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Archive Article: 1999/11/26

26 November 1999

Some of the 85 farmers from the south of England who were given the chance to view their farms from a military helicopter last week courtesy of RAF Odiham, Hants. The flights were the RAFs annual "thank-you" to farmers who allow ground to be used for landing and take-off practice.

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Archive Article: 1999/11/26

26 November 1999

Steve Bumstead after drilling Durum wheat with a Simba Free Flow combination at Ouse Bank Farm, Great Barford, Beds.

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Archive Article: 1999/11/26

26 November 1999

What am I bid? Tory Party leader William Hague took questions from around 80 Cornish farmers at New House Farm, Lamellion, Liskeard, this week. While NFU president Ben Gill listened in, organiser and former NFU county chairman Philip Stephens (left) said: "The visit went very well. I think most of the farmers were pleasantly surprised that Mr Hague had a grasp of the subject beyond the soundbite."

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Archive Article: 1999/11/26

26 November 1999

Back at base…farmers weekly staff tuck into yet more British beef to celebrate Roast and Toast Day after a daring sortie behind enemy lines (see Farmlife).

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Archive Article: 1999/11/26

26 November 1999

Just in time for the beginning of the festive season, two litters of Plum Pudding pigs have arrived. Popular in the 19th century, the spotted breed had all but disappeared until ADAS and Melton Mowbray-based pork pie specialist Dickinson and Morris, revived it by crossing a Tamworth boar with Berkshire gilts. The aim of the project is to enhance the traditional taste of the pies so the proof of the Puddings will be in the eating.

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Archive Article: 1999/11/26

26 November 1999

Top turkey…the winning turkey at this weeks National Primestock Show in Staffs from JW and NS Froggatt sold for £33/kg (£15/lb) – or £285 for the bird – to J Pointon, says carcass steward Chris Yates. Forecasts of a shortage of UK produced turkey and less enthusiasm for buying French birds means prices are likely to be good this Christmas, say industry experts.

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Archive Article: 1999/11/26

26 November 1999

Eradicating scrapie? These pedigree yearling ewes from the Shrops-based Broncroft and Clun Texel flocks are in-lamb to rams with Class 1 or 2 scrapie resistance and will be coming under the hammer at Ludlow on Dec 4. Said to be the first joint sale where females are bred to such rams, 60 yearlings will be offered (McCartneys).

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