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Opinion: Harnessing the power of agri-tech and data

The agriculture industry in Scotland and beyond has experienced huge technological advances in recent years. Technology has developed across every aspect of a farm, from machinery to livestock equipment and…

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Opinion: Stress of being on TV mitigated by message conveyed

Brendan Behan once pointed out that “there’s no such thing as bad publicity’.  A few weeks ago, I got a very small taste of what he meant when BBC’s Countryfile…

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Opinion: Farmers need to appreciate the role of beneficial bugs

It was a strange looking creepy crawly that drew my attention to this serious disfunction within British farming. The story starts with a well-respected farmer asking for help to identify…

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Opinion: Sexed semen is the future, for all our sakes

We are in the final weeks of mating on the farm. As usual, we artificially inseminated to dairy bulls for four weeks, before switching to Aberdeen Angus and then putting…

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Opinion: Many have been preparing for Brexit for years

At first sight, the headline result of land agent Knight Frank’s survey of farmers pre-Brexit sentiment – that 51% are not planning changes to cope with it – makes our…

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Opinion: Investment needed to reduce waste plastic

The livestock industry desperately needs a statutory recycling scheme, underpinned by legislation, to cope with a rising tide of dirty agricultural waste plastic. This would give the recycling industry confidence…

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Opinion: British meat and dairy more appetising than vegan

The recent Open Farm Sunday initiative, encouraging farmers to open up to the public for a day, seems a good thing, particularly for anyone who is selling direct to the…

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Opinion: What dairying can learn from top German car makers

The Mercedes Benz S-class is not a car that I or, I would imagine, the majority of Farmers Weekly readers are ever likely to own. The totemic German uber-saloon is…

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Opinion: Scots tenancy group ain't broke

Focus groups with a proven track record of influencing governments to the extent that they change the laws of the land are a rare and precious thing. So long as…

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Opinion: Outdated attitudes make farmers the 'outsiders'

Week after week, we are reminded of how incredible the farming community is. Whether it’s the hundreds who opened their gates for Open Farm Sunday, or fellow farmers supporting tenant…

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Opinion: Defra must not make the same IT mistakes again

Apparently, the world is increasingly run by millennials – and one of the fundamental characteristics of a millennial is that they can barely remember a world without the internet or…

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Opinion: Technology holds the key for brighter tomorrow

The extension of the Brexit negotiations to October means there is at least some respite from the ongoing debate about the future relationship the country might have with the EU.…

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Opinion: Agri-tech must benefit all – not just the few

Modern technology promises to herald a golden age for farmers – enabling growers and livestock producers to work smarter, not just harder, as productivity is ramped up to feed a…

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Opinion: No excuse for racism in agriculture, or anywhere else

How many times have you heard someone start a sentence with “I’m not being racist, but”, before they invariably go on to say something horrifically racist? Quite often, I suspect.…

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Opinion: 'Industrial' is no insult when it comes to farming

“Industrial, adjective: Very great in extent or amount… an activity in which a great deal of effort is expended.” With 70% of the UK land area occupied by farming, and…

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Opinion: Farm rubbish is a PR disaster for the industry

This weekend, farms all over the country will open their gates to their non-farming neighbours. Leaf’s Open Farm Sunday and Speak Out campaign show the public the best of British…

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Opinion: Food is far from 'too cheap' for some

“Food is too cheap. People only spend 10% of their income on food these days – the lowest it has ever been. It needs to be more expensive.” That’s probably…

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Opinion: Beware the race to the bottom on food standards

Two months ago in France, four men were found guilty of having falsely labelled 500t of horsemeat as beef during the Europe-wide horsemeat incident in 2013. They faced mixed penalties…

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