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World’s Best Dressed Farmer Works the Fields Wearing Fancy Suit
rososusilo October 19, 2016 Interesting No Comments

Kiyoto Saito, a young rice farmer from Kengo, Japan’s Yamagata prefecture, is trying to change people’s perception of agricultural work through his unusual attire. Whether he’s driving a tractor, or is standing up to his knees in the marshy rice fields, Kiyoto is always wearing an elegant suit complete with shirt and tie.



Kiyoto’s family has been cultivating rice in the fields around Kengo for around 400 years, but as a teenager he found the tradition boring, and moved to the city. He returned to his native town a few years ago determined to start a family and get involved in the family business, but decided to put his unique twist on it.

The idea of wearing a suit in the fields started as a joke. One day, at the dinner table, his brother joked about farming in an elegant suit, but Kyioto took it seriously. He viewed the idea as the perfect way to change public perception of agricultural work in Japan. “Most people think of farmers as ‘dirty all day’ and not making much money,” he told Zoomin TV. “I want youngsters to think ‘ farming looks fun’. ...

http://arccasa.com/worlds-best-dressed-farmer-works-fields-wearing-fancy-suit/
 
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These Cows Will Text You When They’re in Heat
Dairy farmers are using sensors in cows’ stomachs to track the health of the herd.


Illustrator: Josh Freydkis
Every morning, Austin Knowles pulls on his rubber boots, dodges the manure in his farmyard, and opens the creaky wooden door of his 200-year-old barn on a hilltop in Worcestershire, 130 miles northwest of London. Inside, his dairy cows are busy uploading data to the cloud. Each animal has a half-pound sensor in her stomach, which is linked via Wi-Fi to a service that helps Knowles analyze the health and well-being of his herd. If an animal falls ill, the system e-mails the vet days before the cow is visibly sick. When one is about to go into heat, Knowles and his staff get a text message. “Cows are a lot of work,” the third-generation farmer says over tea at the rough-hewn wooden table in his kitchen. “The technology takes the edge off a bit.”

Knowles’s Hollings Hill is one of 350 farms in almost two dozen countries using technology from Austrian startup SmaXtec to monitor their livestock. It works like this: A weighted sensor about the size of a hot dog is inserted into a cow’s throat with a metal rod and lodges in the rumen, the first of a cow’s four stomachs. The device—equipped with a battery that lasts four years, about the length of a dairy cow’s productive life—transmits up-to-the-minute data such as the pH of her stomach, her temperature, how much she moves, and the amount of water she’s consumed. A base station in the barn picks up the signals, adds readings on ambient temperature and humidity, and then uploads all the information to the cloud. ...

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-04/these-cows-will-text-you-when-they-re-in-heat
 
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‘Hedgecutting argument is skewed for a small minority of farmers’
6:03 pm - November 9, 2016


The hedgecutting argument is skewed in favour of a small minority of farmers, according to Green Party Senator Grace O’Sullivan.

Speaking in Seanad Eireann today on amendments to the proposed Heritage Bill 2016, O’Sullivan said that this small minority of farmers are “probably putting the pressure” on the Minister for Heritage, Heather Humphreys.

Under the proposed changes, hedgecutting and gorse burning in August and March, respectively, would be allowed for two years on a pilot basis under strict criteria.

O’Sullivan appealed to the Minister to, instead of introducing this legislation on a two-year pilot basis, do a baseline survey in the month of August.

“Let’s do the research, but not open the season in August to hedgecutting.”

She said that the existing legislation should be kept in place and that the data from the study should be collected over three to five years.
“Then based on that data, we make the decision as to whether the cutting of hedgerows should take place in August.

“We need to recognise that what you are proposing will have a negative impact. The hedgerows are not just for the birds, they’re for the mammals, they’re for the bats,” O’Sullivan said.

Furthermore, Senator O’Sullivan said that she has spoken to farmers on this issue and that it isn’t really a huge deal to them at the moment. ...

http://www.agriland.ie/farming-news...ent is skewed for a small minority of farmers
 
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All the more reason to ensure that a special deal is achieved for NI under Brexit.

‘A 200 cow dairy farm in Northern Ireland could lose £100,000 this year’
6:00 am - November 9, 2016

A 200 cow dairy farm in Northern Ireland could lose £100,000 (€112,210) this year, according to William Taylor who is coordinator for the Farmers for Action (FFA) group in the North.

This loss is down to a combination of factors, with the poor milk prices this year being one of the primary causes, Taylor said.

Taylor believes the time is up for dairy processors north of the border to pass on a fair share of the upturn in global dairy markets to their suppliers.

Northern Ireland’s milk processors can no longer justify their current stance on their base price for Northern Ireland milk which is literally driving dairy farmers out of business.

“The situation is extremely serious to the point where the management of these co-ops must be called into question,” he said. ...

http://www.agriland.ie/farming-news... Northern Ireland could lose 100000 this year
 
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Enough cyanide ‘to wipe out’ Roscommon handed over at farm waste centre

A farmer in Co. Roscommon disposed of over 4kg of cyanide at an environmental hazardous waste event at the weekend, Shannonside Radio reports.

An elderly farmer allegedly had the toxic chemical in his shed for 45 years, which he originally bought for dealing with vermin on his farm.

Speaking to Shannonside Radio, Environmental Officer with Roscommon Council Suzanne Dempsey said that there was enough cyanide to ‘wipe out most of the county’. ...

http://www.agriland.ie/farming-news...t-roscommon-handed-over-at-farm-waste-centre/
 
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Demonetisation Has Wrecked Farmers
in India — by Jaideep Hardikar — November 30, 2016

This would have been the time of year for brisk sales at the agricultural markets in Vidarbha. But farmers here are being forced to incur terrible losses – by accepting lower prices, losing their perishable produce, or due to a fear of depositing cash payments in old notes in banks where they owe loan repayments

Bandu Ghormade had no choice but to accept the old Rs. 500 notes from the procurement agent and a lower price of Rs 200 less for every 40 kilo crate of his freshly harvested eggplants.

“If I didn’t, my produce would have gone waste,” said the farmer in his late 40s who grows carrots, spinach, eggplants and okra in Chicholi, about 50 kilometres from Nagpur. “Those who grow grains or cotton can hold on to their crop; I can’t.”

For years, Ghormade would load four quintals (400 kilos) of vegetables on his tempo every morning from October to December, and drive to Nagpur’s state-run Agriculture Produce Market Committee mandi, where licensed traders buy farmers’ produce through agents.

Since November 8, when high-value notes were demonetised, Ghormade has been selling at a loss at the mandi every day, while his son is going to the nearest bank, five kilometres away, to stand in queue and deposit the notes.

Still, Ghormade is earning something because he is ready to accept the old notes. Some farmers, also with perishable produce, are not – and they are making terrible losses. ...

http://www.countercurrents.org/2016/11/30/demonetisation-has-wrecked-farmers/
 
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This makes it 20 farm deaths in the RoI in 2016. Hopefully there will be no more before 2017. A dangerous business. The HSA are trying to push safety on the farm as the sign below shows.

Man (50s) dies in weekend farm accident following a fall
2:04 pm - December 21, 2016


A 59-year-old man has died following a farm accident near Schull, Co. Cork over the weekend, the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) has confirmed to Agriland.

The man suffered fatal injuries after falling from a 10 foot height whilst working on his own, the HSA says. It is understood that the victim fell through a roof.

It is also understood that the victim died at the scene on Friday as a result of the injuries sustained and local emergency were called to the accident on Saturday.

The Health and Safety Authority are currently investigating the incident. ...

http://www.agriland.ie/farming-news/man-50s-dies-in-weekend-farm-accident-following-a-fall/
 
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Shocking: Father trying to catch a metro train uses a pram with his kid inside to jam the closing doors in SW China

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLuYeQTZrtY

Shocking CCTV footage taken on platform of Nanning subway in SW China
The father uses a pram with a toddler to jam the closing door to get onto train. His kid was thrown forward by the momentum of the push. The man later managed to get on & the kid is reported unhurt

https://twitter.com/PDChina/status/816021286031790081
 
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Tyrone farmer paints proposal on cow's side
Image copyrightANNA LOUISE MARTIN AND ASHLEY FARRELL
A beef farmer has enlisted the help of one of his cattle to pop the question.

Ashley Farrell from Fivemiletown, County Tyrone, proposed to his girlfriend Anna Louise Martin on Christmas Eve.

He made his unconventional bid for bliss by spray-painting "Marry me" on the side of one of his calves.

Miss Martin suspected nothing as Ashley wooed her to the cow shed, as he had already told her she was getting a calf for Christmas. ...

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-38586270
 
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A farmer has insisted he will shoot down the next drone that appears over his property for fear it is being used by burglars to 'case out' his land.

Robert O'Shea, who farms near Thurles, Co Tipperary, was reacting to comments made by a Garda superintendent, who told a recent meeting of the Joint Policing Committee in Sligo that it is illegal to shoot down a drone.

"Gun licences are granted under strict conditions which do not include shooting down aircraft, and as drones are technically considered aircraft, I would caution anyone against shooting at drones," said Sligo/Leitrim Division Chief Superintendent, Michael Clancy.

However, Mr O'Shea, whose property was burgled three years ago, and who recently observed a drone hovering over his farmyard, has said that farmers should defend their property against those using the mechanically propelled machines. "To be honest, while it may be illegal to do, shooting these things down is the only real solution," he said. ...

http://www.independent.ie/business/...d-warns-farmer-after-burglaries-35439045.html
 
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I think he's perfectly entitled to shoot drones down if they're over his land.
Rewrite the law to put drones into a separate category. Make it a legal requirement for drone owners to ask for permission to film over private land.
I fear that a farmer who hasn't been to Specsavers might shoot down a helicopter.
 

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I think he's perfectly entitled to shoot drones down if they're over his land.
Rewrite the law to put drones into a separate category. Make it a legal requirement for drone owners to ask for permission to film over private land.
^^this^^
 
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Two men have been killed in separate farm accidents this morning, the Health and Safety Authority has confirmed.

A man in his 20s has died following a farm accident in Co. Wexford, when the quad he was driving overturned.

It is believed the man was on his father’s farm when the accident occurred.

Meanwhile, a second fatality has been confirmed by the HSA as a result of a farm accident in Birr, Co. Offaly.

A farmer in his 70s was killed when he was struck by a tractor on his farm this morning, March 15, according to the HSA.

These two farm accidents follow on from the news that a farmer in his 50s died over the weekend as a result of a farm accident involving livestock. ...

http://www.agriland.ie/farming-news...illed in separate farm accidents this morning
 
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Game of Thrones saved my livelihood says Northern Irish farmer
Mr Gracey, who runs Forthill Farm supplies a lot of the livestock that are featured in the hugely popular TV show



Mr Gracey, who runs Forthill Farm supplies a lot of the livestock that are featured in the hugely popular TV show (Photo: Sky News)
This is the Northern Irish farmer who supplies hit fantasy drama Game of Thrones with some of their real life creatures.

Kenny Gracey, from Co Armagh says he was struggling to keep his farm going, until the HBO series made his rare breeds a roaring success.

Mr Gracey, who runs Forthill Farm supplies a lot of the livestock that are featured in the hugely popular TV show, and he believes the series is the reason he's been able to keep his business going.

"It has been a great asset and a great saviour for our farm.

"Any of the background animals, the chickens, the goats, the geese, the dogs for instance or the deer ... I'm supplying those," he told Sky News.

And it's not only Mr Gracey's animals that have become big screen hits thanks to the show, Odin and Thor, Northern Inuit dogs from Co Down , made their TV debut at the age of six weeks playing the role of Direwolves 'Summer' and 'Greywind'. ...

http://www.belfastlive.co.uk/news/t...ivelihood-says-12391451#ICID=sharebar_twitter
 
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The Cows Will Kill You, and Other News
By Dan Piepenbring March 24, 2017

Go ahead and laugh at the cows, with their multiple stomachs, their indolent cud chewing, their superfluity of feces. The cows will kill you. Deep in a cow’s soul is an existential rage, a hatred of its own cowness that, once activated, generates an unslakable thirst for blood. And it is human blood they crave, for it is humans who have made their condition one of endless bondage.

The statistics bear me out on this—at least in the United Kingdom, where, as Glen Newey writes, you’re more likely to die under the hooves of an angry steer than you are at the hands of a terrorist: “The HSE [Health and Safety Executive] logs seventy-four ‘fatalities involving cattle’ in the UK in 2000–15, compared to fifty-three deaths caused by Islamist terrorism in the same period.

Many of the victims were farm workers, while eighteen were ‘MOPs’ or members of the public. These victims were disproportionately older people (only one was under fifty, thirteen were over sixty and as many as five were over seventy). More chilling still, as the HSE report makes clear, is the specific threat posed by out-of-control mothering cows. Of incident reports where the gender of the assailant was identified, ten involved cows with calves, and only one a bull. Hence it emerges that predominantly older people are being targeted by nursing cattle. Vegans seem largely to have been spared. But nobody is wholly safe from this civilizational threat, not just to our persons but to our old, carnivorous values.”

https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2017/03/24/the-cows-will-kill-you-and-other-news/
 

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The Cows Will Kill You, and Other News
By Dan Piepenbring March 24, 2017

Go ahead and laugh at the cows, with their multiple stomachs, their indolent cud chewing, their superfluity of feces. The cows will kill you. Deep in a cow’s soul is an existential rage, a hatred of its own cowness that, once activated, generates an unslakable thirst for blood. And it is human blood they crave, for it is humans who have made their condition one of endless bondage.

The statistics bear me out on this—at least in the United Kingdom, where, as Glen Newey writes, you’re more likely to die under the hooves of an angry steer than you are at the hands of a terrorist: “The HSE [Health and Safety Executive] logs seventy-four ‘fatalities involving cattle’ in the UK in 2000–15, compared to fifty-three deaths caused by Islamist terrorism in the same period.

Many of the victims were farm workers, while eighteen were ‘MOPs’ or members of the public. These victims were disproportionately older people (only one was under fifty, thirteen were over sixty and as many as five were over seventy). More chilling still, as the HSE report makes clear, is the specific threat posed by out-of-control mothering cows. Of incident reports where the gender of the assailant was identified, ten involved cows with calves, and only one a bull. Hence it emerges that predominantly older people are being targeted by nursing cattle. Vegans seem largely to have been spared. But nobody is wholly safe from this civilizational threat, not just to our persons but to our old, carnivorous values.”

https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2017/03/24/the-cows-will-kill-you-and-other-news/
No news to me, long standing taurophobe (thought I was a bit of a wuss then found out my paternal grandfather was the same and he flew in combat). It's the whole 'lights on nobody home' look in the eyes...
 
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No news to me, long standing taurophobe (thought I was a bit of a wuss then found out my paternal grandfather was the same and he flew in combat). It's the whole 'lights on nobody home' look in the eyes...
The look in their eyes leaves me Friesian.
 
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Farm leaders have said government plans to bring EU law onto the UK statute books must not jeopardise future trading arrangements with Europe.

But they said the opportunity to review many of the regulations that govern farming should not be lost.

The leaders of the UK's farming unions have been meeting in Northern Ireland.

In a statement, they said the job of transposing existing EU laws is one of the "biggest legislative challenges" ever faced.

The government has announced plans to bring EU laws into domestic legislation at the point of exit.

The details are in a white paper published on Thursday for a proposed Great Repeal Bill. ...

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-northern-ireland-39453614
 
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