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TRACTORS

On test: 123-143hp M6002 joins Kubota range

Short of a tractor range to bridge the gap between its flagship M7003 and utilitarian MGX ranges, Japanese maker Kubota decided it was high time it introduced one. The M6002…

POULTRY

Expert tips to reduce poultry vet and medicine costs

Health challenges are inevitable on every free-range farm, but veterinary intervention can be expensive. The key to keeping margins in the black is to maximise the birds’ genetic potential by…

FEED AND NUTRITION

5 ways to reduce methane in dairy cows through nutrition

Methane output from cows has been in focus of late, largely because of its high global warming potential. However, Liam Sinclair, professor of animal science at Harper Adams University, says…

DIVERSIFICATION

Video: How farm shops are filling the supermarket supply gap

Farm shops have always played a crucial role within rural communities, offering fresher, better-quality produce to support local farmers while reducing food miles. Since the first Covid-19 lockdown in March…

BUSINESS

Timing crucial on investments as AIA changes loom

The annual investment allowance (AIA) is a form of tax relief that allows farmers to deduct the full value of an eligible item of machinery or plant equipment, subject to…

DAIRY

How farmers and advisers are failing transition cows

Pre-calving cows don’t have adequate room in cubicle housing and one in five is lame (score two or above). These were just two of the concerning findings from a recent…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

How farmers can bust 4 common myths about working in ag

The post-Brexit era and the impact of Covid-19 have had many people across the country questioning careers and work-life balance. Some have chosen to continue to work from home, turning…

SOILS

The Soil Health Scorecard: What it is and how to use it

A new way to quantify soil health allows farmers to measure any improvements over time, as well as identify potential problems that could be holding yields back. Until now there…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Soaring wheat prices and uncertainty ahead in grain markets

Wheat prices are expected to remain high in the short term as markets stay bullish. The London November 2021 feed wheat futures contract climbed to £208.50/t on Tuesday 11 October,…

TAX

How to benefit from additional inheritance tax relief band

The rise in value of farmland and rural property means that many people need to review their potential inheritance tax (IHT) liability and ensure they qualify for a recently introduced…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Advice on clamping maize as harvest nears end

Maize is being harvested in all areas of the UK, with good yields reported from the field. The heavy rain last week halted work for a few days, but the…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Wiltshire contractor builds one-of-a-kind bale chaser

A majority of the machinery knocked together in a farm workshop has a certain rustic charm that comes from putting it in the field before applying the finishing touches. Not…

SHEEP

Dorset outdoor lamber lifts scan 20% with Belclare

Taking a gamble on an Irish sheep breed has paid off for one Dorset breeder, who has increased flock output 20% and developed an additional income stream selling rams. Mike…

LIVESTOCK

ABP beef farm trial unlocks key to lowering carbon emissions

Using superior bulls can lower carbon emissions by 11% and is worth £250 a head, trials carried out by ABP Food Group at its demonstration farm in Shropshire have found.…

FEED AND NUTRITION

9 benefits of switching to a zero-grazing system

Housing cows and delivering fresh grass to them daily on a zero-grazing system has helped Colin Murdoch make the most of every corner of the farm, boost milk from forage…

OILSEED RAPE

Autocasting gets oilseed rape in early to resist flea beetle

A Northamptonshire farm is sowing oilseed rape when combining the previous cereal crop, cutting costs and getting the rapeseed off to a good early start on its light land. The…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Advice on using metaldehyde up safely before ban

Arable farmers are being urged to follow Metaldehyde Stewardship Group (MSG) guidelines closely to avoid polluting water in the product’s last season of use. There is uncertainty about exactly how…

PIGS

Glassers disease in pigs: Signs, treatment and prevention

Glassers disease is widespread in UK pig herds, and worldwide. It can cause blood poisoning and death, and is often associated with cases of porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRS).…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

What landlords need to know about energy efficiency rules

Meeting energy efficiency rules is already a challenge for many farmers and landowners with let property, given that many homes in rural areas are of an older build, listed or…

GRASSLAND AND MAIZE EQUIPMENT

Home-built overseeder improves grass in hard-to-reach fields

Keen to improve grass quality for his pedigree Dexter suckler herd, Cornish farmer and contractor John Phizacklea built a single-pass overseeding outfit that is manoeuvrable enough to work in his…

POULTRY

How poultry farmer minimised floor eggs to 0.5% at peak lay

One Worcestershire free-range egg business has reduced the incidence of floor eggs at peak production to just 0.5%. The Watts family run three 16,000-bird houses near Worcester, and have a…

BROILERS

Q&A: Guidance on avian flu with England's chief vet

As winter approaches migratory birds fly in, bringing the risk of avian flu in the UK. We ask the UK’s chief veterinary officer, Christine Middlemiss, about the disease and how…

ARABLE

Integrating beef unit on arable land - do the costs add up?

Peter Lord, farm manager at Norwood Farm, near Bath teamed up with the AHDB and Adas to convert the 290ha long-term arable farm into an integrated mixed farming enterprise. He…

CRIME

Livestock rustling takes its toll on targeted farmers

Rustling is now such a threat to livestock farms that some victims are changing their farming practices to avoid further thefts. PC Sebastian Haggett, of Dorset Police’s Rural Crime Team,…

LAND MARKETS

The rise of the environmental land buyer explained

Over the past two years land agents have seen an increase in the amount of farmland being sold for rewilding, tree planting, and carbon offsetting. There are more buyers active…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Video: Highland farm grazes cattle unfenced with GPS collars

Virtual fencing is gathering pace and there are now more than 30,000 collars in use around the globe. The Girvans of Corrimony Farm, near Drumnadrochit, Inverness, could not graze cattle…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Net-zero demo farm's three-pronged approach to cutting carbon

A Cambridgeshire net zero demonstration farmer has a three-pronged approach to cut his carbon footprint and replace income lost through the phasing out of BPS payments. David Felce, who farms…

COMBINES

Ultimate guide to buying a combine 2022

After something of a stop-start harvest that for numerous growers involved cutting crops new to their rotation, manufacturers and dealers are looking to sign up customers for combines delivering additional…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Aligned milk contracts: The pros and cons for dairy farmers

Costs of production continue to rise for the dairy industry, with feed, labour, and fuel costs all high and farm businesses feeling the pressure. Aligned milk contracts have been playing…

DAIRY

Milk quality issues: Causes and how to reduce the risk

There has been a steady stream of farmers with milk quality issues, especially those with block-calving herds in late pregnancy and early lactation, and herds at grass, according to Andrew…

LAND PREPARATION

Why energy crops could fill the BPS income gap

Bioenergy crops have the potential to fill the income gap resulting from the phasing out of Basic Payment Scheme funding payments in the coming years, and they also bring other…

BUSINESS

Business Clinic: How can I get the correct holiday pay?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Natalie Ward, senior associate at Thrings, advises on the employer's obligation to…

SUGAR BEET

Video: Good early sugar beet yield as harvesting speeds up

Sugar beet harvesting is kicking off with promising yields for one Suffolk farmer amid more optimism among growers due to low disease levels and a price rise in the pipeline.…

BALERS AND WRAPPERS

Ultimate guide to buying a round baler 2022

A mammoth choice of round balers keeps growers and stock farmers supplied with equipment to package hay, silage and straw, either "naked" or wrapped in film to protect the contents…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Why OSR growers shouldn't rely on azoles for light leaf spot

Oilseed rape growers have been given an early warning about the future effectiveness of light leaf spot sprays, after researchers found that the fungus responsible for the disease is becoming…