Free event for NFU members in Devon

Authored by Mary

The NFU in association with Foot Anstey solicitors and Francis Clark accountants are holding three seminars around Devon to help provide NFU members with guidance and support on how best to avoid potential pitfalls that exist in running your farming business.

This is a great opportunity for NFU members to gain a competitive advantage, interrogate the experts…. and get a free meal...

Dairy farmers still struggling with prices

Authored by News Desk

Farmers’ leaders in the South West are predicting more tough times ahead for the region’s dairy industry.

The recent announcement of further cuts means farm gate milk prices are likely to remain below the cost of production for some time to come, putting many farming families under increased pressure.

In the South West this is exacerbated by having to deal with the financial...

Ministers urged to meet farming unions

Authored by Mary

The UK’s farming unions are calling for the four UK farming ministers to hold a joint meeting with them to find solutions to the serious problems facing farmers.

The dairy, lamb and arable sectors in particular are seeing serious challenges. Official figures show that the number of dairy farmers in England and Wales has gone down constantly over the time. Since January 2015, 236...

Continue with cull say farmers

Authored by Mary

The Government must make an immediate decision to proceed with badger cull roll out this year or risk losing the trust of the farmers who helped to elect them, say industry leaders in the South West.

Implementing a 25-year bovine TB eradication plan, including badger cull roll out, was one of the Conservatives’ manifesto pledges, but despite winning a majority in the general election...

NFU and Tractor Ted launch kid's competition

Authored by Caitlin A Green

The NFU and popular children’s series Tractor Ted have joined forces to launch a brand new competition with a prize worth over £1000.

The competition encourages 4-7 year olds to think about where their food comes from by playing a matching up game.

The prize of a visit from Tractor Ted’s Little Farm Live will give one youngster the chance to experience a farm, with real live...

Further funding vital for river maintenance and flood recovery

Authored by News Desk

More funding needs to be directed towards river maintenance to ensure flooding problems do not get worse, and land in rural areas recovers as quickly as possible the NFU said todahave said.

NFU Deputy President Meurig Raymond said flooding problems in parts of the country over the Christmas and New Year period had reinforced the need to ensure a balance between Government investment in...

NFU helps EU see sense on MOTs for tractors and livestock trailers

Authored by Mike Page

New burdensome EU proposals on tractor and trailer testing look to have been defeated in the European Union after intensive lobbying from the NFU.

The proposals, which formed part of the EU’s wide ranging ‘Roadworthiness Package’, would have introduced new MOT-style testing for some large tractors and all livestock trailers.

The original plans meant that all ‘O2’ graded...

Re-vamped website encourages farmers to organise visits

Authored by Mary

With educational farm visits soaring in popularity for children and care groups, the pioneering Visit My Farm website has been given a bright new look to help farmers make their land more accessible than ever.

The re-vamped site was launched at the AIC Conference on Wednesday by FACE (Farming And Countryside Education) on behalf of the Access to Farms network of organisations.


Badger Cull could be extended in Somerset and Gloucestershire

Authored by Huw Oxburgh

The company which ran the pilot badger cull in Somerset have applied for an extension of two to three weeks to complete their work.

Natural England, the national executive responsible for protecting and improving England's natural enviroment is currently considering the application.

Gloucestershire is expected to also apply for an extension.

The Department for...

Badger cull is underway

Authored by George Dawson

The National Farmers Union today announced that pilot badger culls have started to help bring bovine TB under control.

Bovine tuberculosis (TB) is an infectious disease of cattle. The scale of infection and the cost make bovine TB one of the biggest challenges that the cattle farming industry faces, particularly in the west and south west of England.

These culls are being...