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China pig recovery drives Genus growth

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Written by Jamie Day

A trading update from animal genetics business Genus says trading in the first four months of the current year, to October 31st 2019, has seen volumes, revenues and adjusted profit grow across its PIC and ABS pig and cattle divisions. The global pig business is benefitting from rising pigmeat prices in China, following the African […]

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New Zealand begins genetic program to produce low methane-emitting sheep

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New Zealand begins genetic program to produce low methane-emitting sheep

Written by Ben Smee

‘Global first’ project will help tackle climate change by lowering agricultural greenhouse gases

The New Zealand livestock industry has begun a “global first” genetic program that would help to tackle climate change by breeding low methane-emitting sheep.

There are about...

Artificial Intelligence Perfectly Able to Grow Crops

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Written by Matt Hopkins

Robotization of food production has major advantages, reports Future Farming. Robots are light and make staff superfluous. People […]

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Landini and McCormick appoint new parts specialist

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Written by Agriland Team

Argo Tractors, which encompasses tractor brands such as Landini and McCormick, has appointed Adam Waugh as a parts specialist (covering the UK and Ireland).

Adam (pictured below) explained: “Having worked on parts and sales in the family machinery dealership, I’ve seen from the other side of the counter the importance of good parts management – so that customers can get...

106: Liquid milk market dynamics

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106: Liquid milk market dynamics

Written by AHDB

We take look at the factors affecting the British liquid milk market with Patty Clayton, AHDB’s lead analyst for dairy.

In this episode we discuss how much milk is produced, where it’s processed, the challenges affecting Wales and Scotland as well as resources available to help dairy farmers plan for the future.

For the latest industry data...

Cows tested with VR glasses to ‘improve mood’ of herd

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Written by Agriland Team

A prototype of virtual reality (VR) glasses was tested on dairy cows on a farm in Russia to improve cow conditions, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Moscow Region.

The VR glasses displayed a summer field – which had a relaxing impact on the cows’ moods, according to the testers.

In a statement on the matter, it was noted that, as well as...

British red meat production is part of solution to climate crisis, universities hear

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Written by John Swire

Sourcing British, climate-friendly beef and lamb can play an important role in tackling the climate crisis – that’s the take-home message from the NFU’s meeting with the country’s universities this week.

The 40 university delegates heard from a variety of speakers including Dr Michelle Cain (University of Oxford), Professor Michael Lee (Rothamsted Institute), Dan Crossley...

How many new tractors are selling in Ireland?

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Written by Agriland Team

The slowdown in registrations of new tractors (in the Republic of Ireland) witnessed since the end of July continued in October. That’s according to the most recent figures issued by the Farm Tractor & Machinery Trade Association (FTMTA).

Its data shows a 17% drop in new tractor registrations during October of this year; compared to October of 2018.

The FTMTA’s chief...

Agritech and how it's revolutionising the industry

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Agritech and how it's revolutionising the industry

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Will is at Intelligent Growth Solutions in Scotland to understand how vertical farming works and how it can create a perfectly controlled environment for growing. He also visits CowAlert to see the latest in livestock tagging technology, and talks more widely to the experts about how agri-tech is shaping the future of farming...

Agribusiness 2020 – looking beyond the Brexit stasis

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Written by Jamie Day

Agribusiness 2020, the annual AIC member conference, drew over 220 agribusiness executives to Peterborough last week. The keynote speaker, Defra food and farming minister George Eustice, had been forced to pull out shortly before the event once the general election had been called. Opening speaker AIC chief executive Robert Sheasby commented that the last year […]

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CAFRE set to hold ewe management event next month

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Written by Agriland Team

The College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) is set to hold a ewe management post-tupping event next month.

The event will take place on Tuesday, December 10, at CAFRE’s Hill Farm Development Centre, Glenwherry, Co. Antrim.

There will be two sessions on the day:

  • The afternoon session is taking place between 2:00pm and 4:00pm;
  • The...

The Digital Future of Farming: Could This Mean the End of World Hunger?

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Written by Matt Hopkins

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This is a pretty remarkable graph (see below). It depicts the growth of the world’s population since roughly […]

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The Biggest Little Farm review – The Good Life, California style

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The Biggest Little Farm review – The Good Life, California style

Written by Leslie Felperin

A lovingly made documentary about a couple who move out of LA to farm the land using traditional, environmentally friendly methods

Those interested in farming, adorable animals and environmentally friendly lifestyles will swoon over this lovingly made documentary made by John and Molly Chester...

Historic agreement brings increased choice for sugar beet growers

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Historic agreement brings increased choice for sugar beet growers



Sugar beet breeder KWS and the joint Seed Working Group of British Sugar and NFU Sugar have reached an agreement that extends the seed offering to growers.

The agreement means growers can for the first time choose between seed that is processed and pelleted by the breeder or by...

Egg farm fined £60,000 following forklift accident

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Written by Rachel Martin

A Chorley egg farm and packing business has been fined £60,000 this week after a forklift truck overturned on a slope trapping the driver.

Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard that on December 1, 2018, an employee of Staveley’s Eggs Ltd. had been driving the forklift truck at the company’s premises at Goosnargh Near Preston, when the truck overturned, trapping the driver...

Remedying Soil Problems After a Difficult Harvest

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Remedying Soil Problems After a Difficult Harvest

With the recent challenging wet weather in many areas of the country, farmers should consider what can be done to make their soils more resilient for the years ahead, says Matthew Hyslop, Hutchinsons agronomist, based in Angus and Perthshire.

Rainfall in the central Angus...

Drone Tech Takes Weed Control on the Farm to a New Level

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Written by Matt Hopkins

There has been a lot of buzz about potential uses of drones in agriculture, reports Growing Produce. And, […]

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Appeal for info made regarding ‘suspicious animal incidents’ amid ‘occult’ claims

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Written by Agriland Team

An appeal for information has been made following a series of suspicious incidents in which cattle and sheep have been wounded and killed in the UK recently.

In a statement released on Friday, November 22, Hampshire Constabulary appealed for information, stating:

“We are appealing for witnesses following suspicious incidents involving animals near Lyndhurst.

“We...

Keith Holly obituary

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Keith Holly obituary

Written by Greg Dunning

My grandfather Keith Holly, who has died aged 93, was an agriculturalist, a researcher into weeds and a campaigner.

In 1960, he was involved in establishing the Weed Research Organisation (WRO) in Begbroke, near Oxford, funded by...

Lead the narrative on climate change

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Written by Charlotte Cunningham

CPM readers can step forward and become part of the solution to climate change, says the UK’s premier fertiliser manufacturer. Here’s how and why. By Tom Allen-Stevens Crop production can play a key role in mitigating against climate change. Arable farmers should plan now to ensure they make the most of this great opportunity. That’s the view from CF Fertilisers, who...

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