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Mon, 30 Jan 2017 09:46:49 +0000
Farmworker killed in tractor accident

Farmers Weekly

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has launched an investigation following the death of a farmworker in Cumbria. Cumbria police confirmed a 57-year-old man was killed after he was struck by a tractor at Wragmire Bank Farm, Cumwhinton, at about 9am on Thursday (26 January). Police and paramedics were called to the scene but the man, named locally as Stephen Richard Topping from Macadam Way, Penrith, was pronounced dead at the scene. See also: Tractor driver seriously injured after ditch crash […]

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Mon, 30 Jan 2017 08:00:10 +0000
Tractor driver seriously injured after ditch crash

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A tractor driver was seriously injured after his vehicle crashed off a rural road in Scotland and landed in a ditch. Police and paramedics were called to an unclassified road between Glenbervie and Drimlithie in Aberdeenshire shortly after 10am on Sunday (29 January). They found a green Claas tractor lying on its side in a ditch near Milton Park Farm. See also: Tractor driver in near miss at train level crossing The 62-year-old driver was cut free and taken to […]

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Mon, 30 Jan 2017 06:00:33 +0000
Farmer Focus: 'Hard Brexit' is the only viable option

Farmers Weekly

After 10 NFU Scotland hustings meetings in nine days, I’m not sure if I have travel or altitude sickness or whether it’s just nerves. All I know is that it will take a few days to recover and refocus on being a farmer again. The diversity of Scotland’s landscape over short distances, especially in Aberdeenshire, is remarkable. While travelling, it seemed as if I was in the arable basin one minute and on the Cairn O’Mount at 455m above sea level the next. It […]

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Sun, 29 Jan 2017 06:00:00 +0000
Farming union leader foils quad bike theft

Farmers Weekly

A quick-thinking farming union leader has been praised by a judge for his part in helping to foil the theft of a quad bike. Farmers’ Union of Wales leader Glyn Roberts spotted a gang with a van and a quad bike acting suspiciously on a lane at Ysbyty Ifan, near Betws y Coed in Snowdonia. Llandudno Magistrates’ Court heard Mr Roberts had been with his wife when they came across the three men driving towards them in both vehicles. See […]

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Sat, 28 Jan 2017 06:00:35 +0000
Farm machinery firm fined £360,000 over roof fall

Farmers Weekly

Essex farm machinery firm Ernest Doe & Sons has been fined £360,000 after a worker fell 7m (25ft) through a fragile roof he was replacing at an animal feed crop producer. Ernest Doe was one of three companies fined over the incident which resulted in worker Rafal Myslim suffering a serious brain injury.  The incident happened at Dengie Crops, in Hall Road, Southminster, on 22 November 2014. Chelmsford Crown Court heard on Monday (23 January) how Mr Myslim, now 35, was […]

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Fri, 27 Jan 2017 14:54:49 +0000
Public would be 'appalled' if UK adopted US food standards

Farmers Weekly

The British public would be “appalled” if the UK started importing US food such as hormone-fed beef and chlorinated chicken and farmers here had to lower their standards as a result, says a Scottish MP.   Fear among farmers and some rural MPs has been mounting after politicians, civil servants and some newspapers suggested UK agriculture should be offered up as a way to speed up a trade deal with the America. Despite media coverage this week, the general public was still […]

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Fri, 27 Jan 2017 13:03:00 +0000
Avian influenza strikes again as 20,000 turkeys lost

Farmers Weekly

Nearly 20,000 turkeys are to be culled following the discovery of H5N8 avian flu at a commercial rearing unit in Frithville, near Boston, Lincolnshire. It is the third case of avian flu affecting poultry farms in Lincolnshire since the first outbreak was confirmed in mid-December – and the sixth in total. It follows an outbreak in 10,000 farmed breeding pheasants in Wyre, Lancashire earlier this week, which was preceded by an outbreak among 6,000 turkeys in the East Lindsey district […]

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Fri, 27 Jan 2017 06:15:10 +0000
Tractor driver in near miss at train level crossing

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A tractor driver narrowly avoided serious injury or death after his vehicle was nearly hit by a train travelling at 73mph. The farmworker was driving a tractor and trailer over a level crossing at Thorney Marsh Lane, near Castle Cary, in Somerset, on the morning of 26 November. A report by the Rail Accident Investigation Bureau (RAIB) found the tractor driver had been given permission to cross by the signaller. See also: How farmers can reduce risk on train level crossings […]

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Thu, 26 Jan 2017 13:30:43 +0000
Video: Farmer who built 300ft steel fence has no regrets

Farmers Weekly

A large metal fence which encloses a public footpath through a farmer’s field in Somerset continues to divide opinion among locals. Landowner Alan Brunt built the 300ft steel-spiked fence himself after becoming frustrated by dog mess, scooter riders, picnickers and trespassers. Mr Brunt paid £8,000 for the fencing, which he built himself after buying the meadow in Frome for £255,000. See also: What farmers need to know about fencing and the law Nearly three years on, the 17ha field has […]

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Thu, 26 Jan 2017 11:00:41 +0000
Farmers Weekly ‘Oscars’ open for entries

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Farmers Weekly Awards 2017 are now open for entries. Nominate someone you think should be rewarded for their hard work or you can enter yourself and get your farm the recognition it deserves. There are 15 categories covering a wide range of enterprise types and we will be inviting nominations for a Farming Champion and the Lifetime Achievement Award. See also: Watch the video of previous winners Peter and Di Wastenage The opportunity to share my vision and beliefs with […]

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Thu, 26 Jan 2017 09:00:47 +0000
What farmers need to know about fencing and the law

Farmers Weekly

Public footpaths are always a hot topic for walkers and farmers – and the subject is never far from national headlines. On average, two to three walkers are killed each year after being attacked by livestock, according to Health and Safety Executive (HSE) figures. Dozens more are injured, some seriously. Some farmers have taken extreme measures to keep people away from livestock – erecting steel fences on their land to ensure ramblers and dog walkers do not stray from public crossings. No […]

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Thu, 26 Jan 2017 08:00:47 +0000
Check NVZ maps as first appeal deadline nears

Farmers Weekly

Farmers in England are being urged to check if they are in a designated nitrate vulnerable zone (NVZ) ahead of the first appeal deadline next week. Notices telling farmers if their land is in an NVZ are being sent out by Defra in three tranches. The changes will apply from 2017 to 2020. The first tranche of NVZ designation letters, for the North West, Solway Tweed, Dee and Severn, were sent earlier this month. The deadline to lodge an appeal […]

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Thu, 26 Jan 2017 05:00:03 +0000
Farmers must be paid for flood control – NFU

Farmers Weekly

Farmers need to be more widely consulted and properly rewarded for any action they take when it comes to future flood prevention. Those are two of the central demands of a new flooding manifesto from the NFU, presented to government this week. In particular, the union is calling for better long-term planning, recognition of the importance of productive farmland and proper funding to protect rural businesses. See also: Advice to help you protect your farm during flooding “Agriculture is often […]

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Wed, 25 Jan 2017 11:51:55 +0000
Avian influenza strikes commercial pheasant farm

Farmers Weekly

Avian influenza has been found within a commercial breeding flock of pheasants on a farm near Preston, Lancashire. It is the same H5N8 strain found to date in the UK on two turkey farms, in two backyard poultry flocks and more than 800 times across Europe, mainly in wild birds. The farm, near Pilling, south-west of Lancaster, is now the centre of a 3 km protection zone and a wider 10km surveillance zone, preventing the movement of poultry. See also: […]

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Wed, 25 Jan 2017 10:32:48 +0000
Sainsbury's accused of 'anti-meat agenda'

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Farm leaders have accused supermarket chain Sainsbury’s of pursuing an “anti-meat” agenda to change consumer buying habits. It follows news that the retailer is working with scientists from Oxford University and the Wellcome Trust to encourage people to eat less meat and more greens. Researchers believe the Our Planet, Our Health programme will be good for people’s health and for the environment, while helping to mitigate climate change. See also: Lowland farmers urged to grow more veg Plans include putting vegetarian […]

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Wed, 25 Jan 2017 10:00:40 +0000
Coroner's warning after farmer dies in roof fall

Farmers Weekly

A coroner has warned farmers to take better precautions when working at heights after an accident cost the life of a popular producer. Owen Bryn Edwards, 70, was repairing an asbestos roof of an outbuilding when he fell to his death on the family farm, Tyddyn ‘Ronnen, Llanuwchllyn, near Bala, north Wales. Mr Edwards was taken by ambulance to hospital in Stoke-on-Trent on 22 November last year where he was later pronounced dead. See also: Academy safety training on falls from […]

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Tue, 24 Jan 2017 12:30:47 +0000
RPA pays 2016 Basic Payment to 93% of farmers

Farmers Weekly

More than 80,000 eligible farmers in England have now received their 2016 Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) money. The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) announced on Tuesday (24 January) it had met its target of paying 93% of eligible farmers their BPS claims – more than two months ahead of its end of March deadline. The payments are worth £1.48bn and include a range of 2016 BPS claim types and sizes, including cross border, young farmer, those inspected and farmers with common land. See […]

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Tue, 24 Jan 2017 11:16:39 +0000
Photos: Farmers spray milk powder in prices demo

Farmers Weekly

European milk producers have urged EU officials to stop selling stocks of skimmed milk powder (SMP), for fear it will destabilise a recovering market. To emphasise the point, members of producer lobby group, the European Milk Board, assembled in Brussels on Monday (23 January) and sprayed SMP at the Justus Lipsius building, where EU farm ministers were holding their monthly farm council. “Milk producers all over Europe are still in the throes of the crisis,” said EMB vice-president Sieta van Keimpema. “Milk […]

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Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:25:44 +0000
Clash over government's flood protection measures

Farmers Weekly

MPs and ministers have clashed over the adequacy of flood protection measures – including incentives for farmers to store water on their land. More action to improve flood management was recommended in a report by the House of Commons Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Efra) committee last November. Storing water on farmland could provide a cost-effective means of reducing flood risk, suggested the report. However, farmers are wary of taking land out of production for a long time. See also: […]

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Tue, 24 Jan 2017 06:01:29 +0000
Farmer Focus: Turbulence ahead for arable fortunes

Farmers Weekly

The recent so-called cold snap left me convinced Brits are getting a bit soft. Doomsday weather warnings in the media were followed by a brief dusting of snow, -2C temperatures and normal high tides. Repeatedly crying wolf will only lead to problems when some proper challenging weather actually strikes. Meanwhile, my Polish friends have been farming their cattle mostly below 0C since 1 January, with a recorded low of -24C (at which time the electricity unhelpfully also failed). I’m not […]

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Mon, 23 Jan 2017 12:30:31 +0000
UK food supply at risk from climate change - Defra

Farmers Weekly

Climate change poses “significant risks” to the UK food supply chain, says a government report. Published by Defra, the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment report looks at the risks and challenges associated with global warming. “The government recognises that climate change will present significant risks to the availability and supply of food in the UK,” it says. See also: Farmers ‘cannot ignore threat of climate change’ However, the report says the government only partially agrees with experts, who earlier named food production […]

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Mon, 23 Jan 2017 11:41:59 +0000
'Hard Brexit' will decimate Scottish farming, says Ewing

Farmers Weekly

Failure to secure continued tariff-free access to EU countries post-Brexit would be “disastrous” for the Scottish food and farming sectors, rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing has warned. “The EU is Scotland’s biggest overseas regional food and drink export market, with exports worth £2bn in 2015,” he said. “We simply can’t ignore the disastrous impact that leaving the single market, and the 500 million people within it, could have on our food and drink sector.” We simply can’t ignore the disastrous […]

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Mon, 23 Jan 2017 09:33:04 +0000
Farmers launch Twitter campaign to keep ‘vital’ glyphosate

Farmers Weekly

Farmers have taken to social media urging support to keep glyphosate. They warn its loss would increase production costs, decrease yields and lead to environmental damage. The Twitter campaign under the hashtag #glyphosateisvital has been backed by a number of British farmers, who have posted tweets in support of keeping the herbicide. Glyphosate, the central ingredient in Monsanto’s herbicide Round-up, is a vital tool for weed control which allows farmers to use conservation tillage techniques such as minimum or zero […]

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Sun, 22 Jan 2017 06:00:39 +0000
Prince's fund shares £670,000 with farm charities

Farmers Weekly

Farm charities are among the beneficiaries who have received £670,000 in grant support this month from the Prince’s Countryside Fund Established by the Prince of Wales in 2010, the fund aims to improve the prospects of family farm businesses and the quality of rural life. The fund has announced it will be supporting 19 projects across the UK through its grants programme, which has awarded more than £8m since it was founded. See also: Resilient farmers benefit society, says Prince […]

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Sat, 21 Jan 2017 06:01:05 +0000
Disadvantaged NI farmers to get scheme cash in March

Farmers Weekly

Northern Irish farmers will start to receive their money under the 2017 Areas of Natural Constraint (ANC) scheme in early March. Payment rates will be £56.47/ha for the first 200ha of eligible forage land in the severely disadvantaged areas (SDAs), falling to £42.35/ha above that. This is the same as last year and is worth about £2,000 to each claimant. See also: One more year of hill payments for NI farmers The ANC scheme is part of the Rural Development Programme […]

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Fri, 20 Jan 2017 16:00:11 +0000
Twitter row after caller says women shouldn’t run farms

Farmers Weekly

The farming community has responded with outrage on social media after a caller on a radio phone-in suggested it was “very unrealistic” for women to be actively farming. The farmer’s son, who gave his name as John, phoned the RTE Radio One Liveline programme on Thursday (19 January) which was holding a debate on discrimination against women in agriculture.  He told presenter Joe Duffy that Irish people had wanted to keep farming a male profession since Cromwell’s time. And he […]

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