1. Farm Business RSS
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    Feb 8, 2018
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    Written by John Swire

    Farmers are being urged to check their farm fridge temperature after new research conducted by MSD Animal Health found none of the fridges observed storing vaccines were able to maintain the correct internal temperature of between 2°C and 8°C.

    In addition, less than half of those surveyed knew the correct temperature for vaccine storage, showing there is a lack of knowledge surrounding standard procedures.

    Paul Williams, MSD Animal Health UK technical manager for ruminants, explains why it’s important vaccines are kept within the correct temperature range.

    “Failing to maintain the correct fridge storage temperature compromises vaccine effectiveness and consequently animal health.

    “In a significant number of farm fridges monitored, the temperature was elevated to 8°C for long periods of time, with the maximum fridge temperature recorded being 24°C.

    “In the worst cases, over 60% of fridges had been at 0°C or below 0°C long enough for vital contents to freeze. When the temperature is too high, vaccines become ineffective. If frozen, the vaccine is destroyed.

    “This research shows we have work to do in educating customers about how to store vaccines and I encourage all farmers to check their farm fridge temperatures.

    “To promote better practice, we’ve launched an awareness campaign called Fridge Check to educate farmers on the importance of storing...
  2. Farm Business RSS
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    Feb 9, 2018
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    Written by John Swire

    Dairy-Tech 2018 saw British young animal nutrition specialist Volac unveil a new range of calf milk replacers that have been performance-formulated to give dairy calves the best possible start in life.

    Volac says its new Lifeguard milk formula range has been specifically designed to meet the rapidly evolving demands of modern calf rearers.

    Based on concentrated whey protein, which makes up the majority of the protein fraction of natural cow colostrum, the new milk formulas incorporate only the highest quality ingredients. Whey protein represents 65% of the protein content of colostrum, whereas the other 35% is casein protein. The whey protein content of whole milk is only 20%.

    “What we are now able to do is to filter and concentrate up the liquid whey protein fraction of milk and collect the important proteins, fats, sugars and other bioactive components so important for calf programming. The resultant important ingredient, now integral to all our calf milk formulas, is Imunopro – a concentrated whey protein base material packed with the vital amino acids and immunoglobulins so necessary for healthy youngstock growth and development,” explained Volac nutritionist Ian Watson.

    “Production of this concentrated whey protein also means we can now ‘precision-formulate’ our milk replacers based on true protein, which involves looking at the crucial...
  3. AHDB Potatoes RSS
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    Feb 8, 2018
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    Potato Growers provided with improved tools to tackle PCN

    Written by Jimmy.Phillips@ahdb.org.uk

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    The findings from on-farm trials could help combat a deadly potato disease that causes around £26 million worth of damage to crops in the UK each year.

    According to demonstrations carried out by AHDB Potatoes and Harper Adams University, the use of fluopyram, previously used as a fungicide, as a nematicide provided a yield increase to a range of potato varieties at a farm with very high levels of Potato Cyst Nematode (PCN).

    Release Date:
    Thu, 02/08/2018

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  4. Precision AG RSS
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    Feb 8, 2018


    Written by Matt Hopkins

    March 20th is the first day of spring, making spring much closer than even I expected. On the farm I grew up on in Minnesota there were considerable fears when it comes to this time of year. Of course, early warm weather is a nice surprise but that might be followed with a late snow storm. By far and above the worst condition in spring is warm weather and good soil temps but wet soil. Everything is ready to go but because of the weight of your machinery you don’t dare drive into your field. One day soon this fear might be a thing of the past thanks to several agricultural automation companies.

    One such company is Agrointelli out of Aarhus, Denmark, which has been researching and building their solution called the Robotti. This modular autonomous implement carrier uses a diesel engine to power its four powered wheels. The unit only weighs 1,323 lbs. (600 Kg) and has a three-point hitch capable of lifting 1,653 lbs. (750 Kg). The unit is not fast, with a top speed of 5 mph (8 km/h), but with field operations in mind you obviously don’t need anything faster than that.

    Operated by a phone or tablet this system can be easily deployed in the field by utilizing smaller existing implements. The device is compact and unlike traditional tractors the system hooks up around the implement, providing even weight distribution through the tires of the unit. It is also capable of low draft force operations like weed control in a large variety of row crops....
  5. Farm Business RSS
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    Feb 8, 2018
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    Written by John Swire

    Manns has announced a new franchise agreement with Stewart Trailers, that which will benefit their farming and contracting customers in East Anglia.

    Under the agreement, Manns will provide sales, service and support for the complete Steward trailer range from their branches covering greater East Anglia.

    Commenting on the appointment Chris Chilvers, franchise manager for Manns, said that: “We have been looking for a trailer franchise to complement our existing product range, and Manns are very pleased to be able to offer a quality engineered trailer to our customers. We are looking forward to working with Stewart’s to increase the number of their iconic blue trailers in our region.”

    Stewart’s comprehensive range includes Tipping Trailers, Dumper Trailers, Flat Trailers, Livestock Containers and Low Loaders. All Stewart Trailers products are manufactured to order so the customer can specify which of the wide selection of optional extra items they want to have on their trailer.

    In addition to the standard ‘GX’ range, Stewart also produces a range of trailers built with Hardox wear plate. Stewart Trailers have been licensed Hardox manufacturers since 2013 allowing them to display the distinctive ‘Hardox in my Body’ logo on their PRO Series trailers. The flagship of the Stewart tipping trailer range is the ‘Road King’, a three axle trailer running on air...
  6. llamedos
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    Feb 8, 2018
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    From left to right: Peter Giørtz-Carlsen, Tim Mead and Tomas Pietrangeli
    Arla Foods Limited will acquire Yeo Valley Dairies Limited, a subsidiary of the Yeo Valley Group Limited. The transaction will give the farmer-owned dairy cooperative the rights to use the Yeo Valley brand in milk, butter, spreads and cheese under an intellectual property licence with Yeo Valley.

    The Yeo Valley yogurt, ice cream, cream and desserts business will continue to be run independently through Yeo Valley Group, which remains under the ownership of the Mead family.

    Commenting on the deal, Tomas Pietrangeli, Managing Director, Arla Foods Limited said: "The potential for future investment in range through this licensing agreement with Yeo Valley provides a significant opportunity to offer a greater choice to consumers at attractive prices.Our ambition is to encourage customers to trade up from standard to organic milk, butter and cheese, driving overall growth for organic across dairy categories.”

    With one in four households now purchasing organic products, there is opportunity for the dairy sector to convert more of its customers from standard to organic dairy. To fuel this growth and meet the growing needs of consumers requires investment in innovation and range and under both the Yeo Valley brand and Arla brand.

    Pietrangeli continues: “Arla Organic Free Range milk...
  7. News
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    Feb 7, 2018



    Breeding the best beef at Morayshire Monitor Farm

    The fundamentals of breeding and rearing top class livestock will be discussed at the coming Morayshire Monitor Farm meeting on 13 February. On the arable side there will also be a session on how best to manage new spring barley varieties this coming season.



    The meeting will begin with a demonstration of the Moocall calving sensor which they have been trying out at Corskie Farm. This device, which was launched in 2014, uses the movement of the cow’s tail to predict when calving may be imminent to try and reduce calf mortality.

    The demo will be followed by a discussion on getting ready for calving and lambing led by members of the management group and there will be a chance to have a look at the bulls Iain will soon be putting up for sale at Stirling Bull Sales.

    After lunch the group will be joined by the Chief Executive of the British Simmental Society, Neil Shand, who will discuss estimated breeding values (EBVs) and how best to use them as a tool when buying cattle.

    He says: “Buying a bull can have a significant financial impact on a commercial suckler herd, be it positive or negative, so farmers really have to think through their decisions. I will be advising them to judge firstly by sight, and then use the EBVs to help them select the right animal for their herd requirements.

    “Farmers should use the EBVs to work out which bull will give you the traits you most need, for example fertility, milk or...
  8. The Guardian RSS
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    Feb 7, 2018
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    NSW minister altered Barwon-Darling water-sharing plan to favour irrigators

    Written by Anne Davies

    Exclusive: documents show Katrina Hodgkinson changed plan to allow irrigators to extract 32% more after industry ramped up its lobbying

    A water-sharing plan for the Barwon-Darling was altered by the former New South Wales minister for primary industries, Katrina Hodgkinson, even though public consultations on the draft plan had ended and her bureaucrats had already submitted a draft for her to sign.

    The changes made it more favourable to irrigators and delivered valuable additional water during low flows. According to some modelling it may have increased legal extractions by irrigators by 32%.

    Related: Murray-Darling basin plan could collapse if changes blocked, Coalition says

    In hindsight we were naive and negligent in that we took our eye off the ball

    Related: Away from the public gaze, serious threats to the environment keep rising | Lenore Taylor

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  9. Great In Grass
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    Feb 7, 2018
    New Aber High Sugar Grass Mixture Formulated for Multi-Cut Silage Systems

    Available from Countryside Seeds.

    A specialist grass silage mixture formulated to suit increasingly popular ‘multi–cut’ systems has been launched by Germinal at the Dairy–Tech event.
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    Comprised exclusively of high–ranking Aber® High Sugar Grass perennial ryegrasses, Aber HSG 2 Multi–Cut is designed to produce large quantities of leafy high–quality silage from frequent cutting during the period of peak grass growth.

    A balance of diploid and tetraploid varieties, with a tight spread of heading dates, provides the essential elements of high D–value and outstanding silage yields, plus good ground cover and persistency, to ensure consistent performance over a 6 to 8–year period.

    “From a recent survey of UK dairy farmers, we are reporting a significant shift towards the more progressive approach of earlier and more frequent cutting,” says Germinal GB National Agricultural Sales Manager Ben Wixey. “This approach is being referred to as ‘multi–cut’ and we’re leading the way by creating a new version of our Aber HSG 2 specialist cutting mixture.

    “The formulation will work particularly well for those aiming for an early first cut, then taking two subsequent cuts at 4 weekly intervals. With this approach, the potential is there to make the main proportion of the season’s grass silage by...
  10. CPM RSS
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    Feb 7, 2018
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    Oilseed rape can be a notoriously unpredictable crop to grow, but bespoke agronomy combined with the latest precision management software is helping growers manage this variability. CPM hears how three agronomists are tackling regional challenges. You can’t be prescriptive or look at nutrition in isolation. By Paul Spackman Planning any oilseed rape nutrition strategy can often prove something of a headache. Winter canopies may resemble anything from fields of cabbage to sparse areas that struggled to establish or have been hit by slugs, pigeons, or flea beetle. The old adage of ‘every field is different’ is frequently used by experts, but for OSR, where yields can vary from less than 1t/ha to 6t/ha within the same field, it holds particular significance. Spring nitrogen rates and timing remain one of the most effective ways to manipulate canopy growth, but effective nutritional strategies need to account for all causes of crop variability, incorporating multiple layers of information. Omnia makes it easy to map crop differences in the field and create variable application plans if required. That is where the Omnia precision farming software can really make a difference, according to agronomy group Hutchinsons. The system allows users to combine a raft…
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