Machinery news

Great Plains

American money boosting UK firm

18 December 2014

It has been four years since the acquisition of Sleaford-based tillage company Simba by American firm Great Plains, but what has that meant for both parties and, more importantly, the end user? James Rickard finds out with a trip to its HQ in Kansas.

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Livestock features

Export market critical for Danish pig industry

COMPARED to Denmark’s domestic pigmeat market worth £3.9 billion, its export value currently stands at £33bn, with produce exported to 140 countries worldwide.

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Livestock sales

Slopers organic Friesian Holsteins peak at 2,400gns

19 December 2014

THE sale of the Slopers herd of organic Friesian Holsteins on behalf of David and Jane Gibbs, Hartbury, Gloucestershire, peaked at 2,400gns.

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Arable features

Left to right: Debbie Wedge (BASIS trainer), Caroline Smith, Barrie Orme shield winner (Dow AgroSciences) and Rob Simpson (BASIS).

BASIS News- BASIS Barrie Orme Award winner praises industry support for new entrants

Achieving the BASIS Certificate in Crop Protection is a significant career step for many candidates. Academically, the qualification is equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree, so studying is a major commitment for those in full-time employment. Many who qualify claim it is support from employers and the wider industry which has been vital to their success.

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On farm

Dry sow house

Irish farmers share best practice with British pig producers

With profit margins notoriously tight for many pig farmers, investing in buildings hasn’t always been at the top of the priority list and, as a result, some units have witnessed unfavourable performance as inefficiencies in building design impacts production.

In your field

Steve Heard

Steve Heard: On the wind down to the end of the year, and bank forecasts look worrying

I am almost embarrassed to admit to my livestock farming friends, we are already on a wind down to the end of the year, overtime has finished and weekends are available to take the family shopping. Perhaps I should buy some cattle?

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Sainsbury's Farming Conference 2014

18 December 2014

Bridging the so-called valley of death between agricultural research and the farmgate is a perennial problem, but Sainsbury’s thinks strong bonds throughout the supply chain will create an agricultural revolution. Ben Pike reports from the retailer’s Farming Conference.

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