Cutting the costs of wintering cows
Cutting the costs of wintering cows is the option Drew Bell has chosen to make money on his 80-cow suckler beef enterprise on 300 acres at Guyzance, near Acklington. [read article]

Rothbury Family Butchers
A tiny butcher's shop in rural Northumberland which sources mainly locally-produced meats is earning a countrywide reputation thanks to its new internet sales and award winning sausages. [read article]

Suffolk Passion
A passion for Suffolk sheep and the social enjoyment pedigree sheep breeding brings has paid off for mother and daughter Glynis and Jane Soulsby after their flock was judged the top in the whole of the north of England. [read article]

XL Vets
xl vets
The challenges faced by UK livestock farmers in the 21st century led to the formation of a new company in June 2005 – XLVets – thought to be unique worldwide in its mandate to get its countrywide group of farm animal committed veterinary practices working together. [read article]

Improved Diet at Poldean
Improved feed conversion rates and liveweight gains have been the result of altering the diet for beef breeding and store cattle on a Scottish Borders upland farm. [read article]

Glenisla Beef Shorthorns
Hardy, docile Beef Shorthorn cattle are part of the beautiful Perthshire landscape grazing at up to 1,500ft on the heather hill above Glenisla House. [read article]

110,000gns Texel Ram
texel ram
When the ram lamb Newhill Major was born in February this year, Hexhamshire breeder Alan Walker spotted the sheep had a certain sparkle. [read article]

Blelack Beef Shorthorns
The Blelack herd prefix which is synonymous with top quality pedigree cattle breeding now lends itself to a herd of Beef Shorthorns. [read article]

Cumberland Dairy Cheese
Three Cumbrian dairy farmers have formed their own processing company to add value to milk produced in the county. Their quest was to achieve better milk prices by adding value. [read article]

Vaccination stops the rot
foot rot
The introduction of a vaccination programme has virtually eliminated footrot cutting down on family labour time as well as improving sheep health and welfare, say Cumbrian sheep producers the Hewitsons. [read article]

Switch to Beltex brings profitability
A switch to the Beltex as a terminal sire to use on crossbred hoggs has improved the profitability of the sheep enterprise on a North Yorkshire mixed farm. [read article]

Free Range Egg Diversification
free range hens
A farm on the edge of the Lake District which diversified into free range eggs 19 years ago now has the largest specialist egg packaging business in the country, supplying major supermarkets and McDonalds. [read article]

First floor milking parlour reaps rewards
dairy building
A six figure investment in a two storey dairy building and new milking and feeding equipment is already reaping rewards in terms of efficiencies in work time and increased yields for producer Michael Wilson. [read article]

Pedigree Holstein Sales buoyant
Pedigree Holstein Sales buoyant
Pedigree Holstein dairy cattle sold at auction in the UK continue to command excellent prices even though the commercial buyers are receiving low milk prices. [read article]

Proactive approach to Johnes disease
Proactive approach to Johnes disease
The Bankhouse Holstein herd, which was closed from the mid 1960s until the foot and mouth epidemic in 2001, is one of the first to be tested for Johnes disease through a simple bulk milk sample. [read article]

Beef Management for more than Meat
Beef Management
Beef producer Robin Edmondson has benefited from a new partnership which is helping to put his business back into profitability in the absence of headage payments.
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Lowther Beef Shorthorns
Beef Shorthorns
Easily managed Beef Shorthorns are proving to be the ideal cattle for an organic farm at Armathwaite in Cumbria’s Eden Valley.
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Limestone Country Project
Limestone Country Project
A unique initiative aimed at further enhancing part of North Yorkshire’s renowned upland landscape now links the visitor, conservationist, farmer – and the consumer.
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Dairy farmer capitalises on forage crops
Andrew Addison and his wife Janet’s attention to detail earned them the title of national joint runners-up in the annual BGS Grassland Management Competition.
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Meat cutting plant opens - by Royal approval
Meat cutting plant opens - by Royal approval
Prince Charles spent two and a half hours at Raisgill Hall, Orton, Cumbria when he officially opened the new meat cutting plant Junction 38 run by a mainly farmer co-operative.
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Keeping an eye on Bassenthwaite
Deborah and Martyn Mawson have capitalised on the beautiful situation of their beef and sheep farm overlooking Bassenthwaite Lake and established a successful bed and breakfast business. [read article]

Beef Shorthorn - a breed for the future
beef shorthorn
Gerald Turton is one of the Beef Shorthorn’s greatest enthusiasts, having done much to promote the breed. He is the third generation of his family to run the North Yorkshire based Upsall herd. [read article]

Quality cattle for Lakeland Beef brand
steadman dodd
Eden Valley farmers Steadman and Judy Dodd produce quality cattle to meet the specifications required by the increasingly popular regional brand, Lakeland Beef. [read article]

Charolais herd survives and prospers
charolais bulls
2005 was an extraordinary year for Peter and Vanessa Vasey and the family’s prized Edenhurst Charolais herd, beginning with the Carlisle floods. [read article]

Farmers give their backing for the future
rural futures
Farmers have given a resounding backing to a new company which will help them meet change and secure their own futures as well as that of rural Cumbria. [read article]

Simmentals do the business
simmental cattle
Cumbrian beef farmer Kevin Holliday maintains that weight pays and he has stuck with the Simmental which suits his hill farm. The Swiss breed was first introduced by Kevin in 1992. [read article]

Traditional cattle graze conservation sites
traditional cattle
The Whitebred Shorthorn and its Galloway cross daughters suit the windswept acres of Hotbank Farm, near Bardon Mill which straddles the Roman Wall. [read article]

Diversification on the Solway Coast
solway coast
Martin and Julie Gaitskell have drawn on their individual expertise to diversify the business at Highfield Farm, on the beautiful coast of the Solway Firth at Burgh-by-Sands near Carlisle. [read article]


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