Two New Holland tractors have arrived at Bicton College.
They are being leased rather than bought from C R Willcocks. This will enable the college to keep up-to-date tractors in the fleet, allowing students to be familiar with leading-edge agricultural equipment during their course.
It will also allow for more regular updating of the fleet than through outright purchase of tractors.
The tractors will be used by a range of students studying land-based subjects.
The British Limousin Cattle Society, the nation's largest beef-breed society, will take on the responsibility for data collection and the provision of performance-recording services to pedigree Limousin breeders from April next year.
The service had previously been undertaken by Signet Breeding Services.
William Wallis has joined the Greenslade Taylor Hunt agricultural agency and professional team based at Yeovil.
A farmer's son from Ansty, near Dorchester, he has been very much involved in the design and development of his family's farm shop, caravan park, and growing and selling of Christmas trees.
A graduate of Harper Adams College, he previously worked for Rendells auctioneers based in Chagford.
A special day for farmers and smallholders wanting to diversify into small-scale cider production or juicing is being staged by the Rural Business School at Duchy College this Saturday.
It takes place at Killibury, Egloshayle, near Wadebridge, starting at 10am, and aims to explain the theoretical and practical process, including equipment, apple varieties, legal requirements and storage. More details are available on 0845 458 7485.
Somerset farmer James Hawthorne, aged 45, from Bishop Lydeard, touched new heights last week when he reached the summit of Africa's highest mountain following a gruelling six-day charity trek.
Mr Hawthorne was part of a seven-strong team from the NFU which put itself through the punishing Kilimanjaro Challenge to raise funds for Farm Africa.
The UK charity works to end hunger in Africa, not through food aid, but by providing the skills and know-how to help African farmers farm their continent out of famine.
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