Labour shortages lead to £60m crop waste on UK farms
Barry Murphy
The UK’s fruit and vegetable farmers continue to be affected by a lack of labour available when it comes to picking and harvesting their crops.
10 August 2022 Pigs
Energy costs overtake labour costs on pig farms
Pig farms are facing yet another financial challenge as the cost of energy soars.
10 August 2022 Dairy Equipment
Dairy equipment: what new tech can we expect in the future?
Aidan Brennan takes a look at some of the ways new technology could benefit dairy farmers as labour gets scarcer.
Parlour retrofits can help ease on labour
An upgrade on parlour equipment might be a more prudent spend on money than a spanking new unit, writes Martin Merrick.
10 August 2022 Buildings
Calf rearing: getting calves off to a good start
The rearing phase of the system is the most labour-intensive and the highest risk period for calf health. Getting the simple things right is very important.
7 August 2022 Breeding & health
Tough sheep are more labour efficient, says vet
There are various measures of efficiency on sheep farms, from lambs weaned per ewe, to kilos of lamb sold per hectare.
3 August 2022 Northern Ireland
Pigs next in line for contract legislation
A government review of the pig sector asks various questions about relationships within supply chains.
20 July 2022 Northern Ireland
Contract heifer rearing- a win/win for both parties?
Originally created as a way for dairy farmers to simplify their system and reduce labour requirements, contract rearing of heifers is now back in focus with pressure on nitrates and stocking rates.
13 July 2022 Buildings
Farm and meat worker permit numbers more than double
The number of farm, horticulture and meat processing permits issued in the first half of 2022 has surpassed the numbers issued in previous years.
6 July 2022 News
Farmers behind with sheep shearing
A shortage of shearing contractors has forced some farmers to revert to doing it themselves.
6 July 2022 Northern Ireland
Making effective use of your contractor
Agricultural contractors are an effective tool to reduce your own labour input and reduce the need for investment on farm machinery.
5 July 2022 Buildings
Over half of 2021 WRC agricultural workplace inspections found breaches
The WRC carried out targeted inspections in the meat processing sector.
5 July 2022 News