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No ban on meat terms for plant-based products, says EU

European politicians have rejected proposed bans on terms such as “veggie burger” or “veggie sausages” for plant-based alternatives to meat. But proposals to ban the use of phrases such as…

GRANTS

NI to reopen farm machinery grants scheme

Farmers in Northern Ireland will soon be able to apply for grants covering 40% of the cost of a list of items of equipment and machinery ranging in value from…

BUSINESS

IT problems disrupt online-only livestock sales in Ireland

The Irish government has insisted that livestock marts must continue with online video sales only, despite technical problems over the weekend that led to delays at 16 sales and the…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Row intensifies over whether CAP reforms are ‘green’ enough

European farm leaders have dismissed claims from environmentalists that current plans for CAP reform do not go far enough, warning that much of the criticism comes from activists who have…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

BVD vaccination can lift milk yields, trial shows

Vaccinating dairy cows against the bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) virus can lift milk yields by up to 1 litre/day, a recent global study has shown. A total of 1,463 cows…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Wet frustrates wheat drilling and weed plans

The wet October weather continues to frustrate drilling progress across parts of the UK, and it is also resulting in a greater amount of crop effect from the pre-emergence herbicides.…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

How increased grass helped new heifer venture on sheep farm

A Welsh sheep farm is growing 4t/ha DM more grass a year by adopting a rotational grazing system and managing grass well, allowing it to support a new dairy heifer…

FARMLIFE

‘I spend my evenings buried in Farmers Weekly’ says Clarkson

TV presenter turned farmer Jeremy Clarkson has revealed he is an avid reader of Farmers Weekly – the UK’s leading farming publication. Writing in his latest column for The Sunday…

YOUNG FARMERS

Amy Eggleston: Be transparent, but not shocking

If you have read this column before, you will know that I am a big fan of social media. As an industry, it gives us a unique opportunity to showcase…

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LIVESTOCK MARKETING

Welsh mart will shut unless farmers obey Covid-19 rules

A Welsh mart operator is appealing to farmers to comply with the Covid-19 safety measures in place at the site – or risk its closure. JJ Morris Auctioneers, which runs…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

BVD project extended after Covid-19 delays

Defra has announced a six-month extension to a Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) project after Covid-19 lockdown measures caused delays. The BVD Stamp It Out initiative England was launched in 2018…

BUSINESS

Covid-19 survey launched in rural Scotland

Researchers in Scotland want farmers and landowners to take part in a survey on the impact of Covid-19. The University of Edinburgh’s RuralCovidLife survey will investigate the psychological, social and…

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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…

Opinion

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NEWS

Opinion: Won over by NBA 'carbon tax' on cattle plan

When I first read that the National Beef Association (NBA) had published a report recommending that a “carbon tax” of £100 a head should be applied to cattle slaughtered over…

NEWS

FW Opinion: Farming back on agenda thanks to #FeedTheNation

It is often said that times of crisis bring out the best in people, and so it has proved with this year’s coronavirus pandemic. The response of farmers to a…

NEWS

Opinion: Sunak should incentivise the public to buy British

British supermarkets and some of the biggest names in food supply, such as Unilever, McDonald’s and Nestle, have called for tougher laws on deforestation in supply chains.  Their proposal would…

NEWS

Opinion: Farmers must get more involved to make R&D relevant

James Wallace is a semi-retired seed merchant in Lincolnshire who acts as UK agent for foreign breeders, and undertakes consultancy for organisations developing new farm technology. He considers the role…

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CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Wet frustrates wheat drilling and weed plans

The wet October weather continues to frustrate drilling progress across parts of the UK, and it is also resulting in a greater amount of crop effect from the pre-emergence herbicides.…

VARIETY SELECTION

Wheat growers try variety blends to cut costs in the West

Six winter wheat growers are trying out blends of varieties this season to see if they can reduce fungicide inputs in the more septoria-susceptible west of the country. The six…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: OSR looks promising but threatened by pigeons

I like a challenge, as I’m sure most people do, but 2020 is far too generous in giving them out. I’m now entering the fourth autumn of my tenancy here…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Why some farms will suffer under post-Brexit pesticide rules

Northern Ireland's arable farmers could eventually end up being unable to benefit from pesticide products used by growers in the rest of the UK, under the latest blueprint for the…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: The irrigators are on already

For us here at Valetta, the entire autumn and winter lamb finishing programme comes together in the space of about six weeks. Lambs come off green feed winter crops, go…

HARVEST AND CROP STORAGE

How to dry grain more efficiently in a wet harvest

With showery summers predicted to become more common, now is a good time to appraise grain-drying facilities and reinvest where necessary to help deal with any extreme seasons to come.…

SOILS

How regenerative farming cut fixed costs by 40% in first year

It is safe to say Nick Padwick isn’t looking for a long transition to farming using regenerative agricultural principles at Ken Hill Farms and Estate, near Snettisham. With an immediate…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: My name is Andrew and I'm an early driller

“My name is Andrew, and I'm an early driller” wrote a Kent farmer friend recently in a parody of an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting. So should I be pleased or embarrassed…

Livestock

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LIVESTOCK DISEASES

BVD vaccination can lift milk yields, trial shows

Vaccinating dairy cows against the bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) virus can lift milk yields by up to 1 litre/day, a recent global study has shown. A total of 1,463 cows…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

How increased grass helped new heifer venture on sheep farm

A Welsh sheep farm is growing 4t/ha DM more grass a year by adopting a rotational grazing system and managing grass well, allowing it to support a new dairy heifer…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Working hard to improve gilt growth

We are still experiencing problems with our weaned gilts coming into heat five to seven days post-weaning.  Despite them looking in reasonable nick, we are convinced that it is an…

LIVESTOCK MARKETING

Welsh mart will shut unless farmers obey Covid-19 rules

A Welsh mart operator is appealing to farmers to comply with the Covid-19 safety measures in place at the site – or risk its closure. JJ Morris Auctioneers, which runs…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

BVD project extended after Covid-19 delays

Defra has announced a six-month extension to a Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) project after Covid-19 lockdown measures caused delays. The BVD Stamp It Out initiative England was launched in 2018…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Sheep virus is a disease of housing, study concludes

An incurable and fatal sheep virus has been dubbed a "disease of housing", after a study showed transmission was negligible in sheep kept in extensive grass-based systems. A mathematical modelling…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

Video: Inside a state-of-the-art transition cow shed

One USA dairy has converted a shed, originally built for calves, into a state-of-the-art facility for transition cows. The shed at George DeRuyter & Sons dairy in Sunnyside, Washington State,…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Desperate to avoid last year’s weather woes

No chain required yet. We jumped straight from harvest, which was late, right into drilling. There are probably rats chewing their way through the combine and baler as we didn’t…

Machinery

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4X4S

On test: New no-frills MWM Spartan 4x4

Mainstream vehicle manufacturers have all but abandoned the dedicated off-road sector in favour of luxury, mass-market soft-roaders that reel in the big bucks. That might seem like a smack in…

TRACTORS

More power and new cab for Fendt 200- and 300-series

Fendt has timed the major overhaul of its cab interiors with several updates to the 200- and 300-series ranges. The tractors fall into the price-sensitive 100hp sector, so have never…

AWARDS

Farmer Weekly Awards 2020: Contractor of the year finalists

This year’s hotly contested Contractor of the Year award features a trio of businesses at the top of their game, all focused on a long-term, financially sustainable vision with an…

TRACTORS

Video: Kubota's 170hp four-cylinder M7173 on test

Kubota’s battle to become part of the 150hp-plus conversation took a new twist last month after HRN, one of Scotland’s biggest machinery dealers, penned a deal to sell and service…

Community

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YOUNG FARMERS

Amy Eggleston: Be transparent, but not shocking

If you have read this column before, you will know that I am a big fan of social media. As an industry, it gives us a unique opportunity to showcase…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Working hard to improve gilt growth

We are still experiencing problems with our weaned gilts coming into heat five to seven days post-weaning.  Despite them looking in reasonable nick, we are convinced that it is an…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: OSR looks promising but threatened by pigeons

I like a challenge, as I’m sure most people do, but 2020 is far too generous in giving them out. I’m now entering the fourth autumn of my tenancy here…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Desperate to avoid last year’s weather woes

No chain required yet. We jumped straight from harvest, which was late, right into drilling. There are probably rats chewing their way through the combine and baler as we didn’t…

Business

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GRANTS

NI to reopen farm machinery grants scheme

Farmers in Northern Ireland will soon be able to apply for grants covering 40% of the cost of a list of items of equipment and machinery ranging in value from…

BUSINESS

IT problems disrupt online-only livestock sales in Ireland

The Irish government has insisted that livestock marts must continue with online video sales only, despite technical problems over the weekend that led to delays at 16 sales and the…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Row intensifies over whether CAP reforms are ‘green’ enough

European farm leaders have dismissed claims from environmentalists that current plans for CAP reform do not go far enough, warning that much of the criticism comes from activists who have…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Germany pins hope on regional resumption of pigmeat exports

German officials are hoping pigmeat exports to Asian countries could resume on a regional basis, despite the growing number of African swine fever (ASF) cases in wild boar. Pig prices…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Decline in demand sees Guernsey dairy cut production by 10%

Channel island-based milk processor Guernsey Dairy has announced plans to cut production by 10%, due to falling demand. The state-backed processor is contractually obliged to take all 8m litres of…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

November milk price rise for Arla members

Arla members’ farmgate milk price will rise by 0.9p/litre for both conventional and organic milk from 1 November.  This takes its conventional milk manufacturing price to 30.66p/litre and the organic…

BUSINESS

Early straw auction sees prices rocket

Exceptional demand for straw saw average prices rocket to more than £130/t at one of the first auctions of the year. In response to demand from trade buyers struggling to…

BUSINESS

CAP reform ring-fences 20% for environmental measures

EU agriculture ministers have agreed to ringfence 20% of direct farm support payments for green measures under CAP reform proposals.   Member states voted through the proposal on a qualified…

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FARMLIFE

Video: Farmers Apprentice 2020 begins

Hundreds of young people applied for this year's Farmers Weekly's Farmers Apprentice Bootcamp. The final 10 contestants will be put through a series of farm challenges and one winner will…

FARMERS APPRENTICE

Farmers Apprentice 2020: Bootcamp in pictures

The 10 finalists have battled it out at bootcamp. It was a full-on week which saw them put through their mental and physical paces as they vied to take home…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

One year on: Britain’s youngest council farm tenant

Britain’s youngest council farm tenant has survived a difficult first year by working hard, utilising his local community, remaining flexible and taking up diversification opportunities. Joe Rabicano was just 18…

PIGS

How staff training is benefiting performance on pig unit

A varied, extensive training programme has helped maintain and improve employee knowledge at one of the largest family-run pig genetics businesses, Rattlerow Farms. The programme has also improved staff motivation…