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‘Real fears’ about dairy worker shortage

2nd October 2020
The government has rejected last-ditch attempts to get dairy workers included on the Migration Advisory Committee’s (MAC) Shortage Occupation List (SOL), after a four-month consultation.Occupations including butchers, bricklayers and welders will be added to the list, but farmers will not, according to an announcement this week.The MAC launched a six-week call for evidence on the skills......

Inspirational Cheshire farmer wins Dairy Woman of the Year

1st October 2020
Dairy farmer Karen Halton from Cheshire has scooped this year’s prestigious Dairy Industry Woman of the Year award at the virtual Women in Dairy (WID) conference held yesterday (30 September).Karen is the fourth woman to win the award, sponsored by HSBC UK, beating off stiff competition from two other finalists: Abi Reader from Glamorganshire, and Hannah Lawrence from Haverfordwest.The ......

Campaign to protect British food and farming

30th September 2020
Chefs and celebrities are urging the public to write to their MP calling for a block on low-quality food imports, as politicians gear up to vote on the Agriculture Bill.In a video posted on social media, TV chef Jamie Oliver and fitness coach Joe Wicks were among those to warn of dire consequences if the government allows food such as chlorinated chicken to be imported into the UK.Campa......

LAMMA postponed until May 2021

30th September 2020
Amid ongoing uncertainty due to Covid-19, LAMMA organisers have confirmed the show will not go ahead in January as planned, but will take place in May instead.Commenting on the decision, AgriBriefing group events director Elisabeth Mork-Eidem said: “The LAMMA show is a key part of the industry calendar, and we have seen an amazing amount of support from all our loyal exhibitors throughout t......

Pioneering farmer creates gin ‘inspired by the countryside’

29th September 2020
Farmer Tom Warner and founder of Warner’s Gin, diversified his family’s livestock farm back in 2012, with no idea that he was about to trigger the trend for flavoured artisan gins. We spoke to Tom about his inspiration, and how the business has adapted during the Covid-19 pandemic.Having spent 10 years working in the produce industry, Tom Warner returned to the family farm ......

Hold nerve with blackgrass infested fields

25th September 2020
Continue to hold off drilling winter wheat fields where blackgrass is a worry until early October where possible, or mid-October in the worst fields, says agronomy firm ProCam.Drilling before this puts more pressure on achieving top results from in-crop herbicides, the company points out.Paul Gruber, ProCam regional technical manager, says: “A lot of growers have made huge inroads into ......

Agri-contracting set to become increasingly important

23rd September 2020
Supporting farm income has been cited as the main reason for offering agricultural contracting services, according to a survey by NFU Mutual.“There has been considerable growth in the agricultural contracting sector over the last few years,” explains Charlie York, agri-contracting and technology specialist at NFU Mutual. “With the phasing out of the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) and as farmers......

Entrepreneurial duo contributing to sustainable farming

11th August 2020
Two entrepreneurs who started their business at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) are growing a community of consumers passionate about having a say in where their food comes from.Alumni David Poussier and Pascal Hegglin are the co-founders of The Consumer Brand, an initiative which engages with consumers and empowers them to decide wh......

New trailed stubble cultivator from Pöttinger

10th August 2020
With the new Terria stubble cultivator line in the trailed stubble cultivator sector Pöttinger presents a new solution that will be available from November 2020. With working widths of 4.0 to 6.0 metres and as 3- and 4-row models (Terria 4030, 5030, 6030 and TERRIA 4040, 5040, 6040) this machinery offers a wide range of tillage applications. The choice is yours – from shallow stubble cultivatio......

26 ways farmers are doing their bit for net zero

9th August 2020
The NFU has published 26 examples of how farmers are working towards net zero on their farms, showing how other farmers can make changes to their businesses to help achieve the NFU’s 2040 net zero ambition.The booklet, titled ‘Doing our bit for Net Zero’, includes case studies from every sector and from farms across England and Wales, and cover each of the three pillars outlined in the NFU’......

Try before you buy – Nordic quality glamping pods

6th August 2020
Cabins, Logs & Pods Ltd is the official distributor of Astel Garden timber products in the UK. Based in Leyland, Lancashire, it is ideally geographically located to be able to serve the whole of the UK.The business was established in 2019 through a shared love of camping and caravan......

Rural crime rises to £54 million as criminal gangs target farm machinery and livestock

4th August 2020
  • Cost of rural crime at eight year high - up almost 9% in just 12 months
  • Coronavirus effect sees livestock rustling incidents
  • Concern rural crime expected to escalate as economic impact of crisis hits
  • Farmers’ fears over crime contribute to rising anxiety and rural isolation
The cost of rural crime is at its highest level for eight yea......

Saving time and money with real-time alerts and monitoring

31st July 2020
Making a farm as profitable as possible requires expert decision making. A Cornish agri-technology business is now making that much easier, by giving farmers access to real-time data and alerts to base their decisions on.The technology now exists to monitor everything from livestock and soil health to water levels. Farmers are likely to find it useful to gather data from multiple sources ac......

McConnel 55-Series gains increased horsepower and reach options

28th July 2020
McConnel has added two new 60hp Power Arms models to its popular 55-Series hedgecutter range resulting in an exceptional combination of value, power and performance – making it ideal for farmers, contractors, and local government grass maintenance teams.The new PA5555-60  and PA5755-60 comes with reach of 5.5m and 5.7m respectively and gain an  additional five horsepower increase over the s......

‘Eat out to help out’ initiative addressed in open letter to Rishi Sunak MP

14th July 2020
In an open letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequer, The Rt Hon Rishi Sunak MP, the National Beef Association (NBA) has praised the new ‘Eat out to help out’ initiative, but feels that an opportunity has been missed to help UK food producers.The letter, sent to Mr Sunak’s office on Monday 13th July by NBA Interim CEO Mr Neil Shand on behalf of NBA members, welcomes the governmen......

Multi-billion pound investment as government unveils plan to tackle flooding

14th July 2020
Homes and businesses across the country will be better protected and more resilient in future after the government revealed its long-term plan to tackle the risks of flooding and coastal erosion.The measures set out in the new plan are the most comprehensive in a decade, including investment of £5.2 billion to create around 2,000 new flood and coastal defences to better protect 336,000 prop......

Warning to dealers over bounce back loan scam

13th July 2020
An Airdrie-based car dealer is warning anyone selling high-value vehicles or other items to be aware of scammers taking advantage of the Bounce Back Loan Scheme.Stephen Bogan, director at James Glen Car Sales, said in a live Facebook video that the dealer was approached by someone looking to buy a £40,000 Porsche.Alarm bells rang when the prospective buyer wanted to pay in full rather t......

Kent’s 87-year-old Marion still farming thanks to rugged mobility scooters

11th July 2020
Marion Pont, 87 from Ashford in Kent, is continuing to run her sheep farm with the help of two mobility scooters – including a 20-year-old TGA Supersport.Marion has lived on her family farm for over 70 years. First owned by her parents, this 70-acre holding in Bethersden has reared milking cows, grown crops and now breeds sheep. With the help of her sister-in-law and nephew, Marion tends to......

Tractors descend on Westminster in Ag Bill protest

10th July 2020
Farmers drove their tractors into the heart of London this week as part of a socially-distanced protest against the possibility of cheap food imports arriving in the UK.Volunteer activists including Celebrity MasterChef winner Emma Kennedy, invited farmers to drive their tractors around Parliament Square on Wednesday (8th July).The ‘tractorcade’ started at New Covent Garden M......

Record your own livestock online

9th July 2020
Innovative new product Cloud Lines allows anyone from home breeders and smallholders to breeding societies and organisations of all sizes to keep full, accurate records of their breeding programmes.It was developed by MA Systems Ltd in 2018 in response to a growing need to support customers using bespoke or legacy database applications. ......

Aldi CEO vows never to sell chlorinated chicken

8th July 2020
Aldi UK’s CEO Giles Hurley has said that the supermarket will not sell chlorinated chicken or hormone-treated beef, regardless of any future trade deals.The supermarket committed to only selling fresh chicken and beef from British farmers. It follows a similar statement from Waitrose boss J......

JCB secures $269 million order from US military

7th July 2020
JCB has been awarded a contract to supply the U.S. military with a fleet of specialised high speed excavators over the next eight years in a deal worth up to $269 million (£217 million).The deal centres on the supply of High Mobility Engineer Excavators (HMEEs) for the U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps.Prototypes of the machine - capable of speeds up to 55mph (88kph) - were first develope......

Tong celebrates 50 years of Grading Screen manufacture

6th July 2020
UK potato and vegetable handling equipment manufacturer Tong Engineering is celebrating 50 years of vegetable grading screen manufacture this month.The renowned manufacturer, has not only been producing steel grading screens in the same premises since 1970, but has also grown to become one of the largest manufacturers of steel grading screens in the world.“We are very proud of our herit......

AHDB estimates show small drop in potato planted area

3rd July 2020
The UK planted area for potatoes has held up despite a turbulent season for growers, according to the AHDB.Provisional estimates show the planted area in Great Britain at 119Kha, which, if correct, shows only a 1 per cent drop on last year. The fall takes into account revisions to the 2019 planted area data since September.The figures suggest a minimal impact from the coronavirus crisis......