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The aftermath of storm Ophelia has left farmers in Ireland without water and electricity – making day-to-day operations nearly impossible. The effects of the gale force winds and rain on Monday (16 October) left Ardeens Farm, Macroom, Cork with damage to infrastructure as well as no electricity or water to manage their 85-head dairy herd. “We started milking at 5am on Monday morning to beat the storm, as we thought if the electric went, at least we would have the […]

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Posted: October 20, 2017, 2:44 pm

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Subsidies to farmers in the EU-27 could be capped at as little as €60,000 (£54,000) a farm after 2020 – in a move which increases the chances that similar restriction will be applied in the UK. The aid capping plans are contained in a leaked document from the European Commission setting out an outline plan for revisions to the CAP from 2021 onwards. The EU plans to retain direct payments in roughly their current form, but the document advocates “exploring the […]

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Posted: October 20, 2017, 9:30 am

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As Defra continues to take advice on the future shape of a post-Brexit agricultural policy, Dieter Helm, chairman of the Natural Capital Committee, is adamant that direct payments to farmers should be phased out. But what is the rationale for his thinking and how does he see the wider issues around Brexit panning out? Farmers Weekly put these questions to him in an interview. The Natural Capital Committee has recently suggested Pillar 1 direct payments should go, and what money is available […]

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Posted: October 20, 2017, 5:02 am

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Schadenfreude, a wonderful German word for “pleasure derived from another person’s misfortune”, is not an emotion that I would ordinarily own up to. But, as a farmer who has spent rather too much of my life scratching a meagre living growing grain on steep, flint-strewn Sussex downland soil, I have to confess to having had a wicked chuckle recently when Britain’s biggest farmer, vacuum cleaner tycoon Sir James Dyson, announced a loss of £4m. I’m not proud of myself. Sir […]

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Posted: October 20, 2017, 4:50 am

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The Country Land and Business Association (CLA) is calling for the appointment of a national “fly-tipping tsar” as latest figures from Defra show the problem has worsened for the fourth year in a row. Annual figures issued on Thursday (19 October), show there has been another 7% increase in the dumping of waste on roads and public land over the past 12 months, with local authorities in England reporting more than a million cases. See also: Fly-tipping survey results revealed According to […]

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Posted: October 19, 2017, 1:33 pm

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A farmer has been arrested on suspicion of assault following a confrontation between hunt saboteurs. Leicestershire Police arrested the 44-year-old after an incident in Ratcliffe Culey at the weekend. A police spokeswoman said: “The force received a report at 12.31pm on Saturday 14 October in relation to a man sustaining an injury as a result of being involved in a collision with a quad bike. “On Wednesday 18 October, officers arrested a man on suspicion of assault and he has […]

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Posted: October 19, 2017, 7:00 am

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Claims for damage from gale force winds brought by storm Ophelia could reach £10m, according to the UK’s largest rural insurer. While the cost of the gales across Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland are expected to be between £5m-£10m, NFU Mutual said this could rise further as farmers venture out to inspect any damage over the coming days. But although the gale force winds seen across the country on Monday (16 October) were some of the worst in recent years, […]

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Posted: October 18, 2017, 1:58 pm

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A farmer has been quizzed by police after mud on the road may have caused a crash between a motorcyclist and a car. The biker suffered leg injuries after he collided with a black BMW estate car on the A3124 road in Beaford, North Devon. The local man, aged in his 20s, was taken to North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple, where he was treated for his injuries, which police said were not serious. See also: Mud on the road […]

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Posted: October 18, 2017, 11:51 am

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Direct payments to farmers are crucial for helping farm businesses deal with market volatility and must be retained under any new domestic agricultural policy post Brexit, the NFU has stated. The call is contained in an NFU policy document, which sets out the union’s case for direct payments more explicitly than in the past. See also: What’s driving future of farm support post Brexit The latest paper builds on the policy options contained in an earlier “Vision” document in March, which set […]

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Posted: October 18, 2017, 9:27 am

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An angry farmer has been filmed confronting hunt saboteurs and ordering them to “get off my land”. The tenant farmer became incensed after finding supporters of the West Midland Hunt Saboteurs filming on his land. A clash broke out after saboteurs started recording the Atherstone Hunt on farmland in Radcliffe Culey, Leicestershire, on Saturday afternoon (14 October). Dressed in black and green John Deere overalls, the farmer is filmed driving his red quad bike at the sabs, some of whom […]

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Posted: October 17, 2017, 2:35 pm

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A Land Rover Discovery was crushed after its owner was convicted of using it to damage a farmer’s field. North Yorkshire Police released images of grinning officers next to the vehicle after it had been destroyed. The force warned the images should act as a deterrent to others thinking of committing similar crimes. Mark James Hughes, 33, of Eden Street, in Horden, Durham, was ordered to pay the farmer £1,000 in compensation and he was stripped of his Land Rover […]

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Posted: October 17, 2017, 10:04 am

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Red Tractor officials have just three weeks left to get European Commission reapproval for its certification scheme for crops grown for the European biofuels market. The commission granted a temporary extension back in August to ensure that Red Tractor Assurance (RTA) remains valid as a sustainability certification mechanism for British-grown biofuels. However, that extension comes to an end on 6 November 2017, meaning that industry officials have less than a month to either get the commission to agree to full […]

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Posted: October 17, 2017, 8:00 am

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Farmers in Northern Ireland and north Wales are bracing themselves for gusts up to 80mph brought by ex-hurricane Ophelia. Weather warnings are in place for very strong winds in Northern Ireland, western and northern Britain on Monday and Tuesday (16-17 October). However, the forecast for other areas – such as south-east England – is good, with warm and mainly dry conditions likely to dominate. See also: How Farmers Weekly covered the ‘Great Storm’ of 1987 Farmers in Northern Ireland and […]

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Posted: October 16, 2017, 11:00 am

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A farmer is hoping to sell his £1.3m North Yorkshire farm by raffle after struggling to sell it through the normal channels. Farmer John Bennett needs to sell 28,000 tickets at £50 each before March next year to be able to award the mortgage-free property to a winner. Barns Farm consists of 7.5ha in the North Riding of Yorkshire. It has a three-bedroom stone farmhouse, eight stables, a tack room, feed room, six car garage, barn and workshop. See also: 8 […]

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Posted: October 16, 2017, 10:45 am

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Farmers in Northern Ireland have been advised they can spread slurry during the approaching closed period due to the exceptionally wet weather this year, but it must be a last resort. The Ulster Farmers’ Union (UFU) said if farmers cannot spread their slurry before 15 October they can employ the ‘reasonable excuse’ clause. It said farmers do not have to notify the Department for Agriculture, Energy and Rural Affairs (Daera) or the Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) before spreading during […]

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Posted: October 15, 2017, 5:00 am

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Three men from South Yorkshire have each been jailed for 21 months for a raid on a farm in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. Bradley Trevor Stevenson, Jordan Woolhouse and Aaron Craig Calladine – described by a Teesside Crown Court judge as part of a professional travelling crime gang – were stopped by police as they were driving towards Ingleton on the B6255 last October. They were tracked down because their van had been spotted earlier with another van […]

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Posted: October 15, 2017, 5:00 am

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Farmers waking up on the morning of 16 October 1987 and opening their Farmers Weekly’s, might have been disappointed – if not slightly confused. Instead of reporting on the hurricane that had wreaked havoc on large swathes of the south-east of England the night before, the main feature in that particular issue was all about the impending Farm Woodlands Grant Scheme. The timing could not have been worse, as Farmers Weekly went to press on the Wednesday night (14 October), […]

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Posted: October 14, 2017, 5:10 am

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A lethal cocktail of odourless gas has prompted reminders for farmers to take extra care when mixing slurry this autumn. Slurry gas includes extremely poisonous hydrogen sulphide. At low concentrations it is difficult to smell. At higher concentrations, it is harder to breathe and causes confusion – and at certain concentrations, just one breath can kill. See also: Two men killed in farm slurry incident Mixing slurry can be dangerous – rapidly releasing gas in large quantities as soon as […]

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Posted: October 14, 2017, 5:05 am

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MPs will quiz Red Tractor farm assurance bosses as part of an urgent inquiry into alleged food safety breaches at the 2 Sisters Food Group. The House of Commons environment food and rural affairs committee announced the inquiry following reports of malpractice at the 2 Sisters poultry plant in West Bromwich. It comes after undercover footage obtained by the Guardian and ITN showed workers at the plant changing kill dates on crates of poultry. See also: Farmers ‘may pay price of […]

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Posted: October 13, 2017, 8:01 am

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Life for farmers after Brexit will likely be about survival of the fittest. That, at least, is one implication to be drawn from a new impact assessment from the AHDB which looks at the effects of changes in trading relationships, subsidy levels and labour availability across all the main farming sectors. The AHDB has considered three possible post-Brexit scenarios for its analysis, setting out different levels of trade liberalisation, cuts in farm support and labour availability. The impacts have been […]

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Posted: October 13, 2017, 5:05 am

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An £8,000 appeal has been launched to save a health screening clinic for farmers at a Nottinghamshire livestock mart. Nottinghamshire Rural Support launched the appeal after the NHS withdrew funding for the clinic at Newark livestock market. The nurse-led drop-in centre has been part of the market for the past seven years – helping hundreds of farmers and rural workers. See also: Where farmers in need can find help Farmers visiting the market can also access the clinic for checks […]

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Posted: October 13, 2017, 4:16 am

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Hard-hitting training using re-created accident scenes is helping reduce serious injuries and fatalities on farms. Bicton and Duchy Colleges in south-west England are working with the Farm Safety Foundation (FSF) charity to instil a deeper understanding of safe working practices which they hope will stay with students through their careers. See also: Risk-taking culture ‘rife’ among young farmers Roger Clarke, the colleges’ head of apprentice training, said: “As technology advances within farming, the risk of accidents can actually increase. “While […]

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Posted: October 11, 2017, 10:21 am

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The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has urged farmers to report power lines that are below the minimum legal height across farmland. Power lines over farmland were involved in some 1,000 incidents or strikes each year, said HSE head of agriculture Rick Brunt. “A thousand strikes is potentially 1,000 deaths,” he said. “We are very, very lucky there are only one or two per year.” See also: Campaign highlights power line dangers Depending on the voltage of electricity they carry, […]

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Posted: October 11, 2017, 10:09 am

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British farmers are being urged to take action now to prepare their businesses for Brexit, or risk seeing their profits whittled away in the face of falling subsidies and increased overseas competition. A new report from the AHDB – “Brexit scenarios – an impact assessment” – suggests average farm profitability could drop from £38,000 to £15,000 a year in the worst case scenario as a result of Brexit. But, even though farm incomes generally are forecast to come under pressure, […]

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Posted: October 10, 2017, 11:54 am

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Good Morning Britain presenter Piers Morgan has slammed vegan activist George Monbiot for “shameless hypocrisy” after telling people to stop eating meat while wearing leather. Mr Monbiot appeared on Monday’s (9 October) programme to persuade viewers to stop eating meat, but confirmed to Mr Morgan he was wearing a range of animal by-products. “Do you not think you should be leading from the front,” asked Mr Morgan. “You’re telling us to give up meat? But you want to kill these […]

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Posted: October 10, 2017, 8:43 am

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Global food security is slipping according to an analysis of the affordability, availability, quality and safety of food supplies across 113 countries. The Economic Intelligence Unit (EIU) has published its annual Global Food Security Index (GFSI) which shows a fall in global food security over the past year, after four years of consecutive gains. In general, while the quality and safety of the food produced has improved, affordability and access to food have declined in many countries. See also: Rise […]

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Posted: October 10, 2017, 5:03 am

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