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COLLEGES

Record number of women studying ag at Aberystwyth University

Women make up the majority of students studying agriculture at Aberystwyth University for the first time in the institution’s history. Farming in the UK remains a largely male-dominated industry, but…

NEWS

Aussie beef found masquerading with Welsh PGI label

The owner of a North Wales meat company says a country of origin labelling error was a “genuine mistake” caused by a new staff member. Llechwedd Meats had come under…

TAKING STOCK

Breconside outfit makes 23,000gns at Carlisle

A strong Limousin trade produced impressive averages for bulls while three dispersals saw strong bids secure elite females at Carlisle last week (16 October). The leading lady for Breconside Farming,…

BPS

Northern Ireland claimants receive full BPS payment

The vast majority of farmers in Northern Ireland will be paid the value of their full Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) claim on Monday (18 October), with £209,000 worth of protein…

NEWS

Firefighters use telehandler to rescue cows from slurry pit

Four cows stuck in a slurry pit on a farm in Cumbria were pulled to safety by firefigthers in a dramatic rescue operation involving the farmer’s telehandler last weekend. The…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Arla announces tough standards for organic dairy farmers

Arla is asking all its organic farmers to increase biodiversity and convert to 100% renewable energy. The co-op has issued a new set of organic standards, due to be introduced…

BREEDING AND FERTILITY

How a South West dairy became the UK's best bred herd

Ian and Max Davies say they have never bred a cow for the show ring, yet they have a string of championships to their credit from top UK events. We …

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Herbicide shortages and winter bean drilling

The recent rain has been welcome, especially in the dry North, where concerns had been growing about the efficacy of residual herbicides for early-drilled cereals.  A shortage of glyphosate was…

PAYMENTS, SCHEMES AND GRANTS

Almost 1,000 farmers apply for SFI pilot scheme

A total of 938 farmers in England have applied to join the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) pilot scheme, Defra has revealed. It announced earlier this year that 2,178 had submitted…

BUSINESS

Landowner-led development series

Landowners may live with the consequences of their development decisions for years to come. ‘Legacy developments’ allow landowners to exert a certain level of control in the design, construction and…

YOUNG FARMERS

Bridgette Baker: Ploughing match good for community spirit

As a kid I loved it when our farm hosted the local ploughing match. To see nearly 100 tractors coming up the track – all those different brands and colours…

PEST MANAGEMENT

OSR growers invited to help major flea beetle larvae trial

Oilseed rape growers are being asked to take part in a national effort to count cabbage stem flea beetle larval numbers. Researchers are hoping to understand which interventions are making…

TRACTORS

On test: 123-143hp M6002 joins Kubota range

Short of a tractor range to bridge the gap between its flagship M7003 and utilitarian MGX ranges, Japanese maker Kubota decided it was high time it introduced one. The M6002…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: My first 'sheriff's sale' as inflation bites

Inflation has been accelerating here recently and is starting to bite. The Biden administration has shifted from “there is no inflation” to “there is inflation but it’s temporary” to “there…

WILDLIFE

Sea eagle reintroduction plans in Norfolk scrapped for 2022

Plans to reintroduce white-tailed eagles in Norfolk in 2022 have been abandoned, it has emerged. Following a public consultation, Natural England had granted a licence to the Roy Dennis Wildlife…

NEWS

Opinion: Why the next 10 years will be the decade for dairy

As with most sectors of agriculture, the dairy industry has had more than its fair share of problems over the past couple of years. Weather events, increased activism, pandemic supply…

POULTRY

Expert tips to reduce poultry vet and medicine costs

Health challenges are inevitable on every free-range farm, but veterinary intervention can be expensive. The key to keeping margins in the black is to maximise the birds’ genetic potential by…

4X4S

ATAE starts testing prototype 215hp electric off-roader

Scottish electric 4x4 start-up All Terrain All Electric (ATAE) has built its first prototype vehicle and is busy testing it in a range of environments before production starts in late…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Progressing along the min-till journey

Weather on the whole has been kind over the past few weeks and allowed for perfect preparation ahead of winter drilling. We’ve been able to get all the land scratched…

NEWS

Urgent call for vets in Wales to meet post-Brexit demand

Vets are being urged to apply for meat export inspection jobs in Wales to meet the demand for their services and address the country’s shortfall in applicants. There is currently…

NEWS

Opinion: Homophobia has no place in farming

“And you may ask yourself, well, how did I get here?” sang Talking Heads in their seminal classic from 1981, Once in a Lifetime. And these days, due to various…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

UK's first online natural capital trading platform launched

Regenerative farmers say the UK’s first natural capital trading platform offers a new and exciting, long-term income stream as Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) payments are gradually phased out. Trinity Natural…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Scottish census shows crop area up and stock decline paused

A decline in cattle numbers in Scotland has been halted and pig and sheep production is up too, new agricultural census figures show. The June Agricultural Census, which captures the…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

OSR disease testing service kicks off with simplified process

A free disease testing service aimed at helping farmers better target autumn fungicides has opened for the 2021-22 growing season with a simplified process. In its fifth season, Bayer’s SpotCheck…

FARM POLICY

Up to 800 foreign butchers granted visas, government confirms

The government has confirmed up to 800 butchers will be allowed to travel to the UK on temporary visas to work in abattoirs and so help ease the backlog of…

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