Know How / Air & Water

As part of the transition to a more sustainable future, improving air and water quality is fundamental. New regulations will come into force to reduce ammonia emissions and fertiliser use in the agricultural sector. We look at low-emission farming techniques which can help you become less reliant on inputs that are harmful to the environment.

PIGS

11 ways pig farmers can aim for net zero

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from the pig industry (for each unit of meat) are lower than the dairy, beef and sheep sectors. However, there are still ways producers can reduce…

DAIRY

Can palm-oil be replaced in feed to help cut dairy emissions?

Fat supplements are incorporated into dairy diets to provide energy and enable cows to maintain butterfat levels. Most of those used in the UK are formulated with palm acid oil.…

ENVIRONMENT

Q&A: How trading natural capital credits could work

With input costs rising exponentially and production margins squeezed, farmers are showing increasing interest in the opportunities that might arise from trading their natural capital. It is, therefore, little surprise…

SHEEP

17 ways sheep farmers can work towards net zero

Greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from sheep production vary greatly depending on farm type and system. Lower emissions are often associated with lowland systems – largely because more kilos of meat…

PIGS

Can insect protein replace soya beans in pig diets?

Soya bean is often cited as one of the key contributors of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from pig farms. With all livestock sectors now facing moral- and government-driven pressures to…

DAIRY

20 ways dairy producers can tackle net zero

Changes to diets, sward mixes and forage quality, improvements in genetics and health and better slurry management and storage all have potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) in dairy…

POULTRY

12 ways poultry farmers can tackle net zero

Changes to diets, improvements in genetics and health, and rethinking the use of manure and poultry litter all have potential to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. GHG emissions in the…

HEALTH AND WELFARE

Why health gains cut ruminant methane emissions by 10%

Three classic livestock benchmarking targets can help sheep and cattle farms raise technical performance and meet obligatory methane goals to battle climate change. Livestock policy leaders are urging farmers to…

BEEF

21 ways beef producers can tackle net zero

Ruminants are responsible for 73% of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) from agriculture, according to data from the UK National Inventory. Changes to diets, improvements in genetics and health and better…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Natural capital: Opportunities for livestock producers

Natural capital is a way of viewing the environment as a set of assets that benefit wider society, rather than any single individual or organisation. Changes to on-farm slurry management,…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

New water abstraction charges set to come into force

Farm businesses that extract water in areas of restricted availability in England face higher charges from next month. Businesses, including farmers and water companies, must hold a licence to abstract…

ENVIRONMENT

Farmer group sets out practical guide to net zero future

A new report, Farming For Climate Action: What are we waiting for? from the Nature Friendly Farming Network (NFFN) - a farmer-led initiative - sets out eight areas for action…

PIGS

How grass cover improves pig performance on outdoor units

Grass cover crops have led to improved pig performance, water and soil quality and increased biodiversity in trials based on two outdoor pig units in East Anglia. The trials are…

NEWS

OFC 2022: Risks surround monetisation of carbon credits

Farm businesses risk jeopardising their own future emissions targets by cashing in on the “dash for carbon”, a new report warns. On the opening day of the Oxford Farming Conference…

NEWS

Growers urged to have their say on water abstraction

Time is running out for growers to voice concerns over government plans to scrap water abstraction licences, the NFU has warned. The proposals, included in a consultation which ends on…

POULTRY

Advice on cutting ammonia emissions on poultry farms

Agriculture accounts for 88% of the UK’s ammonia emissions, with the poultry sector responsible for 15% of the total, according to a report by Adas. High ammonia emissions can cause…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Dairy farm works with neighbours to cut costs and emissions

Transition farmer Eddie Andrew has an ambitious goal: to continue producing milk profitably from his 90-cow dairy herd – while reducing its reliance on fossil fuels. The family-run 73ha farm…

AGRICULTURAL TRANSITION

Q&A Natural England: Farming and fighting climate change

Farmers Weekly speaks to Natural England chairman Tony Juniper about his vision for a more sustainable countryside. We find out how he sees farming fitting in to policies on climate…