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GRANTS

£1m Scots fund opens for large-scale biodiversity projects

Scottish Natural Heritage is offering funds for ambitious and innovative ideas to improve habits, safeguard species and encourage increased access to nature. The first year of the Biodiversity Challenge Fund…

COVER CROPS

How a Dorset farmer grows cost-effective cover crops

Dorset grower John Martin, together with Kings Seeds, has designed his own cover crop mix, which provides the maximum benefit to his calcareous soils while also being cost-effective. He was…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Hungry crops get first spring fertiliser dose

Many crops are receiving their first fertiliser dressing of the season to kick start growth and build up canopies. Fears of last year have prompted farmers to get fertiliser on…

PEST MANAGEMENT

Flea beetle decimates OSR leading to hive relocation headache

One of Britain's biggest beekeepers says he must relocate hundreds of hives because cabbage stem flea beetle has destroyed so much oilseed rape this season. Perthshire-based Murray McGregor turned to…

NFU CONFERENCE

NFU19: Food production must be priority, government told

Farm leaders have warned the government that domestic food production must be a strategic priority at what is a critical time in British history. The warning is contained in a…

NEWS

Calls for calm after Aussie farmer fires shotgun near vegans

Australian minister for agriculture David Littleproud has branded an online map published by animal rights group Aussie Farms, showing the location of livestock farms and abattoirs across the country, an…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

CSS application window opens with simpler process promised

The 2019 Countryside Stewardship (CS) Scheme is open for applications in England, with the government claiming to have taken further steps to make the scheme less bureaucratic. Improvements for 2019…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

7 top tips for managing tracks and water when grazing stock

Outwintering stock or even just getting them out as early as possible in the spring can have huge benefits, particularly in terms of cost saving. However, if careful attention isn’t…

TRAILERS

Horsch adds two lorry-mounted haulage kits

Horsch has added two lorry-mounted haulage kits to its logistics range – one for shifting seed and granular fertiliser and another for moving liquids. The two new units join the…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Trial shows high iodine cow diet can hinder colostrum uptake

A survey of iodine supplementation in beef herds has revealed that over supplementation pre-calving can negatively affect calves’ ability to absorb colostrum. A collaborative research project between Moredun Research Institute,…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Fears over pig prices fall and high feed costs

The pig job is starting to get seriously worrying. We have had well over a year of falling pig prices and feed prices have moved in the opposite direction. As…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Guide to inactive vaccine administration for pullet rearers

Like many of the processes in poultry farming, bird performance is tied to getting the basics right. The inactivated vaccine administration at point of lay is no different, with a…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

Advice on cleaning free-range poultry sheds

Planning turnaround and the logistics is a big undertaking. But a well-executed clean can help set a new free-range flock off to a flying start. Andrew Watson of Bowler Eggs…

BOVINE TB

Current UK TB rules - and what's coming next

Defra and its devolved counterparts announced a series of tougher bovine TB rules in the past months in a bid to control the disease, which continues to see tens of…

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