- Farmers protest at Cowbridge Market closure
Farmers are furious about the planned closure of a 200-year-old market in Wales.
- Scotland ‘not threatened by outbreak’ of TB
Scotland’s prized TB-free status will not be jeopardised by a serious outbreak of the disease on a dairy farm in West Lothian, which led to the slaughter of 60 animals this week
- Gressingham invests heavily in the duck sector
Gressingham Foods has announced it is going to invest heavily in the market in an ambitious attempt to entice an additional half a million consumers to the duckmeat sector.
- Dual-action wormer tackles resistance in sheep
Sheep producers will now be able to tackle worms and anthelmintic resistance with “double barrels” thanks to the introduction of the first ever UK dual-action wormer.
- Schmallenberg virus in sheep slows spread
The increase in the number of farms reporting cases of the Schmallenberg virus has slowed, according to figures released by the Animal Health and Veterinary Laboratories Agency.
- Campylobacter-contaminated meat is decreasing
The number of supermarket chickens which are contaminated with the bacteria campylobacter has fallen by 47%, an investigation from consumer group Which? has found.
- Grain haulage rates rise as fuel costs soar
Rising fuel prices pushed up the cost of hauling grain last season, especially for longer distances, a HGCA survey has revealed
- Muckspreader hire firm builds range of spreaders
The muckspreader hire business is definitely alive and well, says Tim Hubert, who heads up Agri-Hire at Bramford, Ipswich. The company’s spreader fleet now has 40 machines and numbers are rising by 10% a year.
- Nematodirus risk as weather favours ‘mass hatch’
Sheep farmers are being advised to assess risk factors for Nematodirus battus worm as cold weather followed by warmer conditions could trigger a mass hatch.