The Farmer

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.

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.