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Monday 27 April 2015

United Kingdom

Key Autumn Livestock Event Date Announced for 2015

Harrison & Hetherington’s Borderway Agri Expo 2015 set to return for the ninth year this October

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Friday 24 April 2015

Scotland

Brechin Abattoir Development Well Underway

Construction work is now well underway at Brechin abattoir and is on schedule for completion towards the end of this year, according to Quality Pork Limited (QPL)

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Singapore

Major shippers remain sceptical about the benefits conferred by the development of larger shipping

Major shippers remain sceptical about the benefits conferred by the development of larger shipping alliances, delegates at this week’s TOC Container Supply China event in Singapore were told

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United Kingdom

Plumpton College launches the UK’s first Wine Business Degree

Plumpton College launches the first Wine Business honours degree in the United Kingdom, for those seeking a high-level career in the wine trade.

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USA

How does agriculture get so many out of so few?

This Saturday at 9am Pacific, Michael Olson’s Food Chain Radio will host Keith Helkes, Chief Operating Officer of the Genex Cooperative, for a conversation about the business of farm animal genetics.

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Thursday 23 April 2015

United Kingdom

UK sales team will be strengthened by another expert

The biogas plant manufacturer WELTEC BIOPOWER (UK) Ltd. based at Stoneleigh (Warwickshire) uses the All-Energy from May, 6th to 7th at Glasgow, Scotland as a platform to showcase its wide range of AD technologies.

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Wednesday 22 April 2015

Scotland

R-Biopharm Rhône ready to seize new opportunities as global feed market continues to grow

As the world market in animal feed continues to grow apace, R-Biopharm Rhône, one of Scotland's most important food safety companies, is poised to ramp up its sales of testing kits, particularly in Asian markets.

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Friday 17 April 2015

United Kingdom

Two generations of milk production to end as dairy herd is sold at auction

A Shropshire family’s decision to cease milk production will result in an important dispersal sale of the entire milking portion of their long founded, home bred, dairy herd later this month.

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Thursday 16 April 2015

Northern Ireland

Linden Foods wins top award with unique M&S meal

A unique Pork Saltimbocca developed by Linden Foods in Northern Ireland for Marks and Spencer has been hailed as a taste winner. The pork dish, the most recent in a series of innovative products for M&S, picked up the top award for Best Product in the prestigious Northern Ireland Food and Drink Awards.

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Wednesday 15 April 2015

United Kingdom

Farmers warned not to hang on to last year’s lambs

Farmers are encouraged to get their old season lambs away quickly to avoid losing out financially, says the National Sheep Association (NSA), suggesting the practice of carcase splitting regularly leads to reports of animals being devalued by £25 per head.

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United Kingdom

Pork Galore Beats Whisky to China

All the hard work that went into opening the Chinese market for pig meat has paid off as our exports have overtaken those of Scotch whisky!

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Monday 13 April 2015

Scotland

Final Phase of Scotland’s War on BVD

Warning: Do you know your Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) status?

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Scotland

Golden moment as R-Biopharm Rhône scales the heights with top Investors In People award

R-Biopharm Rhône, one of Scotland's most successful scientific exporters, has joined the elite band of British companies which have achieved the outstanding mark of business excellence, the Gold Investors In People award.

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United Kingdom

Hear from BIM experts at The ACR Show

The growth of BIM (Building Information Modelling) is becoming more important as we move towards the deadline which mandates its use on all Government projects by the end of 2016. For this reason BIM will be a key focus at the ACR Show to be held in February 2016 at the NEC in Birmingham.

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Friday 10 April 2015

Canada

Farmers Earth Day stories inspire others to carry on

Stories have the power to move us, they define us, they make us who we are. And over the past two years, farmers have discovered first-hand the power in their own story and how it can drive others.

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Wales

FUW Anglesey farmers get chance to question general election candidates on future of rural industry

FUW Anglesey farmers get chance to question general election candidates on future of rural industry

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Thursday 09 April 2015

Ireland

Clare Fire Service warns against burning

Clare County Fire and Rescue Service is advising landowners to desist from burning activities due to a heightened risk of gorse, forest and bog fires.

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Wales

Action needed to boost farmgate prices, says FUW

The Farmers’ Union of Wales has warned of a desperate need for improved farmgate returns given low farm incomes and the uncertainty facing the industry over the coming years.

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Tuesday 07 April 2015

Wales

FUW Ceredigion to host general election hustings

The Ceredigion branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales is holding a special meeting to provide members and friends of the union with an opportunity to quiz general election candidates in the county.

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Friday 03 April 2015

United Kingdom

Farmex restructures for future expansion

Reading-based control and monitoring company, Farmex, and its associate company Suffolk-based Dicam Technology, have been restructured. Farmex managing director, Hugh Crabtree, is now the sole owner of Farmex, while Mark Nowell, Dicam’s managing director, will have 74 per cent of that company with Crabtree owning 26 per cent.

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United Kingdom

Spring is well and truly celebrated at The Judge's Lodging!

The Judge’s Lodging in Presteigne, on the Powys border with Herefordshire, opened its doors at the beginning of March for what promises to be a bumper season of exhibitions, family activities and the usual Victorian fun.

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USA

Genetically Modified Crop Industry Continues to Expand

New Worldwatch Institute analysis explores trends and consequences of genetically modified crops

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Thursday 02 April 2015

United Kingdom

Kuhn mowers, balers and rakes on display at Grassland UK

Kuhn Farm Machinery will have a wide selection of hay and silage making equipment on display at this year’s Grassland UK event. Being held at the Bath and West Showground on 7th May 2015, Kuhn will be running a series of machinery demonstrations on a five-acre plot, with the following machines set to take centre stage:

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Wednesday 01 April 2015

Austria

Eighty Percent of Livestock Producing Regions Face High Threats from Mycotoxins according to BIOMIN

Eighty Percent of Livestock Producing Regions Face High Threats from Mycotoxins, according to BIOMIN Mycotoxin Survey

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United Kingdom

Buoyant First Land Sale of 2015

Confident Bidding and Buying at Opening Land Sale of the Season

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Tuesday 31 March 2015

United Kingdom

Innovation on-line gives seasonal solutions

A new website detailing the pioneering crop research and seasonal agronomy challenges on the nationwide Syngenta Innovation Centres now gives growers early-warning of potential problems, and practical solutions to make better decisions.

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United Kingdom

Pastor gets the ‘Pro’ treatment

Dow AgroSciences is introducing a new, improved formulation of its broad-spectrum herbicide Pastor called PastorPro. It will join DoxstarPro and GrazonPro in the company’s portfolio of grassland products.

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United Kingdom

The National Beef Association (NBA) announce results of their Big Farm Survey

The NBA carried out a survey within its members to ascertain their feelings and concerns towards whole life assurance. 523 respondents from throughout England gave their views to a series of 12 questions.

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Wales

Milk quota abolition no April Fool’s

Tomorrow sees dairy producers in Wales waking up to the abolition of the European quota system that has operated to limit EU milk production for 30 years.

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Monday 30 March 2015

Northern Ireland

Suckler Beef Farmer Co-researchers wanted!

AgriSearch is seeking farmers interested in becoming involved as co-researchers in partnership with AFBI on a project co-funded by the DARD Research Challenge Fund.

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United Kingdom

£3.2 million boost for rural businesses

Ngage Solutions has been awarded £3.2 million LEADER funding to support farmers, foresters, rural businesses and communities. Grants of up to £50,000 will become available between 2015-2020 to support projects that create jobs, help businesses to grow and benefit the rural economy.

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United Kingdom

BGS-DairyCo-EBLEX join forces to deliver seminars at Grassland UK

BGS, DairyCo and EBLEX are organising a diverse programme of technical seminars to run in 30-minute slots at Grassland UK this year. This much-respected one-day triennial show returns to the Bath and West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset on 7 May.

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United Kingdom

Farmers tax changes bring welcome relief

Increased flexibility which allows farmers to average their profits over five years for tax purposes instead of two have been applauded by a leading rural tax specialist.

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United Kingdom

Harrison and Hetherington to host the largest sale of pedigree Holstein Friesian Bulls in UKHarri

Harrison & Hetherington have just announced the date of the hotly anticipated and largest UK show and sale of pedigree Holstein Friesian Bulls. Taking place on Wednesday 8th April at Borderway Mart the sale comprises of 73 Holstein and 7 British Friesian bulls including 7 special Red & Whites.

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United Kingdom

Oxford Real Farming Conference set to examine the link between farming and social entrepreneurship

On April 15th the Oxford Real Farming Conference and the Funding for Enlightened Agriculture will host two events examining the links between farming and social entrepreneurship, focusing on Community Supported Agriculture and Microdairies. The events are organised as part of Marmalade, a new platform for social change events, which launches on the 13th – 17th April in Oxford.

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United Kingdom

Oxford Real Farming Conference set to examine the link between farming and social entrepreneurship

Oxford Real Farming Conference set to examine the link between farming and social entrepreneurship this Spring.

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Friday 27 March 2015

United Kingdom

Dairy heifers peak at £2,420 as trade remains strong at Shrewsbury mart

The dairy trade at Shrewsbury Auction Centre has remained good throughout the challenging time for the industry and now shows signs of sharpening with spring approaching, report auctioneers Halls.

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United Kingdom

Support British sheep farmers this Easter

With lamb consumption doubling at Easter, the National Sheep Association (NSA) is calling for people to support British farmers and buy home-grown lamb when choosing their roast.

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USA

Which will win the fight for our food: pests or pesticides?

Those farms out there in the country may look peaceful, but in fact they are battlefields in which pests compete with farmers for the crops. This competition leads us to ask…

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Thursday 26 March 2015

France

The OIE joins in the celebration of World Health Day 2015

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) is delighted to be involved in the launch of World Health Day 2015, to be held on 7 April. This year, the event focuses on the importance of food safety.

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United Kingdom

Strong trade as Bishops Castle store cattle entries up on same time last year

An entry of 325 store cattle was up on the same time last year as auctioneers Halls reported an “extremely strong” trade at Bishops Castle Auction last Thursday, March 19 despite the negative beef price fluctuations.

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Tuesday 24 March 2015

Ireland

Michelin-star chefs confirmed for Burren Slow Food Week Festival

The rising popularity of the Slow Food movement in Ireland will be demonstrated in County Clare this May when Michelin Star chefs and food producers come together for the Burren Slow Food Week Festival 2015.

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Friday 20 March 2015

Canada

Motivating beef cattle farm employees, respecting the employee's psychological needs

Every successful manager knows that a motivated employee is a productive employee. The key to motivating employees is to create an internal drive in the employee’s mind to carry out his duties at the most optimal manner that is consistent with the objective of maximizing the profitability of the operation.

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United Kingdom

BVD Uncovered in Online ‘Ask The Expert’ Sessions

Dairy and beef farmers will have the opportunity to put their key questions about Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) to disease expert Dr Richard Booth MRCVS during two interactive webinars in April.

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Wales

FUW urges reporting of found dead badgers

As the warmer spring weather leads to a marked increase in badger activity, the Farmers’ Union of Wales is urging farmers and members of the public to report badgers killed by vehicles to the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA) so they can be tested for bovine TB.

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Thursday 19 March 2015

United Arab Emirates

International award for innovative hygiene solution SmartProtec®

Viessmann Refrigeration Systems receives the coveted title ‘Highly Commended’ at the Gulfood Awards 2015 in Dubai.

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United Kingdom

CLA’s HS2 campaign receives boost from Planning Minister

The CLA campaign for a fair deal for rural businesses affected by HS2 has received a boost through action from the Planning Minister to address a major business concern.

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United Kingdom

The Budget: major milestones on compulsory purchase and rural broadband, says CLA

The CLA, which represents more than 33,000 landowners, farmers and rural businesses across England and Wales, has responded to the announcements about compulsory purchase reform and delivery of broadband to rural areas made in today’s Budget speech.

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United Kingdom

Trip to NSA Sheep Event proves lucky for new member

Sheep farmer Chris Mallaber found his trip to the NSA Central Region Winter Fair so enjoyable and informative that he decided to sign up as an NSA member on the day – and then went on a few weeks later to be the lucky winner of a NSA prize draw as the result.

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Wales

Budget announcement a sigh of relief for farmers

The Farmers’ Union of Wales has welcomed the Chancellor’s budget announcement that farmers will be allowed to average their earnings over a five-year period.

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