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FOOT HEALTH

Free computerised lameness detection available soon

A diagnostic computer model identifying specific stages of digital dermatitis (DD) lesions at no cost to the farmer is expected to be available this summer. Scientists at the University of…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Farmers work together to save local abattoir from closure

A red meat abattoir in a remote region of Wales has been saved from closure by a collaboration between two neighbouring farm businesses, sparing some farmers a two-hour round journey…

FOOT HEALTH

Corkscrew claw prevention method needs research, say experts

A pioneering foot-trimming method which is claimed to prevent corkscrew claws should be scientifically verified before industry-wide adoption, leading lameness experts have warned. The method uses the axial wall as…

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…

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…

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…

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 –…

WEATHER

Restrictions on water as drought fears mount

Water restrictions are being imposed on farmers amid mounting concerns over a lack of significant rain and low river flows. Cumulative rainfall totals for April range from about 18% of…

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…

NEWS

Pair sentenced for horrendous animal cruelty

A mother and son have been given suspended prison sentences for a string of animal welfare offences, which led to the death or serious neglect of 84 cattle. Margaret Jean…

NEWS

Widowed farmer, 78, faces bailiffs over water bill error

More farmers have come forward over water billing errors and overpayments. The issue was first highlighted by Oxfordshire livestock farmer Jeffrey Warhurst, who featured in a Farmers Weekly article last…

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…

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…

TAKING STOCK

Bulls sell to 8,000gns at Hereford spring show and sale

Trade topped at 8,000gns at the Hereford spring show and sale at Hereford market Sale leader was the male champion Solpoll 1 Perfection from J and W McMordie, Ballygowan, Co…

DAIRY

Andersons consultant honoured with Royal award

Business consultant and farmer Tony Evans was recognised for his outstanding achievements in the dairy industry with the 2018 Princess Royal Award in London this week. The Royal Association of…

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…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Farm inspections seek to improve livestock safety

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is stepping up farm inspections to drive home the importance of working safely with livestock. A spate of recent accidents involving livestock has raised…

DAIRY

What’s on at the dairy Gold Cup open day?

This year’s NMR/RABDF Gold Cup open day will take place at Metcalfe Farms on Tuesday 18 June. During the day, the winners of the coveted trophy will reveal the secrets…

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…

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,…

BREXIT

Poll: How prepared are you for Brexit?

Farmers appear to be less confident about their economic prospects over the next 12 months than those operating in wider business, and a lower percentage have made preparations for a…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

BBC highlights farming's mental health challenge

Farmers have praised the BBC for highlighting poor mental health in agriculture as one of the “unspoken challenges” facing the industry. Farmers and farming families struggling with their mental health…

CRIME

Dog attack warning as public flocks to countryside

Livestock farmers are being told to brace themselves against a greater public presence, increasing the risk of dog attacks in the countryside ahead of the Easter weekend. Instances of livestock…

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…

FARM POLICY

EU committee wrong and selective on pesticides, says MEP

An EU committee set up to review pesticide authorisation reached the wrong conclusions while ignoring crucial evidence, according to a new report from a UK MEP. Anthea McIntyre, MEP for…

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…

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