FarmWeb News - 20/03/2019

Wednesday 20 Mar 2019

£5.7m of funding has been allocated to help stamp out BVD, a disease amongst cattle that is estimated to cost the industry over £60m per year in lost performance with 90% of herds having had exposure to it. The campaign will be led by 120 veterinary practices across England covering up to 8,000 farmers.

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FarmWeb News - 07/03/2019

Thursday 07 Mar 2019

Defra has released the Farm Business Income estimates for the year ending February 2019. These show that income from cereals rose by 13% but general cropping fell by 8%. Yields were affected by adverse weather conditions, but cereals benefited from higher prices. Dairy incomes were down by 22% and livestock farmers suffered falls of up to 29%.

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FarmWeb News - 28/02/2019

Thursday 28 Feb 2019

Agricultural Insurers are urging farmers to support the Red Tractor assurance scheme post-Brexit as a guarantee of quality and welfare standards. There is a need to protect the UK market against imports of goods that are sub-standard in terms of quality and welfare. There is concern about competition from the USA which is at odds with the UK on the use of GM, antibiotics and chemical sprays. Defra has said that a “zero-tariff” regime on food imports will not happen and protection for the industry will continue.

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FarmWeb News - 14/02/2018

Thursday 14 Feb 2019

Farmers are being advised to consider growing miscanthus as an alternative crop in the light of future uncertainties. The crop is grown under contract and is used to fire renewable energy power stations supported by long-term government grants. Miscanthus grows well on poorer soils with minimum care and is harvested in the spring before the main cereal harvests.

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FarmWeb News - 24/01/2019

Thursday 24 Jan 2019

The Government’s new clean air strategy is set to impact on farmers. Agriculture is responsible for 88% of UK ammonia gas emissions which can be harmful to human health. Rules will be introduced relating to the safer storage and use of urea-based fertilisers, slurry and manure. Financial and practical help for farmers has been promised. The Royal Association of British Dairy Farmers has criticised the proposals forecasting that they will force many small farmers out of business.

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FarmWeb News - 10/01/2019

Thursday 10 Jan 2019

The HSE has reminded farmers that a new series of inspections will begin soon. The safety record in farming remains poor with 33 fatalities in 2017/8. The inspections will include specific attention to the risks associated with machinery, livestock, falls from height and children.

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