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CRIME

Ban for Lincoln couple who exploited farmworkers

A husband and wife from Lincoln who exploited agricultural workers have been banned from acting as company directors for a total of 21 years. Lincolnshire Recruitment Services was founded in…

VARIETY SELECTION

Wheat growers try variety blends to cut costs in the West

Six winter wheat growers are trying out blends of varieties this season to see if they can reduce fungicide inputs in the more septoria-susceptible west of the country. The six…

TRACTORS

More power and new cab for Fendt 200- and 300-series

Fendt has timed the major overhaul of its cab interiors with several updates to the 200- and 300-series ranges. The tractors fall into the price-sensitive 100hp sector, so have never…

OTHER POULTRY

Xmas poultry supply faces ‘collapse’ without non-UK workers

Christmas food supplies are under threat unless non-UK seasonal poultry workers are given an urgent exemption from Covid-19 quarantine restrictions, according to the British Poultry Council (BPC). It is proposing…

LIVESTOCK MARKETING

Welsh mart will shut unless farmers obey Covid-19 rules

A Welsh mart operator is appealing to farmers to comply with the Covid-19 safety measures in place at the site – or risk its closure. JJ Morris Auctioneers, which runs…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Germany pins hope on regional resumption of pigmeat exports

German officials are hoping pigmeat exports to Asian countries could resume on a regional basis, despite the growing number of African swine fever (ASF) cases in wild boar. Pig prices…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Decline in demand sees Guernsey dairy cut production by 10%

Channel island-based milk processor Guernsey Dairy has announced plans to cut production by 10%, due to falling demand. The state-backed processor is contractually obliged to take all 8m litres of…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

BVD project extended after Covid-19 delays

Defra has announced a six-month extension to a Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD) project after Covid-19 lockdown measures caused delays. The BVD Stamp It Out initiative England was launched in 2018…

NEWS

Red Tractor chair to quit after food standards fiasco

Red Tractor chair Lucy Neville-Rolfe is to stand down after opposing measures to protect British farmers against substandard food imports. Baroness Neville-Rolfe said she would not seek a second term…

FARM POLICY

Tractors hit Wiltshire town to ‘save’ British food standards

Angry farmers have driven their tractors through a Wiltshire market town to protest against threats to British food standards in future trade deals with the US and other countries. Demonstrators…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Sheep virus is a disease of housing, study concludes

An incurable and fatal sheep virus has been dubbed a "disease of housing", after a study showed transmission was negligible in sheep kept in extensive grass-based systems. A mathematical modelling…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

November milk price rise for Arla members

Arla members’ farmgate milk price will rise by 0.9p/litre for both conventional and organic milk from 1 November.  This takes its conventional milk manufacturing price to 30.66p/litre and the organic…

BUSINESS

Early straw auction sees prices rocket

Exceptional demand for straw saw average prices rocket to more than £130/t at one of the first auctions of the year. In response to demand from trade buyers struggling to…

FARMLIFE

Video: Farmers Apprentice 2020 begins

Hundreds of young people applied for this year's Farmers Weekly's Farmers Apprentice Bootcamp. The final 10 contestants will be put through a series of farm challenges and one winner will…

BUSINESS

CAP reform ring-fences 20% for environmental measures

EU agriculture ministers have agreed to ringfence 20% of direct farm support payments for green measures under CAP reform proposals.   Member states voted through the proposal on a qualified…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Why some farms will suffer under post-Brexit pesticide rules

Northern Ireland's arable farmers could eventually end up being unable to benefit from pesticide products used by growers in the rest of the UK, under the latest blueprint for the…

CRIME

Durham farmer gutted after 187 silage bales slashed

A County Durham farmer who had almost 200 bales worth about £5,000 slashed says he is mystified why anyone would do such a thing. David Martin, a mixed tenant farmer…

YOUNG FARMERS

Survey reveals how young farmers view their future

Young people are often pessimistic about opportunities to live and work in rural areas, and are worried about their long-term future amid Covid-19, a study by the National Federation of…

BREXIT

Shock as Red Tractor chair votes 'to lower food standards'

Farm leaders have expressed disbelief after the chair of the company behind the Red Tractor Assurance scheme voted against measures aimed at protecting British farmers from cheap food imports post…

POULTRY

Pilgrim's Pride fined $110m for poultry anti-competitive moves

Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation, one of the three largest operators in the $65bn (£49.56bn) US chickenmeat market, has agreed to a fine of $110,524,140 (£84,269,130) after pleading guilty to restraint of…

MEDICINES

Europe reduces farm antibiotics sales by one third

New figures show that across Europe, sales of antibiotics for farm animals reduced by more than a third between 2011 and 2018. The 2018 report from the European Surveillance of…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Wheat price rally gathers pace

The wheat price rise continues, with London’s May 2021 feed wheat futures contract closing above £190/t for the first time this week. This morning saw the November feed wheat futures…

COLLEGES

Multi-million pound rescue bid launched to save Newton Rigg

A cross-industry group has mounted a multi-million pound rescue bid for Newton Rigg College in Cumbria, which has been earmarked for closure in July 2021. The intended closure was announced…

BREXIT

Survey reveals deep concern over trade deal threats

Farmers are deeply concerned about what the future holds for British agriculture amid an ongoing row over post-Brexit food standards, according to the early findings of a survey by campaign…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Rabi offers new online wellbeing support service

Farming charity the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (Rabi) is launching an online wellbeing community and counselling service. The initiative, aimed at people across England and Wales, is based around two…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Brexit: Seed potato sector on brink of EU and NI export ban

Britain’s seed potato sector is in turmoil, with just 10 weeks before exports to Europe and Northern Ireland (NI) face a total ban under a no-deal Brexit. As an EU…

INPUT MARKETS AND PRICES

Nitrogen price dropped to tempt farmer orders in slow market

Ammonium nitrate prices have dropped by up to £12/t in a bid to secure more orders. This puts UK product onto farm at £210/t-£215/t for the remainder of this month…

FARMLIFE

Thanking farmers: 8 months of the #FeedTheNation campaign

Over the past eight months the Farmers Weekly #FeedTheNation initiative has championed the crucial role our farmers have played to keep the nation fed during one of the worst public…

LIVESTOCK

Stirling: Islavale leads Simmentals with 14,000gns brace

Strong commercial interest for long, clean bulls with good milk figures to produce good females were in demand in the Simmental ring at Stirling on Monday 19 October. Four bulls…

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