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CRIME

Video: Farms turned into fortresses to battle rural crime

Farmers from Ambion Contractors Ltd, near Sutton Cheney in Leicestershire, in the shadows of the Bosworth battlefield, are engaged in their own battle – the constant fight against rural crime.…

LAND MARKETS

Land with forestry potential sees unprecedented prices

Hill farms and bare land with the potential for planting trees have achieved unprecedented prices due to competitive bidding from commercial forestry investors. This rise in demand was the biggest…

FOOT HEALTH

How to minimise claw horn lesions at calving time

Extra attention to cow comfort around the calving stage is vital to minimise sole ulcers and sole haemorrhage, according to a leading vet and clinical researcher. Dr Reuben Newsome of…

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: ‘Slow farming’ - a tonic for the spirit

Nothing beats a bit of “slow farming”. We’ve done weeks of rushing round like mad things with high-speed drills and even faster 24m sprayers (yes, I know that’s small these…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Scare stories turning people off red meat, says QMS

Media stories about the role red meat production plays in global warming and its links to bowel cancer are having a negative impact on consumption. According to new independent research…

ROOT CROP EQUIPMENT

Scotts reponds to diquat ban with bigger haulm toppers

Scotts Precision Manufacturing has added a wider model to its haulm topper line-up in response to the burgeoning demand caused by the banning of diquat. The Trinity 30B will be…

BUSINESS

Divorce law changes set to simplify the process

No-fault divorce is to be introduced into law in England and Wales when the Parliamentary timetable allows, following a decades-long campaign for change. This significance of this should not be…

BREEDING AND FERTILITY

Advice on using dairy teaser bulls

As the breeding season in spring block calving systems approaches, dairy farmers will be weighing up the pros and cons of running vasectomised bulls with their herds to improve heat…

NEWS

Opinion: Politicians’ Brexit failure is a national humiliation

And so it goes on. Just when you thought the end of this cringeworthy farce was nigh, the mother of all parliaments has bestowed upon us another six months of…

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NEWS

Opinion: Politicians’ Brexit failure is a national humiliation

And so it goes on. Just when you thought the end of this cringeworthy farce was nigh, the mother of all parliaments has bestowed upon us another six months of…

NEWS

Opinion: AHDB - a valuable resource for learning and support

This month, I am proud to take up a new role as a member of the AHDB Dairy Board. As someone with almost no farming background, who has only worked…

NEWS

Opinion: Give peas a chance to fulfil their potential

The UK pea crop is in decline. From around 100,000ha two decades ago, the area of protein peas grown is now less than half. Farmers are reluctant to grow a…

OPINION

Opinion: Learning about food starts on the farm

Prue Leith of Great British Bake off fame recently called for packed lunches to be banned in schools “because parents could not be trusted to give their children healthy food”.…

BREXIT

Brexit analysis: AHDB forecasts rise in farm labour costs

Rising labour costs and falling production are likely to trigger a fall in farm business income for just about all farm types post Brexit, whether the UK leaves with a…

BREXIT

EU grants UK third country status to protect exports

The UK has been granted third country status by the EU, allowing the trade of live animals and animal products with the continent in the event of a no-deal Brexit.…

FARM POLICY

How Defra answered farmers' questions at MPs' Brexit meeting

Defra ministers faced a raft of questions submitted by farmers when they were quizzed by MPs this week. Defra secretary Michael Gove and farm minister Robert Goodwill appeared before the House…

BREXIT

Farmers blast Rees-Mogg for Brexit ‘cheap food’ claim

Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg has been slated by farmers after suggesting that consumers can look forward to cheaper food after Brexit – potentially. The suggestion on his Twitter account has…

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CROP MANAGEMENT

Essex and Suffolk growers hope for rain

Essex and Suffolk arable growers are starting to suffer from the very dry spring, with their autumn and spring-sown crops both in desperate need of some rain. In Essex, Ed…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

How a Wilts grower is raising yields with attention to soil

Edward Parsons is looking to get more out of his soils by chopping straw, adding manure and varying his seed rates, and he is reaping the benefits as wheat yields…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Essex Young Farmers weekend a huge success

We have just hosted the Essex Young Farmers Big Exchange weekend, and what a huge success it was. We had more than 300 Young Farmers from several counties partying and…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

How to grow septoria resistant wheat in the west

The highest rating for Septoria on the recommended list is held by breakthrough milling wheat variety Extase. Lucinda Dann met a Herefordshire grower to find out his experience of growing…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Oxford grower cuts costs with a two-spray wheat fungicide strate...

Mark Oldroyd is looking to cut his wheat fungicide costs by moving to a two-spray programme using a variety with good disease resistance allied with delayed drilling in the autumn.…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Drill demo sparks competition between dealers

What a difference a year makes. After what we endured 12 months ago with a cold and late spring, this one seems almost perfect. Some dry spells for land work,…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Oilseed rape crops struggle after larval damage

Oilseed rape looks like being the problem crop to manage this spring with many fields badly damaged by cabbage stem flea beetle larvae and agronomists scratching their heads about how…

ESTABLISHMENT

Smart drill add-on offers real-time variable applications

A clever gadget that provides planter operators with real-time soil data for on-the-fly variable-rate seed and fertiliser applications could soon feature on UK farms after a recent Agco acquisition. Illinois-based…

Livestock

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FOOT HEALTH

How to minimise claw horn lesions at calving time

Extra attention to cow comfort around the calving stage is vital to minimise sole ulcers and sole haemorrhage, according to a leading vet and clinical researcher. Dr Reuben Newsome of…

BREEDING AND FERTILITY

Advice on using dairy teaser bulls

As the breeding season in spring block calving systems approaches, dairy farmers will be weighing up the pros and cons of running vasectomised bulls with their herds to improve heat…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Fat sheep is this year’s forage challenge

What a difference a year makes. This time last year I was struggling for fodder – all my kale and fodder beet had been wiped out by the Beast from…

TAKING STOCK

Spring lambs surge to cash in on Easter

Hogg finishers and early lambers sold into a rising market last week to capitalise on stronger lamb prices, which auctioneers say could hold through April. A three-fold increase in Great…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Deeper maize drilling necessary on drier ground

Growers are being advised to base maize drilling depth on soil conditions and moisture levels and sow maize as soon as conditions permit. To ensure the best chance of maximum…

BREEDING AND FERTILITY

How to assess and improve dairy herd genetics

Making the right decisions on breeding strategy can mean the difference between profit and loss for dairy farmers. Even with the best management, there is a limit to animal performance,…

BREEDING AND FERTILITY

How the dairy industry is making genetic improvements

Dairy producers have made rapid genetic progress in recent years, with gains in milk, fat and protein production and a transformation in the appearance of cows, each heavily influenced by…

CRIME

Police appeal after 200 sheep stolen in Dorset

Police are appealing for information after more than 200 sheep were stolen in Dorset. The incident happened between Friday 22 March and Monday 8 April in fields along the A37…

Machinery

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ROOT CROP EQUIPMENT

Scotts reponds to diquat ban with bigger haulm toppers

Scotts Precision Manufacturing has added a wider model to its haulm topper line-up in response to the burgeoning demand caused by the banning of diquat. The Trinity 30B will be…

MUCKSPREADERS

Video: Contractor rates his high-tech slurry injection kit

Digestate and slurry spreading might once have been deemed an inconvenient clear-out exercise, but its potential for cheap crop nutrition and tighter regulations governing its disposal mean it is now…

TECHNOLOGY

Tuff Phones launches new multi-network SIM

To help limit phone signal dead spots in the countryside, Tuff phones has introduced a multi-network sim card that can operate on any one of three major networks. See also: Farmer…

TECHNOLOGY

App helps dairy farmers to monitor Fullwood milking robots

Dairy farmers running Fullwood’s Merlin 2 milking robot can now monitor the performance of their herd through a new app. The interface shows real-time performance data and historical milking records,…

Community

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FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: ‘Slow farming’ - a tonic for the spirit

Nothing beats a bit of “slow farming”. We’ve done weeks of rushing round like mad things with high-speed drills and even faster 24m sprayers (yes, I know that’s small these…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Fat sheep is this year’s forage challenge

What a difference a year makes. This time last year I was struggling for fodder – all my kale and fodder beet had been wiped out by the Beast from…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Essex Young Farmers weekend a huge success

We have just hosted the Essex Young Farmers Big Exchange weekend, and what a huge success it was. We had more than 300 Young Farmers from several counties partying and…

FARMLIFE

15 weird and wonderful field names shared by farmers

Borrow Bread, Dear Bought, Purgatory, Gaudy Close, Ding Dong… just a few of the field names in a new book about their origins. Here are some of your favourite (or…

Business

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LAND MARKETS

Land with forestry potential sees unprecedented prices

Hill farms and bare land with the potential for planting trees have achieved unprecedented prices due to competitive bidding from commercial forestry investors. This rise in demand was the biggest…

BUSINESS

Divorce law changes set to simplify the process

No-fault divorce is to be introduced into law in England and Wales when the Parliamentary timetable allows, following a decades-long campaign for change. This significance of this should not be…

LAND MARKETS

Land ownership revelations prompt Labour calls for new tax

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for “radical change” after a new book suggested half of England is owned by less than 1% of its population. Some 25,000 landowners –…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

How to avoid EFA pitfalls in 2019

Defra has tightened the double-funding rules, with implications for farmers as they make this year’s Ecological Focus Area (EFA) calculations. George Badger, farm consultant with Strutt & Parker, explains the…

LAND MARKETS

Dry weather concerns prompt more livestock keep inquiries

Inquiries for grass keep are increasing as stock producers’ dry weather concerns grow. The area offered for keep so far has been similar to last year in many regions. Prices…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

How new rental plans will affect rural tenants and landlords

Abolishing “no-fault” evictions in England, a move described as the biggest overhaul for renters in a generation, could have a huge impact on rural landlords and agricultural tenants. Prime minister…

NVZS

NVZ farmers reminded to update records before deadline

Farmers in a nitrate vulnerable zone (NVZ) in England and Wales must update their livestock and grassland management records by 30 April. If using livestock manure on the holding, the…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Dairy report shows costs gap between top and bottom herds

The top 25% of dairy farms are making a margin of up to 12p/litre more than their counterparts in the bottom quartile because of lower costs. AHDB has published its…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Brexit stockpiling sees dairy exports and imports rise

Dairy imports and exports have risen sharply since the start of the year, with stockpiling as an insurance against a no-Brexit deal thought to be the key driver. HMRC figures…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Dutch grow veal production as dairy herd shrinks

An increase in veal production has seen the Dutch farming sector increase beef production by 9% in a year, at a time when the national dairy herd is shrinking. Of…

GRANTS

Scottish beef farmers set to receive headage payments

Scottish beef farmers are being reminded to check their bank accounts to ensure correct delivery of beef headage payments. The Scottish government announced on 3 April that payments for the…

CRIME

Bank issues cyber-crime warning to farmers

Farmers need to be more vigilant in the face of increasingly sophisticated fraud and cybersecurity attacks, HSBC UK has warned. Criminals stole £1.2 bn through fraud in 2018, with both…

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Careers

YOUNG FARMERS

Video: Is this farming's most unusual new entrant?

Philosophy graduate Sam Robinson, who was raised in Oxford, would seem a pretty unlikely new entrant to farming.  But with no industry knowledge or background, the 27-year-old moved to the…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Ag universities hit back at 'flawed' earnings report

Agricultural universities and departments have hit back at a report that recommends steering students away from "low earnings" degree subjects, including agriculture. Titled, A question of degree, the report from…

JOB PROFILES

Job profile: What’s it like to be a seeds sales manager?

If you have got a passion for crops and want to be on the front line of variety developments then a job as a seed product manager could be the…

JOB PROFILES

Job profile: What’s it like to be a sprayer operator?

If you love the sound of being behind the wheel of the latest big kit, have an eye for detail and a passion for precision, then a job working as…