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.
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.
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.
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?
“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.
Increasingly the discussion around soil testing is not about whether to do it, but why you would not do it. The Government has made it clear future subsidies will depend on farmers delivering for the public ‘good’. One measure of this will be healthy soils.
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.
The importance of good transition nutrition to cow health is well understood by dairy producers. But a new Dairy Farmer survey, sponsored by ForFarmers, reveals they may be missing out on some wider ranging benefits which affect the performance and growth of every calf born and reared on-farm.
Red meat has been under the spotlight in recent years for its high environmental footprint. This comes from the amount of land, water and other resources given to rearing or growing food to feed cattle.
Variety choice and good establishment are fundamental to a successful maize crop. In this new series, supported by Limagrain and Syngenta, we hear top tips on how to get the crop off to the best start.
Youngsters believe the rise of YouTube and conversation from the farmgate should be used to publicise career opportunities in the industry, while Leaf Education thinks incorporation in school subjects is the answer.
In the third article of our #ThisIsAgriculture campaign, Danusia Osiowy finds out about cultural shifts in the workplace and why the industry must understand the needs of ‘Generation Z’ if it is to prosper in the future.
An exciting study to directly compare true agronomic, economic and environmental implications of different establishment and cropping systems is beginning to provide valuable results and advice for UK growers.
For Worcestershire sheep producer Anthony Warmington, disease prevention should be every flockmaster’s top priority. And he says making the most of proven vaccines is one of the keys to delivering better flock productivity.
Farmers Guardian caught up with new Disease? Not On My Farm! ambassador farmers, Ben and Tori Stanley, to find out how they have developed their business over the past four years, while also trying to remain disease-free.
Oilseed rape remains by far the favoured break crop by all the growers in the iOSR group. But, the exceptionally challenging establishment conditions in the autumn, and ongoing threat of Cabbage Stem Flea Beetle in the remaining crop, has severely tested resolve this season.
With beef at the core of what McDonald’s does, the company is determined to use its position as one of the largest purchasers of beef globally to help drive meaningful change when it comes to sustainability across the whole supply chain.