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New regenerative grass seed Estate Range launched

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New regenerative grass seed Estate Range launched

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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...

Farming For Clean Air - Free Dairy Farm Exhibition

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Farm Open Day, Sep 7th 2021, University of Cambridge Farm
A free event for farmers: presentations, equipment exhibits and demonstrations designed to help them comply with Defra's Clean Air Strategy.

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This exciting event will be run as two sessions, starting at 0930 hrs and 1300 hrs. Presentations by industry experts about regulatory changes and potential measures to meet the new requirements to reduce emissions. Opportunities to visit the University’s new Biolectric Farm Scale Anaerobic Digestion plant and slurry tower; the static exhibition; and working demonstrations of slurry/digestate application by tanker or umbilical, using trailing shoe and dribble bar applications. Innovative machinery. A sandwich lunch with coffee etc. will be available...

NEW LIFELONG APPROACH TO DAIRY EFFICIENCY

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A new approach to dairy nutrition based on extensive research will help dairy farmers improve health and performance at all stages of a dairy cow’s life.

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Leading feed block manufacturers and innovators Crystalyx have used their 40 years’ experience in UK ruminant agriculture to develop the first range of feed blocks specifically formulated for dairy systems from calf rearing through to milking cows.

“Feed blocks are well established as an effective method of supplementing beef and sheep to optimise performance and margins,” comments Crystalyx Technical Director Dr Cliff Lister. “Dairy farmers are facing enormous challenges with the transition away from subsidy payments, feed price volatility and tightening environmental requirements. Our...

Female Farmer by Night and Barrister by Day

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I spent some time with Eleanor working on the family farm this week

Outlook for 2021 maize harvest

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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...

3rd TFF members question time (Part 1)

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The first 5 questions from TFF members to Janet Hughes, who is the Programme Director for the Future Farming and Countryside Programme (FFCP).

Big cashback savings on offer through Michelin’s harvest campaign

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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.

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Gordon Brookes, Customer...

Online timed auction closing Wed 25th August

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Online timed auction closing Wed 25th August

Farm Machinery and equipment auction with lots from farmers through out the UK


This is the first sales on our recently realaunched auction platform. This new platform offers a first class experience for buyers and seller alike:
The Seller Benefits:
  • Create your listings and add photos through your online account.
  • Create multiple listings at one time
  • Don’t pay until the machine has sold
  • No commissions
  • Simple to use
  • Communicate directly with the buyers through the online chat
The Buyer Benefits:
  • No commissions - no costs
  • Deal directly with the seller
  • Machinery...

The farmers who work in Defra

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The farmers who work in Defra

Written by Ben Keene

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Ben Keene (Left) and Brian Longman (Right)

Like most workplaces, staff in Defra come from a variety of different backgrounds. Each brings their own unique experiences and specialist skills to deliver public policy.

But one area where Defra may differ from some other workplaces, is that quite a few of us are (or have been) involved in practical farming.

We felt it would be beneficial if we could develop closer ties with each other and bring something unique to the department.

So, we developed a network called the Defra Farmer’s Forum. In this post, we’d like to give you an overview of what we do. We’ll also share a little bit about...

Case 9250 with MacDon F140 FlexDraper Header. In real world dust! 2021 Harvest.

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I'm out with Acres Insurance Brokers to catch some of the biggest combines getting the 21 harvest in catchy damp conditions. This Case 9250 Axial Flow together with a 12mtr MacDon header was doing a good job with a lot of tough straw to handle

Here's what you need to know about Farming in Protected Landscapes funding

Barn Build part 3

Chasing bales this morning with the Heath Super Chaser

Update on how we’re getting on with details and delivery

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Update on how we’re getting on with details and delivery

Written by Janet Hughes

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At the start of this year I posted about what we had in store for the year. This post is about how we’re getting on and what’s coming next.

Designing and building environmental, climate and animal health and welfare schemes


We’ve been working hard to improve our existing schemes and services, including:

  • simplifying the 2021 Basic Payment Scheme, including removing the greening rules and simplifying the rules, reducing the amount of guidance by half
  • launching a...

United Auctions staff to take on 500-mile Great Glen Challenge for RSABI

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Written by Agriland Team from Agriland

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...

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Ryegrass controls stack up

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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.

“Key to that success is stacking up as many of those options as is practically possible in a farm situation.”

  • Delay drilling
  • Adapt cultivations
  • Increase spring cropping
  • Grow competitive crops
  • Prioritise pre-emergence applications
  • Stack pre-em herbicides
  • Optimise treatment timing and...

CLAAS 8800 Lexion combining brackled and laid winter barley

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