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Category: British Farming

Farm Management Apps

Farm Management

Farm management – In 2010, according to Statista Inc., there were 30,000 mobile apps available on Google Play and by 2016 that number had increased to a massive 2.6 million. As such, it is perhaps no surprise that the almost inconceivable increase has included many aimed specifically at agriculture and farm management. Managing your farm, assessing crop growth and fixing machinery are just some of the tasks that can be supported using mobile farm management apps, and the list is growing all…

British Farmers loosing out to misleading supermarket labels

British Farmers - Farm Cafe - Farm Diversification

Supermarkets should be backing British farmers and supporting our economy, which in turn will put money in the pockets of their consumers to spend in their stores.   Farmers Weekly have again discovered misleading imported meat labeled with “British Classic” this time in Aldi’s. This is at the very least misleading but with a lot of British consumers wanting to support British farmers and our own economy, this is a huge and seemingly deliberate misrepresentation. As these ready meal products, all have…

Leaving the EU: Animal Welfare Standards in Farming

Leaving the EU - Animal Welfare Standards

On Tuesday 24th January there was a parliamentary debate on how animal welfare standards in farming would be ensured after leaving the EU. Currently, an estimated 80% of animal welfare rules are included in European law, and out of 40 pieces of legislation, 18 are specifically about animals in agriculture. Incentives for Farmers to Improve Animal Welfare after leaving the EU Opening the debate, Mrs Villiers (Conservative, Chipping Barnet) outlined the task ahead of the government in replacing these laws,…

Severn Trent Environmental Protection Scheme (STEPS)

Severn Trent

As part of a five-year investment plan running from 2015 – 2020, Severn Trent Water (STW) invites farmers to apply for grants of up to £5000, under the Severn Trent Environmental Protection Scheme (STEPS). These grants are for changes to land management and infrastructure projects and aim to support improvements that go beyond agricultural good practice, in order to protect and improve watercourses, as well as the wider environment. Severn Trent Application process The Severn Trent grant application process is…

Dairy Farmers will be Repaid for Missed First Milk Payments

Dairy Farmers

First Milk Dairy is to repay its 1,000 dairy farmers for the last 2 weeks missed payments The deferral of dairy farmers member payment terms that came into place in 2014 has been reversed, this will take effect from February 10th 2017, two years after the change was implemented. First Milk Member payments received by dairy farmers on the 10th of February will be backdated and include 6 weeks worth of payments. Mike Gallacher, CEO commented: “We are pleased to…

Dairy Processing Giant Muller Closes London Factory

Dairy Processing

Dairy Processing Giant Muller has confirmed the closure of Chadwell Heath dairy, North East London. Around 400 staff are at risk of losing their job. This announcement from the German company comes 8 months after it announced two dairy processing closures in Scotland. The announcement in April last year saw the loss of 229 jobs from their East Kilbride and Aberdeen plants. After the Scottish dairy processing plant closures, farmers who supplied milk to the north-east dairy were required to…

Farm Development Grants

Farm Development Grants

Despite the looming changes to farm payments post-Brexit and less security of receiving the farm payments in a timely manner, there are still farm grants available. There are grants available across farming and rural businesses to support improvements in efficiency, health, and welfare. Opportunities for development have expanded into broader areas of rural businesses to improve sustainability, efficiency & growth, where previously they were more focused towards farming alone. Unfortunately, this hasn’t made the application process any easier. The Leader Scheme…

Sustainable Farming Grants – EIP Agri

Sustainable farming grants

The European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-Agri) has sustainable farming grants that are open for applications. The sustainable farming grants or EIP Agri provide funding to support innovative farming or forestry practices that use research to base their projects on. The funding is available for operational groups that have plans to improve productivity and sustainability. The sustainable farming grants are part of the Countryside Productivity Scheme. The focus of the EIP-Agri is to develop innovative solutions to recognised agricultural…

Avian Influenza Symptoms

 There are two types of Avian Influenza How to Detect Avian Influenza Symptoms Highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) which is often fatal and the far more serious strain. (HPAI) Avian Influenza Symptoms include: respiratory distress such as gaping beak, coughing, sneezing, gurgling, rattling diarrhoea blue discolouration of the neck and throat loss of appetite swollen head fewer eggs laid increased mortality Different species can display different avian influenza symptoms with ducks and geese often being hard to detect typical avian…