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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

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…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

9 ways farmers can improve their mental and physical health

There are clear connections between your mind and body – and keeping both healthy is essential. A healthy mind often means you are more likely to take care of your…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Britain's Fittest Farmer 2021: Food to fuel busy farmers

Think of yourself as a vehicle – you need to be putting good-quality fuel into that machine to perform optimally, both physically and mentally. That’s advice from Tom Kemp, farmer…

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Insights

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…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Farmer who beat debt and depression on mission to help

A New Zealand farmer who battled an eight-year drought and mental health issues to become a top beef and sheep producer is to share his story on a UK tour. …

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

How better exercise improves wellbeing on the farm

Lack of exercise is prompting concern that farmers and farm workers are building up health problems for later life – and could be jeopardising their business performance too, a Farmers…

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News

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

RABI’s mental health findings a ‘wake-up call’ for farming

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (Rabi) is to launch three new pilot support schemes in response to a major survey which reveals the extent of agriculture’s mental health challenges. The…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Talk about mental health, says farmer who lost dad to suicide

A Norfolk farmer who lost his father to suicide has urged rural communities to be open about their mental health in the face of increasing pressures on the industry. Kit…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Ag Mental Health Week sparks global wellbeing conversation

A social media campaign is reminding farmers about the importance of mental health awareness in agriculture. Ag Mental Health Week runs from 10-16 October and farmers are being encouraged to…

NEWS

Gareth Wyn Jones starts role at Farming Community Network

North Wales farmer Gareth Wyn Jones has been appointed as an ambassador for the Farming Community Network (FCN) charity. Mr Wyn Jones, who farms in Llanfairfechan, will help raise awareness…

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Video

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…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Video: Britain's Fittest Farmer contestants on wellbeing

Farmers and agricultural workers have come together to share their experiences of how regular exercise has promoted a more positive outlook on life on and off the farm. They were…

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