1. News
    Created by News
    May 23, 2018 at 9:46 PM

    Make an offer is back! Another chance to grab a deal.

    If you love a great deal they've put another 6 machines on make an offer. These machines will be on "make an offer" until next Wednesday and will go to the highest offer submitted before then. Here's your chance to pick up a bargain!

    It's simple:

    Choose a machine from those below
    Submit your offer on the Ellis Machinery Website here
    Wait until next Wednesday to see if you were successful!

    Good hydraulic folding crosskill rolls, new bearings, good rings

    RRP £3650


    2.1M ROTOR BUCKET 11009278
    2.1M wide, like new, ideal for silage

    RRP £1950


    STRIMECH 1.5M SHEARGRAB 11009400

    Good sheargrab, Manitou brackets, 700mm tines

    RRP £1100
  2. Rock and Roll Farming RSS
    Created by Rock and Roll Farming RSS
    May 23, 2018 at 9:02 AM

    064 Farming, Bagpipes, & History

    Written by

    Tonight I'm heading for the very first time to the Great White North, to Canada! Or to Endiang, in Southern Alberta to be exact, to talk to cattle and crop farmer, Stuart Somerville @Stuthefarmer

    We talk about the prairies where he lives, and the kind of farming people are doing in that area, and some of the challenges they face there, including coyotes, cougars, plagues of gophers, and drought.

    We discuss Stu's 4th generation farming operation which stretches to 4000ac of barley and canola, and calving 350 head of Maine-Anjou Cattle this year

    We go into his early career, and why he chose to be school teacher for several years, before eventually returning to the family farm and starting a family.

    We discuss his plans to be 'a proper cattleman', and what that really means, and how he wants to replace as much of the tractor and quad work as much as possible with horses going forward.

    We also talk about bagpipes! Stu's been playing them since he was 7 years old, and has played at the world pipe band championships in Scotland in 2004.

    We also discuss how he ran for Parliament twice in '08 and '10, how he's trying to put something back into the industry by getting involved with the Alberta Beef Producers as a delegate, as well as talking about social media, and what he loves about it, and also how sometimes he wants to...
  3. The Guardian RSS
    Created by The Guardian RSS
    May 23, 2018 at 1:12 AM

    Specieswatch: fighting pollen beetles in the margins

    Written by Paul Brown

    With insect numbers falling because of pesticides, natural controls are being sought for a pest threatening valuable oilseed rape crops

    One of the pests that troubles British farmers is the pollen beetle, Meligethes aeneus, which is particularly fond of yellow flowers and is a menace to oil seed rape. On some plants it is a beneficial pollinator, but on oilseed rape it destroys the plant’s ability to produce the all-important seed.

    Related: Our wildlife can be saved – but only with political will | Letters

    Continue reading...

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    … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading the Guardian than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism takes a...
  4. News
    Created by News
    May 22, 2018 at 9:47 PM

    More than 300 UK farmers have signed up to Arla’s new R500 program, which the company said will help ‘future-proof’ their farms and increase resilience to the impact of volatile milk prices.

    Read more here...
  5. News
    Created by News
    May 22, 2018 at 9:43 PM

    The events are part of AHDB’s Farm Excellence work to help industry prepare for the challenges ahead.

    They include meetings hosted at Strategic Farms, Monitor Farms, Horticulture Centres and more, and are designed for farmers to learn from each other in an independent, locally-relevant setting.

    Susannah Bolton, AHDB Director of Knowledge Exchange, said: “The events give farmers and growers the chance to discuss common challenges and see new ideas in action. We hope attendees will leave with one change to try at home, whether that be adopting benchmarking to manage their costs or considering investment in a new product or practice.”

    The lowdown:

    • 2 Horticulture Centres

    • 12 Challenge Sheep events

    • 17 Strategic Farms (Beef & Lamb, Cereals & Oilseeds, Dairy, Pork and Potatoes)

    • 27 Monitor Farms

    Geographically the spread is huge, stretching from Cornwall to Shetland, Northern Ireland and East Anglia, and includes collaboration with other organisations such as Quality Meat Scotland (QMS).

    Karen Halton, who hosts a Dairy Strategic Farm at Chance Hall Farm in Cheshire, explained why she wanted to get involved with the initiative. “We are passionate and proud of what we do. We are open and honest and not afraid to share our journey so far to help others and also to learn more from fellow farmers and professionals in the industry.”

    AHDB is investing £2 million in knowledge exchange activities in 2018/19. Years of experience have shown that farmers...
  6. AHDB Potatoes RSS
    Created by AHDB Potatoes RSS
    May 22, 2018 at 5:42 PM

    New guide highlights livestock opportunities for arable farmers

    Written by Stuart.Baxter@ahdb.org.uk

    The numerous opportunities for collaboration between arable and livestock enterprises have been highlighted in a new guide issued by AHDB.

    With both the economic and environmental sustainability of UK farming systems under the microscope, the ‘Livestock and the arable rotation’ guide looks to inspire farmers to work together for mutual benefit.

    The guide covers the extensive opportunities available, including the grazing of arable land, growing crops for silage or hay and arranging muck-for-straw deals.

    Release Date:
    Tue, 05/22/2018

    Continue reading more on the ADHB Potatoes Website...
  7. News
    Created by News
    May 21, 2018 at 9:34 PM

    With the 2018 ‘slug pellet season’ rapidly approaching, Adama is once again providing free placebo pellets to enable growers to calibrate their spreaders without the need to use live slug baiting pellets.

    As farmers gear up towards the new season of slug pellet applications, it is important to ensure that all applicable spreading machinery is properly tested and calibrated: not only will this ensure slug pellets are applied accurately and evenly across the desired spreading width, it will also ensure applications are made in line with the relevant spreading guidelines and buffer zone regulations.

    To enable spreaders to be calibrated and set-up correctly without the need to use live slug baiting pellets, Adama is providing a limited amount of placebo pellets: these ‘dummy’ pellets are a perfect copy of Adama’s Gusto 3, Carakol and Enzo metaldehyde-based slug pellets, but whilst they replicate the ballistic characteristics of these ‘live’ products, they don’t contain any active ingredient.

    The placebo pellets are available in very limited quantities and will be distributed to growers on a first come, first served basis: to apply for a FREE 5kg bag of dummy pellets go to https://uk.campaigns.adama.com/free-placebo-slug-pellets

  8. Cap Reform.eu
    Created by Cap Reform.eu
    May 22, 2018 at 4:42 PM

    The CAP and its limited effect on development

    Written by Bettina Rudloff

    Dr Bettina Rudloff of the Stiftung Wissenschaft und Politik / German Institute for International and Security Affairs and Michael Brüntrup of the Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik / German Development Institute recently published a joint briefing paper on the implications of CAP reform for development. Their paper is available in English to download here, and they have contributed the following abstract.

    For a long time the CAP has been accused of causing damage to developing countries. However, several reforms have limited these risks to a handful of issues. Especially further coupling and the missing internalization of costs related to climate and the environment are the remaining risks for developing countries.

    Other risks can arise due to the complex interplay of the CAP with other policies like trade or energy policy, which is relevant for biofuel or soy imports. Such risks can only be partly addressed by CAP reform, i.e. not to extend coupling. Other solutions refer to mitigation through development policy or possible trade protection by developing countries.

    To address these approaches linked to different policy spheres, a better and more...
  9. The Guardian RSS
    Created by The Guardian RSS
    May 22, 2018 at 11:12 AM

    Landmark lawsuit claims Monsanto hid cancer danger of weedkiller for decades

    Written by Carey Gillam

    In June, a California groundskeeper will make history by taking company to trial on claims it suppressed harm of Roundup

    At the age of 46, DeWayne Johnson is not ready to die. But with cancer spread through most of his body, doctors say he likely has just months to live. Now Johnson, a husband and father of three in California, hopes to survive long enough to make Monsanto take the blame for his fate.

    On 18 June, Johnson will become the first person to take the global seed and chemical company to trial on allegations that it has spent decades hiding the cancer-causing dangers of its popular Roundup herbicide products – and his case has just received a major boost.

    Related: Monsanto says its pesticides are safe. Now, a court wants to see the proof | Carey Gillam

    Monsanto does not want the truth about Roundup and cancer to become public

    Related: Weedkiller found in granola and crackers, internal FDA emails show...
  10. The Guardian RSS
    Created by The Guardian RSS
    May 22, 2018 at 8:32 AM

    Liberal MPs defy Malcolm Turnbull over live export industry

    Written by Katharine Murphy Political editor

    Russell Broadbent says live exports is ‘white hot’ political issue and a vote changer

    A group of Liberal MPs have defied Malcolm Turnbull and expressed significant concern about the live export industry after the prime minister used the Coalition party room meeting as an opportunity to rebuke the architect of a private members bill banning the sheep trade.

    Malcolm Turnbull observed during Tuesday’s regular meeting of MPs that the government had a “good system” where backbenchers were able to raise their concerns with the relevant portfolio minister – which was an implicit smack down of a decision by Liberal Sussan Ley to break ranks and bring forward a private member’s bill banning live sheep exports.

    Related: Shocking live export conditions not uncommon, animal rights groups say...