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Archive Article: 1999/10/01

1 October 1999

Off the hill and on a firm trade…Lairg hosts the largest sale of North Country Cheviots with 17,750 being offered this week. Cast ewes topped at £40.50 a head for entries from Auchentoul Estates, Helmsdale. Gimmers went to £61.50 each. Tups – a better trade than last year – topped £2200 for a four-shear from Messrs Elliot, Balnakeil. Two others made £2000 each, reports auctioneer David Leggat (United Auctions).

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Archive Article: 1999/10/01

1 October 1999

Ready to roll… The first delivery of a new form of granular lime is unloaded at Runcorn Docks this week. Imported by Lafarge Redland, it costs £98/t delivered and spread. But conventional nitrogen imports are almost non-existent with traders reporting firm domestic prices capping demand. Straight 34.5%AN was worth about £87/t this week.

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Archive Article: 1999/10/01

1 October 1999

Red tape tying hands of UK producers

The MLC report on the impact of meat inspection and enforcement charges, clearly shows the level of red tape which is choking the British farming industry.

It is solid evidence that British producers face far higher production costs and are being asked to compete for markets with one hand tied behind their backs while their Continental counterparts compete unfettered.

As the three red tape working groups begin their reviews of bureaucracy, the report delivers a strong and timely message to government.

It should take speedy and decisive action as soon as the reviews are complete.

The reviews must not be allowed to become yet another example of spin doctoring and window dressing.

They must result in a significant cut in unnecessary costs and a British farm industry which is free to fight for markets on equal terms.

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Archive Article: 1999/10/01

1 October 1999

Tackle mayweed in oilseed rape early if you intend to use clopyralid herbicide, advises Dow Agrosciences. Applying 0.35litres/ha of Dow Shield will give good control provided the weed is still at the two-leaf stage, says the firms Donald Webster. For later use 0.5litres/ha will be needed beyond the four leaf-stage and after frost when the mayweed starts to wax up, he warns. "Control must be achieved before the weed has seven leaves, or it will start to compete with the crop." Dow claims 72% of growers have mayweed problems this year.

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Archive Article: 1999/10/01

1 October 1999

Youngsters star turn in show ring… Julie (left) and Diana Durbin from Bickfield Farm, Compton Martin, Bristol, turned their hand to showing at the EDFE and picked up three rosettes. The girls, aged 12 and 16, persuaded their father to let them show his Guernsey cows by themselves for the first time and now hope to repeat their success at the Royal Show next year. They took first prize with their junior cow Bickfield Daisy 30, who was also reserve inspection champion.

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Archive Article: 1999/10/01

1 October 1999

The latest fashion at the Dairy Event. Chartered surveyors WebbPaton launched its Proud to be a Dairy Farmer campaign at the event, and distributed thousands of badges to visitors. The companys Mark Webb and George Paton hope the campaign will help put the bulldog spirit back into British dairy farming.

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Archive Article: 1999/10/01

1 October 1999

Keeping the crop dry. This trailer sheeting system, available from UniRoll Canopy Systems based at Littleport, Ely, Cambs, can remain in place when the trailer is tipped. Note how it raises on a sub-frame when the rear door is opened. Supplied as a kit to fit most trailers working in the UK, the system costs about £950.

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