• 5 reasons to upgrade your legacy on-farm CHP engine

    5 reasons to upgrade your legacy on-farm CHP engine
    Combined heat and power (CHP) engines are one of the most crucial components on an on-farm anaerobic digestion (AD) plant, converting biogas into usable heat and electricity. As the UK AD industry continues to mature, many of the CHPs originally installed on farm-based biogas plants across the country are now reaching 48,000 hours of operation, at which point they require an E70 service. But with technology evolving at such a rapid rate, this major servicing milestone also represents an opportu
  • Farmers will find their place in the sun by investing in solar farming

    Farmers will find their place in the sun by investing in solar farming
    Panoramic of a solar farm at dawn taken from the air
    Selecting the right location means solar farms can generate income, improve biodiversity, and boost farms’ green credentials explains Pieter D’haen, development manager at power firm SSE Energy Solutions.
    Travelling through the countryside, it’s easy to see how rural businesses have contributed to the fight against climate change. 
    Those existing wind turbines, anaerobic digesters, and other devices dotted across the la
  • Delivering on the Environment Act: new targets announced and ambitious plans for nature recovery 

    Delivering on the Environment Act: new targets announced and ambitious plans for nature recovery 
    Targets and Green Paper proposals will protect and enhance our natural world. 
    New, long-term environmental targets have been announced by the government today. The proposed targets are a cornerstone of the government’s Environment Act which passed into law in November last year. 
    They will drive action by successive governments to protect and enhance our natural world. 
    The proposed targets cover water, air quality and the diversity of our wildlife, inc
  • Bringing variety crop plots together for better comparison

    Bringing variety crop plots together for better comparison
    Crop plots are back centre stage at the Cereals Event, meaning visitors can compare top varieties side by side.
    The winter wheat and barley feature showcases new and popular Recommended List varieties, says arable project manager Jonathan Backhouse, who has curated 26 winter wheat and 14 winter barley varieties. “We have worked with seed breeders on what they feel are the most popular, in-demand varieties that we need to be showcasing.
    “While many of these varieties are also on displ
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  • Achieving net zero with Nofence

    Achieving net zero with Nofence
    The journey to net zero is ongoing and new technologies are supporting farmers in the process. One such technology is Nofence – the first virtual fence for livestock, whose UK office is based at the Agri-EPI Centre Midland Hub.
    Rotational grazing has been adopted by many livestock farmers as a step towards regenerative farming – this is where Nofence can help. “We hope Nofence will get farmers thinking about their grazing management and if they can start rotational grazing,&rdq
  • Honda duo provides ideal solution for Northamptonshire farm

    Honda duo provides ideal solution for Northamptonshire farm
    A Honda Pioneer UTV and a Fourtrax ATV are both essential to the smooth running of a family-owned livestock farm on the Leicestershire/Northamptonshire border.  
    Trading as EM Eaton & Son, the Eaton family has farmed the 100ha farm for five generations. Jason Eaton manages the farm with his parents Keith and Beryl, and his sister Rachel. Permanent pasture is used for grazing a 100-head, mixed-breed beef herd finishing stores bought at 9–18 months, as well as 300 breeding ewes and
  • Masses More at Malvern this May

    Masses More at Malvern this May
    The Spring Tractor World Show, the traditional tractor show season opener, returns to the Three Counties Showground in Malvern on a brand new date: Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd May. 
    Making the most of this iconic venue including the indoor halls, this busy and perennially popular show just keeps getting bigger.  There’s all the usual features you’ve come to love at this event, but this year there’s the added bonus of a classic car and vehicle show on the Sunday.&nbs
  • Soil health and regenerative techniques to take centre stage in this year’s CropTec Show seminars

    Soil health and regenerative techniques to take centre stage in this year’s CropTec Show seminars
    With growers in the midst of a tumultuous time in British farming, this year’s CropTec Show seminar programme will examine the building blocks for a sustainable arable farming future. 
    CropTec’s acclaimed seminar programme returns for 2021 with a focus on four key technical areas of arable farming, including crop protection and crop nutrition, alongside a renewed focus on soil health and adopting regenerative techniques on-farm. 
    Based on feedback and extensive research wi
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  • Urgent action needed to reinstate carbon dioxide supplies

    Urgent action is needed by government to demonstrate the value of UK food production amid CO2 shortages and resulting significant impacts on the supply chain.
    An emergency summit of representatives from the UK’s food supply chain1 have called for urgent action from Government to reinstate vital food grade carbon dioxide supplies by bringing UK fertiliser plants back on stream.
    NFU President Minette Batters said: “While it’s good to hear there may be an agreement in p

    Suzuki is launching the new Across in Autumn 2020, a robust and sporty SUV equipped with a sophisticated Plug-in Hybrid system and E-Four electronic 4×4, delivering uncompromising performance and efficiency with the capability and styling of a full-fledged modern SUV. The Across is the first model supplied from Toyota Motor Corporation under the collaborative business agreement between Toyota and Suzuki. UK sales are set to start in November 2020 and followed soon after by the second
  • No job too big for the Kawasaki full 2021 MULE and ATV Range

    No job too big for the Kawasaki full 2021 MULE and ATV Range
    With demand for the Kawasaki MULE and ATV machines soaring, the 2021 range is available now from the extensive Kawasaki utility dealer network. 
    Despite the COVID-19 pandemic forcing the shutdown of production lines, demand for the Kawasaki utility range has remained strong and the brand is pleased to announce the availability of its full 2021 range of Kawasaki MULE and ATV products. 2021 BRUTE FORCE 750 4x4i EPSThe 2021 collection comprises of four MULE vehicles, the MULE PRO-DXT, MU

    One of the UK’s leading manufacturers of vegetable harvesting equipment has launched an innovative conversion kit that allows owners of the GRIMME GT 170 trailed harvester to convert seamlessly to a fully functioning windrower without modifications to the host machine.
    Designed in response to local growers where the Grimme GT170 is their preferred choice of harvester, the Scotts GT170 Windrower conversion kit directly replaces the elevator module. As the kit is attached to the harvester th
  • £25 million available to help farmers boost productivity

    £25 million available to help farmers boost productivity
    • Farmers are invited to apply for farm productivity grants in round three of popular grants scheme
    • £25 million available to help farmers improve their efficiency and benefit the environment
    • Applications open until 4 November
    25 million has been made available in grants for productivity-boosting farming equipment in the third and final round of the government’s Countryside Productivity Small Grants (CPSG) scheme.
    Under the scheme, farmers can apply for grants of be
  • What Do Drone IP Rating Standards Mean for the Agricultural Sector?

    What Do Drone IP Rating Standards Mean for the Agricultural Sector?
    The drone market has experienced significant growth in recent years.  And as both hobbyist and professional users alike take great interest in exploring the capabilities these devices have to offer, this growth is set to continue, with a huge 76,000 drones projected to be flying the UK skies by 2030, according to Skies without Limits, a 2018 report from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).
    When it comes to commercial applications, drone usage is still in its infancy but in many markets it is grow
  • UK Agricultural Finance continues to lend

    UK Agricultural Finance continues to lend
    The first few months of the year have been a busy time, with increasing numbers of enquiries after the uncertainty around the election. Unlike other lenders, UKAF has kept writing loans during the lockdown, thanks to secure funding lines across its bridge and term products, supported by a rapid move to remote working.
    UKAF and the industry have faced the challenge of finding valuers to visit properties, but the team’s ability to lend against agricultural land allows for more flexibility in
  • Trade association urges Chancellor to halt Fuel Duty increase on Red Diesel

    Trade association urges Chancellor to halt Fuel Duty increase on Red Diesel
    Liquid fuels trade association, UK and Ireland Fuel Distributors Association (UKIFDA) is urging Chancellor Rishi Sunak toreconsider the rumoured increase to fuel duty on red diesel in the forthcomingbudget, as it will have a major impact on the construction and farmingindustries. 
    Red Diesel is used by the construction, farmingand marine industries and accounts for 15% of all diesel sales in the UK. Anyincrease in fuel duty will have a major impact on UKIFDA Members and theircustomers and
  • Update on farm payment schemes

    Update on farm payment schemes
    The Rural Payments Agency (RPA) has now paid almost 99% ofeligible farmers under the Basic Payment Scheme (BPS 2020).The latest figures from the RPA show that BPS payments worth£1.76 billion were made to farmers by 29 February. This is an improved positionon last year, with 1.4% more customers paid by the end of February 2020 comparedwith the end of February 2019.By 29 February, over £150 million was paid out to farmers whodo important environmental work through Countryside Stewardsh
  • Celebrate With Us at The StowAg Show

    The StowAg Show will mark 50 years of proudly being “the experts in your field” and you are warmly invited to attend. The show, which will be their biggest event yet, will be a day of celebration held at the StowAg headquarters in Longborough in the heart of the Cotswolds.
    Featuring many of StowAg’s leading suppliers and manufacturers, the day will provide veterinary talks, product and live-animal demonstrations in addition to showcasing new product lines – with some excl
  • Scottish cereal farmers call for spring barley competition

    Scottish YEN GrowersScottish cereal growers are working with ADAS on adding a new spring barley category to the national yield competition– the Yield Enhancement Network (YEN).
    At the inaugural meeting of the Scottish YEN Growers Group – funded and facilitated by AHDB – the members discussed how a new spring barley category, which focused on grain quality as well as yield, would give them a better understanding of the crop, and get more Scottish growers taking on YEN.
  • AHDB Meat and Dairy to attend Gulfood in Dubai

    Meat and dairy from the UK will be in the spotlight this month at one of the world’s biggest annual food and beverage trade shows held in Dubai.
    Thousands of visitors from around the world will get to sample a selection of cheese and lamb from the UK at the 24th edition of Gulfood – which runs from February 17 to 21 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.
    The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) will once again host its meat and dairy pavilions within their respective hall
  • Breakthrough in sustainable diesel production

    Renovare CTO Devin Walker, standing in front of Renovare’s Demo UnitA new technology that converts biogas into a high-grade liquid fuel that can be used as a direct replacement for fossil fuels is being showcased for the first time at Alliance Dairies in Florida on February 18, 2019. The process developed by UK-based technology company Renovare Fuels, allows biogas from waste material to be used as a direct replacement for traditional fossil fuels, with the potential to displace billions o
  • Saturn Bioponics at Fruit Logistica

    Alex Fisher, CEO Saturn BioponicsGrowers looking to get better yield and quality with lower costs of production through hydroponic science are encouraged to pass by the Saturn Bioponics stand at Fruit Logistica.
    Optimising crop growing using advanced hydroponic technology with a rapid payback is the way forward, according to company CEO, Alex Fisher.
    “We focus on crop nutrition strategy and know-how applied to specific crop systems,” he says.
    “Saturn have significant experience
  • EU bans prophylactic use of antibiotics in farming

    The European Parliament has today (25 October 2018) approved new legislation to come into force in 2022, banning the prophylactic use of antibiotics in farming.
    Preventative antibiotics can be routinely given to farm animals – particularly to pigs and poultry – to compensate for the substandard living conditions where disease outbreaks are common and harder to control, and to prevent infection, for example in the early weaning of pigs.
    Estimates suggest that in Europe two thirds of
  • QF Tractors Ltd fall foul of Trading Standards

    Alan Farrow, a director of QF Tractors Ltd and Christine Farrow, a former director of the company, both of Canal Head, Pocklington appeared at the county court at Leeds on Wednesday, 3 October where they admitted nine allegations of contempt of court.
    The case was brought against the Farrows by East Riding of Yorkshire Council’s trading standards after they failed on two occasions to keep legally binding promises not to make misleading statements when selling tractors or other forms of ag
  • Pirtek celebrates 30 years in the UK

    Old Pirtek vanThe nation’s leading emergency mobile hydraulic hose repair business celebrated 30 years of UK operations by holding its annual conference at the Trump Turnberry Resort on the stunning west coast of Scotland.
    The first Pirtek centre was established in London’s Park Royal in 1988 and the network grew rapidly over the following years, quickly becoming the dominant force in the sector.
    Paul Dunlop, sales and operations director for Pirtek UK said: “We had a superb ra
  • Tramline trials used to test winter wheat nitrogen accuracy

    An innovative set of trials has helped farmers test the accuracy of nitrogen (N) management in their winter wheat crops.
    Wheat yields differed both between farms and within farms but the cause of most of the variation was deemed unlikely to be a result of N tactics.
    The conclusions add weight to other research findings that show, if N rates are calculated using RB209 and a nutrient management plan is drawn up and followed, yield variation is most likely caused by other factors.
  • Animal welfare enhanced by new code for laying hens and pullets

    The welfare code for laying hens has today been updated as part of a programme of reforms to safeguard and enhance the welfare of animals.
    Strengthened statutory guidance is now in place for keepers and owners of laying hens and pullets on how to meet the needs of their birds and enhance their welfare.
    This welfare code has been updated to reflect the very latest advice from vets and animal husbandry developments, as part of a programme of reforms to safeguard and enhance the welfare of animals
  • New appointments for AHDB Arable Knowledge Exchange

    The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has announced four potato-focused appointments to join the newly formed Arable Knowledge Exchange team.
    Bringing together a wider range of expertise for the industry, AHDB Cereals & Oilseeds and AHDB Potatoes Knowledge Exchange have united to create a single Arable Team.
    Graham Bannister has been promoted to Senior Knowledge Exchange (KE) Manager, while both Amber Cottingham and Dr Anne Stone have moved roles internally to KE Manager
  • Young farmer gains first tenancy on Glenlivet Estate

    Alex SmithCrown Estate Scotland has announced that a first-time tenant will take over the management of a farm on its Glenlivet Estate. Alex Smith, 33, was chosen from a list of applicants as the new tenant of Dell Farm, a 320 acre farm in a prime location within the Estate.
    The rigorous selection process saw a number of high calibre applicants, but Mr Smith’s bid was chosen as the best business and environmental case for the future development of the site. The potential for Mr Smith to di
  • Improved plants for greater food security in the future

    Golden Rice grain compared to white rice grain in screenhouse of Golden Rice plants (Copyright: Wikimedia Commons)Beyond classical genetic engineering, a number of new biotechnological processes is now available to improve plants. The goals are higher proportions of (micro) nutrients, longer shelf lives to reduce waste, resistance to drought and higher yields in crops and biotech trees.
    Since planting the first genetically modified plants (maize, soybean and cotton) in 1996 in the US, worldwide
  • Rewiring plant defence genes to reduce crop waste

    Plants can be genetically rewired to resist the devastating effects of disease – significantly reducing crop waste worldwide – according to new research into synthetic biology by the University of Warwick.
    Led by Professor Declan Bates from the Warwick Integrative Synthetic Biology Centre (WISB) and Professor Katherine Denby from the University of York, who is also an Associate member of WISB, researchers have developed a genetic control system that would enable plants to strengthen
  • Win dinner with Kit Harington – Game of Thrones’ Jon Snow

    Kit Harington and Rose Leslie meet staff and students at Longlands Farm to launch crowd-funding appeal for new headquarters. (Picture by Paul Lack)Win dinner with Kit Harington who plays Jon Snow in the hit series ‘Game of Thrones’, in exchange for funding Longlands Care Farm near Bromyard in Herefordshire, which has launched an appeal for a new headquarters.
    Kit, whose family is local, is patron of the farm, and he’s offering the dinner at the acclaimed Green Cow Kitchens fine
  • Agricultural research receives multi-million pound boost

    UK universities and agricultural research centres which improve the resilience, sustainability and quality of major crops will benefit from a funding package worth around £5.3 million over five years, Environment Secretary Michael Gove announced today.
    The funding will go to four leading agricultural research centres to help develop new technologies and environmentally friendly production for farmers and growers across the country.
    They will focus on boosting productivity for pulses, whea
  • Arla farmers join forces to increase resilience and profitability

    Over 300 farmers have signed to Arla’s new R500 programme designed to help future proof their farms and increase resilience to the impact of volatile milk prices.
    The programme, which has expanded due to the high levels of interest, has been created in a move to facilitate farmer to farmer support. The project is shaped by evidence from across Arla farms which has demonstrated that overall on-farm profitability can be enhanced when farmers are better informed with data and able to adjust t
  • Kia reveals first images of all-electric Niro

    Kia Niro EVKia has unveiled a new all-electric version of Niro at the 5th International Electric Vehicle Expo in Jeju, Korea. Due to receive its global debut at the Paris Motor Show in September, the sporty and versatile Kia Niro EV combines driving enjoyment with eye-catching design and functional utility.
    Designed at Kia’s design centres in California, USA and Namyang, Korea, the Niro EV incorporates the practicality and appeal of a compact SUV, in a sleek, aerodynamic body with subtly s
  • Boehringer Ingelheim Animal Health announces new Avian Team

    Pictured back row l-r: Avian Specialist, John Underwood, Avian and Swine Brand Manager,Callum Blair, Avian Veterinary Adviser, Mike Clark and David Strachan, Head of Avian and Swine UK and Ireland. Front row l-r : Avian Specialist, Jennifer Lock, Samantha Laxen, Avian and Swine Marketing and Business AssistantOver the past fifteen years Merial Animal Health and Boehringer Ingelheim’s avian and swine departments have produced a number of innovative vaccines for improved animal health. Follo
  • Shropshire farmer fined £16,000 for environmental offences

    On 16 April 2018, Telford Magistrates’ Court fined the 55 year-old £16,000 and ordered him to pay £20,000 in costs, along with a £170 victim surcharge.
    The charges were brought by the Environment Agency under the Nitrate Pollution Prevention Regulations 2008 and Sections 24(1) and (4) of the Water Resources Act 1991.
    The Environment Agency discovered that between May 2015 and April 2017, the Defendant had abstracted on average over 20,000 litres of water per day from a b
  • Live Animal Exports Ban would be ‘shortsighted’ says FUW

    A ban on live animal exports would be ‘remarkably shortsighted’ given the uncertainty around a post-Brexit trade deal and agricultural tariffs, the Farmers’ Union of Wales has said.
    The UK and Welsh Governments yesterday (April 9) launched a call for evidence on a UK-wide ban on the export of live animals for overseas slaughter – something not possible while the UK remains part of the EU, due to EU free trade rules.
    FUW President Glyn Roberts said: “We will naturall
  • Talks ongoing to avoid irrigation abstraction fee hike

    Innes Thomson, Chief Executive, ADAWater level management authorities across the country are continuing to raise significant concerns at the threat of licence fee hikes that could end up hitting the farmer’s pocket, following recent changes to water abstraction regulations.
    Previously and for many years, Internal Drainage Boards (IDBs) have transferred water from main rivers to local drains for the benefit of farmers, who then abstract the water for irrigation. There are also environmental
  • FUW raises concerns about Welsh fodder shortages

    The Farmers’ Union of Wales says Irish fodder aid schemes highlight and add to concerns in Wales over the impact months of wet weather are having on fodder supplies and prices.
    Diminishing fodder supplies in the Republic of Ireland led the Irish Government to introduce a fodder transport subsidy scheme in January, with payments of between €3 and €17 per bale transported, depending on size.
    Meanwhile, dairy processors in the republic, which were previously sourcing fodder on the
  • Sheep Shearers on their way to UK

    The National Association of Agricultural Contractors (NAAC) is delighted to announce that that shearers will be allowed to enter the UK this year, in a time-limited window, to provide a vital source of highly skilled and experienced staff for shearing contractors removing the wool of millions of sheep this summer.
    A special Home Office concession will continue to allow this very specific group of non-visa nationals to travel to the UK, particularly coming from Australia and New Zealand, between
  • HRH The Prince of Wales launches Farm Resilience Programme at Louth Livestock Market

    HRH The Prince of Wales at Louth Livestock Market.
    Photo credit: Michael PowellToday (19th March) HRH The Prince of Wales attended Louth Livestock Market, to announce that Louth will be a new location for year three of The Prince’s Farm Resilience Programme, and meet with key stakeholders involved in saving the mart.
    HRH took the opportunity to announce that the Farm Resilience Programme, run by The Prince’s Countryside Fund, would be opening in Louth in September to support up to 20
  • Duisburg municipal utility CHP plant equipped with urea injection system

    ETW Energietechnik delivers the first combined heat and power
    plants with “SCR” exhaust gas cleaning systemThe German CHP specialist ETW Energietechnik has delivered natural gas CHP units with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology for the first time. Thus, Stadtwerke Duisburg is the first user of Adblue technology from ETW. The family business from Moers comprises three plants with MWM engines of the type TCG 2020V12, each with an electrical output of 999 kilowatts.
  • Act quickly to avoid grid application fees

    Hugh Taylor, CEO Roadnight TaylorFarmers and landowners who are interested in energy generation or storage projects should act quickly to avoid potentially steep fees. From 6 April network operators in England, Wales and Scotland will be able to charge up-front fees for grid connection offers, which could run into thousands of pounds.
    Hugh Taylor, chief executive of independent power consultant Roadnight Taylor, recently surveyed a range of network operators to ascertain their plans. “Ever
  • RPA continues to leave farmers in the dark over payments

    Over 3,000 farmers and growers are still in the dark over 2017 BPS payments, as the NFU continues its call for improved communications and efficiency from the RPA.
    Analysis by the NFU of new RPA figures revealed that more than 3,000 farmers are left waiting for their BPS payment, despite over 95% of farmers in England receiving their payment.
    The NFU’s key concerns are:
    · Unpaid farmers and growers still do not know the status of their 2017 claims ahead of completing forms for BPS
  • Farmers ploughing funds into animal welfare in 2018

    Study marks the launch of new capital grant scheme from McDonald’s offering farmers grants of up to £10,000 to drive innovation in animal welfare on their farmsNew research reveals that UK farmers are planning to invest more in animal welfare than any other aspect of their farm business in 2018. This comes as McDonald’s UK unveils a half million-pound capital grant scheme to help dairy farmers deliver animal welfare initiatives.
    The latest Farm Forward Barometer – part of
  • Student’s silage project aims to advise farmers on best practice

    Eliot GreenfieldA student’s study at Harper Adams University has found that grass silage of a shorter chop-length increases dairy cows’ dry matter intake and milk yields but that a longer chop-length increases the milk quality.
    The study also found that maize silage, when included in the diets of high yielding Holstein Friesians dairy cows, increases intake and milk yield without having a negative effect on rumen pH.
    Eliot Greenfield, from Cockermouth, Cumbria, completed the project
  • Administrators appointed to Countrywide Farmers Plc

    David Pike, Mark Orton and Will Wright from KPMG’s Restructuring practice have been appointed joint administrators to Countrywide Farmers Plc.
    The company, which employs approximately 735 people, is headquartered in Evesham, Worcestershire, and operates 48 retail stores across England and Wales selling a range of farming, equestrian, harvesting and agricultural supplies to consumers. It also has a distribution centre in Defford. No initial redundancies have been made as a result of the adm
  • Lee Baker appointed as National Sales Director at Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (AMC)

    Lee BakerThe Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (AMC) has announced the appointment of Lee Baker as its new National Sales Director.
    Born and bred on an Exmoor hill farm, Lee’s strong farming heritage brought him to the Agriculture team at Lloyds Bank in 2009, where Lee has spent the last seven years as Agricultural Relationship Manager based in the South West.
    The father of three from Somerset joined Lloyds Banking Group in 1984 and spent 24 years working in Lloyds Retail where he managed
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