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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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Arable news

Solana’s Karsten Grimm (left) and Maria Brockmann (right), with a sample of crisper Verdi.

Consumer acceptance key to a potato variety’s success

18 December 2014

In a difficult period for potato growers, how to develop new markets was a key topic of discussion at a potato variety demonstration at Sutton Bridge Crop Research, Lincolnshire. Heather Briggs reports.

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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

Woodies Wriggley

Ewe lamb leads Carlisle Beltex sale at 7,000gns

16 December 2014

WOODIES Wriggley, from Stuart Wood, Westhill, Aberdeenshire, took the pre-sale show championship at the Beltex Sheep Society sale at Carlisle. It then went on to sell for what is thought to be a breed record for a ewe lamb of 7,000gns.

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On farm


Tradition meets innovation at Godminster Farm

Competition is fierce in the British cheese market, but Godminster Farm is more than holding its own following organic conversion and careful selection of dairy cows. Rachel Lovell meets farm manager Pete Cheek in Somerset.

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Business conference


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.


Christmas Camembert

A delicious festive starter to an evening meal or popped in the middle of the table to accompany an antipasti style lunch

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Vickie Robinson Food Guru

Food Guru: Baked cheesecake with blackberries, blueberries and fig Video

11 December 2014

In the final episode of Food Guru our Deputy editor, Vickie Robinson whips up a classic fig, blueberry and blackberry cheesecake, perfect for Christmas.

My farming week

David Kirkpatrick

My Farming Week - David Kirkpatrick, Dumfries

18 December 2014

CAP: RECENTLY we have been doing some work on how the farm will be affected due to the recent CAP reform and reduced support.

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Daily weather forecasts


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DON'T miss our in-depth weather forecast presented by Simon Keeling at lunch time each day, aimed to give the most up-to-date farmers weather service available.