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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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HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Fit2Farm: How to recognise and deal with stress

Combating stress is among the top challenges facing growers and livestock producers, reveals a Farmers Weekly survey which lifts the lid on the day-to-day pressures of running a farm business.…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

How staying healthy can secure your farming future

Farmers are being urged to ensure they are just as resilient as their businesses as UK agriculture enters its most uncertain period for a generation Many growers and livestock producers…

FARMLIFE

Where farmers in need can find charity help

Farming is a stressful, 24/7 occupation and increasingly farmers face emotional and financial strain because of bad weather, market price volatility and late payments. Spiralling debt, relationship breakdowns, a lack of succession…

FARMLIFE

10 ways farmers can get help from Rabi

The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (Rabi) has been around since 1860, providing help to those in financial difficulty in farming.  However, many people don’t realise how much help the charity…

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Case studies

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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…

FARMLIFE

Cornish farmer tackles 1,000km Mongolian horse race

The Mongol Derby is the longest and toughest horse race in the world, spanning 1,000km of Mongolian wilderness. The unmarked course is a re-creation of the postal system used under…

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Community

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Women's Facebook group combats rural isolation

Tackling loneliness and isolation in the countryside is an enormous challenge, but one woman’s Facebook group has had a huge impact and made her a heroine to thousands of women…

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10 stress-busting tips shared by farmers

Farmers have taken to social media to improve their health and wellbeing by sharing stress-busting tips with other growers and livestock producers. Combating stress is among the top challenges facing…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Video: Rugby star signs up to be Fit2Farm ambassador

Tough-tackling Welsh rugby international Dan Lydiate has joined the Farmers Weekly team as ambassador for our Fit2Farm campaign to promote health and wellbeing among farmers. The campaign coincides with a…

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Advice on fixing relationship problems for farming couples

Running a farm sometimes puts pressures on a relationship which can be hard to deal with for everyone involved. Whether it’s the amount of time taken up by work, important…

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Insights

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Fit2Farm: Hard work and long hours take toll on farmers

Hard work and long hours are taking their toll on British farmers and their families, who are looking for ways to improve their work-life balance, a major Farmers Weekly survey…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Results of study into rural dementia revealed

A reluctance to ask for help could be exacerbating the problems caused by dementia in farming communities, according to new research from Plymouth University. A year-long study into the impact of…

FARMLIFE

Dyslexia - the problems it causes farmers, case studies and advi...

The burden of red tape lays heavy on many farmers’ minds. But imagine tackling the never-ending form filling with a disability that even makes the thought of picking up a…

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News

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Farmers urged to strip away stigma of mental health

Farmers are being urged to “open up”, “not hide problems from themselves” and seek help for mental health issues. The pressures faced by farming and the effect this has on…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Fit2Farm: FW campaign to improve farmers' health

Farmers are among the UK's hardest workers – but long hours and a lack of holidays threaten to undermine their health and wellbeing, an exclusive Farmers Weekly survey reveals. Findings…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Full-fat dairy foods make for healthy hearts, study reveals

Eating three portions of full-fat milk, cheese and yoghurt every day can be good for your heart and mean that you live longer, according to new diet research. Getting a…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Farming Community Network sees stress-related calls soar

Rural support charity, the Farming Community Network (FCN), has reported a sharp increase in the stress-related calls it has received, as farmers continue to struggle with the effects of the…

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Video

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Video: Rugby star signs up to be Fit2Farm ambassador

Tough-tackling Welsh rugby international Dan Lydiate has joined the Farmers Weekly team as ambassador for our Fit2Farm campaign to promote health and wellbeing among farmers. The campaign coincides with a…

FARMLIFE

Video: Goat pilates bring smiles to farmer and fitness fans

Goats are taking over at Laura Corbett’s farm on the Marlborough Downs, bringing a smile to the faces of this farming family after they endured some tough decision-making. Farming in…

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

Video: 6 simple exercises to keep you fit on the farm

Two years ago, Essex farmer’s son and personal trainer Tom Kemp created Farm Fitness – an outdoor gym like no other. Commandeering a corner of the family farm used as a…

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