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Written by William Kellett from Agriland John Foster’s Springhill Texel flock has joined forces with Milestonehill (Murray Annett) and Dynawhyte (Nathan Armstrong) for their forthcoming Female Sale set to take place at Beatties Pedigree Centre, Friday December 3 at 7:00p.m. The Springhill Flock has won the NI Flock Competition numerous times, and also is a UK Flock Winner. All of the stock are eligible for immediate export on the night. The Fosters have hand picked a selection of in lamb...
Written by William Kellett from Agriland New figures released by the UK government shows that the UK average farm-gate milk price for October 2021 is 32.55p/l. This represents a 3.1% (0.98p/l) increase on September 2021 and a 8.5% increase on the same month last year. Butterfat is up 3.6% on last month at 4.32%. Compared to last year butterfat is 0.8% higher than October 2020. Protein is up 1.6% on last month at 3.41%. Compared to last year protein is 1.0% lower than October 2020...
Written by Agriland Team from Agriland The inaugural ‘Genetic Gems‘ sale of select Hereford females took place at GVM Tullamore, on Saturday, November 20. According to a statement from the Hereford society, the sale saw huge interest with attendees from across Ireland and many buyers flocking from Northern Ireland also. The pinnacle of the sale was Lot 4 Herberry 1 Lucy-Ray, smashing the current male and female records selling at €9,000 at 12 months old. This polled embryo heifer...
Written by Agriland Team from Agriland Beef finishers who send cattle to the factory regularly will be well aware of the importance of meeting factory specifications and of presenting ‘in-spec’ cattle to achieve maximum beef price. Farmers receive a bonus for cattle which are ‘in-spec’ but ticking all the boxes to qualify for it, can be tricky. Northern Ireland’s College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) beef and sheep advisor, Noel McNeil, has recently noted that both...
Written by William Kellett from Agriland ForFarmers continues to expand its offering to robotic dairy herds with the appointment of Laurence Loxam as UK robotics commercial manager. With extensive experience in the robotics sector, Loxam will use his knowledge and experience to develop a more specialised offering to ForFarmers customers, according to the company. “With 10% of GB dairy herds now milking via AMS, it’s crucial that we are able to offer our customers in this sector a more...
Written by Justin Roberts from Agriland The Farmall C series of tractors has always been targeted at the more modest sized farm, or those with jobs requiring a less than average power output. This does not mean, however, that its model development is neglected and Case has just announced a major upgrade in the form of a new engine for the four models in the range. Double the engine valves The new engine is an enlarged version of the old block. It now has 3.6L capacity rather than...
Written by William Kellett from Agriland Prof. Jim Scudamore has been awarded the David Black Award 2021 in recognition of his invaluable contribution to the pig industry over the past 20 years. The prestigious award was presented by the Lord Benyon, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State at the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), at the National Pig Awards held in London. Prof. Scudamore held the position of Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) of the United Kingdom...
Written by William Kellett from Agriland The iconic tennis brand Fred Perry, has launched three new styles of knitwear using British wool. Triple Wimbledon champion Fred Perry founded the brand in 1952 when he first designed a pique tennis shirt. Faye Waterfield, brand reporter at Fred Perry commented: “Our cable knit jumper is a chunky adaptation of our original tennis jumper. Before becoming a smart staple of the British subcultural uniform, our classic V-neck jumper was originally...
Written by Brian McDonnell from Agriland The housed period has begun on farms, with silage pits now being opened to feed stock for the winter ahead. Farmers will have worked hard to preserve the forage in the pit so limiting the amount of spoilage caused when feeding is important. There will always be some spoilage, with the shoulders usually being the most common area and cattle will also reject a certain amount. Silage quality Ideally the face of your silage pit should be used...
Written by Matt Hopkins from Precision Ag Fieldin's Midnight Robotics acquisition is a sign of rapid maturation in smart farming. The post Self-Driving Robots Key to Future of Our Food appeared first on PrecisionAg. Continue reading on the Precision Ag Website...
Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland Ulster Wool has confirmed that market prices across all fleece types have increased by 40% since the beginning of the year, contributing to buoyant wool sales. This week’s Bradford sale saw competitive bidding across the full range of types. Prices increased as a result and there was a 100% clearance of the wool offered. There was particular interest in the Blackface wool as well as continuing interest in mule wool, while specialist types...
Written by Agriland Team from Agriland A number of wind warnings are in place for Ireland with gusts of 90-110 km/h expected as Storm Arwen hits the country, Met Éireann said. One of the Status Yellow wind warnings is in place for Donegal from 12:00p.m today until 6:00a.m tomorrow (Saturday). Through Friday afternoon, evening and night, northerly winds will reach mean speed of 45-65km/h with gusts of 90-110km/h with significantly higher gusts at times along north-facing coasts and on...
Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland Recruiting and retaining staff is a challenge that many dairy farmers throughout the UK and Ireland now struggle with, according to Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) Dairy Committee chairman, Mervyn Gordon. Speaking at the last of three sustainable dairy webinars, hosted by the UFU and the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE), he referenced a recent survey undertaken by the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF)...
Written by Brian McDonnell from Agriland The autumn dairy sales have seen the demand for high quality stock continue from the spring sales and even 2020 dairy sales. Agriland spoke with Michael Taaffe of Taaffe Auctions to garner some insight into the trade at Taaffe Auctions’ recent sales. Carnaross Starting with Carnaross dairy sale which took place on November 10, at Carnaross mart, Michael stated: “A large entry met a very brisk trade with two calved heifers selling over...
Written by William Kellett from Agriland Consumers are now spending more on beef at retail than two years ago, according to new market analysis conducted by Kantar. This, combined with a tight supply of cattle on the ground and firm consumer demand, is supporting the strong farmgate prices currently seen at livestock markets. Retail sales of beef – along with other meats such as lamb – increased hugely during 2020 as people started to cook more adventurous family meals at home during...
Great British Beach Clean coverage Written by Defra Press Office There has been coverage today in the Guardian, the Daily Mail, The Times and The Telegraph of the results of the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) 2021 Great British Beach Clean, which found that litter on UK beaches has fallen to the lowest level for more than 20 years. The Government is taking action to tackle waste at its source. We have recently launched a consultation on banning a range of single-use plastics...
Lallemand Animal Nutrition is offering a free rumen efficiency investigation (REI) to help dairy farmers better understand rumen health and forage digestibility within their herd. It is recommended that an REI is undertaken either when there is a significant change in the diet such as winter housing transition, or new components are being introduced into a ration, as these changes may cause disruption to rumen function. “Proactively looking for the warning signs of impaired rumen function...
Written by Justin Roberts from Agriland Vogelsang have long recognised the importance of retaining and evenly reapplying nutrients that have passed through livestock during feeding. This focus is especially welcome during a period of inflated fertiliser prices. To this end, the company has added to its pair of existing ExaCut distribution heads with the addition of the ExaCut ECC. This unit, according to Vogelsang, “does not require air suction and ventilation hoses, yet boasts an...
Written by William Kellett from Agriland The Chief Veterinary Officer for Wales, Christianne Glossop has confirmed the presence of avian influenza H5N1 in a small backyard flock of chickens and ducks at a premises on the Isle of Anglesey. A 3km and 10km Temporary Control Zone Area have been imposed around the small infected premises, to limit the risk of disease spread. The risk to public health from the virus is considered to be very low and these cases do not pose a food safety risk for...
Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland Northern Ireland continues to decarbonise its milk sector and greater strides to this effect can be expected. This was one of the main themes addressed at the fourth annual EU Sustainable Dairy Symposium earlier this week. The event was hosted by the Dairy Council for Northern Ireland, in conjunction with the European Milk Forum. Three of Northern Ireland’s dairy processing companies gave an insight into actions and investments made in...

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