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.
What is sustainable farming? Why should farmers be thinking about it? What benefits can be derived and how can more sustainable farming practices be implemented at grass root level. Over the course of 2019, Farmers Guardian will be working with NatWest to answer the question above; discussing key issues and showcasing examples of farmers who have already made changes to their businesses.
Soil is a farmer’s greatest asset, with a single teaspoon containing more living organisms than there are people living on earth. Yet what actually constitutes healthy soil is still to be fully understood.
“Families can fall apart because you have not taken any steps to sort out the future; and that is disgraceful,” says third generation farmer Abi Reader, who runs a dairy farm in partnership with her father and uncle just outside Cardiff.
We caught up with four farmers at the Royal Welsh Show to hear about their journey into agriculture, what their ambitions are for the future, and why being a woman doesn’t have to be a barrier to a fulfilling career in farming.
With pig prices picking up since the spring, supported by escalating Chinese import demand, Bethan Wilkins, senior analyst at the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB), takes a look at how the situation might play out in the rest of the year.