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FARM POLICY

End alarmism over chlorinated chicken, says trade chief

Alarmism over products like chlorinated chicken must end, says the chairman of the government's Trade and Agriculture Commission. The government has set up the commission to help ensure British farmers…

WILDLIFE

Farmers highlight work to protect bees and pollinators

Farmers are getting behind a week-long campaign to help raise awareness of the crucial role bees and other pollinators play in food production. Bees’ Needs Week (13-19 July) is co-ordinated…

NEWS

Farm in lockdown after coronavirus outbreak

About 200 employees remain in isolation on a Herefordshire farm following an outbreak of coronavirus among the workforce. Vegetable producers AS Green and Co, based in Mathon, near Malvern, employ…

SOILS

Poll: How would you rate your soil health?

More than one-third or arable growers could be affected by degraded soils, according to a new survey. Scientists at Rothamsted Research have developed a “soil health” measure that shows 38%…

MAIZE

Advice on dealing with this year's variable maize crop

Maize growers are facing one of the most variable cropping years on record after a prolonged dry spring was followed by cooler, wetter weather. The Maize Growers Association reports the…

HARVEST

Farmers on barley and OSR harvest 2020 - photos and tweets

The 2020 oilseed rape harvest is well under way after a drier spell of weather at the weekend, with crops proving very variable, ranging from above average to poor. This…

FARROWING

German farrowing crate rule pressures UK sector

Cost and productivity concerns have reignited in the UK pig sector after farrowing crate rule changes were made in Germany last week. German farmers were told they have 15 years…

COMPLIANCE

Rule reminder: Don't risk breaching hedgecutting regulations

Farmers have been reminded to ensure they follow the rules with their hedgecutting and trimming at this time of year to avoid the risk of breaking Basic Payment Scheme (BPS)…

HUSBANDRY

Vets to provide support for sustainable livestock farming

A group of veterinary professionals is aiming to provide support for the livestock farming and wider veterinary community to engage with and adopt sustainability practices in the food production sector.…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Wheat price rises on lower harvest estimates

Spot feed wheat prices have risen by about £2/t on the week on harvest reports, including downward revisions to expectations for the French and Russian harvests. Following the AHDB’s final…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Fresh campaign for tighter milk contract regulation launched

Dairy farmers are being asked to put their names to a grassroots campaign to give milk producers more price transparency in their contracts with processors and improve marketing of British…

NEWS

Members and scope of new ag trade commission confirmed

The UK’s farming unions will all be part of the government’s new trade and agriculture commission, with the scope of its work now confirmed. The commission will advise government on…

BREXIT

Scotland and Westminster on collision course over food standards

Boris Johnson and the UK government are on a collision course with devolved governments over post-Brexit food standards. The prime minister is believed to want to push through laws on…

SHEEP

Have your say on Enzootic Abortion of Ewes

Farmers are being asked to share their views on Enzootic Abortion of Ewes (EAE) to shed light on how they manage the disease. The disease, caused by Chlamydia abortus, is…

LIVESTOCK MARKETING

Builth Wells Market to reopen after Sunderlands takes control

Livestock sales are to resume at a Welsh auction mart that had been under threat of closure. Sunderlands has purchased Brightwells’ minority shareholding and taken full control of Hereford Market…

MACHINERY

Unions win exemption for agriculture on driver rules

Farming unions have successfully lobbied for agriculture to be exempt from Driver Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC) requirements. The CPC exemption will apply for drivers in agriculture, horticulture and forestry…

SHEEP

Lower-cost MV scheme targets commercial flocks

A veterinary health group has launched a maedi visna (MV) scheme that identifies breeding replacements from commercial flocks at low risk of carrying the disease. Unlike the MV accredited Scheme,…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Somerset Young Farmers given mental health first aid training

Young farmers in Somerset have received training to help them identify and support anyone who may be struggling with their mental health. Members of Somerset Young Farmers Club (YFC) took…

HARVEST

Harvest 2020: Six-row hybrid winter barley survives wet autumn

Early winter barley yields are better than expected on James Peck’s Cambridgeshire farm, with the six-row hybrid feed variety Belfry yielding an average of 8.2t/ha. He start cutting his first…

BREXIT

Video: Tractors hit London’s streets for food standards demo

Frustrated farmers travelled from as far as Yorkshire and Somerset to take part in a demonstration in London over threats to food standards. A convoy of about 20 tractors, Land…

SPRAYERS

Small R-series John Deere trailed sprayers get extra tech

A new range of premium R700i trailed sprayers has been introduced by John Deere to offer more sophistication and technology options than the firm’s simpler M700 machines. These sprayers take…

TAKING STOCK

Buoyant prime trade lifts store lambs

Store lamb buyers have shown early confidence by giving more for lambs as July prime prices track at £11-£13 a head up on the year. National price indicators from AHDB…

FARM POLICY

Farmers drive tractors to London for food standards demo

Fed-up farmers broke off from the busy harvest schedule to travel to Westminster today (Wednesday 8 July) and tell Boris Johnson’s government “don’t destroy Britain’s world-class farming industry by striking…

DIVERSIFICATION

Job retention and VAT plans will benefit diversified farms

Diversified farm businesses will gain from some of the jobs related recovery measures announced by chancellor Rishi Sunak today (6 July). There is to be a VAT rate cut from…

ARABLE

Harvest 2020: Oxford rapeseed grower pleased with 3.5t/ha yield

Oxfordshire grower George Farrant is pleased with his yield of 3.5t/ha from his oilseed rape harvest, and plans a bigger area next season after nearly abandoning the crop. He cut…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Fire crews still at Tilbury grain port after explosion and fires

Further fires have followed the damage caused to the Port of Tilbury’s grain operation by an explosion and fire on Friday (3 July).  In the initial incident, the roofs were…

WHEAT

New Zealand farmer breaks wheat yield world record

A New Zealand farmer has broken the world record for the highest wheat yield with a staggering 17.398t/ha crop. Eric Watson from Ashburton has taken the Guinness World Record for…

SHEEP

Alternative dates emerging to replace 2020 Kelso tup sales

Contingency sale plans are forming after one of the world’s largest single-day ram sales has been cancelled, for the third time in its 182-year history due to Covid-19 restrictions. The…

CRIME

Flatbed trailer and cattle crush stolen from Dorset farm

A flatbed trailer and a cattle crush have been stolen from a farm in West Dorset and police want to speak to anyone who may have heard “loud banging noises”…

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