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Scots dairy farmers agree cows should graze, survey finds

Most Scottish dairy farmers believe that cows should graze for at least part of the year, according to new research. The findings of the “Cows eat grass, don’t they?” (PDF)…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Future Farming Resilience Fund to launch in August

Defra’s Future Farming Resilience Fund offering free consultancy advice is due to be rolled out to farmers next month. The interim phase will run from August until March 2022 and…

ELM

SFI pilot scheme now open for English applications

Applications for the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) pilot scheme have opened, with all 2,178 farmers who submitted an expression of interest earlier in the year now invited to take part.…

FLY-TIPPING

Farmers use tractor and telehandler to trap fly-tippers

A quick-thinking farmer caught two fly-tippers in the act after he lay in wait and then called his sons who used a tractor and telehandler to block the van from…

WHEAT

Quality wheat variety gains a band of keen followers

Andrew Robinson is set to sharply increase his area of Extase winter wheat next year as this season’s crop looks “phenomenal” and is very clear of disease. The variety has…

HEALTH AND SAFETY

Latest HSE figures confirm significant rise in farm deaths

A significant upturn in the number of deaths among farmers and their staff has been recorded over the past 12 months, a situation described as “dreadful” and “not good enough”…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

How beef scheme aims to serve producer and consumer

A bid to improve the eating quality, production and environmental credentials of British beef has been launched by a group of West Country farmers. The Good Beef Index (GBI) aims…

BOVINE TB

Authorised on-farm use of bovine TB test expected next year

A new test, costing £30 a cow and described as a “game-changer” in preventing the spread of bovine TB and Johne’s disease, could be used on UK farms as early…

FORAGE WAGONS

New Pottinger Jumbo forage wagon a match for 500hp tractors

Pottinger has beefed-up its 7000-series forage wagons, which can now be paired with a 500hp tractor to rival the output of a small self-propelled harvester. They run a hydraulically powered,…

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ELM

SFI pilot scheme now open for English applications

Applications for the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) pilot scheme have opened, with all 2,178 farmers who submitted an expression of interest earlier in the year now invited to take part.…

SOILS

Cereals 2021: Defra pledges 30% uplift in soil health payments

Support payments for farmers who improve soil health will be some 30% higher under the government's new environmental scheme for England, Defra has pledged. But farmers are being warned that…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

SFI pilot farmers to get £5,000 each ‘to help Defra learn’

Further details have emerged about how Defra plans to pay farmers who will be testing the government’s Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) pilot in England. Every farmer included in the pilot…

ELM

Defra told higher payments and key advisers needed under ELM

Higher payment rates and the assistance of skilled advisers will be required to make the upcoming Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme successful, Defra has been told. Exmoor National Park Authority…

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NEWS

Opinion: Free-trade deals will reduce British farmers and food

A new job is being advertised: Wanted – someone to help identify the benefits of Brexit as director of the Brexit Opportunities Unit (salary: £93,000-£120,000). This would be a great…

NEWS

Opinion: Scots government must show its hand on policy reform

It could be argued that farming is something of a gambler’s profession, placing large bets without any certainty of an outcome. This could be as basic as planting that crop…

NEWS

FW Opinion: Return of events highlights arable sector split

This week saw the return of the Cereals event in Lincolnshire.It took place just a week after Groundswell in Hertfordshire, which is also primarily for arable farmers. Separated by just…

NEWS

Opinion: We should learn from history on food security

It is now beyond doubt that the government is set to encourage imports of cheap food into Britain virtually free of tariffs or standards of production. This, the argument goes,…

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WHEAT

Quality wheat variety gains a band of keen followers

Andrew Robinson is set to sharply increase his area of Extase winter wheat next year as this season’s crop looks “phenomenal” and is very clear of disease. The variety has…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Huge New Zealand flood wreaks havoc

Canterbury has a bad habit of breaking extended dry spells with a deluge, and it sure did this spectacularly on 31 May. In Valetta, we received 260mm of rain in…

DISEASE MANAGEMENT

How beet growers will benefit from cercospora warning system

A new early warning system for cercospora is being used by the British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO) following last season’s outbreak, which exacerbated the impact of virus yellows on sugar…

POTATOES

Defra strikes back with ban on EU seed potato imports

Defra has blocked large-scale imports of seed potatoes from the EU, matching the ban on British exports that has been in place since the start of the year. Up to…

ARABLE

Video: Dutch 156hp robotic tractor launched at Cereals 2021

A Dutch-developed robot that can operate a range of farm machinery implements without a driver is set to be commercially available in the UK, helping farmers improve soil health by…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Pre-harvest machinery prep is in full swing

The pre-harvest machinery preparation is in full swing. Trailers have been serviced and are just awaiting a brake test to ensure they are safe. We are replacing some wearing metal…

SOILS

Cereals 2021: Standard carbon footprinting tool by 2023

A carbon footprinting tool based on a common, UK industry-wide approach is being developed by the AHDB and Defra and should be ready by the start of 2023, it was…

CROP MANAGEMENT

Cereals 2021: E-tools to help plan environmental options

Three e-tools to help with the on-farm planning and delivery of environmental schemes were being demonstrated by the UK Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (UKCEH) at Cereals 2021. Developed as…

Livestock

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LIVESTOCK

Scots dairy farmers agree cows should graze, survey finds

Most Scottish dairy farmers believe that cows should graze for at least part of the year, according to new research. The findings of the “Cows eat grass, don’t they?” (PDF)…

SHEEP

Versatile sheep breed shakes up hill sector

Rising costs and diminishing subsidies have made many upland farms review output and systems. Numerous units have switched to a Cheviot sire for this reason, either to breed replacements or…

TAKING STOCK

Prime lambs firm after plummeting £30-£35 a head

Hopes hang on prime lamb prices holding around the 250-260p/kg mark after values fell £30-£35 a head last month. With such volatile prices, many farms have opted to sit the…

BOVINE TB

Bovine TB cattle vaccine field trials start in England

Field trials for a cattle vaccine and a new skin test for bovine tuberculosis (TB) have started in England. A TB-free farm in Hertfordshire has started the first phase of…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Is it OK to be addicted to farming?

This Is my final Farmer Focus article of my three-year stint. I did wonder after one year how I would manage to keep it fresh and interesting. We all know…

HOUSING AND HANDLING

Advice on converting farm buildings for pig B&B

New-build sheds on greenfield sites have been a popular choice for farmers setting up a bed and breakfast pig enterprise, with short payback periods, new-build bonuses, and a good return…

DAIRY

NMR launches individual milk sampler for robots

Robotic dairies wanting to test individual cow milk quality can hire a shuttle testing kit from a national milk quality laboratory. National Milk Records (NMR) has launched a UK-wide service…

FOOT HEALTH

Guide to tackling white line disease in cattle

White line disease is one of the most common causes of cattle lameness on farm. Farmers Weekly spoke to Hannah Fitzsimmonds, vet at LLM Farm Vets and member of VetPartners’…

Machinery

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FORAGE WAGONS

New Pottinger Jumbo forage wagon a match for 500hp tractors

Pottinger has beefed-up its 7000-series forage wagons, which can now be paired with a 500hp tractor to rival the output of a small self-propelled harvester. They run a hydraulically powered,…

4X4S

First impressions: Ineos completes Grenadier 4x4 development

Pint-fuelled pub chats are the source of many wildly ambitious business ideas, but few can claim to be as efficiently executed as that of the Grenadier 4x4. Ineos Automotive, a…

CULTIVATORS

Cereals 2021: Izona shows low-disturbance subsoiler

After stealing the limelight with its direct-drill launch at Groundswell, Izona hit the Cereals showground with a low-disturbance subsoiler designed to crack compacted ground without causing too much disruption. It…

WHATS IN YOUR SHED

What’s in Your Shed? visits Somerset contractor Ashley Luke

This week, our What’s in Your Shed? series heads to Frome, Somerset to suss out the machinery highs and lows of farmer and contractor Ashley Luke. See also: Take a trip…

Community

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FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Huge New Zealand flood wreaks havoc

Canterbury has a bad habit of breaking extended dry spells with a deluge, and it sure did this spectacularly on 31 May. In Valetta, we received 260mm of rain in…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Is it OK to be addicted to farming?

This Is my final Farmer Focus article of my three-year stint. I did wonder after one year how I would manage to keep it fresh and interesting. We all know…

FARMLIFE

Shooting specialist talks guns ahead of the Game Fair

The Game Fair is to take place at Warwickshire’s Ragley Hall from 23-25 July. Billed as "the annual gathering for people passionate about countryside pursuits and the Great British countryside",…

FARMER FOCUS

Farmer Focus: Pre-harvest machinery prep is in full swing

The pre-harvest machinery preparation is in full swing. Trailers have been serviced and are just awaiting a brake test to ensure they are safe. We are replacing some wearing metal…

Business

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BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Future Farming Resilience Fund to launch in August

Defra’s Future Farming Resilience Fund offering free consultancy advice is due to be rolled out to farmers next month. The interim phase will run from August until March 2022 and…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

How beef scheme aims to serve producer and consumer

A bid to improve the eating quality, production and environmental credentials of British beef has been launched by a group of West Country farmers. The Good Beef Index (GBI) aims…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

Report reveals devastation of grain trade failure

Farmers make up more than one-third of the 166 unsecured creditors owed more than £6m by failed grain merchant Alexander Inglis & Son (AIS). Hauliers, merchants, general suppliers and government…

DAIRY MARKETS AND PRICES

Global Dairy Trade price index slumps back further

The Global Dairy Trade (GDT) price index fell by 3.6% in the latest sale this week. This is the sixth consecutive reduction, and prices averaged US$3,924/t (£2,844/t). The fortnightly GDT…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

How to manage tree safety on farms to reduce risk and cost

During the pandemic, the desire for scenic walks and staycations has brought the British countryside – and its trees – into the spotlight.  Trees and woodland need to be managed…

SUCCESSION PLANNING

Lump sum decisions - wait until tax treatment is clear

Farmers are warned not to make any succession or retirement plans relating to Defra’s lump sum exit scheme until the full tax implications are known later this year. Gary Markham…

DIVERSIFICATION

Survey shows surge in farm diversification

The proportion of farmers with a diversified business jumped to 37% in 2021 from 31% last year, according to a survey by NFU Mutual. This annual increase is much greater…

CROPS MARKETS AND PRICES

High demand for best quality straw sees competitive bidding

Demand for standing straw continues to be strong, with the first major auctions in south-west England seeing winter barley straw average £110/acre as livestock farmers seek to restock barns. Greenslade…

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YOUNG FARMERS

How these young farmers got their farming jobs

Farming can be a difficult industry for young farmers to get their foot on the ladder but perseverance can pay off. We find out how four young farmers found their…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

New national qualification launched for vet techs

A level-five apprenticeship, approved by the government's Agricultural and Environment apprentice board, has been launched for veterinary technicians. The qualification will enable the establishment of a standard skill level for…

CAREERS AND PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT

FW Learning Centre: Grow your farming knowledge and career

We're delighted to share with you Farmers Weekly’s latest initiative – a new online tool to make learning even easier. The Farmers Weekly Learning Centre will let you earn CPD…

YOUNG FARMERS

Placement-year student 'follows her ag dream'

Maisie Wildgoose is testimony to the fact that you don’t need to come from an agricultural background to forge a successful path in farming. Having initially secured a place to…