The Farmer

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.

To be a farmer you have to be an eternal optimist

A year has passed since the Horsegate scandal hit the headlines; this resulted in the price of beef rising sharply and, by midsummer 2013, the prices the butchers and meat wholesalers were paying to buy cattle had reached an all time high.

Feed the goat: Lucky and Luke need a home

No kidding! Sophie Turner and Sarah Hampton with Lucky and Luke. The two goats are looking for a new home.

An award-winning cheesemaker who featured on TV with The Hairy Bikers is urgently trying to find a new home for two young goats – after saving them from an uncertain future.

Dairy industry must unite to grow the market

The short-term price pressures in the dairy supply chain can only be resolved in the long term by a united industry working to grow the market and developing fair trading terms said NFU dairy board chairman Mansel Raymond.

Invitation to view new Walford dairy unit

Farmers, students, former students and members of the public are being invited to the Walford Campus of Walford and North Shropshire College in Shropshire to see the new £1 million dairy unit.