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Archive Article: 1999/09/10

10 September 1999

Farm manager David Waites inspects the damage on a combine that caught fire while he was cutting the last of the wheat at the 222ha (550 acre) Moulsoe Builings Farm, Newport Pagnell, Bucks. Mr Waites managed to save most of the field by driving the combine out of the crop and onto a farm road, then ran down the field with a cultivator to stop any fire spreading. Contractors were called in to finish the wheat and cut 40.5ha (100 acres) of linseed.

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Archive Article: 1999/09/10

10 September 1999

Farmer Andrew Hewson and son Edward are so fed up with the slump in black and white bull calf values that they have put an advert in their local newsagent in Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, offering the animals free to good homes.

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10 September 1999

Better trade… Store lambs made £2/head more than expected at last weekends Hartington Sheep Sale in the Peak District. Over 7000 lambs sold, reports auctioneer Ian Lawton of Bagshaws. Suffolk x Mules went to £28/head to average £22.37; Texels to £27 to average £21.60; and Charollais averaged £21.81.

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10 September 1999

Farmer-contractor Paul Colburn, of Colburn Farm Services, mole-draining after beans on land at Wavendon, Bucks. The mole drain is set 21in deep and is spaced at about 8ft.

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10 September 1999

From porker to pork pies… Jasper the Tamworth boar is to be used on Berkshire gilts to produce a plum pudding pig for Melton Mowbray pie maker Dickinson and Morris. The company says it wants to recreate the mid-19th century brown and black spotted pig because while most of the ingredients for its pork pies have remained unchanged, modern pigs are completely different.

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Archive Article: 1999/09/10

10 September 1999

Dust flies as Bruce Kearsey drills the last of the oilseed rape at Royal Farms, Windsor, Berks. Farm saved Apex is the preferred choice, with 40ha being drilled and rolled on the 800ha estate this season. Elsewhere dry weather has seen a rapid conclusion to harvesting for most – full report p65.

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Archive Article: 1999/09/10

10 September 1999

CLEAN up any rough pastures and build up overall grass cover this month, writes BGS grazing consultant Carol Gibson.

Average pasture cover should reach a high point in late September of 2500-2700kg DM/ha.

Farms with high pasture covers now may take a cut of silage on a small area. But avoid doing this if you can. It is surprising how much pasture cows will graze, so you can persevere with grazing more mature grass, consider using dry cows to clean up, or skip the strongest areas and leave them for later grazing by milkers or dry cows.

You may wonder whether all this extended grazing is worthwhile. Producers who have extended the grazing season find it is worth £1/cow/day in feed savings and improved milk quality. This applies even when cows are grazing for only 2.5 to three hours a day. These figures are similar to those demonstrated by research at the Agricultural Research Institute of Northern Ireland, Hillsborough.

During October, plenty of high-quality grass can supply maintenance plus 12 to 14 litres for February calvers, and maintenance plus 15 to 18 litres for autumn calvers. But this cannot be achieved if pasture quality is poor and is more difficult to achieve when access is limited. &#42

Daily growth rates

Anglesey 76kg DM/ha

Cumbria 54kg DM/ha

Sussex 68kg DM/ha

South Wales 100kg DM/ha

Stafford 32kg DM/ha

Dorset 27kg DM/ha

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10 September 1999

FANCY a curry? Then why not try a Blackface bhuna, a Highland beef madras or a venison vindaloo.

These are among the 50 curry dishes made with prime Scottish ingredients by Ian and Kathy Smiths Caledonian Curry Company at Bonar Bridge.

The firm can make up to 3000 curries a week – available from the site, retail outlets, mail order or the Internet. The hottest is the beef phall. "Strictly for the hairy chested," says Ian.

The business could turn over between £60,000 and £80,000 this year – and curry demand is on the up, he reckons. "Britains national dish nowadays is probably chicken tikka masala."

The firm, which moved into new premises earlier this year, was established in 1997. "I was tired of the poor-quality ready meals on offer in supermarkets and saddened by an increasing public indifference to food production methods," says Ian.

His favourite is the Blackface mutton bhuna. "Wonderful," he says. "People have a pre-conceived idea about mutton – they assume it will be tough and meaty. But it wont if its treated properly."

Another popular dish is rabbit rogan josh. "Wild Highland rabbit is a delicious organic meat. We have prepared it in a classic Kashmiri style, full of flavour and mouth-wateringly hot. This one will definitely impress dinner guests."

Farm Womens Club

CARMARTHEN

Mon, Sept 20, 12 for 12.30pm. Meet for picnic lunch at Joy Jones home Geryllan, Llanegwad, Carmarthen, followed by 2.15pm visit to Aberglasney Gardens. Small entry charge, names to Margaret (01267-241453) or

Joy (01267-290731).

DERBYSHIRE

Tue, Sept 21, 2pm. Meet at Shirland

village hall for demonstration of paper quilling. Please bring a plate tea. Contact Dorothy Shardlow (01773-832488).

DEVON

Tue, Sept 21, 12.45pm. Meet at Hestercombe Gardens for picnic or light lunch available before meeting Taunton members at entrance at 2pm. Tea at Cheddon Fitzpaine Memorial Hall at 4pm. Sun 26 Sept, 12 noon. Meet Wilts and Glos group for lunch at Gipsy Hill Hotel. Contact Dorothy Sellick (01884-256983) by Sept 16 for Hestercombe and

Sept 23 for Gipsy Hill.

DORSET

Fri, Sept 24. Coach trip to Kensington Palace for guided tour of state apartments and to view flowers. Cost £12.50, price of coach according to numbers. Details of pick up times from

Kay (01202-883303).

ISLE OF WIGHT

Wed, Sept 22,10.30am. Meet for coffee at the Bargemans Rest. Little London Quay, Newport. New members are welcome. Contact Sheila Brownrigg (01983-756612) or Ann Baird (01983-522507).

MERIONETH

Mon, Sept 13, 7 for 7.30pm. Meet at Fronoleu Farm Hotel, Dolgellau, where Gwyn Davies will be discussing antiques. Please bring along small items for the benefit of his expertise.

Contact Rona (01678-540643).

NORFOLK – NORTH

Tue, Sept 14, 10.30am. Meet at Christine Pointens home, Grange Farm House, Stody, Melton Constable for talk Say it with Cheese followed by tour of the yogurt-making plant. Contact Christine (01263-860291).

NORTHUMBERLAND

Wed, Sept 22, 2pm. Meet at Thirlestane Castle, near Lauder, for tour. Names as soon as possible, £1 discount for pre-booked groups. Contact Dorcas (01434-601822) or Lorna (01434-683359).

OXFORDSHIRE

Thu, Sept 23, 12 noon. Meet at Castle Pub, Edgehill, for bar meal followed by garden tour at Upton House. Contact Doris Burton (01993-702433).

ROXBURGHSHIRE

Mon, Sept 13, 7 for 7.15pm. Meet at Mount Holley Golf Range for an evening of golf practice with a professional coach. Bring your own golf club, no less than a No 6 iron. Contact

Margaret Allen (01835-823747).

SOMERSET – MENDIP

Wed, Sept 29, 12 for 12.30pm. Meet at Bishop Sutton village hall for talk Farming in New Zealand by Mary James. Contact Mary Withers (01761-453814).

SOMERSET – TAUNTON

Tue, Sept 21, 2pm. Meet Devon FWC at Hestercombe Gardens entrance for tour followed by tea at Cheddon Fitzpaine Memorial Hall at 4pm. Contact Mary Lowe-Willetts (01823-698222) or

Susan Bell (01278-722559).

SOMERSET – YEOVIL

Mon, Sept 20. Coach leaves Wincanton 8.15am, Sparkford 8.30am, Ilchester 8.45am for visit to Brannams Terracotta Pottery, Barnstaple and Arlington Court. Contact Sylvia Reed (01963-350431).

WORCESTERSHIRE

Tue, Sept 14, 10.30am. Meet at Noken Farm, Sinton Green, for craft demonstration and bring and buy, followed by lunch. Contact Mary Pritchard (01905-840531).

YORK

Tue, Sept 21, 12 for 12.30pm. Meet at Stamford Bridge Pavilion for plate lunch

followed by talk Between the Lines by Bill Robson Contact Joan Hall (01757-248592) or Mary Liversidge (01759-371140).

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