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Wednesday 26 November 2014

France

Veterinarians, key players in preserving bee health - A new OIE thematic publication

Preserving bee health is now a key concern for the agricultural sector and environmentalists. Veterinarians in both the public and private sector have a crucial role to play in tackling this issue. The OIE offers them its full support in the form a new publication, entitled Bee health and veterinarians.

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Scotland

Planning for Profit Host Farmer Set on Improving Margins

A farmer from Caithness will highlight how he hopes to improve the margins of his business at a free meeting for fellow farmers on his farm on Tuesday 2 December.

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United Kingdom

Oxford Real Farming Conference (6 - 7 January)

The Oxford Real Farming Conference (Oxford Town Hall, 6th-7th January 2015) enters it's 6th year in January and is set to attract over 500 delegates, now bigger than the Oxford Farming Conference. The conference brings together farmers and growers with scientists, economists and everyone else with a serious interest in food and agriculture.

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United Kingdom

Pioneering Partnership to explore Solar Farms and Agriculture

Education chiefs have teamed up with the UK’s leading solar energy generator to spearhead an innovative new project aimed at exploring the relationship between solar farms and agriculture.

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Wales

Details emerge on claiming additional farm payment entitlements in Wales

Further details have emerged on the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) in Wales which comes in force in January including how to apply for entitlements under Wales Regional Reserve .

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Tuesday 25 November 2014

United Kingdom

Growth for H&H Land and Property

It has just been announced that Tom Heseltine has been appointed as Assistant Agricultural Advisor at the Carlisle office of H&H Land and Property. Tom, from Bolton Abbey in Yorkshire, joins the company after completing BSc in Agriculture at Harper Adams University, Shropshire.

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United Kingdom

H&H Land and Property back Christmas event to support farming charity

On Tuesday 2nd December a leading countryside lifestyle store will open its doors for breakfast to raise money to help farming families in need.

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United Kingdom

Skipton Auction Mart Weekly round-up – Nov 24th

For the fourth consecutive week, more than 5,000 prime sheep were penned for sale at Skipton Auction Mart’s Monday highlight, with the 4,642 lambs among the 5,026-strong turnout showing a slight rise on the week to average £76.07 per head overall, or 176.9p/kg. (Nov 24)

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Wales

FUW Christmas card boost for charities

The Farmers’ Union of Wales president’s chosen charities - Tŷ Hafan and Tŷ Gobaith children’s hospices - will be the big winners thanks to the union’s annual children’s competition to design a Christmas card with a farming theme that once again attracted hundreds of entries.

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Monday 24 November 2014

Northern Ireland

Free Royal Ulster Agricultural Society Winter Fair Tickets

Buy a 5 litre pack of Zanil Fluke Drench and enjoy free entry to the RUAS Winter Fair in Belfast on Thursday, Dec, 11.

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United Kingdom

Forth Monitor Farm Reaps Rewards of Regular Weighing and Grassland Management

Changes made by the Forth monitor farmers, Duncan McEwen and his son, also Duncan, are benefitting their farming business.

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United Kingdom

Overseas demand fuels growth for pioneering British Agribusiness

Export of its ground-breaking Secure Covers product range into varied agricultural markets around the world is underpinning significant growth for Shropshire-based Thomas and Fontaine Limited (TFL).

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Friday 21 November 2014

European Union

MEPs ask Commission for young farmer support

CEJA has strongly welcomed the written question on young farmers submitted to the European Commission by a number of prominent members of the Committee for Agriculture and Rural Development. MEPs Paolo de Castro, Albert Dess, Jens Rohde, James Nicholson, Matt Carthy, Janusz Wojciechowski and COMAGRI Chair Czeslaw Siekierski, all threw their weight behind the written submission on measures to support young farmers.

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Northern Ireland

Meet your scientists

Research scientists tasked with seeking solutions to problems facing dairy farmers will be on the AgriSearch stand during the Royal Ulster Winter Fair in Belfast on Thurs, Dec 11.

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Scotland

New £3m grass seed mixing plant opens in Scotland

Grass breeding company DLF-Trifolium has opened a new, state-of-the-art, mixing and distribution centre just outside Edinburgh this week (18 November).

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United Kingdom

QADEX reducing product recalls due to undeclared allergens

A recent report from recall management firm Stericycle Expert Solutions states that a staggering 50% of food recalls in the second quarter of 2014 were due to undeclared allergens. FSA & FDA research has also revealed that one third of all food recalls between 2009 and 2012 were down to undeclared allergens – a figure which is rising annually. QADEX is actively working with and helping food businesses label products correctly and make food recalls because of mislabelling a thing of the past.

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Thursday 20 November 2014

Austria

Identec Solutions supplies CTAS Container Position Detection System to Terminal Petikemas Surabaya

Identec Solutions announces that PT Terminal Petikemas Surabaya (TPS), a joint venture between port operators Pelindo 3 and DP World, has selected Identec’s Container Position Detection (PDS) system solution to provide process automation across their yard operations.

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France

Questions and Answers on Highly Pathogenic H5N8 Avian influenza strain

Avian influenza (AI) is a disease of birds, caused by Type “A” influenza viruses which can affect several species of domestic poultry, such as chickens, turkeys, quails, guinea fowl, ducks, etc., as well as pet birds and wild birds. Avian influenza viruses have also been isolated, although less frequently, from mammalian species including rats, mice, weasels, ferrets, pigs, cats, tigers, dogs, horses, as well as humans.

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United Kingdom

Entitlement Values

SPS Payments for England are set in Euros each year and then converted into Sterling. Yesterday the Rural Payments Agency (RPA) announced the Entitlement Values for SPS 2014 after announcing the Euro exchange rate at the end of September.

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United Kingdom

ReFood launches industry-first food waste scholarship

ReFood, the UK’s leading food waste recycler, has announced the industry’s first dedicated scholarship programme to inspire the next generation of sustainable students. ‘Sustainable Visionaries’, will see undergraduates from across the UK compete to demonstrate why they believe minimising waste is key to achieving a circular economy.

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Wednesday 19 November 2014

Ireland

Launch of Irish Pasture Profit Index encourages greater focus on grass variety traits

The launch of Ireland’s new Pasture Profit Index (PPI) that aims to help farmers in their selection of grass varieties should encourage UK farmers to make better use of their own Recommended List information.

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United Kingdom

CCM weekly roundup

Prime sheep numbers passing through Skipton Auction Mart show no sign of letting up and Monday’s even larger weekly turnout of 5,102 also saw no real let up in trading levels, with the 4,705 lambs among them averaging exactly the same as the previous week at 175.9p/kg, with a per head overall average of £76.23.

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United Kingdom

New Scheme means workplaces can climb the safety ladder

THE UK’S leading workplace equipment supplier Slingsby has joined forces with the Ladder Association to run The Ladder Exchange Scheme which aims to eradicate dangerous ladders from UK workplaces by offering substantial discounts when they are exchanged for new ones.

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USA

Romer Labs’ RapidChek Listeria NextDayTM AOAC

Romer Labs today announced that its RapidChek® Listeria NextDay™ test system earned Performance-Tested MethodsSM (PTM) certification from the AOAC Research Institute for various ready-to-eat foods with a 27-48 hr. enrichment.

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Tuesday 18 November 2014

European Union

Conservatives decry Juncker U-turn on key science role

Conservative MEPs reacted with dismay today after the new president of the European Commission scrapped the key role of Chief Scientific Adviser.

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United Kingdom

Barrons herd retains NELBC championship

The Barrons herd of Willie Barron, based at Morrow Edge Farm, Burnhope, in County Durham, is the North-East Limousin Cattle Breeders Club champion herd for the second year running.

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United Kingdom

CESA’s Innovation Zone showcases new catering concepts; carbon management podcasts launched

CESA’s Innovation Zone makes a welcome return to the Hospitality Show and this year it’s bigger and better than ever. Showcasing many of the latest innovations in catering equipment, visitors to the Zone will get hands-on experience of the technologies that will cool, cook, clean, manage waste, and process ingredients in commercial kitchens of the future.

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Wales

Farmers urged to register for training before deadline

The Farmers' Union of Wales is urging farmers to ensure they make the most of the funding available for training under the current Rural Development Plan before it closes to new applications on Friday of next week (November 28).

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Wales

Time running out to appeal against moorland classification

Time is running out for farmers with land in Wales to appeal against the classification of their land for Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) grant purposes.

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Monday 17 November 2014

Austria

Feed Additives Needed to Combat Multiple Mycotoxin Presence

Feed Additives Needed to Combat Multiple Mycotoxin Presence: Takeaway from 8th World Mycotoxin Forum

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United Kingdom

Alto-Shaam portable Smoker Cook and Hold oven from FEM

Smoking food not only gives it a delicious flavour and aroma, but it tenderises, cures and preserves meat and fish, as well. Foodservice Equipment Marketing’s Alto-Shaam range of Smoker Cook and Hold ovens allows chefs to offer in-house smoked food quickly and easily. The latest electric smoker Cook and Hold oven (model 767-SK/III) is designed for smaller venues.

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United Kingdom

Two of the UK’s leading waste processing facilities open their doors to the public

Europe’s leading food waste recycling specialist, SARIA, is throwing open the doors to two of its processing facilities for the first time. The ReFood Widnes gas-to-grid anaerobic digestion (AD) plant and SecAnim animal by-product processing facility both welcomed guests on 11-12 November for its stakeholder open days.

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United Kingdom

UK Research Consortium Explores Use of Analytics to Help Pork Producers Improve Swine Herd Wellness

A consortium of academic and animal health industry partners in the UK, led by Zoetis Inc., is embarking on a pioneering 42-month project that will develop visual imaging methods and digital technologies to help producers improve the health and wellness of pig herds and enhance production efficiency. The $3 million (USD) project is funded by an Agri-Tech Catalyst Award from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency. The partners will develop these advanced technologies to analyse pig behaviour and performance, looking for early warning signs of disease or stress and pave the way to treatment and care sooner than has previously been possible.

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USA

Foundation Genetics, Accelerated Genetics and Cogent Breeding Form Canadian Alliance

Foundation Genetics Service, Inc; Canada, will join alliances with Accelerated Genetics, USA and Cogent Breeding Ltd, United Kingdom, to expand their portfolio of breed leading, dairy genetics, animal health products and value-added services to producers in Canada on December 1, 2014.

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Friday 14 November 2014

France

A new OIE guide to better surveillance and detection of health risks related to animals

The OIE is publishing a new Guide to Terrestrial Animal Health Surveillance for national Veterinary Services and animal health experts. The Guide is intended to help them implement and evaluate the terrestrial animal disease surveillance systems in their countries.

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Ireland

Prepare Your Diet Feeder for the Winter Months

Over the coming weeks, farmers nationwide will begin housing cattle for the winter months. This will result in an increase of usage in diet feeders around the country as farmers look to change to a mixed ration during the housed period.

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South Africa

Arbor Acres annual roadshows continue to succeed

Arbor Acres® recently completed a successful series of roadshows for individual customer companies in South Africa. The events are designed to address production topics, transfer technical information and keep companies updated on any developments which maybe applicable to the poultry industry.

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United Kingdom

CLA vows to fight HS2 on ‘archaic’ compulsory purchase rules

The CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, will appear before the HS2 Select Committee next week to give evidence against the “archaic” compulsory purchase system used to deliver HS2 which damages rural business.

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USA

Who among the young will step up to grow our food?

This Saturday at 9am Pacific, Michael Olson’s Food Chain Radio show hosts Lauren Markham, author of “The New Farmer,” an article in Orion Magazine, and Eliza Greenman of Legacy Fruit in Virginia, for a conversation about beginning farmers.

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Thursday 13 November 2014

Australia

Small footprint for new water technology

A third more water was used on Australian farms for agriculture in 2012-13 than the previous year, a figure which is simply unsustainable for the farming industry says a Gold Coast soil and water expert.

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United Kingdom

Cogent’s PinPoint tops table in independent report

Cogent’s PinPoint heat detection monitors have scored another industry triumph by outperforming their competitors in a newly published independent report. PinPoint activity monitors scored an average 4.6 out of a maximum five points when assessed by a group of users for a range of features, receiving top marks in a number of categories. The results showed that PinPoint is rated highly by users of the equipment, with overall opinions being consistently higher in many categories than those received for activity monitors from the other main players, against which they were compared.

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United Kingdom

New sheep foot health system - G Shepherd Animal Health

A new, three-part foot health system to help protect sheep against lameness has been launched by G Shepherd Animal Health (GSAH). Company director Graham Shepherd, who is a veterinarian, points out that lameness is a major problem facing sheep farmers. It causes severe losses and has a significant impact on the farm business, he says. Tackling lameness is also important from a welfare stance and lameness can have a negative effect on public perceptions.

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Wednesday 12 November 2014

Spain

Easyfresh Code of Conduct

At Easyfresh we are committed to promoting socially responsible conduct. The history of our organization includes a long-standing commitment to comply with the law wherever we operate and to conduct all business activities with the highest ethical standards.

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United Kingdom

Cogent launches 'Grazing Specialist' Bull Selection

A new catalogue showcasing a range of bulls specifically designed for grazing-based systems has been launched by the UK’s largest stud, Cogent Breeding Ltd.

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United Kingdom

LIPs Wins Pig Industry Top Honour

When Glenda Montgomery heard a load of pig farmers on a coach moaning about poor prices she put up with it for as long as she could, then stood up and berated them for whingeing.

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United Kingdom

New award celebrates family businesses in the catering industry

Family businesses are the backbone of the catering industry. They not only run restaurants, pubs, groups and venues up and down the country, but also make up many of the suppliers of food, equipment and services on which the industry depends. They share a passion and commitment for their industry and use their family nature and values to drive successful businesses.

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United Kingdom

Time to stop Phoma before stem hit

Phoma infections increasing rapidly – Cold weather slow down gives time for control – Wet weather forecast raises risk of further spread – Plover treatment now controls Phoma and suppresses early Light Leaf Spot

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Wales

Changes ahead for private landlords in Wales

Farmers and landowners in Wales with private rented houses will soon have to register their rental properties and become licensed.

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Tuesday 11 November 2014

Germany

FWexpo International Exhibitions 2015

IFWexpo Heidelberg GmbH is one of the leading trade fair organisers worldwide in the agrifood sector. They are engaged mainly in Ukraine, Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus but offer new market places as well such as Morocco, Kyrgyzstan, Georgia and – for the first time in 2015 – Spain.

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United Kingdom

CLM weekly roundup

Skipton Auction Mart was jam-packed for the weekly Monday sale, with every single pen in use and over 300 different sellers and buyers attending. (Nov 10)

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