Machinery news

RDS Isocan terminals

Precision Farming Event 2015 brims with clever tech

5 March 2015

Last week’s Precision Farming event gave an opportunity to catch up with the latest technology for tractors, implements and harvesters. Geoff Ashcroft reports.

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Arable news

Values put on regulating OSR growth

6 March 2015

The benefits of oilseed rape green area index (GAI) assessment and subsequent canopy management were discussed at a briefing in Leicestershire, hosted by BASF. Martin Rickatson reports.

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Livestock features

In cases where below average results have been returned, it is best to talk to your nutritionist and/or farm vet for more detailed advice.

Get forages analysed now so adjustments can be made to ewe diets

As the lambing season gets underway, Wendy Short canvasses two experts for advice on feeding ewes in late pregnancy.

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Livestock sales

Inter-breed champion

Limousin inter-breed winner at Thainstone

2 March 2015

IT was a Shannas bull at the Limousin Cattle Society’s fixture which claimed the inter-breed championship in Aberdeen and Northern Marts’ multi-breed show and sale at Thainstone last week.

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Best of British

Harold Hatt and Victor Fox

Victor Fox awarded the RASE 60-year long service award

A farmer who has been working on a Hampshire farm since the age of eight has been awarded the Royal Agricultural Society of England 60-year long service award.

On farm

Maize feed

Maize management key to achieve the best quality

Many maize growers achieved yields up to 25 per cent higher in 2014 than in recent years but not all matched this with high feeding quality. So how do growers set about achieving the best of both worlds in 2015? Farmers Guardian reports.

Renewables

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AD plants driving up arable rents

TENANTED arable holdings short distances from large anaerobic digesters (AD plants) are seeing significant rental premiums.

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In your field

Peter Chapman

Peter Chapman: Calving taking over, and ground conditions need to improve

Calving has taken precedence lately, with 29 of the 64 cows having produced a calf. We are definitely going to miss our target of 60 per cent calved in three weeks this year, but I cannot complain, as we have not had to look near a cow so far.

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Show business 2015

Show Business 2015: The final six - cast your vote now!

After much deliberation over a huge number of entries, the seven finalists in the Farmers Guardian Show Business 2015 competition are revealed here. It is time to cast your vote – who do you want to win?

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My farming week

My Farming Week - Andrew Byron, Staffordshire

5 March 2015

Dairy: We milk 50 cows on an organic system and the cows are either British Friesian or cross-bred. We use a three-way cross from Friesian, to Shorthorn to Brown Swiss, and then back to black and white to start again. We find the hybrid cows do well on a low input system.

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