1. Agriland RSS
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    May 22, 2019 at 12:12 PM
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    Written by Jim Breen

    Kubota Corporation, which is headquartered in Japan, is establishing new ‘Innovation Centres’ – one in Japan and another in Europe. These will encompass development of agricultural and construction equipment.

    Up to now, Kubota has undertaken product development through specialised departments for each product line.

    The company says that this new move will “develop and strengthen” its research and development – both within Japan and internationally.

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    It says that it will “consider establishing centres in other regions in the future”.

    This is all against a background in which it notched up revenues of ¥1,850 billion (€14.7 billion) in 2018. That was up by 5.7% compared with 2017.

    Also Read: Kubota’s annual revenue has grown to almost €15 billion
    For this year (2019), the company forecasts that revenue will be up 6.5%.

    Kubota / Buhler (Versatile) deal


    In related news, the company recently announced (back in March) that it had entered into an agreement with Buhler Industries (a manufacturer...
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    Written by Rachel Martin

    British Veterinary Association (BVA) president Simon Doherty used the association’s annual Scottish Dinner to urge veterinary professionals to work together to navigate the unpredictable times ahead.

    He also asked guests to continue to support the BVA’s campaign for vets to be restored to the Shortage Occupation List.

    He made the comments last night (Tuesday, May 21) addressing almost 90 guests at the Scottish Parliament, including the Minister for Rural Affairs and the Natural Environment, Mairi Gougeon, MSPs, key representatives from animal health and welfare organisations, and colleagues from across the veterinary profession.

    He said: “Vets have high levels of public trust in our insights and expertise, and strong connections with our colleagues, clients and the communities we serve.


    In these uncertain times, it’s more crucial than ever that the veterinary community pulls together to navigate the difficult landscape ahead and continues to provide the best possible standards of care.

    Doherty highlighted the BVA’s work keeping members and stakeholders informed about the potential challenges and opportunities Brexit presents for the veterinary workforce and animal welfare.

    He also highlighted that non-UK EU vets make a considerable contribution to the Scottish workforce, with one in seven vets practising in Scotland qualified...
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    Written by Charlotte Cunningham

    Hands-Free Hectare, the joint project run by Harper Adams University and Precision Decisions, is growing to become a 35ha farm, courtesy of funding from Innovate UK. CPM reports. The project, which started in 2016, aimed to be the first in the world to grow, tend and harvest a crop without tractor operators or agronomists on the ground. It has already had two successful harvests, winning a number of awards. The new farm, based at the university’s campus in Shropshire, will be a three-year project, and brings in a third partner; the UK division of Australian precision agriculture specialist Farmscan AG. And the Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Centre (Agri-Epi Centre) is providing the team with development space and project management support. Multiple crops Jonathan Gill, mechatronics researcher at the university said: “This time, we’re planning to grow three different combinable crops across 35ha. “We’re moving past the feasibility study which the hectare provided us with, to a vision of the future of farming. “We want to prove the capability and ability of these systems in reducing the levels of soil compaction and precision application.” The farm seeks to solve problems like fleet management and swarm vehicle logistics and navigation, explained Martin Abell,…
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    Written by Charlotte Cunningham

    Hands-Free Hectare, the joint project run by Harper Adams University and Precision Decisions, is growing to become a 35ha farm, courtesy of funding from Innovate UK. CPM reports. The project, which started in 2016, aimed to be the first in the world to grow, tend and harvest a crop without tractor operators or agronomists on the ground. It has already had two successful harvests, winning a number of awards. The new farm, based at the university’s campus in Shropshire, will be a three-year project, and brings in a third partner; the UK division of Australian precision agriculture specialist Farmscan AG. And the Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Centre (Agri-Epi Centre) is providing the team with development space and project management support. Multiple crops Jonathan Gill, mechatronics researcher at the university said: “This time, we’re planning to grow three different combinable crops across 35ha. “We’re moving past the feasibility study which the hectare provided us with, to a vision of the future of farming. “We want to prove the capability and ability of these systems in reducing the levels of soil compaction and precision application.” The farm seeks to solve problems like fleet management and swarm vehicle logistics and navigation, explained Martin Abell,…
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    Written by Charlotte Cunningham

    Hands-Free Hectare, the joint project run by Harper Adams University and Precision Decisions, is growing to become a 35ha farm, courtesy of funding from Innovate UK. CPM reports. The project, which started in 2016, aimed to be the first in the world to grow, tend and harvest a crop without tractor operators or agronomists on the ground. It has already had two successful harvests, winning a number of awards. The new farm, based at the university’s campus in Shropshire, will be a three-year project, and brings in a third partner; the UK division of Australian precision agriculture specialist Farmscan AG. And the Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Centre (Agri-Epi Centre) is providing the team with development space and project management support. Multiple crops Jonathan Gill, mechatronics researcher at the university said: “This time, we’re planning to grow three different combinable crops across 35ha. “We’re moving past the feasibility study which the hectare provided us with, to a vision of the future of farming. “We want to prove the capability and ability of these systems in reducing the levels of soil compaction and precision application.” The farm seeks to solve problems like fleet management and swarm vehicle logistics and navigation, explained Martin Abell,…
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    May 22, 2019 at 9:12 AM
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    118 The Naked Farmer

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    Poultry farmers Patrick & Zanna Joice @UphouseFarm are a remarkable couple. For this episode I spoke to them both about Patrick's terminal Cancer diagnosis, his ongoing battle with severe depression, and how they're trying to help others who may be struggling alone.

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    May 22, 2019 at 8:02 AM
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    Written by Rachel Martin

    A new group proposed for Argyll and Bute aims to inform and engage with schoolchildren about food and farming.

    Farmers, crofters, landowners, teachers, early years providers and anyone involved in agriculture or the land use sector are invited to an open meeting to discuss taking the idea forward.

    Argyll and Bute is currently the only part of Scotland without a similar group.

    Across the rest of Scotland, the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) has strived to bring the working countryside and its practices to life for young people.

    The aim of the meeting is to expand the existing RHET network of 12 countryside initiatives across Scotland to include Argyll and Bute.

    Working with volunteers directly involved with farming, RHET provides children with the opportunity to visit working farms and hear first-hand how their food is produced and how the countryside is managed.

    Where farm visits aren’t possible, RHET uses volunteers to visit the classroom, as well as providing a range of teaching resources.

    RHET board chairman, George Lawrie, and RHET education manager Katrina Barclay are among those due to speak at the meeting to give an overview of the work of RHET.

    Lawrie said: “It has never been more important to encourage young people to learn more about where their food comes from and get a better understanding of the countryside around them....
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    Written by Rachel Martin

    The UK’s award-winning Hands Free Hectare project has received funding from Innovate UK to create a whole hands-free farm.

    The experiment, which is run by Harper Adams University and Map of Ag company Precision Decisions, started in 2016 with the aim to be the first in the world to grow, tend and harvest a crop without operators in the driving seats or agronomists on the ground.

    The project has been taken through two successful cropping cycles.

    The new hands-free farm will be a three-year-long project, run in partnership between Harper Adams and Precision Decisions, along with a new partner – Farmscan AG. The latter is the UK division of an Australian precision agriculture specialist.

    The project will continue to be based at the university’s campus in Shropshire.

    The Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Centre (Agri-Epi Centre) will provide the team with development space and project management support at their Midlands Agri-Tech Innovation Hub, which is also located on the university’s campus.

    Jonathan Gill, mechatronics researcher at the university, said: “This time, we’re planning to grow three different combinable crops across 35ha.


    We’re moving past the feasibility study which the hectare provided us with, to now a vision of the future of farming.

    “We want to prove the capability and ability of these systems in...
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    Starting out as “the new kid on the block” and dealing with the horsemeat scandal of 2013 have been “the toughest hurdles” for Michael Hoey, managing director at Country Crest.

    The co-owner of the north county Dublin based agri-food business reflected on these challenges as he addressed hundreds of successful, advancing and aspiring agri entrepreneurs at ONE19: The Alltech Ideas Conference in Lexington, Kentucky, this week.

    Hoey – who first established the business to grow and pre-pack fresh potatoes for the retail sector alongside his brother Gabriel – offered a detailed insight into how the enterprise has developed into a multi-million euro food company over the last 26 years.

    The main message he wanted to get across to the floor was: “In business, you will have crises. You must face your crisis. Address it. Then, drive through it to fix it.”

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    Looking back to 2007, when Hoey was first asked by a customer if the company would consider cooking proteins, such as beef and chicken, putting them onto a fresh tray and selling it as a product, he admits that, at first, he was repeatedly “warned off” such a move.

    “Everybody said to me ‘it will break you’.


    The investment is huge and there are...​
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    It’s not just in Ireland that the beef industry has been targeted as a major contributor to greenhouse gas emissions (GHG); it is also the case in the US.

    However, speaking at ONE19: The Alltech Ideas Conference, Dr. Frank Mitloehner, professor and air quality extension specialist in the Department of Animal Science at the University of California, presented data that now indicates that the US beef industry is a small contributor to GHG emissions when compared to other sectors.

    Both in the US, and indeed in Ireland, the finger has been routinely pointed at beef – albeit at different scales and production systems.

    “The carbon footprint of beef is a hot topic at the moment – everybody is talking it. For many industries, this is the main driver to get people to buy their product,” Dr. Mitloehner explained.

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    “For example, plant-based protein companies are saying that you should buy their product as an alternative to beef because beef has a carbon footprint that is just atrocious.”

    And, the lack of data on the topic has made the US beef industry an easy target. Now, data indicates that only a small proportion of GHG emissions stem from the beef supply chain.

    Dr. Mitloehner explained: “The total GHG emissions of...