Farmers Weekly Academy

The Farmers Academy is an e-learning platform for farmers

  • Learn from top national specialists in the country
  • Acquire CPD points for accredited industry schemes
  • Check your knowledge of key farm management issues

There are more than 150 modules on this platform covering arable and livestock technical subjects as well as business advice

 

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We are in the process of making some changes to our website, which we are excited to be revealing soon. As part of these changes, the learning content provided by the Farmers Weekly Academy will soon be moved to the main site. If you have any queries please email farmers.weekly@rbi.co.uk.
 

Heifer management

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by Claire Wathes (Royal Veterinary College)  Course Cow management

Calving heifers at 23 to 25 months is key to their subsequent performance  – these animals will be  more likely to have better fertility, survive to a third calving and have higher milk production over their first five years of life according to findings at…

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Growing hybrid oilseed rape

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by David Leaper (Agrii)  Course Oilseed rape

About half of all oilseed rape crops grown in the UK are restored hybrid types. David Leaper of Agrii explains how hybrids differ from conventional oilseed rape varieties, and how growers should manage them for maximum yield.

 

Housing

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by Jamie Robertson (School of Biological Science, University of Aberdeen)  Course Winter Health

Providing the correct housing for cattle, especially during winter, is vital. Done properly, it should protect the animals from the harsher weather and provide an environment that encourages production and good health.

 

Rat control 1: impact on farm

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by Dr. Alan Buckle (CRRU)  Course Rat control

This module compiled by Alan Buckle, chairman of CRRU and visiting research fellow of the University of Reading explores the key challenges surrounding rats on farm and the risks they pose to human health and farm businesses.

 

Fertiliser 3: Grass nutrition

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by Ian Richards (Ecopt Consultancy)  Course Fertiliser management

Tighter margins increase the need to maximise output from grass, whether for grazing or conservation. Independent adviser Ian Richards of Suffolk-based Ecopt consultancy outlines the principles of fertiliser requirement.

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Soils 3: Compaction

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by Alice Midmer (Leaf)  Course Sustainable Soils

Compacted soil can reduce crop yields by up to 50% due to poor drainage, limited availability of plant nutrients, reduced aeration and increased resistance to root penetration. Leaf’s Caroline Drummond and Alice Midmer focus on compaction in the third of the Sustainable Soils Academy series.

 

Slug control 4: Sustainable slug control

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by Dr. David Glen   Course

Effective slug control relies on having a planned approach and an appreciation of how slugs interact with the bait, says independent consultant Dr David Glen

 

Soils 2: Drainage

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by Alice Midmer (Leaf)  Course Sustainable Soils

A well-drained soil means water can pass through easily and the soil avoids becoming waterlogged (anaerobic). Obvious signs of poor drainage are where water is lying on the surface, poaching problems are evident and erosion has occurred.

 

Soils 6: Biological Health

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by Alice Midmer (Leaf)  Course Sustainable Soils

Alongside the influence physical and chemical properties have on the quality of soil, biological health also has an important part to play. Earthworms are a major indicator of biological soil quality and often play an important role in the improvement of soil health.

   

Featured Courses

Managing your woodland

When the trees you have planted have been in the ground for several years they will have spread their branches. You will probably notice different wildlife species appearing in your new wood such as bees and butterflies. Your livestock will also start to benefit from the shade and shelter your trees are providing. As well as sheltering livestock and crops, your trees will provide a sustainable source of firewood, timber and coppice products. By managing your trees effectively, you can harvest these products and enhance the woodland’s value for wildlife too. Having a more diverse woodland structure, made up of…

Modules within this course
  1. Managing your woodland

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How to plant trees on your farm

Trees on farms really work. Adding trees and hedges into your existing farm system can help your farm become more resilient and cost effective in the face of current environmental conditions. This introductory academy course gives advice on where, when and how to plant trees so that you can reap the benefits. Modules within this course: 1 Choosing your species Different tree species lend themselves to achieving different goals and objectives. Find out about which trees best suit your planting plans. 2 How to plant trees Find out how to prepare ahead of your planting project to ensure you make…

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Winter Health

The challenging spring may have left a legacy of health issues this coming winter. Farmers Weekly is launching a five course Winter Health Academy to equip farmers with the know-how to prevent any potential problems.

Modules within this course
  1. Calf pneumonia

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  2. Calf scours

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  3. Fluke and worms in cattle

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  4. Housing

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  5. Winter Health: Nutrition

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Diseases and pests in sheep

Endoparasites (inside the animal) and ectoparasites (outside the animal) adversely affect animal health and performance. Worms are becoming increasingly difficult to control using anthelmintics (wormers) and there is a growing problem of resistance to understand and deal with. Sheep Scab is an animal welfare issue and can reduce animal performance. This course cover worms and scab with more modules to come.

Modules within this course
  1. Scab in sheep

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  2. Sheep lameness

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  3. Worms in sheep

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Oilseed rape diseases

The main oilseed rape diseases Light Leaf Spot, Phoma (Stem Canker) and Sclerotinia can all be costly in yield losses. For effective economic control it is important to know the growing conditions which encourage these diseases, how to identify the symptoms and the recommended threshold for fungicide treatments. There are a number of free-to-use industry tools for forecasting oilseed rape diseases which can be useful to determine the in-season and regional disease risks. See: Phoma, Sclerotinia and Light Leaf Spot.

Modules within this course
  1. Light leaf spot

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  2. Sclerotinia life cycle and biology

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  3. Sclerotinia risk assessment

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  4. Turnip yellows virus

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Slug Control

Slugs are major pest of UK cereal crops. They thrive in wet springs and summers, with populations quickly getting out of control. The cost of slug damage in winter wheat is estimated to be between £2 and £3 million per year. A single slug can kill up to 50 grain seeds in the first week after sowing.

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Soil Management

Fertile soil is not only vital for the production of food, but it also plays a key role in the environment – as pollution prevention, by breaking down or reducing the impact of chemical contaminants and an important carbon storage reserve. Soils are also important in nutrient cycling and regulating water flow and flood risk reduction. Managing soils correctly is essential and these modules focus on good husbandry and ways to protect the soil structure. Did you know that? It can take more than 150 years for 1cm of topsoil to form min-till cultivation can deliver savings on some farms…

Modules within this course
  1. Soils: capping and slumping

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  2. Soils: compaction

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  3. Soils: husbandry

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  4. Soils: poaching

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  5. Soils: wind erosion

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