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Falklands : REDUCING THE IMPACT OF CLA IN SHEEP: STEVE POINTING SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 12.07.2014 (Current Article)

One of the best presentations about animal diseases during Farmers’ Week Stanley was given on Thursday morning by Steve Pointing.

REDUCING THE IMPACT OF CLA IN SHEEP: STEVE POINTING SETS THE RECORD STRAIGHT

By J. Brock (FINN)

One of the best presentations about animal diseases during Farmers’ Week Stanley was given on Thursday morning by Steve Pointing. He explained that CLA is Caseous lymphadentis and is a problem in the major sheep producing nations of the world. Though also present in goats he focused on sheep during the lecture.

Mr Pointing said that the disease is caused when the bacterium, coryenbacterium pseudotuberculosis enters the sheep through abrasions on the skin normally during shearing. It is difficult to impossible to cure once a sheep is infected. Mr Pointing emphasised that a sheep may look healthy enough but the lesions and abscesses could form on the internal organs of a sheep. Pictures of affected internal organs accompanied the presentation.

There are several primary methods that can be used to reduce the incidence and effect of CLA in sheep and he pointed them out:

1. Only buy animals if it is necessary as healthy looking sheep from an infected flock may have affected internal organs.
2. Buy sheep that are from a flock that has been monitored for CLA
3. Get assurances from the previous owner that CLA cases (if any) in the flock have been thoroughly investigated
4. Quarantine bought in animals for at least four weeks and examine them regularly for lumps or scars particularly in the head or neck region before you introduce the animal into the general flock

Common sense will tell you that a strict regime of hygiene in the sheering shed and the immediate treatment of sheep that have been cut during shearing are good ways to keep CLA under control. Mr Pointing also recommends vaccinating healthy animals against CLA. People working in the shed should make sure their clothes, equipment and protective gear are clean and disinfected.

Culling out sheep with obvious boils and segregating those with discharging boils can help but the measures recommended thus far are only the starting point for keeping CLA under control. Regular testing for the disease is also recommended. Farmers need to be vigilant in all aspects of CLA prevention, as the problem will not go away until a cure can be found and this could take some time.

Photos of Mr Pointing’s lecture can be found in the June/July Wool Press.

 

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Falklands : Falklands: FARMERS’ WEEK 2014 DAY TWO
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 12.07.2014 (Current Article)

Day two began with Fire training at the FIGAS Terminal where a thorough training session demonstrated how to put out fires using various method depending on what kind of fire it is, IE electrical or other fuel fired.

FARMERS’ WEEK 2014 DAY TWO

By J. Brock (FINN)

Day two began with Fire training at the FIGAS Terminal where a thorough training session demonstrated how to put out fires using various method depending on what kind of fire it is, IE electrical or other fuel fired. This was followed by Smoko.

Premier oil presented at Farmers’ Week on Tuesday morning and explained that it has a 60% operated interest in the Sea Lion project which requires no further appraisal work and is being progressed. The presenters went on to say that during 2013, the project team, in conjunction with consulting engineering companies, progressed a comprehensive set of studies as part of the concept selection phase to define the development plan. These studies included detailed work in areas such as met-ocean studies, facilities design (including turret design and topsides layout), flow assurance methodologies, subsea equipment layout and installation methods, reservoir studies and drilling trajectories.
They briefly explained that a phased approach to development was selected. It is envisaged that an initial northern development recovering 293 mmstb from Sea Lion using 32 wells will be followed by a southern area development tied back to the host facilities to recover the remaining reserves. The second phase of development will be optimised to incorporate any addtional exploration or appraisal success.
The team further explained that a development concept involving a tension leg platform (TLP) with an integral drilling rig has been selected as it offers a more robust and lower cost development scheme than a new build FPSO-based scheme. Work is now ongoing to optimise the design specifications for the TLP scheme and to prepare the documentation for the Front End Engineering Design phase which is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2014. A draft Field Development Plan will be submitted by the end of 2014 and project sanction is expected in Q2 2015.

Other recent developments include the June 2014, signed a rig contract and rig sharing agreement for its Falkland Islands exploration and appraisal campaign which is expected to commence in Q2 2015. The campaign will comprise of at least four wells which will test prospects to the south of Sea Lion including the potential for another Sea Lion-scale discovery at Isobel/Elaine.

This was followed by a question and answer session.

At present Premier Oil are involved in the Environmental & Social Impact Assessment Scoping Consultations of the Sea Lion Oil Field Development. As part of their Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) Process for the upcoming Sea Lion Field development, Premier Oil held a series of meetings at the Chamber of Commerce.

Transport issues and the work of the Transport Advisory Committee were discussed in the Afternoon session, with a thorough question and answer session about road designation and the condition of roads, especially on the West. A majority feel that if roads are not up to standard they should not be designated. Other issues are the size and weight of articulated lorries meant to haul wool away over the roads and the fact that many roads are uncapped and not built for heavy vehicles.

The afternoon finished with a review of FIMCO and an explanation about how the company has operated over the past 12 months. The FIODA Variety Show took place on Tuesday evening.


 

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Falklands : Falklands: EXPO AND BREAKFAST START UP FARMERS’ WEEK
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 12.07.2014 (Current Article)

Breakfast and an Expo kicked off a very informative day – the first of Farmers’ Week.

EXPO AND BREAKFAST START UP FARMERS’ WEEK

By J. Brock (FINN)

Breakfast and an Expo kicked off a very informative day – the first of Farmers’ Week. Mostly business was discussed later in the day with the RBA Committee meeting taking place after the Expo and the RBA AGM and the Wool Co AGM occurring in the afternoon.

As usual a high standard of displays greeted visitors after breakfast with stalls operated by Falklands Conservation, Wilkins Kennedy, The South Atlantic Environmental Research Institute (SAERI), Environmental Planning Department, Taxation Department, Department of Agriculture, Premier Oil, Pincent Mason, Falkland Islands Legal Services, Falkland Islands Company, Camp Education, Noble Energy, the Falkland islands Tourist Board, Jaytec, Decore Services, Childcare Initiative, the Falkland Islands Meat Company, Health and Social Department, Chamber of Commerce, SAAS and Ronnie McLennon Baird’ Policy and Legal Unit.

Also in the afternoon there was a Farmers’ presentation about sheep supply and biodiversity.

Tuesday will begin with Fire Training held at the FIGAS Terminal and a presentation by Premier Oil.

 

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Falklands : Falklands: ALL SET FOR 2014 FARMERS’ WEEK
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 12.07.2014 (Current Article)

Farmers’ Week begins at 0900hrs on Monday, 07 July 2014 with breakfast provided by the Falkland Islands Meat Company and the Rural Business Association.

ALL SET FOR 2014 FARMERS’ WEEK

By J. Brock (FINN)

Farmers’ Week begins at 0900hrs on Monday, 07 July 2014 with breakfast provided by the Falkland Islands Meat Company and the Rural Business Association. A thorough exhibition of Falklands’ Businesses organised by the Rural Business Association will also take place from 0900 to 1200hrs. It is expected that the Agriculture Department, Falkland Islands Meat Company, Ronnie MB, FIDC, Chamber of Commerce, Premier Oil/Noble Energy, SAERI, Falklands Conservation, Wilkins Kennedy, Falkland Islands Company, Jaytec, Décor Services, Pincent Mason, the Leisure Centre, Environmental Planning and Taxation Departments.

Some of those presenting will be the Department of Agriculture with the excellent series on Sheep Supply and Biodiversity as well as farming methods like pasture improvement and sheep nutrition, etc. Other presenters will be the Falkland Islands Meat Company, Workboat Services, SAERI on inshore fisheries and Premier Oil.

In addition there are venues in the evening like the RBA Perty at the Narrows Bar, FIODA Variety Show, the Camp Education Dance and H. E. the Governor’s Reception.

 

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Tristan : Tristan da Cunha: The Way Tristanians Tell It
Submitted by Tristan Times (Juanita Brock) 07.01.2004 (Current Article)

Daniel Schreier and Karen Lavarello-Schreier have written an informative book about Tristan da Cunha, its people, way of life and language.

TRISTAN da CUNHA: THE WAY TRISTANIANS TELL IT

By J. Brock (SARTMA)

 

The Cover of Daniel and Karen's book

Daniel Schreier and Karen Lavarello-Schreier have written an informative book about Tristan da Cunha, its people, way of life and language. Entitled "Tristan da Cunha: History, People, language," it has a forward by James Glass, the former Chief Islander and preface and acknowledgements by the authors. What makes this book unique is that it has an Islander as a co-author. Normally, outsiders, who have a keen interest and knowledge of the Island, author books about Tristan da Cunha.

This well-written book, published by Battlebridge Publications, details briefly a concise history of the Island from its discovery in 1506 by the Portuguese navigator, Tristao da Cunha, to its modern day events, including the 21 May 2001 hurricane that devastated the Island. Many black and white photos depict the Tristan of today, its people and life, as well as leisure activities. Newer photos show the damage the 2001 hurricane did to the Island’s infrastructure.

A Tristan Glossary completely details the Island’s unique interpretation of English and traces its words and phrases back to the original countries or origin. Afrikaans, Americanisms, dialectal English and uniquely Tristanian words are explained in the glossary.

Proceeds from the book are going to the Tristan Disaster Appeal. Details on how to obtain a copy of this book can be found on the website: http://www.battlebridge.com.

 

 

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