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Livestock farming has never been more challenging. Farmers are expected to produce more food to support a rapidly expanding world population, but from fewer resources and with the least possible environmental impact.
Paul Ingham of Laneside Farm believes the technique he employs of using SexedULTRA 4M semen, in combination with genomic testing, is highly relevant to all pure-bred Jersey herds which rear their own replacements.
A dry summer, followed by a warm September, will give OSR growers a clearer indication of potential risks from cabbage stem flea beetle this autumn. But open autumn conditions and milder temperatures through winter will influence larvae numbers, and potential impacts on yields.
Soil is a farmer’s greatest asset, with a single teaspoon containing more living organisms than there are people living on earth. Yet what actually constitutes healthy soil is still to be fully understood.
Last autumn’s difficult establishment and high cabbage stem flea beetle pressure saw significant crop failure for most of the iOSR grower group. While remaining crops look healthy, what will be the impact of the losses?
“Families can fall apart because you have not taken any steps to sort out the future; and that is disgraceful,” says third generation farmer Abi Reader, who runs a dairy farm in partnership with her father and uncle just outside Cardiff.
With Sclerotinia posing a potentially devastating threat to oilseed rape growers, farmers are being advised to adapt their fungicide programmes to ensure protection throughout the flowering period, and to choose products with additional benefits, such as green leaf retention.