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Vote for Agricultural Student of the Year

There are just a few days of voting left for this years Farmers Guardian Student of the Year Competition.

The shortlisted candidates hopeful of winning the coveted title and a prize including an International Rural Placement from AgriVenture, are:

Chris Acaster, Laura Burnett, Tom Coate, Emma Fairweather, James Miller, James Wadland and Joseph Williams.

You can read more about the finalists and vote for your favourite via the Farmers Guardian.Voting closes 2 March!

Credit Farmers Guardian.
You can learn more about AgriVenture International Placements on their website - click here

‘Cider Tax’ Backed By Farming Minister

Featured in this week’s budget, the newly named ‘cider tax’ has attracted a lot of publicity and debate within the British Farming Industry. This post from the Farmers Guardian features the latest debate which we thought you’d like to read……

THE cider industry is still benefiting from significantly lower rates of duty than its main competitor, Farming Minister Jim Fitzpatrick has said in response criticism of the new ‘cider tax’.

 Mr Fitzpatrick was forced to defend the controversial decision to raise the duty on cider by 10 per cent above inflation when the issue was raised in the Commons during Defra Questions.

Alistair Darling’s announcement in Wednesday’s Budget, which has provoked a furious response from cider makers and drinkers, has also upset some MPs.

Conservative MP Bill Wiggin, representing the cider-rich constituency of Leominster, in Herefordshire, accused the Minister of hypocrisy on Thursday when he praised British farming while representing a Government happy to tax cider makers so heavily.

“How has the Minister got the nerve to tell the House all those nice things about agriculture when yesterday, on the same spot, the Chancellor increased duty on cider by 10 per cent over inflation?” Mr Wiggin said.

 “There are 600 businesses in Herefordshire alone producing this exclusively British drink. How will the Minister ever persuade anyone to take anything he says about British agriculture seriously again?”

Mr Fitzpatrick said he recognised Mr Wiggin’s concerns about the industry in his constituency.

But he said that, historically, cider producers have paid lower rates of duty than other producers. The new rate will still be about half that paid on beer, he said.

He said the smallest UK cider producers would remain exempt from the duty increase, which applies only to makers who produce more than 7,000 litres a year

 “We estimate that, as a result, nearly 400 UK cider makers will not be affected by any of the changes announced yesterday,” he said.

What do you think? Agratech are proud to support the British Farming Industry and hope that whatever happens, British farmers are supported in all their activities!

Produce more using less, farmers told

DEFRA Secretary Hilary Benn has unveiled a Government blueprint for food policy that will present significant opportunities and challenges for farmers over the next two decades.

Launching the Government’s long-awaited ‘Food 2030’ strategy at the Oxford Farming Conference this morning (Tuesday, January 5), Mr Benn said things can no longer carry on as they are.

The way food is produced, consumed and disposed of will all have to change over the next 20 years in response to a future in which climate change, global demand for food and competition for natural resources all become increasingly important.

Hilary Benn

 Read the full report in Farmers Guardian here

We’re at North Sheep!

sheepAgratech are exhibiting their new range of Animal Feeding and care products at North Sheep today. The show is being held in the glorious Ribble valley, and yesterday with the sun beating down on us, there really was no better place to be! Let’s hope it’s just a sunny today!

The stand is looking good – with a quad decked out with spot sprayer units and a trailer sprayer. We have some fab lightweight corral panels, and Molasses feeders, troughs, and fence hung milk feeders.

If you’re in the area, come and say hello! If not, you can see the new products on our new sister site to Agratech www.enduramaxx.com

Berthoud Raptor sprayers’ enhanced operator focus

INCREASED operator comfort and ease of use are the main aims of Berthoud’s new Raptor self-propelled sprayers, the French manufacturer suggests. As reported in Farmers Guardian, this sprayer will be available in the UK from




Part of the Exel Group, Berthoud emphasises that while the Raptor – replacing its Boxer range – it shares the cab and chassis with sister company Tecnoma’s latest Laser Evolution self-propelled machine, the pump, spraying system and boom is unique to its distinctive pale blue sprayers.

You can read more of the features here.

Landquip deliver twin-ram steering axle sprayer range

Source – Farmers Guardian 20 February, 2009

East Anglian based crop sprayer designers and manufacturers, Landquip, have unvieled their new range of steering axle trailed sprayers, INTRAC.

The range features include the firm’s Genius CAN-Bus electronic system, which is used to control the twin ram auto-steering system which the driver can quickly override for manual operation or engage crab steer.

Hydraulic suspension and S cam brakes are standard on the 3,000, 4,000 and 5,000 litres capacity sprayers. The track width of the 13-tonne rated axles can be altered from 1.8m to 2.0m.

The self-priming centrifugal pump is powered hydraulically and has a capacity of 700 litres per minute. Richard Abbot, of Landquip, says this ensures fast fill times and high volume spraying at pressures of up to 7 Bar.

Alu-light booms spanning up to 36m wide come with stainless steel recirculating spraylines and multi-head nozzle bodies. Sequential switching of up to 11 boom sections is standard and there is the option of GPS-controlled automatic section control.

The operator controls and hand-wash facility are located beside the fold-down stainless steel induction hopper which has a new rotating can wash head.

Prices start from £47,000.