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Friday 30 January 2015

United Kingdom

Retailers Face Costs of £100k per Product Line Following Labelling Changes

The EU Food Information Regulation (FIR) came into effect last month, and if manufacturers and retailers fail to take the new legislation into account they can face costs of £100,000.

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United Kingdom

Time Running Out for Outlook

Places are filling up fast at the AHDB Outlook Conference which takes place in less than a fortnight.

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Thursday 29 January 2015

Northern Ireland

Ballynahinch farmer Blue President

Ballynahinch, Co Down farmer Johnny Young has become the first ever Honorary President of the Northern Ireland Blue Cattle Club reports Rodney Magowan.

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Scotland

Quality Assurance Member Recruitment Drive Launched

A major recruitment drive is being launched this month to increase the membership of Quality Meat Scotland’s quality assurance schemes.

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United Kingdom

Food Labelling in Practice Hull 26th February and London on 25th March

This practical one day workshop is ideal for those new to food labelling and those looking for a refresher, covering the calculation of nutrition energy and additive content as well as taking you through the new elements that need to be incorporated, culminating in the creation of pack copy documents. This course covers the Food Information Regulations that came into force in December 2014.

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United Kingdom

Peter Baul bags Skipton dairy title

While the 15-strong turnout at Skipton Auction Mart’s second Craven Dairy Auction of 2015 was again down on the usual numbers, there was no mistaking the quality of milkers on offer, which produced keen competition at a stronger ringside. (Mon, Jan 26).

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USA

8th International Feed Regulators Meeting

Feed regulators and industry from around the world discuss critical issues with IFIF and FAO at the 8th International Feed Regulators Meeting

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Wales

FUW welcomes private vet involvement in TB testing

The Farmers’ Union of Wales has welcomed deputy farming and food minister Rebecca Evans' announcement that private vets will remain at the heart of TB testing procedures in Wales.

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Wednesday 28 January 2015

United Kingdom

Derbyshire student wins first of 12 electronic eartag readers given away by NSA

When 18-year-old student Tom Bird heard he was the first National Sheep Association (NSA) member to win a Shearwell Data EID stick reader kit he thought his fellow college mates were pulling a prank.

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United Kingdom

Prime hoggs hog limelight at Skipton

There was another increase in sheep numbers at Skipton Auction Mart’s weekly Monday sale, with the 2,747 prime and lightweight hoggs among the 3,000-plus turnout doing much better than anticipated when producing an overall selling average of 187.6p/kg, or £78.31 per head, for all breeds, weights and grades. (Jan 26)

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United Kingdom

Wide range of machinery on offer at Shropshire farm dispersal auction

An excellent range of machinery and equipment suitable for a mixed farm of around 550 acres will be going under the hammer at Atchley Manor, Ryton, near Shifnal on Friday, February 13.

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Tuesday 27 January 2015

United Kingdom

NSA Always Looking for Progressive Young Shepherds

At its biennial northern event, NSA North Sheep 2015, The National Sheep Association will, once again, be looking for the best young shepherd or shepherdess in the North. Aiming to encourage the next generation, the “NSA North Sheep Young Shepherd of the Year Award”, sponsored by Askham Bryan and Newton Rigg Colleges, will be held at NSA North Sheep 2015, which this year is being held at Millstone Moor Farm, near Cockermouth, on June 3rd.

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United Kingdom

Open Day at Plumpton College

Plumpton College has a number of days and events where prospective students can visit to discuss courses. Further details can be obtained from the College or from the forthcoming events section on the main page.

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Monday 26 January 2015

Scotland

Paddock Grazing Project Pays Dividends for Lanarkshire Farmer

Winter rotational paddock grazing of breeding ewes was one of the main discussion topics at the recent Clyde monitor farm meeting, hosted by Andrew Baillie at Carstairs Mains in South Lanarkshire.

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United Kingdom

Same buyer’s clean sweep of prize winners at Skipton young bulls show

Skipton Auction Mart’s latest fortnightly Wednesday store cattle fixture featured a special show of young bulls, when the quality on offer was clearly evidenced by a British Blue average of £1,027 per head. (Jan 21)

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United Kingdom

The Suffolk Sheep Society appoints Lodders’ agriculture team

The Society for one of Britain’s oldest native breeds, the Suffolk Sheep, has appointed Midlands law firm Lodders Solicitors to provide legal advice to the organisation, after a competitive tender process.

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USA

Frost and Sullivan Honors Danisco Animal Nutrition for its Unique Animal Feed Additive

Frost & Sullivan Honors Danisco Animal Nutrition for its Unique Animal Feed Additive that Combines Enzymes and Direct-Fed Microbials (DFMs)

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Friday 23 January 2015

Scotland

Keynote speaker unveiled for QMS “Sharing Best Practice” Conference

Justin McCarthy, Editor and Chief Executive of the Irish Farmers Journal, has been unveiled as the headline speaker at the Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) “Sharing Best Practice: Inform, Inspire, Innovate” conference on 12th February at Airth Castle, near Falkirk.

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United Kingdom

Assistant Herdsperson Vacancy - Plumpton College

An experienced Herdsperson is required to assist in the management of our 300 cow pedigree Holstein herd. You will be responsible for assisting with milking, calf rearing, TMR feeding, routine stock work and all aspects of dairy herd management.

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United Kingdom

Next generation to shine at NSA Central Region Winter Fair

The wealth of young talent in the sheep sector will be on show at the National Sheep Association (NSA) Central Region Winter Fair, held at Bakewell Market, Derbyshire, next week (Thursday 29th January).

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Wales

Procurement of Welsh dairy produce vital for home industry, FUW tells UK supermarkets

In the face of the current dairy crisis, the Farmers’ Union of Wales is once again calling on major UK supermarkets to commit to the procurement of Welsh dairy produce, and to ensure that the prices paid for dairy products are such that confidence in the long term future of the sector is revived.

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Thursday 22 January 2015

Scotland

Free Farmer Meetings Will Focus on Winter Grazing Strategies and Lamb Production

Trevor Cook, a leading light in the New Zealand sheep world, will be the key speaker at a next round of Grazing Group meetings organised by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) over the next couple of weeks.

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Wednesday 21 January 2015

United Kingdom

Opening Saturday sales day at Skipton

Skipton Auction Mart’s opening Saturday Agri-Trader and livestock collective sales of 2015 were quieter than is usual due to the adverse weather conditions. (Jan 17)

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Wales

FUW members discuss future of farming

The Farmers’ Union of Wales Meirionnydd county branch annual general meeting at the end of the month will give members an opportunity to look at the current state of the agricultural industry and consider its future direction.

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Tuesday 20 January 2015

Northern Ireland

Farmers rally round to hear research results

Hearing and then discussing farm based research results proved a major attraction for progressive farmers when AgriSearch promoted province wide events for milk producers.

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United Kingdom

Good news as mango ban is lifted

A senior Conservative MEP today welcomed a decision to lift the EU's ban on mangoes from India.

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United Kingdom

Skipton prime sheep trade maintained

Another busy Monday sale day at Skipton Auction Mart produced an increased entry of 2,593 prime sheep, with trade for the 2,294 hoggs among them every bit as good as the previous week when averaging 195.2p/kg, or £80.49 per head. (Jan 19)

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United Kingdom

Skipton store lamb trade buoyant

Skipton Auction Mart’s fortnightly store lamb sale attracted a mixed entry of 1,433 head, which, assisted by the week’s buoyant lamb trade, sold to an overall per head average of £61.38. (Wed, Jan 14)

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USA

1,000 Servings of Whats Eating What

Author, speaker and radio host Michael Olson will broadcast the 1,000th edition of his nationally-syndicated Food Chain Radio show, Saturday, January 31. The millennial edition will feature the economic viability of metropolitan (urban) agriculture.

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Wales

FUW calls for greater government action to strengthen dairy sector

The Farmers’ Union of Wales has today welcomed the publication of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee (EFRA) dairy prices report and called on the UK government to correct those issues which have allowed supply chain imbalances to continue.

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Wales

FUW Ceredigion to celebrate local produce at breakfast functions

The Ceredigion branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales is joining in the effort to highlight the importance of having a good breakfast by hosting two farmhouse breakfast functions next week

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Monday 19 January 2015

United Kingdom

Claydon enhances the specification of all its drills

Claydon Drills has enhanced the standard specification of all of its drills, including the new Hybrid T drill which will be shown for the first time at LAMMA (Stand No. 626), with the addition of a four-channel CANBUS/ ISOBUS head unit terminal.

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Wales

FUW meetings to explore changes to CAP

Four meetings will be held in Carmarthenshire by the Farmers’ Union of Wales to explore and discuss the changes to the current common agricultural policy with its membership.

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Friday 16 January 2015

United Kingdom

Seek advice if fracking companies approach for access

If fracking gets the go ahead across the country, farmers and landowners are being advised of their rights to compensation if the controversial shale gas abstraction process takes place on or under their land.

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USA

Will humans still farm in 2050?

In 1900, the average farm was 147 acres; today, the average farm is 447 acres. Given how technology has made it possible for one farmer to grow more crops, we simply must ask…

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Wales

Diary Marker - Farm Visit

The Caernarfonshire branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales has organised a farm visit to discuss the dairy industry on Monday January 19 at its County Branch Vice Chairman Tudur Parry’s farm at Pengelli Isaf, Bethel Road, Caernarfon.

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Wednesday 14 January 2015

Scotland

Understanding Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs) – Free workshops

Quality Meat Scotland, in conjunction with SAC Consulting, a division of Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), is offering commercial beef farmers the opportunity to attend three free workshops on Estimated Breeding Values (EBVs).

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United Kingdom

Young Surrey farmer wins final feeder in NSA prize draw

The potential to cut down on labour input using an Advantage 3in1 Feeder will not be wasted on Tom Daborn, winner of the last of six feeders on offer in the National Sheep Association’s (NSA) 2014 membership recruitment prize giveaway. Aged just 19, Tom balances the running of a small sheep enterprise with his training in veterinary medicine at the Royal Veterinary College, London.

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Tuesday 13 January 2015

Australia

How diversification landed an animal salt lick company on the tables of the best restaurants

OLSSON's Salt, a family owned company better known for making nutritional licks for cattle and sheep, is breaking new ground with a range of gourmet salts, including its best selling truffle salt.

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Ireland

Limerick landowners urged to maintain roadside vegetation

Landowners and occupiers of land across Limerick are being reminded of their legal obligations regarding the maintenance of roadside trees, ditches, hedges and other vegetation in the interests of public safety.

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United Kingdom

‘Brave’ Skipton sheep vendors well rewarded

The turnout of 2,580 prime sheep at Skipton Auction Mart’s latest weekly Monday fixture was described as “amazing” given the atrocious weather in the run-up to the sale. (Mon, Jan 12)

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Monday 12 January 2015

Scotland

Orkney Farm’s Margins Boosted by Monitor Farm Experience

The first NFU Scotland Orkney monitor farm project has been a huge success with well-attended meetings and host farmer, Steven Sandison reporting big improvements to his knowledge and, more importantly, to his margins.

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United Kingdom

New yeast for the New World - Lecture at Plumpton College

How the Australian Wine Research Institute (AWRI) and Plumpton College are leading the way in the development of new hybrid yeast strains.

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United Kingdom

The Oxford Real Farming Conference comes of age in its sell out 6th year

As it entered its 6th year this week, the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) brought together 650 farmers, growers, scientists and economists from across the globe for two days of talks, debates and hands on workshops, demonstrating a growing demand to challenge the status quo in agriculture.

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Wales

Farmhouse breakfast week 2015 - Tuesday 13 January 2015

On behalf of the Farmers’ Union of Wales, we have great pleasure in inviting you to attend this year’s Wales Farmhouse Breakfast which will be held at Oriel, The Senedd, Cardiff Bay at 8am on Tuesday 13th January 2015. The buffet breakfast, which promotes the very best of Welsh farm produce, is now in its 15th year, and is part of our contribution to Farmhouse Breakfast Week.

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Wales

FUW PR director retires

Farmers’ Union of Wales public relations director Peter Roberts today announced his retirement from the post - but he will continue to edit the union's monthly newspaper Y Tir/Welsh Farmer for the foreseeable future.

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Friday 09 January 2015

United Kingdom

Farmers reminded that Environmental Stewardship payments are no longer automatic

With the new Basic Payment Scheme in force from January 1, 2015 new arrangements have been made for Environmental Stewardship (ES) claims, as these will no longer be paid automatically.

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United Kingdom

New stamp of approval for Pasture Meat launched

A new certification mark for meat that comes from animals that only eat pasture and never any cereal feeds, was launched at the Oxford Real Farming Conference this week (Wednesday 7 January) at Oxford Town Hall.

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United Kingdom

NSA announces annual outstanding contribution award

The National Sheep Association (NSA) has announced David Croston MBE as the winner of the 2014 George Hedley Memorial Award for outstanding contribution to the sheep industry.

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United Kingdom

Update your Workwear Kit with Thermal Clothes from Dickies

Prepare for your New Year workouts with Dickies’ range of thermal clothing. From heavy duty thermals that massage and protect the joints to a simple base layer, there are different options for everyone. Whether you’re braving a run in the cold or working outdoors, protect yourself with durable gear that’s built to last.

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