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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…

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