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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 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,…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Video: How farmers can improve body mobility to avoid injury

Poor mobility means many farmers suffer injury or long-lasting pain as a result of their hard, physical work on the farm or prolonged periods of being sat at the wheel…

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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

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…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Covid crisis worsening farmers' mental health

The Covid lockdown is leading to worsening mental health among farmers, which could be driving the unacceptably high level of suicides, according to farm safety campaigner Stephanie Berkeley. Addressing a…

FARMLIFE

Farmer loses four stone to run marathon for charity

A Lincolnshire farmer who lost four stone in weight has run a marathon in less than four hours – helping to raise thousands of pounds for charity. Charles Anyan only…

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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: 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

#Run1000 campaign raises £45,000 for farming charities

Hundreds of farmers who took part in a sponsored run last month raised £44,745 for rural charities across the UK and overseas. Founded by Scottish farmer Sheena Horner, the Run…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Coronavirus: Farmer's wife fronts wellbeing videos

A farmer’s wife is fronting a series of videos commissioned by the Yorkshire Agricultural Society to promote health and wellbeing among farmers. Anne Reed, who works as a health practitioner…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

OFC 2021: Farmer wellbeing survey aims to make a difference

Farmers are being encouraged to take part in the largest survey to date on wellbeing in agriculture, with the results used to improve support for rural people struggling with their…

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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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