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Archive Article: 1998/11/13

13 November 1998

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Archive Article: 1998/11/13

13 November 1998

Sillfield Farm, Kendal, Cumbria, whose products range from wild boar to cheeses and pies, was one of more than a dozen farms selling their produce at the first Food Lovers Fair in London last weekend. The fair, which was the final event of the 1998 Southwark Festival, was held in Borough Market, the oldest and last remaining fruit and vegetable market in Central London.

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Archive Article: 1998/11/13

13 November 1998

Giving young people a chance to speak out

Only too frequently the voices of young people go unheard. Too often frequently they are seen as too inexperienced, too immature, too insignificant. Too young.

But they are the people that will take farming into the millennium. They will decide whether this industry stands or falls. They are the future.

Good to see, then, that youth was given a voice this week. A conference, organised by RASE and Strutt and Parker, brought together a host of young speakers from across the industry.

In the audience were schoolchildren, students and new graduates. A few older people were even let in. The older delegates were pleased with what they saw: enthusiasm, passion, common-sense, vision. Exactly what this industry needs in these tough times.

Anyone that says farming is dying is wrong.

Beef ban end would give trade a real fillip

The glimmering hope that the beef ban may be lifted soon is welcome news. If ever our beleaguered livestock industry needed encouragement, now is the time.

Further good news came last week in the shape of the MLC livestock awards. In difficult times, its heartening to read of the hard-won achievements of beef, sheep and pig producers .

Admittedly, improving output and margins on livestock farms, particularly in the current bleak climate is difficult.

But it is good to see fighting spirit paying off.

Strob fungicides are surely here to stay

Justifying the extra cost of using new technical developments on the farm is never easy. When profits are under severe pressure it is doubly difficult.

But strobilurin fungicides seem to be one development cereal growers cannot ignore. Provided they are used appropriately they can deliver yield responses which more than cover their cost.

But the trick is how to gain the best response from the most appropriate use. Understanding their interactions with different varieties, sites and seasons will be key to extracting the most from them.

Results are already emerging from commercial and independent research. Applying those to your own farm situation will help unlock the benefits of this exciting new technology next year.

Upgrading the image of humble meat pie

A traditional half-time snack at a football match; an easy cooking option – thats how many people regard meat pies.

Before the BSE crisis, few would have questioned where the meat came from. But now it is a different story.

So, a new group – West Country Beef – is set to capitalise on the demand for frozen, ready-to-bake, pastry-encased products – pies and pasties to you and me – using farm assured, fully traceable beef.

Beef producers buying shares in the venture are promised a premium on forequarter beef, and better returns overall.

It is a far cry from the traditional pie. But its good news that producers are going to get a bigger slice of it.

Giving Royal spuds the gentler touch

All potatoes need gentle handling. Some demand tender loving care. A case in point is Jersey Royals. Keeping this high value crop bruise-free is an exacting task.

And not one which most harvesters are capable of achieving, according to one Jersey grower.

Convinced he could do better, the grower set about designing and building a harvester to lift the delicate Jersey Royals.

The result is improved tuber quality, more satisfied supermarket buyers and higher profits. There is no better demonstration of how being kind to your crop benefits its health and your wealth.

Your chance to be UK spraying supremo…

When it comes to applying agrochemicals, only top class standards will do. To mark the achievement of skilled operators throughout the UK, FW is delighted to join forces with Novartis Crop Protection to launch the 1999 Farm Sprayer Operator of the Year competition.

If you, or your spray operator, accept only the highest standards of efficient, safe and cost-effective agrochemical spraying, why not enter for this prestigious award?

The winners reward, as we explain on page 60, includes a study tour to Sweden. So why not test your skill and knowledge against the best of British?

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Archive Article: 1998/11/13

13 November 1998

You lookin at me? One of the entries at Portree market on the island of Skye last week. Top prices at this, the venues final sale until next spring, included £520 for a cow and calf, £480 for bulling heifers and £410 for store bullocks.

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Archive Article: 1998/11/13

13 November 1998

CORRECTION

TOO much finely ground wheat can lead to acidosis and not as stated in Livestock, Nov 6.

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Archive Article: 1998/11/13

13 November 1998

Farm Womens Club

This informal friendship club has more than

60 groups nationwide and is open to all

female readers of FW.

Details from Jean Howells (0181-652 4927)

CUMBRIA BORDERS

Sat, Nov 28, 2pm. Meet at Victory Hall, Dalson for talk Christmas is Coming by Mrs Kathleen Churchill. Contact

Laura Brough (01228-711610)

ESSEX & SUFFOLK

Thur, Nov 26, 10.30am. Meet at Sudbury Bowl, Sudbury for

coffee and ten pin bowling followed by lunch at the Red Onion Bistro. Names as soon as possible to Edna Philp (01787-461029).

HEREFORD-SOUTH

Thur, Nov 17, at 2.30pm. The Community Centre – Ledbury, Annual General Meeting. Bring

and Buy. Contact Mrs H. Phillips (01551-670411).

ISLE OF WIGHT

Wed, Nov 18, 10.30am. Coffee morning at Moira Georges home, Rowlands Farm, Havenstreet. Contact Moira (01983-882909).

LINCONSHIRE-BOSTON

Tues, Nov 17, 7.30pm. Special Edition Chocolates. Contact

Sue Jaques (01205-870767).

LINCS-BRIGG

Wed, Nov 18, 7.30pm. Meet at Arties Mill, Brigg for talk The Bag Lady by Mrs B Hellewell and presentation of charity cheque.

Tue, Nov 24, 9.00am. Meet at Arties Mill for shopping trip to York. Contact Margaret Gratton (01652-678218).

LINCS-LOUTH

Thur, Nov 26, 12.30pm. Early Christmas lunch at Louth Indoor Bowls Club with guest speaker Tracey Bearcroft. Contact Pat Needham (01507-327549) by Nov 22.

MID-WALES, GLASBURY-ON-WYE

Wed, Nov 18, 7.30pm. Meet at Glasbury Hall for talk by Darren Ricketts on his walk for Oxfam. Contact Mary (01497-847865).

SOMERSET-YEOVIL

Thur, Dec 3, 12 for 12.30pm. Christmas lunch at The Crown and Victoria, Farm Road, Tintinhull. Subscriptions for 1999 will be collected, bring completed form from FWC autumn magazine and £9 in envelope. Names by Nov 27 to Sylvia Reed

(01963-350431).

WARWICKSHIRE

Wed, Dec 2, 12.30pm. Christmas lunch at Kilworth Springs Golf Club. Cost £12.50. Contact Doris Dalby

(01788-832247).

Tue, Dec 8, 12.30pm. Christmas lunch at the Falcon Hotel, Stratford on Avon. Cost £12. Contact Eileen Worrall (01926-426485).

WORCESTERSHIRE

Thur, Nov 19, 11.30am. Meet at Chequers Inn, Crowle for second planning meeting to choose charity for next year. Contact Margaret Bowater

(01905-798708).

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