Livestock sales

Record breaking Ryeland

New Ryeland breed record set at Ludlow

29 August 2014

A new breed record of 2,000gns was set at the Ryeland Flock Book Society sale at Ludlow by a shearling ram from Alison Robinson, Wigton.

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Rural crime statistics 2014

rural crime

UK livestock thefts increase 129 per cent, FG reveals

14 August 2014

POLICE forces in the UK are buckling under the pressure posed by organised rural criminals, investigations by Farmers Guardian have revealed.

Despite a fall in tractor thefts, the cost of rural crime to UK has risen.

FG research lays bare Britain's ongoing fight against rural crime

14 August 2014

CRIMINAL gangs are constantly updating their techniques to stay one step ahead of farm security and the police, according to experts.

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LammaXchange - a new way to buy and sell farm machinery

25 July 2014

Want to buy or sell farm machinery and equipment? LammaXchange, the easy-to-use and effective website from the team behind LAMMA Show, allows you to sell, search for and buy any sort of farm kit quickly, easily and cost-effectively.

Livestock features

Ed Seaton

Making IT work to improve herd fertility

Pregnancy rate is ‘king’ on dairy farms and, as a result, heat detection and submission rates are key areas of focus. In the first in a series of features looking at IT on the farm, we look at how IT packages help a farmer achieve the best results when it comes to fertility.

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Machinery news

e-Twin film distrubution system

e-Twin distrubition system boasts substantial cost savings

28 August 2014

Designed to save film wrap and time, Kuhn has developed a new wrap distribution system for its trailed, self-loading round bale wrappers.

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Best of British

FarmStart plots are long strips, rather than allotment-like squares

FarmStart offers new opportunities into farming

It has been adopted enthusiastically in North America and now FarmStart, a programme which enables new growers to test their business in a low-risk environment, is beginning to take hold in the UK. Marie Claire Kidd reports.

Arable news

Potato grower partner for Fife monitor farm

30 August 2014

JUST under a year ago, HGCA launched a project in Scotland in conjunction with Potato Council, linking potato growers into two new arable monitor farms. Potato grower John Weir is partnering neighbouring mixed farmers Danny and Alison Milne, the host farmers for the Fife arable monitor farm project.

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Arable features

Large margins of six metres (19ft) are a feature of the farm, with tall hedges and numerous trees.

Commercial farming and conservation work together for one Shropshire farmer

Song birds and wildlife have been a lifelong passion of Paul Griffiths, who has modified his farming to cater for it while running a solid commercial pig and arable enterprise. Neil Ryder met him on his Shropshire farm.

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In your field

Steve Heard

Steve Heard: Only spring beans to go in harvest 2014 and drilling means some tricky maths

August bank holiday weekend and both combines are already back in the barn as we await just the final 20 hectares (50 acres) of spring beans which are not yet fit. I have to take this opportunity to thank the fantastic team (Matthew, Mark, Giles, Dave, Vaughan and Jason) whom have given everything to bring the harvest home in record time, and now they get a well-earned weekend off.

On farm

Brian and Eiryth Thomas run a pedigree Beef Shorthorn herd.

Adapting to change through breed selection

Farming in west Wales, Brian and Eiryth Thomas have adapted their beef system to cope with land type, lifestyle and TB.

My farming week

Graham hughes

My Farming Week: Graham Hughes, North Wales

28 August 2014

Pigs: My week usually starts quietly. Monday morning sees me feeding and watering our small herd of mainly British Saddleback pigs and taking the opportunity to give them a good look over to make sure everything is as it should be.

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Liz Truss

Defra Secretary Liz Truss

Liz Truss interview: Cutting red tape is high on the agenda

29 August 2014

With a full in-tray and scores of farming challenges to tackle, new Defra Secretary Liz Truss told Olivia Midgley how she was relishing the challenge.

British Farming Awards


British Farming Awards 2014 finalists revealed

22 August 2014

Having received an overwhelming number of entries from farmers across the UK and following extensive deliberation, Farmers Guardian is proud to announce the finalists for the 2014 British Farming Awards.

Shows and events

Meirionnydd County Show, August 2014: Results

29 August 2014

Cattle and sheep results from Meirionnydd County Show (August 27, 2014).

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Your CAP questions


CAP reform - Ask the Experts

29 August 2014

Your chance to ask our panel of CAP experts anything you want to know about how the reformed policy will affect your business.

Browse all our pictures from this year's county shows, events and livestock sales. See one you like? Prints are available from 12"x8" or larger.

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Young Farmers

The Youth Forum is made up of representatives from each area and sponsored this year by Agco.

NFYFC Youth Forum makes an impact with big ideas

28 August 2014

The National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs established its Youth Forum in 2010 as a way for younger members to have their voices heard within the organisation.

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Getting started

150-year-old family farm offers new entrant opportunity

30 August 2014

A FAMILY which has farmed the same land since 1868 is offering a new entrant the chance to become part of its future thanks to an innovative new arrangement.

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Daily weather forecasts


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DON'T miss our in-depth weather forecast presented by Simon Keeling at lunch time each day, aimed to give the most up-to-date farmers weather service available.