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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…

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…

NEWS

Farmers urged to take part in hedgerow survey

A new survey is encouraging farmers to health-check their hedgerows to safeguard the future of this important habitat.  The Great British Hedgerow Survey, launched by wildlife charity People’s Trust for…

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…

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…

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…

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…

CRIME

Conmen face jail after scamming farmers out of £500,000

A gang of Irish conmen are facing long jail sentences after they admitted swindling farmers in Devon, Cornwall and Wales out of hundreds of thousands of pounds. One member of…

BREXIT

Defra challenged to pay up on time as no-deal Brexit looms

Timely and accurate support payments must be part of Defra’s no-deal Brexit planning, industry leaders have warned – amid rising concern that farmers could be left out of pocket if…

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…

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…

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…

BREXIT

£850m hit to British farming from 'no-deal' Brexit

A no-deal Brexit would wipe £850m off the farming industry’s bottom line, new research from farm business consultant Andersons has concluded. The analysis looks at what might happen to total…

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…

CRIME

Farmer guilty of breaking TB rules and keeping false records

A Staffordshire farmer has been sentenced to 27 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months, for breaking TB rules and keeping inaccurate records. John Sadler, 53, of Cannock Road, Great…

SHEEP

Vets warn of autumn spike in pasteurellosis

Vets have warned sheep producers to protect store lambs against pasteurellosis, which sees a spike in the number of cases during the autumn. University of Nottingham veterinary pathologist student Katie…

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…

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…

NEWS

BBC launches special 'Focus on Farming'

The BBC is highlighting ways growers and livestock producers are tackling climate change, as the broadcaster takes a special look at farming this week. The week-long Focus on Farming follows…

CRIME

Farmer targeted for third time by sheep-butchering thugs

A Northamptonshire sheep farmer has been targeted for a third time by sick-minded illegal butchers. Farmer Gordon Emery flagged down a police patrol after discovering 11 lambs were killed and…

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…

WILDLIFE

Poll: Can sheep co-exist with sea eagles?

A survey is under way to capture farmers’ views on the release of sea eagles on the Isle of Wight amid concerns the birds could predate lambs. The National Sheep…

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…

CRIME

Hare coursing incidents rise as ‘season’ starts

Police have issued a plea to farmers to stay vigilant and look out for hare coursers after harvest. Incidents of illegal hare coursing, which involves dogs competing against each other…

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