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Electric loaders and trucks are being used in feeding equipment.

Manufacturers feature crimpers and electric feeders

Electric power silage carts and feeder trucks in Europe

As well as robotic feeding systems, visitors to recent EuroTier trade shows learned about the developments in electric-powered ration feeders and the increased popularity of crimping grain. German manufacturer Siloking has several self-propelled diet feeders including one that focuses on using renewable energy to power itself. The eSilokamm machine comes complete with a cab offering […] Read more

South African farmer Anthony Khourie struggles to protect his livestock and farm from poachers and vandals.

Poachers slaughter cattle on pasture

South African farmers frustrated as livestock killings intensify

Editors Note: There are always some challenges no matter where you farm, but for this South African dairy and beef producer, it is the midnight raid by meat hunters who slaughter cattle right on pasture that’s causing concern. Even though he has 10 night-time security staff members, it is still difficult to keep up with […] Read more


Mike Martin, right and son Ali are part of the family operated mixed farming operation on Scotland’s  Black Isle peninsula, where they produce cereal crops, potatoes and beef.

Battling the Scottish weather and EU three-crop rule

Beef operation includes two-year-old ‘store’ cattle for finishing

Farming in the northwest of Scotland can be tough enough given the somewhat challenging weather, but having to fight over which crops to plant is an added hassle. Mike Martin runs Garguston Farm at Muir of Ord on the Black Isle peninsula, with his sons Ali and Johnnie operating a mixed crop and beef enterprise. […] Read more

This Greek cattle feeder prefers to take Belgian Blue bull calves to finish.

Greek beef feeder favours Romanian ‘Blues’

Farm aims for improved efficiency in a competitive market


Consumers in Greece love their beef, creating a high year-round demand for the protein source. To feed this demand there are a number of larger beef-fattening units set up around the country, supplying the meat to both private customers and wholesalers. However, Greek beef farmers say the recent financial crisis in the country has hurt […] Read more


The Agricost farm has over 50,000 tonnes of grain storage.

Europe’s biggest arable farm extends to 57,000 hectares

The largest farm in the EU is in Romania, but owned by a UAE investment fund

With 57,000 hectares to harvest and a subsidy cheque of $15 million coming in, Agricost is the largest farm in Europe and is based in Romania. In the spring of 2018, United Arab Emirates-based investment fund Al Dahra purchased the farm from a Romanian businessman in a deal worth over $345 million. This investment group […] Read more

Scott Renwick and family operate a beef cattle and sheep on about 20,000 acres in northwest Scotland, marketing purebred Luing cattle and lambs.

Luing cattle can navigate their native Highlands

Scottish breed works well in a 
mixed beef and sheep operation

Farming in the Scottish Highlands can be classed as one of the more challenging environments to make a living, but results can be good when the land and livestock work in harmony. Scott Renwick is quite a busy farmer running his beef and sheep farm at Inverbroom in the northwest of the country while also […] Read more


South African beef producer Calla Visser with some of his Bonsmara cattle.

Hyenas aren’t on Canadian predator list

The world’s beef producers face similar but different challenges

Every evening Calla Visser has to round up more than 400 cattle on his farm in eastern Botswana and herd them into outdoor corrals for the night to protect them against theft and predators. And early every morning Calla and his staff start going around the five different corrals on his 6,000-hectare farm counting all […] Read more

Rowland Munger and his son Rowly are the second and third generation producing Brahman cattle for breeding and meat markets.

Brahman cattle fit breeding and meat market

Hearty breed can handle climate and produce quality meat in crossbreeding program

Just outside Francistown in eastern Botswana, South Africa is Wayside Brahman Stud run by three generations of the Munger family. This well-known family name has been breeding both the red and grey Brahman cattle for more than 30 years, gaining a good reputation for quality stud and commercial stock. Wayside Brahmans hosts an on-farm auction […] Read more


The new Series III JCB telehandler line includes four models, with lift heights to 9.5 metres.

JCB launches the Series III telehandler

Brand focuses on maximum visibility 
in new global handler launch

Long gone are the days of poor visibility from cabs in a telescopic handler. JCB is bringing a new range of agricultural Loadalls to the global market that further improves the views. In fact, the British manufacturer says its new Series III range has an all singing, all dancing Command Plus cab, that is also […] Read more