Archive for March, 2012

Schmallenberg Virus explained

Thursday, March 29th, 2012
What is Schmallenberg virus?

Schmallenberg virus is a new virus, which caused acute illness in dairy cattle in Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium during the summer of 2011. More recently, it was found to have caused birth deformities in sheep, cattle and goats in the same countries. The first UK cases in lambs were detected in January 2012. Affected animals have been identified in many counties in east, southeast and southwest England.

How is this disease spread?Schmallenberg

As this is a new virus, it is not yet known how it is transmitted. Schmallenberg virus belongs to a group of viruses that are spread by midges and mosquitoes. The affected UK counties were identified as potentially being at risk from infected midges blown across the Channel from the affected areas and this is thought to be the most likely route of transmission for the UK cases.

Are there any health risks to humans?

At the moment, a Europe-wide assessment has concluded that Schmallenberg virus is unlikely to cause illness in people. As yet, no human cases have been detected in any country, and the most closely related viruses only cause animal disease.  However, as this is a new virus, work is ongoing to identify whether it could cause any health problems in humans.

How do I know if animals have this virus?

Acute signs in infected dairy cows include fever, poor general condition, anorexia and reduced milk yield (by up to 50%). Some animals also had severe diarrhoea. Signs of this acute illness disappeared after a few days and the animals appeared to recover unaffected. No acute illness was reported in sheep, and no illness was seen in adult animals after October. However, in early December 2011, high numbers of congenital (present at birth) malformations were seen in newborn lambs, many of which were stillborn. Malformations included twisted neck, abnormal curvature of the spine and limb contractures. Smaller numbers of deformed newborn calves and goats have also been reported. It appears that the mothers were infected with the virus during early pregnancy, and that the virus has caused these abnormalities.

How do I reduce the risk of infection with this virus?

While more work is being done to understand more about this virus, existing regulations and guidance on good farm practices should be followed as they can help to reduce the risk to human and animal health from many infectious diseases.

TFM Take On Wicklow

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

John Deere dealer, Templetuohy Farm Machinery Ltd,John Deere has taken over the Co Wicklow trading area from Derek Plant Farm Machinery, providing full sales, service and parts support from its existing branches at Enniscorthy, Co Wexford and Portlaoise, Co Laois.

Following some internal reorganisation, four full-time staff have been appointed specifically to support customers in Co Wicklow. Two experienced TFM salesmen, Ken Goggin and Peter Breen, are now looking after the new area in addition to their existing responsibilities, while John Conroy (ex-Matt Buckley Tractor Spares and John Deere dealer Murphy’s Garage Headford) has been taken on at the Thurles branch to handle sales in Co Tipperary.

A new service technician, Philip Driver, has been appointed to cover the West Wicklow area, while a second technician vacancy has been advertised and should be filled shortly. Both these technicians’ service vehicles will stock a range of fast moving parts, and the dealership will provide guaranteed next day parts delivery from the Enniscorthy and Portlaoise branches to ensure continuity of supply and service to John Deere customers in Co Wicklow.

Templetuohy Farm Machinery, which was established at Thurles in 1981, is also launching a new hire fleet service across the whole of its trading area, which includes a fourth branch at Clonmel, Co Tipperary. In addition to John Deere’s full line of agricultural equipment, TFM’s other key franchises include Caterpillar and Schaeffer farm loaders, and Lemken ploughs and cultivation equipment.

Tips to selling on line

Saturday, March 24th, 2012

5 Tips for Selling Your Stuff OnlineSold
by Philip McGillycuddy
Many of us now use the internet as a normal means of selling our products. Whatever the channel, you want to make sure that your ad gets the right kind of attention — and a positive result (a sale!).
If you are selling something online, there are some tips that can help you put together a more effective online ad:
1. Include a Good Image
You need to have a clear image of the item you are selling. Potential buyers should be able to tell what it looks like, and see what condition it’s in. Blurry images, or no image at all, won’t be as effective. Since you are dealing with people who might not be able to see the item before they pay for it, accurate and clear representation is vital. If it’s allowed, multiple pictures, from different angles, should be used.
2. Be Specific
Clearly describe the item. Be specific about the dimensions, age, condition, features etc. Pay attention to the specifics so that potential buyers can figure out if it really does fit their needs. Look at the descriptions of other successful postings to get some ideas.
3. Price it Right
Before you post an item, make sure that you do some research. Find out what similar items in a similar condition are going for. Pay attention to pricing. Consider pairing related items together, and offering a discount. In some cases, you will be more successful selling a set, rather than splitting it up. Consider being open to negotiation if you are really concerned about getting the item off your hands. But most importantly name your price. Online buyers have so much choice that they will quickly move along if the price of your item is not indicated. If you are willing to trade that should be indicated beside the price.

4. Refresh your ad(s) regularly
On many sites, the older listings get ignored. Consider putting your ad up for a short period & taking it down if it doesn’t sell. Interested buyers will see your ad within 10 days of going up – if it hasn’t sold take it down for a while before reposting. If your item is sold –take it down. Nothing annoys a potential buyer more than spending time researching a possible purchase only to discover that the item is no longer available. This is a common mistake amongst sellers – differentiate yourself from the pile by maintaining up-to-date, accurate ads. Reposting can help you generate fresh interest in the item. Additionally, before you repost, think about why your item didn’t sell. Tweak your posting to see if you can with different wording, or better images — or a better price.

5. Respond Quickly
When you’re selling online, potential buyers might ask questions — and you will need to respond quickly if you want to make the sale. A fast response is vital, remember you are ‘competing’ against other sellers. Often, the first one to respond is the one who gets to sell the item. If you are slow, the buyer may purchase a similar item from someone else.

New Holland support new rhino orphanage with tractor donation

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

New Hollan supports new rhino orphanage with tractor donation, the Ntloya Lenato Rhino Orphanage which is in South Africa’s Limpopo Province takes in rhinos that have been orphaned as a result of poaching and rears them to adulthood and prepare them to be released back into the wild. Sancturies like the rhino orphanage are vital to the survival of endangered species.
The tractor is a New Holland TT55 will be used for general maintenance at the sanctuary. In addition New Holland and its dealer network in South Africa are also providing servicing maintence and parts for the donated tractor and dealer Janpret Trekkers will donate a purpose built implement.Tom Davies_CNH Karen Trendler_Rhino Response Strategy National Rescue and Response network and Peter Askew_New Holland SAbRhinos CNHTom Davies from CNH with the donated tractor_b

Promising futher for Bio-DME as a vehicle fuel

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Volvo are now half way through a 2 year project to assess whether there is a market for Bio Di-Methyl-Ether (Bio DME).
Volvo, Bio DME producer Chemree and fuel distributor Preem have come together to develop a transport system to allow a number of haulage firms in Sweden to operate 10 Volvo trucks using Bio DME.
PostNord and DHL are 2 of the haulage firms that are using the Bio DME fueled Volvo trucks and they report that it is at least as easy to run on Bio DME as it is on conventional diesel and have experienced very few problems.
The Bio DME in this project is ade from black liquor which is a by product of paper pulp production.
The field test will continue untill the end of 2012.Volvo FH Bio-DME

Case New Holland announce strategic partnership with Orkel

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

CNH has announced a long term strategic partnership with Orkel As. The deal was signed by Franco Fusignani CEO of CNH and Jarl Gjonnes in Lugano Switzerland on March 8th.
Orkel is based in Fannren in Norway and manufactures fixed chamber round balers, Orkel have tearned a reputation of producing very durable products well suited to tough Scandinavian conditions.
CNH has acquired the intellectual property rights and tooling for Orkel’s fixed chamber round balers and Orkel will become CNH’S preferred engineering partner for the development of new high preformance fixed chamber round baler.From the left - Franco Fusignani CEO CNH International and President New Holland Agriculture and Jarl Gjonnes CEO Orkel AS

The Peugeot 208 GTi

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012

Peugeot is hinting at a return of an iconic legend when they reveal the Peugeot 208 GTi in Geneva. The GTi is powered by a 1.6 THP 200hp petrol engine and has a 6 speed manual transmission.
The 208 GTi has some distinctive features with brushed aluminium GTi logo on the rear quarter panels and in the grille, LED headlamps, double chrome exhaust tailpipes, lower body work, spoilers and lower sill skirts.
The 208 GTi certinaly looks great we will have to wait and see if it will become a icon like the 205 GTi

JCB invest £3.5m in new talent

Friday, March 16th, 2012

JCB are investing £3.5m into recruiting 103 young people as graduates, sponsored undergraduates or apprentices this year.
The announcement comes as triplets Jack Katie and Liam Rowe who have been inseparable since birth 16 years ago have started apprenticeships at JCB Heavy Products in Uttoxoxter Staffordshire and are all training to be welders.
The Rowe triplets are level ll apprentices reciving training in fabrication and welding and will complete their apprenticeships in June of next yearJCB Rowe 3JCB Rowe 3b

The New Fendt 300 Vario Range

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Fendt’s new 300 Vario range has come about in light of the latest Euro 3B emissions regulations the new 300 Vario now uses SCR technology.
The 300 Vario range now 300 range goes from the 309 95hp to the the new top model the 313 which is 135hp. All the 300 Vario range use a 4.04ltr Deutz common rail engine.
The Fendt 300 Vario have the time tested Vario transmission ML75 which gives infinitely variable speed adjustment from 20m to 40kms per hour. The TMS tractor managment system is now standard in the new 300 Vario range.
Other improvements on the new 300range are improved steering lock, new comprehensive lighting system with xenon lights available as an option, better brakes and a new tandam hydraulic pump giving increased oil delivery
10 - 300 Vario

Landrover’s 1000000th Discovery

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

On the 29th of February 2012 the 1000000th Landrover Discovery was made at Jaguar Landrover’s Solihull manufacturing plant near Birmingham. The Discovery is now 23 years in production. Sales last year increased by 16% and saw 45000 Discoverys sold World wide. Landrover currently have 6000 people employied and are currently reciting a further 1000 people to meet global demand.
Landrovers 1000000th Discovery will embark on a fundraising expedition from Birmingham to Beijing China. The expedition is 8000 miles across 13 countries in 50 days by a team of 4 Landrover experts the aim is to raise £1000000 for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
To find out more go to www.landrover.com/millionLandrover 1m