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LIVESTOCK

Advice on buying and retrofitting slurry scrapers

Many farms still opt to install and replace automated slurry scraper systems despite a wide variety of other options coming to market in recent years. Automating slurry management in cubicle…

FARMLIFE

Tractor design competition winner captures pride in farming

A Perth family has won a competition to design the livery for a tractor taking part in Birmingham Pride on 25 September. Run by Massey Ferguson, Agrespect and Farmers Weekly,…

BREXIT

Eustice considering ways to ease food sector labour crisis

Defra secretary George Eustice says he is considering changes to the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Scheme (Saws) as a way of bringing in much needed labour to help the beleaguered agri-food…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Pork levy holiday proposed as hefty price drop adds pressure

AHDB Pork is proposing a one-month pork levy holiday, subject to ratification by government ministers. If agreed, the move would be worth approximately £800,000 to the industry, which has suffered…

WHEAT

How to grow a winter wheat crop yielding 15t/ha

Tim Lamyman is consistently growing wheat crops yielding 15t/ha using a high-input, high-output system across a number of varieties on his Lincolnshire Wolds farm. His method of using high levels…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

How a farmer is benefiting from installing slurry separator

Investing in a slurry separator has reduced labour requirements on a Shropshire dairy unit. Tim Dale installed the separator last autumn to alleviate the need to pump slurry into a…

NEWS

FW Podcast Ep 75: Fertiliser market mayhem and lamb exports

In this episode, the fertiliser market soars after UK manufacturers curtail production because of rising gas prices. What should farmers do to secure fertiliser supplies? And should rates be adjusted?…

TRACTORS

Machinery Milestones: Centenary for iconic Lanz Bulldog

The introduction of the Lanz company's first Bulldog series tractors 100 years ago set the wheels in motion for one of the European tractor industry’s biggest success stories. Tractor history…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: It’s not regenerative ag but it works for us

I was going to say Carlsberg don’t do harvests, but they probably do. The brewery is certainly worth a tour if you visit Copenhagen.  Anyway, 2021 must go down as…

LAND MARKETS

Demand for disused barns and small blocks of land skyrockets

Farmers could benefit from the rising interest in rural living as buyers seek agricultural buildings with permission for conversion. Identifying any redundant barns or livestock sheds that could be converted…

NEWS

FW Opinion: Era of cheap food appears to be at an end

It is no exaggeration to say that UK agriculture avoided a catastrophe this week. The news on Tuesday that the government has reached a deal with the American owner of…

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: Singing the glyphosate blues

“Have you still got those old ploughs?” asked Tod the Cropdoctor as we were setting up for a much-needed band rehearsal. (“Much needed” as in “we all needed to get…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Big jump in Countryside Stewardship applications for 2022

The number of Countryside Stewardship Scheme (CSS) applications for agreements starting from January 2022 has risen by 1,000 compared with the last round. The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) had received…

NEWS

Thieves target another Norfolk farmer in high-value GPS raid

An arable farmer in Oxborough is the latest victim in a spate of high-value GPS thefts that have hit Norfolk. William Chapman’s farm was raided in the early hours of…

HARVEST

Last chance to take part in the NFU harvest survey

UK growers have only a handful of days left to complete the 2021 NFU harvest survey, which closes on Sunday 26 September. The annual survey aims to build a picture…

FARMLIFE

Farming’s ‘Banksy’ raises charity money with painted bales

 A farming woman from Scotland has created an eye-catching design with bales inspired by the work of Walt Disney. Fleur Baxter from Angus, who has acquired the nickname "Balesy" for…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Rise in October milk price for Arla members

Arla is the latest processor to announce a milk price rise, with members set to receive a 0.32p/litre increase from 1 October. Denmark-based Arla calculates its milk price in euros…

BPS

NI farm businesses to receive £15.5m extra BPS funding

Northern Ireland’s farm businesses are set to benefit from an additional £15.5m in Basic Payment Scheme funding, farm minister Edwin Poots has announced. Addressing industry leaders at the Balmoral Show…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

NFU leader warns PM of panic-buying this Christmas

Farm union leader Minette Batters has warned Boris Johnson to expect a return to panic-buying unless his government acts now to alleviate crippling labour shortages in the food supply chain.…

CARBON

How a carbon payments scheme will work for 100 UK farmers

Another carbon payment programme has come to the UK. We find out how the Soil Capital Carbon programme will work. Farmers signing up to Soil Capital’s carbon programme will receive…

DIVERSIFICATION

Unusual farm diversifications help fill payments gap

Farmers are increasingly looking for novel ways to diversify to start filling the financial gap left by the loss of direct payments. We talk to some who are carving particularly…

TRACTORS

John Deere 8R tractors get optional tyre inflation system

John Deere has joined arch rival Fendt in offering its high-horsepower tractors with an integrated central tyre inflation system that can adjust pressures on the move. The CTIS is available…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Harvest crawls at two-thirds speed

On paper our weather has improved, with fewer downpours and high pressure over the country for the past few weeks. This has, however, brought large amounts of cloud and no…

ARABLE

Call for new grain assurance system to end 'double standards'

A group of farmers has suggested solutions to the “double standards” that allow grain importers easier access to UK feed mills than domestic food producers. The group, co-ordinated by East…

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