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TAKING STOCK

Limousin summer sale up £413 on the year

Another strong Limousin trade was seen in the pedigree ring at Borderway on Friday (15 June) as 28 bulls met an 86% clearance and averages lifted on the year to…

SUCCESSION PLANNING

Farmer wins multimillion pound court case against father

An Oxfordshire farmer has won a High Court case against his father over a dispute about the inheritance of an £8m estate. John Michael Gee, 60, began working on the…

WHEAT

Syngenta to withdraw fungicides, including Cherokee

Agrochemicals giant Syngenta is to withdraw some fungicides, including the popular cereals product Cherokee, as they no longer pass the relevant ecological risk assessments. Products containing azoles propiconazole and cyproconazole…

NEWS

NFU chief to meet prime minister to discuss Brexit

NFU president Minette Batters is to meet prime minister Theresa May to press home the case for British agriculture ahead of Brexit. Ms Batters will raise a range of food…

WEED MANAGEMENT

Spud Watch: Dry weather reduces blight pressure

Seed planting was completed by the end of the first week in June, with the last of the pre-emergence herbicides being applied, at the time of writing. Weed control has been…

TENANCIES AND RENTS

10-year FBT offer for new entrant on Cumbrian stock farm

A new entrant will get the chance to start a stock-rearing enterprise with a 10-year farm business tenancy (FBT) near Carlisle. Slealands Farm, near Longtown in Cumbria, has 175-acres of Grade…

NEWS

NFU to remain member of EU farm lobby group

The NFU will remain a key member of an influential European farm lobby organisation – after the UK leaves the EU. The Copa-Cogeca group represents farm unions and co-operatives from…

LIVESTOCK

Stabiliser trials show £22 a head feed saving in 12 weeks

The latest figures released from ongoing net feed efficiency (NFE) trials by the Stabiliser Cattle Company show more efficient bulls and steers with low NFE figures save £21 a head…

NEWS

Vote: Are you struggling to find harvest staff?

The NFU is concerned that a shortage of seasonal workers this harvest could leave fruit and vegetable crops rotting in the ground. Workers are urgently needed in the horticulture industry,…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Vet Viewpoint: Advice on flies, BVD, coccidiosis and mastitis

Summer has arrived across the country, bringing with it a host of issues for the vets in this month’s Vet Viewpoint. In this edition, vets from around the country offer…

NEWS

Welsh farmers warned of funding cuts post-Brexit

Welsh farmers could lose about 40% of their support funding unless the UK government ring-fences the money that is currently spent on Welsh agriculture, First Minister Carwyn Jones has warned.…

VARIETY SELECTION

Barley breeders have BYDV solution to neonic ban

Barley varieties that are tolerant to a key viral disease could help farmers reduce yield losses when growing barley without neonicotinoid seed treatments. Two breeders are investigating barley varieties in…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Is now the right time to buy new machinery?

What a difference a prolonged spell of dry weather makes to the farm and, indeed, my mood. I don’t think I have ever known crops to go through their growth…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Video: Homemade silage station reduces round-bale headache

After developing a strong aversion for wrapping bales in the field where the baler dropped them, Geoff Eyre wasn’t a fan of the somewhat tedious job of collecting wrapped rounds…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Tight supplies predicted to preserve Scots meat prices

Red meat producers in Scotland are likely to see strong prices for beef and lamb for the remainder of the year as tight supplies give farmers the upper hand over…

MEDICINES

Drive to cut antibiotics praised by senior health official

The livestock sector has won praise from a senior human health official after figures showed dramatic cuts in antibiotics use and almost total compliance with EU medicine laws. During an…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Variable rapeseed may need pod sealant

Some oilseed rape is beginning to turn but our Crop Watch agronomists are warning pod sealant may be needed this season to deal with second waves of “mini-flowering” and ensure elasticity…

FARM ENERGY

Threat to biofuel market defeated by farm lobby groups

A looming threat to cereal and rapeseed prices has been stopped after plans to cut the use of crop-based biofuels in the transport sector was abandoned by European politicians. A…

WILDLIFE

Sheep farmers issued licences to cull ravens in England

Farmers in England have been given licences to cull ravens on farmland to protect newborn lambs. Natural England has confirmed it has issued licences for ravens to be culled in…

NEWS

EU farm lobby slams CAP reform plans

The head of EU farmers’ lobby Copa-Cogeca has issued a withering attack on plans to cap support payments for farmers. European farmers and agri-co-operatives met in Brussels on Friday (15…

HARVEST

First barley crimping harvest gets under way in Devon

The cereal harvest is kicking off with Devon farmer Roger Adams cutting his winter barley and then crimping the high-moisture content crop to feed his beef cattle. In what is…

MACHINERY

Yamaha adds new ATV and UTV models for 2019

Small vehicle and motorbike specialist Yamaha has updated its ATV and UTV offerings for 2019. We run through the highlights of the new models. ATV Kodiak 700 EPS SE The…

NEWS

Father and son rescued after farm slurry incident

A father and son have been rescued after falling into a slurry pit in Northern Ireland. The two men, aged in their 40s and 70s, got into difficulty on a…

YOUNG FARMERS

Why young farmers should consider getting into poultry

For young people dreaming of running their own farm business, getting into poultry could be an ideal way to build up cash and experience if land and money are proving…

LIVESTOCK

Farmer Focus: How goat milk market changed for the worse

This is my final Farmer Focus article. In the two-and-a-half years I have been writing a lot has changed on all fronts. The biggest issues for British farmers in that…

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