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New variety of apple discovered by Wiltshire runner

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New variety of apple discovered by Wiltshire runner

Written by Staff and agencies

Archie Thomas stumbled across solitary windfall fruit that could be cross between cultivated apple and European crab apple

A chance find of an apple on a woodland run has led one nature lover to discover a new variety that he hopes to propagate and name.

Archie Thomas, who lives in the Nadder valley in Wiltshire, stumbled across a solitary windfall apple on a wooded trackway alongside a large area of ancient woodland near his home this month.

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Hutchinsons Helix farm network continues to expand

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Hutchinsons Helix farm network continues to expand

Hutchinsons is delighted to announce the addition of Hundayfield farm to its network of Helix regional demonstration farms.

Owned by Nick and Liz Wilson, Hundayfield farm just outside York is the northern region Helix demonstration farm in the network of Helix farms, and the third Helix farm to be launched by crop production specialists Hutchinsons around the UK.

“Hutchinsons Helix farms are proofing grounds where enquiring and practical farmers and their agronomists work with new and developing technologies – this allows them to assess the technology’s impact on their individual farm businesses- and feedback...

Coverage on deforestation and soya chicken feed

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Coverage on deforestation and soya chicken feed

Written by Defra Press Office

TROPICAL RAINFOREST. WESTERN CONGO BASIN. MOIST FOREST, GABON


There is coverage including in the Guardian and ITV online of an investigation including by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Greenpeace...

Landmark Fisheries Act sets out UK’s future as an independent coastal State

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Landmark Fisheries Act sets out UK’s future as an independent coastal State

Written by Defra Press Office

Landscape view of a harbour with moored fishing boats

Mevagissey harbour

On Tuesday (24 November), the UK government announced that the flagship Fisheries Bill is now enshrined into UK law. The UK’s first major domestic fisheries legislation in nearly 40 years received coverage across online, trade and broadcast media. The major announcement was reported on by titles including...

Liver Fluke in Cattle

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As a global animal health company, we work to advocate for our customers and innovate to improve the health of animals through products, expertise, and service. Find out more on the elanco website.

Winter Fluke Treatment in Cattle:

Are you getting the most from your housing/winter fluke treatment?


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The decision made at housing for fluke treatment depends on multiple factors
but with fluke having a significant...

Farmdeals is looking for 50 Farmers to test our App

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We are now looking for 50 farmers ahead of a early December launch of the Farmdeals app. Fuel will be the first product available so those testers should ideally have intention to buy fuel or heating oils through December and January.

Key differences over other buying groups include:
  • It will have no joining or membership fee and will be open and free to all UK farmers
  • It will not insist on commitment to use exclusively, members are free to buy from their existing suppliers or even other buying groups
  • It will not insist upon price secrecy, in fact actively sharing deals available will be encouraged to try and get everyone even better prices
  • It will use digital technology to keep...

NFU Scotland welcomes £5 million recovery fund for food and drink

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Written by William Kellett

NFU Scotland has welcomed the announcement that the food and drink sector is to receive £5 million from the Scottish government to help its recovery from the devastating impact of coronavirus and prepare for the uncertainties of Brexit.

Through the Scotland Food and Drink Partnership, which comprises industry trade bodies, the Scottish government, and other public sector bodies, a new joint industry and government plan containing more than 50 actions has been developed.

The actions support all sectors of Scotland’s food and drink industry, including agriculture, as they recover from the pandemic and prepare for Brexit.

It also supports the partnership’s aim of...

European Dealers also count on Fendt in 2020

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European Dealers also count on Fendt in 2020


On November 13th the European dealer organization CLIMMAR published the results of the European Dealer Satisfaction Index (DSI). For the third time in a row Fendt took first place in the European Dealer Satisfaction Barometer.

The CLIMMAR dealer organization includes 16 national associations and their member companies from the agricultural machinery sector and was founded in 1953. The purpose of their surveys is to evaluate the relationship between agricultural machinery manufacturers and...

Virtual show dedicated to precision agriculture

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Virtual show dedicated to precision agriculture

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Trimble Agriculture is holding its first ever virtual show dedicated to precision agriculture, bringing technical specialists to farmers’ living rooms.

The fully packed schedule offers something for everyone – whether they are new to precision farming or at the cutting edge. “We hope this will make up for the loss of traditional shows this year and offer the opportunity for farmers to speak to experts in the comfort of their home,” says Lee Clarke, regional sales representative UK & ROI at Trimble Agriculture.

The show will include breakout rooms based around five different...

Liver Fluke in Sheep

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What is liver fluke and why is it such a problem?

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LIVER FLUKE CAN...

Oxford University students have voted to ban beef and lamb on campus

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Written by William Kellett

Oxford University students have voted to ban beef and lamb at campus canteens.

The Oxford University Student Union passed a motion by a two-thirds majority at the weekly student council, though the union does not have the power to change university policy.

Student union bosses will now push to implement the meat ban at eateries on campus, such as in libraries.

The university colleges, however, where students reside and have tutorials, would each have to decide whether to introduce a similar ban separately.

Mo Metcalf-Fisher of the Countryside Alliance said:

“British farmers produce some of the finest red meat products in the world, while complying with the...

Shop online & raise vital funds for the Addington Fund (Agricultural Charity)

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With Christmas creeping closer and lockdown keeping us locked in, we know a lot of people will be shopping online for presents this year.

Although we usually encourage you to shop locally from small businesses in your area, we know this isn't quite as easy as we'd like at the moment.

So if you're shopping online, don't forget you can raise money for the Addington Fund through Amazon Smile and / or easy fundraising with no extra cost to you! Simply choose us as your chosen charity and voila! You're good to go.

Good deed of the day and Christmas shopping done all in one day !

(www.smile.amazon.co.uk & www.easyfundraising.org.uk)

If shopping at Amazon and other larger online brands is...

Ceat Tyres available on Farm Marketplace

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We now have available a large selection of CEAT Tyres on Farm Marketplace at great prices click on the link below and have a browse :) 👀🚜

‘Reckless and stupid’ to pursue Brexit uncertainty – Toibín

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Written by Agriland Team

Aontú Leader and Meath TD Peadar Tóibín has called for an extension of the Brexit deal negotiation and implementation period as a ‘no deal’ Brexit iceberg looms.

It comes as the EU has today (Monday November 16) warned the UK that time is running out to reach any type of agreement that might soften Britain’s formal exit from the EU on December 31.

Deputy Tóibín said: “We are barely a month and a half away from the Brexit deadline, self-imposed by the Tories, yet both the Tories and the EU are miles apart from one another in terms of agreeing a deal, with the island of Ireland being used as a political football in this game of brinkmanship.

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5% off IBC Trace Elements on Farm Marketplace

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Latest promotion on Farm Marketplace is 5% off IBCs of Trace Elements.

Offer valid on Manganese, Magnesium and Boron.

See all offers here: https://www.marketplace.farm/5-off-ibc-trace-elements/

Use discount code: IBC at checkout.

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Save an extra 5% off these prices:

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Xarvio™ – Field Manager

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Simply Smarter Crop Production

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Managing disease on the agenda at Sheep Health and Welfare Group Conference

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Written by Iain Hoey

Farmers, vets and industry stakeholders will be joining forces at this year’s Sheep Health and Welfare Group Conference to focus on world-leading health and welfare standards by acknowledging the need for continuous knowledge exchange and practical solutions to sheep industry challenges

The conference, which is taking place online on Tuesday 24 November from 9am to 4pm will be led by Nigel Miller, qualified vet and chair of the newly formed Ruminant Health & Welfare (RH&W) group,

Mr Miller said: “We are in a position where we should be looking to the future – and the conference is all about that. It’s about driving efficiency and recognising that health and welfare...

Corteva Kerb Check

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Are you using our Kerb and AstroKerb checker?

Kerb Weather Data (KWD) is available on the link below from mid-October each year:
Kerb Weather Data

The Kerb Weather Data (KWD) tool is meant to be used as a guide to local weather conditions to aid growers and advisors in making local tactical decisions to optimise their AstroKerb® and Kerb® Flo applications and thus their activity against blackgrass.

If you use AstroKerb or Kerb Flo 500 when the traffic light is on red, soil temperatures may be...

Farm injury and fatality figures have gone down in the last 12 months – HSE

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Written by William Kellett

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published its annual report on injury and ill health in the agriculture sector for 2019/2020. It shows that the incidence of work-related ill health has declined since the previous year, along with the number of fatalities.

The key statistics are as follows.

Ill health

There were an estimated 13,000 work-related ill health cases, with the rate per 100,000 workers fairly similar to the rate across all industries.

Around half of these cases were musculoskeletal disorders. The rate per 100,000 workers is 2.2% which is statistically significantly higher than the all industry rate of 1.2%...

Defra launches the Healthy Bees Plan 2030 to help protect honey bees

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Written by William Kellett

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Welsh government have published the Healthy Bees Plan 2030 to protect and improve the health of honey bees in England and Wales.

The plan sets out four key outcomes for beekeepers, bee farmers, associations and government to work towards to help protect honey bees, which continue to face pressure from a variety of pests, diseases and environmental threats including the invasive non-native species Asian hornet.

Honey bees contribute directly to local food production and make an important contribution, through pollination, to crop production and the wider environment.

The economic benefit of...

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