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FARMLIFE FRAMED

Photo of the Week: Barley harvest begins in weather window

Fresh into our new Harvest 2024 gallery is this dramatic shot of the barley harvest in Cambridgeshire. We like it as it sums up the harvest so far – a…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: My proposal for the internal drainage board

Our land is relatively dry as harvest approaches. A few cracks and fissures are appearing on the strong land. The combine operator is going to be sitting pretty on suspended…

NEWS

Opinion: A to-do list for the new Defra secretary

Now that Steve Reed MP has a had a couple of weeks to meet his team at Defra, get to grips with his new office and find himself a suitable…

FORAGE WAGONS

Pottinger shrinks Jumbo forage wagon for new 5000-series

Grass farmers and contractors that like the look of Pottinger’s big 7000- and 8000-series forage wagons, but can’t justify their size or cost, now have a smaller range of 5000s…

NEWS

This Week in Farming: Welsh SFS, Walston and harvest update

Welcome back to another edition of This Week in Farming, the easiest place to find our best content from the past seven days. Before we get started, here’s how the…

LIVESTOCK

NSA Sheep Event to focus on sustainability

A sustainable sheep industry is the theme of this year’s National Sheep Association Sheep Event, with workshops on breeding to lower the carbon footprint and optimising multispecies leys among others.…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Harvest set to be condensed into a few weeks

We haven’t started harvest yet. It has been a much slower start here in Norfolk than in the past few years. We will be starting with oilseed rape on this…

YOUNGSTOCK MANAGEMENT

Cornish chemist-turned-farmer crowned Calf Rearer of the Year

Cornish farmer Andrea Semmens has been crowned Calf Rearer of the Year at the inaugural award presentation at this year’s National Youngstock Conference in Devon. The award, sponsored by Wynnstay,…

BUSINESS

Clo Carbon Cymru designs alternative approach to Welsh SFS

Clo Carbon Cymru has introduced an alternative approach to the Welsh government’s upcoming Sustainable Farming Scheme (SFS), designed around a Carbon Dioxide Removal (CDR) trading platform that values carbon dioxide…

TRACTORS

First-of-its-kind wheel hire service set up by Brocks

A new hire service – believed to be the first of its kind in Britain – enables growers and contractors to hire specialist wheel assemblies for long-term or seasonal use.…

NEWS

North Devon Council defies vegan plan in support of farmers

Councillors at North Devon Council have rejected a Green Party motion that sought to mandate plant-based food and drink at council meetings and events. The motion also proposed collaboration with…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

United Oilseeds takes action to enhance OSR crop in UK

Grower-owned co-operative United Oilseeds has launched a campaign encouraging farmers to plant rapeseed and help reboot the sector. The co-operative has been collaborating with industry to find ways growers can…

BLACKGRASS

New blackgrass biological control product in testing phase

A biological approach to blackgrass control, which effectively infects them with disease, is being tested on UK farms.  Rather than killing the weed, the product uses fungi to stunt its…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What's in Your Shed? Somerset farmers spill the beans

Working to a tight budget, Somerset farmers Martin and Michael Waldock aim to buy their kit well … and sell it even better. Andrew Faulkner gets the measure of the…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Improving farm safety and saving lives

The statistics around farm fatalities and workplace injuries are truly sobering. Agriculture, forestry, and fishing had a fatal injury rate last year which was 21 times higher than the national…

LAND MARKETS

Higher land supply delivers growth in a wider value range

The volume of farmland on the market is increasing, with the acreage offered for sale up by more than one-third in the first half of 2024 compared to the same…

POULTRY

FW Awards 2024: Poultry Farmer of the Year finalists

Technical innovation and a desire to meet society’s wider needs are shared objectives for this year’s three exceptional finalists. Finalists David and Helen Brass – The Lakes Free Range Egg Company,…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

Bovine TB eradication my top priority, says Zeichner

Bovine TB disease control and eradication is the main priority for Defra’s new farming minister, Daniel Zeichner. Speaking at an NFU reception at the House of Lords in London, Mr…

WILL'S WORLD

Will's World: How will farming look in 2054?

I had quite a shock recently when I realised it’s 30 years ago this summer that I left school. I wasn’t quite 16, had a truly hideous early-90s haircut and…

NEWS

Editor's View: Season to forget for agronomists and farmers

With harvest now officially off to a tentative start, it is a time to congratulate agronomists for helping steer arable farmers through a very difficult year. As combines begin to…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

Check slurry storage capacity now, farmers advised

The Environment Agency is urging livestock farmers to take steps now to ensure they have sufficient capacity for winter slurry storage. As part of a “Winter Ready” campaign, it suggests…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Got to the bottom of twisted stomach issue

Anyone involved in dairy farming will realise you can’t let yourself get complacent. Problems you fix only stay fixed if you keep an eye on them. Now, I’m not saying…

LIVESTOCK DISEASES

NSA suggests vigilance as bluetongue re-emerges in Europe

The National Sheep Association is urging farmers to be extra vigilant for the signs of bluetongue disease in livestock following a spike in cases in northern Europe. More than 90…

ENVIRONMENT

More wind and solar farms needed say climate change advisers

A significant increase in the number of onshore wind and solar farms, together with a step-increase in tree planting and peatland restoration, are needed if the UK is to meet…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

AHDB launches 'Milk Every Moment' campaign ahead of Olympics

AHDB has teamed up with Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu and Team GB athletes to promote the nutritional benefits of milk. The gold-medal-winning athlete and four current Team GB prospects were…

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