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The Sustainable Farming Incentive: what’s new, improved and coming in 2022 Written by Tom Lewis Today we published further information on the Sustainable Farming Incentive. You can find it, in full, on GOV.UK. In this post, I’ll share a summary of the things that are new, the things we’ve changed following feedback and what you can expect in 2022. There are 3 environmental standards coming in 2022, plus an Annual Health and Welfare Review. This is in line with the plans we published in...
Written by Agriland Team from Agriland Disease control measures have been put in place in Northern Ireland following suspicion of notifiable avian influenza (AI) – or bird flu – at a commercial duck premises in Aughnacloy, Co. Tyrone. NI’s chief veterinary officer Dr. Robert Huey took the decision based on a number of factors including clinical signs; preliminary results provided by the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI); and the recent confirmed cases of highly pathogenic (H5N1)...
Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland Rates for the 2022 Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI) scheme have been revealed by Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs George Eustice today (Thursday, December 2). “We will pay a more generous payment rate than previous EU schemes,” said Eustice, who released details for the scheme at the Country Land and Business Association (CLA) conference. “The new policy will be optional, but open to all. It will be modular. Farmers...
Written by Stella Meehan from Agriland The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) has urged dairy processors to end the practice of retrospective milk pricing for producers. This follows a unanimous decision by its executive to support calls for change. The UFU said this would be fairer and would bring Northern Ireland (NI) into line with best practice elsewhere in the United Kingdom (UK). UFU deputy president, David Brown said: “The UFU Executive Committee met last week via Zoom and unanimously...
Written by William Kellett from Agriland The annual sheep and goat inventories will be completed entirely online again this year, with telephone support for those who cannot complete online, the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) has announced. The Department has issued inventory letters to sheep and goat keepers with instructions on how to complete online. Keepers must count the total number of sheep and goats on their holding between December 1 and...
Written by Iain Hoey from Farm Business Environment Secretary George Eustice has set out his vision for UK farming, pointing out the importance of the food industry to the Government’s levelling-up agenda, outlining opportunities to enhance profitable agricultural production and increase food security, alongside pans to deliver on environmental priorities to tackle biodiversity loss and climate change. “There is a food manufacturer in every parliamentary constituency in the UK – except...
Written by John Swire from Farm Business First Milk has announced that its member milk price will increase by 2ppl with effect from January 1, 2022. This takes its standard litre price to 34 ppl on a manufacturing price schedule, including its member premium and all other standard litre bonuses and charges. Commenting on the announcement, Robert Craig, vice chairman and farmer director, said: “We are acutely aware of the huge inflationary cost pressure that our farmer members face this...
Written by John Swire from Farm Business Kubota Corporation will acquire, through Kubota Canada Ltd, all shares of AgJunction Inc, making AgJunction a company of the Kubota Group. AgJunction is a global leader of advanced guidance and auto-steering solutions, specialising in the development and sale of hardware and software required for automated machine control applications. Primarily, this has been for agricultural and construction machines in North America. AgJunction has numerous...
Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland A bumper entry of livestock attracted tremendous crowds for the 2021 Royal Ulster Agricultural Society (RUAS) Beef and Lamb Championships. Taking the top honours in the calf ring was Chris Johnston, from Fivemiletown with his homebred baby, heifer calf, Jo Jo sired by Trueman Idol. This exciting prospect caught the eye of many visitors to the event, tipping the scales at 275kg and selling for £5,600 or £20/kg, to Owen Miskelly, Ballynahinch...
Written by John Swire from Farm Business Experienced top 150 law firm Roythornes Solicitors has supported long standing client Frontier Agriculture on two complex deals. The team took the lead on setting up the legal documentation for the multi-million-pound Navara Oat Milling project – an exciting joint venture between Frontier Agriculture, Camgrain and Anglia Maltings Holdings – to deliver the largest modern oat milling factory in Europe. The second deal was delivering the acquisition...
Written by Justin Roberts from Agriland Case New Holland (CNH) has announced a licencing agreement with Monarch, a California-based start-up which has developed an electrically powered autonomous tractor. CNH took a minority shareholding of Monarch in March of this year and it appears to be realising some value from its investment with this latest move. Future plans for Monarch It is uncertain as to whether the present Monarch model will simply be painted in NH blue or Case red as...
Written by William Kellett from Agriland A farmer-led Welsh cooperative is on top of the world after scooping its best ever haul of awards at the dairy industry ‘Oscars’. Welsh cheese maker South Caernarfon Creameries (SCC) brought back four gold medals from the International Cheese and Dairy Awards – and two silvers and five bronzes. For the first time in its 120-year history the awards were not part of the Nantwich Show after moving 30 miles south to Bingley Hall, near Stafford, a venue...
Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland The Animal Welfare Committee (AWC), via the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), has issued advice on methods for killing piglets on farm. The AWC have recommended that government change the law to make non-penetrative captive bolt devices of sufficient power a legal alternative method for on farm killing of newborn piglets – and, it notes, lambs and kids. A non-penetrative captive bolt shocks the animal, causing severe...
The latest episode of Feedcast brings you Chris Davidson and James Barker discussing the effects of the latest Covid variant, Omicron on the markets. As well as an expected boost to the mid-protein market come early 2022. As the latest Covid variant begins to threaten lockdowns and travel restrictions, the markets are reacting to the volatile outlook but seeing prices drop. Obviously the demand is still there, but in this environment supply and demand fundamentals cease to apply, as risk to...
Poverty, not climate breakdown, caused Madagascar’s food crisis, finds study Written by Damian Carrington Environment editor from the Guardian But scientists say ‘moral imperative’ remains to prepare vulnerable populations for increasingly extreme weather Poverty and a heavy reliance on annual rains are the key factors behind the devastating food crisis in southern Madagascar not climate breakdown, a new study finds. A million people in the region are struggling for food following the...
Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) will be rolling out six discussion groups across the country to delve into the topic of best practice in grassland management, and is looking for 15 members for each group. The groups form part of AHDB’s Grass campaign, a programme for farmers and industry partners in the ruminant sectors. The programme aims to improve the cost-effective use of grazed grass to build profitable and sustainable...
Nuffield Report on Gene Editing Written by Defra Press Office This morning, there was extensive coverage in The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian, BBC News, BBC Radio 4 Today Programme, Farming Today and others, of a new Nuffield Council on Bioethics report, urging the Government to ensure that animal welfare is at the heart of plans to introduce genome editing into farmed animal breeding. Following the Government’s recent response to the gene editing consultation, we have announced that we...
Written by Stella Meehan from Agriland A Temporary Control Zone (TCZ-B) has been declared in Northern Ireland effective immediately, following the confirmation of Avian Influenza H5N1 (bird flu) at a third premises in Co. Monaghan. A 3km and a 10km Disease Control Zone has been put in place by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) around the premises. As the location of the premises lies close to the border between Monaghan and Armagh, the boundary of the 10km zone...
Written by Richard Halleron from Agriland Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) president, Victor Chestnutt, believes that society as a whole buys into the principle of supporting agriculture into the long-term. He told Agriland: “As an industry we need long-term support. But I also think that the support farmers need will always be there. “It may be drawn down differently. But if we are truly serious about climate change, farmers are unique in being able to operate on both sides of the...
Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland UK-based Agri-food tech company Elemental has appointed Paul Broster as its new commercial director. Paul has over 30 years’ experience in the meat and poultry industries and particular expertise in developing original equipment manufacturer relationships. In his new position, he will work to promote new products and oversee the development of patented technology licensing. Commenting on the appointment, Dean Hislop, chief executive of Elemental...

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Here we have Spike out drilling winter cereals in his John Deere and HORSCH Simba Drill at Thoresby Farming
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