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MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Lost barbecue days hit otherwise buoyant GB red meat sales

Bad weather during the barbecue season has hit red meat sales, blighting an otherwise buoyant picture for the past 12 months. According to figures produced by market analyst Kantar, British…

SLURRY AND MANURE MANAGEMENT

Free tool estimates whole-farm nitrate leaching

Farmers can identify fields at higher risk of nitrate losses and prevent pollution by using a free spreadsheet tool to estimate annual nitrate loss at field and farm level. The…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Growth in China's meat imports starts to slow

China’s rising demand for meat imports appears to be slowing as the country rebuilds its pig herd following the African swine fever (ASF) crisis. The latest trade figures show that…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Abattoir capacity fears as farmers face shorter journey times

An urgent review of capacity in the UK abattoir sector is being demanded amid fears that livestock farmers will struggle to meet new rules on travel times because of an…

ARABLE

Glyphosate takes first step towards EU licence renewal

Four EU members states tasked with evaluating glyphosate over the renewal of its licence have concluded that the weedkiller does not pose risks for human health. The designated member states…

NEWS

Report warns of 'disastrous' farm labour shortages

Agriculture faces “disastrous” labour shortages unless farms reward workers more and the industry better promotes career opportunities to new entrants, a report has warned. The perceived poor image of farming…

PARTNERSHIPS

How two brothers and historic estate got into share farming

A new share farming agreement in Cambridgeshire has provided a business opportunity for two first-generation farmers and an exciting venture for a charitable trust. Share farming generally involves landowners joining…

SPRAYERS

Driver's view: Steven Forbes' Sands Horizon 6000

Steven Forbes talks us through his 2019 Sands Horizon fitted with 36m variable-geometry booms and a 6,000-litre tank. He works for a 1,200ha arable, anaerobic digestion and contacting business run…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Septoria leaf test saves £4,000 on fungicides

Half term was spent with the family. Normally, I have to physically remove myself from the area to be able to switch off, but this holiday we just relaxed in…

DAIRY

Herd futures survey reveals top farmer priorities

Nearly 90% of UK dairy farmers agree or strongly agree that being able to use sexed semen to guarantee a greater than 95% chance of a heifer calf is a…

ROTATIONS

How Berks farm estate is preparing for a progressive future

Developing a sustainable and viable farming operation while keeping to the Welford Park Estate’s ethos of protecting the land is the task being undertaken by the host of the AHDB…

WHEAT

ADM offers wheat premium to track carbon footprinting

Milling wheat growers can earn a price premium by agreeing contracts with ADM Agriculture to track their carbon footprint and move towards zero carbon production. The grain trading and processing…

NEWS

Film aims to raise profile of mental health in Scots farming

A new film examining the most common causes of mental health problems, as well as their potential solutions, within the farming and wider agricultural community was launched this week. Unearthing…

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