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WORKSHOP SKILLS

Farm Inventions Competition extended until 7 February

We've decided to extend the Farm Inventions Competition deadline by a week, which means you have until 7 February 2020 to get your entries in. To inspire you, we have…

DAIRY

Dairy-Tech 2020: Latest gadgets and tech for your herd

The Dairy-Tech event returns to Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire, on Wednesday 5 February, which showcases the very latest gadgets and innovations. Organiser, the Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers (RABDF), has…

NEWS

Opinion: Keep the pressure on Boris Johnson's government

Here’s a Robert Burns quote for Burns Night: “The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” I thought of this recently when Jake had to cancel all…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

UK-wide livestock disease group gets green light

A UK-wide cattle and sheep industry group has been created to step up the fight against endemic diseases which cost the two sectors £500m a year. From 1 April, the…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Tips to minimise avian influenza risk on your farm

After two years of relatively low levels of avian influenza in Europe, it is back. The end of December marked the first outbreak of the highly pathogenic H5N8 strain on…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: It was a different farming world in 1968

At the beginning of 2019 I hoped for a drier, warmer spring, more rain in early summer and a dry harvest. The first six months actually were almost ideal, but…

ENVIRONMENT

Farmers part of the climate solution, conference hears

Farmers and landowners are part of the solution to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss in the UK, a conference was told. More than 300 people gathered at the University…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Red meat sales drop over festive period

Red meat sales took a hit over the festive period as shoppers switched to plant-based alternatives, according to AHDB and the market analyst Kantar Worldpanel. Market data show that 15,000…

BUSINESS

Scots convergence payments capped at £55,000

Payments to individual Scottish farmers receiving a share of convergence money will be limited to £55,000 each, Scotland's rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing has said. Mr Ewing made the announcement…

FARM POLICY

Calls for compulsory CCTV in all Welsh abattoirs

CCTV should be made compulsory in every abattoir in Wales to ensure that high standards of animal welfare are upheld, according to a group of assembly members. The National Assembly…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Pig price better than expected in post-Christmas demand

A post-Christmas drop-off in demand has prompted only a marginal decline in UK pig prices, according to AHDB Pork. The EU-spec SPP fell by 0.09p to 162.31p/kg in the week…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

How a Welsh farm reduced ewe mortality by tackling OPA

A Welsh farm has successfully tackled an infectious form of lung cancer in sheep with a radical scan-and-cull policy. Ovine pulmonary adenocarcinoma (OPA) is caused by a virus which infects…

NEWS

FW Opinion: Ag Bill - some positives but fails on imports

Wading through 94 pages of civil servant speak, as contained in the new Agriculture Bill, is not for the faint-hearted. All those clauses and subclauses, “may do’s ” and “must…

BEEF

3 ways a beef farmer is adapting to improve profitability

Spring-calving suckler and arable farmer Mike Powley is adapting his business to improve labour efficiency and environmental sustainability. Mr Powley, who farms with his father, is making changes to ensure…

MOWERS

Heavy-duty 8m flail mower joins Seppi range

A new heavy-duty flail mower from Italian firm Seppi M can cover 8m in a single pass and mulch material up to 9cm in diameter. The S9 Multipla replaces the…

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: Fevered tales from cold comfort farm

It turns out that I brought home more than just a broad smile and bag of brochures from Lamma. Somewhere in the car, lurking surreptitiously, was a particularly nasty case…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Meatless pork seems like insult to injury

January - the bleakest month of the year. We already feel deflated with the post-Christmas blues, endless rain and darkness, only to be made to feel worse by the constant…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

How to control phoma disease in oilseed rape crops

Phoma stem canker is a highly damaging disease in oilseed rape, with Fera Science's CropMonitor estimating losses at £100m each season in the UK. Early-season epidemics are capable of decimating…

FARMLIFE

5 social media tips for livestock farmers

Social media can become an all-consuming and dark place for farmers. Although vegans account for less than 1% of the UK population, according to Kantar, they can shout pretty loud,…

ENVIRONMENT

UK climate report: Cut red meat by 20% and plant more trees

Reducing the number of ruminants and increased tree planting on farmland are key to meeting the UK’s “net zero” carbon ambitions, says the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). Launching its…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

New Holland and Case grab Massey Ferguson market share

A slump in the popularity of Massey Ferguson tractors has seen the brand’s market share of new sales fall to less than 10% in 2018. Data published by the Agricultural…

TAX

Q&A guide to claiming tax relief on energy-efficient kit

There are just two months left in which to take advantage of a government scheme encouraging businesses to invest in energy efficient equipment. The Energy Technology List (ETL) covers a…

CROP SELECTION

Canary seed offers low cost alternative crop for growers

Canary seed could offer an alternative option for growers looking for a niche cereal that is simple to establish, has low input costs and is easy to harvest. The crop…

MEDICINES

4-step guide to reviewing antibiotics use on your farm

For livestock farmers signed up to the Red Tractor Assurance scheme, an annual review of antibiotics use is required to meet assurance criteria. Vet Tim Potter from the VetPartners group…

CULTIVATORS

Vaderstad launches mounted NZ cultivator

Swedish manufacturer Vaderstad has added a 6m mounted version of the popular NZ spring tine cultivator to its portfolio. The machine has four rows of tines spaced 90mm apart and…

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