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MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Wholesaler says relabelling of Uruguayan beef 'human error'

Food wholesaler Bookers has come under pressure from British beef producers after the company admitted relabelling meat from Uruguay. National Beef Association interim chief executive Neil Shand has called for…

CRIME

Hunt saboteur gave police 'tampered' video of farmer assault

A man has been convicted by a jury after he used edited footage to falsely bolster his claim that a farmer had assaulted him on the farmer’s land. Hunt saboteur…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

Seasonal worker scheme decision needed now, NFUS warn

Scottish growers have called on the government to immediately approve an increase in the number of permits available to non-EU seasonal workers for 2021. The UK government introduced the Seasonal…

FARM POLICY

Lords vote to protect farmers from substandard food imports

The government is coming under more pressure to ban food imports that do not match UK standards, following historic votes in the House of Lords on Tuesday night (22 September).…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Eustice unveils details of ‘stepping stone’ subsidy scheme

Ministers have unveiled initial details about government plans of an interim support scheme for English farmers during the early years of transition to a post-Brexit agricultural policy. Defra secretary George…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Maize Watch: Why you shouldn't leave bare stubble

With maize harvest in full swing in the South and expected to get under way imminently in the Midlands and South West, growers are being advised to plan for the…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Case and New Holland tractors: How to fix common problems

Tractors are a major expenditure on the farm, and breakdowns can leave you with a big mechanic's bill. There are some ways, however, that you can try to avoid costly…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How to assess wheat yield potential in-season

Assessing wheat yield potential during the season has always been an educated guess at best, based on previous experience, how the crop is looking and past, present and likely future…

FARMLIFE

#FeedTheNation: Kent couple launch direct meat sales venture

A passion for sheep and local food has been the driving factor behind a new direct-selling operation, recently launched by a young farming couple from Kent. Chris Woodhead and Zoe…

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FINANCE

Chancellor considers extending coronavirus business support

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is believed to be considering extending the Treasury’s coronavirus loan schemes to help businesses through what looks set to be a difficult winter. Mr Sunak is understood…

NEWS

More farm shows cancelled as Covid-19 takes its toll

More agricultural shows appear to be on the brink as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, with news that the Newbury and District Agricultural Society has already decided to can…

FARMLIFE

#FeedTheNation: Honesty box helps ice-cream business

An honesty box has helped a Welsh dairy farm’s organic ice-cream business to stay afloat during the coronavirus pandemic. Chilly Cow ice cream set up the portable freezer and an…

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FARM POLICY

Farm events rescheduled due to coronavirus

Farming events and shows are being rescheduled and reviewed as industry organisations take action to mitigate the impact of coronavirus. One of the first announcements came from the NFU which…

Opinion

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NEWS

Opinion: Planning advice - don't find a bat in a barn

The White Paper on reforming the planning system that followed prime minister Boris Johnson’s remarks on “newt counting being a drag on prosperity” may or may not be the new…

NEWS

Opinion: Plant-based agriculture is better for society

Iain Tolhurst is an organic farmer from Oxfordshire and a supporter of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta). He believes livestock farmers should transition to crop production. Having…

NEWS

Opinion: Lack of detail on ELM scheme is 'inexcusable'

A few weeks ago, when turning on the TV, listening to the radio or opening a newspaper, it was impossible to avoid upland farmer James Rebanks espousing his views on…

NEWS

FW Opinion: Clear direction needed in fight against emissions

Nothing highlights the precarious nature of farming like the weather. Successful farming – and our ability to feed the world – ultimately depends on the right combination of rain and…

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CROP MANAGEMENT

How to assess wheat yield potential in-season

Assessing wheat yield potential during the season has always been an educated guess at best, based on previous experience, how the crop is looking and past, present and likely future…

OILSEED RAPE

How two OSR growers escaped the flea beetle threat

The two growers in Hampshire and Wiltshire are both using a companion crop of buckwheat to protect their oilseed rape from cabbage stem flea beetle damage and are looking to…

HARVEST

Harvest 2020: Combines almost finished in a harvest to forget

By Melanie Jenkins and Ruth Wills   As harvest wraps up for another year, it’s evident that many farmers are looking to put it behind them and move on to…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: We have plenty of shed space for the combine

The cereal harvest has continued through to its conclusion. What was always going to be a late one was exacerbated by 200mm of rain primarily during the second half of…

HARVEST AND CROP STORAGE

Grain 'swimming' robot will help reduce storage losses

A novel new robotic device, designed to “swim” through stored grain checking for quality problems, is about to go on trial in silos in Scotland. The Crover is a patented…

HARVEST

Harvest 2020: Northern wheat yields hold up with finish in sight

Combines are being put to bed across much of the UK, with most farmers glad to see the back of harvest 2020. See also: How to sample your grain on…

LAND PREPARATION

Monitor Farms: Soil and brome success, carbon next priority

Cleveland farmer John Aynsley has seen soil health improve by successfully adopting direct drilling as part of his three-year stint as an AHDB Monitor Farm in the North East. He…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Looking forward to drilling now harvest done

Farmers always seem to be optimistic and this year is no exception, with “next year will be better” already being mentioned in every other sentence, it seems. I’m feeling positive…

Livestock

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FEED AND NUTRITION

Maize Watch: Why you shouldn't leave bare stubble

With maize harvest in full swing in the South and expected to get under way imminently in the Midlands and South West, growers are being advised to plan for the…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Injury highlights cost of US health insurance

It has been a rough week on the ranch for me. We had been rolling along fairly smoothly. Fall (autumn) calving had started, we had started weaning spring calves and…

MEDICINES

Warning over long-term shortage of mastitis antibiotics

A shortage of two of the UK’s most popular antibiotic mastitis treatments is set to continue into 2021, veterinary experts have warned. The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) said issues that…

MEDICINES

Scottish sheep farmers asked to help with antibiotics survey

Scottish farmers and vets are being asked to take part in a survey that aims to establish the amount of antibiotics used in the sheep industry in Scotland. Last year,…

PARASITIC DISEASES

Test breakthrough paves way for sheep scab vaccine

A highly sensitive sheep scab test will enable farmers to differentiate between vaccinated and infested animals. The breakthrough is the result of Scottish research done by the Moredun Research Institute…

BEEF

How suckler herds can reduce carbon footprint by 40%

Research conducted by the Stabiliser Cattle Company and Alltech E-CO2 has revealed that suckler producers can achieve a near 40% reduction in carbon footprint while saving £350 per cow place…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Silage analysis shows good crops with lower protein

Protein is down on the year slightly, according to the analysis of 6,495 first- and second-cut silage samples by Trouw Nutrition GB. Both crops are dry at 35-36.5% dry matter…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Flood defence proposals threaten a huge area

September has arrived already and in a flash the nights are drawing in and we are gearing ourselves up for winter. We had our standard August scare a few weeks ago…

Machinery

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WORKSHOP SKILLS

Case and New Holland tractors: How to fix common problems

Tractors are a major expenditure on the farm, and breakdowns can leave you with a big mechanic's bill. There are some ways, however, that you can try to avoid costly…

TRACTORS

Fendt One cab added to all 700 and 300 models

Fendt revealed a glimpse of its futuristic Fendt One cab design back in July last year, and the firm has now released more details on what operators can expect and…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Massey Ferguson tractors: Common problems and how to fix them

For the mechanically minded operator, it’s often possible to carry out minor repairs in the farm workshop. But with tractors getting ever more complex, there’s an increasing number of jobs…

BALERS AND WRAPPERS

Krone releases new tedders, round and square balers

A redesigned nine-model range of Vendro tedders has been added to Krone’s grassland kit list and replaces the KW models. The Vendro machines are attached via a three-point linkage and…

Community

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FARMLIFE

#FeedTheNation: Kent couple launch direct meat sales venture

A passion for sheep and local food has been the driving factor behind a new direct-selling operation, recently launched by a young farming couple from Kent. Chris Woodhead and Zoe…

FARMLIFE

Rural community rallies in bid to save village pub

“Great pubs make greater communities.” That’s the firm belief of farmer Rosie Begg, who has been involved with a campaign to safeguard the future of her local in the Norfolk…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Injury highlights cost of US health insurance

It has been a rough week on the ranch for me. We had been rolling along fairly smoothly. Fall (autumn) calving had started, we had started weaning spring calves and…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: We have plenty of shed space for the combine

The cereal harvest has continued through to its conclusion. What was always going to be a late one was exacerbated by 200mm of rain primarily during the second half of…

Business

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MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Wholesaler says relabelling of Uruguayan beef 'human error'

Food wholesaler Bookers has come under pressure from British beef producers after the company admitted relabelling meat from Uruguay. National Beef Association interim chief executive Neil Shand has called for…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

Seasonal worker scheme decision needed now, NFUS warn

Scottish growers have called on the government to immediately approve an increase in the number of permits available to non-EU seasonal workers for 2021. The UK government introduced the Seasonal…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Rent review could protect from trade disruption, TFA advises

Tenant farmers should consider triggering a rent review to protect themselves from any disruption caused by the end of the transition period, the Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) has said. Michaelmas…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Government extends £5,000 grant scheme for flood-hit farmers

Farmers and rural businesses whose properties were affected by flooding last winter have been given more time to apply for government grants of up to £5,000.   Defra announced on…

GRANTS

Fears grow over post-EU grant funding vacuum in England

There is increasing concern about a potential vacuum in grant funding for farmers and other rural businesses because of a lack of progress in the government implementing the UK Shared…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Sow prices tumble in response to German ASF outbreak

An outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in Germany has resulted in a sharp fall in British cull sow prices as key buyers such as China, Japan and South Korea…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Analysis: How much more wheat will be planted for 2021?

Arable farmers are set to plant significantly more wheat for the 2021 harvest than was cut this year, with the crop remaining the highest gross margin combinable option. Poor planting…

FINANCE

Chancellor considers extending coronavirus business support

Chancellor Rishi Sunak is believed to be considering extending the Treasury’s coronavirus loan schemes to help businesses through what looks set to be a difficult winter. Mr Sunak is understood…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Barley and oilseed rape prices make gains

Barley values gained £2/t in the week to Friday lunchtime (18 September), while wheat recovered to end the week at values similar to those of a week earlier. This put…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Delay in ‘third country’ status threatens meat exports to EU

A delay in securing “third country” status with the EU is putting the UK's £175m-a-month meat export market at risk, meat trade representatives have warned. To continue selling meat, live…

LAND MARKETS

So you want to… Buy a farm?

Buying a farm is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that can bring a host of questions and conundrums. With so much at stake, getting the right farm, at the right price, at…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Milk buyers will oppose end of discretionary payments

Milk processors have revealed their opposition to ending discretionary payments as part of forthcoming reform of contracts in the dairy sector. Dairy UK, an umbrella group for an unknown number…

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PIGS

How staff training is benefiting performance on pig unit

A varied, extensive training programme has helped maintain and improve employee knowledge at one of the largest family-run pig genetics businesses, Rattlerow Farms. The programme has also improved staff motivation…

COLLEGES

Potential lifeline for Newton Rigg as review announced

Newton Rigg College in Cumbria, which has been earmarked for closure next year, could enjoy a stay of execution, following the announcement of new strategic review co-ordinated by the Further…

YOUNG FARMERS

Farming course aims to inspire young people to join industry

A new farming qualification for teenagers is being developed to attract more young people to the industry and help solve the issue of agriculture’s ageing workforce. Consultations are under way…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

Farm apprenticeships: Everything you need to know

Apprenticeships are mutually beneficial arrangements between an employer and an employee that allow practical skills to be built up alongside an educational programme. Employers enjoy being able to mould young…