The Farmer

Get ready for new Basic Payment Scheme

Further details on the new Basic Payment Scheme which comes into force next month have emerged, which could have a significant effect on farming businesses in the area.

Farmers invited to see machinery at open day

A full range of tractors and agricultural equipment will be on show at Severn Farm Machinery and Wynnstay Stores' joint open day at Pontesbury near Shrewsbury on December 10 and there will be a 10 per cent discount on items in the farm machinery store (excluding spare parts).

New robotic milker is wizard in the parlour

Shropshire based milking equipment manufacturer, Fullwood Limited, has launched an all-new version of its class-leading Merlin automated milking system. Featuring integrated segregation gates and a completely redesigned teat cup attachment arm, the robot sets a new standard in efficient, ergonomic and environmentally friendly milk production.

Step up to the plate and seek opportunities around the world

The Three Counties Farming Con-ference has grown in stature into what is claimed to be the country’s best evening agricultural conference, and the 2014 event entitled Future. Farming. Finances, chaired by local beef farmer Paul Westaway, was no exception.

Latest science to fight bovine TB

Leading experts from across the country joined the NFU to discuss the scientific basis for eradicating bovine TB, as the disease decimates beef and dairy herds.

Cruckton Ploughing Society prepares for bumper match

Cruckton Ploughing Match celebrates its 82nd event this year and will be held on Saturday, September 20, at Wood Hall Farm, Hanwood, near Shrewsbury, home of Cruckton and District Ploughing Society chairman Richard Savage and family.

New dairy show set to open at Telford

A brand new national dairy show will be opening its doors on Wednesday, September 17 .  Following two years without a national specialist dairy show, this brand new event has generated unprecedented interest.

Trend continues on land price

Land remains in demand as investors and lifestyle buyers jostle for best plots and shortages of agricultural land continue to stoke prices.

Yields help counter poor grain prices

After a flying start to harvest, the catchy weather in the latter half of August frustrated grain growers as later crops stubbornly remain in the field.

CAP Roadshow comes to Shropshire

Farmers and landowners can find out how the Common Agricultural Policy reform will affect their businesses at the CLA Midlands CAP Reform Roadshow at the The Lord Hill Hotel, Shrewsbury on Tuesday, September 30.

YFCs celebrate 70 years

This year sees Shropshire Federation of Young Farmers celebrate 70 years with an anniversary ball at Ludlow Racecourse for some 500 guests, on June 7.

Farm faces decimation by HS2

A long-established and thriving family farm of in Staffordshire is set to be decimated by HS2 plans, destroying 15 out of 19 buildings and forcing the owners and their family to make another life for themselves.

Numbers-driven and science of beef production thinking

From digging graves and delivering milk 15 years ago, to running one of the country's top performing beef herds today, is the remarkable transformation achieved by Simon Frost at Hopping Farm, Youlgrave, in the Derbyshire Peaks. He says it is founded upon a numbers driven, science based, market orientated business strategy.

Farmers asked about sheep worrying

The National Sheep Association (NSA) wants to hear farmers’ experiences of sheep worrying by dogs and has created a survey asking farmers about sheep worrying on their farm. The results of the survey will be used to highlight to the general public the need to keep proper control of dogs around livestock.

New NFU team elected

Meurig Raymond was elected NFU president at the NFU annual conference, replacing Peter Kendall who has stepped down after eight years at the helm.

Minister looks to the future

With populations rising and food security a priority, the main message to the farming industry at the NFU annual conference was to have confidence in the future.  

Former Land Girls preview their statue

A larger than life size statue, designed as a tribute to the thousands of Women’s Land Army and Timber Jill members who during the two World Wars worked on farms and in forestry will be unveiled this autumn at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas in Staffordshire.