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Police appeal after 100 sheep washed away in floods

About 100 sheep were washed away in the Carmarthenshire village of Pontargothi as Storm Callum wreaked havoc across Wales. Dyfed Powys Police said one witness saw the sheep floating down…

YOUNG FARMERS

Why small-scale works for young farmers' livestock tenancy

Nothing is more important to budding farming couple Amelia Millman and Jason Greenway than playing to their strengths as they establish their dream farm business, priding themselves on quality above all…

POTATOES

Major potato desiccant diquat set to be banned

Major potato desiccant diquat is set to be banned due to concerns related to the exposure of bystanders and residents and also its effect on bird life, with growers only…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Roads closed to recover overturned farm vehicles

Two separate and unrelated accidents involving farm machinery have seen roads closed while vehicles were recovered. In North Yorkshire a green Mitsubishi Shogun was travelling towards Scarborough on the A170…

BOVINE TB

Welsh government ramps up cattle testing after bovine TB spike

Cattle farmers in north-east Wales have been told to expect a big increase in the frequency of testing following a 75% spike in bovine TB outbreaks. The Welsh government announced…

FARMERS APPRENTICE

Video: Farmers Apprentice 2018 episode 5 – watch now

It’s the penultimate day of Farmers Apprentice 2018 bootcamp and the competition is heating up as the girls take on the boys in task 4. Never has the environment been…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Egg contracts 'not worth the paper they are written on'

Work is under way to determine the fairness of free-range egg contracts. The British Free Range Egg Producers Association (Bfrepa) is calling on farmers to send in their contracts with…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

14 ways to make a good first impression with an ag employer

You only get one chance to make a good first impression. Farmers Weekly asks two top recruitment experts, James Trett and Stuart Goodinson, for their tips on how to wow…

MACHINERY

JCB auctions one-off poppy-liveried digger for Armistice Day

To mark 100 years since the Armistice of Compiegne was signed and the fighting of the First World War stopped, JCB has created a "Lest We Forget" mini-digger, which has…

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NEWS

Opinion: History shows we ignore food security at our peril

In English history books, the year 1765 may not loom large, but it was a fateful one for this country. In that year, for the first time, our imports of…

NEWS

Opinion: A second referendum on Brexit makes good sense

A while ago a landowner from the “I’m-alright-Jack-whatever-the-outcome” wing of the Brexiteers asked me breezily what I had to worry about with Brexit. So here it is… As upland beef…

NEWS

Opinion: Looking for breeding traits is a family affair

Two new toys have been purchased for our farm recently. The new stud ram and the new tractor were both much needed and each will play a vital role in…

NEWS

Opinion: Ag Bill ignores views of those it is meant to serve

Like 44,000 other individuals who responded to the Health and Harmony consultation earlier this year, I recently received an email from Defra. It said the department was delighted to announce…

Brexit

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BREXIT

Defra commits to cash support for producer organisations

A government decision to maintain the annual €40m (£35m) EU funding for producer organisations (POs) has been hailed as a huge boost for the fruit and vegetable sector. The decision…

FARM POLICY

Scots and Welsh seek assurances on funding after Brexit

Farm leaders in Scotland and Wales are seeking further guarantees following a Westminster government pledge that agricultural will be fairly funded after Brexit. It comes after Defra secretary Michael Gove…

BREXIT

Brexit 'threatens to decimate UK veterinary sector'

A Yorkshire veterinary services company says it faces a recruitment crisis because vets from overseas no longer want to work in the UK. Leeds-based Eville & Jones provides a range…

FARM POLICY

Industry leaders demand clarity on farm funding

Defra secretary Michael Gove will be urged to make clear his commitment to agriculture when landmark plans to reform the sector are debated in the House of Commons. Proposals to…

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Arable

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FARM POLICY

Defra rejects plea for exemption to ban on neonics

The government has rejected an appeal for an exemption to the ban on neonicotinoid use for sugar beet seed. The ban on neonicotinoid use on flowering plants, such as oilseed rape,…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Dry spring sees great lambing and crops start well

Phil Collins’ third album, “No Jacket Required”, could well be the theme for our spring. We have put all the spring crops in and lambed the ewes pretty much without…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Job profile: What’s it like to be an agricultural reporter?

Agricultural reporters are tasked with keeping their ear to the ground within the farming industry for the latest news and insights into the topics that matter to farmers most. It…

ARABLE

Farmers Weekly Awards 2018: Farmer of the Year

Craig Livingstone has been crowned the Farmers Weekly 2018 Farmer of the Year. Turning around an arable business requires a strong vision and an ability to make bold, radical changes…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Sugar beet finally progresses in warm weather

What excellent conditions for planting – indeed, you could say the soil is still a little too warm for autumn cereals. Both wheat and barley have burst out of the…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Disappointingly green spring oats ends harvest

You very easily go from being weeks ahead back to where you normally would be for the time of year. In the past month we have had two first-time experiences…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Beetle-mania and contaminated trailers

As was expected, the new Agriculture Bill has proposed a hard reset for British agriculture - rebalancing the support focus away from food production and towards more abstract notions of…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Will better spacing improve OSR yields?

Wheat drilling is well under way here in Ryedale — but the main talking point has to be the cabbage-stem flea beetle epidemic that we have suffered for the first…

Livestock

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YOUNG FARMERS

Video: The YFC scheme helping young farmers sell their lamb

A scheme created to support young farmers in Wales is celebrating its tenth birthday this year. The scheme, a partnership between Wales YFC, Sainsbury's and Dunbia, was set up to…

TAKING STOCK

Beef breeding sales show money is tight

Market uncertainty and rising costs resulted in some bargains for buyers at Carlisle’s latest bulls sales (5 October). A good-quality entry found the best stock "well sold" but saw steadier…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Lowland sheep shrink as dairy expands

We have taken the plunge to expand our dairy enterprise by roughly 160 head to total about 410 head and reduce our in-bye sheep, which is a big change for…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Getting ewes ready before tupping

My focus on the farm has now moved to the next six months. Ewes have been sorted, any sheep that are lean, missing teeth or suffering with bag malfunctions have…

SHEEP

Two sheep farmers needed to represent industry

Sheep farmers are needed to nominate themselves for two important roles on a national sheep health and welfare panel. The Sheep Health and Welfare Group (SHAWG) has given farmers until…

BREEDING AND FERTILITY

New online sales site for beef and dairy semen and embryos

A new online genetics platform will allow beef and dairy farmers to purchase semen and embryos from numerous companies. The site, part of the online livestock marketplace SellMyLivestock, will allow…

BREXIT

Brexit 'threatens to decimate UK veterinary sector'

A Yorkshire veterinary services company says it faces a recruitment crisis because vets from overseas no longer want to work in the UK. Leeds-based Eville & Jones provides a range…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Pride and looks don’t pay the bills

I went with three other people to Latvia for some fencing work. We erected 12.3km of sheep netting fence in only six-and-half days - we were amazed at our progress.…

Machinery

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TELEHANDLERS

Range-topping MF telehandler reaches new heights

Agco-owned Massey Ferguson has launched a new range-topping telehandler, the TH80.43, that can lift to a heady 7.5m. The main change from the smaller Bobcat-derived loader range is a new…

CULTIVATION AND DRILLING

Tillage-Live: Claydon, Dale, Deere and Kuhn drill highlights

The ground at Eweford Farm, Dunbar, East Lothian provided a decent testing surface for the annual Tillage-Live cultivations demonstration. Drill makers were out in force, including Claydon, Kuhn, Dale, Sulky,…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Tractor sales fall back after ‘robust’ start to year

Tractor sales eased off over the harvest period, ending a run of four months of double-digit growth compared with 2017 sales levels. Tractor registration figures published by the Agricultural Engineers…

CEREAL DRILLS

Driver’s view: Sky Easy Drill

Cambridgeshire grower Edward Davison picks out the best and worst points of his Sky Easy Drill, which he bought in 2016 when his crop yields were hammered by a high…

Community

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YOUNG FARMERS

Why small-scale works for young farmers' livestock tenancy

Nothing is more important to budding farming couple Amelia Millman and Jason Greenway than playing to their strengths as they establish their dream farm business, priding themselves on quality above all…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: How late dare I leave drilling?

October is rattling on and conditions for drilling aren’t improving very much around here. Although we have had some rain recently and seed-beds are generally good, it is still very…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Lowland sheep shrink as dairy expands

We have taken the plunge to expand our dairy enterprise by roughly 160 head to total about 410 head and reduce our in-bye sheep, which is a big change for…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Dry spring sees great lambing and crops start well

Phil Collins’ third album, “No Jacket Required”, could well be the theme for our spring. We have put all the spring crops in and lambed the ewes pretty much without…

Business

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BREXIT

Defra commits to cash support for producer organisations

A government decision to maintain the annual €40m (£35m) EU funding for producer organisations (POs) has been hailed as a huge boost for the fruit and vegetable sector. The decision…

LAND MARKETS

How Scotland’s land reform is affecting sales and tenants

When Scotland’s Land Reform Act received royal assent in April 2016, implementation was always going to be a job for the tortoise, not the hare. The ambitious policy set out…

LAND MARKETS

Farmland market sees lower demand and lower prices - Rics

Demand for farmland fell in the first half of 2018 and the outlook is for a further fall in prices, according to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (Rics) Rural…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Malting barley premium over feed hits seven-year high

Malting barley growers who manage to hit spec this season stand to cash in with premiums over feed running at a seven-year high due to a lack of quality barley…

FARM ENERGY

Grant scheme includes battery storage

Funding of between £35,000 and £1m is available for equipment including battery storage systems through the Improving Farm Productivity Grant (IFPG) in England. Part of the RDPE Countryside Productivity Scheme,…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Glencore blames £4m loss on lack of exportable surplus

Grain trader Glencore Agriculture UK has plunged to a £4m pre-tax loss after a sharp dip in the number of tonnes traded. Its annual financial report, made up to 31…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Farmers urged to get behind new trailblazer apprenticeships

Farmers are being urged to be proactive in taking forward trailblazer apprenticeships for young people looking to become a stockperson or a crop technician, as part of efforts to develop…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Welsh livestock farms offered £1,000 for benchmarking project

Two thousand Welsh livestock farmers will be paid £1,000 each for taking part in a benchmarking project designed to give them a better understanding of the technical and financial performance…

FINANCE

Remortgaging – how to reduce costs, stress and time

Remortgaging farm properties is a similar process to buying, so good preparation is vital to keep time, cost and stress to a minimum. Lenders will want to ensure that their…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Rapeseed prices stoked over fears for 2019 crop

Spot rapeseed prices and futures markets have climbed over the past week as fears for the 2019 crop intensify after a poor start to the growing season. Ex-farm prices for…

BUSINESS

Farmers Weekly Awards 2018: Farm supplier of the Year

The Farmers Weekly Awards 2018 Farm Supplier of the Year is Compass Tractors. Robert Chapman, who nominated Compass Tractors for this award, is in no doubt about the effect the dealer…

BUSINESS

Farmers Weekly Awards 2018: Farmworker of the Year

Richard Fox, multi-talented farmworker, has been crowned the Farmers Weekly Farmworker of the Year 2018. This year’s winner is the quintessential farmworker, who goes about his plethora tasks with an unassuming…

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CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

14 ways to make a good first impression with an ag employer

You only get one chance to make a good first impression. Farmers Weekly asks two top recruitment experts, James Trett and Stuart Goodinson, for their tips on how to wow…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Job profile: What’s it like to be an agricultural reporter?

Agricultural reporters are tasked with keeping their ear to the ground within the farming industry for the latest news and insights into the topics that matter to farmers most. It…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Farmers urged to get behind new trailblazer apprenticeships

Farmers are being urged to be proactive in taking forward trailblazer apprenticeships for young people looking to become a stockperson or a crop technician, as part of efforts to develop…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Angus Society launches youth agribusiness course

A business and leadership course has been designed by the Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society to train young people for a bright future in the beef industry. The four-day "Future Leaders"…