Smacks, 5 Lassie, 10 Cargo, 11 Abundance, 12 Blackbird, 13 Large, 14 Ghillie, 16 Yoghurt, 18 Cheddar, 20 Artisan, 22 Scrub, 24 Clergyman, 26 Land Rover, 27 Tenet, 28 Geyser, 29 Depart. Down: 2 Margarine, 3 Clock, 4 Seaside, 5 Laundry, 6 Sidelight, 7 Inner, 8 Ice bag, 9 Repeat, 15 Ladybirds, 17 Ursa Minor, 18 Castle, 19 Re-cover, 20 Averred, 21 Ninety, 23 Range, 25 Get up. Winner: Janet Bunting, Derbyshire.



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‘It is a frustrating battle to encourage people to buy British’ Growing up: I was just a normal townie until I saw the countryside. I went to Cumbria and was lambing 1,700 sheep first time round and never wanted to leave. I am now studying agriculture at Reaseheath College and I am also on a Sainsbury’s apprenticeship. Every month we go out with college to either a Sainsbury’s farm or supermarket to understand how our food chain works. Just before Christmas, the 12 who had been picked for the apprenticeship, including me, went to the Sainsbury’s conference. It was great because it meant it was time to get suited and booted for the day to listen and learn about agriculture and the use of antibiotics among many other things. Hobby: I do not really do much in the week because of college, but when I am off I like to head up to Cumbria for different farming adventures. I also write a monthly blog for a digital magazine. Time spent in Cumbria can include anything from the basics, such as herding and shearing, to the likes of fell-gathering, which is often long walks or getting stuck a few times on the quad.

Ethan Kinney Tranmere, Wirral Ethan Kinney, 17, studies agriculture at Reaseheath College and is part of the Sainsbury’s horticulture and agriculture apprenticeship scheme. He spends his spare time in Cumbria helping friends farm and writes a monthly agriculture blog.

Ethan Kinney studies agriculture at Reaseheath College.

I absolutely love lambing time up there because not only do you have the pleasure of bringing life into the world, you get to do it with such a view.

Brexit: I think when we leave the EU we should just keep British products on our shelves. It is a frustrating battle to encourage people to buy British and support their local farmers when we have supermarkets which seem to not care and will put anything on the shelf which will earn them a profit. I definitely do not think people are educated enough about the importance and beauty of what farmers do on a daily basis to feed our nation. Young farmer: It is really quite hard as a young person starting

in the industry, especially for people like myself who are not from a farming background. It can be difficult finding experience, because I have found not all farmers like the fresh ideas and enthusiasm we often show. However, in the future, I would definitely like to become a full-time shepherd and, on my days off, if I do not come back home, it would be good to do some contract shepherding to earn a little extra. My dream place to farm would be the Lake District, as after lambing last year I fell in love with it.

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