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Saturday, November 28, 2015

Two Suffolk-made agricultural machines are set to be launched at LAMMA 2016, the UK’s largest agricultural and machinery show.

A fully restored MK1 Land Rover sold for £36,000

More records fell as an East Anglian farmer put another collection of historically important tractors and related vehicles, machinery and memorabilia under the hammer last week.

Dennington farmer Laura Rous addressing delegates at a sugar quota meeting for growers supplying the sugar beet factory at Bury St Edmunds. The meeting, held in Peterborough on November 13, was organised by British Sugar and the National Farmers' Union.

Anaerobic digestion plants may be one option for sugar beet growers in a post-quota world, a meeting heard earlier this month.

Grain being loaded for export at Ipswich dock, operated by Nidera.

A major grain, seed and fertiliser firm based at Ipswich is about to add a grain trading business in the north to its operations.

Father and son team Derek and Paul Kelly of Kelly Bronze Turkeys in Danbury.

A new turkey processing plant is set to be launched on Sunday - five months after a fire destroyed the original factory.

Steve returns to pig genetics

Monday, November 16, 2015
Steve Dunstan has returned to the pig industry and joined Suffolk-based pig breeding and genetics company Rattlerow Farms as Sales Development Manager.

Stradbroke-based pig breeding and genetics company Rattlerow Farms has welcomed a new sales development manager. Steve Dunstan takes over from David Arrand who will retire at the end of this year after 23 years with the company.

Behind the scenes of a farming year

Sunday, November 15, 2015
Film Maker Chris Lockwood has spent a year filming John Deere machinery in action on the Norfolk/Suffolk border

They say in life you should do the things you love.

Outgoing CLA President Henry Robinson

As I draw to the end of my six years as an officer of the CLA, the last two as president, I want to reflect on what an honour it has been to lead such an important and influential rural organisation, writes outgoing CLA president Henry Robinson.

Blythburgh Free Range Pork' s 
Stuart Butler, Jimmy Butler and Alastair Butler

Suffolk’s “larger than life” pig producer Jimmy Butler has scooped a national accolade.

CLA president Ross Murray.

Farmers across all sectors are having a tough time, the incoming president of the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) acknowledged as he took up his post on Thursday.

Campaigners have lost their bid to challenge the lifting of a ban on the use of bee-harming pesticides in four English counties, including Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.

Campaigners have lost their bid to challenge the lifting of a ban on the use of “bee-harming” pesticides in four English counties.

Netball at the Suffolk YFC Autumn Sports Day.

The start of the new YFC year always marks the beginning of a countywide tour of club AGMs, writes Angharad Binder, Suffolk YFC county chair.

Essex Young Farmers have held their 2015 rugby competition.

As this year’s National Young Farmers Week draws to a close, Essex Young Farmers have been busy recruiting new members and enjoying re-immersing themselves in all things YF, writes Beth Speakman.

Five  Rotafeeders realised from £1,800 to  £5,500.

A major sale of equipment from a 1,000 sow outdoor pig herd in west Suffolk last weekend attracted buyers from as far afield as the Midlands, Yorkshire and the West County.

Easton and Otley College students Jack Dumican and Sam Duchesne who are taking part in the Agrolympics.

Two Suffolk students are in Luxembourg to take part in the “Agrolympics”, in which a four-strong team from Easton and Otley College will be representing the UK against 16 other European nations.

National Farmers’ Union vice president Guy Smith speaking at the NFU Suffolk annual county meeting, alongside county chairman George Gittus, left.

Urgent changes are needed to ensure that England’s new agri-environment scheme is fit for purpose, Suffolk farmers have heard.

Jock Willmott, partner at Strutt & Parker’s Cambridge office.

The average yield for first wheat crops has risen by 7.2% this year to nearly 10.9 tonnes per hectare (t/ha), according to newly-compiled results from Strutt & Parker’s annual Harvest Yields Survey.

A GM tomato created by British scientists based in East Anglia contains as much resveritrol, a grape chemical said to protect against heart disease and cancer, as 50 bottles of wine.

Supercharged GM tomatoes packed with industrial quantities of disease-fighting plant chemicals could soon be on the menu.

Tim O'Malley, Group Managing Director at Nationwide  Produce PLC, is pictured with Michelin Chef Mark Poynton.

A fresh produce supplier has teamed up with one of its British growers to raise more than £10,000 for the annual Poppy Appeal, which starts this month.

NFU environment adviser Rob Wise competing in an EnduranceLife half marathon trail race along the Suffolk coast between Dunwich and Walberswick.

An East Anglian farming expert will be taking part in the New York City Marathon in memory of his late mother-in-law, who died of cancer.

Clinks Care farmer Doeke Dobma (pictured right) will be celebrating the fifth anniversary of this care farm next week.

Picture: James Bass

An East Anglian care farm is set to celebrate five successful years of its ground-breaking ‘farming on prescription’ initiative next week.

Delia Smith.

A family food firm specialising in duck reared in East Anglia has teamed up with Suffolk celebrity cookery writer Delia Smith as it promotes the meat to new markets.

All the winners and judges from the Suffolk Agricultural Association Awards evening at Trinity Park, Ipswich, Suffolk, UK on 22-October-2015.
Picture: Stephen Waller 

Farmers from across the eastern region celebrated the industry’s shining stars at an awards event last night.

Fewer farmers are taking up the latest mid-tier environmental scheme compared to numbers leaving the last one.

The Government has come under fire over the speed of payments to farmers signed up to agri-environmental agreements and been warned that the “onerous” nature of its latest schemes is putting off farmers, as numbers involved plummet.

An example of how not  to undertake watercourse management and a clear case of serious harm. Taken of a river outside of East Anglia.

Landowners across Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk have caused “serious harm” to water bodies in about six or seven cases this year, the Environment Agency (EA) says.

Farming features

Friday, November 6, 2015

A mid-Norfolk farmer with a passion for conservation has been honoured for an outstanding contribution to nature within his commercial farming business.

David Lawrence, former principal of Easton and Otley College is the winner of the 2015 EDP Business Awards Outstanding Achievement Award, sponsored by Anglian Water. Picture: Denise Bradley

Former Easton and Otley College principal David Lawrence is to be presented with an Outstanding Achievement Award at this year’s EDP Business Awards.

Ben Blower NFU environment forum member.

We often hear of the disconnection between town and country. We bemoan the fact that over a short space of time the number of people with a proper understanding of the country has drastically reduced, writes NFU Environment Forum member Ben Blower.

Philippa Forrester with Chris Newenham at Tiptree

Strawberry pickers collecting fruit to make Wilkin & Sons’ jam feature on national television tonight.

Ely Potato Race 2014 final

Isle of Ely produce is gearing up for its fourth annual potato race this weekend.

Jewers, which stores and processes grains and all combinable crops, is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Matthew Jewers (pictured) is the fifth generation of the same family to run the firm.

Jewers of Woolpit is a fifth generation grain firm with longstanding ties to the East Anglian farming sector as well as to maltsters and other food processors. SARAH CHAMBERS spoke to its current managing director, Matthew Jewers, as it marks its 150th year.

Wheat being harvested at Great Fransham, near Dereham. Picture: Matthew Usher.

The importance of the region’s food economy and rural heritage will be celebrated at an event which promises to add a modern perspective to the time-honoured tradition of harvest festivals.

Farmer's daughter and RABI worker Lucy Bellefontaine of Colston hall, Badingham, in her kitchen

There are three things that Lucy Bellefontaine wouldn’t be without in her farm kitchen, and that’s her electronic weighing scales, her ‘classic swirl’ piping nozzle - and her pink spatula.

Ingworth Trosh. Pictured: demonstration of a thresher combined with a compacting bailer.
COPY:Dominic Chessum
EDP pics © 2008

Tractor pulling promises to be the star attraction at a charity country show featuring agricultural vehicles old and new.

Mark Banham (left) of H Banham grain merchants and David Holliday of Norfolk Brewhouse are organising a major beer festival in Norwich celebrating the 50th anniversary of Maris Otter. Picture: Matthew Usher.

A one-off beer festival will take place this month to celebrate the 50th anniversary of a revered Norfolk barley which holds a special place in the hearts of craft brewers across the world.

Rossie Theobald is selling on Newton Hall Equitation Centre after spending most of her life teaching on the site.

A stalwart of East Anglia’s equestrian community is planning to hand over the reins of the riding centre which she created.

A photo from the 2014 Aylsham Show which unfortunately also had wet weather.  Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The weather has been disappointing for the Aylsham Show organisers but it hasn’t stopped families coming out dressed in their wellingtons and rain macs and braving the mud.

Aylsham Show 2014. A young sheep handler awaits the judges decision.  Picture: ANTONY KELLY

East Anglia’s largest one-day agricultural show, returns to the Blickling Park on Bank Holiday Monday.

Steve Bunclark with his Gold Award winning stand of Predator Plants based at Rackheath, at the Royal Norfolk Show Flower Show. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Colour and aroma once again impressed visitors to the Flower Show which saw a bumper entry in the floral exhibitions.

Royal Norfolk Show 2015. Eight-month-old Harper Zelley, granddaughter of Norwich jeweller Howard Zelley who has been looking after the show trophies for 25 years.

It is finally here - the UK’s largest two-day agricultural show is ready to start.

Images from Cereals 2014

Thousands of East Anglia’s arable farmers, merchants and manufacturers will descend on a Lincolnshire field today for one of the major events in agriculture’s commercial calendar.

Sarah Chambers

Sarah Chambers

Agriculture correspondent

Email | 01473 324827

Farming is a major industry in East Anglia, with agricultural issues impacting on the lives of residents right across the region.

Agricultural correspondent Sarah Chambers is here to highlight rural campaigns, food issues and farming updates.

If you have a farming or food-related story, email Sarah or call the farming desk on 01473 324827.

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