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Archive Article: 1998/07/17

17 July 1998

IN BRIEF

&#8226 SALMONELLA could soon be eradicated in chicken flocks, as scientists think they have found the gene responsible for determining a birds natural resistance to the disease. By crossing resistant and non-resistant chickens, researchers at the Institute of Animal Health, Berks, have identified the resistance gene on the birds genetic map. With selective breeding, salmonella should be a disease of the past.

&#8226 THE Farm Animal Welfare Councils first annual report, which details its approach to farm animals and draws together a years work, is now available from the FAWC Secretariat, Government Build-ings, Hook Rise South, Tolworth, Surbiton, Surrey KT6 7NF.

&#8226 IS breeding for scrapie resistance the answer to controlling the disease? Institute of Animal Health researcher Angela McLean needs to recruit 150 UK sheep farms, with and without scrapie, for a programme of free genetic testing and to help compare methods of disease control. Participating farms will receive annual visits for blood testing and will need to provide breeding records to IAH, although information and results on individual farms will remain confidential, she says. Contact Dr McLean on 01635-577282. &#42

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Archive Article: 1998/07/17

17 July 1998

uTHE EU Commission has warned Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg that it will take infringement action unless the countries step up their action to prevent water pollution from nitrates.

uQUALITY assurance organisation Scottish Quality Cereals reports that its membership has reached 2500, representing 54% of the Scottish grain crop. Membership is 250 ahead of the 1998 target.

uNORTH East farmers bade farewell at the Great Yorkshire Show to their popular NFU senior policy adviser, Kevin Pearce, who has moved to union headquarters as national beef, sheep and wool adviser. Mr Pearce was presented with a framed watercolour in appreciation of his work in the region. &#42

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Archive Article: 1998/07/17

17 July 1998

Almost three months since East Anglia saw the worst flooding for 150 years, some farmers are still suffering the effects. Last week, at beef and arable producer Roger Martins Beald House Farm, California, Norfolk, the units 160 beef finishers were turned out two months late. But Mr Martin says that 20ha (50 acres) of pasture is still under water and he is concerned that he will not be eligible to make a full IACs claim.

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Archive Article: 1998/07/17

17 July 1998

GRASS is continuing to grow at rates of 50-80kg DM/ha a day throughout many parts of the UK and at least four cows a hectare are needed to maintain grass quality.

Grazing systems have been challenged because of the wet weather, writes BGS consultant Paul Bird. Poaching damage, low sugar levels in grass due to lack of sun and low dry matters leading to low DM intakes are concerns.

Production dropped by a small amount on many farms, including those not doing much grazing.

Production drop on grazing farms was small for those who took a flexible approach. Those with wet farms reduced grazing time to cut poaching. Where grass intake was a concern higher grass residuals were left help improve intake.

Milk production was maintained despite concerns because grass quality was excellent due to tight management in May and early June. Lax grazing in May produced little milk in June and early July.

Autumn calving herds will be dry or nearly dry. Dry cows should be used to clean out pasture so high quality grass will be available for freshly calved cows in September or October.

Spring calvers are still producing 20-24 litres from grazing alone on some farms. To maintain this for as long as possible maintain grazing pressure so cows lightly graze over dung patches. Bottoming (topping) may be required every four rotations, particularly if high nitrogen levels were used in May and June. &#42

Grass growth

Grass growth kg DM/ha

from July 13 a day

Steve Brandon Staffs 72

Richard John Pembrokes 66

Christian Fox Sussex 34

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Archive Article: 1998/07/17

17 July 1998

A job well done… John Findon (left) collected 12 prizes with his Wiltshire Horn sheep at last weeks Royal Show at Stoneleigh. The breed does not require shearing and lambs easily, says Mr Findon, who runs the Cadbold flock at Pillerton Priory, Warks. "I didnt get much time to see the rest of the show – I was too busy with the sheep all the time," he says. This year is the 75th anniversary of the Wiltshire Horn Sheep Society, whose president, Iolo Owen, is also pictured with the stock.

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Archive Article: 1998/07/17

17 July 1998

Latest figures for tractor registrations figures released by the Agricultural Engineers Association for June reveal that the market remains quiet. Sales in June were 27% down on the same period last year, with the year-to-date figure 42.3% down on 1997.

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Archive Article: 1998/07/17

17 July 1998

JULY 17 Sale of 400 Continental cross store cattle. Knighton, Powys. McCartneys (01584-872251)

JULY 18 The Moet "Next Generation" sale, featuring 70 Holsteins. Crewe, Cheshire. Norton & Brooksbank (01285-841333)

JULY 18 Sale of 154 cattle, including 75 suckler cows, either in-calf or with calves at foot. Bodmin, Cornwall. Lodge & Thomas (01872-272722)

JULY 18 Premier Sale of 296 Charollais sheep. Lichfield, Staffs. Breed Society (01935-603335)

JULY 20 Dispersal of 134 Holstein Friesian dairy cows and followers, plus tractors, implements and machinery. Berkley, Somerset. Cooper & Tanner (01373-831010)

JULY 20 Auction of milk quota and suckler cow quota. Rugby, Warcs. Howkins & Harrison (01788-560321)

JULY 21 Show and sale of 4000 breeding ewes and rams. Exeter, Devon. Exeter Market Auctioneers (01392-276668)

JULY 21 Auction of plant and machinery. Lamerton, Devon. Ward & Chowen (01822-612458)

JULY 21 The annual "Top 10% Invitational" sale of 85 Holstein Friesians. Exeter, Devon. Greenslade Taylor Hunt (01935-423474)

JULY 21 Dispersal of dairy cows and machinery. Chilthorne Domer, Somerset. Symonds & Sampson (01285-472244)

JULY 22 Auction of vintage tractors, machinery and car spares. Morpeth, Northumberland. Hexham & Northern Marts (01434-605444)

JULY 23 Auction of 114 British Holstein and Holstein Friesian dairy cattle. Bradenham, Norfolk. Irelands (01603-250808)

JULY 23 Sale of machinery and equipment. Thorganby, North Yorks. Weatherall Green & Smith (0113-244 2066)

JULY 24 Auction of milk quota. Chippenham, Wilts. Alder King (01749-679666)

JULY 24 Dispersal of 270 Holstein Friesians, comprising the Peasfurlong herd. Much Wenlock, Shropshire. Wright-Manley (01270-250500)

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17 July 1998

So, you pull this pin out here…Russell Morgan, a semi-finalist in the 1998 Tractor Driver of the Year competition, demonstrates his skills in the mower section, closely watched by judge Chris Keeble. Mr Morgan made the trip to compete in the event held at the Royal Show from his familyS 160ha (400-acre) farm at Usk, Gwent.

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Archive Article: 1998/07/17

17 July 1998

IN BRIEF

&#8226 OATS could prove to be a popular choice under Agenda 2000 proposals. "They are effectively a break crop because they do not suffer from take-all. As a result the acreage may go up," says Clare Leaman, of NIAB.

&#8226 SEALING air ducts with mastic, tape and foam can increase airflow in on-floor grain stores by over 10%, giving quicker and more efficient drying, says the Farm Energy Centre. For their information bulletin (01203-696512). &#42

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