Time capsule to mark YFC anniversary

South West Farmer: Time capsule to mark YFC anniversary

2:33pm Wednesday 16th April 2014

Young farmers buried a time capsule in Hemyock, Devon - the site of the first Young Farmers’ Club  - to commemorate the National Federation of Young Farmers’ Clubs’ 80th anniversary.

Government bid for TB free England

South West Farmer: PEDIGREE: One of the Dunnerdale cows sold at the Cheshire auction

6:00am Wednesday 16th April 2014

The Government has announced it wants England to be “TB free” by 2038 and set out a plan to achieve this.

Keep dogs under control, plead farmers

South West Farmer: Cllr Sean Anstee and his dog Stanley

3:30pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

Dog owners are being warned to keep their animals under control, in particular on farmland.

French connection at Royal Cornwall Show

South West Farmer: Roussin Sheep expert, Michel Duguesne, who will be travelling from Normandy, France to judge the breed at the 2014 Royal Cornwall Show

11:53am Tuesday 15th April 2014

The sheep section at this year’s Royal Cornwall Show will have a distinctly French flavour thanks to a double celebration for the Roussin sheep section.

Farm banking scam warning

South West Farmer: Threat to jobs as Natwest confirms Woolston branch to be axed

11:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Farming businesses are being warned to stay alert after a spate of scams across the industry.

Learn to read your cow's mind

South West Farmer: Hit-and-run driver leaves cow for dead

6:00am Tuesday 15th April 2014

Farmers who have ever wondered what goes on inside a cow's brain will be given an insight thanks to a new course being run at Duchy College, Stoke Climsland.

Sweet smell of success from YFC dung run

South West Farmer: Sweet smell of success from YFC dung run

3:10pm Monday 14th April 2014

Proving that where there's muck there's brass, members of Helston and St Keverne Young Farmers Club in Cornwall raised more than £700 through their annual dung run.

One thousand tyres and 100 gin bottles: Cornish farmer join campaign to tackle flytipping

South West Farmer: One thousand tyres and 100 gin bottles: Cornish farmer join campaign to tackle flytipping

2:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

One thousand tyres, one hundred empty gin bottles and a mini rockery wishing well with four broken garden chairs.

Cornwall Farmers appoints new director as firm speaks of "cautious optimism"

South West Farmer: Newly appointed non-executive director Ashley Masters

12:00pm Monday 14th April 2014

Respected Camel Valley dairy and beef farmer Ashley Masters has been appointed as a non-executive director of Cornwall Farmers.

EU Organic Regulation Consultation

South West Farmer: Nine day festival to be held across Waltham Forest in March

9:29am Monday 14th April 2014

The EU Commission is carrying out a review of the organic regulation which sets the baseline rules for all organic food and farming throughout Europe.

Best ever turn out for Lambing Fun Day

South West Farmer: Visitors watching ferret racing.

9:12am Monday 14th April 2014

On one of the warmest days so far, around 3,500 visitors attended Rodway Farm’s annual Lambing Fun Day, to see the working farm, meet new-born lambs, take tractor/trailer rides, falconry displays and ferret racing!

Countess of Wessex takes up Royal Cornwall Show presidency

South West Farmer: RCAA Chairman Michael Williams presents 2014 Royal Cornwall Show president, HRH The Countess of Wessex, with Cornish daffodils, courtesy of Maurice Crouch Growers, and Rodda's clotted cream at the traditional president's reception

9:01am Monday 14th April 2014

Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex has been elected President of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association (RCAA) at the annual general meeting.

Bird survey shows half-million acres of farmland is dedicated to wildlife

South West Farmer: : Starlings were seen on over 40% of the farms taking part and were the most abundant bird recorded in the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Big Farmland Bird Count. (Photo credit: Peter Thompson, GWCT.

6:50am Monday 14th April 2014

Bird survey shows half-million acres of farmland is dedicated to wildlife Despite it being the wettest winter since records began more than 500 farmers, covering nearly half-million acres of UK farmland, rose to the challenge of taking part in the first year of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Big Farmland Bird Count in February.

£90 million for centres of innovation - do pigs & poultry want their share?

South West Farmer: £90 million for centres of innovation - do pigs & poultry want their share?

3:32pm Friday 11th April 2014

The Government has made £90 million available for UK centres for innovation as part of its strategy to make UK farming more competitive, productive, resilient and sustainable.

Crafty Catney Creates Regency Fayre

South West Farmer: Crafty Catney Creates Regency Fayre

3:19pm Friday 11th April 2014

Following the successful double launch of the Regency Fayre Craft & Vintage and Farmer’s Market in February and March respectively, the organisers are happy to announce dates throughout the year, helping to support local traders and engaging with the community on a deeper level Hosted at Plymouth’s luxurious Boringdon Hall and Organised by local events company DH Events, the Regency Fayre is a family orientated local market showcasing some of the finest products from around Devon, Cornwall & Somerset.

Plants evolve ways to control embryo growth.

South West Farmer: Hailing the hardiest of small plants

2:15pm Friday 11th April 2014

A new generation of high yield plants could be created following a fundamental change in our understanding of how plants develop.

Residential farm offers privacy and seclusion

South West Farmer: Brook Farm, Ivybridge

10:40am Friday 11th April 2014

Rarely do farms come available for sale in South Devon as they are what some may describe as a “prize possession” not only because of the lifestyle that may be enjoyed with the wide open spaces but also because of the privacy they offer with the dwelling usually being surrounded by it’s own land.

Cornwall Farmers backs rider in world title bid

South West Farmer: Nicky Sherry

10:19am Friday 11th April 2014

Cornwall Farmers is supporting endurance rider Nicky Sherry as she trains for the World Equestrian Games, due to be held in Normandy, France this summer.

Cornish agriculture students get right Royal calling

South West Farmer: L-R: students Amy Sweet, Matthew Wall, Adam Gale, Ben Cavill, tutor David Carlyon.

6:00am Friday 11th April 2014

A group of Cornish agriculture and countryside students have had a royal calling. The hard working four from Duchy College Rosewarne have just accepted places at the prestigious Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester, starting in September.

Eat more peas to save the bees, say MPs (and hoverflies too!)

South West Farmer: : The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust's recent APPG explained to politicians that although bees are the focus of most attention, other important pollinating insects, such as hoverflies are in an equally perilous state and need help. Photocredit: Peter

3:19pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Two leading scientists recently expressed their concerns to a cross-party group of politicians that although bees are the focus of most attention, other important pollinating insects, such as hoverflies are in an equally perilous state and need help.

Experts warn sheep farmers of Nematodirus risk

South West Farmer: Lesley Stubbings

3:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Farmers are being warned by sheep experts to act now to protect vulnerable lambs against Nematodirus. The vast majority of cases occur in the spring putting young lambs at great risk. However, changing weather patterns mean that this particularly nasty disease can now also be seen in the autumn.

Andrew George MP promoting badger vaccination at the green fair

South West Farmer: n NFU Dorset NFU chairman Paul Gould broadly welcomes the move to protect livestock from bovine TB

1:00pm Thursday 10th April 2014

The MP for the West Cornwall and Isles of Scilly constituency of St Ives, Andrew George, will be supporting the Green Fair at St John’s Hall in Penzance on Saturday, April 12 at 10am.

South West Water funding helps keep Penwith wild

South West Farmer: Wild Penwith Volunteer tasks such as clearing invasive plant species helps benefit stream wildlife including otters photo by Elliot Smith

2:19pm Thursday 10th April 2014

Since last September Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Wild Penwith Volunteers have carried out over 160 hours of practical conservation work across west Penwith, helping to restore eight acres of important wildlife habitat; all thanks to funding from South West Water. The Trust, Cornwall’s leading local wildlife charity protecting Cornwall’s wildlife and wild places are delighted that the company have just agreed to support Wild Penwith for another year.

Butterfly fightback begins

South West Farmer: Small tortoiseshell in barley - photo by Tim Melling, Butterfly Conservation

12:33pm Thursday 10th April 2014

UK butterflies rallied during last summer following their worst year on record, but numbers were still below average, according to the latest results from the UK Butterfly Monitoring Scheme.

Join in the British Farming and Food celebrations!

South West Farmer: Join in the British Farming and Food celebrations!

11:26am Thursday 10th April 2014

On Sunday 8th June hundreds of farms are opening for the biggest date in the farming and food calendar - LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday.

20-acre solar installation secures a bright future for West Devon farm

South West Farmer: Linda and Geoff Petherick retired from milk production in 2006 after a period of low milk prices saw their farm’s overdraft escalate.

9:24am Thursday 10th April 2014

Leasing a proportion of their farm for a solar PV (photovoltaic) development and replacing their dairy cows with sheep has secured the future of Eastacombe Farm for Geoff and Linda Petherick.

Pilot scheme launched to support work of The Princes Countryside Fund

South West Farmer: Pilot scheme launched to support work of The Princes Countryside Fund

9:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

Feather Down Farm Days, the award-winning pioneers of ‘glamping’ and farm stays will be participating in a brand new pilot scheme to support the work of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, the charity that supports the people who live and work in the countryside.

Where can you see the best bluebells this spring?

South West Farmer: Where can you see the best bluebells this spring?

8:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

Priding itself on its abundance of native bluebells, Godolphin near Helston is preparing to welcome the warm weather and embrace the outdoors amid the beauty of this characteristically springtime flower.

Simple Beef System pays dividends for Devon family farm

South West Farmer: Cecil Partridge with his cattle

7:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

It’s a great testimonial to excellent stockman ship to see cattle all contented and quiet in their sheds on the day of one of the worst storms recorded in the South West.

NWF Agriculture and Duchy College combine to hold Cow Signals Workshop

South West Farmer: Just relax tough guy: You talkin' to me? Well I'm the only one here.

5:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

NWF Agriculture is holding a Cow Signals Workshop for all agricultural students at Duchy College, Stoke Climsland on Friday 25th April commencing at 10am and concluding at 3pm.

Keep pressure up on red tape challenge, says NFU

South West Farmer: Minette Batters is a strong contender in the NFU deputy and vice-presidential elections

1:58pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

The NFU says that although progress is being made by Government in cutting red tape, it must act with more urgency so that farmers can see the benefits on the ground.

New seed treatment available for cold-tolerant lucerne

South West Farmer: New seed treatment available for cold-tolerant lucerne

1:00pm Wednesday 9th April 2014

Lucerne seed of the leading cold-tolerant variety Timbale, pre-inoculated and coated for enhanced establishment, is available in the UK from Germinal Seeds for 2014 drilling.

Cornwall Farmers appoints new director as annual meeting told of cautious optimism

South West Farmer: Newly appointed non-executive director Ashley Masters

9:55am Wednesday 9th April 2014

Respected Camel Valley dairy and beef farmer, Ashley Masters, has been appointed as a non-executive director of Cornwall Farmers.

New John Deere trailed sprayers at Cereals 2014

South West Farmer: HIGH CAPACITY: the new John Deere 1400 Series large square baler

4:00pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

John Deere’s new mid-specification M-Series trailed sprayer range makes its working debut at Cereals 2014, in the Sprays & Sprayers demonstration arena.

Cornwall Farmers opens its second Patch & Acre store

South West Farmer: Cornwall Farmers opens its second Patch & Acre store

3:00pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

Cornwall Farmers’ new-look Patch & Acre Country Store at Launceston will be unveiled on Saturday, April 12, 2014.

Cornwall Farmers backs rider in world title bid

South West Farmer: Nicky Sherry

2:00pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

Cornwall Farmers is supporting endurance rider Nicky Sherry as she trains for the World Equestrian Games, due to be held in Normandy, France this summer.

Continued growth drives Spectrum Energy Systems expansion

South West Farmer: PROMISING CROPS: green wheat establishment rates are better than expected

1:37pm Tuesday 8th April 2014

Spectrum Energy Systems, specialists in the supply and installation of solar PV arrays and wind turbines up to 850kW, is expanding its operations in the UK following a period of sustained business growth.

Charity bingo night raises £1,000 for farming families

South West Farmer: Eyes down (left to right) bingo caller Anthony Wilkes, sponsor Mark Davies from Green Farm Seeds, and Gloucestershire R.A.B.I. committee members Mary Wathen and David Hewlett.

11:00am Tuesday 8th April 2014

A charity bingo evening at Maisemore village hall on March 22 raised £1,000 to help farming families affected by flooding in Somerset and elsewhere.

Farmer's despair as cattle lost to bovine TB

South West Farmer: Cow trapped

10:50am Tuesday 8th April 2014

Dorset dairy farmer Paul Gould is facing the prospect of losing nearly a quarter of his closed dairy herd after the animals reacted positively at his latest routine bovine TB test.

Urgent action on food waste needed

South West Farmer: CONTROVERSIAL: A bill to introduce National Service had its second reading in Parliament

9:16am Tuesday 8th April 2014

The House of Lords EU Committee has today called for urgent action on food waste in Europe highlighting that at least 90 million tonnes of food is wasted across the EU each year.

Keep dogs from attacking livestock

South West Farmer: These two Cheshire Dogs Home pets need a new home

8:16am Tuesday 8th April 2014

The BVA is asking dog owners to support a new campaign and keep their pets on leads near livestock as recent figures confirm that attacks have risen by more than 50 per cent in the last three years.

Sponsors announced for Bridgwater College scholarship

South West Farmer: New sponsors and members of Bridgwater College staff.

6:00am Tuesday 8th April 2014

Bridgwater College’s Scholarship programme, in association with Coombe Farm, Cricketer Farm, Magnox, Micro Bio-Systems, Pattemores Transport, Synergy Farm Health, Thatchers Cider, the University of Exeter and Wessex Water, is back for a second year, for students studying a range of land-based courses.

NFU respond to Kendall's AHDB appointment

South West Farmer: CALL: NFU President Peter Kendall during the National Farmer’s Union annual Conference at the ICC, Birmingham

3:38pm Monday 7th April 2014

NFU President Meurig Raymond has said he looks forward to working closely with Peter Kendall.

New Schmallenberg vaccine launched

South West Farmer: New Schmallenberg vaccine launched

12:02pm Monday 7th April 2014

A new Schmallenberg vaccine – SBVvax – is now available from Merial Animal Health after receiving approval for use in sheep and cattle in the UK.

Where would you build your dream Grand Design home in north Devon

South West Farmer: Body found in search for missing Devon man

10:06am Monday 7th April 2014

AN Opportunity has arisen for buyers to build two ‘grand design’ homes on land at Heal Farm in Umberleigh, north Devon.

The Duchess of Cornwall accepts Honorary Life Vice-Presidency for Devon County Agricultural Association

South West Farmer: The Duchess of Cornwall

9:41am Monday 7th April 2014

The Devon County Agricultural Association (DCAA), which stages the Devon County Show, is delighted to announce that HRH The Duchess of Cornwall has accepted a DCAA Honorary Life Vice-Presidency.

'Significant' land-based skills shortage in UK

South West Farmer: Plans for huge solar farm on MP Richard Drax’s estate facing judicial review

8:36am Monday 7th April 2014

The Baroness Young of Old Scone hosted an event on Thursday which saw the launch of an updated report on the future skills and employment needs of the land-based and environmental industries.

Gassing badgers 'most humane' way to kill them, says Princess Anne

South West Farmer: Princess Anne

12:48pm Friday 4th April 2014

Gassing badgers is the most humane way to control them, according to the Princess Royal.

Flooded farmers have until May 9 to apply for grant under Farming Recovery Fund

South West Farmer: Ben Compton of Bruton Knowles

6:50am Friday 4th April 2014

Farmers affected by the severe flooding in early 2014 have until 9 May to apply for a grant under the Farming Recovery Fund (FRF).

Humane society welcomes abandonment of badger cull

South West Farmer: Residents show support in city's anti badger cull march

5:06pm Thursday 3rd April 2014

Animal welfare charity, Humane Society International UK, says it welcomes the abandonment of the planned roll out of badger culling to new areas of England this year as “a welcome U-turn but a damning indictment on DEFRA’s failed policy”.









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