THE Rural Payments Agency (RPA) is expecting to pay a record 95 per cent of all Single Payment claimants in England on Monday (December 1), as the SPS 2014 payment window opens.
Now in its second year, CropTec has become the place to be for sprayer operators to test drive and compare the latest machines. James Rickard looks at some of the crowd pullers.
?A consortium of UK businesses led by GrowHow UK has been awarded funding to support the development of an automated system for the precision application of nitrogen fertiliser and plant growth regulators (PGRs).
Installing robots has meant a different approach to managing cows at Thorpe Farm. Chloe Palmer finds out how the herd and family are adapting to a new system.
THE last Charolais bull sale of the season peaked at 6,000gns at Carlisle for the day’s supreme champion, Bassett Icon, a 20-month-old by Harestone Dominator and out of a home-bred dam from Jean Atkinson, Malton. The buyer was J.S. Gargett, Barnard Castle.
?FARMERS growing maize as feedstock for anaerobic digestion (AD) can benefit from new independent data on the quality attributes of varieties to make a more informed variety choice and increase methane output.
In your field
Last week, I was fortunate enough to attend a meeting hosted by the NFU which brought nearly 80 farmers together to hear the latest on TB science.
My farming week
AgriScot: We had a successful show at AgriScot last week, taking a couple of prizes including the champion Ayrshire – third calver, Cuthill Towers White Patch 11.
Practical advice to inspire the next generation of sheep farmers was the aim of a one-day event organised by the National Sheep Association (NSA) Next Generation programme and the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) Innovation for Agriculture initiative. FG takes a look at the highlights.
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Bird flu analysis
THE annual Nuffield Farming Conference saw the latest crop of scholars present their research findings following a period of international travel on a variety of chosen topics. Olivia Midgley reports from Ashford, Kent.
Shows and events
THE Black Beauty Bonanza organised by the North East Aberdeen-Angus Club held at the Thainstone Centre, Inverurie, attracted a strong entry of 94 pedigree Aberdeen-Angus calves and yearlings which were judged by Jim McMillan Brechin.
The vet column
Research performed by the University of Nottingham and DairyCo highlight areas which can be improved to make vaccines work more effectively. Louise Hartley gets the top tips from Dutch vet Wendela Wapenaar.
Daily weather forecasts
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.
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