The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) has today, Thursday, October 14, published the findings of The Big Farming Survey, which shows 35% of English and Welsh farmers are either possibly or probably depressed.
The survey, based on over 15,000 responses, concentrates on the health and well-being of the farming community in England and Wales in the 2020s.
The Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) is a national charity that provides support to the farming community across England and Wales.
Mental well-being, the survey notes, describes our ability to cope with the ‘ups and downs’ of everyday life.
According to the survey, 14% of the farming community is ‘possibly depressed’ while...
Will and Tom Carlisle of Rowles Farm on The Combine Show plus machinery journalist and now founder of @Landpower TV James Rickard on The Tractor Show, you'll want to save these evenings! We will send out alerts closer to the events to remind you they are on and all 3 are in the TFF calendar...
M&S has committed to sustainable agriculture through a new five-year collaborative programme designed to help its Select Farmers gain resilience to the biggest environmental challenges they face.
The ‘Farming with Nature’ programme will provide farmers with industry-relevant, specialist support in the areas of climate change, biodiversity, soil health and water usage to help them to become more sustainable and deliver measurable improvements to their businesses.
Farming with Nature
As part of the project, the own-brand retailer has established 17 Indicator and Innovation Farms across the UK, spanning fresh produce, dairy, beef, lamb, pork, turkey, chicken and eggs.
Rhug Organic PGI Welsh Lamb was served recently at the British Embassy in Dubai at an event to showcase Welsh food and drink.
The guests enjoyed poached and roasted saddle of Rhug Organic Welsh lamb, whipped pine nuts and salsa, for their main course.
Held at the Consul General’s Residence at the British Embassy Dubai, the Welsh Government event was hosted by Her Majesty’s Consul General to Dubai and the Northern Emirates, Simon Penney, and the Welsh Government’s envoy to the UAE, Paul Gyles.
Sixteen guests were invited to the event on Tuesday, September 28, including senior members of retailer or distributor companies based in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The event signalled the start of the Taste Wales celebrations which take place next...
In this guest post, Jonathan Statham introduces the Annual Health and Welfare Review.
Jonathan is a cattle vet and chair-elect for England’s Animal Health and Welfare Board. He has 25 years of experience in veterinary practice, including a range of wider industry and academic roles. He is still active in practice at Bishopton Veterinary Group in Yorkshire.
Over the past couple of years, I’ve worked with farmers, the Defra team and other specialists to develop the new Animal Health and...
A project to establish standardised metrics to measure environmental performance of the food and drink sector has been launched by the Environment Agency.
The Environment Agency – working in partnership with the Institute for Manufacturing at the University of Cambridge, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Northern Ireland Environment Agency, Waste and Resources Action Programme and the British Standards Institute – is aiming to make it simpler for businesses and for the public to understand the environmental performance of companies in key areas such as greenhouse gas reduction and resource efficiency.
The initiative will help manufacturers to more effectively communicate their environmental performance to the public, minimising the...
Hello, I’m Janet Hughes. I’m the Programme Director for the Future Farming and Countryside Programme in Defra – the programme that’s phasing out the Common Agricultural Policy and introducing new schemes and services for farmers.
Today (20 September) between 7pm-8pm, I and some of my colleagues will be answering your questions about our work including the Sustainable Farming Incentive, Farming in Protected Landscapes, and our test and trials.
We’ll try to answer at least 15 of your top voted questions, so please vote on the questions you’d most like me to answer.
You can read more about our Future Farming policy on our blog.
I’ve answered some of your questions previously: you can watch the videos on...
A new regenerative Estate Range of grass seed has been launched to the market by Lincolnshire-based seed specialist Cope Seeds and Grain.
Launched to complement integrated farming systems, the range will enable landowners to reduce input expenditure, provide nutritious grazing for cattle and sheep, and improve soil health a top priority for UK farms.
The range of premium mixtures has been formulated in association with one of Europes leading grass breeders and brings together some of the top NIAB recommended varieties within each mixture...
Following a couple of bumper maize growing years, it is looking likely that maize crop yields this season will be more typical,
if not slightly lower, than usual and we could see a split in harvest dates due to there being two distinct drilling periods this year.
If we compare crop heights in June and July last year to this year, as the images below highlight,
some crops are much further behind now compared to last year.
This could mean a considerably later harvest, even into the end of October/November.
There is also the possibility of some crops struggling to reach maturity before the cold weather sets in this year.
If harvest is delayed, the weather may impact operations and the quality of the crop...
Michelin is offering farmers and contractors up to £600 cashback when they purchase a set of four Michelin agricultural tyres, or up to £250 when two tyres are purchased, as part of its popular harvest promotion, which runs from August 1 to October 31.
In addition to the cashback savings, Michelin agricultural tyres – such as the TrailXBib, CereXBib2 and AxioBib2 – benefit from Ultraflex Technology, allowing them to operate at much lower pressure than a standard agricultural tyre, reducing the impact on the soil they are working on. A recent in-depth study into the impact of traffic and tillage on soil compaction found agricultural machinery running Ultraflex Technology tyres could boost farmers’ yields by four per cent.
Around 40 members of United Auctions staff are in training to take on the first-ever Virtual Great Glen Challenge this year.
Staff working from the yard to the boardroom will walk, cycle and run 500 miles in locations across Scotland on Friday, August 27, to raise money for the RSABI.
The Royal Scottish Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RSABI) provides emotional, practical and financial support and last year helped over 700 people. Its helpline 03001114166 is open every day of the year from 7:00a.m to 11:00p.m and also offers a telephone call-out service for the lonely and vulnerable.
RSABI’s Great Glen Challenge
Since 2012, the RSABI’s Great Glen Challenge has raised...
Learning from the successes of growers’ black-grass control programmes gives a raft of integrated cultural and herbicide strategies that can also be used to hit back at increasing ryegrass populations, advises Syngenta Technical Manager, Georgina Wood.
The latest machination coming from the so-called ‘opinion formers’, who seem to have the ear of government advisors in London, is the introduction of a ‘Meat Tax’ at consumer level.
This approach, it is argued, would have the combined impact of reducing meat consumption levels (I can really see the health benefits coming through now), while also helping to reduce the overall carbon footprint of production agriculture.
What absolute drivel! In my opinion, none of this makes sense at any level. This is a scurrilous and unfounded attack on livestock farming in this part of the world.
Yet, it has to be taken seriously. I make this point because economists at Rothamsted Research have already crunched the numbers where the introduction of a ‘UK...