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    Nov 19, 2018 at 7:02 PM

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    Pottinger has issued an updated guide to tyre choice and use for agricultural implements, including its own balers and forage wagons.

    The guide sets out to show the effect of tyre size and inflation pressure on resultant ground pressure and, hence, the extent to which the soil may be damaged.

    A company spokesperson explained: “For the sustainable maintenance of soil fertility and the performance of the soil as a natural resource, it is necessary to keep vehicle weight as low as possible and offer the largest-diameter tyres possible for each model.

    ‘Surface area’

    “This enables the load to be distributed as evenly as possible. The larger the surface area of ground contact, the better the retention of the soil structure.”


    Pottinger cites the example of a Torro Combiline with an axle load of 10t and fitted with 800/45 R26.5 tyres. This creates a minimum pressure on the road of 1.6 bar and a ground pressure in the field of 1.66kg/cm².

    When shod with smaller 710/45 R22.5 tyres, these figures increase to 2.6 bar on the road and 2.2kg/cm² in the field.

    Rolling resistance

    Drawing on data provided by the Southwest Falia Agricultural College in Soest, Germany, the...
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    Nov 19, 2018 at 6:02 PM

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    Thugs attacked several sheep and goats belonging to a Hampshire farm yesterday afternoon (November 18).

    The incident has come as a shock locally as the animals targetted at Old Bells Farm in Hordle are also used as therapy animals for disabled children and adults.

    The vandals are thought to have some the can of antiseptic purple spray as they entered the field in Hordle.

    The spray was then used to abuse several sheep and goats, with some animals left almost completely covered in the dye. The aerosol was also sprayed into the anus and vulva of one of the goats.


    Those responsible also painted crude phallic symbols on trees around the farm and graffitied the names ‘Lez’ ‘Darren’ and ‘Chris W’ on wooden hurdles.

    A spokesman for Hampshire Police confirmed officers were investigating the incident.

    He said: “We are investigating a criminal damage incident involving farm animals which took place this weekend.

    “Between 11:30am and 4:30pm on Sunday, November 18, nine animals, including goats and sheep, were covered in purple spray....
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    Nov 19, 2018 at 5:32 PM

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    Pichon – the French-based machinery manufacturer – has been put into receivership.

    The development happened at the Commercial Court of Rennes. This means that Pichon SAS – to refer to it by its full trading name – will now enter a six-month “renewable observation period”, during which time a buyer will be sought.

    The company GiLiBERT Industries, a manufacturer of trailers and muck spreaders taken over by Pichon in 2015, is now officially liquidated.

    Pichon built a new 22,000m² factory in 2015 (in Landivisiau, Finistere). This, along with the purchase of GiLiBERT Industries, is believed to have led to the financial difficulties now being experienced by the company.

    Ironically, equipment sales at the company have reportedly been on the rise for the past two years.


    According to the company, the main objective now is to “keep the factory going under the best possible conditions, while finding a new buyer that could quickly ensure the future of the Pichon brand”.


    A statement indicated that “an official administrator will help in the search for such a...
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    Nov 19, 2018 at 3:32 PM

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    A farm worker has escaped with serious injuries after he was trapped beneath a tractor in Burland, Cheshire on Saturday (November 17).

    Emergency services were called at around 10:40am and remained on-scene for an hour and 20 minutes as they carefully worked to free the man.

    A combination of farm machinery, airbags and timber cribbing was used in the operation.

    Two fire engines from Crewe and Nantwich attended as well as the major rescue unit from Winsford and ambulance service paramedics.

    The man had suffered serious injuries and, once freed, he was passed into the care of the ambulance service and taken to hospital.

    Farm-related incidents

    It comes less than a week after the latest Northern Irish farm accident figures were released.

    Farm-related fatalities increased by one with seven deaths and construction fatalities remained unchanged with three fatalities in 2017-18 as in the previous year.

    HSENI’s acting chief executive Bryan Monson said: “Farming still has a poor safety record, with seven deaths compared to six the previous year.

    “Any one of the four main causes – Slurry, Animals, Falls and Equipment – can cause a serious injury or farm death. Sadly in 2017-18, we are still seeing too many accidents of all types on farms,” Monson explained.

    Many of the risks encountered can be minimised by taking a...​
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    Nov 19, 2018 at 1:22 PM

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    Dairy products are the most sought-after foods by Irish shoppers looking for bargains in Northern Ireland, according to a major consumer data firm.

    The statistics from Kantar Worldpanel show that, of the total €64.5 million spent by shoppers from the Republic in the north over the last 12 months, 5.9% went towards dairy products.

    This may not seem overly impressive, but the spend on dairy was, in fact, the second-highest for any product type, with only alcohol making up a larger share – a whopping 25%.

    These figures show that cross-border trade, from November last year until now, has been at it’s highest level in five years.

    The fall in the value of sterling is the reason for Irish people venturing north in greater numbers this past year, according to Douglas Faughnan, consumer insights director at Kantar Worldpanel, which also means benefits for those spending in the republic as well.

    “The cost of importing products to Ireland from Britain has fallen, while goods made in Ireland with British ingredients have typically been cheaper to produce,” he said.

    This has allowed retailers to pass savings on to their customers – vital in such a competitive market – and as a result grocery prices in Ireland have, for the most part, been falling since March 2017.

    However, the bargain prices for Irish shoppers travelling north may...
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    Nov 19, 2018 at 1:22 PM

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    Direct drilling of tillage crops is now a well established practice. Claydon has focused on developing the principle further by combining it with strip seeding to create a series of machines based on what it refers to as the ‘OptiTill’ system.

    It is are adding a further drill to the range next year. Known as the OptiTill T6c, it is a 6m drill built around the 4m T4 chassis. It is to be launched at LAMMA 2019 (in the UK).

    Jeff Claydon, founder and CEO of Claydon Drills, explained:

    The new T6c is over 20% lighter and more compact than our standard T6, which was designed for larger farms and contractors who can make full use of its 5,500L hopper capacity.

    He added: “The T6c combines the high output of a 6m seeding platform with the nimble handling characteristics and maneuverability of our 4m T4 trailed drill, on which it is based.”


    The company believes that the new drill is capable of drilling around 45ha per day behind a 300hp tractor.

    The T6c is carried on the lower link arms and features a fully-floating seeding chassis – that follows field contours.

    It apparently does this regardless of the weight in the hopper, which is carried on a separate frame...
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    Nov 19, 2018 at 12:52 PM

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    One of the UK’s biggest farmer-owned buying groups Fram Farmers Group has reported record results at its Annual General Meeting on November 15, 2018.

    During the financial year to June 30, 2018, Fram Farmers achieved its highest-ever annual turnover, £195 million. The figure was up £16 million on the year before.

    Fram Farmers

    Formed by 23 local farmers in Framlingham, Suffolk in 1960, Fram Farmers remains a not-for-profit farmer-owned cooperative and enables members to obtain best value from the supply chain.

    Still based in the town, it now provides the purchasing, grain marketing and administrative function for more than 1,200 farming businesses who collectively farm over 270,000ha throughout the UK.

    Headline figures

    Over the year, purchasing turnover increased by 11.3% and included organic growth of 8% – something the group claims reflects the fact that members trusted the cooperative with an increasing percentage of their business.

    Fram Farmers’ pre-tax operating profits increased to £201,000 (compared to an £87,000 deficit in 2016-2017).

    Framtrade Ltd, the Group’s wholly-owned retail subsidiary which supplies oil and gas products to over 4,000 members of the public and small businesses, had an exceptional year, recording a pre-tax operating profit of £464,309 – an increase...
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    Nov 19, 2018 at 11:22 AM

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    The Ulster Farmers’ Union says it is disappointed that another farming family has been left to deal with the aftermath of dog attacks.

    UFU deputy president, Victor Chestnutt said Northern Ireland urgently needs changes to its livestock worrying legislation.

    “This is a growing problem, and something needs to be done,” he said.

    The comments were made after seven sheep were killed by dogs in Carrickfergus on November 8, 2018. The dogs hounded the sheep through the night before brutally attacking them.

    Earlier this month, a pedigree flock of lambs in Angus was also attacked leading NFU Scotland to push the issue.

    Chestnutt said: “Dog owners must take responsibility for their pets. It is not acceptable for dogs to be allowed to roam the countryside freely.

    “When dogs get together in a pack they can be ruthless when to innocent, defenceless animals like sheep.

    There is a consensus amongst dog owners that their pet dog would not engage in such attacks, however, I would urge dog owners to remember that the desire to hunt and chase is part of any dog’s natural instinct.

    With reports of livestock worrying in Northern Ireland claimed to be at an all-time high, Chestnutt said the issue is a significant concern for UFU members.

    “No farmer...
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    Nov 19, 2018 at 9:12 AM

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    The hot summer, and England’s impressive showing at the World Cup, are being cited as causes for a large increase in the amount of people barbecuing this year.

    Burgers and bangers were the big winners though, together featuring in 40% of all barbecues in 2018; burgers saw sales increase 14.4%, while sales for the sausages rose by 5.1%, for the purpose of barbecuing.

    These are the findings of the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) which is conducting research into consumer trends over the year.

    It found that, all-in-all, 35% more barbecues took place this year than last, thanks to the weather and the performance of Harry Kane and co.

    Generally, consumers splashed out more for barbies than they otherwise would have done, with spending for the occasions rising 7% in 2018, and all supermarket chains getting a piece of the pie.

    Aldi, in particular, performed well, seeing an increase of 14% in barbecue food sales.

    Ironically, the good performance of red meats for special occasions is not, itself, a cause for celebration.

    Barbecues make up only 0.4% of all meals, and in general, sales of beef, lamb and pork were down last year, according to consumer insights company Kantar Worldpanel.

    “When it comes to innovation, it is important to focus beyond barbecue occasions as it makes up only a small percentage of total meal...
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    Nov 19, 2018 at 9:02 AM

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    After 22 years showing cattle at the English Winter Fair, two Derbyshire farmers have finally won their first championship.

    Stripe, a British Blue cross, claimed the Supreme Champion title for Andrew Dickinson and Lisa Powdrill in front of a packed crowd at the Staffordshire County Showground.

    The 17-month-old heifer was bred by Bainbridge Brothers of Marrick Abbey, Swaledale, and bought by Mr Dickinson – of Mackworth Village near Derby – at Leyburn market.

    It beat Fancy That, a Limousin cross heifer from Phil Sellers of Thorpe Tilney in Lincolnshire, which was awarded the Reserve Champion title.

    Mr Dickinson said: “It was my dad who picked it out at the market. We knew she was special but to come here and beat the other fantastic cattle on show is amazing, we’re over the moon.”

    Another British Blue-X-Limousin, Sparks, won the Baby Beef championship for NE Slack from Cumbria while EH Pennie & Son took the National Pedigree Calf Show title back to Powys for their August 2017-born British Blue heifer Sarkley Minellie.

    Entries were up by 10% on last year’s event with more than 300 cattle paraded through the ring in a busy two days of judging.

    Richard Williams, chief executive of the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society, which organises the show, said: “We’ve seen exhibitors and visitors from across the UK come to experience the quality...