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Machinery giants showcase latest kit at LAMMA 2024
A host of leading brands will return to next month’s LAMMA event – rejoining regular exhibitors at the UK’s largest farm machinery event at the NEC Birmingham. Due to take place on 17-18 January, the two-day show will see the return of JCB, Case IH, and Massey Ferguson. They... Read more
ESG investment is ‘opportunity for farmers’
British farmers could benefit from corporate investment to support sustainable agriculture – so long as it is done correctly. The untapped opportunities afforded to farmers from environmental, social and governance (ESG) investment were discussed at a special event held at the Judge Business School in Cambridge. Organised by the... Read more
Keep abreast of law on diversification
EXPERT VIEW It pays to consider the legal implications when diversifying, says Amy Cowdell. Farm businesses have broadened greatly over the past few years, with entrepreneurial farmers setting up innovative enterprises to ensure they remain sustainable for generations to come. Helping to boost farming income, diversification is nothing new.... Read more
Two Suffolk coastal estates on market
Two Suffolk estates – including 2800 acres of arable and grazed farmland – are being offered for sale close to coastal Southwold. The Blyford Estate is listed with a guide price of £25m, with the nearby Chediston Estate being marketed at £11.6m. Both properties are being jointly marketed by... Read more
Changes to planning rules make it easier to diversify
Farmers will be able to convert their unused buildings into new homes and shops thanks to new planning laws. The major changes give farmers across England greater freedom to diversify and grow their business, says the government – without having to spend time and money submitting a planning application.... Read more
How to optimise genetics for better beef production
Suckler beef farmers aiming for more sustainable systems are being advised to prioritise genetic traits that have the biggest influence on productivity. “With beef under increasing pressure to be more sustainable and profitable, it’s never been more important to review the suitability of herd genetics,” says Aberdeen-Angus Cattle Society... Read more
Welcome relief from early first cut silage
Early first cut silage results are analysing well – which should provide some welcome relief following a challenging winter and spring. At 11.2MJ/kg, average metabolisable energy (ME) levels appear similar to last year. At 31.5%, so too do average dry matter levels. But the ration of lactic acid to... Read more
Police training day to tackle farm theft
Police officers took part in a farm and construction equipment training day hosted by the rural insurer NFU Mutual last month. Held at NFU Mutual’s head office in Tiddington, Warwickshire, the event was hosted by the National Construction and Agricultural Theft Team (NCATT). It was partially funded by NFU... Read more
Plea to keep safe on farm this harvest
Farmers are being urged to help keep staff and children safe this harvest – making it a turning point for improving agriculture’s appalling accident record. The call comes ahead of this year’s Farm Safety Week (22-26 July), which will highlight ways of staying safe on UK farms. Organised by... Read more
Stalwart oilseeds trader to retire
Commodity trading manager Owen Cligg is to retire after 15 years at farmer-owned cooperative United Oilseeds During his time with the company, Mr Cligg has overseen the trading of some 7.5m tonnes of combinable crops – including peas, beans, linseed, oats and rye – as well as oilseed rape.... Read more
Off-patent herbicide now for linseed
A new herbicide has been approved for post-emergence broadleaf weed control in linseed. Laya which contains 200g/kg metsulfuron-methyl is a sulfonyl urea herbicide by off-patent manufacturers Life Scientific. It is a reverse engineered formulation of Ally SX. Life Scientific specialises in bringing off-patent crop protection products to market with... Read more