This Week in Farming: Emissions, politicians and cow picnics – Farmers


Welcome to This Week in Farming, your weekly catch-up of the most effective content material from the Farmers web site over the previous seven days.

Each Saturday we round-up the 5 most eye-catching matters from the web site that you simply may need missed and stay up for what’s developing within the FW Podcast.

Farmer fears over BPS withdrawal

We’re now into yr two of our Transition collection, the additional layer of recommendation aimed toward serving to you deal with the shift away from space funds and perceive the plethora of monetary, environmental and technological adjustments to come back.

Our second annual survey of farmers revealed that two-thirds of English farmers are contemplating becoming a member of at the least one factor of Defra’s Sustainable Farming Incentive, however simply 10% of them are proud of the federal government’s long-term imaginative and prescient for farming.

We additionally had contemporary recommendation this week on find out how to stress-test your corporation within the face of hovering enter prices and value volatility.

In regards to the writer

Andrew Meredith

Farmers editor

Andrew has been Farmers editor since January 2021 after doing stints on the enterprise and arable desk. Earlier than becoming a member of the staff, he labored on his household’s upland beef and sheep farm in mid Wales and studied agriculture at Aberystwyth College. In his free time he can usually be discovered persevering with his analysis into which store sells London’s most interesting Scotch egg.

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Tory Social gathering management contest

This week, meals and farming was briefly the main focus of consideration for Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak as their acrimonious marketing campaign to be the following chief of the Conservative Social gathering and prime minister continues.

What did every declare can be completely different within the agricultural sector in the event that they get the keys to Downing Road?

Our information and opinion editor Phil Clarke dug into the small print whereas information reporter Ed Henderson sampled the views of farmers.

Feeling like neither is prone to go away lots of you overjoyed, I went searching for a historic determine that may rally the farming vote and got here up with Theodore Roosevelt.

However do e mail your individual nominations for fantasy farming champions for an opportunity to characteristic on our letters web page.

Local weather-friendly meals

The price-of-living disaster means many are struggling to afford to place meals on their desk in any respect, however there’s nonetheless loads of prospects on the market prepared to pay a premium for merchandise that may declare to be better-than-average for the setting.

This week, Nottinghamshire farmer-owned co-operative FreshGrowers launched the world’s first carbon-neutral carrots, whereas in a separate improvement, retailer Morrisons turned the primary grocery store to promote carbon-neutral eggs. Learn extra about each tales.

Over on the arable desk, deputy enterprise editor David Jones went to Pembrokeshire to go to Morgan Scale, who’s utilizing cowl crops and offsetting to supply carbon-neutral potatoes.

Lastly, enterprise reporter Charlie Reeve dug into the rising “regen beef” sector to search out out what premiums could be accessible for producers prepared to abide by enhanced environmental requirements, equivalent to decreasing run-off into rivers or rising biodiversity.

Dairy diets

Coarse grass gone to seed might appear like some fairly tough fodder, however it’s been simply the job for managing dry cows in Devon.

The Cheriton household advised freelance journalist Debbie James that their milk fever incidence fee had been reduce to simply 1% of their autumn-calving herd, and it really works finest in a dry yr equivalent to this.

Listed here are 5 extra tips about transition administration from final week, together with what it’s best to put in your “contemporary cow picnic”.

Meals protests

It’s been a busy week for anti-farming protesters as they poured milk on the ground of varied supermarkets in a infantile match of petulance that could possibly be the primary shot on a extra severe collection of protests later this yr.

But whereas protestors of this kind by no means fail to draw consideration, it appears their bid to influence customers to shun meat and dairy is having much less success.

Burger large McDonald’s operation within the US introduced its experiment with Past Meat’s plant-based burger to an finish this week and has not but introduced any additional plans to promote the product to beef-loving Yanks.

It stays on sale right here within the UK for now.

Hearken to the FW Podcast

Don’t neglect the most recent version of the Farmers podcast with Johann Tasker and Hugh Broom too.

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