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MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Pig prices drop again as ASF and Covid-19 woes continue

British pig prices have fallen for the 27th week in a row as cheap pork floods into the UK from the EU. Figures published by the AHDB show EU-spec standard…

SUGAR BEET

Wildlife Trusts threatens legal action over neonics

The Wildlife Trusts has threatened to take legal action against the UK after it approved the emergency use of a banned pesticide for sugar beet crops. Earlier this month, Defra…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Interactive map offers swine flu tracker

Farmers and vets can track swine flu across Europe using a new interactive map. This will help them make correct diagnoses and decide on appropriate prevention and vaccination programmes, according…

PLANNING PERMISSION

How National Trust has threatened future of our family farm

A farming family in Norfolk has spoken out about how the National Trust’s harmful decision-making has left them at a dead end. The National Trust has refused the Barber family’s…

NEWS

In photos: Tractor rally against farm reform in India

Farmers in India held a mass tractor rally in protest against three farm laws they say will lead to lower farmgate prices. Talks between the government and protesting farmers have…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How a data analyst is improving 4 arable businesses in Norfolk

Data is the new weapon for farmers seeking to enter a competitive global market, while protecting the environment and coping with the greater extremes in weather. But not enough is…

BEEF

Why suckler herd is downsizing despite adding £374 a cow

A Norfolk family is reducing cow numbers to control winter feed costs and focus on running the herd to benefit the landscape and sheep enterprise. Richard and Sue Evans of…

ENVIRONMENT

Environment Bill delay adds to uncertainty for farm businesses

Fresh delays to the government’s Environment Bill will add to the uncertainty for farmers and landowners planning their businesses, say industry leaders. The government announced on Tuesday (26 January) it…

FARM MAINTENANCE

Kuhn reveals first telescopic Multi-Longer hedgecutter

Kuhn has bolstered its modest range of Multi-Longer hedge and verge cutters with a new flagship 7.4m horizontal reach machine. The clumsily-named GII 7457 E-TPAL uses a parallelogram pivot-mounted arm…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Hard to see the relentless rain as a bonus

Good riddance to 2020. The less said, the better, although it did highlight what’s important in life. A good friend and mentor once told me as long as you wake…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

John Deere retains top slot in tractor sales figures

John Deere has retained its position as the UK’s favourite tractor brand, according to data released by the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA). The figures reveal John Deere sold 3,800 units…

YOUNG FARMERS

How young farmers can win a year's free use of a tractor

Young farmers and new entrants have the chance to bag themselves the use of a tractor for a year. The Prince’s Countryside Fund and New Holland have teamed up to…

BOVINE TB

Defra plans no new badger culling licences after 2022

Defra is proposing an end to badger cull licences for new areas of England after 2022, as part of the next phase of its bovine TB eradication strategy. The plan…

ROYAL WELSH SHOW

Royal Welsh Show joins list of coronavirus cancelled events

This year’s Royal Welsh Show has been called off, adding to the growing list of events that have been hit by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The event was scheduled for…

COMPLIANCE

Farm pollution breaches trigger all-Wales NVZ decision

Wales is to transition to a nitrate vulnerable zone (NVZ) covering the whole of the country from 1 April. The Welsh government said it had given Welsh farmers four years…

FARMLIFE

Farmer loses four stone to run marathon for charity

A Lincolnshire farmer who lost four stone in weight has run a marathon in less than four hours – helping to raise thousands of pounds for charity. Charles Anyan only…

BUSINESS

Wynnstay maintains profit despite revenue plunge

Agricultural supply group Wynnstay has reported only a slight drop in pre-tax profit despite plummeting revenues in a year dogged by the Covid-19 pandemic and a poor harvest. Difficulties in…

ENVIRONMENT

NFU seeks to avoid outright ban on solid urea use in England

The NFU is seeking to avoid a ban on solid urea in England, as proposed by Defra in its consultation which closed this week (Tuesday, 26 January), and is suggesting…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Covid-19 Q&A: Practical farming queries answered

With Covid-19 cases at high levels in all areas, farmers should make sure they are following the correct protocols to keep themselves, their families and their staff safe. It is…

BARLEY

How two spring barley growers produce award-winning crops

Spring barley growers will face tough market conditions and some uncertainty around disease control this year. This is how two YEN category-winning growers approach growing the crop to maximise performance.…

TOOLS

On test: Cold water pressure washers – which is best?

Having a decent, easily portable pressure washer about the farm is always handy but, increasingly, it seems that what you buy doesn't always measure up to expectations. We put five…

FARM POLICY

Farmers need key role in water management – NFU

Widespread winter flooding has once again highlighted the urgent need for a national strategy which gives farmers a key role in water management, say industry leaders. Large areas of farmland…

YOUNG FARMERS

11 great bits of diversification advice from a young farmer

Ever-more farming families are looking to diversify, but launching a successful alternative enterprise requires a lot of planning. From what to do to how much you should charge, you'll face…

BOVINE TB

A guide to setting up a bovine TB isolation unit

Farmers looking for workable, high-welfare solutions for rearing calves during a bovine TB breakdown should consider making the most of a TB isolation unit.  Many farmers are retaining higher numbers…

BOVINE TB

5 farmer tips for setting up a TB isolation unit

Setting his farm up as a TB isolation unit (IU) has proved a successful business model for Cheshire farmer Ben Paterson. Mr Paterson, who runs Blackthorn Farm, Mobberly, buys three-to-six-week-old…

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