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Raven cull backed as lamb attacks increase

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GM ‘TRAVESTY’ ● Policy strangling crop innovation ● Technology offers yield benefits ● Pesticide reductions possible

By Ewan Pate

THE Scottish National Party (SNP) came in for scathing criticism when a leading advocate of genetically modified (GM) crops spoke at a

meeting of the Scottish Society of Crop Research in Dundee. Journalist and author Mark Lynas took the SNP and the Scottish Government to task over what he said was as an ill-considered opposition to trialling GM crops and the stifling effect it had on the work being done at the nearby James Hutton Institute. Mr Lynas said: “The SNP administration’s opposition is ideological and will take a lot of shifting. But it is a travesty of Scotland’s proud history as a leader in scientific discovery to have a Government-funded research institute which is unable to carry out its work. You cannot trial a potato in a greenhouse; it has to be grown outside in field conditions.


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“You are also risking a brain drain. The situation is not much better in England. If I was a young molecular biologist I would be looking elsewhere to further my career.” Mr Lynas also criticised the SNP and other European anti-GM parties for setting an example which turned some African governments away from technological advances which could help give their people food security. Mr Lynas, who was previously an anti-GM activist, has travelled widely in Africa studying the work CONTINUED ON PAGE 2

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New Beef Shorthorn record set at Stirling. See p40.


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Scots and Welsh MPs slam Defra funding progress


Crackdown on rural crime


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Coldrochie herd sets Beef Shorthorn record at Stirling


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CLA unveils plans for post-Brexit farm payments By Abi Kay THE CLA has unveiled details of its proposed post-Brexit agricultural policy, which offers farmers the opportunity to enter into a contract to provide public benefits in return for guaranteed payments set at an ‘attractive’ level. The Land Management Contract (LMC) is made up of four elements (see panel). CLA president Tim Breitmeyer said it was crucial for a future scheme to incentivise land managers to deliver public goods, such as creating new habitats for wildlife, acting to improve soil quality and delivering high standards of animal welfare. A successful scheme would require sufficient investment, avoid red tape and offer long-term guaranteed payments to give farm businesses certainty.

Profitable Mr Breitmeyer said: “If the scheme does not make good business sense and is not designed to work alongside profitable food production, the opportunity will be lost.” Though there would be a national, English, framework for the LMC, design and delivery of the contracts would be decentralised to 14 areas recently created by the Environment Agency, Natural England and the Forestry Commission. Working with land managers, these areas would be able to adapt the LMC to reflect their needs. A performance league table ranking the areas in terms of paying applicants, completing applications, environmental outcomes

Four elements of the LMC UNIVERSAL LMC n Ongoing payments available to all land managers, with rolling application windows and multiannual agreements of between three and 10 years UNIVERSAL CAPITAL LMC n One-off capital payments available to all land managers, with rolling application windows. Some options would be co-funded by non-Government sources ENHANCED LMC n Payments targeted to enhance or maintain natural features, with bonuses for land managers who carry out environmental work in collaboration with neighbours, encouraging ecological connectivity between parcels of land LANDSCAPE SCALE RESTORATION n Designed to support restoration or creation of habitats across large areas, at least 5,000 hectares (12,350 acres). Fixed budget for each year, with local areas choosing a small number of schemes to fund

and co-investment could also help drive improvements in customer service. Training and support for land managers would be available under the LMC too, with each area receiving funding specifically for this. Farmers who chose to undergo ecological training could boost their income and monitor compliance with their own contractual obligations, reducing the inspection burden for Government.

From page 1 done by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Cornell Alliance for Science. In Tanzania, which he said was far ahead of Scotland in its policies, he had seen the advantages of growing maize engineered to have a drought tolerant gene. He added: “It also has an insect resistant gene so farmers do not need to use powerful insecticides. What could be more desirable?” However, the variety could not be grown in Uganda where GM cropping

had been blocked by the Government and non-government organisations which had resorted to wild propaganda claims to support their arguments. For example, adverts claimed GM bananas caused infertility or contained pig genes, making them unacceptable to Muslims. Cornell Alliance for Science figures show GM cropping has reduced pesticide use by 37 per cent and increased yields by 22 per cent in developing nations.

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Top 100 sign Brexit food pledge BOSSES of 100 UK food supply chain organisations have signed a manifesto calling on the Prime Minister to ensure positive outcomes on trade labour, regulation and domestic agricultural policy after Brexit. The document has been drawn up by organisations representing farmers producing the raw ingredients and their suppliers, right through to manufacturers and retailers. It warned a Brexit which failed to champion UK food producers, and the businesses which rely on them, would be bad for the country’s landscape, the economy and society. NFU president Minette Batters said: “Conversely, if we get this right, we can all contribute to making Brexit a success for producers, food businesses and the British public, establishing a more sustainable food supply system.”

Prisoners could work on farms as a reward for good behaviour.

Plan to replace migrant workers with prisoners ‘a distraction’ rRetailers may find

scheme uncomfortable By Abi Kay A GOVERNMENT plan to replace migrant workers in the agricultural sector with prisoners has been branded ‘a distraction’ by NFU horticulture board chairman Ali Capper. Justice Secretary David Gauke announced the proposal in a speech delivered at a young offenders’ institute in Thamesmead, south east London, last week. He suggested prisoners who have been risk-assessed could be rewarded for good behaviour with jobs on-farm under the workplace release on temporary licence (ROTL) scheme.

“Leaving the EU is likely to have an impact on the workforce in sectors such as catering, construction and agriculture,” Mr Gauke said. “By expanding the use of ROTL for work, more prisoners will not only be able to get a foot through the door to sectors like these, but employers will be better able to fill short-term skills gaps while also developing potential permanent employees for the longer term.”

Concerns But Ms Capper said the plan was not an answer to the labour shortage. “On a localised level, it might help to fill some gaps, but there are 80,000 seasonal roles to grow, pick and pack fruit and veg,” she said. “The industry has engaged with this before and the numbers are not there. For me, it is a distraction.”

Ms Capper also raised concerns about the scheme’s inability to provide a consistent workforce over a six- to nine-month period and the possibility that retailers could reject any attempt to hire prisoners. “There are quite significant retailer audits which look very closely at how staff are being recruited and where they are coming from,” she said. “I have not had a conversation with anyone in retail about it, but I would not be sure every retailer would be comfortable with it.” A Defra spokesman said it was not Government policy to completely fill any agricultural labour shortage with prisoners, and the department was working closely with the Home Office to ensure the sector’s needs were met after Brexit. “Up until December 2020, employers in the agricultural and food


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On a localised level, it might help to fill some gaps, but there are 80,000 seasonal roles to grow, pick and pack fruit and veg ALI CAPPER processing sectors will be free to recruit EU citizens to fill vacancies and those arriving to work will be able to stay in the UK afterwards,” the spokesman added.


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Scottish Government is seeking information about how local authorities deal with out of control dogs.

EWING CALLS FOR LOCAL AUTHORITY ACTION ON DOG ATTACKS ALL of Scotland’s 32 local authorities have been contacted by the Government in an attempt to help better understand the actions being taken to curb the number of livestock worrying attacks in the country. Scottish Government confirmed it was ‘seeking further information’ from each of its local authorities to determine how individual powers were being used and to lead the way on the uptake of practical measures to deal with out of control dogs. Scottish Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing told a Scottish Parliament exchange last week: “It is a criminal offence for a

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Powers “We have written to all 32 local authorities seeking further information about how they use their powers. “It is, however, fair to point out some local authorities have been active on the issue, as is illustrated by the fact the number of dog control notices has risen from 92 in 2011 to 290. “It is therefore plain that local authorities around the country are

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dog owner to allow their animal to worry livestock and local authorities have the power to issue dog control notices.

looking at the issue more seriously.” During the exchange, South Scotland MSP Emma Harper – who has been working to publicise the Control of Dogs (Scotland) Act 2010 – highlighted her intention to launch a consultation on a Member’s Bill to tackle the issue. Mr Ewing said he was looking forward to seeing what action the Parliament could consider taking to address ‘a very serious problem for the Scottish farming community’. MORE INFORMATION For more on livestock worrying and rural crime, go to P12-13 or see

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FRUSTRATION at the lack of clarity over future funding commitments for agriculture and fisheries has led the Scottish and Welsh Governments to issue a call for progress. The letter addressed to Defra Secretary Michael Gove follows a meeting between the devolved administrations and UK Government on May 14. It is signed by Scotland’s Rural Secretary Fergus Ewing, Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham, and by the Welsh Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths. In it they criticise the ‘minimal ambition’ shown on a shared environmental vision. With one year to go, the sharing of information on joint interests must be improved, according to the signatories. Ms Griffiths said: “We are dedicat-

With no income support payments, farming will disappear from large parts of Scotland FERGUS EWING ed to the four nations approach, however, we need to be stepping up a gear on post-Brexit plans and unfortunately progress seems to be slowing. “I was encouraged by commitments to work collaboratively, engagement through our long-standing quadrilateral arrangements and huge efforts going on at official level. “But crucially we still lack certainty on rural funding, we find information is not being shared with us, or not shared early enough, and we are concerned about Defra’s efforts to water

down our joint statement on an environmental vision.” Mr Ewing added: “We remain absolutely committed to a collaborative approach on key shared interests on rural and environmental matters. But we are becoming increasingly frustrated at UK Ministers’ failure to take that seriously. “For example, we have not been provided with copies of key documents of importance such as a White Paper on fisheries, a draft Fisheries Bill and draft Agriculture Bill – nor have we even been advised when these and other documents will be available. We cannot be expected to make decisions on important matters without sight of all relevant documents.” It came as Mr Ewing reiterated the need for direct payments when he spoke at this week’s Scottish Land and Estates conference. “With no income support payments, farming will disappear from large parts of Scotland,” said Mr Ewing, adding this could lead to negative repercussions on Scotland’s landscape and on the tourism sector.

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Defra Secretary Michael Gove has hinted at plans to expand the network of 10 National Parks.

Concerns over Defra plans for National Parks rFarmed landscape

is ‘not a theme park’ By Lauren Dean

PLANS to expand the network of National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) have been met with concern by those farming the areas, who reminded the Government it was not dealing with a ‘theme park’. Defra Secretary Michael Gove hinted at the possible expansion of the network of 10 National Parks and 34 AONBs to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the National Parks and Countryside Act 1949. His calls to ramp up recognition of England’s designated landscapes sounded alarm bells among the farming community following suggestions he wanted to ‘allow more people to connect with nature’.

each year through wages, agreed the review could cause serious issues, most notably barriers for young people wanting to start a business. He said: “If I had my time again I would not have a business in the National Park. We are getting value

assets downgraded [due to bureaucracy including planning controls]. “It is this lack of understanding of the needs of a business.” While the CLA welcomed the move, it said improving visitor access must be correctly monitored.

CLA vice-president Mark Tufnell said the review was a chance to promote the countryside as a place of work for farmers and landowners, but ‘responsible behaviour by visitors is vital for the safety and well-being of workers and their livestock’.

Review Exmoor National Park chairman Robin Milton said while he welcomed the review to ensure what was in place was ‘fit for purpose’, the Government must recognise farming sat at the core of all landscapes. “The National Park is not a theme park,” Mr Milton said. “It is a living, working landscape shaped by generations of farmers. My challenge to him is to make sure it is right as those of us who have been here for years are going to be judging very carefully.” Richard Webber, of Shearwell Data, Exmoor, who is ploughing £2.5 million into the National Park

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Industry presses for raven cull as lamb attacks increase rFarmers suffering

‘very high’ losses By Lauren Dean

INDUSTRY leaders have backed a decision by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) to keep up its raven culls in Perth and Kinross to help curb the number of newborn lambs attacks. The National Sheep Association (NSA) said it was necessary to grant more licences to ‘responsibly reduce’ the number of ravens, which have seen a massive increase in numbers due to their protected status. Licences should also be readily available in other parts of the UK, the group added. The debate was reignited on the back of Parliamentary answers by Scottish Environment Secretary Roseanna Cunningham, in which she said SNH had issued 439 licences permitting the cull of 3,344 ravens since 2016. Animal campaigners blasted the move, but the NSA said as well as affecting sheep flocks, local wildlife was facing the ‘danger of limited food stocks’. NSA Scottish region chairman John Fyall said: “It is an emotive issue for campaigners, but nothing is as emotive as seeing a newborn lamb trying to find a teat to feed from its mother with no tongue and no eyes.” The NSA said it supported SNH’s licensing as it ensured no action was taken ‘without considered reason’. NSA chief executive Phil Stocker said: “NSA has received reports of

Raven populations have increased dramatically since they became a protected species.

very high losses to ravens this year, including flocks in Scotland where 50 to 100 lambs have been killed. “Farmers respect the legislation but must have trust that when species levels reach strong numbers, there can be debate on sustainable levels.

Consequences “The purpose of protecting a species is to ensure numbers do not fall below dangerous levels and when positive progress is made and populations boom, options must be

NSA has received reports of very high losses to ravens this year PHIL STOCKER

provided to prevent unintended consequences on other species of domestic and wild animals.” SNH head of wildlife operations Robbie Kernahan said Government issued licences on a regular basis ‘to protect livestock from raven attacks during lambing season’. “Before issuing any licence we must be satisfied there will be no detrimental overall effect on the species concerned. This is the case with all licenses relating to the raven population,” he added.

Government to allow badger culls in low risk areas THE Government has announced its intention to allow badgers to be culled in the low risk area (LRA) of England. Farming Minister George Eustice set out the new plans, which follow a recent consultation, in a written statement to Parliament today. Badger control measures will only be available in the LRA in the ‘rare event’ disease in badgers is linked to infected herds. Mr Eustice said: “Badger control in the LRA is expected to be permitted only in exceptional circumstances, where veterinary 6 | JUNE 1 2018

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epidemiologists judge an area to meet the published criteria for a bTB ‘hotspot’. “This will allow any such outbreaks to be tackled rapidly to prevent bTB from spreading further in the wildlife and cattle populations. It will also help preserve the LRA’s low incidence status. “Any decision on whether to implement badger control in a specific LRA will be taken by the Defra Secretary after considering all relevant scientific and veterinary advice. “All the stringent licensing criteria set out in Defra’s guidance to

Natural England will need to be met by the cull company.” The British Veterinary Association (BVA) gave the announcement a lukewarm response.

Controls BVA president John Fishwick said he was supportive of the ‘principle’ of badger controls in the LRA, but expressed concerns about the culls being industry-led. “We support a centrally controlled, Government-led cull which we believe would give better land coverage than can be achieved by an industry-led programme,” he added.

A proposal to pay compensation at 50 per cent of the average market price for any animal brought into a TB breakdown herd which then fails a TB test, as is the case in Wales, has also been approved by Mr Eustice. The new rules will apply in England from November 1, 2018. In December last year, Government announced plans to introduce six-monthly surveillance testing for most herds in the high risk area. This change will take place from ‘early 2020’, when the next generation of TB testing contracts with veterinary delivery partners are established.

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Small abattoir owner calls time on 120 years of trading rFSA and EU

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By Ben Briggs AN abattoir owner has taken a swipe at the Food Standards Agency (FSA) after he called time on 120 years of family trading. Toby Baker, from Nailsea, Somerset, is the owner of Bakers of Nailsea, and said falling throughput brought about by the rise of large retailers and processors, alongside onerous inspection standards, had forced him to wind the business up. While he hopes to keep trading in some form as a meat wholesaler, he was convinced the Government wanted only a handful of large abattoirs operating across the country and was not concerned if smaller ones went out of business. The news follows a letter in last week’s Farmers Guardian from Bob Kennard, policy adviser at the Sustainable Food Trust, which laid the blame for small abattoir closures on onerous regulation from bodies such as FSA. Mr Baker said: “The level of regulatory nitpicking from the FSA vets makes it tougher and tougher for us to

do our job and means our line is being brought to a standstill on a daily basis. “EU directives are one thing when it comes to slaughtering, but they have been implemented to such a level that we can no longer cope. “Post-Brexit we should go back to the square carcase stamps we had prior to 1992, which meant our carcases


had been dressed to British standards. If one good thing is going to come out of Brexit it should be a reappraisal of the rules governing small abattoirs.”

Justify Dave Barrah, a former senior meat inspector for the city of Bristol who has worked with Mr Baker for decades, believes increasing levels of administration are purely there for vets and inspectors to ‘justify their existence’. “They are obsessive about trivia,” he added. Mr Baker’s abattoir on the outskirts of Nailsea, near Bristol, was purpose built in 1988 and the wider business

Support for local abattoirs is needed more than live export ban THE Countryside Alliance has called on Ministers to support the creation of more small abattoirs instead of banning live exports. The group made the recommendation in its evidence to Defra’s consultation on ‘controlling’ live exports, which closed last week. It argued the Government’s objective of reducing travel time from point of production to slaughter could be reduced more effectively by increasing the number of small and mediumsized abattoirs across the country. Countryside Alliance head of policy Sarah Lee said: “We fully support the Government’s aim of

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has been in operation since the late 1800s. He added: “[Defra Secretary] Michael Gove talks of food miles and local provenance but by favouring the large abattoirs they are eroding that connection and forcing animals to travel longer distances to slaughter.” An FSA spokesman confirmed it was ‘listening’ to the industry, reiterating its review of cutting plants and cold store regulations following the breach of compliance at cutting plants operated by 2 Sisters Food Group and Russell Hume. Phase two of the review – which is part of a consultation with the industry – will begin on June 6.

slaughtering animals as close as possible to the point of production, but there are many ways this can be achieved without simply focusing on international movement.

Struggled “It is disappointing the Government is not using the opportunity of Brexit to look at ways of supporting small and medium-sized abattoirs which have struggled to cope with regulation from the EU. “Reviving a network of small, local abattoirs would do far more to help reduce journey times than a simple ban on live exports.”

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Ex-prisoners in fields seems like latest Government con

And finally... Plans to form more National Parks may have come out of left field, but they must be used to stimulate rural economies, as opposed to creating working museums. See page 5 for more.

DOES the current batch of Government Ministers, on the whole, have a clue how they are perceived or that their pie in the sky plans have little or no chance of seeing fruition in the real world? I ask because Justice Secretary David Gauke’s plans to fill the migrant labour shortage with former prisoners seems to fit nicely in to that category (see page 3). Hopefully this concept will be consigned to history, right where the ridiculous GDPR regulations should have been sent, but it serves to highlight once again that we are being led in to the post-Brexit era by MPs who seem to have very little grip on reality and while their ideas may seem nice in principle, the practical implications have little merit in the day-today world of farming. Farmers, as many others do, surely welcome moves to rehabilitate offenders. But to suggest the industry could realistically plug the looming labour gap by calling on reformed prisoners seems utterly laughable, as the NFU’s horticulture chief Ali Capper coolly points out.


Mr Gauke’s comments make agriculture, along with construction and catering, feel like a dumping ground in the eyes of the Government. Surely he understands the inference many would draw is that he sees agriculture as a low skilled sector able to take on those without prior knowledge of the work involved. Farming and several other parts of the processing sector face systemic challenges from Brexit and what it will do to the availability of migrant workers, especially if free movement of labour under European agreements is no longer available longer term. This is being heightened, as Farmers Guardian In Your Field writer Russell McKenzie points out in this week’s column, by a crop of homegrown workers who seem increasingly reluctant to get started in agriculture or do not have the correct mindset once they have secured the jobs. These are issues which will only worsen and which need real world solutions, not fluffy concepts which meet the mawkish approval of Whitehall mandarins.

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Supporting farm assurance ensures food is produced safely and responsibly AS a certification body, NSF International visits more than 30,000 farms every year on behalf of Red Tractor and other farm schemes, so of course we are staunch supporters of farm assurance. It also gives us a unique insight into the many advantages of Red Tractor certification to our farmers. Many of the positive attributes of British food the UK consumer takes for granted are underpinned by the standards which Red Tractor and other farm assurers set. From the farmers’ point of view, Red Tractor assurance means they are always up-to-date with the legislation and able to comply with the demands of multiple regulators via a single farm assurance. Reducing the burden on farmers goes further than this, as Red 10 | JUNE 1 2018

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Tractor seeks never to add complexity if it provides no benefit to farmer or consumer. You can see this in the latest edition of the standards which set out all the requirements for the responsible use of rodenticides on-farm.

Savings If a farm is Red Tractor assured, the farmer is not required to complete any additional training, saving them cost and time. Red Tractor leads the way in many of the important issues facing farming today. Take the anti-microbial resistance issue in livestock, where Red Tractor’s robust requirements for the management and control of medicines in its livestock standards

Red Tractor works to ensure consumers can be confident about the British food they buy.

will help reduce the amount of antibiotics used on-farm and protect human health. Considering a significant percentage of all antibiotics in the UK are

used in agriculture, this is a matter of vital importance for the UK public. My colleagues were recently discussing the latest outbreak of E.coli 0157:H7 in romaine lettuce in North America – 98 ill with 46 hospitalisations. We breathed a collective sigh of relief that Red Tractor had already put in place extra controls in its fresh produce standards in 2017 to prevent anything like that happening in the UK. So, Red Tractor does some great work to ensure consumers can be confident the British food they buy has been produced safely and responsibly. And we at NSF International are proud of the part we play in helping farmers demonstrate the quality of their great British products.

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Red Tractor ideally placed FAR from having to reimagine itself (Red Tractor blow, FG, May 25), Red Tractor is perfectly placed to be the flagship for British food and farming post-Brexit. Everything Red Tractor does is with consumers in mind and we translate what they want into meaningful farm standards so our members produce food in a way which appeals to shoppers. Ben Goldsmith’s aspirations to raise farm standards are laudable, but has he considered the impact this will have on the price of food for British consumers? Take chicken breasts, for example. If all shoppers had to swap their Red Tractor product for RSPCA Assured, it would typically cost them twice as much. Red Tractor already guarantees a safe, fully traceable product which is of a high standard and affordable to all budgets. I would agree with Neil Parish that we could do more; to raise awareness and recognition levels among consumers, for example. This is exactly what we are doing. Our new promotional campaign is set to launch this autumn and will be the first time Red Tractor has had its own television advert. Our 46,000 members can rest assured we have our eyes firmly fixed on the future. Jim Moseley, Chief executive, Red Tractor Assurance.

Work of AHDB WHILE I am somewhat frustrated by the use of the term ‘levy probe’ (AHDB levy probe, FG, May 18), and the distraction from our work such headlines cause, I always welcome the opportunity to explain what the AHDB does for levy payers and the wider UK food industry. Firstly, AHDB is driven by levy payers and farmers. As the chairman



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of AHDB Oilseeds and Cereals, I am fortunate to have a board made up of talented forward-thinking farmers and members from across the supply chain, ensuring the work delivers levy payer benefit. This is replicated across the boards and, in addition, we now work across the sectors in a collaborative way, improving levy funding effectiveness. I am a multi-levy payer, knowing first-hand levy funding must deliver benefit and, as a farmer and small business owner, I also want AHDB to deliver things I cannot as an individual. AHDB has, at its core, unique collective strength for the benefit of the whole of the levy payer base. One of the strengths of AHDB is it can provide information which does not hinge on commercial return and is not a lobbying organisation. The independence of AHDB and its ability to generate knowledge and occasionally challenge thinking to use alongside commercial advice and information is one of its key values.

AHDB work is being carried out against a strategy document which engaged with the whole of the levy payer base and stakeholders two years ago. Our work streams are reviewed on an annual basis, particularly as Brexit offers a changing landscape. AHDB recently announced its latest addition to the Monitor Farm programme in Northern Ireland. These, alongside strategic farms, are hugely important for regional levy payer contact with their work being driven by local levy payers. It allows AHDB two-way contact with levy payers, facilitates farmer to farmer experience, and will shape the provision of future information for business benefit. I can assure you every AHDB board member across every sector is driven with the ambition to deliver benefit and make a difference for levy payers. Paul Temple, Chairman, AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds.

Levy gravy train FARMERS Guardian’s lead article of May 18 (AHDB levy probe) was interesting and not before time, as AHDB takes £60 million in mandatory levy, irrespective of farmers’ profits. AHDB statute allows Efra chairman Neil Parish to call a vote into the continuation of the levy, while if 5 per cent of levy payers came together in any one sector, they could also force a vote about the future of the organisation. AHDB audited accounts show the levy board is a gravy train, starting with employees’ salaries onwards. It is unsurprising we have not heard the NFU say anything against AHDB, especially when a lot of the chairmen of the levy body were high ranking NFU members. It appears to be the next home for former NFU leaders. Richard Smith, Atherstone, Warwickshire.

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INSIGHT With the countryside in the grip of a crime ‘epidemic’, Tim Relf hears from three rural crime teams about the concerns in their areas and how they are fighting back.

Crackdown on RURAL CRIME N ew figures from NFU Mutual showing rural crime to be at a fiveyear high have thrown a new spotlight on this distressing and costly issue. Many farmers feel let down by the authorities and such concerns recently prompted NFU president Minette Batters to demand urgent action from Government and the police to protect the countryside from becoming a ‘soft target’ for law-breakers. According to Rob Taylor, who manages North Wales Police’s Rural Crime Team, better policing in towns and cities has dispersed crime to the countryside. Investigating such offences brings

its own challenges because, unlike in built-up areas, there is less CCTV and potentially less forensic evidence. “Plus animals do not talk, so you might not have the witnesses,” he says.

Technology The police have had to take a new approach, which can mean blending old-style techniques with new kit, said Mr Taylor. “Being contactable, being visible and talking to people, while also using technology such as drones and social media and harnessing the power of the media.” While issues occur year-round and range from badger and bird of prey offences to tractor and tool

These criminals are not stupid, but we have a lot of resources and are very proactive so they should know the net is getting tighter ROB TAYLOR

theft, their nature is seasonal, according to Mr Taylor. In the lambing season, for example, livestock worrying by dogs is a particularly big problem. “It is a trauma to everyone. Sheep can be torn to bits. It is violent and brutal and can cost farmers thousands of pounds, or even their livelihood,” he said. Mr Taylor acknowledged some farmers have lost confidence in the police’s ability to tackle the problem, so have not always reported problems, but he thinks this is changing. He added: “These criminals are

RURAL CRIME IN THE USA EVER wondered what crime issues those overseas have to contend with? Tracy Doonan, Illinois, USA, who farms organic wheat, rye, barley, corn and soybeans, shares his perspective.

n Do you feel safe living on a farm? I feel totally safe where I live. If you asked ‘who locks their house’ at the local farm supply centre, maybe 30 per cent would say they did. It also depends on how far from a built-up area you live. I know all my neighbours, but if I lived near a new urban development I could get 10 new neighbours in a year and not know any of them. I am not implying they would be criminals, but a lot of these new rural arrivals feel your farm ground is now their open air park and that they can ride their horse or fourwheeler anywhere they want. If they get injured, you are liable. 12 | JUNE 1 2018

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n What crime issues do farmers in your area contend with? Meth-making and marijuana growing are two new problems farmers face. Many abandoned farmsteads are ideal locations for ‘cooking’ meth. Once they are done, the ‘meth lab’ is a toxic chemical waste site. If something is stolen from your farm you have insurance to cover your loss, but the expense of the clean-up of a meth lab is all on the landowner. Vandalism is also a concern, so many farms have removed border fences but then kids simply drive off-road and through fields damaging the crops. n When it comes to theft, what items are being targeted? Very seldom is a large item taken, such as a piece of farm equipment. Usually it is just tools, jewellery and guns as they are easy to sell on.

n Do farmhouses often get burgled? Not too often. I have lived in the area all my life. I am 66 now and I can only think of two or three houses which were broken into. A rural community is so interconnected that any strange vehicle or suspicious activity stands out. n How good are the police in your rural areas at preventing crime or capturing those responsible? Crime prevention is really up to individual farmers. Lock your shop, do not leave keys in your vehicles, keep an eye on your neighbourhood. Solving crime depends more on the severity of the incident. All are reported, but I think few break-ins are solved, it is just not possible to run down a few missing items. Police presence is sporadic. With

more miles to cover than manpower available, only so much can be done. But I feel safe where I live; I have never been a victim of a crime.

n Do you feel your politicians and Government appreciate the extent of rural crime? Yes. All the law enforcement agencies which have jurisdiction in my area – the state, county, and federal agents – all share information. If they see an upturn in some sort of crime, or a trend develop, they are on top of it. n What simple, practical tools do farmers use to deter criminals? Technology. There is so much available, from the simplest types such as motion-detection yard lights, to the advanced exterior cameras which send video images to your phone wherever you are.

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not stupid, but we have a lot of resources and are very proactive so they should know the net is getting tighter. Farmers deserve policing as good as those in the cities get.” Dorset-based police community support officer (PCSO) Tom Balchin has also sensed a nationwide frustration among the farming community at policing, but said building relationships by talking to individuals and organisations such as Young Farmers’ Clubs, and forging closer links on social media was paying dividends. In PCSO Balchin’s patch, poaching and hare coursing is prevalent, and where farmers have tried to challenge trespassers, they have been ‘met with threats, abuse and worse’. The associated damage to land

and crops has been particularly bad this year because wet spring weather meant crops were less advanced, he said.

Vigilant He is urging farmers to be especially vigilant over summer, because it is often busy times of year when they are less likely to take routine precautions and so become more vulnerable. In Derbyshire, PC Karl Webster is urging farmers to build commonsense security measures into their routines, whether it is locking gates, using security lighting or parking kit sensibly at night. “It is never a guarantee and it will not stop the determined criminal, but it might stop the casual, oppor-

tunist, drive-by thief which can be the majority. “They are going to look for easy targets. You have to make it that much more difficult for criminals.” Vehicles and machinery are perennially popular targets, he said, with Land Rover Defenders being especially vulnerable. “The relatively close proximity of Sheffield and Manchester means criminals can get to this area relatively easily and quickly in the hope of disappearing again with rich pickings,” adds PC Webster. The team, which was launched at Bakewell Agricultural Business Centre just over a year ago, is also establishing closer relationships with neighbouring forces, such as Cheshire, Staffordshire and South

THE National Rural Crime Network (NRCN) recently launched its 2018 survey to build up a ‘true picture’ of crime and anti-social behaviour in rural communities across England and Wales. The previous NRCN survey in 2015 put the cost at £800 million per year and highlighted ‘chronic under-reporting, anger and frustration at the police and Government’. REGISTER ONLINE The survey is open until Sunday, June 10, at

Yorkshire, because ‘criminals do not recognise boundaries’. The local police officer ‘who knows everyone and everything’ no longer exists, but units such as his are, according to PC Webster, working hard to build a rapport with farmers. “We do not want farmers to think we never do anything and we are not interested in them,” he said.


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BUSINESS Wheat prices top £150/tonne Edited by Olivia Midgley – 01772 799 548 –

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inflating prices By Alex Black

CROPPING concerns in major growing regions have driven UK wheat futures to a contract high. Weather concerns in key growing regions including Australia, Canada and Russia pushed UK prices to £155.50/tonne last week. AHDB analyst James Webster said conditions had remained dry in Australia and this was hampering planting and developing crops, with rainfall not expected in key regions. There was also dry weather in Canada. “While this is allowing planting of spring cereals to progress, rain will be required to enhance crop development,” he said. “Looking ahead, there is only limited rainfall forecast in the Canadian Prairies in the next week.” The Russian Ministry of Agriculture has reduced its grain production forecast by five million tonnes, to 110mt, on the back of ‘challenging weather conditions’. Cecilia Pryce, market analyst at Openfield, said: “Domestic UK

markets have found themselves swept along with the positive price moves being seen globally. “The surprise for many is consumers continue to remain hungry, yet balance sheets have shown a tight situation for many months. “Currency has not helped, with the pound and euro looking very weak against a firm US dollar.” The rise has led traders to consider imports, which she said ‘should keep the lid on upsides’

alongside the anticipation of cheaper harvest values. Crude oil prices were also impacting the market, increasing transport costs but making ethanol more attractive.

Demand “This price spread could encourage further demand for ethanol and directly impact cereals as well,” she added. “Milling premiums have also

firmed as a few consumers are yet again found wanting in a marketplace where milling wheat has suddenly become hard to find.” She added lower premiums and relatively high claims on imperfections meant better quality wheat was moved as feed early in the season. “New crop continues to eyeball global news while many growers in the UK are starting to look for a drop of rain which seems to be in limited supply,” she said.

Wheat prices have been buoyed by weather concerns in Australia, Canada and Russia.

Domestic UK markets have found themselves swept along with the positive price moves being seen globally CECILIA PRYCE

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curtailed in some cases by ‘a lack of realistically priced straw’. It said the demand for straw from straw burning power stations was ‘putting a great strain on a finite resource’. Prices for wheat and barley straw have been about double the price this time last year.

Supplies National Pig Association chairman Richard Lister said producers had been paying more than £100 per tonne for straw for the past few months, with no signs of the situation easing and supplies running low. “We had a difficult growing season and a wet autumn but the situation has been made worse by the demands of straw burning plants, which have created an artificial imbalance in the market,” he said.

“This is having an impact on margins, thankfully at a time when prices are holding up, and creating management problems for producers across the country who rely on straw in their production systems.” According to AHDB, prices were beginning to rise due to ‘barbecue weather’, with the EU-spec SPP at 147.94p/kg, although this was 11.27p/kg below last year. Mr Lister added it was also important to point out to people who wanted the entire pig industry to move towards straw-based systems, ‘including Defra Ministers’, there were not infinite supplies available. He said diversity enabled the industry to sell high quality, high welfare pork at all price points but it was ‘not putting all our eggs in one basket’ on inputs.

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cheese business By Olivia Midgley ARLA Foods UK could axe 154 staff as it seeks to reorganise its cheese business. The processor said it intended to improve efficiencies by consolidating operations across its production and packing sites. NFU dairy board chairman Michael Oakes said the industry would be watching closely to see if cost savings brought about by increased efficiency had a positive impact on milk prices. He said: “We have to get more efficient on our own farms and processors are doing the same. “Arla is cutting costs throughout the business, overseas as well as in the UK and a big chunk of those

savings will eventually go back to the milk price. “But we have to be mindful people have worked at these sites for a long time and they are facing a very uncertain future.” Under the plans, production at its

Arla is cutting costs throughout the business, and a big chunk of those savings will eventually go back to the milk price MICHAEL OAKES

Cost savings from the restructuring could bump up milk prices.

Llandyrnog creamery in Denbighshire, North Wales, will cease, along with smaller packing operations at Malpas, Cheshire, and Lockerbie, Dumfries.

Volumes A spokesman said current Cheddar cheese volumes from Llandyrnog would move to creameries at Taw Valley, Devon, and Lockerbie. The Arla spokesman said he did not anticipate any impact on its supply of Welsh milk and ‘will endeavour to produce its current portfolio of cheeses dependent on demand from its retail or foodservice customers’.

Tomas Pietrangeli, managing director of Arla Foods UK, said: “This proposal enables us to not only drive efficiencies, but also retain ample capacity to better meet the evolving needs of our customers in areas such as retail, foodservice and export.” Mr Oakes said there could be an opportunity to use the Llandyrnog plant to process other product. n Dairy farmers supplying Muller will see their milk price increase by an additional 1.25ppl from July 1, 2018, following a 0.75ppl increase in June, the company has confirmed. The move takes the Muller Direct standard litre price to 28ppl.

Meadow Foods fixed pricing scheme Bayer/Monsanto deal close to sign off MEADOW Foods has launched a fixed forward pricing scheme allowing producers to lock in a volume of milk at 28ppl. Every Meadow Foods producer will be automatically allocated forward fixed price litres from their A litre volume, but producers will have the option to opt out. This was expected to be about 3 per cent of their annual volume.

The scheme will run for a 24-month period from July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020. Meadow Foods said it had been launched as a direct response to farmer feedback and while the volume for each producer was ‘relatively modest’ it was aiming to build on this and was talking to other customers interested in forward fixed pricing.

BAYER has obtained conditional approval from the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) for the proposed acquisition of Monsanto. Bayer said it had now obtained almost all clearances which were conditions for closing the transaction and expected to receive any outstanding approvals required for completing the transaction shortly.

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It added it would become the sole shareholder of Monsanto Company following the receipt of outstanding approvals. According to the DOJ’s conditional approval, the integration of Monsanto into Bayer could take place as soon as the divestments to BASF have been accomplished. This was expected to be in about two months.

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Maintaining grazed grass quality this June Grazed grass quality has a direct impact on profitability, and those farmers who are actively managing their grassland will understand how maintaining grass quality during the month of June pays dividends. Grazing management in June is a fine balance between grass quantity and quality and cow performance. Trying to graze down to 4cm after poor residuals in the previous rotation is a real problem. We have also to contend with grasses heading out which can often be compounded by nutrient stress. Some farmers are using pre-mowing as a means to manage this period and maintain grass quality. Pre-mowing can help grazing management but should not be seen as a replacement. Its most commonly used to put paddocks ‘back on track’ where high residuals are carried over from the

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previous rotation. It’s difficult in this scenario to have cows graze around dung and urine patches and pre-mowing will help with this problem. It’s important to remember that pre-mowing when grass supply is tight or very dry, will lead to a faster rotation and consequently drop the average farm cover and increase the feed deficit. Grass covers that are 200-300kg DM/ha higher than what’s optimum can be mowed to counteract losses and increase cow intakes. Mow no more than 2.5pc of the farm on any one day, so that it will require at least two grazing rotations to mow the whole farm, is recommended. Finally, it’s essential to mow tight to achieve the desired post-grazing residual.

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Over the years, TV chefs and celebrities have helped shape the country’s food trends and, with the boom of social media, the impact it has had on British agriculture is overwhelmingly positive. Emily Ashworth reports.

Bringing British food to the forefront


one of us are strangers to our culture’s obsession with photographing our meals. Look on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook, and you will find yourself inundated with images of anything from smoothie bowls to Michelin-starred plates of food, all credited with certain hashtags to ensure followers can find the content. Showcasing what we eat is almost second nature to many of us now. But why did it suddenly become ‘cool’ to post pictures of our cooking? Maybe it is the formidable number of food bloggers out there today, or the increasing number of TV programmes focused on food and its provenance? What is for certain is it is an ever-growing phenomenon, and one which allows British farmers to bask in some much-welcomed limelight.


In such a digital-oriented world, business opportunities are endless and it can take just one retweet for your content to go socially viral. This communal online environment can connect you to those you never thought it

possible to contact, attract new customers or grab the attention of some well-known characters. Farmers and media moguls alike are using these platforms to voice their opinions, and the opinion of the moment is we should be eating better, cutting down on sugar and filling up on good British-grown produce.


The interest in cooking shows never seems to dwindle and the intrigue people have for how their food is produced, and where, is increasingly evident. Shows such as Great British Menu, where top chefs promote the best of British produce, totted up almost two million viewers for one episode, with one chef, Tommy Banks, really homing in on the farm-to-plate connection. Since appearing on the hit BBC show, he has drummed up 22,000 followers and, in the last series, he used lamb from his father’s farm to create a show-stopping creation. The show alone has more than 30,000 Twitter followers, proving the UK is indeed interested in its country’s produce and producers. There are some familiar faces continually championing the industry too, with Jimmy Doherty and Jamie Oliver frequently working together and often using social media to celebrate farmers

and producers behind the ingredients. Combined, they have more than 7m social media followers and an epic amount of influential power. Traditional cooks such as Mary Berry are also simplifying their recipes to encourage more home cooking and the idea that a few good ingredients can go a long way. Her new show, Britain’s Best Home Cook, supports this. Similarly, well-known organisations make use of digital platforms, such as Love British Food, which is dedicated to promoting the hard work of British

farmers and British produce, and has racked up a substantial following of more than 30,000 on Twitter. Organisations are supported by their ambassadors, who are some of the biggest names in the business: Raymond Blanc; Liz Earle; and The Great British Bake Off star Candice Brown. Each has their own cult following, with Raymond Blanc teetering on the edge of 500,000. With such dominant household names sparking conversations around the benefits of cooking with British ingredients and where

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Take part in 24 Hours in Farming AUGUST 9, 2018, is the agricultural industry’s chance to use its collective power to demonstrate the hard work which goes into producing the food we eat. Farmers Guardian has once again teamed up with Morrisons to host the industry’s biggest online event. For 24 hours, we are asking anyone within the farming industry to use their social media accounts to share posts, pictures and videos about the work they

to find them, it is easy to see why people are buying in to the whole process. And the key point is, it is not a gimmick. They are speaking to real farmers who play a part in the everyday lives of the public and it creates a vital connection.


Over the past couple of years, there has been a surge of new colourful chefs who have harnessed and understood the power of social media and used it to achieve notoriety. Most of these celebrate the benefits quality

sourced meat and vegetables can have on our health. Joe Wicks, also known as The Body Coach, somewhat silenced those who were destroying the image of meat and fats, and quickly gained a following for having a more realistic approach to food. His fresh outlook on protein caught on and, with numerous best-selling cookbooks under his belt, he has gathered more than 300,000 followers on Twitter and more than 2m on Instagram. There is no doubt Joe was an initial instigator in the public’s

rising interest in healthy eating, allowing them to indulge in anything from chicken burgers to steak to stuffed sweet potato. Another key duo on the foodie scene are Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley, otherwise known as Hemsley and Hemsley, who, as they say, have a passion for ‘living well and enjoying delicious, nutrient-dense food’. They have taken the old-school saying of ‘meat and two veg’ and brought it right to the heart of this 21st century eating movement. With more than 70,000 Twitter followers, they have essentially played an extraordinarily huge part in the uptake of sales in fresh meat and vegetables, making it seem possible for

are doing throughout the course of the day. The idea is to flood social media with farming activity to champion the industry and the food produced. Anyone can take part on any social media platform, simply by using the hashtag #Farm24. MORE INFORMATION To find out more or for videos and tips about what to share on the day, visit

everybody to live better and use quality produce. They say: “We believe in the nourishing power of real food and that eating well and cooking from scratch can be easy, affordable and enjoyable for everyone.”


British food comes with a story and, through TV, social media and backing from famous faces, people are enjoying the advantages of learning about, and consuming, the nation’s food. Rather than just being a trend, it is slowly becoming more of a lifestyle option which will only continue to benefit our farmers.

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Incentivise farmers and growers to share data rCan enable businesses

to make better decisions By Olivia Midgley

BUSINESSES have a wealth of data on-farm which could be used to boost both productivity and profitability but farmers must feel motivated to collect and share it. A conference run by Agrimetrics, a big data centre of excellence for the agrifood chain, heard how farmers must be incentivised to use data, either through rewards such as Farmers must be motivated to collect and share on-farm data. ‘insights’ or through some form of payment. Prof Richard Tiffin, chief ending up and we have to deliver be wary about where their data was scientific officer at Agrimetrics, value back to the farmer,” Prof shared, who it was shared with and said trust was also an important elewhere it ended up. Tiffin told the audience in London. T007-2623 Master Farmers Guardian Advert 95x135mm 2018 AW 1 added 14/03/2018 08:59 farmers “We have to tell them where it isOL.pdf He the data ment, as farmers andRTCS growers could collected and held ‘is going to help us solve world food problems’. However, data was no good kept ‘in silo’. David Flanders, Agrimetrics chief executive, added: “Data in isolation is low in value.” Prof Tiffin said the ‘unfathomably’ complex food system relied on a twoway street of data, flowing from the consumer to the producer through a

series of channels. Any disruption to this could lead to a supermarket seeing empty shelves, for example. He added the system was also heavily ‘predictable’, meaning the chances of major disruptions were slim.

Connecting Relying more on real-time data and connecting data sets together, however, would reduce these instances even further. Matthew Smith, of Microsoft, said farmers were more likely to use and share data if they saw others reaping the benefits. “Social mechanisms kick-in and people will see others are finding it useful and will also want to try it,” said Mr Smith. “We need to make the agricultural community aware of these applications which can become a reality, enabling more intelligent decisions to be made on the back of analysing their data.”

Data in isolation is low in value PROF RICHARD TIFFIN

Strong start to strawberry season COLD weather at the beginning of the year, combined with warm temperatures in the last few days have got the British strawberry season off to a flying start. As the season got into full swing, British Summer Fruits, which represents 98 per cent of berries sold in UK supermarkets, predicted another strong year for sales. Last year, more than 137,000

tonnes of strawberries were sold in the UK, with shoppers spending more than £1.3 million.

Innovations Nick Marston, chairman of British Summer Fruits, said: “Innovations in our industry have meant we are able to meet the growing consumer demand for berries so people across the UK can enjoy them every day of summer.”

Tax change to save nurseries money NURSERY growers are to be covered under the agricultural exemption for business rates, fixing a long-standing anomaly which saw them treated differently to other farming businesses. The Non Domestic Rates Bill which made the change was laid in Parliament last week, saving growers ‘very substantial and unsustainable charges’. Current legislation excludes nurs18 | JUNE 1 2018

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ery grounds growing mainly or entirely under cover from the exemption. NFU deputy president Guy Smith said: “The decision to rectify this anomaly will prevent the wider horticultural industry suffering significant negative implications, and will allow growers to continue doing what they do best – producing food for the nation.”

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Sustainably-produced food brands could capitalise on a growing backlash against retailer price. Alex Black reports.

Brands will be key as retail options shrink


ritish producers need to look at the latest supermarket shake-up as an opportunity to review their brand strategy, according to a farm business consultant. After news of an Asda-Sainsbury’s merger broke, with promises of 10 per cent price drops, alarm bells rang across the industry. But Amy Woolliscroft, Arthey Associates’ marketing executive, told Farmers Guardian producers needed to look at a growing market of consumers ‘for whom value means more than just the lowest price’. “Diversification in farming is nothing new and this latest talk of mergers could be an opportune time for farmers to be proactive in marketing the added value of British farm-based brands to a

swelling number of shoppers turned off by the supermarket monopolies and their price-overquality focus,” she said. She added the growing trends of veganism and organic food and its influence on social media was encouraging increasing numbers of

This latest talk of mergers could be an opportune time for farmers to be proactive in marketing AMY WOOLLISCROFT

How to formulate a believable brand Identify what makes the brand stand out ■ Decide which values should be communicated ■ Look at your brand from an outsiders’ perspective – what may seem like an everyday part of farming could be a successful marketing strategy

Social media advertising ■ A website and social media for the brand is low cost and mostly free ■ Engage with new customers and keep repeat buyers in the loop ■ Be consistent with posts to communicate brand values ■ Constantly review content

Identify the target audience and their priorities ■ Decide if the product is directed at mums, foodies, local people or city dwellers ■ Understand how and why the audience buy ■ Follow key influencers and discussion groups online

Social media advertising ■ Social media adverts are popular and can be a low budget option to target a particular market ■ Consider getting in touch with key influencers for reviews. These may have to be paid for but they are often well-respected by their followers

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More shoppers are looking for quality farm-based brands.

the public to hold their food to account.

Respected These people were looking to showcase to their peers they were buying ‘respected and responsible’ brands. She said many farmers could already say provenance, animal welfare and environmental creden-

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But the Swiss Farmers’ Union has rejected the calls for a ban, pointing out organic produce made up less than 15 per cent of the market.


SWITZERLAND is to vote on banning the use of synthetic pesticides in agriculture after more than 100,000 people signed an initiative calling for a ban. The initiative, launched by a-political campaign group Future3, proposes banning all synthetic pesticides in agriculture.

Switzerland’s popular initiative system allows people to suggest law changes if they have more than 100,000 supporters. The decision then goes to a referendum, with the potential for changing the constitution. However, it could be at least three years until the Swiss people vote on this measure.

A Swiss initiative is calling for a ban on the use of synthetic pesticides.

The formal petition was presented to the Federal Chancellery in Bern on May 25. Future3 claimed it was ‘quite possible’ to meet the needs of the Swiss population without pesticides and it would not drive up the price of food as ‘farmers who no longer use synthetic pesticides in their work methods are seeing their costs significantly reduce’. If the proposal was to become law, there would be a knock-on effect for any countries importing product into Switzerland, as the initiative also calls for the ban to cover imported food which has been produced with synthetic pesticides.

Under the law, neonicotinoids and glyphosate would be banned and phased out over 10 years. Natural pesticides and treatments used in organic farming would be allowed. The Swiss Farmers’ Union warned the people behind the initiative wanted to convert the whole of Switzerland to organic farming, and only allow the import of organic food. A spokesman said: “In Switzerland, organic products currently account for less than 15 per cent of the total market. In other words, the majority of our consumers do not rely primarily on organic products. That is why we reject the initiative.” National Conference Centre, Birmingham Thursday 18th October 2018


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Sam (left) and Ben Dixon welcomed 1,800 visitors to their farm during Open Farm Sunday last year.

As thousands of people prepare to enjoy Open Farm Sunday next weekend, one Shropshire farm is bracing itself for a record number of visitors. Danusia Osiowy meets father and son team, Sam and Ben Dixon, to find out more.

Open farm H welcomes thousands through the gate

undreds of farmers will open their gates this weekend as Open Farm Sunday takes place across England and Wales, as a collective effort to educate consumers about food and farming. The one-day event on June 10 is the result of hard work and preparation, so imagine what it takes to facilitate an open farm all-year-round. For the last 20 years, Sam and Ben Dixon have welcomed thousands of visitors each year to Home Farm, on the Attingham Hall estate, Shrewsbury, Shropshire. They range from young families with children, to primary schools, parties and adults. Having joined the family business straight out of school, Sam now co-manages the 202-hectare (500acre) National Trust tenancy with son Ben, following their purchase in 1964 after the previous owner died. Just under 20 years ago, the farm entered organic production after 101ha (250 acres) went into an Site of Special Scientific Interest ac-

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creditation on a zero input system to protect the grass species, trees and wildlife. Historically a dairy farm, it was a wet holiday in Cornwall the year after which sparked the idea to diversify and share their farm with the wider public. Sam recalls: “It poured with rain the whole time we were there. “We had to find activities to keep our three young children happy and we trudged from one attraction to the next and then found an open farm. “I realised we had just as much to see back home and we returned home with a new business idea.”

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FARM PROFILE SHROPSHIRE no hidden extras and could bring their own picnic whatever the weather. The rest, says Sam, they have learned as they have progressed and their success can be seen in their numbers. “In our first year we had perhaps 10,000 come and see the farm, but today that figure is more around 25,000, and there is the opportunity to keep growing,” says Sam. “Young families from as far as 30 miles come and spend the day with us and we also have many schoolchildren. It’s great. At our peak, we have one school a day with around 60 children.” The rare breeds of livestock are a key feature within the farm, introduced out of appreciation and education. The 30 cows comprise of Longhorn, Red Poll and British White, the sheep are Hebridean and Jacob ewes and the two token sows are Duroc crosses. “I loved the breeds and many still think the norm is a black and white cow, so it’s nice to be able to explain to our visitors there are others equally as good as the traditional Holstein,” says Sam.

Eye-opener In 2008 Ben returned to the family farm, although he admits this was not the original intention. During his time at Harper Adams studying a degree in agriculture and mechanisation, Ben spent a placement in Dakota on an 3,237ha (8,000-acre) arable unit. This was followed by a stint at a 3,000-cow station in Florida and 12 months of travelling. “It was a real eye-opener,” says Ben. “The attitude out there is very different from ours and they view their businesses as asset-driven which should be utilised 24/7. “Originally I wanted to pursue the mechanisation side, but the novelty wore off after sitting on a tractor round the clock. “Plus, Dad was on his own and he was getting a bit fed up so it made sense to come home.” Ben’s return swiftly brought a number of advantages, not least a reduction in labour costs and improved arable efficiencies. “We used to contract out all our arable but took the decision to

bring that back in-house,” says Ben. “We invested in a tractor and have helpful neighbours who we can borrow kit from.” The decision to manage their own silage has also helped them regain control and improve the quality of home-grown feed. “We are no longer at the whim of a contractor and literally can make hay when the sun shines and not have to wait,” he adds. Unsurprisingly, constant attention is paid to the logistics of running an open farm and the farm is structured with different animals kept in different pens located around the farm for visitors to see. “The rules are always changing on signage and hygiene but we have our health and safety policy in place and a rigorous health assessment,” says Sam. “Recently we had to do away with our 20,000 laminated farm

maps which we offer visitors over fears of cross contamination, so now we have disposable paper ones. We invite environmental health officers to visit so we share our transparency and it helps maintain relationships.” In 2002 the family opened a modest farm shop and cafe, but have refrained from introducing any soft play areas. “It goes against our ethos,” says

Sam. “We want to bring people onto the farm to actually experience the farm. It does mean we are weather-dependant and Easter this year was particularly awful. “But it means we can take the rough with the smooth and we aren’t standing at the gates counting people in and panicking. We have other functions alongside the diversification.” To that end, the dairy cows are a

Farm facts n 202 hectares (500 acres) n Mixed farm n Supplying milk to OMSCo n Yielding 7,000 litres/cow at 4.5 per cent butterfat and 3.9 per cent protein n The beef cows run with a Simmental or Hereford bull and are sold at Shrewsbury market 22 | JUNE 1 2018

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n Jersey cows are now put to a Holstein bull n Lambs are sold locally n Piglets sold as weaners at Market Drayton n Some of the pure-bred dairy cows are sold for finishing, the best of which are bought back in

Breeding has switched fron purebred Jerseys to Holstein crosses.

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SHROPSHIRE FARM PROFILE Beef cattle grazing in the parkland in front of Attingham Hall.

OPEN FARM SUNDAY n Organised by Linking Farming And Environment (Leaf) n Since it began in 2006, Open Farm Sunday has seen more than two million people visit a farm n In 2017 more than 273,000 people spent the day at one of the 358 farms across the

The general public are our customers and the majority are keen to learn and so inquisitive about what we do SAM DIXON

core part of the farm. Alongside winter and spring barley grown for feed, there are 70 pure-bred Jerseys whose milk is supplied to OMSCo under a standard liquid contract. A robotic milking system was introduced in 2001 with plans to introduce a second one as they move to increase cow numbers to 100. “It’s the best thing we have done and makes sense for the cows, frees

up labour and offers another element for visitors to see,” Sam adds. “It’s also a movable asset, so if ever we ran into troubled times or had any health issues we can sell them on.” The robot also prompted a change in their breeding regime and for the last five years they have switched from pure-bred Jersey to crossing with a Holstein. “This was really to put more size on the cow as the robot struggles with low udders,” says Ben. “After we installed the robot we went from 3,500 litres a cow to 4,500 litres but since we introduced the Holstein the figure has increased again to 7,000.”

Efficiencies Cows spend the majority of time outside feeding predominantly on grass and supplemented with rolled barley in the robot and, during the winter months, fed a protein pellet and home-grown silage. Sam and Ben are keen to improve feed efficiencies and have grown lucerne which is also tolerant to their light and sandy soils. “Last year, we grew sunflowers for silage. I realised it was one of the main ingredients and when I researched it I saw a few American farmers having a go, but not many over here,” says Ben.

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“They harvested well. It yielded 10 tonnes per acre which, to say we realised we had the wrong variety and harvested too late, we were happy with. We have chosen a taller type with an earlier harvest time this year.” With consistently positive reviews as a tourist attraction on the internet, the farm enjoys an excellent rating on TripAdvisor and, impressively, has enjoyed growth through word of mouth. Recently, Ben has launched the business on social media and will continue to improve their digital presence. “It’s crazy how you can target audiences on Facebook,” he says. “People want to know what we do and so we balance the cute and fluffy with the workings of a mixed farm. “We recently went down with TB and I shared the news on Facebook. It meant people who don’t understand the problem were actually

country which hosted an event n 91 per cent of those surveyed as part of 2017’s Leaf Open Farm Sunday visitor follow-up survey said after visiting they were more appreciative of the work farmers do and 89 per cent said they felt more connected to the farmers which produce our food

coming to us to find out more about it. That can only be a good thing.” The family has been involved with Open Farm Sunday (OFS) since its launch in 2006. Growing year-onyear, they welcomed more than 1,800 visitors in 2017 – a number they were totally unprepared for. “We just couldn’t believe it, the public just kept rolling in from a 50-mile radius,” says Ben. “We ran out of burgers by 11am, so we have made sure that won’t happen again this year.”

Cakes All the family get involved, with Sam and Ben overseeing the event. A barbecue is manned by Ben’s fiancee Laura and her father, and all cakes are made by Sam’s wife, Judy. The farm is run by Sam and Ben with the help of one part-time member of staff in the cafe and shop. But during OFS a minimum of eight staff will be needed to ensure the event runs smoothly. For some farmers, this year will be their first Open Farm Sunday and for others it might still be just an idea to get involved. “I would absolutely say to other farmers who aren’t, to get involved,” says Sam. “The general public are our customers and it does take a certain kind of personality to be able to deal with speaking to them, but the majority are keen to learn and so inquisitive about what we do. We really are on-board with that.” The animals at Home Farm attracted 10,000 visitors in 2017.

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Digital Innovator of the Year

A warm personality and a genuine enthusiasm to highlight the diverse characters and talent in farming, Will Evans is making quite a name for himself. Marie-Claire Kidd speaks to the man behind the microphone.


ast year’s Digital Innovator of the Year winner at the British Farming Awards is making waves in farming and beyond, as his Rock and Roll Farming podcast goes from strength to strength. In just over a year, Will Evans has established himself as a major voice in British farming. His friendly laid-back style and undeniable enthusiasm has bagged him interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent figures, including NFU president Minette Batters and president of NFU Cymru John Davies. He has even interviewed Michael Gove, Defra Secretary, who is notoriously adverse to such conversations. Will publishes a podcast each week and has built up an archive of more than 60 entertaining and informative chats. He covers everyone from British quinoa farmer Steve Jones to founder

of #Februdairy Dr Jude Capper, and from director of the AgriFood Training Partnership Prof Carol Wagstaff to Will’s 95-year-old grandfather, who shared memories of being an 18-year-old farmer and firefighter during World War Two. Having listened to non-agricultural podcasts for years, Will discovered farming podcasts in the US and Canada. He says: “I just thought they were brilliant, but no-one was doing it here in the UK. “I got on YouTube and listened to lots of slightly irritating American teenagers telling me how to do a podcast and also went on podcast forums. I don’t advise that though, it was very geeky. “There were no huge investments required, just a microphone and a headset, a logo and the music to the show. I probably set myself up for about £300.”

AgriBriefing group head of content Emma Penny with Will Evans at last year’s British Farming Awards.

A key feature for Will is to have a laugh with his guests. He says: “The inspiration for this whole thing was Rob Sharkey, who does the Shark Farmer Podcast in Illinois, USA. “He is a great guy and really helped me out with getting this off the ground. He is incredibly self-deprecating, but he is really good at what he does, puts his guests at ease, makes them laugh and gets the best out of them.”

Platform Will’s tongue-in-cheek manner can be seen regularly; take for example the time he spoke to Yorkshire Dales beef and sheep farmer Neil Heseltine, a podcast he called ‘A Town Called Malham’, a nod to the Jam song A Town Called Malice. He has used the platform to explore other kinds of digital media, for example FaceTime a Farmer, run by arable farmer Tom Martin, which enables farmers to connect with teachers and schools on a regular basis. Will has become increasingly interested in mental health for farmers. He says: “I think social and digital media give farmers the chance to communicate what they are doing straight from the farm, whereas 10 years ago, we couldn’t do that. “I think it has been a game changer in terms of reducing social isolation. We are working more hours and there are fewer people working on-farm. “My grandad says in his day there was always lots of people around, but many of us can go days and weeks on end without seeing anyone. Just being able to pick up the phone and connect with like minds is really important.” Will has been impressed by the number of people who want to talk to him about mental health. He says: “I really commend the people who want to come on the

I know everyone always says this but I absolutely did not expect to win. I was blown away WILL EVANS

podcast and talk about it. They are doing it because they want to help.” When Steven Parkinson shared his problems with depression via the podcast, there was a heartfelt response. One listener said it encouraged them to recognise they had a problem and to seek help. Will says: “It doesn’t get better than that.” He launched the podcast in May 2017, having never interviewed anyone before, and aiming to appeal to farmers and non-farmers alike. Will interviews somebody different every week, whether they farm big or small, conventional or organic, traditional or ground-breaking, or have diversified into something totally different. He also speaks to others in the industry; those who work for representative bodies, scientists, salespeople, journalists, agronomists, people involved with agricultural shows and events.

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Will and Sarah Evans with their youngest daughter Branwen at their beef and arable unit. “Pretty much anyone who has a stake in farming really,” he says. “I hope to celebrate some of the great diversity in this industry. There are some incredible characters living this life. I want to introduce some of them, find out about how they got into farming and why they do it. “I get frustrated sometimes with the way farmers are portrayed in certain sections of the media. “There are lots of misconceptions and untruths out there and I am hoping this podcast can put our side of the story across, so people can make up their own minds. “A lot of people speak for farmers and the agriculture industry, but we don’t often get the chance to be heard ourselves. I am hoping this can be a platform.”

Success The podcast is hosted by Libsyn and is available through iTunes, the Stitcher app and other digital outlets. It averages 2,000 weekly downloads, and has featured in the ‘new and noteworthy’ section on iTunes. The show has been downloaded in 54 countries and Will has amassed 10,000 followers on Twitter. When asked who has been his favourite interview so far, Will does not hesitate.

He says: “Colin Javens, ever onwards and ever upwards. He broke two vertebrae in his back in a diving accident and was virtually paralysed, but what he has achieved and the money he has raised is inspirational. It is one hell of a story. He is the most inspirational man I have ever met.”

No mean feat Balancing the demands of his life online with his work as a farmer is no mean feat. Will farms at Lower Eyton, a 202-hectare (500-acre) mixed farm, near Wrexham. The Evans family has been farming in the area for at least 10 generations and, today, calves are bought-in from a nearby dairy farm and finished alongside 121ha (300 acres) of cereals and a free-range egg unit. Will says: “I do nearly all the interviews over the phone because I am so busy with the farm and I have four young children. I work during the day and do the podcast at night.” With such dedication, it is no surprise he has come to love the project: “I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t enjoy it. It is all about meeting interesting people you wouldn’t normally meet. “I want to get on-farm and talk to people face-to-face a bit more. I want to keep it fresh, maybe bring in a co-host, or guest hosts, and interview more

people who aren’t farmers, but who are involved in agriculture, for example agronomists.” On winning the Digital Innovator of the Year award at last year’s British Farming Awards, Will confirms it has led to new opportunities he could not have imagined previously. He says: “I know everyone says this, but I absolutely did not expect to win. I was blown away. I was not expecting red carpet photographers. It was just a brilliant night and one I’ll never forget. “You don’t often get the chance to be recognised like that in your adult life. There were so many well-wishers. “Straight away I got a lot more people contacting me. Shortly afterwards, NFU Cymru offered me sponsorship which covers my costs, and I have had other people ask me about sponsorship. “Now I have a partnership with

Farmers Guardian. This is just something I do in my spare bedroom. “To be associated with NFU Cymru and FG gives it a legitimacy I never would have expected. “I have loads of new experiences from it. I have been invited to the Oxford Farming Conference and I don’t know what is round the corner.” He is always looking for new guests, through social media or via his growing contacts book. He says: “I am looking for people with an interesting story or who are doing something innovative, but I also like to speak to ordinary farmers, as they can be equally interesting. “I need to keep it fresh, as I don’t want it to be samey. One of the hardest things I have found is keeping it interesting for farmers and non-farmers. That will be a measure of success in the future.”

DIGITAL INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR DIGITAL innovation in farming is burgeoning and more and more farmers are recognising the benefits of multimedia platforms. From Twitter, Facebook and Instagram to creating websites and sharing videos, farmers have become savvy in showcasing their personality alongside their business or product.

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New malting barley approvals rSuccess for Craft,

Fairing and Olympus By Marianne Curtis

THE Maltsters Association of Great Britain’s malting barley committee has given Full Approval for brewing to Craft. Fairing and Olympus have been given Full Approval for grain distilling use, following changes to the approval protocol specific to grain distilling varieties. Chanson has been moved to Provisional Approval 2 for brewing. Electrum has been given Provisional Approval 1 for brewing.

Malting barley for grain distilling is grown right up into the Highlands of Scotland TRACY CREASY

LG Diablo has been given Provisional Approval 1 for brewing and malt distilling. RGT Asteroid has been given Provisional Approval 1 for brewing, malt distilling and grain distilling use. Talisman has been removed from the list for brewing.

Significant Tracy Creasy, seeds marketing manager for Syngenta, says: “The promotion of Craft is significant because it offers growers a yield boost over other winter malting barley varieties with Full MBC Approval for brewing use on the current AHDB Recommended List [RL]. “At the same time, Craft also offers outstanding grain quality – in particular hot water extract, which is important because it represents a higher alcohol yield for end users. “Meanwhile, the promotion of spring barley Fairing to Full Approval for grain distilling use on the RL is highly significant because, for harvest 2018, there were no varieties which had Full Approval for this use. Fairing was bred specifically to meet key requirements of the important grain distilling market in Scotland.

The Maltsters Association provides clarity on the appropriate end use of several barley varieties.

“Among these are its very early maturity: it is the earliest-maturing spring barley on the AHDB Recommended List.

Pesticide amnesty hailed a success A PESTICIDE amnesty sponsored by Anglian Water has enabled the removal of more than a tonne of unused and redundant pesticides from farms in Essex. The pesticide amnesty, focused around Drinking Water Protected Areas feeding the Ardleigh Reservoir, was the third time this initiative has been rolled out in the Anglian Water region. It was set up by the water company to provide a removal service for farmers for out of date or redun-

dant chemicals, no longer required or approved for use.

Free scheme This time, 23 farmers took advantage of the free scheme, working with Chemclear, specialists in waste collection and disposal, who removed more than 300kg and 800 litres of pesticides. Gary Hodgetts, Anglian Water’s catchment adviser for Essex, says: “There are often pesticides left over at the end of the season and

sometimes these can go out of date. “There are also chemicals which were bought legitimately but which have now been withdrawn from the market. These could pose a risk to water quality if they are not disposed of properly. “Although we can remove many chemicals from raw water before we put it into supply, a far more sustainable and long-term solution is to work alongside farmers to reduce the chance of pesticides getting into the water in the first place,” he says.

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The Commission is proposing the following: n Minimum requirements for the reuse of treated waste water from urban waste water treatment plants, covering microbiological elements such as levels of E.coli bacteria.

n Risk management whereby any additional hazards must be addressed for water reuse to be safe. n Increased transparency. The public will have access to information online about water reuse practice in their member states.

“This is significant because malting barley for grain distilling is grown right up into the Highlands of Scotland.” MAGB said the award of Full or Provisional Approval to a variety does not infer immediate acceptance for use by all malting, brewing and distilling companies and that growers are advised to seek further information from their customers before sowing newly listed varieties.

Popular MAGB has also published its final collation of purchases of malting from the 2017 crop. Concerto was the most popular spring malting variety, accounting for 40.1 per cent of purchases, followed by Propino, accounting for 17.5 per cent of purchases. Planet and Laureate accounted for just over 6 per cent each. The most popular winter variety was Venture, accounting for 5.7 per cent of total purchases. MORE INFORMATION For regional and agronomic information on malting barley varieties, MAGB advises growers to consult the current AHDB Recommended List at

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CEREALS PREVIEW ARABLE Visitors can enjoy demonstrations and a new Innovation Zone at this year’s event.

New innovation and insights at Cereals 2018 NEW TECHNICAL CONTENT Innovation Zone ■ A new Innovation Zone featuring the latest technologies and arable research will greet visitors at both entrances into the site Innovation Insights ■ Located in the Agronomy Zone feature area, visitors attending the Cereals 2018 event on Wednesday, June 13, can witness quick fire presentations from 25 Agri-Tech East member organisations, including established companies, small organisations, researchers, and start-ups pitching their novel agri-tech ideas Cereals Conversation ■ A series of in-depth technical seminars which will provide valuable advice, give visitors the opportunity to join in the conversation and be part of the technical debate on some of our industry’s hot topics

Cereals Controversial ■ Features debates and panel sessions aimed at sharing the latest research, understanding and arguments. This series of debates will be held in a dedicated marquee on-site. Visitors will have the opportunity to hear from a number of thought leaders who will be sharing their different opinions on some of the challenges affecting the arable industry Guided tours ■ Available on both days of this year’s event, Cereals is offering professionally-moderated, expert-led tours which will provide a curated look at the latest products and solutions within specific interest areas, such as crop breeding, weed control and soil health MORE INFORMATION


Event information ■ When: Wednesday, June 13 (8am-6pm) – Thursday, June 14 (8am-5pm) ■ Where: Chrishall Grange, Duxford, Cambridgeshire ■ Opening times: Car parks open at 6am, with free tea and coffee until 7.30am. There will also be food available to buy. Gates open to the event site at 7.30am, and catering facilities will be open for breakfast until 11am. Exhibition stands open at 8am both days ■ Tickets: All Cereals tickets are now issued electronically. Visitors must either print and bring their tickets, or show their e-tickets on their phone to ensure quick access. Tickets will be available to buy on event days. Tickets are priced at £24 per adult and £20

Travel information ■ Location: The address for the Cereals 2018 event site is Chrishall Grange, Heydon, Cambridgeshire. Drivers should switch off their sat-nav systems when they start to see signs for Cereals 2018 in order to be directed to suitable parking. The postcode closest to this year’s site is SG8 7NT ■ By air: The following airports are closest to the Cereals 2018 site: London Stansted which is

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per student and are valid for one day only. Two-day tickets cost £32. Group discounts are available for advanced bookings ■ BASIS and NRoSO: Visitors can claim a maximum of six BASIS CPD points per day; two for attending the event and four from the exhibitor knowledge trails. One point can be claimed from each exhibitor. NRoSO members can claim a maximum of six points from the event; two for attendance, collectable at the NRoSO stand, and four from the trail. Two points can be claimed from each exhibitor ■ Disabled visitors: There will be a forward parking area close to the visitor entrance for vehicles displaying the official blue disability badge

about 25 miles from the event and London Luton which is about 33 miles from the site ■ By train: There are two local train stations within a suitable driving distance of the Cereals 2018 site. These are Whittlesford Parkway and Royston, both of which are about a 15-minute drive from the site. Both are accessible from Cambridge and King’s Lynn. Those travelling to Royston can also leave from London King’s Cross


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Playing host to more than 20 ,0 Robert Law has hosted Cereals biennially since 2010 – so what is it like to manage a commercial farm which is taken over by a major event just before harvest? Olivia Cooper reports.


very two years, the Cereals event takes over 70 hectares (173 acres) of Robert Law’s 1,600ha (3,953acre) farm near Royston, Cambridgeshire, and the impact is far more wide-reaching than the June event itself. “As early as August the previous year, people come and start planting their plots,” says Mr Law. “For us, the secret is to get the grass sown early. “This year, it was after spring barley so it was fairly easy to get in. We then graze the car parks and just keep topping the rest of the site.” While Thrift Farm is Mr Law’s largest unit of land, he also manages another 550ha (1,359 acres) in Nottinghamshire. About 600ha (1,482 acres) of land is owned, with a further 400ha (988 acres) on a long-term

tenancy. The rest is on a mixture of contract farming agreements and short-term lets. Mr Law employs five staff at the Royston farm and a further two in Nottinghamshire, with each farm run as completely separate units with their own machinery. He runs the various rented and owned acreage in Hertfordshire as one enterprise, enabling him to spread the rotation around the whole acreage, with block cropping to simplify field operations and storage. However, the rotation is extremely varied. Cropping comprises 200ha (494 acres) of sugar beet, 300ha (741 acres) of winter wheat, 160ha (395 acres) of winter barley, 120ha (296 acres) of winter and spring oats, and 300ha (741 acres) of rye – some of which is grown for Ryvita, some for seed, and some for anaerobic diges-


tion. There is also 40ha (99 acres) of peas, 50ha (123 acres) of mustard, 45ha (111 acres) of forage rape for seed, stubble turnips as a catch crop and grassland. “We have 1,850 ewes – an early lambing flock of Dorset and Texel Mules, and a later flock of North Country Mules,” explains Mr Law. Most of the land is in environmental schemes and he is passionate about improving and protecting the countryside, including planting hedges and trees.

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As a forward-thinking farmer, Mr Law is a keen advocate of precision farming techniques, sampling his soil and using GPS for variable rate fertiliser applications and drilling. He says: “All our machinery has autosteer and the GPS drilling has made an enormous difference – it is more accurate and cuts down on wastage. I do not think we save much in fertiliser but it is much more focused.” In a Cereals year, Mr Law gets involved in the build-up of the event, digging the soil pit and making sure all the roads, tracks and fences are in good nick. “Then, during the show itself we will be hosting a breakfast meeting and I will be sitting on a panel in the seminars. I do enjoy it – it is a good place for meeting people – and hosting it every other year is about right as it does take up a lot of time.” So what does he make of this year’s changes? “I have always gone to Cereals every year but it was getting a

We [farmers] are very much the fabric of rural communities and it would be nice for all of that to be recognised ROBERT LAW bit tired and samey. This year, however, it has changed a lot, which is very positive.” Whether hosted on his own site or not, Mr Law always values the conferences and networking opportunities. “I have tried new crops and new treatments as a result of attending.” Of course, one of the key things on farmers’ minds right now is Brexit and resulting implications for the arable sector. And Mr Law is under no illusions it will not be a tough transition. He says: “The next five years are going to be hard. I think we will see quite a few people drop out of farming. But in 10 years’ time perhaps we will be glad we did it.” Love them or hate them, support payments have enabled farmers to continue producing high quality, affordable food throughout economic downturns and loss-making years, says Mr Law. “Surely that is a public good in

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Robert Law’s farms are run as completely separate units, each with their own machinery.

0 ,000 visitors A diverse rotation has allowed Robert Law to build business resilience.

the industry. It is so important to get an informed insight to frame your business decisions for the future.” Having been involved since 2010, the Law family knows exactly what to expect. “It is quite straightforward now. After the event it takes about 10 days to clear the site, then we will graze some of the car parks and spray off the main site,” he explains. “In September we will plough it all up and put it straight back into the rotation. Financially, it is better than farming but you have to like people and be very accommodating.”

Farm facts n 1,600 hectares (3,953 acres) in total n 1,300ha (3,212 acres) arable, rest grazing n 1,850 sheep n 600mm rainfall n Chalky soils

n Combination of private ownership, long-term tenancy, other renting arrangements and contract farming n Crops grown include sugar beet, winter wheat, winter barley, oats, rye, peas, mustard, forage rape and stubble turnips


itself. Farmers do so much for nothing – from looking after the countryside and keeping it tidy to cutting grass and hedges and clearing snow. We are very much the fabric of rural communities and it would be nice for all of that to be recognised.”

Brexit One of the biggest changes after Brexit will be the move away from direct payments towards environmental schemes and Mr Law is concerned these will remain, as in the past; under-resourced. “We have always participated in environmental stewardship and, while I enjoy it, it is really frustrating. The Government has not provided the funds to properly administer and manage them.” One thing which Mr Law has done to build business resilience is to diversify his crop choice. “And we will continue to specialise in value-added crops with a contract. We are trying to earn a premium on everything,” he says. “It is a bit of trial and error, choosing what crops to grow, but we have a lot of contacts in the seed trade so we find out what they want.” With so much uncertainty in the pipeline, events such as Cereals play a hugely important role in the industry, he adds. “They are absolutely crucial in the face of all this upheaval. You have to get off the farm and look at new ideas, see new technology. People do not get off the farm enough, but it is so important. “Things are changing very fast in

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ARABLE CEREALS PREVIEW There will be plenty of new machinery on show at Cereals, with technology and boosting efficiency being two of the main themes. Jane Carley reports.

Along the machinery lines TRACTORS AND HARVESTERS TAKEN into Fendt’s range as part of AGCO’s brand revision last year, the former Challenger tracklayer will no doubt provide a talking point, and the flagship 943MT will be on show. Fendt’s 900 Vario MT series tractors are designed to offer an improved ride on the road, featuring an air-sprung operator’s seat, two-point cab suspension, new SmartRide primary suspension and a re-worked drive with ConstantGrip suspension. With maize and rye for anaerobic digestion providing useful income for arable farmers and contractors, the new flagship FR920 forager should also draw


Fendt’s 900 Vario MT series will be on show.

the crowds, featuring an FPT Industrial V20 engine developed specifically for forage harvesting applications. It delivers 911hp maximum power at 1,6001,800rpm, 4,095 Nm maximum torque and 44 per cent torque rise at 2,100-1,600rpm. The power curve is mapped to match the

precise requirements of foraging applications, designed to react fast to changing load. The new T6 Dynamic Command four-cylinder tractor range with eight step semi-powershift transmission will also be on show, offering 145-175 max hp with engine power management.

HORSCH drills to be exhibited include the Express KR which will showcase the company’s new SingularSystem, using Funck metering technology to enable precise seed application. Seed is drawn from a main hopper by means of a central volume metering unit and pneumatically conveyed to the respective seed row. The single grain metering unit is able sow a grain twice per second, or at 120Hz, resulting in a seed density of 240 grains per sq.m at 12kph with a row spacing of 15cm. Amazone’s solo 12-metre and 15m wide Citan-C drills now feature a new 8,000-litre

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Horsch will be showcasing its new SingularSystem. pressurised seed hopper which is split into three sections, allowing up to three different materials to be sown simultaneously. The three metering rollers are driven electrically via an IsoBus terminal; half-side shut-off, which can be controlled either manually or via GPS SectionControl, is standard, as is the groundlevel remote calibration via the TwinTerminal 3.0 display. The new Sky Maxidrill 10 Series will have its UK launch on the Opico stand. Features include the ability to seed three different products from separate hoppers with individual metering systems, feeding into two distribution circuits, which can place product at two different depths. The coulter has been re-designed to enable it to drill through large volumes of crop residues. Pressure on each coulter is adjustable from 0-120kg, while the depth is adjustable through the parallelogram frame.

KRM is to launch a new Sola tine drill. Called the Ares-P, the new model is available in 4-7m widths and features a pressurised hopper which ensures a consistent seed flow to the metering unit from hopper full to empty.

JOHN Deere will demonstrate its R4050i self-propelled sprayer with carbon-fibre boom in the Sprays and Sprayers arena for the first time. Seen at the 2017 event in preproduction form, the R4050i features the new PowrSpray twin pump solution system, a larger 5,000-litre capacity spray tank and carbon fibre boom. Able to spray at widths of 18 or 36m, the boom is lighter than steel or aluminium designs. But the carbon fibre material used is said to be around five-and-a-half times stronger than steel and is able to flex, which relieves the boom

John Deere will demonstrate its R4050i self-propelled sprayer. structure from the stress which can cause fractures in metal booms. Amazone introduces the new UX 01 series trailed sprayers. Available in tank sizes of 4,200, 5,200 and 6,200 litres, they are designed with a smooth underbelly to prevent crop damage, and shaped to offer surge-free operation for improved safety and stability. A 28-degree steering axle provides tight turns and loadsensing, anti-lock brakes come as part of the air braking package.

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CULTIVATORS HORSCH will display a number of new models and updates. Developments include trailed versions of the trailed Cruiser XL spring tine cultivator and the Terrano GX with third generation TerraGrip tines. Amazone too promises a ‘ruck’ of new kit. On the cultivation side are new Ceus disc and tine combination cultivators, available in 4-7m working widths which can work shallow to promote an early chit or deeper to incorporate organic matter. A double row of Catros+ 510mm diameter serrated discs at 250mm spacing are followed by C-Mix tines from the Cenius mulch cultivators with 10 different following rollers to choose from depending on soil type and application.

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ARABLE CEREALS PREVIEW The latest developments in crop breeding, nutrition and protection will be showcased at this year’s Cereals along with the latest precision farming and drone technology.


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eeds and diseases are two of the biggest threats to profitable arable farming and with chemical resistance dominating product choice, it is more important than ever for farmers to make use of the most efficient control methods. One of the cutting-edge products being featured at this year’s Cereals Event is Corteva’s new oilseed rape herbicide based on Arylex Active. This promises broad-leaved weed control and its reliability in variable temperatures and flexible timing of application will allow growers to deal with key problem

Crop protection weeds when they appear, rather than front-loading programmes using what can be expensive, highrisk pre-emergence strategies, says John Sellars, OSR herbicide product manager at Corteva

Established This gives growers peace of mind as they will see a crop coming out of the ground and established before spending any money on weed treatments. They can assess the level of broad-leaved weeds in their crop and make a decision based on fact, not guesswork.” Disease pressures vary depending on a number of factors including

location, soil and weather, and managing this can be a fine balancing act. Syngenta will be on hand at Cereals 2018 to advise growers how best to manage cereal diseases in different scenarios. Iain Hamilton, Syngenta field technical manager, says: “We have done a lot of trial work this year looking at the role variety choice can play in minimising disease pressures. “We have looked at varieties which have certain disease profiles and how they can be used to tackle disease – taking in to account seasonal factors, drilling dates and where best to use products.”

Calibration of slug pellet applicators is a key step in helping reduce the risk of pellets reaching watercourses.

Though traditionally variety choice was influenced by yield potential, farmers are now looking more at disease profiles, he adds. “Farmers need to be proactive from the start. It is all about risk management. You cannot just rely on fungicides.”

Revolution There is no question agriculture is in the midst of a technological revolution and growers are increasingly turning to digital platforms to assist with their control strategies. According to Jack Harris, Agrovista precision technology specialist, developments in drone technology are driving a rapid rise in aerial

We have done a lot of trial work this year looking at the role variety choice can play in minimising disease pressures IAIN HAMILTON Soil health and nutrition The Soil Pit will be returning to Cereals 2018.

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A SOIL pit measuring 20 metres (65ft) long by 1.5m (5ft) deep will provide a worm’s eye view of roots and soil structure, providing a unique opportunity to explore the foundations of a farming system and discover the impact of different cropping options on soil structure. Visitors will also have the chance to hear from experts in the field who will be discussing some of the biggest issues facing farmers today. Since monitoring soil quality can be a challenge, Yara Analytical Services will be back at the Soil Pit with a practical demonstration of how to

use field and laboratory measurements to best effect. To further help farmers, Hutchinsons has developed a new Healthy Soils service which looks at a number of areas, including cropping and cultivations, soil health and texture and infiltration.

Knowledge The report then brings together the farmer’s historical knowledge and the agronomist’s experience to suggest modified farm practices which boost soil organic matter to allow fauna and flora to flourish.

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Developments in drone technology are driving a rapid rise in aerial agronomy, according to Agrovista.

View the latest varieties at this year’s Cereals Event.


agronomy. “Drones can now measure a range of crop parameters such as establishment biomass and presence of weeds and diseases, as well as plant counts – gathering data from large areas in minutes. “Flying a field with a near-infrared camera highlights variations in the crop canopy,” he adds. “We can then overlay other information based on farmer input – such as yield maps, soil tests and scans – to build a variable rate nutrient map.”

VARIETY choice lies at the heart of arable production. Get it right, and you can boost productivity and profits. But get it wrong and you may be left with a disappointing harvest and a rather large seed bill. Two new soft wheat varieties, Elicit and Elation, will take centre stage in Elsoms’ plot. Elicit, a newly recommended biscuit wheat, sits joint top of the 2018/19 RL with a treated yield of 103 per cent. New introductions from KWS include Group 4 KWS Jackal, the highest yielding soft wheat on the RL, with a good disease profile, resistance to orange wheat blossom midge and excellent yield potential, including in second wheat position.

Two new winter wheat varieties will be unveiled by Syngenta – SY Medea, a potential new bread-making candidate variety, and Gleam, a new high-yielding hard Group 4 feed wheat.

Robust Added to the RL for 2018/19, and due to launch in autumn, Gleam has high yield and robust resistance to septoria tritici with a score of 6.2. RAGT will be showcasing its latest spring barley variety, RGT Asteroid. Recently added to the 2018/19 RL as a malt and grain distilling variety under test, it looks to be particularly well suited to the Scottish distilling market. The variety will be launched

commercially for spring 2020 and is set to challenge Concerto, Fairing and Octavia. New oilseed variety KWS Django is the latest offering from the KWS Momont breeding programme. Scott Manning, KWS marketing manager, says: “With a number of high yielding wheat, oilseed and sugar beet varieties in the 2018 Recommended Lists, this year’s Cereals will provide an opportunity for growers to talk to our team of experts and find a variety to suit their needs.” Guided tours of crop plots will be a key feature of this year’s event, allowing farmers to get an insight into some of the newer varieties on the Recommended List.

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ARABLE CEREALS PREVIEW Precision farming and technology SINCE automation and robotics are likely to play an important role in the future of arable farming, this year’s Cereals Event will feature the only live demonstration of Hands Free Hectare (HFH) equipment outside of Harper Adams University. Last year, Harper Adams and Precision Decisions set out to be the first in the world to drill, tend and harvest a crop without operators on the machines and agronomists in the field. After a successful harvest and gaining funding from AHDB, the project has returned for a second year.

Drone Zone MAKING its second appearance at Cereals, the Drone Zone allows visitors to watch drone demonstrations and review the images and data captured. There will also be opportunities to talk with experts and get advice on cameras, legislation, and the practicalities of flying a drone on-farm.

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Inter-breed beef, British Blue and continental champion, Clifftown Ladyluck, a heifer from Dylan Townend, Malton.

Reserve champion of champions and commercial champion, Bootilicious, from Neil Slack, Penrith.

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champion in reserve By Angela Calvert A TEXEL shearling gimmer from Ian Murray’s Glenway flock, Wooler, swept the board at Northumberland County Show, taking the breed championship and sheep inter-breed title before going on to be judged the show’s champion of champions by Hexham auctioneer Trevor Simpson. The home-bred gimmer is out of a Brackenridge Underdog-sired ewe by Garngour Yeltsin which was also the sire of Mr Murray’s male and reserve breed champion, Glenway Ace of Diamonds, which he owns in partnership with the Callerton flock. The reserve inter-breed sheep championship went to Johnny Aiken, Wigton, with his Charollais champion, a home-bred shearling

Champion of champions, inter-breed sheep and Texel champion, a shearling gimmer from Ian Murray, Wooler.

gimmer from his Charnew flock which, along with his ram lamb and ewe lamb, was also part of the winning inter-breed group of three. All are by the flock’s stock ram, Wernfawr Prospect. Standing reserve in the champion of champions was the commercial

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Reserve inter-breed sheep and Charollais champion, a shearling gimmer from Johnny Aiken, Wigton.

beef champion, Bootilicious, from Neil Slack, Penrith.

Reserve The 570kg heifer is by the British Blue sire Tweeddale Ebony out of What A Booty, a former champion of champions at the show.

Claiming the inter-breed beef championship was the British Blue and continental champion, another Tweeddale Ebony daughter, Clifftown Ladyluck. Bred and exhibited by Dylan Townend, Malton, the January 2016-born heifer has already been

Reserve native beef and Hereford champion, Coley 1 Pippa 356, from Tom and Diane Harrison, Stocksfield.

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Inter-breed dairy and any other breed champion, Bruchac Talent Jewel, an Ayrshire from the Baynes family, Hexham.

of champions breed champion at Nottinghamshire County Show this season and will next head to the Lincolnshire Show. Brontemoor Miami, a homebred two-year-old Limousin heifer by Huntershall Gladiator from the Priestley family, Brampton, stood reserve inter-breed and reserve continental champion. A winner at Cumberland Show last season, it was on its first outing this year. Inter-breed judge John Wharton said his champion was an outstanding British Blue heifer which oozed quality, had great panache and would have a great future in the show ring, although the Limousin heifer was not far behind. The native beef supreme went to the Highland champion, Ruadh Merlin of Seam, a home-bred January 2017-born bull by Ruadh Nero of Seam, from Simon and Emma Haley who run 14 Highland cows plus followers at Barnard Castle. Champion at Thirsk’s Stars of the Future calf show and the Sheffield

Highland Fling in 2017, it will be going to the Royal Highland, Royal Welsh and Great Yorkshire shows. The three-year-old Hereford cow Coley 1 Pippa 356, bred by Heather Whittaker and exhibited by Tom and Diane Harrison who run the Moralee herd at Stocksfield, took the reserve native title. By Days Calibre G47, it was breed champion at the Royal Highland Show last year.

Dairy In the dairy rings it was a triumph for the Baynes family, Hexham, who took the any other breed championship before going on to the claim the inter-breed title judged by Cameron Baty, Nantwich, with Bruchac Talent Jewel, by Class Talent, jointly owned with Stuart Mullan. The Ayrshire third-calver, bought at the Bruchac dispersal sale, was second at Dairy Expo earlier in the year. It is giving 47kg daily having calved in January and is

Native inter-breed beef and Highland champion, Ruadh Merlin of Seam, from Simon and Emma Haley, Barnard Castle.

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Reserve inter-breed beef and Limousin champion, Brontemoor Miami, a heifer from the Priestley family, Brampton.

Results Dairy

Inter-breed (Judge, C. Baty, Nantwich) Supreme, G.G. Baynes and Son, Bruchac Talent Jewel (Ayrshire); reserve, A. and J.E. Smith, Futureproof Sid Lorna (Holstein). Holstein (J. Garnett, Milnthorpe) Sup., A. and J.E. Smith, Futureproof Sid Lorna; res. A. and J.E. Smith, Carkin Talent Moomin. Any other dairy breed (J. Pratt, Leyburn) G.G. Baynes and Son, Bruchac Talent Jewel (Ayrshire); D.C. Sanderson, Sanderson Burdette Bunty 20 (Ayrshire).

Beef Inter-breed (J. Wharton, Carlisle) Sup. and continental, D. Townend, Clifftown Ladyluck (British Blue); res. and res. continental, J.M. and S.M. Priestley, Brontemoor Miami (Limousin); native, S. and E. Haley, Ruadh Merlin of Seam (Highland); res., T. and D. Harrison, Coley 1 Pippa (Hereford). Limousin (M. Irvine, Keith) Sup. and fem., J.M. and S.M. Priestley, Brontemoor Miami; res. and male, Renton and Redden Partners, Gunnerfleet Mongo; res. fem., J. Watson and Co, Tweeddale Natalie; res. male, A.W. Jenkinson Farms, Whinfell Park Nevis. British Blue (P. Hallhead, Lancaster) Sup., D. Townend, Clifftown Ladyluck; res., J.E. Bellas and Son., Croftends Iceman. Any other continental (E. Fawcett, Morpeth) Sup., J. Watson and Co, Tweeddale Napoleon (Charolais); res., H. Brown and N. Slack, Swalesmoor Nepal (Charolais). Longhorn (B. Wragg, Macclesfield) Sup. and fem., D. Walker, Newton Absinthe; res. and male, N. Luckett, Wellhead Rothschild; res. fem., D. Walker, Newton Bobbie Dazzler; res. male, D. Walker, Riverlands Quiz.

projected to give 11,000kg in this lactation. Taking the reserve dairy interbreed title was the Holstein champion,

Highland (J. McKechnie, Stirling) Sup. S. and E. Haley, Ruadh Merlin of Seam; res., S. and E. Haley, Margaret 3 of Seam. Any other native (G. Harvey, Glasgow) Sup. J.E. Bellas and Son, Croftends Khloe (Beef Shorthorn); J.E. Bellas and Son, Croftends Jido (Beef Shorthorn). Hereford (G. Harvey) Sup. and fem., T. and D. Harrison, Coley 1 Pippa 356; res. and male, H. Whittaker, Coley 1 Pilot; res. fem., J.R.B. Wilson and Sons, Romany 1 Mink; res. male, J.R.B. Wilson and Sons, Romany 1 Prime Time. Aberdeen-Angus (M. Story, Carlisle) Sup. Gordon Brooke Estate, Cragg Lord Leviathan S132l; res., Gordon Brooke Estate, Linton Gilbertines Powerhouse. Commercial (J. Lyon, Bourne); Sup. and fem. N. Slack, Bootilicious; res. and res. fem., P. and E.B. Robson, Ginger Spice; male, Wilkinson and Marwood, Marley; res. male, P. and E.B. Robson, Tango.

Sheep Inter-breed (W. Nicholson, Brampton) Sup. I. Murray (Texel); res., J. Aiken (Charollais). Native (W. Flintoff, Ossett) Sup., A. Pennell (Clun Forest); res., S. and J.E. Fisher and M.J. Hoggarth (Coloured Ryeland). Rare breeds (T. Wigham, Carlisle) J. Pennell (Wensleydale); res., D. Coupland (Oxford Down). Texel (R. Thornton, Kirkwhelpington) Sup., and fem., res. and male and res. male, I. Murray; res. fem., Firm of G. Gray. Any other continental (A. Walton, Alnwick) Sup. and res. J. Aiken (Charollais). Zwartbles (C. Milburn, Malton) P. and S. Addison; res., R. Heigh. Suffolk (S. Brown, Gorbridge) Sup. and fem., res. and male, res. fem. and res. male, Roseden and Lilburn.

Futureproof Sid Lorna, a home-bred second-calver from A. and J.E. Smith, Riding Mill, Hexham. It is producing 50kg daily having calved in February.

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Inter-breed beef and Hereford champion, Dendor 1 Ruby, from D.E., E.D. and A.L. Jones, Powys.

Heifers lead the charge at Shropshire rBritish Charollais

tops sheep line-up By Hannah Park

IT was an all-female line-up leading the way in the beef judging at this year’s Shropshire County Show, which saw the top titles

Results Sheep

Inter-breed (Judge, D. Pittendreigh, Carmarthen) Supreme, D.B. Roberts (British Charollais); reserve, J. Pryce (Suffolk). Bleu Du Maine (J. Stables, Durham) Sup., and male, res. and fem, res. fem., P. Tait; res. male, S.H. Kilby. British Charollais (M. Evans, Denbighshire) Sup. and res., D.B. Roberts. Hampshire Down (M. Pink, York) Sup., and res., C. Hurst. Kerry Hill (R. King, Preston) Sup., and male, res. fem., and res. male, J.C. Bostock and Son; res. and fem., H. Bratton. Lleyn (M. Miller, Dorset) Sup. and fem., res. male, S. Greig; res. and male, G. Williams; res. fem., J. Hamer. Ryeland (C. Bateman, Brecon) Sup. and male, res. fem., res. male, A. and E.C. Parry; res. and fem., H. Kedwards. Shropshire (Y. Clinton-Palmer, Leighton Buzzard) Sup. and fem., male and res. male, R. and J. Hares; res. and res. fem., S. Farquhar. Suffolk (H. Goldie, Ayrshire) Sup. and fem., J. Pryce; res. and male, S.C. Walker; res. fem., res. male, P.W. Poole. Texel (T. Evans, Llanddarog) Sup. and fem., res. and res. fem, R. Bennett; male, B. Lowe; res. male, R. Evans. Southdown (S. Humphrey, Chichester) Sup. and male, P., S., and R. Gamble and Sons; res. and fem., C.D. Rhead; res. male, H. Lakin; res. fem., K.B. Ing. Coloured Ryeland (A. McVicar, Newtown) Sup. and fem., C. Weedhall and A. Hague; res. and male, res. male and res. fem., S. and Z. Unwin.

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going to heifers competing in native and commercial breed classes. Standing supreme champion was a Hereford, Dendor 1 Ruby, from D.E., E.D. and A.L. Jones, Caersws, Powys, who also went home with the lion’s share of the Hereford top awards on the day. The winning 19-month-old Zwartbles (M. Preston, West Yorkshire) Sup. and fem., D.L. and C.V. Jones; res. and res. fem., male, O. Crossen; res. male, T. Jasper. Greyface Dartmoor (M. Mortimer, Devon) Sup. and fem., E. Good; res. and male, res. male, S. Hamer. Any other pure native (E. Bateman, Brecon) Sup. and male, res. and fem., M. and T. Eckley (Clun Forest); res. male, J. Cartwright (Jacob); res. fem., P. Tait (Bluefaced Leicester). Any other pure continental (R. Powell, Churchstoke) Sup. and fem.,res. and male, P. Tait (British Rouge); res. fem., A.D. and W.P. Jones (Blue Texel); res. male, D.B. Robert (British Charollais). Any other rare or traditional (P. Titley, Eccleshall) Sup. and male, res. and fem., res. male, res. fem., D. Lewis (Dorset Down).

Beef Inter-breed (D. Wyllie, Tamworth) Sup., D.E., E.D and A.L. Jones, Dendor 1 Ruby (Hereford); res. Messrs Morgan and Jones, Ariana (British Blue cross). Native inter-breed (D. Wyllie) Sup., D.E., E.D. and A.L. Jones, Dendor 1 Ruby (Hereford); res. R.V. Hartshorn, Z Cilgwrrwg Sas Zoom (South Devon). Continental inter-breed (D. Wyllie) Sup. S.M. Corbett and Daughters, Teme Magnowa (Charolais); res. V.A.S. and T.V.S. Corbett, Temeside Nadia (Limousin). Hereford (R. Edwards, Swindon) Sup. and fem. D.E., E.D. and A.L. Jones, Dendor 1 Ruby; res. and res. fem., D.E., E.D. and A.L. Jones, Dendor 1 Lilac Wine; male, H. Whittaker, Coley 1 Pilot; res. male, D.E., E.D. and A.L. Jones, Goulding Poll 1 Moonshine.

Reserve inter-breed beef and commercial champion, British Blue cross heifer Ariana, from Messrs Morgan and Jones, Llandovery.

home-bred heifer is by Solpoll 1 Gilbert and was making its showring debut. It will be heading to the Royal Three Counties and Royal Welsh shows later in the summer.

British Blue cross In reserve was a British Blue cross heifer, Ariana, from Messrs Morgan and Jones, Cilycwm, Llandovery. Born in June 2017, it was bred by J.M. and A.M. Lewis, Pumpsaint, and bought by the pair in February this year from the Ruthin show potentials sale where Mr Morgan judged and placed it first in its class. Led by Sam Jones, it was on its second outing, having competed the previous day at Beef Expo and will be heading to the Royal Welsh Show later in the season. In the dairy ring, a Holstein fourth calver, Sterndale Laurie British Charolais (V.E. Sellick, Somerset) Sup., S.M. Corbett and Daughters, Teme Magnowa; res. S.M. Corbett and Daughters, Balbithan Neve. British Limousin (V.E. Sellick) Sup. V.A.S. and T.V.S. Corbett, Temeside Nadia. South Devon (M. Kettelwell, Oxford) Sup. and fem., R.V. Hartshorn, Z Cilgwrrwg Sas Zoom; res. and male, Roden Livestock, Z Eyton Sas Leo 1; res. fem., R.V. Hartshorn, Z Cilgwrrwg Cas; res. male, R.V. Hartshorn, Cilgwrrwg Sas Coch. British Blue (D. Wyllie) Sup. and fem., D.W. and L.E. Morgan, Ty Isaf Midnight May; res. and res. fem, S. Hughes, Hawthorn Blues Midnight Melody; male, P.J. and H.L. Brindley, Blue Mist Lemmy; res. male, S. Hughes, Hawthorn Blues Monty. British Blonde (V.E. Sellick) Sup. C. Hopley, Mosscroft Majic; res., C. Hopley, Mosscroft Nightshadow. Highland (D. Rowbottom, Lincolnshire) Sup. and fem., A. and S. Hill, Sweet Kathleen Of Walton; res. and res. fem., R. Thomas and E. Davies, Gruagach Of Caradog. Longhorn (B. Wragg, Cheshire) Sup. and fem., Mr and Mrs Preece, Colaba Logic; res. and male, Mr and Mrs Preece, Slough Rory; res. fem., Mr and Mrs Preece, Slough Rosie. Commercial beef (E. Williams, Sennybridge) Sup. and fem., Morgan and Jones, Ariana; res. and res. fem., J. May, Hattie; male, G. Brooke, Rufus; res. male, G. Rowlands, Flash. Dexter (P. Le Cornu, Whitby) Sup. and male, K. Wheeler, Linford Sparrowhawk; res. and fem, C. King, Northbrook Clair; res. male, C. King, Northbrook Titan; res. fem., H. and C. Bickerton, Leese Emerald.

Brenda, took the supreme title. From B. and L. Whitfield and Son, Shrewsbury, it was giving 53kg having calved in February. It is by Comestar Lauthority and was bought from the Sterndale dispersal in June 2017. Now residing alongside the family’s 140 pedigree Holstein herd, the cow took the reserve senior title at the Western Holstein spring show in April this year. Judge Meurig James, head classifier at Holstein UK, said it was a strong, mature cow with tremendous strength and good depth of body. In reserve was Fourcrosses Tequila, a Jersey from M.E. and A.W. Wright, Stafford. Having calved for the second time in April, it is giving 30kg and took home the title on its first outing of the summer. Next stop for the home-bred cow is Staffordshire and Newport shows. Red Poll (A.L. Barrat, Norfolk) Sup. and fem., J.R. Williams, Copperidge Alexa; res and male, T. and H. Mancy, Moreton Forsbrook; res. fem., J.R. Williams, Pinguis Emily; res. male, J.R. Williams, Pinguis Frederick. Traditional Hereford (M. Lury, Somerset) Sup. and fem., C. Redmayne, Gavelock Curly; res. and male, H. Macleod, Carpenters Ledbury; res. fem., F.W. Cook and Son, Albany Luna. Any other rare and minority breed (J. Clarke, Rugby) Sup. P. Pennington, Oldington Boomerang (British White) res., E. Astbury, Marshbrook Mallows Pride (British White).

Dairy Inter-breed (D.E. Meurig James, Carmarthenshire) Sup., B. and L. Whitfield and Son, Sterndale Laurie Brenda (Holsetin); res; M.E. and A.W. Wright, Fourcrosses Tequila (Jersey). Holstein (D.E. Meurig James) Sup., B. and L. Whitfield and Son, Sterndale Laurie Brenda; res., R.J. Clare, Hawksmoor Shannon. Jersey (J.C. Stubbs, Derbyshire) Sup., M.E. and A.W. Wright, Fourcrosses Tsarwheat; res. M.E. and A.W. Wright, Fourcrosses Tequila. Ayrshire (A. Bradley, Ashbourne) Sup., H. and H. Jones, Hayford Billick May; res., H. and H. Jones, Hayford Jess. Any other dairy (G. Bell, Crewe) Sup., W.E. Edwards, Severn Ivors Sweetpea (Guernsey); res., P.A. and J.M. Astley, Sunshine Norbert Pansy (commercial).

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Inter-breed dairy and Holstein champion, Sterndale Laurie Brenda, from B. and L. Whitfield and Son, Shrewsbury.

In the sheep section, judge David Pittendreigh, Carmarthen, found his champion in a British Charollais from D.B. Roberts, Shropshire.

Reserve inter-breed dairy and reserve Jersey champion, Fourcrosses Tequila, from M.E. and A.W. Wright, Stafford.

Sheep winners

Ewe The two shear ewe has previously taken titles as a ewe lamb at the Royal Three Counties Show and it will exhibited at this show again this year. In reserve was a Suffolk shearling ewe, from J. Pryce, Welshpool. Shown by his daughter, Helen Davies, the home-bred ewe is by the late ram Sitlow Sirsteve and won its class at the Shropshire Show last year. It is heading to Staffordshire Show next.

Inter-breed sheep champion, a British Charollais from D.B. Roberts, Shropshire.

Reserve inter-breed sheep champion, a Suffolk ewe from J. Pryce, Welshpool.




Inter-breed beef and Simmental champion from Gordon Clark, Auchtermuchty.

Fife Show, Kinloss Beef Inter-breed Supreme, G. Clark (Simmental); reserve, A. and K. Rennie (Aberdeen-Angus). Beef Shorthorn Sup., A. Marshall; res., J. Wood. Aberdeen-Angus Sup., A. and K. Rennie; res., R. and C. Rettie. Simmental Sup., G. Clark.

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Belted Galloway Sup., B. Lawson and Sons; res., L. and R. Brown. Any other breed (continental) Sup., R. Aitken; res., G. Russell. Any other breed (native) Sup., W.P. and K. Wason; res., J.A. Cameron and Son. Highland Sup and res., B. and S. Wilson. Limousin Sup., W. Lawson; res., J. Thomson. Cross-bred Sup., J. Lumgair; res., W.A. Peters.

Dairy Inter-breed Sup., J. and I. Wilson (Holstein);

Inter-breed dairy and Holstein champion, Lieu Thomain Heliot, from J. and I. Wilson, Cupar. res., A. and S. Lawrie. Holstein Sup., J. and I. Wilson; res., John Lyle and Co. Any other dairy breed Sup. and res., A. and S. Lawrie.

Sheep Inter-breed Sup., D.J. McKerrow (Texel); res., Messrs Stewart (Border Leicester). Border Leicester (J. Fotheringham) Sup., Messrs Stewart; res., R. Brown. Suffolk (J. Wallace) Sup. and res., S. Lathangie.

Texel Sup., D.J. McKerrow; res., R. Cockburn. Any other breed Sup., P. and L. Wood; res., D. Soutar. Bluefaced Leicester (J. Fotheringham) Sup. and res., R. Neill. Cheviot (H. Sleigh) Sup., G. Milne; res. Messrs Grant and Wright. Half-bred (H. Sleigh) Sup., W.A.M. Smith and Son; res., J. Messenger. Cross-bred (H. Sleigh) Sup., J. Orr; res., K. and A. Robertson. Jacob (D. Lowry) Sup., R. Locker; res., M. Munro.

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Coldrochie dispersal sells to 16,000gns rSale sets new Beef

Shorthorn record

BEEF Shorthorns set a 16,000gns new cow and calf breed record at Stirling at the final part of the dispersal of the Coldrochie herd from Douglas McMillan, Luncarty, Perthshire. Sale leader was Coldrochie Broadhooks, a fourth-calver in the breed’s top 1 per cent. By Chapelton Winsome, it sold with its threemonth-old heifer, Coldrochie Broadhooks by the 20,000gns Fearn Godfather. The pair went to W.J. and J. Green, Fochabers. Next, at 9,000gns, was Coldro-

chie Leroy, a 15-month-old roan bull by Godfather which sold to J. and J. Fry, Billingshurst, West Sussex. Two cow and calf lots shared an 8,000gns bid. Coldrochie Broadhooks, a sixth-calver by LS Zeus and its Godfather-sired bull calf went to G.W. Smith, Laurencekirk.

Second-calver The second 8,000gns price tag was for Coldrochie Augusta Blossom, a second-calver by Chapelton Winsome, and its heifer calf, Coldrochie Augusta Blossom M22, by Godfather. The buyer was breed newcomer Thistledown Cowford Farms,

A breed record of 16,000gns was paid by Iain Green, Corskie, Fochabers, for fourth-calver Coldrochie Broadhooks and her calf.

Bankfoot, Perthshire, which bought 11 more lots including Coldrochie Augusta Blossom, a 15-month-old heifer by Godfather, for 7,500gns. Thistledown bid 7,000gns twice for two cow and calf lots. First was Coldrochie Secret, a first-calver by 12,000gns Knockenjig Foremost, and its heifer calf, a Lintonpriory Victory daughter.

Next at 7,000gns was the Chapelton Winsome-sired second-calver Coldrochie Princess Royal and its heifer calf by Victory. AVERAGES 33 cows with calves, £5,059; 2 in-calf heifers, £2,520; 19 yearling heifers, £4,432; 3 young bulls, £6,230; 1 stock bull, £6,825. Auctioneers: United Auctions.

Burry herd takes top prices at Worcester’s Welsh pig sale

Calf leads final Rockset consignment at 3,600gns

THE first show and sale for UK breeders of Welsh pigs, including two consignments of Large Whites, at Worcester topped at 750gns for Welsh in-pig gilt Burry Marigold 8901 from Ken Austin’s Burry herd, the Gower, South Wales. By Burry Earl out of Burry Marigold 6727, the gilt took second prize in the preceding show and was secured by Geoff Bemand for his Leyster’s Spring herd, Tenbury Wells. The same buyer bought the Welsh champion, Burry Sally 9235,

THE final consignment to disperse the Rockset herd of pedigree Holsteins on behalf of Robert and Heather Hugo, Bodmin, Cornwall, peaked at 3,600gns. Sale leader was Rockset Arbor Australia Red by Pine-Tree Arbor Red. The three-month-old red and white calf sold with seven generations of VG and EX dams to F.H. Chave and Son, Wellington.

by Burry Ivor, out of Burry Sally 8364, at 660gns, plus another Burry in-pig gilt for 450gns and Burry Rose 9185, a maiden gilt by Burry Leo, for 410gns.

Gilt Burry Theresa 9047, an in-pig gilt which had been first at the Spring Festival, Builth Wells, sold for 580gns to T. Evans, Newcastle Emlyn. Mr Bemand sold two Welsh in-pig gilts at 380gns, both by Coed Leo and in-pig to Burry Ted, which were knocked down to Middleton

Farming, Ludlow, and K. and S. Austin, Swansea respectively. The Large White section peaked at 350gns for the only boar on offer, Greenhill Farm Field Marshall 165, a five-month-old which had been reserve supreme champion, from R. Emerson, Leicester, again taken by Mr Bemand. AVERAGES Welsh – 8 in-pig gilts, £477.75; 3 maiden gilts, £505.75; 1 boar, £262.50. Large Whites – 4 in-pig gilts, £189; 1 boar, £367.50. Auctioneers: McCartneys.

Usk working dogs hit 3,600gns twice THE inaugural sale of working sheepdogs at Usk peaked at 3,600gns twice. First for a two-anda-half-year-old dog by P. Byrnes’ Lad, consigned by E. Lloyd, Llanrhystyd, which went home with A. Lewis, Llandovery. Next was a 22-month-old dog 40 | JUNE 1 2018

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by Hybeck Blake, from S. Pugh, Nantmel, which sold to K. Evans, Libanus. In the nursery pen, a dog by Roy, from R. Games, Talgarth, sold for 750gns to A. Scadden, Myrthr Tydfil. Three, eight-month-old puppies

from A. Games, Talgarth, sold for 720gns, 650gns and 620gns. AVERAGES 15 dogs, £2,346.75; 14 young dogs, £456.75. Auctioneers: Monmouthshire Livestock Auctioneers.

Generations At 3,000gns was Rockset Cardinals Rae 3, by View-Home Cardinals, with 11 generations of VG and EX behind it. It sold to Richard and Sally Reed, Cullompton. The three-week-old red and white calf Rockset Berlin Blackrose Red, by DG Berlin-Red, sold at 2,600gns to Messrs Chave who also secured the best of the in-milk heifers, paying 2,700gns for Rockset Penley Lila Z by De-Su Penley. AVERAGES 13 in-milk cows and heifers, £1,850; 1 dry cow, £2,100; 19 heifer calves, £1,121. Auctioneers: Kivells.

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Stores to £1,515 high at Wigton rSale champion

makes £1,175

THE Farmers Guardian-sponsored May show and sale of store cattle and feeding bulls at Wigton peaked at £1,515 for a 27-month-old British Blue steer from William and Bruce Murray, Kirklinton. It was knocked down to Fraser Scott, Alnwick. Also selling to the same buyer and realising £1,475 was a 26-month-old British Blue steer and a 26-month-old Charolais steer for £1,425, from the same home. Selling to £1,485 was a 20-month-old pure-bred Limousin heifer from William and Ruth Lawson, Dissington. The home-bred heifer was sold to Andrew Whitwam, Huddersfield. The second placed heifer over 12-months-old made £1,435. This was a British Blue from Carl Fawcett, Rothbury, which sold to William Graham, Wigton. Following at £1,415 was a 24-month-old Limousin steer from Messrs Dixon, Wigton, which sold to Mr Scott.

Bull champion, from Peter and Mike Watson, Wigton, going through the ring.


followed at £1,375 by two Limousin heifers from Dennis Strong, Wigton, and Mark and Gina Nelson, Ivegill, Carlisle. They went home with Mr Whitwam and Mr Waite respectively. The reserve champion sold for £1,235. This was a Limousin cross steer from Messrs Pears, Wigton,

just over 12-months-old, by home-bred stock bull, Caldbeck Hyperion, which was bought by Hargreaves Farms, Preston.

Champion This was followed at £1,175 by the champion, a home-bred 13-monthold Limousin cross heifer from Alan Gill, Ireby, Wigton. It went home with Mr Whitwam.

The champion bull realised £1,335. This was a 20-month-old home-bred Limousin cross from Peter and Mike Watson, Wigton, by a Hudscales stockbull. It sold to David Barker, Scarborough. AVERAGES Steers, £1,034; heifers, £988; bulls, £1,041. Auctioneers: Hopes Auction Co.


Realising £1,395 was an 18-month-old Limousin heifer from Frank and Edwin Hickson, Newcastle upon Tyne, which went home with James Mather, Kelso. At the same money was a 24-monthold British Blue heifer again from Mr Fawcett, which was knocked down to Tim Brockbank, Wigton. A 24-month-old British Blonde heifer sold for £1,385 from Messrs Dixon, to David Whaite, Blackpool;

Overall champion, a Limousin cross heifer, from Alan Gill, Ireby, Wigton, which sold for £1,175 to Andrew Whitwam, Huddersfield.

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Overall champion, Aberdeen-Angus Tonley Ernie S297, from Neil Wattie, Aberdeenshire, which sold for the top price of 10,000gns.

Reserve supreme and junior champion, Carruthers Jon Eric S974, from Messrs Graham, Lockerbie, which sold for 8,500gns.

rFemale Angus

Messrs Graham, made 7,600gns to the Firm of T. Hodge, Duns.

Aberdeen-Angus leads Carlisle pedigree beef day at 10,000gns top 1,600gns

ABERDEEN-ANGUS bulls led the trade at Carlisle’s Farmers Guardian-supported pedigree beef day peaking at 10,000gns. This was for the supreme and male champion, Tonley Ernie S297, a May 2016-born son of Blelack Evor H929 and out of Tonley Ester. From Neil Wattie,

Alford, Aberdeenshire. The buyer was J. Gray, Alnwick. Next, selling for 8,500gns, was the reserve supreme and junior champion, Carruthers Jon Eric S974 consigned by Messrs Graham, Lockerbie. December 2016-born, by Morven Kilo Master M896 and out of Carruthers Janie Erica P576, it was knocked down to G. Johnstone and Son, Carlisle. Carruthers Gilbert S977, another of the same age by the same sire from

First prize First prize winner, June 2016-born Tonley King Giovanni S331, a son of Tonley Essien N955, also from Mr Wattie, sold for 6,800gns to John W. Weir, Galashiels. August 2016-born Tree Bridge Ensign S629, by Tree Bridge Pathfinder, from D. and P.A. Evans, Middlesbrough, was reserve senior male champion before selling for 6,200gns to P. Findlay, Hexham.

Top priced female at 1,600gns was Retties Annie S374, a July 2016-born heifer from Richard and Carol Rettie, Perth. It sold in-calf to Gretnahouse Blackpot P685, to D.W. Clement and Son, Castle Douglas. AVERAGES 56 bulls, £4,331.25; 3 served or maiden heifers, £1,043; draft from the Shelau herd - 2 heifers with calves, £1,349.25; 7 maiden heifers, £982.50. Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.

Beef Shorthorn bulls to high of 7,000gns

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BEEF Shorthorn bulls sold to a top price of 7,000gns and achieved an 85 per cent clearance. Trade leader at 7,000gns was Coxhill Kirk, a red twoyear-old by Glengoy Callum and out of a Cairnsmore dam, from L. Townsend, Moffat, Dumfriesshire. It sold to Whitehall Farms, Chippenham, Wiltshire. Next, at 5,500gns, was the two-year-old roan Glenisla Keystone, a Glenisla Hornblower son from Major J.P.O. Gibb, Blairgowrie, Perthshire. It was knocked down to F.W. Graham, Ripon. Millerston Klondyke, a rising twoyear-old bull by the 12,000gns Meonhill Charlie Chaplin from Jack P. Ramsay, Mauchline, was secured for 4,600gns in a joint bid from Tom Tennant and Mullholland Contracts, both Selkirk. Heading the female trade at 5,300gns was Castlemount Matrix Princess 2, a red and white 16-month-

old heifer by Elliot Matrix from D.D. McDowell, Newtownards, County Down. It sold to R. Taylor and Sons, Fintry, Stirlingshire. Two entries shared a 4,000gns price tag. First was Oakleigh Kerry, a two-year-old Chapelton Bonanza daughter from P. Turnbull, Whitby, which sold to T. Staunton, Kinvara, Co Galway. Heading the draft from F.J. Hugill (Hugill and Eaton), Helmsley, at 4,000gns was Ballard Lovely Katherine, a two-year-old heifer by Chapelton Franciscan, which was knocked down to Thistledown Cowford Farms, Bankfoot, Perthshire. AVERAGES 19 bulls, £3,470.53; 15 served heifers, £2,208.50; 18 maiden heifers, £1,633.33; 12 cows in-calf and/or suckling, £1,684.25; Drafts: Ballard, 7 lots, £2,205.00; Wells, 9 lots, £1,289.17; Fieldhouse,15 lots, £1,216.60.

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Hereford champion, Moorside 1 Party Animal, from G. and M.C. Shepherd, Preston, which sold for 3,000gns.

Seawell Lincoln, a Salers bull from Peter and Shelagh Donger, Towcester, Northamptonshire, which sold for 4,000gns.

HEREFORDS PEAK AT 3,000GNS TWICE THE overall Hereford champion, Moorside 1 Party Animal, an April 2017-born bull by Moorside 1 Montgomery and out of Moorside 1 Julia 2, from G. and M.C. Shepherd, Preston, sold for 3,000gns to S.G. Hall, Durham. Also making 3,000gns was second prize winner, Amberfield 1 No Limit, a November 2015-born son of Kinglee 1

Hero out of Amberfield 1 Brunette 47 from Messrs Hewson, Wigton. The buyer was CB Farms, Bedale, North Yorkshire. Cornriggs 1 Valerie 2, a September 2016-born heifer by Cornriggs 1 Super Guy from H.J. Elliott, Weardale, sold for 2,500gns to E. Burgess, Dumfries. Salers sold to 4,000gns for Seawell

Lincoln, a March 2016-born son of Denver and out of Seawell Fanny from Peter and Shelagh Donger, Towcester, Northamptonshire. It was knocked down to G.T. and S. Coghill, Orkney. Making 3,000gns was Rednock Louis, by Rigel Verdun Poll and out of Rigel Cinders, consigned by Rednock Estate, Stirling. Also

March 2016-born, it sold to W. and A.M. Aitken, West Linton, Peeblesshire. AVERAGES Hereford - 6 bulls, £2,520; 2 females, £1,837.50; Salers, 2 bulls, £3,675; Whitebred Shorthorn - 1 bull, £1,995; South Devon - 2 heifers, £1,338.75. National Conference Centre, Birmingham Thursday 18th October 2018


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Skipton realises high of 4,900gns rSteers reach £1,250

for Aberdeen-Angus

THE sale of store and breeding cattle at Skipton topped at 4,900gns for a British Blue bull from Bernard Simpson, Pateley Bridge. The five-year-old bull, Littlebank Isaac by Imperial De L’Ecluse was bred by Richard and Wendy Maudsley, Settle. It was bought by Mr Simpson as a three-year-old for 3,300gns when it won supreme champion at Skipton’s Blue Wednesday show and sale. It sold to Frankland Farms, Rathmell. Next, at 2,600gns, was a 2016born Limousin bull from John Richardson’s Laverock herd, Kendal, which sold to J.E. and A.C. Clarke and Son, Carnforth. This was followed at 2,400gns by a 2016-born Charolais bull from the Stoneyland herd, consigned by R. and D. Ashworth, Bolton. It went home with S. and C.R. Battye, Sheffield.

Top price The top price for individual store cattle was £1,480 for a Limousin cross heifer from Andy Rigby, Slaidburn, which sold to John

Mellin, Long Preston. Top price per pen for heifers was £1,200/ head for John Brewer, Bleasdale, with a trio of Limousin cross heifers, which went home with Stephen Eastwood, Emley. Steers peaked at £1,250 for an Aberdeen-Angus from Martyn Tyson, Skyreholme, which also sold to Mr Eastwood. The top pen price was £1,210 for a pen of four Salers steers from Town Head Farm, Grassington, which was knocked down to Bathie and North, Wakefield. British Blue heifers with Blue calves at foot sold to £2,650, others realised £2,400 and £2,350 with Limousin calves at foot. Feeding bulls under 12 months old topped at £1,300/head for a pen of November 2017-born British Blue crosses from John and Gill Huck, Hubberholme, which sold to Anthony Swales, York. Bulls aged 11-12 months also peaked at £1,300 from Alan Lodge, Malham, selling to John Matten, Thirsk. AVERAGES Feeding bulls, under 10 months old, £1,025; 11-12 months old, £1,002; 66 feeding cows, £930.46. Auctioneers: CCM.

Wildbrooks herd dispersal to 2,100gns THE dispersal of the Wildbrooks herd of autumn-calving, pedigree Holstein cattle on behalf of the Castle Farm Partnership, on-farm in West Sussex, peaked at 2,100gns for Wildbrooks Altaric Rose. The GP84 classified secondcalved cow, by Stantons Altaric, in-calf to Pine-tree Arbor Red, went home with Messrs Ford, Dorchester. Next, at 2,000gns, was Wildbrooks Altacornell Bonita, a GP83 classified first-calved heifer by Koepon Altacornell, due with its second calf in August, which sold to Messrs House, Glastonbury.

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third calf, which sold to Messrs Harriot, West Sussex. In-calf heifers peaked at 1,750gns for Wildbrooks Altatd Riki Red, by Spruce-Haven Altatd-Red, due to calve in August to Topspeed Rapid Red. It went home with Messrs Ford. Next, at 1,700gns was Wildbrooks Altasamoa Thyme, by Fustead Altasamoa, due in August to Da-So-Burn Altaburner. It sold to Messrs Gribble, East Sussex. Maiden heifers peaked at 800gns for Wildbrooks Altatd Rose Red, again by Altatd-Red, which went home with Messrs Snook, Yeovil. AVERAGES Cows, £1,234; in-calf heifers, £1,466; maiden heifers, £687. Auctioneers: Greenslade Taylor Hunt.

Overall champion, a ewe lamb, from Janet and Brian Hill, Isle of Bute, which sold for 800gns to Stephanie Percival, Staffordshire.

Stirling sees new sale record for Hampshire Downs THE show and sale of pedigree Hampshire Downs at Stirling reached a sale record high of 1,200gns for a ram lamb from McFarlane and Rennie, Bridge of Allen. The lamb, which was CT scanned in the top 1 per cent of the breed for gigot muscularity and overall index, by stock ram Kelsey Fantastic, sold to Rob Dewey, Fife. Next, at 800gns, was the overall show champion, a ewe lamb from Janet and Brian Hill, Isle of Bute. By Yarcombe Pythagoras, the dam line goes back to Greylen D’artagnan, it sold to Stephanie Percival, Staffordshire. This was followed at 700gns by a shearling ram from Messrs McCarthy, County Down, Northern Ireland, which sold to Messrs Macaskill, Perthshire.

Next, at 650gns, was the overall reserve and female champion, a shearling ewe from David and Denise Middleditch and Son, Suffolk. It was knocked down to John Craig, Settle.

Shearling ewe Another shearling ewe from the same home realised 500gns to junior breeder, Bruce Steel, Stirling. The male champion also realised 500gns. This was a shearling ram from Hazel Hindmarch, County Durham. It went home with Michael Patton, Ballymoney, Northern Ireland. AVERAGES Shearling rams, £498.75; ram lambs, £493.50; shearling ewes, 507.15; ewe lambs, £385.35. Auctioneers: United Auctions.

Store cattle in demand at Lockerbie A SMALLER show of store cattle at Lockerbie met a strong demand. Top price of the day was for a Limousin heifer from Messrs Wilson, Belzies, selling to £1,190. Others sold to £1,175 from Messrs Richardson, Purdomstone. British Blues topped at £1,140 from Messrs Bell, Haas Grove. Aberdeen-Angus bullocks topped

at 252.9p/kg from Messrs Taylor, Fingland, with Limousins up to 246.6p/kg from Messrs Swan and Son, Cleughhead. Top price per kilo for heifers was 276.8p/kg for a Limousin from Messrs Bell, Haas Grove. Blondes sold to 245.7p/kg from Messrs McArther, Todholes. Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.

Couples the main focus at Welshpool THE show and sale of couples at Welshpool included a large consignment of hoggs and lambs. First prize went to 10 Suffolk cross hoggs with 10 lambs from I.C. Goodwin and Son, Lower Esgair, which sold for £210. Second prize winners, 10 Texel cross hoggs and 10 lambs from H.C. Davies, Ty Canol, made £220/outfit. The best Mule hoggs peaked at £182 from F. Bailey, Pensarn.

All hoggs averaged £155 per couple. A run of seven Texel two-yearold ewes from A.E. and C.A. Jones, Groespluan Farm, hit £110 for singles and £250 for twins, averaging £89/life. J.M. Lewis, Pentwyn, sold Rouge and Beltex cross three-year-old and yearlings with twins to £232 and £228. Auctioneers: Welshpool Livestock Sales.

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WHO’S GOT YOUR BID? Back again for 2018, the Mart’s the Heart Awards are open for entries. Could you be one of this year’s winners?


uctions are essential to the success and wellbeing of any livestock farm business. Auctioneers are, in many ways, at the forefront of the livestock industry. Their purpose is to bring farmers together and to achieve the best price for whatever they are selling. This year, Farmers Guardian’s Mart’s the Heart Awards are back, with the aim of celebrating this vital sector of British agriculture. This is your opportunity to shout about those within the industry who you feel deserve special recognition. The Mart’s the Heart Awards

were launched in 2015 and the campaign proved to be an outstanding success and was incredibly well received. Last year, the awards generated more than 460 nominations and 12,000 votes were cast for the shortlisted auctioneers and marts. The closing date for entries is July 16. We are looking for outstanding winners for the following awards: Lifetime Achievement; Auctioneer of the Year; New Auctioneer of the Year; and Auction Cafe of the Year. The awards will be presented at the British Farming Awards in October. We hope you will help us identify and reward individuals and cafes which are doing a great job for the industry.

A WORD FROM THE SPONSOR AS the leading supplier of Red Tractor Assurance for stores, prime cattle and lambs, SAI Global is truly delighted to sponsor the Mart’s the Heart Awards at the British Farming Awards. The assurance service offered by SAI Global goes beyond the farm gate, covering livestock transport, auction markets and collection centres which are such

a vital commercial link in the UK assured supply chain. As such, the Mart’s the Heart Awards is a natural event for SAI Global to sponsor to recognise and acknowledge the truly fantastic operational and social role auctioneers and livestock markets play in UK agriculture. SAI GLOBAL

2017 WINNE

RS Auctioneer of the Year Ted Ogden (top); Lifetime Ach ievement winner David Tomlinson (lef t); Auction Cafe of the Yea r, Raglan Cafe, Monmouthshire Live stock Centre (below); and New Auctioneer of the Year Jer emy Greenalgh (right).

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HOW TO NOMINATE NOMINATIONS for Auctioneer of the Year, New Auctioneer of the Year and Auction Cafe of the Year can be made by anyone, or auctioneers and cafes can nominate themselves. Judges will select the winner from public nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award. Every nomination will need a short piece (maximum 400 words) explaining why this person or cafe is a potential winner. It does not need to be in-depth, but the more detail we have, the more convincing a case each initial entry will have. For cafe nominations, we just require the name of the mart, but any additional information about why it is so popular would be welcome too. You can enter by post, using the nomination form opposite, or online at

AUCTIONEER OF THE YEAR AWARD THE search is on for a driven, progressive auctioneer. It should be someone who is pushing their own business, and that of their farming clients, forward. The main aim of this award is to reward someone who epitomises today’s progressive auctioneer, who has made a positive impact and puts something back into the market. Finalists will be asked to produce a personal summary, including: ● Examples of how they impact the rural community positively, by going above and beyond expectations ● Examples of how they are seen as trusted and respected statesmen for the industry, backed

up by testimonials from farmers and other relevant people ● Evidence of drive and progressive auctioneers, based on what they are putting back into the agricultural marketplace ● Evidence of how they have been innovative – how they have built up a market, merged markets, raised profiles of breeds through new sales, overcome adversity ● Key auctioneering skills are expected, along with being driven, approachable, knowledgeable and friendly; a short video of them in action is required A hi-res photo will need to be provided, plus a 120-word summary which will appear in the shortlist announcement published in print and online.

NEW AUCTIONEER OF THE YEAR AWARD THIS award aims to identify and reward trainee and newly qualified auctioneers (within three years of qualifying), based on skills, attitude and contribution to the agricultural community. The main aim is to reward someone who epitomises an innovative, progressive new entrant auctioneer who has a positive impact and is putting something back into the market. Finalists will be asked to produce a personal summary, including: ● Examples of how they impact the rural community positively, by going above and beyond expectations ● Examples of how they are being seen as trusted and respected

in the industry, backed up by testimonials from farmers and other relevant people ● Evidence of their drive, based on what they are putting back into the agricultural marketplace ● Evidence of how they have developed their skills and profile in the market and industry ● Key auctioneering skills are expected, along with being driven, approachable, knowledgeable and friendly; a short video of them in action is required A hi-res photo will need to be provided, plus a 120-word summary which will appear in the shortlist announcement published in print and online.

AUCTION CAFE OF THE YEAR AWARD LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD THIS award aims to recognise a dedicated and enthusiastic character who has worked in the industry for a minimum of 30 years. This person will have played a pivotal role in the live market system, by championing the needs of fellow farmers, is an inspiration, encourager and role model to others. The Lifetime Achievement 46 | JUNE 1 2018

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Award winner will be someone who has truly made a positive difference to the lives of others, has supported communities, spearheaded changes over the years and promoted the industry positively and with passion. Judges will select the winner from public nominations for the Lifetime Achievement Award.

WE are looking for the UK’s premier auction cafe – the centre of mart life. It does not matter whether it is small or large, we are looking for a cafe which is a hub for the mart and produces quality food, using British products, at a reasonable price. Whether it is a top cuppa or a great lunch, we are seeking nominations to identify and reward the UK’s best market cafe. The winner will be selected by a

combination of public votes and the feedback from a ‘secret eater’. The main aim is to reward a cafe which is doing a fantastic job serving its customers with high quality food and drinks and creating a real mart community hub. A hi-res photo will need to be provided, plus a 120-word summary which will appear in the shortlist announcement published in print and online.

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For more information or to make your nominations, go to



THE closing date for nominations is July 16. Judges will select five finalists, who will be announced in Farmers Guardian, and public voting will commence from July 27 and

ANDREW WRIGHT An auctioneer for more than 30 years, Andrew is currently executive secretary to the Institute of Auctioneers and Appraisers in Scotland.

CHRIS DODDS Executive secretary for the Livestock Auctioneers Association which represents livestock markets in England and Wales.


WILL EVANS A mixed farmer, Will produces a weekly podcast and was Digital Innovator of the Year at last year’s British Farming Awards.


Mart’s the Heart Awards 2018 nomination form

ALL finalists will have their status raised, with a profile in print and online during public voting. Winners will be guests at the British Farming Awards, with their awards presented by Farmers Guardian, the Livestock


Auctioneers’ Association and the award’s sponsor. Photographs of the presentation will be made available to winners and their companies for their own use and will appear in FG. Each winner will feature in an in-depth profile in print and online.


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close on August 29. Winners will be announced in FG on September 7 and presented with their awards at the British Farming Awards later in the month.

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Please return by July 16, 2018 to: Mart’s the Heart Awards 2017, Farmers Guardian, Unit 4, Caxton Road, Fulwood, Preston, Lancashire, PR2 9NZ. Terms and conditions: All categories are awarded based on the decision of our independent panel of judges. The winners will be announced in print and online on September 7, and presented with their awards at the British Farming Awards in October. Entries are not restricted to just one category, entrants are welcome to enter as many as they feel relevant. There are no geographical restrictions regarding entries. The entries or nominations can come from anywhere in the United Kingdom. The deadline for all entries is July 16, 2018. The judges’ decision is final, no correspondence will be entered into and no reasons given for decisions. Judges will absent themselves from any discussions where they have a vested interest. All information provided to judges will be used solely for the purposes of assessing the entries. Potentially sensitive information will not be made public. No entry fee will be taken to enter the Mart’s the Heart Awards. Winners may state in advertising and promotional material that they have won, but they must state the year the award was won.

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NEW AUCTIONEER OF THE YEAR Name of new auctioneer you are nominating: Mart new auctioneer works at: Reasons for nomination:

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McCartneys BRECON MARKET: 01874 622386 KNIGHTON MARKET: 01547 528621 KINGTON MARKET: 01544 230316


FRIDAY 8th JUNE Sale of 450 Genuine Farmers Store Cattle together with 400 Store Sheep. Also Calves and Weanlings. FRIDAY 15th JUNE Sale of Store Cattle from TB Restricted Farms. Sale after the Sale at Knighton.

FRIDAY 22nd JUNE Sale of Store Cattle / Store Sheep. Also Calves and Weanlings. Details Tel: 01584 872251


SATURDAY 9th JUNE Sale of 200 Store Cattle inc. Cows and Calves and Bulling Heifers together with Store Sheep. SATURDAY 23rd JUNE Sale of Store Cattle / Store Sheep. Details Tel: 01905 769770


TUESDAY 12th JUNE Sale of 100 Genuine Farmers Store Cattle. Details Tel: 01544 230316



Brockholes Arms Auction Mart

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Tuesday 5th June 2018 9.00 am Prime Lambs & Hoggs to £130/hd Followed by Cast Ewes to £154/hd Fortnightly Sale of Ewes with Lambs at Foot Already Entered: 10 Mules with Lambs 10.30am Fat Bulls & Prime Cattle to 236p/kg Followed by Store Cattle to £1,100/hd 11.30am Rearing Calves to £435/hd Wednesday 6th June, 2018 10.30am OTM Cattle Sale Followed by TB Exempt Cattle



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FRIDAY 15th JUNE Sale of Store Cattle / Store Sheep. Details Tel: 01547 528621


Every Week - Ludlow – Monday, Brecon – Tuesday, Worcester – Wednesday, Kington and Knighton – Thursday


Please visit the McCartneys Pedigree Sales Website Page to view forthcoming Pedigree Sales




MONDAY 23rd JULY – THURSDAY 26th JULY McCartneys Show Stand will be at the 2 shows All clients welcome for a chat and light refreshments



700 STORE CATTLE To inc. Continental and Native Bred - 10/24 months

100 BEEF TYPE COWS/HEIFERS IN OR WITH CALVES To include Lim/Blue x heifers/cows and calves Including 4 superb consignments of 50 Limousin/Blue x heifers - some with their show potential calves

50 FEEDING/STOCK BULLS To include 12 Pedigree Stock Bulls being 7 Limousin, 1 Charolais, 4 Hereford Catalogue available on our website

HAWES, NORTH YORKSHIRE, DL8 3NP Tuesday 5th June Opening Show & Sale of 300 Spring Lambs, Prizes for Pens of 4 Continentals, Suffolks, Mules & Continentals out of Mule Ewes. Sponsored by Horner Shearing. Judging 9.30am. Sale 10am 300 Prime Hoggs 300 Cast Ewes & Rams 100 Ewes with Lambs at Foot 20 Calves at 10.30am. Telephone: Office (01969) 667207 Mobile 07974 126397 or 01833 622240

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LONGTOWN MART Tel (01228) 791215 - 791300 Monday 4th June June Sale of Tractors, Implements & Machinery Entries include – David Brown 885, MF5455 Tractor (loader ready/55 plate/5,700hrs), Freelander (2002/124k), Marshall QM 11 Silage Trailer, Marshall 8ton Trailer, Vicon Varispreader 402, Kverneland 8ft Mower Conditioner, Claas Rollant 46 Round Baler, Claas Rollant 46 Rotacut Round Baler, Trailed Balewrapper Carriage with Hydraulic Power Pack, Lely Rowing Up Machine (10yr old/good cond), MF/PZ Haybob 360, 6ft Foster Topper (2 yr old), Teagle Topline Fert Spreader, Hudson 14ft Livestock Trailer, Twose 10ft Flat Roller, Foster Rear Digger, Two Drum Mower, JCB 801 Mini Digger c/w 3 buckets, Teagle 8ft Pasture Topper, Bomford 6ton Swivel Tip Dumper, Wray Commander Post Knocker c/w rock spike, Slewtic Bale Grab, Deutz-Fahr Centipede, 8ft Roller, Transport Box, Six Fireclay Troughs, Qty Sandstone. See website for further entries. Small tools & equipment at 10.30am, machinery at 11am. The mart yard is open on Friday 1st from 9am, & Saturday 2nd, 9am to 12 noon for delivery of suitable entries Tuesday 5th June at 10.30am Fortnightly Sale of 110 Store Cattle Special June Sale of Ewes & Hoggs with Lambs at Foot Incl. 80 Tex. x/Chev. Mule Hoggs with Tex.x Beltex Lambs Special sale for Hill Ewes with Lambs Dry Ewe Hoggs & Store Sheep.

DUMFRIES MART Tel 01387 279495 Monday 11th June 40 Calves & Stirks at 10.15am 200 Store Cattle at 11am June Sale of Breeding Cattle at 12noon To include stock reduction from T.W. Dunlop, No2 Tregallon Comprising of 20 Lim/AA cows with Lim/Short calves & 15 AA/ Short hfrs with Short/AA calves. Also 21 Saler x heifers with Lim calves ex Kildarroch; 15 Hereford & Angus hfrs with Hereford/AA calves ex Slacks; 5 Sim/ Lim hfrs with Saler x calves ex Third; 4 BB/Lim cows with Lim calves ex Cleughbrae; 2 Lim hfrs with Lim calves ex Waterside; 1 AA hfr with Lim calf ex Garmartin; 7 BB hfrs i/c to Shorthorn (due End July) Bulls – Limousin 2yo All from local farms and well worthy of buyer’s attention. TB4 and BVD clear.

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Market Results Dairy Heifers to £1840, Clean 212p/kg - £1160.90, Cull Cows 145p/kg - £1261.50/ Head, Pigs 142p/kg-£137.61, Calves Sim Bull to £405, Spring Lambs £270.0p/kg£126.42/Head NEXT RED MARKET – 7TH JUNE AT 4PM

Store Cattle Sales


Strong Stores, Suckler Cows with Calves, Young Bulls & Suckled Calves Show Potential Animals, Continentals, Named Sire Herefords & Angus.

SATURDAY 9TH JUNE 2018 – Further Entries invited Fat/Barrens: Graham Watkins & 07976 370894 Dairies: Meg Elliott & 07967 007049 Stores: Mark Elliott & 07973 673092 Sheep: Robert Watkins & 07929 946652

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LANCASTER AUCTION MART Tel: 01524 63308 Monday 4th June 9am 500 SPRING LAMBS, 200 PRIME HOGGS & 200 CAST SHEEP Friday 8th June 10.15am 60 REARING CALVES 10.15am 150 CAST/OTM CATTLE 11.15am 400 STORE CATTLE Last Wk Blks to £1540 & Hfrs to £1290 Tuesday 19th June at 11.15am Monthly sale of Pedigree & Commercial DAIRY CATTLE Entries close Friday 8th June. In Conjunction with the Hassall Brothers

J36 RURAL AUCTION CENTRE Tel: 015395 66200 Saturday 2nd June at 10.30am Monthly Sale of MACHINERY, TOOLS, EQUIPMENT, PLANTS & SHRUBS Tuesday 5th June 11am Weekly sale of 250 SHEEP WITH LAMBS See web for entries. 1pm 800 SPRING LAMBS, 500 PRIME HOGGS & 750 CAST SHEEP Thursday 7th June Great Annual Sale 50 BEEF BREEDING CATTLE inc. Cows/Hfrs with Calves, IC Cattle, Bulling Hfrs & Breeding Bulls.


Thursday 14th June Fornightly sale of all classes of cattle. Entries close Wednesday 6th June

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Handling livestock in the right way Alastair Sneddon on stress-free systems


he gap between winter and summer, normally occupied by spring, seems to have passed very quickly this year. One effect has been to bring a larger number of store cattle onto the market in a relatively short period. At Bakewell we have been blessed with capacity entries, with several weeks at about the 600 mark. Selling that number in a timely fashion has required careful batching so the stock can be sold in well matched groups, which obviously speeds up the sale. It is pleasing to note the general acceptance that this is the right way to do things. As an auctioneer I am convinced that both buyers and sellers benefit from this change from the old days where many more cattle were sold singly. Buyers have the oppor-

tunity to secure a decent bunch at one hit and sellers have the benefit of competing bidders ‘pushing the boat out’ in the knowledge they have a part load secured in one go. There are benefits in reducing stress to the stock too, which brings me on to my next subject. The safety and welfare of man and beast is a top priority for those responsible for livestock markets. One of the major factors which affect the behaviour of cattle is the behaviour of the people around them, this may be farmers, hauliers or auction staff. Current thinking based upon a combination of science and common sense is that if animals can be treated better they are less likely to cause a problem. To achieve what is essentially low stress handling of stock requires an understanding of how cattle behave and what instincts underpin that behaviour. The Livestock Auctioneers Association is currently working with Miriam Parker and Jo Rodg-

‘The safety and welfare of man and beast is a top priority’.

ers, of Animal-i and AHDB, to create a training presentation intended to update and inform rather than patronise the highly skilled staff who handle stock at auctions. We at Bakewell have had a visit from the camera crew who are gathering footage for the project. The intention being to have ‘real’ rather than ‘staged’ content, which may include not only best practice, but also of how not to do it.

I am heartened that many livestock handlers are changing their ways and especially younger ones are adapting to a more thoughtful and respectful approach to stock than the outdated ‘shout and thrash’ method. In a rapidly changing world it is vital the livestock industry responds to the signals that shortcomings in these matters will deter the public from buying their products. As the public face of the livestock world, auctions must do their best to help. Let us hope this latest initiative will lead to a more thoughtful approach to dealing with stock, if for no better reason than the fact that stress levels in both cattle and humans are closely connected. So, keep calm and there is a better chance the stock will too. Alastair Sneddon is senior partner at Bagshaws. Call 01629 812 777 or email

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...Yorkshire’s Friendly Mart Bakewell Market Results Tuesday 29th May 2018 Bank Holiday Week

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181 Cattle, 709 Sheep

122 Store & Breeding Cattle: Strs to £970, Hfrs to £945 Bulls to £860, Cow & Calf Outfits to £1,220 Finished Cattle to 227p & £1,632, Hfr ave. 203.7p OTM Cattle to 166p & £1,326, overall ave 132.2p Calves: Bulls to £340, Hfrs to £285 Spring Lambs to 308p & £130.20 SQQ average 271.3p, Overall 270.6p Finished Hoggs to 270p & £125.40 Cull Sheep to £135 overall average £82.81 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

Already entered for Monday 4th June 3 Here Cows with Lim Calves 8 Here & 2 BB Cows (1st & 2nd Calvers) with 2-3 week old Lim Calves at Foot 3 Dexter Cows with Calves at Foot (R/W Bull again) 3 Lim x Blue Cows with Lim Calves at Foot 3 Pure Lim Cows with Pure Lim Calves at Foot 2 Ped Lim Cows with Pure Lim Calves at Foot Plus 150 + Store Cattle, Continental & Named Sire Hereford and Aberdeen Angus

Weekly Thursday Lunchtime Sheep Sale

To be included amongst the regular Store Cattle 25 Char Strs & Hfrs, 9-11 mnths (Farm Assured, Wormed, Fluked, Fully Weaned)

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

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Saturday 2nd June 200 Store Cattle of all classes inc 15 LimX Str & Hfrs 16mths, T Thomas 5 Limx hfrs,14-16mo, R Shipley 250 Breeding & Store Sheep 200 Store Pigs & Sows Also Can-am ATV Roadshow Wednesday 6th June Dedicated Slaughter Market 335 Cattle 610 Sheep 535 Pigs & Sows Pigs 9am Sheep 9.45am Cattle 10.30am Saturday 9th June at 9.30am 1500 Lots Fur, Feather & Misc Items

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Saturday 9th June 2018

From L Ford, North Leverton (TB1) 2 Pedigree Shorthorn Cows with Calves at Foot

Saturday 16th June 2018

SALE ANNOUCMENT Complete Unreserved Dispersal Sale of The ‘EWEFIELDS’ Herd of Pedigree South Devon Cattle On behalf of Mr TJ Warhurst, Sutton- Under-Brailes, Banbury, Oxfordshire (Removed for Convienience of Sale to Newark Livestock Market) This very high health herd (Johnes Risk Level 2, IBR Accredited, BVD Accredited and Lepto Monitored) Was established in 1972 and currently numbers, 150 head, all of which will be sold unreserved. This much admired herd offers new and existing breeds an unrivalled opportunity to acquire some outstanding quality cattle. The herd does not show however has achieved many herd competition achievements including winners of the Midlands Club 4 times, The National once and South East twice. ALSO THIS DAY Complete Unreserved Dispersal Sale of Limousin Commercial Cross Bred Cows and Calves On behalf of Messrs E. Till & Sons, Gainsborough (TB4) 90 Head; Comprising; 43 Cows and Calves at Foot, 6 Simmental and 37 Limousin), 2 Stock Bulls (4 & 6 Years Old)

Formly milking British Friesian Cows (No Holstein) Messrs Till ceased milking several years ago retaining all the Beef Bred Females. The Herd has been closed for 40 years with only Stock Bulls purchased from The ‘Fieldson Herd’/ This is an outstanding young herd with 18 1st Calvers, 2nd Calvers and 10 3rd and 4th Calvers, the Calvers are mainly born November 2017- March 2018 born. The male calves are castrated. On behalf of Richard Tuxford, Lowdham Complete Herd Dispersal Sale 47 Mainly 2nd Calvers, Black Limousin and Blue Friesian Cows with March – May 2018 born Limousin Calvers at Foot by Willodge Vantastic Sired Bull On behalf of Sam Twigg, Chesterfield 8 Limousin and Simmental Cross Beef Young Cows 1st Calves – 3rd Calvers with spring 2018 Limousin Calves at Foot On behalf of Messrs HD & PJ Cranfield, Bourne TB4 3 Young Cows with Limousin Sired May Born Calves at Foot

Saturday 23rd June 2018 On behalf of Fristling Hall Farms, Essex (TB4) 60 British Blue, Limousin and Simmental Sired, Strong and Well Bred Steers and Heifers out of quality beef Cows Together with 35 Limousin, Blue and Simmental Feeding Cows (All Warranted Empty)

• 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 • 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


STOP PRESS RM Hazard & Sons sold Limousin Cows to 215.5p/kg or £1926.57 JB HM & J Gilbert sold Limousin Cows to 213.5p/kg JW Sargent sold Simmental Steers to £1466.52 KF Lee sold British Blue Steers to 231.5p/kg RM Hazard & Sons sold Limousin Heifers to £1763.41 IR & A Wildgoose & Sons sold Limousin Heifers to 269.5p/kg JA Wicks sold Charolais Bulls to £1659.09 JK Beckitt & Son sold British Blue Bulls to 235.50p/kg Ian Spendlove sold Beltex Spring Lambs to 300p/kg Skinner Bros sold Hogs to £151.00 N Saint sold Beltex Hogs to 270p/kg Shaw Bros sold Texel Cull Rams to £132.00 N Saint sold Continental Cull Ewes to £151.00 JN Booth sold 14 month Limousin Steers to £970 JN Booth sold 26 month Limousin Heifers to £1,000 Smiths of Bloxham sold Limousin Cows with Calves at Foot to £2,500

Top Prices: Young Bulls to 235.50 - £1659.09 OTMS to 215.5p - £1926.57 Steers to 229.5p - £14666.52 Heifers to 269.5p - £1763.41 2,957 Sheep Sold This Week: Spring Lamb SQQ: 252.01p/kg Hogget SQQ: 199.26p/kg Spring Lambs sold to 300p/kg or £125.00 Hoggets sold to 270p/kg or £151.00 Cull Ewes & Rams sold to £151.00

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Beeston Castle Auction 01829 262100 SPRING LAMB SHOW


Show and Sale of Spring Lambs

Annual Summer Show and Sale on behalf of the Shorthorn Society (within our Month End Dairy Sale) to include the first portion to disperse the world-renowned HOOTON Herd, on behalf of JC Hayward, Westwood Farm, Tuxford, Newark (Entries close: Monday 18th June).

Within our weekly Sheep sale


enquiries to Gwyn Williams on 07785 350588



Commercial and Pedigree Holstein Dairy Cattle & Youngstock (Also open to all Dairy Breeds) Supported by the Western Holstein Club. Final Date for Entries in catalogue MONDAY 4th JUNE to 01829 262120



Dispersal of the Commercial Herd (260 Head) on behalf of M.D. Harding & Partners,

Storeton House Farm, Storeton, Wirral. (at Beeston Castle Auction)


Dispersal of the Commercial Herd (170 Head) on behalf of P.M. & S.M. Tushingham, Laurel Bank Farm, Clotton, Tarporley (at Beeston Castle Auction)

All enquiries to Pedigree Department on 01829 262120


9.30am (SHED Section) - Tools, Mowers, Bicycles etc (500 Lots) 10.00 am (YARD Section) - Timber, Sleepers, Wire, Felt, Agri Miscellanea (300 Lots) 11.00 am - Vehicles, Trailers, Machinery Early Entries include: Fordson Dexta, Farr Quadbike, Bobcat Skidsteer, Ford 4000, Forend loader with Ford 4000 Brackets, Kubota B6200 with front scraper, Rhino SE6 Pature Topper, Silage Trailers. Cattle Race & Locking Yoke. Delivery of Items for booking in Tuesday 5th June Only 8.00am - 4.00pm - Enquiries to Jonty Cliffe 07595 453306 or 01829 262100



Subject to an Agricultural Occupancy Restriction A distinctive and well-presented three bedroom detached house that benefits from a double garage, lovely views and a rural location. Enquiries to Tarporley Office – 01829 731300


SHELDON FARM SHELDON, CHIPPENHAM, WILTSHIRE, SN14 0RQ Tuesday 12th June at 11.00am On Farm Dispersal Sale of


Comp: 155 Dairy Cows & Heifers Inmilk &/or Incalf; 15 Incalf; 15 Bulling; 26 Yearling & Younger Heifers; 1 Pedigree AA Bull & 1 Pedigree Hereford Bull HERD AV: 8,200 KGS; 3.94%BF; 3.25%P; SCC=127 ROTARY Parlour; CUBICLE Housed YOUNG COWS: 105 1st – 3rd Lactation CALVING: Apr-Jun (31); Aug-Oct (43); Nov-Feb (28) SIRES INC: Atlantic; Snowflake; Altapilsner; Cricket; Altaotto; Tahoe; Altafrank; Mr Groovy; Batman; Detroit; Rocky; Altajango; Mr Grey; Altamatt; etc. H SERVICES TO: Aberdeen Angus, British Blue, Hereford & Peak Altapainter


For ARJ Corp & Son For Catalogues Tel: 01278 410250, Email:



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Four Oaks Machinery. 2nd Tuesday, 12th June.

To date 2002 Renault Premium 26 tons gross 6wheel, MOT till Aug 2 Quad bikes, Log making machine 3PL tractor mounted with conveyor etc. Bateson Cattle Trailer. Details next week - Last week New Cheshire’s £2400. New Hay £138.

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

Monday 4th June REARING CALVES Sale 10.45am CROP & PRODUCE Sale 11.45am STORE & BREEDING SHEEP Sale 12.00noon 150 OUTFITS EXPECTED 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) Monthly Show & Sale of Prime Cattle Judging 12.00noon PRIME LAMBS & CAST SHEEP Sale 1.30pm Monthly Show & Sale of Prime Lambs Classes:- Down x (pens of 5), Cont x (pens of 5) Only 2 pens per farm – Judging 1.00pm Wednesday 6th June 125 FEEDING BULLS Sale 10.00am followed by 40 BEEF FEEDING COWS & 250 STORE HEIFERS & BULLOCKS 40 OUTFITS OF BREEDING CATTLE Sale 12.30pm Main Ring Thursday 7th June On Farm Sale of Sheep & Equipment Livestock:- 110 Outfits of Tex/Tex x Ewes and Texel Lambs Equipment:- Ritchie Sheep Shower, Fixed Bateman Sheep Handling System, Swaledale Sheep Snacker, Bateman Roll Over Sheep Crate, Harrington Sheep Crate, Horner Shearing Machine c/w Hand piece, Muck Grab, Swaledale ATV Lambing Trailer, Quad Bike Tipping Trailer, Ritchie Muck Scraper, New Holland 570 conventional Baler, 58 Carrier, Flat 8 Grab, Vicon 300 Haybob, Pallet Fork Tip Skip, Qty Crash Barrier, Large Qty Electric Fencing Equipment, Cow Lifter, 2 Gas Calf Dehorning Irons, Large Qty Galv Sheep & Lambing Pens, Large Qty Creep Feeders, Qty Sheep & Cattle Ring Feeders, Walk Through Feed Troughs, Large Qty Galv Calf Pens, 40x 5’ Wooden Hurdles, Large Qty Cubicle Mats, Large Qty Hook on Hay Racks, Wooden Lamb Adopters, Qty Sheep Gates & Races, Qty Cow Cubicles, Large Qty Stone Slates, Qty Stone Ridges, Toyota Hilux Pickup Top, 2 Diesel Tanks, Plastic Sheep Dip Liner, Large Qty Gates plus implements all relating to use on a sheep farm On behalf of JP Broadwith High Farm, Burnt Yates, Harrogate HG3 3EP Sale 5.30pm Viewing from 3.00pm on day of sale Full list available Saturday 16th June Please note change of date LIVESTOCK ONLY Stirks, Weaned Calves, Store/Breeding Goats & Sheep – Inc 1 Reg Dales Colt Yearling Highcroft Blitz by Byers Green Grey Bobby (catalogue entries by Monday 11th June) Saturday 28th July SKIPTON MACHINERY SALE Reclamation, Furniture & Machinery Craven Dairy Sales Monday 18th June SHOW & SALE OF DAIRY CATTLE (Catalogue entries by Tuesday 12th June)

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Borderway Mart, Carlisle

Young stock include: From J&M Hill - 19 in-calf

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Jato Aug/Sep & 18 bulling heifers from the same

heifers are sired by Stardale Jury & due to Bilsrow

home all sired by Stardale Jury. From R&L Winder


There are super fertile heifers bred from Fleckvieh,

Wednesday 6th June - 11.00am 225 Dairy Cattle comprising:103 Freshly Calved Cows/Heifers, 23 Summer/Autumn calvers, 34 mid lactation cows, 29 In-calf heifer & 36 bulling heifers. including Holstein, Montbeliarde, British Friesian, Danish Red, Ayrshire & Fleckvieh. The sale includes the complete dispersal of a Pedigree Holstein Dutch herd on behalf of Best of Breed Livestock. Comprising 65 cows/heifers currently av. 9817kgs 4.11% 3.61% last test av. 32.2kgs with a cell count of 68. The herd comprises of 23 heifers in milk, 31 cows in their second and 11 cows in their third. Herd Health: The herd is tested clear of Lepto & vaccinated for BVD and IBR and there has never been a TB case in the herd. Last herd test May 2018. Other larger consignments include 32 freshly calved cross bred cows from Doddington Farms mainly Friesian x Montbeliarde cross.

10 in-calf heifer due Oct & 18 bulling heifers. Danish Red & Montbeliarde genetics crossed on Holsteins. Excellent herd health.


Beef breeding cows and heifers in calf or with calves also bulling heifers Entries close Monday 4th June

Summer Sale of 87 PEDIGREE BULLS and FEMALES Friday 15th June – 12.00 noon


Livestock Auctioneers Association


(51 bulls and 31 females) followed by

5 CHAROLAIS BULLS Show and sale of PEDIGREE HOLSTEIN CATTLE On behalf of Border & Lakeland Holstein Club Wednesday 30th June Entries close Wednesday 6th June

Contact your local livestock market at

Friday 1st June @10.30am VINTAGE & COLLECTABLES AUCTION HOLT LANE, ASHBY MAGNA, LUTTERWORTH, LEICESTERSHIRE LE17 5NJ In Association with the Midsummer Vintage Festival Comprising: Tractors, Rural Bygones, Vintage Farm Machinery and Small Tools & Effects To Include Tractors for Restoration: Nuffield 465 Diesel Tractor, Fordson Super Dexter, Fordson Dexter & Allis Chalmers Model B Petrol Tractor Plus: Fordson E27N Tractor, Ferguson T20 Tractor, Massey Ferguson 203 Conventional Baler, High Lift 2 Tonne Pallet Truck, Qty Digger Buckets, Ifor Williams Plant Trailer and a Private Collection of Vintage Plough Wearing Parts Anticipated entry approximately 800 Lots TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION ON SATURDAY 16th JUNE 2018 AT 10.30AM Catalogues & Information Tel: 01788 564749 7 – 11 Albert Street, Rugby, CV21 2RX

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Sale of Calves, Dairy, Store/Breeding Stock

Saturday 2nd June @11.30am Semi-Retirement Sale on Behalf of N Sykes, upon Sykes House Farm,


Moorside, Cononley, Keighley, BD20 8ED Range Rover, Wagon, Motorbike, Bobcat, Digger, 6 Tractors, Grassland Equip, Workshop Tools/Equip, Engines/Spare Parts, Sundries etc


Saturday 9th June 10am Collective Sale of Machinery & Sundries Fur & Feather at 12noon Ian Smith (Market Manager) 07738 043771 01943 462172

Come along to our annual Open Day & AGM Saturday 16th June 2018 at 10am Edward & Ann Hull, West House Farm, Findringhoe Colchester, CO5 7AA To be followed on Sunday 17th June

Come & e See us at th NSA Events See website for more details

A farm visit kindly hosted by Kit Speakman at Little Braxted Hall, Little Braxted, Essex. June 1, 2018 |


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



(015242) 61246 (Sale Days) 61444 (Office) Stephen 07713 075 661 Greg 07713 075 664 Will 07590 876 849

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

Tuesday 5 June

Saturday 2 June

10.30am 50 Feeding & Cast Cows


Wednesday 6 June 11.30am SHEEP with Lambs

Thursday 7 June Weekly sales: 10.30am 100 PRIME CATTLE, 100 CULL 11.30am 60 DUGDALE DAIRY SHOW inc 4 pedigree n/c cows for GT Booth, see web 10.30am 200 REARING CALVES followed by 12.30pm 150 STIRKS 1.00pm PRIME SHEEP & CULL EWES


Inc June Fair Show & Sale of 250 Hoggs with Lambs at Foot 12noon 100 REARING CALVES 4pm 2000 Feeding & Cast Ewes 6pm 1500 Spring Lambs & 2000 Hoggs.

Friday 8 June at 11am

Annual Sale of Working and Unbroken Sheep Dogs. Catalogue available

Tuesday 12 June

June Fair of Suckler Breeding Cattle 100 COWS & HEIFERS WITH CALVES IN CALF CATTLE & BREEDING BULLS Inc Annual Consignment from A & ED Booth of 12 Her x Fr hfrs with ¾ Hereford Calves

Tuesday 19 June

Feeding & Cast Cows



Saturday 9 June

Water Buffalo: 2 breeding bulls, 7 cows, 7 bulls & heifers 9 mo, 1 heifer 12 mo.

Clitheroe Auction

Lincoln Way, Clitheroe, Lancs BB7 1QD PURE BRED TOMORROW Sat 2nd June 10am POULTRY & Catalogue sale of accessories & WATERFOWL hatching eggs plus 300 cages of birds. Catalogue online WEEKLY Tuesday 5th June 12 noon PRIMESTOCK Sale of Cull Cows, Prime Cattle, Prime SALE Lambs, Prime Hoggs, Cast Ewes & Ewes + CALVES with Lambs at Foot + Calves at 11am FORTHCOMING SALE Thursday 14th June 12.30pm Annual Consignment of Limousin Heifers with Limousin X Calves at Foot from KE & A Pilkington 01200 423325 Joe: 07970 221354 • Jeremy: 07815 727993

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Open Day Saturday 21 July 2018 9am - 5pm

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Charolais Open Day including the Charolais Youth National Stockjudging Final, kindly hosted by the Donger Family at Seawell Grounds, Foxley, Towcester, Northamptonshire, NN12 8HW

Farm Tour Morning presentations on Genetic DNA Testing & using EBV’s for beef production Open & Youth stockjudging final Roast Beef Lunch Afternoon presentations by Harbro and Keenan Feeders Cattle dressing demonstration

Places are limited please contact the Society office on 02476 697222 to register your interest by Friday 8 June Charolais Open Day 2018.indd 1



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NATIONAL ONLINE TIMED MACHINERY AUCTION Auction starts at 7.30am Friday 1st June and closes at 12.30pm Monday 11th June

Lots to include: Harvesters: Deutz Fahr M2680 Combine (84), Deutz-Fahr M2383 combine (87), Hemp Harvester (10); Tractors: McCormick X60.50 (14), Case CX100 (99) Loader: Manitou MB250 Masted Forklift; Vehicles: DAF 45.150 7.5T (06) Cultivation & Drilling: Horsch Pronto 6DC (13), Sumo Trio 6 leg (11), Dowdeswell MA140 7F (09), Dowdeswell DP7d2 5F ; Spreaders: Amazone ZA-M 3000 twin disc (09), Amazone ZA-M 3600 Ultra Profi Hydro (11), Lely Superbowl; Trailers: Kane 18T Grain Trailer (12), Bailey 12T (13), Griffiths GT100 10T (94), Easterby 10T (92), AS Marston flat trailers x 2 (01) & (04), Tye High Tip; General: Claas Jaguar 75 Trailed Forager (96), Diesel Irrigation Pumps x 2, Marani irrigation reel (90), 200T grain bin, Irrifrance irrigator, Kaweco irrigator, Carrier grain elevator, Qty Irrigation Pipes & Equipment

Further entries invited For further information visit our website or contact 01603 598251 |

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Online Bidding Available


THE FOLLY, TIFFIELD, TOWCESTER, NORTHANTS, NN12 8AN Auction sale of 38 vintage and classic tractors, implements and machinery


SATURDAY 9TH JUNE 2018, 10AM PROMPT, Viewing Friday 8th Prees Storage Ltd, A49, Prees, Whitchurch, SY13 3JX

10am Skips & Big Hook Bodies Followed by Trailer Section 11am Skip & Hook Loaders Followed by Tippers & Misc Rigids 12 Noon Tractor Units 12.30pm Construction Plant & Recycling Equipment Followed By Buckets & Attachments Second Auctioneer @ 11am – Boniface Parts & Spares / Engines, Tools & Equipment Contact Charlie Foyle or Graham Johnson with your single items or parcels of equipment Equipment added daily, particularly FREE ONLINE BIDDING AVAILABLE the week of auction. Visit our website for full details,, 01630 674326 All overseas buyers & buyers not known to the auctioneer must lodge a refundable deposit of 10% of expected spend, £1000 minimum, on registration by cash/credit/debit card.

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Tractors; John Deere: 5755, 4650, 4455, 4255, 4230, 4040 (3), 4020 (2), 3020, 1120, 730, 620, 70, 60, 40, model A (2), B, 450A tracked loading shovel; Fordson: E27N P6 (4), E27N petrol/paraffin, model F, International: BTD6, T6, Farmall H, Allis-Chalmers; model M (2), Caterpillar 951C Cletrac crawler, Aveling & Barford diesel roller, Kubota B600 4wd c/w trencher and blade. Machinery: Bamfords 42 4tonne and Pettit 6tonne trailers, John Deere 410 and C tine springtine harrows, horsedrawn 2furrow and single furrow ride-on ploughs, 1995 John Deere 1350 mower, 40ft tandem axle step frame box trailer, Toro 1820D wood chipper, 1995 Atlas AK1403D crane, Ransomes MTD5 mowers, Parmiter post hole borer, 2006 Mercedes ML420 auto 4wd, Mercedes 300GD G-wagon, Mercedes 814 horse transporter, Also: implements, spares and miscellaneous.

Saturday 16th June 2018 at 10:30am

Catalogues available via or from the auctioneers two weeks prior SALES AND VALUATIONS UNDERTAKEN NATIONWIDE

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30/05/2018 12:51:14 Auctions Chartered Surveyors, Estate Agents, Auctioneers & Valuers Saturday 2nd June 2018 Bi-Annual Collective Sale Westbrook Head Farm, Thorncliffe, Leek Staffordshire, ST13 8UP Tractors Inc: Lamborghini 1050 Premium Tractor 4WD with MX600 Loader, Int 885XL, Int 574, Int 484, MF 1080, Renault 10654 TL, DB 995, Leyland 384, Fordson Major, Fordson Super Dexta etc Machines Inc: MF 8925 Telescopic Handler, JCB 3CX, 2003 Case CX15 Mini Digger, Bobcat Skidsteer Loader 533, Matbro TR250 Telehandler, Bedford 4WD Lime Spreader, Ausa 2008 4x4 Swivel Skip Dumper, 2 Ton & 3 Ton Thwaites Dumpers - 4WD etc

Vehicles & Bikes: 2014 Ford Ranger, 2001 Ford Ranger, Mitsubishis L200, Nissan Pick Up, DAF 18 Ton Tipper Wagon, Suzuki 250 Road Runner Quad etc Extensive Range of Livestock, Flat Bed, Plant and Hay Trailers, Usual Wide Range of Arable and Grassland Implements, Balers, Mowers, Tedders, Quadbikes etc. Builders & Contractors Plant & Equipment etc Livestock Handling Equipment etc. Usual Wide Range of Timber, Stone, Sundry Farming Effects, New & Used Small Tools etc SPECIAL ENTRY: To Include complete dispersal on behalf of the Estate of Mr H Gibson: International 484, Allis Charmers, Range of Impletements and Sundry Farming effects FURTHER ENTRIES INVITED FOR ADVERTISING OVER 2000 LOTS ANTICIPATED CATALOGUE AND PICTURES AVAILABLE ONLINE SALE TO COMMENCE AT 9:30AM THURSDAY 7TH JUNE 2018 Evening Smallholder Sale 5PM Start – No VAT Moorlands Farm, Ellastone Road, Cauldon Lowe, ST10 3ET To Include: Kubota L345 DT Loader Tractor, Implements and range of Farming and Sundry Effects, Furniture and Household Effects CATALOGUES AVAILABLE ONLINE FRIDAY 15TH JUNE 2018 (Farm Dispersal on behalf of Mr Norman Barber) Toft Lodge Farm, Heaton, Nr Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 0SR To Include: Case 4230 4WD Tractor with Loader, Case International 785XL, Wide Range of Farm Implements, Range of Livestock Equipment and sundry farming effects CATALOGUES AND PICTURES AVAILABLE SALE TO COMMENCE AT 11:00 AM

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Newsells Park Stud is seeking an Estate Manager to join the team at its state-of-the-art 650 hectare Thoroughbred Stud Farm. You will report to the General Manager.

Working under the guidance of the Farm Manager we are looking for an experienced Shepherd to take on the day to day management of one of the Estate farms. Alongside excellent stockmanship, you will be a team player and able to also work on your own. You will also cooperate to achieve the Estate’s sporting objectives.

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• Stud farm • Main house • Residential • Farm buildings. You will supervise the maintenance team and have overall responsibility for reactive and planned maintenance, pasture management, setting up and reviewing of annual contracts for electrical, mechanical, plumbing and HVAC systems. Additional duties include budgeting, maintenance of security and alarm systems and regular checks of the swimming pool complex.

To find out more please contact Dan Bower on 07795 193381. Please apply in strict confidence with CV to Amy Gobey – Greens Chartered Surveyors, The Estate Office, Ozleworth Park, Wotton under Edge, Gloucestershire GL12 7QA

Sales Management Opportunity Do you have drive, passion, a born ability to sell and build long-term relationships, achieve targets, spot opportunities and manage a small but dedicated team?

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ROYAL HIGHLAND SHOW SUPPLEMENT JUNE 15 ISSUE Showcasing the finest in Scottish agriculture, the Royal Highland Show supplement provides a broad look at this year’s event.

With extensive classifieds and additional copies handed out at the show, it is the perfect issue to reach this captive audience.

DO NOT MISS OUT. Promote your business by calling Katie Robinson on 01772 799 500, or by emailing



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Call 01772 799500 and place your ad today Dairy Equipment REFURBISHED BULK MILK TANKS FOR SALE

COME AND SEE US AT ROYAL CORNWALL SHOW STAND 551 18,000 Ltr NEW Roka *Special Price* 16,000 Ltr Fabdec 14,000 Ltr Mueller 13,000 Ltr Japy 12,000 Ltr Fabdec 10,800 Ltr with 3” outlet adaption 10,000 Ltr Mueller 10,000 Ltr Fabdec 8,000 Ltr Fabdec 8,000 Ltr Delaval 7,000 Ltr + New Cleaner

7,000 Ltr Ice Water Cooled 7,000 Ltr Mueller 6,000 Ltr Roka + New Cleaner 5,000 Ltr Mueller 4,500 Ltr Fabdec Ice Bank Tank 4,000 Ltr Roka 4,000 Ltr Delaval 3,400 Ltr Fullwood Packo – open top instant cooling 2,600 Ltr Fullwood Packo open top instant cooling

Factory recoiled 780kg ice builder suitable for up to 5000ltrs per day / 10,000lts every other day 2.1T 2016 Ice Builder suitable for up to 15,000 Ltrs per day / 30,000 Ltrs every other day


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.

Second Hand Milk Tanks Avoid the Arla collection charge! Reconditioned tanks with new controls, agitators, wash system and 12-month warranty. Sizes from 6,000 - 30,000 litre Smaller sizes also available!

CONTAINERISED DAIRY with pasteuriser/ cheese vat foaming unit, draining table etc, with generator if required. Easily transportable.

Tel: 07412 359869 or 01798 872478 (P)

NEW & USED BULK MILK TANKS 01772 780806 Click Bulk Tanks For Stock

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


polly, good condition. Tel: 07973 409990 Lan-

cashire (P)

FG Buy and Sell

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Ro-Ka 4,000 Litres Serap 5,000 Litres Delaval 5,000 Litres Serap 6,000 Litres Ro-Ka 6,000 Litres Ro-Ka 7,000 Litres Serap 8,000 Litres Mueller 8,000 Litres Delaval 10,000 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


ACR auto ID, shedding gate, 36 Fullwood feeders, 6000 and 8000 litre Dairykool and Fabdec tanks. Genuine dispersal as retiring from industry.

Tel:07936196669 Cumbria (P)

We know farming. AgriBriefing brands are embedded in the agricultural community and have a position of authority and trust


Livestock Services

Fabdec Ltd, Ellesmere, Shropshire Tel. 01691 627 200

H H COTSWOLD CLUSTER FLUSH SYSTEM H H For a 24pt parlour (21/2 years old). H H AUGER SYSTEM H COLLINSON H For a 12 a side parlour. H H 2 x Q4 VAC PUMPS H c/w electric motor and air reserve tanks. H H Tel: David 07703 201484 H Elswick (Lancs) (P) H H

Milk Bottling Plant Suitable for farm set up. Includes Pasteurisers, Homogeniser, Yogurt /Cultured Products Equipment and milk tanker. Call 07747494885 (P)

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Livestock Equipment

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

Tel: 01524 261144 or 01524 263022 or 01274 833196


Indoor / Outdoor Modular Silo


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Suitable for Grain, Meal and Pellets. Capacity 1 - 60 tonne 45 or 60 Deg. Hopper Bottom

Plain & Cows & Bulls Wanted. Also casualty collection service with veterinary certificates direct

BAMBER BRIDGE Lancs, Cumbria, Cheshire. Yorkshire. TEXT OR TELEPHONE STEPHEN: 07860 636 605 DAVID: 07842 876 590 OFFICE: 01772 626 951 PETER BODDY Licensed Horse & Cattle Slaughterers All types of cattle, plain, lame, causalities, down cows on vet certificates. Immediate collection. 7 days a week.

Danagri-3s Ltd Tel. 01746 762777

to our own abattoir.







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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

Your one stop shop for all agricultural sales


V-Mac Silos

MR CLIP SHEARING Sheep / Alpacas

Cheshire & Outlying counties Contact Karol or Ces 07779 081925 or 07503 777585

*WANTED* Deer and Exotic Game

A Winder & Son

Tel: 07831 222384 (T)


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

IAN SMITH Livestock

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


0777 9444 174




Also Casualty Cattle All areas covered Tel: 01228 584123 (Carlisle Office) or 01524 427615 (office)



Baron Turkeys Small, medium and large turkey hen growers for the Christmas trade. White and black broad breasted available August and September.

Tel: 01928 716416 Cheshire (P)

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

J. COULTHURST Bamber Bridge (01772) 623123 R MILLER POL Pullets. Poultry Equipment. Tel:01772613719 Lancs



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

Knutsford POINT OF LAY Pullets

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


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

ND Jeans Somerset

Suppliers of Quality Livestock Feeding and Handling Equipment • Alpaca / calf hurdles • Sheep hurdles • Handling systems •Water & feed troughs • Crushes • Electric fencing

Telephone: 01406380775

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

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01691 662690


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

Tel: 01994 419482


01963 370 044 / Call Lisa for a delivery quote or to arrange collec… on CORDLESS SHEARER

with 2 strong LI-ION batteries. £228.95+vat. Tel: 01200 427419 www.

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PETER ALLEN FEEDERS New range of 1 - 5 Tonne Hopper Fillers. Parlour Feeders and Horse Feeders also available. What are you looking for? Tel: 01235 772161 or 07836 229390 peter.allen@

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Beltex lambs, 100 Blackface + Mule lambs, 100 Swale/BF + Mule lambs, Ewe hoggs & lambs, 300 Mule + Tex or Suf lambs, 120 Texel + Tex lambs. Quality & price to suit all! Delivery organised.

Contact Allan 07825-287095


Tel:07972780538 E.Mids 200 NC Mule Hoggs

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types required from the North of England. Full payment. Tel: Grace Dobson: 07840 957803

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100 SUFFOLK X Mule Hoggs with Charollais Lambs. Quality Sheep. Tel: 07836 508384

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

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IMPORTED PEDIGREE DAIRY CATTLE Astro turf large quantity Crash Barriers, Armco-Box + available, ideal cow tracks, Security Gates, All Fittings temporary car parks - ring James + IBC Containers, £POA

Tel Henmans: 01568 708655 or 07836 722891

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

Weekly Selection of 8-10 Pedigree Fresh Calved Heifers.

DENMIRE Choice of Holstein Young Bulls

Ready to work. From, high yielding long lasting cows

01229 869428 07791 290170 Michael: 07713 245220 Andrew:

A weekly selection of Fresh Calved Cows & Heifers sourced within the UK.


All guaranteed & delivered anywhere in the UK. Finance can be arranged


Livestock Supplies Ltd


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

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

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Telephone: 07831 887531 or 01829 260328 Available Now

Keenest Price Guaranteed

DAVID CLARKE LIVESTOCK Suppliers of Quality Livestock

• Fresh calved and in-calf heifers and young cows • Select on farms in Ireland, France, Germany, Holland • Delivered direct to your farm. Call David Clarke 00353 87257 6434 or 07712 815792

We take a farmer-centric approach to media. Our job is to help farmers run their farms more efficiently and make better purchasing decisions


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Beef Cattle

Lorabar Aberdeen Angus


Young bulls for sale. Ready to work. Good EBV’s . Good types. Performance recorded BVD and Johnes accredited.

• Dairy Heifers & Cows to suit all systems, Holstein, Fleckvieh, Montbeliarde, Jerseys, Pedigree and commercial. 10 years’ • Escorted selection with your local UK rep experience of • All ministry paperwork completed on your behalf. • Full service from selection to delivery on farm. livestock imports. • TB free, from selected elite health status herds only. • All animals precautionary blood tested for BTV-8 (Bluetongue) on selection. • UK stock also sourced. Full and part loads delivered, finance available with insurance covered.

Based in Cheshire, nationwide delivery. Call Alan 07812 663167 or Di 01606 869253 Email: For prices and latest stock list visit our website


Too Warm • High in SCC • High water content • Loss of contract • Surplus milk PUT THIS NUMBER IN YOUR PHONE!

Contact Colin Montgomery FG Buy and Sell

01772 799500

07967 565 264 01270 811 394


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Beef Cattle

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

07773 370232


25 BELGIUM BLUE X in calf cows. 2nd calvers. Due mid September to a Limousin Bull.

Tel:07768897200 N.Hants (P)


Ribble Aberdeen Angus



For more than 25 years we’ve supplied hundreds of satisfied customers. We are competitive with no middle man. • Dutch, German, Danish & French Holsteins. TB FREE-High health status. • Brown Swiss, Jersey, Irish Grazing, Organic etc. available. • Fly and buy or use our experts. Full or part load. Call Job 0031 653847116 or 0781 2107337 FINANCE CAN BE ARRANGED

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Danish Reds/ ivestock ltd Scandinavian Reds, Holstein, Jersey & Fleckvieh. ivestock ltd Also crossbreeds available High Health Status a priority (TB, BVD, IBR & Lepto) Competitive Prices, Bespoke Selection Service Full or Part loads delivered nationwide Chris: 07885731502 or Andrew: 07950030586

Homo Polled - All calves will be born without Horns. Also Heterozgous Polled.

Easy calving, high growth, hihealth YOUNG BULLS top EBV’s Choice of 30 from our 180 cow herd TB4 BVD & Lepto vacc. Call Henry 07866 222062 - details on website

Registered Aberdeen Angus Bulls for sale. 14 months to 3 years. Elite health status and PCHS, BVD acc, IBR acc, Lepto acc, Johnes 1, TB4. Stock Sire: Nightingale Peanut M646. Easy calving, excellent temperament. Young bulls are well grown & have been used within herd. Also Stock Bull (Sire) for Sale.

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Contact 01505 706003 or 07989 726957 more info on website

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

Tel: 07849 153733 or 01223 426412 Cambridgeshire (P)

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


• Good Confirmation • Growth • Excellent Temperaments • High Health • Competitive Prices

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Call 01772 799500 and place your ad today Beef Cattle PEDIGREE LIMOUSINS

Heifers 13-18 months, Bulls up to 23 months. Johnes and BVD free, TB low risk area. Threaphurst Limousins.


Tel: 0161 4561460 or 07776 204627 Greater Manchester (P)

3 Top Quality 2yo Highland Bulls

Julius, Lachlan 2nd (pictured) & Balach of Craigowmill Tel Ken Brown 07899877001

01978 664418 OR 07986 113221

Tel. Ken Brown 07899877001 TOP PEDIGREE REGISTERED HEREFORD BULLS AND HEIFERS. All home bred, quiet to handle. Delivery available.

07885 594143 or 01394 460408 (East Anglia)

Bob Lane, Shrops 01952 813162 or 07720 377520

WHITEBRED SHORTHORN BULL 2016 Bull ready for work, BVD & Johnes free, TB4, good temperament. £1750.

Andrew 01200446384


Feeding Cows E & U+ grades Stock Bulls E & U grades Available Pedigree Limousin & Charolais Breeding Bulls Well bred bulls High health status

07970 481 956

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Tel: 07720773679 North Wales (P)

6 Simmental Pedigree Bulling Heifers

PEDIGREE SIMMENTAL BULLS BVD & Johnes accredited. Easy calving, easy fleshing READY FOR WORK FEMALES ALSO FOR SALE

19-26 months old. BVD free, Johnes level 1, TB tested LRA. Tel: 07939123950 Gtr. Manchester (P)

R Smith Tel: 01829 732929 Tarporley (P)

Pedigree British Blue Bull.

07767 608012 Beef Shorthorn Genetics From Australia, Canada, USA & the EU Available here in the UK

Blue and white. Good legs and feet. Super temperament. 19 mths old by Bringlee Waldo. Tel 01925730361 Mob 07759217851 Cheshire (P)

Semen, embryos, in-calf recipients or calf options

Ped Limousin Bulls


15-18mth old, great genetics, easy calving & very shapely. Hi Health, assured farm TB free for 8yrs

SALERS BULLS� & SALERS HEIFERS� Halter trained, Red/Black, Polled� TB4, Johnes 1, BVD/IBR vacc�


Anthony 07980000005



call 07982 813596� Terence Pye (Rigel)�

Penguin Angus Have a super selection of Heifers for sale. Super pedigrees plus Hi Health. TB tested and ready to go

15 months - 2 1/2 year olds Good temperament and conformation, reared outdoors on grass in SAC health scheme. Also 7 Pedigree cows and claves for sale.


2YO PEDIGREE AA BULL, Craigowmill Black Mamba S946. Good shape, excellent locomotion & outwintered so very hardy and not pushed.

6 Pedigree Limousin bulls


High Health Contact Alex Tel: 01869 810202 S Northants BULLING HEIFERS

20 Months approx

Strong yearling Bulls Gold standard recorded. Tel: 01981 570231

Bucket reared, quiet & used to cubicles. TB tested.


Limousin X & British Blue’s X Tel: 01650 511203 or 07866 029293 Butler, Mid Wales (P)

Ready to work, delivered direct to your farm, very quiet, easy calving. Health monitored, closed herd, full pedigree with each animal, Red tractor

Tel: 077157 64351


Limousin and Charolais Bulls, From a closed healthy herd Tel: 01539 733422 Cumbria (P)

SAVILLE ABERDEEN ANGUS Have a selection of pedigree Bulls for sale. Hi-Health Scheme. TB 4 Area. Tel: 01609 883197 or 07879 664686 North Yorkshire 50 ORGANIC Year-

lings. Mostly Angus. Homebred in Northumberland. TB4. Stephen Kirkup: 07703115013

Northumb (P)

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30/05/2018 14:10:03 Beef Cattle ORGANIC BEEF STORE CATTLE WANTED 8-12 months preferred.

Tel:01497831224 or 07811004789 Hereford/Powys border (P)

PEDIGREE POLLED HEREFORD BULLS 14 months, smart, 48 months TB testing. Hi health status. Cheshire/Derbys

Tel: David Hill 01457852155

BEEF SHORTHORN Pedigree Cow/ Heifers and calves. Dispersal reasonably priced

Tel: 07969116327 Cumbria (P) PEDIGREE SIMMENTAL BULLS 20 months, ready for work. Excellent breeding, high health, TB4, BVD accredited. Can be semen tested if required.

Tel:01833660210 or 07590213829 Co.Durham (P)

KIRKDALE LIMOUSINS Bulls for sale. 17 months, sire gunner fleet harrier.

Tel:01751430281 N.Yorks (P) PEDIGREE SIMMENTAL Bulls. Easy

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


HEREFORD BULLS semen tested, high health status, TB4. Coley Herefords, Tel: 07861899646

PEDIGREE LIMOUSIN BULLS Good conformation and temperament. Easy calving strain. Hi-health herd.


Hi health pedigree performance recorded bulls for sale. Visitors welcome. TB4 07767 307044 S.Yorks (P)

PEDIGREE SIMMENTALS Selection of in calf cows and heifers, plus 6 maiden heifers. Hi health status herd. TB4.

Tel:07703125695 Skipton (P)


CHAROLAIS BULLS FOR SALE. Good Figures. Good selection.

Tel: 079339 17832 North Yorkshire (P) AA ABBERTON ANGUS bulls & heif-

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

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

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Sired by field trial champion Greenbriar Thunder at Drakeshead. Dam: Brocklebank wrinkle (sired by Drakeshead Vince) excellent pedigree and hip and elbow score. KC registered. Tel Pauline Hirst

11 weeks old, wormed, flead and micro chipped. Ready for their loving home.

Save on farming products

07932856439 or 01977792296 W.Yorks

To subscribe call 0330 333 0056 quote HAFG17B

REGISTERED SHEEP DOG PUPS Sire Eddie, Jim Croppers 2011 nursery dog. Excellent trial hill and farm dog his sire was Gwynfor Owen’s famous Zac. Dam of pups is Emma a daughter of Emma Gray’s Tweedale Jamie who is the son of Ricky Hutchinson’s famous sweep. Both parents DNA - CEA clear.


old, Black and White smooth coated, plenty of work and power, voice and whistle commands -Tel: 01204 697339 or 07747 878717

Tel: 01228 675252 or 07831140720 (P)


Tel:0129885224 Feedstuff s4 & Bedding or 07970862879 Q3 house ads FarmBuyer.indd 20/09/2017 12:37 Derbys (P)


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

Tel: 07831 222384 (P)

M J Kiddy & Son



W.Yorkshire (P)



Dogs & Pets




01949 844700

Farm assured quality cattle & sheep feeds available for Nationwide Delivery. Dry cereal rations suitable for all breeding and fattening stock at very competitive prices. Available in bulk or 1 tonne bags delivered or collected.

LOWER YOUR VET BILLS WITH WASHED SILICA SAND CUBICLE BEDDING * Helps to eradicate mastitis problems and lowers your milk count * Equestrian sand also available

Tel 07730 897138 / 01484 603130

A VARIETY OF HIGH ENERGY FEEDS • Cereal Mixture (approx. 14% protein/12.5 ME)

from £155 per tonne ex store

• Cereal Blend

(approx. 16% protein/13.2 ME)

from £160 per tonne ex store

• Mixed Pellets

(approx. 18% protein/14 ME)

from £170 per tonne ex store

1 tonne bags delivered anywhere in England & Wales:

• Cereal Mixture £205 delivered • Mixed Pellets £220 delivered • Cereal Blend £210 delivered

PAPER LIVESTOCK BEDDING Discount for bulk orders

Great alternative to expensive straw

£39 per tonne* Call Lincs-Bed For More Information on

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

*delivery charges applicable


Bulk, Tipped or Blown Reasonably Priced

Hay & Straw for Sale in all types of Bales. Good quality. Reasonable prices.


TEL: (01625) 531629 OR (01625) 522249

Tel: 01335 370790 Mobile: 07968 505014


cleaned fodder beet sugar beet. Delivered. Call I D Bailey & Son Tel: 01772 690002 or 07968 362227 Lancs


Good quality haylage wanted, suitable for horses. Round or square bales. Can collect. Tel: 01472 398696

The Calf Company Milk Powders

01724 841945





Good quality, quad bales, £42 a bale. COD.

Top Quality Hay & Straw.Cheshire All types of big bales.

Tel: 01406 380002, Lincs (P)

01829 782378 07710 933681


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


replacer. Full range of top quality products. Competitively priced. U.F.A.S reg. Tel: Chris 01522 680815 / 07778 743080 Nationwide

Delivery (T)

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Call 01772 799500 and place your ad today Feedstuffs & Bedding

Stables Arenas & Fencing


If it’s not our name on the bag, It’s NOT our salt!

Telephone: 01981 250301


From The Original Manufacturers of Kiln Dried Paper Bedding


• Super absorbent bedding ideal for dairy cows. • Kiln dried recycled paper fibre dried to 95% dry matter • Heat treated to control Yeasts and Moulds. • Fresh stock always available. • Bulk deliveries, self collection or Tote bags available. • Summer Fixed Price Contract now available!


Call DryMatter today to order or discuss your requirements 07484090110 or 01565830002


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

AFFORDABLE OPTIONS FOR • Cubicles • all bases incl sand • beef • dry cows • calves

Call now on 01772 860085



REDUCED PRICES NOW ON BULK SAWDUST! Save up to £800 on a full load!

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Nationwide delivery available immediately

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and delivered. Last of 2017 crop, fresh lifted. Tel Oldfield: 07831 486995, Huddersfield


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HAY For 2018 harvest. willing to take off field prefer big bales. Call Andrew Lloyd 07787551081 (P)


Although every advertisement is carefully checked, occasionally mistakes do occur.We therefore ask advertisers to assist by checking their advertisements carefully and advise us immediately should an error occur. We regret that we cannot accept responsibility for more than ONE INCORRECT insertion and that no re-publication will be granted in the case of typographical or minor changes which do not affect the value of the advertisement. While every endeavour will be made to meet the wishes of the advertisers, the publisher does not guarantee insertion of any particular advert.

Trailers & Boxes

Barlow Trailers Main distributor for Ifor Williams and Equitrek. Full range of Ifor Williams New & Used trailers inStock. TEL: 01772 600395 FAX: 01772 601389

Open 7 days

HFB Trailers Leek Ltd Main Distributors for Ifor Williams Trailers.

Lyme House Farm, Dunwood Lane, Rudyard, Leek, ST13 8RH Full range of Ifor Williams new & used trailers in stock. Tel: 01538 306212 Fax: 01538 306420 website:




Fuel & Renewable Energy


Good Housecoal Now £235 per tonne Wainwrights Ltd of Wetley Rocks specialising in fuels for both modern multifuel stoves and traditional open fires at affordable prices. Regular deliveries throughout North Staffs and into Cheshire. Loose loads supplied into your own vehicle at up to £35 per ton discount.


NOW CLOSED ON SATURDAYS UNTIL THE AUTUMN Grssy Lane Farm, Rownall Road, Wetley Rocks, ST9 0BP

01995 670888





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fter a cold and slow spring, we have suddenly seen a flurry of activity in the property market. In residential rural property we used to be able to predict the busy times – often directly after New Year when future resolutions have been agreed, or after the summer holidays when parents have time to get back online looking for the perfect property. But this is no longer the case and often we can neither predict nor explain spikes in interest. When it comes to land we are finding a similar trend, if you can call it that. Smaller blocks of land are either sitting on the market for months or flying off the shelf with

multiple potential buyers. The market for good quality farmland remains high and even land which has been poorly managed over recent years is selling. However, we are also seeing a slight increase in land sales being forced by lenders, typically the bank – a situation which surely any farmer seeks to avoid and historically farmers tend to shy away from selling assets, even when the future of the farm is potentially at stake. As a succession planning specialist, my focus is nearly always on planning for the future, and many families I work with refuse to entertain the idea of selling anything, however dire the situation they find themselves in. But is this the right thing to do? The whole point about succession planning is to make a sustain-

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able and workable plan which meets the family’s objectives for the future and this usually involves ensuring there is a viable business for family members to take over. If the borrowing-to-asset ratio is too high then there is generally only one outcome – either sell up or go

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COMMONFIELDS FARM NEWENT GLOUCESTERSHIRE Newent 1 mile, Ross on Wye 8 miles An attractive Grade II listed farmhouse in the most picturesque setting with a range of modern and traditional farm buildings and 189 acres of arable and pasture land. As a whole or in 6 lots Price: POA 01684 853400

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Productive livestock farm with extensive residential properties


Impeccable grassland farm only 10 minutes from the A66 ▪ Extending in total to approx 138.00 Ha (340.99 Ac) plus tracks, yards and buildings ▪ An impressive four double bedroom farm house with far reaching views ▪ Extensive modern agricultural buildings with livestock handling facilities ▪ Winter housing for 400 sheep and cubicles for 70 cattle ▪ Situated in a private but accessible location.


Available as a whole in up to Clitheroe: three lots and 15 for sale by private treaty. Skipton: 10ormiles, miles, Harrogate:

31 miles

Lot 1 - Farmhouse, range of modern and traditional buildings, meadow, pasture and woodland extending in total to approximately 120.67 Ha (298.18 Ac).

bedroom principal residence, bedroom farmhouse, twofence, approximately 7.10 Ha (17.54 Ac). Lot 25- Pasture land with an area of rough grazing3and mature trees within a single ring cottages andparcels, annex, traditional buildings Lot 3additional - Meadow land in two separate approximately 10.23 Ha (25.28with Ac).

conversion potential, excellent modern livestock buildings, grassland. Available as a whole for offers over £1,500,000 Available as a whole or in 5 lots. EPCs = E-F

Will Douglas Savills York 01904 617800 For further information please contact: Barnard Castle - 01833 690390 ▪ ▪ About 320 acres I OIEO £3.3 million

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Skipton: 10 miles, Clitheroe: 15 miles, Harrogate: 31 miles 5 bedroom principal residence, 3 bedroom farmhouse, two additional cottages and annex, traditional buildings with conversion potential, excellent modern livestock buildings, grassland. Available as a whole or in 5 lots. EPCs = E-F About 320 acres I OIEO £3.3 million

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A well located block of agricultural land extending to 57.78 acres (23.38 hectares) and providing areas of productive grassland with mature trees and a watercourse. The land is readily accessible to Dumfries with potential subject to planning consent for leisure and NORTH AND SOUTH equestrian uses. Offered for sale as a Whole or in Two Lots. Guide Price: Offers over £180,000 for the Whole

Riccall, Askern, Grimethorpe, Wadworth Greenriggs, Kelso, Scottish Borders Grassland, and woodland withtoamenity areas,acres A productive stockarable and arable farm extending around 112.8 (45.6let Ha)wind in a renowned farming area of the Scottish Borders. turbine and solar park, mixed tenure including 3 bedroom dwelling. vacant, AHA, short term FBT and licence agreements. General purpose buildings with some development potential. a whole woodland. or in 4 lots. 1.63 Available Hectares ofas hardwood Offered for sale as a whole to include the entitlements. EPC = E

About 373 acres I Guide £1.58 million

Closing Date for Offers 12 Noon on Friday 15th June 2018 Guide Price: Offers over £865,000


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SCOTS GAP | NORTHUMBERLAND An imposing Victorian country house with equestrian 01904 617800 facilities and approximately 24 acres Offers Over £2m


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Desirable arable farm overlooking the Firth of Tay BY CUPAR, FIFE

Newburgh: 4 miles, Cupar: 9 miles Farmhouse (2 reception rooms, 4 bedrooms), modern farm buildings including cattle courts and grain storage, traditional steading, 3 former salmon netting bothies, diversification opportunities, 327 acres arable land, 91 acres grazing, 92 acres woodland. EPC = F About 523 acres I Offers over £3 million

Evelyn Channing Savills Edinburgh

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A first class Dairy/Arable Farm extending to around 170 acres. A first class Dairy/Arable Farm extending to around 170 acres. • An attractive period Farmhouse of great charm and character • Well appointed accommodation extending to over 3,500 sqft • Traditional Farm buildings with significant potential • Extensive modern Livestock buildings • Versatile Farmland in convenient sized enclosures •Extending to around 170 acres

All enquiries Allen Gittins/Jon Quinn Ellesmere Office. 01691 622602


The well renowned and noted stock rearing unit Block Farm, Kerry, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4PJ Available as a whole or in lots extending to a total of 192.68 acres Lot 1 – Block Famrhouse, Farmbuildings and 62.51 acres of land Lot 2 – Cefn Gwyn Farmland extending to 69.98 acres Lot 3 – Land Known as Pantyllidiart Hill extending to 21.42 acres Lot 4 – Land Known as Parrys Hill extending to 12.42 acres Lot 5 – Land at The Court, Hodley extending to 26.35 acres Particulars available from Buttington Cross Office 01938 552371 Ref: RDE/JOE



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A breath-taking Lake District property overlooking Loweswater and the surrounding fells. This well-maintained property presents a unique opportunity to purchase a Lakeland hill farm with up to 170 acres land. This property will appeal to both farmers and investors with Mitchells Land Agency able to provide a full range of management services to investors. Please contact the office for further details.


FG For Sale Broughton Nr Preston 13.5 acres (5.5 Ha) Agricultural land for sale – north of village access off Woodplumpton Lane for sale as a whole or in lots. Offers invited – Ref DB

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Hawkshaw Nr Bury 4.64 acres (1.87 Ha) Grassland with amenity/equestrian potential available in up to 3 lots – offers as a whole over £50,000. Ref RBP Weir, Nr Burnley Imposing 4 bed barn conversion with swimming pool/health spa within 1 acre of garden/hardstanding but with other land and buildings available by negotiation. £645,000. EPC rating E. Ref: Scar Top RBP Barton Nr Preston Former village school and school house offered for sale for redevelopment – one or two dwellings. Site area 282m². Offers over £135,000. Ref RBP Land

Residential Development Land Opportunities Various sized parcels – north west locations – full details on request or see website Ref DB All enquiries- Lea Hough Chartered Surveyors, Oakshaw House, 2 Capricorn Park, Blakewater Road, Blackburn, BB1 5QR Tel 01254 260196 or email

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218 Acres (88 Ha) of productive Arable Land A ring fenced block of farmland with frontage to the B1200 Louth to Manby Road at the foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds.

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For Sale by Formal Tender as a whole Tender date 6th July 2018, before 12 noon

A 76 acre farm with a four bed stone farmhouse, a bungalow and a range of farm and poultry buildings providing around 28,000 sq.ft. of accommodation. Consent granted for 2 conversions to dwellings and potential for further conversions. The southern land adjoins a proposed housing development and may have potential hope for future development.

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01772 878142 Unit 211, Walton Summit Road, Bamber Bridge, Lancashire. PR5 8AQ #Over 40 MPG figure applies to the manual transmission models. MPG figures are official EU test figures for comparative purposes and may not reflect real driving results. Official fuel figures for the Isuzu D-Max range in MPG (l/100km): Urban 30.4 - 38.7 (9.3-7.3). Extra Urban 40.9 - 50.4 (6.9 - 5.6). Combined 36.2 - 45.6 (7.8 - 6.2). CO2 emissions 163 - 205g/km. For full details please contact your local Isuzu dealer or visit *3.5 tonne towing applies to all 4x4 models. **125,000 mile/5 year (whichever comes first) warranty applies to all new Isuzu D-Max models. Terms and conditions apply.

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ISUZU D-MAX FURY DOUBLE CAB (2015) FD65 OFY 16,950 mls, 2.5ltr, Bluetooth, Load Liner, Tow Bar. Fine example, call Tom Johnston - 07595 412243

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10ft Silage Fork Harrdox tines volvo & JCB Bracket, £2,450 +VAT

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Strimech NEW Unused BALE TRAILER - NEW

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£9,950 +VAT


8 stud axles mini super singles, air + hyd. Brakes, sheep deck with hyd ramp, slurry tank, front head board, LED strobe beacon, demountable body

£18,500 +VAT

Slurry / Effluent Pump

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NEW UNUSED Hyundai 3 ton,

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Backwash Filter for Iron Removal

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Hot & Cold Water P.T.O. Pressure Washers & Drain Jetters

3000psi/200bar Upto30L/min TwinLancemachines 100mDrainJetting

Tel: 01756 794291 Skipton. N.Yorkshire


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Dump Trailers 750L OR 1000L


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ATV Tyres in Stock 2015 Honda TRX250TME 4X2 VGC G/tyres £2,850.00 2012 Honda 420FMC 4x4 GC good tyres £3,250.00 2015 Honda 420FM2 4x4x2 VGC 15 Reg. £3,950.00 2016 Honda 500FM2 4x4x2 GC Man. P/Steer £5,250.00 All our Used machines are subject to VAT and come with Guarantee


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Muck & Slurry PERMASTORE SLURRY TANK FOR SALE 344000 gallons capacity. Excellent condition Brand new in 2004. Used for only 4 years £POA Tel 01746763241 / 07746035563 Shropshire (P)

Tractors & Equipment Wanted




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

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Pro-Clean Ratchet Scraper & Backing Gate Systems

“Often Copied Never Equalled”


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FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT: Dairypower Smart Slurry Aeration Systems Tel: 01772 422 292


Enviroseal provide a complete range of products for slurry storage SLURRY LAGOON LINERS Comprehensive 25 year warranty Materials meet EA and SEPA requirements Installed and tested by certified technicians


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The KC Bruiser The high output processing solution for traditional flat rolled grain. The KC Bruiser will process grain up to 25% moisture through its pair of 2ft diameter rollers, achieving outputs from 15 to 40 tonnes/hour. E: T: 01458 252281

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JCB Agri Super Handlers

2011 MF 5455, 40K DYNA 4, C/W MXT10 LOADER, £29,950+ VAT P V DOBSONS LEVENS KENDAL 015395 60833


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


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22hp 42’ cut with collector. Totally new and unused. Cost £3500, will accept £1950. Can deliver.

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CASE INTERNATIONAL 895 4WD 40k, quickie 3360 loader & bucket, good condition, £5650 ono + vat Tel: 01283 224238 Mob: 07802 321004 S Derbys (T)

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MICHELIN 420/80X46,

PAIR KLEBER 12.4X46 row crop wheels - Tel: 07976 715896 (T)


John Deere 1360 very clean machine


BREAKING Combines JD, Claas, MF, NH, Laverda, Deutz Fahr and Dania J.J Cowap & Sons, Agricultural Salvage - Tel : 01829 760263

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MCHALE V660 BELT BALERS 2012 30000 BALES £16000 DUE IN


TAARUP 2428 9’ DISC MOWER £3000



Case IH Puma 165 powershift trans c/w front linkage & PTO, 1569 hrs 650x42 & 540x30 tyres, 16 plate £59,950.00 + vat

Case IH Puma 230 CVX, 50K trans c/w front linkage & PTO, 5700 hrs 710 60x42 & 600 60x30 tyres, 13 plate £49,500.00 + vat

Claas 230 Elios, 88hp, 14 plate 2742 hrs, £19,500.00 + vat

Case IH JX1100U, 4WD, 05 plate, £13,500.00 + vat

2018 Season Ex Demo Pottinger 5010L Europrofi Combiline loader wagon. POA

Ex Demo Case IH Puma 150 CVX, 50K, 650x42 & 540x30 tyres POA


657247 • MOBILE: 07957 363895 Townson Tractors Ltd, West End, Hellifield, North Yorkshire, BD23 4HE


2017 NewHolland T7.245 PC Tractor. 200HP + Boost. 670Hrs. 50K. Air. F/Links .. ................................£73,950

New NH T6.180 Tractor 6 Cyl 145Hp + Boost 16x16 40K F/ Axle & Cab Susp.................. .......................................POA


2014 JD 7280R Tractor. 3365Hrs F/Links 50K GPS StarFire 3000 ................... ..............................£78,000

Silage Feeding Trailer Calf/ Bull Beef Feeders 15x5 Bunker Feeder Greenfield Works, Ballylough Road, Castlewellan, Co. Down, BT31 9JQ, Northern Ireland

T: +44 (0) 28 4377 8711 W: New JCB 8026CTS Mini Excavator. OPW 2867Kg. M/Q/H 3 Buckets.................... ....................................£24,500

NH BR6090 RF Round Baler. Un Used. Net. Rotor Feeder ................................................ .................................. £19,250

Un Used Pottinger EURO TOP 421N Rake............................. ................................................ .................................... £5,950





John Deere 530 Mower for sale Very clean tidy machine motors shafts 100% bed is perfect not abused


DOWDESWELL 4 furUn Used. Old Stock. POTTINGER NOVA-CAT 402 Plain Disc Mower. 3.88M Cut ................................ £10,750

Used Ex Demo. POTTINGER NOVA-CAT 730 “Butterfly” Twin Rear Disc Mower. 7.24M Cut...................£12,500

Ex Demo Pottinger HIT 4.54 Tedder. 5.4M 4 Rotor. Hyd Lift.. ...................................................... ......................................... £4,850

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

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Lime spreading could finally have married output with precision following the development of KRM Bredal’s latest trailed K105 spreader. Geoff Ashcroft caught up with R.J.R. Contracting to see the first unit at work in the UK.

New spreader concept increases productivity F or many years, low density materials such as lime and chalk have posed a considerable challenge when it comes to application. Working widths from spinning disc-type lime spreaders have plateaued at 12-15 metres, making applications from most modern tramline spacings almost impossible without introducing additional wheelings. This puts the pressure on at harvest too, waiting for combines to clear fields so spreading on stubbles can begin in earnest in the narrowest of working windows. But this is not the only challenge facing spreading contractors. The narrow working width does little to promote output, as contractor Robert Redman, Mount Hill Farm, Tetsworth, Oxfordshire, explains. “We have been lime spreading for the last three years using a Bredal K105, equipped with weigh cells. It has been a great machine and its accuracy has been superb. But when you have to run up and down fields at 12m working widths, output is severely compromised as there is too much running around to cover the acreage. “If we spread 250-300 tonnes in a day, then it really was a good day.”


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Spreader specifications n Model: KRM Bredal K105XE n Capacity: 8,600 litres n Spread width: Lime up to 30 metres, fertiliser up to 48m n Variable rate: Yes n Section control: Auto start/stop at headlands n In-cab controls: IsoBus n Price: From £79,495

The answer he sought is now found among the latest KRM Bredal range, with the arrival of the XE model, a spreader which has seen its centrally-mounted spinning discs

I can see huge potential for this new machine. It will enable us to apply lime accurately on 24m tramlines into standing crop ROBERT REDMAN

Robert Redman hopes to expand his lime spreading operation from 14,000-20,000 tonnes per year.

replaced by a wide spreading unit. Launched at Lamma 2018, the spreading unit increases the distance between the discs to 6m and, in doing so, boosts the spreading width up to 30m with lime and offers a significant increase in work rate.

Capacities Available in two capacities, the 8,600-litre K105XE and the larger 12,500-litre, twin axle K135XE, the key to the Bredal XE system is the use of two lateral conveyor belts at the back of the machine. These feed material from the central discharge belt, out to the spreader’s 700mm diameter, four-vane discs. These conveyors also fold vertically for transport, reducing the machine’s overall width to 3m. Adjustment of disc speed and drop-on point are used to tweak the working width. And for headland control, the operator can adjust the

speed of the disc closest to the headland, to determine a sharper cut-off at the field boundary. With a change of disc to six-vane units, KRM says the unit is capable of applying granular fertilisers up to 48m. The fertiliser kit includes electric actuators for the drop-on point, with adjustment taking place automatically to suit the product being applied and the required spread width. A calibration kit is used to determine material density, which is entered into the machine’s control system along with the desired application rate and working width. Being IsoBus ready, the Bredal XE spreader offers plug and play compatibility. Bought for the 2018 season, the K105XE operated by R.J.R. Contracting offers the potential for wider working widths, in addition to section control capability, with

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USER STORY The KRM Bredal K105XE’s design affords a comfortable 24-metre working width

John Deere’s extended terminal enables spreader operation on one screen, with application maps and guidance shown on the other.

When folded for transport, the wide spreading unit is about 13ft high, so you need to be aware of trees and overhanging branches ROBERT REDMAN auto start/stop at headlands and variable rate control using prescription maps. “We are finding our feet with the spreader on grassland, ahead of the summer rush for applications to stubbles,” he says. “Though it is equally important for grassland to receive a dose of lime to help release nitrogen and encourage yields. “It has been a great opportunity to fine-tune the spreader at different working widths and, because of this, I can see huge potential for this new machine. It will enable us to apply lime accurately on 24m tramlines into standing crop and it will also let us fit into controlled traffic systems. “We have yet to try the spreader for fertiliser work, but it is good to know it has this capability,” he says. Coupled to the firm’s John Deere 6215R, the spreader is making the most of the tractors’ touch-screen terminals. This sees the JD’s 4600 command centre display joined by a secondary, identical 10in touch-screen display which is piggy-backed off the armrest screen and uses the command centre for computing power. One is used for spreader control and the other for application maps and steering guidance.

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“We like the simplicity of the extended terminal system combined with IsoBus. There is no need for additional control boxes in the cab and we do not need to flick between on-screen pages to see different processes,” he says. “Though we have added a rear-view camera so we can watch what goes on behind the spreader in-field and on-road.” It is on the road where the spreader needs to be watched. “When folded for transport, the wide spreading unit is about 13ft high, so you need to be aware of trees and over-hanging branches, particularly in narrow lanes when moving from farm to farm. The components most likely to get damaged are the spinning discs, which then become the highest point on the machine. Fortunately, they are protected by guards around the edges, but we do need to be careful.”

additional oil cooling given the integration of hydrostatic drives for every element of the spreader. We are working closely with KRM and our local dealer Farol, to make sure the spreader gets the updates and modifications it may need.” Contract spreading for Norfolk-based Needham Chalks, Mr Redman and his team have been applying 12,000-14,000t per year. Typically, applications are taking place throughout Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Berkshire, with about 2,000t applied to a mix of grassland and

spring-sown crops, with the remainder applied post-harvest. With the new spreader, he expects an increase in productivity to see the annual workload increase to 20,000t, keeping a two-man team engaged on a wide variety of applications. “Working at 24m, we have almost doubled our output, and 500t per day is now our benchmark. I see no reason why we cannot extend our operating season with this new spreader to include lime applications after a crop has been drilled – either pre- or post-emergence.”


Solution He says one possible solution which the Danish manufacturer might like to consider would be a hydraulically raised and lowered central element, similar to that employed by sprayer manufacturers for boom height control. “It would be handy to be able to lower the spreading unit once folded for transport, just to shave a bit off its overall height. There is plenty of ground clearance at the back of the spreader,” he says. With the wide spreading unit unfolded in the field, the spreading discs can be seen from the cab, and are also easy to watch using the tractor’s mirrors. Coupled by a ball hitch, and using only hydraulic drive for the spreader, the tractor is able to use its power beyond functionality and work efficiently at lower revs than those needing a pto drive, says Mr Redman. “The spreader does have its own on-board hydraulic oil tank, though it will probably need some form of

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MACHINERY More suited to working on hills, Bauer has introduced new low profile models to its BSA range of steel slurry tankers. Jane Carley takes a look.

Stable slurry spreading


esigned to offer a lower centre of gravity and increased stability, Bauer has added Lowliner models to its range of steel tankers from BSA. The new model becomes part of the slurry and irrigation specialist’s expanding range of slurry and digestate tankers. This complements Bauer’s moulded design polytankers and allsteel versions from its German sub-

sidiary BSA. Introduced in 2017, the steel versions provide a high-specification option to suit contractors and also large farms running their own anaerobic digestion plants. However, it soon became clear there was demand for a version with a lower centre of gravity. Bauer slurry equipment specialist Rob Jackson explains: “We have had interest from contractors in the Pennines and north Wales looking to benefit from the lower centre

FILLING AND EMPTYING FOR filling, the tankers can be specified with a front-mounted suction tube to take a load on board from either left or right. Depending on tanker size, pumping is taken care of by either a 4,000- or 6,000-litre/min BSA screw pump. As with all Bauer BSA pump tankers, the Lowliner’s tank is divided into two chambers with a flow control system which sees the rear chamber empty first, before automatically

switching to emptying the front compartment. This is designed to maintain weight on the drawbar and the tractor’s rear wheels, which also minimises liquid surge on the road and in the field. It is an arrangement which significantly boosts the tractor’s traction and overall stability. In common with their larger siblings, Lowliner models can be specified with GPS application control equipment and auto-filling via a switchbox or IsoBus terminal.

Bauer’s latest tankers are designed with hills in mind.

of gravity when working on hilly land, but who still want a high specification tanker.” To achieve this, rather than use a cylindrical shape tank, the Lowliner’s tank profile is oblong. Cut-outs in the tank accommodate the large wheel assemblies fitted. As a result, the tanker sits significantly lower, with the centre of gravity some 250mm lower than a cylindrical tanker, which gives it added stability for road travel and when working on sloping ground, says the manufacturer. Capacities are 13,500, 15,750 and 18,000 litres (14-16cu.m), which is slightly less than the standard range.

Lowliner specifications n Capacities: 13,500, 15,750 and 18,000 litres (14-16cu.m) n Pump: Screw type, with 4,000 or 6,000 litres/min capacity n Dribble bar widths: 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27 and 30 metres n Running gear: Twin- and tri-axles with 650 tyres as standard (can fit 750s) n Options: Filling arm, automatic filling and GPS section control n Retail prices: From £55,000 for a 14cu.m capacity tanker

APPLICATORS A CHOICE of application systems are available to suit different terrain, crops and tramline layouts, including standard dribble bars from nine- to 18-metre widths, and from 21-30m with the heavy-duty version. During the boom folding for transport, all sections rotate to an upright position to prevent drips from the flexible dribble tubes. Outer boom

sections, which can be 18m to 27m wide, depending upon the overall width of the boom, fold on to the main section for transport.

Widths The boom can also be operated in this configuration, with outer sections folded, to provide a choice of working widths for crop top-dressing when travelling along tramlines.

TANK CONSTRUCTION HEAVY-DUTY bogie-type running gear with independent wheel movement improves towing on the road and rough tracks, and the design allows a generous angle for the rear axle’s passive or active rear steering system, minimising tyre scrub on tight turns. Standard tyre specification is 650s, but Mr Jackson suggests 710 or even 750s are commonly fitted. 92 | JUNE 1 2018

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Air suspension or hydraulic suspension systems with parabolic springs are available. Corrosion protection is a key feature of the Bauer BSA range given the nature of the material they spread. The welded steel tanks are hot-dip galvanized inside and out and feature a powder coating paint finish, and the chassis is also fully galvanised.

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GT-Line gets an eight-speed automatic transmission to make the most of its 2.2-litre engine.

Kia’s Sorento GT-Line an evolved beast rRoad test: Kia

Sorento GT-Line By Geoff Ashcroft ONCE a budget workhorse, Kia’s Sorento has evolved into an upmarket seven-seat SUV. But it comes at a price as this new Sorento range starts at £28,995 and peaks at a not-so-budget £42,610. However, a lot has changed over three generations of the Sorento. While KX-1, KX-2 and KX-3 trim levels remain, GT-Line and GTLine S have been added to the range for those seeking a sportier feel from their South Korean barge. Changes are more visual than dynamic. It gives the GT-Line, as tested by Farmers Guardian, 19in double-spoke alloy wheels, stainless steel side steps, red brake calipers, twin exhaust pipes and projection headlights. The interior gets black leather trim with light-grey highlight stitching and a leather-trimmed steering wheel. It also gets a £41,995 price tag, putting it among premium-brand rivals. A far better development is the inclusion of an eight-speed automatic transmission to replace the previous six-speeder. But rather than reach for an existing box, Kia created its own.

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Need to know n Model: Kia Sorento GT-Line n Price: £41,995 (£41,995 as tested) n Engine: 2.2-litre turbo diesel, 197hp, 441Nm @ 1,750-2,750rpm n Transmission: Eight-speed auto, four-wheel drive n Performance: 9.1sec 0-62mph, 127mph, 43.5mpg combined, 170g/km CO2 emissions n Towing capacity: 2,000kg

The transmission offers up to five different shift modes and three different throttle programmes, accessed simply through the drive mode select. Despite the choices, the standard setup really makes the most of the relaxed nature of the existing 2.2-litre engine’s 197hp and 441Nm of torque and the new gearbox really does make the engine shine.

Kia’s latest Sorento GT-Line is packed with kit and practicality.

too far up the rev range. It remains a relaxed drive, despite its sporty aspirations. Perhaps the only downside of the auto gearbox is its 2,000kg towing capacity – 500kg less than the manual version.

Specification Kia continues to deliver with specification. The GT-Line is packed with kit, and it even includes a heated steering wheel. Though the sun visors need a rethink – pulling the driver’s visor down does obscure half the rear-view mirror. A generous level of practicality

sees the middle row of seats split 40:20:40, though you do not get a totally flat load floor when seats are folded. Middle seats also slide back and forth to share legroom when the third row is used, and seats six and seven can be dropped into the load floor too. This leaves a generous and practical load space with little intrusion from the rear wheel arches. Kia has also thought about the load cover too, which can be removed and stowed under the boot floor when not required. Despite the price tag, you do get a lot of car for your money. There is lots of useful load space in the back.

Well matched So well matched are the engine and gearbox it almost avoids the need to find more power or a bigger engine, to move the Sorento’s 1,953kg kerb weight. Shifts are smooth and the engine sounds much less vocal as a result of it sliding through more ratios without having to extend its rpm JUNE 1 2018 | 93

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MACHINERY ALSTRONG AUCTUS GRASSLAND REJUVENATOR DESIGNED as a heavy-duty grassland rejuvenator, the Irishbuilt Alstrong Auctus combines several adjustable elements enabling it to adapt to various conditions and requirements. Making its UK working debut, the three-metre machine can be used as a one-pass reseeding system in burnt off pastures, and cultivated or ploughed land. And by adjusting a couple of the machine’s elements, it can also be used to rejuvenate grassland. Weighing in at 4.5 tonnes, the

machine can be ballasted up to 5.3t for harder/drier conditions. This is done by filling the main roller.

Paddles First up in its arsenal of groundengaging equipment are two rows of heavy-duty paddles. These can be adjusted hydraulically, with a sliding scale showing the operator the angle of adjustment. Next up is the machine’s 600mm diameter toothed roller, which also offers an aerating action. Following

While the humble spring tine harrow still has a place when it comes to grassland man seeding, there are now a whole host of other alternatives on the market. James Ric

Maximising grassland p WOX AGRI SERVICES REJUVENATOR WOX’s one-pass grassland rejuvenator has been on the market for 13 years and has evolved to allow various elements to be combined with its base machine. This modular design, says the manufacturer, allows a very flexible approach to grassland management, whether harrowing, aerating, over-seeding, or carrying out a complete reseed. The base unit comprises a ripper board, two rows of 12mm spring tines and the firm’s 45/50cm selfcleaning rear roller. A 5cm difference in the roller’s serrated segments (half are 45cm in diameter, with every other segment 50cm in diameter) gives the roller its self-cleaning ability.

The ripper board and tines are fully adjustable, allowing the machine to adapt to conditions. A 410-litre hopper offers up to 16 outlets, depending on width of machine. Seed rates for grass can be up to 40kg/hectare. The machine can also be used on ploughed, cultivated or burnt off ground for a full reseed, and can be used to establish cereal crops. An aerator can be added to the front, while the manufacturer’s Harrow Flex spring tine harrowing element can be mounted to the front of the tractor. Machine widths are from three-12 metres. Retail prices start from £12,993 for the base unit, £7,600 for the aerator, and £6,100 for the Harrow Flex.

VREDO DISC SEEDER OFFERED in the UK by JC Machinery, Vredo has been a big advocate of planting grass seed rather than just broadcasting it. This, it says, provides better seed to soil contact resulting in a much higher germination rate. Latest updates to its full width box drills include improvements to the lid and rear of the seed hopper, which now have more rounded shapes. The curved edges encourage the funnelling of seed towards the cam wheel, says the manufacturer, offering accuracy. Lid chains have also been replaced by gas struts, allowing the lid to close smoothly, making the 94 | JUNE 1 2018

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machine safer when filling the hopper. A new option is a seed grill to protect the agitator shaft, which also serves as a sieve to filter out any unwanted debris. The gear box, which is also used to set the seed dosing rate, gets a spindle adjustment making calibration of the seeder easier, while improving accuracy, says the manufacturer. Tried and tested features include its double disc seed coulters, spaced at 7.5cm. Each coulter is individually mounted, allowing them to independently float and follow ground contours, offering improved accuracy.

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MACHINERY this are two rows of adjustable 12mm spring tines, behind which are eight seed outlets. Bringing up the rear is a ring roller. A 300- or 600-litre hopper can be specified, with GPS-controlled seed metering. As well as grass seed, rape, kale, linseed and mustard crops, for example, can all be established with the Auctus, says the manufacturer. The machine is available through UK distributor AMIA, retailing at £23,000 plus VAT, including a 300-litre hopper.

and management and mes Rickard reports.

SIMTECH TINE SEEDER FAMOUS for its heavy duty direct drill tine seeders, previously built by New Zealand firm Aitchison, Simtech is now building its own machines. Ideal for livestock farms, its range of T-Sem Grass drills are capable of handling a wide variety of seeds and seed rates; down to 1kg/hectare for clover and up to 400kg/ha for beans.

Light Seed is sown via springmounted, winged boot tines. These are preceded by cutting discs and are said to produce a mini greenhouse effect for seeds to germinate, creating a seed

zone which lets in light and moisture, protecting the seed from drying out. The action of the winged boot also has the added bonus of pruning the roots of previous grasses in the seed zone, reducing competition for the emerging new grasses. Seeds are effectively established in bands, spaced 15cm

apart, with tines staggered across three rows. From its 500-litre, full width box, seed is metered by novel sponge metering wheels which allow for any type of seed to be used. Metering is mechanically-driven. Either a 2.4 or a three-metre machine can be specified, starting from an on-farm price of £17,350.

d potential MASCHIO ROTASEEDER AS featured in our recent Machinery and Tractor Magazine, the Maschio Rotaseeder sees its importer, Opico, combine the machine with a Hatzenbichler seeding unit to create a one-pass seeding outfit. Opico’s James Woolway says: “We have had many customers buy our rotavators and combine

them with a seeder, so it made sense to offer them a complete package.” The Rotaseeder is said to be suited to areas which require a full grass reseed but which are not suitable for ploughing, such as sloping, or shallow or stony land. As well as establishing grass leys, the combination can also be used to sow cover crops, game cover crops and be used to quickly manage field margins under stewardship schemes. Machine widths vary from 2.05 metres to 3.3m with maximum power ratings from 130 to 240hp. Blade choices include C and L types. However, for stony soils the firm recommends spiked versions. Seed metering is electric, with forward speed measured via radar.

HE-VA SWARD REJUVENATOR MORE aggressive than just a tine harrow, He-Va’s Sward Rejuvenator, distributed by Opico, combines sprung-mounted slicing plates, two rows of 12mm spring tines and a serrated star roller at the rear. Said to be ideal for ‘tufty’ old grass, the machine can also be used on ploughed land to cultivate and seed in one pass. All elements of the machine are adjustable allowing it to be tailored to conditions and

requirements. A seeding unit offers rates of up to 80kg/ hectare, with seed distributed via eight outlets across the working width of the machine.

Speeds Mounted and trailed versions of the machine are available from three-6.3 metres. The manufacturer says ideal working speeds are from 8-12kph, with speed required to break down clods. Prices start from £18,254.

DAL-BO MAXI ROLL GREEN LINE ROLLER BASED on its Maxi Roll Green Line roller offering, Dal-Bo can fit this base unit with a variety of grassland management attachments, including cracker and levelling boards, spring tines and slicing plates. The flexible unit can also be specified with a choice of rollers; flat, Cambridge or serrated. To prevent scuffing when turning, the flat roller features rounded edges. Attachments are mounted via a parallel in front of the roller. These can be hydraulically lifted out of

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This year’s Farmers Guardian-supported National Beef Association Beef Expo was held at Shrewsbury Auction Market. Angela Calvert and Hannah Park report.

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STANDING top of the supreme line-up in a quality show of commercial cattle was the champion female, British Blue cross heifer Ayanna from T.A. and L.C. Lyon and Son, Bourne, Lincolnshire. This is the second win at Beef Expo for the Lyon show team, after first taking the top spot in 2013. Bred by J. Reed, Cumbria, it was bought privately and has been a regular on the show scene so far this year, taking first in its class at Countryside Live, commercial beef champion at Newark and reserve champion at Woodall Spa, Lincolnshire. Weighing 498kg, it was shown at 16 months old. Judge Neil Slack, Penrith, said: “This heifer stood out, with good lines and no waste. It was hard to fault, with good meat and a handy weight. The championship line-up was superb and there was not a lot between the top two.” Taking reserve supreme was male champion No Likey from Melanie Alford, Devon, which was bought from the Brecon show potential sale for £2,500. The

11-month-old steer weighed 520kg on its first outing and will be shown next at the Royal Cornwall Show. Reserve female went to Phil and Sharon Sellers, Lincoln, with a 14-month-old Limousin heifer She’s a Diva by Lodge Hamlet out of a Limousin cow. Weighing 554kg, it was bought in November 2017 at the English Winter Fair. It will be heading to Lincoln, Norfolk and the Royal Welsh shows this summer. Wilkinson and Marwood, Leyburn, took the reserve male title with Marley, a June 2017-born Limousin cross steer. By Waindale Ufo, it was having its first outing and was shown by 19-year-old Beth Wilkinson.

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Supreme and female champion, British Blue cross Ayanna, a heifer from T.A. and L.C. Lyon and Son, Bourne, Lincolnshire.

Baby beef Two heifers were called as supreme and reserve in the baby beef section, with judge Michael Alford, Devon, tapping out Scarlet from Morgan and Jones, Llandovery, as his supreme champion. Speaking of his choice, he said: “It was a very correct animal, with smooth lines and a lot of potential.” The nine-month-old Limousin cross heifer was bought privately and bred by B. Hughes, Lampeter. By a Limousin bull and out of a

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Heifers reign supreme at Beef Expo

Reserve female champion, She’s a Diva, a Limousin-sired heifer from Phil and Sharon Sellers, Lincoln.

Limousin cross British Blue cow, it tipped the scales at 350kg and was making its showring debut. Standing reserve was Little Gem, from Phil and Sharon Sellers, Lincoln. Also on its first outing, the eight-month-old Limousin heifer

was bred by P.J. and T.A. Jones, Powys, and was bought from the Ruthin show potential sale. Top steer in the baby beef classes went to Phil Price, Hereford, with Stormzy. The October 2017-born Limousin tipped the scales at 360kg.

Reserve baby beef champion, Little Gem, a Limousin heifer from Phil and Sharon Sellers, Lincoln.

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FOLLOWING the national commercial cattle show was the annual South Devon performance championships, judged by Gordon Tully, Brixham, Devon. Mr Tully is also a regular exhibitor with a herd of 90 pedigree South Devons at home. He chose AI X Rufford SAS Quest from R.W. and S.M. Bostelmann,

An excellent type which will go on to breed very well in the future GORDON TULLY Results

National Commercial Cattle Show Overall championship (Judge, N. Slack, Penrith) Supreme and female, T.A. and L.C. Lyon and Son, Ayanna (British Blue cross); reserve and male, M. Alford, No Likey (Limousin cross); res. fem., P. and S. Sellers, She’s A Diva (Limousin); res. male, Wilkinson and Marwood, Marley (Limousin cross); Baby beef (M. Alford, Devon) Sup., Morgan and

Eccleshall, Staffordshire, as his supreme champion. January 2017-born, this home-bred bull is by Rufford SAS Dillon and out of AI Z Rufford Erica and was on its first outing. It will also be competing at the Shropshire and Suffolk shows this summer. Mr Tully said: “This was a very correct bull, smooth fleshed and with beautiful balance – an excellent type which will go on to breed very well in the future.” Taking reserve was Z Cilgwrrwg Cariad from Richard Hartshorn, Telford. By Z Eyton Trusty 3, out of Cilgwrrwg SAS Xanthippe, the May 2017-born polled heifer is from six generations of home-bred dams and was on its first outing. It will next be competing at the Shropshire and Royal Cheshire shows.

South Devon champion, Al X Rufford SAS Quest, from R.W. and S.M. Bostelmann, Staffordshire.

Jones, Scarlet (Limousin cross); res., P. and S. Sellers, Little Gem (Limousin).

South Devon Performance Championships Inter-breed (G.H. Tully, Devon) Supreme and male, R.W. and S.M. Bostelmann, AI X Rufford SAS Quest; res. and fem., R.V. Hartshorn, Z Cilgwrrwg Cariad; res. male, M.E. and T.E. Broome, Z Welland Valley Comrade; res. fem., J.R. Hadley, Knightcote Ann 53.

South Devons in the ring for the breed’s annual performance championships.

Mixed fortunes for organic beef sector WITH organic beef making up fewer than 1 per cent of overall retail sales, communicating with consumers as to why organic beef is more expensive than conventionally reared is vital to drive sales. That was the message from speakers at the organic seminar at Beef Expo. Steven Feehan, group livestock manager for ABP, said: “Shoppers are buying beef less often and in lesser volumes. Major retailers are offering an increasing number of

premium range beef lines, all of which eat into the market for organic. “Shoppers need a reason to buy organic and all parts of the organic industry from farmers and processors through to marketers need one message to promote it.” In spite of the small volume of sales, Mr Feehan said ABP remained committed to supporting organic producers, paying them a bonus above the base price and a minimum

guaranteed price of 400p/kg to ensure a continuous supply. However, he said organic farmers needed to drive efficiencies to improve their price position and should consider benchmarking against other organic producers. He suggested improved grassland management and aiming to have more cattle ready to sell from June to September when traditionally there was a shortage and the price is higher, were also options. In contrast, Richard Smith, of

Daylesford Organics, which sells 100 per cent organic produce, said demand and turnover was increasing, with 27 per cent growth for organic meat forecast. However, he agreed organic beef was perceived as something special bought as a treat and getting the message out to consumers about its sustainable production would become increasingly important. He also said he disliked the label ‘organic’ and would prefer the term ‘free-range’ to be used.

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New dairy science site makes promise of relevant research rUniversity centre to

increase cow numbers By Jonathan Wheeler NOTTINGHAM University opened its new £6 million Centre for Dairy Science with a promise it will conduct research of practical value to dairy farmers. The new 7,500sq.m facility has been built alongside the university’s existing dairy unit (5,800sq.m) and will allow the university to increase cow numbers from about 240 to 360 within two years. That will allow it to expand the range of projects it runs, examining all aspects of managing high yielding dairy cows, including nutrition, feeding, health and welfare and behaviour. Nottingham runs a closed, allyear-round calving herd of 240 cows, with 210 in-milk at any time. Current yields are about 11,500 litres/cow.

Essential The new facility has been funded by the university, the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Livestock (CIEL) and Innovate UK. It brings together Nottingham University’s School of Biosciences and its Veterinary Medicine and Science School, and will work with a range of selected business partners. Opening it, Sir Peter Kendall, chairman of AHDB and himself a Nottingham University graduate, said facilities like it were essential if the industry was to thrive in future. He said: “We do not know what is going to happen after Brexit. But there are many indications there will be less support for the industry and more competition as we have to offer access to other countries.

Nottingham University’s new dairy unit will allow for more research projects.

This sort of investment is critical. We need to be outward looking and make sure this technology has an impact on farm SIR PETER KENDALL “This sort of investment is critical and we need to be outward looking and inspired by the best in

the world and make sure this technology has an impact on-farm.” Prof Phil Garnsworthy, from the University’s School of Biosciences, said the unit would be run as commercially as possible. Many of the research projects are being designed in response to an extensive consultation programme with 22 modern commercial dairy farms to ensure they are relevant.

Performance Running a closed herd enabled the university to research ‘whole farm’ feed efficiency, considering both heifer and milking herd diets, with the aim of achieving longer, more productive lives. “A lot of cows are wasted due to becoming infertile after two or three lactations,” Prof Garns-

5,000 Welsh herds screened for BVD WALES has reached a significant milestone in its bid to eradicate bovine viral diarrhoea from the national herd with a Government-funded screening programme testing 5,000 herds. The programme, which started in September 2017, runs for three years. At the end of that period it is 98 | JUNE 1 2018

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hoped Government will consider a mandatory testing programme. Peredur Hughes, chairman of the Wales Animal Health and Welfare Framework Group, says the uptake by farmers had been encouraging. He says: “The Welsh Government, through the Rural Develop-

ment Programme, has made £10 million available. Therefore, farmers must make full use of this because, given Brexit, future funding for programmes is uncertain. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for farmers to get their herds screened at no cost to them.’’

worthy said. “That reduces feed efficiency and we will be looking at ‘whole farm’ performance.” Guiding visitors around the new facilities Dr Chris Hudson, associate professor at Nottingham, said the unit was typical of many bigger dairy units. The key aim of the new facilities was to add more research and data to the body of evidence available on animal health, welfare, productivity and life experience of the cow. “An increasing number of people are adopting these kind of systems, with cows housed most of the year and aiming for higher yields, just as others are moving to efficient, low-input production,” Dr Hudson said. “We need to make life as good as possible for cows and economically rewarding for the farmer.”

This is a once-in-alifetime opportunity for farmers to get herds screened at no cost to them PEREDUR HUGHES

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LIVESTOCK On June 3, 1968, a large consignment of Canadian Holsteins arrived at Birkenhead docks following a bold move by a group of Cheshire farmers to look further afield for their dairy genetics. Fifty years on, Katie Jones spoke to one of these farmers.

Pioneer of the Holstein


or John Lloyd, the footand-mouth outbreak of 1967, however traumatic at the time, also gave him an opportunity to reflect on his farming and cattle breeding practices. The disease took his Gilwell Friesian herd, which he farmed at the 81-hectare (200-acre) Moat Farm in Dodleston, near Chester, about four weeks after the original outbreak hit the UK in October 1967. After dealing with the slaughter of his herd and clean-up operation at this farm, he began to think about his own herd of cattle, and also the wider dairy industry. Most notable was the fact that some descendants of Canadian Holsteins he was milking were the highest yielders in his herd. Eighty-eight-year-old Mr Lloyd says: “An uncle of mine had imported 10 non-registered Holsteins from Canada in 1939 at a cost of £25 each delivered and I had always admired them. I bought six of their descend-

June 1968 A NEWSPAPER cutting reporting the Holstein import in June 1968.

which included various docking charges. The cattle were brought together at London, Ontario, before starting their journey to their new herds. This included a 300-mile rail journey to Montreal docks, where they spent three days in lairage, before being loaded onto the Cimbria. They were then on the boat for 10 days, with seven days spent crossing a very rough Altlantic sea, says Mr Lloyd, who travelled with the cattle. “They were in pens of five, but never lay down because of the rough Ocean. They just swayed back and forth against the ship’s roll.”

Inspection John Lloyd

ants in 1947 for £40 each when he went TB attested. “I had never had a cow give more than four gallons before, but in the first year after having them, two of them gave seven gallons each, and in the second year they gave 10 gallons.” The graded up pedigree descendants of these slaughtered in 1967 were still the highest yielders in the herd, despite having been sired by generations of Friesian bulls.

Developed Mr Lloyd was also aware that Britain and Holland were the last two developed countries in the world not to use Holsteins as the main milk producers. So in February 1968, Mr Lloyd and two nearby farmers, Harold Arden and Brian Shepherd, decided to go on a study tour to Canada to see how the Holstein had changed genetically since 1939. “I had ample evidence they must have been good then,” he says. On the visit they saw the breed had made significant improvements in terms of production, fat and type. And so the three farmers decided to purchase some of the cattle they had seen with the help of cattle agent Bob Shore of Shore Holsteins. “It was a decision we never regretted, and we saw more great cows in one day with him than we had in our lifetimes before this,” says Mr Lloyd. With Mr Shore’s help, the three farmers purchased 100 in-calf registered heifers each at a cost of

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No agent in Canada would risk chartering a ship, so I chartered one myself after doing my research on cattle shipping JOHN LLOYD Canadian $475 (about £200 at that time), which included health tests and transport to the ship. They purchased no more than three from a single herd and Mr Lloyd ended up with 100 heifers to form his Pioneer herd from 100 different herds, with 70 per cent by non-proven sires. “No agent in Canada would risk chartering a ship, so I chartered one myself after doing my research on cattle shipping,” he explains. He selected the Cimbria, a cattle ship which held 640 in-calf heifers. Other Cheshire farmers had interests in smaller lots and they filled the ship up in this way. There were some established Holstein breeders in the county and further afield at the time and they used the opportunity to bring in new bloodlines. Mr Lloyd says the shipping costs were about £60 each,

After 24 hours in lairage at Birkenhead, where they had to meet inspection criteria from Government vets, they made their way to their new homes. Mr Lloyd explains the imported Holsteins calved down with 50 of his own Friesian and Hereford cross Friesian heifers, which he had at his other farm in Angelsey, and which were not affected by foot-and-mouth. “The Holsteins averaged 200 gallons more in the first lactation, 300 gallons more in the second, and 400 gallons in their fourth.” Many of Mr Lloyd’s neighbours had restocked with cheaper, commercial cows costing about £120 a head, but many of these were once again wiped out within 18 months, with brucellosis which was rife at the time. “At the time, my import of Holsteins was the wisest money I had not got, that I ever spent.” As well as the in-calf heifers, the Cimbria also brought over six Holstein bulls. Mr Lloyd and three other farmers formed ‘Pioneer Holstein Breeders’, with the six bulls going into progeny testing. This large importation of Holsteins had a huge impact on UK dairy genetics. Mr Lloyd says: “Twenty years after we imported them, the British Friesian Society had to become the Holstein Society to survive.” Mr Lloyd, who has had nine heart bypass operations, sold his own herd in 1993 to an average of 2,500gns. “We took a risk bringing the cattle over back then, but when they started giving over 12 gallons a day, we felt justified in our decision,” says Mr Lloyd. “And no breed in any country stands still, it goes forwards or backwards.”

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LIVESTOCK Against all expectations, Mary Ankers has returned to take on the tenancy of the family dairy farm and continue eight generations of farming by her ancestors. Tom Levitt reports.

Surveyor moves home to take on farm


fter joining her two brothers in forging a successful career outside of farming, Mary Ankers had no reason to return to the family dairy farm, near Tattenhall, Cheshire. She was working for property firm Strutt and Parker as a qualified surveyor, while, back on-farm, her father Hugh Ankers was preparing for retirement. Mary’s work as a surveyor had kept her in close contact with farming and enabled her to see smaller family farms like the one she had grown up on, which were successful. She had long had a passion for it, but was beginning to realise farming could also be a career. In 2014, she made the decision to switch to working part-time at Strutt and Parker and started a part-time course in dairy herd management at Reaseheath College, Nantwich, alongside working back on the home farm. Mrs Ankers says: “I do not think my parents were sure how to react at first.

I could see it could work, but knew I probably had to prove myself.” She entered into partnership with her father in 2016 and after quitting her job last autumn to work full-time on-farm, she is now in negotiation with the landlord to take on the tenancy next year.

Turnaround It has been a quick turnaround, but one which is already bringing increased success for the farm business. The 103-hectare (255-acre) farm has a 100-cow Holstein herd on a contract with Muller Wiseman to supply Co-op. In the short-term, Mrs Ankers’ ambition has been to simplify and maximise the efficiency of everything on-farm. She says: “We want to get as much out of cows as possible with as low a cost base. This means breeding a high-yielding cow, with good longevity and low disease risk.” The first major focus has been on fertility and making sure cows are

getting in-calf quicker. This, in part, has been achieved through the use of heat detection collars. Heifers are being served with sexed Jersey semen, which Mrs Ankers hopes will reduce potential problems at birth. This means the farm is only keeping replacements from cows in their second lactation and onwards to maintain a pure Holstein herd. Mrs Ankers says it is a cost-effective step: “Heifers calve easily due to the stature of the Jersey, which means the health of the cow is better in the long

run and we save on veterinary costs further down the line.” She has been making sure calving cows get the right nutrition after birth through an energy-type drink to ensure they recover quickly with minimal health problems.

Intervention costs She says: “It is all about getting them primed for the next stage of lactation to reduce costs of intervention with vets.” Costs have been cut by seemingly small steps, such as not feeding


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Mary Ankers will continue eight generations of farming by her ancestors.

as much concentrate to cows past their peak in terms of lactation and milk production. Mrs Ankers says: “They could be making more money from forage rather than just getting fat off feed.

“As the herd has grown in numbers, we have been able to focus on keeping hold of stronger stock and making sure we get rid of passengers, the ones prone to disease, or taking a long time to get back in-calf.

“Even if you end up with fewer cows, they will be better ones.” Results have quickly been positive for the business, with the average milk yield up 20 per cent since 2015 to 9,000 litres from twice-a-day



milking, but with lower costs of production. For Mrs Ankers, being able to not just see how a dairy business could be improved, but helping to achieve this herself, is the reason she is motivated to run a dairy farm. She says: “I love the challenge of it and being able to learn and improve.” It is a skill and mindset she admits has been instilled in her former career as a surveyor. “Working at Strutt and Parker helped me understand cost flows, budgets and not spending money unless you have it. It was the commercial

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acumen you need to run a successful dairy business. “I am scared of debt. To some degree if you want to grow you have to take on debt, but you must be sure your business is resilient enough to pay back the debt, even if the milk price drops.” She plans to use the farm subsidy, while it remains, to invest in the farm. The final phase of upgrading cow cubicles will be undertaken this year to improve cow comfort at housing and help reduce incidence of mastitis and lameness. Mrs Ankers is intent on getting more from forage through paddock grazing and wants to increase availability of water troughs in the fields to reduce the distance cows need to walk.

Long days Life is probably far busier than during her days as a surveyor. It is a 4.30am start as she currently lives 15 minutes away from the farm, with her parents still living in the farmhouse. Despite this, she still manages to fit in being on the Co-op’s young farm pioneer programme and a young farm ambassador for the Love British Food campaign, as well as a violinist with Chester Philharmonic Orchestra. The key for Mrs Ankers, she says, is she is happy. It is something she learned working at Strutt and Parker. She says: “The firm works a lot on staff success and happiness, because for them, happiness equals success, not the other way round. You have to 23/05/2018 12:14

I have the option of a different career to go back to. I have always said if the business loses money, we would not do it MARY ANKERS find your passion. Ironically for me, it ended up making me leave the firm and going into dairy.” However, she admits surveying remains a fall-back option for her and, perhaps, might be one of the reasons she is not nervous or fearful of her future in dairy. She says: “If I was the guy and had a wife who did not work, would it be different? My husband has a separate job and income. “I have the option of a different career to go back to. I have always said if the business loses money, we would not do it.” But for now the omens look good. Against all expectations, including her parents’, Mrs Ankers is well on the way to ensuring eight generations of farming in Cheshire by her ancestors continues for some time.

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On-farm test for mastitis in development rPressure to reduce

use of antimicrobials By Hannah Noble

THE treatment and control of mastitis is arguably one of the largest losses on a UK dairy farm, with figures from AHDB estimating the average cost of a case of mastitis is between £250-£300. These costs are in the form of antibiotic contaminated milk which has to be discarded, a reduction in yields due to illness, costs of veterinary care and medicines, reduced longevity due to premature culling and increased demand for labour when caring for cows with mastitis.

Abingdon Health, specialist in rapid diagnostic technology and tenants of the BioHub laboratory at Birmingham University, has secured funding, along with the University of Glasgow, to develop a quick on-farm test for mastitis. Dr David Pritchard, chief technical officer of Abingdon Health, says: “The pressure to reduce the use of antimicrobials in food production is growing rapidly. To do this we need to provide farmers with rapid diagnostic tests which guide the choice of antibiotic and ensure animals are treated quickly with the right antibiotic.” Current methods of identifying mastitis can be subjective or costly and often take a long time to establish the cause

The test is hoped to provide benefits to milk quality and yields.

of infection, they can also contribute towards excessive use of antibiotics. The California mastitis test is a common method used to identify cows with raised somatic cell count which confirms cases of sub-clinical mastitis. It is cheap to carry out, however, results are subjective.

Bacteria Certain antimicrobial treatments are only suitable for treating certain classes of bacteria, so it is important to identify the bacteria in order to use the correct type of antibiotic. The new test will be in the form of a lateral flow test, similar to a pregnancy test. This technology detects the presence or absence of specific pathogens. It will aim to provide sensitive measurements to allow the class of bacteria to be identified and determine whether the mastitis is caused by gram-

positive or gram-negative bacteria. Gram-negative bacteria, such as E.coli are more resilient to treatment by antibiotics as they have a largely impermeable cell wall. They are also more likely to become resistant. However, antibiotics are more effective in treating infection with gram-positive bacteria, such as streptococcus agalactiae and staphylococcus aureus, both common causes of mastitis in cattle. Dr Pritchard says: “We also believe the test will provide benefits to the dairy industry in terms of milk quality and yield, and to the cattle in terms of animal welfare.” The new test will ensure the cow is quickly prescribed the right antibiotic to treat the infection, with the aim of reducing the use of inappropriate antibiotics and control the spread of infection between cows.

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Read on for more about the latest research into calf feeding, a look at recessive genes and the benefits of using AI. 108 HAPLOTYPES How to avoid recessive genes


Research into feeding calves more milk

114 DISBUDDING Best practice tips from a vet


Calf rearing focus for young farmers

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No need to restrict meal size


esearch confirms calves can safely be fed higher volumes of milk without the risk of nutritional upsets and so achieve higher milk replacer intakes. Georgina Thomas, ruminant technical manager with Trouw Nutrition GB, says restricting milk volume is based on the premise that larger meal sizes can lead to abomasal overload and the risk of milk replacer entering the rumen. However, this presumption is based on little scientific evidence. She explains: “Naturally calves would feed 10 to 15 times per day consuming up to 1.5kg of dry matter from milk. “Research has shown when given the option to drink ad lib, dairy calves will drink up to five litres per day at one-week-old, doubling daily intakes at week 10. “Meal size has traditionally been restricted by management due to concerns about abomasal overload, where milk can spill out of the abomasum and into the rumen. This is a problem as milk in the rumen can cause nutritional scours and, therefore, reduced growth rates.”

She says calves are essentially born monogastric and as the rumen develops it is important to prevent lactose-rich milk from entering, as it can change the rumen pH and disrupt the microbial populations. However, the volume of a calves’ abomasum is flexible and expansive. New research shows calves can actually drink larger volumes per feed safely without risk of abomasal overflow.

Stomachs Researchers in Norway gave six calves, ages three to four weeks, ad lib access to milk and X-rayed their stomachs before, during and after feeding. Four of the six calves voluntarily drank more than five litres and one calf drank nearly seven litres in one feed. “When calves were allowed to drink their fill, they were content to drink up to three times the recommended amounts without any milk overflowing into the rumen and with no symptoms of bloat or digestive problems,” Ms Thomas says. “This means it is possible to feed larger meals which can help

Teat feeding reduces the risk of abomasal overflow.

achieve higher daily intakes of milk replacer from even twice-a-day feeding systems. “This in turn will optimise growth rates at the time when the calves feed conversion efficiency is at its highest, improving pre-weaning growth rates and the development of key organs including the udder.” Ms Thomas says the method of feeding is important if larger meals are to be fed. She says bucket feed-

ing is not advisable for higher intakes because calves on bucket systems drink quickly, which can lead to milk overflowing into the rumen. “Teat feeding limits the speed of intake and reduces the risk of abomasal overflow,” she says. “Calves fed larger meals of high quality milk replacer through a hygienic teat feeder will achieve higher intakes and improved growth rates pre-weaning, setting them up for more profitable milk production.”

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Tackling haplotypes in the dairy herd


ince the introduction of genomic testing for Holstein cattle nearly 10 years ago, several genetic recessives, known as haplotypes, have been discovered. Haplotypes are a group of genetic recessives, usually affecting fertility, which were not recognised before routine genomic testing, as calf losses occurred before birth unlike more well-known recessives such as Brachyspina, BLAD or CVM. Darren Todd, National Bovine Data Centre geneticist, says: “Haplotypes are groups of alleles which are closely located on the chromosome and are usually inherited together. Not all haplotypes have negative effects, some have a neutral or even positive effect on production, conformation, health or fertility. “Five haplotypes have recently been identified which are associated with embryo mortality and have a negative impact on the fertility of Holsteins. More often than not, when a haplotype is causing problems with failed conceptions or embryonic deaths, it does so silently. Farmers are often unaware and may instead blame management, nutrition or the cow herself.”


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Two haplotypes have also been identified in the Brown Swiss and Jersey breeds. The five haplotypes identified do not have a negative impact when the animal carries only one copy of the gene. The problems arise when two carriers are mated. Of the resulting progeny, 25 per cent will be free from the haplotype, 50 per cent will be carriers of a single copy of the gene (heterozygous) and 25 percent will have two copies of the gene (homozygous). This 25 per cent will die as embryos or be aborted, most likely the only sign of miscar-

Information provided through genomic testing can also be used to create a mating programme to avoid mating carriers to carriers OWEN TUNNEY


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Calves born homozygous with the HCD gene usually die within the first few months of life.

riage will be the cow returning to heat at a later date. The control and monitoring of haplotypes within the breed is extremely important, the consequences can be far reaching and have major effects. HCD is a haplotype which was traced back to a bull called Maughlin Storm. Calves which are born homozygous for the HCD gene, where both parents were carriers, usually die within the first few months of life due to a cholesterol deficiency.

Avoid According to Mr Todd, the easiest and cheapest way to minimise the impact of negative haplotypes onfarm is to avoid using bulls which are carriers. Fifty per cent of AI bulls currently have their haplotype status published and this can be found following their name on the Holstein UK website. For example, HH1T would mean an animal is tested and free of the haplotype, and HH1C would mean they are a carrier. However, avoiding carrier bulls is not always a feasible or practical

solution and another option is genomic testing. As well as providing farmers with the conformation, health and production traits of each animal, haplotype status is an added bonus. Owen Tunney, of Willows Farm Vets, says: “Genomic testing is a great way to allow you to use the full array of bulls available on the market without having to avoid carriers of genetic recessives. Identifying animals which are free from haplotypes avoids the risk of homozygous progeny and opens up the choice of genetics. “The information provided through genomic testing can also be used to create a mating programme to avoid mating carriers to carriers, and therefore rule out haplotypes as a cause of poor fertility. It is also a great way of maximising what you get out of genomic results,” says Mr Tunney. Mr Todd adds: “Although the cost of genomically testing the whole herd may be restrictive, if you are planning on flushing a high genetic merit animal for embryos it would be extremely beneficial to genomically test beforehand to identify any haplotypes which may be present.”

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Milk intake the key to preweaned calf growth rates


ore than half the replacement heifer calves being reared on UK commercial dairy units could be growing too slowly to hit targets for optimal health and lifetime productivity. New practical research by a team from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) has found 70 per cent of nearly 500 pre-weaned calves on 11 dairy farms in south east England had growth rates below the recommended 0.7kg per day and 20 per cent of these grew at less than 0.5kg per day. More than 70 per cent of the heifers studied were pure Holsteins. The amount of milk solids fed to individual calves on the 11 farms over their first 63 days of life ranged from 16kg to 56kg. Weaning age varied between 37 and 97 days.


To achieve the recommended growth rate of at least 0.7kg per day, calves need at least 750g of milk powder per day


Age Twice daily feeding rates (litres)* (days) am pm 1 0-3 Colostrum 4-7 2.5 2.5 2 8-14 3 3 3 15-21 3 3 4 22-28 3 3 5 29-35 3 3 6 36-42 2.5 2.5 7 43-49 2.5 2.5 8 50-56 2.5 0 9 57 0 Plan includes a three-week weaning period. *Milk replacer mixed at either 12.5% or 15%. Source: Volac

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Research suggests feeding more milk from a few days of age is important for lifetime productivity.

0.7kg per day, calves need at least 750g of milk powder per day. They should also be offered calf starter ad lib, together with forage and clean water. This improves animal health as well as growth and sets them up to calve for the first time by the optimum two years of age.” Dr Jessica Cooke, research scientist with Volac, points out the calf experiences significant health and environmental stresses during the first two weeks of life and feeding more milk from a few days of age is important for lifetime productivity. “Early growth restriction can affect the long-term performance of the adult cow. As expected, the heifer calves offered more milk in the RVC study were found to have better growth rates up to 63 days of age.


Milk supply “But this research also highlights the growth benefits long after weaning of providing a good milk supply in early life. Those fed more were heavier and taller at seven months of age,” says Dr Cooke. “During the first few weeks of life, calves are unable to eat enough dry feed to meet their energy requirements and are almost entirely dependent on their milk feed.” As a result of this work and other studies, Volac has recently refined its milk feeding recommendations. The result is a ‘best-practice’ feed plan to achieve optimum results. Dr Cooke says: “Calves should be fed five litres per day following the colostrum period, increasing to a minimum of six litres per day from day eight through to 35 days of age. “Milk replacer levels should then be gradually reduced over a threeweek period before weaning at day 56 [see table]. After three weeks, the rumen should have enough bacteria fermenting enough solid feed to supply substantial amounts of energy, ensuring no growth setbacks around weaning,” she adds.

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Measuring success in beef Part 3:

Antibiotics In the third in this series looking at measuring success in beef, we look at the issue of use of antibiotics and what it means for beef farmers.


ntimicrobial resistance has been defined as the biggest single threat to human health by the World Health Organisation. The problem of antimicrobial resistance has prompted concerns that resistance, or resistant bacteria, could be transferred from livestock to human population and vice-versa. As a result, the effectiveness of some human antimicrobial treatments might be compromised. The farming sector has been set a number of targets to encourage the responsible use of these antimicrobials to safeguard these products in future. Clare Hill, agricultural strategy manager with FAI Farms, says: “Beef farmers may feel like they do not need to do anything, because as a sector, antibiotic use is lower than that of other sectors, but the responsible approach to take is ‘as little as possible, but as much as necessary’. This is a view shared by the Responsible Use of Medicines in Agriculture Alliance (RUMA). Chris Lloyd, secretary general of RUMA, warns the beef sector ‘must not rest on its laurels’.

What is the industry doing? Mr Lloyd explains the RUMA-led Targets Task Force has worked with sector representatives and identified some ‘hotspots’ where antibiotic use is preventative or preventable. He explains one of these hotspots is during the calf rearing process: “For example, insufficient quality and quantity of colostrum at birth doubles the risk of pneumonia.” Mr Lloyd says when taking the responsible approach to treating the problem of calf scour, it is important to identify which pathogen is present and select a suitable treatment to be used alongside rehydration. Mrs Hill agrees and says in order to gain a clear diagnosis, and also look at preventing disease in the first place, farmers need to foster closer relationships with their farm vets. She says: “As well as gaining specific diagnosis so you can target treatment accordingly, your vet can give advice on farm biosecurity, vaccination programmes and health plans. “It is a requirement of Farm Assurance to undertake an annual herd health plan with your vet, but this health plan should be more than just a ‘tick-box’ exercise. Mrs Hill says she does not expect this closer relationship with vets to be ‘resource’ heavy: “It is not about having to have a set number of routine visits like would happen on dairy units, but it is important to engage proactively with vets to gain their knowledge and advice.” 112 | JUNE 1 2018

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Jargon busting What are antimicrobials? An agent which kills, or stops

the growth of, a micro-organism. For example an antibiotic is used against bacteria micro-organisms.

What is antimicrobial resistance? It is the ability of a micro-organism, such as bacteria, viruses and some parasites, to stop an antimicrobial, such as antibiotics, from working against it. As a result, standard treatments become ineffective, infections persist and may spread to others.

What are critically important antibiotics (CIA s)? Certain antibiotic classes are categorised by the World Health Organisation as CIAs for human use, of which several are designated as ‘highest priority CIAs’. In the UK, fluoroquinolones, third and fourth generation cephalosporins and colistin are recognised as the most important CIAs.

What are the targets for the beef sector? Beef farmers are encouraged to

consider more responsible use of antimicrobials in youngstock, with particular emphasis on respiratory disease problems. Calves from dairy herds are at particular risk from respiratory diseases because often calf rearers are taking in calves from multiple sources.

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Find the Targets Task Force Report, either on the RUMA website at, or by going to and searching ‘beef sector’.

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What can farmers do? Vet Jenny Bellini, of Friars Moor Vets, in the south west of England, says a good starting point for these conversations with the farm vet is to start measuring and benchmarking antibiotic use on your farm. She says: “It is easy to lose track of what antibiotics you are using, but unless you know what is being used, it is difficult to do anything about it. “It is easy to keep doing what you have always done when it comes to animal health, but it is important to sit down and go through your farm’s data to find out how practices can be refined.” Mrs Hill says this benchmarking does not necessarily need state-of-the-art software and could be as simple as making use of records already kept, which can be easily tracked back through. “You can start asking questions about how much antibiotics are being used year-on-year, and whether there are any areas of concern, or animals which are requiring repeated treatment.” As well as taking a responsible approach to antimicrobial use on-farm, Ms Bellini says it is important to think about other areas of animal health. She says: “This includes vaccination programmes to prevent disease in the first place, and also management tools such as biosecurity, and improvements to farm hygiene, for example cleanliness in calving sheds, all of which will help improve the health of the herd.”

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By adopting a responsible approach to antimicrobial use, it is hoped beef farmers can protect our existing stock of antibiotics from the development of resistance, as new antibiotics are unlikely to be made available for treatment of farm animals in the future. Mr Lloyd says: “The new measures being brought-in by Red Tractor this month will help support a responsible approach and will benefit the reputation of the sector.” He says while many believe beef farmers are currently low users, the sector is not yet in a position to prove this. Mr Lloyd says: “This is why we hope the sector will take advantage of efforts to gather data. The cattle e-Medicine Book, currently being piloted by AHDB, will be one way of aggregating information already kept on-farm.” In industry-led targets for antibiotic use in beef, published by the Targets Task Force in October 2017, the aim is for a 10 per cent reduction in antibiotic use by 2020, subject to securing better data. The sector will aim to halve use of the highest priority Critically Important Antibiotics by 2020.

The three Rs

McDonald’s, in line with the wider livestock sector, has adopted an approach to antimicrobial stewardship based on the three Rs of reduce, replace and refine: ■ Reduce: Discontinue routine preventative treatments, for example in calves, and focus on discontinuing use of the CIAs; farmers are advised to record all medicine usage promptly and accurately in a medicine book, app or management software, to allow the effective monitoring of reductions in usage over time ■ Replace: Look for sustainable alternatives to medicine use by assessing management, husbandry, nutrition, vaccinations and housing, with a view to preventing disease in the first place; for example, infrastructure investments to improve housing and ventilation, where feasible ■ Refine: Farmers should work with their vets to devise robust and proactive herd health plans, with a preventative medicine focus, and to ensure all medicines are prescribed and used under veterinary direction

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ehorning or disbudding is a practice which has long been carried out for a number of reasons and cattle without horns pose less of a risk to handlers and tend to show less aggressive behaviours. Animal welfare is also a consideration as cows with horns can cause significant damage to other animals in the herd, including damage to udders, eyes and flanks. Carcases originating from herds of horned cattle face almost twice the level of wastage due to muscle bruising from horn damage than carcases from herds of cattle without horns. Trough space can also be minimised in groups of cattle without horns, and animals with horns often face financial penalties when sold through livestock markets or to private buyers.

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DISBUDDING calves using a hotiron is the most common practice and advised as the preferred method in the UK. The aim is to destroy the horn-producing tissue around the bud of the horn. This is done by cauterising with heat. In the UK all calves being disbudded with a hot iron must be administered a local anaesthetic on both sides of the head, blocking the corneal branch of the lacrimal nerve. Mr Downes advises the local anaesthetic should be routinely used in conjunction with a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). When using a hot iron, Mr Downes says: “The gold-standard in my opinion is to sedate calves as well as using a local anaesthetic and a NSAID. We are seeing more

farmers use this method, especially large herds or those which block calve. “Obviously there is extra cost involved with sedation as it has to be carried out by a vet, however, it is easier to justify when disbudding a large number of calves at once and it is less stressful for both operators and calves.

Sedation “Sedation removes what I believe is the largest stressor during disbudding; handling. Calves are often caught and handled at least twice during the procedure, but, when sedating, we usually stand in the pen and as calves approach us we give them an intra-muscular injection, keeping stress to a minimum.

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USING polled genetics is a way to ensure dehorning or disbudding is not required. The horned gene is recessive, meaning an animal must have two copies of the gene to produce horns. However, carrying just one polled allele will cause the animal to be polled. A homozygous (two-polled genes) polled bull crossed with horned cows will produce 100 per cent polled progeny, but half of them will still carry a horned gene, meaning if they are then bred to a horned bull, the horned gene may reappear. However, be careful when using or purchasing a heterozygous (one-polled gene, one-horned gene) bull, as when used on horned cows, 50 per cent of the resulting progeny will still be horned. Breeding for polled genetics has not historically been at the forefront of breeding decisions with many breeds, therefore quite often the best genetics do not correspond with polled genes, but with more of a focus on animal welfare, more attention is being paid to this trait.

It is recommended disbudding is carried out as early as possible, as soon as buds can be felt.

carried out as early as possible, as soon as buds can be felt. Calves are also easier and safer to handle at a younger age and buds are smaller and easier to remove, with less chance of regrowth.

Dehorning Dehorning is the term used for removing horns once they have attached to the skull in cattle older than two months, but experts sug-

“Within 10 minutes they are all asleep, a local anaesthetic and a NSAID is then administered before disbudding. They usually start to come round within an hour. This is also a good opportunity to inspect the teats of dairy heifers.”

Temperature Mr Downes advises the use of a small gas burner and emphasises the importance of having it hot enough. He explains while heat necrosis of the brain is not common, it can happen when disbudding and is more likely to happen as a result of an iron which is not up to temperature, as it has to be held onto the horn bud for a longer duration. “A very hot iron should be used, held around the horn bud for three-

gest this can be much more distressing to the animal than disbudding and should be carried out by a vet. Tom Downes, associate veterinary surgeon with Lambert, Leonard and May, says: “Dehorning should never be relied on as a common practice of horn removal and should be considered a last resort. Instead, raising and finishing the animal with horns should be considered before dehorning.”

four seconds and the horn bud can then be flicked out. This should be followed immediately by oxytetracyclin or another antibiotic spray, which helps to quickly cool the area,” says Mr Downes. If sedation is not an option, one of the most important things to consider is restraint. Calves must be comfortably and firmly restrained to avoid causing stress. The smaller the calf, the easier it is to restrain, backing the calf into a corner and bending its neck around to allow clear access to the horn, can easily be carried out by one person. Following disbudding it is important to keep the area clean and dry. Avoid turning calves out into rain and, if flies are a problem, it may be necessary to use a fly repellent.

CAUSTIC PASTE DISBUDDING CAUSTIC paste disbudding is a common method used in the USA. However, rules and regulations are different in the UK, making it more restrictive to users. In the UK it is illegal to use caustic paste to disbud any animal greater than one week of age, however, anaesthesia is not required at this age. A combination of caustic substances work to cauterise the tissue and prevent horn growth. “Paste can work well, but should be applied with the utmost care and precision, the paste can cause

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significant damage to the calf or handler if it is applied in an indiscriminate way,” says Mr Downes. Calves must also be kept away from all other animals for six hours, including their mother, which can make handling difficult, especially in a suckled-calf situation. A protective barrier of petroleum jelly must be applied to avoid damage to surrounding skin. Calves must not be exposed to rain for at least six hours after application as this can result in the paste running down the calf’s face causing skin burns and even blindness.

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BREEDING & CALVES With a TB breakdown halting cashflow, Andy and Maria Robinson were forced to reconsider the primary enterprise at their Dorset council farm and transitioned from a suckler herd to full-time rearing of bought-in beef calves. Farmers Guardian reports.

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fter eight years of applying for farm tenancies, Andy and Maria Robinson finally achieved the ambition of running a farm in 2010, taking on a 26-hectare (65-acre) farm in north Dorset. After a successful three years, they progressed to a larger promotion farm comprising 73ha (180 acres) and established a block calving herd of 70 suckler cows and a flock of 300 Dorset ewes. However, in 2016, the farm was shutdown with TB for four months,

putting the business under major financial pressure. Mr Robinson says: “We would typically sell calves as stores at about seven to eight months old, but while we were shutdown, we could not sell anything. While TB restrictions were eventually lifted, farming in a TB hotspot meant we were very vulnerable to further breakdowns in the cows.” This prompted them to reconsider their primary enterprise and look for ways in which they could maintain a steady income all year-round. “We had always bought-in and


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reared beef calves as a side-line, so we decided to make this our primary focus and sold the sucklers and ewes in 2016.

Margins “With calf rearing now our main enterprise, our goal is to maximise margins and fundamental to this is achieving optimal growth rates and minimising disease,” he explains. The business currently buys-in 50 calves each month from local markets, with the occasional batch bought from local farms.

The business currently buys-in 50 calves each month from local markets.

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Top tips on selecting milk powder TOP tips on selecting the right milk powder by Wynnstay calf specialist Eimear Diamond: n Consider your growth targets and the feeding system when deciding on the type of milk replacer to use and review the protein, fat and oil percentage to ensure it will meet your calf requirements n Look for a milk replacer which includes high levels of protein sources stemming from dairy protein as opposed to vegetable protein, as it is more digestible for young calves. This

one, they not only ensure an accurate amount of milk powder is fed to each batch, reducing the risk of under or over feeding the calves, but can begin tracking daily liveweight gain (DLWG). “We prefer to purchase calves at a heavier weight as even though they will be more expensive to purchase initially, we will not have to spend as much on milk replacer as they are nearing weaning weight. We tend to find they will also achieve higher DLWG of about 1.5kg/calf/day, compared to 0.83kg/calf/day in younger calves,” says Mr Robinson. “With 120 calves on milk at one time, they are reared on a five-teat feeder for eight weeks in groups of five and are fed 900g/day of milk replacer split into two feeds, along with ad lib calf pellets and barley straw. “In July last year we changed to a new milk powder after consulting our local Wynnstay calf specialist Eimear Diamond,” he adds. “We opted for a replacer with high quality raw ingredients to enable optimal digestion by the calf, that suits the feeding system we have in place and have subsequently seen a positive impact on calf performance and health.

Our goal is to maximise margins and fundamental to this is achieving optimal growth rates and minimising disease ANDY ROBINSON They are ‘glossier’ at weaning and providing a high protein percentage is enabling calves to easily achieve the target DLWG of 0.85 to 1.5kg/calf/ day,” says Mr Robinson. Once they reach 100kg, the groups are paired into batches of 10 and are reduced onto once-a-day feeding of milk replacer for 10 days, after which they are weaned. “During these 10 days, the calves are transitioned from the calf starter pellets onto an 18 per cent grower nut Maria and Andy Robinson.

accompanied by a homegrown mix of barley and wheat. Following weaning, all calves are then fed this mix ad lib indoors and ad lib barley straw, until they reach 250 to 300kg at about five to six months and are then sold as stores through our local market.” The majority of the calves are sold through Salisbury market, with some sold privately.

Income Mrs Robinson says: “With about 50 animals sold each month, this system provides us with a consistent and regular income stream. On average, we sell them for £450 to £500 per head, and with the cost of production about £150 per head, and the calves costing us about £200 to buy, this gives us a margin of about £100 to £150 per animal.” To ensure calves can achieve the target weight mitigating disease risk, especially pneumonia, is a top priority. “Pneumonia is a costly disease, so we have work closely with our local vets to reduce the risk and ran a trial in conjunction with AHDB, to look at the current calf environment and areas which could be improved,” says Mr Robinson. “We monitored the moisture inside each shed and surrounding the building over a six-week period to evaluate any problematic areas. We concluded that although our calves are not in a high-risk housing area, removing some of the Yorkshire boards and in-

may be slightly more expensive, but the more digestible the protein and fats are, the more the calf is able to utilise them allowing the calf to thrive n Other factors to consider are the concentration it is safe to feed at, whether the powder mixes well at low water temperatures and what growth rates can be expected. Also consider the origin of your milk replacer, as there are a number on the market with British-sourced whey, supporting your local dairy farmers

troducing fans and a wind break could improve the environment. “Having implemented the suggestions, we have seen a considerable decrease in the number of pneumonia cases from 10 per cent to now around 3 per cent, along with reduced incidences of scours. “We also use an intranasal vaccine as a preventative measure. While there is an initial cost to this we feel this is an important investment as it has reduced our overall vet and medicine costs by 50 per cent. Incidence rates have also been helped by the installation of two 36-inch fans in the rearing shed, helping air flow, and we ensure we provide ample space and do not over-stock. “For any calves which do contract pneumonia, they are put into isolation with a calf jacket to help recovery, and we administrate an anti-inflammatory and an antibiotic. By doing, this the recovery rate is a lot quicker than previously seen,” he adds. “After a year of paying close attention to the nutrition and housing of the calves, along with carefully selecting where we purchase batches from, we are pleased with progress in the performance of the calves and will continue to focus on nutrition and management to push DLWG. “Our aim is to now double the number we rear in the next five years, and in order to do this, we are looking to expand building space.”

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Benefits of using AI in beef h


he benefits of using artificial insemination (AI) in the suckler herd are well proven, with calves from sires in the top 1 per cent of the breed for beef value being worth up to £45 per head more than calves from sires in the bottom 1 per cent, according to research at Harper Adams back in 2007. Financial benefits not only come from good growth rates and decreased time to finish, but also from easier calvings and improved maternal traits. However, uptake of DIY in suckler herds is still relatively low. Amy Fawcett, AHDB Beef and Lamb knowledge exchange manager, says: “It is often seen as hard

If you put a bit of thought into it, AI might be much simpler to implement on your farm than you think AMY FAWCETT

Mike Powley has been using AI on his herd of 90 South Devon and South Devon cross Limousin cows for 20 years.

work; cattle have to be handled more than usual and it can be difficult to get an AI technician to come and serve them at the correct time to maximise conception rates. “However, there is more than one way to use AI in a suckler herd and if you put a bit of thought into it, AI might be much simpler to implement on your farm than you think.”

Using synchronisation removes the need to heat detect in many cases, which can be difficult with beef cattle if they are not close by.

Cycling “It also means you can get your heifers served and calved first, allowing them more time to start


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cycling before they are served again,” explains Ms Fawcett. “AI technicians are available across a

IN THE FIELD: MIKE POWLEY, ELM H MIKE Powley has a herd of 90 South Devon and South Devon cross Limousin cows. He has been using AI in his herd for 20 years and uses a Genus technician. He says: “It was quite unique 20 years ago for a suckler producer to be using AI but it is becoming more common now.” Cows are served following natural heats, and Mr Powley has been using heat detection collars for about seven years. “When heat is detected we give the technician a call and they will come and inseminate the next morning. This year we managed a nine-week calving block and hit our target conception rate of 70 per cent.” He says he started to use AI to increase genetic gain and enable him to try new things within the herd. “Crossing Limousin bulls with our South Devon cows works well on our farm but we are always looking to try something different. We have tried different breeds and for the last two years have been using Norwegian Red semen to produce a milkier heifer to breed

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ef herds However you make it work in your herd, there is no doubt the payoff will be worth it AMY FAWCETT lot of the country, however, doing a doit-yourself AI course is also an option. “I have also heard of some suckler producers drafting in the help of neighbouring dairy farmers. AI has been used in dairy herds for a long time so ask around, there may be someone who is willing to help you out at service. However you make it work in your herd, there is no doubt that the payoff will be worth it.” MORE INFORMATION For more information on DIY AI courses offered by AHDB, visit

Edward Rook did a DIY AI course and now artificially inseminates about 25-30 heifers each year.

IN THE FIELD: EDWARD ROOK, WEIGHTON WOLD FARM, MARKET WEIGHTON, YORKSHIRE EDWARD Rook, who has a herd of more than 200 Stabiliser cattle, decided to do a DIY AI course three years ago. He says: “The Stabiliser company had been harvesting semen from top bulls for a number of years and I wanted to make use of it. There are few technicians around where we

WLEY, ELM HOUSE FARM, GREEN HAMMERTON, YORKSHIRE from going forward. Last spring we had calves from five nationalities: Australian Charolais, Norwegian Red, American Stabiliser, British Blue and Aberdeen-Angus. We look far and wide to try different things.”

Experiment Mr Powley says for him the benefit of using AI is that he can experiment with different breeds and see what suits his system. “It means we can keep improving the herd and buy the best genetics we can find in a cost-effective way. We want to

breed cattle which grow well, have good conformation and meet the target market specification. AI means we can pick and choose genetics to ensure we do that. “You also do not have the maintenance costs and implications of using a bull. A top bull can set you back £30,000£40,000 but with AI you can use the best genetics at a fraction of the cost, as well as having the flexibility of trying out different breeds. If something does not work, you can use something different the following year,” says Mr Powley.

farm so I thought AI was something I could do myself, with the added flexibility of being able to do it when I wanted. “I use a synchronisation programme and so I pulled the best heifers out of the herd and

If there is something specific you want to improve within the herd then you can easily find a bull with the genetics to do it EDWARD ROOK

put them on the programme so they would come on to heat the week after I completed the course, meaning I could get practice in straight away.” Mr Rook now AIs about 25-30 heifers each year but says he is looking to double that in order to AI all first service heifers himself. “The use of synchronisation, AI and a sweeper bull has meant I have a nine-week calving block and conception rate of 65-70 per cent,” he says.

Genetic gain Mr Rook says he believes AI greatly increases the rate of genetic gain within the herd. “You do not have to wait for the sons of top bulls to use on-farm, you can use semen from the bull itself. It also means you can use any type of genetics. If there is something specific you want to improve within the herd then you can easily find a bull with the genetics to do it.”

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David Bristow and Moss take 11-point lead rBrian Bell and Hutch

top Ryedale Open trial England: Elaine Hill

THE Northern Association held the second of a series of three mid-week trials last Wednesday (May 23). At Hamsteels Hall, Quebec, the course was undulating and sizeable, with a fetch of almost 400 yards, which was gathered either way. To the left, dogs had better sight of their sheep, but it was a more difficult outrun. Although the right-hand gather was the most straightforward, dogs were running blind for much of the way. In the morning, running was on packets of four strong Mule hoggs. They were good over the outfield, provided they were worked with quiet authority, and if given time they would pen. Ross Watson, who won the afternoon session the previous week, judged the entry of 25 dogs. David Bristow ran Moss (J. Fawcett’s Nan, C. Cutler’s Hillmoor Cap) early at number eight. Going out well to the right, rough coated Moss lost a single point from his outrun before having a clean lift. Down the lengthy fetch, the lie of the land made keeping a straight line difficult and sheep were pulling to the left. Five marks were deducted from Moss’ fetch. After falling away, the ground rose approaching the first drive obstacle and, at the end of the

long cross-drive, the last hurdle was not easy to judge. Keeping excellent control of his sheep, Moss dropped just two points throughout the whole of his driving. Slight hesitation cost one point at the pen and another point went when he singled the last of the four sheep. This gave him the top score of 90 points and a clear 11-point lead over runners-up Dennis Purdham and Gem, who scored 79 points without taking the single.

Win rate To date, he has competed in six open trials and has won three of them. As the winner in the morning has to judge the afternoon session, it was David who scored the afternoon entry of 44 dogs. Running was over the same course, but on packets of three sheep. Charles Cutler and Barfield Mirk ran at 15 and they set the standard gaining 82 points. Ross ran Sally (P. Murphy’s Ballyglass Rosie, M. Gallagher’s Cap) at number 40. Gathering right-handed, Sally started to go slightly wide, therefore Ross whistled her in, which cost two points. A further two points were deducted as she stopped marginally short. Two points were also deducted from her lift. She had a very good fetch, where three points were lost for minor wavering. Over the first leg of the drive, there were some deviations, but Sally’s cross-drive and return were both good.

After five marks were deducted from her driving, she lost an odd point for hesitation at the pen. Finishing with a clean single gave a score of 85, which put Ross and Sally ahead, clear by three points, and gave them their ninth open win.

Ryedale At the Ryedale Ken Hotham Memorial Open on Saturday (May 26) at Nova Lane, Pickering, last year’s winner John Atkinson judged the entry of 38. Of a good size, the course with a fetch of about 350 yards was mostly gathered right-handed, as the ground fell away on the left. Recently clipped, the Mule gimmer shearlings were quite free moving and hard to pen. They were run in packets of four and, to conclude the trial, they had to be split into two lots of two. Just a single point separated the top two

runs, which were well clear of the rest of the field. Brian Bell and Hutch earned the winning score of 88 points, while running a little later, Alec Mosey and Trooper were runners-up on 87. The following day at the same venue, Brian judged the entry of 31. Running was on packets of three sheep and, after the pen, the last sheep had to be singled. This time Alec took the title gaining 92 points with Nell. Runners-up were Jackie Goulder and Chap on 89.

English results NORTHERN, Hamsteels Hall, Quebec, Co Durham (Judge, R. Watson, Millom) Morning open (25 ran) 1, D. Bristow (Murton) Moss, 90 of 100; 2, D. Purdham (Holmrook) Gem, 79 OLF; 3, D. Bristow, Nell, 79; 4, P. Ellis (New Hutton) George, 79; 5, E. Gray (Ewesley) Tweeddale Jamie, 78; 6, C. Smith (Belsay) Gypsy, 76. Afternoon open (D. Bristow) (44 ran) 1, R. Watson, Sally, 85 of 100; 2, C. Cutler (Easby) Barfield Mirk, 82; 3, R. Watson, Kemi Ross, 81; 4, P. Ellis, George, 80; 5, D. Purdham, Gem, 78 OLF; 6, G. Redpath (Dacre) Zoe, 78.

Julie Hill bags double success with Molly and Sid Scotland: Sine Robertson FRESH from her lambing, Peter Martin’s Daisy led a tightly packed list at Kinross with a first class run. The course was set on a good, flat field and the Texel cross hoggs responded well to kind treatment. Daisy ran out and lifted well, had a good fetch and drive with just minor realignments before and after the first drive gate. A clean pen followed and, despite one awkward hogg threatening to 120 | JUNE 1 2018

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spoil the shed, a good finish completed the run in first place. An outstanding run from Julie Hill’s Molly at Lesmahagow Show led a double success for Julie, with Molly’s brother Sid running his sister up. The rolling terrain hid the sheep on the outrun and gates glinting in the sun could mislead dogs. A number needed to be redirected on the way out and some crossed the course. The big Blackface hoggs could be tricky to handle on the fetch, and were not inclined to stay on line.

Molly ran out well, made a good job of the fetch and drive, with only minor points dropped, and completed the winning run with a clean pen and shed. Sid needed a whistle on his outrun, but he found his sheep and took them round the course at a good pace, keeping a nice balance throughout, and earned second place.

Scottish results ARRAN, Dougarie (Judge, B. Strachan, Roybridge) Open (41 ran) 1, N. McVicar (Benmore) Bill, 98; 2, S.L. Davidson (Sandbank) Hope, 97; 3, K. Donald (Dalrymple) Choc, 94 Time; 4, C Caygill (Whinnyliggate) Luck, 94; 5, J.R. Welsh

(Dalrymple) Tanhill Sam, 94; 6, C. Davidson (Sandbank) Cap, 91. Confined (10 ran) 1, M. McNeish (Sliddery) Pip; 2, L. Robertson (Machrie) Jim; 3, N. McMaster (Bennan) Gail; 4, W. Stevenson (Whiting Bay) Maid. KINROSS (W.S. Elliot, Yetholm) Open (90 ran) 1, P. Martin (Glenlyon) Daisy, 96; 2, C. Toner (Drimsynie) Ali, 95; 3, T. Welsh (Patna) Don, 94 Outbye; 4, I.M. Brownlie (Bridge of Cally) Tib, 94; 5, I. Lockhart (Carsphairn) Bill, 92 Outbye; 6, S. McAuley (Lilburn) 92. Local, 1, N. Campbell (Kinross) Gus, 83; 2, A. Sim (Powmill) Bree, 80; 3, A. Sim (Powmill) Flo, 76. LESMAHAGOW (J. Mitchell, Broughton) Open (38 ran) 1, J. Hill (Heriot) Molly, 95; 2, J. Hill (Heriot) Sid, 90; 3, T. Blacklock (Kirkconnell) Ben, 82; 4, S. McCrindle (Palnackie) Kate, 81; 5, R.B. Henderson (Heriot) Tweed, 79; 6, W. Welsh (Dalcairney) Cap, 77. GREAT GLEN (I. McConnell, Whiting Bay) Open (50 ran) 1, J. McKillop (Fort Augustus) Straid Ben, 90; 2, J. MacDiarmid (Eynort) Moss, 84; 3, N. McVicar (Benmore) Mist, 75 Outbye; 4, H. Munro (Inverness) Lil, 75 Outbye; 5, S.L. Davidson (Sandbank) Hope, 75; 6, S. Campbell (Skye) Belle, 74.

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WORKING DOGS Trials diary ENGLAND June 1, 2 and 3. HOLME, Deerplay Hill open with double gather championship on Sunday, Burnley Road, Bacup, Lancashire, OL13 8RD, 7am start, entry closed. June 2 and 3. SANDUCK, Open and novice driving and Maltese cross, Sanduck Cross Farm, Lustleigh, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ13 9SF, 8.30am start, entry closed, catering. COUNTRY FEST, Opens, County Showground, Crooklands, Milnthorpe, Cumbria, LA7 7NH, 9.30am start, maximum two dogs per handler, pre-entry and enter on field by 1pm, winners to judge in 2019, contact D. Harrison, tel: 07773 520 982. June 6. SHAP, Open, Cumbria, signed off M6, junction 39, entry closed. June 7, 8, 9 and 10. FREEBIRCH, with championship, Freebirch Farm, Eastmoor, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S42 7DQ, 7am start, entry closed, catering. June 9. SADDLEWORTH, Open, Delph Lane, Delph, Oldham, Lancashire, off A62, OL3 5HX, 8am start, enter on field, catering. SOMERSET, Summer trial, Maltese cross and driving, Honey Pot Lane, Lydford, Cross, 9.30am start, enter on field in person by 12 noon, light refreshments. June 16 and 17. CORNWALL, Open driving and open and novice Maltese cross, Roughtor, Camelford, PL32 9QG, 9am start, pre-entry by June 11, contact T. Hopper, tel: 01872 501 886, catering. June 23. DEVON AND EXMOOR, Open driving, best novice, best young handler and open Maltese cross, adjacent to Ralegh’s Cross Inn, Ralegh’s Cross, Exmoor, signed from B3190, 8.30am start, pre-entry by June 9, contact M. Evans, tel: 07969 735 839, catering. August 3 and 4. MACCLESFIELD, Open, brace and nursery, Bullocks Lane, Macclesfield, entries now full.

Brian Bell and Hutch won the Ryedale Ken Hotham Memorial Open. RYEDALE, Nova Lane, Pickering, North Yorkshire (J. Atkinson, Escrick) Ken Hotham Memorial Open (38 ran) 1, B. Bell (Hamsterley) Hutch, 88 of 100; 2, A. Mosey (Coulton) Trooper, 87; 3, S. Beaton (Nun Appleton) Milly, 72; 4, D. Bristow, Moss, 69; 5, J. Read (Louth) Wisk, 68 OLF; 6, B. Swinbank (Isle of Man) Sarn Faen Ben, 68. RYEDALE, Nova Lane, Pickering, North Yorkshire (B. Bell) Sunday open (31 ran) 1, A. Mosey, Nell, 92 of 100; 2, J. Goulder (Pickering) Chap, 89; 3, I. Murdoch (Sutton-on-the-Forest) Ben, 88; 4, J. Cropper (Deerplay) Dan, 87; 5, J. Read, Wisk, 81; 6, J. Atkinson, Whiterose Queen, 75. TRAWDEN, Twiston Moor, Clitheroe, Lancashire (J. Scrivin, Elslack) Summer open (51 ran) 1, R. Hutchinson (Littledale) Sweep, 96 of 100; 2, A. Driscoll (Llanllawddog) Kinlock Mazi, 93; 3, T. Longton (Quernmore) Storm, 91; 4, W. Bell (Earby) Slick, 88 OLF; 5, M. Longton (Quernmore) Rainow Todd, 88; 6, S. Cropper (Deerplay) Beechwood Ben, 87. PENTON Discussion Group, Haithwaite Farm, Penton, Cumbria (P. Noble, Quernmore) Open (63 ran) 1, D. Henderson (Allendale) Star, 93 of 100; 2, A. Temple (Holmrook) Don, 92; 3, D. Robertson (Langholm) Moss, 90; 4, W. Tod (Langholm) Chip, 89; 5, A. Common

(Lockerbie) Groesfaen Mac, 89; 6, A. Common, Common Roy, 88. Best out-bye, J. Edgar (Consett) Redgate Pip. Best pen, A. Temple, Don. Best novice, M. Common (Lockerbie) Queen. Best lady, J. Moscrop (Bewcastle) Bess. Local trial, 1, D. Robertson, Moss, 90 of 100; 2, W. Tod, Chip, 89; 3, D. Robertson, Joe, 86; 4, J. Moscrop, Bess, 86. Best out-bye, D. Robertson, Moss. Best novice, D. Robertson, Joe, 86. CROOKHILL, Crookhill Farm, Derwent, Hope Valley (A. Warmington, Gaydon) Open (49 ran) 1, J. Howard (Holme) Lad, 85 of 100; 2, A. Driscoll, Kinlock Mazi, 77; 3, C. Pickford (Rainow) Rainow Meg, 74; 4, T. Longton, Jim, 71 OLF; 5, T. Longton, Storm, 71; 6, M. Hallam (Whaley Bridge) Roy, 67. NORTHUMBERLAND League, Healey Mill, Netherwitton (R. Macrae) Open (38 ran) 1, P. Martin (Glenlyon) Jill, 2, D. Henderson, Star, 88 OLF; 3, R. Watson, Sally, 88; 4, A. Driscoll, Aron, 87; 5, G. Owen, Ben, 85; 6, C. Smith, Ricky, 84. WESSEX, The Copse, Priors Dean (E. Thornalley, Worlington) Saturday open, 1, J. Watson (Postbridge) Roy, 76 of 100; 2, R. Edwards (Chulmleigh) Quories Nap, 75; 3, M. Fox (Sydling St Nicholas) Alf, 74; 4, J. McGee (Co Donegal) Glencregg Silver, 71 OLF; 5, C.

Cassie (Lutterworth) Lady, 71; 6, J. Watson, Don, 70. Sunday open (J. Harper, Okehampton) 1, J. McGee, Glencregg Silver, 93 of 100; 2, R. Hutchinson, Jock, 84; 3, W. van Dongen (Netherlands) Ruari, 82 OLF; 5, R. Edwards, Bob, 80; 6, A. Owen (Corwen) Cap, 78. MID-SHIRES, Bondon Farm, Birdingbury, Rugby (B. Powell, Cold Ashby) Open 1, R. Montgomery (Almondsbury) Gail, 91 of 100; 2, J. Howard, Cap, 89 OLF; 3, A. Hall (Wolvey) Bill, 89; 4, J. Howard, Lad, 88; 5, N. Vyas (John O’Gaunt) Mist, 86 OLF; 6, N. Vyas, Cody, 86. Novice, 1, A. Warmington (Rooten Brook) Moss, 78 of 100; 2, A. Smith (Chipping Norton) Lyn, 77. BAMFORD, Recreation Ground, Bamford, Hope Valley (D. Roper, Northleach) Open (78 ran) 1, P. Johnson (Burton upon Trent) Jack, 94 of 100; 2, S. Cropper, Beechwood Ben, 93; 3, C. Pickford, Rainow Liz, 92; 4, J. Howard, Lad, 92; 5, A. Ledgar (Macclesfield) Tip, 92; 6, J. Gilman (Bosley) Bob, 90. Brace (P. Wood, Derwent Valley, 3 ran) 1, K. Cropper (Shap) Tsavo and Zac; 2, S. Cropper, Beechwood Ben and Danny; 3, G. Birchenall (Chinley) Marchup Leaf and Queen. Local, 1, M. Hallam, Roy, 89 of 100; 2, A. Wilkinson (Thurgoland) Grace, 78; 3, D. Wood (Derwent Valley) Gem, 76; 4, O. Walters (Oughtibridge) Megan, 73.

WALES June 2. LLWYNBEDW, Llanpumsaint, Carmarthen, SA33 6JU, Open and novice national, two sessions, 8am start, catering, pre-entry, contact A. Sharpe, tel: 01267 253 117 or 07850 933 047. YSBYTY IFAN, Fferm Hafod Ifan, LL24 0NY, Open and novice national, two sessions, enter on field, catering, contact E. Pyrs, tel: 07837 723 986. LLYSFASI COLLEGE, Pentrecelyn, Ruthin, LL15 2LB, two sessions, Open national and class two morning, open national afternoon, 8am start, enter on field, catering, contact O. Roberts, tel: 01824 780 286. BEDDGELERT, Hafod y lan, Nant Gwynant, LL55 4NQ, Open and novice national, catering, 9am start, pre-entry, contact J. Jones, tel: 01286 870 749. June 9. CLUN VALLEY, Poplars Farm, Rockhill, SY7 8LR, Open national, pre-entry, contact V. Morris, tel: 01588 640 767 or 07794 779 907. June 16. LLANDDEUSANT, Panthowell, Llanddeusant, SA19 9SR, Open national, two sessions, catering, pre-entry, 7.30am start, contact A. Westover, tel: 07956 270 680. LLANRHEADR, Llwyn Ystrad, Y Glyn, LL16 4NW, Open and novice national, catering, 8am start, enter on field, contact C. Williams, tel: 01745 890 530 or 07767 482 390. June 17. MANORBIER NEWTON, Newton Court Farm, SA70 8PY, Open national, two sessions, 7.30am start, pre-entry, contact C. Ridge, tel: 07773 192 283.

Teifion Morgan and Tess win open Wales: Christine Hall A SUNNY day dawned on Monday (May 28) for the New Inn trial, Pembrokeshire. Temperatures soared by midday and care had to be taken to ensure both dogs and sheep did not overheat. The newly shorn Mule hoggs were a mixture of Texel, Suffolk and Welsh crosses and were released in packets of four. Dogs which lifted sheep quietly had more chance of keeping them calm and under control around the course. Some packets had a tendency to split and string out if the dog was not kept in contact. In the shedding ring, they were difficult to shed and reluctant to pen, although they did improve.

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An outrun of about 380 yards was possible from either side, with most handlers sending their dogs to the left to follow the fence line rather than negotiate the hedge corner which jutted out on the right-hand side. The left-hand drive was followed by a shed and pen. The first session of 45 runs was won by young handler Teifion Morgan and Tess. The pair had a steady run, which lost them 11 points, to win both the open and novice classes. Due to the late start of the second session, the time was reduced from 10 to eight minutes. It was won by Meirion Jones and Nan, who were deducted only nine points. Vic Morris and Gwyn were winners of the novice class.

Welsh results

BERWYN, Open National, Cae Gwastad session one (Judge, E. Lloyd) 1, R. Hutchinson (Lancashire) Jock, 16 OLF; 2, K. Evans (Libanus) Preseli Ci, 16; 3, R. Owen (Pengraigwen) Sweep, 19; 4, M. Jones (Maesybont) Meg, 20; 5, K. Haker (Llandrindod Wells) Rob, 21; 6, D. Davies (Abergynolwyn) Sali, 22. Cae Gwastad session two (G. Davies) 1, K. Evans, Ace, 5; 2, S. Perello (Caton) Jim, 7; 3, E.L. Morgan (Aberystwyth) Len, 10; 4, K. Schwarze (Prion) Dot, 14; 5, I. Evans (Ystrad Meurig) Fly, 14.5; 6, B. de Kerf (Belgium) Siva, 19. Fridd session one (Eirian Morgan) 1, M. Jones, Nan, 19; 2, B. Williams (Ysgeifiog) Lad, 20; 3, P. Williams (Treuddyn) Meg, 22; 4, D. Davies, Sali, 23; 4, G. Owen (Llanerchymerdd) Bob; 5, S. Harden (Pembroke) Bob. Fridd session two (I. Thomas) A. Davies (Bryneglwys) Meg, 11; 2, A.L. Jones (Cwmtirmynach) Bob, 14 OLF; 3, H. Hughes (Llwydiarth) Glen, 14; 4, D. Williams (Abermule) Bob, 21 OLF; 5, K. Broad (Llanllawddog) Kinloch Levi, 21; 6, Ll. Evans (Swyddffynnon) Zac, 22. Wern session one (E. Hughes) 1, B. de Kerf, Siva, 11; 2, A. Driscoll (Llanllawddog) Kinloch Mazi, 13 OLF; 3, B. Davies (Bryneglwys) Lad, 13; 4, A. Jones (Selattyn) Spot, 14; 5, I. Evans, 17; 6, K. Haker, 21. Wern session two (E. Ellis) 1, B. Williams, Lad, 6; 2, R. Hutchinson, Midia, 11; 3, A. Jones, Spot, 15; 4, A. von Dinther (Whitchurch) Jake, 16 OLF; 5, J. Evans (Swyddffynnon) Scott, 16; 6, D. Pickford, Maid, 17. KINGSLAND, Session one (S. Harden) Open national, 1, K. Evans (Libanus) Preseli Ci, 18; 2, R. Ellis (Nantymoel) Bronant Sweep (Spike) 19 OLF; 3, B. de Kerf (Belgium) Siva, 19; 4, K. Hacker (Llandrindod Wells) Elsa, 20; 5, Y. Abrey (Brecon)

Glan y Gors Mona, 21; 6, K. Evans, Lass, 25. Novice, 1. A. Price (Llandrindod Wells) Jess, 31; 2, P. Thomas (Longnor) Branshaw Peg, 34; 3, T. Mallon (Glanaman) Lola, 38; 4, L. Jones (Minsterley) Tess 39 OLF. Session two (R. Ellis) Open national, 1, Y. Abrey, Malta Jess 19; 2, S. Harden (Pembroke) Bob, 21; 3, G. Powell (Gladestry) Jan, 22; 4, I. Jones (Erwood) Ted, 23 OLF; 5, P. Tomkins (Llandrindod Wells) Lyn, 23; 6, A. Blackmore (Ledbury) Preseli Del, 24. Novice, 1, G. Powell, Jan, 22; 2, M. Williams (Abermule) Liz, 26; 3, W. Jones (Erwood) Spark, 28; 4, S. Danek (Birmingham) Kay, 34. NEW INN, Session one (N. Watkins) Open national, 1, T. Morgan (Mwnt) Kennox Tess, 11; 2, B. McConnell (Narberth) Mel, 12; 3, C. Jones (Ammanford) Fly, 16 OLF; 4, V. Morris (Clun) Gwyn, 16; 5, A. Sharpe (Llanpumsaint) Twm, 17 OLF; 6, D. Millichap (Tomyrefail) Bill, 17. Novice, 1, T. Morgan, Kennox Tess, 11; 2, V. Morris, Gwyn, 16; 3, A. Sharpe, Twm, 17. Best novice handler, T. Morgan. Session two (I.B. Jones) Open national, 1, M. Jones (Maesybont) Nan, 9; 2, N. Watkins (Llanddeusant) Ben, 15; 3, T. Morgan, Kennox Tess, 16; 4, V. Morris, Gwyn, 17; 5, N. Watkins, Tanhill Alex, 18 OLF; 6, J. Drinkwater (Lampeter) Sweep, 18. Novice, 1, V. Morris, Gwyn, 17; 2, A. Sharpe, Sid, 24 OLF; 3, E. Hope (St Davids) Tess, 24. Best novice handler, A. Sharpe. RHIW (H. Pritchard) Open national, 1, A. Owen (Penysarn) Caleb, 16; 2, D. Jenkins (Aberystwyth) Jock, 18; 3, E.L. Morgan (Aberystwyth) Nel, 18 OLF; 4, D. Jenkins, Moss, 19; 5, D. Edwards (Penrhyndeudraeth) Ben, 31 OLF; 6, D. Edwards, Jet, 31. Class two, 1, C. Pritchard (Cricieth) Tan, 24; 2, I. Williams (Abersoch) Gwenno, 26; 3, J. Roberts (Bala) Shep, 27. Class three, 1, D. Jenkins, Jock, 20; 2, M. Evans (Cricieth) Maddie, 30; 3, J. Rowlands (Bodedern) Jill, 41.

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MARKET PRICES PRIMESTOCK SCOTLAND STEERS Market day(s) week ending May 29 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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Total cattle number

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

11 7 12 41 17 70 81 84 11 42

222.00 381.00 211.69 232.59 222.50 211.93 216.00

218.50 244.33 220.00 178.98 215.13 223.21 208.00 218.67

200.00 204.00 220.00 166.97 215.07 174.00

244.00 219.00 381.00 183.78 225.67 116.25 206.25

235.80 223.40 211.00 245.17 221.60 198.14 228.85 225.90 222.15

232.50 222.00 184.00 231.25 219.75 201.56 231.00 219.39 151.40 185.22

187.25 -

216.00 218.00 -

176.00 163.50

93 44 51 3 30 6 80 45 51 75 221

190.00 213.00 175.77 231.00 182.50 188.60 203.60 210.50 182.00 221.50 184.38 207.50 209.86 246.00 188.38 177.45 211.62 187.00 236.50 186.36 198.80 -

215.60 193.86 211.00 186.78 220.00 215.50 168.00 166.39 215.64 191.00 183.55 191.22 184.75 219.00 212.17 193.78 212.95 192.04 182.50 206.94 230.60 197.00 174.83 183.73 221.89 192.00 223.50 215.72 224.50 200.79 -

199.71 181.50 180.00 179.00 217.37 179.25 222.50 187.50 175.38 188.75 187.50 184.67 196.75 211.62 194.12 184.12 177.50 229.00 212.10 178.12 219.62 177.00 212.88 206.50 183.64 -

254.00 166.83 200.00 181.00 213.76 208.00 184.50 122.83 193.50 229.50 147.24 230.00 168.50 173.50 186.27 226.50 148.54 167.83 193.23 233.00 206.25 228.50 174.50 178.47 218.57 260.30 226.50 213.50 169.50 -

204.57 185.50 181.20 171.50 215.73 194.57 181.25 168.50 193.18 228.06 195.21 172.03 184.53 169.33 221.50 164.00 235.00 194.50 196.01 221.86 199.30 195.83 217.93 235.41 204.40 193.00 201.00 186.29 178.03 220.97 197.67 218.17 214.15 191.83 206.29 181.79 -

214.67 204.50 227.00 194.00 163.00 220.50 204.50 194.50 206.20 201.07 177.25 185.92 109.00 203.50 159.25 225.33 186.25 217.93 191.96 182.75 192.04 215.20 179.00 217.50 197.10 174.83 176.18 199.50 187.50 159.50 216.12 160.00 212.50 182.83 -

206.00 174.50 150.50 184.50 174.10 160.00 172.40 169.00 175.27 149.75 174.89 177.25 171.75 118.00 164.39 210.00 156.24 -

199.67 172.00 192.36 137.00 179.82 191.50 181.50 187.59 199.54 152.50 196.47 204.36 187.86 207.61 185.29 164.33 129.00 193.18 215.00 176.63 213.50 165.50 -

205.50 189.56 132.00 169.81 195.38 182.50 207.65 206.33 149.00 159.00 208.42 214.86 196.30 164.50 205.10 191.48 191.00 200.17 124.50 210.10 175.67 -

6 49 16 88 2 38 193 5 2 33 12 18 95 87 5 2 19 3 12 2 80 30 13 11 3 32 3 56 8 63 46 1 24 9 65 31 33 2 18 31 32 11 -

Total cow number

Grade 3 average

Dairy sired average

Beef sired average

Total N lambs



115.40 113.10 121.00 137.00 116.40 124.10 112.80

139.70 132.50 131.50 171.30 147.70 146.70 136.40 147.00 148.30 149.00 155.40

146 111 59 156 137 81 101 121 280 270 90

161.12 192.78 143.75 -

131.71 126.50 150.56 122.70 -

121.00 116.83 143.00 126.58 113.70 143.83 122.03 113.00 55.50 113.88 123.32 119.00 123.60 127.58 102.75 123.00 106.35 127.50 118.51 110.31 49.50 97.00 111.59 117.41 126.50 117.75 112.00 121.08 -

124.33 140.78 127.00 154.00 146.50 150.31 91.50 139.50 132.75 146.50 124.21 135.60 151.25 125.00 91.00 151.71 128.67 146.50 151.56 116.08 164.67 125.45 123.17 153.50 131.50 132.88 139.21 145.11 130.00 163.25 120.56 130.50 143.65 145.50 128.50 141.50 118.35 140.25 117.95 -

184 938 280 28 372 763 59 718 311 244 349 88 298 206 504 1348 368 107 69 127 18 1332 101 62 553 35 388 666 399 188 99 123 178 67 1536 366 574 29 166 805 459 1217 155 150 1213 1011 60 1439 159 1026 411 920 271 113 174 381 291 285 551 935 137

Grade 1 average

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

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Total N/S lambs

N/S lambs light average

N/S lambs standard average

N/S lambs medium average

N/S lambs heavy average

N/S SQQ average

Total Ewes

Ewes average

146 111 59 156 137 81 101 121 280 270 90


254.30 249.77 228.09 243.30 226.43 195.61

249.34 251.68 253.91 248.43 247.72 251.79 254.39 250.84 270.86 251.06 239.37

245.17 231.68 262.37 230.29 250.77 253.81 255.75 242.58 284.41 248.84 236.83

249.34 252.27 253.91 248.63 247.72 246.96 254.39 250.84 270.18 243.10 228.70

476 204 44 181 104 283 88 339 153 400 797 -

64.51 71.97 71.41 68.05 64.45 77.76 43.51 71.38 71.09 74.75 75.03 -

184 938 280 28 372 763 59 718 311 244 349 88 298 206 504 1348 368 107 69 127 18 1332 101 62 553 35 388 666 399 188 99 123 178 67 1536 366 574 29 166 805 459 1217 155 150 1213 1011 60 1439 159 1026 411 920 271 113 174 381 291 285 551 935 137

251.18 209.43 228.10 226.15 263.00 190.00 213.00 252.00 228.00 205.00 225.80 225.00 234.24 232.00 260.94 219.00 251.05 218.64 241.00 255.11 263.47 214.00 257.95 -

221.00 256.58 253.71 281.97 236.11 282.24 247.00 266.21 256.92 237.92 245.85 247.10 257.05 240.30 262.49 241.33 235.69 242.40 245.84 241.71 258.22 256.98 267.04 270.95 237.65 267.10 243.49 237.46 274.50 238.05 235.94 253.86 256.61 261.57 215.36 257.20 252.80 243.90 249.95 242.19 241.28 296.87 256.49 270.30 260.90 229.75 239.22 268.60 260.78 260.89 222.31 246.18 255.25 290.55 261.96 236.55 300.19 252.80 265.38

253.09 263.01 270.61 280.00 238.22 274.86 213.98 270.27 256.73 250.66 246.79 246.40 272.13 266.12 286.34 245.19 257.27 247.75 270.58 246.37 278.40 261.50 251.63 269.21 254.34 263.60 241.51 247.09 273.17 236.23 240.00 291.95 253.44 283.80 260.37 238.39 255.85 250.80 248.19 253.49 250.41 247.87 273.74 274.80 261.40 260.46 214.89 244.41 276.27 266.10 280.09 240.54 249.09 256.11 282.25 259.45 254.85 247.94 292.73 252.94 261.01

268.68 260.30 235.00 230.75 268.04 269.77 248.30 239.18 235.53 282.73 255.00 256.82 241.02 262.67 257.14 248.00 283.00 252.27 239.78 250.52 265.30 233.07 247.06 240.50 232.40 278.00 267.13 277.00 260.23 250.77 252.92 236.00 246.39 257.72 238.09 274.00 269.39 258.00 263.96 209.14 235.95 269.97 249.56 282.75 236.53 310.04 256.94 247.61 241.03 261.09 243.36 -

251.66 259.44 260.91 281.83 237.25 275.07 221.82 267.92 256.75 246.94 245.29 246.68 267.10 253.26 282.91 244.43 253.30 243.81 265.56 245.26 265.43 259.36 255.92 269.43 251.88 264.38 242.10 244.86 273.35 236.42 237.89 287.51 255.26 283.80 260.84 234.28 256.15 251.42 245.42 251.82 248.44 246.54 276.04 269.41 264.87 260.58 219.38 243.37 275.06 264.06 274.24 239.88 247.40 255.87 283.66 259.77 254.85 244.80 295.13 252.99 261.14

Source: AHDB/LAA 432 345 386 145 175 1370 286 91 170 183 161 429 102 328 533 102 250 159 1580 4 126 310 32 186 240 333 71 103 118 2044 53 392 123 434 10 390 719 187 993 174 940 238 498 100 29 19 109 281 275 487 48 53 95 161 151 87 129 98 527 27

86.75 79.93 80.74 68.10 68.42 73.69 77.67 84.79 70.34 63.37 75.10 62.34 54.10 79.28 74.95 68.38 61.52 90.08 70.20 61.25 77.39 68.92 73.09 63.12 66.69 74.47 71.82 78.11 81.58 77.76 102.92 77.01 76.65 70.05 73.70 87.31 96.76 81.44 57.63 67.05 83.22 76.20 87.09 81.69 40.91 77.53 88.28 75.54 68.23 79.52 53.48 58.02 63.26 70.35 76.89 75.88 94.53 93.74 75.70 87.22

Market day(s) week ending May 29 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

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Light average

3 5 101 7 5 -

184.00 -

Medium average

Heavy average

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

180.80 185.00 196.96 213.17 -

132.90 189.88 -

193.50 229.50 170.00 -

195.00 196.33 207.00 156.00 -

200.00 206.15 191.50 156.00 -

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

Medium average

177.27 -

178.82 -

Total N/S lambs

N/S lambs light average


Heavy average

Total cow number

Grade 1 average

Grade 3 average

Dairy sired average

Beef sired average

183.67 -

11 59 19 2 35 37 4 33 -

140.91 -

106.78 -

108.33 112.48 89.50 111.12 -

133.80 137.70 141.11 97.50 129.22 149.25 136.76 -


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

12 443 752 144 1433 185 11 320 320 1219 129 51 1381 1710 189 321 1415 191

247.26 282.36 244.62 250.00 238.40 223.60 249.94 259.29 241.64 251.05 264.12 -

N/S lambs standard average

251.50 253.35 240.77 289.90 244.46 258.90 236.00 248.09 248.61 245.49 235.40 246.47 261.63 257.68 245.22 251.16 271.30 219.71

N/S lambs medium average

267.82 239.90 282.85 248.89 255.11 235.00 255.00 245.43 255.60 251.40 229.76 256.74 257.40 248.70 251.50 280.06 229.83

N/S lambs heavy average

243.38 238.30 241.00 246.91 244.57 253.44 221.00 230.81 240.00 233.33 246.62 257.96 267.71 221.38

N/S SQQ average

251.50 263.80 241.07 285.96 246.40 257.74 235.36 249.49 246.70 247.80 244.76 246.51 259.97 256.15 246.07 251.10 275.54 224.85

Total Ewes

247 269 444 1004 382 188 29 814 96 17 468 1176 106 93 2152 173

Ewes average

66.97 66.16 57.51 81.06 62.26 44.78 52.52 64.49 91.33 57.82 62.94 73.46 53.11 37.31 60.94 65.61

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35/820.1 -/-/2/832.5 -/-/-/10/785.0 125/733.1 5/726.4 -/194/941.0 -/-/-/32/757.8 39/708.4 26/783.8 1/1050.0 12/727.9 -/-/151/843.2 -/16/614.7 -/-/-/-/6/706.7 40/710.8 28/811.1 -/2/862.5 7/632.1 -/29/852.8 2/905.0 -/16/670.0 -/20/847.5 -/-/10/828.0 -/10/619.0 91/760.2 -/-/5/578.0 132/860.7 -/-/19/772.6 87/876.4 13/717.7 13/735.0 24/735.4 42/1001.7 -/-/27/959.8

-/-/-/16/943.1 -/-/-/14/728.2 99/934.7 23/761.3 -/137/1078.6 -/-/-/74/885.1 53/952.3 5/899.0 7/930.0 18/928.1 -/-/54/1099.3 -/48/898.4 -/-/-/-/27/1033.7 41/816.0 23/911.7 -/3/935.0 -/-/16/862.5 11/918.6 -/4/875.0 -/30/974.0 -/-/27/1079.1 -/9/782.8 113/871.0 -/-/6/564.0 100/965.8 -/-/13/940.4 18/802.2 4/1000.0 12/796.3 20/1027.5 70/1092.9 -/-/10/913.0

10/671.5 -/-/7/566.4 -/-/-/1/660.0 6/666.7 16/712.1 -/16/890.6 -/-/-/68/637.8 58/595.6 26/627.3 3/440.7 14/741.4 -/-/8/828.8 -/16/564.1 -/-/-/-/7/503.6 53/629.4 -/-/6/635.0 -/-/2/650.0 -/-/1/740.0 -/4/757.5 -/-/1/405.0 -/9/683.3 25/557.6 -/-/21/500.0 5/802.0 -/-/14/734.6 8/891.3 2/440.0 7/478.6 2/590.0 5/591.0 -/-/1/455.0

15/697.0 -/-/16/565.9 -/-/-/5/696.0 21/734.3 41/862.4 -/20/878.5 -/-/-/49/857.2 65/674.3 13/713.5 4/685.0 15/839.3 -/-/14/956.8 7/692.1 21/766.0 -/-/-/-/12/817.5 48/745.4 2/835.0 -/10/430.0 1/520.0 -/12/800.8 10/868.0 -/-/-/2/855.0 -/-/2/495.0 -/24/665.6 58/821.4 -/-/-/13/816.5 -/-/26/777.8 19/969.2 7/825.7 13/703.5 1/695.0 2/865.0 -/-/6/803.3

24/791.7 -/-/13/1119.6 -/-/-/1/1010.0 19/911.6 24/1007.8 -/16/1100.0 -/-/-/55/981.2 64/825.7 19/935.0 3/1020.0 47/957.7 -/-/2/1060.0 2/970.0 24/774.6 -/-/-/-/33/1211.8 35/934.6 -/-/6/650.0 4/740.0 -/7/940.0 8/953.8 -/-/-/13/1004.2 -/-/12/895.8 -/68/880.4 121/1048.5 -/-/1/510.0 6/765.0 -/-/17/1025.3 9/775.6 1/1125.0 14/796.4 10/1080.0 2/1170.0 -/-/1/1125.0

3/333.3 -/-/5/403.0 -/-/-/2/395.0 19/529.5 20/434.5 -/6/606.7 -/-/-/45/510.9 37/443.4 16/438.4 3/445.0 -/-/-/2/810.0 -/11/433.7 -/-/-/-/17/389.1 34/547.2 1/560.0 -/1/470.0 -/-/9/489.4 -/-/15/557.3 -/2/702.5 -/-/3/435.0 -/11/499.5 19/458.2 -/-/33/455.0 -/-/-/5/661.0 3/540.0 3/270.0 10/421.5 2/505.0 -/-/-/3/486.7

20/506.3 -/-/12/363.8 -/-/-/10/621.0 17/686.5 23/606.4 -/12/567.5 -/-/-/33/558.2 39/488.5 35/543.9 3/511.7 6/738.3 -/-/7/797.9 6/730.8 27/593.0 -/-/-/-/10/745.0 43/625.1 -/-/-/-/-/23/688.9 -/-/16/607.5 -/2/780.0 -/-/4/535.0 -/20/552.9 37/681.8 -/-/7/513.6 10/691.0 -/-/13/661.4 12/644.2 4/382.0 12/511.3 8/664.4 4/767.5 -/-/1/950.0

13/882.3 -/-/13/844.6 -/-/-/6/611.7 12/746.7 30/839.5 -/4/982.5 -/-/-/44/862.2 59/877.4 13/809.2 2/730.0 21/817.9 -/-/8/923.1 4/785.0 10/746.5 -/-/-/-/25/1009.6 47/840.9 -/-/2/875.0 6/875.0 -/7/839.3 3/656.7 -/14/640.0 -/14/874.3 -/-/21/692.9 -/20/606.0 90/848.6 -/-/1/440.0 20/819.5 -/-/22/926.5 12/838.8 1/1045.0 10/748.0 6/786.7 6/806.7 -/-/-/-

8/270.6 -/-/2/277.5 -/-/-/12/326.7 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/2/365.0 31/344.7 14/305.3 -/-/-/-/-/-/13/527.7 -/-/-/-/8/356.9 1/620.0 -/-/-/-/-/2/345.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/21/313.3 -/-/1/305.0 -/-/-/-/3/385.0 -/2/235.0 10/427.5 -/-/-/4/360.0

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

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Fr We

Tu We Tu Tu Fr

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

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

Tu We\Mo

Fr Tu Sa Tu\We Tu Th


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


+ month ifers

No. / Av.

738.33 729.17


/558.00 723.33 /886.36 953.42

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

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

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

2/345.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/6/775.00 1/300.00

-/-/-/-/1/500.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/4/622.50 5/627.00 -/-

-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/10/49.30 -/-/-

No. / Av. 3/236.67 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/1/20.00 -/-/-

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

6/247.50 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/1/78.00 -/-/-

-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/4/101.00 -/-/-

Native heifers

No. / Av. -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/5/80.80 -/-/-

Source: AHDB/LAA 882.3


611.7 746.7 /839.5


/862.2 /877.4 809.2 730.0 817.9

923.1 785.0 /746.5

/1009.6 /840.9

875.0 875.0

839.3 656.7




/606.0 /848.6

40.0 /819.5

/926.5 838.8 045.0 /748.0 786.7 806.7

8/270.6 -/-/2/277.5 -/-/-/12/326.7 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/2/365.0 31/344.7 14/305.3 -/-/-/-/-/-/13/527.7 -/-/-/-/8/356.9 1/620.0 -/-/-/-/-/2/345.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/21/313.3 -/-/1/305.0 -/-/-/-/3/385.0 -/2/235.0 10/427.5 -/-/-/4/360.0

7/406.4 -/-/2/505.0 -/-/-/18/595.0 12/579.2 3/450.0 -/-/-/-/-/39/573.7 35/440.3 5/445.0 -/34/469.4 -/-/-/-/4/365.0 -/-/-/-/6/708.3 4/585.0 -/-/-/-/-/3/466.7 3/815.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/16/480.3 11/541.4 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/3/666.7 -/-/1/575.0 1/715.0 -/-/-/-

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4/767.5 -/-/24/699.2 -/-/-/16/688.8 3/848.3 4/596.5 -/7/695.0 -/-/-/53/627.7 73/797.2 5/585.0 -/21/755.2 -/-/-/-/29/830.0 -/-/-/-/25/895.6 10/743.0 1/780.0 -/-/-/-/12/691.7 8/610.6 -/-/-/6/1037.5 -/-/3/711.7 -/1/470.0 70/729.8 -/-/-/16/775.0 -/-/-/2/695.0 4/597.5 4/721.3 16/694.4 8/838.8 -/-/3/413.3

16/53.6 -/-/75/66.2 31/70.4 -/-/11/28.2 49/63.7 13/58.2 1/70.0 -/-/-/-/11/36.0 45/42.8 9/65.9 -/-/-/-/-/-/21/83.1 -/-/-/-/2/97.5 12/59.9 -/-/-/-/-/62/84.4 -/-/4/97.5 -/-/5/123.6 -/-/-/-/63/78.9 -/-/19/81.0 4/143.8 -/-/-/-/-/8/42.5 -/-/-/-/1/140.0

8/208.8 -/-/49/334.1 7/284.3 -/-/1/342.0 21/273.9 13/333.2 -/-/-/-/-/20/296.2 26/249.2 7/345.0 -/-/-/8/265.0 -/-/27/260.8 -/-/-/-/2/267.5 53/312.4 9/416.7 -/-/-/-/41/271.7 -/-/15/252.3 -/-/14/305.3 -/-/-/-/53/292.1 -/-/25/306.8 4/351.3 -/-/-/-/-/16/237.9 -/-/-/-/-/-

3/190.0 -/-/47/243.8 1/230.0 -/-/1/300.0 19/265.5 10/183.7 -/-/-/-/-/14/223.6 33/207.3 9/314.2 -/-/-/3/210.0 -/-/27/197.2 -/-/-/-/2/247.5 47/229.0 4/426.3 -/-/-/-/35/237.5 -/-/-/-/-/12/266.1 -/-/-/-/54/202.1 -/-/26/231.8 11/320.5 -/-/-/-/-/22/206.6 -/-/-/-/1/295.0

3/175.7 -/-/61/171.2 3/290.0 -/-/1/80.0 16/158.6 9/171.1 -/-/-/-/-/21/195.3 38/163.4 2/280.0 -/-/-/2/80.0 -/-/31/139.4 -/-/-/-/-/21/189.0 -/-/-/-/-/57/183.5 -/-/2/162.5 -/-/1/240.0 -/-/-/-/63/203.9 -/-/8/144.0 9/173.9 -/-/-/-/-/5/152.6 -/-/-/-/-/-

4/182.5 -/-/44/149.8 4/116.3 -/-/2/126.0 12/132.1 11/97.4 -/-/-/-/-/15/127.3 34/121.7 2/210.0 -/-/-/5/151.0 -/-/12/95.7 -/-/-/-/1/170.0 24/128.7 -/-/-/-/-/46/138.8 -/-/-/-/-/4/179.5 -/-/-/-/60/127.2 -/-/10/112.7 5/233.0 -/-/-/-/-/6/113.8 -/-/-/-/1/140.0



Primestock throughput, price and price change (p/kg). Week ending May 29, 2018.






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

947 671 1,051 2,669 56,242 186 189 182 21 704 541

187.11 196.89 201.27 195.15 234.06 122.91 122.44 120.47 78.24 116.47 139.62

-1.48 0.72 -4.82 -2.33 -16.83 6.20 9.19 6.18 -14.06 -2.44 0.42





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

961 766 1,243 2,970 64,328 578 791 973

187.13 199.57 204.55 197.63 231.39 120.37 116.35 143.54

-1.45 1.36 -3.22 -1.48 -17.31 7.32 -2.63 1.43

NEW season lamb prices rose 22.18p/kg to 255.65p/kg following large drops seen last week. Old season stock was back 24.21p/kg to 200.71p/kg and cull ewes were down £1.38/head to £72.34/head. In the cattle rings, heifers were down 3.22p/kg to 204.55p/kg and 1.57p/kg was shaved off cull cow prices, taking them down to 131.48p/kg. Steers bucked the trend, rising


to 199.57p/kg, a 1.36p/kg increase. In the pig rings, prices rose 7.32p/ kg to 120.37p/kg, while cull sows were down 2.68p/kg to 36.14p/kg. As Farmers Guardian went to press on Wednesday (May 30), UK LIFFE wheat prices for Nov 18 were trading at £157.50/tonne, a rise


of £2.75/t on the week.



Market day(s) w/e May 28

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

6-12 month steers

Mo We\Th Fr Tu Tu Fr We

Tu Tu

12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers

18+ month heifers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

-/-/19/683.7 6/810.8 34/823.2 3/935.0 -/7/699.3 44/747.8 -/-/100/865.4 -/-

-/-/44/724.3 13/872.9 46/885.5 1/935.0 -/21/698.1 35/794.6 -/-/115/979.1 -/-

-/-/48/817.5 9/885.1 51/1038.0 -/-/33/885.5 40/1154.0 -/-/26/1063.5 -/-

-/-/8/604.4 5/616.4 19/684.7 1/825.0 -/23/612.8 48/633.1 -/-/74/685.3 1/315.0

-/-/20/675.0 20/720.4 39/761.4 1/825.0 -/14/649.6 39/795.5 -/-/77/813.8 -/-

-/-/49/823.9 11/903.7 46/911.1 -/-/40/757.1 25/933.2 -/-/71/882.0 -/-

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.

-/-/5/548.0 8/793.1 2/647.5 4/568.8 -/1/320.0 11/615.9 -/-/-/-/-

-/-/12/612.1 13/750.4 19/692.9 -/-/21/515.0 9/730.6 -/-/9/922.2 -/-

-/-/7/921.4 29/876.7 15/863.7 -/-/15/952.7 17/928.2 -/-/-/-/-

-/-/1/530.0 3/470.0 -/3/465.0 -/1/430.0 5/397.0 -/-/1/760.0 1/280.0

-/-/-/13/663.5 14/583.6 -/-/3/473.3 8/531.9 -/-/22/701.8 -/-

-/-/9/707.2 30/806.1 10/768.5 4/860.0 -/10/902.5 28/913.9 -/-/3/905.0 -/-


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.

-/-/2/515.0 -/3/280.0 -/-/3/380.0 -/-/-/-/-/-

-/-/6/482.5 -/6/514.2 -/-/46/416.2 6/420.8 -/-/-/-/-

-/-/21/644.8 -/35/491.9 -/-/18/788.1 3/435.0 -/-/-/-/-

-/15/67.9 142/56.9 -/-/1/20.0 -/5/40.0 24/82.8 -/-/-/3/21.7

-/2/301.5 110/227.0 -/-/1/225.0 -/6/225.8 21/259.0 -/-/-/5/159.4

-/3/222.3 92/190.4 -/-/1/170.0 -/5/258.0 12/227.5 -/-/-/4/121.3

-/10/99.3 67/144.8 -/-/-/-/1/250.0 7/49.4 -/-/-/6/128.3

-/11/70.7 80/119.4 -/-/-/-/-/5/64.8 -/-/-/11/86.4

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Deadweight prices for the week ending May 26, 2018.


w/e May 26

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



Fr We We

We Fr



52 -

60.9 -

11 -

42.7 -

64 26 182 274 75 -

72.7 58.0 81.7 63.1 64.5 -

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. Beeston Castle Leek Selby Thirsk






53 -

44.8 -

66 158

87.1 52.9

Market day w/e: May 29

Pigs total

Porkers average

Th\Mo Th\Tu We Th

34 51 417 21

125.83 131.40 126.77 97.00

Week ending May 26, 2018.


Tu Sa


Tu Sa

127 -

57.7 -



41 722 8 15 1 -

40.6 64.0 65.5 63.7 86.0 -


Source: AHDB/LAA


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



30kg Weighted Average 7kg Weighted Average

Cutters average

Baconers average

110.53 136.36 123.82 113.33

104.00 126.20 120.81 118.00



65 62 -

32.9 42.7 -

Cull sows total 5 0 41 31

Cull sows average 42.80 0.00 34.54 37.19


May 19 53.31 37.06

May 26 52.30 38.07

Source: AHDB

week ending May 26, 2018. 2018 Pigs* 172.68 Sheep 215.19 Steers 17.39 Heifers 12.74 Young bulls 5.52 *week ending May 19, 2018.


-U R O+ -O Average Number

Northern 3 4L

Central 3

375.8 374.8 365.9 333.3 368.2 4362

375.7 371.9 355.8 330.0 357.9 4003

376.9 383.4 374.2 335.3

4L 370.4 372.8 356.9 334.8

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

379.8 373.9 362.0 332.6 362.0 3047

385.3 385.3 375.6 341.6 381.4 3824

378.5 380.8 363.4 330.7

385.1 387.3 381.1 348.7


-U R O+ -O Average Number

Northern 3 4L

Central 3

376.9 373.3 359.0 334.5 371.2 2423

382.3 373.4 349.8 317.9 364.3 2727

384.5 381.2 371.5 349.1


Central 3

-U R O+ -O Average Number

369.8 359.1 332.8 318.2 349.0 809

364.2 360.9 332.2 306.3 342.0 523

370.1 365.3 333.6 320.0

4L 383.1 375.0 358.6 331.3

4L 379.2 364.0 335.5 319.0

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

389.6 370.8 359.5 324.8 359.3 1701

394.1 382.4 375.4 340.0 384.1 2470

385.6 373.3 356.6 338.9

390.5 388.0 381.9 333.7

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

369.3 363.1 334.3 319.4 355.7 326

379.3 371.1 358.1 326.1 373.6 905

367.2 363.6 332.0

382.0 374.1

DEADWEIGHT SHEEP N/S deadweight prices for the week ending May 26, 2018. SQQ E U R O P

2 603.3 598.0 587.6 560.1

Medium E U R O P

2 603.1 598.2 590.8 576.2

(461) (1343) (2093) (178)

3L 602.0 597.2 587.5 573.7

(452) (1272) (1635) (76)

3L 602.0 597.2 588.3 578.2

(1539) (4550) (3653) (155)

3H 584.5 584.5 580.5 575.8

(1531) (4430) (3243) (94)

3H 584.5 584.6 581.0 575.0

Source: AHDB

(380) (1589) (1032) (13)

4L 569.2 555.1 562.8 565.0

(380) (1574) (965) (10)

4L 569.2 555.1 563.0 565.0

(71) (224) (162) (2)

4H 546.3 524.7 512.8

(4) (17) (9)

Average: 590.1 (17,704)

Estimates for Great Britain (per thousand head),

Figures drawn from eight pig producer marketing groups covering a mix of GB regions. Prices quoted in £/head.

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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) +2.81 +3.64 +3.69 +9.05 +23.90 Source: AHDB

(71) (224) (159) (2)

4H 546.3 524.7 512.8

(4) (17) (9)

Average: 591.3 (16,313) Deadweight sheep prices are collected from a sample of GB abattoirs. The sample accounts for about one-third of deadweight sales; prices quoted p/kg are averages for all qualities 12-21.5kg.

DEADWEIGHT PIGS Latest deadweight prices.

Source: AHDB

STANDARD PIG PRICE (SPP) Great Britain (81,443 pigs, av. weight 83.38) May 13-19 compared to May 6-12.

ALL PIG PRICE (APP) Great Britain (78,538 pigs, av. weight 82.43) May 6-12 compared to April 29 – May 5.

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 131.18 3.03 147.13 0.52 148.89 0.59 148.48 0.66 147.99 0.61 127.09 0.05

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

147.94 145.28

APP (EU Spec) APP (UK Spec)

Number 345 4,232 21,830 37,740 15,727 1,569

SPP (EU Spec) SPP (UK Spec)

EUROPEAN LIVESTOCK Prices in euros. Week ending May 20, 2018.

N. Ireland: Steers R3 euro/kg/dw 4.20 (0.37. Ireland: Steers R3 euro/kg/dw 4.08 (4.10). France: (ex Rungis) lamb: R 16-22kg euro/kg/dw; imported 7.10 domestic 7.70.

0.73 0.72

Number 717 5,383 22,727 35,221 13,114 1,376

Price Change 138.53 -6.05 150.80 0.34 151.68 0.59 150.57 0.68 148.88 0.49 128.33 0.31 150.12 147.42

0.48 0.47

HAY AND STRAW Week ending May 30, 2018.

■ CARLISLE: Mon, straw, barley, mini Hesstons to £138/tonne. ■ SKIPTON: Mon, hay, small bales to £4.60/bale. ■ GOOSTREY: Mon, straw, wheat, small bales to £3/bale; haylage, square bales to £42/bale; hay, square bales to £138/bale.

Source: AHDB

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200 190 180

360 350 340 330











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210 190



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UK DELIVERED PRICES – SUMMARY Thursday, May 24, 2018 (£ per tonne)

Source: AHDB

Delivery East Anglia / London (BW)


North-West grains/ Liverpool OSR

Avonmouth feed /South bread


Central Scotland

May-2018 Jun-2018 Jul-2018 Hvst-2018 May-2018 Jun-2018 Jul-2018 Hvst-2018 May-2018 Jun-2018 Jul-2018 Hvst-2018 May-2018 Jun-2018 Jul-2018 Hvst-2018 May-2018 Jun-2018 Jul-2018 Hvst-2018 May-2018 Jun-2018

Bread Wheat Price Change 183.50 +5.50 186.00 n/c 193.50 +5.50 196.50 n/c 182.50 n/c 189.50 n/c -

Feed Wheat Price Change 158.00 +1.50 159.00 +2.50 161.50 +3.00 154.50 n/c 175.50 +2.00 161.00 +4.50 162.00 +3.50 165.50 +5.00 155.00 +5.00 171.50 +4.50 172.00 n/c 173.50 n/c -

Feed Barley Price Change -

Oilseed Rape Price 304.50 307.00 302.50 -

Change +6.50 +6.00 +6.00 -

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 English £/hectare 2018 season averages VAT sales

Leasing/naked acre letting

Non-SDA SDA Moorland

£127.17 £192.07 £65.11

£42.57 N/A –

Welsh Season average VAT sales

Leasing/naked acre letting

0.6-1.0 ✸ ■

50 per cent of 2018 payment

Scottish Regions 1, 2 and 3 – Season average VAT sales Leasing/naked acre letting 0.9-1.7 ✸ ■ Northern Irish Season average VAT sales


Leasing/naked acre letting

1.0-1.5 ✸ ■

UK DELIVERED RAPESEED PRICES Thursday, May 24, 2018 (£ per tonne)

Source: AHDB

Oilseed Rape East Anglia / London Erith Liverpool Hull / Selby

Hvst-2018 304.50 307.00 307.00 302.50

Nov-2018 314.00 316.50 316.50 312.00



FUTURES MARKETS (WHEAT) Friday, May 25, 2018 (£ per tonne)

Source: AHDB


Price £/tonne

Change on last £/tonne

Jul-18 Nov-18 Jan-19 Mar-19 May-19 Jul-19 Nov-19

156.00 158.25 160.55 162.90 164.50 161.00 155.90

+4.60 +5.75 +5.75 +5.85 +5.80 +4.20 +3.00


price €/tonne

Change on last €/tonne


Sep-18 Dec-18 Mar-19 May-19 Sep-19 Dec-19 Mar-20

182.50 186.00 187.75 189.00 186.00 188.25 188.50

+5.75 +6.75 +6.75 +6.75 +4.25 +4.50 +5.25

+5.03 +5.91 +5.91 +5.91 +3.72 +3.94 +4.60

CORN RETURNS EX-FARM PRICES Thursday, May 24, 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

170.30 171.30 171.30 171.30 +9.30

162.40 160.30 160.30 160.30 +5.80

154.50 151.60 157.50 153.90 159.90 155.30 155.30 +3.90



144.80 142.40 150.90 144.90 147.40 145.40 145.40 +5.80

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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 = £221; SDA = £219; Moorland = £61 Subject to FDM and payment adjustments. Based on today’s exchange rate (€1=£0.87). ✸ Average multiplier over 2018 season ■ Multipliers shown are based on the value of BPS payment excluding the greening element Source: Townsend Chartered Surveyors

Source: AHDB

WHEAT Milling Bread

50 per cent of 2018 payment

All prices £/tonne ex-farm

Micronizing peas

Feed peas

Feed beans

188.00 189.00 190.00

160.17 162.17 164.17

165.67 167.67 169.67

This week Last week

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

1041 2201 1551 3624 950 1023 786 508

1041 2201 1551 3716 918 1023 786 508

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

1105 1149 846 1098 1593 1522 1581 1516 1324 981

1105 1186 846 1098 1531 1461 1581 1516 1268 981

650 718 549 862 743 715 642 582 584

650 718 549 900 743 715 642 582 584

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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Thursday, May 24, 2018

Last updated May 30, 2018. MAY JUN JUL HVST NOV 161.00 162.00 165.50 155.00 159.00 - - - - 158.00 159.00 161.50 154.50 158.00 167.50 - - 165.00 - 175.50 - - - - - - 171.50 172.00 173.50 - - - - - - - - 162.50 - - - - - - - - - - - - 173.00 174.50 - - - 165.50 167.50 - -

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

MAY JUN JUL HVST NOV 196.50 - 189.50 - 193.50 - 183.50 186.00 - 178.50 - 182.50 - - - - - - - 189.50 - - -

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

MAY JUN JUL HVST NOV - - - - - 167.50 169.50 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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 May 26, 2018. Note: No weekly averages this week.

Source: AHDB

PACKING Scotland Maris Piper Charlotte King Edward Whites

Low - - - -

Main High Trend 240 - Y - - - - 35-60 - Z

England Desiree King Edward Mozart Maris Piper Whites

Low 65 115 - 230 45

Main High Trend 85 115 Y 145 190 – 55-130 - Y 245 265 Y 55-100 120 Y

Low 120 100 100 –

Main 225 125 155 –

High 280 160 190 –

Trend Y X Y –

May 12 - -

May 19 165.63 96.68

May 26 - –

Trend -

BAGS General Ware/Frying Agria (frying) Maris Piper (frying) Sagitta (frying) Wilja (ware) WEEKLY AVERAGES GB weekly average price GB weekly free-buy price

HAY AND STRAW: REGIONS Week ending June 3, 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: Straw has now ran out in some areas.

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 - - - - - 110 100 85 - - - - 94 86 - 110 100 87 - 87 79 98 - - - - 98 89 90 120 90 95 85 85 75 85 120 90 - 85 90 85 80 120 100 80 70 - 95 - - - - 105 90 120 125 - - - 125 100 100 125 100 105 100 110 100 98 - - - - 90 85 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 Organic peas Organic soya expellers


Source: Straights Direct Jun-Jul 353.00 353.00 166.00 229.00 199.00

Aug-Oct Nov-Apr 353.00 356.00 353.00 356.00 166.00 168.00 218.00 222.00 193.00 183.00

191.00 180.00 149.00 216.00 220.00 224.00

195.00 181.00 142.00 193.00 195.00 P.O.A.

172.00 179 X 136.00 200.00 201.00 222.00

290.00 290.00 290.00 295.00 295.00 380.00 380.00 380.00 510.00 510.00 510.00

Key: All prices in pounds sterling. Currency, £/$1.327, £/€1.149. Guide prices indicated include delivery charge of £6/tonne. X = After safe arrival; F = First half; S = Second half; n = May; w = Jun-July; k = Jun; r = July; v = to Jan.


Source: AHDB

Companies Monthly price Annual average Arla Foods - Sainsbury’s 27.46 27.63 Müller Milk & Ingredients Booths 31.79 31.53 Müller Milk & Ingredients Co-op Dairy Group 29.06 28.81 Müller Milk & Ingredients M&S 30.64 30.39 Müller Milk & Ingredients Sainsbury’s 28.29 28.04 Müller Milk & Ingredients TSDG (Tesco) 29.46 29.38 First Milk - Midlands & East Wales 26.89 26.82 First Milk - Scottish Mainland 26.58 26.51 Müller Milk & Ingredients Non-Aligned 28.19 27.95 Barber A.J & R.G 28.90 28.65 27.13 27.01 First Milk - Haverfordwest 2 27.55 27.36 Glanbia - Llangefni Lactalis - Caledonian Cheese 28.95 28.84 South Caernarfon Creameries 28.08 27.90 24.93 24.92 UK Arla Farmers Manufacturing 1 28.64 28.52 Wyke Farms Freshways 28.00 27.91 Meadow Foods (A&B) 27.77 27.68 1 2

This contract will receive a 13th payment, the forecast for this is about 0.83ppl from January 2018. This contract will receive a Tesco supplement of 1.45ppl for March 2018.

Please note retailer price supplements are included where applicable.

UK MONTHLY MILK PRODUCTION March UK milk deliveries were down 2.1 per cent on the same month in 2017, to 1,257 million litres. Cumulatively, this was 3.2 per cent more than the same period in 2017. GB deliveries in March stood at 1,046m litres, 3.1 per cent less than the same month in 2017, and 2.9 per cent up on the year cumulatively.


Last updated May 28, 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 1/850.00 2/1235.00 Lanark -/- -/- Stirling (ua) We -/- -/- Beeston Castle -/- -/- Bentham We 11/1803.6 4/1677.5 Carlisle -/- -/- Cirencester -/- -/- Cockermouth -/- -/- Exeter Fr 16/1697.3 15/1375.7 Gisburn Th\Sa 16/1850.0 42/887.0 Holsworthy -/- -/- Leek Tu\Sa 20/1418.5 8/1218.8 Market Drayton -/- -/- Mold Fr 6/1486.7 9/1242.2 -/- -/- Norton And Brooksbank Sedgemoor Th\Sa 90/1400.2 158/1093.5 Tu 6/1383.3 3/1033.3 Shrewsbury Skipton We\Mo 2/1560.0 2/1510.0

No. / Av.

-/- -/- -/- -/- -/- -/- -/- -/- 1/1320.0 -/- -/- 4/1425.0 -/- 1/1020.0 -/- 3/1410.7 -/- -/-

1/1200.00 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/7/1021.4 -/4/1285.0 -/1/680.0 -/4/930.0 1/1280.0 -/-

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FARMING: THE BACKBONE OF BRIT A Hedgelaying has been a part of Britain’s story for hundreds of years and, here, we take a look at how the next generation is preserving its legacy. Emily Ashworth reports.


lthough we may live in an increasingly robotic world, there are certain skills which simply need to be cultivated by human hands. Hedgelaying is a rural skill which has been practised for centuries and its rural craftmanship is still very much alive, with traditional techniques being harnessed by the next generation, passionate about ensuring the longevity of its future. Originally developed in England in the 16th century, it was a common way to enclose livestock in fields, but as developments in field management were made, hedges are also now used to provide food and shelter for wildlife and encourage rejuvenation of existing hedgerows. Although undeniably beautiful, some countryside lovers will be unaware of the sheer physical act of laying a hedge and its historic role in our land’s heritage. For hundreds of years, the countryside was saturated in intricate rows of hedges, providing work for many rural communities, their presence vital to farmers and their land. But following World War Two, hedges went into sharp decline as lowland areas switched from livestock to arable and fields were made more adaptable to the tractors and machines which now worked them. Although Britain has lost fourfifths of its hedges over the last 75 years, through love of labour and homage to keeping part of the country’s cultural identity alive, young hedgelayers are bringing it right into the 21st century.

Preservation The National Hedgelaying Society (NHLS) is currently the only organisation dedicated to preserving these traditional skills and is proud to call Prince Charles its patron. The society was born after three hedgelayers, Fred Whitefoot, Clive Matthew and Valerie Greaves, realised these once valuable skills

We have a really good group of young people doing tremendously well who will grow to become more experienced DAVID WHITAKER would soon be lost to time and floated the idea of a national society to document them and pass them on. NHLS secretary David Whitaker says: “We are pushing the promotion of hedgelaying hard, offering several courses in local styles and promoting training for the next generation. “There are young people within farming, but also from non-farming backgrounds, who are interested. “At the moment, we have a really good group of young people doing tremendously well who will grow to become more experienced. You are only a novice for a short period of time.” He also feels it is imperative to motivate those with a natural talent for it, because like most rural crafts, you either ‘have it or you don’t’. NHLS organises various competitions and, this year, the national championship will be held at Lark Rise Farm, Barton, Cambridgeshire, on Saturday, October 27. Its 550 members come from all walks of life, proving what some may deem as a diminishing way of life is still thriving and celebrated by people within and outside of agriculture. SUPPORTED BY

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Craig Proctor practices the Lancashire and Westmorland hedgelaying styles.

Case study: Craig Proctor, 27, Kendal, Cumbria HAVING had the opportunity to take a course through Grayrigg Young Farmers Club, Craig Proctor (pictured above) found he had a knack for the somewhat complex operation of hedgelaying, the tradition perhaps in-built in him with his late grandfather also possessing the skill. A third-generation beef and sheep

farmer, Craig, who works on his family’s 81-hectare (200-acre) farm in Cumbria, began his journey when he was only 12 years old. He says: “I started out of pure interest and it grew from there. It is nice to think I am carrying something on which someone else in the family was also good at.

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n touch with our roots Regional styles OVER time, regions across the country have developed their own styles of hedgelaying based on materials available, local customs and what the area of land requires. MIDLANDS THE Midlands style, for example, is mainly found in Leicestershire, Oxfordshire and Warwickshire, which are traditional beef rearing areas and the hedges are designed to contain stock: n Brush is on the animal side to stop them from eating new growth n Hedge slopes towards the animals, as stakes are driven in behind the line of the roots n Strong binding is below the top of the hedge so bullocks cannot twist it off with their horns DERBYSHIRE DERBYSHIRE style derives from the place itself, a typically mixed farming and sheep area: n Square, sawn stakes behind the line of roots n Pleachers woven firmly n No binding; relies on weaving to keep pleachers in place YORKSHIRE YORKSHIRE style is designed so once grown, the base will be too dense for sheep to push under it: n A very low hedge, with bushes to provide a barrier to wind; stems lie so close it is almost impossible to see twigs branching off n Sawn stakes with a rail nailed on top, because stakes and binders do not grow very plentifully on windy uplands n Brush goes both sides

“It is a real sense of achievement to get it all finished and looking smart, especially when you have a rough hedge. You feel accomplished.” The styles Craig practices are the Lancashire and Westmorland styles; types which suit the area best and help keep sheep in on both sides. But he admits it is the British

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countryside he loves, revelling in a hobby which gets him outside and into the fresh air.

Longevity Craig continues to help promote the craft to the next generation by holding training days each year, feeling they are important skills to keep alive.

Best Young Farmer champion at the National Hedgelaying Championship for the past three years, Craig is certainly flying the flag for this rural trade, ensuring it has a place in farming’s future. He says: “It is good for the hedge, as it stimulates growth and benefits land. More people do it with the tractor

because they think it looks tidier, but eventually you are going to end up with big gaps in the hedge. “It is good to keep a tradition and skill like this going and active in the countryside. “Soon, all the old boys will be retiring, so it is important to keep the next generation coming through.” JUNE 1 2018 | 131

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Communities urged to tackle rural dementia FARMERS are being tasked to help those living with dementia by using their rural environments. With two-thirds of people suffering from dementia based in rural areas, the Alzheimer’s Society said the impact on them was often greater due to geographical, financial and transportation constraints. To tackle the problem, the charity has launched its first dementia-friendly guide for rural communities to help foster support and create a dementia-friendly community. Jeremy Hughes, Alzheimer’s Society chief executive, says those suffering from dementia in a rural community often feel excluded and disempowered, unable to access support, guidance and basic elements of community life.

Isolation He says: “We hear too often how people with dementia in rural areas are denied their right to live a life they want, instead facing extreme isolation. “People often feel unable to participate in community life as their dementia progresses, due to lack of understanding, stigma and poor access to services and support. “We need to see society uniting now and committing to the steps outlined in this guide so no-one has to face dementia alone.” MORE INFORMATION For more on how you can help the charity, visit

Family dairy helps those in need A FAMILY dairy in the north east of England is sending eight families facing hardship to enjoy an allexpenses paid holiday. Hanover Dairies has teamed up with children’s charity, The Rainbow Trust, to offer respite to families with terminally or severely ill children and time away at Center Parcs, Penrith, Cumbria. It follows the success of the inaugural 2017 initiative after the Newcastle-based dairy and its associated sponsors raised sufficient funds to double the number of families they could send from four to eight in 2018. The charitable initiative was the concept of Hanover Dairies owner, Trevor Hanover, and the company’s managing director Tony Baldwin, as part of their ongoing fundraising work undertaken with The Rainbow Trust. 132 | JUNE 1 2018

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Flowers from the Farm’s ‘Going to market’ display won gold at the Chelsea Flower Show.

This week we take a look at some of the stories which capture rural life and which have been hitting the headlines online.


Flowers from the Farm gold at Chelsea Flower S FIRST-time Chelsea Flower Show exhibitor Flowers from the Farm has won gold for its flower stand display. Yorkshire arable farmer Gill Hodgson, who established Flowers from the Farm in 2011, leaped to success with the farm’s fresh cut flowers at last week’s Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show, where the team took the gold medal in the Great Pavilion Awards for its ‘Going to market’ display. While the team had won previous awards at other shows, their first time at Chelsea was a national effort featuring flowers from 94 growers based around the country. Speaking to Farmers Guardian before the show, founder Gill said the

medals were not the reason behind the exhibit and instead the team was attending the show to boost publicity and ‘put local flowers on the map’. But after winning gold, she spoke of her delight, saying she never expected the team would win in their first year at such a prestigious show.

Perfection “As you can imagine we are over the moon,” she said. “I am still a bit lost for words. “We knew our British flowers were good enough to win the gold but we did not expect on our first attempt we would get one. Because Chelsea is looking for perfection.” Gill said unlike many other exhibitors, while her designers had

We knew our British flowers were good enough to win the gold but we did not expect on our first attempt we would get one GILL HODGSON

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Farmer’s daughter leading farming fitness revolution TYRE flipping, ball slamming and rope battles might not be your typical farm activities but, for one farmer’s daughter, they are just part of an average day. Rebecca Irwin, 27, from Eglish, Co Tyrone, is a qualified personal trainer and owner of Go Fitness NI and loves to combine farm life with getting people fit. She says: “It’s so much fun being on-farm and it’s so much fun exercising so I thought I would combine the two and bring people to a field at the back of our farm where we can all exercise together and, depending on the weather, possibly get mucked up to the eyeballs.

cises having recently launched a farm fit camp. “Things to expect include tractor tyres, wheelbarrows and pitchforks. I’ll throw in the cow noises in the background for free.”

The move follows the recent installation of an egg vending machine to encourage healthy living in the local community.

Qualified personal trainer Rebecca Irwin has set up a gym on her family’s farm.

Diversifying “Being the sixth-generation of the Irwin farm at Eglish, we are always thinking of ways to diversify. “I want to see something different on the land, so I have created a style of training which is outside and not in between four walls.” Using farm equipment and fields, she uses everyday farm equipment to adapt into fun exer-

the uniqueness of

m takes er Show pre-prepared their design, they did not know what flowers they would be working with until the Saturday afternoon. The stand was judged before the show opened to the public on Tuesday morning. Gill added: “The pure logistics of getting flowers from 94 areas into SW3 was a challenge in itself. “But our award was waiting for us on our stand when we walked in on Tuesday morning. There were a lot of tears.” Going forward, Flowers from the Farm is splitting its entry to Chelsea Flower Show to north, central and south, meaning its members would be asked to send flowers every one year in three.

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Brothers aim to feed one million bees TWO Suffolk farming brothers have made plans to feed one million bumblebees this year. Third generation pig farmers Mark and Paul Hayward have planted 33 hectares (81.5 acres) of nectar-rich plants around their Dingley Dell Pork site and arable land, including phacelia, clover and mallow, planted in blocks between the pig arcs and in the fields. According to the brothers, a trial last year showed up to 12 bumble-

bees feeding in each square metre of wild flowers.

Balance Paul says: “Modern life has pushed nature to the fringes. Farmers can help restore this balance, starting with a diversity of plants. “If you have this diversity the bumblebees and other insects, then birds and mammals, will follow.” The project, in partnership with butchers Direct Meats, Essex, comes

following a drop in UK bumblebee populations which the Bumblebee Conservation Trust says has fallen by 70 per cent. In the last century, two species have also become extinct. But the scheme aims to reverse the trend and has been backed by Compassion in World Farming, with chief executive Philip Lymbery championing what he called an ‘incredible aim’ and applauding the project’s enthusiasm and commitment to animal welfare and the environment.

The Dingley Dell Pork site has been seeded with plants to encourage growth in the bumblebee population.

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Every week we follow the ups and downs of farmers around the UK RUSSELL McKENZIE

Cambridgeshire Russell is farm manager for John Sheard Farms and a partner in the family farm of D.J. Tebbit, responsible for a total of 995 hectares (2,457 acres), with land crossing into Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire. Cropping is split between winter wheat grown for seed, milling and feed, winter barley, winter oilseed rape, spring barley, spring beans and spring oats. Russell is an AHDB monitor farmer and a 2014 Nuffield Scholar.


am not going to mention the weather in this column for once. Workload on-farm has calmed down and we are just in the process of finishing T2 flag leaf sprays, the earlier robust T1 programme has done a decent job and the bulk of crops have clean leaves to leaf 4. We host a number of trials on-farm, one of the largest ones being with BASF with a large fungicide and 32 variety wheat trial. When I was part of the monitor farm programme I asked AHDB if we could host a Recommended List (RL) trial as there was not one local enough and I felt it was a great opportunity, with the numbers attending, to find out what suited local conditions.  Unfortunately, the interest was not reciprocal and I would have had more chance of my hair growing back than an RL trial being placed on-farm. This was where BASF stepped up and it is now our second year hosting a variety trial. To me, this level of local

‘Where is the next generation of farm staff going to come from?’ information is absolutely priceless, seeing what varieties perform well on our land and also getting a proper glimpse of what starts to crack in untreated and high disease pressure conditions. Certainly, walking through the plots this week there are some usual suspects looking a bit untidy and it is fun to treat it as a blind tasting event when you walk through the plots without looking at the variety marks first. One worrying theme which seems

to have cropped up in recent weeks is the number of farmers being let down by harvest staff who have accepted a position and then changed their mind. Plenty of these are excellent farms as well and I can only think there are a number of people applying and accepting positions until they find one they like the sound of better. Whatever happened to loyalty? This is a smaller industry than some may think and word can soon go round.

It has certainly changed since my day when you were almost fighting to get the best harvest jobs because of the numbers applying and it is certainly a concern going forward with staff succession, where is the next generation going to come from? My daughter cannot wait to be involved with harvest, although my wife, with years of corn carting experience, will be better placed than me to do the instructing, apparently.

Farmers Weather by Dr Simon Keeling

Spring turned into an odd season THAT is it then; spring 2018 has come to an end and today (June 1) is the first day of meteorological summer. After the chilly winter, certainly spring turned into an odd season. We saw snow, freezing temperatures, wet weather and then a change in May as spring ‘proper’ arrived with a drought for some of us. Soil moisture defects rocketed across parts of the UK and Ireland in the second half of May, a reminder that when the weather leaves winter and moves into spring, the transition can sometimes be dramatic. But what of the season as a whole? Provisional data suggests that 134 |JUNE 1 2018

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temperatures through March, April and May are going to be close to average in the UK overall. Cooler weather affected Ireland and this extended south to much of Spain and Portugal. It was very cold across the northern USA and most of Canada, as well as much of central and northern Russia. Much warmer than average weather affected the Black Sea regions and southern China. Australia was also mostly warmer than average. Rainfall shows wetter than usual conditions in Wales, western England and Ireland too. Central and northern Scotland stayed drier than average and the dry weather extended across the

North Sea into Norway and Denmark. It was very wet across the Mediterranean and into the Balkans, with a marked contrast showing between a wet southern Europe and a dry north. Other wet areas included southern China, much of the north and west of Brazil as well as northern Argentina. Eastern parts of the USA were damp too. Southern areas of the USA were dry as was eastern Canada. Australia was drier than average in the west but near normal rainfall in the east. Now we need to see what summer has in store. I will have the latest ideas in my twice-weekly video forecasts at

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NEXT WEEK Powys James Powell Cheshire Phil Latham

‘Technology will be key’ Perthshire Martin is married with three daughters and farms with his wife Jane on a hill farm rising to 760 metres (2,500ft) above sea level. They have 600 breeding ewes, 30 continental cows and 30 Highlanders. Martin is in his second year as NFU Scotland vice-president and is also serving his second year as Less Favoured Area committee chairman. He was chairman of Aberfeldy Show and the Highland Games for six years, and is still involved.


t is now 10 years since we bought our GPS system for the tractor. It is by no means an all-singing, all-dancing setup, but for a hill and upland livestock producer, the difference it has made is quite satisfyingly stark.

The system we purchased was a Patchwork BlackBox Cruizer, and although it had a service and an upgrade about five years ago, which cost about £250, it has been very reliable. We got it when there was a 40 per cent grant for precision farming equipment. The total cost before the grant was £1,600. When I say it is not all-singing, all-dancing, I mean we do not have autosteer on it, but it is not really a requirement for the jobs we use it for. You might ask where the benefits are. Sowing fertiliser on very bare ground which has been grazed by sheep used to be quite challenging, as could spreading on grass stubble for a second cut, particularly in dry weather where you struggle to see your previous mark. The GPS system allows you to see exactly where your previous run was and guides you to where you should be on the next run, which almost eliminates any over or under lap, allowing fertiliser usage to be much more efficient.


Spraying was also a time consuming challenge, as we would always have markers out on the field and have to get off the tractor after every round and move the markers for the next round. Now all I do is go round the field twice using the last pass option, set the A-B line and just continue right across the field until finished, which is much quicker and saves on fuel, as you would never switch the tractor off when moving markers.

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Cutting silage or hay is now much simpler, as when you open up a break you do not have to pace it out either. This year we went one step further and soil mapped three fields, about 16 hectares (40 acres), the results were very interesting, especially when it came to the pH of the soil. Technology is something agriculture has embraced and, in the future, will be key to being productive and environmentally-friendly.

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Answers to crossword 930: Across: 8 Suchlike, 9 Brogue, 10 Veldts, 11 Resource, 12 Yeti, 13 Cattlefeed, 15 Wool fat, 16 On a roll, 19 Brent goose, 21 Cony, 22 Hear hear, 24 Dressy, 25 Smudge, 26 Emission. Down: 1 Superego, 2 Rhode Island Reds, 3 Ailsa Craig, 4 Ferrets, 5 Ibis, 6 Roquefort cheese, 7 Muscle, 14 Linseed oil, 17 Long-stop, 18 Journey, 20 Rheumy, 23 Ewes. Winner: L. Holliday, Cumbria

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‘The system we had was not generating enough financially’ Career: I grew up on a mixed livestock farm with pedigree Limousin and Limousin cross suckler cows and pedigree flocks of Poll Dorsets and Lleyns. I knew from an early age agriculture was the career for me. I would have come straight back to the farm after leaving school, but my mother and father wanted me to have the university experience. I enrolled for a degree in agriculture, but the enjoyment lasted precisely one month as I quickly realised it was the practical side of farming I enjoyed and the course did not have enough of that for me. That month was an expensive one, but leaving was the right decision. Dairy: I was 19 when I joined my parents in the business and it was clear the beef and sheep system we had was not generating enough financially. We knew things needed to change to sustain stability and to provide the resources to invest in modern agriculture for the future. I had spent three months working on a spring calving dairy farm and I knew this was experience I could put into practice at home. It was then I realised there would be a better future for us in dairying. I also saw it as an opportunity to

Richard Downes Tregaron, Ceredigion Richard Downes, 21, farms with his parents at Cilcert Uchaf, an 85-hectare (210acre) holding rising from 200-305 metres (650-1,000ft). They moved to dairy farming from beef and sheep two years ago and produce organic milk from a herd of 90 pedigree dairy Shorthorns and New Zealand Friesian cross-breds. Richard Downes helped his parents with the move to dairy farming.

improve our land, because with dairying comes the pressure to manage and improve the grassland

more efficiently. We were starting with a blank canvas and decided autumn block calving was the best fit for the farm. Sheep: To make room for the dairy enterprise, the beef herd had to go and, to the sadness of my sister, a large number of the sheep too. We lamb a smaller flock of 260 Poll Dorsets which we have winter sheared for the last two years, a practice which has worked well. Ewes are housed from Christmas until lambing in mid-March. We sell our finished wether lambs on the Waitrose organic scheme through

Dalehead Foods. Most of the ewe lambs are sold as registered ewes for breeding. The farm has been an organic system since 2004, so we are now well used to relying on slurry and manure for grass growth along with regular reseeding and the use of nitrogen-fixing clovers. It has been a steep learning curve, but it has been a help to have had the support of another dairy farmer, Eurig Jenkins, who farms nearby and is a mentor with the Farming Connect mentoring programme. He has given me great advice.



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Shaun the sheep This week, while waiting for another wool-sack, Karen Wellham’s husband Kevin stacked up these fleeces. Mrs Wellham says: “I could not resist giving them faces as it reminded me of a scene from a Wallace and Gromit film.” Karen Wellham, Forest of Dean GET INVOLVED To get a photo featured in FG, share your shot on our Facebook page or email 136 | JUNE 1 2018

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