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POTATOES

No-deal Brexit devastating for Scottish seed potato sector

The Scottish Government has written to Westminster to raise concerns over the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit on Scotland’s seed potato sector. Scotland exports about 20,000t of seed potatoes…

SHEEP

Positive reinforcement used to teach sheep to follow a drone

A farmer has trained his sheep to associate food with a drone in a labour-saving initiative. Shropshire farmer Wojtek Behnke has been flying a drone over his sheep immediately after…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

British beef faces unsustainable rivalry under Brexit plans

Beef producers outside the UK will be £120 a head better off than their British counterparts under no-deal Brexit plans, meat processors have warned. In a joint statement, the British…

BEEF

Lim Society 'risks being blown apart,' warns chairman

The Limousin Society risks being blown apart by disputes arising from the Ballinloan affair and the departure of its chief executive, its chairman has warned. Three Limousin cattle breeders have…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Rule changes help slash critically important antibiotics use

Red Tractor-assured cattle and sheep farms have cut the use of some of the most critically important antibiotics by 92%. The dramatic reduction in use of the highest-priority, critically important…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How farmer trials club targets fungicide use and crop nutrition

Getting locally relevant trials data is challenging and no area demonstrates this better than the fertile Grade 1 silts of south Lincolnshire. These high-yielding soils may be the envy of…

BOVINE TB

Conflicting results from cull zones need urgent analysis

Independent vets and scientists are seeking valid and robust analysis from Defra over completely contrasting results in bovine TB figures for the Gloucestershire and Somerset badger cull zones. After six years of badger culling,…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

Which milking parlour is best for your dairy?

Having the best parlour for your system can pay dividends, in terms of milk yield, quality and your work life. If you’re thinking about changing your parlour or going into…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Video: FW showcases farming at city science festival

Farmers Weekly worked with a range of top agricultural businesses and organisations to bring a "Future of Farming" exhibition to the show, billed as “the world's greatest science festival”, which…

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OPINION

Opinion: Get engaged to counter the farming myths

Some storms appear suddenly from a clear sky; others escalate over time. The current culture of media-led assaults on food production and farming is, I would argue, a combination of…

OPINION

Opinion: BBC's 'anti-meat' bias taints public opinion

Climate change is perhaps the defining issue of our age. I wouldn’t want any reader to think that I don’t take it seriously, or that I’m not willing to change…

OPINION

Opinion: Here's to 50 years of environment-friendly farming

Back in 1983, Kent farmer Hughie Batchelor got busy clearing woods, trees and hedgerows on the North Downs, to “economically manage his farmland”, as he put it.  He later went…

OPINION

FW opinion: No-deal Brexit - project fear or project reality?

Farmers, it would seem, are as divided as ever when it comes to Brexit. The regular flow of letters and emails into the Farmers Weekly mailbox, and the constant commentary…

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Arable

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CROP MANAGEMENT

How farmer trials club targets fungicide use and crop nutrition

Getting locally relevant trials data is challenging and no area demonstrates this better than the fertile Grade 1 silts of south Lincolnshire. These high-yielding soils may be the envy of…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Stuck in arable limbo as the rain continues

We seem to have entered another spell of arable limbo with wet conditions having closed down drilling operations smack in the middle of optimal timings. Some winter barley has been…

WEED MANAGEMENT

How to identify and control umbellifer weeds

Members of the umbelliferae broad-leaved weed family must be identified and dealt with specifically in the spring, as autumn herbicide strategies do not target them. Cow parsley is the most…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Biostimulants - what they are and how farmers can use them

Biostimulants are being heralded as part of the solution to many of the challenges facing today’s arable farmers - from plugging the gaps in the declining fungicide armoury to dealing…

HARVEST

Harvest verdict: Barley is the winner in mixed season

The 2019 harvest started in ideal dry conditions with winter barley growers reporting bumper crops coming off with good quality, some were even seeing yields well into double digits.    But…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Arable needs to break the male monoculture

Although I am an arable Farmer Focus writer, sheep are an integral part of our arable rotation and our annual crop of lambs is the yield element of our fertility-building…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Time running out to buy key fungicide chlorothalonil

Cereal growers have just one month to buy stocks of key fungicide products containing active ingredient chlorothalonil. The multisite fungicide has been a mainstay in disease control programmes for many…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Rain forces change to herbicide programmes

While growers in the West are still to finish harvest and deal with severe ruts before the winter, growers in the North have managed more than 80% of drilling in…

Livestock

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SHEEP

Positive reinforcement used to teach sheep to follow a drone

A farmer has trained his sheep to associate food with a drone in a labour-saving initiative. Shropshire farmer Wojtek Behnke has been flying a drone over his sheep immediately after…

BEEF

Lim Society 'risks being blown apart,' warns chairman

The Limousin Society risks being blown apart by disputes arising from the Ballinloan affair and the departure of its chief executive, its chairman has warned. Three Limousin cattle breeders have…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Rule changes help slash critically important antibiotics use

Red Tractor-assured cattle and sheep farms have cut the use of some of the most critically important antibiotics by 92%. The dramatic reduction in use of the highest-priority, critically important…

BOVINE TB

Conflicting results from cull zones need urgent analysis

Independent vets and scientists are seeking valid and robust analysis from Defra over completely contrasting results in bovine TB figures for the Gloucestershire and Somerset badger cull zones. After six years of badger culling,…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

Which milking parlour is best for your dairy?

Having the best parlour for your system can pay dividends, in terms of milk yield, quality and your work life. If you’re thinking about changing your parlour or going into…

LAYERS

Model contract aims to make egg sector fairer for producers

A new “model contract” for free-range egg farmers that aims to balance their relationship with packers has been agreed. The document, which is free to members of the British Free…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Vet Viewpoint: Lungworm, health plans and biosecurity

Autumn breeding decisions, biosecurity and health plans are the main talking points among XL Vet across the UK this month. There is also a warning on lungworm with sporadic cases…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Hoping to use less costly soya this year

September wasn’t so bad – lovely second half to the month. The soil temperature in mid-September was still 13C. We applied 30kg of nitrogen at the end of the rainy…

Machinery

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ATVS AND UTVS

Video: Yamaha Kodiak special edition 450 on test

Yamaha fits the Kodiak 450 with its own single-cylinder petrol engine, which at 421cc is a little smaller than the branding on the bodywork suggests. The firm neatly dodges the…

TECHNOLOGY

Tech Talk: Experts’ verdict on Tractor Implement Management

It can be hard to sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to agri-technology, especially when so many new inventions promise to revolutionise the way we farm. In…

ATVS AND UTVS

Video: Suzuki King Quad 4x4 500 AXi on test

For general farm duties, the Suzuki King Quad 500 takes a bit of beating. Its 493cc engine develops a reasonable 39hp, but when coupled with the company’s recently updated CVT…

ATVS AND UTVS

Video: Honda Fourtrax 420 DCT IRS on test

Having just 420cc to play with, the Honda was the lowest-powered bike in our test, which showed when it came to towing duties. However, power-conscious buyers have the option of…

Community

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FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Stuck in arable limbo as the rain continues

We seem to have entered another spell of arable limbo with wet conditions having closed down drilling operations smack in the middle of optimal timings. Some winter barley has been…

FARMLIFE

Farmers reckon they’re best at sex – and get it most often

British farmers are having sex more often than people in any other profession, and seven in 10 of them rate their performance in bed as “incredible”. That's according to a…

FARMLIFE

Farmers Weekly photo competition 2019 – enter to win £250

Farmers Weekly annual photography competition is now open for entries – and there's a £250 cash prize for the top shot of the year. With eight farming and rural life…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Hoping to use less costly soya this year

September wasn’t so bad – lovely second half to the month. The soil temperature in mid-September was still 13C. We applied 30kg of nitrogen at the end of the rainy…

Business

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POTATOES

No-deal Brexit devastating for Scottish seed potato sector

The Scottish Government has written to Westminster to raise concerns over the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit on Scotland’s seed potato sector. Scotland exports about 20,000t of seed potatoes…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

British beef faces unsustainable rivalry under Brexit plans

Beef producers outside the UK will be £120 a head better off than their British counterparts under no-deal Brexit plans, meat processors have warned. In a joint statement, the British…

DIVERSIFICATION

Why research is key to diversification success

Farmers looking to diversify should consider doing in-depth market research before taking the plunge, to be confident that they are giving potential projects every chance of success. Investing borrowed or…

LAND MARKETS

So you want to... Sell your farm?

Selling a farm may be the first time in generations that it has changed hands and it can be a complicated process. Farmers Weekly finds out more about how to…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Administration leaves farmers owed for six weeks' milk

About 70 milk producers have been left without payment for about six weeks’ milk supply as a result of Tomlinson’s Dairies going into administration. Mike Denny and Peter Dickens of…

BUSINESS

Lidl commits to investment in British food and farming

Lidl GB will spend £15bn with British suppliers over the next five years and has pledged to increase sales of British-sourced fresh meat, poultry and fresh produce by more than…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Sell grain before next spring, arable farmers advised

Farmers should consider marketing more grain than average before spring in the event of a no-deal Brexit, analysts have advised. This will help them avoid getting embroiled in a heavily…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Tomlinson’s Dairies goes into administration

Tomlinson’s Dairies has gone into administration, leaving about 70 farmers owed for six weeks’ milk supply. Mike Denny and Peter Dickens of PwC were appointed joint administrators to the Wrexham-based…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Scottish cattle numbers fall to lowest level for 60 years

Cattle numbers in Scotland are at their lowest level since the 1950s, because of the decline in the profitability of beef production, according to the latest government figures. The Scottish…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

Two new farm staff ‘trailblazer’ apprenticeships in pipeline

A consultation has opened to get farmers’ views on two new "trailblazer" apprenticeship schemes that are in development. Trailblazer apprenticeships are gradually replacing the current suite of apprenticeship programmes, with…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Farm leaders demand answers over Tomlinson's Dairies

Farm leaders are demanding urgent answers in the wake of Wrexham-based Tomlinson's Dairies telling milk producers it will no longer be accepting deliveries. Milk suppliers to the dairy were informed…

COMPLIANCE

A guide to carrying out work on common land

As common land is used by more than one person and much of it has a national or international environmental designation, strict rules are in place to stop any works…

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CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Video: FW showcases farming at city science festival

Farmers Weekly worked with a range of top agricultural businesses and organisations to bring a "Future of Farming" exhibition to the show, billed as “the world's greatest science festival”, which…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

Two new farm staff ‘trailblazer’ apprenticeships in pipeline

A consultation has opened to get farmers’ views on two new "trailblazer" apprenticeship schemes that are in development. Trailblazer apprenticeships are gradually replacing the current suite of apprenticeship programmes, with…

JOB PROFILES

Job profile: What’s it like to work in animal genetics?

Advances in genetics are key to efficient, profitable livestock production and feeding the world with healthy, tasty meat.   If you’ve got a gift for science or maths and fancy…

JOB PROFILES

Job profile: What's it like to run a farm shop?

Retail is exciting and fast-changing and, for people with a passion for quality, local food and strong interpersonal skills, it can be hugely satisfying. Emma Evans, 49, of Denstone Hall…