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Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland Farmers and growers in England can apply for up to £500,000 in government funding from today, January 19, to invest in cutting edge robotics and technology to boost food production. The application window for the new Improving Farm Productivity scheme – worth £25 million in total – will remain open for eight weeks, closing on March 16. The funding is the latest installment of the Farming Investment Fund, an umbrella fund which opened in November...
Written by Justin Roberts from Agriland We have reached a point in tractor evolution where those models in the 100-150hp bracket are now termed utility tractors, or they are by Kubota at least. The company has a point, The average power of tractors now sold is well over 100hp and at least one manufacturer claims its biggest selling model is 170hp. Having 100 horses available in a general purpose tractor for common tasks around the yard hardly seems excessive nowadays, and the Kubota...
Written by John Swire from Farm Business The all new Agribuggy from McConnel features a new Stage-V compliant Cummins engine, heavier-duty drivetrain and larger 3000-litres capacity spray tank for greater performance, durability, and output. With a ground pressure of just 8psi when the 3000-litre capacity tank is fully filled, the new Agribuggy AB30 remains the market leading light-footed sprayer that allow growers to confidently treat crops in challenging ground conditions and allows for...
Written by William Kellett from Agriland ADAMA Agricultural Solutions UK has appointed Ben Miles as the company’s new managing director. Miles joins ADAMA from BASF where he was the head of marketing for the UK and Ireland. Prior to this he worked as BASF’s Head of Customer Strategy and as the company’s AgSolutions Manager. Ben has also held roles with Syngenta in Australasia where he was Marketing Head and Head of Cereals and SeedCare. Miles is a graduate of Liverpool John Moores...
Written by William Kellett from Agriland BlasCymru/TasteWales 2021 has already helped identify an estimated £14 million in new and potential business deals for Welsh food and drink businesses, according to initial feedback. The event which took place in October at the ICCW in Newport provided an opportunity to showcase food and drink from Wales. More than 100 food and drink businesses from Wales took part with 21 of these being established during the Covid pandemic. In total, 1,695...
Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland One man died and several people were injured after their vehicle and trailer fell into a river when a bridge collapsed in Lancashire yesterday (Tuesday, January 18). There were eleven people in the vehicle – a Polaris Ranger – and trailer altogether. Detective Inspector Kirsty Wyatt, of Lancashire Police said: Police were called to the Moor Lane area in Roeburndale following report of a serious accident on a farm around 4.25p.m. Ambulance crews...
Written by Rubina Freiberg from Agriland Global Dairy Trade (GDT) held its 300th trading event today (Tuesday, January 18), which resulted in a 4.6% price index increase – its highest mark in eight years. The latest price index figure following today’s event stands at 1,397 up from 1,336 at the last event held on January 4, 2022. The index is the highest in eight years since it reached 1,404 in March 2014. The GDT price index is calculated from the total quantity sold in an event across...
Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland The UK government has been called on to “play an active part” in the implementation of a new Peatland Strategy for Northern Ireland. In the House of Lords today (Tuesday, January18), Ulster Unionist peer Lord Rogan asked Environment Minister Lord Goldsmith if the UK department of agriculture could play a part. “Is there scope for Defra (The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) to play an active part in the formulation of this...
Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland Animal Health and Welfare NI (AHWNI) has confirmed that additional Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) control measures are likely to be required shortly for farmers from Northern Ireland exporting breeding cattle, or cattle to be finished, to the Republic of Ireland. These measures have been introduced in EU legislation to promote the competitiveness and trading of animals by preventing and eradicating specific animal diseases, including BVD. The...
Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) is indicating that the new suckler payment for Northern Ireland will be set between £140 and £160/cow. This figure has been arrived at on the back of the suckler support scheme, recently proposed by agriculture minister Edwin Poots, having an annual budget of £40 million. It is thought that a payment of this size would help stabilise suckler numbers across Northern Ireland. Beef support measures The UFU is also...
Written by William Kellett from Agriland Lidl GB has announced that it will be taking the environmental standards of its fresh produce suppliers to the next level of sustainability excellence through the LEAF Marque environmental assurance scheme. The move will see its entire British fresh produce supplier base achieving LEAF Marque certification by the end of 2023. LEAF Marque is a leading global environmental assurance system, run by global farming organisation LEAF (Linking Environment...
Written by Aisling O'Brien from Agriland Several inmates in a US prison have filed a lawsuit claiming that they were deceived into taking ivermectin as a treatment for Covid-19. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has not approved any form of the anti-parasitic medication to treat Covid-19. The American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas (ACLU) recently filed a federal lawsuit against Washington County Detention Centre, Washington county sheriff, Tim Helder and Dr. Robert Karas, who...
Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland AgriSearch, the Agri-food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) and the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) are joining forces to hold two Fertiliser Planning webinars on Wednesday, January 26, at 8:00p.m (dairy) and Monday, January 31, also at 8:00p.m. (beef and sheep). The webinar on January 26, will be targeted to dairy farmers and the webinar on January 31, will be for beef and sheep farmers. AgriSearch has commissioned AFBI to...
Written by Agriland Team from Agriland Northern Ireland’s food industry leaders have called on the Northern Ireland Executive to publish the Independent Strategic Review of the NI Agri-Food Sector at the earliest opportunity. In April 2021, Ministers Diane Dodds and Edwin Poots launched the review, led by former National Farmers Union president Sir Peter Kendall, to consider the challenges and opportunities facing the industry. Nick Whelan, Chair, Northern Ireland Food and Drink...
Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland Many milk producers believe that the carbon footprint of Jersey cows is low, relative to that achieved by production animals from other breeds. However, UK Jersey Cattle Breed Society chairman Mark Logan believes it would be appropriate to have these assertions independently verified. Logan is farm manager at Clandeboye Estate in Co. Down. He explained: “Having a sense of something and proving it are two entirely different things. “The role of...
Written by John Swire from Farm Business Heifer rearing still represents a major cost to dairy farmers and has a significant impact on overall herd performance and profitability. To help improve the efficiency of heifer rearing, Trouw Nutrition GB has joined forces with the University of Nottingham to present a series of three LifeStart webinars focusing on the challenges faced when rearing calves, including advice based on the latest research available and practical on farm examples...
Written by Justin Roberts from Agriland Bringing electrical power to off-road vehicles is proving somewhat problematic, yet EMotive is one company that is preparing to take a bold step forward towards this goal. The company has developed a six-wheeled ATV that has a gross weight of up to 12t, with the stated purpose providing an electrically powered alternative to the Unimog. Off the shelf EV design Although the vehicle has been developed by the Devon-based company, it will not be...
Written by William Kellett from Agriland James Buchanan joined NFU Scotland this week, taking on the newly created role of national operations manager. He will be responsible for leading, managing, and co-ordinating the outputs of the regional team and group secretaries so that the visibility of the union is maximised, engagement with members is strong, and regional structures run smoothly. Buchanan joins NFU Scotland from SAC Consulting, where he worked as an Agricultural Consultant and...
Written by William Kellett from Agriland Beavers could make an important contribution to improving the condition of Scotland’s rivers, including helping to improve water quality and limiting the effects of drought. The positive role they can play in water resource management, as well as in creating habitat, carbon sequestration and river restoration, is highlighted in a report produced by scientists at the University of Aberdeen and the James Hutton Institute. They have collated evidence...
Written by John Swire from Farm Business As concentrate prices hold strong and livestock farmers push stock harder on homegrown feeds, nutritional shortfalls in forage needs to be addressed for breeding stock, says Dr Alison Bond, nutritionist for Rumenco. “Throughout the winter feeding period, the key ration ingredient will almost always be some kind of forage, whether it be grazing, silage or hay,” explains Dr Bond. Typically the most cost effective feed source, forage has nutritional...

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