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Farming and Agriculture

Whether seeking machinery or something for the health of your livestock there are many services out there for the farming industry, check out the many businesses below to see if you can find what you require:

Health is the key to success!

With the smaXtec health system, make the first step towards a healthier dairy herd – most precise heat detection included!

A healthy herd is the basis for your economic success. Only fit cows have a stable and high milk yield, a significantly reduced cell count, a lower insemination index, easier calvings and require less time for individual care.

To ensure or improve animal health, you have to keep a close eye on your cows at all times. This is the only way you can intervene early in case of health problems, thus prevent serious disease progression, save on antibiotics and costs

A number of issues can be recognised and solved through good observation and care but changing farm structures and sizes do not always allow for the ideal level of individual care. This is where the proven smaXtec technology supports you and detects health issues earliest possible.

Success through holistic monitoring with the smaXtec health system

The deeper the insights, the earlier you notice changes in your cows’ health status. smaXtec measures the meaningful parameters inner body temperature, rumination with smaXtec TruRumi™, activity and drinking behaviour in the highest quality directly in the reticulum. The collected data is automatically transmitted to the smaXtec Cloud and processed by the smaXtec TruD™ technology, where data is combined and supplemented. This is the basis for valuable recommendations for action and particularly helpful for the early detection of diseases. The more factors and symptoms are taken into consideration, the better, earlier and more accurate the recommendations.

As soon as the immune system reacts to pathogens or stress, for example, the inner body temperature changeslong before external signs become visible! As a result, the smaXtec system detects diseases up to 4 days before clinical symptoms become visible.

Monitoring animal health by temperature measurement offers another advantage: depending on the temperature change, you know what to check the cow for. If inner body temperature rises, it is an indication of a feverish condition, infection or inflammation. A drop in temperature, on the other hand, is an indication of a metabolic disease such as milk fever or ketosis.

In addition, continuous measurement of rumination allows you to draw even more precise conclusions about the disease and its severity. To make the unrivalled parameter package complete, smaXtec also measures drinking behaviour and activity, detecting issues such as lameness in a very early stage.

Steps ahead through early detection

Early detection allows you to intervene earliest possible, reduce the risk of serious disease progression and significantly reduce the use of medication, especially antibiotics. You can thus improve animal health and welfare and further increase the success on your farm. Customers report a reduced usage of antibiotics by up to 70% since using the smaXtec system.

With smaXtec early detection you detect diseases such as mastitis up to four days before clinical symptoms become visible. This way you are able to treat the cow with lighter medication such as an anti-inflammatory, avoid legal waiting periods caused by antibiotics, reduce the vet’s bill and workload.

Health, heat AND calving detection – is it possible?

smaXtec not only detects diseases earliest possible, by monitoring your animals 24/7 the system gives you the possibility to follow the recovery process of every cow over time. Thus, you are able to see if the treatment has made an impact on the health of the cow and when she has fully recovered.

Additionally, when using the smaXtec health system on your farm you receive precise and automatic heat detection as well earliest possible calving detection.

smaXtec detects heats for you and provides you with additional information on the ideal insemination time. Your benefits are shorter calving intervals, improved pregnancy rates, reduced insemination costs, ongoing productivity and much more.

smaXtec also supports you with reliable and early calving detection. The system not only monitors your cows’ health in the critical phase around birth, but you are also informed about imminent calving. You receive a notification on average 15 hours before calving, enabling you to take measures if necessary. This guarantees a problem-free calving and a good start for cow and calf.

The smaXtec system pays for itself

Customers report that the smaXtec system pays for itself within a very short period of time! But how?

By monitoring your herd’s health with smaXtec you ensure a stable, high milk yield with no loss of production. The system helps you to cut treatment costs by up to 30% and through early detection you are able to reduce use of antibiotics by up to 70%. Your cows are healthier and severe disease progression is 90% less likely. But also, reproduction figures, such as the calving intervals improve with the help of smaXtec.

The smaXtec health system helps you to be successful, reduce costs and workload on your farm.

Ready for your success. With smaXtec to a healthier herd. Get in touch now and implement the most comprehensive system for monitoring health and reproduction in dairy cows on your farm tomorrow!

Your consultant:

Chris Howarth

T: +44 7973 26 92 86

E: info@smaXtec.com

Farming and Agriculture – Behind the Scenes

Agriculture is typically defined as the science or business of cultivating the soil, growing crops and rearing livestock. Farming is the skill of practising agriculture. Many of us living in towns or larger villages across the UK often forget the agricultural side of Britain that is so important to us. The purpose of agriculture is to provide planned food utilisation for its dependant societies and although growing crops and rearing livestock are fundamental to this, it is the storage of produce that makes this possible.

With the coming of the Industrial Revolution and the development of more complicated machines, farming methods took a great leap forward. Instead of harvesting grain by hand with a sharp blade, wheeled machines cut a continuous swath. Instead of threshing the grain by beating it with sticks, threshing machines separated the seeds from the heads and stalks. Driven by these changes in agrochemicals, mechanisation and government support, production rose and we now rely on these machines to produce our countries ever increasing food demands. With such reliance on these machines numerous companies have popped up across the country offering sales in all types of machinery from Tractors to Quad Bikes both new and old with models to suit any budget. There are of course mechanics with the skills and abilities to get these machines up and running again quicker than ever before to ensure that the impact of their breakdowns have as little effect on production as possible.

Currently there is a lot of investment going in to buildings as production increases and new storage spaces are needed. These include Cattle Sheds, Implements Store, Hay Barns including Big Bale stores, General Purpose Building, Sheep sheds, Garages, Grain Stores, Equestrian Buildings and Pig Buildings. Onsite Farm Shops have become very popular because in recent times more and more farmers have opened their doors or set up stalls to offer fresh, local products direct to customers. Discover here the fruits, vegetables, meat, poultry, eggs, cakes, preserves, and local specialities available from hundreds of farm shops, Pick-Your-Own farms, stalls at farmers’ markets, and deliveries direct to your home. What does this mean for you? It means you get the very freshest produce sold directly to you on the farm or by the producers themselves: ‘farm-direct sales’ means just that! This helps the producers by providing an income that’s not tied to the profits or whims of the supermarkets; it reinvests the money that you spend back into your local economy and the rural economy at large. It provides you with more choice and an alternative to the supermarkets, and let’s not forget the freshest, tastiest food money can buy.

So next time you’re driving through the countryside and you see a tractor harvesting the fields or a stall selling fresh foods on the markets have a think about the long hours and days that those working in our vast countryside are doing for us behind the scenes!

“Working with livestock farmers since 1968”

“Our goal is to recommend diets, based on analysis of your feeds and forages, to achieve your production goals, while promoting excellent feed efficiency, animal health and fertility”.

The dry cow in the most important animal on the farm. After three years  work on UK and Irish farms, testing our new Dry and Transition cow programme we want to introduce Fast-Start.

Lameness in Sheep.

Lameness in sheep may be due to injury, systemic illness or infections caused by organisms that have a predilection for the feet. The three most common infectious causes of lameness in sheep, in the UK, are scald, footrot and contagious ovine digital dermatitis (CODD).

They can all occur in the same flock and at the same time. The occurrence of one condition tends to predispose sheep to the others. As the health and integrity of the hoof and foot deteriorates, the severity of the infection, and therefore the lameness caused and decreased productivity, can progress in parallel.

Scald is typically seen as a reddening of the skin above the coronary band and interdigitally which progresses to become necrotic (the tissue dies away) the further it develops.

Footrot generally appears after scald has weakened the coronary band, thus allowing the bacterium that causes footrot (dichelobactor nodosus), to penetrate and under-run the hoof wall and colonise the foot internally. Footrot is characterised by misshapen and overgrown hoof claws, extremely lame sheep and sheep grazing on their knees to relieve pain.

A more virulent form of infectious lameness (CODD) has appeared in the UK in recent years and is believed to be caused by organisms found in digital dermatitis of cattle, namely treponeme spp. .  As the name suggests, contagious ovine digital dermatitis, is very contagious within a flock and can spread very quickly between sheep. The presence of footrot can predispose to CODD.

Kling-On-Blue footbath for sheep contains copper sulphate and zinc sulphate, an organic acid and a fixative. One 7kg bucket of Kling on Blue powder can be mixed with 120 litres of water to provide a footbath for 250 sheep. The product can be easily and readily mixed in a few minutes by agitating the footbath with a yard broom and brushing along the bottom of the bath. After standing for ten minutes, the footbath will thicken and the sheep can be walked through. Holding sheep in the bath is unnecessary. The adhesive properties enable coating of the hoof with the solution as they pass through. After walking through the footbath, sheep are left on a hard standing for 20 minutes enabling the footbath to dry as a coating. This coating process encourages penetration of the hoof by the copper sulphate and zinc sulphate for several days. Kling on Blue can be used weekly, fortnightly or whenever handling allows.

Bentley Walker Ltd

Bentley Walker LogoAccessing fast broadband can be frustrating, slow and disappointing to many rural homes and businesses. You could be just miles from the local exchange or relying on telephone lines to transfer information.

Bentley Walker Ltd provides the latest satellite internet service through a simple installation process which connects the service to your computer. Things will then burst in to life, with rapid speeds up to 10 Mobs/sec, running your business on-line or your home internet connection. This will change your internet usage to a more pleasurable experience.

Why come to Bentley Walker Ltd?

As a worldwide recognised leader in internet services by satellite we have proudly achieved over 25 years of experience due to our exceptional services and pricing.

How do I choose a suitable package?

We have a dedicated sales team who are happy to advice you on the appropriate package or you can view the packages on-line at:   www.bentley-walker.com/tooway

What is involved with my installation?

Your satellite system will be delivered to you in readiness for our professional installation engineers to contact you. The engineers will examine the premises on their visit and make the best proposal to install the equipment in your home. For Commercial business needs a survey is required in advance of purchase due to the uncertainty of the requirements.

If you require a business installation or you believe the installation is required some distance away from your premises then a site survey is necessary, please simply make the arrangements through the following link:  www.bentley-walker.com/tooway/buynow.php?product=9

If you wish to discuss your requirements please contact Bentley Walker Ltd    023 92311103

Jobs Board

We all need a job that drives us to do better, take a look below to find the perfect job for you:

In addition to our featured jobs and employment opportunities, we also run a number of features throughout the year in order to provide people with help on how to attain the job that they are looking for and how best to improve their chances of attaining that role.

Below are just some of the companies that we have featured within the recruitment pages of our group:

In addition to our featured jobs and employment opportunities, we also run a number of features throughout the year in order to provide people with help on how to attain the job that they are looking for and how best to improve their chances of attaining that role. You can see examples of these below.


For more information on how to get involved and put together your feature, please contact us.


When it comes to recruitment the efficiency of your business is at stake each and every time you let someone new through the door. Similarly with training, when you send an employee away to learn a new skill or way of doing something – you need to be 100% sure that the knowledge they return with fits in with your business and with your procedures.

The Yorkshire Herald & Advertiser features jobs from both local and national companies looking to recruit the perfect candidate to their business. Our publications reach a vast array of people, all unique individuals with a variety of skills to offer. By choosing to advertise with us you are ensuring the best possible chance of finding that right candidate for your business.

If you are able to provide training to a business, our specialist team will be able to help you put together an advertisement that will allow a business to recognise exactly what it is that you offer can offer them. If you already have an advertisement – that is fantastic, but should you not, we employee a dedicated team of experienced sales people provide advice and support from choosing which title to advertise in to creating campaigns with real impact.

For more information on how to get involved and put together your feature call; 01452 311 811 or email to request further details to features@colstonmedia.co.uk

Fine Art and Antiques

A fan of the creative things in life? Check out these art based organisations below:


Sometimes an object can just take your breath away.  One of the most enjoyable parts of the job of an auctioneer or working with antiques is uncovering ‘treasures’ and that is precisely what was unearthed recently.

Brought to the Hansons Auction Centre, housed in a rectangular presentation case was the most wonderful object that would definitely fit in to the ‘treasure’ category.

When the latches of the green tooled leather outer case were unlocked and the cover lifted, what was revealed took away the breath of Hansons’ head of silver department Matthew Lafite who commented, “I am always intrigued when I see a leather presentation box and am filled with anticipation to see what is fitted inside, the object on this day fairly stopped me in my tracks.”

Uncovered was an almost 180 year old silver gilt casket fitted with Sevres style porcelain plaques surrounding an ivory lined core.

“The quality of this object is unquestionable. Crafted of the highest possible standard of silver then gilt and finely engraved – further embellished with superb porcelain panels all encasing a precious ivory superstructure.”  Matthew added.

Crafted by the esoteric goldsmith, Edward Farrell in 1836 at his Covent Garden workshop in London and made from Britannia standard silver (which is a higher purity than sterling standard), few comparable examples are known today. Little is known of Farrell who was not apprenticed through the Goldsmiths’ Company nor was he a Freeman of the Company, however his work is of such a wonderful standard, it is considered important today. Similarly the purpose for such an item is not yet understood. The dimensions and keyhole suggest a role as a dressing table or bijouterie box, however so few are extant  today that the more likely reasoning is that this casket was a special commission from Farrell’s workshop as an official presentation gift to a dignitary.

Even though the porcelain plaques do not bare a visible signature or factory mark, their quality is such that they are almost certainly the work of the prized Imperial Sevres factory. The tooled leather fitted case bears the retailer’s inscription for Partridge Fine Arts of New Bond Street London which once again is a testament to the pedigree of this piece.

“The silversmith even chose to use the more costly Britannia standard silver, which he was under no obligation at all to do and could easily have opted for the cheaper sterling standard. Some objects you immediately recognise as special; everything about this item shouts quality and I am delighted the vendor chose to bring this piece to Hansons for our December sale. We thrive on the buzz and excitement special items create!” said Matthew.

HANSONS AUCTIONEERS & VALUERS LTD. The Auction Centre, Heage Lane, Etwall, Derbyshire. DE65 6LS. Tel:  01283 733988    www.hansonsauctioneers.co.uk

Fine Art As An Investment by Arts Bank

We’ve all thought about it at least once. There is some spare cash hidden away somewhere, or an investment has just paid dividends, or you’ve just come into an inheritance. You’ve paid off the mortgage and recently bought a new car and the children are all grown up, so what do you do with the money? Then you read an article in the paper about how a Van Gogh that couldn’t be sold for love nor money in the artist’s lifetime has just gone for £20 million, and then another article caught your eye about how some long forgotten artist has been rediscovered and his work has quintupled in value in the last year. So you consider maybe buying art as a long term investment and your local gallery has some pictures you quite like and the prices seem reasonable and the artist has built up a small reputation for himself.
What should you do?

Well, if you are at all serious about buying fine art as an investment, you start by educating yourself about the art market as much as you do about the art itself. A good way to combine these two disciplines is to go round as many art galleries as you are able and ask lots of questions about why the gallery chose to curate this artist’s work and how they set the prices for the art and whether they specialise in a particular segment of the market and how they chose their specialisation. Really ask lots of questions about everything and anything and don’t be shy about asking questions that might sound naïve or stupid. After all, you are here to learn from the experts and the best way to learn is to start from a position of complete ignorance without any assumptions or preconceptions about how the art business works or why a particular artist or style of art is more valuable than another.

Once you feel you have a handle on current trends and potential future trends in the art market, there is one essential thing to decide: whether you will be buying art purely for investment purposes, primarily as an investment but also as something you’d like to hang on your living room wall, or as something you’ve absolutely fallen in love with that might just also appreciate in value when passed on as a family heirloom. Naturally going purely for the investment value of the piece is more likely to make you money, but in that case you might as well invest in stocks and shares. If, as is more likely the case, you want to invest your money in something that you also like the look of, make sure that your heart doesn’t rule your head and you buy something that looks pretty but is unlikely to ever accrue very much more value than you paid for it. Regardless of the circumstances that have resulted in your buying the piece of art, there are two essential things to determine from the seller that guarantee its resale value: a statement of authenticity and a detailed history of ownership going back to the time the work was created, because without these two pieces of documentation the work is effectively worthless.

Aside from this, it is a good idea to find out more about the kind of seller you are dealing with. Request references and check to ensure their authenticity and impartiality. Get a feel for how the dealer is viewed in the industry by asking about him in museums and other art galleries. The dealer might have his finger on the zeitgeist and be in a position to source work from artists who are hot at the moment, but for how long will they remain hot and is their work selling for over-inflated amounts as a result? Or perhaps the seller specialises in the type of art you are thinking of buying, so has a good idea of the value of the piece, or the style was in vogue five years ago but has fallen off since and the seller hasn’t altered his prices accordingly.

One failsafe way of looking into the dealers reputation is to look at what has happened to the art he has handled in the past. Have the prices for this work generally gone up, stayed the same or even gone down in valuation. Any respectable dealer or seller should have a record of their past sales and be willing to share this information. If they are not, this suggests they may well have something to hide.
Aside from conventional bricks and mortar sellers, it is highly recommended that you look into what is on offer for sale on the internet. An obvious advantage of using the internet is that you are better placed to shop around and compare prices, in addition to doing the necessary research to determine what sort of art is hot or coming up at the moment. In addition to this, products are often cheaper on the internet because virtual shops don’t have to pay rent or salaries to shop assistants. This factor is particularly significant in the art world, where up to 30% of the total sale price for a painting can go to the gallery as commission.

One such online site for buying contemporary art as an investment is Artbank.com, the UK’s premier fine art trading website. Artbank has a wonderful selection of paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures and ceramics for you to browse through. The art is categorised into styles ranging from abstract, figurative and surreal and by the artist’s nationality and subject matter to be easily searchable, and the seller can be contacted directly. One of the features of Artbank that might appeal to the budding investor is that anybody can post art on the site, so it is more likely that they will be able to uncover a hidden gem. Alternatively, if there is a particular artist that interests you, Artbank can contact you whenever a piece by that artist comes up for sale on the site. And remember that Artbank lets you contact the seller directly and doesn’t charge either you or the seller any fees or a commission on the final sale, enabling you to buy the painting at the lowest possible rate.

Insurance issues are also a consideration when collecting art for personal or investment purposes, so seek advice from the dealer to ensure that you are properly covered. Also, it is a good idea to check with your financial advisor for more details about how investing in art might be a valuable asset to your investment portfolio. Once you have established the financial sense of investing in fine art and the various tax brakes attendant to it, in combination with learning more about the art market itself, you are in a good position to start collecting. Here’s hoping you uncover the next Picasso or Van Gogh. The very best of luck!

Art is something that speaks to each and every one of us. We may not necessarily like everything that our friends or family like, but there will be a piece of art somewhere that can capture your heart. It’s interesting that this should be the case; shouldn’t we all like the same kind of art? Shouldn’t there be a criteria which art is judged by?

Well, our honest opinion is no. The whole point of art is that it is a reflection of that person at that time. It is a picture of their emotions and their vision at that precise moment. How much you enjoy a piece of art will depend upon how greatly you connect to the ideas they were able to convey with the piece. Your interpretation will also be affected by your own attitudes and values that you are inevitably going to bring to the piece.

The great thing about galleries are that there is one out there designed exactly for you. Whether you prefer fine art, impressionism, abstract, digital – there is a gallery bringing together the finest modern or traditional examples of that particular form. There will also be galleries that combine a number of different genres. These are especially useful for people who are unsure of what kind of art they are interested in. The team, here at the Herald & Advertiser, have numerous examples where we’ve wondered around a gallery and found a piece of art that we’d never normally look at because it was classified as ‘abstract’ and taken it home!

Before we leave you to enjoy the links to our sponsors below, we’d like you to consider an experiment carried out by Oxford University just a few months ago. Researchers attached 14 people up to brain scanners (sounds terrifying – doesn’t it?) and showed them paintings by famous artist Rembrandt. What the experiment found was that when a subject was told the piece was ‘fake’ they didn’t respond nearly as positively as when they were told it was ‘real’. What this shows is that human beings have a natural admiration for individual creativity. They are able to put themselves into the mind of an artist and therefore art is as much about engagement with our mind as our eyes.


The Congregational Gallery is a new art space in a Grade II listed former church, Rothbury, Northumberland. A space where natural light illuminates the very best of British contempory art, showcasing paintings, scultpure and high quality limited edition prints; all with a Northern edge. At the Congregational Gallery we don’t believe in typecasting ourselves around a single style, medium or subject. The art world is as rich and varied as the world we live in; our one aim is to reflect this vast and fantastic variation.

The Congregational, High Street, Rothbury, Northumberland, NE65 7TL

Web: www.thecongregational.org.uk | Tel: 01669 621900 | Email: info@thecongregational.org.uk