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Situation Vacant Milker Required Dorset

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Milker Required on Family Dairy Farm.
180 Cows, Calving all year round.

2 Days a week to suit applicant.
More work may be available. 🐮

Women in Ag chair invited to present findings to NFUS board

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Written by Rachel Martin

NFU Scotland has invited the co-chair of Scottish Government’s Women in Agriculture Taskforce, Joyce Campbell to discuss her final report with the Union’s Board of Directors in February 2020.

The report notes that there are very few women in positions of leadership in Scottish agriculture and that there are “significant cultural barriers”.

The union has pledged to take action to break down these barriers.

The report also recommends that by the end of 2022, all agricultural organisations, bodies and business seeking to participate in formal Scottish Government agricultural stakeholder groups must evidence compliance with the Equality Charter proposed for Scottish...

360 Degree Videos - Variable-Intensity Tillage

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Love the way you can look around the video.

Looking For Work very keen young man looking for a sales role in agriculture

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Jarrat Sims
07704784862 /

I am looking for a sales role in agriculture I have a passion for sales and agg.
I have been looking for a sales job for a while and at the moment I struggle to find a role not sure if its the area I'm in or my experience, either way, I will not give up till I find my dream role.
if there is any advice or help to obtain such a role please feel free to inbox me any help would be appreciated

With my proven track record of both sales and agriculture.
As you will see from my CV attached I have a lot of experience in the agricultural industry and sales.

During my previous roles with Zenith windows and call centres, I knew sales was where I belong and to do that in the agricultural industry where my passion...

110: Building farmer-to-farmer networks

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110: Building farmer-to-farmer networks

Written by AHDB

Welcome to the AHDB Beef & Lamb Strategic Farm podcast, part of the Farm Excellence podcast series. Throughout December, you will hear from a number of farmers in our Farm Excellence network, who will tell their story of the inspirational work they are doing with the help of AHDB to improve the performance and profitability of their business.

In this episode, we will speak to two strategic farmers; one who has been part of the programme for two years, and one who has only just embarked on his journey with the AHDB initiative.

Sequence of speakers:
  • Joseph Keating (AHDB Senior Knowledge Exchange Manager)
  • Sarah Pick...

My Top 10 Precision Ag Wish List for 2020

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Written by Matt Hopkins

Contributing writer Nathan Faleide has compiled his ag-tech wish list for 2020 and beyond.

The post My Top 10 Precision Ag Wish List for 2020 appeared first on PrecisionAg.

Continue reading on the Precision Ag Website...

Nufarm launches an agronomy solution for weed control in clover

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Written by John Swire

Effective dock control in established Clover rich swards for silage and grazing systems

Dairy farmers can safely control docks in their established Clover rich swards, improve grass DM/ha and achieve an average 8:1 return on investment by introducing a new tank mix from Nufarm to be launched at Dairy-Tech.

Field trials featuring Nufarm’s Agronomy Solution for weed control in clover comprising low rate Agritox (MCPA) 1.5 L/ha + Squire Ultra 40g/ha applied to an established ryegrass and clover sward, resulted in 95% control of a heavy Dock infestation covering 20% of the field. Effective chickweed control was also achieved.

“Despite a slight check, the majority of...

Eurostat publishes preliminary 2019 farm output and income data

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Eurostat publishes preliminary 2019 farm output and income data

Written by Alan Matthews

Eurostat has now published preliminary estimates of 2019 agricultural output and income. The value of agricultural output in current prices shows a small further increase in 2019 as compared to 2018. Compared to the previous peak in 2013, agricultural output value has grown by just under 4% in the past six years. This is mainly due to an increase in the value of crop output, with the increase in the value of livestock output lagging behind. However, because of greater spending on intermediate consumption...

Pre and Post Lambing Nutrition

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Principles of feeding – late pregnancy and post lambing
• Assess body condition score
• Group accordingly
• Analyse forage
• Assess ewes – metabolic profiles
• Quality of supplement
• MAXIMISE dry matter intake
• Post lambing nutrition
• Grazing cover, forage, supplements

Assess body condition score
• Ewe nutrition – year round importance
• Aim – optimum body condition score at lambing
• Lambing ease
• Minimal risk of disease – metabolic, dystocia, prolapse
• Colostrum quality/quantity

Body condition score targets
• Targets at lambing
• Lowland Ewe – 3-3.5
• Hill ewe – 2.5
• Achieving the correct BCS provides adequate mobilisation body reserves
• Ewes can lose -75-200g/day contributing to energy/protein supply


Major UN climate conference comes to ‘disappointing’ end

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Written by Agriland Team

A major UN climate conference came to an end yesterday, Sunday, December 15, amid significant disagreement among countries and climate activists on how to tackle climate change.

Quoted in a report by international news Agency Reuters, UN secretary general Antonio Guterres labelled it “disappointing” that the only achievement of the COP25 conference in Madrid, Spain, was an endorsement of a declaration on the “urgent need” to close the gap between existing emissions pledges and the temperature targets under the...

New Argentinean government hikes beef and soya export levies

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Written by Agriland Team

Argentina’s newly elected government has announced a hike in export levies on soy, wheat and corn, according to an official decree, issued on Saturday, December 14.

The tax hike will hit farmers in the grain-exporting nation in an effort to “raise revenue needed to avoid default on a mountain of looming sovereign debt”, according to the publication Reuters.

Alberto Fernandez, who took office on Tuesday, December 10, boosted...


Step forward with climate change solutions, says NFU

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Written by cpm

The NFU is urging its members to step forward and become part of the solution to climate change. There’s still time to nominate yourself as a CPM Climate Change Champion. By Tom Allen-Stevens Key industry players, including the NFU, have joined the call from CPM for arable farmers to step forward as Climate Change Champions. The deadline to nominate yourself, help lead the arable sector and inspire other growers to be part of the solution to climate change has been extended until 31 Dec. Farmers who feel they can fulfil this role can put themselves forward as a Climate Change Champion by filling out a simple on-line form. More information on the initiative can be found here. NFU’s...

Looking For Work Work wanted

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23 year old Irish lad looking to go England next year plenty experience on dairy/beef/Arable farm's here in Ireland any questions ask away thanks.

109: Monitor Farm takeover

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109: Monitor Farm takeover

Written by AHDB

The first episode in the Farm Excellence series of the AHDB podcast focuses on cereals & oilseeds. The Monitor Farm programme comprises a network of farmers from across the UK and Northern Ireland committed to driving innovation and best practice. They host regular meetings at their farms in which they discuss issues facing agriculture in their region.

This November saw the Monitor Farm Conference take place in Nottingham: an event for Monitor Farmers to come together and collaborate. We caught up with three of our newest Monitor Farmers: Richard Ling (Diss Monitor Farm in Norfolk), Rory...

Brexit not over on 31st January: CLA

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Written by John Swire

Responding to the General Election result, Country Land and Business Association President Mark Bridgeman said: “Many will breathe a sigh of relief that this result at least brings a degree of political certainty. But for all the claims of ‘getting Brexit done’ the idea that Brexit ends on 31stJanuary is wrong.

“Assuming we leave the EU next month, we will have less than a year to negotiate a Free Trade Agreement with Europe or else once again No Deal is back on the table. This timeframe is hugely optimistic.

“Never forget though the extent to which European agriculture needs a deal with the UK – the EU runs a £20bn agriculture trade surplus with the UK, and a...

New folding forks boost JCB wheeled loader productivity

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Written by John Swire

New hydraulic-folding forks designed for shifting large quantities of forage and similar materials will be launched at the LAMMA show to further boost the productivity of JCB’s highest-output wheeled loaders, especially when working on silage clamps.

The new heavy-duty Folding Grass Fork comes in two sizes with increased load volume capacity at 5.50cu m for the JCB 419S and 6.70cu m for the ultimate clamp-filling machine, the JCB 435S.

Both versions have been designed and engineered for optimum strength and weight, which together with the increased volume capacity, maximises the performance potential of the JCB loaders, resulting in increased productivity when...

Farmer and building contractor fined for health and safety breaches

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Written by Agriland Team

A farmer and a building contractor were both fined at Antrim Crown Court today, Thursday, December 12, for breaching health and safety regulations, according to the Health and Safety Executive of Northern Ireland (HSENI).

Richard McClure, a farmer trading as McClure Farms from Coleraine, Co. Antrim, was fined £10,000 (€11,817) after pleading guilty to two breaches of health and safety legislation.

In addition, S. Higgins Construction Ltd, based at Knockloughrim, Magherafelt, Co. Derry, was fined £10,000 (€11,817) after also pleading guilty to two breaches of health and safety legislation.

The case arose from a HSENI investigation into an incident at McClure...

Looking For Work Dairy farming opportunity

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Experienced young family looking for new challenge. Currently managing 400 cow herd. Open to ideas but ideally looking for share/contract farming, partnership opportunity, chance to run own herd alongside someone else’s or farm tenancy. Based Southern England at moment but any opportunity considered please send me a PM

Scottish Suckler Beef Support Scheme deadline approaching

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Written by Rachel Martin

Eligible farmers and crofters are reminded to apply to the Scottish Suckler Beef Support Scheme (SSBSS) before the deadline of December 31, 2019.

The scheme provides support to specialist beef producers and has an annual budget of €38 million for beef calves born on the Scottish mainland and €6.6 million for claims from the Scottish islands.

SSBSS support is available for calves provided they are at least 75% beef bred, born on a Scottish holding and kept there for 30 days.

This means that animals born on or after December 2, 2019, will not be eligible until the next scheme year.

There is no limit to the number of claims eligible farmers and...

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