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Farmers’ physical and mental health and wellbeing are often pushed to one side as the important tasks of managing a busy arable or livestock farm take over. See ideas to help you keep fit and healthy on the farm and combat rural isolation and stress.

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BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Holistic farmer wellbeing health check: How are you really?

Farmers are notorious for spending more time thinking about their livestock, costs and crops than their own happiness and wellbeing. This is perhaps best explained by agriculture’s long history, slight…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Coronavirus: Advice for managing and keeping staff safe

Farmers may be wondering how to best protect their staff during the coronavirus outbreak. We asked Oliver Dale, managing director at Safety Revolution, and Sophie Walker, business manager at the…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Advice on solving farmer lameness, joint and foot ailments

A hobble is an unwelcome rite of passage for many farmers as they transition from youth to older-middle age, but just as lameness is preventable in livestock so too is…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

8 tips from Doug Avery on being a resilient farmer

Change is happening in agriculture at a rate never seen before, with a wealth of opportunities available for those willing to take them. Doug Avery, author of The Resilient Farmer,…

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Case studies

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Britain's Fittest Farmer 2021: 4 strong women's entries

Farmers Weekly's popular health and wellbeing competition, Britain's Fittest Farmer, is attracting entries from across the country.  There's still plenty of time for you to enter the contest if you're…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Fit2Farm: How a better work-life balance benefits farm

Achieving a better work-life balance is top of the list for Britain's farmers – many of whom are working long hours with little time off. The average farmer works 65…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Video: Exmoor group tackles farm support and rural isolation

The unique and thriving farmer-led Exmoor Hill Farming Network has grown to support 300 local farming businesses since it began four years ago under the guidance of chairman Dave Knight…

FARMLIFE

Farmer-turned-triathlete sets sights on world championships

Ask most farmers what they get up to in their spare time and a spot of shooting, rugby or fishing will likely feature heavily in the replies. You can always…

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Community

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Farm charity gives advice on mental health in winter months

The festive period can bring mental health challenges for farming families but help is out there, say support organisations. Darker days, colder weather and Christmas and the new year can…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Video: Britain's Fittest Farmer 2021 - the final

The competition was intense, but two winners have now been crowned in Farmers Weekly's iconic initiative, designed to spark a discussion about mental and physical health in the countryside. Erica…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Britain's Fittest Farmer 2021 - meet the finalists

A 20-strong group has been selected to take part in the final of Britain's Fittest Farmer 2021. The competition was tough - and there was a lot of camaraderie between…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Video and photos: Britain’s Fittest Farmer 2021 qualifiers

The 2021 Britain's Fittest Farmer competition welcomed scores of contestants, all raring to go for the first stage of the qualifiers - and a test of their physical stamina. Hosted…

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Insights

SUCCESSION PLANNING

Why poor succession planning can impact mental health

Numerous aspects of farming can negatively impact upon mental health, but the one many might not have drawn a line to is the eternal pressures surrounding succession. Though succession is…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Analysis: The grim state of mental health in agriculture

Women, farmers who keep livestock and those running smaller enterprises are the most likely to be struggling with their mental health, results from the recent Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution’s (Rabi)…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Drink and drugs misuse - a hidden problem in the countryside

There are few counties more rural than Cumbria, but its rolling hills and green fields are no refuge from addiction and its often terrible consequences. In common with any other…

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News

FARMLIFE

New charity support to help manage stress and farm succession

New training workshops to help farmers manage stress and talk constructively about succession and planning for the future have been created by a coalition of farm charities. The Farming Community…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Rabi launches two new farmer mental health support services

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (Rabi) has launched two new services - counselling and mental health training - in response to the concerning findings of the charity’s major farm survey…

FARMLIFE

Run 1000: Farmers raise cash for mental health charities

Farmers have once again laced up their trainers to take part in a running and walking challenge this month, to raise money for charities working to improve rural mental health.…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

More farmers accessing Rabi online service for mental health

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (Rabi) online wellbeing and counselling platform has seen increasing numbers of individuals seeking support and a 65% return rate, as farming people access the wellbeing…

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Video

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Video: Britain's Fittest Farmer 2021 - the final

The competition was intense, but two winners have now been crowned in Farmers Weekly's iconic initiative, designed to spark a discussion about mental and physical health in the countryside. Erica…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Video: Farmers open up about mental health

Two farmers have opened up about their battles to overcome mental health issues for a new short film released to highlight Farming Help Awareness Week. Poor mental health remains one…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Video: BFF 2020 champions crowned at grand final

A young farmer from Somerset and a Hertfordshire woman have been named Britain's Fittest Farmers (BFF) 2020, at the thrilling climax of the competition's grand finale. James Arney, 25, from…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Meet the 2020 Britain's Fittest Farmer finalists

A select group of farmers, agricultural workers and students from all corners of the UK are now one step closer to being crowned Britain's Fittest Farmer 2020. This year's finalists…

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