1. Agriland RSS
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    Jan 16, 2019 at 5:02 AM

    Written by Rachel Martin

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

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

    Research is running to track the 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....
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    Jan 15, 2019 at 5:12 PM

    Written by Jim Breen

    A picture of a Claas tractor sitting at a Sixt rental outlet (in Germany) has been doing the rounds on social media.

    The tractor – partly branded as a Sixt vehicle – is apparently available for rent (in much the same way as you might rent a car or van).

    Sixt operates a multi-national car rental business. It has thousands of outlets in countries dotted around the globe. It has an especially large presence in Germany.


    Sixt is also a well-known brand-name in the car rental business in the UK and Ireland; its outlets can typically be found at major airports and cites.

    This post (pictured below) appeared on the Facebook page of a Claas dealer in Germany.

    Image source: Claas Bordesholm GmbH Facebook page

    Details are scant at this stage.

    According to Dutch outlet/publication Mechaman.nl, some tractors from the (Claas) Axion 800 and 900 ranges will be available at one or more Sixt outlets in Germany – to highlight the so-called ‘First Claas...
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    Jan 15, 2019 at 4:12 PM

    Written by Rachel Martin

    NFU president Minette Batters has warned that leaving the EU without a deal could leave the country reliant on lower quality imports in order to feed its 66 million inhabitants.

    The National Farmers’ Union president was addressing delegates at the Semex dairy conference in Glasgow on Monday.

    In her speech, she covered issues such as no-deal Brexit, the Agriculture Bill, the need to uphold UK food standards and the importance of food production.

    Mrs. Batters said: “There has never been a more important time to talk about homegrown food.

    “I want to broaden the conversations around food – it is more affordable, diverse, traceable and available than ever before, but around the world, the landscape for food is changing and we face significant challenges in sustaining ourselves in the future.

    For example, a no-deal Brexit could lead to an immediate reliance on overseas imports, produced to lower standards, while many UK farms struggle to survive.

    “Farmers want clarity on what the future trading relationship with Europe will be. We have argued for free and frictionless trade with the EU to continue, with no tariffs or non-tariff barriers.”

    EU tariffs applied to exports

    The EU has confirmed that in the event of a no-deal exit, it will apply its existing tariffs to imports coming from the UK. WTO rules mean it...
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    Jan 15, 2019 at 3:52 PM

    Written by Charlotte Cunningham

    Farmers who are growing environmentally-friendly cover crops as part of an EnTrade scheme will be able to quickly and easily verify established crops from their smartphones thanks to the launch of a new app. CPM finds out more. In a day and age where everyone has a smartphone in their pocket, farmers can now use them – in conjunction with a new app – to verify their compliance with EnTrade cover crop schemes. Environment saving The online platform, EnTrade, facilitates efficient catchment spending and collaboration between buyers (water companies) and sellers (farmers and landowners) of environmental measures. Users are able to upload pictures and details of their crops directly from the field via the app. Once submitted, machine learning technology automatically identifies and confirms the crop and location. This latest development from the firm comes at a time when politicians are asking farmers to do more in terms of environmental protection. Of course, additional compliance often means more paperwork, but the EnTrade app is set to ease the burden of record keeping by making it quicker and more efficient. “Our whole business model is designed around making it financially viable, supportive and easier for farmers to deliver more for the environment,”…
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    Jan 15, 2019 at 3:42 PM

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    The latest Global Dairy Trade (GDT) auction – Event 228 – concluded with a rise in index for the fourth consecutive rise following on from a difficult few months.

    Today’s event (Tuesday, January 15) concluded with the GDT Price Index up 4.2%, marking the highest increase recorded by the index since August last.

    Lasting three minutes under the two-hour mark, today’s auction saw 191 participating bidders go toe-to-toe across 13 rounds with 123 winning individuals emerging.

    A total of 27,909MT of product was sold on the day.

    Key results:

    • AMF index up 3.2%, average price US$5,294/MT;
    • Butter index up 4.6%, average price US$4,262/MT;
    • BMP not offered;
    • Ched index up 4.2%, average price US$3,504/MT;
    • LAC index up 7.9%, average price US$1,032/MT;
    • RenCas index down 1.4%, average price US$5,047/MT;
    • SMP index up 10.3%, average price US$2,405/MT;
    • SWP index not available, average price not available;
    • WMP index up 3.0%, average price US$2,777/MT.

    Skimmed milk powder (SMP) saw the highest increase on the day, recording a 10.3% boost in index; meanwhile, lactose (LAC) also performed strongly, notching up a 7.9% rise.

    Rennet Casein (RenCas) was the only product on offer today to witness a dip in index, recording a 1.4% drop....
  6. Farm Business RSS
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    Jan 15, 2019 at 3:22 PM

    Written by JohnSwire

    The government has launched an ambitious new strategy to clean up our air – which includes a commitment to support farmers’ efforts to tackle air pollution.

    Agriculture is responsible for 88% of UK emissions of ammonia gas which can travel long distances, be damaging to the environment, and combine with other pollutants to form fine Particulate Matter (PM) pollution, which are harmful to human health.

    The measures set out in the Clean Air Strategy will help cut the costs of air pollution to society by £1.7 billion every year by 2020, rising to £5.3 billion every year from 2030.

    Farming Minister, George Eustice said: “Ammonia emissions can have a significant impact on the environment and on our health, and as custodians of the land, farmers have an important role to play in reducing them.

    “Our future agriculture policy will involve financial rewards and incentives to help farmers reduce their ammonia emissions.”

    Under the new strategy the government will provide farmers with support to invest in infrastructure and equipment to reduce emissions and will work with industry to encourage low emission, holistic farming techniques.

    Funding has been available through the Countryside Productivity Scheme to help farmers purchase manure management equipment including low-emission spreaders and the scheme is due to run again in 2019. Funding is also available...
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    Jan 15, 2019 at 2:52 PM

    Written by JohnSwire

    LEAF Open Farm Sunday is the single most effective and supported way for farmers to provide public access, said Caroline Drummond, LEAF’s Chief Executive, in an exclusive interview this week with Rock and Roll Farmer, Will Evans. Emphasising the benefits of opening the UK’s farm gates for ‘managed’ visits to the countryside – the ‘access for all’ proposed in the new Agriculture Bill – the organisation’s chief also said it is essential for winning over public minds for public money.

    “There is huge disruption in our politics, in our climate and in the marketplace, and our changing relationship with the EU means any funding needs to be strongly defined and certainly demonstrated as value for money. Farming is such an important industry – it holds the solution to improved health and diets, our gut health and our wellbeing; climate change mitigation, and the services we provide beyond food productivity: water, soil and air quality, and of course nature and biodiversity. We are at a pivotal point and we really need to make sure we, as farmers, are demonstrating what we do.”

    Defra Secretary of State, Michael Gove, who regularly references LEAF Open Farm Sunday in his speeches, has proposed public money for farmers who open up the countryside for public good. Ms Drummond, who works with farmers across the globe, knows this is not always practical:

    “Freedom to...
  8. Farm Business RSS
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    Jan 15, 2019 at 2:52 PM

    Written by JohnSwire

    Horsch has appointed Alastair Orr as its regional sales manager for Scotland, Ireland and Northern England. Alastair is taking over from Jimmie Carver, who is retiring at the end of March after supporting dealers in the area for more than 15 years. “Jimmie is very well respected, and I’ve been working with closely with him during this transition. He’s provided amazing support to dealers and customers and I look forward to carrying on his good work,” said Alastair.

    Raised in a farming family, Alastair worked as sprayer and potato harvester driver at Meikleour Estate in Perthshire for five years before joining Scanstone potato systems. Based out of Forfar, Alastair was responsible for Scanstone’s sales and demonstrations across Scotland. “Having worked for a farming estate and for a machinery manufacturer, I can fully appreciate the pressures and requirements on both customers and dealers. Horsch has an amazing range of products and I look forward to supporting their dealers and the region’s highly productive farming operations.”

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    Jan 15, 2019 at 2:12 PM

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    Police are appealing for information following the theft of a 4×4 and livestock in recent days in counties Fermanagh and Tyrone.

    The Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) made the appeal on social media yesterday (Monday, January 14) for the black Toyota Land Cruiser, which appears to bear a registration plate: JIG-9762.

    “Police are looking for any information in relation to a stolen jeep from the Macken area of Fermanagh.

    Image source: PSNI Omagh Facebook

    “This was stolen between 9pm 12/01/19 and 10.30am 13/01/19. Any information contact police on 101 quoting 516 13/01/19 or by private message,” a PSNI representative said.

    Stolen heifers

    Meanwhile, police are also appealing for details following the theft of cattle from a remote field at Lurganmore Road in the Ballygawley area of Co. Tyrone.

    The two heifers – one black and white, and one black – went missing between the afternoon of Saturday 5 January and the morning of Monday 7 January.

    The herd number is 634913 and the tag numbers are: 820-BAR-6; and 1152-BAR-3.

    Constable Brownlow said: “We are appealing for anyone with information, or who may have witnessed any suspicious activity in the area, to please contact officers at...
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    Jan 15, 2019 at 12:32 PM

    Written by Rachel Martin

    The finalists in the 2019 Countryside Alliance Awards have been announced, with businesses from across the country going head-to-head for regional and national titles.

    The awards, which are known among supporters as the ‘Rural Oscars’, are the Countryside Alliance’s annual celebration of rural produce, skills, enterprise and heritage through our small hard-working businesses.

    They are now in their 14th year and have become the definitive rural business award to win. This year we received over 17,000 inspiring nominations, meaning these finalists truly are the best of the best.

    The Awards are public-nomination led across five categories:

    • Local Food & Drink;
    • Village Shop or Post Office;
    • Butcher;
    • Rural Enterprise;
    • Pub.

    To view the full list of this year’s finalists and see who’s through in your area, visit the awards page here.

    Countryside Alliance awards director Sarah Lee said: “We received a record-breaking 17,000 nominations this year, showing just how much the public values and supports our hard-working rural businesses.

    “All of the finalists should be really proud to have gotten this far as it shows just how valued they are in their rural communities.

    “The Countryside Alliance is honoured to offer a voice...