Farming News in Brief

Week Beginning 31 October 2016

General news

Waitrose to source non GM soya from Europe
Waitrose has become the first UK retailer to introduce responsibly sourced non-GM soya for animal feed from Europe, reducing its reliance upon South American supply. In October the grocer landed its first shipment of soya grown in the Danube Region of Europe – an area stretching from the Black Forest to the Black Sea - for use as a source of protein in pig feed used by the retailer’s dedicated pork supplier, Dalehead Foods.
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Source: Farming UK

Waitrose decision 'The biggest blow against GM crops this century' claims the Soil Association
The Soil Association says it is delighted at Waitrose’s decision to start using non-GM soya from Europe in animal feed for their meat and dairy products – marking the beginning of the end of the last large-scale use of GM crops in the UK. It claims this is the most significant move in the UK against the use of GM crops since 1999, when British supermarkets took the 70% of processed food that contained GM off their shelves, with it never to return.
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Source: South West Farmer

ChemChina extends $43 billion Syngenta buyout offer to Jan 5
State-owned China National Chemical Corp (ChemChina) [CNNCC.UL] on Tuesday said it has extended its $43 billion cash offer for Swiss agrichemicals group Syngenta AG (SYNN.S) to Jan. 5 while it works to gain regulatory approval for the deal. "ChemChina is aiming to obtain the remaining outstanding regulatory approvals in the first quarter of 2017," the firm said in a statement.
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Source: Reuters

Fields of drones: farming without a farmer
A group of engineers are attempting to prove it is possible to farm a field of crops without anyone having to set foot on the field. The Hands Free Hectare project will be using remotely-controlled machinery, including drones, to plant in March and harvest in September. Martin Abell, a partner in the project based at Harper Adams University in Shropshire, said the large machines used currently “are doing a lot of damage to the soil”.
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Source: BBC

German cabinet approves draft law banning GMO crops
The German cabinet has approved a draft law banning cultivation of crops with genetically modified organisms (GMOs), government sources told Reuters on Wednesday. Germany had announced in September 2015 that it will ban cultivation of crops with GMOs under new European Union rules allowing member states to opt out of their cultivation.
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Source: Reuters

Arable News

AHDB to run an experiment to farm without glyphosate for three years
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board is running an experiment to farm without glyphosate for three years. AHDB’s Newark Monitor Farm host farmer John Miller will manage a 10ha field without using any glyphosate, at Manor Farm in Nottinghamshire. Monitor Farms bring together groups of like-minded farmers, who wish to develop or expand their enterprises, in an environment which encourages them to share critical performance information.
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Source: Farming UK

Farming News in Ireland

General News

Cattle Botulism Prompts Renewed Call for Poultry Litter Solution in Northern Ireland
A Northern Ireland politician has expressed concern about the high levels of botulism in the region, blaming the rise on failures of the Executive to find a solution to the problem of large volumes of poultry manure there. Ulster Unionist Agriculture Spokesperson, Harold McKee MLA, expressed his concern after it was revealed to him by the DAERA Minister that there were 186 confirmed cases of botulism in cattle between 2011 and 2015.
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Source: The Cattle Site

Dairy News

Prices at bumper Global Dairy Trade auction equivalent to 37c/L
Average prices jumped 11.4% at todays Global dairy trade auction. This compares to a merger 1.4% rise at the previous auction on October 18. Today’s auction saw a staggering 19.8% rise in Whole Milk powder prices with the product trading at $3,317/t equivalent to 37c/L, based on Irish constituents.
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