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Beef farmer scammed out of £10,800 in tractor ad fraud

Beef farmer Douglas Ledger thought he had snapped up a bargain after spotting a low-mileage tractor for £10,800. The advert, which appeared on Gumtree and also on eBay, was for…


Agricultural land values to hit five-year low

The average value of bare agricultural land in England fell by 3% to a five-year low of £6,970/acre in 2018. This is according to Knight Frank’s Farmland Index results for…


Dealer updates through early 2019

There have been plenty of dealer moves during January and February of 2019, including Joe Whelan in Ireland, Agriplus in North Yorkshire and Hunt Forest Group in the south of…


Defra pledges sheep sector cash in event of no-deal Brexit

Sheep farmers have been assured of financial support from the government in the event of a no-deal Brexit which would cause a dramatic decline in the value of lamb. The…


Septoria springs up in some Dorset wheat crops

Wheat crops in Dorset are starting to show widespread levels of septoria, with one expert planning his fungicide strategy to keep the crop’s biggest yield-robbing disease under control. Agronomist Todd…


First impressions: JCB spends £6m on new telehandler cab

A new cab is the centrepiece of JCB’s latest-generation Loadall telehandlers and it promises to take comfort and practicality up several notches. Though the old version was perfectly functional –…


Pressure mounts to end non-stun sheep slaughter

Muslim authorities are being urged to accept the stunning of all animals prior to slaughter, as new figures from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) reveal that a quarter of all…


Feed grain prices fall on currency and crop news

UK old crop feed wheat and feed barley prices are down by about £3/t on the week, to average £165/t and £145/t spot ex-farm respectively on Friday (15 February). A…


Scottish sheep farmers vow to battle lynx proposals

Farmers have raised concerns about proposals to release wild Eurasian lynx in Scotland over the likelihood of predation to sheep flocks. The Lynx UK Trust has identified three sites in…


Flood funds rolled out to Somerset farms in online auction

Farmers across Somerset are being invited to tender for funds to help them improve their flood control through a range of farm management measures. The online auction follows a successful…


Rearing calves values firmer but still a mixed trade

Dairy-bred calf values have strengthened since Christmas but remain back on the year amid a challenging winter, say auctioneers. Latest AHDB prices for January calves (three weeks and younger) were…


Glyphosate exposure raises cancer risk up to 41%, study reports

People who have high exposure to pesticides containing glyphosate have an increased risk of contracting a certain type of cancer, scientists say. Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) have…


Growers advised to cultivate early to tackle bean seed fly

Pea growers are being advised to carry out cover crop destruction and cultivations well ahead of drilling, to minimise the threat from the bean seed fly. The bean seed fly…

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