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.
Battling the crippling effects of bovine TB is an issue which has vexed the farming industry for decades, with the resultant political inaction leading to the destruction of millions of cattle and, most likely, innumerable farm businesses.
This month, Ian Potter tells us how contract legislation might lead to lower farmgate milk prices, how plant-based milks are nudging dairy off the shelves, and finally how we all need to learn to work together.
This month, Roger Evans tells us about the unpredictability of TB testing, how organic cattle cake is so expensive it needs careful allocation, and finally regales us with the case of the bald van tyres.
Amid the constant onslaught from militant vegans and anti-farming activists, it is sometimes easy to forget that the overwhelming majority of people in this country back British agriculture and happily consume its products.
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.
How to tackle a problem like bovine TB? It is a question successive governments have tried and failed to answer and, as time goes on, the cost to the farming industry and the taxpayer continues to mount.
New entrant dairy farmer Jon Stanley farms an 82-hectare (203-acre) council farm, renting more land near Shaftesbury. Married to Clea, with two children, he runs a 180-head spring block calving herd, mostly pedigree Jerseys and cross-breds. Milk is sold to Barber’s cheese. The farm also hosts a Woodland Forest School and he won ’new entrant, against the odds’ at the 2013 British Farming Awards.