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Jennifer Mackenzie

Stackyard News

edited by Jennifer MacKenzie

Agricultural, Environmental, Countryside and Farming News from the UK and beyond.

Rise in Contract Farming Breaks with Agricultural Tradition

With farming enterprises continually looking to improve business efficiency H&H Land & Estates provides an assessment of the benefits of Contract Farming Agreements.
Individual Buyer Booths in Place at Skipton Mart
Skipton Auction Mart has further enhanced the buyer experience, along with their all-important health and safety, by installing special individual enclosed booths around all three main livestock sale rings.
AI-Powered Agricultural Robots: A Revolution in Affordable Ultra-Precision?
The developments in agricultural robotics, machine vision, and AI will drive a deep and far-reaching transformation of the way farming is carried out.
Milkbot - Delivering Milk 24/7
A farm near Ashbourne has launched a milk vending machine giving customers the chance to buy fresh milk 24 hours a day – and even create their own DIY milkshakes.
Polaris Ranger XP 1000 ABS wins Technical Innovation Award
RHASS awards Polaris with a silver medal for its Ranger XP 1000 EPS with ABS – the only off-road vehicle manufacturer to receive an award.
Rural Show Cancellations Affecting Farmers and Rural Communities
The COVID-19 lockdown has brought a new loss to the farming community. It has been business as usual for many farmers in recent weeks, with the lack of rain perhaps becoming a major focus as they get on with the job of producing crops and looking after their livestock.
Farming Pushes Robotics to Fill Soft Fruit Labour Gap
A large UK agri-food consortium has been formed to address agricultural labour shortages by accelerating the use of robotics and automation for picking and packing soft fruit and vegetables.
South Tyne Valley Conservationist’s Wildlife Recovery Celebrated in New National Study
While many of Britain’s nature reserves were closed through lockdown, conservation work continued on private land across Britain.
Revolutionary Cow Monitoring System Based on Bolus
VikingGenetics UK has announced it is marketing the revolutionary cow monitoring system, smaXtec, in the UK.
New Barn-Busting Wheat Responding to Topical Threats
A new, top-yielding winter wheat variety that could also help growers respond to a number of present-day disease, weed and pest challenges is being launched for this autumn.
Research into Grey Field Slug Aims to Reduce Quantity of Pesticides
A research programme at Harper Adams University is investigating the movement and aggregation of the grey field slug, in the hope that the quantity of pesticides used to control it can be reduced.
Family Run On-Farm Shop to Open near Daventry
Elliott’s traditional family butchers of Kislingbury will open a new on-farm shop serving home reared meat, local produce, eggs, cheese, vegetables and store cupboard sundries.
Rapid Worm Spike Expected When Rain Arrives After Drought
Farmers are being urged not to be complacent when it comes to monitoring worms in lambs during the dry spell as a bout of wet weather could cause a rapid spike numbers, experts are warning.
Rhubarb Farming Grows for Britain
Yorkshire & Clydesdale Bank, part of Virgin Money plc, has this week financed the purchase of a neighbouring farm for one of the foremost rhubarb farmers in West Yorkshire.

May 2020