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Tuesday 19 August 2014

United Kingdom

Cheffins Plough sales

Sales of ploughs at auction are up 10% on this time last year, according to Cheffins, Europe’s leading agricultural and machinery auctioneers.

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United Kingdom

Picturesque North Shropshire dairy farm on offer for £2.6 million

A beautifully situated and productive North Shropshire dairy farm with 251 acres of versatile land, a seven bedroomed farmhouse and extensive farm buildings is up for sale with a guide price of £2.6 million.

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USA

Dyadic International files Form 10 Registration Statement

Dyadic International, Inc. ("Dyadic") (OTCQX: DYAI), a global biotechnology company whose patented and proprietary technologies are used to develop, manufacture and sell enzymes and other proteins for the bioenergy, bio-based chemical, biopharmaceutical and industrial enzyme industries, announced today that it has filed a Registration Statement on Form 10 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC").

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Wales

A warm welcome at FUW marquee in Meirionnydd County Show

A warm welcome awaits members and visitors to the Farmers’ Union of Wales stand at the Meirionnydd County Show which will be held near Bala on Wednesday August 27.

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Monday 18 August 2014

Scotland

Forth Monitor Farmers Reaping Rewards of First Eighteen Months

Significant changes made at the Forth monitor farm over the last 18 months were summarised at the recent farm meeting and open day, hosted by the monitor farmers father and son, both Duncan McEwen and their wives, Anne and Rebecca.

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United Kingdom

119-acre Mid Wales valley grassland farm has £950,000 price guide

A Mid Wales valley farm with a Grade II listed farmhouse, an impressive range of traditional farm buildings with development potential and 119 acres of productive pastureland is on the market with a guide price of £900,000 to £950,000.

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United Kingdom

Beet under pressure from disease risk

East Anglian sugar beet crops have had an outstanding growing season, with real potential for high yields if crops can be kept clean and green through the autumn.

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United Kingdom

Ensiling agents from FM BioEnergy achieve DLG quality standard

SILASIL ENERGY and SILASIL ENERGY.XD, two ensiling agents which have been specifically formulated for inoculating biogas substrates, have been awarded a prestigious ‘Quality Label’ by the German Agricultural Society (DLG). This is the first time that such products have received this exceptional standard under new DLG testing guidelines.

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Wales

FUW invites outstanding Wales dairy person nominations

The Farmers’ Union of Wales is seeking nominations for this year’s FUW-HSBC Outstanding Service to the Welsh Dairy Industry award.

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Friday 15 August 2014

Ireland

Ireland - Managing the Safe Delivery of Animal Feeds

Every livestock producer takes deliveries of animal feeds either in bulk dry or liquid, or packed in bags and drums as a regular feature of working life on the farm.

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USA

USA - Dyadic International reports Q2 2014 Financial Results

Dyadic International, Inc. ("Dyadic") (OTCQX: DYAI), a global biotechnology company whose patented and proprietary technologies are used to develop, manufacture and sell enzymes and other proteins for the bioenergy, bio-based chemical, biopharmaceutical and industrial enzyme industries, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014.

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Thursday 14 August 2014

United Kingdom

Cogent reaffirms the strength and reliability of its stud in August proofs

This week’s DairyCo proof run heralds a new era for cattle breeding, in which a fresh focus is placed on the efficiency of milk production alongside all of the values cattle breeders have long held dear.

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Wednesday 13 August 2014

Ireland

Offaly Cattle Farmer Wins Quad Bike 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.

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United Kingdom

Sunshine attracts large crowd to Stone collective machinery auction

The prospect of exciting lots and bright sunshine attracted a large crowd to auctioneers Halls’ July collective machinery auction at The Gallops, Stanklyn Lane, Stone, near Kidderminster where the top price of £8,450 went to a John Deere 3350 tractor.

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Wales

FUW hosts range of activities at Pembrokeshire Show

The Farmers' Union of Wales stand at this month's Pembrokeshire County Show (August 19-21) will provide showgoers the opportunity to discuss issues of concern with local politicians including Stephen Crabb MP, Simon Hart MP and Paul Davies AM on the Tuesday morning of the show.

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Wales

FUW seeks leading contributor to Carmarthenshire agriculture

The Farmers’ Union of Wales is seeking nominations for this year’s United Counties Agriculture and Hunters Society Award for the person judged to have made the most outstanding contribution to agriculture in Carmarthenshire during the past few years.

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Tuesday 12 August 2014

Ireland

Ireland - Humble Beef Dripping praised by Great Taste judges

Great Taste, the largest blind-tasted food awards scheme, has reached an exciting stage for many producers in Ireland and results just released show that some of the 3-star winners of 2014 are; a humble but deliciously full-flavoured Beef Dripping made from the suet of Angus and Hereford beef by James Whelan Butchers of Clonmel in Co. Tipperary. Sea salt also made judges’ taste buds tingle with high praise for the Irish Atlantic Sea Salt with Dill Pollen from Irish Atlantic Salt Ltd, and a little pot of Sea Salted Caramel from The Cloudberry Bakery in Castlemaine, Co. Kerry had judges in raptures and asking for “more please!”.

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Scotland

Ayrshire Family Aims to Improve Lamb Productivity and Profitability

Supplying the right product at the right time is critical to the profitability of everyone involved in the lamb supply chain - from the farmer to the supermarket. That is the focus of a meeting to be held at Tom Marshall's Mains of Tig Farm at Ballantrae, Ayrshire, on 19th August.

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United Kingdom

Attention turns to 2016 after massive success of NSA Sheep 2014

The National Sheep Association (NSA) is delighted to be returning to the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, for its biennial Sheep Event and has fixed the next date for Wednesday 27th July 2016.

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United Kingdom

Danish-bred bulls dominate Jersey rankings on new £PLI

The new formula for Profitable Lifetime Index (£PLI) rewards the fittest and most efficient milk producers of the breed and amongst the Jerseys, it is the Danish bulls which have risen to the top of the rankings, published today (12 August) by DairyCo.

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United Kingdom

Gold Stars For Fodder from Foodie Oscars

Four Fodder products have been awarded gold stars – the highest accolades - at this year’s Great Taste Awards, acclaimed as the ‘Oscars’ of British food. Fodder, the food shop and cafe, based at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate entered the awards for the first time. The awards are organised by the Guild of Fine Food, renowned as the benchmark for speciality food and drink.

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United Kingdom

Milnerfield Shires on parade at packed Skipton dispersal sale

Shire horses and coloured cobs from the well-known Milnerfield Stables of West Yorkshire farmer Keith Downs and his wife Pam went under the hammer at a dispersal sale at Skipton Auction Mart. (Sat, Aug 9)

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United Kingdom

Swires bounce back to top form at Craven Dairy Auction

Father and son ‘milk men’ Malcolm and Robert Swires, of Haverah Park, Beckwithshaw, returned to the Craven Dairy Auction show arena after a long break and made an immediate impact when securing a virtual clean sweep of the leading spoils at the opening August show at Skipton Auction Mart. (Mon. Aug 11)

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Wales

FUW hosts ‘wooden horse’ race night for children’s hospices

The Farmers’ Union of Wales Glamorgan and Gwent branches are organising a wooden horse race night for union president Emyr Jones' charity fund for children’s hospices Tŷ Hafan and Tŷ Gobaith on Saturday August 30, starting at 7pm.

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Monday 11 August 2014

Scotland

Land reform could compromise Scotland's Glorious 12th

There is clear political support for Land Reform in Scotland, revolving around the redistribution of land and reducing the concentration of Land Ownership. However, as the Glorious 12th takes over Scotland’s grouse moors, let’s take a look at the Scottish field sports industry which generates millions of pounds and provides thousands of jobs every year, the majority of which are in fragile rural communities (see notes).

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United Kingdom

A successful career start at Plumpton College

Staff at Plumpton College in East Sussex are available to help students after their examination reults in August. Students can contact the College to get details of the specialist landbased courses, apprenticeships and training available as well as the latest course vacancies.

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Wales

FUW embraces year of the family farm at Denbigh & Flint county show

The Farmers’ Union of Wales is promoting its latest campaign "Supporting Family Farms Since 1955" at the Denbigh & Flint county show (August 21) by handing out free cotton shopper bags and highlighting the important role family farms play in the wider rural community.

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Friday 08 August 2014

United Kingdom

First IBQX Vaccine For The UK And Irish Poultry Industry

Zoetis today announced the availability in the UK and Ireland of the first specific vaccine against the QX strain of the infectious bronchitis virus — Poulvac® IBQX

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United Kingdom

New Chairman for CLA Warwickshire Branch

A leading agricultural lawyer and rural business expert has taken over as chair of the Warwickshire branch of the CLA.

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United Kingdom

Save on feed without affecting pig growth

Precision feeding pigs can reduce the amount of lysine needed by 25% and reduce feed costs by more than 8%, without affecting growth. These are the findings of Canadian research scientist Dr Candido Pomar, of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, who has trialled precision feeding systems in growing and finishing pigs and shared the details at the BPEX Innovation Conference.

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United Kingdom

UK - AD Conference focuses on optimising plant productivity

‘Building an AD plant is just the start of operating a productive and profitable facility’ was a key message to delegates from all sectors of the industry who attended FM BioEnergy’s (www.fmbioenergy.co.uk) recent ‘Healthy Bacteria, Healthy Profits’ conference in Birmingham.

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Thursday 07 August 2014

United Kingdom

Financial Farming Professional Joins H&H Land and Property

H&H Land and Property has expanded its core team with the creation of a new role to support the growth of the business across the North of England and Scottish Borders.

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United Kingdom

Global Agri-Technology sector grows by 2.4% in 2013-14

A new report released last week has identified current and future growth in the global agri-technology sector, using innovative ways of collecting and analysing data. Growth has increased from 1.9% in 2008/09 to 2.4% this year with the trend forecast to continue over the next five years.

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United Kingdom

Savills Farmland Market in Minutes Published

While the first half of 2014 has brought strong capital growth for farmland across Great Britain, values in Scotland have remained flat due to political uncertainty

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Wednesday 06 August 2014

United Kingdom

Case IH appoints a new dealer in The Borders

Case IH has announced the appointment of a new dealer to cover The Borders and North Northumberland. G Marshall (Tractors) Ltd is based in St Boswells, Roxburghshire.

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United Kingdom

Former Plumpton College Students featured in Easyjet Inflight Magazine

A wine article in the August edition of Easyjet inflight magazine and online features former wine students of Plumpton College.

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United Kingdom

Keelham strikes again to secure Skipton prime champions double

Keelham Farm Shop in Thornton, Bradford, again demonstrated its unremitting support for local farming when snapping up both the prime cattle and lamb champions for the day’s leading prices at Skipton Auction Mart’s August shows and sales. (Mon, Aug 4)

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United Kingdom

Limousin herd dispersal boosts store cattle auction

A small seasonal number of store cattle at Bishops Castle Auction on July 24 was bolstered by an excellent entry of 23 cows and calves from a pedigree Limousin herd dispersal.

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Tuesday 05 August 2014

United Kingdom

Evaluating the relationship between human and animal influenza viruses

Assessing the relationship among multiple variants of influenza viruses circulating in animals and people and understanding their relative evolution in these hosts over time is key to improving vaccines for people and animals and for understanding the potential risk of future interspecies transmission events.

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Monday 04 August 2014

Northern Ireland

Coming Events

Wed, Aug 13 AgriSearch farm walk 'Improving lowland sheep performance' hosted by Crosby Cleland, 21, Greens Rd, Saintfield BT24 7EE. sessions will be run (afternoon and evening). Tours leave farmyard at 2pm & 6.30pm sharp. Open to all in the sheep sector, tel (028) 8778 9770 for details.

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Scotland

Black Pumas make their mark in Scotland

Poultry farmers and agricultural contractors William Pollock & Son are causing quite a stir in the Midlothian region with two Case IH Puma tractors which have been personalised in their own unique livery.

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United Kingdom

Consider forage crops instead of drilling cereals

Growing grass and forage crops could alleviate some of the pain of low cereal prices and resistant blackgrass according to Rod Bonshor, general manager for Oliver Seeds, particularly on more marginal sites with less combinable yield potential.

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United Kingdom

Kuhn to demonstrate strip tillage machine and precision seed drill at Tillage Live

Kuhn Farm Machinery will be demonstrating its Striger still tillage machine and Maxima 2 precision seed drill at this year’s Tillage Live event at Down Ampney Airfield, Gloucestershire on Wednesday 10th September.

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United Kingdom

MSD Animal Health showcases new digital flock health management solution

Sheep producers attending the NSA Sheep Event this week became the first farmers to engage with a new digital flock health management solution being launched this autumn by MSD Animal Health.

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Friday 01 August 2014

Northern Ireland

Moy Park Grower Expansion Programme Success

Moy Park’s grower expansion programme in Northern Ireland, which was launched at the end of last year, has seen phenomenal interest from farmers with over 250 new poultry houses planned for completion by the end of 2015.

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United Kingdom

Thousands of children to recieve free cooking courses this summer

Thousands of mums and dads will have their lives made easier this summer thanks to a brand new series of special Farm to Fork Cooking Courses for children.

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United Kingdom

Great Bath Feast Announces a Sumptuous Menu of Events

The Great Bath Feast is the biggest and most diverse food festival in the South West. Not only is it an incredible experience for food lovers, it brings Bath’s fiercely independent restaurants together to create an atmosphere of sharing, caring and fun; everything that food should be!

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Thursday 31 July 2014

Ireland

AB Vista appointed sole distributor of Acid Buf in Ireland

AB Vista, the feed ingredients division of AB Agri, has been appointed as the sole distributor of Acid Buf in Ireland. The company has historically acted as Celtic Sea Mineral’s distributor in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, but its remit will now extend to cover the whole of Ireland.

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Ireland

The Baileys Judge on look-out for strong, balanced cow at Virginia Show

The judge of this year's Diageo Baileys Irish Champion Dairy Cow competition which carries a prize fund of 10,000 Euros said he was ‘on the look-out for a strong, balanced cow’ when he assesses the final link-up at the Virginia Show on 20th August.

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United Kingdom

Be cool at work this summer

With summer upon us and the mercury rising, it can be tempting for employees to stop wearing personal protective equipment (PPE), which often becomes uncomfortable in hot temperatures, but according to workplace equipment supplier Slingsby there are now more products than ever before to help workers stay safe and cool at work.

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