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Poultry keepers have been put on alert over a strain of bird flu.

East Anglian egg and poultry producers have welcomed a series of measures aimed at keeping a dangerous strain of bird flu out of the UK as necessary to keep it at bay.

016 NB Stanford anual Christmas Prime Stock Show at Wyncolls Road, Colchester. Overall beef contest winner Rita Parker, with Evie Lanham, John Coleman and Jade Lanham.

Livestock farmers were out in force today for one of the most hotly-contested seasonal shows in the region.

Kristine Libiete, who manages a broiler site for Hook2Sisters at Laxfield, near Eye, is among three finalists competing for the 2016 Zoetis/British Poultry Council Trainee Award.

A Suffolk poultry industry trainee is in the running for a national award next week.

Nestlé Purina Pet Food Factory at Sudbury has launched a Pets at Work scheme

A pet food factory site in Sudbury is set to become the first in the group’s UK business to open its doors to pets in the workplace.

From left, Suffolk student Holly Lutkin, Norfolk student Tom Martin, Martin Irvine, who appeared on  BBC TV's  This Farming Life, judge Charles Sercombe, farm manager Andrew Vernon, Norfolk student Alex Gathercole  and Suffolk student Holly Sleightholme.

Easton and Otley College students went head to head against 30 teams from 14 colleges in a national farming contest in Peterborough.

Alan Ridealgh of Muntons.

Malt firm Muntons, Danbury-based Kelly Turkeys and Eye meat firm C & J Meats have joined forces with what has been described as the largest coalition of food producers in the UK’s history which has come together to argue for continued access to labour and the EU single market after Brexit.

Anglian Turkey Association (ATA) president Derek Kelly and guest of honour Sally Hawkins.

Around 130 farmers and friends gathered near Colchester to celebrate excellence in the region’s turkey sector.

From left, Emma Powlett, Richard Rampton, Jamie Gwatkin, chair Will Dickinson, Peter Fane and Kit Papworth at the Anglia Rural Consultants' 'Business for change' seminar in Newmarket.

Many farmers will need to make some radical changes if they are to survive in a post-Brexit world, and some smaller ones may need to get another job to supplement their incomes, according to the experts. SARAH CHAMBERS was at Anglia Rural Consultants’ seminar at Newmarket this week to find out what might be in store for the industry.

A new group has been set up, under the umbrella of the Essex Rural Partnership, to reduce fly-tipping in the county.

Farmers have joined forces with police and other bodies to tackle the scourge of fly-tipping in Essex following a recent spate of incidents.

Turkey entrepreneur Derek Kelly, left, was presented with a painting of a turkey by Stephen Lister, chairman of EPIC organising committee.

A veteran Essex turkey producer is celebrating his second accolade in recent weeks after he was elected as patron of the Turkey Club UK.

Paul Kelly (blue apron) of Kelly Turkeys pictured with USDA officials at the processing plant in Virginia.

A celebrated Essex turkey brand is celebrating a major breakthrough in its bid to crack the American market.

Matthew Oliver's voyage across RHS Garden Hyde Hall's Lake in the UK's heaviest outdoor grown pumpkin. Photo: Andy Palmer

Hollowed-out giant pumpkins – including a record-breaking squash – grown from seeds supplied by an Ipswich merchant were raced across choppy waters in Essex.

Diamondback moth.

Tests carried out on samples from Suffolk have shown that a moth which can have a devastating effect on brassica crops is resistant to a commonly-used insecticide.

Suffolk FWAG presentation evening: Alastair Sloane presents the Tim Sloane trophy to winner John Digby of Sycamore Farm, Swilland.

Every year Suffolk FWAG’s presentation evening reveals hidden farm conservation gems from around the county, and this year was no different. It revealed some outstanding examples of how farmers are helping to regenerate wildlife in the countryside in the finalists and winners of its Farm Conservation Competition and Tim Sloane Award, as SARAH CHAMBERS reports.

Harper Adams University aims  to bring back naked barley, a historic crop which it says has great health benefits with regards to diabetes and cholesterol.

Researchers trying to increase yields of an ancient crop say they are producing promising results.

Tractors lined up at Cheffins Machinery Sale Ground in Cambridgeshire.

Second hand tractor sales are soaring as cash-strapped farmers opt for old over new, East Anglian auctioneers say.

Suffolk Agricultural Association Phillip Ainsworth, plus sheep farmer Stephen Cobbald and Otley College farm manager Chris Nix at Trinity Park with a new flock of sheep which have arrived from Otley College.

Grazing sheep have returned to the home of the Suffolk Show after a 25-year absence.

Past and present volunteers, farm helpers, staff and our family and friends gathered to celebrate the opening of The Cart Lodge at Sunset Barn Care Farm,  Undley, near Lakenheath, which was partly financed by an EU grant. Pictured among them are  ribbon cutters Lanie and Kieron, the care farm's first farm helpters who became volunteers.  Russell and Melanie Smith are behind them.

A care farm this week celebrated the official opening of a new building which will enable it to offer more day care places to people in need.

G's Group: Seasonal workers in a field

A major Fenland grower says it may consider moving production overseas if arrangements are not made to guarantee its seasonal workforce after Britain leaves the EU.

From left, Tyler Speechley, Amanda Crust (lecturer) and Jack Dumican.

A Bury St Edmunds farming student has competed in an international ploughing competition in Estonia.

Harsha Dharmawardene, the Sri Lankan machinery dealer who has bought and exported a thousand Massey Ferguson tractors in a decade from the Cheffins machine auction at Sutton, near Ely.

A Sri Lankan businessman who buys regularly from an East Anglian agricultural machinery sale has welcomed the fall in the pound.

Scientists at the UEA are leading an international research project to reduce nitrous oxide emissions from farming operations. Pictured is PhD Biochemistry student Manuel Soriano Laguna.

East Anglian scientists are studying a damaging greenhouse gas blamed largely on emissions from agriculture.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Hands Free Hectare Martin Abell, Jonathan Gill and Kit Franklin.

A group of academics and industry experts are planning to grow and harvest a hectare of cereal crops - without setting foot in a field.

Jeremy Moody, secretary and adviser to the Central Association of Agricultural Valuers (CAAV).

Ensuring open trade for exports will be a huge challenge in the Brexit negotiations - particularly for the agricultural sector, a farmland expert has warned.

Farm business income has slumped, according to latest figures.

Farm business income fell across most farm types in 2015/16, according to the latest Government figures.

Farming features

Saturday, November 26, 2016
Elveden rural manager James Holliday. Picture: Sonya Duncan Copyright: Archant 2016

It is the traditional focal point of the festive season – but it has taken many years of care and expertise to nurture the perfect crop of Christmas trees.

Stone Age tools found at Muckleton Farm. Picture: Ian Burt

An extraordinary collection of Stone Age relics unearthed near Burnham Market tells the tale of mankind’s reliance on the land for millennia.

Norfolk Young Farmers will be representing the county's pea industry at the 2016 Lord Mayor's Show in London. Pictured from left: Emily Page, Will de Feyter, Holly Garrod

A team of six Norfolk Young Farmers hope to set pulses racing in their pea costumes as they take farming’s message into the City of London on Saturday.

Gallery: From the Archives: Vintage Farm Machinery

Saturday, October 29, 2016
Farming Archives

Farm machinery vintage and modern is the focus of the photographer’s lens this week in my archive feature.

Ben Underwood, regional director of the Country Land & Business Association.

Farmers and landowners across the region are enduring confusing, slow and obstructive planning rules – more than a year after the Government pledged to update them.

Potato lifting in a field at Terrington St Clement. Picture: Ian Burt

A new harvest event in Norwich will celebrate Norfolk’s position as a powerhouse of UK food production – and to give city consumers the chance to ask growers how they produce the county’s bounty.

Greenpeace has published a list of the UK's top 100 recipients of European Union farming subsidies.

A number of East Anglian estates and farm businesses are among those receiving hundreds of thousands of pounds under the European Union’s Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), according to analysis by environmental group Greenpeace.

Skeyton Trosh 2016. Pictured with the Ransomes drum are Scott Bunting, Graham Kirk and Tom Randell.

A moment of Norfolk farming history will be recreated this weekend as a rare vintage piece of equipment gets to work on a heritage crop for the first time in 60 years.

NORMAC farm machinery demonstrations day at Hardingham Farms.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

A mid Norfolk farm became a proving ground for the machinery industry’s leading innovators as hundreds of farmers gathered to see how the latest models performed on East Anglian soil.

Demonstration by the Norfolk Farm Machinery Club (NORMAC). Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The latest technology and techniques for maximising productivity and soil protection will be on display as a major machinery demonstration returns to a mid Norfolk farming estate.

Heavy horses will be showing their strength in Chittlehampton this weekend. Picture: Getty Images/iStockphoto

Traditional farming methods on display at special Chittlehampton two-day show

Richard McMullen, a conservation adviser with Norfolk FWAG, pictured at High Ash Farm, Caistor St Edmund. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

After being “humbled” by a lifetime achievement award, a respected farm wildlife adviser reveals some of the techniques he uses to persuade commercial growers to employ conservation measures on their land.

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Four restaurants in Suffolk feature in SquareMeal’s top 100 in the UK, as voted by reviewers and customers.

Royal Norfolk Show 2016. Showground maintenance supervisor Chris Melton and his son Daniel Melton put up the RNAA flag.
Picture: ANTONY KELLY

From parachute displays to heavy horses in the Grand Ring, there is lots to look forward to at this year’s Royal Norfolk Show.

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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