1. News
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    Apr 30, 2018
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    British meat levy boards to exhibit at SIAL Canada

    Red meat and dairy products from Britain will take centre stage at a major international food and drink show in Canada this week.

    The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is exhibiting at SIAL Canada alongside Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) and Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) to showcase premium meat and cheese from England, Scotland and Wales.

    SIAL is now the only event of its scale in Canada, with almost 1,000 national and international exhibitors from 50 countries, hosting more than 18,000 visitors. The show brings together the retail, foodservice and equipment industries under one roof.

    Throughout the three-day event in Montreal, the British meat levy bodies will showcase high quality pork and lamb with cooking demonstrations from chef Robert Pendergast. AHDB Dairy will also be exhibiting premium cheese alongside nine producers from Britain.

    AHDB Senior Export Manager Susana Morris said the show provides the perfect opportunity to exhibit British products on a global stage.

    “This is an incredibly important market for us,” she added. “Canada is the sixth largest importer of food products. It is vital that we look at new markets and opportunities to ensure that British meat and dairy products are front of mind for importers.”

    “Canada is an emerging market for Welsh red meat which has great...
  2. The Guardian RSS
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    Apr 30, 2018
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    FDA finds weedkiller in array of foods, internal emails show

    Written by Carey Gillam

    The FDA has been testing food samples for traces of glyphosate for two years, but the agency has not yet released any official results



    Related: Toxic neighbour: Monsanto and the poisoned town

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  3. News
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    Apr 29, 2018
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    Being a dairy farmer is an utterly tough slog in the best of times. Now they have plenty more beef.

    Declining consumption, increased production and lower prices in the face of increased costs have already hit dairy farmers hard in upstate New York and elsewhere.

    Now they’re facing competition from the big box stores.

    Walmart, in an apparent quest to dominate its supply chain, has started producing its own milk, a development that has prompted Texas-based Dean Foods to cancel contracts with more than 100 farmers in eight states.

    The cancellation notices went out last month to farmers in Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and South Carolina. The contracts terminate on May 31.

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  4. News
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    Apr 28, 2018


    A poll carried out by AgriLand shows that almost a fifth of dairy farmers who voted have still not been able to get their cows out.

    Less than two-thirds said they had managed to get their cows out full-time with a fifth opting to graze part-time.

    More than 1,700 people spread across all four provinces voted in the poll in just two days.

    13% of those who voted said their cows were still housed, while a further 6% said they hoped to get the herd out this week.

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    Along Co. Down’s east coast, Greyabbey farmer Ian Bailie said he had just got his cows out for the first time in 32 weeks.

    Like many, Ian had to bring his cows in back in September.

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  5. News
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    Apr 28, 2018


    Health and Safety Executive (HSE) inspector, Iain Sutherland, made the plea at a workshop on non-technical skills and farm safety at Aberdeen University.

    He said of the 30 people killed in agriculture in 2016/17, nine were killed as a result of being struck by a farm vehicle making it the biggest single cause of workplace deaths in agriculture.

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    Accidents involving machinery accounted for 9 deaths in 2016/17

    Six were killed as a result of being trapped by something collapsing, five were killed when struck by objects and three were killed by contact with electricity.

    The other causes of death were contact with electricity, falling from height, animals, contact with machinery, asphyxiation, and being struck against something fixed.

    Mr Sutherland said the figures depicted a bit of the “same old” and the safety problems and solutions in farming had been around for a long time.

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  6. The Guardian RSS
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    Apr 27, 2018
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    Meat is crucial to balanced diet, Michael Gove tells farmers

    Written by Bibi van der Zee

    Environment secretary’s vision for UK agriculture post-Brexit sees farmers playing a vital role in improving public health

    Meat is a crucial part of a balanced diet, the environment secretary has said, as he told farmers about his “health and harmony” vision for food.

    Michael Gove’s new vision for British agriculture post-Brexit envisages farmers playing a critical role in improving public health.

    Related: ‘Cows carry flesh, but they carry personality too’: the hard lessons of farming

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    Since you’re here …

    … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading the Guardian than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your...
  7. AHDB Potatoes RSS
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    Apr 27, 2018
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    Potato stocks high, but marketing season may extend

    Written by Jimmy.Phillips@ahdb.org.uk

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    The stocks of potatoes held by growers at the end of March totalled 1.3Mt according to an Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board estimate.

    This is a similar level to the same period in 2015 and approximately 300Kt more than the 2017 estimate. It comes as no surprise following the high production figures of 6.04Mt seen in 2017.

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    Fri, 04/27/2018

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  8. Rock and Roll Farming RSS
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    Apr 27, 2018
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    The Future for Food and Farming

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    Tonight, for this very special Rock and Roll Farming Podcast I head down to Westminster in London to talk to DEFRA Secretary of State Michael Gove about their consultation paper 'Health and Harmony: the future for food and farming and the environment in a green brexit', and why it's absolutely vital that working farmers respond.




    This episode is kindly sponsored by NFU Cymru. For more details please visit www.nfu-cymru.org or www.rockandrollfarming.com

    Rock and Roll Farming is proud to work in partnership with Farmer's Guardian. Please visit www.fginsight.com

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  9. Practical Farm Ideas
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    Apr 26, 2018
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    Anyone who makes and adapts equipment in the workshop will read this and it will alter the way you design equipment in the future, particularly implements attached to handlers. Here’s a real instance of a farmer coming up with a superb and very cost effective way of designing loader implements.

    Implements that attach to loaders are designed and built - and then the desired loader brackets are added as an after-thought. When Rodney Fuller from Surrey designs front end implements for his farm, he incorporates the bracket into the design, saving steel and making use of the shape to build strength into the machine without spending any extra money.



    Corner of the bale spike showing the way the bracket is angled and the frame built around it


    Brackets like the old Quicke were small and light-weight, but those for modern handlers are substantial components which can form part of the frame.

    The bale spike and the loader adaptor plate are perhaps two of the most popular farm workshop projects, and as you can see from the pictures, Rodney's are designed differently, with the bracket forming a corner on the spike, and is an integral part of the frame of the adaptor. The design idea provides a useful few inches of leverage to the machine as well, as the plate is not stuck on the...
  10. News
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    Apr 26, 2018


    A 75-YEAR-OLD man has died after his car collided with a tractor and trailer near Wantage.

    His white Vauxhall was involved in a collision with a green tractor with a yellow trailer unit on the A338 between Wantage and Fawley.

    Both vehicles were travelling towards Wantage.

    The crash happened on Wednesday April 18 at about 9.15pm.

    Police have appealed for witnesses as they investigate the crash.

    Investigating officer, PC Linzi Turner of the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “This was a tragic incident in which a person has sadly died.

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