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Farmer left ‘heartbroken’ after BSE discovery

A farmer whose cows are facing slaughter after BSE was discovered on his farm has been left “heartbroken”. The case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known as “mad cow disease”,…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

OMSCo eyeing US organic dairy market post-Brexit

The Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative (Omsco) is targeting a bigger share of the international market for dairy products, post-Brexit. Omsco chairman Nicholas Saphir told the annual members’ conference he wanted…

TELEHANDLERS

On test: Manitou returns to pivot market with its MLA-T

It might have a chequered past in the world of pivot-steer loaders, but Manitou has returned for another crack at a market monopolised by its old enemy, JCB. The French…

SUGAR BEET

Sugar beet grower upbeat on yield despite dry summer

Cambridgeshire sugar beet grower Guy Wakeham is aiming for an ambitious yield target of 100t/ha – although his crop has to be lifted relatively early, by the end of November. His…

CRIME

On patrol with the police in the fight against rural crime

It’s a drizzly mid-September morning as I travel to Buckinghamshire ahead of “Operation Agriculture”. The operation is a week-long crackdown on rural crime affecting farms and the countryside in the Aylesbury…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Research shows cover crops don’t lead to more slugs

Growing cover crops does not increase slug pressure in the following spring crop, according to new research. There has been anecdotal evidence that establishing a cover crop will lead to…

BUSINESS

Farmers question HMRC's readiness for Making Tax Digital

An under-pressure HMRC has admitted to a number of farmers that it is unable to process new applications for exemption from Making Tax Digital until next month. The agency also…

NEWS

Hay bales worth £30,000 torched on Scottish farm

A farmer has been left seriously out of pocket after about 1,000 hay bales worth £30,000 were destroyed in a suspected arson attack. The incident happened at about 7.30pm on…

NEWS

Sheep cruelty video sparks Scottish SPCA investigation

The Scottish SPCA has launched an investigation into footage that allegedly shows the abuse of sheep in a number of Scottish shearing sheds. Animal rights group Peta Asia has released…

TAKING STOCK

Heavier lambs not being rewarded in autumn flush

Heavy lamb values are suffering at centres across the country amid an autumn flush of grass and plentiful lamb supplies. Monday’s sales saw heavy lambs (45.6-52kg) discounted at most marts,…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

Free management skills workshops open for farmers

A series of new workshops has been set up for farmers and growers to learn and develop supervisory skills. The workshops are funded by the AHDB and aimed at individuals…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Organic herd hits 2,200gns at Exeter

Fresh milk was in huge demand at the dispersal of the Gent family’s organic herd of 475 Friesian and crossbred cattle at Exeter Livestock Centre on Monday (15 October). Cattle…

LAND MARKETS

Unique historic estate to hit market in Nottinghamshire

Great Britain’s last medieval farming estate is set to hit the open market with a guide price of £7m. The Crown Estate has moved forward with its plan to market…

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