45 sheep killed in ‘absolutely traumatic’ dog attack 
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by Aleksandra Cupriak
7h ago
The shocking event left eight ewes and 20 lambs dead, with many more badly injured, said farmer Ali Dawe.  He told the BBC that the attack was “absolutely traumatic”, with “sheep and lambs alive and dead straight across over 50 acres, over three fields”. He added: “We are absolutely beside ourselves. We’ve taken prints and measured the size of the paw prints. They are four inches wide – there’s only a few breeds of dogs that have that width of paw.”  The farmer believes that his sheep were attacked by one or more dogs that were not locked in at night or were let out by accident ..read more
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New NFU president named
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by Farmers Guide
14h ago
New NFU officeholders – Rachel Hallos (Vice president), Tom Bradshaw (President) and David Exwood (Deputy president). Mr Bradshaw, who is an arable farmer from Essex, has been a part of the NFU officeholder team for four years, having held both the vice president and deputy president positions. He will be joined alongside David Exwood as deputy president and Rachel Hallos as vice president. Deep honour NFU president Tom Bradshaw said: “It is a deep honour to be elected president of the NFU and the 46,000 members we represent will be my absolute focus as I lead this superb organisation. “P ..read more
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Farmers support peaceful protests, according to poll
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by Farmers Guide
14h ago
Berlin farmer protests. When asked ‘Do you support peaceful protests?’, 73% of BFU members said that they do. Twenty seven per cent of respondents said they prefer negotiation as a means of securing change. Commenting on the poll, BFU spokesman Humphrey Mills said: “It is sad but unsurprising that our members are expressing these views, given the challenges faced in the current climate of corporate dominance and unfair trade deals.” Poor profitability and compulsory land use changes such as those proposed by the Welsh Assembly are a real threat to the future of farm businesses. Other issues ra ..read more
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Horror in Cape Town: 19k cattle kept in barbaric conditions for over two weeks 
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by Aleksandra Cupriak
1d ago
Stock image. As the Al Kuwait ship approached the harbour on Monday morning, 19th February, the entire city permeated with a very strong and unpleasant odour. The vessel, en route to Iraq, moored in Cape Town for food and supplies.  Inspectors from the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) went on board and discovered that for two-and-a-half weeks, 19,000 distressed cattle had been forced to live in their own urine and faeces, in “extraordinarily cramped” conditions with poor ventilation.   In a brief period, the officers found three dead cattle and euthanized ..read more
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Avian influenza outbreak in Yorkshire: 48,000 free-range birds infected 
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by Aleksandra Cupriak
1d ago
The British Free Range Egg Producers Association (BFREPA) reported a new outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza at a commercial premises near Hutton Cranswick, East Yorkshire, on Wednesday, 14th February.  A 3km protection zone and a 10km surveillance zone have been declared around the farm. This also means that all the poultry on site will be humanely culled.  It is the first case of bird flu in the UK in months. Since October 2023, only four cases have been confirmed in England. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have recorded zero cases of avian influenza since then.&nbs ..read more
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NFU Conference 2024: Food prices and unpredictable weather bring ‘tough times’ for farmers 
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by Aleksandra Cupriak
1d ago
A session chaired by NFU deputy president, Tom Bradshaw, looked into the future for British food. Mr Bradshaw said that among many current challenges across the world, enabling investment in UK food production has rarely been more important than at this moment in time.  He added: “As farmers, we are proud to produce the raw ingredients that are enjoyed by 70 million consumers across the United Kingdom and beyond. At the same time, we face increasingly stiff competition from exporting countries that see our market as a destination of choice.  “That leads to all sorts of questions, in ..read more
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A free resource for crop spraying
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by Farmers Guide
2d ago
Rainwater typically has a neutral pH, which can be beneficial particularly for crops that thrive in specific pH ranges, ensuring optimal growing conditions. Rainwater harvesting aligns with environmentally sustainable practices by promoting responsible water use. Using a free resource whilst avoiding additional costs, plus the government incentives and grants available, make this even more attractive. Collected rainwater has many uses, including crop spraying, animal feeding, washing machinery, and many more. MJP offers storage tanks with 10-year guarantees and filter systems to suit most siz ..read more
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Quick but thorough checks recommended before spring spraying
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by Farmers Guide
2d ago
Regardless of machine type, checking over key areas could save sprayer owners and operators from problems later in the season, suggests the company. Proper preparation ahead of winter storage should have included full drainage of all plumbing, followed by circulation of antifreeze, with circulation taking place at regular intervals during the winter months. At the same time as the engine and sprayer pump is being run, operators should take the time to charge up the battery on a self-propelled machine and operate the air conditioning to prevent development of moisture and bacteria. Ahead ..read more
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NFU Conference: Which party will deliver best plan for British food?
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by Aleksandra Cupriak
2d ago
The annual NFU conference is being held over two days, 20th and 21st February 2024 in Birmingham.  In her opening address, NFU president Minette Batters highlighted the solutions put forward in the NFU’s general election manifesto and the need for all political parties to commit to giving food security the same strategic priority as energy security, and sustainable food production the same ambition as legislated environmental targets.  She said that the upcoming election will be “critical” to not only the future of UK farming, but also for the food on the supermarket shelves, as wel ..read more
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Rishi Sunak announces next steps for farming at NFU Conference  
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by Sarah Kidby
3d ago
Rishi Sunak made an appearance at this year’s NFU Conference, where he announced a series of new measures intended to support farmers.  During his speech he recognised the value of British farmers in putting food on our tables and caring for the countryside, amid a plethora of challenges.  He pledged never to take food security for granted and to be “by your side” as farmers face the biggest change in a generation with the ongoing transition away from basic payments.  The PM also pledged to continue to support meat consumption, never to make it mandatory for farmers to put a pe ..read more
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