Ergot Claims

Anyone else seeing ergot claims into store for wheat and barley? Not saying it’s not there but I sure can’t find as much in my heap as the seem to be able to find on the weigh bridge in every load.
 

ajd132

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Arable Farmer
Location
Suffolk
Anyone else seeing ergot claims into store for wheat and barley? Not saying it’s not there but I sure can’t find as much in my heap as the seem to be able to find on the weigh bridge in every load.
for this harvest or last year? seeing the odd one into camgrain this year, quite a lot last year.
 

teslacoils

Member
Location
Lincolnshire
We certainly see more claims going into store than into mills.

The difference is that I only need one claim at a mill, the cleaning and the downgrade, to pay for all the colour sorting at the store.
 
Had some in the sample last year but didn’t get any claims on milling wheat 🤷🏻‍♂️. Read into that what you like but let’s put it this way I was waiting for claims that never materialised.
 

Blaithin

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Livestock Farmer
Location
Alberta
Have been absolutely spanked on loads again today. I swear they have a pocket full for each sample.
Can’t go in and watch them pick it?

Take a sample of your load, scoop a bowl full out that’s around 1kg worth, and pick the ergot. Easy enough to do. Don’t know what acceptable levels are there but here if you’ve got around 20 pieces you’re probably close to over.
 

teslacoils

Member
Location
Lincolnshire
Is it downgrade or rejection at mill?
Bread mill = reject. Then you can try and get it in to an easier tip of only a few.

The alternative is cleaning. So think haul to cleaner, cleaning cost, hauling back. So depends how far the cleaner is. In 2012, a load of milling got a redirection and cleaning cost of c£40/t. Which was unfriendly.

I think we all have a list of tips that are fastidious, and those who are less selective.
 

ajd132

Member
Arable Farmer
Location
Suffolk
Bread mill = reject. Then you can try and get it in to an easier tip of only a few.

The alternative is cleaning. So think haul to cleaner, cleaning cost, hauling back. So depends how far the cleaner is. In 2012, a load of milling got a redirection and cleaning cost of c£40/t. Which was unfriendly.

I think we all have a list of tips that are fastidious, and those who are less selective.
I am always relieved when CS finds ergot because it means it will be dealt with by colour sorters. Removes the risk and is much cheaper than having to redirect it for extra cleaning, which is rarely worth it.
 

Flat 10

Member
Location
Fen Edge
Have been absolutely spanked on loads again today. I swear they have a pocket full for each sample.
How much can you find if you just crouch down at the front of the heap? Several pieces without looking too hard? And are you selling as feed which has a tolerance level or are you trying for human consumption which is zero tolerance?
 

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Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland

The Livestock and Meat Commission (LMC) recently submitted oral evidence to members of the Stormont Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (AERA) committee on the content and potential impact of the Northern Ireland Climate Change Bill (No.2).

This draft legislation was recently introduced to the Northern Ireland Assembly by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) in conjunction with agriculture minister, Edwin Poots.

“We were accompanied by representatives from a wide range of food industry bodies, including the Northern Ireland Meat Exporters’ Association,the Ulster Farmers’ Union [UFU], Northern...
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