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

Sheep lameness


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.

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Pesticide legislation


by Patrick Goldsworthy, MBE   Course Spraying advice

Pesticides are some of the most strictly regulated products used in agriculture, so it is important to be aware of all the legislation and comply with it.


Light leaf spot


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.


Controlling BVD


by Mike Kerby (Delaware Veterinary Group)  Course Bovine viral diarrhoea

Establishing status, vaccination, good biosecurity and identifying and culling persistently infected animals is key to controlling bovine viral diarrhoea (BVD), says vet Mike Kerby.

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Brome grasses


by Ben Freer (NIAB TAG)  Course Weed control

Even low levels of brome grass in winter wheat (10 plants/sq m) can result in yield losses on 8% so its important to understand the types of brome, their impact and control, Ben Freer, head of technical services at NIAB TAG explains.


Slug control 1: life cycle and biology


by Dr. David Glen   Course Slug Control

Knowing your enemy is half the battle to controlling it. Independent consultant Dr David Glen gives a lesson in biology and control on the UK’s number one crop pest.




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.


Setting up your sprayer


by Ben Magri (Syngenta UK)  Course Spraying advice

The correct sprayer set-up can improve efficacy, reduce drift, cut wear and tear and see yield advantages of up to 1t/ha. 


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


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…


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

  2. Calf scours

  3. Fluke and worms in cattle

  4. Housing

  5. Winter Health: Nutrition


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

  2. Sheep lameness

  3. Worms in sheep


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

  2. Sclerotinia life cycle and biology

  3. Sclerotinia risk assessment

  4. Turnip yellows virus


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.


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

  2. Soils: compaction

  3. Soils: husbandry

  4. Soils: poaching

  5. Soils: wind erosion