Author Posts: Sarah Kidby

Red Tractor review finds “no breach of procedure” 

A review of the assurance scheme was carried out by Campbell Tickell after an industry backlash to Red Tractor’s proposed Greener Farms Commitment module.

Rishi Sunak announces next steps for farming at NFU Conference  

The prime minister attended this year’s NFU Conference to announce a series of new measures to support farmers, including plans to increase certain payments and cut planning permission red tape.

Q&A: What you need to know about Schmallenberg this season

With numerous reports of Schmallenberg appearing in early lambing flocks this season, Farmers Guide spoke to Georgina Rigby, farm vet from Cross Counties Farm Vets – part of the VetPartners group. Mrs Rigby chairs the VetPartners Sheep Clinical Interest Group and runs the Cross Counties Flock Health Club. She also has a small flock of sheep at home.

BNG: Could your farm benefit from new legislation?

New BNG rules present an opportunity for farmers and landowners to rent out less productive land to developers, who are now required to provide at least 10% BNG.

Schmallenberg: Farmers urged to be on guard as cases rise

Vets are urging farmers to be vigilant for Schmallenberg virus (SBV) – which can mimic other diseases including bluetongue – as a rising number of early lambing flocks are hit with deadly SBV this season.

Release date announced for Clarkson’s Farm series three

Prime Video has offered a first look at the much-anticipated third season of Jeremy Clarkson’s farming show, as the release date is confirmed.

Two farms share tips on tackling pneumonia

Pneumonia is one of the leading causes of death in dairy and beef calves and costs the industry around £50 million a year. In its most recent GB Calf Week, AHDB hosted a range of expert panels to offer top tips on how to tackle the disease. Sarah Kidby reports on improvements made on two farms.

Farmers protesting in Paris are “inspired” by Jeremy Clarkson

Jeremy Clarkson has shared his support for French farmers, who say they share many of the same challenges as British farms.

UK-Canada trade deal: UK govt has made “the right decision”

Farming groups have welcomed the government’s decision to halt negotiations with Canada for a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) – owing to disagreements on hormone treated beef and import taxes on British cheese.

Winter maintenance: How to improve safety and avoid breakdowns

Planned winter maintenance can reduce the risk of breakdowns in the field, while replacing worn and damaged parts reduces the risk of deaths and injuries. NFU Mutual and Farm Safety Foundation offer some guidance.

MP accuses the Big Six of acting like “a cartel”

Farmers gathered outside parliament as MPs debated an overhaul of the Grocery Supply Code of Practice, after over 100,000 people signed the #GetFairAboutFarming petition.

OFC: Defra secretary unveils changes to ELM scheme

Environment secretary Steve Barclay announced a series of updates to farming schemes at this year’s Oxford Farming Conference, and took questions from farmers in a lively Q&A session.

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