Welsh farmer protests begin with Wrexham roadblock

20 tractors pulled up outside Rural Affairs Minister Lesley Griffiths’ office, as farming industry leaders urge that protests and blockading public roads should always be “the last resort” following strike concerns in Wales.

‘Time for change’: NFU and AHDB announce review of farm assurance

The NFU and AHDB will carry out a review of farm assurance schemes as a whole, following the recent controversy over Red Tractor’s Greener Farms Commitment.

What would the cost need to be, to ensure farmers made sure every load was 100% fit for purpose?

The list of store-keeping issues that we deal with is huge but in most cases rejections can be avoidable if there is more attention to detail.

Penalty notices introduced for animal health and welfare offences

Offences include keeping animals in a poor living environment, repeated overdue TB testing or breaching avian flu housing orders.

Red Tractor: Consultants brought in to complete review

The NFU has appointed consultants Campbell Tickell to complete the independent review into Red Tractor’s governance.

Tips on PTO safety and maintenance to combat a major cause of farm accidents

Accidents involving power take-off (PTO) shafts are among the most common causes of serious injury when operating farm machinery. To help raise awareness of PTO safety, Kramp, the agricultural spare parts supplier, has issued guidance to farmers to minimise the risk of an incident occurring and reduce PTO wear through proper set-up.

Red Tractor halts new standards and modules amid NFU review

All new Red Tractor standards and additional modules have been put on hold until the first NFU independent review is complete.

Are you prepared for new slurry legislation?

The recent Slurry Forum 2023 brought together industry experts to discuss upcoming legislation and government funding, as well as a run-down of the options for storage, covers, additives and testing. Livestock editor Sarah Kidby reports.

Calls for Red Tractor review after recent controversies

Following the recent introduction of a voluntary environment, Red Tractor has come under significant criticism from farmers and farming groups for “taking a step too far”. NSA is calling for a review of its governance and future direction, while the AHDB said it supports discussion on the future of farm assurance.

Red Tractor comes under fire for new environmental module

Farmers have fiercely criticised the introduction of a voluntary environment module by Red Tractor, which is due to be available from next year.

Lantra upgrades rodent management training courses to help protect birds of prey

The awarding organisation is supporting the Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) in its efforts to help safeguard the health of birds of prey.

Four weeks left to apply for funding to update electricity generators

Farmers and landowners who own or operate electricity generation like solar, wind, gas and combined heat and power (CHP) have got just four weeks left to apply for funding to help them update their generation equipment.

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