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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

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

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

8 strong Britain's Fittest Farmer 2021 entries so far

Farming men and women from right across the nation are signing up to take part in Farmers Weekly's 2021 Britain's Fittest Farmer competition. This hit health and wellbeing project is making…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Britain's Fittest Farmers take on cow for Online Farm Sunday

Britain's Fittest Farmers have taken up a fresh challenge against a four-legged friend in the build-up to Open Farm Sunday's virtual incarnation. All this week, James Arney, from Somerset, and…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

10 tips to improve resilience at lambing and calving

Lambing and calving are busy times for farmers, with sleep often in short supply and not enough hours in the day to ensure you take care of yourself. But planning…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

'I had to leave farming for the sake of my mental health'

“Horses are good for me when I’m feeling stressed or anxious,” says Dan Goodwin. “I find being around them very therapeutic – they make me relax,” says the 23-year-old, who…

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Insights

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…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Fit2farm: Wellbeing guru shares top health tips for farmers

Liz Earle is probably best known for her work in natural health and wellbeing, in particular the beauty company she co-founded more than 20 years ago, which she finally left…

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News

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Video: Trailer released for film on mental health in farming

A trailer has been released for a film exploring mental health in the farming community in north-east Scotland. Unearthing Farming Lives is the brainchild of NFU Scotland, Robert Gordon University,…

FARMLIFE

Covid crisis prompts mental health support for young farmers

Young farmers are being offered support to help them tackle the emotional impact of the coronavirus and emerge stronger from the pandemic. The Farming Community Network (FCN), National Federation of…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Last chance to have say on farmer wellbeing survey

Farmers, their families and everyone linked to farming in England and Wales are being urged to take part in the Big Farming Survey, before it closes on 31 March. The…

FARMLIFE

Farm charity Rabi to sell off care homes

Farming families have reacted with sadness and dismay after a flagship agricultural charity unveiled plans to sell off its residential care homes. The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (Rabi) said the…

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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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