The Farmer

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


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.

Fight continues to safeguard farms

The NFU is calling on Herefordshire Council to keep as many of its tenant farms as possible after councillors agreed to drop a recommendation to sell the entire estate.

What's the plan dad?

Having a conversation about the future of your farming business can be complex with many things to consider. Getting it wrong can be costly so to help farmers get it right Berrys alongside Howard Worth and Butcher & Barlow LLP, are hosting a free seminar on succession planning in farming families.

Duo of Shropshire farms on market

Two  high quality farms have come onto the market near Newport in Shropshire, offering more than 1000 acres capable of growing root vegetables and extensive irrigation infrastructure.

Countdown to UK Dairy Day at Telford

The countdown is on for the national event UK Dairy Day 2015 which takes place in Shropshire at Telford International Centre on Wednesday, September 16.

Farmers unite over milk price

Demonstrations outside supermarkets and the recent dairy summit in London spurred the NFU and other farming organisations to write to the top-ten UK retailers, asking for urgent meetings to discuss how they can help to achieve fair and sustainable relationships throughout the supply chain.

Contract farming opportunity at Newport

A contract farming opportunity has arisen in East Shropshire following farmer Philip Bloor's decision to quit milking and reorganise his farming business.

Country house on the market for £1.8 million

Pentre Heylin,  a Substantial Paladian country house with superb Equestrian facilities and farm land extending in all to approximately 110 acres (44.51 ha),  is on the market with Roger Parry & Partners for £1.8 million.

Late basic payment applications allowed

Despite the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS) claim submission deadline of 15 June passing, late applications can still be submitted from 16 June until midnight on 10 July 2015.