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Thursday 31 July 2014

Ireland

AB Vista appointed sole distributor of Acid Buf in Ireland

AB Vista, the feed ingredients division of AB Agri, has been appointed as the sole distributor of Acid Buf in Ireland. The company has historically acted as Celtic Sea Mineral’s distributor in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, but its remit will now extend to cover the whole of Ireland.

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Ireland

The Baileys Judge on look-out for strong, balanced cow at Virginia Show

The judge of this year's Diageo Baileys Irish Champion Dairy Cow competition which carries a prize fund of 10,000 Euros said he was ‘on the look-out for a strong, balanced cow’ when he assesses the final link-up at the Virginia Show on 20th August.

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United Kingdom

Be cool at work this summer

With summer upon us and the mercury rising, it can be tempting for employees to stop wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), which often becomes uncomfortable in hot temperatures, but according to workplace equipment supplier Slingsby there are now more products than ever before to help workers stay safe and cool at work.

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United Kingdom

Renowned celebrity chef unveils plans for state-of-the-art Culinary Academy

As a restaurateur, TV presenter and Guild for Chefs UK Master Craftsman, Chef Damian Wawrzyniak has a lot on his plate. His latest venture is the establishment of the brand new City of London Culinary Academy, designed to help attendees develop unrivalled technical skills as well as gain invaluable insight into the art of classic cuisine and its origins. Set to open its doors in 2015, the academy draws on the experience of master chefs boasting over 30 years of culinary experience across the globe. Overseeing the venture is Chef Wawrzyniak himself, experienced at Copenhagen’s two Michelin Star restaurant, Noma.

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Wednesday 30 July 2014

Ireland

Irish Farmers To Do More Reseeding This Autumn

On average, only about 2.5% of grassland is reseeded annually in the Republic of Ireland. It should be at least three times this level to bring our grass production up to what is required to reaching the Harvest 2020 targets for dairy and beef production.

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Northern Ireland

Sheep farm walks on how to improve performance

Two AgriSearch sheep farm walks to be held on Wed and Thurs Aug 13th and 14th are organized jointly by AFBI and CAFRE. Two sessions will be run (afternoon and evening), with tours leaving the farmyards at 2pm and 6.30pm sharp.

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Northern Ireland

Two upcoming farm walks in Co Down

Two free farm walks which are taking place on horticultural holdings in Co. Down.

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United Kingdom

Bumper silage crops offer chance to re-seed

Ideal grass growing conditions have led to sizeable silage cuts this summer, and many farms have enough conserved forage in store for winter. This good fortune provides an opportunity to carry out remedial work on any underperforming fields over the next two months.

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United Kingdom

FUW presents cheque to Addington Fund in aid of Somerset farmers

The Farmers’ Union of Wales Ceredigion branch today (Wednesday July 30) presented the union's Apêl FUW Somerset cheque of £1,755 to the Addington Fund at Cardigan Show as fundraising efforts come to a close.

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United Kingdom

H&H prepares for Major Autumn Sheep Sales

Some of the best breeding sheep in the UK will be going under the hammer at Harrison & Hetherington’s renowned autumn sales, which start from late July through to November.

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United Kingdom

New Chairman for CLA Worcestershire Branch

Yan Gittins, a Partner at Fisher German chartered surveyors has been elected as Chairman for the CLA’s Worcestershire Branch.

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United Kingdom

Redesigned claw for better sheep and goat milking

UK milking equipment manufacturer, Fullwood Limited, has announced the launch of a new sheep and goat milking claw which offers improved efficiencies for high level milking parlours.

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United Kingdom

Robinson repeat title coup at Skipton young farmers showpiece

Young people who represent farming’s future generations had their chance to shine in the exhibition arena at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual young handlers’ prime lamb show and sale. (Mon, July 28)

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United Kingdom

Solar Park sees light of day thanks to Midland Law Firm

Rural experts at West Midlands law firm mfg Solicitors have advised on a major solar park scheme near Evesham which will provide clean, renewable energy to many local homes and businesses.

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Tuesday 29 July 2014

Ireland

Reduce your Workload - Reduce your Cost - Improve your Compliance

Group Learner Limited has announced a partnership with Food Safety Solutions which adds a full Food Compliance Consultancy Team to the Group Learner service offering.

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United Kingdom

NSA Sheep Event 2014 Final Reminder

NSA is looking forward to seeing members and friends at the Sheep Event tomorrow (Wednesday 30th July). The event is open from 9am to 5pm.

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United Kingdom

Sean Hickey champion at Craven Dairy Auction

Pendle dairy farmer Sean Hickey made an infrequent excursion into the dairy show arena at Skipton Auction Mart and was rewarded when his first prize newly calven heifer progressed to clinch championship honours at the main July Craven Dairy Auction. (Mon, July 28)

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United Kingdom

Smart segregation gates aid cow flow and management

UK milking equipment manufacturer, Fullwood Limited, has announced the launch of a new range of automatic cow-segregation gate systems which are designed to aid herd management and improve cow flow.

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Wales

Welsh Farmers reminded of changes to CAP payment system

Farmers in Wales will have recently received a letter from the Welsh Government reminding them that, from January, their direct payments will be made through the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).

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Monday 28 July 2014

Northern Ireland

Agrisearch and AHWNI to co-operate in Levy Collection

With effect from 1st August 2014 the levy collected on behalf of AgriSearch (The Northern Ireland Agricultural Research and Development Council) per head of cattle slaughtered in Northern Ireland will increase to 40 pence per head.

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Northern Ireland

Reduce lameness and save £6 per sheep

“Farmers can save themselves over £6 a ewe by refusing to accept that having 10% or more of their flock lame is normal.”

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Scotland

Cairngorms Monitor Farm to Host Open Evening

Cairngorms Monitor Farm is hosting an open evening at Lost Farm, Candacraig Steadings, Strathdon on Wednesday 30 July at 6.30pm.

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United Kingdom

Canine Celebs Launch Quest for Scotland’s Top Farm Dog

The canine stars of BBC’s Lambing Live 2014 today (Thursday July 24th) helped launch a nationwide search for Scotland’s Top Farm Dog.

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United Kingdom

Great British Food Magazine's Farm Produce Awards 2014

Great British Food is pleased to announce the winners of its inaugural Farm Produce Awards, celebrating the most delicious local foods from producers from all over the British Isles. Over 300 entries were judged by a panel of food editors across 14 categories, while the magazine's readers voted for the 'GBF Farm Hero' award, which this year was snapped up by Burt's Crisps.

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United Kingdom

Internationally-acclaimed cattle behaviourist expert Temple Grandin visits Borderway Auction Mart

Recently a world-renowned American animal scientist, whose story was turned into an award-winning US film, shared her expertise on livestock handling in Cumbria.

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United Kingdom

Metcalfe success breaks stranglehold at Skipton store lamb show

North Yorkshire farming brothers Robert, Chris and Richard Metcalfe finally got their hands on a trophy they have long been keen to win when sending out the champion pen of 50 Suffolk-cross lambs at Skipton Auction Mart’s second major seasonal store lamb show and sale. (Wed, July 23)

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United Kingdom

Protect maize before it gets too tall

Heavy rain and thunderstorms across southern and eastern England could trigger the onset of foliar diseases in maize crops. Cool wet or humid conditions typically result in more serious loss of green leaf area caused by Eyespot and Leaf Blight, at a time when crops should be growing at their fastest, warns Syngenta Field Technical Manager, Simon Roberts.

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Wales

FUW award goes to Ffermio presenter

S4C Ffermio presenter and Carmarthenshire farmer’s daughter Meinir Jones today (Thursday July 24) received the Farmers' Union of Wales Bob Davies Memorial Award after being nominated by farmers in Pembrokeshire impressed by an item she presented on the programme about the impact of bovine TB and the Welsh Government’s current eradication policy.

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Friday 25 July 2014

Algeria

Elan Expo - Algeria Food Expo 20-23 November 2014

2nd Algeria - International Agriculture, Food and Food Technologies Exhibition on the 20-23th November 2014 in Safex Expo Center.

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Iraq

Sulaymaniah-Iraq Food Expo 10-13 December 2014

The 3rd Sulaymaniah Food Expo will take place on the 10-13 December 2014 at the Sulaymaniah Expo Center. It is expected that approximately 100 exhibitors and 25,000 visitors will attend.

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United Kingdom

Claydon appoints its first dealers

Claydon Drills has announced its first dealer appointments in the UK as part of an ongoing programme of expansion for the Suffolk-based manufacturing business which now sells in 26 countries.

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Wales

FUW honours RABI champion at Royal Welsh Show

Recently-retired Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) regional officer for Wales Erys Hughes was honoured by the Farmers' Union of Wales at the Royal Welsh Show in Llanelwedd yesterday (Wednesday July 23 ) when he was presented with the union's annual external award for services to the agricultural industry in Wales.

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Wales

FUW promotes family farm businesses at Eisteddfod

The Farmers’ Union of Wales will highlight the importance of family farms and their links to the wider rural community during the National Eisteddfod at Llanelli next week (August 2-9).

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Thursday 24 July 2014

United Kingdom

F4F signs global OEM agreement with SAP

F4F Agriculture, a global business dedicated to the farmer-centric digital supply chain, announces it has signed an original equipment manufacturer (OEM) agreement with SAP (NYSE: SAP) for the deployment of the SAP HANA® platform.

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United Kingdom

KP of the Year competition triggers memories of the kitchen porter years

The KP of the Year competition, sponsored by Winterhalter, is all about celebrating the contribution that kitchen porters make to the hospitality industry. Lots of top chefs and foodservice operators started out as KPs – and there are plenty of captains of industry throughout the catering sector who began their working life scrubbing floors and washing dishes.

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Wales

FUW welcomes £400 million British food procurement boost

The Farmers’ Union of Wales has welcomed a commitment by prime minister David Cameron and environment secretary Liz Truss to boost public food procurement by central government.

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Wednesday 23 July 2014

France

Novasep wins approval to produce new molecular entity for US market

Novasep, a leading supplier of services and technologies to the life science industries, today (22 July) announces that it has successfully completed FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) pre-approval inspections carried out at two of its sites in France.

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France

Sopexa Group’s Digital Factory organises the FOODIES 2.0 conference on 20 October at SIAL in Paris

FOODIES 2.0 will explore social media and how it can benefit food brands’ international development.

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Ireland

Louth Company Boyne Valley Honey and AIB Launch Ireland’s First Commercial Building Rooftop Apiary

The initiative, led by Drogheda based business Boyne Valley Honey in partnership with AIB, will see over 200,000 honeybees located on the sixth story roof of AIB Bankcentre in Ballsbridge.

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Northern Ireland

Record sales for Northern Ireland’s Dale Farm

Dale Farm, Northern Ireland’s largest dairy processor, has reported increased profits and record sales including exports to markets such as China and Russia.

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United Kingdom

Annual Rare Breeds Livestock Show and Sale attracts 168 entries

The fifth Traditional, Native and Rare Breeds Livestock Show and Sale at Shrewsbury Auction Centre on Saturday (July 26) has attracted 168 catalogued entries from across the UK.

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United Kingdom

New Research Identifies Machinery as the Largest Global Agri-Tech Sector

A new report outlining the state of global agri-technology has been released today (21 July). The report produced by UK Agri-Food & Drink (UKAFD) Ltd, is the first of its kind and the first of what will be an ‘Annual Index for Global Agri-Technology’, designed to provide businesses in the sector with a complete overview of the agri-technology industry which will help them to identify current and future domestic and international trends and opportunities.

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United Kingdom

Study Highlights Potential to Reduce Long Term Antibiotic Usage for Sheep Lameness

Sheep farmers could reduce antibiotic treatments for lameness by as much as 92% within two years of implementing the practical FAI Farms Five-Point Plan to control the disease within a flock.

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United Kingdom

Superb dairy trade at Shrewsbury Auction Centre

The weekly sale of dairy cattle at Shrewsbury Auction Centre met with a particularly fast trade today (Tuesday) even though it coincided with the second day of the Royal Welsh Show.

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United Kingdom

Tock clocks 4,000gns top price at Skipton working sheep dog sale

A three-year-old Border Collie bitch named Tock ticked all the right boxes to clock up the day’s top price of 4,000 guineas (£4,200) at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual summer sale of working sheep dogs. (Fri, July 18).

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Wales

FUW set to highlight farmgate price collapse in Royal Welsh Show meetings

The Farmers’ Union of Wales is set to highlight the impact of falling meat and dairy prices and call for greater domestic support for Welsh produce during meetings with major retailers and politicians over the coming days at the Royal Welsh Show (July 21-24).

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Wales

Increased new entrants to the dairy industry promising for agriculture in Wales, FUW says

An increase in the number of new entrants to the dairy sector, have been described as extremely positive for the industry by the Farmers’ Union of Wales today (22 July).

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Tuesday 22 July 2014

France

SIAL is off to a good start for the World Food Industry's Top Business Event

From 19 to 23 October 2014, the Parc des Expositions de Paris Nord Villepinte-France will welcome the world’s top agri-food event: SIAL Paris with more than 6,000 exhibitors and 150,000 high profile visitors, including key French and international decision-makers.

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Ireland

First Ever Irish Maritime Forum to be Held in Cork City

Together the Chairman and Chief Executive of the Port of Cork Company announced today that the first ever Irish Maritime Forum will be held in Cork City Hall on Friday September 26th 2014. The forum themed ‘Developing the Dynamic Future for Ireland’s Maritime Sector’ will focus on exploring the future of the maritime sector within Ireland and will look closely at the challenges and opportunities faced by many within the sector. The forum which will attract delegates from across the entire Irish maritime sector will be hosted by the Port of Cork.

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Ireland

Young Irish Dairy Farmers Gearing Up for Expansion After 2015

In the past five years, about 500 stand-alone new entrants have established dairy farming enterprises. After April 2015 they will be able to increase milk production as access to milk quotas will no longer be an issues. Hereunder we profile one enterprising young farmer from the Midlands.

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