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CRIME

Video: Farms turned into fortresses to battle rural crime

Farmers from Ambion Contractors Ltd, near Sutton Cheney in Leicestershire, in the shadows of the Bosworth battlefield, are engaged in their own battle – the constant fight against rural crime.…

LAND MARKETS

Land with forestry potential sees unprecedented prices

Hill farms and bare land with the potential for planting trees have achieved unprecedented prices due to competitive bidding from commercial forestry investors. This rise in demand was the biggest…

FOOT HEALTH

How to minimise claw horn lesions at calving time

Extra attention to cow comfort around the calving stage is vital to minimise sole ulcers and sole haemorrhage, according to a leading vet and clinical researcher. Dr Reuben Newsome of…

FLINDT ON FRIDAY

Flindt on Friday: ‘Slow farming’ - a tonic for the spirit

Nothing beats a bit of “slow farming”. We’ve done weeks of rushing round like mad things with high-speed drills and even faster 24m sprayers (yes, I know that’s small these…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Scare stories turning people off red meat, says QMS

Media stories about the role red meat production plays in global warming and its links to bowel cancer are having a negative impact on consumption. According to new independent research…

ROOT CROP EQUIPMENT

Scotts reponds to diquat ban with bigger haulm toppers

Scotts Precision Manufacturing has added a wider model to its haulm topper line-up in response to the burgeoning demand caused by the banning of diquat. The Trinity 30B will be…

BUSINESS

Divorce law changes set to simplify the process

No-fault divorce is to be introduced into law in England and Wales when the Parliamentary timetable allows, following a decades-long campaign for change. This significance of this should not be…

BREEDING AND FERTILITY

Advice on using dairy teaser bulls

As the breeding season in spring block calving systems approaches, dairy farmers will be weighing up the pros and cons of running vasectomised bulls with their herds to improve heat…

NEWS

Opinion: Politicians’ Brexit failure is a national humiliation

And so it goes on. Just when you thought the end of this cringeworthy farce was nigh, the mother of all parliaments has bestowed upon us another six months of…

OTHER POULTRY

Advice to help turkey producers win back sales

Every three years, Kelly Turkeys throws open the doors to its Essex headquarters and welcomes some of the 800-900 small farmers who rear its breeds for Christmas. This year, there…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Fat sheep is this year’s forage challenge

What a difference a year makes. This time last year I was struggling for fodder – all my kale and fodder beet had been wiped out by the Beast from…

TAKING STOCK

Spring lambs surge to cash in on Easter

Hogg finishers and early lambers sold into a rising market last week to capitalise on stronger lamb prices, which auctioneers say could hold through April. A three-fold increase in Great…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Deeper maize drilling necessary on drier ground

Growers are being advised to base maize drilling depth on soil conditions and moisture levels and sow maize as soon as conditions permit. To ensure the best chance of maximum…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Essex and Suffolk growers hope for rain

Essex and Suffolk arable growers are starting to suffer from the very dry spring, with their autumn and spring-sown crops both in desperate need of some rain. In Essex, Ed…

LAND MARKETS

Land ownership revelations prompt Labour calls for new tax

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has called for “radical change” after a new book suggested half of England is owned by less than 1% of its population. Some 25,000 landowners –…

BREEDING AND FERTILITY

How to assess and improve dairy herd genetics

Making the right decisions on breeding strategy can mean the difference between profit and loss for dairy farmers. Even with the best management, there is a limit to animal performance,…

BREEDING AND FERTILITY

How the dairy industry is making genetic improvements

Dairy producers have made rapid genetic progress in recent years, with gains in milk, fat and protein production and a transformation in the appearance of cows, each heavily influenced by…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

How a Wilts grower is raising yields with attention to soil

Edward Parsons is looking to get more out of his soils by chopping straw, adding manure and varying his seed rates, and he is reaping the benefits as wheat yields…

WEATHER

Restrictions on water as drought fears mount

Water restrictions are being imposed on farmers amid mounting concerns over a lack of significant rain and low river flows. Cumulative rainfall totals for April range from about 18% of…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

How to avoid EFA pitfalls in 2019

Defra has tightened the double-funding rules, with implications for farmers as they make this year’s Ecological Focus Area (EFA) calculations. George Badger, farm consultant with Strutt & Parker, explains the…

MUCKSPREADERS

Video: Contractor rates his high-tech slurry injection kit

Digestate and slurry spreading might once have been deemed an inconvenient clear-out exercise, but its potential for cheap crop nutrition and tighter regulations governing its disposal mean it is now…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Essex Young Farmers weekend a huge success

We have just hosted the Essex Young Farmers Big Exchange weekend, and what a huge success it was. We had more than 300 Young Farmers from several counties partying and…

FARMLIFE

15 weird and wonderful field names shared by farmers

Borrow Bread, Dear Bought, Purgatory, Gaudy Close, Ding Dong… just a few of the field names in a new book about their origins. Here are some of your favourite (or…

CRIME

Police appeal after 200 sheep stolen in Dorset

Police are appealing for information after more than 200 sheep were stolen in Dorset. The incident happened between Friday 22 March and Monday 8 April in fields along the A37…

NEWS

Pair sentenced for horrendous animal cruelty

A mother and son have been given suspended prison sentences for a string of animal welfare offences, which led to the death or serious neglect of 84 cattle. Margaret Jean…

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