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Up to 200 million pigs could be lost in China disease crisis

China’s African swine fever (ASF) crisis continues to deepen, with the worst forecasts suggesting the pig herd will decline by 35% or 200 million head this year. To date, Chinese…


A guide to farm recycling: the options and costs

Plastic usage is a hot topic globally, with all industries under pressure to reduce the amount used. On farms – particularly livestock units – large quantities of plastic are used…


Business Clinic: How should I insure portable GPS and drone?

Whether it’s a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s experts can help. Here, Dominic Snook of insurance broker Farmers & Mercantile, explains how GPS systems should be…


General licence to shoot woodpigeons to be revoked

Farmers, game keepers and pest controllers are at risk of breaking the law if they continue to shoot birds like the woodpigeon and carrion crows from 25 April 2019, without…


Machinery costs mount as red diesel hits five-month high

The cost of red diesel reached a five-month high this week as crude oil prices moved sharply upwards after America tightened sanctions on Iranian exports. The Farmers Weekly diesel price…


Reaction: Asda-Sainsbury's merger block 'the right result'

The competition watchdog’s decision to block Sainsbury’s and Asda’s proposed merger has been applauded by food, farming and small business groups. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) ruled against the…


Gold Cup competition undergoes more changes

The Gold Cup competition has been revised for a second time to make it more inclusive to all breeds and dairy farming systems. In 2017, the competition was given a…


Competition watchdog blocks Asda-Sainsbury's merger

The proposed merger between Sainsbury's and Asda has been blocked by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). The move would have created Britain’s largest supermarket chain, with a 26% share…


Wiltor Holstein dispersal tops at 43,000gns

Elite Holstein genetics balancing production, pedigree and type topped at 43,000gns at the dispersal sale of the Wiltor and Sahara herds of David and Claire Jones on Tuesday (23 April).…


Three Limousins hit 6,000gns at Melton Mowbray

Strong demand was reported at Melton Mowbray’s inaugural Limousin Society sale on Saturday (20 April), with a 93% clearance and three 6,000gns bids a sign of firm trade. The first…


More farmland for sale in next 5 years but fewer buyers

A rise in the amount of farmland for sale in England is being forecast as more landowners look to sell up ahead of direct subsidy payments being phased out during…


Farm tenancy reform: Have your say on the proposals

Farmers and landowners are being urged to have their say on proposals for a shake-up of agricultural tenancy legislation in England and Wales. This follows the launch of two 12-week…

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