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Child safety fears raised over family farm TV show

A Channel 5 docuseries about a family farming in northern England has been branded “irresponsible” and “disappointing” after a number of scenes appeared to show health and safety breaches. Our…


Telehandlers on test: Claas Scorpion 741

In an extension of our telehandler test in the 4t lift and 7m reach category, we have taken a look at the best-selling rigid-frame machines from Kramer, Claas, Cat and Bobcat.…


Opinion: British wildlife – the thing dreams are made of

I was in a bookshop, waiting while my wife browsed for a book she can carefully read on the train, then wrap up and give to a friend for Christmas.…


Telehandlers on test: Kramer KT407

In an extension of our telehandler test in the 4t lift and 7m reach category, we have taken a look at the best-selling rigid-frame machines from Kramer, Claas, Cat and…


Young agronomist tackles BYDV and fungicide costs

Using companion crops to tackle the phosphate problem in chalky soils and growing barley yellow dwarf virus-tolerant barley varieties in disease hotspots are some of novel solutions being trialled by…


How Nuffield Scholarship helped farm ownership dream

Rhys Williams has made a spectacular ascent up the farming ladder since winning a Nuffield Scholarship and travelling abroad to learn the intricacies of wealth creation in dairy farming. While…


Farmer faked TB test result to claim compensation

A livestock farmer injected five cattle with a type of diesel in a bid to fake a positive bovine TB test and claim compensation. The farmer, who has not been…


More than 32,000 badgers killed in fight against bovine TB

A total of 32,601 badgers were culled in England this autumn as part of government plans to eradicate bovine TB. The government’s official report into the badger control operations, which…


Vehicles and dogs seized in hare coursing crackdown

Police in Wiltshire have broken up a large hare coursing event on the Salisbury Plain after receiving a number of calls from farmers and landowners. Officers swooped on the illegal…


Robex shearling gimmers to 6,000gns at Carlisle

Gimmer trade hit 6,000gns at Borderway, Carlisle, as six pedigree flocks marketed female consignments on Friday (14 December) at the Christmas Crackers sale. The Robex flock benefited from a Messrs…


Video: Farm fire destroys thousands of straw bales

Thousands of straw bales were destroyed when a fire engulfed farm buildings near Choppington, Northumberland, at the weekend. Some 20,000cu m of straw and three agricultural vehicles are believed to…


Welsh fertiliser ban places some Glastir contracts in jeopardy

Renewal agreements for Glastir contracts due to be signed this week could force many Welsh farms to reduce stocking rates or face a fodder deficit because they ban fertiliser use…


Scotland to push minimum farm wage up by 4.85%

All farm workers in Scotland should be paid a minimum of £8.21/hour, according to the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB). The SAWB has agreed from 1 April 2019 the minimum…

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