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What farmers need to know about livestock sales this year

Covid-19 has shaken up the way livestock sales can take place, with social-distancing rules making it difficult to operate as normal in livestock markets. Although the sale of breeding stock…


Huge regional variability seen in early standing straw sales

Early standing straw sales have shown huge variability, with average prices spiking sharply in some regions, but only marginally up in others. This shows buyers are only prepared to pay…


Horsch Maestro drill gets new precision metering system

Horsch has added a new Airspeed overpressure metering system to its latest Maestro precision drill models. This gives buyers a choice of singulation setups across the range, with the company…


Malting winter barley harvest defies forecast with good yields

Combines started cutting early winter malting barley crops this week across southern England, with yields better than expected after a very difficult growing season. Scattered crops of malting varieties were…


Forage Aid founder demands action on fly-tipping epidemic

Lincolnshire farmer Andrew Ward is demanding tougher action from the government to punish fly-tippers after industrial-scale waste was dumped near his farm. Forage Aid founder Mr Ward was left sickened…


Court rules in favour of landlord over rights of entry

A judge has ruled in a case which lawyers suggest has wider implications for interpreting the rights of entry agricultural landlords have to tenanted property. The case, Rees v Earl…


Levy boards launch marketing campaign for lamb

The three meat levy boards in the UK will launch a campaign in July to promote British lamb as the country begins to emerge from the coronavirus lockdown. Consumers are…


Coronavirus forces cancellation of Open Farm Sunday

The organisers of Linking Environment and Farming (Leaf) Open Farm Sunday (OFS) have announced the cancellation of this year’s event due to ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The farming…


Maize grown under film more than 1.8m tall already

Unpredictable weather patterns this spring have resulted in very variable maize crops, with some fields already more than 1.8m tall and at the tasselling stage. Dairy farmer Phil Allin is…


More funding available in Wales to assist BVD eradication

Additional funding is now available for vets and farmers in Wales to help eradicate bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) from all cattle herds in the country. Funding for youngstock screening has…


Farmers offered flexibility on mid-tier CSS deadline

Farmers in England struggling to complete a Countryside Stewardship mid-tier application on time because of the effect of the coronavirus pandemic can request an extension until midnight 31 August. The…


Wales and Border Ram Sale launched online

An online map of sheep breeders has been launched to replace the usual auction ring bidding at one of the country’s leading ram sales due to Covid-19. The National Sheep…

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