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    Written by Rachel Martin

    The Farmers’ Union of Wales (FUW) has issued a discussion document on the need for a UK policy framework which prevents unfair competition between UK farmers, market distortion and other negative impacts after Brexit.

    ‘Filling the void – steps towards a post-Brexit UK policy framework’ highlights the fact that an “unprecedented legislative void” will be created post-Brexit allowing policies across the UK’s four nations to diverge.

    The union warns this could result in market distortion and unfair competition between farmers, and cause significant disruption to the functioning of the UK’s internal markets and supply chains.

    FUW president Glyn Roberts said: “As an organisation established more than 60 years ago to advance and protect the interests of Welsh farmers, the Farmers’ Union of Wales remains fully committed to devolution and the advantages it has brought to Wales and other nations over the past two decades.

    “But such changes do not negate the need for all our nations to work together to develop approaches which are mutually beneficial and protect not only our farmers and internal markets, but also our status and reputation across Europe and the world.”

    ‘Widespread concerns’


    The paper highlights the fact that moves to make the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy more flexible from 2021 have prompted widespread concerns on...
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    Written by Rachel Martin

    The Countryside Alliance has publicly backed calls for a new GCSE qualification in agriculture.

    On Monday (July 2), the Royal Agricultural University hosted its second annual Teacher and Adviser Conference, with the Countryside Alliance’s Liam Stokes as the keynote speaker.

    Stokes used the address to call for greater collaboration between colleges, schools and universities to make land-based subjects available to all young people who might benefit from them.

    Land-based education


    Drawing on his experience of land-based education systems from all over the world, he told the conference that making this sort of learning an option for all students “would tap into the potential” of children who do not do well in traditional classroom environments, as well as boosting our land-based industries.

    The event was supported by a partnership between the Royal Agricultural University (RAU), Applied Inspiration and the School Farms Network (SFN), and brought together teachers and advisers from across the country with a view to raising awareness of the educational and career opportunities in the land-based sector.

    Stokes also argued that the only way to secure the future of the school farms that make land-based education possible was to introduce a GCSE Agriculture, he said: “Without a relevant GCSE contributing to performance tables and...
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    Written by Richard Halleron

    International food conglomerate Nestle is the latest company to commit to an RSPCA-led programme to improve chicken welfare.

    More broilers are reared each year in the UK than any other land animal with the RSPCA disapproving of the way many of them are kept.

    Nestle joins M&S and Knorr have also signed up to the Better Chicken Commitment, pledging to meet a number of key requirements to improve the welfare of chickens.

    These requirements have been drawn up by a partnership of animal protection groups, including the RSPCA – and now the RSPCA is urging other supermarkets and retailers to follow suit and commit to raising welfare standards across their whole supply chain of chicken by 2026.

    That means addressing the most pressing concerns in meat chicken production including the use of higher welfare breeds of chickens and providing natural light, more space, enrichment – such as straw bales and vegetables to peck – and perching, as well as adopting more humane methods of slaughter.

    Kate Parkes, chicken welfare specialist at the RSPCA said: “More meat chickens are produced than any other terrestrial farm animal in the UK, with around one billion reared each year.

    “Globally, chicken is expected to become the largest meat sector in the world by 2020 as other countries also increase production.

    “But despite this rapidly growing demand, there has...
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    The most recent Global Dairy Trade auction – Event 215 – has just finished, resulting in a sharp drop in the GDT Price Index.

    This drop – a 5.0% decrease in index – is the most dramatic decrease seen in the index this year.

    Lasting five minutes short of the two-hour mark, the event saw 118 winning bidders from a total of 152 across 13 rounds of bids.

    A total figure of 26,519MT was sold over the course of the event.

    Key Results:

    • AMF index down 1.7%, average price US$5,937/MT;
    • Butter index down 4.0%, average price US$5,390/MT;
    • BMP index up 6.4%, average price US$2,480/MT;
    • Ched index down 4.3%, average price US$3,713/MT;
    • LAC index not available, average price not available;
    • RenCas index up 3.6%, average price US$5,089/MT;
    • SMP index down 4.6%, average price US$1,913/MT;
    • SWP index not available, average price not available;
    • WMP index down 7.3%, average price US$2,905/MT.

    The most severe fall was seen in the Whole Milk Powder (WMP) index, which dropped 7.3%, while Skim Milk Powder (SMP) also took a hefty hit of 4.6%. Butter Milk Powder saw one of only a couple of increases on the day, rising by a considerable 6.4%.

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    Source: Global Dairy Trade

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    Written by Rachel Martin

    With Brexit uncertainties on the horizon, it’s never been more important for farmers to understand their business costs.

    Lincolnshire farmer and AHDB Monitor Farm host Colin Chappell has been benchmarking his costs for the last couple of years and believes benchmarking will key to getting us through Brexit.

    He was speaking to local farmers at the summer meeting of the Brigg Monitor Farm project in June.

    “The fact that I’ve benchmarked my farm, and I’ve been doing so for two years, has made a massive difference,” he said.

    Colin credits the AHDB Monitor Farm and benchmarking process with helping him to focus on his fixed costs and total overheads.

    Better margins


    “It’s made a tremendous difference,” he said. “I can sell my grain much better now because I know my costs of production.”

    Colin and other Monitor Farm groups around the country use AHDB’s Farmbench programme to benchmark their costs and understand their businesses better.

    The adage – if you can measure it, you can manage it – applies to everything in Colin’s business. One of his focuses now for the future is cost-effective black-grass control.

    Colin’s current black-grass control programme using Pacifica (30g/kg mesosulfuron-methyl with 10g/kg iodosulfuron-methyl-sodium) costs him on average £20/ac.

    “Would this money be better spent employing someone to hand...
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    An eagle-eyed AgriLand reader came across this video (see below) recently. What caught his eye was the way in which a haulier delivering straw brought a miniature telescopic loader on board – to enable him to unload his cargo of big square bales.

    The video is four minutes and 50 seconds long; it showcases the antics of ‘Stouten Fourage‘ – a Dutch company that specialises in any and all logistics involving hay, straw and silage.

    Forage specialist


    The company runs its own trucks and apparently has the capacity to store up to 10,000t of feed at any one time.

    If you fast-forward the video, to about two minutes and 50 seconds, you will see the truck park up and a miniature, pivot-steer telescopic loader emerge – seemingly from within the load of straw.


    During transport, the pint-sized loader is carried width-ways on the truck just behind the cab. It nestles neatly between the bulkhead and the bales of straw.

    Upon arrival at the on-farm destination, a pair of ramps are set in place – enabling the narrow-framed handler to simply drive off the side of the lorry.

    Once safely on the ground, telescopic front stub-axles allow the loader’s front wheels to shunt outwards – onto a wider and more stable wheel track (for safer bale handling)....
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    Written by Richard Halleron

    British banks have joined forces with the NFU to call on the government to enable investment on farms and to highlight the need for resilient farming businesses going into Brexit.

    At a recent meeting hosted by the NFU, bankers from HSBC, Barclays, Lloyds, RBS-NatWest, Clydesdale and Yorkshire and Bank of England, emphasised the important role that banks play in supporting UK farmers, especially in this time of uncertainty.
    Uncertainty


    NFU deputy president Guy Smith chaired the meeting.

    He said: “This was a great opportunity to underline the importance of productivity and investment and ensure that Britain’s banks continue to support our farmers.

    “Uncertainty around Brexit is understandably making some farmers nervous about taking long-term investment decisions for their businesses.

    “With mid-term confidence at an all-time low, it is reassuring that we have the backing of major banks as we look to the government to provide that much-needed certainty.


    Continued financial support will help give farmers the confidence they need to make important investments. The NFU looks forward to working with these banks to enable productive, profitable and progressive farming businesses, and a more certain future for farming post-Brexit.”
    Growing sector


    Farming’s growing contribution to the...
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    Dr. Norman Weatherup, senior beef and sheep technologist, at the College of Agriculture Food and Rural Enterprise gives his tips on avoiding heat stress in livestock during the summer heatwave.

    Beef animals that are almost finished are at the most risk of heat stress as they have the least amount of lung capacity relative to body weight.

    Animals that are very young and very old also are at increased risk. They do not have the physiologic reserves to withstand prolonged periods of heat.

    Ensure animals have access to plenty of clean water as water intake increases markedly in hot weather.

    Evaluate water supply lines and ensure you have sufficient water pressure and flow capacity available to keep troughs full during times of peak water consumption.

    At more than 30°C dairy cows will drink more than 110L a day at 14L a minute when at the trough – so space and flow rate are essential to ensure this level of water consumption is achieved.

    Increase feed rates and introduce buffer feeding to dairy cows to maintain milk yields as grass growth rates fall sharply due to a moisture deficit.

    1. Adapting feeding times


    Move the animals’ feeding time to late afternoon or evening to allow rumen fermentation to take place during the cooler night temperatures.

    This will also increase lung capacity for the cattle...
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    Seed potato varieties approved for export to Kenya

    Written by Jimmy.Phillips@ahdb.org.uk

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    Three potato varieties have been recommended for release in Kenya thanks to the joint efforts of AHDB, James Hutton Ltd, SASA and Seeds2B Africa (part of the Syngenta Foundation).

    Ten potato varieties were trialed at three separate farms over two seasons with free variety Cara, and two James Hutton Ltd varieties, Gemson and Lady Balfour, making the grade.

    Release Date:
    Tue, 07/03/2018

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    Precision potato production focus at SPot Scotland

    Written by digital@ahdb.org.uk

    Using precision farming for potato production will be under the spotlight at this year’s Strategic Potato (SPot) Farm Scotland Open Day on Tuesday 10 July.

    AHDB’s Strategic Farms are used to drive research in to practice through the demonstration of cutting-edge techniques - appropriate to the region and market sector - in a commercial-scale growing environment.

    Release Date:
    Tue, 07/03/2018

    Continue reading more on the ADHB Potatoes Website...