Farmers Weekly Somerset farmer Ollie White has developed a low-cost, environmentally focused model of stacking livestock enterprises on his 50ha (124-acre) county council tenanted farm to maximise the value of his overall output. Mr White took on the former dairy farm near Ilminster nine years ago. He started with beef and sheep, supplemented with geese […]
Farmers Weekly Strong demand for land and farms in an undersupplied market should make for a quick and easy sale. However, many issues cause delays, especially if the buyer or their solicitor is not familiar with rural property and farmland matters. Sales can become very complicated and protracted if things have not been prepared properly […]
Farmers Weekly Hello and welcome to This Week in Farming, your catch-up on all the biggest news, views and features from Farmers Weekly. Here’s five of farming’s hottest topics from this week and a look ahead to what’s coming up in the next episode of the FW podcast. Dairy price cuts First the trickle, then […]
Farmers Weekly I’ve always taken a perverse pleasure in not running with the herd. So it’s a delight to find myself planning to expand my suckler beef enterprise from 60 cows to 90 just as large numbers of my English and Welsh suckler beef farmer peers are planning to reduce theirs. An NFU survey suggests […]
Farmers Weekly I have been glad of the recent cold snaps. It is a welcome change to the continuous rain, and I’m hopeful the sustained frost will help reduce the likelihood of cabbage stem flea beetle attacks in oilseed rape. I still have flashbacks of my last attempt to grow rapeseed, where crops rapidly disappeared […]
Farmers Weekly Automatic tine height adjustment to ensure a clean sweep at high working speeds in heavy crops is a new feature of the flagship model in the Fendt Former grass rake range. The Isobus-equipped Former 14055 Pro four-rotor machine – adjustable to cover working widths from 11.5m to 13.8m – compensates for the tines […]
Farmers Weekly The initial phases of a three-year trial of drone technology is revealing promising signs that could help farmers target herbicides for blackgrass control and improve local water quality. Ten arable farmers in Kent and West Sussex are trialling the Skippy Scout mobile app and drone system to target herbicide applications and cut costs. […]
Farmers Weekly Profits have almost doubled in the last year at Welsh-based agricultural supply group Wynnstay after higher revenue due to soaring feed and fertiliser prices. The company made a pre-tax profit of £21.12m for the year ending 31 October 2022, up by 92% from £10.99m during the previous year. Commodity inflation helped drive revenue […]
Farmers Weekly Industry trade association UK Flour Millers has stated that the milling industry’s use of imported wheat is not undercutting UK growers, despite the views held by some farmers. Imported wheat is used by UK millers due to high protein content, quality, and provenance rather than price, according to UK Flour Millers. In a […]
Farmers Weekly More than 100,000 people have signed an NFU petition urging the government to ban the release of sky lanterns across England and Wales. The petition, which was launched in May 2022, is supported by the National Fire Chiefs Council, the RSPCA and Keep Britain Tidy. The latest initiative forms part of a wider […]
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