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On test: Manitou returns to pivot market with its MLA-T

It might have a chequered past in the world of pivot-steer loaders, but Manitou has returned for another crack at a market monopolised by its old enemy, JCB. The French…


Sugar beet grower upbeat on yield despite dry summer

Cambridgeshire sugar beet grower Guy Wakeham is aiming for an ambitious yield target of 100t/ha this season – although his crop will have to be lifted relatively early, by the end…


On patrol with the police in the fight against rural crime

It’s a drizzly mid-September morning as I travel to Buckinghamshire ahead of “Operation Agriculture”. The operation is a week-long crackdown on rural crime affecting farms and the countryside in the Aylesbury…


Research shows cover crops don’t lead to more slugs

Growing cover crops does not increase slug pressure in the following spring crop, according to new research. There has been anecdotal evidence that establishing a cover crop will lead to…


Award-winning beef farmer is selling suckler herd

Former Beef Farmer of the Year Richard Tudor is selling his award-winning herd as he makes the transition from beef to dairy farming in Powys, mid-Wales. The herd dispersal will…


How drought and pests have challenged our four OSR growers

Very dry soils and persistent cabbage stem flea beetle activity have made oilseed rape establishment more challenging than expected for most of our Oilseed Rape Masters this season. In the…


Sheep cruelty video sparks Scottish SPCA investigation

The Scottish SPCA has launched an investigation into footage that allegedly shows the abuse of sheep in a number of Scottish shearing sheds. Animal rights group Peta Asia has released…


Heavier lambs not being rewarded in autumn flush

Heavy lamb values are suffering at centres across the country amid an autumn flush of grass and plentiful lamb supplies. Monday’s sales saw heavy lambs (45.6-52kg) discounted at most marts,…


Free management skills workshops open for farmers

A series of new workshops has been set up for farmers and growers to learn and develop supervisory skills. The workshops are funded by the AHDB and aimed at individuals…


Organic herd hits 2,200gns at Exeter

Fresh milk was in huge demand at the dispersal of the Gent family’s organic herd of 475 Friesian and crossbred cattle at Exeter Livestock Centre on Monday (15 October). Cattle…


Unique historic estate to hit market in Nottinghamshire

Great Britain’s last medieval farming estate is set to hit the open market with a guide price of £7m. The Crown Estate has moved forward with its plan to market…


Video: Lack of seasonal workers 'not end of the world'

UK agriculture will “go backwards” without seasonal labour – but it won't be the end of the earth for the country as a whole, says a senior government adviser. Alan…


Welsh farmers may get more time for BPS phase-out

Welsh farmers are likely to be given more time to get used to life without direct payments than the five years suggested in the “Brexit and our land” consultation, still…

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