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Video: Wolverine wheat looks good in BYDV battle

The first wheat variety with resistance to an important aphid-spread disease is showing a yield of more than 10t/ha in Kent, with some seed available for growers this autumn. The…


Award-winning farmer loses 60% of herd to bovine TB

The owners of an elite dairy herd could be forced out of the milk sector after losing 60% of their cows in just 16 months. The Williams family, who run…


How one farmer adds value with ‘worthless’ wool and bracken

Bracken is a scourge for many hill farmers, eating up valuable grazing land, providing an ideal habit for ticks, and proving difficult to control. But a farmer in Cumbria has…


Biggest planning shake-up in years needs farmer involvement

Government housing secretary Robert Jenrick’s white paper – Planning for the Future – was released last week, alongside the launch of a public consultation on the issue. The unveiling was…


New app aids accurate slug pellet application

A new online tool aiming to improve accuracy of slug pellet applications is now available, allowing operators to effectively set up uniform and precise pellet doses. The app, named Calibration…


Prince Charles donates to farming mental health charity

Prince Charles has made a “significant” donation to a new charity which aims to tackle mental health in the farming community following the devastating impact of the coronavirus. In a…


VIA puts focus on retail sector in Texel breeding values

The use of video image analysis (VIA) for the grading of carcasses has moved the Texel Sheep Society one step closer to developing a set of breeding values to better…


August 2020 bull proofs: The latest movers and shakers

Seven new Holsteins enter the top 10 ranking for young genomic sires published today (11 August) by AHDB Dairy. The previous front-runner, Genosource Captain, clings on to the number one…


Save British Farming unveils food standards poster campaign

Organisers of Save British Farming (SBF) have unveiled new banners and posters urging the UK government and MPs to uphold our world-leading agricultural standards. SBF are rolling out the “Board…


Flying trade at Thame sets tone for breeding sheep sales

The 80-90% reduction in footfall due to the coronavirus pandemic didn’t affect prices at Thame Summer Sheep Sale last week (5-7 August), where averages were up £14 on the year.…


AHDB trials show variable winter barley and OSR yields

The AHDB Recommended List harvest results show very variable yields in winter barley and oilseed rape crops as a result of the challenging season, with yields well below average. Wet…


Valais Blacknose lead pedigree sheep trade at Carlisle

Prices peaked at 6,500gns at the Swiss Beauties Sales of Valais Blacknose Sheep from Richard and Selina Beattie’s County Tyrone flock, at Carlisle at the weekend (Saturday 8 August). The…

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