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Dealer shifts and switches during the lockdown

Business outside of agriculture may have slowed to a snail's pace, but that hasn't stopped a host of new machinery agreements and dealer expansions taking place during the lockdown.  Case-IH…


Extending year-end date could ease cashflow pressures

Farmers who have experienced difficult trading conditions as a result of the coronavirus pandemic could ease cashflow pressure and save tax by changing their year-end dates. Mike Butler, partner at…


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…


Why and how a dairy farmer is breeding his own sweeper bulls

Breeding bulls to “sweep up” after AI is giving a large-scale dairy farm control over herd biosecurity. The Harris family farm in a high-risk TB region, so a priority is…


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…


Fly-tipped raw meat is major risk to health and environment

A Lanarkshire farmer has had to pay about £2,000 to have a load of raw meat removed from a stream on his farm, having become another victim of fly-tipping in…


Joylan and Heavenly herds bow out with £1m sale

The dispersal of the Joylan and Heavenly herds on behalf of the Swale family met tremendous trade with 21 lots averaging 3000gns or more and trade topping at 9,500gns when…


Farmer with leukaemia gets hay cut after surprise tractor loan

A young farmer with leukaemia has been able to harvest his hay crop thanks to an unexpected offer of help from a machinery dealer and tractor manufacturer. Rowan Woodman, who…


Potato processor's £25m improvements include farmer grants

Growers supplying potato processor McCain are being awarded grants by the firm to help them buy machinery and equipment ranging from irrigation to harvesters. The grants are part of a…


#FeedTheNation: Growers hope veg box demand is here to stay

Sales of fruit and vegetable boxes more than doubled as a result of coronavirus – and local producers hope to capitalise on this growing trend post-pandemic. Small farmers have provided…


Dairy hardship fund deadline extended to 11 September

Defra’s Dairy Response Fund application deadline has been extended to 11 September. The fund was established to provide up to £10,000 each in cash support to milk producers who lost…


Harvest: Yields and quality variable as harvest moves north

Wheat and spring barley crops are very variable across the country, with protein issues in Wiltshire and nitrogen problems in Norfolk. Lincolnshire Spring barley harvest has just started in Lincolnshire,…

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