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.

Farmland values break £10,000 per acre barrier

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

8:00am Thursday 7th August 2014

Farmland values topped £10,000 per acre for the first time ever in the second quarter of 2014 according to rural property services providers, Smiths Gore. Values have increased by 6 per cent over the past 12 months. In the South West of the country, there are 23 per cent more farms for sale compared with the same period in 2013.

Vision launched for future of British lamb production

South West Farmer:

10:00am Wednesday 30th July 2014

The first ever NSA and NFU ‘Vision for British Lamb Production’ report has been launched at the NSA Sheep Event, clearly identifying the current position of UK lamb production and the steps needed to make the most of its future.

Free entry to Devon County Show's lamb shearing and dog trials

South West Farmer:

12:00pm Wednesday 6th August 2014

Top UK competitors will be taking part in Devon County Show’s Lamb Shearing and Dog Trials Event on Sunday August 10 at Sidbury, near Sidmouth.

New expert joins Potato Council

South West Farmer:

11:00am Wednesday 6th August 2014

The communications and knowledge transfer team at Potato Council has a new team leader, Dr Philip Burgess, who brings a breadth of technical, scientific and commercial expertise gained from a career dedicated to potatoes.

Genetic blueprint of bread wheat genome unveiled to improve world’s most popular cereal crop

South West Farmer:

9:00am Tuesday 5th August 2014

Work led by the International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) has provided new insight into the structure, organisation, and evolution of the large, complex genome of the world’s most widely-grown cereal crop.

MEPs sign up to support British Farmers

South West Farmer:

11:00am Monday 4th August 2014

South West MEP Julie Girling was among a number of Conservative MEPs who have put their names to a charter pledging support for British farming.

Changing perspectives at HGCA’s 2014 Grain Market Outlook Conference

South West Farmer: Hampshire wheat field by Rich Meston

6:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

HGCA’s flagship annual conference for 2014 will look at whether the industry needs to retune its perspective to respond to long-term influences motivating world markets.

Cotswold farmer wins award for giving extra for conservation

South West Farmer:

8:00am Monday 28th July 2014

Richard Benyon, who was awarded the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust’s prestigious 2013 Cotswold Grey Partridge Trophy for the miles of wildlife habitats that he has created for this rare bird, recently passed on the baton to the latest winner of this coveted prize.

Frogmary Green Farm Joins Network of LEAF Demonstration Farms

South West Farmer:

7:00am Sunday 27th July 2014

Frogmary Green Farm has become the latest farm to join LEAF’s nationwide network of LEAF Demonstration Farms. It joins over 40 other farms across the country set up to showcase the very best of sustainable farming practices.

New report: why we need a new recipe for farming, wildlife, food and public health

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

7:00am Saturday 26th July 2014

'Square Meal: why we need a new recipe for farming, wildlife, food and public health' is a new report published by The Food Research Collaboration, the RSPB, Friends of the Earth, the National Trust, the Food Ethics Council, Sustain, the Wildlife Trusts, the Soil Association, Eating Better and Compassion in World Farming.

Replace, Reduce, Refine – Roundtable discusses antimicrobial use

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

3:00pm Friday 25th July 2014

A framework for replacement, reduction and refinement needs to be established for the responsible use of antimicrobials along the food supply chain. This is one of the main findings put forward by a top-level roundtable, 'Antimicrobials – Who Needs Them', chaired by the sustainable farming research and development business, the Food Animal Initiative, and pharmaceutical company, Ceva.

Liz Truss to visit Somerset Levels

South West Farmer:

6:00pm Thursday 24th July 2014

Newly-appointed Environment Secretary Liz Truss is to visit Somerset to check the progress of a massive dredging programme designed to reduce flooding problems on the Levels.

South West insurer issues warning on farm machinery fires

South West Farmer: Fire crews tackle the burning combine harvester

10:00am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

South West insurance firm Cornish Mutual is issuing a warning to farmers as the hot weather causes an increase in farm machinery fires during intensive haymaking and harvesting work.

NFU welcomes Defra’s £400m food procurement plans

South West Farmer:

9:00am Tuesday 22nd July 2014

The NFU is delighted to play its part in ensuring the public sector sources more British food, as the Government launched a new plan for driving more locally sourced food and drink into public procurement.

Call for ‘Growth Deal’ announcement to benefit rural economy

South West Farmer:

12:00pm Monday 21st July 2014

The CLA has said Government allocations from the national growth pot must benefit all sections of the economy. The organisation said it welcomed the news that Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) will now have more money to benefit and grow the economy.

New beekeeping ‘Centre of Excellence’ officially opened

South West Farmer:

9:10am Monday 21st July 2014

Taunton Beekeepers’ new centre of excellence at Bradford-on-Tone was officially opened by Taunton MP Jeremy Browne on Saturday July 19. Mr Browne, who champions the work of Taunton beekeepers, joined the President of the British Beekeepers’ Association, Dr David Aston, Somerset Beekeepers’ Chairman Jonathan Friend and local members at the new £83,000 building.

Open Farm Sunday a record breaker

South West Farmer: The Leaf Open Farm Sunday was a huge success

1:00pm Saturday 19th July 2014

It is official - Open Farm Sunday 2014 was another record-breaking year, with 207,000 visitors, a 3 per cent increase on last year's numbers.

Family fun day for Helston store opening

South West Farmer:

8:00am Saturday 19th July 2014

Cornwall Farmers’ new Patch & Acre store in Helston will be unveiled on Saturday July 26 2014 with a family fun day. Store manager, Mark Cole, will be joined by pupils from nearby St Michael’s Primary School in a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10.30am, declaring the revamped branch officially open.

NFU 'a spent force' says former Board Chairman

South West Farmer:

9:30am Thursday 17th July 2014

The NFU’s approach to tackling the crisis in the beef sector has been condemned as a ‘fiasco’ by its former national livestock chairman. Devon farmer Richard Haddock says the union has adopted a pitifully weak stance in dealing with the issue - and he has now resigned from it as a result.

Banks issue fraud warning for businesses

South West Farmer: Telephone scams are a problem in Dartford and Gravesend.

7:00am Thursday 17th July 2014

NatWest and RBS are warning businesses to be vigilant after a new twist on an old scam has seen businesses in the farming community lose hundreds of thousands of pounds so far this year.

Farm work is not child’s play

South West Farmer: A combine harvester working in a field near Pocklington

5:40pm Wednesday 16th July 2014

The Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH) is urging farmers and their families to be more aware of the dangers for children at this time of year. According to the world’s largest professional health and safety organisation, the school summer holidays bring with them even greater opportunities for youngsters to come into danger on farms.

More pasture-fed producers wanted in south west

South West Farmer:

9:00am Wednesday 16th July 2014

The Pasture-Fed Livestock Association, which certifies farmers producing beef and lamb solely on pasture and conserved forage, is looking for more suppliers to fulfill increasing demand from retailers.

Inspiring young people key focus at NSA event

South West Farmer:

6:00pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

The important role of the industry in inspiring young people to enter the sheep sector will be a key focus of the NSA Sheep 2014 event on Wednesday July 30 at the Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire.

British farmers hit out at Tesco’s failure to deliver on commitments

South West Farmer: Meurig Raymond

5:00pm Tuesday 15th July 2014

NFU President, Meurig Raymond, has strongly criticised Tesco’s decision to heavily promote New Zealand lamb in the middle of the prime season for British lamb, given previous commitments that they have made.

Owen Paterson sacked as Environment Secretary

South West Farmer: Owen Paterson

11:00am Tuesday 15th July 2014

OWEN Paterson has been sacked in the latest Cabinet reshuffle by David Cameron. His role as Environment Secretary has been taken by Liz Truss, (MP for south west Norfolk), after he had been in the post for less than two years.

Badger vaccination programme underway at Cornish resort

South West Farmer:

2:10pm Monday 14th July 2014

The controversial subject of badger culling has been a hot topic in the West Country for a number of years. To cull or to vaccinate has split farmers and land owners across the country, leaving those with smallholdings confused by what options are available to them.









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