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By Olivia Midgley FARMING leaders have hit back at a new report which blames ‘policy driven’ agriculture for a 50 per cent decline in Britain’s wildlife. The State of Nature report, compiled by more than 50 conservation organisations, assessed 8,000 UK species and found one in 10 were threatened with extinction. It adds fuel to the fire for environmentalists who have been pressuring Government to formulate a new British agricultural policy with more wildlife friendly farm payments at its heart. Dr Mark Eaton, principal conservation scientist at the RSPB’s Centre for Conservation Science and co-author of the report, said: “The science

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reveals that agricultural management and climate change have been the two major drivers of wildlife change in the UK in recent decades.” But farming and countryside groups said the study had ignored the progress made by farmers in the last 25 years, which included major gains brought about by environmental stewardship and cross-sector reductions in greenhouse gases. NFU vice-president Guy Smith highlighted RSPB figures from this year’s Big Farmland Bird Count which saw more than 130 different bird species recorded by more than 1,000 participating farmers. MORE ON THIS STORY See page 2

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THE damning State of Nature report, which links agriculture to the decline in UK wildlife, fails to mention the considerable efforts which have been taken to promote environmentally friendly farming, countryside groups have argued. Intensification of farming, urbanisation and climate change were highlighted as major factors in the decline in the UK’s natural environment in this week’s report. Dr Mark Eaton, principal conservation scientist at the RSPB Centre for Conservation Science and co-author of the report, said: “Modern farming approaches, including increased pesticide use, loss of hedgerows and other habitats, the loss of mixed farming and a change in sowing seasons, have been key drivers of wildlife decline affecting farmland birds, such as the turtle dove and yellowhammer.” But NFU Scotland deputy director of policy Andrew Bauer said the attack on farmers was unmerited given the strides being taken by the

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Key points in the report n 56 per cent of species declined between 1970 and 2013, and 53 per cent between 2002 and 2013 n Farmland birds declined by 54 per cent since 1970 n 12 per cent of farmland species are threatened with extinction in Great Britain n Intensive management of agricultural land had the largest negative impact on nature n However, woodpigeons have prospered by feeding on autumn-sown crops

industry and it risked leaving food producers who actively managed landscapes feeling ‘under-valued and less willing to engage’. NFU vice-president Guy Smith said while agricultural policies of the past did focus on maximising food production, this was no longer true.

Responsibility He highlighted UK agriculture’s role as a food producer delivering for the economy, and as an industry which took responsibility for Britain’s iconic countryside. “Farmers have planted or restored 30,000km of hedgerows, they reserve their field borders to plant wildflowers for birds and bees, they are ensuring cleaner water and use less fertiliser and pesticides than ever,” he said. Caroline Drummond, chief executive of Linking Environment And Farming, said the industry was ‘intrinsically linked’ with the environment, so farmers were fundamentally committed to conserving and enhancing biodiversity. Rural groups, including the CLA, have called on environmentalists and farmers to help develop a UK farming policy which promotes production and biodiversity.

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Public engagement ‘vital’ if farming industry to prosper rFarmers can benefit

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PRODUCE bearing the Union Jack acts as a ‘lightning bolt’ for consumers, indicating high quality, fresh and tasty food. Farmers were urged to ride on the back of the public’s new-found patriotism for British food at this week’s Linking Environment and Farming (Leaf) public engagement conference. Sainsbury’s head of fresh foods, Beth Hart, said feedback from customers revealed the Union Jack was the ‘most important’ logo when making buying decisions. “They tell us the presence of a Union Jack on the front of the pack is a lightning bolt,” she told the conference in London. “And this is an indication not only do we source British, but we also look after British farmers. “They believe the product is

We have a possibility as an industry of really beginning to influence and trying to push things in the right direction PROF MICHAEL WINTER probably fresher, better quality, and will probably taste better.” The claims came after this year’s Open Farm Sunday event attracted 250,000 visitors, which Leaf said showed a positive change in public perception for the industry. University of Exeter rural policy

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for health, is a fluent, changeable concern which, when it comes to engaging, is important. We have a possibility as an industry of really beginning to influence and trying to push things in the right direction.” Experts said in order to create a legacy for landscapes and the countryside, the industry must better inform the public through education and collaboration.

specialist Prof Michael Winter said: “What we eat is so much more significant than anything else we consume in terms of our sense of understanding ourselves – we are naturally concerned about what goes inside us. “This great concern for quality,

Farming bodies call for mandatory origin labels FARMING organisations have called on Government to introduce mandatory origin labelling for meat and milk in processed products. A letter to Defra Secretary Andrea Leadsom explained how the move would give shoppers more choice and confidence when buying British food. The NFU, NFU Cymru, NFU Scotland and the National Pig Association joined forces to express concerns over the potential loss of food name protection as the UK negotiated a post-Brexit deal. “It is clear some manufacturers and retailers feel origin is important by going above what is required in law and through voluntary

principles,” the organisations said in a joint statement. “However, the inconsistency of voluntary commitment can sometimes be a source of confusion among shoppers.”

Traceability An NFU survey published earlier this year highlighted how 60 per cent of shoppers ‘often or always’ looked for British produce during their weekly shop. “Farmers and growers produce high quality, nutritious products which carry the Red Tractor logo signalling excellent traceability and food safety, and as an industry we should be able to showcase these


products to shoppers through mandatory country of origin labelling,” the statement added. “Labelling needs to provide accurate, clear and relevant information so consumers can make an informed choice.” The organisations also stressed the importance of continued use of food name protections which guaranteed authenticity and origin to prevent imitation products from using a similar name.

National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs chairman Chris Manley said: “Some would say it is quite challenging, some would say it is an opportunity, but it is clear we need to give a clear and positive message and celebrate the great, nutritious food we produce with high welfare standards and good sound environmental production.” Ian Pigott, chairman of Farming and Countryside Education, hammered home the importance of farm collaboration with teachers and children, highlighting the success of initiatives such as Countryside Classroom.

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Defra’s TB cull roll out has increased pressure in Wales.

Calls for action on Welsh bTB ramp up rAll species control

approach needed By Barry Alston

A CROSS party motion has been put forward for a Welsh Assembly debate on the eradication of bovine TB. It comes in the wake of growing industry pressure for an all-species control approach and the existing badger vaccination programme hitting a brick wall. Plaid Cymru, UKIP and Conservative AMs have supported the debate bid. A meeting of the Assembly’s business committee on September 20 will decide whether the motion gets the go ahead. If given the green light the discussion will take place on September 28. Mid and West Wales AM Simon Thomas, Plaid’s Shadow Cabinet member for Energy, Climate Change and Rural Affairs, said the Welsh Government must commit to using the most effective measures to control and eradicate bovine TB. He highlighted the ‘difficult de-

cisions’ which may have to be made and urged the Welsh Government not to ‘shy away’ from them. Pressure on the Welsh Government has increased since Defra’s decision last month to roll out the badger cull to seven new areas in England.

Strategic framework North Wales AM Llyr Gruffydd, who lives on a family farm, added: “The Welsh Government is currently reviewing its strategic framework for the eradication of bovine TB which comes to an end this year.

I sincerely hope the new strategic framework will include a wider range of measures LLYR GRUFFYDD

Milk reduction scheme deadline THE deadline for applications to the Milk Production Reduction Scheme, which provides money to farmers who volunteer to reduce their cows’ milk production, is approaching. Applications for the first reduction period must be submitted by 11am on Wednesday, September 21.

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“I sincerely hope the new strategic framework will include a wider range of measures, including stronger action to tackle TB in wildlife. “We are also calling on the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths, to ensure testing and movement restrictions are proportionate to the disease status of an area.” The bid for a debate on the subject of the eradication of bovine TB also has the support of UKIP’s Mid and West Wales AM Neil Hamilton and Preseli Pembrokeshire Conservative AM Paul Davies.

Future dairy event fixtures NEGOTIATIONS about the future scheduling of the UK Dairy Day and Livestock Event are ongoing. Speaking at this week’s UK Dairy Day, a spokesman for Holstein UK said recommendations about a future merger of the two events would be made in mid-October, when a final decision would be made. As it stands, the 2017 UK Dairy Day will take place at Telford on September 13, and the Livestock Event, organised by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers, on September 6 at the NEC. UK Dairy Day attracted 302 trade stand exhibitors and 171 cattle exhibits; both up on last year. A full report from the event will appear in next week’s Farmers Guardian.

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£300m loan boost for rural economy after BPS failures rMove prompts mixed reaction from leaders

By Alex Black FARMERS in Scotland have been offered a £300 million lifeline which could provide 80 per cent of their Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) entitlement in November. While some groups said the Scottish Government’s announcement on Tuesday was an ‘admission of failure’ over the flawed IT system set up to deliver BPS, NFU Scotland said the interest-free loan would bring cash-strapped farmers some respite. Scotland’s Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing, said his Government had ‘learned lessons’ from the mistakes of 2015. “This new loan scheme will provide much needed cashflow for normal business costs such as wages, feed and seed and fuel and fertiliser at a time of year when these bills often start landing on the doorstep,” he said. Mr Ewing said 80 per cent would be paid in November and hoped the

NFU Scotland says the £300m will bring cash-strapped farmers some respite.

remainder would go out early next year. However, he could only guarantee payments would be made within the EU payment window next June.

Clarity NFUS president Allan Bowie said: “Knowing that up to 80 per cent of your support package will be delivered in early November gives clarity and certainty to farm businesses. “The bitter legacy of the flawed 2015 payment run continues and

Ag debt grows faster than other sectors AGRICULTURAL debt has grown 51 per cent since 2010, faster than any other UK sector. Debt grew by 6 per cent across UK farming and forestry in 2016 to £17.7 billion and is the only sector which has increased debt every year since 2010. In Scotland, debt grew by 9 per cent to £2.2bn. This is the seventh consecutive year outstanding debt has risen above the rate of inflation. NFU Scotland chief executive Scott Walker said the increase was due to the ‘severe difficulties’ farms were facing.

“This is not about Scottish agriculture investing for the future but more about farms and crofts having to take on greater levels of borrowing in order to keep their businesses ticking over. “This year has seen huge cashflow problems caused by late support payments and lower market prices.” NFUS also suggested even more farms had extended credit from lenders which will not be included in the figures.


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the Cabinet Secretary again apologised for the problems, some of which still remain.” The Scottish Conservatives said the Scottish National Party’s inability to guarantee payments for 2017 was a ‘slap in the face’ for farmers. Peter Chapman, the Scottish Conservative rural affairs spokesman, said the loans were an admission of failure. “The Minister has said we need certainty going forward, but he has just confirmed what we all expected – the IT system still does not work and is not expected to work until well into next year. “He cannot deliver 100 per cent payments in December as we should expect – instead he has to offer an 80 per cent loan for November.” In England and Wales, Defra has also committed to ‘learn lessons’ from the 2015 BPS roll out. n A FARMER in his 30s has died after an incident involving a combine harvester in the Dungannon area of Co Tyrone. The Ulster Farmers Union said it was a stark warning of the dangers farmers face while working in agriculture. n A NEW chaplain dedicated to supporting those working in the rural business sectors of Kent and Sussex has started work as part of a new joint venture with the Dioceses of Canterbury and Chichester and the Farming Community Network. n FARMERS and crofters have been urged to take precautions to protect their property after the number of fires in rural Scotland reached its peak last year at 343. n THE Farmers Union of Wales has

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POLITICS & RED TAPE Farmers using anticoagulant rodenticide products in their operations will need to be trained and certified as competent in their use under new rules which come into play this October. Farmers Guardian reports.

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s of October 1, 2016, all new rodenticide products manufactured will include a ‘stewardship phrase’, stating they can only be applied by certified individuals who are able to demonstrate compliance with UK rodenticide stewardship or are members of certain farm assurance schemes. Old label products (without the phrase) will be on sale until October 1, and where stock has been purchased it may be legitimately used up until March 31, 2017.

Those who are members of a stewardship-approved farm assurance scheme will be permitted to purchase and use products with the new labelling until the end of December 2017.

Training To become certified as ‘competent’, farmers must enrol in an accredited training course and pass an exam. Courses are run by a number of organisations which are all recognised by Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU), which promotes best

practice and appropriate use of rodent control products. There are about 11 different qualifications to choose from, which can be taken at various locations across the country on numerous dates. For those unable to attend a classroom-based session, there are online training courses, such as one run by the British Pest Control Association which includes a BASIS exam after completion. There are some certifications which permit ‘grandfather rights’, applicable to individuals who

obtained the pest control certification between certain dates, to purchase and use rodenticides labelled under the stewardship requirements after October 1, 2016.

Relabelling Working closely with CRRU is Bayer, the first company to relabel all of its rodenticides with the new stewardship phrase. Ken Black, Bayer’s rural hygiene manager, is encouraged by engagement from farmers. “At least 70 per cent of farmers I have spoken to have already been

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FOR Scottish farmers, the knowledge they will be able to apply for 80 per cent of their Basic Payment Scheme cash in November may provide some confidence. For others it will be an acknowledgement of a lack of confidence in the payment system and the Government’s ability to deliver the money after a tumultuous round of IT problems last time out. There is also caution in the fact no guarantees have been made about when exactly the cash will be paid before the end of the payment window next June. Common Agricultural Policy support is only support once it actually arrives in the bank; until then it is an almost intangible offering from the Government. The problem is that if a farmer turned round to a feed merchant or fertiliser supplier and assured them they would be paid, but failed to tell them when or how, there would be very little sympathy, no matter how tough the circumstances. It will still be a similar situation for some in England and Wales who have disputed claims and


are scrabbling for cash after another tough year, regardless of the gloss the current uplift in some prices has provided. It is vital lessons really are learned from the shambles of the past year and that farmers receive the support payments which are often crucial to their livelihoods. Attempts to secure future direct payments as part of a British agricultural policy will not have been helped this week with yet another attack on so called intensive farming by the conservation lobby (p1), but if they are to remain then a better system of delivery is needed. The subsidy environment will no doubt change over the coming years, but farmers need telling clearly what to expect and when to expect it as no business can properly operate in a morass of uncertainty. Let’s hope the words of the UK governments do not prove to be cheap and payment lessons really have been heeded as we head toward the back end of the year.

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Experience helps to build resilience ARE you part of a dairy farming business? Do you have the grit and resilience to continue when times become difficult and it appears everything is against you? Do you know who you are and where you want to be? More importantly, how are you going to get there? I was bowled over by the stark difference in attitudes and pride in our UK farmers compared with those I met while travelling across the Americas, Europe, Australia and New Zealand as part of my 2012 Nuffield Farming Scholarship on influencing and motivating change. This difference led me to question why? Was it the extra hours of sunlight? No, at the time they were all in severe drought and experiencing extreme hardship 10 | SEPTEMBER 16 2016

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and many were envious of our guaranteed rain. Did they receive more public, industry and Government support? No, many received little, if any at all, and they were equally having to address the increasing gap between farming and consumer awareness, knowledge and respect. So what was the difference? They had chosen to farm – it was not an expectation. Before taking over the family business they travelled, worked and learned in different businesses and industries – accountants, vets, lawyers, computer programmers, milk companies – with most working on at least two other farms before coming home. So why did this make them more resilient? They had new skills, built

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up capital and generally owned a property in their own name. They had built up a network of skilled professionals. They understood business and they also knew how long they would be managing their farm for before handing it over to the next generation. They had a vision, they had the plans, skills and the network to make it happen, so when times became hard – whether through drought, disease, debt, death or divorce – they still felt the pain but

they never complained, moaned, blamed others or gave up. They revisited their plan, reviewed the strategy and started again, with heads up, smiling and focused, knowing where they were going, how they were going to get there and who and what they needed to help them achieve it. REGISTER ONLINE Heather Wildman is part of a line-up of speakers set to attend the Women in Dairy Conference, Sixways Stadium, Worcester, on September 28.

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The illusion of cheap food THE answer to your question ‘Who are the Environmental Lobby?’ (FG, September 9) is they are a diverse group of people seriously worried about the downsides of conventional agri-business. They want a profitable farming system beneficial to all for the next 500 years plus. They are not anti-farmer, but they are against our current destructive farming system. Your editorial states ‘short-termism is something the industry is good at’ and your use of the terms ‘farming hits back’ and ‘battle lines drawn’ are not helpful, likewise the perennial justification of cheap food and food security. Cheap food is an illusion. The price of food at the checkout does not include the cost of loss of biodiversity; of removing pesticides from the water supply; of ill health due to antibiotic resistance and increasing cases of untreatable human fungal disease; of the reduction in soil fertility and the imminent risk of an overheating planet. How can any of this contribute to food security? Farmers must come to realise they are not just part of the problem, but are the main means of providing the solution.

Your best tweets I have bought a couple of cracking rams – a Hampshire Down and a Suffolk. Just waiting to pop them in with the girls #sheep365 #excited #farming @lanhilllamb The combine has arrived. Why do these things always happen at milking time #teamdairy #harvest16 @breachgorse Can barely see the cows off to turn grass into milk this morning #TeamDairy #Misty @yeah_royyy First load of deadweight lambs dropped off tonight. Keen to compare it to selling live @johnny1_760 First of the pears. Each bin singled out for a plastic film lid to be applied tomorrow after pre-cooling #harvest16 @antthefarmer

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Spectators look on with interest at a silage-making demonstration at Huntroyde Estates, Simonstone, Lancashire, on August 10, 1940.

This is difficult when there is such a tidal wave of contrary advice drowning out sensible solutions. The NFU must stop tying farmers to the rail tracks and blaming the approaching environmental train for its problems. We must have a farming system based on the science of ecology rather than on chemical warfare. The environmental lobby knows this and farming must change – for all our futures. Edward Goff, Oswestry, Shropshire.

Democratic wheels turn EDWARD Goff’s letter (FG, September 9) states Teresa May was not elected Prime Minister, she was elected MP for Maidenhead. This is just the same as David Cameron being MP for Witney, Tony Blair for Sedgefield and Gordon Brown for Kirkcaldy. Subsequently, they were elected leaders of their parties, and when they commanded the largest party in the House of Commons, they were invited to form a Government. He appears to be a remainer, so

did he vote for EU president JeanClaude Juncker? Nobody in the EU did, so that is EU democracy for you. MPs vote for their leader and the wheels of democracy turn. David Walker, Witney, Oxfordshire.

Slaughter needs to be looked at THE family slaughterhouse was a familiar part of our village childhood – indeed one of the jobs from my earliest years was at 7.30am on Sundays to muster and help bring down cattle and sheep from fields into the centre of the village and across the little bridge to the mistal, stable and slaughterhouse. When animals approached the bridge, they began to panic a little and had to be handled firmly to get them to the clamming (pens) where they were starved overnight. But with plenty of fresh water available, this could be done without animals being damaged in any way. The following morning they were taken into the slaughterhouse and immediately stunned via humane stunner, so the killing and dismemberment took place

without any pain, stress or any more terror. It was the best which could be done in the 1950s. I do remember, however, my father and grandfather resenting the exemption which had been given to Jews to continue with their custom of cutting the animal’s throat (kosher) and allowing it slowly to die, without the use of a pre-stunner. This exemption has since been extended to halal slaughter. Consequently, slaughtering is, on the whole, appreciably less humane now than it was 60 years ago, whereas I believe another great leap forward is well overdue in the treatment of animals used for food. As an example of humane slaughtering, we have the case of the Scottish gillie who can shoot a deer on the hills, carry it back down, open its veins and hang it up and the blood drains out perfectly well, so the carcase is fit to eat. This simple, traditional example, shows it is quite possible to save our animals any suffering in converting them into food. Why must custom and tradition perpetuate the unnecessarily cruel treatment of our domesticated animals? Harold Woolgar, via email.

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INSIGHT Delays to the Farming Recovery Fund have added to the misery caused by last year’s winter floods. Marie-Claire Kidd asks what went wrong.

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id the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) create a rod for its own back by including river bank repairs in the Farming Recovery Fund (FRF)? Could the scheme have been managed better? Could the next round make more provision for improving land to build resilience against flooding? These questions are under discussion as the farming community and the RPA reflect on the scheme, which was designed to help farmers who were affected by flooding at the end of last year. Last week the RPA announced it paid out £1 million in claims, though the NFU pointed out there was still £8m outstanding to farmers.

Sandy Brown, farm and environment consultant at Mitchells Land Agency, Cockermouth, has been flooded twice and worked for the RPA and Natural England.

Action group She was at the Cumbrian Farm Flood Action Group’s meeting, alongside representatives from the Addington Fund, Cumbria Agricultural Chaplaincy, Farming Community Network, The Farmer Network, Federation of Cumbria Commoners, Forage Aid, Foundation for Common Land, NFU, Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution and Westmorland Agricultural Society. Also present was David Hunter, head of development for the RPA’s

How can we work together to make it better? DAVID Hall, regional director at NFU north west, believes the excellent relationship built between the Cumbrian Farm Flood Action Group (CFFAG) and the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) bodes well. He said: “What provisions are needed to ensure the RPA has suitable resources during a future emergency event? “Members of the group had the chance to feed in practical issues which needed to be addressed in the north of England and ensure the fund made available in Somerset was not applied without looking at areas to improve. “The use of standard cost, river bank restoration and extending the application window are examples of the changes made to the scheme. “Members were frustrated by 12 | SEPTEMBER 16 2016

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the time it took to get Natural England and the Environment Agency (EA) on-site to ensure there were consistent views. “We also felt EA was not helpful in producing timely guidance on how to submit a form for a consent – now EPR permit –which would be accepted and approved.

Pragmatism “This also led to delays in getting quotes for the work which needed to be undertaken. In the immediate period after the floods, the EA showed pragmatism in allowing emergency repairs without needing consent. “Lessons can be learned to ensure it is used it is better next time than last. I hope there will not be the need for a FRF in the north of England for a number of years.”

The EA is bound by licence conditions which have been unworkable in these extreme circumstances

has meant Government agency consultations on a grand scale. “Some grant agreement approvals had up to 10 special conditions. I did not expect this. River banks were not included in the debris removal scheme after the floods of 2009. But it has allowed farmers to repair their receding river banks.” CLA North rural adviser Libby Bateman said river bank reinstatement was major work, often exceeding the £20,000 claim capacity. She said: “The FRF is an important scheme.



rural development directorate, who was helping to write the FRF rules. Mrs Brown said: “The RPA did listen to farmers. “However, I was surprised when they agreed to cover riverbank damage. This brought a new level of complexity to the scheme. The inclusion of river bank restoration

“At a time when farmers were in desperate need of support, the fund offered financial help for crucial repair and prevention work. “River bank work has been challenged by conflicting advice from Environment Agency (EA) officers and a wider lack of resources to advise landowners. I understand

Resilience opportunities missed by F SANDY Brown, of Mitchell’s Land Agency, said: “There could have been more provision for betterment when repairing, for example relocation and replacement of bridges as well as resilience of tracks. Unfortunately, work had to be like-for-like. “However, the RPA did agree to allow post and wire fencing instead of netting. When it comes to betterment, we should be more forward-thinking. “How can we improve farmers’ land? How can we put it back so

we do not have to do the same thing again in five years? The provision to repair rather than replace may have helped those who were able to restore fences and gates. “I also believe other options should be made available to the worst affected farmers which adequately rewards them to leave the gravel where it lies. If floods are to occur more frequently, this has to be seriously looked at.” The NFU agreed there could have been better provision for increasing resilience, but warned

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People wanted to be moving the gravel sooner, but the RPA had too much to deal with SANDY BROWN

there is only one geomorphologist in the north of England. “Landowners simply want to put their stretch of river back to how it was before last winter’s flooding and be permitted to take measures to prevent it from happening again. However, the EA is bound by licence conditions which have been unworkable in these extreme circumstances, so this has created some challenges. “The priority is to create greater flexibility in timing for carrying out work so this can be better coordinated with claim submissions.” Mrs Brown said: “All things considered, I believe it is an excellent scheme. Agreements are being issued later than expected, but farmers will make it work. Obviously people wanted to be moving the gravel sooner, but the RPA had too much to deal with. “The main problem was the delay in applications being processed.”

sed by FRF not to confuse betterment with resilience. It said the RPA’s David Hunter agreed at the post-flood meeting in Cumbria gates or fences could be moved to reduce risk of recurrence, if needed. NFU environment policy officer Martin Rogers said: “Would it be RPA’s role to pay for this, or the EA’s, akin to flood storage areas? “No farmers we worked with mentioned this as an option. They all wanted the gravel removed so they could carry on and farm.”

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NEXT TIME ROUND: TOP TIPS FOR FARMERS AFFECTED BY FLOODING Sandy Brown, of Mitchells Land Agency, offers this advice: ■ Remember names. If you have a Government agency contact, value it. It is your ticket to success ■ Government agency staff. Get them on your side. They are only human and want to get back to their normal day job ■ Environment Agency. Contact the agency before undertaking emergency works and get EA staff on-site where necessary. Consider getting professional advice before submitting a river works permit application

■ Rural Payments Agency. Inform them of any land size or use changes using an RLE1 form ■ Red tape. Never underestimate the amount of bureaucracy you will need to unravel ■ Stewardship schemes. Contact your land management adviser at Natural England immediately ■ Paperwork. Submit both derogation and force majeure forms within two weeks of the flood episode. You may need these if you are inspected or have to make a grant claim on damaged

infrastructure previously funded by Natural England ■ Photographs. Take plenty before, during and after the event ■ Resilience. Before you repair flood damaged land, think what may be needed if it happens again. Make fencing more resilient by using plain wire and 50-metre section breaks. When it comes to gravel deposition, consider whether to move it, as future grant funding may be in doubt ■ Be organised. Make a list of phone numbers before it happens again

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BUSINESS ‘Hard’ Brexit could knock 17.5 per cent off lamb prices Edited by Olivia Midgley – 01772 799 548 –

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greaten NZ competition By Alex Black A ‘HARD Brexit’ from the EU could reduce farmgate lamb prices by about 17.5 per cent, according to farm business consultant Andersons. Speaking at the first of Andersons’ Brexit seminars, senior agricultural economist Michael Haverty warned where the UK produced a surplus of a commodity, the farmgate price was likely to fall if there was no access to the single market. However, if the Government was able to negotiate retention of single market access, ‘there would probably be little effect at all’. Currently, the UK exports about 40 per cent of its lamb to the EU, which could mean the sector would be one of the hardest hit if European trade was affected by an exit. Speaking at the Royal Agricultural University this week, Mr Haverty presented different options for the future of UK trade and farming, including a soft approach with single market access and a ‘hard Brexit’, where the UK had to trade with EU imposed tariffs. There could also be issues with free trade agreements potentially allowing imported products, such as

Australian lamb and Latin American beef, access to the UK market. But he also highlighted potential benefits. He said: “Lower prices could mean an opportunity to replace New Zealand lamb on the UK market. If prices were reduced, it would make lamb more appealing to consumers. “More sheep farmers may also leave the industry, which would reduce supply and support the price.” Despite this, he estimated the farmgate price would have to fall by about 17.5 per cent to continue to sell lamb to France at the same price with tariffs imposed. Mr Haverty said it was ‘more likely than not’ the UK would access the single market, but it would be a bespoke deal as ‘no existing option fits’. However, he warned there could be a transition period where the UK had similar access to Turkey, before the deal was fully agreed.

Currently, the UK exports about 40 per cent of its lamb to the EU.

Growing concern over Government’s lack of agricultural expertise LACK of expertise and knowledge in the Government is a ‘growing concern’ for the farming industry. The Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC) said negotiation would be key to Brexit success with the EU and other partners.

In its latest Brexit Briefing document, AIC suggested Defra needed to create two industry forums focusing on farm support and trading to access the expertise in the supply chain. Richard King, head of business research at Andersons, highlighted

Australia deal ‘catastrophic’ for sheep farmers in the UK UK TRADE negotiations with Australia have ‘seriously alarmed’ the National Sheep Association (NSA). Australia and the UK have held ‘preliminary discussions’ about a trade deal after the UK leaves the EU and talks between the EU and Australia could also challenge UK lamb on the European market. Australia currently has a quota to export about 20 million tonnes of sheepmeat to the EU per year, but the NSA said Australia had already been pushing to extend its 14 | SEPTEMBER 16 2016

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quota and could see the UK as a prime destination. Phil Stocker, NSA chief executive, said the sheep sector must not ‘be sacrificed for the benefit of others’.

Consequences He said: “We encourage the UK Government to work hard on these deals, but not to rush into agreements without considering the wider consequences. “We would be keen to see an

outcome of Brexit being tighter controls on New Zealand lamb being allowed into this country. “We certainly need to avoid making the situation worse by allowing Australian product to head our way too.” At last week’s Prime Minister’s Questions, Theresa May said the Government needed ‘to recognise the significant role the food and farming industry plays’ and said she would be looking to work alongside the sector.

the UK’s 30 civil servants with experience in trade compared to the EU’s 600. He said: “It seems the UK would have to negotiate well or pay a lot to retain free trade status from the start.”

Religious festival helps boost price EID al-Adha, Love Lamb Week and the exchange rate have helped support lamb prices in early September. Stuart Ashworth, head of economic services at Quality Meat Scotland, said this week’s auction markets had lost the gains made last week. He said: “We are now getting to peak volume and the expectation is a few lambs are building up on-farm. “The euro can only do so much and the export market is still pretty tough.” He also said there was evidence of a slow improvement of consumer interest in lamb, which had been helped by a steady retail price.

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Spending on inputs falls amid tough international climate rBrexit prompts ‘wait

and see’ mentality By Marianne Curtis

LOW commodity prices, currency volatility and political uncertainty on an international basis are leading to farmers spending less on inputs, causing some businesses to come under increasing strain. Speaking at a conference in Ludwigshafen, Germany, BASF board director Dr Harald Schwager said he expected the agricultural market to remain volatile and the business environment to be challenging for the rest of this year. He said: “The future is difficult to

Domestic demand increased which helped farmers but they needed all the inputs which were necessary DR HARALD SCHWAGER

predict. In the second half of 2014 the oil price started to plummet to less than $30 a barrel. There has been a slight recovery but there is a very distinct correlation between the oil price and many commodity prices, particularly soya and corn.”

Fall in GDP Sanctions imposed by the US and EU on Russia following the Ukraine crisis had led to a fall in GDP and tightening of fiscal policy, making it difficult for Russian farmers to get access to capital, said Dr Schwager, adding BASF’s crop protection business had also taken a hit. “Domestic demand increased which helped farmers but they needed to have all the inputs which were necessary.” An economic crisis in Brazil due to high inflation had made it harder for farmers to buy inputs, he said. “We are observing that, across the industry, there is a wait and see mentality, especially regarding investments which includes spending on agricultural products.” Events in Europe had also led to uncertainty, said Dr Schwager. “Who would have believed a year ago that the British people would really vote for Brexit, causing uncertainty and going into the future lots of question marks about how this will impact trade and the agricultural industry.”

Farmers could benefit from tax rule change FARMING couples could benefit from changes in tax rules which allow transfers of unused personal allowances. Married couples and civil partners are now able to transfer up to 10 per cent of their tax free allowance if their partner is not a higher or additional rate taxpayer. The recipient of the additional allowance must have an annual income of between £11,001 and £43,000. In the 2015/16 tax year, it could provide savings of up to £212. Julia Banwell, chartered financial planner at Old Mill accountants, said: “Often one spouse will earn less than the £10,600 tax-free 16 | SEPTEMBER 16 2016

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Dr Harald Schwager expects the agricultural market to remain volatile.

personal allowance, while the other is having to pay tax on a higher income. “Being able to transfer some of that personal allowance will be a welcome boost in these difficult times for farming,” she said.

Personal savings A personal savings allowance is also being introduced. Mrs Banwell added: “In previous years, any interest earned on savings would usually have 20 per cent tax deducted at source.” However, she warned the new allowance meant the tax bill may be higher than expected due to the tax being part of self-assessment.

Dr Schwager also referred to recent rumours of mergers and takeovers concerning crop protection companies.“Lately the agro industry has seen some big announcements. Whether all these deals will materialise at the

end of the day remains to be seen.” Regarding the Dow and Dupont merger, he said the EU was going to scrutinise the deal. “Anti-trust officers will have a close look at it and what it will do to the agro industry,” he added.

Major moves at Meadow Foods MEADOW Foods will increase its milk price by 1.15ppl from October 1, taking its standard A litre to 21.15ppl. The processor also revealed its B price for September would be ahead of the 25ppl forecast, at 26ppl. Meadow Foods estimated the B price for September would be no lower than 27ppl.

These [milk price] increases continue to move our price forward, but we realise more work has to be done SIMON CHANTLER

The milk price move came as the firm unveiled a major investment from US-based Paine and Partners, which Meadow bosses claimed would enable the firm to keep growing. The investment from Paine and Partners will see the Chantler family remain a substantial shareholder and it said there were no plans to change the executive management or the broad structure of the business. The Pickering family will exit as shareholders in Meadow Foods. Simon Chantler, executive chairman at Meadow Foods, said: “These [milk price] increases continue to move our price forward, but we realise more work has to be done. We hope the current positivity within the market continues, and we will make every effort to return any improvements as quickly as possible to our producers.”

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Quality issues and firmer rouble limit Russian wheat surge rRussia to overtake

EU as major exporter By Alex Black QUALITY issues and a firmer rouble could limit Russia’s export surge but exports were still expected to set a record, according to the US Department of Agriculture. The department lifted production estimates to a record 72 million tonnes, but put exports at

28m tonnes. Issues with EU wheat quality, particularly in France, have meant the EU will be replaced by Russia as the world’s top wheat exporter for the first time. The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) forecasted EU wheat exports would fall by about one-quarter to a four-year low of 25.5m tonnes. France, a major exporter to North Africa, has suffered from poor quality following heavy rain. Andree Defois, president of Strategie Grains, said she expected French

End to Argentine market intervention boosts sector AGRICULTURE in Argentina has received a boost from an end to a period of market intervention, according to a Rabobank report. The report said market intervention reduced profitability, discouraged investments and stifled growth across the industry. The country is one of the world’s largest agricultural exporters and

Argentina’s exports n Grain export availability expected to rise from 34.7m tonnes to 52.5m tonnes in 2025 n Beef exports expected to rise to 0.8m tonnes – four times current exports n Dairy exports are expected to account for just 15 per cent of output by 2025, decreasing from 24 per cent due to an increase in domestic consumption n Corn, wheat and soybean exports expected to rise by 50 per cent by 2025

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produces about 110 million tonnes of soybeans and corn each year. Last year, Argentina’s president abolished export taxes on a number of commodities and allowed the currency to float, prompting an immediate devaluation of 40 per cent. Tariffs on corn, wheat, beef and dairy products have been reduced to zero and tariffs on soybean products have been reduced by 5 per cent. Senior analysts Adolfo Fontes and Renato Rasmussen said Argentina now had ‘considerable potential’ to increase production and exports of grain and animal protein. In a statement Rabobank said: “The projected growth in output should send a strong signal to current players and potential new investors. “The game has changed and Argentina’s prospects are promising.” However, high inflation, a lack of credit and high taxes have meant farm businesses have not invested in machinery and farming technology during the previous decade, which could affect future growth.

The EU will be replaced by Russia as the world’s top wheat exporter for the first time.

wheat would be edged out of the North African market. She said: “Other origins able to supply North Africa are very competitive. “We are at the point where alternative supplies have already found their way to North Africa.” Algeria has usually imported a high amount of French wheat, but it has been ‘very careful with Russian wheat’, due to quality issues. Ms Defois suggested ‘this could be one year in which Russia finds a home in Algeria’. However, Russia’s wheat quality issue may limit its access to those markets. UK traders have also been looking at opportunities in the North African market. UK exports doubled in July, compared to last year, but a weaker harvest could mean the export boom does not last. David Sheppard, managing director at Gleadell, said the UK was expected to have a smaller surplus available to export.

He said: “The exportable surplus will probably be less than 2m tonnes, depending on how long bioethanol plants run and the level of wheat imports.” FAO has raised its estimate for world wheat output this season to a record high of 741m tonnes, with bumper harvests in Australia, Canada, India, Ukraine and the US, but quality issues have been a problem in many areas. An abundance of wheat has led to top prices falling to a nine-year low last month.

Alternative supplies have already found their way to North Africa ANDREE DEFOIS

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With Organic September in full swing, Clemmie Gleeson speaks to Suffolk mixed farmer John Pawsey about why he converted his conventional system to organic and the challenges and benefits this has brought to the business.

Organic evolution inspired by YouTube S uffolk farmer John Pawsey describes himself as ‘a farmer first, and an organic farmer second’. “I don’t like the conflict between conventional and organic,” he says. “We are all in this together and have so much to learn from each other.” John started his farming career in 1985, working alongside his grandfather, David Alston. Over the years, John has bought additional land and taken on contract acres too, but the biggest change was the decision to convert to organic production.

“In 1998 the wheat price was on the floor at £55/tonne but our budgets were about £75/t so we were struggling. “I had always been interested in ecology and wildlife, so when the Organic Farming Scheme was launched in 1999, organic production started to look like an option for us.”

System He visited Ben Powell who had been farming organically since the 1970s and John could see – despite the heavy soils they both farmed on – it was possible to produce arable crops in an organic system.

Oats are now grown in a more varied rotation, which also includes beans and spring barley.

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Lambing outside, a flock of 500 New Zealand Romneys is kept.

He initially converted 121 hectares (300 acres) with a six-year rotation, starting with a two-year grass clover ley followed by winter wheat, triticale, winter beans and spring wheat. “I compared the actuals against those from the rest of the farm and found we were £150/ha better off on the organic land.” This, he says, gave him the confidence to convert the rest. “As a business, I felt the conventional model was broken. We were price takers and if we had a good year, then inputs or machinery costs would go up the following year. It really restricted us.

“I also felt a complete slave to the sprayer,” he says. BASIS-trained John did all the spraying on-farm and would sometimes feel the success or failure of a crop lay on the correct use of agro-chemicals. He recalls seeing a brown hare on the land running through an area which he had just sprayed. “The hare stopped to clean itself and there was me with my protective gear in a sealed cab. It didn’t feel right at all.”

Contracting When he made the decision to convert all his land, John approached the landowners who had contracted their farms to him. “I told them my plans and assumed they would want another contractor, but all three decided to come with me and convert too.” This was 16 years ago and John has since added further acreage to his portfolio, now having a total of 1,214ha (3,000 acres), of which 607ha (1,500 acres) are his own. In his first two years of organic farming at Shimpling Park Farm, John admits his approach was much the same as before, aside from abandoning chemicals. But he quickly learned this would not work, as focusing on winter crops gave the weeds a head start. “Now we have a mixture of spring and winter crops and we have no down months any more.” This has spread the workload and meant he can downsize his farm

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SUFFOLK FARM PROFILE Organic September n Organised by the Soil Association, Organic September is encouraging consumers to join their ‘Small Changes, Big Difference’ campaign n Originally National Organic Fortnight, Organic September

Our system has to be based on a diverse rotation or weeds, pests and disease can become a major problem

promotes organic products through a variety of initiatives n John Pawsey is promoting his lamb with local butchers as part of the campaign. “Any initiatives which raise the

profile of organic farming are great,” he says. “Initially, organic food did very well on the back of food scares but in recessions sales decrease. “There are many reasons why

people buy organic but we have not fully connected with the public on this. We need to so they buy organic when the next recession hits.” n For more information, visit www.

John Pawsey uses a controlled traffic system with his machines.

JOHN PAWSEY machinery to lower horsepower, smaller kit which is worked harder. The rotation, which had been simple with just wheat and oilseed rape, is now a selection of crops. “Our system has to be based on a diverse rotation or weeds, pests and disease can become a major problem,” says John. “And as soon as weeds come in, yields come down.” The rotation is flexible, he says, and crop choice is made on a fieldby-field basis. This includes two years of clover, then winter wheat, oats, beans and finally spring barley. However, the first wheat can be swapped for spelt. “Spelt is tall and competitive, so it does well with weeds,” he says. “Quinoa can be swapped for the second cereal but it’s not as competitive and needs more fertility.” John brought back two-year leys

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as he felt one year did not build enough fertility in soil. However, having no crop for two years was expensive, so he started to consider livestock.

Sheep Having not worked with sheep before, John admits he likes a challenge and is an avid reader, so he researched the options and, in

2014, invested in his first 250 ewes, buying 250 more a year later. Deciding he needed animals which would lamb outside, thrive on grass with no concentrates and not require worming, John opted for New Zealand Romneys. The first batch of ewes went to the tup last year and produced the farm’s first crop of lambs this year. “They scanned at 181 per cent,

which was higher than we expected,” he says. Otherwise the Romneys have performed exactly as hoped and April-born lambs have thrived on the clover-heavy leys, which also contain a mixture of herbs and other grasses. The first lambs went to slaughter in early August and John’s wife Alice has been busy selling them to SEPTEMBER 16 2016 | 19

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FARM PROFILE SUFFOLK I would never say never, but I have no plans to go back to conventional farming JOHN PAWSEY

The move to organic production has seen wildlife thrive.

n 1,214 hectares (3,000 acres) in total, half of which is on contract n Wheat, barley, oats, quinoa, spelt, beans and green manures are grown n 500 New Zealand Romney ewes plus five tups, with plans to double the flock in 2017/18 n Renewable energy comprises photovoltaic panels to offset grain drying and two woodchip boilers

wholesalers, local butchers and restaurants to high praise. “We’ve had some great feedback,” says John, who also employs part-time shepherd Will Pine. Another key member of the team is arable manager Nick Corp, who joined the business in 2014. “We agreed to take on 1,000 more acres over 24 months and with the first 500 acres I realised we were running low on labour and machinery. “I was running round like a headless chicken, so I advertised for an assistant farm manager.”

Detail John was surprised and delighted to receive 36 applications. “Employing Nick has allowed me to concentrate on the detail I should have been focusing on and he is looking at our rotation, our agronomy, and where it should be.” Other staff include a full-time and a part-time tractor operator, plus seasonal staff when needed. Machinery is continually being considered, with the general con20 | SEPTEMBER 16 2016

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using wood from Site of Specific Scientific Interest woodland n Diversification into buildings rented to other businesses n Cereal crops are sold via Organic Arable, while lambs are sold to wholesalers and local butchers n Yellowhammers and fieldfares have particularly benefited from organic conversion

sensus being smaller horsepower machines suit the farm better. They use a controlled traffic system to minimise compaction and are moving away from tracked machines. John recently bought a Swedish-built System Cameleon, which is both a seed drill and an inter-row hoe. Made by Gothia Redskap, the machine is the first of its kind in this country and he was inspired to get it by a friendship with Swedish farmer Joel Mansson, who John met via his YouTube channel. “I’ve been posting videos on YouTube for a few years and Joel commented, advising me on what we were doing. “The Swedes are so far ahead of us with organic farming – they are storming ahead and make us look backward.” After exchanging emails, John invited Joel to visit Shimpling Park Farm, using the meeting to have a brainstorming session. Joel’s ideas have inspired changes, from increasing crop diversity to buying the Cameleon.

“I have learned so much through Twitter and YouTube – I get most of my advice and inspiration from talking to farmers in Europe and further afield, rather than through organic research in this country,” says John. Since converting to organic production, wildlife – particularly birdlife – has thrived on-farm, he says.

Detail “We survey every four years and the latest one compared some neighbouring land before we took it for conversion,” he explains. “The surveyor from Suffolk Wildlife Trust had never seen such a large flock of fieldfares and we also have a huge population of yellowhammers.” Barn owls and many other

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Shimpling Park Farm

species have also benefited from the conversion. In fact, there were 17 times as many birds on John’s land compared to the neighbouring land pre-conversion. “As well as margins and hedgerows, they benefit from the low level weeds in crops, which all provide the insects and seeds birds need.” John markets his crops through farmer-owned company Organic Arable, which he is a director of. “Joining together enables us to supply supermarkets,” he says. His feed wheat and beans supply BQP, which rears pigs under the Duchy brand for Waitrose, while his oats are sold to Whites in Northern Ireland. “We never put anything in the ground without an end market and usually an assured price.” It is this approach which means organic farming has a real future, he believes. “I would never say never, but I have no plans to go back to conventional farming. “Farms are small businesses which buy inputs from fewer and fewer large global businesses. At the end of the day, they think about their business, rather than yours. “We really enjoy the niche marketing and I don’t see any attraction to going back.”

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Harvest finish line now in sight rWeather continues

Despite a good start to the harvest season, rain has slowed the final stages.

to challenge crops

RAIN slowed the final stages of harvest in parts of north east England, while in Scotland combining remains in full swing. Yorkshire agronomist Andy Wells says: “It has been hard to chase down the last few acres of wheat – the humidity has been high, which has not helped in bringing moistures down, so it has been a bit of a struggle getting to the finish line. “A few people have gone into spring beans, but they are not harvesting at 15 per cent – it is usually 16-17 per cent; they are taking the opportunity to get them into a shed and doing some drying there.” Lincolnshire grower Alex Godfrey says his harvest has been very much a stop-start affair. “We made a very good beginning to the harvest season but the rain has caught up with us and we still have a little bit of wheat left to go, although we have just finished spring barley. “Yields are below average all round. We have suffered in common with everybody else on winter barley bushel weights, but the rest was satisfactory.” In Scotland, the weather has also challenged crop yields. Ayrshire grower Andrew Glover says: “It has been a bad year for harvest, it has gone from wet to blowing a gale. “We are cutting spring barley and even with the baler right

behind the combine the straw is going all over the place, but we had to go in because the ground is very tender and it would not take much more rain to stop us again.”

Wheat Mr Glover describes the wheat harvest on his farm as a ‘mixed bag’ averaging 5.6 tonnes/hectare (2.25t/acre) with bushel weights ranging from 72-74kg/hl. While some of the drier land ‘died on its feet’ yielding only 5t/ ha (2t/acre), heavier land yielded nearer 7.4t/ha (3t/acre), he says. Kelso grower David Fuller-Shap-

AHDB Recommended List results DESPITE growers reporting below average yields, AHDB results from sites in Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Hampshire and Fife show average winter wheat yields stand at 10.76t/ha (4.35t/acre), just above the five-year average of 10.63t/ha (4.3t/acre). According to AHDB, Group 4

cott says his first wheats were ‘okay’, at 11-12t/ha (4.4-4.8t/acre) but second wheats were down at 8.5-9t/ha (3.4-3.6t/acre).

hard feed varieties lead the way on outright yield, with Belgrade currently topping the yields at 107 per cent and Graham close behind on 105 per cent. MORE INFORMATION For more on AHDB RL results, visit

“The OSR crop was the worst we have ever had,” says Mr Fuller-Shapcott, with much of the crop yielding less than 1t/ha (0.4t/acre).

Care needed to maintain long-term use of OSR herbicides AS oilseed rape growers turn their attention to weed control, the Voluntary Initiative (VI) is urging them to take steps to ensure herbicide active ingredients (AIs) do not end up in drinking water catchment areas, putting their long-term use at risk. Drinking water safeguard zones are catchment areas which influence drinking water quality where action by water companies and the Environment Agency (EA) to address water contamination, is targeted. Growers can check whether their land is in such a zone by visiting the ‘what’s in your backyard’ section of the EA website,

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says VI consultant Patrick Goldsworthy. “Every farmer needs to know whether they are in a water safeguard zone. Check every year as boundaries change and you may be on the edge or the water company may designate a new zone.” OSR herbicide active ingredients under particular scrutiny by water companies are metazachlor, quinmerac, carbetamide and propyzamide. VI has recently fine-tuned its water protection advice sheets for these AIs to ensure they are consistent with best practice across the industry. Key advice is to avoid applying herbicides if drains are flowing or

likely to flow within seven days of application or if heavy rainfall is likely within 48 hours. With dry, cracked soils it is wise to delay application until soils are more moist, according to Mr Goldsworthy.

App Adama has developed a WaterAware app which assimilates soil type and soil moisture deficit information as well as forecasted weather conditions, using a traffic light system to advise farmers and sprayer operators when it is safe or unsafe to make chemical or slug pellet applications. Lincolnshire-based independent agronomist Sean Sparling says

most metazachlor and quinmerac has been applied to OSR in his area. “We have an issue with weeds such as cranesbill and poppy. These are best controlled pre-em in these soil conditions. “Where fields have been subsoiled we are not using metazachlor because of the risk of cut through but where fields have been drilled, metazachlor seems to be working with no signs of run-off.” ADVICE SHEETS To view the VI’s advice sheets for metazachlor, quinmerac, carbetamide and propyzamide, visit www. SEPTEMBER 16 2016 | 21

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ARABLE Good stewardship of metaldehyde slug pellets is vital this autumn ahead of a sooner than expected Government review of their use. Teresa Rush reports.

Crunch time for metaldehyde as review brought forward rSlug control active

still being detected

METALDEHYDE slug pellet applications made this autumn will be the last ahead of a Government review of future use of the active ingredient in spring 2017 – a year earlier than originally planned. With metaldehyde continuing to be detected during water quality sampling, it now seems likely growers in high risk areas will face a ban on use of the slug control active. Water companies were originally due to report their progress on tackling metaldehyde contamination of watercourses to the Government’s Drinking Water Inspectorate (DWI) in March 2018, but that date has now been moved

Little progress has been made in reducing metaldehyde in raw water at a national level. Outcomes are not being delivered MILO PURCELL

Predicting a slug attack n Treat a single bout in a field – check next morning to judge slug activity and numbers (can only use metaldehyde for this) n Also allows another check of spreading distance to avoid throwing pellets into field edge or watercourse n More practical in terms of management time Source: Colin Myram/MSG

forward by 12 months as a result of changes to the water industry planning timetable. The news comes at a critical point in the agricultural timetable for slug pellet applications, as growers seek to protect establishing crops this autumn. Speaking at a briefing organised by the slug pellet manufacturers’ Metaldehyde Stewardship Group (MSG), DWI deputy chief inspector Milo Purcell acknowledged the progress made by MSG, water companies and farmers and advisers in devising and implementing

Prepare for high slug pressure this autumn FARMERS and agronomists are being urged to prepare for high slug pressure this autumn and should consider evaluating control strategies to prevent metaldehyde reaching watercourses. According to Suffolk-based agronomist Colin Myram, slugs have thrived as a result of the mild winter and wet weather this year and populations could approach the very high levels seen in 2012. “This is a concern, especially with the increasing pressure on water companies to reduce 22 | SEPTEMBER 16 2016

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metaldehyde exceedances in water,” he says. He advises there are a number of cultural control approaches which can help limit slug damage, including drilling deeper and rolling to consolidate seedbeds. Predicting the timing of slug attacks, however, can be difficult, Mr Myram acknowledges. Bait trapping is an option but is not practical over large areas; an alternative option is to treat a single bout (see panel, top right).

initiatives to reduce levels of metaldehyde in water. But the active ingredient was still being detected at levels above the very stringent standard set within the Drinking Water Directive. Mr Purcell said: “Little progress has been made in reducing metaldehyde in raw water at a national level. Outcomes are not being delivered.

Up its game “In terms of where we are now, we have to look to the agricultural industry to up its game,” he said. Fiona Waller, head of water quality at Affinity Water, said water company catchment management reports submitted next spring would inform policymakers. “There are many locations where metaldehyde-based slug pellets deliver a good, effective and reliable pest control solution. But there are some parts of the landscape where their use is more of a problem. “What we are looking to see is a situation which maintains access to metaldehyde for the vast majority of farmers but we must acknowledge there will need to be restrictions to metaldehyde application in some fields,” she said.

Managing metaldehyde POSSIBLE catchment options available: n Product substitution – voluntary/paid n High risk only or all arable fields n Payment for ecosystem options n Abstraction management n Treatment pilot trials Source: Affinity Water

Revised timetable n Autumn 2016: Final season to generate evidence of benefits of catchment management prior to development of guidance for water industry business plans n Spring 2017: Submission of water company reports to Drinking Water Inspectorate detailing the benefits of activities delivered to date. Review of effectiveness of autumn 2016 measures n Autumn 2017 (or earlier): Consultation paper issued by Defra on options available to manage metaldehyde Source: MSG

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A switch to zero-till has seen Stuart Cath rethink his approach to slug control.

High fuel and labour costs were the main drivers for a change of establishment technique on one Berkshire farm, but better slug control has also been a benefit.

Establishment rethink delivers improvements in slug control


ncreased yields, reduced overheads and improved soil structure are just some of the benefits reaped by one zero tillage arable estate in Newbury, Berkshire, but it has not been without slug issues, as farm manager Stuart Cath explains. “Eight years into implementing a zero-till policy across the farm, we are seeing improved yields of 10 tonnes per hectare for our first year wheat and 5t/ha on winter beans. We have also noticed we continue to see year-on-year improvements to soil structure and crop yields. “Winter beans have been valuable in the rotation to ensure nitrogen and biomass return to the land.” Having worked for West Woodhay Farms for 28 years, Mr Cath

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West Woodhay Farms n 830-hectare (2,050-acre) estate, of which 500ha (1,235 acres) is arable n Cropping includes 50 per cent wheat and the remaining 50 per cent is a combination of fallow, grass and winter beans n Most land is 275 metres (900ft) above sea level n Soil is predominantly grade three stone/clay cap

has been farm manager for eight years and understands the importance of using a combination of methods for slug control, particularly since the tillage change. The decision to move to zero-till was not taken lightly, but it was driven by high fuel and labour

Winter beans have been valuable in the rotation to ensure nitrogen and biomass return to the land STUART CATH costs, twinned with limitations on overall productivity of land. “However, we soon had to learn to manage slug pressure, with some areas of the farm becoming unproductive due to the pest.

“We decided to drop oilseed rape completely from our rotation in an attempt to reduce slug populations in cereal crops.” Working closely with Thames Water, Mr Cath also took the decision to move to a ferric phosphate slug pellet two years ago and he has not looked back.

Water catchment “It is a much more flexible slug control method, which is especially pertinent to us as we are farming in a vulnerable water catchment area. I need to be able to treat the whole field to keep on top of slug numbers at high risk times.” With slug pressure under control, the radical change of focus to zero-till across the estate has now been deemed a huge success and

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ARABLE Sugar beet focus for research centre Oilseed rape has been dropped from Mr Cath’s rotation.

Changes implemented at West Woodhay Farms n Move to zero-till n Grass integrated into rotation n Oilseed rape dropped from rotation n Switch to ferric phosphate slug pellets

resulted in award recognition for the team last year. They were praised for their work by judges of the land and soil management award from the European Landowners’ Organisation. Mr Cath says: “We were commended on building organic matter and drastically improving soil biology. Integrating grass into the rotation and avoiding wind and water erosion on marginal land was also recognised as a success. “Three-year grass leys have been key in helping control black-grass and improve soil structure. We are also increasing the number of sheep on the estate for grazing and topping, which means we do not remove any organic matter. So far, it seems to be proving a valuable addition to our rotation.”

Agronomy Mr Cath, who does his own agronomy and is BASIS qualified, says he considers cultural control methods to be the most effective in managing slug populations. “The mix of direct drilling, combined with dropping OSR from our rotation and rolling twice after planting, have all had a significant impact on slug control. I feel we are getting on top of it now and have a good system in place. “Rolling is a really cost-effective method, ensuring there are no places for slugs to hide. We have a wide set of rollers and, even with two passes, it only costs us £17.30/ha. As a result, we have been able to reduce input costs, which was one of our initial aims. “Combined with my cultural control methods, using a ferric

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Think about your rotations and do not be nervous about trying something a bit different STUART CATH phosphate slug pellet has given me more flexibility in how I protect wheat and cover crops and the system is definitely working, which is exciting. “I walk the fields every day to look for signs of slug eggs, trails and grazing and make a judgement call on risk to crops. “If needed, I apply one max dose of pellets – 7kg/ha of Sluxx HP – and I know it works. However, with ferric phosphate you do not see dead slugs on the surface, unlike metaldehyde, but you can notice the level of surface grazing drops right down. “For example, this year we drilled maize game cover directly into stubble. I carefully monitored the crop following the wet spring we experienced and took the decision to make two applications of pellets. Now, crops are growing fine.

Confidence “Farmers need to have confidence their pellets are working and understand key differences compared to metaldehyde.” Mr Cath understands the importance of making sure the whole farm operation is on-board and offers advice to farmers who are concerned about slug control with direct drilling. He says: “Think about your rotations and do not be nervous about trying something a bit different. Make sure your seedbeds are tight and be prepared to go for it.”

A NEW €20 million (£16.9m) research and development centre will accelerate the screening of sugar beet genetics, allowing a three-fold increase in testing and almost double the delivery of new varieties to market, according to plant breeding business SESVanderHave. The centre was opened in Tienen, Belgium, on September 6. According to the company, it is one of the most hi-tech facilities to be built by the sugar industry, with more than 13,000sq.m of glasshouses and 2,000sq.m of laboratories. At the SESVanderHave Innovation Centre (SVIC) opening event, the firm’s chief executive Rob van Tetering said: “SVIC is critical to the company and the sugar industry. It enhances our capabilities, meaning we can continue to push the boundaries for yield while delivering the crop from environmental and biological threats.” Mr van Tetering also called for ‘joint responsibility’ in the sugar beet sector to ensure an expected expansion in beet area post-quotas did not come at the expense of reduced competitiveness. Research and development director Gerhard Steinrucken said

a large amount of the firm’s investment was in the latest tools to use in SVIC, including next generation plant breeding analytics, investigative methods, measurement tools and automation. “This allows greater analysis of sugar beet and its DNA,” he said. “Our sugar beet seed is grown in more than 50 countries with unique environmental needs, making a tailored genetic solution essential in each variety. SVIC will allow us to analyse the factors which restrict and enhance performance.”

Yields European Seed Association (ESA) president Garlich von Essen highlighted increasing yields in the arable sector which were the result of innovation, not intensification, he said. He shared figures from an ESA-commissioned report which showed an average 1.1 per cent/per annum yield increase in the European arable sector had been achieved with a decrease in inputs of crop protection products (down 0.6 per cent), fertiliser (down 1.1 per cent) and labour (down 3.3 per cent) between 2000-2013.

A new research centre is set to speed up sugar beet variety development.

Beet campaign start dates BRITISH Sugar has announced the beet factory campaign start dates for the 2016/17 season.

2016/17 beet factory campaign dates n Newark, Nottinghamshire: October 4 n Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk: October 4 n Wissington, Norfolk: October 6 n Cantley, Norfolk: October 11

Given the later development of this season’s crop and the reduced beet area, the campaign will start later than normal. This will ensure the crop has the opportunity to grow to its best potential and help maximise available yields, the company says. This crop will be the last to be processed under the current quota regime, with quotas set to come to an end in October next year. British Sugar and NFU Sugar announced new beet contract terms in July. SEPTEMBER 16 2016 | 25

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ARABLE With the arable sector facing more challenges than ever, a recent Bayer event heard how innovation would drive the industry forward. Abby Kellett reports.

‘Innovation will ensure farming has a secure future’ rImaging technology

helping detect disease WEED resistance, climate change and water pollution, not to mention a growing population, were just some of the challenges raised at Bayer’s Future of Farming Dialog in Germany, which attracted industry leaders from around the world. Research and development (R&D) was the ‘driver of growth’, according to Bayer chief executive Liam Condon, and this was reflected in the firm’s commitment to investing 10 per cent of sales revenue back into R&D each year. Mr Condon said: “We are making sizeable investments, even in tough times such as last year. We have not been cutting back on research and development; we have actually increased it.” As a result of this research, Bayer had developed some interesting

It is about getting the right product or treatment on the right acre, not just a ‘one shoe fits all’ approach LIAM CONDON technologies, particularly in the crop protection sector. “It is about getting the right product or treatment on the right acre, not just a ‘one shoe fits all’ approach, but being able to make granular decisions.” With this is mind, infrared imaging technology had been

Innovation is the driver of growth, says Bayer chief executive Liam Condon.

developed with the ability to recognise plants suffering from stress – even before the human eye can detect symptoms.

Treatment “The satellite transmits the image to the tractor which has an algorithm to translate the image into a treatment recommendation. “Equipped with this data, a tractor can then use GPS to drive out without an operator, going to the part of the field where there is an outbreak which is not visible to the farmer’s eye and it is able to stop the outbreak,” said Mr Condon. While this technology existed, it required further development

before it could be made available to growers. Looking forward, Bayer hoped to offer an agronomic package to growers, as opposed to a chemical or a product. The firm’s ultimate ambition was to be able to sell growers ‘a weed free or a disease free field’, according to Mr Condon. However, he acknowledged an integrated approach was crucial to achieve this. “There is no single solution to one challenge, it is about promoting biodiversity, using a range of active ingredients, crop rotation and a mix of agricultural methods. “We need to find the smartest and best combinations.”

Scouting tool identifies pests AS part of the event, attendees were given the opportunity to visit the company’s forward farm, a commercial unit used to test and develop its latest research on a large scale. The scouting tool, one of its new digital technologies which will soon be available to UK growers, was demonstrated by Tobias Menne, head of digital farming at the company. The software, which will be available as a smartphone app, allows the grower to take a picture of a weed and send the image for processing by a super computer, which then provides details about the weed species. Mr Menne said: “In regions used to total herbicides, we are getting worse at identifying weeds as we 26 | SEPTEMBER 16 2016

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have got used to picking up a bottle which will control everything. “The computer compares the farmer’s picture with millions of others and identifies a pattern which enables it to decide what the weed is.”

Diseases The technology was being developed to enable growers to classify diseases and insects as well. “Training a computer to identify insects has been a challenge,” said Mr Menne. “First of all, they are flying and moving. Insects change colour when they are eating and they each go through various larvae stages, so we use images of the damage they have done to the plant to help us recognise the insect,” he said.

A new app can identify pests by using images of plant damage. Looking forward, Mr Menne said he could see this technology being developed so weeds, diseases and potentially pests can be recognised

in real time as a tractor drives through the crop, although he admitted there was still a lot of work to be done.

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ARABLE Chemical company BASF showed its latest crop protection developments at its headquarters in Limburgerhof, Germany. Marianne Curtis reports.

Fungicide shows activity against resistant septoria rNew class of

selective azoles THE new fungicide active ingredient Revysol, currently pending approval from the EU, has shown high levels of septoria control in trials, including against highly resistant septoria isolates. Bill Clark, technical director at the National Institute of Agricultural Botany, said the broad spectrum of azoles meant they remained an important group of chemicals in fungicide programmes, with curative and preventative properties. But increasing regulatory demands had curtailed development of new azole ingredients, said Rolf Reinecke of BASF. “This is one reason why no azole has been launched in the last decade, but BASF has continued to research them,” he said.

Revysol comes from isopropanol-azoles, a new class of azoles which are highly active on fungal diseases. Being selective also gave them a favourable profile from a regulatory point of view, said Mr Reinecke.

Protection “It is taken up by the leaf and has outstanding rain fastness. It forms reservoirs in the interior of the leaf and is released into the plant’s transport system, penetrating parts not reached during application. It gives reliable leaf protection which lasts for weeks,” he added. Commenting on Revysol trials carried out last year on wheat with prothioconazole used as the standard treatment, Mr Clark said: “It gave high levels of eradicant activity akin to the best triazoles 10-15 years ago. “While it [resistance] will almost certainly happen, at the moment

it works on highly resistant septoria isolates and the UK has some of the most resistant of these. It is better than prothioconazole and epoxiconazole – septoria has not adapted to Revysol.” BASF fungicides developer Dr Rosie Bryson said more work was needed to understand what was happening and whether the fungicide molecules could have characteristics which made it less likely septoria strains would develop resistance to them. She said: “Is it to do with the way

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it [the fungicide molecule] is binding? We believe it is less likely for mutations to happen, but need a lot more work to show it.”

Pre-em herbicide to tackle difficult grass-weeds

Markus Heldt

BASF is developing a new protoporphyrinogen oxidase (PPO) inhibitor herbicide for control of resistant weeds, including black-grass. PPOs work by disrupting cell membranes. Markus Heldt, president of BASF Crop Protection, said the herbicide would be a pre-em. “It will have a new mode of action and a favourable environmental profile. It will be launched at the end of the decade.” He said research by the company into grass-weed herbicides had been ramped up in the last six years and this development was the first result of those efforts.

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were confident the products they bought were the correct ones. “A number of BASF products will include a scannable code with information – such as batch number, product date and a unique alphanumeric code – and a track and trace system assuring the farmer has the product he needs.”

Closed transfer system eliminates operator exposure BASF has developed a closed transfer system designed to eliminate operator exposure to chemicals when filling sprayers. The system also cleans cans and pipes during the process and is said to prevent environmental contamination. The spray can opening

mechanism is designed to clip on to the EziConnect system vertically. Emptying and washing cans and pipes is said to be rapid. BASF said it wants to establish the technology as an industry standard and make it available to spray distribution companies as well as competitors.

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AUTUMN HERBICIDES Two leading agronomy consultants have devised a handy checklist to help farmers plan to control black-grass.

Controlling black-grass


he upsurge in blackgrass seen this season highlights the need for growers to be prepared for the issue of failing post-emergence control and be willing to change tactics. This is the view of Jock Willmott and George Badger, farming and agronomy consultants with Strutt and Parker, who have produced a handy checklist for growers

highlighting some of the most important areas where action needs to be taken. These include looking again at rotations, variety choice, seed rates, drilling dates, land drainage and machinery hygiene. Mr Willmott says: “Tackling the growing problem of black-grass is going to take honesty, work and some hard decisions. The costs of resistant black-grass have increased massively over the past decade.

“Analysis of spending on large, heavy-land farms showed the total herbicide costs of controlling blackgrass in wheat rose from £65/ha in 2006 to £134/ha last year, and from £72/ha to £103/ha in oilseed rape. There were also other financial implications from having to change the rotation.” According to Mr Badger, the list helps guide growers through the key areas they should consider.

Black-grass control costs are rising.

“In our view, it is clear the industry needs to pay more attention to tackling this pernicious weed and this will require farmers to take a multifaceted approach.”

Tackling the weed ■ Admit you have a problem: If you are spending more than £100/ha (£40/acre) on herbicides in wheat there is probably an issue which needs to be addressed ■ Put in place a sustainable rotation: Mr Wilmott and Mr Badger recommend a fivecourse rotation with a double spring break: winter wheat – spring barley – spring beans – winter wheat – oilseed rape ■ Select varieties with black-grass control in mind: A 2-3 per cent difference between yields is insignificant compared to losses from poor black-grass control. Some vigorous varieties will suit a later sowing slot and establish to growth stage 30 rapidly. Skyfall, KWS Siskin and KWS Basset are good examples among newer varieties ■ Sequence autumn drilling: An earlier-drilled crop, treated with a well-timed pre-emergence herbicide when there is moisture available will be better than a later drilled crop with a preemergence application which remains dry. On worst affected fields, delay drilling until after October 20 to give the best chance of control and time applications to coincide with available moisture from rain ■ Sow the right seed rate: In wheat, a sowing rate of 400 seeds/sq.m may be needed to aid competitiveness, but bear in mind seedbed quality in late October could result in less than 50 per cent establishment. Switching to a tine drill from a disc coulter is likely to reduce percentage establishment. Source: Strutt and Parker

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In a competitive market where margins are tight and timing is precious, the role of a contractor has never been more crucial to the efficiency of farming. As technology moves on, the partnership between contractor and farmer is now of paramount importance to keep up with today’s demands placed on food production. Meet the four agricultural contractors who are vying for the title of Contractor Innovator of the Year at this year’s British Farming Awards.

OLIVER ARNOLD | SPRING FARM, NORFOLK A FOCUS on treating staff well and doing a good job safely drives Norfolk contractor Oliver Arnold. His business, run with wife Hannah, started on the back of a beef finishing business. Cattle performed well, he got into providing on-farm mill and mix services, then started doing baling for other people too. He bought Terragators when they were fairly new to the market, aiming to encourage farmers to treat manure as fertiliser. This eventually meant equipping Terragators with GPS so growers could use the data for their NVZ records, and he also pioneered the use of strip till behind them. He says: “We are on light land, so preventing soil blow and moisture retention are key things.” The contracting business went well, but when price competition increased, they made the decision to go into biogas and now run two plants, one owned and the other on a 10-year contract. The long contract gives stability to invest in kit for supplying feedstock. Outside of farming, the Arnolds also run a crane hire business, and

it is clear some of the requirements from that business have been introduced to the contracting operation, particularly on vehicle and operator safety. Contracting staff, of which there are 30 full-time, are given worksheets each day including space for daily vehicle checks, defect notification, weather, field conditions and any overhead powerlines or hazards in the fields they are working in. ‘Toolbox talks’ about any new jobs or hazards are a regular feature in the contracting business. Before baling season starts, for instance, staff walk round a baler and will talk about what might happen and safe practice when they are working. A full-time fitter is employed, and as part of the commitment to safety, trailers are inspected every month and the inspection date written on the chassis in permanent pen. Some might be tempted to think it is all part of a paper exercise, but this is not the case, Oliver says. “I do not like tick boxes. My job is ensuring everything is safely done. My passion is for doing a good job and being a sustainable business.”

JAMES MILLER | HIGHER UPCOTT HOUSE, DEVON WHILE most contractors aspire to big kit, Devon-based James Miller has taken a radically different path, setting up with an ATV and aiming to be the ‘go-to’ contractor for anyone with a small acreage. The business, JRM Agricultural Services, was set up based on his family’s experience of struggling to find someone to come and do various jobs on their 13-hectare (32-acre) holding. James says: “Often they did not want the job as it was not worth their time or they had to use an oversized tractor to spray or mow.” James, who was Farmers Guardian’s Agricultural Student of the Year in 2012, did his business plan for setting up when he was a student at the Royal Agricultural University. He set up the business 18 months ago, equipped with all the spraying certificates he would ever need thanks to being at college, and now has more than 100 customers. He says: “In Devon, 52 per cent of holdings are less than 5ha, so there is a huge potential audience, and no-one else is currently advertising themselves as a smallholder contractor.

“With the change in pesticide grandfather rights, increasing legislation and requirement of certificates for almost all services offered, the red tape enabled the business to offer a superior and professional service.” He says a quad bike and sprayer can do a surprising amount in an hour, and this is what he decided to specialise in. “I get a lot of calls about spraying.” Initially, he had planned to offer GPS mapping services using the ATV, but when the minimum Basic Payment Scheme claim rose to 5ha (12 acres), much of this work disappeared, so he has since sold the GPS kit. Aside from this, there have been challenges, notably when his ATV was stolen when he was working with it in the West Midlands. But James believes he has set up a sustainable long-term business. “My ambition is to be the largest ATV contractor in the South West. I am currently a one-man band, but I am looking to take on an apprentice next year as the business grows.”

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Meet our Contractor Innovator of the Year Award finalists MATT REDMAN | COLLEGE FARM, BEDFORDSHIRE MATT Redman’s contracting business started even before he went to Harper Adams University, running an old Nuffield tractor with a transport box and having local contracts for gardening work. Post-university, he has developed a business with a key focus on black-grass control. The move into contracting came after doing his BASIS qualifications. Then the sprayer on the family farm needed updating, so Matt offered to buy his own sprayer and contract spray the farm’s crops as well as taking on other work. Winning the Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year in 2014 was a big boost to the business and helped develop many contacts. Matt believes attending agronomy open days and being active on social media have all helped build his business. He says: “As I was self-employed I needed to go to meet potential new customers, and at every open day or meeting I went to, someone mentioned Avadex.” Without even knowing what the product looked like, Matt bought a 12-metre machine for applying it.

“I kept hearing it wasn’t popular as people could not apply it, but I had everything required to apply it.” In its first season in 2012, he applied the product to 40 hectares (100 acres). This autumn, he is gearing up to do 4,000ha (10,000 acres) with two 24m machines, and is working on a further applicator development. Building on his black-grass specialism, he invested in a 3m zero-till drill three years ago, upgrading it to a 6m model this spring. Having had three years’ experience with the drill, he is looking forward to being involved in establishing cover crops for clients too. He says making his business different to the competition and getting people talking about it has been based on ‘having the information and ability to do things no-one else can’. Next, he is looking at whether he can take on contract farming arrangements based on an ability to manage black-grass infestations. Matt says: “This job is a brilliant opportunity to learn. With 30-40 customers using the product, I see 30-40 ways of doing things, and can take a piece from everything.”

STEVE AND SARAH SUGGITT | WEST FARM, NORFOLK IT is a well-worn adage that where there is muck, there is brass. But this is something which has been proven over and over again for Steve Suggitt and his wife Sarah. Steve started in farming working for a local family, but got the contracting bug and wanted to set up on his own. The pair, who have no farming background, began their contracting business when they took over the muck-spreading kit and management from Steve’s employer. He had a lucky break, as his employer offered him all the muck kit, which could be paid off over three years in monthly instalments and with no interest. Steve says: “There was a real niche for muck-spreading in the locality as there were lots of farmers with old kit.” His next move, into baling, came when a local contractor retired and the Suggitts took on his baling business. Steve and Sarah were then offered the forage harvesting business when he wanted to retire from this. Foraging has provided the key to the business’ evolution into biogas,

with the first plant producing electricity by the end of 2013. Biogas has been the innovation which has totally changed this business. Besides growing and foraging feedstock for their own AD plant, and another one which they are involved in, the Suggitts are contract growing, cutting and supplying feedstock for other plants in the area. Steve says: “Biogas has been the driver of profitability.” The business, which now has 15 full-time employees, hauls digestate from plants to fields, and has invested in lorries as they are quieter, quicker and less disruptive in rural areas, he says. Digestate is spread by the firm too, and as another innovation, the family is setting up a new business to supply digestate pellets to garden centres. For Steve, the desire to get better never leaves: “I enjoy what we are doing – I love it. I never dreamt I would own my own tractor, but I am proud to be here.”

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Good demand for Mules at Barnard Castle rShearlings up £21

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THE show of Mule shearlings at Barnard Castle was judged by Harle Oliver, Matfen, who awarded the first prize rosette to a pen from J.P. Coatsworth and Son, Hamsterley, which sold for £198/ head to A. Hobson, Eggleston. Second place went to S. Plumb, Ingleton, whose pen sold for £178/ head to G.W. Lee and Sons, Frosterley. The third prize winners from J.B. and G.E. Luck and Son, Bowes, sold for £169/head to J.A. and A.V. Herbert, Westwick.

Mule shearlings averaged £155.71, which is £21 up on 2015. The top price for continental shearlings was £202 for a pen of Texel cross Leicesters from T. Collinson, Leekworth Gardens.

Overall champion The 216 continental and Suffolk rams were judged by Stephen Dixon and Chris Ladds, from Kendal, and the overall championship went to a Texel ram from Fletcher and Coates, Weardale, which sold for 2,150gns to G.W. Lee and Sons, Frosterley. Overall, rams averaged £448.35. Auctioneers: Barnard Castle and Teesdale Farmers Auction Mart.

First prize shearlings, which sold for £198/head, pictured with, from left: Sponsor Sally Horrocks, of George F. White, judge Harle Oliver, Maften, and vendors David Coatsworth and Simon Plumb, Hamsterly.

Traditional Hereford leads Melton rare breed sale TOP price of 1,900gns at the traditional native breed show and sale at Melton Mowbray was paid for the September 2014-born bull Albany Oblivion, from Frank and Sarah Cook, Over, Cambridgeshire. The buyer was Dai Harvey, Builth Wells, who also paid 800gns for the Hereford female champion, the March 2015-born heifer, Carpenters Silver, from Helen Macleod, Malvern. Second top price of 1,450gns was paid by J. Atreidees, Barnstable, Devon, for Salhouse Jayla, a January 2014-born British White heifer from H. and T. Cator, Norwich. Two animals sold for 1,200gns – five-year-old Albany Patience from

the Cooks, sold with its heifer calf to P.T. and F. Stubbs, Knightley, Staffordshire, and the March 2015born British White heifer, Wispers Blythe, from Dr Christabel Barran, Midhurst, West Sussex, was bought by Mr Atreidees. Reserve inter-breed champion, the April 2015-born Beef Shorthorn bull, Windrush Jupiter, owned by London businesswoman Caroline Banszky, managed by Nick Barrett, Kings Lynn, sold for 1,180gns to A.D. Brice, Hoxne, Suffolk. Bagot goats made their debut at the event, selling to 340gns for Bill Quay Dumbledore, a March 2015-born male from Bill Quay

Community College, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, which sold to the Cotswold Farm Park, Guiting Power, Gloucestershire.

Females Two females, the April 2015-born born Groaten Dorothy and the April 2016-born Groaten Di, from Robert Bird and Karen Hawkey, Bugbrooke, Northamptonshire, sold as a pair for 640gns to Lee and Janine Preece, Bristol. Sheep sold to 600gns, paid by A. Burgess, Newabbey, Dumfriesshire, for the Kerry Hill ram lamb Wrotham Clifford, from Knowles and Brown, St Albans.

Blue Texel shearling ewe tops Worcester at 7,000gns A SHEARLING ewe from Steve and Sara Gibbons, Hay-On-Wye, topped the Worcester Blue Texel sale at 7,000gns, selling to Jonathan Timms, Leeds. The Watkins family, Craswall, sold an aged ram from their Millend flock for 3,300gns to Clive Richardson and Janet Carson, Northern Ireland. Close behind at 3,200gns was a shearling tup from Paul Tippetts and Christine Williams, Shifnal, Shropshire, 32 | SEPTEMBER 16 2016

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Ram lamb A 3,000gns call then followed for the top priced ram lamb from David Alexander, Ayrshire, going to Sam and Scarlett Hale, Hertfordshire. A ewe lamb, also from the Gibbon’s family, sold for 2,800gns to Nicola Beardsley and Harry Heath, Ashbourne. The pre-sale champion was a

ewe lamb from Andrew and Sam Froggatt, which sold for 2,000gns, to judge Mr Alexander. The other to reach this money was a shearling ram from the Froggatt’s, selling to Glynn Arrowsmith, Llowes. AVERAGES 4 aged rams, £1,134.23; 32 shearling rams, £706.95; 41 ram lambs, £514.63; 60 shearling ewes, £654.50; 50 ewe lambs £496.44. Auctioneers: McCartneys.

In the pig rings the Eustice family from Hayle, Cornwall, captured top price in the sale of 430gns with the November 2015-born Lop gilt, Bezurrell Actress 363, which was bought by T. and A. Harris, Great Yarmouth. The Eustices also won the Lop of the Year title with the July 2015born gilt Bezurrell Harmony. AVERAGES 24 cattle, £920.50; 601 sheep, £124.69; 8 goats, £255.94; 22 pigs, £207.34. Auctioneers: Melton Mowbray Market Auctioneers.

Claybrook herd TOP price at the dispersal from W.H. Brook and Sons, at Clayton West, Huddersfield, was 1,350gns for Claybrook Louis Anthea Red, a red heifer by Manorhaven Louis Red. The buyer was Peter Dakin, Clitheroe. The 35 most recently calved heifers averaged £967, with 11 making 1,000gns or more. Served heifers averaged more than £1,000, selling to 1,120gns. A main buyer was Mike Hobbis who claimed 13 of the best milking cattle for his new herd near Bristol. Auctioneers: Norton and Brooksbank.

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Winning pen in the ewe lamb competition, coloured-faced lambs from Wyn Jones, Llandeilo, which sold for £192 at Builth Wells.

September sales enjoy steady demand for Welsh Mules rAverage for yearling

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THE Farmers Guardian-sponsored Welsh Mule Sheep Breeders Association September sales showed steady demand, with the first sale of yearling ewes at Welshpool seeing the average increase from £134 last year to £140 for the 7,200 sheep forward this year. H. and E. Powell, Rhayader, topped the sale at £195 for a pen of ewes selling to D. Lloyd and Co, Trefeglwys. The 9,000 ewe lambs averaged £101, £6 up on the year. Top price was £205, paid by J. and W. Jones, Sarn, to E. and S. Hughes, Stone Heath. The winner of the best pen of ewe lambs was Geraint Powell, Newtown. The Builth Wells sale saw prices for 3,600 yearlings ease back

slightly on the year, averaging £134, although demand for higher priced ewes was buoyant. Messrs Powell once again topped the day, taking £222 for a pen sold to R.T. Jones and Co, Garth, Builth Wells. The average for the 8,200 ewe lambs matched Welshpool’s at £101. Messrs Jones, Garth, topped the section at £195 selling to G. Evans and Son, Trefeglwys.

Ewe lambs The prize for the best pen of ewe lambs was won by T.V. Hughes and Co, Llangadog. The best consignment of 80 or more ewe lambs was won by D.B. and M.M. Fairclough and Sons, Newbridge-on-Wye. Ruthin’s sale, the final one of Welsh Mule week, saw a significant

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improvement on the year. Yearling ewes averaged £136, up £23. The top price of £148 went to R.D. and C. Davies, Llanfair, selling to J.T. Cunnah and Sons, Cwm Dyserth. The best pen of yearling ewes went to P.A. and J.P. Smith, Corwen. Ewe lambs saw an increase

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Booth family scoops Skipton championship and top prices rSmearsett flock THE first major Mule lamb sale of the year at Skipton saw W.A. and A. Booth’s Smearsett flock, Feizor, notch up a double when winning the 10s and 20s show classes at the North of England Mule Sheep Association show and sale. The title winners sold for the day’s leading price of £280/head, up £30 on the previous year. The buyer was Ross Sizmur, Okehampton. The Booth’s first prize pen of 20s also saw top price in their section, selling for £180 to the same buyer. Kevin Wilson, Blubberhouses, saw second top price of the day, selling his home-bred pen 10s for £205/head to Leicestershire-based Ken Gill. Ashley and Rachael Caton, Otterburn, made £170/head with their fifth prize 10s pen, with the Fawcett family, Drebley, taking the same for their fourth placed pen. The Booth family won the auction prize for the day’s leading averages of the vendors consigning 100 or more lambs. Their 137-strong flock averaged at £137.81/head. AVERAGES 7,357 Mules, £96.84 (+£6.35 on 2015) Auctioneers: CMM Auctions.

Second calver tops dispersal A TOP price of 1,420gns for a second calver was reached at the Anselm herd dispersal sale for British Friesian breeders Jo Taylor and Mark Davison, Oxfordshire. Milking cows sold from between 1,200gns and 1,350gns and in-calf heifers peaked at 1,120gns. Young heifers sold to a top of 310gns, with many around the 250gns mark. AVERAGES 60 cows and milking heifers, £1,035.65; 14 unwarranted cows, £531.00; 17 in-calf heifers, £838.15; 44 recently served/maiden heifers, £445.53. Auctioneers: Gwilym Richards and Co. 34 | SEPTEMBER 16 2016

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Skipton pen of 10 Mule gimmer lamb champions from W.A. and A. Booth, Feizor.

Newark Beltex realise 2,000gns high THE top call at the Newark Beltex sale was 2,000gns for an aged ewe from Andrew and Becky Bishop, Eldersfield, Gloucestershire. The 2014-born ewe sold to Ian Spendlove, Belper, and was overall female champion in the pre-sale show. The Bishops saw the next three top bids, including 1,700gns and 1,400gns for two shearling tups which sold to Mr Spendlove and G.

Allison, Lincoln, respectively, and a shearling ewe for 1,300gns to the Wright family, Boston.

Shearling ram David Thornley, Derbyshire, took 1,200gns for a shearling ram, selling to P. Langton, Derby. The best of the ram lambs made 1,000gns, selling to Mr Langton and again from the Bishops. Two traded at 900gns, the first

being Robert Shaw’s shearling ram, selling to Mr Langton. The Bishop’s ewe lamb also sold for 900gns, heading home with Sean Marsh, Dover. AVERAGES 1 aged ewe, £2,100; 8 shearling ewes, £741.56; 4 ewe lambs, £464.21; 21 shearling rams, £647; 6 ram lambs, £542.50. Auctioneers: Newark Livestock Sales.

Lleyn rams lead Stirling trade at 800gns RAMS sold to 800gns for the second prize home-bred shearling at the Lleyn Sheep Society sale at Stirling. Consigned by R. Johnston and Sons, Falkirk, and by Lochar Captain, it sold to Rosebery Estate, South Queensferry. Laga Farms, Orkney, sold a shearling by Plasucha Benjamin for 700gns to J. Mclaren and Sons, Dalmally. The second prized pen of shearling ewes from J.A. and R. Geldardand Sons, Kendal, sold for £270/

head to Messrs Anderson. The Geldards had the next top price of £250/ head when selling a pen of 10 to Rosneath Farms, Helensburgh.

Average Hamish Goldie, Ruthwell, sold a pen for £200/head to Messrs Paterson, Isle of Tiree. With an average £9 up on the year, commercial shearlings were selling from £110£160. Ewes lambs topped at £110/head

twice. Firstly the Walling family of Farmstock Genetics, Selkirk, sold the second prize pen to F. and A. Younger, Gargunnock. Then the first prize pen from J.R. Graham and Partners, Biggar, sold to A. Urquart, Banchory. AVERAGES 213 MVA shearling ewes, £161; 105 non-MVA shearling ewes, £110; 121 ewe lambs, £87; 23 rams, £459. Auctioneers: United Auctions.

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Bluefaced Leicester leads Kelso trade at £12,000 rate of 83.56 per cent WITH a top price of £12,000, trade was buoyant at Kelso ram sales. The average of £685.48 for 4,285 rams sold was up £74.80 on last year, with a clearance rate of 83.56 per cent, up from 75.81 per cent in 2015. Sale leader was a Bluefaced Leicester shearling from the Wight family’s Midlock flock, Biggar. By Midlock Mustang and out of an E1 Barf House-sired ewe, it sold to William Barker for the Keer flock, Carnforth, Lancashire. The Wights also took the breed’s second top price of £5,000 for another shearling by the same sire which went to Kevin Ridley, Wark, Northumberland. Texels sold to £7,000 three times. The first two were from Jim Arnott’s Haymount flock, Kelso, and both by Ettrick Vagabond, out of sisters by Scrogtonhead Powerhouse, bought at Kelso for £10,000. The buyers of the first were Peter and Lynn Gray, Galston, Ayrshire, and the Wights. The second went to Stuart Barclay, Insch, Aberdeenshire. The Grays then took £7,000 for a shearling from their Scrogtonhead flock, a son of Lamb Bros Unbeatable, which sold in a three-way split to

Kelso ram sale n Sale grossed £2,937,285 n 4,285 rams sold n Average shearling price of £702.43 n Average lamb price of £534.67 n Overall average of £685.48 n Overall clearance rate of 83.56 per cent

T. and A. Cockburn, West Linton, J. Gibb and Hugh Jackson, Biggar. Suffolks peaked at £4,500 for a ram lamb by Cloontagh Chieftain out of a Whitestone Footprint daughter from Jimmy Douglas’ Cairness flock. It sold over the telephone to Alastair Gault, David Duncan and Trevor Robinson, Northern Ireland. Next in the Suffolks at £4,000 was a non-MV accredited shearling by an Allanshaws ram from I.H.G. Warden, Hawick. It sold to the partnership of William Davie, Rothbury, and Andrew Walton, Alnwick. The Airyolland pen from Neale and Janet McQuistin, Newton Stewart, provided the top Beltex prices, selling two shearlings for £3,800 apiece. First was Airyolland Alonzo by Dooley Napal out of an Airyolland Nailer-sired ewe which was knocked down to Jonathan Watson, Berwick-upon-Tweed. The other was Airyolland Atomic by Airyolland Waqeem. It sold to J. Knight, Calderbridge, who also paid £3,800 and £3,000 for Dutch Texel shearlings from Stuart Wood, Aberdeen, which were by Hercules, an imported ram. Border Leicesters peaked at £2,100 for Tom Tennant, West Forth, selling to Messrs Somerfield, Stafford. Cross-bred rams were in demand, selling to £1,550 for a Texel cross Beltex from C. Mellor, Chathill, Northumberland, which was knocked down to G.W. Lee, Stockley. Leading the Lleyn trade at £1,300 was a shearling from G. and A. Fort, Keighley, West Yorkshire. Charollais sold to £1,200 for a shearling from H.W. Sloan, Dumfries, which went to Mr Peart, Weardale, with a Vendeen shearling from R.N. Howie and Partners, North Lytham, also making £1,200. A Texel shearling from P. and L. Gray’s Scrogtonhead flock, Galston, Ayrshire, which sold for £7,000.

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Overall top price, a Bluefaced Leicester shearling from J. Wight and Sons’ Midlock flock, Biggar, which sold for £12,000.


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Top priced Suffolk, a ram lamb from J. Douglas’ Cairness flock, which sold for £4,500.

AVERAGES Shearlings: 149 Beltex, £779.93; 24 Berrichon, £434.58; 9 Blue Texel, £481.11; 501 Bluefaced Leicester, £940.86; 65 Border Leicester, £430.92; 196 Charollais, £491.94; 19 Dutch Texel, £1,270; 16 Hampshire Down, £465.63; 85 Lleyn, £434.12; North Country Cheviot, £435.91; 1 Oxford Down, £180; 1 Poll Dorset, £280; 5 Roussin, £316; 287 Suffolk, £655.71; 870 Texel, £878.44; 10 Vendeen, £720; 3 unregistered Blue Texel, £410; 525 crosses, £587; 5 unregistered Oxford Down, £220;

431 unregistered Suffolk, £593.39; 606 unregistered Texel, £599.63. Lambs: 5 Beltex, £212; 18 Berrichon, £268.89; 1 Blue Texel, £380; 26 Bluefaced Leicester, £1,013.46; 33 Charollais, £373.03; 3 Hampshire Down, £243.33; 1 Poll Dorset, £280; 229 Suffolk, £500.57; 101 Texel, £643.76; 16 crosses, £369.38. Auctioneers: Border Livestock Exchange; C. and D. Auction Marts; Harrison and Hetherington; Hexham and Northern Marts; Lawrie and Symington; North East Livestock Sales; United Auctions.

A Texel from J. Arnott’s Haymount flock, Kelso, which sold for £7,000.

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SALES THERE was a big crowd at Kington for the sale of breeding sheep, where yearling ewes, which were predominantly Welsh Mules, averaged £130/head and sold to £140/head for some white faced Welsh Mules yearlings from W.J. Lloyd and Co. The entry of mainly Texel yearling rams averaged £370/head and sold to £473 for a Texel from M.H. Gwilliam.

Welsh Mules sold to a high of £140 per head at Kington.

Auctioneers: McCartneys.


Kington sees strong breeding sheep trade

Dairy bulls sell to 3,800gns rBritish Friesian tops

Carlisle’s autumn sale

THE annual autumn bull sale at Carlisle peaked at 3,800gns, with 14 selling for 3,000gns or more to average £2,437 for an 83 per cent clearance. Tapped out by judge Ian Watson, the champion bull was Evening Sammy from the Majestic Holstein herd, Northern Ireland, and consigned by Evening Hill Farm, Thursby. This son of Larcrest Contrast, from an Excellent dam which produced more than 90 tonnes in its lifetime, sold for 2,600gns to Messrs Fearon, Aspatria. Reserve champion was Warnelview Interval, consigned by Kevin and Christine Wilson, Thursby. By Iota and bred from an Excellent 92 dam from the Irene cow family,

it sold for 2,700gns to M. and L. Howat, Ayrshire. The Warnelview herd sold eight bulls in total, topping at 3,600gns for Warnelview Vito bought by J. Baxter, Bridge of Weir. Vito was from the Violet cow family sired by Iota

British Friesian British Friesian trade peaked at 3,800gns for the champion, Raby Jason, consigned by Sam Howarth, Pickering, North Yorkshire. Bred from the Jamine cow family, its sister won the Grand Champion at the Dairy Event this year and is now EX94. Buyer was J. Drummond, Kilmarnock. Another British Friesian, Nerewater Launch, consigned by R.W. and J. Bell, sold at 3,600gns to A. Hunter, Kilmarnock. Chapelhouse Glow, by Sudan and consigned by K. Brough and Son, Cockermouth, sold

Top price British Friesian, Raby Jason, from Sam Howarth, Pickering, which sold for 3,800gns to J. Drummond, Kilmarnock.

for 3,600gns to J. Pollock and Sons, Stirlingshire. The Armour family, Moffat, sold 10 bulls, topping at 3,500gns for Annandale Leinster, by Reece, selling to A.D. and A. Richardson, Appleby. AVERAGES 43 Holstein bulls, £2,439.32; 12 British Friesian bulls, £2,426.66. Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.

Logie reduction sale hits 8,000gns THE reduction sale from the Aberdeenshire-based Bruce family’s Logie herd of Aberdeen-Angus saw a top call of 8,000gns paid for 2010born cow, Logie Eyebright K022. The daughter of Logie Banner G608, out of Logie Eyebright F481 which is by Blelack Blackstaff Y288, sold with its heifer calf, Logie Eyebright S625. Buyer was A.J.R Fasteners, Ellon, Aberdeenshire. At 4,400gns was Logie Elegant M284, a 2012-born second-calver by Idvies Kolla J431, which sold with a 36 | SEPTEMBER 16 2016

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heifer calf by Idvies Eugene N578 to G.V. Jones, Edern, Pwllheli. Selling for 4,000gns was stock bull Blelack Evril K554, by Netherallan Peter Pershore E052 out of Blelack Evora Z491, which was knocked down to the Brown family for their Drumdow herd, Ayrshire.

Second-calver The 2012-born second-calver Logie Evangelina M276, also by Idvies Kollar J431, sold for 3,000gns with its heifer calf and having run with

Idvies Eugene N578, going to R.C. Turnbull, Coxwold, York. Two more sold at the same price, with the first being Logie Jewel Erica M303, by Blelack Lord Hildalgo H972, and its heifer calf by Idvies Eugene, which also went to A.J.R. Fasteners. The final 3,000gns call came for Logie Delia P350, a Rawburn Enoch-sired November 2014born heifer, which went to Stewart Craft, Glenrothes. Auctioneers: United Auctions.

Kirkby Stephen Mule ewe lambs top at £540 MORE than 11,000 North of England Mule Sheep Association gimmer lambs went under the hammer at Kirkby Stephen’s show and sale. The pre-sale show was judged by Peter Fox, Clitheroe, and David Grant, Crediton, who awarded the championship to a pen of lambs from Andrew and Mark Brown, Great Asby, which went on to top the sale at £540/head to Graeme Jackson, High Bentham.

Reserve Taking the reserve title was a pen of lambs consigned by Messrs Hayton, Great Asby, which sold for £340/ head to Richard Batty, Kendal. There were more than 100 active buyers and the overall sale average was £101.84 which was up £8.02 on the year. Auctioneers: Harrison and Hetherington.

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THE Farmers Guardian-sponsored two-day show and sale of Mule gimmer lambs on behalf of the North of England Mule Sheep Association at Hawes, saw 24,410 lambs go under the hammer to average £99.22, up £6.13 on last year. The top price of £620/head came on the second day when the first prize pen of 10 from Messrs Lord, North Stainmore, sold to Frank Marshall, Romaldkirk, who also paid £350/head for the second prize winners from C. and H.R. Shields, Ravenstonedale. W. and D. Lawson, Masongill, took £300/head for their third

Cow and calf top Angus dispersal PROVEN show and breeding cattle from the Rull Aberdeen-Angus herd were sold on behalf of Edward and Claire Jones on-farm at Cullompton, Devon, peaking at £4,410 for the eight-month-old heifer, Rull Belle S221. Its mother, in-calf Rull Belle P166, sold for £4,200, with both going to the Neish family, Warminster. Also selling at £4,200 was the five-year-old cow, Netherton Fleur L644 with her daughter, Rull Fleur S228 at foot. The pair joined Tony and Diana Irwin, Colchester. Bulls topped at £3,360 for eightmonth-old Rull Barnett S220 bought by Gill and Kevin Quinn, Somerset. Nine embyo’s by Muirhall Top Deal out of Rull Frances F065 sold for £300 each. AVERAGES 8 cows and 8 calves, £2,848; 7 cows, £2,250; 3 heifers, £2,450; 2 bulls, £2,835. Auctioneers: Stags.

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prize pen which went to Hannah Brown, Leyburn. The judges on the second day were Alan Collett, Banbuy and Danny Branson, Towester. On the first day the judges, Thomas Binns, Clitheroe, and Michael Barker, Lancaster, awarded the first prize to W.A. and A. Booth, Feizor, for their pen of 10 which sold for the day’s top price of £460/head to J.H. Wilson, Settle. The day’s second top price of £440/head went to Neil Marston, Cockermouth, selling to Ron Wilson, Armathwaite. Next at £410/head were the fourth prize winners from E. Fairburn and Sons, Thornton Steward, which were knocked down to J. and H. Tustain, Banbury. Auctioneers: Hawes Farmers Auction Mart.



Champion pen from the first day, from W.A. and A. Booth, Feizor, which sold for £460/head.

Champion pen from the second day, from Messrs Lord, North Stainmore, which sold for the top price of £620/head.

Texel shearling ewes sell to £420 at Wigton THERE were more than 5,000 breeding sheep forward for the Wigton Whites sale of continental sheep where shearling ewes sold to £420 for Texels from Paul Bartholomew, Kirkby Lonsdale, with others to £400 and £360 for Texels from Robert Skelton, Dearham.

Champion The show and sale was judged Mr and Mrs Steadman Dodd, Temple Sowerby, who chose a pen of Texels from J. Sewell, Cockermouth, as their champion shearlings, later buying them for £235/head.

Older ewes topped at £205 for Beltex from Chloe Hunter, Caldbeck. Beltex shearlings ewes sold to £350 and £310 for Messrs Jefferson, Abbeytown. An entry of more than 1,500 ewe lambs topped at £265 for Texels from J. Dixon, Wigton. The champion pen of three-quarter bred Texels from B.J. Harrison, Wigton, sold for the second top price of £240 to the judges. Texel cross Mule ewe lambs sold to £132 for a pen from J. Ritson, Uldale. Rams sold to £1,650 and £1,500 for Beltex shearlings from P. Mc-

Blackface ewe lamb record of £3,200 set at Lanark THE annual sale of Blackface ewe lambs at Lanark saw a new breed record of £3,200/head set for a pen of three, all by the £160,000 Dalchirla, from Hugh and Alan Blackwood, Auldhouseburn. The buyer was John Harkin, Louash, Northern Ireland.

Next top price was £580 for a pen of six lambs from David Morrison, Dalwyne bought by J.H Wein, Invernahyle, Appin. The sale average was £81.72 for 5567 sold, a rise of £3.42 on the year for 536 more sold. Auctioneers: Lawrie and Symington.

Cune, Threapland. Texels sold to £1,450 for George Wilkinson, Aspatria, who also won the new class for Texel shearlings selling this one for £1,000. Auctioneers: Hopes Auction Company.

Longtown Greyface ewe lambs top £132 THE sale of Greyface ewe lambs at Longtown peaked at £132/ head for the third prize pen, out of Swaledale ewes, from Messrs Telford, Roadhead. The champions from R. and M. Carruthers, Penton, out of Blackface ewes, sold for £130/head to the judge, Richard Mackie, Jedburgh. Cheviot Mule ewe lambs sold to £111/head for a consignment from J.G. Singer, Harbottle. Multi-breed ewe lambs sold to a high £92 and £90 for Texels. Auctioneers: C. and D. Auction Marts. SEPTEMBER 16 2016 | 37

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With many land-based colleges reporting record agriculture student numbers, the Agricultural Student of the Year Award recognises their importance to the future of the industry. Open to all agricultural students studying in UK, we narrowed it down to five finalists.


Agricultural Student of the Year Award

NICOLA BLOWEY | HARPER ADAMS UNIVERSITY IT IS clear to see university has played a key role in developing Nicola Blowey into the determined young farmer she is today. The daughter of a fourth-generation dairy farmer, Nicola was born with farming in her blood. Although her family does not have a farm at home, she took opportunities to gain experience and a sound understanding of the wider farming industry through work placements during harvest, working for an essential oils distillery and lambing in Caithness. While completing her degree at Harper Adams, Nicola made full use of every course and opportunity available to her, helping widen her knowledge and increase her skills and employability. She says: “I have built on knowledge gained from my course through regular attendance at Harper Forum presentations and debates.

“I made use of the short courses available, completing an artificial insemination course and a foot trimming course, among others.” She became involved in various social groups during her time at university, including being part of the women’s rugby team, the ‘freshers crew’ and was elected as VIP manager for this year’s summer ball. On completing her degree, Nicola travelled to New Zealand to work for a dairy farm and train in pasture-based milk production for a year. When she returns to the UK, Nicola will work for Robert Craig, Cumbria, who has sponsored her New Zealand trip, enhancing knowledge and continuing to pursue her dream to work in the agricultural industry. She says: “Farming comes with huge responsibility because the public trust farmers with their health every single day. “I want to be part of the industry which sustains the human population.”

LAURA DAVIDSON | NEWCASTLE UNIVERSITY DESPITE not coming from a farming background, Laura Davidson chose to study agriculture over veterinary science at university due to the possibility of making a significant impact on the sector. A second year undergraduate student at Newcastle University, Laura has grasped every opportunity available to her, taking on various roles and responsibilities to enhance her own knowledge and funding her own training. She also attended a range of events, such as the Norfolk Farming Conference, Fertile Minds, Cereals and Livestock Live. She now intends to pursue her agricultural education through a farm business management honours route, allowing her to take additional modules in livestock and arable production systems, as well as including a financial overview of the obligations and limitations. Throughout her time at university,

Laura has used her own initiative to gain employment on a variety of farms and agricultural businesses, gaining a broad range of experience and high praise from employers. Laura is currently working on one of the university’s farms and is an active member of the university agricultural society. She will graduate in July next year and has a number of progression opportunities within the sector, including a potential PhD qualification, investigating aspects of animal welfare to improve production efficiency while increasing quality standards. David Watson, a Newcastle University tutor who nominated Laura for this award, says ‘it is often said if you want something doing you should ask a busy person – Laura is that person’.


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Category sponsored by GWESYN DAVIES | HARPER ADAMS UNIVERSITY FOLLOWING his father’s retirement from farming, Gwesyn Davies faced an important decision to keep the family farm, which would ultimately shape his future. But Gwesyn admits the decision to keep the farmland and manage it with the support of his family, alongside studying for his agriculture degree at Harper Adams University, was not an easy one. During his placement year at Harper Adams, Gwesyn worked with the 2 Sisters Food Group where he worked closely with retailers and farmers, an opportunity which he says gave him ‘greater understanding of the rest of the agricultural industry, from farm to fork’. He says: “My year with 2 Sisters has been a steep learning curve. Open-minded and keen to learn new skills, I decided to push my boundaries, leave the red meat

industry where I felt at home, and venture into the world of white meat. “The precision of broiler farming and the ceaseless drive for improved efficiencies gave me a lot to think about when returning to my home farm each week.” The combination of practical work through his placement and theory work at his university has encouraged Gwesyn to believe in a sustainable future for the red meat industry. He says: “Although the future of the red meat industry is uncertain, I am a firm believer traditional farming has its place. “With an innovative twist and a focus on cost control and efficiency, sheep and beef farming can be a success story.” Having completed his second year at university, Gwesyn is due to return to Harper Adams for his final year of study in 2016.

OONAGH HARKIN | QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY BELFAST NOW in her final year of study at Queen’s University Belfast, Oonagh Harkin has financed herself through university. She says: “I financed myself by farming my own sheep and cattle, a part-time job and the income from my work placement.” As part of her agriculture technology degree, Oonagh was required to undertake 46 weeks of work placement. Having vast experience and knowledge in the sheep industry, thanks to her 3,000-head sheep farm at home, she decided to spend five months in New Zealand working on a large dairy farm to increase her knowledge. Her duties included checking stock, detecting lameness and learning how to treat them in the best possible way, as well as calving and understanding the importance of maintaining milk quality.

For the rest of her work placement, Oonagh worked for a start-up company called Farmflo, assisting the product manager. This placement enhanced her knowledge of farm compliance and aided project, technical and communication skills. Her skillset proved to be an asset to the company, with Oonagh providing experience in the beef, sheep and dairy industries. In the future, Oonagh hopes to continue breeding Blackface sheep and extending her flock on the family farm, as well as opening a social farm, offering activities on family farms as a form of social support service. Long-term, her plan is to extend the social farm to equestrian activities and equine therapy for autism.

ANDREW HARRISON | HARPER ADAMS UNIVERSITY REALISING education is key to understanding the best practices in agriculture was the turning point for Andrew Harrison when he decided to apply to study at Harper Adams University. Having been raised on an upland dairy and sheep farm in the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire, Andrew says he gained ‘a tremendous amount of knowledge and experience’ from his time studying for his agriculture with animal science degree. During his first year, Andrew became aware of an opportunity to study at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University, New York. He says: “I was able to achieve this and was able to travel and study at an Ivy League university and one of the world’s leading dairy science institutions.” Other achievements include

being recently named the RABDF/ MSD Animal Health Dairy Student of the Year, following a presentation based on ‘the UK dairy industry in 10 years’ time’. He says: “This was completed alongside my heavy university workload, but I am pleased I made the effort.”

Determined Hard work and determination led Andrew to achieve a first-class honours degree, which he believes has prepared him for a job as a technical adviser or assistant nutritionist within a ruminant nutrition company in the future. He continues to work on his family farm, using skills he learned at Harper Adams and Cornell. In particular, this summer, he conducted a financial appraisal, helping decide the future direction of the business.

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SATURDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER Prize Show & Sale of 2000 Swaledale Ewes, Gimmer Shearlings & Gimmer Lambs. Sale at 10.30am AUCTIONEERS: BARNARD CASTLE & TEESDALE FARMERS AUCTION MART CO. LTD Vere Road, Barnard Castle, Co. Durham, DL12 8AD Tel Mart Office 01833 638152 or Libby Bell Manager/Auctioneer 07818435728

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Tuesday 20th September Show 8.30am; Sale 10am Prize Show and Sale of 9,000 North of England Mule Gimmer Lambs Show open to all vendors NEMSA rosette for the highest placed NEMSA Member Monday 26th September Michaelmas Store Cattle and Feeding Bulls of all classes entries close noon Monday 19th September Friday 30th September On Farm Dispersal Sale of 60 Dairy Shorthorn Cattle from Messrs Ripley and Ramesar, Rywell Grange, Hunwick, Co Durham, DL15 ORB - catalogues available Thursday 6th October Annual Prize Show and Sale of Swaledale, Herdwick & Cheviot and other Hill Bred Ewes and Gimmer Shearlings also Swaledale and Herdwick Gimmer Lambs entries close noon Thursday 29th September also Annual Evening Sale of 70 Registered Bluefaced Leicester Rams and Females – catalogues available in conjunction with Clough & Co Vale of Clwyd Livestock Centre, Parc Glasdir, Ruthin. LL15 1PB Telephone: 01824 705000 – Fax: 01824 705555


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Calves 10.30am, Sheep 11am, Feeding Cows, Breeding Cattle, Store Cattle 12Noon From T Holmes, Lincs 15 Contiental X Calves (3 Months) From Ian Bosworth, Rolleston 10 Limousin Heifers & Simmental Steers (12 Months) From Holkham Estate, Wells Next the Sea (4 Yr TB) 20 Superb, Strong Charolais X South Devon/ Simmental Steers Born Feb/April 2015, All homebred and FABBL From SR Dorey, Norton Disney (4 Yr TB) 30 Continental Steers (18 - 24 months) FABBL From John Ashton, Lincs (4 Yr TB) 20 Limousin and Blue Steers and Heifers (13-18 Months, FA) Out of Suckler Cows From JW Bickell, Norfolk (4 Year TB) 14 Simmental & Charolais Steers & Heifers (16/20 Months), Very Strong, FABBL From W Arden, 4 Year (4 Yr TB) 4 Hereford, 1 Angus, 1 British Blue Heifer (19 Months) From PH Green, Newark 2 Limousin X Heifers (23 Months) From Mark Hetherington, Wisbech 40 Continental Steers (17-23 Months) Very Strong, FA From M Shaw, Norwich (4 Year TB) 11 Very Smart British Blue Steers (16-17 Months) FA 3rd Sale of Breeding Females & Rams of all ages & Store Lambs. TI Blythe, Boston 2 Texel Shearling Rams (MV Accredited) From S Matthew, Burton 1 Pedigree Suffolk Ram Lamb 2 Pedigree Southdown Ram Lambs (MV Accredited) From GG & HE Sevenoaks Monmouthshire 2 Pedigree Beltex Shearling Rams 6 Beltex X Shearling Rams 2 Pedigree Lleyn Shearling Rams (MV Accredited) From AJ Coulson & Sons, Market Rasen 6 Beltex X Charollais Shearling Rams Grass Fed, (MV Accredited) From A Bishop, Gloucestershire 4 Beltex Texel Shearling Ram 1 Pedigree Charolais Ram Lambs From C&A Jordan, Doncaster 3 Pedigree Texel Ram Lambs (MV Accredited)

From Chall Parsons, Sutton on Trent 2 Blue Texel Shearling Rams (MV Accredited) From A&C Farms, Langham 4 Hampshire Down Ram Lambs From DS&LE Wadland, Aston Le Walls 6 Beltex Texel Shearling Rams From JH Grundy (Farms) Ltd 1 Texel Shearling Ram 1 Suffolk Shearling Ram (MV Accredited) From Lowden Partners, Scunthorpe Genuine Flock Dispersal Sale100 Lleyn Ewes (4+5 Crop Ewes) 18 Lleyn & Texel X Lleyn Gimmers 3 Stock Rams – 1 Lleyn, 2 Texels From Ryefield Beltex 10 Beltex Ewes (MV Accredited) From Rawding Partners, Herefordshire 28 Beltex Theaves From D Parsons, Derbyshire 12 Lleyn Shearling Ewes S&G Mellor, Stoke on Trent 10 Pure bred Texel Ewe Lambs 3 Texel Shearling 2 Texel Ram Lambs (MV Accredited) From JC Crust 3 Pedigree Rouge Rams 6 Pedigree Rouge Ewe Lambs (MV Accredited) From Hungerton Farms, Grantham 100 Suffolk X Store Lambs

Saturday 24th September

Starting time of 1pm Breed Sale on behalf of the Texel Sheep Society. 62 head comprising 28 Shearling Rams, 17 Ram Lambs, 17 Shearling Ewes Catalogues now Available From Besswax Farming, Nocton 200 North Country Mule Theaves

Saturday 1st October 2016

Calves 10.30am, Sheep 11am, Feeding Cows, Breeding Cattle, Store Cattle 12Noon From Fristling Hall Farms, Essex (4 Yr TB) 200 British Blue, Limousin X Steers and Heifers (10-14 Months) 15 Simmental Bulls (10-14 Months) All out of quality sucker cows. From Messrs C&J Georgetti, Kent (4 Yr TB) 4 Limousin Steers (18-20 Months) 8 Limousin Heifers (18-20 Months)

28 Limousin & Simmental Steers (12-14 Months) 4 Limousin & Simmental Heifers (12-14 Months) All out of quality beef bred suckler cows From P. Featherstone, Leicestershire 3 Pedigree Saler 1st Calvers scanned in calf to Rigel Perth with Calves at foot (7 Months) 5 Pedigree Saler 3rd Calvers scanned in calf to Rigel Perth with Calves at foot (7 Months) BVD Vaccinated

Saturday 8th October 2016

Annual Show and Sale of Pedigree & Commercial British Limousin Cattle on Behalf of the East Midlands Limousin Club Comprising of 37 Pedigree Bulls, 98 Pedigree Cows with Calves at Foot and or Incalf 49 have calves, 14 Pedigree Incalf/ Bulling Heifers, 25 Maiden Heifers, 7 Pedigree Young Bulls. A feature of this sale is a Major Herd Reduction of the ‘IRONSTONE’ Herdon behalf of Messrs Smiths of Bloxham Farms Ltd. The complete dispersal of the ‘SNELLAND’ Herd on behalf of John Blackman (4 Year TB) And the Virtual Dispersal of the ‘LOODAL’ Herd on behalf of Anthony Watchorn This sale is one of the largest collection female sales held in the UK this year and includes some of the Breeds top genetics.Also this day 170 Head Pure Limousin and Cross Commercial Breeding Cattle Including the entire Herd Dispersal Sale on behalf of Messrs H Sheldrake & Sons Norwich (4 Yr TB) Comprising 49 Hereford and Continental Cows (3-12 Years) with very strong Charolais and Limousin Calves at Foot and Incalf to Limousin Bulls, Many of the calves will be sold as ‘A’ lots. Also this day a superb multi prize winning Limousin X Black Heifers from Frank Page, Northants. And Many More!!! PLEASE NOTE CATALOGUES WILL BE AVAILABLE FREE OF CHARGE BUT BY APLICATION ONLY. Please text Limousin followed by your name and address to 07801032846.

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STOP PRESS S Dore & Sons sold Limousin Young Bulls to £1756.33 WH Farrow & Sons sold British Blue Young Bulls to 230.5p/kg or £1306.94 T Holmes sold Limousin Cows to 202.5p/kg or £1601.78 & £1499.60 IR&A Wildgoose sold Limousin OTM Heifers 213.5p/kg or £1411.24 WA Ketley & Sons sold British Blue Steers to £1643.12, £1603.32 , £1592.55 & £1580.15 Gascoines Group Ltd sold Limousin Heifers to 239.5p/kg (three times) £1276.54, £1240.61 & £1219.06 RG Davies sold Texel Lambs to £120.00 GJ & SL Gowling sold Cull Rams to £125.00 D&J Coulson sold Cull Ewes to £120.00 AD Bishop sold Beltex Ewes to 2000 Gns, Shearling Rams to 1700Gns

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The complete dispersal of the 230 head award-winning ‘Longmeg’ pedigree Holstein herd from Penrith, Cumbria. Comprised of 180 milking cows and heifers, plus all heifer calves born since the 1st April 2016. ♦ All animals are fully vaccinated against IBR, Lepto and BVD and come from a TB clear area. ♦ ♦ There has never been a case of TB or Foot-and-Mouth disease reported in this herd. ♦ ♦ The herd is cubicle housed and NMR recorded. ♦ This very genuine herd is being sold due to a change in farming structure. Please contact our office to request a catalogue. Sale location: The Agricultural Centre, Adderley Rd, Market Drayton, Shropshire, TF9 3SW.

We would like to invite you to join us on our stand (F05) at the CHESHIRE PLOUGHING & HEDGECUTTING MATCH ON WEDNESDAY 28TH SEPTEMBER. The food and drink will be flowing and we are very much looking forward to a jolly good social and the opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has supported us this year.

ANNOUNCING A NEW MONTHLY SALE! Due to the tremendous success of our weekly sale, we are pleased to announce the introduction of a MONTHLY PART-DISPERSAL AND LARGE GROUP SALE. It will take place on the third Monday of the month at 1:30pm at The Agricultural Centre, Market Drayton (immediately prior to the Cull Sale) with the first being on Monday 17th October. All breeds and ages are welcome.Our excellent market facilities mean that cattle can be stored overnight, where they will be taken care of by our dedicated night team. Please contact Stuart Hassall for further information: 01829 771210.

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HAWES, NORTH YORKSHIRE, DL8 3NP Tuesday 20th September 2,000 Prime Lambs at 10am 400 Cast Ewes & Rams 1,000 Store Lambs at 12noon Show & Sale of Calves of 40 Calves. Judging 10am. Sale at 10.30am Monday 26th September 12,000 Mule & Continental X Gimmer Lambs & Shearlings. Tuesday 27th September 3,000 Crossed Swaledale Ewes. 300 Reg. & Unreg. Bluefaced Leicester, Texel, Suffolk & Beltex Rams. Catalogue Closes for Ewes & Rams on Tues 20th Sept. Thursday 29th September Annual Prize Show & Sale of 1,000 Registered Bluefaced Leicester Rams & Females for the Bluefaced Leicester Sheep Breeders Assoc. This is a Marts the Heart Sale supported by Farmers Guardian Monday 3rd October Great Annual Show & Sale of 5,000 Registered & Unregistered Uncrossed Swaledale Ewes & Gimmer Shearlings. Catalogue Closes Tues 20th Sept. Saturday 8th October Show & Sale of 6,000 Swaledale Gimmer Lambs & 1,000 Swaledale Gimmer Shearlings. Catalogue closes Tues 27th Sept. Telephone: Office (01969) 667207. Mobile 07974 126397 or 01833 622240

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Sale of Dairy, Calves, Store & Breeding Stock (10.45am) Entries inc: 40 B/W Strs (12/24mths) 40 AA Strs/Hfrs (12/24mths), 80 Cont Strs/Hfrs (12/24mths)

SATURDAY 24th SEPT at 11.30 Farm Dispersal on behalf of K R Crabtree upon Breary Grange Farm, Kings Road, Bramhope LS16 9JN

Teleporter, 7 Tractors, Full range of Grassland Machinery, 2 Vehicles, Trailers, Sundries, Spares & Produce 1300 Sheep comps: 500 Regular aged Breeding Sheep Comp: Texel/Mule & Swaledale, & 800 Texel/Swaledale Wethers & Gimmers See Website or phone for detailed handbill


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Market Results LAST WEEK – 146 Dairies, Heifers to £1750, 100% Clearence Clean Cattle 176p/kg - £1231.65, Cull Cows 127p/kg - £1231.65/Head, Calves BB Bull to £370, Spring Lambs £204.0p/kg - £93.60/Head

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Fully Catalogued Sale from some of the Leading Herds in the Midlands and Surrounding Counties. A TREMENDOUS ENTRY already received from: Braemarhouse (2), Broomhouse (37), Brundcliffe (2), Canwell (3), Chardan (2), Chorlton (2), Collycroft, Deangate, Grindon (14), Harleygrange, Honeycroft, Inkersall (4), Knutsford, Littonfields (2), Millhurst (2), Paulbrook, Quixhill (2), Rownall (2), Snowfern (2), Sternmoor (5), Tessvale (4), Tissington (3), Topline, Whister (5), Wolston (4), Yerley (2)

SPECIAL ENTRY OF YOUNGSTOCK 30 YOUNGSTOCK - A Completely Genuine, Large Group of Youngstock Aged 11 – 16 months from the Pedigree BROOMHOUSE Herd. Fantastic Nominated sires feature including Ladys-Manor Rd Grafeeti, Pine-Tree Pampa ET, Relough Danumero ET, Ards Paramount ET, RMWArmitage, Ladys-Manor Graf La-Bron ET, De-Su 521 Bookem ET, Co-Op Mintmaker Trivia ET, Sully Altamerci ET, Bomaz Altaentrust ET.Herd Average: 9742kg 3.84%F 3.23%P x2. Vaccinated Huscvac, Leptovoid & Bovipass. 3rd Highest PLI Herd in the UK (Average PLI+£279) 6 In-calf Heifers (Due Nov to Sexed) & 8 Bulling Heifers from the Grindon Herd of Messrs Mycock, Friden. A Pedigree Hereford Stock Bull Pedigree Dairy Shorthorn Stock Bull 1 Pedigree Simmental Stock Bull (17mths) BVD Accredited, Johnes Risk Level 1. 1 Pedigree Simmental Stock Bull (2½yrs)


Wednesday 21st September At 10.00am Annual Prize Show & Sale of 600 Suffolk, Texel & Other Continental Shearling Rams & Ram Lambs. Judging At 8.30am. Annual Prize Show and Sale of Bluefaced Leicester Rams, Ram Lambs & Females under the Auspices of the Bluefaced Leicester Association Judging at 11.30am

Thursday 22nd September At 10.30am Annual ‘Tow Law’ Prize Show & Sale of 6000 Mule (Bluefaced Leicester x Swaledale) Gimmer Lambs, the majority consigned by Members of the Weardale Branch of NEMSA Judging at 9am (Pens of 10 Ewe Lambs)

Friday 23rd September At 10am Sale of Store Cattle & Suckled Calves At 10.30am Show for Mule, Cheviot, Blackface & Swaledale Store Lambs At 11am Sale of Cast Ewes & Store Lambs Entries invited by 10am Monday 19th September

Thursday 29th September Annual Prize Show & Sale of Blackface Gimmers, & Draft Blackface & Swaledale Ewes Sale of Mule, Cheviot, Swaledale & Other Ewes & Gimmers Sale of Mule, Blackface & Other Ewe Lambs Entries invited by 10am Thursday 22nd September

Friday 30th September Annual Prize Show & Sale of Aberdeen Angus & Other Native Breed Cattle. Weekly Sale of Store Cattle & Suckled Calves. Sale of Store Lambs & Feeding Ewes Entries invited by 10am Monday 26th September

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Store Cattle Sales 500 STORE CATTLE Strong Stores, Suckler Cows with Calves, Young Bulls & Suckled Calves Show Potential Animals, Continentals, Named Sire Herefords & Angus


Sheep Sales

SALE OF 8577 STORE LAMB & BREEDING SHEEP Including Prize Sale of 1395 Ewes Lambs.




Great Annual Lakeland Show & Sale of 10,005 North of England Mule Gimmer Lambs.

Sale of Breeding Rams

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Annual sale of 6,500 Suffolk & Continental bred gimmer lambs & Lakeland store lambs of all breeds.

MONDAY 19TH SEPTEMBER - SALE 12.00NOON Annual Noted Show & Sale of 128 Bluefaced Leicester rams & females including the Annual production sale of Neil Marston’s (Highberries Flock). 11:19

Auctioneer & contact John Wharton 07912946549.

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Being the First Major Sale which includes the Entire younger section of the Milking Portion of the Noted, Prize-winning SANDYFORD Herd, the property of ET Tomlinson & Son and removed from Charnwood Forest Fam, Nanpantan, Loughborough, Leicestershire and comprising 179 Cows and Milking Heifers, an outstanding group of 19 Maiden Heifers and Heifer Calves, all of Show quality and two Bulls. This is one of the best catalogues ever produced for an Ayrshire Sale, featuring cattle of outstanding quality in looks and production, great pedigrees with modern sire stacks. One of the many great young Cows selling

MONDAY, 26th SEPTEMBER - 11.00 AM ENTIRE DISPERSAL SALE 201 HOLSTEINS Dispersal of the Entire Milking herd of 201 Commercial NMR Recorded (some registered) Holstein Cows and Heifers, the property of Colin Hughes who is ceasing milk production and removed to Beeston Castle Auction from Trench Farm, Ellesmere for sale convenience. This is a tremendous herd of Dairy Cattle that have outstanding udders, type and production, calve all year round and are very young - 165 milking with 3rd or younger lactation including 69 milking heifers. The herd has a rolling annual average of 10899 kg 3.65% Fat 3.02% Protein and fantastic rolling cell count of 115. 3x milking, Semi-TMR feeding. Cubicles. Vaccinated for Lepto, BVD, IBR, screened for Johnes. TB 1yr. This is an exceptionally good herd of cattle and highly recommended. FRIDAY 30th SEPTEMBER “MONTH END FOCUS MILK” DAIRY SALE OF COMMERCIAL AND PEDIGREE HOLSTEIN DAIRY CATTLE

Supported by the Western Holstein Club. Including Commercial and Pedigree dairy cattle from leading UK herds. (Open to all Dairy breeds). FULL DETAILS NEXT WEEK. TUESDAY, 4th OCTOBER - 11.00 AM ENTIRE DISPERSAL SALE 140 PEDIGREE HOLSTEINS (including 2 JERSEYS)

SANDYFORD BURDETTE PENELOPE (VG89 – Max Score) * Very young herd - 64 milking heifers, 54 seconds, 46 thirds. * Fantastic classification - 17 Excellent(6 @ 92/93 points), 59 VG(14 @ 88/89 points and 7 VG-2yrs), 39 (GP), 60 Not Scored * Over half Milkers(94) out of VG/ EX dams, 41 from 3 to 10 gens. * All 19 of the Super Show Calf group out of VG/EX (15 from 3 to 6 gens) * Great Cow families – 11 Clover’s sell plus Joybell, Bella, Ella, Punch, Mayflower, Lilly, Helena, Fragrance, Shirley, Spottie etc. * Top Sires – Burdette, Reality, Potter, Dreamer, Ristourn, Remington, Simply Perfek, Bright Beam, Prime, Vitality etc. * Great Commercial Management – 8000kg 3.94% 3.26% CC157. Cubicles. * Vacc. IBR, BVD, Not Lepto, Johnes screened. TB 1 yr.

Being the Entire MARLINGFORD herd the property of Easton & Otley College, Easton, Norwich, Norfolk and removed to Beeston Castle Auction for Sale Convenience and comprising 70 Cows and Milking Heifers, 25 In-calf Heifers, 22 Maiden Heifers and approx. 24 Heifer Calves born this year. This is a super herd featuring some outstanding individuals. 4yr TB and PreMovement tested. FULL DETAILS NEXT WEEK. DAIRY SHORTHORNS ANNUAL AUTUMN SHOW AND SALE AT BEESTON CASTLE AUCTION FRIDAY 21ST OCTOBER (to be followed by our Autumn sale of Coloured Dairy Breeds). Entries close for cataloguing – 7th October. Entry forms available from our website or from Beeston and Chelford.

Chelford Market 01625 861122

CHELFORD MARKET SPECIAL ENTRIES MONDAY 19th SEPTEMBER AUTUMN SALE OF BREEDING BULLS 1 Ped Hereford Bull Rycroft 1 Billy 14 born, 1 ped Beef Shorthorn Bull, PED Simmental Bull 2yo, Ped Simmental Bull 2yo, Ped Hereford Bull 3½yo, Bazadaise bull 2yo. BEEF BREEDING CATTLE – 8 Angus x suckler cows STORE CATTLE – 8 Angus x suckler cows with Hereford calves at foot, 25 Continental and Native x Steers & Heifers, 8 Angus and Hereford x Heifers 17mo named & F/A SHEEP - 12 Texel x Store Lambs, 50 Texel x Ewe Lambs, 2 pens Store lambs. PIGS – 5 in pig Sows 2nd litters. 72.75 ACRES OF MAIZE CROPS Nr Goostrey, Cheshire FOR SALE BY AUCTION IN 8 LOTS (Lot sizes between 4.50 acres and 12.75 acres) ON MONDAY, 26th SEPTEMBER 2016 AT 12.30pm AT CHELFORD AGRICULTURAL CENTRE (ON THE PRODUCE YARD PRIOR TO THE WEEKLY PRODUCE SALE) Sale Particulars and Plan from Chelford Office Tel: 01625 861122 Ref. ANL/SJ BEEF SHORTHORNS Annual Autumn Show and Sale At Chelford SATURDAY 12TH NOVEMBER In conjunction with our Autumn sale of Native British Breeds under the “Best of British” banner. Entry Forms for all Native Breeds from Chelford, or our website RARE AND TRADITIONAL BREEDS SATURDAY 24TH SEPTEMBER Annual Show and Sale of 50 CATTLE – Gloucester, Dexter, Longhorn, Red Poll, White Park 212 SHEEP – Hebridean, Jacob, Shetland, Portland, North Ronaldsay, Cotswold, Ryeland, Shropshire, Blue Face Leicester, Leicester Longwool, Kerry Hill, Herdwick, Wiltshire Horn, Southdown, Zwartble, Portland, Greyface Dartmoor 16 PIGS – British Saddleback, Large White 6 GOATS and POULTRY AT CHELFORD Catalogues available in due course We pay on the day for all stock and produce sold at our weekly sales.

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Borderway Mart, Carlisle T: 01228 406200 sale catalogues can be downloaded from the website


Sales commence in 5 rings at 9.30am all as previously advertised

166 JACOB SHEEP – 9.30am NSA RAM SALES – BUILTH WELLS Monday 19th September

507 RAMS

Ring 6A - 128 Blue Texel, Ring 6B - 85 Berrichon Ring 7 - 4 Hampshire Down; 43 Roussin; 1 Roussin X; 3 Rouge Ring 9 - 12 Beltex; 9 Beltex X; 4 Suffolk X Ring 20 - 120 North Count Cheviot; 13 Herdwick; 5 Scotch Blackface; 80 South Country Cheviot.


Special prize and trophy for the highest priced pen of 4 or more cattle

Wednesday 21st September - 10.00am 10.00am - Calves 12.30pm - 300 Weanling cattle

Show and sale of 3130 REGISTERED LLEYN BREEDING SHEEP Thursday 22nd September Show 8.30am Sale 10.00am

295 PEDIGREE TEXEL SHEEP Saturday 24th September Show 9.00am Sale 10.00am

On behalf of Solway & Tyne Texel Club 220 Rams - 2 aged, 30 shearlings, 180 lambs 75 Females - 40 shearling gimmers, 34 ewes

Major reduction sale of 101 PEDIGREE TEXEL FEMALES from the COLLEGE FLOCK for Ted & Anne Fox, St Johns Kirk, Symington Biggar

Saturday 24th September - approx 2.30pm (following the Solway & Texel Sale) 52 shearling gimmers and 49 ewes

99 PEDIGREE ROUSSIN SHEEP Saturday 24th September Show 9.00am Sale 10.00am

51 Rams – 30 shearlings and 21 lambs 48 Females –33 shearling gimmers and 15 lambs

244 PEDIGREE BLUE TEXEL SHEEP Saturday 24th September Show 10.30am Sale 12.00 noon

127 Rams – 3 aged, 47 shearlings, 67 lambs 117 Females –3 ewes, 69 shearling gimmers, 45 lambs


Saturday 24th September Show 12.00 noon Sale 1.30pm 97 Females - 33 ewes, 48 shearling gimmers, 16 lambs 13 rams - 9 shearlings, 4 lambs

291 HOLSTEINS Important dispersal sale of the ORDENS FARM HOLSTEIN HERD

Carlisle Wednesday 28th September - 11.00am

For Ordens Farms Ltd, Boghead of Ord, Banff Ordens Farm Holstein herd is a highly productive and well-managed herd currently averaging 10712kg 2995 Females – 20 ewes, 1836 yearling ewes, 4.02% butterfat 3.08% protein at the last test with 1139 ewe lambs followed by 135 Rams - 132 shearlings & 3 aged the herd av. 35.50kg. The herd ticks all the boxes on production, health, fertility and genetics. There (approx 1pm) are 91 heifers in milk, 84 cows in their second, 73 Prize show and sale of cows in their third, 31 fourth calvers and 12 having had five or more calves. 35 are freshly calved since 800 CONTINENTAL CROSS March 2016. There are 76 freshly calved since SUCKLED CALVES June. Currently the younger portion of the milking Saturday 24th September herd are sired by Crocket-Acres Eight, Denmire Show 9.00am Sale 10.30am Middleton, Wal-Del Hayden, Errolston Sphinx & This sale is noted for many cattle with show potential Gen-I-Beq Seagull. Kindly sponsored by Border Cars, The young-stock are in exceptional condition and display huge potential. Capontree and Zeotis

Herd Health The herd is vaccinated for BVD, Lepto & IBR and is tested BVD clear. The herd has been screening for Johnes each quarter for the past 3 years using CIS milk samples. Dry cows are dried of using Cepravin & Orbeseal and are vaccinated for Rota virus. The herd is in a TB 4 year testing area and there has never been a case on the farm.


Second main RAM FAIR

Friday 30th September

Mainly Suffolk, Texel and other Continental breeds of rams Entries close Monday 19th September

BEEF BREEDING CATTLE Friday 30th September

Beef breeding cows and heifers in calf or with calves also bulling heifers and breeding bulls Entries close Monday 19th September


Friday 30th September – 11.00am

On behalf of the Easy Care Sheep Society 300 females and 43 rams


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Friday 30th September Show – 10.30am Sale 12.00noon 18 bulls and 5 females Sponsors – Coomara Veterinary Practice



Friday 30th September Show 12.00 noon Sale 1.00pm

on behalf of the Border British Blue Club 8 bulls and 5 heifers, also quantity of frozen embryo sand semen.


95 PEDIGREE LIMOUSIN CATTLE Friday 30th September – 12.30pm

Major Reduction Sale from the Breconside Herd (Breconside Farming Ptrs) 29 cows & heifers served and/or suckling, 6 in calf heifers, 17 yearling heifers, 2 stock bulls (Kaprico Fleuron 2010 & Foxhillfarm Incredibull 2013) and 2 young bulls Major Reduction Sale the Allanfauld Herd (A MacGregor (Allanfauld) 24 cows served and/or suckling & 18 served and maiden heifers. Both herds are offering the Whole Herd with the exception of a small number of cattle which are not in saleable condition. The cattle consigned offer a wealth of breeding from some great bloodlines within the breed. Herd Health – Breconside Herd: from TB4 area, Johnes Risk level 1, BVD Acc’d and routinely vaccinating against BVD. Allanfauld Herd: from TB4 area, BVD Acc’d and routinely vaccinating against BVD

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Show and sale of GALLOWAY & WHITEBRED SHORTHORN CATTLE Friday 4th November

Entries close Friday 30th September

Show and sale of PEDIGREE SIMMENTAL CATTLE Friday 4th November

Entries close Friday 30th September

Broughton Mart T: 01229 716308 or 07786 458266 STORE SHEEP


On Farm Sale Saturday 1st October – 11.00am


Coldstream, Berwickshire TD12 4HG On behalf of R G Russell & Company Limited

due to a change in farming policy. Claas Lexion 630 Montana combine, SN62 AMD, with V660 header; Case CV1155 tractor, SN05 EOP; John Deere 6910 tractor, W384 0SH; Cat TH 330B telescopic forklift, YX04 JJU; CAT TH 62 AG telehandler, Y331 WHH; CAT Challenger 75C crawler tractor, M619 DFW; JCB tracked digger; Mercedes Benz Unimog, PAM 408M; MF135 tractor; 3 sets of John Deere and Case dual wheels.

Tuesday 20th September – 11.00am

Entries close noon Monday 19th September

T: 01768 371385



“Cowper Day” SALE of 195 Horses

Saturday 17th September – 10.00am No unentered horses this day

Annual prize show and sale of 689 CONTINENTAL CROSS STORE CATTLE and OTM Cattle Monday 19th September Show 8.30am Sale 9.30am

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Also Annual show and sale of 250 TEXEL & CONTINENTAL RAMS & FEMALES Also all other breeds of rams Friday 23rd September Show 9.30am Sale 10.30am


Wednesday 19th - Friday 21st October Entries to District Secretary by Wednesday 28th September

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Lazonby Mart T: 01768 898313 ‘Alston Moor’ sale of 20,000 MULE GIMMER LAMBS

Wednesday 28th September – 9.30am (show for NEMSA members Tuesday evening 27th September – 5.00pm)

Tel: 01576 202332

Kirkby Stephen Mart


at Portencalzie Farm, Kirkcolm, Stranraer DG9 0PD On behalf of Messrs J Cochron & Son Full list available on our website

Lockerbie Mart

Tuesday 27th September


Thursday 29th September – 11.00am

This is a Marts The Heart Sale Supported by Farmers Guardian




CULTIVATION EQUIPMENT: Watkins Quad – Till (2014); Vaderstad Rapid A 400S seeder; Vaderstad Carrier; Simba 3.3m Cultipress; Kuhn Vari-master 123 five furrow reversible plough (one season); Vaderstad folding Cambridge rollers; KRM front mounted packer roller; Cousins Dutch harrow; Cousins seven leg subsoiler c/w Guttler packer roller, liquid fertiliser tank, Weaving seed box (oilseed) and slug applicator box; Kuhn power harrow. IMPLEMENTS AND MACHINERY: Amazone ZA-M 1500 fertiliser spreader with extensions; Atlas 2500 (Airtec) self-propelled crop sprayer, R175 OVJ; JTS grain pusher; Welger RP520 farmer round baler; large bale stacker; High lift grain trailer; Pete twin axle grain trailer; single axle grain dump trailers; assorted trailer; two low loaders; Lely Superzip 380; flat roller; L & K sprayer mounted on MB Trac; Kidd 155 feeder wagon; Amazone Superjet 1600 20H fertiliser spreader; grass topper; Bandit flail mower; diesel three phase generator; cement mixer; bale spikes; Boswell potato cutter carts, etc. MOTOR VEHICLES: Scania 124L 420 tri-axle tractor unit AV52 HFT; tri-axle step frame trailer; Range Rover 4.0 SE (spares or repair); Lancia Monte Carlo, CSC 536S; Honda Foreman 4WD quad bike. Additional items accepted by permission. Light refreshments available. Details and photographs are on the respective websites. In conjunction with


4600 Ewes, gimmers and ewe lambs Wednesday 21st September – 10.00am also


Middleton In Teesdale Mart Tel: 01833 640281 SWALEDALE EWES and BLUEFACED LEICESTER SHEEP Friday 23rd September Show 9.30am Sale 10.30am

Annual prize show and sale of 4,500 UNCROSSED REGISTERED and UNREGISTERED SWALEDALE EWES & SHEARLINGS Monday 26th September

Entries close 10am Monday 19th September

SWALEDALE SHEEP BREEDERS ASSOCIATION ‘A’ District RAM SALE Wednesday 12th October Entries to District Secretary by Wednesday 28th September



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Office 01200 445376 Ann 07710 709979 Jonathan 07834 772276, Rachel 07713 075659 Fred 07713 075660, Bryan 07496 322577

Tel: (015242) 61246 (Sale Days) (015242) 61444 (Office) Stephen Dennis 07713 075 661 Greg MacDougall 07713 075 664



10.30am Last sale 14 bulls, 236 steers & hfrs, 41 cows & calves.

Thursday 22nd September

10.30 am 300 PRIME CATTLE & CULL CATTLE Last sale Bulls to 226ppk £1447, Steers 248ppk £1367, Heifers 248ppk £1450, Culls 164ppk 10.30am 300 REARING CALVES Last sale Bull calves to £440, Hfrs £370 11.30 am 40 DAIRY CATTLE regular weekly sale including ongoing dispersals 12.30 pm HAY & STRAW 1.00 pm 1500 PRIME LAMBS & CULL SHEEP Lambs to 238.5ppk £109, Culls to £114

Saturday 24th September



More Show Dates at Gisburn

1st October 6th October 6th October 15th October 27th October

2nd Show of Gimmer Shearlings Autumn Rearing Calf Show Dugdale Dairy Show Suckled Calf Show (catalogue) Young Stirks Show


Approx. 49.81 acres (20.16 ha) at Gressingham, Nr Lancaster FOR SALE IN UP TO 3 LOTS AT THE CROOKLANDS HOTEL CROOKLANDS, NR KENDAL. ON TUESDAY 20TH SEPTEMBER 2016 AT 7.30PM (Subj. to Conditions & unless sold previously) Full details from: Crooklands Office


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Saturday 17th September 5000 BREEDING & STORE SHEEP


Richard Turner & Son


Saturday 17th September


9.30am In Top Ring: 19 Teeswater Rams Females Followed By 458 Blue Faced Leicester Rams & Females 9.30am In Bottom Ring 87 Suffolk; 120 Charollais & Other Breeds; 139 Beltex & X Bred & 151 Texel

Tuesday 20th September at 10.30am 30-40 Cull Cows & OTM Cattle Wednesday 21st September

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



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

FOR SALE BY AUCTION Blackburn – 3 miles

Great Harwood – 3 miles

58 acres pastureland, Side Beet Lane off Blackburn Road Rishton BB1 4AT Lot 1 24.69 acres pasture Lot 2 34.30 acres pasture

Both Lots freehold with vacant possession adjoining Side Beet Lane. This productive pastureland will be offered for sale by auction subject to conditions and unless sold previously in the Festival Hall, Gisburn, Near Clitheroe at 2.30pm on Tuesday 11 October 2016. Sale particulars available from the Sawley Office Ref: RT


Burnley – 3 miles

For sale by informal tender 27 acres meadow and pasture at Southfield House Farm Southfield Burnley BB10 3RH

2nd Show & Sale of

Good quality meadow and pasture offered for sale in three adjoining lots freehold with vacant possession. Offers in writing requested by Wednesday 28 September. For details please contact Sawley office.

Saturday 24th September at 10.30am


Friday 23rd September at 11.30am



2nd Show & Sale of


4000 Mules, 200 Mashams & 800 Continental

Monday 26th September


Please pre-enter for Advertising

Tuesday 27th September

Annual Show & Sale of Swaledale & Other Horned Ewes & Gimmer Shearlings Also Swaledale Gimmer Lambs


Wednesday 28th September

Show & Sale of Masham Prime Lambs

ESTATE & LAND AGENCY OFFICES Auctioneers & Valuers for all aspects of sales claims and taxation matters on commercial farms, country residences, pedigree & commercial livestock & farm machinery throughout the Northwest with 3 offices: Web: SAWLEY, Nr Clitheroe BB7 4LH (01200) 441351 BENTHAM, Nr Lancaster LA2 7HF (015242) 61444 CROOKLANDS, Nr Kendal LA7 7NU (015395) 66800

Higham – 1 mile

Fence – 2 miles

5 acres meadow and pasture adjoining Stump Hall Road Higham, Burnley. BB12 9BU

For sale by informal tender, offers in writing by 12 noon on Wednesday 21 September. Sawley office: Ref: RT


Signposted from Cobbled Corner café, Chipping. Caterer in attendance. Payment on the day. No Cards. VAT charged unless otherwise stated. Limited parking. NO HGV’s. Pictures on web site Sawley Office: Ref: FS.

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Bakewell Market Results

Thursday 22nd September 2016, 10:30am

Sunday 25th September 2016, 2:30pm

Monday 12th September 2016

11,178 Ewe Lambs

Harvest Festival 2016

884 Cattle & 2,559 Sheep 495 Store & Breeding Cattle Steers to £1,300, Heifers to £1,180 Bulls £980 Cows & Calves to £1,380 Stock Bulls £1,440 119 Finished Cattle to 249p and £1,461 139 OTM Cattle to 191p/kg & £1,445 per head 131 Calves Bulls to £455, Heifers to £445 1,844 Lambs, to 210p/kg and £103.25 692 Cull Sheep ewes to £114, averaged £57.16 See the full report on

Show 9am, Sale 10:30am

at the Cattle Auction Ring, the Agricultural Business Centre, Bakewell. Refreshments served after the service.

3,665 Mules 140 Swales 4,544 Texels 127 Beltexs 2,355 Suffolks Catalogue available on our website or from the Bakewell Office on 01629 812777

Bakewell Market Results Genuine Retirement Dispersal

Call Alastair Sneddon on 07973 982441 Ivor Lowe on 07977 449126, Oliver Hiles on 07801 530899 or Peter Oven on 07973 982443

Wednesday 21st September at 10.30 am Brook Farm, Milton, Derbyshire DE65 6EH 2 Deutz Agrotron 4WD Tractors 4 Zetor & Same Tractors 3 Manitou & MF Handlers & Attachments Bateman Galvanised Squeeze Crush Agriquip 20Ft Livestock Trailer, Trailers Arable, Grassland & Livestock Equipment Straw & Silage, Sundries & Effects

Don’t forget Bakewell is GREEN EVERY WEEK

Bakewell Market Results Bakewell Store Cattle Section Every Monday, 11am Already entered for Monday 19th September at the time of advertising: 34 Sim, B Blue A Angus (named sires) Strs & Hfrs 5-7mths

Thursday 29th September 2016, 10:30am

Catalogues available on our website or from the Uttoxeter Office on 01889 562811

9 Lim Hfrs 9mths, 24 Cont Strs & Hfrs 18mths

5,090 Store Lambs

Bakewell DispersalMarket Sale Results

25 H Fries Strs 15 – 25mths 12 Lim & Sim Strs 15-24mths

Other dates to bear in mind

Friday 23rd September at 10.30 am Averill Farm, Morton, Alrefton DE55 6HD

(Before Entries Closed)

3 Here Strs named sires 15mths, 4 Lim Str 13mth 6 Cont strs 7 hfrs 12mths, 9 Char & Sim Strs 21-24mths 5 B Blue Strs & Hfrs 23mths 6 Lincoln red Bulls 12-16mths 13 Sim Strs 18-20mths, 25 Lim Strs & Hfrs 8-9 mths

Saturday 17th September 2016 21st Annual Show & Sale on behalf of The Derbyshire Texel Club Show 10am Sale 12 noon 116 Pedigree Accredited Texel Sheep 50 Females, 66 Rams Ashbourne Bakewell

01335 342201 01629 812777

Derby Leek

Saturday 1st October - Ram Fair (Show and Sale) Entries Close: Friday 16th September Thursday 6th October - Theaves & Ewes Entries Close: Wednesday 21st September Thursday 13th October - Store Lambs Entries Close: Wednesday 28th September Saturday 15th October High Peak Livestock Society Hill Ram and Breeding Sheep Entries Close: Wednesday 28th September 01332 200147 01538 398466

Penkridge Uttoxeter

Major Lamb & Breeding Sheep Sale

9000 Lambs and Breeding Sheep comprising 5000 crossbred Store Lambs, 1200 Romney wethers lambs, 2000 mule & suffolk X mule ewe tegs and 200 breeding rams & females. Catalogues available on request.

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Tuesday 20th September Dairy Youngstock Sale

Catalogues online at

Entries to date: 5 in-calf heifers & 15 bulling heifers. Late entries invited.

01233 502222

Contact David Giles T: 01743 450700

23rd September at 10am Market selling around 265,000 head by auction in 2015 Ashford Market • Kent • TN24 0HB

Case Puma 155 4WD (10), Claas Arion 530 4WD (14) Massey Ferguson 4455 4WD (11), David Brown 990 2WD JCB 536-60 Telehandler (12) & JCB 3CX 4WD Strautmann CFS 3101 Super-Vitesse Forage Wagon (2015) MF185 Big Square Baler, Keenan Diet Feeder Grassland Machinery, Trailers, Produce Livestock Equipment, Sundries and Effects

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Busy time for sheep auctions Ian Atkinson talks breeding sheep sales


he busy breeding sheep sale season, in which many auctioneers eat, sleep and seemingly talk about nothing but sheep, is upon us and in full swing. Following a buoyant prime lamb trade throughout summer and cast sheep trade remaining good throughout the year, we entered the busy autumn period feeling positive about the sheep industry. Early trade saw buyers slightly cautious, with trade not being as strong as in previous years, but a strong showing through summer, up 30-40p per kilo liveweight on the year, has led to plenty of interest in breeding sheep this autumn. Breeding sheep sales have seen buyers being more selective and wanting to get better quality stock

for their money. This has been highlighted in the commercial and pedigree terminal sire breeding ram sales. Many buyers have been selective, wanting to buy powerful, correct rams. It has been fantastic to see people producing quality stock and receiving good returns for the hard work and effort, particularly in turning out sheep which look so good after what has been such an unpredictable summer. At North West Auctions sites in Lancaster and at J36 Rural Auction Centre, we have enjoyed many successful sales with averages up for all types of breeding sheep – a trend which is being seen throughout the north of England. There has been a real buzz on sale days, which has been fantastic for the auctioneers and vendors. A new venture this year was the start of ‘Stars In Your Eyes’ Mule gimmer lamb show and sale, held in conjunction with our annual

Sheep sales have seen good prices this summer, says Ian Atkinson.

North of England Mule Sheep Association Mule gimmer show at J36 Rural Auction Centre. It was fantastic to have a strong line-up of 10 in front of our judge and they went on to sell well, providing an entertaining evening enjoyed by all. Store lamb trade continues to be buoyant. With plenty of grass, this strong demand looks set to continue for autumn. Prime lamb trade seems to have stabilised,

therefore looking positive for store lamb trade over the coming months. So, following the UK’s vote to leave the EU the sheep industry has certainly taken no harm, but the interesting issue is how it will affect us moving forward. Ian Atkinson is an auctioneer and trainee land agent at NWA. Call 07766 521 472 or email

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Tuesday 20th September at 10.30am with the Heifer Calves The Michaelmas Collective Sale of

330 DAIRY CATTLE Fresh milk in abundance P 105 Freshly Calved Cows & Heifers from Allerways, HJ Baldwin & Son, Beneknowle, Davlea, Dinnaton, Gest, Grangemore, Hareplain (Jerseys), Holmead, Huntlodge, Janke, HR Lewis, Moorshard, Panda, Rosemodress & Sakara (Dispersal) P 11 Bulls from Davlea, Gest, Hackett, Hollysprings, Hemburyfort, Moorshard, & Starlet P 75 Incalf & Served Heifers from Bluejay, Hukay, Rosemodress (1 incalf cow), Sakara (Dispersal) & Winfrith P 36 Bulling Heifers from Allerways, Bluejay, Gest & Grangemore P 83 Yearling Heifers from Bluejay & R & J Webber P 20 Heifer Calves from Bluejay Another outstanding comprehensive collective sale with 105 freshly calved cows and heifers catalogued as well as a wealth of youngstock from incalf heifers down to calves! Please note: The consignment of milking cattle for RJ Rowe that was previously advertised has been postponed. For Catalogues Tel: 01278 410250, Email:



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Breeding Ewes, Store Lambs, Rams Also Show and Sale of TEXEL RAMS For Gloucester Texel Club From 10.30am onwards


67 Females, 8 Bulls Including Dispersal of the DURHAM Herd for Ian Salmon Sale at 11.00am


65 Females, 5 Bulls, 4 Embryos Inaugural Show and Sale for the BEEF SHORTHORN SOCIETY A quality entry from top, established breeders including Cows and Calves, In Calf / Maiden Heifers & Bulls A SUPERB ENTRY AND A SALE NOT TO BE MISSED Also that day:


1510 Females, 110 Rams Society Annual Sale Easycare - “They are what the label says” Catalogue for all sales: 01905 769770

Contact your local Livestock Market at

Sedgemoor Auction Centre North Petherton, Somerset, TA6 6DF (M5, J24)

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SKIPTON AUCTION MART Tel: 01756 792375

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

Monday 19th September

Saturday 1st October

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

Annual Show & Sale of REGISTERED & UNREGISTERED CROSSED & UNCROSSED SWALEDALE EWES & SHRLGS (entries close Monday 19th September)

NIDDERDALE SHOW Please come and join us for a chat and refreshments

Tuesday 20th September Annual 2nd Show & Sale of

9,510 NEMSA MULE GIMMER LAMBS Judging 8.30am - Sale 10.00am

Wednesday 21st September Sale of 9,147 STORE LAMBS Inc Show & Sale of SWALEDALE & DALESBRED WTHRS Judging 9.30am Sale 10.00am

Tuesday 27th September Sale of ALL CLASSES OF BREEDING SHEEP inc Annual Sale of Horned and Other Breed Broken Mouthed Ewes. Also 3rd Shearling Sale (entries close Monday 19th September)

Wednesday 28th September FEEDING BULLS, STORE & BREEDING CATTLE (entries close Wednesday 21st September)

Thursday 29th September

SALE OF 1,157 REGISTERED LLEYN BREEDING SHEEP Comprising:- 13 Ewes, 726 Shearling Ewes, 371 Ewe Lambs & 47 Rams Judging 9.15am – Sale 11.00am

Friday 30th September Annual Multi Breed Sale of RAMS & FEMALES BFL entries closed all other entries close today Friday 16th September all entries must be received to the office in writing

Inc Annual Productions Sales: David Alexander 24 Reg & Un Reg Blue Texel Females & 12 Rams; TC Whiteford 60 Beltex/Texel x Rams, RC Robinson 51 Texel/Texel x Rams.

Tuesday 4th October Annual Show & Sale of SWALEDALE GIMMER LAMBS DALES MULE GIMMER LAMBS MASHAM GIMMER LAMBS Open Prize Show & Sale of MULE GIMMER LAMBS (entries close Monday 26th September)

Monday 10th October Special Evening Show & Sale of SWALEDALE RAMS (entries close Monday 3rd October) all entries must be received to the office in writing

CCM Dairy Sales Monday 26th September MONTHLY SHOW & SALE OF DAIRY CATTLE (please advise entries by Tuesday 20th September

New On Farm Sale Announcement Thursday 22nd September On farm dispersal of machinery at High Farm, Winsley, Burnt Yates HG3 3EP on behalf of DL Leeming Ltd Comprising:- John Deere 6330-24 speed 2010, John Deere 3410X V reg, John Deere 2040LP A reg, JCB 526S Loadall 51 reg, Bobcat 463 Skidsteer 960 hrs, Felming Slurry Tanker 2000 gal (2014), BVL V Mix Feeder recent new quger & gearbox, Weaving 3m Tine Drill (new), Centerliner SE Fert Spreader (2014), Albutt Shear Grav (2014), Henton 8tn Trailer, Bateson Double Axle Flat 12x6, Haybob, 12m Sprayer Jarmet/Allman, Accord Corn Drill 4m, Kverneland 4F Autoreset Plough, Mashio 3m Power Harrow, SKH 3m Crumbler Cultivator, Major 3m Pasture Topper, Reco 320 Disc Mower, Browns Bale Handler, Cambridge Roller, Stone Slates, Blue Slates, Mopa Foottrimming Crush, 10 & 15tn Feed Bins, 12tn Molasses Tank, Pressure Washer, Volume Washer & Tank, 2 x Oil Cooled Welders Viewing from 12.00noon on day of sale Sale 2.00pm Terms: Payment of day of sale Full details and pictures

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LANCASTER AUCTION MART TEL: 01524 63308 Monday 19th September Monthly Show & Sale of 70 Dairy Cattle including Special Bull Sale Comprising of 53 Cows & Heifers from Brundrigg, Bilsrow, Carwood, Kirkwood, Parkgill, Pennine, Quernmore, Ravenscar, Stardale, Tunstall, Witherslack & Wyredale 5 In-calf Ped Holstein Heifers due Oct - Tunstall 12 Bulls from Arnot, Bilsrow, Ingleview, Liscabank, Pennine, Riverstar, Stardale Show at 10.15am and Sale at 11.15am Catalogues available online or by request Friday 23rd September Weekly Sale of 60 Calves, 100 Cast Cows & 350 Store Cattle Plus Annual Prize Show of Continental & Native Store Bullocks This is a Marts the Heart Sale Supported by Farmers Guardian

Friday 30th September Annual Prize Show & Sale of Continental & Native Store Heifers plus Monthly Sale of Stirks Please contact Ian Atkinson with Entries

J36 RURAL AUCTION CENTRE TEL: 015395 66200 Friday 16th September - Evening Show & Sale of Pedigree 40 Beltex Rams & Females on behalf of the Northern Beltex Club Show at 3.30pm Sale at 5pm followed by ‘Boys are Back in Town’ Sale of 200 Terminal Sire Breeding Rams Saturday 17th September at 10.30am Second Sale of 2000 Mule, Masham & Continental Breeding Ewes & Gimmer Shearlings Thursday 22nd September Sale of Calves & Stirks followed by Monthly Sale of Beed Breeding Cattle & Fortnightly Sale of Store Lambs Friday 23rd September The Great Annual Show & Sale of Draft Ewes of Swaledale, Rough Fell & Hill Going Breed Ewes, Shearlings & Gimmer Lambs Entries Close Monday 12th September In association with RFSBA Thursday 29th September First Autumn Show & Sale of Suckled Calves Entries close Thursday 22nd September Monday 3rd October Show & Sale of Registered & Unregistered Bluefaced Leicester Rams & Females To include many consignments of Powerful Shearling Rams Entries close Friday 16th September Thursday 6th October Second Sale of Gimmer Lambs Saturday 29th October Annual Show & Sale of Registered Fell Ponies on behalf of the Fell Pony Society followed by registered Mountain & Moorland Ponies and Sale of Tack Entries close Saturday 8th October

FOR SALE PRIVATELY 60 North Country Mule Shearlings. 4 Stabiliser x Heifers In-calf to Lim Bull due March. 100 Cheviot Shearlings Contact Ian Atkinson on 07766 521472 September 16, 2016 |


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Saturday 17th September Sale of 201 Welsh Hill Speckled Face Sheep – Sale at 11:30am

*****Exeter Livestock Centre is situated 2 miles off J30 of M5*****

Saturday 24th September

Herd Dispersal Sale of 330 Holstein Friesian Dairy Cattle on behalf of Maristow Farms, Roborough, Plymouth. This will be one the best herds of Commercial Cows in the South West to be sold in 2016 which comprises 200 Milking & Dry Cows/ heifers, 27 In Calf Heifers, 33 Served & Bulling Heifers, 26 Yearlings and 44 Heifer calves to be sold after their dams.

105 Ram Lambs & 69 Females

34 Border Leicester - 1 Aged, 31 Shearlings & 2 Ram Lambs 59 British Berrichon - 3 Aged, 39 Yearlings & 17 Ram Lambs 170 Charmoise Hill - 8 Aged, 94 Shearlings, 8 Ram Lambs & 60 Females

162 Charollais - 4 Aged, 99 Shearlings, 59 Ram Lambs 125 Suffolk - 5 Aged, 61 Shearlings & 59 Ram Lambs 538 Texel - 6 Aged, 412 Shearling & 120 Ram Lambs Monday 3rd October

On Behalf of DJ Lloyd & Co, Cefnbarrach, Trefeglwys Production Sale of 50 British Blue & Limousin X Bulling Heifers Sale at 2pm Please contact mart office for catalogues, or view them on line at:

CLEE TOMPKINSON & FRANCIS Livestock Auctioneers & Chartered Surveyors 13 Lion Street, Becon, Powys, LD3 7HY


01874 622488

Saturday 24th September at 10.30a.m.

316 RAMS

For the Brecknock Hill Cheviot Sheep Society


01550 720440

Friday 23rd September at 11.30am.

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For the Eppynt & Beulah Speckleface Sheep Society. Monday 26th September at 11.30am.

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For the Llandovery Whiteface Sheep Society.


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For the Hill Radnor Flockbook Society. Saturday 1st October at 10am.

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Monthly Sale of 250 Beef Breeding Cattle

The sale includes The Dispersal of the “Combebow” herd of 40 Pedigree Aberdeen Angus Cattle. The Dispersal of the “Coolhurst” herd of 70 Pedigree South Devons and a herd of 120 Purebred Highland Cattle. Other Entries expected and invited.

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AUCTION MART Friday 23rd September 500 Mule & Continental Shearlings Breeding ewes. Sale at 10.30am. “Part dispersal of 100 Scotch Mule & 10 Texel ewes” Show & Sale of 150 Rams of all breeds sponsored by Jamesons of Masham. Ram judging 10.30am. Sale 11.30am. Entries by noon Monday 19th September 1000 Store Lambs at 1.00pm. 150 Rearing Calves & Stirks at 11.00am Friday 30th September 1500 Mule Gimmer Lambs Entries by noon Monday 26th September. Evening Swaledale Breeding Sheep Entries by noon Monday 19th September

402 RAMS

Enquiries: 01969 623167 Stephen Walker 07866 358130

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Thursday 29th September 1500 Pedigree Multi Breed Ram Sale 490 Blue Faced Leicester - 316 Aged & Shearlings,

• CIS recorded, current herd ave 9287 Kgs 4.09 BF 3.25 PTN cc181. • 46 x 1st calvers, 37 x 2nd calvers, 38 x 3rd calvers, 35 x 4th calvers and 44 5th calvers. • The herd is all year round calving with a large bias to the Autumn. 45 calved June-July, 49 August-September, 39 OctoberDecember and 27 Due January-March 2017. • This herd has an exceptional health status which has been managed to the highest standards. The herd is vaccinated for Lepto and BVD. For the past 2 years all animals have been BVD tissue tagged with 100% negative results. The herd has been screened for Johnes disease since September 2014 when they joined CIS as part of maintaining a high health status, this has proved successful with there being no evidence of Johnes in the herd and all the animals have tested negative.


55 Registered Improved Welsh Mountain - 32 Rams & 23 Females 176 Colour & Native Breeds

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By kind permission of Messrs Richard Ryder Walter Lloyd Jones & Co. are pleased to announce their Inaugural Sale of Breeding Sheep comprising Ram Lambs, Shearlings and Aged Rams of all commercial terminal and maternal breeds, together with an Allbreed Sale of Ewe Lambs, Yearlings, and Draft Ewes in regular flock ages, in addition to broken mouth Ewes which are warranted as correct in the udder as well as Grazing Sheep. To be held within a modern complex of agricultural buildings at Maes Machreth, Cemmaes Road, accessed directly off the A470, on Thursday 22nd September 2016. The Sale shall start at 11.00 a.m. with the Breeding Rams with an interval of approximately one hour prior to the Sale of Breeding and Grazing Sheep at 1.00 p.m. Please contact Mr Iwan Ll. Foulkes anytime on 07964690353

Terms of trading: Payment for all purchases to be made on the day of sale by Debit or Credit Card (A 3% Surcharge will only apply with regard to Credit Card Transactions). The Sale shall be conducted in accordance with the Livestock Auctioneers Association’s Conditions of Sale. All monies received shall be held in a separate Client Account with the payments forwarded to the Vendors within 5 calendar days of the Sale, by BACS Transfer to the Vendors’ respective nominated Bank Accounts. Payment Advice shall be issued by E-mail, SMS Text Message or Royal Mail within 7 calendar days.

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Consigned by the Foulkes Family A 16 ½ M.O. British Blue x Limousin Heifer displaying considerable show ring presence and visual appeal, from proven commercial b l o o d lines, having been bred by Messrs Jones, Brynawelon, Kerry, Newtown, and being most worthy of exhibition in the Forthcoming Winter Primestock Shows. [£350.00 of the Gross Sale Price will be donated to The Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity] Together with a Pedigree Charolais Bull, namely ‘Teme Leader’, born June 2015, well-grown and from easy calving lineage being a ‘Blelack Digger’ grandson. Consigned from a renowned Herd of high health status.



LONGTOWN MART Tel (01228) 791215 - 791300 Tomorrow, Saturday 17th September at 11am On Farm Sale of Tractors, Machinery & Small Tools At Garthside, Walton, Brampton, CA8 2JP (on behalf of R.D. Jackson who is retiring from farming) As previously advertised. Full details on website. Tuesday 20th September Weekly Sale of 6,000 Store Lambs, inc Special Sale for Cheviots & Blackfaces Mid September Sale of Rams of all Classes Tuesday 27th September 2nd Sale of Mule Ewe Lambs, also Lowland Ewes, Shearlings & other Breed Ewe Lambs Catalogue sale, entries close 12noon Tuesday 20th Sept. Weekly sale of Store Lambs Wednesday 28th September BORDER EWE SALE Great Annual Sale of NCC & SCC Ewes, Shlgs & Ewe Lambs, also Show & Sale of North Country Cheviot Rams Main Sale of Blackface & Swaledale Ewes, Shlgs & Ewe Lambs Saturday 1st October Annual Prize Show & Sale of mainly Continental Suckler Calves Show for The Longtown Cup DUMFRIES MART Tel 01387 279495 Monday 19th September

30 Young Calves & Stirks at 10.15am (More calves required to meet demand) ANNUAL ROOD FAIR STORE CATTLE SALE 650 Store Cattle at 10.30am Monday 3rd October

30 Young Calves & Stirks at 10.15am Autumn Sale of 150 Organic Cattle at 10.30am Sale of 350 Store Cattle Breeding Cattle at 1pm


We have several Clients wishing to secure Winter Grazing for Ewes and Ewe Lambs on both Agistment and Grazing Licence Agreements, for both Conventional and Certified Organic Systems. Our Register as at the 12th of September 2016 stands at 2,400 head, to include both Ewes and Ewe Lambs. Please do contact us should you have surplus Grazing Land at your disposal. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to take advantage of our complimentary Fieldsman Service, which will provide advice so as to maximise the price on the fall of the hammer.

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WEEKLY Tuesday 20th Sept 12.30pm PRIMESTOCK SALE Sale of Cull Cows, Prime Cattle, Spring Lambs & Cast Ewes STORE CATTLE Thursday 22nd Sept 12.30pm SALE Now continuing weekly with the sale of Breeding Cattle, Young Bulls, Store Heifers & Steers, Including Show for British Sired Cattle CATALOGUE SALE Thursday 22nd September OF PEDIGREE & NWTBC Show & Sale of 158 REGISTERED TEXEL Shearling Rams, Ram Lambs, SHEEP, PURE BRED Shearling Gimmers & Ewe & REGISTERED Lambs. Show at 2.30pm, Sale at BELTEX & SUFFOLK & EURO RAMS & Euro Rams PLANT, MACHINERY & SMALL TOOLS SALE Saturday 24th September 9am Entries include: Logic Petrol Driven Mower (quad towed), 5ft JCB Ditching Bucket, Qty Forklift Spare Parts, Batesman 30LT Livestock Trailer c/w Decks and Ramp, New Holland Loader c/w 8ft Heavy Duty Bucket, Loadall Bucket with Sanderson Brackets, Hydraulic Auto Scrapers, Hyster 4 Tonne Forklift, MF Cutterbar Mower, Grey Ferguson Transport Box, Roll Bar, Band Saw, Super MIG 180 Welder, Sizzer Lift, Generator, Qty Sheep Netting. See website for full listing. Unloading facilities Fri 9am-3pm and day of sale STRICTLY no entries to be brought on Thurs 22nd 01200 423325 Joe: 07970 221354 • Jeremy: 07815 727993

Brockholes Arms Auction Mart

Claughton On Brock, Preston PR3 0PH 01995 640280

Tuesday 20th September, 2016

9am Prime Lambs to £85/hd Followed by Cast Ewes to £90/hd 10.30am Fat Bulls & Prime Cattle Followed by Store Cattle to £1,040/hd Entries include 9 Br Fr Bulling Hfrs 20-24mths 11.30am Rearing Calves to £495/hd

Wednesday 21st September, 2016 10.30am OTM Cattle Followed by TB Exempt Cattle

10.30am Saturday 24th September, 2016

TAKING PLACE ON FARM Complete Dispersal Sale of Tractors & Machinery Following the Retirement of T S Smith & Son Hole House Farm, Butt Hill Lane, Claughton on Brock, Garstang, Preston PR3 0GN For Full Details please see Catalogue on Website -

10am Saturday 1st October, 2016 Annual Autumn Machinery Sale Please contact the office with entries asap

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TODAY Friday 16th Sept Show at 10am , Sale at 11am Catalogue sale of 1200 sheep. Further entries invited on the day to follow catalogue. Also on this day 7 7/8 1 crop Beltex Ewes and 8 7/8 Beltex Shearlings. Kindly sponsored by Laurence Pierce WEEKLY STORE Monday 19th September 11am LAMB SALE Entries invited on the day to follow ballot entries.



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To include: 1200 Beltex Store Lambs 350 Cheviot Mule Yearlings – most had lambs 200 Cheviot x Ewes 2yo – FM 40 Bluebell Yearlings to 4yo 30 Beltex & BFL Rams Yearlings – 2yo SATURDAY 17TH SEPTEMBER AT 11AM At Di Enw, Shelve, Minsterley, Shropshire, SY5 0JF

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Flock & AGM Open Day Annual Collective Show & Sale of In Lamb Females & Empty Hoggs

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537 TEXEL RAMS at Welshpool Livestock Sales

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BIANNUAL MACHINERY SALE ON BEHALF OF MR ANDREW BAUGHAN & OTHERS Oak Farm, Upper Boddington, Daventry, Northamptonshire NN11 6DW To Include Tractors: Leyland 270 Tractor with Loader, International B250 Tractor, Zetor Crystal Tractor, International Harvester 474 Tractor, David Brown 1490 Tractor Plant & Machinery: Matbro Teleporter, Mitsubishi 8 Tonne Excavator, JCB 3 Tonne Digger, Lansing Bagnall 4 Tonne Forklift, Qty Dumper Trucks & Qty Mini Diggers Together With Farm & Livestock Trailers, Arable & Grassland Machinery, Vehicles, Livestock Equipment & Agricultural Requisites TO BE SOLD BY AUCTION THURSDAY 22ND SEPTEMBER 2016 AT 10.30AM




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Church Quarry, A167, Newton Aycliffe, Darlington, DL5 6NB

Saturday 24th September 2016 Great Brington, Northampton, NN7 4JB Commencing at 11am Over 500 Lots briefly comprising of :Tractors, Plant & Lorries, Machinery, Implements & Spares,


Workshop & Miscellaneous Items & Much More. Viewing is strictly by appointment only, or on Friday 23rd September,

Equipment added daily. Contact Charlie Foyle or Graham Johnson with your auction items

01630 674326

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On instructions from J T Swiers & Sons following a surrender of tenancy HIGH FARM, CUNDALL, THIRSK


Combine: JD T550 c/w 622R header (450hrs; 62) Tractors: JD 6150R Premium (530hrs; 15); JD 6420 (5100hrs; 06); JD 6410 c/w Riko loader (9000hrs; R); JD 7800 (8700hrs; N) Trailers: Bailey 16T (12); 2 Triffitt 12T; 40ft artic & dolly; IW DP120G demount c/w decks; IW P7e sheep Balers: JD 690, 590 & 456A Arable: Kuhn MM121 5F; Vad. Carrier 500; Sumo Trio 3m; Dalbo Compact 1050 rollers (13); Amazone AD3000 drill c/w NRH drillmate; Kuhn HR4002 p/ harrow; Kong. Pro 3m; Chaviot 2000 21m sprayer (P); N Raw 3 leg subsoiler; Stocks seeder Grass: Opico harrow; Kuhn topper; Kuhn GA4321GF rake; Kuhn GMD66 mower; Claas Volto 540H tedder Sheep: Prattley mobile system; handling trailer c/w clipping deck; race; footbath; lamb creeps; feeders; Datamers reader Cattle: Farm King mill; 5 Portequip ad lib feeders; calf creeps; dehorning crate; barrier troughs Farmyard & Workshop equip: By permission: JD 2256 combine (1998); Vad. Rapide 4m drill; NC 14T grain; NRH 6.3m rollers; cultivators; Herbert 36” grader; Grimme Allrounder; Fyson elevator Follow the auction and bid online Further details online or by post Stephenson & Son York Auction Centre Murton York YO19 5GF T: 01904 489731

T: 01335 360438 E: By instructions from Mr John Gregory

Saturday 24th September 2016 at 11am At The Rose Nursery, Risley Lane Breaston DE72 3BP




Complete Dispersal Sale of Tractors and Machinery Following the Retirement of J E J Pickervance. At Breworth Fold Farm, Brindle, Chorley, PR6 8NZ On Saturday 17th September 2016 at 10.30am Prompt Sale to include: McCormick CX105 Extra Shift 4WD Tractor c/w Loader (09) 1557hrs, Ford 5610 2wd Tractor A Reg 1983 c/w Loader 4984hrs, Ford 4000 2wd Tractor 1976 c/w PUH, Ford 3000 2wd tractor 1974 5000hrs, Nuffield 4/60 2wd Tractor 1962, and good selection of Dairy cattle and Sheep equipment and grassland equipment.


of modern tractors, crawlers, combine, trailers, large cultivation and general farm equipment On Instructions from J H Heath Ltd

At Orgarth Hill Farm, Tathwell, Louth, LN11 9SU On Friday 30th September 2016 at 10.30 am Including: Tractors & Crawlers: Case IH STX 450 Quadtrac (06); Case IH STX 440 Quadtrac (01); John Deere 7230R (61); John Deere 7930 Auto Power (09); Combine Harvester: Claas Lexion 600TT V1030 (10); Handler: Merlo Farmer P40.7CS (12); Trailers: 2No Richard Larrington Majestic 16t grain (02 & 98); 2No AS Marston FF10D dump 10t (87 & 87); Bundie Bowser 6700ltr fuel bowser; 13,000ltr fuel bowser etc; Cultivation: Gregoire Besson SPEL B9 12f plough (14); Lemken Vari-Titan 12f plough (00); Lemken Europal 8 7f plough (07); Simba Solo 450ST cultivator (07); Simba 5.5 press roll (92); Vaderstad Rexius Twin 1030 press (01); Kuhn HR6003DR 6m power harrow (05); Dal-Bo Compact 1230 rolls (12); Dal-Bo Compact 830 rolls with dolly (11); Dal-Bo Cultimax 800 cultivator (11); Vaderstad Rapid A800S drill (07); Kuhn Axis 40.1 spreader; McConnell PA9058 hedgecutter; General: Large quantity various sundries, metal, workshop equipment etc Viewing: Thursday 29th September from 10am - 4pm 01775 722321 | |

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On instruction from H. Sanders & Son due to a change in farming policy

Annual prize show and sale of draft Rough Fell ewes, shearlings and gimmer lambs.

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

Saturday 15th October


Annual prize show and sale of Rough Fell Rams. All sales held at NWA junction 36 auction.

Tractors: 2009 Case IH 155 Puma (2), 2002 Case IH MX110 Telescopic Handler: 1995 JCB 527-58 Loadall Farm Special Plus Implements & Machinery: 2008 Vauxhall Combo 1700 van, Lemken Europal 8 5f rev., Bomford Falcon 5.5 hedgecutter, Richard Western 12ton trailer, Stanhay Rallye 590 12row drill, Weaving 4.8m drill, Bailey 10ton dump trailer, KRM M2W Plus fert. spreader, Garford Victor 4row sugar beet harvester, Quivogne discs, GEM 2.6 24m sprayer, Gull 8ton trailer, Rhino SE7 topper, Flexi-Coil rolls, Farm Force culti-press, Muratori power harrow t/w Accord drill 3m, Howard rotovator 70in, Maschio power harrow 4m, Lemken furrow press, Suton yard sweeper Also: cultivators, trailers, buckets and bale spikes.

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An opportunity exists for a responsible herdsperson on a dedicated family Dairy farm in Cheshire To help manage 240 Holsteins, AYR Calving, TMR Fed, with Excellent Facilities. Supported by the family, the herdsperson will be able to focus on the continued development of the herd, placing an emphasis on stockmanship, health and fertility. For further details or to apply, please contact Nick Jones on 07759 824657 or 01244 660206 or email All replies will be treated in strictest confidence.

Assistant Herdsperson A position has arisen on a well-equipped dairy farm in North Yorkshire. The successful applicant must be able to help progress a pedigree herd. The post would suit a person looking for a long term position. House available close to all amenities. Pension scheme and company health scheme. Please apply in writing to: Andrew Reilley, Oxton Farm, Oxton Grange, Oxton, Tadcaster, LS24 8DU or email

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AUTUMN EQUESTRIAN Recent years have seen an increase in popularity and opportunities for native ponies. Alex Robinson reports.

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n an age where the show ring is dominated by mountain and moorland (M&M) ponies, it is hard to imagine a time where the native was once branded as the poor man’s steed. Coveted breeding accolades, 50-strong qualifiers and Burghleystyle jumping courses are all indicators the natives of Britain are a force to be reckoned with.

Origins Known for their stockier build and hardy exterior, it is not difficult to see the native pony’s main job was outside the showing arena. Previously confined to the higher peaks of British counties, they showed initial worth pulling carts and moving timber. Unlike the distinguishable 12 we are acquainted with today, the M&Ms of the past resembled a more general type. Jackie Webb, National Pony Society chairman, says: “Having judged M&M ponies for many years, I would say 99.9 per cent of our 12 native breeds are instantly recognisable for their different types.” As equine sport developed as a leisure activity, the native found its feet as the chosen mount for children and those seeking non-competitive rides due to their calm and amicable temperaments. Less than a decade ago, M&M ponies were regarded as having few qualities suited to performance jobs, until showing institutes recognised the wealth of ponies around and attempted to cater for the increased demand for competitions. The M&M ridden final at The Olympia International Horse Show can arguably be labelled as one of the benchmarks in native progression. 70


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some native show duties, including hosting a growing heritage series, Mr Cook suggests the society’s shift is a reaction to the ever-growing demand for an increasing number of M&M classes. He says: “As M&M breeds have no age limit, they are proving far more popular than their plaited counterparts. Some years ago, the native was of little value, but the increased interest has meant showing societies are doing far more to provide for the native owner.”

Breeding quality Native breed societies have worked hard to give M&M breeders and owners a wealth of opportunities to showcase animals. Olympia was the beginning of a succession of shifting attitudes, with the showing industry realising the lucrative potential the breeds could offer. Now, natives regularly take supreme accolades at Horse of the Year Show and they are proving charisma and pony charm can often outshine the finest of breeding stock.

Changes In recent years the Olympia final has increased its profile by taking on a new format. The British Show Pony Society (BSPS), once associated only with the non-native scene, has recently made a huge contribution to the M&M industry, taking on the role of Olympia sponsors. Paul Cook, vice-chairman and chairman of judges at the BSPS, is a regular judge on the M&M circuit. As the BSPS has recently taken on

One of the motivations for breeders in the present day is the desire to maintain breed standards. Ensuring specific traits of type and conformation are adhered to is one of the most challenging aspects of contemporary breeding. Breeders work tirelessly to ensure stock combines an essential balance of quality, movement and breed standard. Mr Cook says: “Breed type is of great importance. A pony must be true to type and perform in a way which enhances the breed standard. “However, in native judging there is more room for opinion, as there are always variations within the breed type.” While best quality colts and stallions can command a premium and are in demand by breeders, in the past, lesser quality males which were gelded were often surplus to requirements and had little value. However, in the present climate, geldings are given a multitude of chances to be utilised and are often seen at the top of lines in M&M classes.

The Welsh Pony and the Welsh Cob, affiliated to the Welsh Pony and Cob Society (WPCS), is probably the most prolific breed, and the annual October WPCS auction often sees some high prices going through. The overwhelming amount of competition should not be mistaken for a general booming youngstock trade for all breeds. While demand for the ‘finished product’ is high, breeders often struggle to sell youngsters at a price to cover cost of production. Breeds such as the Exmoor Pony continue to be recognised as ‘endangered’ and remain comparatively cheap in price when bought from even the most recognised of breeders. The Exmoor, known for its quirky temperament and prehistoric appearance, relies heavily on organisations fighting their corner to promote breeding programmes.

Careers Although the native pony is seen to be cheap to keep and easy to manage, as the industry expands and the level of competition increases, demand for having native ponies produced by professionals has increased, giving them an additional income stream. Mr Cook says: “It is certainly a misconception natives are easier to produce, but the versatility of them means they can turn a hoof at any job, opening up opportunities for all.” MORE ON THIS STORY Continued on page 79

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AUTUMN EQUESTRIAN Breeder opinion AS established fell pony breeders, Ian, Alasdair and Kirsteen Smith of the Bracklinn stud understand the importance of using the showring as a publicity tool for their hard work. While it is common place for breeders to celebrate the successes of their produce long after they have been sold to new owners, for the Scotland-based family, showing home-breds is all part of the game. Ian says: “Today breeders are more aware of what ponies are wanted for, when compared to the jobs they used to be put to. The market is primarily for ridden ponies and breeders are therefore trying to produce ponies for this demand. With this in mind, we place a huge emphasis on movement. “Showing and being successful in the ring acts as a ‘shop window’ for ponies, and we get a lot of enquiries on the back of what other ponies have achieved, noting the recent success of the multisupreme champion Bracklinn Jackpot, who will be making his Horse of the Year Show debut this season. “In effect, producing ponies is no different to breeding any other livestock. It is also important to note not all ponies come ready prepared to ‘go to the top’. “To be successful you need to have knowledge and ability.” MORE INFORMATION

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TAFFECHAN Miss Money Penny owned by Georgia Rhodes, near Bradford, West Yorkshire, is a 10-year-old Welsh section D mare at the pinnacle of her career. Bred by Gillian Price of Merthyr Tydfil, Miss Rhodes bought the bay foal in 2006 and she resides at producer Lauren Beaumont’s yard throughout the season. ‘Tinkerbell’ made her ridden debut in 2014, qualifying for Olympia on her first attempt, being awarded the best of breed at the final. Last year saw the pair picking up qualifications for the Royal International Horse Show (RIHS) and Horse of the Year Show, winning two qualifiers and taking

overall M&M champion at the Great Yorkshire Show. This year she again qualified for RIHS, won a Welsh Pony and Cob performance medal and was a class winner at Royal Windsor. Miss Rhodes says: “As an owner, competing at top level means investing a great deal of time, money and emotions. I definitely think the industry has helped contribute to the popularity of our native ponies, from both flat and working hunter classes. “You only have to look at the pre-entries from a shows such as the Great Yorkshire or Royal Cheshire to realise the M&M classes are on another level.”

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What Brexit means for land prices Market analysis with Jack Hawkesworth


early three months on from the referendum vote and we have been told ‘Brexit means Brexit’, but not much else has happened. Article 50 of the EU treaty has yet to be invoked which would set a two-year period to leave the EU. Having returned to Parliament on September 5 after the summer recess, Theresa May’s Ministers are not answering many direct questions about what it will all mean. What we have seen is the economy has not faltered, the stock market has rallied, consumer spending has been robust and sterling has stabilised. However, there is nervousness about the future and this has led to the Bank of England taking action with further ‘quantitative easing’ and a reduction in the base rate to 0.25 per cent.

According to the polls, most farmers voted for Brexit. The announcement last month the benefits of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) will remain in place until 2020 has reassured farmers in the medium-term. By 2020, the UK should have left the EU and the CAP will have to be replaced by a domestic UK policy, the terms of which are uncertain but may involve a wider rural development policy similar to Pillar Two of the CAP. Prices for land in England leading up to the referendum were down due to uncertainty over the outcome. Following the vote there appears to have been an increase in supply, with larger blocks becoming available, comprising high quality, well equipped farms and estates which are still sought after. Our experience selling parcels of about 40 hectares (100 acres) has seen them exceeding guide prices. However, smaller parcels have proven more challenging to sell.

Generally, prices seem to have stabilised, but the outlook for the long-term is hard to assess. In the medium-term there are positive factors, such as the underwriting of CAP subsidies until 2020, the fall in sterling boosting subsidy values and encouraging exports, and the possibility of overseas buyers being attracted to UK land. There is no doubt profitable, albeit diversified, farming operations will be key to rising land values in the long-term. There will be a continuing need to drive efficiencies through technology and scale, and this access to capital will be important to allow restructuring and diversification to access new markets. Subsidies should play less of a role in terms of overall farm income and, following 2020, the overall level of support may fall. The next two or three years should provide time to seek advice, evaluate the risks to sustaining income and asset values, and to invest in

future operations as the Brexit era becomes clearer. Farm rents have traditionally been more linked to farm income than land values. If incomes fall, there will be pressure on farm rentals, but perhaps more concerning is tenant farmers may not have the financial resources to adapt to the Brexit era, particularly if subsidies are reduced. It is early days following the referendum and much will unfold over the coming months and years, reducing the uncertainty for agriculture which currently prevails. However, the longstanding growth in farmland values is supported by its finite supply, its flexible uses, and the breadth of ambition of its ownership. These are all factors which should provide for a continuing dynamic market. Jack Hawkesworth is a rural surveyor at Bidwells, Oxford. Call 01865 787 037, or email

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Productive mixed farm in a ring fence high worsall, yarm, north yorkshire

Yarm: 5.8 miles, A19: 6 miles, Darlington: 11 miles, Northallerton: 11 miles 4 bed farmhouse  1 bed annex  3 bed cottage  traditional and modern farm buildings  254 acres arable  27 acres grassland  9 acres woodland  EPCs = E-F

Savills York 01904 617800

About 296 acres in all Guide £2.25 million (for sale by private treaty as a whole)

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41 ACRES OF GRASSLAND FOR IMPROVEMENT AT: Cow Ark Nr. Clitheroe For sale by auction on:

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GRAZING WANTED For Lambs from September to mid December. Must be well fenced. North West area Tel 07790 343711 (P)

The Coach House, 28 Duck Street, Clitheroe, BB7 1LP Tel: 01200 425 697

nCaravans & Log Cabins BIG SELECTION

Former Dairy Farm, with 4-bedroomed House (EPC: F), extensive range traditional & modern Buildings with 110 acres Meadow & Pasture, set in an area of outstanding beauty. Viewing strictly By Appointment To be sold by Public Auction in One or Two Lots (subj. to conditions & unless sold previously) in the Bentham Golf Club, High Bentham on Tuesday 11th October, 2016 at 7.30pm Full details from the Joint Agents (Ref:JCP) Main Street, Bentham Tel: 015242 61444 & Ingham & Yorke, Littlemoor, Clitheroe, Lancs. BB7 1HG Tel: 01200 423655

GRAZING WANTED For quiet sheep, fenced/ unfenced. Lancs/Yorks/ Lincs/Notts now or later.

Tel: 078579 00036 (p)

LAND WANTED To buy in the Liverpool or Southport area for 20 horses. Buildings also required if available.

of mobile homes, free personal deliver. O’Leary, Tel: 01865 820630, Mob: 07836 264603 or Mob 07774 892293 go to www.olearycaravans. Oxford.

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


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

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

nCommercials FM12 Volvo

Tel: 07889802760 (p)

S reg. 420bhp 26/44 tonne. C/W 24 ft 6 livestock container. Hydraulic ramp, sliding decks. Good condition. £POA. MOT until August 2017. Tel: 01686 430435 Mid Wales (P)

SHEEP GRAZING Highlaws Farm, Hartburn, Northumberland, NE61 4HA


Available now in the Macclesfield Area. 22 acres available. More details on

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2009 Reg 13/09/2016 17:37 543,000km, 28ft Tray. Ideal for cattle Container. Excellent Condition Tel: 07766 865332 01603 712030 (P)

Cumbria/North Lancashire/Fylde area. Must be well fenced. Long or short term keep.

A useful mixed stock and arable farm consisting of 121.10ha (299.24 acres) of productive farm land together with a Grade II listed, five bedroom farmhouse and a range of farm buildings in central Northumberland.


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2006 (56) Volvo FM380 6x2 Rigid only done 485,000kms. 2010 30ft Houghton Parkhouse Tel:07774768199(P) 754 GP Watson KR3001215.indd 1 13/09/2016 single deck container with 3 compartments. Slum shut gates Owner driver, very SHEEP little work, immaculate GRAZING condition. Tel: 07967 365010 WANTED From now until end of March. Well Fenced. Open to all areas. Tel: 01260 227656 (p)


C Reg 8x4 bulk 754 W KETLY KR3001394.indd 1 alloy tipper on £0 road tax, Clean and tidy in good working order,1 owner, WINTER GRAZING just finished harvest Required for donkeys.

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WANTED TOYOTA 14/09/2016 HILUX Any condition. Best Price Paid Tel: 07703 559621

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13 Toyota Hilux 3.0 Invincible Met Deep Titanium 38,000 Miles ....................£15950

13 Toyota Hilux 3.0 Invincible 30,000 miles Met Grey Towpack, ........................£15950 12 Toyota Hilux 2.5 Icon 144 bhp 32K Red, Canopy Top,......................................£12995

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53 plate. New MOT. 106,000 miles. Genuine sale. £3000 ono. For further details please Tel: 01874 754329 or 07812 147737 Mid Wales (P)

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12 Nissan Navara Accenta D/Cab White 76K Canopy Top FSH. ...........................£8950 11 Nissan Navara Tekna Met Black 102K Leather, Towpack,.................................£7900 58 Ford Ranger Rare Space Cab White 70,000 miles ...............................................£6450 07885 193278 - 01925 768897

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Compact economic bedder

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2 x Big K bale trailers with turn tables .............. ................................................ £1000+VAT each Weaving 6.8m stubble rake, as new £5,500+VAT Dowdeswell heavy duty reversible ploughs 4 and 5 furrow. ...............From £400+VAT each Bomford Dyna Drive stubble cultivator ............ ...........................................................£650+VAT Wilder pressure harrow, folding 6.8m £750+VAT Parmiter tilage train c/w discs, tines and press, trailed ....................................... £950+VAT ono Bomford Tubo Tiller, folding .............£650+VAT Nodet 6 row maise drill c/w electric controls ... ........................................................£1,750+VAT Builders safety net (Ideal for covering silage) ... .................................................... £15+VAT each

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PHONE FOR A PRICE, OUR PRICES WON’T BE BEATEN 18ft Folding hyd discs USED Marshall 60 Rotaspreader 2012 ................................................. £3500 plus VAT Mammut Pan Mixer 3/4 cube . £1750 plus VAT Marshall Rota Spreader 75 ..... £1850 plus VAT Marshall Rota Spreader 1550 . £2600 plus VAT All prices subject to VAT, except where shown

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NEW TRACTOR SPECIAL OFFERS KUBOTA M6060 C/W LA1134 LOADER (SPECIAL OFFER) ........................................................POA ZETOR PROXIMA 100, 110HP, 4WD, STANDARD TRACTOR, NO ELECTRONICS .......................£26,950.00 KUBOTA L4240II, 40HP, 4WD, AIR CON (SCRAPER TRACTOR) ..........................................................£16,495.00 NEW MACHINE SPECIAL OFFERS EX STOCK NOW SELLING THE BROUGHAN RANGE OF HIGH SPECIFICATION, QUALITY TRAILERS AT SENSIBLE PRICES COVERING STAFFORDSHIRE & DERBYSHIRE QUICKE SHEARGRABS, MANURE GRABS, BUCKETS ETC, RING FOR BEST PRICE .................................. POA END OF SEASON OFFERS 5’ HEAVY DUTY TRANSPORT BOX ....................£325.00 8’ HEAVY DUTY BALLAST FLAT ROLLER..........£995.00 ALO SILOCUT 125 SHEAR GRAB....................£1,620.00 SINGLE REAR WRAPPED BALE HANDLER (SHOP SOILED) ....................................................£350.00 TWIN REAR WRAPPED BALE HANDLER (SHOP SOILED) ....................................................£450.00 HEAVY DUTY TRAILED CHAIN HARROWS FROM ................................................................................£350.00 SECOND HAND TRACTORS 2012 KUBOTA M130GX, 130HP, 4WD, 1300 HOURS ...........................................................................£24,000.00 S/H MACHINES JF GMS 2800 9’ TRAILED MOWER CONDITIONER .............................................................................£4,750.00 2006 (56) KUBOTA RTV900 ROAD LEGAL......£4,750.00 2001 KAWASAKI 2010 DIESEL MULE ROAD LEGAL .............................................................................£1,850.00 TEAGLE CENTERLINER SX2500 FERTILISER SPINNER, VERY TIDY.......................................£2,500.00 2011 JF 1050 PROTEC FORAGE HARVESTER VERY TIDY .......................................................£12,950.00 2007 WRAGG POWER SWING POST KNOCKER, 4 VALVES, VERY TIDY ......................................£2,950.00


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KUHN HR 3004, 2009 Excellent condition, new Q/R tines ................................................................................. £5950 Deutz Fahr Agrotron M420 PL, 2012, 50 kph ...... £35650 Deutz Fahr Agrotron 6160, 2013, 1900 hours, 50 kph ..... ............................................................................... £46000 New Holland T6010, 2009, 2600 hours, Air con ... £23500 Marshall 2001 QM 11 Silage trailers ...................... £3750 Agroplus 410, Power Shuttle, Air Con, 1900 hours, 61 plate ....................................................................... £23500 2015, Conor 2100g Tanker, flotation tyres ............ £8250 New Holland TS 90 & Loader, 2002, 6500 hours.. £15800 Deutz Fahr Agrotron 6140, 50kph, 2015, 1500 hours only ............................................................................... £36500 NEW Twose 3M Ballast Roller ................................. £2150 New Holland TL 90, 2007, 3500 hours .................. £18500 Norton 11 ton Grain Trailer..................................... £3500 Deutz Agrokid 230, AG & Turf tyres........................ £7950 SAME Silver 100.6 & loader.................................. £12450 New Holland TS 100 A, 2006, 3000 hours. Turf Tyres ...... ............................................................................... £22950 2009 Kramer 1150 Material Handler .................... £19950 2007 Deutz Agrotron 150.6 ProfiLine, FL & PTO . £25950 2007 McHale 550 chopper baler, 40000 bales, WITH BRAKES................................................................... £12950 SAME Dorado 90, 2014, FL & PTO, 1300 hours .... £20750 DOMINATOR


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New Strimech buckets and grabs in stock full range available

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2011 K2DUO mark 5 rear discharge spreader c/w door ......... £11,950+VAT 2006 K2 DUO 1000 rear discharge spreader c/w door .............. £8,500+VAT 2009 K2 DUO 1000 rear discharge spreader c/w door ............ £10,950+VAT 2010 Bunning 60 rear discharge spreader c/w door ............... £10,250+VAT 2007 Rolland 2180 rear discharge spreader c/w door tandem axle, choice of 2 .................... .................................................................. £9,950+VAT 2005 Keenan Orbital muck spreader ........................................... £5,250+VAT 2003 Richard Western D10 rear discharge spreader c/w door £5,750+VAT McConnel PA92 Hedgecutter cable control ............................... £2,950+VAT Teagle 4040 straw/silage chopper ............................................... £2,000+VAT 2007 Taarup 853 straw chopper, swivel spout, electric controls £4,500+VAT 2008 Kuhn 2060M Mounted straw chopper, swivel spout, electric controls ........................................................................................... £4,500+VAT 2009 Taarup 852 mounted straw chopper, swivel spout........... £4,950+VAT Tramspread 830 2T lime spreader ............................................... £3,750+VAT Richie hydraulic root feeder bucket ............................................ £1,650+VAT New Jarmet pan mixers PTO or hydraulic drive from ............... £1,650+VAT New Jarmet 400-1000l crop sprayers from ................................... £950+VAT 798 MDL GH3001173.indd 1

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Use your stockjudging skills and be in with a chance of winning a prize worth £250




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he Farmers Guardian annual Sheep Stockjudging competition is back again but this year with a difference. The Lleyn Sheep Society is sponsoring the competition in 2016 and has a ewe with different cross lambs for you to judge. To enter simply place the four pens of animals in the same order as our professional judge who will be judging them as a commercial ewe with prime lambs at foot. Fill in the form below and return it to us by September 16, 2016. The sendor of the first correct entry drawn at random will receive, £150 of vouchers, £100 cash plus membership to the Lleyn Sheep Society for one year. Two runners up will also receive a Lleyn goodie bag. The Lleyn Sheep Society says it is very pleased to sponsor the competition and promote the breed. The Lleyn ewe has become one of the most popular maternal breeds in the UK. Her ability to produce lambs efficiently has placed her in high regard with the commercial sheep

farmer of today. As a white face, tight skinned medium sized ewe she works well with terminal sires. She is a ewe which averages 65kg yet she regularly rears two lambs to an average total weight of 80kg (more than her own body weight). All this from a suitable grass-based system. The Lleyn’s merits lie in her maternal qualities; milkiness, mothering ability, prolificacy and ease of lambing. All these help to produce lambs efficiently as the ewe is doing the work for you which all helps make lamb production more profitable. The Lleyn works in a variety of different systems whether lowland or hill, crossing or pure, large or small flock, indoor or outdoor lambing. The Lleyn can be purchased at affordable prices throughout the autumn with the Society holding thirteen sales across the UK and Ireland. Some of these sheep go forward into registered flocks whilst many are bought to work in a commercial every day structure which requires hard working ewes.


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Tractor, baler and combine developments were headliners at John Deere’s recent launch event held in Germany. James Rickard pores over the products.

New tech in 5R tractors rCompact, high-tech

machines upgraded

DRIVEN by customers who want more technology while still retaining a compact format, John Deere has revamped its 5R Series tractors. Going up against the likes of the Claas Arion 400, Fendt 300, Case IH Luxxum and Massey Ferguson 5700SL Series, the 5R range gets many features filtered down from its bigger brothers. On top of the three previous 5R models, a fourth has also been added which sees the range span from 90-125hp, rated (see panel). Sharing only the name with its predecessor, 5R developments include new transmission options, new control interfaces and a redesigned chassis.

Adjustment Cab-wise, a new tiltable steering column and 15-degrees of seat swivel allows more adjustment for the operator. A new, pillar-mounted digital display, similar to those used on the larger 7 and 8R tractors, takes over from the conventional dash, which improves forward visibility,

says Deere. Sight lines are also improved via the use of a one-piece windscreen, a redesigned bonnet which has been reduced in height at the front by 70mm (2.75in), and the availability of an optional transparent roof. An LED lighting package completes visibility improvements. As well as a resculpted righthand console, 2018 will also see JD’s CommandArm armrest control added to the options list.

Transmission In both instances, it sees bulky transmission levers ousted for the small control lever, as found in the firm’s 6R tractors and above. It now controls one of three new transmission options; a 16 by 16 CommandQuad transmission with four powershifts in four ranges, or a 32 by 16 Command8 transmission with eight powershift gears in four ranges. The latter comes with an automatic mode as standard, which can be specified as an option for the CommandQuad variant. An automatic declutching function is standard, pulling the clutch in automatically when the brake pedal is depressed. This function can be turned on or off.

shock absorbers. The former can be operated in automatic or manual modes, locked out and adjusted by 45mm (1.7in) either way. A new loader option is also available. The 543R features a new connecting system, making attachment of the loader to the tractor easier, says Deere, and can lift 1,800kg to a maximum height of 3.7 metres.

Up-front, a redesigned cast chassis features a curved frame for a tighter steering lock and its integrated engine sump means the centre of gravity can be kept lower. In theory, the engine block should also be under less stress. A suspended front axle, using independent arms, can also be specified, as can a new mechanical cab suspension system using two

NEW 8R FLAGSHIP TRACTOR NOW packing 450hp (with power management), JD adds to its 8R Series tractors with a new flagship model, the 8400R. And is not just a case of turning the wick up either, says the manufacturer. The new-found power is a result of a redesign of the engine’s piston heads, resulting in a better and more efficient air/ fuel mixture. Deere claims it can achieve more power with 2 per cent fuel savings over the current top model, the 8370R. No tracked version of this model will be available and it only comes with the firm’s full powershift transmission, the e23. The latter 102 | SEPTEMBER 16 2016

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is said to be best suited to this tractor, offering 94 per cent transmission efficiency, which will mainly be tasked with field cultivation work, says Deere.

Axle To get power to the wheels, a new bar axle design gets two flat surfaces, as opposed to one, for the wheel to clamp onto. Clamping area has also increased to 212mm (8.3in) along the length of the axle. Next year will also see the option of an extra display which can be placed anywhere in the cab, allowing more information to be viewed.

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5R facts ■ Models available: 5090R (90hp), 5100 (100hp), 5115R (115hp) and the 5125R (125hp). A transport power management feature offers an extra 10hp above 15kph ■ Engine: Stage 3b, fourcylinder, 4.5-litre, John Deere

■ Wheelbase: 2.25 metres ■ Weight: 4.3 tonnes unladen, 8.6t maximum permissible weight ■ Rear lift capacity: 4.7 tonnes (5.3t optional) ■ Availability: Full production to start next September ■ Price: TBA With up to 125hp, the 4.3-tonne 5R is a versatile all-rounder. Inset: The new cab takes design cues from its stablemates.

FIXED CHAMBER BALER DEVELOPMENTS FOR 2017, John Deere will have a new range of 441 Series, fixed chamber round balers. Comprising four models including a brand new wrapper combination version, specification levels vary from the range-topping F441R and the C441R (combibaler) models, to the more specialist F441M Silage Special, suited to wet, heavy crops; and the F441M Multicrop model, aimed at drier-type crops. All models feature a wider bale chamber, up from 1.17 metres to 1.21m, an uprated pickup and driveline, and a faster responding tailgate. All of which results in a 9 per cent increase in performance, translating into an extra five bales per hour, claims Deere. As well as a quicker tailgate, end-damping in opening/closing rams provide a ‘soft shut’ function. There is a choice of 2m or 2.2m pickups on all models. For improved robustness, feed rotor tines on R models are now

made from Hardox, as are the tine bands, which are standard across the range. For MaxiCut models, knife banks can be operated with 0, 13 or all 25 knives engaged. Upgraded roller material, 20 per cent beefier drive chains and 70 per cent larger bearings also help improve durability.

Transfer A new combi baler, the C441R, adds to the line-up, which features improved bale transfer, via a track system, and 15 per cent faster wrapping. Plastic wrap storage can handle five rolls per side, which gets a convenient, hydraulic folding system to help with loading/unloading rolls. Combi machines can be specced with a single axle and tyres up to 750mm wide, or tandem axles with tyre widths up to 620mm. Slicker styling rounds off the updates, which will be available in limited numbers next year.

S SERIES COMBINE UPDATES INTRODUCED on the straw walker T Series combine range last year, S Series rotary combines for 2017 will feature the new DynaFlo Plus cleaning shoe. Deere claims it increases combine productivity by 5 per cent in conditions where the shoe is the limiting factor. Constructed from aluminium, cleaning shoe length has been increased by 12 per cent. As a result of improved airflow and a redesigned fan, the shoe is less sensitive and easier to adjust, says the firm. As a result, tailing volumes have been reduced by 15 per cent for barley, wheat, oilseed rape and other small grains, and by up to 28 per cent for maize, and other coarse grains. In addition, the firm’s new Active Terrain Adjustment option adjusts the cleaning shoe chaffer, sieve and fan in rolling terrain, so up to 30 per cent more productivity can be achieved on slopes of up to 10-degrees, says Deere. Up-front, a new hydraulically adjustable feederhouse allows the driver to tilt the cutting platform

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and change cutting angle of attack on the go, useful for getting under laid crop. Angle and height settings can also be saved and recalled via buttons on the main control lever. In order to reduce transport

times and save fuel, an optional 40kph transport speed and engine speed management will now be available on the S680, S685 and S690 combines, in addition to the S670, T560 to T670 and W660

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Following the demise of importer Reco, Kioti tractors are back in Britain, with higher powered models to suit a wider range of farm tasks. Jane Carley reports.

Kioti back in the game rSouth Korean

machines return to UK PREVIOUSLY imported by Reco, Kioti tractors are now once again available from a dedicated UK sales company and a number of new models have been added to the range. This includes the 93-110hp PX Series, the first time the company has broken the 100hp barrier. The Korean brand is now handled by Rotterdam-based Pols Zuidland, which also distributes Kioti tractors in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Holland and Romania. With 200 dealers, Kioti is said to be the number three compact tractor brand in France. Pols has retained four former Reco employees to operate Kioti UK, headed by general manager

Patrick Desmond. Taking care of sales and service, the team is based at the former Reco office in St Neots, Cambridgeshire. Mr Desmond says: “We have 60 dealers in the UK and, with an established team in place, our goal is to serve them while extending the network where possible. “We will focus on Kioti exclusively and we aim to build on the success of the DK and CK compact ranges.”

Distribution Tractors will be dispatched from the factory in Daegu, South Korea, to the Pols distribution centre in Holland, which also acts as the European parts hub and takes care of pre-delivery inspections. A small stock of tractors for demonstrations and immediate dispatch will be held at St Neots.

UPDATED MODELS THE 60-75hp RX Series has also been updated with the introduction of the 30-Series models, which now feature a hand clutch on the gearstick, air conditioning and stereo, plus a digital display. The powershuttle transmission offers 24 by 24 speeds with creeper. Available with a rollover protection structure (ROPS) or a cab, Kioti UK notes growing interest in ROPS versions.

With cab and powershuttle transmission, the RX7330 is priced at £38,300. Popular as a scraper tractor, the EX Series is replaced by NX models from 45-60hp with three or four-cylinder Daedong engines. Transmission choices comprise 24 by 24 manual shuttle, H-shuttle or three-range hydrostatic systems. Prices are from £22,250 for a 45hp ROPS versions.

New PX tractors range from 93-110hp.

NEW TRACTORS INCLUDING two ranges which extend from 26-110hp, Kioti is moving on from its groundcare and smallholder roots. With its own engine, axle and transmission plants, Kioti’s parent company Daedong has been able to tailor each of the ranges to customer requirements. Flagship tractors are found in the PX Series, which comprises 93, 103 and 110hp models, powered by Doosan Stage 3b, four-cylinder engines – Daedong’s production does not reach this horsepower level yet. A powershift transmission

offers 32 by 32 speeds including creeper, plus a declutch button on the gearstick as a new addition. Features include a 3,600kg lift capacity, 74 litres per minute oil flow, rear linkage control buttons on the fender, air conditioning and a digital dash. Mr Desmond says: “We expect this tractor to take us more firmly into the agricultural market. Although we recognise the 100hp bracket is competitive, we think the high standard spec will be an advantage.” The 103hp PX1053 is priced at £48,064.

UTVS NOW available throughout the dealer network, the Mechron utility vehicle has mainly found favour with the amenity market thus far. But the combination of generous ground clearance, 500kg cargo box capacity and

four-wheel drive with diff lock means it should not be out of place on farm duties. A six seater bench seat version should also appeal for use on shoots and there is the usual choice of cabs or canopies.

Six seater models may prove popular on shoots.

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A declutch button is found on the gearstick. A digital dash is among the upgrades.

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Fendt updates its 500 Series rCleaner engines use less AdBlue

RANGING from 125-165hp, Fendt has refreshed its four-model, four-cylinder 500 Vario Series of tractors. Main updates are to the engine, making it cleaner, however the firm has also filtered down a few features from the 500’s larger siblings. Continuing to use 4.04-litre Deutz motors, the tractors now meet Stage 4 emissions regulations. Thanks to electronically-controlled exhaust gas recirculation and map-controlled AdBlue injection, the tractors are said to use 50 per cent less AdBlue compared to their predecessors. A coated soot filter also negates the need for extra fuel injection during filter regeneration.

Guidance For top-spec ProfiPlus versions of the 500, a new guidance system is available allowing customers to choose between two different receivers – NovAtel or Trimble – to match their requirements and local circumstances, such as satellite coverage and RTK base station availability. The Trimble version also offers the ability to work without signal coverage for up to 20 minutes, using its xFill option. The 500’s touch-screen terminal has also been updated, getting a smartphone look with a scratchproof, one-piece glass surface. A new ball joint bracket also allows for more adjustment of the screen. Complementing its current pto option speeds of 540, 540E and 1,000, Fendt has added a fourth option for the 500, a 1,000E. Reflecting a fresher look, says

the manufacturer, next year will see all Fendt machines painted in its new shade of ‘nature green’ – a lighter, brighter shade compared to its current olive green, which will still be available as an option. Rounding off the updates are additions of a 300-degree window wiper, an LED lighting package and optional immobiliser. Updated 500s are available to order now.

The latest Fendt 500’s get several new family features.


ERIES S 1 0 0 7 M THE NEW Introducing the new Kubota M7001 series. A tractor that brings together 40 years of Kubota engineering prowess to create a new flagship for our farming fleet. Quite simply, it’s the cleanest, most capable, most powerful tractor we’ve ever built. A game-changing machine designed to take care of everyday farming tasks more easily and more efficiently than ever before. All backed up by Kubota Care, providing parts and service cover, along with complete peace of mind, for up to the first five years of the machine’s life. For more information about Kubota’s diverse range of world- class agriculture machines and aftersales support service, visit or call 01844 873156.

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MACHINERY Massey Ferguson used the recent French Innov-Agri Show to launch a new generation of four-cylinder tractors and a line-up of refreshed telehandlers. Farmers Guardian reports.

MF launches 200hp four-cylinder tractor


opped by a 200hp model and featuring more transmission choice and hydraulic performance, Massey Ferguson has updated its 6600 four-cylinder tractor series. Comprising six models, the new 6700 S Series is powered by Agco Power 4.9-litre, four-cylinder engines. These generate maximum power outputs from 120hp-175hp. On top of this, engine power management (EPM) provides a 25hp boost on all models, giving up to 200hp on the largest 6718 S. Maximum power is achieved at 2,000rpm, with maximum torque reached at 1,500rpm. Engines comply with Stage 4 emission regulations using selective catalytic reduction and a diesel

MF 6700 S SERIES Model Engine Transmission Max. power at 2,000rpm (hp) Max. power with EPM at 2,000rpm (hp) Max. torque at 1,500rpm (Nm) Max. torque with EPM at 1,500rpm (Nm)

6712 S

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oxidation catalyst system. Engine service intervals are up 20 per cent, now 600 hours. On all but the smallest model, the firm’s Dyna-VT continuously variable transmission is available on all models. Dyna-4 or Dyna-6 powershift transmissions can be specified depending on model. The latter offers six powershifts in four ranges. Both powershift transmission options now provide an AutoDrive pedal mode, offering complete change of gears automatically, based on engine load and speed. Much like the CVT option, MF says the tractor will always try and keep revs low and gear ratio up for efficiency. Built on a 2.67-metre wheelbase, 6700 S tractors weigh 500kg less than their equivalent six-cylinder 6714 S

6715 S

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models. In addition, a sculpted front frame offers a turning radius of 4.75m (15ft 7in), says the manufacturer, even when fitted with the firm’s integrated front linkage.

Wheel turns When selected, MF’s Speedsteer function increases the steering ratio, minimising the number of steering wheel turns from lock to lock. Depending on model, buyers can choose from a choice of pto options, which can include 540, 540E, 1,000 and 1,000E speeds. Electronic pto control is standard for Dyna-VT tractors. Mechanical lever or full electronic controls can be specified for Dyna-4 and Dyna-6 transmission tractors. As for hydraulics, flowrates of up to 190 litres/minute are available

With 200hp, MF claims to have produced the world’s most powerful four-cylinder tractor.

from the load-sensing system. Up to five rear hydraulic valves can be specified on Dyna-VT models and rear couplers are equipped with decompression levers, making it faster and easier to connect machines. Front-mounted implements are catered for with a dedicated front linkage valve and up to two independent front hydraulic valves. A new rear power beyond hyd-

TH telehandler series RANGING from compact to high capacity machines, Massey Ferguson has updated its telehandler range. Featuring the latest Stage 4-compliant engines, power for the new four-model MF TH telehandler series comes from 3.4-litre, four-cylinder Doosan engines. Continued from the previous MF 9000 telehandler series is the addition of a reversible fan. This now features an automated mode for ease of use, says the manufacturer, activated via a button on the dashboard. The bonnet has been reinforced, featuring a wider opening, and a new engine installation has lowered the height of the engine for improved right-hand visibility. All four new models employ hydrostatic transmissions, offering four working ranges via two mechanical gears with two hydrostatic ranges in each. This allows low speed, high torque operations, up to road speeds of 40kph (25mph), says the manufacturer.

A creeper function offers low forward speeds at higher engine revs, suited to powered attachments for sweeping, bedding and feeding, for example. Load-sensing hydraulics on the TH.6534 and TH.7038 offer flow rates of up to 190 litres/minute and all functions are electro-hydraulically and proportionally controlled. For more demanding attachments, such as straw choppers and feeding buckets, an electric line can be specified, giving the ability to switch between a fourth and fifth service at the headstock.

Flow The firm’s smart handling system is standard which allows the operator to set the maximum hydraulic flow available. By limiting maximum flow, machine operation can be smoother and more accurate, says MF. To avoid the boom retracting with a bang, an end dampening system is engineered into the boom’s ram, cushioning the boom as it retracts. Boom suspension can also be specified to increase comfort when

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raulic system can be specified for on-demand, hydraulically driven implements equipped with independent flow control valves, such as forage wagons and combi balers. Rear linkage lift capacity is up to 9,600kg on Dyna-VT models, compared with 8,600kg on the 6600 Series. For loader applications, a transparent roof option can be specified.

Tractors can be ordered ‘loader-ready’, requiring just the fitting of loader beams with no additional brackets or braces. Cabs are now equipped with a new active mechanical cab suspension. This reduces pitch and roll movements, reacting according to vehicle behaviour. Inside sees the 8700’s dash used, as well as the firm’s new setup and

information system, which offers a faster and easier way to set and monitor machine functions, it says. All 6700 S tractors are equipped with IsoBus compatible terminals, allowing the tractor’s own screen

to provide ‘plug-in and play’ control and operation of a wide range of Iso-compliant implements, says MF. The new range of tractors are available to order now, priced from £79,236 for the 6712 S Dyna-4.



Before - October. Treating Rushes with one treatment of glyphosate.

‘Brush-up on weed control’ transporting loads or working on rough terrain. An electronic parking brake is now standard for convenience and safety, says the manufacturer, and

additional wipers help maintain visibility. Availability and pricing for the new telehandlers is to be confirmed.

The Contact 2000 range is the most advanced and efficient weed wiper system available.

After - 19 months later.

Trailed models with 2.5, 5 or 7.5m working widths. Tractor mounted Contact 2000 range with 2.5m or 6m working widths.

Effective on a range of plants including rush, bracken, nettle, thistle, dock and many other annual weeds.

Suitable for grassland or arable applicatons.

Unique brush applicator has a combing action ensuring effective chemical transfer -

in one pass, even in dense foliage!

TH TELEHANDLERS Model Lift height (m) Lift capacity (kg) Oil flow (l/min) Transmission Power (hp)

TH.6030 6 3,000 100 Hydrostatic 100

TH.6534 6.5 3,400 190 Hydrostatic 130

TH.7035 7 3,500 100 Hydrostatic 100

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A new system for accurately measuring energy available to cows in their ration has been devised by feed specialist Trouw Nutrition. Peter Hollinshead reports.

New analytical model for dairy cow feed requirements unveiled rSystem calculates

total energy available MILK producers sticking rigidly with the old metabolisable energy (ME) system as a means of rationing cows could soon find themselves out of pocket this winter. This is because a radically more precise analytical model of dairy cows’ feed requirement has been produced by Trouw Nutrition, which looks at the dynamic energy (DyNE) available for milk production from all sources, including the rumen, small intestine and large intestine. Launching the system at Trouw’s Ashbourne headquarters, ruminant specialist Tom Goatman said: “Dynamic Energy is the total amount of energy available for milk production. It is the sum of the energy in nutrients formed and

absorbed in the digestive tract, including volatile, amino and fatty acids and glucose. “Based on the processes taking place in the animal, it is a more precise estimation of available energy.” The new NutriOpt model was developed using dacron bags in fistulated cows in the Netherlands to see what happened to feedstuffs once they reached the rumen, and where else in the cow’s body they could be broken down to provide energy and protein.

Breakthrough This led to what the company said was the biggest breakthrough in the 15 years since the Feed into Milk model was released and it was the product of a multi-million research project by the group. The company said all forage analysis it would perform this autumn would go out with the familiar

ANALYSIS OF THIS YEAR’S FIRST TWO SILAGE CUTS Nutrients on a dry matter basis Dry matter (per cent) Crude protein (per cent) D value (per cent) ME (MJ/kg) pH NH3-N of total N (per cent) Fermentable carbohydrate (g/kg) Dynamic energy (MJ/kg)

Average first 30.8 14.1 67.6 10.7 4.1 2.4 182.1 6.0

Average second 30.7 14.2 64.6 10.3 4.2 2.4 178.7 6.0 Source: Trouw Nutrition

The NutriOpt system includes energy absorbed outside the rumen.

ME figures, plus additional data, such as dynamic energy, digestible intestinal protein, fermentable energy and protein balance. However, these different systems and their energy values may lead to confusion.

Supplement Comprising 3,400 samples, this year’s first cuts showed ME levels were slightly down on last year, and this could send the message producers needed to supplement with more energy-rich concentrates. But, paradoxically, the new DyNE analysis showed these forages would actually perform better than expected.

“On the DyNE basis, a cow eating 10kg DM of average quality first cut will have 3MJ DyNE more than last year,” said Mr Goatman. “On an ME basis, 10kgDM would support 0.3 litres less milk, but on a DyNE basis it would support one litre more. The economic consequences, in term of potentially reducing feed costs, are significant.” However, analysis also showed fermentable carbohydrate levels were lower and cows could benefit from the addition of rolled or ground wheat with less slowly fermented ingredients, such as maize meal. Producers could also increase the wholecrop inclusion as this would complement these silages.



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ne of the sessions at the European Federation of Animal Science (EAAP) conference looked at whether suckler cow genotypes had much of an influence on how easily the cow calved, and mothering ability post-calving. Dr Denise Lowe from the Agrifood and Biosciences Institute detailed a three-year study which compared two suckler cow genotypes – Limousin cross Holstein (LH) and Stabilisers – in terms of performance at calving. Both dam genotypes were bred to a Stabiliser sire and at calving cows were scored for calving difficulty, temperament, mothering ability and milk supply.

Milk composition In addition, a sample of colostrum was collected as soon after birth as possible in years one and two and analysed for milk composition. The study found there was no significant effect of dam genotype on concentrations of casein, lactose, protein or urea nitrogen in colostrum. However, colostrum from LH dams had a numerically higher fat concentration in both years, but it only approached significance in year two. Average concentrations of 13.1g/kg

Man and animal c om WITH the need to feed an estimated 9.7 billion people by 2050, there is ongoing competition for land between humans and animals. Livestock directly contribute to food supply by providing essential nutrients to humans, and indirectly support cultivation of food crops by providing manure and draft power. Livestock, however, consume human edible food or graze on land suitable for cultivation of food crops. Dr Hannah van Zanten, of Wageningen University, said: “As we face feeding 9.7bn people by 2050, preferably without expanding the amount of agricultural land, there is an increasing need to avoid competition for land between animals and humans. “We performed a review on studies which provide insight into the amount of animal-source food [ASF] produced without feed-food competition.

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nce of suckler cow ypes on calving were recorded in the Stabiliser breed and 48.8g/kg in the LH. The study also found dam genotype had no significant effect on incidence of calving difficulty. There was no significant effect of dam genotype on cow temperament scores in year one and two, but Stabiliser cows tended to have a better temperament score in year three than LH cows.

When the three years of data was combined, dam genotype had no significant effect on cow temperament or mothering ability scores. There was also no significant effect of dam genotype on vitality score of calves. There was a trend for a higher proportion of LH cows to have a supply of milk compared to Stabiliser cows when all data was combined.

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Use of genetically modified livestock THE first transgenic livestock – livestock which contain genetic material transferred from another organism – emerged in 1985 via microinjection of foreign DNA into zygotic pronuclei. Microinjection is the use of a glass micropipette to inject a liquid substance at a microscopic or borderline macroscopic level. This has been the method used for more than 20 years, but has recently been replaced by more efficient protocols based on somatic cell nuclear transfer which are compatible with targeted genetic modifications. Dr Heiner Niemann, from the Institute of Farm Animal Genetics in Germany, delivered a presentation on

genetic modification livestock in agriculture and biomedicine. He said: “Although the efficiency of transgenic animal production by microinjection technology is low, farm animals with agriculturally important transgenic traits were produced. “Typical agricultural applications included improved carcase composition, improved lactation performance and wool production, enhanced disease resistance and reduced environmental impact. “As genome sequencing projects for various farm animal species near completion, it has become practical to target the removal or modification of individual genes or single base pairs with the aid of gene editing tools.”

al c ompete for land to feed population “Default livestock are only fed with co-products, food waste, crop residues or biomass from grazing land. “Results showed between 7g and 27g of animal source protein per person per day can be produced from default livestock. “Considering feed-food crops and feeding food waste had an important contribution in this. Considering feedfood crops implies choices have to be made between different crops based on their contribution to feed and food production.

Prohibited “The practice of feeding food waste to livestock is currently prohibited, but shows potential in extensively reducing the environmental impact of livestock production. “Considering feed-food crops and feeding food waste are examples of mitigation strategies which can be

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LIVESTOCK PROFIT FROM GRASS For Profit from Grass farmer George Brown, preserving grass stocks is now key as grazing starts to slow down. We also get advice on correct soil aeration protocols.

Looking ahead to winter feeding and repairing soils


inter feed budgets suggest silage stocks will be tight for the 425-head spring-calving herd managed by Profit from Grass farmer George Brown at the Craig family’s Cairnhead Farm, Ainstable, Cumbria. This is despite a bulky second cut

taken in mid-July off 100 hectares (247 acres) and overlaid with 13ha (32 acres) of wholecrop in early August. Mr Brown says: “This summer, the grass season has completely turned around for us. “We had a relatively light first cut due to the slow start to the grass season, but in contrast, in August, growth averaged about 85kg DM/day

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and was still in the high 70s through into September.” The bulky second cut and wholecrop spring barley, undersown with grass seed, has been layered into the farm’s only silage pit. This will be metered out during winter at a feed budget averaged at 14kg DM/head/day for late lactation and dry cows. “It does mean first cut, which should be better quality, gets left until the end of winter to support heifers in early lactation next spring. “We have sufficient silage to allow us to fully feed all stock on-farm with silage alone for a three-and-a-halfmonth winter. The reality is not all cows and heifers will stay indoors for that period, or for that matter youngstock which have been allocated a feed budget of 8kg DM/head/day.”

George Brown manages the Craig family’s herd at Cairnhead Farm, Ainstable, Cumbria.

To ease pressure, Mr Brown has been tightening up on the grazing round to build up the farm’s average cover to its level of 2,700kg DM/ha (1,092kg DM/acre). He says: “We have continued to follow cows with an application of 100kg/ha of 33 per cent nitrogen fertiliser. Also, rather than chase a third cut, we shut up the silage ground for 40 days and the standing silage has been grazed by cows to preserve the grazing platform.” The grazing round will length from 30 days in early September to 40 by mid-month. To preserve grazing, milkers have had the daily allocation

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SEPTEMBER is a good time to aerate grassland soils, according to AHDB Dairy’s senior dairy scientist Dr Debbie McConnell. But care should be taken to ensure there is actually a need to carry

out aeration and soils are in the right condition to benefit. Dr McConnell says: “Aeration is time-consuming and can be costly, at up to £70/hectare, and if it is carried out in the wrong conditions,

Assessing fields


Dig a hole and look at the soil structure; large, blocky, angular aggregates, a poor smell and shallow rooting can indicate poor structure and if a large number of aggregates are greater than 50mm (2in) in diameter, aeration is likely to be required However, with the action of roots and freeze-thaw cycles over winter, soils can recover naturally. If you are in doubt,


or if the need for aeration seems marginal, it can be useful to leave soils over winter and reassess them in early spring to see if the compaction has disappeared Assess the depth of compaction; if it is at less than 150mm (6in), a slit aerator will be sufficient to break up aggregates, but if it is deeper – up to 300mm (12in) – a sward lifter will be required to break up the compaction


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of concentrate rise from 1.5kg to 3kg/ head/day by early September. Mr Brown says: “On our system and milk price, it does not pay to feed concentrate for production alone. But it might be justified if it helps us keep cows out grazing later this autumn.” In early September, the 406 milkers were averaging 18 litres of milk/head/day at 1.5kg of milk solids. Grass growth is expected to decline quickly as the calendar moves towards October, at which point daily growth will be down to about 35kg DM/ha/day (14kg DM/acre/day) against a target demand of 50kg DM/ ha/day (20kg DM/acre/day).

“In late September, we will scan the whole herd, including heifers, and anything empty will be culled. We will not carry passengers.” Bulls came out six weeks ago. An eye will be kept on cow body condition, which is likely to be high, given the simple feeding system and relatively good quality winter forage available. But for now, preserving grass stocks is key. Mr Brown says: “Early spring aside, it has been a phenomenal year. From May 1 to September 1 we grew 9.97 tonnes/ha, which compared to 2014’s 5.6t/ha is a vast difference over the same period.”

his September soils can be prone to recompaction after it has been done.” However, she says failure to put right compaction can cut 10-20 per cent off grassland yields through poor rooting and nutrient uptake, increased soil erosion and nutrient loss, and the generally poor heart of the soil, through a lack of oxygen and diminished biological activity. So she suggests assessing the situation in September – a month in which sward productivity has started to drop off, so minimising the yield penalty from the disruptive aeration, yet when the soil can still be dry enough to travel on and for the process to be effective. “Aerating late in the season allows the field time over winter to settle into a new structure before receiving animal or machinery traffic in spring. “Once you have decided aeration is

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required, you need to make sure conditions are right to undertake the process. “Make sure you check conditions at the depth at which you want to aerate. “Conditions on the soil surface can be different from those at depth, so it is important to dig a hole and assess soil moisture at the proposed aeration depth.” This can be done by rolling a handful of soil and making a sausage shape. She says: “If the soil has a moist, smooth surface, it is too wet to work, but if it starts to crack it is suitable for slitting or sward lifting.”

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LIVESTOCK HANDY HINTS Planning a handling system can save time and money, and help to reduce stress in animals. AHDB Beef and Lamb’s Katie Brian gives Laura Bowyer some tips.

Handling your way to success SHEEP GETTING the dimensions right for key elements of a handling system is vitally important, says Katie Brian. “Measure sheep using the system. Then measure the parts which work in the existing system and note the dimensions of successful systems on other farms,” she says. “For low density holding areas in the system, the outside boundary fence must be higher than 900-1,000mm. “High density holding areas should allow for two sheep per sq.m. There must be space for people to move among sheep and for gates to open and close. Long, narrow pens can make groups easier to control.” ■ Forcing areas In these areas, plan for 2.5 to three sheep per sq.m, and a

30 to 40-degree angle to the entry of the race is essential as a funneled race will cause jumping and jamming. The lead up to the forcing area must be roughly three metres wide and Ms Brian advises putting no more than 100 sheep in the forcing area. “Sheep run well as a bunch in straight, 1.5m-wide crowding areas. It is only when animals are in single file when curved races work better than straight ones.” ■ Drafting or sorting race These systems require an even flow of sheep to work effectively and should be more than three metres long, says Ms Brian. The race exit should be clearly visible to sheep and at eye-level. Automatic gates can be useful if labour is short.

The position of the race can be important and sheep appear to move more easily into the sun, with their shadows behind them. However, low, early morning sun can blind them.

Ms Brian says: “The race should run away from, or be parallel to, any building or dead end and it can be helpful to give sheep the sense of going back to where they came from, possibly facing a field.”


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POOR handling can be dangerous, wasting time and jeopardising meat quality. When designing cattle handling systems, 90-degree corners should be avoided as they are perceived by cattle as dead ends. Instead, opt for circular and curved layouts where possible. Ms Brian says: “Similarly to sheep, directing cattle towards a low sun should be avoided as they do not like having the sun directly in their eyes. Cattle do not like to move into dark areas and can be fearful of sharp shadows from railings and fences, so good lighting should be provided, either natural or artificial.” ■ Holding and crowding pens Ms Brian says: “Pens should be long and narrow to avoid circling

and bunching, allowing an easy flow of animals to the working area. Again, sharp turns should be avoided.” Crowding pens should provide space for cattle to turn and follow one another up the race. ■ Race entry Similar to sheep systems, one side of the race entry should be kept straight, while the other angled at 30-degrees. This will allow the animal to see up the race with their narrow binocular vision. ■ Race-ways These should be built on a gentle curve or in a straight line, allowing two straight cattle lengths before the first turn. The curve should not be so tight it gives the appearance of a dead end.

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ring for 13-year-old By Barry Alston

CARMARTHENSHIRE’S Llandyfaelog Show is unique in staging an end of season ‘champion of champions’ face-off, which this year saw two well-known pedigree herds taking the bulk of the awards. The dairy judge, Nantybwla’s Iwan Morgan, was kept busy for more than four hours. His choice for overall champion Holstein cow was the home-bred Feithy Dark Lilac 220, a three-yearold VG89 July second calver from Eifion and Mary Jones and sons, Wyn and Rhys, Cilfeithy, Kidwelly. A Scientific Shot In The Dark daughter, Lilac is from eight VG and Excellent generations and is giving 45 litres a day following a first lactation of 9,924kg at 4.7 per cent butterfat and 3.15 per cent protein. Runner-up was Moorshard Dude Paradise, a second calver from Richard Thomas and family, Llancwm, Llandyfaelog. Feithy also came third in the Holstein heifer championship line-up but with two Wilson family Tregibby entries leading the parade – the twoyear-old Woodmarsh Doorman Zandra out in front of the younger, home bred Tregibby Mincio Fawn. The Cardigan-based Wilsons also took the top two placings for the junior championship, with Tregibby Solomon Lustre and Tregibby Pirate Pledge.

Jerseys dominated the coloured breed championships with Tregibby again in the limelight, taking the cow rosette with the wellknown Tregibby Panama Tequila, just two weeks calved with its third, and Bluegrass Coltons Lady Sunshine, topping the heifer line-up. Richard Thomas finished as reserve again for the cow championship with his Elite Baby Jean, while runner-up for the heifer rosette was Ioan Harries, Llannon, Llanelli, with the two-year-old Elite Aimless Lady.

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Champion of champions, Holstein Feithy Dark Lilac 220, from Eifion and Mary Jones and sons, Wyn and Rhys, Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire.

Inter-breed beef Llandyfaelog’s inter-breed beef placings saw commercials from Llanwnen’s Dai Thomas heading up both the group of three and pairs awards, with the four-year-old home-bred Limousin cow, Deri Hot Chocolate, from Terry, Dawn and Richard Griffiths, Llangain, Carmarthen, taking the individual honours for the second year running. In the sheep rings a home-bred Beulah Speckled Face ewe from 13-year-old Iestyn Richards, Llandyfaelog, was the leader, with a home-bred yearling Beltex ewe from Adrian and Wendy Evans, Ffarmers, near Lampeter, reserve. Teamed with two other entries from their Bancycrwys flock, they also took the group of three title for the second year running. Inter-breed pig honours again went the way of Gerallt, Joyce and Llyr Owens, with home-bred Landrace and Welsh gilts from their Lletty herd at Llannon, Llanelli. Inter-breed sheep and Beulah Speckled Face champion, a yearling ewe, from Iestyn Richards, Llandyfaelog, Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire.


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Inter-breed beef and Limousin champion, Deri Hot Chocolate, from Terry, Dawn and Richard Griffiths, Llangain, Carmarthen.

Results Welsh champion of champions Holstein (Judge, I. Morgan, Carmarthen) Cow, 1, E.R. and M.E. Jones and Sons, Feithy Dark Lilac 220; 2, R. Thomas, Moorshard Dude Paradise; 3, A. Reader, Wencastle Jan. Heifer, 1, A.H. Wilson and Son, Woodmarsh Doorman Zandra; 2, A.H. Wilson and Son, Tregibby Mincio Fawn; 3, E.R. and M.E. Jones and Sons, Feithy Mincio Lavender. Junior, 1, A.H. Wilson and Son, Tregibby Solomon Lustre; 2, A.H. Wilson and Son, Tregibby Pirate Pledge; 3, S. Jones, Kalana Asterix Trolley. Any other breed (I. Morgan) Cow, 1, A.H. Wilson and Son, Tregibby Panama Tequila (Jersey); 2, R. Thomas, Elite Baby Jean (Jersey). Heifer, 1, A.H. Wilson and Son, Bluegrass Coltons Lady Sunshine (Jersey); 2, I. Harris, Elite Aimless Lady (Jersey).

Dairy Holstein (I. Morgan) Supreme, E.R. and M.E. Jones and Sons, Feithy Dark Lilac 220; reserve, R. Thomas, Moorshard Dude Paradise. Any other breed (I. Morgan) Sup., A.H. Wilson and Son, Tregibby Panama Tequila (Jersey); res., A.H. Wilson and Son, Bluegrass Coltons Lady Sunshine (Jersey).

Beef Inter-breed (W. Thomas, Llanybydder) homebred and female, T.B., C.D. and R. Griffiths, Deri Hot Chocolate (Limousin). Group of three, Sup., D. Thomas (commercial); res., G.D. and J.B. Jenkins (commercial). Pair, Sup., D. Thomas (commercial) res., M.D. Jones and J.I. Davies (British Blue crosses). Limousin (A. Hughes, Lampeter) Sup. and fem., T.B., C.D. and R. Griffiths, Deri Hot Chocolate; res. and res. fem., T.B., C.D. and R. Griffiths, Jeanette. Hereford (D.C. Smith, Carmarthen) Sup. and male, Griffiths family, Penrhiwgoch Progress 44; res. and res. male, A. John, Lax Tornado.

British Blue (A. Hughes, Carmarthen) Sup. and fem., M.D. Jones and J.I. Davies, Droit Imogen; res. and res. fem., M.D. Jones and J.I. Davies, Cardi Kitty. Commercial (W. Thomas, Llanybydder) Sup., D. Thomas (Limousin cross steer); res. M.D. Jones and J.I. Davies (British Blue cross heifer).

Sheep Inter-breed (E. Morgan, Llanwnen) Sup., I. Richards (Beulah Speckled Face) res., A.J.P. and W. Evans (Beltex). Group of three, Sup., A.J.P. and W. Evans (Beltex); res. H. Bennett (Bluefaced Leicester). Welsh Mountain (R. Owen, Llandeilo) Sup. and male, K. and J. Earle; res. and fem., K. and J. Earle. Any other mountain breed (R. Owen) Sup. and fem., K. and J. Earle (North Country Cheviot); res. and res. fem., K. and J. Earle (Hill Radnor). Suffolk (R. Francis, Gwynfe) Sup. and male, J. and L. Griffiths; res. and fem., S. Thomas. Any other lowland breed (R. Francis) Sup. and male, H. Bennett (Bluefaced Leicester) res. and fem., D.S. and S.L. Brigginshaw (Charollais). Texel (J. Thomas, Llangadog) Sup. and fem., D. Evans; res. and male, A. and S. Thomas. Beulah Speckled Face (G. Thomas, Rhydcymerau) Sup. and fem., T. Richards; res. and male, T. Richards. Welsh Badgerfaced (K. Price, Llanddeusant) Sup. and fem., M. Evans; res. and res. fem., M. Evans. Beltex (J. Thomas, Llangadog) Sup. and fem., A.J.P. and W. Evans; res. and male, A.J.P. and W. Evans. Cross-bred (G. Thomas, Rhydcymerau) Sup. and fem., B. Thomas; res., B. Thomas. Butchers’ lambs (G. Thomas, Rhydcymerau) Sup., S. Thomas; res., R. Davies.

Pigs Any breed (A. Thomas, Carmarthen) Sup. and fem., G., J and L. Owens, Lletty Vega (Landrace); res. and res. fem., G., J. and L. Owens, Lletty Wakeful (Welsh).

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clinches pig title By Angela Calvert

THERE was a strong turnout of livestock at a very wet Westmorland County Show, where the supreme beef title went to Limousin champion Whinfellpark Glittered. The five-year-old cow by Wilodge Cerberus and home-bred by Messrs Jenkinson, Penrith, was female champion at the Limousin National Show in July and was also champion of champions at Penrith and Carlisle shows earlier in the year. Standing reserve was Aberdeen-Angus champion Rawburn Ebony, a three-year-old cow by Oakchurch Fieldmaster from John Walsh, Bury, Lancashire, which had

been bought in-calf at Stirling last October. The Holstein champion, Lordsplain Ross Ruby, gave Bob Lawrence, Grange-over-Sands, his first Westmorland supreme dairy title. The fourth calver, by Plain-O Durham Ross which is currently giving 55kg daily, was a winner at UK Dairy Expo in 2014. Jersey second calver Aireburn Governor Cash took the reserve ticket for Butterfield and Burton, Bentham. Bought in April from Brian Moorhouse, Gargrave, it is giving 40kg having calved in January. In the sheep rings the lowland terminal sheep championship went to Peter Woof, Stainton, with a Texel shearling ewe by Anglezarke Uno out of a Sportsmans Tremendous dam which was being shown for the first time.

Inter-breed beef and Limousin champion, Whinfellpark Glittered, from Messrs Jenkinson, Penrith.

Whinstone, a four-shear Zwartbles ewe, which has been champion at its last five shows and has twice been a winner at the Royal Highland, claimed the lowland non-terminal sire championship for John Thorburn, Annan. Taking the upland sheep championship was a home-bred two-

shear Herdwick ram which was being shown for the first time from B. Dickinson and Co’s Brockstones flock, Kentmere, Cumbria. Stoneymoor Melody 43, a sixyear-old home-bred Tamworth sow, which is due in October, claimed the pig inter-breed championship for Bill and Shirley Howes, Kenilworth.


Inter-breed upland sheep and Herdwick champion, a two-shear ram, from B. Dickinson and Co, Kentmere, Cumbria. Inter-breed dairy and Holstein champion, Lordsplain Ross Ruby, from Bob Lawrence, Grange-over-Sands.

Results Dairy Inter-breed (Judge, A. Fleming, Downpatrick) Supreme, B. Lawrence, Lordsplain Ross Ruby (Holstein); reserve, Butterfield and Burton, Aireburn Governor Cash (Jersey). Dairy Shorthorn (E. Crank, Chester) Sup., Messrs Robinson, Strickley Fillpail 12; res.,Messrs Robinson, Strickley Barrington Dot 21. Holstein (D. Gray, East Kilbride) Sup., B. Lawrence, Lordsplain Ross Ruby; res., W.A. and A. Booth, Feizor Gold Chip S Lana. Ayrshire (J. Adamson, Lanark) Sup., D. and C. Sanderson, Sanderson Burdette Buntie; res., D. and C. Sanderson, Sanderson Break Ester 493. Jersey (M. Logan, Clandeboye) Sup., Butterfield and Burton, Aireburn Governor Cash; res., G.M. and D.J. Pye, Bayview Branson Parade 17.

Beef Inter-breed (A. Ryder, Ainstable) Messrs Jenkinson, Whinfellpark Glittered (Limousin); res., J. Walsh, Rawburn Ebony (Aberdeen-Angus). British Blonde (D. Davies, Lampeter) Sup., (T. Atkinson, Felltop Joyce; no reserve. British Blue (J. Hall, Dalston) D. and L. Watret, Criffel View Gracious; res., R. and E. Pattinson, Topside Jake. Simmental (J. Goldie, Annan) Sup., A.R. Carter, Gerrand Belinda 49; res., J.D. Loftus, Blackpool Greta. Aberdeen-Angus (A. Clark, Cumnock) Sup., J. Walsh, Rawburn Ebony; res., M.D. Storey, Borderline Gentle Julie. Limousin (S. Illingworth, Eaglesfield) Sup.,

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Messrs Jenkinson, Whinfellpark Glittered; res., Messrs Jenkinson, Whinfellpark Lavender. Charolais (A. Lawson, Hallington) Sup., D.A. and S.M. Miller, Crookdale Levi; no reserve. Highland (W.A.N. Thomson, Barrhead) Sup., R.A. Phillip, Sara of Hellifield; res., S. and E. Haley, Milis 2 of Earn. Red Poll (D. Jenkins, Thetford) Sup., S.E.W. Temple, Bowland Yolande; res., J.R. Williams, Pinguis Caroline 12. Hereford (S. Harvey, Balfron) Sup., G. and M.C. Shepherd, Moorside 1 Jane 3; res., C.S. Fletcher, Barwise 1 Amazing Grace M858. Longhorn (J.W. Brigg, Warwick) Sup., N. Luckett, Wellhead Octavia; res., S.D. Horrocks, Lowoaks Kimba. Beef Shorthorn (J. Rowell, Cumnock) Sup., J.E. Bellas and Son, Croftends Harry; res., J.E. Bellas and Son, Croftends Hollie. Any other breed (J.W. Brigg, Warwick) Sup., D. and R. Cornthwaite, Leo of Balgray (Galloway); res., D. and R. Cornthwaite, Ballavair Blackmagic (Galloway). Commercial (H. Morris, Holyhead) Sup., Barker and Johnston, Fizzy Lizzy; res., N. Chappelhow and M. Morley, Gold Rush.

Sheep Inter-breeds (all breed judges) Lowland terminal sheep, Sup., P. Woof (Texel); res., D. and J. Norman (Charollais). Lowland non-terminal sheep, Sup., A.J. Thorburn (Zwartbles); res., S. and J.E. Fisher and M.J. Hoggarth (Coloured Ryeland). Upland sheep, Sup., B. Dickinson and Co (Herdwick); res., T.L.B. and J. Knowles (Rough Fell). Beltex (G. Burke, Brechin) Sup., H. Jewitt; res., M. and E. Jennings.

Blue Texel (A. Bailey, Leyburn) Sup., M.S.H. Benson; res., R.J. Heigh. Charollais (S. Hodgson, Bedale) Sup., D. and J. Norman; res., A.J. Thorburn. Hampshire Down (L.M. Chasney, Great Hammerton) Sup., H. Hindmarch; res., A. Chapman. Suffolk (S. Eggleston, Walton-on-the-Wold) Sup., G. Hiddleston; res., J. Airey. Texel (C. Boden, Stockport) P. Woof; res., A.C. and J. Butcher. Bluefaced Leicester (J. Townson, Whalley) Sup. and res., P.L. and J. Dawson. Lleyn (J. Kingan, Troqueer) Sup., H. and M. Dugdale and Son; res., D. Knowles. Masham (A.B. Woodhouse, Clapham) Sup. and res., M.J. Croft. Mule (G. Shields, Ravenstonedale) Sup., J. Wilson and J. Dunning; res., P.J. Elliott. Ryeland (J. Arthur, Lanark) Sup., A. Robinson; res., P. Gray. Teeswater (D. Pilkington, Clitheroe) Sup., J.K. Gorst and Sons; res., D. Stanhope. Zwartbles (O. Hughes-Owen, Anglesey) Sup., A.J. Thorburn, res., R. and J. Lambert. Badger Face Torduu (T.W. Gethin, Builth Wells) Sup. and res. J. Grisedale. Blackface (D. Walton, Alston) Sup., N.I. Allonby; res., Birkbeck Brothers. Dalesbred (A. Haygarth, Wigglesworth) Sup., J.T. and J. Kelsall; res., J.M. and J.J. Dawson. Derbyshire Gritstone (C.R. Mitchell, Holmebridge) Sup., K. and S. Kempson; res., M. Needham. Hebridean (G. Johnston, Biggar) Sup., G. Purcell; res., D. Harrison. Herdwick (J. Wilson, Dockray) Sup., B. Dickinson and Co; res. A. Hartley. Jacob (R. Locker, Greenlaw) Sup. and res., G. Wood and S. Dickinson. Kerry Hill (J. Owens, Leominster) Sup., Y. Brown; res., J. Graham.

Lonk (S. Pickthall, Ullock) Sup., E. Howard; res., G. Brown. North County Cheviot (G. Braid, Johnstonebridge) Sup., T. and K. Bell; res., C.L. Guy. Rough Fell (N.C. Dodd, Tebay) Sup., T.L.B. and J. Knowles; res., M.P. Capstick. Shetland (L. Bell, Chulmleigh) Sup., B. and J. Watson; res., R. Mason. Swaledale (M.E. Oxley, Bishop Auckland) Sup. and res., A. Lancaster. Rare breed – primitive (J. Burn, Duns) Sup. and res., Sumner family (Manx Loaghtan). Rare breed – non-primitive (T.K. Gorst, Sedbergh) Sup., S. and J.E. Fisher and M.J. Hoggarth (Coloured Ryeland); res., D. Coupland (Oxford Down). Any other breed (J. Thorley, Malvern) Sup., A. L’Anson; res., A. Grant and T. Wright (Border Leicester).

Pigs Inter-breed (S. Westron, Walberton) Sup. and sup. traditional, C.G. and S.J. Howes, Stoneymoor Melody 43 (Tamworth); res. and sup. modern, A. and J. Walton, Deva Hover 1150 (Duroc); res. traditional, J. Holroyd, Finnington Matilda 2 (Large Black); res. modern, Deva Hover 1100 (Duroc). Tamworth (S. Westron) Sup., C.G. and S.J. Howes, Stoneymoor Melody. Saddleback (S. Westron) Sup., J.R. Sutcliffe, Golden Arrow 118. British Lop (S. Westron) Sup., C. Barr, Liskeard Lulu 24. Large Black (S. Westron) Sup., J. Holroyd, Finnington Matilda 2. Middle White (S. Westron) B. Merry, Pinehurst Alma Rose 11.

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Beef Inter-breed (Judge, H. Guthrie) Supreme, K. Blackwood and D. Davidson. Highland (L. Lacey) Sup., D. McNaughton; res., C. Cuthbertson. Charolais (S. Ogle) Sup., J. Wight and sons; res., A. and J.J. Forrest. Limousin (S. Ogle) Sup., I. Nimmo; res., A. Lindsay. Simmental (R. McAlister) Sup., G. Brown; res., B. Lambie. British Blue (J. Bellas) Sup., K. Blackwood and D. Davidson; res., A. and C.S. Comrie. Any other breed (R. McAlister) Sup., I. Watson; res., J.W. Frame. Commercial (R. Reid) Sup., G. Scott; res., I. Nimmo.

Sheep Inter-breed (H. Guthrie) Sup., J.P. Campbell and sons.

Blackface (R. Coburn) Sup., J.P. Campbell and sons; res., J. Wight and sons. South Country Cheviot (R. McTurk) Sup., W.J. Douglas; res., Messrs Common. Suffolk (C. Stewart) Sup. and res., S. and G. Brown. Suffolk non-MV (C. Stewart) Sup., J.P. Campbell and sons; res., N. and G. Sandilands. Bluefaced Leicester (C. Lamont) Sup., R.A. McClymont and son; res., M.N. Gray. Bluefaced Leicester coloured (N. Marsden) Sup., J. Wight and sons; res., W.H. Sharp and son. Scotch Mule (D. Gray) Sup., I. Minto; res., J. Wight and sons. Texel MV (A. Knox) Sup. and res., G. Gray. Texel non-MV (A. Jackson) Sup., A. Smeillie; res., J.B. Pate and sons. Beltex (S. McCormack) Sup., R. Wood; res., M. Dunlop. Zwartbles (N. Henderson) Sup., C. Duffy; res., P. Walton. Shetland (N. Adam) Sup. and res., L. Carruthers. Any other breed (A. Dodds) Sup., H. Anderson; res., L. Runciman. Commercial (J. Padkin) Sup., J. and G. Sinclair; res., D. Gilchrist.


Peebles Show, Scottish Borders

Supreme champion, Haven Montana, from E.L. Lewis and Son.

HEREFORD CATTLE SOCIETY HAVEN Montana from E.L. Lewis and Son, Dilwyn, Herefordshire, took the supreme, grand and intermediate championships at the breed’s National Show, held in conjunction with the Tenbury Countryside Show. Reserve grand and intermediate

Ashbourne Show, Derbyshire Beef

Commercial cattle champion, a heifer from G. Scott, Gateside.

Lunesdale Show, Kirkby Lonsdale Beef Inter-breed (British Blue (Judge, J. Capstick, Cumbria) Supreme, M. Benson, Mewstone Kismet; reserve, M. Benson, Mewstone Levi. Limousin (J. Capstick, Cumbria) Sup., B. Shuttleworth, Barbondale Limo; res., I. and G. Sedgwick, Gallaber Leo.

Sheep Beltex (J. Little, Cumbria) Sup., M. and E.

Garstang Show, Lancashire Beef Beef Shorthorn (A. Ryder) Supreme, E. and T. Richardson, Catterall Princess; reserve, J. Shorrock, Dyneley Ivy Jessie. British Blue (J.E. Bellas) Sup., M. and E. Hartley, Pendle Knock Em Out; res., Norbreck Genetics, Blue Isabelle. Simmental (A. Carter) Sup., Barlow Brothers, Bosahan Dynamo; res., Barlow Brothers, Denzies Ferrari. Hereford (H. Braithwaite) Sup., J. Cooper, Rimini 1 Mr Maker; res., G. and M. Shepherd, Moorside 1 Jane 5. Longhorn (G. Walker) Sup., N. Luckett, Wellhead Taxos; res., N. Luckett, Wellhead Octavia. Highland (H. Hoather) Sup., E. Haley, Milis 2 of Earn; res., R.A and W. Philip, Ardberg of Hellifield. Any other pedigree beef breed (M. Towers) Sup., T. Atkinson, Felltop Joyce; res., I. Townson, Whitemoss Layla. Open beef/commercial (M. Towers) Sup., Cropper, and Mellin, Bonita Bootie; res., R. Whitefield, Lanckire Rose.

Dairy Inter-breed (J. Steel) Sup., R. Moore, Cherrytree Crystal 28. Ayrshire (J. Steel) Sup., R. Moore, Cherrytree Cystal. Holstein (J. Steel) Sup., T. Riley, Halloeverhill

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Jennings; res., J. Edmondson. Bluefaced Leicester (A. Nicholson, Cumbria) Sup. and res., H. Huddleston. Dalesbred (T. Gill, Yorkshire) Sup., J.M. Wilson and Son; res., C. Fawcett. Hampshire Down (M. Fletcher, Yorkshire) Sup., H. Hindmarch. Herdwick (D. Wilson, Cumbria) Sup., I.K. and A.M. Grisedale; res., H. Dickinson. Masham (T. Willoughby, Yorkshire) Sup., M. Fawcett and Sons. Mule (G. Inman, Cumbria) Sup., W. and D. Lawson and Son; res., P. Elliot. Primitive (D. Kinsman, Cumbria) Sup., M.B. and H.R. Platts; res., C.G. and K.E. Heeley.

Rosette 87; res., R. and E. Butterfield, Ingleview Rebel Roxie. Jersey (J. Steel) Sup., A. Grimshaw, Bluestone Christine Louise; res., R. and E. Butterfield, Toobeese Tequila Bellez.

Sheep Inter-breed. Sup., J. Robinson (Texel); res., K. Gaskell (Jacob). Champion group A.J. Wood. Bluefaced Leicester (T. Willoughby) Sup., M. Walker; res., A.C. and K. Pye. Charollais (M. Preston) Sup., J. and V. Towers and Son.; res., J. Scott Jnr. Jacob (J Fozzard) Sup., K. Gaskell; res., G. Wood and S. Dickinson. Shetland (P. Hardman) Sup. and res., H. and A. Greenfield. Swaledale (M. Ewbank) Sup., A.C. and K. Pye; res., I. Atkinson. Suffolk (R. Batty) Sup., A. Blair; res., J. Nairey. Texel (M. Keighley) Sup., J. Robinson; res., A. Nairey. Horned (C. Crowther) Sup., M. and C. Huddleston; res., M.B. Ward. Mule (T. Willougby) Sup., G. Jackson; res., A.C. and K. Pye. Zwartbles (M. Preston) Sup., T. and C. Critchley; res., Braithwaite and Odgers. Primitive (P. Hardman) Sup., S. and G. Mather; res., R. Gornall. Mixed continental (M. Fishwick) Sup. and res., A.J Wood. Traditional (J. Geldard) Sup., Braithwaite and Odgers; res., Y. Brown.

Inter-breed (Judge, panel) Supreme, A. and S. Heath (Simmental). Any other pure bred British breed (C. Land, Derbyshire) Sup., T.Cockerill (Beef Shorthorn); res., R.Wain (Highland). Longhorn (G. Green, Leicestershire) Sup., R. Heard; res., M. and Y. Smith. British Blue (G. Robinson, Nottinghamshire) Sup., T.J. and E.A. Richardson; res., Madders and Johnson. Charolais (P. Weston, Derbyshire) Sup., C.J. Hall; res., J. Leavesley. Limousin (R. Lawrence, Warwickshire) Sup., E. Sims. Simmental (J. Ede, Staffordshire) Sup., A. and S. Heath; res., J. Mee.

Rough Fell (D. Douthwaite, Cumbria) Sup., T.L. B. and J. Knowles. Shetland (K. Sharp, East Lothian) Sup., N.J. and M. Turner; res., B. and J. Watson. Suffolk (G. Denby, Cumbria) Sup., R. Batty. Swaledale (R. Owen, Cumbria) Sup., G.J. and L. Taylor; res., A. and L. Huddleston. Teeswater (B. Chandler, Yorkshire) Sup., Gibson and Barry. Texel (J. Davies, Lancashire) Sup., J. Robinson; res., W. and S. Peill Zwartbles (S. Richardson, Cumbria) Sup., R. J. Heigh. Commercial Sheep (G. Denby) Sup., J. Edmondson; res., B. Thompson.

Launceston Show, Cornwall Beef Supreme beef (Judge, R. Venner, North Petherton) Supreme, E.C. Haste, Cromwell Ironman (British Blue); reserve, J. May, Boskenna Donal (Devon). Inter-breed (R. Venner) Sup., R.K. Rundle, Kestle Tulip 85 and D.J. Thomas and son, Z Froyle Mill Benjamin 1. British Blue (A. Guy, Holsworthy) Sup., E.C. Haste, Cromwell Ironman; res., E.C. Haste, Stoneleigh J-Lo. South Devon (P.R. Eustice, Newquay) Sup., R.K. Rundle, Kestle Dahlia; res., R.K. Rundle, Kestle Dahlia; res., R.K. Rundle, Kestle Tulip 85. Devons (M. Stanbury, Launceston) Sup., J. May, Boskenna Donal; res., E. Heard, Cheristow Poldark. Any other continental breed (A. Guy) Sup., A. Stanbury, Arthurs Irresistable; res., J. Neale, Nealford Jacqui. Any other native breed (A. Palk, Paignton) Sup., J.H. Neale, Nealford Princess Purdy R911; res., T.C. and A.J. Ruby, Ashwater Jack.

Dairy Inter-breed (M. Davies) Sup., M.F. and C.A. Smale, Glebewin Twist Grey 199 (Holstein); res., Messrs Coombe, Coombe Perfek Peach (Ayrshire). Ayrshire (M. Evans, Honiton) Sup., Messrs Coombe, Coombe Perfek Peach; res., A.C. and D.C. Walters, Lyner Chocolate 10.

male was Free Town Martyr, from R.A. Bradstock and Partners, Free Town. The Bradstocks also took reserve supreme and junior female with Free Town Bryony. Intermediate and reserve female was won by K. Froud, with Old West Carol Singer 1.

Hereford (N. Griffiths) Sup., M. Taylor; res., M. Whieldon. Commercial beef (D. Thomas, Wales) Sup., J. May.

Dairy Inter-breed (Panel) Sup., T.W. Kent and Co. (Holstein); res., Coldeaton Jerseys (Jersey). Ayrshire (M. Needham, Staffordshire) Sup. and res., R.T. and J.I. Adams Dairy Shorthorn (M. Needham, Staffordshire) Sup. and res., Pattinson and Kirkham. Holstein (P. Fenton, Cheshire) Sup., T.W. Kent and Co.; res., J. Lewis. Jersey (J. Waller) Sup., Coldeaton Jerseys; res., S. Wheat.

Sheep Inter-breed (Panel) Sup., H. Heath (Blue Texel); res., H. Turner (Suffolk). Beltex (A. Bishop, Yorkshire) Sup., N. Beardsley; res., K. and J. Belfield. Rare breeds (A. Lacy, Yorkshire) Sup., G. Storer; res., B. Haughton. Jacob (S. Taylor, Berkshire) Sup., R. Chapman; res., R. and P.A Bramley. Any other pure British breed (G. Riby, Yorkshire) Sup., L. Turner (Border Leicester); res., J. Grindey (Derbyshire Gritstone). Ryeland (J. Scott, Yorkshire) Sup., D. Clamp; res., C. Edgecombe. Any other pure continental breed (G. Stevens, Leicestershire) Sup., H. Heath (Blue Texel); res., K. and J. Belfield (Charollais). Suffolk (G. Riby) Sup. and res., H. Turner. Texel (J. Leadbetter, Northants) Sup., F. Rushton; res., R. Darlington. Butchers’ lambs (A. Bishop, Yorkshire) Sup., (A. Bishop, Yorkshire) Sup., K. and J. Belfield; res., G. R. Fountaine.

Holstein (D. Smith, Exeter) Sup., M.F. and C.A. Smale, Glebewin Twist Grey 199; res., R. and S. Harris, Racewood Baxter Glenda. Any other breed (M. Evans) Sup., A.R. and D.L. Walters, West Berriow Chocoholic Hazel; res., A.R. and D.L. Walters, Willhome Bolide Whiskers.

Sheep Inter-breed (R.H. Kerswell, Kingsbridge) Sup., J. Osborne (Charollais); res., Messrs M.G. Coumbe (Texel). Any other continental breed (R. Jordan, Chagford) Sup., G.B. Renfree; res., Kestell and Russell. Any other lowland native breed (A. Brewer, St Columb) Sup., S.D. Martyn; res., R.A. Rundle. Any other hill and parkland native breed (P. Heard, Okehampton) Sup. and res., S. Rogers. Beltex (D. Weaver, Malvern) Sup. and res., L. Gregory. Charollais (A. Selway, Sturminster Newton) Sup., J. Osborne; res., T. Nancekivell. Devon and Cornwall Longwool (E.A. Darke, Kingsbridge) Sup., W. Bromell; res., Drake Brothers. Dorset Horn and Poll Dorset (A. Palk, Paignton) Sup. and res., N.J. Burrington. Jacob (L. Tumper, Abergavenny) Sup. and res., C. and C. Slee. Lleyn (A. Selway) Sup., R.H.S. Turner; res., G.C. Adams. Roussin (A.J. Carter, Dawlish) Sup., G.B. Renfree; res., T. Nancekivell. Suffolk (A. Brewer) Sup. and res., N.A. and J.R. Phillips. Texel (R. Jordan) Sup. and res., M.G. Coumbe.

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2016 international supreme champions, Kevin Evans and Preseli Ci.

Brace champion Julie Hill with her dogs Mac and Ban.

Welsh team victorious at international trials rJulie Hill takes title in

Reserve champions, James McLaughlin and Dan, from Ireland.

brace competition International Sheepdog Trials: Christine Hall

Results INTERNATIONAL SHEEPDOG TRIALS, SUPREME CHAMPIONSHIP 1, D.K. Evans, Preseli Ci, 614 points. 2, J. McLaughlin, Dan, 613. 3, R. Games, Roy, 577. 4, M.L. Evans, Mac, 574. 5, A. Ll. Jones, Spot, 543. 6, D.K. Evans, Kemi Ross, 538. 7, K.G. Broad, Kinloch Levi, 532. 8, M.C. Shearer, Jim, 532. 9, C.M. Magnusson, Myllin Davey, 499. 10, R.J. Hutchinson, Jock, 498. 11, J.M.C McCloskey, Sweep, 494. 12, B.J. Smith, Ben, 485. 13, R.J. Hutchinson, Sweep, 484. 14, M. Feeney, Jack, 356. 15, M.L. Evans, Meg, (Retired).

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n QUALIFYING TRIAL TROPHIES Poltalloch Cup, Kevin Evans, Preseli Ci. Sun Alliance 5th Shepherds’ Cup, Medwyn Evans, Meg. Duchess of Devonshire 5th Farmers’ Challenge Cup, Kevin Evans, Preseli Ci. Gwyn Jones Rhes-y-cae Memorial Trophy, Llion Harries. Barbara Carpenter Brocken Trophy, Ross Games, Roy. Stirling Team Shield, Wales, 4,528 points. Gilbertson and Page Captain’s Trophy for the captain of the winning team, Medwyn Evans. C.E.H. Yates English Shepherds’ Aggregate Cup, Ed Hawkins, Gipping Valley Troy, 523 points. Lord Mostyn Scottish Shepherds’ Aggregate Cup, Joint – Ian Brownlie and Neil Campbell, 534 points. J.E. Roebuck Welsh Shepherds’ Aggregate Cup, Medwyn Evans, Mac, 586 points. Omagh Marts Irish Shepherds’ Aggregate Cup, Dean Mcauley, 497 points. n BRACE CHAMPIONSHIP TROPHIES

Alan Jones Memorial Cup, the 6th Brace Trophy, Julie Hill, Mac and Ban, 411 points. David Stone Brace Aggregate Cup for the highest total National and International Doubles points, Kevin Evans, Jimmy and Greg, 604 points.


THE country’s best working sheepdogs were on show at last weekend’s International Sheepdog Trials at Tywyn, Gwynedd, where the four UK nations competed for the supreme trophy. Surrounded by the peaks of the Cader Idris mountain range, the event was held on an expansive flat course at Sandilands Farm. It was hosted by the International Trial president Geraint Owen and family. Their Welsh ewes worked consistently well throughout the competition and ensured each competitor had an equal chance. On Friday and Saturday 15 handlers from each country competed for a place in Sunday’s supreme championship. On Friday two Welsh handlers had the highest scores. Kevin Evans, from Libanus, near Brecon, achieved 402 points with two-and-a-

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half-year-old Preseli Ci in the first run of the day. They were followed closely by Ross Games with Ci’s sire, six-year-old Roy, who had 399 points. On Saturday the top handler was Alan Ll. Jones, Bala, with five-and-ahalf-year-old Spot (402 points). In second place were Scotland’s Michael Shearer with Jim (399 points).

year-old Dan from Ireland (613 points). Sunday also saw representatives from each nation compete in the young handlers competition. The winner was Caolan Byrne, Ireland, with Dan. The runners-up were Rhion Owen with Ross (Wales), Tom Blease with Queen (England) and Alexander Kent with Cass (Scotland.)



Throughout Friday and Saturday the international brace competition was held. It was won by Julie Hill from Mid Lothian with her dogs Mac and Ban. On Sunday the top 15 handlers from Friday and Saturday competed in the supreme championship. Thirty minutes was allowed to negotiate the double fetch course. The top two places were very close and only one point separated winner Kevin Evans and Preseli Ci (614 points) from James McLaughlin with six-and-a-half-

The driving championship was held after the completion of the supreme and was won by Aled Owen and Llangwm Cap. This was the second time the international had been held at Sandliands, the first occasion being in 1968 when it was won by Welshman Llyr Evans with his famous dog Bosworth Coon. There were a large number of visitors, with many from overseas, including Argentina and Brazil and a large contingent from California.

Supreme Championship 3rd Challenge Shield, Kevin Evans, Preseli Ci. Lord Mostyn Plate, Kevin Evans, Preseli Ci. R. Fortune Trophy, Kevin Evans, Preseli Ci. W.J. Evans Memorial Cup, James Mclaughlin, Dan. Captain Whittaker Trophy, Medwyn Evans, Mac. Johnny Wilson Memorial Cup, Alun Jones, Spot. Earnest Broadley Cup, Llion Harries. Gwilliam Goblet, Llion Harries. Roberthill Trophy, Ross Games. McDiarmid Rose Bowl, Ross Games, Roy.


Clara Roebuck 4th Aggregate Champion Cup, Kevin Evans, Preseli Ci, 1,213 points. W.R. Seward 3rd English Aggregate Cup, Ricky Hutchinson, Jock, 1,076 points. G.L. Pennefather Irish Aggregate Trophy, James Mclaughlin, Dan, 1,161 points. James S. Gray 5th Scottish Aggregate Trophy, Michael Shearer, Jim, 1,107 points. C.D. Fenwick 3rd Welsh Aggregate Trophy, Kevin Evans, Preseli Ci, 1,213 points.


Rhiwlas Trophy, Kevin Evans, Preseli Ci. J.B. Bagshaw Trophy, Aled Owen, Llangwm Cap. Scott Morris Silver Plate, Caolan Byrne, Dan. Edinburgh Trophy, Bob Harland, Brace. Donaldson Cup, Sean Corrigan, Tex. Ashton Priestley Trophy, Paul Turnbull, Mik. Gilbertson and Page Champions’ Awards: Singles, Kevin Evans, Preseli Ci. Doubles, Julie Hill, Mac and Ban; Caolan Byrne, Dan; Rhion Owen, Ross; Tom Blease, Queen; Alexander Kent, Cass. Blue Riband, Kevin Evans, Preseli Ci.

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David Wood and Sal win second double gather title rPair retain title

they won last year England: Elaine Hill FOR the second consecutive year, David Wood and Sal took the prestigious title of Longshaw double gather champions. This long established three-day trial was held near Grindleford. Running was on mainly Swaledale ewes which were good to manage if handled with care. James Howard judged the two qualifying trials and the championship, held Saturday afternoon on completion of the local class. On Thursday he saw 51 dogs go to the post. At five, Shirley Cropper with Beechwood Ben set the standard, gaining 86 points. However, at 20, her husband Jim matched her score with Nidderdale Barry. Better out-bye work gave Jim and Barry the title.

English results LONGSHAW, Longshaw Pastures, Grindleford, Sheffield (Judge, J. Howard, Holme) Thursday Open (51 ran) 1, J. Cropper (Deerplay) Nidderdale Barry, 86 of 100; 2, S. Cropper (Deerplay) Beechwood Ben, 86; 3, B. Powell (Cold Ashby) Drift, 82; 4, Michael Longton (Quernmore) Rainow Todd, 81 OLF; 5, D. Wood (Derwent Valley) Sal, 81; 6, D. Bristow (Murton) Nell, 77. Friday Open (62 ran) 1, A. Temple (Holmrook) Floss, 88 of 100; 2, D. Wood, Gem, 86; 3, Thomas Longton (Quernmore) Maya, 85; 4, R. Fawcett (Hardraw) Lola, 83 OLF; 5, R. Watson (Millom) Nidderdale Nidd, 83; 6, N. Vyas (Wigston) Todd, 82. Local open (J. Pieters, Holland – 17 ran) 1, G. Birchenall (Chinley) Queen, 73 of 100; 2, S. Wilkinson (Thurgoland) Huthwaite Holly, 71 OLF; 3, P. Wood (Derwent Valley) Sue, 71; 4, T. Weston (Chesterfield) Jade, 68. Brace (J. Elliott – 6 ran) 1, S. Cropper, Danny and Bob, 114 of 150; 2, K. Cropper (Shap) Tsavoand Flash, 112. Double gather championship (J. Howard – 16 ran) 1, D. Wood, Sal, 136 of 160; 2, S. Cropper, Beechwood Ben, 132; 3, D. Bristow Nell, 129; 4, C. Pickford (Rainow) Rainow Meg, 127; 5, R. Dean (Chipping) Denwyn Jim, 118. HOLMROOK, Cumbria (P. Rigby, Skelsmergh) AM Open (32 ran) 1, R. Watson (Millom) Max, 93 of 110 OLF; 2, D. Purdham (Holmrook) Folly, 93; 3, M. Davidson (Allendale) Corrie, 90 OLF; 4, R. Watson, Ricky, 90; 5, B. Swinbank (Isle of Man) Lottie, 88; 6, A. Bradley (Crosthwaite) Glenalla Raven, 86. PM Open (G. Smithson, Kirkbride – 30 ran) 1, R. Watson, Ricky, 95 of 100 TIME; 2, J. McRobert (Tweedsmuir) Nel, 95; 3, A. Baines (South Stainmore) Tanhill Lassie, 94 TIME; 4, D. Purdham, Folly, 94; 5, A. Common (Lockerbie) Taff, 93 TIME; 6, R. Watson, Nidderdale Nidd, 93. CORNWALL, Boconnac (T. Griffiths, Lydney) Saturday open driving (30 ran) 1, C. Worgan (Chulmleigh) Holly, 85 of 100; 2, J. Nicholls (Buckland Brewer) Tan, 84; 3, J. Carter (Delabole) Bob, 80; 4, J. Carter, Jess, 77; 5, J. Nicholls, Joe, 76; 6, S. Greenaway (Manaton) Sanduck Flip, 75. Young handlers 1, L. Hopper (Veryan) Tweed; 2, M. Hopper (Veryan) Zac; 3, W. Carter (Davidstow) Blue. Brace, 1, I. Mackay (Lustleigh) Sanduck Slip and Sanduck Mai, 96 of 140; 2, T. Hopper (Veryan) Tweed and Fern, 86. Sunday open driving (J. Harper, Hatherleigh) 1, J. Carter, Bob, 88 of 100; 2, J. Carter, Jay, 84; 3, N. Dalgarno (Tregony) Roy, 81; 4, I. Mackay, Sanduck Pip, 77 OLF; 5, N. Dalgarno, Mirk, 77; 6, J. Carter, Jess, 76. Aggregate winner J. Carter, Bob. MENDIP, Warren Farm, Charterhouse (A. Melrose, Radstock) Open driving (25 ran) 1, M. Vickery (Salisbury) Sweep, 81 of 100; 2, J. Garland (Cwmbran) Cap, 78; 3, J. Garland, Roy, 75; 4, C. Fitzgerald (Lymington) Dell, 73 OLF; 5, K. Cox (Weston-super-Mare) Shona, 73; 6, T. Parsons (Yatton) Rock, 69.

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David Wood and Sal.

On Friday there were 62 runners. David Wood and Gem took the lead on 86 points. At 47, Arthur Temple and Floss gained a two point advantage to win with 88 points. The top eight from each day qualified for the championship, where the running order was balloted. Apart from a couple of short dry spells, there was heavy rain throughout the championship. When it was particularly wet, making visibility poor, David and Sal ran

Wales: Christine Hall LLANDDEWI BREFI, Open national, 1, M. Jones (Maesybont) Jimmy, 10; 2, I.B. Jones (Capel Bangor) Kinloch Rio, 11; 3, E.L. Morgan (Aberystwyth) Jaff, 12; =4, R. Millichap (Port Talbot) Del, 13; =4, E.L. Morgan, Nell 13; 6. A. Lyttle (Kesh) Jim, 16. Novice national, 1, I.B. Jones, Kinloch Rio, 11; 2. R. Millichap, Del, 13; 3. R. Davies (Lampeter) Nell, 20; Open South Wales, 1, I.B. Jones, Tim, 10; 2, E.L. Morgan, Jaff, 13; 3, D. Jenkins (Talybont) Moss, 16; 4, M. Jones, Jimmy, 17. Novice South Wales, 1, S. Lewis (Llanelli) Jess, 20; 2. M. Lewis (Talgarth) Moss, 35; 3, Alun Jones, Twig, 40. Local South Wales, 1, D. Rees, Meg; 2, E. Hope, Floss; 3, D. Rees, Sweep; 4. G. Jones, Sam. Local national, 1, E. Hope, Mist; 2, E. Hope, Floss; 3, D. Rees, Meg; 4, G. Davies, Bill. LLANGWYRYFON (J Price) Open national, 1, A. Lyttle (Kesh) 6; 2, E.L. Morgan (Aberystwyth) Jaff, 13; 3, D. Jarman (Llangwyrfon) Pero, 18; 4, A. Lyttle, Scot, 19; 5, D. Jenkins (Talybont) Moss, 20; 6, C. Neal (Norfolk ) Dexter, 21. Open South Wales, 1, A. Lyttle, Scot, 10; 2, D. Jenkins, Moss, 22½; 3, E. Lloyd (Llanrhystud) Fly, 29½; 4, A. Lyttle, Meg, 30½; 5, M. Rogers (Llangwyryfon) Don, 33½. LLANSADWRN Novice South Wales (Emyr Lloyd) 1. A. Driscoll (Llanllawddog) Kinloch Cade, 5; 2. A. Driscoll, Kinloch Penny, 6; 3, Y. Abrey (Brecon) Malta Evie 9; 4. C. Soar (Marteltwy) Tehya, 17. Local South Wales, 1, I.G. Jones (Tregaron) Candy, 14; 2, L. Robertson (Llandeilo) Gael, 31; 3, L. Robertson, Sid, 36; 4, L. Robertson, Vee, 42. Novice National, 1, M. Hemmings (Llanfynydd) Jill, 16; 2, C. Visser, Nan, 24 OLF; 3, C. Soar, Teyha, 24; 4. C. Hall (Llandeilo) Pentwyncoch Seren, 26. Local National, 1, M. Hemmings, Jill, 16; 2, C. Hall, Pentwyncoch Seren, 26; 3, I.G. Jones, Candy, 48. Open National (Mike Hall) 1, A. Driscoll, Kinloch Mazi, 11; 2, R. Ellis (Nantymoel) Spot, 14; 3, A. Driscoll, Kinloch Penny, 15; 4, G. Lewis (Gwynfe) Sam, 17 OLF; 5, R. Ellis, Sweep, 17; 6, M. Jones (Maesybont) Jimmy, 21. Open South Wales, 1, M. Jones, Nip, 3; 2, C. Soar, Teyha, 7; 3, A. Driscoll, Kinloch Penny, 17; 4, M. Morgan (Tregaron) Jill, 21 OLF; 5, K. Broad (Llanllawddog) Kinloch Cade, 21; 6, M. Morgan, Josie. 24. LLANUWCHLYN Open national, 1, Alwyn Williams, Max, 7; 2, Aled Owen, Glesni, 8 OLF; 3, M. McNaught, Eira, 8; 4, Gethin Jones, Fran, 9 OL; 5, Elgan Jones, Jim, 9; 6, C. Humphreys, Jim, 11. Class Two, 1, Elgan Jones, Joe, 12; 2, J. B. Roberts, Pip, 19; 3, Gwenllian Pyrs, Eryri Nan, 20; 4, D.

at number nine. After a clean first gather and good lift, Sal slipped two sheep at the fetch obstacle. She had a faultless turn back and second gather. After another good lift, she lost several points for line down the second fetch, although her driving was excellent. Losing two points at the shed, she then had a clean pen before dropping four more at the single, giving the top score of 136. At 15, Shirley Cropper and Beechwood Ben were on equal points on completion of their outbye work. Losing two more points over their drive and two at the pen put them in second place on 132. The Holmrook Opens took place over a sizeable course which dipped in the middle. Running was on Texel cross and Mule ewes which were good to handle. Ross Watson and Max topped the morning entry of 32 dogs on an out-bye decision over Dennis Purdham and Folly on the same score. In the afternoon, Ross took the title with Ricky on 95 points on a time decision over runners-up Joe McRobert and Nel. Jarman, Tess, 21; 5, Ieuan Williams, Mac, 27. Young handler, Gwenllian Pyrs. NORTH WALES CHAMPIONSHIP QUALFIERS, Field One, 1, A. Williams (Penmachno) Max, 7; 2, A. Jones (Selattyn) Jane, 9; 3, G. L. Jones (Defaidty) Bob, 11; 4, R. Owen (Marian Glas) Jaff, 12; 5, J. Ellis (Whitchurch) Cap, 14; 6, A. Owen (Penygroes) Glenys, 14. Field Two, 1, A. Owen (Corwen) Glesni, 8; 2, D. Edwards (Penrhyndeudreth) Ben, 10; 3, K. Schwarze, Brenig Bobby, 12; 4, J. Evans (Ystrad Meurig) Glen, 13; 5, M. Evans (Llanfachreth) Meg, 14; 6, M. Evans, Mac, 15. PENYBONT (Kevin Evans, Libanus) Open National, 1, N. Watkins (Llanddeusant) Tanhill Alex, 8; 2, R. Ellis (Nantymoel) Sweep, 9; 3, I.B. Jones (Capel Bangor) Tim, 10; 4, J. Bowen (Tenby) Ned, 11 OLF; 5, A. Smith (Tenbury Wells) Bethan, 11; 6, M. Williams (Welshpool) Sue, 11. Novice National, 1, S. Harden (Pembroke) Cass,15; 2, C. Gordon (Gower) Maid, 22; 3, I. B. Jones, Kinloch Rio, 24; 4, A. Price, (Llandrindod Wells) Tess, 25. PENYBONT FAWR, Open national, 1, C. Roberts (Oswestry) Roy, 14; 2, D. Williams (Abrmule) Bob, 18; 3, D. Davies (Abergynolwyn) Prince, 19; 4, M. Williams (Welshpool) Pepsi, 22; 4, G. Laypaes, Jake, 23; 5, D. Davies, Sali, 24. Class Two, 1, Paul Thomas, Meg, 13; 2, M. McNaught (Bala) Eira, 17; 3, G. Pyrs (Capel Garmon) Eryri Nan, 19; 4, J.R. Griffydd (Talysarn) Jet, 19. PONTRHYDFENDIGAID Open National, 1, M. Morgan (Tregaron) Josie, 15; 2, E. Lloyd (Llanrhystyd) Fly, 16; 3, J. Wheaton (Port Talbot) Kim, 17; 4, G. Davies (Llangeitho) Goyallt Lad, 21; 5, I. Morgan (Aberystwyth) Scott, 22; 6, E. Howells (Capel Madog) Spot, 24. Open South Wales, 1, M. Lewis (Talgarth) Moss, 10; 2, G. Davies, Goyallt Lad, 18; 3, Ludwig, Sam, 19; 4, E. Lloyd, Fly, 20; 5, M. Morgan, Josie, 22; 6, Gwyn Davies (Llangeitho) Bob, 23. RHANDIRMWYN (John Bowen) Open National, 1, N. Watkins (Llanddeusant) Tanhill Alex, 10; 2, G. Lewis (Gwynfe) Flash, 14; 3, R. Ellis (Nantymoel) Sweep, 15; 4, I.B. Jones (Capel Bangor) Tim, 16; 5, M. Jones (Maesybont) Jimmy, 17 OLF; 6, M. Jones, Nip, 17. Novice National, 1, R. Ellis (Nantymoel) Spot, 22 OLF; 2, A. Price (Llandrindod Wells) Jill, 22; 3, R. Davies (Lampter) Nell, 24; 4, I.B. Jones, Kinloch Rio, 29; 5, M. Lewis (Talgarth) Moss, 37. Open South Wales, 1, M. Jones, Jimmy, 12; 2, I.B. Jones, Kinloch Rio, 20; 3, M. Lewis, Moss, 26; 4, D.L. Evans, Don, 27; 5, A. Price, Jill, 30; 6, E. Lloyd (Llanrhystud) Sal, 31; Novice South Wales, 1, M. Lewis, Moss, 26; 2, A. Price, Jill, 30; 3, I.G. Jones (Tregaron) Carlo, 38.

Trials diary ENGLAND September 17. BRAMPTON, Open and local, signed off B6413 Newbiggin/Croglin road, 8am start, enter on field, contact K. Smith, tel: 01697 746502. NORTHUMBERLAND, League, Open, Slaggyford, CA8 7PB, enter on field. September 18. NORTHUMBERLAND, League, Open, Harbottle, NE65 7AG, enter on field. DOREST, County Show Trial, Open, Manor Farm, Cheselbourne, Dorchester, DT2 7NR, 8.30am start, refreshments, proceeds to Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, entry closed. EGGLESTON, Northern Open, High Shipley, Eggleston, DL12 0DP, about 3.5 miles from Barnard Castle on the B6278 Barnard Castle/ Eggleston road, 9.30am start, enter on field before 3pm, for three dogs one before 11am and only one dog after 12.30pm. NORTH WESTMORLAND, Stephen Relph Memorial Open, Greystoke, off the Motherby road, Penrith, Cumbria, 8am start, enter on field by 4pm, maximum three dogs. September 19. NIDDERDALE SHOW, Open, Brace and young handler, Bewerley Park, Pateley Bridge, North Yorkshire, HG3 5BD, 9am start, for two dogs one to be booked in before noon, entry closed. September 23. OSWALDKIRK, Open, North Yorkshire, exact venue to be confirmed depending on weather, 9.30am start, enter on field, more than one dog first to be booked in before noon.

WALES September 17. LLANGEITHO and DISTRICT, Open national and open South Wales, Cardiganshire novice South Wales, catering, enter on field, start 8am, contact I. Griffiths, tel: 07890 647 259. PENUWCH, SY25 6QJ, Open national and open South Wales, catering, enter on field, start 8am, contact G. Evans, tel: 01974 821 212/821 482. DOLWYDDELAN, Cae Ty Isaf, Pentre Dolwyddelan, LL25, Open national and class two, catering, enter on field, start 9am, contact W. Noble, tel: 01690 750 233. September 18. GLYNCEIRIOG, Nursery heat four, LL20 7HW, enter on field, contact N. Green, tel: 01691 611800. September 18 and 19. ABERGAVENNY, World trial qualifier, New House Farm, Llantilio Pertholey, NP7 8AY, pre-entry, contact M. Owen, tel: 01267 290 282/ 07779 600 112. September 24. EGLWYSBACH, Ty Gwyn, LL28 5RN, Open national, class two, local, ladies and young farmer classes, catering, enter on field, start 9.30am, contact E. Williams, tel: 07745 842 619. LLANDOVERY, Open national and open South Wales, Mart Field, enter on field, catering, start 7.30am, contact H. Rees, tel: 01550 720 943/07812 112 736. PENTREFOELAS, Cernioge Mawr, LL24 0TR, Open national and class two, catering, enter on field, start 8am, contact I. Evans, tel: 01690 770 282. BODFARI, North Wales Nursery heat five, LL16 4DR, contact A. Roberts, tel: 07798 738 450. WEOBLEY, Nunsland Farm, Roxwood, Pembridge, HR6 9JW, Open and novice national, catering, enter on field, start 8am, contact C. Jones, tel: 01568 708 043.

SOUTH WALES ASSOCIATION Novice National (Llion Harris, Malcolm Ellis) 1, L. Williams (Llandeilo) Ned, 19; 2, C. Hall (Llandeilo) Pentwyncoch Seren, 30 OLF; 3, S. Currie (Tredegar) Vie, 30; 4, A. Vanderlink (Belgium) Lad, 32; 5, S. George (Llangennech) Mai, 38 OLF; 6, A. Westover (Swansea Valley) Joe, 38; 7, A. Potter (Powick) Scot, 40; 8, Alison Hunter Blair, Skip, 42. Young Handler (Malcolm Ellis) 1, L. Williams, Ned, 14; 2, L. Harries (Crymych) Preseli Fly, 21; 3, E. Hope (Lampeter), Mist, 26. ST HARMON Open National session two, 1, M. Jones (Maesybont) Jimmy, 12; 2, Y. Abrey (Brecon) Galn y Gors Mona, 30 OLF; 3, I. Jones (Erwood) Meg, 13; 4, E.L. Morgan (Aberystywth) Nell, 15; 5, E.L. Morgan, Glyn, 20 OLF; 6, E.L. Morgan, Jaff, 20 OLF. Novice National, 1, S. Lewis, Moss, 20; 2, W. Jones (Erwood) Lass, 21; 3, M. Morgan (Tregaron), Josie, 26; 4, E. Lloyd (Llanrhystud) Fly, 27; 5, K. Hacker (Llandrindod Wells) Holly, 29; 6, D. Jarman (Llangwyryfon) Roy, 30. TREGARON (John Rees, St Dogmaels) Open National, 1, E. L. Morgan (Aberystwyth) Jaff, 11; 2, A. Price (Llandrindod Wells) Kate, 14; 3, M. Jones (Maesybont) Nip, 15; 4, I.B. Jones (Capel Bangor) Tim, 16; 5, A. Price, Jill, 16½; 6, V. Powell (Cold Ashby) Cully, 18½. Open South Wales, 1, I. B. Jones, Kinloch Rio, 7 ½; 2, I.B. Jones, Tim, 11 OLF; 3, C. Soar (Marteltwy) Tehya, 11; 4, E. Lloyd (Llanrhystud) Fly, 11½; 5, E. L. Morgan, Nell, 12; 6, E.L. Morgan, Jaff, 13½. LLANLLAWDDOG Witches and Bitches Ladies National (Sian Jones) 1, B. Behr, Breeze, 12; 2, L. Bottger, Henia, 13; 3, L. Williams, Ned, 15; 4, C. Ridge, Sian, 17; 5, C. Hall, Pentwyncoch Seren, 20; 6, A. Vanderlink, Lad, 21.

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

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196.50 177.83 156.88 143.00 212.33 175.50 192.00 152.30 172.50 186.79 228.43 184.00 159.33 191.92 149.67 194.61 191.50 175.31 164.33 193.03 128.25 109.00 240.50 204.75 154.00 140.50 167.00 230.38 164.00 168.50 157.17 175.50 230.50 161.50 197.50

204.14 187.51 180.06 171.33 188.21 150.00 153.59 204.00 157.50 185.50 181.83 188.89 187.12 160.03 189.25 188.00 178.50 183.50 196.76 224.30 190.25 185.67 200.33 208.50 160.75 175.50 198.00 193.17 162.38 177.44 219.46 124.00 144.17 215.00 172.50 205.50 215.83 172.75 218.30

197.93 147.50 162.50 186.00 158.00 113.67 184.35 183.50 182.25 194.33 176.50 180.31 178.50 114.00 144.50 176.00 193.22 200.90 187.50 190.30 188.63 137.00 181.00 139.50 181.08 185.25 170.10 165.48 192.50 122.50 108.50 233.50 160.58 172.50 190.30 172.80

169.67 180.56 175.00 213.77 108.40 189.33 172.83 203.21 210.10 168.00 165.67 205.44 132.33 153.50 134.50 126.00 217.00 205.88 197.67 163.62 155.61 209.83 236.12 196.00 239.75 191.00 177.50 153.06 234.35 189.50 221.50 232.61 139.50 239.50 196.67 210.25

210.79 184.88 190.03 171.00 211.86 93.00 209.75 204.45 171.10 197.08 219.98 156.00 167.94 210.94 159.00 208.83 193.00 160.00 112.00 126.00 205.00 204.15 227.80 200.52 174.33 219.68 232.10 178.86 237.50 226.50 187.20 192.09 176.50 180.72 235.26 205.28 234.12 188.17 187.64 187.55 221.29

207.75 161.50 195.94 194.33 187.22 123.50 182.12 208.50 159.50 184.53 156.33 164.40 108.00 157.50 127.00 124.50 196.25 211.07 175.10 176.82 177.57 143.00 212.50 169.67 148.00 227.50 191.60 183.60 149.50 161.86 208.06 163.00 212.10 175.50 221.41 164.38 199.40

81.50 153.67 175.15 133.40 175.75 166.00 169.50 157.00 161.31 166.17 155.00 175.11 113.50 149.03 160.38 159.68 144.62 170.00 178.50 88.00 158.55 160.75 168.80

153.17 171.64 159.07 161.86 182.78 193.43 193.21 174.50 163.00 197.28 180.62 166.55 187.50 186.01 179.24 162.75 176.33 170.00 188.55 181.42 198.25 155.00 182.89

162.33 177.75 122.00 195.32 152.50 191.62 198.67 188.00 193.93 197.38 180.29 181.50 200.85 178.32 161.00 174.17 196.00 199.96 197.45 199.83 185.53

3 93 131 119 7 78 371 59 13 7 43 4 72 19 155 113 7 2 17 2 2 84 85 13 21 1 35 10 198 17 62 1 39 14 24 64 3 7 35 124 12 31 58 24 46 1 43 7 21

222.50 200.18 230.00 176.10 214.67 219.00 167.47

186.63 202.67 196.17 236.00 210.33 211.80 226.60 204.88 217.83

132.94 229.00 195.67 219.00 197.13 171.60 186.45

206.00 182.00 109.00 202.00 174.39 227.92 208.88 190.52

173.82 188.50 218.86 207.25 238.55 204.00 187.68 228.85 208.80 218.30

134.65 210.00 216.40 203.83 222.62 207.50 146.22 209.14 216.00 157.96 213.33

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64.02 113.44 111.60 118.62 116.00 90.15 80.25

87.89 89.29 73.33 87.59 86.92 80.14 85.83 80.25 90.38 105.00 89.26 29.50 86.79 78.50 37.50 86.00 94.47 91.62 96.30 97.00 113.17 85.92 123.75 96.56 84.56 87.67 86.83 126.00 91.75 88.53 109.38 86.09 97.07 -

108.17 126.74 108.57 131.00 125.45 98.88 117.50 107.33 116.59 96.00 117.68 117.39 113.23 89.86 117.71 124.00 105.00 110.26 90.36 127.00 95.11 140.50 115.64 112.23 126.12 100.00 124.65 112.20 118.35 128.00 109.30 125.50 115.14 111.64 130.62 107.85 102.50 123.90 119.43 -

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78.73 89.48 87.86 85.21 96.31 109.03

117.97 126.15 119.49 131.50 130.68 119.00 115.95 139.06 121.12 117.79 127.71

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Total Ewes

Ewes average

2316 1577 1821 1186 4647 1485 683 646 2448 1456 767 587 2024 326 5084 793 534 1729 821 251 157 1394 3221 2258 236 789 36 1285 1901 1757 1093 606 981 242 5485 290 2381 435 1751 709 1159 1989 58 613 3862 894 3010 1387 2222 128 441 881 970 417 1281 3126 1514 278 887 1522 941 169 883 1354 20 1714 1616 439

166.67 128.92 133.76 157.22 160.00 173.73 168.30 186.63 183.00 171.61 144.00 165.92 184.48 149.60 141.87 158.14 133.76 163.80 124.18 136.31 154.57 144.00 150.99 178.60 167.02 67.00 164.79 158.31 146.72 149.83 191.76 158.90 180.00 156.25

184.20 177.03 177.05 183.30 175.16 178.91 173.20 167.61 188.85 173.43 189.07 175.01 180.20 186.43 190.49 164.48 160.30 175.28 179.15 184.71 155.00 169.62 177.89 177.13 181.02 183.28 180.60 170.71 184.33 180.62 175.53 175.96 180.56 172.66 185.84 176.39 185.65 159.69 183.76 187.40 182.85 190.66 159.00 177.83 173.42 174.48 180.72 181.03 191.72 144.75 151.33 173.40 168.45 189.66 175.24 176.64 176.49 173.55 189.37 187.21 196.45 164.39 200.60 192.04 187.97 160.95

186.72 178.32 180.76 183.97 181.90 188.67 177.69 172.68 186.02 180.58 186.57 179.41 187.16 191.58 188.79 167.93 165.79 182.75 169.46 180.84 161.34 175.92 185.21 177.80 185.72 181.48 177.50 178.80 187.14 177.75 174.89 183.53 180.54 170.84 188.43 184.60 188.03 172.99 188.21 181.80 180.50 186.48 156.95 188.40 187.76 178.57 189.30 185.67 189.66 153.38 160.88 174.67 171.44 192.38 177.44 179.35 183.15 174.64 186.73 183.74 185.16 183.68 168.56 200.69 184.56 191.43 179.42

181.29 179.81 179.90 175.44 176.85 184.17 175.79 165.16 176.55 173.80 181.19 179.15 184.62 192.04 183.93 170.14 157.57 184.03 170.22 165.54 169.56 183.10 179.94 166.05 191.19 175.55 185.90 173.25 181.25 183.48 166.98 181.35 177.97 171.63 191.08 184.92 187.86 185.89 189.63 178.50 180.60 181.41 161.90 182.17 187.46 179.03 184.26 180.33 190.19 153.67 164.12 169.76 174.99 188.18 179.01 180.88 185.31 175.41 185.21 186.60 190.29 181.68 167.53 189.05 178.50 173.63 187.40 185.33

186.37 177.82 177.28 183.85 178.12 186.73 175.84 172.30 186.25 179.21 187.39 178.26 185.66 189.88 188.98 167.08 164.39 179.70 173.24 181.11 159.63 172.35 181.95 177.74 178.85 181.83 178.25 176.50 186.82 177.91 174.50 180.78 180.50 171.19 187.24 182.93 187.66 169.22 182.57 182.08 181.09 187.47 157.61 186.56 180.85 177.95 188.21 185.23 190.05 151.10 155.92 174.48 171.17 192.00 177.40 179.01 182.47 174.48 186.91 184.39 185.33 183.68 167.75 200.68 185.96 190.54 177.79

456 624 667 368 2934 148 202 293 562 232 296 882 156 1916 701 31 432 675 26 2619 104 83 651 29 433 458 352 117 124 248 50 6612 34 639 174 152 68 399 1450 6 108 807 286 1037 308 514 95 308 261 54 163 297 572 531 302 59 219 136 98 251 173 494 1165 123

65.09 52.80 57.16 45.64 53.22 53.05 56.68 60.98 55.86 67.84 46.08 43.62 60.40 62.31 47.37 55.05 50.17 48.08 48.33 56.22 56.04 55.28 61.37 64.00 40.25 56.81 51.74 57.45 53.90 46.05 43.71 58.68 56.06 44.18 49.03 62.40 73.60 58.32 66.80 47.50 72.51 37.00 46.39 62.83 62.40 68.56 47.07 53.37 62.54 61.30 58.03 57.30 42.28 57.17 53.57 64.68 50.32 66.53 60.11 42.61 58.99 67.80 65.58 52.76

1604 298 1418 365 2226 1040 858 354 2202 2063 2279 1436 6418 1324

116.75 159.62 171.97 137.42 142.97 107.69 131.45 140.00 136.15 134.14

155.16 165.44 178.16 163.99 186.71 168.28 141.90 161.61 169.29 184.47 178.30 169.32 158.02 147.32

180.72 166.46 175.37 171.64 187.42 179.94 171.67 169.28 183.20 185.62 185.60 173.83 180.61 175.11

174.38 158.23 170.82 164.12 186.89 176.74 174.97 165.22 179.30 182.21 184.91 174.33 170.61 169.00

177.72 166.29 175.50 170.31 186.74 179.23 165.01 168.39 182.12 185.28 183.85 173.51 178.23 158.97


p122 129 Sep16.indd 3

1218 609 136 906 261 499 315 916 650 610 757 2197 -

Market day(s) week ending September 13 Bala Brecon Bryncir Builth Wells Carmarthen Dolgellau Gaerwen Hay On Wye Knighton Llanrwst Machynlleth Mold Monmouthshire Newcastle Emlyn Rhayader Market Ruthin St Asaph Talgarth Talybont-On-Usk Welshpool Whitland

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

Total cattle number

Light average

1 16 151 15 7 5 1

185.00 177.40 212.50 173.33 -


Medium average

Heavy average

Light average

Medium average

Heavy average

185.00 174.91 184.50 178.00 -

184.00 174.53 189.50 171.00 -

184.00 188.20 194.93 -

166.00 179.29 185.67 233.50 175.00 176.50 -

181.00 187.56 130.00 -

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

Medium average


Heavy average

Total cow number

Grade 1 average

Grade 3 average

Dairy sired average

Beef sired average

197.00 -

14 116 33 4 66 2 35 20



70.29 90.75 105.25 80.00 84.97 92.45

86.71 116.67 130.31 84.50 109.79 111.50 109.31 -

143.22 118.00

186.88 -

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

1244 477 1306 2004 39 297 902 441 1510 1576 1012 800 2910 167 1079 4741 5336 2042 683 5298 176

154.35 142.69 154.66 159.02 155.88 156.91 160.00 152.61 159.33 154.57 145.48 160.62 175.50 156.54 155.90 160.52 163.00

171.77 166.02 170.42 176.68 163.26 189.90 168.51 180.25 178.21 168.67 173.37 182.08 168.39 161.77 164.56 173.79 185.96 178.85 167.35 177.67 161.24

182.27 171.24 183.61 185.24 149.00 178.00 182.88 180.85 183.61 179.37 186.93 184.70 181.80 171.31 174.78 185.13 199.68 188.49 176.19 181.98 171.12

167.03 181.30 181.70 158.34 179.33 177.69 173.83 181.50 179.13 180.79 169.57 171.38 177.18 194.12 181.17 170.18 179.93 155.67

167.82 166.09 166.67 182.07 157.41 159.58 176.05 180.72 182.75 169.98 168.63 184.21 169.62 167.48 170.74 179.70 195.08 186.14 166.55 178.90 169.51

256 394 600 2 501 483 208 63 1121 219 160 1587 1151 516 39 2917 140

49.55 44.53 40.31 46.25 45.26 59.77 37.04 49.98 50.55 56.69 40.17 38.80 49.86 57.48 44.53 45.18 47.95


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

45.71 49.97 43.36 53.37 54.95 47.34 42.89 48.66 49.10 47.92 48.55 48.56 -

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Tu\Fr Mo Fr Tu

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

Fr Sa Fr

Th Fr\Mo We Tu

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


6-12 month steers

12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers


STORES (NATIVE-SIRED 18+ month heifers

6-12 month steers

12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers

18+ month heifers

6-12 mon steers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

19/694.7 16/608.4 -/-/5/870.0 -/-/4/528.8 -/-/2/907.5 5/701.0 1/845.0 -/10/782.5 -/6/685.8 36/816.0 1/615.0 -/3/836.7 9/720.0 -/13/878.1 -/2/410.0 -/-/-/-/-/21/853.6 1/575.0 -/-/1/965.0 6/722.5 2/725.0 -/-/-/-/1/955.0 1/650.0 8/635.4 3/978.3 -/1/705.0 20/747.9 -/-/-/-/-/41/697.4 14/733.0 -/-/2/487.5 -/1/875.0 -/-/8/787.5

25/833.9 56/844.3 -/3/1070.0 85/999.9 -/-/6/689.2 -/6/1061.7 9/762.3 9/979.4 28/964.6 -/30/935.3 -/33/839.1 27/681.4 -/-/61/820.4 16/736.6 -/17/908.5 2/772.5 5/699.0 -/-/-/-/5/896.0 63/892.4 11/940.5 -/-/2/1110.0 36/861.5 13/931.2 6/928.3 -/-/1/662.0 14/1024.3 11/864.5 9/922.2 61/990.7 -/3/398.3 68/814.6 -/-/-/-/-/68/832.1 26/1016.3 -/30/992.5 10/768.5 -/23/1042.8 -/-/7/1042.1

9/915.8 35/1025.6 -/5/831.0 107/1123.2 -/-/2/870.0 -/9/1116.7 26/949.0 4/1073.8 24/1048.3 -/1/1155.0 -/28/1009.5 25/939.9 -/-/24/842.3 1/1095.0 -/2/815.0 2/877.5 6/887.5 -/-/-/-/69/1088.0 54/1006.2 8/1062.5 -/-/1/1200.0 14/1004.6 8/895.6 2/1055.0 -/-/-/10/920.5 14/971.1 47/1024.6 73/1274.3 -/2/1100.0 91/1034.3 3/1006.7 -/-/-/-/21/1003.6 7/1111.4 -/22/979.1 6/836.7 -/37/1110.7 -/-/1/815.0

15/563.1 9/596.7 -/1/200.0 -/-/-/1/430.0 -/-/-/2/670.0 4/857.5 -/7/846.4 -/6/515.0 33/665.6 2/495.0 -/3/636.7 3/491.7 1/555.0 5/782.0 1/610.0 3/408.3 -/-/-/-/-/17/788.8 1/900.0 -/-/2/927.5 2/560.0 1/655.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/1/920.0 3/905.0 -/3/490.7 29/570.1 6/477.5 -/-/-/-/13/559.3 10/591.3 -/-/-/-/1/835.0 -/-/4/667.5

39/756.8 21/704.8 -/-/115/947.1 -/-/1/610.0 -/4/680.0 14/746.1 23/890.9 33/796.2 -/19/920.8 -/33/645.2 28/630.0 -/-/21/624.0 15/604.7 -/27/725.0 15/688.7 3/584.3 -/-/-/-/8/777.5 50/812.0 4/793.8 -/-/2/1022.5 49/807.4 13/778.5 1/700.0 -/-/6/635.0 11/827.7 3/1056.7 17/808.2 80/985.8 -/1/650.0 76/648.7 16/816.6 -/-/-/-/55/653.5 67/918.9 -/5/873.0 21/652.9 -/40/987.3 -/-/1/855.0

18/814.4 37/834.2 -/2/860.0 65/1045.6 -/-/1/885.0 -/16/936.6 2/730.0 4/878.8 22/918.9 -/5/745.0 -/29/836.0 18/693.8 -/-/2/542.5 6/888.2 -/2/810.0 5/999.0 19/857.8 -/-/-/-/15/998.7 38/888.0 1/1200.0 -/-/-/14/799.3 4/895.0 1/880.0 -/-/1/670.0 9/806.7 -/29/886.2 45/1157.7 -/7/873.4 48/825.1 11/918.6 -/-/-/-/12/989.9 6/1049.5 -/1/1170.0 2/635.0 -/36/1052.2 -/-/5/776.0

30/746.6 5/757.0 -/-/7/734.3 -/-/2/360.0 -/1/475.0 1/320.0 3/725.0 -/-/3/796.7 -/10/545.5 36/641.2 -/-/4/620.0 7/345.7 -/-/-/10/409.5 -/-/-/-/-/22/604.1 -/-/-/-/9/497.8 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/2/555.0 6/935.0 -/-/35/601.9 2/830.0 -/-/-/-/2/815.0 7/768.9 -/4/770.0 10/637.0 -/-/-/-/8/495.6

44/709.3 31/865.6 -/7/680.0 71/858.0 -/-/14/853.2 -/10/696.5 26/758.5 14/863.6 16/868.8 -/10/940.5 -/44/731.8 53/713.2 -/-/65/573.6 37/642.3 -/10/753.0 1/660.0 35/520.1 -/-/-/-/32/818.4 49/707.4 1/770.0 -/-/-/44/828.8 8/861.3 4/688.8 -/-/1/930.0 13/826.5 12/985.8 7/651.4 11/989.5 -/6/545.3 76/712.6 4/928.8 -/-/-/-/45/836.9 33/865.2 -/10/940.5 11/553.6 -/5/993.0 -/-/9/745.6

23/824.6 53/971.2 -/6/858.3 123/1004.8 -/-/14/937.5 -/18/966.7 109/977.3 22/969.1 6/908.3 -/9/922.2 -/35/938.4 59/927.5 -/-/24/841.5 5/1083.0 -/4/700.0 -/19/793.9 -/-/-/-/91/1132.4 97/955.6 3/806.7 -/-/-/34/763.4 8/728.8 10/783.5 -/-/11/1003.2 13/1049.6 13/1015.0 67/944.6 65/1090.5 -/18/862.6 140/949.1 1/860.0 -/-/-/-/44/890.9 37/982.7 -/21/1018.8 15/772.7 -/12/1074.2 -/-/5/686.0

7/538.7 7/464.3 -/4/400.0 -/-/-/2/380.0 -/2/427.5 4/330.0 3/533.3 -/-/1/735.0 -/14/431.1 33/431.0 -/-/3/666.7 6/195.8 -/-/-/11/333.2 -/-/-/-/-/18/465.8 -/-/-/-/6/633.3 6/480.8 -/-/-/-/2/610.0 1/210.0 -/4/827.5 -/7/413.3 62/409.6 8/604.4 -/-/-/-/-/7/557.6 -/6/575.0 2/490.0 -/1/865.0 -/-/8/446.3

56/753.1 32/791.9 -/9/572.2 16/815.0 -/-/16/649.1 -/6/712.5 15/469.2 8/716.9 14/774.3 -/2/817.5 -/23/573.5 42/638.4 -/-/11/584.1 2/187.5 -/2/720.0 -/12/655.0 -/-/-/-/14/789.3 39/603.3 1/750.0 -/-/-/37/678.8 5/447.0 7/673.1 -/-/-/7/654.3 5/642.0 4/670.0 9/842.8 -/4/516.5 76/586.2 3/671.7 -/-/-/-/19/630.6 32/652.5 -/3/723.3 5/644.0 -/6/930.0 -/-/3/546.7

27/715.6 47/871.0 -/11/882.3 58/904.6 -/-/8/628.1 -/29/767.8 22/868.0 15/889.3 8/920.0 -/12/877.1 -/21/724.5 73/828.9 -/-/2/685.0 5/898.0 -/1/720.0 1/1010.0 7/800.7 -/-/-/-/53/977.4 83/784.2 2/1090.0 -/-/-/39/903.6 5/925.0 11/716.0 -/-/3/930.0 29/941.0 1/1230.0 47/921.8 24/982.1 -/30/817.8 129/808.5 3/668.3 -/-/-/-/13/825.2 1/590.0 -/1/760.0 13/664.6 -/27/959.1 -/-/6/736.7

12/387.5 6/275.0 -/-/-/-/-/7/417.1 -/4/228.8 -/-/-/-/-/-/2/160.0 16/247.1 -/-/2/150.0 10/194.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/2/370.0 11/397.7 -/-/-/-/-/4/332.5 -/-/-/-/-/-/1/280.0 -/-/-/25/320.6 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/3/290.0 -/-/-/-/1/360.0

142/1018.3 138/982.5 25/826.8 -/-/9/885.6 274/1047.2 52/953.2 -/23/948.0 37/879.5 15/863.3 210/946.3 -/-

69/1030.4 18/989.2 1/1210.0 -/-/4/1217.5 108/1132.5 25/1113.4 -/6/915.0 17/970.0 1/1000.0 96/1031.2 -/-

10/755.0 11/646.4 4/608.8 -/-/-/-/4/628.8 -/6/807.5 11/746.4 -/43/739.4 -/-

120/889.7 51/878.6 37/676.6 -/-/3/1063.3 137/981.9 67/863.7 -/23/874.8 24/835.2 13/856.2 231/854.2 -/-

57/952.7 19/925.5 8/987.5 -/-/11/1060.9 57/1006.8 44/995.0 2/975.0 1/740.0 9/831.1 1/1050.0 79/948.4 -/-

6/866.7 6/811.7 1/560.0 -/-/-/2/750.0 3/800.0 -/1/790.0 1/470.0 16/717.5 13/788.5 -/-

90/953.1 78/972.2 7/718.6 -/-/1/830.0 93/1068.8 45/907.1 3/705.0 -/18/791.7 208/857.5 44/881.1 -/-

49/1004.6 6/979.2 6/1120.8 -/-/-/30/1128.0 26/967.1 1/695.0 -/6/869.2 73/986.6 73/1001.4 -/-

2/680.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/2/510.0 -/1/650.0 2/372.5 9/493.3 5/734.0 -/-

20/731.0 15/783.7 12/704.2 -/-/-/30/869.5 13/862.3 5/654.0 4/775.0 37/876.1 42/728.1 20/865.3 -/-

33/930.8 4/992.5 -/-/-/-/19/951.3 15/956.7 14/746.4 2/640.0 11/973.6 31/777.7 29/948.6 -/-

5/240.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/2/390.0 18/353.6 -/-

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

Tu\Th Mo We\Th\Fr

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

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16/838.4 10/781.0 3/846.7 -/-/1/770.0 2/765.0 5/469.0 -/4/962.5 3/723.3 4/807.5 43/852.6 -/-

14/09/2016 16:31

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


+ month ifers

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

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

/715.6 /871.0

12/387.5 6/275.0 -/-/-/-/-/7/417.1 -/4/228.8 -/-/-/-/-/-/2/160.0 16/247.1 -/-/2/150.0 10/194.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/2/370.0 11/397.7 -/-/-/-/-/4/332.5 -/-/-/-/-/-/1/280.0 -/-/-/25/320.6 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/3/290.0 -/-/-/-/1/360.0

9/434.4 13/540.8 -/3/461.7 27/671.9 -/-/6/372.5 -/2/247.5 15/316.8 -/1/535.0 -/3/440.0 -/2/325.0 12/494.4 -/-/2/760.0 10/536.0 -/-/2/305.0 13/468.8 -/-/-/-/12/475.8 23/551.3 -/-/-/-/3/473.3 9/409.4 4/580.0 -/-/-/3/500.0 4/460.0 5/652.0 5/527.0 -/12/447.7 41/405.5 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/5/525.0 13/304.2 -/1/255.0 -/-/-/-

2/755.0 59/739.8 -/7/469.3 206/730.0 -/-/20/712.0 -/6/498.3 12/669.3 11/682.3 3/535.0 -/1/460.0 -/16/728.4 125/589.7 -/-/12/761.7 4/440.0 -/-/-/32/508.4 -/-/-/-/60/812.3 41/709.6 -/-/-/-/30/509.0 4/593.8 11/682.7 -/-/-/2/692.5 2/732.5 56/683.3 28/890.7 -/6/449.8 56/607.6 5/541.0 -/-/-/-/7/495.0 -/-/-/8/560.0 -/9/796.1 -/-/1/580.0

882.3 /904.6


/767.8 /868.0 889.3 920.0 877.1

724.5 /828.9

685.0 898.0

20.0 010.0 800.7

/977.4 /784.2 090.0

/903.6 925.0 716.0

930.0 /941.0 230.0 /921.8 /982.1

/817.8 9/808.5 668.3

825.2 90.0

60.0 664.6



/930.8 992.5

951.3 956.7 /746.4 640.0 973.6 777.7 /948.6

16/455.0 -/1/340.0 -/-/-/-/10/596.0 -/-/22/581.6 -/37/583.2 -/-

83/672.7 1/620.0 -/-/-/-/-/18/669.2 -/-/13/641.2 -/115/699.3 -/-

p122 129 Sep16.indd 5


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

Native heifers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

-/50/51.1 -/109/33.1 37/65.6 -/-/9/65.6 -/-/3/95.3 -/-/-/-/-/26/33.8 86/43.6 33/42.9 19/13.0 -/-/9/44.4 -/-/13/36.4 -/-/-/-/9/33.3 26/40.2 7/80.0 -/-/-/-/72/47.7 -/-/-/-/-/8/50.0 32/108.8 -/1/80.0 -/148/36.9 -/24/41.7 37/41.5 21/65.4 -/-/-/-/12/68.9 27/28.6 11/50.5 -/-/-/6/78.8

No. / Av. -/4/152.0 -/20/257.3 2/200.0 -/-/1/180.0 -/-/6/333.7 -/-/-/-/-/20/233.6 16/278.1 14/322.8 1/305.0 -/-/5/269.0 -/-/8/197.8 -/-/-/-/-/22/278.0 4/295.0 -/-/-/1/310.0 26/268.2 -/-/-/-/-/8/338.3 7/349.3 -/-/-/35/281.7 -/8/130.5 8/294.5 5/293.0 -/-/-/-/1/250.0 14/225.4 1/310.0 -/-/-/-/-

No. / Av. -/11/163.9 -/16/223.6 1/200.0 -/-/-/-/-/8/216.6 -/1/215.0 -/-/-/6/178.3 16/216.9 7/254.3 1/250.0 -/-/4/261.3 -/-/6/188.7 -/-/-/-/-/31/229.5 4/260.0 -/-/-/1/290.0 11/171.8 -/-/-/-/-/9/236.3 8/166.3 -/-/-/28/212.7 -/3/139.7 4/251.3 3/256.7 -/-/-/-/2/267.5 13/106.2 3/156.7 -/-/-/-/-

No. / Av. -/24/229.4 -/127/214.4 17/243.2 -/-/4/187.5 -/-/11/288.1 -/-/-/-/-/18/243.8 70/239.4 28/292.7 5/152.0 -/-/17/268.5 -/4/329.3 37/247.6 -/-/-/-/-/44/255.9 6/298.3 -/-/-/-/84/211.4 -/-/-/-/-/2/162.5 21/267.2 -/2/65.0 -/123/207.7 -/21/152.3 29/234.2 10/264.7 -/-/-/-/4/261.3 22/155.9 -/-/-/-/3/153.3

-/18/200.6 -/95/184.5 5/192.0 -/-/2/212.5 -/-/11/187.5 -/-/-/-/-/15/217.8 56/169.4 15/250.4 6/183.3 -/-/7/240.7 -/1/340.0 36/246.9 -/-/-/-/1/295.0 33/235.6 8/311.9 -/-/-/-/71/211.8 -/-/-/-/-/3/177.3 21/217.1 -/1/82.0 -/90/195.5 -/19/116.7 22/224.2 10/255.0 -/-/-/-/5/251.0 20/88.1 -/-/-/-/-/-

Source: AHDB/LAA/IAAS 5/240.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/2/390.0 18/353.6 -/-


-/-/-/-/-/-/-/4/67.5 -/-/-/-/-/-/-

3/333.3 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

2/340.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-/-

2/212.5 -/-/-/-/-/-/2/170.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-

1/305.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/2/155.0 -/-/-/-/-/-/-

Market day(s) w/e September 12

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

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

6-12 month steers

12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers

18+ month heifers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

1/690.0 -/11/848.6 5/837.0 2/795.0 -/-/7/664.3 26/793.2 7/789.3 6/773.3 -/-

40/935.8 -/13/772.7 11/1084.5 63/999.0 -/-/19/901.3 29/1023.8 14/994.3 27/950.2 -/-

13/1110.8 -/36/961.1 10/1204.9 20/918.3 10/967.5 -/23/1039.6 38/1159.3 10/1094.0 9/1082.2 -/-

6/766.7 -/1/360.0 7/705.7 5/748.0 -/-/7/602.9 11/667.8 7/687.1 11/772.3 -/-

28/802.3 -/17/691.8 25/955.2 52/913.6 -/-/24/846.0 22/812.7 7/788.6 28/876.8 -/-

2/780.0 -/18/829.7 8/1060.5 16/901.3 5/516.0 -/10/962.0 17/920.7 3/1110.0 10/1002.0 -/-

STORES (NATIVE-SIRED) 6-12 month steers

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

12-18 month steers

18+ month steers

6-12 month heifers

12-18 month heifers

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

1/995.0 -/6/555.0 9/650.9 -/3/558.3 -/2/647.5 3/580.0 -/1/790.0 -/-

9/836.1 -/26/711.7 22/843.0 17/963.2 12/667.5 -/19/833.4 12/733.0 2/842.5 2/1090.0 -/-

1/1100.0 -/28/851.1 9/1065.1 29/814.1 21/767.4 -/22/983.2 6/1105.0 10/950.5 3/966.7 -/-

1/190.0 -/-/-/-/2/465.0 -/9/528.2 -/10/545.0 -/2/400.0

17/770.6 -/17/613.2 6/811.7 10/787.0 10/605.0 -/12/694.2 20/701.0 4/868.8 1/1130.0 -/-

1/890.0 -/23/659.6 5/775.8 19/737.6 10/728.5 -/23/850.2 -/4/876.3 7/647.9 -/-


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

18+ month heifers


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

Black and Continental Continental Native white bulls bulls heifers bulls

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av.

No. / Av. No. / Av.

-/-/14/385.7 -/-/-/-/1/455.0 -/-/-/-/-

-/-/7/505.7 -/6/455.8 3/330.0 -/1/470.0 3/700.0 -/-/-/-

-/-/7/747.1 -/58/565.6 15/716.0 -/19/639.5 -/6/849.2 -/-/-

-/-/240/27.0 -/-/32/53.9 -/33/50.5 -/-/-/14/35.4

-/-/51/243.5 -/-/-/-/4/244.8 -/-/-/2/212.5

-/5/239.4 37/229.7 -/-/1/235.0 -/2/220.0 -/-/-/2/190.0

-/-/102/206.1 -/-/1/115.0 -/9/253.6 -/-/-/10/127.3

LIVESTOCK AVERAGES Primestock throughput, price and price change (p/kg) for week ending September 13.

Native heifers

-/10/139.1 69/167.3 -/-/8/104.9 -/7/176.3 -/1/280.0 -/8/111.3






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

1,225 991 1,321 3,537 106,134 364 379 262 37 1,381 787

178.33 184.20 200.49 188.25 181.20 108.23 111.24 109.19 83.30 88.47 117.35

0.25 -2.97 -0.39 -1.72 -2.56 0.74 2.39 1.24 -6.37 -2.14 -4.01

FOLLOWING LAST WEEK’S BIG GAINS NEW season lamb fell by 2.45p/kg this week to 180.79p/kg, after large increases last week. Old season lamb fell by 36.38p/kg to 101.89p/kg. Finished ewe prices also fell by £2.40/head to £52.91/head. In the cattle markets, steers and heifers fell, but young bulls rose. Steers dropped to 186.40p/kg, down 2.45p/kg, and heifers fell by





0.33p/kg to 178.15p/kg. Young bulls

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

1,246 1,156 1,551 3,953 125,551 1,042 1,635 1,419

178.15 186.40 201.10 189.57 180.78 108.68 87.95 119.88

0.45 -2.45 -0.33 -1.43 -2.85 1.55 -2.52 -2.94

rose by 0.45p/kg to 178.15p/kg.


Pig prices saw a rise of 1.55p/kg to 108.68p/kg. As Farmers Guardian went to press on Wednesday (September 14), UK LIFFE wheat prices for November 16 were trading at £122.25/tonne.

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DEADWEIGHT CATTLE Deadweight prices for the week ending September 10.



w/e September 13 Day



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

2399 -

55.3 -

1342 261 881 1155 678 -

58.9 55.9 60.0 51.2 52.6 -

786 1210 151 824 857 499 64 3344 2261 97 159 874 1856 -

62.5 60.1 47.2 51.4 51.7 62.9 48.6 59.6 58.3 55.1 59.6 58.5 57.0 -


Mo Mo Fr Th Fr

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



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

PIGS Prices in p/kg. Ashford Chelford Selby York


Mo 326 Fr 959 Tu\Mo 321 We 206 We\Th\Fr\Sa 1825 We\Mo 982 -

Fr Tu\Th Th Fr We Tu

Sa We

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


1474 5412 626 2273 33 1486

58.5 52.7 59.7 62.4 27.8 54.9

43 75 339 2219 295 657 6665 757 178 399 233 -

50.8 58.3 57.1 58.6 53.6 57.1 59.7 64.8 57.4 67.3 48.3 -



40.7 33.7 46.5 41.2 47.6 53.3 -





1674 16233 801 589 1035 30 -

55.8 49.8 46.0 61.4 58.0 56.0 -

3409 7932 -

48.3 55.2 -

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

We\Mo Sa Tu Tu Tu\Mo

Mo Mo We\Fr

Market day w/e: Sep 13

Pigs total

Porkers average

Tu Th\Mo We Mo

71 170 441 247

102.70 115.67 107.12 106.80


-U R O+ -O Average Number

Northern 3 4L

Central 3

360.8 358.6 351.2 317.9 353.2 4035

361.7 356.1 339.9 309.0 342.9 3396

360.9 364.4 357.7 314.1

4L 361.3 355.5 338.6 307.9

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

367.2 361.2 344.5 309.5 343.2 2625

382.6 380.0 366.6 334.4 374.8 3562

364.4 360.0 346.1 306.1

380.5 380.6 370.8 333.0


-U R O+ -O Average Number

Northern 3 4L

Central 3

366.5 356.5 346.0 307.3 352.7 2293

368.5 358.5 339.0 309.2 345.0 1888

365.6 361.1 357.1 311.8


Central 3

-U R O+ -O Average Number

351.2 344.8 321.1 294.7 334.2 944

345.0 338.9 318.7 276.6 320.9 464

345.6 334.1 316.6 297.0

4L 367.5 358.4 347.4 309.2

4L 347.0 342.9 323.0 305.0

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

370.2 357.2 343.7 294.0 342.3 1344

388.3 386.1 377.3 291.1 379.6 2174

361.9 360.4 345.6 305.6

388.5 381.8 374.7 315.6

Southern 3 4L

Scotland 3 4L

357.6 349.1 326.4 322.3 333.6 371

374.6 368.6 327.2 310.0 354.1 636

360.1 345.1 305.0

374.2 368.2 314.0 290.0

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

2 427.5 421.4 411.6 393.9 293.3

Medium E U R O P

2 427.4 421.6 413.2 402.9 300.7

Source: AHDB

(629) (2261) (8677) (4164) (33)

3L 425.9 420.1 410.5 398.6 292.5

(2149) (8606) (20828) (5051) (8)

3H 407.4 405.9 399.8 388.5

(616) (2127) (6457) (1553) (3)

3L 425.9 420.0 410.7 401.5 300.0

3H (2121) 407.4 (8344) 405.9 (18518) 400.9 (2827) 393.2 (2)

(841) (3170) (6311) (1471)

4L 391.3 387.9 389.8 389.3

(163) (559) (1189) (175)

4H 367.7 360.4 366.2 372.7

(10) (37) (108) (11)

Average: 407.9 (67,660)


Source: AHDB/LAA

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





Source: AHDB

Cutters average

Baconers average

Cull sows total

Cull sows average

99.33 118.02 109.91 103.36

74.89 109.91 110.41 109.12

7 7 25 32

50.57 32.29 52.24 53.72

4L (833) 391.5 (3112) 388.0 (5666) 390.0 (843) 392.4

(161) (554) (1087) (123)

4H 367.7 360.4 366.2 372.7

(10) (37) (104) (11)

Average: 410.29 (55,560) Deadweight sheep prices are collected from a sample of GB abattoirs. The sample accounts for about a third of deadweight sales; prices quoted p/kg are averages for all qualities 12-21.5kg.

DEADWEIGHT PIGS Deadweight prices for the week ending September 3.

Source: AHDB

STANDARD PIG PRICE (SPP) Great Britain (81,215 pigs, av. weight 82.52) August 28 - September 3 compared to Aug 21-27

ALL PIG PRICE (APP) Great Britain (81,817 pigs, av. weight 80.70) August 21-27 compared to August 14-20

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 127.34 -2.06 138.75 1.42 139.39 1.17 138.86 1.07 137.79 0.67 111.79 -1.40

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

138.24 135.75

APP (EU Spec) APP (UK Spec)

SPP (EU Spec) SPP (UK Spec)

Number 415 4,832 24,808 36,492 13,035 1,633

0.94 0.92

Number 1,582 7,424 27,680 33,558 10,379 1,194

Price Change 139.33 1.90 141.54 1.40 140.52 1.47 140.09 1.50 138.56 1.57 114.27 0.07 139.78 137.28

1.54 1.52

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220 2015




190 180 170

350 340 330






































200 P per kg dw 2016





524 2016









P per kg dw

190 170

428 396 364







APP/SPP reported from Apr 1, 2014



105 90

Dairy-sired (2016)

Dairy-sired (2015)

Beef-sired (2016)

Beef-sired (2015­)

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

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p/kg dw (EU spec)





























P per kg liveweight


P per kg
















310 Mar

140 Feb







340 330












P per kg liveweight



P per kg dw

P per kg liveweight




SPP (2015) APP (2015)

SPP (2016) APP (2016)




110 Jan












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MARKET PRICES UK DELIVERED PRICES – SUMMARY Thursday, September 8, 2016 (£ per tonne)

East Anglia / London (BW)


North-West grains/ Liverpool OSR

Avonmouth feed /South bread


Central Scotland

Source: AHDB

Delivery Bread Wheat Feed Wheat Feed Barley Price Change Price Change Price Change Sep 134.50 -0.50 121.50 -0.50 109.00 -1.00 Nov 135.50 n/c 123.00 n/c - - Feb 138.50 n/c 126.00 n/c - - May - - 129.00 n/c - - 136.50 unch - - - - Sep Nov 137.50 -0.50 - - - - Feb 140.50 unch - - - - May 143.50 -0.50 - - - - Sep 143.50 -0.50 - - - - Nov 145.50 -0.50 - - - - Feb 148.50 unch - - - - May 151.00 -0.50 - - - - unch 109.50 n/c Sep 136.50 unch 124.00 Nov 137.00 -1.50 124.50 unch - - - Feb 140.00 -1.00 127.50 unch - May 142.50 -2.00 130.50 unch - - Sep 140.50 unch 127.00 +0.50 - - Nov 141.50 n/c 127.50 -0.50 - - Feb - - - - - - May - - - - - - Sep - - - - - - - - - - - - Nov

Oilseed Rape Price Change 322.00 +2.50 323.50 +2.00 - - - - - - 324.50 +3.00 326.00 +2.50 - - - - - - 320.50 +2.50 322.00 +2.00 - - - - -


Prices in euros. Averages for week ending September 4, 2016 N. Ireland: Steers R3 euro/kg/dw 4.02 (1.38) Ireland: Steers R3 euro/kg/dw 3.77 (0.00) France: (ex Rungis) lamb: R 16-22kg euro/kg/dw; imported 5.60 domestic 6.90 Source: AHDB

SLAUGHTERINGS Estimates for Great Britain (per thousand head), week ending September 10.­ %change (2015) 2016 Pigs* 178.77 +5.21 Sheep 359.56 +18.41 Steers 17.41 +14.52 Heifers 12.17 +18.42 Young bulls 3.60 -11.04 *week ending September 3. Source: AHDB

WEANER PRICES Week ending September 10

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

Source: AHDB

Sept Nov 322.00 323.50 - - 324.50 326.00 324.50 326.00 320.50 322.00

Figures drawn from eight GB pig producer marketing groups. Prices quoted in £/head. Sep 3 Sep 10 46.15 47.08 34.4 34.57

30kg Weighted Average 7kg Weighted Average

Source: AHDB

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


Friday, September 9, 2016 (£ per tonne) LIFFE

Source: AHDB

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

Nov-16 121.35 -1.40 Jan-17 123.60 -1.55 Mar-17 124.95 -1.30 May-17 126.65 -1.05 Jul-17 129.10 -0.75 Nov-17 129.90 +0.20 Jan-18 132.60 +0.50

Dec-16 158.25 -3.25 Mar-17 163.25 -2.75 May-17 167.00 -1.75 Sep-17 169.50 -2.00 Dec-17 171.75 -2.00 Mar-18 175.50 -1.50 May-18 177.75 -0.25

-2.75 -2.33 -1.48 -1.69 -1.69 -1.27 -0.21


Source: AHDB

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





OATS Milling



125.70 122.80 113.50 124.10 - 101.70 - - South East 127.10 - 118.60 - - 103.00 113.70 - South West 128.60 121.00 117.60 127.10 - 100.90 114.20 - Midlands 128.50 120.30 115.60 127.40 - 100.80 113.90 - Eastern 132.20 122.00 119.10 126.10 - 104.40 122.10 - North East - - - - - - - - North West 127.70 121.20 117.40 126.70 123.60 101.80 116.40 - England & Wales - - 118.00 - - - 107.50 - South Scotland - - - - - 100.10 - - Central Scotland - - - - - - - - North Scotland - - 116.90 - - 99.50 109.40 - Scotland 127.70 121.20 117.30 126.70 123.60 101.60 115.60 - Great Britain - - - - - - - - Northern Ireland 127.70 121.20 117.30 126.70 123.60 101.60 115.60 - United Kingdom -1.00 -0.80 +0.20 -1.70 -3.90 -0.70 +3.60 Change on last week (£/t)

HAY AND STRAW n CHELFORD: Mon – 10 loads. Hay, first quality small bale to £170/tonne, second quality £80/t, first quality big bale to £73/t; straw, barley, big bale to £70/t, oat £58/t. n CARLISLE: Mon – straw, mini hestons to £62/t.

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This week Last week

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

1093 1034 2156 2156 1507 1507 3500 3500 907 907 988 988 717 717 537 537

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

1030 1028 1013 1052 778 799 1056 1069 1550 1521 1459 1466 1496 1505 1373 1380 1197 1179 917 924

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

631 648 693 693 558 539 881 911 741 749 692 665 618 627 561 580 533 543 Source: AHDB

FIELD PEAS/BEANS Wednesday, September 14.

Micronizing peas

Sep £187.92 Oct £188.92 Nov £189.92

Feed peas

Feed Beans

£128.17 £136.67 £129.17 £137.67 £130.17 £138.67

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

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Last updated September 14. SEP NOV  FEB MAY NOV 124.00 124.50 127.50 130.50 - - - - 121.50 123.00 126.00 129.00 124.50 - - 124.00 - - - - - - - - 127.00 127.50 - - - - - - 121.50 - - 121.00 - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

1. FEED WHEAT Avonrange Central Scotland East Anglia East Devon Lancashire London North Humberside Northamptonshire Oxfordshire South Humberside Southampton Tyne & Wear West Midlands East Midlands 2. FULL SPEC. BREAD WHEAT North-West Northamptonshire South London / Essex Yorkshire

SEP NOV  FEB MAY NOV 143.50 145.50 148.50 151.00 136.50 137.50 140.50 143.50 136.50 137.00 140.00 142.50 134.50 135.50 138.50 - 140.50 141.50 - - -

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

SEP NOV  FEB MAY NOV - - - - 128.50 129.50 132.50 136.00 129.00 130.00 133.00 - - 129.50 132.50 - - - - - - - - - -

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

September 2016

PACKING Main High Trend 200 230 175 190 Z 190-210 235 Z 200 230 Y 300 - Y

Scotland Maris Piper Maris Peer King Edward Whites

Low - - - -

Main High 175-190 - 310-330 - - - 195-200 -

Trend Z Z Z

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

Low 130 180 140 130

Main 160 190 160 150

High 210 200 180 180

Trend Z Z Z

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

Aug 26 £168.83 £179.15

Sep 2 £177.76 £182.72

Sep 9 £165.05 £180.74

Trend Z Z


HAY AND STRAW: REGIONS Trade Comment: Trade easing slightly. Week ending September 18 Big bale hay Quality North East E Yorks N Mids E Mids C Mids E Counties S East South S West S Wales SE Scotland

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

Good Good Good Good Good Good Good 55 100 80 60 60 40 38 - - - - 39 37 55 50 80 70 65 - 40 35 45 - - - - 40 35 40 100 80 75 60 33 28 45 95 80 - - 33 30 45 100 80 55 50 35 28 40 - - - - 35 30 40 75 - - - 35 32 55 100 75 60 50 40 35 55 - - - - 40 35 Source: British Hay and Straw Merchants’ Association

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P.O.A P.O.A 159 u 163 w 156 n 169 X 173.00 118.00 120.00 187.00 194 l 198.00 201.00

245.00 255.00 375.00 550.00

245.00 255.00 375.00 555.00


Source: AHDB

Companies Monthly price Annual average Muller Direct Milk - M&S (Profile) 2 30.97 31.07 Muller Milk Group - M&S 29.85 30.03 29.28 Muller Direct Milk - Sainsbury (Profile) 2 29.18 Muller Milk Group - Sainsbury 29.05 29.21 Muller Milk Group - Tesco 28.63 28.55 Muller Milk Group - Co-operative 25.69 25.85 Muller Direct Milk - Liquid (Profile) 20.83 20.93 3 17.45 17.75 UK Arla Farmers Liquid Parkhams Farms 27.67 28.16 Barber A.J & R.G 22.34 20.83 Wyke Farms 21.33 19.20 UK Arla Farmers Manufacturing 3 17.75 18.06 16.98 17.57 Lactalis - Caledonian Cheese (Profile) South Caernarfon Creameries 14.50 16.83 Glanbia - Llangefni 16.04 16.35 16.73 First Milk - Haverfordwest (A&B Comp) 1 16.33 15.92 First Milk - Scottish Mainland (A&B Bal) 1 15.72 15.43 First Milk - Midlands & East Wales (A&B Bal) 1 15.23

Source: AHDB

Low 170 160 170 170 -

P.O.A 159.00 185.00 123.00 177.00 196.00


POTATO PRICES England Estima Maris Piper Whites Marfona Charlotte

Source: Straights Direct Oct Nov16-Apr17 May17-Oct17 306.00 306.00 306.00 136.00 136.00 - - 184.00 186.00 188.00 171.00 172.00 174.00

Key: All prices in pounds Sterling. Currency, £/$1.3279, £/€1.1832­. Guide prices indicated include delivery charge of £6/tonne. X = After safe arrival (ASA); l = May-July; u = To Jan17; n = Imported; w = Feb-Apr

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

Maincrop GB spot price. Week ending September 9


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


Last updated September 13 Source: AHDB/LAA/IAAS



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Making the switch from life in the fast lane in London to the home farm in Dorset would prove difficult for some, but in Jemma Harding’s case it was always where she wanted to eventually end up. Emily Ashworth reports.

From London life to country living


hey say everything in life happens for a reason and, in Jemma Harding’s case, it would seem a near fatal accident was the catalyst for her decision to go back to the family farm and leave her bustling life in London behind. It was her father Richard who encouraged her to go and gain some experience in other walks of life than agriculture, which led to Jemma completing a photography degree at Nottingham Trent University, before falling into freelance work in the television industry. Despite this, she had always maintained an interest in sheep and had grown up with them from an early age, helping her father on-farm. She says: “I have always had sheep since the age of seven. It started off with pet lambs and obviously Dad realised this was not just a phase when I asked for pedigree ewes for my birthday.” After she left school, she lambed 75 Mule ewe lambs and persuaded her father to let her add them to the flock rather than sell them on. Richard was adamant, however, that his daughter should still pursue other career opportunities, a push which eventually led her to working with celebrities for MTV. Jemma says: “He knew sheep farming was a tough lifestyle and he pushed me to go and get a ‘proper job’ as he called it. But I think if Dad had

invited me to farm initially, I definitely would have.” Although she was living in the city, ensconced in the world of media, Jemma continued to maintain her interest with sheep. Jemma, 36, has never taken a job over the chance to go back home to the 81-hectare (200-acre) farm in Dorset and help out with her flock, living between two polar opposite worlds for almost seven years. “One minute I was interviewing celebrities and the next I was back at home, surrounded by the sound of bleating sheep. With her weekends spent travelling home to farm and her father looking after the flock during the week, it is easy to figure out Jemma’s passion never really subsided. But it was a serious accident which

I was back out on the quad bike with a plastic bag over my damaged leg and telling Dad what to do with my sheep JEMMA HARDING

forced her to quit life in the city and head back home to Dorset. In 2008, Jemma’s whole world was turned upside down when she was cycling in London and ended up beneath a lorry which continued to drive on, practically shredding the front of her body. With two holes in each side of her torso, a lacerated liver and her leg below the right knee narrowly escaping amputation, she was rushed to hospital and was critically ill.

Horrific She says: “When I woke up, the first person I saw was my dad. “He was normally a very calm and laid back person, but he looked horrific and I just thought ‘what on earth have I done?’ “And that was it. I made the decision right there and then to buy myself a collie and move back home to farm.” What should have been a threemonth stint in the Royal London Hospital turned into a short five weeks, as Jemma pushed herself to the limit to escape ‘the view of bricks and grey stone from my room and see a bit of green’. With the support of her family and partner Callum, Jemma’s recovery was miraculous. After weeks of intense surgery, including taking muscle from her back to repair her leg, delicate skin grafts and a lot of metal

work, she finally returned home. She says: “I was back out on the quad bike with a plastic bag over my damaged leg and telling Dad what to do with my sheep.” But sadly the misfortune did not end there. A short but hard-fought battle with cancer in 2014 saw Jemma’s dad pass away and overnight the farm was left for her to run. She says: “I suddenly just had to know everything. It was a steep learning curve for me and, whereas before I solely concentrated on my sheep, I now had to manage grass, fodder beet and general farm maintenance. “Dad used to keep me off the tractor. That was his thing when I came home and his way of not being redundant. Now it is just me. “I miss having someone to bounce off and ask questions. I spend a lot of time on the Farming Forum because it is somewhere I feel I can ask opinions and, more so, not feel like

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Jemma Harding has returned to her family farm full-time.

Knowing your produce BLOGGING has become a must among those wishing to voice their support for the farm to fork ethos and Jemma is no stranger to the social media phenomenon. Documenting her photography and the beginning of life on-farm, her blog ‘Me and Ewe’ allows Jemma to connect to others. “Having the time and access to WiFi to update my blog is admittedly hard, but if I can reach out to even just one person and educate them about where their food comes from, I will be happy. “The blog is something I am going to pursue further when things settle down, because I grew up with good food. My mother is a fantastic cook and people are more curious to know about what they are eating.”

I am alone when I don’t know the answer to something. “I am constantly asking questions and just trying to be the best I can be.”

Passion Jemma has 400 ewes at present and aims to breed a slightly smaller ewe at 70kg, rather than an 80-100kg Mule. Finding her feet, she has changed her methods, swapping from Dorset rams to Cheviots to breed replacements out of the best ewes, and started to performance record to help her select the best for breeding. Living on the outskirts of surburbia, foxes are an imminent threat. The flock lambs inside during February and March, Jemma finishes them herself and is now the sole provider of lamb to local butcher Keatings, Wimborne. Being an advocate for local produce, Jemma is keen to keep it this way, but recalls how the initial transition took some persuasion to impress her father. She says: “I felt I was putting a huge amount of care into my sheep, so I wanted this to be translated into the next stage. “Paul Keating is a great butcher and passionate about the provenance of all his meat. Dad was not keen on this idea at all at first. We had always sold at the local market, but he ended up loving it. “He knew a lot of people and everyone used to tell him how they had bought his lamb and absolutely loved it.”

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Eventually, the desire is to breed a ewe which can lamb with no assistance and, over the years, lambing percentage has crept up, meaning Jemma’s already at a stage where she barely has to touch them. “I am aiming towards a flock of ewes which rears twins, weans at least their bodyweight off grass with minimal help and can lamb outside happily.” Jemma is also set on increasing her knowledge of grass management, realising the potential bene-

fits it could have on her future flock. “I would like to improve my grass management as much as possible – I have lots to learn there. “I know utilising grass is key to better returns, but I am still learning how best to do so and will need to be better as my stocking rate increases.”

Not easy The last couple of years may not have been easy for Jemma, but she is now doing what she sincerely loves. When asked how farm life com-

pares to London’s media world, she says she was under no illusion as to what was going to happen. “I knew what I was letting myself in for. I don’t think about what I do here on the farm, I just do it. “Farming is something I always knew I would come back to, it has just happened a lot quicker due to my accident. If I could go back and change things in terms of what happened to me, I wouldn’t. “It was horrific, but I wouldn’t be where I am now without it and I have a great life. I do not miss London and I am incredibly proud of my sheep. Farming always did bring me back to reality.” Cheviot ewes have started being performance recorded.

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Village shops are often the heart of a rural community. Emily Scaife reports on how villagers took innovative steps to save their store and support local producers.

Village’s beating heart kept going by the community


rriving at Barford Village Shop, I am warned they are expecting a delivery any moment. Sure enough, we soon hear the sound of a van pulling up and shop manager Corenna Jennings swings into action, making phone calls to the ‘troops’. Straight away, helpers pile into the shop and begin unloading products – packs of tea, tins of beans and chocolate bars are all replenished.

Troops So far, so normal. Until you stop to consider the ‘troops’ are volunteers and the shop itself was created by a community which missed the interaction and sense of belonging a local store provides.

Amanda Griffin, one of the original group which spearheaded the project, says Barford, a village near Warwick in the Midlands, had a shop until 2006, until the couple who owned it decided to retire. Attempts by the subsequent occupant to keep the shop in situ ultimately failed and the village, which is home to about 1,300 people, was left without a hub. Amanda says: “People were not walking around the village anymore. Previously, a lot of people would go for a walk, pop into the shop and pick up a newspaper or post a letter, but once it closed down everyone was a bit more isolated.” Kirsty Healey, another Barford resident involved in the project from day one, agrees: “When our

Local suppliers n Fresh meat: Becks Butchers, Kenilworth n Fruit and vegetables: Drinkwaters of Ebrington n Cold meat and sausages: Simple Supper of Moreton-in-Marsh n Ale: Purity and Hook Norton

n Eggs: Country Eggs of Darlingscourt n Milk: Victoria Farm Dairies, Coventry n Apple and pear juice: Leaping Sheep Co n Honey: Kenilworth Honey

village had no shop, only the dog walkers went anywhere. Villagers never really met each other for the sort of casual chat we were used to. “The village felt dead, but I wanted Barford children to have independence and freedom.” The first meeting to discuss the issue was called in May 2006 at the village hall, where an action group was formed to explore the feasibility of residents creating a shop from scratch.

Skills Villagers with specific skills were called on to help out – a chartered surveyor, builder, accountant – and Amanda was asked to get involved because of her experience in retail, having worked for Selfridges in London as a buying manager. It became quickly apparent the only suitable course of action would be to build an annex to the village hall rather than purchase a property and attempt to convert it. Of course, at some point all projects must turn their head to the dreary but necessary question of funding. And it is here Barford was particularly innovative. The shop was set up as a Community Interest

Company and Barford Community Charity was established. Although the group went down the traditional route of securing a loan from a bank, it also applied received grants from the council and other organisations. But this was not all – every resident of the village was approached and asked to become a shareholder. Altogether, about 500 shares were sold for £20 each to members of the village and wider farming community. Amanda says: “Each person can only have one share, so we are all on an equal footing.” The committee organised numerous fundraising activities, from dinner parties and sponsored walks to quizzes and fashion shows. Finally, it raised loans from villagers to reach the £370,000 required. Raising funds was not the only thing the group had to do. Once planning permission was granted in February 2007, the build went ahead without any signification problems and the shop was formally opened on November 1, 2008. Amanda says: “It shows if people work together they can achieve something really quite amazing.”

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Barford Village Shop


The amount which had to be raised to make the dream a reality


The number of shares sold to villagers at £20 each


The number of volunteers


The number of people who use the shop every week

£80,000 The amount donated to community projects

This concept of working together did not end once the shop was up and running – today it is staffed by 80 volunteers. More than 50 per cent of these are of retirement age, but volunteers of all ages help out, from teenagers completing the Duke of Edinburgh Award to students home from university for the holidays. Amanda says: “Some volunteers are widowed, so it is nice for them because it puts them in touch with everyone in the village. “I have met loads of people through the shop. My daughter is always saying I know everyone through it.” Kirsty says it is a great way for people to connect with others they

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might not naturally socialise with. “The shop has become a central point for the village. Having volunteers, two to a shift, we encourage people to meet up outside their normal circles. You get to know someone quite well after spending three hours serving with them.”

Village hub The impact the shop has had cannot be underestimated. Such is its popularity, all loans required to get it up and running were paid back within 18 months of it opening. Any profit generated now goes to the Barford Community Charity, which then funds other projects in the village. So far, the money has gone towards transforming the

local playing field, investing in a new play area, two tennis courts and other amenities. Amanda says: “The church has used some money to get new chairs, the school has had some for a new piano and it has bought some things for the Scout hut. “We also paid directly for a new flagpole and at Christmas we buy a Christmas tree for the village to put on the green. We turn on the lights, sing carols and make everyone free hot chocolate in the shop.” The village rejuvenation extends to the surrounding area, as the committee is keen to support local producers. As many items as possible are sourced from nearby butchers, breweries and grocers – a

recipe for success, as store manager Corenna estimates the shop is visited by about 200 people a day. She says: “The shop has made an amazing difference. It is a lifeline to some of our customers and is a great way to meet and make new friends. “This is a great village where people are not afraid to stand together and get things done.” But would this work elsewhere? Amanda thinks so. She says: “I would definitely recommend it to other villages. If you have people who are willing to do a lot of hard work to get it going and keep it going for the first couple of years, do it. It does make a big difference.”

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Every week we follow the ups and downs of farmers around the UK CHRISTINE RYDER

North Yorkshire Christine Ryder and husband Chris farm 242ha (600 acres) at Blubberhouses, in the Nidderdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They are tenants on their home farm and also run a B&B. Stock includes Swaledale and Mule flocks, as well as a herd of Belted Galloways. The farm hosts educational access visits.


ince writing my last piece we have sold our shearlings at Skipton. Trade was good on the day and the Texel cross shearlings seemed to be very much in demand. Ours mostly ended up going home with a lady from Lincolnshire, others north to Redcar and the rest to local buyers. It seemed to be evident home-bred sheep were the order of the day. This year we are selling our Mule gimmer lambs through the mart. We have been fortunate over the last 12 years to have sold them all from home to a man from Kent, who would arrive with his lorry, we loaded him up and off he went. So this year has been a shock to the system for Chris as he has had to spend quite a bit of time trimming lambs. Our buyer when he first took them thought sheep farmers up here must not have enough to do and could not understand all the time spent trimming bellies and necks. Apparently they do not do anything like that down south. However, they do look good when they are done and I think it is a brave man who

‘It is a brave man who would take lambs to sale without trimming’ would take lambs to sale without trimming. This warm weather seems to be creating work as we have had to treat the sheep again for fly strike. For those which were done early in summer it seems to have lost its effect. I decided this weekend I am maybe getting too old for going to bed at 2.30am and getting up to do breakfast for a full house. We went to Farnley YFC’s 60th anniversary dinner.

What a tremendous occasion and great to catch up with so many people we had not seen in a while but knew through our Young Farmers days. So many memories came back. I better leave that one there.

Busy The bed and breakfast is busy with September often being one of my busiest months. I find older people come back out of hibernation once

children are all back in school and they are not having to childmind grandchildren. I rejoined Farm Stay UK (FSUK) recently, having lapsed membership due to having to participate in the Quality Inspection scheme. Rules have changed at FSUK and its no longer a requirement of membership. I am now looking forward to catching up with members at the annual AGM in Cheshire.

Farmers Weather by Dr Simon Keeling

More care when making climate statements AS the warm September continues for many, stories have been emerging in the media pertaining to ‘freak’ changes in weather patterns. One particular article in Science magazine spoke of how ‘more frequent occurrences of similar disruptions is projected for a warming climate’. It was a story picked up by The Times, attracting wider publicity. I am about to get on my soapbox. The quasi-biennial oscillation (QBO) is a natural pattern of winds high in the stratosphere around the equator. It slips between an easterly and westerly flow throughout the year. These flows are one of many factors 134 | SEPTEMBER 16 2016

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influencing whether winters are warm or cold in the Northern Hemisphere, and so we take account of what the QBO is doing. The stratosphere is an under-researched area of the atmosphere and we only have QBO records going back 60 years, a blink of an eye in climatology terms. To draw conclusions from a single change in a pattern using short-term data is questionable to say the least. To then make a further leap and attach climate change to the story is dubious. With the confusion which surrounds the climate change story and its likely impact on farmers, scientists should

be more wary of making the weather-climate change link. After all, any weather event could be linked somewhere to climate change (natural or man-made). This may be a symptom of the method of funding for research, although I do not make this accusation directly towards this article, as I do not know their funding method. I will step down off my soapbox now, but it is a point I keep making within universities and research communities. Be careful of statements you make, as they impact on lives and businesses. Less controversial are our twice-weekly video forecasts at

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‘The drop in yield this year may feel bigger’ Morayshire Robbie Newlands and wife Kirsty farm 435ha (1,074 acres) of Less Favoured Area land near Forres, Morayshire. They run 150 mostly Simmental and Blue cross cows. The ewe flock of 650 North of England type Mules is put to Texel tups. Crops include barley and swedes. The business employs one full-time person, Lesley Grant.


n September 3, I, along with several other local farmers, helped our NFU Scotland regional manager Ian Wilson with a lamb promotion at Inverness market. We were handing out lamb rolls to the public, the lamb having been supplied by Ian and cooked on a spit

by another local farmer and butcher, Steven Forbes. Almost all the people I spoke to were supportive of local food, but a few were less keen on the lamb in their roll. But once they had tried it, most were pleasantly surprised at how much they enjoyed it. I don’t suppose we will have changed the shopping habits of many people we contacted, but at least we have tried and highlighted lamb to a few more of the general public. At home, lambs are coming on quickly and have definitely benefited from the cobalt bolus they were given at the start of July. Their skins are a lot tighter and they have much more spark than they had.

Harvest They have also benefited from sun which has finally made an appearance after a pretty miserable summer. The last couple of weeks have been glorious. Ever since the kids went back to school the sun

has shone and the race is now on to get harvest in before the next school holiday. As I look enviously down the hill at my more arable neighbours who have almost finished harvest, we have been spraying off our barley, with the first fields now almost ready to harvest. I am hoping the settled spell lasts for a while longer. Most reports are suggesting yields are down by 0.2 tonnes/hectare (0.5t/acre) and straw is short. The last two years were very good harvests, at least in this area, so the drop


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in yield this year may feel bigger. The uncertain grain market has encouraged a number of people in our area to build gas plants and move into energy production, with large areas of cereals having been replaced with forage rye and fodder beet to feed the digesters. The reduction in the area of cereals, coupled with a lower yield of straw on cereals which have been grown, will make straw for livestock and bedding-down carrot crops tight locally. There is always an opportunity for someone.


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‘I think the prices might be clawing their way back up’ New job: It has been a busy week for me in Shropshire as I am just one month into my new job. After four years studying agri-business at Harper Adams University, I returned home and joined my father’s grain and agricultural commodity business, G.O. Davies, which has been trading in Shropshire for 54 years. I am busy learning, networking and meeting lots of our customers in my role as farm trader and trainee agronomist. I can say after one month, that I am really pleased with how well it is going. Farming: My usual farming week starts about 5.30am on Monday when I check my small flock of 50 Texel and Suffolk Mules. I have always loved livestock and I like to help out on a neighbouring dairy farm at any opportunity while also being extremely passionate about my own flock of sheep. Dropping lambs off at Welshpool livestock market in spring is one of my favourite jobs. It is a moment of real pride as you see all your hard work before you in reared stock, ready for market. After the Monday morning rounds, I start the day job.

Owain Roberts Westbury, Shropshire Owain Roberts, 22, manages his own flock of Texel and Suffolk Mules while working as a farm trader for his family business, G.O. Davies.

Owain Roberts takes great pride when selling lambs each spring.

Grain: As I head into the office, it is time to put my grain hat on. Thankfully, the early wheat yields are looking encouraging this year and bushel weights are promising after an early panic, caused by the barley looking a bit thin and low on yield.

It seems a bit cruel barley yields were poor this year after being so promising last year. But as they say, if every year was the same it would be boring. Call me an optimist, but I think the prices might be clawing their way back up and we might have avoided the perfect storm of low yield and low prices. After a quick check of emails and a team debrief, I set off across the county, collecting and testing grain samples. Young Farmers: After a hard

day’s work there is nothing I enjoy more than socialising with my local Young Farmers Club, Alberbury YFC. A few months ago we had the mad idea of running 76 miles in relays to the top of Snowdon from our local village hall – with the added challenge of trying to hit the top within 12 hours. So, at the moment my evenings are packed with rigorous training for this challenge – one we are extremely excited for, but perhaps a little apprehensive about too.

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