Farmers Weekly The UK agricultural sector is undergoing the biggest policy shake-up in 60 years, and government support for farmers is facing a radical overhaul. Defra has started its new Environmental Land Management (ELM) programme, which pays farmers in England public money to deliver environmental outcomes. Devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are […]
Farmers Weekly Grazed grass is the cheapest form of nutrition for beef cattle, and it will almost certainly outperform even the highest-quality silage in terms of daily liveweight gain in growing animals. Exceptional rainfall in November 2022 forced cattle to be housed early, resulting in heavy grass covers ahead of spring grazing. To avoid loss […]
Farmers Weekly Based on the premise that development damages biodiversity, it is expected that from November this year all planning permissions granted in England will have to demonstrate a minimum 10% uplift in biodiversity associated with their sites. This biodiversity net gain (BNG) will be achieved by enhancing existing habitats or creating new ones, either […]
Farmers Weekly Maize is a crop often perceived to be damaging to the environment, causing issues such as soil compaction, erosion and nutrient losses, which can lead to run-off, affecting nearby watercourses. A “maize charter”, pioneered by the Maize Growers Association, is aiming to tackle concerns, by providing field evaluations to encourage best practice when […]
Farmers Weekly A 26-strong farmer network set up by Agri-EPI is a key testing bed for emerging start-up precision farming companies and researchers to evaluate and demonstrate their new technologies in a commercial farm situation. Suffolk organic farmer John Pawsey has trialled two new technologies for the arable side of his 650ha mixed arable and […]
Farmers Weekly The Yorkshire Agricultural Machinery Show will return to the York Auction Centre in Murton on Wednesday 8 February. Now in its ninth year, the event is set to host 200 exhibitors and the organisers expect to match last year’s attendance record, when 15,000 punters poured through the gates. See also: Revealed: Britain’s biggest farm […]
Farmers Weekly The UK must better provide for its own needs and farmers are absolutely essential to its success. The Covid pandemic, the ongoing war in Ukraine, and the resultant economic uncertainty have all had us thinking about how we can better support ourselves, both nationally, and within our own families. We are increasingly debating […]
Farmers Weekly The trouble with being part of a multi-generational farming family is that you tend to accrue multi-generational junk in your attic. I know this all too well because we’ve been sorting ours out lately, and the old truth that farmers never throw anything away in case it comes in useful one day has […]
Farmers Weekly Poultry processor 2 Sisters Food Group has announced plans to close its plant on Anglesey, putting 730 jobs at risk. A statement by the processor said the Llangefni site was old and required significant investment to bring it up to the standard of the company’s other sites. A recent company review suggested the […]
Farmers Weekly Scotland’s beef sector looks set for further decline with high input costs and flat-lining prices to blame, a survey has revealed. NFU Scotland’s (NFUS) 2023 Intentions Survey was carried out in early January with support from Quality Meat Scotland. It sought to assess the damage to farm and crofting businesses caused by fuel, […]
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