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PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Government extends £5,000 grant scheme for flood-hit farmers

Farmers and rural businesses whose properties were affected by flooding last winter have been given more time to apply for government grants of up to £5,000.   Defra announced on…

MEDICINES

Warning over long-term shortage of mastitis antibiotics

A shortage of two of the UK’s most popular antibiotic mastitis treatments is set to continue into 2021, veterinary experts have warned. The Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD) said issues that…

GRANTS

Fears grow over post-EU grant funding vacuum in England

There is increasing concern about a potential vacuum in grant funding for farmers and other rural businesses because of a lack of progress in the government implementing the UK Shared…

MEDICINES

Scottish sheep farmers asked to help with antibiotics survey

Scottish farmers and vets are being asked to take part in a survey that aims to establish the amount of antibiotics used in the sheep industry in Scotland. Last year,…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Sow prices tumble in response to German ASF outbreak

An outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in Germany has resulted in a sharp fall in British cull sow prices as key buyers such as China, Japan and South Korea…

OILSEED RAPE

How two OSR growers escaped the flea beetle threat

The two growers in Hampshire and Wiltshire are both using a companion crop of buckwheat to protect their oilseed rape from cabbage stem flea beetle damage and are looking to…

HARVEST

Harvest 2020: Combines almost finished in a harvest to forget

By Melanie Jenkins and Ruth Wills   As harvest wraps up for another year, it’s evident that many farmers are looking to put it behind them and move on to…

NEWS

Opinion: Planning advice - don't find a bat in a barn

The White Paper on reforming the planning system that followed prime minister Boris Johnson’s remarks on “newt counting being a drag on prosperity” may or may not be the new…

PARASITIC DISEASES

Test breakthrough paves way for sheep scab vaccine

A highly sensitive sheep scab test will enable farmers to differentiate between vaccinated and infested animals. The breakthrough is the result of Scottish research done by the Moredun Research Institute…

TRACTORS

Fendt One cab added to all 700 and 300 models

Fendt revealed a glimpse of its futuristic Fendt One cab design back in July last year, and the firm has now released more details on what operators can expect and…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: We have plenty of shed space for the combine

The cereal harvest has continued through to its conclusion. What was always going to be a late one was exacerbated by 200mm of rain primarily during the second half of…

BEEF

How suckler herds can reduce carbon footprint by 40%

Research conducted by the Stabiliser Cattle Company and Alltech E-CO2 has revealed that suckler producers can achieve a near 40% reduction in carbon footprint while saving £350 per cow place…

NEWS

Food security fears rise at prospect of second Covid-19 lockdown

Major retailers are asking shoppers not to panic buy as a survey reveals two-thirds are concerned about the impact of a second wave of coronavirus on UK food supplies. The…

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