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22 year old with a passion for farming looking for work in the devon area but job depending may relocate, spent the last 6 and a half years on a dairy farm, experienced in with most stock work(health treatments, milking, ai’ing, calf rearing etc) tractor work I’ve done includes all kinds of haulage work, cultivation work, mowing with front and back mowers, most grassland work, fertiliser spinning, grassland maintenance and so on, cv available upon request, look forward to hearing from you, Jack

Open Letter - Sheep industry experts stand together to urge action now

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An open letter to all sheep farmers

We would like to bring to your attention advice from the Sustainable Control of Parasites in Sheep (SCOPS) group regarding the use of the two newer wormer groups (4-AD orange (Zolvix™) and 5-SI purple Startect).

Use of these two newer groups has more than doubled in the last three years since their reclassification to POM-VPS. Fears that they would be used too widely when the classification changed have proved to be unfounded, but sheep farmers could still harness their potential more.

Use of these two newer groups has more than doubled in the last three years since their reclassification to POM-VPS. Fears that they would be used too widely when the classification changed have proved to be unfounded, but sheep farmers could...

New Countdown to UK Dairy Day

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A new countdown starts for UK Dairy Day; instead of being just over 2 months away sadly we now have to wait another 14 months for the dedicated dairy industry event to return to Telford.

Unfortunately Government guidelines have not provided us with the assurance that UK Dairy Day can go ahead with the large numbers we anticipate attending.

“It is with a heavy heart that we have to announce that the 2020 event cannot take place on Wednesday 16th September at the International Centre, Telford”, said Sue Cope, UK Dairy Day Event Director and CEO of Holstein UK. “Since UK Dairy Day started in 2014, it has provided dairy farmers and the industry with a fantastic opportunity to network, do business and view a superb show of dairy...

New Arrowquip crush range raises the bar for cattle handling

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Written by John Swire

Cattle handling equipment safety and efficiency is essential for beef and dairy producers looking to optimise herd performance.

“Whether it be mitigating injury of livestock and handlers, improving health programme protocols and daily liveweight gains or reducing production losses associated to stress, cattle handling equipment is going to have a long-term economic impact on beef and dairy herds,” says Edward Wise of Wise Agriculture, leading UK supplier of Arrowquip.

Upping the standard of its world-renowned cattle handling equipment, Arrowquip is releasing four new squeeze crushes, including two manual and two hydraulic models. According to Steve Langrell, cattle...

Arable Conversations 2nd July - 6:30pm - Alternative markets and new product opportunities’

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6. 30 pm Live Stream Arable Conversations: Alternative markets and new product opportunities


Economists and food experts will discuss opportunities for the arable sector and the challenges in current markets. With the UK wheat crop already forecast to be significantly lower in 2020 should we assume that UK wheat prices are going to come under pressure and will this lead to larger imports.

Topics under discussion include the latest grain market commentary, the longer-term direction for wheat and barley prices, forecasts for global stocks, Scottish and international grain markets. Former AHDB Monitor Farmer Alison Milne, will discuss how her brand, Crafty Maltsters, has added value to a commodity product by exploring flavour...

1090 Acre Commercial Arable (Ballinla) Farm Co. Offaly Ireland

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For Sale By Auction; Ballinla Farm Extending to 1090 Acres With A Combination Of Highly Productive Tillage / Grazing Lands And Forestry Plantation
Agricultural Property Location: Ballinla Farm, Edenderry, Eircode R45 Y176; On the Kildare/Offaly Border
One of the Largest and most Productive Farms ever offered For Sale on the Open Market in Ireland and includes:
• 720 Acres top yielding Tillage lands
• 190 Acres highly productive Grassland
• 180 Acres professionally managed Forestry
Uniquely the Farm is laid out in a single block with more than 5kms of Public Road frontage and serviced by c. 8km of Internal Roadways with level, smooth surfaces facilitating fast and efficient movement of Machinery and...

FOR SALE 1090 Acre Commercial Arable (Ballinla) Farm Ireland

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Webinar Webinar - 2nd July - 1pm - New People, New Pathways

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Arable Scotland ‘Arable Conversation’ webinar – 2nd July – ‘New People, New Pathways – Routes into Arable Production and Alternative Crops’

Watch the Webinar on Catch up:

This webinar aims to share lessons from those who have established innovative and alternative arable enterprises with aspiring new entrants to arable production in Scotland, and beyond.


It is hosted by the EU-funded project ‘NEFERTITI’ (‘Networking European Farms to Enhance Cross Fertilisation and Innovation Uptake Through Demonstration’). NEFERTITI aims to support on-farm demonstration activities and farmer-to-farmer peer learning. The Scottish NEFERTITI...

Harry's Farm update

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Harry explains how much money is in farming!!

Yara Grow the future podcasts: Nitrogen - thoughts on next season's fertiliser purchase

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As growers begin to make plans for next season's fertiliser purchases it is important to think about the nutrients beyond nitrogen, especially sulphur. In this episode Natalie Wood, Yara UK Country Agronomist, talks about the reasons sulphur is so important and what growers should consider when buying next season's fertiliser.

Situation Vacant Seasonal Workers

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We require seasonal staff starting from mid July to mid October. Good rates of pay. Accommodation available. All training will be provided. For more information please email or call 01208 881198.

Top tips for making a mid-tier CSS application as key deadline approaches

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Written by John Swire

Land and property specialists Strutt & Parker has some top tips for farmers considering making an application for the mid-tier Countryside Stewardship Scheme.

“Farmers still have enough time to make an application for mid-tier Countryside Stewardship for an agreement with a 1 January 2021 start date,” says Strutt & Parker farm consultant Helen Gosling.

Helen Gosling
Helen Gosling

“Requests for an online application pack must be made by 30...

Second AHDB export webinar explores North America

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Written by John Swire

The opportunities for red meat exports to the North Americas will be explored in the second of AHDB’s export webinars next week.

Dana Dickerson, North America head of Food and Drink at the Department for International Trade, will provide a high-level overview of both the US and Canada – two key markets for the UK’s red meat export ambitions.

She will talk about the current market conditions, trading opportunities and how exporters in the UK can export red meat successfully.

Also, in the webinar – ‘View from North America’ – which takes place on July 2, AHDB’s International Market Development Director Dr Phil Hadley will highlight the ongoing work of AHDB to...

New ‘bounce back’ plan for agriculture, food and drink industry announced

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New ‘bounce back’ plan for agriculture, food and drink industry announced

Written by Defra Press Office

An image of two hampers containing British food and spirit samples, with the branding backdrop of the Food is GREAT campaign images

A package of new ‘bounce back’ trade measures for the agri-food and drink sector has been announced today, supporting businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

There has been coverage this morning (22 June) in the Daily Telegraph, as well as in...

Looking For Work Looking for help

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Good afternoon,

I am an 18-year-old student and will be starting an agriculture course in September. I would very much appreciate it if you could offer any suitable part time work experience or if I could help out with harvest during the summer months.

I have a full UK driving licence and I have some experience in operating tractors but not much.

I work well both as part of a team and also as an individual, striving to give my all in everything that I do.

I have good time management and organisational skills.

I’m looking for work in the Dorset, Wiltshire, Shaftesbury or Hampshire areas Please contact me either at, e-mail: or phone me on 07584936784

Many thanks


Netherton Tractors announces expansion plans

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John Deere and dealer Netherton Tractors Ltd have announced plans to establish a new agricultural and homeowner equipment dealership outlet in the Perth and Kinross area of Scotland.

Established in 1987, Netherton Tractors has two existing outlets at Forfar in Angus and Glenrothes in Fife. The new premises at Units M-P, Arran Road just north of Perth are situated close to the A9 and offer modern, purpose-built office, storage and workshop facilities.

“I am very pleased to announce this expansion by one of our key Scottish dealerships,” says John Deere Limited division sales manager Chris Meacock. “The business has established a reputation for excellent customer service and support, and this latest investment will enable Netherton Tractors to...

Make the most of your blowfly products

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Correct application is important for all animal medicines, especially blowfly control. Taking a little time to plan and think about the whole task in hand before you do anything will save you time and ensure you make the most out of your products. When applying insect growth regulators like the CLiK™ range of products we recommend a 4 stroke technique to maximise fleece coverage (see diagram below).


Here at Elanco, our team have been applying blowfly products for years, here are their tips based on their personal experiences:

  • Group the sheep into weight bands. It might take a bit more time but this will make sure the animals get the correct dose. Too little will not give the full protection. Too much...

Looking For Work farm work wanted Yorkshire

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ideally looking for livestock work in east Yorkshire but if work for partner is available we would consider Yorkshire and Lincolnshire
I have 11 years pig farm experience and have worked in all area from dry sow, farrowing, and grower/bacon, I have also been a manager and a weaner manager for over 20000 pigs.
my partner has 5 years experience with pigs having worked with me when I was manager of a 1000 sow unit and currently has 2 years experience working with poultry and liking after 2500 bacon pig
we would require acoomadition if moving area and would like to get things settled before the next school year
thank you for reading this

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