2021: What made the farming news in July and August?


Our 2021 review continues with a look at the months of July and August.

The NFU Mutual Rural Crime Report revealed some interesting numbers, a used 1983 County 1474 tractor auctioned off for a staggering amount and Arla revealed data suggesting UK dairy farmers were among the most respectful of the environment to the world.

See also: Second-hand County 1474 sells for Β£ 196,000 in ‘spectacular’ auction


Fruit and vegetable growers have warned they face a major disruption from the Environment Agency’s (EA) decision to withdraw water withdrawal rights to protect Norfolk Broads wildlife.

The EA has announced changes to the licenses held by 20 companies in Ant Valley, starting in 2024.

A report commissioned by the Tesco supermarket and environmental group WWF estimated that using insect meal to feed fish and livestock could reduce the UK’s future soybean footprint by a fifth.

He suggested that the total demand for insect meal from the UK pork, poultry and salmon sectors could reach 540,000 t / year by 2050, potentially replacing 16,000 t of fishmeal and 524,000 t of fishmeal. soy.

Farmers have been warned to check credentials for any carbon program that promises to pay them to reduce or offset greenhouse gas emissions. Legal experts have said they check the fine print and length of any engagement.

1983 County 1474

Β© Cheffins

A used 1983 County 1474 tractor with an estimated selling price of Β£ 60,000-70,000 sold for Β£ 196,000 at a large farm auction in Essex.

The tractor, owned by well-known collectors Ian and Martin Liddell, had only driven around 100 hours in the past 25 years. The vehicle cost Β£ 20,597 to buy new in 1983.

Quick-witted farmer Steve Jones of Harvel, Kent, surprised two dumpsters in the act.

He waited and then called his sons, Trevor and Jos, who used a tractor and telehandler to keep the van and its occupants from leaving. The two men eventually fled and the police seized the vehicle.

Trapped dump trucks

Β© Trevor Jones

Defra and the Animal and Plant Health Agency announced that livestock movements from Approved Finisher Units (AFUs) to so-called “orange markets” – used for the trade of clear tested animals from restricted herds tuberculosis – would be allowed in England and Wales.

It was hoped that this move would allow sellers to benefit from live auctions to obtain the best prices for AFU cattle.

British Sugar has launched a lawsuit against the government’s decision to allow 260,000 tonnes of raw cane sugar in the UK duty-free. UK producers argued that they would be unfairly disadvantaged by the decision.

The government has insisted that domestic sugar beet production should not be negatively affected by the autonomous zero-rate tariff quota, which came into effect on January 1.


Cambridgeshire farmer Philip Rayner has won his legal battle against Swedish oat drink maker Oatly over alleged trademark infringement.

In what has been dubbed a ‘David and Goliath’ battle, Oatly sought an injunction to prevent Glebe Farm Foods from selling its Pure Oaty brand, claiming it was too similar to its own Oatly product.

Defra and the Welsh government have confirmed exports of live animals for slaughter will be banned, journey times in England and Wales shortened and stricter temperature and headroom rules in trucks introduced . The announcement follows a 12-week consultation that ended in January.

Rural crime cost the UK Β£ 43million in 2020, according to the NFU Mutual Rural Crime Report.

It was the lowest rate in five years, as restrictions on coronaviruses, better rural policing and stronger on-farm security all helped contain crime in the countryside. But theft of GPS systems climbed to Β£ 2.9million, nearly double the figure from the previous year.

Arla has revealed carbon footprint data for 1,964 of its UK dairy farmers, suggesting they are the best in the world in terms of environmental impact.

The dairy cooperative mapped the carbon footprint of its raw milk, as well as the source of greenhouse gas emissions on the farm.

The results show that farmers’ raw milk is produced with emissions of 1.13 kg / liter of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), which is about half of the world average and less than the UK average of 1, 25 kg / liter CO2e.

Farmers accused of tapping into Northern Ireland’s ‘botched’ green energy program have been ordered to return the alleged overpayments.

The Gas and Electricity Markets Board (Ofgem) has suggested that some farmers are asking for money they were not entitled to under NI’s renewable heat incentive program. The β€œcash for ash” scandal erupted in 2016.

Cattle arriving at their new home

Β© Cameron Farquharson

Dorset farmer Cameron Farquharson received a herd of Highland cattle from a farmer who learned of the death of Gladis, Mr Farquharson’s precious Highland cow, who was pursued to death by dogs.

His fellow Scot Stan Sadler gave Mr. Farquharson two heifers, three cows, three calves and a bull. β€œIt was an amazing gesture and it made our family cry,” Mr. Farquharson said.


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