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FARMLIFE

5 social media tips for livestock farmers

Social media can become an all-consuming and dark place for farmers. Although vegans account for less than 1% of the UK population, according to Kantar, they can shout pretty loud,…

ENVIRONMENT

UK climate report: Cut red meat by 20% and plant more trees

Reducing the number of ruminants and increased tree planting on farmland are key to meeting the UK’s “net zero” carbon ambitions, says the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). Launching its…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

New Holland and Case grab Massey Ferguson market share

A slump in the popularity of Massey Ferguson tractors has seen the brand’s market share of new sales fall to less than 10% in 2018. Data published by the Agricultural…

TAX

Q&A guide to claiming tax relief on energy-efficient kit

There are just two months left in which to take advantage of a government scheme encouraging businesses to invest in energy efficient equipment. The Energy Technology List (ETL) covers a…

CROP SELECTION

Canary seed offers low cost alternative crop for growers

Canary seed could offer an alternative option for growers looking for a niche cereal that is simple to establish, has low input costs and is easy to harvest. The crop…

MEDICINES

4-step guide to reviewing antibiotics use on your farm

For livestock farmers signed up to the Red Tractor Assurance scheme, an annual review of antibiotics use is required to meet assurance criteria. Vet Tim Potter from the VetPartners group…

CULTIVATORS

Vaderstad launches mounted NZ cultivator

Swedish manufacturer Vaderstad has added a 6m mounted version of the popular NZ spring tine cultivator to its portfolio. The machine has four rows of tines spaced 90mm apart and…

CRIME

Security warning after cattle thefts from farm buildings

Livestock farmers are being urged to review their security after incidents of cattle being stolen from farm buildings. Police in Armagh are investigating the theft of 19 Limousin cattle from…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: My wish for the perfect lorry driver came true

A year ago I wrote a very tongue-in-cheek piece about my wishes for the perfect lorry driver. Today I have loaded some beans for Frontier and I can say it…

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NEWS

Opinion: Naturalists are your friends

Among the many names in the obituary columns of 2019, that of Marjorie Blamey probably caused little interest, unless you know one of the wildflower books she illustrated. In my…

NEWS

Opinion: Let's not repeat the 'great betrayal' of 1921

In 1917, at the height of the Great War, with 80% of the country’s grain and 40% of its meat being imported from other countries, and with German U-boats taking…

NEWS

FW Opinion: Vegan series is irresponsible and dangerous

It’s Veganuary, so it is hardly surprising that veganism is getting a higher media profile than normal. But this year it does seem to have stepped up a notch, with…

NEWS

Opinion: No room for error with new food and farm policies

According to official statistics, 16% of farms made losses between 2014 and 2017, a quarter (25%) of farming households live below the poverty line, 61% of farm income derives from…

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CROP SELECTION

Canary seed offers low cost alternative crop for growers

Canary seed could offer an alternative option for growers looking for a niche cereal that is simple to establish, has low input costs and is easy to harvest. The crop…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: My wish for the perfect lorry driver came true

A year ago I wrote a very tongue-in-cheek piece about my wishes for the perfect lorry driver. Today I have loaded some beans for Frontier and I can say it…

PEST MANAGEMENT

OSR defoliation tackles flea beetle but yields suffer

Topping or grazing oilseed rape with sheep over winter can reduce flea beetle larvae numbers by up to 44%, according to new research. The trial by Innovative Farmers saw eight…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

Early N is first step in rescuing waterlogged wheat crops

Applying early nitrogen (N) and phosphate fertiliser to wheat crops is the starting point for nursing them back to health, as farmers look to minimise the effect of waterlogging on…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Thankful for my plough and combi drill system

Another calendar year has begun. Will it be a good one? Only time will tell. It will certainly be an interesting one. As things stand we have got a very…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Miscanthus fuels Norfolk grower's desire to improve soil

Adam Brewer has turned to growing miscanthus to improve his soils and the environment, while also giving him a profitable low-input crop for his north Norfolk farm. The crop will…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Ecological focus areas prove their worth

It’s always good to kick-start the year with a busy calendar of training events, conferences and shows, and this year is no exception. It’s good to get off the farm…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

How to avoid the top 5 nutrient deficiencies in OSR

Correcting micronutrient deficiencies in oilseed rape can raise yields by an average 0.3t/ha, according to trials, helping growers get even more from a crop that is proving to be increasingly…

Livestock

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FARMLIFE

5 social media tips for livestock farmers

Social media can become an all-consuming and dark place for farmers. Although vegans account for less than 1% of the UK population, according to Kantar, they can shout pretty loud,…

MEDICINES

4-step guide to reviewing antibiotics use on your farm

For livestock farmers signed up to the Red Tractor Assurance scheme, an annual review of antibiotics use is required to meet assurance criteria. Vet Tim Potter from the VetPartners group…

ASSESSING PERFORMANCE

Scandi co-op launches genomic testing service for UK cattle

Viking Genetics, a Scandinavian farmer-owned breeding co-op, has launched its female genomic testing service in the UK. The co-op is owned by 20,000 cattle farmers across Denmark, Sweden and Finland…

TAKING STOCK

Buoyant cast sheep trade hits market top

Strong cast ewe prices have met resistance from buyers, leading auctioneers to fear that trade has hit a ceiling. Prices are £20 or more up on the year for cull…

DAIRY

Stable daily milk yield a sign of ‘trouble-free’ cow

Cows with stable daily milk yields have fewer health problems and a longer productive life than cows with fluctuations in daily production, say Dutch researchers. This is according to daily…

HUSBANDRY

What is the value of weighing dairy cows?

Automatically weighing cows when they enter the milking robot could provide a useful gauge of feed and dry cow management success, and also enable accurate dosing of medicines. Weigh platforms…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Farm audit leads to small, inexpensive changes

We made it - 2020 has arrived. It feels like a fresh start, filled with optimism and potential. I took the opportunity to reflect on my first decade in full-time…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Johne’s disease scheme now covers 75% of milk production

A scheme designed to combat Johne’s disease has been hailed as a success after figures revealed it now covers 75% of British milk production. The National Johne’s Management Plan (NJMP)…

Machinery

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MARKETS AND TRENDS

New Holland and Case grab Massey Ferguson market share

A slump in the popularity of Massey Ferguson tractors has seen the brand’s market share of new sales fall to less than 10% in 2018. Data published by the Agricultural…

CULTIVATORS

Vaderstad launches mounted NZ cultivator

Swedish manufacturer Vaderstad has added a 6m mounted version of the popular NZ spring tine cultivator to its portfolio. The machine has four rows of tines spaced 90mm apart and…

TECHNOLOGY

Guide to soil moisture sensors: Why use them and the options

There are many good reasons for growers to use some form of soil moisture-sensing technology to monitor conditions and how the water is being used in irrigated crops. First and…

TECHNOLOGY

Kubota launches wacky driverless concept tractor

In celebration of its 130th birthday, Kubota has unveiled a driverless concept tractor that’s battery powered and uses artificial intelligence to operate autonomously. The four-track X Tractor concept was revealed…

Community

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FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: My wish for the perfect lorry driver came true

A year ago I wrote a very tongue-in-cheek piece about my wishes for the perfect lorry driver. Today I have loaded some beans for Frontier and I can say it…

FARMLIFE FRAMED

Farmlife Framed: Baby farmers, curious stock and bale art

We really enjoy seeing your shots – whether it’s livestock and crops or people and pets. Thanks to everyone who has been sharing pictures of life on and off farm…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Farm audit leads to small, inexpensive changes

We made it - 2020 has arrived. It feels like a fresh start, filled with optimism and potential. I took the opportunity to reflect on my first decade in full-time…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Thankful for my plough and combi drill system

Another calendar year has begun. Will it be a good one? Only time will tell. It will certainly be an interesting one. As things stand we have got a very…

Business

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MARKETS AND TRENDS

New Holland and Case grab Massey Ferguson market share

A slump in the popularity of Massey Ferguson tractors has seen the brand’s market share of new sales fall to less than 10% in 2018. Data published by the Agricultural…

TAX

Q&A guide to claiming tax relief on energy-efficient kit

There are just two months left in which to take advantage of a government scheme encouraging businesses to invest in energy efficient equipment. The Energy Technology List (ETL) covers a…

BUSINESS

Stockperson sought for Cambridgeshire share-farming venture

A stockperson is being sought for a new share-farming arrangement to include 200ha on the outskirts of Peterborough. The Nene Park Trust is looking for someone with livestock experience who…

BPS

Nearly 97% of farmers paid BPS cash in England

Almost 97% of farmers and land managers in England have now received their annual direct farm payment, the latest official government figures reveal. The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) said basic…

INPUT MARKETS AND PRICES

Sugar beet variety battle cuts grower choice for 2020

Sugar beet seed breeder KWS has called for more sales competition in the UK, after failing to get a second herbicide-tolerant variety on the Recommended List this season. Farmers Weekly…

GRANTS

Grant scheme myth buster: How hard is it to acquire funding?

Farmers are missing out on thousands of pounds worth of useful grant funding because many have misconceptions about what’s involved when it comes to applying for and signing up to…

BUSINESS

Fears over extension of US import tax on food and drink

UK food and drink exports to the US could be further damaged as Washington considers extending its import taxes on EU food and drink products. The US introduced a 25%…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Record sales of Welsh food and drink after government drive

Sales of Welsh food and drink hit a record last year, at £7.5bn. This was up from £6.8bn in 2018 and means the Welsh Government's target of increasing sales to…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Agriculture Bill proposes significant changes to tenancies

Greater power for tenants, modified succession rules and new guidance for rent reviews are among the changes proposed in the new Agriculture Bill.   The 2020 Agriculture Bill was introduced…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Whatever happened to A2 milk?

In 2011 the launch of A2 milk was hailed a breakthrough for consumers who suffered an allergic reaction to ordinary milk. Researchers in New Zealand had found that cows produced…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Ag Bill paves way for more supply chain regulation

The Agricultural Bill could pave the way for tough new sector-specific codes of practice to protect farmers in England from the might of buyers, according to supply chain experts. The…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Dale Farm and ABP sign dairy beef supply deal

Northern Irish farmers supplying Dale Farm have a new way to market dairy beef calves after the milk processor entered into a supply chain partnership with meat processor ABP. Dairy…

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Careers

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

'Outdated attitudes' exclude women from farming

Sexism and outdated attitudes are preventing women from achieving successful careers in Scottish agriculture, says a report. A fundamental cultural change is needed to bring about gender equality in the…

YOUNG FARMERS

How young farmers can get started with their own arable land

As a livestock farmer's son keen on venturing into arable farming, Tom Hadley leapt at the rare chance to rent land for a preferential rate to get him started. The…

FARMLIFE

'How I went from tractor driver to farm manager of 3,000ha'

Beset by more challenges than most as he chased his dream of becoming a farm manager, Michael Balls has refused to give in to hurdles that his severe dyslexia has…

JOB PROFILES

Job profile: What’s it like to be a technical agronomist?

Digital data is changing agriculture, which means it’s changing the nature of jobs in agriculture. One of the country’s biggest farming companies, Beeswax Dyson Farming, has recently created the new…