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10 scraper tractor options for dairy farms of all sizes

No tractor is less mollycoddled than the one hooked to a muckscraper. Slathered in slurry from dawn ‘til dusk and shunting back and forth with monotonous regularity, these machines have…


A guide to feeding gilts and sows through a production cycle

Nutrition is key throughout a pig’s lifetime, and particularly important for the breeding females of the herd in order to achieve optimum piglet production and growth. On a recent Farming…


Solid urea and live export bans: Key points and have your say

Next week sees the culmination of two important government consultations which could both have serious implications for farmers. One covers solid urea, with the government seemingly intent on banning it…


Defra report outlines ELM payment rates findings

Payments rates to farmers for Environmental Land Management (ELM) must be higher than Countryside Stewardship for the scheme to be a success, suggests a Defra report. Farmers testing the forthcoming…


Soaring feed prices risk losses for milk and meat sectors

Rapid and steep feed price rises are ramping up milk and meat production costs into possible loss-making territory. Soya bean meal prices have jumped by about £50/t in two months,…


Guide to preventing enzootic abortion in ewes

Enzootic abortion, also known as chlamydial abortion, is caused by infection with the bacteria Chlamydophila abortus. The bacteria damages the placenta and reduces the transfer of nutrients to the growing lamb…


Genus announces huge uplift in pre-tax profit

Animal genetics company Genus has forecast a sharp rise in half-year profits due to increased trade with China. Genus said it expected adjusted profit before tax to be between £47m…


Crofters get government payout to build new homes

The Scottish government has issued grant payments worth £289,000 to nine crofters in a bid to bolster remote rural communities.  Officials in Scotland said the Croft House Grant scheme aimed…


Gene-edited crops not the same as GMs, says France

Crops developed using gene-editing techniques should not be classified under the same strict EU rules for genetically-modified organisms (GMs), according to France’s agriculture minister. The European Court of Justice (ECJ)…


Hope for Carmarthen mart as it seeks new operator

Livestock auctions could soon resume at Carmarthen mart as the site owner is looking for a new business to run a “progressive and forward-looking” regional market there. The trouble-hit mart,…


Farmer demands crackdown after confronting hare coursers

A farmer who confronted hare coursers trespassing on his family’s land has demanded more protection for rural communities and wildlife – and criticised the lack of action to tackle poaching.…


Bean feed market offers way around brucid beetle risk

UK bean growers are being urged to focus more on crops for animal feed rather than human consumption this season if experiencing bruchid beetle damage, especially after a successful high-quality…


NFU president backs bid to save Newton Rigg

NFU president Minette Batters has added her support to the campaign to save Newton Rigg College from closure. Mrs Batters said institutions like Newton Rigg were “essential in educating the…


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