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Tuesday 02 September 2014

Australia

Jock Zonfrillo forages across globe for Nomad Chef TV series

A chef with a passion for wild bush foods and exotic ingredients is taking his message to a global audience with a new 10-part travel and cooking series on the Discovery Channel.

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European Union

Take part in CEJA’s #veggieselfie campaign to support EU farmers hit by the Russian ban

Following the Russian import ban on agricultural products from the EU, the European Council of Young Farmers has launched a social media campaign to urge people to buy and eat European perishable fruit and vegetables in an attempt to support farmers struggling with their decline in export sales following Russia’s import ban. The European Commission has been quick to introduce support measures for domestic producers, but vast numbers of farmers will still be negatively affected by Russia’s retaliatory measures.

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Jamaica

Pig Farmers Regrets Death Of Agriculture Minister

The Jamaica Pig Farmers’ Association (JPFA) expresses its regret and deep sadness at the passing of the Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Honourable Roger Clarke.

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Northern Ireland

AgriSearch comment on DARD/AFBI expenditure on agri-food research and innovation

In the climate of cutbacks across most areas of government expenditure in Northern Ireland, the trustees of AgriSearch (Northern Ireland Agricultural Research and Development Council) are seriously concerned that spending by the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development on research and innovation will be reduced at a time when the agri-food sector is being urged to increase output for the good of the overall economy of NI. The concerns of the trustees have been expressed in writing to the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (DARD). The competitiveness of the local agri-food sector is at risk if investment in research is scaled down, while governments in other regions are increasing their investment in research.

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United Kingdom

UK- Thompson’s tip: Strong case for detergents

Cleaning and disinfection is core to the control of many diseases on the pig farm. However, pressure-washing alone will often leave a thin layer of biofilm on the surface despite vigorous jets, points out ACMC veterinary consultant, Paul Thompson.

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Wales

FUW stalwart honoured for services to Welsh Agriculture

Glamorganshire beef and sheep farmer and long standing South Wales special member of the Farmers’ Union of Wales finance and organisation committee Lorraine Howells was honoured by the union at her farm in the Rhymney valley when she was presented with the FUW's gold medal for services to the union and agricultural in Wales on Saturday (August 30).

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Wales

FUW’s ‘wooden horse’ race night for children’s hospices a great success

Farmers’ Union of Wales Glamorgan and Gwent branches enjoyed a hugely successful wooden horse race night in aid of union president Emyr Jones' charity fund for children’s hospices Tŷ Hafan and Tŷ Gobaith and Wales Air Ambulance.

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Monday 01 September 2014

United Kingdom

PinPoint collars top the heat detection charts with an 88.6% accuracy in identifying oestrus

Research undertaken at Kansas State University and published recently in the Journal of Dairy Science has shown that PinPoint heat detection collars were 88.6% accurate in identifying cows in oestrus. This compares favourably to other systems which detected fertility heats at 70-80% accuracy.

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United Kingdom

UK-wide interest in former Shropshire dairy farm with a £2m price guide

Auctioneers Halls are reporting UK-wide interest in a beautifully situated, 161-acre former Shropshire dairy farm that is to be sold by public auction next month.

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Wales

FUW reveals speakers for autumn conference

The Farmers’ Union of Wales has today revealed its speakers for its upcoming autumn conference themed ‘Joint ventures in farming – myth breaking and match making’ - to be held at the William Davies Conference Hall, IBERS, Aberystwyth, on Wednesday October 15 .

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Friday 29 August 2014

Austria

New water-based rapid test for Total Aflatoxin launched

Total Aflatoxin Quantitative WATEX test kit. The new water-based method will allow food, feed and grain producers to test for aflatoxins without using organic solvents, such as methanol, which are expensive, flammable, and must be disposed as hazardous waste.

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Northern Ireland

Dairy cow diet at grass trials completed - free results booklet published

AgriSearch has published a farmer friendly booklet revealing the results of four research trials to improve concentrate feeding and grazing strategies for dairy cows.

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United Kingdom

Disease preparedness stepped up

Good progress is being made with the work to improve the country’s preparedness for exotic and emerging disease such as ASF and PEDv.

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Wales

Productive discussions with deputy minister at FUW president’s farm

Farmers’ Union of Wales officials and staff held a productive meeting with deputy minister for agriculture and fisheries Rebecca Evans on union president Emyr Jones’s farm near Bala yesterday (August 28).

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Thursday 28 August 2014

United Kingdom

BGS Grassland Farmer of the Year Competition 2014 Final Round Judging Completed

The judges of the BGS Grassland Farmer of the Year Award criss-crossed the UK last week (18-22 August), visiting the three 2014 finalists at their farms in Wales, Northern Ireland and on the Isle of Man.

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United Kingdom

Lockerbie North Country Cheviots sale attracting UK-wide interest

Growth in popularity of the hardy North Country Cheviot sheep is attracting major interest for the breed’s main annual sale next month.

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United Kingdom

Pig Industry Biosecurity Seminars

BPEX is holding a series of biosecurity seminars as the industry faces ever growing threats from African Swine Fever and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhoea

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Wednesday 27 August 2014

United Kingdom

Hunter Crowned Champion of Champions at Glendale Show

Quality livestock entry at heart of 122nd Northumberland agricultural showcase A spectacular show of quality livestock culminated with the overall horse champion being crowned Champion of Champions at the 122nd Glendale Show.

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United Kingdom

New Winemaker appointed at Plumpton College

Peter Morgan is retiring after 10 very successful years as winemaker at Plumpton College, the UK’s centre of excellence in wine education, training and research. The search for his replacement was world-wide, but ultimately, the best candidate was already based in England, being the assistant winemaker at the acclaimed Camel Valley estate in Cornwall.

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Tuesday 26 August 2014

United Kingdom

Full package on offer at Sheep Health and Welfare Conference 2014

Cutting edge practical information, plenty of content from producers working in the field and interactive sessions to ensure delegates get their views across.

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United Kingdom

Swires bag back-to-back Craven Dairy Auction championships

Back-to-back championships were bagged at Skipton Auction Mart’s main August Craven Dairy Auction by commercial breeders, father and son Malcolm and Robert Swires, of Haverah Park, Beckwithshaw. (Mon, Aug 25)

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Friday 22 August 2014

United Kingdom

CLA urges the public to ‘stop using dangerous sky lanterns’

The CLA today (21 August) responded to the newly announced code of practice for sky lanterns by calling on the public to refrain from using them.

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United Kingdom

Local Farmers Sons Starts Rural Career

It has just been announced that Matthew Wallace has been appointed as a Graduate Surveyor at the Carlisle office of H&H Land and Property. Having completed both work experience and his placement year with the company, Matthew’s ambition to work within the industry and for the company is finally cemented.

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United Kingdom

Mule wethers in strong demand at Skipton

CCM Skipton’s fortnightly sale of store lambs saw an increased entry of 6,828 head sell at an overall average of £55.69 per head, up £1.27 on the previous year’s corresponding fixture. (Wed, Aug 20)

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United Kingdom

The importance of proper insurance for farm buildings

Farmers are being urged to check that their buildings are properly insured after changes to planning regulations, which mean their current policies may be inadequate to cover possible losses.

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Thursday 21 August 2014

United Kingdom

CLA says new Code of Practice effectively bans sky lanterns

The CLA says that a new code of practice intended to ensure the responsible sale and safe use of sky lanterns fails to address the fact that lanterns carrying naked flames cannot be controlled. But, says the Association, the code contains so many restrictions on their use that it effectively bans their launch anywhere in the UK.

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United Kingdom

Octogenarian is feeling just champion at Skipton gimmer shearling highlight

Skipton Auction Mart’s high profile opening gimmer shearling show and sale attracted a quality turnout of 4,019 sheep, over 600 up on the previous year, with solid trade much in line with expectations producing an overall selling average of £150.05 per head, an increase of £7.53 on 2013. (Tuesday, Aug 19)

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United Kingdom

Unique Yorkshire Tipple for summer - county's only distillery producing superb gin

There's a unique Yorkshire tipple ideal for the long summer evenings that is proving a growing favourite with connoisseurs of the finest artisan spirits.

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Wales

Volunteers needed for FUW Wales Coast Path challenge

Farmers’ Union of Wales members and friends are planning to cover all 871 miles of the Wales Coast Path during a huge sponsored walk to raise funds for children’s hospice charities Tŷ Hafan and Tŷ Gobaith.

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Wednesday 20 August 2014

USA

USA - Verdesian Life Sciences, Mitsui Chemicals Agro and Hokusan Announce Licensing Agreement

Mitsui Chemicals Agro, Inc. (MCAG), and Hokusan Co., Ltd. (HOK), announced the signing of an exclusive licensing agreement allowing Verdesian Life Sciences global access to its patented technology for suppressing mycotoxin contamination in wheat and barley, a significant problem for growers.

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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

Contract finishing offers way into pigs

Over 100 visitors to an open day on a Suffolk farm learned how contract finishing has given an enterprising young man a kick-start back into pig farming.

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United Kingdom

Digital hits all day

UK farmers are leading the forefront of using digital information technology to help every day decisions. Results of a new survey by Syngenta highlighted 64% of the farming community in the UK now have a smartphone with internet connection, compared to an average of 53% across the EU.

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United Kingdom

New record price, as rearing calf ‘kings’ strike again at Skipton

A mart record price of £700 was established at Skipton Auction Mart’s summer rearing calf show and sale, which produced tremendous trade not seen since Spring. (Mon, Aug 18)

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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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United Kingdom

The Importance of Proper Insurance for Farm Buildings

Farmers are being urged to check that their buildings are properly insured after changes to planning regulations, which mean their current policies may be inadequate to cover possible losses.

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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

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

The UK has published genetic indexes for dairy sires this month along with much of the rest of the world, and the Cogent stud – a leading player in cattle genetics - has come through with flying colours.

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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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