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.
With the deadline to request a Countryside Stewardship Mid Tier application pack just one week away, Farming Minister Robert Goodwill speaks about why he believes farmers should consider getting into an agreement
The RSPB and the NFU should be natural allies in a post-Brexit world, but working together means we must both acknowledge the seriousness of the environmental challenges we face. The NFU’s latest environment report does not do this, says Tom Lancaster, RSPB principal policy officer for agriculture.
Marc Williams, 27, works for Natural Resources Wales and helps on the family farm near Sennybridge, in the Brecon Beacons. They keep 70 cattle on 40 hectares (100 acres). He is also chairman of Sennybridge YFC and is currently Brecknock YFC senior member of the year.
Charles Bruce farms near Banff, Aberdeenshire, and has 98 hectares (242 acres) of owned land, 76ha (188 acres) of malting barley which is contract farmed, and rented seasonal grazings extending to 40ha (99 acres). Running an 80-cow fold of pedigree Highland cattle, these are used to supply an on-farm butchery business and his Bogside Farm Shop. There is a commercial ewe flock of about 230-head and a trout fishery is also run as part of the business.
Marie Prebble runs a 93ha (230-acre) Ministry of Defence-tenanted farm with her parents, David and Diane, near Dover. Largely permanent pasture in Higher Level Stewardship, the farm is home to 400 breeding Romneys which Marie puts to high index Lleyn rams.
In a spectacular own-goal, Theresa May’s Conservatives have been forced into a ‘confidence and supply’ arrangement with 10 MPs from the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) after being humiliated at the polls.
Sam Ainsworth, 24, is a self-employed general farm worker at mixed 141 ha (350 acre) Salwick Hall Farm with 125 black and while Holstein Friesan cows. He also does frequent tractor driving for two local contractors.