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Archive Article: 1998/06/19

19 June 1998

Day-old turkey poults are sexed before leaving Kelly Turkeys new £500,000 hatchery at Danbury, Essex, which opened last Friday. The site can produce 100,000 poults a week, including bronze and black turkey strains.

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Archive Article: 1998/06/19

19 June 1998

Reaching for the top. Winter wheat Savannah looks set to achieve its heady potential in a gloomy season according to Advantas Bram Van der Have. Field experience in what is clearly an extremely high disease pressure year confirms the varietys disease resistance ratings, he maintains.

"It has got to be managed, but seed growers say it is still standing up." He predicts that 1700ha (4200 acres) of multiplication stock should supply 4% of the market this autumn.

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Archive Article: 1998/06/19

19 June 1998

JUNE 19 Milk quota leasing auction. Hallworthy, Cornwall. Kittows (01840-261261)

JUNE 19 Auction of 290-head herd of Holstein Friesian dairy cattle. Carmarthen. Bob Jones-Prytherech & Co (01267-236395)

JUNE 20 Sale of the Moigne herd of poll Hereford cattle. Buckland Newton, Dorset. Russell Baldwin & Bright (01432-355441)

JUNE 20 Dispersal of combine, tractors, machinery and equipment. East Quantoxhead, Somerset. J &#42 Palmer & Sons (01278-782326)

JUNE 22 Milk quota auction, with about 715,000 litres for lease. Rugby, Warcs. Howkins & Harrison (01788-560321)

JUNE 22 Annual production sale, featuring 50 Holstein Friesians. Gloucester. Bruton Knowles (01452-303441)

JUNE 23 Offering of two herds, comprising 70 Holstein Friesians. Taunton, Somerset. Greenslade Taylor Hunt (01935-423474)

JUNE 23 Sale of 100 Holstein Friesians. Chepstow, Monmouthshire. Gwilym Richards (01453-521600)

JUNE 23 Dispersal of agricultural machinery and effects. Wickham Skeith, Suffolk. Clarke & Simpson (01728-724200)

JUNE 23 Annual show and sale of British INRA 401 sheep (82 head). Exeter, Devon. Breed Society (01392-276668)

JUNE 24 Summer sale of Continental cross store cattle. Carlisle, Cumbria. Harrison & Hetherington (01228-590490)

JUNE 24 Milk quota leasing auction. Newton Abbot, Devon. Rendells (01392-276404)

JUNE 24 Dispersal of 129 Holstein Friesians, plus 200,000 litres of clean 4.17% milk quota. Wellington, Somerset. Greenslade Taylor Hunt (01935-423474)

JUNE 25 Dispersal of the Ruslin herd of 300 Holstein Friesians. Tibberton, Worcs. Norton & Brooksbank (01285-841333)

JUNE 26 Milk quota leasing auction. Chippenham, Wilts. Alder King (01749-679666)

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Archive Article: 1998/06/19

19 June 1998

Better access at next event

Cereals 99 will be held at Vine Farm, Wendy, near Royston, Herts on June 16 and 17.

After this years experiences visitor access will receive particular attention, promises RASE director of exhibitions David Storrar.

"We are considering a number of possibilities to ensure that both visitors and exhibitors reach the site more easily and gain a more efficient access," he says.

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Archive Article: 1998/06/19

19 June 1998

Quality or thrift?

Farm-saved seed typically knocks just £1/t off the cost of growing each tonne of wheat, but could cost you far more in lost yield and quality, according to the new campaign launched by the British Society of Plant Breeders and the United Kingdom Supply Trades Association at Cereals 98. "We are not knocking farm-saved seed, but we do think farmers needs to be honest with themselves and check they really are producing a quality product, rather than simply cutting costs," says BSPB chairman, Tony Guthrie. Demands from buyers and assurance schemes for assured seed quality add to the pressure to use certified, he notes.

If you do save, be sure to:

&#8226 Grow from the best basic seed.

&#8226 Use the best, weed free fields.

&#8226 Walk and rogue regularly.

&#8226 Pay for disease as well as germination testing.

&#8226 Ensure the highest possible standards are imposed on dressing, cleaning and separation of varieties.

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Archive Article: 1998/06/19

19 June 1998

Young Farmers

Round-up

ULSTER young farmers and CEJA delegates John Martin, of Ballywalter YFC, and Wallace Gregg, of Glarryford YFC, are to join EU advisory committees.

John has been accepted as a member of the sheep advisory committee and Wallace will join the committee concerned with the promotion of agricultural productions and health. These committees are the forum through which direct access to EU officials and policy determination are achieved.

&#8226 The NFYFCs agriculture and rural affairs steering group has identified five key areas of policy – the current state of agriculture, policy towards new entrants, young peoples rural transport, housing for young people and the social development of young people living in the countryside.

Working groups have been set up to establish need, state the benefits, suggest possible solutions and produce a stepping stone plan. Any young farmers wishing to contribute should contact Jenny Bashford at the AFC Centre, Kenilworth on 01203-696544.

&#8226 The Scottish Association of Young Farmers Clubs will run a camping and caravanning village for members of YFC and sister organisations attending this years Royal Highland Show. The village will be located near the SAYFC marquee dance site at the north end of the west car parking area. Inquiries to 0930-100444.

&#8226 Polden Hills was the top scoring club at Somerset federations annual rally. The runner-up was Kingsbrompton, which also won the trophy for the highest scoring club with less than 30 members. The West Group of clubs organised the rally, which had a Wild West theme, at Escott Farm, Stogumber.

&#8226 Hailsham YFC won the trophy for team field events and ten other trophies at East Sussex Country Fayre, held at Laughton on May 10.

&#8226 Brampton YFC, Cumbria, raised £4200 for Freemans Childrens Hospital, Newcastle for a new cardiac monitor with a printer. They were spurred into their fundraising activities after baby Thomas McKie, son of former club secretary and chairman Judith McKie, received treatment at the hospital.

&#8226 Norfolk young farmers are holding a family fun event at the Norfolk Showground, Costessy, on Sun, July 19. Country Sunday, will have trade stands, competitions, displays, demonstrations and play opportunities and include the county rally and Holstein Friesian calf show.

&#8226 Abberley and District YFC, Worcs, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year and will hold a supper and music at Abberley village hall on Sat, July 25. Tickets cost £12 before July 11 and are available from Nick Ganderton (01905-641082) or Molly Wall (01886-88270). Photos and memorabilia are requested for display.

&#8226 Wells and Glastonbury YFC won the Somerset Club of the Year title at the Royal Bath and West Show and will be competing at Godney tomorrow (June 20) against other county winners for the South West Area title.

&#8226 Beach wear/black tie is the instruction to those attending the beach ball Ridware YFC, Staffs, is holding at Manor Farm, Blithbury, on Sat, July 4, in aid of the Air Ambulance. Entertainment, camping, food and beer will be available all weekend. Contact Jenny (01543-493526), Vanessa (0378-152753) or Em (0973-916986).

Haltwhistle YFC members celebrate the clubs win in the mens tug of war contest in Northumberland federations rally. The club also won the ladies contest as well as a host of competitions that illustrated the rally theme – An oriental affair – for which it received the Industrial Cup.

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Archive Article: 1998/06/19

19 June 1998

We live in a part of Normandy which is rich in history, charm and culture and we so rarely have the time to appreciate all there is to be seen around us. But an "off the cuff" invitation to supper at the château while Tims Dad and Sheila were over recently, lead to a tour around the library with the floor to ceiling books shelved in Hungarian oak, and Madam Dufresne telling us anecdotes about the family members portrayed in paintings and photographs all around. We love going there because our landlady is such a wonderful raconteur. She has us doubled up laughing when she imitates the old fashioned colloquial French accents.

Not long after, Tim and I were off on another culture trip. We have joined the Vimoutiers Historical Society. The society had organised a rally visiting many of the lovely maisons and châteaux in the area. We joined up with friends, Martine and Didier Lariel, with the advantage that, in their Espace we could see over the hedges, so clue books in hand, picnic in baskets we zoomed off enthusiastically – only to find that we couldnt answer the first three questions. This was largely due to the fact that you couldnt necessarily find the answers to the clues from what you could see.

For example, the clue led us to the statue of Marie Harel in town, but the question was "What was the name of the curate who gave her the recipe to make Camembert?"

There was nothing on the statue to tell you, so either you knew it or you didnt. We wouldnt have known if we hadnt recently done some translating on the production and history of Camembert. Page two took us to a house at some point connected with the Lariel family – a well-known family in the area going back a long time, with various questions related to them (and Didier!). Dare I say it – a father, a grandfather and a mobile phone were extremely useful. The object of the rally was to visit places which arent generally open to the public and to learn some of the local history. We saw beautiful half-timbered houses, some with moats, and met some of the people living there. At the end of the day we had dinner in a local restaurant while the scores were being added up.

There were two books for the winners and in one it describes the library in the Château de Vimer which was used as a hospital during the war when Vimoutiers was bombed.

Martine had been a very resourceful problem-solver during the day, not being bashful at asking owners about their properties, and so, with the other obvious advantages (and Martines hard work) we won the rally and shared the books.

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