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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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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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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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United Kingdom

From probiotics in Asia to “naturally healthy” in the West

“Dairy, more than any other category, is perfectly positioned to profit from the most important consumer trends shaping the food industry,” says Julian Mellentin, director of New Nutrition Business, whose new report Key Trends in the Business of Dairy Nutrition outlines the 14 trends driving the category.

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United Kingdom

Grazing Groups Tackle Winter Grazing “Pinch Period”

One of the UK’s top grass experts, Charlie Morgan, GrassMaster, will be offering top tips to farmers at two Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) Grazing Group meetings in the north of Scotland next week.

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United Kingdom

Healthy vegetarian recipe guide launched to celebrate Diwali, 23 October

Vegetarian for Life (VfL) is delighted to launch its new guide, A Taste of South Asia, released to mark Diwali, which this year falls on 23 October.

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United Kingdom

Online Shop for Fodder

Fodder, the award winning local food shop and café based at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate has launched an e-commerce website. Initially concentrating on hampers and gift vouchers, customers can place orders which will be delivered nationwide.

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Wales

FUW enjoys successful autumn conference

Delegates attending this year’s Farmers’ Union of Wales autumn conference, heard that for joint ventures to work, there has to be trust and mutual benefit in the partnership.

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Wales

FUW members quiz MEP at Flintshire AGM

The Flintshire branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales has enjoyed an excellent turnout of members at its annual general meeting held at the Village Hall in Cilcain on the eve of Friday October 10.

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Wales

FUW’s Brecon and Radnor day is a first for Westminster

Taking Brecon and Radnor’s agriculture, food and rural economy to the heart of the corridors of power in Westminster will be the aim of a Farmers' Union of Wales-organised function next week (Wednesday, October 22).

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Thursday 16 October 2014

Belgium

Animal Nutrition 2014, 21-23 October 2014, Le Plaza Hotel, Brussels, Belgium

Danisco Animal Nutrition Discusses the Role of Probiotics in Animal Production Profitability and Sustainability

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Spain

TOC event news - It’s not actually a crisis. It is just the new normal

You can forget freight rate hikes; ‘sub-economic’ rates on the main trade lanes are here to stay, according to leading shipping lines meeting at the TOC Americas conference in Cartagena.

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United Kingdom

Cogent investment raises the digital bar for sexed semen

Semen sexing has been taken to a new level of efficiency and accuracy thanks to an investment in the very latest sperm sorting technology by the UK’s largest stud, Cogent Breeding Ltd.

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United Kingdom

Greening calculator helps farmers prepare for new payment system

Farmers are being urged to prepare now for the new CAP regime if they haven’t already done so as they could lose part of their payment if they fail to meet cropping and environment requirements.

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United Kingdom

Jennings continues a tradition of success at Skipton Auction Mart

Robin Jennings from South Stainley emerged as champion at the early show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart on Monday. (OCT 13)

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Wales

FUW backs ‘Joint Opportunities Platform’ proposal

Delegates at the Farmers’ Union of Wales autumn conference heard how a new ‘Joint opportunities platform’ could pave the way for successful joint farming agreements in the future.

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Wales

FUW holds Thanksgiving Gymanfa Ganu

The Farmers’ Union of Wales will be holding a farmers’ Thanksgiving ‘Gymanfa Ganu’ on Sunday October 26 at the Seion Chapel Aberystwyth in an effort to raise money for children’s hospices Tŷ Hafan and Tŷ Gobaith, the presidents chosen charities.

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Wednesday 15 October 2014

Ireland

Budding chefs urged to go wild in the Burren

Budding chefs with a taste for the wild are being encouraged to take part in the second annual Burren Masterchef Cookery Competition.

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United Kingdom

Hundreds of restaurant and hotel businesses warned time limit for claims is about to expire

Lawyers Moore Blatch, which specialises in supporting businesses that were mis-sold interest rate hedging protection - the business world equivalent of PPI mis-selling - is urging up to 10,000 businesses that the time limit for pursuing a claim against their bank is running out. The issue particularly affects restaurant and hotel businesses as they were often sold these products alongside their business borrowing.

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United Kingdom

Newtonstein Launch Kickstarter Campaign to Fund Innovative Onion Slicer Product

A cutting-edge product design group is putting an end to tears in the kitchen with the launch of an innovative new product called Rouncer. Developed by Newtonstein, the patented design can dice and slice onions in just five seconds – without the need to peel. To fund the development of Rouncer, Newtonstein has launched a Kickstarter campaign calling on pledgers to support the cause. Quick, simple and all kinds of convenient, the Rouncer is set to emerge as a must have tool for everyone's daily kitchen needs.

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Wales

FUW/HSBC outstanding service to Welsh dairy industry award winner revealed

Gwynedd farmer Rhisiart Tomos Lewis, who runs a herd of 140 dairy cows with home-bred dairy heifers near Llangybi, was presented with the Farmers' Union of Wales/HSBC award to the person who has made an outstanding contribution to the Welsh dairy industry at the Welsh Dairy Show near Carmarthen today (Tuesday October 14).

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Tuesday 14 October 2014

France

OIE experts review current knowledge on Ebola virus disease

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has issued a technical information sheet on Ebola virus disease outlining epidemiological observations and scientific knowledge of the disease including the animal reservoir.

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France

Strict biosecurity and management at farm level are the most effective measures to prevent PED

The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has issued a technical information sheet on the infection with porcine epidemic diarrhoea virus (PEDv) outlining the epidemiological observations, prevention and control methods and research done to date on the disease.

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Northern Ireland

Dairy Farm walks next week

Want to discuss with leading milk producers and agri scientists how best to feed your dairy herd for profit this coming winter?

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United Kingdom

Double national champion wins top prize at Craven Feather Auctions

Double national poultry champion David Pownall ruled the roost at the Craven Feather Auctions premier poultry show and sale on Saturday. (OCT 11)

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United Kingdom

Food businesses advised to increase surveillance on walnuts as a potential fraud

Following a recent report published in The Independent, due to heavy rain in walnut growing areas such as Pakistan and Argentina, market prices are up 50% - triggering alarms that nuts could be the next target for food fraud criminals. However, this threat is potentially more dangerous than past cases as companies choosing to fraudulently use peanuts as an alternative to walnuts could be putting lives at risk.

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United Kingdom

Geldards grasp double glory at Skipton Charollais females highlight

Breed mainstays, the Geldard family from Cumbria, clinched a memorable championship and reserve championship double at the milestone 10th anniversary show and sale of pedigree breeding females staged under the auspices of the British Charollais Sheep Society at Skipton Auction Mart. (Sat, Oct 1)

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Wales

FUW reminds public to keep dogs on a lead when visiting the countryside

Re-occurring incidents of sheep worrying are still a major concern for farming families in Wales, according to Farmers’ Union of Wales Caernarfonshire county executive officer Gwynedd Watkin.

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Monday 13 October 2014

Ireland

Dairy Ireland Conference‘Our Dairy Industry in 2025’

On October 16th, Dairy Ireland will bring together key dairy industry stakeholders for it’s Annual Conference. The conference will question where our Dairy Industry will be in 2025, and what is required to establish the Irish dairy industry as a key leading global player.

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Wales

FUW Flintshire discusses farming issues with MEP

Farmers’ Union of Wales Flintshire members and officials recently enjoyed a farm visit to Fforest Farm, Cilcain, (Friday, October 10) run by FUW members Harry Williams and his son Robin who have embraced new technology on their 260 cow dairy unit to discuss farming issues with Plaid Cymru MEP Jill Evans.

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Friday 10 October 2014

United Kingdom

Barone Montalto is getting ready for Ammasso New Vintage

Making wine is an ancient and noble art and doing it in Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean and the cradle of history and culture, it is also a responsibility.

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United Kingdom

Business efficiency training on offer for English sheep enterprises

The National Sheep Association (NSA) is encouraging English sheep producers to take advantage of subsidised business efficiency training workshops this autumn and winter, aimed at helping them get to grips with their costs of production and key performance indicators.

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United Kingdom

York serves up extra helpings of cocoa for National Chocolate Week 13-19 October 2014

There’s only one place for chocoholics next week and that’s York, birthplace of the KitKat, Smarties and Terry’s Chocolate Orange, and Britain’s home of chocolate.

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Wales

Dairy Marker - FUW Annual Autumn Conference

Joint ventures in farming are often surrounded by myths and uncertainty as farmers remain concerned about succession and the future of their farms, delegates will discuss at the Farmers’ Union of Wales’ annual autumn conference.

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Thursday 09 October 2014

United Kingdom

Free Events on Common Agricultural Policy Reform: Cheshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire

The CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, has organised a regional roadshow to update farmers, landowners and agents on the latest developments of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS).

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Wednesday 08 October 2014

France

Bridging WHO and OIE Tools to better control global health risks at the human-animal interface

Bridging WHO and OIE Tools to better control global health risks at the human-animal interface The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), jointly with the World Health Organization (WHO) has released a guide for national public health authorities and national animal health authorities represented by Veterinary Services outlining methods for strengthening the good governance of health systems worldwide: “WHO-OIE Operational Framework for Good governance at the human-animal interface: Bridging WHO and OIE tools for the assessment of national capacities”.

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United Kingdom

It’s time to reconsider the de-horning process

Dairy and beef producers could be saving hours of their time or bought-in labour and improving the performance of their calves, by taking one simple step when making breeding decisions.

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United Kingdom

Take Biosecurity Seriously!

If PEDv or ASF were to hit this country and close our export markets it could cost producers as much as 30p per kg almost overnight.

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Wales

Diary Marker - Farm Visit

The FUW’s Caernarfonshire county office is arranging a farm visit to Llechwedd Hafod, Cwm Penmachno near Betws y Coed, by kind permission of Dafydd and Anwen Gwyndaf. The visit will take place on Friday October 10 at 10 am.

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Wales

FUW Glamorgan invites members to discuss changes in Basic Payment Scheme

The Glamorgan branch of the Farmers’ Union of Wales is holding an open meeting for members to discuss the new Basic Payment Scheme which will come into force next year.

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Tuesday 07 October 2014

Austria

Romer Labs Gluten G12 rapid tests obtain AOAC approval

Romer Labs®, a leading global food-safety diagnostic company, is proud to announce that both test kit lines, the AgraQuant® Gluten G12 ELISA test and the AgraStrip® Gluten G12 lateral flow test have obtained important approvals:

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United Kingdom

Helping to Build the Pig Industry

BPEX is enhancing its service to the industry by the appointment of Thomas Burling in the role of environment and buildings business support.

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United Kingdom

Soil Management added to Pig App

Four new video clips on soil management for outdoor pig units have been added to the BPEX Practical Pig App and website.

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USA

Aviagen continues to enhance practical management advice with new broiler handbook

Aviagen® has announced the launch of new Broiler Handbooks for the Arbor Acres®, Indian River® and Ross® brands, as it continually strives to provide global practical management advice for broiler farmers.

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Monday 06 October 2014

Ireland

Easyfresh Ireland Ltd : A new & fresh Easyfresh set up

The global reefer network of Easyfresh is expanding to includeEasyfresh Ireland Ltd, a newly formed company that will open its doors in the first week of October. Headed up by Dublin based shipping expert, Christiaan Visser, Easyfresh Ireland isan exciting new business that will offer shipping and logistical solutions to the ever increasing flow of reefer export cargoes from Ireland into the UK, the continent and the rest of the world.

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Ireland

Well Known Kerry Lady Farmer A Winner in Powerstart Silage Competition

Quality silage inoculants increase milk yields or liveweight gain from forage. However one product and bacterial strain has also been proven to have a big impact on herd fertility in dairy farms. A major study with over 25,000 cows showed that silage treated with Powerstart reduced the calving to conception

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United Kingdom

Are You non-GM Label Ready?

The debate on Genetic Modification, GM, continues as many consumers are still very much concerned with the Non-GM and sustainable provenance of their food. Non-GM labelling options already exist in many parts of the world and may well be the logical conclusion to expanding availability and diversity of GM crops, and already provides a marketing opportunity for exporters.

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United Kingdom

Burren dishes up tasty Food Fayre

The Burren Ecotourism Network has announced the programme for the third annual Burren Food Fayre in Lisdoonvarna on Sunday, October 26th.

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United Kingdom

Forts land championship hat-trick at Skipton Lleyn Society highlight

A hat-trick of supreme championship successes was clinched by the Fort sheep farming family, of Brighton House Farm, Steeton, at the Lleyn Sheep Society’s annual registered show and sale at Skipton Auction Mart. (Thus, Oct 2)

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