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Written by Charlotte Cunningham from CPM Magazine CPM is thrilled to announce the appointment of Melanie Jenkins as a staff arable technical journalist, commencing on 18th November. “Mel’s appointment is excellent news for CPM, bringing award-winning writing skills, media experience and a deep enthusiasm for the farming industry,” said CPM consultant editor, Charles Abel. “It’s a further example of Kelsey’s investment plans for the title, all geared to maintaining editorial quality and...
Written by Charlotte Cunningham from CPM Magazine The UK Soil Health Initiative (UKSHi) has produced a series of guides for farmers and growers seeking advice on soil health and husbandry. Launched last week on a World Earthworm Day, the guides focus on the key practical points farmers can do to improve soil health on-farm and have been developed by bringing together the UK’s top academics and practitioners. There are six guides available, covering different farming systems: Upland...
‘We’re all climate journalists now’: how the weather took over everything Written by John Collingridge, Alex Needham, Dan Milmo, Fiona Shields, Jess Cartner-Morley, Mark Oliver, Tim Lusher, Liz Ford, Tanya Aldred and Dominic Rushe from the Guardian From the business section to the food magazine, Guardian editors are becoming focused on one dominant story Once upon a time, it was really only environment journalists who covered the climate crisis. At the Guardian, this is rapidly changing...
Written by William Kellett from Agriland Year 11 pupils from across the southwest are being invited to explore a world of opportunities at a top rural college during the first open event of the term next month. Potential students and their families can discover more about the wide range of full-time courses, degrees and apprenticeships on offer at Bicton College – an organisation which has a national reputation for some of the finest training and preparation for careers outdoors. The...
Australia’s workforce shortage: ‘never a better time to be applying for a job’, experts say Written by Peter Hannam from the Guardian Post-lockdown recovery has workers well placed to cash in on labour shortages by demanding higher wages Get our free news app; get our morning email briefing When Jan McKenzie first heard Guardian Australia journalists had arrived without notice at her Cafe Sydney restaurant on a frantic Friday afternoon, her first question in jest was, “can they wait...
Written by William Kellett from Agriland The Environment Agency has launched a six month consultation on the statutory review of the draft River Basin Management Plans (RBMPs) which sets out how organisations, stakeholders and communities will work together to improve the water environment over the next six years. River Basin Management Plans play a key role in the government’s 25-year environment plan for 75% of waters to be as close to their natural state as soon as is practicable. They...
Sartorialâs resilience powers it to top spot in wheat variety trial Excellent establishment and impressive early vigour helped Sartorial winter wheat top the yield stakes in Agrovistas recently harvested variety trial at Kelso in the Scottish Borders. Sartorial achieved a treated yield of 11.55t/ha, beating 22 other recommended and candidate varieties in the trial. The nearest competitor was 0.19t/ha adrift and 18 varieties yielded significantly less than Sartorial, with the best...
Written by William Kellett from Agriland The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) has said that next week’s Autumn Budget provides an opportunity for the government to showcase its commitment to British farming and demonstrate how it will increase food resilience at home, as well as developing markets for Britain’s climate friendly food across the world. In a pre-Budget submission to Chancellor Rishi Sunak, the NFU highlighted how, by investing in the nation’s food production system, the...
Written by Brian McDonnell from Agriland On a recent Volac ‘Feeding For Future’ webinar, Dr. Jessica Cooke spoke about maximising calf performance by increasing milk intakes at an early age. During the webinar the importance of the calves’ environment was highlighted, along with the benefit of automatic feeding systems on dairy farms. Calving at 24-months Dr. Cooke began by outlining research which has shown that calving heifers at 24-months offers many benefits to farmers...
Written by William Kellett from Agriland New research has revealed the fatality rate of economic activities worldwide, revealing agriculture workplace fatality rates in different countries. Health and safety consultants at Arinite have analysed the reported average workplace fatality rate per 100,000 workers across the globe to reveal the most dangerous countries and industries. In the UK, the most dangerous industry was agriculture, forestry and fishing, where workplace fatality rates...
Written by William Kellett from Agriland Machinery dealer Russell’s is celebrating its 100th year of serving the agricultural community by exhibiting two real show-stoppers at this year’s Midlands Machinery Show. The first is its carefully restored 1970s Russell 3D tractor, which will be shown alongside a special edition New Holland T6.180 – complete with bespoke centenary paintwork. The two eye-catching pieces of machinery will be on display at both the Midlands Machinery Show (November...
Written by Iain Hoey from Farm Business In a move to promote British-produced food ahead of Christmas, Red Tractor has launched a dedicated campaign to inform and persuade shoppers of the benefits of supporting the traceable, safe and farmed with care principles behind much of the food that they buy. The new campaign is heavily weighted towards digital, social channels and print media to reach time-poor consumers who shop keenly on price, with a targeted advertising approach that has...
Written by William Kellett from Agriland The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) is once again looking to recognise an individual who has made a great contribution towards the development of the dairy industry and has become an integral part of the dairy industry in Wales. To recognise such a person, the union is seeking nominations for its FUW Outstanding Service to the Welsh Dairy Industry award. The winner will be announced, and the presentation made, at this year’s Royal Welsh Winter Fair...
Written by Matt Hopkins from Precision Ag Financing will accelerate Commercialization of CIBO Enterprise, a platform that enables generation of carbon credits. The post CIBO Technologies Closes $30 Million in Series C Funding appeared first on PrecisionAg. Continue reading on the Precision Ag Website...
Price formation in the market for organic products Written by Alan Matthews The Dutch Authority for Consumers and Markets (ACM, the competition authority) has recently published the second of a series of reports intended to examine if there are market failures that would hinder the development towards sustainable agriculture. Both the 2020 Agro-Nutri Monitor and the 2021 Agro-Nutri Monitor contain an English language summary on which this post is based. The reports are based on research...
Bigger, better, more joined-up conservation on farms Written by Dr Robert Hawkes Credit:© Natural England/Des Sussex If you want to encourage more of the right wild plants and insects on a group of farms, what parts of your farm should you target to get the best results? This is the question conservation scientist Dr Robert Hawkes explored with colleagues from the University of East Anglia, the Breckland Farmers Wildlife Network and Defra. Back in early September, Esther Rosewarne...
Written by Bernie Commins from Agriland Northern Ireland’s dependence on agriculture will impede the region’s ability to reach net zero emissions by 2050, the chair of the UK Climate Change Committee has said. The Rt Hon Lord Deben was addressing the Institute of Directors’ (IoD) inaugural energy symposium, which took place virtually earlier today (Friday, October 22). He said Northern Ireland has “a real issue of emissions without the ease of sequestration, which some other parts of...
Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland British Veterinary Association (BVA) president, Justine Shotton, has highlighted the central role that veterinarians will play in delivering a more sustainable farming industry. Shotton spoke at the 2021 annual dinner hosted by the BVA in Northern Ireland during which she referred to the future framework strategy document, recently published by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) “BVA was pleased to see DAERA...
Written by Justin Roberts from Agriland A rapid widening of its embrace of digital technology would appear to be the current focus of Kubota. The company has recently announced that it has entered into a collaborative research agreement in the field of smart agriculture with Topcon Corporation and Topcon Positioning Systems Inc. In a statement, Kubota explains the rationale of the move: Kubota has been involved in agricultural machinery for many years, while Topcon, according to...
Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland According to Scotland-based research scientist, Jamie Robertson, much more can be done to improve the cleanliness and hygiene standards of calf-rearing units in the UK. He approaches this issue from the point of view that a wide range of pathogens can live in the general environment for many weeks and, in many cases, months. Robertson explained: “In the case of Mycoplasma bovis, we are talking up to 60 days. But where Cryptosporodium parvum...

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JCB Leccy Loadall (525-60E) on-test

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Now then everybody. This week (Oct 2021), we are trying out JCB's new electric-powered Loadall, the 525-60E. But before we get stuck into the machine, have you got any questions, or would like to know anything about the machine?
As you can imagine, we've got a shed load of questions with this machine; can it perform, how long does the battery last, how long does it take to charge, what do you need to charge it, the list goes on. So if you've got any questions like that, just let us know and we'll see what we can do. Then as we get stuck into the machine over the next week, we'll try and answer your questions.
The full review video, hopefully with a few questions answered, will then be out in a few weeks time on landpowertv.com
Cheers...
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