1. Agriland RSS
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    Mar 20, 2019 at 5:32 PM

    Written by Jim Breen

    Carraro Group, which manufactures transmission systems/components and specialist tractors, notched up a turnover of €624 million last year.

    That was up 3% on the figure for the previous year (2017).

    In particular, the company achieved an especially high turnover in India (over €100 million). This was the first time that India surpassed the US, as a target market, for Carraro Group.


    Net profit for 2018 was just over €12 million. This was down from a figure of almost €14 million in 2017.

    Tractor division

    Carraro Group’s tractor division – Agritalia – accounted for about 20% of the group’s overall turnover. 3,985 tractors were manufactured (down from 4,682 the previous year).

    The Agritalia division designs and manufactures specialised tractors (typically for vineyards and orchards) from 60hp to 100hp for third-party brands – namely Claas, John Deere and Massey Ferguson (some of which are pictured below)....
  2. Agriland RSS
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    Mar 20, 2019 at 5:32 PM

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    Highway officials in the UK have said that Operation Brock will be ready for the current Brexit deadline of March 29. However, the UK’s Road Haulage Association has said it “remains skeptical”.

    Operation Brock is a contingency plan which aims to control the flow of traffic around the Port of Dover in the event of a no-deal Brexit.

    A statement from the RHA explained that Operation Brock intends to manage the freight traffic leaving the UK as a result of additional customs inspections and paperwork checks in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal.

    Part of the operation involves a contraflow system for London-bound traffic on the M20 between Ashford and Maidstone, as well as keeping freight traffic to the outside lanes heading towards Dover where they can be stacked if queues build up at the port.

    The statement said that emergency access gates were being installed between junctions 7 and 9, on the M20 motorway.

    The RHA has said it “remains skeptical” about the suitability of Operation Brock.

    According to the association, even at this late stage, it is unclear what preparations have been made to facilitate the hundreds of haulage drivers who will be “shepherded” into the stacking system.

    Access to food, water and toilets are all essential, but how this will be achieved has yet to be revealed, the statement concluded.

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  3. Agriland RSS
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    Mar 20, 2019 at 4:22 PM

    Written by Rachel Martin

    Four of the UK’s main farming unions have written to Chancellor Philip Hammond warning that the proposed no-deal tariffs will be damage UK agriculture.

    The letter reaffirms the farming unions’ position of being absolutely committed to avoiding a disorderly exit from the EU.

    NFU president Minette Batters said: “The Government’s recent no-deal applied tariff policy announcement confirms our view that to leave the EU without a deal in place would be catastrophic for UK farming.

    “While we acknowledge that the tariff policy announced earlier this month is intended to be temporary and would be in direct response to an undesirable situation facing the country, we have very significant concerns about the damage this policy would cause to farmers across the country.

    “Without the maintenance of tariff protections, we would be in danger of opening up the UK to imported food which would be illegal to be produced here, produced at a lower cost because it may fail to meet the environmental and animal welfare standards which are legally required of our own farmers.

    “Under the no-deal tariff policy, even those sectors that are treated sensitively by our Government will, in most instances, see worrying and large reductions in the tariff rates currently charged on non-EU imports.

    Tariffs currently in place by virtue of EU membership on almost all...​
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    Mar 20, 2019 at 3:52 PM

    Written by Jim Breen

    The Landini Rex 4 tractor has won a “prestigious award” in Spain, specifically for its Advanced Driving System. This follows an earlier award at EIMA 2018 in Italy.

    The Spanish judging panel awarded the tractor the ‘Maquina Inovadora’ accolade at the sixth edition of the agricultural trade show in Valladolid.

    The so-called Advanced Driving System is described as a “hybrid driver-assistance system that uses mechatronic technologies to help operators – both in the field and on the road”.


    In the field, it automatically returns the front wheels to the straight-ahead position after a headland turn.

    On the road, it adapts steering ‘weight’ as the tractor’s speed changes. A spokesperson said: “This new technology further reduces the driving performance gap between a tractor and a normal road vehicle.”


    The company says that it’s “fully compatible” with satellite guidance systems developed by Topcon Agriculture, allowing the “memorisation and control of...
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    Mar 20, 2019 at 2:22 PM

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    The biannual ‘Pigs R Us’ conference hosted by Parklands Veterinary Group returns to the Glenavon House Hotel, Cookstown, Co. Tyrone this evening, Wednesday, March 20.

    According to the organisers, the event has “a packed itinerary for all delegates attending” and is said to be recognised as the one of the “leading” pig events in the north of Ireland.

    Trade stands representing all aspects of the industry will be set up, including pharmaceuticals, animal feeds, supplements, genetics and equipment.

    The trade display opens at 5:00pm with a bacon buttie reception served from 5:45pm. Conference papers commence at 7:45pm with a finger buffet supper at 9:45pm.

    Keynote speakers at the event will include Emma Baxter, Steve Stitzlein, John Grant and Deidre McIvor.

    According to the organisers, Baxter possesses a “wealth of experience” gained from research into farrowing room management.

    Stitzlein has “extensive knowledge” of several aspects of pig production and will provide a practical update on identifying and optimising opportunities.

    Grant, who heads up the Parklands Pig Team, has nearly 30 years of experience and is recognised for his work in reducing antibiotic usage while safeguarding performance and production.

    Those interested in attending can contact the Parklands Cookstown office on: 004428-86765765 or emailing: Karen@parklandsvets.co.uk.

  6. CPM RSS
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    Mar 20, 2019 at 1:52 PM

    Written by Charlotte Cunningham

    The very early start to pollen beetle migration could collide with oilseed rape green-bud stage and cause issues for growers in the coming months. CPM reports. An exceptionally warm February has contributed to the earliest start to a pollen beetle migration since records began. While pollen beetle numbers recorded as part of Rothamsted monitoring surveys are currently well below threshold level, if temperatures rise then increased beetle activity could coincide with green-bud – the most damage-susceptible growth stage of oilseed rape. Integrated approach Sam Cook, senior research scientist at Rothamsted Research, says that an integrated pest management (IPM) approach is vital to combatting pollen beetles. “If in the next few weeks temperatures exceed 15°c for a couple of days, then it is possible that increased pollen beetle could coincide with the green-bud growth stage. IPM for pollen beetle is really important in order to increase the efficiency of insecticides and reduce their unnecessary use.” Given the early start to migration, Claire Matthewman, campaign manager at Bayer, agrees that a vigilant and integrated approach will be necessary this season. Even putting yellow sticky traps out in the fields acts as a practical tool for population monitoring, she says. “Monitoring both the crop…
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  7. Agriland RSS
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    Mar 20, 2019 at 1:52 PM

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    Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC) has been working with the Welsh Government and supermarkets to promote Welsh food in the home market in the run-up to Brexit.

    Taking advantage of the period around St David’s Day, early March saw a number of joint events with major retailers, where samples of PGI Welsh Lamb and PGI Welsh Beef and new promotional materials were distributed.

    HCC joined Welsh Government in a Welsh food tasting event at a store in Wrexham, as well as promoting Welsh produce at the headquarters of supermarket companies in southern England.

    The activity is part of a programme of promotion by HCC in the domestic GB market.

    At present, around 65% of Welsh Lamb is consumed in Britain, but this market could be even more important if there is a disruption in exports due to Brexit.

    HCC is also attending key trade events in March – the International Food and Drink Event (IFE) in London and Taste Wales in Newport – as well as foodservice tradeshows and an event in Westminster.

    These events run alongside promoting lamb, beef and pork to consumers over social media, and new promotional leaflets which were distributed through independent shops who are members of HCC’s Welsh Lamb and Welsh Beef Butchers’ Club.

    Emily Davies, HCC’s UK market development executive said: “HCC supports retailers large and small who commit to sourcing Welsh...
  8. Rock and Roll Farming RSS
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    Mar 20, 2019 at 1:42 PM

    FG 'Ploughing Through Brexit' with Leslie Griffiths AM, Fergus Ewing MSP, John Davies & Andrew McCornick

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    Hosts Will Evans and FG’s chief reporter Abi Kay were joined for the special 30-minute podcast, from Scotland by the Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing MSP, and the President of NFU Scotland, Andrew McCornick, and from Wales, the Minister for the Environment Energy and Rural Affairs, Leslie Griffiths AM, and NFU Cymru President, John Davies.

    Together, they discussed all the current brexit issues facing Scottish and Welsh farmers, and their hopes for the coming months.



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  9. Fair Play News
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    Mar 20, 2019 at 1:00 PM
    AgriTrade News reports a NIAB project, funded by the AHDB (PR602), has concluded that higher than expected levels of erucic acid (EA) in oilseed rape seed originated from oilseed rape volunteers.

    Erucic acid contamination has led to some growers incurring penalties on consignments, or seeing consignments rejected. The European Standing Committee on Plants, Animals Food and Feed announced in February that the legal limit for EA in rapeseed oil is to be reduced from the current 5% to 2%.

    NIAB’s Simon Kightley, who led the project, said: “We have come to the conclusion that the problem is coming from OSR volunteers that have lain in soil, for a long time in some cases, not necessarily dormant but regenerating every time that OSR comes back into that field. The volunteer seed germinates, if the field is cultivated to the right depth, when the new crop is planted.

    “These volunteers are virtually indistinguishable from the sown crop and will grow and set seed, which is harvested with the crop. Volunteers also cross pollinate with the farmed crop. This happens all the time in rape crops but if the volunteers are high in EA then the seed they produce will be high EA and a proportion of seed in the farm crop will become high EA which will have an immediate impact on overall EA levels.”

    Mr Kightley adds that it is not just OSR volunteers causing the problem – poorly controlled Brassica weeds like charlock, which has 42% EA, are also responsible. He says Clearfield varieties and...
  10. Agriland RSS
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    Mar 20, 2019 at 12:22 PM

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    European Union leaders are expected to consider UK Prime Minister Theresa May’s pending letter seeking ‘a short Brexit postponement’ at a key summit in Brussels tomorrow (March 21).

    It is understood that May will request a shorter delay to the deadline – pushing Brexit out to June 30 – but will also ask for the option to extend it longer if needed, according to the BBC.

    It is understood that the delay could last up to two years or longer.

    However, speaking on German public broadcaster DLF this morning (March 20), Jean-Claude Juncker President of the European Commission, said the EU had not yet received such correspondence from Downing Street, according to a commission spokesperson.

    .@JunckerEU @DLF #Brexit “Haven’t received yet letter from @theresa_may. #EU did everything we could to accommodate requests of UK but still no backing for...​