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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)…

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…

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”…

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,…

BOVINE TB

Cattle vaccine will help in battle against TB, says chief vet

Cattle vaccination can become an important item in the toolbox in the battle to eradicate bovine TB in herds, the UK’s chief vet has insisted. Defra has announced that the…

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…

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…

FARMLIFE

Pink Ladies’ Tractor Run returns to smash fundraising goal

A convoy of 105 tractors took part in this year’s Pink Ladies’ Tractor Run, which has raised more than £750,000 for Cancer Research UK since 2004. The popular road run…

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…

FARM POLICY

New Agriculture Bill for Wales to launch this autumn

Wales’ new post-Brexit farm payments system is to get out of the starting blocks this autumn when a new Agriculture Bill is set to be introduced. The bill, announced on…

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…

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…

NEWS

Land-based educational charity to buy Newton Rigg farm

A land-based educational charity has offered to buy one of Newton Rigg College’s farms and maintain it as a crucial learning centre for Cumbria. The undisclosed offer from the Ernest…

COMPLIANCE

Farmer 'furious' as minister rejects Glastir appeal advice

A Welsh hill farming family are at the centre of a row with rural affairs minister Lesley Griffiths over an unpaid agri-environment settlement, after she rejected an appeal panel’s recommendation…

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…

FLY-TIPPING

Farmers' videos show fly-tipping damage

Fed-up farmers have shared videos of waste dumped illegally in their fields to further illustrate the damage and disruption caused by the deluge of fly-tipping in the countryside. Merseyside farmer…

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…

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…

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…

STAFF MANAGEMENT

Farmers warned of risks of fake ID for new EU workers

Farmers who employ new EU workers are being warned that they need to be alert to the possibility of people using fake ID papers to prove their right to work…

NEWS

Used County 1474 sells for £196,000 in auction

A second-hand 1983 County 1474 tractor with an estimated sale price of £60,000-£70,000 has sold for £196,000 at a major farm auction in Essex. More than 90 classic and vintage…

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…

SUGAR BEET

British Sugar indicative beet price of £25/t 'not enough'

British Sugar’s “indicative” price of £25/t for 2022 beet does not go far enough to stem a continued flow of growers out of the sector, farm leaders have warned. NFU…

TECHNOLOGY

Cereals 2021 - Video: Twin-rotor drone set to improve spraying

A new generation drone, designed to improve spraying performance with its twin rotors and smaller, more robust design, aims to transform how farm inputs are applied. The V40 drone, developed…

CEREAL DRILLS

Cereals 2021: He-Va's Stealth subsoiler gets OSR kit

Opico is to offer He-Va's Stealth subsoiler with a drilling kit for crops such as oilseed rape, following strong demand for the machine since its launch at Lamma in 2019.…

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