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Flindt on Friday: Lies and more lies from lads with lurcher

A mate was recently writing an article about eccentric British competitions: bog snorkelling, welly throwing, cheese rolling – all that sort of thing. His report of the All-England Lying Championships…


The land market where you live: north-west England

Thin supply and few completed sales at the larger end of the market are the two discernible trends from the land market in north-west England in 2018 so far. The…


Cull cows cheaper as processors take more

A surge in cull cow volumes passing through processors has led to a price drop as farms take a ‘no passengers’ approach before heading into winter. Weekly deadweight throughputs are…


Ag inflation driven up by fuel, fertiliser and feed price hikes

Agricultural input costs rose by almost 8% in the past year, with huge hikes in fuel, fertiliser and animal feed prices the main drivers. The figures produced in AF Group’s…


Maize imports and no-deal Brexit worries undermine wheat price

Maize imports, ethanol plant closures and the looming potential of a no-deal Brexit are putting pressure on wheat prices, according to grain traders. Maize imports are up by one-third and…


Deadline looming for 40% Countryside Productivity grants

Farmers considering upgrading large items of equipment are being urged to take advantage of government grants worth up to £1m before the scheme closes at the start of next month.…


Neonics ban threatens future wheat harvests, experts warn

A ban on neonicotinoid pesticides for use on wheat crops threatens a viral disease outbreak which is likely to hit future EU harvests, crop experts say. In April, the European…


Vaccine use rises while antibiotic use falls in cattle

The number of vaccine doses sold for use in cattle increased by 15% between 2011 and 2017, according to a new report. The report, published by the AHDB, coincides with…


Majority of pigs still tail docked in EU countries, study finds

Pig tail docking is still routine practice in many European countries, according to a new study. Researchers at the Federation of Veterinarians of Europe (FVE), the European Association of Porcine…


Michael Gove decides to stay at Defra – for now

Defra secretary Michael Gove says he is concentrating on the day job – despite speculation he was set to resign over Brexit. Media reports suggested Mr Gove would become the…


Sheep sector closes in on mandatory carcass classification

Farm industry leaders have unanimously backed plans for a mandatory sheep carcass classification system based on the Europ grid. The support was revealed in responses to a Defra consultation entitled…


Dot and Raven combine precision tech systems

Two precision technology companies are teaming up to add as many bells and whistles as possible to the Dot Power Platform, which was featured in Farmers Weekly earlier this year.…

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