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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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Scotland

Easter Ross Family Aims to Increase Flock Size and Kilos Produced from Grass

The long-term sheep strategy of the host family of the new Easter Ross Grazing Group is to almost double the size of their flock, lower costs and increase the kilos of lamb they produce per hectare.

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United Kingdom

Demand drives high clearance rate at Suffolk National Sale, Shrewsbury

A bumper crowd drove demand for well fleshed, commercially focused ram lambs at the first Suffolk Sheep Society sale of the season, the National Sale, at Shrewsbury, on Saturday (19 July).

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United Kingdom

Unlock the Countryside’s Potential: CLA’s call to politicians

The next Government will need to deliver a proactive approach to the countryside and recognise the importance of rural-based businesses to the wider economy – that’s the message from the CLA, which has launched its manifesto for the general election.

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USA

2014 Golden ARC Winners Announced

Winners of the Agricultural Relations Council (ARC) 2014 Golden ARC Awards Contest were announced June 26 at the organization’s annual professional development meeting in Madison, WI. Recipients of this year’s 20 Golden ARC Awards and 22 Merit Awards join an elite group of highly-respected leaders in agricultural public relations in this near quarter-of-a-century old awards program.

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Wales

Free professional advice at Agricultural Shows this summer

Farmers visiting The Royal Welsh Show next week (July 21-24) can access free advice on topics such as Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) reform, rent reviews and compensation from Davis Meade Property Consultants on the Farmers Union of Wales stand.

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Wales

FUW issues warning over moorland appeals

Farmers who believe they have incorrectly mapped areas of moorland should take action before the 30 day appeals deadline the Farmers’ Union of Wales has warned today (18 July).

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Wales

FUW welcomes positive meeting with new DEFRA secretary of state

The Farmers’ Union of Wales has described a meeting with newly appointed DEFRA secretary of state, Liz Truss, as extremely positive.

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Monday 21 July 2014

United Kingdom

BBC Countryfile's Tom Heap to Host the Big Debate 30 July 2014

Countryfile’s Tom Heap will be chairing this year’s Big Debate at NSA Sheep Event. The environment and rural affairs broadcaster, whose other credits include BBC 1’s Panorama and BBC Radio 4’s Costing the Earth, will be heading up a discussion on Balancing red meat supply with environmental impact.

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United Kingdom

Kellogg's Helps Kids Get Closer to the Origins of Their Food

A recent poll of 2,000 parents and primary school children in the UK found that a surprising number of children have lost touch with the fields where much of their food comes from. The poll revealed that around 1.8 million British kids have never been to a farm.

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Friday 18 July 2014

Scotland

Importance of Good Soil Emphasised at Peebles Monitor Farm

Grassland was the main discussion topic at the recent Peebles monitor farm meeting, hosted by Ed and Kate Rowell, who farm Hundleshope, just south of Peebles. This 1,800 acre (729 ha) unit is one of the network of Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) monitor farms throughout Scotland.

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Spain

Sow’s influence on total herd feed conversion

With feed accounting for the major cost of pig production — over 70 per cent in some countries — the relationship between feed usage and productivity was highlighted at an international conference in Segovia, Spain.

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United Kingdom

More success for Fawcetts in Skipton show cattle arena

The Fawcett farming family from Barden notched a notable double when securing both red rosettes in the young bull classes at a special summer cattle show at Skipton Auction Mart. (Wed, July 16)

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USA

Farming in the Sky

There is a lot of extremely valuable land available in the big cities of the world. Trouble is, that valuable land is up on the roofs This leads us to ask…

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Wales

FUW and Ofcom discuss broadband and mobile services availability in rural Wales

The future of Wales’ communications networks and how they will compare to the best in Europe are some of the questions that will be discussed on the third day of this year’s Royal Welsh Agricultural Show (Wednesday July 23) when the Farmers’ Union of Wales and Ofcom host a discussion group with a panel of industry experts.

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Wales

FUW sponsors Eisteddfod prose medal

This year’s National Eisteddfod prose medal and the £750 prize money - sponsored by the Farmers’ Union of Wales’ Carmarthenshire branch and offered for a volume of creative prose of no more than 40,000 words - will be presented on Wednesday August 6 at 4pm at the eisteddfod in Llanelli (August 2 -9).

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Thursday 17 July 2014

United Arab Emirates

UAE - Launch of Joint Initiative for Global Food Security through G.A.P.

Today, GLOBALG.A.P., the Sustainable Agriculture Initiative (SAI) Platform and the International Trade Centre (ITC) are initiating the ‘The Declaration of Abu Dhabi for Global Food Security through Good Agricultural Practices’. The Declaration is an invitation to key stakeholders in the global food system to join a new private-public partnership initiative.

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United Kingdom

Lawson family bags another Craven Dairy Auction title

Multiple Craven Dairy Auction champions, the Wharfedale-based Lawson family, landed their fourth title of the year at the opening July show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart.

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Wednesday 16 July 2014

United Kingdom

Borderway Agri Expo Unveils 2014 Livestock Judges

Borderway Agri Expo 2014 has revealed a line-up of top-quality judges from around the UK for this year’s event.

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United Kingdom

Cheshire border grassland farm to rent on a 10-year business tenancy

A viewing day is being held later this month for prospective applicants interested in renting a first class, 90-acre grassland farm on the Shropshire-Cheshire border on a 10-year farm business tenancy from November 1.

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United Kingdom

Milnerfield Shires to go under hammer at ground-breaking Skipton dispersal sale

West Yorkshire farmer Keith Downs is preparing to hand over the reins after 36 years as a leading Shire horse breeder and showman.

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Tuesday 15 July 2014

Brazil

Nutritional appointment to Cobb World Technical Support Team

Vitor Hugo Brandalize has been appointed as nutritional specialist in the Cobb World Technical Support team.

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Ireland

IHFA Open Day In Leitrim A Great Success

The Taylor family who hosted the Open Day were very thankful to all who helped make it such a wonderful success. A large crowd well in excess of 2,000 were in attendance with dairy farmers travelling from all over Ireland and Britain.

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United Kingdom

Farmers are advised to pause before harvesting wholecrop

Farmers considering harvesting cereals for wholecrop this week are advised to pause and consider their winter feeding stocks before filling another clamp with forage, says Andy Strzelecki, technical director from feed and forage preservations specialists, Kelvin Cave Ltd.

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United Kingdom

More pasture-fed producers wanted

The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association, which certifies farmers producing beef and lamb solely on pasture and conserved forage, is looking for more suppliers to fulfil increasing demand from retailers.

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Wales

FUW welcomes positive meeting with new minister

The Farmers’ Union of Wales has described meetings with newly appointed Welsh Government minister for natural resources and food Edwina Hart and deputy minister for agriculture and fisheries Rebecca Evans as extremely positive and productive.

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Monday 14 July 2014

Scotland

Borders Farmer Aims to Increase Profitability Through Better Grass Utilisation

Borders farmer Jim Logan has hosted the second in a series of Grazing Groups, set up by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS), on his Pirntaton Farm at Fountainhall, Galashiels.

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United Kingdom

Chef Damian Wawrzyniak Announces Restaurant Consultancy

Chef Damian Wawrzyniak, founder of the Fine Art of Dining, TV presenter and Master Craftsman at Guild for Chefs UK, has announced details of his new restaurant consultancy services today

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United Kingdom

Good opportunity to spray dock regrowth between cuts

Spraying dock infestations in grass fields with a translocated herbicide between silage cuts or after hay has been harvested can give good results, as the weeds are at the ideal size and stage of growth to be treated.

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