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Archive Article: 1996/01/12

12 January 1996

Martin Hawkswell (inset) tips a load of sugar beet at York factory last weekend as part of a trial by British Sugar into the feasability of Sunday opening. Mr Hawkswell, who this season has lifted 520t off 10ha (25 acres) at Barton Moor Farm, Foston, says Sunday opening is a good idea if it leads to increased efficiency at the factory and a shorter campaign. But BS agricultural manager Philip Cock says the main driving force for Sunday opening is to ease traffic flows around York. As part of the trial, BS is paying a one-off incentive of 35p plus 2p/mile for each clean tonne delivered, equivalent to about £18 a load. There were 67 deliveries last Sunday, including Mr Hawkswells which produced 15.5% sugar, 5% dirt tare and 7.8% crown tare.

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Archive Article: 1996/01/12

12 January 1996

Cheshire producer David Peacock, who runs 160 milkers at Valley Farm, Crewe, vaccinates his cows four to 12 weeks before calving with Rotavec K99 supplied by his Nantwich-based vets Wilson McWilliam and Partners. As a result each cows colostrum will contain antibodies to protect her calf against scours caused by rotavirus and E coli. Each job costs £7-£8, a "worthwhile price".

The vaccine costs £7-8/dose – a price Mr Peacock considers well worthwhile given the protection it affords.

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Archive Article: 1996/01/12

12 January 1996

PICUK is now marketing its pig AI service as Gene Transfer and is switching from bottles to flat pack AI systems. It will be offering its existing "bottle " customers free training in the use of gene flat packs.

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Archive Article: 1996/01/12

12 January 1996

The first machinery sale of 1996 at Lichfield Auction Centre attracted buyers from Wales, Scotland and Ireland, as well as a strong local contingent. Auctioneer Gareth Holland (inset) saw a top price of £11,200 for a 1989 Manitou 2600 Teleshift. Tractor prices included £2600 for a 1978 Massey Ferguson 2640 2WD; and £2425 for a 1980 David Brown 1390 4WD. This was the first offering of deadstock by auctioneers Wintertons since their recent merger with Bagshaws.

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