SUMMARY

13 July 2001




SUMMARY

Help campaign for full public inquiry

Pressure to hold a full public inquiry into the foot-and-mouth crisis is building across the country. We explain how readers can help salvage something positive from the tragedy……………………page 16

Stock standstill

Although the OTMS could be reinstated in England and Wales soon, cattle will remain on farms for some time so tight management is vital…..page 31

TBalert

The F&M crisis is hampering the detection of other diseases such as cattle TBwhich is remaining unchecked…page 32

Vive le Down…

French sheep producers are doing the unthinkable by adopting UKbreeds such as the Hampshire Down. We cross the Channel to find out why…………………page 40

A fine mess…

Growers who have failed to pay royalties on farm-saved seed could face fines running into thousands of £s…..page 49

Oilseed warning

And OSRgrowers are still jeopardising incomes by saving hybrid oilseed rape seed, warn plant breeders…………..page 50

The champ

All three finalists in the Unit Cost Challenge spent less than £31/t on the variable and operational costs of growing wheat. But the winner spent less than £25/t………………………page 56

Grass greener

All types of grass harvesting machinery is enjoying a boom as customers rush to buy. The upturn is thought to be because of soaring prices for straw bales……………………….page 69

Sum of many

Claimed to be the largest parts operation in the UK, an operation calls for some pretty careful management to control its 80,000 spare parts………page 72


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