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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

You tube series

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Said I'd start putting a few clips on you tube of the day to day jobs.
Give it a like and a sub please.

Looking For Work South Yorkshire helping hand

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Hi all 34 year old male not currently in the industry looking to offer a helping hand on my days of from my shift job most weeks got 2 or 3 days off.Worked with suckler cows and fat stock did some sheep work at college years ago.Tractor wise can do most task might need a 10 min refresher on new kit but done power harrowing,discing,ploughing,round bailing straw,muck spreading grain and straw carting .etc
Got tele handler ticket from 7 years not sure if they go out of date
Also qualified bricklayer nvq3 done wet stone walling on farms and concreting.
Not sure if this would suit anyone just wanting to keep busy on my days off

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When the show can’t go on.

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Written by John Swire

The COVID-19 lockdown has brought a new loss to the farming community. It has been business as usual for many farmers in recent weeks, with the lack of rain perhaps becoming a major focus as they get on with the job of producing crops and looking after their livestock. Now the cancellation of most agricultural shows and farming events in the UK is set to affect farmers and rural communities across the length and breadth of the UK. Although not bringing the same economic or tragic consequences, a lack of shows will mean a [significant]financial loss for many businesses

These include events like the Royal Highland Show and the Great Yorkshire Show, which would see...

British farmers need all the help science can offer. Time to allow gene editing | Sir David Baulcombe

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British farmers need all the help science can offer. Time to allow gene editing | Sir David Baulcombe

Written by Sir David Baulcombe

Plant scientist Sir David Baulcombe argues we must adapt the way we produce food to meet future agricultural challenges

The agriculture bill, now going through parliament, could influence whether we use gene editing on our farms. At present, this country is out of line with the USA, Argentina, Brazil, Australia and Japan in that our regulatory framework prevents gene editing in crops and farm animals. A proposed amendment to...

Situation Vacant Tractor Driver / relief operator

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A permanent position has become available for a Tractor Driver/relief spray operator on a modern, forward thinking 2000 acre arable farm in East Norfolk with a focus on potatoes.

We are a busy all arable farm growing a range of seed combinables, including wheat, barley, peas, linseed and grass seed. We also grow sugarbeet however our main focus is on potatoes including long term storage.

The role will be predominantly tractor based, consisting of varied tasks including relief spray operations, cultivations and compost spreading. There is an opportunity for the right candidate to take on relief harvest operations and fertiliser application.
The right candidate will have a full, clean, UK driving licence along with PA 1 and 2 certificates. Pa 4 is advantageous. The candidate will be...

Video Nozzle technology

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Innovation and Tech Demo Ring at Cereals LIVE

LEAF Open Farm Sunday racks up the views in first online-only event

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Written by Rachel Martin

Thousands of members of the public got to see behind the scenes of several UK farms from the comfort of their own homes as LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday event went digital for the first time in its 15-year history.

13 farmers from across the country took to social media for the event on Sunday (June 7), to take viewers on virtual tours of their farms.

It was a very different day from what had been planned, with hundreds of farms originally lined up to open their gates on June 7. The physical event has been postponed until Sunday, September 20.

Against a backdrop of the stunning British countryside, virtual visitors were invited to join farmers from Cornwall to the...

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