1. News
    Created by News in category Arable
    Apr 3, 2014
    Preparations for Cereals 2014 are gathering pace with just 10 weeks to go before the event opens its doors to an expected 26,000 visitors.

    Cereals returns to Robert Law’s Chrishall Grange, near Duxford, Cambridgeshire, on Wednesday 11 and Thursday 12 June. Over 500 exhibitors are expected to provide the latest technical, business and machinery advice across the 64ha site, making Cereals the leading technical event for the UK arable sector.

    Several new initiatives debut at the event, says Jon Day of organiser Haymarket Exhibitions.

    “Cereals continues to develop its core offerings to ensure growers find all the technical expertise and advice necessary to keep their businesses profitable, tackling issues as diverse as blackgrass control, CAP reform and establishment costs.

    “We are striving to improve our offering all the time. Some exciting new ideas that we’ve been working on for several months will emerge at Cereals 2014, which promises to be the most informative Cereals event yet.”

    For the first time Cereals will host a CPD points trail, offering up to 12 BASIS points, all of which can be collected on a single day, underlining the importance that the industry now puts on the event. At least eight NRoSO points will also be on offer.

    Young people are also firmly in the Cereals spotlight. McDonald’s, Massey Ferguson and De Lacy Executive will sponsor a new pavilion in the educational area of this year’s event. The aim is to inspire young people – future farmers and...
  2. News
    Created by News in category Livestock & Poultry
    Apr 3, 2014
    A comprehensive Strategy to achieve TB free status in England by 2038 has been announced by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson today.

    This includes continuing to strengthen cattle movement controls, a grant-funded scheme for badger vaccination projects in the ‘edge area’ at the frontier of the disease, and improvements to the four-year badger cull pilots in Somerset and Gloucestershire.

    Following recommendations from the Independent Expert Panel that assessed the badger cull pilots last year, a series of changes will be made to improve the effectiveness, humaneness and safety of culling. These changes will be monitored to assess their impact before further decisions are taken on more badger cull licences next year.

    Environment Secretary Owen Paterson:

    The four year culls in Somerset and Gloucestershire are pilots and we always expected to learn lessons from them.

    It is crucial we get this right. That is why we are taking a responsible approach, accepting recommendations from experts to make the pilots better.

    Doing nothing is not an option. Bovine TB is a terrible disease which is devastating our cattle and dairy industries and causing misery for many people in rural communities. We need to do everything we can, as set out in our Strategy, to make England TB free.

    Improvements to the pilot culls will include more extensive training for contractors carrying out the cull, better planning by the licensed companies to ensure culling is spread...
  3. News
    Created by News in category Machinery
    Apr 2, 2014
    In the Daily Mail today:

    Environment Agency spent almost £1 million hiring dredging equipment after it sold its own machines for just £200,000
    • Environment Agency hired equipment 141 times in 12 months
    • Agency sold eight long-reach excavators for £233,000
    • Since2000 EA has sold 5 dredgers and 14 dragline excavators
    • Dredging of rivers on the Somerset Levels finally began this week
    • Campaigners believe homes could have been spared by earlier dredging

    PUBLISHED: 08:17, 2 April 2014 | UPDATED: 09:00, 2 April 2014
    The Environment Agency spent almost £1million of taxpayers' money hiring dredging equipment after selling its own machines for just £200,000.

    A request made under the Freedom of Information act has revealed that over the past year the quango spent £839,564 renting machines to keep rivers, streams and canals clear.

    The equipment was hired a total 141 times in the same 12 months that the agency received £233,000 after...
  4. JP1
    Created by JP1 in category Farm Life
    Apr 2, 2014

    A tree trimmer is lucky to be alive after an accident sent a chainsaw blade several inches into his neck and shoulder.

    James Valentine, a 21-year-old from Pennsylvania, was part of a crew pruning trees on Monday afternoon when his chainsaw suddenly kicked back and the blade sliced into him.

    His co-workers brought him down from the tree and he was taken to Allegheny General Hospital in Pittsburgh.

    "Just a freak accident, could happened to anybody," he said in an interview from his hospital bed.

    "Seeing the blood squirting out was crazy".

    Emergency workers removed the motor of the saw, but left the blade in Mr Valentine's neck and shoulder to prevent additional blood loss, said Christine Toevs, the trauma surgeon who operated on him.

    James Valentine speaking from his hospital bed
    "He was appropriately upset, but his death was not imminent," said Dr Toevs, who serves as medical director of the trauma ICU at Allegheny General Hospital.

    "He didn't lose control, he wasn't crying uncontrollably, and he was holding still as best he could."

    When he was admitted, Mr Valentine was still able to speak.

    "He didn't say very much except to say his name was James," Dr Toevs said.

    "We certainly don't ask him, 'How do you feel about having a chainsaw stuck in your neck?'"

    Fortunately for Mr Valentine, the blade missed his carotid artery and most of the damage was to his shoulder muscle, Dr Toevs said.

    He is expected to make a full recovery and might be released from...
  5. News
    Created by News in category Livestock & Poultry
    Mar 26, 2014

    The new sheep database is being administered by SouthWestern, and the NFU has worked with them to try to ensure that disruption for farming businesses is minimal.

    With so many rumours at market and on social media, it can be hard to separate fact from fiction, but the fundamental message is that for farmers wanting to report on paper, not much will change.

    The AML1 form will be replaced by an ARAMS1 form, which is essentially identical, and instead of being sent to trading standards, it will be sent to:
    Animal Reporting & Movement Service,
    PO Box 6299,
    MK10 1ZQ

    This address will be on the bottom of all ARAMS forms.

    For farmers who wish to do so, there will be the facility to create and report movements electronically, either via the online portal at http://arams.co.uk/, or via their flock management software, which will also generate the paper forms you need for the haulier and receiving keeper.

    Farmers should soon be able to create an ARAMS account.

    Regardless of how a movement was created, farmers will still have the ability to choose whether to acknowledge it on paper or electronically, and the reporting period for both remains the same as it is now (3 days).

    Finally, to ensure a smooth implementation, we advise you to check that the details that your local AHVLA office has for you, including postcode(s) and holding...
  6. News
    Created by News in category Arable
    Apr 1, 2014
    With the increased focus by regulators on seed treatments, it is essential that seed treaters and growers continue to ensure that seed stewardship is high on their agendas at drilling.

    Following the wet winter, many seedbeds are poorer than normal and with time pressures many growers will be keen to get their maize sown. However, seed stewardship should be the high priority. Excellent quality treated seed is produced in the UK by treaters who follow the EFTA (European Seed Treatment Association) and SureStart (from Bayer CropScience) codes when processing and storing seed. Growers should always ensure their seed is treated to this high standard, but they also have their part to play in seed stewardship.

    “Seed sown following good stewardship practice will not only protect wildlife but will also help to maximise profits from the crop,” says Paul Goddard, Application and Stewardship Manager for Bayer CropScience. “On farm the main risks come from accidental seed spills, seed not covered by soil during drilling and dust abraded from seed.”

    Paul’s advice is for growers to:-

    ALWAYS clear up seed spills; small spills can be buried in the field, larger amounts should be retrieved and disposed of through normal channels.

    Ensure the drill is set up, operating correctly and all seed is covered. Avoid drilling round tight bends as this increases risk of uncovered seed.

    Minimise dust by handling seed with care from unloading the delivery to filling the drill and sowing....
  7. News
    Created by News in category Arable
    Mar 31, 2014
    BCPC has announced that Chris Todd, Managing Director will be retiring and that Julian Westaway has been appointed as his successor as of 1 April 2014.

    As outgoing Managing Director, Chris Todd reflects, “I am delighted that after 16 very stimulating and rewarding years at the helm of BCPC I retire having been closely involved in the selection of my successor. It has been a great pleasure working with the various trustees, members of the management board, staff, contractors and associated organisations. My handover to Julian will run throughout April and subsequently I will attend various meeting and events, as required, throughout 2014 to ensure continuity.”

    "This is a great time to be joining the BCPC,” says Julian.“The growing realisation that food security needs to be near the very top of national and international agendas makes the role of all those involved in the agricultural sector ever more important. With the pressures of growing populations, changing climates, environmental constraints and increasing demands on land use, an organisation such as the BCPC can play a key role in helping meet these significant challenges."

    Julian has a strong agricultural and electronic publishing background, which is an ideal fit with BCPC’s portfolio of products and activities. After gaining a BSc in Agricultural Science he joined the Milk Marketing Board before being appointed Group Production Editor of the Chemicals Group for RBI. In 1996 he set up Farmers Weekly...
  8. News
    Created by News in category Farm Life
    Mar 31, 2014
    Thursday started like any other day this week - Snowing. So I got up for work, brushed off my car, put on all my winter clothes I had been so hopeful could be put away just a week ago and off I went to work in the snow! After a regular and mundane day I creeped home on the less than stellar roads and spun my way up the gravel road and into the driveway. Something was wrong though, something was out of place…. My black yearling steer was in the yard! Fencing is always a work in progress here so this isn’t a huge surprise but it has been a while since there’s been an escapee and it always has you thinking “Where did they get out?” and “Has anyone else figured it out?” and “How long do I have until they do?”

    Well this time it was my luck that has run out. All year it’s been critters at work taking advantage of the snow over the fences. Once the crust got hard enough they would just toddle on over the top like there’s not even a fence there. At home my bovines have been content to stay in about 30 square feet of area between bale ring and waterer. When it started melting mid month they did go for a gander to find some emerging grass but at that point the snow was too rotten for them to go on the big banks. Unfortunately the bad part about wet, rotten snow is that it freezes really hard when it gets cold again, kind of like this week. Instead of being daunting snow banks, now they’re platforms for escape! Luckily in all the fresh snow it was easy to follow the trail of the...
  9. News
    Created by News in category Business
    Mar 31, 2014
    As the roll out of official Press Releases gather momentum today following the sighting of an new rare species on The Somerset Levels, the spin surrounding two dredgers embarking on the first 80m stretch of the River Parrett may not be sufficient cover when the EFRA Committee meet on Wednesday to take final evidence on the Winter Floods enquiry

    Embattled Environment Agency Chairman Lord Chris Smith and Secretary of State Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP are due to give evidence from 3pm

    May be a first time to set record button on the Parliamentary channels

    Live link here:

  10. News
    Created by News in category Machinery
    Mar 31, 2014
    Claydon Drills has successfully defended and upheld a challenge to the patent on its unique twin-tine seeding system (European Patent No. EP1608214B1) following proceedings at the European Patent Office in The Netherlands. The unsuccessful action was brought by Amazone-Werke.

    Filed on 24th November 2003, the Claydon Patent relates to ‘a new method and apparatus for sowing seed directly into uncultivated land, including minimally-cultivated seedbeds or, without modification, for conventional drilling’.

    The focus of the Patent is the use of a leading tine for digging and forming a shallow trench of loosened soil, followed, in-line, by a second tine fitted with lateral wings which is used to plant the seed in the trenches formed by the leading tine. The soil is only disturbed in spaced, linear regions determined by lateral spacing of the tines, and the strips of soil in-between remain intact. The simple yet highly effective two-tine, patented design therefore creates the ideal growing environment for each seed, with drainage and space for roots to grow, allowing high yields to be achieved from the outset.

    Developed and patented by Suffolk farmer Jeff Claydon, the Claydon Direct Strip Till Seeding System has become renowned throughout the world. Proven in 24 countries, in all climates and soil types, the patented Claydon System allows growers to establish a wide range of crops directly into stubble, min-tilled or fully- cultivated soils, approximately five times faster...