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LAND MARKETS

Farmland marketed in England hits 10-year high

Supplies of farmland marketed in England has hit the highest level in 10 years after an exceptional amount came forward in the past three months. According to Strutt & Parker’s…

FARMERS APPRENTICE

Revealed: The winner of Farmers Apprentice 2018

And the winner is... ... 22 year old Sam Coote from County Durham has been crowned the winner of Farmers Apprentice 2018, following 5 days of challenging tasks. Sam beat…

BREXIT

Kelly Turkeys to open European business over Brexit concerns

Concerns about the threat of cheap imports, border controls, lack of available seasonal labour and a growing EU market has prompted Kelly Turkeys to move some of its business to…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Farmers advised not to aerate soils before digging holes

Before aerating soils to combat compaction, farmers should dig holes and test soils to assess the cause of the problem. Grassland and soils adviser James Bretherton of Agscope said the…

FARM MAINTENANCE

Bryce Suma launches trailed post driver

Post knocking specialist Bryce Suma has launched its first trailed heavy-duty post driver that doesn’t require a hefty tractor on the front to provide stability.   The Kelso-based manufacturer says…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Farmer left ‘heartbroken’ after BSE discovery

A farmer whose cows are facing slaughter after BSE was discovered on his farm has been left “heartbroken”. The case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known as “mad cow disease”,…

BUSINESS

Farmers question HMRC's readiness for Making Tax Digital

An under-pressure HMRC has admitted to a number of farmers that it is unable to process new applications for exemption from Making Tax Digital until next month. The agency also…

FARMERS APPRENTICE

Video: Farmers Apprentice 2018 episode 6 – watch the final

After four days packed with gruelling challenges, we have reached the final day of bootcamp. But before we announce the winner of Farmers Apprentice 2018 the teams have something a…

NEWS

Hay bales worth £30,000 torched on Scottish farm

A farmer has been left seriously out of pocket after about 1,000 hay bales worth £30,000 were destroyed in a suspected arson attack. The incident happened at about 7.30pm on…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

OMSCo eyeing US organic dairy market post-Brexit

The Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative (Omsco) is targeting a bigger share of the international market for dairy products, post-Brexit. Omsco chairman Nicholas Saphir told the annual members’ conference he wanted…

NEWS

Sheep cruelty video sparks Scottish SPCA investigation

The Scottish SPCA has launched an investigation into footage that allegedly shows the abuse of sheep in a number of Scottish shearing sheds. Animal rights group Peta Asia has released…

TAKING STOCK

Heavier lambs not being rewarded in autumn flush

Heavy lamb values are suffering at centres across the country amid an autumn flush of grass and plentiful lamb supplies. Monday’s sales saw heavy lambs (45.6-52kg) discounted at most marts,…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Research shows cover crops don’t lead to more slugs

Growing cover crops does not increase slug pressure in the following spring crop, according to new research. There has been anecdotal evidence that establishing a cover crop will lead to…

LIVESTOCK

Award-winning beef farmer sells herd in switch to dairy

Former Beef Farmer of the Year Richard Tudor is selling his award-winning herd as he makes the transition from beef to dairy farming in Powys, mid-Wales. The herd dispersal will…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

Free management skills workshops open for farmers

A series of new workshops has been set up for farmers and growers to learn and develop supervisory skills. The workshops are funded by the AHDB and aimed at individuals…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

BSE confirmed on farm in Aberdeenshire

A case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) has been confirmed on a farm in Aberdeenshire. The Scottish government said that precautionary movement restrictions have been put in place at the…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Organic herd hits 2,200gns at Exeter

Fresh milk was in huge demand at the dispersal of the Gent family’s organic herd of 475 Friesian and crossbred cattle at Exeter Livestock Centre on Monday (15 October). Cattle…

LAND MARKETS

Unique historic estate to hit market in Nottinghamshire

Great Britain’s last medieval farming estate is set to hit the open market with a guide price of £7m. The Crown Estate has moved forward with its plan to market…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

Video: Lack of seasonal workers 'not end of the world'

UK agriculture will “go backwards” without seasonal labour – but it won't be the end of the earth for the country as a whole, says a senior government adviser. Alan…

FARM POLICY

Growers dealt body blow as Brussels bans more pesticides

A ban on key pesticides looks set to remain after Brexit, frustrating growers despite repeated government pledges to “take back control” once the UK has left the European Union. It…

BREXIT

Welsh farmers may get more time for BPS phase-out

Welsh farmers are likely to be given more time to get used to life without direct payments than the five years suggested in the “Brexit and our land” consultation, still…

BREXIT

Family farms will ‘slip away’ without Brexit help

A rural charity founded by Prince Charles has warned that family farms will need help adapting to life without direct payments after the UK leaves the European Union. Claire Saunders,…

FORAGE WAGONS

Strautmann launches no-frills mixer wagon

German manufacturer Strautmann has launched what it describes as a "no frills" small mixer wagon, which has the same Vario stepped auger as its larger models to reduce mixing times.…

FLY-TIPPING

10 cattle dead after eating fly-tipped garden trimmings

Six cows and four calves have died after eating poisonous garden trimmings fly-tipped on a farmer’s field in Hampshire. Horrified staff found five of the cows and all four calves…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Gradual fall in wheat price forecast for 2019

Wheat prices are predicted to remain strong until the end of the year before gradually declining in 2019 on forecasts of a larger global wheat crop next season. Prices are…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

First Milk members to get 13th payment in 2020

First Milk is to introduce a 13th payment to members from next year, alongside increased transparency in share trading and the freezing of capital contribution targets. Member premium The first…

NEWS

250 farmers battle the elements at ploughing championships

Wet weather failed to dampen the spirits of more than 250 ploughmen and women who competed at Britain’s annual ploughing championships. The 68th British National Ploughing Championships were held at…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Teenagers ‘disconnected’ from farming but keen on ag career

More than a third of teenagers would consider a career in food and farming but struggle to find relevant information about how to achieve this and what it involves, says…

SLURRY TANKERS

SlurryKat launches interchangeable dribble bar

Slurry equipment manufacturer SlurryKat has introduced a range of lightweight dribble bars that are designed to be retrofitted on to existing tankers or new units from other manufacturers. See also:…

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