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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 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

Britain's Fittest Farmer 2020 qualifiers: Photos and video

The farming community rallied together at the end of a difficult summer to compete in Farmers Weekly's 2020 Britain's Fittest Farmer competition last weekend (26-27 September). About 80 farmers, farm…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Britain's Fittest Farmer: Mental health champ award launches

Finalists in this year's Britain's Fittest Farmer competition have an extra chance to win by doing their bit to raise awareness of mental health challenges in agriculture. Farmers Weekly has…

FARMLIFE

Farming family in bid to get son life-changing operation

A Devon farming family is trying to raise £60,000 to give their son life-changing surgery and help him realise his dream of walking. Neil and Lowri Weston from Bampton are…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Britain's Fittest Farmer 2020: New dates and venue announced

This year’s Britain's Fittest Farmer competition is back on track after months of disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  The next round of the popular competition will be held at…

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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

Farmer creates Pooh bale art to raise cash for mental health

An artist in Scotland has created a series of traffic-stopping images on bale stacks to raise money for a mental health charity. Fleur Baxter painted the brightly coloured cartoon images…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Young sheep breeder aims to raise £10k for cancer charities

A young sheep breeder who has endured a terrible ordeal battling cancer is aiming to raise £10,000 for the hospital and charities that have supported him.  Rory Ferguson, 16, breeds…

FARM POLICY

Shooting and hunting exempt from 'rule of six'

Hunting and shooting have been included in a list of exemptions to Covid-19 measures that ban gatherings of six or more people.  The move follows significant pressure on the government…

FARMLIFE

Farmers don’t have to suffer in silence, says charity

A new campaign aims to help rural men who are struggling to cope with the effect of coronavirus restrictions on their mental wellbeing. Launched by the Samaritans, the Real People,…

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Video

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Farm Fit: Episode 10 – 1km run, air squat, sit ups, up downs

Farmers Weekly has teamed up with farmer’s son Tom Kemp, from Farm Fitness, to share a series of exercises that you can do using items commonly found on a farm.…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Farm Fit: Episode 9 – tyre flip, burpees and 30m sprints

Farmers Weekly has teamed up with farmer’s son Tom Kemp, from Farm Fitness, to share a series of exercises that you can do using items commonly found on a farm.…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Farm Fit: Episode 8 – 15-minute body blast

Farmers Weekly has teamed up with farmer’s son Tom Kemp, from Farm Fitness, to share a series of exercises that you can do using items commonly found on a farm. Over 10…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Farm Fit: Episode 7 – burpees and weighted bag time trial

Farmers Weekly has teamed up with farmer’s son Tom Kemp, from Farm Fitness, to share a series of exercises that you can do using items commonly found on a farm. Over 10…

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