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TECHNOLOGY

New imagery tool alerts farmers to crop changes

Farmers Edge has released a tool that automatically scans satellite imagery and notifies growers of changes in their fields. The new Health Change Maps and Notifications function has an integrated…

TAKING STOCK

Festive demand lifts steers and lambs 10p/kg

Cattle and prime lamb prices continued to firm last week, with the SQQ up to 183p/kg and prime steers at 208p/kg, both about 10p/kg dearer than at the end of…

LIVESTOCK

Wales to introduce single traceability system for all species

Wales is to have its own umbrella traceability system for cattle, sheep and pigs from 2020 to put the country in a strong position for negotiating trade with Europe post-Brexit.…

BPS

Poll: Farmers in England, have you been paid your BPS?

Defra says it has paid more than two-thirds of farmers their 2018 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) money. The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has an internal target of paying at least…

BOVINE TB

Fewer TB-restricted herds after north Cornwall badger cull

The number of herds under TB movement restrictions in north Cornwall has fallen dramatically since the start of badger culling in the region, Farmers Weekly has learned. A spokesman for…

NEWS

Rural community ‘devastated’ after farmer killed by bull

A rural community has been left devastated after a farmer was struck by a bull and killed on a farm in Northern Ireland. The Northern Ireland Ambulance Service received a…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

Nearly a third of wheat crops miss out on sulphur

All cereal crops should have a sulphur application every year to avoid the risk of a deficiency of this macronutrient, although 30% of wheat misses out. Tim Kerr, fertiliser manager…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Farming profits forecast down in 2018 as spending rises

UK farmers are forecast to see lower profits in 2018 after spending nearly £1bn more on agricultural goods and services. According to Defra’s first forecast of Total Income from Farming…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Payment by results: a blueprint for farm support post Brexit

An innovative pilot scheme could provide a blueprint for paying more money to farmers who look after the environment, says Defra. The “payment by results” project is believed to be…

TOOLS

Echo builds powerful lightweight chainsaw

Hand-tool maker Echo has introduced a new lightweight, rear handle chainsaw, aimed at both the professional and domestic markets. The catchily named CS-4510ES has a 45cc two-stroke engine and is…

COMPLIANCE

Defra to consult on softer approach to farm inspections

Farmers are to have their say on proposals for a new industry regulator that would also offer practical advice, guidance and incentives for good practice. The government is expected to…

FARMLIFE

Sexism row erupts over men-only Devon fatstock show dinner

A Devon fatstock show's ban on women attending an awards dinner has been branded an embarrassment to the agriculture industry by outraged farmers. The row has erupted over the Dartmouth…

TAX

Farmers short of vital information as VAT changes loom

Farmers will have to wait until January to find out if they are eligible for exemption from the rapidly approaching changes to submitting VAT returns. With just 76 working days…

NEWS

6 in-lamb ewes mauled to death by loose dog

Six in-lamb ewes have been killed after a loose German shepherd dog went on a killing rampage at a popular tourist spot. The attack on Tom Parry’s flock in Moel…

LIVESTOCK

Lanark in-lamb Texels hit 20,000gns twice

In-lamb Texel gimmers topped at 20,000gns twice at Lanark on 8 December, with the Auldhouseburn flock in serious demand. Both of the trade-topping lots were from Alan and Hugh Blackwood,…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Vet viewpoint: Winter challenges with housing and bedding

The weather has definitely changed now and vets across the UK are reporting a rise in health issues related to winter housing and feeding. This year’s maize crop is now…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Cities could receive farm support post Brexit

Urban land could be eligible for payments currently ring-fenced for English farmers – fuelling fears growers and livestock producers will be shortchanged as they strive to deliver Michael Gove's post-Brexit vision…

NEWS

Farmers are ready to embrace environmental challenge – NFU

Farmers are being urged to get on the front foot and explain to MPs and the general public the invaluable work they do to protect and enhance the environment. The…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Over half of dairies now have Johne’s plan

More than half of English and Welsh dairy farms have now signed a National Johne’s Management Plan (NJMP) declaration form and have a Johne’s control strategy. Data so far shows…

BUSINESS

Labour providers to pilot seasonal workers scheme

Two companies will bring 2,500 migrant workers to British farms after the UK leaves the EU, says the government. The pilot seasonal workers scheme will be operated by Concordia (UK)…

BUSINESS

Potato crop lowest since 2012

At 4.9m tonnes, this year’s potato crop is 13% smaller than the five-year average of 5.6m tonnes, according to an AHDB estimate. It is only the fourth time since 1960…

CRIME

Farmer targeted by fraudsters preying on BPS payments

A farmer in north-west England has been targeted by “convincing and professional” fraudsters pretending to be his bank after receiving this year’s Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payment. The farmer, who…

TAKING STOCK

Hereford records broken at Designer Genes Sale

Shrewsbury market hosted the third Designer Genes Sale of Hereford genetics over the weekend (7-8 December), with breed bull, female, semen and embryo records broken. Bull trade only consisted of…

CULTIVATORS

Topcon launches Norac-designed tillage depth control

Norac is well known in spraying circles for its boom levelling technology and now parent company Topcon has used the same principals to dive underground and develop a tillage depth…

COMPLIANCE

‘Imperative’ for Welsh quarantine unit rules to be improved

It is imperative the problematic quarantine units (QUs) used by Welsh farmers are adapted into a more cost-effective, less bureaucratic and more attractive system, says the Farmers’ Union of Wales…

LIVESTOCK

Farm waste collection service launched for UK

Dairy hygiene company Deosan has become the first company in the UK to offer farmers a national collection service for waste plastic. Together with waste service provider Avanti Environmental Group…

4X4S

First look at Mitsubishi's rejigged L200

It’s been 40 years since the L200 was launched, which makes the revisions to the model all the more understandable given that the current fifth-generation truck was introduced in 2015.…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Potato firm fined £40,000 after worker seriously injured

A Scottish farming company has been fined £40,000 for health and safety breaches after an employee sustained serious injuries in a fall from height. Alan Twatt Potatoes is a family…

BREXIT

Poll: How would you vote in a second EU referendum?

British vets have indicated they would vote overwhelmingly to remain in the EU if there was a second referendum, citing fears about the impact on animal welfare and recruitment if…

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