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Why Marshalls dairy farm going organic?

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Young Sussex Farmer of the Year 2019 - Kate - tells why Marshalls dairy farm is going organic. Kate, a third generation farmer, is the director and dairy herd manager at Marshalls Farm. Using her Animal Science degree, and experience gained from dairy farming in New Zealand, she has adapted the way her farm was run in to create a simpler, more efficient, and more profitable business. Kate focuses on the animal welfare and the staff. By implementing a...

Defuse the ‘weather bomb’ says Environment Agency Chief Executive

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Defuse the ‘weather bomb’ says Environment Agency Chief Executive

Written by Defra Press Office

Image of a flood sign against a flooded backdrop.

There is widespread media coverage this morning of...

UK levy bodies to join forces to promote red meat

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Written by Rachel Martin

The UK’s meat levy boards have committed to providing an additional £1.5 million in funding to jointly promote the reputation of meat and its role in the diet.

A larger pot of £3.5 million has been committed to ring-fenced fund work between levy boards in England, Scotland and Wales in the coming year.

For the last two years, AHDB, Quality Meat Scotland (QMS) and Meat...

New details of the flagship Environmental Land Management scheme unveiled by Environment Secretary

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Image of a green tractor plowing a field.

Farmers and land managers have the opportunity to share their views on the Environmental Land Management (ELM) scheme which is due to be fully rolled out by the end of 2024, replacing the schemes currently available under the EU’s Common...

NFU Conference 2020 Live stream

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Watch live schedule for Tuesday 25 February:
10.30-10.50: Opening Address: Minette Batters, President, NFU

10.50-11.50: Where next for British business?

Dame Carolyn Fairbairn DBE, Director General, CBI
Minette Batters, President, NFU
Chaired by: Penny Haslam, Broadcaster and Author

11.50-12.35: NFU Education: How we are inspiring our nation’s schoolchildren
Sally Spicer, Senior Teaching Fellow, University of Warwick

124: RB209 nutrient management: new Phosphorus guidance

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124: RB209 nutrient management: new Phosphorus guidance

Written by AHDB

RB209 helps you make the most of organic materials and balance the benefits of fertiliser use against the costs – both economic and environmental.

The latest edition of RB209, published this month, contains some of most significant changes to Phosphorus – or P – use in over 30 years.

In this episode we hear from...

Environment Secretary’s comments on food standards, Minister Pow welcomes transition away from lead shot and Telegraph interview with Tony Juniper

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Environment Secretary’s comments on food standards, Minister Pow welcomes transition away from lead shot and Telegraph interview with Tony Juniper

Written by Defra Press Office

Environment Secretary’s comments on food standards

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British farm standards must be the benchmark in future trade deals

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Written by John Swire

NFU President Minette Batters will today challenge the Government to show global leadership on international trade and insist that British farm standards are the benchmark for any food imports in future trade deals.

Speaking at the NFU’s annual conference, Mrs Batters will highlight the gulf between the high animal welfare and environmental standards British farmers...

The protective effect of EU agricultural tariffs

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The protective effect of EU agricultural tariffs

Written by Alan Matthews

The 2019 EU Trade Policy Review was recently published by the World Trade Organisation (WTO). The trade policy review process takes place every two years for major economies and is an important transparency tool. The country under review produces a...

Arla Foods amba confirms rise for March milk price

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Written by Rachel Martin

Pan-European dairy co-operative Arla Foods has announced plans to increase its on-account price for conventional milk by 1c for March 2020.

When applied to the UK manufacturing price it means an increase of 0.90p/L bringing the price to 30.94p/L.

The Arla on-account price for UK organic milk will decrease by 1c for March 2020, which when applied to the UK...

Spring tips for hybrid barley growers after tough winter

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Written by Charlotte Cunningham

Syngenta is urging growers to be timely with fertiliser applications to hybrid barley this season, as part of a checklist to help maintain the crop’s high yield potential after the difficult winter. Charlotte Cunningham reports. Early spring nitrogen is always important to ‘feed’ the crop’s vigorous growth, says Syngenta seeds technical manager, Paul Roche. But with this...

Coxicert for Lambs

Trial investigates cultural control of flea beetle

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Trial investigates cultural control of flea beetle

Minimising cabbage stem flea beetle damage in oilseed rape using cultural control methods is being investigated in a series of field trials by Agrovista.

The work at Draughton, a neighbouring site to Agrovista’s Project...

Angus quality bonus ‘worth up to 20c/kg’ on in-spec animals

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Written by Agriland Team

Farmers have been reminded if they wish to avail of the various Aberdeen Angus quality beef programmes that only calves born to pedigree sires will be eligible for the schemes.

The Aberdeen Angus Cattle Society’s president, Alan Cheney, has outlined: “A lot of work has gone in to genetically fingerprinting every pedigree Aberdeen Angus sire in Ireland.

“Since January...

Bespoke cover crop solutions to improve soils

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Bespoke cover crop solutions to improve soils

Leading agronomy firm Hutchinsons has unveiled a new range of tailor-made cover crop mixes that includes options which could help improve the structure and health of land left fallow this spring.

With many fields in the wettest parts of the UK likely to...

Looking For Work Farm Contracting Cambridgeshire/Norfolk/Suffolk

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Hi , not sure the best forum to put this in so delete if not aloud.

We offer man and tractor hire as well as labour only hire and implement hire across east Anglia. Vast experience with arable farming having had our own arable farm. All drivers are up to date with qualifications and health and safety. All machinery is fully serviced and in good condition.

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Quick tour of our yard - started a YouTube channel on the farm

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Hello everyone, if you're interested I've put up a couple videos on YouTube, hoping to do a couple a week around the farm, hope you enjoy. cheers

Situation Vacant Livestock Assistant

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Grazing/Livestock Assistant (3 days/week)

Malvern, Worcestershire

Enthusiastic and reliable individual required to assist, with a cattle and sheep grazing enterprise located on and adjoining the Malvern Hills.
The role will include sheep and cattle husbandry, setting up and maintaining electric fences, preparing fence lines, providing water for the livestock and dealing with any issues arising.
The candidate should have experience of livestock husbandry and...

When Can We See Coccidiosis in Young Lambs and Calves?

123: The Transition to Responsibly Sourced Growing Media in UK Horticulture

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123: The Transition to Responsibly Sourced Growing Media in UK Horticulture

Written by AHDB

Wayne Brough, AHDB's Knowledge Exchange Manager for Ornamentals, talks to Neil Bragg of Substrate Associates, Chloe Whiteside of ADAS and Steve Carter of Tristram Plants about the transition to responsibly sourced growing media.

They chart the history of the move to peat-free growing media, the...

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