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Archive Article: 1999/06/04

4 June 1999

Saxon potatoes got a good soaking recently at Tibberton Manor, Newport, Shropshire. Robert Belcher hopes the early set-skin bakers will be worth about £200/t. But with BPC data showing UK plantings at 138,000ha and rising, that may be optimistic, he admits.

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Archive Article: 1999/06/04

4 June 1999

Val Powell (left), a shepherdess at Thornby Farms, Northampton, and her dog Ria were victorious at Britains first sheepdog trials for female handlers last weekend. The competition, held at Highclere Castle, Hants, attracted 24 entrants. It was organised by Katy Cropper (right), who won One Man and His Dog in 1990.

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Archive Article: 1999/06/04

4 June 1999

Winner of this years Nitram award, which recognises good fertiliser and environmental practice, are milk producers Chris, Tom and Margy Hall (second left to right) of Woolrow Farm, Roydhouse, Shelley, Huddersfield. They were presented with the award by Martin Burtt of the NFU (left) at Rodbaston College, Staffs. The Halls win a US study tour to look at use of fertiliser and farm yard manure.

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Archive Article: 1999/06/04

4 June 1999

Some might call it bull… But Richard Clothier, production director of Somerset-based organic cheddar cheese makers Wyke Farms, says the Chinese art of acupuncture has cured this Hereford bull, Marksbury President, of stress, so he can continue to serve cows. Mr Clothier was also impressed when acupuncture, stimulated four cows to ovulate soon after treatment. Treatment costs £20 an hour, but you dont have to pay for any drugs and a number of animals can be treated, he says.

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Archive Article: 1999/06/04

4 June 1999

Bulls eye…this 21-day-old South Devon bull calf sold for £345 at Liskeards weekly calf market despite ailing beef prices. Sired by the Hams Barton herds stock bull Sexton Centurion 3rd, bidders were tempted by what auctioneers said was good conformation and potential for its age. Pictured here with (l to r) auctioneer Peter Palmer, purchaser Jason Bowers, vendor Geoffrey Hill, and calf drover Dave Jury.

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Archive Article: 1999/06/04

4 June 1999

A day of family entertainment to appeal to all dog lovers. That is the aim of the Dog Extravaganza to be held at Holywell Estate, Swanmore, Hants,

(just off A32) on Sunday June 13 from 10am.

The idea for the day came from farmers wife and show secretary, Penny Hamblen, who breeds working springer spaniels. "I thought it would be a good idea to bring all types of working dogs together at one show," she says.

With more than 30 dog activities, stands and demonstrations there should be something for everyone. Entrance is £5 for adults, no charge for children and parking is free. Inquiries: (01329-239696).

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