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Archive Article: 1996/12/06

6 December 1996

WELSH hill farmers Nicola and Edwin Noble have their holiday plans for 1997 all mapped out, for Nicola is the lucky winner of our Farmlife/Farm Tours Canada competition. The couple, who farm 1400 sheep and a few cattle high in Snowdonia National Park at Coed Mawr, Dolwyddelan, Gwynned, will visit the Canadian maritime provinces of Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick on a 12-day Farm Tours holiday worth more than £3000.

"We have always dreamed of going to Canada but thought we would have to wait until we retire," says Nicola, who regularly enters FW contests. "We were jumping up and down with delight when we heard we had won, the furthest we have ever been is Switzerland.

The couple (centre) have two children, William (6) and Ceri (9 months), who stayed at home with Gran when their parents travelled to the Royal Smithfield Show, London, where they received the prize from (L-R) the High Commissioner for Canada, Roy Maclaren, and Malcolm Peasnall, Farm Tours, Christopher King-Walker, Canadian Tourism Commission and Stephen Howe, editor of FARMERS WEEKLY.

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Archive Article: 1996/12/06

6 December 1996

A high accuracy positioning service for precision farming has been introduced by Racal Survey following the launch of the Italsat communications satellite carried by the Ariane 4 rocket. The Landstar service claims to provide farmers and contractors with positioning accurate to 1m (3.3ft) anywhere in Europe, any time of the day or night and in any weather conditions.

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Archive Article: 1996/12/06

6 December 1996

Hogging the limelight…the prize-winning heavyweight sow at this weeks Aberdeen Christmas Classic show and sale at Thainstone, Inverurie. It came from A Simmers with Ann McKenzie (second from right). At 340kg, the animal grossed £221. The supreme champion in the beef section, meanwhile, made £3100. For more details of Scottish primestock events, see page 28.

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Archive Article: 1996/12/06

6 December 1996

Yes sir, its certainly a big un. The Dowdeswell 130 Series HA reversibles are rated to cope with up to 260hp, and become the firms flagship fully-mounted ploughs. Available with four to six furrows, all HAs have on-the-move width adjustment. Prices are from £11,000.

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Archive Article: 1996/12/06

6 December 1996


CONFERENCE QUOTES

"A great deal depends on the interpretation of merit. My definition of merit is that animals can survive and breed. That animal has to be able to make up the energy gap. If we manage condition score changes we can balance energy and protein weight loss," – Dr John Oldham, SAC, Edinburgh.

"We would like a grass support group run with other farmers so we can learn from each others experience and to receive grazing advice from New Zealand and Eire experts customised for the UK," – Mary Quicke, Devon milk producer.

"We must pay more attention to the extension of research to the dairy farmer. Funding from the MDC should be sought for this extension work," – Tom Kelly, Genus director.

"The unrealistically-high milk price has lulled farmers into thinking profits come from high yields. Many think a high index cow must be fed 3t of concentrates and give 9000 litres. They have forgotten that profits are generated using high genetic merit cows to convert home-grown feeds with low fixed costs," – Andrew Sanders, Shropshire-milk producer.

"Costs a kilo must be cut by minimising days to finish and managing grazing carefully." – Signet consultant David Evans

"Liveweight gains from high digestibility silage supplemented with barley can be up to 98% of those achieved with ihg concentrate diets. And some trials have achieved growth rates of 0.9kg a day with silage as the sole feed," – Dr Ray Steen, Hillsborough

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