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FARMLIFE

Sheep farmer pops the question at lambing time

Farmer Bryn Lewis proposed to his girlfriend the only way he kn-ewe how – with sheep. The young farmer used dye to spray the words “Marry me” on an in-lamb…

NEWS

Tributes pour in for award-winning farmer Richard Tudor

The farming community is mourning the loss of a much-loved and respected award-winning farmer who has been killed in a tractor accident. Father-of-two Richard Tudor, 45, died following the accident…

NEWS

Quick-thinking rural residents help catch quad bike thieves

Police have praised quick-thinking rural communities in the Yorkshire Dales after two suspected stolen quad bikes were recovered within hours of being taken. Residents in Burnsall used a WhatsApp group…

INPUT MARKETS AND PRICES

Farmers advised to fix fuel prices up to harvest 2021

Historic lows for crude oil values mean farmers should consider fixing fuel prices as far ahead as harvest 2021, suppliers have suggested. A combination of the coronavirus crisis and the…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Growers have 10 months left to use Biscaya insecticide

Farmers have less than a year left to use a key insecticide which has been at the heart of strategies to tackle costly pests in cereals, oilseed rape, potatoes and…

FARMLIFE

#FeedTheNation: Farm battles business crisis with online shop

The coronavirus outbreak has been a bittersweet experience for the Sealey family who farm at Fossil Farm, in Dorset. The crisis has seen the catering arm of their business collapse…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Stock farmers warned to prepare for early fly threat

Sheep and cattle farmers should prepare for an earlier and more prolonged fly season following a mild and wet winter. Biologist Dave Goulson, from the University of Sussex, has warned…

BOVINE TB

Derbyshire badger cull cancellation ‘unlawful’, says NFU

The government’s decision not to allow badger culling in Derbyshire as part of efforts to tackle bovine TB was “unlawful”, the High Court has been told. The judicial review into…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Call to back British beef as retailers buy Polish mince

Farm leaders have urged retailers to back British beef after it emerged some had imported cheap mince from Poland to meet soaring demand. NFU chief livestock adviser John Royle said…

NEWS

Vegans abuse farmer delivering dairy during coronavirus crisis

A farmer and his pregnant wife are devastated after being abused online by vegans for delivering dairy products to the elderly and vulnerable self-isolating during the coronavirus pandemic. Activists sent…

FLY-TIPPING

Spiky rubber mats could help keep fly-tippers away

Sections of spiky rubber matting could help landowners stop fly tippers and trespassers from accessing farmland. The kits are commonly used at the ends of railway platforms, but maker Rosehill…

SUGAR BEET

Two-thirds of sugar beet drilled as weather turns drier

Two large sugar beet growing estates finished drilling last weekend in excellent sowing conditions, as two-thirds of the national crop is now in the ground. After a wet winter, light…

NEWS

Tributes paid after sudden death of farm charity worker

Tributes have been paid to farm charity worker Richard Huxtable, who has died at the age of 55. The former farm manager and consultant had been working for the Royal…

NEWS

Farmers Weekly April Fool’s story lifts people’s spirits

A Farmers Weekly April Fool’s story revealing former NFU president Meurig Raymond had launched his own range of fine wines has helped to lift spirits among farmers. In the fake…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Coronavirus: Welsh government offers more help for farmers

The Welsh government has introduced a range of measures to help Welsh farmers through the coronavirus crisis, including an extension to the BPS application window, a derogation to the three-crop…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Coronavirus: Top-level talks to secure farm workforce

A new scheme could see thousands of British people helping to feed the nation by working on UK farms during the coronavirus epidemic. Farm leaders and Defra officials are discussing…

NEWS

Coronavirus: Northern Ireland suspends most TB testing

Defra is facing calls to follow Northern Ireland and suspend TB tests in England amid fears that vets checking cattle for the disease could spread coronavirus. The pandemic has seen…

SHEEP

Coronavirus lockdown halts maedi visna testing

Sheep flocks face losing their maedi visna (MV)-free status after the government’s coronavirus lockdown halted testing for the accreditation scheme, Farmers Weekly has learned. The issue affects farms that have…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Commodity markets in flux as virus uncertainty continues

Almost all markets are more volatile than usual, with a heady mix of crop areas, logistical strains, massive changes in demand and consumer trends. Speculative activity is also driving further…

CULTIVATION AND DRILLING

Labour-saving vegetable machinery transforms staff reliance

A small agricultural importer is hoping to revolutionise the vegetable planting and harvesting world with a selection of new machines aimed at hacking back the sector's labour dependence. Growers' reliance…

ARABLE

Coronavirus: Cereals 2020 goes online

This year’s Cereals event is to move online for the first time, meaning growers will still be able to hear the latest advice as well as take part in interactive…

TAKING STOCK

Virus forecast to erode store lamb margins

Hogg finishers targeting the late market after paying elevated store prices might be pleased to break even after supply chains have been rocked by the coronavirus outbreak. Lamb prices tumbled…

LIVESTOCK

Shearer match-making service launched to combat shortage

Shearing contractors concerned about labour shortages amid the Covid-19 crisis can use an online hub to link up with professional sheep shearers. The shearing register is an online directory from…

ENVIRONMENT

Farmers unite for record-breaking bird count

More than 1,500 farmers battled challenging conditions to take part in the 2020 Big Farmland Bird Count (BFBC) –the highest participation since it launched in 2014. Organisers the Game &…

NEWS

Raymond’s Blanc - former NFU leader launches Welsh wine brand

Former NFU president Meurig Raymond is launching his own range of fine wines – made from grapes grown on his Pembrokeshire farm. The veteran farm leader, who stood down as…

TRACTORS

Case-IH's Quadtrac gets AFS Connect technology

Case-IH has added the AFS Connect system onto its monster Quadtrac tractors. The new machines will be available in Europe throughout the second half of 2020 and they follow the…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

Landlord and tenant bodies in joint appeal for understanding

Rural landlords and tenants must work together collaboratively and compassionately during this unprecedented time, say the Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) and Country Land and Business Association (CLA). The call relates…

INPUT MARKETS AND PRICES

Fertiliser prices rise on stronger demand and weaker currency

Better demand combined with a relatively weak sterling has pushed fertiliser prices higher. Spot demand has grown in the UK as drilling progresses at pace and the grassland sector starts…

FARMLIFE

Coronavirus: Farmers share field messages to NHS staff

Farmers are showing their appreciation for NHS and social care workers tackling the coronavirus pandemic. Fields have been used to pay tribute to the frontline workers, following the “Clap For…

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