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Archive Article: 1997/11/07

7 November 1997

Ploughing in winter wheat stubble, tractor driver George Ritchie prepares some of the ground on the 600-acre Heath Farm, Great Rollright, Chipping Norton, for next years crop of linseed or vegetables.

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Archive Article: 1997/11/07

7 November 1997

Sister to highest newcomer on the latest US TPI list, Mascot son Brock. The highest production bull in the US with two points for udders and PTAT, this new recruit, out of a Winken dam, is expected to enter the TPI rankings in seventh position when the official list is released today (Friday). Number one on TPI is the Melwood son Zebo, who lost the top spot in August to Mascot son Mattie, now at number three. Another Melwood son, Bellwood, is second on the list, and in fourth position is the first Dutch bull at the top of the TPI list, Etazon Celsius. Its a Dutch first in Canada too, with Jabot at number 10 on LPI, making him the first bull from Holland to reach the Canadian top 10. Rudoph retains the top spot.

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Archive Article: 1997/11/07

7 November 1997

Holstein genetics from the Netherlands will not necessarily carry a Holland Genetics tag in future following the move by breeding company Altapon to invest some £3.2m in European bull testing and semen production facilities in the country, including a calf quarantine station (pictured) to handle up to 250 bulls a year. Altapon, a 50/50 partnership between North American company Alta Genetics and Koepon Holdings, which has farming and cattle breeding interests in Canada and Europe, will spend another £2.5-3m a year testing 100 bulls a year through its new Genetic Opportunity programme.

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Archive Article: 1997/11/07

7 November 1997

Prototype hose reel irrigator from Austria-based Bauer makes its debut at Water for Farming 97 event. The machines turbine is linked to a generator which converts the torque of the turbine into electrical energy to power a control unit and a motor for the reel drive. Pictured with the Rainmaster 2000 is Bauers Daniel Sulser.

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Archive Article: 1997/11/07

7 November 1997

&#8226 CARROTS to suit the convenience market are set for a rosy future, says Elsoms Seeds. In the US they are peeled and cut into 5cm lengths for the snack food and ready-to-cook markets. Interest is now growing in the UK, raising demand for long, slender, parallel-sided carrots like Dutch-bred Indiana, says Elsoms Seeds crop manager Nick Sandall.

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