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Cereals - Europe’s Leading Outdoor Technical Arable Event returns

This year's edition of Europe’s Leading Outdoor Technical Arable Event returns to Boothby Graffoe, Lincolnshire on June 12th & 13th and we are proud to be partnered with Cereals 2019!

The show promises to be the biggest yet, with a number of unmissable additions such as more exhibitors, speakers, live demos and new product launches than ever before! Best of all, the Early Bird ticket offer is still on, but only for the next 24 hours so now is the time to book your ticket!

Early Bird discount will come to an end at 9am tomorrow (Wednesday 15th May), meaning two-day tickets will be increasing from £20 to £25.

Still debating whether to get your tickets? Here’s SEVEN reasons why you simply can’t miss Cereals 2019.

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Farm Diversity Magazine - logo

A new magazine aimed at farmers and landowners with diversification plans is being launched later this month. Farm Diversity offers news and views from the industry on a range of agricultural topics, and also features the products and services which can help rural businesses make diversity a success.

The magazine will cover: 

• renewable energy

• leisure & tourism

• food and drink

• retail

• consultancy

• arable & pastoral diversification

• recruitment & training

• groundworks/landscaping

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Cow and Calf in field having BVD screening

The Gwaredu BVD £10 million three year voluntary screening programme is available to all Welsh cattle farms, and is managed by Coleg Sir Gâr’s Agriculture Research Centre in partnership with the Royal Veterinary College. BVD screening is undertaken at the same time as TB testing to provide the necessary support and guidance to ensure farmers can correctly and quickly identify herds infected with BVD. Support will also be available to find the persistently infected (PI) animals from infected herds.

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diversifying to boost income

Carter Jonas, the national property consultancy, and Farmers Weekly, the market leading media brand for the UK agriculture industry, have unveiled that more than two thirds (68%) of farmers and landowners have diversified to support and boost income. The findings are from a new survey completed by 250 Farmers Weekly readers.

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New home for Wildgoose Rural Training.

One of Worcestershire’s leading providers of land-based activities, training, education and work experience has completed its £500,000 relocation to a new site near Hallow, Worcester. Paving the way for new home for Wildgoose Rural Training.

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Glamping Pod at The Farm Business Innovation Show 2019

The Farm Business Innovation Show is Europe’s leading event for farmers, landowners and estate owners looking to find creative new ways to generate revenue from their land and need expert advice to make it happen! Voted ‘Trade Show of the Year’ by the EN Awards in 2016, the show is returning to NEC in Birmingham on the 6th & 7th November 2019 and is still completely free to attend.

Diversification in the world of farming and rural business is the act of finding new streams of income that can be added in order to increase income and keep the traditional farm running. These revenue streams can range from family attractions to weddings or even renting your outbuildings as office space... The opportunities are endless! 

This event provides rural entrepreneurs with the inspiration, resources and advice needed to diversify, innovate and succeed through 200 seminars, 500 inspiring exhibitors, case studies of people who have been there and done it, and expert advice on everything from planning permission to setting up a website. 

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portable washing facilities

The Teal range of portable washing facilities can be used anywhere!

If you have an outdoor activity business, Teal can supply the right equipment to provide your guests with warm running water hand washing sinks and sinks for washing-up after food preparation.

The portable wash units are designed to suit whatever outdoor activity you are operating; from permanent glamping tents, pods, shepherds huts and tent-pitch sites.

The units are self-contained, simple to use and do not need any plumbing so they can be placed exactly where there is a need.

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Farm land with sheep

With the Brexit date looming and the latest votes causing confusion in the House of Commons,  many are finding it difficult to get a clear handle on how leaving the European Union will affect the land and farming industry. 

Richard Gadd from the National Country Agency Team at Fisher German has been looking ahead to what 2019 is set to bring. 

Whilst awaiting further clarity around the Agriculture Bill, and specifically the proposed Environment Land Management Schemes, it is expected that the farmland market will remain calm. 

Progressive farmers and diversified farming businesses will continue to invest, as will those looking at land from a sporting, amenity or tax-driven perspective. 

With the phasing out of direct payments from 2021, we will start to see many land owners considering their medium-term business objectives. The ability to delink these payments from the requirement to farm will see some invest in new technology, some diversify into non-agricultural ventures and some look to capitalise the payments upfront and retire from farming. 

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5G RuralFirst Launches Me+Moo

As part of its mission to explore the potential for 5G in rural locations, 5G RuralFirst has today released Me+Moo, a smartphone app that lets you choose your own connected cow and receive daily updates beamed from sensors present on the farm. Designed to showcase the latest technology that is powering the future of agriculture, the app is an educational tool suitable for everyone from cow enthusiasts to tech-heads and agricultural workers.

What does Me+Moo do?

The Me+Moo app offers participants the chance to choose their own connected cow from a 5G RuralFirst farm and learn about how 5G technology is being used in everyday life with animals. Once a cow has been selected, app users will receive regular updates on everything from how the cows are eating to how they are sleeping using the data collected by 5G technology. Each cow has been given their own profile – similar to that you may see on a dating app – with their name and a glimpse into their own specific personality. Users are encouraged select their favourite cow, invite their friends to do the same to build their own virtual herd and compete for the top spot on the herd leaderboard. Users are also provided with regular videos and animations talking about 5G and its application on the farm.

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Increase in Agritech Adoption Required to Drive UK Farming Efficiency and Growth

With the global population forecast to hit nearly 10 billion people by 2050[2], ever increasing food production must be weighed against growing demands on land, water and labour. With a 70% increase in food production required from now until 2050[3], the agricultural industry will need to place agritech at the forefront of their strategy to drive to growth in yields while helping to meet increasingly stringent environmental obligations. No more is this challenge more pronounced than in the UK. Agfunder, an online venture capital platform dedicated to technology in agriculture reported that the UK agritech sector is worth more than £14 billion and employs over 500,000 people and the government has invested a further £90 million at the end of 2018.

The recently published ‘Future of Profitable Farming‘ whitepaper, commissioned by Enterprise Ireland, highlights the importance of improving yield, efficiency and profitability whilst protecting the environment. A high demand for innovative and technological agricultural solutions has resulted in a significant number of Irish businesses working with UK farmers to achieve their growth and food production ambitions.