In pictures: going where no Audi has gone before
A farmer in England received quite the shock when he discovered an abandoned Audi A4 in his field on Sunday morning.

A farmer recovered a crashed Audi A4 from his field on Sunday morning after it had been crashed and abandoned overnight.

Bedfordshire police tweeted photos of the vehicle being recovered from the field using a teleporter. They said the field had contained livestock and that damage had been caused as a result of the crash.

It has been speculated that the car was stolen. Enquiries are ongoing to trace the driver.

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BSE case identified in Poland
Polish authorities have notified an atypical case of BSE in the west of the country.

The first case of BSE in Poland since 2013 was found in an herd of 50 cattle at the end of January in Mirsk near the Czech border, the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has revealed.

According to the report filed by Poland's ministry of agriculture, a suspected case detected in an animal on 24 January was confirmed one week later by the National Veterinary Research Institute.

The animal was killed and disposed of. As with most atypical cases, the cause of infection was unknown.

Negligible risk status

"This event does not have any influence on official BSE risk status recognition of Poland," the OIE commented.

"For the purposes of official BSE risk status recognition, BSE excludes 'atypical BSE' as a condition believed to occur spontaneously in all cattle populations at a very low rate."

Poland enjoys negligible BSE risk status, the lowest risk level under OIE rules. Ireland has controlled risk status.

Leading beef exporter

Poland is one of the EU's leading beef exporters, largely from its dairy herd. In the crucial UK market, Polish beef is the third largest volume supplier with nearly 16,000t shipped over the first 11 months of last year, behind the Netherlands (18,000t) and Ireland (190,000t).

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Fonterra's John Wilson dies
The former chair of New Zealand's largest dairy co-op has passed away.

One of the world's most prominent dairy farmers, New Zealander John Wilson, died this Monday aged 54.

He was chair of Fonterra, the largest global dairy exporter, from 2012 until his resignation over poor health last July.

From his farm in the Waikato region and a second dairy business he co-owned in South Canterbury, Wilson represented farmers at various levels in Fonterra, including during its foundation through the amalgamation of several co-ops in 2001. As chair, he oversaw expansion and international joint venture developments, followed by the crisis of the 2015-2016 global milk price crash.

Until his death, he was listed as chair of Fonterra's governance development committee, which has been working on farm succession.

'Solutions, not problems'

In a message to members, his successor as Fonterra chair John Monaghan said that Wilson was survived by his wife Belinda and four daughters.

"He always looked ahead and focused on finding a way through tough times that would protect Fonterra's farmers, share-milkers and their families," Monaghan said. "Bringing farmers solutions, not problems, was always his mindset."

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France begins €50m Brexit border upgrade
The French government has announced the start of a construction programme to host border checks after a no-deal Brexit.

Agencies managing ports and airports connecting France to the UK will "launch without delay the necessary works to make border controls operational on 30 March," French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe announced this Thursday.

This includes temporary buildings and parking areas representing a €50m investment.

Emergency legislation is also being prepared to maintain traffic through the Channel tunnel

The French government is also launching the recruitment and training of 580 customs and veterinary officers to be deployed to the "most-affected regions" including ports along France's north-western coast.

Emergency legislation is also being prepared to maintain traffic through the Channel tunnel and offer temporary residency arrangements to British citizens in France.

French ports and the tunnel handle traffic to and from the UK as well as much of the agri-food and other trade between Ireland and mainland Europe, whether through direct shipping route or via the so-called UK landbridge with lorries transiting through Britain.