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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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",…

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…

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