1. Farm Business RSS
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    May 23, 2019 at 3:22 PM

    Written by John Swire

    The prestigious Claas UK ‘Dealer of the Year’ award for 2018 has been presented to Claas Eastern, making it a double for the company, who also won the highest CLAAS Platinum Dealer Excellence Award earlier in the year.

    The award recognises the high overall level of performance by a dealer in the UK and Ireland in three key areas: Finance, Dealer Performance and Customer Feedback.

    Claas Eastern is one of the largest Claas dealerships in the UK, with seven branches covering Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire and Yorkshire and employing over 100 people. For the business to excel in all these aspects is a considerable achievement, because part of the award process is not only an assessment of the dealership’s overall performance, but the performance of each of its individual branches. The award also reflects the results of the Customer Feedback Survey and Eastern scored well in this category too, underlining their commitment to their customer base and the first class customer care service they provide.

    The announcement and presentation of the ‘Dealer of the Year’ award to Claas Eastern was made at the Claas Dealer Council meeting, held at Mercedes-Benz World at Brooklands in Surrey.

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  2. Farm Business RSS
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    May 23, 2019 at 2:22 PM

    Written by John Swire

    After the successful innovation tour to New Zealand in 2018, BASF is offering growers using Adexar and Librax the chance to win one of 40 places on an innovation tour to Germany in November.

    The tour will focus on farm efficiencies, profitability and sustainability to better understand how on-farm decisions can influence yield, crop health, and future innovations that could impact their choices.

    Incorporating an exclusive visit to the BASF research and development centres, farmers will have a chance to look at their new seed breeding and on-farm trials with their new cereal fungicide, Revysol.

    BASF’s Tim Short commented: “We are delighted to be offering the fully-funded innovation tour again this year. The success from 2018 highlighted the value farmers place on seeing new innovation first-hand and forming a network to compare and contrast their farming businesses.”

    “We will be including a day at AGRITECHNICA to see what new technologies will be driving change with more than 2800 exhibitors and 52 countries present. We will also be visiting some leading farm operations to understand what challenges they face and how they are mitigating them going forward.”

    “Our BASF agronomy managers are reporting signs of yellow and brown rust and increased Septoria compared to previous years. Applying the best fungicide at T2 is essential for latent Septoria...
  3. Farm Business RSS
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    May 23, 2019 at 2:22 PM

    Written by John Swire

    Farmers who call on the expertise of trained feed advisers can not only use nutrients efficiently, but also play their part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions from their livestock thanks to the training provided over the past six years by the Feed Adviser Register (FAR). This is more important than ever as discussions about how to move towards a ‘zero carbon’ agriculture continue to develop.

    Today, over 1,000 advisers have been recognised by the Register as having undertaken training and on-line assessments that demonstrate the knowledge they have gained.

    FAR technical manager, Inge Verwoerd says: “Since FAR was established it has set training standards for feed advisers, and introduced training modules that go from the basics of livestock nutrition into a sophisticated understanding of how feed can impact greenhouse gas production from livestock farming.

    “In the past six years the environmental aspects of livestock feed advice have grown in importance with the industry looking to achieve zero carbon farming. Feed advisers have never been more important and the task of reducing the environmental impact of livestock farming has never been more critical.

    “Farmers should ensure that they are using members of FAR for feed advice, and we would urge them to discuss how they can reduce environmental impacts with their FAR feed adviser.”

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  4. Farm Business RSS
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    May 23, 2019 at 1:52 PM

    Written by John Swire

    There are great opportunities for the dairy sector post-Brexit but crippling uncertainty about the UK’s departure from the EU is holding industry back, according to NFU dairy board chairman Michael Oakes.

    Mr Oakes will be speaking as part of a panel debate today (Thursday) at the Eucolait dairy conference in Edinburgh.

    He said: “The EU is the largest international trading partner for the UK dairy sector. Between 2013 – 2017 more than 90% of UK dairy exports were sent to the EU, highlighting the significance of our future relationship.

    “Dairy farming, like all businesses, requires long-term planning. But after months of negotiation, we still haven’t got any certainty about our future which is hugely damaging. This means investment is being put on hold and essential jobs are not being filled.

    “We’re still in the dark about what trading environment we will be operating under and whether we will have access to a sufficient workforce to carry out essential roles on our dairy farms, or what the UK’s future domestic agricultural policy will look like.

    “While the UK is a net importer of dairy products, there is demand around the world for the great quality food we are producing here. Our dairy farmers are keen to make the most of this, but we must not be undermined by Government trade policy which ignores our own high...
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    May 23, 2019 at 1:32 PM

    Written by Rachel Martin

    Firefighters have said a blaze which destroyed an estimated 100t of straw and machinery in Cambridgeshire was started deliberately.

    It took five sets of crews working through the night to put out the flames.

    The call first came in on Tuesday (May 21) at 9:50pm that an agricultural building had caught fire on Stocking Drove, Chatteris.

    One crew from Chatteris, one crew from Manea, one crew from March, one crew from Ramsey and one crew from Huntingdon attended.

    Crews arrived to find a large farm building containing machinery and what crews estimated to be around 100t of straw burning.


    Using two hose reels and two jets, they extinguished the fire before returning to their stations by 7:30am on Wednesday (22).

    The cause of the fire was determined to be deliberate. Anyone with information is asked to contact police on ‘101’ or call Crimestoppers on: 0800-555-111.

    It follows a significant number of deliberate fires across the county during April has sparked concern for fire officers.

    Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service’s firefighters responded to 91 fires that were started deliberately last month – an increase of 34 from the previous month and...
  6. Farm Business RSS
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    May 23, 2019 at 1:22 PM

    Written by John Swire

    Farming and riding are among the UK’s most dangerous occupations, with the former resulting in 33 fatalities in 2017/18, and nearly two horses a week killed on our roads. To help improve this record, the Royal Bath & West Show is focussing on road safety and animal movement, with the Safety Zone this year looking at how to prevent an accident and what to do if you’re in one.

    Farmers, hauliers, horse owners and anyone who moves animals by vehicle will benefit from a visit to the Safety Zone, says Stephen Bartlett, who runs the feature. There will be experts from the fire and ambulance services on hand to answer any questions you may have and offer advice, plus there will be information on care and repair of lorries, horse boxes and trailers.

    “Visitors can find out what to look for when it comes to the floor and rust – the problem is urine causes the floor to rot away and there have been some horrific accidents when hooves have gone through the floor,” says Mr Bartlett.

    “We will also be telling people what to do if the vehicle rolls over – the RSPCA procedure is to just open the door and let the animals out but that causes more problems with animals all over the road,” he adds.

    Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance will also have a display, including some frightening statistics. “The majority of their call outs are horse or cattle related – whether it’s...
  7. Farm Business RSS
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    May 23, 2019 at 1:22 PM

    Written by John Swire

    Eight new varieties of ryegrass and one red and one white clover have been added to the 2019/2020 Recommended Grass and Clover Lists (RGCL).

    Only grasses and clovers that have undergone at least four years of independent testing are included in the lists. Varieties are rigorously tested for factors such as total and seasonal yield, feed quality, disease and persistence before making the RGCL.

    Siwan Howatson, AHDB Dairy Scientist, said: “The lists are an invaluable resource for grassland farmers, enabling them to select varieties that will perform well in a particular system.

    “When thinking about reseeding, the RGCL should be used to check that the varieties being selected are on the lists and are the best available, helping farmers make informed decisions alongside their seed merchants about the ones that best meet their needs.”

    In addition to providing information on the varieties, the RGCL also includes a range of technical information for farmers on how they can manage their reseed and maximise the productivity of their grassland.

    The 2019/2020 RGCL handbook and the full lists for merchants is now available to download from ahdb.org.uk and britishgrassland.com/rgcl. The online interactive version for perennial ryegrasses has been updated and will be available at ahdb.org.uk/tools. Hard copies of the handbook will be available from the...
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    May 23, 2019 at 11:52 AM

    Written by Rachel Martin

    The Farmers’ Union of Wales says emergency measures are needed to help farmers recycle the thousands of tonnes of bale wrap, silage bags and other plastics generated every year in the country.

    The union said a backlog had built up on many farms following the suspension of plastic farm waste collection across Wales.

    “The FUW is extremely concerned that the Welsh Government appears to be washing its hands of this potential time-bomb of rubbish, as farmers clean out their farms in an environmentally friendly manner after the winter,” said FUW president Glyn Roberts.


    The alarm was originally raised last year by Birch Farm Plastics, which is the only company in Wales dedicated to agri-plastics collection.

    Earlier this month, the company announced it would suspend all collections for poly-waste recycling until the end of the year, citing recycling centre costs as one of the main problems.

    It now leaves farmers in Wales without any means to recycle their waste.

    In February of this year, the FUW wrote to the Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs Lesley Griffiths to highlight this issue.

    In her response, the Minister stated that she was “keen to develop a circular economy in terms of the plastics we use” and added that it was “important to collect and treat waste farm plastics and have sufficient facilities...
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    May 23, 2019 at 11:22 AM

    Written by Jim Breen

    JCB is celebrating 50 years of wheeled loading shovel manufacture.

    The company originally entered the wheeled loader market with the acquisition of UK-based Chaseside Engineering, taking on its seven-strong line-up of machines.

    Relocation of production lines from Chaseside’s plant in Lancashire took several months. 1969 marked the start of the first full year of shovel manufacturing at JCB’s growing Rocester factory in Staffordshire.


    In that first year, the wheeled loader division built 298 machines – catering primarily for “domestic customer demand”.

    JCB now produces wheeled loaders in their thousands on production lines around the world, including the UK, India, Brazil and China. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of JCB opening a multi-million pound factory in Cheadle, Staffordshire, dedicated to the production of wheeled loaders.

    History of JCB loaders

    The first JCB-designed loaders arrived way back in 1971, with the launch of the 413 (pictured below) and 418 models – replacing the existing Chaseside machines....
  10. AHDB Podcast RSS
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    May 23, 2019 at 10:42 AM

    59: How to write your farm business plan

    Written by AHDB

    Our host for this episode, John Bates, takes us through how to write your own farm business plan with AHDB’s Tess Howe and Oliver McEntyre of Barclays. To finish up, Amandeep Kaur Purewal talks about an updated tool to help your farm business.

    Find out more about AHDB Business Planning tools: https://ahdb.org.uk/business-planning

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