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Scientists say they have made a breakthrough which could be a crucial step in the introduction of cattle TB vaccine programmes. Researchers have developed two candidate skin tests for cattle which they say can distinguish between animals that are infected with bovine TB and those that have been vaccinated against the disease with the BCG […]

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Devon dairy farmer David Gillbard is pleased with his feed-grade winter barley harvest, which was cut and crimped and is intended for use in the herd’s mixed ration. Cutting of the 25ha Florentine winter barley variety began last Friday with initial yields of 6.5t/ha and a specific weight of 68kg/hl. “The variety’s lower management demands makes […]

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Two of Scotland’s leading beef processors will lower the cap on the weight they pay farmers to 400kg from 1 October in a bid to encourage smaller slaughterweights. Scotbeef and ABP Perth have begun briefing farmers about the impending changes, which will see the weight cap lowered from its current level of 420kg, with penalties […]

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Early winter barley yields are nearly touching 11t/ha on the Isle of Sheppey in the Thames estuary, with farm manager Ryan McCormack “over the moon” with the yield. Mr McCormack, at farming group Burden Bros, said it was the first time the farm had grown winter barley on Sheppey in northern Kent. The farm has […]

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Fears are growing for the safety of a well-known grain buyer in North Yorkshire after he went missing at the weekend. Howard Jackson, 63, was last seen at about 8am on Saturday 13 July at his home in Marton-cum-Grafton, near Boroughbridge. He left home wearing a denim T-shirt and pyjama trousers, and drove off in a […]

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Policymakers insist they will not delay introducing new ways of delivering agricultural support to Welsh farmers, including the planned phasing out of direct farm subsidies from 2021. The Welsh government was reacting to speculation surrounding a statement made by first minister of Wales Mark Drakeford on Tuesday (16 July). He announced that a draft law […]

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Fifty farmers, agricultural and rural economy workers are set to march through the heart of Brighton with a rainbow-coloured tractor to celebrate farming as an open and diverse industry. In a first for UK agriculture, the group will walk alongside a colourful Massey Ferguson – nicknamed “Sassy Ferguson” – as part of the Brighton Pride […]

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Strict control of parlour feeding and a tight autumn-calving block saw a Cornish dairy through the 2018 drought with a total purchased feed cost of 6.52p/litre. Because peak lactation happens in December, when cows are housed, a lot of the pressure was taken off Paul Richards and the team at Splattenridden Farm, near Hayle, when […]

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Taiwanese ATV maker TGB has unveiled its latest low-cost Blade ATV. The 520SL comes with a pretty healthy spec and is T3 homologated, so can be registered for road use. Power comes from TGB’s own 503cc four-stroke, single cylinder petrol engine. It tops out at 39hp and runs through a selectable two/four-wheel drive belt-type stepless […]

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Ewe condition before tupping, tyre wires in silage and lameness in housed sucklers are among the problems that occur later in the year, but have their roots in summer management. Our Vet Viewpoint experts also look at lungworm and ewe condition. See also: 4 common Johne’s mistakes and how to avoid them on dairy units […]

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