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Monday 22 September 2014

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

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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Wales

Welsh border arable and grassland farm for sale at £1.5 million

A beautifully situated and productive 222-acre arable and grassland farm on the Welsh border with Shropshire is on the market with agents Halls for £1.5 million.

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Friday 19 September 2014

United Kingdom

Cheshire Farmer moves into caravan while farmhouse is filled with £5K of flower arrangements

The Cheshire Area of the National Association of Flower Arranging Societies is going to hold a stunning Flower Festival from 26 – 28 September at Manor Farm, Byley, Middlewich CW10 9LW, the home of Mr and Mrs W. Lomas together with the Church of St. John the Evangelist, Byley.

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United Kingdom

Front-mounted shredder for biomass harvesting

A new front-mounted shredder has been launched by Kuhn Farm Machinery to UK growers of biomass crops.

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United Kingdom

More Convenient Gletvax® 6 for Protecting Piglets

A larger multi-dose bottle of Gletvax® 6, the vaccine against E. coli and clostridial scours, will now make it more convenient to protect large numbers of piglets.

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United Kingdom

Spray grassland weeds now

Warm soils and heavy dews are providing ideal growing conditions for grassland weeds such as docks, thistles and dandelions, so it is a good time to control them, according to Wynnstay’s crop protection manager Simon Pope.

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United Kingdom

The hidden value of an agricultural building

Agricultural buildings on farms in Shropshire may have more value than you might think according to planning specialists at Berrys.

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United Kingdom

WBW promotes John Akrigg to board

Expanding North Yorkshire-based Rural Practice Chartered Surveyors Windle Beech Winthrop have appointed a new director, agricultural specialist John Akrigg.

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Wales

FUW arranges farm visit

The FUW’s Meirionnydd County Office is arranging a farm visit to Pentre, Cwmtirmynach, near Bala, by kind permission of Arfon Williams and family. The visit will take place on Monday September 29 at 11 am and has been organised in conjunction with FWAG Cymru.

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Thursday 18 September 2014

Northern Ireland

Herd health with a single injection to prevent BVD and IBR

“Having a herd health plan in place that is regularly updated gives us peace of mind, saves time and money,” reports Co Down milk producer Andrew Young.

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Scotland

Clyde Monitor Farmer Reflects on Positive Changes

Over 60 farmers and agricultural industry associates attended the recent Clyde monitor farm open day where monitor farmer Andrew Baillie explained some of the changes implemented over the last 21 months and outlined plans for the future.

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United Kingdom

Breed stalwarts to the fore at Skipton Charollais ram showcase

Leading North Yorkshire breeders Kenton Foster and Charles Marwood vied for top honours at the British Charollais Sheep Society’s annual show and sale of commercial rams at Skipton Auction Mart. (Tues, Sept 16)

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United Kingdom

New Survey Reveals That Four In Five Suppliers Report GSCOP Issue

Startling new figures unveiled by a YouGov survey focusing on the Groceries Supply Code of Practice reveals that four in every five suppliers have reported varying issues in their dealings with the UK’s prominent food retailers. 40% of respondents reported a variation of their supply terms and agreements whilst the second most prevalent issue was unjustified charges for consumer complaints at 37%. The figures reveal that companies still need to prioritise consumer concerns in order to drive down customer complaints.

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United Kingdom

Rural issues at Heart of Conference

Elizabeth Truss MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, will be the keynote speaker at the FSB Rural Conference on the 10th October 2014 at Westpoint Conference Centre. Looking at the main factors affecting those who live in rural areas, the Devon Region of the FSB was delighted to attract such a prestigious speaker.

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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Israel

New Umami Salt Wins SIAL Innovation Selection

Salt of the Earth will launch its award-winning, innovative Umami-Essence Sea Salt at the upcoming SIAL, Paris, 2014 show. The Umami Essence Sea Salt is perfect for enhancing and boosting flavour in homemade recipes, while helping to reduce sodium. The new, natural Umami sea salt won the SIAL Innovation Selection 2014 and is nominated for the Grand Prix SIAL Innovation 2014 (SIAL Innovation 2014 Awards).

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Northern Ireland

Trustees sought for Board of AgriSearch

AgriSearch (Northern Ireland Agricultural Research and Development Council) seeks applicants for two vacancies on its Board for an Independent Trustee and an Independent Farmer Trustees.

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Scotland

Lantra Scotland’s Agriculture Learner of the Year Award 2015 now open for nominations

Lantra Scotland, the sector skills council for the land-based, environmental and aquaculture industries, is calling on all employers, instructors, tutors, trainers, teachers and mentors working in Scottish agriculture, to put forward their nominations for the Agriculture Learner of the Year Award 2015.

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United Kingdom

‘Good trade’ at Bishops Castle sale of breeding sheep

Auctioneers Halls reported a “good trade” with buyers from near and far at a highly successful sale of 6,000 breeding sheep held at the Love Lane site in Bishops Castle last Friday.

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United Kingdom

Enhanced format for Craven Feather Auctions

An enhanced format will be in place for the next Craven Feather Auctions fixture at Skipton Auction Mart in October.

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United Kingdom

Goosnargh gardener blooms at Skipton gimmer shearling show

Full-time gardener Tim Jackson, who raises sheep as a hobby, bloomed when turning out the first prize pen of Mules at Skipton Auction Mart’s second annual shearling gimmer show and sale. (Tues, Sept 16).

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Wales

FUW brings taste of rural life to Cardiff Country Fair

The Farmers' Union of Wales will welcome visitors to the Cardiff Country Fair at the end of the month with a taste of rural life and food production in a bid to bring the countryside closer to those who live in towns and cities.

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Tuesday 16 September 2014

Australia

Queensland vegetation management company receives two national awards

Queensland based Technigro, a Citywide Group Company, has received national recognition from Australia’s peak industry body at Parks and Leisure Australia’s (PLA) 2014 Awards of Excellence.

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European Union

FUMzyme® receives EU positive vote for authorization

BIOMIN announces the positive vote of the EU Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCFCAH) on the authorization of BIOMIN product FUMzyme® as “substances for reduction of the contamination of feed by mycotoxins”. FUMzyme® is the first purified enzyme that biotransforms fumonisins into non-toxic metabolites, thereby marking a momentous development for mycotoxin risk management.

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France

WAHIS: The OIE World Animal Health System

Nowadays, through the effects of globalisation, infectious diseases can often spread at lightning speed. 60 % of the pathogens that affect humans are of animal origin. Effective surveillance that can detect these diseases at their source in animals is therefore crucial so that they can be quickly controlled, thereby protecting animal and humans populations.

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United Kingdom

Graduate joins the rural professional team at Halls

The rural professional team at leading Shropshire-based company Halls has been further strengthened with the recruitment of a graduate from Ludlow.

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United Kingdom

New software offers clearer & quicker insight into robotic herd performance

Fullwood has launched a new software programme designed to improve and simplify herd management protocols by providing its Merlin robot customers with key milking, yield and operational data on a single computer display page.

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Monday 15 September 2014

United Kingdom

Elliott Report reaction: SARIA

Elliott Report reactions: Supporting transparency in the food chain with best practice processes – the key to preventing food crime

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United Kingdom

Leading NFU spokesmen to discuss “The Dairy Market - NFU Fighting For Farmers”

UK Dairy Day is delighted to announce the addition of two leading NFU speakers, Rob Harrison, chairman of the NFU National Dairy Board and Robert Newbery, NFU’s chief dairy adviser to the speaker line up at the event on Wednesday 17th September.

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United Kingdom

Preparing for your livestock’s seasonal housing needs

The days are shortening, harvest and autumn sowing is mostly done, so now is the time to turn your attention to the winter and your stock. You must ask yourself how you intend to help them come through it, says Charlie Maclaren, board member of The National Beef Association (NBA).

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United Kingdom

Taster days at Plumpton College

Plumpton College in East Sussex offers taster days for those at school in years 9, 10 or 11. Students can spend a day experiencing the subject of their choice.

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Wales

Glastir 2015 application deadline looms

Farmers are being urged to note the deadline for Glastir applications for those wishing to apply for Glastir starting January 2015.

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Friday 12 September 2014

Ireland

Over 500 Attend DeLaval Open Day

Over 500 Attend DeLaval Open Day at O’Hanlon Farm On Voluntary Milking System (VMS) & ABC Grazing System.

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Ireland

Respected Teagasc Grassland Specialist joins Germinal Seeds

Forage seed specialist, Germinal Seeds is significantly increasing its’ technical support to farmers and the trade 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

Blunham Dairy makes first time switch to Burnt Tree’s Refrigerental®

When Blunham Dairy decided to upgrade its 25 strong commercial vehicle fleet with further new vehicles, the Bedford -based dairy decided to specify Burnt Tree Refrigerental as its new vehicle provider for the first time.

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United Kingdom

Rural issues at Heart of Conference

Elizabeth Truss MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, will be the keynote speaker at the FSB Rural Conference on the 10th October 2014 at Westpoint Conference Centre. Looking at the main factors affecting those who live in rural areas, the Devon Region of the FSB was delighted to secure/attract such a prestigious speaker.

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United Kingdom

UKAFD's Country Reports released for five of the Top10 global countries for Agri-technology

UKAFD's Country Reports released for five of the Top10 global countries for Agri-technology Agri-technology Country Reports released to follow up from Global Agri-technology Report.

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United Kingdom

Walk over weighing system offers improvements in dairy herd health management

UK milking equipment manufacturer, Fullwood Limited, has announced the launch of a walk over weighing system which offers dairy farmers the ability to monitor the weight of individual cows for improved herd management and early identification of developing health issues.

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United Kingdom

Yorkshire’s Fodder is “food retailing at its best”

Fodder, the shop, butchers and café at the entrance to the Great Yorkshire Showground in Harrogate, Yorkshire has been judged the Great Taste Shop of the Year 2014. It was at the Great Taste Golden Forks dinner in London on September 8th that Fodder was presented with the coveted award which recognises excellence in food retailing.

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USA

Can farms be made to grow in San Francisco?

The City of San Francisco, which contains some of the most expensive real estate in the world, has elected to encourage the growth of farms within its city limits. This leads us to ask…

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USA

Composite Registries – 1st Anniversary

The Composite Registries have made numerous strides since opening our services in 2013 to beef and dairy producers in North America (USA and Canada). Both registries offer the opportunity to all cattle producers that have a need for registering their animals to identify, track, document and maintain the ancestry of past generations and future offspring. We offer an affordable and efficient system to register cattle of any breed or combination of breeds. We also register cattle that do not qualify for registration in a registry due to percentage of blood, the breed crosses, or the breed herdbook is closed or there is no registry.

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USA

Memorable year for award winning farming apprentice Sophie

2014 has turned out to be a memorable year for Sophie Gittins, a 20-year-old Mid Wales farmer’s daughter.

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Thursday 11 September 2014

Ireland

Tradition with a pinch of salt

The Great Taste Golden Fork for Best Irish Speciality has been presented to Irish Atlantic Sea Salt of Beara in County Cork for its Irish Atlantic Sea Salt with Dill Pollen. The handcrafted sea salt, which is Ireland’s only sea salt, is made by combining age-old salt making methods and energy efficient production to produce sea salt flakes which retain many beneficial trace elements.

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United Kingdom

Dairy calves popular

Dairy-bred youngsters again sold well at Skipton Auction Mart’s weekly Monday rearing calf sale when averaging £60.26 overall and topping at £138 with a pure Friesian from Stephen Marshall, of West End.

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United Kingdom

Resisting risks of new spinach Downy Mildew strain

Babyleaf spinach growers are being warned to be alert to the dangers of a new race of Downy Mildew, which could overcome existing genetic resistance of some varieties covering races 1 - 14.

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United Kingdom

Tractor sell for £52.500 at Worcestershire farm auction

A Case IH Magnum 250 tractor, complete with front weight block, front suspension and leather air seat, sold for £52,500 at a farm auction in Worcestershire on Saturday.

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Wednesday 10 September 2014

United Kingdom

0% Finance available on Kuhn's Minimum Tillage Range

Kuhn Farm Machinery has announced details of its latest finance deal which offers 0% finance for up to four years on its range of minimum tillage equipment.

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United Kingdom

Booth repeat championship double at Skipton NEMSA opener

A back-to-back championship double was secured by the Smearsett flock of North Craven’s WA&A Booth at the big opening annual ewe lamb show and sale for members of the North of England Mule Sheep Association (NEMSA) at Skipton Auction Mart. (Tues, Sept 9)

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United Kingdom

Crisp cow champion at Craven Dairy Auction

A newly calven cow outshone the heifers for a change at September’s opening Craven Dairy Auction at Skipton Auction Mart, when the championship was awarded to the red rosette-winning second calver from local vendor Robert Crisp, of Nelson House, Calton. (Mon, Sept 8)

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