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    Jan 15, 2019 at 12:12 PM

    Written by JohnSwire

    Farming Connect’s recruitment campaign for the 2019 intake of Welsh Agri Academy candidates will formally get under way later this month.

    Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Environment, Energy and Rural Affairs, will officially launch Farming Connect’s prestigious personal development programme, Agri Academy 2019, when she attends the Farmers’ Union of Wales annual farmhouse breakfast at the Pierhead Building, Cardiff Bay on Tuesday, 22 January.

    The Agri Academy, now approaching its seventh year and with 200 alumni, brings together some of the most promising people making their way in the agricultural industry in Wales today, giving them the inspiration, confidence, skills and contacts, they need to become future rural leaders, professional business people, innovators and entrepreneurs.

    Comprising three distinct elements, the Agri Academy’s Rural Leadership programme, a collaboration with the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society, aims to develop and nurture a new generation of leaders. The Business and Innovation programme offers personal and business development to help meet the challenges of farming in the future, while the Junior Academy, run in partnership with Wales YFC, is targeted at youngsters aged 16-19 considering a career in the food and farming industries.

    The Minister, who recently attended a special reception at the Winter Fair which was hosted...
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    Jan 15, 2019 at 11:32 AM

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    A Hertfordshire man has been fined after his two dogs killed several sheep in Much Hadham last year.

    The owner has also been banned from owning or being in control of a dog for three years.

    At the time, local press described the attack as one of the ‘worst in the county’ with at least 13 sheep killed and a further six injured in the incident.

    John Coughlan, aged 55, from Widford Road, Much Hadham, appeared at North and East Herts Magistrate’s Court on Thursday (January 10) having been charged with two counts of dogs being dangerously out of control and two counts of being the owner of dogs worrying livestock.

    The charges relate to an incident which occurred in Much Hadham during the early morning of March 18, 2018, where the two dogs had escaped from a property.

    Coughlan was given a 12-month community order and instructed to complete 80 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £985 in fines and costs, as well as paying compensation to two victims.

    Additionally, he was given a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) which bans him from being in custody or control of any dog for three years. If breached, he could face a custodial sentence.

    Coughlan was convicted of similar offences back in 2016.

    Sergeant Duncan Wallace said: “Sheep worrying and offences involving the control of dogs have a significant financial and emotional impact on...
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    Jan 15, 2019 at 5:12 AM

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    Co. Antrim sheep farmer and vet Paul Crawford has been named as the new Association of Veterinary Surgeons Practising in Northern Ireland (AVSPNI) president.

    Paul Crawford from Islandmagee, Larne, has been practising since 1998.

    Crawford runs a flock of over 100 Dorset sheep on his farm on the scenic peninsula off Co. Antrim’s east coast and has been running his own veterinary services business for the last 15 years.

    Speaking at the AVSPNI AGM, he thanked his predecessor Philip Walsh for his hard work the previous year and extended his gratitude to the rest of the council.


    Crawford outlined his priorities for the incoming year as well as the range of professional development events the association was planning.

    He also highlighted several major issues affecting farming, which he hoped he could help vets to work on.

    One of the main issues Crawford focused on was the fight against bovine TB, saying he hoped to “inject fresh energy and impetus” into the drive to eradicate the disease in the region.

    TB has become a scourge of many Northern Ireland farms with incidence rates hitting their highest in almost 15 years in 2018.

    Crawford also used the opportunity to highlight the supporting...
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    Jan 14, 2019 at 5:42 PM

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    Beef efficiency specialist Seth Wareing has been appointed Business Manager for the Beef Improvement Group (BIG), effective from 21st January 2019.

    Within his new role, Mr Wareing will be responsible for leading BIG forward in its continual initiative of delivering Stabiliser marketing and genetic evaluation services for UK and European producers for improved beef quality, production efficiencies, sustainability and reduced environmental footprint.

    Along with ruminant farm management experience in New Zealand and the UK, Mr Wareing brings a wealth of UK and global beef industry knowledge from his former role as Senior Nutrition Specialist for Keenan. Part of his role was the implementation of Keenan’s global beef strategy, travelling extensively abroad to promote and deliver best practice in farm animal feed utilisation. While at Keenan, Mr Wareing worked closely with BIG in the development of its Net Feed Efficiency (NFE) research project, which resulted in the establishment of the first NFE Estimated Breeding Value (EBV) in the UK cattle industry.

    “The developments in measuring individual daily feed intake of potential breeding bulls has been a significant breakthrough for UK cattle breeders by allowing them to make accurate genetic selection decisions which will reduce feed costs and environmental impact,” says Mr Wareing. “As the UK beef industry...
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    Jan 14, 2019 at 4:42 PM

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    The Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) is reminding DEFRA that it needs to understand the unique challenges facing tenant and other farmers who do not own the land they farm in delivering its Clean Air Strategy.​

    TFA Farm Policy Adviser, Lynette Steel, said “it is really important that the Government continues to consult with the agriculture industry as it seeks to implement its Clean Air Strategy announced today. Following last year’s consultation, the TFA advised the Government not to move too quickly in implementing new legislation from a standing start. Whilst we welcome the commitment to support the industry in making necessary changes to improve fixed equipment and techniques, the Government does need to understand that those farmers who do not own the land upon which they run their businesses will require access to specific advice and support.”​

    On many tenanted holdings, the fixed equipment is owned by and is the responsibility of the landowner. Any requirement to upgrade or improve fixed equipment must provide a mechanism to allow tenants and other types of farmer occupying land that they do not own, to oblige their landlords to carry out any necessary work of repair, upgrade or new investment.​

    “There is no doubt that the agriculture industry must play it’s part in helping to reduce emissions however...​
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    Jan 14, 2019 at 4:23 PM

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    The Ulster Farmers’ Union, along with Red Tractor, is putting together an open event to promote the scheme’s work in the pork sector and how it could help the pig industry in Northern Ireland.

    UFU president, Ivor Ferguson, said there is a need for such an event with it providing a rare opportunity for producers.

    “This is a great opportunity for pig producers to ask questions directly to Red Tractor representatives and to ensure we are able to input our views and thoughts.

    Producers rarely get the opportunity for a face-to-face meeting with Red Tractor so I would encourage all those with an interest to attend and make their voices heard.

    During the meeting, Mike Sheldon, Red Tractor Pigs chairman and Phillipa Wiltshire, head of external relations, will provide an update on the progress to develop the assurance scheme into the flagship for British food and farming with world-class standards, independent inspection and robust compliance at its core.

    The floor will then open to attendees to ask questions directly to the Red Tractor representatives; this will be chaired by UFU president Ivor Ferguson.

    Red Tractor was established in 2000 and has grown to become the UK’s biggest farm and food standards scheme, covering animal welfare, food safety, traceability and environmental protection.

    It is a small, not-for-profit company, run by the food industry to ensure food comes from a trustworthy and safe source.

    The scheme...
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    Jan 14, 2019 at 3:32 PM

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    Ever wondered whether milk pasteurised and packed directly at your farm could help avoid the dependency on volatile milk prices currently faced by many farms? Direct Dairy, a Dutch start-up focusing on Ag-Tech and Food-Tech think their breakthrough concept could do just that. Talking in more detail at Dairy-Tech on 6 February they will explain how, by cutting out the processor, farms could allow themselves to produce this premium consumer product to a standard where they could sell directly from their farm to businesses and consumers.

    RABDF managing director Matt Knight says whilst Dairy-Tech will host a number of more familiar on-farm innovations such as genomics, rapid diagnostics, what the future of forage looks like and how to improve feed efficiency, it also has some fantastic ground-breaking concepts from virtual reality to revolutionary labelling and robots.

    “We have shaped the Dairy-Tech event model to stimulate thinking and ensure the dairy industry is open to a whole host of technological ideas that will eventually shape the future of all businesses in the sector.

    “For example, whilst virtual reality isn’t a concept widely used in the sector we hope to be able to demonstrate its potential role on-farm and get businesses thinking about the benefits it could bring – could it be an efficient way of providing training, could it be the answer to...
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    Jan 14, 2019 at 2:22 PM

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    Potato store managers will be able to call on information and support from an £800,000 fund ring-fenced for sprout suppression and storage advice as the uncertainty around the future of Chlorpropham (CIPC) continues.

    There have been several delays to Chlorpropham’s reapproval for use in the EU. The sprout suppressant is used on more than 80% of potatoes stored in the UK.

    The EU’s Standing Committee on Plants, Animals, Food and Feed (SCoPAFF) was scheduled to vote on the renewal of CIPC’s approval for use both as a herbicide and as a sprout suppressant at its December meeting; however, a vote did not take place.

    It is on the agenda to be discussed again at the meeting in January with the European Food Safety Agency’s recommendation remaining for non-renewal.

    The use of CIPC has already been approved for the current (2018 and 2019) storage season, at the same rates as last season.

    The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) is calling on the experience and expertise of those providing storage advice in the commercial sector, in a bid to extend its reach.

    A new ‘Storage Network’ of advisors is being created after initial meetings in December and January.

    Advice and support from AHDB

    AHDB already invests £800,000 a year in storage research and knowledge exchange.

    In addition to the uncertainty on the status of...
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    Jan 14, 2019 at 1:22 PM

    Written by Jim Breen

    A new range of McCormick four-cylinder tractors was shown at last week’s LAMMA show in England.

    The McCormick X7.440 P6-Drive shown at the event (pictured above) – in ‘Efficient’ specification – is one of a three-model range of “higher-spec”, four-cylinder tractors.

    Maximum power outputs are from 141hp to 176hp, with ‘power boost’ on all models and a new, “slick-shifting” powershift transmission.

    The tractor was among a selection of models from McCormick’s mid-to-high horsepower line-up, from the 119hp X6.45 to the 310hp X8.680 VT-Drive.

    “Our stand at LAMMA 2019 makes a clear statement about how the McCormick range has developed. It is supported by independent dealers who put customer service at the top of their priorities,” said Adrian Winnett, managing director of UK operations.

    “While some manufacturers seek to control their dealers by pushing them to sell more tractors and equipment of a single brand, Argo Tractors champions independent dealers with a strong customer focus who are free to choose the best implement franchises for the farmers they supply.”

    McCormick X7.4 Tier 4 Final

    The new Tier 4 Final versions of the McCormick X7.4 tractors come as simpler-spec Efficient or full-feature Premium semi-powershift versions. For more money, there are stepless transmission variants (in Premium specification only)....
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    Jan 14, 2019 at 12:52 PM

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    A new range of agricultural-spec JCB Loadall telescopic handlers was launched at last week’s LAMMA show in England.

    Key features include increased lift performance and a new, next-generation Command Plus cab.

    The new cab, which is claimed to be 50% quieter, is roomier. It has a neater control layout and more storage space. Visibility to the front wheels and beyond has supposedly been transformed, by the low-set dash panel.

    Visibility upwards (to a raised bucket or fork) has apparently improved by 14%, thanks to “uninterrupted glazing that sweeps up and over the operator’s head”.


    According to JCB, the new Series III Loadall handlers are the culmination of a succession of product upgrades over the past six years.

    Other new features include: optional Chassis Sway hydraulic levelling adjustment at the front axle; in-cab and external pressure relief for attachment change-over; and a revamped colour scheme.

    JCB’s chief innovation and growth officer Tim Burnhope said: “Just over 40 years ago, the JCB Loadall telescopic handler introduced farmers to a revolution in mechanised materials handling.

    “The latest phase of the Loadall’s development is focused firmly on the agricultural operator, with an all-new Command Plus...