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Photos: Farmers share their fantastic festive farm photos

Christmas is upon us and we’ve been asking you to share photos of what your farm looks like this festive season. We've been impressed by your entries to our Christmas…

BOVINE TB

Farmer faked TB test result to claim compensation

A livestock farmer injected five cattle with a type of diesel in a bid to fake a positive bovine TB test and claim compensation. The farmer, who has not been…

BOVINE TB

More than 32,000 badgers killed in fight against bovine TB

A total of 32,601 badgers were culled in England this autumn as part of government plans to eradicate bovine TB. The government’s official report into the badger control operations, which…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Child safety fears raised over family farm TV show

A Channel 5 docuseries about a family farming in northern England has been branded “irresponsible” and “disappointing” after a number of scenes appeared to show health and safety breaches. Our…

DIVERSIFICATION

So you want to…tap into the Christmas turkey market

Farmers looking for a diversification with low start-up costs and good margins should consider if there is an opening for another direct-selling turkey producer in their area as consumers are…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Youngest-ever Duchy tenant switches to precision farming

Ally Hunter Blair is a young man in a hurry. The youngest-ever tenant of a Duchy of Cornwall farm is trying out new crops, embracing precision farming and working on…

TELEHANDLERS

Telehandlers on test: Claas Scorpion 741

In an extension of our telehandler test in the 4t lift and 7m reach category, we have taken a look at the best-selling rigid-frame machines from Kramer, Claas, Cat and Bobcat.…

NEWS

Opinion: British wildlife – the thing dreams are made of

I was in a bookshop, waiting while my wife browsed for a book she can carefully read on the train, then wrap up and give to a friend for Christmas.…

CRIME

Vehicles and dogs seized in hare coursing crackdown

Police in Wiltshire have broken up a large hare coursing event on the Salisbury Plain after receiving a number of calls from farmers and landowners. Officers swooped on the illegal…

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NEWS

Opinion: British wildlife – the thing dreams are made of

I was in a bookshop, waiting while my wife browsed for a book she can carefully read on the train, then wrap up and give to a friend for Christmas.…

NEWS

Opinion: How we should tackle decline in milk sales

The rise of soya, oat and almond “milks” has dominated media discussion about the future of cow’s milk. But the biggest challenge is not veganism, but that milk does not…

NEWS

Opinion: The changing ways of practical farm management

I grew up doing a lot of manual work and so it astounds me how much of my job I am now able to do away from the farm. I…

OPINION

Opinion: Farming becoming the sacrificial victim of Brexit

I have done what I can on this farm to get “Brexit-ready”.  My shepherd has gone, my livestock numbers have been significantly reduced and I am trying to imagine my…

BREXIT

MPs table amendment to Agriculture Bill to support hill farmers

An amendment to the Agriculture Bill to support upland farmers post Brexit has been tabled by MPs. There is increasing uncertainty concerning the viability of hill farming after Brexit with…

BREXIT

Farmers advised to secure inputs ahead of Brexit

Farmers should take action now to secure vital inputs in the event of a messy Brexit next spring, say suppliers. One in four farmers is stockpiling inputs because they are…

BREXIT

Michael Gove urges farmers to back Theresa May's Brexit deal

Defra secretary Michael Gove has urged farmers and landowners to support Theresa May’s proposed Brexit deal and said it offers the “absolute best opportunity” for the country. Speaking at the…

BREXIT

Welsh farmers raise Brexit deal concerns with PM

Two farming unions have raised their fears about the proposed Brexit deal with the prime minister at the Royal Welsh Winter Fair. Theresa May attended the fair in Llanelwedd on…

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CROP MANAGEMENT

Youngest-ever Duchy tenant switches to precision farming

Ally Hunter Blair is a young man in a hurry. The youngest-ever tenant of a Duchy of Cornwall farm is trying out new crops, embracing precision farming and working on…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Young agronomist tackles BYDV and fungicide costs

Using companion crops to tackle the phosphate problem in chalky soils and growing barley yellow dwarf virus-tolerant barley varieties in disease hotspots are some of novel solutions being trialled by…

TECHNOLOGY

New imagery tool alerts farmers to crop changes

Farmers Edge has released a tool that automatically scans satellite imagery and notifies growers of changes in their fields. The new Health Change Maps and Notifications function has an integrated…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: A refreshing Monitor Farm conference

So far our accumulative rainfall this year at Lower Hope is 84mm higher than last year, which is quite extraordinary considering the year we have had. The accumulation came from…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

Nearly a third of wheat crops miss out on sulphur

All cereal crops should have a sulphur application every year to avoid the risk of a deficiency of this macronutrient, although 30% of wheat misses out. Tim Kerr, fertiliser manager…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: End of year figures make good reading

Monsoon season has arrived. Heavy showers and prolonged periods of rain have been the norm for the past month, which is frustrating as I still have some spraying to finish…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Light sugar beet crop will not meet budget

It’s that time of year again when we can sit back and reflect on just what the year has delivered for us. Have all our efforts been rewarded? Have we…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Fuel and seed costs cut in Sussex machinery loan deal

Britain’s biggest organic farm is cutting its fuel costs and making savings on expensive cereal seed in a machinery loan scheme with one of the world’s biggest tractor makers. The…

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BOVINE TB

Farmer faked TB test result to claim compensation

A livestock farmer injected five cattle with a type of diesel in a bid to fake a positive bovine TB test and claim compensation. The farmer, who has not been…

BOVINE TB

More than 32,000 badgers killed in fight against bovine TB

A total of 32,601 badgers were culled in England this autumn as part of government plans to eradicate bovine TB. The government’s official report into the badger control operations, which…

TAKING STOCK

Robex shearling gimmers to 6,000gns at Carlisle

Gimmer trade hit 6,000gns at Borderway, Carlisle, as six pedigree flocks marketed female consignments on Friday (14 December) at the Christmas Crackers sale. The Robex flock benefited from a Messrs…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Welsh fertiliser ban places some Glastir contracts in jeopardy

Renewal agreements for Glastir contracts due to be signed this week could force many Welsh farms to reduce stocking rates or face a fodder deficit because they ban fertiliser use…

DAIRY

How Nuffield Scholarship helped farm ownership dream

Rhys Williams has made a spectacular ascent up the farming ladder since winning a Nuffield Scholarship and travelling abroad to learn the intricacies of wealth creation in dairy farming. While…

TAKING STOCK

Festive demand lifts steers and lambs 10p/kg

Cattle and prime lamb prices continued to firm last week, with the SQQ up to 183p/kg and prime steers at 208p/kg, both about 10p/kg dearer than at the end of…

LIVESTOCK

Wales to introduce single traceability system for all species

Wales is to have its own umbrella traceability system for cattle, sheep and pigs from 2020 to put the country in a strong position for negotiating trade with Europe post-Brexit.…

BOVINE TB

Fewer TB-restricted herds after north Cornwall badger cull

The number of herds under TB movement restrictions in north Cornwall has fallen dramatically since the start of badger culling in the region, Farmers Weekly has learned. A spokesman for…

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TELEHANDLERS

Telehandlers on test: Claas Scorpion 741

In an extension of our telehandler test in the 4t lift and 7m reach category, we have taken a look at the best-selling rigid-frame machines from Kramer, Claas, Cat and Bobcat.…

TELEHANDLERS

Telehandlers on test: Kramer KT407

In an extension of our telehandler test in the 4t lift and 7m reach category, we have taken a look at the best-selling rigid-frame machines from Kramer, Claas, Cat and…

TECHNOLOGY

New imagery tool alerts farmers to crop changes

Farmers Edge has released a tool that automatically scans satellite imagery and notifies growers of changes in their fields. The new Health Change Maps and Notifications function has an integrated…

MAIZE DRILLS

Duo of Italian drills provide ultimate row width flexibility

It wasn’t long ago that forage maize was a rare sight in the East of England, but after AD plants started appearing, the popular AD feedstock crop is now a…

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FARMLIFE

Photos: Farmers share their fantastic festive farm photos

Christmas is upon us and we’ve been asking you to share photos of what your farm looks like this festive season. We've been impressed by your entries to our Christmas…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: A refreshing Monitor Farm conference

So far our accumulative rainfall this year at Lower Hope is 84mm higher than last year, which is quite extraordinary considering the year we have had. The accumulation came from…

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: Farmers are soft target for the green gang

When the company that manage the pipeline that goes under the farm rang, I had a pretty good idea of what they wanted. The pipe’s getting on a bit, and…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Cross-bred calves are 42kg heavier

We have been experimenting with different cattle breeds now that we feel the sheep genetics are at a high level. We were running a herd of Welsh Black, but have…

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DIVERSIFICATION

So you want to…tap into the Christmas turkey market

Farmers looking for a diversification with low start-up costs and good margins should consider if there is an opening for another direct-selling turkey producer in their area as consumers are…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

Scotland to push minimum farm wage up by 4.85%

All farm workers in Scotland should be paid a minimum of £8.21/hour, according to the Scottish Agricultural Wages Board (SAWB). The SAWB has agreed from 1 April 2019 the minimum…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

First Milk latest buyer to announce new year price drop

First Milk has become the latest milk buyer to announce a cut in its milk price, blaming falling international dairy markets for the move, with a 0.75p/litre reduction coming into…

DIVERSIFICATION

Business Clinic: VAT implications of diversification plans

There’s a lot to get right when you’re starting a diversification. Lisa Oliver, associate director with accountant Hazlewoods, runs through some essential business structure considerations and outlines common VAT issues…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Advice on capital taxes when diversifying

There is great scope for diversification on many farms. Nicholas Smith of accountant Duncan & Toplis outlines the importance of taking a long-term look at the tax implications of plans…

DIVERSIFICATION

Business Clinic: Legal issues for diversified businesses

Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts give regular advice on a wide range of issues. Here we take a more in-depth look at diversification and some of the many legal, management…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Farming profits forecast down in 2018 as spending rises

UK farmers are forecast to see lower profits in 2018 after spending nearly £1bn more on agricultural goods and services. According to Defra’s first forecast of Total Income from Farming…

LAND MARKETS

The land market where you live: East of England

Plenty of choice and some strong prices have been recorded in the east of England in 2018. There was a big jump in year-on-year supply in the region ­– nearly…

INTERNATIONAL AGRICULTURE

5 things UK farmers can learn from India's farming crisis

Agricultural progress in India has, for the past 20 years, been measured in terms of productivity increases, whereas farmer incomes and wellbeing have been entirely neglected. See also: Three diverse Indian…

COMPLIANCE

Defra to consult on softer approach to farm inspections

Farmers are to have their say on proposals for a new industry regulator that would also offer practical advice, guidance and incentives for good practice. The government is expected to…

DIVERSIFICATION

Business Clinic: How to assess a diversification opportunity

There are two common misconceptions relating to diversification. The first is that “it worked for my neighbours, so it must work for me” and second, that having a diversified enterprise…

TAX

Farmers short of vital information as VAT changes loom

Farmers will have to wait until January to find out if they are eligible for exemption from the rapidly approaching changes to submitting VAT returns. With just 76 working days…

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Careers

YOUNG FARMERS

Josh Dowbiggin: Why it’s OK to not have a career plan sorted

Last week I attended Ag Careers Live in Birmingham, where I was privileged enough to work on the mentor’s corner and meet numerous young people keen to pursue careers in…

BREEDING AND FERTILITY

How new entrants raised pig conception and weaning weights

Simple tips learned through a training course have enabled one pig farming couple to boost sow conception rates, raise weaning weights and cut finishing times by 10 days a pig.…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

AHDB opens recruitment book for new board members

AHDB is recruiting 15 new board members across its six sectors – at least nine of which will be farmers or growers. The new board members will play an influential…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Expert tips on making the most of your ag course

You want to make the most of your time at college or uni, right? Farmers Weekly asks five leading academics for a few pointers on what to do – and…