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Farming talk: Join farmland bird count and make a difference

I trust that all those who have partaken in the shooting season will have had an enjoyable and positive experience. But if we value our sport, together with the countryside and wildlife, then we must acknowledge the threats from many different areas, writes Tim Main, chairman of the Shropshire branch of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.

Farming talk: Late claims will see payments shrink daily

With the Basic Payment Scheme now in force new arrangements have been made for Environmental Stewardship claims, as these will no longer be paid automatically, writes Charlotte Rogerson, a chartered surveyor with Berrys at Shrewsbury.

Farming talk: Like the birds, the season has flown by

One of the endearing charms of the shooting season is just that – “a season.” A bit like life itself, the further into the season you get, the faster it flies – as do the birds, of course. Now, suddenly it is finite, close of play is just days away, writes Ivor Fox, from Leaton Knolls commercial shoot.

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Get ready for new Basic Payment Scheme

Further details on the new Basic Payment Scheme which comes into force next month have emerged, which could have a significant effect on farming businesses in the area.

Farmers invited to see machinery at open day

A full range of tractors and agricultural equipment will be on show at Severn Farm Machinery and Wynnstay Stores' joint open day at Pontesbury near Shrewsbury on December 10 and there will be a 10 per cent discount on items in the farm machinery store (excluding spare parts).

New robotic milker is wizard in the parlour

Shropshire based milking equipment manufacturer, Fullwood Limited, has launched an all-new version of its class-leading Merlin automated milking system. Featuring integrated segregation gates and a completely redesigned teat cup attachment arm, the robot sets a new standard in efficient, ergonomic and environmentally friendly milk production.