National project to improve methods for controlling sheep scab

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has welcomed the launch of a new initiative exploring a structured approach to controlling sheep scab – and looks forward to coordinating the work in South West England.

North Country Cheviot surges in popularity across the north and borders

The North Country Cheviot is experiencing a surge in popularity outside its Scottish heartland as awareness of the breed’s versatility and easy lambing continue to grow. 

Persistent farm quad bike thieves threaten critical lambing season

Determined rural thieves are targeting expensive quad bikes used by farmers to tend to livestock during the lambing season, latest NFU Mutual claim figures reveal.

Brexit: What is the real cost to the meat industry?

The British Meat Processors Association says dismissing trade disruption at the borders as short term ‘teething problems’ is no longer credible, as it publishes its Brexit Impact Report.

Sheep attack concerns amid predicted influx of countryside visitors

Spring visitors to the countryside are being urged to keep their dogs under control as rural insurers warn of a potential hike in sheep worrying over Easter.

Farmers urged to test for Enzootic Abortion of Ewes

With the majority of sheep farmers embarking on lambing from early spring, vets are urging farmers to test for Enzootic Abortion of Ewes (EAE) if they experience abortions in their flock.

“Living the dream of farming full-time”

Scottish farmer Janet McQuistin speaks to Farmers Guide about rural life, the power of social media in overcoming isolation, and how she finally achieved her dream of farming full-time, despite the opinions of a school guidance counsellor.

Redistribution of red meat levy agreed by three nations

The redistribution of red meat levies to take account of cross-border livestock movements between England, Wales and Scotland has been agreed by all three nations, and will be implemented on 1st April 2021.

Stay legal with grazing livestock at turn-out, farmers urged

Rural consultant shares top tips to ensure farmers meet their legal responsibilities when animals return to fields – especially where there are public rights of way across land used for livestock.

UK farmers “must speak with one voice to earn consumer trust”

Derbyshire farmer Tori Stanley believes high standards of animal health and welfare, a short food chain and sustainability are all possible – but the industry must speak with one voice, regardless of their farming system.

‘Consider reducing ewes wormed at lambing time’ – SCOPS

Worming ewes around lambing remains a common practice in UK flocks, but with most sheep farmers now aware that over-use of wormers is a major factor in the development of anthelmintic resistance, SCOPS is urging producers to think about whether they can safely reduce the number of ewes treated.

NSA cancels all major events for 2021

The National Sheep Association (NSA) says it has made the “difficult and disappointing” decision to postpone its major regional events this year.

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