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There are many good reasons for growers to use some form of soil moisture-sensing technology to monitor conditions and how the water is being used in irrigated crops. First and foremost, it can make good business sense, as irrigation can be fine-tuned and result in savings or improvements in crop yield or quality that can […]
Millions of pounds’ worth of ATVs and farm buggies have been recovered thanks to retrofit tracking systems. The covert kits are fitted discreetly in the machine’s shell and ping regular location updates to a mapping system that can be accessed online or via a smartphone app. There are several manufacturers in the UK, including ATVtrac, […]
Farmers have accused the BBC of biased reporting following its hour-long documentary Meat: A Threat to Our Planet?, which examined the environmental effects of livestock production around the world. The programme, aired at 9pm on BBC1 on Monday (25 Novmber), included footage and interviews from US cattle feedlots and intensive pig units – focusing on […]
Defra has marked Theresa Villiers’ 100-day anniversary as head of the department by releasing a video on social media. “From a landmark #EnvironmentBill, to strengthening #AnimalProtections and caring for our rivers and #oceans, watch this video to find out what we’ve achieved in the last 100 days,” proclaims a tweet accompanying the video. See also: […]
A senior police officer has warned that animal rights activists pose an increasing threat to farmers – and are sharing information about tactics against the livestock sector with other protest groups. Superintendent Rory Freeman of Thames Valley Police issued the warning during a presentation to farmers attending a rural crime event hosted by the NFU […]
The 2018 State of Britain’s Hedgehogs report found hedgehog numbers in rural areas have plummeted by half since the millennium. The two charities behind this report and the national Hedgehog Street campaign – People’s Trust for Endangered Species and the British Hedgehog Preservation Society – have produced a free guide offering advice for the wider […]
Large parts of British farming are at risk if the UK forges a post-Brexit free-trade deal with the US, a new report from the Harvard Kennedy School of business and government in Massachusetts and King’s College London has warned. Co-written by former shadow chancellor Ed Balls, who is now affiliated to both institutions, the paper suggests the UK will be in a particularly weak bargaining position, given its relatively small size and inexperience – and agriculture is especially vulnerable. See also: […]
Fraudsters are targeting taxpayers into giving away their personal details by making them think they are eligable for a tax rebate. HM Revenue and Customs has issued a fresh warning about scam emails and text messages after seeing criminals taking advantage of dates such as the end of the financial year to target the public. After seeing a bogus message which makes someone believe they are eligible for a tax rebate, individuals are often invited to click through to a […]
A Somerset farmer was forced to throw away more than 8,000 litres of milk after snow drifts prevented lorries from accessing his farm to collect it. Mark Wareham, who farms 150 dairy cows at Sunnyside Farm in Trudoxhill, near Frome, said tankers could not get anywhere near his holding for two days. Somerset was among the counties worst hit after the so-called “Beast from the East” met Storm Emma, causing blizzards and drifting snow that paralysed road networks and shut off […]

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