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CRIME

Video: Dog attack - 'no farmer should have to go through it'

Warning: Video contains graphic images. Dog attacks on sheep cost the UK farming industry £1.2m in 2018, according to NFU Mutual, and in Wales incidents are on the rise. Gareth…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Medina Dairy pricing change shows need for contract reform

A milk buyer has introduced discretionary pricing on the eve of government reforms that are aiming to outlaw the practice altogether. Medina Dairy, which is supplied by 156 producers in…

TRACTORS

John Deere responds to increasing Greenstar thefts

A PIN code locking system has been installed on John Deere’s Greenstar cab displays and StarFire satellite receivers to curb the appeal of these products to thieves. See also: GPS…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Why OSR flowering sprays should be based on disease risk

Applying fungicides at the right time is critical for effective sclerotinia control, and that's why growers need to keep an eye on disease alerts as their crops approach flowering. Weekly updates are…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

What changes to maedni visna scheme mean for sheep farmers

Changes to the maedni visna (MV) accreditation scheme mean stricter rules for MV-accredited flocks that are buying in stock or have non-accredited sheep at the same holding. The MV accreditation…

ATVS AND UTVS

Long-life GPS tracker kit helps locate stolen ATVs

Farmers wanting to keep tabs on their ATVs and other nickable items will be interested in the latest GPS tracker kit from Czech firm Nam Systems. The working parts of…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

New HSE rules on welding fumes come into force

Farmers are being alerted to a change in health and safety rules affecting anyone who does welding. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recently announced that it is reclassifying…

TECHNOLOGY

FarmWise weeding robot set for full-scale production

Californian tech firm FarmWise has developed an autonomous weeding robot that has been tested in cauliflower and lettuce crops. The units drive themselves through the field and use artifical intelligence…

MILK PRICES

Arla milk price held for fourth consecutive month

Dairy farmers supplying Arla will see little change in the price of milk next month after the UK’s biggest cheese manufacturer announced it was holding prices in April. The quarterly…

WILDLIFE

Chris Packham group seeks ban on shooting pigeons and crows

Shooting birds such as wood pigeon, rooks and magpies could become illegal if conservationists succeed in a legal challenge launched in the High Court on Friday (22 March). The action…

IRRIGATION

Drought measures increasingly likely, farmers warned

Summer drought measures are increasingly likely in 2019 if dry weather persists, the NFU has warned. This follows initial results from an NFU survey which suggests that one third of…

BOVINE TB

£3m badger cull policing costs ‘driven by activists’

The £3m cost of policing last year’s badger culls can be largely attributed to activists trying to disrupt the legal and licensed government policy, according to the NFU. Policing the…

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