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BOVINE TB

Farm leaders urge TB rethink after badger cull ‘success’

Farm leaders have called for an urgent rethink of the bovine TB strategy in Wales and Northern Ireland after peer-reviewed evidence that badger culling in England is helping to tackle…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

US tariffs imposed on UK food as trade war begins

The US government has begun imposing $7.5bn (£6.1bn) worth of tariffs on British and European food exports in a burgeoning trade war. The dispute is over EU subsidies handed to…

BREXIT

Industry leaders call for assurances following Brexit deal

Farm leaders have called for further assurances following Boris Johnson's agreement with Brussels for the UK to leave the European Union with a deal. In a move that would enable…

NEWS

Woman dies and man injured in Cumbria farm fire

A woman has died and her husband is in a “serious, but stable” condition after a major farmhouse fire in Cumbria. Firefighters were called to the property, at Thwaites, near…

LAND MARKETS

Seven Staffordshire County Council holdings up for sale

Five fully-equipped farms and two blocks of bare land have been put on the open market as part of Staffordshire County Council’s plans to sell off part of its estate.…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? visits a Cumbrian contractor

In this What’s In Your Shed?, we suss out a fleet of high-hour workhorses belonging to Cumbrian contractor Graham Hayllar. How did you get started? When I left school, I…

FEED AND NUTRITION

How to calibrate dairy parlour feeders and cut costs

Routine calibration of feed-to-yield parlour feeders can help drive down concentrate costs or increase milk yields on dairy farms. Feed can account for 40% of total costs, yet calibration is…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Forage stocks look well despite poor wholecrop

It has been a good season for grass growth. The pit is now full in readiness for the winter months and for the cattle to munch their way through. Despite…

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: Police should focus on troublesome 0.1%

In an ideal world, not a single punter would have turned up to Hampshire Police’s Rural Crime Event, held at Sparsholt College a couple of Sundays ago. It’s true that…

TAKING STOCK

Autumn store sales hit by beef crash

Early suckled calf and store cattle sales is feeling the pinch this autumn as finished cattle trades at £150-£200 less than a year ago. Many centres have seen calf trade…

OPINION

FW opinion: Pros and cons to 'payment by results' schemes

The findings of Natural England’s “payment-by-results” (PBR) pilot schemes are out and participating farmers in Yorkshire and East Anglia, as well as industry leaders, are feeling encouraged. Defra has already…

SOILS

How a Sussex grower successfully undersows maize with grass

West Sussex grower Frans de Boer is successfully using a low-cost method of undersowing maize with a blend of fescues to enhance soil health, reduce soil erosion and promote organic…

POTATOES

No-deal Brexit devastating for Scottish seed potato sector

The Scottish Government has written to Westminster to raise concerns over the potential impact of a no-deal Brexit on Scotland’s seed potato sector. Scotland exports about 20,000t of seed potatoes…

SHEEP

Positive reinforcement used to teach sheep to follow a drone

A farmer has trained his sheep to associate food with a drone in a labour-saving initiative. Shropshire farmer Wojtek Behnke has been flying a drone over his sheep immediately after…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

British beef faces unsustainable rivalry under Brexit plans

Beef producers outside the UK will be £120 a head better off than their British counterparts under no-deal Brexit plans, meat processors have warned. In a joint statement, the British…

BEEF

Lim Society 'risks being blown apart,' warns chairman

The Limousin Society risks being blown apart by disputes arising from the Ballinloan affair and the departure of its chief executive, its chairman has warned. Three Limousin cattle breeders have…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Rule changes help slash critically important antibiotics use

Red Tractor-assured cattle and sheep farms have cut the use of some of the most critically important antibiotics by 92%. The dramatic reduction in use of the highest-priority, critically important…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How farmer trials club targets fungicide use and crop nutrition

Getting locally relevant trials data is challenging and no area demonstrates this better than the fertile Grade 1 silts of south Lincolnshire. These high-yielding soils may be the envy of…

BOVINE TB

Conflicting results from cull zones need urgent analysis

Independent vets and scientists are seeking valid and robust analysis from Defra over completely contrasting results in bovine TB figures for the Gloucestershire and Somerset badger cull zones. After six years of badger culling,…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

Which milking parlour is best for your dairy?

Having the best parlour for your system can pay dividends, in terms of milk yield, quality and your work life. If you’re thinking about changing your parlour or going into…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

Video: FW showcases farming at city science festival

Farmers Weekly worked with a range of top agricultural businesses and organisations to bring a "Future of Farming" exhibition to the show, billed as “the world's greatest science festival”, which…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Stuck in arable limbo as the rain continues

We seem to have entered another spell of arable limbo with wet conditions having closed down drilling operations smack in the middle of optimal timings. Some winter barley has been…

ATVS AND UTVS

Video: Yamaha Kodiak special edition 450 on test

Yamaha fits the Kodiak 450 with its own single-cylinder petrol engine, which at 421cc is a little smaller than the branding on the bodywork suggests. The firm neatly dodges the…

DIVERSIFICATION

Why research is key to diversification success

Farmers looking to diversify should consider doing in-depth market research before taking the plunge, to be confident that they are giving potential projects every chance of success. Investing borrowed or…

LAND MARKETS

So you want to... Sell your farm?

Selling a farm may be the first time in generations that it has changed hands and it can be a complicated process. Farmers Weekly finds out more about how to…

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