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Tom Chanter: Learn from vegans to reverse beef price slump

A huge amount has happened since my last column – we’ve taken another cut of grass, wholecropped the oats and combined all of the barley. All has gone well and…


How new entrants set up a thriving sheep farm with £3k grant

Doing things differently out of necessity, shrewd marketing and endless energy is powering a couple of new entrants to major success. Three years ago, Lewis Steer and his partner, Flora…


Jacob Anthony: My unpopular view on the monotony of harvest

With Boris Johnson rising to the top, the farming community seems to be divided on the man who is now our prime minister. While many are showing delight at having…


Josh Wright: Aiming to get barley harvested before Pride

Harvest is off to a slow start here in Yorkshire. Some of the barley on the reclaimed quarry land had droughted out, which allowed me to get it cut last…


Young shearing duo in first world record bid on home turf

A plucky pair of young shearers are gearing up to smash the eight-hour sheep-shearing world record – the first attempt of its kind by two Brits on UK soil. Jonny Roberts…


'Driving farm machines made me fast', says young racing star

Like many kids growing up on a farm, Nathan Heathcote's first driving experience came well before the days of slapping L-plates on his first car. His earliest memory of driving…

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Young Farmers to vote on NFYFC’s 50% levy increase plan

Young Farmers will have their say on a proposal to increase their membership levy by 50% at the national federation's AGM this weekend. The controversial motion, which amounts to members paying…


"Party's over" – YFC members react to Convention being axed

Young farmers have reacted with anger and sadness at the decision to axe the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs (NFYFC) Annual Convention for good. After 50 brilliant years, the…


7 things not to miss at the 2018 NFYFC Annual Convention

There are only a few days left until thousands of Young Farmers rock up in Blackpool for the 2018 Annual Convention – three days of celebrating everything that makes YFC…

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Job profile: What’s it like to be a brewer?

Brewing beer using crops from your home farm sounds like a pleasant hobby – but Matthew Hodgson has turned his passion for beer into a fully fledged business. Great Newsome…


Job profile: What's it like to work in agricultural PR?

If communication is your forte, then keeping farmers and the industry up to date on the latest news about products and services could be an interesting route into agriculture. It…

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Podcast: Fertile Minds on retailers and business plans

The first of our Fertile Minds regional roadshows took place on 17 November at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry. The initiative, by Farmers Weekly in association with NFU Mutual, is…


Young sheep farmers share tips on year-round lamb marketing

Britain’s next generation of sheep farmers are taking the lead in promoting home-grown lamb as a healthy and sustainable choice for shoppers. These young industry representatives – aptly named “lambassadors”…


8 secrets to progressing up the ag careers ladder

Getting your first job in the agricultural sector is a real milestone, but what does it take to get the next one and the one after that? If you’ve got…


What's next? Options for farmers' children leaving school

A new year brings new beginnings - and for school leavers, this means considering what will happen after exams are finally over. What’s the best choice - home to the…


Why you should consider a land-based apprenticeship

The opportunity to earn while you learn will be an appealing prospect for many young people. So what’s involved in a land-based apprenticeship and could one be right for you?…


Share farming: How it works and why it could reshape farming

If a quarter of farmers in England aged over 65 entered into a share farming agreement we could have nearly 8,000 new entrants working the land, according to Christopher Price,…

Top tips for young farmer business success

Who better to pick up tips about farming than other young people who have “made it” in the industry? Packed into Europe’s largest underground building last week were more than…


How to become a county council farm tenant

County council farms provide a great opportunity for people looking to reach the first rung in the farming ladder and many holdings are designed specifically with new entrants in mind.…


Top tips for starting a new farm contracting business

Starting out in contracting can be daunting and financially terrifying but it can equally create a lifestyle driven by a true love of the outdoors and machinery. Farmers Weekly speaks…


How to find help to fund agricultural career development

Agriculture may be the fastest growing subject at UK universities, but studying is expensive, with most universities charging tuition fees of £9,000/year – and then there are living expenses to…


Podcast: Fertile Minds on planning your diversification

Farmers should look beyond sources of agricultural funding when seeking finance for diversification, the fourth Fertile Minds Roadshow in York heard last week. Young farmers at the roadshow, heard from…


Tips for agriculture students on securing financial help

So you’ve decided what you are going to study and where – next comes the question of how you are going to pay for it. While students can get loans…

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7 photos of cows being the coolest farm animals

Cows are arguably the coolest animals on the farm. From the way they casually chew their cud, to that doe-eyed look of love they give you in the parlour every…


Video: A day's lambing with FW's Young Farmer of the Year

Lambing 2019 has been a relatively straightforward affair for Farmers Weekly's reigning Young Farmer of the Year, Jacob Anthony – a welcome relief after tough and bitterly cold season last year. The…


Video: Is this farming's most unusual new entrant?

Philosophy graduate Sam Robinson, who was raised in Oxford, would seem a pretty unlikely new entrant to farming.  But with no industry knowledge or background, the 27-year-old moved to the…


Farmlife Framed: Lambing, low temperatures and little farmers

One of the highlights of the farming year, lambing season is a challenging but joy-filled time for Britain’s farmers. As lambing 2019 gathers pace, our amazing readers have been sharing…