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WHEAT

Corteva to delay key fungicide Inatreq’s launch to 2021

Agrochemicals giant Corteva is to delay the launch of its widely awaited novel wheat fungicide Inatreq until 2021 to allow it to satisfy the UK regulator's enquiries. The fungicide, with…

CRIME

Farmer horrified after barbaric deer coursing attack

A farmer was left horrified after illegal poachers killed a deer in a barbaric attack on arable land in Cambridgeshire. The deer was shot with catapults, chased by dogs across…

NEWS

Farmer anger as Macmillan promotes 'Meat-Free March' campaign

Farmers have expressed their anger and threatened to withhold donations to Macmillan Cancer Support after the charity encouraged its supporters to give up eating meat for a month. The initiative…

FARM POLICY

Date announced for mass rally for agriculture

The date has been confirmed for a mass rally for UK agriculture which is expected to bring busloads of farmers from across the country to central London. The rally will…

GRANTS

Scottish £1,000 business resilience grant scheme extended

A scheme that offers farmers in Scotland up to £1,000 to fund business resilience planning has been extended beyond its original deadline of March 2020. A pilot of the scheme…

CRIME

Man arrested over ‘occult’ attacks on farm animals

A man has been arrested in connection with “occult” attacks on sheep in the New Forest. A number of farm animals have been killed since November and some were found…

BEEF

Farmer Club aims to safeguard purebred Sussex lines

A group of Sussex cattle breeders have united to promote purebred animals to stop Sussex lines being lost to cross-breeding.   It is believed there are only 160 traditional Sussex…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Complete guide to feeding creep to piglets

Creep feeding is key to the piglet’s gut development and growth pre-weaning, helping prepare it for smooth weaning and good lifetime performance. Dr Sian Nichols, UK pig nutritionist at Harbro,…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

How to manage radiation exclusion zones for phone masts

Farmers with telecoms masts on their land must fully understand radiation exclusion zones to safeguard people’s health and protect against potential liability claims. Significant levels of exposure to the radio…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

How to avoid the top 3 micronutrient deficiencies in cereals

Needed in such finite quantities, micronutrients can be easily overlooked as another expense, with deficiencies putting cereal yields at risk as well as leading to crops that are more susceptible…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Considering an organic pop-up golf course

The wet weather continues, and without a frost. Thus means that to date, we have not been able to pull through any of our min-tilled land that is waiting for…

NEWS

Opinion: Farmers are off the pace in vegan propaganda battle

Quite how the vegan propaganda that has been spewing forth from that erstwhile investor in plant-based meat alternatives, Channel 4, is consistent with their remit to make “a significant contribution…

ATVS AND UTVS

Quad-X adds UTV fertiliser spreader to attachment line-up

A new fertiliser spreader has been developed by Quad-X specifically for use with UTVs. The commercial-spec UTV Sower has a steel frame and 680-litre hopper with a ground-driven spreading system,…

DAIRY

Vegan activists target Februdairy campaign

Anti-dairy campaigners say they have raised £5,000 to pay for billboards in 10 British cities urging consumers to boycott milk. The campaign group Animal Equality said the billboards would be…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Defra launches tool for calculating natural capital

An online guide to help businesses, including farmers and landowners, better understand the value of their natural capital assets has been launched by Defra. The new guidance is intended to…

CRIME

Sharp rise in livestock rustling blamed on organised gangs

Animals worth £3m were stolen from UK farms last year, leaving farmers worried that organised gangs are targeting livestock. Large-scale sheep thefts over the past two years have contributed to…

COMPLIANCE

Vet visits compulsory in updated QMS assurance scheme rules

Scottish beef and lamb farmers in the Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) assurance scheme will now be required to have an annual visit from their vet after the levy board revealed…

BOVINE TB

Judges to probe Carrie Symonds’ influence on badger cull

Judges are set to probe the influence Boris Johnson’s girlfriend, Carrie Symonds, had on the government’s decision to reject the Derbyshire badger cull. Last year, Defra secretary Theresa Villiers ordered…

OILSEED RAPE

Kent grower shares secret to rapeseed world-record yield

Drilling oilseed rape late to avoid pest damage and adverse weather has helped Kent grower Richard Budd break the rapeseed yield world record. Farming with his father, David, at Stevens…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

How to make sure your parlour is running properly

Poorly serviced, maintained and operated milking machines can result in inefficient or incomplete milking, poor milk quality, teat trauma and mastitis infections. With herd sizes increasing and parlours operating for…

FARMLIFE

11 top farming YouTube channels to watch

Farmers are a rare breed – one that likes to spend all hours working and then spend any free time talking about, learning about and watching how other people in…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

Grain testing project aims to improve crop nutrition

Farmers and agronomists could soon benefit from a new Adas initiative aimed at improving crop nutrition, by testing grain and benchmarking results. Work carried out as part of the Yield…

COMPLIANCE

Guide to 2020 farming cross-compliance dates

Defra and the agricultural departments of the devolved administrations have released the key dates in 2020 to help farmers avoid breaching cross-compliance rules. The rules apply to all Basic Payment…

TECHNOLOGY

LH Agro to offer trade-in option for old Topcon touchscreens

Topcon distributor LH Agro has launched a trade-in scheme in a bid to make it more affordable for users of older guidance equipment to upgrade to the latest model. The…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Swedes might force out fodder beet

Phew! What a Christmas and New Year in the shop. It was our busiest festive period for five years, but like many others I find January a very hard month…

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