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Tuesday 30 September 2014

Northern Ireland

Coming events - dairy farm walks in Ulster

Tues, Oct 21, AgriSearch dairy farm walk 'Milking Research Results' at 10.30am prompt, hosted by the Steele family, 32, Rowreagh Rd, Kircubbin, Co Down, BT23 1AS. For details tel; (028) 8778 9770 or browse www.agrisearch.org

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Northern Ireland

Vets fine tune Sperrins Sheep!

Dungiven farmer Ian Buchanan hosted a Parklands Veterinary Group ‘Optimising Ovine Performance’ sheep health event in association with MSD Animal Health and Novartis Animal Health.

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Switzerland

26th Conference of the OIE Regional Commission for Europe

The 26th Conference of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Regional Commission for Europe, attended by 53 Member Countries from the Region, was held in Bern (Switzerland) from 22 to 26 September 2014. It was organised in cooperation with the Swiss Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office.

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United Kingdom

Germinal raises technical credentials with appointment of respected Moorepark Grassland Specialist

Forage seed specialist Germinal Seeds is significantly increasing its technical support to farmers and merchants with the appointment of the highly respected Moorepark grassland research officer Dr Mary McEvoy to a new role within the company.

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United Kingdom

Lawsons lead the way again at Craven Dairy Auction

The Lawson dairy farming family in Wharfedale swept the board when producing both the champion and reserve champion at September’s main Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon, Sept 29)

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United Kingdom

Moving North for the First Step on the Career Ladder

It has been announced that William Drake has been appointed as a Graduate Rural Surveyor at the North East and Durham office of H&H Land and Property. William, originally from Oxfordshire, completed an MSc in Rural Estate Management at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester.

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Wales

FUW Meirionnydd visit Glastir Advanced Scheme farm

Visitors to Pentre Farm, Cwmtirmynach received a warm welcome on Monday September 29, when they met with Farmers’ Union of Wales members Arfon and Rhian Williams, Llyr Huws Gruffudd AM and FWAG Cymru.

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Monday 29 September 2014

France

Rabies is everyone's concern: the time for mobilisation is now

On the occasion of World Rabies Day, the OIE is mobilising its forces, and invites the international community to join the fight against one of the world's most deadly zoonoses.

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France

The importance of Animal Health for Global Health Security

Friday the 26th of September, Dr Vallat, Director General of the World Organisation for Animal Health, gave a speech in front of the international decisions makers during the 4th Meeting of the Global Health and Security Agenda (GHSA), organised in Washington DC in presence of the USA president, Barack Obama and representatives of Governments of more than 40 countries. Dr Vallat highlighted in its speech the animal health perspective and its critical interdependence with human health in improving human health worldwide. He recalled the OIE key contribution to accelerate progress against all global disease threats, preventing diseases at their animal source being crucial for protecting human health.

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United Kingdom

Government backs business appetite for quality skills in food and drink

The Government has today announced support for a new partnership between employers and trade bodies to develop food and drink manufacturing skills in England.

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United Kingdom

Queen bumblebees and autumn flowers

It’s that time of year when there’s little else to interest me in the garden except queen bumblebees. These large, furry bees are the daughters of the founding queens of nests established in spring. The nest and founding queen, along with her workers and males are by now dead or dying; only the daughter queens remain, having mated with the males in summer.

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Wales

Farming conference puts spotlight on succession

Two local land agents will be taking part in a major farming conference being held in Wales next Month.

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Wales

FUW launches Christmas card competition for primary school pupils at Cardiff Country Fair

Primary school pupils from all over Wales are once again being invited to enter a Christmas card design competition organised by the Farmers’ Union of Wales.

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Friday 26 September 2014

Austria

Mycotoxins a hot topic at the upcoming World Nutrition Forum 2014

An expert panel session at the World Nutrition Forum will set the tone for emerging issues and critical research in the development of novel strategies to manage the worldwide mycotoxin menace.

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Scotland

Argyllshire Producer Confident Low-Input System Is Adaptable for Future

The benefits of using an efficient, low-input cattle system are the focus of the next Planning for Profit meeting being held at Argyllshire producers Neil and Hazel McCorkindale’s Scammadale farm, just south of Oban on 2 October.

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United Kingdom

A uniquely Yorkshire Brie - a flovour of the continent - from the Pennines

If you thought Brie was the preserve of the French, then think again. That’s because one of the finest Bries to be found anywhere is not made in Paris or Provence, but in the Pennines.

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United Kingdom

Adam Hart becomes patron of Bees Abroad

Professor Adam Hart, co-presenter of the recent Hive Alive series on BBC2, has agreed to become a patron of Bees Abroad, the charity seeking to reduce poverty in developing countries through beekeeping.

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United Kingdom

CLA urges farmers to act now for online support

The CLA is encouraging farmers and landowners who are not online or have a slow internet connection to contact the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) by 14 October to avoid missing out on farm payments and to take advantage of a new package of help measures.

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United Kingdom

Consider changing tags while sorting sheep for tupping

With new rules on electronic tagging coming into force in January 2015, sheep farmers should be thinking about replacing historic tags with full EID (Electronic Indentification) tags when they sort through their ewes this autumn before putting them in with the rams.

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United Kingdom

Derbyshire CLA elects new chairman

Edward Marshall, a Chartered Surveyor whose family has three generations’ experience of Derbyshire’s rural economy, has been elected Chairman of the CLA’s Derbyshire Branch.

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Wales

FUW covers Wales coast path in aid of children’s hospices

Farmers’ Union of Wales members and friends tackled the Wales Coast Path during a huge sponsored walk to raise funds for children’s hospice charities Tŷ Hafan and Tŷ Gobaith.

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Wales

FUW visit’s national plant phenomics centre

Members of the FUW hill farming and marginal land and livestock, wool and marts committees visited the Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) at Plas Gogerddan, Aberystwyth, to see the latest developments on genomic and phenomic research there.

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Thursday 25 September 2014

European Union

New White Paper on the future of insects as an ingredient

Insects as an ingredient in everyday foods could be a $350 million business in the US and Europe within 10 to 15 years, predicts Julian Mellentin, company director and founder of New Nutrition Business.

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France

The Pathfinder: a new step in Naturex’s sustainability strategy

Naturex unveils new developments in its sustainability program by disclosing its achievements and reveals the targets set out for the coming years.

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Northern Ireland

MSD backs the beef bonus breed

Herefords, the eye catching beef bonus breed, are holding a major commercial cattle sale on Tuesday, Oct 7 in Dungannon Farmers’ Mart.

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United Kingdom

Booth family bags another Skipton NEMSA title

The North Craven Smearsett flock of WA&A Booth was again in championship-winning form when responsible for the victorious pen of ten at the second annual ewe lamb show and sale for members of the North of England Mule Sheep Association (NEMSA) at Skipton Auction Mart. (Tues, Sept 23)

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United Kingdom

Cream of dairy genetics at Britain’s biggest Holstein and British Friesian bull sale

The UK’s biggest and best sale of pedigree dairy bulls is coming to Carlisle with arguably the very best line-ups of Holstein and British Friesian genetics ever gathered together in one place.

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United Kingdom

Fast Fodder at Harrogate

Fodder, Harrogate’s regional food shop and café and recent winner of the Great Taste Award’s ‘Shop of the Year’ has launched a range of ready meals. The meals, which have been developed by Head Chef Mehdi Boukemach, in response to customer requests to have Fodder café quality food at home, are the latest in a long line of Fodder made products and are predicted to be a big hit.

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United Kingdom

New portable nursery unit saves thousands of piglets

A portable nursery unit which will enable pig farmers to save thousands of surplus piglets has been launched by Suffolk-based Quality Equipment. Based on a containerised module it is fully equipped and delivered to the farm ready-to-use, needing only connection to power and water.

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United Kingdom

Shropshire farm dispersal auction to feature good quality machinery

Around 250 lots of good quality agricultural machinery, equipment and produce will be going under the hammer at auction at a Shropshire mixed farm on October 2.

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USA

Romer Labs® Introduces Two New Testing Solutions for the Detection of Agrisure Duracade™ Corn

Romer Labs, a leading supplier of food safety diagnostics solutions today announced the introduction of two new monitoring tools for the detection of eCry3.1Ab protein expressed by Syngenta’s Agrisure Duracade insect-resistant corn also known as Event 5307. This test was developed with support from Syngenta for growers and others who will handle Agrisure Duracade grain. The easy, rapid detection of Agrisure Duracade corn in the grain supply by U.S. corn exporters is important because the grain is not yet approved for import in China and the European Union.

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Wednesday 24 September 2014

Belgium

Save the date and joint the debate - CELCAA to focus on consumer benefits at 2014 WTO Public Forum

In keeping with the annual WTO Public Forum theme of ‘Why trade matters to everyone’, CELCAA, the European umbrella association for trade in agri-commodities, hosts a working session on 3rd October 2014 to debate the potential conflicts between trade facilitation, food safety standards and consumer protection policies with the ultimate goal of making food trade work for agri-food businesses and consumers alike.

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United Kingdom

Aphids on the wing spread virus risk

Myzus persicae aphids trapped in all arable areas – Winged aphids on the move from other crops – Higher risk of oilseed rape yield loss from early TuYV infection

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United Kingdom

Bluefaced Leicester Sale Sees Increased Entries

Almost 1,110 sheep to be auctioned at annual Borderway event

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United Kingdom

Lazonby Mart prepares for UK’s biggest one day sale of Mule Gimmer lambs

The beginning of October heralds the UK’s largest one day sale of Mule Gimmer Lambs, when more than 18,000 will go under the hammer at Harrison and Hetherington’s Lazonby Auction Mart.

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Tuesday 23 September 2014

Israel

WakeUp® Drink Offsets “Post-Lunch Dip Syndrome”

A recent clinical study supports using a new, natural beverage to overcome “Post-lunch Dip Syndrome” (PLD). Backed by research at the Rambam Health Care Campus and the Technion medical faculty in Haifa, Israel, the new “WakeUp® post-lunch waker” daily beverage helps alleviate after-lunch fatigue. The study, published in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Management, involved 30,000 U.S. workers and showed that, unlike caffeine, WakeUp has a long-lasting effect and is not affiliated with elevated blood pressure or pulse rate.

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Philippines

New gilts for Philippine-based Thai Conglomerate

One of Asia Pacific region’s largest Agribusiness conglomerates, Charoen Pokphand Philippines (CP) has taken delivery of 1,500 genetically-improved AC1 gilts at its newly-built unit at CP Farms, in Tinang, Tarlac in Central Luzon.

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United Kingdom

Dining in the dark makes supper sense at St Davids - Experience dining in a whole new way!

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to experience the sense of taste without the sense of sight?

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United Kingdom

New Vet Team Manager for BPEX

BPEX is delighted to announce the appointment of Martin Smith as the new veterinary team manager.

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United Kingdom

Procters Viceroy crowned champion at Skipton Texel highlight

A ram lamb from Procters Farm in Slaidburn was crowned male and overall supreme champion at the 33rd annual two-day show and sale of pedigree rams and females staged by Northern Area Texel Sheep Breeders Association at Skipton Auction Mart. (Thus & Fri, Sept 18 & 19)

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United Kingdom

Sainsbury’s horticultural apprentices step into their role

Apprentices this month started on the first retailer-led national apprenticeship scheme for horticulture and agriculture. Through the Sainsbury’s scheme, the retailer is offering a City & Guilds accredited Level 2 Diploma which will give the apprentices hands on, practical experience within horticulture suppliers to Sainsbury’s.

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United Kingdom

Tenant farmers urged to have say on future of Shropshire Council’s smallholdings

Tenant farmers and other stakeholders are being urged to make their views known as Shropshire Council has opened consultations on the future management of its smallholdings estate.

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United Kingdom

Use attractively priced cereals to make your own high energy/high protein winter feed

With a bumper harvest depressing ex-farm cereal prices, dairy farmers have a fantastic opportunity to make their own high energy, high protein concentrate feed for as little as £140 per tonne this winter.

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Monday 22 September 2014

Belgium

CEJA launches new partnership with Bekina at the 2014 CEJA General Assembly

On 18 September 2014, CEJA announced a new partnership with Bekina at its General Assembly in Brussels, Belgium, attended by a number of leading young farmer representatives from across Europe. Bekina, as an innovative and future-oriented company, will work with CEJA in support of the shared cause of European young farmers.

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Germany

SCHOTT and Algatechnologies Join R&D Forces

2014—SCHOTT AG and Algatechnologies Ltd. (Algatech), have signed an R&D agreement to strengthen their partnership following a successful one-year study at Algatech’s algae production facility.

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Netherlands

The Downpipe Cleaning for Liquid Feeding Systems

Isn’t almost every pig farmer familiar with the laborious and time-consuming cleaning of downpipes in liquid feeding systems, e.g, by means of a rinsing device? From now on, the new computer controlled WACS of WEDA makes dirty downpipes a thing of the past.

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United Kingdom

Annual wildflower success to boost pollinator food sources

Outstanding success of the Syngenta Operation Pollinator Annual Wildflower Seed offer, in partnership with the Campaign for the Farmed Environment (CFE) and seed suppliers, Kings, is set to boost the area of UK farmland dedicated to pollen and nectar wildflowers by up to 400 hectares this year.

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United Kingdom

Closing Date for Borderway Agri Expo Livestock Entries

With a total prize fund standing at £14,000, the sheep and cattle classes at Borderway Agri-Expo are always one of the show’s highlights. It brings together the best of pedigree and commercial livestock from the length and breadth of the UK.

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United Kingdom

New range of horse products for UK

A new range of 100 per cent natural horse care products is now available in the UK. Developed by Dutch company, Ropapharm Pharmaceuticals, they have been well proven by horse owners on the Continent.

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United Kingdom

Pasture farmers recognised at National Trust Fine Farm Produce Awards

Three members of the Pasture-Fed Livestock Association who are National Trust tenants, received prizes at the recent ‘Fine Farm Produce Awards’ organised by the National Trust and held in Bristol.

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