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INPUT MARKETS AND PRICES

Lack of clarity on AN supply frustrates fertiliser trade

Fertiliser traders are growing increasingly frustrated about the lack of information on UK ammonium nitrate (AN) supply beyond the short term. CF Fertilisers, currently manufacturing AN only at its Billingham…

NEWS

Man dies after bridge collapses in Lancashire farm accident

A man has died and several others left seriously hurt after a Polaris Ranger and trailer carrying 11 people plunged into a river when a bridge collapsed on a Lancashire…

TAKING STOCK

Mince demand brings optimism on cull cows

Farmers are following trade closely this month to gauge whether a rising cull cow market is set to break more records or merely tick along. Trade opened the year 29p/kg…

ARABLE

Phacelia and oil radish most effective cover crop in trial

Growing phacelia or oil radish cover crops in vegetable rotations proved to be the most effective cover option in a trial investigating 26 different species and varieties. Run by Agri-Tech…

TRACTORS

Top 10 best-selling tractor brands in the UK revealed

Perennial tractor sales chart-topper John Deere continues to outsell its rivals in the UK, but its grip on the market is loosening, according to the most recent data released by…

NEWS

Government urged to scrap proposed plastic tax on silage wrap

The government is facing calls to scrap a proposed plastic tax on silage bale wrap that would cost farmers £200/t. In December last year, HMRC published guidance which, for the…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Input cost rises forces change to Sainsbury’s milk pricing

Farmers in Sainsbury’s Dairy Development Group (SDDG) are to have their milk price reviewed monthly from February, rather than on the usual three-monthly basis. The cost-of-production model managed by Kite…

GRANTS

Metal fence posts to qualify for CS grants from 2022

Farmers and landowners will soon be able to claim Countryside Stewardship (CS) money to erect metal fences, not just wooden ones, following a change in the rules for 2022 scheme…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

How to make your arable farm business more sustainable

Simple management changes can help make arable farming more sustainable – and often more profitable too, say analysts. The environmental and financial performance of a typical 600ha arable unit (see…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Learning to live with Brexit and backlogs

If ever a year was a roller-coaster ride, I think for me it would have to be 2021. We’ve seen our herd performance reach new heights and our collaborative green…

BREEDING AND FERTILITY

How to select a stock bull to breed herd replacements

There is plenty to consider when searching for a new stock bull, including health status, fertility checks, historical management, feeding practices, and if the animal is fit for purpose. The…

FARMLIFE

How a bestselling author juggles beef farming and writing

Fife farmer James Oswald is about to see his 20th book published. Here, we find out the story of this unusual diversification and how he juggles beef farming with being…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Arable business primed for Sustainable Farming Incentive

The concept of “transition” is a familiar one to JM Stratton & Co. from Argentinian-style cattle ranching to dairying, to new arable enterprises, the Wiltshire family business has undergone significant…