Farmers' unease over milk pricing taken to Parliament

10:59am Tuesday 28th October 2014

DAVID Handley, leader of Farmers For Action (FFA), was due to address a cross party group of MPs in the House of Commons on Wednesday, October 22, where he put the plight of dairy farmers receiving farm gate prices below the cost of production.

Seminar to help farmers deal with succession issues

The Northern Farmer: Anne Elliott, Agricultural Partner at Latimer Hinks.

11:17am Tuesday 28th October 2014

A FREE seminar intends to help farmers map out succession issues relevant to the future of the family farm.

Bauer puts new farm tankers on show

The Northern Farmer: Bauer is now supplying its poly-tank slurry and biogas digestate spreaders direct in the UK and Ireland to establish close links with operators and ensure price competitiveness with other suppliers of high-spec spreaders.

11:13am Tuesday 28th October 2014

BAUER is re-launching its high-specification tankers in Britain by supplying contractors and large farm operators direct at more favourable prices but with service and parts support still available nationwide through dealers.

Loss of plant protection could hit farm profits and cost 44,000 jobs

11:06am Tuesday 28th October 2014

THE loss of plant protection products could cost 44,000 UK jobs and see UK farmers profits drop by £1.73bn - 36 per cent down on current levels.

Tractor speed limit increase approved

11:03am Tuesday 28th October 2014

THE Government’s announcement to increase the maximum speed limit for conventional tractors from next March has been welcomed by the Country Land and Business Association (CLA).

Limousin champion bull sold for 27,000gns

The Northern Farmer: Loosebeare Iain, the 27,000gns top price and supreme champion bull

11:02am Tuesday 28th October 2014

A TOP price of 27,000gns was paid at the British Limousin Cattle Society's autumn sale of bulls at Borderway Mart, Carlisle (Oct 18).

Support for farmers to better understand their enterprises

9:18am Friday 17th October 2014

YORKSHIRE Dales farmers are invited to the launch of a new business support initiative which will provide 15 farms with detailed business and technical reviews designed to help give them a stable future.

Producers get better price for their sheep

The Northern Farmer: Pictured with the champion pen of Skipton Swaledale ewe lambs are, from left, Deborah and Stuart Robinson and judges David and Matthew Airey. Picture by Adrian Legge Photograph

9:18am Friday 17th October 2014

THE 3,579 Swaledale females at their annual show and sale at Skipton on Saturday (4th) averaged £121.44 per head - £29.47 up on last year.

Show Director hands over the reins

The Northern Farmer: Bill Cowling: Director of the Great Yorkshire Show is to step down after ten years

9:16am Friday 17th October 2014

BILL Cowling, director of the Great Yorkshire Show, is to step down after a decade of helping to develop the event into one of Britain’s leading agricultural shows.

Nick Allen: sell when your lambs hit the spec

9:15am Friday 17th October 2014

THE liveweight sheep market is likely to remain under pressure into the new year due to a combination of subdued demand, plentiful supply and increased numbers of out-of-spec animals being marketed.

Match production to grassland needs

9:14am Friday 17th October 2014

Assess farm resources before making a purchase

Revival of traditional breed not a surprise

The Northern Farmer: John Pattinson (11079747)

9:13am Friday 17th October 2014

A BREEDER of traditional Blue Grey cattle has reported new interest.

Young Farmers' Club reports

9:11am Friday 17th October 2014


Call for structure to deliver security to dairy farmers

9:09am Friday 17th October 2014

THE Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) has backed calls for price mechanisms in the dairy sector to come under the Groceries Code Adjudicator.

Verity hill families clinch top prizes at Skipton sale

The Northern Farmer: Keith Verity (left) with the family’s first prize pen of Swaledale wether lambs and judge Ian Lancaster.

9:09am Friday 17th October 2014

VERITY hill farming families from Middlesmoor in Nidderdale clinched both red rosettes at Skipton mart’s annual shows for pens of horned wether lamb. (Oct 1)

New hub marks major milestone at college

The Northern Farmer: Newton Rigg principal Wes Johnson with David Gardner of the Frank Parkinson Agricultural Trust and forestry students Alexander Harrison and Maddy Parkin planting a rowan tree to mark the official opening of the new facility

2:13pm Friday 10th October 2014

A MAJOR milestone in the history of Newton Rigg College, Penrith, was marked on Tuesday with the opening of the Frank Parkinson Building.

Fall in milk prices might lead to ‘potential shortfall’

2:07pm Friday 10th October 2014

HUNDREDS of members of Farmers For Action blockaded the Muller Wiseman plant at Market Drayton, Shropshire, on Monday night with another planned in Bridgewater, Somerset, on Wednesday.

Dairy code makes seven key points to help farmers

2:13pm Friday 10th October 2014

THE review of the Voluntary Dairy Code of Best Practice (VCOP) published seven key recommendations this week.

Pressure on prices as land sales fall

2:11pm Friday 10th October 2014

SMITHS Gore expect less agricultural land will be marketed this year than last, adding to the pressure on prices.

Pig breeding cereals to be main focus at meeting

2:09pm Friday 10th October 2014

BREEDING cereals specifically for pig production will be the focus of a meeting at Newcastle University'sCocklepark Farm in November.

Renewable energy meeting will look at taxes and laws

2:26pm Friday 10th October 2014

A MEETING will look at the options farmers and landowners should examine when considering renewable energy.

Grain event is cancelled

2:17pm Friday 10th October 2014

THE organisers of UK Grain have cancelled this year's event due to the easier than expected harvest for most producers and the low grain prices.

Unique insurance cover for cattle and sheep offered

The Northern Farmer: The in-Livestock team: (l-r) Rachel Stamper, Caroline Neile and Carol Rickerby

2:17pm Friday 10th October 2014

THE H&H Group has launched a new division which will initially specialise in offering bespoke insurance for pedigree cattle and sheep sold through auction marts and farm-to-farm.

Supermarket looking to beef up

2:26pm Friday 10th October 2014

MORRISONS needs more Beef Shorthorn sired cattle for its Traditional Beef Scheme.

Young Farmers' Club reports

The Northern Farmer: ELWICK COOKS: Members cook up a storm at the National YFC Cookery Final

2:25pm Friday 10th October 2014

CATTERICK. – Last week's meeting was a beetle drive at Hackforth Village Hall. Well done to everyone who took part in a highly competitive game! Next week's meeting is on Wednesday for a talk by Cleveland Potash at 7.15pm at Hackforth Village Hall. Our dinner dance is on Friday, November 7. Tickets are selling really quickly, so order them from Becky Slinger on 07946 350742, otherwise you might miss out.

Lleyn sheep sale is a success

The Northern Farmer: T & J Swinbank, Darlington, sold five shearling ewes for the price topping £190 per head.

2:23pm Friday 10th October 2014

THE final 2014 Lleyn Sheep Society sale at Skipton mart finished on a high for TA & J Swinbank, Brafferton, Darlington, who sold five shearling ewes at the leading price of £190/head to Bankcroft & Co, Blackburn.

Dairy farmers face a further round of cuts

11:19am Friday 3rd October 2014

DAIRY farmers face another round of farm gate price cuts.

UK soil is short of key mineral nutrient

The Northern Farmer: Jez Wardman, Yara UK agronomist

11:19am Friday 3rd October 2014

NEW research has found UK soils - like most across the EU - to be selenium deficient.

Policies on rural areas need to be addressed

11:15am Friday 3rd October 2014

MORE goes on in the countryside than just agriculture - and a new discussion paper says Government policies must take this into account.

Rural areas need better connections

11:15am Friday 3rd October 2014

FARMERS and landowners who are not yet online or who have a slow internet connection must contact the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) by October 14, to avoid missing out on farm payments.

Payments system is explained

11:13am Friday 3rd October 2014

A SERIES of Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) briefings, focusing on the new Basic Payment Scheme (BPS), will be held by the NFU North-East next week followed by more in November.

‘Passionate’ farm is set to host agricultural meeting

The Northern Farmer: Richard Price, Lowrher Park Farms manager

11:07am Friday 3rd October 2014

THE Institute of Agricultural Management (IAgrM) is to hold its annual meeting in the North of England for the first time.

Experienced farmerwill take to the stage

The Northern Farmer: John Henderson (l) and Tony Shepherd(10872462)

11:07am Friday 3rd October 2014

HILL farmer John Henderson will give an insight into his experiences during more than 30 years of share farming when he takes to the stage at this year’s Northern Farming Conference at Hexham on Wednesday, November 12.

Breeders go home happy after annual show awards

The Northern Farmer: (l-r) Charles Marwood and his reserve champion ram lamb, Kenton Foster with his supreme champion shearling, and judge Stephen Maskill.

11:21am Friday 3rd October 2014

LEADING North Yorkshire breeders Kenton Foster and Charles Marwood vied for top honours at the British Charollais Sheep Society’s annual show and sale of commercial rams at Skipton auction mart. (Sept 16th)

Defra’s approach to TB eradication leads to criticism

12:52pm Friday 26th September 2014

THE Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) has criticised Defra’s TB eradication strategy in England, claiming it falls short in some areas and contains damaging measures in others.

Farmers unite to sell British lamb

The Northern Farmer:

12:52pm Friday 26th September 2014

SEVEN farming families from Upper Teesdale have joined forces and launched their own lamb brand.

Supreme champion sets record price for single sheep at mart

The Northern Farmer:

12:51pm Friday 26th September 2014

A NEW Skipton Auction Mart record price for a single sheep was set at the Beltex Sheep Society’s 14th annual show and sale of pedigree rams and females.

Unions in EU fight over plant protection

12:50pm Friday 26th September 2014

PRESIDENTS of the four UK farming unions were in Brussels this week on a major lobbying offensive.

Full cost of gutworm in cows revealed by study

12:50pm Friday 26th September 2014

GUTWORM is said to cost UK dairy farmers more than £314m a year in reduced milk yields. Merial Animal Health has based its claim on five years of bulk milk tests – known as MOO tests - from 2009 to 2013 involving 790 herds across the UK. The test measures the level of antibodies to gutworm in the milk – to assess the level of challenge to the cows. A “high” result indicates the herd should be treated to remove gutworm.

Courses aim to revive the partridge population

The Northern Farmer:

12:49pm Friday 26th September 2014

FRESH efforts to save wild grey partridge are being made in the north of England.

Energy plant’s animal feed a novel protein alternative

12:48pm Friday 26th September 2014

THE £350m Vivergo bioethanol plant in Hull is now producing wheat distillers animal feed.

New parliamentary dairy group’s official launch

12:48pm Friday 26th September 2014

A NEW All-Party Parliamentary Dairy Group has been launched by members from both Houses of Parliament.

Learn about machine cost at workshops

12:47pm Friday 26th September 2014

A SERIES of workshops on machinery costings is being held by the National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) and Farming4Profit.

Meetings to discuss top yields

12:47pm Friday 26th September 2014

DAIRY farmers are invited to a series of free meetings hosted by Innovation for Agriculture (IFA) and Keenan about maximising yields over winter with a foragebased diet.

Dealing with compacted soil

The Northern Farmer: Mike Burley from Opico

5:27pm Friday 19th September 2014

WAYS of alleviating soil compaction in grassland were among issues discussed at an event organised by the Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE) near Darlington on Tuesday (16).

Keep cattle out longer but manage grassland effectively

5:31pm Friday 19th September 2014

GIVEN the continuing good weather conditions this Autumn the option of keeping cattle out for longer this year is particularly relevant, but it is vital that grass is managed well and any supplementary feeding is introduced in advance to help check any dramatic changes in weather or at housing.

Scaring not shooting is scrapped

5:29pm Friday 19th September 2014

THE Countryside Alliance (CA) has welcomed Natural England’s decision not to press ahead with a "shoo, don’t shoot" proposal to restrict pigeon shooting.

Women of industry to link at key event

5:23pm Friday 19th September 2014

THE increasing role of women in farming will be celebrated at a free event at the Great Yorkshire Showground at the end of the month.

Commoners to discuss act

5:29pm Friday 19th September 2014

THE Yorkshire Federation of Commoners meets at Thirsk auction mart on Wednesday (24), at 2pm, to hear from Doug Huzzard of the Commons Registration Office, County Hall, Northallerton, about The Commons Act Part 1. It was due to be implemented from October 1, but has been delayed. The Rural Payments Agency may also be represented.

Defra's badger cull begins in latest effort to stem TB

4:07pm Friday 12th September 2014

BADGER culling has started for a second year in Gloucestershire and Somerset as part of Defra's bid to eradicate bovine TB.


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