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On-farm consultations offer a route to better silage

On-farm consultations offer a route to better silage Sponsored Article

With interest in more milk from forage, Volac is offering free consultations to help improve silage-making under its Cut to Clamp initiative.

Maize matters: managing nutrient demands of maize

Maize matters: managing nutrient demands of maize Sponsored Article

The fourth article in our Maize Matters series for 2018 looks at nutrient demand and outlines the principles of a trial to study the effect of row width manipulation.

Use herbicides with confidence

Use herbicides with confidence Sponsored Article

Safety factors are built into the development of all herbicides and the criteria used to assess the risks today are more stringent than they have ever been.

Making the best of home-grown feeds

Making the best of home-grown feeds Sponsored Article

When you run a beef enterprise as a sideline to a 283-hectare (700-acre) arable business, there are a few essential requirements which must be fulfilled. Not only should the system be simple and quick to run, it also needs to make best use of home-grown feeds and be monitored to achieve optimal performance.

DK Exception gives grower confidence in oilseed rape

DK Exception gives grower confidence in oilseed rape Sponsored Article

Consistent yield and the ability to establish strongly in the autumn to overcome growing challenges are the qualities Staffordshire grower W.J. and A.J.W. Ryman is looking for in its oilseed rape varieties, and believes DeKalb hybrid DK Exception is certainly fitting the bill.

Why one dairy farmer travels to Germany in search of new heifers

Why one dairy farmer travels to Germany in search of new heifers Sponsored Article

Last month ambassador William Westacott travelled to the Osnabrück region of Germany to buy 44 Holstein-Friesian replacement heifers. We spoke to William about why and how he does this.

More grass with fewer weeds

More grass with fewer weeds Sponsored Article

Grassland management can reduce production costs and improve animal performance resulting in better financial returns. But what are the benefits and how do the figures stack up?

Cool way to grow oil

Cool way to grow oil Sponsored Article

AHDB research has shown the duration of seed filling is precisely determined by growing day degrees (GDD) – so effectively the warmer the temperatures the quicker seed filling will shut down, while in cool conditions the period can be significantly extended.

Getting the measure of soil health

Getting the measure of soil health Sponsored Article

A newly-launched soil assessment service will help growers identify practical measures that can be taken to boost crop productivity.


Maize Matters: Top seedbed preparation tips

Maize Matters: Top seedbed preparation tips Sponsored Article

The third article in our Maize Matters series for 2018 looks at seedbed preparation following the very poor start to the season. Whilst growers will be under pressure to prepare maize seedbeds ahead of drilling, the advice to hold off until conditions are right has never been more important.

Manage risk to improve biosecurity

Manage risk to improve biosecurity Sponsored Article

Disease? Not On My Farm! ambassador William Westacott buys-in heifers from a part of Germany where there is no BVD or IBR.

Addressing health and variable growth rate

Addressing health and variable growth rate Sponsored Article

Many small changes have added up to a big improvement to the calf rearing system at Wood Park Farm, Liverpool.

Benefits of a complete calf rearing system

Benefits of a complete calf rearing system Sponsored Article

Arthur Davies switched to calf milk replacer to capitalise on the good price for his winter milk. Our second ForFarmers case study shows the knock-on benefits to health and performance are worth far more.

Giving swards a new lease of life

Giving swards a new lease of life Sponsored Article

Spring is the ideal time to have a good walk through grass swards and see what sort of shape they are in and which ones would benefit from some grassland management.

Eye in the sky refines precision farming

Eye in the sky refines precision farming Sponsored Article

In precision farming high resolution imagery collected using advanced cameras on unmanned aerial vehicles increases precision further and offers greater flexibility, helping farmers to manage their crops more effectively.

Is now the time to reassess your arable business plan?

Is now the time to reassess your arable business plan? Sponsored Article

Time to take a look at the business plans of our four contributors. 

Beef up returns with well-managed grassland

Beef up returns with well-managed grassland Sponsored Article

Well managed grassland has the potential to help beef producers achieve better returns, but it is an often overlooked resource. In the second part of this series, we look at ways to maximise grassland utilisation.

Give oilseed rape leaves a chance

Give oilseed rape leaves a chance Sponsored Article

Protecting oilseed rape crop’s green leaf area could prove crucial this season to enable crops to compensate for the late spring and give them the chance to fill pods and seed.

Six steps to achieve better multi-cut silage

Six steps to achieve better multi-cut silage Sponsored Article

The multi-cut approach of cutting grass for silage younger and taking more cuts in a season is gaining ground.

Creating consistency in your future herd

Creating consistency in your future herd Sponsored Article

The use of a breeding programme has helped produce a more consistent batch of heifers at Upper Ley Farm, Gloucestershire, where the farm- specific breeding strategy is helping to produce a herd fit for the future.

Maize Matters: Looking ahead to maize in 2018

Maize Matters: Looking ahead to maize in 2018 Sponsored Article

The first article in our maize matters series for 2018 offers some tips on drilling date, while an expert points to the trend towards early-maturing varieties and their potential benefits.

How to diagnose liver fluke in cows

How to diagnose liver fluke in cows Sponsored Article

How to diagnose liver fluke in cows.



DNOMF Ambassador: James Robinson

DNOMF Ambassador: James Robinson Sponsored Article

James Robinson, DNOMF ambassador

DNOMF Ambassador: Fiona Skeen

DNOMF Ambassador: Fiona Skeen Sponsored Article

Fiona Skeen, DNOMF ambassador

DNOMF Ambassador: Fraser Jones

DNOMF Ambassador: Fraser Jones Sponsored Article

Fraser Jones, DNOMF ambassador

DNOMF Ambassador: Ian Alderson

DNOMF Ambassador: Ian Alderson Sponsored Article

Ian Alderson, DNOMF ambassador

DNOMF Ambassador: William Westacott

DNOMF Ambassador: William Westacott Sponsored Article

William Westacott, DNOMF ambassador

Do you think you’re storing your vaccines correctly?

Do you think you’re storing your vaccines correctly? Sponsored Article

Vaccines are a valuable resource to provide immunity from disease and treat sick animals.

Structural reforms for OSR yields

Structural reforms for OSR yields Sponsored Article

OSR crops established with plant populations as low as 30 plants/sq.m could be best placed to benefit from earlier PGR treatments to manage crop architecture, says Syngenta.

Preventive approach on organic dairy farm

Preventive approach on organic dairy farm Sponsored Article

Disease? Not On My Farm! ambassador James Robinson believes taking a preventive approach combined with careful management is key to herd health.

Spring is the perfect time for key decision making

Spring is the perfect time for key decision making Sponsored Article

Spring is an ideal time for forward planning, from variety and fertiliser choice to sorting out labour shortages. Olivia Cooper visits our four contributors to find out what decisions they are making and how they are likely to impact on the bottom line.




Raising the bar when it comes to home-grown protein

Raising the bar when it comes to home-grown protein Sponsored Article

Grass leys rich in clover and forages, such as lucerne, can increase protein supplies and reduce dairy producers’ reliance on bought-in feeds.


Return on investment

Return on investment Sponsored Article

Please click on the link below to see a larger version of the return on investment infographic.

An insight in to a new cutting edge breeding programme

An insight in to a new cutting edge breeding programme Sponsored Article

Cogent’s new partnership with US-based STgenetics® provides UK farmers with access to an array of bulls produced from a cutting edge breeding programme, together with a selection of breeding tools designed to maximise farm efficiencies.

Cut to clamp - getting it right

Cut to clamp - getting it right Sponsored Article

Cut to Clamp will help grassland farmers make the most of their silage.

Harvesting - it's all in the timing

Harvesting - it's all in the timing Sponsored Article

Preparation is everything and harvesting good quality forage is about timing.

Get more from grass through weed control

Get more from grass through weed control Sponsored Article

Successful weed control can deliver clear benefits in grassland yield, according to Simon Bishop, business manager at Nufarm.

Are grassland farmers missing a fertiliser trick?

Are grassland farmers missing a fertiliser trick? Sponsored Article

What valuable additions are missing in your grassland toolbox?

Choose seeds wisely

Choose seeds wisely Sponsored Article

Choosing the right seed is the first step towards ensuring great grassland.

Soil is the foundation of grassland success

Soil is the foundation of grassland success Sponsored Article

Why you need to make greater use of soil analysis.

Bad silage is costing farmers a lot of money

Bad silage is costing farmers a lot of money Sponsored Article

What is the true cost of bad silage?

Common mistakes made on-farm

Common mistakes made on-farm Sponsored Article

Having outlined the benefits of grassland management, what are the common mistakes made on-farm?

Maximising yield from forage

Maximising yield from forage Sponsored Article

For dairy farmer Chris Shingler, from Much Wenlock, Shropshire, the priority is to maximise milk yields through the use of home-grown forage.

Why you should treat grass like an arable crop

Why you should treat grass like an arable crop Sponsored Article

Grassland farmer Willie Watson has 300 cows and 220 breeding ewes on 243 hectares at Muir Farm, in Mauchline, Ayrshire.

Making the move to 60% forage creates big savings for Staffordshire dairy farmer

Making the move to 60% forage creates big savings for Staffordshire dairy farmer Sponsored Article

We spoke to five farmers for whom grassland management is already a primary focus to see what kind of benefits they are achieving.

Big opportunities to increase productivity of grassland

Big opportunities to increase productivity of grassland Sponsored Article

Uncertainty about the future is something every business in the UK is having to live with as the country approaches Brexit. For farming, as the industry looks towards a whole new support regime post-Common Agricultural Policy, the uncertainty is particularly pronounced.


Aiming for excellent calf rearing standards

Aiming for excellent calf rearing standards Sponsored Article

Achieving high standards of youngstock performance is the focus of this new series from ForFarmers. This first case study shows how correct management is more important than state of the art infrastructure.

The three things to address to achieve beef success

The three things to address to achieve beef success

In the first in a series looking at how we can measure success in beef, we discuss why McDonald’s wants to help beef farmers address the ‘three Es’ of sustainability: economics; ethics; and environment.

Meet the arable farmers facing the challenges of Brexit

Meet the arable farmers facing the challenges of Brexit Sponsored Article

Meet the farmers rising to meet the challenges of Brexit.

Maximising a herd health plan positively and effectively

Maximising a herd health plan positively and effectively Sponsored Article

Turning herd health planning from a tick box exercise into an active and responsive plan.

The sexed semen revolution starts here

The sexed semen revolution starts here Sponsored Article

A new sexed semen product, with double the amount of cells per straw of its predecessor, is a success for a Yorkshire family. They have been using 4M Sexed Semen to breed replacements from their best cows, taking full advantage of its improved conception rate.

British Cattle Breeders Conference 2018: “It’s no good burying our heads in the sand” – ambassador farmer Fraser Jones

British Cattle Breeders Conference 2018: “It’s no good burying our heads in the sand” – ambassador farmer Fraser Jones Sponsored Article

“It’s no good burying our heads in the sand” – ambassador farmer Fraser Jones reflects on his experience at this year’s conference.

Vital steps towards better herd health in 2018

Vital steps towards better herd health in 2018 Sponsored Article

Whether you’re starting from scratch to develop a herd health plan, or you’re refreshing the current plan, January poses the perfect time do so. Here are a few steps for you and your team to follow.

Insight in to OSR: Rooting for early spring growth

Insight in to OSR: Rooting for early spring growth Sponsored Article

As the 2018 iOSR series gets underway, the Syngenta grower group reports this year’s OSR crops have, for the most part, established well in favourable growing conditions.

Five steps to better calf health

Five steps to better calf health Sponsored Article

If you are concerned about calf health you can now ask your vet for a detailed, score-based appraisal of your youngstock rearing system, thanks to the launch of a new checklist tool from MSD Animal Health.

Calf health: Plan to prevent scours in beef calves

Calf health: Plan to prevent scours in beef calves Sponsored Article

ADAS recently estimated the cost of a scour outbreak in a 100-cow suckler herd (assuming 90 calves born) to be £5,794*. Consequently, it definitely pays to prevent any infectious calf scours gaining a foothold on any beef unit.

Year of the family farm round-up: Key themes to discuss

Year of the family farm round-up: Key themes to discuss

A special 12-month series focusing on the opportunities for family farms in the UK.

Vet Q&A: Protect your herd during the winter weather

Vet Q&A: Protect your herd during the winter weather Sponsored Article

Harriet Fuller, vet at Marches Vets, shares her top tips for protecting your herd during the wet and wintery weather.

5 things you should give your cows this Christmas

5 things you should give your cows this Christmas Sponsored Article

There’s probably not much your cows want this Christmas, but there are a few things they need...

Conflict resolution on-farm: How to deal with death and divorce

Conflict resolution on-farm: How to deal with death and divorce Sponsored Article

In part two of our conflict resolution special, we look at how farms can best prepare to reduce the crippling effects a death or divorce can have on the business.

Disease? Not On My Farm! - Prevention rather than cure

Disease? Not On My Farm! - Prevention rather than cure Sponsored Article

Farmers generally have a positive attitude to disease risk and prevention but there are still some misconceptions and confusion.

Farmer attitudes to disease prevention - the latest research

Farmer attitudes to disease prevention - the latest research Sponsored Article

MSD Animal Health recently commissioned research into farmer attitudes on herd health and disease prevention. What did they find?

Winter herd health: Common problems to look for

Winter herd health: Common problems to look for Sponsored Article

Oli Hodgkinson, vet at Trefaldwyn Veterinary Clinic, shares his top herd health tips.

An introduction to Disease? Not on my farm!

An introduction to Disease? Not on my farm! Sponsored Article

Paul Williams, MSD Animal Health UK technical manager for ruminants introduces the ‘Disease? Not On My Farm!’ programme and shares his top tips for getting started with disease prevention.

Calf Health: Methodical checklist helps improve calf health

Calf Health: Methodical checklist helps improve calf health Sponsored Article

Calf rearing involves a complex combination of processes and no two units are the same; even within a single calf unit, some calves will face different management challenges to others.

Adaptability is the key to success on this Norththumberland beef and sheep farm

Adaptability is the key to success on this Norththumberland beef and sheep farm Sponsored Article

In the third article in the Feed2Meat series, Northumberland sheep and beef producer Alistair Watson talks about his winning system.

Arable Technology guide: Your essential guide to arable technology

Arable Technology guide: Your essential guide to arable technology Sponsored Article

This is your guide to technology in the arable sector.

New crop protection products to help in pest and disease fight

New crop protection products to help in pest and disease fight Sponsored Article

As agriculture progresses, so does pest and disease resistance.

What are the next steps for UK renewables?

What are the next steps for UK renewables? Sponsored Article

Renewable energy accounts for nearly a quarter of UK electricity production and campaigners are lobbying the Government to increase that to 100% by 2050.

Imminent additions to arable's arsenal

Imminent additions to arable's arsenal Sponsored Article

While robots in the livestock sector have been established for some time, arable farming is yet to see similar developments.

Drone technology investments

Drone technology investments Sponsored Article

Agricultural drones are becoming increasingly accessible to owner operators.

Agriculture innovation drives changes to training

Agriculture innovation drives changes to training Sponsored Article

As the industry moves forward, farmers are seeking additional training to keep up.

New approach proves key in fight against black-grass

New approach proves key in fight against black-grass Sponsored Article

Effective management of black-grass is a major issue for many farmers, but low disturbance drilling is proving a useful weapon against the prolific weed.

Drone investment proves worthwhile on family farm

Drone investment proves worthwhile on family farm Sponsored Article

It is easy to dismiss drones as expensive gizmos with little practical benefit – but one farmer in Lincolnshire has discovered they really can help to improve farm efficiencies.

Protecting future water resources

Protecting future water resources Sponsored Article

Agriculture is the largest user of water, with the technology to improve water efficiencies developing rapidly.

Precision agriculture paving the way for arable farming advancements

Precision agriculture paving the way for arable farming advancements Sponsored Article

Precision agriculture is paving the way for advancements in arable farming and variable rate technology has the capacity to vastly improve efficiencies.

Running AD plants enables farmer to face uncertainty

Running AD plants enables farmer to face uncertainty Sponsored Article

Livestock farming can be a risky business given the vagaries of commodity prices, so diversifying into energy generation can be an attractive proposition.

Farm management: Assess your management plan

Farm management: Assess your management plan Sponsored Article

For any business, management should be at the core.

Latest crop options to hit market

Latest crop options to hit market Sponsored Article

Pressures to diversify and up profits are constantly increasing, and the addition of new or added-value crops can help farmers do just that.

Biological crop protection use vital to farming

Biological crop protection use vital to farming Sponsored Article

Biological crop protection and nutrition is helping agriculture adapt to changing environmental and resistance pressures and its use is likely to be integral to the future of farming.

Maize silage varieties - how to get maximum efficiency

Maize silage varieties - how to get maximum efficiency Sponsored Article

Maize silage has long been a mainstay of the oper ation of AD plants and varieties with a higher biogas production potential will have an big efficiency impact.

How to solve conflict on the family farm

How to solve conflict on the family farm Sponsored Article

Family owned businesses have obvious benefits, but they can also lead to difficult, emotional situations. In part one of Farmers Guardian’s conflict resolution feature, we look at how family farms can solve issues as well as prevent them occurring.

Selecting maize varieties on feeding quality and milk production potential

Selecting maize varieties on feeding quality and milk production potential Sponsored Article

Selecting maize varieties based on their feeding quality and milk production potential can underpin reduced purchase feed costs.

Year of the family Farm: Making succession a success

Year of the family Farm: Making succession a success Sponsored Article

A special 12-month series focusing on the opportunities for family farms in the UK.

How to maximise your milk from forage

How to maximise your milk from forage

All dairy farmers should be pushing themselves to maximise milk from forage by making the most of the latest management techniques and technological advances, while adhering to the basics.

It is time to rethink the approach to vaccination

It is time to rethink the approach to vaccination Sponsored Article

Many farmers are burying their heads in the sand when it comes to disease risk and the need to vaccinate.

Facing up to the what the future may hold for the dairy industry

Facing up to the what the future may hold for the dairy industry Sponsored Article

Over the next 10 years, dairy farmers will face numerous challenges which will test the resilience of their businesses to the max. Although there are lots of unknowns, this supplement identifies some of the challenges and provides practical advice and solutions for dairy producers wanting to protect their businesses into the future.

Help with future herd health planning

Help with future herd health planning Sponsored Article

Herd health plans need to evolve in-line with a changing marketplace and a growing need to improve efficiencies, says vet Jonathan Statham, of Bishopton Vets, and RAFT Solutions.

Team approach to dairy business boosts herd health and welfare

Team approach to dairy business boosts herd health and welfare Sponsored Article

Any dairy business striving for a bright future needs to place herd health planning at its heart. One Powys producer’s team approach to disease prevention provides an ideal template for the industry.

Simple forage-focused system ticks all the boxes

Simple forage-focused system ticks all the boxes

Whether you are a dry or wet farm, there is potential to reduce feed costs and protect your business from volatile markets by making better use of grazed grass.

How to beat black-grass before it beats you

How to beat black-grass before it beats you Sponsored Article

This hub is designed to bring you all the information you need on black-grass, with insights from across the industry.

Why understanding feeding is vital for your cows - and your business

Why understanding feeding is vital for your cows - and your business Sponsored Article

Having a technical mindset when it comes to cow feeding is a must for the efficient farm.
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