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Archive Article: 1999/11/12

12 November 1999

In the mix…an autumn herbicide is applied to Consort wheat at Henry Hirst Farms, Uffingham, Lincs. The 385ha (950 acre) unit is aiming to cut variable costs well below £250/ha (£100/ha) set in 1998 by comparing prices from suppliers, says Philip Hirst. "IPU is down in price, but we need big savings to counter low grain prices."

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Archive Article: 1999/11/12

12 November 1999

Potatoes grown for a pest trial at IACR Rothamsted, Beds, are graded before sale to local shops.

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Archive Article: 1999/11/12

12 November 1999

Shelling out… Arable farmers Richard (front) and Charles Street of GE Street and Son, Berwick St James, Wilts get stuck into the farms new enterprise, free-range eggs. This recently commissioned unit houses 8000 birds, but numbers will double next week when a second 55x16m shed is finished. The whole project cost about £300,000, £19 a bird. Eggs, sold to Marks & Spencer, are worth 50p a dozen, down 10p since the spring. "A bit depressing, but still within budget," says Richard. "With the state arable farming is in, we have to do something different."

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Archive Article: 1999/11/12

12 November 1999

Is it a dome? Is it a wheel? No, its a new purpose built, clear-span exhibition hall. Under construction at the National Agricultural Centre, Stoneleigh, Warks, the £4m hall will be ready in the new millennium and will play host to the British Pig and Poultry Fair in May.

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Archive Article: 1999/11/12

12 November 1999

Falling venison prices mean deer producers are keen to cut production costs but maintain venisons image as a low fat, low cholesterol meat. Research (see p47) at ADAS Rosemaund, Herefordshire, aims to find out how using white clover in swards, manipulating winter feeding and maximising meat production will influence costs.

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Archive Article: 1999/11/12

12 November 1999

Described by JCB as a low specification telehandler, the 528S made its debut at the Agritechnica event. Rear, rather than side engined, the 106hp Perkins block powers through a 4-speed synchro shuttle unit. Lift statistics amount to 2.8t to a height of 7m.

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Archive Article: 1999/11/12

12 November 1999

Shoulder to shoulder for the future. Just one of 1200 swede variety lines being trialled in an SCRI/ Advanta Seeds breeding programme said to be the largest in the world. The joint venture, which has already generated Brora and Invitation, sees the launch of dual-purpose variety Virtue next spring. More varieties, some with good culinary potential, are expected to be commercialised in 2004.

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Archive Article: 1999/11/12

12 November 1999

Belgian manufacturer Joskin has launched a range of slurry tankers which are due to make their debut appearance at the Agritechnica show. Tank capacities are from 2500 to 11,000 litres for a single axle version or from 5000 to 12,000 litres on a tandem axle machine. Based on the standard Modulo 2 model, the tankers feature reinforced chassis corners designed to channel traction forces along the base of the machine. The result, says the company, is improved stability, a lower centre of gravity and better pump protection.

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