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GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

7 top tips for managing tracks and water when grazing stock

Outwintering stock or even just getting them out as early as possible in the spring can have huge benefits, particularly in terms of cost saving. However, if careful attention isn’t…

TRAILERS

Horsch adds two lorry-mounted haulage kits

Horsch has added two lorry-mounted haulage kits to its logistics range – one for shifting seed and granular fertiliser and another for moving liquids. The two new units join the…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Trial shows high iodine cow diet can hinder colostrum uptake

A survey of iodine supplementation in beef herds has revealed that over supplementation pre-calving can negatively affect calves’ ability to absorb colostrum. A collaborative research project between Moredun Research Institute,…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Fears over pig prices fall and high feed costs

The pig job is starting to get seriously worrying. We have had well over a year of falling pig prices and feed prices have moved in the opposite direction. As…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Beginner's guide to rotational grazing beef suckler herds

If you already know your rotations from your residuals and your cover from your wedge, then you probably need to read no further. This guide is for beef suckler farmers…

TECHNOLOGY

Collar-mounted GPS tracker for lost dogs by on test

Whether it’s a working sheepdog or an ancient scruffy terrier that spends most of its time by the Aga, losing a dog is pretty upsetting. Luckily, there are now serveral…

IRRIGATION

Lack of rain prompts longer reservoir refill period

The Environment Agency has confirmed plans to extend the refill season for winter storage reservoirs into April. This follows concern that lack of rain over the winter months and possible…

BREEDING AND FERTILITY

Early lambers see disappointing results after 2018 drought

Scanning results have been hugely variable this winter following a tough spring, a dry summer and tight grazing on many farms, with some scanning results back 20-40%. Many early lambers…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Eye-watering repair bill or new tractor?

I had a strong sense of déjà vu this week as I found myself once again digging deep snow from the local roads by JCB bucket. I had assumed last…

NEWS

Beef farmer scammed out of £10,800 in tractor ad fraud

Beef farmer Douglas Ledger thought he had snapped up a bargain after spotting a low-mileage tractor for £10,800. The advert, which appeared on Gumtree and also on eBay, was for…

LAND MARKETS

Agricultural land values to hit five-year low

The average value of bare agricultural land in England fell by 3% to a five-year low of £6,970/acre in 2018. This is according to Knight Frank’s Farmland Index results for…

MACHINERY

Dealer updates through early 2019

There have been plenty of dealer moves during January and February of 2019, including Joe Whelan in Ireland, Agriplus in North Yorkshire and Hunt Forest Group in the south of…

BREXIT

Defra pledges sheep sector cash in event of no-deal Brexit

Sheep farmers have been assured of financial support from the government in the event of a no-deal Brexit which would cause a dramatic decline in the value of lamb. The…

SHEEP

Pressure mounts to end non-stun sheep slaughter

Muslim authorities are being urged to accept the stunning of all animals prior to slaughter, as new figures from the Food Standards Agency (FSA) reveal that a quarter of all…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Feed grain prices fall on currency and crop news

UK old crop feed wheat and feed barley prices are down by about £3/t on the week, to average £165/t and £145/t spot ex-farm respectively on Friday (15 February). A…

ARABLE

Septoria springs up in some Dorset wheat crops

Wheat crops in Dorset are starting to show widespread levels of septoria, with one expert planning his fungicide strategy to keep the crop’s biggest yield-robbing disease under control. Agronomist Todd…

SHEEP

Scottish sheep farmers vow to battle lynx proposals

Farmers have raised concerns about proposals to release wild Eurasian lynx in Scotland over the likelihood of predation to sheep flocks. The Lynx UK Trust has identified three sites in…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Flood funds rolled out to Somerset farms in online auction

Farmers across Somerset are being invited to tender for funds to help them improve their flood control through a range of farm management measures. The online auction follows a successful…

TELEHANDLERS

First impressions: JCB spends £6m on new telehandler cab

A new cab is the centrepiece of JCB’s latest-generation Loadall telehandlers and it promises to take comfort and practicality up several notches. Though the old version was perfectly functional –…

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: I can predict the future of my pea crop

With a long sigh, and a reluctant mind, I’ve ordered my pea seed. It’ll be for Blackhouse Road – a field that on the original cropping plan for 2018-19 was…

LAND MARKETS

Farmland market sees supply slump ahead of Brexit

The 2019 farmland market has seen a busy start in some regions, but there is evidence of sellers playing a waiting game while political uncertainty remains. Many agents predicted a…

TAKING STOCK

Rearing calves values firmer but still a mixed trade

Dairy-bred calf values have strengthened since Christmas but remain back on the year amid a challenging winter, say auctioneers. Latest AHDB prices for January calves (three weeks and younger) were…

NEWS

Opinion: Weather woes add to Brexit blues for farming

It’s been a dry autumn and winter here in East Anglia and across much of the UK as well. On the one hand it has enabled autumn work on the…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Looking to New Zealand for sheep genetics

This will be the last Farmer Focus article that you will be reading from us as it is time to hand over to a new writer with a story to…

BPS

De-linked BPS payments: Everything we know so far

Farmers in England looking to unlock cash for major investments or retirement are likely to benefit from proposals in the forthcoming Agriculture Bill, which is currently making its way through…

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