The Farming Forum

‘Hard Brexit is doomsday for farmers’ – McAleer

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Written by Agriland Team

Independent reports by the Irish Institute of European Affairs (IIEA) and the Department of Economy confirm that a hard Brexit will be a doomsday scenario for Irish farming and all-Ireland trade, Sinn Féin MLA Declan McAleer has said.

The West Tyrone MLA commented on the scenario, stating:

“It will come as no surprise that two independent reports illustrated the ‘doomsday scenario’ facing the agriculture sector with ‘profound and long-lasting impact on the economy and society’.

The IIEA report highlights that farming in the north will be extremely vulnerable given that agri-food sector on the island of Ireland is highly integrated’ and farmers are...

Johnson on NI border: ‘Never mind the backstop’

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Written by Agriland Team

The UK and EU can do a deal without checks on the Northern Irish border, according to new Prime Minister of the UK Boris Johnson.

In his opening speech as incoming prime minister, Johnson rejected checks and labelled the backstop as “anti-democratic”; in the early part of his speech he said: “Never mind the backstop – the buck stops here.”

In his first speech in Downing Street, the prime minister said:

“I say to our friends in Ireland, and in Brussels and around the EU I am convinced that we can do a deal without checks at the Irish border.

Because we refuse under any circumstances to have such checks; and yet without that anti-democratic backstop – and...

Young farmer crowned Wales Woman Farmer of the Year 2019

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Written by Rachel Martin

A beef and sheep farmer from Trefecca, near Brecon, has today (Thursday, July 25) been announced as the NFU Cymru/NFU Mutual Wales Woman Farmer of the Year.

The award, which is now in its 23rd year, was presented to 2019 winner Nicola Drew at this year’s Royal Welsh Show.

The competition seeks to champion the contribution that women make to the agricultural industry and to raise the profile of women in farming.

Nicola has been farming in partnership with her dad, since she decided to quit her job in performing arts and come home to take over the running of Trefecca Farm nine years ago.

She has a hands-on approach to managing the farm’s 240ac and regularly...

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Video - Harvest 2019 Day 6

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After the incredible lightening display on the evening of the hottest day of the year, we surprisingly started combining the first fields of OSR today. We had 15mm of rain during the night but the hot temperatures dried the seeds nicely down to below our 8% target.

Gove out: Villiers in

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Written by John Swire

Boris Johnson has appointed Theresa Villiers, a pro-Brexit MP who previously held the role of Secretary of State for Nothern Ireland under David Cameron, to replace Michael Gove as Environment Secretary.

Villiers has repeatedly voted against measures to prevent climate change and her voting record shows that she is highly supportive of the hugely environmentally-damaging practice of fracking.

More reaction from the agriculture industry will be on this site throughout the day.

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UK Farmers must view supply chain businesses as partners to achieve growth says new report

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Written by John Swire

The AF Group, the largest agricultural buying group in the UK and independent provider of advice, insight, and services to the farming community,have published their new report outlining the attitude and actions needed for successful and fruitful supply chain partnerships for British farmers.

“Whilst it’s true that UK agriculture faces a huge amount of uncertainty there are actions farmers can take to increase productivity and efficiency,” comments Jon Duffy, AF Chief Executive. “What’s needed is a change of perspective. By investing in robust supply chain relationships and partnerships, British farmers can still – despite turbulent times – position themselves to...

Advice for farmers and growers on water restrictions

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Written by John Swire

AHDB’s water resources specialist has provided some advice to help businesses in areas affected by water use restrictions.

Resources Management Scientist, Nicola Dunn, said: “Following last year’s drought and a dry winter, we’ve been monitoring the water resource situation closely this season.

“Earlier in the year we warned that irrigation may be interrupted later in the season. While there has been some rainfall, water resources are still challenged, particularly in the east and south east of the country.

“In affected areas, the Environment Agency will contact farmers and growers who irrigate crops to update them on any formal ‘Section 57’ (S57) restrictions...

Video: Solar Grazing

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How They Expanded Their Sheep Farm WITHOUT Buying More Land (SOLAR GRAZING SHEEP) This week I was lucky enough to tour my friends Chris and Lyndsey’s sheep farm. They do things a bit differently from me and I love seeing other methods of operating a sheep farm. Chris and Lyndsey have long wanted to expand their sheep flock, but have been limited with the ability to buy more land to graze their sheep. They created opportunity by reaching out to a local solar farm company, and a mutually beneficial relationship was established.

Roadside trailer ‘bale’ out prompts policing pun contest

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Written by Agriland Team

An unfortunate driver of a tractor drawing a trailer of bales became the subject of a caption contest on social media earlier today, Wednesday, July 24.

The driver in question required assistance from Road Policing Scotland yesterday when the trailer of bales being towed overturned on a major road route in central Scotland.

The incident resulted in a number of hay bales spilling out onto the A9 road, requiring an articulated loader to put them back upon the implement.

Making the most of the matter, the policing unit’s social media account took to Twitter with photos of the accident, announcing a “caption contest”.


CAFRE’s Agricultural Business Operations courses open for 2019 applications

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Written by Rachel Martin

Applications are open for this year’s intake of the College of Agriculture, Food and Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) Agricultural Business Operations courses.

Last year, 166 people successfully completed the Level II courses.

Training is delivered over 20 weeks from October until March across one of the three CAFRE campuses. Last year, a total of seven classes covered the three agricultural sectors.

97% of students said they were satisfied with the course and felt it will be of benefit to them when running their farm business.

Co. Antrim farmer William Dennison, who successfully completed the course along with his son and brother, said: “I really enjoyed the course...

NFU top tips help farmers stay safe during harvest

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Written by John Swire

The NFU is reminding growers of simple but effective ways they can stay safe this summer as combines are dusted off and harvest begins in earnest.

As more agricultural vehicles take to the roads and fields, the NFU urges farmers and growers to follow five top tips:

  • Check that tractors and trailers are roadworthy. Make sure that indicators are fully visible and that trailer brakes are working correctly.
  • Ensure all drivers are competent. Children under 16 are only allowed to operate certain machines, and it is illegal for children under 13 to drive or ride on any kind of agricultural machine.
  • Be clear on the weight of vehicles and trailers and follow...

UK’s largest hemp farm forced to destroy crop

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Written by Rachel Martin

The UK’s largest hemp farm has been forced to destroy its crop after the Home Office declined its application to renew its licence.

Hempen – the firm behind the 40ac Oxfordshire farm – said it expected the ruling would cost it around £200,000 in sales.

The company was growing hemp and harvesting the flowers for the purpose of producing Cannabidiol products, such as CBD oil. However, clarification from the Home Office in November meant that only the stems and seeds could be harvested.

Last week, the firm’s license was denied for renewal meaning it can no longer harvest the crop in any form. The farm started work to destroy its crop on Monday (July 22)...

Video: Harvest 2019 Day 5

MBO for AgriBriefing

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Written by Jamie Day

Directors of the AgriBriefing publishing and trade exhibitions business, have bought out their main investor. UK-based AgriBriefing was established in 2012, and now owns the Farmers Guardian stable of titles and Agrimoney website alongside the Feed Info and Urner Barry international online services and the LAMMA and CropTec shows. It now has a staff of […]

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TFA set agenda with Boris

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Written by John Swire

The Tenant Farmers Association (TFA) has written to Boris Johnson to congratulate him on winning the election to become the leader of the Conservative Party and our next Prime Minister.

TFA chief executive, George Dunn, said “The TFA stands ready to work with the new Prime Minister and his Government on achieving both a successful exit from the European Union and on building a policy framework for a prosperous post-EU Britain. However, taking a ‘do or die’ stance on leaving the EU on the 31 October would be reckless in the extreme. Careful thought must be given to planning our exit rather than simply drawing a line in the sand”.

“We need high levels of both wisdom...

Royal Welsh Show sees cross-industry meeting on beef prices

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Written by Rachel Martin

Representatives from across the beef supply chain met at this week’s Royal Welsh Show, to address the falling market prices for beef.

The meeting brought together the presidents of both of Wales’ main farming unions, as well as Hybu Cig Cymru – Meat Promotion Wales (HCC), the Livestock Auctioneers’ Association, the Welsh Government, and processors’ bodies BMPA and AIMS.

HCC presented an analysis of current market trends, which showed market prices for all classes of cattle fell substantially since April.

An increased domestic supply of beef cattle and a rise in frozen imports in late-2018 added to the woes created by subdued demand and weak consumer confidence...

126 The Golden Age Of Opportunity Is Now

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126 The Golden Age Of Opportunity Is Now

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Tonight I talked to chair of the Agricultural Biotechnology Council, and corporate engagement lead for Bayer UK, Mark Buckingham.

We discussed GM and gene editing technology, it's potential to vastly improve crop production and reduce environmental impact, as well as lift people out of poverty in the developing World, and how the UK could take a giant step forward in this regard without the restrictive regulatory framework of the EU.

All this, and much more.


Vigilance key to tackling BYDV post-neonicotinoids

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Written by Rachel Martin

Trials are taking place into new technology to alert cereal growers to the earliest signs aphids in a bid to prevent barley yellow dwarf virus (BYDV) following the loss of neonicotinoid seed treatments as a prevention measure.

The latest advice is that regular crop monitoring followed by the targeted application of a suitable pyrethroid insecticide is now the most effective aphid control strategy.

Remote technology trials

The remote surveillance system, which is being tested by ADAMA, traps and identifies aphids in-field and alerts farmers to local flights in a more timely manner.

The new technology uses digital imaging software to...

NFU President urges incoming Prime Minister to ensure smooth EU exit

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Written by John Swire

NFU President Minette Batters has today congratulated Boris Johnson on his election as Conservative party leader and urged him to do everything in his power to ensure that our departure from the EU is carried out in a smooth and orderly way.

The NFU has been clear that an orderly departure, that includes free and frictionless trade with the EU, is crucial in delivering the best outcome for British food production.

Leaving the EU with a trade deal is vital to allow farm businesses and Britain’s food producers to have a viable and sustainable future – continuing to produce food to some of the highest global standards whilst at the same time protecting the iconic...