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NFU chief to meet prime minister to discuss Brexit

NFU president Minette Batters is to meet prime minister Theresa May to press home the case for British agriculture ahead of Brexit. Ms Batters will raise a range of food…

LIVESTOCK

Stabiliser trials show £22 a head feed saving in 12 weeks

The latest figures released from ongoing net feed efficiency (NFE) trials by the Stabiliser Cattle Company show more efficient bulls and steers with low NFE figures save £21 a head…

NEWS

Vote: Are you struggling to find harvest staff?

The NFU is concerned that a shortage of seasonal workers this harvest could leave fruit and vegetable crops rotting in the ground. Workers are urgently needed in the horticulture industry,…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Video: Homemade silage station reduces round-bale headache

After developing a strong aversion for wrapping bales in the field where the baler dropped them, Geoff Eyre wasn’t a fan of the somewhat tedious job of collecting wrapped rounds…

HARVEST

First barley crimping harvest gets under way in Devon

The cereal harvest is kicking off with Devon farmer Roger Adams cutting his winter barley and then crimping the high-moisture content crop to feed his beef cattle. In what is…

LIVESTOCK

4 steps to ensure heifers are on track to calve at 24 months

We all need to build more resilient businesses in this tough world of market volatility and the starting point on all dairy farms is the birth of the calf. What…

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WILDLIFE

Sheep farmers issued licences to cull ravens in England

Farmers in England have been given licences to cull ravens on farmland to protect newborn lambs. Natural England has confirmed it has issued licences for ravens to be culled in…

NEWS

EU farm lobby slams CAP reform plans

The head of EU farmers’ lobby Copa-Cogeca has issued a withering attack on plans to cap support payments for farmers. European farmers and agri-co-operatives met in Brussels on Friday (15…

NEWS

Father and son rescued after farm slurry incident

A father and son have been rescued after falling into a slurry pit in Northern Ireland. The two men, aged in their 40s and 70s, got into difficulty on a…

NEWS

Defra unveils £5.3m in crop research funding

A £5.3m package unveiled by Defra aims to improve the resilience, sustainability and quality of major crops for UK farmers. Four leading agricultural research centres will help develop new technologies…

NEWS

Meet the 2018 Farmers Weekly Awards finalists

We've sifted through hundreds of entries to arrive at the 2018 Farmers Weekly Awards shortlist. For each of the 14 categories there are three judges - an independent industry expert,…

NEWS

Tractor driver ‘lucky to be alive’ after horror crash

A tractor driver is lucky to be alive after a three-vehicle horror crash involving a stolen RS Ford Focus. The distinctive white Ford Focus RS Mk2 was in a serious…

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NEWS

Opinion: In praise of the Kiwi approach to disease control

News of the outbreak of Mycoplasma Bovis in New Zealand and the government plan to cull 150,000 animals in a bid to eradicate the disease, has now reached mainstream UK…

OPINION

Opinion: Neale McQuistin on living with Network Rail

I’ll be disappointed if transport secretary Chris Grayling is still in his job by the time this column appears. Travelling on the rail network has become a nightmare for many…

NEWS

Opinion: The pros and cons of chartered status for farmers

Here Farmers Weekly columnists Will Evans and Guy Smith consider whether farming should become a chartered profession.  While Mr Evans believes professional qualifications would lead to a better agricultural industry,…

NEWS

Opinion: Unity is key for 'health and harmony' after Brexit

Readers who have reviewed my thoughts expressed through these columns over the years may remember I have often called for bodies representing the various sectors of our industry to work…

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WHEAT

Cereals 2018: Wheat variety offers 33% extra untreated yield

A conventional winter barley delivering hybrid yields plus a potential Group 2 wheat with an untreated yield 33% above control varieties are among the latest KWS varieties up for recommendation…

VARIETY SELECTION

Cereals 2018: High-yielding, low-input OSR on the way

High-yielding, low-input oilseed rape varieties suitable for an integrated farm management approach are the aim of breeder DSV’s triple layer concept, which was unveiled at Cereals 2018. The new concept…

WHEAT

Cereals 2018: Soft feed wheat fast-tracked for autumn drilling

Limagrain has such high hopes for its soft feed wheat candidate, Skyscraper, that it is making up to 4,000t of seed available for this autumn. Described as a breakthrough variety,…

MACHINERY

Cereals 2018: Pick of drills and cultivation kit

The Cereals event returned to its regular southern haunt at Chrishall Grange, Cambridgeshire this week. Farmers Weekly’s Machinery team headed down the drills and cultivation isle to pick out some highlights.…

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WEED MANAGEMENT

Spud Watch: Dry weather reduces blight pressure

Seed planting was completed by the end of the first week in June, with the last of the pre-emergence herbicides being applied, at the time of writing. Weed control has been…

VARIETY SELECTION

Barley breeders have BYDV solution to neonic ban

Barley varieties that are tolerant to a key viral disease could help farmers reduce yield losses when growing barley without neonicotinoid seed treatments. Two breeders are investigating barley varieties in…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Is now the right time to buy new machinery?

What a difference a prolonged spell of dry weather makes to the farm and, indeed, my mood. I don’t think I have ever known crops to go through their growth…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Variable rapeseed may need pod sealant

Some oilseed rape is beginning to turn but our Crop Watch agronomists are warning pod sealant may be needed this season to deal with second waves of “mini-flowering” and ensure elasticity…

WHEAT

Cereals 2018: Wheat variety offers 33% extra untreated yield

A conventional winter barley delivering hybrid yields plus a potential Group 2 wheat with an untreated yield 33% above control varieties are among the latest KWS varieties up for recommendation…

VARIETY SELECTION

Cereals 2018: High-yielding, low-input OSR on the way

High-yielding, low-input oilseed rape varieties suitable for an integrated farm management approach are the aim of breeder DSV’s triple layer concept, which was unveiled at Cereals 2018. The new concept…

WHEAT

Cereals 2018: Soft feed wheat fast-tracked for autumn drilling

Limagrain has such high hopes for its soft feed wheat candidate, Skyscraper, that it is making up to 4,000t of seed available for this autumn. Described as a breakthrough variety,…

WHEAT

Cereals 2018: Pest and disease forecasting service launched

Farmers can get a glimpse of a pest and disease forecast service set to be launched in autumn 2019, offering a 10-day prediction of key pests and diseases. A prototype…

Livestock

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TAKING STOCK

South Devon females disperse to £2,221 average

A yarding of 44 South Devon cow and calf outfits levelled at £2,221.22 and 25 heifers made £1,372.20 at the Ewefields dispersal at Newark on Monday (18 June). Trade topped…

LIVESTOCK

Farmer Focus: Grass rotations shortened to maintain quality

Grass growth is now peaking and cattle and lambs are really thriving. The countryside and nature is at its most beautiful and many days are spent in awe of the…

TAKING STOCK

Limousin summer sale up £413 on the year

Another strong Limousin trade was seen in the pedigree ring at Borderway on Friday (15 June) as 28 bulls met an 86% clearance and averages lifted on the year to…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Vet Viewpoint: Advice on flies, BVD, coccidiosis and mastitis

Summer has arrived across the country, bringing with it a host of issues for the vets in this month’s Vet Viewpoint. In this edition, vets from around the country offer…

MEDICINES

Drive to cut antibiotics praised by senior health official

The livestock sector has won praise from a senior human health official after figures showed dramatic cuts in antibiotics use and almost total compliance with EU medicine laws. During an…

LIVESTOCK

Farmer Focus: How goat milk market changed for the worse

This is my final Farmer Focus article. In the two-and-a-half years I have been writing a lot has changed on all fronts. The biggest issues for British farmers in that…

LIVESTOCK

Q&A: Advice for genomic testing calves

Genomic testing is becoming a growing trend to help UK farmers select the best herd replacements. Testing heifers is where real gains can be made. It can also help eliminate…

TAKING STOCK

National cow shortage pushes up cull prices

Phenomenal and at times record cull cow prices have been unable to coax more cows to market, as auctioneers report a national average price of 132.88p/kg to start June. This…

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MACHINERY

Stihl's Bluetooth headphones give cable-free music

To help while away the hours on tedious brushcutting or mowing duties, Stihl has come up with a set of ear defenders featuring wireless headphones. The Dynamic BT protectors operate…

MACHINERY

Cereals 2018: Pick of drills and cultivation kit

The Cereals event returned to its regular southern haunt at Chrishall Grange, Cambridgeshire this week. Farmers Weekly’s Machinery team headed down the drills and cultivation isle to pick out some highlights.…

SPRAYING AND FERTILISING

Cereals 2018: Sprayers and spreaders

The Cereals event returned to its regular southern haunt at Chrishall Grange, Cambridgeshire this week. Farmers Weekly’s Machinery team delved into the sprays and sprayers ring in search of the latest…

TRACTORS

High-hour Horsepower: JD 6610 on fleet frontline

Mint condition John Deere 10-series tractors are now fetching close to their as-new price, but that hasn’t deterred one young contractor from running a high-houred 6610 on the frontline of…

Community

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FARMLIFE

Farmer's daughter hits the catwalk with feed bag fashion

You'd be forgiven for thinking fashion and farming don’t mix, but farmer's daughter Jessica Purdie is turning heads in the fashion world with her collection of whacky garments inspired by…

LIVESTOCK

Farmer Focus: Grass rotations shortened to maintain quality

Grass growth is now peaking and cattle and lambs are really thriving. The countryside and nature is at its most beautiful and many days are spent in awe of the…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Is now the right time to buy new machinery?

What a difference a prolonged spell of dry weather makes to the farm and, indeed, my mood. I don’t think I have ever known crops to go through their growth…

YOUNG FARMERS

Why young farmers should consider getting into poultry

For young people dreaming of running their own farm business, getting into poultry could be an ideal way to build up cash and experience if land and money are proving…

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SUCCESSION PLANNING

Farmer wins multimillion pound court case against father

An Oxfordshire farmer has won a High Court case against his father over a dispute about the inheritance of an £8m estate. John Michael Gee, 60, began working on the…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

10-year FBT offer for new entrant on Cumbrian stock farm

A new entrant will get the chance to start a stock-rearing enterprise with a 10-year farm business tenancy (FBT) near Carlisle. Slealands Farm, near Longtown in Cumbria, has 175-acres of Grade…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Tight supplies predicted to preserve Scots meat prices

Red meat producers in Scotland are likely to see strong prices for beef and lamb for the remainder of the year as tight supplies give farmers the upper hand over…

FARM ENERGY

Threat to biofuel market defeated by farm lobby groups

A looming threat to cereal and rapeseed prices has been stopped after plans to cut the use of crop-based biofuels in the transport sector was abandoned by European politicians. A…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

£5,000 grants on offer to promote local food in Scotland

Farmers in Scotland can apply for grants of up to £5,000 for projects promoting locally sourced food and drink. A total of £250,000 is available for the Connect Local Regional Food…

DIVERSIFICATION

Poultry firm offers free-range deal to entice arable farms

One of the UK’s largest free-range chicken producers has urged arable farmers to invest up to £1m and diversify into contract poultry production. Traditional Norfolk Poultry (TNP) already operates more…

TAX

Farmers told to apply for climate change tax discount

The NFU has warned farmers they face rises in climate change taxes unless they register for a discount scheme before the 31 July deadline. The Climate Change Levy (CCL) is…

DIVERSIFICATION

Selling farm products online - what you need to know

Shopping online is the norm for many consumers these days and more and more farmers are exploring opportunities to sell products via the internet. It's not without challenges, however, so…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

USDA harvest forecast sees volatile week for new crop wheat

New crop wheat prices have had a volatile week after forecasts of a poor Russian harvest initially pushed up values before they fell back again amid concern over the US-China…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Arable margins set to fall as cost of production rises

Combinable crop margins are set to fall by more than £80/ha for both the 2018 and 2019 harvests after the improvement seen in 2017 crop results, says consultant Andersons. Lower…

CEREALS

6 key measures to assess arable performance

Machinery and labour offer the main scope for raising arable efficiency, and on most farms there is still room for improvement. Full benchmarking is a useful exercise but a set…

TAX

CLA warns changes in inheritance tax regime will be harmful

The government has been cautioned against making major changes to the inheritance tax (IHT) system on the ground it could lead to major upheaval for farm businesses. But the Country…

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TENANCIES AND RENTS

10-year FBT offer for new entrant on Cumbrian stock farm

A new entrant will get the chance to start a stock-rearing enterprise with a 10-year farm business tenancy (FBT) near Carlisle. Slealands Farm, near Longtown in Cumbria, has 175-acres of Grade…

YOUNG FARMERS

Why young farmers should consider getting into poultry

For young people dreaming of running their own farm business, getting into poultry could be an ideal way to build up cash and experience if land and money are proving…

YOUNG FARMERS

How and why ag students should start their own business

With fresh thinking and bags of energy to back them up, young people can make amazing entrepreneurs. Taking on the extra work of starting up a new business may seem…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Time is tight for £40,000 Welsh young farmer scheme

Young farmers in Wales hoping to benefit from a scheme offering a start-up grant of £40,000 have a fortnight left to express their interest. The Young People into Agriculture scheme…