1. Extreme Optimist

    German Meat Policy

    Some interesting thoughts on meat production in Germany. https://www.dw.com/en/germany-sees-battle-over-cheap-meat-flare-up/a-60281299?fbclid=IwAR1nSd-WcGgmueBZ6ooyLj1WiSZxHqMFi-OikU9Q8BknGEbYh3bRCRnD2l8
  2. MX7

    How many ha’s/acres per year are being taken out of production across the UK due to development etc etc?

    I ask the above as many new schemes for farmers feature taking land out of agricultural production. So it has made me think how much good agricultural land is being taken away from farming “ for ever”, by house builders, industrial sites/ business parks, roads ,HS2 etc etc, per annum.I fear it...
  3. Agriland RSS

    £6.5m flood defence scheme to protect properties in Stoke-on-Trent

    Written by William Kellett from Agriland In March, the Environment Agency is starting work on a £6.5 million flood risk management scheme to reduce the risk of flooding for 350 homes and businesses in Stoke-on-Trent. The scheme is designed to reduce the risk of flooding from the the Fowlea...
  4. A J Rimmer

    Leasing Stables

    Anyone any idea on how to price leasing a stable block? There's one i know of, 30 odd acres of (rough) grass, 8 stables and an arena. Fields are rough, no proper fences, 8 stables but they are prone to flooding as the drains are inadequate. There is an arena, but it's dilapidated, and needs new...
  5. AHDB Cereals and Oilseeds

    South American weather supporting markets

    In December we mentioned that dry weather in parts of Brazil and Argentina, caused by the La Niña event, was having an impact on soil moisture. These concerns are growing due to recent weather in Brazil and Argentina, which has in turn been supporting markets. On 27 December, Chicago maize...
  6. Janet Hughes Defra

    New information about local nature recovery and landscape recovery

    Morning all and happy new year. Further to the information we published about the Sustainable Farming Incentive in December (see https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/sustainable-farming-incentive-how-the-scheme-will-work-in-2022), today we're publishing information about the 2 other new...
  7. B

    The first domino?

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-59855881 Looks like this large Chinese owned property firm is struggling and won’t be bailed out by the state. Is this a sign of the first domino in another 2008 style collapse? With an average uk house price of £220k+ and soaring inflation some type of...
  8. gone

    Brexit a massive geopolitical misstep

    Leaving the big 3 to decide the direction of the EU is a very big mistake for the UK's international interests. It was one of the main reasons for joining in the first place.
  9. Direct Driller Magazine

    Comparing infiltration rates in soils managed with conventional and alternative farming methods

    Comparing infiltration rates in soils managed with conventional and alternative farming methods: A meta-analysis Written by Andrea D. Basche and Marcia S. DeLonge, published: September 19, 2019. Republished under original Copyright. Introduction There is a need to develop more resilient...
  10. D

    Leaky Dams

    Has anybody had any success with installing leaky dams to hold back rain water surges and silt? Here is my paltry prototype effort. Its actually quite difficult to get it watertight enough to avoid it getting worked around by erosion. But in any case it isn’t meant to be completely water...
  11. Jerry

    Scanning 2021

    Scanned ewes today and numbers are up about 5% on last year. But 12% are triplets with a few quads mixed in. Outdoor lambing flock and triplets are a pain really. How are others scans? Scanner man said been mixed, some about same as last year but a few back, one place 25% back for some reason.
  12. F

    Are All Water Companies Not Fit For Purpose?

    A week ago today a water main burst alongside the "B" road where we have some land. It was a significant leak and would have been losing around a thousand gallons an hour (4,500 litres). The leak ran down the road and into the road drains and went into our fields, these have now become totally...
  13. shumungus

    So you think you've welded in an awkward place?

    Watch this, awkward on a different level.
  14. S

    Strange how things happen???

    approximately mid day yesterday I was directing someone reversing a home made trailer loaded with stone over a drain , the trailer was tipped and I shouted enough as he lowered trailer and moved forward, bang!! The hinge on body broke leaving the ram and body at unusual angle after some...
  15. Direct Driller Magazine

    Farmer Focus – Neil White

    Farmer Focus – Neil White 2021 has seen me, after 5 years, drill into cover crops for the first time. I had a big volunteer oat crop due to cutting wet oats at harvest, which I left into winter. Every cloud has a silver lining though as this then provided some winter grazing for a neighbour’s...
  16. Direct Driller Magazine

    What happens when we plough a direct drilled field?

    What happens when we plough a direct drilled field? Using the soil health scorecard to monitor changes in soil health. Dr Jenny Bussell from The Allerton Project at GWCT shares the findings from research aiming to answer this question over the last three years. Growing food and fibre crops...
  17. Sustainable Food Trust

    What role for livestock in climate-friendly farming? Nov 2021

    What role for livestock in climate-friendly farming? If we are to address the challenges of climate change, biodiversity decline and the crisis in public health, we must tackle the fundamental issues in our food and farming systems. The dominant industrial model of food production is hugely...
  18. H

    premature ageing in texel tups.

    how long do your texel tups last?mine seem to get old very quickly and if not sold shortly ,always end up dead. have no botherwith suffolks,cheviots,or even blue leicesters.what is wrong? i keep some tex/chev ewes, no problems with them dying young.clip texel tups once, sometimes twice but...
  19. Agriland RSS

    Work underway to repair damaged flood defence in Lowdham

    Written by William Kellett from Agriland A major project is underway by the Environment Agency to repair a flood wall in Lowdham, Nottinghamshire, to protect homes and businesses from the devastating impacts of flooding. A 200m wall, which stands along part of the Cocker Beck next to the...
  20. Agriland RSS

    Preparing your farm for Storm Barra

    Written by Michelle Martin from Agriland A Status Yellow weather warning is in place for the UK tomorrow (December 7), extending until Wednesday (December 8) for Northern Ireland and southern England. Severe wind, rain and snow is to be expected, as Storm Barra makes its way in from the west...