Although it’s only August, here at AHDB we are well into planning our consumer marketing activity for the autumn and winter period, writes Jo Biggs.
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.
The verges of public highways situated between the tarmac road and the hedges on either side are usually taken for granted, writes Laura Jones.
“It’s the show tomorrow, daddy, can we go?” said the little girl. “I don’t know, we have so much to do on the farm, there is the fence to repair,” was the reply. “But daddy, all my friends will be going, there is so much to see. I love seeing all the animals. Please?”
NFU Shropshire chairman Richard Yates 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.
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.
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.
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.