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GCA DEMANDS ● Role must ‘cover supply chain’ ● NFU slams weak voluntary code ● Queries over adjudicator funding

By Lauren Dean and Abi Kay

MPS have reinforced industry calls for the Groceries Code Adjudicator’s (GCA) remit to be extended to tackle unscrupulous behaviour throughout the supply chain.

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Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Efra) Select Committee chairman Neil Parish wrote to Defra Secretary Michael Gove and Business Secretary Greg Clark to extend the GCA to cover the ‘whole food supply chain’, including indirect suppliers. In the letter, Mr Parish said: “This appears to us to be an eminently sensible suggestion and one with which we agree in principle. “I would be grateful if you could provide us with a written submission setting out Government’s policy position and share with us copies of any impact assessments (or similar) undertaken on the proposal.” NFU deputy president Minette Batters urged Government to act after trials of the voluntary code showed it ‘does not and will not work’. “We have had this as a policy position for a long time now and expansion of the GCA is of paramount importance,” Ms Batters said. “We need to explore the failings


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Gove approves £14m spend on Brexit projects By Abi Kay DEFRA Secretary Michael Gove has approved more than £14 million worth of urgent spending on Brexit-related projects, including a new import control system for animal products and an IT system for regulating chemicals. Plans to spend the cash were revealed in an exchange of letters between Mr Gove and Defra’s top civil servant Clare Moriarty. Ms Moriarty had asked Mr Gove to approve the payments to ensure Defra avoided ‘severe disruption to vital services’ as a result of Brexit. The cash will be used to cover the period before the EU Withdrawal Bill, which copies and pastes EU law into UK law, is signed off by the Queen – something expected to happen around April. About £7 million is to be spent on a new national import control system for animals, animal products and high-risk food and feed. Development of a new IT system to enable registration and regulation of chemicals will start

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Critical “There is an overriding need to press on with essential work so critical time is not lost in advance of EU exit in March 2019. “I note the residual uncertainties which will govern our plans to prepare for EU exit as negotiations with the European Commission proceed. “I therefore expect these and all other preparedness projects to remain under continued scrutiny to ensure they deliver value for money for the taxpayer while balancing the risk of taking no action.”

Morrisons partnership continues FARMERS Guardian is set to continue its partnership with Morrisons in 2018, with the retailer sponsoring 24 Hours in Farming and headline sponsoring the British Farming Awards for the second consecutive year. The 2017 British Farming Awards, which recognise new talent and innovation within agriculture, were the largest yet, with more than 720 attending the gala event held at the British Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham, in October.

Online event Now in its fourth year, 24 Hours in Farming is the agricultural industry’s biggest online event and continues to go from strength to strength. Last year, #Farm24 achieved an audience reach of more than 150 million and the number of people who took part was up by 32 per cent. The 2018 event is set to take place from 5am on August 9, to 5am, August 10. Andrew Thornber, Morrisons

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in February 2018, with an estimated cost of £5.8 million, and work on a system to license and market veterinary medicines is due to begin at the end of January, with a £1.6 million price tag. Responding to Ms Moriarty’s request for spending approval, Mr Gove said: “You have indicated a direction is necessary because there is a small proportion of Defra’s readiness work which cannot wait until the EU Withdrawal Bill receives Royal Assent next year.

manufacturing managing director, said: “We are pleased to be sponsoring 24 Hours in Farming again in 2018, following the success of last year’s event and the incredible reaction it drew from the British public. “We are proud to work with, and buy from, British farmers. We work directly with more than 3,000 livestock farmers and more than 200 growers. At Morrisons, we prefer to deal directly with farmers, because we believe this works better for everybody and helps us build better long-term relationships.” Farmers Guardian editor Ben Briggs added: “We are delighted Morrisons is continuing its support and we carry on working together to further strengthen these two great events.”

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From page 1 of the supply chain and how it can work sufficiently.” George Dunn, chief executive of the Tenant Farmers Association, welcomed Mr Parish’s move, adding there was still significant poor practice in the supply chain and farmers were often ‘the bats of this poor practice’. “There is a lot of evidence which tells us of the need to extend practice in relation to our place in Brexit,” he said. “We have to ensure the supply chain works more favourably.” Mr Parish also blasted Ministers for the delay in responding to the Government consultation which closed in January last year. He asked for a response no later than the start of the Parliamentary recess in February. Other organisations, such as the Food and Drink Federation, previously said extending the adjudicator’s remit would be ‘unimaginably complex’ and instead called for an extension to cover only large retailers and wholesalers. The adjudicator herself, Christine Tacon, has questioned how her office would be funded if she were to be given extra powers. Earlier this month at the Oxford Real Farming Conference, Mr Gove appeared to dampen hopes of wholesale change, saying the upcoming reform would not be ‘dramatic’.

No bird flu restrictions for Scots keepers SCOTTISH poultry keepers will not be put under avian influenza restrictions following two outbreaks of the disease in England. Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing said: “We will continue to monitor the situation across the rest of the UK and Europe closely and should circumstances change, we will revisit all available options.”

MORAY FARMER SCOOPS TURNIP PRIZE MORAY farmer, Niall Mustard, Cloves, Alves, Forres, is the winner of the Royal Northern Agricultural Society’s annual competition for the best crop of turnips. Mr Mustard grows six hectares (15 acres) of turnips which are strip grazed by lambs over winter for the spring hogg market. Mr Mustard’s crop of Kenmore yielded an estimated 166t/ha (67.2 tonnes/acre) and scored a total of 107.24 points for yield, uniformity, soundness of bulb and freedom from disease, pest damage and weeds. The crop was first in class for both non-Less Favoured Area farms and feeding turnips. Mr Mustard was also third in both classes with a crop of Magres.

Ewing calls on farmers to claim support cash rOffer open until

February 9 By Ewan Pate

ABOUT 4,500 farmers have not taken up the Scottish Government’s offer of interest free loans worth 90 per cent of the Basic Payment Scheme 2017. Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing has reminded farmers the offer will remain open until February 9. He said 13,000 farmers and crofters had taken up the offer, injecting more than £300 million into the rural economy, ‘earlier than ever before’. Mr Ewing said: “With two weeks until the scheme closes, I would therefore encourage all farmers and crofters, who are yet to accept the offer of a loan, to do so as soon as possible. This is their money. It does not take anything away from the NHS or other public services. It

payment scheme will have been invaluable and accounts for more than 75 per cent of the expected BPS and Greening pot. “Many of the 4,500 who have declined the loan or not yet opted in are likely to be smaller farmers, but, with the deadline now set, it may be appropriate for them to reconsider their decision.”

is theirs, they deserve it, and they should have it.”

Challenging NFU Scotland’s director of policy Jonnie Hall said: “In what has been a very challenging year for many farmers and crofters, the £311 million already injected in to the rural economy through the current loan

Comment - Scotland correspondent, Ewan Pate SEVERAL theories have been advanced as to why several thousand farmers have been reluctant to apply for the loans. Some are undoubtedly, as Mr Ewing suggests, reluctant to take funds believing it comes from the same pot as the NHS. Others believe erroneously there will be interest to pay. There are also those who are simply averse to ’borrowing’ in any form. Some of course simply may

not need the advance payment. Meanwhile the 13,000 who have taken the loans have been glad of the money to help pay the bills in what is turning out to be quite a difficult winter. Had this advance payment scheme not been in place the calls for the Scottish Government to make BPS monies available would have reached a crescendo by now and the spotlight would have been firmly back on the inadequacies of the IT system.

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A MOVE to help vets and the public better understand farm assurance schemes on the basis of animal health and welfare has been questioned by livestock experts for its ‘idealistic’ approach. The British Veterinary Association (BVA) launched its seven principles last week, with points specifically targeted to help reverse the ‘confusing customer experience when food shoppers are navigating both ethical and budgetary considerations as well as the shopping aisles’. The policy position was developed as part of the BVA’s animal welfare strategy and has been proposed to encourage consumers to consider schemes including lifetime assurance; welfare at slaughter; veterinary involvement; behavioural opportunity; responsible use of antimicrobials and other medicines; animal health and biosecurity; and sustainability and the environment. But executive secretary of the Livestock Auctioneers Association Chris Dodds warned the BVA was presenting solutions of more idealistic nature than of a practical one.

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Impossible He said: “I am very clear within my role as an auctioneer that until Red Tractor and or the Government provide us with a traceability database

The BVA has launched seven principles to help inform choice of farm assurance schemes.

which is truly accurate and timely, it is impossible to move towards lifetime assurance. “You have to know of an animal’s movements and it has to have been on an assured premise its whole life.” BVA president John Fishwick said the association was lobbying the Government to recognise animal and health welfare as a public good. However, Mr Dodds said farmers may be wary of some principles as the suggestion animals should be stunned before slaughter ignored other people’s food choices and a short journey to slaughter was not always possible. He said the industry should instead be ensuring British farmers have the chance of achieving the best price possible.

2 Sisters in trouble for sending ‘inappropriate gifts’ to MPs 2 SISTERS Food Group has been accused of trying to curry favour with MPs on the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Select Committee by sending ‘inappropriate’ gifts to members investigating possible food safety breaches. The committee has been looking into allegations made by undercover reporters that workers at the 2 Sisters West Midlands plant changed slaughter dates and put meat which had been dropped on the floor back on to the production line. Now the chairman of the committee, Neil Parish, has written to the

firm’s owner Ranjit Boparan to complain about the receipt of ‘unsolicited gifts’ – tins of biscuits worth £20 – over the Christmas period.

Inappropriate “We consider the sending of these gifts to be an inappropriate gesture on your part and an unwarranted attempt to impugn the committee’s impartiality,” the letter read. 2 Sisters told Farmers Guardian the business sent out gifts as a ‘goodwill gesture’ every Christmas to hundreds of customers, suppliers and community organisations.

“What we have to appreciate is all races of humans have equal rights as to how they want to have their food presented to them,” Mr Dodds added. “As long as the process used is humane and as humane as other systems used, then we should consider and understand the systems they use.”

News round-up HSE TO VISIT FARMS TO HIGHLIGHT FALL RISKS ■ IN a new move to inspect the risk of falling from height on and around farms, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has set up farm visits for maintenance control. HSE inspectors said the initiative would enforce checks on how the risk of falling from a height is proactively being avoided; if the right equipment is being used and if it is in an appropriate condition; and if there are signs to warn people of fragile roofs. EDWARD DARKE APPOINTED DEVON COUNTY PRESIDENT ■ EDWARD Darke has been appointed Devon County Agricultural Association president after more than 50 years stewarding and showing at Devon Show. Mr Darke, 75, is a keen competitor with his pedigree Devon and Cornwall Longwool sheep.

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£5m to overhaul ‘fragmented’ innovation and skills pipeline rPhD students will

help boost farm sector By Lauren Dean MORE than £5 million will be spent on supporting agriculture’s next generation as experts warn the sector will turn increasingly reliant on innovation and research development post-Brexit. The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has promised the sum will go towards supporting PhD agricultural students for the next five years in overhauling what experts branded a ‘fragmented innovation and skills pipeline’. It warned without advocating change, the sector would struggle to keep pace with competitor countries. AHDB chief technical officer Richard Laverick said: “This investment will help universities forge stronger links with the UK’s fast-evolving agricultural industry by delivering practical technical developments which are relevant to industry priorities. “It further provides a unique and cost-effective opportunity to build expertise and understanding of novel technical practices, supporting growers, producers and others in the UK supply chain.” According to the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service, UK admissions of students selecting agricultural subjects have jumped by more than a quarter over the last 10 years, from 1,485 in 2008 to 2,085 in 2017.

at Harper Adams University, said: “We really need to attract more skilled young people into technical careers in agriculture to address to coming challenges of feeding the UK in a changing world. “AHDB PhD studentships are part of the solution; the students get the best of both worlds, sound scientific training linked to real world problems.”

The support aims to deliver practical technical developments relevant to the industry.

Collaboration The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development said there was a direct correlation between business performance and levels of education but increased collaboration was required to harness industry knowledge through public and private sector partnerships. AHDB warned while public and private sector investment in agricultural innovation had been boosted through the Government’s Agri-Tech strategy, public funding of agricultural research and development remained ‘heavily skewed towards blue-sky research’. Dr Jim Monaghan, director of the fresh produce research centre

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families ‘living frugally’ By Ewan Pate THE Scottish Land Commission is to look afresh at the possible role of land value tax. Whenever such a tax has been proposed in the past, it has been resisted strongly by farmers and landowners. Mary Munro, partner in Strutt and Parker’s farming department, said it would cause ‘deep concern’, adding: “It is wrong to assume land values are any indication of income or the ability to afford additional tax burdens. Those of us working in the industry know the return to capital from farming is low, typically 2 per cent or less. “Many farming families are living very frugally and simply could not afford an annual tax which was related to the value of their land.” But the prospect of land taxation does have its supporters. Fife farmer

Dr Duncan Pickard has long argued for the introduction of a land tax. He said: “Importantly, I do not see it as an additional tax, but as replacement for income tax and VAT. “Instead of trying to raise more money from existing taxes by trying to devise more effective ways of enforcement, Government should

Importantly, I do not see it as an additional tax, but as replacement for income tax and VAT DR DUNCAN PICKARD

South Scotland rural economy £10m boost THE formation of a South of Scotland Enterprise Agency to perform a similar role to Highlands and Islands Enterprise in the north of the country has taken a major step forward. Its pilot project, the South of Scotland Economic Partnership, is to have £10 million of Scottish Government money made available to boost economic activity in the region.

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which includes dairy farmer Tracey Roan from Boreland of Clovend, Dalbeattie. Teresa Dougall, NFU Scotland’s Dumfries and Galloway regional manager, said: “Tracey Roan’s experience in driving forward Roan’s Dairy as a thriving enterprise and in establishing the Dumfries and Galloway Dairy Women Network will be invaluable. “Farming, food and drink are important economic drivers in the area and we hope this is recognised when it comes to considering the best use of this important tranche of funding.” The board includes local government, education and business figures from across the Borders and Dumfries and Galloway.



The prospect of land taxation has been met with a mixed response.

be thinking of better ways of collecting the revenue it needs.” In an agricultural context, replacing income tax with land value tax would see farmers, their families and employees paying less tax. A land value tax would take the heat out of rising land prices, bringing them more in line with their agricultural earning capacity. It would also put an end to the practice of leaving land derelict and unproductive, Dr Pickard said.

Objectives Scottish Land Commission chairman Andrew Thin said: “This initial work will look at how land value taxes have been used to realise relevant policy objectives elsewhere

and what practical issues would need to be addressed in considering their use in Scotland. “The work will assess the potential of land value taxation in contributing to a more productive, accountable and diverse pattern of land ownership and use in Scotland.” A Scottish Government spokesman said it had ‘no plans’ to introduce a land value tax. The spokesman said: “Our Programme for Government set out a major programme of research the Scottish Land Commission will undertake to explore a range of options for land reform and we look forward to receiving the report in due course.” The final report is due to be submitted to the Commission in June.

Fund pledge for crop and bTB research MICROSOFT founder Bill Gates will accompany International Development Secretary Penny Mordaunt in a visit to Edinburgh University today (January 26). An announcement is expected on increased funding for Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) and the Centre for Tropical Livestock Genetics and Health, which are based at the university.

Foundation Along with his wife Melinda, Mr Gates set up the world’s biggest private charitable foundation. Both organisations specialise in the sort of research which is central to achieving the humanitarian aims of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Increasing the supplies of highly

nutritional food to the one-in-three people who suffer from inadequate diets can be met, in part, through better crop varieties. CGIAR gene banks hold almost 800,000 crop varieties in store, including 100,000 wheat varieties held in store in Mexico. These stocks are an international resource and available to UK breeders. The Department for International Development is also funding research into ways of stopping bovine TB transmission among livestock in Ethiopia, including testing vaccines.


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INDUSTRY leaders have called on farmers to showcase what really happens on dairy farms as part of a month-long campaign to counter misleading information online. Farmers were urged to post one tweet per day using the hashtag #Februdairy after seeing inaccurate tweets including claims about milk containing hormones and bile, mistreatment of livestock and false health claims. It came as Dr Michael Mosley

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from BBC programme Trust Me I’m a Doctor, warned young people moving away from drinking milk could ‘have serious health consequences for the next generation’. “Cow’s milk is the greatest source of iodine in the British diet and a move away from drinking it is likely to worsen the already high rates of iodine deficiency in the UK,” he said in The Times.

Nutrients Dairy alternatives derived from soya, almonds or oats do not contain the same nutrients as milk, including iodine and calcium. Having low levels of iodine can


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A lot of consumers do not realise they can still have milk delivered in glass bottles.

lead to weight gain and mood swings and can have a significant impact on pregnant women. Independent livestock sustainability consultant Dr Jude Capper, tweeting as @bovidiva, has urged the dairy industry to get behind the #Februdairy campaign. “We have got to have a positive image of dairy production in the UK,” she said. “We need to focus on that middle ground [rather than vegans or those with extreme views], those people who simply do not understand what we do every day.” Cotteswold Dairies has also launched a campaign to encourage people to return to the traditional glass milk bottle as consumers become more concerned about plastic. Marketing manager Roseanne McEwan said they had delivered milk in glass bottles since the dairy started 80 years ago but a lot of people did not realise

they could still have milk delivered. “Many consumers care about the environment and this is just one of the many ways we can reduce plastic use,” she said. They had seen a surge in enquiries since the campaign launched. Mrs McEwan added people were also thinking about the carbon footprint of their milk as well as switching to non-homogenised. “They say it is how milk used to taste,” she said.

Cow’s milk is the greatest source of iodine in the British diet DR MICHAEL MOSLEY

Young Farmers urged to embrace decrease in meat consumption THE rise of vegetarianism, veganism and flexitarianism should be capitalised upon, not feared, young farmers at Wales YFC’s annual Rural Affairs Conference were told. Rob Cumine, partner at Pembrokeshire-based Natural Wagyu, described the trend in reduced meat consumption as a real opportunity, saying if consumers bought less meat, they would be willing to pay more for it. He said: “Globally, it is a great opportunity for Welsh farmers, with a strong provenance story to tell.” This message was echoed by Mark Grant, associate director at 8 | JANUARY 26 2018

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Levercliff, food and drink marketing experts, who said: “People are eating less meat, but better quality. In Wales, we are well set up for this. “Do not be apologetic – embrace it and develop something to suit the marketplace.” He reiterated that in Wales there was a big opportunity to market products based on the fact they were Welsh. In terms of dealing with retailers, Mr Grant said they used positive marketing stories about working with small companies, which would be of benefit to farmbased producers.

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Time for joined-up thinking as bTB knocks at Scotland’s door

And finally... With pigmeat finding a growing market in the UK, this week’s Farm Profile shows how technology is helping shape one farm’s fortunes. See pages 30-32.

BOVINE TB is one of the most high profile and contentious threats to farming in the UK, but it is a disease which is misunderstood and marginalised by many within the industry. Its impact on people and livestock is unbearable, yet the fact it is an ever present issue means it has become part of the working reality for livestock producers across the country, albeit on differing levels. It is a disease we have always covered at Farmers Guardian, whether that be changing legislation, the progress of the badger culls, the sometimes toxic rhetoric on both sides of the debate, or the human cost of herd breakdowns and cattle slaughter, and we want this week’s special investigation to prompt a fresh look at the disease (pages 22-29). Stories of farmers battling the disease are naturally emotive, but the maps which show its spread from a small cluster in the south west of England to something which now ravages that region and neighbouring Wales, and knocks on the door of Scotland, are shocking reminders of its relentless progress.


Bovine TB’s historical timeline also highlights how the disease’s incursion in to new areas was shaped as much by the politics of the time, as it was by the science available to those in power. Food for thought given the current UK Government’s precarious state. Then there is the debate about nationwide cattle movements and traceability. The last thing the industry needs is for high risk areas to become ghettos of disease commercially cut off from the rest of the country, and this highlights why it is vital for robust cattle databases to be in place to fluidly track and monitor the movement of livestock. There is no quick win with bovine TB, but we hope our state of the nation report in to the disease sparks a new conversation about the issue and how the industry can truly unite when it comes to tackling its spread. ■ All the information presented in the series will be available in a special FG Intelligence Guide, available to download at after the final articles have appeared in print at the start of March.

Farming Minister George Eustice writes for Farmers Guardian



Farmers should take another look at Countryside Stewardship schemes THERE were great intentions behind the design of Countryside Stewardship (CS) schemes to enhance the environment, but the burdens of EU law and the associated administrative processes means, for farmers, it sometimes felt like a complex and difficult scheme to get to grips with. I understand the frustration of farmers about things such as the sheer length of application forms and the hassle of collecting supporting evidence. So we have listened and made changes which I think farmers will welcome. My message to farmers who have previously been put off the scheme is take another look. The CS application window is now open for farmers and land managers to request application 10 | JANUARY 26 2018

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packs, and you can check which options you might apply for which fit in a productive farm plan. You will immediately see things have changed for the better. The form itself is shorter, involving fewer steps, and the supporting evidence requirements have been simplified. We are introducing four new CS offers – for arable, lowland grazing, upland and mixed farms – to encourage more farmers and land managers to get involved. More experienced farmers and those coming out of Entry Level Stewardship (ELS) schemes can expand their environment practices on-farm by applying for a greater range of options in the new offer they choose. The new wildlife offers are also non-competitive,

Have your say FARMING Minister George Eustice is keen to take farmers’ suggestions on topics for his new monthly FG column. To suggest a topic or ask Mr Eustice a question, email

which means precious time spent filling in the application form will not have been in vain. The online application form for the arable offer, which opens in February, is an important step towards cutting down time taken to make an application and process an agreement. We have opened up the scheme to more farmers from a diverse

range of farms and managed land with the new CS offers for wildlife. Now farmers from upland areas can apply for a non-competitive universal scheme for the first time and secure agreements which will pay for an improved environment for wildlife and future generations to enjoy. All agreements made before we leave the EU are guaranteed for five years. This means farmers will continue to receive payments even after Brexit. Farmers and land managers who are new to CS or coming out of ELS or Higher Level Stewardship agreements, may find these new offers a useful bridge between our current system of subsidies under the Common Agricultural Policy to a future scheme, where public money is allocated for public goods.

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True cost of TB reactor cattle REGARDING compensation we have been offered for our TB reactors; we have been clear of TB for the last two years and recently went down with 10 reactors (eight in-calf cows and two steers). We have a cross-border Welsh and English business, with the main holding in England. We are two miles from the border to Wales, which seems very unfortunate in the case of TB. The compensation we are being offered for in-calf cows is £846, and £758 for our steers. We understand this is based on the market average, but why is there a reduction of £100 from December to January on the national compensation charts? The market has not fluctuated (the compensation was £941 for an in-calf cow in December). What has caused this change, and why should good farmers like us get penalised? We feel it is very unfair when Wales get their TB cattle valued by a professional and paid accordingly. We produce quality livestock, with recent ABP kill sheets showing cows averaged £1,355, and our recent cow sale at Brecon market where we achieved £2,240 for a barren cow. It is a kick in the teeth going down with TB for a start, but then being told your animals are going to lose £500-£600 plus in value (excluding the calf inside them), is quite frankly a disgrace. To top it all off, they have to be shot on-farm for the family to witness, because they have been recently vaccinated and cannot go into the food chain. Farming is hard enough as a profession without these financial setbacks. Tom and Julie Davies, Clifford, Hereford. TB SPECIAL This week marks the start of our special series on bovine TB. See pages 22-29.

Exports clarity WE are grateful for the opportunity to correct the conclusion drawn in your front page (Live export ban hits the buffers, FG, January 19). This follows the Euractiv roundtable Brexit debate, ‘Which agricultural sectors will Brexit impact most?’, on the subject of a possible U-turn by the Secretary of State on his earlier suggestions he is ‘attracted to the idea’ of banning ‘live export of animals over the sea’.

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A five-metre wide surface cultivator operating at about 4.8 hectares/hour (12 acres/hour) at a Newark, Nottinghamshire, subsoiling and deep cultivation demonstration in the 1980s.

The National Sheep Association (NSA) presented the significant challenges and the potential opportunities for the sheep industry from the UK leaving the EU during the debate, and responded to questions over a possible future ban by spelling out the impracticalities of such a decision, with this aspect accurately covered in your front-page article. A primary role of the Animal Health and Welfare Board for England (AHWBE) is to support and challenge the UK’s EU exit and post-exit strategic policy and promote partnership working. So its contribution encouraged all agricultural sectors to use their expertise to engage with, and inform, Government. One example used was how the NSA, not Ministers, had clearly promoted its message of the value of a licensed live export trade with assured standards. The issue of any final decision was not raised. The NSA and AHWBE recognise the value of all agricultural sectors of getting their messages across to Government by full engagement, including challenge, and we are both grateful Defra is open to such dialogue. Phil Stocker and Tim Morris Chief executive of NSA and non-executive at AHWBE, respectively.

Farming passion I FELT I needed to write having read last week’s Young Farmer Focus (FG, January 19). I always enjoy reading it with interest, but I felt Fleur Taylor really stood out. It is written so well by a young lady of just 13. What an insight she has given us into her school, which sounds fantastic. Well done to Fleur, I hope she continues her love of farming. She is just what agriculture needs: young and with lots of enthusiasm. Hilary Hawkey, Cornwall.

Food producers I AM writing to applaud Farmers Guardian editor Ben Briggs’ mention in his editorial (Food is by far the greatest public good money can buy, FG, January 12) that farmers produce food and are not, primarily, there as landscape managers. The public is in great danger of losing sight of this. As you say, it is vital at this moment in time that all organisations connected to farming keep reminding everyone, especially Michael Gove, of this fact. It is also vital the Groceries Code

Adjudicator is made to work. What is the point of having it if it does not? Keep up the good work. Your publication just gets better and better. Shirley Wilson, Leyburn, North Yorkshire.

Take the Lead I FEEL compelled to raise the issue of irresponsible celebrities who are not setting a good example to the general public by walking in the countryside with their dogs off the lead where there are livestock. In a recent episode of Channel 4’s Walks With My Dog, we saw Dom Jolly walking Hadrian’s Wall with his two black labradors off the lead with sheep running in front clearly spooked by the two dogs running ahead of him. Gareth Williams was also seen in the episode walking the Brecon Beacons with his dog off the lead. With the high profile of Farmers Guardian’s Take the Lead campaign, this needs action by Channel 4 to highlight this as irresponsible dog walking and all dogs should be kept on a short lead where there are livestock. Alex Melville, Girvan, Ayrshire. JANUARY 26 2018 | 11

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NEWS CONFERENCE NFU Cymru staged a sell-out post-Brexit conference on Monday. Barry Alston reports from Builth Wells where a new presidential team was also unveiled.

New Welsh farm policy must allow industry to thrive on farmers for input WELSH Government is putting together the bones of a far reaching post-2022 farming support policy – but is looking to the industry to help provide the flesh. Newly-appointed Environment and Rural Affairs director, Dr Tim Render, told delegates at the future of Welsh agriculture conference he

intended to work closely with farmers and their organisations over the coming months to develop a new farming support system as a ‘top priority’. “One of the things that attracted me to this new role is the chance to be really close to the people, the communities and the businesses in our rural areas where our policies can make a real difference,” he said. “Farming is incredibly important to Wales and a key Welsh Government priority is to see the industry thriving.

opportunity to build one that really does – a support system that applies fully to the widely diverse farming structure within Wales.”

“There are significant changes coming and we all have to respond to that challenge. In the context of Brexit we all hope we end up with a future trade relationship with the EU – but we will have to develop a new Wales-based agricultural support system to replace the existing Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) arrangements. “Right across the UK many have been saying for years that the CAP did not work. Now we have the

Measures Dr Render said Welsh Government Ministers were currently discussing and considering what mix of measures there should be. “Whatever evolves will involve a huge change for farming families – a once in a generation or maybe once in a second generation change,” he added. “There is still a great deal to be worked out, not least the availability of funding, though the UK Government has guaranteed the level until 2022 and Welsh Ministers have made it very clear they do not want to see Wales financially worse off as a result of Brexit. “We want a thriving farming sector and how we manage the new support arrangements is where farmers can help. “You know how best to manage your farm, how to make things simpler and not only work for you but for the public good as well.”


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Dr Tim Render intends to work closely with Welsh farmers to help shape the new farm policy.

There are significant changes coming and we all have to respond to that challenge DR TIM RENDER

Industry will hold politicians’ feet to the fire over trade deal promises IN his final engagement before stepping down as NFU Cymru president, Stephen James said there would be no let up on the pressure for a Brexit deal promoting a ‘productive, profitable and progressive future’ for agriculture in Wales. “More than ever over the coming months we are going to have to hold politicians’ feet to the fire on the crucial issue of trade,” he said. “Many promises and assurances were made during and after the 12 | JANUARY 26 2018

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referendum about the apparent ease with which an attractive and favourable trade deal could be struck with the EU27. “But a trade deal which sees our crucial exports fettered by tariff and non-tariff barriers will immediately put us at a disadvantage compared to our EU competitors. “We have to maintain the pressure on our politicians to ensure that such a situation is not allowed to come about.” Mr James said the industry was

assured it would not lose out ‘on a penny’ as a result of Brexit.

Funding “If Wales is not to lose out, then we must, as a bare minimum, continue to receive the same level of funding from the UK Government as we currently receive from the EU,” he added. “Ensuring a fair and equitable allocation of future agricultural budget for Wales remains a key priority and as we continue to

develop a new policy framework. “It is vital that policymakers recognise and accept the key principle that food production and the environment are not mutually exclusive. “We can increase environmental gain alongside increasing our productive capacity.” n The new NFU Cymru president is John Davies, Merthyr Cynog, near Brecon. Dairy farmer Aled Jones, Mid Gwynedd, was elected deputy.

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MORE ON UPLANDS To see how education is shaping upland farming, see page 112.

Hill farmers urged to shape sector’s future rPublic benefits are

not acknowledged By Ben Briggs

UPLAND farmers must have a clear and cohesive message if they want to shape a farm policy which best reflects the realities of farming in the hills. That was the message from upland farming leaders and local MPs at a special event at Penrith Mart, Cumbria, on Sunday (January 21), which explored the opportunities for hill farming post-Brexit. Spearheaded by the Herdwick, Swaledale and Rough Fell sheep breed societies, the discussion took place directly after the winter sale of breeding hill sheep and more than 100 farmers were urged to speak up for their industry and way of life. Westmorland and Lonsdale Liberal Democrat MP Tim Farron said: “There needs to be a coherent upland ‘ask’ and manifesto delivered via a single unified voice. “The benefits the British public derives from upland farming are not currently acknowledged, so communicating those is a key aspect. “The word ‘subsidy’ should never be mentioned again in relation to farm payments. It needs to be

about investment in the rural economy and the huge benefits resulting from it.” Will Rawling, chairman of the Herdwick Sheep Breeders Association, and his Rough Fell counterpart Brian Knowles, stressed the need for a realistic approach to key issues such as environmental schemes and stocking rates.

Problem Mr Rawling said: “Most stewardship schemes are delivered by working farmers, but if those schemes reduce stocking rates they also, in some cases, reduce the incentive for farmers in the remotest areas to keep farming. “The landscape is there because of farming but if the livestock are

It needs to be about investment in the rural economy and the huge benefits resulting from it TIM FARRON

Left to right: Will Rawling, Brian Knowles, Tim Farron, Will Cockbain and the Rough Fell Sheep Breeders Association’s Sarah Hoggarth.

not part of a future solution then we could face a serious delivery problem.” Will Cockbain, chairman of the Swaledale Sheep Breeders Association, suggested the ‘genie was out of the bottle’ among the wider public about the monetary value of Common Agricultural Policy support payments, and it was about making sure that cash was not ‘hijacked’.

Unesco world heritage status key for the Lake District FARMING in the Lake District was in a unique position due to its central role in the recently secured Unesco world heritage status. Liam McAleese, head of strategy and partnerships at Lake District National Park, said: “[World heritage status recognises] Lake District farming’s outstanding universal value and that is a great place to be as we move in to Brexit. “Farming and the landscape it has shaped are a huge part of why more than 18 million people visit the Lake District every year.

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He added: “[Defra Secretary] Michael Gove made positive noises about farming ahead of the 25 Year Environment Plan launch, but it is now about making people understand the public goods that money delivers. “Today has been about discussing those messages in a farming forum on a sale day, which is key in terms of engagement.”

“Therefore, we want to work with farming communities and make a strong case to Government about the crucial role it plays and create the right package of support to ensure we have it in the future.” Julia Aglionby, executive director of the Foundation for Common Land, said hill farming had been central to the Unesco bid and the key now was to actively start planning for the post-Brexit era. “The worst thing a farmer can do is ignore Brexit and think it is business as usual until 2024,” she added.

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Loss of rural ATMs could be damaging for farm businesses rCuts could also

hit rural tourism By Alex Black

RURAL communities could be hit hardest by the loss of free-to-use cash machines if the UK’s largest contributor member network lowers its fees. Consumer group Which? has warned proposals from Link to reduce the amount its 38 members contribute by 20 per cent could lead to less free-to-use ATMs in rural areas, which the Farmers Union of Wales (FUW) said would be ‘bad news’ for rural businesses and communities. But Link said it was always looking to improve the network and it would extend its financial inclusion programme which subsidised ATMs in rural and less affluent communities. The fee, currently set at about 25p, was paid by banks when money was withdrawn from a freeto-use ATM which was not provided by the customer’s bank. This provided an incentive for operators to provide free-to-use ATMs. Which? warned at least 10,000 free-to-use cashpoints could be at risk after one of the biggest ATM oper-

Which? is warning new proposals could lead to fewer free-to-use cash machines in rural areas.

ators in the UK told it there would be ‘no choice’ but to pull a significant number if the cuts went ahead. It called for consumers’ needs to be put first ‘rather than pressure from some banks to cut costs, and discourage use of cash’.

Tourism FUW president Glyn Roberts said any closures would also hit tourism. “With more and more rural services and businesses being closed down, we must also acknowledge that it is becoming less and less attractive

for young families and indeed business owners to remain in rural areas. “I strongly hope we can keep our free cash machines, considering the closure of local banks has meant we have lost their cash machines already.” John Howells, chief executive at Link, highlighted the UK had one of the largest free-to-use networks but said he welcomed the research and would take action if there was ‘inadequate’ provision. Link has also guaranteed free-touse ATMs situated 1km away from another would be protected.

Tight UK wheat supply continues LOWER wheat prices have put farmers off bringing crop to market and supply remains tight in the UK. With too much wheat in the south and not enough in the north, consultant Richard Whitlock suggested trucks would be making their way northwards. He said: “The fly in the ointment is the very high volume of maize coming

into the UK to supplement the tight wheat supply. “If we go on like this, and do not compete with more wheat exports, we can expect a drop-off in values later this season.” For barley, exports were strong, with maltsters looking for alternative markets as UK beer sales declined. Oats were an expanding sector but

Mr Whitlock warned the UK might have to ‘unnecessarily import finished product’ if there was not the processing capacity to keep up with demand. Oilseed rape values have drifted lower due to large soybean stocks, with the markets looking to Chinese demand, the size of the South American harvest and US growing conditions to guide future prices.

Perception of farming must alter MECHANISATION was not the answer to the skills shortages across the farming sector but the industry needed to become a more attractive career option. That was the message from HOPS Labour Solutions, the commercial arm of the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs, at Lamma 2018 as it launched its new agri-executive recruitment scheme. HOPS is one of the largest providers of seasonal workers and has come under pressure since the Brexit vote. Director John Hardman said: “We have an ageing workforce without replacements and mechanisation is not the answer. “HOPS’ new executive service means we can help to attract and appoint skilled workers to the industry. We will be doing all we can to promote the benefits and opportunities available in this exciting industry.”


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AB SUGAR REVENUE DROPS SHARES in Associated British Foods, the parent company of AB sugar, tumbled to a nine-month low after it cut its hopes for sugar profits due to significantly lower sugar prices in the EU. Revenue from continuing

operations was 12 per cent behind last year. AB Sugar’s brands include British Sugar and Vivergo Fuels, which closed its ethanol plant for routine maintenance in November, earlier than originally planned due to weak ethanol prices.

The removal of EU sugar quotas has led to an expected substantial increase in sugar production in 2017/18, alongside exceptionally high beet yields. In the UK, sugar production was expected to increase by 0.9 million

tonnes to 1.38mt. UK sales for the year were largely contracted but were at prices below last year. At its agriculture business, AB Agri, sales were 12 per cent ahead of last year and profit growth was expected for the full year.

£5m biofuels plant planned for Scotland rFeedstock will eat

into livestock supplies By Ewan Pate A £5.25 million commercial demonstrator plant capable of producing 500,000 litres of biobutanol a year is to be built at Grangemouth, Firth of Forth. Celtic Renewables, a developer of next generation biofuels, was granted planning permission by Falkirk Council. Biobutanol has been hailed as a sustainable biofuel capable of replacing petrol or diesel. Celtic Renewables founder and president Prof Martin Tangney said: “Our plant, which will use entirely sustainable raw materials to make high value low carbon products, will be the first of its kind in the world. It will shine a global spotlight on innovation in Scotland in the low carbon economy.” However, it was not all good news for Scottish farmers. The feedstock for the plant will consist of distillery by-products, mostly draff and pot ale syrup.

been leading calls for draff and pot ale syrup not to be diverted to the renewable energy sector, especially on Speyside. STFA director Angus McCall said: “We are aware of the Celtic Renewables initiative and will be concerned of the impact this would have on the supply of proteins for livestock if this evolves into a significant market. “We obviously operate in a free market system which we can all cope with, until it becomes distorted by Government schemes such as the Renewable Heat Incentive. “We are already seeing the consequences of anaerobic digesters and biomass plants on the availability of straw and recently the scarcity of draff and pot ale syrup has meant many livestock producers have had to look for other, more expensive protein alternatives.” STFA said it had met with the Scotch Whisky Association and its concerns ‘seem to have been taken on board’. Mr McCall added: “I understand Diageo are making 90,000 tons of by-product available for animal feed and are now selling draff at about £17 per tonne to farmers.”

Feed The 750,000 tonnes of draff and two billion litres of pot ale syrup produced annually by the Scotch Whisky industry was a traditional source of livestock feed. Other renewable projects, particularly biomass and biogas plants, were already eating into supplies. Initially, the new Grangemouth plant was to be supplied with distillery co-product from the Tullibardine Distillery, Perthshire. The Scottish Tenant Farmers Association (STFA) had already

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Many livestock producers have had to look for other, more expensive protein alternatives ANGUS McCALL

Yorkshire sugar beet factory talks ‘stall’ A PROPOSED sugar beet factory in North Yorkshire could be built in Spain instead following a breakdown in talks between Al-Khaleej International and North Yorkshire County Council (NYCC). Proposals were submitted last year for the first new UK facility in 90 years by the Middle Eastern sugar company. But talks broke down over land for the site between York and Harrogate. The plant could have processed 5,000-6,000 tonnes of refined sugar every day and provided 200-300 jobs. The site would have created opportunities for 3,500 farmers in the region, which had previously

been a big grower before the closure of the British Sugar factory in 2007. Mark Beardwood, Northern Sugar project director, told the Harrogate Advertiser the project had been put on hold after NYCC wanted to change terms which were already agreed.

Mistake “It has not been cancelled but they need to come forward and say something such as ‘a mistake was made’, but I think it will die a death,” he said. He highlighted Merida in Spain as one of the alternative locations the company was looking at. JANUARY 26 2018 | 15

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Machinery purchases must meet business requirements rCollaborative buying

‘under-used’ in sector By Alex Black

FARMERS must ensure machinery investments were actually meeting their business’ needs and avoid spending too much money. Healthy balance sheets and tax considerations often drove buying decisions, but Andersons Farm Business Consultants warned investing for the wrong reason could increase cost of production rather than decrease it. Speaking at last week’s Lamma Show, Andersons partner Richard King said 2017 farm profits looked ‘set to be relatively good’ and with prospects for this year also looking favourable, farmers may be tempted to use better returns to re-equip. “But investment in machinery and equipment is often not as well thought through as it needs to be. “Buying decisions are often driven

Machinery should only be bought to serve your business’ needs, said Richard King, partner at Andersons.

by the desire to avoid tax or by the health of the bank balance, rather than the fundamental requirements of what the business needs.”

Depreciation Andersons figures showed the depreciation charge on machinery and equipment had increased by 23 per cent in the last decade.

“Although prices of agricultural equipment have risen in this period, the level of spending is too high.” He added collaboration was also ‘under-used’. “The savings from working together can be massive. Unfortunately, without the external pressure of low returns, the industry tends not to embrace such arrangements.”

Mr King also highlighted acquiring additional land as a business practice which had too many costs, with high rents tendered over the last few years. He advised tenants and contractors to ‘do their sums prudently’. “If this means walking away from opportunities and letting others be ‘busy fools’, then so be it,” he added.



With global trading becoming increasingly important to UK ag in light of Brexit, Washington-based journalist John Wilkes reports on the latest news from Capitol Hill.

Protein trade is deal breaker for USA THE UK Government’s trade and agriculture team has a new member, Jennifer Groover, as senior policy adviser in Washington DC. Ms Groover, a former legislative assistant to US Republican Congressman Robert Aderholt, was appointed to this role last month. Congressman Aderholt chaired the Agricultural Appropriations subcommittee which approves funding for the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Ms Groover’s background should prove valuable to advise on US agricultural policy and offer export support to UK companies. She got a sense of the task at the recent American Farm Bureau Federation convention in Nashville, Tennessee. The topic which dominated 16 | JANUARY 26 2018

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proceedings was the current administration’s plan to amend or withdraw from the North Atlantic Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Ms Groover said: “In Nashville, Under Secretary of Agriculture and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney said NAFTA is the administration’s top priority. I think this is sucking all the oxygen out of the room around trade agreements with other countries.”

Standards Mr McKinney reiterated his assertion, made previously at the Oxford Farming Conference, the UK will need to move from certain elements of EU food safety standards in order to facilitate US/UK trade. Consequently, Ms Groover is both optimistic and pessimistic

after conversations with US Farm Bureau officials about future agreements with the UK. She said: “The US wants to engage, continue dialogue and make visits reciprocal to maintain the relationship. However, if the US is unable to export proteins to the UK, there will not be a trade deal.” Ms Groover views the muchpublicised UK concerns about chlorinated chicken as a minor detail for American poultry processors. Many US companies have eliminated the practice of chlorine wash; only some 20 per cent continue to use chlorine in some form. “Talking with the National Chicken Council, assertions are if chlorine washes are a trade barrier with the UK, then it is prepared to move to whatever is acceptable.”

In relation to beef, along with growth promoter use, traceability may be also prove to be an issue for US exports to the UK. Ms Groover added: “Mr McKinney said traceability was not really on his radar, but I understand it to be a factor.” Ms Groover feels confident about US interest in UK lamb. She said: “There is certainly a market for UK lamb and sheepmeat in the US if the ban is lifted.” A decision to end the UK lamb embargo now rests with USDA. Ms Groover said US producers might find some forms of animal protein will not gain access to the UK market. “US barnyard coalitions could then be pitted against each other and that would be challenging.”

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BUSINESS With the future of trade between the UK and Ireland all to play for after Brexit, Alex Black spoke to Enterprise Ireland regional manager Deirdre McPartlin about why the UK market was so important to agricultural firms.

UK-Ireland relationship is win-win for ag firms

Solutions With a small economy, Ireland has looked to international markets to achieve growth. The UK was the biggest market for Irish goods and, although it had become less reliant on the UK, Ms McPartlin believed it would continue to be the most important for agricultural firms even after Brexit. “We have very similar conditions,” she said, adding it meant British and Irish farmers were facing broadly the same problems,

and companies could then offer the same solutions. But Irish firms have also benefited from being a part of the common market, exporting produce across Europe. And the companies which had benefited the most from the common market were small and medium-sized businesses. “Smaller companies are the ones that suffer most from customs barriers,” she said. Ireland was also casting its net outside of Europe, with the southern hemisphere creating an opportunity due to seasonality. Solutions to the Northern Irish border question would also be vital for the industry, with food often crossing the border multiple times. While machinery companies did not have the same level of cross-border collaboration, it was a very important marketplace. “Often it is the first part of that journey into the UK market,” she said. Currency had been one of the biggest challenges since the EU referendum but Ms McPartlin said agricultural firms were more concerned by commodity prices.

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istoric ties between the UK and Irish agricultural markets will continue after Brexit, despite the challenges the Irish firms may face. With the farming industries having much in common across the UK and Ireland, Enterprise Ireland regional manager Deirdre McPartlin said the UK was a ‘natural extension’ to the Irish market. Enterprise Ireland is the Government agency responsible for developing Irish businesses in world markets, representing many agricultural machinery and technology firms.

Irish firms are on the look-out for any opportunities which may emerge as UK agriculture evolves.

Dairymaster UTILISING technology used in rockets and torpedoes for dairy farming has helped Irish technology company Dairymaster create a worldwide brand. Founded in Co Kerry in 1968, Dairymaster has expanded into more than 40 countries worldwide, with operations in the UK and the US. The in-house research team creates software including

She said most of the companies had been around long enough to have seen currency move up and down before.

Automation And Irish firms were also on the look-out for any opportunities which may emerge as UK agriculture evolved. “Will labour supply lead to greater automation? That potentially might be good for Irish companies.” She added technology companies had thrived by keeping close to the farming community to ensure they were not ‘innovating in a vacuum’.

systems with speech recognition and mobile apps for use on farm, and has seen opportunities to repurpose technology used for purposes such as rockets and torpedoes for dairy farms. It designs and supplies its own software including milking equipment, automated feeding systems and cow health and fertility monitors and has won multiple awards around the world.

“They will have to listen to their customers’ needs.” Broadly speaking, manufacturers were hoping for as little change to the status quo as possible, with firms welcoming comments from UK Environment Secretary Michael Gove giving farmers time to prepare. However, firms would not be waiting around for political decisions to be made but making sure their businesses were ‘the best they could possibly be’ to ensure they could continue taking the opportunities in the UK market after Brexit.

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Sheep markets start year on firm footing rFrench breeding

flock decreases By Alex Black

PRIME sheep prices have firmed across Europe in the New Year. The UK saw a positive start to the year, with farmgate prime hogg prices 6 per cent ahead of last year in the first full week of trading, or 2 per cent more in euro terms. A small, roasted lamb was a traditional New Year celebration dish in Southern Europe, and in Italy and Portugal prices have been marginally ahead of last year. In Spain, heavy lamb prices were up about 18 per cent year-onyear, but have cooled over the post-Christmas trading period, according to Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) data. QMS head of economics services Stuart Ashworth said: “However, while the Spanish heavy lamb price has been particularly firm, prices for Spanish light lamb, which are generally the highest in Europe, are particularly depressed.”

FARMING communities in the US were facing an opioid epidemic with three-quarters of farmers and farmworkers directly affected by this type of drug abuse. Farms have been hit hardest by the crisis, although many people were unaware opioids, such as methadone, were a bigger problem for rural communities than urban. And access to services, treatment and support in rural areas was a major obstacle in tackling the crisis. The US NFU and the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) had launched the Farm Town Strong campaign to raise awareness of the impact on farming communities following the survey by Morning Consult. US NFU president Roger Johnson said he had been moved by the story in the New York Times of farmer Roger Winemiller in Ohio who had lost a son and a daughter to opioid overdoses. His other son had also been in and out of treatment for addiction.

Shocked Heavy and light lamb prices in Spain saw mixed fortunes.

Demand Following lower production in the final quarter of 2017, French producers were receiving 3 per cent higher than last year. Slaughter numbers were expected to continue to fall as their breeding ewe flock declines. However, the UK failed to take advantage of this extra demand in November, with Irish and New Zealand imports growing. “However, supported by a competitive exchange rate, the UK did see significant growth in exports to other EU countries, particularly Germany and Belgium,” Mr Ashworth added.

US farming communities hit by opioid epidemic

In Ireland, prices were up about 5 per cent with slaughter numbers much higher than last year. New Zealand has seen a 2 per cent rise in its lamb crop, with a record lambing ratio. Drought at the end of 2017 led to a rush of lambs onto the market in time for Chinese New Year and Easter. But Mr Ashworth highlighted farmgate lamb prices were up 33 per cent on last year, making lamb significantly less price competitive. Australian farmgate prices were up between 5 and 10 per cent.

Supported by a competitive exchange rate, the UK did see significant growth in exports to other EU countries STUART ASHWORTH

“The story was him having to drive back and forth to his treatment. This was a half a day ordeal to take his son for treatment,” he said, pointing out this was just not feasible for farmers during busy periods and highlighting the issue of a lack of services. AFBF president Zippy Duvall said he had been shocked by how easy it was to access opioid drugs. But he highlighted there was hope if people sought treatment. “That is why we are urging everyone we know to talk to their friends, family, co-workers – anyone at all they know or suspect needs help. “Because opioid addition is a disease, it is up to all of us to help people who suffer from it and help them find the treatment they need. Government cannot and will not fix this on its own.”

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RENEWABLES As the turbulent renewable energy sector begins to settle, Olivia Midgley asks


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he agri-renewables industry has become more ‘simple and stable’ after riding out a tumultuous two years of falling subsidies and Government uncertainty. Market experts say the calmer outlook presents an ideal time for farmers to invest in new projects, with many being forced to reassess their business costs in light of Brexit. Ian Burrow, head of agriculture and renewable energy at NatWest, says: “With more pressure on the farming industry, there is a constant drive to do more with less, which requires greater efficiencies. “Farming businesses which consume large amounts of energy should be considering whether they could buy energy cheaper, use it better or generate it themselves.

“Despite changes in the Feed-in Tariff and other subsidies, we are still seeing strong interest in the renewable energy market. And with more flexibility, now is the time to invest in renewable energy.”

Usage The industry is also focusing more on energy usage in its entirety, and not just from a generation perspective. “Large farms using a significant amount of energy could expect to save an average of £42,000 every year as a result of conducting an energy audit,” adds Mr Burrows. Matt Brailsford, managing director of Custom Solar, agrees the industry has evolved past subsidies, adding projects could now expect a higher return on investment because the cost of delivering them has fallen dramatically.

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“Within the year I believe solar energy will be subsidy free and capital investment costs will remain low,” says Mr Brailsford.

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FARMERS GUARDIAN’S TB SPECIAL: WHAT TO EXPECT FARMERS Guardian’s special series aims to reappraise bovine TB (bTB) and the approach being taken to tackle the disease. Running over several weeks and with expert commentary from key industry stakeholders, it will assess the role of farmers and the industry, look at new developments in science and research, detail how

control methods differ around the UK and attempt to debunk some of the myths surrounding bTB. The series will also cover: n Effectiveness of wildlife control n The situation in Wales and vaccination strategies n Science behind the bTB tests n Whether it is possible to badger-proof your farm

n Other countries’ approaches to tackling bTB and how Irish farmers took control n The human impact, with first-hand farmer accounts VISIT OUR ONLINE TB HUB All the information will be available on our dedicated online hub at

Olivia Midgley launches Farmers Guardian’s TB special with a round-up of the national situation and history of the disease.

More to do in TB battle


ovine TB (bTB) has plagued UK farming for decades and despite huge efforts by industry and Government to control it, the disease has continued to spread. Not only is bTB a threat to cattle farmers’ livelihoods and the health and welfare of livestock and wildlife, but it destroys breeding lines, impacts trade and, in some cases, tears families apart. Once a disease isolated to small pockets of the country – the percentage of cattle reacting to the TB skin test in Britain reached its lowest from 1977-1987 – it has now spread extensively through the west of England and Wales and is seen as the enemy at the gates in Scotland. Since 2001, more than 650,000 bTB-infected cattle have been slaughtered, costing the industry and

taxpayers more than £500 million. Since 2013, more than 34,000 badgers have been culled as part of efforts to stem the spread of the disease. But with uncertainty surrounding the European Union’s €30 million contribution towards tackling bTB and the unpredictable political situation in the UK, question marks loom over the Government’s 25-year strategy and its tools to fight the disease.

Experience NFU deputy president Minette Batters, who has had first-hand experience of the disease on her farm in Wiltshire, said any strategy must be underpinned by a ‘strong political will to deal with the disease in the round’. “Getting on top of TB requires bold political leadership at every level,” adding campaigners’ growing

pressure on the Conservatives to halt the badger cull was ‘concerning’. “We have had to accept bringing this disease under control is going to be painful and costly. “But the more we can take politics out of this and have it as business as usual, the better.” What is certain is the sector’s determination to stamp out bTB for good. Tighter cattle controls, enhanced biosecurity measures, stricter surveillance and badger cull areas have produced some positive results. But while the industry has made some headway in getting the disease under control, there is no doubt there is still a long road ahead. GOVERNMENT’S 25-YEAR PLAN Turn the page for analysis of the Government’s 25-year bTB strategy.

Timeline of bovine TB in the UK


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Bovine TB (bTB) was rampant in Britain, with 25-40 per cent of cattle estimated to be infected. About 3,000 people died each year from bTB. Government introduces voluntary bTB testing with infected animals slaughtered.


Testing and slaughter programme made compulsory. Cattle herds across the UK tested and animals found with bTB were slaughtered. The policy reduced the proportion of infected herds but did not eliminate the disease.


Badgers were first linked to the disease when a dead badger was recovered from the Cotswold Hills, Gloucestershire, and found to be infected with Mycobacterium bovis (M.bovis), the bacteria which causes bTB.

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£500m The estimated cost of bTB testing, compensation and research in the last decade


The estimated cost of taking no action to stop the spread of bTB in the next decade

32,359 The number of cattle slaughtered in England in the first 10 months of 2017


The increase in English cattle slaughterings compared to the same period in 2016

10,187 The number of cattle slaughtered in Wales, up 3 per cent on the year


Scotland slaughtered 139 cattle in 2017, 26 per cent fewer cattle than in 2016


The average number of bTB breakdowns experienced in Scotland each year

TB Advisory Service THE TB Advisory Service was established to provide bespoke advice to cattle farmers in the high risk and edge areas of England on measures which can be taken to help reduce the risk and impact of bTB. Funded through the Rural Development Programme for England, the service will deliver:

n On-farm advice visits to 2,400 cattle keepers n One-to-one advisory sessions (by telephone or drop-in service) to 1,950 farmers. MORE INFORMATION For more information, call 01306 779 410, email or visit

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Badgers Act 1973 passed to protect badgers from badger baiting. The Act allowed culling but only to prevent the spread of the disease. First culls begin in the South West, using gassing with hydrogen cyanide as a supplementary measure.

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Badger clearance trials begin at Thornbury, Bristol, and Steeple Leaze, Dorset. Results indicate clearance with gassing reduced bTB levels in local cattle. Thornbury trial saw cattle TB reduce to zero for 10 years after badger removal.


A review by Lord Zuckerman concludes badgers were probably a significant source of TB and incidence of bTB in cattle decreased where infected badger colonies were removed. Gassing was ruled out on welfare grounds.


‘Clean ring’ strategy was introduced on Lord Zuckerman’s recommendations. Cage traps were used to test social groups of badgers on farms with bTB, culling any found to be infected. Cull efforts then radiated outwards until no infected badgers were found. JANUARY 26 2018 | 23

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Is the 25-year strategy working?


hile ridding the UK of bovine TB may seem like a pipedream when faced with the day-today reality of living and working with the disease, the industry remains confident in the Government’s 25-year strategy. A recent report assessing the first two years of industry-led badger culling in England on the incidence of bTB in cattle (2013-2015) found a 58 per cent reduction in the number of herd breakdowns after two years in the

Gloucestershire cull zone. This was compared with 10 equivalent areas around the outside the cull zone. The study also showed a 21 per cent drop in TB in herds in Somerset, and found all 19 licensed intensive badger control operations achieved the badger population reductions needed to get on top of the disease. The report, led by the Royal Veterinary College’s Lucy Brunton (previously department of epidemiological sciences, APHA) drew similar conclusions to that of the Randomised Badger Culling Trial (RBCT) con-

ducted in England between 1998 and 2005. This showed proactive badger culling was effective in reducing bTB in cattle and convinced Government of the case for culling badgers.

Science Industry stakeholders said it was vital the Government ‘listens to the science’ and badger culling remained a key part of any strategy. Waning support for the Conservatives and the prospect of another General Election have weighed on the sector in recent months, with


As farmers, it is our responsibility to keep TB out of our farms and deal with it as we would any other disease DAVID BARTON

GLOUCESTERSHIRE beef producer David Barton has grappled with the disease on his farm for many years but believes the industry is making ground. Mr Barton, who farms in the high risk area, hit national news headlines in 2012 when he highlighted the human impact of being forced to cull cows which had tested positive for bTB.

Last year, Mr Barton’s farm had its third consecutive clear test and was declared TB-free. He said: “I think we are in a better position than we have been in for the last 30 years, because we have an eradication policy which is working. “The issue is deeply politicised, but at the moment we have a Government which is supporting an eradication policy and, while we have this

opportunity, we have to do everything we can to make it work. “As farmers, it is our responsibility to keep TB out of our farms and deal with it as we would any other disease. If we have done everything we can on-farm, then if a badger cull does take place, we will see results. “The wrong attitude is to sit and wait or do nothing until we start culling.”

the Labour party adamant it would stop the cull if it came into power. NFU deputy president Minette Batters said:“My greatest fear is if we lose or downsize the wildlife policy, we have walked our farmers into far tighter movement restrictions, disease control, testing and biosecurity, and it is paramount every part of the scheme is delivered on.” NFU chief animal health and welfare adviser Catherine McLaughlin said the strategy was based around looking at bTB as ‘one disease with multiple reservoirs’. She said: “As with any infectious disease, you cannot look at half of the problem. When we look at the transmission potential of all reservoirs – cattle to cattle, badger to cattle, cattle to badger and badger to badger – and how they interact with each other, we can start to control it.

Control “There have been various times in the past – 2001, for instance – when we stopped culling or reduced our control policies. These times set us back, throwing the balance of power back to the disease. We cannot afford to lose momentum again.” Ms Batters, who has spent time overseas looking at other countries’ approaches to TB, said the UK was in an ‘extremely unique position’ because the badger was classed as a protected species. She said: “We are the only country in the world dealing with wildlife which is protected. New Zealand farmers are given a bullet. They take the possum’s tail into the police station and they get another bullet. “In Michigan with the white tail deer, they took out the white tail deer. “We deal with this very challenging legal situation around the status of the badger, which is what makes our situation so unique. “Risk of a legal challenge is always there, so scrutiny remains high.” Veteran Gloucestershire vet Roger Blowey, who spent 50 years TB testing cattle, pointed to Defra assessments

Timeline of bovine TB in the UK


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Badger Protection Act introduced. It only allows killing of badgers ‘to prevent serious damage to land, crops, poultry or any other property’. Defra continued culling until 1996 when Prof John Krebs was asked to review badger culls.


Krebs Report declares badgers ‘a significant source of bTB infection’. It proposes a Randomised Badger Culling Trial to quantify the impact of two forms of culling cage-trapped badgers on incidence of TB in cattle. No other culls permitted.


The Randomised Badger Culling Trial begins. The large-scale field trial was conducted in 30 areas of South West and central England, each located in a high risk area for cattle TB. It cost taxpayers £50 million.

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THE MAPS Geographical distribution of new breakdowns in 1992 (left), 2004 (centre) and 2015 (right). ON THE 2015 MAP: = Low risk area breakdown = Edge area breakdown (intermediate area in Wales) = High risk area breakdown SOURCES: LAMBERT, LEONARD AND MAY; TB ADVISORY SERVICE

on badger densities which showed populations had sharply increased since the species received protected status from the Badger Act in 1973 and the Badger Protection Act in 1992. A report led by Johanna Judge and published in Nature in 2014 showed badger social groups since 1985-1988 had increased by 88 per cent across England and Wales. Mr Blowey said: “We were talking about one badger per hectare in 1949. Now we are talking about 20 per hectare. “We are still struggling in England at the moment because TB infected badgers are spreading across the country into the edge areas and so on. I think we have done well within the cull areas, but until we get a bigger cull area and get to grips with things in the edge area, I doubt if you will see a huge amount of progress.

“If you look at the number of infected herds in the Gloucestershire and Somerset cull areas before the cull started and the number of infected herds after the four years of culling has ended, the visual reduction is absolutely dramatic.” Mr Blowey said while these results were encouraging, the reduction could not solely be attributed to culling, highlighting improvements in TB testing, additional herd restrictions and the gradual reduction in the number of herds and cattle numbers.

GENETICS – BTB HAS ‘REGIONAL ACCENTS’ A SURVEILLANCE report by the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) in 2013 found the gentotypes of M.bovis in wild and domestic animals other than cattle were, in general, identical to those found in the neighbouring cattle herds.

M.bovis gentotyping has been used to prove specific breakdowns in cattle and other species were linked by the same genotype. Specific genoptypes are geographically localised in Britain, leading to the development of the ‘home-range’ concept, which applies to 97 per cent of M.bovis isolates from all cattle breakdowns. APHA said this geographical clustering of M.bovis genotypes was incompatible with

a cattle-only transmission model for bTB in the UK, or the cattle movement patterns. “This suggests an environmental [wildlife] reservoir of the bacterium,” the report said. In an article for the Tackling Bovine TB blog, Defra’s chief scientific adviser Prof Ian Boyd said: “Put simply, if bTB could talk it would probably have regional accents. This implies, for example, bTB from Somerset does

not mix much with bTB from Cornwall. “It is also an encouraging signal cattle movement controls to prevent the spread of bTB are working, as otherwise we would probably see a lot more mingling of the bTB strains and an eventual blurring of regional distinctions. “That there are still such thick ‘accents’ between regional variations suggests some success in containing them within their regions.”

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EU bovine TB taskforce group set up to help eradicate the disease. EU country representatives with a programme for the disease could call on the group for veterinary services, advice and research as part of their membership.

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Foot-and-mouth outbreak causes suspension of trials and disrupts cattle testing, seriously weakening the trial’s validity. Incidence of bTB rises significantly as cattle are restocked and badger social groups and behaviour is disturbed.


The Republic of Ireland introduces a nationwide culling strategy after the completion of culling trials across Cork, Donegal, Kilkenny and Monaghan, known as the Four Areas Project, which ran from 1997-2002.


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NEXT WEEK Farmers Guardian will take an in depth look at Wales’ bTB strategy

Moving cattle is a risk y B ritain’s livestock trade is reliant on stock moving round the country and industry chiefs say a balance has to be struck between minimising disease risk and maintaining a competitive marketplace. Richard Findlay, North York Moors mixed farmer, said it was important ‘not to interfere with trade’ but to do everything in the industry’s power to make cattle as safe as possible. “We did have a problem before post-movement testing came in, where cattle were coming from the high risk area [HRA] to the low risk area [LRA], spending a week on a farm under the six-day standstill and then being sold as being from the LRA,” he said. “Farmers in our region were buying those cattle thinking they were from the LRA, but if they had known they were from Devon or Somerset they would not have touched them with a bargepole. It was misleading and we had a lot of complaints from those in our TB-free area. “This was stopped with the 60-day post-movement test.” Mr Findlay said his region supported post-movement testing, with farmers bearing the cost, about £10-£15 per animal, as it could prevent a TB breakdown

It is difficult to defend moving TB round the country by cattle movements RICHARD FINDLAY

which would cost tens of thousands of pounds. Between April 1, 2016, and August 28, 2017, 14 reactors were disclosed in post-movement tests on 11 holdings in England’s LRA.

Risky “Vets and farmers on my patch in the North East will say we should build a wall and stop risky cattle coming here, but we cannot stop them as we have finishers turning over more than 100 cattle a week who need them,” said Mr Findlay. “All the TB in the LRA turns up on a wagon and a lot of it is the failure of the accuracy of the test but it is difficult to defend moving TB round the country by cattle movements. “We have to clean up our act, on the cattle movement side as well as with the badgers.

MAIZE SILAGE AND BADGER POPULATIONS INCREASING use of maize silage has been attributed to the increase in TB levels as badgers are attracted to the crop. Maize was first grown in the South West in the early 1980s and spread up through the country.

Badger territory sizes are governed by their ability to support the population and sizes will reduce when there is a large food source.

Populations Smaller territories allow for more badger groups in one area, leading to larger overall populations. Warmer winters have also provided more food and allowed more badger cubs to survive.

“If we say no to these cattle, some of them will come anyway and it will not be through the proper channels.


We have to clean up our act, on the cattle movement side as well as with the badgers

“My view is we cannot stop the cattle and we do not want to stop them. The finishers need them so we need to make them safer, and this is where we are with Assured Finishing Units [AFUs – see panel on page 29].” Chris Dodds, executive secretary of the Livestock Auctioneers’ Association, agreed it was crucial to keep the need for a viable cattle industry at the heart of any TB eradication policy. He said it was also crucial not

to castigate those in hotspot areas. “Those big feeding guys are doing a tremendous job and are

exempt market or an Approved Finishing Unit were exempt to this. The Independent Scientific Group (ISG) concludes, based on results of its trials, badger culling ‘can make no meaningful contribution’ to TB control in Britain. The results found proactive culling was linked with a 23.2 per cent decrease in TB herd incidence

in the culling zone compared to the control zone. However, it was also linked with a 24.5 per cent increase in confirmed TB among herds up to 2km outside the culling zone compared to herds up to 2km outside the control zone. ISG suggests both forms of culling disrupt the badgers, causing them to range more widely (perturbation).


Timeline of bovine TB in the UK


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Pre-movement testing in England and Wales extended. All cattle more than 42 days old moving out of annually or biennially tested herds must have had a negative test result within 60 days before movement. Cattle being sent to slaughter, an

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THE COMPENSATION CONUNDRUM COMPENSATION for affected herds has long been a bone of contention for those with farms hit by the disease, with the financial strain making some businesses untenable. Defra said its policy for determining compensation was ‘clear and well established’ but many farmers believe it is not proportionate and does not take into account the value of the animal and its future earning potential, especially in regard to pedigree stock. In the last few weeks, Warwickshire farmer Robert Leach, Warmington Beef Shorthorns, was forced to send a pedigree bull he bought from last year’s Great Yorkshire Show to slaughter after it tested positive.


vital to the sustainability of our industry which needs this supply of cattle,” said Mr Dodds. “We cannot have a situation where cattle in one part of the country are worth one price and another in a different part of the country. “We have to remember about half the farms in the HRA have not had TB for at least 10 years. At present we are massively tarnishing those guys. Is that fair?” Mr Dodds said orange markets, which provided farmers with a trading option for clear tested animals from TB restricted herds, had helped create a level marketplace. “Before orange markets, some farmers were getting 50-60 per

cent of their livestock value and they are now getting as much as other cattle are making at green markets,” he said. “We need to make sure those marketplaces are maintained to allow the feeding people to buy cattle at competitive prices, allowing them to stay in business and sell at competitive deadweight prices.” Auction marts run dedicated ‘red’ sales but animals sold there must go straight to the abattoir. “The only issue is when supply is above demand and those cattle cannot go home, they have to go for slaughter, which puts those red markets in a weaker position,” he added.

The bull was from a high health status herd which had been TB-free for 25 years. The rest of Mr Leach’s herd went clear and he has enjoyed a 20-year TB-free record. He said: “I paid £8,000 for the bull and was offered £2,400 under the compensation scheme. It is an unfair system. “I think pedigree cattle should be different and, in any case, farmers should be allowed to have an independent valuation as they have in Wales.” In 2016, the Welsh Government decided against switching to a tabular valuation system similar to the one used in England, but

announced new stricter measures to penalise farmers, reducing compensation by up to 95 per cent for ‘risky practices which can contribute to the spread of TB’. Cheshire dairy farmer Phil Latham, whose herd went down with TB five years ago, said tweaking the compensation regime could help stop so-called ‘risky trading’. He said: “Surely we should have a system where for every risk you go up, the equivalent percentage comes down. For example, if you are in a low risk area and buy cattle from a high risk area you do not get any compensation, because you should not do that. “People are doing it selfishly because these are cheap, disadvantaged cattle. “You have people in Wales buying high risk animals from Cheshire on the cheap because they are high risk, taking them into Wales and getting an individual animal valuation and trading up in value if they go down with the disease. “It is not an incentive to manage disease, it is a perverse incentive to keep the disease. It becomes an earner and this is ridiculous. “You are not saying people cannot trade, but if there is a market disadvantage for trading riskily then people will become risk averse.”

I paid £8,000 for the bull and was offered £2,400 under the compensation scheme. It is an unfair system ROBERT LEACH Turn the page for more

The final report says the best prospect for control of TB in the long run is to develop a vaccine for cattle. This ‘perturbation effect’ was subsequently shown to disappear as soon as badger culling ceased, and that bTB levels fell for the next four years in the cull and perturbation zones.

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In a separate review of the ISG findings, Government chief scientist Sir David King concludes the ‘removal of badgers is the best option to reduce the reservoir of infection in wildlife’. He says badger culls should ‘only take place in areas of the country where there was a high and persistent incidence of TB in cattle’.


A peak of 39,675 cattle compulsorily slaughtered as TB reactors or direct contacts in the UK. Defra Secretary Hilary Benn rules out a badger cull stating: “Although such a cull might work, it might not. It could end up making the disease

worse if the cull was not sustained and public opposition, including the unwillingness of some landowners to take part, adds to the difficulty. It would not be right to take this risk.” He said Government would invest an extra £20 million in TB vaccine research. However, the Welsh Assembly announces a ‘targeted cull’ of badgers to combat bTB. JANUARY 26 2018 | 27

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Improving transparency in livestock markets


he Livestock Auctioneers’ Association (LAA) has been involved in forming the Livestock Information Programme, a joint initiative between industry and Defra. The new system aims to improve transparency between buyers and vendors, making passport or new cattle electronic identification information, such as the disease status of animals, available on the auction mart board. LAA executive secretary Chris Dodds said while he was ‘excited’ about the desire from Government for this project to materialise, the system relied on an efficient and up-to-date database in Defra. He said farmers often reported the data was incorrect or lacking detail, especially when a farm had more than one holding. For example, it could confuse which holding had seen a TB breakdown. As well as making information sharing more transparent, the programme would take some pressure off farmers, freeing them of having to remember the dates of TB tests and take the relevant paperwork with the animal, for example.

In order to drive vendors to provide information at the point of sale, the buyers need to want it CHRIS DODDS It would also provide buyers with assurances the information had come from a controlled Government database.

Efficient Mr Dodds said: “Defra will not get an efficient, worthwhile risk-based trading system implemented until there is a database to provide it. “In order to drive vendors to provide information at the point of sale, the buyers need to want it. “We cannot have a situation where markets are told by the LAA

to do this if people do not want to announce it as they will sell cattle privately and marts will lose their customers, commissions and, at the end of the day, the ability to survive. “There has to be a level playing field throughout and the only way to do this is for Government to give us a database which provides us with accurate and timely TB testing data results. We cannot develop schemes without it.

Determined “As auctioneers, we are determined to be at the forefront of the rollout of schemes where our buyers and sellers become more informed.” North York Moors mixed farmer Richard Findlay said the new system would allow farmers to look at the history and health status of an animal, make an informed decision and buy with much more confidence. Mr Findlay said: “In the future, where herds which have just come out of restriction it may be worth considering forcing cattle sold off those holdings to go into an approved finishing unit [AFU], rather than onto the open market, until the farmer has had some more successive tests.

“A trade-off might be other farms which have been clearer for longer might not have as many restrictions. “With more up-todate information on all holdings it offers the potential to have more accurate targeting of restrictions. “This has not been possible before as the technology has not been quick or modern enough,” he said.

OUTBREAKS IN THE FIELD: SHAP, CUMBRIA VETS had been struggling to tackle a recurring outbreak of bTB at farms in Shap, Cumbria, since 2014 before finding the disease in badgers last year. Animal and Plant Health Agency officers tested roadkill badgers and uncovered the same strain of bTB which had been found in cattle affected on the Cumbrian farms going back to 2014. It is believed an infected bull was

taken in to the area from Northern Ireland, transmitting the disease to local wildlife, which consequently spread it to more cattle. Cheshire dairy farmer Ian McGrath, who works with Defra to disseminate TB information to farmers, said: “I see Shap similar to how Cheshire was 10 years ago – a micro hotspot of disease of maybe only clusters of three or four breakdowns but they recur,


even without cattle movements. “What I do not want to see is inaction to this emerging threat and Shap ending up like Cheshire has, where the micro hotspots have merged and now east Cheshire loses as many reactors per as anywhere in the South West.” He said while the Shap case highlighted the risks associated with cattle movements, it also gave weight to evidence about transmission



No-one took me seriously for 10 years. I knew my cattle were being reinfected

Timeline of bovine TB in the UK


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Government committed to a badger control plan which included culling and vaccination. Ministers launched consultation proposing culls in high risk areas, as part of a package of measures, launched in September. Plans for Welsh badger cull put on hold after Badger Trust wins legal challenge in Court of Appeal.

Environment Secretary Caroline Spelman announces plans for pilot culls in west Somerset and west Gloucestershire. Welsh badger cull delayed after the newly elected Labour administration announces scientific review of the culls.

Incidents of bTB peak in the UK, with 5,115 recorded. The Badger Trust loses its Judicial Review of the Government’s badger cull plan in England at the High Court. Welsh Government introduces badger vaccination programme.

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What is an AFU? APPROVED Finishing Units (AFUs) provide a route for rearing, fattening or finishing cattle from TB restricted and un-restricted farms. AFUs must be approved and licensed by APHA. Licenses can be granted for grazing or nongrazing depending on the area.


MORE INFORMATION For more information visit trading-and-movement

from badgers to cattle. “Badgers tested in Prof Malcolm Bennett’s roadkill study, Nottingham University, found the same strain in my cattle,” added Mr McGrath. “My herd first went down with TB in 2002 when Cheshire had 12 breakdowns. Now we have about 200. No-one took me seriously for 10 years. I knew my cattle were being reinfected.”


Government introduces plan to eradicate bTB in England within 25 years and includes commitment to culling and vaccination trials. Badger culling pilots begin in Gloucestershire and Somerset. The Government’s Chief Scientific

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ASSESSING THE RISK IAN McGrath urged farmers to assess risk when buying and moving stock. He added: “I always said if TB came into the low risk area it would come in on the back of a lorry and this is what happened with Shap (see panel, left).

Adviser Prof Ian Boyd says more investment will be made in vaccine development and says: “Badgers need to be trapped to be vaccinated, and this needs to be repeated annually, making it extremely expensive. “Additionally, the vaccine is not 100 per cent effective and is ineffective in animals which are already infected.”


39,364 cattle compulsorily slaughtered and 3,603 herds classified as not officially TB-free at the end of the year. Devon had the highest number of herd incidents and cattle slaughtered.

“Look at the four risk factors to your herd; bought-in cattle, lingering TB which is not picked up by the test, wildlife and neighbouring cattle. “You can assess these on any herd in the country and see where your most likely risk is.”


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Harnessing data to achieve peak pig farm efficiency


he north east of Scotland is an important area for pig production with about 60 per cent of Scotland’s pig herd concentrated in the area, contributing about £45 million to the region’s economy each year. So it is easy to see why the latest monitor farm is based at Patrick Stephen’s Mill of Carden breeding and finishing unit, Inverurie, and already it is reaping the benefits of extra recording and some changes in practice. Patrick is a director of Quality Pork, which runs the new pig abattoir at Brechin, and chairman of Huntly-based pig supply co-operative Scottish Pig Producers (SPP). He says: “I have always been keen to play my part in the Scottish pig industry and this is one of the reasons I was happy to support the monitor farm initiative.” Patrick believes there are many advantages to farming pigs in Scotland, not least the reasonable climate which allows him to grow plenty of grain to use as feed and, more recently, the presence of a pig processing facility nearby. “Farmers can have a tendency towards doom and gloom but pigs have been good for us and when prices are right they can make money quicker than any other enterprise.”

Grown Farm manager Wayne Ducker and his staff of three look after 550 sows, having grown the business from a 40-sow herd established in the 1960s. The farm extends to 364 hectares (900 acres), some of which is rented ground and some contract farmed for cereals. Other acreage supports a herd of 90 Blue Grey suckler cows which are crossed with Aberdeen-Angus and Charolais bulls run alongside and a flock of 200 Highlander ewes. Oilseed rape is grown while the 30 | JANUARY 26 2018

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Pigs have been good for us and when prices are right they can make money quicker than any other enterprise

Carden Farm facts n Carden Farm spans 364 hectares (900 acres). About 65ha (160 acres) is rented ground with a further 110ha (270 acres) of contract farmed cereals n Pig business has 550 sows n About 100ha (250 acres) supports a herd of 90 Blue Grey suckler cows which are crossed with Aberdeen-Angus and Charolais bulls. All remaining land

is used for grass, wheat and barley for the pig unit n 200 Highlander ewes n The unit was named pig monitor farm in November 2016 n The three-year project is being funded by Opportunity North East and Quality Meat Scotland n The aim of the programme is to help improve the profitability, productivity and sustainability of

PATRICK STEPHEN remainder is down to wheat and barley which is all used in the pig unit. “This provides half to three-quarters of the feed we require but I feel we are adding value to the grain by turning it into pork. It also helps control our carbon footprint,” explains Patrick. All feed used on the unit is homemixed, although the protein and minerals are bought-in and batches of feed prepared as required using a mobile mill and mixer. Some by-products, mainly brewers yeasts, are fed to the finishing pigs.

Mortality Since joining the team, pig vet Grace Webster and George Chalmers from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC) have managed to reduce mortality rates in piglets and improve production, without having to restock. Wayne says they were unhappy with mortality rates of about 14 per cent two years ago, due to piglets with poor viability and splay legs. He says: “There are many theories as to the cause of splay legs but we have focused on feeding sows more accurately.” They have done this by installing new electronic sow feeders and testing the back fat of sows, so the feeding curve can be matched to gestation and condition. The

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Joining a research initiative has proven to be a beneficial move for Scottish farmer Patrick Stephen and farm manager Wayne Ducker. Erika Hay reports.


Carden Farm spans 364 hectares (900 acres) and is home to a 550-sow pig business.

The farm aims to reduce pig mortality rates to 10 per cent. pig producers through practical demonstrations, the sharing of best practice and the discussion of up-to-date issues n Trialing different research experiments n Mill of Carden also features a racing yard n Patrick’s wife, Jackie, has 10 horses in training and recently had a winner at Kelso

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FARM PROFILE ABERDEENSHIRE Patrick Stephen avoids restocking pigs so as to better control disease threat.

results, according to Wayne, have been excellent. These improvements have already seen each sow’s production increase from 28 to 30 pigs per year. “Mortality is down to about 12 per cent and continuing to drop. We are hoping to achieve our target of 10 per cent.”

Genetics Genetics are always improving and the Carden unit is gradually replacing the old JSR GP90 sows, with JSR 9T ones before crossing them with a Duroc boar. Patrick says: “We find numbers born to the 9T’s are similar but they have good mothering characteristics and rear more piglets.” It is not just decisions on genetics which have steered a change in the business as feedback from the monitor farm meetings has led Patrick and Wayne to make management changes and improve production. Wayne says: “The community group has been forthcoming and we have had to accept we were doing some things well but also some badly.” The process has made him and Patrick look more carefully at what they are doing on the unit and the discipline of collecting data means they can easily see the exact cost of production at each stage and make improvements. “Recording and benchmarking are essential tools to improve performance and I believe pig herds 32 | JANUARY 26 2018

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Recording and benchmarking are essential tools to improve performance PATRICK STEPHEN across the north of Scotland are getting better results thanks to information sharing,” says Patrick. Apart from the improvements to the farrowing house which include providing a square of carpet in the crates for the first 48 hours, they evaluated their restricted feed versus ad-lib feed systems for the finishing pigs and found the restricted system to be better, with pigs reaching their target finishing weight on average one week faster. A new finishing house for 1,600 pigs is under construction which will allow all pigs to be finished on the home unit, as about 600 are currently in rented yards. As part of the project, Patrick and Wayne are conducting a trial to find a trough design which encourages the highest intake and least waste of their new wet food system. The pigs are wet fed from weaning right through to finishing, with weaners on the Pocco system for

the first four weeks before going onto the Hampshire wet feed system which includes local brewery by-products, such as brewers yeast, but also whey and yeast-pro. Patrick says: “I am pleased with the improved growth rates of 556g per day from weaning to 61 days, which is in the top 10 per cent of UK herds on the wet feed system. A major benefit of wet feeding is it is less labour intensive as it is easier to pump food between houses than it is to auger it.” Grace says improved and increased recording has been a big part of the monitor farm process at Mill of Carden and part of the exercise has been to measure cost per kilo gain as a key performance indicator instead of concentrating solely on daily liveweight gains.

Growth rates She says: “This has shown it is not always the pigs with the best growth rates which give the best cost per kilo gain. “Rations generally become less expensive as the pigs get older so we have been concentrating on moving pigs onto the next ration at the optimum time to maintain liveweight gains but also to control costs and become more efficient.” Pigs are finished at an average of 162 days at 112kg liveweight (83kg deadweight) and sold through Scottish Pig Producers to either Quality Pork, Brechin, or Woodhead Bros, Colne, Lancashire.

Another project taking place at Carden involves a fourth year SRUC student investigating whether there is an optimum water-tomeal ratio in wet feed. Wayne says: “We should have the results from this soon and it will be interesting to see whether pigs fed a drier meal just spend more time drinking, or if they have a higher daily liveweight gain and a corresponding lower cost per kilo gain.” Looking ahead, there are no plans to restock as Patrick and Wayne believe it is a common way of introducing disease. “We have done partial restocks in the past without much success and we think it is because we are so close to the A96 with all the potential disease risks. “Instead of restocking, we hope to find a way of maximising growth through better feeding and biosecurity. The improved recording and analysis we are working on through the process should help us achieve this.” Patrick believes 2017 will go down as a decent year in pig production, but what is in store for this year? “January and February are always quite a sticky time for sales and 2018 does not look as if it will be a bumper year. But trade is now on a global scale and if the Chinese demand for pork continues to take much of the Danish and Dutch product, the prospects for British farmers looks good.”

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Special committee to look at pesticide authorisation rules

Have your say on pesticides regulation

rGlyphosate decision

to be scrutinised By Marianne Curtis

EUROPEAN Parliament’s political leaders have given the go-ahead for a special committee to look into the EU’s authorisation procedure for pesticides. The full European Parliament will take the final decision on the proposal by the Conference of Presidents, Parliament’s President and political group leaders, at its session in February. The special committee was said to be a response to concerns raised about the risk posed by glyphosate. The herbicide had its marketing licence renewed by EU member states for five years in November last year. The special committee is to assess: n The authorisation procedure for pesticides in the EU. n Potential failures in how substances are scientifically evaluated and approved. n The role of the European Commission in renewing the glyphosate licence. n Possible conflicts of interest in the approval procedure. n The role of EU agencies and whether they are adequately staffed and financed.

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THE European Commission is asking organisations and the public across Europe how well they think pesticide regulation is working. To ensure regulation is ‘fit for purpose’, a rolling programme of evaluations and fitness checks (REFIT) is examining plant protection products and their residues.

The politicisation of what should have been a standard re-approval process set a worrying precedent SARAH MUKHERJEE The term of the special committee, which will have 30 members, is to be nine months from its first meeting. It will deliver a final report of its factual findings and recommendations, to be approved by the full Parliament. Molly Scott Cato MEP, who sits on the European Parliament’s

The REFIT evaluation aims to ensure EU legislation delivers results for citizens and businesses effectively, efficiently and at minimum cost. REFIT aims to keep EU law simple, remove unnecessary burdens and adapt existing legislation without compromising on policy objectives, according to NFU.

agriculture committee, said: “This is a victory for Greens in Europe who have been pushing for a special committee to investigate the decision-making process for the proposed renewal of glyphosate. “Greens have serious concerns about whether the rules have been respected during the decision-making process for glyphosate and why scientific studies demonstrating glyphosate is dangerous have been ignored.”

Frustrating Dr Chris Hartfield, NFU senior regulatory affairs adviser said: “The decision has been made to reapprove glyphosate’s use for five years and the NFU would be expecting this to be taken forward and to stand. What happens in Parliament is really just frustrating this process. “We would expect the decision to stand based on scientific evidence. This is really just an appeal against the decision and we will just have to wait and see where this goes. “It demonstrates a lot of the issues

Farmers can tell the Commission what they think about pesticide regulation by answering 23 tickbox questions and via a further comments box in its public consultation, which closes on February 12. To enter, visit https://ec.europa. eu/eusurvey/runner/PPP_REFIT

to do with glyphosate are to do with Monsanto when there are 20 different companies producing glyphosate, which leaves you questioning why we are having this debate. “Is the concern about one particular active, or about companies and multinational global companies in general?” Crop Protection Association chief executive Sarah Mukherjee welcomed the establishment of the special committee. She said: “It is clear there have been issues with the European regulatory process for crop protection products. If you look at the example of glyphosate, while the science eventually prevailed, the politicisation of what should have been a standard re-approval process set a worrying precedent for the future of crop protection and sustainable farming in Europe. “We therefore welcome the establishment of this committee and are hopeful an objective analysis of the approvals process will find it to be among the most stringent regulatory regimes in the world.” JANUARY 26 2018 | 33

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Trials reveal incorporating nematicide granules at 15-20cm depth provides best average control.

This season’s AHDB SPot Farm West trials have highlighted key techniques to reduce potato cyst nematode (PCN) populations. Abby Kellett reports.

New control options needed to fight growing PCN threat rVariety of strategies

needed to beat PCN

CHANGING population dynamics and a shortage of clean potato land means there is a growing need to

expand and improve potato cyst nematode (PCN) control options.

Populations This was the main focus at Heal Farm, Shropshire, AHDB’s SPot Farm West where PCN populations

can be as high as 304 eggs per gram of soil, according to farm director, Matthew Wallace. “Potatoes have historically been grown on a one-in-five rotation which has added to a build up of PCN,” he said. “While there are several PCN hotspots, populations are from

60-100 eggs/g on average, with pallida the more dominant species.” In order to gain adequate control, growers need to use a variety of management strategies which are relevant to the PCN on their farm, growers attending the SPot Farm West results day at Harper Adams University heard.

Nematicide use

Control plans should be targeted to PCN species and populations.

WHILE nematicides could provide about 20 days of protection against PCN, the number of options available to growers was declining, with approvals for Vydate [oxamyl] and Mocap [ethoprophos] due to expire this year. One thing growers could do to make best use of those nematicides still available was to incorporate them at the correct depth, said Dr Simon Woods, senior lecturer at Harper Adams University. “Tracer studies have found using

nematicides at the medium [15-20cm] depth as opposed to shallow [about 5cm] or deep [about 35cm] gave us the best nematode control, the best yields across a variety of tuber planting depths and also reduced root rot invasion by nematodes.” There were potential new nematicides on the horizon. Bayer expected its new nematicide, currently coded AR83685, which uses the SDHI active ingredient fluopyram, more commonly used to control septoria in cereals, would

USING TRAP CROPS TO REDUCE PCN INCIDENCE DR Matthew Back of Harper Adams University described how trap crops could provide effective control against PCN. “Trap crops, which are typically members of the solanum family, act as an alternative host for the cysts 34 | JANUARY 26 2018

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and prevent PCN from completing its lifecycle. To achieve the best results, growers need to ensure a large crop biomass of about 700g/sq.m is established, as well as a good root system to trigger sufficient eggs to hatch in the soil profile.”

Three trap crops trialled at Heal Farm – solanum nigrum, more commonly known as black nightshade, along with two more solanum species known as KBL and Azo – all reduced PCN populations substantially (see table).

EFFECTIVENESS OF TRAP Trap crop KBL Solanum nigrum Azo

Initial PCN populations (Pi) 87 eggs per gram 113 eggs/g 69 eggs/g

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SPOT FARM WEST TRIALS ARABLE VARIETY YIELD AND TOLERANCE RATINGS OF the seven potato varieties grown at SPot Farm West, Royal boasted the highest overall treated yield at 58 tonnes per hectare (23t/acre). Its untreated yield was higher than all the other treated varieties with the exception of Maris Piper, emphasising its tolerance to potato cyst nematode.

Marketable yield The lowest yielding variety was Innovator, averaging 21t/ha (8t/acre) treated and 11t/ha (4t/acre) untreated. In trials to assess the effect on marketable yield, potatoes in the

VARIATION IN TOLERANCE BETWEEN SITES Variety Tolerance rating in SPot Farm East trials (2016) Arsenal Moderately intolerant Eurostar Moderately tolerant Innovator Intolerant Maris Peer Moderately intolerant Performer Tolerant Maris Piper Tolerant Royal Tolerant

45-85mm size range, Maris Piper showed no response to treatment and yielded 44t/ha (18t/acre), while Performer demonstrated the biggest response to nematicide treatment, with treated plots

Tolerance rating in SPot Farm West trials (2017) Moderately tolerant Moderately tolerant Intolerant Intolerant Intolerant Tolerant Moderately intolerant

yielding about 76 per cent higher than untreated. The results from tolerance rating trials showed how tolerance can vary between different sites and seasons. For example, while


Royal achieved the SPot Farm West highest overall treated yield of 58 tonnes per hectare (23t/acre).

Arsenal showed moderate intolerance in SPot farm East trials in 2016, the variety was moderately tolerant at Heal Farm last season. A number of growers at the event expressed the need to monitor PCN populations following potato harvest, to find out whether the more tolerant varieties actually leave a greater PCN burden for the following crop.

Plant parasitic nematode facts n 27,000 known species of plant parasitic nematodes, but it is predicted this only accounts for 3 per cent of the total number of species n They cause £58 billion worth of damage to crops annually, resulting in a 9 per cent annual global yield loss n There are typically about 7,413 million nematodes per hectare – 3,000 million per acre n Soils containing more than 60 per cent sand have higher numbers of nematodes n On average, nematode control costs about £350/ hectare (£142/acre) Source: Dr Matthew Back, Harper Adams University

launch in 2020. While it was effective at reducing PCN populations when used in isolation, independent trials were said to show it was even more powerful when combined with other nematicides. Bayer technical manager Gareth Bubb said: “Fluopyram on its own was able to reduce PCN populations by 36 per cent and increase marketable yield by 5.5t/ha. When combined with Vydate, PCN reduction was 41 per cent and marketable yield rose to 9.4t/ha.”

CROPS IN TRIALS Final PCN populations (Pf) 1 egg/g 5 eggs/g 2 eggs/g

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ARABLE LAMMA 2018 Efficiency and making the most of technology were key themes at Lamma. Marianne Curtis and Abby Kellett report.

Farmers challenged to cut overhead costs rAndersons warns

over spending levels Belinda Bailey

Run-off tool app under development by Syngenta SYNGENTA is working with the James Hutton Institute and Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in a pilot project to develop a run-off tool app. The tool operates on a field rather than whole farm basis and through entering information on agronomic practices, soil type, top soil permeability, depth to compacted layer and slope, farmers can obtain a run-off risk score. For fields with a high run-off score, further questions help refine the result, with the tool then suggesting best management practices to reduce run-off. These could include in-field buffers, farm traffic management options, breaking up the soil sub surface or checking irrigation timings.

UK farmers were, on average, spending too much money on equipment, according to farm business consultancy Andersons. Using its 600-hectare (1,500acre) Loam Farm Model, based on a rotation of milling wheat, oilseed rape, feed wheat and spring beans, business margin was £314/ha (£127/ acre) for 2017 including Basic Payment Scheme, and forecast to be £235/ha (£95/acre) for 2018. Farm profits in 2017 looked set to be relatively good in many sectors, with prospects for 2018 also looking favourable despite some cost inflation, according to Andersons consultant James Severn. “The temptation is often to use these better returns to re-equip, especially after a period of low profitability. But investment in machinery and equipment is often not as well thought through as it needs to be,” he said.

“Purchase decisions are often driven by the desire to avoid tax or the health of the bank balance rather than the fundamental requirements of what the business needs.” Analysis done by the company showed UK agriculture had a depreciation charge on machinery and equipment of £154 on every productive hectare in 2016 (£62/ acre), said Mr Severn.

High “This is a 23 per cent real-terms increase over the figure a decade previously,” he added. “Although prices of agricultural equipment have risen in that period, the level of spending is too high.” Land acquisition had also added to business costs, he said. “Very high rents, or rent equivalents under contract farming arrangements, have been tendered over the last few years. The justification for some of the figures paid is often highly dubious, based on illusory economies of scale.” Collaboration was an under-

Purchase decisions are often driven by the desire to avoid tax or the health of the bank balance, rather than what the business needs JAMES SEVERN utilised way to bring overhead costs down, suggested Mr Severn. “The savings from working together can be massive. Unfortunately, without the external pressure of low returns, the industry does not tend to embrace such arrangements.”

Skills Belinda Bailey, Syngenta environmental initiatives manager, said: “We know we are losing soil. With run-off there is the potential for soil to erode and the potential for pesticides and fertiliser to enter water courses. “It is for all of us to manage what we are doing and demonstrate as an industry we are supporting a reduction of run-off.” Using such a tool could help avoid legislation in this area in the future and while the tool was currently only designed to provide information concerning surface run-off, there was potential to address leaching in the future, said Ms Bailey. Providing the pilot was successful, Syngenta hoped the tool would be ready for launch this summer. 36 | JANUARY 26 2018

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Seed burial and inversion may be affected by wider furrows.

Narrowing furrows improves inversion A MOVE to using narrower furrows facilitated by on-land ploughing rather than in-furrow ploughing with wider furrows could improve inversion and black-grass seed burial, according to ProCam agronomist and match plougher Kevin Pearcy. “People are using big tyres because of compaction issues, but

to get these to sit in the furrow you need to plough wider furrows – and inversion is not as good with wider furrows. “Should we consider on-land ploughs where we can sit on top and use narrower furrows and get better inversion? A smaller furrow is particularly important on clay soils,” said Mr Pearcy.

Ploughing skills were being lost in the industry and growers should avoid ploughing too fast and ensure skimmers are set correctly, he said. “If you plough too fast, skimmers are throwing small seeds into the air which can end up landing on already ploughed land. Check skimmers are set right. They should be set at 30-50mm deep,” he added.

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Hands Free Hectare returns with added accuracy rAims to improve

with second crop

THE world-first project run by Harper Adams University and Precision Decisions to drill, manage and harvest a crop without anybody entering the field, has returned after successfully drilling its second crop, a hectare (2.47 acres) of winter wheat. This time, the Hands Free Hectare team are hoping to improve the accuracy of their machinery and are looking to improve on the performance of last year’s crop of spring barley. Martin Abell, mechatronics researcher for Precision Decisions said: “The first year of the project aimed to prove there is no technological reason why a field cannot be farmed without humans working the land directly and we did that using off-the-shelf technology and open source software.

Remote “This year, thanks to funding from AHDB and the continued support from our industry sponsors, we are aiming to increase the yield through increasing accuracy of our machinery and improved remote agronomy.” This season’s crop has been grown on the same hectare as last year, but wet conditions meant while drilling began on November

Growers are encouraged to enter a new linseed competition.


We are aiming to increase the yield through increasing accuracy of our machinery and improved remote agronomy MARTIN ABELL 9, it was not completed until November 19. Kit Franklin, agricultural engineering lecturer and project lead, said: “We had to abandon our first attempt to drill this season’s crop because it was raining quite heavily and the tractor was starting to slip around and lose its straight lines. But after 10 days of drier weather, we managed to come back and complete the job. “When we drilled our spring barley earlier this year, the tractor was a bit wavy and so were the drill lines, but we have had six months to develop the system and we have seen improvements which will improve field coverage and ultimately yield.”

LINSEED experts Premium Crops recently launched its new competition ‘The Great Linseed Challenge’ to find the best linseed growers in the country. The firm’s Nigel Padbury said: “With more than 25 years’ experience in the crop, we know linseed has the capability to outperform some of the more mainstream crops such as wheat and oilseed rape, under the right management. We are looking for growers to push the boundaries, search out the subtle tactics and apply the attention to detail that

will get an award-winning result.” To qualify for entry, a minimum of eight hectares (19.8 acres) of either spring or winter linseed needs to be grown for harvest 2018. Entrants will have the opportunity to win one of three categories; best net margin per hectare, best overall yield and best innovation in linseed agronomy. A panel of judges will make final assessments, which may involve an on-farm visit. Growers wishing to apply can do so by registering their interest at

PREPARING FOR END OF BASIC PAYMENT SCHEME GROWERS should use the period before direct payments disappear in 2024 to plan how they will replace the income of about £200/ ha (£81/acre), according to Strutt and Parker. Strutt and Parker consultant James Simpkins said: “As well as looking at solely arable, how can you make the best use of your assets? Can you convert outbuildings to residential use or make better use of woodlands – can these complement other renewable initiatives?” On the production side,

potentially the simplest way was to grow another 1.5t/ha (0.6t/acre) of wheat, said Strutt and Parker consultant Rob Wilkinson.

Benchmarking “But it is not that easy. We have been doing a lot of work looking at benchmarking of fixed costs, looking at horsepower/ha, how farmers establish crops, whether they should own and run a combine or get someone in. “Whether it saves £5/ha or £12/ha, it is about chipping away to improve margins.”

New soil organic matter test set to improve soil analysis SUSTAINABLE Soil Management is looking to introduce an improved soil test which measures fast cycling soil organic carbon using potassium permanganate (KMnO4), which reacts only with the most active, readily oxidisable forms of soil carbon. According to the firm’s Ian Robertson, this will provide a better indicator of soil health than the standard ‘Loss on Ignition’ (LOI) test, The company has been reviewing soil organic matter testing systems in

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the UK and says there are issues with the standard LOI test, which often indicates higher levels of organic matter which are not reflected in soil and crop performance. Mr Robertson said: “Within soil organic matter there are different fractions ranging from the fast cycling organic matter to the longer lasting humus. The fast cycling organic matter tends to be the more important fraction for soil health, however this component is not measured in current testing systems.”

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ARABLE The double hedgerow and grass margin provide birds with protection and a food supply over winter.

One large-scale vegetable producer has developed a strategic approach to ensuring wildlife has a place on its Cambridgeshire farm. Clemmie Gleeson finds out more.

Combining intensive production and nature conservation


hen Guy Shropshire started his farming business growing salads and vegetables in Norfolk in 1952, UK farmers were being encouraged to take out hedgerows, maximise growing area and boost food production. Now, some 66 years later, production on G’s farm business is as Stewart McIntyre

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intense as ever but with an extra focus on benefiting wildlife in numerous ways. The company has Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) agreements and is also investing heavily in projects aimed at reversing the decline of farmland birds. Now a third generation farming business, G’s Fresh has more than 7,000 employees and works with 24 farmers and growers who together farm a total of 13,142 hectares (32,474 acres) across the world, almost half of which is in the UK. They supply all the major retailers and supermarkets in the UK. It is fully integrated dealing with the whole production cycle from raising plants in its own greenhouses to packing, processing and transporting the resulting produce. One of the businesses within G’s is Cambs Farm Growers (CFG) led by Charles Shropshire and based at Hainey Farm, Barway, Cambridgeshire. CFG’s conservation manager Stewart McIntyre says: “Charles is very passionate about conservation work and has implemented a strategy to drive it forward.” The strat-

egies fit with intensive farming, which is key, he adds. As well as targets to reduce its carbon emissions and water consumption, the company also has a biodiversity action plan with specific aims for its two Higher Level and two Mid Tier stewardship schemes. The farm is also a Linking Environment and Farming (Leaf) demonstration farm and works alongside Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group, RSPB, Natural England and other organisations in its environmental projects. It has recently been awarded Fair to Nature status by the RSPB. The CSS agreements include 50ha (123 acres) of wild bird mixes and 53ha (131 acres) of nectar and floristically-enhanced summer and winter

feed. These give ‘a complete cycle of summer and winter feed for a number of species, especially for declining farmland birds’, says Mr McIntyre. Cereal mix plots are a source of seeds while brassica mixes provide winter food as well as hosting a variety of pollinators in the summer months. The brassica mixes include species such as mustards, fodder radish, phacelia, kale, vetches and chicory. Providing winter food is imperative to help adult birds through the colder months, he explains. “The birds strip the seeds off the plants during winter. If we were not producing this food what would the farmland birds be eating?” he says.

Double hedgerow And CFG has gone a few steps further with the creation of a double hedgerow and grass margin adjacent to the feeding areas – a combination which provides overwintering birds protection and a food supply as well as nesting areas in spring. Other CSS options on the farm include Site of Special Scientific Interest management and management of a historical feature as well as buffer strips, management of hedges and ditches and creation of lapwing plots. Another is wetland creation and management. This follows the Shropshire family’s creation of a

Cambs Farm Growers – cropping n CFG’s cropping includes potatoes, celery, lettuce (Iceberg and Little Gem), mushrooms, radish and beetroot as well as maize and wheat n The business has also branched out into energy

production with an anaerobic digestion plant at its May Farm site at nearby Littleport. There it grows 180 tonnes of mushrooms per week and now also produces 3.2 megawatts of electricity

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The farm’s existing reed bed is to be doubled in size.



The farm is keen to attract the turtle dove.

Plots of brassica mixes include species such as mustards, fodder radish and phacelia.

BIRDS ON THE FARM REED bunting, yellowhammer and corn bunting are among the species benefiting from the ready supply of seeds, explains RSPB farm conservation adviser Andrew Holland. “They need to feed hard to survive the cold nights. If we cannot get adult birds through winter we will never improve the farmland bird index,” he says. Hedgerow management is important in providing correct habitat for breeding birds in spring, says Stewart McIntyre. Ground nesting birds will also use these and if adjacent to a well-managed margin they can provide an area for chicks to dry off and look for food. “This is vital in successfully rearing young birds,” he says.


reed bed area about eight years ago. “As part of the CSS we are doubling the size of it and creating a whole extra area – it will cover 3ha in total,” explains Mr McIntyre. RSPB farm conservation adviser Andrew Holland helped with the design of the reed bed which should benefit the sedge and reed warbler in particular and it is hoped that the common crane may visit in future. “We will have quite a bit of open water and channels,” he says. There are also plans for a kingfisher and sandmartin bank, while the existing area is having channels added. “Booming bitterns have been here in the past. The bittern was on the red list but is now amber listed due to a lot of reed bed being designed with the bittern in mind.”

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“It is really important that agri-environment schemes continue so farmers can create projects like these. This is a major piece of work with a lot of cost involved. Although the family created the first reed bed under their own steam Countryside Stewardship has given them the opportunity to do more. It also enables farmers to enhance the features on the farm to work better for wildlife.” For Mr McIntyre and CFG the CSS is important but he says the company’s commitment to environmental improvement is far reaching. “We would be still doing this even without funding but it really helps.”

Bird species are monitored through surveys of 1km square blocks across the farm. The data is then compared with other parts of Cambridgeshire and the UK. Recent figures have revealed there are 89 different bird species on the Cambs Farm Growers (CFG) land including 18 from the Red List. It scores particularly highly for lapwing (top 10 per cent in the UK and top 1 per cent in Cambridgeshire). It is also in the top 10 per cent of Cambridgeshire for wetland birds and yellow wagtails. One particular species the farm is keen to attract is the turtle dove which has experienced a 91 per cent decline in its UK population since 1955, says Mr McIntyre. The turtle dove has been spotted on CFG land in the past but not in recent years. However, they are a frequent sight on G’s land in Senegal, he says. There are plans to tag the birds in Senegal and then monitor their movements with the aim of tracking them to the UK and

hopefully eventually seeing them on the CFG land in Cambridgeshire. The decline in turtle doves is believed to be down to the loss of habitat, says Mr McIntyre. “They like thick scrubby areas – the untidy areas which do not really exist anymore on many farms.” A lack of food has also been a problem. “There are not enough arable seeds for the turtle dove to feed on when it arrives back in midApril/early May time,” explains Mr Holland. As they are ground feeders they need some bare plots or strips within the bird seed mixes which enable them to access food. They also need open water within 300 metres (984ft) of their nesting site, he adds. Specifically they need to be able to access the edge of water sources, so Mr McIntyre and his team have modified a farm pond by scraping the banks back creating shallow shores. “We are in position to make a difference for the turtle doves,” says Mr McIntyre, who has been working alongside Operation Turtle Dove. “We are very passionate about this and keen to drive it forward.” Andrew Holland

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SALES Smearsett flock shines at Hawes

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prices, hitting £7,000

THE Smearsett flock of W.A. and A. Booth, Feizor, dominated the sale of Bluefaced Leicester females at Hawes, topping the ewe, shearling and hogg sections. Leading the trade at £7,000 was the third-prize gimmer shearling, by G011 Smearsett. Scanned with twins to H014 Highberries, it was knocked down to A.C. and K. Pye, Abbeystead. The Booths claimed the pre-sale championship with a gimmer hogg by E003 Hundith which went on to sell for £5,000 to E. Harkin and J. McGrenaghan, Co Tyrone. They also took the reserve championship with the winning gimmer shearling. Scanned with triplets to H003

Riddings, it made £3,000, selling to G.I. Richmond, Preston. Ewes sold to £2,500 for a D017 Smearsett daughter, again from the Booths, carrying twins which went to T.J. Hall and Son, Hawick. Swaledale ewes sold to £4,800 twice. Firstly, for the third prize winner from W. Richardson and Son, Dufton, which sold to J. Nattrass, Garrigill, Cumbria, and then for a lot from P. Hallam, Hyde, which went to C.R. Raine, Middleton-in-Teesdale. AVERAGES Bluefaced Leicester females – ewes, £893; shearlings, £1,630 (+£297); hoggs, £1,188 (-£8). Swaledale females – ewes, £1,284 (+171); shearlings, £958 (+£201); hoggs, £583 (+£320). Auctioneers: Hawes Farmers Auction Mart.

Borderway Bluefaced Leicester trade good LEADING Borderway’s sale of Bluefaced Leicester females at 6,500gns was the third-prize crossing type gimmer from the Firth flock of C. and D. Hall, Penicuik. By G37 Midlock and scanned with twins to H1 Kirkby Redgate, it sold in a two-way split to Amy Campbell, Glenrath, and C. Campbell, Peebles. Next at 5,500gns was the winning crossing type gimmer, an H1 Carry House daughter carrying triplets to H1 Kirkby Redgate, from John Wight and Sons, Midlock. The buyer was D. McCrystal, Maghera, Northern Ireland. Lee Beacom, Co Tyrone, bought the top price ewe lamb at 5,000gns. By J1 Sealhouses, it was consigned by W.M. Hutchinson, Kirkby Redgate, who sold the second-prize crossing type ewe lamb by G17 Marriforth for 4,800gns to A. and J. Riley, Roweltown. The Hutchinsons then paid 5,000gns for an H45-sired ewe lamb from Messrs Lord, Hewgill, who led the flock averages selling three to average £2,817.50. 40 | JANUARY 26 2018

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AVERAGES 28 ewes, £626.63 (-£63.37); 66 ewe lambs, £1,484.64 (+ £255.71); 63 gimmers , £1,515.50 (+£303.53); overall average, £1,344 (+£185.08). Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.

Top price, a shearling from W.A. Booth, Feizor, which sold for £7,000. Pre-sale champion and top price hogg, a gimmer hogg from W.A. Booth, Feizor, which sold for £5,000.

Joint top price Swaledale, a ewe from W. Richardson and Son, Dufton, which sold for £4,800.


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Limousins lead Knighton stores Bakewell THERE was a strong store cattle mixed hoggets average £59.10/ suckled calves trade at Knighton, averaging head and sell to £70.50/head for

233.17p/kg and £1,000.36 per head for steers, which sold to 287p/kg for seven 300kg Limousin cross steers from G. and A. Williams, Nantygeifr. Top price per head for steers was £1,350/head for three 590kg Limousin crosses from H.G. Rees, Hiriaeth. Store heifers averaged 217.84p/ kg and £885.28/head, selling to 373p/kg and £1,400/head for a 375kg show potential British Blue cross from Messrs Williams, who also sold another 345kg show potential Blue cross heifer for 325p/kg (£1,120). A buoyant store hogg trade saw

Ewe hoggs averaged £57.21/head, topping at £68.80/head for Charollais crosses from J.W. Watkins, Heartsease. Wether hoggets averaged £57.19 per head, selling to £63 per head for Welsh Mules from G.R. Adams, Anchorage.

ALL averages were up at Bakewell’s January sale on behalf of the High Peak Livestock Society. Trade hit £1,200 for 10 Limousin steers aged 11-12 months from Chatsworth Settlement, Pilsley, with the section averaging £919.69, up £40 on the year. Heifers sold to £1,115 for three British Blondes aged 10-12 months, from T.J. and S.E. Ibbotson, Hathersage, to average £796.63, up £64 on 2017. A 12-month-old British Blue from B.A. and S.W. Mills, Redmires, sold for £1,145 to top the young bulls, which averaged £888.65, up £29.

Auctioneers: McCartneys.

Auctioneers: Bagshaws.

Suffolk cross mixed hoggs from M.A. Lloyd, Upper Gwernilla. Ram hoggs averaged £62.63/ head, selling to £69.50/head for Texel crosses from R.D. Mills and Sons, Brynmelin.

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Champion, a Limousin heifer from Messrs Moore, Ulverston, Cumbria, which sold for £1,220 to the judge Geoff Bell, Long Marton, Cumbria.

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tops trade at £1,425

THERE was an entry of 553 at Wigton’s January show and sale of store cattle, where the leading price of the day was £1,425 for a British Blue bullock from W. Murray and Sons, Kirklinton. Heifers sold to £1,295 for a Limousin from D.H. and E.R. Strong, Hesket New Market. The top price for a pen of cattle was £1,385/head for a pen of four Angus from Drumburgh Castle Farming, Wigton. Top price for a pen of heifers was £1,295/head paid for two Limousins from D.H.

and E.R. Strong, Hesket New Market. Judge, Geoff Bell, Long Marton, Appleby, awarded the championship to a Limousin heifer from F. and M. Moore and Son, Haltwhistle, which he went on to buy for £1,220.

Reserve Taking reserve honours was the first placed heifer under 12 months, a British Blue heifer from J.S. and H.J. Greenbank, Caldbeck which sold for £975 also to the judge. A good show of 50 feeding bulls sold to £1,275 the first prize winner, a 12-month-old Limousin-cross from Messrs Fell, Torpenhow. Auctioneers: Hopes Auction.

Gisburn champion joint top at £2,320 BIDDING twice hit £2,320 in the pedigree section at Gisburn’s dairy sale. These included the champion, a Whytil newly-calved heifer from J. and M. Singleton and Sons, Goosnargh, Preston. The October 2015born heifer, out of a 13,000kg dam, is by Larcrest Contrast and was bought by Wallbank Farms, Abbeystead, Lancaster. At the same price was the third prize heifer from Booth Brothers, Wigglesworth, a Go-Farm Zeber daughter out of a home-bred Hallcroft dam. Four weeks calved and giving 30kg, it sold to W. Oldfield, Gisburn. A bid of £2,080 secured a

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three weeks calved heifer from W.J. and I. France, Chipping, to N.W. and J.M. Coulthurst, Goosnargh. Leading the non-pedigree entry at £2,050, was a 33kg heifer from Bargh Brothers, Bracewell, Skipton, selling to K.R. and C. Hill. AVERAGES 20 pedigree newly-calved heifers, £1,873; 4 cows, £1,675; 16 non-pedigree newly-calved heifers, £1,552; 5 cows, £1,426; pedigree in-calf heifers, £1,160. Auctioneers: Richard Turner and Son.

A selection of store cattle from Messrs Dickinson, Hesket New Market.

Auctioneer David Bowman selling the day’s trade.

Largest ever dairy dispersal at Sedgemoor THE 10th anniversary of Sedgemoor Auction Centre was celebrated with the largest ever dispersal sale of dairy cattle at the market. More than 500 head were catalogued on behalf of GFL Dairy, Tiverton, where a consistent trade for both fresh and off lying dairy cows and heifers was achieved. An October second calver, served in December, topped the sale at 1,900gns with a November second calver at 1,800gns and a December calved heifer at 1,750gns. An August-calved heifer served again in December sold for 1,600gns,

with her calf at foot achieving 400gns. In-calf heifers due in June to the Holstein sold to 1,320gns, 1,280gns and 1,260gns. Recently served heifers sold to 860gns, bulling heifers to 770gns with yearlings and heifer calves to 500gns. AVERAGES 191 dairy cows and heifers including A lots, £1,323; 40 high SCC and older cows, £618.45; 18 in-calf heifers, £1,080; 35 served heifers, £795; 152 maiden heifers, £480; 51 heifer calves, £315. Auctioneers: Greenslade Taylor Hunt with Stags.

Cull cows at Truro top 138p\kg A GOOD entry of 60 cull cows at Truro met a strong trade. Cows from A.M.C. Eddy, St Erth, topped the day at 138p/kg for a British Blue cross and 124p/kg and £1,073 for another 869kg Blue. Both were bought by David Ellis, Lelant.

Dairy cows sold to 126p/kg for a Friesian from Messrs Cox and Floyd, Tregony bought by Mr Ellis. Top black and white was a 812kg cow from Neil Rowe Farming, The Lizard, selling at £999 to Trevarthens of Roskrow. Auctioneers: Lodge and Thomas. JANUARY 26 2018 | 41

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Bluefaced Leicesters sold to £1,800 three times. First was for the champion from Messrs Lord, Hewgill, with a gimmer hogg by H45 Hewgill which later sold to Slievegallion Blues, Draperstown, Northern Ireland.

sell to £1,800 three times A NEW female Herdwick record of £1,100 was set at Penrith’s sale of inlamb females and geld gimmer hoggs. The record breaker from Peter Lightfoot, Patterdale, was a three-shear ewe by a £5,000 Turner Hall ram scanned with twins to a Stanley Jackson ram. The buyer was J. Benson, Great Langdale. The sale topped at £3,100 for W. Richardson and Son, Dufton, with their reserve champion Swaledale shearling by a Bull and Cave ram, scanned with twins to a Valley Farm ram. It sold to Mrs Bainbridge, Richmond.

Reserve At the same money was the reserve champion, a hogg from W.M. Hutchinson, Kirkby Redgate. By G17 Marriforth, it was knocked down to S. Bell, Ballynachinch. The third prize winning hogg by H25 Hewgill from G. and H. R. Shields, Skeughdale, also sold for £1,800 to J.R. Ireland and Sons, Frizington. Auctioneers: Penrith and District Farmers Mart.

Peter Lightfoot, Paterdale, sold a three shear Herdwick ewe to J. Benson (right) and family, Langdale, for the female record price of £1,100.

Deveronside tops Border and Lakeland dairy sale THE Border and Lakeland show and sale at Carlisle topped at 3,200gns and averaged £1,687, with 19 animals selling for or more than £2,000. Sale leader was from the disper-

Texels top Longtown Ladies trade Overall champion, a Texel shearling gimmer from Steven Renwick, Craig Douglas, which sold for 5,200gns.


A NEW centre record of 5,200gns was set at the Longtown Ladies sale of in-lamb females and geld hoggs. This was for a Texel gimmer from Steven Renwick’s Craig Douglas flock, Peebles, which had taken the pre-sale show championship. The Haddo Whiskey Galore daughter, carrying a pair to Mullan Amigo, was knocked down to Bruce Renwick for his Castlecairn flock, Kelso. Steven Renwick’s fourth prize gimmer, by the same sire as the champion and carrying a single, sold for 3,800gns to the same buyer. At 3,000gns, from the Ettrick pen of Gordon and David Gray, Selkirk, was a Tullagh Saracen daughter which sold carrying a single to Usk Vale Albatross to Messrs Redpath, Kelso.

In other sections, Dutch Texels topped at 1,000gns twice from Messrs Pyman, Thacka, selling to G. Wilkinson, Arkleby, and S. Dalton, Greenside respectively. Beltex gimmers sold to 500gns from Messrs Struthers, Greenbank.

Bluefaced Leicesters sold to 900gns for a shearling by F27 Midlock, carrying triplets to J6 Hewgill from the Wight family, Midlock. It sold to Messrs Mullins, Corlacky Hill, Swatragh. Auctioneers: C. and D. Auction Marts.

sal of the Deveronside Holstein herd from Barclay and Lucy Mair, Turriff, Aberdeenshire. This was Deveronside Bolt Melinda, bred from nine generations of animals classified in the top two grades. It joined the Brownfield herd of Matthew Gemmell, Dumfries.

Champion Graham Bradley, of Bradley Farms, Lancashire, chose as his champion the heifer Espland Jordan Sue 5, consigned by Alan Cannon, Appleby. It sold for 2,100gns to T.H. and J. Robinson, Brampton. The reserve championship went to the cow class winner, Mellguards History Sue, fresh in its second lactation. From Justin Hoggarth, Raughton Head, it sold for 1,800gns to N. and M. Oldfield, Clitheroe. AVERAGES 38 cows in-milk, £1,555.65; 71 heifers in-milk, £1,687.66; 7 faulted cows and heifers, £879; Deveronside dispersal – 25 cows in-milk, £1,579.20; 23 heifers in-milk, £1,743.91; Riverstar dispersal – 11 cows in-milk, £1,422.27; 2 heifers in-milk, £1,690.50. Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.

British Blue heifer leads Darlington store trade at £1,250 THERE were 57 active buyers at Darlington’s show and sale of store cattle judged by Brad Thompson, Pickering. Mr Thompson tapped out as his champion a 14-month-old British Blue heifer from J. and K. Metcalf and Son, Barningham, before going on to buy it for £1,150. 42 | JANUARY 26 2018

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The top priced heifer on the day at £1,250 was second prize to the champion, a heifer of the same breed and age and from the same vendor, bought by the Tindale twins, Shadforth. Reserve champion was a 12-month-old Charolais steer from J. Norman, Charltons. It sold for £1,160

to M. Robinson and Sons, Staindrop. A strong Limousin from M. and E. Walton, Coxhoe, led the steer trade when the 20-month-old sold for £1,180 to W.H. Barker, Scorton. Top price young bull was a 14-month-old British Blue cross from T.L. Holmes and Son, Craghead,

which sold for £1,220 to J.A. Matten and Sons, Thirsk. AVERAGES Young bulls £885 (+£73); heifers, £882 (+£14); steers, £867 (-£47). Auctioneers: Darlington Farmers Auction Mart.

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SALES Sedgemoor dairy sale A TOTAL clearance of almost 200 dairy cattle at Sedgemoor saw a top price of 2,150gns three times. The first was a second calver from the dispersal from R. Puddy and Son, Highbridge. The other two were calved heifers, Bettiscombe Iota Wendy 2 and Betticombe Bookmark Miss America from Roland and Simon Bugler, Bridport, whose consignment of 10 averaged £1,956. Others in the collective fresh milk section swold to 2,000gns for the second calver Moorshard Sammy Amanda from R.K. and S.G. Miller and Sons, Bridgewater, and the calved heifers, Hinton Superstyle Destiny and Hinton Mogul Ruby, from R.D. Horton and Son, Swindon. In-calf heifers sold to 1,350gns for Sparsholt College, Winchester, and L and I.R. Loader, Yeovil. Yearling heifers from Sparsholt College sold to 780gns and Holstein bulls from V.J. Price and Son, Vale

of Glamorgan, sold to 1,000gns for August-September 2016-born sons of E.D.G. Esther Estate.

Second sale The day included the second sale from W. and P. Ives’ Gladwake herd, Basingstoke, which produced dams and daughters to 2,150gns. Cows sold to 1,900gns for a second calver and 1,800gns for a third calver. Their in-calf heifers sold to 1,420gns, maiden heifers to 960gns and heifer calves to 450gns. AVERAGES Collective sale – 16 calved cows, £1,805; 58 calves heifers, £1,832; 4 Holstein bulls, £882; 27 in-calf heifers, £1,188; 4 commercial bulling heifers, £704; 4 pedigree yearling heifers, £780; 20 heifer calves, £355; Gladwake sale – 23 calved cows and heifers, £1,417.50; 8 in-calf heifers, £1,372; 17 bulling and yearling heifers, £935; 4 heifer calves. Auctioneers: Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

Around the marts CARLISLE THE 373 cast cows on offer topped at 212.5p/kg (£2,479) for a 1,167kg British Blue cow from Greg Jackson, Skelton Wood End, bought by Charles Kirkpatrick. Messrs Boocock and Son, York, topped at £1,592 (168p/kg) and £1,542 (169.5p/kg) for two Blue cross cows bought by Mr Kirkpatrick. Messrs Graham, Cumdivock Farm, sold a 745kg Limousin cross at 205.5p/kg (£1,530) to the same buyer. Stuart Barclay, Aberdeen, topped at 185.5p/kg (£1,469) and a Salers cross cow from the same home made 198.5p/kg both to Pickstocks.

THRAPSTON MULE ewe lambs from Richard Sawbridge sold to £78 twice; with three-quarter Texel ewe lambs from Craig Baxter selling to £76. In-lamb ewes topped at £159 twice for Mule theaves, scanned with twins to a Suffolk ram, from Mr Sawbridge, with others from this run selling to £144 and Suffolks also scanned with twins, selling to £108. Suffolk theaves and double theaves from Patrick Fraser, scanned with Charollais triplets, sold to £100. Ewes topped at £98 twice for strong flock age Suffolk ewes from David Verey, scanned with Charollais triplets.

WELSHPOOL COWS and calves sold to £2,280 for a Limousin cross first calver with a Limousin bull calf from D.J.L. and S.J. Evans, Rhoscyninfa. From

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the same home a Limousin cross second calver with a Limousin heifer calf made £1,980. G. Hughes and Son, Pertheirin, sold a British Blue cross first calver with a Limousin cross heifer calf at £1,680. E. Price, Troedrhiwcastell, sold a British Blue cross second calver with a Bazadaise cross male at £1,620.

SPONSORED COMPETITION Here we announce the winners and speak to judge, Michael Winchester, Morrisons senior livestock buyer, about his judging decisions for the 2017 Beef Stockjudging competition. How well did you do?

Beef stockjudging winners announced


iving his reasons for placing the cattle in this order, judge Michael Winchester, Morrisons senior livestock buyer, says: “I have chosen B as the winner as it is a good long stretchy heifer carrying no belly and full of meat, full loin, neat over the shoulders and the fullest hind quarters of the four heifers. “A, in second place is another compact heifer, not just as long or deep as A, but again well finished,

extremely well filled in the first and second thigh but just lacking fullness over the plates. “In third place, X is a smart showy heifer carrying no waste, very compact and well put together, but unfortunately this animal just looks on the lean side, but has great potential. “Y is a shorter heifer than the previous three, lacking in length and fullness in the hindquarters. This heifer looks on the lean side and needs more time.”

WINNER AND RUNNERS-UP Winner: The winner of the £200 first prize is: Douglas Bishop London, Balfron Station, Glasgow.

Runners-Up: The runners up winning £50 each are: William Hall, Wigton, Cumbria, and Brian Ingram, Godshill, Hampshire.







BENTHAM THE Wallbank family, Wray, took the calf championship with their Blue bull which sold for £455 to the judge, Stacey Mitchell. In reserve was the second prize bull from Ben and Jonathan Towers, which made £435. Plenty of bulls made more than £400 to average £345. Best heifers sold to £390 twice, both from Ian Hodgson, Higher Tatham. Angus bulls topped at £325 twice, from T.D. and V. Whitaker and D.W. Robinson, Milnthorpe. Bigger black and white calves sold from £102-£120 to top at £130.







LANARK IN the prime cattle section top price was 254p/kg for a 526kg Limousin heifer from David Dickinson, Canonbie, bought by S. Collins and Sons Butchers, Muirhead. Butchers’ cattle averaged 243.6p/kg. Cast cows sold to £1,455 (£164p/kg) for J. and R. Shanks, Douglas. The 1,252 hoggets averaged 193.2p/kg peaking at 237.8p/kg for 45kg Beltex from R. and M. Struthers, Carluke. Cast ewes topped at £149.50 for Texels. JANUARY 26 2018 | 43

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Monthly PLANT, MACHINERY & SMALL TOOLS SALE TOMORROW Saturday 27th January 9am Loadall facilities available today 9am-3pm & day of sale NO ENTRIES ACCEPTED ON THE DAY See website for current entries and pictures. Full catalogue online this evening WEEKLY Tuesday 30th January 12.30pm PRIMESTOCK Calves -11am SALE + CALVES Sale of Cull Cows, Prime Cattle, Store Lambs, Prime Hoggs & Cast Ewes FORTHCOMING SALE - Saturday 10th February 10am Pure Bred Poultry & Waterfowl Sale 01200 423325 Joe: 07970 221354 • Jeremy: 07815 727993 January 26, 2018 |


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• Paul Gentry on 07801 032846 Young Bulls, Clean Cattle, OTMS, Store and Breeding Cattle • James Sealy on 07772 618315 for all classes of Sheep and Land Agency • Contact Keith Miller on 07801 032847 for Rearing and Reared Calves, Pigs and all classes of Sheep • Rachel Gascoine on 07885 432939 • Office on 01636 676741

FORTHCOMING SALES: Saturday 3rd February 2018

TO BE SOLD AT 10.30AM PROMPT From Messrs Tony Barrett, West Newton, Norfolk 50 Black Welsh Mountain Ewes sold as running with a Texel X Easycare Ram since 08/12/2017 20 Wiltshire Horn Ewes sold as running with a Texel X Easycare Ram since 08/12/2017 10 Wiltshire Horn Shearlings sold as running with Texel X Easycare Rams since 22/10/2017 9 Wiltshire Horn Shearling Ewes sold as running with a Black Welsh Mountain Ram since 22/10/2017 58 Easycare X, Texel X, Wiltshire Horn Ewe Lambs 40 Esaycare X, Texel X, Wiltshire Horn Ram Lambs 2 Texel X Easycare Stock Rams 3 Black Welsh Mountain Stock Rams All the above have been organically farmed on the Sanderingham Estate From Sadie Brooks, Norfolk 100 Continental X Store Lambs STORE AND BREEDING CATTLE 12 NOON From Fristling Hall Farms, Essex (TB 4) 100 British Blue, Limousin, Simmental and Blonde Steers and Heifers All out of Beef Cows From Wright Bros, Leverton 8 British Blue X Limousin Heifers (16 Months) From TW Long Farms, Suffolk (TB 4) 20 Strong Continental & Native Sired Steers & Heifers (19-23 Months) From Tom Hawes, Norfolk (TB 4) 4 Continental Sired Store Cattle (10-15 Months) From Skelton Farms, Melton Mowbray 4 Limousin X Montbeliarde Steers (20-22 Months) 9 Limousin X Montbeliarde Heifers (20-22 Months) From Bob Wilkinson, Gainsborough (TB 4) 1 Exceptional Pure Bred, Unregistered Limousin Bull 24 Months, By Fieldson Alfy From Robert Rowlinson, Ashbourne 20 Limousin X Limousin & British Blue Heifers (10-18 Months) Exceptional Run of Heifers 7 Limousin X Limousin Steers (10-12 Months)

Saturday 17th February 2018

From Fristling Hall Farms, Essex (TB 4) 100 British Blue, Limousin, Simmental and Blonde Steers and Heifers All out of Beef Cows From Robert Rowlinson, Ashbourne 32 Very Strong Limousin, Simmental and British Blue Steers (19-22 Months) Outlayed until Late December and then Open Yarded. From Lowesby Farms, Lowesby, Leics 20 Outstanding Blue and Limousin Cross Steers and Heifers (9-10 Months) All out of quality Beef Suckler Cows.

Saturday 10th March 2018

R ENGLISH PREMIER SHOW & 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 (No other cattle on this day)



Saturday 17th March 2018

SALE ANNOUNCEMENT Official Society Show and Sale of Pedigree British Blue


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Males and Females (Entry Forms Available) A feature of this Sale and On behalf of RE&S Baldwin, Wigan (TB 4) Is the Annual Sale of British Blue Cross Limousin, May & June 17 Born Calves 120 Head. Together with some Pedigree Limousin Heifers and Bulls This year’s sale will also include The Complete Dispersal Sale of The Autumn Calving Herd.

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Approx. 50 Cows and Calves These Cows are Mainly Young Pedigree Limousin Cows with Blue


Sired Calves at Foot Also included in this Sale and on Behalf of Mrs SG Ellis, Cornwall Production Sale of The ‘Trencrom’ Herd of


Pedigree British Blue Cattle 12 Pedigree British Blue Heifers 5 Pedigree British Blue Bulls- Ready for Work and From the Same Home.


40 British Blue Cross Pure Limousin Strong Bulling Heifers (11-15 Months) 25 British Blue Cross Pure Limousin Steers (11-15 Months)


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STOP PRESS PR Dawes sold Limousin Young Bulls to £1746.43 Stratton Farms sold Limousin Cows to 165.5p/kg or £1378.62 & £1322.35 & £1304.71 RM Hazard & Sons sold Limousin Young Cows to £1787.78 & £1676.64 PR Dawes sold Limousin OTM Heifers to £1555.46 RB Ingamells & Son sold Limousin Steers to £1654.57 T Holmes and Son sold British Blue Reared Calves to £800.00 Skinner Bros sold Texel Lambs to £130.00

TOP PRICES: Young Bulls to 237.5 - £1746.43 Cull Cows to 212.5p - £1787.78 Steers to 235.5p - £1654.57 Heifers to 239.5p - £1496.40 Reared Calves to £800.00 Sheep Sold This Week - SQQ: 194.04p Overall Average: 186.25p 2340 Hogs sold to 256p - £130.00 724 Cull Ewes sold to £125.00

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Slaughter Only Markets Cattle, Sheep & Pigs, No TB Testing! No 6 Day Rule! Also selling finished Cattle weekly from Producers down with TB Payment on the day!

Why not be added to our Market Report Service via e-mail or post or simply check out our website for up to date information, views and prices. VERY IMPORTANT ANNOUNCMENT

JULY 2018 Due to a change in Farming Policy On behalf of RE&S Baldwin, Wigan (TB 4) COMPLETE UNRESERVED DISPERSAL SALE OF 150 Mainly Pedigree Limousin Cows with April and May 2018 born British Blue Sired Calves at Foot Together with Blue and Limousin Stock Bulls

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Beeston Castle Auction 01829 262100 * RE-ARRANGED HERD DISPERSAL * Having been postponed due to incorrect TB Test Date being supplied to the Auctioneers



Being the Entire Dispersal of the KENBOW herd the property of NP Kennerley and removed from Bow Green Farm, Bowdon, Altrincham, Cheshire to Beeston Castle Auction for Sale convenience and comprising 122 Cows & Milking Heifers; 18 In-calf Heifers, 13 Maidens and 17 Heifer Calves. This is a super herd of well bred cattle with power, width, great udders, legs and feet. 53 EX/VG and 31 GP sell from this very young herd, of which 80 are milking with 1st, 2nd or 3rd lactations, including 24 milking Heifers. Nearly all by top proven sired such as Million, Decker, Affirmed and Kade plus the use of Stock Bulls by Captain, Bambam and Derry with Youngstock Sires by Dorcy, Closeup, Glauco and Flattop. Good management – TMR Grass/Maize/ Blend. Cubicle housed. 2X milking. Herd average 8633 kg 4.01% 3.23% CC 120. Latest average daily yield was just shy of 30kg. IBR vaccinated, not vaccinated for BVD or Lepto. Johnes monitored and never had a case. PreMovement Tested 20/01/18. Really good herd of cows in great form and highly recommended. Please bring your ORIGINAL CATALOGUE on Sale Day WEANLINGS FRIDAY 2nd FEBRUARY - 12.30pm – 200 Head : Please contact Simon Lamb on 07815 188125 with entries for cataloguing. “MID MONTH FOCUS MILK DAIRY SALE” TUESDAY, 13th FEBRUARY Commercial and Pedigree Holstein Dairy Cattle & Youngstock (Also open to all Dairy Breeds) Supported by the Western Holstein Club. Closing Date for Entries - FRIDAY 2nd FEBRUARY.

HERD DISPERSAL BEESTON CASTLE AUCTION FRIDAY 9th FEBRUARY - 10.30 AM 236 HEAD Being the Entire Dispersal Sale of the AVIARY herd of Pedigree and Unregistered Holsteins on behalf of MR & NJ Brassington, Ledsham, South Wirral and removed to Beeston Castle Auction for Sale convenience. The Sale comprises: 158 Milking Cows & Heifers, 19 In-calf and Recently Served Heifers and 59 Maiden Heifers down to Heifer Calves plus 1 Hereford Stock Bull. This is a great herd of Dairy Cattle which feature animals which display width and strength, well attached udders, legs and feet and are of an ideal type for modern day milk production. The herd follows an all year round calving pattern, with a favourable bias towards Autumn milk production. They are youthful both in appearance and age, with some 106 milking with their 1st, 2nd & 3rd lactations, including 41 milking heifers. Fed on a Semi-TMR diet based on grass and maize silage, molasses and blend, topped up with concentrate in the parlour. Milked twice daily, cubicle housed during the winter. Herd average 8907 kg 3.87% 3.41% Cell Count 153. CI 386. Latest average daily yield 32.7 kg. Vaccinated BVD, IBR and Lepto. Pre-movement tested. A genuine dispersal of very good Dairy Cattle. STORE AND BREEDING SHEEP EVERY THURSDAY AT 1.00 PM AT BEESTON In-Lamb Ewes, Ewe and Lamb Couples, Store Lambs SPECIAL SALE OF EWE AND LAMB COUPLES ON THURSDAY 8th FEBRUARY Entries for cataloguing and advertising by Thursday, 1st February please. SALE OF TB RESTRICTED CATTLE (ORANGE SALE) TUESDAY 27th FEBRUARY - 11.00am at Beeston Prime & Store Cattle, Barren Cows, Weanlings & Calves from TB restricted holdings Cattle must be TB Tested within 90 days. Enquiries to Jonty Cliffe 07595453306 BRITISH BLUES SATURDAY 3rd MARCH - Annual Show and Sale of British Blue cattle, including Pedigree Bulls and Females, and Blue Crossbred cattle, many with Show Potential. Entry Forms from our office or on our website: entry-forms/special-sales/ January 26, 2018 |


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Auctioneers: Jeremy Eaton - 07747 780481 Ted Ogden - 07855 958211 Sam Bradley - 07538 539077

Craven Dairy Sales

Borderway Mart, Carlisle


T: 01228 406200

Tel: 01229 716308 or 07786 458266 sale catalogues can be downloaded from the website

Shows and sales of

PRIME BLACKFACE HOGGS PRIME SWALEDALE HOGGS Monday 29th January Pens of 15 - 3 classes - up to 36kg, 36.5-41kg and 41.5kg and over

BORDERWAY MONTHLY DAIRY DAY Wednesday 31st January – 11.00am Sale includes fresh calvers, incalf heifers, youngstock and dispersals

TRACTORS, MACHINERY, PLANT & SMALL TOOLS Light vans/commercials Thursday 8th February – 10.30am Followed by sale VEHICLES and IMPLEMENTS on behalf of Park Farm Partnership Isuzu Dmax 2.5TD (64); VMix plus 17.2s tub mix (2008); John Deere 331 mower (2008); Strojna Star 400/11 rotor rake (2014); Shelbourne cubicle bedder 150 (2014); Silage pusher; bucket & pallet forks; 10,000l molasses tank; Ritchie yard scraper; Wopa foot crush; cattle crush; 9 calf hutches; 4 gates; 3 feed bales; metal cow bath; Solway bin; vital min Show and sale of


Sale for all classes of CATTLE & SHEEP

Tel: 01768 371385 Shows and sales of

Wednesday 31st January

Tuesday 13th February Entries close noon Monday 5th February


PRIME SWALEDALE HOGGS, PRIME ROUGH FELL HOGGS & PRIME BLACKFACE HOGGS (Pens of 10) Tuesday 30th January - Show 3.30pm Please advise entries – Mark Richardson 07950 454132 Special prize show and sale of


also BREEDING & OTM CATTLE Monday 12th February Entries close 10am Monday 5th February


Entries close Friday 26th January

Saturday 10th February Show 11.00am Sale 12.00noon

MIDDLETON IN TEESDALE MART Prize show and sale of

Tuesday 13th February Entries close 10am Monday 5th February

FOR SALE PRIVATELY 20 incalf pedigree Jersey heifers due February Contact Glyn Lucas 07711610255

Show Classes for Holstein, Ayrshire, British Friesian, Brown Swiss, Dairy Shorthorn, Jersey & Red and White cattle Entries close Monday 29th January Entry forms available on the website



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STORE HOGGS & BREEDING SHEEP Inc special Sale of BFL FEMALES Also dispersal of 100 Texel x Ewes (mainly 2 shr) due 24 March on to Charollais (ent close Monday 29th January)

Show and sale of




Wednesday 7th February

Tel: 01576 203833


Friday 2nd March Shows and sales of Pedigree

300 FEEDING BULLS Sale 9.30am followed by 20 BEEF FEEDING COWS & 700 STORE HEIFERS & BULLOCKS Inc Special Sale of 150 BULLING HEIFERS 10 BREEDING CATTLE Sale 12.30pm

LIVESTOCK ONLY Stirks, Weaned Calves, Breeding & Cull Goats & Store Sheep (ent close Monday 5th February)

Tel: 01833 640281


Monday 29th January SALE OF REARING CALVES Sale 10.45am CROP & PRODUCE Sale 11.45am WEEKLY PRIMESTOCK SALE (6 day rule) CLEAN CATTLE Sale 12.30pm followed by CAST & FEEDING COWS (4 Year & Pre Test) followed by TB EXEMPT CATTLE (pre enter) PRIME HOGGS & CAST SHEEP Sale 1.30pm

Wednesday 14th February Entries close Wednesday 31st January

Hatching eggs and associated poultry equipment Also special sale of PIGS of all classes Saturday 24th February Entries close Friday 26th January

Monday 29th January Show & Sale of 20 Dairy Cattle Judging 11.30am – Sale 12.00noon

CRAVEN CHAMPION SHOW Evening Show of STORE CATTLE with SHOW POTENTIAL These cattle will be sold on Wed 14th February (ent close Wednesday 7th February) Wednesday 14th February FEEDING BULLS, BEEF FEEDING CATTLE, STORE & BREEDING CATTLE Inc the sale of CRAVEN CHAMPIONS (ent close Wednesday 7th February) PEDIGREE CATTLE Show & Sale of PEDIGREE BULLS & FEMALES (entries close Friday 2nd February) Friday 23rd February Sale of SHEEPDOGS (entries close Friday 9th February)

Brockholes Arms Auction Mart

Claughton On Brock, Preston PR3 0PH 01995 640280 Tuesday 30th January, 2018

8.45am Prime Hoggs to £110/hd Followed by Cast Ewes to £126/hd 10.30am Fat Bulls & Prime Cattle to 230p/kg Followed by Store Cattle to £1,000/hd 11.30am Rearing Calves to £475/hd

Wednesday 31st January, 2018 10.30am OTM Cattle Sale Followed by TB Exempt Cattle

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Bakewell Market Results

Bakewell Market Store Cattle Section

Friday 19th January 2018 The High Peak Livestock Society January Store Cattle Sale Results

Every Monday, 11am An "Early Warning" list is posted on our website every Friday afternoon with full details of the entries. Already entered for Monday 29th January 120 + Store Cattle, Continentals & Named Sire Hereford and Angus

Over 700 Store Cattle

Young Bulls average £888.65 (Up £29 on 2017) Steers average £919.69 (Up £40 on 2017) Heifers average £796.63 (Up £64 on 2017)

LONGTOWN MART Tel (01228) 791215 - 791300 Tuesday 30th January at 10.30am Special Sale of 150 Store Cattle Monthly Sale of Breeding Cattle To include part dispersal of 10 BB/Lim cows with Lim calves & 15 BB/Lim cows in calf to Lim from a local Scottish farm. Weekly Sale of 3,000 Store Hoggs Followed by Special January Sale of All Breeds of In Lamb Ewes & Gimmers


The Next Bakewell Store Cattle Sale

Two Consignments of Pedigree Hereford Cattle

Friday 16th February

Store Cattle Sale

Tuesday 6th February Weekly Sale of Store Hoggs & Breeding Sheep

Dispersal of 9 In Calf Cows & Heifers on behalf of Peter Bayley, Macclesfield

Entries Close Friday 2nd February Entries to date include; 44 Lim x Strs & Hfrs, 8-10 mnths 34 Lim & Char Strs & Hfrs, 6-10 mnths 18 ¾ Lim Strs & Hfrs, 10-12 mnths Please contact Bakewell Office with your entries

`BORDER BREEDS` Tuesday 20th February – Evening Sale In Lamb Shearlings, Ewes & Select Ewe Hoggs from Pedigree Flocks HILL (S.C.) CHEVIOT, N.C. CHEVIOT (Park & Hill) & BLACKFACE Entry forms on request or on website

2 Bulling Heifers, 21 mnths 2 Yearling Heifers & 6 Young Bulls on behalf of David Hinchliffe, Holmesfield Bakewell Market Results Monday 22nd January 2018

557 Cattle, 2,085 Sheep 274 Store & Breeding Cattle, Strs £1,170, Hfrs £1,075 Feeding Bulls £850, Cows & Calves £1,160 121 OTM Cattle to 193p & £1,320 overall ave. 123p 101 Finished Cattle to 242p/kg & £1,605 61 Calves, Bulls to £378, Hfrs to £275 1,638 Hoggs to 240p/kg and £107.25 SQQ ave. 195.1p, overall ave. 190.6p 447 Cull Sheep Ewes to £134 ave. £63.91 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 Ashbourne Bakewell Derby

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Also entered; 135 Reared Calves, Bulls & Hfrs 3-5 mnths, 15 Bulls, 8-9 mnths & 10 Hfrs, 8-9 mnths Br Blue x, Lim x & Hereford x, All Homebred, Out of New Zealand Style Friesian Cows To book in for any Monday sale call 01629 812777 by 12 noon the Friday before.

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40 Pure Texel Ewe Lambs

Thursday 8th February

8 Jacob Shearlings, Scanned In Lamb to Texel 150 Continental Feeding Lambs Further entries invited

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Thursday 1st February

On behalf of WH Crump & Sons ON FARM at Churton Hall Farm, Pump Lane, Churton, Chester, Cheshire CH3 6LR Comprising the total DISPERSAL of the closed homebred NMR Recorded Holstein Friesian herd, 200 Milking cows & Heifers, 170 Youngstock including 68 In calf Heifers. Enquires to the office 01829 260545 See website for catalogue.

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Sale for all types of Sheep Delivery & Weighing from 9am & Sale at 12 Noon

Final Announcement Tuesday 30th January 10.30am 370 HEAD

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200 Store Cattle of all classes inc 24 Limx strs hfrs,12-20mo,Kexborough Farms 16 Limx & BBx strs & hfrs,11-15mo M Buckley & Partners 6 BBx bulls,8mo,TW Sewell & Sons 5 Lim bulls,12-14mo,GJ Mellor & Ptrs 6 Limousin bulls 10-12 months 10 Lim & BBx bulls, 7-8mo, 15 Contx strs, 22-24mo 200 Store Sheep inc 15 Suffx HB In Lamb Shearlings & Ewes 220 Store Pigs & Sows Pigs 9.15am Sheep 9.45am Cattle 10.45am Wednesday 31st January Dedicated Slaughter Market 355 Cattle 540 Sheep 500 Pigs & Sows Pigs 9am Sheep 9.45am Cattle 10.30am 3rd February at 9.30am Fur Feather Misc & Sundry Items

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Pedigree & Commercial Livestock Auctioneers & Valuers

Buttington Cross, Telephone 01938 553438 Buttington, Fax 01938 554607 Welshpool, Powys SY21 8SR


Tuesday 30th January

Monday 29th January 9am 700 PRIME HOGGS followed 200 CAST SHEEP


Friday 2nd February 10.15am 60 REARING CALVES 10.15am 150 CAST/OTM CATTLE 11.15am 400 STORE CATTLE Last Wk Blks to £1400 & Hfrs to £1220

Store Cattle – Sale at 10am

Thursday 8th February

Monday 19th February Show & Sale of DAIRY CATTLE Entries close Friday 9th February

On Behalf of The British Charolais Cattle Society

J36 RURAL AUCTION CENTRE Tel: 015395 66200

32 Pedigree Charolais Cattle

Saturday 27th January at 11am Show & Sale of IN-LAMB 18 ROUGH FELL FEMALES, 40 BLUEFACED LEICESTER FEMALES From Carry House, Cottage, Hayshaw, Hewgill, Hundith, Keer, Longwell, Lunesdale, Midlock, Moors, Nether Newton, Old Thorne, Penhill, Shankley, 16 Tex, 3 Beltex, 7 Zwart & 2 M’Bleu, 350 FLOCK DISPERSALS & COMMERCIAL FEMALES Please see catalogue for sale order

Show at 10am & Sale at 12 Noon Catalogues from mart office, or online:

Saturday 27th January at 11am Sale of POULTRY, WATERFOWL & EQUIPMENT

FG Buy and Sell 01772 799500

Tuesday 30th January 1pm 2000 PRIME HOGGS followed by 750 CAST SHEEP Thursday 1st February 11am Monthly Sale of IN-LAMB BREEDING SHEEP followed by Fortnightly Sale of 1000 STORE HOGGS Saturday 3rd February at 10.30am Monthly Sale of MACHINERY, TOOLS & EQUIPMENT Please advise the office of entries. Email photos to

Hereford Spring Shows & Sales

Thursday 8th February 10.15am 80 CALVES, 10.30am 80 CAST COWS inc. TB RESTRICTED COWS 11am Anniversary Show & Sale of 250 STORE CATTLE Entries close Wednesday 31st January Tuesday 13th February Anniversary Show & Sale PRIME PIGS Show class for Pairs Anniversary Show & Sale PRIME HOGGS Show classes for Pair of Beltex, 5 Lowland, 5 Mule/Mash/Chev, 5 Swale/Dales/Horned & 5 Herdwick Hoggs

FOR SALE PRIVATELY Herd Dispersal of 70 Pedigree IC Hereford Cows due June/July. 120 Tex Gimmer Hoggs scanned IL to Tex Tup due 20th March onwards. Wanted: 30 Freshly Calved Dairy Heifers & Cows, can be in smaller groups. Contact Ian Atkinson on 07766 521472

Penrith Auction Mart

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Wednesday 31st January– 7.00am Cast Ewes and Rams; 9am Prime Hoggs (Hogg Ballot at 8.30am) Monday 5th February Sale of Store Cattle and Feeding Bulls of all classes and also Beef Breeding Cattle Entries close noon Monday 29th Jan Wednesday 7th February Sale of In-Lamb Breeding Sheep entries close noon Wednesday 31st January 50


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53rd Premier Sale of Pedigree Luing Cattle Wallets Marts, Castle Douglas 12 Noon, Friday 9th February 2018

“All livestock sold under national conditions of sale recommended for use by the L.A.A.”



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Wednesday 31 January


Auction Mart Office 01200 445376 Fred 07713 075660 Ann 07710 709979 Rachel 07713 075659 Email:


4pm 2000 Cast & Feeding Ewes 6pm 3000 Prime Belly clipping required, on-site Thu 9-12.30 & Sat 8-9.30 Hoggs Followed by Cast Ewe 2nd ballot Saturday 27 January 9.30am Annual Show & Sale of Dalesbred Prime Hoggs CULL EWES, PRIME & STORE SHEEP On behalf of the Dalesbred Sheepbreeders Assoc Pens of 5 to be penned by 4pm MONDAY HOGG COLLECTION 12-2pm

Tuesday 6 February

10.30am 40-50 Cast Cows & OTM Cattle Monthly Sale of Suckler Breeding Cattle,


38-47kg, no 6 day rule, call for weekly price & booking

Thursday 1 February

10.30am 100 PRIME CATTLE, 100 CULLS

10.30am 200 REARING CALVES Inc. Annual Consignment from Messrs Rowland & Woodward of 20 Char x (21mo) & 20 S/hrn x (18mo) 11.30am 60 DAIRY CATTLE regular weekly sale of registered and non-registered cattle inc Entries for Catalogue close Monday 29 January


Wednesday 7 February

Super Two Challenge Prizes for the Best Pair of Prime Hoggs

Wednesday 14 February

Valentines Dairy Day Show & Sale of Newly Calved Dairy Cattle

Annual Show & Sale of Swaledale Prime Hoggs

Tuesday 20 February at 11.30am

2nd Winter Sale of In Lamb Breeding Sheep

Tuesday 20 February at 6pm Annual Evening Sale of Individual Breeding Sheep

Viz. Dalesbred, Herdwick, Swaledale & Teeswater Ewes Entries for Catalogue Close Friday 9 February

Wednesday 21 February

Monthly Sale of Farmers’ Stirks




158 head 33 In-calf Heifers 100 Bulling Heifers 25 Bulls All stock from health scheme herds and BVD vaccinated.

Classes: NCH, PNCH, NCC, ICH

12.30pm 100 STIRKS entries advised



Saturday 3 February


LUING CATTLE SOCIETY Sale Catalogue: Wallets Marts: 01556 502381 or t: 01250 872897 e:

stores, ewes+lambs at foot & In-lamb. Fortnightly sheep scanning service on site 8.30am Sale Times: Cattle & Pigs 10.30am, Sheep 9.30am

Saturday 17 February


Prizes for the best single prime hogg shown by a young handler upto 27yo Entries by Tue 13 Feb

MACHINERY SALE: Saturday 17 March STIRKS & SATURDAY ENTRIES TO 01200 441351 (by 11am Tue for advertising)

On Instructions from The Executors of the Late Mr J H Wright Whitegates Farm, Chesterton Road, Harbury, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV33 9NH

A COMPLETE FARM DISPERSAL SALE in conjunction with Clough & Co Vale of Clwyd Livestock Centre, Parc Glasdir, Ruthin. LL15 1PB Tel: 01824 705000 – Fax: 01824 705555

Sale of Farm Machinery, Vehicles and Agricultural Miscellanea On Saturday 3rd February, 2018 @ 9.30 sharp Approximately 1,000 lots of Agricultural Machinery, Implements, Hand Tools Order of Sale:

Tools & indoor items @ 9.30am, Building Equipment etc @ 10am, Farm Implements @ 11am and Vehichles ATV’s & Tractors @ 1pm

For Full list please visit:

ENTRIES SUBJECT TO AVAILABILITY TERMS: CREDIT/DEBIT CARD OR CASH PAYMENTS DAY OF SALE. Bidding Numbers & Buyers Registration will be in place for this Sale

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1996 Massey Ferguson 390 Tractor 1980 Massey Ferguson 575 Tractor 1976 Massey Ferguson 135 Tractor 1950 Nuffield Universal DM4 Tractor 2001 Daihatsu TDL Fourtrak Fieldsman 1992 Leyland DAF 45 7.5t. Beavertail Lorry Together With: 2011 Marshall 75 Side Manure Spreader, 2011 Kuhn GR300 GM Rowing Up Machine, 2010 Teagle 510 1.8m Pasture Topper, 2003 Kuhn GMD500 Disc Mower Plus: Trailers, Livestock Equipment, Agricultural Requisites, Produce, Mowers & Household Items Included by kind permission: A Private Collection of Five Barn Stored Tractors for Restoration Additional Entries will be Accepted TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION ON SATURDAY 10th FEBRUARY 2018 AT 10.30AM Catalogues & Information Tel: 01788 564749 7 – 11 Albert Street, Rugby, CV21 2RX January 26, 2018 |


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On instructions from Abbots Ripton Farming Co Ltd and Lavenham Fen Farms Ltd



Auction sale of agricultural tractors, telescopic loaders, implements and machinery

Large quantity of Sheep Handling/Feeding Equipment 10 T Wheat Straw, 50 Small Bales Meadow Hay

Tractors: 2011 CAT MT765C (new tracks 2018), 2011 John Deere 7530 AutoQuad, 2011 John Deere 7530 AutoPower (2), 2008 John Deere 6630 PowerQuad, 2007 John Deere 6830 AutoQuad. Telescopic Loaders: 2010 JCB 531-70 Agri-Super (2). Vehicles: 1994 Frazier Agribuggy 4D c/w Kuhn MDS 1142, Massey Ferguson 50D Elite, 1992 Iveco Cargo 75E15 horse transporter. Machinery: 2008 Simba SL400 min-till cultivator 4m, 2007 Miedema Structural PM20 2row planter, Dowdeswell DP120S (2), DP7D2 ploughs, Simba Double Press 4.6m, Quivogne APXRS discs 6m, Cousins Combination Harrow (2), Kongskilde Germinator SP6000 cultivator 6m, Kuhn HR4003D power harrow 4m, Kongskilde Rondo XL discs 4m, 2001 Sieger HD HM drain jetter, Reekie and Howard bed tillers, Pace Orion Weigh X25 potato weigher/filler, Stanhay sugar beet drills. Also: Bomford, Shotbolt, Blench, Cousins and Wilrich cultivators, rolls, wheels and tyres etc.

FURTHER ENTRIES INVITED Thursday 8th February 2018 at 10:30am Catalogues available via or by post from the auctioneers SALES AND VALUATIONS UNDERTAKEN NATIONWIDE

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Final Reminder Dispersal Farm Machinery Auction Sale On behalf of JN Coxhead Ltd To be held on Saturday 27th January 2018 at New Longton, Preston PR4 4JN Sale commences 10am prompt (no small lots) of Tractors, Trailers, Implements Usual terms of sale. All lots sold as seen. VAT at 20% No Buyers Premium. Payment day of sale Cash/ Card Viewing on the Friday and morning of the sale Buyer Registration £2 on sale day (unless registered) Tel: 01772 555403

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Experienced General Farm Worker Required – Norfolk The family owned farming business is a mixed estate with arable and a pedigree herd of beef cattle. We require a general farm worker to join our existing team whose work will include tractor driving, combine driving, cattle husbandry, grassland management, woodland management and excavator work. PA 1, PA2 & Telehandler Certificates required. A competitive remuneration package commensurate with experience offered including accommodation if required. Excellent references essential. To apply please write enclosing an up to date CV to: Mrs Alice Lake Cruso & Wilkin, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE30 1NZ Tel: 01553 691691

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WASTE TYRES removed from farms

• 25 years experience • Registered waste carrier • All farm tyres & tyre bale removed in bulk • Competitive prices For free quote call Chris Ingram on

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Water into woodfuel Swedish willow will grow 10 foot per year Solves pollution run off and wet patches Also red willow earliest and prettiest pussy willow Sold in 2m lengths – cut into 10 pieces to put in ground

DAIRY WORK WANTED Male wishes to return to milking cows


Each per 1000 BLACKTHORN 40/60cm £0.20 CHRISTMAS TREES 25/40cm £0.45 CHRISTMAS TREES NON-DROP 15/25cm £0.65 FIELD MAPLE 40/60cm £0.26 GREEN BEECH 30/40cm 2yr £0.37 HORNBEAM 30/50cm £0.28 QUICKTHORN (HAWTHORN) 40/60cm £0.24 QUICKTHORN (HAWTHORN) 60/80cm £0.33 QUICKTHORN (HAWTHORN) 60/90 2yr £0.42 QUICKTHORN (HAWTHORN) 90/120cm 2yr £0.47 STEWARDSHIP HEDGEROW MIX 40/60cm £0.26 STEWARDSHIP HEDGEROW MIX 60/80cm £0.37 STEWARDSHIP HEDGEROW MIX 60/90cm 2 yr £0.45 BAMBOO CANES 90cm £0.07 SPIRAL TREE GUARDS 45cm £0.16


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To join existing team of 5 on 450 cow pedigree Holstein herd, New Buildings and Parlour, Cubicles, Full TMR. Sensible hours with good time off, salary to suit experience and very good accommodation.



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Per100 Per1000 20/40cm 0.14 0.13 40/60cm 0.20 0.18 40/60cm bushy 0.40 0.37 60/90cm 0.27 0.25 90cm+ 0.48 0.47 Blackthorn 40/60cm 0.16 0.15 60/90cm bushy 0.30 0.28 Beech 40/60cm 0.50 0.48 60/90cm 0.71 0.69 90/120cm 1.10 1.07 Privet 40/60cm 0.45 0.43 60/90cm 2yr 0.68 0.66 Hornbeam 40/60cm 0.35 0.33 60/90cm 0.60 0.58 90/120cm 1.05 1.03 Box 20/30cm 1.05 30/40cm 1.30 English Yew 40/50cm 2.28 50/60cm 3.41 Rabbit Guards 0.18p Canes 0.07p Trees, Specimen Plants, Hedging, All Sizes Available. A standard delivery charge may be added. All Major Credit Cards Accepted. All Prices Exclude Vat Southport Road, Shaw Green, Euxton, Chorley, Lancs, PR7 6EQ Tel: 01257 450533 Fax: 01257 450568 Quickthorn

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• New Milk-Lab Pro Fat Testing Dairy Equipment System Q3 house ads Legal Helpdesk.indd 20/09/2017 4 12:17 • 200 litre and 40 litre Butter Churns • 300 litre Continuous Ice FOR HEALTHY CALVES Cream Freezer *Test Colostrum * • 500 litre Batch * Freeze only Quality Colostrum * Pasteuriser * Thaw 4litre pack within 20mins * Electric Heating * Feed immediately after birth * • Four Head Hand For more details contact Operated Poly Bottle Filler BRITMILK • 300 and 500 Tel : 01387 750459 litre refrigerated cooling tanks • 1,000 litre HTST Pasteuriser System

Mastitis Detection in Dairy Cows Check instantly your drying off, new calved and boating cows with the new hand held sub-clinical mastitis detector. For further and brochure; Contact Northern Dairy Equipment Ltd on 01772 739403

NEW & USED BULK MILK TANKS 01772 780806 Click Bulk Tanks For Stock 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 07535 889844 (T)

Call Charles Wait 07788 233608 (T)


GEA ROBOT 3 box MIone system (2014) Very little use. Complete system, inc. collars, buffer tank and chiller.

Tel:07811933174 Dorset (P)

HWANTEDH West Falia DP21 Compatible out of parlour feeders Contact: Chris Hobson Tel: Mobile

07801 081811 GASCOIGNE 12/12 PARLOUR Good

trough feeders, electronic pulsator’s and automatic take offs.

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FABDEC DX bulk milk


Ro-Ka 4,000 Litres Delaval 4,500 Litres Ro-Ka 5,000 Litres Delaval 6,750 Litres Ro-Ka 7,000 Litres Fabdec 8,000 Litres Mueller 8,000 Litres Delaval 10,000 Litres Mueller 12,000 Litres Serap 15,000 Litres Kristal 16,000 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. 2 x 6000 litres. For sale after dairy dispersal £4000 Each Tel: 07973 715 072. Derbyshire. (P)

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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

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Scanning Services. Across the North -Tel: 01200 445750 or 07976 539197 (T)



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H Best Prices Paid H Payment in 2 days

Telephone: 07774 620008 anytime

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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.



Heifer Plus (Whey) Calf Delight (Skim) Calf Supreme (Skim) Tip Top (Whey) Calf Content (Whey) Super XL (Whey)

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MARTLANDS COLLECTORS OF DEAD ANIMALS THROUGHOUT LANCASHIRE AND CHESHIRE Competitive prices PLEASE CALL: 01704 893161 or 07768 051800 (24 hrs) Martland’s the name, knackering’s the game Established over 100 years






PETER BODDY Licensed Horse & Cattle Slaughterers All types of cattle, plain, lame, causalities, down cows on vet certificates. Immediate collection.

Contact John Brown on 07766 140693 (T)

Nixons Knacker

Friendly Family run business, fully licenced and approved. All fallen stock covered, horse specialist. Deer management & park culling. Areas covered; Lancs, Cheshire, Derbys & N.Wales 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Tel: 07707 533097 or 07903 204919

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Two models Capacity approx 1 ton – 3 ton / hr Easy to operate and adjust. Efficient for crushing / rolling all common raw materials

Tel: 01746 762777

V12 Shearing

and crutching machine £345, Super Crook from NZ £30, Yoke for stand up dagging £175, ErgoPro cordless sheep & cattle clipper £220. The sheep shearing equipment specialist. George Mudge & Co - Tel: 01822 615456 www. georgemudgeshearing.

New range of 1 - 5 Tonne Hopper Fillers. Parlour Feeders and Horse Feeders also available. What are you looking for? Tel: 01235 772161 or peter.allen@mailmansion.

7 days a week. *WANTED* Deer and Exotic Game Tel: 07831 222384 (T)

Plain & Cows & Bulls Wanted.

I N T E R S H A P E Calf-

Tel Hutches. (6) Large Hutches £395 plus vat each. (2) Single Hutches £250 plus vat each . Excellent condition -Tel: 07773 568842 Derby-

shire (P)

with veterinary certificates direct to our own abattoir.

TEXT OR TELEPHONE STEPHEN: 07860 636 605 DAVID: 07842 876 590 OFFICE: 01772 626 951

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BAMBER BRIDGE Lancs, Cumbria, Cheshire. Yorkshire.

Plain and Worn out Cows, Bulls & Sheep Wanted


-Tel: 01900 817009 or 07759 194600 Nationwide (T)


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Temporary Livestock Buildings For Hire

CAN MANUFACTURE TO SPECIFICATION • Fill by Blowpipe or Loader • Can be suitable for snackers • 4 to 10 Tonnes Prices from £720 • 3 to 6 Tonne Prices from £380

Back Plates i.e.Matbro - Euro £650


01935 851243

For lambing and calf pens, many uses, many sizes Nationwide coverage.

Tel Henmans: 01568 708655 or 07836 722891


Grabs, Buckets & Bale Squeezers

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


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



Calf / Lamb TMF Eurolouve automatic milk feeder Easy set up, good condition. Bought in 2015. £1,500 ono

HOPKINS STEEL FABRICATIONS Call our Team Today: 01576 205 905 (option 2) Email: Web:


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


Feeds 120 lambs/kids Feeds 25 calves 11kg Hopper 1750w water tank 10 Litre water tank

Labour saving, cost effective, healthy youngstock For further information contact

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5 in One Supplement for calves in the

first 7-10 days. Helping to protect the gut wall from viruses and bad bacteria. Also helps stimulate the immune system. For further information contact Ballantrae House, Collin, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, DG1 4PT, Telephone 01387 750459



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Tel: 0781 0303092 Northants (P)

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

Tel 01686 627374 Fax 01686 627515

CAPTIVE BOLT STUNNER No firearms certificate required

An economy model suitable for the humane destruction of all farm animals using .22 long or .380 blanks

Contact us for a free brochure

ENTWISTLE GUNS Tel 01772 718048

ELECTRIC FENCE REPAIRS We Repair All Types Of Electric Fence Enegisers. All Makes & Models. We Also Give A 1 Year Warranty Arran Lange 07910876341

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

01387 750459


Pedigree Welsh Boar

for sale born March 2017, also Pedigree Welsh Maiden Gilts for sale

Tel Daytime 07973951050, Evenings 01568750461 Geoff Bemand Herefordshire (P)

M J Kiddy & Son Cambridgeshire

A good selection of Large White & Hampshire boars & gilts available Telephone: 01767 650884 or 07808 204363 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)

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This will get you clucking… Advertise your Poultry FREE! from now until the end of February (private advertisers only). You’d be mad to miss out!

And Texel X Ewes. All young sheep. Scanned in lamb at 180% to Beltex & Texel Rams.

Ill health forces sale.


Mid Wales (P)


J. COULTHURST Bamber Bridge (01772) 623123 SILKYS Black, Golden and White , Take your pick £15 each, Tel : 01988 600782 South west Scotland (P)

Poultry Equipment

Tel:01772613719 Lancs CHESHIRE BLUE Rus-

set blue and Russet green. Blue and Green egg laying Hybrids, Available from CMP, Tel: 07946 761435 Creag-MhorPoultry

Nantwich (T)

ing stock for sale. Pairs & Trios of proven Peafowl. White, Black Shoulder & Indian Blue. Also 4 2017 hatched. -Tel: 0151 3392591

Cheshire (P)


Aylesbury, Khakie Campbell Ducks for sale. £10 each -Tel: 01625 523083

Wilmslow, Cheshire (P)

M.V. Accredited. For information

Tel: 07964 998643 Staffordshire (P)


✓ Cobalt ✓ Selenium ✓ Iodine ✓ Zinc ✓ Copper (also available

Wholesale prices available February onwards. Prebookings welcome. Springhill Poultry Tel: 07946 651185 Shrops

30 CONTINENTAL X EWES With Lambs at foot & 80 in-lamb ewes.


legged partridge and a few white hen pheasants for sale. Tel: 01772 726486 Lancs (P)





For more information contact Pearce Hughes:

01978 799 774


07866 772 478

SHROPSHIRE FARM VETS Supporting Shropshire Farmers

9 Full time clinical veterinary surgeons focusing entirely on livestock and 4 full time TB specific vets.


for sale. Pedigree Hereford & Aberdeen Angus Bulls. Ready to use, quiet to handle. -Tel: 01538 300331 or 07968 622950 Staffs (P)

For our Whittington Office call 01691 898822 to discuss your veterinary requirements.

NEW STEEL HURDLES 4ft, 5ft & 6ft all

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Tel: 07980 256270 (P)

Wooden. 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)


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Strong sheep will split. Lost of animal housing forces sale.



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Scrutinising your farm business Finance options with Tony Rimmer


ecently, there has been a lot written about Brexit, the land market and agriculture. When advising farmers it has become clear there are generally two mentalities: one being, ‘we have to cope with what is thrown at us’. The other, ‘we will have to start planning how our businesses can cope with reduced/ change support and a changing world of trade’. I am often asked ‘what makes a farming business successful and what systems should people adopt?’ In my belief there is no right or wrong system. It is simply, what works for you, your business and your purchasers of whatever you are producing ‘the customer’. However, there is a common theme in what is making farms successful.

• • • • • •

Firstly, farms should be run as a business, the days of farming as a way of life have long since ceased and every cost and decision should be scrutinised. Recently, I was sat with an arable farmer discussing costs and one that had not been addressed was the cost of water for spraying. It soon became apparent that significant savings could be made if the business utilised roof/reservoir water for its spraying. It is this drilling down to each and every cost which separates out the best from the rest. Secondly, many successful farmers run simple systems with clear protocols and guidance, which outlines what is needed and how things should be done. They consider the importance of any spend and is it necessary. Finance costs are often overlooked with farms running high overdraft that in reality, is not an overdraft but a long term borrowing facility. This is an expensive

Grant Scheme applications Estate management Landlord and Tenant Basic Payment Scheme Sales & Lettings Valuations

‘Consider the importance of any spend and if it is necessary’

way to borrowing long term and you should analyse what level of your overdraft is hardcore borrowing and what level is your seasonal requirements. When comparing banking facilities and particularly if you are looking to borrow on a fixed rate while interest rates are low, you should consider the length of the term you are actually fixing for or indeed what term the length of the

loan is. Many of the banks are talking of a 20-year term but with a five-year review, effectively that means a five-year term. Rostons is an AMC agent, the AMC offers agricultural businesses long-term loans which are predominantly on a lend and leave basis with a term that means, a term. In the last two months, we have seen an increase in these applications. This has been for a variety of purposes, including restructuring of existing debts, purchase of adjoining holdings, construction of agricultural workers dwellings and investment into agricultural buildings and on-farm renewables. Those looking to invest in the near future could benefit from low interest rates, especially with the threat of interests rates increasing this summer. Tony Rimmer is director of Rostons land and property specialists. Call 01829 773 000 or email

T: 01228 792299 or 01387 213155 E:



2017 was a very successful selling year Values strengthened on both sides of the Border C & D Rural sold numerous Farms, Equestrian units, Smallholdings, Forestry and bare land parcels many going to closing dates and have a variety of clients with funds available who were unsuccessful bidders.

NEWBY DEMESNE Newby, East Carlisle

Character House or Residential Development Property Newby Demesne is a 5 bedroom landmark property in the Scottish baronial style in need of full renovation work. There is an annexe for potential extension or conversion plus barns with planning and listed building consent to convert to 3 x 2 & 3 bed houses plus consent for a detached 3 bed single storey dwelling. This is an excellent residential development but would also make an impressive private house with buildings and the option to purchase up to 1.66 acres (0.67 ha) of grazing land. This is a quiet rural village situation accessible to the City of Carlisle and the M6 with views to the south over agricultural land and the River Irthing.

DO YOU HAVE A FARM OR RURAL PROPERTY TO SELL? We currently have a good demand for farms, land and rural property and are actively seeking properties. Our comprehensive service includes:• Free pre-sale appraisal without obligation. • Experienced advice on presentation and lotting. • Proactive marketing and negotiation. • Brochure preparation and design. • Drone photography to promote your property to its full advantage. • Internet, newspaper and specialist press advertising. • Social media promotion using the strong C & D brand. • Accompanied viewings. • Full support in regulatory compliance, transfer of entitlements, ongoing grant schemes etc.


A most attractive residential farm with an excellent and well established riding stable business as a going concern and set in around 38 acres (15.38 ha) of grassland and woodland. The holding is in a quiet rural area with much wildlife and ample scope for off road riding yet conveniently situated for local towns on the A69 between the cities of Carlisle and Newcastle. There is a pleasant 3 bedroom detached house in an idyllic woodland setting with an economic biomass boiler and an efficient 3 bed timber lodge with open views, a riding arena, ample parking, 12 stables, wc, office and tack room facilities. There is good potential for further growth of the business and potential for livery. EPC = C & F

We have a wide range of properties available across Cumbria and Dumfries & Galloway - please see our website for full details.

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STANLEY FARM Quernmore, Lancaster

Farmhouse, buildings and 141.71 acres (57.35 ha) available in up to 3 Lots:Lot 1: 2 bedroom farmhouse, with att 3 bed flat together with 85.97 acres meadow and pasture Lot 2: Traditional farm buildings with planning permission for 4 residential dwellings and 7.70 acres Lot 3: 48.04 acres meadow and pasture FOR SALE BY AUCTION IN UP TO 3 LOTS

The former agricultural property is subject to an occupational clause as defined by Section 336 of the Town & Country Planning Act 1990. Please contact the Bakewell office for further information or visit or for full property details.

Our brands reach deeply into all the major agricultural sectors arable, dairy, livestock, agricultural machinery, finance and equipment

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Full details from Crooklands Office: Tel: (015395) 66800

• Stunning barn conversion • Three double bedrooms, master with luxurious en suite. • Surrounded by approx 3 1/2 acres, 4 timber loose boxes.

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to rent in Wirrall. Looking for a safe, secure yard to rent or possibly buy in the Wirrall, NW Cheshire, NE Wales. Must have buildings suitable for storage & maintenance of modern farm machinery, water & electricity. Would consider an industrial unit. Tel David on 07802

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The Barn, Sparrow Greave Farm, Wincle, Macclesfield, Cheshire


Midtown Farm Annaside, Bootle Millom Cumbria LA19 5XL


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Well equipped dairy and livestock farm including 6 bedroom farmhouse, range of farm buildings and approximately 128.65 acres of land with 11kw wind turbine. Tender Date: Thursday 1st March 2018

Guide Price: £980,0000 Cumbria Office 01539 751 993

To Be Let

UPLAND FARM & MOORLAND HEFT DERWENT VALLEY, DERBYSHIRE An opportunity to help shape the future of farming in the uplands The Trust’s vision for Old House Farm is that it will be managed as an innovative and exemplar model of farming in the uplands delivering excellent conservation, produce, access, engagement and wider public benefits, whilst providing a sustainable livelihood and fulfilling lifestyle. Farming systems and businesses need to adapt and evolve to reflect the quickly changing economic and political environment and this is an ideal opportunity to demonstrate one way in which farming may go forward. We are looking to see how farming in the uplands in the 21st Century can develop a new and broader sense of its purpose where supplying clean water, wildlife and access for people are seen as essential products to be nurtured and grown alongside livestock production. You will need to be an enthusiastic, innovative and highly motivated tenant who is driven to achieve high quality environmental outcomes, willing to learn and teach and with whom we and others can work collaboratively in order to achieve mutual conservation aims and objectives whilst providing a viable business to support you and contribute towards the local community and economy. Old House Farm extends to 170ha of in-bye land with a three bedroom house and buildings. A further 846ha moorland heft is also available if required. If you are up for an exciting challenge and think you have a vision that can blend with ours and want to be part of the future of our uplands we’d love to hear from you.

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NEW HOLLAND KOBELCO 2012 5 ton, rubber tracks, 520hrs, cw quick hitch and 3 buckets. Excellent condition.

£22,750 + VAT

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

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3000psi/200bar Up to 30L/min Twin Lance machines 100m Drain Jetting

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linkage, midmount valves & service to front, 140 lpm pump, 12 led worklamps, bar axles, large touch screen, 710/70R38 @ 85%, approx 2611hrs .......... 21022611 £68,000

New Holland T7.210 AutoCommand, 2015, 2900 Hours, 650 Tyres, Front Linkage and PTO........................................ ...................................................... ...................................................... .......................21019592 £58,000

New Holland T7.260, 2013, Power Command, 50k, 4 electric spools, 650/75 R38, front linkage ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .......................61022512 £47,500

Fendt 720 Profi, 2012, 5900 Hours, front linkage, Michelin tyres, rears 650/65R42 40% good , fronts 540/65R30 40% good, 12 reg, 4 spools (1 used on hitch), 2 beacons, radar, hydr. top link ..........41023761 £59,500

New Holland T7.210 Range Command, no front links, loader ready w/ mid mounts, joystick, 4 dav’s, dynamic comfort seat, 650/65R38 @85%, approx 2200 hrs, (Loader Boom not included) .......................21022613 £56,000

Manitou MLT634T 120PS 120 LSU PS, air seat, boom work lights, hyd locking, 24” tyres @90%, immaculate condition, approx 1500 hrs........................... ...................................................... ........................ 61022636 £42,500

Manitou MLT735T, 2010, C.R.C, a/c,radio, jsm, hyd locking, powershift, 460/70R24 tyres ...... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .......................11020258 £25,000

Manitou MLT627 Evo 24, 2009, c/w Hydrauic locking, pick-up hitch, Air con, CRC Bom suspension ................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .......................61023102 £25,000

Manitou MLT627T EV, 2009, air con, CRC, hyd locking, puh, 24” tyres front @ 60% rear @ 80% .. ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .......................41023761 £59,500

Strautmann Super Vitesse, 2008, auto lube, hyd drawbar with suspension, draw bar ext, chain drive, good working order, 500/50R17 tyres .......................... ...................................................... .......................21022030 £16,500

Volvo Excavator with hitch & ditch bucket, clean for age & hours, 2006, 5600 Hours ............. ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... ........................ 61021383 £15,000

Manitou MLT634, 2006, 120 LSU PS turbo, 24” wheels/tyres, seat worn, single lever joystick, pick up hitch, hyd locking ................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .......................21020051 £16,000

New Holland E26B Mini Excavator, 2014, only 199 Hours from new. 2.46m Height, 3.82m Length, 1.4m width 2590kg weight .......................................... ...................................................... .......................41021875 £17,000

Vaderstad RDA 400S C/w Front packer Riged track eradicators System disc Levelling board Following harrow Pre emergence markers Approx 16500 acres ..... ...................................................... .......................11018848 £15,000

Kuhn SW7664 Trailed Round and Square Bale Wrapper, 2011, approx 22,000 bales .................... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .......................41020286 £15,000

Kverneland TS6000 EV 2010, 5 rows tines, steps, following harrow,1.25 tonne capacity, lights, track eradicators ............... ...................................................... ...................................................... ........................ 11020311 £13,000

Bomford Hawk Evo 6.5T, 2012, 3 Point Mounted, 1.2m Head, Joystick controls, L/H Cut ............ ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .......................41023384 £11,500

Vaderstad RD300S, 2005, c/w system disc, press wheels, pre-emerg markers, track eradicators, approx 9000 acres .. ...................................................... ...................................................... .......................31023462 £12,500

Opico He-Va 3m Disc Roller c/w 3m Combi Lift ............................. ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .........................41019714 £6,000

Gregoire Besson Combimix Auto Reset, 2013 Stubble Cultivators.. ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .........................41022283 £9,000

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Richard Western D10 spreader, 1000 speed pto, 650/75x32 tyres, 2005 ....................................

MF 3070 4 cylinder 4wd tractor, c/w a Fauxheax power loader on 18.4 x 38 goodyear tyres plus single bale spike, 5ft bucket and 5ft muck fork ............................... ...................................................... .........................41023199 £7,500

Quivogne Tine Master, 5 leg auto reset, 2004 .......................... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .........................41019715 £5,500

Kuhn FC302G Trailed Mower Conditioner, 2008 ....................... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .........................41019834 £6,500

Strautmann Vertimix 1051, single auger diet feeder, cross conveyor, home made extension ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .........................61021372 £8,000

Kubota RVT900 MW, 2011, c/w roof, windscreen & wiper, road legal, lighting kit, orange, good working order ...............................

Kuhn HR4003D, c/w packer roller, 1000 PTO ‘L’ shaped blades c/w Kuhn Venta LC402 drill c/w 3 row suffolk coulters. (Trailer not included) ................... ...................................................... .........................11018388 £7,500

Kuhn Axis 40.1W, 2009, twin disc c/w S6,24-36 metre disc’s, 1500 ltr hopper ext, lights & cover ............................................ ...................................................... ...................................................... .........................41019818 £5,750

Kuhn 3570, 2013 Trailed Straw Chopper, Top 310 Chute ............. ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .........................41022761 £5,500

Spaldings Flat Lift c/w Seeder .... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .........................41023607 £6,500

Ferri Hedgecutter c/w electric control & 1.3m head, 2002 ......... ......................................................

Polaris Ranger Diesel, roof & screen kit,tyres @ 30%, approx 1500 hrs ....................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .........................21022308 £5,500

Kuhn 5060 Trailed Straw Chopper, bale lift kit, top and side schute, Elec Controls............ ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .........................41022123 £4,000

Kuhn FC313F Front mounted Mower Conditoner, 2011 ........... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .........................41023071 £5,500

Kverneland PB100 7 Furrow Semi mounted plough, good order, go to work, no 8’s & std manure skims .............................. ...................................................... ...................................................... .........................31023176 £5,500

Tuffmac 8 Tonne Drop Sided Trailer, hyd tip, rear door, std drawbar, 200/60R15.5 tyres, ideal for livery yard or stables.....

Kongskilde Vibro Flex VF4215 3.45m hyd folding with furrow leveller, 2009 little use ................ ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .........................41023146 £5,000

Claas 770 Mounted 6 Rotor Tedder, Hyd Folding, 7.7 m, 2012 ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .........................41022504 £5,000

Shelbourne Reynolds 2000 Dairy Dual Spreader, 2001 ......... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .........................41020287 £4,000

Sulky DPX Expert c/w cover, weighting RDS control unit, 2400 ltrs, LX12150 ................................ ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .........................21023259 £4,000

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Hardi Mega LHY, 1996, 21M booms, hyd lift & fold, chemical induction, hand wash, electric controls, road lights, good working order .............................. ...................................................... .......................... 21016723 £2,000

Kuhn 3560 Trailed Straw and Silage Bedder, 2009, Side Chute, Electric Controls........................... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .......................... 41020136 £3,000

Lely Power Harrow Drill Combination, 3m, Suffolk Coulters, Pre Emergence Markers ........................................ ...................................................... ...................................................... .......................... 11020832 £3,750

Brevi MEKFARMER 220 Power Harrow, 2013, 3M ....................... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .......................... 31023388 £4,000

Vicon CB8080 Big Baler, 1996 .... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .......................... 41022935 £4,000

Gutler front press c/w scraper & 3 rows tines, as new .................... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .......................... 21023281 £4,000

Galucho Top Tilth Cultivator 4m c/w end tow transport ................ ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .......................... 31021520 £3,850

Kuhn 30.1 QE, Fertiliser Spreader, 2700 ltr, and Cover S6 discs 24M ..................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .......................... 41019726 £2,750

Goizin 16HLL 6 Furrow Plough, Shearbolt protection .................. ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .......................... 41019727 £2,950

Siko 13 Cube Tub Feeder, 2003 c/w front Conveyor ..................... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... ...................................................... .......................... 41022509 £3,500

Keenan FP140, entry weigh cells, lights, super single tyres..................................... .................................................................. .................................................................. .................................................................. ....................................... 21017089 £2,000

Welger RP200 1996, Net Wrap............... .................................................................. .................................................................. .................................................................. .................................................................. ....................................... 41022898 £2,500

New Holland T7.225 Auto Command, 50HPH, front links & pto, PLM ready, power beyond slice, 12 led worklamps, dynamic comfort seat, 140 lpm hyd pump, large touch screen ,650/65R42 @85%, approx 2 ...................................................................... 21022607 £68,000 New Holland T7.210 A/C, 2012 ,50 kph, air brakes,front weight carrier, 580 rear tyres @ 70%,approx 5700 hours ............................................................................... 11020352 £37,500 Vaderstad RDA400A, 2012, c/w interactive depth control,system disc,track eradicator,wheel press pivot .................................................................................................... 31017657 £34,500 Manitou MLT735 Elite,2014 LSU 120 powershift,crc suspension, pick up hitch, hydraulic locking, Manitou headstock, air con,air seat, 24” tyres @ 20%, approx 3900 hrs ....................................................................................................................... 61022638 £41,000 Manitou MLT741T, 2011, 120 LSU PS, air seat, boom lights, extra beacons, 50% tyres ....................................................................................................................... 21023309 £27,000 Manitou MLT741T, 120 LSU PS,air seat, boom lights, extra beacons, 50% tyres ....................................................................................................................... 21023310 £27,000

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Phone Number 01335 330399 01653 698000 01609 771727

Depot Gilberdyke Selby Boroughbridge

New Holland 378 Conventional Baler, wide pick up............................................. .................................................................. .................................................................. .................................................................. ....................................... 61022637 £2,950

Fahr 400cc ATV, 4WD, full road kit, tow ball, winch................................................ .................................................................. .................................................................. .................................................................. ....................................... 21019034 £1,500

Yanmar B15-3, 2004..................................................................................... 61023277 £7,500 Kverneland UN7655 Twin Arm Round and Square Baler Wrapper ......... 41023716 £6,000 Takeuchi TB108 tidy machine ready to work, 2 buckets, no hitch, tracks @ 50% ....................................................................................................................... 21023310 £5,950 Richard Western D10 c/w lights, 20.8 tyres, tyres worn ............................ 31016855 £4,000 Kuhn VKM280, 2008, Hyd Side Shift ........................................................... 41023703 £3,500 Simba Solo 300, One pass cultivator c/w DD Packer ................................. 41023608 £3,500 Kuhn Axis 30.1 QE Fert Spreader, 2006, 1500ltr& 800L extension, Cover 18-28m discs ....................................................................................................................... 41019773 £2,750 John Deere 1360 Trailed Mower Conditioner ........................................... 41020026 £2,500 Honda TRX420 TE 2wd, electric shift, tow ball, tracker, good rear tyres, tidy bike ....................................................................................................................... 21022190 £2,500

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15 15 L200 Challenger, in grey, canopy, towbar, 29k Mls..................................... £14,500 NO VAT 15 65 Toyota Hilux Invincible, in grey, mountain top, 75k Mls ................................ £16,000 +VAT 07 57 Shogun 3.2 Equippe SWB Auto, in silver, 77k Mls .............................................£9,995 +VAT 14 64 Toyota Hilux Pickup Active Single Cab, in grey, 25k Mls................................. £13,000 +VAT 12 62 Isuzu D-Max Eiger, in black, very tidy, 45k Mls ............................................... £12,000 +VAT 14 64 D-Max Td Eiger Dcb 2.5 Auto FSH, t/bar, l/liner White 65k Mls .................... £13,760 +VAT 14 63 D-Max Td Yukon Dcb 2.5 t/bar, l/liner, FSH Blue 26k Mls............................... £15,360 +VAT 16 16 D-Max Td Yukon Dcb 2.5 t/bar, l/liner Green 8k Mls...................................... £18,500 +VAT 16 66 D-Max Td Yukon Dcb 2.5 t/bar, l/liner Silver 4k Mls ....................................... £18,960 +VAT 14/14 L200 Trojan, canopy, towbar, in red, 24k........................................................£13,500 + VAT 16/66 L200 Barbarian, canopy, towbar, in grey, 6k .................................................. £21,500 +VAT 16 16 D-Max Td Utah Dcb 2.5 canopy, t/bar, l/liner Red 14k Mls............................ £21,000 +VAT 15 65 D-Max Td Utah Vision Dcb 2.5 Sat nav, t/bar, r/camera Black 19k Mls.....£21,560 NO VAT 17 17 D-Max Td Utah Dcb 2.5 AUTO 4dr l/liner Green Del. Mls.............................. £22,900 +VAT Shogun SG3, 5 door, black, LWB, 5k miles ..........................................................................£26,000 L200 Warrior, Auto, black, 4k miles ....................................................................................£20,500

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January Sales & Offers DERBYSHIRES LARGEST STOCKIST’S OF PICKUPS 17/17 Ranger 3.2 LTD 9,000mls blue ............................... £21,995+VAT 16/16 Ranger 3.2 Wildtrak 22k orange ............................. £23,500+VAT 15/65 L200 Barbarian brown 20k ..................................... £17,995+VAT 15/15 Hilux Icon 15k white ................................................ £16,495+VAT 15/15 L200 Barbarian 43k black ....................................... £13,495+VAT 15 Hilux 3.0 Invincible auto 40k grey ............................ £19,995 NO VAT 14/64 Hilux Invincible white 12k .................................. £17,995 NO VAT 14/64 Hilux Invincible grey 25k .................................... £17,995 NO VAT 14/64 L200 Barbarian black red 59k................................. £13,995+VAT 14/64 Navara Tekna auto silver ........................................ £12,995+VAT 14/64 L200 Warrior ll LWB 28.5k grey ............................. £12,995 +VAT 14/64 Ranger 2.2 XL Super Cab white 12k ...................... £13,495+VAT 14/64 D-Max Yukon Extended Cab 42k ........................... £14,695+VAT 14/14 D-Max Utah auto 63k White ................................... £14,495+VAT 14 L200 Barbarian LWB auto 29,000 black ................. £16,995 NO VAT 13/63 VW Amarok 2.0 Highline 4 motion perm auto 74k brown....£14,995 + VAT 13/63 D-Max Eiger 2.5 Auto 29k white ..........................£14,995 No VAT 13/63 L200 Trojan 51k white ....................................... £12,495 NO VAT 13/63 D-Max Eiger 73k silver ............................................£11,995+VAT 11 Rodeo Denver Max LE 3.0 Auto 37k silver .............. £13,495 NO VAT 10/60 Ranger 2.5 XLT 46.5k silver ...................................... £9,495+VAT 04/54 L200 Warrior LWB 113,800 miles silver ................ £3,995 NO VAT ALL VEHICLES SERVICED AND MOT BEFORE DELIVERY

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10T/7.5 350km Manual Gearbox with New Plowman Single Deck Livestock Container.



Browns of Preston Tel: 01772 652323

16/16 ISUZU 2.5TD DOUBLE CAB MANUAL PICKUP • Metallic Silver Paint • Black Cloth Interior • Canopy & Towbar • Full Service History • Alloy Wheels • 40,600 Miles

£15,999 +VAT

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• Non-standard gates (manufactured in our workshop)


6.3m Hyd Folding Ballast

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The Moov feed pushing robot is a fully automatic robot for cattle passage ways. With the Moov your cattle stock will have 24/7 access to fresh feed. The Moov scrapes the feed passage clean at times selected by you. The robot follows transponders; this allows the robot to know where it is in the shed at all times. The robot has two maintenance-free AGM batteries. Charging occurs automatically on the J-Load that can be placed in the shed.

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NEW/DEMO CASE IH MAXUM 125EP, 4WD TRACTOR EX-DEMO ......................... P.O.A. CASE IH FARMALL 95C 4WD TRACTOR c/w loader & bucket EX-DEMO ..... P.O.A. CASE IH RB455 VC Rotor cutter baler c/w brakes ........................... P.O.A. NEW MACHINES HARDI NK800 PLUS 12M, EVC CONTROL SPRAYER ............ FROM £6,900 HARDI NK400 PLUS 6M, EVC CONTROL SPRAYER .............. FROM £4,600 McCONNELL PA 4745, CABLE TI, 1.2M HD ...................................... £9,650 EX-HIRE 64 REG CASE IH MAXXUM 110, MULTI, 40KPH, 4WD TRACTOR .. £34,600 64 REG CASE IH MAXXUM 125 MULTI, 40KPH c/w FRONTLINK ...... £35,995 62 REG CASE IH MAXXUM 125 MULTI, 40KPH c/w FRONTLINK ....... £26,250 14 REG CASE FARMALL 105U c/w LOADER + BUCKET (Due In) ... £31,595 14 REG CASE FARMALL 115U c/w F/LINK + PTO (Due In) .............. £28,850 66 REG CASE FARMALL 95C c/w LOADER + BUCKET (Due In) ..... £33,500 EX-STOCK SHOP SOILED

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Did you know, you can now have your old auger refurbished and repaired? What’s more, it can be done for a fraction of the cost of buying a new one. The multi award-winning, family run Roto Spiral Ltd., has expanded and opened a new UK base at Deeside, North Wales. We are now able to provide our UK customers with the same high quality, cost-effective repair, design, manufacture, supply and installation service for augers, tub feeders, screw conveyors, hoppers and silos as we have been doing for our Irish customers for the last 38 years. Nationwide collection and delivery service is available, so wherever you are in the UK, we can help. We are specialists in the supply and repair of augers for all models of grain dryers and header augers for combine harvesters. We also provide a cost-effective repair service for all makes of diet-feeders. The company can respond to seasonal market needs where combine augers can often be repaired on your premises, in one day, meaning a minimum of downtime. Contact the Roto Spiral team today and see what we can save you. Roto Spiral (UK) Limited Unit 11 Engineer Park, Sandycroft, Deeside CH5 2QD Tel: 07761 292070 Email: Web:


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New NH T7.210 Power New NH T5.110 Electro Command 50K F/Links & PTO Command 40K. ..................... ..........................................POA ..........................................POA

New NH BOOMER 40 Tractor C/W H/Duty Yard Scraper. ... ....................................£16,450

2014 JCB 535 125 Hi Viz 109Hp Choice. 3300 & 3500Hrs. Both Air Con. Sway & Forks. £34,500

2007 Pottinger 5100 TORRO Loader Wagon. 39 Knife Bank. Steering Axle. Good Condition. Ex Farm. .....POA.

New JCB 403 Compact Loader. ..................................... ............................................POA

2014 JCB 8026CTS Mini Excavator 751Hrs. Bucket. . ....................................£18,500

New Swaldale ATV Sheep Trailers. Order Now For Lambing Time! From ....£845 With Lamb Box’s

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- Haybob, Good Condition - Spearhead Bushhog 6ft Topper, Heavy Duty - Major 9ft Topper - Emily Omega 1.7 Feeder Bucket - Graham Edwards 12ft Tri Axle Stock Trailer.


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66 MANITOU MLT 735 -120 18 Hours 1 only ............................................. POA 64 MANITOU MLT 629 ELITE choice of 3, from ................................... £34,950 12 MANITOU 634-120 PREMIUM Tidy .................................................... £27,500 R JCB 526S Farm special, excellent orig off farm condition ................... POA 12 SPREADWISE 12m Unbilical tractor mounted dribble bar.................. POA 11 MAJOR 750 MANURE SPREADER Done Little .....................................£3,750 07 HI-SPEC T20 twin tub diet feeder ....................................................... £6,750 07 CONNOR 2250 VAC TANKER, tidy ...................................................... £5,950 P CASE IH 4240 X L 4wd V. Tidy ................................................................. POA M CASE 5130 Maxxum Plus, good tyres, tidy ........................................... POA 61 MF 6480 50K 3600 hrs, tiny .................................................................... POA A MF 265 2WD, straight for age .................................................................. POA 62 MF35X, very original, use for collect ................................................... £3950 17 24ft LOW PLANT TRAILER c/w storage multi-use ............................... POA 07 RICHARD WESTERN 14T Silage Trailer, v tidy ..................................... POA NEW BROUGHAN, Silage Trailer, air brakes, full spec, 560 wheels ... £18,250 NEW OBE 19T 26ft Plant Trailer c/w hyd beaver tail air brakes ............... POA NEW OBE 7.5 Ton, dropside twin axle trailer ......................................... £5,575 NEW MOULTON heavy duty yard scrapers ............................................... £625 NEW UMBILICAL TRACTOR MOUNTED SPLASH PLATES, ex stock fr ....£2,950 NEW HI-SPEC 2000/2600 GAL VAC TANKER 0% Finance available fr.......£9,950


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The KC Bruiser The high output processing solution for traditional flat rolled grain.

Claas 340 Year 2011,2400hrs c/w Claas loader .......... ...................£29250

JD6830 40kph Front linkage and front PTO 4100hrs TLS axle

JD6155R Auto Quad 50kph Year 2017 3 x Electric Spools TLS and Cab sus ONLY 525hrs

JD6155R Auto Power 50kph Year 2017 794hrs EX HIRE HUGE SAVING ON NEW

JD6155R Auto Power 50kph Year 2017 897hrs 42” Wheels AUTO TRAC EX HIRE

JD6210R Year 2014 Auto Power 50kph 650/85R38 Wheels Command Arm, Auto Trac Ready

Manitou 735120LSU Year 2014 A/C,124hp,150ltr, P/S 40kph ..£26500

JD7530 Year 2010 AP50kph Front linkage and PTO 75% tyres all-round FINE example.

New Holland FR9060 4wd forager

New Holland T7030 Year 2010 Hours 7400 Power shift 50kph ..................... ..........£Clear to sell

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2013 MF 5455, 4WD DYNA 4, AC,AIR SEAT, 2 SPOOLS, £29,950 + VAT


Air Conditioning Pick up Hitch 2000hr Warranty £39,995.00 + VAT Bucket available £840.00 + VAT Chester, Cheshire

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agricultural wheels and tyres for tractors, trailers etc. axles, rims, centres, dual wheels, rowcrops & floatation Tel: Trevor Wrench on 01925 730274 Mobile: 07976 715896 (T)

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John Cornthwaite (Farm Machinery) Ltd Elm Farm, Station Lane, Nateby, Nr. Garstang Preston, PR3 0LT

Full Range of Ifor Williams Trailers Available


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Carrier conveyors and elevators for sale. Svegma 14 tonne an hour drier, and Clarke and Sutherland dresser 40/20 tonne an hour. 2 x 22 metre 8 inch 40 tonne an hour chain and flight conveyor. 1 by 9.2 metre as above. 1 x 5.7. 8.2 metre carrier flow and return conveyor. 10.1 metre carrier single leg bucket elevator 40 tonne an hour. 11.4 metre carrier single leg bucket elevator 10.1 metre. 40 tonne an hour. 12.6 metre carrier double leg bucket elevator. 40 tonne an hour. 10.6 metre carrier conveyor with intake pit. 40 tonne an hour. 4.3 metre carrier conveyor 40 tonne an hour. Chain and flight

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Case IH 3210, “R” Reg, Genuine 1200 Hours, 1 Spool Valve, Fixed Obar, 12.4 x 32 Rear Tyres, 7 .50 x 16 Front Tyres, c/w Quicke 0710 Loader, Euro Headstock £12,500.00

Bailey Box Trailer, 25 ft x 8 ft, 10 T, Air/ Hyd Brakes, 2 Hyd Box Clamps, Hyd Right Hand Side Platform, Front to Rear Roll Over Sheet, Sprung Obar, 385/65/22.5 Wheels £6,350.00

Agrimac Lowloader, 2011 Man, 16T, 24 ft x 8ft4” Air/ Hyd Brakes, Sprung Drawbar Hyd Ramps, Bale Wedge, 425/55/19.5 Wheels, Rear Beacon, Commercial Axles £7,950.00

AS Marston Dump Trailer 10 T, High Sided Dump Trailer, 15.0/70/18 Wheels, Hyd Brakes, Rocking Beam Axles, Twin Tipping Rams £4,200.00

Alfred Engineering Post Knocker Linkage Mounted, Hyd Top Link, Side Tilt, Auxilary Hyd Controls, Jack Stands, £1,585.00

Honda Fourtrax ES 2003 Man, 2200 Hours, 2 Wheel Drive, 250 CC, Electric Shift, Good Tyres, Towbar £2,500.00

Protech P18+ Digger Mounted, JCB Brackets, 300 KG Weight, £1,820.00

Cousins Cambridge Rolls 2010 Man, Adjustable Spring Tines,Dbar Mounted, 10ft W Width, 24” Dia Rolls. £1,525.00

Horn Silage/ Grain Trailer 8T, Removable Silage Top, Rear Opening Barn Doors c/w Grain Door, Rocking Beam Axles, Front Foot Plates, 12.5/80/15.3 Wheels £2,550.00

Lely Welger RPC 445 Tornado, 2011 Man, 43693 Bales, 710/40/22.5 Wheels, Variable Chamber combi Baler/Wrapper, Been Owner/ Driver Machine £20,750.00

Griffiths Grain Trailer 6T, 12.5/80/15.3 Wheels, Manual Door C/W Grain Chute, Hyd Brakes, £2,100.00

West Silage Trailer 2010 Man, Super Single Wheels, S Drawbar, Self Opening Door, LED Lights, Front Ladder. £6,950.00

Fraser Bale Trailer, 2003 Manufactured, 25 ft x 8ft, Front & Rear Hay Ladders, Metal Floor, Flashing Beacon, 320/80/15.3 Wheels £4,200.00

Pottinger Torra 4500 2010 Man, 2500 Loads, 39 Knives, 35mm Chop Length, 600/55/22.5 Wheels, Rear Wlights, Beacon, Load Lights, Hyd Brakes, 1 Owner From New £36,000.00

Mzuri Pro Till 3T Trailed Drill.

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Case Puma 145 2012 Reg, 5373 Hrs, Semi-Powershift Trans, 50K With Creep, 3 Speed PTO, Air Con, Air Seat, Pass Seat, Armrest Controls, Front & Cab Sus £38,500.00

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New Holland TC 56 2765 Hrs, 1996 Reg, 2WD, 620/75/26 Good Year Wheels, 16ft Header & Trailer £20,750.00


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KUHN HRB 252D Power Harrow With Heavy duty crumbler roller. AS NEW condition hardly used ....... ....£4,495 +VAT FORD NEW HOLLAND. 655C 4WD Digger. Pallet forks, 4 in 1, extending dipper, elec shuttle, NEW tyres Immaculate .....£8995 +VAT MITSUBISHI FD18 Diesel Forklift Clear view mast, side shift, new tyres. Lights & Beacon. VGC. ..... .... £3,495 +VAT Kubota B1610, 4WD Diesel Compact Tractor. Man gearbox, 3 point linkage and PTO, 37 hours, Weights as NEW .. £6495

Major 3 point Linkage Mounted Hydraulic drive Brush. New brushes fitted, 7FT wide, VGC . .......£995 +VAT NRH Engineering Flexifarm 6.3M Hydraulic folding cambridge rollers. 24” Rings, excellent .............. .... £5,195 +VAT OPICO 12 Meter folding grass harrow. Fully floating heads, 4 depth wheels , Contour flexing, VGC ...................... ..... £2495 +VAT Grays 3 point Linkage Mounted Ballest Roller. 9FT wide, 19” drums, Good condition............. £895 +VAT

Tel: 0151 426 2416 Mob: 07831 810100 (Cheshire) RC08 WHEEL LOADER £9,950* Sole UK importers of Heracles Construction Equipment and Loaders MF 7626 D6 EF. 2014, 2200 HOURS, FRONT & CAB SUSPENSION, 50K, 4 SPOOLS, AUTO GUIDE READY. MF 7620 D6 EF. 2014, 3200 HOURS, 50KPH, FRONT & CAB SUSPENSION, ECO PTO, DATA 4. MF 7618 D6 EF. 2014, 3900 HOURS, 50KPH, FRONT & CAB SUSPENSION.













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Robust and durable As is the case with all SAMSON AGRO equipment, the SP-Sprea-

Optimal spreading A double flat link chain ensures a

ders are produced using high strength steel. Which ensures extreme robustness with low weight. The linear conical designed box

vice. The chain is made of high te erful motor. The drive is possible

of the SP-Spreader is unique. It guarantees a natural flow of the spreadable material to the spreading device ensuring optimal out-

are extremely wear resistant, wi and low maintenance costs. The s

put rates. The inside top width of 2m gives an impressive load capacity. The front side is fitted with a wide mesh grid, allowing

95% of the box bottom area. The always ensures that the tension is

good visibility for the driver.

thus extending the life of the chai ted tension guarantees low maint

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Spreader SP 9,11,12 and 15

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Unique monoblock triple ho The high-performance monoblo

cal beaters, SAMSON AGRO has invested its experience in the construction of equipment for the optimal and uniform distribu-

sively manufactured by SAMSO high rotational speed to the b

tion of solid organic fertilizer. The construction of the beaters allows spreading rates from 4 ton to 70 ton per hectare. This

ding of the material. The integr that foreign objects are transfe

is based on a unique concept of the beaters, with the winding gradient in the first lower third being reversed. Through use of

The large amount of oil ensures

the powerful mobile mounted deflectors the material is perfectly distributed, with exposure to wind minimised. The formed and

well as natural cooling. It also h cracks and ensures an exceptio

twisted knifes of hardened steel also provide optimum resistance to wear and tear

65 years of experience and uncompromising quality, with its stronger, lighter build means the SP-series is the best spreader series available. From SAMSON at your EASTERN dealer.

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• Sand / green bedding / chopped straw. • New conveyor design (12 foot spread) • Only 25 litres oil flow required • Reliable triple sealed bearing • Durable T section flights

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KVERNELAND ACCORD TS 4M tineseeder drill, BTC tramlining, following harrow, wheel erads, new points, pre-em markers .......£8,150

KRM BREDAL F2 Twin Disc Fertiliser spreader, 2012, Twin Belt........ .............................................£6,450

VADERSTAD RAPID 300 SUPER XL 3M, 2005, system disc, 1782 hectares, d/bar packer, wheel eradicators, preems, staggered wheels .........£14,950

HORSCH PRONTO 3 metre DC, 2007, Muller Control, Full width Front Packer, Hyd levelling boards, 20 coulter, very good example ................ £15,950

VADERSTAD CARRIER 650 2014, system disc, excellent condition, priced with new discs fitted ......... ......................................... £25,950

STANH row S Kit, m

PROFORGE MAXTILLA 6M heavy duty cultivator, NEW, folding, large crumbler, 45x12mm tines, 4 rows, 160 hp req ...............£9,250

SUMO TRIO 3M, 2009, 6 leg, 2 rows of discs, removable discs, giant MultiPacka ...............£9,450

SIMBA 23C DISC HARROWS 5.4M, heavy offset, hyd angling, 26in front cutaway, 24in rear plain, rear drawbar and pipes ....£7,950

PROFORGE Handiweights with toolbox, 4 sizes and 3 colours, from ........£1,095 + VAT delivered

KVERNELAND LD85/200 HD 5 furrow (4+1) plough, (05), No.8 bodies, skims, rear discs, orig metal, superb example of this popular build spec ........ £8,950

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VADERSTAD RAPID A400S, 2009, 4m, PROFORGE front weight blocks, 5 sizes and 3 colours, from ........... New Wearing Parts, 2978 hectares, radar metering staggered wheels, pre................... £525 + VAT delivered em markers, wheel eradicators £29,950

PROFORGE DISRUPTA 4.5 metre Hyd folding heavy duty cultivator, New, 11 tine, Auto-Reset tine, levelling discs, DiscBond Packa unit .. £10,950

PROFORGE DISRUPTAMAX 5m Trailed Heavy Duty Stubble Cultivator, New F/Depth Support Wheels, Levelling Discs, Tandem Soil2Soil R/Packer........£25,750

NEW PROFORGE 20T LOG-SPLITTER, 3 point linkage, twin lever safe operation, heavy duty industrial spec. Get this free when you buy a Trailed Proforge Machine, Offer Ends 20th Dec . £875

PROFORGE MonoMole mounted beam mole plough, new beam type, Lanie diameter notched disc, 4in expander, made in the UK .....£5,950

PROFORGE MonoMole single leg moledrainer, trailed, new, beam type c/w hyd. lift, disc and expander, pitch adjusting leg .........£6,950

HOUSEHAM AIR-RIDE 3000 Trailed 24 metre Sprayer, 2005, steering axle, two sets of wheels, good spec, tidy machine £11,950

PROFORGE INVERTAMAX 6M heavy disc cultivator, new, large 620mm discs, SKF bearings, DisBond steel packer, 240hp req, 7000kg, brakes .......£26,750

QUIVOGNE 8.3 metre Horizontal folding rolls, 24”/breakers, 2004, excellent rings, contour wings, good heavy set..................................£7,950

NEW side t 4.25 t .........

NEW HERBST 18ft, 20ft, 24ft, low loaders from stock, from .............. ................................ £6,250 + VAT

TEAGLE 221 SUPER TED Straw Wuffler, 2013, 2.2 metre, Swath conditioner, Hardly used, looks like new ............................ £4,650

NEW HERBST 8T - 14T, dump trailers from stock, from ............... ................................. £6,150 + VAT

PROFORGE weld on brackets, to suit most types of handler and loader, in stock ............................. ........ buy online or 01778 591225

VADERSTAD RAPID RD30S mounted 3M disc coulter seed drill, markers, electric tramliners, wheel eradicators, hyd crossboard, 90% discs .......£9,150

PROF disc cu SKF be 6000k

JOHN DEERE 459 Hi Capacity conventional baler, 2002, wide pickup, lights, very good .. £7,350

PROFORGE INVERTAMIN 3.0M disc cultivator, new mounted, cutaway discs, 95hp req, SKF bearings, crumbler roller (packer + £950) ... £5,750

KNIGHT ES Trailed 24 metre Sprayer, RDS Delta control, 2 sets of wheels, Tracking drawbar, tidy ...........£10,950

GREGOIRE BESSON DISCORDON 4.2M, HD with Stocks Wizard seeder [would separate, 2004, 9 leg, good discs, Emopak rear press, £11,450

HEVA 3.5 metre Trailed Combi-Lift Disc Rolla, 2012, Removable front 6 subsoiler legs, hyd lift, 2 rows of hyd discs, rear V ring packer........£10,850

SIMBA 2010, 2 rows Rear D

Agricultural Machinery & Accessories I Load-binding & Lifting Equipment I Forklift Brackets & Attachments Randalls Farm, Scottlethorpe Road, Edenham, Bourne, Lincs. PE10 0LN. UK. T: +44 (0)1778 591 225 F: +44 (0)1778 591 265 E: W: Agri-Linc is a trading name of G Whyles & Sons Est. 1924


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14, on, ........ 5,950

STANHAY RALLYE 592 Precision 12 row Sugar Beet Drill, Rigid, End Tow Kit, markers, excellent ........... £4,350

TWOSE 6.3M rolls, 22in rings, horizontal fold, superb condition .... ................................................ £5,250

JOHN DEERE 750A Direct Drill, 6 metre, Accord Metering, ESC controls .................................................. £21,400

WEAVING TINESEEDER 8M 2009, COUSINS PATRIOT 3M 2013, 5 leg mounted, very good condition ......... with discs and RazorRing packer, ...............................................£17,450 excellent .........................£11,450

urrow skims, mple 8,950

VADERSTAD REXIUS TWIN 450 4.5M, new ductile rings fitted by us, Raptor tines, very good example ..........................£21,450

KUHN PRIMOR 2060H Mounted Straw blower, 2013, just arrived .. ........................................... £6,850

PROFORGE INVERTA 4.0M disc cultivator, New mounted model, 560mm cutaway discs, SKF maintenance free bearings, DiscBond steel packer £12,100

SIMBA X-PRESS 4.6 metre Disc Harrow, wheel eradicators, excellent example...................................£11,250

PROFORGE MULTIMOLE TWIN LEG, TRAILED MOLEDRAINER NEW for the mighty tractors, includes proven large diameter disc.................£13,650


LEMKIN EUROPAL 8 plough 7 furrow, (6+1) in furrow, pin adjust skims, C40 bodies, good metal, excellent ........................ £10,450

SUMO MOORE UNIDRILL - VERSADRILL 8M direct drill, (10), 3437 ha worked, superb cond, exc wearing parts, half-side shut-off ........£POA

SUMO DD3 direct drill 3M, 2016, radar metering, 16 coulter, 250 acres ex demo condition £23,450

OPICO HATZENBICHLER 12M weeder harrow, 2007, good tidy example ........................... £5,650

KUHN SD3000 direct drill 3M, trailed, front wavy cultivation discs, rear press wheels and f/harrow, elec/tramlining not functioning, otherwise v/good £13,450

tal 4, good 7,950

NEW HERCULANO 3 way-tip dropside trailers, 3.0 tonne £3050, 4.25 tonne £3650 and 5.0 tonne .. ........................................... £4,450

McCONNEL PA93 Hedgecutter, 3 point linkage, cable control, LH Cut, 1998 in exceptional condition for its age .................................................£4,350

WEAVING STUBBLE RAKE, 6 metre, 2012, lights, hyd adjust tines, very good.......................... £5,450

VADERSTAD CARRIER 500 Steel RICHARD WESTERN 12 tonne Trailer, Sprung axle, super singles, standard rear Ring, 2006, system discs, very door, grain chute, very tidy trailer ............ .......................................................... £5,950 good ...............................£16,950

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PROFORGE INVERTAMAX 5M heavy disc cultivator, new, large 620mm discs, SKF bearings, Discbond steel packer, 6000kg, 210 hp req, brakes £24,750

COUSINS 10M contour rolls, 22in rings, 5 section vertical gull wing folding ............................. £7,250

KVERNELAND LB85/300 5+1, 6 furrow hyd variwidth plough, skims, rear disc, No 28 bodies, high clear ......................£10,450

NEW HOLLAND BR7070 round baler, 2010, Superfeed, 2 bale count 19685, crop roller ..£10,950

WEAVING 6 (or 6.6M) tine seeder, 2008 wheel eradicators, following harrow, very good, will suit 18/20/24 metre tramlines £9,950

Lift nt 6 hyd 0,850

SIMBA X-PRESS 3.5 metre with ST Bar, 2010, ST Bar with 6 x Auto Reset Tines, 2 rows of adjustable discs (90% blades), Rear DD Lite packer, excellent £10,650

PROFORGE INVERTA 6.0M disc cultivator, new, trailed model, 560mm cutaway discs or 560mm TopStir disc, SKF maintenance free bearings, DiscBond s/packer £20,950

QUIVOGNE TINEMASTER 3.2 metre, 2006, Integral Razor Ring Packer, New Discs & Bearings fitted, 5 x hyd reset legs..................................£7,950

LELY 4M combination, later model, 400-45 power harrow with packer, levelling board, club tines, Polymat 400, 3 row, Suffolk coulter £5,450

LEMKEN VARIOPAL PLOUGH EURO 8, 5 furrow, hyd variwidth, C40 bodies, skims, very good example .........£6,250


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Focus on Lamma 2019 after event closes early rEvent will move to

NEC next year By James Rickard

DUE to gale force winds ripping through the East of England Showground, Peterborough, the second day of this year’s Lamma show had to be cancelled. High winds overnight caused serious damage to stands and structures across the site, forcing show organisers and contractors to curtail the event. Unfortunately, hundreds of visitors who arrived early for the second day were held at the entrance to the showground as safety officers surveyed the site. However, it soon became obvious that the decision to close the event early had to be made. Elisabeth Mork-Eidem, event director, said: “The decision to can-


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cel was not taken lightly. It was made based on the advice of our health and safety team, our contractors and the operational team.” At its peak, gusts of over 65mph were recorded on site.

Structural “When the wind subsided, and it was safe to do so, contractors and stewards were sent out to assess the structural integrity and the internal damage of the various structures. Based on the information fed back, we then made the call to suspend the second day of the show.” Effects of the storm included extensive marquee damage, both internally and externally, twisted metal structures, smashed glass, and many of the shell schemes had collapsed. Ms Mork-Eidem said: “In some areas it was impossible to know where one stand ended and another one started as they were all

thrown together. We did unfortunately have one serious casualty in the early hours of the storm. The individual is in hospital and should make a full recovery.” Several options to open the show were looked at, said Ms MorkEidem. “Timelines were assessed for making the site safe but in reality this would have taken too long. Due to the nature of the showground, it is not possible to open to the public as long as any area is unsafe and we were left with no choice. “We also had to make the decision to shut access to the site includ-

It is not possible to open to the public as long as any area is unsafe and we were left with no choice ELISABETH MORK-EIDEM ing the car parks as we would not have been able to provide the necessary welfare provisions for any additional people in the car parks. “We fully appreciate how testing it was for exhibitors, visitors, contractors and staff alike and so we greatly appreciate the understanding shown and the help in getting everyone off site safely.”

Lamma’s next move THIS year marked the last time the Lamma event would be held at the East of England Showground, following the announcement the show is to move to the NEC in 2019. Ms Mork-Eidem said: “Curtailing the show was heart breaking for everyone, not least our team which had worked so hard for the past year to deliver a great event. We were all set for a fond farewell to Peterborough with more than 20,000 visitors on site on Wednesday, and the feedback we had from a number of exhibitors is

that it was the best day in Lamma’s history. “Next year’s event moves to the NEC which should largely protect against situations like those we experienced on the last day of this year’s Lamma. “Interest in the show remains high and our team is already working hard to maximise its success. “We are focusing all our resources and working closely with the NEC team to make sure we continue to deliver a great Lamma in 2019.”

All efforts are now focused on the future of Lamma, said show organisers.

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Despite gale-force winds forcing organisers to cancel the second day, Lamma still featured a wealth of new tech. Jane Carley, Geoff Ashcroft, Richard Bradley, and James Rickard report. Pictures by Marcello Garbagnoli and John Eveson.

Diverse range of kit on show TRACTORS MCCORMICK X6 EXPANSION EXPANDING its X6 range of tractors, McCormick has added three 110-126hp models. These slot in under the X6 range, which will now be called X6.4. Using the cab of the X5 and the transmission of the X6, the aim was to create a more compact tractor,

says the company. Power for the new models comes from 3.6-litre, four-cylinder Deutz engines.

Linkage Rear linkage lift capacity is 6,000kg, while an optional front linkage can handle 2,250kg.

CASE IH BASIC PUMAS COMPLEMENTING its existing Puma tractor range, Case IH has created entry-level, lower specification versions. With model numbers reflecting their

ARBOS TRACTORS rated power, the Puma 140, 150 and 165 X, with maximum outputs of 175, 190 and 210hp, are aimed at customers who do not want all the bells and whistles.

Interface Many of the key changes are found in the cab, where there is a basic operator interface with digital information display and a base seat offering. However, you do get two fully opening doors. At the rear, the standard mechanical remote valves are non-configurable, while the rear wheels are fitted with narrow fender extensions. A two-speed 540/1,000rpm pto is standard.

THE Lovol Arbos Group encompasses drill manufacturer Matermacc and tractor makers Arbos and Goldoni, with the tractors making their UK debut at Lamma. Initial offering is the 5000 Series which features four-cylinder Kohler engines of 110, 122, and 136hp and 30 by 30 or 45 by 15 speed powershift transmissions.

7000 Series tractors taking the power band up to 200hp and 270hp respectively.

Visibility A four-pillar cab offers decent all round visibility, says the firm, and a 4,400kg lift linkage with 110-litre per minute hydraulic capacity. In the pipeline are 6000 and

NEW HOLLAND T7 TWEAKS ALONG with its striking take on a futuristic, methane-powered tractor, New Holland also had more modest tractor developments on its stand, including revised long wheelbase T7 models. Aiming to ease the operator’s workload, a new front axle design features reshaped geometry, low friction hub bearings and a new hydraulic steering unit with self-centring capability. Additionally, the front axle suspension has been tweaked. Featuring a new control valve with dual accumulators, the new suspension mechanism is claimed to reduce chassis vibration by 11

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per cent over the existing design. It now also gets an improved selflevelling system which momentarily stiffens suspension during braking, acceleration or when the threepoint linkage is operated.

Steering As for steering, this year will see the firm’s new CustomSteer option become available, which can be used to vary the steering ratio. For safety at high speeds, any chosen custom ratio is gradually dialled out as speed increases. Slow the tractor down and CustomSteer will automatically re-engage. JANUARY 26 2018 | 99

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MACHINERY LAMMA 2018 TRAILERS K-TWO RODEO TRAILER WITH ACTIVE STEER BUCKINGHAMSHIRE trailer maker K-Two Sales has developed an active rear axle steering system for its Rodeo trailers. It uses a closed-hydraulic system which takes its inputs from a mechanical linkage which connects the trailer’s drawbar to tractor. K-Two says the system is powerful enough to operate with tyres up to 650/55 R26.5, and

with a manual over-ride, it allows the rear axle to be pumped straight and locked in position, enabling the trailer to be used as a fixed axle design without connecting the steering link. The Roadeo range also gets a new design of bolt-on mudguard, making it easier to keep wider tyres covered.

LARRINGTON EJECTOR TRAILER LARRINGTON has added a hydraulic delivery mouth for its Ejector trailers, allowing emptying in low buildings. The system can also be fitted to the company’s chaser trailers, where it allows precise delivery of crop into a truck. This development

was shown on a 50cu.m tri-axle trailer built to transport woodchip; the Ejector trailer features 6mm plate sides with reinforced, angled posts which are designed to withstand the pressure generated when the ejector door compresses bulky loads, says the manufacturer.

AGRI-LINC HERCULANO TRAILERS MANUFACTURED in Portugal and imported into the UK by Agri-Linc, a number of Herculano’s trailers were on shown at the event. Along with tipping trailers from two to 24-tonne capacities, the Portuguese firm produces slurry tankers and implements.

Silage trailer Taking pride of place on its stand was an 18-tonne UK-spec silage trailer, which boasts larger axles and brakes

compared to its Euro-spec trailers. The trailer’s curved body is tipped by a single, large diameter ram, and its back door features hydraulic locking to prevent the door creeping open. Options include wider tyres and steering axles, as well as being able to fit hydraulic or pneumatic suspension. Retail price for the model on show with 560mm wide tyres and air over hydraulic brakes is £18,750.

MARSHALL UPDATES ITS IMAGE HOPING to attract a new generation of customers, Aberdeenshirebased trailer maker Marshall has updated its image. With new styling across its range, the firm says it has done a lot over recent years to improve its build quality with the use of systems such as robotic welding. Along with its new look, the firm has also made some alterations to the physical aspects of its 100 | JANUARY 26 2018

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products. For greater control of its Vantage muck spreader, the hydraulic flow to extend each stage of the moving headboard’s hydraulic ram can be controlled independently. While this was previously possible by adjusting hydraulic valves, the firm says it required some tinkering. Now, the system can be adjusted using three dials, which relay to an electronic controller.

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VALENTINI TILLAGE EQUIPMENT EXTENDING its cultivation offering, UK importer AMIA showcased Valentini power harrows and rotovators at the event. Its power harrow line-up comprises seven ranges, spanning 1.4m-9m working widths, and capable of being mounted to tractors up to 400hp.

On display was a mid-range 4.6m hydraulic folding model, which can handle up to 220hp, can be fitted with quick-fit tines and hydraulic depth control. AMIA also says a seeding system could be fitted to create a combi-drill outfit. Retail price for the Diablo 4600 is £22,000.

GUTTLER SUPERMAXX AIMING to offer a more flexible machine, Guttler has revised its Supermaxx cultivator. Highly configurable, the firm says the Supermaxx can be used for encouraging black-grass growth, working on stubble or seedbed prep. Its design is based around a spring tine section of five or seven

J. BROCK AND SONS, FARMET FALCON 600 PRO J. BROCK and Sons’ drill portfolio has been extended with the introduction of the Farmet Falcon 600 Pro, a 6m modular cultivator drill which offers flexibility and versatility, says the firm. Complete with a structural 6,000-litre tank – 4,000 litres for grain and 2,000 litres for fertiliser – the Falcon can have its two rows of disc gangs replaced by tines. Fertiliser is distributed and

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incorporated by straight discs ahead of a full width tyre packer, with seed coulters following behind. Row widths can be 12.5cm or 25cm. A grain tank partition enables the drill to be used to simultaneously sow companion crops with the main crop. This 6m version, as shown at Lamma, carries a £100,000 price tag.

rows and a consolidating roller, with the option of fitting front paddle boards and a following tine harrow. Unlike the previous model, a larger 450mm version of the firm’s Synthetic-Ultra roller can be fitted. Available in 3-6m mounted formats, and 7-12m trailed, a fully specced 6m model costs £21,484.

WALTER WATSON CULTIVATOR WALTER Watson’s latest cultivator uses a clever floating headstock to allow the mounted cultivator to travel on its own front- and rearmounted crumbler rollers. It is a principle which enables the machine to behave as a trailed implement. Available in 4m, 5m and 6m working widths, the cultivator

uses S-tines, which are depth adjustable in relation to the crumbler rollers. Watson says it is suitable for use on ploughed or cultivated land, and a front levelling board takes care of clods. A high forward speed is recommended, says its maker. Prices start at £8,250.

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MACHINERY LAMMA 2018 SPRAYERS KNIGHT FARM MACHINERY REMOTE JET CHECK THOSE who have suffered blocked sprayer nozzles might appreciate the simplicity of Knight Farm Machinery’s remote jet check. Available as a £495 option, remote jet check is essentially a boom-mounted cleaning kit. But how do you remember which nozzle is blocked? This is easy, says Knight, you just press one of four buttons, located on a 24-metre boom, to briefly activate nozzles in a 6m section, making

identification of a blocked nozzle much easier. The offending nozzle can then be removed from its body and fitted onto a dummy holder ready for cleaning. An air supply located on the holder can then be pushed onto the nozzle to blow the item clean. In addition, a pair of toolboxes are located on either side of the boom to house spare nozzles, cleaning equipment, nozzle bodies and rubber gloves.

HARDI HELIOS III SELF-PROPELLED SPRAYER BASED around the unconventional designs of the French-made Matrot machines, also part of the Exel Group, Hardi thinks there is method in the madness of its latest self-propelled sprayer. A stand-out feature of the machine is its spray boom, which is mounted at the front. This is closely followed by its in-house built cab, a 3,000-litre spray tank and 170hp Perkins motor at the rear. Hardi says the use of a small tank allows it to tread lightly at 7.2 tonnes un-laden, yet retain decent ground clearance via the use of portal axles

for mechanical power transfer at the rear, and hydraulic wheel motors at the front. Available in 24-38m boom widths, the manufacturer says it offers better visibility to control boom height and reduces operator fatigue. Boom contour following is on the options list, and control is via Hardi’s HC8600 touch-screen display offering automatic control of up to 13 sections as standard. The Helios is available now, bolstering the firm’s two-model Alpha self-propelled range.

AMAZONE UF2002 MOUNTED SPRAYER UF2002 is Amazone’s latest tractormounted sprayer. The 2,000-litre, 12-30m series uses a new frame which integrates Cat II and III balls, and includes a quick-attach frame to simplify hooking up to the tractor. Features include a transparent suction filter housing, higher

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capacity pumps, greater flow control and better plastic mouldings – the latter delivering better protection against dirt and debris, along with a fully enclosed induction hopper. Expect prices to start at about £35,000 for a 24m UF2002.

LANDQUIP AIR SLEEVE BOOM LANDQUIP has developed an air sleeve boom system for its demount, mounted, trailed and self-propelled sprayers, using a self-contained hydraulic system with 120 litres of oil supplied to a pto-driven pump for a purposedesigned fan. Manual adjustment of the fan blades matches air volumes to oil flow or rpm and the boom manifold revolves from 0-35 degrees to direct the spray either straight down to penetrate the crop

canopy or at an angle to minimise drift on a less established crop. Booms from 18-30m can be fitted, and the system adds 450kg to the weight of the sprayer, while requiring an additional 25-45hp. Initial enquiries have included applications for growing roses and daffodils, while Landquip suggests the potential chemical savings from improved spray targeting and timeliness from drift reduction could be of benefit to larger scale potato growers.

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CTM ROCKSTAR 2 DE-STONER ROCKSTAR 2 is the name given to CTM’s latest de-stoner/clod separator machine, which is available in two working widths, 1.5m and 1.7m, to suit different bed sizes. From the front, spring tension has been increased on the depth roller to improve the accuracy of depth control, and on the same roller, sprung loaded scrapers are used for improved cleaning. Digger webs have also been updated which now feature a raised bar, every eighth bar, designed to keep soil clear behind the shares as well as assist the flow of soil into the machine.

Maintenance-wise, star roller shafts are now fitted with triplesealed bearings, and greasing has been centralised with the grouping of grease points. Larger, 24-inch wheels can also be specified, as can extra work lights and cameras. You can also specify an all web machine or a combination of webs and star rollers. The control box has also been updated, which now gets better graphics and the ability to engage a sequence of machine functions via the press of one button. Available now, the new machines start from a retail price of £65,000.

STANDEN BASELIER POTATO PLANTER/CULTIVATOR ADDING to its range of Dutch-made imported Baselier potato equipment, Standen has introduced a one-pass potato planter and cultivator. The four-row, 3.8m machine on show features a hook tine cultivator with rubber hood, said to improve soil flow, reduce tine wear and lower fuel use. Row spacing is 914mm (36 inches) and bed versions can also be specified. Depending on the model,

in-row spacing can be adjusted manually or hydraulically. Hopper capacity is 3.1 tonnes and various cup inserts can be fitted to adapt to different varieties of potato. Machines will be available for demo this season, with full availability for the next. On-farm price for a four-row machine is about £40,000. A two row version will also be available.

DOWNS FIELD LOADER FOLLOWING the development of its GeoDTX combi bunker and in-field loader, Downs showcased a high capacity field loader. To suit users on ‘zero grading’ root crop contracts, the outfit comprises a receiving hopper, adjustable cleaning section, four person picking table and a conveyor for loading into wagons. Various cleaning options are available to suit user requirements, and the metre-

wide conveyor can telescope up to a 13m reach, pivot through 180-degrees and features an adjustable 2.4m crop conveyor to reduce drop height into trailers. All this allows an artic to be filled without it having to move, says the firm. Power comes from an on board Kohler engine and generator, and Downs says a wagon load of carrots can be graded and loaded in about 20 minutes.

GRIMME GT170 GRIMME has introduced a silver anniversary edition GT170 potato harvester to celebrate the firm’s 25-year history in the UK. With silver decals, the machine will be available with more specification at a lower cost than the regular GT170. In addition, Grimme has launched a service package for all new self-propelled harvesters. Buyers can choose from four levels of cover, with the emphasis on fixed running costs per hour. Choosing the top-level Protect maintenance plan offers full service cover and includes wearing parts.

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MACHINERY LAMMA 2018 APPLICATION EQUIPMENT PLOEGER APPLICATOR RANGE IF the Ploeger AT4103 looks familiar it is because the Dutch firm, best known to UK farmers for its harvesters, has recruited some of the sales and design team who worked on the TerraGator applicator range before Agco withdrew it from the market. The range includes liquid applicators for slurry and digestate, solid manure spreaders using Tebbe boxes, liquid fertiliser applicators and a fertiliser spreader using a Bredal body. The three-wheel model will be joined by a five-wheeler this spring, and the common chassis is a bolted design, rather than welded as the TerraGator was.

Ploeger has chosen a Scania five-cylinder, 400hp engine for this model, driving through a ZF Eccom transmission, and tyre choices up to 1,250mm wide. Ploeger is also

evaluating a dual wheel system. Drive is via joystick or footpedal and once application preferences are set up on the touch-screen, adjustments on the move can be

made on the joystick and adjacent rocker switches. For operators who still have a TerraGator in their fleet, Ploeger has now taken on servicing and parts across Europe.

JOSKIN FERTI-SPACE 2 MUCK SPREADER UPDATING its range of Ferti-Space rear discharge muck spreaders, Joskin showed its latest generation of the range, Ferti-Space 2. The wide-body spreader range is made up of seven models with capacities of 15-25cu.m, fitted with twin horizontal beaters and discs for wide spreading, it says. Transferring muck to the rear are four floor chains with halfwidth U-slats. Underneath the monocoque body can be fitted

KRM BREDAL LIME SPREADER LIME spreading has been given the precision farming treatment by the latest Bredal trailed spreader from KRM. Called the Bredal XE, the spreader has had its twin discs replaced by a wide spreading unit, which increases the distance between the discs to six metres. This gives the potential to spread lime up to 30m wide and, with a change of disc, granular fertiliser up to 48m, making the

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machine suited to tramlines and controlled traffic systems, says the firm. Material leaving the hopper is dropped onto two conveyor belts which feed out to the left- and right-hand spinning discs. Rate control and IsoBus connectivity add to the sophistication and models include the single axle 8,600-litre 105XE and the tandem axle 12,500-litre 135XE. Prices start at £79,495.

bolt-on tandem or tri-axles with hydro-pneumatic suspension, offering various axle placement positions to adapt to machine specification.

Options Joskin says the machines are lighter compared to their predecessors and 150mm lower, improving centre of gravity and load-over height. Options include variable rate control and weigh cells.

KUHN BOOSTS SPREADER ACCURACY HOPING to improve the accuracy of its section control fertiliser spreaders, Kuhn has given its top-spec machines an update. Unlike its previous models, which use electrically controlled actuators to control the rate and position of fertiliser dropping onto the vanes, sealed speed servos are now used. According to the firm these operate two-and-a-half times faster than actuators, improving shut-off accuracy for its VariSpread system and allowing for greater control of sections. This sees the spreader’s working

width split into one-metre sections, reducing overlap compared to the previous set-up where only eight sections were possible.

Application rates Another new feature is the ability to run different application rates out of the left and right spreading discs, which Kuhn says is made possible by using its Electronic Mass Flow Control sensor, rather than a weigh cell set-up. Retail price for a 4,200-litre Axis 50.2 model is about £30,000, and the system is also available on smaller 40.2 models.

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LAMMA 2018 MACHINERY FEEDING & BEDDING EQUIPMENT SUIRE BALE DISPENSER SHOWN for the first time on UK importer Amia’s stand was a number of products from French firm Suire. For those simply wanting to unravel round bales for feed, the firm’s unit features a spiked chain to feed bales to one side. As standard this comes with removable three-point linkage spikes for self-loading, or a hydraulic loading arm can be specified. For those also wishing to spread straw into pens, a hydraulically driven set of tines

can be fitted to throw the straw. For users looking to process both square and round bales, three straw chopper models are also available (pictured). All models feature a cross beater with 48 or 60 knives to tease straw onto the pto-driven flywheel, which blows out into a three-piece chute. Two smaller models can be three-point linkage or telehandler mounted (requiring about 75 litres/minute oil flow), while the largest 4cu.m model is trailed.

WASSERBAUER SILAGE PUSHER UK livestock equipment supplier Shield Agriculture was showcasing Wasserbauer’s silage pusher system. Named Butler Gold, the compact autonomous unit operates in a different fashion to many other silage robots on the market, featuring a screw-type auger to push up feed. The firm says this helps to prevent sorting of TMR as it provides an element of remixing as it advances up the feed passage, and a concentrate bunker can be fitted to encourage

stock back to the pushed up feed. Guiding the Butler Gold is via 2m spaced magnets embedded into the ground, which it uses as a reference to work 700mm either side to push feed towards the barrier. Providing yards are concreted, the firm says multiple buildings can be worked, and it will return itself to its electric charging station. Shield Agriculture says prices vary depending on the amount of installation required, but says £17,500 is be typical.

SPREAD A BALE TRAIL A BALE SPREAD A Bale has developed a towed version of its bale shredder range with optional self-loading arm, designed to offer an alternative to loader and telehandler mounted versions. Trail A Bale uses a floor conveyor to push the bale into a pair of beaters to shred and spread straw. The Midi model shown can handle bales up to 2.5m

by 1.2m, and requires a 55 litres/ minute hydraulic supply allowing it to be used on smaller tractors, freeing up a handler for other jobs. The company also offers a three-point linkage version and can fit both handler attachments and a towbar or linkage for increased versatility. The drawbar and lift axle kit adds about £4,500 to the price of the unit.

ALBUTT SHEAR BUCKET EXTENDING its range of clamped silage attachments, Gloucestershire-based attachment specialist Albutt has launched a range of shear buckets. Based on its second-largest range of shear grabs, the Shear King Mini, the ShearBucket is available in three sizes from 1.9m to 2.5m wide, providing 1.4cu.m to 1.8cu.m capacities respectively. As with its shear grab line-up, the grab is constructed from high tensile Domex steel and Hardox cutting surfaces.

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The bucket features solid floor, sides and back, preventing material being dropped while moving around the yard and also allowing concentrates and other materials to be picked up without the need to switch to a conventional bucket.

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Decisions made at drying off and during the dry period directly affect calving and fertility in the following cycle, as vet Helen Rogers told Laura Bowyer.

Prepare for drying off and calving in the beef herd rDry period key


for egg production WHILE outcomes such as the number of assisted calvings or stillborn calves are a reflection of dry period management, Helen Rogers, of Friars Moor Vets, says it must not be forgotten that eggs take three to four months to develop in the cow. She says: “The eggs must be present in order to be fertilised which, in turn, will keep calving intervals tight. These eggs develop in the dry period and/or around the time of calving. “Dry period management therefore influences the success of the following service period and, ultimately, a herd’s profitability before even thinking about letting the bulls out.” Ms Rogers offers some tips which have been discussed within her practice’s suckler cow discussion group.

ALL cows should be condition scored before drying off, with a target of 2.5, she says. If herd numbers and facilities allow, they should subsequently be sorted into two management groups. “Those cows with a BCS of 2 or less should be managed as a ‘priority group’ along with first calvers. Cows with a BCS greater than 3 should be managed as a ‘fat group’.” One of the simplest ways to control cow BCS is to change the age at which their calves are weaned, and once the calf is 200 days old, only 25 per cent of its nutrient requirements will come from milk.


DRY COW RATIONS MS Rogers says it is important to analyse silage, which should include a mineral analysis, prior to the start of the dry period.

Accuracte “This will allow much more accurate and effective rationing. Ask your vet or nutritionist for advice on ration formulation once analysis results have been received.”

Thin cows

Dams whose calves are not achieving good growth rates should be identified.

Straw-based diets are a very effective means of managing the body condition score (BCS) of dry cows, she says. To ensure palatability, the straw needs to be good quality and the water supply plentiful and these diets need to include a high quality protein source, to maximise rumen function. “Remember, straw contains very low levels of minerals so supplementation is essential.”

MS Rogers advises pregnancy detecting cows around the time of weaning to identify any which are barren. “This is particularly important for maiden heifers which, if not in-calf, can enter the food chain while still relatively young. It also allows the retention of heifers from the current year’s calf crop to be accurately planned before they are weaned and sold.”

Thin cows should have calves removed one month earlier than your typical weaning date she advises, while fat cows can keep calves for an extra month to encourage the loss of condition. “Maiden heifers need to be at 85 per cent of adult mature weight by the start of their second breeding season so they need to grow at 0.5kg/day during the latter stages of pregnancy and early lactation. Retaining them in the ‘priority group’ should achieve this,” says Ms Rogers.

PLAN YOUR TREATMENTS MS Rogers says it is important to treat effectively and efficiently during the dry period for conditions such as fluke and mineral deficiencies. n Fluke: Knowing your mature adult weights will allow for accurate dosing when treating for fluke. “If scales are available, record adult weights as well as calf weights and dose accordingly. 106 | JANUARY 26 2018

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Generate a fluke treatment plan with your vet, which takes account of length of grazing season and risk to your herd.” n Gut worms: Adult cattle will have developed immunity so should not need worming. Thin cows and maiden heifers may benefit from a worming treatment at housing. n Mineral boluses: Routine blood sampling will identify basic mineral

deficiencies and can be carried out annually on five to six calves and supplementation provided if necessary. She says: “Administration of boluses during the dry period will ensure levels are sufficient for the following breeding season.” n Scour prevention: Ms Rogers says: “Those members of our benchmarking group who

vaccinate for rota-virus, coronavirus and E.coli to increase levels of protective antibodies in colostrum, swear by it. These vaccines need to be administered during the dry period. Timing is very important, particularly if you have an extended calving period, so carefully work out when is the best time to administer the vaccine.”

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LIVESTOCK WEIGH CALVES AT DRYING OFF CALF growth rates of 1kg per day should be achieved and if most calves are averaging this growth rate then lighter, healthy individuals will have been influenced by poor maternal milk production. Ms Rogers says dams whose calves are not achieving these growth rates should be identified and their next calf’s growth closely monitored before the breeding season starts. Those cows identified with repeated low milk production should not be bred from again.

BE PREPARED FOR CALVING OBSERVE cows closely during the dry period to check for signs of abortion as cows carrying twins are most likely to abort at this time. She advises: “Give your calving jack an MOT and find your calving ropes. Purchase fresh iodine navel dip, good quality artificial colostrum and anti-inflammatory for difficult calvings.”

Give your calving jack an MOT and find your calving ropes HELEN ROGERS

‘Bright future’ for Charolais in a changing marketplace rIndustry integration seen as vital

THE future of the UK beef industry post-Brexit and producing what the market wants were just some of the subjects up for discussion at a Charolais Cattle Society briefing in London. The society’s chairman, Chris Curry, said: “We need to become a more integrated industry and be aware we have some of the highest production costs in the world. To succeed we must work together and use one certification standard that everyone follows.” Mr Curry said the industry had to work at finding new markets outside the EU and convince the rest of the world that what we produce is worth buying, at the same time as fending off supplies coming into our market at a lower price.

Well placed According to Mr Curry the Charolais breed was well placed to face the challenge. He said: “The breed has evolved dramatically since it was introduced to the UK in the 1960s. It did have a reputation for being a difficult calver but over recent years the society has addressed this. The modern Charolais is easy calving but soft fleshing and can be finished quickly at any weight and grade. “Eating quality will be key and with the advent of genomics we will be able to measure these previously hard to measure traits. The fact Charolais can be finished so quickly

The Charolais Society’s chairman, Chris Curry, said the industry had to work at finding new markets outside the EU.

also reduces their carbon footprint, something which is becoming increasingly important to consumers.” Since taking up the role as British Charolais Cattle Society chief executive last year, Peter Phythian had strived to improve the way the society’s marketing and administration is run. In 2018 his aim was to continue to push the Charolais

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breed and ‘cross into profit’ brand across the whole supply chain. He said: “I think our priority is to show the marketplace the strengths of the modern day Charolais, promote the breed to both suckler and dairy farmers and continue to look at ways in which the breed can evolve and invest in new opportunities.”


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LIVESTOCK Dr Gordie Jones, an American vet, talked at a recent AHDB Dairy-organised event in Worcester about solving bottlenecks on dairy farms to eliminate stress from the life of cows, and improve productivity. Laura Bowyer reports.

Let cows be ‘couch potatoes’ says US vet rImportance of

maximising lying times IN order to improve productivity by making more milk, Dr Gordie Jones said it was vital to ‘take the stress out of a cow’s life. Dr Jones, who milks 3,500 Jerseys at his Central Sands Dairy in Wisconsin, and designed the 65,000-cow Fair Oaks Dairy in Indiana, said milk production would only come as a result of the absence of stress. “High production shows there is no stress and everything we do to take stress out of the lives of cows will make more milk,” he said.

He said short-term fixes to problems related to cow-stress included cow comfort, dry cow management and nutrition, but longer-term fixes would determine whether or not the farm would stay in business.

Bottlenecks He said 65-70 per cent of cow problems or ‘bottlenecks’ on dairy farms related to cow comfort and ration and feed bunk management, and the right problems needed to be resolved first in order for productivity goals to be realised. With this in mind, Dr Jones covered several areas where improvements could be made to increase milk production.

LYING TIMES DR Jones described the importance of maximising lying times. “Cows should stand to milk, stand to eat and drink and then lie down. Cows do not normally just stand around, they are big and heavy and want to be couch potatoes. Do not keep them away from feed, water

and a bed for more than four hours. As prey animals, cows naturally want to fill their rumen as quickly as possible, and run to safety to cud. “At my own farm, we had standing times of 5.5 hours, and when we got it back to four, we gained an extra 2kg of milk per cow per day.”

FEED DR Jones said while it usually took two-and-half years for a heifer to return a profit, achieving optimum nutrition would ‘pay you back tomorrow’. “You can turn a cow around in 90 days via nutrition,” he said. Dr Jones said the problem often did not lie with the ration itself, but rather feed bunk management. “You should be feeding 5 per cent more than what is needed,” he explained. “Although on paper feeding multiple times per day will give more milk, it will not work if you are feeding into empty bunks. The single biggest failure as a dairyman is having a bare concrete feed bunk by noon. 108 | JANUARY 26 2018

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“We are in the ‘last bite’ business and the last bite the cow eats when she is full is what pushes extra milk. The best cows tend to produce twice as much as the average cows and when you run out of feed, it is the higher yielders which miss out.” Low yielders are often fed a specific ration to save money and to avoid them getting fat, but Dr Jones said he did not feed multiple diets at his Wisconsin dairy. He said: “I feed just one ration because of the financial risk. You need to weigh up the difference in milk production and the cost of feed. When you switch to one TMR you will have less fat cows.”

Dr Gordie Jones recommended that cows are not away from feed, water and a bed for more than four hours a day.

CUBICLES DR Jones said comfortable and clean beds would quickly lead to increased milk production. “When visiting a farm, I always look at how clean the cows’ hocks are when they are being milked. If they are dirty and wet, they get mucky on the way to the parlour. If they are dry, they get mucky in their beds.” Dr Jones said he would avoid cubicle designs which meant cows were facing a wall when lying down as they preferred to see out into an open space to look for signs of danger. He added the cow’s backbone

should be close and parallel to the loop of the cubicle railing, and he recommended the loop should be 71-76cm deep. He said: “Cows need a loop so they do not go sideways and therefore lie in a clean bed, which will reduce mastitis risk. “They do not need to be taught to use cubicles. If the cubicles are good enough, they will use them themselves.” Rubbed hocks are a sign of not having enough bedding and he said the bedding material needed to be absorbent and 10cm deep to prevent bacterial growth.

SOCIAL STRUCTURE EVERY time a cow moves group they lose milk, explained Dr Jones. “Cows can learn 100 individual cow identities and develop a social order. Because of this social structure more than one water supply is required as the ‘alpha’ cow will guard a water and stop other cows from drinking.” When the group size gets to between 100 and 200, the group splits and two social

orders are developed, he added. In the case of a group of more than 300 cows, there is no social order as there are too many cows to introduce themselves to, and so they just make a friend. He said: “If you tag two heifers with consecutive numbers in a large herd, you will very often notice these animals stay with each other throughout their time on the farm.”

YOUNGSTOCK ALTHOUGH a herd animal, calves are often isolated for the first six weeks of life and Dr Jones said this could lead to their ‘social skills’ becoming lost. As a result he advised keeping calves in even

numbers so each of them can have a ‘friend’. He said: “Once they leave their individual calf hutch, they are confused and can only make one friend at a time.”

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Iowa produces more pork than any other state in the US and farmers are increasin gly s boost efficiencies. So what does the future hold for this farming epicentre? Olivia Coo

Changing face of pig production in


ith a population of three million people – just 1 per cent of the US total – Iowa is hardly a buzzing hive of potential consumers. Yet this state, resting in the heart of the corn belt and bigger than England and Northern Ireland combined, boasts a third of all US pig production – finishing 45m pigs a year. With so many pigs produced in one area, it is unsurprising that integrated supply chains have become the norm, with most farmers now specialising in contract rearing. However, it also presents some challenges. With so many farms in one area, one of the biggest potential issues is disease, so biosecurity is stringent. At JDC Farms, Keota, the Heisdorffer family contract rears 4,500 pigs per batch and do not allow anyone into their pig barns without changing clothes and foot-dipping in disinfectant, with all trucks sprayed upon arrival. “We had one dose of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea Virus (PEDV) but have not had it since,” explains Chris Heisdorffer, who manages the pigs while his parents John and Deanna run the arable side. Originally, the family kept their own sows and finished all the progeny but, like most farmers in the area, they now contract rear – providing the labour and buildings while the parent pork company supplies the weaners, feed, medicines and so on. John says: “We keep the slurry, which is worth $75-80/acre and inject it in the autumn so there is nitrogen for the following crop in the spring.” Manure is another of the region’s difficulties. There is enough to meet over a quarter of the state’s fertiliser requirements, so it can be hard to find enough arable land on which to spread it. Fortunately, the Hiesdorffers 405ha (1,000-acre) farm, on which they grow a rotation of soya beans and maize, is large enough to cope.

Antibiotic use has decreased over the years and there is a market trend towards antibiotic-free production JOYCE HOPPES “We have a manure management plan and apply the slurry at 3,7005,000 gallons/acre,” explains John. “We test it to see what the nutrient value is and add a nitrogen inhibitor to the slurry pit to keep the nitrogen stable until it warms up in the spring for release to the crop.” The weaners arrive on-farm at seven to eight weeks old and are fed adlib on five different rations throughout their lifetime, formulated by specialist nutritionists. Tail docked and castrated, they are kept in sexed groups so they can be fed accordingly. Chris says: “We have got two barns – one is 23 years old and the other is just six years old – and our feed conversion ratio is 1.7.” The pigs are kept on slats and

slaughtered at about four months old at an average of 136kg liveweight. This enables Chris to turn around 2.5 batches a year on average. “When we had sows, 2,400 pigs was a lot to manage,” says John. “Things really have changed and it is definitely more efficient to specialise.”

Efficient According to Joyce Hoppes, promotions director at the Iowa Pork Producers Association, the whole industry has become more efficient in the past 15 to 20 years, with more integrated supply chains and contract rearers. In 2001 there were 15m pigs on-farm in Iowa at any one time, by 2017 that had increased to 21.8m head. But over the

same time, the Iowan breeding herd declined to about 1m head – just 16.5 per cent of the US breeding inventory – as breeding units moved to less pig-dense areas. Ms Hoppes explains: “Iowa and the surrounding 12 states slaughter 60 per cent of the US pigs per day.” As Iowa is one of the largest producing states of both soya beans and maize, both of which are used in pig feed, it makes sense to bring weaners in from Illinois, Canada, Missouri and elsewhere to finish. The ‘We Care’ pork quality assurance scheme ensures good production standards, with the Assurance Plus scheme focusing on antibiotic use: all farmers now require a vet to prescribe antibiotics and they cannot be used for growth promotion. “Antibiotic use has decreased over the years and there is a market trend towards antibiotic-free production, but we want to still be able to administer antibiotics when an animal is sick,” adds Ms Hoppes. Farmers pay a levy to the Checkoff Programme, similar to the UK’s AHDB. This collates 0.4 per cent of the value of pig sales to put towards industry research, marketing, and education, with a voluntary 0.1 per cent checkoff for public policy initiatives. “There has been a lot of legislation impacting the industry in the past 10

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n In the past 50 years, the pig industry has cut water use per lb of carcase weight by 41 per cent, reduced land use per 1,000lb by 78 per cent and slashed the carbon footprint per lb by 35 per cent

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Deanna, John and Chris Heisdorffer.


asin gly specialising to ivia Cooper reports.

on in Iowa years and we need to be there to influence and act,” says Ms Hoppes. Each state can decide how much of the Checkoff to keep and Iowa only retains 16.5 per cent of the main Checkoff and 40 per cent of the voluntary one, with the remainder going to national pork organisations. “We are very dense in pigs but do not have a lot of consumers, so we need to use the money elsewhere to promote demand outside of Iowa,” says Ms Hoppes.

To help farmers to comply with regulation all the agricultural groups joined forces to form a Coalition to Support Iowa Farmers – offering free advice and practical support.

“One thing that has not changed is the farmers’ commitment to do the right thing,” says Ms Hoppes. “We have seen some major changes in pork production over the

years but our mission remains the same: To educate people about the pork industry, be socially responsible, and promote global growth in the industry.”

Exports Indeed, 20 per cent of US pork is exported, with the main markets being loins heading for Japan and offal to Mexico. American consumers have similar concerns to British ones: reduced fat, reduced antibiotic use, higher production standards, and environmental issues. “They want to know where their food comes from,” says Ms Hoppes. A lot of the checkoff therefore goes into research into water quality, health, welfare, nutrition, diseases, meat quality, farm economics and the environment. “There is a lot of controversy over gestation stalls at the moment – some states have banned them and there are some packers and processors saying they want rid of stalls in Iowa in the next 15 years.” The Heisdorffer family contract rears 4,500 pigs per batch.









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LIVESTOCK Matt Bagley recently began a new role as head of farms for Askham Bryan College after four years transforming the agriculture course at its Newton Rigg campus. Ben Briggs met up with him and got his thoughts on the young farmers coming through and why the future is bright.

Next generation farmers are ‘more connected than ever’


hen Matt Bagley arrived at Newton Rigg in 2013 the agriculture course had just 12 students. Today, it has more than 140. Mr Bagley’s success in transforming the fortunes of the campus near Penrith, Cumbria, has led to a new role overseeing Askham Bryan’s four farms, split evenly between the campuses at Newton Rigg and York (see panel). And he is enthused about the future of the industry, even with the uncertainty caused by Brexit and the significant doubts that casts over sheep and upland farming in particular. Sitting in the purpose built sheep husbandry training centre at Low Beckside Farm in the hamlet of Mungrisedale, Cumbria, Mr Bagley stresses how the unit was designed with one eye on tradition and one on change within the industry.

We should shout about the good things we offer as an industry MATT BAGLEY

Matt Bagley’s new farm portfolio

Integral He says: “[A lot of our students] are integral parts of the workforce on their home farms and going away to college is not always an option, but it is important they acquire that level of skill [via level four apprenticeships].” Aiming to equip both full-time and part-time students with the skills they need for farm business management and project management so they can make active contributions professionally, Mr Bagley says they want to make the courses employer-led and create graduates with the right skills for the real world. And he believes upland farming has a huge chance to thrive, despite concerns over subsidies and access to trade post-Brexit, and the con-

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nectivity of youngsters coming through makes them ideal to push the industry forward. “There has been a resurgence in the interest in upland farming,” he says. “Sheep and beef production are seen as a way in by kids looking for a route in to agriculture. They can see themselves owning a few sheep without a big pot of money to get them started. “This generation is better connected online and via social media and they have no barriers to their aspirations. They can evaluate situations and make their own choices. “Their eyes are open because they are so determined to maintain what has gone before but adapt to what is coming. “We should not be frightened about what we do and should shout about the good things we offer as an industry.” Much of the sheep centre at Newton Rigg was designed with the

input of industry partners such as IAE, Shearwell, Bob Ritchie, Carrs Billington, and many more, and Mr Bagley is adamant all the sheep going through the unit must produce the requisite performance figures to justify their place in the flock.

Education He adds: “Our business is education and we need to teach our students the skills they need to take back to their businesses. Some of it will be relevant and some will not, but they have to see what is possible and apply it accordingly.” And Mr Bagley is confident about the future of the sheep sector. He says: “Sheep farming has a huge future but we need to market the product in the right way in the UK and innovate with the cuts we sell, but I am hugely buoyed by the young people coming in and the ideas and enthusiasm they have.”

YORK n Westfield Farm and Home Farm, totalling 280 hectares (692 acres) n Lance Gilling Agri Tech Centre n 240 Holstein and Holstein cross milking herd with 160 followers n 300 breeding ewes: Texel and Mule crosses n Cropping: Potatoes, wheat, barley, oilseed rape, maize and grassland NEWTON RIGG COLLEGE n Two farms, Sewborwens and Low Beckside, totalling 400ha (988 acres), 200ha (494 acres) under a grazing agreement, plus 3,300ha (8,154 acres) of common grazing on the fell n £3 million dairy unit opened in March 2014 n Sheep Husbandry Training Centre opened in June 2017 n 1,000 ewes plus lambs, including 350 pure Swalesdales hefted to the fell and 300 Mules n 60 Luing cattle including 27 suckler cows. n Arable: Spring barley, winter wheat and forage maize at Sewborwens Farm with grassland grazing at Low Beckside

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Timely advice from NSA Eastern Region Winter Fair rFocus on sheep

in arable rotations THE National Sheep Association’s (NSA) Eastern Region Winter Fair at Melton Mowbray Market on February 9 is set to include an array of information, activities, demonstrations and competitions aimed at attracting a wide range of sheep farmers. With lambing imminent for most flocks, the event poses an opportunity to brush up on ewe nutrition, vaccinations, worming policies and maybe decide on some new products for identification and handling, while also looking forward to the grazing season with fencing and grassland management solutions. Dan Phipps, NSA regional chairman, says: “With the increasing interest from arable farmers on integrating sheep into arable rotations to tackle black-grass and improve soil fertility, this subject will feature in our seminar programme and in many of the exhibits at the event. “Visitors can visit stands, attend seminar sessions and take part in the stockjudging competition.”

Stockjudging competition THERE will be short format open stockjudging competitions across prime lambs, a group of breeding ewes and a group of terminal sire rams.

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We are now in a position to respond to claims rams do not work on commercial farms for as many seasons as hoped for PHIL STOCKER NSA will be on hand with information of its work and with details of its NSA Next Generation Programme for new entrants to the sheep industry – encouraging and supporting sheep farmers and service providers of the future. Information on where to access education, training or funding or a helping hand to find a job, work experience or placement are some areas NSA Next Generation can help. Ahead of presenting findings of an Animal Welfare Foundation-funded project regarding ram welfare and longevity, NSA chief executive Phil Stocker says: “In pursuit of answers around the working life and cost of rams in commercial sheep flocks, the study has gathered information from almost 600 UK sheep flocks through focus groups and an online survey. “We are now in a position to respond to claims from members that rams do not work on commercial

Maximising the working life of rams on commercial units will be discussed.

Seminar timetable 10.20am-10.30am n Phil Stocker, NSA chief executive. Welcome to the conference 10.30am-11am n Kate Hovers, independent consultant for MSD. Reducing lameness in flocks 11am-11.30am n Charles Sercombe, NFU livestock chairman. Future developments for the sheep sector 11.30am-12noon n Robert Spink, former NSA Young Ambassador. Sheep in an arable rotation 12noon-12.30pm n Phil Stocker. Improving the welfare and longevity of rams - findings of the Animal Welfare Foundationfunded project on ram welfare and longevity. He will discuss the recommendations for ram breeders

farms for as many seasons as hoped for with data, and pin-point practical on-farm solutions for commercial producers wanting to maximise the working life of rams. “While those surveyed online were generally satisfied with how long their rams were lasting, expectations of rams working for four or five years are not matched with the reality of 3.8 as highlighted in the study. Several areas of improvement have been identified, specifically around nutrition and health issues which could improve the working life of a ram, but also reduce cost per lamb sold.”

and buyers to ensure sires have a long and productive working life 12.30pm-1pm n Charlie Thompson, Zoetis veterinary consultant. Controlling worms in sheep 1pm-1.30pm n Liz Genever, AHDB senior beef and sheep scientist. Managing young ewes at lambing 1.30pm-2pm n Howard Gilbert, young animal specialist for Volac. Successful rearing of surplus lambs - A study carried out by IBERS at Aberystwyth University will be reported on which looked into the most successful way to rear surplus lambs and the margins which can be achieved 2.30pm-3pm n Melton Mowbray Market. Live marketing of sheep

Event details n When: Friday, February 9, 10am-4pm n Where: Melton Mowbray Market, Scalford Road, Melton Mowbray, LE13 1JY n Cost: Entrance is free for NSA members on production of a membership card. Nonmembers will be charged £5 n More information: Contact Jonathan Barber, event organiser, on 01953 607 860

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LIVESTOCK Future-proofing is the priority for Arwyn Jones on his sheep and beef farm on Anglesey. Chloe Palmer finds out more.


dramatic career change was the start of a journey of discovery for Arwyn Jones when he came home to manage the family farm near Llandegfan at just 22 years old. Mr Jones began his working life as an actor, appearing in a soap series called Rownd a Rownd on S4C, the Welsh language television channel. A move to London to attend drama school and pursue his acting career received the full

support of his family and he appeared in several theatre productions. When he was 22, his father passed away and after a brief sojourn in London, he returned to Plas Farm to take over the management of the farming business in partnership with his mother, Eirwen. “I have had to learn for myself since returning to the farm because I was away from home just at the time when I could have been

Plas Farm n Situated near Llandegfan on the island of Anglesey, the farm extends to 364 hectares (900 acres), of which 170ha (420 acres) is owned and a further 194ha (480 acres) is rented on a long-term tenancy agreement n Arwyn Jones farms in partnership with his mother Eirwen who plays a key role at lambing looking after orphan lambs. Mr Jones and his partner Sioned have two daughters, Magi (almost three years old) and Anni Jo (10 months) n The farm employs two full-time

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members of staff; Owen Richard Owen carries out most of the machinery work and Hugh Jones concentrates on the livestock n Up to 700 cattle are finished on the farm each year and Mr Jones has calculated it currently costs £1.63 per head per day to finish his cattle n 1,700 Suffolk cross Mule ewes are lambed at Plas Farm. All ewes are vaccinated against enzootic abortion and toxoplasmosis and are also vaccinated against pasteurella and clostridial diseases


Efficiency key to farming family’s future Arwyn Jones and partner Sioned with daughters Magi and Anni Jo.

picking up all the vital knowledge from my Dad,” Mr Jones says.

Learning curve Since returning to Plas, Mr Jones has endured a steep learning curve but he has not been afraid to make some significant changes to the system. About 70 per cent of the farm’s grassland has been reseeded, he has trebled sheep numbers over eight years and is aiming to finish cattle in a shorter period. “We are finishing up to 700 cattle a year and around half of the herd are dairy steers and they will be finished inside, whereas the conUp to 700 cattle are finished on the farm each year.

tinental cattle will be either finished off grass with some concentrate or finished inside over the winter months,” explains Mr Jones. “We buy-in cattle at between 18 and 22 months either privately from farms or from Morgan Evans’ market on Anglesey. They are all kept inside separately for at least a week before we either turn them out to grass or house them with other cattle. During this time we fluke and worm them and we also vaccinate for black leg.” Mr Jones’ unit became a Farming Connect demonstration farm in early 2016 and this has allowed him to access advice from a range of specialists so he can fine-tune his system. An event focusing on cattle housing highlighted the issue of ventilation in the buildings. A housing expert from Ireland advised how air movement in his buildings could be increased and Mr Jones admits the results were astounding. He says: “The adviser knew where we should create holes in the buildings and since we did this, we have never had an issue with pneumonia. It will be interesting to see how the liveweight gain has improved because cattle are no longer overheating. “When finishing cattle, every small thing we can do to get them away a day earlier will make a difference.” When buying-in cattle, Mr Jones chooses each animal carefully, ‘picking the right animal for the right market’. Dairy steers are

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finished at 350kg deadweight and kill out at about 50 per cent, whereas the continental steers are finished at between 370kg and 400kg deadweight depending on the intended market, with a killing out percentage of 55 per cent. Maintaining the nutritional quality of grazed grass and conserved forage is key to minimising time to slaughter. Regular reseeding on rotation coupled with careful management of the grassland maintains the quality of the silage produced and means the continental cattle can be finished at grass with only a small amount of concentrate in the summer months.

Ration When housed, the cattle are fed a grass silage-based ration supplemented with home-grown cereals and a bought-in protein. “We buy-in a protein source and try and to stick to the same one through winter so we are not changing the ration too much. I also add yeast to the diet and this has increased intake significantly. “Last year we fed wholecrop winter wheat to the cattle and we found liveweight gains improved, so we thought we would try to grow maize this year because now sheep numbers have increased, we struggle to shut up the grass-

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land in time for a silage cut in early June,” Mr Jones says. The sheep and cattle enterprises have to be integrated carefully to ensure there is always adequate grass available either for grazing or in time for the first silage cut. “We aim to finish the lambs so they have all gone by the end of June, so we need to have quick growing lambs and we start drawing them from the end of April. “The Suffolk cross Mules give us the fast growth rates, they are good mothers and do not lose condition so they are well suited to early lambing. We start lambing on January 20 and have finished by the end of February,” Mr Jones adds. Since taking over the farm, Mr Jones now buys-in all his ewes

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Arable cropping n Arable cropping at Plas Farm includes 15ha (37 acres) of winter wheat, 13ha (33 acres) winter barley, 20ha (50 acres) spring barley, 20ha (50 acres) stubble turnips and this year 9ha (22 acres) of maize has been grown for the first time n All cereals grown on the farm are rolled and fed to the cattle and the straw produced is vital for the housed cattle and sheep. Farmyard manure is spread and is supplemented by imported broiler manure applied to grassland in spring n Mr Jones has recently carried out precision soil mapping arranged through his agronomist, Jeremy Foster of Agrii. To date, soil nutrient analysis has been completed but due to the variability seen, Mr Jones plans to undertake conductivity mapping to identify the different soil types across the farm to guide future soil sampling

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LIVESTOCK because he says this is more costeffective than to breed his own replacements. He usually buys from Thame sheep sale but admits he has become more selective in the last few years. “We need to buy-in our ewes early to ensure we have time to complete our vaccination programme. Now I try to buy from the same vendors to maintain flock health and control lameness. “Three years ago lameness rates ran at between 10 and 12 per cent, but now we have reduced this to between 1 and 2 per cent and I think this is partly down to our purchasing policy and because we now vaccinate for footrot. “All the ewes are either housed or moved onto stubble turnips by the end of November. Once inside, we feed them cobs which we spread across the straw to ensure all the ewes get their fair share. Feeding in this way means we have to keep the bedding very clean but this reduces disease risk.”

Strict protocols Lambing follows strict protocols to ensure lambs have the best possible start and to minimise any risk of infections, he says. “Every ewe goes into a separate pen with its lambs for 24 hours and then they are moved into a large pen with other ewes for another 24 hours before we turn them out onto grass. Each pen is cleaned out thoroughly and limed before the next ewes come in. “The stocking rate is two ewes and lambs per acre for the first month and then we double the stocking rate thereafter to make room for the cattle which we start to turnout in March.” Lambs are fed creep from three weeks old and are sold straight from the ewe at a target weight of 21kg deadweight. Mr Jones sells up to 90 per cent of his lambs for the export market and confesses the trade this year has been ‘fantastic’.

Suffolk cross Mule ewes give the family fast growth rates.

He is well aware of the challenges his reliance on lamb exports may bring depending on the outcome of negotiations over Brexit. He says: “We have to make the best of Brexit and it is the unknown which is so difficult. It is the trading arrangements we will secure which gives me concern, particularly the export of lambs and the effect of import of cattle.” Mr Jones believes having a thorough understanding of his costs will be pivotal to surviving the Brexit storm. “I now have detailed figures for all three enterprises on the farm so I can work out which is making money. Farming is a way of life for us but it is also a business. Becoming more efficient with everything we do is the key to our future.”

The cattle are fed a grass silagebased ration supplemented with home-grown cereals and a bought-in protein.

Arwyn Jones (centre) with full-time staff members Hugh Jones (left) and Owen Richard Owen (right).

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A new event, Dairy-Tech, will take place at Stoneleigh Park next month. Katie Jones takes a look at what visitors can expect. 120 FLOATING FARM Why farming on water could be the future


A look at some innovations being launched at the event

124 ROBOTIC MILKING Making the move towards automation


Dairy-Tech focuses on new generation


n recognition that dairy farming has become a professional industry, Dairy-Tech will showcase ground-breaking technology and help inspire uptake of the latest science- and field-based skills. Organiser, the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF), says the new event recognises the pressing needs of the modern dairy professional, allowing them to gain maximum exposure to industry innovations relevant to their business, despite a large variation in cost base and system.

The event will comprise four key areas: n Science, technology and innovation area will be home to the ‘Innovation Hub’ and ‘Tech Zone’. n Business efficiencies will be an area focusing on the key elements required to run a sustainable and profitable business. The ‘Dairy Hub’ will be hosted here. n Practical solutions will feature several demonstrations. n The outside area will host ma-

Innovation Hub SITUATED in the science, technology and innovation area of the show, the ‘Innovation Hub’ is set to feature the very latest products, equipment and knowledge in the industry. Visitors will have the chance to hear about the very newest

products on the market through the Royal Innovation Award, and the hub will be an interactive area where there will be the opportunity to road test groundbreaking technology. Ideas including precision farming, 3D printing, and floating farms will be discussed in this area.

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Event information n When: February 7, 8am-6pm n Where: Stoneleigh Park, Coventry, CV8 2LZ n Tickets: £17 when booked in advance, £20 on the day. Under 16s free. Card payments will be accepted. Visitors are advised there are no cash points on-site n More details online at

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THE focal point of the show, the ‘Dairy Hub’ will house the event’s featured speakers, seminars and workshops. 9.45am Labour shortage – technology and innovation is the key – Tim Brigstocke, RABDF and Edward Lott, Kite Consulting 10am A vision for the organic milk sector – featuring speakers from Arla, Muller and OmsCo with a Q&A chaired by Chris Walkland 10.40am Marginal gains using science and sampling – panel discussion 11.25am Brexit and the UK dairy industry – panel discussion 12.05pm Applied genomics for progressive dairies – Levi Gassaway, Washington State 12.45pm Busting milk myths – how do we stay positive in the face of negativity? - Dr Jude Capper, livestock sustainability consultant 1.15pm The Department of Dairy-Related Wholesome Affairs – Christine Watts and Rebecca Miah 1.35pm RABDF Young Board vision 1.50pm Antibiotic reduction: The genetic solution - Dr Steven Larmer, Semex and Dr Kristen Reyher, Bristol University 1.25pm The vaccine journey and how to make it work for you – Paul Williams, MSD Animal Health 1.45pm CalfTracker – Optimising the health and performance of your youngstock for the future – Kirsty Ranson, Westmorland Veterinary Group and James Robinson, dairy farmer 3.05pm To be confirmed 3.25pm The impact of calf rearing on her future productivity as a cow – Bianca Theeruth, Cargill

GRASSLAND farmers could make cost savings on weed controls by using drone technology used in the arable sector to identify areas where herbicides are needed. Dr Ivan Grove, working in Precision Agronomy at the Crop and Environment Research department at Harper Adams University, says weed mapping is one tool which has benefits for dairy farms. Infestation from weeds such as docks or nettles are mostly very localised in grass leys. Dr Grove says: “Drones can be used to map where these are and this information can be imported into sprayers to apply herbicides only in the affected areas. “It is only a matter of time before commercially available spray drones, once registered for aerial application in the UK, will apply the products.’’ If applications can be targeted

more effectively, there will be cost savings and reductions in pesticide use which will have significant environmental benefits, as well as productive leys, Dr Grove adds. He emphasises the ownership cost of drones is not high but warns that farmers must be aware of the legalities of their use. “If there is a financial gain from

using a drone, and if it is being used to improve grassland through weed control that would be the case, then a permission for commercial operation is needed.’’ DRONES DISCUSSION Dr Grove will be talking about where drones fit in on dairy farms at 2.10pm in the Innovation Hub.

REDUCING VOLUME OF SLURRY TECHNOLOGY which has the potential to reduce slurry’s volume by up to 80 per cent is being finetuned on a Welsh dairy farm. Swansea-based Power and Water, a company specialising in electrochemical-based water treatments, is working with Gelli Aur College farm in Carmarthenshire to trial technology which filters slurry. This de-watering and purification technique produces water of a quality suitable for recycling or discharging into watercourses. Farm manager John Owen says slurry management is becoming a major issue for farmers and the environment. Funding has been provided by

the Welsh Government’s Rural Communities Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 to test the de-watering and purification technology at the farm. Mr Owen says the aim is to reduce significantly the risk of air and water pollution while maximising nutrient values. He is confident this approach can considerably reduce slurry storage requirements. The Welsh Government is expected to make an

announcement soon on the expansion of Nitrate Vulnerable Zones in Wales and this will have implications for existing slurry storage facilities. If the project at Gelli Aur is successful, it could result in the technology being rolled out commercially. NEW SLURRY SYSTEM John Owen will be discussing the new slurry enhancing system at 12:15pm in the Innovation Hub.


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■ Drone demonstrations: Supported by Bexcopter and Drone Ag ■ Automation: Sponsored by Lely and supported by Hands Free Hectare ■ Hoof trimming demonstrations will take place at 11am, 12pm, 2pm and 3pm. The demonstration team will use both the knife and grinder techniques as well as showing correct methods for sharpening trimming knifes

■ BVDFree England will be hosting a drop-in advice clinic to help producers find out more about engaging with the scheme designed to eliminate the disease from the national herd across the devolved nations ■ Dairy Pro: Most seminars, workshops and demonstrations at Dairy-Tech are eligible for DairyPro points

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DAIRY-TECH PREVIEW A growing global population and climate change will mean the way we farm will need to change and adapt in the future. Katie Jones takes a look at what farming on water might look like.

Floating the idea of waterbased farming


n the summer of this year a floating farm – the world’s first – built in Rotterdam’s Merwehaven harbour in the Netherlands will start producing milk from its 40 Montbeliarde cows. The team behind the concept say the design is the result of cities seeking new opportunities to produce their own food and is a phenomenon they refer to as ‘transfarmation’. Peter van Wingerden, of Beladon, a company with experience building floating structures and one of the partners in the project, explains the

farm, a 1,000 square metre floating platform, will be built vertically, like a multi-storey building. “Using an advanced circular system, the cows will eat grass grown under LED lighting and produce milk, while nutrients and manure from urine and manure are harvested.” The waste products will then be used to provide heat and energy for the farm, and also turned into plant feed to be used on the farm and elsewhere in the city. “This is sustainable farming within a city. With a growing population covering our farmland in

The Floating farm n Calves will be kept on the platform until they are six weeks of age when they will be transported to grazing land north of Rotterdam, returning to the floating farm just before calving n As well as being fed grass

concrete, we asked ourselves, ‘how can we find space on a crowded planet?’” says Mr van Wingerden. According to construction plans, the floating farm will be built in concrete, with galvanised steel frames and a membrane floor which lets cow urine soak through; robots will top up food stations and scrape the manure. The cows will also be able to cross, via a walkway bridge, to a pasture on real land, which is already growing.

Initial aim While the initial aim is to produce 800 litres of milk a day, Mr van Wingerden says they also hope to introduce chickens to the platform and grow arable crops. Cows will be milked by robot with added value products such as yoghurt and cheese sold locally. However, in addition to the commercial element of the farm it will also provide an important education hub. “The floating farm is a transparent farm where people can see the cows and become familiar with the

grown on the platform and having access to the pasture, rations will also include by-products from bakeries, potato processing plants and breweries in the city n Hay will be brought onto the platform from outside the city

processes which take place on the farm,” says Mr van Wingerden. He adds this is of importance as there is a decreasing knowledge of healthy food and food production. “The ever-growing metropolises, which are a result of the enormous demand for city residences, cause an increasing gap between inhabitants and agriculture.” The farm will also provide opportunities for scientific research on feed production and energy use. While Rotterdam provides a useful test location for this project due to its large port, Mr van Wingerden says the real demand is in Asia and Africa, where populations are rapidly growing and there is a demand for alternative farming production. “Producing food for a growing population which is becoming increasingly wealthy is developing into a bigger challenge by the day.” MORE INFORMATION More details about the Floating Farm will be discussed by Minke van Wingerden, of Beladon, at 12.55pm in the Innovation Hub.

The floating farm built in Rotterdam’s Merwehaven harbour will be the world’s first.

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DAIRY-TECH PREVIEW A host of new products and service innovations will be unveiled and on display at Dairy-Tech. Katie Jones looks at some of them.

New products launch round-up SPREAD-A-BALE LAUNCHES SPEED-A-BALE SPREAD-a-Bale will be adding to its portfolio Speed-a-Bale, a new turbo hydraulic manifold to enable dairy farmers to spread 2017 harvest’s difficult straw more quickly and efficiently and subsequently make time and fuel savings and better straw utilisation. Speed-a-Bale which can be can be fitted to each of Spread-a-Bale’s four M-range models, features a new manifold with turbo to provide 25 per cent increase in torque and 5

per cent increase in speed. Details on 07917 303 535. ■ Stand: B29

LIC LAUNCHES PREMIER CLUB THE Livestock Improvement Company will be launching its Premier Club to UK producers. Membership will provide access to elite bulls from its progeny breeding

programme as well as like-minded farmers, dairy specialists and training resources. Details on 01725 553 008. ■ Stand: B53

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AN electronic heat detection device which flashes for 26 hours after it has been activated by cow bulling activity has been launched in the UK. Flashmate, developed by New Zealand company Farmshed Labs, is glued to one side of a cow’s tail ridge at the start of the breeding period. Kim Petty, of UK distributor at KiwiKit, said the technology picks up on cow behaviour during bulling and is designed to activate when the cow is at the optimum stage for serving. “The technology is programmed for the cow to need several interactions with other cows before the light is triggered,’’ he explains. This is designed to prevent

cows whose tail paint has been rubbed from being served too early. Details on ■ Stand: B4

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PREVIEW DAIRY-TECH NEW GRASS PROGRAMME A NEW programme, Grassmanship, designed to help dairy farmers make more from grass has been launched by Nufarm. Advice on best choice of a range of products to counter the most commonly occurring weed problems in pasture and conservation swards is featured in Grassmanship’s handbook, together with advice on

their time of application. It also explains how controlling weeds can give a significant financial return. Details on ■ Stand: B6


SOFTER APPROACH TO CUBICLE DESIGN A NEW cubicle divider designed to prevent cows from striking themselves against metal when they rise from a stall will be on display. In this design from French manufacturer Deltex, the metal tube which features in the front part of most cubicles is replaced with a flexible neck cable.

This neck cable is adjustable and is adapted to be compatible to the shape of a cow’s neck. The cubicle is made from composite materials and its central core is manufactured from of a non-metallic cable. Details on ■ Stand: I41

A HEAT detection system, Moocall Heat, has been added to the Moocall portfolio of products. The system involves the stock bull or vasectomised bull wearing a rechargeable collar and cows and heifers tagged with a Moocall ear tag.

Interaction is measured over time to build a picture of the animals. It can accurately detect which cow is in her standing heat and alert the farmer via a smartphone. Details on ■ Stand: I22

TRACKING HERD FERTILITY MILKALYSER has been developed by eCow founder Professor Toby Mottram and allows dairy farmers to track herd fertility and output on a herd management package or smartphone. It uses a hormone

sensor fitted into the long milk tubes in a milking machine which analyses each cow’s milk, displaying fertility data to the farmer or inseminator. Details on: ■ Stand: B13

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DAIRY-TECH PREVIEW Robotic milking is nothing new but the discussion and challenges when thinking about going down the automation route will be different for each generation of farmers. Farmers Guardian talks to one Shropshire farming family about their experiences.

A new generation of robotic dairy farms


hile dairy farming had not always been at the fore of George Lester’s career plans, his decision to come back to the family farm was cemented when the family agreed to invest in total automation. Now George, who is part of Lely’s #nextgenmilkers ambassador programme, says the farm is where his future lies. “We are extremely fortunate that both my father and I are on the same wavelength; we are both forward and technical thinkers; we get on extremely well and have strengths to complement each other,” says George, who farms in partnership with his father Jeff and mother Judith. “We have a joint vision of where we want to go.” That long-term future lies in completing a £1 million greenfield site development by the end of the year for up to 250 cows based at Manor Farm, Lee Brockhurst, Shropshire. It will feature three robotic milking systems and a robotic feeding system, while calves are fed through a computerised feeding system. Last month, part one of their ambitious plans was completed – they relocated their 70 cows from the old steading to the new site complete with one robotic milking system. “Our move towards automation will reduce the reliance on outside

GEORGE LESTER George Lester (left) and father Jeff have a joint vision of where they want the farm to go.

labour so I will eventually be able to manage 250 cows myself with say one person’s help, rather than have to depend on three members of staff,” says George. “We are insulating ourselves from a labour shortage.”

Decision This decision to come back to the farm comes after George spent a year on the road working as a dairy inseminator, and after completing a pharmacology degree. “Spending time in a lab and working for someone else was not for me. Growing up on a farm, I was aware of the lifestyle and being my own boss brought that flexibility conducive to family life.” And for George, apart from tak-

ing away the twice daily grind of milking, he says robotic systems offer that ‘24/7 attention to detail’. “For example, if mastitis is identified during a milking, the milk is separated and the system is completely washed. Robotics enable us to monitor the entire herd remotely wherever we happen to be in the world and they remove the human error which can creep in, particularly when there are changes among casual staff. We also think it is becoming more important to consumers that milk is produced by happy, healthy cows and that is what we are able to provide. “However, these systems still require good stockmanship; we spend more quality time with our cows and know more about them

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Our move towards automation will reduce the reliance on outside labour. We are insulating ourselves from a labour shortage than ever before, while we also consider them to be more relaxed being milked in the robot than in a parlour.”

Robotic milking George grew up with a robotic system at Manor Farm. The Lesters were among the first in the area to invest in a Lely Astronaut robotic milking system nine years ago. They had planned to move the existing business with 70 cows to a new unit using the entire proceeds from the sale of redundant farm buildings for development, Jeff explains. “Once George had decided to come back home to farm, we considered it to be a bonus. We agreed to invest in him and introduce a development twice the size we had scheduled and with the payback extended over a longer period. It also made financial sense to introduce more cows to spread the costs.” Buying those cows is on their list of jobs to do along with completion of the four new barns, three of which will each house a robotic milking system allowing the herd to be split and be managed independently. Following on, the partners next focus will be for the systems to efficiently manage those cows milking three times a day to realise an average of 12,000 litres. George adds: “We may make less money, however, I am prepared to substitute some of the financial gains for quality of life, including more time to spend with my family while managing an efficient dairy farming business.” MORE INFORMATION Find more about #nextgenmilkers at Lely’s live milking demo at Dairy-Tech.

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DAIRY-TECH PREVIEW A unique farmer to farmer rental system has been developed by a Northumberland farmer’s son after he spotted a gap in the market. Katie Jones finds out more.

Online machinery ring allows farmers to trade efficiency savings


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“When you are just working on one farm your focus becomes very local, but through my job I was visiting lots of farms over a large area. It was a real eye-opener to see the difference between farms. “I would go on one farm and the plough would be out in the field, but then I would go onto the next farm and the plough would be in the shed. There is also a difference in harvesting times for different farms and for different types of farm.”

Resources Mr Robinson says as farmers strive to become ‘as lean as possible’, especially in light of challenges such as Brexit, they will need to become increasingly efficient when it comes to resources such as machinery and contractor use. As a result of this he set up a prototype version of Farm-r alongside

his full-time job and began by tweeting about it to see how much interest there was for such an idea. “There are machinery rings out there, but we are using technology to take this a step further,” says Mr Robinson. “It quickly hit home about how much potential there was when people started listing their machinery on the site without any prompting. So in September last year I started working on it full-time and now several hundred farmers are using it regularly.” Farm-r allows farmers to list machinery, or labour, they are willing to hire out, or search for any equipment or resource they would like to rent in. Farmers can set their own rental price and Mr Robinson explains most farmers will look around the site first to see what other users are charging. If someone wants to rent an item the owner will be sent a message and they have the chance to accept or decline the request before payment is taken. “While there is a lot of trust involved in hiring out equipment there is also an element of social control. In a similar way to how AirBnB works we also have a review system, so if someone is a bad operator they will only be dealt with once,” says Mr Robinson. “We are mirroring what happens in other similar rental situations, so there is a hire agreement and farmers will ask for proof or insurance and a damage deposit before hiring anything out. Similarly, equipment must come back with the same amount of fuel in as when it left.”














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Social media Advertising for the site is mostly done via social media and at trade events and Mr Robinson says it is vital for an online business to have a face. “The biggest challenge is getting people to do something different. It is brand new to find machinery in this way.” Mr Robinson says he put himself through a web design ‘crash course’ and has learned what he needs to get so far, but is now in a position to bring in professional help for the next stage of development. This, he says, will involve some redesign work to make the site as ‘slick’ as possible. “We want to take any friction out of the process. So when people are renting machinery we try and get feedback from them. “The challenge now is to get as many people involved across as many areas as possible. We need lots and lots of listings. But the vision is that if someone knows they want to move some sheep next week, they

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Killiebrae Indy wins Eagland Hill nursery rHenry Harrison and

Sky win new handler England: Elaine Hill

SARAH Thompson and Killiebrae Indy took their second nursery title on Saturday at the North Lancs trial held at Eagland Hill, west of Garstang, while Henry Harrison won best new handler with Sky. Although mostly flat, the course sloped away towards the top of the field on the left. Running was on packets of three white faced gimmer hoggs. First time round for the new handlers and the first six in the trial the sheep were very flighty. Once they had been taken back they behaved much better. Mark France judged firstly the entry of eight in the new handler class and then the nursery trial with an entry of 17. Twelve-year-old Henry ran Sky (J. Harrison’s Gunnerwell Gem, S.

Richards’ Pen-y-Borough Jeff) at number six. Sky stopped slightly short at the end of her right hand outrun before having a good fetch. Early in the day the sheep bolted down the first leg of the left-hand drive. This made the driving difficult, yet Henry handled Sky well and they finished with a good pen to score 65 points. Robert Harrison with Lad was the last new handler to the post.

First season Although they had a better start they lost more points over the course and at the pen and they also scored 65. A quicker time gave Henry and Sky the title, their ninth new handler win in their first season. In the nursery trial, Tom Huddleston and Marchup Rio took the lead with run number 10. Between a clean start and finish they lost five points for line deviations to score 85. Sarah and Indy (D. Scrim-

Trials diary ENGLAND January 27. FYLDE, Nursery, Myerscough College, Lee Farm, Moss Lane, Bilsborrow, Preston, PR3 0RU, 9.30am start, enter on field, those with two dogs to be booked in by 12 noon. TRAWDEN, Nursery, New Close Farm, Downham, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 4DF, 9.30am start, enter on field, those with two dogs to be booked in by 12 noon. January 28. CHESHIRE, Derbyshire and Staffordshire, Nursery team selection run-off followed by charity nursery and novice trial, Slindon House Farm, Slindon, Eccleshall, Staffordshire, ST21 6LX, 9am start, enter on field, catering. CLOUGH HEAD, Open, Grane Road, Haslingden, Lancashire, BB4 4AT, those with two dogs must book one in before 12 noon, entry closed, catering. MID-SHIRES, Nursery and novice, Framlands Farm, Melton Mowbray,

Leicestershire, enter on field, weather check A. Tomkinson, tel: 07891 222 460. NORTH WESTMORLAND, Nursery and novice, Greystoke, on the Motherby road, Penrith, CA11 0TP, 9am start, enter on field by 1pm, only one dog after 12 noon, novice confined to Cumbria. NORTHUMBERLAND League, nursery with championship (no new hander class), Whitfield, NE47 8HR, 10am start enter on field, contact B. Jordan, tel: 07714 469 981. SOUTH EAST, Romney Marsh, Cradle, nursery, novice and novice handler, Whitehall, Ludgate Lane, Lynsted, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME9 0RF, 10am start, enter on field by 11am. WEST COUNTRY, Nursery, driving then Maltese cross, Sanduck Cross Farm, Lustleigh, Devon, TQ13 9SF, 10am start, enter on field. February 21. CROSTHWAITE, Opens, am and pm trials, Totterbank, Crosthwaite, South Lakes, LA8 8HX, am trial first 25 dogs, followed by pm trial, enter on field, last booking in 1pm.

geour’s Fellside Whizz and Mirk) were next to the post. After losing two points from her gather Indy had a clean lift. The remainder of her outfield work was excellent. She lost a single point from her fetch and just one further point went throughout the whole of her driving. Finishing with a clean pen gave the top score of 86 points. After running as a new handler last year this is Sarah’s first full season.


English results NORTH LANCS, Eagland Hill, Lancashire (Judge, M. France, Littledale) New handler (8 ran) 1, H. Harrison (Shap) Sky, 65 of 90 TIME; 2, R. Harrison Jnr (Shap) Lad, 65; 3, C. Robson (Stockport) Belle, 61. Nursery (17 ran) 1, S. Thompson (Lancaster) Killiebrae Indy, 86 of 90; 2, T. Huddleston (Caton) Marchup Rio, 85; 3, K. Cropper (Shap) Faenor Bute, 83; 4, S. Perello (Littledale) Murguia Khuro, 81 TIME; 5, D. Purdham (Holmrook) Gem, 81; 6, B. Helliwell (Lancaster) Barcroft Rousse, 81. NORTH WESTMORLAND, Shap, Cumbria (Judge, W. Mason, Tebay) Nursery (50 ran) 1, R. Harrison (Shap) Hemp, 85 of 90; 2, R. Fawcett (Hardraw) Wills, 80; 3, P. Ellis (New Hutton) Isla, 79; 4, T. Birkett (Carnforth) Jaff, 74 OLF; 5, K. Cropper, Faenor Bute, 74; 6, J. Harrison (Shap) Pen-y-Borough Joe, 74. Novice 1, L. Cowper (Threlkeld) Flo, 79 of 90; 2, M. Beaty (Laithes) Jim, 76; 3, T. Rome (Whitehaven) Kate, 64. New handler 1, R. Harrison Jnr, Lad; 2, H. Harrison, Sky. HOLME, Deerplay, Bacup, Lancashire (Judger, S. Dungworth, Water) Nursery (17 ran) 1, A. Ledgar (Macclesfield) Tip, 82 of 90; 2, J. Wood (Norland) Jim, 73 OLF; 3, J. Howard (Holme) Cap, 73; 4, S. Cropper (Deerplay) Rob, 71; 5, J. Cropper (Deerplay) Gil, 65; 6, C. Townson (Oakworth) Moor Lodge Nell, 64. RAINOW, Yearnslow Farm, Rainow, Macclesfield, Cheshire (Judge, C. Pickford) Nursery (16 ran) 1, A. Ledgar, Tip, 92 of 100; 2, S. Cottrell (Congleton) Hep, 81; 3, P. Hallam (Foxt) Jill, 65; 4, C. Robson, Belle, 63. Novice 1, D. Pickford (Rainow) Rainow Maid, 85 of 100; 2, J. Hussey (Alderley Edge) Badger, 56; 3, J. Hussey, Highgate Hil, 54; 4, L. Pickford (Rainow) Jill, 41. RYEDALE, Dog Kennel Lane, Thornton-le-Dale, Pickering (Judge, B. Hope, Sutton Bank) Nursery (19 ran) 1, C. Cutler (Easby) Mirk, 88 of 90; 2, P. Turnbull (Kildale) Peg, 87; 3, A. Wilkinson (Thurgoland) Grace, 86;

Kemi Ruby and Raine are top dogs at Whitefield Scotland: Sine Robertson ALISTAIR Stewart’s Kemi Ruby distinguished herself with an outstanding run at Whitefield, where she and Stuart McCrindle’s Raine alternated the top places at two trials in one day. In the morning, the Blackface hoggs were reluctant to turn round the handlers, and restless at the pen. Misty weather and an undulating field made good lines elusive. Raine started out well, came in slightly on her line, corrected that, but

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was tight at the top. She took good control of the lift, but the sheep wandered on the fetch. The drive started well, but the sheep went low on the cross drive, missed the gate, and made a wide turn. Man and dog worked well to achieve a clean pen, failed to take control on the first attempt at a shed, but worked well next time and earned first place. On the second circuit, the hoggs were settled, and the work improved. Ruby ran out and lifted flawlessly; the fetch was not entirely smooth, but

the drive was faultless. A clean pen followed and although Ruby did not come in to shed at the first call, the second attempt worked well, and Ruby earned first place. Raine overshot her sheep at the top which affected the lift a little, and the line of the fetch wavered. The hoggs missed the drive away gate, but although they were low on the cross drive, they went through the second gate. Raine penned after a minor break, and although her shed was untidy, she finished in second place.

Henry Harrison with Sky, winners of the new handler class at North Lancs. 4, B. Harland (Pickering) Shep, 85; 5, J. Read (Louth) Hilston Ted, 81; 6, J. Simpson (Hutton Rudby) Jill, 80. New handler 1, R. Galloway (Dacre) Sky. Last week’s new handler 1, P. Simpson (Dacre) Rob. MID-SHIRES, Barford Meadows, Kettering (Judge, R. Smith, Chipping Norton) Nursery (29 ran) 1, D. Roper (Northleach) Rosewood Jack, 84 of 90; 2, S. Little (Kerdiston) Tig, 83; 3, V. Powell (Cold Ashby) Rosewood Bet, 82; 4, A. Blackmore (Ledbury) Rosewood Moss, 81; 5, J. McBride (Grantham) Gus, 80; 6, J. Porter (Broughton Astley) Spot, 77. Novice 1, R. Curtis (Grantham) Tess, 91 of 100; 2, K. Addington (Kettering) Dan, 82; 3, S. Danek (Birmingham) Kay, 81; 4, C. Cassie (Lutterworth) Kes, 74. Open 1, A. Blackmore, Spottie, 91 of 100; 2, R. Curtis, Patch, 90 OLF; 3, C. Cassie, Sean, 90. SOUTH EAST, Wessex, Shabden Park Farm, Chipstead, Surrey (Judge, R. Moore, Ditching) Nursery 1, M. Banham (Chipstead) Taffy, 82 of 90; 2, J. Drinkwater (Lampeter) Jess, 81; 3, Ray Edwards (Chulmleigh) Nap, 76; 4, M. Banham, Shabden Ricky, 72; 5, P. Griffiths (Glynde) Roy, 70 OLF; 6, E. lawless (Isle of Wight) Spot, 70. Novice 1, I. Wheeler (Isle of Wight) Bob, 81 of 100; 2, I. Wheeler, Don, 69; 3, J. Drinkwater, Christy, 67; 4, R. Putnam (Billingshurst) Spotyn, 64. EAST ANGLIAN, Worlington (Judge, G. Foster, Themelthorpe) Nursery (30 ran) 1, E. Thornalley (Worlington) Nasher, 75 of 90; 2, E. Hawkins (Ipswich) Jill, 74; 3, J. McBride, Gus, 69; 4, S. Little, Tig, 63; 5, M. Banham, Taff, 58; 6, G. Baldry (Hillington) Mo, 49. Novice 1, S. Jenkins (Themelthorpe) Gail, 68 of 100; 2, E. Hawkins, Jess, 67; 3, R. Little (Kerdiston) Lenka, 57; 4, E. Thornalley, Baby Sweep, 55. WINDERMERE, Shap, Cumbria (Judge, E. Gray, Ewesley) Morning open (32 ran) 1, R. Watson (Millom) Sally, 92 of 100; 2, K. Cropper, Faenor Bute, 89; 3, M. Beaty, Jim, 87 OLF; 4, J. Cropper, Dan, 87; 5, C. Mellin (Oakworth) Moor Lodge Ben, 81 OLF; 6, R. Watson, Kemi Ross, 81. (Judge, R. Watson) Afternoon Open (32 ran) 1, K. Cropper, Faenor Bute, 88 of 100; 2, A. Temple (Holmrook) Jan, 87; 3, E. Gray Tweeddale Jamie, 85; 4, B. Helliwell (Lancaster) Ernie, 82; 5, P. Ellis, Joe, 81; 6, P. Rigby (Skelsmergh) Elsa, 76. NORTHERN, Hamsteels Hall, Quebec, Co Durham (Judge C. Krakowski, Whicham) Nursery 1, F. Whitfield (Quebec) Jock, 68 of 90 OLF; 2, J. Edgar (Consett) Redgate Trim, 68; 3, J. Howes (Hamsterley) Redgate Meg, 56; 4, A. Grant (Leyburn) Meg, 54; 5, D. Bowmer (Scotton) Zac, 50; 6, S. Ledger (Witton Gilbert) Bess, 47. Committee novice 1, S. Ledger, Tia, 67 of 90; 2, J. Edgar, Redgate Dot, 63. New handler 1, R. Thornhill (Durham) Bell. WINDERMERE, Nursery, Otterbank, Kendal – cancelled.

Scottish results WHITEFIELD I (Judge, N. Gillon, Dailly) Nursery (10 ran) 1, S. McCrindle (Palnackie) Raine, 77; 2, A. Stewart (Lockerbie) Kemi Ruby, 72; 3, J. Paterson (Kirkcowan) Jim, 69; 4, D. Mitchell (New Luce) Kate, 60; 5, J. Ramsay (Glenluce) Jen, 57 Outbye; 6, J. Mitchell (New Luce) Paige, 57. WHITEFIELD II (Judge, G. Carnochan, Coylton) Nursery (10 ran) 1, A. Stewart (Lockerbie) Kemi Ruby, 91; 2, S. McCrindle (Palnackie) Raine, 73; 3, D. Mitchell (New Luce) Kate, 65; 4, J. Ramsay (Glenluce) Jen, 63; 5, J. Paterson (Kirkcowan) Jim, 61; 6, I. McMillan (Newton Stewart) Dykecroft Fly, 58. THORNHILL (Judge, I.M. Brownlie) Nursery (28 ran) 1, M. Magnusson (Mid Derry) Foxridge Blake; 2, S. Martin (Cashlie) Lucy; 3, R Lewis (Killin) Ruby; 4, A McKenzie (Lochearnhead) Jess; 5, K. Howlett (Muthill) Yellowhill Jock; 6, M. Magnusson (Mid Derry) Kemi Sally. Novice K. Craig (Tulliemet) Eadie; (points withheld)

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MARKET PRICES PRIMESTOCK SCOTLAND STEERS Market day(s) week ending January 23 Ayr Caithness Castle Douglas Dingwall Dumfries Forfar Huntly Kirkwall Lanark Lockerbie Newton Stewart Newtown St Boswells Stirling (caledonian) Stirling (ua) Thainstone

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209.00 232.00 226.00 166.60 220.71 222.81 145.50 227.67

236.00 213.00 149.50 190.00 224.00 191.00

232.00 230.50 59.52 226.33 235.00 168.50

238.11 206.89 226.00 236.18 220.50 203.04 221.10 218.50 175.73 213.00

235.00 209.36 221.50 218.60 213.40 147.32 210.40 222.30 157.03 203.15

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190.00 195.00

192.00 163.17

210 64 45 7 10 15 51 51 51 147 181

179.70 170.00 185.50 190.00 152.70 195.00 144.50 160.25 154.67 143.00 173.00 168.00 219.00 170.08 171.90 212.10 245.00 219.00 246.50 201.20 136.50 192.67 174.00 222.93 232.50 180.50 198.50 219.50 184.50 185.67

210.25 201.33 192.39 178.00 198.94 154.50 212.04 171.75 240.00 212.90 214.00 181.50 179.55 200.38 184.00 183.50 121.00 172.00 189.00 195.34 232.17 192.76 181.32 206.95 193.86 159.33 215.18 196.75 172.73 195.11 219.92 242.50 219.83 188.00 210.75 182.81 210.00

200.67 181.00 167.00 186.17 189.60 186.83 165.50 190.50 197.60 171.15 193.00 179.50 177.00 171.50 183.23 218.93 171.55 176.29 180.50 185.33 159.50 203.38 187.50 174.00 182.71 202.44 146.50 194.86 175.79 176.50 158.50

166.00 180.50 144.00 134.00 216.50 225.00 146.50 210.33 192.00 187.17 173.62 100.00 185.00 136.00 234.50 197.19 221.00 179.04 154.50 191.44 236.40 224.50 202.50 202.00 179.00 189.50 178.17 228.90 179.00 195.00 222.88 190.50 175.00 168.50 205.33

208.96 193.17 209.67 169.62 200.53 147.50 221.33 160.50 107.50 198.28 224.54 172.00 176.80 186.59 150.00 205.30 145.90 144.00 214.44 216.50 207.69 237.91 186.66 181.41 197.62 234.75 208.93 216.18 221.00 206.93 202.25 179.04 189.46 228.69 186.00 231.71 224.97 185.50 220.08 188.42 215.64

200.20 161.83 194.83 187.50 188.25 120.00 189.88 167.10 132.00 203.10 212.55 154.50 177.92 176.40 159.00 212.90 177.67 136.17 132.00 117.00 214.00 186.50 194.85 237.17 176.30 177.80 186.65 208.00 153.00 190.83 201.74 211.12 170.42 190.25 198.19 180.00 153.50 221.00 191.25 219.85 176.00 201.36

218.00 166.50 173.00 217.00 157.72 148.38 186.50 185.50 210.00 188.00 197.50 180.00 184.62 179.17 167.46 147.83 190.12 147.51 143.30 173.23 157.71 152.72

209.00 194.86 190.00 171.53 166.18 178.33 131.50 182.96 182.29 187.50 161.00 193.11 200.50 184.32 180.00 203.07 175.55 155.00 211.75 159.50 185.87 173.50 209.00 187.81

215.00 202.50 162.80 181.40 182.92 205.57 186.56 158.00 208.50 219.83 191.62 198.95 184.07 153.50 191.88 200.96 198.40 200.25 183.67

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97.00 109.30 104.40 103.20 104.80 115.40

123.30 125.20 129.90 110.50 117.90 110.10 126.40 144.30 122.00 131.80 140.90

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152.50 99.50 164.10 164.83 173.50 145.20 147.17 120.71

123.27 120.87 121.12 128.39 121.00 117.00 119.53 83.50

114.39 103.90 125.50 90.77 105.50 118.00 96.19 103.18 92.36 104.89 99.38 98.00 76.00 93.50 110.32 100.52 108.67 70.00 104.00 109.38 120.83 104.00 105.75 105.86 101.21 76.00 122.50 107.58 104.81 115.00 95.33 108.96 -

117.79 134.05 123.69 105.44 120.00 140.98 130.25 129.13 133.00 135.35 119.05 122.27 116.60 130.89 136.60 135.43 120.14 120.50 141.00 102.27 134.00 114.50 152.83 125.25 139.82 126.16 120.60 128.00 145.33 129.12 132.12 118.81 116.60 108.14 119.75 109.79 102.44 128.59 117.30 -

931 1282 1936 391 739 2756 1326 1364 487 2019 747 371 1931 380 1621 562 421 1115 327 89 103 668 1356 502 465 530 956 576 1885 352 570 980 5249 109 2063 524 1021 321 738 2169 67 1317 2765 527 2095 853 1026 47 408 99 1060 203 963 1910 765 182 299 794 901 206 533 1198 45 312 1518 307

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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

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116.12 171.99 150.79 131.75 146.28 145.41 149.19 147.00 113.30 -

181.41 182.06 176.50 175.24 173.48 154.49 159.70 184.25 169.94 182.40 166.92 161.69 188.50

197.31 198.17 191.53 182.52 185.49 182.14 167.81 199.89 181.91 198.95 193.34 189.66 188.63

188.61 181.89 175.57 175.73 182.26 170.50 167.85 185.88 176.78 180.21 186.79 182.80 181.28

190.63 192.46 189.27 175.78 183.34 169.86 167.04 192.30 172.78 198.15 187.67 181.16 188.61

540 453 50 346 193 750 15 322 257 322 660 730 -

55.49 51.10 53.14 48.31 65.21 48.44 62.87 63.77 54.08 66.95 54.28 50.22 -

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153.00 177.15 126.90 160.73 143.31 161.30 168.23 185.81 128.00 174.13 147.29 172.00 143.00 161.00 141.00 173.59 118.82 146.54 199.70 152.31 176.50 150.96 116.94 125.00 170.58 168.00 166.00 147.57 184.00 181.00 165.66 142.53 153.53 187.70 190.22 148.39 152.00 158.76 164.78 175.00 -

178.04 181.70 181.01 182.66 185.59 186.01 184.13 180.54 175.80 188.64 189.61 186.73 177.30 185.52 178.27 182.42 174.44 186.18 185.22 167.13 178.12 205.13 183.79 175.00 178.16 178.87 177.40 173.66 182.36 169.96 189.86 192.04 183.57 176.83 183.94 194.99 172.03 200.96 166.21 181.39 196.23 180.00 194.46 165.46 176.96 171.79 160.92 150.17 187.06 179.97 164.62 190.23 186.45 196.11 181.81 186.36 228.25 191.96 180.22 205.13

183.39 183.37 195.29 186.26 193.48 191.02 189.44 195.55 184.54 193.45 178.96 188.30 188.02 192.32 188.73 178.95 174.45 188.82 180.61 180.52 159.66 179.63 184.64 194.91 194.68 182.91 195.54 189.24 191.76 180.92 188.12 183.89 194.97 194.04 197.09 187.69 189.99 171.40 183.39 187.28 176.12 193.18 180.16 185.35 191.73 182.60 192.73 170.24 173.92 200.49 178.09 178.26 194.21 199.84 175.99 188.63 186.96 193.51 184.14 186.41 188.69 225.20 149.69 190.93 183.79 192.34

180.69 181.06 182.71 181.37 183.06 181.96 181.41 190.59 178.77 181.73 174.26 183.82 185.97 182.58 181.06 178.55 170.94 180.18 168.35 173.20 163.10 173.49 177.29 181.94 194.78 178.01 185.94 183.57 191.95 174.69 181.14 178.94 183.23 186.18 183.21 184.08 189.57 166.80 177.56 180.41 185.00 186.78 179.84 183.57 182.81 178.50 183.70 163.04 170.81 176.60 174.09 181.42 188.57 191.05 176.59 170.00 175.27 181.25 176.63 181.67 172.70 192.03 159.00 179.76 178.79 186.32

180.64 182.86 190.59 184.15 191.48 187.78 182.68 188.51 181.44 192.49 182.22 187.57 182.24 190.22 185.85 179.90 174.15 186.20 181.54 180.52 159.66 170.69 178.38 198.59 192.48 182.59 185.17 187.79 183.84 175.82 186.81 181.83 190.43 194.04 196.21 186.13 177.47 171.40 183.51 189.44 174.76 194.10 164.88 181.67 192.58 182.40 193.03 166.38 174.63 199.58 177.05 170.10 189.46 195.76 174.48 189.04 186.90 193.92 183.67 186.41 188.14 226.33 149.69 191.16 182.93 192.76

Source: AHDB/LAA 478 447 516 63 72 834 439 87 143 166 124 274 38 170 539 115 225 38 9 1976 40 104 313 413 106 514 33 117 76 2857 34 449 163 393 45 225 690 251 593 138 715 314 468 167 40 2 5 57 132 216 241 99 15 123 211 39 97 84 3 76 489 67

67.13 60.57 63.62 63.22 57.94 55.36 55.35 70.13 62.71 57.77 56.97 49.77 64.66 69.60 58.40 45.82 54.75 50.11 48.06 53.56 59.70 60.82 57.66 44.32 65.31 63.88 40.42 57.91 55.61 58.01 60.94 57.00 56.30 56.85 56.50 57.08 77.91 68.10 35.72 61.81 60.79 68.73 69.13 52.30 47.20 45.00 70.00 54.93 61.42 55.78 61.62 59.29 24.33 60.94 56.88 64.49 57.42 74.42 70.00 74.20 68.32 53.24

Market day(s) week ending January 23 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 Tu Tu Fr\Tu Th Fr Th Mo Tu

Light average

1 10 115 9 10 -

192.00 -

Medium average

Heavy average

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

190.00 196.46 185.33 -

200.00 193.11 178.50 -

74.00 180.00 194.78 221.17 166.00 -

188.00 198.59 233.60 173.50 -

180.00 192.67 213.50 144.00 -


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

140.50 -

162.83 -

230.00 -

9 80 11 69 22 9 33 -


101.81 -

102.75 102.50 103.47 67.30 114.00 -

115.11 135.73 125.44 133.35 114.00 121.03 -

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

571 498 373 477 656 153 397 746 240 156 1824 800 2463 1766 775 148 3212 212

137.59 146.50 134.00 144.38 129.83 151.37 141.13 152.15 153.07 136.25 131.25 153.00 146.74 148.48 145.67

164.07 178.07 162.94 171.44 160.41 174.73 183.00 177.49 172.02 194.13 168.04 175.19 182.39 186.01 181.81 169.65 177.28 173.95

165.82 193.17 169.49 183.90 175.82 182.60 184.26 199.63 186.00 189.63 186.43 187.52 196.00 201.96 188.27 181.82 193.94 178.18

173.00 190.44 164.85 172.98 177.96 171.72 177.73 180.38 185.00 177.28 179.70 193.28 203.90 183.19 165.00 184.69 176.17

145.66 188.06 155.20 165.93 141.33 181.22 184.15 179.29 149.74 191.94 168.40 177.22 184.93 189.32 184.81 166.72 182.16 175.61

143 155 329 266 172 76 21 778 32 471 718 155 1563 108

58.86 53.36 31.82 36.18 50.73 44.48 112.10 45.56 56.19 44.28 43.63 55.42 49.54 52.53

Light average


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Total cattle number


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


We Mo Tu Th Mo Mo

Th\Mo We Fr

6-12 month steers

12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers


STORES (NATIVE-SIRED 18+ month heifers

6-12 month steers

12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers

18+ month heifers

6-12 mon steers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

45/826.00 -/-/169/939.35 5/740.00 39/974.10 6/896.67 -/-/-/-/-/34/873.24 140/804.00 181/977.18

77/1008.18 -/-/105/1084.67 34/945.29 3/1083.33 15/1006.33 23/1117.17 -/-/-/-/14/975.00 42/912.14 118/1109.62

120/1085.58 -/-/24/1062.92 24/969.38 13/1168.85 9/1140.56 23/1105.87 -/-/-/-/18/940.56 115/1003.74 183/1155.27

39/735.51 -/-/120/809.83 -/47/849.57 -/-/-/-/-/-/18/751.11 92/752.39 181/869.23

30/974.33 -/-/70/957.57 13/849.62 6/1015.00 11/1043.64 20/980.00 -/-/-/-/17/812.35 30/883.50 103/926.55

59/957.97 -/-/21/948.10 24/892.92 13/1103.85 21/1101.90 -/-/-/-/-/18/1055.56 39/961.15 169/1031.66

9/754.44 -/-/45/791.78 5/602.00 6/855.00 4/655.00 -/-/-/-/-/18/653.89 31/701.45 39/864.62

29/960.34 -/-/31/887.10 28/948.04 2/1045.00 1/930.00 3/1125.00 -/-/-/-/5/848.00 9/1075.56 13/800.00

42/1002.50 -/-/14/625.71 16/1030.00 -/1/730.00 3/1130.00 -/-/-/-/2/745.00 58/858.02 34/958.53

4/472.50 -/-/11/489.09 -/5/764.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/10/451.00 3/703.33 11/666.82

25/839.40 -/-/17/856.47 1/750.00 3/1046.67 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/15/1016.33 7/481.43

26/940.38 -/-/13/446.92 14/1061.07 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/52/719.71 44/999.77


20/660.5 315/891.3 -/-/-/62/987.9 5/590.0 -/35/808.1 -/-/25/925.4 -/63/891.7 -/52/778.6 77/748.4 43/767.1 -/9/735.6 -/37/875.2 11/890.0 5/510.0 12/709.2 4/890.0 -/-/-/-/36/621.5 21/933.6 -/48/902.1 3/1068.3 1/1100.0 21/557.9 -/31/860.8 8/762.5 -/-/-/-/12/860.0 1/950.0 2/435.0 78/719.3 -/-/13/643.2 61/895.8 -/1/790.0 5/836.0 22/868.4 4/813.8 -/-/2/1115.0 -/-/12/859.6

2/760.0 39/928.1 -/3/841.7 -/70/1063.4 2/590.0 1/700.0 48/950.3 1/995.0 -/15/941.3 -/24/896.7 -/23/925.4 11/827.0 16/758.4 -/7/800.0 -/79/1000.1 53/1077.2 2/960.0 19/876.8 -/-/-/-/8/1003.8 5/766.0 19/1006.6 -/28/975.0 3/1068.3 13/1023.1 1/980.0 2/720.0 5/872.0 16/776.3 -/11/1054.5 -/-/59/1028.1 8/1025.6 2/685.0 46/940.3 -/-/7/603.1 26/1002.3 -/4/820.0 5/910.4 26/953.7 12/967.1 4/661.3 -/26/999.6 -/-/1/885.0

6/823.3 44/975.8 -/14/1098.9 -/36/1083.2 4/1045.0 3/926.7 109/1060.7 12/1046.1 -/19/1052.9 -/31/1003.2 -/70/1118.3 32/1098.5 13/845.0 -/12/766.7 -/53/1060.7 114/1220.7 -/20/982.0 -/-/-/-/72/1135.4 39/867.8 12/921.7 -/17/994.4 -/30/1012.5 11/1023.2 7/997.1 -/19/885.8 -/27/1085.6 -/-/134/1142.0 18/1048.6 12/825.1 126/1118.2 -/-/-/58/1105.9 -/-/18/1052.2 26/1021.7 25/980.6 1/665.0 -/87/1133.9 -/-/1/875.0

-/243/757.7 -/2/535.0 -/46/852.3 8/577.5 -/38/772.6 -/-/16/836.9 -/65/862.2 -/41/587.9 66/581.5 40/704.1 -/2/600.0 -/29/569.1 16/771.6 6/754.2 6/663.3 14/856.4 -/-/-/1/480.0 53/583.9 11/889.1 -/68/684.2 3/515.0 6/1037.5 23/511.3 -/19/753.7 19/580.8 -/3/571.7 1/350.0 -/12/830.0 6/625.0 7/433.6 42/538.3 -/-/21/601.4 72/852.4 -/-/18/620.3 17/792.6 -/-/-/6/965.0 -/-/11/701.4

5/435.0 27/762.0 -/6/705.8 -/53/956.9 17/817.4 -/49/831.1 4/745.0 -/8/885.0 -/54/877.1 -/9/727.2 16/634.6 3/803.3 -/6/725.0 -/89/874.9 63/954.5 -/24/810.8 1/975.0 -/-/-/1/870.0 9/670.0 29/956.0 -/37/996.2 -/5/863.0 1/500.0 3/606.7 5/803.0 3/806.7 -/12/834.2 -/-/56/992.7 10/794.0 5/643.0 34/756.6 -/-/1/570.0 46/928.6 -/-/2/487.5 13/906.5 -/1/680.0 -/35/987.7 -/-/10/884.0

11/704.1 30/884.5 -/10/976.5 -/64/949.1 13/817.7 5/661.0 102/1004.3 9/1027.2 -/28/1020.0 -/37/942.3 -/45/887.3 14/914.1 13/817.7 -/21/776.0 -/110/958.2 56/1000.1 1/945.0 30/894.2 4/600.0 -/-/-/55/1091.8 36/798.8 24/938.1 -/14/932.9 -/40/928.0 7/891.4 13/806.5 -/16/732.5 -/36/955.8 -/-/228/1097.3 11/790.5 9/776.7 103/927.9 -/-/-/90/1034.6 -/5/826.0 3/1098.0 19/879.5 18/930.3 2/700.0 -/58/1054.0 -/-/6/866.7

6/629.2 -/-/2/670.0 -/3/803.3 -/-/3/600.0 14/669.6 -/16/706.3 -/1/740.0 -/28/638.2 89/720.4 20/453.8 -/1/750.0 -/4/490.0 3/816.7 7/592.9 5/656.0 -/-/-/-/-/13/535.4 2/880.0 -/7/390.0 -/-/22/449.3 -/-/1/540.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/4/465.8 37/597.8 -/-/2/575.0 7/765.0 -/-/8/787.0 2/730.0 6/625.0 -/-/4/855.0 -/-/-/-

6/764.2 2/527.5 -/4/800.0 -/-/2/480.0 3/740.0 10/853.0 6/794.2 -/-/-/2/900.0 -/21/724.8 46/811.2 13/631.5 -/1/735.0 -/3/986.7 14/993.9 1/670.0 5/885.0 -/-/-/-/-/11/571.8 -/-/12/736.7 -/-/5/760.0 -/-/8/610.0 -/1/720.0 -/-/1/735.0 2/1090.0 14/777.5 21/577.9 -/-/4/535.0 5/914.0 -/1/855.0 39/803.3 9/908.3 12/993.3 1/500.0 -/3/755.0 -/-/-/-

25/781.0 15/758.7 -/30/974.5 -/4/992.5 2/867.5 3/1086.7 34/1028.2 77/1032.0 -/2/970.0 -/4/963.8 -/31/862.7 24/858.6 11/769.5 -/14/780.7 -/12/894.6 74/1183.9 1/1025.0 23/736.3 -/-/-/-/49/1039.4 34/832.9 2/1027.5 -/10/897.5 -/23/878.7 6/965.0 -/-/11/831.8 -/6/836.7 -/-/10/998.0 1/550.0 32/795.5 88/965.7 -/-/1/700.0 24/949.4 -/2/855.0 2/975.0 25/920.8 22/806.8 7/929.3 -/28/1081.1 -/-/3/830.0

1/560.0 12/544.5 -/1/395.0 -/1/615.0 4/508.8 -/1/650.0 14/432.9 -/2/565.0 -/-/-/32/455.8 11/550.8 13/479.2 -/-/-/12/443.8 1/630.0 1/355.0 3/445.0 -/-/-/-/-/26/436.2 -/-/6/363.3 -/-/54/440.6 -/-/22/457.0 -/-/-/-/-/4/360.0 4/437.5 32/445.2 -/-/2/477.5 4/530.0 -/-/1/600.0 1/600.0 -/5/342.0 -/-/-/-/-/-

6/480.0 4/600.0 -/1/595.0 -/3/716.7 1/770.0 1/590.0 3/721.7 10/525.5 -/11/633.2 -/-/-/6/493.3 19/645.1 2/580.0 -/-/-/-/7/798.6 -/2/652.5 -/-/-/-/-/18/675.6 -/-/10/705.0 -/-/6/489.2 -/-/3/573.3 -/4/778.8 -/-/-/13/706.5 21/553.7 33/558.8 -/-/3/411.7 2/785.0 -/1/730.0 10/633.6 2/870.0 1/720.0 3/686.7 -/5/665.0 -/-/3/588.3

47/602.1 24/695.4 -/25/857.2 -/6/884.2 5/795.0 -/19/922.6 28/816.2 -/1/685.0 -/-/-/26/816.7 38/681.6 8/611.9 -/10/670.0 -/9/585.0 24/951.7 1/865.0 14/818.6 -/-/-/-/37/998.6 48/637.9 7/867.9 -/8/857.5 -/9/699.4 12/740.0 2/790.0 -/2/665.0 -/14/804.6 -/-/10/949.0 7/642.1 49/717.9 53/801.9 -/-/-/9/958.9 -/2/782.5 3/738.0 17/740.0 4/750.0 10/784.0 -/11/1069.5 -/-/3/850.0

-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/2/478.0 7/384.6 -/-/-/-/-/-/13/190.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/7/327.1 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/16/479.4 -/-/11/313.6 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/1/400.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

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

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

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


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+ month ifers

No. / Av.


446.92 /1061.07

/719.71 /999.77

/602.1 /695.4


884.2 795.0

922.6 /816.2


/816.7 /681.6 611.9


585.0 /951.7 65.0 /818.6

/998.6 /637.9 867.9


699.4 740.0 790.0



/949.0 642.1 /717.9 /801.9


782.5 738.0 740.0 750.0 /784.0



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

Source: IAAS/ScotEID STORES (HOLSTEIN FRIESIAN) 6-12 month 12-18 month 18+ month steers steers steers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.


10/724.00 -/-/-/-/2/410.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/27/573.33 4/560.00 -/-

51/754.02 -/-/-/16/857.50 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/26/668.85 34/655.74 -/-

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

No. / Av. -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/4/44.25 -/-/-

No. / Av. 3/290.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

No. / Av. 1/200.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

No. / Av. 2/165.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/4/222.50

Native heifers

No. / Av. -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/4/142.50 -/-/-/-/-/-/-

Source: AHDB/LAA -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/2/478.0 7/384.6 -/-/-/-/-/-/13/190.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/7/327.1 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/16/479.4 -/-/11/313.6 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/1/400.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

-/10/660.0 -/-/-/-/-/4/655.0 8/576.9 1/750.0 -/10/630.0 -/-/-/-/21/519.4 8/420.0 -/12/620.8 -/-/-/-/9/520.6 -/-/-/-/-/5/350.0 -/-/-/-/-/3/386.7 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/12/700.0 -/2/655.0 12/452.9 -/-/-/17/576.8 -/-/-/1/750.0 -/-/-/3/641.7 -/-/6/511.7

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-/1/430.0 -/13/634.2 -/-/2/705.0 1/655.0 48/769.1 6/795.0 -/-/-/37/692.0 -/7/663.6 47/791.6 9/668.3 -/5/530.0 -/-/-/1/650.0 40/759.4 -/-/-/-/33/831.5 37/650.0 -/-/-/-/4/535.0 1/500.0 1/725.0 -/-/-/6/716.7 -/-/31/839.2 4/672.5 3/746.7 61/799.3 -/-/-/12/708.3 -/-/3/680.0 2/817.5 2/825.0 -/-/10/916.0 -/-/-/-

13/43.4 27/55.3 -/40/51.9 21/34.2 -/-/9/52.2 47/24.4 5/99.6 1/90.0 2/57.5 -/-/-/5/44.8 25/65.7 18/57.7 -/-/-/-/-/1/32.0 26/46.6 -/-/-/-/13/39.2 26/60.0 5/92.0 -/-/-/-/30/77.3 -/-/6/61.0 -/-/4/36.3 -/-/-/-/37/71.2 -/6/90.8 15/41.4 7/105.0 -/-/1/40.0 -/-/12/35.8 -/-/-/-/-/-

8/239.4 4/264.5 -/42/261.8 5/266.0 -/-/-/22/234.5 13/334.2 1/320.0 1/260.0 -/-/-/6/235.0 18/230.4 15/322.1 -/-/-/-/-/1/195.0 51/236.9 -/-/-/-/2/395.0 27/262.9 7/374.3 -/-/-/-/49/293.9 -/-/-/-/-/8/226.5 -/-/-/-/67/211.7 -/13/203.9 11/250.5 9/362.8 -/-/6/265.5 -/-/14/209.3 -/-/-/-/-/-

2/185.0 2/222.5 -/37/184.7 5/224.0 -/-/3/244.3 24/259.6 12/212.8 -/-/-/-/-/6/157.5 25/167.1 8/300.4 -/-/-/-/-/-/47/172.0 -/-/-/-/-/36/177.9 4/282.5 -/-/-/-/44/185.5 -/-/-/-/-/15/222.8 -/-/-/-/52/177.1 -/12/193.4 16/215.9 2/320.0 -/-/7/225.4 -/-/12/147.8 -/-/-/-/-/-

5/212.0 6/154.2 -/17/177.9 9/175.9 -/-/1/180.0 2/227.5 8/259.3 1/195.0 -/-/-/-/4/165.0 26/179.8 4/211.5 -/-/-/-/-/2/52.5 14/126.9 -/-/-/-/-/22/122.4 3/261.7 -/-/-/-/37/188.8 -/-/1/150.0 -/-/7/162.6 -/-/-/-/32/153.7 -/23/159.2 5/183.4 4/188.8 -/-/2/280.0 -/-/7/190.6 -/-/-/-/-/-

2/130.0 3/105.0 -/28/104.0 3/96.7 -/-/2/112.5 1/170.0 7/197.1 -/-/-/-/-/3/93.3 13/136.8 4/110.3 -/-/-/-/-/-/8/106.0 -/-/-/-/1/95.0 19/98.9 -/-/-/-/-/25/127.1 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/32/106.8 -/17/127.6 8/182.3 4/160.0 -/-/-/-/-/4/110.0 1/200.0 -/-/-/-/-



Primestock throughput, price and price change (p/kg). Week ending January 23, 2018.






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

1,013 811 1,473 3,297 61,751 144 311 269 39 1,224 865

182.01 191.81 201.14 192.97 183.98 106.47 112.46 97.25 71.44 104.33 129.30

-4.35 -0.81 0.53 -1.02 -0.21 8.42 9.28 -6.81 -0.77 3.13 4.58





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

1,034 903 1,691 3,628 73,665 763 1,434 1,292

181.67 194.14 202.05 194.27 184.00 103.87 103.83 130.36

-4.23 -0.73 1.03 -0.68 0.11 4.87 2.37 2.60

ACROSS UK AUCTION MARKETS CATTLE numbers dropped at UK auction marts this week, with prices for steers and young bulls falling back. Young bull prices dropped 4.23p/kg to 181.67p/kg, with numbers decreasing by 16.41 per cent. Steer prices fell 0.73p/kg, but heifers rose by 1.03p/kg to 202.05p/kg. Numbers also fell in sheep rings, with lamb prices up 0.11p/kg to 184p/kg and cull ewe prices down


£0.50/head to £55.43/head. For pigs, prices rose 4.87p/kg to 103.87p/kg, with big rises for porkers and cutters. As Farmers Guardian went to press on Wednesday (January 24), UK LIFFE wheat prices for May 18 were trading at £138.75/tonne, a fall


of £2.50/t on the week.



Market day(s) w/e January 22

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

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

6-12 month steers

12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers

18+ month heifers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

-/-/7/727.1 9/659.8 -/-/21/879.5 3/740.0 41/776.5 -/10/654.5 -/19/751.6

-/-/7/952.1 41/915.9 1/710.0 -/22/1053.2 6/915.0 26/902.9 -/5/1030.0 -/17/790.3

-/-/23/1105.0 34/1011.4 1/890.0 1/995.0 13/1106.2 7/707.1 35/1113.3 -/46/1028.9 -/24/924.8

-/-/4/625.0 2/612.0 -/-/30/849.2 7/517.9 45/667.8 -/10/616.5 -/17/611.8

-/-/6/762.5 22/798.5 1/795.0 2/737.5 26/916.9 7/795.0 17/885.0 -/11/670.5 -/7/631.4

-/-/9/872.2 36/911.0 11/688.6 2/690.0 31/902.3 17/878.8 55/979.7 -/19/935.8 -/6/905.0

STORES (NATIVE-SIRED) 6-12 month steers

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

12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

-/-/-/-/-/-/-/15/592.3 -/-/-/-/2/562.5

-/-/2/790.0 -/-/2/757.5 -/-/2/915.0 -/2/647.5 -/4/661.3

-/-/3/736.7 15/839.7 1/830.0 10/849.5 -/-/14/851.4 -/7/914.3 -/21/848.3

-/-/-/1/585.0 -/2/650.0 -/5/542.0 -/-/-/-/1/640.0

-/-/-/-/-/1/610.0 1/720.0 3/590.0 1/750.0 -/1/620.0 -/1/540.0

-/-/-/9/548.0 3/700.0 6/770.0 2/835.0 4/915.0 9/798.9 -/4/791.3 -/8/835.0


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

18+ month heifers


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

Black and Continental Continental Native white bulls bulls heifers bulls

Native heifers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av. No. / Av.


-/-/1/510.0 -/-/-/-/17/567.9 1/260.0 -/-/-/3/450.0

-/-/2/540.0 -/5/600.0 12/892.5 -/19/682.9 8/545.0 -/1/825.0 -/11/787.7

-/13/68.8 136/45.9 -/-/11/22.9 -/7/29.7 20/74.0 -/-/-/4/42.3

-/4/170.0 94/173.6 -/-/4/152.0 -/6/260.3 21/201.0 -/-/-/11/195.5

-/3/145.3 89/144.0 -/-/4/131.3 -/4/292.5 15/202.3 -/-/-/5/152.2

-/4/67.8 67/110.7 -/-/10/99.4 -/-/3/136.7 -/-/-/10/111.5

-/2/67.5 56/86.9 -/-/6/57.8 -/-/1/100.0 -/-/-/8/83.4

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Deadweight prices for the week ending January 20, 2018.


w/e January 16

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

Source: AHDB/LAA

Tu Th

Mo Fr Tu

Mo Th Tu Fr

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



1123 15 761 168 9

58.4 40.6 53.9 50.5 49.0

178 148 44 216 -

50.3 57.8 21.0 46.2 -

468 1808 23 357 445 417 55 3592 2011 100 67 635 77 -

65.2 59.9 52.9 52.8 58.2 56.5 44.4 55.4 63.4 52.1 56.2 51.2 31.4 -

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

PIGS Prices in p/kg. Leek Otley Selby York





403 316 159 245 -

47.8 47.0 41.2 48.9 -

Th Tu\Mo

755 823 1817

Mo We Fr

46.1 52.6 54.7

Tu Th


Sa We We

Mo Tu Sa Tu

Tu Tu Fr Tu Sa We Tu Th


2190 3 -

55.6 52.0 -



5 63 43 130 54 2246 160 45 107 273 6 244 20 228 23 -

51.5 65.8 53.3 60.4 42.3 58.1 40.5 50.7 54.2 62.6 69.0 66.9 55.8 51.9 70.6 -


Source: AHDB/LAA


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

Fr Mo Fr

We\Mo Th


Market day w/e: Jan 23

Pigs total

Porkers average

Th\Tu Mo We Mo

79 28 487 96

116.75 117.00 107.82 91.36

Week ending January 20, 2018.



601 34 419 379 545 670 -

25.1 33.6 58.5 43.2 39.2 53.7 -

Jan 13 51.81 37.72

Jan 20 53.09 37.88

Source: AHDB

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Baconers average

119.50 112.88 114.70 92.64

115.20 118.57 95.28 90.93

Cull sows total 0 0 30 11

Cull sows average 0.00 0.00 38.43 36.00

SLAUGHTERINGS Estimates for Great Britain (per thousand head),

Figures drawn from seven pig producer marketing groups covering a mix of GB regions. Prices quoted in £/head.

30kg Weighted Average 7kg Weighted Average

Cutters average

week ending January 20, 2018. 2018 Pigs* 177.00 Sheep 262.81 Steers 17.63 Heifers 13.00 Young bulls 2.64 *week ending January 13, 2018.


-U R O+ -O Average Number

Northern 3 4L

Central 3

370.6 367.8 356.5 323.9 357.5 4312

366.6 365.9 352.2 316.0 349.3 3928

372.9 373.2 359.2 326.4

4L 366.4 364.6 348.7 319.1

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

367.3 366.0 351.4 318.2 351.2 2618

380.7 378.7 369.4 336.3 376.2 3967

374.7 369.5 351.8 320.2

380.4 380.5 374.7 334.8


-U R O+ -O Average Number

Northern 3 4L

Central 3

374.9 365.9 353.8 312.3 360.8 2427

374.9 367.4 345.0 312.3 353.0 2670

376.8 371.3 358.4 340.2


Central 3

-U R O+ -O Average Number

362.0 351.0 327.2 304.6 322.8 494

359.3 347.3 331.3 298.1 326.4 354

331.2 345.0 322.8 296.0

4L 374.3 368.9 351.8 323.0

4L 358.0 334.0 319.4 306.9

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

374.7 367.0 359.6 312.4 352.5 1635

386.5 376.9 366.1 324.9 376.6 2692

371.1 367.5 358.0 325.8

386.5 380.0 368.5 319.3

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

365.4 348.5 336.4 323.3 328.0 185

377.1 366.5 347.2 309.6 344.8 367

361.5 348.8 324.0 307.0

377.4 363.4 346.3 303.0

DEADWEIGHT SHEEP O/S deadweight prices for the week ending January 20, 2018. SQQ E U R O P

2 427.9 425.0 413.9 391.0 284.2

(497) (1395) (4637) (1971) (18)

3L 429.6 427.2 416.1 404.5 284.5

Medium E U R O P

2 427.9 425.2 420.5 410.9 301.7

3L (479) 429.6 (1287) 427.4 (3205) 418.1 (770) 411.2 (3) 296.3

(895) (5016) (14744) (3911) (11)

3H 417.6 416.6 413.2 403.0

(435) (2985) (6881) (1051)

Source: AHDB 4L 400.4 393.4 396.8 394.2

4H 375.5 363.6 368.0 359.4

(89) (611) (1375) (195)

(11) (115) (244) (22)

Average: 413.0 (47,838)

Source: AHDB/LAA


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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



Source: IAAS/ScotEID



Source: AHDB

%change (2017) +4.39 +23.71 +5.11 +3.61 +3.00 Source: AHDB

3H (884) 417.5 (4870) 416.7 (12795) 414.8 (2684) 407.8 (4)

4L (433) 400.4 (2947) 393.5 (6306) 396.8 (818) 395.0

4H 375.5 363.6 368.1 359.4

(89) (606) (1332) (185)

(11) (115) (243) (22)

Average: 416.61 (40,455) 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 Latest deadweight prices.

Source: AHDB

STANDARD PIG PRICE (SPP) Great Britain (83,886 pigs, av. weight 84.87) Jan 7-13 compared to Dec 31 - Jan 6.

ALL PIG PRICE (APP) Great Britain (65,353 pigs, av. weight 84.26) Dec 31 - Jan 6 compared to Dec 24-30.

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 132.43 0.29 148.11 -1.19 149.76 -1.04 149.62 -1.21 148.98 -1.32 119.70 -6.45

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

148.22 145.58

APP (EU Spec) APP (UK Spec)

SPP (EU Spec) SPP (UK Spec)

Number 439 3,483 19,156 37,240 20,432 3,136

-1.43 -1.39


Prices in euros. Averages for week ending January 14, 2018. N. Ireland: Steers R3 euro/kg/dw 4.06 (-0.08) Ireland: Steers R3 euro/kg/dw 3.93 (0.00) France: (ex Rungis) lamb: R 16-22kg euro/kg/ dw; imported 5.30 domestic 7.50 Source: AHDB

Number 515 3,478 15,453 28,748 15,002 2,157

Price Change 137.82 -10.32 153.31 -0.09 153.83 -0.29 153.95 -0.55 152.85 -0.52 128.35 2.41 152.66 149.94

-0.64 -0.62

HAY AND STRAW Week ending January 24, 2018.

■ CARLISLE: Mon, straw, barley, round bale to £37/ bale and £135/tonne, oat, round bales to £25/bale and £100/t, wheat, round bales to £25/bale, Hesstons to £127/t; hay, round bales to £15/bale and £112/t; fodder beet, £13/t; silage, round bales to £20/bale. ■ BEESTON: Thurs, straw, barley quads to £135/t, wheat quads £118-£126/t; good quality haylage £95/t. ■ GOOSTREY: Mon, 19 loads, Haylage, £54-£131/t (£93.85); silage £28-£46/t; hay, round bales £104-£170/t, Hesstons £131/t; straw, barley £126-£136/t, wheat £126/t, oat £130/t.

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370 p/kg deadweight

200 190 180

360 350 340 330











370 p/kg deadweight

200 190 180

360 350 340 330












524 2018







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SPP (2017) APP (2017)

SPP (2018) APP (2018)


120 110










Dairy-sired (2017) Beef-sired (2017­)

Dairy-sired (2018) Beef-sired (2018)









p/kg deadweight (EU spec)
























300 Feb


130 Jan






428 396


210 190



p/kg deadweight




p/kg liveweight
























310 Feb

p/kg liveweight






























p/kg liveweight



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UK DELIVERED PRICES – SUMMARY Thursday, January 18, 2018 (£ per tonne) Delivery East Anglia / London (BW)


North-West grains/ Liverpool OSR

Avonmouth feed /South bread


Central Scotland

Jan-2018 Feb-2018 Mar-2018 May-2018 Jan-2018 Feb-2018 Mar-2018 May-2018 Jan-2018 Feb-2018 Mar-2018 May-2018 Jan-2018 Feb-2018 Mar-2018 May-2018 Jan-2018 Feb-2018 Mar-2018 May-2018 Jan-2018 Feb-2018

Source: AHDB Bread Wheat Price Change 152.50 -1.00 153.50 -1.00 154.50 n/c 156.50 n/c 156.00 -0.50 157.00 -0.50 157.50 -1.00 160.00 -1.00 166.00 -0.50 167.00 -0.50 157.50 n/c 159.50 n/c 161.00 n/c -

Feed Wheat Price Change 140.00 -1.00 141.00 -1.00 142.00 -0.50 144.00 -1.00 143.50 n/c 152.50 unch 153.50 unch 139.50 -0.50 140.00 -1.00 141.00 -1.00 143.00 -1.00 149.50 -1.00 150.00 -1.50 150.50 n/c 152.50 n/c 152.50 n/c 153.50 n/c

Feed Barley Price Change 130.00 n/c 130.50 n/c 131.50 n/c 133.50 n/c 131.50 n/c 132.50 n/c 134.50 n/c 139.50 n/c

Oilseed Rape Price 299.00 299.50 301.00 301.00 301.50 303.00 297.00 297.50 299.00 -

Change n/c -8.50 n/c n/c -8.50 n/c n/c -8.50 n/c -

Tuesday, January 23, 2018 English £/hectare (2018 trading) VAT Sales

Leasing/Naked Acre letting

Non-SDA SDA Moorland

£150 £175 £50-£55 ◆

Welsh (2017 season average) VAT Sales


Leasing/Naked Acre letting

0.75-1.5 ✸

50 per cent of 2017 payment

Scottish regions 1, 2 and 3 (2018) VAT Sales Leasing/Naked Acre letting 0.9-1.1 ■


Northern Irish (2017 season average) VAT Sales

Leasing/Naked Acre letting

1.2-1.5 ✸ ■

UK DELIVERED RAPESEED PRICES Thursday, January 18, 2018 (£ per tonne)

Source: AHDB

Oilseed Rape East Anglia / London Erith Liverpool Hull / Selby

Jan-2018 299.00 301.00 301.00 297.00

Feb-2018 299.50 301.50 301.50 297.50

Mar-2018 301.00 303.00 303.00 299.00

Hvst-2018 293.00 295.00 295.00 291.00

FUTURES MARKETS (WHEAT) Friday, January 19, 2018 (£ per tonne)

Source: AHDB


Price £/tonne

Change on last £/tonne

Jan-18 Mar-18 May-18 Jul-18 Nov-18 Jan-19 Mar-19

136.80 139.30 140.70 141.55 141.00 142.75 144.85

-0.70 -0.60 -0.30 -1.15 -1.70 -1.70 -1.70


price €/tonne

Change on last €/tonne


Mar-18 May-18 Sep-18 Dec-18 Mar-19 May-19 Sep-19

155.25 158.25 163.75 167.00 171.25 173.75 175.25

-2.00 -2.75 -1.75 -1.50 -1.75 -2.00 -1.50

-1.77 -2.43 -1.55 -1.33 -1.55 -1.77 -1.33

CORN RETURNS EX-FARM PRICES Thursday, January 18, 2018 (£ per tonne) South East South West Midlands Eastern North East North West England & Wales South Scotland Central Scotland North Scotland Scotland Great Britain Northern Ireland United Kingdom Change on last week (£/t)


Feed & Other

BARLEY Malting Premium


Feed & Other

148.30 148.70 149.20 149.20 149.20 unch

139.10 144.30 138.40 142.00 142.00 142.00 -1.40

131.20 133.50 138.90 136.00 143.70 138.50 145.70 145.30 139.00 139.00 -0.20

158.80 152.20 152.20 152.20 +3.20


128.00 127.40 124.30 130.40 127.10 131.10 127.60 127.60 +1.00

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Week ending January 27, 2018 (prices in p/kg). Latest data.

OATS Milling


126.80 126.80 126.80 +0.90


FIELD PEAS/BEANS January 24, 2018

Jan Feb Mar

20/09/2017 12:16

English entitlements are Flat Rate. Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish entitlements have different historic values moving towards a Flat Rate. All transfers without land are subject to VAT if the transferor is VAT registered. Non-VAT sales often attract an additional 10-20 per cent premium. PREDICTED ENGLISH 2018 PAYMENT/HA Non-SDA = £224; SDA = £222; Moorland = £62 Subject to FDM and payment adjustments. Based on today’s exchange rate (€1=£0.88). ✸ Average multiplier (or range) over 2017 season ■ Multipliers shown are based on the value of BPS payment excluding the greening element ◆ Predicted Source: Townsend Chartered Surveyors


Source: AHDB

WHEAT Milling Bread

50 per cent of 2017 payment

All prices £/tonne ex-farm

Micronizing peas

Feed peas

Feed beans

179.00 180.00 181.00

136.17 137.17 138.17

144.67 145.67 146.67

This week Last week

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

1113 2206 1503 3690 951 1018 786 537

1113 2206 1503 3690 946 1020 786 537

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

1092 1128 777 1099 1568 1504 1542 1431 1262 973

1063 1103 797 1086 1556 1504 1542 1438 1262 973

610 729 540 944 738 673 636 572 583

653 729 540 944 738 688 636 572 583

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

Source: AHDB

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Last updated January 24, 2018.






Thursday, January 18, 2018

Last updated January 24, 2018. JAN FEB MAR MAY NOV 139.50 140.00 141.00 143.00 142.50 152.50 153.50 - - 140.00 141.00 142.00 144.00 143.00 141.50 142.50 144.50 - 152.50 153.50 - - - - - - 149.50 150.00 150.50 152.50 148.00 - 143.50 - - 140.50 - - 139.50 147.50 147.50 - - 138.00 139.00 - - 152.00 153.00 153.50 155.50 149.50 150.50 - - 144.50 145.50 - - -

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

JAN FEB MAR MAY NOV 167.00 - - 166.00 156.00 157.00 157.50 160.00 - 157.50 159.50 161.00 152.50 153.50 154.50 156.50 - - - - -

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

JAN FEB MAR MAY NOV - - - - 153.00 153.50 155.00 156.50 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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

POTATO PRICES Maincrop GB spot price. Week ending January 20, 2018.

Source: AHDB

PACKING Scotland Maris Piper Charlotte King Edward Whites

Low - - - -

Main High Trend 150-190 - X - - - - 50-70 - Z

England Desiree King Edward Mozart Maris Piper Whites

Low 140 - - 150 -

Main High Trend 145 150 Y - - 90-110 - Z 205 250 Y 50-100 - Z

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

Low 90 70 85 -

Main 120 105 105 -

High 130 160 120 -

Trend X Y X -

WEEKLY AVERAGES GB weekly average price GB weekly free-buy price

Jan 6 144.12 77.29

Jan 13 143.28 84.06

Jan 20 142.70 86.46

Trend Z Y


HAY AND STRAW: REGIONS Week ending January 28, 2018. 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

Comment: Interest in hay has increased quite sharply.

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 70 110 85 95 90 93 85 70 - - 75 70 86 75 70 100 85 87 - 87 75 70 - - - - 90 83 75 120 90 85 80 90 80 73 120 95 - 87 87 80 70 120 100 80 70 70 65 71 - - - - 85 75 70 100 - - - 96 86 80 100 80 105 95 90 85 55 - - - - 78 78 Source: British Hay and Straw Merchants’ Association

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Commodity Hi Pro Soya – Liverpool Hi Pro Soya – Southern Ports Soya Hulls Maize distillers Maize gluten Non-GM Sugar beet pellets Whole maize Palm kernel expellers Rapeseed meal basis Erith Kent Rapeseed meal basis Hull Wheat distillers pellets/meal Organic Organic maize Organic wheat (milling quality) Organic peas Organic soya expellers


Source: Straights Direct Feb-Apr May-Sept Oct-Apr 308 H 305 D 297.00 299.00 306.00 302.00 304.00 162.00 148 X P.O.A. 196.00 191.00 187.00 166.00 162.00 158.00 177.00 180.00 169.00 165.00 169.00 P.O.A. 138.00 131.00 131.00 177 H 179 D 180 h 175 w P.O.A. 185.00 182 l 173 w P.O.A. Not offered Not offered Not offered P.O.A. P.O.A. P.O.A. 530.00

P.O.A. P.O.A. P.O.A. 530.00


Key: All prices in pounds sterling. Currency, £/$1.3533, £/€1.1347. Guide prices indicated include delivery charge of £6/tonne. X = After safe arrival; F = First half; S = Second half; H = Feb; D = Mar/Apr; n = May; l = to Jul; h = May-Jul; w = Aug-Oct.


Source: AHDB

Companies Monthly price Annual average Arla Foods - Sainsburys 28.02 27.83 Muller Milk & Ingredients Co-op Dairy Group 29.73 29.33 Muller Milk & Ingredients M&S 30.79 30.39 Muller Milk & Ingredients Sainsbury’s 28.55 28.15 Muller Milk & Ingredients TSDG (Tesco) 29.39 29.31 First Milk - Midlands & East Wales 29.18 29.07 First Milk - Scottish Mainland 28.87 28.76 Muller Milk & Ingredients Non-Aligned 30.84 30.45 1 30.95 29.80 UK Arla Farmers Liquid 32.72 29.89 Barber A.J & R.G 29.83 29.16 First Milk - Haverfordwest 2 30.86 29.76 Glanbia - Llangefni Lactalis - Caledonian Cheese 29.03 28.34 South Caernarfon Creameries 33.05 30.32 30.95 29.79 UK Arla Farmers Manufacturing 1 30.73 30.02 Wyke Farms These contracts will receive a 13th payment, the forecast for this is about 0.81ppl for liquid and 0.84ppl for manufacturing from October 1, 2017. 2 This contract will receive a Tesco supplement of 1.8ppl for November 2017. 1

Please note retailer price supplements are included where applicable.

UK MONTHLY MILK PRODUCTION November UK milk deliveries were up 7.8 per cent on the same month last year, to 1,164 million litres. Cumulatively, this was 5.6 per cent more for 2017 than the same period in 2016, totalling 9,860m litres. GB deliveries in November stood at 992m litres, 9.7 per cent more than the same month in 2016.


Last updated January 22, 2018. Source: AHDB/LAA/IAAS



Newly-calved Newly-calved heifers cows

Newly-calved Newly-calved heifers cows

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

Ayr Tu 6/1341.70 5/1246.00 Lanark -/- -/- Stirling (ua) We -/- -/- Beeston Castle Tu 11/1302.0 59/1121.2 Bentham -/- -/- Carlisle We 70/1611.0 40/1528.5 Cirencester -/- -/- Cockermouth -/- -/- Exeter -/- -/- Gisburn Th\Sa 33/1745.5 10/1523.0 We 7/1372.9 11/1420.0 Holsworthy Leek Tu\Sa 31/1182.9 14/1303.6 Market Drayton We 31/1263.9 9/1274.4 Mold Fr 11/1165.5 6/1023.3 -/- -/- Norton And Brooksbank Sedgemoor Tu\Sa 75/1317.7 191/1101.0 Shrewsbury Tu 7/1208.6 -/- Skipton -/- -/-

-/- -/- -/- 1/1554.0 -/- 1/1300.0 -/- -/- -/- 1/1490.0 -/- 4/742.5 -/- 2/815.0 -/- 2/1600.0 -/- -/-

No. / Av. -/-/-/20/1096.2 -/-/-/-/-/1/1420.0 -/3/1153.3 -/1/1540.0 -/-/-/-/-

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Laura Hodgkins and husband Andy took a leap of faith and won a farm tenancy – an outcome she admits was a whirlwind.

Marketing guru turned farmer finds happiness in the countryside


ndy Hodgkins had been working on the family farm and had been on the lookout for opportunities to expand the breeding business. So when a 283-hectare (700acre) farm became available for tenure, he and his wife Laura jumped at the chance to apply. That was in the summer of 2016. By September of the same year they had successfully secured a 12-year Farm Business Tenancy, just 12 miles down the road from the family dwelling in West Sussex. Cocking Hill Farm is part of the Cowdray Estate, situated on the South Downs, West Sussex, and comLaura finds working on Cocking Hill Farm ‘incredibly rewarding’.

prises mainly chalk grassland, rising up to 243m (800ft) above sea level. The pair run a 2,000-head flock of New Zealand Romneys on an extensive outdoor system, predominantly for breeding stock. All are lambed outside with minimal intervention. Ewes are rotationally grazed on grass in large groups with little to no concentrates fed. The lambs are finished on a mix of herbal leys. This allows for a low input system with regards to cost and labour. Rams are used from the main stud flock (Wairere UK, The Hodgkins’ family farm) for their high genetic merit, with ewe lambs being sold as breeding stock and wether lambs

It’s been a bit of a jump from office to farm life LAURA HODGKINS going for meat. They also rear 200 steers on a contract basis to make use of one of the existing sheds on the farm, as well as helping with a regular monthly source of income. You would be forgiven for assuming the pair always farmed in partnership but, prior to the move, Laura worked in advertising and marketing agencies as a project manager. Upon graduating with a degree in graphic design, she headed straight to London and worked her way up through the industry over the course of seven years.

Team “It’s been a bit of a jump from office to farm life,” reflects Laura. “We knew tenancies of this scale and longevity didn’t come up often, we made the mutual decision that, if we were lucky enough to secure it, then I had to take the leap and go full-time on the farm. “It was really nice to be able to move into the new farm together and work as a team from the start, rather than going into an operation that has already been set up.” Until meeting Andy nine years ago, Laura had never set foot on a working farm, but instead of it becoming a barrier, it became part of their life together. 138 | JANUARY 26 2018

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Laura Hodgkins ditched her city job to work at Cocking Hill Farm with her husband, Andy.

“I would help him out around the farm on weekends and actually used to take time off my full-time job to help out – especially around lambing time. So I suppose I picked up experience over the years.” Inevitably, Laura’s biggest obstacle has been building on that knowledge and equipping herself from assisting Andy to become a full-time business partner. “I hate not knowing how to do something, so I have really struggled with that side of things,” she says. “I have had to learn everything from scratch, like not knowing how to set up and put away a handling system or learning to drive the tractor. At times it has been really frustrating. There were a few sulky moments in the first few months. “I had gone from a job where I was confident in my abilities, to one I was second guessing even the smallest of tasks.”

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But, as every new entrant can empathise with, she persevered. “I have been so lucky how supporting my friends and family have been throughout. They have been really vocal about how proud they are of me for giving it a go. “My parents and brother, who don’t come from any sort of farming background, have helped out and our new neighbours have all been fantastic and so welcoming.

Lucky “It’s reassuring to have a nice sense of community in the area, not to mention everyone at Cowdray Estate itself. We are lucky to be part of an estate we share values with. “There have been times where I’ve thought, ‘I’m not cut out for this.’ But for every moment like that, there will be a good one where I remind myself that I’m incredibly lucky to have this opportunity.

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“My first few months into farming were tough – just simple things like it hammering down with rain and I would be covered in mud taking silage bales out. Then I would look on Instagram and Facebook and see my friends in London and Brighton were going out for drinks glammed up in full make-up. “But you just have to weigh up the pros and cons – and I think from a work/life balance perspective, I have it better than I did when I was working 10-hour office days and then commuting home.” Laura’s biggest surprise since entering the industry full-time is the disconnection between farmers and the wider public. “The consumer is so detached from the food producer. Farmers need to do something to tackle this. “I have been surprised about how all of the different areas of the agriculture industry work separately in their own silo and don’t tend to integrate much. That will perhaps change in the near future due to the changing nature of the industry while the Brexit negotiations are going on.” Last year, Laura successfully

gained a place on the Tesco Future Farmer Foundation and will begin the programme this year. “I’m hoping it will open a few doors for me as an individual, and maybe even us as a business. I would like to be able to utilise my past experience in marketing and combine it with my new-found career in farming, but I’m not quite sure how yet.” She might be unsure, but her creativity with words may well help as she looks to grow her blog “I started uk in February 2017 to document my journey from city to country living. I wanted a space I could use to share a rundown of what we had

I hope my blog helps bridge the gap between town and country LAURA HODGKINS

been up to each month, especially as were setting up the farm. “It was also so my friends and family could share the experience with me, as they had no clue what my new life would look like. “I promoted the blog via my Instagram account and I now have more than 5,000 followers on @girlaboutthefarm. It has bought me opportunities to work with some well-known brands, and enabled me to build a great network of friends. “I have been overwhelmed by the positive messages I have received from followers who have enjoyed gaining an insight into what it’s like to be a full-time farmer through the eyes of someone they can relate to. I hope my blog helps bridge the gap between town and country. “As a business, Andy and I are keen to ensure we stay progressive with our approach to farming. This will probably mean diversifying the farm in one way or another.” So what does Laura love about her new life? “I feel much healthier, mentally and physically. The practical side of the job suits my personality as well. I love the problem solving you have to do on a daily basis,” she says. “It’s also incredibly rewarding working for your own business and knowing that when you get it right you are the one benefiting directly. “It’s an interesting time to be in agriculture and I’m enjoying being able to learn something completely new. Also, when you’re up on the hill moving sheep in the sunshine – you can’t really beat it. It doesn’t feel like a job on days like that.”

What do you wish you knew at the start of your new career? “I wish I had visited a few more farms or known more people in the farming world before jumping into full-time farming,” says Laura. “When I started out I would look at other farms/farmers via social

media and think they looked so perfect and positive. I would worry we were just drowning in putting up fencing and rapidly running out of grass, or had too much grass (it’s always one or the other).

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BEYOND THE FARM GATE In our series promoting health awareness, Kate Chapman takes a closer look at prostate cancer and meets one man who is working with the farming community to improve their understanding of the condition.

Understanding symptoms of prostate cancer


rostate cancer is the most common form of cancer for men across the UK, with more than 47,000 new cases diagnosed each year. Break down the figure further and this equates to 129 new diagnoses every day. In the UK about one-in-eight men will get prostate cancer during their lifetime, while for some the risk is even higher depending on

Any symptoms affecting the waterworks, such as difficulty going, waking often at night to go to the toilet or going more often, should all be checked out DR KEVIN HILL

their age, ethnicity, family history and lifestyle. Each year the disease claims the lives of 11,000 men, while there are currently more than 330,000 living with and after it. Only men have a prostate gland who are affected. Usually the size and shape of a walnut, it grows bigger as they get older sitting underneath the bladder and surrounding the urethra – the tube men urinate through.  The most common prostate problems are an enlarged prostate, prostatitis (an infection or inflammation of the prostate gland) and prostate cancer, which develops when cells in the prostate begin to grow in an uncontrolled way. Prostate cancer usually grows slowly and sufferers may not show any symptoms initially. They only manifest when the prostate is large enough to affect the urethra, and when this happens a man may experience an increased need to urinate, straining while urinating and a feeling that the bladder has not fully emptied.

Caution Dr Kevin Hill, a GP and chairman of South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group, says if men experience any of these symptoms it does not mean they have

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n The risk is also higher for those whose mother or sister has had breast cancer n Being overweight or obese can increase the risk of being diagnosed with cancer which is more likely to spread or is advanced

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“I JUST KNEW SOMETHING WAS NOT RIGHT” SMALLHOLDER and landscape gardener Chris Thompson was diagnosed with prostate cancer six years ago when he was just 52. Despite showing none of the typical symptoms of the disease Chris (now 58) knew something was not quite right, so went to see his doctor. He made several visits and underwent a number of tests before he was diagnosed in November 2012, when he was told his prostate cancer was contained and just about to break out, but had thankfully been caught in time. Chris, who lives in Kerridge, Cheshire, started a two-year course of hormone therapy to help shrink his cancer and in March 2013 underwent a sophisticated type of robotic surgery – high dose rate brachytherapy – which involved targeting his prostate with different rates and strengths of radium simultaneously. Two weeks later he had the

The farming community is a big target audience for Prostate Cancer UK – speaking generally, rural communities can be a little insular CHRIS THOMPSON prostate cancer, but they should still visit their doctor to get checked out. The causes of prostate cancer are largely unknown but it mainly affects men over 50, with the risk increasing as they get older, while those who are overweight are at greater risk too. Ethnicity is also a factor – with one-in-four black men getting prostate cancer at some point during their lives. Those with fathers and brothers who have it, and, or mothers and sisters who have had breast cancer are also more likely to develop prostate cancer themselves. However, Dr Hill says there is no increased risk of prostate cancer for farmers.

first of 20 rounds of external radium therapy. “I’ve always been pretty fit, playing squash, football and going to the gym,” he says. “I’ve a good understanding of fitness and know my body, I didn’t have any particular symptoms, I just knew something wasn’t right,” says Chris, who keeps sheep and chickens on the eight-hectare (20-acre) smallholding he looks after with wife Carolyn. “I went to see my GP five times before I was diagnosed, on each occasion they were very thorough but crucially didn’t do a PSA blood test until my final visit. “It’s an indicative blood test and provides an indication something may be wrong, it is not, however, a specific test for prostate cancer.

Recovery “Luckily my cancer was caught in time and I had surgery the following March. I had no time off work; I walked into hospital on the Sunday afternoon, had the procedure on Monday and walked out Tuesday, straight back to work. On a personal level I had no pain, and after that just got on with life. “I was told to expect some side effects with the hormone therapy, not dissimilar to going through the menopause, but I didn’t really suffer anything other than I became a bit more emotional towards the end.” Chris continues to have his PSA levels closely monitored and has since started working for Prostate Cancer UK, raising valuable funds for, and awareness about, the condition in his own rural community. Last year a Name the Lamb campaign he worked on raised

“There are some papers indicating farmers are at a slightly increased risk, working with pesticides and diesel fumes, but the jury is still out. If there is any increase, it is very, very small; the evidence at the moment is not convincing enough to indicate any increased risk,” he says. When it comes to preventing prostate cancer Dr Hill advises following a good, healthy diet and taking regular exercise and, if working with chemicals, follow the necessary safety guidelines and procedures. “Any symptoms affecting the waterworks, such as difficulty going, waking often at night to go to the toilet or going more often,

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£6,000 and is being repeated this year, where members of the public can pay £5 to name a newborn lamb. “The farming community is a big target audience for Prostate

Cancer UK – speaking generally, rural communities can be a little insular. Some of the typical people there live through aches and pains every day and are resistant about

should all be checked out. Even if you have these symptoms it does not mean you have cancer – most of the time these things are down to an enlarged prostate gland,” he explains. “The commonest age for diagnosis is between 65 and 69, and anyone who has any concerns should go and see their GP. “If they do have it, their doctor will advise them about the appropriate treatment and generally, if they’re fit, well and healthy otherwise, they can carry on following a healthy lifestyle.” There is no single test for prostate cancer but completing a PSA blood test measures certain protein levels, which if raised, can

indicate a prostate problem. Physical examinations, biopsies and scans can also be used to help detect it and GPs will advise patients which are necessary on an individual basis. When it comes to treatment, there are many available, which again doctors will advise on a case by case basis.

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Watchful waiting If the cancer is at an early stage and not causing symptoms, a policy of ‘watchful waiting’ or ‘active surveillance’ may be adopted, to monitor it. Some cases can be cured if treated early by surgically removing the prostate or undergoing

going to the doctors and don’t want to trouble them. “By talking about my experience I want to help raise awareness, let people know about symptoms and say

Symptoms n Difficulty starting to urinate or emptying your bladder n A weak flow when you urinate n A feeling your bladder has not emptied properly n Dribbling urine after you finish urinating n Needing to urinate more often, especially at night n A sudden urge to urinate – you may sometimes leak before you get to the toilet

radiotherapy and hormone therapy. Some men have prostate cancer

to them, if you have any symptoms, or any family history of either prostate or breast cancer, please get yourself checked out. All men 50 and over are entitled to annual PSA tests.”

which is more likely to spread and this will require treatment to stop it spreading outside the prostate. As prostate cancer usually progresses slowly, men can live for decades without symptoms or needing treatment. Nevertheless, it can have an effect on their lives – both physically and mentally. Some patients may find it beneficial to talk about the condition with family, friends, a family doctor and other men with prostate cancer. MORE INFORMATION For more information, research and advice visit Prostate Cancer UK at or calling 0203 310 7000. JANUARY 26 2018 | 141

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Every week we follow the ups and downs of farmers around the UK MARIE PREBBLE

Kent Marie Prebble runs a 93ha (230-acre) Ministry of Defence-tenanted farm with her parents, David and Diane, near Dover. Largely permanent pasture in Higher Level Stewardship, the farm is home to 400 breeding Romneys which Marie puts to high index Lleyn rams.


have finally shifted all my lambs and the last of the stores, benefiting from the improved lamb trade for the start of 2018. Scanning went well. We managed to get the whole flock of 416 ewes done in little over an hour thanks to family helpers and a well-rehearsed set up, so the sheep moved nicely. Our scanning man said his job was easier as I had deliberately emptied the sheep out for the whole day. They were also keen to move as they were probably hungry and wanted to get back outside. We scanned fractionally more singles than twins but I think this is to be expected when half the flock are tegs (hoggs). Only seven empty from 416 is a great result, and having only six triplets reduces the workload immensely. The flock will certainly be cheap to feed through the later stages of pregnancy. I have kept 80 twin tegs inside and, of course, the triplets. Other years I have shorn and housed all my twins, but I am trying something different this year. Anything which has lambed before is staying outside on grass and some

Take the Lead signs

‘Only seven empty ewes from 416 is a great result’ decent legume-rich big bale hay made in the summer. The teg singles will come inside in a few weeks so we can keep an eye on them as they lamb. I am mostly concentrating on getting the basics of lamb survival and growth rates right, although I will have the option of performance recording my pure Romneys for the first time this year. It will be great to produce more

quality females to sell privately and plenty of decent pasture-fed lambs for market. I already have buyers for last year’s crop of ewe lambs which are ticking along nicely. I made some signs to put on paths explaining my sheep are pregnant and vulnerable to stress from dogs, with a photo of myself among my sheep in the hope the personalised approach drives the ‘Take the Lead’ message home at this crucial time.

IF you would like some of Farmers Guardian’s Take the Lead signs send a stamped, self addressed A4 envelope to Take the Lead, Farmers Guardian, Unit 4 Fulwood Business Park, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 9NZ.

We are lucky in Kent with our favourable weather. Some high winds and prolonged heavy rain is nothing compared to the heavy snow in Scotland. Sheep are as resilient as their keepers but I hope spring sunshine is not too far away, even if it does seem an eternity. Fingers crossed for a successful lambing for everyone.

Farmers Weather by Dr Simon Keeling

Today’s broadcasts owe much to yesteryear ALLOW me to tell you about a legend in the industry who passed away this week, American TV weather forecaster John Coleman. I never met John but his legacy, and that of his colleague and collaborator Joe D’Aleo, is what we see on our television screens and smartphones everyday. You see, alongside Frank Batten and Joe D’Aleo (who is a friend of mine), John established The Weather Channel. If you have been to the USA you have probably seen this 24-hour cable TV station which was launched in 1981. But John was setting the trend 142 | JANUARY 26 2018

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even before The Weather Channel. In 1972 he was responsible for the first chroma key weather map on television. These magic ‘green screens’ are still in regular use across the television industry. The Weather Channel created the template on which other 24-hour television weather services were based, but few survived. In the USA there is Weather Nation, while in Canada there is The Weather Network. Working with Joe D’Aleo, I was involved in the creation of the UK’s first weather television station in 1997 as a founding meteorologist.

We worked with a Canadian team to bring 24-hour weather forecasts to the UK and Ireland, and indeed we had growing audiences, to the point where we were eventually bought by a subsidiary of The Weather Channel. Given the British obsession with weather, it has always surprised me no channel has survived here. However, whenever you watch a TV weather forecast you are a witness to the life of John Coleman. Some of his techniques are in evidence in my twice weekly farming forecast videos at

For location specific forecasts visit and for video updates go to or call the number below. Call Farmers WeatherLIVE

0906 599 9308 Calls charged at £1.55 per minute, plus telephone company access charge. Calls from mobiles and some networks may be considerably higher. Average call length two-three minutes. Service available 8am–6pm, seven days a week. Service provided by WCS Ltd. For complaints or queries about the premium rate 090 service, please call 01902 895 252.

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NEXT WEEK North Yorkshire Christine Ryder Aberdeenshire Charles Bruce

‘We must champion the work of British farmers’ Cumbria Will Case farms 300ha (750 acres) in partnership with brother Simon and parents William and Margaret at Ulverston, Cumbria. Land is divided between Plumpton Cottage Farm and Robbs Water Farm, Barrow-inFurness. They farm 1,000 lowland ewes, 90 pedigree Texel ewes, 65 Salers suckler cows, fatten 150 store cattle, 12,000 freerange laying hens and 100 dairy cows milked by robots.


ith the first month of 2018 well underway, any hope of a change of weather in the New Year has faded. We seem to be in a cycle of heavy rain followed by high winds, then a

brief and unspectacular frost, followed by sleet which then morphs back into heavy rain again. Talking to a friend about the weather, he said ‘at least we are not in America with all those extreme droughts, floods and fires. We are just wet and mucky’. I will therefore count my blessings. January has been busy. The month began with our old hens being depleted and the clean-down getting underway. We dismantled all the equipment in a day, thanks to a great team effort and the enthusiastic help of my eldest boys. What better way to spend the last day of the school holidays than shifting troughs and slats? They have some impressive stamina for seven and nine year olds. It will stand them in good stead when the rugby league season starts. Our new sheep shed is full of happy, dry ewes. I am resisting the temptation to overfill it to save grass as this would put the weaker ewes under as much pressure as they


would be outside, undoing much of what I am trying to achieve. The plan is to house all triplets and any leaner ewes, with singles and fitter girls staying out for now. Getting the balance right is not easy and, once our first lambing season in the new building is done, we will no doubt find a long list of things we should have done differently. One thing is for sure, we will never get it all right. Our main batch of ewes scanned at 210 per cent, so with the potential of a good lamb crop we hope our new facilities will help us harvest it.

The first correct entry received by next Friday will receive £20 worth of M&S vouchers. Send to: Crossword No. 914, Farmers Guardian, Unit 4, Fulwood Business Park, Caxton Road, Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9NZ.



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For anyone who uses social media, Veganuary can be hard to ignore. At first glance it would be easy to believe the world is going vegan. They are a small, but noisy group determined to spread misconstrued propaganda about farming. Much of it should be ignored, but in the age of social media any claims which are not countered can be received as the truth, no matter how far-fetched. It certainly focuses the mind about how we need to be ever-ready to engage and educate the public about the good work British farmers do.

1 Negotiating on dead maize of little value (1,4,1,5) 7 Type of cocktail losing crushed ice in shaky locomotive (7) 8 Set back in ferreting incident was thing leading to explosion (7) 10 Especially good underdone (meat, say) (4) 11 Section of circle, it’s a stone storage shed (5) 12 Fierce, carnivorous mammal to run smoothly back (4) 15 Kitchen cooperative includes place for poultry (7) 16 Persistent person, one who kills pigs (7) 17 Opposed to a win on road (7) 20 Absence of bacteria in designed spacesuits badly cut out (7) 22 Vegetable outflow we’re told (4) 23 Ways of walking of people entering football matches, it’s said (5) 24 Unusually idle shop selling classy food (4) 27 Lanolin ‘ead gear for big bad carnivore, we hear (4,3) 28 Type of salad ingredient’s large frozen mass (7) 29 Fiercely nod, surprisingly in harmony with the environment (11)


1 An oiler sorted out airfoil controlling lateral motion (7) 2 Very small amount regularly found in iron trap (4) 3 Enclose in thin package mostly (7) 4 Stops working, admitting atmosphere in rooms processing milk products (7) 5 Jazz in concert includes this bit of brass (4) 6 Ten return with employment for group of connected people (7) 7 Plant like a hollyhock’s an excessively sentimental thing (5,6) 9 Well-organised steering for replanting with trees (11) 13 Beat to pulp money unit (5) 14 Split centre of watershed stream (5) 18 In confusion name one woodland plant (7) 19 Extended area of land or powerful vehicle for work on it (7) 20 A long step with a leg on each side (7) 21 Views of beautiful country observed, we hear, on sides of railway (7) 25 Part of upcoming tailorfashioned hairdo (4) 26 Deal about chief role (4)

Answers to crossword 812: Across: 1 The Goon Show, 7 Gruyère, 8 Minicab, 10 Odds, 11 Sheep, 12 Beck, 15 Harvest, 16 Stormed, 17 Sultana, 20 Oatmeal, 22 Cows, 23 Ducks, 24 Pigs, 27 Lorelei, 28 Retsina, 29 Wrongheaded. Down: 1 Thunder, 2 Ewes, 3 One shot, 4 Numbers, 5 Hens, 6 Wych elm, 7 Geophysical, 9 Baked Alaska, 13 Regal, 14 Goats, 18 Lowbrow, 19 Amusing, 20 Oak tree, 21 Edified, 25 Alto, 26 Stud. Winner: M.A. Walker, Derbyshire.



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‘I do not see myself doing anything other than farming’ Working women: Farming has been in my family for generations and this is where my passion for the industry evolved from. My brother decided he wanted to be a doctor while I wanted to continue the family tradition, so it is not your typical situation. I think more women are becoming involved in farming these days and it is great to see. Being a young woman in farming does come with its challenges but there are so many opportunities, options and youth clubs out there which are great to be a part of. Opportunity: I am heavily involved in Young Farmers and chairman of the Young Limousin Breeders. They both have so much to offer. The opportunities in these clubs for youngsters in our industry really are phenomenal and they certainly have taught me a lot. A lot of my success has come off the back of what I have learned at these clubs and competitions. A few weeks ago Suzie Dunn and I won the Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs National Beef Cattle Dressing competition which was a great achievement. Cattle: My main interest is cows. We also have a large arable farm

Stephanie Dick Throsk, Stirling Stephanie Dick, 23, is a full-time mixed beef and arable farmer on the 1,214-hectare (3,000-acre) family farm with 800 cattle. She studied agriculture at the University of Edinburgh before visiting the US on a scholarship from the Aberdeen-Angus youth programme.

Stephanie Dick says she has learned a lot from Young Farmers.

which I help out on at busy times but my main passion is cattle. I love all aspects of working with them, be it the shows, sales,

calving or the selection of genetics to produce the best calf possible. We have a large herd of pedigree Limousin cattle and I have a small herd of Aberdeen-Angus too. Winter is our calving season, so this week has been busy bringing new life into the world. I also have British Blue and Limousin bulls for sale in the January and February sales so washing, halter breaking and training them is vital over the next few weeks.

Reward: I recently started with sheep so, alongside the daily cattle feeding and bedding, I am getting set up to scan my sheep and see if our ram Ricky has been doing his job. I do not ever see myself doing anything other than farming. The work is hard but I find it rewarding. Farming is a job where you need dedication, determination and a passion for your industry. If you have those things and are involved in a big farming family, you will never find a better job.

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