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    Jul 2, 2014
  2. News
    Created by News in category Livestock & Poultry
    Jul 2, 2014

    There was something for everybody at the Livestock Event today. Undoubtedly the Lely Robotic live demonstration of automated milking and feeding was the highlight of a packed array of stands encompassing three NEC Halls, a massive outdoor pavilion and external display sites

    The live hoof trimming demonstration area offered real and immediate practical insight for the farmers viewing

    Hoof trimmers are also the first referrals of choice for the Quill hoofcare range using organic substrate to apply copper and zinc for foot issues and avoiding the need for antibiotic based products


  3. News
    Created by News in category Agricultural Matters
    Jul 2, 2014
  4. News
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    Jul 2, 2014
    The award has just been announced. Background story to shortlist by Western Morning News

    Somerset dairy farmers on shortlist for Gold Cup final

    By Western Morning News | Posted: June 18, 2014

    By Athwenna Irons; @AthwennaWMN


    • Gold Cup finalist Neil Baker from Haselbury, Plucknett.


    • Gold Cup finalist Michael Eavis, from Glastonbury (right) with Worthy Farm manager John Taylor (left).


    • Gold Cup finalist Neil Baker from Haselbury, Plucknett.


    • Gold Cup finalist Michael Eavis, from Glastonbury (right) with Worthy Farm manager John Taylor (left).

    • Two dairy herds from Somerset have been selected as finalists in the prestigious NMR / RABDF Gold Cup 2014.

    Michael Eavis, from Glastonbury, and Neil Baker from Haselbury Plucknett, fought off strong competition from 957 to make it to the final shortlist of six dairy herd entries.

    The annual nationwide competition, run jointly by National Milk Records (NMR) and the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF), reviews the whole dairy business on a number of criteria, including how farmers make the best use of their resources and their commitment to the industry.

    Michael Eavis of Glastonbury Festival fame, is a first-time finalist in the competition. Over the past few years herd manager John Taylor has worked in conjunction with Mr Eavis,...
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    Jul 2, 2014
  6. News
    Created by News in category Agricultural Matters
    Jul 1, 2014
    Cornish farming brothers fined £6,000 for TB fraud and breaching animal identification regulations

    Two farming brothers from Gweek have been fined £6, 000 and ordered to pay costs of £7,000 for offences relating to TB fraud and breaching cattle identification regulations designed to prevent the spread of disease.

    The hearing at Truro Crown Court marks the end of a lengthy investigation by Cornwall Council’s Public Health and Protection Animal Health team supported by the local Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency into an allegation that Thomas James and Paul Anthony Collins, of Trenoweth Farm, Gweek had submitted a cow for compensatory slaughter under the TB reactor removal programme which had its DNA tag cut out.

    All cattle born in the UK after January 1998 are required to have ear tags applied to them in both ears, which are printed with a unique identification number to help control the spread of disease such as TB and BSE. Under new rules introduced by DEFRA following cases of cattle identity fraud relating to TB reactors, a vet who identifies an animal infected by TB inserts a DNA tag into the ear. This tag removes a small piece of flesh which can then be used as a reference sample at a later date if fraud is suspected.

    After an investigation found that an unusual number of animals at the farm had replacement tags ordered for them over the previous 18 months, DNA tests showed that the DNA of some cattle did not match that of...
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    Jul 1, 2014
    The current structure of the Department BeefPricewatch is providing almost irrelevant information to farmers and unless it’s radically restructured to reflect the pricing structures that farmers are facing on a daily basis, it will serve no purpose for farmers except to fuel suspicions regarding cattle pricing, according to Michael Guinan, Chairperson of ICMSA’s Livestock Committee.




    “The reality today for farmers selling animals is that they will be faced with the absurdly over-complicated beef grid – which is a minefield in itself – but also possible weight limit penalties on price, age limit penalties on price, breed differences on price and quality assurance penalties on price. Pricewatch provides absolutely no clarity or guidance on these issues. Unless the Beef Pricewatch can provide clear information on the various penalties/bonuses being applied by meat processors on a weekly basis, all it will do is confuse and mislead farmers and that’s precisely what it’s doing at the moment”, said Mr Guinan.

    “Meat plants have full information on the animal being supplied by the farmer and it is high time that farmers were given the full information regarding beef prices. Department personnel have access to this information through...
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    Jul 1, 2014
    Despite numerous problems in the farming industry, Stags Livestock Market in South Molton is still going strong.

    It's a sunny Thursday morning in South Molton and at 9am the sound of sheep is unmistakable.

    Apart from the odd rogue ewe on a mission to escape, the sheep are herded into their pens as a steady stream of farmers queue to drop off their stock.


    Andy Jerrard, the livestock market's chaplain

    Once their livestock is safely sorted out many farmers have breakfast in the market canteen.

    At around 10.30am the auction begins, slowly at first as farmers finish their breakfasts but filling up quickly.

    As the market ring gets busier Chris Clapham launches into the trademark auctioneer's patter.

    Last Thursday there were more than 900 lambs sold, more than 350 ewes, 20 hoggs and one cow, not a record-breaking week but respectable.

    The market foreman Michael Edwards acknowledges the challenges faced by markets like South Molton.

    He said: "The market has changed markedly since foot and mouth and the TB crisis."

    The number of animals coming to market dropped in the wake of the problems as restrictions on movement made it impossible to get to markets.

    Despite those problems auctioneer Chris Clapham believes there's much to look forward to.

    He said: "There has been money spent on the market, only last year they finished doing the roof and improvements have been made to the offices. So we're here for the long haul."

    Many of the farmers visiting the market spoke...
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    Jul 1, 2014
    Welsh Environment Minister Alun Davies breaches ministerial code but avoids the sack


    Welsh Environment Minister Alun Davies.


    WELSH Environment Minister Alun Davies will not be sacked, despite him breaching the Ministerial Code.

    Mr Davies lobbied environment watchdog Natural Resources Wales over plans for a race track near Ebbw Vale.

    But First Minister Carwyn Jones said, although it was “clear" the code had been breached, the issues were "not clear cut", and therefore Mr Davies would be allowed to keep his job.

    The decision has been described as ‘indefensible’ by Welsh Liberal Democratleader Kirsty Williams.



    Read more: http://www.southwales-eveningpost.c...tory-21312064-detail/story.html#ixzz36EAaBO1J
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    Jul 1, 2014
    The Badger Trust has been granted permission for a Judicial Review challenge in the High Court against the DEFRA Secretary of State Owen Paterson and Natural England

    The Badger Trust has been granted permission by a judge for a Judicial Review challenge in the High Court against the DEFRA Secretary of State Owen Paterson and Natural England. The test case focuses on the Government’s highly controversial badger cull policy.



    The Judicial Review will argue that Owen Paterson and Natural England have failed to put in place any Independent Expert Panel for the planned culling of badgers in Gloucestershire and Somerset in 2014.

    The Trust contends such a Panel is needed to oversee the design of data collection, its analysis and interpretation. Without this, there can be no proper assessment of the safety, effectiveness and humaneness of the culling operation, something that would be needed before any lawful decision to continue with further culls around the country.

    Commenting on the Judicial Review challenge, Ranald Munro, Chairman of the IEP said:

    “The Independent Expert Panel’s report states clearly the rationale for ensuring that independent monitoring and the use of the statistically robust sample sizes and analytical methods, as used in the 2013 culls, are followed in further culling exercises. If this scientific advice is ignored then the data collected during the proposed 2014 culls will be insufficiently reliable for assessment of humaneness and effectiveness....