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NRM's 8th Annual Soil Summary December 2017
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NRM's 8th annual soil summary is now available for the sampling season that finished in May 2017. The focus of this year's soil summary is soil sampling, contained within the document are tips to aid the soil sampling process.

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Sound Science Newsletter Issue 8 - 2017 March 2017
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The 8th edition of Sound Science has just been published with some of the latest news from NRM, Sci-Tech and Sciantec, and a lead article co-written by Duncan Sinclair and Amy Barnes of the Waitrose Farming Partnership.  A copy of the Newsletter is being emailed to all customers of NRM, Sci-Tech and Sciantec and can also be accessed from our “Downloads” area

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Where there's muck, there's money (and lots of it!) December 2016
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British farmers could save millions of pounds a year by regularly analysing their slurry and manure, according to a recent review carried out by NRM Laboratories. With nearly 90 million tonnes produced on farms every year the average value of nutrients supplied by livestock manures equates to almost £304 million a year - but nutrient contents can vary significantly, underlining the value of laboratory analysis for accurately predicting manure nutrient supply.
The Bracknell-based firm, which carries out a significant proportion of the UK’s agricultural analytical tests, examined the nutrient content of thousands of samples analysed since January 2011. “The range between samples is staggering,” says Managing Director Nigel Patrick. “Farmers might rely on ‘typical’ figures such as in the Fertiliser Manual (RB209) when estimating the nutrient value of organic manures, but our analysis shows that they could be way off the mark.”
RB209 guidelines put the typical nitrogen content of cattle farmyard manure at 6kg/t, with phosphate and potash at 3.2kg/t and 7.2kg/t, respectively. But NRM’s analysis reveals that nitrogen contents in cattle FYM ranged from 1.3kg/t to 32.6kg/t, phosphate contents from 0.5kg/t to 21.9kg/t and potash from 0.2kg/t to 35.0kg/t. “When looking at crop-available nutrient levels, the value of that manure could be anywhere between 44p/t and £28/t,” says Mr Patrick. “This means that farmers could either be under-supplying crop needs; and thereby hampering yields, or over-fertilising and wasting both money and precious resources, while increasing the risk of nutrient losses to the environment.”
Similar results can be seen in livestock slurries as well as in solid pig and poultry manure. “In fact, the range in broiler and turkey litter is even greater than in cattle manure, with a £54/t difference in value between the highest and lowest samples,” he adds.

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The Farmers Weekly Awards October 2016
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The Farmers Weekly Awards night 2016 was held at the Grosvenor House Hotel, with over 1,200 farmers and industry leaders attending the event to celebrate the industry’s achievements. The event is by far the biggest agricultural awards in the UK. Compèred by TV presenter, Fiona Bruce and distinguished guests included Defra secretary Andrea Leadsom and NFU president Meurig Raymond.
The Cawood Scientific Group was delighted to have been a part of the 2016 Awards by sponsoring ‘The Dairy Farmer’ of the Year Award. We are proud to have been able to both acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of the industry, particularly after this challenging year.
We would like to wish a huge congratulation’s to all of the finalists and in particular Geoff Sayers who won the award for Dairy Farmer of the Year 2016. To have been selected for the shortlist of such a prestigious award, is in itself a massive achievement and something to be very proud of.
All of our guests had a wonderful time, as did we, and we are already looking forward to next year.

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Sound Science Newsletter Issue 7 - 2016 March 2016
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The 7th edition of Sound Science is out now, with the latest news from NRM, Sciantec and Sci-Tech. This year the lead article is written by Professor John Crawford of Rothamsted Research discussing the importance of 'big data', you can also find out about Cawoods 25th Anniversary and exciting new services that have been launched.

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Cawood Group Sponsors Farmers Weekly Award March 2016
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The Cawood Scientific Group is delighted to be a part of the 2016 Farmers Weekly Awards sponsoring ‘The Dairy Farmer’ of the Year Award. We are proud to be able to both acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of the Dairy Industry, particularly after this challenging year.

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Celebrating 25 years January 2016
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In 2016, by a unique coincidence, the UK’s leading independent land-based analytical testing businesses of NRM Laboratories, Sciantec Analytical and Sci-Tech Laboratories, now under the Cawood Scientific Ltd Group, celebrate their 25th Anniversary.  

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NRM's 7th Annual Soil Summary December 2015
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NRM has released the 7th annual soil summary is now available covering 20years worth of data. The focus of this years summary is the International Year of Soils (IYS)

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SoundScience Newsletter Issue 6 2015 February 2015
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The 6th edition of SoundScience is out now, with all the latest news from NRM, Sciantec and Sci-Tech. Lord Curry of Kirkharle - Chairman of the Cawood Group - writes our lead article this issue, and you can also find out about NRM's exciting new service to assess the health of agricultural soils, as well as our special royal visit!

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Sci-Tech New Analytical Service December 2014
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Sci-Tech Laboratories is now able to offer a molecular diagnostic testing service specifically for veterinary surgeons and businesses involved in the pig/poultry industries.  The new service is an addition to the existing and well-respected bacteriology and serology analytical testing services offered by the organisation.  It will be provided from Sci-Tech’s facility at Craven Arms in Shropshire, and uses the Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction method to detect DNA and RNA in bacteria and viruses from a variety of sample matrices, including tissues, swabs and, additionally for pigs, Pigs Oral Fluid samples.

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The UK’s largest independent analytical testing service December 2014
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With a network of 4 sites Cawood Scientific Limited is the UK’s largest independent provider of analytical laboratory testing services for the ‘land-based’ industries.  Operating through three divisions, Sciantec Analytical Services (in Yorkshire), NRM Laboratories (in Berkshire and Norfolk) and Sci-Tech Laboratories (in Shropshire) it provides a comprehensive range of over 3,000 reliable and validated test suites covering all aspects of:

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A health check for your soil September 2014
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NRM Laboratories has launched an exciting new service to provide an assessment of the health of agricultural soils. “The new Soil Health Service has been developed to provide farmers and agronomists with the information they need to manage soil resources for optimum crop performance.,” says the company’s Duncan Rose “It will be a useful tool for both conventional and organic farming systems,” he adds.

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Lord Curry of Kirkharle to Chair Cawood
Scientific Group
July 2014
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Cawood Scientific Limited, the holding company for NRM Laboratories, Sciantec Analytical Services and Sci-Tech Laboratories, is pleased to announce the appointment of Lord Curry of Kirkharle as chairman.

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Royal visitor for NRM Laboratories May 2014
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HRH the Earl of Wessex, who has made his family home at nearby Bagshot Park, chose to visit a successful business in the Bracknell Borough as part of his 50th birthday celebrations. NRM which is part of the independent Cawood Scientific Group, provides expert analytical laboratory service for agriculture, horticulture, amenity and environmental services for land-based industries and has been based in Bracknell for over 25 years.

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Tribute to Sir Ben Gill May 2014
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It is with great sadness that Cawood Scientific heard on Thursday 8th May 2014 that our Chairman Sir Ben Gill had died after a long illness.

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New Purpose-Built Soil Testing
Laboratory Opens
January 2014
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A new state-of-the-art soil testing laboratory was officially opened by Sir Ben Gill last Thursday, 21 November 2013. The new laboratory has been purpose-built by NRM Laboratories, part of the Cawood Scientific Group, the UK’s largest independent one-stop shop for agricultural and associated analytical testing services.

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Sci-Tech Laboratories acquired by
Cawood Scientific
January 2014
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Sci-Tech Laboratories is the latest company to become part of the Cawood Scientific Group, joining the well-known analytical businesses, NRM Laboratories and Sciantec Analytical Services. The announcement that Cawood has purchased Sci-Tech Laboratories for an undisclosed sum was made this morning (9 December). Sci-Tech is particularly well-known for its fast, efficient and accurate testing service for the UK poultry sector.

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Sound Science Newsletter Issue 4 May 2013
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The 4th edition of SoundScience has just been published with some of the latest news from NRM and Sciantec, and a lead article written by Sean Rickard, a respected, independent economist who has a reputation for professional, insightful and original analysis ranging from the economy to food and farming.  A copy of the Newsletter is being emailed to all customers of both NRM and Sciantec and can be accessed from our “Downloads” area.

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New Year, New NRM Website January 2013
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NRM Laboratories has a new website for 2013. Not only is it easier to navigate but there is also a comprehensive list of all the frequently requested analytical services provided by the company, each with a one-click facility to request a quote.

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A wet season and Soil Mineral Nitrogen January 2013
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The high levels of rainfall last year and the continuing bad weather into this year have caused many concerns over Nitrogen losses from agricultural land. This may have raised questions in the industry on whether additional or supplemental applications of Nitrogen are required. Losses will mainly have come from leaching of Nitrogen through the soil profile and into natural water courses and also from denitrification in areas where water logging has occurred.

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New Agri-Nutrient Saver Service Introduced January 2013
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NRM Laboratories has introduced the new Agri-Nutrient Saver Service which gives farmers and growers access, via their advisers, to accurate information on the nutrient status of their soils in a timely and economical manner.

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Cawood Group Newsletter June 2011
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If agriculture is to succeed in producing more and impacting less then it will have to do so on the back of sound science and this clearly includes making use of all the analytical tools available. That’s the view of David Caffall, Chief Executive of the Agricultural Industries Confederation (AIC).

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NRM Gain Irish Accreditation December 2010
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The leading agricultural testing laboratory in the UK, NRM Limited, has gained full accreditation for the testing of Irish agricultural soils. The company is one of the first organisations serving the Irish market to achieve this accreditation to ISO/IEC 17025:2005. Critically it is the only laboratory that includes organic matter within its accredited suite, which is now a required test for tillage farmers in Ireland.  

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New Uric Acid Nitrogen Analysis Service November 2010
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Making the most of the nitrogen, phosphate, potash and sulphur supplied from applications of organic manure can save farmers money by reducing fertiliser applications. In addition, the Nitrate Vulnerable Zone Action Programme (which applies to c.70% of agricultural land in England) requires farmers to take full account of the nitrogen supplied from organic manures when planning their inorganic fertiliser N applications.

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Partners in UK Nitrate Monitoring Project October 2010
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NRM Laboratories, in Collaboration with ADAS UK Ltd, 

have been selected by the Foods Standards Agency to conduct the next Nitrate Monitoring Project for the UK. The European Commission requires Member States to monitor and report levels of nitrate in lettuce and spinach as part Contaminants in Food regulations.

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Soil Nutrient Management = Financial Savings August 2010
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NRM has recently produced a document...

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Laboratory Acquisition March 2008
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Sciantec acquires Central Labs from AB Agri 

AB Agri has sold the analytical business of Central Laboratories in Banbury to Sciantec Analytical Services Ltd, part of the Cawood Scientific Group to which NRM Ltd belongs.

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