New Claas Torion machines built specifically for agriculture

HANOVER, Germany —  Farmers and contractors that are in the market for a new wheeled loader built specifically for agricultural use now have a new name on the market from which to choose. The new Claas Torion series boasts seven models in three categories ranging from 63 to 228 horsepower built by a merger between […] Read more

Women recruited to test boar meat

Women are being used in the study because they are said to have a more sensitive palate when it comes to consuming boar meat

Female consumers across Europe have been asked to assess the taste of boar burgers compared to meat from castrated pigs. The research is designed to evaluate whether boar meat tastes better or worse than regular pork from castrated male pigs. Researchers chose only women for the taste tests because women are said to have a […] Read more

Wolves move in when ag moves out

A wolf called Naya was fitted with a tracking collar as a cub, which has allowed researchers to monitor its progress across Europe

A lone wolf being monitored by European researchers is revealing how far the animals sometimes travel and their rising population in areas where agriculture once dominated. Naya the wolf was fitted with a collar incorporating a tracking device as a six-month-old cub by researchers at the Technical University of Dresden in Germany. In October last […] Read more

U.K. declares a bird flu zone

Veterinary officials in the United Kingdom have declared a bird flu prevention zone across England in a bid to prevent the virus spreading. The U.K.’s chief vet, Nigel Gibbens, at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, announced the measure following the detection of 13 dead wild birds in Warwickshire that tested positive for […] Read more

World’s first bacon without nitrites developed

A Belfast professor welcomes the ability to produce bacon naturally in a process that doesn’t include chemicals

A meat processor in Northern Ireland has developed what he calls the world’s first bacon free of nitrites. Branded as Naked Bacon, the product has been developed by Finnebrogue Artisan from Downpatrick. The company says it has worked with Spanish chemists who have managed to produce bacon that does not include nitrites from vegetables or […] Read more

British pig farm receives record semen order

The farm in Northern Ireland will send frozen boar semen to China and also train Chinese staff in artificial insemination

The United Kingdom’s largest ever order for boar semen is being processed by a Northern Ireland pig farm. Deerpark Pedigree Pigs in Bellaghy, County Londonderry, has secured the order from China, for shipment this month. It is expected more orders will follow. The deal includes frozen boar semen and involves training Chinese staff in artificial […] Read more

Sheep produces five lambs as storm rages

The multiple birth, which is a record for this British farm, occurred during a vicious storm that battered much of Europe

Storm Eleanor may have come and gone, but Jan. 3 will certainly be a memorable occasion for one British farmer. During the early hours of last Wednesday, as a deadly storm raged across Western Europe, Alastair Kerr from Ballymena, Northern Ireland, was out of bed watching over one of his ewes give birth to a […] Read more

Qatar builds a dairy farm in the desert

Dairy business sets up its cow operation after trade disputes with neighbouring countries blocked imports

One farm’s ambition to supply all of the dairy for Qatar’s 2.6 million people is becoming a reality. Baladna Farm, located about 55 kilometres from Qatar’s capital city Doha, has put together a rapid expansion plan to fill the entire country’s demand for milk products by April. While experienced with sheep and goat enterprises, Baladna […] Read more

Farmer develops early warning infection system

A Canadian goat producer designed the scanning system to help detect abnormalities in udders to allow early treatment

Missed udder infections and subsequent missed treatments are costing global dairy farmers a massive $10 billion a year. It is, however, the smaller family dairy farms that are being hit the hardest with the financial burden as udder infection detection rates in these situations can be low. A Canadian company hopes to address the issue […] Read more

Animal welfare, consumer attitudes go hand in hand

Animal welfare must be taken seriously to protect the reputation of the dairy industry. That was the message delegates at the World Dairy Summit held in Belfast, Northern Ireland, were told. At the summit, dairy industry welfare and Brexit were among the major talking points. Animal welfare can be affected by a number of factors […] Read more