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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.

Advice and tips

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…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Fit2Farm: How a farmer's wife helps others in tough times

A farming mum-of-two has dedicated her social media accounts to supporting strangers struggling with their mental health after overcoming her own depression, anxiety and eating disorder. Jennifer Down recently moved…

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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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FCN's new chief joins Britain's Fittest Farmer judging panel

The new chief of The Farming Community Network (FCN) has joined the hunt for Britain's Fittest Farmer 2020. Jude McCann, who took over as the top man at the charity…

YOUNG FARMERS

Young farmer tows tractor in bid for Strongest Scot crown

A super-strong young farmer is pulling a six-tonne tractor around as part of her training to be crowned Scotland's Strongest Woman. Kim Best has borrowed one of her employer’s John…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Britain's Fittest Farmer: 5 strong video entries so far

We've been blown away by the incredible applications to take part in this year's Britain's Fittest Farmer competition, with farmers from across the UK keen to get involved. It's quick…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Britain's Fittest Farmer: Get stuck into regional qualifiers

Three host farms for the second stage of Farmers Weekly's Britain's Fittest Farmer competition have been revealed – and you might notice some familiar faces. Wiltshire farmer and long-standing arable…

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Insights

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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…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Fit2Farm: Why farmers need to eat better and exercise more

Fewer than one in five British farmers eats a healthy diet – despite producing some of the best food in the world, reveals a Farmers Weekly survey. Find out all…

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News

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Farmer ‘at breaking point’ speaks out to help others

A young farmer has been inundated with messages of support after speaking out on mental health to help other growers and livestock producers. Denbighshire shepherdess Ffion Hooson has farmed on…

NEWS

Anti-meat agenda damaging farmers’ mental health, says NFU

Farmers are feeling “hurt and demoralised” by the anti-meat agenda that has labelled them the problem and not part of the solution to mitigating climate change, according to NFU president…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Poll: What is your mental health status?

The farming community is being encouraged to look after its mental health as part of the Farm Safety Foundation’s third Mind Your Head campaign (10-14 February). In 2019 and heading…

ENVIRONMENT

Farmers urged to challenge ‘anti-meat’ agenda

January is a huge opportunity for livestock and dairy farmers to counter criticism levelled at the sectors by the meat-free movement, according to the AHDB. The first month of the…

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Video

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Britain's Fittest Farmer: 5 strong video entries so far

We've been blown away by the incredible applications to take part in this year's Britain's Fittest Farmer competition, with farmers from across the UK keen to get involved. It's quick…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Video: Farm runner project connects farming and public

An Essex farmer is spearheading a community project that takes the noble effort of a Sunday morning run and turns it into a valuable public outreach opportunity. Ben Eagle leapt…

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

Video: Britain's Fittest Farmers 2019 compete for the cup

They trained hard, sowing the seeds of their mental and physical fitness – this was the time for harvest. Out of 225 strong entries to Farmers Weekly's inaugural Britain Fittest Farmer competition,…

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