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Archive Article: 1997/11/28

28 November 1997

After a hectic couple of months of dairy dispersals,

the busy spell is now drawing to a close. FW, armed

with an umbrella, called in on one Dorset sale last

week to get a flavour of the end-of-season trade…

The venue was Bungays Farm, Stalbridge – and on offer were 157 Friesian cattle for Mrs K M Eavis and Sons.

A glance at the catalogue showed that the cubicle-housed herd, calving mainly from September and October onwards, had an average yield of 6400 litres.

Overcoats were recommended…torrential rain before the sale left the car park flooded and meant some people had to be towed out. Tommy Stroud (left) avoided such problems by walking to the event. Here, he has a chat with old pal Malcolm Forte.

Luckily, the rain stopped during the sale, however. And retired farmer Dick Bennett took advantage of the break in the weather to dry out in the sunshine.

With the farm up for sale, a range of machinery and equipment was also up for grabs. Prices included £2000 for a Taarup 306 mower conditioner and £1600 for a Malgar 1300gal slurry tanker. But the top bid of £6400 came for this B-reg Ford 5610 tractor.

This visitor, like many, was looking for spring-calvers. And this is currently the vogue, says auctioneer Mark Lewis of Symonds and Sampson who, earlier this week, was at another auction at Wincanton, where spring-calvers averaged £750.

Dairy stock prices have held up well this autumn, according to the auctioneers, with cohort money, cheap fodder and the relatively weak quota leasing prices contributory factors. This was a day when prices rose to £1020, with an average of £550.

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28 November 1997

Crop protection professionals (left to right) Windsor Griffiths of AgrEvo, Prof Paul Miller of Silsoe Research Institute and Donald Tyson formerly of Novartis have all received British Crop Protection Council Medals in recognition of their services to the industry.

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28 November 1997

Good show… Michael and Philip Wood brought the best pen of Limousin steers to Bishops Castles show and sale of suckled calves and weanlings last week. The 290kg animals from Kinnerton made £510 apiece. This was a day when steers averaged 129p/kg (£390/head) at this Shropshire venue. Heifers levelled 97p/kg (£275/head), report auctioneers Halls.

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28 November 1997

GRASS is still growing at 10-15kg/ ha DM a day, writes New Zealand consultant Paul Bird, working for the British Grassland Society.

Some are achieving rates nearer 20kg/ha a day because they have high quality grazing that received nitrogen in September/October.

Most animals are now in day and night, mainly due to wet soil, falling grass cover, and poor access to grass. Those producers with better access achieved at least one month extra grazing this autumn, and will be planning for an early turnout.

Average grass covers should be about 1700 to 1900kg DM/ha.

Most poaching damage occurs when rain is falling, so some farmers may wish to wait for a few days without rain, until grazing again. Dry stock which are grazing on heavy soils must be shifted on to a new area of grazing every day to minimise poaching damage.

lThis will be the last Grass Watch article until next year. &#42

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28 November 1997

It was all go at Rugbys big sale of wintering cattle last Friday, with more than 1400 animals going through the ring in seven hours of continuous selling. Among the notable prices was £570, paid for J R Dobsons 20-month-old Charolais cross steers.

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28 November 1997

New flagship for Kuhn Farm Machinerys Multi Disc System fertiliser spreader range is the twin-disc MDS 1141. Spreading width is rated at 12m-28m. When compared with earlier machines, a strengthened chassis has increased maximum payload to 3000kg, with other changes comprising simpler application rate adjustment and improved three-point linkage attachment. Basic price of the MDS 1141, which can be equipped with a GPS system, is £3100.

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Archive Article: 1997/11/28

28 November 1997

Goose and watercress Soup

Serves 6

Goose bones and trimmings

1200m (2 pints) water

200g(8oz) vegetables (carrot, onion, celery, leek)

1 bay leaf

6 peppercorns

50g(2oz) butter

50g(2oz) flour

200g(8oz) watercress, washed

and chopped

Salt and pepper

Bring the bones to boil in the water, skim, then add the chopped vegetables, bay leaf and peppercorns. Simmer gently for 11/2 hours.

Melt the butter in a saucepan, then add the flour. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then gradually add the strained hot stock, stirring all the time. Season and return to the boil. Finally, add the watercress and simmer for a few minutes. Taste to correct seasoning.

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