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STAFF MANAGEMENT

AHDB offers £200 management training course for farmers

Agricultural workers are being urged to join a subsidised management training scheme to bridge a skills gap on UK farms. Less than 35% of farmers and growers in the UK…

ENVIRONMENT

Agriculture bucks trend with cut in water pollution

Latest quarterly figures on serious pollution in England show that agriculture bucked the trend in 2018-19 as the only sector to cause fewer incidents than in 2017-18. Environment Agency data…

4X4S

On test: Suzuki Jimny SZ5 Allgrip

Suzuki has breathed new life into its long-in-the-tooth Jimny with a new model that it hopes will emulate its predecessors’ sales figures and pass the million-unit sold mark in the…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

The new EPEF 420 broiler standard and how to achieve it

Aviagen's Ross 400 Club was introduced to recognise farmers achieving the highest performance on broiler farms. Entry to the club is for those farmers that have achieved a European production…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Cover crops staying ahead of flea beetle

Cereal harvest results are now in. Winter barley produced a thin sample on the lightest of land, with an average yield. However, the six-row hybrid on some of our heavier…

COMPLIANCE

What new water protection powers would mean for farmers

The Environment Agency is close to using fresh powers to regulate water quality that will include the ability to ban cropping or impose low stocking densities. Water Protection Zones (WPZs)…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

What skills to look for when recruiting farm staff

When assessing the performance of their team, or when seeking to recruit new staff, farmers often focus on the skills and knowledge of a potential employee.  While this is important,…

ENVIRONMENT

Organic farmer branches out into agroforestry

Eastbrook Farm is home to renowned organic farmer and chief executive of the Soil Association, Helen Browning. She took over the farm, and its subsequent conversion to organic status, at…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Fresh lows for wheat price as harvesting resumes in earnest

Wheat prices have hit fresh lows as currency values have strengthened through the week, with the market battling to stay in touch with global values. The pound rallied on an…

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Opinion: Positive engagement at Brighton Pride shows the way

A couple of weeks ago, I had the best experience of my life involving a tractor. First, though, I need to do a bit of a build-up to explain how…

NEWS

Opinion: Data needed to counter anti-farming green claims

Last month, Fonterra’s chief science and technology officer penned an article about the environmental effects of plant-based drinks versus real milk. He shared research showing that milk substitutes had double…

OPINION

Opinion: Farmers should challenge 'anti-meat' reporting

Since the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report made the headlines last week, there has been plenty of discussion about how these topics are reported, especially within the BBC.…

NEWS

Opinion: Risk management just as important as grain yield

Harvest 2019 is producing some bulging yields. Even my fellow columnist, farming on the deserts of Essex, has openly confessed to optimistic numbers on the combine yield meter. Farmers up…

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FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Cover crops staying ahead of flea beetle

Cereal harvest results are now in. Winter barley produced a thin sample on the lightest of land, with an average yield. However, the six-row hybrid on some of our heavier…

HARVEST

Harvest 2019: Almost half of cereal and OSR crops combined

Nearly half of cereal and oilseed rape crops are now harvested, with sunny and warmer weather likely to speed up combining progress over the weekend. Some 1.7m ha of the…

HARVEST

Harvest 2019: Yields and quality looking up as sun returns

Harvest is back in full swing after recent rain, and although some crops have gone flat, yields and quality are looking promising across much of the country as the weather…

BLACKGRASS

Why a major blackgrass project is looking at soil health

Improving soil health has now been included in Agrovista’s long-term blackgrass trial, as the company continues to refine its blackgrass management advice for growers on heavy land.  The project’s tried-and-tested…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: OSR delivers top yield after seed rate blooper

After early optimism that harvest 2019 was going to play out similar to harvest 2018, we are back into the reality of a snatch-and-grab harvest. Recently I was made aware…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Forgotten disease found in half of English wheat fields

An often-overlooked cereal disease capable of causing yield losses of up to 30% could be lying unnoticed in more than half of English wheat fields, according to one researcher. The…

SOILS

Potato grower increases worm numbers with cover crops

A Shropshire grower is trying to limit the damaging effect of heavy cultivations for potato crops to his light soils through the use of cover crops. He has seen worm…

HARVEST

Harvest 2019: Wet weather fuels drying costs

Combines are starting to roll again this week, with high hopes of making good progress with a more settled spell being forecast for the Bank Holiday weekend. Especially with the…

Livestock

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STAFF MANAGEMENT

What skills to look for when recruiting farm staff

When assessing the performance of their team, or when seeking to recruit new staff, farmers often focus on the skills and knowledge of a potential employee.  While this is important,…

DAIRY

Milk production under way at floating farm

The world’s first floating dairy farm has begun producing more than 600 litres of milk a day from the centre of Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The aim The company’s aim…

AWARDS

Farmers Weekly Awards: Grassland Manager finalists 2019

All three finalists were focusing on growing quality grass and forage to reduce their reliance on bought-in feed and were shining examples of how farms can be productive while enhancing…

TAKING STOCK

Milker shortage lifts values 16-18% on year

Commercial dairy cattle prices are more than £200 dearer than this time last year, with a shortage of stock creating a buoyant market. Freshly calved commercial heifers averaged £1,502 in…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: 2019 is the year the shepherds got harvest in

Shepherd James has got flock lameness under control while we’ve been distracted with the harvest. Our first draw of lambs is being pulled together and we are trying to select…

BREEDING AND FERTILITY

Are fertility monitors worthwhile in block calving herds?

Fertility monitors are widely used to support heat detection in all-year-round calving herds, but more spring and autumn calving systems are now opting for monitors over scratch-cards and tail paints…

TAKING STOCK

Lanark Texel lamb makes second highest price ever

An eye-catching price of 200,000gns stole the headlines at the Scottish National Texel sale at Lanark on Thursday (22 August) as the Wight family sold ram lamb Midlock Capaldi. The…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

How on-farm mastitis test helped farmer cut antibiotics use

Rather than reaching for antibiotics at the first sign of mastitis, the team at Camerton Farm, Radstock, now do a milk bacteriology test  for every case on farm and then…

Machinery

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4X4S

On test: Suzuki Jimny SZ5 Allgrip

Suzuki has breathed new life into its long-in-the-tooth Jimny with a new model that it hopes will emulate its predecessors’ sales figures and pass the million-unit sold mark in the…

CLOTHING

Skee-Tex and Muck Boot unveil new welly ranges

Skee-Tex has unveiled a new lightweight welly boot with extra insulation for plodding around farm yards in the winter. Its Ultralight Tuff Boots come with a stiff insole and sock…

CEREAL DRILLS

Orkney contractor builds drill to combat extreme weather

Owning four working drills may seem lavish to most farmers, but for contractors J&S Hay on the north-east coast of Orkney it is the reason the business is able to…

DIET FEEDERS

New Zealand calf milk feeder mixes on the go

An all-in-one calf milk mixer and dispenser from New Zealand firm Stallion promises to cut the workload when feeding large groups of calves. The Mixer Tanker Feeder (or MTF for…

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FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Cover crops staying ahead of flea beetle

Cereal harvest results are now in. Winter barley produced a thin sample on the lightest of land, with an average yield. However, the six-row hybrid on some of our heavier…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: 2019 is the year the shepherds got harvest in

Shepherd James has got flock lameness under control while we’ve been distracted with the harvest. Our first draw of lambs is being pulled together and we are trying to select…

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: Rain makes way for farm and farmer repairs

I hesitate to say this, bearing in mind what some parts of the country have gone through, but a spell of wet days in August is quite handy. (It’s also…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: OSR delivers top yield after seed rate blooper

After early optimism that harvest 2019 was going to play out similar to harvest 2018, we are back into the reality of a snatch-and-grab harvest. Recently I was made aware…

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STAFF MANAGEMENT

AHDB offers £200 management training course for farmers

Agricultural workers are being urged to join a subsidised management training scheme to bridge a skills gap on UK farms. Less than 35% of farmers and growers in the UK…

COMPLIANCE

What new water protection powers would mean for farmers

The Environment Agency is close to using fresh powers to regulate water quality that will include the ability to ban cropping or impose low stocking densities. Water Protection Zones (WPZs)…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Fresh lows for wheat price as harvesting resumes in earnest

Wheat prices have hit fresh lows as currency values have strengthened through the week, with the market battling to stay in touch with global values. The pound rallied on an…

OFC

Applicants sought for OFC Emerging Leaders programme

Farmers and other agricultural industry participants who have not previously attended the Oxford Farming Conference have one week left to apply for a prestigious leadership development programme. The deadline for…

COMPLIANCE

Which rules are relaxed when farmland is flooded?

Farmers watching flood waters rise across their land often have little time to save livestock and move machinery, let alone comply with normal animal movement and cross-compliance regulations. Fortunately, Defra…

LAND MARKETS

Royal Agricultural University to sell 622-acre livestock farm

A 622-acre livestock unit in Gloucestershire is set to hit the market after the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) decided to sell off one of its farms. Harnhill Manor Farm was…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Harvest pressure pushes wheat prices lower

Grain prices are falling as harvest pressure builds, against the background of a potentially very short export window before the UK leaves the EU. As an improved weather outlook allowed…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Crunch Ireland beef talks conclude

Crisis beef talks in Ireland have made progress on putting systems in place to better support farmers and improve transparency in the sector. Talks between Meat Industry Ireland (MII) and…

FARM ENERGY

Call to double 'green' content in fuel for net zero target

A type of petrol which contains 10% renewable bioethanol must be introduced by 2020 to help the UK reach its net zero targets, says the NFU. The union has written…

INPUT MARKETS AND PRICES

Bayer sells animal health division to Elanco

Chemical manufacturing giant Bayer is selling its animal health division to the US pet and livestock drug specialist Elanco. The deal, worth $7.6bn (£6.28bn), will see Bayer’s farm animal products…

TAX

No fines from HMRC for missing digital tax deadline

Farm business owners who should by now be Making Tax Digital compliant but did not meet the 7 August deadline are being reassured they will not be fined for missing…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

RPA to recoup £5m after overpaying 1,000 farmers

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) is in the process of contacting about 1,000 farmers who have received overpayments totalling £5m for their agri-environment agreements. The issue relates to the payments…

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STAFF MANAGEMENT

AHDB offers £200 management training course for farmers

Agricultural workers are being urged to join a subsidised management training scheme to bridge a skills gap on UK farms. Less than 35% of farmers and growers in the UK…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

Farming's green credentials key to rural recruitment crisis

Focusing on promoting the positive impact agriculture can have on the environment may prove to be the key to attracting new talent into the farming industry. New research by the…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Morrisons launches £2m farming apprenticeship fund

Morrisons has launched a £2m apprenticeship fund to encourage would-be farmers into the industry. A spokeswoman for the supermarket chain said this was to help address farming’s recruitment challenge, with…

FOOT HEALTH

New qualification for foot-trimmers launched

The Cattle Hoof Care Standards Board and the Royal Agricultural University have launched the first university-recognised qualification for foot-trimming. The five-day course will replace the NPTC level 3 certificate in competence…