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Archive Article: 2001/08/31

31 August 2001

All hope of autumn stock moves dashed

Rising hopes that livestock movement restrictions would be eased for the busy autumn season have been dashed.

Weeks of negotiations have come to nothing as the government announced its new system this week.

Livestock auction marts remain shut, at least until the New Year, denying farmers a choice of outlets and much-needed price transparency. And there is precious little to ease movement of commercial stock and unlock trade barriers. Indeed, some measures are even more restrictive than the ones they replace.

Stamping out this deadly disease is a priority. But Draconian measures which threaten thousands of farmers livelihoods are unacceptable. DEFRA needs to think again, and quickly.

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Archive Article: 2001/08/31

31 August 2001

Farmers markets are on an upward trend

Success stories are few and far between in agriculture. But one notable exception is the rapid growth of farmers markets.

To give them a further boost, September has been designated Farmers Market Month. Live music, food tasting, cookery demonstrations and competitions will run alongside normal market activities across the country.

The initiative deserves the whole-hearted support of the farming community. Make sure you get to your local event. Encourage your friends to do likewise. Why not find out about setting up your own stall?

Farmers are often being told to do more to help themselves. Farmers Markets Month provides them with just such an opportunity.

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Archive Article: 2001/08/31

31 August 2001

Security moves can deter farm thefts

Farm theft is a plague which blights our countryside. Its not just the annoyance or the wasted time and lost work, theres also the higher insurance charges.

Taking simple precautions can stop thieves taking liberties with your farm machinery and equipment whether that means tractors, workshop tools or horse boxes. Help is now on hand from several specialist companies. They offer security systems to deter thieves and the technology to help trace and recover stolen machinery.

So, if you want your equipment to stay yours, perhaps it is time to order a security survey of vulnerable kit.

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Archive Article: 2001/08/31

31 August 2001

Harvest Highlights a superb web service

Not all internet services are equal. Several claim to offer a harvest results service. But only one gives you the wide coverage and accurate information you need to guide crop decisions for 2002.

That service is Harvest Highlights, provided by FARMERS WEEKLY through its internet site FWi. Split into eight regions, with daily updates, every report is verified with a phone call. That contrasts with at least one services data, which seems to appear with no checks for authenticity.

If you need a true picture of harvest performance, why not visit www.fwi.co.uk and click the FW Harvest Highlights icon. Or turn to p50 of this weeks issue for our comprehensive magazine report.

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Archive Article: 2001/08/31

31 August 2001

Chance to check your cultivations system

Its cultivations time again. With it comes the pressing need to cut establishment costs. Its a tricky balancing act – trimming overheads without jeopardising yields.

Min-till, low-till and no-till all have their enthusiasts. If they can help lower the unit cost of production they can all be worthwhile. But more traditional systems also have their place, experts agree.

At the Cultivations 2001 event on heavy land near Bedford growers will have the chance to compare a host of systems. The date for your diary is Wed, Sept 19. It could prove to be a day that puts you on course for cost savings.

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Archive Article: 2001/08/31

31 August 2001

Mange-free pig herds indoors worth effort

Everyone knows the comfort of a routine. But it may not be the most effective way of tackling problems. Mange control in pigs is a good example. Often routine treatment fails to eradicate mites completely and so regular treatment is needed.

But there is an alternative in indoor units. Using a technique of injecting stock, disinfecting housing and bio-security measures, eradication is possible, according to scientists.

Although initial costs and workload will be high, think of the long-term benefits. A mange-free herd means contented itch-free pigs, no more routine treatments, higher health status and premiums for breeding stock.

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Archive Article: 2001/08/31

31 August 2001

Raising money for foot-and-mouth help-funds and reminding the public of the countrysides beauty are two aims of an art exhibition which opens its doors next week. The British Landscape, which runs at Londons Mall Galleries from

Sept 4-9, has been organised by the Society of Landscape Painters. Among the works on show and sale is Frederick Gores Gloucestershire Landscape (above). For more details of the event, call 020-7930 6844.

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Archive Article: 2001/08/31

31 August 2001

Water on the move…Latest development from Joskin comes in the form of a range of water bowsers and cattle drinking troughs. Bowsers are offered in capacities from 1100 to 5100 litres and can be supplied as trailer units or as tanks for retrofitting to existing trailers. The drinking troughs, with capacities of 185 to 2100 litres includes models with bolt on three-point linkages.

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