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Archive Article: 1995/06/23

23 June 1995

Demo policing bill

HIGH policing costs may lead Yorks police to stop attending weekly protests outside the gates of the UKs largest calf exporter Albert Hall Farms, Strensall.

Up to 80 officers have attended each demo since February at an average cost of £8000 a night, said Chief Inspector Jim Greenwood. So far the bill totalled £100,000, which could lead the police to review their policy of attending demos.

"We are having to use contingency funds to pay our men and that is putting resources under a great strain," said Mr Greenwood.

The protests continued on Monday night. About 30 campaigners have been arrested since the protests began. &#42

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23 June 1995

Cleveland farmer Gerald Towers decision to sell his upland farm at Guisborough and concentrate on other arable interests led to this sale of 127 commercial Simmental cross cows, together with two small pedigree herds, the Tidkin Poll Charolais herd and the Tidkin Simmental herd. Leading buyer in the Charolais section was Angela Clark, Leeming Bar, Northallerton, who took two cows with heifer calves for 1300gns and 1200gns and four heifers for up to 920gns. Top price at the sale, run by Northallerton Auctions, was 1950gns for a Simmental with heifer calf, paid by A Hunter, Knitsley, Consett.

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23 June 1995

Daughter of US Jersey sire Clover Farms Protein, one of two Jerseys and one Guernsey to join the Genus specialist breeds stud. Clover Farms Protein is said to offer an extreme protein:fat ratio and a US-type score of +1.90. He is priced at £22.50 a straw. He is joined by the Jersey Mister T, also available at £22.50 a straw, and the Guernsey Laeschland NPK Breighton at £20 a straw.

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23 June 1995

Dairy vet Neil Howie… Many calves are lost when herdsmen are tooimpatient with the calving cow.

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23 June 1995

Dairy farmers from throughout the midlands descended on Highfields Farm, Belton, near Loughborough, last weekend for the dispersal of Alan Earnshaws 130 Holstein Friesians. Top price on the day was £1200 for an April-calved second-calver which, according to recent NMR results, was yielding 44kg/day. The herd as a whole averaged £677 a head for cows yielding 6647 litres, with the best 16 levelling at £967 a head. The sale, which was conducted by Bagshaws auctioneer Mark Elliot, followed Mr Earnshaws decision to concentrate on the arable side of his business. No quota was disposed of at the auction.

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23 June 1995

Supreme champion of all the cattle at the Royal Cornwall Show was Peter Olds five-year-old Charolais cow Moynton Freesia (not as stated last week). The Moynton herd is managed by Mike Yeandle (pictured).

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23 June 1995

Largest sprayer yet from Frazier, the 7B is built in Italy by Barigelli and powered by a 122hp Iveco diesel engine. Transmission is part hydrostatic/part mechanical, giving a total of four speed ranges, with infinitely variable speed control in each range. Spraying equipment comprises a demountable 2300-litre tank and boom widths up to 24m (80ft). Prices, when equipped with a 24m boom, start from £49,900.

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23 June 1995

This Vogel & Noot seedbox is designed for the low cost establishment of small seeds such as oilseed rape and grass seed. Mounted on the rear of a disc/tine cultivator, the box drops seed into moving soil as the seedbed "boils" between the discs and crumbler roller; the roller also drives the boxs metering mechanism. Models are available to fit 3-4.7m (9ft 10in-15ft 5in) wide cultivators; prices start from £1520.

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23 June 1995

Designed to create a seed-bed, Opicos Rolavator is described as a high-speed secondary tillage implement. Front and rear crumbler rollers are joined by a parallel support mechanism to allow even penetration of the four rows of spring tines. Available in widths from 3.5m to 5.5m (11ft to 18ft) as tractor mounted models, and 6m to 12m (19ft to 39ft) trailed, prices start at £5125.

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23 June 1995

Kvernelands DTB range of X-configuration trailed discs is a lower cost version of the flagship DTA line-up. The cost reduction is achieved by fitting manual adjustment of gang angle, rather than the hydraulic set-up incorporated on the DTA. Retained on the DTB is the DTAs weight transfer system, which enables weight from the drawbar to be shifted over the discs to give more positive downward pressure. DTB working widths of 3.2-4.5m (10ft 6in-14ft 7in) are available, and prices start from £11,800 for the 650mm (26in) diameter disc versions.

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23 June 1995

Competitors in the senior section of the South of Scotland Sheep Shearing competition held at Barony College, Parkgate, Dumfries.

Over 130 shearers from around the world competed in what is the biggest shearing competition in the northern hemisphere. Run alongside this event was the National Sheep Association Young Shepherd of the Year competition won by Lockerbie producer Robin Spence.

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23 June 1995

CORRECTION

WE have been asked to point out that a short news story in our issue of Feb 24-Mar 2, 1995, about the return of the company run by Richard Weeks, did not in fact refer to the Framlingham, Suffolk-based company Weeks Trailers, run by Richard Western Ltd.

Weeks Trailers have been continuously manufactured by Richard Western since the purchase of the name Weeks Trailers and the assets and goodwill of the original company from the receiver in 1984.

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23 June 1995

Members visiting the Royal Show are invited to call on the Reed Farmers Publishing stand (at the top of the cattle lines on Avenue M at the junction with 6th street) for afternoon tea. FWC organiser Jean Howells looks forward to greeting you there. Tea parties will be held on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons (July 3-5) between 2.30pm and 4.30pm. If you have any difficulty in finding the venue ask at the farmers weekly stand nearby.

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23 June 1995

Dutch move in

HUNDREDS of Dutch dairy farmers are selling their farms in Holland at high prices and buying larger and cheaper farms in Denmark.

There are now an estimated 500 or more farms in Denmark owned by Dutchmen, many of whom are continuing to buy their feed and seed requirements from Holland.

In southern Jutland alone, 11% of all dairy cows are owned by Dutch farmers, and many more have bought dairy farms in the Esbjerg area of west Jutland.

In the county of Ribe in west Jutland there are now 64 dairy farms owned by Dutchman, according to Danish farmer Torben Pedersen who farms near Varde in that area.

The farms they have purchased have an average herd size of 80 cows, almost double the Danish average herd size.

Mr Torben reckons that Dutch dairy farmers are being attracted by the difference in farm prices between Holland and Denmark. He puts the average land price in his area at £4000 to £5000 a hectare.

In other parts of Denmark better land is fetching over £6000/ha, and it is not uncommon close to large pig enterprises where slurry has to be disposed of on neighbouring farms for land to fetch over £10,000/ha.

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23 June 1995

Daughter of the Dutch calving-ease Thonyma Secret son Marius who is out of an Arlina Rotate dam. His UK conversion at 80% reliability is 732kg milk, 23kg (-0.10% fat), 23kg (-0.01%) protein, £83 PIN and £95 ITEM. Available from Supersires at £16/dose.

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23 June 1995

Its here at last. The new BMW 3-series Touring went on sale in the UK last month, replacing the original Touring which ceased production in 1993/94. Initially, engine options are either 2-litre (£21,900) or 2.8-litre (£25,500) petrols, with a 1.8-litre (£17,860) and two diesel models – 1.7-litre (£17,500) and 2.5-litre (£23,170 ) – to follow later this year.

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