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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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.

Sponsored By Galebreaker

For over 30 years Galebreaker have been manufacturing access solutions, weather protection systems and ventilation…
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Tyres 3: Correct tyre pressure

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by Neil Sharman (Trelleborg)  Course Tyre management

Correct tyre pressure is crucial for getting the best performance and longest possible service from a set of tyres.

Sponsored By Trelleborg

Trelleborg Wheel Systems is a leading global supplier of tyres and complete wheel systems for…
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Light leaf spot

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by Julie Smith   Course Oilseed rape diseases

Light leaf spot was estimated by Defra to have cost growers £140m last year, up from £19m in 2005. Julie Smith of Adas explains how growers can minimise the risk of losses to the disease.

Sponsored By Bayer

Establishment ahead of winter is arguably the most critical phase of growing an oilseed rape…
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Anaerobic digestion

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by Cath Anthony (Bidwells)  Course Farm and renewable energy

A technology that makes money from recycling agricultural residues while producing heat, power and a free supply of fertiliser seems like a bit of a no-brainer for a farm business. Unfortunately investor uncertainty around the ability to secure long-term feedstock contracts, a reduction in the…

Sponsored By Farm Power

Farm Power is an industry-led initiative to help farmers fulfill their potential as significant players…
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Sheep lameness

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by Ruth Clements (FAI Farms)  Course Diseases and pests in sheep

The five-point plan for controlling lameness in sheep is now an agreed national strategy to help the industry meet government targets to reduce incidence to 5% or less by March 2016. Its designer, vet Ruth Clements, explains how and why farmers should use it.

Sponsored By MSD Animal Health

At MSD Animal Health we are constantly striving to find solutions which make the lives…
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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.

Sponsored By Yara

“Yara is the leading fertiliser company developing site-specific, balanced nutrient recommendations for grassland farmers. "In…
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Slug control 4: Sustainable slug control

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by Dr. David Glen   Course Slug Control

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

Sponsored By De Sangosse

Contrary to popular belief not all slug pellets are the same. They might claim to…
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Dry cow therapy

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by Andrew Bradley (Bristol University)  Course Transition Cow Management

Andrew Bradley, clinical reader in Dairy Production Medicine at the University of Nottingham and director of Quality Milk Management Services, looks at best practice for managing cows during the dry period.

Sponsored By OrbeSeal

The dry period represents the biggest opportunity for farmers to make an improvement in udder…
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Soils 2: Drainage

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by Caroline Drummond (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.

Sponsored By Leaf

One area in particular is the importance of measuring progress, and delivering change is something…
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Important notice about your CPD points

Before completing any courses, you’ll need to add your CPD membership numbers to your profile. To add your membership number, sign in and go to your profile. Click on the CPD Schemes tab and enter in your details.

Featured Courses

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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