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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,…

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…

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…

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…

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