Visit the UK’s leading indoor agricultural event, with eleven packed halls of the very latest in agricultural machinery and equipment. Now at the NEC, Birmingham this is free to attend and free to park.
New varieties of winter wheat offering greater disease resistance may provide a solution to a lack of new chemistry or issues around applying treatment at the right time, given increasingly wet weather such as that experienced this year.
It is no surprise it can be hard to keep your staff from looking at job opportunities elsewhere, but there are proven ways which can help improve their efficiency and secure their loyalty. Clemmie Gleeson reports.
The opportunities to work in agriculture extend far beyond the farm gate, yet it’s rare that those who advise farmers, conduct scientific trials and manufacture the products that farmers use share the stories about their careers.
In the first of a series of Healthy Soils articles supported by the advice of agronomists from Hutchinsons, Martin Rickatson seeks guidance on soil management in established winter crops and in advance of spring drilling.
Higher conception rates with sexed semen compared to conventional has given one West Sussex ice cream producer the confidence to use it across cows and heifers and thus breed the very best replacements possible.
Subclinical ketosis is rumbling beneath the surface on many dairy farms and is one of the main reasons for suboptimal performance in early lactation, according to Hefin Richards of Rumenation Nutrition Consultancy.
To many in farming, the phase natural capital is a vague one. It is generally used to refer to physical natural resources such as air, soils, water and living organisms, and the benefits they provide, such as fisheries, healthy soils and outdoor recreation.
The provision of careers advice to children has been completely revamped, disregarding some of the best loved practices many of us are familiar with. Sarah Todd takes a closer look at what this means for attracting new blood into agriculture.
Six entrepreneurs with cutting-edge ideas and technologies to advance agriculture will battle it out in front of a panel of judges next month for a £40,000 development prize. Here, we find out more about the finalists.
With many farmers considering soil their most valuable resource, land managers can delve deeper into understanding how soils are functioning, working to unlock their potential and put more sustainable practices in place.
The new CLAAS LEXION second generation range is taking the global combine harvester market by storm. As 220 pre-production LEXION models continue to work their way around the globe, Simon Henley visits farming enterprise AWT Farm Services, Cambridgeshire, to find out more.
In Mid Wales, Myfanwy Evans is cooking up something a bit different on-farm. She runs a beef and sheep business in Snowdonia in partnership with her husband John, but has branched out to start a cookery school in a converted barn.
Misconceptions surrounding careers in agriculture continue to challenge and hamper the industry’s image. Instead of adopting a ‘one-size-fits-all’ way of communicating, a smaller more refined approach could be what we need to capture the attention of the next generation. Sarah Todd reports.
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.
Promoting agriculture to a non-farming audience is one of the industry’s biggest challenges, not least because of the number of stereotypes still perceived by many. In the first of two reports looking at the role of agriculture in primary schools, Sarah Todd takes a closer look at the issue.
Nigel Fieldhouse has taken his family’s beef production business and decided to feed, breed and manage the herd in a more efficient way. Alongside switching his breed of suckler cow, he has moved away from complicated rations, targeted two-year-calving and aimed for higher youngstock growth rates.
Controlling and treating roundworms plays an important role in reducing the internal parasite burden, reducing production losses
and improving profitability for cattle farmers, explains Sioned Timothy, ruminant technical manager at Boehringer Ingelheim.
You can spend a lot of time and money on a well balanced transition cow ration, but failure to provide the right environment which encourages dry matter intakes could render your efforts ineffective and put cows at risk of ketosis.
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.
Today, Farmers Guardian, along with leading industry organisations, is proud to launch year two of our #ThisisAgriculture campaign. Over the next 12 months we will be working together to fly the flag for British agriculture and the vast career opportunities it brings, taking these messages beyond our industry and supporting the existing work already being undertaken.
Observing maize crops in early summer illustrates how decision-making earlier in the season has affected crop establishment. Site selection, drilling date and variety choice have all influenced how well the crop is now growing and in turn, will affect future yields.
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?
The backbone of many farms across the UK are the family behind them and, in order to preserve and progress their
future, a new group has launched to welcome the next generation of farmers. Danusia Osiowy finds out more.
Businesses are built on good teams; and teams are built on people pulling in the same direction. Creating an open culture where everyone is valued and heard is key to this. Gary Markham, director of farms and estates at Land Family Business, suggests five ways to create an open culture.
Looking after your employees will help keep your team and business strong. Part of that is knowing what to do if someone is showing signs of stress, how to handle it if they need to go off sick, and how to fill the labour gap. Stephen Simpson, principal employment law editor at XpertHR, explains.
As a leader, your role is to set the direction of travel, then motivate your team towards those goals. To do this, you need to understand what makes you and your staff tick. Roger Pemberton, business coach at ActionCOACH, explains.
Farmers are used to battling on regardless if they feel physically or mentally tired. But downtime is essential to wellbeing and also good business sense. So how can you carve out time to better yourself for the greater good?
Looking after wellbeing and mental fitness is essential for dealing with stress and running a strong business, but what is resilience and how do you build it? The next few pages are packed with experience, advice and resources.
“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.