Quarter of herd could be lost to bovine TB

1:03pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

DAIRY farmer Paul Gould, who farms near Gillingham in Dorset, is facing the prospect of losing nearly a quarter of his closed dairy herd after the animals reacted positively at his latest routine bovine TB test.

Meat purchasing app upgraded

1:00pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

AN upgrade to the Meat Purchasing Guide App is now available.

Funds for forest

3:59pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

PROJECTS which promote sustainability in the New Forest are set to benefit from a new fund offering grants of up to £50,000.

PGI is a boost to the whole region

Salisbury Journal: PGI is a boost to the whole region

2:12pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

INTEREST from farmers, processors and retailers in the newly-published Protected Geographical Indications (PGIs) for West Country beef and lamb has been incredibly positive, with many seeing it as a huge boost for the region.

Agriculture defies recession

2:10pm Wednesday 2nd April 2014

A NFU report published on February 25, day one of the NFU conference, shows farming is one of the few success stories during the recession.

Beef exports to France rise

3:23pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

UK beef exports to France increased in 2013, despite challenging global trading conditions, according to the latest figures from EBLEX.

Sainsbury's boss backing Britain

Salisbury Journal: Justin King

3:21pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

GROUP chief executive of Sainsbury’s Justin King told NFU conference delegates the supermarket is committed to backing British farming.

Breaking the 100k-tonne barrier

3:12pm Wednesday 26th March 2014

SHEEP meat exports from the UK in 2013 broke the 100,000-tonne barrier for the first time since 1999, according to EBLEX.

Karren Price of Ansty Pick Your Own and Farm Shop with her mother

Salisbury Journal: Karren Price of Ansty PickYour Own and Farm Shop with her mother

3:02pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

TASTE of the West, the food and drink organisation for the south west, has launched this year’s awards.

Getting more out of your grassland

2:58pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

A NEW initiative has been set up by the EBLEX Better Returns Programme (BRP) for beef and sheep producers who want to get more out of their grassland.

Online library of meat facts

2:57pm Wednesday 19th March 2014

AN online library of facts and figures about the meat industry has been launched by EBLEX and BPEX.

Over-fat lambs have lower premium

Salisbury Journal: Over-fat lambs have lower premium

12:35pm Wednesday 12th March 2014

FOLLOWING the good weather conditions of last summer, EBLEX has warned sheep producers against letting lambs get over fat.

Crop rule concerns

12:34pm Wednesday 12th March 2014

THE concerns of thousands of farmers in England over the three crop rule, which will be a requirement of the next CAP, have again been raised with the European Commission by NFU president Peter Kendall.

National role for Minette

Salisbury Journal: Minette Batters is a strong contender in the NFU deputy and vice-presidential elections

4:34pm Thursday 6th March 2014

MINETTE Batters has become the first woman to hold national office in the 105- year history of the National Farmers’ Union.

Bull of the Year

2:21pm Wednesday 26th February 2014

NORWEGIAN Red bull Braut has taken the title of crossbreeding bull of the year for 2013.

HGCA management workshop

2:19pm Wednesday 26th February 2014

HGCA is running four new business management workshops this spring to help arable growers to “protect their profit”.

New grasses to catch more rain

Salisbury Journal: Festulolium may have properties which enable it to capture increased volumes of rainfall

2:17pm Wednesday 26th February 2014

SCIENTISTS at Rothamsted Research North Wyke in Devon are working in partnership with Aberystwyth University’s Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences to develop new grasses that enable grassland soils to capture increased volumes of rainfall, thereby reducing the risk of flooding downstream.

Farmers offered unique insight

4:20pm Thursday 20th February 2014

ENERGY crop processor Terravesta is offering farmers and landowners a unique insight into the future of the Miscanthus market at a free meeting on March 4 in Bradford-on-Avon, west Wiltshire.

Farmer Fiona's 'felfie' goes national

4:15pm Thursday 20th February 2014

A NEW social media craze has brought business success to the door of a north Dorset farmer.

Let potash replenish the soil

4:08pm Thursday 20th February 2014

GROWERS who ignore the potash status of their soils could be placing greater pressure on the nitrogen they are about to apply, according to Frontier fertiliser manager Chris Tye, who suggests that, while there’s been great effort taken to get a soil’s physical structure right, fertility is perhaps being compromised.

Game back on the menu

4:17pm Wednesday 12th February 2014

FOR years rabbit was regarded as “poor man’s chicken”.

Fighting for code of practice

4:16pm Wednesday 12th February 2014

THE voluntary dairy code of practice is worth fighting for, the NFU has claimed.

Farmworker housing rules may change

Salisbury Journal: Farmworker housing rules may change

4:15pm Wednesday 12th February 2014

FARMERS who provide accommodation for their farm workers are being warned about possible changes of legislation on tax charges.

Farmland price at record levels

10:17am Thursday 30th January 2014

FARMLAND prices rose 11 per cent to a record £6,882/acre (£17,005/hectare) in 2013.

Warning given on pesticides

10:16am Thursday 30th January 2014

A NATIONAL campaign has been launched warning farmers of the risks of buying illegal pesticides.

Farmers told to supplement ewes

Salisbury Journal: Farmers told to supplement ewes

10:13am Thursday 30th January 2014

SHEEP farmers are being urged to supplement ewes to avoid the risk of low quality forages leading to problems with energy deficiency.

Nine farmers to contest elections

Salisbury Journal: Minette Batters is a strong contender in the NFU deputy and vice-presidential elections

3:48pm Wednesday 22nd January 2014

NINE farmers will contest elections for the three senior NFU officeholder positions in February, the union has confirmed.

EU looking into firearms

Salisbury Journal: EU looking into firearms

3:46pm Wednesday 22nd January 2014

IF you hold a firearms licence, you may not know who Cecilia Maelstrom is, but you will soon.

RSPCA report is welcomed

3:31pm Friday 17th January 2014

THE news that the RSPCA has finally agreed to carry out a review of its controversial prosecutions policy could prevent hundreds of innocent livestock farmers suffering the trauma of prosecution, according to a leading agricultural lawyer, David Kirwan.

Right to roam questioned

Salisbury Journal: Right to roam questioned

3:29pm Friday 17th January 2014

PROPOSALS in the Deregulation Bill, currently under consultation, could make it easier to reroute historic footpaths under proposals to alter ramblers’ rights to roam.

More co-owners

Salisbury Journal: More co-owners

3:27pm Friday 17th January 2014

ARLA Foods amba (AFa), the parent of Arla Foods, the UK dairy company with a turnover in excess of £2billion, has almost doubled the number of farmer owners in the UK.

Farmers told to look to the future and unleash full potential of AD

Salisbury Journal: Anaerobic digester has ‘immense potential’

7:00am Wednesday 1st January 2014

THE focus of anaerobic digestion (AD) continues to be on renewable energy, with very little emphasis put on the nutrient-rich by-product which the process produces.

Vets host farmers' questions

Salisbury Journal: Vets host farmers' questions

10:31am Friday 27th December 2013

LAST Wednesday, Endell Veterinary Group hosted a Farmers’ Question Time at Salisbury Livestock Market, when a panel of six agricultural experts answered questions from the veterinary group’s farming clients.

Energy grants for farmers

10:30am Friday 27th December 2013

HAMPSHIRE farmers are being encouraged to save on bills by producing their own renewable energy. A £3m DEFRA scheme is making grants of up to £10,000 and loans of up to £400,000 available to farmers who want to run anaerobic digesters.

How to cut costs of keeping herds

10:28am Friday 27th December 2013

FOCUSING on reducing unnecessary fixed costs could save some lowland and Less Favoured Area (LFA) suckler herds £100 per cow, according to EBLEX’s first Stocktake Report.

Fair food supply chains in focus

10:27am Friday 27th December 2013

THE UK Groceries Code Adjudicator, Christine Tacon, visited Brussels last month to highlight the UK as an example of a country that has built better food supply chains.

British farmers say thank you

9:48am Wednesday 18th December 2013

FARMERS and growers across the country have come together to say thank you to the public for backing British farming during 2013.

Chancellor's shale gas drilling pledge

9:44am Wednesday 18th December 2013

IN his autumn statement, George Osborne announced more financial support for companies extracting shale gas.

Report reveals upturn in male calves' welfare

Salisbury Journal: The number of live calves being exported to mainland Europe has reduced by 90 per cent since 2006

9:43am Wednesday 18th December 2013

A REPORT issued this month by the main stakeholders in UK calf welfare confirms the extent of their success over the past seven years.

Farmers and growers thank you for buying British

11:56am Wednesday 11th December 2013

FARMERS and growers across the country have come together to say thank you to the public for backing British farming during 2013.

Government funding sought for healthy livestock project

Salisbury Journal: Government funding sought for healthy livestock project

11:55am Wednesday 11th December 2013

FARMERS, vets and associated industry experts are calling on the Government to find interim funding to enable a successful Healthy Livestock project to continue.

Successful LAMMA show in new location

Salisbury Journal: Successful LAMMA show in new location

11:52am Wednesday 11th December 2013

LAMMA 2014 takes place on January 22 and 23 in the new location at the East of England showground, Peterborough.

Sheep-tagging plan is criticised

Salisbury Journal: Sheep-tagging plan is criticised

12:14pm Wednesday 4th December 2013

THE National Sheep Association (NSA) has condemnded Defra’s decision to outlaw manual tags in all sheep under 12 months of age, including those going direct to slaughter, from 2015.

Agricultural land - capital growth key driver for investors

Salisbury Journal: Agricultural land - capital growth key driver for investors

11:58am Wednesday 27th November 2013

FARM expansion and interest from investors helped drive up farmland prices by four per cent in the last quarter, according to property consultant Knight Frank.

'Intriguing facts' on pheasants

Salisbury Journal: 'Intriguing facts' on pheasants

11:56am Wednesday 27th November 2013

A RECENT article by food writer Xanthe Clay in the Daily Telegraph did not go unnoticed by either the CLA or the Game-to-Eat campaign (gametoeat.co.uk).

National Trust anger over rent rise claims

11:54am Wednesday 27th November 2013

NATIONAL Trust tenant farmers have accused the organisation of profiteering by pushing up rents to “untenable levels” in some cases. But the charity has reacted angrily and said it wants to work with farmers to preserve the countryside for future generations.

Horse meat market should be considered, says Princess Royal

2:09pm Wednesday 20th November 2013

A HORSE meat market in the UK would not only help fulfil demand for red meat but also boost animal welfare as well, the Princess Royal has said.

Farmland birds fall in number

2:08pm Wednesday 20th November 2013

THE number of farmland birds is continuing to fall in the UK despite efforts to increase wildlife-friendly farming practices, official figures show. Over the past five years, the farmland bird population has fallen by eight per cent, which represents a slowing down of the decline over the previous five years.

Find a farm-bred turkey

2:07pm Wednesday 20th November 2013

THE National Farmers’ Union has a page on its website showing the country’s turkey farms.

Brits cut back on meat

2:03pm Wednesday 20th November 2013

ACCORDING to a recent YouGov survey, a quarter of the British public cut back on the amount of meat they ate over the last year.

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