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Genomic testing mandated for all Stabiliser breeding stock

All registered Stabiliser animals being used for breeding from 2020 onwards must undergo genomic testing from next year. The Stabiliser Cattle Company hopes this move will offer better traceability and…


Housing order imminent to protect poultry from avian flu

Defra is set to announce a poultry housing order that will force free-range flocks to be kept indoors amid a growing threat from avian influenza. The announcement is expected imminently…


Record forestry prices and steady mixed woodland trade in 2020

Forestry trading has hit record levels, with competitive bidding for properties leading to a doubling of average values in 12 months. According to the annual UK Forest Market Report, a…


Orange peel wholecrop silage innovation: Was it successful?

Northamptonshire beef and sheep farmer Henry Tyrrell says using 60t of waste orange peel to seal his pit of wholecrop silage was a worthwhile experiment. However, he concedes it needs…


Welsh farmer calls for badger controls to end his TB hell

A Ceredigion dairy farmer who has spoken candidly about how the loss of 380 cattle to bovine TB has shattered his mental health is issuing a personal appeal to the…


Newly approved varieties show better disease resistance

Cereal and oilseed rape varieties with improved disease resistance which may allow growers to cut costs, as well as give higher yields, were given the official approval for future drilling…


More than 95% of farmers paid BPS cash in England

More than 95% of farmers in England received their 2020 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) money in the first day of the payment window. The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) said about…


Tenant farmers warned to scrutinise tenancy surrender deals

Tenant farmers approached by their landlord about surrendering traditional agricultural tenancies should proceed cautiously and take advice – a better outcome than the initial offer can often be achieved, say…


US food imports a threat to drug resistance, report warns

Trade deals with the US could allow food into Britain containing antibiotics and additives that are banned on UK farms, posing a threat to efforts to tackle antimicrobial resistance, a…


NI farmer nearly killed by cow shares safety plea

A young farmer who nearly died after being crushed by a cow has urged anyone working with livestock to think twice before taking unnecessary risks. Ian Beacom, 24, ruptured his…


New Forest cattle producers face BPS upheaval

Graziers in the New Forest national park could see support for basic payments cut as Defra looks to move away from the existing headage-based payment system. The move would affect…


Scientists develop quicker, more accurate Johne's test

A new, more rapid and sensitive test for Johne’s disease in cattle could be a “game-changer” for the beef and dairy industries. In a recent trial, the test, developed at…


Pesticide labels to include mode of action info from 2023

Selecting pesticides with different modes of action is to become easier, with labels required to carry this information from 2023. The clearer labelling is aimed at helping farmers and agronomists…


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