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Jennifer Mackenzie

Stackyard News

edited by Jennifer MacKenzie

Agricultural, Environmental, Countryside and Farming News from the UK and beyond.

 2020-Feb-18
Year of Change for Young Farmers

The new Chairman of leading rural youth organisation The National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs is promising a year of change as the organisation develops a new strategy to meet the needs of rural young people today.


 2020-Feb-18
Limousin Champion and Reserve Reach 30,000gns

At the British Limousin Cattle Society's early spring sale held at Carlisle on Saturday 15th February 2020, two bulls from Bruce Goldie, Townfoot, Mouswald, Dumfries shared the day's honours when each bid to 30,000gns.


 2020-Feb-18
Dairy Robots Rekindle Family Farm

A 200 head dairy farm on the Devon Cornwall border will open its gates to show fellow dairy farmers how installing DeLaval milking robots have helped create a future for the family and the herd.


 2020-Feb-18
NFU President Opens Hartpury Agri-Tech Centre

National Farmers’ Union President Minette Batters has performed the official opening of the new £2 million Hartpury Agri-Tech Centre.


 2020-Feb-14
Oddacres Clinch Crown at Skipton BFL Females Highlight

The Oddacres Blue Faced Leicester flock improved on their reserve championship success the previous year when stepping up to take the champion’s crown at Skipton’s annual winter sale of Bluefaced Leicester females.


 2020-Feb-14
Longtown Primestock Sale

C&D Auction Marts Limited had forward 6,368 sheep comprising of 3,271 prime hoggs and 3,097 cast ewes & rams plus 12 cast cows at Longtown on Thursday 13th February 2020.


 2020-Feb-14
Peter Baul takes Championship again at Craven Dairy Auction

Bishop Thornton’s Peter Baul bagged back-to-back Craven Dairy Auction titles at Skipton Auction Mart.


 2020-Feb-14
How Farmers Can Claim Inheritance Tax Relief

A new tribunal ruling has shown the importance of farmers keeping up farming activities in later life to claim thousands of pounds in inheritance tax relief after they die, a rural expert has said.


 2020-Feb-14
JCB Output Reduced Due to Coronavirus

JCB is set to reduce production levels at UK factories due to anticipated component shortages from Chinese suppliers impacted by the coronavirus outbreak, the company have announced.


 2020-Feb-14
Annual Farm Attractions Awards Winners Announced

Shining a spotlight on farm parks, rural attractions and trade businesses all over the UK, winners in the 2020 NFAN Awards were announced on Wednesday 29th January at Doncaster Racecourse.


 2020-Feb-11
UK Beef Traceability and Nutritional Values Must be Clear to Consumers

The high beef production standards demonstrated by UK producers must be recognised, maintained and matched by any imported beef products, demands the National Beef Association.


 2020-Feb-11
John Deere Announces Dealer Expansion Plans

John Deere dealers Ben Burgess and Farol are set to expand their businesses into the East Midlands during 2020.


 2020-Feb-11
Restricted Roots set to put Wheat on the Back Foot

Restricted growth of vital moisture and nutrient-absorbing roots could cause serious setbacks in winter wheat crops this season, unless steps are taken to remedy the problem.


 2020-Feb-11
In-lamb North Country Cheviots Top at £1800

The annual North Country Cheviot in lamb show and sale held at Lockerbie on Saturday 8th February saw a crowded ringside of buyers from Caithness to South Wales.


 2020-Feb-07
Beef Shorthorn Bulls in Strong Demand

Beef Shorthorn bulls met a strong trade selling to a top of 20,000gns twice at the breed society' s annual spring fixture in Stirling on Monday 3 February.


 2020-Feb-07
New JCB Fastrac 4000 Series Tractors with Added Productivity

A refreshed range of JCB Fastrac 4000 Series tractors has been introduced with uprated axles for increased payloads and durability, along with new tyre options and a locking front axle differential for increased traction in the field.


 2020-Feb-07
Livestock is at the Heart of Flourishing Bird Numbers

So say's Brian Bowen a Farmers' Union of Wales Vice President. He has a 230 suckler breeding herd and over 1200 sheep which grazes the three commons that surround his farm in Blaenau Gwent, South East Wales.


 2020-Feb-07
Longtown Primestock Sale

C&D Auction Marts Limited had forward 5,406 sheep comprising of 3,169 prime hoggs and 2,237 cast ewes & rams at their weekly sale at Longtown on Thursday 6th February 2020.


 2020-Feb-07
‘Unexpected’ Number of Resistance Genes found on Pig Farm

Researchers at Scotland's Rural College have identified a high number of antimicrobial resistance genes in pig faeces at a commercial farm, following the first longitudinal study of its kind.


 2020-Feb-07
Are Bees Dying of Malnourishment?

Professor Sara Diana Leonhardt examines the interactions between plants and insects with her work group at the TUM School of Life Sciences in Germany.


 2020-Feb-07
Ayrshire Based Dairy Business Lifts 2019 Gold Cup

The Sloan family from Auchinleck, Ayrshire are the winners of the 2019 NMR RABDF Gold Cup.


 2020-Feb-04
Skipton Prime Lamb Trade the Best for Some Time

Smart prime lambs were the dearest seen for some time at Skipton Auction Mart’s weekly Monday sale, with no less than 44 pens selling at £3 per kilo and above and 345 Beltex crosses averaging a healthy 302p/kg.


 2020-Feb-04
Row By Row Seed Rate Variation Offers Yield Increase

Row by row seed rate variation is now possible in electrically driven models within KUHN’s Maxima 3 precision drill range, giving growers new levels of seeding capability.


 2020-Feb-04
The Truth about Dairy Farms Environmental Impact

Dairy farmers are being encouraged to learn the true impact of UK milk production on the environment with a new leaflet being published by the RABDF.


Jan 2020