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NEWS

Opinion: When will this Brexit Groundhog Day ever end?

As I write, we are supposedly mere days away from agreeing a Brexit trade deal, the prime minister is in coronavirus isolation again, and George Eustice’s crass comments on the…

BUSINESS CLINIC

Business Clinic: How to protect farm from sons' divorce risk

Whether you have a legal, tax, insurance, management or land issue, Farmers Weekly’s Business Clinic experts can help. Here, Gavin Smith of Thrings advises on the tricky but not uncommon…

DIET FEEDERS

Trioliet debuts compact self-propelled mixer wagon

Dutch firm Trioliet has added a slender 14cu m self-propelled, single-auger mixer wagon to its range, which joins the bigger 17-24cu m units already on offer. The Triotrac M features a…

BREXIT

British food standards ‘still at risk from imports’

Safeguards put in place to maintain food standards are inadequate, and there is already evidence that the UK government has weakened protections around food imports, according to a new report…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

New ruminant health organisation seeks farmer views

The new Ruminant Health & Welfare organisation is seeking farmer views on priorities as it takes over from the separate cattle and sheep health and welfare groups it replaces. The…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Fail to address drainage and the soil suffers

Over the past two years, I’ve spent a lot of time and money on drainage, or at least the first part of it – ditches. Unfortunately, that is the easy…

FARM POLICY

Direct payments 'to be halved by 2024'

Support payments to farmers in England will be halved by 2024 under government plans due to be announced on Monday (30 November). The reduction is said to part of the…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Profit figures expose gulf between best and worst dairy farms

Significant numbers of dairy businesses will not be able to cope with a smaller subsidy payment unless they transform how they operate, analysts have warned. Many operators have true costs…

NEWS

FW Podcast Episode 35: Long wait for ELM funding clarity

We take a sneak preview as the government finally prepares to unveil details of its flagship Environmental Land Management scheme. How easy will it be to join? And how much…

NEWS

CCTV in Scottish abattoirs ‘huge win’ for industry, says BVA

New law making CCTV compulsory in abattoirs in Scotland has been hailed as a "huge win" for the industry by the British Veterinary Association (BVA). From 1 July 2021, all…

NEWS

Liz Bonnin Wildlife Trusts appointment sparks farmer backlash

Farmers have voiced concerns on Twitter about the appointment of TV presenter Liz Bonnin as the new president of the Wildlife Trusts. Wildlife biologist Ms Bonnin sparked a huge backlash…

TOOLS

Top tips for chainsaw chain and guide bar maintenance

When a chainsaw is running on point, it will effortlessly buzz through a piece of timber while the operator gently guides it in the desired direction. This is very pleasing…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

High grain prices forecast for next seven months

Grain prices are set to climb to even higher heights in 2021 amid challenging long-term weather forecasts for many of the world’s key crop-growing areas, analysts have said. Agricultural finance…

LAND MARKETS

Land market in your area: North-west England

Despite Covid-19 and its widespread effects, land as an asset has remained resilient this year, with values in north-west England steady and demand only growing. Local agents say land sold…

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: Proper farming too 'real' for a bestseller

I hate to go on and on and on about my book (actually, that’s not true at all – it has been a joy in a fairly joyless 12 months),…

TAKING STOCK

Christmas price increase filters down to stores

A seasonal rise in deadweight prices has filtered down to the store ring to make cattle even dearer at many centres.   Christmas orders have seen deadweight beef base prices lift…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Lots of focus on cows as dry-off approaches

Drying off is approaching and will take place in late November. A lot of our focus is on the cows in the lead up to this point.  We milk recorded…

CRIME

Farmers warned of fraudsters as BPS payments set to roll

Farmers are being warned to be vigilant and aware of fraud and cybersecurity attacks as Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments will soon start dropping into bank accounts. The BPS payments…

FARM POLICY

ELM payments will 'go beyond' income foregone – eventually

Payments to farmers who protect soil and water will be among the first available as the government phases in its Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme. The first payments will encourage…

NEWS

FW Opinion: ELMs - it's time to fill in the missing pieces

Slowly but surely, a picture of what “public money for public goods” will look like for English farmers is starting to emerge. There is still a lot more of the…

BUSINESS

Cranswick half-year profits soar

Meat processor Cranswick has posted a 31% increase in half-yearly profits to almost £61m. The Hull-based company exports pigmeat and supplies chicken and pork products to British retailers.   Figures…

SHEEP

Study shows benefits of pre-lambing metabolic profiling

Results of a recent study into lamb survival show that protein deficiency and negative energy balance in ewes can affect both lamb mortality in the first 24 hours and growth…

HARVEST

Bumper yields in Yen awards despite tough season

Winter wheat yields topped 15t/ha and oilseed rape 7t/ha for Lincolnshire Wolds grower Tim Lamyman as he won gold awards for both crops in a top-yield competition at the end…

SOILS

Two growers reveal their soil health improvement tips

There is an increasing focus on improving soil health as farmers look to introduce more sustainable arable cropping systems, and the finalists of the Soil Farmer of the Year 2020…

NEWS

Frustrated farmers block HS2 access to land

Fed-up farmers have blocked HS2 construction workers access to their land over delayed compensation payments. Simon Swerling and his family blocked worker access to the HS2 vent shaft construction for…

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