Bad news for farmland birds, says RSPB

South West Farmer: Skylark numbers are dwindling

3:00pm Thursday 30th October 2014

The RSPB has called on Defra to make “every pound count” in a new wildlife-friendly farm scheme as official figures reveal another huge drop in the number of bird species, such as turtle dove, skylark and yellowhammer, reliant on farmed landscapes

Judges to rule on cull of badgers

South West Farmer:

1:00pm Wednesday 29th October 2014

The Court of Appeal has accused the Government of acting unlawfully by giving the latest badger culls the go ahead without an independent expert panel (IEP) to monitor whether the animals are being killed in a humane way.

Global Cheese Awards, Chairman, Nigel Pooley, has announced his retirement

South West Farmer:

8:20am Wednesday 29th October 2014

After 22 years' service to the Global Cheese Awards, Chairman Nigel Pooley has announced his retirement.

Andrew George reviews Penwith vaccination project

South West Farmer:

7:00pm Tuesday 28th October 2014

West Cornwall MP, Andrew George, showed Parliamentary colleague Baroness Kate Parminter how the Penwith badger vaccination project is progressing on Saturday 25th October. Baroness Parminter is a former executive of the RSPCA and former Chair of the Campaign for the Protection of Hunted Animals and has a strong interest in environmental and animal protection matters.

New Badger Cull Poll: Nine Out of Ten Say ‘Stop Culling and Do it the Welsh Way

South West Farmer:

9:00am Tuesday 28th October 2014

Results from a new poll on the controversial badger cull show that nine out of ten people who express an opinion (89 per cent) want the UK government to stop culling badgers and follow the Welsh by combatting bovine TB (bTB) through cattle measures alone.

Tractor speed move will benefit British farming and make roads safer, says CLA

South West Farmer:

5:00pm Monday 27th October 2014

The CLA has said the Government’s announcement to increase the maximum speed limit for conventional tractors from next March will make British farming more competitive and the roads safer.

It's time to put a fresh perspective on pesticides says CPA

South West Farmer:

10:00am Monday 27th October 2014

It’s time to put a fresh perspective on the essential role pesticides play in safeguarding our food supply, protecting the environment and improving our way of life. That’s the message from the Crop Protection Association (CPA) in a new leaflet aimed at providing the public with an introduction to crop protection - explaining the benefits of pesticides and why they’re safe for consumers and the environment.

Animal psychology in focus at agricultural safety workshop

South West Farmer: Three large bulls on road cause alert

7:00am Friday 24th October 2014

Agricultural workers can get an insight into animal psychology as part of efforts to improve farm safety while handling cattle. Agriculture continues to have one of the highest fatality rates in UK industry, with 27 of the 133 workers killed in 2013-14 employed in the sector. Of those, seven died as a result of coming into contact with cattle. Many others have been injured.

Video demonstrates why Government must act to minimise flood risk for farm businesses

South West Farmer:

10:00am Thursday 23rd October 2014

A poignant video of a farming couple from the Somerset Levels coming to terms with being flooded last winter highlights why the Government must urgently invest to fill the £500m shortfall in the nation’s flood defence funding, the NFU said today.

New GrowHow Farm Adviser for South West and South Wales

South West Farmer:

10:00am Wednesday 22nd October 2014

Hefin Llywd has joined GrowHow UK as the company’s newest field-based Farm Adviser. He took up his new position on 13 October and will cover the South West and South Wales.

Proposed weight increase is step in right direction but next stage will be crucial, says NFU

South West Farmer:

12:00pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

The NFU said today that weight increases proposed by Department for Transport (DfT) are a step in the right direction but need to go further in the next phase to realise the maximum improvement in farm transport efficiency.

Wadebridge Young Farmers finish year on a high

South West Farmer:

9:00am Tuesday 21st October 2014

Wadebridge Young Farmers finished the club year on a high at the Annual General Meeting, held on October 17 at Wadebridge Football Club.

Farm charity benefits from wildlife research in Somerset

South West Farmer:

2:00pm Monday 20th October 2014

The Somerset branch of the UK's leading wildlife charity has raised almost £1,000 for the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI), a charity dedicated to supporting farm-workers and their families through difficult times.

New record for harvesting wheat

South West Farmer:

9:40am Monday 20th October 2014

New Holland Agriculture has reclaimed the Guinness World Records title, harvesting an impressive 797.656 tonnes of wheat in eight hours with the world’s most powerful combine, the 653hp CR10.90.

Learn more about flood management

South West Farmer:

11:00am Saturday 18th October 2014

Find out more about water catchment management on the National Trust’s Holnicote Estate to include talks about land management considerations; working in partnership, and moorland site management to slow down water in the upper catchment.

Book now for a swaling demonstration

South West Farmer:

12:00pm Thursday 16th October 2014

Controlled burning can be daunting, especially with busy roads and walkers around. So why not come along on Monday October 20 at 2pm North Hill, Minehead to a free, informal event.

Country roads are deadlier than you THINK!

South West Farmer: Pictures from the Brighton Argus Flickr group

1:30pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

THINK! is launching a new campaign to warn drivers of the dangers of country roads. Sixty per cent of people killed on Britain’s roads die on rural roads, and new research shows many more drivers are needlessly putting themselves at risk of an accident.

The end of another successful year for Culm Valley YFC

South West Farmer:

2:45pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

Culm Valley Young Farmers Club recently held their annual Harvest Supper at Culmstock Village Hall to celebrate the end of another successful year. The evening highlights included a very entertaining speech from guest speaker Chris Berry, Devon YFC Chairman.

Exhibitions showcase new technologies to increase efficiency in farming

South West Farmer: OLD AND NEW: Richard Bullivant with the 21st century New Holland Electra Plus combine harvester and the 19th century technology of the Russel and Hornsby straw thresher

11:00am Tuesday 14th October 2014

Technology has changed the way the world operates and farming is no exception. The day-to-day running costs involved in farming are phenomenal before even considering the impact of floods, disease or sudden switches in agricultural trends. With farming still in recovery following the impact of the flood crisis in early 2014, British farmers are looking to invest in the latest equipment and technology in order to visualise a profitable future for future farming generations.

Raising a glass – and £15K – to wildlife

South West Farmer:

2:00pm Monday 13th October 2014

An exclusive wine tasting and auction held at the Caledonian Club in London has raised more than £15,000 for the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust (GWCT). Over 50 people attended the event, which took place on the evening of Wednesday October 1. The proceeds from the auction will go towards funding the GWCT’s vital and ground-breaking scientific research, aimed at conserving the British countryside for generations to come.

CLA backs ban for sky lanterns

South West Farmer: A glow lantern in the sky

1:00pm Wednesday 8th October 2014

The CLA, which represents landowners, farmers and rural businesses, has backed a call by National Parks England to ban sky lanterns.

Cornwall leading discussions on how to save the world’s bees

South West Farmer:

9:22am Wednesday 8th October 2014

Beekeepers, environmentalists and academics will heading to the Royal Cornwall Showground this Friday for a summit to discuss the global decline in bee populations.

RPA inspectors are using new highly-accurate GPS mapping devices for farm inspections.

South West Farmer:

11:10am Tuesday 7th October 2014

Advanced new GPS mapping devices are being used by Rural Payments Agency (RPA) inspectors this autumn, allowing pinpoint accuracy to within half a metre.

Study reveals air pollution impacts on river flows

South West Farmer:

9:00am Tuesday 7th October 2014

A study published in Nature Geoscience shows that air pollution has had a significant impact on the amount of water flowing through many rivers in the northern hemisphere.

Warning to farmers of sharp increase in livestock thefts

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

8:50am Tuesday 7th October 2014

Figures released by rural insurance company NFU Mutual have revealed that livestock thefts have increased on British by 24 per cent in the last year. It is estimated that around 90,000 animals (mostly sheep along with cattle and pigs) were stolen last year costing farmers £6.5m. The consequences of this crime can have terrible consequences if diseases are spread and can even affect the health of the customers who buy illegal meat.

Pig power helps birds

South West Farmer:

8:40am Tuesday 7th October 2014

The RSPB has recruited the help of some unusual volunteers to help restore heathland and give nature a home on one of its reserves. For the first time the charity has introduced a herd of six Mangalitsa pigs to ‘pig out’ at its Arne nature reserve, in Dorset, to help restore a seven hectare site back to its natural healthland through wild grazing.

Badger Trust legal challenge over monitoring of badger cull to be heard by Court of Appeal

South West Farmer: On the trail of the badger family

8:30am Tuesday 7th October 2014

The Badger Trust will take its legal challenge over the lack of independent monitoring of the badger culls currently being undertaken in Somerset and Gloucestershire to the Court of Appeal on Thursday October 9. This follows a hearing on 11 September where the Vice President of the Civil Division of the Court of Appeal agreed that the Badger Trust had a real prospect of success in its appeal.

Invitation to participate in South West Water’s Investment Programme in the Upper Exe

South West Farmer:

12:00pm Monday 6th October 2014

Exmoor Hill Farming Network is hosting a research and review project to help deliver improved water quality in the Upper Exe. Working with local farmers, land managers and landowners, the team will develop an Action Plan that could feed into a programme of activity to be rolled out in the Upper Exe catchment over the next five years.

New manure app gets nominated for innovation award

South West Farmer:

7:00am Monday 6th October 2014

A new mobile app, designed to help farmers and growers value the nutrients found in manures, has been nominated for an award with the Soil Association. The Farm Manure Management Application, informally called the “FarmCrapApp” has been developed by the SWARM Knowledge Hub, a project run by the Rural Business School at Duchy College.

Peter Kendall wins Farming Champion Award

South West Farmer: MESSAGE: NFU president Peter Kendall

Former NFU President Peter Kendall has been named as the Farming Champion for 2014 at the Farmers Weekly awards. Mr Kendall, who stepped down from the role as president at the NFU in February after eight years at the helm, was nominated for his on-going contribution to British farming.

Somerset Farmer David Horler Wins Diversification Farmer of the Year

South West Farmer:

8:00am Saturday 4th October 2014

David Horler, Somerset farmer and co-founder of the popular children’s brand, Tractor Ted, has been named Diversification Farmer of the Year in the Farmers’ Weekly Awards.

Investigation into two cases of E. coli O157 with possible connection to unpasteurised drinking milk leads to product recall

South West Farmer: Arla is to reduce its milk prices on 1 July

5:40pm Friday 3rd October 2014

Public Health England (PHE) is working with the Food Standards Agency (FSA) and local authority environmental health officers on an investigation into two cases of E. coli O157 which may be linked to supply of unpasteurised or “raw” milk from a farm in Devon (Barton Farm Dairy, Kentisbury, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4NQ).

European Commission ignores scientists’ warnings over routine use of antibiotics in farmed animals, says Soil Association

South West Farmer: The chickens were killed and their remains dumped in a public area in Leatherhead

8:00am Friday 3rd October 2014

European Commission proposal,s published on September 10, for updating regulations on farm antibiotic use ignore advice from the Lancet Infectious Diseases Commission to phase out routine preventative use, according to the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics.

Good progress in badger vaccination roll out

South West Farmer:

11:30am Thursday 2nd October 2014

West Cornwall MP, Andrew George, says he is encouraged by the "good progress" being made in the project to roll out a badger vaccine in West Cornwall. The aim is to tackle the problems of bovine tuberculosis in the local cattle herd; a project he originally proposed last year and in which he has collaborated with the Zoological Society of London.

Vodafone teams up with local councils to encourage rural Open Sure signal

South West Farmer: STAYING SAFE: Volunteers help the region's police patrol hundreds of miles of northern countryside during Farmwatch operations

10:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014

More of the British public think positively about farmers and farming than last year according to a recent OnePoll survey commissioned by the NFU. Following the launch of the Back British Farming campaign, the latest survey results reveal 67 per cent of people think favourably about farmers, a five per cent increase continuing an upward trend from 2012

Tories promise improved rural mobile signal

South West Farmer: Conversations should be private

6:00am Wednesday 1st October 2014

Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has announced that mobile networks will be made to improve phone signals in rural areas, At the Conservative Party Conference, Mr Javid criticised the current situation where large areas still only receive poor mobile phone signal and promised to ensure network operators would improve it.

Former NFU chairman charged with producing cannabis

South West Farmer:

11:00am Tuesday 30th September 2014

Former NFU county chairman, John Shears, has been charged with producing cannabis. Mr Shears, who is 79, lives at Lower Nattadon Farm in Chagford, where a police raid took place earlier this year.

Emergency use of insecticide granted but will be too late for some, says NFU

South West Farmer: FULL BLOOM: healthy oilseed rape

4:30pm Monday 29th September 2014

Emergency use of the crop protection product Insyst has been authorised to protect winter oilseed rape from further damage by cabbage stem flea beetle following growing pressure from farmers who have seen significant damage to their crops.

Business hots up for Wendron company as biomass take-up grows

South West Farmer:

9:00am Saturday 27th September 2014

Cornwall’s leading installer of biomass boilers has increased its turnover from £150,000 to £1.2 million and trebled its staff numbers in the last 12 months. Wendron Biomass cites the introduction of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which offers financial rewards for investing in renewable heat, as the trigger for this steep growth.

Arable business efficiency the focus for expanded Monitor Farm programme

South West Farmer: Arable land: Little Comberton.

3:00pm Friday 26th September 2014

HGCA’s Monitor Farm programme is expanding this autumn to include eight more arable farms across England and Wales, bringing the total to 20.

New cattle genetics company launches with a number one Holstein sire

South West Farmer:

10:00am Friday 26th September 2014

A new cattle genetics company launched in Somerset this month has achieved a major industry coup with a brand new number one Holstein bull in its portfolio at the start of its trading.

Three ultra-earlies maize varieties add to growing market sector

South West Farmer: The maize maze at Penshurst

12:00pm Thursday 25th September 2014

KWS UK launched three new ultra-early maize varieties at UK Dairy Day all of which push yields higher in this growing market segment.

RPA unveils ‘extra help’ to get online for Basic Payment Scheme

South West Farmer:

7:00am Wednesday 24th September 2014

The Rural Payments Agency has announced a package of measures to help farmers get online for the new Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) including the launch of regional digital support centres offering appointments for one to one sessions for those most in need.

Labour vow to stop badger cull

South West Farmer:

1:00pm Tuesday 23rd September 2014

The badger cull would be scrapped by the Labour Party if they win next May's general election

Workshop on cross compliance being held this evening.

South West Farmer: SR_217_001     One of the fields to be used in the proposed Solar Farm at Cambridge (8281794)

8:40am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

An information evening on Cross Compliance is being held this evening (Tuesday 23rd September) from 7.30 to 9pm at The Sportsman Inn, Sandyway, nr South Molton, Devon.

Pay attention to feeding forages this winter to maintain milk yields and quality

South West Farmer: Dairy farming helps provide trade for countless other businesses in our region

8:00am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Dairy farmers are invited to come along to a series of evening meetings being hosted by Innovation for Agriculture (IFA) and Keenan. These evening meetings will focus on maximising yields over winter with a forage based diet and will provide farmers with an opportunity to hear excellent advice on the subject.

Farming against BVD survey results

South West Farmer:

3:00pm Monday 22nd September 2014

Results from the Farming Against BVD (Bovine Viral Diarrhoea)survey were presented by an independent expert panel at Novartis Animal Health headquarters on September 18 2014, giving valuable insight into dairy and beef farmers current practices, attitudes and understanding of BVD.

Surprize Surprize – yellow and orange apple with pink flesh launched

South West Farmer:

3:00pm Sunday 21st September 2014

Britain’s latest apple sensation has gone on sale - a spectacular new yellow and orange skinned variety with pink flesh. The variety called Surprize, is very sweet and aromatic and has been grown in Herefordshire.

Preparing for your livestock’s seasonal housing needs

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

9:00am Sunday 21st September 2014

The days are shortening, harvest and autumn sowing is mostly done, so now is the time to turn your attention to the winter and your stock. You must ask yourself how you intend to help them come through it, says Charlie Maclaren, board member of The National Beef Association (NBA).

Revised EU legislation for for veterinary medicine and medicated feed published

South West Farmer: Gloucester Old Spot pigs on the farm

2:00pm Saturday 20th September 2014

The European Commission in Brussels has published its proposed package for revised legislation for veterinary medicines and medicated feed. The National Office of Animal Health (NOAH) welcomes its publication. It fully supports the Commission’s aim of improving the availability of veterinary medicines throughout Europe.







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