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LIVESTOCK MARKETING

What farmers need to know about livestock sales this year

Covid-19 has shaken up the way livestock sales can take place, with social-distancing rules making it difficult to operate as normal in livestock markets. Although the sale of breeding stock…

MAIZE DRILLS

Horsch Maestro drill gets new precision metering system

Horsch has added a new Airspeed overpressure metering system to its latest Maestro precision drill models. This gives buyers a choice of singulation setups across the range, with the company…

NEWS

Opinion: Public access should be embraced - and paid for

The farm I grew up on had a deserted village, where the good land runs out into rough grazing and moorland – well, if you call a few ruined walls…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Hair and grass both NOT growing well

“Hair and grass both still growing well” was the headline of a recent livestock Farmer Focus piece. Well, if I’m honest, both are a bit patchy here. The grass regularly…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

More funding available in Wales to assist BVD eradication

Additional funding is now available for vets and farmers in Wales to help eradicate bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD) from all cattle herds in the country. Funding for youngstock screening has…

ENVIRONMENTAL SCHEMES

Farmers offered flexibility on mid-tier CSS deadline

Farmers in England struggling to complete a Countryside Stewardship mid-tier application on time because of the effect of the coronavirus pandemic can request an extension until midnight 31 August. The…

TAKING STOCK

Wales and Border Ram Sale launched online

An online map of sheep breeders has been launched to replace the usual auction ring bidding at one of the country’s leading ram sales due to Covid-19. The National Sheep…

NEWS

Forage Aid founder demands action on fly-tipping epidemic

Lincolnshire farmer Andrew Ward is demanding tougher action from the government to punish fly-tippers after industrial-scale waste was dumped at his farm. Forage Aid founder Mr Ward was left sickened…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

7 things to consider when you take on new farmland

Whether bought or rented, land must match its intended purpose in the existing farming system and maximise its value from the capital outlay or rental agreement. Assessing how the land…

TRACTORS

Low-spec 4700M models join Massey Ferguson’s sub-100hp range

Massey Ferguson has unveiled a trio of low-spec M-badged tractors that replace its existing 4700 range, which now runs from 82hp to 100hp. These will slot in below the Agritechnica-launched…

DIVERSIFICATION

So you want to… get paid for having dogs on your land?

Dog walkers and farmers haven’t always been natural allies, but that could be about to change after some landowners have begun to profit by renting out safe countryside spaces by…

YOUNG FARMERS

Amy Eggleston: I'm more optimistic about second half of 2020

We can all agree that the first half of 2020 has been a crazy rollercoaster. Here in Leicestershire, we started the new year with our busiest but shortest calving season…

SOILS

Fermenting organic matter better for soil than composting

Fermenting organic matter in a similar way to ensiling grass, rather than composting waste, can lead to greater improvements in soil health while at the same time helping farmers to…

SOILS

Scientists discover how manure improves soils

Scientists have solved the mystery of why adding organic material like manure to soils improves flood and drought resilience, climate control and crop yields. Founded on more than 50 years’…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Grass worries and pica ended by June rain

How things can change so quickly. A little over two weeks ago we were getting close to a desperate situation with grass growth due to the lack of rainfall since…

FARM POLICY

New trade commission for agriculture must have teeth, PM warned

Prime minister Boris Johnson is coming under mounting pressure from his own party to protect British farmers in any post-Brexit free-trade deals that would undercut their businesses. Farming and environmental…

NEWS

Exmoor sheep farmers strengthen local supply chains

Sheep farmers in Exmoor are set to benefit from a new initiative encouraging people to buy local produce direct from their farms. Four organisations promoting the area and the grass-fed…

COMPLIANCE

Red Tractor to return to on-farm assessments

On-farm inspections to ensure farmers are meeting the standards set by Red Tractor assurance are set to resume on Monday (6 July), following two months of “virtual-only” assessments. The assurance…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

Tractor sales moving towards recovery after Covid-19 impact

UK tractor sales in June were down 15% on the same time in 2019, according to the latest figures from the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA). A total of 932 tractors…

LAYERS

A guide on how to improve water quality on poultry units

Issues with water quality that are left unaddressed can have long-term negative effects on a flock, both in terms of bird welfare and the economic impact of disease and poor…

101-200HP

Autopowr gearbox added to JD's 6M options

John Deere’s popular four-cylinder 6M models are now available with an Autopowr stepless gearbox. However, the company says it won’t be offering the cheaper Directdrive transmission on these models as…

FARMLIFE

Young farmers challenged to find net zero solutions

Young farmers are being challenged to come up with ideas on how the UK agricultural industry can reach its goal of achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2040. The National…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Second heat wave of the year hits

Well, the 75mm of rain in June was certainly appreciated. It saved the day for winter wheats and helped the spring-sown sugar beet and maize – at one stage in…

PIGS

Medical breakthrough could help farmers breed healthier pigs

The most accurate map of the genetic code of pigs yet produced may pave the way for farmers to breed healthier and more productive animals. For the first time, scientists…

NEWS

Opinion: Family matters, especially during troublesome times

In the midst of the worst global pandemic in more than a century, with all its associated human tragedies and dire economic consequences, it can be hard to stay positive.…

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