Visit the UK’s leading indoor agricultural event, with eleven packed halls of the very latest in agricultural machinery and equipment. Now at the NEC, Birmingham this is free to attend and free to park.
At a time when agriculture is already struggling to attract the workforce it needs to produce food for the nation and markets further afield, the Government’s new proposals to cut migrant labour have the potential to be extremely damaging, writes Olivia Midgley.
A few drier interludes in late January and early February allowed us to get a bit more wheat drilled into our lighter land, along with much needed fertilisation and spraying. If we are lucky, we may end up with 40% of our planned winter wheat acreage.
Cerys Fairclough, 16, lives on a family sheep farm near Newbridge on Wye, Wales, where she is successfully developing her own flock of Bluefaced Leicester ewes. She is also one of 12 young people to be selected for Farming Connect Agri-Academy.
Our industry stands on the cusp of a seismic transformation. No-one can predict the exact outcome but there is no doubt that our industry will look significantly different in 2030. A series of factors are combining to shape this process.
Charlotte Garbutt, 24, from East Yorkshire, is an area manager for agrochemical company, Sygenta and is the current county vice chairwoman of Lincolnshire Young Farmers Club (YFC). She has also set up a pedigree Limousin herd on her smallholding in Billinghay, Lincolnshire.
Never let the truth get in the way of a good story’ is a Mark Twain quote which could easily be referencing the flurry of misinformation being hurled around by environmental groups about agriculture’s impact on climate change.
I think I have found a new crop this month. It’s one nearly every farmer could sell at a good profit. Like many, I am always on the lookout for new opportunities and in the past I’ve looked at and dismissed loads; canary seed, miscanthus, lupins, even daffodils.
Well into January, we are still clinging to the hope of getting more crops in – spring sown, if not winter wheat. But every glimmer of opportunity in the form of a few dry days in a row seems to be snuffed out by yet another soaking.
On Monday night at our local Highland Perthshire NFU branch meeting we were treated to an entertaining and informative talk by our local butcher Rory McDonald of McDonald Bros, Pitlochry and Aberfeldy.
This year has started on a much more positive note than its predecessor. The more settled weather has improved soil conditions no end and in some cases has even prompted some drills to awaken from their post New Year snooze and re-enter the winter sowing campaign.
The latest safe sowing dates for the various winter crops I had optimistically hoped we would get an opportunity to drill are fast approaching and will soon be a distant memory, probably without a wheel ever turning.