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.
While oilseed rape crops which survived establishment have, for the most part, been growing well in benign autumn conditions, issues of dry soils and cabbage stem flea beetle damage were still top of mind for iOSR growers at their latest meeting.
How do you negotiate the best deals for your business? Ged Futter, director and founder at Groceries Supply Code of Practice, is a former Asda buying manager and now trains suppliers on negotiation – he explains the art.
Award-winning sheep and beef producer Dafydd Parry Jones has been benchmarking for more than a decade. He says it has taught him how to cut costs, be more efficient and still have time left over for his family.
In the sixth in this series looking at measuring success in beef, we look at how effective communication and providing staff with the correct training and health and safety support will help farmers achieve an efficient and profitable business.
A dedication to the Blonde d’Aquitaine breed combined with expert rearing, conditioning and presenting skills have led a Somerset farmer to trophies in the showring and sales of pedigree stock to mainland Europe.
Whether you want to sell direct to the public, add value by creating a product, or produce for a commodity market, it is helpful to understand where the main areas of growth are and how people eat and shop.
When soil health qualifies for a mention at the Conservative Party conference, as it did this year, featuring in Environment Secretary Michael Gove’s speech, you can be sure it is firmly on the political agenda.
Dry cow therapy can reduce the use of antibiotics in a herd. We caught up with Disease? Not On My Farm! ambassador Fraser Jones to find out what he learnt at a recent training day at his farm in Welshpool.
The benefits of benchmarking are often talked about, but how many farmers are actually doing it and has it helped them? Our exclusive Farmers Guardian survey, commissioned by HSBC, asked you to share your experiences.
Sexed semen has not only proved a vital component of Somerset-based Widcombe Farms’ herd expansion plans, but also helped ensure every beef calf produced is of high value and suited to the farm shop’s butchery.
Certainty is rare in farming, but it is something every farmer craves. In a quest to confirm practical decisions made in crop agronomy and animal husbandry, an increasing number of farmers are conducting their own trials and openly sharing findings with the industry.
Since the BBC’s Blue Planet series escalated society’s awareness of the polluting potential of plastics, the topic has rarely been far from the public conscience. BASF is one company looking at ways to reduce the environmental burden it causes.
The importance of healthy soils has never been more apparent than in this year, with recent prolonged dry weather following a long, wet winter focusing thoughts on the importance of soil structure and the potential to use alternative forage crops.
A low cost and low input approach to flock management does not equate to lack of attention to detail when it comes to flock health planning for farmer and vet Joe Henry, of Raburn Farm, Thropton, Northumberland.
Worming sheep requires planning and attention to detail. It may change year-to-year depending on the worm challenge or changes to levels of anthelmintic resistance (AR) on a farm. This first article in a summer series looks at key issues.
Choosing the right grass seed mixture to meet the needs of forage production, grazing and as an anaerobic digester feedstock can be a challenge, but Technisward mixtures supplied by Agrovista are fitting the bill for John Mann.
The British countryside is the perfect place to escape, with its diverse range of attractions and places to stay. Emily Ashworth explores how tourism is creating endless opportunities for rural businesses.
Oilseed rape crops have recovered remarkably well from the late start to spring this season and although cautiously optimistic, iOSR growers at Cereals 2018 remain only too aware that nothing is assured until it’s safely harvested.
It costs just £5.50/acre for a contractor to spray perennial weeds, such as docks, thistles or ragwort, in grass fields. With significant benefits to livestock enterprises, it pays to get qualified help.
Increasing levels of erucic acid (EA) have been found in oilseed rape samples over recent seasons, leading to rejections from the food oil crush market for EA exceedance and concerns among iOSR growers that more seed will be rejected at intake.
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.
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.