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Archive Article: 1996/03/01

1 March 1996

Welcome break in the weather allowed planting of 10ha (25 acres) of Rocket potatoes to get under way at Lodge Farm, St Osyth in Essex this week. Figures from the Potato Marketing Board show national plantings of earlies to be well up on the last two seasons at 1624ha. (4000 acres), though most of the progress has been in the west of the country rather than the east.

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Archive Article: 1996/03/01

1 March 1996

Fertiliser spreading on silage ground last week on A E Stuart and Sons 142ha (350-acre) beef and arable unit at Hill Barton, Clyst St Mary, Exeter. Tractor driver Tom Moore is applying an organic compound (Humber Farmers No 18) said to give slower release of nutrients and less leaching to silage ground. T-sum 200 had been reached and ground conditions were right on a dry day with no wind.

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Archive Article: 1996/03/01

1 March 1996

NMR steps up service with DAISY acquisition

NATIONAL Milk Records has acquired the DAISY herd health, fertility and milk recording business from the University of Reading.

NMR claims the enlarged organisation will deliver an enhanced service to dairy producers and vets based on integrated production, health and fertility data.

The DAISY bureau of health and fertility recording is used by about 3000 farmers and by over 200 vets to provide their clients with herd management information.

NMR claims it will continue to provide the DAISY services. That includes DAISYs On-Merit milk recording service which it says will continue to provide a milk sample testing service for vets and farmer customers of DAISY.

Through guaranteed access to historical and new data, the University of Reading will continue its pioneering research into production constraints and animal welfare, partly sponsored by NMR.

The aim is to form a "Daisy Research Development Group" to ensure a research focus on key problems.

NMR chairman Ben Kent said: "NMRs entry into the dairy health and fertility market represents a positive step for the UK dairy farmer. Data on health and fertility can be integrated with production data to provide a comprehensive overview of a herds performance and enable farmers to make informed decisions on the future of their herds."

But some former dairy farmer customers of DAISY are concerned about the loss of the main competitor to NMR in England and Wales. Former NMR user and Yorks producer John Pick who has been with DAISYs On-Merit for a year said: "I sought a more localised service which On-Merit gives." Despite the guarantee that On-Merit will be maintained, he has doubts about its future. &#42

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Archive Article: 1996/03/01

1 March 1996

Welsh flockmaster Gareth Davies believes that foxes stay away from lambs marked with bright red paint. If conditions are good when ewes and lambs are turned out at Parc, Llangeitho, marking fluid is still used. But bad weather this season has persuaded him to try the 15p-a-time fluorescent red foul weather protectors that will also keep foxes from the Texel and Suffolk cross lambs.

justified if the coats prove to be dual purpose," Mr Davies says. "Nobody is sure why, but bright red marks have worked in the past. So far we have not lost any lambs wearing the protectors."

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Archive Article: 1996/03/01

1 March 1996

CORRECTION: County Auctions, Wooler, will not be operating a pedigree sales service on its Direct electronic auction system, as suggested in last weeks issue. It is, however, launching into the pedigree business with a Charollais bull show and sale in the autumn, and also aims to move into pedigree dispersal sales.

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Archive Article: 1996/03/01

1 March 1996

Precision farming is the hottest topic in technical circles this year. Will it bring benefits, or is it still pie in the sky? In this special section we preview an event that aims to provide answers and relay a note

of caution from ADAS. Edited by Charles Abel

ACOMING OF AGE FOR A NEW IDEA?

HAS precision farming come of age? Next weeks event – Precision Farming 96 – at Silsoe College, Beds aims to find out.

Organised by FARMERS WEEKLY, Fusion Events and Silsoe College it puts all the experts and innovators of this exciting technology in one venue. Where better could you go to establish whether this is an approach from which you too could benefit?

The event will serve as a national day for precision farming – the use of modern technology to vary inputs across individual fields.

A host of key companies and organisations will be exhibiting, many demonstrating how their equipment works.

All will be prepared to discuss how their system can benefit your farm and boost net income.

There is also a full programme of seminars to explain the technology involved and how it is being applied on the farm.

Tickets are priced £10.


05: Chavtrac, Units 6-9, Pontnewynydd Industrial Estate, Pontypool, Gwent, NP4 6PD. Tel: 01495 756451. Fax: 01495 762303

Raven range of high pressure direct injection systems, which allow site specific application at field scale.

16: Delta-T Devices, 1 28 Low Road, Burwell, Cambridge, CB5 0EJ. Tel: 01638 742922. Fax: 01638 743155

Technology for precision farming. 04: Farmade Management Systems, Claygate Farm, Herons Ghyll, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 4BU. Tel: 01825 712502. Fax: 01825 713559.

Software to process and display GPS data in Ordnance Survey map context. Also producing plans and control files for spatial applications.

11: Ferrag, PO Box 90, Haydock Ln, Haydock Ind Estate, St Helens, Merseyside, WA11 9UU. Tel: 01942 272777. Fax: 01942 271287.

ACCORD electronic seed-rate adjustment optimising seed rates to differing soil conditions. Plus RAU air-assisted sprayers.

18: Flo-Tag, PO Box 62, Rugby, Warks CV22 7EF. Tel: 01788 535981. Fax: 01788 535980.

Distributor of mapping, GPS, variable rate technology and ag-chem "soilection" machinery.

14: Hardi, 4/5 Watling Close, Sketchley Meadows, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 3EX. Tel: 01455 233811. Fax: 01455 233815

Spraying equipment technology.

17:Institution of Ag. Engineers, West End Road, Silsoe, Bedford, MK45 4DU. Tel: 01525 861096. Fax: 01525 861660.

Promotes the professional status and career development of those supplying the engineering needs of the agricultural and land industries.

09/10: Kemira Fertilisers, Ince, Chester, CH2 4LB. Tel: 0151 357 2777. Fax: 0151 357 5655

Kemira Loris programme controlling spatially-variable spreader for local management of nutrients.

13: Knight Farm Machinery, Great Casterton, Stamford, Lincs, PE9 4AP. Tel: 01780 62880. Fax: 01780 66641.

Manufactures a full range of 12-24m boom crop sprayers with quality specification and reliability.

02: LH AGRO, Old Railway Industrial Estate, Needingworth Road, St Ives, Cambs, PE17 4NB. Tel: 01480 496367. Fax: 01480 461117.

Electronic monitoring and control equipment comprising the LH 4000 spray controller, LH 50000 multipurpose computer with data-logging/GPS facilities and the LH 565 combine yield logger.

06: Massey Ferguson, PO Box 62, Banner Lane, Coventry, West Midlands, CV4 9GF. Tel: 01203 851286. Fax: 01203 851182

Yield Mapping Systems allowing customers to yield map fields, interpret information and develop field treatment programmes.

03: Optimix Computer Systems, Letton, Shipdham, Thetford, Norfolk, IP25 7PS. Tel: 01362 820836. Fax: 01362 820827.

Software for arable farming, plus precision farming developments.

01: Precision Farming, Stroud Road, Nailsworth, Gloucestershire, GL6 0BE. Tel: 01453 843084. Fax: 01453 835521.

A wholly-owned subsidiary of RDS Technology established to develop a complete instrumentation system.

19: Silsoe Research Institute, Wrest Park, Silsoe, Beds, LK45 4HS. Tel: 01525 860000. Fax: 01525 860156.

New technologies to optimise inputs for fields, crops and animals to define husbandry approaches.

Silsoe College, Cranfield University, Silsoe, Bedfordshire, MK45 4DT. Tel: 01525 863000. Fax: 01525 863001

Developing the equipment and computer systems for obtaining and analysing ground based, airborne and satellite sensed crop performance data. MSc and Postgraduate Diploma courses planned.

SilSoe Link, Wrest Park, Silsoe, Beds, MK45 4HS. Tel: 01525 860000. Fax: 01525 860156.

A liaison between Silsoe Research Institute, Silsoe College and the Soil Survey & Land Research Centre.

07: Simba International, Woodbridge Road, Sleaford, Lincs, NG34 7EW. Tel: 01529 304654. Fax: 01529 413468.

The Freeflow has quickly established itself for producing accurate seed placement, consistent sowing depth and cost saving.

Soil Survey and Land Research Centre (SSLRC), Cranfield University, Silsoe, Bedford, MK45 4DT. Tel: 01525 863000. Fax: 01525 863253.

Information about the distribution, properties, behaviour and potential uses of UK soils. R & D in support of precision farming.

08: SOYL, Whitedale Farm, East Street, Hambledon, Hants, PO7 4RX. Tel: 01705 632097. Fax: 01705 632214.

Crop management system to maximise profitability, by linking soil nutrient mapping with variable rate fertiliser and lime applications.

15: Technico Survey Supplies, Butchers Lane, White Waltham, Maidenhead, SL6 3SD. Tel: 01628 829006. Fax: 01628 829970.

Agent for Vindel 100 advanced soil sampling machine. Ideal for linking to GPS.

12: Vaderstad, Unit 5, North Anston Business Centre, Houghton Road, North Anston, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S31 7JJ. Tel: 01909 561234. Fax: 01909 561235.

Vaderstad Rapid drills are purpose-built for reduced tillage systems, coping with very variable conditions.


Precision Farming 96 Seminar Programme

11.00amChairmans opening of day. Professor Dick Godwin, Silsoe College.

11.15amPrecision Farming, an Overview.Chris Dawson, Chris Dawson and Associates.

11.45amPrecision Farming in the USA – A Practical Approach.Dr Andrew Landers, Churchill Fellow.

12.15pmThe Financial Impact of Precision Farming.James Miles Hobbs, Andersons the Farm Business Consultants.

12.45pmBreak

1.00pmChairmans opening of afternoon session.Mike Carver/Justin Smith ARC.

1.15pmBrian Welti, Manager, Shuttleworth Farms.

1.45pmIntegrated Crop Management and Precision Farming.Caroline Drummond, LEAF.

2.15pmPractical Implementation of Precision Farming.William Gemmill, Strutt and Parker.

2.45pmPrecision Farming Technology in the States.Virgil Huebner – Raven Systems.

3.45pmDiscussion Forum with all the speakers, chaired by Justin Smith, ARC.


&#8226 National field day.

&#8226 Weds 6 Mar, 9am-5pm.

&#8226 Silsoe College, Beds.

&#8226 Full seminar programme.

&#8226 Tickets £10 each.

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Archive Article: 1996/03/01

1 March 1996

Casella reel irrigators, marketed by Vallely Landlink, can now be equipped with a diesel engine to rewind the hose – rather than the traditional water powered turbine arrangement.

The company says that hose retrieval rates of up to 150m/hour – almost twice that of turbine drives – can be achieved and that no water pressure is lost to drive turbines.

In addition, Vallely Landlink says that the combined cost of running a pump station and the Yanmar diesel engine is less than just operating a pump station and using some of the power to rewind the hose. The diesel engine option adds about another £700 on to the cost of the reel irrigator system.

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