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ENVIRONMENT

Farmer fined £4,000 for polluting stream

A farmer from Northern Ireland has been fined thousands of pounds for causing water pollution of a stream that connects to the ocean. Ian McFarlane, of Ballygrainey Road, Holywood, County…

CRIME

UK chicken catching business closed down by GLAA

One of the UK’s biggest chicken catching businesses has had its Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) licence revoked for unlawful treatment of its staff. Victor Foster Poultry Services (VFPS)…

FARMLIFE

Farmers Weekly photo competition 2018 – win £250 cash prize

The 2018 Farmers Weekly annual photography competition is now open for entries. With eight farming and rural life categories to enter your wonderful photos into this year, this competition is your big…

BUSINESS

Pig profit warning as doubts cast on Defra census figures

Pig producer losses are mounting as prices sink further below the average cost of production, AHDB figures show. The sector board’s latest Pig Market Weekly shows that the EU-spec Standard…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Last grazing rotation dates for dairy fast-approaching

Pasture-based dairy systems looking to graze into November should now be looking forward to next year and have closed up paddocks to support high-quality spring growth. This is according to…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

How Oxfordshire sheep farmers cut cost of production by 12%

Access to cover crops for winter grazing on nearby arable land has resulted in a 10% uplift in lambing percentage and helped to reduce finishing times by three weeks at…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Why maize might be our crop of the future

Now then, never mind the Strictly curse, what about the Farmers Weekly curse? There’s me telling all my loyal readers how well it’s all going and then we have to…

DAIRY

Dairymaster launches a new rotary parlour range

Most dairy farmers will install only one rotary milking system during their lifetime, so the need to get that decision right is imperative. With this in mind, Dairymaster has launched…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

Tips on staff management from 4 dairy farmers

Dairy farmers could be facing a worsening labour shortage on UK farms post-Brexit, with 56% of farmers employing people from the EU. The findings of the RABDF survey show the…

TRAILERS

Becklonne Lademonster eases maize hauling headache

Little-known German manufacturer Becklonne has developed a monster elevator designed to shift large quantities of crop from the field to the clamp, and it’s capable of loading an artic bulker…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Sheep scab warnings follow spike in cases

Soaring numbers of sheep scab cases mean farmers should deal with every bought-in sheep as if it has scab, say sheep experts. Proper quarantining of stock, plunge dips, macrocyclic lactone…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Chick placings hit September record above 90m birds

The number of chick and poult placings broke records in the month of September after exceeding 90m birds. At 90.3m placings in total, the highest number ever recorded by Defra,…

LAND MARKETS

Farmland marketed in England hits 10-year high

Supplies of farmland marketed in England has hit the highest level in 10 years after an exceptional amount came forward in the past three months. According to Strutt & Parker’s…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

A guide to ASF and how to minimise the risk on your pig farm

African Swine Fever (ASF) is spreading westwards across Europe and has recently been detected in wild boar populations just across the channel, in Belgium. Amid warnings of potentially dire consequences…

FARMERS APPRENTICE

Revealed: The winner of Farmers Apprentice 2018

And the winner is... ... 22 year old Sam Coote from County Durham has been crowned the winner of Farmers Apprentice 2018, following 5 days of challenging tasks. Sam beat…

BREXIT

Kelly Turkeys to open European business over Brexit concerns

Concerns about the threat of cheap imports, border controls, lack of available seasonal labour and a growing EU market has prompted Kelly Turkeys to move some of its business to…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Farmers advised not to aerate soils before digging holes

Before aerating soils to combat compaction, farmers should dig holes and test soils to assess the cause of the problem. Grassland and soils adviser James Bretherton of Agscope said the…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Growers likely to stick with beet despite issues

We have had a very welcome 42mm of steady rain in the past 24 hours. We held off starting drilling until 1 October and have about another 30ha to complete…

FARM MAINTENANCE

Bryce Suma launches trailed post driver

Post knocking specialist Bryce Suma has launched its first trailed heavy-duty post driver that doesn’t require a hefty tractor on the front to provide stability.   The Kelso-based manufacturer says…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Farmer left ‘heartbroken’ after BSE discovery

A farmer whose cows are facing slaughter after BSE was discovered on his farm has been left “heartbroken”. The case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy, also known as “mad cow disease”,…

BUSINESS

Farmers question HMRC's readiness for Making Tax Digital

An under-pressure HMRC has admitted to a number of farmers that it is unable to process new applications for exemption from Making Tax Digital until next month. The agency also…

FARMERS APPRENTICE

Video: Farmers Apprentice 2018 episode 6 – watch the final

After four days packed with gruelling challenges, we have reached the final day of bootcamp. But before we announce the winner of Farmers Apprentice 2018 the teams have something a…

NEWS

Hay bales worth £30,000 torched on Scottish farm

A farmer has been left seriously out of pocket after about 1,000 hay bales worth £30,000 were destroyed in a suspected arson attack. The incident happened at about 7.30pm on…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

OMSCo eyeing US organic dairy market post-Brexit

The Organic Milk Suppliers Cooperative (Omsco) is targeting a bigger share of the international market for dairy products, post-Brexit. Omsco chairman Nicholas Saphir told the annual members’ conference he wanted…

NEWS

Sheep cruelty video sparks Scottish SPCA investigation

The Scottish SPCA has launched an investigation into footage that allegedly shows the abuse of sheep in a number of Scottish shearing sheds. Animal rights group Peta Asia has released…

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