Ploughing competition stars

Salisbury Journal:

4:06pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

PHOTOGRAPHER David Hargrave took these pictures on Sunday at the ploughing match at Beacon Hill, Solstice Park, Amesbury.

Badger culling figures disputed

Salisbury Journal:

4:03pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE charity Humane Society International (HSI) has said it has been told the pilot badger cull in Gloucestershire has fallen short of its minimum target by “a Natural England source”.

Anti-cull poster prompts debate

Salisbury Journal:

10:00am Friday 17th October 2014

Farmers leaders have accused the group behind a graphic anti-badger-cull campaign of misleading the public and ignoring the harsh reality of cattle being slaughtered.

Dairy farmers’ price protest

Salisbury Journal:

10:00am Thursday 16th October 2014

HUNDREDS of dairy farmers have blockaded the Dairy Crest plant in Foston, Lincolnshire, in the third of a series of protests over milk prices.

Funds to aid lapwing recovery

Salisbury Journal:

3:37pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

A 1.25 MILLION Euro EU Life+-funded project will help farmers in the Avon Valley between Salisbury and Christchurch reverse the fortunes of the much revered lapwing, which has suffered a dramatic decline over the past 20 years.

Contestants plough on with competition

Salisbury Journal:

3:35pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

SALISBURY & District Agricultural Club’s 61st annual ploughing match was held last Saturday at land in Grovely Woods, Great Wishford.

Pneumonia costs £50m pa

Salisbury Journal:

10:17am Thursday 2nd October 2014

OCTOBER is usually about falling leaves and falling temperatures, but this October has started out with such promise.

Further reduction for farmers

Salisbury Journal:

10:16am Thursday 2nd October 2014

DAIRY Crest this week announced a further reduction of 1.3ppl for farmers on standard Liquid and Davidstow contracts from the start of November.

Defra secretary’s UK food support

Salisbury Journal:

10:13am Thursday 2nd October 2014

DEFRA secretary Elizabeth Truss has hit out at importers of non-British foods which can be grown in the UK, saying that food and farming is now one of our “biggest success stories”.

Disagreements forming over pesticide use to protect bees

Salisbury Journal:

10:00am Thursday 25th September 2014

THE NFU has strongly disagreed with the new Environment Audit Committee report on the National Pollinator Strategy which has called for a refocus to deliver a precautionary, hazard-based approach to pesticide use to help protect bees.

New policies to be implemented

Salisbury Journal:

10:00am Thursday 25th September 2014

DEFRA has released important information on how the new Common Agricultural Policy will be implemented in England, including how the new “greening” requirements will work in practice.

Value of agricultural land at record level

Salisbury Journal:

9:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

THE price of agricultural land in Wiltshire has reached record levels and is creating life-changing opportunities for the county’s farmers.

Badger culls being kept to a minimum

Salisbury Journal:

9:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

NFU president Meurig Raymond has called for balanced policing during the second year of the pilot badger culls, which started last week.

Arson attacks prompt warning

10:35am Thursday 11th September 2014

FOLLOWING a spate of field arson attacks, farmers are being warned to store bales of hay and straw away from public roads.

Funds available to benefit causes

10:34am Thursday 11th September 2014

Lloyds Bank Agriculture has announced its intention to commit substantial funding over the next three years to rural charity The Prince’s Countryside Fund.

Rural crime near record level

9:30am Thursday 4th September 2014

THE cost of rural crime to the UK economy is £44.5 million, according to the NFU Mutual Rural Crime Survey 2013.

Import ban leads to price cut

9:30am Thursday 4th September 2014

ARLA has slashed 1.2ppl off its UK farmgate price and says the Russian import ban on western products was partly behind the move.

Be careful when running events

Salisbury Journal:

9:30am Thursday 4th September 2014

Don’t give the taxman the last laugh through poor tax planning for on-farm and estate music festivals and other events.

Agricultural show successes

Salisbury Journal:

10:40am Thursday 28th August 2014

SHAFTESBURY & Gillingham Agricultural Show was held on August 20 at the Turnpike Show-ground.

‘Fracking needs a clear system’

Salisbury Journal:

10:36am Thursday 28th August 2014

THE Country Land and Business Association (CLA) has accused the Government of having too little regard for property rights and long-term liabilities to meet the demands of energy industry investors in its enthusiasm to realise shale gas extraction.

Loan benefits for businesses

9:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

A CHANGE in the way the Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (AMC) considers loan proposals from landed estates is set to significantly improve the ability of these businesses to access development and improvement funding.

Harvesting the winter wheat begins

Salisbury Journal:

9:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

THIS is the first attempt to harvest the winter wheat at Upper Farm, Milston, near Durrington.

New information defines crop rules

Salisbury Journal:

9:00am Thursday 21st August 2014

DEFRA has released important information on how the new Common Agricultural Policy will be implemented in England, including how the new “greening” requirements will work in practice.

B&B claims hen welfare prize

Salisbury Journal:

10:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

A BED and breakfast near Salisbury has won an award for its dedication to hen welfare.

Change to employee accommodation law

Salisbury Journal:

10:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

THE Office for Tax Simplification (OTS) has just published its final review of employee benefits.

CLA takes the lead on debate over land use

10:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

THE Country Landowners’ Association says that a new report, The Best Use of UK Agricultural Land, by the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, raises important questions over the future of UK land use.

Threat of crime remains, warns insurer

Salisbury Journal:

10:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

RURAL crime cost the south-west economy an estimated £5.5m in 2013 (a slight decrease from £5.6m in 2012).

Wheat prices can be highly volatile

Salisbury Journal:

10:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

CHIEF arable adviser for the NFU, Guy Gagan, has warned that new European directives, aimed at financial services, could see UK farmers inadvertently treated as financial institutions, forcing them out of a key market.

Stickers to combat frustration

Salisbury Journal:

10:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

AS part of its Back British Farming campaign, the NFU has had printed large stickers which can be applied to the bodywork of farm vehicles including trailers, tractors and combine harvesters.

Winners from the New Forest Show

Salisbury Journal:

10:36am Thursday 7th August 2014

THERE were plenty of winners at this year's New Forest Show - and visitors were among them.

Down on the Farm

Salisbury Journal:

10:27am Thursday 7th August 2014

MY father took the weekend off! writes jo Parsons.

Reeling in rod licence cheats

10:02am Thursday 31st July 2014

ENVIRONMENTAL Agency enforcement teams are continuing to clamp down on rod licence cheats, notching up more than 13,000 licence checks across England in May.

Bidding open to extract shale gas

Salisbury Journal:

10:01am Thursday 31st July 2014

THE Government has opened the bidding process for new licences to extract shale gas using the controversial fracking process.

Liz Truss: what will she do for farming?

Salisbury Journal:

9:51am Thursday 24th July 2014

LIZ Truss’s surprise elevation to Defra Secretary of State has been met with “uneasy optimism” by the agricultural community, a large number of whom had a grudging respect for Owen Cameron who, after a shaky start, had earned this respect through his no-nonsense approach and appetite for hard work.

Vigilance over PED

Salisbury Journal: Pigs at the ready for pannage season

9:53am Thursday 24th July 2014

PORCINE epidemic diarrhoea (PED) has spread through more than 30 states in the USA this year, driving up the price of pork products.

Demand for venison rising as sales increase

Salisbury Journal:

9:54am Thursday 24th July 2014

VENISON sales have risen by more than 400 per cent over the past year.

‘Share farming’ ideal for young

Salisbury Journal:

10:02am Thursday 17th July 2014

THE CLA has launched a drive to encourage share farming, maintaining that a wider uptake of this could open up new opportunities for young people to get their first foot on the farming ladder.

Good news – banger boost for school meals

Salisbury Journal:

10:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

AFTER our recent article on the Government’s decision to require schools to provide free milk for children, this week it’s good news for sausages.

Database to check calves’ BVD status

Salisbury Journal:

9:59am Thursday 17th July 2014

THE ability to easily check a calf’s BVD status online has gained momentum with the announcement by XLVets of the launch of a central, fully-accessible web-based database that provides verification of a negative test result for the disease.

Back from the dead - wild boar

Salisbury Journal:

10:11am Thursday 10th July 2014

NEARLY 300 years after they were hunted to extinction, wild boar are back in the New Forest – this time within an enclosed natural environment.

Beef and sheep sectors need profit reversal

Salisbury Journal:

10:13am Thursday 10th July 2014

FARM business consultant Andersons has published a report stating that the beef and sheep sectors need radical change to reverse poor profitability.

More homes set to receive superfast broadband

Salisbury Journal:

10:09am Thursday 10th July 2014

AN additional 1,700 New Forest premises are to receive superfast broadband following a successful £1m bid to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Fair weather brings good news and decent harvest

Salisbury Journal:

10:26am Thursday 3rd July 2014

WE have had some fair weather recently, just in the nick of time, providing perfect conditions for silage-, hay- and grain-ripening.

College offers apprenticeships in cider-making and orchard care

10:21am Thursday 3rd July 2014

APPRENTICESHIPS in cider-making and orchard care are being offered at Yeovil College after a two-year trial in Herefordshire and Shropshire College’s Holme Lacy Campus was hailed a success.

Research shows public ignorance over what is grown in UK

Salisbury Journal:

10:20am Thursday 3rd July 2014

MORE than 20 per cent of people surveyed recently were unaware that apples are grown in Britain.

Farmers at centre of fuel revolution

Salisbury Journal: Farmers at centre of fuel revolution

3:13pm Thursday 26th June 2014

ALTERNATIVE energy has a key role to play in reducing fossil-based transport fuel use on-farm, according to a report published by the Royal Agricultural Society of England report published last week.

Free milk for children boost

3:10pm Thursday 26th June 2014

THE Government’s decision to require schools to provide free milk for children will help shape future consumption trends, according to the NFU.

Retribution fears over code

Salisbury Journal: Retribution fears over code

3:09pm Thursday 26th June 2014

FARMERS, producers and suppliers to major retailers are not raising groceries code issues because of fear of retribution, according to the results of a YouGov survey into the effectiveness of the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA).

Vote now for pig industry awards

4:10pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

NOMINATIONS for the pig industry’s David Black Award are now open.

Farming leaders meet to discuss beef issues

4:08pm Wednesday 18th June 2014

FARMING union leaders from the whole of the UK met in London on June 9 for a summit about the current beef situation.


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