Farmers Weekly Podcast Episode 56: Fuel filter blockages and labour shortages

In this episode, farmers and tractor drivers and reporting problems with blocked fuel filters after taking delivery of red diesel.

The problem is affecting farmers in Scotland and East Anglia – and costing businesses thousands of pounds in replacement parts.

The government says it is doing all it can to resolve a shortage of labour in the dairy sector – but is it really enough to help farmers?

See also: Priti Patel warned of labour crisis on dairy farm visit

On the markets, is the lamb bubble about to burst?

Do farm rents need to fall to reflect the forthcoming phase-out of direct payments – we talk to an expert in Contract Farming Agreements.

And how a schoolteacher hopes to secure a new lease of life for an old piece of farm equipment – a Victorian seed barrow.

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