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MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Beef price slump due to unbalanced market – ABP

A drop in consumer demand for beef and rising finished cattle numbers are to blame for the slump in farmgate prices, says one of the country's biggest meat processors. ABP…

FARMLIFE

Farmers reckon they’re best at sex – and get it most often

British farmers are having sex more often than people in any other profession, and seven in 10 of them rate their performance in bed as “incredible”. That's according to a…

ESTABLISHMENT

Wet autumn halts drilling plans in eastern counties

With unsettled weather still in the forecast, farmers and agronomists in the eastern side of the country are counting the cost of the exceptionally wet and mild autumn. Met Office…

TECHNOLOGY

Tech Talk: Experts’ verdict on Tractor Implement Management

It can be hard to sort the wheat from the chaff when it comes to agri-technology, especially when so many new inventions promise to revolutionise the way we farm. In…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Administration leaves farmers owed for six weeks' milk

About 70 milk producers have been left without payment for about six weeks’ milk supply as a result of Tomlinson’s Dairies going into administration. Mike Denny and Peter Dickens of…

BUSINESS

Lidl commits to investment in British food and farming

Lidl GB will spend £15bn with British suppliers over the next five years and has pledged to increase sales of British-sourced fresh meat, poultry and fresh produce by more than…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Sell grain before next spring, arable farmers advised

Farmers should consider marketing more grain than average before spring in the event of a no-deal Brexit, analysts have advised. This will help them avoid getting embroiled in a heavily…

LAYERS

Model contract aims to make egg sector fairer for producers

A new “model contract” for free-range egg farmers that aims to balance their relationship with packers has been agreed. The document, which is free to members of the British Free…

ATVS AND UTVS

Video: Suzuki King Quad 4x4 500 AXi on test

For general farm duties, the Suzuki King Quad 500 takes a bit of beating. Its 493cc engine develops a reasonable 39hp, but when coupled with the company’s recently updated CVT…

FARMLIFE

Farmers Weekly photo competition 2019 – enter to win £250

Farmers Weekly annual photography competition is now open for entries – and there's a £250 cash prize for the top shot of the year. With eight farming and rural life…

WEED MANAGEMENT

How to identify and control umbellifer weeds

Members of the umbelliferae broad-leaved weed family must be identified and dealt with specifically in the spring, as autumn herbicide strategies do not target them. Cow parsley is the most…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Vet Viewpoint: Lungworm, health plans and biosecurity

Autumn breeding decisions, biosecurity and health plans are the main talking points among XL Vet across the UK this month. There is also a warning on lungworm with sporadic cases…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Hoping to use less costly soya this year

September wasn’t so bad – lovely second half to the month. The soil temperature in mid-September was still 13C. We applied 30kg of nitrogen at the end of the rainy…

FARMLIFE

Suffolk family named as Sark island's new dairy farmers

A Suffolk dairy farmer and his family are set to become the new – and only – dairy farmers on a small island in the English Channel, following worldwide search…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Tomlinson’s Dairies goes into administration

Tomlinson’s Dairies has gone into administration, leaving about 70 farmers owed for six weeks’ milk supply. Mike Denny and Peter Dickens of PwC were appointed joint administrators to the Wrexham-based…

NEWS

Guidance issued for farmers suffering biodiesel problems

Fuel suppliers have issued guidance for farmers and contractors who say biodiesel is causing low fuel pressure and blocking filters in tractors. Some farmers have suggested the problems are related…

NEWS

Obituary: Rog Wood, former FW columnist and Scottish farmer

Well-known Scottish farmer, journalist and raconteur Rog Wood has passed away, aged 66. As well as running a tenanted hill farm in Dumfriesshire, Rog moved into journalism as a way…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Scottish cattle numbers fall to lowest level for 60 years

Cattle numbers in Scotland are at their lowest level since the 1950s, because of the decline in the profitability of beef production, according to the latest government figures. The Scottish…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

Two new farm staff ‘trailblazer’ apprenticeships in pipeline

A consultation has opened to get farmers’ views on two new "trailblazer" apprenticeship schemes that are in development. Trailblazer apprenticeships are gradually replacing the current suite of apprenticeship programmes, with…

BREXIT

£5bn no-deal meat exports status secured

EU member states have agreed the UK’s listed status to export live animals and animal products as a third country can continue in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Biostimulants - what they are and how farmers can use them

Biostimulants are being heralded as part of the solution to many of the challenges facing today’s arable farmers - from plugging the gaps in the declining fungicide armoury to dealing…

HARVEST

Harvest verdict: Barley is the winner in mixed season

The 2019 harvest started in ideal dry conditions with winter barley growers reporting bumper crops coming off with good quality, some were even seeing yields well into double digits.    But…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Arable needs to break the male monoculture

Although I am an arable Farmer Focus writer, sheep are an integral part of our arable rotation and our annual crop of lambs is the yield element of our fertility-building…

OPINION

Opinion: Get engaged to counter the farming myths

Some storms appear suddenly from a clear sky; others escalate over time. The current culture of media-led assaults on food production and farming is, I would argue, a combination of…

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