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TAKING STOCK

Charolais lead the spring trade at Stirling

Charolais topped breed averages and clearance rates at Stirling bull sales this week (Tuesday 19 February). Altogether, 121 bulls averaged £6,063 and sold to the highest 83.5% clearance of the…

POTATOES

New potato app helps with crop management and yield data

A new potato-specific smartphone app has been developed to help growers improve crop management and marketing decisions right through the supply chain. Developed by the Peterborough-based potato supplier Greenvale AP,…

TAKING STOCK

Stirling bull sales: 18 Salers bulls top at 6,500gns

Salers bulls topped 6,500gns at Stirling on Monday (18 February) with 18 bulls selling to a clearance rate of 72% to average £3,529, back on the year by £349. The top…

NEWS

No contradiction in my vegan stance, insists Gove

Michael Gove has insisted there is no contradiction in his vocal support for dairy farmers after praising a celebrity who urged people to stop consuming meat and milk. Mr Gove…

NFU CONFERENCE

NFU19: Next 30 years ‘most important’ in global agriculture

The next 30 years will be the most important time in the history of global agriculture, which faces enormous challenges to feed a growing world population, an influential US global…

BOVINE TB

NFU19: Wales urged to follow England’s badger cull model

The head of Wales’ biggest farming union is calling on the Welsh government to work together with farmers to battle the ongoing misery of bovine TB – and adopt the…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

Boron shortage an increasing problem in wheat crops

An increasing proportion of wheat crops being tested are deficient in boron, which could be costing farmers lost grain yield. Boron is a key nutrient that affects flower development and…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

NFU19: Gove promises action over late agri-environment payments

Bridging payments worth up to £28m will be paid from April to farmers still waiting for Countryside Stewardship scheme payments, the Defra secretary has announced. Michael Gove admitted that the…

LAND MARKETS

More than 20% of Staffordshire county farms estate for sale

More than 20% of Staffordshire County Council’s farms estate, comprising 688ha and 16 let farm holdings, is set to be sold off. All the council's farm tenants were notified of…

GRANTS

‘Mismanaged’ RPA-run grant scheme costs farmers thousands

An RPA-run countryside productivity grant scheme has seen farmers’ expensive and time-consuming applications rejected out of hand, with no evidence of achieving best value for public money, an agricultural consultant has…

MACHINERY

Pronar launches 22t half-pipe dump trailer

Pronar has launched a half-pipe dump trailer for use in both agriculture and construction, that looks similar to units hauled around by artic lorries. See also: 10 tips to keep…

TAKING STOCK

Tough day as Simmentals see 63% clearance

A challenging day’s trading saw both numbers and averages back in the Simmental ring at Stirling on Monday (18 February). Averages dropped for the second consecutive February sale, falling £502 to…

BUSINESS

Final year of unfettered EU access sees cheese export record

UK cheese export tonnage hit record highs as strong growth both inside and out of the EU saw more British cheese shipped overseas in 2018. Exports of British Cheddar, Stilton…

YOUNG FARMERS

Young Farmers Festival dates and ticket prices announced

It's official. Farmers Weekly is hosting a brand-new festival – and all of Britain's amazing young farmers are invited to what promises to be a massive weekend of serious fun.…

PULSES

Staffs grower looks to produce beans for fish food

Staffordshire farmer Rob Atkin is looking to grow spring beans this season on a new contract that will give him a premium price for his crop, as it is intended…

NFU CONFERENCE

NFU19: Gove reaffirms pledge to protect UK food standards

Defra secretary Michael Gove has reaffirmed his pledge to protect British farm standards after the UK leaves the European Union. Speaking at the NFU annual conference, Mr Gove said the…

BREXIT

UK government 'feckless and reckless', Ewing tells Gove

The UK government’s handling of the Brexit negotiations and its refusal to take the “no-deal” option off the table is both “feckless and reckless” – and will cause substantial damage…

NFU CONFERENCE

Poll: How do you rate Minette Batters' first year?

The NFU conference, now under way in Birmingham, marks the anniversary of Minette Batters' election to NFU president. It has been an eventful first year, dominated by Brexit and the development…

TAKING STOCK

Carlisle Limousins to 50,000gns as more sell

Cloughhead genetics took the headlines at the spring sale of Limousin cattle at Carlisle on Saturday (16 February) with a top call of 50,000gns. Four more bulls were sold on…

NFU CONFERENCE

NFU19: Union demands Brexit guarantee on food standards

NFU president Minette Batters is calling on the government to convene a high-level commission to help guarantee that food imports meet British standards after Brexit. Speaking at the NFU's annual…

CRIME

‘Shocking neglect’ sees two farmers narrowly avoid jail

Two farming brothers have been given suspended prison sentences and banned from owning animals after pleading guilty to 13 charges of animal cruelty. David Davies and Evan Meirion Davies of…

GRANTS

£1m Scots fund opens for large-scale biodiversity projects

Scottish Natural Heritage is offering funds for ambitious and innovative ideas to improve habits, safeguard species and encourage increased access to nature. The first year of the Biodiversity Challenge Fund…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Hungry crops get first spring fertiliser dose

Many crops are receiving their first fertiliser dressing of the season to kick start growth and build up canopies. Fears of last year have prompted farmers to get fertiliser on…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Flea beetle decimates OSR leading to hive relocation headache

One of Britain's biggest beekeepers says he must relocate hundreds of hives because cabbage stem flea beetle has destroyed so much oilseed rape this season. Perthshire-based Murray McGregor turned to…

NFU CONFERENCE

NFU19: Food production must be priority, government told

Farm leaders have warned the government that domestic food production must be a strategic priority at what is a critical time in British history. The warning is contained in a…

NEWS

Calls for calm after Aussie farmer fires shotgun near vegans

Australian minister for agriculture David Littleproud has branded an online map published by animal rights group Aussie Farms, showing the location of livestock farms and abattoirs across the country, an…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

CSS application window opens with simpler process promised

The 2019 Countryside Stewardship (CS) Scheme is open for applications in England, with the government claiming to have taken further steps to make the scheme less bureaucratic. Improvements for 2019…

TRAILERS

Horsch adds two lorry-mounted haulage kits

Horsch has added two lorry-mounted haulage kits to its logistics range – one for shifting seed and granular fertiliser and another for moving liquids. The two new units join the…

IRRIGATION

Lack of rain prompts longer reservoir refill period

The Environment Agency has confirmed plans to extend the refill season for winter storage reservoirs into April. This follows concern that lack of rain over the winter months and possible…

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