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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.

Dairy farm of 2027 - what will the dairy farm of the future look like?

Dairy farm of 2027 - what will the dairy farm of the future look like? Sponsored Article

Looking at the future of dairy farming.

Cultural techniques top priority in fight against black-grass

Cultural techniques top priority in fight against black-grass Sponsored Article

For those for whom black-grass is an increasing problem, cultural controls – particularly delayed drilling, seedbed quality and seed rates – are the first priority, followed by the right combination of pre- and peri-emergence herbicides, says independent agronomist Jonathan Olver.

Maize Matters 2017: Looking forward to maize harvest

Maize Matters 2017: Looking forward to maize harvest Sponsored Article

In the final article in this Maize Matters series, experts are optimistic about harvest prospects and reflect that fungicide applications will have produced a return on investment for many growers this year.

How to prevent pneumonia in dairy calves

How to prevent pneumonia in dairy calves Sponsored Article

Pneumonia continues to lead to financial losses for farmers rearing dairy calves. But a better understanding of risk factors can improve control and help reduce reliance on antibiotics.

Winter calf health: Plan to prevent pneumonia in beef calves

Winter calf health: Plan to prevent pneumonia in beef calves Sponsored Article

Pneumonia in growing beef calves remains a complex and financially damaging disease, but an understanding of the various causative factors can help improve control and reduce reliance on antibiotic treatment.

VIDEO: Year of the Family Farm - Will machinery sharing work for you?

VIDEO: Year of the Family Farm - Will machinery sharing work for you?

A special 12-month series focusing on the opportunities for family farms in the UK. This week, we focus on how machinery sharing could be beneficial to your farm. 

Outbreaks of black-grass in new areas almost certain to be resistant

Outbreaks of black-grass in new areas almost certain to be resistant Sponsored Article

Black-grass appearing for the first time on farms which have not previously experienced it will almost certainly be resistant to herbicides, according to leading expert Stephen Moss.

VIDEO: Black-grass cultivations: The right equipment is essential

VIDEO: Black-grass cultivations: The right equipment is essential Sponsored Article

The ‘devil is in the detail’ when it comes to using cultural techniques to control black-grass, according to farmer and agronomist David Felce.

#iOSR: First defence targets phoma

#iOSR: First defence targets phoma Sponsored Article

The Syngenta oilseed rape growers group’s latest meeting focused on the importance of phoma timing following last year’s Phoma Alert.

New energy term enters the silage analysis mix

New energy term enters the silage analysis mix Sponsored Article

First cut silage samples are flowing into analytical laboratories as farmers wait to see the quality of feed they will be basing diets on this winter.

Get the rumen working properly: revolutionising the way dairy farmers feed high yielding dairy cows

Get the rumen working properly: revolutionising the way dairy farmers feed high yielding dairy cows Sponsored Article

FiveF believes alkaline feeding solutions are revolutionising the way dairy farmers feed high yielding dairy cows, enabling milk producers to maximise their use of home-grown feed crops.

VIDEO: Year of the Family Farm - Benchmarking

VIDEO: Year of the Family Farm - Benchmarking Sponsored Article

It takes an open-minded farmer to admit they could run their business better. In the relentless drive to improve efficiency, comparing how one farm business is performing against others can be a powerful tool in highlighting where costs can be cut.

Outbreaks of black-grass in ‘new’ areas will be resistant

Outbreaks of black-grass in ‘new’ areas will be resistant Sponsored Article

Black-grass appearing for the first time on farms which have not previously experienced it will almost certainly be resistant to herbicides, according to leading expert Stephen Moss.

New nutrition terms will help unlock cows diet potential - here's how...

New nutrition terms will help unlock cows diet potential - here's how... Sponsored Article

Dr Liz Homer explains how the new Trouw Nutrition NutriOpt Dairy system can help improve how cows milk in future.

VIDEO: 24 Hours in Farming - Cheese making, the best job in the world?

VIDEO: 24 Hours in Farming - Cheese making, the best job in the world? Sponsored Article

Why is dairy farming and cheese-making the best job in the world?

24 Hours in Farming: Making the most of the media

24 Hours in Farming: Making the most of the media Sponsored Article

Newspapers, magazines, radio and television are always on the look out for great news and human interest stories, and approaching them can be a great way to gain publicity for your business or organisation.

24 Hours in Farming: Get involved and tell YOUR story!

24 Hours in Farming: Get involved and tell YOUR story! Sponsored Article

24 Hours in Farming is to agriculture what World Book Day is literature – a set day in the year for everyone in the industry to get behind.

Year of the Family Farm: Nurturing the skills of individuals within a family farming business

Year of the Family Farm: Nurturing the skills of individuals within a family farming business Sponsored Article

Professional development should not be overlooked by family farms.

Maize Matters 2017: A difficult start and demo days

Maize Matters 2017: A difficult start and demo days Sponsored Article

The fourth article in our Maize Matters series highlights the difficult start to the season and offers some advice on herbicide and fertiliser applications.

ADVICE: The benefits of growing high erucic acid oilseed rape

ADVICE: The benefits of growing high erucic acid oilseed rape Sponsored Article

High erucic acid oilseed rape offers a considerable premium over conventional double low varieties – yet many growers remain reluctant to grow it.

Arable Farm of 2027

Arable Farm of 2027 Sponsored Article

What will the arable farm of 2027 look like and how will it differ from today? That is the premise of the latest publication from Arable Farming magazine.

Elsoms Seeds: Winter Wheat, new varieties deliver on risk and reward

Elsoms Seeds: Winter Wheat, new varieties deliver on risk and reward Sponsored Article

With promises of good disease resistance, standing power, premium potential and yields to rival any ‘barn-filler’, there is much for growers to like about the pipeline of varieties from Elsoms Wheat.

Where will the next generation of arable farmers come from?

Where will the next generation of arable farmers come from? Sponsored Article

While predictions for the ideal farmer, agronomist, farm managers and other support roles for the Arable Farm of 2027 abound, it is not so easy to see where these multi-talented and data-savvy recruits will come from.

The robots are coming

The robots are coming Sponsored Article

A full robotic system for arable farming could be available by 2027, according to Professor Simon Blackmore, head of agricultural robotics at Harper Adams University.

Making sense of data

Making sense of data Sponsored Article

No matter how it is collected, there is a broad agreement across the industry that by 2027 we will have a huge amount of data to base agronomic decisions on.

Genetic techniques will change varieties available by 2027

Genetic techniques will change varieties available by 2027 Sponsored Article

Some of the genetic technologies currently being developed and trialled in research institutes could be available on-farm in less than 10 years, according Dr Alison Bentley, director of genetics and breeding at NIAB.

The time to act on the environment is now

The time to act on the environment is now Sponsored Article

Whatever changes in the next decade, it is clear the environment will remain high on the agenda and farming will need to adapt, as will all aspects of society.

The Arable Farm of 2027

The Arable Farm of 2027 Sponsored Article

They say a week is a long time in politics, so it is almost impossible to predict just what will happen in 10 years.

UK could lead way on integrated agronomy

UK could lead way on integrated agronomy Sponsored Article

An innovative UK agriculture could lead the way in the adoption of an integrated approach to crop protection according to Clare Bend, head of technical at Agrii.

#iOSR: Variety choice for vigour kick timing

#iOSR: Variety choice for vigour kick timing Sponsored Article

Oilseed rape growers should look to try out one or two new varieties each year to see how their growth characteristics perform on their own farms, advocates Mark Nightingale.

24 Hours in Farming: Get involved on social media #Farm24

24 Hours in Farming: Get involved on social media #Farm24 Sponsored Article

According to a Samsung study, the average Brit will spend more than three years updating social media, one year in the pub and 235 days queueing during their lifetime.

24 Hours in Farming 2017 - Getting to grips with public speaking

24 Hours in Farming 2017 - Getting to grips with public speaking Sponsored Article

Farmers have a fantastic story to tell, and 24 Hours in Farming offers a chance for those who don’t always shout about what they do to make an impression.

'It all starts with the buying' - fine-tuned process and good strategy for finishing

'It all starts with the buying' - fine-tuned process and good strategy for finishing Sponsored Article

Troy Stuart and his father Roy, have fine-tuned the process over many years to ensure they buy their stock well, maintain good health and finish in time with the required carcase grades.

Year of the Family Farm - Rural housing

Year of the Family Farm - Rural housing Sponsored Article

A chronic shortage of rural housing and sky-high rents can make finding a house in the countryside difficult.

NutriOpt, a revolutionary rationing system from Trouw Nutrition

NutriOpt, a revolutionary rationing system from Trouw Nutrition Sponsored Article

NutriOpt Dairy is a radical new rationing system for dairy herds, from Trouw Nutrition which says the revolutionary approach helps develop efficient diets to increase production, health and margins, whatever your feeding system.

New rationing system opens door to improved performance

New rationing system opens door to improved performance Sponsored Article

Last winter, Roger Lewis was encouraged to ration his cows using the new NutriOpt Dairy system from Trouw Nutrition and the results have been significant for the 300-cow autumn block-calving herd.

#iOSR: Flowering N top-up drive yields

#iOSR: Flowering N top-up drive yields Sponsored Article

This year’s relatively early and forward oilseed rape crops could be best placed to take advantage of late flowering nitrogen applications, says Syngenta’s James Southgate.

Elsoms Seeds: Getting the best out of hybrid rye

Elsoms Seeds: Getting the best out of hybrid rye Sponsored Article

Hybrid rye is an increasingly popular option among farmers supplying feedstocks to biogas plants, offering many agronomic and rotational benefits, says Elsoms.

Maize Matters 2017: Fertiliser advice to support growth

Maize Matters 2017: Fertiliser advice to support growth Sponsored Article

This month’s Maize Matters looks at the role of fertiliser and advice on application rates, as well as tips on seedbed preparation.

Year of the Family Farm - Tax planning

Year of the Family Farm - Tax planning Sponsored Article

Getting the farm’s tax affairs in order may not be the most exciting aspect of running a business, but it is, unquestionably, one of the most important.

New initiative launched to help farmers produce better silage

New initiative launched to help farmers produce better silage Sponsored Article

With nine out of 10 dairy farmers rating better use of grass silage as extremely or very important in their goal to reduce bought-in feed costs, Volac has launched its new Cut to Clamp initiative to help. We explore its first three steps.

Silage analysis development boosts herd performance

Silage analysis development boosts herd performance Sponsored Article

In this third article from the Feed2Milk series, we look at a practical example of how one Cheshire dairy farm is using the new SilageManager+ service.

iOSR farmers go for green growth

iOSR farmers go for green growth Sponsored Article

This season’s oilseed rape cropping appears to have seen a significant shift in location across the UK, but with little change in the overall area being grown, according to latest AHDB monitoring.

Maize Matters 2017: Managing the fertiliser challenge

Maize Matters 2017: Managing the fertiliser challenge Sponsored Article

The second article in this year’s Maize Matters series covers fertiliser planning and issues to consider, when choosing varieties.

#iOSR: Precision farming focus for OSR: Precision placement

#iOSR: Precision farming focus for OSR: Precision placement Sponsored Article

Chris Eglington’s farm in Norfolk was under the spotlight at the Syngenta oilseed rape growers group’s latest meeting.

iOSR: Precision farming focus for OSR: Light exposure

iOSR: Precision farming focus for OSR: Light exposure Sponsored Article

With oilseed rape growers reporting crops, for the most part, having established strongly and come through winter well, thoughts have turned to how to make the most of the potential for the coming season, according to Syngenta technical Light exposure manager James Southgate.

Year of the Family Farm - Diversification

Year of the Family Farm - Diversification Sponsored Article

Nearly two-thirds of Britain’s farms have diversified, but families should think very carefully before following the crowd.

New nutrition concept delivers better cow performance

New nutrition concept delivers better cow performance Sponsored Article

Feed2Milk is a new nutrition concept from ForFarmers. ForFarmers ruminant product manager Nick Berni explains.

Maize Matters 2017: Weed control key to success

Maize Matters 2017: Weed control key to success Sponsored Article

In the first of our 2017 Maize Matters series, we look at varietal choice and the importance of keeping on top of weed control, as well as the potential benefits of growing the crop under film.

#iOSR: Precision farming focus for OSR: Sulphur status

#iOSR: Precision farming focus for OSR: Sulphur status Sponsored Article

Oilseed rape growers should be applying sulphur at a rate of 50-75kg/hectare (SO3), with little or no cost benefit or yield advantage from using higher rates.

Maximize profit from grass: Grassland Toolkit 2017

Maximize profit from grass: Grassland Toolkit 2017

Your latest guide to better Grassland management from Dairy Farmer, sponsored by CF Fertilisers, Krone, Nufarm, Sinclair M’gill and Volac

Part-time farming, full-time responsibility

Part-time farming, full-time responsibility Sponsored Article

In NFU Mutual’s continuing series on small farms, we find out how a change of circumstances led to difficult decisions for one Devon livestock farmer.

Not On My Farm: Say no to disease - Part 3

Not On My Farm: Say no to disease - Part 3 Sponsored Article

Part 3 of the Not On My Farm initiative from MSD Animal Health.

Not On My Farm: Say no to disease - Part 2

Not On My Farm: Say no to disease - Part 2 Sponsored Article

Part 2 of the Not On My Farm initiative from MSD Animal Health.

Farming acts as a tonic to busy schedule

Farming acts as a tonic to busy schedule Sponsored Article

In NFU Mutual’s continuing series on small farms, we spoke to a publican who manages to make time to farm around his other commitments.

What can be learnt from last year's silage quality?

What can be learnt from last year's silage quality?

Silage quality was unexciting last year – so what lessons can farmers learn to avoid a repeat in the coming season?

Quality proves key for artisan cheesemaker

Quality proves key for artisan cheesemaker Sponsored Article

Grass quality is absolutely critical to the Calver family’s business. As artisan cheesemakers in Somerset, they produce unpasteurised cheeses including Cheddar, ricotta and Caerphilly; the taste of which is influenced by the cows’ diet.

Step-by-step silage-making

Step-by-step silage-making

There is no silver bullet to making good quality silage – it is about attention to detail at every step of the process, as James Duggleby, marketing and product manager at Krone, reveals.

Is your fertiliser choice costing you money?

Is your fertiliser choice costing you money? Sponsored Article

Farmers could be losing thousands of pounds by choosing the wrong type of fertiliser, according to new research on urea, sulphur and ammonium nitrate (AN).

Select grass mixtures carefully

Select grass mixtures carefully Sponsored Article

Choosing grass mixtures is all about balance, says Limagrain’s John Spence in the latest edition of Grassland Toolkit - the industry’s essential guide improving returns from grassland management.

Improving profit from grass

Improving profit from grass Sponsored Article

As dairy prices remain low, many dairy producers are looking for ways to improve profit from from grass.

Alkalised pellets offer greater feed efficiency

Alkalised pellets offer greater feed efficiency Sponsored Article

The benefits of alkalised feeds on dairy cattle diets have been appreciated for many years now, but FiveF believes the recent launch of an alkalised pelleted feed gives scope for further performance improvements and better feed efficiency.

Understand silage quality to unlock milk from forage

Understand silage quality to unlock milk from forage Sponsored Article

SilageManager is a new forage analysis service being offered by ForFarmers as part of its Feed2Milk initiative.

Year of the Family Farm #YOFF

Year of the Family Farm #YOFF Sponsored Article

Ensuring the legacy of family farms.

Year of the Family Farm - Pledging support for family farms

Year of the Family Farm - Pledging support for family farms Sponsored Article

Family farms make up about 80 per cent of Britain’s agricultural landscape, but a lack of planning for the future is putting many at risk.

Year of the Family Farm survey

Year of the Family Farm survey

We want to ensure the Year of the Family Farm content is tailored to meet your needs. Please help us by completing the online survey and be in with a chance of winning the £300 prize pot.

#iOSR: Oilseed rape insight for the farming industry

#iOSR: Oilseed rape insight for the farming industry Sponsored Article

iOSR Insight combines expertise from across the industry, with in-field science from Syngenta innovation centres and the practical experiences of a group of successful growers.

Benefits of rumen specific live yeast

Benefits of rumen specific live yeast Sponsored Article

Incorporating live yeast in the diet of beef cattle can offer benefits across a range of ages, says ForFarmers. Ann Hardy reports.

Dairy Technology - December 2016

Dairy Technology - December 2016 Sponsored Article

An essential guide to Dairy Technology.

Not On My Farm: Say no to disease - Part 1

Not On My Farm: Say no to disease - Part 1 Sponsored Article

Not On My Farm is a new initiative from MSD Animal Health.

Precision Spraying - November/December 2016

Precision Spraying - November/December 2016 Sponsored Article

Your essential guide to precision spraying.

Acreage is but a number

Acreage is but a number Sponsored Article

To celebrate the launch of Farm Essentials, a new insurance product for small farmers from NFU Mutual, we are showcasing small farmers at the top of their game. In the first in the series, we profile Will Steward’s Living Larder.

VOLAC: Committed to education

VOLAC: Committed to education Sponsored Article

A leader in animal nutrition, feeding systems and feed fat supplements, Volac manufactures performance milk powders, bypass fats and silage additives. It is also committed to customer education, producing a number of websites aimed at providing customers with practical help and guidance.

Maize Matters 2016: Prospects for this year’s crop

Maize Matters 2016: Prospects for this year’s crop Sponsored Article

In the final article in our Maize Matters series for 2016, experts are upbeat about prospects for this year’s crop, with predictions both yield and quality will hold up well compared with previous seasons.

Transition Cow Toolkit - September 2016

Transition Cow Toolkit - September 2016 Sponsored Article

Your essential guide to transition cow management

Reducing aerobic spoilage

Reducing aerobic spoilage Sponsored Article

With both quality and yields of grass silage down this year, it is more important than ever for farmers to get the very best out of their maize silage - and good clamp management can make a huge difference when it comes to reducing aerobic spoilage.

Younger and more efficient

Younger and more efficient Sponsored Article

Mid-Wales farmers, Geraint and Adrian Williams, from Llanidloes in Powys, discuss how they have developed two income streams from their suckler herd.

Fast establishment the focus for next season’s oilseed rape crops

Fast establishment the focus for next season’s oilseed rape crops Sponsored Article

iOSR growers have unanimously highlighted the need for fast establishment next season to assure strong, consistent crops for the winter.

Black-grass Toolkit - July 2016

Black-grass Toolkit - July 2016 Sponsored Article

A complete guide to tackling black-grass.

Maximizing the value of any home-grown cereals post-harvest

Maximizing the value of any home-grown cereals post-harvest Sponsored Article

Now is the time to decide how to maximise the value of any home-grown cereals post-harvest. Alkagrain offers the ideal solution, according to FiveF.

Youngstock Toolkit - July 2016

Youngstock Toolkit - July 2016 Sponsored Article

Your essential guide to producing healthy, well-grown heifers

National BVD Survey: What you think about eradication

National BVD Survey: What you think about eradication Sponsored Article

The National BVD Survey is supported by Dairy Farmer and commissioned by Boehringer Ingelheim, makers of the innovative BVD vaccine, Bovela. Here, Matt Yarnall, technical manager at the company, runs through a few of the

Maize Matters 2016: Shorter drilling window for maize

Maize Matters 2016: Shorter drilling window for maize Sponsored Article

In the second in the 2016 Maize Matters series, KWS looks at how the season is progressing.

A new era for Mayo mattresses

A new era for Mayo mattresses Sponsored Article

The Mayo Mattress range has been a favourite with British farmers since its launch in the late 1980s. Now, the family-run company behind the mats is undergoing a change of name and has a new face at the top.

Burke Trophy double at Royal Three Counties Show

Burke Trophy double at Royal Three Counties Show Sponsored Article

This year’s Royal Three Counties Show is set to host the prestigious beef and dairy Burke trophies for the first time ever. Marie-Claire Kidd catches up with last year’s beef winner.

Elsom seeds: Collaborative approach breeds new varieties

Elsom seeds: Collaborative approach breeds new varieties Sponsored Article

A joint venture between three European plant breeders is increasing the choice of competitive varieties available to UK farmers. Paul Spackman takes a look at the wheat programme and explores future breeding priorities.

iOSR grower group assesses latest thinking

iOSR grower group assesses latest thinking Sponsored Article

The growers group met at Hamish Campbell’s farm, they were joined by Faye Ritchie, of ADAS, and Syngenta’s James Southgate to address autumn establishment challenges, and the latest thinking to assure healthy plants.

Targeted feed benefits

Targeted feed benefits Sponsored Article

Introducing concentrate feed at an early age has transformed performance at Milston Farm, near Salisbury, Wiltshire, where progeny from the mixed-breed suckler herd now leaves the farm around four months earlier than in

Prioritise silage quality over quantity

Prioritise silage quality over quantity Sponsored Article

The second in a two-part series from Volac suggests farmers should prioritise quality over quantity at the cutting stage to get the best from their silage.

Local performance vital to OSR variety selection

Local performance vital to OSR variety selection Sponsored Article

When it comes to selecting oilseed rape varieties there is something of a North/South divide, so attention should be paid to regional and local performance when making decisions.

Energy crops offer valuable benefits to rotation and margins

Energy crops offer valuable benefits to rotation and margins Sponsored Article

Significant expansion of the UK biogas sector is creating exciting opportunities for farmers supplying energy crops and with more plants in the pipeline demand looks set to grow further.

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