The Farmer

Warning over new NVZs

Farmers and land managers in the region are being warned that new Nitrate Vulnerable Zones (NVZs) are being designated across England, effective from January 1, 2017, following consultation last year.

Land market polarised

English farmland values have become more polarised than in living memory, with the highest prices paid for land more than double the lowest.

Focusing on calf health

A Shropshire farmer who quit milking six years ago is now achieving remarkable results rearing calves. With 140 acres and 138 cows Chris Sutton of Royals Green Farm, Burleydam was in the classic small dairy farm situation of either having to invest and expand to become efficient and profitable or get out of milk altogether.

Get ewe nutrition right before lambing

The last six weeks before lambing is the crucial window where sheep farmers can influence and improve lambing outcomes, so getting the nutrition right at this stage is essential in order to achieve peak performance at the best cost.

Warning over Schmallenberg

Livestock producers are being urged to submit lambs with suspected Schmallenberg virus for post-mortem examination as the number of confirmed cases of the disease grows.

Calls over flood risk measures

West Midlands farmers have a key role to play in flood management – but the Government must ensure that measures to address flood risk are properly funded.

Farmland market remains strong and safe

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The EU referendum created some uncertainty at the beginning of this year, but as we reach the end of the year, the market is holding strong in the face of political change.

Income boost from exchange rate

Farmers in the UK will receive a welcome increase in the value of their direct payments from the European Union this year.

Three rules for healthy grassland

There are three basic rules for productive and healthy grassland AHDB research and development scientist Debbie McConnell suggested to farmers gathered at Philip Green’s Walton Heath Farm at Stone in Staffordshire for an AHDB grazing group meeting.

Minister calls for reshape of Defra

Environmernt Secretary Elizabeth Truss

The theme for this year’s Oxford Farming Conference was ‘Bold Agriculture’, and Defra minister Liz Truss, giving the conference keynote speech, called for a bold re-shaping of Defra to step up to the increasing opportunities and challenges facing UK farmers of global markets such as China.

Plea overs BPS payments

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The NFU is urging the RPA to give farmers certainty and confidence in lieu of a paid claim as the RPA announces that just 50 per cent of farmers received a BPS payment last month.

Bumper crowd at English Winter Fair

The 2015 English Winter Fair, organised by the Staffordshire and Birmingham Agricultural Society at Bingley Hall, on Staffordshire County Showground, was a great success, building on the much improved event held in 2014.

Low cost set-ups will be survivors

The famous words ‘I have a dream’ were spoken by Martin Luther King Jnr. over 50 years ago. His remarks were directed at the very serious issues of the time surrounding racism, writes Clive Davies.

Ed follows in father's footsteps

Shropshire caterer Ed Potter is following in his father’s footsteps in becoming  chairman of the Young Farmers’ clubs in Shropshire.

Drive to support next generation

A Shropshire farming leader has backed the next generation to help drive the NFU forward in the county, as the industry looks to bounce back from a difficult year.

Invitation to visit top beef farmer

Beef farmers are invited to visit 2012 Farmers Weekly Beef Farmer of the Year winner, James Evans for a farm walk looking in particular at beef cow fertility and heat detection.