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Friday 24 October 2014

Germany

World Nutrition Forum: Dramatic change needed for sustainability

Top minds from academia, business and the NGO sectors gathered to discuss the future of animal production and sustainability at the BIOMIN-sponsored World Nutrition Forum 2014 in Munich.

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United Kingdom

Radiant barrier benefits now spanning the globe

New orders from Uganda and Fiji bring to 16 the number of countries now adopting the energy-efficient lining Valéron AVA to improve poultry house environment through use of a durable radiant barrier.

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Thursday 23 October 2014

United Kingdom

Danisco Animal Nutrition and Partners Discuss how Emerged and Emerging Worlds will Benefit

Danisco Animal Nutrition, a subsidiary of DuPont Industrial Biosciences, will celebrate 25+ years of enzyme innovation at Eurotier with a VIP seminar co-hosted with All About Feed.

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United Kingdom

Dispersal auction at former ADAS farm in Stratford-upon-Avon farm

Surplus livestock handling and grain equipment, gates, implements, farm machinery, vehicles and 200 tonnes of straw will be going under the hammer at a dispersal auction on a former ADAS husbandry farm in Stratford-upon-Avon next month.

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United Kingdom

Energy saving tops agenda at 2014 Heavy Equipment Forum

Energy saving was the big topic at the inaugural Heavy Equipment Forum, organised by CESA and held at the Whittlebury Hall Hotel, Northamptonshire, on 15th October 2014. Many of the products on show highlighted how much technologies have changed in recent years. They included refrigerators that use just 15% of the energy compared to the equivalent model available in 2001; ventilation that incorporates heat recovery systems; panini grills that use 40% less energy; and gas burners that are up to 97% efficient.

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United Kingdom

New Chairman and President take the helm at Holstein UK

Following Holstein UK’s AGM last weekend (17 October) at Malvern a new chairman and president have taken the helm at the UK’s largest breed society.

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Wednesday 22 October 2014

United Kingdom

Dutch resistance report is a stark warning for UK sheep industry

SCOPS urges UK vets, advisers and farmers to heed its advice to integrate 4-AD and 5-SI wormer classes into the worm control programmes.

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United Kingdom

Growing Isle of Wight Garlic in a changing UK climate - 2014

The Garlic Farm on the Isle of Wight experienced an extraordinary growing year in 2014. 40 inches (100cm) of rain fell from December to April compared with less than 20 inches normally this was coupled with temperatures 1.5C above normal.

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Tuesday 21 October 2014

Scotland

Planning for Profit Farm Visit - Redhouse of Barra

Increasing the kilos of beef, lamb and fruit sold off the farm annually while minimising inputs are the clear-cut priorities of Aberdeenshire farmer David Stephen, based at Redhouse of Barra, Oldmeldrum, Inverurie.

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United Kingdom

Another Solid Year for the H&H Group PLC

The H&H Group have announced annual pre-tax profits for the 2013/14 year of £1.297 million, this is a 28% increase on last year and is based on a total turnover of £14.390 million.

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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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Northern Ireland

Meal, Milk and Money walks!

As housing looms three farm walks to examine the most profitable concentrate feeding regimes for dairy herds have been organised by AFBI, CAFRE and AgriSearch for Tues, Wed and Thurs Oct 21, 22 and 23.

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Northern Ireland

Robin Anderson joins CIP

Robin Anderson has joined CIP Insurance Brokers Ltd after gaining over thirty years experience with a large insurance company calling with farmers, contractors and other rural businesses.

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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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United Kingdom

MFG strengthens rural division with specialist appointment

Midland law firm mfg Solicitors has bolstered its renowned farming and rural affairs department with the appointment of a specialist lawyer.

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United Kingdom

Redarling on the move for tasty sprout delivery

Two new extended 15.5m refrigerated trailers, distinctively branded with Redarling livery, are now delivering fresh, high-quality produce across the UK for Lincolnshire-based brassica and vegetable growers, Staples - and will be the primary movers for the exciting red Brussels sprout variety from Syngenta.

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United Kingdom

Why is everyone suddenly talking about Mycotoxins?

These Toxins have been about for years but it is only now that many in the industry are starting to realise what a detrimental effect they can have on stock.

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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

Northern Ireland

Freelance farm photographer Cliff Donaldson from Northern Ireland is a world beater – again!

For the second time in three years this Loughbrickland, Co Down farmer’s son, now based in Lisburn, has won the International Federation of Agricultural Journalists world wide competition for photo excellence sponsored by dairy equipment engineers DeLaval.

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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

Maudsleys’ Hercules shows strength at Skipton beef cattle highlight

A well-bred pedigree British Blue bull called Littlebank Hercules proved the heavyweight performer in the sale ring when knocked down for a high of 3,900gns at Skipton Auction Mart’s annual Autumn pedigree event for beef breeding cattle. (Wed, Oct 9)

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