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MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Northern Ireland plans £75m cull sow processing plant

Planning proposals have been submitted for a £75m pig processing plant near Ballymoney in Northern Ireland. The proposals lodged by family-owned meat processor Bann Side Foods include a plan to…

WILDLIFE

Mixed reaction after Norfolk sea eagles project approved

Plans to reintroduce white-tailed eagles to Norfolk have been approved amid industry concerns that the apex predators could prey on vulnerable livestock. Following a public consultation, Natural England has granted…

ENVIRONMENT

NI Assembly climate change bill would hit farmers hard

Politicians in Northern Ireland have voted in support of a private member’s bill on climate change which, if passed into law, could undermine much of the province’s livestock farming. The…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Medina Dairy plans for July milk price rise

Medina Dairy has announced a 2.7p/litre increase in its core Watsons milk price from 1 July 2021, which will take its standard litre price to 28.24p/litre. The company attributed the…

OILSEED RAPE

Why confidence is returning in oilseed rape crops

The area drilled to oilseed rape this summer could increase by about 10%, reflecting the sharp rise in rapeseed prices and some greater grower confidence in avoiding cabbage stem flea…

TOOLS

Electric oil pump makes for mess-free lubricant top-ups

An Australian firm has come up with an ultra-clean means of filling engines with lubricants and coolant. Rather than the messy combination of manual pump, jugs and funnels, Macnaught’s garage-grade…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

ABP Food Group to buy remaining 50% of Linden Foods

ABP Food Group has announced that it has reached an agreement with Fane Valley Co-op to buy the remaining 50% of the Linden Food Group it does not currently own.…

CROP MANAGEMENT

New SDHI fungicide seed treatment for winter cereals

A new-generation seed treatment which controls against a wide spectrum of seed and soil-borne diseases will be available this autumn, for use across all winter cereal crops. The seed dressing,…

LIVESTOCK

How hill farmers can tap into new market for light lambs

Hill farmers could tap into new markets for lighter carcasses by intensively finishing lambs to a deadweight of 12-16kg. With producer groups in Ireland already supplying up to 30,000 lighter…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Lack of April showers hits winter barley yield

The lack of rainfall in April will certainly affect the winter barley yield. After coming out of a wet winter, the last thing it needed was a drought and continuous…

LIVESTOCK

Sheep auction raises over £2,000 in memory of young farmer

Sheep donated to Skipton Auction Mart have helped raise £2,240 for young farmers in memory of a much-loved Cumbrian young farmer and stockman. Hannah Brown’s untimely death in March this…

NEWS

Opinion: Trading carbon may carry downsides for farmers

Carbon farming, or the sequestration of carbon in agricultural soils and the subsequent sale of “carbon credits”, has hit the headlines with the recent high-profile sale of A$500,000 (£280,000) of…

DIVERSIFICATION

Research highlights key trends in farm-based holidays

People in their mid-20s to mid-30s are driving growth in the farm tourism market with bookings for farm holidays and rural stays 45% higher than in 2018, according to research…

NEWS

Farmer sent threats after questioning vegan cafe milk policy

Welsh hill farmer Gareth Wyn Jones has spoken out after he and his family received death threats from vegan activists. Mr Wyn Jones, who runs an 809ha farm with vegetables and livestock…

HEALTH AND WELLBEING

Campaign encourages farmers to open up on mental health

The Farming Community Network (FCN) is asking farmers if they really are “as tough as old boots”, as part of a new initiative to encourage rural workers to talk about…

PIGS

6 ways pig unit works with minimal zinc and antibiotics use

Ensuring good gut health in piglets pre- and post-weaning is the foundation for lifetime health and performance on Harper Adams University’s 230-sow farrow-to-finish unit. The unit, which operates as a…

CROP WATCH

Crop Watch: Hopes for warmer weather after rain arrives

Rain has brought much-needed comfort for many crops that have struggled through a cold and very dry April, and they will hopefully benefit further as temperatures warm up. But with…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

Insecticide gets emergency authorisation for sugar beet

Sugar beet growers have another option for managing beet yellows this spring, following the emergency authorisation of InSyst (acetamiprid). The approval permits one application of Certis’ insecticide to control peach…

PLANNING PERMISSION

Permitted development appeal opens way for new-builds

Landowners could unlock greater money-making potential with Class Q buildings after a key planning case set an appeal precedent. Hannah Moule, director at the Rural Planning Co, explained that permitted…

YOUNG FARMERS

Bridgette Baker: Uni is a not-to-be-missed opportunity

If you've got the option of going to university, it's worth giving it good consideration. I applied to do an agriculture degree as I wanted to be more prepared before…

TRACTORS

Kubota adds electronic rear lift for M5 tractors

An electronic rear lift (ELC) is now available as a retrofit add-on for older Kubota M5 tractors. The ELC is a factory-fit option for the recently introduced M5002 range, but…

OILSEED RAPE

Why Holl oilseed rape is working for winning grower

Lincolnshire grower Mark Stubbs switched to growing high oleic low linoleic (Holl) oilseed rape varieties for the chance to earn a premium price and now sets an ambitious target yield…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Breed change is a big learning curve

It seems strange to be the new boy once again. Having made the decision in 2019 to sell our Holstein herd and buy in 200 Jersey heifers, we’ve been overwhelmed…

ENVIRONMENT

Livestock targeted as UN seeks lower methane emissions

Agriculture has a key role to play in reducing global methane emissions, so limiting the climate change impact of one of the most potent greenhouse gases, a new UN report…

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