Latest Press Releases

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Light at the end of the tunnel for the Scottish pig industry

Light at the end of the tunnel for the Scottish pig industry

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) welcomes the announcement that Quality Pork Processers Ltd has been acquired by Browns Food Group.  The acquisition will provide the platform to build a stronger future for the Scottish pig industry. The meat manufacturer, Browns, which...

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Responding to growing pressure

Responding to growing pressure

Pressure to optimise crop nutrition is growing.  Rising prices makes nutrient losses through run off, volatisation and nitrate leaching not just harmful to the environment, but increasingly damaging to the bottom line. Richard Orr, Monitor Farmer in Northern Ireland,...

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BSAVA Congress 2022 tickets go on sale

BSAVA Congress 2022 tickets go on sale

Tickets to Europe’s largest small animal veterinary event have gone on sale, with early bird discounts for those that register before 17th February 2022. With a new structure to the programme, free practicals for onsite delegates, immersive “a day in the life of…”...

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OFC launches ground-breaking reports on natural capital

OFC launches ground-breaking reports on natural capital

Two timely reports focused on quantifying, qualifying and ensuring good governance in the trading of natural capital and carbon, were launched today, 5 January, at the Oxford Farming Conference (OFC). The two-part report, commissioned and funded by the WWF and Tesco...

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East Cairngorms on track to be leading adventure destination

East Cairngorms on track to be leading adventure destination

A focus on adventure tourism is making the East Cairngorms one of the most popular destinations in the UK for mountain biking. The adventure tourism community’s best-kept secret, the area has seen a surge in people of all abilities, due to the surge in e-bike sales,...

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Be bolder with stewardship schemes

Be bolder with stewardship schemes

Unusually there was agreement between an AHDB Monitor Farmer, an agribusiness consultant and the Defra Deputy Director of Policy, Engagement and Strategy Jonathan Baker, Countryside Stewardship Schemes can hedge against the loss of BPS. The Northampton Monitor Farm...

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How to make the most of your muck

How to make the most of your muck

By Michelle Nuttall, AHDB Knowledge Exchange Manager Given soaring fertiliser prices and tightening regulations, it was timely to host a practical webinar on how to make the most of muck. At £451/ha in saved fertiliser cost for every 40t of cattle muck applied, the...

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Mission Sustain game launched by QMS

Mission Sustain game launched by QMS

Capitalising on the messages from COP26, Quality Meat Scotland’s (QMS) Health & Education team has launched Mission Sustain, a game designed to encourage young people to engage in discussion around sustainability in Scottish farming. The free interactive resource...

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Oxford Farming Conference Inspire bursary delegates revealed

Oxford Farming Conference Inspire bursary delegates revealed

Eighteen progressive people from the agrifood industry have been awarded fully funded places to attend the Oxford Farming Conference which runs from 5 - 7 January 2022. The ‘Inspire’ programme targeted at 30 - 45 year olds replaces the Emerging Leaders initiative...

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Get your bake on!

Get your bake on!

Join BASF and KWS in Britain’s first farming bake off BASF and KWS have accepted a grower’s challenge and so the first British Farming Bake Off begins on 1st November with the two companies donating to Fareshare.  Fareshare, fights hunger and poverty in the UK and...

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Is automation the future of farming’s workforce?

Is automation the future of farming’s workforce?

The Oxford Farming Conference’s (OFC) Bitesize series provides a platform for vibrant discussion on the biggest issues facing the agricultural industry. The more recent bitesize, held in partnership with the Institute for Agriculture Management (IAgrM), focused on the...

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Every Step Counts in second year of rural fundraiser

Every Step Counts in second year of rural fundraiser

Organisers of the mental health fundraiser, Run1000, are looking to set a new record in January 2022, when the initiative will return for the battle of the nations across the UK and, for the first time, New Zealand. Launched in 2021 by founder Sheena Horner, who...

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A new President for breed society

A new President for breed society

Sue Martyn of Hornacott Barton Farm has been appointed President of the Border Leicester Sheep Society, following previous marketing and convenor roles within the council. Based in Cornwall and having dedicated 34 years to the breed, Sue currently has 25 Border...

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BSAVA announces new format for Congress 2022

BSAVA announces new format for Congress 2022

BSAVA has announced that their annual Congress will be held as a hybrid event for 2022. The live event is due to be held on Thursday 24th March – Saturday 26th March in Manchester, with the opportunity for delegates to also attend online through an interactive virtual...

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It’s time to return to Oxford

It’s time to return to Oxford

The Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) has launched its programme for the 2022 event which will return to the Examination Halls at Oxford University in January, with tickets now on sale. The Conference, which takes place from Wednesday 5th to Friday 7th January 2022,...

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Strong against weeds together this autumn

Strong against weeds together this autumn

Listeners of BASF’s latest podcast, ‘Strong against weeds together’, hear industry-leaders discuss their hopes and fears around weed control, IPM and resistance management. Cereal herbicide campaign manager at BASF, Ali Richards, hosts the first episode where NIAB’s...

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Tough test for Enervin SC at Eurofins

Tough test for Enervin SC at Eurofins

With susceptible crops, irrigated and inoculated with the most virulent strains, Eurofins is one of the toughest tests for crop protection products. BASF’s portfolio of fungicides, however, rose to the challenge with its existing products, Enervin SC and Percos, both...

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New face-to-face meetings will help farmers weather the storm

New face-to-face meetings will help farmers weather the storm

Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) is relaunching their Sustainable Red Meat Action and Young Producer Groups with a series of free on-farm events. Members of the groups are invited to attend the introductory meetings, with a small number of places still available, which...

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Wealth of new content on BASF’s Virtual Farm

Wealth of new content on BASF’s Virtual Farm

Growers and agronomists took refuge from the heatwave earlier this month and logged on to the BASF’s Virtual Farm to explore newly uploaded virtual trials, watch live webinars and explore the site’s new look. Throughout ‘Digital Demo Week’, BASF showcased a wide range...

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Are family farms fit for the future?

Are family farms fit for the future?

Examining whether family farms are fit for the future, panellists at the recent Oxford Farming Conference (OFC) Bitesize webinar on Thursday 5 August explored their routes to resilience. The session, which was held in partnership with Nuffield Farming Scholarships, is...

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Alternaria risk is rising

Alternaria risk is rising

Alternaria used to be a minor disease. But for some potato crops in the UK, it's now a significant threat that can cause substantial yield loss.  According to guests of the latest ‘Perfecting Potatoes Together’ podcast, the likelihood of infection has risen sharply in...

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Ringlink Services invests in new training facility

Ringlink Services invests in new training facility

Based in Laurencekirk in the North East of Scotland, Ringlink Services has been delivering training for over twenty-five years to an extremely diverse customer base throughout Scotland and the wider UK. Training remains one of the most crucial elements in maintaining...

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Don’t miss BASF’s Digital Demo Week

Don’t miss BASF’s Digital Demo Week

On 19th July BASF kicks off a digital demo week to introduce the new and optimised look and rich content of its Real Results Virtual Farm. During the week BASF will reveal their intuitive ‘Trials Zone’, host two webinars and launch a wealth of content across multiple...

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Borders Leicester’s Celebrate 125 Year Legacy

Borders Leicester’s Celebrate 125 Year Legacy

The Border Leicester Sheep Society is set to mark 125 years of this versatile breed, by hosting an innovative National Show at Harrison and Hetherington Market in Carlisle, on Saturday the 7th of August, starting at 12 noon. President of the Border Leicester Sheep...

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Hope for OSR as industry tackles challenges together

Hope for OSR as industry tackles challenges together

With high prices and deeper insights into cabbage stem flea beetles (CSFB), the future for OSR maybe a turning a corner. Titled ‘Champion OSR Together: how to get the best from OSR’, the recent webinar hosted on the BASFs Virtual Farm featured ADM’s Martin Farrow,...

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High disease pressure for cereals and potatoes across the UK

High disease pressure for cereals and potatoes across the UK

With disease pressure high and the crop protection programme for cereals concluded, yet another challenging season of twists and turns is heading to an interesting culmination. Cereals have good potential, however, with the high level of disease pressure, realising...

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Nominations now open for two prestigious farming awards

Nominations now open for two prestigious farming awards

Champions of Scotland’s beef and sheep industry are urged to submit nominations for the prestigious 2021 AgriScot Scotch Beef and Scottish Sheep Farm of the Year awards. Resuming after a hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the awards, sponsored by Thorntons...

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xarvio launches biodiversity planner

xarvio launches biodiversity planner

BASF Digital Farming GmbH has joined forces with the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) to integrate their detailed environmental data in the ASSIST E-Planner tool, with the comprehensive online crop optimisation solution, xarvio FIELD MANAGER. Alongside...

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You can’t have a functioning ecosystem without animals

You can’t have a functioning ecosystem without animals

American soil specialist and co-founder of the Soil Health Academy and Understanding Ag LLC in Missouri, Ray Archuleta, is the next guest on QMS’ international podcast series, airing on Tuesday 22 June. In conversation with QMS podcast presenter Mark Stephen, “the...

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Finalists of the Scotch Butchers Club Challenge announced

Finalists of the Scotch Butchers Club Challenge announced

Fourteen independent butchery businesses from across Scotland are finalists of the inaugural Scotch Butchers Club Challenge, managed by Quality Meat Scotland (QMS). The finalist will now compete in a counter display competition of Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and...

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Dumfriesshire family wins QMS Farm Kid Diaries competition

Dumfriesshire family wins QMS Farm Kid Diaries competition

Siblings from Dumfriesshire have picked up a top prize after winning Quality Meat Scotland’s ‘Farm Kid Diaries’ competition. Lucy (9), Rory (8) and Abbie (5) from Poldean farm submitted their video as part of the Farm Kid Diaries video series initiative. With...

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Blight control for today and tomorrow

Blight control for today and tomorrow

Blight is the bane of potato growing and experts warn that, long-term, pressure in the UK is only set to rise.  We asked a specialist agronomist, a grower and a crop protection manufacturer about best-practice now and in the future Together with his business partner...

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Revystar® XE brings yield benefit to spring malting barley

Revystar® XE brings yield benefit to spring malting barley

A yield uplift of almost half a tonne a hectare from spring malting barley treated with a half label rate dose of Revystar® XE is the latest success story from Andrew Booth’s involvement with BASF’s Real Results on farm tramline trials. Mr Booth said, “All tramlines...

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Pulse growers turn to Signum®

Pulse growers turn to Signum®

Application timing is critical says PGRO plant pathologist Lea Herold, as BASF survey reveals both new and experienced pulse growers are turning to Signum® for disease control this year. Nearly 70% of bean growers surveyed said they are considering the use of Signum®...

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New online tool demonstrates Revystar® XE’s flexibility

New online tool demonstrates Revystar® XE’s flexibility

In the midst of a difficult season, BASF launches comprehensive weather and spraying planning tool, REVYWEATHER. Frequent showers are creating ideal conditions for the rapid development of key diseases like septoria. Yet low temperatures, and short, intermittent...

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LEAF Open Farm Sunday 2021: Size does matter this year!

LEAF Open Farm Sunday 2021: Size does matter this year!

On Sunday 27th June, the farming industry’s annual open day, LEAF Open Farm Sunday (LOFS) will return to celebrate its 15th event since the initiative was launched in 2006. At a time when food and farming has generated greater interest than ever before, LOFS...

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xarvio™’s feature list is growing

xarvio™’s feature list is growing

Spring barley added to list of crop types available with enhanced features such as disease risk predictions, growth stage forecasting and alerts. Field notes – take note or a picture of a weed and app precisely records location by dropping a pin on a satellite map...

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New partnership formed to help water stewardship

New partnership formed to help water stewardship

Three industry leading manufacturers have formed a new partnership to help safeguard the future of a post-emergence herbicide that is under threat of de-regulation when it is up for re-approval in 2025. BASF, Nufarm and Sharda Cropchem have formed the “Know the...

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MDS Chief shares career learnings with RAU Alumni

MDS Chief shares career learnings with RAU Alumni

Christine Tacon, Chair of both Management Development Services (MDS) – which provides graduate training for fresh produce businesses – and, more recently, of Red Tractor, talked to Royal Agricultural University graduate and MDS Trainee, Max Pitman, about the lessons...

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