Farmers Weekly Interactive

Archive | May, 2012

Australian farmers plant record canola area

Australia could be set to deliver a record canola (oilseed rape) harvest this season, after official figures revealed the largest-ever area had been sown to the crop

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Animal welfare tops dairy investment plans

Improving the health and welfare of dairy cows is one of the top investment priorities for farmers, according to DairyCo

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Environmental scheme boosts oilseed rape payments

Oilseed rape growers could be able to earn up to an extra £15/t for their crop through LEAF membership.

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Increase in oat demand boosted by milling

UK demand for oats saw a steady rise last season driven by strong milling demand.

Demand from the oatmeal milling industry increased by 2% in the July 2011 to March 2012 season year on year.

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Farmers must be aware of contractors’ safety

Employers and companies should be aware that they share responsibility for the health and safety of contractors they employ, warns insurer Cornish Mutual.

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Higher wool prices look set to continue

Sheep producers received 22p/kg more for their wool last season and there is a decent outlook for the coming year, according to the British Wool Marketing Board

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Dairy farmers face 11p a litre loss

The latest round of farmgate milk price cuts means farmers face losing 11p on every litre produced, according to rural accountants Old Mill

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Nidera wheat exports top 500,000t

Grain trader and seed and fertiliser supplier Nidera UK has handled a quarter of wheat exports this season.

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Disappointing results for Vion

High purchase prices for pigs and cattle combined with difficult economic conditions led to “disappointing” results for food producer Vion

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M&S releases annual results

Marks and Spencer’s total group sales are up 2% on last year to £9.9bn, with an increase of almost 4% in UK food sales.

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