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Wednesday 04 March 2015

Wales

Ceredigion farmer hosts sugar farmer to show support for Fairtrade

A Welsh organic arable and dairy farmer and a sugar farmer from Malawi will compare their different experiences of trying to achieve a fair price for their produce on a visit to a Ceredigion farm on Friday (March 6).

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Tuesday 03 March 2015

United Kingdom

New Peanut Food Scare Highlights the Need for Supplier Compliance Software

The UK has been warned by industry experts that a new food crisis could be on the horizon, and be much more serious than the horsemeat scandal. A bad cumin harvest in India has had repercussions around the globe, and it is feared that fraudsters are replacing cumin with almonds and peanuts – which could have fatal consequences for the UK’s half a million nut and legume allergy sufferers.

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Monday 02 March 2015

Cambodia

Cambodia - CPF enhances its position as a leading agro-industrial business operator in ASEAN

CPF will propose to the Annual General Meeting of Shareholders No. 1/2558 held on 22 April 2015 to consider and approve the increase of its shareholding in Cambodia from 25% to 100% and to approve the annual dividend payment of THB 0.45 per share.

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Northern Ireland

Trial investigates body condition at drying off

Cows dried off below the target condition score for calving of 2.5 to 3.0 often cannot regain enough condition over the eight weeks they are dry.

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United Kingdom

Learn from the past to stop unintended consequences of environmental stewardship schemes

The single-focus nature of environmental stewardship schemes means the traditional role of tenanted farms in upland areas is gradually being dismantled and the future for young sheep farmers jeopardised, says the National Sheep Association (NSA) and Tenant Farmers Association (TFA).

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United Kingdom

UK - Two blocks of Shropshire land for sale at March auction

Two blocks of agricultural land in Shropshire will be going under the hammer at a public auction in Shrewsbury on March 19.

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Thursday 26 February 2015

Wales

Dramatic farm income falls highlight need for focussed RDP

Figures released today by the Welsh Government predicting dramatic falls in farm incomes this financial year highlight the need for a greater emphasis on improving farm incomes under the 2014-2020 Rural Development Plan.

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Wednesday 25 February 2015

United Kingdom

NSA highlights cross-compliance penalties as CAP reform comes under scrutiny

The National Sheep Association (NSA) was heartened to hear Phil Hogan, EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, reiterate his calls for simplification of the CAP during his stay in the UK this week.

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Monday 23 February 2015

United Kingdom

NBA kicks off plain English animal health campaign

The National Beef Association (NBA) is to publish a series of four guides on protecting the Health of the Herd, kicking off with potential issues when animals are imported.

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Friday 20 February 2015

United Kingdom

Keighley young bulls shine again at Skipton

A standalone show for young bulls on Craven Champions Day at Skipton Auction Mart saw every single rosette winner in the two show classes sell well into four figures, a standard maintained among all prize winners at the high-profile store cattle show and sale later the same day. (Wed, Feb 18)

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United Kingdom

Walker family steps up for Craven Champions Day coup

The Walker farming family from Brennand Farm, Dunsop Bridge, stole the show on Craven Champions Day at Skipton Auction Mart when winning all but one of the main championship classes, as well as landing top price honours in some style. (Wed, Feb 18)

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Wales

FUW Meirionnydd to host election hustings

The Farmers’ Union of Wales Meirionnydd branch is inviting members and friends of the union to join a lively discussion with representatives of the political parties in at a special meeting held at Dolgellau at the end of February

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Wales

Montgomeryshire Farmers question top level politicians

Farming representatives from the Farmers’ Union of Wales Montgomeryshire branch met with top level politicians when they visited Welshpool Livestock Sales on Monday February 16.

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Wednesday 18 February 2015

United Kingdom

Kuhn Shredder range grows with two new models

Kuhn Farm Machinery has extended its range of multipurpose agricultural shredders with the introduction of two new models: the BP 10 and BP 100. Suitable for maintaining pastures, fallow land and for shredding crop residues and undergrowth, both machines are available in a range of working widths and with shredding knives suited to a variety of working purposes.

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Tuesday 17 February 2015

United Kingdom

Agricultural honours for Cogent's Innes Drummond

Innes Drummond, UK Operations Manager for Cogent Breeding Ltd, has had his significant work for the commercialisation of sexed semen recognised by the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE).

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United Kingdom

Applicator automation aids nematicide accuracy

Improved automation of granular nematicide applicators will help growers improve accuracy and could help to far exceed the new Nematicide Stewardship Programme code of good practice.

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United Kingdom

Redarling heads for the red carpet

Amongst the midst of BAFTAs and Oscar award season, the innovative sweet and attractive red Brussels sprout variety, Redarling, is poised to reach the ultimate accolade of the Best New Vegetable Variety in the UK Grower Awards 2015.

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Monday 16 February 2015

Ireland

Busy Silotite Stand @ 2015 FTMTA Show

The Silotite stand at the busy FTMTA show in Punchestown, Co. Kildare attracted a lot of attention from livestock farmers and baled silage contractors.

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Northern Ireland

Less time and less noise in new parlour

Despite weak prices and a lack of the government support available in some other parts of the UK, such as Scotland, farmers in Northern Ireland continue to invest in the dairy sector reports Rodney Magowan.

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Scotland

Importance of Embracing PR Opportunities Highlighted By Hamish Dykes

One of the speakers at the QMS "Sharing Best Practice" conference today (12th February) was instantly recognisable to the delegates, having been on their TV screens every evening for a week last March.

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United Kingdom

Alltech strengthens its on-farm presence and agri-environment credentials

Alltech strengthens its on-farm presence and agri-environment credentials with the purchase of The E-CO2 Project Limited.

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United Kingdom

John Bell top dog again at Skipton

North Yorkshire’s John Bell rung up yet another top price success at Skipton Auction Mart’s opening 2015 working sheep dogs sale with an outstanding young black and white bitch with impeccable breeding credentials that sold for 4,500gns (£4,725). (Fri, Feb 13).

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United Kingdom

Land at The City on the market with Halls for £250,000

A 48.12-acre block of pastureland and woodland at Sarn, near Newtown in Mid Wales is on the market with agents Halls.

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United Kingdom

Online sales and added value way ahead for turkey producers

A four-point strategy for traditional turkey producers to develop their sales is spelled out by Paul Kelly, managing director of Farmgate Hatcheries, in his seasonal newsletter for poult customers.

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Friday 13 February 2015

Scotland

Efficiency Improvements Will Ensure Bright Future for Scottish Sheep Industry

Farmers Weekly Sheep Farmer of the Year John Scott shared his thoughts on how productivity and profitability on his farm have been improved, when he spoke to around 140 delegates at the QMS "Sharing Best Practice" conference today (12 February).

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Thursday 12 February 2015

European Union

UK MEPs want EU to learn from British best practice in food supply chain

Conservative and Ulster Unionist MEPs from two key European Parliament Committees met today to co-ordinate their efforts to ensure a fair deal for farmers from big retailers.

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Wednesday 11 February 2015

United Kingdom

Thompson’s tip: Temperature control at weaning

Poor temperature control at weaning can be responsible for triggering many post-weaning disease problems in piglets, says ACMC veterinary consultant, Paul Thompson.

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Wales

FUW rejects Red Tractor beef lifetime assurance

The Farmers' Union of Wales has rejected proposals to ratchet up Red Tractor Farm Assurance rules on the grounds that it would add to bureaucracy and increase costs along the whole supply chain.

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Tuesday 10 February 2015

Wales

FUW reminds farmers of Glastir Advanced application window

The Farmers’ Union of Wales is highlighting the reopening of the Glastir Advanced window to those farmers who might be interested.

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Friday 06 February 2015

Northern Ireland

Thurs, Feb 19, live DairyCo webinair

Thurs, Feb 19, live DairyCo webinair in association with AgriSearch from 7pm to 8pm GMT featuring former AFBI scientist Dr Ryan Law.

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Thursday 05 February 2015

Wales

FUW Ceredigion celebrates local produce with farmhouse breakfast functions

The Ceredigion branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales joined in the effort to highlight the importance of having a good breakfast by hosting two farmhouse breakfast functions during the annual Farmhouse Breakfast week (January 25 to 31).

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Wales

Meirionnydd breakfasts huge success

The Meirionnydd branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales has held three successful breakfast functions in aid of last month’s annual Farmhouse Breakfast Week (January 25 to 31) - a campaign organised since 2000 by the Home Grown Cereals Authority (HGCA) .

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Wednesday 04 February 2015

United Kingdom

Exciting year ahead for NSA Next Generation Ambassadors

The National Sheep Association (NSA) is delighted to announce the 12 young individuals selected from all over the UK for its 2015 Next Generation Ambassador Programme.

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United Kingdom

Make A Meal App Wins UK and US Design Awards

Make A Meal, the meal planning app that helps families to waste less food and save money, is a two time award winner. The app has won recognition on both sides of the pond since its launch. It was named the Best Cooking App in the UK App Design Awards soon after launch and followed this up with the Best Cooking App title in the US App Design Awards just before Christmas.

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United Kingdom

New trailed model of KC Bruiser 600 for mobile grain rolling

On-farm feed preservation and grain-processing specialist, Kelvin Cave Ltd, has launched a new trailed version of the smaller of its two British-built grain rollers. The KC Bruiser 600, which will be on display for the first time at the Yorkshire Agricultural Machinery Show (YAMS) on Wednesday 4 February, adds a new level of flexibility to this popular range.

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United Kingdom

Silage crop has never stopped growing!

A crop of Perseus festulolium silage on a 90ha (220 acre) dairy farm near Tiverton in Devon, has hardly stopped growing this winter, and looks set for an early first cut if the mild weather continues.

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Wales

Carmarthenshire farmer urges vigilance following sheep theft

Farmers’ Union of Wales member Alan Price who farms at Dafadfa Isaf, Gwynfe, Llangadog, in partnership with his wife Ellen, today urged farmers throughout the county to be vigilant after the recent theft of several in-lamb ewes on the farm.

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Tuesday 03 February 2015

Egypt

International trade fair MAFEX – Maghreb Food Exhibition

The international trade fair MAFEX – Maghreb Food Exhibition took place 11-13 December 2014 in the Moroccan city of Casablanca organized by I.E.C. Maroc and IFWexpo Heidelberg GmbH and standing under the patronage of the Moroccan Ministries of Agriculture and Economy. The third edition of MAFEX was held together with PACK2PACK organized by the Egyptian based Nile Trade Fairs (Cairo).

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Ireland

Port of Cork and Bantry Bay Port Company report over 10 million tones of Trade Traffic in 2014

Total traffic through the Port of Cork and Bantry Bay Port Company in 2014 reached a total of 10.1 million tonnes. Following the transfer of Bantry Bay Harbour to the Port of Cork Company in January 2014, both Ports performed well in the circumstances with some sectors performing strongly while others experienced a decline due to a favourable harvest for Irish farmers in the summer and autumn of 2014 when compared to 2013.

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United Kingdom

Good News for Woodland Owners

“Yesterday’s news that it is the Forestry Commission’s intention to bridge the “gap” in aid between the end of the English Woodland Grant Scheme and the commencement of the Countryside Stewardship is good news for woodland owners,” says Mike Dyke, H&H Land and Property’s Forestry Specialist.

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United Kingdom

Positive day for those who braved the snow at NSA Central Region Winter Fair

The snow and terrible travel conditions did little to dent the enthusiasm of sheep farmers and allied industries at the NSA Central Region Winter Fair, held at Bakewell Market, Derbyshire, on Thursday (29th January).

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United Kingdom

Sprouted grains the big “naturally functional” trend for 2015

Sprouted grains the big “naturally functional” trend for 2015 Entrepreneurs have reinvented an ancient food for the 21st century, tapping into consumers’ desire for “good carbs” and healthier snacks and creating a small but fast-growing niche.

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United Kingdom

Triple Auger Feeder Wagons for large scale dairy farms

Kuhn Farm Machinery’s full range of high capacity mixer wagons is now available in the UK. Featuring hopper capacities ranging from 28m3 to 45m3, the Euromix I – 70 Series machines are capable of feeding up to 360 high yielding dairy cattle in a single load, making them ideally suited to the growing number of large-scale dairy operations.

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Wales

FUW Glamorgan to host young entrants scheme and succession information evening

The Glamorgan branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales is taking the lead on succession planning with an open meeting focused on the opportunities for new entrants and succession planning by holding an open meeting on Monday February 16.

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Monday 02 February 2015

Germany

The Future of Reefer Logistics and its Complexity

The world fruit and vegetables market is expected to exceed $735 billion by 2015, representing 25% growth over five years. By 2015, the market is predicted to reach over 690 million tons in volume, up 5% compared with 2010. Exports of fruit and vegetables generate around $45 billion, reports the Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO).

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United Kingdom

AusScan Online - a revolution in NIR calibration delivery – is now LIVE!

A new online platform, known as AusScan Online, is set to revolutionise feed ingredient near infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIRS) calibrations, thanks to a licensing agreement between the Cooperative Research Centre for High Integrity Australian Pork (Pork CRC) and Aunir.

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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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