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£30bn support package: What it means for farmers

Farm industry leaders have welcomed chancellor Rishi Sunak’s £30bn support package, but have called for more information on how it will work in rural situations. The chancellor’s Summer Economic Update…

LIVESTOCK MARKETING

Builth Wells Market to reopen after Sunderlands takes control

Livestock sales are to resume at a Welsh auction mart that had been under threat of closure. Sunderlands has purchased Brightwells’ minority shareholding and taken full control of Hereford Market…

MACHINERY

Unions win exemption for agriculture on driver rules

Farming unions have successfully lobbied for agriculture to be exempt from Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) requirements. The CPC exemption will apply for drivers in agriculture, horticulture and forestry…

SHEEP

Lower-cost MV scheme targets commercial flocks

A veterinary health group has launched a maedi visna (MV) scheme that identifies breeding replacements from commercial flocks at low risk of carrying the disease. Unlike the MV accredited Scheme,…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Somerset Young Farmers given mental health first aid training

Young farmers in Somerset have received training to help them identify and support anyone who may be struggling with their mental health. Members of Somerset Young Farmers Club (YFC) took…

HARVEST

Harvest 2020: Six-row hybrid winter barley survives wet autumn

Early winter barley yields are better than expected on James Peck’s Cambridgeshire farm, with the six-row hybrid feed variety Belfry yielding an average of 8.2t/ha. He start cutting his first…

BREXIT

Video: Tractors hit London’s streets for food standards demo

Frustrated farmers travelled from as far as Yorkshire and Somerset to take part in a demonstration in London over threats to food standards. A convoy of about 20 tractors, Land…

SPRAYERS

Small R-series John Deere trailed sprayers get extra tech

A new range of premium R700i trailed sprayers has been introduced by John Deere to offer more sophistication and technology options than the firm’s simpler M700 machines. These sprayers take…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Rule reminder: Best practice when trading livestock remotely

Farmers who purchase livestock in private trades should find out all they can about the animals before agreeing to a sale to maximise their chance of a refund if they…

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FARMLIFE

Coronavirus forces cancellation of Open Farm Sunday

The organisers of Linking Environment and Farming (Leaf) Open Farm Sunday (OFS) have announced the cancellation of this year’s event due to ongoing concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The farming…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Tractor sales moving towards recovery after Covid-19 impact

UK tractor sales in June were down 15% on the same time in 2019, according to the latest figures from the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA). A total of 932 tractors…

EVENTS

Coronavirus: Further two major livestock events cancelled

A further two major livestock events have been cancelled due to ongoing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. UK Dairy Day and the National Sheep Association’s (NSA) Sheep Event were due…

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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…

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NEWS

Opinion: Public access should be embraced - and paid for

The farm I grew up on had a deserted village, where the good land runs out into rough grazing and moorland – well, if you call a few ruined walls…

NEWS

Opinion: Family matters, especially during troublesome times

In the midst of the worst global pandemic in more than a century, with all its associated human tragedies and dire economic consequences, it can be hard to stay positive.…

NEWS

FW Opinion: Can we influence milk contracts and ELM?

If anyone doubted the impact effective lobbying can have, look no further than this week’s announcement that the government is to set up a new Trade and Agriculture Commission, to…

NEWS

Opinion: No protection from cheap imports is a huge blunder

“Cannon to right of them, Cannon to left of them, Cannon in front of them, Volleyed and thundered. Stormed at with shot and shell, Boldly they rode and well, Into…

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HARVEST

Harvest 2020: Six-row hybrid winter barley survives wet autumn

Early winter barley yields are better than expected on James Peck’s Cambridgeshire farm, with the six-row hybrid feed variety Belfry yielding an average of 8.2t/ha. He start cutting his first…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Earth-moving contractor solves tree problem

In last month’s column, I remarked on how dry we were. Well, we are now the opposite of dry and that change came a few days early. We have a…

ARABLE

Harvest 2020: Oxford rapeseed grower pleased with 3.5t/ha yield

Oxfordshire grower George Farrant is pleased with his yield of 3.5t/ha from his oilseed rape harvest, and plans a bigger area next season after nearly abandoning the crop. He cut…

WHEAT

New Zealand farmer breaks wheat yield world record

A New Zealand farmer has broken the world record for the highest wheat yield with a staggering 17.398t/ha crop. Eric Watson from Ashburton has taken the Guinness World Record for…

PEST MANAGEMENT

4 tips to monitor insect populations to aid pest management

Identifying and monitoring insect populations can benefit growers, providing them with knowledge of the abundance of species on farm so a pest management system can be integrated. Mark Ramsden, senior…

HARVEST

Malting winter barley harvest defies forecast with good yields

Combines started cutting early winter malting barley crops this week across southern England, with yields better than expected after a very difficult growing season. Scattered crops of malting varieties were…

MAIZE

Maize grown under film more than 1.8m tall already

Unpredictable weather patterns this spring have resulted in very variable maize crops, with some fields already more than 1.8m tall and at the tasselling stage. Dairy farmer Phil Allin is…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Hair and grass both NOT growing well

“Hair and grass both still growing well” was the headline of a recent livestock Farmer Focus piece. Well, if I’m honest, both are a bit patchy here. The grass regularly…

Livestock

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SHEEP

Lower-cost MV scheme targets commercial flocks

A veterinary health group has launched a maedi visna (MV) scheme that identifies breeding replacements from commercial flocks at low risk of carrying the disease. Unlike the MV accredited Scheme,…

TAKING STOCK

Buoyant prime trade lifts store lambs

Store lamb buyers have shown early confidence by giving more for lambs as July prime prices track at £11-£13 a head up on the year. National price indicators from AHDB…

SHEEP

Alternative dates emerging to replace 2020 Kelso tup sales

Contingency sale plans are forming after one of the world’s largest single-day ram sales has been cancelled, for the third time in its 182-year history due to Covid-19 restrictions. The…

PIGS

What causes seasonal infertility in pigs and how to manage it

Infertility often spikes during late summer and early autumn. Dr Grant Walling, director of science and technology at breeding company JSR, offers some ways to manage breeding problems this summer.…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Worming and rotational grazing pays dividends

We normally do eight-week weights on the recorded stock. This year we have weighed every animal on the farm as well as doing second vaccinations, worming and fly control. It…

BREEDING AND FERTILITY

Limousin Society suspends breeder amid semen import inquiry

A Limousin breeder has been suspended by the British Limousin Cattle Society (BLCS) following news of a Trading Standards investigation into the importation of French semen without the correct legal…

LIVESTOCK MARKETING

What farmers need to know about livestock sales this year

Covid-19 has shaken up the way livestock sales can take place, with social-distancing rules making it difficult to operate as normal in livestock markets. Although the sale of breeding stock…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

More funding available in Wales to assist BVD eradication

Additional funding is now available for vets and farmers in Wales to help eradicate bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) from all cattle herds in the country. Funding for youngstock screening has…

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MACHINERY

Unions win exemption for agriculture on driver rules

Farming unions have successfully lobbied for agriculture to be exempt from Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) requirements. The CPC exemption will apply for drivers in agriculture, horticulture and forestry…

SPRAYERS

Small R-series John Deere trailed sprayers get extra tech

A new range of premium R700i trailed sprayers has been introduced by John Deere to offer more sophistication and technology options than the firm’s simpler M700 machines. These sprayers take…

101-200HP

Video: Massey Ferguson's entry-level 5711M on test

Massey Ferguson has enjoyed a fair amount of success in the loader tractor market, with its basic Global Series catering for the keep-it-simple brigade and the comparatively swish S series…

MAIZE DRILLS

Horsch Maestro drill gets new precision metering system

Horsch has added a new Airspeed overpressure metering system to its latest Maestro precision drill models. This gives buyers a choice of singulation setups across the range, with the company…

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FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Earth-moving contractor solves tree problem

In last month’s column, I remarked on how dry we were. Well, we are now the opposite of dry and that change came a few days early. We have a…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Worming and rotational grazing pays dividends

We normally do eight-week weights on the recorded stock. This year we have weighed every animal on the farm as well as doing second vaccinations, worming and fly control. It…

YOUNG FARMERS

Meet the Welsh student set for sheepdog stardom

Erin Fflur McNaught is a 17-year-old who scooped a Young Handlers title at the International Sheepdog Trails in 2018 and was part of the duo who won the One Man…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Hair and grass both NOT growing well

“Hair and grass both still growing well” was the headline of a recent livestock Farmer Focus piece. Well, if I’m honest, both are a bit patchy here. The grass regularly…

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BUSINESS

£30bn support package: What it means for farmers

Farm industry leaders have welcomed chancellor Rishi Sunak’s £30bn support package, but have called for more information on how it will work in rural situations. The chancellor’s Summer Economic Update…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Rule reminder: Best practice when trading livestock remotely

Farmers who purchase livestock in private trades should find out all they can about the animals before agreeing to a sale to maximise their chance of a refund if they…

DIVERSIFICATION

Job retention and VAT plans will benefit diversified farms

Diversified farm businesses will gain from some of the jobs related recovery measures announced by chancellor Rishi Sunak today (6 July). There is to be a VAT rate cut from…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Fire crews still at Tilbury grain port after explosion and fires

Further fires have followed the damage caused to the Port of Tilbury’s grain operation by an explosion and fire on Friday (3 July).  In the initial incident, the roofs were…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Surge in barley will see crop area almost match wheat

The areas of wheat and barley in Great Britain are set to almost converge after a slump in the wheat area and a sharp rise in spring barley plantings, according…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Court rules in favour of landlord over rights of entry

A judge has ruled in a case which lawyers suggest has wider implications for interpreting the rights of entry agricultural landlords have to tenanted property. The case, Rees v Earl…

BUSINESS

Levy boards launch marketing campaign for lamb

The three meat levy boards in the UK will launch a campaign in July to promote British lamb as the country begins to emerge from the coronavirus lockdown. Consumers are…

INPUT MARKETS AND PRICES

Huge regional variability seen in early standing straw sales

Early standing straw sales have shown huge variability, with average prices spiking sharply in some regions, but only marginally up in others. This shows buyers are only prepared to pay…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Farmers offered flexibility on mid-tier CSS deadline

Farmers in England struggling to complete a Countryside Stewardship mid-tier application on time because of the effect of the coronavirus pandemic can request an extension until midnight 31 August. The…

DIVERSIFICATION

So you want to… get paid for having dogs on your land?

Dog walkers and farmers haven’t always been natural allies, but that could be about to change after some landowners have begun to profit by renting out safe countryside spaces by…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Tractor sales moving towards recovery after Covid-19 impact

UK tractor sales in June were down 15% on the same time in 2019, according to the latest figures from the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA). A total of 932 tractors…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

ADM oilseed crushing plant remains closed after fire

Following the recent fire at its Erith oilseed crushing plant in Kent, ADM is saying only that will resume operations as quickly as possible. Deliveries of seed are being diverted…

Careers

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…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

5 tips for new entrants from award-winning mixed farmer

Starting a new farming business can be a huge challenge, with many people finding it a struggle to step into the agricultural world. But with careful planning, budgeting and a…