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.

Rare species of bee discovered in Cornwall

South West Farmer:

9:00am Saturday 20th September 2014

Wildlife charity, Cornwall Wildlife Trust is delighted to announce that two very rare species of bee have been discovered on their new Bartinney Nature Reserve near Sennen in west Penwith.

10,000 signatures as support grows for ‘the Defra plan’ for Hen Harriers

South West Farmer:

6:00am Friday 19th September 2014

Efforts to secure a more promising future for hen harriers in England moved a little closer this week as an e- petition calling for Defra to publish its Hen Harrier Joint Recovery Plan achieved more than 10,000 signatures. This means that Defra is now obliged to respond in writing about their response.

Three top firms join forces to provide agricultural update

South West Farmer: Barn conversion with views

9:00am Thursday 18th September 2014

Agricultural businesses are being invited to hear the latest updates following the first approval in Cornwall for a residential barn conversion under permitted development rights at a joint seminar to be held on Thursday, October 2 in St Austell.

Shipshape Ale raises money for fishermen's mission

South West Farmer:

8:00am Wednesday 17th September 2014

Rock-based Sharp's Brewery raised a glass or two of its Honey Gold Ale on Port Isaac beach recently, to celebrate its shipshape fundraising for Fishermen's Mission.

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

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.


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