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ENVIRONMENT

Farmer fined £4,000 for polluting stream

A farmer from Northern Ireland has been fined thousands of pounds for causing water pollution of a stream that connects to the ocean. Ian McFarlane, of Ballygrainey Road, Holywood, County…

CRIME

UK chicken catching business closed down by GLAA

One of the UK’s biggest chicken catching businesses has had its Gangmasters and Labour Abuse Authority (GLAA) licence revoked for unlawful treatment of its staff. Victor Foster Poultry Services (VFPS)…

FARMLIFE

Farmers Weekly photo competition 2018 – win £250 cash prize

The 2018 Farmers Weekly annual photography competition is now open for entries. With eight farming and rural life categories to enter your wonderful photos into this year, this competition is your big…

BUSINESS

Pig profit warning as doubts cast on Defra census figures

Pig producer losses are mounting as prices sink further below the average cost of production, AHDB figures show. The sector board’s latest Pig Market Weekly shows that the EU-spec Standard…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

Last grazing rotation dates for dairy fast-approaching

Pasture-based dairy systems looking to graze into November should now be looking forward to next year and have closed up paddocks to support high-quality spring growth. This is according to…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

How Oxfordshire sheep farmers cut cost of production by 12%

Access to cover crops for winter grazing on nearby arable land has resulted in a 10% uplift in lambing percentage and helped to reduce finishing times by three weeks at…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Why maize might be our crop of the future

Now then, never mind the Strictly curse, what about the Farmers Weekly curse? There’s me telling all my loyal readers how well it’s all going and then we have to…

DAIRY

Dairymaster launches a new rotary parlour range

Most dairy farmers will install only one rotary milking system during their lifetime, so the need to get that decision right is imperative. With this in mind, Dairymaster has launched…

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