CLAIMS by environmentalist George Monbiot about re-wilding large parts of Britain’s uplands have been branded as unconstructive by farmers.
With forage wagons seemingly back in fashion, Farmers Guardian and The Irish Farmers Journal got four of the leading manufacturers together for an on-farm group test.
THERE was a flying trade at the Farmers Guardian sponsored Leyburn Spring Spectacular when a new market record of 7,300gns was set for the pre-sale show heifer and supreme champion.
Pedigree Lleyn sheep and Aberdeen-Angus cattle are the core enterprises at Denton Estate, near Ilkely, West Yorkshire.
Roy Lyttle has grown his arable enterprise from nothing and it has now become Northern Ireland’s largest grower of leeks.
In your field
Calving started on February 11 which was a few days earlier than expected, but it has been non-stop since. As I write, we have had 35 cows calved with 38 calves. The twins came early on and all three calved themselves, with all calves living.
My farming week
New Zealand: I have been travelling in Australia and New Zealand since December, looking at livestock marketing and beef and sheep production as part of the Lancashire and Morecombe Agricultural Travel Scholarship in partnership with Norbreck Genetics.
If you are seeking advice from any of the professionals mentioned in our Succession Focus in the coming weeks please get in touch and we will pass your details on.
IN the second part of Farmers Guardian’s special series looking at succession, Ben Briggs considers the importance of getting plans in place early in order to maintain the stability of the business.
AS THE NFU enters the post-Peter Kendall era a new leadership team, led by Meurig Raymond, will try to make its mark. ALISTAIR DRIVER reports on the challenges facing the new team.
After much deliberation over a huge number of entries, the seven finalists in the Farmers Guardian Show Business 2014 competition are revealed here. It is time to cast your vote – who do you want to win?
DUNFERMLINE was the location of choice for this year’s SAYFC competitions weekend, which saw more than 300 members showcase their talents for trophies.
A change in stocking and breeding policy is being consideredn by Lleyn breeder Dewi Ellis to counter increasingly wet conditions on hill and mountain grazing while also reducing costs incurred wintering sheep on tack on distant lowland farms. Simon Wragg reports.
Daily weather forecasts
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