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Beef and sheep farms make hay while sun shines

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Is it still okay to be talking about Brexit? Well if you’re a sheep farmer then the vote to leave the EU has, in the short term at least, been one of the summer’s highlights with lamb prices keener than any time over the last year, writes Michael Thomas.

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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.