Learn how to Improve young stock performance on an RABDF farm walk

South West Farmer:

2:00pm Tuesday 16th September 2014

South west livestock farmers can find out how to improve their young stock rearing at a farm walk hosted by the Rogers family at Longmoor Farm, Gillingham, Dorset on Thursday 25 September.

Rural Payments Agency moves away from higher-rate phone number

South West Farmer:

10:00am Tuesday 16th September 2014

The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) is switching from its 0845 telephone number prefix to 0345 as part of a government-wide approach to move away from higher-rate numbers.

Former Cannington College students hold reunion

South West Farmer:

7:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

Agriculture students from former Cannington College, (now part of Bridgwater College’s Cannington Centre), recently held a thirty-year reunion in Wellington.

The Prince's Countryside Fund now open for applications

South West Farmer:

3:00pm Monday 15th September 2014

The Prince's Countryside Fund provides funding towards projects operating in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland that clearly contribute towards one or more of The Prince’s Countryside Fund's objectives. It is now open for applications but be quick because applications need to be in by October 23 2014 We want our funding to have a long-term positive effect on rural communities, helping those that live and work there sustain the countryside, by tackling key rural issues.

Create your own orchard

South West Farmer: Julia's Late Golden apple tree

11:00am Monday 15th September 2014

For many people, the creation of a small home orchard is something they dream of, enjoying the spring blossom, taking advantage of the shade it casts in summer and harvesting the fruits come autumn.

CPRE warns that the countryside will be blighted by housing developments

South West Farmer: A view across the countryside of Upper Wharfedale showing farms, drystone walls, hay meadows and sheep in the fields. (6707063)

8:00am Saturday 13th September 2014

A new research paper from the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) published today shows that steep targets for the amount of land councils must allocate for housing are opening the door to major housing developments in the countryside.

CLA backs call to promote building of bungalows in rural areas

South West Farmer: A bungalow being built at Gladstone Mews, Boscombe

1:00pm Friday 12th September 2014

The CLA has backed Housing and Planning Minister Brandon Lewis’ calls to prioritise the building of bungalows for older people, freeing up larger family homes. The organisation said for a number of years it has highlighted the lack of housing available in rural areas for older generations, leaving many with no choice but to relocate to towns.

Animal ban for St Ives llama farmers after offences reported again 'within days' of first trial

South West Farmer: Llamas and geese recruited in fight against crime in Sussex

12:02pm Thursday 11th September 2014

A couple who kept llamas on a farm near St Ives have been fined and banned from keeping animals after failing to care for them.

Industry expert brings science focus to the beef industry

South West Farmer:

6:00am Thursday 11th September 2014

The National Beef Association [NBA] has just announced the appointment to its Board, commercial expert in animal nutrition and management, Charlie Maclaren. Based in Dumfries in the Borders, he owns and runs MVT Scotland, a specialist animal health company with a science-based focus on minerals, vitamins.

GPS trackers can help in tackling spiralling rural theft

South West Farmer: Stolen quad bike

7:00am Wednesday 10th September 2014

Rural theft, including theft of expensive farming vehicles, fertilizers and livestock, is on the rise in the UK, with the figures for 2013 up 5.2 per cent on 2012. According to the latest data from NFU Mutual, which insures three quarters of UK farmers, 2013 was the worst year on record for livestock theft and the cost of crime to the UK’s rural economy reached £44.5m.

Badger culling starts for second year in South West

South West Farmer: Cotswolds parliamentary candidate hits out at badger cull plans

12:03pm Tuesday 9th September 2014

Badger culling has started for a second year in the South West, prompting renewed calls from opponents for the controversial policy to be abandoned.

Guidance on CAP compliance for cereals and oilseeds growers

South West Farmer: A view across the farm, with a field of oilseed rape in the foreground

5:00am Tuesday 9th September 2014

Defra has released important information on how the new Common Agricultural Policy will be implemented in England, including how the new ‘greening’ requirements will work in practice.

Soil Association launches Organic September 2014 – Small Changes, Big Difference

South West Farmer:

3:00pm Monday 8th September 2014

The Soil Association has launched 2014’s Organic September campaign – the UK’s biggest celebration of all things organic, which takes place in a year which saw the organic market return to growth and scientific evidence showed nutritional differences in organic vegetables, fruit and cereals.

UPDATED WITH VIDEO: Tributes paid to man who died in farm tragedy

South West Farmer:

12:50am Saturday 6th September 2014

TRIBUTES have been paid to the 50-year-old farm worker who died in a horrific accident that has “rocked the community.”

Falling milk prices don’t have to affect production

South West Farmer: DIET TIPS: The right balance of nutrients is crucial

6:00am Saturday 6th September 2014

Dairy farmers are set for a difficult six months as milk prices look set to fall again. However, producers are being advised to explore feeding options and consider the role of liquids fully before making hasty cost-saving decisions.

Care Farming Report Shows Need For Support

South West Farmer: The sheep flock at Windsor Farm is predominately Suffolk-cross Mules and Welsh Mules. ..PICTURE: Debbie James.... (8675470)

9:07am Friday 5th September 2014

Care farming could be a significant supplier of health, social and educational services in the UK if its potential is fully exploited, according to new research.

Extra grain storage capacity ready for harvest

South West Farmer: UK debut of 41ft grain header

2:20pm Thursday 4th September 2014

WORK on adding a further 5,000 tonnes of storage capacity to the existing 20,000 tonnes at Devon Grain’s Cullompton site, is all but finished in time for this harvest, according to store manager Duncan Lyon.

Crop best practice guide launched for farmers

South West Farmer:

1:59pm Thursday 4th September 2014

Voluntary guidelines on best practice for crop feedstocks in anaerobic digestion (AD) have been published this week.

New code on sky lanterns doesn't go far enough

South West Farmer:

8:00am Thursday 4th September 2014

The new code of practice on Sky Lanterns doesn’t go far enough, say event organisers who are calling for a national ban. The National Outdoor Events Association has already branded Sky Lanterns as dangerous to the public, livestock and buildings.

Fall in farm incomes is only half of the story says rural accountant

4:17pm Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Farm business incomes fell by 30% in 2012/13, according to the latest government figures – but that is only part of the story, says Andrew Vickery, head of Rural Services at Old Mill accountants.

Sheep Health and Welfare Conference 2014

South West Farmer:

6:00am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

Cutting edge practical information, plenty of content from producers working in the field and interactive sessions to ensure delegates get their views across. That is the promise from organisers of the 2014 Sheep Health and Welfare Conference, designed for people running sheep enterprises of all sizes, large and small, on Wednesday 26th November at Yarnfield Park Conference Centre, Stone, Staffordshire.

Farmer furious after police kill prize £5,000 bull which was "not a danger to anyone"

South West Farmer: BILLY BULL: Philip Marley with his bull lying where it was shot by police. Picture: STUART BOULTON.

12:02am Wednesday 3rd September 2014

A FURIOUS farmer has made an official complaint to North Yorkshire police after armed officers shot his prize bull.

Cornish farming family wins national award

South West Farmer:

1:17pm Tuesday 2nd September 2014

A farming family from Redruth has been honoured with a national award for its cattle.

Somerset honey show on the move

South West Farmer: The European bumblebee has stronger resistance to parasite infections

7:00am Tuesday 2nd September 2014

For the first time this year’s Somerset Honey Show will be held at Long Sutton Village Hall near Langport on Saturday, September 20. The historic show, which dates back to 1885, will attract beekeepers from all over the county competing in 52 classes for the best honey, hive products and honey cookery.

Lanterns code welcome, but ban required says NFU

South West Farmer:

8:00pm Sunday 31st August 2014

The NFU has commented on the Trading Standards Institute's new code of practice for sky lanterns and is calling for total ban. The code offers guidance for those designing, manufacturing, distributing, retailing or using sky lanterns -which have been the subject of sustained NFU lobbying because of the risks they pose, both to crops and livestock

Farmers urged not to come a crop-per on a level crossing this harvest

South West Farmer:

1:00pm Saturday 30th August 2014

Network Rail is reminding farmers and farmworkers of the importance of level crossings safety as they gather their crops this harvest. There are hundreds of user-worked crossings on farmland in Britain, which see a marked increase in traffic during the harvest season. Figures collated over the past ten years reveal that the number of collisions and near misses at these types of crossings also sharply increases over the harvest months.

Safe Use of Pesticides Spraying Courses

South West Farmer:

9:00am Saturday 30th August 2014

The Exmoor Hill Farming Network are offering another round of courses following on from our first round in June. The day will consist of class room based training and the online assessment will be taken at the end of the day (multiple choice questions) you will be given up to an one hour to complete.

Frome Show Livestock Village a ‘show within a show’

South West Farmer:

7:00pm Friday 29th August 2014

Frome's annual show, the Cheese Show as it’s been known locally for many years, is fast becoming one of the South West’s most important one day agricultural events. The Frome Agricultural & Cheese Show, to give it its full name, has long been a major showcase for farm machinery manufacturers and dealers making it a ‘must visit’ event for farmers, breeders and others involved in the agricultural industry.

Environment Agency to stage community open morning on Somerset Levels tomorrow

South West Farmer: Dredging has begun along the River Parrett today. Picture by Clayton Jane claytonjane.co.uk

2:50pm Friday 29th August 2014

The Environment Agency is staging a community open morning after passing the halfway point of the dredging operation on the Somerset Moors and Levels.

University tests roadkill badgers for bovine TB

South West Farmer: Badger cull will tackle bovine TB

1:20pm Friday 29th August 2014

Scientists at the University of Liverpool, in collaboration with farming groups and wildlife charities, are investigating the presence of bovine tuberculosis (bTB) in Cheshire wildlife by testing badgers that have been involved in road collisions.

Farming fun at your fingertips

South West Farmer:

7:00am Friday 29th August 2014

The latest computer game for those who love farming has been released. Farming Simulator 15 invites you into the challenging world of farming life, including animal husbandry (cows, chicken and sheep), crops and sales

Introduction of water voles to Cornwall sees them return to the every county in England for the first time since 1989.

South West Farmer: A water vole on the river bank Pic: Margaret Holland

12:08pm Thursday 28th August 2014

Wildlife experts at the Environment Agency have confirmed that water voles have returned to every county in England, following the final release of 60 captive bred voles within the Bude river catchment in Cornwall.

Devon’s world champion wool handler competes at county’s lamb shearing & dog trials event

South West Farmer:

11:22am Thursday 28th August 2014

The reigning world champion wool handler, Devon-based Hilary Bond, narrowly lost out on picking up another title at the Devon County Show’s Lamb Shearing competitions.

Innovative feeder proven as badger deterrent

South West Farmer: Badger     (6860415)

1:00pm Wednesday 27th August 2014

A recent trial undertaken at the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) revealed how limiting badger access to mineral licks, blocks and tubs with an innovative feeder design will improve on-farm biosecurity.

Wildlife experts join forces to help curb infection

South West Farmer: ADOPT: The native red squirrel – one can be ‘adopted’ in a scheme which is being supported by the John Lewis Partnership

8:00am Wednesday 27th August 2014

Animal experts are calling for better health surveillance of wild species to help stop the spread of diseases. Monitoring the health of animals living freely in the wild is crucial for managing infections that can pass into domestic animal and human populations, they say. It is also important for conserving threatened species and maintaining wildlife diversity.

CLA urges the public to ‘stop using dangerous sky lanterns’

South West Farmer:

8:00am Tuesday 26th August 2014

The CLA has responded to the newly announced code of practice for sky lanterns by calling on the public to refrain from using them.

Farmer volunteers sought for nationwide dung sampling

South West Farmer:

4:00pm Monday 25th August 2014

Scientists from Scotland’s Rural College are inviting farmers’ help for a GB wide dung sample survey investigating the prevalence of E. coli O157 infection amongst cattle destined for the food chain. The survey, to be carried out by SRUC and ADAS, is part of a much larger study, funded by the Food Standards Agency and led by the University of Edinburgh.

New industry guidance on hazardous sky lanterns

South West Farmer:

12:00pm Monday 25th August 2014

The Trading Standards Institute (TSI) has published a new code of practice for sky lanterns aimed at and developed by industry. The code was the outcome of discussions between Government and industry hosted by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Genetically engineered fruit flies could save crops

South West Farmer:

12:00pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Releasing genetically engineered fruit flies into the wild could prove to be a cheap, effective and environmentally friendly way of pest control according to scientists at the University of East Anglia and Oxford Insect Technologies (Oxitec).

NFU cycle ride for Africa

South West Farmer:

12:00pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

The seven riders of the NFU cycling team braved torrential rain and strong winds to complete a gruelling 86 mile ride through London and the Surrey countryside.

Need to get a move on for RHI legacy claims says Saffery Champness

South West Farmer:

7:00am Tuesday 19th August 2014

Saffery Champness is advising those wishing to make a legacy claim for Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI support for a scheme installed between 15 July 2009 and 8 April 2014 to get moving. Claims not submitted by the deadline of 8 April 2015 will be ineligible.

More information issued on new CAP greening rules

South West Farmer: Agricultural land - capital growth key driver for investors

2:00pm Monday 18th August 2014

More information has been published for farmers about the new Common Agricultural Policy rules. Environment Secretary Elizabeth Truss has announced further details of what the new CAP greening rules will mean for English farmers, whilst calling on the EU to provide urgent clarity on the outstanding issues and review the three crop rule.

Deadline extended for Soil Association Innovation Awards

South West Farmer:

1:00pm Monday 18th August 2014

The Soil Association is delighted to announce that the deadline for their Innovation Awards has been extended until Tuesday August 26. Now in their second year, the awards showcase the most innovative approaches to sustainable, low-impact farming and growing.

Rural communities to compete for mobile access

South West Farmer: Companies will look at new ways to bring superfast broadband to remote areas

2:00pm Friday 15th August 2014

Vodafone UK has launched a national programme giving up to 100 rural communities across the UK the opportunity to apply for mobile access. Vodafone is calling for communities to work together, in partnership with their local MP, to apply for the installation of Vodafone’s innovative Open Sure Signal technology in their villages

Farm Stay launches new website to bring more tourists to the countryside

South West Farmer:

7:00am Thursday 14th August 2014

The chief executive of Farm Stay says that the company’s new website will boost tourism and deliver many benefits for the rural economy. Andy Woodward said a huge emphasis has been placed on suggesting local activities and nearby tourist attractions for guests to encourage them to use farm accommodation as their gateway to the countryside.

National Rural Crime Network launched

South West Farmer: Police and Crime Commissioner Tony Hogg

7:00am Wednesday 13th August 2014

A new National Rural Crime Network, endorsed by eighteen of the UK’s Police and Crime Commissioners, including Devon and Cornwall’s Tony Hogg, has been set-up to help tackle rural crime more effectively in England and Wales.

Rural crime cost UK over £40m in 2012

South West Farmer: Three off-road motorbikes stolen in Badger Farm

10:00am Monday 11th August 2014

The latest findings by leading rural insurer, NFU Mutual has found that rural theft in the UK cost over £40m in 2012 with tools, quad bikes and fuel being the most targeted items.

New environment secretary visits CLA Game Fair

South West Farmer:

2:00pm Sunday 10th August 2014

An economically viable countryside needs a policy agenda which will encourage business development, increase food production and recognise the cost of maintaining a well managed environment; those were the key messages CLA President Henry Robinson delivered to DEFRA Secretary of State, Liz Truss at the CLA Game Fair at Blenheim Palace Oxfordshire on Sunday.

Burges Salmon advises Co-operative Group on sale of Farms business

South West Farmer:

6:00am Friday 8th August 2014

Burges Salmon has advised Co-operative Group on the sale of its Farms business. The sale reflects The Co-operative’s decision to focus on its core Retail and Consumer Services divisions, including Food, Funeralcare, General Insurance and Legal Services. The net proceeds of the Farms sale will be used to further reduce The Co-operative’s debt and invest in its core businesses.

Taunton Honey Show was the bees' knees

South West Farmer:

1:00pm Thursday 7th August 2014

Local honeybees were the biggest winners when many thousands of visitors swarmed to this weekend’s Taunton Honey Show. Local families and keen gardeners found plenty to enjoy in the colourful feature held at Taunton Flower Show on August 1 and 2.


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