Parish speaks at chicken association
The South West Chicken Association Annual Trade Fair and Conference will be on April 23 at the St Pierre Hotel & Country Club, Chepstow. Speakers already booked include Neil Parish, MP for Tiverton & Honiton, John Reed, chairman of the British Poultry Council and Mark Gorton, Poultry Farmer of the Year 2012.
One-day course on maize production
The Maize Growers Association is running a series of one-day courses on maize production throughout the country. The South West course takes place at The Waie Inn, Zeal Monachorum, on January 18, starting at 10.30am. The course is designed both for newcomers to maize growing and more experienced growers. More details are available on 01363 775040.
St Ives MP's visit to Duchy College
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Andrew George, the LibDem MP for St Ives, visited agriculture students at Duchy College Rosewarne. He spoke about the Agricultural Wages Board, milk prices, food labelling and having an ombudsman for supermarkets to stop them taking advantage of farmers. Students were then given the opportunity to ask questions and spur on discussion. The talk was organised by Phil Pengelly, course manager for agriculture.
Limousin sales more than £8 million
In 2012, pedigree Limousin cattle sold at official British Limousin Cattle Society (BLCS) sales have broken through the £8 million mark for the first time to set a new all-breeds record sales gross mark of £8,184,303. The new figure for 2012 reflects an increase of just under £850,000 in gross sales, up by 11% on the 2011 figure, and up by over £1.8 million (+28%) on the 2010 mark which was in itself an all-breeds record. Sales of pedigree Limousin cattle have now set a new sales gross record figure for four consecutive years. Within the last five years, official pedigree Limousin sales have grossed over £33 million.
Mince pies and mulled wine for RABI
Barclays Bank employees raised £104 to support RABI after organising mince pies, mulled wine and other treats to be handed out at Exeter and Truro Livestock markets in December. The donation was boosted to £208 by Barclays, which supports employee fundraising and matches money raised pound for pound as part of its Community Investment programme. Peter Horner, senior agricultural manager, said: "We wanted to fundraise for RABI because of the great support it gives to local farming. We're thrilled to have raised £208 to help RABI."