1. Agriland RSS
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    Jun 25, 2019 at 1:12 PM

    Written by Jim Breen

    Kemper has announced that it has established a strategic agreement with Scherer (based in the US) to offer kernel processors (corn crackers) and rolls for various brands of forage harvester.

    John Deere, which owns Kemper, has already been installing Scherer processors in its forage harvesters for the past year.


    Following on from this, Kemper is now taking over the distribution rights for Scherer kernel processors (and replacement rolls for other forage harvester brands) in Europe, the Far East, the Middle East, CIS states, Asia and South America.

    Scherer will apparently produce new processors in accordance with Kemper’s design specifications. All components will be manufactured in metric dimensions for Kemper, for example. The processors will be sold in Kemper’s brand color – under the product name ‘ProfiCracker’.

    The manufacturer claims that the so-called ‘ProfiCracker’ has “robust” rolls, shafts and bearings. Its ‘TwinCut’ surface (of the rolls) “ensures perfect processing even at long chop-lengths”.

    Moreover, the bearings are continuously lubricated with an oil mist and, thus, run cooler. Another special feature is temperature measurement to allow “continuous monitoring of bearings” and to warn the...
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    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:39 AM
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    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:32 AM

    ‘Natasha’s Law’ to protect allergy sufferers

    Written by Defra Press Office

    [​IMG]There has been widespread coverage today of our plans to introduce ‘Natasha’s Law’, which will require food businesses to include full ingredients labelling on pre-packaged foods directly for sale.

    BBC, Sky News, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail and others reported that the law will be introduced in a drive to protect the country’s two million food allergy sufferers following the tragic death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse, the teenager who died after suffering an allergic reaction to a Pret a Manger baguette.

    Under current laws, food prepared on the premises in which it is sold is not required to display allergen information in writing, meaning allergy sufferers sometimes lack confidence buying food out.

    The new legislation will tighten the rules by requiring foods...
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    Jun 25, 2019 at 11:32 AM

    Written by Rachel Martin

    Total exports for Scottish food and drink were worth £1.4 billion in the first quarter of the year as whisky and salmon continue to play vital role in UK’s exporting success.

    Food Minister David Rutley will celebrate the UK’s world-leading food and farming sector at the Royal Highland Show today, as new figures show Scottish food and drink exports achieved a record-breaking £1.4 billion of sales in the first quarter of 2019.

    Exports grew by 14% over the past year, driven by a surge in sales for Scotch whisky and salmon, the latest figures show.

    Through the Government’s ‘Food is GREAT’ campaign, Defra has helped drive exports of UK food and drink, opening new international markets and supporting British companies in their ambition to trade on a global-scale.

    Overall food and drink exports from Scotland reached £6.3 billion last year, with Scotch whisky accounting for three-quarters of this total.

    Food Minister David Rutley said: “British food and drink is highly sought after around the world, with Scottish whisky, salmon and gin playing a vital role in this exporting success.

    More people worldwide are placing greater importance on the quality and provenance of food and drink, and Scottish farmers and food producers are in an excellent position to benefit from this.

    “In the years ahead we can unlock new export markets...
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    Jun 25, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Written by Rachel Martin

    The pioneering American animal welfare scientist, bestselling author and autism spokesman Dr. Temple Grandin will share her unique insights into livestock handling and the benefits of good stockmanship at the BVA Congress in November.

    Dr. Grandin will speak at the 52nd Wooldridge Memorial Lecture during the congress, which is hosted at this year’s London Vet Show.

    In her lecture entitled ‘Improving Stockmanship and Welfare’, Dr. Grandin will present key learnings from her lifetime’s work on humane livestock handling:

    • How visual distractions make animals refuse to move through a handling facility;
    • The principle of the ‘flight zone’;
    • Point of balance principles for low-stress handling; and
    • The benefits of good stockmanship.

    She will also consider welfare assessments with an emphasis on animal-based outcome indicators and discuss the problems associated with over-selection for production traits.

    Dr. Grandin, a professor of Animal Science at Colorado State University and author of hundreds of publications on animal handling, has had a long and distinguished career that has had a major impact on the meat and livestock industries worldwide.

    Almost half of all cattle processing facilities in the US and Canada use her innovative centre track restrainer system to reduce stress at slaughter, for example, while her writings on...
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    Jun 25, 2019 at 8:02 AM

    Written by Rachel Martin

    UK scientists have found that engineering bread wheat to have fewer pores on their leaves makes more efficient use of water, potentially helping farmers facing more frequent drought conditions

    Scientists at the University of Sheffield’s Institute for Sustainable Food found that engineering bread wheat to have fewer stomata helps the crop to use water more efficiently while maintaining yields.

    On average, it takes more than 1,800L of water to produce 1kg of wheat.

    As droughts become more common even in the UK, farmers will need to produce more food than ever with even fewer resources to feed a growing population.

    Wheat uses stomata to regulate its intake of carbon dioxide for photosynthesis, as well as the release of water vapour.

    When water is plentiful, stomatal opening helps plants to regulate temperature by evaporative cooling – similar to sweating.

    In drought conditions, plants normally close their stomata to slow down water loss – but wheat with fewer stomata has been found to conserve water even better, and can use that water to cool itself.

    During the study, which has been published in the Journal of Experimental Botany, the scientists grew wheat in conditions similar to those expected under climate breakdown – with higher levels of carbon dioxide and less water.

    Compared to conventional wheat, the engineered plants used less...
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    Jun 25, 2019 at 7:22 AM

    67: Barley innovation at 60 degrees North

    Written by AHDB

    Shetland farmers Kirsty and Aimee Budge of Bigton Farm; Jamie Leslie, Scholland Farm; and Monitor Farm facilitator Graham Fraser, talk to AHDB's Sarah Hunter-Argyle about their work to improve barley yields, as part of the AHDB and QMS Monitor Farm project.

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    Jun 25, 2019 at 5:22 AM

    Written by Rachel Martin

    Scottish dairy farmers are being urged to attend one of a series of meetings considering the future of dairy farming in Scotland being held in early July.

    The must-attend meetings, being held are in anticipation of the UK Government’s consultation on the regulation of contracts between dairy farmers and processors.

    The consultation is likely to be the most significant for the industry since the deregulation of the milk industry 25 years ago.

    Government has acknowledged that there is a need to improve stability in the dairy supply chain by addressing bargaining power, contract terms such as exclusivity, trust and transparency.

    The seminars, which are open to all, will help inform farmers and other stakeholders of the potential for change in the dairy sector and will be led by well-informed experts from NFU Scotland, NFU England and Wales, AHDB and Scottish Government.

    The meetings will take place on the following dates:

    • Wednesday, July 3: 11:00am to 1:00pm: Green Hotel, Kinross;
    • Wednesday, July 3: 7:00pm to 9:00pm: Glen Garioch Room, Thainstone;
    • Thursday, July 4: 11:00am to 1:00pm: Ernespie House Hotel, Castle Douglas;
    • Thursday, July 4: 7:00pm to 9:00pm: Normandy Hotel, Inchinnan Road, Renfrew.

    The seminars will include an objective discussion based on independent research to help farmers better understand the aims...
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    Jun 24, 2019 at 4:32 PM

    Written by Rachel Martin

    UK machinery manufacturer JCB has set a new British speed record for tractors with its high-speed Fastrac tractor.

    The tractor notched up 103.6mph at Elvington Airfield, near York, with TV presenter and engineering guru Guy Martin behind the wheel.

    It smashed the previous 87.27mph record set in March 2018 by the Top Gear Track-Tor.

    Guy Martin said: “It had been a great day with the JCB at Elvington, proper job with some right proper engineers. She felt rock steady on the runway; job’s a peach.”

    A team of JCB engineers has been working on the secret project to develop the tractor over the past few months and today JCB chairman Lord Bamford praised their “amazing achievement.”

    “I’m extremely proud of what they have achieved in such a short space of time,” Lord Bamford said.

    We’ve long harboured a dream to attempt a speed record with the Fastrac and the whole team has worked tirelessly to achieve this amazing result.

    ‘‘It is British engineering at its best and it really does highlight the skills and innovation we have in our engineering team. They have done a truly fantastic job.’’

    It was Lord Bamford’s idea to develop a tractor which had a high road speed while being capable of field work. The speed record achieved on Thursday (June 20) came exactly 28 years to the day since the first production model rolled off the...
  10. Farm Business RSS
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    Jun 24, 2019 at 4:22 PM

    Written by John Swire

    Succession planning seems to be a hot topic in the rural community and but business consultant and succession planning specialist, Louise Taylor, is concerned that we are talking ‘round it’ and not ‘about it’. Mrs Taylor is a qualified with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors as an Evaluative Mediator and uses her facilitation skills to help farming families have the, often difficult, conversation about the future of the family farm.

    “One of the areas that has been identified by the government as vital to the future of UK farming is getting the land into the hands of the appropriately trained and making it easier for the wearying farmer to allow someone else to farm his land,” says Louise who has studied succession planning to Masters Level. From her experience in the field Mrs Taylor finds that whilst succession planning is a buzz phrase in the industry, there are many families who are unable, or unwilling, to have a conversation with the rest of the family about the future of the farm. She reports that this can be for a wide variety of reasons but predominantly it is either fear of conflict within the family or simply not knowing where to go for good professional advice. Mrs Taylor goes on to explain that there can be a great deal of familial history in farming families, often going back generations, making it difficult to effect change and...