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Celebrating British Livestock
5th January 2017
Allflex UK Group Ltd was very proud to sponsor the Celebration of British Livestock event held in London just before Christmas.
Now in its 2nd Year this fantastic event provided quite the spectacle on the streets of London, highlighting the great work done by the nation’s farmers and other rural businesses.
The event was also supported by the Beef Shorthorn Society, who provided two Beef Shorthorn Heifers for the parade from St Paul’s Cathedral to St Brides Church on Fleet Street. These unusual additions to London’s roads were escorted by a mounted troop of the Light Cavalry Honourable Artillery Company and a pair of Massey Ferguson tractors.
Proceeds from the event are going towards London City Farms who do tremendous work in educating people from urban areas about livestock production and where their food comes from.
As with last year’s event organisers Shepherd Publishing put on a superb show, culminating in a choir service, followed by a gala dinner for around 200 livestock industry professionals.
Allflex UK Group Ltd Sponsors National Young Stars 2016
15th April 2016
The Allflex Group recently sponsored the National Young Stars event where over 150 young people from across the UK came together at Malvern to compete as teams for a range of prizes including Heiniger shearing equipment and a trip to compete in the equivalent competition in Canada later this year.
This growing and prestigious event provides a fantastic platform for young and new entrants to the sector to showcase their knowledge and skill regarding animal husbandry and showing.
One of the headline competitions was the Sheep Shearing Contest, which was won by Chris Davies from Brecon and Angharad Francis from Carmarthen. Who both won their choice of Heiniger Clippers.
The event was a huge success attracting attendees from across the UK and beyond, and Allflex look forward to being a part of this superb event for years to come.
NEW Rules for sheep tagging in Wales
23rd December 2015
From January 1st 2016 all lambs for slaughter before 12 months of age at a UK abattoir, privately or through a mart must be identified with either a single electronic slaughter tag (EID) or full EID (one electronic tag and a matching non electronic tag) rather than a non-EID visual tag. The forthcoming changes were announced in 2014 as a result of the EIDCymru and slaughter derogation consultation. Lambs off Welsh farms that are born or tagged for the first time after January 1st 2016 and arriving at market without an EID tag will be rejected.
In a survey conducted on behalf of Allflex Group at Monmouthshire Livestock Market it was discovered that 30% of farmers were unaware of the upcoming changes. The survey was conducted to help ensure that all affected farmers are ready for the change before it comes in, according to Allflex Area Manager for Wales Ian Jones. “Although a majority of farmers are aware of the January changes, it is worrying that a large minority remain unprepared,” he says.
“With only a few weeks before the new rules take effect, I would advise farmers unsure of how they work to contact their tag supplier. Non-compliance with the rules will prove costly so getting it right is important.”
Of farmers surveyed at Monmouth, 24% were already using EID tags. According to Mr Jones, as well as providing individual traceability, EID tags are being used increasingly by farmers as a valuable management tool. “They enable lamb performance to be measured easily and quickly on farm, allowing decisions to be taken at an individual level rather than basing management choices across an entire flock,” he explains.