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ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Countryside stewardship: What to consider before applying

Farmers should consider Countryside Stewardship (CS) carefully as there are options which can prove beneficial on a practical and financial level, as well as delivering for the environment. George Hoyes,…

PEST MANAGEMENT

How to increase beneficial insects in arable crops

Leaving volunteers and native weeds in crop stubbles over winter will help encourage beneficial insects by providing shelter and forage when there is no standing crop. Sally-Ann Spence, entomologist and…

CULTIVATORS

Monster TMC mulcher offers fine finish

A huge tractor-mounted mulcher has been added to the TMC Cancela range, aimed at operators looking to rejuvenate tired old scrub land. See also: Undersowing maize with grass brings soil health…

WEATHER

Storm Dennis rain deluge takes its toll on farmers

Farmers counting the cost of torrential rain from Storm Dennis are bracing themselves for more flooding with warnings the worst could be yet to come. There are more than 200…

PIGS

Single-parity move lifts pig herd performance

Setting up single-parity herds has been central to improving pig health across the entire breeding and finishing pig operation at North Farm Livestock (NFL) in Holt, Norfolk. NFL was one…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

NI proposes 5% pay increase for farmworkers

Farmworkers in Northern Ireland are set to get a 5% pay rise from April to keep them ahead of increases to the National Living Wage. The Agricultural Wages Board (AWB)…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Video: Young farmer cheats death in quad bike accident

A young farmer has told how she cheated death in a quad bike accident which left her with a fractured skull, neck injuries and major bruising. Beca Glyn, 26, was…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Backward crops more prone to herbicide damage

It’s nearly three months since the last Crop Watch and growers are still grappling with the winter monsoon, which has resulted in many soggy fields still undrilled. Farmers lucky enough…

CRIME

Dog attacks on livestock cost farmers £1.2m last year

Livestock worth more than £1m was savaged by dogs last year, according to the latest figures from NFU Mutual. The rural insurer said farms in England were the worst hit…

MUCKSPREADERS

Teagle beefs up Titan muckspreader range

Cornish manufacturer Teagle has introduced a number of tweaks to its Titan rear-discharge muckspreader range. Running gear updates on the larger 20cu m Titan 15 and 17 models include a…

LIVESTOCK

Young hill farmer fronts Welsh beef and lamb campaign

Young farmer Caryl Hughes is the face of a new £250,000 campaign promoting Welsh beef and lamb. North Wales hill farmer Ms Hughes is fronting the Hybu Cig Cymru (Meat…

FARM POLICY

Back UK farmers on Brexit, Defra’s Eustice told

Vital support from newly appointed Defra secretary George Eustice is needed as UK farmers get to grips with life outside the EU, industry leaders say. Mr Eustice, who has served…

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