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Britain’s biggest fracking company has been given permission for a High Court challenge to the National Trust’s refusal to allow access to land for seismic surveys. In a statement on Thursday (22 February), petrochemical giant Ineos said it had been granted permission for the challenge by the government’s Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) to access land at the National Trust’s Clumber Park, near Ollerton, in Nottinghamshire. The National Trust, which had refused Ineos access to the 1,538ha country park, accused […]

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I have just returned from the NFU conference, where I was the voting delegate for Monmouthshire, helping to elect the new presidential team. There was a standing ovation for outgoing president Meurig Raymond, who has been an office holder for 14 years and did a huge amount for British agriculture in that time. Unsurprisingly, Brexit dominated the conference, with several sessions covering different aspects. The debate carried on long into the night in the nearby Walkabout bar and fortunately the […]

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A £90m government agri-tech fund has been launched to help more farmers benefit from robotics, artificial intelligence and data science. The funding – delivered as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund – was announced by business secretary Greg Clark at the NFU conference in Birmingham. It aims to bring together robotics, AI and earth observation technologies to improve supply chain resilience across the agri-food sector. Technology was boosting farmers’ earning power and making agri-businesses more productive and profitable, Mr […]

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Beef, sheep and pig exports are predicted to rise this year and there will be a small growth in domestic demand for beef and pork. However, AHDB warned that its outlooks for these sectors all carry a 15% degree of uncertainty because of the UK’s impending exit from the EU. Beef outlook Stability is forecast, with modest growth to domestic demand alongside a predicted 6.4% increase in exports in 2018. The outlook for beef in the short term will be […]

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The NFU has elected Minette Batters as its first female president in the organisation’s 109-year history. Wiltshire beef, sheep and arable farmer Ms Batters held off a challenge from Essex arable farmer Guy Smith, who was promoted to deputy president after two years as vice-president. Hertfordshire farmer Stuart Roberts was elected as vice-president after emerging victorious in a five-way challenge. The new team has already signalled its intent to hit the ground running at a key time for agriculture with […]

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A record yarding of Salers cattle and a roaring Charolais trade delighted attendees at the second round of spring bull sales at Stirling. It was another first for United Auctions as it welcomed its first foundation sale of Lincoln Reds as well as 32 Salers bulls.   Trade was sticky at times for Simmental and the Salers offering was too large for the demand, resulting in a 54% clearance, but a great day trade was had by the Charolais breed, […]

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A livestock farmer has decided to give up sheep farming after a sickening dog attack on his flock, say police. An unaccompanied dog attacked and killed a pregnant ewe and her unborn lamb and forced one sheep into a canal. Boaters tried to rescue the sheep, but it died after being plucked from the canal. See also: The law on shooting dogs – critical facts farmers should know The incident, in a field in the village of Seend, near Melksham, […]

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Farm minister George Eustice has declared voluntary codes have not worked and said that the government plans to legislate to ensure transparency in supply chains. Both the dairy and abattoir sectors have introduced voluntary codes, but not all processors have signed up to them. Mr Eustice made the shock announcement at the livestock commodity breakout session at the NFU Conference. See also: Farm unions call for sheep processor code to improve transparency Mr Eustice said: “I am done with writing […]

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We hadn’t got very far on our 6,000km road trip around New Zealand when I wrote my piece last month. Back now to the cold UK, it’s time to update you with the farming highlights of the rest of our trip. The hot, dry conditions of central South Island were not shared by the rest of New Zealand. There had been unseasonable weather in the north of South Island and parts of North Island. See also: Linseed offers a double […]

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Kepak Farm, located in Dunboyne, finishes 3,500 cattle a year, with cattle supplied direct to the nearby Kepak factory in Clonee. Owned by the Kepak Group, it claims to be one of Ireland’s most efficient finishing units, with average daily liveweight gains hitting 1.5kg a head a day. We visited the unit as part of an Alltech press tour to find out how robust animal health and sourcing protocols alongside good nutrition and data recording is helping them to realise […]

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