1. Agriland RSS
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    Jan 16, 2019 at 1:22 PM

    Written by Rachel Martin

    Farming organisations and lobby bodies have warned that British agriculture faces a precarious future following last night’s House of Commons meaningful vote on the EU Withdrawal Agreement.

    MPs voted by a large majority to reject the proposed Withdrawal Agreement. The 230 vote defeat is the greatest any sitting UK Government has ever seen.

    A vote of no confidence in the Government is to be held tonight at 7:00pm.

    The National Sheep Association (NSA) said farmers were “immensely frustrated” by the rejection of the Prime Minister’s proposed Brexit deal and the “evidently poorly-managed” negotiation process to-date.

    With Parliament now dealing with a vote of no confidence, the organisation is calling for this to be dealt with urgently and to work together to quickly agree on a way forward.

    NSA chief executive Phil Stocker said: “It is very concerning that two and a half years after the EU referendum, and two and a half months before we leave the EU, our politicians have chosen to block the only Brexit deal we have on the table – and that now the Government’s future has been thrown into question.

    All the preparation went into the proposed deal and it was the only thing on the table that offered British agriculture any kind of confidence.

    “Right now the only thing we know is that we are heading closer and closer to a no deal,...
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    Jan 16, 2019 at 1:22 PM

    Written by Jim Breen

    Yesterday (Tuesday, January 15), we brought you news of an interesting tractor-related development in Germany, whereby Claas has teamed up with car rental giant Sixt – in a novel marketing campaign.

    Also Read: A car rental outlet with a difference: Is this the new face of tractor hire?
    Claas has since been back in touch with AgriLand to confirm that the arrangement is part of a special six-week initiative.

    Since January 8, in fact, tractors from the (Claas) Axion 800 and 900 ranges have been available to rent at five Sixt outlets in Germany – outlets that typically rent cars and vans.

    According to Claas, the minimum rental period is two days. Renters must hold a valid and sufficient driver’s license, enabling them to drive such a vehicle on German roads.

    Given the availability of such short rental periods (as short as two days), it would appear that the rental tractors are being aimed at people who might simply want to try out or drive a tractor – for any number of reasons.

    Short-term promotion

    This picture (below) depicts a poster that is being used to promote the initiative in parts of Germany. There is no...
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    Jan 16, 2019 at 12:52 PM

    Written by Agriland Team

    Veterinary medicine giant Norbrook has appointed the appointment of a new regional head of sales and marketing in Ireland.

    The new appointee, Brendan McVeigh, will lead all sales and marketing activities in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.

    McVeigh will be taking over from Patrick Hughes who has decided to retire at the beginning of August, after 35 years’ service.

    This role will focus primarily on leading the business on the island of Ireland, where Norbrook has had a significant presence for the past 50 years, according to the firm, including management of its current portfolio and an “exciting new product pipeline across both the companion and farm animal sectors”.

    McVeigh brings over 20 years’ experience in the animal health industry and joins from Merck Sharp & Dohme (MSD) Animal Health where he most recently held the position of Intensive Livestock Business unit director.


    Prior to joining MSD Animal Health, Brendan spent 14 years in Norbrook Laboratories in various sales roles, including sales manager for Northern Ireland for both farm and companion animal sectors.

    Hughes will continue in his current role until he retires at the beginning of August 2019. Hughes and...
  4. Farm Business RSS
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    Jan 16, 2019 at 12:32 PM

    Written by JohnSwire

    The NFU has called for immediate bridging payments to be provided to the 5,000+ farmers who have yet to receive their BPS payments for 2018. The call follows the RPA’s release of BPS 2018 payment figures which show that 93% of eligible claims were paid in December.

    NFU Vice President Stuart Roberts said that while this is a welcome improvement from 2017 figures, and it is encouraging to hear the RPA is on track for completing payments ahead of the June deadline, the government must do more to make bridging payments available to those who do not receive their payments in December.

    He said: “The delivery of BPS is clearly improving, especially considering the challenges in 2018 of updated mapping and greening rule changes, but it is by no means in perfect working order. Over 5,000 farmers and growers are still waiting for payments through no fault of their own and may not receive a penny for months.

    “Timely payments are crucial for farm businesses to be able to manage their cash flow, especially after last year’s extreme weather which put extra pressure on businesses. For those who have yet to be paid, the government must provide immediate bridging payments to ease this pressure and we are disappointed that such financial assistance may not be provided until April.

    “With regards to other BPS payment activity, we are pleased to see eligible commoners...
  5. Farm Business RSS
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    Jan 16, 2019 at 11:52 AM

    Written by JohnSwire

    Responding to the House of Commons voting against the Prime Minister’s Withdrawal Agreement last night, NFU President Minette Batters said: “As a result of the vote in the House of Commons, the country now finds itself in a situation where a no-deal Brexit appears to be increasingly likely. I have been clear that such an exit would simply be catastrophic for Britain and its food and farming sector and the country’s ability to produce home-grown food.

    “A no-deal Brexit could lead to huge disruption as a result of an effective trade embargo on the export of animals and animal products to the EU, leaving many livestock farmers with no market for their produce. At the same time, we know that the Government would choose to unilaterally lower import tariffs on food. Let’s be clear about that, if that happened Britain would be actively encouraging food imports from all over the world potentially produced to food standards lower than is legally allowed by UK farmers.

    “This would leave our own farmers facing the devastating outcome of having limited markets for their own produce while at the same time being undercut by low standard imports.

    “Such a move would leave Britain with a weakened ability to produce its own food. Once the tap of British food production is turned off, it would be very hard to turn it on again. Nobody would benefit from this.

    “A no-deal...
  6. Rock and Roll Farming RSS
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    Jan 16, 2019 at 9:12 AM

    102 CD & The Open Farm Sundays

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    Tonight i'm heading all the way down to beautiful Liskeard in Cornwall to talk to the Chief Exec of LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), Caroline Drummond @LEAFchief

    We talk about her early life growing up in the countryside, and how she developed a keen interest in all things farming, which resulted in her eventually becoming the first female President of the students union at Seale Hayne Agricultural College.

    We also discuss her time as lead singer of CD & The Sensations (!), before going on to talk about her time travelling nd working on various farms, including a stint on a cattle station in Australia.

    We then go into how she first came across LEAF, what the organisation does, and how she initially got involved in 1991, and how it's changed and evolved in the 18 years she's been there, before discussing at length the incredible OPEN FARM SUNDAY. We talk about what it is, how and why farmers can get involved, with this year's event taking place on 9th June, and some of the incredible results they're seeing in the perception of UK agriculture.

    For more information visit www.farmsunday.org

    All this and much, much more.

    Caroline's a legendary figure in British farming, and it was fantastic to talk to her tonight.

    Check it out folks..

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  7. The Guardian RSS
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    Jan 16, 2019 at 7:32 AM

    'Land sparing' on farms could revitalise UK bird populations, study says

    Written by Patrick Barkham

    Claim that more intensive farming would allow rewilding of greater areas of countryside

    “Land sparing” could lead to dramatic increases in wild bird populations, according to research that bolsters the case for rewilding.

    Farming intensively to increase yields while turning over much larger areas of farmland to wildlife could – if combined with measures to cut food waste and meat consumption – would meet Britain’s food needs and more than double the populations of breeding birds.

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    If everyone who reads our reporting, who likes it, helps fund it, our future would be much more...
  8. Farm Business RSS
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    Jan 16, 2019 at 6:12 AM

    Written by JohnSwire

    Slow broadband speeds and patchy mobile coverage remain major barriers to improving on farm productivity and the uptake of digital technology, the NFU said today.

    Despite welcome improvements in access to 4G services and an increase in access to superfast broadband (16% of members compared with 4% in 2015), the NFU’s latest broadband and mobile member survey highlights a clear need for better coverage to support farmers in maximising the opportunities that digital technology can provide for their businesses.

    NFU vice president Stuart Roberts said: “It’s vital that government ensures rural businesses have access to the same reliable broadband and mobile connectivity as urban businesses so they can remain productive, competitive and innovative.

    “The benefits that farmers receive from applying full connectivity are many; from optimising the use of inputs to decreasing farm costs and improving productivity as a result.

    “With the industry facing so much uncertainty, it is clear that farmers need as many tools as possible to maintain business resilience, and having access to digital connectivity is paramount if they are to compete with our international neighbours in the global market.

    “After all, it can be much easier for companies and organisations located in towns and cities to relocate to access different technologies. But this simply isn’t possible...
  9. Farm Business RSS
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    Jan 16, 2019 at 6:12 AM

    Written by JohnSwire

    AHDB’s £2.5 million Midweek Meal campaign will see health focused adverts promoting pork appear during prime-time TV shows like Coronation Street, starting this week.

    Running until 24 February, advertising will tap into the New Year drive to be more healthy. Globally inspired, quick and easy-to-cook recipes using lean cuts of pork include Vietnamese pork with jasmine rice and Japanese caramelised pork with vegetable spaghetti.

    Millions of pounds of additional sales have already been generated through earlier phases of AHDB Pork’s advertising, with more shoppers buying fresh pork during previous campaign bursts.

    Research is running to track results of the latest phase of the campaign, where advertising is supported by PR, social media and retailer activity.

    AHDB’s head of Meat Marketing Liam Byrne said: “We know January is a key time of year when people focus on health. To tap into that drive, we’ve collaborated with reality TV star Lucy Mecklenburgh, and personal trainer Cecilia Harris to help inspire people to cook pork as they try new healthy-meals.

    Lucy is famous for her appearances in top shows like The Only Way is Essex, Bear Grylls’ Celebrity Island and Tour de Celeb.

    Liam added: “In addition to the prime-time TV advertising slots, we’ve scheduled adverts to appear alongside programmes to target a younger audience. These include shows like...
  10. Farm Business RSS
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    Jan 16, 2019 at 5:42 AM

    Written by JohnSwire

    The UK Farming Roundtable, which consists of organisations representing farmers and growers from all agricultural sectors across the UK, has today warned of the severe impacts that a ‘no-deal’ departure from the EU in March 2019 would have for UK food and farming.

    On behalf of the Roundtable, NFU President Minette Batters said: “The members of the Roundtable were clear in their view that a ‘no-deal Brexit’ would be disastrous, not only for our farmers but for the public too, who rely on our ability to provide them with a sustainable, safe and affordable supply of high quality, British food.

    “With less than three months until the scheduled day of departure, the Roundtable was concerned that ‘no-deal’ remains a real possibility in the absence of any clear majority for an alternative outcome.

    “The Roundtable was particularly concerned that some Parliamentarians continue to make the case that ‘no-deal’ would be a manageable and acceptable outcome to Brexit. Members of the UK Farming Roundtable categorically do not share such a view.”

    The Roundtable outlined several major and immediate impacts that would negatively affect farming in a ‘no-deal’ scenario:

    • EU legislation could effectively result in a trade embargo on the export of UK animal based products such as meat, eggs and dairy to the EU. These products can only be imported by the EU from...