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SOILS

Two growers reveal their soil health improvement tips

There is an increasing focus on improving soil health as farmers look to introduce more sustainable arable cropping systems, and the finalists of the Soil Farmer of the Year 2020…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Expert guide to feed and water requirements for weaners

Research has shown that good growth rates in the weaning period sets the pig up for continued strong growth until slaughter. Therefore, it is crucial to carefully. manage weaner nutrition.…

POULTRY

Bumper demand expected for turkeys this Christmas

Turkey producers are looking forward to strong sales this Christmas as stay-at-home families scramble to buy smaller birds for smaller gatherings. The British Poultry Council (BPC) says there is increasing…

MACHINERY

Buyer's guide to tractor-powered woodchippers

Biomass burners have been popping up on farms and estates all over the country during the past decade thanks to some attractive renewable heat incentives that have helped subsidise installation…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

CMT could cut dry-cow antibiotics use by half, study shows

Using the Californian Mastitis Test (CMT) at drying off could help cut antibiotics use by 50% without impacting clinical mastitis, a study has found. In the first large-scale investigation to…

BEEF

On-farm project shows cost benefits of home-rearing bull beef

Home-rearing bull beef on ad-lib concentrates and straw has worked out marginally cheaper for a Welsh suckler enterprise than outsourcing the job to a finishing unit. The Griffith family run…

FARM MAINTENANCE

How to make fence posts on farms last longer

Preservative-treated timber fence posts have developed a pretty dire reputation over the past decade or so. Countless farmers have shelled out thousands for these products, gone to the expense of…

MARKETS AND TRENDS

China, currency and weather are global grain market drivers

The outlook for UK prices is expected to be influenced by Chinese demand prospects and currency volatility in the next few weeks, says Cofco UK trading director Stuart Shiells. The…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Ewe nutrition requirements through the production year

Getting ewe nutrition right is not only critical to the health of the ewe and her lambs, both present and future, it is also pivotal when it comes to profitability.…

POULTRY

How to manage poultry housing environments in winter

Maintaining a healthy and productive environment in poultry housing requires careful management of a number of interrelated factors. Producers have to walk a fine line, balancing ventilation rates, humidity and…

LAND MARKETS

Land market in your area: North-east England

The number of acres on the market in north-east England is down on the year by almost 40%, on a par with the national supply’s picture, which at its worst…

CRIME

Rural crime: The mental and financial toll on farmers

In 2019, rural crime cost the UK £54.3m – a rise of nearly 9% from the previous year, with farmers bearing the brunt of the damage. But it is not…

TECHNOLOGY

Emerging tech to improve soil health and cut pesticide use

Soil degradation across the world is costing agriculture average losses estimated at 1.5mm/year on conventionally managed farms and how to reverse this trend is key to the future of farming.…

DAIRY

7 reasons mastitis is more challenging in automatic milking

Automatic milking systems are growing in popularity due to the lifestyle benefits they afford farmers. But independent research shows udder health can deteriorate when farms transition from conventional milking systems…

MEAT MARKETS AND PRICES

Coronavirus: Beef imports figures show sharp rise

Beef imports have risen sharply since the summer as restrictions imposed during the first UK Covid-19 lockdown were relaxed. Figures released by the AHDB show imports reached 26,200t in September…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Managing welding fumes on farms – all you need to know

Farm businesses must now understand and mitigate the health and safety risks associated with fumes produced during welding and other metalwork tasks to protect the long-term health and wellbeing of…

NUTRITION AND FERTILISER

What agronomists say about a urea fertiliser ban

Defra’s consultation on reducing the ammonia emissions from the use of urea fertilisers has received a mixed reception from the arable farming industry, with some accusing the government department of…

BREEDING AND FERTILITY

How Welsh sheep producers are improving hill genetics

Welsh Mountain sheep producers from across Wales have joined forces to raise the commercial standard of regional types of hill sheep. The ProHill producer group is the biggest collaborative breeding…

FEED AND NUTRITION

5 warning signs of mycotoxin contamination in feed

Farmers are being warned to keep their eyes peeled for signs of contamination in feed after sampling has shown high mycotoxin risk levels. UK-wide sampling carried out by Alltech has…

WORKSHOP SKILLS

Workshop heaters: The options and the rules

Winter is a prime time for repairs, maintenance, modifying or making pieces of equipment that will make life easier when fieldwork picks up again. But the thought of spending long,…

DAIRY

Dairy financial KPIs: What they mean and when to use them

Every business should know financial measures so they can understand and benchmark business performance.  Oliver Hall and Jake Armstrong-Frost, consultants from The Andersons Centre, take us through the main ones…

POULTRY

Expert advice for preventing vermin issues on poultry farms

Vermin can leave a big dent in a poultry farm’s feed conversion figures and the damage they cause to housing and equipment is costly. As the days get shorter and…

BUSINESS MANAGEMENT

Finalists line up for 2020 Nuffield Bullock Award

The Stephen and Gill Bullock Award, and its £1,000 cash prize, is presented to the Nuffield scholar judged to have done the most with their Nuffield experience 10 years after…

4X4S

Arkonik upgrade gives old Land Rover Defenders a 430hp V8

Land Rover lovers unconvinced by the exterior frills and fripperies of the new-style Defender can now have all the mod cons, and a V8 engine, shoehorned into an old model's…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How arable data analytics could counteract the loss of BPS

Could insights from data analytics drive an improvement in business performance that will counteract the loss of Basic Payment Scheme income? That’s the ambitious objective the 15 farmers in Yagro’s…

DAIRY

Gold Cup winners 2003: Where are they now?

The Sanders family have completely overhauled their business since winning the NMR/RABDF Gold Cup. The family, famed for turning out 120 cows with a 100t lifetime production – the most…

FARM POLICY

Analysis: What a ban on solid urea could mean for farming

Government plans to place a ban on the use of solid urea have taken many farmers by surprise, even though the idea has been kicking around for a couple of…

OTHER CROPS

Spring triticale is best performing crop on Wiltshire farm

Spring-sown triticale was the best performing crop for Wiltshire mixed farmer David Irvine last summer, giving a yield of 8t/ha and plenty of high-quality straw. His Cotswold brash soils often…

LAND MARKETS

How farmers can sell small blocks of land for a big return

Owners of small fields delivering limited returns from agriculture could benefit from cashing in on the general public’s growing demand for land. The Covid-19 lockdown experience has changed buyers’ priorities,…

FEED AND NUTRITION

How a dairy farm lifted pregnancy to 31.5% through nutrition

Aberystwyth University’s farm manager Stephen Jones has increased pregnancy rates from 20.8% to 31.5% by improving forage quality and dry matter (DM) intakes. At the same time, he has reduced…

CEREAL DRILLS

Ultimate guide to buying a min-till drill 2021

Our latest Ultimate Guide focuses on direct, min-till and disc cultivator drills, with the listings providing a snapshot of every make, model and variation in terms of format, specification and retail…

CROP MANAGEMENT

How on-farm weather data can improve crop management

Whether it is a text to alert you to the wind speed being too high to continue safely spraying, or understanding your cumulative rainfall over the past 24 or 48…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Benefits and considerations when feeding youngstock molasses

Strategic feeding during identified phases of heifer growth can be useful to get heifers to target weight at breeding and liquid feeds such as molasses can play a role in…

GRASSLAND MANAGEMENT

How a grazing and stocking overhaul reduced sheep costs

Lambs are finishing earlier on a diet of grass and red clover since a Ceredigion sheep farm swapped set stocking and creep feeding for paddock grazing. The Davies family sold…

FEED AND NUTRITION

Advice on dealing with dairy feed refusals

Managing feed refusals is a careful balancing act between providing enough feed to maximise intakes and minimising waste at the trough. Independent nutritionist Mark Price of Dairy Diagnosis gives advice…