This Week in Farming: Shows, Politicians and Cow Picnics


Welcome to This Week in Farming, your weekly catch-up of the best content from the weekly farmers website in the last seven days.

Every Saturday, we round up the five most eye-catching topics on the website that you may have missed and anticipate what’s happening in the F.W. Podcast.

Farmer fears removal of BPS

We’re now entering the second year of our Transition series, the extra layer of guidance aimed at helping you move away from surface payments and understand the plethora of financial, environmental and technological changes to come.

Our second annual farmer survey found that two-thirds of English farmers plan to join at least one element of Defra’s sustainable farming incentive, but only 10% are happy with the long-term vision. government term for agriculture.

We also got some new tips this week on how to test your business against soaring input costs and price volatility.

About the Author

Andrew Meredith

Editor of Farmers Weekly

Andrew has been editor of Farmers Weekly since January 2021 after stints in the business and arable crops office. Before joining the team, he worked in his family’s upland cattle and sheep farming in mid Wales and studied agriculture at Aberystwyth University. In his spare time, he can normally be found carrying on his research to find out which shop sells the best Scotch egg in London.


Conservative Party leadership race

Food and farming were briefly the focus of Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak’s attention this week as their acrimonious campaign to become the next Conservative Party leader and prime minister continues.

How would each claim be different in the agricultural sector if they got the keys to Downing Street?

Our News and Opinions Editor, Phil Clarke, dug into the details while News Reporter Ed Henderson sampled farmers’ opinions.

Sensing that neither is likely to delight many of you, I went looking for a historical figure who could rally the farm vote and found Theodore Roosevelt.

But email your own nominations for Fantasy Farming Champions for a chance to be featured on our letters page.

Climate-friendly food

The cost of living crisis means many are struggling to afford to put food on their tables, but there are still plenty of customers willing to pay a premium for products that can claim to be better than average for the environment .

This week, farmer-owned FreshGrowers cooperative in Nottinghamshire launched the world’s first carbon-neutral carrots, while in a separate development, retailer Morrisons became the first supermarket to sell carbon-neutral eggs. Learn more about both stories.

On the arable desk, associate editor David Jones traveled to Pembrokeshire to visit Morgan Scale, which uses cover crops and offsetting to produce carbon neutral potatoes.

Finally, business journalist Charlie Reeve looked at the emerging ‘reclaimed beef’ sector to find out what premiums might be available to producers willing to meet improved environmental standards, such as reducing runoff into rivers or increase in biodiversity.

Dairy diets

Coarse grass gone to seed may look like pretty rough fodder, but that’s just the job of dry cow management in Devon.

The Cheriton family told freelance journalist Debbie James that their milk fever incidence rate has been reduced to just 1% in their fall calving herd, and it works better in a dry year like this.

Here are five more transition management tips from the past week, including what you should put in your “cool cow picnic.”

Food events

It’s been a busy week for anti-farm protesters as they pour milk onto the floors of various supermarkets in a childish tantrum that could be the first shot in a series of more serious protests later this year .

Yet while protesters like this never fail to attract attention, it seems their attempt to persuade consumers to avoid meat and dairy is less successful.

Burger giant McDonald’s operation in the United States ended its experiment with Beyond Meat’s plant-based burger this week and has yet to announce any new plans to sell the product to beef-loving Yanks. .

It remains on sale here in the UK for the time being.

Listen to the FW podcast

Don’t forget the latest edition of the weekly farmers podcast with Johann Tasker and Hugh Broom too.

Listen to it here or take us with you in the taxi by downloading it from your usual podcast platform.


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