News

Edwin Baker says no party concerned with the badger cull trials has benefited from them being stopped.

Leaked figures suggest Gloucester cull failed to meet target

20 October 2014

THE NFU has insisted the pilot badger culls have been ‘effective’, where they have been allowed to go ahead without interruption, after an organisation campaigning against the policy published figures suggesting the Gloucestershire pilot badger cull fell well short of its minimum target.

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Livestock sales

Tonley Pato

Steady Aberdeen-Angus trade at Stirling

20 October 2014

TRADE was steady on the first day at Stirling bull sales with Aberdeen-Angus bulls peaking at 12,000gns, with 32 selling to average £4,472 which is £994 down on the year for a 66 per cent clearance.

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Arable news

Farmers are taking bigger financial risks to build large-scale projects.

Solar farms can be multifunctional

19 October 2014

SOLAR farms can be multifunctional and can produce agricultural benefits as well as producing energy.

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Renewables

Ground mounted solar

Government to end subsidies on land used for solar

FARMERS will not be able to claim EU subsidies on land used for generating solar energy from January 2015.

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In your field

Peter Chapman

Peter Chapman: Deluge drowns heavy fields and it is a job getting tradesmen to finish theirs

?The weather: I wish I did not have to mention it again but, my God, we had our fair share of rain early this month. We had a day’s rain on Saturday October 4, then 36 hours of constant and, at times, torrential rain on Monday and Tuesday last week.

On farm

Heifers

Farm focus: Understanding the potential of the Blonde breed

The best genetics in all breeds have merit, believes Roy Kinnish - owner of Kinaston Blondes, which has recently won the breed’s 2014 national pedigree herd competition - whose reliance on a stockman’s instinct to pick the next generation of breeding stock continues to serve him and customers well.

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UKIP analysis

UKIP

The rise of UKIP - what does it mean for farmers?

UKIP’s astonishing success in last week’s by-elections has potentially far-reaching implications for farmers. Alistair Driver analyses a changing political landscape.

FUW Conference

Succession

Measures aimed at making it easier for new entrants

16 October 2014

THIS year’s Farmers Union of Wales autumn conference focused on succession and new entrant opportunities in farming. Barry Alston reports.

Event previews

Agri-Expo 2014

Agri-Expo 2014: Preparing for bumper livestock showcase

PREPARATONS are once again underway for Borderway Agri-Expo which brings together the best of pedigree and commercial showing classes, along the opportunity to find out about key developments in the livestock industry.

    Shows and events

    More of That

    Countryside Live 2014: Beef championships

    19 October 2014

    More of That has given Phil and Sharon Sellers from Lincoln their fifth Countryside Live supreme championship. Earlier in the day the 604kg 15-month-old heifer by Fieldson Alfy, took the Limousin-sired and heifer title before going on the take the top spot.

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