1. Farm Business RSS
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    Written by JohnSwire

    Archer Daniels Midland Company has agreed to purchase the remaining 50 percent stake of Gleadell Agriculture Ltd., currently jointly owned by ADM and InVivo, including Gleadell’s wholly owned subsidiary Dunns (Long Sutton) Ltd. ADM will merge Gleadell and Dunns with ADM Arkady, ADM’s UK destination marketing business, and ADM Direct UK, ADM’s specialist combinable crop origination business to create ADM Agriculture Ltd, thus strengthening ADM’s presence across the UK.

    The transaction will increase ADM’s origination, storage and destination marketing capabilities in the UK, allowing it to serve as the trading partner of choice for even more farmers and customers.

    Established in 1880, Gleadell Agriculture Ltd. is a leading supplier of combinable crops to UK millers, feed compounders and other consumers, and a major exporter of grains, oilseeds and pulses to EU markets and further afield. The company sources crops directly from UK farmers and supplies certified seed and fertilizers. Key assets include port storage and ship loading operations along with extensive pulse and agricultural seed processing and storage.

    Gary McGuigan, ADM’s president of Global Trade said: “With significant storage and processing capability and a longstanding reputation for being a safe and trusted trading partner, Gleadell and Dunns will be great additions to our business in...
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    The British Free Range Egg Producers Association is seeking to reform supply contracts between farmers and packers after lawyers found terms of agreements are grossly imbalanced in favour of buyers.

    A team of legal experts from Birketts LLP examined contracts provided by producers and found numerous areas requiring improvement.

    They include pricing and payment terms – which vary massively between agreements – and termination which, in some cases, is weighted entirely towards packers.

    BFREPA chief executive Robert Gooch has today opened up a dialog with 41 packers outlining the organisation’s areas of concern and asking for feedback.

    Following consultation BFREPA will deliver on its pledge to draw up model contracts which will be available to its members to enable them to secure fairer terms when negotiating with customers.

    Robert Gooch said: “Producers have a right to a fair contract which gives them confidence to continue to invest in their businesses and produce a great product.

    “Our findings are that contracts are very one sided in favour of the buyer, which is to be expected when it is the packer offering the terms.

    “Our end game is to arm free range producers with a model contract which stands up to legal scrutiny. This can be used as a barometer for fairness when producers are offered contracts in the future.”

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    Only one in five UK sheep producers rearing surplus lambs artificially are feeding these newborns enough colostrum in the first 24 hours of life.

    This uneasy finding is based on a Volac Lamlac survey of 443 sheep producers conducted post lambing in 2018.

    “Whilst the survey highlighted that the majority (85%) of sheep farmers always make sure they administer colostrum to any fostered lambs before they are a day old, a concerning finding is that a lot (80%) are still not feeding enough to give these surplus lambs the best start in life,” points out Volac technical officer Abi Erian.

    “All foster lambs must be fed good quality colostrum or a high-quality replacement, such as Volac Volostrum, as soon as possible after birth. Ideally, colostrum needs to be administered within the first two hours of life, with 210ml/kg liveweight being taken on board within the first 24 hours as a minimum. Unfortunately, in our most recent feedback survey, only 26% of farmers with more than 250 ewes and 21% running smaller flocks (less than 250 ewes) said they managed to feed more than 200ml/kg liveweight during the first day. This is definitely a concern,” Ms Erian says.

    As the UK sheep industry moves into its peak lambing season, Volac is urging sheep producers to pay particular attention to early life colostrum feeding.

    “Typically, a newborn lamb needs at least a litre...
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    The Prince’s Countryside Fund brought together more than 20 farmer networks from around the UK to network, share knowledge, and discuss how to best support farming families for the future.

    Kindly hosted by long term supporters of the Fund, NFU Mutual, at their Warwickshire offices, the day allowed agricultural support groups from all across the British Isles to share best practice and discuss how to deal with current issues in the sector.

    Joanne Crib, senior manager at NFU Mutual said: “NFU Mutual were delighted to once again host The Prince’s Countryside Fund’s Farmer Networks Day. It is a fantastic opportunity to bring together grass-roots organisations from across the UK who are pivotal in supporting British farmers, often in some of the most isolated parts of the country.

    “This event enables the Networks to share ideas, and importantly to look at ways of collaborating to ensure that as many farming families as possible can benefit from their tremendous support during this period of change for the industry. NFU Mutual are huge supporters of the work of The Prince’s Countryside Fund as well as supporting a number of the individual farming networks through The NFU Mutual Charitable Foundation.”

    Attendees heard talks from the Yorkshire Agricultural Society about the role of agricultural societies in the farming community, Making VAT Digital from...
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    Recommendations generated by the EAT Lancet Commission report will need to be used wisely to help to address the twin challenges of adequate food consumption and climate change, says Robert Sheasby, Chief Executive of the Agricultural Industries Confederation.

    “The global debate is an important one, but we would like it to be viewed at a national level considering the land capability, climate and the benefits offered by the UK’s food chain, its farming systems and the nation’s landscape,” says Mr Sheasby.

    “Meat and livestock products are amongst the UK’s best assets for not only achieving a balanced healthy diet for domestic and overseas needs but also in creating a balanced and healthy farming landscape.

    “A dramatic shift from established national guidelines for a balanced diet including high quality red meat and animal protein, as suggested by the EAT-Lancet Commission report, needs to be carefully considered, domestically, if it is to deliver the right outcomes locally and globally for food producers and consumers alike.”

    AIC Members are investing heavily in how to further reduce farm emissions as far as technically possible using up-to-date knowledge, and novel solutions, alongside the offsetting of emissions in the countryside through carbon storage in unfarmed corridors between fields and in woodlands. And through its associate the UK Former...
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    Written by Rachel Martin

    African Swine Fever has a 20% chance of reaching the UK’s pig population, according to Government officials.

    The shocking admission was made in a risk assessment report demonstrating the potential impact of the disease on the UK pork industry.

    Officials rated the probability of an outbreak as ‘medium’ and estimated the economic cost of an outbreak could be as high as £70 million, with £45 million estimated to the most likely cost.

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    Some of the biggest threats were poor biosecurity in ‘backyard’ pig herds and the illegal importation of meat products – such as by tourists or foreign workers.

    Animal feed transport vehicles visiting multiple farms and shared farm equipment were also seen as some of the other most significant risk factors.

    Officials highlighted that the Red Tractor scheme, which covers around 92% of UK pig farms, ensures that most commercial farms will have good biosecurity.

    It said small ‘backyard’ pig herds were the most likely to become infected due to lower biosecurity levels; however, it was also stated that as there was a low level of contact between such herds and commercial herds, this was unlikely to pose a major threat to the UK pork industry.

    Should the disease reach the UK, the potential costs were estimated to be as low as £35 million but as high as £70 million...
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    Jan 17, 2019 at 5:42 PM
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    Written by Rachel Martin

    It seems potty enough to be an early April Fool’s Day escapade, but a Dutch inventor has created an innovative ‘cow toilet’ with the aim of saving the environment – and he hope that, someday, it will be on all commercial dairy farms.

    Cows can voluntarily enter the fenced-off area to use the machine, thus allowing a bucket-style contraption to automatically swing into place while they urinate.

    Dairy technology firm Hanskamp has been working on the invention – dubbed ‘CowToilet’ – for around two years. It is currently being tested in conjunction with a university in the Netherlands.

    Hanskamp UK and Ireland manager Lars van Gaalen said: “No, this is not a joke. But because we are still researching this we have still a lot of questions which are unanswered.

    “We are 90% there in terms of the design and what we want to achieve but we realise that the last 10% will probably take 90% of the time.

    “The idea is that we would like to get people thinking along with us. As a company, we are always looking for ways to make farming easier.


    We see a lot of benefits for the farmers and the cows. For example, because the urine is taken away the cow is not standing in it breathing it in, so there are benefits for the cow’s health.

    But it’s likely to be a while before you will see cow toilets appearing on any UK farms. At this point, it’s hoped...
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    12,102 new agricultural tractors were registered in the UK during 2018. That’s according to data from the UK-based AEA (Agricultural Engineers Association).

    This figure was approximately 1% higher than the total for 2017. In fact, it was the largest annual figure in four years.

    However, as expected, registrations of agricultural tractors (over 50hp) during the month of December were well below the level of the same month a year earlier (2017).

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    In December 2017, new tractor registrations were inflated by the inclusion of a large number of units being pre-registered in advance of the entry into force of new regulations.

    Therefore, the December 2018 total of 849 tractors was 38% down (year-on-year), but otherwise was the highest figure for December since 1994.

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    Once the impact of the December 2017 registrations is adjusted for, this suggests that the (new tractor) market actually grew by between 5% and 10% during 2018. That’s according to analysis undertaken by the AEA.

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    Written by Jim Breen

    Claas has singled out dealers, from across the UK and Ireland, for accolades at its annual ‘Dealer Awards‘.

    The announcements were made at a recent Dealer Council meeting, which was held at the Claas tractor factory in Le Mans, France. Dealers also visited the nearby testing centre at Trange.

    One ‘Platinum’ and two ‘Gold’ Dealer Excellence Awards were announced. These recognise the “considerable investments” made by the dealers in training, parts and service support, as well as sales, finance and management.

    Two further awards, specifically relating to Claas tractors, were also announced – one for Tractor Sales Performance and another for Tractor Sales Growth.

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    The Tractor Sales Performance Award was won by a dealer from Ireland for the third year running. Ashfield & Wilson – a single-branch, family-run dealership based in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone – was announced as the overall winner in this category.

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    Nigel and Karon Wilson of Ashfield & Wilson (Dungannon, Co. Tyrone) receive a Tractor Sales Performance Award from Claas UK CEO Trevor Tyrrell, for the highest number of sales from a single branch in 12 months

    This award recognises the dealership that has...
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    Jan 17, 2019 at 2:42 PM
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    Written by Jim Breen

    AGCO, which owns Massey Ferguson among other brands, has announced plans to further expand its facility in Beauvais (France).

    The Beauvais campus will encompass the full design, build, testing and manufacture of new models. It is the company’s intention to ramp up the site’s production volumes to 18,000 tractors per year.

    The ongoing plans are apparently part of Massey Ferguson’s long-term growth strategy, which involves acquiring and transforming a neighbouring site, previously owned and operated by Froneri (which announced its closure during October 2018).

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    This proposed acquisition was originally announced at the opening ceremony of ‘Beauvais 3’ – an 8ha site with a 30,000m² building that houses Massey Ferguson’s new logistics centre (pictured below).

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    Here, the investment of €11 million has created 103 new jobs. But this, says the manufacturer, was only a first step.

    The intended acquisition of the 15.7ha Froneri site, which includes 4.5ha of...