FARMERS with at least 36 hectares (89 acres) of land will automatically qualify for the active farmer definition under the reformed Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), Defra has announced.
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It has been four years since the acquisition of Sleaford-based tillage company Simba by American firm Great Plains, but what has that meant for both parties and, more importantly, the end user? James Rickard finds out with a trip to its HQ in Kansas.
Balancing a more protectant approach to disease control with fungicide resistance management was one of the themes explored at the HGCA Agronomists’ Conference in Peterborough. Martin Rickatson reports.
COMPARED to Denmark’s domestic pigmeat market worth £3.9 billion, its export value currently stands at £33bn, with produce exported to 140 countries worldwide.
WOODIES Wriggley, from Stuart Wood, Westhill, Aberdeenshire, took the pre-sale show championship at the Beltex Sheep Society sale at Carlisle. It then went on to sell for what is thought to be a breed record for a ewe lamb of 7,000gns.
With profit margins notoriously tight for many pig farmers, investing in buildings hasn’t always been at the top of the priority list and, as a result, some units have witnessed unfavourable performance as inefficiencies in building design impacts production.
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?I am almost embarrassed to admit to my livestock farming friends, we are already on a wind down to the end of the year, overtime has finished and weekends are available to take the family shopping. Perhaps I should buy some cattle?
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Bridging the so-called valley of death between agricultural research and the farmgate is a perennial problem, but Sainsbury’s thinks strong bonds throughout the supply chain will create an agricultural revolution. Ben Pike reports from the retailer’s Farming Conference.
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In the final episode of Food Guru our Deputy editor, Vickie Robinson whips up a classic fig, blueberry and blackberry cheesecake, perfect for Christmas.
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