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Tributes paid after sudden death of farm charity worker

Tributes have been paid to farm charity worker Richard Huxtable, who has died at the age of 55. The former farm manager and consultant had been working for the Royal…

NEWS

Farmers Weekly April Fool’s story lifts people’s spirits

A Farmers Weekly April Fool’s story revealing former NFU president Meurig Raymond had launched his own range of fine wines has helped to lift spirits among farmers. In the fake…

LIVESTOCK

Coronavirus: Create an emergency plan in case you fall ill

Farm consultants from the Farm Advisory Service have created an emergency document to help farmers plan ahead in case they fall ill during the coronavirus pandemic. The emergency plan template…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Coronavirus: Welsh government offers more help for farmers

The Welsh government has introduced a range of measures to help Welsh farmers through the coronavirus crisis, including an extension to the BPS application window, a derogation to the three-crop…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Coronavirus: Top-level talks to secure farm workforce

A new scheme could see thousands of British people helping to feed the nation by working on UK farms during the coronavirus epidemic. Farm leaders and Defra officials are discussing…

NEWS

Coronavirus: Northern Ireland suspends most TB testing

Defra is facing calls to follow Northern Ireland and suspend TB tests in England amid fears that vets checking cattle for the disease could spread coronavirus. The pandemic has seen…

PLANNING PERMISSION

7 farmer tips to fast track planning permission

Taking the time to identify the relevant site surveys for your build and engaging with the public will help smooth any planning application, says Cumbrian farmer Robert Morris-Eyton. In 2018,…

PLANNING PERMISSION

Farm buildings: Know your permitted development rights

Permitted development rights (PDRs) are useful procedures that make certain types of development quicker, easier and cheaper. They allow landowners to build, extend, develop, convert, excavate or carry out engineering…

WHATS IN YOUR LIVESTOCK SHED

What's in Your Livestock Shed visits a £1.4m greenfield dairy

No corners have been cut in the design and building of the new parlour and cubicle shed 230m away from the original dairy at Beckside Farm, near Millom. Robert and…

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LIVESTOCK

Coronavirus: Create an emergency plan in case you fall ill

Farm consultants from the Farm Advisory Service have created an emergency document to help farmers plan ahead in case they fall ill during the coronavirus pandemic. The emergency plan template…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Coronavirus: Welsh government offers more help for farmers

The Welsh government has introduced a range of measures to help Welsh farmers through the coronavirus crisis, including an extension to the BPS application window, a derogation to the three-crop…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Coronavirus: Top-level talks to secure farm workforce

A new scheme could see thousands of British people helping to feed the nation by working on UK farms during the coronavirus epidemic. Farm leaders and Defra officials are discussing…

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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: It’s time to teach the kids core farming skills

The temptation could be for farmers to say: “I told you so.” But this is not the time for such chuntering comments on social media. Now is the time for…

NEWS

FW opinion: Farmers doing country proud during virus crisis

The devastating impact of the coronavirus has turned our world upside down. In the space of just two weeks this country has gone from relative normality to a full national…

NEWS

Opinion: Covid-19 could be the defining moment of our lives

I am writing this column in the week before Mothering Sunday – ordinarily one of our busiest weeks of the year, as we plant and harvest crops and supply the…

NEWS

Opinion: Could the chancellor be agriculture's new best ally?

The new chancellor, Rishi Sunak, has delivered his historic Budget. Thankfully, our worst fears were not realised and he listened to lobbying from the NFU and others, allowing agriculture to…

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MAIZE

How maize is helping grower cut costs and build soil health

Building an anaerobic digestion (AD) plant and doubling the maize area is enabling one Kent grower to tackle blackgrass in problem fields, improve soil health and cut fertiliser costs.  …

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Finally cracking on with spring drilling

We are finally off. After what seems like an interminable period, our spring planting campaign is under way. Normally we have potatoes and onions to plant and relatively small areas…

ARABLE

Coronavirus: Cereals 2020 goes online

This year’s Cereals event is to move online for the first time, meaning growers will still be able to hear the latest advice as well as take part in interactive…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Top tips on managing late disease in potatoes after diquat

The loss of diquat means potato crop desiccation will be a longer and more protracted process, which could increase the risk of late-season diseases such as tuber blight and rhizoctonia.…

PEST MANAGEMENT

All you need to know about controlling wireworm in potatoes

This season is the first where growers face managing wireworm without the key pesticide Mocap (ethoprophos) that has proved effective for some years in managing the costly pest. This means…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Chaotic economy means high cereal prices

It is quite unbelievable how much the world has changed since I last wrote. At the beginning of March, I was skiing with a small group in a remote part…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

How farmer groups can work together to get most from ELM

Farm adviser, Alison Cross, believes that farmers should act together in groups to get the best out of Britain’s future farming policy and so have a wide impact on the…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Winter barley disease and Plasticine-like soils

Spring is perhaps finally here, and many growers are making good progress on drilling, except on heavy land, which is still too wet to work. Conditions are still challenging, with…

Livestock

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LIVESTOCK

Coronavirus: Create an emergency plan in case you fall ill

Farm consultants from the Farm Advisory Service have created an emergency document to help farmers plan ahead in case they fall ill during the coronavirus pandemic. The emergency plan template…

PLANNING PERMISSION

7 farmer tips to fast track planning permission

Taking the time to identify the relevant site surveys for your build and engaging with the public will help smooth any planning application, says Cumbrian farmer Robert Morris-Eyton. In 2018,…

WHATS IN YOUR LIVESTOCK SHED

What's in Your Livestock Shed visits a £1.4m greenfield dairy

No corners have been cut in the design and building of the new parlour and cubicle shed 230m away from the original dairy at Beckside Farm, near Millom. Robert and…

SHEEP

Coronavirus lockdown halts maedi visna testing

Sheep flocks face losing their maedi visna (MV)-free status after the government’s coronavirus lockdown halted testing for the accreditation scheme, Farmers Weekly has learned. The issue affects farms that have…

TAKING STOCK

Virus forecast to erode store lamb margins

Hogg finishers targeting the late market after paying elevated store prices might be pleased to break even after supply chains have been rocked by the coronavirus outbreak. Lamb prices tumbled…

LIVESTOCK

Shearer match-making service launched to combat shortage

Shearing contractors concerned about labour shortages amid the Covid-19 crisis can use an online hub to link up with professional sheep shearers. The shearing register is an online directory from…

BREEDING AND FERTILITY

Advice on using the most effective dairy fertility KPIs

It is vital that fertility key performance indicators (KPIs) for every herd are monitored to track performance and identify weaknesses to optimise fertility. But with so much data now available…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Kansas has descended into pandemic hysteria

The gist of my January article was, “take a deep breath before you panic this year”. That sure didn’t last long. Much like Europe, we have descended into full-blown Covid-19…

Machinery

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CULTIVATION AND DRILLING

Labour-saving vegetable machinery transforms staff reliance

A small agricultural importer is hoping to revolutionise the vegetable planting and harvesting world with a selection of new machines aimed at hacking back the sector's labour dependence. Growers' reliance…

TRACTORS

Case-IH's Quadtrac gets AFS Connect technology

Case-IH has added the AFS Connect system onto its monster Quadtrac tractors. The new machines will be available in Europe throughout the second half of 2020 and they follow the…

MACHINERY MAINTENANCE

What coronavirus means for kit orders, spares and servicing

Mass factory closures and the lockdown of more than one-quarter of the world's population may have sent world economies into a whirlwind, but farm machinery manufacturers are doing everything they…

MACHINERY

Coronavirus: Guidance for farmers and contractors

An improvement in weather conditions means farms are now buzzing with activity, but it’s imperative that employers and staff given ‘key worker’ status take all the precautions outlined by the…

Community

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FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Finally cracking on with spring drilling

We are finally off. After what seems like an interminable period, our spring planting campaign is under way. Normally we have potatoes and onions to plant and relatively small areas…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Kansas has descended into pandemic hysteria

The gist of my January article was, “take a deep breath before you panic this year”. That sure didn’t last long. Much like Europe, we have descended into full-blown Covid-19…

FARMLIFE

Coronavirus: Yorkshire farm shop opens drive-through venture

Move over McDonalds – the farmers who run a North Yorkshire farm shop have started a drive-through for shoppers to maintain social distancing while grabbing their groceries. Bert’s Barrow, based…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Chaotic economy means high cereal prices

It is quite unbelievable how much the world has changed since I last wrote. At the beginning of March, I was skiing with a small group in a remote part…

Business

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BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Coronavirus: Top-level talks to secure farm workforce

A new scheme could see thousands of British people helping to feed the nation by working on UK farms during the coronavirus epidemic. Farm leaders and Defra officials are discussing…

PLANNING PERMISSION

Farm buildings: Know your permitted development rights

Permitted development rights (PDRs) are useful procedures that make certain types of development quicker, easier and cheaper. They allow landowners to build, extend, develop, convert, excavate or carry out engineering…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Commodity markets in flux as virus uncertainty continues

Almost all markets are more volatile than usual, with a heady mix of crop areas, logistical strains, massive changes in demand and consumer trends. Speculative activity is also driving further…

LIVESTOCK

Shearer match-making service launched to combat shortage

Shearing contractors concerned about labour shortages amid the Covid-19 crisis can use an online hub to link up with professional sheep shearers. The shearing register is an online directory from…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Landlord and tenant bodies in joint appeal for understanding

Rural landlords and tenants must work together collaboratively and compassionately during this unprecedented time, say the Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) and Country Land and Business Association (CLA). The call relates…

INPUT MARKETS AND PRICES

Fertiliser prices rise on stronger demand and weaker currency

Better demand combined with a relatively weak sterling has pushed fertiliser prices higher. Spot demand has grown in the UK as drilling progresses at pace and the grassland sector starts…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: Should I invest in farm with messy legacy?

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Duncan Sigournay, partner and head of agriculture at Thrings, advises on a…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Coronavirus: Who is eligible for self-employed support?

New entrants and company directors may struggle to receive financial support from the government’s new scheme for the self-employed. Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced on Thursday (26 March) that self-employed workers…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Coronavirus: Pensworth seeks government loan to pay for milk

Milk processor Pensworth will pay its suppliers just 25% of their standard milk price until it gets an emergency government loan as it battles a slump in demand from the…

TAX

Coronavirus: Tips to ease VAT cashflow and gain from deferral

Farm contractors or agri-businesses that usually pay VAT bills by direct debit should cancel them immediately if they want to defer their payment, say accountants. There is an option to…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Coronavirus: Advice for managing and keeping staff safe

Farmers may be wondering how to best protect their staff during the coronavirus outbreak. We asked Oliver Dale, managing director at Safety Revolution, and Sophie Walker, business manager at the…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Coronavirus: Chip shop closures bad news for potato growers

The closure of fish and chip shops due to coronavirus has left thousands of tonnes of potatoes languishing in storage – threatening to put farmers out of business. Although government…

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Careers

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Study reveals what a farm manager is worth

The average farm manager earns £49,523 including any bonuses and profit share payments. In addition to this, they receive an estimated £8,368 in non-cash benefits such as housing, vehicle use…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

NI proposes 5% pay increase for farmworkers

Farmworkers in Northern Ireland are set to get a 5% pay rise from April to keep them ahead of increases to the National Living Wage. The Agricultural Wages Board (AWB)…

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…