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MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Beef price slump due to unbalanced market – ABP

A drop in consumer demand for beef and rising finished cattle numbers are to blame for the slump in farmgate prices, says one of the country's biggest meat processors. ABP…

ESTABLISHMENT

Wet autumn halts drilling plans in eastern counties

With unsettled weather still in the forecast, farmers and agronomists in the eastern side of the country are counting the cost of the exceptionally wet and mild autumn. Met Office…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Administration leaves farmers owed for six weeks' milk

About 70 milk producers have been left without payment for about six weeks’ milk supply as a result of Tomlinson’s Dairies going into administration. Mike Denny and Peter Dickens of…

BUSINESS

Lidl commits to investment in British food and farming

Lidl GB will spend £15bn with British suppliers over the next five years and has pledged to increase sales of British-sourced fresh meat, poultry and fresh produce by more than…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Sell grain before next spring, arable farmers advised

Farmers should consider marketing more grain than average before spring in the event of a no-deal Brexit, analysts have advised. This will help them avoid getting embroiled in a heavily…

LAYERS

Model contract aims to make egg sector fairer for producers

A new “model contract” for free-range egg farmers that aims to balance their relationship with packers has been agreed. The document, which is free to members of the British Free…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Tomlinson’s Dairies goes into administration

Tomlinson’s Dairies has gone into administration, leaving about 70 farmers owed for six weeks’ milk supply. Mike Denny and Peter Dickens of PwC were appointed joint administrators to the Wrexham-based…

NEWS

Obituary: Rog Wood, former FW columnist and Scottish farmer

Well-known Scottish farmer, journalist and raconteur Rog Wood has passed away, aged 66. As well as running a tenanted hill farm in Dumfriesshire, Rog moved into journalism as a way…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Scottish cattle numbers fall to lowest level for 60 years

Cattle numbers in Scotland are at their lowest level since the 1950s, because of the decline in the profitability of beef production, according to the latest government figures. The Scottish…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

Two new farm staff ‘trailblazer’ apprenticeships in pipeline

A consultation has opened to get farmers’ views on two new "trailblazer" apprenticeship schemes that are in development. Trailblazer apprenticeships are gradually replacing the current suite of apprenticeship programmes, with…

BREXIT

£5bn no-deal meat exports status secured

EU member states have agreed the UK’s listed status to export live animals and animal products as a third country can continue in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Time running out to buy key fungicide chlorothalonil

Cereal growers have just one month to buy stocks of key fungicide products containing active ingredient chlorothalonil. The multisite fungicide has been a mainstay in disease control programmes for many…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Maize Watch: Crops ready to harvest in all areas

Maize crops are ready to harvest in all areas of the country now, even where there are limited heat units and where crops were drilled in late May. Neil Groom,…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Rain forces change to herbicide programmes

While growers in the West are still to finish harvest and deal with severe ruts before the winter, growers in the North have managed more than 80% of drilling in…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Farm leaders demand answers over Tomlinson's Dairies

Farm leaders are demanding urgent answers in the wake of Wrexham-based Tomlinson's Dairies telling milk producers it will no longer be accepting deliveries. Milk suppliers to the dairy were informed…

POTATOES

Bayer stops sales of key potato seed treatment Monceren

Agrochemical manufacturer Bayer has halted sales of potato seed treatment product Monceren with immediate effect amid regulatory uncertainty about its future. The product – which contains the fungicide active ingredient…

BOVINE TB

Focus on badgers 'won't solve bovine TB'

Cattle are continuing to spread bovine tuberculosis (TB) despite a reduction in the disease where badgers have been culled, says a leading zoologist. Lord Krebs made the comments following the…

BREXIT

No extension to Welsh Brexit farming consultation

Farmers won’t be given more time to respond to a government consultation on a new farm support system for Wales. Wales’ rural affairs minister Lesley Griffiths has insisted there will…

COMPLIANCE

300 pig farmers left without Red Tractor assessor

About 300 pig farmers will have to find a new certification body for Red Tractor inspections after assessor SAI Global gave notice to quit the sector. With updates to the…

FERTILISER SPREADERS

Lemken to sell Sulky fertiliser spreaders in the UK

A tie up between two family owned businesses will see Sulky’s mounted fertiliser spreader range marketed in the UK under the Lemken brand. See also: A guide to soil mapping and…

BUSINESS

First Milk cuts November milk price by 0.45p/litre

First Milk has announced a 0.45p/litre price cut for its members from November 2019. The move will cut the liquid standard litre price from 27.45p/litre to 27p/litre while the manufacturing…

HARVEST

Harvest statistics reveal jump in cereal yields and OSR woes

This year's bumper cereal harvest saw wheat match its previous high yield, set in 2015, of 9t/ha, while oilseed rape suffered the double whammy of a reduced area and poorer…

CRIME

Newark Cattle Market barn fire treated as arson

Police assisting at the scene of a fire at a barn near the A46 Cattle Market island at Newark have confirmed they are investigating the incident as a potential arson…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Farmer dies after falling through roof

A farmer has died after falling through a fragile roof while working at height in Nottinghamshire. The Health and Safety Executive said the incident, which happened on 30 September, was…

BOVINE TB

Badger culls reduce bovine TB cattle outbreaks, study finds

New peer-reviewed, scientific evidence has highlighted the effectiveness of badger culling in reducing outbreaks of bovine TB in cattle. The scientific analysis of data by Downs et al assessed the…

INPUT MARKETS AND PRICES

Relief for farmers as rising cost of inputs halted

Fuel and fertiliser costs are among only a handful of inputs that have seen significant price rises in the past 12 months, bringing some relief to farmers who have suffered…

TAKING STOCK

Commercial milkers £100 a head dearer on the year

Dairy cattle trade has remained strong into the autumn, with bovine TB culling and ample forage stocks supporting demand. Freshly calved cows and heifers were £108 and £138 dearer on…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Rain and mild conditions heighten oilseed rape phoma threat

Oilseed rape growers are likely to see yield-damaging phoma disease developing earlier this season due to the mild and wet early autumn. Phoma is appearing on crops in southern England…

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