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NEWS

Complaints see vegan ads removed from buses

Vegan advertisements are being removed from buses in Northern Ireland following complaints from livestock producers. Bus operator Translink took action after the Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) said the adverts demonised…

LIVESTOCK

What to see at Dairy-Tech 2020

Exploiting satellite intelligence, weighing cattle with a camera and a debate on low- versus high-input farm systems are just some of the must-sees at Dairy-Tech 2020. The Royal Association of…

NEWS

Farm business to pay £35k after worker crushed to death

A Kent farming business has been ordered to pay more than £35,000 after a worker was crushed to death by a concrete beam. Trevor “Ted” Elson of AA Clifton Limited…

FARMLIFE

Farmer Time project expands to 400 schools

A project that uses video calls to connect farmers with children to teach them about food and the environment is celebrating a year of huge success. Farmer Time saw 9,000…

NEWS

Farmers cautiously optimistic about 2020, FW survey finds

Farmers ended 2019 on a more positive note with the perceived progress on Brexit contributing to their optimism, according to Farmers Weekly’s Sentiment Tracker. Since the Conservatives won a landslide…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Ag Bill paves way for more supply chain regulation

The Agricultural Bill could pave the way for tough new sector-specific codes of practice to protect farmers in England from the might of buyers, according to supply chain experts. The…

CRIME

‘How to steal pigs’ receives hundreds of Ofcom complaints

Channel 4’s How to Steal Pigs and Influence People documentary has drawn more than 300 complaints, Farmers Weekly can reveal. Dozens of angry farmers and people in the agricultural industry…

NEWS

Irish farmers stage tractor protest over beef prices

Dozens of Irish farmers protesting about beef prices held a go-slow tractor drive on Dublin's M50 motorway. The tractor protest – organised by a group calling itself the Individual Farmers…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Dale Farm and ABP sign dairy beef supply deal

Northern Irish farmers supplying Dale Farm have a new way to market dairy beef calves after the milk processor entered into a supply chain partnership with meat processor ABP. Dairy…

TAKING STOCK

Barren trade gives hope for better beef market

Barren suckler cow prices have stepped up a gear in the new year, giving confidence to beef producers. Auction marts have reported trade returning to levels 12-20p/kg dearer on the…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

HSE to carry out welding inspections after safety alert

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is sending inspectors to businesses across the country to check that welding risks are managed properly, following a safety alert issued in February 2019.…

WHEAT

Hybrid wheat on Syngenta’s radar for UK growers

Syngenta is developing hybrid wheat that could be available in five years and provide a sustainable future for growing the crop in the UK. The plant breeder is working on…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Two injured after cow runs amok at Welshpool market

Two men were treated in hospital for injuries after a cow escaped from Welshpool Livestock Market. Both the air ambulance and ambulance service attended the market at Buttington Cross, Welshpool,…

CRIME

Farm burglary suspect caught on CCTV

Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to after tools and machinery were stolen from a farm in Northamptonshire. An angle grinder was used to…

POULTRY

Non-notifiable bird flu confirmed at NI poultry farm

A case of non-notifiable avian influenza has been confirmed on a broiler breeder farm in Northern Ireland. Although this is a less serious strain of influenza, government vets have urged…

FARM POLICY

Exclusive: Eustice on government's farming policy ambitions

After months of political deadlock around Brexit, the updated Agriculture Bill will return to parliament this month. The government hopes the bill will be passed by the spring, allowing the…

BOVINE TB

Welsh bovine TB policy 'destined to fail', say ex-Defra vets

The Welsh government’s failure to tackle the reservoir of disease in badgers will see its policy to eradicate bovine TB end in failure, say veterinary experts. The warning comes from…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Grain prices rise as concern grows for UK crops

Grain prices are rising on the back of increases in global markets, alongside growing concerns for the UK’s crops in the ground and those yet to be drilled. Old-crop UK…

BUSINESS

NFU survey highlights slow progress on broadband

Progress on rolling out fast broadband and mobile connectivity to rural Britain is unacceptably slow, an NFU survey of farmers has found. The government and the telecommunications industry must ensure…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Profits up at Openfield but down at Grainco

Grain marketing co-operative Openfield Group has reported a pre-tax profit increase of more than 10% on the year after focusing on improved service to farmers and industry customers. In the…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

February price rise for Meadow Foods farmer milk suppliers

Meadow Foods is raising its farmgate milk price by 0.5p/litre from 1 February. This means its 650 farmer suppliers will be paid 25.5p/litre for their standard A litres. Meadow contracted…

OILSEED RAPE

Nearly two-thirds of OSR crops show key disease

Almost two-thirds of oilseed rape crops tested are showing signs of light leaf spot, and if mild weather continues, infection levels from the crop’s most destructive disease could rise. Mild…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Saputo to ban farmers from shooting dairy calves in 2021

Dairy farmers supplying cheesemaker Saputo Dairy UK will be banned from shooting healthy bull calves from October 2021, the processor has said. The company is supplied by 330 farmers within…

CRIME

Copycat attack warning follows 'How to steal pigs' documentary

Police have warned of copycat attacks after a TV programme highlighted the illegal methods used by animal rights activists who target livestock farms. Called How to Steal Pigs and Influence…

LIVESTOCK

Hi-tech ear tag gives early warning of sheep lameness

New technology could help tackle lameness in sheep by providing farmers with an early warning of a developing problem in their flocks, researchers have found. More than 90% of UK…

FARM POLICY

Scottish government urged to simplify farm support

The Scottish government says it will take on board recommendations for a simpler and more flexible approach to farm support. It follows the findings of a taskforce set up to…

ENVIRONMENT

Crop yields could plummet if vital ocean current collapses

Crop production could plunge if climate change causes the collapse of an ocean current that brings warmth to the UK, scientists have warned. Land suitable for arable farming could drop…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Muller to return to profit within six months

Muller, the UK’s largest liquid milk supplier, is forecasting a return to profitability in 2020 after a 12-month cost-cutting programme. The Market Drayton-based firm has cut its number of farmer…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Bad weather means farmers should review three-crop options

Farmers worried about meeting the three-crop rule because of impossible drilling conditions are being encouraged to consider their options if they want to safeguard the greening element of their Basic…

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