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Archive Article: 1995/11/24

24 November 1995

HLCAinaction spells gloom

FAILURE to increase hill livestock compensatory allowances in next weeks Budget could deliver a fatal blow to many farm businesses.

The stark warning came from NFU president Sir David Naish speaking on Wed. "In a weeks time the UKs 60,000 hill farmers will know if the government has thrown them a lifeline in the form of increased HLCAs," said Sir David.

Further cuts or a freezing of current HLCA payments would "signal the beginning of the end for hill farming", he added.

A recent NFU survey in north-east England revealed that a third of hill farmers spent more than £2000 in their local community at a time when four out of every 10 hill farmers earned less than £10,000 last year. &#42

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Archive Article: 1995/11/24

24 November 1995

Monday at Beverley market saw porkers average 99p/kg, cutters 101.2p/kg and baconers 97p/kg. Bacon-weight pigs accounted for 228 of the 870-strong entry. Demand is still there for the heavier pigs, says auctioneer Mark Caley. The outlook is firm across the board, he adds, although cut-price supermarket turkeys could exert downward pressure on prices as Christmas approaches. (Hull Livestock.)

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Archive Article: 1995/11/24

24 November 1995

Cutting capacity of up to 25 acres/hr is claimed for this triple mower outfit from Claas. Initially designed to fit on self-propelled forager skid units, the 7.7m (25ft) wide drum mower combination has now been modified to work with 200hp+ reverse drive tractors and badged 8100FT. The unit, which has adjustable cutting height (28mm-50mm), folds to 2.98m (9ft 9in) wide for transport and is priced at £34,250.

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24 November 1995

Spring-calving heifers from Genuss Warren Farm suckler herd at Lambourn, Berkshire, are on target to reach a target condition score of three by calving on Mar 1. The heifers are still at grass and being fed 10kg silage and 2kg of barley straw. They will remain on this ration until housing on Jan 15. Feeding barley straw allowed the heifers to gain 0.5kg a day, even during August and September.

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Archive Article: 1995/11/24

24 November 1995

To chop or not to chop. Owners of balers not fitted with an integral chopping system can now purchase a unit which fits on to the front of a tractor. Built by Greenland, the unit is basically the front half of a baler – pick-up, chopping system and deflector plates – mounted on wheels. But Greenland maintains the advantages of the system go further than just an ability to chop material; it ensures the swath is laid out evenly for the baler to pick-up – helping to ensure an even shaped bale is made, says the firm. Swath width can be varied to suit most balers.

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