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Friday 31 October 2014

United Kingdom

FEM supplies Cambro security cage for Camshelving

Foodservice Equipment Marketing (FEM) now supplies Cambro’s Security Cage for Camshelving®, which provides safe storage for valuable items, such as steaks, seafood, wine, champagne and spirits.

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United Kingdom

New orchard shredder makes light work of tree prunings

Kuhn Farm Machinery has announced the launch of a new shredder to the UK fruit growing market. Designed specifically to operate between rows of fruit trees, the TRP 175 PRO is capable of shredding high volumes of leaf residue and thick, woody branches at high speed. It can also be used for light path clearing and verge shredding, making it a truly versatile piece of landscape maintenance equipment.

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United Kingdom

Plumpton College Floristry students have created a stunning Autumnal display

The students, from the Level 1 Floristry course within the College’s Horticulture Department, worked with a variety of seasonal vegetables, leaves, sculptures, fruits and twigs.

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United Kingdom

Quality on display at annual suckled calves and weanlings sale

An excellent entry of 300 autumn and spring born suckled calves and weanlings was presented at this annual sale held under the auspices of Bishops Castle & District Quality Cattle Association on October 23.

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United Kingdom

Renewable Heat Incentive takes the heat out of energy costs for country houses

With energy costs continuing to rise, an increasing number of householders are looking at green energy as a way of reducing costs as well as being kind to the environment.

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Thursday 30 October 2014

Scotland

Kuhn to display a range of machinery at Agriscot

The latest Axis fertiliser spreader and PolyLonger hedgecutter will be among the machines being displayed by Kuhn Farm Machinery at this year’s AgriScot show at Ingliston on Wednesday 19th November.

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United Kingdom

BPEX Appoints Field Trials Co-ordinator

A field trials co-ordinator has been appointed by BPEX as part of the restructuring of the organisation.

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United Kingdom

Trichinella Testing Introduced

A new testing regime comes in at the end of this month as part of EU control on trichinella.

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USA

Agricultural Pioneers Sow Seeds of Innovation

FutureFood 2050 highlights new eco-friendly greenhouse technologies, seaweed farms and more, plus an exclusive Q&A with renowned animal scientist Temple Grandin

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Wednesday 29 October 2014

United Kingdom

British Texel Sheep Society drives genetic innovation in UK sheep industry

Tackling one of the UK sheep industry’s most underestimated health problems, mastitis, will be easier in future thanks to pioneering new research being undertaken by the British Texel sheep Society.

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United Kingdom

Massive saving from small increases in feed conversion efficiency

A total of 2.463 million tonnes of feed. That’s the amazing estimated saving that could be made if the feed conversion of all the 246.3 million pigs finished in the EU was improved by just 0.1, reducing feed consumption by about 10 kg per pig. The value of this would be over 819 million Euros.

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Wales

Former FUW director takes top Carmarthenshire farming award

Former Farmers' Union of Wales director of agricultural policy Mary James has received this year's FUW/United Counties Agricultural & Hunters Society award for outstanding service to agriculture in Carmarthenshire.

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Tuesday 28 October 2014

United Arab Emirates

Private-public collaboration for global food security through good agricultural practices launched

Today, a pioneering collaboration of public and private sector partners is launching the ‘Declaration of Abu Dhabi for Global Food Security through Good Agricultural Practices’ Initiated by GLOBALG.A.P., Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform and the International Trade Centre (ITC), the collaboration aims to identify, align and implement practical and viable solutions in response to growing global food security challenges. Early signatories to the Declaration include Unilever, METRO, Nestlé SA, VBT - Association of Belgian Horticultural Cooperatives, GS1, The Sustainability Consortium, and LEAF.

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United Kingdom

Farmers urged to attend seminar for saving money on fuel bills

A thriving East Yorkshire business is urging agricultural businesses in the region looking to cut their fuel bills to attend a free seminar and learn how solar power can transform their operations.

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United Kingdom

New farm consultant joins expanding Cheshire firm

Cheshire-based agricultural consultancy Harvey Hughes Limited continues to expand with the appointment of James Latham as consultant at its Dunham Massey office.

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United Kingdom

Plumpton College has an information morning on Saturday 1st November, from 9am to 12.30pm

This is an informal event where enquirers can visit the College to meet staff in an relaxed setting to find out about the wide range of landbased courses, apprenticeships and training on offer. There is so much to find out at Plumpton College at this event. This is an ideal opportunity for prospective students and employers to speak with members of staff about the College courses, apprenticeships, made to measure courses and employer training.

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Monday 27 October 2014

Ireland

Tom Dunne and his brother Mike manage a spring calving herd of 300 Norwegian Red x cows

Milk is supplied to Dairygold Coop and their herd size has increased from 200 cows. The plan is to increase to 350 cows after 2015 as they have sufficient land to carry that number of cows. Tom and Mike established a farm partnership with their parents Michael and Nora when they were both single. Michael senior is still hale and hearty at 80 years of age but their mother Nora sadly passed away in late 2009.

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Scotland

Grazing Group Probes the Practicalities of Paddock Grazing

Members of Quality Meat Scotland’s Tayside Grazing Group recently visited Alex Brewster’s upland unit in Perthshire to develop their knowledge of putting a paddock grazing system into practice.

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United Kingdom

Carlisle’s hosts one of the UK’s Foremost Winter Livestock Event

On Friday October 31, in the region 12,000 people are expected to attend Harrison & Hetherington’s annual flagship events Borderway Agri Expo. This is one of the leading winter livestock show in the United Kingdom with a total prize fund standing at £14,000 and this year seeing a record 880 head of pedigree and commercial livestock entered.

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United Kingdom

Finns study finer points of ventilation

How do you ventilate a piggery in a country that can have extremes of temperature ranging from – 30⁰ C to + 30⁰C (-22⁰F–+86⁰F)? Ventilation expert Hugh Crabtree was invited to the Ostrobothnia region of Finland to answer this question.

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United Kingdom

Idyllic Shropshire border grassland farm on offer at £550,000

An idyllic small farm on the Shropshire border with Wales is up for sale with agents Halls for £550,000.

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United Kingdom

Make Space Work Hard!

Buildings are one of the most expensive fixed assets on a pig unit so it is vital to get as many kg of pig meat sold per square metre.

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United Kingdom

Plumpton College wine speaker at London post graduate fair

On Wednesday 29 October, Dr Matteo Marangon from Plumpton College will be the speaker at a London Postgraduate fair. He is delivering a fascinating talk for science graduates on the global wine industry and the roles and opportunities available for MSc graduates within this industry.

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Wales

Longest serving FUW staff member retires

The longest serving member of the Farmers' Union of Wales staff, Llanrwst-based Gwyn Williams, is retiring at the end of this month after more than 39 years with the organisation.

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Friday 24 October 2014

Germany

World Nutrition Forum: Dramatic change needed for sustainability

Top minds from academia, business and the NGO sectors gathered to discuss the future of animal production and sustainability at the BIOMIN-sponsored World Nutrition Forum 2014 in Munich.

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United Kingdom

Haygarths win again and scoop high price at Skipton Dalesbred ram annual show

Father and daughter Godfrey and Alison Haygarth, of Aigden Farm, Wigglesworth, emerged victorious once again with the champion at the Dalesbred Sheep Breeders’ Association’s annual show and sale of shearling and aged rams at Skipton Auction Mart. (Tues, Oct 21)

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United Kingdom

Radiant barrier benefits now spanning the globe

New orders from Uganda and Fiji bring to 16 the number of countries now adopting the energy-efficient lining Valéron AVA to improve poultry house environment through use of a durable radiant barrier.

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United Kingdom

Solar is now in the Shade

The effect of this week’s decision to abandon farm subsidy for land which is used for both solar power and grazing could have the opposite effect to that intended, according to rural advisor Victoria Lancaster of H&H Land and Property.

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Thursday 23 October 2014

United Kingdom

Danisco Animal Nutrition and Partners Discuss how Emerged and Emerging Worlds will Benefit

Danisco Animal Nutrition, a subsidiary of DuPont Industrial Biosciences, will celebrate 25+ years of enzyme innovation at Eurotier with a VIP seminar co-hosted with All About Feed.

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United Kingdom

Dispersal auction at former ADAS farm in Stratford-upon-Avon farm

Surplus livestock handling and grain equipment, gates, implements, farm machinery, vehicles and 200 tonnes of straw will be going under the hammer at a dispersal auction on a former ADAS husbandry farm in Stratford-upon-Avon next month.

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United Kingdom

Energy saving tops agenda at 2014 Heavy Equipment Forum

Energy saving was the big topic at the inaugural Heavy Equipment Forum, organised by CESA and held at the Whittlebury Hall Hotel, Northamptonshire, on 15th October 2014. Many of the products on show highlighted how much technologies have changed in recent years. They included refrigerators that use just 15% of the energy compared to the equivalent model available in 2001; ventilation that incorporates heat recovery systems; panini grills that use 40% less energy; and gas burners that are up to 97% efficient.

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United Kingdom

New Chairman and President take the helm at Holstein UK

Following Holstein UK’s AGM last weekend (17 October) at Malvern a new chairman and president have taken the helm at the UK’s largest breed society.

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United Kingdom

Skipton regular presents champion rearing calf

Sutton-in-Craven farmer Richard Spence produced the champion and top price at Skipton Auction Mart’s autumn rearing calf show and sale. (Mon, Oct 20)

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Wednesday 22 October 2014

Ireland

RTE presenter of Ear to the Ground Darragh McCullagh officially opened the National Dairy show

RTE presenter of "Ear to the Ground" Darragh McCullagh officially opened the National Dairy show in Millstreet on October 18.

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United Kingdom

Dutch resistance report is a stark warning for UK sheep industry

SCOPS urges UK vets, advisers and farmers to heed its advice to integrate 4-AD and 5-SI wormer classes into the worm control programmes.

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United Kingdom

Firm store cattle trade at Bishops Castle as Morris family wins Tom Gittins Cup

An excellent entry of 750 strong store cattle was sold at Bishops Castle Auction on Thursday last week as the trade held firm from start to finish supported by a ring full of buyers.

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United Kingdom

Growing Isle of Wight Garlic in a changing UK climate - 2014

The Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight experienced an extraordinary growing year in 2014. 40 inches (100cm) of rain fell from December to April compared with less than 20 inches normally this was coupled with temperatures 1.5C above normal.

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United Kingdom

Riverdane secures All Britain Holstein Championship

The overall Holstein calf champion at the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show, held at The Three Counties Showground, Malvern at the weekend, was Riverdane SVS Atlee from Mark, Sue and Jodie Nutsford. Shown for the Western Club by Larissa Jones.

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Tuesday 21 October 2014

Scotland

Planning for Profit Farm Visit - Redhouse of Barra

Increasing the kilos of beef, lamb and fruit sold off the farm annually while minimising inputs are the clear-cut priorities of Aberdeenshire farmer David Stephen, based at Redhouse of Barra, Oldmeldrum, Inverurie.

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United Kingdom

Another Solid Year for the H&H Group PLC

The H&H Group have announced annual pre-tax profits for the 2013/14 year of £1.297 million, this is a 28% increase on last year and is based on a total turnover of £14.390 million.

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Wales

FUW welcomes retention of TB compensation system

The Farmers’ Union of Wales today welcomed deputy farming and food minister Rebecca Evans’ announcement that Welsh TB compensation rates for compulsorily purchased cattle will continue to use the current valuation system.

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Monday 20 October 2014

Germany

Eurotier launch for walk through feedstation

HANSKAMP launch a unique new concept in Feedstations at the EuroTier 2014 event in Hanover from 11-14 November.

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Northern Ireland

Meal, Milk and Money walks!

As housing looms three farm walks to examine the most profitable concentrate feeding regimes for dairy herds have been organised by AFBI, CAFRE and AgriSearch for Tues, Wed and Thurs Oct 21, 22 and 23.

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Northern Ireland

Robin Anderson joins CIP

Robin Anderson has joined CIP Insurance Brokers Ltd after gaining over thirty years experience with a large insurance company calling with farmers, contractors and other rural businesses.

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United Kingdom

Cogent announces 2014 'Futures' Winners

Matt House, a dairy farmer’s son from Somerset, has been announced as the overall winner of this year’s Cogent Futures programme, with Tom Jones from Pembrokeshire taking the competition’s runner-up spot.

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United Kingdom

Marks & Spencer Scholarship for Plumpton College Wine Student

For the second year running, Marks & Spencer are sponsoring a top final year wine production student from Plumpton College.

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United Kingdom

MFG strengthens rural division with specialist appointment

Midland law firm mfg Solicitors has bolstered its renowned farming and rural affairs department with the appointment of a specialist lawyer.

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United Kingdom

Redarling on the move for tasty sprout delivery

Two new extended 15.5m refrigerated trailers, distinctively branded with Redarling livery, are now delivering fresh, high-quality produce across the UK for Lincolnshire-based brassica and vegetable growers, Staples - and will be the primary movers for the exciting red Brussels sprout variety from Syngenta.

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United Kingdom

Why is everyone suddenly talking about Mycotoxins?

These Toxins have been about for years but it is only now that many in the industry are starting to realise what a detrimental effect they can have on stock.

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Friday 17 October 2014

Korea

3rd Global Conference of the 296 OIE Reference Centres, Incheon (Seoul), Korea (Rep. of)

The third Global Conference of Reference Centres of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) was held in Incheon (Seoul), Korea (Rep. of) from 14 to 16 October 2014. More than 300 international experts of the OIE scientific network of expertise, representing the 296 OIE Reference Centres from all around the world, reaffirmed their commitment to constantly disseminate new relevant scientific information to the OIE, and support the scientific accuracy and robustness of OIE publications through contributions or peer reviews.

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